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This Christmas

January 13th, 2015

It has taken me forever to write this post.  I keep feeling overwhelmed at trying to capture this Christmas.  Then I wonder why because nothing was particularly epic.  In fact, this Christmas felt less “holiday euphoric” than probably any other.

I’m not sure if that’s due to the postpartum range of emotions I was (and continue to!) experience or if it was the rainy warm weather or if it was our departure from many of our usual traditions, but it was just sort of “meh” this year.

Not terrible by any means, just not the gloriously profound holiday I had been pining for.  This post from last year really serves to remind me that Christmas cheer can never meet the ache in my soul.  I think that’s probably what much of it boils down to.

I’m looking for something at Christmas (and every other day) to meet a need that only my Creator can.  Just knowing I’m doing that has helped draw me more quickly back to the source, and for that I’m grateful.

There were certainly moments to remember this year, and I want to capture those for posterity.  Looking back to last year’s “Things I want to remember” post made me smile, so here goes…

Grace and I stayed up late one night to watch White Christmas.  We snuggled and ate Christmas cookies and drank eggnog and gushed over the beautiful costumes and dance numbers.  It was such a sweet time together and I’m looking forward to having Avery join us when she’s a little older.

Drew and I spent countless hours on the couch in the light of the tree.  Nursing, burping, cuddling, and getting to know one another.  His little Santa-bottomed Christmas jammies were so cute.  My ugly Christmas turtleneck was…not! LOL

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Christmas just isn’t Christmas for me without my favorite Frosted Butter Cookies and Buckeyes. I was in the throes of the newborn fog when I made them this year, but I’m so glad I did it anyway.  They were delicious and it ended up being really fun decorating them all together.

Andy and Drew had some good snuggle time too :)

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Grace and I made a gingerbread house one afternoon!  It was really fun to decorate it and watch her creativity shine.  I think it turned out super cute and we all had fun picking it apart to eat it only a few days later which was major growth for me! Normally I’d want to keep it around until well after Christmas, but when I saw how much they wanted to eat it, I decided to be a “Yes Mom” and let them do it.

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The sheer joy and excitement on their faces when they came into the living room and saw all of the gifts under the tree was priceless.  This picture cracks me up every time I look at it…

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Avery was pretty happy too :)

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Stockings stuffed to the brim! I try to come up with lots of non-candy stocking stuffers that are inexpensive but fun, and I think this year was a success!

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What four year old gets this happy about a flashlight?! This one does. LOL

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Lego sets made up the bulk of her wish list this year.  She requested Merida, Cinderella, and Ariel along with a stuffed lion.

She got all four wish list items and was super excited.  You know, until the gifts ran out and she wanted MORE.  I’m not really sure how to teach thankfulness and moderation at this age, but I’m working on it!

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Me in my ugly Christmas turtleneck!  It was comfy and good for nursing, so I went with it.

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Avery LOVES princesses right now so this carriage and the accompanying princesses was a big hit.

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My very own little princesses.  Thank you Joann’s for the $1 comfortable tiaras!

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Frozen board books were a huge hit!

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More princesses!

Elsa is still the ultimate princess in Grace’s opinion, so this nightgown pretty much made her day.

The chalkboard slates were a hit too!  The chalk dust is a little annoying, but it’s much easier to clean up than marker :)

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Plus, they look so “Little House on the Prairie” when they use them :)

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Avery was putting some of the ONE MILLION stickers from grandpa on her new princess!

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And her eyes…LOL

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Grace and daddy were hard at work building Lego sets all morning.

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Look at that sweet smile!

It was hard to catch Avery in action, but I love this one of her sweet brown eyes.  She has been having lots of fun with these mini mini animals from a local toy shop though.

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Drew pretty much did this the whole time.

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We changed up our traditional breakfast of biscuits with eggs and bacon gravy this year.  Instead we made one of our regular breakfast favorites…Cinnamon Chip Scones.  We thought the girls might not like the other meal as much and the last thing we wanted was to fight over breakfast, so we made the switch and everyone was very happy.

Mimosas on Christmas are a tradition that’s not going anywhere though! :)

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This was the first year we didn’t leave the house on Christmas day.  The pediatrician advised us to keep Drew mostly home for the first 6 weeks to avoid the nasty flu going around this year.  A fever would automatically be an admittance to the hospital for him at this age, so we don’t want to take any chances.  I have to say it was lovely not having an agenda all day.

The girls played with their toys, we stayed in our jammies, we had filet mignon for dinner and my mom came to spend the night with us.

Christmas euphoria or not, it was a good year :)


Let’s Get a Few Things Straight…

January 3rd, 2015

I’ve had such lovely and encouraging feedback on the things I’ve been posting since our little Drew came on the scene.  I’m so thankful for my IRL (in real life) and Internet friends.

