Good Things

Hello again! I’m back with some good things. When you’re really sleep deprived, thinking about good things helps you from biting your family members’ heads off. (Adam is still getting up multiple times per night, so if anyone has baby sleep tips for me, please leave them in the comments section.) As for the good things – here we go!

1 – Workouts have been fun lately. I’m complete most of them during nap times, which feels great. I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series to keep things interesting. The pros: short workouts, easy to do at home, very motivating. The cons: my body doesn’t respond quite as well to that type of training, and my flat feet really can’t handle that many lunges and plank variations. In fact, for feet’s sake, I may be quitting the program or modifying soon.

tiu2 – I love racing. Running is okay, but it’s really just the racing I love. I have signed up for another 5k, which is in about two weeks. Fingers crossed for good racing conditions because I want a PR! (Well, I don’t expect to out-run my high school cross country times, but a post-college PR would be pretty awesome.)

race3 – Fake it ’til you make it. Erin referred me to Nature’s Gate self tanner, and I love it.

tan4 – Breweries! I’ve kind of been on a wine kick lately, well, my first choice is usually ice cream, but then wine. However, there’s nothing like a cold beer fresh from the source, especially if the source has a great family-friendly patio on a beautiful sunny day.

brew5- Reading children’s books to my boys is always a good thing. Newer favorites include, Those Pesky Rabbits, Bear Says Thanks, Good Night Good Night Construction Site, and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Old favorites are good too, like The Napping House, Are You My Mother, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Go Dog Go.

book*The bear books by Karma Wilson remind me of my grandmother, and The Napping House remind me of Mema. Isn’t it wonderful how seemingly everyday things remind us of the people we miss?

  • What good things are you loving?
  • Got baby sleep tips for me???
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I Pity The Mom…

I pity the fool… I mean, the mom…

I’m probably being over-sensitive, but I sometimes hear pity in my friends’ voices when I say I’m a stay at home mom. Sometimes these friends are just learning of my occupation, but more often I hear it from fellow mom friends who work outside the home and ask how I’ve been doing.

adamIf there is in fact pity, all I can say is that I appreciate your concern, but we’re doing OK over here. We have good days and bad, or actually we have good phases and bad, but on the whole, it’s usually a pretty fun job.

Here’s a taste of a day in the life with all we did yesterday.

  • 6:30 – I’m up, and I’m happy. Adam often wakes at 5, so any day that he sleeps past 6 is great. The boys end up sleeping until 7:15!
  • 8:00 – Breakfast (I’ve already eaten, but they A&E get Cheerios and waffles, respectively.) We follow breakfast with light cleaning and play.
  • 9:00 – Adam naps, though he doesn’t  fall asleep for a while today, and Ethan and I get some quality time together. We make bird nests with jelly beans for eggs. (aka: haystacks)

haystacks

  • 10:30 – Adam is up and ready for snack. After a quick feed, we high-tail it to the library for story time. Ethan enjoys story time, and I enjoy watching him interact with the other kids. I also enjoy switching out our library books very regularly since I tire of the same old reads over and over and over again.
  • 12:15 – We’re home for lunch, and everyone is hungry!
  • 1:15 – Both boys go down for naps, so I get to work. (The boys won’t always nap at the same time in the afternoon, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can!) I squeeze in this Tone It Up workout, clean up lunch, clean the downstairs bathroom, and spend a little time with the first born (Leia the cat) before the boys wake.

cat

  • 2:45 – The boys are up. I feed Adam another snack, and then we all head out for a stroller run. We pick up a few other essentials while we’re out.
  • 4:00 – After our run, we play outside with neighbors a few minutes before going in to cook dinner. To be perfectly honest, we’re not an anti-TV house. Ethan usually gets to watch a show or two while I cook.
  • 5:50 – Kevin is home! Yaaaaay!
  • 6:00 – Dinner! We enjoy a super cheap and easy dinner last night of roast carrots, roast broccoli, and baked potatoes. We’re not normally quite that healthy. Ha! It was delicious though. Ethan ate all his veggies and even asked for more carrots!
  • 7:15 – Adam takes a bath and then gets book, boob, and bed. Kevin puts Ethan in the tub shortly after Adam gets out, so both boys are in bed around 8pm.
  • Relaaaaxxxxxx. I relax from 8 until about 8:45 when I go to bed. I know, that’s crazy-early, but Adam is still waking 2-3x per night, so I need my sleep!

So, my friends, no pity needed. We play. We get out. And I get loads of snuggles. (Tantrums too, but still…)

catBy the way – we made “nests” today because it’s Bird Week at our house. We made a bird feeder Monday, painted a little birdhouse Tuesday, and made those treats yesterday. We also checked out bird books from the library, my favorite of which was Owl Babies and my second favorite was The Little Red Hen.

  • What’s your bedtime?
  • What have your days been like lately?
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Beach!!

