Sunday, October 31, 2010

Korey's Bday

**Note - Pretend these pics are in order as a result of trying to blog and hold a baby in one arm!

In the middle of October we celebrated Korey's bday. Forgive the cake writing...I wasn't sure how it would look once I did it. But the cake itself was yummy and yes I made it! It was chocolate cake with mocha flavored filling. (It's the curse of being Type A).

Korey is opening his gifts while my dad is playing with Hunter.

Hunter is getting one on one time with his grandpa.
For two years I've been pestering Korey to find his diploma because I wanted to get it framed. His mom thought she might have it at her house in Houston but she didn't. Finally, just a few months ago, he was cleaning out an art portfolio and found it there. So I snuck it out one day and had it framed for his bday. Now it can join the wall of diplomas in our house! I think he likes the diploma better now that it's framed but for years he downplayed its importance. It's a college diploma so it's a big deal!
I just realized I didn't upload any other pics for this post. The rest were of Korey opening his gifts. Clothes...exciting!

When Daddy Babysits...

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Official

Korey's last day at his day job was at the end of October. After the end of the year we will only have one steady income - by choice. This is crazy, especially in today's economy, but his business, and his confidence, has grown tremendously since we've been married that he's ready to take the leap. Beans and rice here we come!

See his work here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back to Work

As of Oct 4 I am officially back at work. It was an especially hard week as I jumped cold turkey into being away from Hunter for the whole day, I walked into the middle of my company's bankruptcy proceedings, and I wasn't getting to nurse Hunter throughout the day so I'm having to pump to prepare his bottles for the next day. And not to mention that once I get home from work Hunter is ready for his next feeding so the minute I walk in the door we sit down and I feed him, then there is dinner to be made (thank goodness for the slow cooker!), bottles to be washed, bottles to be prepped for the next day, and getting his diaper bag ready for the next day. (Korey washes the dishes!) Whew!

My day starts at 5am just so I can get ready and get him fed before we leave the house. Korey gets him up and dressed since he likes to see him before he leaves the house at 6 and then hands him off to me. It takes about 45 min to nurse him and give him his formula bottle mostly because he's sleepy in the mornings plus I get to hang out with him some before we leave the house.

Just a note on breastfeeding and pumping...the bad thing about nursing is that you have no idea how much you are actually feeding to your child until you start pumping alot and let's just say I freaked out the first week of work because my volume was LOW!! I had no idea how I was going to fill 3 bottles and I had to delve into my freezer stash but thankfully after a couple of adjustments God has provided. I haven't had the volume he's needed since day one so I have had to supplement him with formula per the dr so he still gets half of the ounces he needs from me and the other half from formula. Breastfeeding is not easy but thankfully he nurses like a champ and has had no problems with also taking a bottle. But he does drink every last drop of everything you give him so I'm hoping the dr will let me introduce cereal at 4 months!

With going back to work I wasn't prepared for the guilt I would feel with having to be away from him. Why isn't there a scholarship for moms who want to stay at home with their kids? The first week was emotionally hard and I cried many tears even though I knew he was in good care. It has gotten better being away from him but I love the weekends now because I can nurse him all he wants and get to just play with him. Not to mention that we have skipped a couple of Sundays at church just because both of us didn't want to put him in the nursery and be away from him for yet another couple of hours since we don't have the time with him during the week. We both enjoy him so much! I've also wondered if he knows that I'm his mom and I've had to reassure myself that he does as I've had to be away from him.

I'm glad the holidays are coming up so that I can have more time at home with him.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hunter's Newest Tricks

Last Saturday we were invited to dinner at a friend's house for taco night. We decided to bring guacamole which is one of Korey's favorite foods. It prompts an automatic "I love you" whenever he sees I've bought avocadoes. Conditional love! He had Hunter help him make it. He looks like he is about to dive in.

Korey knows how to play the drums and I, unfortunately, (or fortunately!) have never gotten to hear him because we don't have room in our house for his drum set. But our friends had one and he drummed away and Hunter helped.

I don't think Hunter is too thrilled with this.

He has such a cute smile! For whatever reason I started making an "O" sound and singing it to him a couple of weeks ago. Now he can listen and copy it. We have video of him saying it back to us. It's so cute and makes my day.

At dinner time we put him in the swing so we can eat but he ends up fussing and one of us usually ends up holding him and trying to eat at the same time. We are figuring out his personality which is that he likes to see what's going on and doesn't like to be left alone. Two days ago we pulled out our space saver seat (because I found out it reclines!) that we opted for instead of a high chair and he loves it! Now he can sit at the table with us and see what's going on and he's very happy. Now if we can just keep him from putting his feet on the table!

Surprise Visit to Grandma

In September we decided to take a quick road trip to Houston to surprise Korey's mom for her birthday. We were told that she had just been saying she needed to go see Hunter and lo and behold we walked in!

Pretend these pics are in order!

Here is Korey and his brother with their babies!
Hunter and his cousin Brandon chillin'.
Hunter giving his Uncle Kevin the eye.

Rock on Uncle Kevin!

We borrowed Brandon's bumbo to test it out.

I let Hunter have some tummy time.

A picture says a thousand words. This picture says don't ever try to poke holes in a pork roast with a knife so the marinade will soak in. Because you will miss. And stab your finger. And have to get surgery. And all of these bandages are for that one finger.

Aunt Corey playing with Brandon. Brandon and Hunter are about 6 months apart.
And finally Korey's mom is holding her sweet grandbaby!