Thursday, August 29, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Engagement Pics!

In honor of the fact that our wedding anniversary is in just a few days, I decided to do a little throwback to our engagement pictures.

We took these in Alabama in May before our wedding.  My friend Ashley (maid of honor in the wedding!) took them!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Midweek Random Link Up

  • I have the world's greatest cats. Jeremiah is rough on them - pulling tails and whiskers, biting their fur, and more. I try to stop it, but I can't always get there quite as quickly as I'd like. He has yet to be scratched or even hissed at. Plus my kitties are cute.

  • Anniversary trip this weekend! Yay! I'm excited to get away and to sleep in. Not so excited to leave my baby for 48 long hours! Could you leave this face?

  • Getting married on a holiday weekend was a good decision. We get an extra day to celebrate! Since we only ever have one weekend day together, an extra day means we get an actual two day weekend together.

  • Work is hard.  I hate hiring, training, etc.

  • Car shopping is awful. Too many choices. So much money.

  • I would function better if my child did not hate sleep.

  • After the weekend away, major dieting starts.  I'm kind of excited and kind of scared.  I need to get back in the weight loss groove!

  • New Duck Dynasty tonight.... if I stay awake for it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Follow Me On Bloglovin!

I've decided to add Bloglovin to my blog since I think a lot of my readers were using Google reader.  Since the end of reader, my average post has gone down by about 90% of the readers. :)  So, feel free to follow me on Bloglovin!

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Baby Talk: Work, Work, Work

I've never done this link-up before, but linking up today with Busy Bee. (Click on the button above to join.)

One of the most difficult parts of motherhood so far has been finding a balance.  A balance between being a wife and being a mother. Being a friend and being a mother. Finding time to do things around the house while taking care of a high needs baby. On and on the list could go. But hands down, the area that's been hardest to find the right balance is between work and being a mother.

In some ways, I think my difficult pregnancy helped with the transition a little.  I had no choice but to cut back. I spent the last 7 weeks of my pregnancy on some form of bedrest.  I eased into the whole working from home some thing.

But still, for a girl who was used to working 50+ hours a week and closer to 60 at certain times of the year, it's been an adjustment!

My last day of work before having Jeremiah? I had no idea it was going to be my last day of work.  I was feeling so terribly that I remember putting things away and thinking "I'll just do those tomorrow."  I even told my boss "I'll take care of XYZ tomorrow. I can't do any more today." Well instead, 3 hours later I texted him "Hey, (insert name here).  Apparently, I'm having a baby tonight so I won't be in tomorrow."  He replied something like "Okay, see you Monday!"  (We joke around a lot at work, I suppose.)

Jeremiah was born Saturday. By Sunday night, I was e-mailing people at work to catch them up on some things.  Monday I was answering questions and approving e-mails. Not much of a break!

Less than two weeks after Jeremiah was born, I started working from home.  I only had 5 total weeks off, so by working some from home, I could stretch it to more like 6.  I also would go into the office for a few hours here and there.  My first day in the office? Three weeks after Jeremiah was born.  Three weeks after major surgery with extra blood loss.  I think I lasted 4 hours.  And that included a needed pump break.  I would go in and work another part day later that week. (My parents stayed with Jeremiah while I did this.) The next week, I was in the office 3 days (I think mainly 6 hour days though).  The next week, 4 7 hour days. (I was also still working from home.)  Finally, it was time for me to be back full-time.

It was so hard leaving my little baby. I felt I hadn't had enough time with him, enough time to recover from surgery, or enough time to fit in my work clothes! (I think I wore maternity pants for the first 2 weeks I was back in the office. I rationalized it that I wasn't even to my due date yet!)

The first weeks, while difficult, were made easier by my mom staying at our house during the week.  What a total blessing! Not only did I not have to take Jeremiah anywhere (especially since I technically wasn't even supposed to be lifting the car seat with him in it yet!), but I would come home to a prepared dinner, clean house, and had help during the night. I really don't think I could have done it without her.

The first time I dropped Jeremiah off for care, even though it was at my friend's house, I cried.  He was about 10 weeks old - still so small!

Since then, things have gotten easier. Unfortunately, as the work week is back in the 50 hour range, it's difficult.  Jeremiah still isn't sleeping through the night, so I'm tired a lot. I cherish the Saturdays I have with him soooo much. It's so lovely to wake up with him, cuddle him, and not have to rush. I try to soak in each and every moment I have with him.

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing theme - striving for balance!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Social - Childhood!

I haven't linked up for a Sunday Social in.... oh, I don't know. Forever?  But I thought I'd do it again this week. (And true to my blogging form lately, I started this post 24 hours ago. Jeremiah is rough on the blog...)

