Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Day and my 10 year reunion

This week has been a little hectic with Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving itself was WONDERFUL! I was a bit nervous about how it would go, just being or first true holiday with the Peanut, but everything went really smoothly Mike and I even got to eat with everyone else.
Mike's dad and Donna hosted dinner for us, my parents and sister, Dave, Laura and Laura's family. It was nice to have everyone together.
Peyton had great time- as you can see in the pic of her eating turkey- not really, we just decided to make it look like she was. The best part was when she started to cry and I happened to snap this shot which makes it look like she is about to dive in.
I also threw in a random pic of Peyton and Bailey snuggling.

After Thanksgiving was over, we had my 10 year reunion to look forward to on Saturday. It was definately a bit odd seeing some of those people, and I had forgotten alot of names, but it was still fun. I was such a mom, showing pictures of Peyton to anyone who came near me.
Lots of cocktails were had. It was fun catching up with people and seeing who was still in the area, who was married, who has kids, who works where. We didn't last as long as some people. Linds, Greg, Mike and I went back to the hotel at about 115 or so and had pizza. Gretch, Valerie, Sarah, Toni and some of the guys went into Libertyville to meet up with a bunch of people. I imagine they were out until about 5 or so. I can't get Gretch to answer her phone which tells me she is still recovering.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Random Entry

I don't seem to be very creative lately so I apologize. I seem to be lucky to have on two of the same shoes.
I fell down the stairs 2 days in a row- on my butt, thank God- and more importantly- Peyton was not with me!
Don't get me wrong, things are going really well, I just seem to be scatter brained.
The little peanut has had a few nights with longer stretches now- up to six hours. Not every night yet, but we are moving in the right direction.
We went to see Santa yesterday morning. She slept the entire time- I'll upload a picture of that once I get the thumbdrive from Mike- he has it with him.
I don't know how she slept the whole time. Have you people been to Santa lately? Talk about sensory overload! We were at Woodfield and Santa's area theme was the Polar Express. This means Train noises, steam, whistles, LOUD MUSIC, snow globes, levers and machines and kids and lights and fake snow falling on your head so you look like a Head and Shoulders advertisement.
I get that it keeps the kids occupied, but I'm not gonna lie, I left there feeling like I needed a drink. I felt bad for the people working there. I couldn't do that all day long.
Santa, himself ROCKED! He was a really nice man with the real beard. I hate when they have a fake one.
Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving.
Here are a few random pictures from this week, including a visit from Dad, Donna and Dave and Laura and yesterday's playdate with Jill and Jacob. I LOVE his cheeks! It's funny to hear how different his cry is from Peyton's. Her's is a high-pitched wail- LA LAAAAA LAAA
and his is this little manly grunt. I can't even describe it. You hate to hear a baby cry, but his is really cute sounding- compared to my little monster who can probably break a crystal glass with her vocal range.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I almost cry I laugh so hard whenever I see that SNL skit. For some reason it popped into my head one day when I was changing Peyton's diaper.
So now that has become a Stanczak household favorite one-liner
"Hey Babe, Peyton's got a dirty diaper. Tell Daddy- say 'Oops I crapped my pants'. That's right, you did"
Yes, our lives now revolve around bathroom humor.

Friday, November 21, 2008

7 Weeks

That's right folks- It's been 7 weeks already!

This week has flown by. I finally got a picture of Peyton smiling! I swear, she smiles, I grab the camera and it's gone. I think the flash scares it off. Hopefully I'll bet better at capturing it.

We had a playdate at Jill's yesterday with Jill, Jacob, Amanda and Sophia. It was alot of fun except Miss Sleepy Head (aka Peyton) slept and fussed. It was just one of those days. A girl's gotta get her beauty sleep, right?

I think she's in another growth spurt. She slept so much during the day yesterday (though I tried to keep her up) that we had a nice LONG night last night. That's alright though, she's worth it- I can say it now, but I will tell you it's hard to think it at 1130, 1, 215, 4 and 530.

Of course because she was sleepy and fussy, I didn't get very many pics yesterday, but here's one

Here's one last pic of Peyton and I. I complain to Mike that I am forever taking pictures and therefore, never in them so he finally caught the hint and took some pics. Hopefully there will be more to follow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Another weekend goes by

This weekend was a pretty good one. Great Nana and Great Aunt Mimi watched Peyton Friday night so Mike and I could get out and have dinner- it was actually kinda set up specifically so they could babysit. Nana is in town from Florida still and we knew she was dying to get her hands on the Peanut again.
Saturday I actually got out and had dinner and drinks with Gretch- yay us! I love hangin out with my sis.
Sunday Linds and Greg came out to visit and we watched the Bears lose. Peyton was dressed as the best Bears cheerleader, but even her team spirit couldn't help them yesterday.
Then last night Grandpa and Grandma stopped by to visit and bring Lasagna- YUM! Grandma Donna is like Seattle Sutton for us- only better... better food and cuter clothes.
She has been bringing us food from time to time- especially the first week we were home with Petyon. We are hooked.

Friday, November 14, 2008

6 weeks today

Another week has gone by! They just go so fast. This week we had our first trip to the mall- she did so good! mostly she just slept but it was interesting for me to get the stroller and everything in and out of the car-firsts are always a challenge.

