Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Where did those 3 months of summer go?

I've never understood parents that are so eager for their kids to go back to school. I mean, as a working mom, I feel like the weekdays go by too quickly and I only get to spend a short time with my kid. But, before you roll your eyes, I now get it. I am not ready for those few evening hours, or the busy schedules, but I am 100% ready for routine and structure. I appreciate the consistency of bed times, and will not miss planning our weeks with activities, but instead go to routine hobbies on specific days of the week. 

In other news, this little chunky monkey turned 3 months. It was the first day of school when I found out I was pregnant last year.  As any teacher knows, this day is probably not the best day to figure out something... but it explained why my typically back-to-school jitters were feeling a bit queasier.  Being pregnant is a hard secret to keep, but it's crazy all that happens in a short year.  Anyway, I'm unsure of his stats, but he fills out his clothes nicely.  Mom had some training, so he experienced a few long days with dad and bottles for the first time. He did great, as food seems to be his favorite thing no matter where it comes from. I'm eager to start feeding him solids, though he seems like he'll be a kid to put everything in his mouth. He's drooling like crazy! 

Nolan, on the other hand, got to spend his first time away from us. It was scary and nerve-wracking for mom, but he did a great job at Grandma and Grandpa's. I'm sure the constant attention and spoiling made the time away easier. Scott and I also got to spend some time riding around on the property. It brought me back to the days of riding around with my high school friends and tackling through some overgrown paths. For old time sake, I had my dad take me for a ride in the backhoe. As a kid, we called this the carnival ride.

Here's a sweet picture of my two favorite little guys. Which reminds me, I need to print some photos and make Isaac look like he exists on the walls in our house.

As a conclusion, do any of you watch "The Goldbergs"? If you don't and are the family type, I'd recommend it. Scott and I certainly relate to the characters, and I find myself comparing to crazy Beverly (the mom) quite often! We've been spending our post-bedtime hour laughing at this crazy family.

Monday, July 22, 2019

2 kids, 2 months, 2 fast

Phew! It has been a while. I'm pretty sure I start every blog post that way, but this time, I feel as though life changed completely and I'm just now processing it all. In the last couple of months our family has (in order):
  • Sold our house.
  • Selena earned her Master's degree.
  • Scott interviewed and accepted a job after training.
  • Had a baby (Welcome Isaac!... more to come later).
  • Packed all of our belongings.
  • Nolan finished 3-year-old preschool.
  • Finished Residency. 
  • Moved to another state. 
Moving with cats deserved its own photo... promise.

To say it's been a whirlwind seems like an understatement. I don't think I've ever felt so stressed or have juggled so many things while being completely exhausted with pregnancy/new baby. As with the last 3 moves, I want to publicly state how thankful I am for family and friends and their willingness to move our junk. I will also state that moving at 2 weeks postpartum is probably not on the top of my recommendations list. 

Switching gears, I'm a bit behind on family updates. 

This guy is 4 and a half. I distinctly remember a conversation with a colleague at work, and she mentioned that 4 was a hard year. While the child goes through a lot of changes, the mom feels like she has lost her "little boy" and that 4 feels so much older. Wow, those words were so true. I love his curiosity, wit, and spacial reasoning skills (i.e. Lego building). He's had a tough time with the move and all of the changes that come with a big brother, but we couldn't be happier/more proud of this kiddo. He's enjoying designing his own room (we're really into maps, and a large one was just hung in his room last night), and he likes rearranging all of his belongings into places that mom finds annoying. But, I'm trying to let things go. He's so proud of "his" baby. He is still learning how to be gentle, but he is so excited to share with him and watch each tiny milestone. 

In other news, we had baby Isaac. Isaac was born this spring, weighing a little over 8 lbs.

And, while he's your pretty typical second child with mom and dad forgetting to post professional newborn photos and a delayed announcement, we decided to keep our monthly animal tradition alive, despite their lack of timeliness. 

His first month was so, so busy. I felt as though I missed it, but luckily he's still young enough to enjoy some mommy snuggles whenever she makes time for it. His circadian rhythm was off, and he could be pretty mixed up with days and nights.  I would turn off the lights and his personality would come alive. He eats well and is pretty flexible with our constant movement (thank goodness!). 

Of course, I feel like this is a better graphic for how I remember his first month.
But, because mom is just now settling in, we are already to month 2.  

His 1 month picture was fairly delayed, so these aren't exactly a month apart.  But, he seems to be growing rapidly. We are filling out 3 month outfits quite completely, so he's going to be sizing up quickly. And, yes, he is our little ginger baby for the time being.  I'm still wondering if it will go darker, but it is definitely red in the sunlight.  He's a sweetheart. He enjoys cuddles, eating, and taking in the environment. He especially likes bath time and sitting in his bathtub (without water) while we shower. I think he thinks he's big when he gets to sit upright. He's slowly realizing that darkness is for sleeping, but mom would still like to be up less. He does not like car rides, sitting still, and being cut off from his nursing buffet. I predict he will keep me busy plenty early, as he is already scooting across the floor. 

In more life news, we just wrapped up our annual vacation with Scott's family. It was nice to have them come to our new home to provide company as we explored the new state.  It's certainly a special treat to watch cousins interact and grow up together.  And, more so, see their parents' personality shine through. :) 

Nolan adored having family here for the week and exploring together. 

