Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boo hoo hoo

Tomorrow starts my last week at home with Levi until school is out for summer! Agh! Not a good night to be watching a HEART BREAKING episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I don't usually watch it...but tonight it's about my sister in law's cousin. She was killed in a texting while driving accident and now her family is traveling to schools talking to students about the importance of NOT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING! I'm amazed by their strength to make something positive out of this awful tragedy, and I know it's only possible through Christ! Man I was a real boohooer pre-baby. But I'm a complete mess nowadays! So after a good cry we got on with bath and bed time.

Daddy and Levi reading Bible stories.

"Ohhhhh......that angel told Mary she was gonna have a baby!" He looks like he's reeeaally studying that!

Holding his head up....well almost. Like I said he HATES tummy time so this is how we practice. He's doing pretty good, but still a little wobbly. He looks like such a little boy! He also looks a little shocked...I think he's thinking "hmmmm this is a different angle than I'm used to."

Levi has been fighting his first little cold. We actually took him to the church nursery for the first time last Sunday and by Thursday he was coughing. Ugh. He only ran a little fever, not enough to take him to the doctor but that little cough is so sad! I'm sure since he will be going to a baby sitter this spring there will be more of this to come. :(
The lazy bug has hit me. I realize I now have 5 WORK DAYS to enjoy with my Levi. I really have enjoyed being home with him, and I've actually enjoyed getting housework done. It's amazing how much easier it is when I'm not exhausted from work. Well maybe I don't "enjoy" housework, but I sure don't mind doing it as much! So this week I plan on taking lots of naps, probably not doing near as much housework as I should, and enjoying every second with Levi!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January, 2 months old!

Levi turned 2 months old on January 1st! I can't believe how fast time flies! When Levi was first born and we were going through the typical "this is a lot of work" phase, Haylea used to tell me "just get to 2 months and it gets so much better!" Boy was she right. Levi started smiling at us every now and then around 6 or 7 weeks...but by this time he was consistently grinning at us. At his 2 month check up he weighed 11 lb. 3 oz and was 24 inches long. I was a little frustrated at this point because he still wasn't sleeping through the night. At about 3 weeks he started sleeping from 11-3 or 4 am. Well then he just kind of stopped progressing. So at this check up I talked to the pediatrician about it and he said it was ok now to start making him try to sleep longer. After about 4 nights of just letting him whimper when he woke up, he's now consistently sleeping from 10:45 - 6:45 when Daddy wakes him up to eat! Yaaay!

The day of his appointment was a rough day (mostly for me.) I locked my keys in my car in the parking garage. Thank goodness I had already gotten Levi and the stroller out, but the diaper bag, keys, and phone were all in there! That led to a big freak out! I knew they would take his diaper off to weigh him and I had no clean diaper. A sweet lady in the waiting room heard me talking to Trent and let me borrow a diaper. Then of course when we got in the room I realized he had pooped out of his diaper (of course!) Daddy had to go alllll the way home (about 40 min from his office) to get my spare and bring it alllll the way back to the dr. (which is pretty close to his office.) By the time he got there Levi was done with the doctor and had just gotten his shots, he was screaming and I was crying. Oh Trent...he's such an amazing guy to deal with me! He walked us to the car, me still crying because Levi was now naked (IN JANUARY) because the extra clothes were in the diaper the car. Sheesh. I hope the 4th month check up goes better. :)

He still absolutely hates tummy time. I've resorted to just sitting him up to make him practice holding his head up! Here he is showing me he CAN do it, before he gets very angry!

There is a star that hangs on the top of his little gym that flashes and sings...he LOVES it! He will smile, talk to it, and kick his legs every time I put him under there! It's the sweetest thing, I could watch him do it all day.

Other things he's up to...
He's still a really horrible napper.
He gets his feelings really hurt when I put him in his crib for a nap! He also sticks his lip out at me sometimes when I've been holding him and I set him down. It's so sad! But....I don't want him to think he has to be held all the time.
7am is still the happiest time of day for him! Maybe it's because he's well rested and Trent and I are both with him, but he is just a little doll in the mornings!
He loves his bath and sleeps much better after one. I learned the hard way that we don't skip baths!
He's starting to "laugh." At first it was like he was just gasping for air, but yesterday there was actually a little chuckle!
He thinks it's so funny when Dad tickles his cheeks.
Bedtime is another favorite time of day. He eats at 7, then hangs out for a little while before bath time. After his bath, Daddy gets him in his jammies and ready for bed. Then we lay down and read a few books before we put him down. I've always been an advocate of reading to babies, even before I was a teacher. We started reading to Levi when I was pregnant with him. But wow!! I am so amazed at how he LOVES for us to read to him. He watches the pictures so intently and often gets really excited! Our favorites are Dr. Suess and his children's Bible.
He's WONDERFUL about going to sleep at night. He hardly ever makes a peep when we put him down, which is SO different than daytime sleep!

I'm only pretending to be happy here. We were on our way to the dentist. For those who don't know me very well...that's my absolute biggest fear in life. I've actually gotten really comfortable with the hygienist here so it's not so bad anymore, but I still dread it. Then we made a little stop by Daddy's office to show him who the boss really is. Haha!

Another hair picture. :) Levi's hair grows just like Trent's. One night we accidentally combed it the wrong way after this bath, mistake! It did this all day the next day!

The 3 of us, I realized we didn't have many of these pictures!