We also spent some time at Nana and Papa's.
Peyton's sleep schedule was off for a few days so she decided to start 2 days this week at 330 am but we seem to be back on track.
We also had a playdate with Jill and Jacob yesterday and that was wonderful. We got some ADORABLE pictures. I just love Jacob- all of the new baby girls will be fighting over him for their boyfriend.

Tonight Great Nana and Great Aunt Mimi are going to babysit while Mike and I go to dinner.

Monday, November 10, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS to the Chack Family

They are expecting their second baby in June!
Another Chack. Look out world!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Our first family night out

Saturday night we had our fist evening out as a family. Nick, Amanda and Sophia DiMaria invited us over for dinner. We ate fondue for hours and had some really good wine. The girls got to know eachother some and I know they will be great friends. I just love watching Sophia's face. She has such expressive eyes.

The only bad part was pumping and dumping- meaning having to toss out the milk I pumped because I had a few drinks. That stuff is hard to come by!!

Oh well, we had a great time and I think we each gained 5 pounds
Here are a few pics
there are also a few pics of from the visit Peyton and I had at Nana and Papa's today

I love the pic of Amanda and I holding them when they are fussing. They both started at the same time, it was like they were talking to eachother.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lots to update

I'll start with the yucky and end with the good.

I currently have mastitis on both sides- this is a wonderful infection in the milk glands that gives you flu like symptoms and a fever and makes your chest hurt like hell. The good news is I have already seen the doc and started meds a few days ago so we are on our way to recovery.

Now for better news...
Dave and Laura's wedding was last weekend and it was WONDERFUL. They both looked amazing and we had a really good time. Here are a few pictures.
Um, I'm so jealous that they are in Hawaii right now but I hope they are having the time of their lives.
Other good news. Peyton had her 1 month check up today and besides tearing up while she wailed from her Hepatitis shot, I am proud to report that our little girl is doing great.

She is now 8lb 5oz and 21.5 inches long.
She's in the 20% for weight- which they said is fine because of how little she was at birth
She is in 50% for height- WOOO HOOO! I so want her to be taller than me!
and she is in 50% for head size.

Here are a few cute pictures of her, too- of course! She loves her tummy time!

I'd have more wedding pics if our camera battery didn't die at the church- I am so good with the camera as you can tell.

Monday, November 3, 2008

1 Month Today

Forgive me but I am going to copy Jess Campbell, Mandy St. Leger and Dooce- another blog I enjoy, with their monthly letter idea. I just really want to have them for Peyton to read when she is older.

Dear Peyton,

Today you are one month old! I can hardly believe it's been a full month already. Time is flying and every day brings new changes in you. One month ago today, your daddy and I saw you come into this world. We had waited for you for a long time and I'll admit I was terrified. I wanted so badly to show you how much I loved you and make sure you were always safe and happy and healthy. Every day those wishes for you grow stronger and stronger because you are just so precious to us both.
We watch you sleep during your naps and see the hazy smiles flit over your face as the angels talk to you- that's what your Nana and Great Aunt Ann say those smiles are for. And now there are the real smiles that are starting to make appearances. There have only been a few so far but each one melts my heart and makes me so excited to see the next one.
You make the funniest faces when you are hungry and need to be changed. And your face itself has changed already. You are filling out and getting little bits of chub in wonderful places like your chin and knees and elbows. I kiss them everyday and say prayers that you feel safe and secure with us. I've already had to put away some of the premie sizes that you fit into just last week. Our little girl is already starting her journey towards growing up.
I watch your daddy hold you and smile at how sweet and gentle he is with you. He loves you so much that it shows all over his face and in every move he makes when you are near. He knows just how to soothe you and we both love how you turn your head in our direction when you hear one of our voices.
You are already a strong little lady. You've shown us your ability to turn over onto your tummy from your back. You use your long legs to push yourself to your side and then you flop over! It's pretty early for you to be doing something like this, but we figure it's just because of those long legs and arms- you just wiggle so much. You also have a strong neck that you use to pick your head up and hold it. You do your best but you catch us off guard and bonk your little nose on our shoulders from time to time.
We adore your little noises, too. There seem to be new ones each day. Squeaks as you fall asleep, coos when you are content, sighes when you are being rocked. Each one is like music to our ears.
You have several nicknames already. Peanut, Payday, Peeps, Princess, Pey, Peanutbuster, Peepers.

This month has been a tiring one for us as well as we've adjusted to our new roles as your parents, but we have loved it all. Even your loudest cries are missed when we are away from you. I never knew I could love something so fully. You are every part of my being and you have my heart. I know your daddy thinks the same thing. Your Uncle Dave and Aunt Laura got married on Saturday so I was away from you all day and evening and I missed you so much I had to work hard not to cry at one point. I wanted to go home and get you and bring you back. I was afraid I would miss something.
We are so excited to watch you grow and change and learn- though hopefully not too fast. Our lives are no longer about us and we couldn't be happier about that. We would give up EVERYTHING in a heartbeat for you.
I wish I could think of more eloquent words for this- maybe I'll get better at it as the months go by, but for now all I can say is Thank You for coming to us, giving us the most wonderful moments of our life so far, and for being our beautiful little girl.
We love you with all of our hearts.

Love Always,