Monday, July 14, 2014

2 Month check in

We recently had the two month check up appointment for Joshua and I realized that I didn't blog the week after like I meant to.  Surprise, surprise!  You all forgive me, right?  Even if you don't, it doesn't really're stuck with me!  Muhaha!  Anywho, here's the latest stats we got at the wee munchkin's appointment.  He's up to 13 pounds 4 ounces, 23.25 inches long and his head circumference is 16 inches.  He is all over the board with percentiles.  I think he's low on weight, high on height and his head has sort of plateaued for now.  The boy charts are pretty different than the girl ones.  Basically it boils down to he gained over 2 pounds since his one month check up and another inch.  Crazy!

He outgrew nearly all of his initial 0-3 month clothing so I packed a lot of that up and sent it home with California family when they were visiting.  That brings me to their visit.  Nice segue, no?

Mom and Laura came for just a few days after visiting family in Kansas.  They brought with them two huge boxes of stuff from there.  Thanks, Therese and Jay!  It was like Christmas!  Games, books, clothes, mini tents, books on tape (and a tape player which Maegwin now knows how to operate!), pretend camping supplies, practice writing dry erase boards-you get the idea.  We need to do another toy culling because our house is pretty tiny and we just don't have capacity for it all.  This is hard though now that I know there is another little who will want to play with it all when he gets a bit bigger.

Maegwin drew pictures and insisted that I take photos of them to send to Grandma from California, her formal title (which Maegwin called her for most of her visit-it made me giggle every time).

There were cuddles.

There was reading of books.

Exploring was done in the yard.

Note the persimmon tree on the ground in the background of this one.  The day before they got here, we had awful storms and we woke up to this being down.  We didn't even know it was damaged at all.  It came down behind the swingset and the trunks around it seem to be fine.  More firewood, though we already have that in spades.

Here's everyone enjoying some time by the swingset.  We tried one day to do a walk, got all suited up and then it started pouring as soon as we left the driveway.  Sadly we missed taking them to the butterfly exhibit.  Our time zones were just too off.  I'm happy to let guests sleep in and relax though.  That is what vacations are all about!

Only one picture with me in it.  Josh doesn't really like it, but hey, I so rarely get pictures of me doing anything that I begin to think when my children look back they will think their dad loves them more.  I'm behind the lens my poppets, fear not.

We had a nice relaxed visit and though it was short, Maegwin got tons of time to hang out with Auntie Laura and Grandma from California which was really all we could ask for.  Joshua hung out as much as a month and a half old can hang out.

Since we've moved to our town, I've wanted to check out the thrift store down the street.  It is only open during the week and I think they have started being open for a few hours on Saturday so the Friday after everyone went home I packed up Joshua and headed over.  Josh and Maegwin went to ComFest at the same time and got glittered up.  The little guy went in the Ergo and I looked around.  I scored a small glass perfume bottle for Maegwin, a big glass jar for me to put my sock yarn scraps in (for my Beekeeper's Quilt), a wooden recipe box, and a pack of citronella candles all for $10.  Sweet!  I definitely see more trips in my future.

I've also been working on a sweater for me which is currently in time out.  I don't like how the buttonholes are written.  I tried to drop down some stitches to fix them and ended up screwing it up somehow and had to rip back multiple rows that represented about two hours of work.  I've decided the stupid button placket is decorative anyway so I'm going without buttonholes and I'll just sew the buttons on top.  Here's the color of the yarn though along with a bit of the sleeve you can see.

I'm pretty sure this little guy is going to have mad knitting skills.  He already grabs onto my knitting needles whenever he's awake and he can toe knit!

I've also worked on my Halloween cross stitch.

I made some more cards.

We had friends over for July 4th and we had an awesome time.  I think technically it was the 3rd but oh well.  The weather was fabulous and we got to be out in the backyard with a fire.  Maegwin ran Mike ragged but he was a good sport.  They caught fireflies, played crocodile, and ran around.  We hung out around the fire and debated and made adult talk.  So nice!

Last week we went camping out at the lake and that was pretty fun.  I sadly forgot my camera so no pictures.  Joshua was the hit of the campsite.  Since we went during the week there were many retired folks out there.  One woman, who was traveling with her husband cross-country, heard him crying and actually came over because she loves babies.  Most people don't go towards a crying baby.  Josh later took him over for a visit and she held him for a bit.  She said she needed her baby fix.  hehe  Apparently all her grandchildren are grown.  A nice family from Tennessee camped next to us our last night there and they had a girl who was four years old with them.  Maegwin made friends, but got to learn all the joys of introverts.  I think that Maegwin's personality just wore her out.  There were several times where she said she wanted to be alone and Maegwin came back to camp and cried and asked when her friend would love her.  I had to explain that some people like to spend time alone and they are shy and need a while to get to know you before they can like you.  I told her this was good practice because there will be many people like that in her life and she needs to learn to adapt the way that she interacts with them.  I used to have this issue all the time but now as an adult can successfully navigate it.  We had a few issues with behavior on this trip but I think part of that was me not being able to interact with her as much.  Joshua had got all his vaccinations at his checkup the day before we went camping and ran a low grade fever.  He also spit up a TON on me.  By the day that Dad came out to visit, I had no clean shirts.  I was wearing my PJ shirt while the others dried in the sun.  Things we learned this trip to remember for the next one:

1. Adapt our food plan to Maegwin's style of eating.  I think part of our issue came from her being hungry.  We planned on three meals a day and she is a grazer.  We also brought no fruit, yogurt, or other munchies which is how she always eats.  Not sure what we were thinking.
2. Review our first aid kit.  There was nothing for bug bites and I got a doozy on my heel our last night there.  It swelled up so much and hurt so badly I had to just lay on the air mattress and elevate it.  Luckily we had the tablet so I read my book for a bit but still.  I wanted to hang out by the campfire with Josh and I didn't get to do that.
3. Just buy one bundle of wood for our first fire, then forage for the rest right away.  The firewood they sell sucks and is smoky.  We can find deadfall quickly and easily and it makes a way better fire that we all enjoy more.
4. Make some busy bag activities for Maegwin to do so if she gets bored she can grab something.  I've found some good ideas on a few blogs I follow so I need to get those made up before we go next time.

Overall though, we had a good time and are so happy we put in the money last year to buy our nice tent and stuff we need to enjoy this summer.  Our goal is to camp at least once each month for the rest of the camp-able time this year.  It's inexpensive and we have fun.  We also can bring the dogs with us which saves on kenneling.  We only spent about $50 for three days and had a really fun time.  It was nice to see Dad also.

That's about all for this update.  I also finished a baby shower gift but I will share it next time.  I don't want to spoil the surprise.  Two more weeks before I'm back at work!  This week I have to go get some clothes.  I don't think my one pair of shorts is going to cut it.


  1. Sounds like a great time! We're all so exited to see you this coming weekend.

  2. Love those baby swings, they are great baby soothers. You make camping sound almost like something I would like to do.... almost. It does sounds like you were having tons of fun. I loved your family picture! Very entertaining blog.