Mother’s Day Weekend Wrapup

Mother’s Day is just winding down and the holiday weekend feels like it just blew in and blew out so quickly.  I am filled with so many emotions, but I’ll save most of those for another day.  For now I can just say that I have always loved my family fiercely, but after becoming a mama almost two years ago (how is Ashton almost two?  It can’t be possible) my emotions and love for ALL of my family members (immediate and extended) has become super sized.

I'm not a grinch, but my heart feels like it has grown!

I’m not a grinch, but my heart feels like it has grown since I took on the role of mom!

The weekend started off with early morning Mom & Baby yoga on Saturday.  My mom came over to watch Ashton while I took Gemma.  Usually she just lays around or nods off during class, but this time Gemma wanted to eat.  The whole time.  She finished her bottle just in time for Savasana (the relaxing at the end of class).

Snoozing

Snoozing

My mom had some plans for that afternoon/evening, so we hung out with her for a little bit after yoga and then she got her stuff together to head home.  We decided we would get a steak dinner carryout on Mother’s Day (the next day) and just hangout then.  As we were chatting in the entry way on her way out, my brother showed up on the front porch with two hands full of flowers!  Surprise!  We had NO IDEA he was doing this, and it was such a wonderful surprise.  My mom was able to cancel her plans, and we all were able to hangout the rest of the day.  We weren’t expecting him to come into town for a couple more weeks, so this was great!

Shortly after my brother arrived, there was another knock at the door… A flower delivery for me from Ashton and Gemma (my husband may have had something to do with this…)!IMG_7860

That must be what Ashton was ordering when he was on the phone recently…IMG_7666

My kitchen counter is now decorated with an assortment of BEAUTIFUL flowers.  Love them.IMG_7903

Ashton loves his Uncle John (we all do), so when he got up from his nap and saw he was here, it was party time!  My brother brought him a new Cincinnati Reds hat, and now that he is getting back into liking hats (Ashton has HATED anything on his head for the last year) he asked for it to be “on” all afternoon.IMG_7862IMG_7869

Gemma just hung out getting spoiled by my mom carrying her around.

cheeks

cheeks

More cheeks.

More cheeks.

Mother’s Day ended up being a laid back day.  My mom made bacon and eggs that morning for everyone, yum!  She and my brother watched the kids while I was able to take a nice long (uninterrupted by crying kids) shower.  Ahhhh!  And we took some pics of us and the kids.  I really want to start getting more pictures where I am in the photos too.  So many times moms take tons of photos, but when we go back to look at them, there aren’t any documenting us WITH our kids.  I want Ashton and Gemma to be able to go back and have memories of all of us together, so I am making a point to try and be in more photos now.  Same with me and my mom… we don’t have a lot of pictures together, so she can take this as a warning.  I’m going to be getting more photos of us together. <3

Here are some of the snapshots from Mother’s Day:IMG_7880IMG_7885

My dad even stopped by and we got some pics with him too!IMG_7897

I just love my mom so much, and after having kids I appreciate her even more.  I hope I can be half the amazing mother that she has been to me.

 Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo

 

 

10 Weeks of Gemma Paisley

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10 weeks have passed since Gemma arrived in our lives, and it’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it has been that long.  It was FREEZING that morning when we left to go to the hospital (negative wind chill temperatures) and now spring has sprung and it is nearing 80 degrees today.  Not only has the 10 weeks brought changes in the weather, but Gemma has changed so much too.

She’s gone from being a little eight pound newborn to a more “full figured” baby.  I don’t know what day it happened, but she went from a newborn to a baby in a blink of an eye.  At her two-month appointment she was already 12.5 pounds, and I think by now she is at 13 or more.  She was still swimming in the three month sized clothes she had for a while, and then BOOM! Now I am thinking she might need the six month sized items I had been saving because it would be a “long time” before she would need them.  I forgot how quickly time passes with babies and how fast they grow.  **insert sobs**

Not only is her size changing, but her personality is really starting to come out too.  She is smiling and cooing so much.  She is SUCH  a happy baby, especially in the morning when she wakes up.  She loves laying in her boppy pillow while her  brother has breakfast.  She looks around at the ceiling and decorations like they are the coolest things in the world.  She can really “see” things much more now, and it is fun to watch her look around.  She’s close to laughing, and I have heard her giggle just a bit in her sleep every once in a while.  It’s just the cutest.

Smiles :)

Smiles :)

She is sleeping like a champ, yippee!  Nighttime is the hardest right now, it takes a little time to to soothe her to sleep.  But, she usually is out by 9pm-ish.  Around 10 or 10:30 I get her up to eat (sort of a “dream feed”) and then she goes to bed and sleeps for eight hours or so.

