Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happies and Crappies

Every week has its high points (happies) and its low points (crappies).

Happies:
~Baby Snuggles, which I talk about all the time but that's only because they're the best thing ever!
~Ella is now 8 bs and 4 ounces--little girl is a growing machine (which makes all of her feedings feel worth it)

~Snapchat filters

~4 hours of sleep at a time (hallelujah--never thought I'd be excited about sleeping for this chunk of time)

~My friend Melissa sending Ella and I a care package of things that she used and loved when she was nursing including these super soft Aden and Anais swaddle blankets (they're so soft I want to drape them over me!) and one handed water bottle, and a movie. Love my sweet friends! 
Thanks, Melissa!! Love you!
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~Taking our first road trip to PA this weekend and Ella getting to finally meet her other aunt, uncle and cousins. And subsequently all of the hands to hold and help with Ella too. Woohoo for family!

~Ella taking to the pacifier when she's upset and not hungry or poopy

~Friday Night Lights
~Getting a massage in the middle of the morning on Tuesday #mamawin

~Having my two work besties send me a FabFitFun box because they "miss and love" me :)
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~Having a fun neighborhood BBQ over the weekend and getting to know even more of our neighbors, and finding out about a New Mom group in the area
~Loft having free shipping--and then me subsequently ordering enough to have gotten free shipping anyway. A perk and drawback of being back in my normal sizes #hellocreditcardbill #butcuteclothes
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~Getting 12 oz of breast milk stored up and frozen already #milkmachine #mooooo

Crappies:
~Still having some bumps in the road with breast feeding (but hopefully on the road to those being worked out)

~MG going back to work next week. 4 weeks flew by in the blink of an eye. And also, how is my baby almost a month old???

~Poop explosion. Literally a crappy (but MG and I just had to laugh through it because it was so ridiculous)--I want to post the picture here because it was pretty epic, but I also don't want to gross you out #yourewelcome

~Doing laundry almost every day because of poop

~Realizing that I'm not going to be able to make it to my bestie's bridal shower :(

~Rainy and chilly days that have kept us indoors for most of the day several times this week. It's Spring, Mother Nature, get it together!!

~Still feeling the need to check my work emails

What are some of your happies and crappies this week?
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WHW {#94}

Happy Hump day! Boy do these days fly by when you have a newborn--I guess that makes sense when the day revolves around feeding, eating and sleeping (for the baby--and somehow fitting in all of the same for you, as well haha).
Around these parts, it's been a lot of baby (if you couldn't tell by my posts that are supremely baby-centered), but they've also involved a lot of tv watching since we're home, and semi-tied to baby currently.

Here's what I've been watching:

Catastrophe season 3--
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have you seen this show? Are you a parent? If you haven't seen it, watch it--especially if you like sarcastic humor. Each season is only 6 episodes long which isn't enough, but it's a clever show and makes me laugh. The season ended on such a cliff hanger and now I have to wait forever for the next season!

Master of None
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I love Aziz Ansari in general but I LOVE him in this show. I think it's a clever and cute show that makes you laugh. Another show that doesn't have enough episodes because I want to watch more and more. We tried to savor this and space them out, but ended up ripping through the second season in a matter of a few days. Highly recommend!

Southern Charm (the original)
This has been, and will likely continue to be, my guilty pleasure show. I love this cast of characters because they always give me something to chat about with my friends haha.
I said it before but I couldn't get into Savannah after the first episode. I forgot to record it on my DVR and I'm not upset about it.

RHONY
I almost gave up on this show a few seasons ago, but got sucked back in during a marathon and since then I've been on board. I enjoy their antics, but Ramona is a nut job and drives me a bit crazy.

Animal Kingdom
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This one I happened to watch because MG was watching it while I was reading. I don't know if I'd recommend it--it's very dark and basically about a bunch of really messed up people within a family who do bad things and are just all around not nice people. I joked with MG that I felt dirty watching it lol. 

Friday Night Lights
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We'd always heard that this show was good, but for some reason never got into it. Well, thanks to maternity and paternity leave because we have torn through the first season (almost all the way) in the past couple of days and are obsessed. Can't wait to watch the rest--although it's going to be tougher when MG goes back to work since I won't be able to cheat watch while he's away.

Movies: 

La La Land--
I actually liked it. It was better than I was thinking it would be, and made for a nice weekend afternoon movie. I found myself singing some of the songs to Ella later that day too :)

Hidden Figures--
Loved this movie! I loved learning about a piece of history that I had no idea about! MG and I were both fans of this one.

