Gone Fishin'

2.26.2014


My blogging has been pretty much non-existent this week! It's been busy with doctor's appointments and other fun and blogging just hasn't happened. I know the week is already halfway over, but I want to share some scenes from this last weekend.

On Friday night Jesse took Emerson to the playground. I went to get the mail and on my way back I saw him rushing into the house carrying Emerson. I figured she probably just had to use the bathroom but when I got in the house I could hear her crying hysterically.

I came into the kitchen to find this. That is so not the sight you want to see on your baby girl. They had been playing chase and somehow Emerson fell and hit her head on the brick wall in the corner of the playground. Luckily we were able to calm her down by giving her a sucker. Once we got her cleaned up we could tell that her injury wasn't serious. It's just scary how much head wound bleed!!





She was completely fine within a few minutes but it took Jesse and me a while to completely calm down. That's definitely one way to get your adrenaline pumping.

On Saturday morning the weather was gorgeous so we decided it was a perfect day to take Emerson fishing for the very first time. She had a gift card from Christmas so Jesse took her to Wal-Mart to pick out a fishing pole.

Then we headed to a nearby lake to see what we could catch. Unfortunately we didn't catch a thing but Emerson still had the best time. She loved holding the fishing pole but she probably loved throwing rocks in the lake just as much. :)








Saturday was also National Margarita Day so we went to On The Border to celebrate. They had $1 margaritas. Don't worry, we only spent 2 bucks!! One for each of us was more than plenty!

By Saturday night Adelyn had come down with the same yucky cold that we had both had earlier in the week. She acted fine but her breathing sounded terrible. I ended up holding her all night because Jesse and I were both worried. We decided it would be best to stay home from church and see about taking her to the doctor. I called the nurses' line and they said that she didn't need to be seen since she didn't have a fever. We did lots of cuddling that day and she seemed fine by the afternoon. That night her congestion got even worse and I decided I would definitely take her to to the doctor the next morning. I felt pretty sure that it was just a cold and they couldn't do anything but better safe than sorry. She checked out fine and her congestion seems to be getting a lot better. It's just the worst when your babies are sick! I'm so relieved that she is on the mend now!




Randoms on Friday

2.21.2014

1. Thank you all for your sweet comments on yesterday's post. I realize now that it could come across that I am in some sort of depression or something but I promise that is not the case. I just wanted to express how hard it can be being a mommy and that every day isn't picture perfect! Despite the hard times, I feel more blessed than I ever could have imagined. I'm right where I want to be- even on the hard days. If you are ever struggling, I encourage you to read this post from Letters from the Nest. 

2. Publishing the post must have been just what I needed because yesterday was a GREAT day. I worked out, showered, deep cleaned the kitchen, and had all of us fed, dressed and out the door before 11:00. If that's not enough to make you feel accomplished for once, I don't know what is! :)

3. I've been doing my Jillian workouts but I really wanted to do something different yesterday so I finally decided to check out Pop Sugar Fitness. I'm so glad I did. They have tons of free workout videos and most of them are 10 minutes. I did three ten minute workouts and they were tough! I love switching things up so these are a great option!

4. This little angel turned 5 weeks yesterday. I am in denial. Why does she have to grow up so fast?

5. And this little angel is giving me gray hair. She has a heart of gold but she sure does love testing her limits. Yesterday in dance class she had to go to time out twice for not listening and getting the other girls off task. I'd definitely rather her be a leader than a follower but I also want her to respect authority and follow directions. I have a feeling three is going to be fun!

6. I got my first Vox box from Influenster. It's the J'Adore box and I do indeed love it. I haven't tried out any of the products yet, but I can't wait. I've never actually worn false lashes so I know for sure that will be interesting. I'm also pretty excited about the Frizz Ease spray. My hair is a mess these days so I hope it helps!

7. Look what I bought for Emerson yesterday. Her first real coat and gloves.
 

It can only mean one thing! She's finally going to see snow. We're taking a little trip soon and it will actually be cold enough for a real jacket. I can't wait!


