Monday, August 31, 2015

Good Call...Bad Call

Good Monday morning! 

Is it weird that I feel like my old self again when I am sipping coffee and staring at a computer screen before the sun comes up? I am attempting to jump back into the habit of waking up before Ina so that I will be able to start exercising toddler free in the next few weeks. Day one is looking good.

This weekend was full of good times, good decisions, and then some, well, not so good decisions. They were as follows:

Good call: leaving the house on Friday morning to visit our friends Chessa, Silo, and Baby Edie. Ina just loves to take over someone else’s puzzle collection

Bad call(s): 

  • Leaving without a plan for lunch
  • Telling Ina we could get chicken nuggets and then quickly changing my mind when the drive thru line was at least 30 minutes long
  • Next telling Ina we could go to Trader Joe’s and find lunch and she could push a small cart because all the small carts were occupied
  • Taking Ina (and Cora) into Old Navy while we were both hungry

Good call: letting Ina pick out Sadie’s birthday present in Old Navy. I am really trying to teach her how to GIVE presents and it has been a struggle, but she did well with clothes, which are easier to give up than toys.

Bad call: leaving Ina’s blankie in Old Navy and not realizing it until we had walked across the mall back to the car and loaded everything in the car (still hungry)

Good call: taking Ina to a Greek restaurant and enjoying some one-on-one time with her. I didn’t realize that I rarely sit down with just her and do nothing but share a meal. It was wonderful.

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Bad call: asking Ina if she liked the restaurant in front of the owner because she answered, “Yes, but they didn’t give me any crayons or nothin’"

Good call: spending the rest of Friday with my family playing cards

Bad call: waiting until Saturday morning to get everything together to leave for a 9:30 am birthday party, but somehow we made it on time. Note to self - get everything ready the night before next time.

Good call: Liz’s decision to have Sadie’s birthday party at Deanna Rose Farm. This was my first visit there and it was wonderful! 

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(Really) Bad call: Not noticing the sign that said kids had to be 3 years old to ride the ponies until after I had told Ina she could ride a pony and then waited in line for 20 minutes to do so and we were the next in line. I told Ina she couldn’t ride the pony ride because she wasn’t 3 and then she started crying, so I did what I never thought I would do and said, “But if you tell her you are three, you can ride it.” She looked at me and asked, “I’m 3?!?” and then looked at the worker and shouted, “I’m 3!"

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Now I must convince her that she is two again and that lying is not a good thing.

Good call: taking both Ina and Cora grocery shopping. They both were wonderful - Ina played with some Play-Doh and Cora slept in the Ergo.

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Bad call: trying to stuff the groceries in the back of my car that was already occupied with a huge stroller. I was still wearing Cora when the bags starting falling out and a gallon of milk busted. 

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Good call: going to Danielle’s for dinner. She and her husband made us a baby meal that was so, so good. After dinner we let the kids play and the adults sat by a fire and talked. It was great. 

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Bad call: Waiting until Sunday morning to get everything ready to leave for church. Again - please - do it the night before.

Good call: Church. Always a good call. Worshipping with friends is next level stuff.

Bad call: Waiting to nurse until we arrived at Dan’s work. Even though I parked in the back corner of the parking lot, a man came to the car next to us and decided to take his lunch break inside it. Awkward.

Good call: Taking Dan lunch. He had to work all weekend and we sure missed him. I hope to do this more often.

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Bad call: almost running out of gas

Good call: driving to my Grandma Beverly’s house to celebrate her birthday with cupcakes. 

Bad call: letting Ina play with my Grandma’s necklace, because she “accidentally” broke it into about 50 pieces. 

Good call: re-activiting my family’s fantasy football league. 

Bad call: trying to do the draft, nurse Cora, eat dinner, and read to Ina all at the same time. I may have drafted a player that is out for the year. 

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Oh well, if that is as bad as it gets, I don’t have it that bad, huh? 

Have a lovely start to your week!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Food and Fitness Plan [8/30]

Good morning and Happy Sunday! 

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Morning hair don’t care.

Cora is now five weeks old and I feel like I am in the groove of our new life. In some ways, the past five weeks have felt like vacation - not working, seeing lots of different friends and family, etc. But, I typically sleep a little more on vacation.

Either way, it is time to put on my big girl panties and start a dinner routine instead of calling Dan and asking him to pick something up on the way home. Seriously, I don’t want to show you our budget for August. It isn’t pretty. Also, I don’t know how many more lunches of cottage cheese and chips I can handle.

Any recipes you have loved lately? 


Breakfasts and snacks:

Workouts: I haven’t technically been cleared to fully exercise by my mid-wife, so I am going to stick to walking for the next few weeks. I am going to try to get in two to three miles per day.

Have a lovely week!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Yesterday my family was absolutely spoiled. My dad gave us a dugout suite at the Royals game for Christmas and we lived it up. He even made us all matching shirts. The rain delay only helped us enjoy the amenities for an extra hour and a half and the boys in blue ended the day with a win. 

I don’t typically think of myself as high maintenance, but enjoying the game from the regular seats will be a little more difficult now. 

Take me out to the ball game

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Take me out to the crowd

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks

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I don’t care if I never get back 

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Let me root, root, root for the ROYALS

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If they don’t win it’s a shame!

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For its’ 1…2….3 strikes you’re out at the old ball game!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ten Things...

…that have happened since I talked to you last. 

