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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is the original picture I took of Nicolo.
This is the edit I did. Now bear in mind this is my first try at this. Up until now I only had Picasa, which was good for some basic fixes.
I still have tons to learn but am so excited to get knee deep into it all.
Thanks to my hubby for the software, and for the camera/lens/flash for that matter.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
It feels like 1 week ago I was talking to you in utero, a few days ago you took your 1st step and yesterday you said “Momma”. Tomorrow is your Birthday, I blinked and your turning 2.
You are intense in your emotions, persistent in you play and emphatic about your likes and dislikes. You test my patients daily and teach me how to stop and look a life. The sparkle in your eye when you are excited makes my heart grow two times it size. The proud look on your face when you complete a puzzle fills me with pride. The sound of you sweet voice when you read a story to yourself brings happy tears to my eyes.
Just a few things I have learned are…
· Throwing toys down the steps can entertain a toddler for hours.
· Food taste better if you are wearing it.
· You can clean a screen door with a bubble maker.
· Sometime you get whine with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
· Trying to change a toddler diaper is like a WWF match.
· You wave to say Bye, but you throw kisses to say Ciao! (now that's a true Italian)
· One Binky is never enough, each must have its own distinct flavor.
· Sometimes it takes 10 trips to the Thinking Chair before you really get it.
· It is okay to leave the laundry and dishes, because chalk drawings on the driveway are way more fun.
I am in such disbelief that tomorrow you turn two. I really only have one thing I can say, “I am so glad you have come!”
To the moon and back,
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I am amazed at all the milestones he is breezing right through. I haven't even had the time to blog about them they are coming so fast and furious.
Lets see, he hold his head up like a champ and literally breaks his neck trying to keep track of Francesco. His smile goes from ear to ear especially when he sees his Mama. He loves to stand in the walker and exersaucer and is so happy to not be looking at the ceiling. He has a great laugh that is coxed out by us tickling his older brother.
His latest and greats is rolling back to belly. He will just whip himself over and go up on his arms with a proud look on his face. Then, after a minute or so he realizes he doesn't know how to get back and he lets us all know it. You turn him back on his back and he flip over again. This can go on and on and on. Give him a day or two and he will figure out how to go the other way.
This is all great, right?
Yes and no. That mean I will have two on the move. I am not sure but I don't think Francesco did this rolling thing until a little later. I loved being able to put Nicolo down and know he would be in the same spot when I got back. All bet are off on that one now.
I am happy though, he is such a pleasant and content baby, I can't complain. He is very different than Francesco as an infant.
Nicolo sleep 10 hours, yes I said 10, a night. I use to think people that said their infants slept through the night at 10 weeks were either lying or just plain forgot. I have one of those babies now. Believe you me, I feel extremely blessed, Thank You Lord!!!!!!!!!!
So there my little update on Nicolo my wonder baby. More news flashes to come as he flies through more milestones at lightning speed.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Francesco picked up the little point and shoot camera the other day and it was already set to video. He was able to get it turned on and started to record. He had the camera turn around backwards and was walking towards us. He kept calling out like I do when I try to get him or Nicolo to look at me while taking a photo. The video make me and my husband crack up every time we play it. Just remember he is imitating me while I try to take his picture, he just has the camera turned the wrong way.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So for my first day back to work, after 13 weeks on maternity leave, I decided to get up early to prepare for the day. I ventured down the steps to go make a bottle and the formula for the day and smell the pungent odor of gas. At first I thought I was have olfactory hallucinations but as I got to the kitchen it was stronger. I looked to the stove and one of the knobs was not in the full upright position. It was turn just between "off" and "lite". I quickly turned it off, flung the sliding glass door open and called for G to grab the kids.
I take the baby and run outside with him. I soon realize we are standing on a wet deck in the puring rain. Nicolo looks at me like "what is Gods name are you doing women?" G gets to the door and says just open all the windows for a few minutes and go back upstairs.
So after a few minutes of all the doors and window open the smell was gone. The kids were awake, hungry and cranky. Francesco doesn't like it when his beauty sleep is disrupted, but as soon as the Backyardigans started to dance on the TV he forgot all about it. Thank God for TiVo!
After that fiasco the rest of the "getting ready to leave" went pretty good. I could have done with a little less whine during the process but we managed.
Now we are at the daycare, and early for that matter. It also pouring down rain. So I get the baby in the stroller, the bags under him and on my back and Francesco out of the booster seat, all while trying to hold and umbrella so Nicolo is not soaked. Francesco again had quite a bit of whine for me and the inability to walk on his own. Let me just say that during all this Nicolo is just sitting there not making a sound, he is so darn patient.
