Fell Off

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The blogosphere!

Been a little crazy since my 4th baby arrived. He’s almost 10mos old now and I am feeling great so I thought I’d add blogging (or at least try to add) back into my life.

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Here he is! He’s a walk in the park compared to her:

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She is 3, and she’s completely exhausting.

Since my last post forever ago, we had to let Sassy Lucy go back to the breeder due to behavioral issues. We added #ChoptheWeinerDog to the family

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And #BullyBear

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Well, four kids and three dogs is a little much. Our neighbors fell in love with Chop so he’s been seeing how he likes living with them. It’s perfect because we can still see him everyday.

We have also been trying the paleo/primal lifestyle. To be honest, WE LOVE IT!!!!! We feel so good! I know I am a dork but I like it so much I just like to tell everyone about it. Those close to me are probably sick of hearing about it! Sorry!

Well, it’s nice to be back!

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Clean Peanut

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The baby’s stinky little umbilical cord stub fell off on Thurs and I was so excited to finally be able to give him an official, real bath.

Of course, I was so busy I didn’t get to it until this morning! He did so well and only fussed a little bit about half way through.

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20120722-221604.jpg I know… A little overboard with the pics. He is just so stinkin sweet! I can’t help it!

Ups and Downs

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I woke up today hopeful it would be a great day… There were ups and downs.

Last night I was notified our good friend was in labor and I woke up to texts of a beautiful baby boy born over night. Pure joy and happiness and the most amazing thing to start the day off with!

Shortly after, I received a call from Hubbs that an employee had a car accident. No one hurt. Just property damage and it was so stupid. The employee was careless and reckless… And guess who pays the price! We do! Having a business is so stressful and I often (like daily) wonder if the risk is worth the reward (especially when there is barely any reward to be had anymore between taxes and employees). Hubbs was so upset all day about the incident (we have had more “incidents” this year then in the last 10 yrs combined. It’s been a challenging year to say the least. And we got our insurance renewal quote. Doubled from last year. Stomach turning…). Well, I was truly afraid for Hubbs health today, he was so angry!

Brings me to Peanut. Especially in the summertime, Hubbs and I will sit on the deck in the evening after the kids go to bed. We have margaritas and listen to Eric Church. This is our release from the stress of the work day. Some nights there is more margaritas then Eric Church, and well… Now we have Peanut.

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Starting my morning out with stress means I crave junk food… In particular, chocolate. And so I had to make brownies.

20120720-233449.jpgKeep Calm and Eat Brownies… With extra chocolate… And marshmallows…

With breakfast out of the way, I got to work. I actually feel good about how productive I have been the last two days work-wise. It’s a good feeling.

Once Hubbs got home, we decided to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Yummy food and margaritas. Great way to end a tough day.

20120720-233751.jpgIt’s been a long 10 months, my friend. Great to have you back!

What? You don’t converse with your favorite alcoholic beverage? No? That’s a shame…

We left the kids at my in-laws while we went to dinner. I think Peanut was a little disturbed that I left him… When we got home, it took him a while to relax and he wanted to sleep in my arms instead of his bassinet. He finally settled…

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I try to read to the kids in the morning from their Daily Word book we get from Church. After our stressful start this morning, I read to them and I then started to read more to myself… Looking for some guidance through my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, I just want to sell everything and go off the grid and live a simpler life! I read this:

20120720-234932.jpgThis really helped me put it all in to perspective. Everyday above ground, is a good day… No matter the challenges. Keep moving forward. We will work through it. Have Faith. Everything will be okay.

Potty Training = You’re Mean!

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Cakes is about 2 1/2 years old now. She completely understands about the potty and informs me everyday before she messes in her diaper.

She tries use the potty as a distraction when it’s time to wash her hair. As in:
“Cakes, it time to wash your hair.”
“I need to go on the potty, Mommy!”
She knows I will allow her out of the bath to potty… Well, until I caught onto her game. That happened on day 2 she tried her little deception… This is not Mommy’s first rodeo!

Bottomline, she’s smart. She knows what’s going on. I feel like its getting to the point the diaper will start to cause a hygiene issue and she needs to wear panties now. Her brothers were both potty trained when they turned 2.

So today, she has to wear her big girl panties. And so…

20120721-073233.jpgshe flailed on the floor and told us “you’re mean!”

This should be fun! My 2 yr old is not stubborn at all… Hahahhaa! Jokes…

Wanna feel human again

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Most moms can relate… And if you can’t, you are probably some sort of alien or something! After you have a baby, you feel like a mess!

You are physically exhausted from growing your baby for nearly 10 months, then there’s the actual birthing process and there is no really recovery period. Baby comes out and the real work begins! You go from exhausted to barely functional. My blog has suffered for sure, as you can tell, it’s been a few days since my last post! (I have so many posts to catch up on!)

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It does get easier with each baby, at least I think it has (or maybe I am the alien?!?). It depends on the neediness level your baby as well. My most high maintenance, and fussiest baby, was my first… And each baby seemed to be less fussy and more laid back. Maybe it’s a reflection of how I have evolved as a mom. Although Hubbs would not agree that I am less fussy and more laid back! Haha!

Anyhow, there a few things that make you feel so “human again” in those first weeks of post-partum. For me, a shower works wonders. I hardly had time to shower every other day before Peanut was delivered so you can imagine how hard it is now that he’s here and I have four children vying for my attention. It takes extreme efforts to work it in the schedule in the morning, which is my preferred time of day to shower, because washing my frizzy hair at night and sleeping on it only results in terrible hair day. Anyhow, making time to not only shower but also blow dry my hair and apply make-up is like the equivalent to a day at the spa for me anymore.

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Another thing that really makes me feel good is making my bed. I think it tricks me into feeling like the house or my room is really not as messy as it truly is. When I realize how truly behind I am on housework, my anxiety level spikes. The whole thought process of this house is a wreck, laundry is 15 loads behind, when the hell am I gonna get any of it done?!?!? Make the bed. All is calm.

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What makes you “feel human again”?

Peanut

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He finally made it!! We are so in love!

So sweet and SO tiny! Well, for me he is tiny:

Boss born at 41 weeks 3 days was 9lbs 6oz.
Wildman born at 39 weeks 3 days was 9lbs, exactly.
Cakes born at 40 weeks 1 day was 9lbs .1 oz.

And then there’s Peanut…
Born at 40 weeks 6 days was 7lbs 7oz.

I don’t even know what to do with myself! He’s so small and adorable! We are SO happy he’s here!