1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
I miss the lack of responsibilities.  Sure, I had chores at home and once I was older, homework and babysitting. But overall, responsibility free compared to adulthood.

2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
Not really. I remember wishing I had one at times, but I never actually did. My dad called me (and still does) "Bambina" but I always begged him not to do it in front of other people. :)

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
I loved the swings. Those were probably my absolute favorite. I also was a big fan of Four Square. 

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

This changed daily. :) I wanted to be an accountant, a teacher, a hairdresser, a fashion designer, a stay at home mom, an astronaut.... the list could go on and on.  I think most of the time it was either a teacher or accountant.

5. Did you participate in any school activities?

My school didn't really have that many activities.  I did play sports though. Through 8th grade, I played soccer.  We didn't have soccer for girls past 8th grade. Through 8th grade, we had co-ed soccer.  I played volleyball every year it was an option. I think that was 6th, 7th, 9th - 12th.  (I only played a partial year my senior year due to mono.)  I also played basketball once we had a team (junior and senior year).

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?

It's only funny looking back, but probably when Holly and I got lost on Mother's Day. For hours. While "walking around the block." This takes talent, my dear readers....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

One of These Days

One of these days......

you're not going to need me to hold you tight as you fall asleep.

you're not going to curl up in one of your wraps as you're close against my body.
you aren't going to reach up and grab my hair when you need comfort.
your favorite place to sleep won't be my arms
you won't whimper when I start to move away if you're not soundly asleep

One of these days, I will look back
and remember that at times it was hard
 and at times it was tiring
 But I would trade anything

For one of these days.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jeremiah is 7 Months Old Today!

 Jeremiah is 7 months old. Time just keeps flying.  He changes so much every single day.  

He is an absolute joy to be around. He smiles easily and sweetly. His laugh is precious. He is a curious baby - full of life.

He weighs in at a whopping 23 pounds! His clothes are some 6 or 9 months, but more and more 12 months. When he's not in his cloth diapers, he is in a size 4. Size 4!

This month Jeremiah got his first two teeth! The first one was Sunday, August 4th and the second one was Friday, August 9th. That made for a few rough weeks.  The day before each one broke through was the hardest. He was so uncomfortable. Poor little angel.

 He's very social. He loves seeing people and smiling. However, he is going through a stage of not doing as well being left with other people. He wants to make sure Mommy stays close by.  (Unless it's with Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, or Auntie Ashley.)  If I walk in the room after being gone for awhile (work, etc.) and I don't pick him up, he cries and squeals.

He is starting to eat more solids.  I make the vast majority of his food. In addition to what he had had when he turned 6 months, he has also had green beans, peaches, and cheerios just to chew on. He eats one or sometimes two solid meals a day. Most of his nutrition is still from Mommy's milk. He drinks about 24 ounces a day of that.

How does this thing work?

His sleep is still varied. He usually goes down around 9 after cuddling with Mommy and a bottle.  Then he sleeps in his crib til his first wake up, which is anywhere between midnight and 3 a.m. (average is probably 1). After that he either sleeps with Mommy in the guest room or Mommy and Daddy in their bed. It depends on the next day's schedule, to be honest. After his first wake up, he's pretty insistent on being cuddled close to sleep. He usually doesn't want a bottle in the night, but occasionally he'll need one.  Usually, it's just cuddles.  He usually puts one hand on either side of my neck to pull me into a hug position for sleep. It's adorable. :)

Can I eat this? I think I'm going to eat this.

Well, I guess it's not food.
 He's hugging and kissing so much more now. It's still the sweetest thing ever.

Let's try eating it one more time.

Now onto the skills list that we've been doing the last few months. 

Mastered Skills
  • Sits without support- Oh yeah. He'll lose balance occasionally, but usually only if he's reached too far for something or is extremely tired.
  • Drags object toward self- yes. Quite a lot.
Emerging Skills
  • Lunges forward or starts crawling- No crawling, but definite lunging. He also scoots backwards and will rock back and forth on his hands and knees. I'm scared that crawling is coming soon. Baby, slow down!
  • Jabbers or combines syllables- Yes, and it's adorable. :)
  • Starts to experience stranger anxiety- Not really. He'll grab me a little tighter occasionally, but over all, he's a big people person. He just doesn't want strangers holding him.
Advanced Skills
  • Waves goodbye- No. I mean, he's flailed his arms at times in a way that I've joked "Hey, he's waving bye!" But really he hasn't.
  • Stands while holding on to something-I shall answer this with a picture.

  • Bangs objects together- Not too often. He's banged spoons together some, but not all the time.
  • Object permanence- He seems to. If I put an object where he can't see it (like, you know, if I think my Iphone deserves a break from being chewed on....), he'll look around for a few seconds.
Yeah, this is how I stand now.

Love the chubby thighs!