Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Ellie is One Month Old today. Wow.

I have two kids.


I won't sugar coat that I have had some hard moments - which I am sure is expected as I navigate two tiny humans that need me at the same time... 

Lee is currently on this second business trip. Last weeks was hard since it was my first time alone for two nights with them both. This one has gone a little smoother. I have learned I have to be out of bed by 6:30am - even if the baby is asleep (Logan is almost always awake) so that I can pump, start coffee, feed Ellie, feed Logan, feed the dogs and give Teddy his insulin, dress logan, hopefully shower and dress myself, and get out the door to get Logan to school before 8:30. In fact I try to get him there before 8:15 because they have free play before 8:30 and he loves it.

Last night was hard because Ellie was fussy during Logan's bedtime. I am hard headed and I am refusing to bring her into his bedroom while we have our routine. I want to keep his bedtime our special time. It was hard reading him a book and hearing her fuss in the next room but she was fine.

Logan has gone through a few struggles getting used to his new sister but we are so so proud of how he is doing. His regression is mainly some accidents in is pants and biting at school. His school is being incredibly patient and loving as he gets over the hump.

He loves Ellie. He wants to take care of her and calls it "brothering." He watched Ellie while I showered yesterday and I told him to come get me if she starts to cry. He never did. I quietly walked in to find this:

He told me he was talking to her like a cat. Ha!
We were getting him dressed and she started to fuss and he said "I need to get back to brothering!" and he ran to her and said "Ellie I am here!" So sweet.

Sleep isn't so bad - not as bad as I had envisioned. yeah some nights suck but some are easier. I try to nap in the day if I can.

Chilling in the Playroom

Ellie has grown so much in the last month and is starting to be more alert. We are really enjoying her!

Bear with me as I figure out - Mom of Two..

Ready for Church!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Eleanor is here!

Our sweet little surprise baby girl is here! She was born on September 28th at 1:28PM via C-section with no drama or issues at all.

7 pounds, 2 ounces, 20 inches long.


She sleeps a lot at the moment, which is nice. Nights aren't so bad at all. She is a good eater so she is already sleeping 3 hours in a row. I can steal a little time in the mornings (if she wakes before 6) by putting her next to me in bed. She likes the body heat. This way I can get up when Logan gets up and steal about another 45minutes/hour of sleep. Doing this last night I was able to sleep from 2:30-almost 6:30! I feel great this morning with that little extra sleep.

She is super easy, especially compared to Logan. Some of this is because I know what to do with her and some is just her temperament as a baby.

Nursing didn't work out because of her latching issues, but I am pumping and bottle feeding her. I figured out how to pump and feed her a bottle at the same time in the middle of the night so that I can cut down on my awake time. I was only up from 1:45am - 2:30am last night because of this. We do have formula on hand just in case. I don't want to spend time and make her fussy by heating up milk so if I don't have fresh milk in a bottle I just do the formula to get us through the night. So far, she gets maybe one bottle of it a day.

Logan is doing pretty well. He LOVES her and the only issues we are seeing are some attention seeking behaviors - mainly whining and acting especially hyper. We are doing our best to be patient with him. He likes to help feed her, hold her, and watch me change her diaper.

Probably something my Dr wouldn't like, we went to the park Saturday and Sunday. I put Ellie in a carrier and I sat in the shade while Lee and Logan played. We are trying to keep Logan's days as normal as we can. I am trying not to over-do it but with an active preschooler, my option to sit around all day isn't there on weekends.

I'm elated at how things are going so far. I am healing well, very little pain or discomfort. Sleeping better than expected, and multi-tasking like a champ.

I am looking forward to my new adventure as a stay at home mom. I can't wait until I can go for long walks around the neighborhood and for the new gym I joined, Equinox, to open in December. Ellie and I will be ladies who lunch while Logan is in school. Fall weather blessed us this weekend and I am anxious to get out with the stroller and get active again. Time to get some of this baby weight off and get healthy.

The next hurdle is to make it through Lee's first business trip in a few weeks. I am hoping by this time Logan is a little more settled in but otherwise we will make it work!


Monday, September 21, 2015

One Week Left...

This is my last week of having an Only Child.

I still don't know how I really feel about it.

I have spent the last 9 months - 9 long months with scary ultrasounds and awful symptoms - with this baby girl growing in my belly. Every day of these 9 months I have had the same thought.

How is this going to work?

I have come to realize that I have NO IDEA. I won't know until she is here.

Then, we have to deal with that awesome phenomenon that comes with babies/kids:

Figure it out. Then they will change. 


Ellie better be ready to just go with the flow. Her big brother is fast and on the go all the time. Time won't stop for her like it did when he was born. Sure, we will have Monday - Friday while Logan is in school to sit and rest. Saturday and Sunday will be a little different. GO GO GO.

We are "ready" in every other sense of having a baby. Crib. Play yards. Swings, bouncies, boppies... Diapers. Car seat. Clothes.

My to-do list is done. I have nested and re-done every closet in the house. The playroom is re-organized and Logan is enjoying being able to find his toys. Meals are in the freezer and sides are in the pantry. New cable is being installed today and the sofas are all being cleaned tomorrow. I even returned library books today a few days early.

That's it. There is nothing left to do.

That may be the scariest part....


Monday, September 14, 2015

Loving it...

This marks week three of staying home.

