April 6, 2015

Quinn 10 weeks

My sweet girl Quinn is 10 weeks* new! I had an itching to get back to writing down some of her milestones up to this point, since everything feels a bit blurry in the beginning. I love looking back at Logan's updates too and seeing how similar and different my kids are. :) I also have some thoughts on life with two... but I will save that for another post.
We had our 2 month appointment last week and our little girl weighed in at 12 lbs 2.5 oz. Since she was born at 7lbs 12oz, I think she is growing just great. We are in 0-3 month clothing and starting to move into 3-6 month clothes as well. I'll be moving her into size 2 diapers after we finish this pack of 1's. We are breastfeeding again and this time around has been a much easier start and way less painful for me. That's been a huge relief. She got her first round of immunizations, which she was not happy about. It definitely affected her more than they did for Logan.
Quinn has been a pretty chill baby for the most part... that is until we get into the early evening hours (around dinner)... the "witching hour". I don't really remember Logan being as discontent each evening, but I could have just blocked those memories from my mind. Who knows!
But during the day and especially in the morning, she is so happy. We can set her down on her playmat and she will happily bat and kick at the hanging toys for a good 20 minutes. She's happy sleeping in her swing and her awake time is anywhere from 1- 1 and 1/2 hours before she gets overtired. 
As true second child fashion, we have been out and about a lot. Mostly its running errands or out at play groups/gymnastics/museums trips for Logan and his friends. You can mainly find Quinn snoozing in the carseat or being worn in my boba wrap. My friend Laura had her second (a girl as well) 3 weeks before me. We joke that they will have to be best friends because they are already always hanging out (aka Sleeping or lying on the floor) together.
We've been getting smiles for quite sometime and it is just as amazing as the first time around. I can't wait until we get straight out laughs from her. Those are the best!!!

Sleep has been ok. It's not horrible but not great. Most nights she is getting up twice at night to eat. Once around 12 or 1 and then again around 3 or 4. A few nights she has been up every 2 hours... yikes!
As of now, she is sleeping in a co-sleeper in our room. We are waiting for a few more weeks to set up her crib and then we will think of moving her into her room. We didn't do this earlier because we had people in town to help and her room is where they slept.
Some nights, we can bring her into our bed at the 3/4am wake up and she will go back to sleep without eating. I really think she just likes to be warm and snuggled. She loves when it's with Geoff the most. They are so cute together and I have a million photos of them sleeping already.
I looked back and by 2 months in, Logan was down to one wake up most nights and had already give us a 10-5 stretch. I'm trying not to compare too much and just enjoying my morning cup of coffee while looking forward to more sleep in the future. ;)

She really is just the sweetest baby I have ever met and Logan already adores her. The transition from one to two was a bit crazy and I have my moments of feeling completely overwhelmed... but all in all, I have really enjoyed it. It's crazy but the moment Quinn arrived, I knew she was a perfect fit for our family. It has really just felt right!

2 months memories-
First outing with just mom and babies- 1 week old at a playdate
Celebrated Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Baba's Birthday and First St. Patricks Day
First cold... so sad! :(

Quinn currently likes:
Being held, worn, snuggled
Being swaddled- however she is getting strong and starting to bust out of them.
White noise
Bath time!- this is different from Logan as he took a while to enjoy a nice bath.

Her dislikes:
Pacifiers (womp, womp)
being alone

*I had this mostly written last week and took me until now to get this posted. So, technically we are 11 weeks in. lol. 

March 25, 2015

Welcome to the family Quinn!

So it's been a while since I've visited my little space here. Sorry... we've been busy!
Our little Quinn joined our family on 1/14/15 at 1:26am. She made a quick entry into the world (4 hr labor) and we've been on a wild ride ever since. She came out screaming and man does this little one have a set of lungs on her! She was 7 lbs and 12 oz, 20 inches long.

Logan is doing a great job transitioning into his role of big brother and loves her so so much! Their first meeting in the hospital went so well. He gave her kisses, snuggled with me and then wanted to eat all the pudding and jello we would give him.

If you want to see lots of photos... hop on over to my Instagram- Friendlyskys.
I'll be back at some point to recap a few things but I am not promising a regular schedule of blogging anytime soon. I'm trying to soak up as much of this itty bitty baby stage as possible. :)

September 15, 2014

Summer Fun!

 First of all, we are super excited to announce that we will be adding a Baby Sister to the family!
We had our anatomy scan ultrasound and little girl almost didn't let us see what she was. We finally got a peek at the very end and I can't believe we are going to have a little girl. I am so excited to watch Logan become a big brother in a few months!!! Baby sister is so so lucky to have him.

Ok... so I promised I wouldn't stretch out all of our August fun into a million blog entries. Instead, I am going to quickly recap here and I make no promises that this will be short.

