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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Number Four? Cheers!

I just read that Tori Spelling is expecting her fourth child!  She just gave birth to her daughter Hattie in October and is now expecting another little bundle.  Wow.  Brave woman.  Mazel Tov!  Cute family pic...

When I think of having four children under the age of 6, that seems pretty scary because I am feeling slightly overwhelmed with two under two.  Of course, I don't have a baby nurse that stays for a year and I don't have a full-time nanny.  But, while I do believe that those resources help a lot, I don't think that the pressures and worries of being a mom ever go away.  I bet that Tori and I worry about the same types of things -- whether the children are eating enough or the right things, whether there is too much television watching going on and whether we spend enough time with each of them.  I looked at Henry this morning as I was rushing around getting ready to go to work and I felt so badly that I didn't have the time to just sit and cuddle with him for a while.  There he was, sitting in his bouncy seat playing with his feet and "talking" and all I had time to do was give him a quick hug and kiss before loading him into his car seat to go to daycare.  Mornings suck.

I cannot imagine being pregnant again in the next few months...I still need to lose some of the pregnancy weight I put on with Henry and I am just now starting to be able to enjoy a cocktail now and then.  This past weekend I even sipped my first SkinnyGirl Margarita of the season!  My grocery store now stocks the entire SkinnyGirl line -- Sangria, Margarita and Cosmopolitan.  I am definitely going to sample them all this summer.  Yum!  We also taught Cam how to "cheers" with us -- his sippy cup of milk to my "wawa."

Have a great Monday!


Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Spring Baby!

First, congratulations to one of my favorite celebs, Reese Witherspoon on her third pregnancy!  What an exciting time for her and her new husband.  Reese is 36 and has two children from her marriage to Ryan Phillipe.  I wish her the best. 

It is spring again and I feel like babies are everywhere...people are either pregnant or giving birth.  I have three friends who recently gave birth to their first children and it is so fun to check out all of the pictures on Facebook. 

What is going on in my world?  Well, I'm not pregnant, but I am parenting.

A Scene From Our Car:

7:10am - Tuesday morning on way to daycare and work.

"Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mom--"
"Yes, Darling?"
"Yes, you are wearing your coat." It's actually a hoodie, but I'm not going to split hairs here.
Silence for 10 seconds.
"Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Momm-"
"Yes, Cam?"
"Yes, that is your shoe.  Very cool."
Silence for about 5 seconds.
"Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, MOMMY!"
"Yes, that is our baby.  Is he sleeping?"
"Baby seeping."
"Okay."  Looking back into the jerry-rigged mirror that doesn't quite fit correctly in our SUV, I see that the baby is indeed "seeping," slumped over, with his head hanging precariously over the edge of the carseat.  I immediately feel bad that I can't reach him to tilt his head back and then forgive myself by remembering that Cam did the same thing and he turned out just fine -- a little loud and demanding -- but just fine. 

This is my cool guy Cameron -

This has been life recently.  Two boys, one chattering all of the time and asserting his independence ("No bed." "No house." "No Milk.") and the other just smiling and playing with his feet.  I love it.
When I consider the "are you guys having any more kids?" question, my heart says "absolutely," my head says "not for loooong awhile," and my husband says "we'll see."  The point is that no matter what kind of day or week we are having with the kids, we enjoy every second (sometimes in hindsight).  I am so very thankful for my healthy boys and being a parent has taught me to not sweat the small stuff.  It is so cliche, but true.  The other day I found myself fretting about some stupid work issue and I had to talk myself down by reminding myself that I could die at any moment and what really matters are the relationships I have in life...not the neighborhood I live in, not whether I have the newest iPhone, and not whether there are crumbs on the floor and dishes in the sink (because there will always be).     

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, March 9, 2012

March On.

The house purchase fell through in the inspection stage so now we are back to square one...I am so frustrated!  We have seriously been searching for our next home for over two years now and I am ready to be done with this process.  At least we sold ours...even if we took a hit and are now living in an apartment, it still feels good to have let that albatross go.  So February was pretty crappy - I started back to work, we spun our wheels in the housing market and Cam had another ear infection.  March started with Cam having  his adenoids taken out and new ear tubes put in.  He did well with the surgery but then got a virus which turned into a pneumonia and so he has been sick this entire week.  He is sleeping right now -- thank goodness.  Needless to say, life has been chaos around here.  My saving grace has been my little Henry, who has been sleeping well, eating well and smiling a ton!  He turned 3 months old this week!  Time is flying.

In the 1 hour or so that I have each night I try to relax, shower, visit with my husband and get organized for the next crazy day -- and sometimes I get to watch a little television.  We have been tuning into the usual Thursday night line-up on NBC and Modern Family on Wednesday night.  I religiously DVR Bethenny Ever After and find myself wishing that I: a) had her clothing, b) had her as a friend, and c) had a bottle of SkinnyGirl chilling on ice at all times.  Which reminds me, I need to pick some up next time I go to Sam's Club (it was about $11 per bottle there).

Although I don't want to rush anything, I do want to get into a house because it will signify that we are finally settled somewhere.  Living in the apartment, albeit a great space and location, was always a temporary solution and now I am ready to leave it behind...just need to solve the pesky house purchase problem.  I'm also debating how long to breastfeed this time around.  I went six months with Cam and it was difficult because I was working full-time.  Right now I am still on a part-time schedule and only have to pump three days a week at the office, so it has been easier.  I definitely will go through this month and into the next, but once I start ramping up my schedule at work I may have to reevaluate.  Pumping is nothing I enjoy doing, especially since I have to essentially do it in a bathroom at work.  Right now when I go to work in the morning I am a pack mule - I have the pump bag and all supplies, the diaper bag for Henry + bottles, my work laptop, my work bag (which I could probably ditch) and my purse.  On the days I have to take diapers and wipes to daycare for the kids I feel like I am packing for a cross country trip.  Ladies, how do you slim down the luggage with children???

On a positive note, the weather has been fabulous here!  I am loving the early spring but I keep waiting for it to get cold and snow again...just the Cincinnati girl in me.  Have an amazing weekend and stay well!