Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brendan's Baptism

We were wandering into uncharted territory that morning... things could have gotten really ugly and we just weren't sure what to expect.  Niall was undoubtedly going to miss his entire nap on the day of Brendan's baptism and there was pretty much no way around it.  So how would this all pan out, we wondered?

But to my complete and utter shock, Niall was a total angel through the whole thing!  I could hear the occasional "My pretzels!" and the clanking and jangling of rosary beads being used as a moracca...but all things considered, he did great.


And so did his little bro-- slept like a champ through pretty much the whole thing.  Even when the deacon poured the water over his head, he just grunted, rolled his eyes in the back of his head, and went right back to sleep.

He looked really cute, but there was one little glitch that definitely was not an issue with Niall-- Brendan's fat neck would not allow for the gown to button closed.  I have a little chunker on my hands and I love it.  I vividly remember Niall was practically drowning in that thing.  Poor Brendan could barely fit!


The bonnet was also a wash.  I tried to tie it around his head but there was no denying that it was way too small.  I took a few pictures with it dangling off and then decided to call it a day.  Let's not humiliate the poor kid, right?


We had a nice little service, complete with some strange anecdotes about Marilyn Monroe killing herself and how we don't want Brendan to turn out like that... umm, thanks for scaring us straight, Deacon.  But it really was nice.  He talked about the importance of the godparents in leading Brendan through a meaningful, faith-filled life. 

And we have just the right people to do that...

Matt's brother and my best friend

After a little celebration and cake, I was ready to hit the sack.  That's what I call a successful day :)




God bless baby Brendan!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Wow, am I ready for spring. Not that we had a bad winter-- I'm actually pretty sure that it was the onset of global warming in full effect (which I prefer to blissfully ignore and enjoy). But something about the winter months just makes you want to hibernate and find excuses not to do anything outside.

Maybe it has something to do with the sun going down at 4pm and I feel like I should be in bed by the time 6 rolls around, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have a newborn baby and a 2 year old, which creates quite the debacle when it comes to loading up bags and getting in and out of the car. I feel like I'm packing for the airport every time I want to leave the house.

Either way, I'm ready to get out and about. And what better way to do it than this?



Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to be so close to so many fun, beautiful and free things to do.  The cherry blossoms have to be one of my favorite reasons to go into the city.  It's about a 40 minute drive, plus 6-10 dangerous u-turns/ city boxes (when you keep making right turns to find parking somewhere near where you started), plus 8 minutes of packing kids into strollers and unloading the contents of the diaper bag into the basket under the stroller.  But definitely worth the effort.

One of the major downers of having a baby brother:  not riding the paddle boats.  Geez Brendan, can't you just gain 20 pounds real quick??  Way to ruin the day (as displayed by Niall's pouting).


Guess who didn't care about the paddle boats or the blossoms?

THIS GUY


But Niall found other ways to enjoy himself... or I should say 1 other way:




Watching the ducks.  And that's all he wanted to do for the rest of the day.  Cherry Blossoms? Not interested.  Taking pictures?  Not interested.  Sitting in the stroller?  Not interested.  So thank goodness I had my friend with me, because I'm pretty sure I would have been diving in the water to save Niall, while simultaneously holding Brendan (and all 3 of us ultimately drowning).






Another perk of having Caitlin there was that I got to take pictures.  If it were just me, I'm about 99% sure that I would not have had a free hand to pull my camera out, which is the whole purpose of going to these things.  And we managed to catch them on their peak blooming day, which never happens!  Plus, we like her company :)






Happy Spring!




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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday {Luck o' the Irish}

Happy Belated St. Paddy's!



So nice of drunky McDrunkerson to drop in on our photo ;)


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

too tired to deal with it

...that describes my now 3 hour battle with my blog header, which is a really bad draft version that I am currently not able to remove.  I tried to change things up around here to include Brendan (slowly but surely; I've still got a lot of work to do!)-- anyway, I made the mistake of uploading Picasa a few weeks ago and now it's taken every single photo I've ever taken and connected to my blogger account, so it's saying that I've used up all of my storage space for photos.  Does anyone know how to get around this??

