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Why I’ve been away

So, I had planned to be good and keep this blog updated this year. As it turned out, I had more important and exhausting things come up to distract me. Or, rather one thing. Or rather this:

Beckett announced to all of Target that I had a baby in my tummy about a week before I even suspected. He also insisted it’s a baby girl. It turns out he’s not quite as clairvoyant as it first seemed. It took a little while to convince him that the baby is, in fact, a little brother.  Finn wavered between being disappointed it’s a boy (he already knows how annoying a brother can be) and being happy to not have to endure princesses and Frozen. Especially Frozen.
Other details: He is due mid-Septemberish, so I’m currently about 24 weeks. This will be my first third-trimester Texas summer, so there will probably be much complaining about the heat. If you need me, look in front of the air conditioner. No name yet, although I have considered randomly picking up a Coke and naming the baby whomever I’m supposed to share said Coke with. I abandoned that idea when I would have had to name the baby Edgar Ashley.

Naptime Project–Hanging Cup Holder

I have a Jeep jogging stroller that I love. It’s made walking Finn to and from school with Beckett much more pleasant. I especially love that I found it at Thrift Town for $30. Yay!

There’s only one downside to it:

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Too small cup holders.

Sure, it has a generously sized basket under the seat, but sometimes water bottles get leaky, and carrying anything that isn’t 100% spill proof is out of the question. Thanks to this tutorial from Sew Can Do, I was able to remedy this problem during Beckett’s nap.

I did make a few changes. Rather than using laminated cotton, mostly because I don’t have any, I used some old jeans. (Yay for upcycling!)

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My straw cup is bigger than most water bottles, so I made the pocket a little bigger. If you’re needing to do the same, trace a circle about .5 inches bigger than your cup. To figure out the long side of your rectangles, use the formula 2 x 3.14 x r to find the circumference. (If you’ve slept since geometry class, r is the radius or half the distance across your circle.)

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I also replaced the snaps with Velcro. I had both on hand, but the thought of setting snaps through two layers of denim was not appealing. I have enough trouble setting snaps through thin fabrics. Besides, I figured it’s easier to rip out stitches if the Velcro doesn’t hold than it is to pry out the snaps if they don’t work out.

I’ll get to try it out this afternoon, but so far it looks good. If it doesn’t work out on the stroller, it does fit on my elliptical machine that also needs a cup holder. Smile

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First Day 2013

Today was Finn’s first day of second grade. There was a ton of first-day jitters all around, but his day went well. We left for school with plenty of time to play at the park beforehand.

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Second grader!

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B not cool with Finn joining him for a picture. Also proving he can climb playground equipment just as easily as he can scale the sofas. Or the tables. Or chairs.

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Crazy baby. Sweet photo taken by Finnian.

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Trying (and failing) to recapture the Forrest Gump-esque first day of Kindergarten photo.

Beckett and I passed the time doing housework, then we got adventurous and decided to bake a cake from scratch. That went surprisingly well, thanks to a chair at the sink and letting him help wash the dishes while I made the batter. It even went much better than cleaning the clutter from the dining room table. It turned out that the stacks of books and papers on the table were actually serving as Beckett deterrent. I am seriously considering removing all furniture from the house. Big empty rooms with beanbag chairs might be the only way to keep B’s feet on the floor for more than thirty seconds at a time.

Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 11


Today’s Quick Takes are going to be extra speedy because:

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I only have seven days to get everything ready for Christmas before our trip.

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Beckett turned 10 months today. He’s not walking yet, but he’s already into everything and as fast as if he was on two feet.

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I still have a bare Christmas tree.

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I am a crazy person who insists on making most of our Christmas gifts.

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The few things I planned on buying are mostly out of stock or require trips to multiple stores.

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People won’t stop making clothes and dishes dirty. They also want to eat frequently, thus interrupting my Christmas prep time.

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It is possible to have too much coffee. (Shocking, right?) Apparently the amount of coffee it would take for me to have the energy to get everything I need to done in a day is more than the “too much” threshold.

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Beckett’s Twoddler gift guide

With the crazy, gift giving holidays right around the corner, here’s my list of sure to be a hit items for your twoddler. (Twoddler – the 5 second window between mobile baby and fully walking toddler.) All items have been tested and approved for fun by Beckett. Bonus! You probably already have most of these items at home. Even better, twoddlers don’t care that something isn’t new. They actually seem to prefer the oldest, grossest thing they can find.

  • Printer
  • Dangling wires
  • Big cardboard box
  • Kleenex
  • Little cardboard box
  • Cat
  • Toilet paper roll (full or empty)
  • Trash can (full preferred)
  • Paper (tissue, wrapping, printer, newspaper, important documents, etc.)
  • Hair
  • Floor Cheerios
  • Medium cardboard box
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone
  • Clothes hanger
  • Lotion bottle
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Video cassettes (Title/VCR not important. They aren’t going to watch them anyway.)
  • Coffee cup (full or empty)
  • Anything that dangles
  • Rocks
  • Plastic boxes

Disclaimer: Beckett only tested items for twoddler funness, and possibly the amount of crazy things they make me say as I try to remove them from his twoddler death-grip. He wasn’t really concerned with safety testing. If safety is a concern for you, you should probably consult a different gift guide.

Beckett eating and Finnian doing a hahndstahnd

Craziness.

Haircut and 9 months

Boys

Why is my big brother crazy?

