Monday, September 26, 2016

Week in Review...

A little bit of everything this week around the Thoman House...

Visitor Update
Auntie Sherrie and Uncle Ken swung into town for about 20 hours last weekend to meet the new prince of the family.  

Georgia, Auntie Sherrie, Uncle Ken, and Grant
The kids finally got to wear their adorable Big Sis/Little Bro outfits that Auntie Sherrie had sent right after Grant was born.  She thought Grant's might not fit for awhile.  HA!  Chunky Monkey proved that theory wrong.

Since their trip was just a quick in/out of town, Abby stayed in Massachusetts with her grandparents.  Georgia managed to give everyone a hard time guilt trip about that one and I think even made Auntie Sherrie promise to bring her with on their next visit down.

Even though they were only in town for the day, we tried to make the most of it and headed over to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard for a glass (or two) of sangria since it was a beautiful afternoon.  Nick and I were shocked to see how crazy busy the winery was on a Sunday afternoon and immediately made plans to spend more time over there on the weekends.  Live music, booze, and kid friendly = win, win, win!

Grant's first vineyard trip

The real adventure began on the short ride back home.  For weeks, a herd of goats has been loose in town.  I know, goats????  Long story, but a local slaughterhouse holding facility (whatever in the world that is) lost the goats????  They've become a local tourist attraction - meaning that all the locals keep trying to find them.  Our neighborhood Facebook page has been like a live blog of where the goats have been spotted recently.  Nick and I had seen them the previous week as they were being rounded up by animal control and the cops.  Or so we thought.  Until this spotting...


Of course, it didn't take long before Nick and Ken had to exit the vehicle to take some selfies with the celebrity goats (while I wondered what our insurance would say if a goat HIT us!).

Yup, that's an almost 40 year old man excited to see goats!

Hands up in victory!

Stalking goats

Thankfully, the goats wanted nothing to do with us.  Unfortunately, the local wildlife must have heard that Ken was interested in meeting them because when Sherrie/Ken left our house early the next morning, a deer decided to introduce himself to them and ram the side of their rental car as they left the neighborhood!  It's like we live in a petting zoo that's gotten a tad out of control up here in the wilds of Clarksburg!

Who wouldn't want to meet this guy?!?!

Thanks for coming to visit!!

Barnyard Bash - Green Meadows
On Sunday, we headed up to Green Meadows Petting Farm for their annual Barnyard Bash celebration.  We had a lazy morning, so we got a late start, but it ended up working out perfectly since we were there during the Redskins game and had most of the farm to ourselves for the afternoon.

Grant met his first cow... named Tank!  Per usual, #Grantnotimpressed.

Thank goodness for some afternoon clouds rolling in because we were starting to boil after just a short time walking around in the sun.

Goats seem to be the theme of the weekend.  This little guy had just been born a few days earlier.  He had the softest ears and was so sweet (when he wasn't stepping on his sibling to get to his Mama!)...

Georgia is all about these cut-outs right now.  I can remember battling with her back in the day arguing over just stopping to smile for one minute.  Now, she's all "Take my picture!!"

We love Green Meadows - pig races, hayrides, pony rides.  It's a great little place to spend an afternoon!

Girl Scouts Daisy
In other news this week, Georgia officially became a girl scout daisy!  It was very exciting.  Over the summer, we got invited to participate in a brand new troop that was being formed in the neighborhood.  A few other girls from Georgia's daycare/preschool were involved and I thought it would be a nice way for her to keep in contact with all of them (they are all in the same school, but different kindergarten classes - her school has 9 classes for just kindergarten!).  She's really excited about all the fun activities, including their first field trip to the pumpkin patch in a few weeks.

The other nice thing about Daisies is that it is just every OTHER week and it meets at the school, which is approximately 38 seconds from our house.  We decided to forego dance this fall as we adjust to life with Grant in our house.  Since dance was 20+ minutes away, Daisies seemed like a nice alternative.  Tball is still two times per week, but is also at the school or at the fields 3 minutes away.  We wanted to stick close to home as we adjusted to life as a party of 4.

