Room With a View

Well, we’ve found our temporary home away from home while we’re living in DC!  It’s hard to believe that in little more than 2 short months we’ll be packing up and heading to the nation’s capital.  Check out our digs; it’s a very different type of living than what either Kirk or I are used to, but it’ll be a fun adventure.  For those of you who are curious, we’ll be living in the Liberty Tower apartments.  Here’s the website: www.libertytowerapt.com.

 libtowapt Courtyard side of the apartment building.

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Views from our balcony.  Left – view of DC.  (The tall spire in the background is the Washington Monument.)  Right – view of nearby Quincy Playfield.

Just so there’s a little something about the kiddos.  Here’s a recent pic of the “3 amigos” hanging out.  I wonder if they’ll continue this relationship: Cole oblivious to Zoe, Zoe watching over Cole like a mother hen, and Zeke wanting desperately to join in the fun.

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Comparison Shopping

It’s hard to believe that Cole is 10 weeks old now!  We just had his 2-month check-up at the doctor’s, so I thought I would mention what he’s up to these days.  And, even though they (not really sure who “they” are) say not to compare children, I thought I would put down Zoe’s stats and her doings from birth to 2 months as well.

Birth:

IMG_2095Cole was born by c-section 7 weeks early.  Check out the blog entry “Craziness Ensues” for more details.  Weight – 4 pounds, 6 ounces.  Length – 17.72 inches

IMG_0044After I was induced, Zoe was born vaginally and full term.  Weight – 6 pounds, 13 ounces.  Length – 19 inches long. 

1st month:

IMG_2861Most of Cole’s first month was spent in the NICU.  He came home when he was three weeks old, and after he dropped to 4 pounds, 1 ounce, he weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces at the time of discharge.  After that, it was pretty much eat, sleep, poop, repeat.  1 month check-up stats: Weight – 6 pounds, 4.5 ounces.  Length – 18.5 inches.

IMG_0108Zoe came home after 3 days in the hospital and weighed around 6 pounds, 2 ounces.  She pretty much slept, pooped, and ate, but she did have a difficult time eating in the beginning.  1 month check-up stats: Weight – 7 pounds, 12 ounces.  Length – 20 inches.

2nd month:

IMG_2258Cole is now spending more time awake and will even stay awake between feedings occasionally.  He can hold his head up for short periods of time, can smile and coo, and he’s rolled from his tummy to his back once.   His little quirk: all of his “noises” – he bleets like a goat, trumpets like an elephant, and occasionally whinnies like a horse.  His favorite things: Halo sleep sack, being held, watching Zoe.  His least favorite things: the carseat and generally being strapped into something (swing, stroller, bouncy chair, etc).  2 month stats: Weight – 8 pounds, 14.5 ounces.  Length – 20.5 inches.

IMG_0426Ahhh, the 2nd month of Zoe’s life.  I don’t really remember the 2nd month of her life except the crying and lack of sleep (on all of our parts!).  I do remember that she had really good head control and was beginning to roll over at this point.  Her favorite things: the sling, the water fountain in our backyard, being outside in the scorching summer heat.  Her least favorite things: being on her back or not being held; cold air.  2-month stats: Weight – 9 pounds, 8.5 ounces.  Length – 21.5 inches.

New Rides

Like most toddlers, Zoe has decided to move away from the rattles and cause and effect toys and on to bigger, better, and more exciting toys, like riding toys.  So, a few weeks ago, we (Kirk and me) went and bought her a tricycle (the kind with a push handle) and a helmet.  She loves going for a ride; especially since her feet can’t quite pedal all the way around.  (I secretly think she likes going for a ride just so she can put on her spiffy helmet.)

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With 2 kids under the age of 3 and one being an infant, Kirk and I did a lot of research and going back and forth on what type of stroller to purchase.  Here’s the winner: the Phil & Ted Sport Stroller.  It’s the footprint of a regular jogger, but 2 kids can ride.   Zoe’s seat is removeable.  Once Cole is able to sit, Zoe’s chair is removed and placed “underneath” Cole’s current seat.  Zoe’s seat then becomes Cole’s seat.   Here’s the configuration of an infant and toddler:IMG_2229 Where’s Cole?IMG_2230Still no Cole!

IMG_2231 There he is!IMG_2232Zoe’s seat removed

Growing Up

A few months ago (sometime shortly after Ikea opened), the fam took a trip to Ikea to find Zoe a big girl bed.  The plan was to transition her to a big girl bed in March so she wouldn’t have so many transitions close together (new bed, baby brother, potty training, moving), but of course, Cole had a different plan in mind.  Zoe’s bed and her crib had both been in her room for about a month, when I caught her with one leg on top of the railing getting ready to climb out one morning.  So, we had to get rid of the crib.  The transition could not have been easier!!  Zoe has been sleeping in her bed without any difficulty, and even better, when she’s not ready to go to bed or nap, we don’t hear her running around her room (although, we do hear some pretty humorous singing and conversations!)

img_2214  Where’s Zoe?

img_2215 Caught in the act of taking her picture (remind me to strangle Zeke one day)!  She usually sleeps “upside-down” – with her head at the foot of her bed.

