Sunday, June 28, 2015

Scenes From A Week: June 28

My second week back to work went just as well as the first (hallelujah!) Jacob was cared for by his aunt Katie and his first cousin once removed Jenifer. (At least I think that is her relation to him- she is my first cousin). Anyway, he enjoyed his days with the ladies and I enjoyed coming home to him after work!

The weekend was extra fun, and we went in to it with zero plans.  On Friday night I got home at a good time and did all of my weekend chores (cleaning the house, laundry, etc).  I went to bed really early (8:30!) and woke up at 3:30- surprised that JSS hadn't woken me sooner- and in fact, he was still asleep.  He slept through the night for the first time, waking me at 5:45 after I got the best night sleep in a year! :)  

On Saturday, we worked around the house- Scott did some work on our basement and mowed. I organized my closet and did some work around the house (I "deep clean" two areas of our house per weekend- this weekend was the mudroom and master bathroom).  We took a long family walk through the nearby forest preserve and ended Saturday with cocktails and a movie while our sweetie slept.

We rounded out the weekend with a barbecue with Matt and Kelly - and special guest Morgan (Kelly's younger sister who would be watching JSS the following week).  It was a great week and weekend and left us energized and excited for the holiday week!

this grown-up boy sleeps in his own crib for bed and most naps

cutie on a walk with one of his amazing babysitters <3

his hand resting position (he gets it from his mama and grammy!)

new summer shoes - can't decide if they are totally cool or totally lame.  (they ARE totally comfy so - cool wins;)

thursday night - wine in hand, baby in swing (and jenifer chilling with us!)

lunch hour shopping - and FRIDAY hat

selfies with my boo

daddy multi-tasking

strolling through the forest preserve

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scenes From A Week: June 21

This was my first week back to work after twelve glorious weeks spent with my boy.  It was the longest I'd ever been away from him, and by the time the day was done I was practically running off the train to see him.  My parents graciously agreed to come watch him for the week to help with my transition, and that helped SO MUCH. 

For such a transitional week, it was a good one - marked by some fun moments and people.  We got together with my college girlfriends and their babies one night, went on a walk to the local ice cream shop, finished laying flooring in our basement (thanks Dad!), I got a pedicure, and we celebrated Scott all day Sunday for Father's Day.  It was a really good first week back!  

Jacob is three months old!
back to work day one
grammy and gramps snuggling my boo
mid-day facetiming :) 
construction baby / my awesome dad
OOTD (haha - i am so not a fashion blogger but i was in to this outfit)
pretty obsessed with iced coffee these days (and they sure help with me averaging 5 hours of sleep a night :)
college girlfriends reunited (happy 1st birthday, Elle!)
terrible photo, awesome hour
father's day twinning

JSS: Three Months


Happy three months to my sweet Jacob Steil Special!  He has brought more joy to these three months then his dad and I ever knew was possible.  Even the less "fun" parts (3am wakeup calls, I'm lookin' at you) are made better than I could have imagined because of the sweet boy on the other end of them.  

This month absolutely flew by- with so many fun "firsts" to enjoy with my boy. Jacob traveled to three new states: Iowa (!!), Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He met his great-parents!  In Minneapolis he attended a bridal shower and met his moms cousins, aunts and uncles. He stayed overnight away from home (for three nights - twice at his grandparents and once in a hotel).  He went to his first friend-birthday party.

He has thrived on the Baby Whisperer, and now sleeps in his crib every night. Naps happen in his crib, swing or stroller and are consistent and restorative.  He sleeps a 5-hour stretch most nights, and while he doesn't sleep through the night, he wakes up happy and greets us with big smiles every morning.  Scott and I tag-team the nighttime shifts, which allow us each to do pretty well sleep-wise. 

Jacob has found his hands- and likes to suck on his right knuckles (much to Grammy's chagrin). :)  Tummy Time is just about obsolete, as our big boy likes to roll over from belly to back nearly every time (and his pediatrician confirmed that much of his head-control will continue to develop just from being an alert and curious little boy). He seems to be getting close to rolling back to belly, as he can roll completely to his side and pumps his legs trying to get the rest of the way. :). His pediatrician is very impressed with his neck/head control, how alert he is, and says he is a perfect, thriving little boy.  We are so lucky to have him.

