Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two weeks!

As expected it's been a whirlwind two weeks!  It's incredibly hard to believe John has been with us for two weeks, but also hard to believe he hasn't always been a part of our family!  However, let's rewind to before John's arrival and I'll share some leftover Halloween photos!  We kicked off the day with some pumpkin pancakes and some fun straws.

 But the treat of the day was Amma's arrival!  She got in just in time to pick up Matthew from school and then head downtown for trick or treating.  The kids' costumes were a hit and they certainly scored plenty of candy!
 We even met one of the Calico Critters!
 Back home it was time for dinner and more funny straws!
 Then we headed out to visit a few houses in our neighborhood, which gave James' Jawa costume its first real chance to shine!


 We then spent the weekend hanging out and working on house projects, and of course legos!  Amma brought Catherine some legos and Matthew was eager to "help":
 And there were lots of stories with Amma:

It was a great week following Halloween but of course we were all waiting for the "big event" and making sure Amma knew her way around town to shuttle big siblings to preschool and kindergarten. 

Anyway, since I covered John's arrival in the last post, here's what we've been up to since then!  One of my favorite newborn outfits is this dinosaur sleeper.  Here's John in it:
 And Matthew:
 Though it eventually worked out, I tried to take some baby in a bucket pics.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the touch the first time and John kept cantilevering his head out the bucket so it looked like it was unnaturally floating.  Luckily he still has the cutest little face:


 And though naked baby photos are adorable, he's also pretty cute in his sleepers.  I love the "I surrender" sleep pose:
 And his inquisitive eyebrows:
The next day I figured out some baby in the bucket tricks and we tried for another attempt.  I think it would be much easier if I could make smaller babies!  Sleeping babies in good light are adorable!  Here's a ridiculous number of pics of that :-)  
 "Please Mom, no more pictures!"
 Grumpy old man face:



 Tiny baby fingers!
 Baby in the hat we got from the hospital!
 I loved the hat we got for Catherine as well, but as a summer baby she didn't get a chance to wear hers until we went camping.  I'm not sure exactly who makes the knitted hats for the hospital but both we have received are some of my favorites!

More baby in a bucket:
 We ressurected our "Grateful Tree" and the first time I asked the kids what we are thankful for, they unanimously agreed the first leaf this year should be John.
 And more sleepy pics:

And an awake and confused baby after taking him out of the bucket!


Much like Matthew and Catherine, John is an alert baby.  All things considered he's a fairly good sleeper in the crib/bassinet which neither Catherine or Matthew were, but when he's "awake" (or what can be considered awake with a newborn) he's pretty intense and screams a lot.  Again, it may have something to do with the siblings of the house, but he seems pretty sensitive to overstimulation and will often fuss at the top of his lungs until you put him down by himself in his crib and then he's totally chill.  Of course we're still figuring each other out and this may all change tomorrow/in 55 seconds.  The beauty of newborns is amidst the stress and sleep deprivation, you never remember all of this part when you go to have another one!  :-)  

Also, in between the time I started this post last night and am currently working to finish it, he's figured out how to roll over from tummy to back which is breaking my heart *sniff*.   We also had to go in to the doctor two days in a row and he had put on a whopping 5 ounces, literally overnight.    The nurses were cheering and whooping it up but I wanted none of it, as it'd be nice to have a small baby for at least a few more days!  Or course I am eternally grateful that he's healthy, but couldn't he be a smaller healthy?!?!?!  

It's been a crazy two weeks but Matthew and Catherine have been awesome.  Poor Catherine has been battling a fever/virus and double ear infection so we've been more housebound than we originally would have been.  Matthew had a few days off for parent/teacher conferences and veteran's day so we all got some extra bonding time.  Matthew's first parent/teacher conference went really well and we are very proud of him!  He also loves his little brother and is pretty diligent about giving him cuddles whenever possible. 

Catherine is doing well at preschool as well and I think it's been a good thing for her this year.  She's always been socially fearless but up until this fall had never really socialized without Matthew and was fearless because she was mostly tagging along with Matthew and the older boys.  At playgroups she's been rather clingy recently, I'm hoping her transition to big sibling will help this a bit.  She is definitely a super-proud sister and we've spent the past week of her illness trying to keep her germy hands off John while not stiffling her budding relationship with him.  Academically she's trying to keep up with Matthew and is currently "practicing" sight words with him.  It's adorable and slightly scary to think about what she knows now and how far along she'll be in two years if she continues picking up things from Matthew! 
 And a few outtakes from a very, very bad attempt at DIY Christmas card photos.  