I never even recapped our Montreal visit waaaay back in May. We got home from Cincinnati and my brother in law and sister in law came to visit. We made the drive to Montreal and enjoyed a few days checking out the city and eating way way too much delicious food! (yum, poutine!) We walked around Old Montreal the first day, checked out Mount Royal the second (which has killer views of the city), walked around Rue Ste.-Catherine, Rue St-Paul and stopped by a huge market before heading home that I have no idea what the name was. I have so much more to say about it but I'll just let you check out a few photos. :)

June and July were pretty low key as I was just trying to get through the worst of morning sickness. Geoff was in training for a good 2 weeks- so we were on our own. To get through it, we hit up the beach, pool and park, went on walks, had play dates and swam/splashed in the backyard. I would have never been able to make it those two weeks without my friends up here.

We've had a few visitors in August since I was feeling better, we've been trying to squeeze all of our summer fun into the month. It has been fun fun fun... and majorly exhausting. haha! (can you tell that I originally wrote half of this in August... oops. blogger fail!)

Our good friends Laura and Clark came for the weekend in early August. We spent the first day in Boston- walking around Cambridge and then heading to the North End for dinner. We had a fabulous Italian dinner and then treated our guests to a few cannolis from Mike's Pastries. (If you haven't been... go! There is always a line but it moves fast and make sure you have cash. The peanut butter and lemoncello are my favorite- yum!)

The next day we headed to Portland Maine for the afternoon. It's less than a 2 hour drive from us here in NH. On our way we stopped off to get some Lobster Rolls!

Logan checking out the lobsters... not so sure of them! 
We parked and spent the afternoon walking around the town, snacking at a few places and doing more than a little window shopping at all the fun shops. Portland is a beautiful and funky little place, the weather was perfect and I highly recommend the visit.

Sunday we spent in Portsmouth. We made an attempt to take everyone to Hampton Beach and once we arrived, it immediately started pouring on us. Oops. We headed into town instead and had lunch at the Friendly Toast. After the rain let up, we walked all around town. It was a fantastic visit and went by way to fast!!!

In between visitors, we squeezed in a trip to go blueberry picking. We even attempted to pick some raspberries as well but that was a lot harder so early in the season. Logan loooooved it. He caught on pretty quick to only pick the berries that were blue and ate everyone he picked. We did manage to keep him from eating everyone that we put into our buckets and brought home a good amount. :)
Next we had more family come into town. My other brother/sister-in-law, our two nephews and mom! We had them here for a week and sure lived it up.

We headed into Boston the first day and walked around Findley Market area for most of the afternoon. We got clam chowder to share and I desperately tried to get Logan to take a nap in his stroller. Geoff was finishing up a trip so he met us after and we had dinner in the North End. Every time we are walking around the North End at dinner time we see this one restaurant, Giacomo's Ristorante, that has a huge line up down the street. We figured now would be a good time to check it out. We waited around 45 minutes and had to split our big group into two tables but it was such a fun experience. The waiters were wonderful with Logan and the food was delicious. We got the calamari for an app and Geoff and myself split the Zuppa di Pesce, which is basically a gigantic plate filled with clams, mussels, calamari, scallops and lobster over linguine. So so good!
The next day we decided to keep it a little closer to home and the boys really wanted to go blueberry picking so that is what we did. We drove down to Brookdale Fruit Farms and spent the late morning stocking up on more Blueberries and Raspberries. Between all of us, we picked a ton and had no trouble eating them all very quickly!
We hung out at home in the afternoon and took the boys to the pool while Logan and the rest of the family took naps! Logan just looooved having his cousins around.

The next morning, we all got ready for a day trip north. We decided it would be fun to check out Clark's Trading Post while the family was here. Logan is obsessed with trains right now and we got to go on a train ride while we were there. They also have shops, a playground, rock climbing, splash boats, a bear show and a Chinese acrobat show. Kind of random mix of things to do but made for a really fun afternoon! Right at the end of the day, we got caught in a complete downpour. Lucky for us, we were all ready to leave once the rain let up a bit!
 Friday the weather was looking gorgeous so we headed back in the car to Hampton Beach for our beach day. We spent all afternoon playing in the sand, splashing in the water and running around. It was so much fun and Logan loved having more than just Geoff and myself to play with. Pretty much ended up being my favorite beach day of the whole summer!!!
Saturday we laid low and headed to our favorite park for a family photo shoot! My brother in law took some great photos for us all and I can't wait to see them. (He took our Baby #2 announcement shot.)
Afterwards, everyone agreed to grab some Indian food for dinner. I was so excited since I had been craving it for a while.

The last full day, we went into Boston and toured the USS Constitution. I had done this years ago when I vacationed in Boston with my family. I remembered a lot about the ship but it is so much different touring with a toddler. Less learning, more corralling the kids. haha! The boys seemed to enjoy it. :)

It was so sad to see everyone finally leave. When we got to the airport to say goodbye, Logan realized that everyone was getting out of the car besides us. He cried and kept saying "down, down" to the boys. He didn't want them to leave. It was the worst seeing him so distraught... I even cried. Glad that we are giving him a little playmate of his own soon!!!

Now we are just living up the last few days of "summer". Since kids are back in school, a lot of pools and splash pads are shut down... it's really starting to feel a lot more like fall. We will be holding onto the warmer weather with a Popsicle in both hands until we finally have to pull out the scarves and sweaters!