Wow. it has been awhile. Right now, I either have time to blog or sleep a few extra minutes. Guess which one is winning? Thankfully, Cora only woke up once last night and then at 6:30 this morning, giving me the 30 minutes I need to talk to you guys before Ina is awake. 

Here is what we have been up to:

1. Cora has a clogged tear duct. 

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The gunk in her eye was not going away despite my best efforts, so we made an appointment with her pediatrician who immediately said she had a blocked tear duct that was also infected and taught me how to “massage” the block out. I tried to tell Cora that all massages were good, but unfortunately she isn’t a fan. The massage plus antibiotic eye drops are working wonders on her eye and she is doing much better.

2. We had our friends Brad and Chessa over for dinner on Friday night. 

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Their beautiful daughter Edie was born exactly two weeks after Cora. They are already best friends and have learned to cry in sync. 

3. We went to Gunner’s birthday party on Saturday.

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It was a pool party with a mac and cheese bar - isn’t Danielle a genius? 

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Ina had a blast with the exception of the few minutes she was upchucking on the side of the pool. Poor girl has a sensitive gag reflex. 

4. Lots and lots of walks. 

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I just can’t say no when Mr. BOB asks me out on a date, especially because he is so accommodating with my children.

5. Consignment shopping. 

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There was a huge consignment sale going on this week in KC, so Cora and I hit it up to get some fall shoes for Ina. We tried to go back yesterday to the half price sale, but Cora wasn’t in the best mood, so we left empty handed. 

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6. Playtime with cousins.

My family is in town from Texas and we went to visit them at my grandparents’ house, along with my niece and nephew. A trip to the park always does a family good.

7. Cora turned one month old yesterday!

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At one month she isn’t doing much besides crying, eating, and dirtying her diaper (about 10 to 12 per day). A few notes:

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  • She really likes to be warm and sleeps best in her “winter” sleepers
  • She has a nasty case of baby acne right now. Poor girl looks like I did when I was 15. 
  • She prefers to be held if she is awake.
  • She weighs 10 pounds and has long outgrown her newborn clothes
  • She is getting more tolerant of her big sister kissing her, laying on her, and sticking her finger up her nose.IMG 2372

8. I tried a new recipe for dinner last night: bacon and brussels sprouts spaghetti carbonara

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Dan said it was so good he couldn’t eat it fast enough. Ha!

9. I braved the bath with both kids yesterday.

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Cora couldn’t decide if she liked Ina dumping water on her or not, but Ina loved helping me wash Cora, who now has squeaky clean feet.

10. Lots of this

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Have a great day!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! 

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(Cora is still working on her selfie game.)

So many things to be thankful for today!

I am thankful for my in-laws who assisted us on our extremely last minute two day vacation. 

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I  was able to have some one-on-one time with Ina at the pool and Dan and I had a few pool “dates” during Ina’s nap time. 

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Even though it was only two days, the vacation was perfect and gave us a great refresh.

On a slightly related note, I am also thankful for our king sized bed. We had a queen on vacation, which just doesn’t provide the space Ina likes to lay completely horizontal between Dan and I. (#firstworldproblems)

I am thankful that my mom cooked us dinner last night. I didn’t take a picture, but it was salmon, sweet potato, peas, and salad. I completely forgot about Ina’s love for peas and, judging by her consumption last night, will have to start buying them at CostCo.

I am thankful that the Kansas City Zoo does not allow us to pet a polar bear,

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ride an elephant, 

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or take a hippo home - all things that Ina asked to do. Better them saying no than me, right? 

We hit up the zoo yesterday with Danielle and her kids. Cora was a champ and only cried when we were in the gorilla exhibit, which was likely because she wanted to get out of the stroller and see the baby gorilla for herself. 

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I am thankful for Dan going to work to help support our family. Of course I am always thankful for this, but while I am on maternity leave I see how hard it is for him to leave when we all get to stay home and spend time together. 

I am thankful that I have absolutely nothing to do today. Or tomorrow. So, so weird. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

We Were Made to THRIVE

Lyrics  by Casting Crowns

Here in this worn and weary land

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Where many a dream has died

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Like a tree planted by the water

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We never will run dry.

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So living water flowing through

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God, we thirst for more of you

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Fill our hears and flood our souls with one desire

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Just to know You and to Make You known

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We life Your name on high

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Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide

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We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives

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Its time for us to more than just survive

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We were made to THRIVE

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Monday, August 17, 2015

My New and Improved Boyfriend

Good morning and happy Monday! I am blogging from my cell phone in a hotel room, so apologies for more typos and breveties than usual. We are on a mini-vacation in Branson and will be back tomorrow night. However, I couldn't stand to let one more day go by without introducing you to my new boyfriend, Bob the Second.

Isn't he gorgeous? 

I wasn't going to purchase a double jogging stroller because they are quite the investment and I wasn't sure if Ina would ride in the stroller for much longer. However, this beauty popped up on Craigslist and although it was still expensive, it was much cheaper than retail and I couldn't turn it down. 

I picked it up on Friday night and Saturday morning we were packed and ready to go to the park. 

It is crazy how one single item can make me feel so free again. I am seriously not a "things" girl, but I do love this stroller! 

I see many, many dates in our future.

I feel like I am mostly back to my normal self and am braving the world as a mom of two. Cora and I had a day full of errands on Friday and she was great!

She slept while I shopped.

I am learning to multi-task, like reading and nursing.

So thankful for that extra wide rocker (another Craigslist purchase!)

Ina continues to be a great bib sister. Granny teaching Ina "gentle touches" is a work in progress. 

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed week!

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