Momma, The Milk Champion

So when K-Dub was born, she was very upset the entire first year of her life. She pretty much screamed and threw fits cause she was having some severe stomach issues. My wife tried to breastfeed her but after about the third or fourth time of us trading her back and forth through the night she was over it. We switched to formula and life was made easier. Formula is amazing but the price on that stuff is crazy.

So when Evie came along my wife said as he wanted to try it again. I was very supportive cause not only were we not going to have to spend $100 a month on powdered food but my daughter was going to get so much more benefits out of breastfeeding. My wife was excited which in turn made me excited. It was a matter of minutes after Evie was born that she got on like she had been waiting for it her whole two-minute life. Breastfeeding was a go! My wife was beyond thrilled.

As the weeks and months went on my wife started to focus on breastfeeding. When I say this I mean she bought a nursing bra, a pumping bra, vitamins to help with her supply, joined an online support group, and even found that Gatorade helps with your milk supply. I of course got the Gatorade on coupon! That was alls she talked about. She was a proud Mom and I could not have been more happy for her.

Can I just say that my wife is amazing. I think I may have said it a few times already in this post. She never gave up and always makes sure she has enough milk to send Evie to daycare with. That amazing liquid has been used for a lot more than feeding. When Evie was sick my wife read to squirt some up her nose to help her breath and it worked. Its amazing what the body can do.

I find it really funny when we are out in public and my daughter needs to eat. BrittWhitFun pulls it out and feeds our child and does not care what people think. You would not believe the looks we get and even by some of our own family members. It does not stop us. Why would you try to hide something that is so natural. People are crazy and I dare someone to tell my wife to put it away. She would lose it.

Anyway, I am so glad that things have worked out some much better this time. My wife has become a rock star of breastfeeding and I am so proud of her. Evie is not missing any meals, trust me!

Welcome Evie! 

  
Ok so really she got here like almost three weeks ago but this is the first second I have gotten to myself to actually sit down and have a thought to what to write. 

She was born on Thursday October 8, 2015 at 10:00 am. She was 6.8lbs and about 20 inches long. She had tons of hair. I have a feeling that she is going to loom just like her Daddy. 

The past few days have not been easy but also not extremely hard. Since this is my second go around I pretty much knew how to handle everything. My wife is breastfeeding this time and it is going very well. This is new for us cause since K-Dub was a formula baby I could do more for her. With Evie I am limited to diaper changes and the short holding between feedings. 

Life with two kids has been interesting. My wife has handled it like a pro due to me having to work long hours and train for my upcoming marathon. She has had the house cleaned, dinner ready and managed to binge watch all of season one of Scandal. She got this! 

K-Dub has had some regression which they say is normal. She had had some accidents at school and at home but I think it was for attention. She loves her sister and loves getting in her face. It’s cute. 

I am so excited to see how this adventure of being a family of four will work. So far it has been amazing. If it keeps going this good then maybe I can talk my wife into another one! 

  

#PregnancyProblems- The Last Days

  Here we are! The last few days before our new baby girl comes into the world. I have to say now I am getting a little more excited. I can’t believe it is finally here. 

We spent our last weekend getting thing prepared. We installed car seats, cleaned the house, folded the last bit of laundry.  We have been busy and we still have things to get done. Time is slowly betraying us and the hospital bag still remains empty, bathrooms still need to be clean, and the load of towels in the dryer continues to whisper to me. I refuse to do it. Maybe I will get it all done an hour before we leave the hospital. Yea that will work. 

My wife’s last day at work is today. She is super excited. Everything is about the baby with her. I have to say that the thing I am most looking forward to is her not having the craving for ice anymore. Now I can watch my shows without the sound of gravel being demolished beside me. I am also ready for my wife to stop having so much pain. Our little girl is ready to come out and she is charging through.  She does not care at all if her knee is right in my wife’s rib cage. 

K-Dub is super excited about her new little sister. She is already playing with her toys and “helping Mom and Dad fold her clothes. She will be the first to tell you she is going to be a big sister. I can’t wait to see how she is going to react once she sees her. 

As for me, I am trying really hard to get everything organized at work so while I am out on paternity leave that nothing slips through the cracks. I am ready for my last day and can’t wait to have some time away. 

So our house is fully of anticipation right now. Although my big thing this week has been spending as much time with K-Dub before the bay gets here, I have also had to shift some workouts around. I am no where near ready for this marathon but after the baby gets here it’s game on. 

A Step Back

  

Well I am really surprised I have any readers out there at all. My wife actually made the comment to me yesterday that it had been a while since I last blogged. Our little family has gone through some major changes.