About to do “Chucky eyes”. (Who let their 6 year old watch Chucky?!?!?)

Outta here.

Tricked into a semi-normal shot to show off his new, non-mom haircut.

Nine month old chubchub wondering what the heck he’s gotten into.

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Why I kind of like Mondays.

I love being home with my family. I love hanging out at home watching movies or going on adventures to exotic places like Thrift Town or WalMart together. I love watching the boys play together. I love not having to rush to go anywhere.

Except

Chris was sick this weekend *coughmanflucough*. So he needed to rest, which meant that I still had to manage the kiddos while trying to get things done. Fine, I can do that. But I also had to do things differently than I would if it was just me and the boys, since he was home. Not bad different, just slightly more work different.

For example, if Finn and Beckett and I got busy playing or if I managed to really work on cleaning while they kept each other entertained and lunch rolled around, I could throw together a pbj and carrots for Finn, some applesauce and/or toast for Beckett and any of the above for myself. Done. Breakfast could be oatmeal or cold cereal or scrambled eggs. Chris, on the other hand, requires more food. And when he’s sick, I’m cooking and entertaining the baby and fielding Finn’s 1,000 questions while he rests.

Fine. Just like in any group situation, when one person needs help, the rest have to chip in so everything keeps moving along as it should.

Even on a normal, everyone healthy weekend, though, I have Finnian, who will never ever need coffee if he maintains his energy when he’s older, and Beckett, who wants to be held or wants to get into everything. With Finn around, Beckett doesn’t nap well at all, either because B is excited that Finn is here or because Finnian is noisy. I really don’t think Finn can help it. He does try, but I think six year old boys have their own volume settings of noisy, noisier and really, really loud. The more he tries to be quiet, the louder he seems to be. Even though I try to keep the tv or radio on during the week, Finnian noise isn’t something Beckett can sleep through.

Since Chris is off on weekends, he understandably wants to work on things he can’t get done during the week. So, I try to work around his plans for meals, grocery shopping, etc. He says I don’t have to do this, but one of my biggest peeves is cooking a meal and not having everyone at the table eating together shortly after it is ready. Trying to time it so we can all sit down together is my way of trying to keep everyone happy (read “not kill someone”).

With everyone home all day, there is more mess, more laundry, more dirty dishes, and more cooking. There’s less sleep for Beckett and less time for me to do what needs to be done.

Weekdays, however, I set the schedule. Sure, there’s the morning rush to get everyone out the door on time and the afternoon pick-up, but everything in between is on my time. Beckett actually takes decent naps, even if they usually happen while I’m holding him. I get a break while he naps or I can take care of bills and anything else I can do one handed while sitting. Since he’s able to nap, he isn’t cranky later so I can be more productive. With just the two of us home, I can clean without worrying about someone making more mess behind. (Usually. Beckett is getting good at dumping things out.)

If I have the car and need to run errands, I can leave as soon as I’m ready. I don’t have to wait for Finn to put on his shoes or for Chris to stop whatever he’s working on to watch Finn. I can time the errands so we leave as soon as Beckett wakes up from a nap so I have plenty of time to get everything done before he’s tired and cranky. Meals are easier because everyone is on their weekday schedule, so everyone is ready to eat at about the same time.

Complaints aside, I do miss the time together during the week and I do look forward to the weekend. But, I do look forward to 8:30 on Monday morning when the house is calm and my coffee is ready and Beckett is starting to get sleepy and ready to nurse down for his first and usually longest nap.  That is my time to make plans for the week and relax after a busy weekend.

Weekend happenings.

I carried my camera around all day yesterday hoping to get some cute photos. I took zero pictures. Today I left my camera home. We went to Mc Donald’s for breakfast and let Finn play in the play place while Beckett sat at the table in a high chair feeding himself Cheerios and sharing bites of my oatmeal. Then Chris and I took turns taking B to the toddler play area and let him play for the first time. Totally no photo ops there. I am so glad I removed the few ounces of camera weight from my bag last night. smh.

With Halloween over and two more eating holidays to go, I’ve decided it’s time to concentrate on losing the rest of my leftovers from Beckett. (Feel free to laugh now.) I’ve come to this conclusion because, rather than sit at a comfortable-ish plateau, I seem to be gaining a bit. My joints are already achy enough from carrying Beckett around and the extra baby weight I’m carrying. I don’t need to add to it. Besides, I don’t think it counts as baby weight if you gain it after the baby is born.

To start, I’m going back to Spark People and tracking everything I eat. That was a big part of what helped me lose weight before Beckett. Also, since Beckett still nurses for most of his food, I need that information to find the balance between losing weight and maintaining my supply.

The other thing that helped last time was my elliptical. I love my elliptical. My joints, however, do not. Until they recoup completely from the stretching and wear and tear from pregnancy (or I figure out what is actually causing my joint pain) I am going to have to find some other exercise. Most weekdays I walk a total of 1.6 miles to and from Finn’s school, but that hasn’t helped much. If anything, I’ve started gaining since we started walking. Whatever I do, it will have to be really low impact. Too bad I don’t have access to a pool. And a babysitter.

If anyone wants to join me on Spark People, I’m sophiecls. I don’t share my actual food details because I’m a little weirded out by random strangers knowing exactly what I eat in a day. Also, I think it’s easier to be brutally honest when I know I’m the only one who will see when I overindulge.

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