Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quick Takes

Hi! Whatcha been up to? Here's a few things that have been up with me.
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This is my second full week back at work and really it is going well. Laney has adjusted to being with my sister very well and is sleeping and eating like a champ for her! Makes it much easier on me when I know she's happy there. Pumping is going good too ever since that little awkward mishap on my first day back. Last weekend I froze 44 ounces from just that week's surplus plus all of Friday's milk. (I use frozen milk on Mondays so all of Friday's milk gets frozen.) That's INSANE to me. I never even had 44 ounces total with Charley. But number one rule of pumping: NEVER think you are getting ahead because as soon as you do, they will hit some crazy growth spurt and you'll struggle to keep up.

You know what else I love about going to work? Getting dressed and doing my hair and make-up. Man. I feel so much better about myself when I'm forced to do those things.

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Charley started swim lessons this week. Crazy story how that came to be. So, we knew she needed lessons but it is really tough to find any openings that work with our schedule. Most of the evening classes start at 5:45 - 6:00 and those not only fill up really quickly but making it to those would still be tough to do. And the Saturday classes are ALWAYS full too. I never could figure out what day I needed to log on to see the class schedule for the next month before they filled up.

Anyways, finally I decided this was something she needed and we would just try and make a 5:45 class work. I usually get to Charley and Laney at 5:25-5:30 and the pool closest to my sister's house is another 15 minutes from her house. So, I'd have to for sure leave work a little early to give me enough time to account for traffic, and then account for shuffling Charley, Laney and myself into the Y, then getting Charley changed and in the pool. It was going to be rough for sure. But I put her on the wait list for the class anyways.

On July 1st, I got an email that a spot has opened up and Charley could take the 5:45 class if we wanted. I gave myself the weekend to think it over.

Then, randomly at a July 4th party at a neighbor's house, the hostess told us about their new neighbors across the street. The lady that moved in had been a Y swim instructor for 10+ years and was offering lessons at her house in their pool. She didn't have a huge clientele yet so for very little money since she was still building her business, we could get private lessons at a house on our street. Insane, right? So, obviously we opted to try that first and let her spot at the Y go. She's had two lessons so far and it is just her and the instructor in the pool. How awesome is that?

And although it has only been two lessons Charley has done really well! She was apprehensive at first, but she responds really well to this instructor. And at times it is hard to know who is instructing who. "Okay, I will do this two more times and that's it, ok?" Ohh Charley.

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We also signed Charley up for dance this fall. We really don't want to do competition dance and all that, but it really isn't up to us is it? We will see how she likes it and go from there!

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We are on a major decorating kick lately spurred by a great paint sale at Lowe's. I keep meaning to take pictures of each room to update the Houseiversary post but I need the whole house to be clean to do that and we just can't quite get there. Last weekend we had 7 out of 9 rooms clean but just never got to those last two. I'll try again this weekend.


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I got my second Stitch Fix (that's a referral link) a few weeks ago and ended up keeping 2 of the 5 items. A third item was so close to staying also, but ultimately the budget I set for myself won and I sent it back. I kept these two things - jeans and the top. Those jeans are so so awesome. I wasn't sure about them at first but some friends talked me into them and I'm so glad they did. The brand is Liverpool and they were $78 and worth every penny.

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I am overdue on 5 different appointments - eye doctor, dentist, yearly physical, gynecologist, and haircut. Sure, I could have scheduled them all during those 10 weeks I was off of work but that would have been too easy. I will have you know that I did manage to schedule 2 of them this week. The first of which is Friday and is definitely the most important - a haircut.

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My Mama told me as I took this picture not to share it anywhere. I'm going to be a disobedient daughter instead and share it with the world because I think she's beautiful and I love how much she loves my babies! The feeling is definitely mutual with Charley who asks to see her every single day andddddd we're still working on Laney.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Only Me

Last year I shared a few little stories about things that seem to only happen to me. If there is an awkward situation, please, sign me up. I am very experienced in awkward happenings. Another one of these 'only me' stories happened on my first day back to work. When telling these stories I ALWAYS have to start out with....

"I SWEAR THIS STUFF ONLY HAPPENS TO ME."

