Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fun-filled weekend!

This weekend was special for a few reasons: My cousin, Brooke, graduated from high school, Peter Ambrose got to meet his great-grandmother (my Granny) for the first time, and we placed membership at our church here in Boulder!

Brooke, newly graduated, holds Peter Ambrose.

Meeting his great-grandmother for the first time. (As always, more pics in the photo gallery!)

I love this little outfit; he looks like such a little man. It was given to him by (who else!) his great-grandmother.

We placed membership at the First Congregational Church here in Boulder. As new members, we all 3 wore name tags. I think Peter Ambrose found the location of his name tag particularly objectionable. I love that face. (-:

Photo caption: "Off! Off! GET IT OFF ME!"

Hope you all had a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yay for fun milestones!

Peter Ambrose hit a really fun milestone today, one which makes me really look forward to the days and months ahead - the ability to anticipate things! I regret not being able to capture this on video, but I got a picture of him squealing with delight, as he watches Daddy's face approach his, increasing the pitch and frequency of his voice to build the suspense. After Rick did it a few times, PA recognized the pattern and got more excited each time. Fun fun fun.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Month 2 checkup

Today was Peter Ambrose's Month 2 checkup, and everything's looking good! And since I didn't get around to announcing his weight and measurements from his Month 1 checkup, here are both -

Month 1

Weight: 9 lbs, 1 oz (just under 50th percentile)
Height: 21.4" (50th percentile)
Head Circ: 15.1" (just over 50th percentile)

Month 2

Weight: 11 lbs, 3 oz (50th percentile)
Height: 23 3/4" (90th percentile!)
Head Circ: 15 1/2" (50th percentile)

So, it looks like he may have the Stevens tall genes after all!

And, after much deliberation, we did decide to go ahead and do the full round of vaccinations. He cried a little, but not much at all. The nurse said to him, "You're the kind of baby that gets you siblings!" He really is an easy baby so far. (And more importantly, healthy!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Peter Ambrose is 2 Months Old Today!!

Peter Ambrose is 2 months old!

Another fun-filled, intense month! The Boss is growing leaps and bounds. Every single day, it's apparent to us that he is absorbing and using more and more information. Life as a new parent has become more fun, but it really is true what they say - it all goes by too quickly!! (One exception: 3am feedings...) ☺

Some of his milestones this month:

•he has slept through night a few times
•consistently cooing, babbling, squealing, etc.
•has developed his social smile (vs. reflexive).
•self soothes with hand in mouth
•rolls 1/4 of the way from back to belly
•has interacted with Austin for the 1st time
•has found use for his legs - kicking!
•head and neck are stronger
•plays "Monkey see, Monkey do" with Rick and I

Peter Ambrose is more interactive in general. He LOVES being sung to, particularly when Mommy or Daddy move his arms and legs to the tune. Some of his favorites: "Itsy-bitsy Spider," "The Wheels on the Bus," and "Pat-a-cake." Everyone who has met him has remarked on how alert he is and observant of his surroundings. He really does not miss a thing!

We seriously can’t believe it’s been two months already. We can’t wait to see what’s next for him in the next month. (Hopefully sleeping longer at night? We can wish, right?) ☺

Update: Outtakes Gallery! Not all photos go according to plan, and we just uploaded about a dozen funny "mistakes."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Celebrating our first Mother's Day (:

This year I celebrate my first Mother's day. Being on the other side of this holiday is... weird. But it's a good weird. (:

I got 3 Mother's Day cards - from Rick, Peter Ambrose, and even Austin! I'm not sure how the last two learned how to operate writing utensils in time for the occasion, but it's all the same to me. :-)

Rick enlarged a photo of Peter Ambrose and I and put in a 11x17" frame. I love this picture of us; it's so special to me.

Now, I know you all come to this blog to see and hear the latest on Peter Ambrose, not me (really – neither of us blame you ☺) – but I thought I’d share some of my own personal thoughts on this journey called... you guess it, Motherhood!

What a wonderful, crazy ride this has been. Little Man is 8 weeks old, which has been ample time for me to experience all the joys of being spit-up on, pooped on, peed on, cried on, drooled on, and loved on. (Lots of ons.) Over the last 2 months, I’ve learned that many of the ways I was certain I would do things “when I’m a mother” have gone out the window. Until you actually experience it — the good, the bad and the sleepless nights — there is no way to understand what it truly takes to be a mom.

Now, I’m sure that as PA grows up I’ll establish some order in the house to guide him towards being a thoughtful human being. But for now, as long as he doesn’t eat the Austin’s food, get into my art supplies, or try to ride Austin like a "horsey," we’re good. Shoot, depending on the day I might even be lax about those rules. (Just joking, PETA.)

I've learned many things about what it means to be a Mom, and I've been surprised at what the most important lesson for me has been so far: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. I once believed that taking time for myself was self-indulgent. (There are dishes to be done! Family to cook for! Errands to run! ... ad infinitum, ad nauseum.) But taking care of yourself is not selfish, rather a necessity of being a good mother. (Not to mention, friend, wife, employee, etc.)

I have my postpartum doula to thank for this lesson. Each day she saw me or spoke with me on the phone, she would tell me, "The best thing you can do for Peter Ambrose is take care of yourself." That's not easy for me to do, and every now and then, I talk myself out of it. But when I do it, I am, as it turns out, a better mom.

Peter Ambrose, I love you SO much! I am so proud to be your mommy, and pray that over the years I will earn the love and respect that anyone would be so lucky to have.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy (belated) Cinco de Mayo!

Well, last night the Stevens hit the town.

This was an unexpected trip for me, because I had no idea that Bethany was interested in going out until I arrived home around 4:30 p.m.

Scrambling to find a place that still was taking reservations, we just loaded up and left around 6 p.m. to see what we could find. We parked near Pearl Street and began to explore our options. Pearl Street was extremely crowded and bustling with activity. Every place we sought out was crammed with people with long waiting lists.

We put our name on the list at Juanita’s (one of the few Mexican restaurants in Boulder we had yet to eat at), and set off for Trident CafĂ© so Bethany could get some much-needed caffeine.

The wait at Juanita’s was longer than expected, but we made do. I dumped the stroller back at the Jeep so that we wouldn’t have to handle it in the cramped seating of the restaurant.

Dinner was great. I think Juanita’s might be our new favorite place (though Efrain’s remains one of our top spots). Bethany had some yummy tacos, and I ordered the chili relleno, said to be famous.

I’m something of a chili relleno snob, but this order could easily be considered within my top five and certainly the best in Colorado thus far.

Perhaps the best part of the evening was learning that we can take Peter Ambrose into public and manage him fairly well. His demeanor is relatively calm and sweet, and he handles noise and excitement well (he’s more curious that anything else). We also found out that Bethany can, indeed, breast-feed in public without experiencing a major ordeal. Just an extra blanket and some patience, and no one’s the wiser.

After dinner, I retrieved the stroller and we toured the Pearl Street Mall, window shopping and really just trying to walk off some of the heavy dinner. We bought some Peruvian finger puppets from a boutique shop (a mixture of woven animals and superheroes, if you can believe that), but most of our time was spent walking and talking.

Peter Ambrose experienced his first public restroom diaper change, and generally had a good time taking in the sights and sounds of Boulder. We returned home about 9:45 and settled in for our normal nighttime routine.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My New Favorite Onesie

Hello all. Peter Ambrose here. Here is some fashion I can believe in! Daddy designed this garment himself on That face on the onesie is of Yours Truly, ever the handsome fellow, I must say. (: And since feeding time is pretty much my favorite thing to do these days, I'd say Daddy hit a home run.
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