Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grayson's First Days

Day One:
Hanging with daddy
Uncle Bryan & Aunt Terra are your first visitors! (They were Ryan's too!)
The Sun's stopped by next but mommy forgot to take a picture!
Next up came Nat, Andy, Lindsey and Colin. 

Your brother Ryan spent the day with your cousins and everyone came to meet you that afternoon!
Lyla LOVES to hold you

Big E holding you

Ryan wasn't so sure of you at first....but by the end of his visit he was giving you kisses!

So sweet!

Exhausted from your first day of life

Day Two:
Quiet day at the hospital resting...

Of course Yiayia and Ryan came to visit

Day Three:
Some alone time with mommy

Your going home outfit...
As you will see this isn't the most traditional going home outfit but I realized once I was there that I hadn't really thought things through. I had a sweet little blue outfit but it was a gown and I wanted you to have pants since you were going in the car seat. 

Time to go home

Daddy driving us home
My sweet little boys

Home Sweet Home

Ryan showing off his little brother

Grayson & Dominic

When I was pregnant with Grayson I knew about 10 other people that were also pregnant and due around the same time - so crazy how pregnancies tend to happen in waves. Anyhow, my friend Whitney and I had due dates only a week apart, but we actually delivered only a day apart! And we both had little boys! Yay for boys! Our schedules over the past year have been so crazy that we really haven't gotten to hang out that much but now that we have little boys so close in age I am hoping we see a lot more of each other! Last week my mother-in-law and I made the trip over to Whitney and Nicks to meet their new little bundle of joy - Dominic.

Mary (Grandma) with Dominic Michael 

Terry (Dom's grandma) with Grayson

These little dudes actually weigh about the same in this picture! Dom had just gotten back from his 2 week appt and was weighing it at around 6lbs 14oz and Gray had his 2 week appointment the next day where we found out he weighed about the same! So excited about our future play dates!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Building Vandy - Demo Day!

Last Thursday was DEMO day! I really wanted to do something cute with the boys - like donuts & demo - but there wasn't much lead time so that didn't happen. We basically got confirmation that it was happening about a hour before it we weren't quite ready for it. I'm just glad I actually got a "before" picture!

It's crazy that that one truck tore down the whole house!

 And here is its current state! All ready to go!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Baby Bump & Baby G

So it's been a while - I am almost at the point where I am so behind I don't even know where to begin! So much has happened in the past three weeks and of course, I want to document it all :) Its just been a little difficult trying to find the time to do so. In my pre-Grayson days I always blogged during Ryan's nap time or after he went to bed however, these days when the boys are napping I have been organizing, cleaning or running errands and when the boys go to bed....I do too! Not much computer time....however, since we area little more settled I am hoping to get back to my blogging.

Anyhow, it's been wonderful being a mommy of two. Especially two little boys! Grayson's first outing was to Ryan's Kindermusik class when he was nine days old. Although he slept though it, I am pretty sure he enjoyed it :) We had family in town for the first three weeks after Grayson was born which was such a huge help especially since we were moving! Having my family and Kevin's mom around I think really helped Ryan with this huge transition. He was still able to get a lot of one on one attention and stay very busy so this "new" little guy hasn't been cramping his style!  Now that we are three weeks in I have somewhat found my groove so getting out and about with both of them isn't too bad. It requires a lot of planning ahead...but I am a planner so it's no big deal! Anyhow, when I do get out I tend to get a lot of the same questions so I thought I would answer them here:

1. How is it going? Honestly things are pretty great. I don't want to sound like one of those moms that are so darn positive and you kinda just want to slap them but that's kind of how I feel (at least for now :)). Things are good, I feel lucky and genuinely happy.
In the beginning I was a little sad because I wasn't able to spend much time with Ryan. It's crazy when you go from spending basically all day every day with your little one to seeing him a couple hours a day (while I was in the hospital). When I returned home it was easier for Kevin to take him to his activities so I missed doing that as well. My mom stayed in town for two weeks after Grayson was born - she was so helpful with everything - taking care of Ryan, cleaning, moving, watching Grayson...really anything that I needed she was right there to help. It was so nice because I am not sure how I would have gotten through those first two weeks without her. Kevin's mom also came in town for a week which was wonderful because she scheduled her trip to be here once my mom was gone. Ryan loved getting some one on one Grandma time! We also had my brothers and dad in town which was awesome. We don't get to see them that much (my dad/parents lives in Indonesia and my brother Nick is in Florida).  Ryan really loved having out with all of them. I think having so much entertainment around also really helped Ryan with this transition. He was so busy and having so much fun he didn't realize how much time I was having to spend with Grayson.
In addition to our family helping us out in so many ways we are also so grateful for our wonderful friends who have been bringing us dinner! It was so incredibly helpful especially with the move! I haven't cooked a meal in the last three weeks and we have been eating such yummy food!

