Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekend at the Cabin and other Milestones - Month 3

16 weeks postpartum

Now that I'm back at work, I can't even believe or explain how fast the weeks fly by - the weekends go even faster. I totally despise this. I love our weekends and I want to spend them together as much as I can. I don't know what to do to slow them down. I'm trying to soak up every second, but it's pretty crazy!!
Jackson's first boat ride on Trade Lake (in Wisconsin)!

Karl and I planned to take Jackson to his parent's lake cabin on Saturday. We didn't go Friday night like we normally would when it was just us because I needed to get laundry done and clean up some of the house since I only get the weekends to do this. And I like coming home from a weekend away knowing I don't have a list of things to do before Monday comes - most of the times I'm so tuckered out that it's hard to get motivated to do a bunch of stuff to get caught up. Grocery shopping might have to wait this week...
Backyard of the Koester cabin

We *think* Jackson slept the first half of the trip since he didn't get a morning nap in, but we can't be so sure. He's always been pretty good and content in his car seat and since we can't really see him... So I sat with him the second half after we stopped into Winehaven winery. Yum! He was up the rest of the way and started fussing...and didn't go down until 9:30 at night. Yeah. Long long day for mom.

What a spectacular couple weather days though! FINALLY!!! So nice to have a "dryer" cooler summer weekend. Jackson had his very first boat ride and we're pretty sure he liked it. He didn't go down for a whole lot of naps on Saturday so he was a little fussy in the boat, but overall we're pretty sure he's going to be an outdoorsy kind of guy! He loves his fresh air. Grandpa Jim and Grandma Judy took Jackson back inside the cabin so dad and mom could have a little fun boat ride around the lake.
Getting ready for first boat ride!
Mom and Jackson loving the fresh air

The Oranges! Grandma Judy and Jackson

Jackson loves Kacey!

I was able to get up and go for a run/walk and enjoy a little "me time" while Gpa Jim watched cartoons with Jackson. I like being able to find time to get exercise in. I need it!! I SO need it! I will say going into my third full week back to work, I can fit into most of my clothes again. Yay! I don't know what happened because the scale hasn't budged much. One day I couldn't get my pants over my thighs, the next day they are slipping back on - not perfectly by any means but we're back in business. One day at a time.
Couldn't get enough of the TV

Milestones for the week
Jackson is rolling over and sleeping on his belly at night. I was nervous about this with all the fears of SIDS out there and putting baby on his/her back, but was told if I put him on his back and he can get himself onto his belly, he can flip back.
Our little belly sleeper
Loves being on his side

He pursues his lips a lot and tries to makes noises, like a motor boat or tries really hard to get words out. I love when I say "coo" and he says it back! We just stare at each other and go back and forth chatting.

He continues to put more toys in his mouth and holds on to the toys better and better each week. He loves sucking on his fingers! I'll take this over the Nuk!
I love putting things in my mouth!

He loves to explore the world around him and take in as much as he can. I think this is why he loves the Baby Bjorn. He'll fall asleep in it too.

He still favors looking to the left but he looks around a lot more in both directions. Hoping the pediatrician notices this when we bring him in for his four month checkup this month. Not looking forward to more shots.

Our homecare says Jackson LOVES listening to her kids sing and play. He's all smiles and can't get enough of them. I LOVE hearing stuff like this!!!! I can tell he loves being with her just by the smiles he gives her. Ahhh, I can breathe!