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So. My first day back at work. I wasn't back full time yet as I was using those last couple of weeks to ease us both back into the swing of things, but it was (supposed) to be my first full day away from Laney. We only made it until 2:00, however. Here's why...

As you know I'm breastfeeding Laney so pumping is now a part of my daily routine. It's very time consuming but I'm cheap, as you also know, and the cost of formula is a big reason why I continue to breastfeed despite the annoyance of the pump. Anyways, prior to having Laney I talked with a few coworkers that I know had recently had babies about where one may pump after having a baby, and every single one of them told me that they weren't able to breastfeed for one reason or another and didn't know if anyone in the company had EVER pumped after having a baby. Basically, there was no dedicated space for this. One coworker suggested using this lesser used bathroom/locker room (um no) and another suggested using an office that belongs to the OWNER of the company as he rarely comes to the office anymore as his son runs the business now. Not only would that be super awkward when he does come to the office, but most of his office walls are glass, so, again, no can do. After getting nowhere with them, I went to HR to ask for their help in figuring out a space that would work.

The lady in HR is single and didn't know much about breastfeeding or pumping either, so her first suggestion was also that locker room. To appease her we went to check it out but luckily there wasn't a place where I can set the pump down that was close enough to a power outlet so it truly wouldn't work. Whew. The ONLY other place that seemed to work was this one random office that was recently vacated that just had the one long glass window in the door - kind of like a classroom door. It could easily be covered with contact paper and there were no immediate plans for the office so it was perfect. She assured me that by the time I got back from leave that the room would be ready for my use. Perfect.

However, in the weeks after choosing that location and before Laney arrived, a new part time coworker needed a place to sit as all cubes were full and made herself home in this office I was soon going to need. No biggie, I thought, because surely they'll find another home for her in the next couple of months.

As you can guess, they did not find another home for her. I called in the day before I was to return and asked HR if that space was vacated which she of course told me it wasn't, but that she'd take care of it that day. Her and my boss then kicked the lady out of the office, covered the window with contact paper and let me know it was ready for me. Perfect.

I came into work that day and decided I'd do 3 pumping sessions per day. Laney ate at 6:30 that morning so 10, 1, and 4 seemed like good spaced out times. My first session at 10:00 went great. I pumped plenty of milk and felt comfortable in the office and of course locked the doorknob. It is one of those doorknobs that you can lock from the inside, but there is no need to unlock it each time because the knob still turns from the inside. Since I was the only one using the room I decided I'd just leave the door open when not in use so I wouldn't have to worry about locking the door each time.

Well someone else didn't think that was a great idea. It isn't really clear WHO, but someone decided that door should be closed and shut the door. The door was now locked and my pump was locked in there. No biggie, right? I'll just find the maintenance guy and I'm sure he has a master key. Guess what? He didn't. He suggested HR may have a key. Guess what again? They also didn't. No one had a key to this office and now my pump is locked away and it is getting really close to time to pump again.

For the next hour there were people trying credit cards, pry bars, and any other possible thing to get into this office for me. I am growing uncomfortable with not only the need to pump, but also with the fact that the previously discreet reason for my use of this office was now pretty public. I mean, not really a big deal, but when there are 6 men trying to break in a locked door they obviously sort of needed to know they were rescuing a breast pump and that was why the need to get in was so strong. Ha. But, nobody was able to break into this office by the time I HAD to leave. My only other source of relief at that point was Laney so I left at 2:00 to go get her. There were still a few hours left in the work day so I figured they would get it taken care of that evening for me before I returned the next morning.


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As you can imagine, they didn't get it taken care of. I really just think most people there didn't understand the urgency of pumping. So, when I got to work at 8:00 the next morning, I made it known that I would only be able to stay until 10:00 unless we were able to get into the office. Finally, a locksmith was called and they had to pay extra to expedite his services. Not my fault! I a) didn't shut the door in the first place and b) left with plenty of time the prior day to have called a locksmith then.

When the locksmith pulled into the parking lot, there were cheers all around but none louder than me! Hooray!

