October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had as fun an evening as we had. Ryan really enjoyed trick or treating. Ryan was a very adorable choo-choo, and Sean was a super cute and cuddly bear. Pat and I had fun taking the boys out for Halloween.

October 30, 2009

Of Course It Would Happen This Way

I guess all it took to have Sean sleep really well at night was posting on here about how he doesn't sleep at all. Last night was amazing for Sean. I got to have 2.5 hours of sleep in a row. It felt great. Unfortunately, I then spent the next 3 hours awake dealing with an almost 2 year old who is teething and absolutely miserable. Of course it would happen this way.

I have the feeling that Ryan is definitely hitting those terrible twos. I can tell that he is going to be very challenging for the next little while. Sometimes he's the sweetest little boy. He's always kissing the baby and concerned when Sean cries. But then there are the other times that we almost wonder if Ryan is deaf because he doesn't listen or won't stop throwing things.

Today if the rain holds off we'll be going to a BN Organization Day for Pat's work. It would be so nice to let Ryan burn up some of his energy and for me to get out of the house. Cross your fingers for okay weather. I'm hoping that this weekend I'll get some photos to post on here so keep checking back.

October 29, 2009

I Can Barely See Straight

I always thought that maybe our second child would be more subdued and relaxed than Ryan was. In the first few days of his life, I thought that Sean might be an easy baby. However, I'm now realizing that Sean does not sleep at night....like hardly at all...that is unless I'm holding him. If I try to lay in bed, the longest stretch I can get is about 25 minutes. I am so tired that I can barely see straight.

I really do hope to get back to blogging and posting photos very soon, but I'm hoping sleep comes first.

October 24, 2009

CPT Ryan

This morning I was nursing Sean while Pat was making the guest room bed for Marie's visit. I could hear Ryan getting into things in the kitchen, but decided to give him the benefit of the doubt until I heard him causing real trouble. A minute later Ryan came out the kitchen wearing Pat's beret. I called for Pat to come quickly and look, and he was able to capture this photo. Ryan is definitely a cute Captain!

October 22, 2009

Two Weeks

Sean is two weeks old today. I cannot believe how time is flying by. While it seems like just yesterday I gave birth to him, he's already such a part of our family.

Today he had his 2 week check up. He is now 9lbs and 21.5" long. My boy is growing fast. Everything looked good, and he'll go back when he's 2 months old.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the doctor and then a Change of Command to attend. After all that we're attempting to make it to the Hail and Farewell. So it will be a busy one tomorrow. But the good news is Saturday Auntie Rie is coming for a visit. I know we're all excited to see her. Maybe we'll even get some good pictures to post too.

October 21, 2009


Normally I would not admit this, but I think I've come to realize there is no point in hiding the truth about it.
I really wish I had some friends around here. Sure it would be great for me, but I feel this way mostly for Ryan's sake. I've always hoped that I'd make some friends who also had children so that maybe Ryan could have someone to play with once in a while. Unfortunately I have yet to meet any friends. I've gone out of my way to try to meet people a couple of times, but nothing worked out. Even my neighborhood has not provided any friends or playmates. I've never met the spouses of Pat's coworkers. However, I do know that most of them either don't have kids or work full time. Back at Ft. Sill everyone had kids and most people stayed home with them. Here I have encountered the opposite.
It seems I'm always in the right place at the wrong time, I guess. I just wish things were a bit different here in regards to friends.

October 20, 2009

Heartwarming Moment

Yesterday evening I was changing Sean's diaper. Sometimes this will make him cry because he hates getting cold. Ryan likes to pull up a step and watch while I change the baby. When Ryan heard Sean crying he started patting Sean's tummy and sweetly saying, "baby, baby..." Ryan is such a good big brother. My heart melted.

I Survived.

I survived my first day alone taking care of my two boys. I'll admit I was nervous about Pat going back to work, but it ended up being easier than I thought. I think before having two kids it's a common worry of how you'll split attention and handle two at once.

I am surprised that I haven't found this difficult. I believe a major key for me is that Ryan and I are homebodies. We are very use to hanging out at home. Adding a new baby to our home is easy. I'm sure I'd find it much harder if I were one of those people on the go all the time. I've always enjoyed having lots of time playing with Ryan at home. Sean fits right in to that, and that has made the transition seamless.

Now I just have to find more indoor activities for Ryan since the weather has become cold. If I find any good ones I'll be sure to post about them, and if you have any suggestions let me know.

October 16, 2009

Family of Four

We are now adjusting to being a family of four, and it is amazing. It's a bit of a balancing act right now between the needs of two children, and everything takes a bit longer to do now. However, I already cannot imagine not having these two precious boys in my life.

So many people ask how is it going from one to two. I've only had two for about a week, but this is my initial insight.
I've found the adjustment to two children actually easier than the adjustment to having the first child. When you go from none to having a child, EVERYTHING changes. You can no longer go on simple errands or meetings without worrying about bringing your child, entertaining said child, or finding daycare. Just getting out the door involves a lot more packing and preparation. Your schedule is no longer your own but meets the needs of your child. I think having a child is a huge adjustment for anyone, but one that is so magical and worth it that none of the hard stuff matters. Moving on to having two children, yes, there is a bit more preparation, but you are already so used to doing it for one that the second one doesn't take much effort. I've found balancing the needs of Ryan and Sean to be the biggest task. It's hard to please a toddler requesting more to drink while trying to nurse an infant or trying to simultaneously play with the toddler while snuggling a sleepy infant. At the beginning you feel pulled in two directions. I've been so used to giving Ryan my full attention that I almost feel guilty for having to split it now. However, I'm finding that as time goes by, things are running more smoothly and sometimes getting more organized and routine than they were before Sean arrived. We are finding new routines and traditions. Life with children (any number) is about adapting.

I cannot describe how happy I am at this time in my life because words are not enough. Hopefully in the future posts and pictures you'll get more of a glimpse of our joyous family of four.

October 13, 2009

Welcome Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas arrived on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 1:18 p.m. He is 8lbs. 1oz. and 19.5" long. Pat, Ryan, and I are so in love with the newest member of our family. I'll update more later.

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