A Time For Family and Friends

I apologize for not posting much this week, but Lincoln and I have been spending the mornings and afternoons together while John is at work. Normally I am at school during the day and I spend the evening with him, but it’s flip flopped this week because of Thanksgiving break. I’ve been enjoying these mornings to the fullest, hence the no blog posts.

Lincoln has started to sleep for about 7+ hours straight at night now. It sure is great, but I do still find myself waking up every 2-3 hours out of habit. I also think he might be starting the first signs of teething. He likes to suck on anything he can hold onto, including his fists, and the drool has begun. He’s also eating quite a bit more, which is probably what is helping the sleeping at night part.

Since it is almost Thanksgiving, I do want to give thanks for everyone that reads my blog. I really enjoy writing, it has always been a passion of mine. Before Lincoln, I just never felt like I had enough ideas to write about to keep a blog going. I’ve heard from multiple people how much they like to read my blog and look forward to the upcoming posts. I’ve got to say that definitely makes me feel great, and for that I am thankful.

I do want to say though, I will be pretty quiet on the blog until sometime next week. I plan on spending the rest of my Thanksgiving break with my family and accomplishing the last bits of my school work.

Keep a look out next week though, I have a lot of great blog posts in store. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Always Thinking About Tomorrow

As I sit here watching Lincoln and his new fascination of his hands and grabbing things, I realize that I’m always looking towards the next milestone. I know his life is still fresh and new, but I find myself always searching online for what his next milestone he will reach, instead of focusing on the one he is reaching right now.

During his crying fits I always think to myself, this will all be over soon. He will grow into this little body and his tummy won’t hurt so bad. But at the same time, soon enough he won’t want to be held and cuddled like he does now. As soon as he figures out how to move there will be no holding him back.

He’s still a week shy of 3 months, but I can already see so much has changed. He doesn’t quite look like such a newborn anymore; He doesn’t sleep for the majority of the day like he used to (even though sometimes I wish he would, haha!); He smiles and coos whenever he is happy; He’s starting to get the hang of tummy time and not hating it as much; He has favorite toys and loves to hang on to them now.

Although I still seem to always want to know what’s coming next all the time. And sometimes its even discouraging reading those things online if he isn’t quite at that stage yet. But that’s fine, in time he will be. Not all babies grow and change at the same rate.

I just need to remember, that even if they are “small” milestones, like a smile or a coo, they are still big and new and something that he hasn’t done before. He’s still little, and I’m sure sooner than I’ll be ready, he’ll be racing across the floor while I try my best to catch him. So for now, I will try harder to live in the moment instead of focusing on what stage comes next.

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This is Real Life

This morning Lincoln woke me up around 5:30 to eat. Once he was fed he decided he wasn’t ready to go back to sleep. So we cuddled for a bit while he tossed and turned and continued to hit me in the face while doing so. He fell back asleep around 7:00, just when it was time for me to bring my mom to work. She is thankfully letting us borrow her vehicle right now since ours decided its a good time to break down. And our little back up car wouldn’t be making it anywhere in this snow.

Even though, I am running on only a few hours of sleep, it gave me the chance to catch a beautiful sunrise this morning. While I sat there drinking my coffee, ready for class hours early, it made me realize how much there really is to be thankful for.

Of course, with the holidays coming up, everyone always begins their lists of what they are thankful for. But when things seem to be going wrong, it is sometimes hard to remember.

This morning I am thankful for a baby who fell back asleep; An amazing boyfriend who takes the best care of him when I need; Great parents who will help me with anything… Honestly, anything. My dad came over the other night because I blew a fuse while John was at work and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. Oh, the joys of living in an old house. I am also thankful for my brother and his wife who bring me to class every Tuesday and Thursday so I don’t have to pay to park for 8 hours while I’m on campus; And also for all the advice they give about raising Lincoln; And for my cute little niece who always gives me the biggest smile every time I see her; I’m thankful for my sister, even though I haven’t seen her in 3 years, she doesn’t forget to remind me how much she cares; Oh, and I can’t forget how thankful I am for coffee in the morning; The list goes on and on..

