Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ten On Thursday

1. She can't help herself. Always needs to be touching him...
2. This kid loves himself a bubble bath...
3. How bedtime rolls at the Helmholdts. Momma and her boys!!! (And YES Mason gets moved to his bed once he falls asleep but eventually always finds his way back to our bed before morning).
Crew Bryer and Mason Dale
4. Sure just get right in. I'm sure the table won't break. Crazy kids.
5. GO BLUE!!! Daddy couldn't help himself...bought Crew FOUR Michigan onesies shortly after his arrival. Guess he's all set for football season!!! Now to find his big brother a reasonable priced Michigan shirt.
6. Morning snuggles with my boys.
7. She is relentless. Needs to be wherever Crew is.
8. A "quick" visit to Old Papa's house. My sweet baby boy with my 95 year old grandfather.
9. Tummy time turned into brother bonding time. Mason adores his baby brother. And without a doubt will be his protector.
10. We're running with a FULL truck these days...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Weeks

On August 14 Crew had his first well child check up. (We had to go the day after we got home because I had gotten discharged after only one night versus the typical two). When we left the hospital Crew was down to 8lb 8oz. At this appointment he was down another ounce (8lb 7oz). But his doctor was happy with his weight and mommy was happy with the healthy report.
Stats: At his appointment yesterday Crew weighed in at 9lb 3oz (70%) and still measured 20.5 inches long (60%). His head circumference was 14.5 inches (50%).
Sizes: Crew fits nicely into newborn clothing but since I do not have much of it he does wear 0-3 and 3 month clothing as well. (Both the 0-3 and 3 month clothing are a mite bit big on him). He is wearing size 1 (Pampers) diapers. 
Food: Boobie milk on demand!!! Typically every 2-3 hours during the day and every 2.5-3 during the night. He was eating every 3-4.5 at night but a few days ago he increased the frequency. (Must be the 2 week munchies). Crew will eat either a little from both sides or more often than not 20 minutes from just one side. Starting a week ago I have been pumping once or twice a day to stock up for when I go back to work (tear). My goal (once again) is to breast feed for 9 months. With Mase I set (and met) my goal of 6 months, with Mols I set (but did not meet) my goal of 9 months (my supply fizzled out at 8 months)...so this time around I would really like to meet my goal. My body seems to fizzle out though between 6 and 8 months so we shall see. 
Routine: No schedule as of yet. I feed him on demand. So when he wants it...he gets it. If we have to run out (church, errands, etc) I always try to feed him before so I don't have to stop and feed him so quickly into our chasing. He is a great sleeper during the day and goes to bed around 10/10:30. I always {try} to feed him between 9:30 and 10, wrap him up, and put him in his rock and play sleeper for na night. Crew is an incredibly LOUD baby at night. (My kids seem to get louder and louder the more I have). After each feed he grunts for a good 30 minutes. My sleep has been less than stellar since I lay awake for this extra 30 minutes. So UNstellar that I told Brian Crew might be moving into his own room tonight.
Developmental Milestones: Working on his neck strength.
Loves: His momma and his milk!!! And when mommy lets him...sucking on his fingers.
Dislikes: Is not a huge fan of his bop during the night but likes it okay during the day. Dislikes burping. (He was a great burper for 3 days and then that just fizzled out once my milk came in). So like his big bro and sis he occasionally gets gas drops. And he doesn't like his hands swaddled into his swaddle while sleeping at night.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You don't startle easily which is a good thing because your brother and sister are SUPER loud (and that's putting it mildly).
  • If daddy has anything to say about it...you WILL be a BIG Michigan fan just like him...
  • In the first two weeks of life you went to your doctor's office twice (for your scheduled visits), to G&G Helmholdt's house a couple times to hang by the lake, to Frog Hollow playground, to Tanger Outlets, to the GR Kids Museum, to the mall (a couple of times), Cabelas and Target, to "Uncle" Bob and "Aunt" Joan's house in Middleville, church, bowling, and to John Ball Zoo. And tonight we will be hitting up the Hudsonville Fair. What a fun first two weeks you have had!!!
  • Your cord fell off after 10 (long and stinky) days.
  • You got your newborn pictures taken at 7 days old.
  • Had my two week blood pressure check and it {boo} it was still high (142/88) so I'll be taking my blood pressure meds for another 4 weeks...until my 6 week post partum check up towards the end of September. Not too surprised by this since it went the same way after Mase and Mol's pregnancies.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ten On Tuesday

