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Welcome to our life!

We are a growing family located in Austin, TX.  Not too long ago it was just the two of us.  Then we added our fur-baby, Bella.  And most recently we added our son, Cole.  This blog was created to keep our friends and families updated on the goings on at the Schneider household.  Given the new arrival, many of the posts will be geared towards our struggle to learn how to be good parents.  

We enjoy watching movies, traveling, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends (preferably while doing anything in this list).  You are bound to read some funny stories here as we try to keep it light hearted and you'll definitely see a pile of photos.

So if you like a post, want to share your opinion, or just want to say hi feel free to leave us a comment.  We *love* comments.

Monthly Archives: September 2009

Happy Birthday Melanie!

Today was Mel’s birthday and for the first time in almost 10 years her parents were here to celebrate with us. We didn’t do anything special, but it was nice having them here.

Happy Birthday gorgeous!


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opa arrives

Cole’s Opa arrived today and he was very glad to be able to hold his grandson :)

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going for a walk

We took Cole out for his first ride in the stroller yesterday afternoon. All indications point to him enjoying it… he slept :)

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random video

We were just hanging out in the kitchen and Cole was being pretty agreeable.

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wide eyed

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The last two weeks

These last two weeks have flown by. Cole’s umbilical cord stump fell off on the 9th… we gave him his first real bath on the 14th (Cole absolutely hated it)… he’s peed on all of us… we gave him his first bottle on the 15th (it’s nice that Grandma B and I can help Mel with feeding now)… we’ve established a rhythm for the overnight hours so we don’t feel like zombies during the day… we’ve taken him out for his first walk… and we’ve been enjoying all of the little things that Cole does to make us smile, laugh, awww, and grit our teeth in frustration. Enjoy some photos (videos will be posted later when they are finished uploading to YouTube).

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post bath snuggle

Hooded towels rock!

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cole goes for a swing

He is so tiny :)

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adjusting to sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a funny thing. That is all :)

Enjoy some photos.

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Likes and Dislikes

Slowly, but surely we are adjusting to this parenting thing. Today Cole is 1 week old… I really hope that the rest of his life doesn’t go by as quickly as this first week did. Sure we had our cranky nights, frustrating diaper changes, worrisome “is he ever going to stop crying?” time, and plenty of awwww moments, but it’s something that we’re getting used to and soon we’ll be pros. One of the things that we’ve begun to take notice of are the things that he likes and dislikes. Here’s what we noticed so far:


  • Crying (he does it enough that it seems he likes it)
  • Being outside
  • Warmth
  • Nursing
  • Snuggling
  • Comfort suckling


  • Sponge baths
  • Getting his diaper changed
  • Hiccups
  • Messing with his feet (too many blood draws in the hospital)
  • Sleeping alone in his bassinet or crib

Here’s a photo of he and I doing one of his favorite things. I gotta say I love these moments.

Speaking of likes and dislikes, what do you think about the new blog layout? There’s a poll at the bottom of the page or you can just leave a comment and give me your opinion.

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