Thursday, January 22, 2015

THREE!


It still feels a little weird to say that I have three kids. Three. 

When E and I first talked about someday having kids many years ago, I envisioned having two kids (E was in favor of more). By the time Miss A arrived, I was pretty quickly knew that I would want to have more than two kids. Now, here we are with three sweet girls. The past (almost) 6 months have FLOWN by. The early months with Miss A seemed to last so much longer than these months with Baby C. I ask her to stay little every day, but so far it doesn't seem to be working. 


When we go out I get a lot of comments from people at Target about having my hands full. There are certainly times during the day when I feel like life is crazy. Many, many times in fact. But there are other parts of the day that go so well, and I think, I'm totally rocking this mom of three thing. (But then, just as I finish cleaning up the kitchen at the end of a long solo day, after hosting friends for dinner I spill a glass of red wine all over everything in my kitchen (including white counter tops) and get put back in my place. Ha!)  


I was really excited when I found out we were expecting Baby C, but I was also a little worried about making the transition to three kids (seeing this article circulate was not helpful). To help myself get ready, and get better at taking care of three kids I've talked to my mom friends and read lots of blogs to find out how other moms are making it work. I'm not too far in, but knowing how much I loved reading what works for other families, I thought I would share what's working for me (for now!).

  1. Be a Morning Person. I am absolutely not a morning person. At. All. I would much rather stay up late to work. But that doesn't work for my family at this point. So I get up early. Miss A and Little J love to sleep in. Most days they sleep past 8, which is amazing, but the trade off is that they don't take a nap. So if I want some quiet time to get things done during the day, it needs to happen before they wake up. Our days go so much more smoothly if I get an early start. So I'm trying to become a morning person. How I wish I liked coffee!
  2. Meal Plan. If I don't plan our meals for the week, every night is chaotic. The hours between rest time and when E gets home from work are always a little crazy, so having a plan is super helpful. It also helps me when I'm grocery shopping to plan ahead, and have a list ready. Going to the grocery store with three kids is an adventure, so once a week is more than enough for me. I try to use freezer and crock pot meals on Mondays because even as a SAHM, Mondays are hard.
  3. Plan for the Week. In addition to meal planning, I like to make a general plan for our week. I look at what fun adventures we have planned, then think about what days work best for the gym, grocery shopping and other things we need to get done. I keep our plans for the week and a running to do list in my planner to help keep myself organized. 
  4. Get Out of the House! My neighbor once told me that her key to keeping the peace was to get out of the house by 10am. I couldn't agree more! For some reason, if we get out of the house for a little while in the morning, even if it's just a trip to the grocery store, the girls get along so much better all day. I can't explain the magic of  10am, but it's so true. 
What helps your days run smoothly? Please share!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Baby C's Baptism

In early December, we had sweet Baby C baptized. My little brother and youngest sister were her Godparents. Baby C did great during her baptism, no crying at all.  Most of our family was able to make it up to celebrate with us for the weekend. After church we had everyone back to our house for a low key brunch with lots and lots of donuts.

 

She wore the same outfit that her big sisters wore. A friend of a friend made it using the shawl that came with my wedding dress and I love it! I also love that adorable little face!





Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Week 1

One of my goals for this year is to take more photos with my real camera. My phone takes nice photos, but they just don't compare with my real camera. Back in 2012 I did a full 366 project, with at least one photo each day. I'm not feeling quite that ambitious this year, so I think documenting the 52 weeks of the year is a more manageable goal.

Week 1

Much of this first week of the year was really cold here in Minnesota, so we spent a lot of time inside. A lot of time. We went through a lot of activities and a lot of paper. The girls are crazy for coloring right now. One day this week we got out the water colors because they also love painting. About 90% of Miss A's pictures look like the one in the photos. A sunshine, grass and flowers. This drawing/painting is one thing that really stands out about her at 4.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Favorites: Minted

It's no secret that I enjoy sending (and receiving) real mail. December is such a fun month to check the mail because we get a steady stream of adorable cards coming our way. I enjoy all the cards but the photo cards are my favorites. I love all of the seeing sweet, smiling faces! This year I noticed a few cards we received, and a few shared in the blog world were ordered through Minted, and they were all so nice!

I have spent a little lot of time browsing the Minted website since the holidays, and they have some amazing cards and other stationary for other events too. I loved planning our wedding. I wish I had known about Minted back when we got married, because their wedding stationary is great, starting with save the date cards. Here are a few of my favorites.


Many of the designs, including the one above, are available in different formats, including magnets


Of course, I love the cards with photos. For a save the date card I think a photo can be really helpful for friends and family who may not know either the bride or groom.


I also like that there are multiple options for the back of the card, or inside if you do folded cards.




My preference is for photo cards, but I wanted to share a few of the no photo options too. Each card has a few color options, and most coordinate with wedding invitations


I had to include this one because we got a very similar designed invitation to a Christmas party this year and it was beautiful. The paper was a nice quality and the colors were great.



A little Minnesota love...


I really love the timeline option for the inside of this card.




And, really, how cute are the envelopes?!


With my wedding over, I have my eye on a few other Minted pieces, like the Valentine's Day cards (and classroom valentines), birthday party invitations, notebooks, and the Mommy calling cards (or more traditional business cards).