This is probably one of my favorite pictures. The way Levi is looking at Daddy is just priceless!

Levi and I went to Nana and Grandpa's for a few days to help Nana do some organizing. We had always given Levi a pacifier because we didn't want him to suck his you can see that didn't work! This particular morning I took a picture of him not only because he was sucking his thumb...but because that is NOT where I put him to sleep! He can't really move in his crib, but I kept finding him scooted up against the side of the pack'n'play.

Levi with Nana and Grandpa...
Another thumb picture. Oh Levi...if you only knew how much we harrassed your 2 cousins about sucking their thumbs!

Ah just look at that smile!!!

He fell asleep on the couch with Daddy. Such a little angel!

New Years/"Christmas" in Amarillo!

I'll admit I'm really bad about taking pictures...obviously this weekend was an extreme! I'll have to steal some pics from the rest of the family! We loaded up and DROVE to Amarillo with our 2 month old! Ha..what an adventure! Levi is really good in the car. He always sleeps a lot, which always makes me worry he's not going to sleep at night...but (knock on wood) that hasn't happened yet. It was a pretty short trip but of course a great time. We celebrated Christmas with the Coleman side on the 30th and the Gann's on NYE. After we put Levi to bed on the 31st we went over to visit some of Trent's friends. It was very low key...but at least we got out of the house for a few minutes!

Here are the TWO pictures I came home with. That's pathetic! I will be adding to the post after I steal pictures from the fam. :)

Mimi and Levi hanging out...
A very happy baby! Ready to go open presents!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Levi's first Christmas!

Trent and I have a rotation we do with holidays. We have to....we both have very close knit families and we ran ourselves ragged trying to do both at all the holidays! It was our year to spend Christmas with my family so they all came to Houston since we had a newborn. Usually we are traveling to see everyone else so we were very excited to host Christmas at our house!

Nana and Grandpa playing some uno with the boys.
Santa came!

Our tradition has always been to open presents on Christmas Eve with the family and then go to bed for Santa to come!

Uncle Brent and Levi just chillin.

My brother Steve and his wife Kristie.

Levi watching his cousins open all their presents

This was the first real big smile we caught on camera. He thinks his Aunt Kristie is hilarious!

Grandpa had the idea to go do something "fun" during the day on Christmas Eve so Trent found Itz Pizza. It's your typical pizza place with games and tickets, the boys had a blast!
Levi slept through it all...

The Big boys had as much fun as the little ones.

What a blessing this Christmas was! I mean...they're all wonderful. But it was especially wonderful with our new little bundle of joy!

Newborn pics

We had pictures taken of Levi while we were in Amarillo for Thanksgiving. Kyanke Designs took these pictures and we will cherish them forever!! Levi was cranky through the whole shoot...but hey it was cold outside.

Monday, January 24, 2011

December Already?!?

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree! There are no words to describ how much I love Christmas! Of course this Christmas will be extra special since we have Levi now!! This year we actually had 2 trees!! It's always been a goal of mine to have a Christmas tree in every room....slowly but surely I'll get there.

On December 1 Levi was one month old. Sheesh it went by fast. He changed SO much in a month.

Here are just a few snapshots of December in the Coleman house.

He looks JUST like his dad in this picture!
All dressed up for Ella's 2nd birthday party.

We took a VERY special trip in December. My mom and I randomly decided that we were going to Crane. Haylea, my best friend, had a baby on August 31, 2010 and I was DYING to meet him. Since I was super pregnant when he was born I knew it would be a little while before we could meet him. Levi did great flying at Thanksgiving we decided to fly to Midland to finally meet Gage Randall Browning! Levi is 6 weeks old here and Gage is 3.5 months. They will be lifelong friends! Gage's mom is one of the most special people in my life and I can't wait to watch these 2 grow up together.

I didn't know when we planned the trip that my other best friend, Holly, would also be in town. (She grew up in a little town about 20 minutes from my hometown.) Now that might not sound like that big of a deal.....but Holly and her new husband moved to BUDAPEST in September. That's in HUNGARY. I had no idea she would get to meet Levi so soon but boy was I excited! Holly was my roomate in college and is also a VERY important person in my life! This picture cracks me up, it looks like Levi is saying "oooooh so YOU'RE Aunt Holly!

It was about this age when Levi started fighting his naps. He's always been really good about sleeping at night, (even when we were still getting up every 3 hours to eat) but naps are a whole different ball game! What can I say...he is his dad's child. And here is a very rare moment, my two boys sleeping. Gosh it makes me smile. :)

Levi also started smiling this month! Wow...and it was MUCH needed! Babies are so much work at the beginning but that first smile just melted me right to the floor. The first time he smiled and I KNEW he was smiling AT ME was at 4 am. Go figure. I had just nursed him and put him back in his bed next to us when he looked me right in the eyes and smiled. I will absolutely cherish that moment forever. For the next week or so we spent lots of time trying to capture it on camera! This is just one of the many attempts.

And now my two favorites :)

He really hates tummy time...still. This day he just said "no Mom, I don't think I want to hold my head up today." He's the cutest little lazy bum I've ever seen.

Of course the first comment from new people is always "LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR!" We kind of expected it since Trent and I both were hairy babies. Levi discovered it too...he would get a hold of it and just SCREAM! He couldn't figure out what was going on or how to let go so we'd have to pry his fingers open. So sad, but really funny! I'm not going to put Christmas in this post because it might get LONG! So until tomorrow.....