In case you have not followed me on social media lately, then you must know that I got an amazing promotion at work and now I am full time! This year has been hard and with the power of prayer and a lot of hard work I managed to score this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to see what happens next as I continue to grow and learn more about the exciting world of advertising! Now I have to get use to working 8 hours again, fighting traffic, and getting up early.

Also I found out why my leg has been bothering me. My knee started to swell last week and it was really hurting. I found that my knee and entire leg became inflamed. The reason was that I was doing way too much exercising. So now I have cut back on my routine. Now I am just doing my cool down run  and my long. run. Today is the first day I feel like I could run again, which is good because my marathon is less then 8 weeks way! So this week I am back to hitting the pavement and I could not be more ready.

We are only 3 short weeks away from Baby E coming! We are in crunch mode as we finish her room, wash her clothes, fold her blankets, and bring out the high chair. Things are changing at our house. As the days get closer I am getting more scared and excited. I am ready to meet her but I am dreading the lack of sleep that any parent will tell you is a real struggle.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for and a lot to be scared about. Thanks to everyone who has kept my family in your prayers and continued to support us. You love and encouragement means the world to us!

Why I Like Being Her Dad


I have to say that when the ultrasound tech told us that we were having a girl, I was a little upset. I really wanted a boy and only imagined myself raising a son. I never thought about having a girl. To be introduced to a world of poneytails, prom dresses, PMS, and tampons scared me to death. I grew up in a home with my mother being the only girl so I never had to learn the details of these topics nor did I care to. Everything was about wrestling, football, and superheroes.

When my brother and his wife had my niece I was excited for them. They wanted a child and did not care if it was a boy or a girl. I remember looking in her pretty eyes and thinking how much fun we were going to have. She was my first intro into seeing what it was like having a girl.

After finding out we were having a girl, I had my little depressed moment and then I started thinking about all the fun things I got to do with my niece and now I could take that to the next level with my own daughter. After K-Dub came into this world, I got the pleasure of being the first one to hold her. It was love at first sight. I will never forget it. Over the course of her little shot life I found many reasons I like being her dad and here are a few.

Our conversations: We talk about everything. We talk about daycare, the park, why daddy runs, why Karsyn like Palace Pets, Everly and Mommy. She is really easy to talk to for a two-year old and she is smart as a whip. I let her make decisions like what toy to bring with her on outings and what after daycare snack she wants. We always have a nice talk over oatmeal and coffee (you can guess which one is for who) on Tuesdays and Thursday’s before I take her to daycare. It’s our time to catch up a reconnect. I love it.

She loves me: I know that is a cheap thing to say but it is true. She really does love me. She looks up to me and that’s not only cause she is short. When I am sick she comes over, gets her Doc McStuffin’s doctor kit out and yells “TIME FOR YOUR CHECKUP DADDY!” She loves me even when I am not at my best moments. When I am made at her and want to throw my hands up, she still gives me hugs and wants to sit on my lap and cuddle and watch Disney Junior.

I am her example: This is one I take very seriously. I remember that country song called I’ve been watching you and that song is true. Your kids are always watching you and you are the example they follow. I try to be a good example for my daughter in our house. I want her to look at me an know that this is the correct way for a man to treat a woman. By doing this I hope to install values in her so she does not settle for someone who treats her like crap. When I take her to school in the mornings, I always hold her hand and say a prayer before we leave the car. She needs to know that even Daddy has a relationship with God.

Its fun being her Daddy: That’s really sums it up. I love coming home and playing puzzles with her, playing hide and seek under blankets (she always finds me), reading stories, taking her to new places, and even dressing up and playing princesses. It truly is the best thing ever. I get to teach her how to say cool things like “You got it dude”, or “I drop a deuce”.  Also, I never know what she is going to do or say next. Kids are fun!

Now that we are not far from welcoming baby Everly into our family, my only hopes are to be the same for her as I am for K-Dub. To love her no more or no less than K-Dub and to be the best dad I can be to her also. Its scary being responsible for the  care for two little people. I am also excited!

A New Nephew!

  

I have been away from the blog for a couple of weeks and I actually can’t blame it on my crazy marathon training schedule. I have been getting some time with the newest addition to our family and I am not talking about Everly Mae.

On May 24, my sister and brother in law welcomed their second son and my new nephew into the world. Gavin Luke is his name and all I can say is that he is perfect. Congrats to the happy family!

