Blogging on the backburner

23 February 2017

23 February 2017
As you might have anticipated, or guessed from the relative silence around here, finding time to blog with two kids is nooooot as easy as with just one crazy toddler. I mean, I haven't been *prioritizing* blogging, per se, but it's not as quick to just jot a post here and there while the one sleeps. Most times I've been trying to stay up on the laundry (a gajillion gallons of it, with Ms. Spit Up 2017 around) and occasionally have an idea ready for dinner before 5:30 so blogging has been hit and miss. I'm sure you've missed my somewhat coherent ramblings.

Yesterday was the first time that both girls slept for 2.5 hours in the afternoon and it was glorious. It was way too nice outside to coop myself up at the computer, so I plopped a lawn chair on our stoop and binge-read (affiliate link!Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. I don't say this often, but it literally changed my life and my perspective on the world. It's all about how we process and consider death in the modern age, where medicine promises it can fix anything while knowing it really can't fix everything. I highly highly recommend it, for readers of all kinds. (I'm trying to convince David to try and read it before my ebook expires in a few days from the library.) 100% recommend.

Valentine's Day came and went last week. As a surprise, the day before - which was our 6 year anniversary of dating - the girls and I went to David's work and brought him a Starbucks, a little plant for his desk, and a homemade card. Hard to believe we've been together for that long. Luckily he was truly surprised and forgave me for the fact that the frap was pretty much melted by the time we got there.

David surprised me later that week by inviting us to go play at the playground across from his office for a little visit on Friday, but not telling me he was getting off early so we played at the playground and then went out to lunch! And then I had the most glorious 15 minutes of silence and sunshine I've had in about 6 months while he and Kate walked to get the car. And then I forgot about President's Day which he also got off, so it was an awesomely long weekend.

There's nothing like a healthy dose of Vitamin D and the beautiful weather to lift your mood, am I right? Also should I keep the theme of feet pictures for the rest of the post? hahaha.

I've been trying to get back into the swing of reading, too, spurred on by this article from Harvard Business Review. I totally get the feeling of discouraged and not like you have enough time to read during the day in long stretches, so I've just been picking up 10 or 20 minutes throughout the day in little spurts to try and get me going again. And during naps, like mentioned above, when the weather is as nice as it's been. It's made it more possible for me to feel like I can get books done even while having two little kiddos.

Another random link: my favorite little girl bows are on sale right now, for ones that grow from newborn to kindergartener-sized heads! Oh So Vera is a Lincoln, NE company so you're buying from a small business and they are very very well made. Not affiliate, I just sincerely love their bows! If I hadn't bought 4 already I would definitely be stocking up. 

An adorable pic of Cora to end this random post. Can you even believe those eyelashes? I cannot take credit for those because mine weren't nearly as long as a baby. They're even more stunning in person, and I get a little more jealous of her every day. 


Cora, two months.

16 February 2017

16 February 2017

Cora Jane is two months old! And as beauuutiful as ever, gosh dang it. (I can say that, right? It's not too narcissistic if it's my kid, right?)

Weight: 13 lbs 4 oz at her two month appointment last week. Big girl, although we seem to just make chunkers. I'm totally okay with that, fat babies = cute babies IMO. 92% percentile, y'all.

Height: 23 1/4" long, and 88% percentile. That's why she's growing out of everything!

Firsts this month: cooing, smiling and catching everyone with her beautiful smile, holding her head up steadily, getting her fist in her mouth - almost all the way.

Nicknames: C.J., Co-Wah -- us imitating the way Kate says her name, Squishy.

Other things to note:
+ Survived her two-month shots. That look of horror on their face when they realize what's happening doesn't get any easier round two. But I managed not to cry myself this time around, so baby steps.
+ Cora is super alert and awake for a two-month-old, at least in my opinion. I mean she sleeps a lot, like babies do, but she's so happy to be interacting with anyone looking at her that she's super invested when they do.
+ She's in her own room now! We moved her at the end of January since she was getting to a consistent 2 wake ups per night, and now it's usually just one so there wasn't any need for her in our room. We are all sleeping a lot better because of it. And she's really a dream to put asleep - swaddle, sound machine, and in 2 minutes she's asleep. I know the 4 month sleep regression is on the horizon so I'm loving it while we have it.
+ Her baptism was this Sunday! David's high school chaplain came and did it for us, and our immediate families joined us for the baptism and pizza & cake after. It was a great excuse to clean the house and a really fun party.
+ She has gone from pooping every day to pooping a HUGE BLOWOUT every two days, pretty much right on schedule. It's nice not to change poopy diapers all the time but the threat of a blowout has me on edge every 48 hours. So far no outfits have been officially ruined, but it's been a necessary bath every time right after so we're lucky it has only happened when we're at home.

We love you, girlie!

7QT #55: it only took me a week to write this!

09 February 2017

09 February 2017
I started writing this on Monday, and have hence changed the title every day of the week as I add a little bit more so I figured I should just bite the bullet and call it an early 7 quick takes for the week, since I haven't had one of those since pre-Cora! (Just checked. Last one was October. Get your act together Hannah!)

