September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

I'm up at the crack of dawn this morning. Literally. Why is it that when babies have a bad nap day, which means an early bedtime, they will wake up SO early the next day. Gah. Me and 5am don't mix. However, it does mean I had time to write up a Friday favorites post! It has been too long..

First, and foremost, my babies. This is my favorite picture from the week. They are playing together now! Well, sort of. J shimmies over, looks and grabs at whatever A is playing with and attempts to put it in his mouth. He is SO curious and wants to be involved in everything big sis is doing. I love it.

These boots are gorgeous. In taupe, please.

Leggings. What's your favorite pair? These have great reviews, but the price tag... ._.

This post on your Libido After Baby. I wish I read this the first time around!

These cupcakes are the cutest! I'm definitely making them for one of the kids birthday parties one day.

I have time to read occasionally if it's just me at night- I really like this round up of 5 Big Fall Books. What have you read lately? I've got All The Light We Cannot See requested at the library. Have you read it?

Halloween pajamas!! I wish they made them in adult sizes. Seriously, how fun are these monster ones? I also like these from Carters.

Did you know that adding cornstarch to your chocolate chip cookies makes a world of a difference? I made these recently, made a double batch of the dough, and froze it in balls ready to go in to the oven whenever we wanted freshly baked cookies. Which happened to be everyday after making these.

Other recent favorites- PSL's (of course), all my pumpkin candles (I shared one I got at HomeGoods recently on IG- stillluckyblog), Target's day designer, adult coloring books, Dawson's Creek reruns, and The Affair season 2 promo!

Link up with Friday Favorites and Oh Hey, Friday.

September 14, 2015

What's Your Hobby?

I feel like I'm forever struggling to find my "thing". My niche. My calling. It used to be blogging- but we all see how good I am at that. Heh. I tend to go through phases, with many of my hobbies. I like to read, journal, craft, shop, binge watch TV series, and now, I like to color. I'm sure you've heard about them by now. Adult coloring books are all the rage. I saw some in Barnes and Noble a few months ago and thought how fun that would be, a different way to relax and enjoy some quiet time. I mentioned it to my dad recently and one day a package arrived on my doorstep. Two coloring books and a collection of beautiful pens.

I'm obsessed. I have the Secret Garden coloring book and the Dream Catcher book. Both have such intricate pages that can take hours, or days, if you're like me and short on time. The pages just beg to be explored. So far I'm really into the Secret Garden one. The mystical scenes with castles, hidden doorways, and dragons are just my style.

My dad bought me a set of Lolliz Gel Pens. I love them! They glide perfectly across the page, don't bleed through, and the colors are gorgeous. My favorites are the metallic and glitter ones, of course. They are SO pretty.

I could color for hours, if I didn't have a toddler who tries to "help" me with her washable Crayola markers. It's nice to unwind at night once the kids are in bed, or for a break during the day if Miss A is watching a show. What are some of your hobbies? Have you tried adult coloring? I think you'd enjoy it!

September 10, 2015

Let's Play Catch Up

September is here and I couldn't be happier. Yes, like you and everyone else, I'm excited for fall, but I'm more excited about interview season! The end is in sight. We've been combing through recruitment emails, contracts, benefits, and bonuses. Our hope is to end up somewhere in Florida- back in our home state, closer to family. I can not tell you how happy this makes me after being away from home for the last seven years. I'm dying to be back, to be closer to the beach, to soak in the sunshine all year around. Sure, I'm not looking forward to the humidity again, and I will miss the four seasons, and all of our wonderful, sweet, loving friends that we have made here in North Carolina. Moving is bittersweet, it really is.

Come October we'll be packing up the kids and heading down to interview. The hope is that our parents will be able to come up to where we are to help with the kids while we roam around the area and get a feel for the place. We're so concerned about uprooting our family. Where we are now is a perfect area to raise kids and we hope to find a similar lifestyle in the Tampa Bay, Orlando, or Jacksonville area. Any advice friends? If you live in any of these areas, I'd love to hear from you.

I can't wait for this process to start! Nine more months and my husband will be an attending. No longer a resident. No more long, horrible, awful hours. I.can't.wait. I've had less patience than usual with his schedule lately; I feel like he's always gone. One day off in between shifts is NOT enough. Not enough for our family. Not enough for him to catch a break. Or me. Not enough to take care of things that need to be taken care of. It is so, so exhausting. We are both at our breaking point and need, desperately need, to be with one another. The road to be a doctor is no joke. It's one of the hardest occupations, if not the hardest. I have no doubt about that.

In other news, J turned six months last week, and Miss A started preschool yesterday. Cue big, happy mommy tears. She went for a half day last Friday to get acquainted with her classmates and teachers, so yesterday, she was totally fine being dropped off, walked right in with a huge smile on her face. I was glad for those sunglasses I was wearing, as I quickly turned around and left before I could really think about what just happened.

