Monday, August 27, 2012
After a relatively quick and fairly painless airplane ride we're here in Maine enjoying the beautiful weather, good food and quality time with friends and family.
More details coming later! Right now I'm going to go snuggle in bed for the night with my littles and enjoy the cool breezes drifting in through the open window.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
14 lbs. 14 oz.
24 1/2" long
Wears some 3-6 months clothes
Slept 5 hours straight last night
Discovered his fist and enjoys sucking on it
Looks for people when he hears a voice he recognizes
Coos and "talks"
Reuben started his second month off with a bang by getting a cold from one of us which turned into bronchiolitis. My poor baby has been wheezing and coughing but despite feeling bad is still a happy ray of sunshine. The doctor gave him a breathing treatment at his appointment yesterday which really helped so we brought a nebulizer home for him to use until he feels better.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I should be washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom and generally getting this house ready for when we leave for Maine this Sunday. I'm hoping to leave it in decent shape for Andrew while we're gone. 'Cause I'm a nice wife like that. :) Buuuuut I got sidetracked (as usual) and made this animated GIF instead. I've always wanted to make one of these. I know, I know. That's soooo 1995. But its cool right?! No? Oh...
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bra: Target / Sandals: Old Navy
Wondering what to wear when you're a brand new (or new to it again) nursing mom, its hot out so you can't dress in layers and to top it all off you can't find anything that fits your I-still-have-a-few-pounds-to-lose figure? Me too. Here's what I wear a lot to beat the heat and still be able to nurse easily and discreetly. And it looks great on. No pudge rolls to be seen anywhere.
These are by far my favorite tank tops. They're just the right length, not too long that they bunch up and make your midsection look wider than it really is, and not too short that when you raise your arms you flash your post pregnancy mommy tummy. And they're super cheap. Like less than $4 cheap. I may have even bought a few for less than $3. They're very easy to pull up, or down if you prefer, to nurse. They don't lose their shape from repeatedly being tugged around and as a bonus they come in like a million different colors and patterns. And they're 97% cotton with just a bit of spandex for stretch. The perfect combo for the intense Florida summer heat we get here.
I don't always wear a scarf but when I do I usually wear one tied up in my hair (oh boy, having said that, I now have this stuck in my head). Scarves are also great as a cover up when you're nursing. This one's on sale. It may end up in my stash. :)
Oh this skirt. I'm so glad I saw it in the store and decided to try it on at the last second. Its perfect. The perfect ankle or floor hitting length depending on how you wear it at your waist. The perfect color and fabric. The perfect waistband for hiding that extra bit of post pregnancy pudge (try saying that 5 times fast!). There is literally nothing wrong with it. Ok...I guess it does annoy me a little bit that the front is like 1/2 inch shorter than the back but maybe its just my skirt in particular or maybe my body's misshapen? Its probably my body...I just adjust it at the waist, lower in the front, higher in the back, and voila! problem solved.
I purchased this bra Sunday when we were in Tampa for our anniversary. I know, how romantic right? "Honey, can we go bra shopping today?!" But seriously, the nursing bra I was wearing was an underwire one that kept digging into me and the cups didn't pull down and out of the way enough for when I needed to nurse, so Reuben kept getting a mouth full of bra instead of boob. Not very tasty. Anyway, I wear this one all the time and need to get another one. Its a great t-shirt bra. Very soft and comfy.
I don't actually own these Old Navy sandals but I thought they looked nicer with the skirt than my old black Reef sandals that I bought at Ross for a steal years ago. The skirt's long enough that you can't see much of my ratty, old flip flops anyway.
So there you have it, a sort of what-I-wear...summer, postpartum, nursing...style.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
We drove to Tampa for our anniversary yesterday. Andrew had an appointment with a doctor at his house which took a lot longer than we thought. We were both glad we didn't bring Lily with us, she would have been so bored and miserable. As it was I had my hands full with nursing Reuben and changing not one, but two poopy almost blowouts while we were there. Because the appointment lasted longer, our lunch we had planned turned into an early dinner. Andrew's brother Rodney and his wife Charlene went with us to the doctor and ended up at the same restaurant as us so we all had dinner together.