Now it's wayyyy past my bed time and I just don't have the energy to deal with it.  Stay tuned for a new look on the blog later this week. (Fingers crossed!)

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Friday, March 16, 2012

More to Love

I honestly thought, while I was pregnant with Brendan, "how am I going to love another child as much as I love Niall?"  It actually worried me a little, even though everyone reassured me that it just happens in this unexplainable way-- and I knew it would.  But seriously, HOW?  I love Niall so much and it was hard to imagine.

Then Brendan came along and I had that immediate overwhelming love and bond that everyone spoke of.  But after spending 4 days in the hospital because of my c-section, poor Niall was wondering where on earth his mom and dad disappeared to.  And it put a knot in my stomach thinking about his sadness and confusion.

When he came to the hospital, he was definitely not thrilled about meeting his new brother.  I've never seen him act that way-- just completely apathetic; not just toward Brendan, but toward us.  He didn't want to hug me or talk to me, and it really took a toll on my emotions.

After he went home, I felt this guilt for loving Brendan-- like I was cheating Niall with each kiss and hug I gave this new baby.  I hated being in that hospital bed, wanting to cuddle my sweet little Brendan, but wanting even more to be home with Niall, proving to him how much I still loved him.  It was the strangest feeling and I wondered if it would ever go away.

When we got home from the hospital, Niall was still distant and I really pumped the brakes on showing affection to Brendan.  Now, I felt I was cheating him.  Would this sick cycle ever end!?

The point is... YES.  It does end.  And it doesn't take 8 weeks for it to happen-- it just takes 8 weeks for me to put all of those crazy feelings into perspective and find the words to express what was going on.

It's absolutely amazing how much I love these 2 kiddos the exact same amount but in completely different ways.  It's like apples and oranges.  Now I finally understand how it just works itself out.  While I'm holding and kissing Brendan, Niall is right next to me giggling and squeezing his hand (usually a little too hard).  And while I'm playing legos and trains with Niall, Brendan is in the bumbo or the snuggle nest, watching his brother intently-- just yearning for the day he can join in.


Seriously, this kid is ready to be a big boy... he is already trying desperately to roll over.  Not to mention his love for the bumbo-- a seat that is probably meant for 6 months +.  (Don't worry, he has really good neck control and I usually put a pillow behind his head).


I like to say that Niall is my favorite boy in the world and Brendan is my favorite baby in the world.  Brendan can't say the incredibly funny and adorable things that Niall says, and Niall can't make the heartwarming "goo-gaa" noises that Brendan makes.  Niall is the kindest, sweetest boy I know and Brendan is the cutest little wide-eyed chunker I know.  It's just that simple.  They are loved equally, but in completely different ways.

And did I mention how much Brendan LOVES Niall?  It's kind of crazy how Niall can be "head knocking" (as Niall likes to call it) this poor baby, yelling in his ear, and putting all of his body weight on Brendan's tiny stomach... and the little guy is smiling through it all.  He will be fussing and crying and squirming up a storm, but when Niall walks in the room and he hears his voice, it all stops.  It's unbelievable.

It has taken me way too long to post something sentimental and thoughtful up here, but I needed time to rest and recharge and just post some cute pictures for a while.  Now I'm ready to share some of the stories and feelings that I worry I might forget in a year.  The time is going by so fast; even faster than it did when Niall was a baby.  I'm so grateful for my sweet little boys and can't wait to see what's to come.




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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday {the boys}

 ...and Big Bird, of course




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Friday, March 9, 2012

Freaky Flashback Friday

 Take 2... so crazy!

Niall:

 Brendan:

Niall:

Brendan:

 I'M NOT KIDDING YOU- THESE ARE DIFFERENT CHILDREN! 

I'm going to have to put them into different folders and write names on the back of all my pictures or I won't know who is who! 

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