Springtime Fun and Cole Comes Home!

smelling-the-flowers  Zoe takes time to smell the azaleas.

The weekend before Easter, we attempted to take part in the Queens University Easter Egg Hunt, but we arrived about 10 minutes too late.  Even though Zoe didn’t get a chance to find some eggs, she met Rex (the school’s mascot) as well as the Easter Bunny and had a little fun running around on the lawn.

 

zoe-and-easter-bunnyZoe and the Easter Bunny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following Sunday, Cole was discharged from the hospital – yipee!!  We have a video of us leaving the NICU and of Zoe meeting Cole for the first time, but I haven’t had a chance to look and edit it yet (Hmm, wonder why?).  Here’s a picture of us when we got home (not sure why, but we don’t have a pic of all 4 ouf us).

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The week before Easter was Spring Break as well as crummy weather (boo, hiss), and Zoe was literally running up the walls.  So we invited a few of Zoe’s friends over for Easter egg dyeing, an Easter egg hunt, and a picnic lunch.  I think the kiddos had a great time, and Zoe burned some pent-up energy (although she got a massive sugar high from all the m&m’s)

img_2181 Ooohh!  Zoe found a pink egg!

img_2183 img_1009 What a difference a year makes!  Where did our babies go?!

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Mia, Kate, Zoe, and Aston pig out on M&Ms.

 

 

 

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Craziness Ensues

I was planning on writing a 21-month-old update for Zoe in the middle of March, but as I’m sure most of you know, it didn’t happen because Zoe’s baby brother decided to enter the world seven weeks early.  Before going into Cole’s entrance into the world, here’s a couple of pictures of Zoe that I was going to include in her update post:img_2041

 

Kirk and Zoe pose before the Alston and Bird, LLP Corporate Cup Run.  Apparently, Zoe felt her tiger should go for the run as well.

 

 

 

img_2040 Zoe hangs out in her ride for the run.

 One of 1st warm Spring days, I filled up the water table outside and Zoe had a blast; the water table now has a beach added from her sand box complete with rocks that she’s found lying around in the yard.  She decided that the hat completed her outfit.img_20481img_2055

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole’s Entrance into the Big, Wide, World:

  img_2065At around 24 weeks of my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with placenta previa.  Basically, Cole’s placenta attached to the lower part of my uterus instead of the upper part and ended up covering the entrance to the birth canal.  No biggie – I was going to schedule a c-section a few weeks early so there wouldn’t be any complications, and the doctors said to expect spontaneous bleeding as I got closer to my due date.  With every bleed (I had 2 after I was diagnosed.), I called the doctor and then went to the hospital to make sure everything was A-OK.  The 1st one was scary (Kirk and I were in DC at the time), but after 6 hours of IV fluids and strict instructions to stay off my feet, we were allowed back to the hotel.  The 2nd one happened around 3:30am on Mar. 13th.  I called the MD, who then said call for an ambulance, which I did.  After being admitted into the hospital, I was told that I would be staying until at least Mon because the MD wanted to do a couple of steroid injections to help speed up Cole’s development, just in case.  Everything was honky-dory; the MD was allowing me to get up to use the bathroom, and they were getting ready to take me off the monitors and send me to the special maternal care ward when I started bleeding again, but this time, it was coupled with regular uterine contractions.  The nurse gave me terbutyline to help slow the contractions down, but I started bleeding again (it’s now around 12am, Mar 14th.)  The MD said enough is enough and decided to do an emergency c-section.  By the time the nurse called Kirk (he was at home to get some good sleep and to help with Zoe), it took the MD 30 minutes to bring Cole into the world.  Here are some pics of Cole’s first few weeks:

img_2094Cole weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.  Because he was 7 weeks early, he had to have some help breathing (contraption around his head) with bubble CPAP for about 48 hours, received his fluids by an IV for about a week, and hung out in an incubator for about a week and a half.

img_21031  Yeah!! No more CPAP.  The white “stickers” are leads for his heart monitor; the “heart sticker” is to  make sure his bed stays warm enough, the tube coming out of his mouth is a feeding tube, and the white wire coming out of his umbilical stump is his IV.

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Amy holds Cole for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2125img_2126 Proud parents.  Cole is no longer in the incubator!  He also is taking all of his feedings from a bottle or the breast, and only has his heart rate monitor and pulse oximeter leads.

img_2129Uncle Corey meets Cole for the 1st time.

Snow Day and ’80s Flashback

We received around 2 inches of snow here on Sunday night, so Kirk played hooky and we tried playing in the snow again.  Zoe liked seeing all the snow, but she still doesn’t love playing in it (it’s also possible that she would have played, but I don’t think she was feeling the best in the world).  Oh well, there’s always next year. 

Here are some pictures that Kirk took of Zoe and me:

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After her nap yesterday, Zoe decided that she didn’t want to put her jeans back on (I had her layered with some baby leg warmers instead of purchasing snow pants for her to wear once or twice.), and both Kirk and I thought she looked like she was getting ready to go jazzercise.  Here are a couple of pictures:

img_2032 Her leg warmers actually go all the way to her thighs, but she decided they were more comfortable in true leg warmer style.

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