I guess that's about it for today. We don't have any big plans this weekend but I hope we are able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. You simply can't beat it. Happy Friday!!!


They Just Need Me

2.20.2014

Y'a'll, I have a confession to make. There are some days where I literally feel like I am falling apart. Someone asked me how I am doing so well with such a big adjustment and I wanted to laugh. While I am definitely loving this new stage in life and I can surely find abundant joy in so many parts of our day, I can also easily admit that it is incredibly hard! My brain is mush and I forget the simplest tasks. I'm overwhelmed. I'm tired. When both of my kids are crying at the same time I feel like crying too. Right now I am pretty much in survival mode- just trying to make it through each day while keeping the kiddos fed, clothed, and somewhat clean.  The truth is:

-My living room looks like this 90 percent of the time. I do clean it almost daily but it only lasts about 3 minutes.

-I've shed more than a few tears over our breastfeeding issues. 

-Emerson pretty much refuses to eat anything even remotely healthy these days. She's had more granola bars and goldfish than I care to admit.

-I haven't really cleaned our bathrooms since before Adelyn was born.

-Emerson has the lines to several movies memorized because she has watched them so many times since we brought Adelyn home.

-Sometimes I feel like throwing the breast pump out the window.

-I feel like Emerson is forgetting so much of what she has learned because I haven't been working with her. I have grand plans for activities we can do each day but they just haven't been getting done.

-I haven't touched my sewing or embroidery machines since I finished Adelyn's nursery. Valentine's shirts for the kiddos? Yeah- it didn't happen.

-Emerson's room currently looks like a bomb went off in it. It's pretty much impossible to keep it clean for any length of time.

-I feel like most of my time is spent trying to nurse Adelyn, bottle feeding, and pumping. It's exhausting at times.

-Emerson has heard "in just a minute" about 50 times a day for the last month.

-I feel like the laundry is never ending.  I currently have a very large pile waiting to be folded and it's just sitting in the middle of the upstairs hallway.

-We have hardly left the house this week and I've pretty much been in yoga pants from sun up to sun down.

-I feel like I fail my children in one way or another at least once a day. I lose my patience. I say no a million times. I have this idea of what kind of mom I want to be and there are so many times that I just can't live up to my own expectations. I have these beautiful, amazing girls. These precious gifts from God and I just want to be perfect for them.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't have it all together. Not even close. I'm a mess, you guys! But the good news is that I know I am not the only one. I know that this is just a season of life. A fleeting moment in time that I will want back before I know it. I know that my house won't always be in disarray and that eventually I'll miss cleaning up those crumbs from breakfast and lunch. Although it's hard to believe it now, I'm sure I'll even miss those epic toddler tantrums.
So on the hardest of days, the days where I feel like I'm failing, I'm going to remind myself of a simple, yet very real truth: my kids don't know that I'm a mess. They don't care that there are sticky handprints on the kitchen table from last week or that the piles of laundry just keep getting bigger. All they know is that I am there when they wake up from their naps, ready and waiting with a big hug. They know that I will play princesses or dress up or that we can hold hands while we watch a movie on the couch.  They know that we can play dragons at the park and that I will always be there to catch them at the bottom of the slide. 

They know when I smile and tell them that I love them with all my heart that I really, truly mean it.  They forgive me when I'm not as patient as I could be and they don't care that we haven't done a single Pinterest project this year. 

They don't need perfect. 

They just need me.




Recent Family Fun

2.18.2014

Jesse has had some extra days off recently and we've used the time to do some fun family activities. One thing we've been wanting to do is take Emerson bowling.  We decided to head to a nearby outlet mall that also has a bowling alley. I knew Emerson would love it because of the fountains, greenery, and animal statues.




After we checked out the fountains we headed into the bowling alley. My favorite part was seeing Emerson in the little bowling shoes. Too stinking cute!



