Normal Day Treasures

6 10 2015

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The sun is back. It’s been a long time since we have caught even a ray of it! Today can pretty much be chalked up to a perfect “normal” day. I thought a lot about how grateful I am to have a generally positive attitude, as I was pulled in a million different directions at work while my sons were away from me at daycare. I began to look for the treasures hidden in the day, reflecting on each one as its own silver lining. I hope to collect these thoughts later in my journal of blessings (inspired by Ann Voskamp).

The fog settling over the valley was so pretty during my drive to work this morning. Stumbling over my words as I tried to explain fog to my 3-year-old.

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My 12-month-old waving goodbye to me from the comfort of his teacher’s arms. A tear-free transition. Finally.

Arriving to work 10 minutes early and using the time to walk a prayer circle behind the school. Still in awe that I get to work in such a beautiful place.

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And feeling blessed that at my new job, I get to be a full-blown counselor. Almost 100% of my time is spent directly with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom (I log my hours in NoteCounselor after school every day). When I’m not directly with students, I’m talking to their parents or conferencing with their teachers, also direct hours. It makes for busy days, and my principal has begun to exclaim, “You came back!” after some of the most eventful days.

Getting a handwritten card from my principal, just thanking me for being at the school and being a positive light.

Having one of the most respected teachers in the school, the one who never speaks when I teach in her classroom, seek me out in my office later just to say, “Thank you. You have such a calm and soothing voice for the kids, you talk to them in such a way that they have no choice but to want to follow your directions.”

Me: an awe-struck puddle on the floor.

Missing lunch to facilitate the toughest small group of them all, and seeing the boys’ tough exteriors begin to crack as they slowly trust each other. Finding a pocket of 10 minutes afterward to eat a bowl of hot soup and a full-size Hershey bar.

At car rider duty, a parent sincerely telling me, “It’s so nice to see a smiling face every single day. Thank you.”

Staying after school to coach a running club, running alongside a new coworker who is exactly my pace, and finding out we grew up in the same hometown.

My 3-year-old, after spotting me at daycare, running toward the gate with open arms, not yet too cool for such affection over Mommy or for falling head over heels to hug me.

Finding a free book for the boys in our mailbox: “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.”

Wolfing down leftover Greek dinner my husband made last night before leaving the house one last time for the evening.

Driving through my favorite canopy of trees today…

…six different times.

The first and sixth trips with cups of hot coffee.

Opting to let my hairdresser straighten my hair before I left. (I ALWAYS leave the salon with wet curly hair.) Laughing with her about the 3 wiry white hairs I found on my head this week.

Teaching my 3-year-old how to play a board game before bed. How to roll a die. How to take turns and play fairly.

Watching his excitement as he taught his daddy how to play the same game while I watched, nursing the baby to sleep.

Trying on pretty Stitch Fix items, debating what to keep and what to send back.

Finding quiet time to blog and do laundry.

Grateful for my decision to cloth diaper as I hung them to dry. Looking forward to having a new friend over next week who wants to learn about cloth diapers.

Thinking about the 5 cute little cloth diaper pails, lined up all in a row at daycare.

Being able to answer my toddler when he asked, “Mommy, are you coming to the pumpkin patch with me and my class?”

“Yes, Mommy is coming.”

I’d rearrange the world for you. 

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Five on Friday

1 05 2015

Our weather has been all over the place lately (I had to DEFROST my windshield this week), but we’re plugging along doing all the spring things. Our tulips and dogwood trees have bloomed! Yay!

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one | My husband’s spring has been so busy, from off-roading trails to a 205-mile running race. One weekend, he setup a booth at a local craft show. I was so proud of him and took the boys to surprise him. He sells handmade 550 paracord survival gear, from Jeep grab handles to fire mummies, belts, and bracelets.

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two | While he was selling, I took the boys to a Great Cloth Diaper Change event and a birthday party. I won a BumGenius prize pack! This was my second year – here’s my 2014 GCDC recap where we set a Guiness World Record.

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The birthday party was an adorable Little Red Riding Hood/woodland theme. We had such a good time with our friends, and I survived the entire trip solo!

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three | My school had a spirit day – Superhero Day!