That's about it which seems like a lot, but when you spend a lot of time pumping and breast feeding, you have a lot of time to kill!

Before I go, I feel the need to add in a recent Ella pic because...well, just because :)
Snapchat is the most entertaining on baby faces--

Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I to share what's hap-"pinning" with you!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday!
Ours is a bit dreary here with rain and clouds--perfect sleeping weather haha

This weekend, like many, revolved around baby Ella but we still got out a bit--venturing out into the real world before MG goes back to work.

The highlights this weekend included:
~Fitting into my pre-pregnancy shorts/shirt for a trip to the outlets
~Picking up some super cute flamingo shorts for the summer!
~started doing tummy time (not just on my chest haha)--Cooper thinks this is play time and attempts to steal all of the toys on the mat lol
~Night time baby and puppy snuggles (the falling asleep on my chest at night is my favorite!)
~Visitors on Friday morning, Friday night (our best couple friends came with pizza, and for Ella snuggles and some catching up) Saturday morning and afternoon
~Daddy baby snuggles #allthehearteyes
~Started watching Friday Night Lights since neither of us had seen the show before--so good already!
~Cute baby outfits!
~Ran errands that quickly turned into this

 ~Tried out my baby carrier for a neighborhood BBQ which Ella loved and slept in for the whole time! Thanks Brittany for telling me about this easy carrier! #handsfree
 ~aaaaaaand more baby snuggles!!!!
That was basically our weekend in a nutshell--we got out some, got snuggles (and changed lots of diapers haha). 
Hoping your Monday is a little less rainy than ours is!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WHW {#93}: Currently

Happy Wednesday! Is it possible that I'm here two days in a row??? I'm shocked myself! #sleepingbabyblessings
Reading ...
I'll be real with you all, I haven't read anything since Ella was born so I've still got No Way Back by Andrew Gross loaded in my Kindle. Although at this point I kind of forgot what was happening in the story. Oops.

Watching ...
MG and I watched the new season of Catastrophe in about a day and a half because we're both home, and the season is only 6 episodes long. We've moved on to Aziz Ansari's Master of None which I love--I wish that the seasons came out more frequently and were longer because the show is just cute and funny.
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And because of late night feedings, I've been able to keep caught up on all of my Bravo shows, plus Married at First Sight. I suppose I could be reading, but at 2am, I'm lucky to keep my eyes open.

One show I can't get behind is Southern Charm Savannah. I stopped watching it midway through the first episode because I was so bored by the people. Anyone else feel the same way?
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Eating....
Friends and our neighbors have been so nice to drop off meals for us the last two weeks. And now we're getting back into cooking at home because we're beginning to figure out how to function like human beings again lol
On the menu this week:
Baked Queso Tacos
Shrimp and Feta Dip Pasta
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
Neighbor is bringing over tuscan chicken and artichokes--Yum!

And, yes, I've been enjoying my fair share of carbs and sweets since having Ella and it is GLORIOUS!!!!


Looking forward to ... 
getting our newborn photos back in the next week or so. We took them last Wednesday and they were adorable from what our photographer showed us. Here's a behind the scenes shot that I took:

Enjoying ...
how much weight falls off of you when you're breastfeeding. It's pretty damn incredible! I'm about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Given, there's a lot more squishy areas than there were before though haha


Drinking...
water water and more water! 


Loving....
that I'm not at work even though I check my work emails, and I see the stupid annoying things that are happening. I'm glad I'm not the one there dealing with them. I see those emails and I snuggle Ella a little bit closer.

Dreading....

when MG goes back to work after Memorial Day.

Wanting ... 
a massage and a pedicure. MG encouraged me to get both scheduled, so I have a massage schedule on Friday and I have plans to get a pedi this afternoon. Bless that man.

Wearing ...
all things comfy. And still wearing some maternity stuff because I don't quite fit back into my clothes the way I want to. Also....nursing boobs are a HUGE difference, too. Loose tops for the win!
I wore this during our newborn photos
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Grateful For...
MG. He's been beyond amazing through everything. He deals with my roller coaster of post baby emotions, he changes diapers without flinching (in fact, he changed all of the diapers when we were in the hospital and when we first got home), he makes food, cleans up around the house, and is always there when I need him for anything. I'm so glad he's had this time off from work because I'm not sure how I would have managed without him. We make quite a good team, and I thank God every day that he's my husband.

And just because I love her so much....
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Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Mother's Day Weekend

Gosh, as much as I plan on getting online and writing a blog post, real life happens, poopy diapers happen, crying and cuddling and sleeping and feeding happen....and all of a sudden it's been a week since I've posted.

