Family, The Grand House

Daddy’s Little Sidekick

Guess where Mark and Henry spend most of their father-son bonding time?

Yep, you guessed it…Home Depot, Lowe’s and Busy Beaver.

Hank the Tank loves going to the hardware store with his dad…at least that’s what we think. We’ll continue to drag him there until he starts to talk and tells us otherwise. 🙂

Mark is prepping our Victorian house this weekend for the new windows that are coming.

My dad is going to help, and those two will have some “guy time” which consists of donut and hot dog breaks between working. Ha!

Awesome throwback pic of Mark’s beard!!

Henry and I will be hanging together which is our very favorite thing to do.

And I don’t care if people think I share too many pictures of my baby…how can I not? LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

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Mark will only go on a family walk beer is involved.

Yep…that’s what my husband wants, so that’s what my husband gets!

Thankfully, we live in Lawrenceville where the number of breweries and bars is endless, so we have many, many options. 🙂

To be fair, I also love our new family ritual.

Every night, we put Hank in the Rolls Royce of strollers and go for a nice, hour-long walk through the neighborhood.

Sometimes we stop for a drink at the beginning…sometimes, we grab a beer after.

So far, Hank the Tank has been to Grapperia, Franktuary, Industry, The Abbey, Full Pint Brewing, New Amsterdam, Roundabout Brewery and Dive Bar and Grill.

Everyone always loves these sweet cheeks. Hank might be the hippest boy in town. 🙂

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Old, Sexy Dad!

My sweet hubby Mark turned 40 this week…it’s a big one and Hank and I wanted to do something special for him!

We surprised Daddy at his office with a big birthday lunch! The whole office was in on it and set up a bunch of fake meetings and kept Mark busy while the caterers came in and while I set up the cake!

Since Mark is now an old, sexy dad…we had to celebrate with his beer of choice…you know he’s 100% Dutch and so we had to get some cold Heinekens!

Mark was TOTALLY surprised and so happy! After lunch we spent the rest of the day with Henry!

Best part of turning 40 with a 4-month-old? You can take your kid on a birthday bar crawl through Lawrenceville and he sleeps right through it!!

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#MomGuilt

Mom Guilt is real…it totally screws with your head…and it’s hard to get rid of.

That is the 2,346,758th thing I have learned as a mother.

I swore to myself that I would breastfeed Henry as long as I could, but if it got really difficult when I went back to work then I would supplement with formula and not feel bad about it.

Well, guess how that went??? Not well at all.

I don’t want to give him formula…I just keep thinking how well he’s grown just having breast milk!

I know I’m being pig-headed.

Hank’s pediatrician said even the most well-meaning moms can get a bit crazy about breastfeeding.

I’m DETERMINED to keep nursing Hank. Even with a painful breast infection called mastitis that I keep getting.

We are working on clearing that up and Hank is a champ and helping Mom do that, but I’m exhausted.

And, yes, I’m smiling in that picture…but ask my husband…or mom or sister…I’m so stressed right now my head could burst at any moment!!

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Major Milestones

We’ve hit some pretty big milestones this week…with Hank the Tank and with the new house!

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Our big boy has figured out how to roll over.

Now, he won’t stop. Put him on the floor and the kid will roll to the next room…or under the table…or anywhere else to freak us out!

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The major masonry work on the new house was also finished this week.

Even though Mark probably permanently damaged his arm from cleaning 3,000 bricks…all that hard work paid off.

I’ve got to do a blog post with a full reveal of the brick work complete with before and after shots…promise I’ll get to that!

Also exciting for us…Henry slept a full five hours without waking up and when you hold him on your hip, he can now keep his back, head and neck very straight.

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This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but this is our world now and we get excited over the smallest things with this sweet boy!

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Renovating a house vs. Raising a kid

Mark and I are trying to figure out what’s harder…renovating a house or raising a baby?

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I think the time we put into both might be comparable.

When I’m with Henry on the weekends, Mark is at the house for a full 8 hours working his butt off.

The only difference is that I get big coos and toothless smiles and Mark just gets a face full of dust.

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The money is not comparable. Renovating a house is EXPENSIVE…even when you’re doing most of the work yourself!

Hank the Tank is super cheap (right now!). My breast milk is free and people bought so many cute clothes for him, I have not purchased an outfit for him since he was born. (Thanks Aunt Sabrina for this snowsuit!)

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The reward is different. Progress on a house can be more of a long term reward with parts of immediate satisfaction sprinkled in between.

I know Mark and I would feel SUPER accomplished after a hard day of renovating and even more proud when it was all done.

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With Henry…I feel very accomplished when I get him to sleep…or get the boogers out of his nose…or get a great big smile out of him! I think the long term reward with Hank will be when he is a happy, fully functioning adult and we can breathe a sigh of relief!

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There is no time to blog!

I wrote this blog in 7 minutes as Hank the Tank finished snoozing. (That Patriots onesie is for you, Uncle Dave!)

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I’m back at WPXI which means I’m a working mom…and Dear Jesus in heaven…I have no free time!!

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I’m sure I’ll get better as the weeks go by and bring you some super stellar blog posts about our house and baby…that is my goal.

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But all I’ve got for you today is that I spend every waking second Monday through Friday either nursing Hank, cooing with him, changing him, getting him to my mom’s, working on news stories, pumping, eating and maybe fitting in a bathroom break!

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When I get home, I still can’t blog because I have to prep food, bottles, pumping stuff and clothes for the next day!

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Then I fall asleep at exactly 8:32 pm because I’m. So. Damn. Tired.

To all you working parents out there…kudos! And please tell me it gets easier! 🙂

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