Five on Friday: End of Summer Edition

 

 

As summer starts to wind down – it means sneaking in one last trip to the lake, kids are headed back to school and our favorite TV shows are starting up again. As a teenager I always marked watching the VMAs as the end of summer and this year was no exception. Justin Timberlake’s performance was amazing – and I won’t even mention the other one that every other media outlet is talking about.

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This kid loves going boating. We went again this week and he had a blast and played his little heart out on the beach. We went back to our cozy cove and got in the water to splash around and explore the shore line. There was a big party boat with a loud sound system in the cove and they were blasting music and this guy just started to bust out dancing. He cracks me up.

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Two.

This is my new favorite mascara after I saw it listed on the The Small Things Blog. The brush is different than your usual one which at first I had to get used to, but overall I really like it and it does not clump like other brands.

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Three.

This week my kid sister started her first year of college at my alma mater – CU Boulder. I stopped by earlier in the week to visit, see her dorm and do some fun dorm room shopping. It made me feel old walking waddling around campus again while 8.5 months pregnant. But I am really excited for her and I hope she takes this opportunity to explore, make mistakes and try new things. Because that’s what college is about.

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Four.

Two words. Breaking Bad.

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Five.

36 days left till I meet this little girl. She is the size of a cantaloupe this week. We are measuring right on track and she is head down – which means all of her limps are kicking me in the ribs.

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Being a Stay at Home Mom – One Year Later

On this day a year ago – I was heading to the office 3 days a week at a company that I’ve been at since my college days. Except on this day, it would be my last day at the office.

Initially I had some mixed feelings about how the departure was handled – as anyone would in my position but after the initial shock wore off I have found that I’ve embraced and enjoyed being a stay at home mom.

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Now keep in mind that ever since I was 16 I have had a job in one form or another whether that was in retail, restaurants, or doctor offices I’ve done the whole range of jobs before having a career. After I got pregnant with BabyBird I worked my entire pregnancy (literally up to the very day I went into labor) and I couldn’t imagine what my daily life and rhythm would look like without being employed. It was just what I had known. I’ve balanced a job with being in high school and in college – so naturally I felt like I would balance it while having a newborn. I took a 3 month maternity leave (technically I did work during my leave answering emails and doing what I could remotely) and sent my sweet 3 month old BabyBird to Montessori daycare and I went back to work.

It was a hard transition at first but slowly we got into a groove but it wasn’t easy. I battled breastfeeding and supply issues being away from him 8 hours a day and struggled to pump enough milk to fill his daycare bottles for the next day plus the added stress of being back at work. Each night it felt like we were just preparing – washing bottles, laundry and getting everything ready for the next day. With both of us working it was a juggling act in the mornings on getting out of the house on time. Not to mention how badly I missed the little guy. Some parts did get easier as the months went on, but by the end of the year I decided to make a change and asked if I could work part-time. By the beginning of 2013 I was working just 3 days a week and I had 2 days off to spend with BabyBird who was about to turn 2. It was the best of both worlds.

What frightened me the most about being a stay at home mom was the lack of everyday social interaction with people. At first I had a hard time imaging what my days would look like spending them with just BabyBird doing the same routine over and over. But what I couldn’t see was that as each day and week passed he got older and things got so much easier. He’s a pretty laid back kid and we signed up for music classes, soccer, gymnastics and all the other daytime activities that I couldn’t do when I was working. And we made friends with other SAHM and that was a complete life saver. Now that he’s 2.5 years old, he talks up a storm. all. day. long.

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Some days were tough and monotonous and other days we didn’t even get out of our PJs. But we spent them together. These first few years are so precious and so much changes in just a few months that my heart was absolutely breaking that I was missing these moments while at the office. Being at home isn’t easy and between the constant food preparation, clean up, laundry and daily chores it does keep me fairly busy all day & evening long – and that’s just the house stuff. Not to mention the actual toddler that is walking around looking to be entertained, taught and loved.

In the last 6 months, everyone has gotten into a great groove. BabyBird still attends the same Montessori school but only 2 school hour days a week and this allows me do the grocery shopping and run errands solo. It also gives him interaction with his teachers and classmates which has been so beneficial to him both socially and his independence. The hubs’ job allows him to work from home a few days a week so we get to see him during the day and spend time together for lunches. I am beyond grateful and blessed that the hubs is a total rock star at his profession and we could afford for me to stay at home. After a day of working, he’ll take the little guy out for runs or bike rides (while I cook dinner) and always does the bath & bed routine. He puts in long hours and I know I don’t always give him proper credit but he really is our rock.

