Friday, May 22, 2015

One Month

My darling Z -

Well kiddo, welcome to being Baby #2. Your one month post is almost a whole month late. I'm sorry. I haven't been writing here much, but I so love looking back at your sister's posts and I really want to have these for you too. I wish that I'd kept up with monthly posts after your sister turned 1, but c'est la vie, it is what it is.

First off my baby girl, I just want to thank you. You are an amazing baby. I thought your older sister was a great baby and she was, but your dad and I also didn't know what we were doing. With you though, both of us feel so much more comfortable about what we're doing and I think that's helped bring your calmer nature to the forefront. You have been an amazing sleeper (which I know I will jinx myself by saying, but you are! And I am so grateful!). The first couple of nights at home were a little on the rougher side, but then we discovered you like binkys! Thank god! A baby who can be soothed without the boob! And then who sleeps! Thank you universe!

I've loved getting to snuggle with you baby girl. Newborn snuggles are absolutely the best and I am absolutely doing my best to cherish this time with you. I've said it sarcastically plenty of times (#cherisheverymoment), but right now I really am trying to because I know how very quickly this time with you is going to go. I'm going back to work when you're 10 weeks old which will be hard, but I learned with your older sister that I am a much better mother when I'm working outside the home. I do feel badly that I won't have as much time at home just you and me that I did with A, but I know you'll do great at Cindy's, especially with A watching over you! (And watch over you she does! Whenever we go pick her up she doesn't want any of the other kiddos to touch you or play with you.)

Nursing is also going well now - it was painful again at the beginning (especially on the left side!), but after a few weeks we got back in the groove. I've been pumping once a day to try to get a few ounces in the freezer and I'm hopeful that I'll be able to pump enough once I go back to work so that we can keep you on breast milk for at least a year. We'll see how it all goes though.

My recovery has been so much easier this time around too, which was enormously helpful. I felt like I got hit by a truck with your big sister, and my whole world had been turned upside down. My world definitely got rocked a bit with your entry but we've been finding our groove. It's definitely been a learning curve as we get to know you with your big sister also needing our attention, but we're figuring it out. As I said though, it helps a lot that she loves you so much. I can't even imagine how much harder it would be if she wasn't so happy to have you here.

And of course your grandparents absolutely dote on you. Grandparents are the best kiddo, as you will very soon see!

Z, you are just such an amazing baby. We all love you so much and are so glad that you're here. Life seems complete now that you're here. Crazy for sure, but complete. I love you so much baby girl.


So! Update for the couple of people who might still be reading this blog. I'm not really sure how often I'll keep writing (clearly...), but now that Z is here and two months old (almost), I've missed writing her a monthly update. So I do at least want to do that. What else I'll write... well, we'll see.

But first - look who's here!

Z arrived at the end of March, nearly a week after her due date. I was under the impression that second babies came sooner than first and came faster! Not the case with this little one, but just one more example that she's her own baby and I should stop comparing her to her sister already!

So far A has done great with her little sister - Baby Sister Z as she calls her (pretty much all the time - I'm pretty sure that Z will be Baby Z until she goes to high school!). But she loves seeing Z and knowing what she's doing. We kept A in daycare right now (since we'd have to pay for it anyway or lose her spot), and I think that was exactly the right move for us. A gets to run around and be loud and have her daily routine that she's used to and I've gotten a chance to cuddle and snuggle with Z all day long.

Also, I apparently make really similar babies - A and Z were almost identical weights and identical heights. I thought I had a better profile shot of A, but I do like this comparison of the two of them at 1 day old. A on the left and Z on the right.

Who doesn't like a series of newborn faces? I love this kiddo so much! Still hard to believe that I've got two wonderful kiddos, but I couldn't ask for anything more. Love you so much Z and I'm so glad you're here and I get to be your mama!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Due Date

Wow - I kind of can't believe it's here.

40 weeks. Our second kiddo is due today. Clearly, as you can see, I am still pregnant.

Come out, come out baby girl! We want to play with you!

And it doesn't appear that this kid has any intention of coming out any time soon. I had an appointment this morning and let's just say nothing is happening so far.

So in the meantime we wait. Things are wrapped up at work, my replacement is in place, but I'm still planning to work from home next week until kiddo comes (due to when I started full time at my job I have a limited amount of unpaid leave and as long as I can I'd rather help time move faster by distracting myself with work than have nothing to do and will this kid to come out!).

But it's still been a much different experience this time around than when A was born - I was laid off a few weeks before she was born and so was doing the sitting around, trying to figure out when she was going to come! This time I've told this kiddo again and again that she needed to wait until at least my due date. So, hey, she's listening to me! For likely the first and only time, eh?

