Eleven Weeks

eleven weeks

This was another big week for our little man.
He has officially been in daycare for a week and is doing well!
We are getting into a routine and I think I can safely say that he is sleeping through the night!
The first time he slept through the night was New Year’s Eve, but it’s been hit or miss since.
By the third day of daycare, he was sleeping 8:00pm – 7:00am.
We are still working on a schedule that works for both of us.
Depending on how late he goes to bed, I have been getting up in the middle of the night to pump.
I know we’ll get there eventually, but I am thrilled that all of his feedings are during the daytime now!

Crosby is definitely learning more about his hands… they are now gravitating to his mouth quite often.
If his paci isn’t in there, his hands are!

The transition back to work was much easier this time around.
As I was reading Kenley’s eleven week post, I remembered that it took me a while to get into the swing of things.
This time, I am at a different job and not commuting an hour each way.
I work closer to home and to the kids’ school and I’m working normal hours, all of which are so much better for us.
Crosby has the same teachers as Kenley did, so I am beyond thrilled about that.
Overall, this week went better than I had thought. It was exhausting, but still good!

my weekend in photos

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life is more fun with coordinating bags.

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saturday morning i did the color run!
i had been wanting to do it for a while and was out of town last year.
i knew i didn’t want to wait another whole year to go it, so even though i am not back in race-running shape, i signed up anyway.

#happiest5k #colorrun

before!

After!! So much fun and we ran the whole time! #happiest5k #colorrun

after!
we planned on walking and chatting, which turned into running through the colors,
which turned into running the whole 5k!
i didn’t even turn on my watch, so i have no idea how we did… and i’m perfectly fine with that!

seriously, happiest 5k!
[[ don’t worry, my phone was inside a ziplock ]]

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kenley talked about mommy being messy the whole day.

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i have no idea how babies ‘r us expects you to shop with your baby in a car seat.
worst shopping carts ever!

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chillin’

I had so much fun throwing a sprinkle today for a baby boy who will be here so soon! #sprinkleseverywhere

i hosted a sprinkle for a friend today.
there were sprinkles everywhere! [[ more pics to come! ]]

greg got a pineapple slicer in his stocking and he is officially obessed.

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someone had to try the chopsticks during dinner.
she eventually had rice down her shirt.

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we had a good weekend, but it sure went by fast!
how was your weekend?

Baby Gear for Baby #2

I love(d) looking at new baby gear lists and must have items that other people enjoy.
This time around was no different. I wanted to see what things I may need since we will have two kids and what new things have come long since Kenley was born (less than two years ago!).
We didn’t need much since we had so much saved from the first time around,
but there were a few things that I knew I wanted that I didn’t have the first time around.

The first thing that I wanted (and definitely needed) was a double stroller.
I am the first to admit I have a stroller obsession.
The two strollers I looked at (and agonized over) were the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller
and the Baby Jogger City Select Stroller that can convert to a double stroller.
In my opinion, there are pros and cons to each stroller.
Before I definitively decided on one stroller over the other, I found the City Select with the second seat in excellent condition on Craigslist for $280 less than retail.
I immediately jumped on that deal since one of the biggest cons to the City Select was the price.
In the short time that we’ve used it, I can honestly say that I love this stroller. It can be used as a single stroller or a double stroller, which is a huge pro!
There are several ways to arrange the seats in the stroller,
which I am excited to do once Crosby gets a little older.
After the little man had arrived, we decided to get the car seat adaptor for our Chicco Keyfit 30, which we have used so much. It was definitely worth the money.

baby jogger city select with second seat

One thing I wish I would have known about with Kenley was the
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper.
Crosby slept in this for the first six weeks in our room before he moved to the pack-n-play.
It is very light so we always move it from room to room, where ever we are.
I ended up getting the exclusive Target print, which I immediately fell in love with, on sale for $40!

fisher price rock n play

Likewise, I also wanted to try the Boppy Newborn Lounger, but I was not willing to pay full price for it since it seemed to have such a short life (hence the word “newborn” in the description).
I was so excited when I found one at a consignment sale for $10!
Crosby took many, many naps on that pillow. We still use it during his awake time but I’m not sure how much longer he’ll lay on it.

boppy newborn lounger

I figured I would be wearing baby #2 more than I did with Kenley.
Mostly because I knew how much easier it is to get stuff done and also because I figured I would need both of my hands if I had both kids by myself.
I had a Moby wrap that I really didn’t use much the first time (since I had to watch the YouTube video instructions just to put it on), so I wanted to try a different wrap for when he was teeny tiny.
I went with the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier (I got the Breeze)
and used it about every day for the first two months until I went back to work.
We took a lot of walks in the evening, so it was great to stick him in there and head out the door.
I found this carrier to be so much easier to put on than the Moby wrap.
I will continue to use it, but now that he’s a little bigger, I am excited to stick him in the ERGObaby Baby Carrier, which I loved using with Kenley. I had contemplated getting the infant insert for the Ergo, but decided that the wrap would be less bulky to wear around the house. I can also throw it in the diaper bag too, which is a huge plus!

baby k'tan wrap

Some of the essential items we used with Kenley had to be replaced too,
most of which were feeding and diapering items.
I got all new pump parts for my breast pump. Once I pulled them out of storage, I knew it was a must.
Same with bottle nipples, bottles, and pacifiers. I waited to get these items, so I was able to get some boy colors for the little man.
I still stuck with our favorite brands since Crosby likes them as much as Kenley:
Tommee Tippee Bottles and NUK Pacifiers.
I knew there would at least be a little bit of overlap time where we would have two kiddos in diapers, so I knew we needed another changing pad. Lucky for me, I also found that at the consignment sale too, so I didn’t have to buy a brand new one.
I got five new cloth diapers on sale when I was pregnant and I just ordered a few more for him since I realized how worn our other diapers have gotten over the past 2 years.
I had no problem buying new ones now, knowing they will get used for the next 2+ years.
Plus, I could not resist buying the adorable boy prints!

