June 29, 2016

Family Pictures

As per tradition, we took a few family pictures once Peter turned 1 month, like we did with Claire.  We just set up the tripod and took a few on our bed.  Adding two kids to the mix definitely makes it a bit more difficult to take your own pictures, but we still got a few cute ones!
I also had Bryce take a couple of me doing one of my favorite things, reading with my babies.  
Even though sometimes it is a pain, I'm glad I make time to take our family photos so often...and I'm glad my family is willing to put up with it :).  

June 27, 2016

Peter Bryson Week by Week: 1 Month

Dear Peter,

Today you turned 1 month old.  I think it has been the fastest month of my life.  Taking care of you and your big sister Claire keeps me so busy the days just seem to fly by.  You have been such a sweet addition to our family.  It's hard to even remember what it was like before you were here as it already feels like you've always been with us.   
Your big sister Claire adores you.  It has been so fun for me to see her embrace her new role as a big sister.  She is always helping me with diaper changes, burping, getting your binky etc., and is constantly smothering you with hugs and kisses.  Luckily you don't seem to mind and tolerate it pretty well.
You are a really easy baby, which has made the transition from one to two kids relatively easy on your mama.  You love to sleep, and LOVE to eat.  You eat every two hours around the clock.  While I'm a bit tired from the constant feedings, especially the night ones, you rarely cry or fuss so I won't complain too much!   
Thanks to your constant eating, you have gotten nice and chubby in the last month.  My wish for an extra chubby baby came true this time around!  You were born smaller than your big sister, but already outweigh what she did at one month.  At your 2 week appointment you already weighed 9 lb 3 oz and according to our scale at home you are now already over 10 pounds!
You still have your cute old man hair you were born with; lots in the back, a little on the top, and no hair in the front.  Your eyes are still really blue and I'm really crossing my fingers they will stay blue or turn green like your dad's.  Your dad doesn't think they will stay and thinks they will likely go brown like mine and your sister's.  Time will tell!  I'm usually right though so you better not let your dad win this one ;). 

You have been such a great blessing in our lives and we are beyond grateful to have you in our family.  You are already so loved!  I'm so excited to watch you grow and change and see the person you will grow up to be.  

Love you too much,


June 20, 2016

Claire & Peter

I took a few pictures of Claire & Peter in the nursery and I love how they turned out.  They are such a cute little duo.  I love them both to pieces.

After a few shots Claire decided she wanted to take some pictures of Peter too.  She's definitely seen her mom do this a few times ;).

Peter Bryson Week by Week: 3 Weeks Old

Peter Bryson 3 Weeks old.

3 weeks old and still happy as ever (even when his big sister tries to steal his thunder).

Best Buds

I already have a million photos of these two together but I don't even care.  They are my favorites.  I hope these two grow up to be best friends!

Peter Bryson Week by Week: 2 Weeks Old

Peter Bryson 2 weeks old.

He is such a sweet boy.  He loves to sleep and LOVES to eat.  If he's awake basically all he wants to be doing is eating.  He still eats every 2-3 hours even at night so he is getting nice and chubby but I'm looking forward to when he can go longer between feedings so I can get some more sleep!

Peter Bryson Week by Week: 1 week old

Peter Bryson 1 week old.
Just like I did with Claire I'm going to take a weekly picture of Peter to document his growth throughout hist 1st year.  

1st week home with Peter

My handsome boy.  He doesn't look a ton like Claire did as a baby but they definitely have the same lips!  

Claire loves being a big sister.  She has been so sweet with Peter and is always wanting to help and hold him.
I still can't believe I have two kids!  Goodness I love them so much!

Peter's 1st Day Home

A few pictures of our sweet boy on his first day at home.

Hospital Stay with Peter

After having a horrible hospital stay with Claire where I couldn't even get out of the hospital bed the whole time I was there, the hospital stay this time with Peter was a dream!  I was up out of my bed and walking around probably 15 minutes after I had Peter.  It was SO nice having such a better recovery right off the bat.  

My mom brought Claire to see her new baby brother just shortly after he was born.  Claire got there when they were getting ready to give Peter his first bath so my incredibly amazing nurse let Claire help.  It was so cute and so fun for Claire!
When the nurse was leaving after she was finished getting Peter bathed Claire waved, told her bye, and said "Thanks for the baby!"  We all got a good laugh at that, if only it were that easy to get a baby here ;)

After Peter's bath we had Claire give him his first teddy bear and then she got a big sister gift from him.  I put her a gift bag together with things that would help entertain her while I nursed (coloring book, stickers, crayons, play-doh, bubbles, a new big sister book, and a few treats).
My mom brought Claire back the second day after I'd gotten a good night's rest so we could take a few more pictures where I didn't look like I had just given birth haha.  Claire was in love with Peter and just wanted to keep holding and kissing him.  

And our final picture from the hospital, Peter in his car seat ready to finally go home!