I am using my cell phone to blog. It’s not nearly as awesome as it sounds… Haha.
Baby will be celebrating her first holiday Thursday. Thanksgiving! It’s not technically her first holiday as she was here just a couple of days before Halloween but we were in the hospital so I’m not going to count it. Hazel will also be 1 month on the 29th, Black Friday. We’re learning so much about our little stinker like she’s fairly ticklish, loves foot rubs, and smiles when you sing slow songs in an up beat way at her. Even though her face is generally doing this:
Her personality is more like this:
It’s awesome. She fits right in.
This year I’m so thankful for my family. This unit of four we’ve become is amazing and special.
I’m thankful that even with my PCOS I’ve managed to have two beautiful kids who make me happy and crazy.
I’m thankful that even though we’re struggling we manage to make a wonderful life for our kids and they’ll never know how broke we were.
I’m thankful that I got my rainbow baby, Hazel, and she is healthy and happy. And I’m thankful Eddie has grown out of being a skinny mini and is a healthy almost three year old with a amazing sense of humor and gives the best hugs and kisses.
I’ve been pinning away fall/winter meals on Pinterest that are far too ambitious to make but it’s fun to pretend. You should follow me if you’re on- I’ll follow back! (I know, that’s exciting right? Hehe).
I promise I’ll post a more substantial post here soon. Maybe. Until then-
Two kids is a lot. It’s been about a month and its not getting much easier. My visions of snuggles on the couch, just the three of us, arts and crafts with my boy while baby bops happily in her bouncy have melted away as my toddler demands I “put Hazel away”.
Sibling love… Obviously.
My kids are fairly easy, not to brag. But now facing first newborn illness (a cold) and sudden movement towards the “terrifying 3s” for Eddie I may be losing my mind. Toddler deafness is a thing. And he hears “go to time out” so many times a day he no longer willingly enters his room. Ugh.
Naughtiness aside Eddie is handling his new sibling well. He loves her, asks to hold her often and talks to her. He calls her “ms. hazel” or “Hazel Basil”. It’s sweet!
But he also waits until I am stuck feeding Hazel to think of naughty things to do. And pile all his toys on the couch.. And climb onto me… And get into the fridge.
There’s definitely a learning curve with two kiddos. I go from feeling blessed (when they’re cuddling with me reading) and cursed (when Eddie bopped Hazel so he could practice saying “I’m sorry”. Luckily no harm done, but still…)
At the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for anything… Not even a shower.
Hazel Louise was born October 29th! She’s pretty perfect, I’m not going to lie. Born screaming for her mommy and ready to nurse! She smiles a lot and makes some amazingly entertaining faces. My perfect rainbow baby.
I will not say I “failed” at gardening… more like… this was the summer of learning. Haha! So many plants and here’s what I’ve come up with (crop wise)
- 40 baby carrots
- 1 strawberry
- 1 tiny tiny cucumber
- 3 tomatoes
Watermelon, squash, and cucumber all died. I think a combo of them not being great transplant candidates (I got them started from walmart and Lowes), and my not realizing that the beetles on them were super easy to take care of and also a scourge of all things melon/squash. Also? I apparently get too much sun. I’m going to try “blinds” on the balcony next summer. So I can cut off the boiling sun at a certain point.
I’m going to try harder to start all my plants from seeds indoors next year, I’ll probably order or get strawberry plants from a local grower too. I’ll be building my stash of bigger pots, the tomatoes do fine in the smaller pots but the cuke and squash wanted to have more room. Container gardening is apparently more involved then I thought.
I’ll also remember that cucumber plants are kind of dicks in that they like to grab other plants and strangle them.
Winter growing anyone? Starting small by getting some herbs hopefully I can keep them alive!
I’m still here! Between the move and then my computer blowing up (only a little literally), and now only having internet on my hubs computer its been hard to find time to write, or do anything. I miss blogging! But I’ve got lots of good ideas of what I want to do with this blog.
Eddie is loving having a bigger home, the two bedroom apartment is so much bigger then the last one, I’m still working on his room though. Its kind of just like someone dumped out a bunch of toys in a room and left it there… He’s in a toddler be now, but he’s not doing much sleeping there.
Which leads us to update number… whatever. I’m 7 and a half months pregnant with a GIRL! I’ve been on the couch this whole time, easier to sleep on my side that way. And until a few days ago Eddie was getting up and getting on the couch with me. But now my belly is too big and he has started getting up and getting in bed with his Daddy, I’m told.
