Monday, February 27, 2017

Links + Loves

It's been a hot minute since I've linked some things I'm lovin' and since I typically only write about my babies, I thought I'd change the pace a little. 😉

But first, how about this mild winter weather that allowed me to get my first outdoor run of the year in the books already?! All four of us (dog included) enjoyed it!

+ My go to mascara has been this or this. But for some reason after being pregnant with R, my eyelashes changed and I needed something to make my lashes longer and fuller. I tried out the younique 3D fiber mascara and didn't really like it, not to mention it was $35. Long story short, it's been probably 8 months since I bought mascara (hello no makeup mom life) and I decided to go back to my MK fav plus try out the primer for the first time. I've been really happy with it!

+ I'm doing very poor at my meal planning goal so far this year... However, I have made a little effort to make a few new recipes that I've pinned recently. Such as Amanda's Cheeseburger Macaroni.

+ With starting the reno/update in our house soon (I think), I've been looking at all sorts of tips and before/afters on pinterest. As much as I'm dreading the cost and all the work, it's pins like this one that look so awesome I can't wait to see the end result of ours! More importantly, we are hoping a little update and kitchen expansion will help the house sell!

+ I purchased a new cool mist humidifier for Remi's room a little over a month ago (we had one similar to this and I loved it at first... until it started getting moldy and was so hard to clean - no thank you) and so far I really like it. It's filter free, it holds a large amount of water, it has three night light/projection options (R loves the stars), and I can diffuse oils on the vapor pads. I also came across this tank cleaner which helps kill any growing bacteria rather than put it in the air. I never knew such a thing existed!

+ I've probably mentioned it before, but I love the Gentle Baby YL oil. It smells sooo damn good. I used it as a moisturizer with both pregnancies (and currently). I use it on the babies as a moisturizer. I diffuse it almost every night. I also rub it on ML for his gas issues. Plus, there are a lot of other uses for it as well!

+ This summer I will definitely be needing some comfortable "mom appropriate" clothes suitable for chasing two little ones around... more specifically a swim suit and some shorts. I am not really a fan of one pieces for myself because my bust is not proportionate to my lower half... which means one size never fits me overall. So I'm thinking a tankini?! this one, this one, or this one aren't too bad. I like these, these, and these shorts. Any shop suggestions for more options?!

+ This article - "Can we quit feeling like we need to justify all aspects of our parenting?"

What are you linkin' + lovin'?!

💕 Julie

Monday, February 20, 2017

{First} Overnight Getaway

Well friends, I did it. I left the kids overnight for the first time to go on a mini vacation (besides a hospital to give birth). It was kind of nice to getaway however I can't say I'll be rushing to do it again anytime soon.

"Get a night away from the kids" they said. "You'll get some much needed sleep" they said. Lies. Lies. Lies. I slept worse being away from the kids than I do when I wake up 47093742 times a night at home with Mason.


Michael and I went to the tip of the state (almost to the UP) to go snowmobiling on a charity ride called the Grace Performance Snoblast. The last time I participated in one of these rides was in 2010 and the last time I rode a snowmobile was 2013 (due to being pregnant during the winter of 2014 and 2015). Needless to say, it was a tad bit over due for some fun on the sleds. Plus, Michael has never done a big group ride like this before, so it was a new experience for him!

As I mentioned a couple posts back, I was pretty nervous about leaving the kids. Thankfully, they seemed to have survived just fine (better than me obviously!). I don't think my MIL would have told me of any problems even if there were any knowing I would freak out and drive home immediately. The not so funny thing she did share with me when we got home was that little miss Remi decided to climb out of her crib one day. Thankfully, we haven't had another one of those episodes.

Brief recap before an iPhone photo dump...

Thursday, Feb. 9th - In the afternoon we headed north. We left during naptime which was slightly easier to leave and not have to hear R scream (because she does anytime I leave her). Although after the fact I felt like a jerk for leaving and then having her wake up to someone else at the house. With a couple stops, it took us about 5 hours to arrive. We stayed at the Crooked River Lodge. It was a very nice place! We checked in and then attended the "Check in reception" party. Mom and Greg arrived shortly after we did so we visited with them for a few before we headed to our room to catch some sleep.

Friday, Feb. 10th -  The ride began at 9am. We had breakfast in the hotel lobby and I pumped. Michael went out to get our sleds ready around 8. Of course mine wasn't starting, but he eventually got it going. We hit the trails. Made a few stops for fuel, lunch at Moosejaw Junction (plus a pumping session for me) and then one more stop at Clyde's for drinks. Made it back to the lodge around 5 with just enough time to pump, get ready for the evening, and get on the shuttle to a restaurant for dinner. I pulled the old lady card and chose to go back to the hotel by 9 so that I could try to get some more rest. Key word: try.

Saturday, Feb. 11th - The morning began the same way as Friday... We hit the trails again by 9am and headed toward Mackinaw City. Our first stop was around 11am at Breakers on the Bay. Michael blew a belt shortly before that so he was late to getting there. Then we continued heading towards Mackinaw City for lunch at Dixie Saloon (and a pump session). Made one more drink stop at Ed's bar before we arrived back at the lodge around 4:30. Got ready for the evening before the group (85 of us by the way) was picked up by buses. We went to a very nice dinner and reception party where they did raffles and thank you's to the sponsors. After the dinner we headed to the casino in Petosky. It was just after midnight when we got back to the lodge and crashed!

Sunday, Feb. 12th - We got up bright and early so we could head home to our babies!