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four | I co-hosted another bridal shower – we have 5 weddings to attend this season. I love putting together outfits for the boys to wear to the weddings. I’ve been finding most of their clothes lately on Instagram and Kidizen. For this shower, I mostly planned the games, but I also made white-chocolate-dipped-silver-sprinkled Oreos, fruit pizzas, and more advice jars for anniversaries 1-20.

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five | Making healthy choices – My friend has been bringing Trader Joe’s salads to work each day, and I wanted to try one out – yummy, but way too many onions for me!

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Another friend gave us a jogging stroller – I NEED to get running back into my life ASAP!! I would really like to sign up for another half to get back on a real training schedule.

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And there you have it. I crammed 10 things into my Five on Friday. BOOM. Linking up with April for Five on Friday and  Karli and Amy for Oh hey, Friday.





Sage | 4 Months

27 01 2015

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Oh. Your little dimple. Blonde hair, blue eyes. We spent all day together yesterday while I had a snow day and sent big brother off to school! And just like that, you’re 4 months old.

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You breastfeed like a champ. Exclusively. Except for chocolate ice cream. Every now and then, we put a tiny dribble of chocolate ice cream on your lips and you work so hard to slurp it in. Maybe that’s why you weighed in at a whopping 16 lbs., 1 oz. at 15 weeks, when I took you to the pediatrician for your upper respiratory infection.

The ladies at daycare love you and brag about how you love tummy time, smile all day long, and are SO ticklish. They were quick to learn that you roll over as soon as you are put on your belly, so they prop you on a Boppy for tummy time and you LOVE it! And sometimes, you take 4-5.5 hour siestas. It’s true. About once a week, you take one super-long nap, and then you are good to go on tiny catnaps for the rest of the week. Somedays, you drink one bottle at daycare, and somedays, you drink 4, depending on whether it’s hibernation day for you. I never know how much to send, so I keep their freezer well-stocked! Your big brother gets to visit you throughout the day at school, although he usually comes home and reports that you were sleeping when he stopped by. He loves to read with you at home! We nicknamed you “Savory,” so he’ll either call you “Baby Sage” or “Savory Sage.” You love the swing at school but hate it at home! (I don’t blame you; theirs is MUCH fancier!)

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You LOVE diaper changes. And baths. You’ve long outgrown your newborn cloth diapers and wear mostly BumGenius cloth diapers (Freetime and 4.0), as well as Blueberries and FuzziBunz. So you’re currently sharing diapers with your brother. You’ll never let us live that down.

You refuse to take a bottle or nurse if something or someone around you is loud. You unlatch, swivel your head around, and glare at the disturbance. You HATE being startled, even for a sneeze, and you quiver your bottom lip for a long dramatic pause before losing it. It really is the saddest, cutest thing. Sometimes while you’re nursing, I catch you sneaking a peek at the TV.

You’ve been sleeping through the night, although lately you might be up one or two times to nurse. You’re pretty consistent about waking up around the five-o’clock hour to start your day, which works well with my work schedule since we’re out the door by 6:45.

You are pretty solidly in 9-month (Carter’s) clothes and are busting out of your Gap 6-12 month clothes. Even though you get a lot of hand-me-downs from your brother, I’ve bought you some “new-to-us” pieces from Instagram shops that are the right season, plus a few new clothes at the BabyGap outlet, justifying these by tagging the clothes you’ve already outgrown to consign. I also gave away a few bags of your baby clothes. Sad!

I’ve put your amber teething necklace on you a few times, because yours hands and fingers are constantly in your mouth. Sometimes while nursing, you’ll make enough room to sneak your fist in there as well. You also like your Wubbanub pacifiers, although you could probably take them or leave them.

You understand buzz words, like “bath,” “diaper change,” “milk,” “mommy,” “daddy,” “Brother Bear” and “hungry” because those words make you flirt, kick your feet, puff out your chest, and drool. I’m pretty positive you say “hi” on a regular basis, too. Oh and you are obsessed with anything Taylor Swift sings. You can laugh like no other and make all kinds of gooey sounds with your voice. When you cry, you go rigid, squint your eyes, and cry big tears.

Your carseat is officially too heavy for me to carry (according to my chiropractor), so I wear you everywhere, even into daycare each morning. You usually fall right to sleep. You even come to church in the carrier and last about 45 minutes in the service with us before needing maintenance. You filled a diaper so loudly on Sunday that 3 rows around us looked at us half laughing/half sympathizing.

