I realize I've been absent for the longest time I've ever been. Errrrm... almost half a year??
To be honest, I lost the love I once had for blogging. I felt like it was more of a chore. And having 2 kids (one crazy one who doesn't nap) didn't help. That combined with the crazies stalking my blog was enough for me to give it an unplanned [looooong] break.
Vincent's baptism ~ September 2012
Gianna's 1st day of preschool
I'm really not sure if I will continue for much longer or not. But either way I figured I owed it to certain people to at least update with how our lives our going right now :)
First things first; we're building a house ::squeeeeees to the moon:: I can't even explain how excited we are and how lucky we both feel to have the option of building our first home, but it's been an amazing process. Little things I would never even have thought about before building are things we get to choose. It's awesome. Like, who thinks about gutters, or freaking mortar [between brick] colors? Now I do HA!
I will try and update on the progress of our house once things get going faster. We've been going through this building process since October and just barely (last week) finalized our plans so we are breaking ground by the end of this week :)
Gianna's 1st day at ballet/tap class
Halloween 2012 ~ Snow White (homemade costume!)
My little sock monkey
So since I last updated, Gianna started preschool. She also started taking dance classes (ballet and tap), which she LOVES. Vincent rolled over at 3 months, started sitting up at a little under 5 months, army crawled at 6 1/2 months & just started full on crawling 1 week ago. He is still wordless and toothless (unlike his sister at this age), but he's growing so fast!!!
Gianna is the BEST big sister. Like seriously she is so motherly towards him and sometimes it's hard because I have to remind her that I'm the mommy HA :) And Vincent is such a dang easy baby. Just like Gianna was. I hit the jackpot with 2 incredibly easy babies, that nurse well, sleep nearly 12 straight hours at night and are incredibly sweet and cuddly. This almost makes me want 5 more of these little buggers. Almost.
Standing in the line to see Santa
Vincent (as you can see) is getting big. And he's going to be 8 months old in 8 days. That's 4 months away from 1. ::dead stare::
So, obviously, that means it's time to start planning his 1st birthday party. Because I can't throw an extravagant party for my 1st child and not do the same for my second. That would be cruel. So the theme has been chosen... and many ideas have been pinned.
"Our Little Monster is Turning 1"
There's our theme :) And many ideas are on the way...
1st time on a swing
So now that I've updated you as much as possible without writing a novel or overloading you with pictures (y'all know I love pictures), I will continue to try and post once a week with updates on our family & future home building as requested. I'm not going to promise any more than once a week because we all know that won't happen ;)
I miss everyone & hopefully somebody is still reading... ::smooches::
And since I haven't updated on Vinny in like 2 months... or pretty much since his birth ::hides in corner:: I have a picture overload. To say the least.
I never imagined how much work it would be to have 2 kiddos. I'm constantly nursing or changing Vincent, making sure Gianna is getting attention, food, potty trips, etc... or all of the above at once.
When I had Gianna I always fed her in our comfy rocker in her QUIET nursery. This time having a newborn is not the tough part... it's keeping up with a 3 year old at the same time! I've learned to nurse Vinny while cleaning up toys, making lunch, or taking Gianna potty. Takes serious talent, people ;)
Now that Vincent is 11 weeks (3 months in a couple weeks... ahh!) we've got a good schedule down, and having 2 kids isn't too bad. We've really adjusted to our family of 4 and things are going great!
Some Mrs. F news... this was the easiest recovery I could have ever imagined. And I'm 1 lb away from my pre pregnancy weight thanks again to Weight Watchers. Woot :) I've been back at the gym since a little after 4 weeks pp and feeling good!
Here are some stats on little Vince:
Gianna was a good nurser when she was a newborn, but Vinny was even better. This kid latched on right after birth & has been a pro ever since! I've only been pumping 2-3 times a week so I have a stash in the freezer "just in case."
12 lbs 14 oz - 77% (at 2 month appt) He is way bigger than Gianna was at this age!
23 in - 53% (at 2 month appt)
Growing out of 0-3 month clothes. Honestly he'll probably only fit in them for 2 more weeks. Gianna fit in her 0-3's until she was about 4 months!
Coos & smiles all the time while he's awake unless he's eating. Such a happy boy I have!
Awesome with tummy time. He's this close to rolling over.
Goes to bed around 10pm and has been sleeping consistently for at least 6-8 hours straight. He'll eat then sleep for another 3-4 hours! This just started 2 weeks ago (he had been waking up every 2 hours to eat every single night since birth so hopefully he keeps it up) ::knocks on wood::
3ish weeks old
Gianna keeping busy with Grandpa!
Bottle... because mama had a few margaritas.
4th of July... told you I had tons of pics to catch you up on!
Gigi likes him to lay next to her during prayer time at night :)
Pedi time with her Noni
Almost a month old... sporting his team with Daddy!
changing her baby's diaper with her "big sister gift." A diaper bag with bottles, diapers, wipes & changing pad for her Bitty Baby!
First smiles at 4 weeks!!
Shopping at Trader Joe's
These are a little our of order... this is Vinny at about 7 weeks
Little bebeh... 3 weeks
My cousin & aunt came to visit when he was a week old!
Before my mama left :( (Vinny at 1.5 weeks old)
Gianna, Vinny & Nana (my mom)
Gianna & her best friend, Laura... matching homemade dresses & headbands!
Gianna loves to read Vincent books
I know these are so out of order & I'm too lazy to rearrange them!
1st trip to the dentist... of course I needed pictures!
We took Gianna to the American Girl store to pick something out for her Bitty Baby, "Zoe," on her birthday!
She picked a Baby Bjorn... because "Mommy does that to Vinny!"