Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Favorite Time of the Day

Everyday, we can not wait for Daddy to come home!  When I know Zach is headed home, we go outside and wait for his truck to pull up.  Once Zoe sees it she screams "Daddy!" and runs for the car.
Totally melts my heart!
Now it is time to play!
Must have Daddy right next to her at all times once he gets home.
And who doesn't like to play in the water before dinner....I know Zoe does!
Trying to get Daddy wet, too!
  All Done!

(1st time with the new lens.....OBSESSED!)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


All is well in The Phillips' House!  There has definitely been some adjusting this past week...some much needed coffee...a couple deep breaths...but we are all still here!  Life is Good!

Zoe, in my opinion, is doing great.  She has shown no signs of wanting to cause harm to Evan or that she hates him....for the most part....I think she forgets he is around until he coos or makes some other sound.  Zoe's attitude to me and Zach is another story.  I think part of the 'tude is due to lack of sleep.  With having company here off and on for the last 3 weeks, Zoe's bedtime has gotten later and later...equalling a very cranky kid.  So far this week, we have been right back on schedule.  Zoe even took 2 naps yesterday to help catch up.  But if I hear the word "NO" one more time from this kid...I could just cry.  She says it with a smirk...she knows better...but she does it anyway.  She takes certain actions that she wouldn't normally do or does something specifically that we have told her not too.  Terrible 2s...maybe...New kid on the block...possibly...Her personality really taking form....I hope not.  I still love this kid to everything about her.  I have just had to really put my patience into practice!

Evan is eating, sleeping, pooping great!  He has been such an easy baby...except for one little thing.  Evan is EXTREMELY grunty!!!!  I I have a little boy or an old man?  Evan grunts, farts, poops, smells and even snores!!!!  The first couple night we were home, some awesome friends brought us and then ziti!  Yummy!  Well, this is the first time Evan started the grunting!  Oh no....not the red sauce!  I have had to say goodbye to anything tomato based, unless I pump and dump.  Evan was just miserable...totally broke my heart!  But since then...I have noticed the grunting continued...worse at night.  So I called the advice nurse and she suggested I start Gas Relief drops.  Thank goodness an easy fix.  Evan is doing much better!  Zach was under the impression that these drop made gas go just makes passing gas and pooping easier on Little Evan.  So we have a very farty, poopy baby...Thank Goodness breast fed baby's poops and farts don't smell!

Recovery has been great for me.  I feel wonderful and am getting back to normal quickly.  Evan sleeping in 5 hour stretches at night really helps this!  I think every woman has some sort of struggle when it comes to pregnancy...whether it be before, during or after.  My struggles are least in the self image department.  During pregnancy, I could really care less how big I get, how fat I look, what clothes don't fit anymore, what size I have to buy...After is a whole other story.  After you have a baby, you leave the hospital looking about 6 months pregnant.  Two weeks later, I would say I look about 4 months pregnant and in order to get past this mark...exercise must begin!  Unless I have Evan right next to me, I feel like I am just plain fat!  And what do you wear!  I am still in all maternity jeans and empire waste shirts.  Majority of my pregnancy, I wore dresses and tight tank tops...Can't really wear those without looking absolutely disgusting! Yay!  So I have started my exercising early!  And I already feel so much better!  Last week, I started Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred...and I love it!  It is a perfect workout for a post-partum Mommy.  It is 20 minutes and very fast paced.  I have done the video 3 times and I already feel changes in my body!  It is a mix of strength training, cardio and abs.  I am building up the muscles I will need for running...which I will be starting in 3 weeks...I cannot wait!  And it just makes me happy!

Zach is almost done!!!  His busy season is coming to a close next week and we are both ecstatic!  It has been a very long, hot summer and Fall is right around the corner!  I am so excited to have him home more and for us to enjoy our kiddos together!  We have so much to look forward to this Fall!

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Fun Filled Weekend

Rickey and Zelda came back into town on Thursday and Holly, Heather and the boys arrived Saturday Morning!  We love having so much family in town to see the babies!  Everyone had a great time visiting at Kimberly and Cory's house with Colin Saturday morning and then Saturday night, the fam headed to CoolRay Stadium for a Gwinnett Braves Game.  I opted out of baby, ridiculous heat, small plastic seat, lots of thanks!  Evan and I headed to Downtown Norcross to eat at Dominic's with my family...yes please!

Everyone had a wonderful time at the game though!  I love that our area offers so much for the family.  So many fun things to look forward to as our kids grow!
After the game, Holly, Heather, Ian and Tucker spent the night at our house.  Ian is the sweetest boy I know!  He could not wait to get his hands on Evan and kiss him!
Sunday afternoon, we all headed to Cory and Kimberly's to grill for lunch before Holly and Heather headed home.  Having everyone together...there is never a dull moment.  Zoe kept up pretty good playing with all those boys!  She was definitely outnumbered.  Zoe needed the other Phillips' girls here!  Lucky for us, we get to visit with Shawn, Misty and their 3 girls next weekend!  We can't wait!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I love Saying....

Me and The Kids!

Friday, August 26, 2011

2 weeks!

I just love this Little Man...and he makes our home so complete! We have had another great week. Each day brings new things with Evan.

  • Evan is becoming more and more alert...we actually see his eyes now.

  • Evan is really, really grunty and boy.

  • Evan is eating great and my milk is still in full force! He eats every 3 hours during the day and goes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours at night....AMAZING
  • Evan has dark, dark blue eyes and small pencil lips.

  • Evan sucks his bottom lip in most of the time.

  • Evan's eyes are so much smaller than Zoe's eyes were.

  • Evan is still in Premie clothes and I think he will be for another week or so.

  • Evan is so tiny....I love it!
  • Evan loves to be held! Anytime you want to calm him...just cuddle and he is so happy.

  • Evan is not a huge fan of sleeping by for half the night after his night/early morning feeding, he sleeps with us.

  • Evan loves his I try to distract with the pacie.

  • Evan is so strong!!! He lifts his head and rolls on his side.
  • Zoe has been loving Evan. She asks to hold him and gets upset when you take him before she is ready to give him up. But she will definitely let you know when she is DONE. She likes to tell us where she wants Evan to the swing or in the bouncy.
  • I am loving life so much! Every day I look forward to waking up and spending my time with my babies! They make life so worthwhile and wonderful!

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Evan's 1st Bath

    Little Man definitely needed a bath this week...he was smelling all boy like and we can't be having that in my precious baby. We rounded up the baby tub and decided to bathe the two together. We got off to rough start with a fountain of pee and a mud slide of poop...but after cleaning the baby tub....we were ready!

    Evan was not crazy about his bath time, so it was a quick rinse.

    Zoe was such a big help! She was all hands on! I would put the soap on her hand and we would let her wash his feet. It made her so happy!

    Mission accomplished! Two clean babies! I love to smell of my little ones after the bath....I wish I could just cuddle them forever!