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$250 later, all was back to normal. I inadvertently normalized breastfeeding in my office without even trying. Ha. Also, they made sure to give me the spare key to the new lock. My boobs, and Laney, thank you.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Laney: 2 Months

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Another month older for my little thing! 2 whole months!

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Let's start with the part she's excelling in. Sleep. Well, sleep at night. She is sleeping through the night and I couldn't be more thankful. I nurse her one last time around 10 and she wakes up every morning around 6:30, so about 8.5 hours on average. Which is PERFECT for when I go back to work very shortly. Of course, I hope that the 10:00 becomes 9:00 or so but I am not messing with a good thing right now. She started consistently sleeping through the night right when Charley did too, at 6 weeks or so. Yay sleep!

Naps though. Naps are a bit tougher with Laney. She seems like she's just content to fuss to sleep for every single nap during the day. So that requires lots of bouncing and shushing and when all else fails, I have to just put her in the Beco until she's out. And she needs to be OUT out too, not just out, or else her eyes will pop open the second her head hits the bouncer/crib/boppy/bed. So, naps are a bit more tough and I do wonder if they'd be as easy as night time if she was swaddled for those also, but I hesitate to do that since I want her to know the distinction of nighttime sleep versus daytime sleep. Who knows. All I know is that IF there has to be some sleep issues, I'd much rather fight to get her to sleep during the day than at night so I'll take what I've got!

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Yay play! Laney is really starting to enjoy her play mats! She will happily lay on them for a good 10-15 minutes, and even longer if someone is down there with her.

NURSING

Nursing is still going awesome. However, I start back to work really soon so that is when things are really put to the test when the pump becomes part of the routine. Ughhhhhhh that darn pump. I have right at 100 ounces in the freezer, but I really could have had so much more if I wasn't a lazy pumper. If I woke up in the middle of the night to pump, I could easily have doubled that since Laney's been sleeping through the night, but woulda coulda shoulda. It is what it is, and I'm just going to go as long as I can go.

In fact, on one particularly fussy day where Laney nursed every hour the entire day and I was completely spent by bedtime, I mixed up 2 ounces of formula because I needed a break. And of course, she wouldn't take it because she's still finicky about bottles in the first place, and that was NOT the same flavor apparently. So, I'm no where near as much of a stickler about nursing as I was with Charley. I'm just glad things are going well and have been going well thus far.

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Whew. I really think we turned a corner in this department since the 1 month update. Laney is no where near as fussy as she was that first month, and even the first week or two of month two. Her fusses really seem to stem from a couple of explainable and identifiable reasons now and there isn't quite as much "I don't know". She still fusses, don't get me wrong, but it is a lot easier to manage when you know WHY she's fussing.

So, her fussing tends to be 1 of these things: she's tired or she wants Mama. She almost always (except at night) fusses to sleep. So every nap begins with bouncing and shushing a fussy baby. Not the worst thing in the world because it isn't CRYing, just fussing, you know? But at night time she usually just nurses to sleep and I lay her down, likely because she's swaddled and understands that one better. She does cry some (most) times when other people hold her right now. I think this one will be solved once she's at my sister's for a bit and she gets more comfortable with getting nourishment from someone else, and just getting held by someone else. But man - WORLD of a difference from last month wondering if it was tummy troubles from something I was eating or if she was in pain from something else or colic or silent reflux or what! Glad that didn't last very long, but of course it felt long while going through it.




Other random things about Laney at two months old:

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- The girl likes to be extra warm. She falls asleep really easily when we are outside, especially if I'm carrying her and her face is against my chest where we both sweat so much that we stick together. THAT is her favorite thing. Bleh. She constantly gets a heat rash on whichever cheek she rests against me because of it.

- She still loves to be carried in the Beco Gemini and I've really started using that a lot when going out shopping. I used to think it was too much of a hassle to put it on for a quicker run into a grocery store, but if it saves me from having her wake up in her carseat and start screaming, it is really worth it. Plus, I can pick her up sleeping out of her carseat, put her in the Beco, do all shopping, and put her back in her carseat still sleeping. Pretty awesome.

- She's up to 10 pounds and 14 ounces and 22.5" from 7 pounds 9 ounces and 19" at birth. She's wearing all 0-3 month clothing, which Charley didn't fit into until 3 months old! Wearing size 1 diapers too.

