A Day in the Life #1

I figure, why not play show and tell of how our days typically go? This is from Tuesday, March 1st. It was a pretty busy day. Plus, it will show me that I actually accomplish things during the week. 

3:15am – LJ wakes up. He keeps getting stuck in the corner of his crib and gets incredibly pissed about this. Nurse him, back to bed for both of us.  

7:03am – LJ and I are up for the day. Nurse him and get some coffee going, because #kids. 

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7:43am – S is awake for the day. Grab clothes for both kids, bring her downstairs and get her some milk while she watches a show. 

8:15am – Sneak upstairs and get myself dressed while the kids are entertaining themselves. 

8:22am – Get both kids dressed, put together some breakfast for S and toss LJ in the jumperoo because he pretty much begs to go into it daily. 

8:58am – Gather everything needed for preschool, put some makeup on and curl my hair since both kids are cooperating. Pack up the truck so we can just hop in and go when everyone is ready. 

9:17am – Everyone is in the car and we head to preschool to drop off S. Unfortunately it’s not the ‘drop off’ type of school, we all need to get out of the car for drop off and pick up. 

9:39am – Drop off successful. 

9:53am – Take the truck to the car wash. I couldn’t take the salt, snow and slush all over it anymore. Plus, a clean truck literally makes my whole day. I get so happy. 

  
10:15am – Head back to the house. LJ slept through the car wash so I came home, cleaned out the truck, went inside and broke down the 17 Amazon boxes piled in front of our door. Amazon will absolutely be the reason we can’t pay the mortgage. Oops. Cleaned up the living room, turned on the dishwasher, and headed back out. 

10:34am – Arrive at the post office to drop off a couple packages that need to be returned. 

10:47am – Arrive at the UPS Store to drop off another package that needed to be returned. I swear these errands go light years quicker without a three year old to unload/load back in the car each time.

10:50am – Sit on Instagram in parking lot. Post a picture. Post link to new blog post about PPD on Facebook.

  
10:53am – Hop on the freeway and head back to preschool to pick up S. If LJ sleeps the whole time, I head to preschool early to nurse him in the parking lot. Keeps everyone full and happy. *I also grabbed snacks at the house for the park after preschool, S had no idea we were going*

11:35am – Grab S and head to the park to meet friends! This was my first time wearing LJ in the Ergo and he loved every second of it, and so did I! We’ve been trying for so long to make him love it but his legs were so short and he was uncomfortable.

12-2pm – Played at the playground, fed LJ and had some mommy time. It’s so nice to talk to someone over 3ft tall for once 😉 

  
2pm – Headed back home from the park. Nice, quiet drive home too. It was such a beautiful day and both kids were so behaved.

2:20pm – Got home, unloaded the kids and truck and then just hung out. We had been on the go since 9:15 so a break to just relax at home was needed. 

2:30pm – Grabbed ingredients and made some macaroni and cheese for us to eat, and grabbed LJ a bottle to have while i ate. 

*This three hour gap is a complete blur. I can tell you that the house was a wreck and LJ didn’t nap at all so I had my hands full until…

5:30pm – Daddy is home! S can’t even control herself when he gets home. She runs and attacks him at the door and then gets a shot of adrenaline until bed time. 

6:10pm – We had a pretty late lunch so all S wanted for dinner was toast. When she was finished, it was bath time.

6:45pm – Pj’s for everyone! Bed time at our house is strict, and for good reason. Did you see anywhere above that I listed that either child napped? (Besides LJ napping during errands in the early morning) Exactly. So early bed times for everyone. I don’t mess around. 

7:10pm – Both kids are upstairs asleep. Hallelujah 🙌 Both my husband and I (though it’s sometimes just my husband) clean up the whirlwind of toys and baby things covering our main level. 

7:30pm – Turn on reruns of Last Man Standing and eat Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter with a spoon. Thank goodness for burning calories while nursing! 

9pm – Go upstairs and pump so I can sleep comfortably and freeze the milk. We’re currently going through some trial runs of supplementing and seeing if LJ can continue tolerating my milk, or if I need to wean completely. I’ll go into that in another blog post. 

 
9:30pm – Bed time! It’s hard to believe that at 26 years old, I go to bed this early. But with LJ’s horrible sleeping schedule, I can’t chance staying up later or I don’t get any sleep at night.  

And that was our day! 

It’s usually not very busy, but days that S goes to preschool are the days that I jam pack my errands into the morning because it’s way easier to accomplish things with only one child. Are these posts fun to read? Should I do them more? Let me know!