Happy anniversary husband!
Eleven years and never a dull moment. :)
Eleven years and never a dull moment. :)
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Its official. The kids and I are going to Maine to see my family!
The other day it hit me. A lot of my stay-at-home-mom friends take their kids and jet off to other states to visit family while the hubby stays behind because he either has school or work commitments. Well why couldn't I do that? It was disappointing that we weren't able to make it to Maine last summer like we'd planned because of Andrew's unexpected kidney stone and it wasn't looking like we'd be able to do it this year either since Andrew's new job doesn't offer benefits such as vacation days since he's only under contract through December. Its been years since I've been able to enjoy a Maine summer...since 2005 I believe...and I was racking my brain trying to figure out a way to make it work. I absolutely hate leaving Andrew at home but it will be good to get away for a while, just me and the kids.
I haven't seen my dad and several of my siblings in 2 years and 8 months or since Andrew and I were up there for Thanksgiving of '09 (Lily was a tiny plum sized fetus at the time). My dad, brother Quinn and sisters Rachel, Clara and Louisa or numbers 7, 3, 5 and 9 respectively have never met Lily and everyone up there has yet to meet Reuben. This is going to be the big introduce-them-to-the-family trip.
Andrew suggested I stay up there for a month (I think he's looking forward to some quiet time to himself) but honestly I don't know if I could handle staying with my family for an entire month. Its been a long time since I've lived at home...eleven and half years actually. But on the other hand, two weeks or so always seems so short and I never want to leave when its time. So I solved that dilemma by buying a one-way ticket this time. Well, two one-way tickets actually since Lily is two now and has to sit in her own seat on the plane. If no one ends up getting maimed or killed by a month, then great! If I'm missing Andrew too much after a couple of weeks (ha ha! Like that's going to happen. This is Maine we're talking about here people!) then I'll come back home then. This allows me time to really enjoy visiting with my family without having to worry about leaving too soon.
There's only one thing that I'm nervous about and that's going through security with two little ones all by myself. Entertaining the kids while in air? Breastfeeding on the flight? Changing planes in Chicago? Piece of cake. Its the taking off of shoes, putting everything through the scanner, going through the metal detector, all the while making sure we have everything we brought with us as we continue on to the plane that makes me shake in my boots. I'll be praying for strength on that one...and an extra pair of hands.
So, in about two and a half weeks we'll be enjoying the green hills, cool lakes and quaint towns of the Pine Tree State. I can't wait to introduce my children to the place I used to call home.
Any experienced flyers have tips for traveling with children?
Labels: travels and adventures
Monday, August 06, 2012
Lily made it 2 years, 1 month, 1 week and 2 days before she needed her first haircut. It was looking stringy and limp and unfortunately was starting to resemble a mullet. So yesterday, on one of our
She took it very seriously.
See? Business in the front, party in the back.
I told the stylist I wanted layers cut because Lily's top layer of hair is straight while the underlayers are curly. It makes her hair lay funny since all the hair is one length and the straight strands lay awkwardly on top of the curly ones. Her hair somehow ends up looking puffy and limp at the same time. I figured layers would help it lay nicer. I was right. I told the lady to stay away from the front though. No bangs. I love clipping her hair off to the side, and out of her face, with a hair bow. Its the girly girl in me who loves dressing her up in pretty dresses and putting bows in her hair. And Lily loves them too. She's the perfect mix of girlyness and tomboyishness. Think...playing with her cars in the dirt while wearing a pink "princess skirt."
I also told the lady to go ahead and trim the back as well. It was getting quite long. Looking at it later, she didn't trim it as much as I wanted though.
And here's what it looked like after the lady finished. Not much noticeable difference from the front.
Since it was still rather long in the back while the sides were shorter (awkward), I trimmed a bit off the back myself when we got home. This is what it looked like after I cut off about a half an inch. Much better.
Its so much softer now I just want to run my fingers through it all day long. I don't think she'd let me though. Darn that toddler independence.