Roasted…

My sketch(es) done for Day 3 of Inktober were not at all what I had in mind but I’m learning. These were also entirely done with sharpie but my exercise in futility for art will hopefully at least bring good posting habits.

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Sigh…Tranquility

So I definitely could use some tranquility this week but I’ve had to settle for a bubble bath with some lavender EO in there. Dr Teals is awesome BTW.

Inktober prompt two is tranquility and what I had in my head is definitely not on the paper lol.

Confessional/Ponderings

So I️ feel like I️ need to confess some things at least to the blog-o-sphere.

I️ may seem like it from the outside, but I️ hardly have my shit together most days.

Was our parents generation really better at juggling life or were they better at not over-sharing/complaining? I️ think there were a lot of closet drinkers….just sayin’.

Do people really expect parenting to be easy? I️ didn’t and still didn’t expect some of the balancing act.

How the flying flip do household with two working parents and two small children keep the house clean? Mine constantly looks like it had a tornado go through it…..even 20 minutes after I’ve just cleaned it.

Am I️ ever going to feel like I’m off the hamster wheel? I️ long for the weekends because my seven month old doesn’t sleep and it means I️ won’t have to get up on a schedule like normal.

Is there a club for Overthinkers-anonymous? I️ should google that…

Baby Break

IMG_6475Back to work!

I think it’s obvious when I say I’ve been on a sabbatical. Everyone knows new-mommy life can be very time consuming to say the least. I’m back to work, pumping and trying to keep afloat at home. As of that wasn’t enough we are also looking at possibly buying a new home. Stress anyone?

So while I will elaborate on the work aspect a little more on my NP blog, I’d like to talk about being a second time mom and all of the above in the next several post. I’ll tell you a little about our story and then what has worked and not worked for us!

Little Bit became a big sister and I ended my child-bearing journey on Cinco de Mayo this year. Punky Doodle came into the world pink and crying and a few hours later decided blue was more her color so ended up in the nursery and then the NICU. Brand new experience for our little family. Moose followed her down there and was hand on as much as possible until I was released a day and a half later (c-section). She was by far the biggest baby in her neck of the woods there and quickly got better but we were still there a week. The Ronald McDonald house is awesome and our families new charity after meeting some amazing people and witnessing all the good work they do there. They made us so much more comfortable than we would have been otherwise. It was the last week of school so my mom, dad, and sister (The Princess) took care of Little Bit while we took care of Punky Doodle.

 

So Little Bit has adjusted pretty well. A few jealous moments mostly with the Princess who is her BFF, but otherwise she is in love with her sister and so are we.

For the first time ever I was able to spend the whole summer with her and be a stay-at-home mom for awhile and I actually really enjoyed it. Could I completely quit work? No, I’d miss my patients and doing what I do to much but could I cut my hours more? Yup if and when we could afford it. It was still a lot of work and I give props to SAHM and my sitter but we had a really good routine once baby and I were out and about; I kept big sister active all summer too.

Anyway that’s what we were busy doing. I’ll post some more about breastfeeding and pumping and back to work soon! Ciao!

Gender Reveal

IMG_5798.JPGMy little sister hosted an AWESOME gender reveal for Moose, Lil Bit and I. She is not always the best secret keeper but she was the only one who knew what the baby was and did a great job. We had about 30-35 people over at my parents house where she hosted and we did a live Facebook stream for my family out of town.  As it was just a few days before Christmas she did a Christmas themed party with red and green and gingerbread men.

We had a hot chocolate bar with cups, an Ugly sweater aspect that we voted on with the cutest ugly sweater ornaments and a sweater voting for boy/girl. Boys were 16 to girls 11. Tons of Christmas treats as well as hot food for guests.

My father-in-law has a side photography business including a photo booth that we had a ton of fun with!

My sister tricked us initially by having individual wrapped ornaments and having everyone open them with the stipulation that if you get gold, sorry you don’t have the winner, if you have red its a girl, green its a boy. Well they were ALL gold. Then she had a sack of balloons for us to open. They were also all gold.

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Opening balloons….wait a minute…

So we were taken outside for the real deal and we were literally in the dark about what was going to happen. She and her best friend had decided to be master engineers and create a light display for which Josh and I had the plugs

On the count of three we turned on the sign that said:

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Another sweet girl for our home!

We are very excited to welcome another girl to our family. I will have to come up with a good nickname to call her. Hmm…

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas! We are sending you love from down south where our air conditioner will literally be running today. A little warm but it isn’t putting a damper on our holiday. My daughter is busy playing with everything Santa brought and that we gave her as fast as she can. My husband is enjoying his new Garmin Vivoactive watch and I’m typing from my awesome new backlit Bluetooth keyboard. But honestly the best thing about today is that we are all happy, healthy, bellies full of delicious (and organic) breakfast. Even the dog seems super comfortable and happy today. I wish you all the best Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And for some cheer, please enjoy this picture of my crazy bulldog snoring on her back with her jowls flapping in the wind. 🙂

Post-vacation

So as usual when we try to go on vacation when we return from wonderful something inevitably breaks. This time it was the computer that completely ate it…along with the pictures I have to match posts I have lined up from vacay. We just got a new hard drive in so when I get a few moments to (re)upload pictures to the computer I’ll be able to complete said posts and you should have some more beautiful Ireland (I’m already home-away-from-homesick) and stories awaiting you.