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Quick Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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In all honesty, I rarely remember to pull meat out of the freezer, prep veggies for the crock pot, or do anything that would avoid a night of Kraft Macaroni n’cheese shaped like Sponge Bob. However, I keep a few {fall back} recipes saved in Chrome to have when I’ve failed as a mom in the dinner department. They’re actually really good, and don’t involve too much effort, but taste delicious. Another plus? My toddler eats all of them. Win.

Jessica over at HowSweetEats nailed these chicken tacos and they’re so easy to make. Chicken thighs browned and in the oven, seasoned and shredded. Throw in tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, avocados, and chipotle lime crema sauce. Boom, dinner. I do, however, alter the crema recipe since it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. I used chiles in adobo sauce, sour cream, half/half, smoked paprika, chili powder, some salt and pepper. So good.

My husband found this recipe for sausage, peppers and onions and for someone who doesn’t ever eat that, it’s amazing. Ask my mom, #pickyeateraward. Throw them on some rolls with some of Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce and it is HEAVENLY. Also, I may have used a whole jar of that sauce eating two separate batches of the sp+o. Oops.

[Photocredit: Husband]

Martha Stewart had this recipe for Pork Bolognese and again, for someone who hates meat sauce, it’s delicious. My toddler shovels bowls of this down for dinner. I did tweak the recipe because I’m related to my sister and that’s literally all she does. I skipped the celery, thyme, and added more bacon. It’s so good and it’s that perfect comfort food you need during the winter months.

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Last but not least, the recipe that people ask me for constantly. Like, all the time. Besides my risotto. This Chicken Lazone recipe is not for the diet followers. Butter, cream, chicken and spices make up this yummy dinner. I double the sauce so there’s plenty to drown your chicken in, and I’ve made it over garlic mashed potatoes, brown rice, and pasta. All winning options. It’s so quick and easy, you’d be surprised how flavorful it is with how few ingredients you use.

That’s it! Those are my quick favorite dinners (or late lunch) recipes that I love to throw together that everyone will like. Also, I did this entire post while my baby napped for 17 minutes and my daughter ate a popsicle. Just so you can tell, my mom game is strong.

What’s your favorite weeknight recipe for when you forget you have to feed other humans? Ideas  are appreciated, as are bottles of wine on my doorstep in exchange for risotto.

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Digging my way out {PPD}

*Grabs shovel*

I can (thankfully) say that I never experienced any form of depression before my second pregnancy. They say every pregnancy is different, and they truly aren’t kidding. I knew I was pregnant around three weeks but the test didn’t come back positive until four weeks. Then it began – the sickness, the migraines, the insane tiredness. It turns out I had what’s called Hyperemesis Graviderum. It’s pretty much the most intense morning sickness you can imagine that comes piggybacked with trips to labor and delivery for up to four bags of fluids and intramuscular shots of anti-nausea medications used for chemotherapy patients. The option of a PICC line gets tossed around. It really is a grand ol’ time.

Luckily for me, I only ended up in labor and delivery once. As for the rest of my pregnancy? You could find me in bed, on the couch or laying on the bathroom floor. Having HG meant leaving plates of snacks and drinks out for my two year old because she couldn’t understand why I couldn’t make her lunch. It meant turning down play dates because I turned from completely okay to a throwing up possessed pregnant lady in a matter of seconds, with no warning. Thankfully, the heavy duty anti-nausea pills I was prescribed helped immensely. Just to give you a taste of how bad it was, Zofran did nothing to help me. 

Needless to say, I was depressed during my pregnancy. I had everything we needed for a girl, and we found out we were having a boy. I didn’t want to buy clothes. I didn’t want to decorate a nursery. Nothing. I wanted nothing to do with the life growing inside of me. The sciatica pain was unreal. I practically lived in my chiropractor’s office. To top it off, I was in prodromal labor for the last 2.5 weeks of my pregnancy. I would go into full on labor every single night from 7pm-12am and then the contractions would disappear. Every. Single. Night. He finally came the day before my scheduled induction at 41 weeks pregnant. I was more excited about not being pregnant anymore, than seeing the baby. 

*To give you an idea of how sick I was, I only gained 11lbs my entire pregnancy, and the baby was 8lbs7oz*

Postpartum didn’t change my feelings. Up until a week ago, I couldn’t even tell you why we had a second baby. I get so overwhelmed. I yell at my three year old for no reason. I’m incredibly angry more times than I am happy. Postpartum depression is so real. It’s so scary and tiring. Your brain never shuts off. Add in a colicky baby with tummy troubles who never sleeps? Recipe for a mommy meltdown. I was told that I’m stressed, that I just need to ‘adjust’ to life with two kids. I can honestly say that hearing that from a nurse in a midwife office astounded me. Did you know you can develop postpartum depression up until a year after you have the baby? 

