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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ginny: Three Months

Miss G is three months old! 

Stats: 13 lbs. 3 oz. and 24 1/2" long

Firsts this month: Trip to the zoo, holding her head up, sleeping through the night

Clothes: She absolutely flew through 0-3 months clothes and is now in almost all 3-6 months things - especially onesies and sleepers. She's long with cute chubby legs. I love it! 

Sleeping: We have been seriously enjoying sleep in this house. For the past month or so, Ginny has been sleeping from around 9pm until between 5am and 6am! Absolutely amazing. Occasionally, she'll get up around 2am for a quick snack, but otherwise she loves her sleep. She's been in her crib, unswaddled and loves to stretch out like a little starfish.

Eating: Three months and going strong. I'm so happy and blessed that breastfeeding is going well. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but I'm proud that we haven't needed to supplement at all.

New Tricks: She's gotten very good at holding her head up and has started babbling/squealing when she is playing. I need to catch it on video one of these days. She can sort of roll over from her belly to back, but I think it's mostly just tipping over.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Parenting Reading List

This is kind of a cop out of a blog post, so I apologize. My late night surf the web breast feeding sessions have yielded quite a lot of great articles about parenting; many that sum up parenting perfectly. There's nothing like reading something that validates the crazy, frustrating, joyful, chaos that is parenting and makes you feel normal. If you're looking for some good reads, here you go!

Articles & Videos

Don't Carpe Diem by Glennon Melton

Stress-Less Parenting: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Scary Mommy

To the Parents of Small Children by Steve Wiens

How to Talk to Little Girls by Lisa Bloom

Understanding Your Child's Temperament by Elizabeth Pantley

Have American Parents Got it all Backward? by Christine Gross-Loh

Are You Ready to Have Kids? A Test

Dunstan Baby Language by Priscilla Dunstan

20 Things Every Parent Should Hear by Beth Woolsey

Six Words You Should Say Today by Hands Free Mama

Just Plain Funny Stuff

Reasons My Son is Crying

Message with a Bottle

Conversations with My 2 Year Old

Parenting Pinterest Board

26 Reasons Kids are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults

Monday, June 24, 2013

First Child Syndrome

Maybe it's because I'm also the oldest sibling, but I've got a soft spot for Charlie and his new role as older sibling. As you can imagine its been hard to set aside one on one time for him and me with a new baby around. Everything we do together usually also involves Ginny. A few weeks ago, I ran across the room to help him pee on the potty with Ginny latched on, nursing! That was quite a sight.

One thing I'm particularly worried about is forgetting things. He's learning and doing so much right now and I don't want to let those cute, funny, and precocious things slip my busy, overloaded mind. I take fewer pictures, write less in his book, and blog less often. It's not that I've forgotten about Charlie, but in the midst of the increased crazy, I've lost my appreciation for all he brings to my life. I wish there was a way to bottle his fun spirit right now - I'm going to miss these things dearly when he's older. Things like...

How much he enjoys Ginny's toys - even if he's way too big for them.

 How he loves to help Daddy in the garden and asks daily to water the plants.

How a laundry basket and a tape measure turn into a boat and fishing rod, 
floating along on the vast living room floor sea.

How clothes are optional and stickers are the coolest things ever.

 How he provides musical accompaniment during shopping trips.

 How Mickey is his best friend.

And how joyful he is every single day.

I could never actually forget about my little guy, my first baby. I just hope to never forget the little things that can fall through the cracks of a busy day. Why does life move so fast? Why do kids grow so fast?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Back to Work!

Though the official start of summer was only a few days ago, living on an academic calendar means our summer started back in May. It also means that we're almost halfway through since "summer" ends in mid-August. All that being said, I'm back at work and the summer is flying by. Does the lack of posting make sense now?

Though its been busy and my time with the kids has been reduced, I am happy to be back at work. Don't get me wrong, I obviously adore my family and cherish every second with them, but I also really love my job and missed it quite a bit. I started out slow to help the transition - my first week, I worked three part time days, the next week I was back full time, but have been coming home for lunch everyday. One of my biggest fears was that my milk supply would tank when I went back to work, so being able to come home for lunch to nurse G has helped tremendously.

I started pumping a few weeks ago in anticipation of going back to work and though I wasn't thrilled about pumping again, it was nice to have a buffer of milk in the freezer. My supply has always been on the high side, but there are worse problems to have. So far the whole working and pumping thing is going well, but I'm fully aware it could change at anytime. No reason to stress though - today my supply is good, G is nursing well, and that's all I can ask for.

Last week, C began going to a new daycare and he loves it! He and G will attend full time in August when J goes back to work. For now, however, he's going part time just to get out of the house and socialize. Plus, it means J can get some one on one bonding time with G.

Otherwise, G is happy and growing like a weed, C is doing great with the potty training and has been chattering up a storm, and J is applying to every teaching job he can get his hands on in hopes of getting a full time position somewhere for the fall. The weather is beautiful, our garden is growing, and life is good.

I'm hoping once I get back into the swing of things with work and being a full time working Mom, I can post more. There are so many posts I've started, but never finished due to lack of time. I love blogging, but sometimes it just falls to the back burner. Besides, if it weren't for my family, what would I write about? ;-)