Monday, June 30, 2008

True dat...

I just took the "What American accent do you have?" quiz that Dan has on his blog. Here are my results:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
I actually do call it pop. Ha!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can

Yes, I now have two children. However, I feel like I haven't had to be a parent to two children...yet. My mother-in-law was here when we first got home from the hospital. She took care of Luke while I took care of Maddie. The next week Dan started taking Luke to and from school on his way to work. So, it has mainly been me and ourselves. I'm very grateful for this time with Maddie because I know this is a luxury most moms don't have with their second child.

With all of that said, I almost panic when I think about taking care of both Luke and Maddie on my own. I'm trying to get Maddie on a routine with good sleeping habits (I'm SO looking forward to sleeping at night). How would I devote that time to her when Luke is running amuck in the house? Going to the grocery store or Target seems like a crazy talk. By the time Maddie is done eating, it is time for Luke's snack. By the time he is done with his snack, it is time for her nap. Once she is up from her nap, it is time for Luke to nap. Ugh!!

I'm shocked by this turn of events. I'm a high energy, organized and on-the-go type of gal. I don't let this type of stuff stop me. I create the plan and execute the plan. What has happened to me? Someone needs to slap me!! I can do this.

So, Dan had errands to do this morning and it was just the three of us. I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can. Amazingly, we all survived. I am now realizing why moms have such a hard time getting their second child on a routine/schedule. Maddie spent the second half of her nap in her swing and slept longer then normal. It just had to be that way.

Once again, my ideal world is in direct conflicted with reality. Does anyone sense a theme? I will not be able to serve both my children perfectly. I will have to settle for serving them well...which means everyone will be making compromises. This seems to be a lesson I get to learn and relearn. The good news is I'm getting quicker at learning it each time...I'm making forward progress :)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Maddie's Spa Day

Maddie is a pretty easy going. In keeping with her personality, the first bath at home didn't phase her.

She really loves to sleep.

Even after she is neked...she is still sleeping

Now that she has some water on her, she has decided to wake up.

Not one tear is shed during this bath.

All clean!! There is nothing better than a sweet smelling baby!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Madeleine Grace is here!!

It is hard to believe that tomorrow Maddie will be a week old. Crazy, huh? Time sure does fly when you are having fun!! Here is the 411 on Maddie:
  • 7 pounds, 1 oz
  • 19 inches
  • born at 10:36 AM
Here are a couple of pictures:

She's pretty cute, huh? :)

So far, Luke is adjusting pretty well. He gets very concerned when she is crying and is very sweet when he kisses her on her head. He is a two year old little boy and the patting on the head can get a little rough. Luke and I have two very different definitions of the word "gentle" :)

The c-section recovery is going pretty is all about managing the pain. I've been able to negotiate our many flights of stairs without any problems. I'm not saying I'm running a marathon anytime soon, I'm just doing better than I expected. For me, low expectations equals high joy :)

I must give Dan props as he has been great this last week. I absolutely couldn't take care of Maddie the first two days in the hospital. I would've been in big trouble if he hadn't been with me. He did many feedings, diaper changes and outfit changes (we have another spitter). It is awesome to have a husband who isn't afraid to take care of newborn. My husband rocks!!