Are you getting any sleep?: I was dreading the first night home from the hospital. (Actually, to be honest I was kinda dreading the whole first two months - solely due to the sleepless nights!) With Ryan that first night home was when Kevin and I questioned what on earth we had done...we were so sleep deprived and Ryan was starving (my milk hadn't come in and he still didn't know how to latch). That night and probably the first couple weeks were probably the most difficult times we had ever gone through as a couple. We weren't having martial issues or anything...just the cluelessness of being new parents, being sleep deprived, ect...Obviously we got the hang of it and things were fine, but looking back on it - it wasn't something we were looking forward to again. In fact, I was so worried about it that I even had a night nanny lined up to help us with baby #2!
ANYHOW, I am happy to report that this time has been so different. I have often heard that second babies are "easier" and now I can attest to that.  I realize that we are only (almost) three weeks in and things could change but overall Grayson has been a dream. He usually cluster feeds in the evenings and then I put him down around 8/9pm. He has been sleeping for a 4 or 5 hour stretch (since basically 5 days old - no, this is not normal, and no, I did not wake him to feed because he eats almost every two hours during the day) Anyhow, I feed him, which takes about 30 minutes (which is AMAZING because it took an hour and a half with Ryan) and then the little man goes back to sleep. Typically for another 3 hours, then he wakes, feeds, goes back to sleep then it's morning time. We get up around 7am, feed him then I pump. Now, not every night has been this great and I tell myself every day that this isn't typically and I shouldn't get use to it but so far so good. I know there will be rough nights...but I am prepared for them :) So the long answer to the question is yes, I am getting sleep. More sleep than I ever got with Ryan at this age...but yet I am still up during the night so it does catch up with me!

How is Ryan doing with the baby?: Ryan is doing fine. He is not overly interested but not upset or angry with anyone. He isn't throwing fits or acting out (as far as I can tell) so things are pretty great. I wasn't really too worried about him adjusting, in general he seems to adjust well to new situations and just goes with the flow.
When he came to the hospital to meet him he didn't think much about him - honestly he was much more interested in the toys that I had bought for him. Once we got home Ryan was a little unsure as to why Grayson was always around - almost like he was waiting for someone to come and take him. I am pretty sure every time friends came over to bring us dinner he was thinking "oh good, they are here to take that baby away".
As I mentioned, in the beginning he really didn't pay any attention to Grayson - just kept on with his own life and things were hunky-dory. Each day he seems to acknowledge him more and more.  He will randomly talk about "baby" and all of the sudden be very interested in him - wanting to check out his toes and fingers and eyes. And some days he has no interest. He was very interested and worried about Grayson's umbilical cord - I think he was happy when it fell off, I think it may have scared him a little bit.

Ryan holding little baby Grayson. He holds him, says cheese then decides he is done and basically tries to toss him back to you. 

Giving little G a hug

Testing out all of Grayson's baby things...

How was your move? Goodness, the move. As I tell everyone, I don't recommend it. Although we had movers it still was quite challenging. The last time we "moved" was in to our Miller house and we really didn't have that much "stuff" goodness that has changed! The most difficult part has been trying to unpack and put stuff away. Although our rental is larger than our Miller house I am not as familiar with it and haven't been able to get myself organzied. We have finally gotten most things to a livable state but I still feel a little chaotic because I am not as organized as I would like to be.  The space is perfect for now but I am oh so excited to start construction on our new house...and MOVE again...I actually look forward to that move :)

Our extended family has all left and it's been great settling into our new little life of a family of four - life is good :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Project 366 - Week 38

Sunday, September 16th: Dinner at Royal Thai
Monday, September 17th: Ryan and mommy lounging
Tuesday, September 18th: Grayson's first real bath
Wednesday, September 19th: Little Grayson chillin'
Thursday, September 20th: Playgroup with the boys
Friday, September 21st: Playgroup at Coffee park
Saturday, September 22nd: Quick pic with Yiayia and Papu before they head back to Houston

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grayson - Two Weeks

This morning Grayson and I headed to see Dr. Neely for Grayson's 2 week check up. 