- She is pretty smiley lately (except apparently not for my mom, who nervously asked me as she handed a fussy baby back to me yesterday if she EVER smiled? Ha!) and I don't think giggles are that far off. She can kick those legs a mile a minute and does so quite a bit on her changing table, just like Charley used to do. But, again, just like Charley, she has no interest in picking her head up yet. She has great control when I'm holding her upright, but definitely not picking her head and upper body up off of the floor yet.

- Comparison time. EVERYone says how much Laney looks just like baby Charley, but I have such a hard time seeing it sometimes. In size comparison, Laney is just a half inch longer and 7 ounces bigger than Charley was at the same age, even though they started out 1 pounds 7 ounces different. That definitely surprised me at Laney's two month doctor's appointment.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Charley Lately

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My big girl is three quarters of the way to FOUR and is such a joy. Here are some of my favorite things about her right now.

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She still has a few adorable mispronunciations that I'm in no hurry to correct. They all seem to correct on their own anyways. Oddly, many of them seem to be around the letter "p", though she has no trouble with the letter in most words.

Clause it! - Pause it! (Very thankful she can work the pause button on her own so she doesn't miss any of her beloved cartoons when a potty break must be taken.)

Tootunzel - Rapunzel

Tuhtend - Pretend

Clastic - Plastic

Membered - Remember

Last Morning - Yesterday, or any time in the past, not even necessarily morning

Ballilla - Vanilla. Loves ballilla ice cream or these ballilla granola bars we buy her.

Lellow - Yellow

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Charley is such a girly girl when it comes to toys especially. She loves all things princesses (Ariel and Rapunzel are favorites) and My Little Pony and Barbies. She is constantly in a princess dress and wearing a tiara. She's really into art these days too, and her desk is a constant disaster which only means she's having fun. I mean, we made her her own personal space for stuff like that so I try to not worry about the mess she makes over there so much.


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She is still very particular about her clothing too. Though she isn't AS stubborn about only wearing dresses or skirts these days as she was (was able to convince her to have at least a couple of pairs of shorts this summer), she still has quite a bit of push when it comes to clothing. Unless I want to waste my money I just bring her with me when I go shopping these days. Didn't expect that to happen until the pre-teen years at the earliest. Definitely not at age 3!

But! Jackets are back in the picture. After going through an ENTIRE winter without once wearing a jacket or coat, I somehow convinced her to wear a rain jacket one rainy day and ever since all jackets have been approved. Not that we NEED jackets much when it is 100 degrees outside at the moment, but hopefully that hurdle is over before fall and winter get here again. It sure is embarrassing to walk into a store when I'm wearing a heavier coat and my child has nothing on her arms!

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She's not a complete girly girl though. She still loves to play outside in the dirt. Give her some dirt, buckets and water and she's entertained for a long time.

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She also loves planting flowers and picking flowers and seems like she will have a green thumb already. She's my mom's little gardening buddy for sure.

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On the big sister front, Charley is doing so awesome so far. It has only been 8 weeks but the normal jealousy issues haven't really been much of an issue. They aren't completely non-existent, but instead of her taking them out on Laney, she instead makes the saddest little face and sheds a couple of tears when she thinks it his her turn for some Mama time. And, it works every time so who can blame her?

She adores Laney though. Yesterday in the library I was carrying Laney in her car seat and set her on top of a low shelf of books while I picked out some books for Charley. Charley didn't see her and immediately panicked and asked me where Laney was. I could see the fear in her little face for that split second and as sad as it was it made me so happy to see. Already looking out for her little sister. I hope they have a great sisterly relationship growing up but we'll just have to wait and see.

She always wants to hold her too, so almost every night I have pictures like this because I can't resist.

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Charley has definitely entered the "three-nager" phase. (Please say it is a phase!) She's sassy and emotional and constantly testing us. One thing I've learned about her on this maternity leave is that she thrives on routine and does so much better when she has one. We are sleeping until 8:30 or so daily, lots of TV time and just whatever floats our boats right now. Charley gets bored with that it seems and acts out much more on those types of days versus days where I take her to my sisters.

