I was extremely blessed to have Hubster home with C, Baby Jo and me for three weeks. We did our best not to get cabin fever by heading out on little errands; but on Saturday we went on our first major family outing.
The sun was out, a cool breeze was in the air, and I was feeling like I could be on my feet for a few hours. We headed to the railroad museum for the first time, and we had a fantastic time!
C absolutely loved it! He doesn’t get super excited about most things that we take him to. When we go to the zoo, he’s more interested in running around and pushing buttons on random soda machines than seeing the animals. The trains, however, were a different story. He had a fantastic time checking out the train displays that were designed specifically for young children.
We got to walk through some old trains. He had a great time running next to them and pointing at various wheels and gears.
And then there was the last thing we did before we left – the train ride. He loved it so much that when we disembarked, he kept saying, “Thank you! Thank you, choo choo!” When we got to the car and pulled away from the museum, he said, “Have fun!” It was so adorable.
We all had a great time! That was the most active I’ve been since having Baby Jo, and it felt fantastic.
Today, I’m going to post some pictures from what we’ve been up to since I don’t have a whole lot of time to write! My parents brought C back home today, and he adores his little sister. He keeps coming up to her and saying, “Hi, baby!” He rubs her forehead gently and kisses her. It’s the sweetest thing.
I have a DAUGHTER. Crazy!
Here is a pic of newborn C on the top, and below is Baby Jo. Don’t they look alike?!
Here she is, all ready to come home from the hospital!
The past few days in the hospital since Baby Jo’s birth have been filled with visitors, family, soaking in our new arrival, and getting as much sleep as possible before we go home and don’t have access to the nursery. Here are the highlights of Baby Jo’s first few days in our lives.
She was able to meet three of her four grandparents on her first day of life!
She met her cousins. We also took our first family-of-four picture.
Her brother loved on her a bit and made mama’s heart melt.
We celebrated C’s birthday with some cake. Here he is trying on his new “Cars” rain boots!
Birthday boy had a Mickey sticker on his bum.
Two days postpartum and I’m feeling light as a feather compared to 38 weeks pregnant!
It’s so nice to be closer to family for Jo’s birth, so that they could actually visit us! What a wonderful way to celebrate our child’s birth – having family come celebrate her with us. Not pictured are my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, parents to our three nieces; and my sweet friend, S, who is also C’s babysitter. Thank you all for coming!
Baby Deuce and the ol’ irritable uterus are really putting me through the ringer. For eight hours starting Friday afternoon, I had very painful contractions that were four minutes apart for several hours, then they would become irregular for thirty minutes and go back to four minutes apart. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous at all. I’m annoyed and stressed: annoyed that this keeps happening but goes nowhere, and stressed because if the contractions do end up being the real deal then I have so much more on my to-do list before she arrives!
Friday afternoon, I vacuumed, did some laundry, worked and cleaned the bathroom. I didn’t want to end up embarrassed by the state of my dirty bathroom if guests came to watch C!
When I woke up on Saturday morning with the same four-minutes-apart contractions, I went into full on nesting mode. I did the dishes, washed the newborn pacifiers, unloaded the dishwasher, did some more laundry, filed papers that I’ve been neglecting since we moved (a year ago!), changed the sheets, did some more work and completed some other random tasks that I can’t recall. I think the urgency in my eyes motivated Hubster to set up the pack n play in our bedroom and the crib in C’s room. That required rearranging C’s bedroom furniture. Hubster was on a roll, so he also rearranged furniture in our office.
I don’t think I’ve been this productive in ages. I haven’t had the energy to be this productive in ages. Baby Deuce is frightening me into productivity. I have to say, though, having all of those things finished feels pretty fantastic. Now that we’re as ready for her as we can be, what do you want to bet that she decides not to come until her scheduled arrival?
I just realized that I can cross another item off of my 30 Before 30 list!
We visited Disney World in January, and it was our first time there. It was so much fun and, while it was difficult to be there with a toddler, I’m so glad we went as a family. Even though C won’t remember his trip there, we have some really cool pictures for him. Hooray for crossing off #12 on the list!
Giving mama a kiss at Animal Kingdom.
Meeting Lightning McQueen and Mater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Playing the drums in Africa at Animal Kingdom.
Love this face. Pure joy while coming down this slide.
Ready to take a dip in the pool!
Waiting in line for the Winnie the Pooh ride at Magic Kingdom.