Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving & Six Weeks Old!

This year's Thanksgiving was a balancing act as we did two dinners on the same day - with two tots in tow. Phew! It happens about every 2-3 years where our families end up having their celebrations on the same day. We are blessed to have an abundance of family close by so we can swing both families in one day!

I kicked off Thanksgiving with two traditions: a nice run and the Macy's Parade. The parade brings back memories from when I would wake up early after hearing my mom put the turkey in the oven. I'd wait and wait and wait until the parade started - I just loved the excitement of it all! Mackie tuned into the parade for a small while, but I have to admit, we were all a bit distracted. 

We had a lovely day of giving thanks with the Conklings and the Prestons. Praise God for His abundance of provisions! Here are some snapshots of my little turkeys before we chowed down on turkey, cranberries, broccoli-rice casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, pie, cookies, vegetables, green bean casserole, and much, much more!

It was also a special day as the Brax-man celebrated being six weeks old! He's really chunked out these last couple of weeks (my favorite stage - I love, love, love the leg and cheek chunks!). And speaking of cheeks, his poor chubby ones are quite red, dry, and look like he's hit puberty at just six weeks of age. Poor guy. They look much better but it seems like we'll be dealing with lots of chapped cheeks as it's been a very dry summer and fall.

Here are some six-week highlights:
- Slept for 6 hours for the first time at night! Mommy was in a bit of pain and ready to feed, but very happy that her little man is starting to sleep for longer stretches.
- During the day, eats about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours (sometimes 3 hours, but rarely) for a total of 8 feedings a day.
- Neck muscles are incredible! Whenever Brax is laid down on his tummy, he immediately lifts up his neck and looks around. Can't hold the head still when we carry him, either, as he's always burrowing or looking around, craning that neck to see the world around.
- Trying to establish a routine, but it's been a slow-go of it to date. Some days Brax does a great job of sleeping in his crib during the day for all naps, but most days he does a mix of naps in the crib, swing, bouncy seat, or carseat. Fortunately there is some overlap in his afternoon nap and sister's nap so mommy can get some work done (or perusing Pinterest - I'm on maternity leave, after all! Work can wait until January!)

We love you, baby boy, and can't wait to celebrate the holiday season with you. Love you, love you, love you!

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