Friday, September 27, 2013

Figuring out chores

Every day things are a very big challenge with two small children. 

My house is nowhere near as clean as I would like it, and as soon as I get one room clean, Arie comes running through with a bag of crackers that he stole out of the pantry, shaking it as he runs, leaving a trail of crumbs. 

Luke is so much like Arie was, it's work to keep him asleep, so if I want him to sleep during the day, I had better not move a muscle while he sleeps on me.

Since I learned how to wrap Luke on my back, that has gotten a little better. Luke will nap for a half hour to even an hour and a half. 

Back wrapping has made my life a little bit easier, but it's still very difficult. 

I can see already that this morning will be difficult. I have to boil our prefolds and that means hours of time standing in front of the stove. While I'm there, I pls to bake some bread and bake some banana bread too. I would like to bake something chocolate too. Maybe brownies, that's way less time consuming than cookies that I have to scoop and bake in intervals. Maybe a cake! I love chocolate cake. 


Yesterday, I grocery shopped with both strapped on me. I have been shopping in the same grocery store for over three years now. You would think that these employees would know me by now and not be shocked every single time, but every week, it's like it's the first time they've ever seen anything like that. 

I'm noticing a difference in my size now. I'm 7lbs below what I was when I got pregnant with Luke, 87lbs below my highest weight before I delivered Arie. 

I bought some free weights to start toning the muscles and burning fat in my arms too. 

I have 25lbs to go before I am at my long term goal weight. I'm actually not so much concerned about the weight number because I have always carried my weight differently than others. My goal size pants is a 2 or a 4. Preferably a 2. My size 8 jeans are too big on me and I haven't purchased any size 6 yet, but I may soon. I need there to be a little extra room inside the waistband to conceal carry. 

Perfect family weekend.

We had a perfect family weekend including getting my wedding rings sized and soldered, the cider mill, my parents visiting and helping with food and stacking wood. 

I'm so thankful for help and so thankful for the time that Jack gets off each weekend that we get to spend together. It's crazy hard to have two kids this young and cloth diapering and breastfeeding both. But weekends like this really make up for the hard moments. 

 It's so hard to get a picture of both boys. 

He really makes the most hilarious facial expressions. 


Such a big boy :) 


Had a play date on Friday morning with my best friend. I wish I got a picture of our older boys playing. It was so sweet. 

 
After the play date, both boys refused to nap. I really wanted to clean up a bit, so I wrapped them both up and went downstairs to vacuum. 

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to head to the jewelers for my rings and to a cider mill to meet a friend in town from California whose family happened to live in the same town as our jeweler! 
Courtney & Lara were the best :) Barrett and Courtney's husband and family were pretty fabulous too! 


Arie had a blast at the cider mill! 
He was running all over the place and he couldn't believe that there were two tractors for him to see up close and touch. He kept running back and forth between them. 





Arie also got to try cider & a donut, which I think he thought were fabulous. The donuts had milk in them so I just had some cider. 

This was the best day for Arie, ever. 


After the cider mill, we picked up my rings. Success!


After we got home, both boys stayed sound asleep for more than an hour. 
Jack and I hung out by the truck with the dogs, waiting for the boys to wake up. 


I don't think we have taken a picture with just Jack and I since Arie was born. 

After the boys woke up, we picked a bunch of apples from the tree in the yard. Made some apple sauce with my mom. 



Things were quiet, and we looked up to discover this.


Then today we went to Target to pick up some cleaning supplies and bought the boys a new puzzle and some new hot wheels. 




Sunday, September 22, 2013

Three Month Update

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  • Cloth Diapering
    • Diaper Laundry goes in the wash every morning. 
    • I have been exclusively using prefolds and covers for about a month now. I realized that with using pocket diapers, I was using one cover for every diaper, and since I was already using prefolds to stuff the pockets, I decided to just use prefolds and covers. I think I have 10 Flips covers and 2 dozen red edge GMD prefolds. I also ordered a dozen white edge. Then I have the toddler size prefolds thati got at my baby shower with Arie that I use to fill in the gaps. 
    • I think We use about 25 diapers a day between the boys. 
    • I try to get the prefolds out on the clothes line a couple times a week to sun and get stains out. Prefolds are super easy to keep clean. 




