Catching up

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The past three weeks have been a whirlwind! We’re in the new house and are almost settled. We have some things to unpack and the desk area to set up, but on the whole we’re almost there!

The move was chaotic [what move isn’t??]! We had tons of friends helping us move, which was pretty awesome. Thanks to all those who did help! Once we got all of our stuff over here, we started unpacking while our dads set up our appliances. Thank the Lord for dishwashers! I love mine! But they ran the water line, and set up our fridge… only to find that it wouldn’t cool. Long story short, we went a week without a fridge, had a mini fridge for a week and a half, and finally our new fridge came! It’s amazing how useful fridges are!

C is doing so well! I can tell that he likes having more space and we aren’t stuck in the same two spots in the house. No teeth and no crawling yet. But lots of chatting and his new favorite activity… holding onto to your hands and standing or walking. It’s so cute to watch, though it is a little rough on the back to be constantly bending over all the time!

C and I also went swimming for the first time! He was a little unsure at first. Quite a bit chillier and bigger than the bath tub that he loves so much. But once I showed him that he can splash, he loooved it! He splashed like crazy and kicked constantly. He even managed to get his body so that he was laying on his stomach in the water. Though he quickly learned that he cannot put his face into the water. A bit of sputtering, but he was fine.

And now the little monkey is waking up for his nap!
Now that we’re settled, I’ll get serious about posting more often!

Father’s Day

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It’s sneaking up on us. And of course, we’re moving this weekend, so it might get lost in all the chaos. But I’ll make it up to J.

C was practicing saying “dadadadadada” yesterday and I was thinking of all the ways that we refer to our fathers.

I refer to mine as Dad, Daddy, Father, Faja, and Old Man. We have friends whose twins called their father Dat for awhile. J will start out being called Dada, but what will it turn into? What will C decide to call him?

What do you call yours? What terms do you use? Is it just the typical ones [Father, Dad, Daddy]? Are there inside jokes [Faja, Old Man]? Are there names from a different language? What about your grandfathers? Mine were Papa and Nano. C’s are the same. J’s dad is Papa, and my dad has adopted the term we used for his dad, Nano.

Feel free to share below what terms you use or do use, and be sure to share stories or explanations!

Oh gosh…

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I just realized how long it’s been since I’ve posted.

*sigh* Life has been busy!

I’ll do a quick rundown of what’s been going on around here and hopefully I can stay up on posting.

The house. It is coming along quickly! We are scheduled to close on June 18th and then move in the next day. So that’s less than two weeks [12 days if you’re counting… but who is? ;c)]!! We stopped by yesterday to see what had been done. The exterior is mostly finished [lights and such need to be put up], the ceiling has been done [California drop down, it’s a pattern of sorts], the walls were primed, the stuff that goes under then tiles is down, and the tiles were sitting in the living room. I can’t believe that we’re so close! One of our neighbors have actually moved in already! We didn’t get a chance to say “hi” because C had fallen asleep in the car, so we didn’t want to leave him alone. But I’m sure we’ll meet them soon enough!

Packing. Ugh. I hate it! I wish someone would come and pack the rest of my stuff up for me. We’ve gotten a good chunk of it done, but it seems like there is constantly more! Plus, I’m running out of boxes.

Diapers. Haven’t procured any more as of yet. But I’m getting very excited for the move we can start using them! We have a buttload of sposies right now [I bought a box, then we traveled for the weekend and forgot to pack some], so once we use those up… it’ll be time!

Food. I hit a point last week where I realized that I had about 3 ice cubes of food left for C. I spent the rest of the day steaming, baking, and pureeing! But he is now topped up on green beans, carrots, applesauce, sweet potatoes, pears, and mangoes. I still need to steam some zucchini and peas… too many orange fruits and veggies aren’t a good thing!

Sleep. C has been sleeping better! We no longer are nursing in the middle of the night! Hoorah! And he puts himself to sleep [usually, there have obviously been exceptions]. And he’s been sleeping all the way through until 6ish! It does take a bit of work to get him back to sleep, but he usually will. I can’t wait until we can push and get him sleeping all the way until 7. Also, to make this more exciting, I really need to stop going to bed around 11.

Other. J is away from today until Thursday. So I’ll be living what I call the single parent life. J is quick to point out that if I were a single parent, that I’d have to work… so I’ll edit it to the ‘unemployed single parent life’. I’m hoping that the sleep keeps up and the teeth stay at bay while J is away.

C turned 7 months over the weekend. I’ve been having  a bit of a reminiscing weekend, looking at pictures and thinking about labor, delivery, and the early days of him being here. I still can’t believe how much he has changed since I’ve had him. I also realized over the weekend, that I never fully wrote out my story of labor and delivery. I think I’m going to start working on that, so you can look forward to reading it [or avoiding it if you’re not into that].

But it’s getting late and I need to get into the habit of going to bed early. Since I don’t have J to distract me during the evenings, maybe I’ll post more this week between packing boxes.

More Diapers!

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We now have 4 more cloth diapers to add to our collection. They are all OS [one size] pocket dipes. One Katydid and three Sweetdollbaby.

