Jun 30, 2017

Recapping: April

April brought the real world, aka Danny's time off was over and we started finding our normal. Which is really anything but.

Really though, April 1st was my first full day flying solo with both kids. I was still fighting off the cyst so we spent a lot of the day watching TV so I could sit on the heating pad and feed Charlee. We survived and it went a little too well. I even took them to the park by myself.

Bath time becomes a family affair when Daddy is at work. Almost 3 months later this is still what happens. Everyone that is in the house crams into the smallest part of our bathroom.

I took Tucker to an Easter party while my mom watched Charlee. It was the first time I left her. It was nice to get some one on one time with my first baby. This was also the day I discovered I was allergic to the antibiotic so I was soooooooo itchy.

Then Charlee turned a month old! She was so tiny!

Easter was our first holiday with 2 kids. 2 cute kids if I do say so myself.

Tucker had a blast hunting for eggs. That is actually what we do for fun. We play Easter Egg hunt in our house. We only have one picture of the entire family from that day and its a selfie.

Tucker started tee ball and I about died from the cuteness when he put his uniform on for the first time for pictures. Also, check out all that real life in the background... halloween costume, stray clothes and legos, an open umbrella, a pillow. April was back to real life and also survival mode.

At the end of the month is when I finally accepted that I had more than just the typical Baby Blues after having a baby. The reality of having 2 kids and solo parenting 3 days a week had set in, I came down off the happiness high and the somewhat tough pregnancy had caught up with me despite having a perfect labor and delivery. I still can't get over how "easy" it was. I AM going to get into this more later. Postpartum depression cannot be talked about enough.

That was it for April. May was much better for us.

Jun 29, 2017

Recapping: March

Let's see how well I can remember life between March 14th and March 31st. Thank God for social media since the last few weeks of March felt like one long day.

We made a few outings those first few weeks after Charlee was born. Her weigh-in's at the hospital went so well. Getting out of the house helped and I think I cried happy tears when she ate almost 2 ounces at the second one when she was a week old. After Tucker's dramatic weight loss and first couple weeks home, this was the one part about having a new baby that I was really nervous about. Here she is at a week old. Sooooo tiny! It's already hard to believe she was just a teeny baby too small for newborn clothes.

Charlee and I watched a lot of tv. What else is new haha. Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, and Boston Legal were all playing when Tucker wasn't home or awake. Danny's mom kept Tucker during the day like normal. We wanted to keep his routine pretty much the same since life as he knew it was different. I don't think he really cared though since he was obsessed with her.

I ventured out of the house with both kids. By myself! We all survived with minimal crying from Charlee.

After Tucker was born, I had a pilonidal cyst on my tailbone. It was my second one. I had one in high school that I had surgically removed, which is the best way to remove it with the smallest chance of recurrence. Well, apparently I'm just really lucky because I got another one after Charlee was born. Despite me trying to not put so much pressure on my tailbone, I just couldn't prevent it. I caught it early though. So early there was nothing the doctor at MedCheck would do besides prescribe an antibiotic. I spent the next week taking baths whenever possible (which was rare since by the time I got done feeding Charlee I had about 45 minutes to do anything), sitting on a heating pad, and taking probiotics and eating yogurt to prevent any thrush issues like I had with Tucker after I had the cyst. About 3 days before I was finished with my antibiotic, I got a rash all over my body. I was so itchy. It was keeping me awake at night more so than my newborn. How ridiculous is that? It was then I found out I was allergic to Keflex.

We also had pictures done of Tucker and Charlee. Charlee would not sleep so she is awake in nearly every single one. You can just see how much Tucker loves her. He is going to be the best big brother to her.

That was March. It was certainly eventful but boring at the same time haha.

Jun 28, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

One day I'll get this blogging thing worked back into my routine. I need to do that with a lot of things: blogging, working out, flossing my teeth, get togethers with friends, etc. This season of life that I'm in is such a juggling act and I feel like balls keep getting thrown into the mix without any warning. But, I keep trying at all of those things and one day they will stick and I'll feel like I'm handling this season like the bad ass I know I can be.

Per usual, the entire month flew by in the blink of an eye. There is a direct correlation between age and the speed of time. The older you get the faster it goes. With that being said, it's time for What's Up Wednesday.

What we're eating this week... 21 day fix still, kind of. We did 18 days straight, took a break for Father's Day weekend and the following week since Danny worked Monday, Wednesday and Friday then had class the days in between with no way to keep food cold or cook it. I still followed the plan loosely then the wheels came off again this past weekend. We are both really enjoying it. I've found it easier to just have breakfast and lunch be the exact same every single day then dinner gets the variation. The structure of the containers is also the same for an entire week. That has really helped the meal planning process since the first week I spent like 5 hours just trying to come up with a plan since it requires me coming up with easy meals for Danny to make at work if they aren't already prepared. Okay, enough of that.

What I'm reminiscing about... Danny's broken foot unfortunately. A picture of Tucker popped up on my Timehop today and I remembered it was from the day his foot broke. I mean, this season of life is hard but that is one I prefer to never relive, even if it means I get this sweet curly haired boy back.

What I'm loving... rewatching Friends (again) and Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter. I'm not hard to please.
What we've been up too... working too much and relaxing too little. Tee ball is over. It was a lot of fun and even Danny enjoyed it. He enjoyed it so much he wanted to go eat dinner at the ball park one night when we didn't even have a game. My heart fluttered a little bit because he used to very passionately hate baseball.

What I'm dreading.... July 5th through the 15th. It's been a bad spring for my clients which has delayed my busy season so I'll have to cram it all into a less than 2 week period. I'll survive but it won't be pretty!

What I'm working on... decluttering my house and preparing for a rummage. I swear I just did this in October but I some how managed to still take out almost half of my clothes from my closet.

What I'm excited about... July 4th. It is my favorite holiday and wait for it.... my firefighter doesn't have to work! This will be our 10th 4th of July together and we've spent it together 2 times. One of those times was because of the broken foot. The other was in 2012. We were 11 months into our first year of marriage and 4 years into our relationship. Absolute babies!

What I'm watching/reading... I don't read, but I'm really good at watching tv. I watch Friends almost exclusively and Pretty Little Liars. I'm trying to find a time to get together with one of my BFF's and watch the PLL finale. I can't believe it's over!

What I'm listening too.... song of the month is I Can Fix a Drink by Chris Jansen. So catchy and I can really relate lol.

What I'm wearing... Real. Jeans!

What I'm doing this weekend... I have a girls night planned with a few of my girlfriends. We haven't gotten together since January which is absurd. Sunday is Danny's family reunion which is always fun. Monday and Tuesday are part of the weekend so we're going to try to take Tucker swimming Monday. He's been asking to go but we've been too busy, which is not fair to him.

What I'm looking forward to next month... The 4-H fair. It's so fun watching my husband in his element. Anything farm related is his happy place. I think it's his mini-me's too!

What else is new... I am officially not a landlord anymore! My brother and I sold our last rental house last week and I couldn't be more relieved.

Bonus question this month: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE JULY 4TH TRADITION? Going to fireworks in a small town near us. I've got every year except for 1 since I was a little girl. We have talked about mixing it up and going somewhere new, but I don't know if we will. I guess I'll find out next week haha. I also took Tucker and my niece to fireworks in our town last year in their pj's. They both had a blast and I think I might do it again this year. 

That's it for June! I still can't believe June is almost over. It's ridiculous!