Jacob was baptized on June 7th, and it was a truly special day. Each of his aunts and uncles were present, along with all four if his grandparents.  His godparents are his aunt Kelly and uncle Matt, and the four of us had a special moment while Jacob was being baptized.  

This month I went back to work (I had twelve weeks off, so I've been back to work for a week) and while it was hard on me, Jacob has taken it in stride (it helps that his Grammy/Gramps watched him last week - and this week his aunt Katie and his mom's cousin Jen are watching him!)  The weekends are made even more special this way.  

Jacob, your dad and I love you so much, and are so glad that you are our son.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the past month!













Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scenes From A Week: June 14

This was a big week for our family: my last week of maternity leave, and Scott's 30th birthday!  The week started similarly to the past 11, with lots of mommy/Jacob playing time - trying out his new Bumbo (another loaner from the sweet Kruger family), lots of long walks around the neighborhood, and high quality family time.  Scott's 30th birthday was a sweet day for our family - we had a fun and different Asian dinner out, and gave our guy some gifts that he seemed to like ;)

It was strange to be preparing to go back to work - I love my job, but I've also transformed so much over the past twelve weeks - my calling on earth is being Jacob's mom, and I hope to find a good balance between a career/company that I enjoy so much, and the most important job I have - being a mother.  I am excited for the challenge of figuring it out :)

first time in the Bumbo seat

little angel in a big bed

selfies with my boy every day

first time wearing sunglasses - he didn't mind them! 

he loves being propped up on our bed

smiles on dad's 30th

my last day of maternity leave - pretty much all we did all day :)

happy 30th Scott!

brunch out the day before i returned to work

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Happy 30th birthday, Scott!

Today is Scott's 30th birthday.   I have loved him for almost a decade, but over the past twelve weeks my love for him has deepened. The way he fathers Jacob is so special- I love bearing witness to their interactions.


Last week he got home from work just as we were returning from a walk. Scott scooped up our tiny son and said "what did you see on your walk, Jacob?  Did you see squirrels?  Did you see a bunny rabbit?"  It may sound silly as I type it out, but Scott is a sweet and loving father and Jacob is so lucky to have him.


Happy birthday, darling. We love you so.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

God bless JSS!

Jacob was baptized this weekend, and it was a truly special day.  We've been planning his baptism since before he was born (I actually had to call the church to update their information once he was born- I had locked in our spot before we knew his gender or name and before we'd asked his Godparents!). The baptism was on Sunday afternoon and was followed by a light lunch celebration at our home.


The ceremony was sweet and short and featured six children total. The priest was funny and reminded me a lot of my parent's parish priest (which was so cool, given that he actually married Scott and me!).  Matt and Kelly (my brother and sister in law) are Jacob's godparents and it was special to participate in Jacob's first sacrament with them.



After the ceremony, we dashed back to my house to quickly put out the party food and drinks.  The theme for the party was "God bless JSS!" and the color scheme was blue and white with gold and burlap accents.  It was so fun to work on the party for my sweet boy!





My menu was sandwiches catered by Marianos, cupcakes from Oak Mill Bakery, a veggie platter, a fruit bowl, tomato/mozzarella Caprese skewers, cheese and crackers and Sunchips.  We served mimosas, beer and water.  It was a fun party!




While I definitely wanted to make a fuss with the decor and food, it was really made special by the family who came to support us - both sides of Jacob's extended family were in attendance, including all four of his grandparents, both of his aunts and all five of his uncles. 





I was so overwhelmed by the efforts of my family to be in attendance.  My brother Joe flew in from Washington, DC and the rest of my family drove 4-7 hours to be with us (including the locals who cut an Iowa weekend short to be with us).  We aren't able to get together with everyone all at once very often (I think it's been only twice in the past two years - this past Thanksgiving and the previous October for Matt and Kelly's wedding!) but when we are able to it sure is sweet. 

God bless JSS!  And in the words of Jacob's godfather (quoting Matthew 5:14) "you are the light of the world". We love you more than words can say.