I love it.

My house is clean.

I have candles going.

The groceries are taken care of.

I am cooking all the time and I am not stressed about what time dinner is on the table.

I'm not stressed much at all actually.

Today I had my coffee at the table with Logan while the doors to the back were open to let the 68 degree weather in the house. After I got him all dropped off at school I headed to Target.

One thing on my list there was a bottle. Though my goal is to nurse Ellie, I know that with Logan it went terribly and I want to be prepared in case it goes south this time as well. However, Logan and I went nuts with bottles. Some made him spit up. Some had too many parts (*ahem* Dr Brown *ahem*) I received a free Avent bottle in the mail after putting my name on some list at the maternity store. This happens to be the bottle we stuck with for Logan.

I didn't want to have just one bottle in the house, but I also am not going out and purchasing a ton. I wanted to get one of the new Munchkin bottles because they look really interesting in regards to nursing and air flow.

$80 later  (oops) I left Target and headed to Highland Village shopping center. I needed to get a few items to decorate Ellie's room as well as a new Toaster and some bread mixes at Williams Sonoma.

The rest of my day is cleaning up the house, making one of those breads, and picking Logan up from school.

I am cherishing this time before Ellie comes to recharge myself and get mentally ready for new baby. Her room is done and it's pretty much perfect.

Sorry, the lighting is odd..

Complete with loyal schnauzer 

Logan's stool for "helping"
I have a few new items to put on the shelves above the changing area. Otherwise the drawers are full of clothes. The diapers and wipes are organized in the cart, and the diaper bag has some odds and ends ready for our first outing.

I better get that car seat installed... two weeks left!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dinner for.. Two?

Last night, I used my little bit of extra energy to whip up this amazing recipe I found on .... wait for it.. Pinterest.

Who needs cookbooks anymore, seriously?

I do. I covet them and the photos.

Anywhoo, I had pinned this a few weeks ago so I was excited to make it.

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne

We devoured it.

I told Lee the funny thing is the recipe says serves 4, but we ate all of it between the two of us.

He said "Well really it serves 3. Ellie ate some too."



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Week Two

I am in the middle of Week Two as a Stay At Home Mom.

My house is pretty darn clean.
ALL the laundry is done.
All the errands are run.

Now what?

I'm trying to follow orders on laying on the sofa and drinking water. I need something fascinating or really entertaining to watch on TV/Netflix/Hulu/Amazon. I tried re-watching True-Blood. Gave up in episode 2.
How did I make it through all 7 seasons last time?
I made it through a few seasons of Desperate Housewives. Again, just ok.

I realize that once Ellie is here I am not going to be so bored, BUT I will still need something to watch on tv during the day...

This weekend we stayed pretty low key. The heat is causing me to get pretty dizzy off and on. I even missed out on pool time Sunday and Monday because I was feeling yucky. Logan and Lee had a blast though. I am loving watching them have fun together. I know Logan will lean on Lee a lot after the baby comes.

I am starting my freezer meals this week. Instead of spending a whole day on my feet cooking I am choosing two meals this week and next that I can cook double of. I also plan to make a pan of plain meatballs that can easily be added to noodles and sauce or used other ways in a pinch.

This week I have made these Enchiladas - and they are DIVINE.

Creamy Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Tomorrow I plan cooking up one of my favorite stuffed shells recipe and freezing a 8x8 pan of them.

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

I have some tamales already frozen and I am focusing on keeping sides in the pantry (rice, beans, etc) and that way Lee just needs to pick up fresh veggies as needed to add salads on the side.

Last time we didn't have a chance to have any food in the freezer before Logan came and it was tough around dinner to come up with something easy. My hope is that Lee just has to turn on the oven and pop something in.

Otherwise my first shipment of Honest Diapers arrived today. I unpacked a few into the diaper cart I am using, put some in the diaper bag, and stashed the rest. I looked around and I really feel like for the amount of diapers and wipes (plus a throw in of travel wipes!) it is a great deal. I looked at Pampers on Amazon (with subscribe and save) and the diapers alone were as much as the bundle from Honest and that didn't include any wipes. We will see how Ellie does in them. I do have a small package of pampers newborn as back up.

I can't believe that in 3 weeks we will have a baby girl and be a family of four...


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st

Today is September 1st.

My second day as a stay at home mom.

I'm a little bored to be honest.

This is mainly because my Dr. told me to rest and drink water because my amniotic fluid was low. Therefore I have spent since about 8:30am sitting on the couch watching Hulu and dozing.

I don't have as much guilt or heartache over leaving my job as I thought I would. I do miss my coworkers and the jokes and conversation we had during the day. It feels weird that I don't have a desk to go back to. If I do pick up some hours I will do so from home.

Once Ellie arrives I am sure I will be too tired and busy to think much about those things. My days will be filled with diapers and naps and fussy time. Logan will come home from school and I will be focusing on giving him the attention he needs and getting his dinner and stories and play time taken care of.

For the next few weeks I'm on this sofa for most of the time. I have a few items to take care of - like freezer meals, a trip or two to Target, and packing my bag and making a list for the hospital.

Otherwise I am trying to give Logan all the hugs and kisses I can and tell him over and over again that he is my special boy and Mommy and Daddy think he will be the best big brother ever.
Starbucks Date

Back to School Haircut

With or without new haircuts :)