Valentines week

Kinder fun above  note who is Elliott’s wise person!!! Pics above are Valentine’s Day C was a big hit with the second grade ladies

 

Meet our new roommate Elliott  we banned Conor to Elliott’s rook bc Conor is a loud sleeper and mixed in the quieter sin  he loved his set up

 

 

 

Second to last photo is witj sarah who is  4 weeks older than c  she is the younger sis of one of Elliott’s best friends  last pic was from my date night with jordan tonight  J is the master of the football hold

 

 

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1 month. Jan 7

Conor is 12 lbs 4 oz meaning he has gained nearly 2 lbs. the 0-3 clothes are feeling snug!  Wearer troducing some 3-6 mo into the mix. he is 95th percentile for height and weight and 98th for head circumference. As babies,  Nat was similar for weight but around avg for height and head Elliott was similar for weight but around 75th for height and off the charts for head

 

 

He is waking up twice a night. He has some reflux. He is an absolute gem in the morning. He loves the black and white pictures and our faces. He likes being sung to. Head shoulders knees and toes is a fav song he loves napping in his swing with the hair dryer on. Evening is definitely a fussy time. I’m trying to eliminate eggs dairy nuts wheat and fish to see which of those bothers him the most. Elliott likes to do a secret hand shake with him (Conor grasping his pinkie). Nat is a little sick and totally missing holding him and over-kissing his fluffy cheeks. His cheeks are his most distinguishing feature. They are the stuff that doctors and teachers talk about! We are lucky to have this little boy. (But whoa – this is a lot of work!! I’m glad we are one month in!)

 

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Cousins

we are lucky that all of our Midwest cousins want to meet Conor. Becky and Jira have shared cute stories. Here is one from yesterday.

 

Cam said Conor is going to watch him do dishes. And then he moved the pic right by him!

Now we just want to meet them all in person!!!

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Love the big kids too!!

 

Look carefully at Elliott’s scrabble word!

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cute sleeping pics

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Big Sis and Littlest Bro

 

Conor likes Nat more than me.  She can hold him for more than an hour   I think she may have gotten the first smile  one time I asked her to hold him so I could quick do something even though he was screaming he collapsed in exhaustion onher

I asked her if she would stay home from school to help me out during the week  even though she loved her bro she declined  🙂 she said she would miss her friends too much

 


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Brothers

 

E hasn’t held Conor since coming home but he has:

1. told him secrets about Nat

2. given him bunny ears

3. made black and white contrast pics for him

4. Sang him songs to calm him down when crying

5. Kissed him on the head and cheeks ( so called marshmallow cheeks)

6. Gave me a fake receipt so I could return him to the store

5 out of 6 isn’t bad!


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It’s all in a Name

Every since Natalie was born, we really liked Clara Grace as a potential girls name.  That would have been Elliott’s name if he was a girl.  Natalie had a ton of other suggestions too: Mia (short for Maria), Hazel, Julia, to name a few.  Elliott decided that Elizabeth Pearl was his favorite, and then Natalie came around to Elizabeth too.  The top contenders for boys name were Tyler, Conor, Henry and Ryan.  Elliott had the suggestion of doing a poll (he does those a lot in school), so Natalie assisted with that.  Here’s where we ended up.

 the number shows how popular the name is

So, Jordan and I liked Conor the most and liked the one n as opposed to the more common two n’s.  (Natalie asked us to change it to two n’s after we submitted the birth certificate – I think because she had made a picture for him with two n’s that she brought to the hospital.)  We debated between David (my dad’s first name), William (Elliott liked the idea of sharing a middle name with him and obviously that’s a Linville family name) and John (my great grandfather Harold’s middle name, who my Dad was close to and who died in 1981, shortly after I was born).  We decided on David!

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January 7th

Conor was born on January 7th (well past his Christmas due date, well past the 4 days late that Natalie was, well past the tax deduction due date of Dec 31, well past New Year’s Day and the 7 days late that Elliott was, past my great grandmother’s birthday of January 2nd – which was the date I was mentally prepared to go until).  And, thankfully, one day before Elvis’s birthday of Jan 8th, which Jordan was rooting for.  So, besides being a different birthstone than in December, what happened on January 7th in history?

  • Feast day of André BessetteC.S.C. (9 August 1845 – 6 January 1937), more commonly known as Brother André (FrenchFrère André), and since his canonization as Saint André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous oil healings associated with his pious devotion to Saint Joseph.[1]
  • Christmas in Russia and the Ukraine (so I guess he is a Christmas baby!)
  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four largest moons of Jupiter: GanymedeCallistoIo and Europa
  • Birthday of Pope Gregory XIII in 1502, best known for commissioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian calendar, which remains the internationally accepted civil calendar to this day
  • Birthday of Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the US in 1800, who came into the presidency after the death of his predecessor.  He is best known for working to pass the Compromise of 1850, a bargain that led to a brief truce in the battle over slavery
  • Birthday of St. Bernadette of Lourdes in 1844, a French nun.  She saw many visions at the grotto as a young girl and went on to serve people who were ill, despite having many ailments herself
  • Birthday of Nicholas Cage, an American actor
  • 1927 – Commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
  • 1999 – President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate.

It’s amazing to think about what lies ahead for Conor. There’s anything he can become!

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Bedtime

Most of bedtime was fun tonight – it went a little long for my liking, with extra tuck-ins, but let’s focus on the positive.  With Nana and Pop here, we got to double up on reading, so Jordan and I read to Elliott first and then to Natalie. Conor snuggled on his Dad (skin to skin) for the entire time – he had trouble settling in at first, but then loved it.  Elliott had this joke to tell:

Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Elliott: Blueberry
Me: Blueberry who?
Elliott: Conor.
Me: Conor who?
Elliott: Conor I love you.  Get it?  He was Blueberry for so long, and he has only been Conor for a short time.  How many days old is he?
Me: Let’s see.  He came late on Mon, so Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat.  Just over 5 days.  He’s not in 5 and 3/4’s days old and you are 5 and 3/4’s YEARS old.
Elliott: (with a look of disbelief and hilarity)  Yeah!

Elliott also told me he didn’t need white noise any more, which if that is the case, works out handy since we’ve been using an ipad for the white noise for Conor (and Jordan and me, since we are currently sharing a room and trade-off who gets to put in ear plugs – Jordan has been the best about taking the worst shift of being in charge of Conor around midnight or 1.  This has been significantly helped with Kathy here who takes the first shift in the morning with the kids – I’m nervous for her to leave!)

Nana and Pop also got to see Natalie play basketball today, and Natalie and Jordan had father-daughter dance, which they both love.  And a neighbor/classmate took Elliott to a friend’s birthday party today.  And, an acquaintance in town gave us a really nice glider, so now we have one in my bedroom and could move the other one two the first floor.  We are very fortunate to have a network of family and friends to help out.   In fact, my mom even picked up some socks at Kohl’s today and is mailing them, along with a couple outfits.  The socks are clutch as Jordan and I were just talking about how we probably don’t have enough.  We also got to FaceTime with Grandma and Grandpa today, which really wore Conor out.  Unf, my dad didn’t get to see him with his eyes open, but we’ll try again another time.

 

 

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