Month: July 2013

The Wise Baby

In case you haven’t yet heard, I’m sharing one of my favorite homemade activities over on The Wise Baby today!

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I will be guest posting on a semi-regular basis over there, doing mostly DIY’s and a few reviews of my favorite products.  In case you haven’t ever visited, the Wise Baby is a wonderful resource for new and pregnant moms, grandparents, and caregivers. They do comprehensive reviews on all kinds of baby products and help you decide what to register for and what to skip.  Plus, they are constantly doing fabulous giveaways (of which, I’m sad I will no longer be able to justifiably enter :().

I am so excited for this new endeavor as I hope to expand my writing and learn some new things in the process.  Enjoy!

Scratch, scratch

Today is our seven year wedding anniversary.

Here is a recap of what our past anniversaries have entailed.

Tonight involves dressy shoes, a babysitter, and a gifted gift card  to a restaurant where most of our dinner will be smothered in either sharp cheese or dark chocolate.

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(heels, oh heels, how long has it been??)

Last year we were riding on the coattails of a disappointing summer and a painful miscarriage.

This year we will be kissing our two girls goodnight and thanking God for His timing.

To say we haven’t itched a bit this year though would be a lie.  We’ve strived and relaxed, we’ve sighed contentedly in our familiar comforts and bandied about some crazy ideas for change.  We’re both still harboring some restlessness from last year and it doesn’t seem as though we’ve reached the final page in this small chapter of our lives.

Year eight?  We’re comin’ for ya {hand-in-hand}.

2 months

Today, Honey Bea, you are two months old!

Here is what we’ve learned about you this month:

 

-although still a good sleeper (you can even put yourself to sleep…how did I ever get so blessed??), you are starting to have many more periods of alertness

-your eyes have changed to more of a sapphire blue

-you’ve kept nearly all of your baby hair but it is starting to grow out blonde. Good thing ombre style hair is in 🙂

 

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-after one off week (growth spurt, adjusting to a west coast time change, being back from vacation?) you are back to only waking up once per night. If I can get you to take a dream feed around 11pm when I go to bed, you will sleep from about 9pm to 5am and then again until 8am.  You’ve slept completely through the night once!

 

-you have become much more fond of your paci this month, although not reliant on it to fall asleep (woohoo!!!)

 

-you are now talking to us and I seem to elicit the most conversation from you 🙂

-your smile is just the best and we’ve seen a lot of intentional smiles this month.  Your sister is pretty good at pulling them out.

 

-your features have started to take on their own appearance and I think that you are starting to resemble me a little bit!

 

-Daddy gave you your first bottle and you took it no questions asked.  So thankful.

And finally, just for comparison:

 

We love you to pieces and more!  It is so fun watching you grow and change but I do so love you just how you are right now,

 

Life with Two

The other night I looked at N and said, “Wow, what did we do before these two?”  Our former life is growing dimmer in the memory.  Our current grows richer.

 

Life with two is definitely complex.  It has challenged me in nearly every aspect of my life:  physically, spiritually, emotionally, I could go on and on.   There isn’t much room for me to be selfish right now and that has sharpened me.

And while I knew it would be demanding, especially physically,  I underestimated how mentally challenging it would be.  Just planning a simple outing requires mental prep the night before: thinking through what needs to be packed, coordinating times to wake up, understanding Bea’s feeding schedule and precisely how it will effect our time away. And then even more effort the morning of to carry it out.  This means I’ve had to say ‘no’ in the past 7 weeks a lot more than I normally do.  As much as I’d like to think that we are pretty flexible and adventurous, it doesn’t take much to throw a wrench in the plans.

Because it feels like my hands are almost constantly FULL, I almost always have a running list in my head of what to do should a minute or two be spared in the day.  Wash hair, throw the sheets in the dryer, sweep the floor, scrapbook, water the plants,…there is always something  to fill in the gap when my hands unexpectedly find themselves empty.

But it’s not all challenging.

One thing that has made this go around a lot easier is having a built in entertainment system.  MG keeps both Bea and I busy.  Whereas I remember when MG was just a babe finding myself quickly running out of ideas to keep us both from being constantly on the verge of boredom.

Each girl has their own personality and set of demands. Where one is easier, the other is harder.  It is a constant ebb and flow that keeps you from having a favorite or resenting a challenger.

 

 

And with every challenge met comes great rewards.  Watching the girls’ relationship develop has reminded me of this. It won’t be long before they are fast friends and I will just be a bystander cheering them on from the sidelines.

 

But right now I am in the thick of it.  I am fetching pacis, snapping the tiniest of snaps, searching under beds for lost lovies, up to my ears in a constant cycle of laundry, keeping everyone’s tummy above empty, and answering the same question over and over and over.

 

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly  I love you, the less I am loved.  II Corinthians 12:15

I know I’m not the only mom out there that is feels like I am spending EVERYTHING to raise and grow these children.  It means I’ve given up my dream house, my perfect system of organization, my ideal body, my manicured hair and nails, my less-complicated marriage, my closet full of clothes that AREN’T childproof, my quiet days at the pool with a good book, my effortless vacations, my fulfilling career, EVERYTHING to mother.

And maybe someday some of those things will find their way back to me when I have more time and energy to devote to them.  But for now, I spend myself for these precious little souls.

Gladly.

 

 

Last Week…

…we enjoyed a wonderful visit to sunny California!

Each year, my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and us try to go on a vacation together.  This year it was quickly decided that our location should be my parents’ house in California.  We’d never done that altogether in the summer before..which lent itself to lots of new fun.

Plus, with Bea only being 6 weeks old, it was nice to be in a “homey” environment and meant less stuff to bring with us.  In fact, we survived with only carry-ons.  If you knew me prior to 2009, you know that is no small success 🙂

Many thought we were crazy flying two under three cross country on a plane.   But we just smiled at their sympathy.  This was going to be the easiest trip yet!  And it was!  Bea was smiley or sleeping both flights there and literally slept the entire two flights back.  MG had her own seat and is old enough to stay engaged with snacks, a new toy, art activities, and videos for all four flights.  Plus, having an entire row to ourselves now that MG gets her own seat was downright luxurious :).

Instead of overwhelming you with pictures, here is a little video I compiled.  Although, WARNING, might be a  little boring if you’re not family 🙂

{note: the firework monologue at the end cracks me up.  I tried to explain fireworks to her before we left and eventually showed her a youtube video to help her visualize them.   This was the result.

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And after all that….times she covered her ears during the twenty minute show?  Zero}

I used Instagram video for some of the video clips in the movie which is one of my new favorite things…but more on that later.  Also, some of my new favorite mommy products, the complete transition to MG’s big girl bed, and lots of other stuff coming your way soon 🙂