Turns out, 2 kids make it seem like there are a whole lotta less hours in the day. Throw in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season (Christmas shopping! Holiday cards! Visits to Santa Claus!) and I'm finding myself with less and less time to sit down and update y'all on the happenings around here lately ;-( I promise to make a lady a priority again in the new year...
All is well here at the kibbutz. Greyson is growing like a weed - he's in the 90th percentile in weight, now weighing in at a chunky 11 lbs, 6 oz and measuring 22.5 inches (80th percentile). Kid has already outgrown a number of his newborn outfits. If you're reading this Aunt Jess, send those 6 month + clothes as we'll be needing them before we know it!
For the most part, he sleeps his days away, preferring being on his side or tummy vs. the recommended "back is best". He makes more noises than any baby I've ever met, constantly grunting and moaning. We moved him into his own room at about 2 weeks and that's been going pretty well; it definitely helps not being able to hear every sound he makes, although feeding him in the nursery is a lot less comfortable for mamma than her warm bed. When he's awake, he's usually screaming - the little man has a temper and will not tolerate a moment of discomfort. As first time parents, this would have terrified us. As second time parents, we know that a little bit of crying won't kill him - and lucky for that, since we have another little monster to tend to as well!
Speaking of which, Hayes has been doing great in his role as big brother. I know we're not out of the woods and that issues are bound to arise, especially when Greyson becomes mobile and expresses interest in Hayes' toys, but so far, Hayes is interested, protective and helpful when it comes to anything baby brother, rushing to give him a binky when he cries, covering him up with a blanket when he's cold and constantly asking where he is and confirming that he'll be coming to wherever we're going. We still can't leave them in a room alone together for fear of the baby being thrown across the room like a toy, but we're quickly learning how to juggle the both of them and so far, I think we're doing a pretty decent job!
So far, the holidays have been a hoot this year, with Hayes grasping the concept of old St. Nick. He's very excited for him to come and reminds us on a daily basis that we must turn the fireplace off on Christmas eve so Santa doesn't "burn his bum". Santa's helper, 'Lobster' (named by Hayes) came to live with us the morning after our Christmas tree went up and Hayes loves finding where he's hiding in the morning when he's made his return from the North Pole. I'm going to miss the little chap when he goes back to live with Santa Claus after Christmas is over and I no longer have him to use as a threat to get Hayes to behave in order to stay on Santa's nice list!
|The countdown is on to Christmas...|
|Christmas tree lighting at the St. Regis...|
|Picking out our own Christmas tree...|
|Decorating our "jingle bell" house...|
|These are a few of my favorite things...|
|The finished product...|
Aunt Jess came for a visit at the beginning of December to help out with the boys, which was great. Greyson isn't a huge fan of the swing or the rocker and prefers instead to be held (lying him on his side on the couch when Hayes is around isn't really an option!), so just having someone here who could provide a human pillow for a few hours in the afternoon was super helpful. We're looking forward to seeing the entire Mailloux clan in chilly Chicago in January, when we head to the mid-west for Whitney and Ryan's engagement party.
We have a busy couple of weeks coming up, filled with holiday parties, a roadtrip to Scottsdale to visit Nana and Papa for an early Christmas and visits from Aunt V and Auntie WeeWee. We'll head back from Scottsdale on Christmas Eve and celebrate Christmas as a family of four before the Cohens come up late Christmas morning. I can't wait for Hayes to see what Santa has brought him - he's requested a "trump" and a "cooter" (trumpet and Scooter) and something tells me Santa's been listening ;-)
Here are some shots of the past month. Hard to believe Baby Grey is already a month old. We are sleep deprived but hanging in there and have been pleasantly surprised that two isn't as hard as we thought it would be!
|How Greyson celebrated Thanksgiving...|
|3 weeks old...|
|Storytime with Nini...|
|Playing piano with our new bestie Theo...|
Will try and check in again before the new year. Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season! Keep your eyes out for our holiday card/Greyson's birth announcement, which should be arriving in your mailboxes any day now.