All swaddled up!

All swaddled up!

Around 6:30am she gets back up to eat and then goes back to sleep until after 10am.  I’m not complaining ONE BIT!  Those sleep-deprived days/nights are hard, but they do pass quickly.  I can hardly remember them now.  I am trying to remember that in the evenings when she is a little fussier… it will pass in a blink of an eye.

As for eating, Gemma is on all formula.  I was able to nurse for about 7 or 8 weeks, and then decided it was for the best to wean off of it before her 2-month vaccines.  The Similac Sensitive has been working really great for her (we started using the sensitive formula when she was having some “spit-up issues” early on) but now that her digestive system is much more developed, I’ll probably start seeing how other formulas work.

Bottles... Yummmmm!

Bottles… Yummmmm!

Gemma loves going for walks in the stroller.  And by love, I mean she falls asleep as soon as we start moving (she also sleeps when we take her on car rides).  I am so glad that both of my kids enjoy walks, because I LOVE getting out and walking in the fresh air… it does everybody good! :)  We have also been doing Mom & Baby yoga classes.  It is more just a way to get out of the house, but it is nice to be around the other mamas with new babies.

Along for the ride at yoga.

Along for the ride at yoga.

That about wraps it for Gemma at 10 weeks.  I get excited to see what she will start doing next, but at the same time I just want to freeze time and keep her this little.  We love you, little girl! ❤️❤️❤️

 

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Haircut

So a little over a month ago, I took Ashton back to Cookie Cutter’s to get his hair trimmed again. I think it has taken me this long to get over it, so that is why I am just now talking about the incident. :) His bangs had been getting in his eyes for long enough that I felt it was time. I didn’t trust myself to do it, nor did I want to even attempt trimming his bangs. He is constantly moving, and it wouldn’t have ended well for either of us. So during the week that my mom was staying with me to help with Gemma, we loaded both kiddos up in the van and headed to get Ashton’s hair trimmed.

We love Ashton’s hair. It is long and shaggy, and fits his free-spirit personality. I get comments like “when are you going to cut his hair?” Or “Why are you letting it grow?” Even the occasional “SHE’S precious.” The comments don’t phase us (or him for that matter). So when I took him to get a trim, I wasn’t thinking it would turn into a catastrophe.

My mom stayed in the van with Gemma, and I took Ashton in. We had and appointment, so the wait wasn’t long. But until it was his turn, he was able to play in the treehouse play area.IMG_7181

"Before" shot

“Before” shot

He was called up, and this time he sat in the John Deere truck.  The lady seemed a little frazzled, but it was the end of the day and she said it had been busy.  I should’ve just left then.  She put his smock on and then asked what I wanted done.  I told her just a trim so his bangs don’t get in his eyes.

He wasn't quite sure what was going on...

He wasn’t quite sure what was going on…

Distracting him with a comb.

Distracting him with a comb.

She then told me he had a “girl’s” haircut and it should be shaped up more like a “boy’s.”  Really?  I am kicking myself now for not saying anything to that comment now.  I blame it on my hormones from being only a few weeks postpartum.  Actually, you would think with crazy hormones I would’ve gone off on her.  I guess she got lucky.  ;)

She started cutting and told me to have him watch something on my phone so he would sit still.  Ummm, he’s a toddler, they don’t sit still.  Seriously lady, it wouldn’t have hurt you to be friendly.  He watched my phone (the camera reversed so he could see himself), had a sucker and was a COMPLETE ANGEL.  While I was letting him watch the phone though, Edward Scissorhands was going crazy!IMG_7555

WAIT!  STOP!

I told her that was good, that we didn’t want it shorter, and she kept snipping to “finish.”  She asked me if the bangs were at a good length for me, and I told her “you can’t put any back now!”  Don’t even get me started on how much she took off the back.  My stomach was on the floor.  It was like I got a bad haircut, times 10.

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Even he is like “are you serious about this cut?”

I tried to be happy so Ashton would stay positive.  He did such a good job, I didn’t want him to think it was bad.  We paid what I thought was a ridiculous amount for such poor service, and left.  I wanted to cry.IMG_7185

Once we got home he ate and then I gave him a bath in hopes that his hair would magically get washed back on.  The lady styled it so he looked like Hayley Mills in the old Parent Trap movie.IMG_7556  If she thought he looked like a girl before, I don’t know how she thought her styling had improved that look.  So we washed it and got it looking a little better.

