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settling dust

Posted Oct 17 2010 12:00am

Rider had his one month doctors appointment on Friday. I was anxious to take him for a couple of reasons. First is that I was really curious to know what he weighs now and how long he is. Cruz grew so much in his first month and it’s fun to compare and see how well they are growing. Second, I was anxious because Jason wasn’t able to go with me, so I was heading to the doctors office ALONE with two kids under the age of two. ALONE.

It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought. Cruz is always a handful and ever so curious when we are out and about, so I’m used to that. So it went pretty smoothly, actually. Rider’s appointment went awesome! At birth, he weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 20 in long. Well, four short weeks later and he weighs over 11 lbs and is 22 in long, putting him in the 80th percentile for weight and height. Yes, you read that right. I have an 11 pound 5 week old! Ha! Cruz did the exact same thing when he was Rider’s age- both of them gaining almost 4 lbs in their first month of life! So I have happy, healthy, and huge baby boys who thrive off of breast feeding all while I’m doing Babywise. And while breast feeding is hard for me, emotionally and mentally mostly, Rider is growing like a champ so I will hang in there! The rest of the appointment went great, followed by one single vaccine for Rider, which I will not be discussing because I do not wish to start an enormous debate on whether or not vaccines should be administered. Good grief.

So after the appointment, I was feeling particularly brave since I had just made it through the appointment with two kiddos alone. So I decided to go grocery shopping- ALONE. With Rider and Cruz. Mistake? It definitely could have been. But it actually wasn’t that bad! I went through the store pretty quickly, only getting what was on my list, praying that Cruz would remain entertained and that Rider would sleep through the whole thing. As I was getting ready to check out, Cruz did start getting a little bored. Wanting him to make it just a few minutes longer (please God!) I grabbed a small pumpkin off the shelf in the produce section and asked him if he wanted one. His little eyes lit up and he was ever so happy to be holding that pumpkin!


We made it out alive.

He held his little pumpkin the entire way home and before I put him down for a nap he had to give the pumpkin a kiss ‘night night’. Ha! Too funny. He’s been carrying that pumpkin around ever since, just loving it. So it was a good .79 spent, I’d say! And disclaimer- this picture was taken while I was at a stoplight. I do not drive and text/take pictures etc so please, relax.

Doing normal things with two kids now is challenging and it definitely seems overwhelming at times. But it IS getting easier. And it IS feeling more normal. Which is weird. But it’s refreshing to feel the new normal settling in. I don’t do extremely well with huge changes and so when the dust starts to settle, that’s a familiar feeling and place I like to stay.

It’s been a good weekend. I hope yours has been too!



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