Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up - Roombas and Dewclaws

It was a quiet weekend around here BUT in an effort to blog more, I'll do a quick recap.

The weekend's theme: cleaning. Fun stuff, right?! We actually got a Roomba last week so it was kind of fun.

But first...a massage. That's right. My sweet husband booked me a massage first thing on Saturday morning so I got to spend an hour being pampered into a coma. After the massage I went to get lunch, with a book as my date, and when it was time to pay I just stood there staring in my purse for 10 seconds before my brain started working enough to pull out my wallet. That massage turned my brain into mush in the best way.

We spent the afternoon on Saturday cleaning. Organizing the bedrooms and getting all the floors cleaned off so we could let the Roomba do it's thing. I don't even want to talk about the amount of fur I found under our bed. So if you hate vacuuming, as I do, go invest in a Roomba. Totally worth it to just block a room off and clear off the floor and let that little machine go crazy.

Sunday morning I woke up with a migraine so super dad Jake got the kids up and ready and took them to church. And then the day got crazy. Long story short - we have a clumsy dog with dewclaws.  Trip, our dog, came inside yelping after being out in the yard, which usually means he tweaked his ACL (long story there, too). So Jake brought him in and got him settled down and Trip went and laid by the front door while Derek napped. Once Derek was up, I called Trip into the living room because I was going to close the gate and let Derek run crazy and I didn't want him hurting Trip's leg. When Trip got up he was holding his back leg out at a super weird angle and hobbling around. Jake looked closer at him and realized he hadn't tweaked his ACL, he had ripped a dewclaw halfway off his foot. What's a dewclaw, you ask?

Letter D is a dewclaw

Apparently, the dewclaw is pretty much useless and not all dogs have them. A lot of the time, owners will have their dogs dewclaws surgically prevent what ended up happening to Trip. So Trip has this claw hanging off his foot while Jake called the vet and got him in for an appointment ASAP. They ended up having to do surgery to remove the dewclaw. The vet said she has no idea how he managed to injure himself in that way and she had never seen another dog come in with an injury like that. Ironic, because I was listening to a trivia podcast last week and they were talking about dewclaws and how in Asian cultures they are considered good luck. I think we can safely say that Trip has disproved that theory. 

So the next 2 weeks involve taking Trip out on a leash so he doesn't tear the stitches, lots of antibiotics and pain meds, and a nice cone on his head. Never a dull moment in this house.

Not much else has been going on around here - although we are in countdown mode for a little girl's 4th birthday. As she says "It's March and after March it's April and then my birthday!!" I have no idea when she turned into a little human but please slow down!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Well, hello

I don't even know where to begin this post. My last post was from July 2015 shortly after we found out our baby was going to be a boy. And now that little boy is 15 months old and snoozing away in his crib so a LOT has changed since my last post. I'm going to try to do a quick-ish photo recap of our crazy life :)

 The end of my pregnancy looked a lot like this: 

Snuggles snuggles snuggles! This girl knew her days as an only child were numbered.

And then, finally, baby brother joined the world.
The night before Derek was born

Adelyn meeting her baby brother. All the heart eyes.

And then life got crazy. Derek has never been much of a napper. Great night time sleeper. Naps are a fight. Every. Single. Day. And have been from day 1. Adjusting to 2 kids was HARD. I know for some people it's a breeze but it was definitely an adjustment for us. The first few months of Derek's life are a crazy blur of sweetness and sleep deprivation.

Thankfully, even though he doesn't sleep and he's all sorts of crazy, he's the happiest baby to ever grace the face of this earth. 

Over the past 20 months...

Adelyn started her first year of Pre-k

Finished her first year of Pre-k

And started her 2nd year!

We celebrated our super girl turning 3

Took a trip to the beach

And begged time to slow down. Seriously when did she grow up? And where did those long legs come from?

We watched our first born march to the beat of her own drum
Sheriff Callie at Princess Dance Camp

Our handy woman

We celebrated Halloween with Sulley...

...and Cruella and her dalmatian

We spent a first Christmas with our sweet newborn

and we spent the next Christmas decorating our real tree, only to find it infested with spiders... Adelyn got to put the star on the fake tree the next day. Thankfully, she didn't notice the difference.

This little guy turned ONE!

He's a fan of the birthday balloons...

...and the cupcake for breakfast...

....and the smash cake.