Even though there are many things I could complain about, like my useless car, or all the homework I have left to do. All of those things actually show me how much there is to be thankful for. I didn’t mean to write such a sappy post, but it just kind of happens when you talk about real life.

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And of course I’m thankful for this goofball!

Banana Bread

I can’t help but sing that Gwen Stefani song in my head whenever I type “banana”. But, on a different note, during one of Lincoln’s naps last week I finally made use of my old rotting bananas and baked some banana bread. It was delicious! Needless to say, it didn’t last very long! One nice thing about the recipe that I used was that all of the ingredients were already stuff that I had in my kitchen!

Here’s a link to the recipe, I suggest you try it out!
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/

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Coffee Talk v.2

The days are getting shorter that I have to wake up in the morning, attend class, and spend my nights reading and writing endless papers. I know I continue to talk about how close graduation is getting, but seriously, I cannot believe that I have only 3 weeks of classes left! I almost wish there wasn’t Thanksgiving break in between so I could just get it over with but it sure will be nice to have a week off. Even if I will be spending a majority of it trying to get final papers and presentations done.

I got to admit, just a few weeks ago I was telling myself that all of this was impossible. That there was no way I would be able to complete all that was on my plate. I sure thought I was going to have to drop a class or two and pick them up in the spring.

I am glad to say that I took a deep breathe and reevaluated what I had left to do. With a clear head I was able to write down a list of what I had left and their due dates. I’ve already been able to cross quite a few things off that list. I’ve been staying on campus in between classes rather than driving back and forth, which has made a great time for productivity.

I am so glad that I found it in myself to power through the rest of this semester. It will be so nice when it’s all over in December and I won’t have to go back after Christmas vacation.

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Mom Super Powers

It’s funny how many “super powers” you gain when you become a mom. It’s kind of like when you use a muscle over and over again it becomes stronger, but if you don’t use that muscle it remains weak and harder to use. Well, when you become a mom there are many senses that become heightened that you never really used to their full advantage before.

Here are a list of my new super powers since I’ve become a mom:

1. The ability to run on no sleep — Baby was up all night? No problem, just pour me an extra cup of coffee and I’m ready to go. Even though you might wish you had that extra couple hours of sleep last night, your body kind of takes on it’s own “autopilot” and you are still able to take care of a baby all day long, not to mention do whatever else you have to.

2. Super human strength — Carrying a baby around all day long sure can get tiring but somehow moms manage to do it for hours at a time if necessary.

3. The ability to do anything one handed — This strength kind of goes hand-in-hand with the last one. Since you’re gonna be carrying that baby around a lot, you’re gonna need to learn to do things with just one hand. Including tasks that even seemed impossible to do using both hands before.

4. The ability to wake up the second you hear your baby stirring — Before the baby, I wouldn’t even be able to wake up to extremely loud thunderstorms. Now I can hear Lincoln stirring in his crib before he even realizes he’s waking up.

5. The ability to sleep sitting up, or maybe even standing up if you had to — Even though you have the ability to run on little to no sleep, as soon as you get a second to close your eyes, you take it. That means even when you’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for your name to be called. It’ll happen, you’ll see.

6. The ability to block out noises — There will be days that baby just won’t be happy for any reason. You can try your hardest but sometimes he will cry and cry and cry. Luckily when you become a mom you gain the ability to almost block out the noise. Of course you don’t ignore it and you still try to do whatever the baby needs, but it’s as if the sound of crying doesn’t faze you anymore.

And last but not least…

7. The ability to create human life — I mean maybe this should be number one, but one of the most amazing super powers of moms is the fact that you housed and nurtured that little baby for 9 months beforehand. If it weren’t from you, and well a little help from dad of course, there would be no baby. That’s a pretty great super power.

