Monday, August 20, 2012

179 more?

Stay at home mom...
Working mom...
Any way you slice it, this is a hard season of life.
Any way you slice it, this is a fantastic season of life.

Today I went back to work.  I've mentioned that I'm only working part time.  It was hard to leave my little ones this morning.  BUT it was wonderful to come home to them at 11:00am.
I was just left thinking that today was okay.  But I have to do this 179 more times before next Summer...? I'm thinking about making a count-down chain for myself.  Ha.  That might actually make things worse.  No matter how you slice it, I think I've got a great situation this year. 

I was also thinking about how quickly these past two years have gone.  Those of you with older kids will probably's gonna go fast.  Next fall Macie will be in preschool!  A friend of mine posted on her blog that we only get '18 summers' with our kids.  And I can't help but think she's right.  Granted, with more kids, it's a little more than that, but my point is that these tough times (just changed a very gross poop) are going to go SO fast and I want to enjoy them.  And I have been.  And I delight eveytime Macie and Penny do something new.  Just today I noticed that Macie has started saying the word "fix" correctly.  For a while she would say "daddy fik it".  Today she said, "Macie fixed it".  And I got sad.  She's not going to be so little for so long.  Penny will be 5 months this week.  She is rolling over (all ways) and almost sitting up on her own.  These days are long, but I love this new job called 'mommy'.  Educator is great, but personally, I think "mommy" is my favorite.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

No Offense to my Husband...

But I can't seem to get anything done when he's home.
I'm just wondering if this is a solo problem (mine?) or is this an epidemic that we can start a support club for?
I love my husband.  He is an excellent provider, leader, father, lover, etc.
He works hard.  We are both teachers and he is constantly a student favorite, being asked to teach an additional class because the students all want to be in his class (true story).  He works teaching high school Chemistry and Physics from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm with only a 35 minute lunch break (since he gave up his prep period to teach that extra physics class).  Then he coaches varsity football from 3:30 until 6:30 ish.  He works so hard trying to mentor his players and be a supportive father many things I'm thankful for.
And then there is me.  I am going to be working from 7am until 10am.  AMEN!  Seriously, as a teacher this is an amazing schedule.  I am getting paid for that, but still, amazing.  Then I'll be home by 11 to take care of the girls and the house like other moms.  Very excited.
For summer my amazing husband taught summer school and had football practice, and then FINALLY he had 2 weeks off before football picked back up (we don't start teaching with kids until Aug. 20th).  So he's home during the day a little more this week. 
And here is my problem.  All summer (and Spring - maternity leave) I was able to get up, get the girls ready for the day and get going.  I made a list and got everything done.  Highly productive (very proud of myself).  But I've noticed this week, as he's home in the middle of the day...I can't do anything!
Am I waiting for him to do it since he's home?  (rude)
Am I wanted to just sit and relax and enjoy his company (rub my feet please?)
Am I trying to give him additional time to play with the girls? (maybe?)
Am I wanting a relaxed atmosphere for him while he's here? (probably)

I don't know why it is, but when he's here...I am completely unmotivated to do anything.  No laundry, no's an epidemic! 

Does this happen to anyone else?  When your husbands are home is it business as usual?  Does your routine include your husbands at home or away?  Do you feel bad about sitting around while he's home (I'd love any reason to justify doing this!)?
But really, I don't want him to think I don't do anything all day (he doesn't think that, but I'm afraid of know how moms/wifes can be, he's bringing the money, my job is the kids and house).

Thoughts?  Reflections?
My name is Courtney and I'm unable to clean with DH home!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

4 and 27

Penelope!  You are 4 months old! (well, she was about 2 weeks ago).
Here is a bit of what you're doing:
You laugh like crazy.  While camping one of the kids found your sweet spot (under your chin on your clavicle).  You just laugh and laugh when someone is tickling you there.  You also love to watch your sister and laugh at her.  She is doing a great job of entertaining you these days.
You mostly get bathed in the sink.  At first we were just washing you with your sister, but kneeling over is hard in that position, so we've been back to the sink. 
You can sit up if someone is holding you.  So it doesn't count yet, but you are seriously close to doing it on your own. 
You roll over from tummy to back (been doing that for a while) and you are SO close to rolling over from back to stomach.  I am thrilled at your motor skills but bummed that 'mobile human' is coming!  At night we still swaddle you, but you are now being found in the morning unswaddled and usually 90 to 180 degrees different than how we put you in.  You are scoot, scooting away!
You spend time all day in different places.  Momma's arms, the swing, the play mat, a little bumbo, and even more recently the Jenny Jum.p up.  You don't love the jumpup yet, but it looks like fun for me, so I'm going to keep trying (completely supervised of course).
You will try rice cereal at 5 months.  I felt like your sister was a baby for ever, but you are growing SO fast.  Last night we went swimming in Nana's pool and you wore a 12 month suit.  You're stats at your 4 month appointment were 15.4 lbs and 26 inches long.  Your sister was 15.14 lbs and 25 1/2 inches.  You are in the 70th % for weight and 90th % for height.  That cracks me up because I didn't think babies could get much bigger than your sister (no offence Macie, you're perfect the way you are!), but here she is, longer!  Most of her onsies are 9 months now.  Really, anything that is a bodysuit is 9 months, but most outfits (two pieces) are still 3-6 months or 6-12 months. 

