the Paladinos

Goofy Kids

Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Leslie Paladino

Peter Michael is 8 weeks old today.  Can you believe it!  We're doing very well here and settling down into a routine.  He has just naturally fallen into a sleep, wake, eat pattern which seems to work well for us.  Last week we started swaddling him (actually double swaddling because he loves to kick) and he has been sleeping great at night.  We're down to only one feeding at around 3:00 or 4:00 am.  And his sleep has gotten more consistent during the day.  He has really started smiling and talking lately.  He just smiles and coos if you look right in his face and talk to him.

Gabby has been hilarious with all of her big girl comments.  She is definitely in the watch, learn and repeat phase right now.  At dinner we always tell her that we can't play until we've finished eating.  So she has started closely watching our plates to see when we're done.  Yesterday she insisted on seeing the food on Michael's plate to make sure that he was still eating.  I wish I could remember all of the funny things that she has started saying and doing. 

7/12/09 Peter Michael's first real bath.

Gabby loves to help give Bubba baths

Puppy dog shirt and shoes. 


Can you tell we've been painting?

Is this an America's Next Top Model pose or what?!






This is how he slept before we were swaddling him. 


She thought I was just taking a picture and she knows you say "cheese" for pictures.

Sorry for the bad filming on this one.  He doesn't smile as well when you put the camera in his face so I had to hold it to the side.

2 1/2 Years + 5 Weeks = Tired Mama

Saturday, July 11, 2009 by Leslie Paladino

Well, we made it past the first month with two kids.  But just barely.  :)  Both kids are doing well.  Peter Michael seems to be growing extremely fast.  As you can see from the pictures he is very healthy and loves to eat.  We're still trying to figure out who he looks like.  I think he really looked a lot like his Uncle Rob at first but he's changed now and I'm not sure anymore.  Sometimes he really looks like Gabby as a baby and a lot of people say he looks like Michael.  You be the judge.  He's sleeping about the same at night which could be worse but the fact that I haven't had more than 2 hours of straight sleep in over a month is starting to take it's toll on my sanity. 

Gabby is still doing well as a big sister.  For the most part she ignores him or helps take care of him.  She takes her roll as Keeper of the Pacifier very seriously.  He was crying on the bed the other day while I was in the bathroom.  I walked back in and she had stopped playing to climb up on the bed and put his paci in his mouth.  She always says "Bubba crying, needs paci." 

I tried to venture out with both kids to Wal-mart this week and that will definitely be the last time I try that.  I'll leave off all the details but we'll just say it was pretty traumatic.  Monday Gabby camped with Papa Mike and Mimi at Roaring River.  She did very well from what they say and we visited them again today at the camp and had a lot of fun.  This next week we'll probably stick pretty close to home.

Baby picture comparisons.  Here it looks like he might be a nice combo of Mommy and Daddy.  He definitely has Michael's face shape and nose (and hairline).  











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