Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nap time musings

I was thinking about some things I cando to pinch pennies around here, and something quite elementary dawned on me... Keeping your house clean will save you money. 

I can't tell you how much stuff we lose or break because it's all over the place. Or, buy multiples of because I don't do laundry often enough. 

It is really my personal goal that by the end of the year, I will have really gotten control of my house and clutter and pared down my stuff considerably. 

The amount of kid and baby stuff in the house is getting overwhelming. I went through today and started the process of switching out Luke's 6 month clothes for 9 months. He's getting so so big!

During that process, I just couldn't believe how much STUFF there is. Toys and books for all the developmental stages from 0-2, clothing in every size. What if we had a girl? What if we do have a girl? At least there is only one sex of clothing here, if we had opposite sex children, I couldn't imagine... 

I think my kitchen being cluttered really plays into how often and how motivated I am to cook. 

I can not wrap my head around how much work it is having two kids like this. The laundry is constant & if I don't put it away right away, it quickly takes over and turns into the downward spiral of what's clean and what's dirty and has this shirt been washed yet and this shirt has been washed three times. 

Luke doesn't just sit contentedly in a bouncer or a swing for any length of time, not that he should be expected to, but, it makes housework extremely difficult. Especially with Arie trashing things faster than I can clean in between my cleaning and taking care of Luke. 

Today, making scrambled eggs for Arie took me 5x longer than it should between picking up Luke and carrying him in the ring sling and chasing Arie out of dog food and dog water and attempting to clean up those messes. 

I really don't know how to do this better. I remember how frustrating it was when Arie was this age because he just needed to be held and nursed. It makes sense, but it's so hard to come to grips with how difficult it is to keep things clean and normal. There are not enough hours in the day to get the toilets scrubbed and tubs and floors scrubbed and the laundry washed and put away and read Little Blue Truck 300 times. There's just not. 

I waited a long time to have these boys and I need to remember every day that it's enjoying the boys that is what is important. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Friends & cake

I baked a yummy chocolate cake and whipped up an amazing peanut butter frosting to go on top and this morning I hung out with my two girlfriends and our kids while eating that awesome cake. 


I could eat homemade cake every day. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Soap making & stuff

This morning, my mom came over to help wrangle the boys while I made soap. I decided to make cinnamon vanilla orange soap this time. I love my homemade soap, it's surprisingly easy and it works so well. It's all Jack and I use for ourselves and the boys. No chemicals at all!

I'm looking around on craigslist trying to find an elliptical or treadmill affordable. I've been stuck for several weeks now and I think daily cardio would make a world of difference in my health and physical appearance. It would be great for Jack too. I think I would want to put it in the basement so that we can have an ice place to concentrate on working out while undistracted. 

I'm happy being a size 6, but I think I would look the best at a size 2 or 4 for my height. I need to really tighten my ab muscles back up. 

Speaking of a plateau... I made chocolate cake for our play date tomorrow. And I plan to make peanut butter frosting. :P 

Oh well. I've lost 40lbs since Luke was born, not too shabby. 


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stepping back

I've written this same thing over and over in the past 6 years, but periodically I feel the need to step away from social media and refresh to just spend time not in the spot light and draw the blinds, essentially, and keep our life more private. I'm in the process of transferring my photos and then I plan to take a sabbatical from Facebook. 

Part of needing a break is because Facebook is not fulfilling at all. I crave relationships with my friends and family and FB leaves so much to be desired. Tone and intent is often distorted by reading things on a screen and conversations are much less personal when happening by typing online. 

I want more out of relationships than an occasional "like" on a picture or status and and even more seldom comment and conversation. 

I wonder when I'll learn or find a happy medium. I also wonder if I'm the only one who really feels this way about FB. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

4 Month Update


  • Cloth Diapering
    • Diaper Laundry goes in the wash every morning or evening.  We go about 24-36 hours between diaper laundry.
    • Still using mainly prefolds and flats with covers.  We have 2 fitted diapers and a couple all in one diapers that we use overnight. 

  • Tandem Breastfeeding
    • Still going great
    • Arie still barely eats solids... but he's still gaining on his same curve that he was, so I'm going to just go with it and assume he's getting plenty of calories.  
    • Luke is still just as chunky as ever, also going a bit longer throughout the night between nursing.
    • Arie is about 20lbs 10oz and Luke is 15lbs 9oz. 
    • I'm still struggling with consuming enough food. 

  • Sleep
    • Some nights are significantly better than others. 
    • The last 2 nights, Arie has only woken up one time to nurse.  All of his teeth have erupted so maybe that was the breakthrough we needed until his next set of molars come in!
    • We moved our king sized bed onto the floor and dumped our huge bed frame/storage drawers in the guest bedroom and we moved a twin size bed onto the floor next to the king for Arie.  We have an enormous amount of sleeping area on the floor. 

  • Home life - House stuff
    • Now that the leaves are falling and the wood needs to be cut, we are busier than ever.
    • Slowly plugging along with getting things fixed here and there, but I think this winter will be filled with lots of indoor house projects.
    • We have a to-do list a mile long.
  • Going Out and About
    • Going out still isn't fun on my stressful days.  
    • I have been mastering the back carry with Arie with a woven wrap and using a short piece of woven wrap for Luke on my front. 




