Friday, November 27, 2009
We had a great Thanksgiving here, and we hope you did too! It was our first Thanksgiving at home in about eight years, and we were excited to host the gathering of 13 people (our table only needed to seat 12 because Isaac peacefully slept through the meal). We could have fit everyone in our dining room, but it would have been a tight fit. Instead, we moved our dining room table into the living room and attached it to our kitchen table. Viola! We had more than enough room! We ordered almost the entire meal from Fresh Market, and it was just as good as if we had cooked everything ourselves. In addition, we cooked a second turkey to have for leftovers, so the house smelled so good.
Our household has expanded by nine for the Thanksgiving weekend: Mom Diamond is visiting from Atlanta, Jim is visiting from San Francisco, and the Lanigan family is visiting from Long Island, NY. Our days have been busy and relaxing at the same time, and we are all having a blast together. Tomorrow, we're heading out to the Whitewater Rafting Center.
Here's some more Thanksgiving picture.
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:58 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Noah and I had fun making a Thanksgiving craft where we traced our hands and made a wreath out of them. The wreath says "Thank you God for my family." It's hanging on our back door, and it looks great, but while we were making it I had a lot of cutting to do, and Noah got into all our craft supplies. It's Tot School gone wrong, but it was an easy clean-up, and we now have a great decoration!
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:14 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I had a great birthday (or "happy day" as Noah calls it) today. I got to sleep in for an extra hour, and I woke up to the delicious smell of waffles, made by Noah. We spent the morning at Costco and even ate lunch there. For most people, that wouldn't be a great way to spend a birthday, but I loved it. We had a leisurely afternoon then went to spend the evening with our Life Group. It was great to spend the evening with friends, and our Italian themed social event was so much fun. It was the perfect happy day. Here's the pictures!
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:01 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Our new double stroller has arrived! We just need to add the attachment to hold Isaac's car seat, and we'll be off to see the neighborhood. I have quickly learned that pushing a double stroller is a whole new kind of workout. I pushes great, but it's a lot more weight, and that's before Isaac's car seat is attached! I guess I won't need to renew my gym membership anytime too soon!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We had a fun week with Baubie this last week. Noah is certainly thriving on all the attention he's been getting ever since Isaac was born! Everyone asks us how Noah is adjusting to being a big brother. Right now, it's the best thing that's ever happened to him! He has loved having Baubie here, and Grammy and Yaya the week before. Also, Matt is off work so he has had lots of Daddy-time too. Reality will hit when Matt is back at work and I am needing to take care of Isaac and give Noah the attention he needs. But for now, the party continues!
Noah and Baubie had fun sponge painting with finger paints. They each got quite creative! Here's a few more pictures.
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:46 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009
Noah created a fun new way to pay with PlayDoh. He turns all the cans up side down and molds the PlayDoh over the bottom of the can. Once he's done, he has a great drum set! The lids are cymbals, and he can create some great rhythms with a pair of chop sticks. Noah absolutely loves drumming, and we think he has a great sense of rhythm. Of course, we have to clap and cheer after each song comes to an end.
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:45 AM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
We've been a family of four for more than a week now, and we're starting to feel like we're settling in. Matt has some time off work, and it's so nice to have some true family time together.
Isaac is a happy baby, and he is doing a great job of eating and sleeping. He has lots of cute facial expressions and frequently smiles. He is not bothered at all by his noisy big brother, and we have sound that he can sleep through anything. While he is napping, we can have the radio on, Noah can play his drums, and we can carry on a loud conversation - all while we're all in the same room. Isaac has had nine months in the womb to get used to all the noises, so he says it's no big deal. The funny part is that when Isaac cries in the middle of the night, he wakes up Noah, who is used to his peace and quiet while he sleeps. Speaking of middle of the night, Isaac is currently going four hours between feedings at night, so that means I can sleep in blocks of two blocks of three hours, plus an extra hour or two of naps. That's not too bad!
Here's some more pictures from around the house.
Posted by Educating My Own at 8:27 AM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We hated to say good-bye to Grammy and Yaya yesterday. They stayed with us for a week and a half and became essential parts of our life and survival during that time! Noah thrived on being the center of their attention while Matt and I went to countless doctor and acupuncture appointments last week, and during our time in the hospital with Isaac. Also, the time change occurred right when we came home from the hospital, so that meant that Noah was waking up bright-eyed at 6am. Grammy is an early riser and was happy to fix him breakfast and play while Matt and I tried to get some more sleep.
Who knew that getting a new baby brother could be so much fun for a two-and-a-half year old? We took some family pictures, which you can see here.
Posted by Educating My Own at 11:07 AM
Monday, November 2, 2009
We brought Isaac home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, which was about twelve hours earlier than expected. Laura and Isaac were doing so well that the doctors released us whenever we were ready to go home. We couldn't wait to introduce Noah to his new little brother, so we chose to come home early.
So far, Noah has been very curious about Isaac and has been observing him from afar. He loves that Isaac's clothes have lots of snaps, and he likes comparing the sizes of their diapers. He likes to turn on music for Isaac to listen to, and he has been keeping track of where his little brother is and what he is doing.
Little Isaac had a very contented day today, his first full day home. He was quite happy to eat and sleep all day. He wasn't bothered at all by all the noise his big brother was making, although Noah's drums are currently out in the garage, so it was a relatively quiet day around the house. As the day is winding down, we're hoping he continues to be content throughout the night, as we dream about getting a few hours of sleep.
Here's some other pictures from the hospital and home.
Posted by Educating My Own at 10:40 AM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Grammy and Granddad came to meet Isaac yesterday evening at the hospital. They were able to hold their seventh grandchild!
Overnight , Isaac was able to go and have a party in the hospital's nursery, where he was the only baby there. He received lots love and attention, even got another bath and had his hair styled. The nurses gave him a mohawk with a little gel - very cute! We were able to sleep off and on through out the night, catching up on much-needed rest.
Here are more pics from Grammy and Granddad's visit as well as our chic little baby.
Posted by Educating My Own at 9:58 AM