1. Oh my sweet little love. Blogging can wait...and wait and wait some more. (My precious 2 day old baby boy)!!!
2. Three days new and enjoying his very first lake experience at G&G Helmholdt's house.
Meanwhile big bro and sis enjoyed swimming with dad...
3. My college girlfriends and I made plans for a Saturday lake day at one of my girlfriend's houses. (Un)fortunately I got induced the Wednesday before. (When we made the plans I assumed I would be induced the week after our lake day). Thankfully I recover quickly and the whole gang came to my house Saturday night for pizza instead. So thankful for these friends (and their precious families)!!!
Jane, Will, Tenley, and Mase
Mase with Crew, Will, Molly, Jane, Tenley, and Quinn

4. My lil beach babe...
5. My lil pool babe...
While Molly relaxed in the pool...Crew relaxed in momma's arms...
and big brother played some baseball (with daddy and some friends).
6. One of my brother's and his family were out of town when Crew was born so when they returned home...they paid our sweet lil Crew a visit.
My nieces loving on Crew!!!
7. Lots of this happening every single day...
8. This picture explains Molly perfectly. Obsessed with shoes, her "B", and iPhones.
9. My Target companions. And yes Molly always keeps errand running interesting and momma on her toes.
 10. I could snuggle this dude ALL.DAY. LONG!!! (And some days I do).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coming Home

Coming home to these two proved C-R-A-Z-Y!!! They were BOTH beyond excited for baby brother to be home. They wanted to hold him. They wanted to touch him. THEY WANTED TO BE IN HIS PERSONAL SPACE. A huge thank you to both grandparents for watching them while I (we) was in the hospital and to my parents for providing a yummy meal upon our return home.

First things first...checking out baby brother...
Molly loves pointing out his body parts, Eyes on day 1 were a fave. Thankfully with lots of "don't touch his face" she now likes to point out his nose or toes.
Second family photo.
Big bro and Big sis!!!
Molly wanted it to be her turn to hold the baby. Oh sweet girl.

Checking him OUT...
Three precious {and might I add perfect} little MIRACLES!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ten On Tuesday

1. Crazy girl. Her and I had a lot of one on one time the week before baby brother was born while daddy and big brother went to our churches Vacation Bible School.
2. Cashed out...COLD...
3. Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park F-U-N with our neighbors. Perfect Saturday morning for a trip to the zoo since the temperature was only in the low 70s.
Molly LOVED feeding (and grabbing) the birdies!
Mason and Blake
Molly {above}
Adryanna and Mason {below}
4. And then the following Sunday evening we went on a bike ride to get ice cream with our same friends/neighbors!!! (What a fun weekend).
5. Before ice cream the kids played (and mostly) had a blast in their little pool.
My little loves.

6. The Tuesday before I was induced we spent the day at my sister's pool. When we got home my shoe obsessed little lady picked out some shoes to wear . (Summer appropriate as you can tell)!!! And the no clothes is because she went in the kiddy pool after nap time in her clothes. I also love how she has my phone propped.
7. They absolutely ADORE their baby brother...
LOVE LOVE LOVE the excitement on my little lady's face and how Mase is sweetly caressing Crew's face!!!

8. So incredibly thankful that God chose to bless Brian and I with these three most precious little blessings.
9. My kids LOVE "swimming" in the tub...
10. Mase went to the dentist (back on the 5th) and came out with 2 cavities. Looking super forward (not being sarcastic at all here) to my two SEPARATE visits to get them filled. {Big sigh}.