Catherine helped me set up camera and Olivia was determined to be included in this shoot!




 Seriously, we couldn't convince Olivia that she wasn't invited to the party:


And my absolute favorite:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

And then there were 5!

Well, in an odd turn of events, both my due date and the old wive's gender predictions were correct!  While I clearly had 9 months to prepare, I can't say I was fully prepared for John to make his arrival on Thursday!  Emotionally, waiting 11 days for Catherine was incredibly difficult so I had prepared myself to wait, possibly more than I had prepared for actually giving birth.  Oops!    Mostly I was oddly worried I didn't know what labor "felt" like (which I realize sounds crazy for a 3rd time around!)  With Catherine I went into false labor 4 days before she came so I was hesitant to get my hopes up about any twinges or pains and with Matthew my water clearly broke before I felt any contractions so I was kinda hopeless this time around. 

Long story short, the key to going into labor was clearly booking my Thursday calendar with lots of events and obligations that would need to be canceled by email inbetween contractions Wednesday night :-)  Wednesday night as I was reading to the kids I felt some strange pains but nothing that necessarily felt too different from being kicked in the pelvis, which was little guy's M.O. for the past few weeks anyway.  Moral of the story, I was awake all night with contractions and about 7am we decided to head into the hospital.  The other midwife nearly sent me home because I hadn't really progressed, which was also difficult to hear after being up all night timing contractions.   Things obviously picked up quickly because before noon, we welcomed John Vincent into the world!  

James and I love family names (especially boys names, girl names are a bit harder) so it was time to name a little one after Pas (James' dad) and after daddy himself (Vincent is one of James' middle names).  It also does double duty as both John and Vincent are Pozun names as well, including being named after a great uncle John Vincent, a Papa Vince and a great-grandfather John.  

And the first picture:
 Exhaustion after getting cleaned up by the nurses.  We got to cuddle for a few hours before they took his weight.  The nurses had guessed about 8 lbs, I think we were all shocked when the scale read 9!

Poor James was a rock star through my labor and with the baby and I somehow didn't get any pictures of him and John at the hospital!  He however got a few of me this time which is always appreciated, even if I'm a hot mess.  

Once we got settled into our recovery room it was time for naps
 and visitors!!  Two very excited kiddos and an excited Amma came to meet their little brother/newest grandson:
 Catherine (who hadn't been able to keep her hands off my belly before we left) crawled right up to get her hands all over baby John!  Matthew unfortunately was a little hesitant about my hep-lock and it took him a while to warm up.
 Eventually he was ready to assume big brother duties:
 Unfortunately baby John was ready to eat:
 So we busted out the birthday cupcakes the kids had made!  They picked the frosting regardless of gender :-)
 The next morning after they dropped Matthew off, Amma and Catherine couldn't resist one more visit with the little guy:


 We dressed John in the going home outfit the kids picked out for him.  He was pumped!
 And while we waited for the final green light for the nurses we tried our first tummy time.
 My three favorite guys:
 A very proud brother!  He even got to sit in the teacher's chair at school on Thursday to share his news.  He asked me to send this picture to his teacher :-)
 Some very excited siblings:
On Saturday, James and Amma took these wild ones to the Children's Museum while I recovered from a looooong night #2 with the little man. 
I played around with some photos:
 And capturing the "little old man" phase.
 By the evening we were ready to resume some of our normal family routines.  After dinner John tried some tummy time while we played games:
 And woke up to even more love and cuddles on day #3 from those big siblings:
And then he had to put up with mommy doing a practice photo shoot.  I'm hoping to get enough newborn photos myself in the next few days to skip hiring a pro until we're ready for full family photos next.  It's kinda nice that I've been able to work at my own pace and didn't need to worry about timing/inviting someone else into my messy house.  Mostly, I realized since I make big, fast growing, alert babies I have to capture the newborn phase and features really, really quickly!  I remember we got photos of Matthew at 5 days but he looks about 2 months old since he was wide awake and wearing a big boy shirt!
















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