Unfortunately, since we're a brand new troop, we are flat out broke!  Soooooo... Georgia already hit up some of you for the fall sales promotion - magazines and nuts.  Yes, you read that correctly.  NUTS.  My poor allergy kid has to sell the very product that she is allergic to and that could kill her.  The irony is not beyond me.  She earned points for sending out emails to family/friends and for every magazine/nut product bought (as I spend the other half of my life trying to discourage everyone from NOT buying nuts), she earns points towards her first badge and a portion of the earnings goes towards the new troop.  Since I couldn't buy any of the nut products (and I wasn't paying the crazy shipping price that was asked at checkout), I went ahead and renewed one of my cooking magazine subscriptions.  We really appreciate anyone who supports Georgia's newest "hobby."  If anyone wants to buy anything (click HERE for magazines and HERE for nuts), you have my sincere appreciation and should receive a thank you video from Georgia... as soon as I can figure out how to do that on the girl scouts website! 

I hate selling things and I'm certainly not going door-to-door, especially since we'll probably have to do that in the spring when she has to sell cookies... also that she cannot eat.  Perhaps dance was a better endeavor... or at least more allergy friendly!  Dear Girl Scouts, can we sell popcorn next year??!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grant - 2 months

Mr. Man is officially 2 months old, which is crazy because it feels like we just brought him home from the hospital yesterday.  Yet, at the same time, it feels like Grant has been a part of our family forever.  He really does complete us.

I'm already starting to fear that this little guy is going to be climbing up the walls before his 1st birthday.  He is SOOOOO strong.  He lifts up his head during tummy time and when just chilling on our shoulder.  His head is on a constant swivel as it takes in the world around him.  Nick and I are now on constant vigilance since we've both had near misses which could have resulted in a chipped tooth or two. 

Speaking of strong, Grant's already rolled over several times from tummy to back.  The first time was out of anger.  The second time completely surprised him (and me) during tummy time.  I have a feeling this guy will be on the move before we know it.

Oh those eyebrows!

The best milestone this month is all the smiles that we're seeing these days.  They're not consistent and they come and go pretty quickly.  But, when he makes eye contact with you and lights up, it just makes your day.  Georgia was so excited the first time that he smiled for her.  He certainly loves to light up when Nick walks in the door at night and give his Daddy a big smile.

Cracking himself up!

In sleeping news, Grant slept through the night three times this week.  HALLELUJAH!!!!  Twas amazing... except for the Dolly Parton chest that I woke up sporting each of those mornings.  Nothing like pumping a pound of fluid out of you boobs after a solid 7 hours of sleep!  Of course, after two nights of sleeping like a champ, he then decided to wake up at 4am again the following night.  It took Nick and I a few minutes to figure out what we do in the middle of the night when he woke up.  How quickly we forget!  Luckily, he decided that sleeping through the night was a lot more fun, so he went back to sleeping all night the following evening.

Grant had his 2 month appointment today at the pediatrician's office.  We chatted a lot about reflux since he's showing more and more symptoms of it.  Georgia also had a lovely case, but she was more of a happy spitter.  We tried meds with her, but we never really saw it make any difference.  We're going to try meds with Grant.  It won't fix the spitting up, but hopefully it will take away the burning sensation and make him a happier spitter because nothing is worse than seeing this happy little guy in pain.

Weight update...
One month ago, Grant weighed 9lbs and was 21.5 inches.
As of today, big guy is 12lbs, 5oz and 22.5 inches.  
Way to grow, Mr. Man!!  Someone really does love his milk.

Other Grant fun facts:

* Unless we swaddle him, he loves to kick off his blanket.  If he can't kick off the entire blanket, he ALWAYS manages to free one of his feet!

* KC is obsessed with him.  I'm not sure if it's because Grant "smells" like me these days, but she is always smelling him.  KC avoided Georgia like the plague, so it's interesting to see her always checking out the baby.