Because these are a few of my favorites, I'm linking up with Katie for Friday Favorites today. Head on over to see some of her Minted favorites too!

Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are completely my own.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Baby C: 5 Months

And now to get caught up. Sweet Baby C is 5 months old. She was baptized, celebrated her first Christmas and had her first cold. A busy month for all of us!


Personality: I can't say it enough, Baby C is the most content baby! She's very sweet and content most of the time. She's been smiling, laughing, squealing and making some strange alien sounding noises this month. I also have noticed she'll wake up talking rather than crying (a much better sound).



Likes: I think Baby C's favorite thing right now is E's popping noise. All 3 girls have liked it, but if Baby C is crying and E makes the popping sound, she'll stop right away. E sent me a video of him popping while he was out of town and that video can stop crying too. Awesome! She also likes to eat Daddy's nose. A little strange. The other people who get big smiles are Miss A and Little J. She loves her big sisters. She also giggles so much when we kiss her little cheeks. Baby giggles are the best! I think she's also a little ticklish, because she's started laughing if you tickle her tummy. She also really likes to arch her back/lean back when you're holding her. Silly girl!

Dislikes: Baby girl did not like being sick very much. I think it was hard for her to eat and suck on her pacifier when she was congested. Thankfully she didn't seem to get as sick as the rest of us, and she bounced back pretty quickly. She's still a bit congested a week later, but not too bad. And let's face it, we're probably doomed to be a little sick throughout the winter with three kids.



Sleeping: What a night and day difference! At Baby C's 4 month check up her doctor suggested letting her cry it out for a night. I felt a little guilty about letting my sweet little girl cry, but in total I think she cried about half an hour that first night, and since then, she's only waking up once or maybe twice a night. Occasionally she will wake up earlier, but she settles down again within a few minutes and wakes up to eat someone between 2 and 5am. She goes back to sleep for a few more hours after that. Baby C sleeping better means that I am sleeping better, which makes for a much happier mama. She still doesn't like to sleep flat, so she spends most nights in her swing. We used to leave it in the living room by us, but now when she's ready to sleep she likes to be in the dark to fall asleep (still swaddled and with her pacifier).

Eating:
Still nursing well, and eating about every 3 hours during the day. Then getting a bottle before bed and sleeping a longer stretch.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby C: 4 Months

So, this really late, but I didn't want to miss it. Baby C is actually 5 months now, but here's a little update about her 4th month.


Personality: Still the happiest, sweetest baby during the day, but not such a happy girl at night. See sleep below.


Likes: This month Baby C was so much more smiley! She's also squealing and laughing. On the night she turned 4 months old, Baby C went with me to our neighborhood Christmas party with me and one of the ladies had her rolling. It was the sweetest little sound! We started going to the gym this month and she seems to do really well in the day care.

Dislikes: Anyone leaving the room. If you walk away from her she starts talking to herself or, more often, crying. She also dislikes sleeping more than an hour at a time at night.


Sleeping: AHHHHH! Baby C was sleeping really well until early November, then not. At. All. Baby girl woke up every 1-2 hours during the night, and would only go back to bed if I fed her. Not cool. She was still great during the day, but nights were a total mess.

Eating:  Baby C was eating so much, or at least so often at night, and still eating well during the day. Baby C eats about every 3 hours during the day. Her last feeding before bed E gives her a bottle. At Baby C's 4 month check up she was 15 pounds, 12 ounces so she is a big baby! (Also 25 inches long.) None of my girls have been small babies, but Baby C was a full pound bigger than Miss A at the same age. I guess eating all night will do that to you.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Feeling Thankful

Wow... where did November go? And the start of December for that matter? I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted. November was a crazy month. E had a really busy start to November, Baby C's sleep was ridiculous and Little J turned 3. So many updates to get to. But first I have to share our November thankfulness project. 

The start of our thankful tree
In the craziness that was our November we took time to talk about what each of us was thankful for each night. I put up a construction paper tree on our sliding door, and as each family member said what they were thankful for, I would add that to a dot and add the dot to our tree. I really enjoyed spending this time together every day, and the girls continue to talk about the things they're thankful for even though we've stopped adding to our tree. Every night Little J would say, "I am thank you for..." Miss A picked it up by the end of the month.

Our finished tree
A sampling of things from our tree...
  • dance parties
  • milk & cups (Little J)
  • warm house
  • Little J, my best friend (Miss A)
  • Christmas
  • pictures
  • dessert
  • squeeze hugs 
  • healthy kids
  • friends
  • time at home together
  • kitties
  • family
  • grandmas & grandpas
  • friends
  • memories
  • God 
  • our church
  • birthday celebrations
  • our neighborhood
  • Como Lake
  • Miss A's teachers
  • the blue sky
  • fun & our house
  • YMCA
  • Netflix
  • Little J's smile when I give her hugs
  • morning snuggles with Miss A
  • that I can play & learn at preschool (Miss A)
  • the color purple
  • birthdays & birds that sing
  • long weekends
  • blankie
  • to be able to run & play
  • ice cream
  • that I can feed the baby
  • Daddy-daughter days