Friday, July 24, 2009

Cy's First Week Home

First, let me say that the birth story is coming...I just haven't had enough concentrated time to actually write it out.

In the meantime, Cy and I have been home from the hospital for a full week, and it has a been a busy one!

The three of us have been trying to figure each other out, and Jason and I are trying to figure out when we will ever sleep again...

Here are some highlights of Cyrus's first week home:

Meeting Jager for the first time. Cy is not sure what he thinks of Jager yet, but Jager is already very protective!

Several outings, including dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, lunch out with Aunt Angie, lunch with Great Grandma Hazel at Willamette view (pictured) and a shopping trip to Trader Joe's. Cy has done surprisingly well, and we've even figured out how to breast-feed while out and about!

Trying on some of the cute clothes we got as gifts.

Spending quality time with Mom and Dad.

We've been lucky this past week to have my mom staying with us, but she left us this week, Cy and I are on our own...I not going to lie, I'm more than a little nervous. We'll keep you updated on how we manage the chaos!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cyrus "Cy" Thompson Wells

Here are a few photos of Cy. We will post a story of the birth a little later once Amber and Cy get home later this week.

Amber and Cy

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Baby Boy's Nursery Part 2

After our marathon nursery set up, we had to wait a while to complete the design. Our friends and family were very generous at our baby shower, and we got all of the remaining elements to complete the look. This is definitely the cutest, most decorated room in our house. In fact, we often hang out in there in the evenings because it is so nice!

This is one of my favorite parts of the room. These are all gifts given to Jason when he was first born. His mom couldn't make it to our shower, but she sent a box of these items for me to open. They include homemade gifts from Jason's grandmother and great-grandmother, the star that stayed with him while he was in the NICU, and gifts from his grandparents' friends.

I have to admit that I am really proud of this dresser. I am not a crafty person, but I managed to paint this dresser and make it look pretty nice. I have had this dresser since I was 12, and it has been many, many different colors over the years. My mom never took the time to sand it, so I am sure that there are layers and layers of paint on it. The best part was that the nobs had been painted on, so in order to paint them brown, I had to do some serious precision work! Not bad, if I do say so myself!

The painting above the crib was done by my step-mom. She is far more talented than I, and I am so impressed by how well it matches!

The nursery kind of doubles as a guest room - hence the twin bed. And, it has come in handy in the last months of pregnancy as I now take up our entire queen bed, and Jason has been relegated to the baby's room. Fortunately, he's a good sport about it!

Baby Boy's Nursery Part 1

I never thought I would be one of those moms who cared about the nursery. I always figured that our baby needed a place to sleep and a place for clothes, and that was about it. We rarely put a lot of energy into decorating any other part of our house, and have always sported "craigslist shic" furniture. I don't know if it was the nesting urge, or the fact that we are finally living in a place where we can paint the walls, but I became mildly obsessed with the nursery. I wanted cute bedding, and matching crib and dresser, paint on the walls, and some kind of decorating scheme. Luckily, places like Babys R Us cater to the decorating challenged like me and have whole sets of coordinating nursery pieces, of which I took full advantage. However, the perfectionist and the cheapskate in me still came out and I agonized first over bedding patterns, then over cribs, and then over paint colors. We finally settled on what I think is cute bedding - fit for a baby but not pastels (not a fan of pastels), and we got our crib and changing table on major clearance, plus a 20% coupon!

Once we finally got the details sorted out, Jason and I kind of went on a marathon nursery weekend. We bought the paint Friday night, and finished the first coat at 2am...

The next day, Jason put on a second coat while I painted an old dresser. For some reason, we couldn't just leave assembling the changing table and crib for the next day, so we did those Saturday night...we finally finished at 3am!

As is usually the case, I am the designated directions reader and parts separator. If left to his own devices, Jason usually just goes for the gusto and ends up putting things together wrong and/or getting frustrated.

While putting together the crib at 2:00 in the morning, we both had the thought that maybe we shouldn't be putting something so necessary for our baby's safety together while in an exhausted and semi-loopy state of mind...however, neither of us said anything until the next day! I think it all turned out all right!

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