She had a great first day and I can't wait to see what she learns throughout the school year! J had his six month appointment while big sis was at school. He weighed in at 14 pounds, 25 inches. Still a small baby- but he's catching up! He's growing steadily on his curve. His four shots made him sleep like a dream, only waking at 6am to nurse and went right back down to sleep. He's rolling ALL over the place, front to back, back to front, side to side...he's rocking, pulling himself forward with his arms, doing a mini army crawl.!! His mobility astounds me. He's so, so different than his big sister in that capability. He's getting better and better at sitting up, eats one solid meal a day (we're working on two) and still nurses like a champ.

I'm smitten. Absolutely obsessed. Having a baby again is so wonderful. I love every moment. He is so incredibly sweet and happy! Gah.

Miss A is growing and changing so fast these days it makes my head spin. She's learning the colors and numbers in Spanish, can recognize almost all the letters, can count from 1 to 20, and learned how to play Candy Land with Daddy recently. She was in a gymnastics class for a month and loved it so much, we may re-enroll her again soon.

I hope to be more active with blogging again soon, with so much going on it is a good place for me to share and remember.

July 23, 2015

A Day in the Life

I love "day in the life" posts- I haven't done one since A was two years old! Here's a glimpse of what life is like with two...

A Day in the Life
July 21st, 2015
Miss A is 3, J is 19 weeks

I hear J stirring on the monitor. Yay, not too bad- I was up with him an hour before to nurse and prayed that he would go back to sleep. He did, so I'm rolling out of bed happy. I rush to his room, which is right across from Miss A's, to grab him before he wakes her. I love having some quiet time with just him in the mornings before his sassy big sister wakes up. We cuddle in the rocker for a few minutes before heading downstairs. 

I let light into the house, opening all the curtains and head to the kitchen. It's decent- most was cleaned up the night before, with a tower of pots and pans in the dish rack. I grab some OJ, eggs, and bread out of the fridge. J is fidgeting so I set him down on his play mat in the family room and go back to the kitchen to start some coffee. 

Miss A is up. She jumps out of bed and hides behind her bedroom door to play. She does this almost every morning, it is the cutest thing. I'll open up the door and find her with her dolls or books crammed into the corner. I let her play for a few minutes before grabbing J and heading upstairs to bring her down. 

We've been having a bit of a...poop problem in the mornings. If I don't get her right away, she will poop in her pull up and act like nothing happened. and I don't know how to get it to stop! This morning I got to her just in time. She wants to get out of her pajamas right away and picks out her pink butterfly dress. We head downstairs. I make pancakes while J hangs out on his play mat and Miss A begs for me to "play songs". She's currently obsessed with several songs- Fight Song by Rachel Platten, Bad Blood by Taylor Swift, and I Want You To Know by Selena Gomez. She LOVES music and can happily listen to her favorites all the live long day.

After breakfast it's play time and TV time. I nurse J, he falls asleep in my arms and I take him upstairs to his room. His naps can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Rarely does he make it past an hour, they're usually 30 minutes. :( Back downstairs I start a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen from breakfast, and sit on the couch to relax for a few minutes. I read blogs, check my email, and Facebook.

J is up. We go upstairs to get him and go to my room so I can change and get ready for the day. On our agenda is a dentist appointment for Miss A. She's excited because she remembers the bag of goodies she got last time- a new toothbrush, a dinosaur water toy, and stickers. Once I'm ready (in between picking up J to soothe him and checking on A in her room), it's back down to pack snacks and drinks to go. 

At the dentist. Miss A is doing well until she's asked to sit back in the chair. She is scared, poor girl, but does well considering. At the end of the appointment she demands a new toothbrush- a pink Cinderella one to be exact! They only have Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which she begrudgingly accepts. ;)

We're back home. J is asleep and I risk taking him out and putting him in his crib. He stirs some but goes back to sleep. Success! It's time to make lunch. A requests a PB&J and I make myself a huge salami sandwich. We eat together and play some after before J wakes.

We head to the mall to meet up with a friend and her son. She is one of the few friends I have that also has a toddler that doesn't nap! Usually after lunch it's quiet time or TV time. I'm grateful to get out of the house instead to do something fun. The kids run around the play area, J observes from his car seat until he starts fussing to get out. My friend and I chat, then we walk around some, check out a toy store, and the book store until it's time to go home and nurse J.

Back home! We all play on the floor for awhile. A is crazy about her clip clop castle and playing store with the cash register we got her for her birthday. She asks for a snack so I give her some grapes and a cheese stick. J is hanging out in his jumperoo until he falls asleep and I take him out to nap in his room.