If you think something is wrong, get help. Just ask. It took me up until a month ago to ask for help. Now I have help at least once a week with the kids. I can get things done. I’ve given up my dream to exclusively breastfeed this baby and started supplementing because it’s best for all of us. Because, #fedisbest. I had some mommy friends with similar feelings that have helped me so much, and I’m forever grateful for their love and support.

Motherhood is hard. Postpartum depression is harder. But I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting brighter every day ❤️ 

  

 

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Blogging from the couch

  
How else do you blog with two kids? Having two kids instead of one is a bigger change than you can ever imagine. Also, the second child is usually 17x worse than the first. So, there’s that. I definitely won’t sugar coat it. It’s rough. My two kids are almost three years apart, and as independent as my oldest is, she sure knows how to need something at the exact moment I sit down to nurse her brother. She isn’t spiteful, she doesn’t act out in public, but she’s definitely more mischievous now because she knows my attention is divided. She doesn’t nap anymore, and in all honesty, neither does her baby brother.

So to keep my “stay at home mom, full-time wife” self sane, I started this blog back up in August. After a rough pregnancy and a colicky baby to ring in the new year, I was spent. But things are starting to brighten up and I’m hoping to post more. It’s definitely therapeutic for me. Blogging gives me a sense of purpose. I mean, motherhood does too, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes I’d like to do something that doesn’t involve children touching me, but involves wine instead.

So here’s to blogging more to keep myself from overnighting my children via FedEx to grandma’s house 😉

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Essentials

Remember when you were pregnant for the first time and you found the need to buy #allthethings?

Yeah, me either.

Luckily, I was a nanny before I had my first and boy, did I learn a ton. It was a great preview of what was to come, and in the best way possible. I learned newborn “outfits” were incredibly unnecessary, receiving blankets were meant to be returned for something more useful, and gas drops for babies are lifesavers. So, I’ve compiled my top five essentials for newborns to make the transition just a little bit easier, for both baby and parents.

1) Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets are just the best.

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They’re huge, breathable, and make swaddling a squirmy new baby a breeze. They get softer with every wash, which is probably my favorite part. The versatile uses are endless – I loved using them as a nursing cover in a pinch, and to cover her car seat when strangers in stores thought it was their place to stick their face in the car seat 😉 Note* I only own the Aden + Anais brand of swaddle blankets –  I found the other brands that could be purchased in Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, etc were a bit scratchy straight out of the packaging, so I passed on those.

2) Boppy/Nursing Pillow 

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This was something we used through her first year of life for so many different things. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring it to the hospital when I went into labor with my first and I wished so bad that I had it with me. There’s only so much that a hospital pillow can do, and in all realness, it barely fits the standard of a pillow! This time around, it will camp in the car so I don’t forget it.

It’s main purpose was for nursing, but as she got bigger, it became more multi-purpose. She used it to rest in when she didn’t want to be flat on her back, and we used it to prop her up when she was learning to sit unassisted, which she accomplished around 4.5 months old. She used it to have her milk at night for months, and after she learned the beauty of sitting on the couch, we packed it away.

3) Arms Reach Mini Co-sleeper

This co-sleeper tops anything remotely close to it on the market. We aren’t a bed-sharing family (to each their own) so this was the next best thing to keeping her as close as possible, in the safest way for all of us. I love that it attaches to our bed, so there isn’t a way for her to fall between the bed and co-sleeper. It was incredibly easy (almost too easy?) to grab her in the middle of the night to nurse, or to replace her pacifier if she fussed. There are pockets on each end, and a storage area underneath for diapers, wipes, burp cloths, swaddle blankets, hats, etc. Definitely a must!

4) White Noise Machine

Living in an apartment with the noises of others is quite the annoyance. Living in an apartment with a newborn? ROUGH. You can’t control the slamming of doors, people coming in/out all hours of the night from the main door, people on the balcony, setting off sparklers for sporting events and holidays. So, I bought this Homedics SoundSpa white noise machine before we brought the baby home and have used it since day one. It is such a lifesaver! Even now, over 2.5 years later, we still use it. We strictly use the white noise sound, but the others are just as soothing. You can buy the same once in Target in a green color for $25-30 and they sell another fancier version for around $40-45. I don’t find any of those to be necessary. If it wasn’t for the price, I would’ve just purchased the Marpac DOHM Natural White Noise Machine. That one is great as well.

5) Wine

Because it’s been 10 months.

Because you’ve had to experience labor and delivery.

Because your house is probably a wreck.

But really, do you need a reason?

Those are my top-five baby essentials for the first few foggy weeks that no one ever remembers. Do you remember those weeks? What were your essentials? Do you prefer red or white wine?