You have been such a fun addition and you are really Such.A.Good.Baby.  The kind of baby that makes you say, "let's have another one!"*

Macie!  You just turned 27 months old!  While some days having a 2 year old is exactly as hard as I'd feared, most days it's just a lot of fun.  Besides the 'detox' from vacation, you are mostly a very pleasant young girl. 
Food is your friend.  Yesterday you had Cap'n Cru.nch for the first time for breakfast.  When you woke up from your nap you said "Macie have Cap'n Crunch now!".  I think you thought it was breakfast again.  Or you didn't care if snack time was filled with Cap'n c.runch also.   You constantly tell people that while camping you had Marshmallow for dinner.  What you mean is we had smores a few nights, well after dinner and only one, but people think you were allowed to skip your meal.  ha.
You love to be outside and to 'GO Go go!' which means you slow down and then run to catch up with us.  You don't like sitting in the stroller but when Daddy isn't with us you still have to be strapped in.  I can't wait until you're just a tad bit older and not so excited to touch everything on the shelves in the stores.
You wear mostly 3t clothing.  Some 2t some 4t.  Since you're proportional (both tall and thick) the Dr. isn't worried.  I just make sure we get lots of excercise each day).  You love the water.  Ever since swim lessons you can kick your legs and get from one place to another in the pool (while wearing your puddle jumper jacket of course).  It's really cool to see how good you are at that. 
You are a very good big sister.  We have some books that you like to read about being a big sister and I think that's helped you transisiton.  Often times you want to kiss or hold Penny and you call her Penny Dorothy (but is sounds like Penny Dorfy).  Sometimes sharing is hard when she has a toy you think you should have a claim on, but ususally it's over in 30 seconds or so.  When we ask if Penny can have something (as a joke) like crayons, you say, "no...Penny too little".  You like making her laugh.  And you make us laugh too.  Yesterday you said (unsolicited) that Momma is small, momma is funny, and I love you momma. 
These are good days. 

*I have not said that at all.  Only the Lord knows if we're having another one, but for right now, we are birth-controlling-it-up. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Our small group from church this spring semester really clicked and we decided we wanted to try going camping this summer, so we did!  It was a ton of fun.  It was a lot of work.  I've been camping before, but not since having kids.  One of the families had never been camping before, but everyone was a good sport and I think we all had fun.  Here are some highlights:

 Fire!  Macie loved building a fire.  She looked forward to the fire all day long.  I'm willing to bet it had something to do with the smores she ate, but still, she would wake up in the morning and say 'fire now?'
 Here is a general picture of our campsite.  It doesn't show everyone.  But we really brought most of the comforts from home.  One couple even brought memory for their air mattress.
 Here is Macie enjoying hot chocolate.  It was adorable to see how much she liked it.  She had a sip of one of mine last winter, but this was the first time she had a cup all to herself.  It took her a week to stop asking for it (and although she knew it was hot chocolate, she enjoyed pretending it was coffee like momma and daddy drink).
 Sleeping was a bit rough.  My brilliant brain thought that we should bring the pack and play for Penny and then have Macie and I share an air mattress and dh have his own air mattress (they are double bed sized).  EPIC FAIL!  The first night Macie could not get comfortable.  She tossed and turned and climbed and flipped,  this girl was a mess.  She kept me up most of the night (although I had a dream so I got some sleep somehow that night) and was in a terrible mood the next day.  No nap, no sleep at night = awful!  So that night we decided to put her in the pack and play and Penny in her carseat.  The morning after that, Macie looked at me when she woke up (after sleeping peacefully all night) and said, "that was a cozy bed".  So yeah, apparently Macie isn't ready to give up her toddler bed any time soon.  Poor Penny.  The little sister without a bed.  Although she was swaddled before we put her in her carseat, but being the awesome child she is, she slept all night in her carseat just fine.  So after the first night we all did get some sleep.
 You can't quite see Penny on the ground in front, but there were actually two other babies that are just one month older than she is camping with us.  They were naping and we didn't want to wake them up for the picture.  But what was so much fun about this camping trip, was having playmates for Macie.  Camping with just our little family of four would be so hard compared to camping with a friend.  So I now understand why parents allow their children to bring a friend on vacation with them (and will sometimes pay).  To Entertain the kids!  Give the parents a bit of a vacation as well!  Ha.
And here is Miss Macie hading to our tent.
Probably the most iconic image from our trip is Penelope in her washtub.  Poor thing, this was COLD water.  She had a blowout and we saw no other alternative.  It's not on our bathroom wall.  Her pain has turned into our art.  We were fast about the bath though, but how cute, right!?