Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Fun

We made it through another month as a family of four! I can't believe that it has only been 8 weeks since Luca was born... it seems like 8 months but life with Luca has gotten much better. At his 2 month check up he weighed 11lbs 5 oz and is doing great (in regards to his heath and development). However in regards to his temperament, aside from the irritation of reflux, our doctor said he is just a 'high maintenance' baby! Strangely enough I was kind of comforted by the information.... at least now I know that all his crying is not because he is in pain all the time! But we did switched him to soy formula and he isn't crying as much. He is still not wanted to nap in his crib during the day but will at least take a nap in his swing... praise God! Now we just have to work on him not screaming at the top of his lungs whenever he is in the car!
Bella is going great... having a blast getting to play outside now that it is not 100 degrees! For Halloween, she went trick-or-treating with cousin Luke and Ali. The first few houses she wasn't so sure about it and cried (which has to be alarming to the adults giving out candy... when one of the trick-or-treaters is bawling) but she soon got the hang of it and loved it. We then took the kids to a nearby church carnival and they had a blast!

Cousin Dave, Luke, Ali, Bella and Marc

Tinkerbell Ali & Ladybug Girl Bella

Luca (2 months) & cousin Seth (4 months)

Bella helping me blow out my birthday candles. By the way, I turned 31 but my MOTHER put 40 candles on the cake.... not funny!

Our pumpkins and scary pumpkin head scarecrow

making cupcakes

daddy & Luca

Crazy hair day at Bella's mothers day out school

Luke feeding Luca

Fall carnival fun

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We made it through the first month... barely!

Yea!!!  We made it through the first month of Luca's life... but just barely!  Let me start off by saying that the Lord knew what he was doing (of course) by not blessing us with twin... if that would have been the case I probably would have committed myself by now.  I never imagined how hard having two little ones would be... no one could have ever prepared me.  And although Luca is a sweet, precious little angel... he also cries most of the day, rarely sleeps and has reflux and colic!  He is however a great eater and has gained 2lbs since birth... which is what is most important.  Bella adores Luca and has surprised us all by how sweet, gentle and loving she is with him.  She does occasionally want Luca to "go in his chair"... AKA his swing... so she can occupy my lap all by herself... but overall is doing great with no longer being the only baby in the house.  

Bella and Sara at Luca's 'coming out party'

Bella and Sophie... little BFFs
PopPop and Nonna came down for a week to meet Luca and help me.  They were such a BLESSING and not only loved on the babies but let me get many nights of sleep.  PRAISE GOD!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Welcome Luca Davis Castaldo!!!

We welcomed Luca Davis Castaldo to our family on Saturday, August 29 @ 5pm. He weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 20 inches. I was SO blessed and the birth was completely painless... seriously, no pain. And because the birth was so easy we were able to leave the hospital 24 hrs later and take our little boy home!

Big Sister Bella meets Luca for the first time!

Papa & Luca

Auntie Em & Luca

Nini & Luca
Bella LOVES Luca and always wants to help take care of him. She wants to hold him all the time.... but only for short periods of time and then she says "Mama, take IT!" :)

Daddy hanging it with his little man.
So handsome... and yes, that is blond hair!
At our first doctors appointment, the doctor was a little worried Luca might have jaundice. So Bella kept him company while he got a little sun. After seeing the doctor today, he has been given a clean bill of health and is up to 7lbs 8oz after dropping a few oz after his birth.

Couldn't resist including this very rare picture of Bella smiling for the camera. So precious!