Did I mention it was St. Paddy’s Day?  I wondered if it would be odd if I had him wear this hat until it grew out…IMG_7201

Anyway, we survived and it has grown back enough that it seems like his old hair.IMG_7514  It will be a while until we go back to that place, if we ever do.  If we do we will request another “stylist” and my husband will definitely be there to be more “forceful” about what we want done, haha!

Live and learn!

Friday Favorites (On Saturday) (Again)

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Happy Saturday!  I wanted to put up a few favorites, and Friday got away from me again :)  So here ya go!

1.  National Siblings Day.  When did that start?  I think this is the first year I actually saw it as a “thing.”  Since I have such an AWESOME sibling, I didn’t want to skip it.  My brother pretty much rocks the house when it comes to siblings.  He is one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters and greatest friends.  He is also the coolest Uncle to Ashton and Gemma.  We sure do love him!IMG_7489

2.  These vegan/gluten-free “cookies.”  Oh She Glows is this great blog I have followed for years, and is great for vegans and non-vegans alike.  It is also really fun to read about her life as a new mom too.  But back to these cookies.  I have made them pretty much every week since right before I had Gemma.  I freeze them and have one almost every morning.  Yum!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at OhSheGlows.com.  Visit her site and make these ASAP!

This photo is courtesy of Angela at OhSheGlows.com. Visit her site and make these ASAP!

3.  I just found this Aquage product, and it is the most amazing volume-giving hair product I have come across.  I am getting ready for my hair to start shedding around four months postpartum again, and this will probably be my best friend. I found it on The Small Things blog where Kate has some really great tips/tricks, etc.  Oh, and she also just became a mom for the second time.IMG_7500

4.  This week I had my postpartum checkup and took Gemma with me.  It was great and she travelled great.  Win win!

Elevator snoozing.

Elevator snoozing.

5.  The spring weather.  It has pretty much arrived now, and it is SOOOOO nice to get out of the house and go walking again.  This was our view yesterday on the beautiful spring Friday.  What a great way to end the week! IMG_7492

Friday Favorites: Randomness Lately

It’s been two weeks,  but I’m back with some random favorites from the last two weeks!IMG_7035

Two weeks ago when my mom was helping me out, she gave Gemma bottles during the night and gave me a few nights of solid sleep… I cannot remember the last time I was able to sleep eight hours without waking up!  This was the documentation via my UP24 band: 
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On top of that good sleep, I showered and did my hair.  What??  It was like a spa day ;)
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That is me headed out to run errands.  Showered and rested. Four weeks postpartum.  It needed to be documented.

Speaking of four weeks postpartum, Miss Gemma turned ONE MONTH!

1 Month New

1 Month New

In the last couple weeks I have started walking again.  Nothing too strenuous, but it’s felt great to get out and moving.  Here is Ashton enjoying the “new ride” (aka a BOB Dualie):

Chillin'

Chillin’

Gemma has had some diaper rash that wouldn’t go away, so after little success of trying to treat it with the cream we had, I called the pediatrician.  The nurse said it sounded like a diaper rash of the “yeast” variety and to try this combo:

Lotrimin and Mylanta mixed with Aquaphor.

Lotrimin and Mylanta mixed with Aquaphor.

Such random ingredients, but they worked like a charm!  Who knew?!

Also from weeks 4-6 for Gemma, she started getting a big ‘ol fussy time in the evening from about 8pm to 11pm or so.  It. Was. Rough.  A few of the nights she wouldn’t sleep well after that, so we were struggling.  Honestly, I don’t mind the nighttime feedings, but the evening stretches of fussiness are what get me.  So a couple nights ago I started giving her a bath at night, and look who has overcome “fussy time!”

#winning

#winning

On top of beating fussy time, she has been sleeping for six hour stretches each night!  Hallelujah!

And then another favorite from lately is this photo I captured of my hubby and Gemma taking a nap <3

He spoils her.

He spoils her.

So much to love about it… Ruffle butt, local shirt, Ohio, music…

And then lastly is this picture with the Ohio State bow that Aunt Wendy sent up with a bunch of other adorable bows:

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Have a fabulous Friday!  xoxo

Friday Favorites (on Saturday): The Postpartum/Newborn Helpers Edition

 

A Saturday edition of Friday Favorites :)IMG_7035This Friday Favorites is dedicated to all the help I have had after having Gemma.  I know I will forget to mention some, but that is because I have major MOMMY BRAIN!IMG_7253

It’s been four weeks since I had Gemma.  It’s been an amazing month of getting to know her and the new family dynamic.  But none of it would be possible without the help from so many people.  Well, it would be possible, but it wouldn’t be as “easy.”