Hi Friends! I’m just popping in to share a bit of beach news. A lot has been going on around here, but I won’t smash it into one post. I guess that’s what happens when you keep busy but don’t stick to regular posting. Oh well – I’m just here to share a bit about our short beach getaway

I prepped Ethan for the beach by having beach themed activities the week prior. We checked out these books from the library. (All are great except for Beach.)

beachWe also made this crab art. We made Ethan’s hand prints with red paint. I painted  eyes on the crab before painting craft glue along the bottom. He shook sand (actually cornmeal) onto the glue with an empty spice shaker. It’s a little silly but very much adorable!

crabEthan also did a sorting activity by matching cut-out construction paper fish and matching colored Goldfish. It was a special snack for him that day.

goldfishI prepped my bod for the beach by eating slightly less cookies than usual and running slightly more. I only run about three days per week, and though I say I’m going to add in more strength training, I really just don’t have the time or energy. Maybe when Adam is sleeping through the night I’ll manage it. At any rate, I ran another race with a buddy of mine and got 2nd place for my age group. Yay!

raceSo how was the actual vacation? Hmmm… well it was good, but I wouldn’t call it much of a “vacation.” I enjoyed spending time with the boys and my mom, and I absolutely loved watching Ethan on the beach.

beachHowever, it turns out Adam is just as awful a traveler as Ethan was. He woke up hourly, which caused me to cut the trip short and come home a day early.

Not all babies do this, right? I think some parents can actually go places with their kids, like visiting distant family or friends and even Disney World, but it’s a mystery to me.

beachAnyway – like I said, it was fun except for the times it wasn’t. But at least giving it a shot was definitely worth the drive. Cheers to the beach!!

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Long time, no see, eh? I’m still here, and Adam is now 7 months old. Ethan is a whopping 2.5! Wow. He’s still cute though! Ethan is back on the potty training wagon, and Adam still hates most solid foods. Consider yourself caught up.

adamBefore I dive into things I’ve been loving, I have to share one thing I’m certainly not loving. I’m not loving nights when I make the baby his food, which he smashes everywhere and drops on the floor, while simultaneously trying to cook dinner for the rest of the family. The toddler eats two bites before calling it quits, and by the time I serve the toddler and get the baby cleaned up, my dinner is cold. Oh, and hubby doesn’t get home until after I’ve eaten and cleaned up the kids. So really – no one is getting a warm meal around here despite my efforts, my best efforts. Ugh – just the mom struggle over here – nothing newsworthy. I don’t know how single mamas do it!

**Side Note: Despite not being warm, my avocado-topped adobo chicken and peppers over quinoa was at least delicious, even cold.

Things I’m Loving!

1 – Beer. I’ve been on a wine kick lately, but the warmer weather has me heading to the breweries (and their patios) more often. I think a little outside time is good for everyone! *We headed outside shortly after snapping this adorable shot of Ethan & my mama.

brew2 – Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum – This stuff is like magic. It goes on white, and it matches your color. The foundation even lets my freckles come through, which I like! It’s a little pricey, but a little goes a long way – only half of what I used of my other foundation.

foundation3 – Half Caff K-cups – I hate that K-cups are a bit wasteful (environmentally and economically), but they’re just so.darn.easy. I was sticking to decaf for a long time due to breastfeeding, but I upgraded to half caff recent, and it’s wooooonderful.

half caff4 – CereVe – I’m currently enjoying the face wash, but I’m really loving the baby lotion. We tried a number of things on Adam’s eczema, but this has been the best by a long shot.

cereve5 – Ice Cream – Seeing how I’m no longer pregnant, and swimsuit season is around the corner, I really need to kick the ice cream habit. But I can’t. I won’t. I’m addicted. And I want everyone to know that today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. You’re welcome!

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  • What have you been loving lately?
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Baby Gear: Frugal to Fancy

Hi Friends! I completed my 5k this weekend, and I had a blast doing it. Oh, and there was also this little thing going on called Easter, but really, the big news is the run. Ha. I’m kidding… but if you want pics of my cuties and their eggs, just check Instagram.

easterI decided to leave Kevin and Adam home since the race interfered with A’s nap time, and I brought the original running buddy. Ethan was fantastic, and I even got him to say, “Go Mommy Go” on a couple of the hills.

pre raceI came in about 30 seconds slower than I did 2 years ago on this same course. This time I had a heavier child, and I started near the back of the pack. Weaving around walkers with a stroller isn’t easy! However, I borrowed my friend’s BOB, and it pushed a bit easier than my Graco Jogger.

runAnd that last part there about the stroller got me thinking about the other half of this post. Here is some of my favorite baby gear, from cheap to pricey.

Cheap

These are the best two toys for babies (Sassy Links & Baby Einstein Take Along Music Player). My guys also looooooved their black and white mobile I made myself.

sassy   music

Moderate

Get yourself a baby swing if you have the money. I wish we’d sprung for one when Ethan was itty bitty! (This may not be the best swing out there, but it’s the one I bought, which I got used off Craigslist.)

lambI also recommend a jumperoo/exersauser. We received one as a gift, and though it takes baby a while to grow into it, you’ll appreciate it eventually.

jumpPricey

BOB – I know I said before that I loved my Graco jogger, and I do. However, if you’re got the extra funds, which I don’t, get yourself a Bob. (I bought a double Bob used on Craigslist, and so far I’m happy with my purchase.)

Air purifiers – These are definitely not necessary, but I love them. Airflow is one of the suspected causes of SIDS (though the jury is still out on this one), so we were very firm on not letting the boys sleep with a blanket or stuffed animals until well over one year old. Ethan still doesn’t have a pillow, and he’s 2.5! We also didn’t use crib liners/bumpers. I think leaving a fan on in a newborn’s room might irritate their sensitive nasal passages, but the light air movement (and white noise) of an air purifier seemed like a good idea. Like I said, it’s definitely not necessary, but it helped me feel better.

blueairAnd lastly, here’s a little dose of cute. I couldn’t help myself.

adam

  • Have you run any races lately?
  • Moms, what are your cheap or pricey favs?
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