Mommy is finally back to her pre-pregnancy weight (and 5 lbs. lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight with E!!), thanks to the stomach flu over the holiday break. I run about once a week for an hour, but it must be the nursing that has helped the most. I feel like I have a long way to go to feel “normal” again. I am running a 10k on Valentines Day and a mud run 4-miler right after, so I really need to get back into consistent training. But it’s so much more fun to snuggle with you in bed!

You sleep beside our bed in your Rock n Play sleeper, although I’d say we need to retire that ASAP after you spun facedown while I was eating lunch with you the other day – yikes! Big brother E has been sleeping just fine in our guest room (queen) bed, so once we get his bunk bed all set up, the crib is yours! I’m not ready for you to leave our room though, so maybe we’ll start buckling you in the Rock n Play.

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Happy 4 months, Savory Sage!





Five on Friday

5 12 2014

Linking up for Five on Friday with DarciChristinaApril, and Natasha, and oh hey, Friday with Karli and Amy. On a side note, my blog space is 95% full… help!! What do I do next?

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one | On Monday, I took my little boys on a date to our local Chick-fil-a, where they were giving out free peppermint chocolate chip milkshakes. Yum!

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two | We didn’t really do Black Friday shopping – we walked around the mall in the late afternoon and I found a dress (not on sale) for my brother’s January wedding. It’s a pretty jewel tone and had to be nursing-friendly (which ruled out 99% of dresses). We ran into Olaf while walking the mall.

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We did shop Small Business Saturday at our local cloth diaper store, although we had to book it from my grandma’s (3 hours away) to make it there! Thankfully, because it is a small business, I was able to call ahead and she stayed open later for me. In turn, I bought 2 diapers, a cozy nursing scarf, and Aden + Anais crib sheets (not pictured). 🙂

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four | We enjoyed our first snow of the season – about 5 inches. Thank goodness we had just bought snow boots on our trip to Williamsburg! E was much more ready to play in this snow than last winter – he begged to be out in it all day!

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five | My Christmas cards arrived! When is a socially acceptable date to send them out? They’re all addressed, stamped, and ready to go! As much as I love Cardstore, I tried Minted this year b/c I received $25 for signing up via a friend’s link and then had a coupon code + free shipping. The cards are super-thick and came in fun packaging! The colors are bright and printing is clear. I might be hooked! They miiiight have sent me several other people’s cards, but those were fun to look thru, too! 😉 Want to design your own? If you use my link, we’ll both get a $25 credit!

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Happy Friday! I’m off to run 5 miles in and around Busch Gardens ChristmasTown! 🙂





Five on Friday | Halloween edition

31 10 2014

Happy Halloween! Linking up for Five on Friday ~ Halloween edition

one | Potty-training is really happening. After virtually no progress over the summer other than establishing a routine, we put the brakes on training before the baby arrived. And then E just figured it out on his own! We still need to work on overnights and public places. I found this article about potty-training travel bags last night, but I think I may look into this travel seat instead. And I’ve read mixed reviews about (similar). Any recs?? He’s been using both his toddler potty and his Elmo potty seat on our regular toilet.

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Rewards – we quickly filled the Thomas chart I printed online, but the school counselor in me wanted something more “chart-y,” so I whipped one up that helps with teaching colors, days, and numbers while allowing me to keep better track of how many times he’s going, and when. He loooooves his sticker chart (and candy incentives) and screams happily after every success! Just in time to pass his cloth diapers down to baby.

two| Fall books! E begs to go to the library almost every day (we try to go once a week or so while I’m on maternity leave), but I also love collecting seasonal books for the boys. Plus our library only lets us check out 3 seasonal books at a time, although it may be different for me since I’m a teacher.

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three | On Wednesday, E woke up begging to bake what we call “pumpkin scrum,” which is really just pumpkin bread. So we did. Yum! That evening, we carved our pumpkins – polka dots, Goofy, and Batman.

