Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Growing Boy

I sure love this little boy!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The mommy life

I cant believe Kyler has already been here for two months already!! We absolutely love having him here. The first three weeks as a new mommy were pretty challenging with the wicked combination of extreme sleep deprivation, raging hormones, and the miniature sized human being who was entirely dependent on me to meet his every need with only one form of communication - the song of his people!

But once my hormones  leveled out and I stopped having random meltdowns for no reason, it started getting a little easier to figure out this mommy thing. At 5 weeks Kyler was extremely good to his momma and went 8-9 hours in between feedings at night. So after eating and falling asleep we were getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night and then he would eat and go back down for another 2-3 hours. It. Was. Fabulous. Unfortunately that only lasted about a week, but he still is a pretty good sleeper. I usually get about 4-5 hours at night and he still lets me get another 2-3 after his early morning feeding.

We think he is just adorable! He is starting to smile a little bit and he is cooing a lot, which melts my heart! About weeks 4-6 he was pretty colicky. If he wasn't eating or sleeping, he was crying. It was pretty exhausting since I'm home with him all day by myself without reinforcements. But after about 6 weeks he started to cheer up a bit! He is usually happiest after his second morning feeding after he's had some good sleep, a full tummy, and clean pants. By evening were back to the fussies, but it's a whole lot easier to handle when he hasn't been fussing all day to begin with. He is working on rolling over. At just five weeks he rolled from his tummy to his back, but has only done it again a few times since then. He rolls from his back to his tummy every now and then, but he always gets his arm stuck under him so he gets pretty frustrated with it. I love watching him grow and learn new things. 

Kyle is student teaching this semester and it's going pretty good for him. Since student teaching doesn't pay he is still working a few days a week at Kiwi Loco. Between teaching all day, working nights and planning lessons, he stays busy, busy, busy!! I am anxiously counting down the weeks until he is done with student teaching! Only 5 more until Thanksgiving break and then just 2 weeks after that. Then next semester he will keep working at Kiwi Loco and play Mr. Mom while I do my last semester of school. 
This semester I am taking 2 online classes and 1 night class that meets once a week. Being a student AND a mom is so much harder than just being a student! I can't wait until I'm done with school so I can focus on being Kyler's mommy. It's hard to do school because if he is awake he is either fussy, which makes doing homework difficult, or happy and I want to play with him instead of do homework. But I am so close to graduating and I know that it will be worth all the hard work in the end. I just keep telling myself that by this time next year I'll have a spiffy Bachelors Degree under my belt and I'll be one educated momma.

I absolutely love my two handsome boys and the small family that we are. I can't imagine my life without them. Being a mom hasn't been a walk in the park, but Kyler has been such a blessing in my life. I'm learning and growing in ways I never could have imagined. I sure am going to learn a lot in this new mommy life!

And just because I think this little dude is just a cute as can be...