My baby girl is small but strong, none of the problems I had with Eddie have come up with her yet. Second pregnancy is more uncomfortable though. Aside from showing earlier I have a lot more round ligament pain, my csection scar is mega painful and I’ve been more nauseated. Oh well. If this is our last baby I’m glad its a girl.
I’m going to try for a VBAC, so not another csetion, which is exciting and terrifying. But I’m game!
We’ve gotten to the point where I’m looking at managing my PCOS after the baby gets here. Since the baby pressure will be off I’m hoping everything will be less stressful? Fingers crossed.
Watch out for these things still to come:
- Baby wearing on a budget
- Cloth diapering on a shoe string budget
- Tie Dieing
- Toddler crafts!
- Easy Freezer meals
Bear with me people, I’m trying, pregnancy and motherhood are kicking my butt but I haven’t forgotten my blog, and I want to share these things I’m learning. And learn from my readers!!
The least fun thing about moving is actually moving.
I’m trying. I’m finally not sick all day and instead mostly just in the evenings (you know when the Man and Boy want food, awesome.) But I’m not really packing either. We bagged all of our clothes and took a lot of it over to the new place, I’m taking my crafting/office stuff over too. Then I guess I’ll have to pack boxes. The current home is a mess and a half. Boxes everywhere, clothes, toys and things just strewn about. And I can’t be bothered with dishes. Obviously I’m very very busy.
And the office people might or might not be coming tomorrow. Maybe. Sooo… Do I leave my house in its current “homeless people live here” state or do I clean obsessively for the next 15hours? I’ve apparently decided on a delicate middle ground. I load the dishwasher then cleaned the floor. So now there is a whole bunch of crap on the kitchen counters but man… I really don’t feel like doing anything about that. So onto the bathroom. Magic eraser for the whole sink and tub, then vacuum the floor where all the hair and junk collects. Surely this is enough and they will ignore that the office is filled with odds and ends and endless boxes? Right?? RIGHT?? And the whole side of the bedroom is the same way!
The new place is so nice. We’re on the 4th floor (which is why I’m not doing a lot of moving myself, too many stairs for the pregnant woman with a toddler in tow), the person below us is actually a good friend of Brad’s. We didn’t realize until Brad posted a picture from the view of our apartment and the guy sent back “Hey thats my view too!” How lucky is that? My galloping toddler won’t bug someone below us that we don’t know! He’ll only bug someone that knows and loves Brad already! YAY!
Of course my favorite part of the new apartment will remain the Washer and Dryer in unit and that we have our own water heater! So even though the apartments are old and kinda out of date they have character and I’ll no longer have to pay to do laundry. Woot woot!
(Also, sunday was officially the first day of my 2nd trimester. I’ll feel better soon, right? RIGHT??)
Eddie and I have started a container garden! We’re moving this month but I wanted to get a start on our strawberries and tomatoes and peppers. So far its been kinda up and down.
You should know… I really am kind of awful at gardening. I over-love my plants I think. I worry about their well being, coddle them and try to make them happy. I worry about water levels and sunshine and if its too cold or hot for them. I picked my Nana’s brain last summer for her gardening tips and I’ve been studying all kinds of Blogs about container gardens… I CAN DO THIS! And if not, maybe Eddie can (he does love his plants).
The first tomatoes I started sprouted but then the cats got me all tripped up when I was moving them inside and I DROPPED THEM! I tried to save them but nothing came to. So I got more. Nothing from those yet, fingers crossed we’ll see it soon though, I’m out of plant starter and Eddie would be broken up about the “baby plants”.
He loves them. So much. :)
The strawberries are a different thing all together. I got pre-started strawberries, supposedly its easier, from Big Lots for about $4. They’re only June bearing but I figure that’s fine because for $4 I won’t cry if I accidentally kill them (as I am talented at doing), but I’m possibly over loving them. They seem alright, the stalks are getting redder and thicker. Some of the sadder ones are getting leaves. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!
This is from the first day I planted them. They look kinda sad.
Next month we’ll be adding a herb garden, squash, more tomatoes (and moving my current sprouts to the Topsy Turvy), and possibly carrots and lettuce! I’ll keep you posted.
My new favorite Blog? (Well, gardening wise!) One Hundred Dollars A Month
Check it out for all kinds of fun stuff, gardening, raising chickens, daily deals, and Mavis! She’s awesome!