Her sass includes anything from just talking back or having a sassy inflection in her words, to outright doing things she knows she's not allowed to do, and hiding when I'm steps away from discovering her wrong-doings. Meaning, she KNOWS it was something she wasn't allowed to do but did it anyways. I know this is very normal though. I'm perfectly fine with her testing boundaries by say, cutting Barbie hair and stuffed animal's ears rather than hurting Laney or ruining something of mine. So, I'll take what we've got right now for this phase.

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On the emotional end of things, again, it is mainly when she thinks it is her rightful turn for some Mama time versus Laney. I feel like I've been good about taking Charley out to do things with just us, well, as good as I can be with an 8 week old that depends on me for nourishment so it isn't that she's not getting any dedicated time for just us at all. She's just using her emotions to her advantage when she wants some extra cuddles because she knows I have a hard time when I see that lip quiver. But that is fine. A few extra fusses isn't going to hurt Laney and a few extra minutes of Mama snuggles certainly isn't going to hurt Charley.
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Charley LOVED preschool so much this past year. She was in the two year old class because she misses the cutoff by 4 days so this fall she will be in the three year old class. She made a couple of friends in her class that she talks about all of the time which made me thrilled for her because Charley is all about making friends. She for sure didn't get that from me, because my shy demeanor has always worked to my disadvantage in that department. But Charley tries to make a friend no matter if we are at a playground, pool, or even if I just saw a high school classmate and her children in Home Depot. She wanted me to follow them so bad so she could make a friend. Ha! Whoops, sorry, tangent.

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Charley's best buddy Ella

She still doesn't really recognize any letters at all and has NO interest in learning them at the moment. I think the three year old class at preschool should help with that, not that there is any hurry really. She's got a full 2 years left before Kindergarten because of the cutoff.

We have recently looked at signing her up for both dance and swim lessons. Swim lessons are a must do, and of all the extra-curriculars we could think of, dance seemed like the thing she would like the most so we are going to give that a try soon.

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A few changes from the last Charley update - she hasn't had any night terrors in a few months and she can now take her shirt off and put it on and often gets dressed on her own. And a few things that haven't changed much - we still fight with brushing teeth unless we are using a sticker chart, she still paints almost daily, and she still throws the crab and the shark toys out of the bathtub for being too mean.
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Charley has always been a Mama's girl and I would say she still is for the most part, but she's been a Daddy's girl more and more too. At the end of my pregnancy and of course now with Laney being so needy, she and John have played together so much. He does the things that I just don't enjoy as much - playing tag (ugh running!), letting her drive her car around, or setting up her kiddy pool or slip n slide or sprinkler for her. Basically, outdoor activities - Daddy's her guy. They also work out together in the basement pretty often (I think she rides her tricycle or other toys around while he exercises for the most part) and she gives him the best welcomes when he comes home every day. I love seeing him with a lap full of his babies when he gets home.

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And finally - the basic Charley stats that I know I'll refer to when Laney is the same age -

Charley is 41" tall and around 36 pounds. She's wearing 4T for the most part, but has several 5T or just size 4 things from the girl's department too. She wears a size 9 shoe. Her height is ALL legs because she's still not even to the top notch in her convertible car seat. She's my skinny mini little thing and I just love her to pieces!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Day In The Life

Per usual, I like to do these when something major has changed up our routine and it just so happens that something major named Laney has changed things up around here. So! I figured it was time to document a day in the life of maternity leave with Laney. I did one while on leave with Charley but things are different this time around!

This was Tuesday, June 18, 2015.
Charley is 3 years 9 months old.
Laney is 7 weeks old.

5:50 AM

Baby monitor sounds. Laney is waking up so I make my way to her room to nurse her. I use an app on my phone to monitor which side to nurse from and also how long it has been since the last time she nursed and it has been 8 hours and 8 minutes! Wahoo! That's the longest stretch yet. Not too shabby for a 7 week old baby.

6:08 AM

Laney is done & back asleep in her crib so I make my way back to my bed and back to sleep.