Everything went great and little G is back up to his birth weight! yay!

Weight: 6lbs 14.5 oz (.5 over birth weight) (10%)
Height: 22 inches (80%)
Head: 36.5 cm (45%)

I really thought his weight would be more in the average range but apparently not. Oh well - my little man is growing and is healthy so that's all that matters to me! No shots this time but he did get the ol heel prick - I hate that. Grayson cried a little but I was able to calm him down and he nursed right he was happy as a clam when we left. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bath Time

Today Grayson finally had his first bath! Yay! Yup - he is 15 days old and just getting his first bath. (I should note that my mom actually gave him two sponge baths while she was in town, but I was waiting for his umbilical cord and circumcision cap to fall off before he got his first real bath.)

Since daddy was at work I recruited another little helper - Ryan! I was a little worried that he might try and turn the faucets on the whole time but luckily he kinda just sat there and watched...

Just hanging out ready for his bath!

Watching his little bro

Ryan picked out a hot pink wash cloth to use

Little Grayson did so well! He didn't cry or anything...just kinda hung out and enjoyed it. Yay for bath time!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Grayson Miller McDonough 
Born at 2:51am on September 3rd, 2012
6lbs 14oz
We are in LOVE!

Family of FOUR!

In case you were wondering...this is why I haven't blogged in so long! Actually, Grayson is a breeze and having two has been so great - it's the MOVE that has kept me crazy busy! We are still trying to get settled in but have so much more to do...hope to sit down and blog again soon! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Project 366 - week 37

Sunday, September 9th: 39 weeks - baby outside belly :)
Monday, September 10th: Moving day...
Tuesday, September 11th: Play date with Ryan at Tieze park
Wednesday, September 12th: Quick pick of house on new lot...demo day tomorrow
Thursday, September 13th: Sweet little G's chin
Friday, September 14th: Grandma & Grayson
Saturday, September 15th: Daddy is trying to burp Grayson but he fell asleep...and so did Bob

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to School

Ryan started the fall semester of Mother's Day Out today at Wilshire Early Childhood Learning Center.  This is the same school he went to last year however we are now going on Monday's and Wednesday this year (my fault - I missed registration day!) Anyhow, since I was in the hospital with Grayson Kevin and my mom got Ryan ready for school, packed up his lunch and his bag and took some pictures for me. 
They said he started out ok but quickly was over the picture taking. That's how it goes....

Here is the little guy at school with the fish tank - he loves it. 

Although I took him to his "Meet the Teachers" day last week I actually don't remember his teachers names.  They usually give an information sheet and I forgot to pick one I need to do that. Even though we attended last year and over the summer we don't really know anyone in our class - only one little boy (from Kindermusic). It is probably because most of our friends are Tuesday/Thursdays and the new people are Monday/Wednesday. I guess that means we just get to meet new friends!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ft. Worth Zoo

On Sunday of Labor Day weekend we made plans to venture out to the Ft. Worth Zoo with some friends. Ryan and I had never been to the Ft. Worth Zoo so we were pretty excited - also excited to have daddy come along!

It took us about 40 minutes to get there 
We saw big ol gorillas and rhinos - and the new baby rhino (pictured above with his mamma - it's hard to see him)

Ryan loved this little bubble!

Loved the zebra's and giraffe's - the baby giraffe was so cute! 

Ryan and Andy checking out the alligators...or crocodiles...I am not sure which

Feeding the birds! Little R thought that was pretty cool although he pushed a couple birds off their perch trying to shove the food at them. Silly boy!

And then it was time for the carousel. This was Ryan's first ride so he was a little cautious - but as you can see Andy loved it!

Kevin with Jack

A quick ride on the train!

We had such a fun time and loved visiting the Ft.Worth Zoo. It was getting hot and this momma was tired from walking around all morning so we packed it up and headed home around noon. When we got home we were all pooped so we got a nice long nap in...who knew what would be in store for us later!!! Who knew this would be our last outing as a family of three!

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