Friday, June 26, 2015

Remington Rose ♥ 3 Months

 Time is still flyin' by in our neck of the woods and Miss Remington Rose turned 3 months this past week! Also this past week was my first week back to work. {Insert sad crying tired face} It sure is hard to leave her after spending every single day with her for that last 3 months. It is also hard to function without the naps. Ha!
It is really fun to watch her grow and begin to learn new things!
Remington at 3 months old...
♥ Discovered her hands and is always putting them in her mouth!
♥ She is SO close to rolling over from back to belly! She get's stuck on her side and get's very frustrated. ***UPDATE - Remi rolled over for the first time on Friday at the babysitter's!***
♥ She can roll from her belly to her back! Only 3 times that I have seen...
♥ Loves to talk and smile! And she's starting to giggle! So cute!
♥ She's the happiest in the morning. The evenings are still pretty tough.
♥ Wakes up every 2.5 - 3 hours. She's given me a handful of sleeps from 4-5 hours but nothing consistent.  
♥ Typically wears 3-6 month clothes. Certain brands of 3 months don't fit because she's so long!
♥ Loves bath time! And screams when I take her out of the bath!
♥ Poops herself often! And toots a lot.
♥ Eyes and hair are lighting up but she still looks like Daddy!
♥ Nicknames: Rem, Remi, Tiny Toots, Pumpkin, Baby
♥ Size 2 diapers - next order we bumped up to a size 3!
♥ Mamma's girl alllll the way!
♥ Makes all sorts of funny faces all the time!

Until next time....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Maternity Leave Expiring {too} Soon!

I truly cannot believe that I have 1 more week left of my maternity leave. I truly don't believe that 12 weeks was/is long enough. Shame on America for providing the worst maternity leave in the world... literally.
People always told me to cherish the time off because it will go by fast. That is an understatement.
As I mentioned before, the first 4 weeks were a complete blur... weeks 5-10 have been slightly easier however still physically and emotionally draining. The thought of going back to work adds a whole bunch of anxiety and emotions to my already overwhelmed self.
Over the last 10 weeks, I've had a lot of thoughts/memories/photos I've wanted to document but never had the chance. In my spare time, I'm pretty much always sleeping, washing pump materials/bottles, or doing laundry. Also in the last 6 weeks, while living out of the camper and not having access to the internet besides on my phone, blogging has taken the bottom of the list of priorities.

To be honest, I thought maternity leave was going to be completely different. I envisioned my first 12 weeks as a Mom getting back in shape, catching up around the house, visiting with friends/family, catching some rays outside, decluttering our house, the list goes on... In reality, I've had time for none of that. Maybe if I had an angel baby that didn't have reflux or colic and slept more than 2 hours at a time... or if I had a husband that came home from work every day so I could catch a break.. but hey, life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. I'm still learning to adjust. I'm still trying not to be so hard on myself. I'm still trying to accept that not everything goes as planned. And that's okay. I'd be lying if I said being a Mom has been easy. It certainly hasn't. But I wouldn't change a thing!
So here is a whole bunch of random tidbits and photos {courtesy of my handy iPhone} of life on maternity leave over the last 10 weeks... if there isn't a picture taken to document each day, I've probably forgotten about everything in between.

Sandy girl always wants to be next to Remington and I on the couch. She's such a cuddle bug.

Sometimes Remington is content with baby wearing. Most times, she throws a fit. She'd rather be held "normal". #highmaintenance

Jack still needs attention. Lots of it.

Around week 5, we all "moved" into the camper. It was supposed to help my sanity however at times it made me more insane.

Grandpa (aka Lolo) has went out of his way to visit Remington many times, no matter where we are living. We've also had lots of visits with my Mom, Greg, and Jasmine but for some reason I have no pictures of that. Boo.

Finally, a day that I actually got dressed and we actually got to relax outside the camper all together. Notice Michael is still in his work clothes. He's been working a lot.

Remington and I attended cousin Carly's 1st Birthday! Notice 2 unhappy babies.. ha!

We moved locations with the camper and spent Memorial weekend at Algonac State Park! It was cold! And Remington SCREAMED for hours every night. I'm sure our neighbors loved us. They probably wondered when we were going to obey the "quiet hour" rules...

This is proof that sometimes Remington sleeps without Mamma hanging onto her! Had to capture a photo because she's so precious!

We planted our garden! Jackass of course is always digging in it and getting yelled at. 

Remington is all smiles before her 2 month checkup where she got 2 shots and screamed her head off for the rest of the day.

When we lay on the floor, Jackass thinks we're there to play with him and he tries to roll over onto Remington every time. Silly dog.

We moved locations again. This time to the Ohio/Michigan border and stayed at Wilderness Campground in Dundee for 2 weeks. Side note: I almost lost my sanity there.

Our site was backed right up to this little lake. It was a nice view to wake up to every day.

And of course, Jackass enjoyed to swim in the lake. That is, when he wasn't on his chain or leash and/or trying to chase strangers.  

While staying in Dundee, we of course had to take Remington to her first visit to Cabela's! (we actually went there twice while staying in Dundee).

Michael and my Dad arranged a surprise to meet us at Cabelas. I was pretty shocked and excited to see they came all that way.

We visited my best friend, Natalie, while staying in Dundee. That was probably my most favorite part about the location we were camping at. We don't get to see each other often enough since we live so far apart. Remington loves Aunt Nat! ♥

We enjoyed lots of fresh air!

Mamma takes entirely too many pictures.. I mean, what else are you to do when she's sleeping in your arms?! ♥♥♥

Remington smiled for the camera for Daddy's birthday... then she pooped her pants and ruined this shirt so Daddy didn't even get to see her in it! Good thing I took 1,000 pictures! ;)

Every night we wind down with bath time. Which little Miss loves. ♥

Overall, my leave seems to have been occupied with a whole lot of nothing. However, looking back... it's been occupied with two very important things - love and family. Not only the love for this new baby girl that has consumed our lives, but more importantly, the love, support, and encouragement I've been given from Michael and my parents during the hard times. It's been some of the fastest yet most challenging months in my life, and I certainly couldn't have done it without them by my side. ♥

Here's to making the best of my last 11 days on maternity leave!