7:45 AM or so

(I'm guessing here - because I hadn't decided I was going to do a Day in the Life post yet at this point, so no pictures yet or actual times unless I use the nursing app on my phone.)

Charley makes her way into our room. I think John was just leaving for work too, or maybe he had already left. I don't remember. I go start a cartoon for Charley in the living room so I can have a few minutes to wake up myself.

8:15 AM or so

Charley and I make pancakes for breakfast and eat them together. She insists on a Mickey Mouse and a snowman pancakes. I like when the timing works out with Laney's sleep that Charley and I get some time together in the mornings. Makes me feel slightly less neglectful since Laney needs so much attention the rest of the day.

9:16 AM

Laney wakes up from a 3 hour nap and I get her dressed for the day. She sleeps really well at night and in the mornings, but the daytime naps are more sporadic and she nurses quite a bit more often too. So, don't shoot me just yet. She nurses for just 6 minutes. So.......

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She realizes she wasn't full and nurses for another 10 minutes here.

Which brings us to

10:05 AM

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A face-planted nap on the couch after nursing, and the moment when I decide to do this post. Whew. Now the timestamp on the pictures can guide the rest of the day for me. Charley is to my left watching another cartoon.

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10:15 AM

That tiny catnap is over and I need to pump because it is impossible for Laney to catch up after going for that long stretch at night. I need some relief! If I was smart and not lazy, I would wake up in the night to pump to keep my supply nice and healthy and build my stash even more for when I return to work, but I am not either of those things (smart and not lazy). Oh well.

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10:30 AM

Whoa it has been a good half hour so Laney must be STARVING. Ha. Nurses again for 15 minutes this time. I've turned off the TV too and ushered Charley to her room to play a little Waffle Town - my favorite toy from my childhood. We set up the town last night so it is all ready to be played with.

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10:50 AM

I attempt to put Laney down for her nap in a 'drowsy but awake' state. I've had some luck with this lately so I at least try it at every nap. This time was a dud though, so I ended up rocking her to sleep. Can't win them all.

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11:00 AM

For the next half hour I start typing this blog post. I'm on a blogging roll lately because I have at least 6 drafts and a couple other ideas too that I've been itching to type up. Finally getting a chance to write them this week so it has been a very bloggy week.

11:30 AM

I get myself dressed for the day. Nursing tank, very light tank to go over that and some shorts. So fashionable, right? Ha.

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I then go outside to check the mail. I'm so anxious to check the mail every day because we haven't gotten any hospital bills yet. I'm so strange. I'm really curious how much we are going to owe. But, mail hasn't even come yet so I take a picture of one of my pretty dahlias instead.

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I came back inside and got Charley dressed and brushed her teeth. She's been asking for a haircut ("my hair is getting as long at Tootunzel (Rapunzel) Mama!") so I tell her we can go today after Laney wakes up and eats.

12:03 PM

Laney's up! Nurses for 26 whole minutes this time. During that, I make an appointment for Charley's haircut at Great Clips. We go there or take advantage of my friend Melissa's skills when we are with her for haircuts. I of course prefer Melissa, but Great Clips works for now since we are just really cutting it straight across.

12:35 PM

Charley gets her hair cut and is so wiggly. I wear Laney in the Beco during the haircut because girlfriend hates the car seat. The man cutting Charley's hair doesn't have a ton of patience and basically tells me he will do the best he can and even has me hold her head still at one point. I try to get her to be still but it doesn't work much. Definitely prefer the girl we had the other time we came - if only I wrote down her name. Oh well. It still looks cute.

1:00 PM

We walk next door to Target to do our grocery shopping since Laney is snoozing in the Beco. It is also lunch time and we are hungry so we have some nutritious snacks from the snack bar. Icee, popcorn and a soft pretzel for me. Also, don't mind the empty shelves - our Target lost power to their refrigerated cases on Sunday (when we originally came to grocery shop) and had to toss ALL refrigerated items and they are still trying to get everything back in stock. They estimated a half-million dollar loss. Whoa.

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Home from the grocery store. Laney is hungry, but lets me lay her down on her play mat while I put away the refrigerated items at least. I then nurse her for 10 minutes.

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She wasn't full. Nurse her again for 20 minutes and then put her down for another nap.

