Sunday, August 31, 2014

weekend developments

This was a good weekend.   I was on my own with these babes, but we made it work.  Somehow, we seemed to fit in just the right amount of activity so that the days felt full but not at all rushed or exhausting.  This was our basic blueprint:

A asked for stripes specifically to match her brother


AM - play at home, then our first ever gym childcare experience.  It went wonderfully!  I did 45 minutes of running/weights while Annabel enjoyed a zillion new-to-her toys and Cameron basically napped (and downed a bottle).  There were 2 caregivers there for 3 kids in total (my two plus one more) and the facilities were clean and nice.  I am so happy that this worked well!

later AM - play date @ the playground.  Lots of running around time for A.

naps (even managed to get them both sleeping for perhaps 30 minutes simultaneously)

lots of costume/princess play, stickers, etc

takeout dinner

family breakfast (LOVE these.  Every time I walk (walk!) to the grandparents' for a big get-together I am happy, and reminded: This is why we moved here.  A swam for at least an hour with her grandfather  and cousins while C and I chillaxed with family inside.

grocery store trip


pedicure with my SIL while a babysitter came to hang out with both kids for a while

home-cooked dinner that I made during the last ~30 minutes of the babysitting window

I did miss Josh but on my own I still had fun.  I am so excited about the extra BONUS day tomorrow with A&C - especially since Josh is off too!  Not sure what we're going to do . . . maybe a zoo trip or other excursion?  Or the beach maybe . . . we'll see.

Another development:

I'm trying out eating paleo (no grains/legumes/dairy/heavily processed foods).  I have wanted to do this for some time, but didn't want to "experiment" with my body while pregnant or providing 100% of C's nutrient needs.  I don't think grains are terrible, but I rely on them too heavily and I also eat too many processed foods.  I'm thinking about doing it for a month and then reassessing.  So far: 2 days down, and it has been fine -- enjoyable, even.  However, I expect it will get much harder as I go back to work on Tuesday and become crunched for time again.  TIPS/EXPERIENCES/EASY RECIPES welcome!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

fall style inspiration

I mentioned previously that I am in great need want of a wardrobe overhaul.  When I've been in this situation in the past, I've bought a bunch of things at once (often on sale).  This often feels good in the moment but has not led over time to a particularly functional closet.  I have noticed over the years that the pieces that have actually been worth it have been the things that I chose because I was really attached to them in the store or catalog, not just to fulfill some perceived 'need'.

So, I've decided to take it slower this time around.  Though I still plan on donating/consigning of a lot of older clothing, I don't think I'm going to get a whole bunch of things at once.  In addition to the reasoning above, I still don't feel entirely out of the postpartum body period (patience, I know!).  But I do feel ready to start rebuilding anew.

I'm thinking maybe I'll aim to get one work/nicer outfit and one more casual outfit per month for a few months.  I've never decided on a specific clothing 'allowance' for myself before, but that doesn't seem too over the top and would allow me to have several new outfits in circulation by the end of the season.

Currently drooling over the following inspirations from the Boden catalog this morning:

(Nothing affiliate about these pix; I just thought there were a lot of cute looks in the fall catalog!)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


A: 28+ months (2 1/3!)

Started "school" (I call it "pre-pre-pre K") this week.  Since she's always been in some kind of day care / camp program and her preschool is at the same place, I'm not sure she registered much of a change.  Our nanny dropped her off on Monday, but I was able to make the trip yesterday due to a rare flexible day and she was completely nonchalant and cheerful about the whole thing -- just started coloring, asked me to draw a princess on her piece of paper, and then kissed me when I asked her to and waved.  Many of the 2 year olds were crying.  I decided not to be insulted that she didn't miss me more and just feel relieved.

my grown up girl

✰ Potty training -- meh.  I don't think she's ready.  She's made a little bit of progress but there definitely has not been a lightbulb moment yet.  I think we'll make a more intense effort in a few months.

 Quote from yesterday morning, after commenting that Cameron ("Car-en"-- I hope she never learns to pronounce his name because it melts my heart the way she says it) was cute: "I'm too old to be cute."  That was in reference to herself.  Apparently 2 is over the hill.

✰ Loves:  Songs from Frozen (current fave: "For the first time in forever"), dressing up in princess outfits, anything mermaid related, her stuffed monkey (named George, even though she's never seen Curious George to my knowledge . . . odd), painting, Greek yogurt with the fruit/jam in the little compartment, making "Car-en" laugh.

✰ Sleeps:  ~8:00pm - 6:45 AM or thereabouts most days.  She still naps, although often starts really late -- she'll go from 2:30 - 4:30 or even later.

C: 6 months

 Babbling away, saying "da da da da da" (with no intent of meaning at this age of course!).  No "mmmm" sounds yet.

 ALLLLLMOST sitting up, but not stable yet.  He's getting closer by the day, though.  Maybe his chunky upper body is just too heavy!?  I'm not too worried but I am hoping our pediatrician does not feel like he is 'behind' -- he has his 6 month appointment Friday.

✰ Not yet in a helmet.  We had his 2nd appointment with the craniofacial doctor yesterday, and he agreed with us that C was making some good progress rounding out his head on his own.  SO -- he recommend continuing to watch (and he's known as a pretty aggressive helmet pusher, so that made me feel good).  We'll do a repeat scan in 2 months and decide then.

Has now eaten:  oatmeal; yogurt; purees of green beans, peas, butternut squash, sweet potato, banana, mango, peaches, berries.  Oh, and formula as of this weekend (we're giving Earth's Best organic).  Likes it all.

not hard to please

✰ SLEEPS.  Like, consistently and pretty much all night.  He may make a few sounds in the middle of the night (last night, I heard him rustling about at 4 am) but he doesn't cry and then goes back to sleep after a couple of minutes.  I realize we may not be out of the woods, but at this point it's fantastic.