Saturday, November 23, 2013

Back to good sleep!

For almost a week, Luke has been waking up hourly, crying. This is not normal for him. Since he was a couple weeks old, he has slept at night and only roused to nurse, not fully waking. 

Tonight, he was back to that. What a relief! It's 7am. I haven't gotten out of bed since 10:30pm when I laid down, and both boys are sleeping. Luke is right up against my front and Arie is pressed along my back. 

I think I've nursed Arie 2 or 3 times and Luke probably the same tonight. Ahhh, this is nice. 


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sixth Wedding Anniversary

It's really hard to believe that we have been married for 6 years. We have been through so much in our last 6 years. 

When we got married, we lived in my dad's apartment. 

On Our first anniversary, we lived in Wisconsin, but had traveled to Trout Lake, Michigan for the weekend to go to Uncle Dave & Annie's lake house. 

On our second anniversary, we had just moved back to Michigan from Wisconsin, and we were unpacking at Jack's unxle's house. 

On our third anniversary, I can't even remember what we did. We had just bought this house a few months before and we had just our in our boiler, so we were probably broke.

On our fourth anniversary, I was very pregnant, and we had just taken our foster son to live at his forever home. We went out to eat and went home to an empty and quiet house.

On our fifth anniversary, we had Arie and I had recorded a video of an "early anniversary present" for Jack, me telling him that I was pregnant again. 

Here we are. Six years married. A cat. Two dogs. A house. And two kids. It went by in a blink. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 Month Update

  • Cloth Diapering
    • Diaper Laundry goes in the wash every morning. On really good and productive days, I get other laundry done too. 
    • We switched back to pockets stuffed with prefolds for now. 

  • Tandem Breastfeeding
    • Nursing a 5 month old who is just getting his first teeth is challenging. Nursing him when you need to be paying close attention so that you don't get bit is challenging. Trying to pay attention while trying to watch a one and a half year old is challenging. 
    • Nursing a 20 month old is challenging. He doesn't sit still and frequently gets lazy and gets teeth marks around my nipple from not having his mouth open wide enough. He wants to nurse all the time and definitely nurses as much as Luke. He's not patient. 
    • Arie still doesn't each much else. I'm just rolling with it and continuing to offer him some of everything that I'm eating. Sometimes he will take a bite or two
    • Luke got two teeth. Let the biting begin! I've been bit 4 times in the last 24 hours. If Luke doesn't want to nurse, and I try to to use that to calm him, I get bit. 
    • Arie is 21lbs and Luke weighed 16lbs 6oz last night. 
    • I'm still dairy and soy free. I've joined a weight loss competition and I hope to really be strict about limiting my desserts and snacks in the next 4 weeks. I'm also going to be careful to not limit my food intake so I don't affect my supply. 

  • Sleep
    • It feels like a good night is few and far between. 
    • It's really exhausting that Arie wakes up crying every single time he wakes up at night. I think we need to start cutting off water before bed time. 
    • Floor bed is still somewhat working. It really wouldn't be a big deal if Arie didn't wake up 356832157 times at night. 

  • Home life - House stuff
    • I'm debating between buying a carpet cleaner and paying a company. The cleaner is ever-so-slightly more than one cleaning from the company.
    • I bought the carpet cleaner. Kohls was having a sale and I had a 30% off coupon, so the cost of the machine was less than one cleaning. Easy decision there. 
    • My power steering pump has started acting up, so I'm driving the vw while Jack drives his jeep to work. 
    • We have so much wood to cut, it feels almost overwhelming. 
    • We need two of me and two of Jack to even make a dent around here. 
  • 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 joined a weightloss challenge. I have plateaued a little but and I have 19 more pounds that I want to lose. 

  • Brotherly Love
    • They absolutely adore each other.
    • Arie has to be watched very closely because all he wants to do is put things in Luke's mouth. 
    • Luke loves watching everything that Arie does. I can't wait to watch them play with each other as Luke is able to sit up on his own and then move. 

  • Luke
    • Growing like a weed. Hes in 9 month clothes now. 
    • He's so happy all the time. 
    • He reaches and grabs for toys & holds things and chews on things. 
    • He's decided he loves my water cups and lunges toward my cup and straw. He also will grab at any dish or cup in your hands. 
    • His two bottom teeth have broken through. One is more than the other and he has the biggest smile!

    • He still loves to be worn. He's most content in a wrap. I like him best on my back because he can see what's going on and he isn't in my way. I cook and clean with him on my back. 

  • Arie
    • He is so smart and understands so much. 
    • He LOVES his cars and trucks. He loves to drive them and make engine sounds. 
    • He's talking more and more. 
    • Naps do not happen every day but he fell asleep playing for the first time ever last week. 
    • 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. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Foster Parenting

Our former foster son was officially adopted by the family who took him after us. 


Middle of the night rocking

Lukey just fell asleep and I'm rocking, so I have a couple of minutes before I crawl back into bed. 

My phone memory is full, so I haven't bed taking as many pictures on my phone as I usually do, so I don't have many to share. 

I've been up since 1:15am with Arie, and then I couldn't get comfortable, and then Luke woke up for an hour. It's 3:51am now. Ahh mommy life :) 

We went to a La Leche League meeting today and it just reaffirmed that I want to apply for leadership. It was so nice to just hang out and encourage some new moms! 

After that, I took the boys to the chiropractor. I brought my woven wrap inside and tied Arie into the chair. I should have taken a picture, but I wanted it to be
 as quick as possible. Our chiro thought it was hilarious. :P

And Arie is up....