Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's that time again....

It's that time, no not back to school (my kiddos obviously aren't at that stage yet), it's time for me to have a birthday again. [Though I should add that I can't wait for the neighborhood kids to go back to school. Me thinks some of them have been a little bored this summer due to our mailboxes getting messed with and toys left in my yard.]

I'm turning the big 2-8 this year. Yeah I's not really that old or big. Our priest once said in a homily that 35 is the prime of your life, so I'm clearly not there yet. Looking back on this year of life....well it's been another fast moving one.  Last year on my birthday I suspected I was pregnant, but didn't know for sure and refused to test for another week or so.  This year I am definitely not pregnant and plan to just take it easy & be lazy with the cutest kids ever. Oh and definitely try some of the blackberry wine at a local festival this year!

Reflecting on this past year of life...nothing extraordinary stands out for me I hate to say.  Sure I got through a second successful pregnancy and had my second child, but I don't feel I did anything significant. (Except maybe how to care for 2 young kids at the same time.)  I guess the biggest thing was working on being comfortable in my own skin (which really is a work in progress) and being at peace with getting rid of the negative. I have a lot more confidence in my abilities now. I know I'm good at what I do as a wife, mom and health & human service professional.

Here's to me!

And if someone could put my name on the flowers to go sign...I'd be a happy woman (hint hint hubby!)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

19 months and 3 months!

Okay, so I'm a little behind on this post.  Last week, Little Miss turned 3 months old and Little Dude hit 19 months old.  I can't believe how fast is passing for my baby girl.  It seems even faster then with Little Dude.

3 months old and wearing a tutu!
Julia's Stats for this month:
Height/length: Unknown, but she seems "tall"
Weight: 11.4 pounds
Clothes: A few NB dresses and 0-3 months in everything else, though she drowns in some of the brands.
Diaper: Size 1 (again some of the brands are still big on her, but we're using them anyway.)

She smiles & laughs frequently. She also must have a high pain tolerance due to her brother bopping her on the head. She loves to sit in her bumbo seat and look at the world. Sleeping very well at night. Bless her little heart for that one.  Nursing very well and taking the bottle when I can't be with her. Has discovered how to stick out her tongue, which is hilarious!  She's still our little peanut and is such a fun little baby.

Matthew 19 months old and enjoying a cookie
I haven't done an update like this for Matthew since 12 months. He's changed a lot since then.
Matthew's current stats:
Height: Over 33 inches
Weight: 23 pounds (we're finally back on track with growth for him!)
Teeth: All but the 2 year molars have broken through. They aren't all descended all the way though/
Clothes: 12 months and 12-18 months. We've tried 18 month clothes and some fit him, but most are too big.
Shoe size: toddler 5 (though he can still wear the size 4's, but he's got wide feet!)
Diapers: Size 3 still

Matthew is a busy, busy boy! He hardly ever slows down. He loves books and today I caught him sitting in his rocking chair reading a book to himself. I wish I'd had a camera, it was the cutest thing. He takes a book to bed too. He's clearly my son!  He walks very well and only stumbles when he's trying to move too fast for his feet. He has a wide set of words and impressed the pediatrician with all he can say. He started saying 2 word sentences a month ago. I'm so proud of him.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Accidental SAHM?

The title of this post is how I've been feeling lately. I never really meant to become or was supposed to be a SAHM (stay at home mom), it just sort of happened.  As those who've been reading along for the past few years know, I was supposed to finish my degree and get a job. Instead we all know I got pregnant with our Little Miss within 2 weeks of finishing said degree.  Despite the pregnancy, it was still always in my mind that I'd be going back to work as soon as possible and thus I avoided getting involved in any type of activities that I deemed were for SAHMs.   I recently decided I just need to embrace this life change.  I've taken on some bigger volunteering opportunities that will look lovely on the resume once I do go back to the career gig.  It's nice to feel a little more content with where I'm at.

So there you have it....Liz: the accidental SAHM. :-)

In other news:

-My 2 super gorgeous babies were baptized on Sunday.  I was really nervous, but they did really well and neither of them cried and the Priest was pretty generous with the amount of water he poured on their heads. Little Miss wore the baptismal gown that I wore as a baby. It was big on my peanut, but she worked it. ;-) Matthew just wore a white polo shirt and dress pants. I nixed having him wear one of those all white sateen suits they sell. It just seemed silly for him.  Interesting tidbit: Matthew was the oldest of the 5 kids who were baptized and Julia was the youngest.

Well back to the grind. My Little Miss doesn't want to nap unless Momma is holding her. Which I'm pretty okay with since I want to savor every moment.