It's time to start dinner. I'm happy J is still napping, usually I'm trying to soothe him as I run around the kitchen. A doesn't want to watch a show, she wants to listen to music instead, so I put on the toddler station on Pandora. Dinner tonight is Cheater Korean Beef, a favorite in our house. It's quick and easy, just what I need, because any second now J is about to wake from his nap. Daddy won't be home till later, after the kiddos are in bed, starving. I speed through dinner prep just as J starts to stir on the monitor. By the time we're ready to sit down and eat he's wailing so I have to go get him.

I put together A's plate, help her eat, before I try to eat myself while holding J. Ugh. Life of a Mom. Once we're done eating I clean up the kitchen some but don't get very far with two cranky kiddos. A wants her bath so we go upstairs. I hate, hate doing baths and bedtime alone. It is the hardest part of the day! I usually want to pull my hair out... J is in his rock n play at first, then I have to hold him while A plays in the tub for a few.

It's time to get out of the bath and into pajamas. A runs around naked, giggling, diving into bed. This is typical for most nights. She thinks it's hilarious, of course, as I try to pull on her pajamas and pull up. Meanwhile J is fussing in the rock n play, which he is really getting too big for. I'm not sure where to put him- he's not content in his crib or on the floor at this hour. Oh well, I'll have to make do. Once A has finally calmed down we can pick out some books to read and I can curl up on the floor with both of them.

Right now her favorite books are The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! (she knows this book by heart and can recite it to you), Hooray for Fish, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Once we read books, it's lights out.

It's early, but when I'm alone, I have to get A into bed at this time to start getting J ready for bed. He's acting tired already so I change him and put him in his pajamas. I turn on his sound machine and nightlight. We snuggle up in the rocker, then I nurse him, trying to keep him slightly awake before putting him down for the night.

I'm freeeeeee! Both kiddos are asleep. I can enjoy some wine, clean up the kitchen, and watch part of Devious Maids before the hubby gets home. When he gets in around 9:00pm, we watch some of Game of Thrones as I try not to fall asleep.

J wakes for a feeding, goes right back down and I head to sleep.

So there you have it! It was a good day, with both kiddos fairly happy. That's all you can ask for right?

July 22, 2015

J's 4 Month Update & Favorites

I realize I'm terrible with keeping up with baby updates on the blog. Despite my lack of effort on here, I can say that I've kept up with monthly photos, taken them on the right day, and have kept up with his baby calendar. It was earlier this week when I took J to his wellness visit that I realized I haven't written anything about J in months.

He is now 4 months and three weeks, a delightful, happy, sweet baby boy. I'm head over heels for him, absolutely smitten. He has stolen Mama's heart and I see no chance in getting it back.

Where to begin? With sleep. Always with sleep. A week before turning four months, J hit the notorious four month sleep regression, as known as the four month wakeful. I remember when Miss A hit the same sleep regression, and oh man, it was HARD. J was a great sleeper beforehand, I knew he was going to hit it too! Luckily, in comparison to his sister, the regression was a breeze. He did have a few rough nights of waking up every hour after 2:00am, but they were quick. What was really hard was having him wake up 30 minutes after being put down for the night. I would nurse him, then he'd go right back to sleep, only to wake up an hour or so later. It was frustrating and I wasn't sure what to do. Three weeks of this and it wasn't getting any better. I was worried he would develop a nurse to sleep association like his sister. So, after our family left, we decided to try and let him go back to sleep on his own once he woke up after 30 minutes. We took turns going in and patting him, talking to him, and after three nights he stopped waking up! I was so relived. Now he wakes up at midnight or around 4:00am for a feeding. It is wonderful, I can only hope this continues for awhile, until another regression hits!

Besides sleep, J is meeting all his four month milestones. He has great head control, he can grasp toys now, he can imitate sounds, he smiles all the time, and laughs when we tickle him. He absolutely LOVES to look at his big sister. It is the sweetest thing. If he hears her voice he turns his head to look at her and will watch her from across the room. He's always smiling at her. We pick him in the jumperoo for the first time last week and he is so happy in there! He can be in there for almost a half hour, bouncing around.

At his 4 month appointment this week he had three shots and one oral. He took them like a champ, was super fussy in the afternoon, but felt better after a dose of Tylenol. He slept great that night, thank goodness! He is still a peanut, three inches shy of his sister at this age. But he is now on the curve for weight, yay! That does not surprise me at all as he loves to nurse and he nurses well. He's wearing 3-6 clothes and some 6 month onesies. Before I had a boy, I thought boy clothes were kind of...underwhelming? I can honestly say I was wrong and there are plenty of adorable outfits for boys. Mint green onesies, giraffes, little red cars. Gah. I love it all!

As for favorites, J is loving his rainforest jumperoo and piano play gym. He still spits up often, these are my favorite burp cloths. This changing pad is super soft and cozy, I have two because I love them so much. I adore all of carter's onesies, they are true to size and fit J the best. 

Read J's one month & two month baby updates.