The Many Faces Of Karsyn

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I just had to share this picture. It is a perfect example of how my kids mood goes from 0 to 60 in about half a second. A lot of it has to do with her gas. We have changed her milk but there are times I can’t help but think she is just being a drama queen. I love her but last night was so bad I wanted to sit in the corner and cry until it was over. I have to keep telling myself that it is not a sign of being a bad parent as much as it is a sign of trying to survive. In two weeks the wife will be going back to work and I will be by myself with her on Thursdays. This is where I think it will get interesting. Please pray that I keep my sanity before my newborn cause me to have high blood pressure. Until then enjoy the sweet picture above my sweet angel and how she went from her Mario pose to looking like the child of Scarface during a suppose to be routine diaper change.

A Diaper Load Of Fatherhood!

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Well it has been well over a month since my last post so I just want to first say that I am sorry for being away from my keyboard for so long but this baby keeps me busy. I have had to adjust to life as a parent and it has not been the easiest thing. Life is already hard but with a newborn, it is much or harder than I expected. Please don’t think I am having regrets about becoming a father. I am not and I love my baby girl to death. All I am saying is that it would be nice to sleep past seven in the morning on my days off.

Karsyn is developing nicely. She is learning new things everyday and so is mom and dad. I have learned that I am no longer able to watch my TV shows. Something as simple as watching a 30 minute episode of How I Met Your Mother has turned into a feature film due to having to take breaks between Karsyn’s loud tantrums. I have also found that planning to be somewhere is now like preparing to enter The Hunger Games. Packing your diaper bag while getting ready yourself, taking the dog out to pee, and praying you can make it to the car without the baby pooping all down her back. Yea this is what my life has become.

I love my wife to death and she is a FANTASTIC mother but sometimes I can tell where she has had enough and wants to head to Old Time Pottery to pick the most prettiest basket to leave her in on the footsteps of that nice Mexican couple’s house down the street. I know she is ready to go back to work soon and I am ready for her to. She needs to be around some adults for a change and not playing the game of if I move this way will I wake her up? I have tried to be romantic but the mood is gone after being up for almost 24 hours with your kid who thinks that nighttime is party time. The only romance I am getting lately is the one with my Amazon.com account. Yes I have found that online shopping can fill the void of non romantic times and plus that one click ordering button is addicting. Please don’t think that my wife does not try cause she does.  She just tells me the first thing she wants to do when I get home from work is to hand her to me and go soak in a hot bath for a few hours. I don’t blame her. I just wish I could join her. The last thing she wants is for me to shake my junk at her after she just finished picking the dried spit up out from between her nails.

I have to say though that the late night feeding and diaper changes are not that bad. I have become an expert with changing diapers. I have come a long way from “The Diaper Thong” incident if I say so myself. I have learned a lot too like how much I hate Target brand wipes cause they stick together, how to properly apply butt paste, and not to bounce your baby right after they eat. That last one was an easy one to learn and my Avengers T-shirt is my proof.

All and all being a father is fun and exciting. I love my baby girl and I would streak down Rodeo Drive for her it was to make her happy. I have a long road ahead and the fun thing about this journey is the crazy places it takes you. You just got to get poop and thrown up on along the way.

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(#5) From 9 Months To A Week Old- My Intro To Parenthood

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Well it has been a crazy nine months but it was worth every minute of it. Our daughter has finally arrived!!

We were scheduled to be induced on Monday, January 21, 2013 at our local hospital. We arrived at 8 in the morning and eager to get the ball rolling. Brittney and I were so excited we cried on the way to the hospital. This was the last ride the two of us were going to take before we became a family of three. It was a little overwhelming.

Brittney’s contractions were in full force before the afternoon and we expect our daughter to come before 2 but we did not know that was just the start of a long day. The pain got so crazy we decided to get the epidural. As a husband that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to witness.

After Brittney was numb her contractions eased off and the doctor came in and told us that Brittney had not progressed and that we were going to have to have a C-Section.

At 9:19 we met our beautiful daughter Karsyn Leigh Funderburke. She weighed in at 7lbs and 9oz. She was 20 inches long. I was one happy daddy as I was the first one to hold her. Brittney and I immediately started to cry once we heard her for the first time.

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As far as my first week of being a parent is concerned, it has been a very educational experience. My baby is still alive so I must be doing something right. It is amazing that once they put that baby in your arms a switch comes on and you instantly go into “dad mode”.

I was already a swaddling master so I just had to practice changing diapers and burping. I have not got much sleep but my daughter and I have watched a lot of late night episodes of Family Guy.

All I have to say is that I am very thankful for family and friends who have come to help my wife and I out. You guys are such a blessing and We love you all.

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#5 Have a baby- Completed on 01/21/2013