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max's first cabin trip

If this picture is any indication, he loved it!

Although, he was sick pretty much the whole time, poor buddy. It was right before his little hospital stint.

The Weavers were there too!

There was lots of good resting, game playing, and fire building.

I love that he smiles all the time now! And isn't his onesie so cute?? Janet made it.

Such a good weekend. Thanks for joining us Weavers!

our little trooper

Bringing a sick baby home from the hospital is a lot like bringing a newborn home. You are unsure and question everything. "Is this normal..." And your house is a complete disaster.

Max spent some time at Children's hospital this past week to be treated for a bad case of RSV.

Children's is an AMAZING place and after two doctor visits and stopping by two urgent cares and then leaving, we knew we were in the right place as soon as we walked in the door.

Everything and everyone is so thoughtful at Children's. It is kid centric down to the very last detail. And they really are all about taking care of the patient obviously, but also taking are of the family. We had a few meals at the Ronald McDonald House while we were there and I wish I would have taken some pictures. It was BEAUTIFUL. At first we felt bad using it since there are kids at the hospital WAY more sick than Max, but we were assured over and over again that it's for our use too. And actually it was a huge blessing. Having a kid in the hospital is expensive (especially with the ER visit) so having a few free meals was really wonderful. And I got to take a shower in the House and it was pretty luxurious. Every time I think about how they take care of the families of sick kids I just start to cry. No hospital staff is allowed in the house so they can keep it as non-medical as possible. They have a huge kitchen that you can use and they provide dinners and sometimes lunches. The first day we were there, Famous Dave's was catering. They have rooms you can reserve with a bedroom, bathroom, and living room with a TV for naps, showers or even an overnight stay. I told Dave that if we have any money to spare, we need to donate some to the Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital. We were so blessed by both!

This was a mosaic outside of the elevator on our floor. Beautiful!

This is Max's favorite little toy. It got him through many scary nose suctionings. I think it's his first little lovey!

And finally, the best picture of all time. I seriously will treasure this picture forever! Dave said "if you don't love this picture, you are dead inside" or something to that effect.

Despite being hooked up to oxygen and getting his nose suctioned out (they put a tube all the way down to his lungs!) he really was a trooper and in good spirits most of the time. It's so nice to have him back home, but now we have to work on getting him back on a good schedule. He's also getting up in the middle of the night several times like a newborn!

movie monday


Isn't Juliet a doll?

Samuel, Arden, Juliet, Asher and Max!

3 months

My baby is three months old today.

He really likes his fist if you can't tell. photo shoot would be complete without Olive weaseling her way in somehow.

Your three month stats:
- You can flip over from your tummy to your back! I think it's just because you hate tummy time so much.
- You smile all the time but you still dont giggle very much. We aren't very funny apparently
- You are starting to notice things around you; particularly toys and Olive
- You love your bear rattle

I love being your mom, Max!

the year of the wild rumpus

Today David and I have been married for FOUR years. Every year we keep track of the music that we listen to the most and make a mix. You can find our previous mixes here. Ladies and gentlemen....I give you The Year of the Wild Rumpus:

Pride and Prejudice - Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack (A&E version)
Rumpus - Karen O. and the Kids
You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall & Oats
Party in the CIA - Weird Al
Paradise - Coldplay
Always Be Your Man - Farewell Milwaukee
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Los Angeles - Peter Bradley Adams
Brother Moon - Gungor
Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Connected - Ace Enders
Towers - Bon Iver
1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's
I Want You to Be My Love - Over the Rhine
Keep Your Eyes Open - Needtobreathe
Makedamnsure - Taking Back Sunday
Hell on the Throat - Dashboard Confessional
Life's a Happy Song - The Muppets

dear sleep, I miss you. the end.

I have not had a full night of sleep in over three months. Before becoming a parent, I knew lack of sleep would be in my new job description, mostly because everyone told me "get alot of sleep now because once that baby comes..." and they were right, of course, but I never really thought it would be that big of a deal.

How wrong I was. Sleep is a big deal. And my lack of it has probably been the biggest challenge of mommyhood so far, except for my mastitis.

Sleep has always come easy to me and I've always been able to fall asleep very quickly, but I had no idea how good I had it until I had to live on very little of it. There have been nights when I've been woken up for the 5th time and I just start to cry. Seriously. I feel bad for Dave because "lack of sleep Jessica" can be a very crabby Jessica.

Max is actually doing quite well, I think. He sleeps from 10pm to about 4am when he gets up to eat and then goes back to sleep until 8. But on any given night, he is grunting and groaning and making all kinds of noise in his sleep and wiggling himself out of his swaddling and waking himself up. Sigh. It's really high time to move him to his crib at night. He has been sleeping in his crib for naps and that has been working out great. Maybe tonight is the night. He is almost three months old after all.