  • Postpartum Recovery
    • I'm still struggling with my back and hips, still seeing the chiropractor weekly.
    • I've lost 40lbs total since Luke was born.  90lbs total since Arie was born.  I am smaller than I have been since Jack and I got married.  Feels good.
    • I bit the bullet last weekend and went to American Eagle during a big sale. I bought two new pairs of jeans! Size 6!! 




  • Brotherly Love
    • They absolutely adore each other.
    • They've started to do this thing when I put Arie on my back and then put Luke up on one shoulder to lower him down into the wrap on my front, they laugh and laugh at each other. 
    • Arie loves to dance and jump around in front of Luke to make him laugh 


  • Luke
    • Growing like a weed. He's about to bust out of his 6 month clothes in length. 
    • He's so interested in the world. He's so alert and so active while he's awake. 
    • He reaches and grabs for toys & holds things and chews on things. 
    • He's got two little bumps on his bottom gum where teeth are thinking about popping through. 
    • He loves to be held and worn. He is 100% happiest on my lap or wrapped up. The great thing about him being  #2 is that I know this does not last at all and I'm perfectly content to use the snot out of my wraps and hold my baby close. 

  • Arie
    • He plays so independently now and completely explores his surroundings. 
    • He LOVES his cars and trucks. Every time we go to target, we pick up more for him and he always knows which are new to his collection. 
    • He's talking more and more. 
    • It's really hard to get him to slow down and nap. I still rock him to sleep and it's only successful if Luke is already sleeping on me when I start rocking Arie. 
    • He's still not eating very much solid food and asks to nurse all day long. 
    • It's really hard to get a picture of him that's of his face and not blurry. He's always on the move or really intensely concentrating on what he's doing. 

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Still sick.

    I can't even put in to words how crappy I feel. I can't remember the last time I had an ear ache and now both of my ears hurt. This is horrible. 

    I'm putting garlic oil in my ears and taking echinacea. The boys don't feel good either and I pray with all my heart that neither of them feels like I do. 

    Tonight has sucked. 

    I need to remember to be thankful every day for my good health. 

    Since Luke was born, I believe this is the second time I've been sick. I think I need to be much more diligent in my prayers for good health and taking my vitamins. Nursing two has definitely taken a toll on my body and especially sick, I am SO worn out. 

    I don't even want Jack to go to work tomorrow. I don't have words for this. 

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Homeopathy

    I remember when my dad first started dating his wife... She was the first person I had ever heard of to be like that. I didn't know what organic was, I didn't know why one would use a crystal instead of deodorant. That was 17 years ago! Now, oh do I get it. (The difference between a 10 year old and a 27 year old, amiright?) 

    A few days ago, Jack came down with a cold. Then it got passed to Arie. And, now, me, and Luke seems to be slightly congested but is getting a verrrry mild version. (Gooooo breastfeeding!) 

    I have been using eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils in coconut oil and rubbing the kids. Jack, Arie and I have been eating raw honey (the real, good, thick stuff, from the apiary across the street from our house) with cinnamon and raw honey in hot tea. I've gargled salt water with cayenne for my sore throat. And, Jack, Arie and I have been taking Echinacea by the dropper full. 

    Jack is really on the mend. Arie slept a billion times better tonight than he did last night, which means we did too. I feel better this morning than I did yesterday. 

    I'm so thankful for God's medicine. There are no harmful or unintended side effects to eating a spoonful of honey mixed with cinnamon, but the amount of ails it helps is incredible. God knew what He was doing when he made creation! 

    My mom is coming over today and I am blessed with two sleeping boys with full bellies, so hopefully I can get a few more hours sleep. I have a super busy day planned... So much housework to catch up on while my mom is here. 

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Sickies

    I think there should be a rule that moms don't get sick, ever. 

    Jack brought home a mild virus, just runny nose and general achiness. It has moved on to Arie, with the boobers everywhere. And, now, me. 

    I came down with a bad sore throat last night and still this morning. Jack is off to work and I'm up rocking both boys in the rocking chair. 

    Speaking of, this chair has more than paid for itself in hours of use. 

    I really wish I was sleeping with the boys instead of rocking. 

    Sunday, October 6, 2013

    19 months old

    I can't believe how fast time goes by. Arie is 19 months old. Closer to two years old than one. It's already October! 

    Next month Jack and I will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary. 

    It's too early to form a well thought out post, but I am just amazed by Arie every single day. He's an incredibly smart little dude and he is so much fun to watch and interact with. 


    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Arie's words lately

    Puppy
    Eyes 
    Bessie 
    Dixie
    Liz
    Matt 
    Mama 
    Dada
    Ball
    Bye bye 
    Nana
    Tractor
    Car
    Cat 
    Dog
    Dodge
    Goodnight moon
    Downstairs
    Bath
    Knee
    Elbow
    Pita
    Pizza
    Snack
    Baby 
    Ear
    Digger
    Puzzle
    Vrooooom 
    Ball
    Meow
    Moo
    Shirt
    Pants
    Shoes
    Socks
    Hat
    Up (for my wraps) 
    Apple