Saturday, October 30, 2010

Our Pumpkins!

We carved our "pumpquins" last night, as Milo calls them. Last year Jesse would draw different facial parts on our white board and have Milo choose which ones he would want on his pumpkin. Well, it continued this year, Milo even told Jesse that he (Jesse) needed to draw his (Jesse's) pumpkin's face on the board before carving, too!

This year I got a different pumpkin, rather than a solid orange one, and as I cut the top off of it, we realized that it smelled like a cucumber. Just interesting, that's all!

Milo, Lena, and the pumpkins on the back step.

Our lit pumpkins! Jesse's is on the left, Milo's is in the middle, and mine is on the right.

Milo scooping out the guts from Jesse's pumpkin. He would count the number of seeds he pulled out each time!

Jesse and Milo carving Milo's pumpkin. The dump truck is new from the Striegel family and Milo wanted it to help scoop out the seeds...Luckily it was too big to fit in it, otherwise I think we would've had one DIRTY dump truck!

We will be trick-or-treating with the McCoige's (Harley, Michelle, Lexi and Bella) tomorrow. Lexi is a box of popcorn, Bella is a bag of M&M's, and with Milo as Junior Mints, they're a movie theater snack trio!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Early Halloween!!!

I love, love, love Halloween! I don't know why, but I do! Today was the annual Mother's & More Halloween party, and it was my first outing with both kids by myself. It went well, besides having to go get the stroller out of Jesse's car at work on the way to the party. Milo's costume is a box of Junior Mints (made by me) and Lena is a strawberry. The hat is way too big for her head, but she was warm and cozy in her outfit.

Things are going so well with Lena! She's a great baby that really only cries if she's hungry or dirty. She sleeps pretty darn well at night, last night she went 6 hours straight, ate, and then slept another 3! Both kids are asleep right now and I have no desire to sleep! I am very lucky and relaxed for having an almost 3 week-old!!!

Jesse went back to work this week and I wasn't worried when Monday rolled around. Things have been going very smoothly, I even managed to make Milo's costume, do some baking, and even helped with laundry. Okay, I'm impressed with myself...

Here are some pics from the last two weeks:

Lena's first trip to the zoo was so exciting for her, she slept through the whole thing!

Milo's annual picture on the brass tortoise. I love how Jesse's hat looks like it's on the head...

Milo pretending to sleep next to Lena. He loves to lay down next to her, kiss and hug her, and talk to her. Yesterday he pretended to fall down in front of her and said, "Baby sister save me!"

Lena "playing" on her sheepskin. This onesie fit her last week...I guess she is growing!

Lena's pumpkin that Milo decorated for her at the party today. We will be carving our pumpkins tonight!

This is where Milo chose to sit and eat while all the other kids got their picture taken today...Great attitude, kid...

This is his costume, almost finished. Notice the smile on his face.

This is him in his costume at the party today, notice the face. He refused to show any enthusiasm when I had the camera on. He does love his costume, though, he tells everyone he's a box of candy.

Have a great Halloween!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lena Marie has Arrived!!!

Well, Lena Marie Carlton arrived at 1:41 pm on 10/10/10 at a healthy 9 pounds exactly and 21.5 inches long. She also has dark gray eyes, so they'll probably turn brown. As they pulled her out all they kept saying was how much hair she has and what a "chunk" she was. I'm behind the curtain thinking "what constitutes a chunk when Milo was 10 lbs 4 oz?"

When we brought her home she was down to 8 lbs 2 oz. It's like bringing home a "normal" sized baby!! She fits the length of the newborn onesies, but swims in them everywhere else. She seems so small to us!

Her hair was curly when it came out, and when it is wet it's curly, but it usually goes straight. We shall see what time will bring with it, Milo had curly hair, too, and now it's stick-straight like his dad's!

Lena did look just like Milo when she came out, but her looks have definitely changed. There are times I actually see myself in her, which I can only rarely say about someone else.

She latched on right away in recovery and it seems like she hasn't let go since! She eats very well, and fairly often. We did get lucky last night and she slept for four hours straight! I don't want to get my hopes up, but fingers are crossed for tonight.

Lena is a big sleeper, she's very hard to wake up during the day and actually looks like she's snoozing while she eats. When she does wake up during the day, she's usually up for 45 minutes or so. I don't quite know what to do with myself with a sleeping child, Milo was never a big napper during the day.

Milo LOVES having Lena around, he wants to help (most of the time). When he came into recovery, he sat on Jesse's lap and held Lena. He just looked at her, then touched her nose and said, "BOINK!" He did it about two more times and then we made him stop. It was so cute, though!

Lena will be asleep in the swing and he'll stop what he's doing, run over, grab her paci off the coffee table and say, "Oh no! Baby Sister call for me! Need her pacifier!" He also gave Aunt Stacy and Maizie a tour of Lena's room today and was very excited to point out the changing table and where the diapers are. Ah, to be three again!

Here are a few pictures from the last few days.

Milo loving on Lena in the hospital.

This is one of the photos they took in the hospital. She looks like a doll in this one.

I LOVE this one, since her eyes are open!