Our girl started soccer

and brother was always there to cheer her on!

This handsome guy continued to charm us

And these two continued to melt my heart

So there you have it in a nutshell. And I'm making a pact with myself. I will never let this blog go anywhere close to 20 months without posting ever again. The time goes too quickly. These babies grow too fast. Even if no one else reads this I want the memories for myself and my children (I think Adelyn got her mama's nostalgia). The good times. The not so good times. The milestones. Even if things seem dull around here (will that ever happen again?) I will find something to fill up a post or two here and there. 

So what's on the horizon for our little family? We're a month away from Adelyn's 4th birthday. Derek will be joining Adelyn for one day of school next year. And there are some serious plans in the works for a Disney trip sometime this fall! The original plans were to go next spring but once I started planning, I couldn't wait that long. Adelyn still thinks we're going after she turns 5 so it will be a fun surprise for her to go when she's 4 instead :) So I will definitely be finding some blogging material along the way as we plan our trip!

If you made it through all that...thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baby is a.....

Little brother! 

We're so excited to be adding a little baby boy to the family :) And after about a week he finally has a name! Derek :) We named Adelyn the day we found out she was a girl so a week of debating  boy names gave me some serious mommy guilt. Sorry, Derek. As a second child, I'm sure it won't be the first time Adelyn gets one up on you.

21 weeks with Adelyn on the right and 21 weeks with Derek on the left.

 Speaking of big sister.....

When did she get SO big?! She actually likes ponytails now so we did a full one today for the first time. Holy big kid! Big girl with a big girl ponytail jumping on her big girl bed. She's so BIG! I can't get over it. She's talking SO much and repeating everything we say, which is cute and awful all at the same time :) She's singing a lot and memorizing songs and books left and right. She can pretty much recite Goodnight Moon for us now and Happy Birthday and the ABCs are some of her favorite songs to sing! I'm so excited to watch my baby girl become a big sister to my baby boy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

20 weeks!

As of Sunday, I'm halfway through this pregnancy! Part of me feels like "I've been pregnant forever already can this baby just be here?!" and then the other part of me thinks "I've purchased ZERO things for this baby and we've done absolutely nothing yet...stay in as long as you want kid". Sorry second child...your older sister is too demanding for us to devote our attention fully to you at this point :(

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 20 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +4  pounds

Maternity Clothes: Probably about 50-75% of the time. Most of my normal clothes are too tight but maternity clothes are still pretty loose.

Best Moment this Week: Finding out the gender and seeing our little healthy bean at the ultrasound!

Gender: We and a few friends know. We haven't officially announced yet but we will soon :)

Movement: All. The. Time. I don't think this baby ever sleeps. Should be fun come December :)

Food Cravings: Candy. Or salty foods. Our bank account wishes I would quit eating out but it's so hard when the cravings hit...they will not go away until I get the food I was craving :/ Also craving lots of fruits and salads though so that's nice :)

Food aversions: I'm finally getting over the nausea and morning sickness so most aversions are gone. It just depends on the day!

Symptoms/Changes: Super tired. Adelyn isn't sleeping well and I just feel like a useless zombie. A lot of light headedness and feeling like I'm going to faint. SUPER emotional. I don't remember being so hormonal with Addie but I feel like I could just cry at the drop of a hat the last week or so. Less headaches! Some abdominal cramping and sharp pains.

Sleep: Sleeping ok but if I wake up at night this baby is usually kicking which makes it harder to get back to sleep. I've been wide awake at night but then I wake up in the morning exhausted.

What I am looking forward to: Finally fitting into maternity clothes and looking visibly pregnant. Sitting down with Jake and agreeing on a baby name at some point :) Meeting this baby! I'm just ready for it to be December and being able to snuggle our little nugget.

Monday, July 6, 2015

18 weeks!

For those of you who haven't seen on Facebook...we're expecting baby number 2! I'm due December 6th. We find out 2 weeks from tomorrow is baby is a boy or girl! I've done a terrible job at keeping up with this blog and a terrible job at documenting this pregnancy so might as well kill two birds with one stone!

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 18 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +2-3 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Just ordered a Stitch Fix for some new maternity tops though :)

Best Moment this Week: Not having such bad headaches every single day!