Charley has some rest time and watches a couple shows. I cleaned up the kitchen and then had to vacuum our bedroom after Charley threw a handful of cat food on the carpet (don't ask) so I cleaned up that room also.

4:12 PM

Laney is up again and nurses again for 7 minutes. Charley goes outside to play on the deck with her water table. We definitely need the awning out because it is hot, hot, hot. Even the thermostat tells me that it is 'Extremely hot.'

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4:45 PM

Charley has some fruit and more of the popcorn from Target. We kind of skipped lunch today. I'm not much of a lunch eater when I'm home and today Charley wasn't either.

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5:00 PM

We go down to my parent's house for a visit. My mom has a summer cold and doesn't feel well so we don't stay long.

5:18 PM

Back home and Laney's hungry again. While I'm nursing her John gets home from work and we decide to go out for Mexican for dinner.

7:35 PM

We are back home (actually had been home for 45 minutes at this point) and Charley is in the bath and I'm nursing Laney again. She tends to load up in the evenings before bed so 25 minutes this time. I lay her down in the Boppy Lounger after she's done.

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8:00 PM

The next hour consists of getting Charley out of the bath and in her nightgown and then she wanted her hair dried also. John takes Laney and I take on Charley. Charley then watches a cartoon to wind down, and we start to get Laney ready for bed.

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9:00 PM

Charley's ready for bed. John and I each read her a book at night so we do that and kiss her goodnight. I then make my way to the couch with a drowsy Laney. She falls asleep on me, but I know it's not for the night just yet so I just let her sleep on me.

10:09 PM

Laney's up and ready for her last meal. Nurses for 27 minutes and she's out for the night. John watches some of the NBA finals and I go finish the blog I started 11 hours ago. At 11:00 I post the blog and then I'm off to bed too. 

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Glad I documented a day in the life of maternity leave because it will be over pretty soon and a whole new adventure begins - getting to work on time after getting TWO babies up and ready for the day. I'll have to do another one of these posts once that starts and we get in a new routine. Right now I feel like it takes me FOREVER to get us out of the door and that's usually with me looking a mess (see Target photo above). Let's hope that I can not look like that when I return to work.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stuff We Like So Far - Laney edition

So I know I posted a list like this for Charley way back in January 2012. But three years, three months and a different child makes a huge difference apparently because I just went back to read that one and NONE of the stuff in that list are on this list. Ha! While I do still love the City Mini stroller on Charley's list, we haven't even used it one time yet with Laney. Anyways, on to the stuff we are liking so far this time.

Miracle Blanket Swaddle

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Although I just went to the Miracle Blanket website and saw we've been doing it wrong all along, I still love this thing and so does Laney. At first she gets a little grunty when she realizes she can't.move.her.arms!! but it really does calm her down and let her sleep soundly at night. The only bad part is that we only have ONE of these, so one spit-up or diaper that gets overfull at night and it makes for a laundry must the next day. I hesitate to buy another because they really don't stay swaddled for too long. But for now we love it!

On Charley's list we had the SwaddleMe, and that one really just didn't work as well for Laney. I didn't like the sound of the loud velcro that could wake her up in the middle of the night as I changed her diaper and Laney just preferred the other one more. So I have a stack of SwaddleMe blankets that aren't getting used this time. Oh well!

In that same picture above, we also love the

Eddie Bauer Infant Travel Bed

Since we've spent 2 weeks of Laney's 7 weeks on vacation, this thing has gotten a ton of use. I love that it folds up so small and can really just go anywhere. When I used it when Charley was 6 weeks old I had it next to me in a double bed because it was just me and her. This time John vacationed with us too so he and I shared the bed and I had Laney in her little bed beside me on the floor. She slept great in it and therefore we slept great too! Of course, the pack n play would give us the same results, but since our vacations are usually in a camper, limited space makes this little travel bed make much more sense. I'm just a little sad that we are probably done with this piece of baby gear now as we have no other vacations planned in the immediate future. Sad! First thing that we are done with.