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four | I took advantage of some good deals at Old Navy last week (sales, coupon code, and Ebates* cashback), buying up a few things I’d been eyeing earlier this season. I tried to buy everything one size up for next year, but just had to order the green plaid shirt (similar) in his current size to wear now. (When I saw it in the store, it was $18, but I got it for $7.) I paid $3 for the other shirts, $7 for the pants. I usually buy E’s clothes on consignment, yardsale, or from a friend, but these were too cute to pass up.

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five | Now that my little bitty is a month old, I finally sent out birth announcements! And printed one in the newspaper. I am bound and determined to fill in my second child’s baby book just as thoroughly as my first!

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Linking up for Five on Friday with DarciChristinaApril, and Natasha, and oh hey, Friday with Karli and Amy

 

Ebates is the only link I used in this post where I’m compensated for the referral.





oh hey | five on friday

10 10 2014
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Happy Friday! I am loving every minute of my maternity leave! I am so lucky that my boys seem to be on the same sleeping schedule. One day, they both napped for 5 hours (in separate rooms). Another day, they both slept in til noon! But when they’re awake, we’ve enjoyed getting out and about to take advantage of the fall weather.

Also, I’m linking up with darciaprilchristina, and natasha for their Five on Friday Fall Giveaway!

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one | This little guy turns 2 weeks old tomorrow! I’m doing a variation on the monthly sticker onesies that I used for his big brother and using this tree scrap (with rings) for size perspective.

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two | I love having friends over to meet the baby! And one of my friends set up a Take Them a Meal site for us, so we’ve been blessed to have a handful of meals dropped off in the evenings. I’ve been reading Blue Eyed Bride’s 31 Days of Breaking Bread series, which has also given me a simplified perspective on entertaining guests and putting people at ease in our home.

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three | While my husband was home last week (on baby leave), our family visited a local pumpkin patch. This one is really fun – you can load up a whole wagon for only $25! I’ve heard they sell out fast, so we went early in the season and on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Worth it. Recap here!

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four | Wednesday, I took my boys to run lots of errands and do some Christmas shopping. I had both in cloth diapers and wore my newborn in a carrier. (3 stores in 3 hours.) That night, I attended a major Board of Supervisors meeting about whether the aging school where I work will be getting a new facility. The meeting was 3 hours long, and the baby slept in my Boba 3G for the entire meeting with just one bout of sleepy giggles and one squeaky hiccup. It was fun to see my coworkers again.

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five | Every month, I recycle 10 ink cartridges (that I purchase in bulk off eBay with my in-laws) and get $20 to spend at Staples. This month, I intended to pick up more fabric cube bins for toys in E’s new toddler room, but they don’t carry them anymore. One of the managers offered to sell me some cubes that were part of furniture floor models for $1.99 each! I wish I had bought all of them, but I only got 4. And here is the before/after, which will probably last about 5 seconds:

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Linking up for Five on Friday with Darci, Christina, April, and Natasha, and oh hey, Friday with Karli and Amy





oh hey | Five on Friday!

3 10 2014

This past week has been especially precious to me. I gave birth to our second son early Saturday morning! I’ll be posting my birth story and about our nursing journey soon, but for now, I will leave you with some sweet moments from our first week of getting to know our new little pea.

one | Fall is my absolute favorite season, and our plans and traditions will still continue with a pumpkin patch visit, apple picking, Halloween, foliage photography, and lots of fall festivals! We don’t have any fall races on the calendar, but we will have a new pumpkin in tow for all of our other seasonal favorites! He has already been to school picture day, Life Group, and his first pediatrician visit.

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two | The first thing I noticed about this kid when he was delivered was his HAIR. My.word. For him being so fair, there was a lot of it! And it was perfectly styled into a little mohawk that lasted for days.

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three | I couldn’t have asked for E to be a better big brother (they’re 26 months apart). From the start, he’s been so loving and helpful. Sure, he’s said “mine!” a lot more this week, but at least he’s very black and white when it comes to his things and the baby’s things. And it’s precious that every morning, he asks about the baby as soon as he wakes up.

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And just for kicks, some side-by-side “oooo that face!” wrinkly forehead pics comparing the two of them. I can’t help it – it’s my favorite newborn face and I hope I never forget it. E is on the left (July 2012) and S is on the right (Sept. 2014).

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four | We put him in his first cloth diaper on Thursday. These are specifically newborn-sized (BumGenius), but the BG ones that his big brother E currently wears fit 8-35 pounds, so they’ll be sharing soon.