And here they are!

The Katydid is a sage green with snaps. Here’s a pic of it with the inserts out.

And then the Sweetdollbaby. Now these aren’t as quality as the Katydid or the BG that we have. But apparently they’re still decent dipes and for $6 each, I couldn’t say no. Plus, the colors are pretty friggin’ awesome! The orange and yellow are velcro and the apple green is snaps.

Check ’em out.

30 more days until we close on the house and then once we’re settled, we’ll start using these babies! Until then, I just get to stare at them and count down the days!

Teething + Growth = Exhaustion

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A little over a week ago, we figured out that the 6 month growth spurt was kicking in. He was eating longer and suddenly needed to eat in the middle of the night again.

Well, on top of that, teething reared it’s ugly head [though still nothing to show for it]. We had giant puddles of drool, a stuffy nose, and just an all around miserable little man. My normally great napper wouldn’t nap longer than 30 minutes. We were upconstantly at night. Wednesday night was the worst. J ‘slept’ with C on him for 2 hours… there was no actual sleeping for J. Then I ‘slept’ with C on me for over 3 hours. That resulted in some major back soreness. It also led to a wonderful [read that with sarcasm] day of little sleep, sore mommy, miserable C, and mommy in bed by 8:30.

But then! We had shots on Friday! Iwas totally expecting everything to get so much worse. But it didn’t. He handled the shots well and he slept so well that night! The past few nights have been great with a normal amount of sleep [for us we’re still up at least twice with one feed in there].

So now my house is a wreck from lack of motivation and ours friends just moved so they passed along piles of boxes that have no home. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to cleaning it. Or maybe I’ll just pack it all up instead.

Here’s hoping those teeth cut through soon, or at least that he’ll be a lot less miserable when they do. [Who am I kidding?]

Mother’s Day

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Happy [belated] Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mommies out there!

I haven’t posted in a bit, it’s been a crazy week. I’ll update about that later.

I hope everyone’s Mother’s Day was good. Mine was wonderful. I woke up to a happy baby playing in his crib. He was all smiles and so chatty for me. Then the three of us played for a bit before C went down for a nap. J let me take a bit of a nap while he made me breakfast. Chocolate chip pancakes with bananas foster on top. Mmmm… so good!

Then we got ready for church and headed out the door. We swung by the house to see what’s been done [we have real stairs, cable, phone, a bathtub, the half wall is framed… it’s coming together!]. Then headed home for a quick lunch.

We headed back out and went to get some ice cream at this local place that makes the best ice cream. I got my favorite… mint Oreo. There are seriously entire Oreos in the ice cream. Amazing! We ate in the car because C had fallen asleep on the way there, but he woke up while we sat there. So I let him have a tiny lick of my ice cream off of my finger and… oh my goodness… the child loved it!! I have never seen him that excited! It was hilarious! [We joked that he loves it because I ate it so much while I was pregnant ;c)]

Afterwards, we stopped by a pet store. J and I used to go wander pet stores before we had C just for fun. So we thought we’d take him and show him the animals [plus it was chilly, so doing anything outside was off the list]. He wasn’t quite sure, but he was in awe of the birds.

Once we got home, we fed C then took a short nap. Got C ready for bed and then J went to get dinner. I’ve been begging him to order in Greek from this place near us, but he wouldn’t let me. Lo and behold, he’s been waiting for Mother’s Day! Haha! So we had some nice gyros, some Greek salad [that I’ll be having for lunch], and some bakalava. So good! We then spent the rest of the evening playing some Lego Batman on our Wii with our new TV.

It was a great day and J spoiled me all day. It was so nice!

Oh, and in the morning, I got a card from C and another from J. Plus, they got me two sets of earrings. I needed real metal earrings because I never change them and the crappy ones I had been wearing kept tarnishing in my ears. So I got two sets of little balls [one sterling and the other 14K]. They’re so nice!

Thanks J for such a wonderful day and thank you C for making me a great mommy!! ❤

Beautiful Ad

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So seat belt wearing is something that I’m pretty passionate about. I had to do a report on it in high school and it’s been close to my heart ever since.

Well, I’ve been in 3 major car accidents since the age of 17. At least one car was totaled in each accident. The only reason I walked away from all three is because of my seat belt.

My younger brother has a bit of a Superman complex. He’s survived cancer twice. So he was convinced that he didn’t need to wear his seat belt. I always tried to get him to wear it, but nothing worked till recently. Our sister was in a major accident, then my husband and I were. So I laid into him. Told him that he needs to wear it. That it’s stupid of him and I’ll be so pissed if he dies in a car accident because he was dumb enough to not wear it. Then I pointed out that he had a niece or nephew on the way that needed him. That did him in. He started wearing it.

Thank God, because just before I had C, my brother totaled his car.

Now, I’m telling you all this because I want to remind you to wear your seat belt. If my story doesn’t do it… then maybe this ad will. I posted it on Facebook a few weeks ago. Apparently this has gone viral and I hope it continues to do so until every person wears their seat belt every single time they get in the car.