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Did I miss anything that you used the second time around?

Ten Weeks

ten weeks

Crosby had a big week.
I started back to work for a couple days, meaning he was home with my parents and daddy.
He took his bottles like a champ, despite his tummy aches afterwards.
I cannot believe he’s drinking 5 ounce bottles.
I don’t recall when Kenley moved up to 5 ounces, but I don’t think it was this soon.

He also took his first nap in his crib!
He has been napping like a champ in his swing, rock-n-play, and car seat,
but the few times we’ve tried the crib it didn’t go so well.
He sleeps in his crib all night, but just not during the day.
Yesterday, I loosely swaddled him with the swaddle blanket and he slept!

Thankfully, his stuffiness is finally gone!
We had thought he had a super long cold that we couldn’t kick (hence the couple trips to the doctor),
but we (and our doctor) came to realize that is was just newborn congestion the whole time.
Apparently it subsides between two and three months, which seems to be the case with him.
I find it funny that I had the pregnancy congestion and stuffy nose when I was pregnant with Kenley,
but I didn’t have it at all when I was pregnant with Crosby, yet he had it for about eight weeks.
Poor little fella.

Despite his very serious face in most of his photos, he is starting to smile more and more.
It doesn’t get much better than that!

my weekend in photos

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thursday night we headed down to disney for dinner atop the contemporary hotel.
the food was great and the company was even better.
it was a great way to end christmas break!

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i am already starting to work on my word for 2014.
we did absolutely nothing on friday night.
the house was a mess and we had a list of things to do, but we chose to just sit on the couch.
it was awesome.

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we ran errands on the other side of town, which happened to be near one of our favorite places for lunch.
jason’s deli! yum!

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mr. chubby cheeks and i watched the colts game together.
what a game!

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he wasn’t as excited about the sunday games today, watching them with daddy.

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the laundry never ends…

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we had a good weekend, but it’s back to the grind tomorrow.
i’m back to work and crosby is off to school.
new year, new routine.

how was your weekend?

Making 2014 Count

It was fun to look back at our 2013 goals to see what we accomplished, and what is still a work in progress.
Here is a quick recap before we look forward to 2014.
(1.) Greg and I did a pretty good job of getting in date nights. We have a great babysitter we can count on and we aren’t afraid to call her. Each time my family was in town, we made a point to take advantage of the free babysitting.
(2.) We rocked our to-do list of projects for the house. There will always be projects, but we had a great time in 2013 transforming our new house into a home. My quilt, however, was put on hold.
You win some, and you lose some.
(3.) I did a pretty good job of getting behind my DSLR, but I still need a lot of work. I don’t think I will ever master my camera, so this is a constant work in progress, and I’m ok with that!
(4.) We struggled this year with our church-going. Plain and simple. There were several different factors for this, but ultimately the responsibility is on us. We need to get better.
(5.) Having fun and enjoying the ride. Done and done!

Now, on to making 2014 count.
I think my goals this year will resemble a lot of my goals from 2012.
We are in a similar spot as we were two years ago.
(1.) I, again, want to get back my pre-pregnancy body. So far, it hasn’t been happening as quickly as it did last time (thank you second child). My plan is to start running and working out. I would love to run the 2014 OUC Half Marathon again this year OR a Disney half marathon at the beginning of 2015. I know this goal is possible because I have already done it, I just think it will be a little more challenging with two kiddos, instead of just one!
(2.) I will be more intentional about having ‘technology free’ time, both during the week and on the weekends. So many times do I find myself playing with Kenley and also checking my phone; or enjoying time with Greg in the evening and both of us sitting on our phones or laptops. I want to be more present in the moment and not be so attached to social media. There are just times that we need to unplug.
(3.) Related (or unrelated), I want to continue to grow this blog. I want to document Crosby’s life as we have done Kenley’s thus far. I never thought I would say this but blogging and writing has become therapeutic for me. I really enjoy it and would much rather be putting effort into our blog than sitting on Facebook mindlessly scrolling through my newsfeed.
(4.) Since I was home on maternity leave this holiday season, i went ALL OUT decorating our house for Christmas. I have a plethora of Christmas decor now, but not really much for the other holidays. I plan to really decorate for the holidays and seasons throughout the year. This could mean buying decor or actually doing some of the projects I’ve pinned on Pinterest.
(5.) I’m sure some you know this about me, but I don’t cook. Greg is responsible for our dinners most nights of the week. It’s pretty much a running joke in my family. I blame it on the fact the I lived in the sorority house, then moved right in with Greg. I never had to cook for myself! However, I would love to change that this year, especially with my new Christmas gift, a KitchenAid mixer! I also would love to do a better job meal planning and trying new recipes. Again, maybe implement some of the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest!

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I’m linking up today with Little Baby Garvin, which prompted me to think about a word for 2014.
This year my word is RELAX.
My brother is always giving me a hard time about how we are always on the go,
so I want to take some more time this year to just RELAX.
I also found myself pretty stressed out during this holiday season.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
RELAX.
That’s what I’m going to do this year.

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What are your 2014 goals?
Do you choose a word? What is it?