Today was an eventful morning for the baby of the family - her two month checkup! More deets will be coming in her two-month post (she's 8 weeks but not two months, yada yada yada) but she's 13 lbs 4 oz and the sweetest little chunk there is. The shots wiped her out this morning but we are just enraptured with her. David and I were gazing at her last night and trying to remember if she really *is* cuter than Kate was, or if that's just how you feel about newborns and your memory fades?

Let's be honest, it doesn't much matter when all you care about is that cute little face!

I've been on a hunt to replace our ginormous hutch that eats up the majority of our kitchen/dining combo area. It's a lovely well-opened room with plenty of light, and the huge hutch against the one wall just drains the entire light out of the area and makes it feel so closed off. When we finally get our butts in gear, I'm going to post it on Craigslist to fund a new sideboard. I have been drooling over plenty but what I really want is to find one in need of some love and fix it up myself. Something along the lines of the one pictured below but in need of a good sand & stain. I just don't know where to look in Omaha! So, local people - hit me up with your favorite places to buy used or antique furniture. Orrr I'm going to make David take on a huge DIY project and copy this set of plans. He's probably shaking his head reading this but I'M SERIOUS THIS TIME. :)

image from Home and Closet Vintage, a suuuuper cute vintage store in Lincoln you should check out if you're local
The links below are affiliate. I get a small percentage if you click through and buy! 
Cora has been a dream in the sleep department lately - it's been a solid 5 nights in a row with at least one 5 hour stretch, and more than likely longer than that - we're talking 7+ hours, people. I'm relishing in the caught-up sleep by binging a few books. First was The Name of the Wind, which I've already gushed about on the blog, and now I'm reading Playing Dead on the recommendation of a podcast, I think? I should come up with a better system to keep track, but oh well. To be honest the subject matter seems fascinating but it's put me to sleep 2 nights in a row so we'll see if I finish it. Especially since we ventured to the library this morning and got 3 of my holds all at once - The Wise Man's Fear (second in the Kingkiller series), My Brilliant Friend, and In This House of Brede. I honestly can't decide which one to pick up first.

I got credit for another Stitch Fix a few weeks ago in the mail and my box arrived this week! Somehow some of the pictures I took got corrupted on my phone, so I have photos of everything but the dress they sent (that was too small and not nursing friendly):

From left to right: Gleana Stitch Detail Pullover and Gap jeans, Mansor Scoop Neck Top and Winnie Leggings, and the last two are Westminster Back Cut Out Blouse with same Gap jeans.

The sweater on the left was weirdly tight at the bottom, like the banded bottom polos I used to wear in high school when they changed our uniform. A no go.
The purple top was weirdly tight at the elbows and not my favorite print, hence the thumbs down. Also I don't need any more leggings.

The orange top is what I'm keeping! It's very cute and a great color, and I really like the cutout. I will wear a different tank top underneath the next time I wear it. If you want to try out Stitch Fix, click through somebody's link and they'll get credit back. Heck, could be mine which is right here...;)

Some links:
My beautiful friend Caitlin (who needs to get back to blogging because she is hilarious, peer pressureeeee) opened a seriously great Society6 shop with her art and you should go check it out and buy her adorable stuff. You can get it on tshirts and phone cases and prints and all sorts of stuff, aka anything your heart could desire. Check her out right here!

Stephanie wrote a great saga about the birth of her second baby, leaving cliffhanger after cliffhanger and as all birth stories, it's fascinating and filled with the best kind of drama! Part one here.

Moms of little girls who are semi-close in age: there are a few holidays I'd like to buy matching outfits for Kate and Cora for, but my usual go-tos (umm, BabyGap and consignment stores) don't have matching outfits in their differing sizes. Where do I shop for matching clothes? I can obviously make them stuff but have zero free time right now for extraneous sewing projects, so shopping it is. And really, I've got awhile but I have this adorable vision of matching Easter dresses dancing in my head and I'll be sad if it doesn't come true.


This is my view most mornings as I'm getting ready for the day - two babies on the bed, half-made, messy side tables, burp cloths adorning the headboard et al. It's not half bad, if I do say so myself.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Head to Kelly's for more!

Snow day

02 February 2017

02 February 2017

We had finally a bit of snow that stuck around long enough to play in last week, and Kate was just ecstatic so I had to break out the camera. She got a play snow shovel from Grandma & Papa for Christmas and had been dying to "soop soow?" (Scoop snow. Two words she's not that great at pronouncing.) for weeks and weeks.

When it snowed during the weekday, I told her we could go outside and play with Dad when he got home from work. So we did the 30 minute prep work - potty, getting dressed in 8,000 layers, snack, mittens and then she stood stock-still in front of the window waiting for him to pull in the driveway. And actually ended up staying outside for longer than the prep time, so I was pleased!

Cora and I retreated inside about halfway through, but not before taking some pictures of her in her first snow. Isn't that snowsuit just squishably cute?

Kate and David stayed out making tracks in the snow in the front yard until it got too dark to see. I couldn't get a good picture of it but imagine our yard full of squiggly lines of a big set of footprints followed with a small set. It made the melted snow later in the week even funnier to look at.

It was a fun evening and Kate keeps asking when it's going to snow again so she can shovel again. I hope the enthusiasm lasts long enough for her to actually contribute when she's a little bit bigger. :)

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