In the beginning Emerson had a hard time waiting for her turn but she eventually got the hang of it. She loved carrying the ball herself and pushing it down the ramp. Once she let go of the ball she didn't care too much about how many pins she knocked down. She was just ready to do it again. She did pretty well but we had our usual moments of testing her limits. At one point she started running right towards the lane. I yelled at her to stop but it was too late. Once she crossed the black line she hit the oil and her feet flew out from under her. She hit her head pretty hard but was fine after a few minutes. After that she was more interested in the air blowing than the actual bowling. We bowled about 8 frames and decided that was plenty with a toddler.


Later that day Adelyn stayed home with Jesse while I took Emerson to the playground. We decided to make the rounds to 4 different playgrounds in the neighborhood. 


And the fun didn't end there! Our neighbor found a recipe to make giant bubbles. Needless to say, the kiddos loved it!




We've also been to Chick Fil A a few times in the last few weeks. It's one of our favorite spots these days!


And, as usual, church was on the agenda. I thought E looked so cute this week but she wasn't really into the mini photo session. (What else is new?) :)



We did bribe her into getting a few family pictures after church. They're kind of blurry but they're definitely better than nothing!


I still love seeing four people in our family pictures! It's so amazing to me!

Adelyn Elise: One Month

2.16.2014


Today our precious girl has been in the world for one month! It's hard to believe that we first saw her sweet little face a month ago. She is such a joy and we are so thankful that she is ours! Now that she is here it's hard to imagine our family without her.

Weight: 6 lbs 14.5 ozs
Length: 20.75 inches

She is still tiny as can be but she is definitely growing. She has super long arms and legs and loves to stretch them out.

She is getting too long for all of her newborn sleepers so they will be packed away soon. Otherwise she is still in newborn clothes and newborn diapers.

Her cord stump finally fell off on Friday. She has a cord stump granuloma so she still cannot have a bath. I never would have thought we'd still be giving her sponge baths at this point. The doctor said it will probably be another two weeks before it's dry enough for a real bath.

She really likes to be held and will fuss if she is put down for too long. She enjoys being worn so she spends lots of time in the Boba wrap or ring sling.

On Wednesday the 12th she had a frenectomy (removal of lip tie and tongue tie.) She had a Class IV lip tie and a Class II tongue tie. This can interfere with breastfeeding quite often so we decided to go ahead and have it taken care of. We chose to take her to a pediatric dentist who uses a laser for the frenectomy instead of the typical clipping. The whole procedure took less than 10 minutes and she wasn't even crying when they brought her out. Since then we have had to had to massage both areas and pull her lip up and out to keep the skin from growing back. This is definitely the worst part because she cries every time we touch it.

I prayed that the procedure would be an instant fix to our breastfeeding woes but that has not been the case, unfortunately. She did really well for one day but we've taken a few steps back since then. We were told it could be several weeks before we would notice any really difference so I am trying to be patient. We are also doing daily exercises with her to help strengthen her tongue and jaw. In the meantime she is still drinking pumped milk from a bottle. She usually drinks about 3 ounces every 2-3 hours. I am hoping and praying that we will be able to ditch the bottles soon!

She generally sleeps from about 10:30-4:30. Some nights she has woken up at 3:00 to eat and then will usually go back to sleep until 7:30 or so. I'm loving what a great sleeper she is.

She has become more alert this week and has had quite a bit more wake time.  She will look around the room when she hears my voice or other new sounds.

I finally captured her sweet smile on camera on the 12th. I asked her where Emerson was and she broke out into the biggest grin. She  already loves her big sister.

She seems to enjoy tummy time and does pretty well lifting up her head. She has rolled over from her tummy to her back one time. It took her about 5 minutes to work her way over. She hasn't done it since so I think it was a fluke.

She will take a pacifier but doesn't really love it.

Overall Adelyn is a pretty laid back baby. As long as she is close to us, she is usually happy! 















Adelyn Elise, we love you so very much! You are the perfect fit for us and we are so blessed to be your parents!
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