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It’s been an amazing year filled with ups and downs – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I never imagined myself as a stay at home mom but now I can’t picture anything different.

In just another 6 short weeks – our worlds are going to be rocked again with this new addition and I am excited to see what this next year will bring with two little ones in tow.


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Being Pregnant – Volume 2

Now that I am in my final stretch of this pregnancy at 33 weeks, I can now reflect on some similarities and differences between this one and last time with BabyBird.

I feel a lot rounder this time around and I don’t remember wearing clothes to be this uncomfortable. Last time I was working full time in a causal business setting so I could get away with jeans, but now at the thought of putting on a pair of maternity jeans has me shuddering. I’m usually found in stretchy skirts and a tank top and I usually take that off the minute I get home and hang out around the house in the hubs’ boxers. Everything just feels so tight and uncomfortable that I can’t wait to get home and put on lounge clothes.

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Belly wise – I remember BabyBird getting a lot of hiccups and so far I haven’t felt any with #2. Also at this point, I haven’t had any braxton hick contractions but I do feel a lot more movement and wiggling going around. Both times baby’s head has been down which adds a bit of pressure down there so I won’t even begin to whine about the constant bathroom trips. My poor bladder just doesn’t have any room and should I even explain what happens when I sneeze? And oh the leg cramps – geez those are horrible and I will be looking forward to when those are a thing of the past.

On the food front – I get a pretty bad sweet tooth while pregnant and this time was no exception. And I think I’ve roped the hubs into my nightly treats but he is definitely not showing any symptoms of the sympathy weight – which might be because of all the running & cycling he does each week. BabyBird was a winter baby, which meant I ate crates among crates of Cutie oranges when they were in season and while #2 will be a fall baby, I have been enjoying all the fresh fruit of the fall harvest – especially Palisade Peaches which are these amazing juicy peaches grown in Colorado. I’ve been eating one to two of these each day.

I’m measuring exactly the same this time, even in the weight department. Granted I started a 4 pounds heavier this time, but I’ve gained exactly the same amount of weight. And #2 is measuring to be about the same as BabyBird which will mean I’ll have a 7 pounder by the end of all of this which I am perfectly fine with.

The birth plan or I should say preferences are the same as last time. Though I would prefer to make it to the hospital a bit sooner than last time (I arrived at the hospital at 5am, and BabyBird was born at 5:06am – you can read his birth story here) though my midwife did not make it and it was the labor & delivery nurse that caught baby, everything was fine and the whole experience was good. My goal this time around will be the same, to labor as much as I can in the comfort of home with my doula & the hubs and going into this whole show all natural. I know by the grace of mother nature, mommy amnesia has hit me and right at this moment I can’t recall just how intense it will be again but I’ll surely be reminded in 6 weeks. With this being my 2nd go – I am still amazed at what a women’s body can do. To grow life from one cell and create a perfect little human and then give birth to said little human – between the genetics and all the biology involved it truly is a miracle.

I’m looking forward to meeting this little girl and having another little one to squeeze and love. But above everything, I am so grateful for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby girl in just 6 weeks.

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My heart and prayers have been going out to Diana, Sam & Bella all week as they endure the truly unimaginable of circumstances of saying goodbye to their son, Kaden – who was with us for 3 weeks before he passed due to heart failure. I can’t help but think of her while writing this tonight and every night as I tuck my little guy in bed and rub my round belly. My heart is absolutely breaking for her and I just can’t even fathom what she is going through having to lay to rest her baby boy after having to let go of her twins Preston & Julian a year or so ago.

 


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Boating with Papa

On the last weekend in June, we loaded up the car and headed down to the reservoir to go boating. BabyBird’s grandpa restores old wooden lymen boats and we’ve gone boating every summer since I can remember.

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This was last summer.

 

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and this summer. It’s crazy how much he has grown in just one year. BabyBird loves helping Papa drive the boat.

 

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This year, BabyBird was big enough to go on the inner tube (with Daddy of course) and go for a ride around the reservoir. This kid has no fear, I tell you. Papa drove around and went in circles making waves to bounce these two boys around and they had a blast.

By mid-morning some storm clouds started to roll in so we headed off to find a cozy cove to hang out in and ate lunch. We also went exploring on the shore and spent a good few hours making mud castles and playing with the water. This kid must have fetched a few dozen buckets of water to pour into the little river that was made and didn’t even flinch being submerged in the water.
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The water guns were a hit and he had a great time learning how to fill his and shoot his Daddy & Papa.

 

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A perfect summer day spent boating.

 

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