Udder Covers Nursing Cover

I think this is the nursing cover I have. My sister actually gave it to me before I had Charley and I never really used it until this time. And I've used it A LOT this time and I really love it.
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I actually have another nursing cover I was really excited to use this time and turns out I really don't like it all that much. The difference being the top of them. The Udder Cover one (can I just say I hate that name?) has a rigid top neckline so you can see what you are doing under there really easily and the Oslo one doesn't. I used the Oslo one only once and basically had to pull it up over my face to see what I was doing when trying to get her latched. That doesn't look awkward at all. Ha. Maybe other people don't need to see to get their babies latched, but I'm just not that talented.

Boppy Newborn Lounger

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Another thing I have really loved this time is this Boppy Lounger. I didn't have this when Charley was a baby but I knew how much I loved letting Charley nap in the regular Boppy so figured this would be good to have because it is made for that. (Even though it says it should only be used for newborns and infants that are awake.)

I wasn't going to buy any new baby gear because we really didn't need it, but I found this for only $10 at a garage sale and you can throw the whole thing in the washing machine so I figured why not? And it definitely was worth the $10. Laney had some nice naps in this thing, and in the first couple of weeks she even slept part of the night in this next to me in the bed. I'm not saying anyone else should do that since they say they shouldn't nap in them, I'm just saying I chose to take that risk myself and Laney really seemed to like it. BUT, I took that picture tonight and I can see it really won't last that long. So, worth $10 for sure, but not sure I would have felt it was worth the $30+ had I paid retail.

Regardless, another thing we've loved so far.

Schylling Infant UV Play Shade


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Since we already have a beach trip under our belts I can already recommend this beach tent. It was so easy to put up (well, I think it looked easy as John put it up) and take down (again - looked easy enough to me as I watched him do it!) and it was the perfect place for Laney to nap. The sound of the ocean and the nice breeze knocked her out every time. I loved how the wind could blow through with the window opening in the back too. Hope we get a few more chances to use it this summer!

Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water


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Hey remember how I said we had avoided ever using Gripe Water with Charley? Well Laney is a whole 'nother baby. She's griped quite a bit so we gripe watered her often. We're on our second bottle already and the stuff really seems to work to calm a gurgly tummy. Gurgly tummy = crying baby so anything to relieve that is a win in my book.

Beco Gemini Carrier

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I am sure I've mentioned this carrier on the ol' blog at some point before but the search wasn't pulling anything up. Anyways, I LOVE THIS CARRIER. We got it later on in Charley's babyhood, so never got to test out a carrier with a newborn but man. This thing is awesome. I love that you don't need an infant insert because it is good from 7 pounds and up and it is really so easy to put on yourself. I feel very secure with it also, which is why I was able to take a 4 week old baby hiking in it. If nothing else calms Laney while she's fussy this thing will do it for sure. In fact, I wore it today during Charley's haircut and then we walked next door to Target and did grocery shopping afterwards and she slept the entire time. Well over an hour. It was the best grocery shopping trip to date. I will wear her here or there, I will wear her anywhere!

And the whole reason I chose this one in the first place with Charley was that Charley NEEDED to see out and not face me. I had heard about the crotch dangling thing and still don't know if is a real thing but figured I'd buy one of the carriers that didn't carry that risk anyways just in case it was a real thing. And with this carrier they can look out forward facing or you can wear them on your back also. I think there is a side carry too but we've never tried that one. Versatile and both kiddos have loved it.

Fisher Price Comfy Time Bouncer

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Another thing both girls loved. Forget all of the expensive baby seat type gear. Swings, Bumbo and even the Rock N Play (that I purchased and then returned when I realized it did nothing for us). This $35 bouncer is where it's at for my girls. Both have loved it and it is another easy thing to take on vacation too.

So. That's the stuff we're loving so far. And just within the last couple of days she's really started to like the Kick And Play Piano Playmat, but since it has only been a couple of days I'll wait to see if it is hit or just a couple days' flukes. Another piece of baby gear where she will happily lay instead of being in my arms all day? Sign me up!

Not that I'm really willing to buy much more baby stuff at this point (I'm more counting down the days until I can start selling some of this stuff!) but if you have something you really love and think I must have - tell me about it! I kind of like that I got to try out a few different things this time!