Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mama Gratitude

Today was bad. Just so many things happened and it felt like a freaking uphill battle from the moment the sun was up (or before...which was when the baby was up...). Instead of focusing on all of the things that went horribly wrong today, I figured I'd share five things I was thankful for today. I'm kind of rolling my eyes at myself with this, but let's just see how it goes!

A little backstory so this list makes sense: We bought a house! Made it official end of June and decided to re-do the flooring in the living spaces, paint the entire interior, and make some small fixture upgrades.

5 Things I was Thankful for Today

1. Our bathtub was fixed! After we moved in, we were running water into the tub and realized it was draining really slowly. After it had drained, two giant wet spots appeared on the carpet on either side of the bathroom, in EJ's room and the guest room. Long story short, an important piece of pipe was all rusted/corroded and the water had nowhere to drain. Our family friend hooked us up by fixing it, and E took her first bath in the tub tonight.

2. Kyle went in late to work to help me out this morning. With the construction on the tub, and a few finishing touches his dad was doing on the new flooring, two buck-wild Boston Terriers, and a fussy  baby in tow, I was losing it a little (a lot). It took a huge weight off my shoulders knowing I had some backup.

3. I had a beautiful epiphany of sorts during nap #3. I was laying there and the baby had just fallen asleep. It was late afternoon, my favorite time of day. I was about to ninja roll away from E when I realized she was snuggled so sweetly next to me, Luna was curled up on my left leg, and Harley was stretched out against my right. In that moment I felt like a true mama. Wanted and needed by all my little ducklings. That felt really nice and made me smile.

4. We started baby led weaning  a couple of weeks ago with E and I realized today that she has a preference for GREEN VEGGIES. I've heard it's easy for babies to gravitate toward fruits/other sweet tasting things since breastmilk is inherently sweet. My girl CRUSHED like 5 stalks of asparagus tonight. And she loved her green beans a couple of nights ago. It was the coolest thing ever seeing her maneuver each piece and I could tell she genuinely enjoyed it. Hopefully the green veggie fervor lives on well into toddlerhood ha!

5. Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. There's a pint of it sitting in my freezer right. now. I'm 100% being honest with you when I say I am thankful for that pint of ice cream I'm going to enjoy in about 10 minutes. I'm trying not to immediately grab a wine glass at the end of each night, so this will be my pre-bed treat.

There you have it. 5 real life things I am thankful for right now. I do feel a little less grouchy/worn down having reflected on the day. With a roof over my head, a healthy baby in bed, a belly full of food, a loving husband, and a killer family, there are no bad days. Only challenging ones.

I wanted to share 5 adorable photos to go with each item I mentioned above...but I threw my phone in the bathtub tonight. Literally thought it was a bath toy and just chucked it right into the water. Cross your fingers the 'bag of rice' trick really works. In lieu of those photos, here's a gratuitous picture of my baby in the cutest jammies. I got them at target in a three pack and I am obsessed. They are size 6-9 months and it killllls me that they fit her.

xo-Meg

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Checking In & Expectations

So, the whole "I'm going to regularly blog again" thing was probably a little overzealous...considering I barely put on regular clothing these days. This kind of brings me to an important point for any mama out there (or mama to be...or anyone for that matter): stop setting unrealistic expectations.

Of course people should set goals/have dreams etc. I'm talking about having an idea in your head about how any given event should go. When Everly was first born, I used to set expectations for outings, Doc appointments, even day to day activities. I thought I'd be strolling along tree shaded sidewalks with an iced coffee in hand and my best friends by my side, stopping occasionally to snap pics of my adorable newborn. It didn't look like that...at all. And it still doesn't. Because best friends without babies continue with their pre-baby lives (as they should) and you end up home with no pants or make up on crying about your cracked nipples. And when you have to leave a restaurant 5 minutes after your food arrives because you cannot pacify your screaming infant.

We struggled to accept this new mindset at first and had many miserable outings because of it. Fast forward to the 6 month mark and it's just now getting easier. We don't expect ANYTHING these days. We go places knowing we might pack up and leave the moment we arrive. We do our best to anticipate potential issues and we go with the flow. THAT is how you live your best life as a new parent. But that's just the two cents of a very type B person.


Last week was a huge milestone for us as a family- first family vacation! To San Diego to be more specific. As you probably guessed we had zero expectations for this trip and the purpose was really to visit my newborn niece. We left around E's bedtime (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS METHOD OF TRAVEL W/ LITTLE ONES) and arrived incredibly sleepy but only having stopped once or twice. We saw a cute farmers market, a very large aquarium who's name I won't mention so people don't think I'm an awful person, and Everly enjoyed putting her little toes in the Pacific Ocean.

I got lots of baby snuggles and EJ was fascinated by her 2 year old cousin, Wes, who she didn't really seem to notice before now. It's an INCREDIBLE feeling having children at the same time as your siblings. So fulfilling!


Anyway, we're home now, and back to normal life. E had her six month check up today, but I'll highlight that later!

Thanks for listening. Any other tips you'd share with a first time parent? I can use all the help I can get :)

xo- Meg