Overall, it was a decent little getaway just the two of us. Considering it was busy non stop and I didn't sleep well, I definitely didn't come home rested like I had hoped. The biggest thing is, I did it and we all survived just fine! So maybe next time I won't be so anxious about taking an overnight trip! 😌



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ML | Half Birthday | 6 Months Old

Weight/Length: 19lbs 9oz | 28.25" Tall

Clothes: Squeezing into some 9 months... but wearing mostly 12 months

Sleep: He's still sleeping in our room. Either next to me or in the pack n play. Typically goes to bed around 9:30-10pm. Sleeps anywhere from 2-4 hours. Eats. Goes back to sleep for 1-2 hours. Repeat. Some nights are still better than others but for the most part we're not always up every hour like we have been for the last 5 months. Since he's not the greatest sleeper, he's not much of a napper either. He takes 3-4 short naps a day (morning, early afternoon, late afternoon, evening). He really likes to snuggle and since he's not quite ready to have blankets, I wound up getting a bigger sleep sack and he seems to like that. Definitely looking forward to more sleep but I'm not sure I'm ready to do sleep training yet...

Eating: It's been a week since I've nursed him due to his biting habits. I just do not have the patience or pain tolerance to deal with that. So we've been pumping and bottle feeding. Which isn't what I wanted to do, but I'm not ready to switch to formula ($$$). We also started solids and some days he likes to eat while other days he pinches his lips and turns his head back and forth trying to escape the spoon. So far he's tried blueberries, pears, peaches, apples, sweet potato, squash, green beans, peas, and avocado.

Diapers: Honest size 4

Appearance: Still lots of blonde hair! He kind of has a reverse mullet - party in front (long hair) and business in back (bald). LOL! He got his first haircut just over a month ago and he needs another one already! Blue eyes (like Mama and sissy), two teeth, chubby cheeks and legs!

Nicknames: Chub chub, Chub chub boy, Hungry hungry hippo, Bubba, Bubba Chubba, and the best of all - according to sissy "bay Main" is her version of Baby Mason. 💓

Firsts/Doing/Learning: Crawling allll over, pulls himself up on to everything and anything, sits up, crawls from one end of the house to the other searching for Mama or sissy, everything to the mouth, had to lower his crib because he stands up as soon as he wakes up,

Likes: Watching Remi, Mama (whimpers & cries if he sees me & someone else is holding him), pulling himself onto the couch, blankets (especially the tie ones), the cord on the vacuum, cell phones, snuggling.

Dislikes: Getting his diaper changed, getting his ears cleaned out, waiting more than 2 seconds for food.

Mama's Feelings: Things are starting to get easier. Mostly due to his reflux getting better, he's been a much more happier baby. Even though he still doesn't sleep well, you wouldn't believe the difference of waking up every two hours versus waking up every hour. Ha! The anxiety and PPD is getting better as well, but leaving the house is still not my favorite thing to do. Mason is such a Mama's boy so of course I take advantage of loving up on him all the time. It's been fun to watch Remi interact with him now that he's more mobile. It's the cutest thing when they are just looking at each other and giggling. Some days are harder than others... I've learned that I'll probably always be exhausted... but being a Mom is still my favorite thing ever. 💙

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What if I change my mind?

Michael and I are taking a little get away soon... just the two of us. For the first time in years - 674 days to be exact. I'm excited to get away... But, what if I change my mind? 

Since we gave birth to our daughter in March 2015... we've had three nights away with just the two of us. Just for the record those three nights were:
1) July 31st - the night before my scheduled c section
2) August 1st - the day I gave birth to our son
3) August 2nd - the second day of hospital recovery after ML's birth

My point is that those three days/nights aren't really considered "fun" or "quality time" as husband and wife... yes we've had occasional "dates" alone to the grocery store or out to eat. But that is not the same as an enjoyable overnight trip. Well... I assume based on pre-kids. 😏

I'll be honest, some days I'm at my wits ends with these kids. But I've always had a hard time leaving them. Whether it was when R was an only child or since I've become a mom to two under two. Sometimes I feel guilty for leaving them even if it's for 2 hours to take a trip to the grocery store kid free. I find myself rushing back home because I feel guilty that I left them. I don't stop wondering what they are doing or if they took a nap okay without me there to put them to sleep. Or if they miss me like I miss them. (I know, I sound insane)

When I found out my Mom and Greg were doing the Grace snowmobile ride again this year, I thought I'd mention it to Michael. It would be good for us to do something as husband and wife like we used to. We haven't rode our sleds in years due to me being pregnant the last two winters. I used to go riding on this trail ride with my friend Greg years ago and it was always so much fun. Michael's never went before, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to go. (Throw that budgeting goal out the window... whoops)

I mentioned it to Michael and he seemed interested. I was worried about committing to the event because what if I change my mind? After weeks of pondering... we took the plunge and registered for the ride. To say that I have had anxiety about this trip is an understatement...

What if we paid for the registration and as the trip approached I decided I couldn't leave the kids?

What if I miss my kids so terribly that I need to go home?

What if Remi won't go to bed without me tucking her in?

What if ML gets used to a bottle and doesn't nurse anymore? (I'm okay with this fear now that he's becoming a biter)

What if ML won't sleep because he's used to co-sleeping with me and I'm not here? (judge if you will)

What if I change my mind and I'm four hours away?

Don't even get me started on the fears I have of something going wrong while I'm gone.

Long story short, I'm leaving my babies for the first "real" time overnight. Three nights to be exact. On the plus side, Michael and I will get to focus on each other for a change and I'll maybe get some sleep (that is if I don't stay awake thinking/worrying about my babies).

Keep me/us in your thoughts and prayers if you don't mind.... and send wine. 😊

When was the first time you left your child(ren) overnight? Was it worth it?! Just say yes. 😉