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five | This time around, I realize how quickly he will grow and change. I’m not saving cute clothes for special occasions – he’s wearing them daily. I’m taking pictures of everything, writing down as much as I can, and I did a Day in the Life post on Wednesday. I’m holding him all the time, rarely putting him down. I know in a week or two, he’ll look like a completely different baby. They’ll be subtle changes, but I know he won’t be as fragile or small as his wrinkly newborn frame begins to fill out. So I’m making keepsakes like this while he’s still so tiny:

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Happy Friday! Linking up with Karli and Amy for oh hey Friday and April, Natasha, Christina, and Darci for Five on Friday!





A Day in the Life | 1 Toddler, 1 Newborn

1 10 2014

I love reading “Day in the Life” posts, especially ones like this from Two by Two Mom, so I thought I’d try it out. I chose today because I have a 4-day-old son and wanted to document what life is like early on at home during my maternity leave with my two sweet boys – actually, three sweet boys – my husband is home with us (just) this week as well!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Midnight – finally got both kids down and to sleep. “E” is my toddler and “S” is my newborn. E had fallen asleep around 10, but S took more convincing. He didn’t sleep a wink last night, so I was worried that it’d be a repeat night, but he slept 12-7 AM this time!

4 AM – my alarm goes off to breastfeed S. He sleeps right through the feedings

7 AM – my next alarm goes off to feed S. I get a text from a friend about weekend plans, I take the trash out (to put it in the garage – this will be important later), and I change clothes because my PJs are saturated in milk that expressed while I was sleeping… I check my weight (19 pounds down since my pre-delivery weight!) and hold S as he sleeps – gotta savor these precious moments!

8 AM – turn on SpiritFM on my phone while I shower and get ready – we have a pediatrician appointment today! (I did not get to shower yesterday.)IMG_8125

8:34 – E is awake and chattering from his crib. I get him changed, dressed, and send him down to the kitchen where my husband is getting breakfast ready with S, who is now wide awake. E eats waffles and strawberries (and later, most of my breakfast). IMG_8133

8:54 – I finish getting ready and head downstairs with several combined loads of laundry – mine, baby’s, E’s, and E’s cloth diapers. I throw the cloth diapers in for their first rinse cycle.

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9:10 – I start making my coffee and polish off the last 2 Pumpkin Spice donut holes. E swipes my banana when I won’t let him have a donut and I down my juice – no time to actually drink my coffee, so into the fridge it goes. At this moment, we realize S has a diaper so big that it soaks everything he is wearing, plus his Swaddle and the Pack n Play liner, where he is lying awake.

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9:15 – E helps me add soap to the diaper cycle, which we switch from a rinse to a hot wash.

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9:20 – I head upstairs with S to feed him while E colors beside me on the floor (and then plays his drumset) in his new toddler room. My husband changes both boys’ diapers.

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9:40 – My husband heads out to the recycling center and to pay the water bill with E in tow while I continue to feed S and rock him to sleep while texting with my dad about their next visit here.

9:50 – Pack my new Ju Ju Be diaper bag for both boys for the pediatrician visit

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10:00 – Read in my LifeGroup devotional, “The Circle Maker” while waiting for the boys to get home and add a bunch of stuff to the diaper bag that I forgot the first time around

10:20 – Mail Aflac paperwork for maternity leave compensation, mail birth announcement information to the newspaper, and leave for pediatrician’s office

11:00 – Finish doctor paperwork and have our checkup. S is up 3 ounces since he was discharged from the hospital midday Monday. The doctor is very pleased with this! I feed S several times while we are there, and E also gets lots of snacks to occupy him. S gets called a girl twice because of his unisex name – oh well. 🙂 They also remove his hospital bracelet.

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12:15 – We leave the pediatrician’s office and E eats another snack on the way home. We check the mail and put cloth diapers on their last rinse cycle.

12:30 – Everyone gets lunch. I nurse S while eating a sandwich

12:50 – The diapers are all finished – I hang up the covers and Freetimes and throw all the inserts into the dryer

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12:54 – I combine a load of E’s, S’s, and my laundry and throw it in the washer. Will dry together with the cloth diaper inserts to save energy. I put away the laundry hanging in the garage and unload all the dried guest sheets that were used by family staying at our house over the weekend while I was at the hospital.