Gender: Only 15 days until we find out! Adelyn says sister about 90% of the time

Movement: I'm feeling movement WAY earlier this time around. Like I've been feeling something since 15 weeks and I'm already able to feel movements with my hand on my stomach already. Like a month ahead of where I was with Adelyn

Food Cravings: I've had a variety. Root beer, pickles, cornbread, nachos, fruit, tomatoes, pasta. Since I've been a normal human thanks for the nausea meds this time around I've had a lot more cravings that just hit. Like the root beer I've only craved once but it was so strong I could like taste and smell root beer.

Food aversions: I think cucumbers have made me sick. It was in a salad so I'm not 100% sure but it's the most likely suspect at this point. And I tried to make coffee one morning to get some caffeine to counteract against the horrible headaches I've been having and just the smell made me sick.

Symptoms/Changes: Diclegis has been a life saver for morning sickness! I tried to stop a few weeks ago and was sick for 36 hours straight until I could get the meds back down. I've had some TERRIBLE sinus headache/migraine type of things. Not as bad this week so that's good. I'm going to look into seeing a chiropractor and getting some acupuncture done and seeing if that can get rid of them for good.

Sleep: Sleeping pretty hard. Lots of crazy and weird dreams. But good sleep so far.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender! Starting to really look pregnant and not just chunky :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Life with a 2 year old

My baby turned 2 on Wednesday. I'm still having trouble accepting that. I've always thought the first birthday would be the hardest with kids but I think this one may have been harder on me than last year. 2 just seems SO much older. She's becoming more of her own person every day and I love seeing who she's becoming. However, it's really weird to me that she's different from me. Like I had an epiphany about it the other day. My daughter is not just a miniature version of me. She's a different person. With different likes and dislikes. And it's awesome. And frustrating. And just weird sometimes.

Anyhow...birthdays are holidays around our house :) We had to wake the birthday girl up a little bit before 8am because we had places to be that day. But she got a royal wake up with balloons and bubbles!

This girl would spend all day every day blowing bubbles if she could. We'll be doing something completely unrelated and she'll just start yelling "bubble maker" over and over.

We had a Hostess cupcake for breakfast, per Jake's family tradition. And then she got one of the 3 presents we bought for her that we hadn't given to her yet. Jake got her the bubble machine and I picked up a slide for her that I put together weeks ago...we're not the best at waiting to open presents.

Somewhere between seeing the present and actually getting it assembled we took a potty break and lost her clothes in the process. But she loves her new cleaning tools! This girl is going to be my favorite kid I think (kidding...kind of). She LOVES cleaning. She has a mini vacuum that she'll use when I'm vacuuming and we took out some of the segments in our swifter handle to make it her size and she loves to clean the floors. So now she has her own broom and mop and duster so she can clean the house from top to bottom for me ;)

We went out to breakfast with a friend from high school and his wife and then spent the rest of the morning shopping for supplies for her party this weekend.  Adelyn and daddy both napped and then we went out and did some more shopping and ordered pizza (the birthday girl's request). We finished out the night watching Monsters Inc. because this kid loves "Mike-a" and Boo. 

It was a fun, relaxing day. And I have a whole year to prepare my heart for the day my baby turns 3!

Monday, January 5, 2015


Is it just me or does 2015 sound like a really "old" year. Like 2000 was 15 freaking years ago. In 15 more years it will be 2030. Hold the phone.

Today was the first day "back to work" since Christmas Eve. It was a packed break but still really relaxing. 6 family Christmases packed in 3 days. Dinner with some friends. New Year's Eve alone because Jake had to work his second job and Adelyn didn't nap that day so mama was ready for some time alone. A lot of SVU marathons on the days when Adelyn decided to nap. It was a fun, much needed time with our whole family home together. Jake even admitted he realized just how hard it is to be a stay-at-home parent...and he had me home with him the whole time ;)

And since there's no way I can remember everything we did during those 12 days that Jake was off, I'll just post a few pictures instead :)

Trying to get a good picture of her Christmas dress....those crossed legs <3

Then Papa walked in the room....she loves her papas

Eating tacos, watching Mickey Mouse, cuddling with the cat. She's a pro at Christmas break already.

And this is from today...hipster baby :) Dress up is so fun!

I'm excited to see what's in store for our little family for 2015. New jobs, more school, more babies? Nothing set in stone as of now but time will tell. I just know I wouldn't want to go through all the new life experiences without Jake and Adelyn by my side!