* He's still drinking expressed breast milk - just about 3.5oz every few hours.  Although sometimes after a long streak at night, he'll chug down 4.5oz.

* Grant has finally realized that we're not trying to drown him and now he loves just hanging out in the bathtub.  We've been giving him a quick tubbie just about every night since it relaxes him before bed and he really seems to enjoy it.  Plus, we need to clean out the lovely neck cheese he develops from all the spitting up.


* He loves movement.  If he's in the stroller, a moving car, the swing or on someone's shoulder being bounced around, he's a happy guy or out cold!

* He's starting to make all sorts of new noises, coos, and cries.


* Georgia has taken to calling him "Granty-Buddy."  Next thing you know, I've been calling him that nickname too!

* We had our first few poopslosions this week!  They were nasty.  I made the executive decision to cut him out of one poor white onesie.  That sucker was never coming back from the large stain on the back and I had no desire to get poop on his clean head if I tried to save it.

Yeah.... that's not gonna was h out!

* He found his thumb this week.  He likes to suck on it... in a non-traditional way!

Unfortnately, the two month mark also marks the halfway mark for me in terms of maternity leave.  Two months home.  Two months to go until I return to work!  Booooo.  I love the routine we have right now where I bring Georgia to school and pick her up.  It'll definitely take some adjusting to get used to a new routine in the middle of a school year.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  If only I could slow down time.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Life in Pics...

Life lately in quick bites...

Mimi was back in town and joined Georgia and I for our morning stroll to school while she was here.

She then managed to sneak in some cuddle time with Grant...

While Mimi was in town, Becky stopped by to introduce us to her new little cutie, Miss June.  Grant and June will be fast friends one day... maybe once they both figure out how to hold up their heads!

Our Friday nights now include tball practice...

Throwing around with Daddy

Last Saturday was approximately 10,000 degrees out.  Of course, Georgia had her first tball game of the season smack in the middle of the day.

#Grantnotimpressed (That's for you, Auntie!)

Guess who volunteered to play catcher?!?!?

The heat was overwhelming, so I headed home with Grant before the start of the 3rd inning.  I barely pulled into the house before everyone else arrived back since the game got called because of the heat.  Before too long, a nice downpour rolled through.  What do you do when your sweaty and gross from your tball game and it starts raining out?????  Hit the deck... and make your Daddy join you.

And then you make your Daddy dance in the rain...

In Grant news... the little guy is not so little anymore!  He's 8 weeks old and we're guessing that he's pushing the scales to about 12 pounds (we'll find out his official 2 month old weight at his doctor's appointment later this week).  He's managed to roll over one time from his tummy to back (because he was PISSED!) and he's starting to smile at us more and more.

Starting to use Georgia's old mat (she spent COUNTLESS hours down there!)

Holding his head up like a champ

Looking like a little man with his cargo shorts and polo shirt

Those are totally judgey eyebrows... from a kid with no eyebrows yet!

These first early smiles are so hard to catch on camera...

Grant has also finally figured out that we are NOT trying to drown him during bath time.  Now that he's relaxed, he seems to actually enjoy bath time.

KC is slowly adjusting to life with two kids.  Although, she may have a little jealousy issue...

I thought this was my seat?!?!

My typical day... a sleeping baby on my chest and a cat by my side!
Poor Kitten was a tad overdue for her rabies shots, vaccines and a physical exam.  So, off to the vet she went this week.  Since she's a basket case at the vet, she has to be sedated while she is there.  Well, she came home a little drunk on benadryl when we picked her up...

Passed out cold in the mudroom

You know KC is feeling pretty helpless when she lets Georgia this close to her without attempting to move!

Luckily, Georgia doesn't seem to have the same issue.  She's more than happy to help out with the new guy...

And my favorite video of the two of them.  Georgia does such a good job with Grant and she doesn't even realize it.  I love that she wipes his little mouth when he spits up a bit.  I love that she pats his back when he gets a little upset.  She's been a fast little learner!