Isaac also got to sneak in a quick visit with the other side of the family as we celebrated a first birthday! I was so grateful for Isaac to have a quick meeting with Great-Grandpa, as we do not get to see him as often as we would like. We were also bummed we had to miss the reunion back home, so seeing my aunt and grandpa was extra special.  Even more exciting, we now get to see this new one year old frequently, as we live closer than we ever have. 

Well, folks, this completes my update. If you've made it this far, here's a few videos made by the talented Scott.

First, Nolan's goodbye party. Thank you to everyone who came out.  He loved having people over, but misses everyone dearly.
And, a few glimpses into Nolan's week of family vacation. 

And, for the final "ta-da", note the new signature.
Lots of love,

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Birth-mas Adventures

I was talking to a friend and complaining that I haven't really been home much over Christmas Break and felt a bit exhausted. Then, while I took a much-needed nap on the couch, Scott worked on this during his last day of vacation.

I can't quite find the "measure" (Nolan's new favorite question) to say how much I appreciate that he takes notes/documentation of all our little moments.  Here's a little 3 minute snippet into our vacation time, Christmas, and Birthday.

We hope you had some enjoyable moments with your loved ones.  We aren't ready to go back to work, but do know that 2019 is going to be a busy year!

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Exiting Toddlerhood

I know Nolan is quite ready, but this mommy is certainly not ready for 4. We have the infant stage, the terrible twos, the terrifying threes, and then you have a kid. He certainly is looking more kid-like these days. Nolan is quite independent, comfortable telling me to leave his playroom to give him more space to build, and learning new ways to try to outsmart/negotiate his way into anything. For instance, he told me, "I think I'll just stay home while you go shopping. I'm still building.. and I go potty by myself." He lost that negotiation but has won plenty of "see this toy says '5'. It is cheap. We can buy that."

We were battling a cold this month, but that did not cease his excitement. I mistakenly told him that his birthday is when it snows (back in the summertime... but there's no forgetting at this age). I'm not sure why I said that, aside from stopping the 'whys'. Of course, being Michiganders, Nolan has been asking if every day is December 22nd since mid-November at the first snowfall... followed by "it's snowing, so can I have cupcakes today?"

He is spending his birthday season (sure... we will call it that) traveling for celebrations, overstimulated by all of his wishes. I truly enjoy that ecstatic excitement, but am pretty sappy when I browse through our Nolan & Elephant monthly albums.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween - 2018

You know the drill - it's Halloween time!

I'm sorry, Nolan. For the next 15 years or so (and hopefully more after that), you're stuck with your mom's silly traditions, dad's time lapse skills, silly costumes, and corny picture edits.  Some day, you'll appreciate us.

From our crew to yours, we hope you had a safe and happy Halloween!

Lots of love,

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tres y Medio

Tired of these yet? I know most people joke about not doing a baby book for their third kid, but Nolan, my dear first-born, this is going to have to suffice. I'm hip and modern, right? Not lazy, just cool... 

Goodness. 3 and a half.  #BabyCressman is long gone and we surely have a little boy.  These past few months have been pretty rough. Scott was super busy, I was finishing school, and we were dealing with a pretty big daycare issue.  While I don't want to get into all of that, preschool discussions were always on my mind and search history.  We have settled on an early preschool and have made a comfortable decision, but I still have to remind myself that I am looking at schools, not caregivers.  Despite it feeling good to put my academic career to good use, it is crazy to think he will be walking in to the same school that houses much bigger kids.  I know he'll do great, though... so I'm trying to wear my "tough momma" pants proudly.

This kid is quite the ham.  Here's the Nolie rundown.
Likes: bugs, sand, automobiles, cookies, mommy's school, "summertime" (said as emphatic as possible), playing in water any chance he can get, and his friends.
Dislikes: not having control, leaving anywhere empty-handed, going to bed before it is dark, and stopping to eat.

These past 6 months have been spent learning letter sounds, completing a "soccer" season (trust me, 3 year old soccer deserves quotes), swim lessons, and traveling southeast Michigan (Oh! And a plane trip to DC). His need for control causes some pretty epic meltdowns when he is approaching nap/bed time, but i try to grit my teeth or hide under the table smile while getting him through it.

He makes a great 'little brother' to Orie and Floyd (pestering, chasing, and too-tight hugs make a good little brother, right?). He can build like a champ and enjoys flying spaceships with daddy.  All in all, I'd classify him as a pretty cool kid, just like mom.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Boards Shmoards

As we speak, Scott is mid-board exams.  I haven't done a post regarding med school/residency in a while (it's not like Nolan has taken over at all 😉), so I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about residency life and give a quick shout-out to my other half.

Board Exams are an intense beast.  He's probably spent an entire year prepping, but a solid month turning down events, locking himself in an office, and cramming, cramming, cramming. I know I joke about how exhausted I am of doing bedtimes on my own and hearing the phrase "I can't come with you," or watching someone stare at his phones doing questions all day, but I know that pales in comparison to the sheer exhaustion and mental preparation he's been going through.

This exam is at least 600 questions (I don't remember the exact number). I pulled this description from the American Board of Radiology website:

I can't imagine two 7 hour days of testing, but he's a pro in this by now.  Including Step exams, this will be a total of $4,915 in testing alone. There are some little tests he's taken here and there, so that's probably a low estimate. He packed his snack bag along for those short thirty minutes (I'll save you the picture of the large back of junk food), Nolan and I threw in our surprise napkin notes, and wished him luck.

All of this to say, we couldn't be more proud of him.  But, I'm very much looking forward to a weekend of no books, no office, and no studying! Dr. Scott, good luck!

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