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George’s Second Month

Posted by: Maggie

George turned two months old last week and I realize that I haven’t really posted since he turned one month old. There is so much going on right now with the little ones at home and Josh back at work, and me back from maternity leave that I haven’t had any time to spare for this blog. Sorry friends! I’m going to try to be better about blogging this summer, especially since I’ll be blogging all of our Summer Bucket List adventures. I already have a few posts ready to go and a bunch more planned.

Anyways back to George’s second month. The last month has been fairly eventful and entirely exhausting. On the day he turned one month old we took George on his first real outing (aside from GoGo’s house, or the doctor’s office). We went to get some delicious frozen yogurt as a reward for Eleanor getting enough stickers on her sticker chart (I’ll be post about that soon).

I also had my first trips out of the house without baby. I met with my intern Tessa at Starbucks a few times and FINALLY went to have my hair done to get rid of these horrible roots (thanks Stacy)!

AND I started working out again! I’ve lost 5 lbs so far and as of now I’m another five pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (but 35 from my goal weight)! I’m working hard though. I just joined an intense cardio class that meets three times a week for the next six weeks. The plan is to lose enough to get into a bikini by the end of the summer. We’ll see…

We also had our first big family outing, a trip to the Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum. George was very cooperative, sleeping in his stroller the entire time we were there.

Meanwhile Eleanor, got to check out some bugs and get a butterfly painted on her face.

And George has even been enjoying Family Movie Night with us.

Although Eleanor has been very good with her brother, she’s been feeling a little bit neglected since Josh went back to work. She just went back to school this week, so the last four weeks she’s been home with me and George all day. Since I’ve been trying to get work done while taking care of George I just haven’t had enough time to play. So I’ve been trying to include her in taking care of George, working on craft projects together, and doing other little things around the house. In the photos below, we’re checking out the solar eclipse with a foil viewer we made, and Eleanor is helping me prepare basil for pesto.

As I mentioned, Josh went back to work after four weeks at home. The lucky bastard. I was left at home all day with the two little monsters (Josh is gone from 6am until 6 or 7pm).  The first two weeks were ROUGH! It is ridiculously hard work taking care of a newborn and a preschooler. They are both demanding in different ways. There is never a moment when I am not waking someone up, putting someone to sleep, changing a diaper, getting someone dressed, cooking a meal, nursing a baby, cleaning up a mess, doing a load of laundry, calming a crying baby or preschooler, or entertaining someone. Not a moment of quiet. Not a moment to myself. I’m lucky if I get to shower twice a week. But it is obviously worth it for all the little moments of love in my day.

The best part of the last month has been the appearance of smiles and the start of baby conversation. First he started to have longer and longer periods of wakefulness, where he would be wide-eyed, taking in the world around him. Then when he was five weeks old he smiled at me! It was amazing. Eleanor gave her first smiles and laughs to Josh, so I was sooo excited to get George’s first smile, and for a few days I was the only one getting smiles! Shortly after, he started talking…all. the. time. He’s going to be a little chatter box just like Eleanor. He is constantly “aahhh”ing, “oooh”ing, and “ehhh”ing at us, with lots of sighs, coos, and gurgles. His favorite thing to say is, “Ahgoo?” It’s always a question. And he carries on just like he’s having a conversation with you. He talks and pauses for a response, and then responds back to you. He’s always smiling as he talks and he gives these super flirty little sideways smiles with an eyebrow raised. It’s the most charming thing ever. This baby has serious charisma!

It took forever to get his smile on camera and I still haven’t caught his flirty smile yet!  First, I caught this blurry one on my cell phone.

But as soon as I put my DSLR up to my face my attempts ended up with photos like this:

And this:

Finally, with a little help from Daddy, I caught these:

See those super adorable dimples on each cheek?! I love him so freaking much!

George is One Month Old

Posted by: Maggie

George turned one month old on Saturday. The last month has flown by. I went from being pregnant, exhausted, uncomfortable, waddling to client meetings, photo shoots, and preschool pickup to spending all day at home with my newly expanded family. The mother of two beautiful children, an amazing girl who suddenly seems so big, not my baby anymore, and a tiny little boy who spends his days sleeping, eating, pooping and screaming at me to put him to bed, feed him, or clean up his poop.

Eleanor is already madly in love with her little brother. She is constantly hugging, kissing, and trying to help take care of him. We were afraid that she’d be jealous and resentful of the little crying creature who’d come into her house and taken away her parent’s attention. And while she’s definitely acting out a little because of the change, she has never blamed her little brother. She’ll get upset with Mommy or Daddy for being too tired or busy with George to play, but she doesn’t take it out on him. She can actually be surprisingly patient, waiting for me to finish a diaper change or feed George before doing something for her. I’m really proud of what a good big sister she’s turning out to be.

Even though it’s only been a month, it’s already fascinating to see the difference between George and Eleanor. We braced ourselves for the worst. Hoping that Eleanor had been the worst. We crossed our fingers and held our breath that George would be our “easy” baby. Eleanor spent her first six weeks constantly crying if she was awake, and the only way to get her to sleep was to hold her in your arms, because the moment you tried to set her down, the screaming and crying would start all over again. But you never know with babies, how they will be, and how much of your trouble with the first baby was your own fault as an amateur parent who really just didn’t know what you were doing, as new to parenting as your baby was to the world.

George arrived and we were pleasantly surprised by the differences. He latched well right away, and his first days at home he nursed like a pro, like it was his job, which it kinda is. Eleanor had a terrible time nursing at first. She wouldn’t stay awake to eat, she didn’t want to latch properly, she ate so lazily that she would nurse for 45 minutes to an hour, I barely had a break in between feedings. George also sleeps in his bassinet, which is such a big deal for us, as we spent the first six weeks with Eleanor holding her in shifts to get her to sleep, because she’d wake up the moment you’d try to put her down. And you can even put him down in his bassinet awake but sleepy and he’ll fall asleep all on his own. Eleanor didn’t do that until she was two.

I still wouldn’t call George easy. He’s cranky much of his waking hours, he cries and fusses a lot, and loudly. If he’s hungry, he’ll scream like he’s being murdered until you feed him. But as long as he sleeps without a problem I can handle the crying. And he’s sleeping pretty well at night. So far he usually gives us two or three good periods of two to four hours of sleep every night. So we get to sleep around 6 hours every night, which isn’t too bad at all. It’s definitely manageable.

Our days have been pretty pleasant. Josh and Eleanor spend most of the days playing, going to the park, swimming at the pool, or getting things done around the house. While George and I hang out on the couch, nursing, napping, and watching a lot of tv.

Even though we now have two kids that we have to learn to balance our time and energy between, I feel like having a newborn is so much easier this time around. Although, I say that now, before Josh returns to work and I have to spend my days with a newborn a preschooler and a business to run. I’ll let you know how that goes. Wish me luck! I’m sure I’ll need it!

Cranky Baby Essentials – The Complete Guide

Posted by: Maggie

As we prepare for baby number two, we’ve pulled out all our baby gear and reviewed all the registry recommendation lists to make sure we have everything we will need. In the process, we’ve reminded ourselves of what was the most useful to us and what we thought we’d need, but didn’t really use. So, I’ve put together this guide to share our knowledge with all the parents-to-be out there. I’ve split it into several categories of baby items and within each I’m sharing the “Must Haves,” “Nice to Haves,” and items that you can “Skip.” I hope you find this useful in prepping for your new baby!

Follow the links below to the post for each section of the guide.








Hope this list helps those of you preparing for a new baby! Please feel free to comment on any of these posts with any baby essentials I left out!

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