A's been taking this all in stride. She's really been great. I don't know how much she really understands about what's going to happen no matter how much we talk about how her baby sister is going to come live with us soon, but hopefully the transition will go ok... It's going to happen soon no matter what we do, eh?

So hard to believe that I'm soon going to be a mama to two girls! I'm so excited to meet Baby Dos (as she's been christened) and start this next chapter (though I'll be honest, I'm not so excited about the lack of sleep... though it's not like I've been sleeping well for the last couple of months...).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Is this thing on?

So, uh, it's been awhile, huh?

I didn't really mean to take such an extended break, though let's be honest, it's not like I was posting all that prolifically before the break. 

I'm hoping that I will be back more regularly soon but life has been crazy lately. Good! But crazy.

So while I gather my thoughts and figure out where to even start with everything that's been going on, I leave you with a year in review from Instagram:

Yup, Baby Dos is on her way - at the end of March we'll be a family of 4!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Weekend Away!

Last weekend A spent her first night away from B and me at the same time - it was sleepover time at Grandma and Granddad's!

Kiddo had such a great time!

B and I took her over to my parent's house on Saturday morning - she was pretty excited just to get to run around the ferry for awhile. The crazy part for me is that Saturday was only the second night that I've spent away from her (the first night was for my friend's bachelorette party, back when she was 5 1/2 months old. It was definitely time).

I was a little wary about how she would do, just because while she's spent a lot of time with my parents this would be the most time she spent with them by herself. According to Grandma and Granddad though, she did great! She napped well, ate well, ran around the playground and got all kinds of sandy, actually managed to sit still on my dad's lap at church and then had another good nap before we came back over to pick her up on Sunday afternoon.

Mom even got her to brush her teeth! Kid laughs and holds her mouth shut when I try this... hmm, I think we need to enlist Grandma more often at bedtime.

We ended up having a little bit of wait for the ferry on the way home, so B and A enjoyed making me a little bit nervous with how far she could look out over the water.

I'm so happy she did so well - kiddo is growing up so fast on me! I'm pretty sure that this is going to be a much more common occurrence now that we all know how happy she is to spend the night with the grandparents. And I have to say - getting a nap and then getting to sleep in on Sunday morning? Pretty awesome. Definitely going to happen again soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

My second Mother's Day - overall a pretty good day! There were pancakes in the morning, bubbly in the afternoon and homemade pizza for dinner!

Unfortunately, A has been battling a cold this weekend (cough plus runny nose plus teething plus whiny equals sad, pathetic baby), so we spent a lot of time doing everything we could to get smiles out of her, including lots of random photos!

But she perked up after her nap and we enjoyed the incredibly nice sunny afternoon that Seattle had to offer which was so very wonderful and needed after all the rain we've had so far this spring. Plus, you know. Bread. Bread is awesome.

I've been back at work for a few weeks now which is why I've had even less time to come here to write. I have so many things I want to talk about, including A's first birthday (so what that that was almost 5 months ago!), Easter, A's new learning tower that B built(!) and I'd also like to talk a bit about our childcare situation now. One of these days I'll figure out the balance that is working and playing with A and also spending time with B and my family and friends.

Oh, and of course as soon as I started looking at photos I couldn't help but include this one - we went to see the new cheetahs at the Woodland Park Zoo and while A didn't see much of the cheetahs (they were lying down at the back of the exhibit) she looooved checking out the flamingos!

It's crazy to me that I remember putting her in that shirt back when she was around 6 months or so (it was more like a dress then), and now she's getting to the point where it's going to be too small for her soon!

But until I get around to writing those posts, here's one of the things that A loves to help me with - folding laundry.

Yes. That is my underwear. What, you don't wear underwear on your head?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We moved!

So things have been a bit quiet around here... One big reason for that?

We moved!

Nope, we didn't buy a house but we did find a great one to rent! It's got more space than our old apartment, a big backyard for the dog (and the toddler!) to run around in and overall it's a great spot for us. We miss our water view but not much else about the old place! 

Moving was a bit of a pain in the butt (seriously we managed to pick the one day this winter that it freaking snowed to move all of the big stuff over!) but we did it! Sure, there are still boxes in the office/guest room but one day those will be unpacked.

I have so much more I want to write about (my baby turned 1! We threw her a party! And did I mention that we're living in a new house?!) and slowly but surely I'll get around to it. Just wanted to say hi to anyone still reading that I haven't totally forgotten about this space and will be sharing more soon!
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