Saturday, August 29, 2009

First Days

This has been an overwhelming and exhausting week for me. Everything with daycare, preschool, and school has gone really well, but the logistics of everything have been really difficult to adjust to. Jack has been a good sleeper, as far as babies go, since he came home from the hospital. He usually has only gotten up once, sometimes twice in the night. He has now started to sleep for longer periods, but this has made my schedule really exhausting this week. He has typically gone to bed around 9:30 or 10:00, and this week he has slept til around 4 a.m. He has also gotten up an extra time in the night a few times this week. The bad news is that my alarm goes off at 5:15 so I've usually just stayed up after I feed him and put him back down. I am definitely NOT a morning person, so this does not suit me at all. All summer long, Jack would get up and we'd all go back to sleep until Ryan, the morning person, woke us all up. Jack has been a grump when I have to wake him again at 6:45 to feed him, put him in the carseat, and start the drop off process of going to two different places, all before I arrive at work. Today we are ALL so happy that it is Saturday. Jack is back asleep and I have no intention of getting him up and rushing us this morning. Jack is certainly taking after me, while Ryan is just like his daddy, as far as mornings go.

On to the highlights of this week.

This was Ryan the morning of his first day of preschool. He absolutely LOVED it. I had to make him give me a hug when I was leaving. He could have cared less about me leaving, which I prefer to tears. When I picked him up, I asked him if he had any new friends. He said he liked the "black dress girl" and that she was really nice and played with him. I asked him how he liked his teacher, Miss April. He said, "That's her name mommy, that's the 'black dress girl'." I guess he really likes his teacher. Yesterday, after I picked him up he said, "Miss April didn't wear her black dress today mommy."

Ryan also learned about the flag "flute" (salute). Apparently, when the kids were doing the salute, he went to go get some dinosaurs to play with. The teachers reminded him that it was time to do the flag salute. He said, "but I want to play with dinosaurs."

His only complaint so far is that he didn't get enough juice and was really thirsty. Both days (he only goes 2 days) I've had to coax him to the car because he didn't want to leave.

Ryan also went to see Pa (my dad) this week to help him fertilize the Persimmon trees around their house. For whatever reason, Ryan ended up riding in the wagon in this tub of water. It was pretty funny.

Jack has also had a great week going to Nana's (Nancy, our daycare provider) house. He is such a happy little guy. It just takes a lot of food to keep him that way. I have been able to go feed him at lunch, then again after school, but in the meantime, he gets formula for those missed feedings. Jack has a HUGE appetite and I have not ever been able to have enough to satisfy him. I thought he was colicky at first, but it turns out, he was just hungry and I can't keep up, so we've had to supplement. Anyway, Nancy has let the boy have copious amounts of formula and he has been happier than he's ever been and has probably gained a pound this week. I even had to get out the 3-6 month onesies since his shoulders kept popping out of the 0-3 month onesies. I took these two pictures of him sucking his fingers. He has never liked his pacifier and discovering his fingers has made him really happy. I just think he is the cutest thing.


  1. Glad you survived the first week. That picture of Ryan in the tub is cute. You need to blow that up a bit and have it framed.

  2. Great post. So good to see the pix. I also am enjoying the skype visits. Thanks Can't wait to see them both.
    Sorry your week was so hectic & glad you got to have a more relaxed day today.

  3. The thumb sucking is sooo cute!