1:00 – I nurse S again on the couch while E insists on watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

1:15 – E loses interest in Mickey and goes upstairs to help Daddy put fresh sheets on the guest bed. My husband calls his employer about adding S to our insurance.

1:40 – I go into the garage to clean up all the trash that our Jack Russell Terrier, Scout, had gotten into earlier in the day. UNRELATED to this incident, our family also says our goodbyes to Scout before my husband takes him to the vet and then to a new home – we don’t have the time to give him the attention he needs anymore. I don’t think E understands what is going on, but he says “bye” and gives him lots of hugs and kisses, which pretty much breaks my heart.

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1:45-2:10 – I rock E to sleep for his (extremely late) nap while S sleeps, then my husband leaves to take Scout to his new home. I can’t bring myself to go and opt to stay home with the boys.

2:15 – I journal in my Circle Maker devotional more while the boys sleep.

2:50 – I work on S’s baby book, pasting newspaper clippings and updating birth stats while texting with my sister and some friends. My husband returns home and we cry together about our dog, who has been a part of our family for 5 years, almost the whole time we’ve been married.

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3:45 – I switch my laundry to the dryer with the cloth diaper inserts while my husband cleans all the bathrooms. I begin working on this blog post, then tidy up our room and begin getting all my maternity clothes OUT of my closet.

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4:30 – I nurse S while he sleeps. E is still sound asleep.

5:10 – E wakes up crying, but it’s a dream and he’s happy to see me walk in. As I change his diaper, we talk about how Scout is “all gone” and “not here – he’s at a different house,” which he seems to understand, although he thinks he’s either at a church or at a neighbor’s house. I carry S downstairs to nurse him while my husband makes dinner (flatbread pizza) and preps food for tomorrow and to freeze for later (banana muffins and sausage gravy.)

5:30 – I retrieve our clothes from the dryer and fold them, then nurse S again as my husband finishes up dinner.

6:10 – We sit down to eat, then S needs to nurse yet again! This kid!

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6:30 – At the suggestion of the pediatrician, I briefly use my pump to relieve some milk pressure, stopping after 3 minutes on each side with 5 oz. of milk to freeze.

6:45 – Mint chocolate chip ice cream!

7:00 – I work on a footprint craft with S

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7:15 – He’s fussy after painting, so I nurse him, hoping to calm him enough to get handprints. No luck, so we’ll try again tomorrow.

7:45 – We all sit on the couch – me cuddling with S while E colors and sorts crayons with Daddy

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8:15 – E goes upstairs for his bath, and I carry S upstairs for his first sponge bath

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8:30 – I feed and rock the baby, who falls asleep at 8:45

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9:00 – E finishes his bath, brushes his teeth, and gets ready to rock with me (he puts up a big fight about it) – then it takes him til 10:15 to fall asleep. By this time, I am sore from sitting and text my husband to help me carry him to his crib.

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10:15 – I get ready for bed. S is still (surprisingly) asleep in his Rock n Play sleeper by our bed.

10:30 – Sit down to finish this post as it begins to rain. I am thankful for rain and think about how we might actually be able to plant something small this year if we don’t have a dog to tear it up.

10:44 – I check the clock before heading to bed and wonder how many times I’ll be up tonight with the baby.

My morning coffee still sits, untouched, in the fridge.





oh hey Friday

19 09 2014

Linking today with Karli and Amy for oh hey Friday!

 

A few splurges I’ve made recently and how I saved a little… at 39 weeks, I needed the pampering! Speaking of 39 weeks, my prenatal appointment last night started out slightly terrifying: I was in the waiting room sitting by a woman whom I could tell was highly agitated by the way she was talking to other people around her about issues she was having. She finally got called back, along with everyone else in the waiting room – one by one – except me. By the time the lady gruff scary woman came back out, I was the only one left in the waiting room. She stormed into the room from a little consultation office where she had been meeting with a staff member, screaming threats and profanity at anyone and everyone listening. Immediately seeing that she was getting crazy out of hand, I ducked my head, hugged my belly, and beelined behind the checkout desk, where I hid for a few moments until the staff could call the police and unlock the main access to the patient rooms for me. They escorted me back to a safe, empty room and told me to wait there while they ensured the waiting room was cleared and got the information about the woman’s car from witnesses outside.