And maybe I forgot some other great super powers that come with being a mom, but with great powers there must also be some faults.. Such as “mom brain”, ha ha!

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The Truth About “A Typical Day With a Newborn”

I’ve been seeing these posts on different blogs lately that are titled “a typical day with a newborn.” I can’t help but giggle a little when I see them because these authors try to write down some sort of schedule that goes on with a newborn but the thing is.. There is no “typical” day. But props to those moms that can get their babies on a schedule, maybe they didn’t have to balance their own school schedule, too.

I don’t think I could even start to say what a typical day with a newborn is. On Tuesday Lincoln screamed his head off and refused naps any longer than 10 minutes for a majority of the time I was gone to class. But yesterday he was all smiles and some of his naps even lasted an hour.

Granted, Lincoln is a bit colicky so that tends to make things different. You never really know when his stomach is going to start hurting and the cries are going to start. Sometimes it’s right after eating so you can sort of expect it. Other times it’s while you’re in the middle of doing the dishes, or getting ready for the day. I think last night I told myself I was going to do the dishes and make some banana bread, for my poor rotting bananas, about 10 times. But today I sit with dirty dishes in the sink and no banana bread on the stove.

I could say that there is some type of a schedule when it comes to him waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night. (Knock on wood) he sleeps quite well during the night and falls right back asleep after any feedings, which makes me miss only about 1 or 2 hours of sleep. But, when it comes to the day time.. We’re still up in the air.

So I’m not going to write out in time increments what goes on during a typical day because its unpredictable. There will be good days and there will be bad days. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re doing everything right, and other times you’ll feel like you can’t figure out what to do. But let me tell you one thing that’s for certain, all the smiles and cuddles will make up for any of those bad and stressful days.

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During yesterday’s cuddle which turned into a nap

Monday Motivation

Sometimes all it takes is one deep breath and an extra cup of coffee to make you realize things aren’t as bad as they seem. Its easy to forget that bad days don’t last forever and problems always have a way of working themselves out. Of course life can make you wanna say “I give up” sometimes but all those better days make you change your mind.

I definitely think I’m crazy for trying to complete my final semester while having a newborn, but when I think about the fact that I will never be doing this again gives me great relief. I have definitely had some days that I thought to myself that this is impossible, but I’m glad I trusted myself not to give up.

It sure is crazy to think that I only have 4 weeks left of my undergraduate career. Its hard to picture myself putting on a cap and gown again and walking across the stage in front of all the great people that helped get me to this point. There is no way that this would be possible if it wasn’t for my awesome support system.

I have a lot to do in these 4 short weeks but it makes it all worth while to think thats all I have left. I’m still not sure what I want to do with my degree quite yet, but its nice to think that I will have all of these options to look into.

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Lincoln’s Nursery

Now I understand Lincoln’s nursery doesn’t look like all those in the magazines. We have a lot of hand-me-down furniture that doesn’t match. But it still looks perfect to me.

I want to point out that the letters that he has above his crib were all painted by guests at my baby shower. I’m not too keen on baby shower games so I was trying to think of things to keep everyone entertained but wouldn’t embarrass anyone. Of course Pinterest helped me out on that one.

There are many projects I plan on doing with his nursery once the semester is over, and also in the spring when I can take some furniture outside to repaint it. So I guess we will just call these the “before” pictures and you can look forward to the changes that happen in the future!

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True Life: I’m Addicted to Kale

So when you have an obsession with something bad they usually say you have an “unhealthy obsession” with it. Well what if my current obsession is kale? Would you call it a “healthy obsession”?

I used to be quite weary about kale. I remember the first time my mom offered me something that she made with kale and I declined. Probably because it was kale chips and I just couldn’t see myself eating something like crispy lettuce texture.

It didn’t take long and she finally convinced to me try a kale salad that she made and I’ve been hooked ever since. I found a great link on Pinterest about different ways to use kale. I’ll definitely be trying some of these soon.

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