  • Tandem Breastfeeding
    • Unless I have help from Jack, I really don't like to nurse both at the same time. I prefer to let them both have their own time. 
    • Arie has been nursing like crazy the last week, or so. Around the clock, he asks to nurse alllll the time. He is getting all 4 canine teeth, so that is probably why. 
    • Both boys had about a week long sickness with fevers and congestion. Arie lost about a half a pound, but the last few days has really packed it back on. 
    • After dinner, Arie was 20lbs 6oz and Lukey was 14lbs 3oz. 
    • I still haven't perfected my baking schedule on how to cook all of the food I need. 
    • When Luke is sleeping on my lap, Arie will come up to his head and kiss him on the head and then ask to nurse. He will nurse and then kiss Luke and leave. It's almost like he's making sure he can still nurse whenever he needs it. 










  • Sleep
    • Some nights are significantly better than others. 
    • Luke is a better sleeper than Arie. 
    • We moved the crib out of our room. Arie wakes up so much there's just no point. 
    • We put the bed rail on my side, and Luke sleeps next to the rail. Then me, then Arie, then Jack. 


  • Home life - House stuff
    • We don't have enough hours in the day. I need to remember to hold my babies 
    • while they will still let me. The house can wait. 
    • I would definitely benefit from a second washer and dryer. 
    • We NEED to start cutting wood.... Jack cut some yesterday for a little bit. 
    • We are considering hiring a house cleaner to help until I can maintain it myself again. 
    • Jack ripped out the basement and we still need to re-grade and replace the basement door. 

  • Going Out and About
    • Going out really stresses me out. 
    • I usually have the boys in two different wraps/carriers, but at stores, I usually put Arie in the cart. 
    • I have been trying to get out of the house on play dates. 



  • Postpartum Recovery
    • I'm having back/rib issues. It's painful, but my body just needs some time to recover. The chiropractor helps. 
    • I'm about 5lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm annoyed that I'm not losing weight faster than I am because I'm always hungry. 
    • I bought some dumbells to start burning the fat off my arms and toning them. 
  • Brotherly Love
    • Arie loves Luke. And Luke appears to really love Arie. 
    • Arie is wanting to share which seems like a good thing until he shoves a hot wheel in Luke's mouth. 





  • Marriage 
    • Really feeling like a good team. 
    • I don't know how I would do this without Jack. He and I are both up at night, Jack changing diapers and me nursing. 
  • Arie
    • Arie's vocabulary is really exploding: mama, Dada, Please, Up, Shirt, Pants, Shoes, Socks, Baby, meow, Cat, Ball, downstairs, snack, breakfast, butt, dodge, nana (banana), just to name a few. He will also try to mock sounds. 
    • He loves to play in the nursery with puzzles and books and blocks and his trucks and tractors. 
    • He got his first real haircut. 

    • He's still not a great eater. He nurses all day and all night.  
    • I've moved him mostly up to 18 month clothing. His 12 month pants are just too short and even with the cloth diaper, his 18 month pants are huge on him. 
    • Arie loves to be outside and run around the yard and push things. 
  • Luke
    • Luke laughs and smiles all the time. 

    • He stays up most of the day and just cat naps. He sleeps at night and wakes to nurse. 
    • He's had started to reach out and touch things, and absolutely everything he gets ahold of goes in his mouth. 
    • He's already over 3 months old. 
    • I'm still bathing the boys together and I get in the tub with them to hold Luke. 
    • He's wearing 6 mo clothing and I dug out some 6-12 and 6-9 month pants from the totes for some warmer clothes. He's chunky but not super long. 
    • He's always cooing and talking while he's awake.