One of these days I'll get back to normal posting. Sometime in the next 18 years I'd guess :)

Anyway, not only did baby girl turn 2 weeks old on Sunday, it was also my first mother's day weekend--a weekend I've longed to celebrate for a while and was so thankful I had my little muffin in time to celebrate mommy-hood!

Our days often look like this:
Morning coffee (sometimes with a side of puppy company)
 one of us has baby....
and the other has puppy in the lap haha

Our weekend started off with a trip to the lactation consultant because (get ready for real life), my nips have been destroyed by breast feeding. Ella was feeding so well and on a great schedule where we were sleeping a combination of 8 hours (interrupted) through the night. And then we introduced the nipple shield so mama could let her nippies heal and all hell broke loose. Apparently baby girl wasn't getting as much milk with the shield because she became super fussy, and was feeding every 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Needless to say, our next two nights were tough as I had to pump instead of breast feeding since I needed the time to heal, but I couldn't keep up with her demand, so we supplemented with some formula in the meantime.
We also had a baby who only wanted to fall asleep on us instead of in her swing
Sunday morning was Mother's Day and I had a pancake breakfast made for me by MG, and a card from Ella (which suspiciously looked like MG's handwriting ;) which totally made me cry.

My mom came over around lunch time and got in some Ella time--during which MG and I both took a much needed nap and then we got in all kinds of snuggles



We took an afternoon walk around the neighborhood and then grilled out since the weather was so gorgeous out.

And little miss gave us the best mother's day present by sleeping right after her feedings all night long Sunday night. Bless you, baby!
So thankful for this little girl...even on the nights we don't get as much sleep. Because, look at that face:
Hoping all of the mommies and mommies-to-be had a nice mother's day weekend. And for any of you out there struggling with infertility, I hope you made it through the weekend ok...I know it's tough, but there is hope. Keep your faith.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's a Girl!

You may have noticed that I've been a little MIA in blog land, and that's because....

our little Ella arrived early, on Sunday April 30th in the morning!
Today, May 9th, is actually her due date, which is crazy because we've already had her with us for 9 days, and we've already gotten to know and love this little girl so well, it's hard to imagine life without her. It still feels so surreal that she's actually here, and that she's ours. I find myself staring at her wondering how we got so lucky. And gosh was she worth the wait!

I'll share her birth story in a bit--it's kind of an entertaining lead up to our arrival at the hospital, but for now, I'm just gonna share a couple of pics from the day that our lives changed forever.
Proud daddy!
 Skin to skin time:
She looks so different 9 days later!
Happy Toes-day! :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peaks and Valleys from the Week

Happy Friday!! Hopefully things are looking and feeling Spring-like where you are! After starting the  week with cold and rain, we're getting back into the warmth and sunshine today with 80 degree weather. 
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I thought I'd change it up a bit and write about the peaks and the valleys from the week.

Let's get the valleys out of the way:

~Having a bit of a breakdown after preschool teachers are harassing me to get meetings scheduled before I go out on maternity leave (one of them even showed up at my school to stalk me!) It's not my fault that these should have been done by May 1 and all of a sudden they're all panicking that I won't be here soon. I'm living by this motto now:
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~After scheduling two of said meetings, getting the crappiest goals for kids' IEPs that I've seen. I swear one teacher just uses the same goals for all of her kids because I've seen the same crap goals last year with kids that she sent to my school.

~Coming down with a cold or allergies or something starting on Tuesday morning. So far it's a head cold/allergies only. I'm hoping I can kick it soon and that it stays out of my lungs. The last thing I want is to be having contractions and dealing with sniffles and coughing. Ugh.

Now on to some of the peaks!

~Because of my friendship with the building guy at our school, I was able to get my AC fixed to the point where it actually cools my room instead of blows luke warm air around. Key on 80+ degree days!

~The woman who is covering my maternity leave (and is overlapping with me for a couple of weeks before I go out) is amazing! She's helped me so much with seeing kids while I'm in meetings. I know that when I'm gone, my kids will be in good hands.

~I get to see some of my favorite people this weekend at my friend Bree's baby shower!

~My husband's female coworker got the baby this funny onesie:
~The sweet gift from one of my private school students and his little sister--they are such a nice family!
~I guess this would be a peak: some minor contractions throughout the week here and there (nothing consistent), but signs that baby girl is hopefully getting ready in there!

~Getting another check up on baby girl this afternoon!

Wishing you a happy, sunshine-filled weekend!!
 
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