March 31, 2018

March Roundup

Obviously March was a big month for our family! Not only did we welcome little Charlie, but Davey and Sophie also celebrated birthdays, we had visits from both sides of the family, Dave traveled to Utah for a wedding, and we got ready to celebrate Easter. Phew!

I was relieved when I turned my calendar page and the only thing written down for April was "Pay Preschool Tuition." March was fun, but exhausting, and I'm looking forward to a month of very regular days. Goodness knows our kids have had enough cake, candy, and gifts to last awhile!

Here were some other March happenings:

Sophie dumped out ten, 24-piece puzzles and mixed them all together because "Davey wanted her to do it." Let the sorting begin...

Davey's creative potato head arrangement

The kids quickly learned that they have free reign of the house while I am nursing. One day Davey climbed up on the island and was dancing around. Sophie was afraid he would fall off and surrounded the island with pillows and blankets so he would have a soft landing. Ha. I wish this was the most troublesome thing to report. More recent incidents include Davey taking a bath in the master tub with his clothes on, the kids climbing into the van to repeatedly honk the horn, and Sophie eating half a bag of Cadbury mini eggs.

Dave left for Utah the day after we brought Charlie home for Todd's wedding. Todd and Tiffany were married in the Provo City Center temple and I was so glad Dave could make it because he has been friends with Todd since elementary school. 

With good friends Matt, James and Ben

All the wives went as well (except me because of Charlie) and they were able to have some fun times without kids over the wedding weekend. 

It's always breezy here and we often have winds in the 30-40 mph range in the afternoons and evenings. One night we went for a walk when it was really blowing hard and Sophie peeked into the stroller and said, "Welcome to the Amarillo wind Charlie!!"

This month was Daylight Savings. We still haven't figured out how to do bedtime while it's still light outside, but at least the time change has given us some pretty sunrises. 

March also brought us the first rainfall in over 5 months. Since October, Amarillo had only received .01 inches of rain, breaking a drought records from the 50s. Sophie has been praying for rain and when it finally drizzled a bit one morning, she ran outside and jumped for joy. 

Dave was working on his computer and Sophie wanted to help so he let her login to his email. It took her almost 5 minutes to type in the username, after which she declared, "Wow! I am like a sloth at this!"

Dairy Queen was giving away soft serve cones on the first day of spring. Yay for free ice cream and the end of winter!

One afternoon Sophie spent over two hours working on the puzzle I made for her birthday...

... and then Davey destroyed it in 10 seconds the next day while she was at preschool (another nursing incident). When I caught him, he said "I fix it" and started trying to put it back together. 

One of our first outings after baby came home was to the Discovery Center. We found some new block tiles in the kid's area and Sophie had a fun time making different pictures. 

We made Sophie and Davey!

Three March birthdays means three well-child checks, and I was able to schedule them all for the same afternoon. It was a long visit, but we survived and everyone is healthy and growing well!

Folding laundry with Charlie. It's amazing how adding one tiny person can somehow triple the amount of laundry our family produces. 

March 27, 2018

Visits from Grandparents

We were lucky enough to have visits from grandparents this month!

My mom arrived the day Charlie was born and was able to stay for one week. I was so glad to have her here to help with the kids while I took care of Charlie, especially since Dave was gone in Utah. She spent a lot of time reading books, making meals, giving baths, doing our laundry and helping to clean up the house. We love Grandmari!!

Grandmari also went with me on the first outing with all three kids. We went to Braum's to get some ice cream as a treat. These two were good, although I did have to take Sophie to the bathroom afterward to wash off her whole face. She chose the birthday cake ice cream, that was very blue, and very messy. 

This one was trouble. He kept climbing over the back of the booths, and then when we were leaving he dashed out through the automatic doors across two rows of the parking lot before my mom caught him. Thank goodness there were no cars!

Davey also came down with pink eye while my mom was visiting. We're still not sure where he caught it, but it then spread to Sophie and, sadly, to Charlie as well. Luckily it was the bacterial kind that can be treated with drops, and everyone's eyes cleared up within hours. While at the doctor for pink eye, we also discovered that Davey had a raging double ear infection - poor guy!

Grandmari with Charlie

Grandmari with Davey & Sophie

Dave with my dad. While we were all down in Texas, he was in Utah for a wedding at the same time as my dad who was also there for a ski trip.  They met up at Park City one day for some skiing and snowboarding. 

A few weeks later, Dave's parents drove up from Texas to see Charlie and to help out with Sophie's birthday party. The kids always love having them visit and we are so glad they made the trip up, even though they could only stay for a couple nights. During their short visit they were able to join us for a couple walks, party at Scales & Tales, and watch Sophie's first soccer game and the talk she gave in Primary.

One "good" photo and one "real life" photo. I'm so glad we remembered to take a picture because the last photo I have of the kids with their Howe grandparents was from Halloween a couple years ago - yikes!

March 26, 2018

Charlie's First Weeks at Home

The first weeks at home with a newborn are always a bit crazy as you figure out how to settle into a new routine, but so far Charlie has made things pretty easy for us. I keep holding my breath for things to change, but so far he is just a sweet, mellow little boy and I'll take it as long as I can get it. He doesn't mind being set down, which is essential for a 3rd child. He's a fast eater, never spits up, and rarely cries. He doesn't mind his car seat, and normally falls asleep within minutes of getting buckled in, which is great because we are always going somewhere.

He also is our best sleeper, which was't hard to accomplish because the others set the bar pretty low. Sophie was nocturnal for the first 6 weeks and all I remember from that time was sitting awake with her for hours each night, walking, singing, bouncing and swaying. Davey was always hungry and would wake up 4-5 times a night to eat. No wonder he was such an enormous baby! Charlie will wake 1-2 times, and almost always goes right back down to sleep after. Winner, winner!

Here are some photos from his first few weeks:

3 Days Old

4 Days Old

Sibling Love

6 and 7 Days Old  - starting to see his eyes more, and the face he always makes when we first give him a binky. He actually does like it, but has to reject it a few times before he'll latch. 

8 Days Old

Passed out cold around 9 pm. We try to keep him awake in the evening so he sleeps better at night, but this time we failed. Luckily he still had a pretty good night. 

10 Days Old - Charlie gets ignored for a good portion of the day while wrangle the other two kiddos, but during nap/quiet time and the evenings he gets me all to himself. 

2 Weeks Old - first time wearing real clothes. He spent both days and nights in pajamas until his cord stump fell off. 

Once his stump fell off he could start taking real baths, which he didn't like very much. Each time is getting a little better though, which is good because I love the smell and softness of a freshly bathed baby.

Sophie heard him crying and ran into my bedroom to help. She loves to hold him and put the binky back in when it falls out. 

2.5 Weeks Old

3 Weeks Old

His angry resting face at 4 days old, and 3 weeks old. Dave says his eyebrows look like they were burned off in the womb, but little hairs are starting to grow in. 

Not one of Charlie's cutest faces, but this photo makes both my kids laugh uncontrollable every time they see it :)