We finally make it to school and everyone gets situated in their respected classroom. I take a deep breathe and leave. I then realize I never told anyone about when the baby last ate, how much, last diaper, or even when he got up that morning. So I have to go all the way back, it really not that far, to give them the details and pray they don't think I am an irresponsible mother.
All of that gets taken care of and as I step outside to go to my office....it had stopped raining. Go figure on that one.
Needless to say rest of the day was good. Pick-up went well and G even got home 2 minutes after us so I was able to cook dinner. Again, Nicolo took a 30 min. nap once we got home and you didn't hear a peep out of him. We did have more whine with dinner but the wine I had cancelled out the whine Francesco had.
Day 2 can't go any worse so I am not stressing about that and am looking forward to getting us all into a nice routine. Time will tell!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
One part of me will miss the time I spent laying on the floor talking to my cuing little butterball aka, "butters", or lying on the bed for a nap while I soak in the smell of his sweet head. Another part of me is looking forward to talking to adults and eating lunch without having a baby on my lap who is eyeing up my fare.
Is it wrong to look forward to returning to the work force? For the most part I have to and a small bit of me wants to. I have worked for so long it seem wrong that I don't get up to go to work each day.
On the flip side I am extremely blessed that my boys will be a short walking distance from me daily. After an extended wait on a list Francesco, at the age of 10 months (on wait list since 13 weeks pregnant), got into the daycare at my work. Nicolo got and express ticket in due to his brothers veteran status.
I could not be happier with the care and education Francesco has received and I am looking forward to Nicolo enjoying his time there. They even made a conscience decision to but the Nicolo in the infant room right next to the Nursery room that Francesco is in. For one I will have both boys in close proximity and they have already told me they will hold the baby up for Francesco to see him.
Francesco has already coined a new nickname for the baby. I had strategically planned that Nicolo would get Nico as a nickname, Franceso nipped that in the bud with his mispronunciation of Nicolo into MowMow. The other day I picked Francesco up from daycare and one the girls picked up the baby and took him over to Francesco. He looked up and said "my Mow Mow!" G will even say "take the Binky to MowMow". It's not the nickname I planned on, but I may not be able to get too far from it.
So come tomorrow both my babies will be in the care of others and I will be trying to get back into the swing of things at work.
Let hope the first day goes well (crossing fingers).
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The boys did really well with the long trip. Nicolo slept most of the way and was otherwise pleasant as long as we feed him. He even seemed to enjoy some of Francesco's DVD's. Is it wrong that a 3 month old already likes the TV? Francesco hung in there even though he didn't like the fact that he couldn't lay down to sleep. Like I have said before Thank God for portable DVD's and a endless supply of Goldfish.
G did most of the driving. The few time he let me drive he couldn't deal with the kids. He claims that turning around over and over to tend to them was making him car sick. He eventually admitted that it was easier to drive than the deal with the kids and keeping them happy.
There was only 2 incidents that occurred. On the way home we ended up driving through torrential rain storms. The car hydroplaned, but luckily G was at the wheel and is a very good driver, he was able to keep control of the car. When that happen the only thing I could think of was my boys, it took a good 10 Min's for my heart rate to return to normal.
Then we were 3 hours from home and made a quick stop. We debated changing Francesco's diaper but he was happily watching a DVD and decided not to get him out of the car. Then at about 1 hour form home I was reaching in his chair to find his Binky and he was soaked. G said, "maybe he spilled his water," I checked and his water cup was full. When we did finally get home I was surprised that the diaper did not bust it was so full. Needless to say I had to remove the seat and all the covering for a good laundering.
As hard as it is to drive that far it was well worth it. We had a Family Reunion/90th Birthday Party. How many 90th Birthday Parties do you get invited to?
Nothing was better than getting to spend time with my family and my children getting to know all of their cousins. Francesco had a blast, he never once gave us an once of trouble going to sleep at night. His cousins are older than him but they all played with him and were so wonderful.
Nicolo was passed around a lot, he was the only baby and everyone was more than happy to hold, rock, feed and change him for me. He also did great sleeping and slept through the night every night we were there.
G and I also had a really great time. He gets along with my family and actually enjoys visiting with them.
So we are back, my house needs a good cleaning and I go back to work Monday.
As soon as I get situated I will post some of my pictures from the trip. Thanks for all the advise for the road trip. The Magna Doddle was a great tip.