Snot.

Its a snot-fest at our house right now. {Doesn’t that make you want to come on over & hang out? Blech}.

Hudson & I got it at the same time – mine lasted about 48 hours and Hudson’s is still going and now Owen has it too. My poor sick boogies! They are both so congested…I am suctioning noses right & left…Hudson sees the bulb syringe and starts screamingALL DONE!! ALL DONE!!”. I pretty much have to sit on top of him to hold him still enough to suction the massive quantities of mucous from his nose. Breaks. My. Heart. Owen puts up a pretty good fight too.

I hate hate HATE having a cold but I’d rather have one for the next month than my babies be sick. It is awful. I am so helpless to fix them. I strive (and often fail) to set my heart on the knowledge that my God is in control of my babies lives and that He is near, and good, and cares for them more than I ever could.

I am praying they both get over it soon and that it stays just a cold and does not become RSV or bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Especially Owen. He is just too little! Not being huge and pregnant in the heat of summer was nice this time around, but I do NOT like all the nasty cold & flu & RSV germs everywhere around my teeny little boogs!! Boo!

So far Jordan has managed to stay healthy, and I hope it stays that way.

Things I do for my sickies & recommend:

1. Wash hands. And towels. And sheets. And blankies. Often.

2. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. {this means Owen nurses as often as possible & Hudson gets 1/2 juice in his cup – a special treat in our house – i’ll also put some Cold Care tea with his juice.

3. Run a cool mist humidifier. We have this one & I really like it. Just make sure to clean it really really really well so that it doesn’t start growing mold/bacteria!! I rinse ours with hot water daily & soak it with vinegar + HOT water weekly.

4. Use a bulb syringe and saline drops. I know it is awful and I hate it too, but unless they can truly blow their nose the snot must come out! Again – make sure to clean your bulb syringe often with hot soapy water.

5. Herbal remedies. {I’ll write a post on what we use sometime soon}.

6. SNUGGLE!! I cuddle my boys often anyways but when they are sick they need even MORE snugs.

I also made this homemade chicken noodle soup. I pretty much followed the recipes without making any changes except I didn’t make my own stock. It is definitely the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had – Hudson liked it too. Which was great considering he was refusing to eat anything besides applesauce & yogurt.

Here’s hoping the snot all dries up soon!

Owen {One Month}

Owen…how can it be that only a month ago I was sitting right here on the couch and you were still rolling around inside me? It feels so long ago & like yesterday all in the same moment.

You are such a sweet baby. Just exactly right for our family.

You fit perfectly in the little space between my neck and shoulder. This is one of your most favorite spots. You nestle in, as close as your can and are content to snuggle for just about any amount of time. You & I fall asleep often this way in the middle of the night when I am burping you in forget to keep my eyes open.

You’ve starting to get little rolls under your chin and on your legs (but they are still little chicken legs!). We’ll go to the pediatrician tomorrow for a check-up so I’ll update how much you’ve grown afterwards. A few of your newborn outfits are starting to get a little snug! Just today I bumped you up to size 1 diapers…they seem big still but you keep peeing out of the newborns.

The past week or so you’ve started giving us little smiles! Just little glimmers here and there but they are real smiles!

You are still a very relaxed baby. For the most part you are happy just to be with us & along for the ride. You get a little fussy when you are tired & are usually back to being content as soon as you are swaddled.

You have thankfully taken really well to an eat/wake/sleep schedule.  You went from nursing every 2 hours during the first 2-2.5 weeks to nursing every three hours at 7:00am/10:00am/1:00pm/4:00pm/7:00pm/10:00pm/after that kind of depends on the night. The past week you’ve been waking up around 2 or 2:30 and then 5 or 5:30. Then we start again at 7:00. I am looking forward to that 4 hour stretch turning into a 5 or 6 hour stretch…hopefully soon!

We are so incredible thankful for you our precious Owen! I love you more than I could even imagine.

See those toes on the right…

Hudson wanted to sit next to him and pat him {and touch that onesie sticker!} the whole time…He is the SWEETEST big brother in the world!

See those little leg rolls?! The chubs is coming!

And that double chin? Ooo I love it!