And that didn’t even send me into labor.

Here’s my five:

oh hey ONE | My Simplified Planner arrived!* This year, I opted for the slimmer weekly edition. My friend and I went in together to split the shipping, so we saved a teensy bit. Now if only Emily Ley would come out with an August-to-July version for us teachers!

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oh hey TWO |

This elbow-patch cardigan from In Bloom Boutique. I’ve been wanting one since last fall. It’ll be an easy transition piece from my maternity clothes back to normal clothes. I used RetailMeNot to find a coupon code for 15% off, and I paid using my PayPal balance of random things I’ve sold on eBay. So it was free!

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oh hey THREE | I booked a mini trip to the Williamsburg Lodge for this fall after baby comes. It was actually a win-win. I have a work conference there that falls during my maternity leave. By going to this conference, I will actually get paid to work those days (“intermittent maternity leave”) AND get reimbursed for the whole trip. It was a no-brainer, really. And I’ll get lots of Amazon credit card points (see #4) and Ebates cash back for booking the trip.

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oh hey FOUR |

After looking at a zillion diaper bags that would fit enough things for both of my kids (read: their cloth diapers), I finally settled on a Ju Ju Be “BFF” and started to notice that the prices fluctuated quite a bit on Amazon depending on the day and time, so I stalked the one I wanted for several days until the price dropped by almost half, then snagged it. (It’s back up to full-price now.) I used my baby registry completion discount for an extra 10% off and Amazon credit points to pay. My favorite features: the memory foam straps and changing pad, the temperature-sensitive bottle compartments, the luggage feet on the bottom, and the front-zip access, which will be easier to close. At the last second, I selected a print other than the one I had wanted originally – that’s pregnancy brain for you!

JJB diaper bag

 

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oh hey FIVE | 

Does a routine trip to the chiropractor count as a splurge? That’s how I started off my week – with heat therapy and an adjustment after work – my chiropractor’s office is about an hour from my job, so it amounted to a lot of driving. I also got a nice gift from them just for being a teacher, since it’s back to school season. I did a bit of shopping for the baby afterward while I was in the city, spending only 85 cents after giftcards and coupons!

I hope you have a happy Friday!

*not compensated for any of my reviews. I will get credit for any Ebates referrals. 





A Labor of Luxury

26 07 2014

Ok so this post is not about labor. When I tell people that we’re expecting a boy, the first thing they always say is, “oh good, you’ll save money on clothes!” It hit me this week as I was washing and sorting through E’s newborn clothes what a blessing it IS to already have so much, as well as the basic baby essentials. Still, I am changing up a lot of things so that it’s not all the same, and I’ve been constantly tweaking my Amazon Baby Registry with things I’ve been swooning over I’d like to try out for the new baby. (This is beyond the simple things I still need –  hangers, bottle brushes, wipes, detergent for cloth diapering, etc.)

I would love to use more-natural products with this baby (essential oils, Burts Bees, Mum + Bub, etc.), and more Aden + Anais fabrics surrounding him. We love their swaddles, and E still carries his favorite A + A blanket everywhere!

Baby Boy Luxury Wishlist

These comments are all mine, with no affiliate links used: 

1 Wubbanub | We had tremendous success with these pacifiers with E. Maybe a little TOO much – they’re his second limbs. We’ve only used these and no other brands. I’m hoping our new baby will also love them, and I’ve been drooling over the red dragon since its release! And we need 2 for obvious reasons.

2 JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag in Stone Arbor| This brand seriously has the best customer service. And this bag is gorgeous! I’m gonna need lots of frills with a household full of boys!

NoseFrida | We never got around to buying one of these for E, but I’m convinced we NEED one.

Aden + Anais Dream blanket | Let’s be honest. I want this for ME. Always have. In bamboo.

Aden + Anais RED series | A + A released a limited edition RED series, and the designs are classic and bold. Love them!

BumGenius Freetime in Armadillo | BG released this new color in their cloth diapers. I just bought the adorable “Chaplin” print, and I’d love to have a couple grey freetimes!

Aden + Anais Easy Swaddle | Seriously. so. soft.

What “luxury” baby items do you love?