Closeups of William

Taking Carolyn to the movies

This past weekend, I took Carolyn to the movie theater to see The Lion King in 3D. This is the third time she's been to the movies, having previously seen Muppets in Space and Cars 2.

She kept the 3D glasses on maybe 60-70% of the time, talked an awful lot, and bounced around among about 4 different seats. All in all, she wasn't too bad. And she managed to time her potty break at exactly her least favorite part of the movie (menacing hyenas moving in on kid Simba).

At one point she blurted out pretty loudly, "This is a BAD movie." She was referring to the events on screen being unfavorable to the protagonists rather than the movie itself being a piece of junk, but of course, the rest of the theater didn't know that.

Towards the end, she just wanted to sit on my lap and asked if she could take a nap. When she did this at Cars 2, she fell asleep right at the climax (and loudest part) of the movie, but this time she actually stayed awake through the whole thing.

Note to parents: Watch the movie in 2D if you can (and save yourself a few bucks); the 3D effects were pretty terrible. Beforehand, I had told Carolyn to be prepared (pun intended?) for animals to be coming out of the screen. Throughout the movie, she kept asking me when the animals were going to come out of the screen, and eventually was very disappointed when they never did.

William smiles now

Yup, these are my children

Growing boy

William had a pediatrician appointment last week, and is now measuring in the 95th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference. He measured 23 3/4 inches long and 11 pounds 12 ounces. (For comparison, at Carolyn's 4-month checkup, she weighed 13 pounds and measured 24 inches.)

Carolyn helps feed William a bottle

Kristen has to go back to work in about 2 weeks, so we're starting to feed William a bottle of pumped milk a day to get him in the groove. Carolyn has offered her enthusiastic help in this task.

Cousins come to visit

William was visited by his cousins Megan, Emily and Kelly over the weekend. He mostly slept through the visit, apart from a few minutes just before they left when he screamed a little in Megan's arms. He stopped crying when Uncle John held him, probably more out of curiosity than anything else.

William is one month old today

Kind of hard to believe it's been a month already. We celebrated by taking the kids to Linvilla this morning to feed the animals (Carolyn got terrified when a rooster snatched a piece of bread out of her hand), then William slept a good deal at home (including a 30 minute stretch in the crib!), and we topped it off with a nice long walk, during which William slept.

Grandma and Papa Hyland come to visit

Last weekend, Grandma and Papa Hyland stopped by to see William, have dinner and play a few games of Go Fish with Carolyn. She obviously won through chicanery.

Big sister and little brother

Carolyn's first day of preschool

Today was Carolyn's first day of preschool. Just writing that makes me feel much older than I was yesterday. 

At any rate, last week there was a short orientation at the new school that consisted of touring the classroom, playing with some toys, eating popsicles, playing on the playground, and finally crying because she didn't want to leave school so soon. Based on that experience, we weren't too worried about Carolyn liking her new school, and as it turns out she had a fantastic first day. The transition was certainly helped by having her gal pals Ellie and Shannon in her new class.

Of course, we had to take the obligatory first day of school pictures, and Carolyn obliged with some dramatic poses.

Video: Carolyn spells her name

Video: William's First Bath

Video: Carolyn really wants to go outside

Three weeks later...

William is now 3 weeks old, and, granted, I haven't really posted much here. To be honest, it's been a fairly uneventful few weeks, which is a good thing. Newborns sleep a lot. The second child really is proving to be much easier than the first, probably a combination of us knowing what to expect, and William not having the sleeping or eating issues that Carolyn had at an early age.

This kid eats and sleeps a lot. He weighs about 10 and a half pounds now, and at night he's generally sleeping in stretches of 2 to 3 hours, and falling asleep really easily after (well, while) he eats overnight. During the night, after I've burped him and am holding him for a few minutes before putting him back in his co-sleeper, I will typically read a few pages of a book and/or do various things on my phone (including of course, Angry Birds).

He's still sleeping most of the day, but while he's awake he's starting to do new things. We'll lay him down on his playmat, and he's started to swing his arms around and try to grab some of the toys that hang down. We've also given him a few baths in the infant bathtub since his umbilical cord fell out about a week and a half ago. Video forthcoming on that one.

William also very much enjoys going outside, just as his sister did. We know this because he falls asleep almost immediately after we step outside, again, just as his sister did. Also, today was the first time that Kristen took him for a walk in the stroller, along with Carolyn. They took a little walk around Swarthmore and visited the playground and library. And this all apparently went off without a hitch, so kudos to Kristen on superior parenting when outmanned.

Carolyn is still doing a great job helping out with him and generally being nice to her little brother. Grandma Moyer had made the prediction a few weeks back that Carolyn would be asking by now if we could take him back, but I asked her the other day if she wanted to, and she found the idea to be patently ridiculous.

So, in short, all is well with this family of four.