This time around, I am making more of an effort to let people help me and seek out the help when I need it.  It’s not always easy, because after becoming a mom I became someone who tried (still tries?) to do it all.  Maybe that is just what happens to all of us when we have kids.  But this time, I was (am?) determined to relax and let others help more.  Everyone knows I just had a baby and have a toddler, there is no reason to try and make things perfect.  So, I have been doing my best at letting go and letting others in.

And you know what?  This postpartum/newborn time has been MUCH more enjoyable and manageable.

Here are some (definitely not all) of the helpers I have had lately:

1.  The hospital.  This time around instead of trying to get the heck out of there as soon as they let me, I wanted to stay as long as our health insurance would allow (ummm, hello?!  The cost of c-sections?  I was going to get every last ounce out of the stay as I could!).  I stayed four nights, asked for all the help I needed and sent the baby to the nursery (which I barely did for Ashton) to get some stretches of sleep and showers.  When it was finally time to leave, I felt ready and a little rested (unlike the first time around).  This was soooo helpful going home to a house with a toddler.

2.  My husband.  He was able to take three weeks off, and this was wonderful!  He was on total Ashton-duty: getting him up, putting him to bed, putting him down for naps, keeping him from climbing on me and Gemma, etc.  He also cooked, cleaned, and much more.  He knocked it out of the park, and I am so incredibly grateful for such an awesome hubby. <3

Vacuum buddies.  Start him early!

Vacuum buddies. Start him early!

3.  Friends and my MOPs group for bringing meals over for our family.  I joined a moms’ group about a year ago, and recently met one of the moms in the group at a birthday party.  She offered to create a meal-train for us, and actually did it!  Sometimes people have great intentions, but life gets in the way of actually doing things (I know I am guilty of this).  But this sweet girl set it up and it was a HUGE blessing.

On top of some of the moms from that group signing up to bring meals, sweet girls from my MOPs group table organized a week of bringing meals, gift cards and presents for Gemma too.  MOPs is an incredible organization for moms of little kids, and I found out about it last summer via a blogger I adore.  After she spoke so highly of it, I found a local group and signed up (this took a lot of courage as I didn’t know anyone there.  And I am not one to venture out of my comfort zone too frequently).  Joining this group has been so awesome and I have made some great friends through it.  The theme of MOPs this year is “Be You Bravely.”  Coincidence?  I think not.IMG_7272

4.  Family.  From the Friday I went to the hospital to have Gemma until now, our family has done TONS.  From cooking and cleaning to babysitting and carrying Ashton to bed while I can’t.  And the gifts for both Gemma and Ashton… our family has really spoiled them.  And us.  So thankful for them ALL!IMG_7132IMG_7136

5.  Last but not least, my mom.  She falls into the family category too, but she deserves her own category :)  She is the most selfless giving person I know, and I don’t know what I would do without her, her help and the love she pours out on all of us.  She took a ton of time off from work to help us out before and after Gemma was born, and there is no way to thank her enough.  She puts up with me when I am grumpy and tired (sorry mom), has been amazing with helping us get into a little bit of a routine and she even let me get eight hour stretches of sleep a few nights in a row (priceless).  I am so sad that she will have to go back to work this next week, it has been so nice and so fun having her around so much.  Our kiddos are definitely blessed with the best Granny in town!

Love

Love

What have I learned?  Help is good.  Ask for it (the worst that can happen is they say no).  It takes a village. Enjoy the people who help, they are good, precious people.

xoxo

 

What We Wore Wednesday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

After a week and a half of nothingness here, I thought I would jump on the #WIWW bandwagon with a few pics of what we wore.

I have talked about my love for Evy’s Tree already, but I am going to wax poetic again.  I love them.  Everything is so soft and comfy.  And?  Their stuff looks great too!  That is a clothing trifecta if there ever was one.  Anyway, here is their “Sophie” hoodie in jade.  Again.

(I’m going with the fact that it was a shade of green for St. Patrick’s Day)

Out running a SOLO errand trip

Out running a SOLO errand trip

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I love the way this hoodie fits.  It covers all the right places without looking drab or oversized.  Love it. I’m hoping they come out with more colors soon!

And then, here are the kiddos on St. Patrick’Day:

Love him.

Love him.

Ashton last year vs. this year!

Ashton last year vs. this year!

The littlest leprechaun <3

The littlest leprechaun <3

O'Swaddled

O’Swaddled

Sibs

Sibs

That St. Patrick’s Day hat was such a great Target find last year!  It actually fits Ashton’s extra large noggin, score! :)

Happy Day-After-SPD!