Getting the Hang of this Parenting Thang!

What a time to be alive!! So sorry for the corny pun in the title… but life is good, y’all. Harvey is 8 weeks old tomorrow, and cuter than ever. I’m obsessed. It is seriously the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life, and every single second that I get to spend with him is better than the last.

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What have we been up to? Well… the real question should be: What haven’t we been up to?! Harvey is still a very easy, happy-go-lucky baby, so we continue to take him everywhere! He had his first “babysitter” earlier this month when we went to my childhood friend Mary Cate’s beautiful wedding. Mimi (my mom) watched him while we were out, and he had a good time! Next month, it will be Lolli’s turn (Nick’s mom) when we attend a party for our friends Chris and Erin’s marriage!

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The next weekend was his first trip to the mountains. My brother, Brian, graduated from Appalachian State University, and we got to be a part of his celebration. The last few members of my family were able to meet Harvey for the first time, and those moments are mental snapshots that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Watching each new person lay eyes on him for the first time never gets old. When we got home from Boone, we had our first parenting scare when Harvey choked on some spit up and I thought he was having a seizure. We called 911, only to have them arrive right after he had calmed down and everything was fine. Not going to lie, it scared the you-know-what out of us… and the paramedics sort of laughed and did the whole “this must be your first kid” thing… which made me feel better, I think? Ha! A minor incident for sure, but one that really reminds you that you have to be on your game at all times.

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This past weekend we celebrated Nick’s 30th birthday a few days early. Our favorite thing to do is be with our friends, and we decided a fun activity would be the Durham Bulls game on Saturday night. We had a fantastic time, and Harvey enjoyed the baseball. However, we ran into a parenting fail when the fireworks started, and Harvey FREAKED out! I guess I forgot how loud fireworks are? Our friend Pete was holding him, and covered his ears the entire time… so hopefully we didn’t cause permanent damage! Yesterday we saw our friends Martha and Graham and their little girl Evelyn. Watching babies meet other babies is adorable!! So glad we got to see them 🙂

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Harvey is changing so much every day. He holds his head up pretty well, and tolerates tummy time! He went to several soccer games this month, took lots of long walks with mama, and continues to enjoy his bath the most. He prefers being held to sitting alone (and would like you to bounce him while holding him). He enjoys story time and listening to music! He is sleeping for 5-6 hours at a time during the night… woo hoo!! He is loving his binky more than ever. He is also turning into a little chunk, which makes me so happy (he weighs almost 12 pounds)! He is not the only one changing – I’ve lost 43 of the 65 that I gained! I realize that 20 to 30 of those pounds were preeclampsia water-weight, but still! I’m feeling very accomplished and proud to be back in (some of) my pre-pregnancy jeans!

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A few lessons learned, lots of laughs, a day of frightened tears, and 4 more weeks of wisdom gained since my last entry. This summer is going to be the best one yet! We fly to Philly in two weeks – wish us luck.

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Happy early birthday to my incredible baby daddy! We love you ❤

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