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Thursday, April 24, 2014

the REAL march madness

March flew by, but not without its problems.
So...we brought Charlie home from the hospital and all was well.

He took a great nap in the cradle that his great, great-uncle made Kyle way back when.

I mean look at this cute face! I've been calling him Prince since he is the Prince Charles!

Kyle loving cuddle time.

Then things went south....
Had Charlie on a Tuesday, home Thursday morning, and my MIL stayed for the weekend to help. Well Friday, she got the tummy bug. We thought surely it was food poisoning. Then at midnight Kyle got it. 3 day old Charlie and I got out of dodge. My parents came at 2am to pick us up to go to their house. 

So Saturday, my MIL was much better and took care of J while Kyle was locked in our room. Charlie and I were chilling at my parents. It was rough!

Charlie trying to stay away from the germs at granny and granddaddy's house! We came back on Sunday. We thought all was back to normal....

Amanda brought us dinner that night. YUM!

On Monday we had Charlie's 6 day visit. He had gained back some of his birth weight not all of it yet. He was 7.12oz. 

J checking the prince out.

strolling with 2! Love our B.O.B stroller.

6 day old Charlie loved his 1st stroll! And Kyle felt much better!

my parents taking J for a wagon ride.

And here is where things got bad again. My mom came to help after my MIL left on Sunday. On Wednesday morning, my mom got the bug! AHHHH! My dad was already back home. So we loaded the kids in my car and Kyle drove my mom's car with her in it. We kicked her out and drove her home. We had to. We didn't want to chance Charlie getting it. He was only 8 days old! Luckily, our nanny Randi had a spot for J and he spent the day with her while I went home with Charlie. But she had no openings for Thursday and Friday...

So I flew solo! With both kids...a 9 day old and 17 month old. I'm sure glad I had a great delivery. But I survived! I have no idea how but I did. 

I even managed to get the prince some tummy time in!

cuddle time with Charlie

The next week, Kyle had a fever. Y'all it was nuts. Then his great aunt Eloise passed away who we were close to. Then our neighbor who we loved dearly passed away. During all this, my mom and MIL were back to help. Whew! 

And we had so many meals delivered to us via meal train from our friends and church family. It was the best gift since we didn't feel like cooking. We were exhausted! 

Sweet Jonah after church

Charlie time

Happy St. Patrick's day! 

Charlie was decked out for his 1st St. Patrick's day

You can't deny this cuteness.

The newspaper the day Charlie was born.

Jonah learned how to spoon feed himself.

Charlie's 1st bath at home

One of J's favorite past times. 

Jonah at church under his name.

Charlie's 1st time to church at 3 1/2 weeks old! 

After bath time, Jonah loves to run out and play with his toys, superman-style. 


Aunt Connie came to visit and J wanted to be a present!


His other favorite hobby, playing with the cabinets. 

my sweet Charlie

J is on his veggie strike so I made smoothies to sneak some veggies in! 

Charlie's 1st bottle of pumped breast milk. Now I can leave for more than 3 hours!

Fussy baby won't keep me away from food. He loves to be in the Ergo.

I love these sweet moments. 

It was a CRAZY month but we survived! So thankful for my healthy family!

Monday, April 7, 2014

mimi's 90th bday + charlie's 1st road trip

Kyle and I are brave souls. The whole family went on a 4 hour road trip so we could celebrate Mimi's 90th birthday (Kyle's grandmother) in the middle of March (Jonah 17 months, Charlie 2 1/2 weeks). The boys did great on the way down.

The birthday girl herself! 

My MIL did the best job at planning the celebration! It was at her retirement home and tons of people were there. 

Jonah wore Pops out. He was everywhere. 

Jonah loving Nana's necklace. 

Charlie slept thru the whole party. But a lot of people got to meet him. 

family.

some of the crowd that came

Jonah is not one to sit still for a picture

Mimi meeting Charlie for the 1st time, her 3rd great-grandson!

I caught him in the fruit bowl....

The tired, brave parents. We are rocking the two under two club!

Mimi and Kyle

The wild man himself.

Mimi and her grandkids, grandkid-in-laws, and great-grandkids!

just a swinging

2nd cousins

And Mimi, the life of the party with her Cadillac (what she calls her swanky walker). 

Jonah had a busy day and needed to chillax!

It was a lot of firsts for Charlie:
His 1st time to sleep 6 hours! (but Jonah was up....teething)
Met a lot of family

His 1st time out to eat. At a country club I might add. Prince is high class.
(Look at my Jonah cheesing it up!)
I can't believe we took them both out to eat. Good thing we had our helpers!

We ended up having to board our dogs. We were going to miss pick-up so we all went to get them. 2 dogs and Kyle in the front, and me and the kids in the back. All about the memories!