Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

Je suis tres fatigue.

Well Jed had a better night last night.  Instead of staying awake for a three-hour block, he decided to wake up once an hour (from 1:00am-6:00am) instead!  Turns out this sleep cycle works for newborns but isn’t optimal for adults!  Who knew?!  He did sleep for large chunks of time during the day today, which was very considerate of him, but Eliza was (of course) always awake during those very times.

Even though the sleep deprivation causes me to feel delirious and strangely disembodied, we still manage to have a great time during the day.  I owe our survival to coffee, prayers, and Sesame Street.

Eliza and I did enjoy watching this video over and over (the end is the best part).  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Easter Sunday.

We had a splendid Easter!  We would have loved to have spent the day with family, but since that wasn’t feasible, we had a nice time right here in Corpus.  I brought Eliza to church with me while Jimmy stayed home with Jed (Jimmy had to work later that afternoon).  Since Eliza’s least favorite thing in the world is to be confined to my lap, I figured we’d last maybe 15 minutes at the most.  Surprisingly, she lasted an entire hour (with a constant stream of diversions to keep her occupied).  She amused herself by handing objects to a kind older gentleman sitting beside her.  I think he may have been bored, too:)

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And this handsome lil fella has outgrown newborn diapers and almost outgrown newborn clothes!  How is he a month old already?

 

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In other news, he hosted a party at our house yesterday morning from 1:30am until 4:30am. I was his only guest. It was a blast.

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Checking out her surprises from the Easter bunny!

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She devoured a chocolate bunny then jumped on the couch for 20 minutes.  Please don’t judge me…I don’t normally give her candy!

That afternoon, we were invited to a friend’s house for a fun Easter celebration:

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Hanging out with her baby buddies.

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Looking dapper, as usual.

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An Easter selfie with my favorite little dude!

Good Friday!

Good Friday was very good indeed because JJ, Papa, and Aunt Jana came to visit!  Oh, how we love to see them!

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LOVE this!

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We had dinner with our good friends Evan, Amanda, and Riley that evening:

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Hangin’ with Riley.

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One of the girls got ahold of a bag of pita chips and created their own appetizer.

 

Happy Easter from the babies!

 

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His eyes are always on his sister.

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Well hello there, Easter Bunny!

Eliza was delighted to observe him from a distance, but she was less enthused about sitting on his lap:

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Jed was too little to pose with the Easter bunny, but he was happy to pose with this adorable sock monkey from Uncle Danny and Aunt Michele:

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Siblings.

Many people have asked how Eliza is adjusting to being a big sister.  To be honest, Jimmy and I feared the worst–we expected lots of jealousy and tantrums.  I’m happy to report that she has proven us wrong, at least for the time being!  She’s fascinated with Jed–she’s very gentle with him, she loves to talk to him, and she shares her toys and snacks with him.  When he gets fussy, she immediately says, “Baby!” and crawls toward his bassinet to check on him.  She even gives him hugs and kisses, which is the sweetest thing ever!  She has quickly learned to amuse herself or watch patiently while I’m tending to him.  In fact, her overall temperament has changed for the better!  I know there will be plenty of challenging behavior (from both of them) in the future, but I’m very grateful for the happy present!

Having two babies is certainly difficult, as you can imagine, but I’m absolutely loving it.  Jed isn’t even close to sleeping through the night yet, but I’m surviving because of Jimmy (and his cooperative work schedule) and coffee.  We’re gradually developing a rhythm to the day and really bonding as a family of four, which has been a wonderful experience.  The day seems to fly by…I almost feel like I’m teaching again!

By far the most difficult thing is taking them out and about by myself.  It can be daunting, but I’ve found that my confidence increases with each trip.  We’re going to attempt Wal-Mart tomorrow…I’ll let you know how it goes!  I really hope to pick back up with our weekday social schedule as soon as possible.  Eliza and I both miss our activities and friends!

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Great pic taken by Uncle Michael.

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She’s obsessed with this crown! Thanks so much, Nicole R.!

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What is he plotting in his sleep?

 

Jed meets Uncle Michael!

We’re so glad Uncle Michael made it to Corpus for a visit this weekend.  The kids adore him:)

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Being silly with Daddy:

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We’ll miss you, Granny!

We just loved having Granny stay with us for the past few days!  It’s so nice to have an extra set of hands, and hanging out with Mom is always fantastic.  Jed, aka Mr. Cuddles, really enjoyed being held pretty much the entire day!  And Eliza adored the extra attention, too!

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And Eliza is finally beginning to discover the wonders of walking.  This is happening now:

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And here she is standing up unassisted:

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It’s only a matter of time now!  I’m guessing she’s a late walker because she’s extremely independent and dislikes grasping our hands.  Also, she has tiny feet and legs (she still wears a size 2 or 3 shoe!).

And here’s a brother/sister moment:

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Combing brother’s hair!

And we really cracked up over this article.  I bet all parents can relate:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beth-woolsey/30-totally-rotten-things-parents-do-that-are-ruining-their-kids-lives_b_4475327.html

Life is sweet.

We love hanging around with Granny!  Plus, she watched the babies while Jimmy and I had a lovely date night at one of our favorite restaurants.  Life really is sweet!

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Oh, he loves his Granny!

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I call him Mr. Cuddles.

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Cupcake time! Mmmmm!

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Digging in!

Music class with Granny!

Granny and Jed (not the Beverly Hillbillies ones) joined us at music class today…everybody had a blast!  We’ve really missed going for the past two weeks.  And there’s a new student in the class named Amadeus, which may be the coolest-named baby I’ve ever met.  Alas, it’s too busy and chaotic to take pictures while we’re there.

And another mom friend brought us food tonight!  Corpus moms are the best:)

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