All of the congratulations and kind comments about how well we seem to be doing or how nice my hair looks, have been so sweet.

BUT…

I don’t want anyone out there to think I have it all together!

I most certainly DO NOT.

There are moments throughout the day when I feel like I’m starting to get into a groove.  Like I’m on the ball and will be just fine with 3 kids.

THEN there are moments where I can’t even think straight and I smell terrible and Drew won’t stop fussing and Grace won’t stop whining and Avery won’t stop begging to watch “SUPER WHY PEASSSSS.”

In those moments I start to wonder how I’ll even survive when Andy goes back to school/work on Monday morning, let alone get anything done.

Andy has been SERIOUSLY INCREDIBLE.  He is taking such good care of the girls and the house and the meals and the shopping.  Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.  Not playing into my raging craziness when I start to protest him doing so much because it makes me feel guilty.  He keeps pressing forward.  Keeps doing the next thing that needs to be done.  Keeps anticipating our needs.

I’m beyond thankful for what a wonderful husband and father he is.  I honestly don’t deserve him, I’m just so grateful he sticks by me no matter what.  I don’t take him for granted.  Not even for a second.  He’s the best thing to happen to me since Jesus!

So, back to keeping things real.  I want to go through a sampling of pictures I’ve recently posted on Instagram and I want to give the background information on them…

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Y’all were SO KIND in your comments on this picture.  For as many people congratulated me on his birth, a whole other group commented on me and/or my hair.

I can’t take any credit for the phenomenon that was my hair that day!

I mentioned in my birth story that I had a hair appointment the afternoon before Drew was born.  I see Esther Tolnai at Lamia Lamia salon in Grosse Pointe Woods.  I used to babysit for her when she was a toddler and now she’s a beautiful young woman.  That whole thing makes me feel a little old, but her awesome hair skills help me get over it.

She’s absolutely stunning (I mean look at this wedding picture!) and yet she’s the sweetest girl ever.  She’s been doing my hair for a few years and I am toying with the idea of driving back to Michigan every few months once we move just to keep her as my stylist!  I love love love her.

She gave me a great hair cut and color 24 hours before Drew was born and I LITERALLY didn’t touch my hair for the next 3 days.  I finally broke down and showered at the hospital, but I didn’t even want to because my hair still looked good!  That’s one amazing blow out.

You rock, Esther!

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Then there’s this picture taken the first week I was home with Drew.  Andy happened to be working that week, so it was up to me to run the show alone.  Drew came home from the hospital a little jaundiced which I found out later made him extremely sleepy.  Like only-wake-up-to-eat-for-almost-the-first-entire-week-home kind of sleepy.

I had a feeling things were too good to be true.  That he was too content and too easy.  And I was right!  He’s still a good baby with no major issues, but he’s much more normal now.  Not napping at all the times I need him to.  Having fussy sessions multiple times a day where nothing seems to help.  Being wakeful much of the night and not breastfeeding quite as perfectly as he was week one.

I’m not complaining by any means, but all of the tiredness and anxiety from lack of sleep and extreme ADD from being exhausted have kicked in at this point.  I’m not so much on the ball as I am underneath it, gasping for air. LOL

Thank God for Andy handling everything else while I care for Drew and work on getting him on a more predictable routine.

So that day up there ^ where I look all bright-eyed and bushy tailed?  I was.  It was a fluke though and I’m longing for that girl to return!

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In this one Drew is sleeping and I have good hair.  These phenomenona are due to #1 how long he fussed and nursed before passing out and #2 my awesome haircut by Esther.

I can honestly get 3 days out of each shower with this haircut.  Just add more hairspray and a few curls and I’m good to go.  Too bad my lady bits don’t stay fresh that long!  Post-birth ::ahem:: aroma is no joke.  Yes, TMI, but anyone who’s given vaginal birth can probably relate to what I’m talking about. Gross.

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I’m wearing pre-pregnancy jeans in this picture and I mentioned that fact in the Instagram caption.  I failed, however, to mention that these are my fat jeans.  I bought them after I was pregnant with Avery.  They tided me over while I was waiting to get into my regular sized jeans.  So don’t be too impressed.

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Yes I made a crap ton of Christmas cookies right after birthing a baby.  The kind that have to be frosted & decorated and the kind that have to be dipped in chocolate.  Both are a pain in the butt.  Both are my all-time favorite Christmas cookies.  Christmas isn’t Christmas for me without these cookies.  I even had to make a double batch of each because I wouldn’t have been willing to share any if I’d only made a single batch.  So basically I’m shallow and greedy.

Also high on all the sugar I’ve been consuming this season.

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These are my nails.  Yes, I have a newborn and I still paint my nails.  It’s something I do just for me and it makes me feel happy to look down and see a fun manicure that I’m probably too old for.

Andy bought me a set of nail dotting tools for Christmas and I was itching to try them out the other day. I grabbed a few fun polish colors and set about painting silly polka dots while Drew was napping.  Of course he woke up before I was finished! #murphyslaw

I had to hussle to get my favorite topcoat on and then I very carefully picked him up out of the crib while trying very hard not to mess up my new mani!  Thanks to the incredible topcoat, I was successful.  That stuff is unbelievable with how long my nails last and how fast they dry.  Buy yourself a late Christmas present and make it this topcoat!

So there I am yesterday, sitting by my Christmas tree, admiring my fun new manicure and snapping pics for Instagram. The next thing I know, Andy is shouting, “No Avery! No no no!”

Avery had wandered over to the dining room table where I foolishly left my nail painting supplies, and she unscrewed the BLACK polish! Not the lavender or clear or white or glitter! THE BLACK NAIL POLISH! (Essie “Licorice” is the ultimate black polish, by the way) and she spilled it on her brand new dress.

A dress she received as a birthday gift and hadn’t even worn out of the house yet.

So yeah, send my Mother Of The Year award to 2165…..Harper Woods….Mich….


Netflix and Having a New Baby

December 31st, 2014

Our little Drew Bear is 3 weeks old today and Avery turns 2!

We’re all adjusting to our new family size pretty well for the most part.  The girls are more emotional than usual and that has created a bunch of extra drama around here.  Sharing is at an all time low, temper tantrums are at an all time high, and I keep telling myself these things go in cycles!

Soon all will be better and I’ll be patting myself on the back thinking it has something to do with my awesome parenting skills.

Ha!

Week one was too easy.  Drew was a little bit jaundiced and that apparently made him extra sleepy.  He honestly just ate and slept that first week which allowed me to get a lot done and feel really hopeful about this 3 ring circus I’m in charge of ;)

The past couple of weeks have been more challenging.  I’m really grateful Andy is on break from school until next week because he has been an absolute gem.

Taking care of the girls and the house almost exclusively.  Running to the store, checking things off my to-do list and being just overall awesome.

Netflix has also been really helpful.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Netflix and now, more than ever, it’s a life saver!

I’m not a proponent of sitting kids in front of the TV for hours on end, but sometimes you just need to catch a break after a full day of fighting and protesting and whining and general ornery-ness.

No that’s not a word, but it should be!

Enter Netflix.

A couple of 22 minute shows can make a world of difference when I have to nurse Drew one more time before making dinner.  Or when I can’t keep my eyes open even though it’s 8am and the day is in motion.

Avery’s current favorite shows are Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Super Why.

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She really loves Super Why and has gotten really good at singing the alphabet thanks to the catchy jingles on that show.  I even hear her talking about the characters when she’s playing.  Princess Pea and Alphabet Pig come up in conversations regularly :)

She’s at such a fun age right now and her vocabulary is exploding.  I’m SUCH a sucker for her sweet little voice and I’m especially weak when she looks up at me with her big brown eyes and whispers the name of a movie she wants to watch.

“Watch Snow White?” “Movie?”

“Watch Frozen?” ” Peas!!!” (Please)

I often say no because I believe it’s really important for little ones to use their imaginations to really play, but sometimes I just can’t resist that sweet face and quiet whisper.

A feature length film is a special treat, and she’s starting to know that so she’ll follow up with…

“Watch Jake?” “Watch Super Why?”

“Peeeeas!”

Thank you Netflix for offering fun and educational shows I can feel good about :)

Most of the time Grace asks to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates or  The Busy Town of Richard Scarry.

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Just before Christmas, Grace and I had a girls movie night and stayed up late watching White Christmas on Netflix.

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I knew she’d love the singing and dancing and I was right! We cuddled on the couch with mugs of eggnog, plates of Christmas cookies, and, of course, baby brother.  We “oohed” and “ahhed” over each dance number and pretty costume.  I answered 101 questions about the plot and story line and we made such a special memory together.

I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year :)

Netflix has been excitedly promoting a new show called All Hail King Julian….a fun spinoff of the movie Madagascar.

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There’s even an episode featuring a New Year’s Eve countdown for kids.  No need to wait up till midnight (as if!) since King Julian can count down to the new year at any time you decide to start the episode :)

Clever, huh?

I’m pretty sure this show is targeted for kids ages 7 and up, so I’m not sure we’ll be tuning in tomorrow night, but I know the girls will be plenty happy watching one of their other Netflix favorites.

Andy and I have been binge watching episodes of House almost every night.

We like to look at it as 2 parts entertainment and 1 part learning for Dr. Gould. I love listening to Andy predict the diagnosis and I know how much he loves to get it right!

I also love spending quiet time with him at the end of our very busy days.  This show has been a big hit for both of us and I’m glad we’ve got something to tide us over till The Walking Dead comes back on!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with welcome kit including a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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