Our Week

October 17, 2016

Monday and Tuesday I can't remember what we did so it must not have been too exciting.  I'm going to guess it included a lot of staying at home, making bottles, cleaning bottles, and ssshhhing a certain someone to sleep.

On Wednesday nights Georgia has power tumbling.  I took her this night and Jonathan stayed home with Milam.  He sent me this crazy picture of our 7 week old sitting by himself.  He only lasted a few seconds so I was told but it is still so funny.
Thursday was a pretty busy day.  Milam and I went to the Christmas market at church.  We went to my mom's office (she works there) and ate lunch.  Milam helped Nana answer the phones.  Then, when it was nap time he went in the ergo and napped away while I shopped.

When we got home it was time for Georgia's fun run.  Jonathan's mom came and watched Milam so I could cheer Georgia on in this lovely "fall" heat.
Milam dressed up for the market and his first babysitter, Meme.
After the fun run it was time for gymnastics.   Milam fell asleep on the way home (after screaming his head off) but pooped right before he cried it out.  Sooooo, when we got home I had to change him, thus waking him up, and had to put him in the ergo to get him to take a nap.  I'm glad he sleeps well in it for the most part.  It was a life saver this busy week.  We walked about an hour this night.
Friday was Storybook Parade.  Georgia was the "Princess in Black".  Get these books for your daughters.  Georgia loves them!
Milam actually fell asleep before the parade started so I laid him down in the stroller thinking he would give me enough time to snap a picture of Georgia.  He stayed asleep so I turned the sound machine on that is on my phone and walked the neighborhood G's school is in for AN HOUR just to let him get his full nap in.  Keeping him asleep on the go has been the theme of my week this week.  Praise 1) sound machines on your phone 2) ergo 3) pram strollers for tummy sleepers.
Friday was also early release so after I walked the neighborhood for an hour I wasn't home for very long before I had to turn around and pick up Georgia from school.  Milam of course screamed the whole time in the car and fell asleep about 5 minutes before we got home.  When we got home I put him in bed and he slept for 2 or 3 hours.  It was amazing.  Rarely does the car seat to crib transfer actually work.  Life as a second child means he has to be good on the go BUT life when your sibling is five years plus older than you also means you pretty much have the life of an only child from 7:30-3:30.
Saturday I had three photo shoots.  They're turning out great.  I've mentioned before that Milam will pretty much only take 4 naps a day and doesn't really like to take his last nap.  So, if his 3-4 naps don't get him to an appropriate bed time then in the ergo he goes.  I think he's actually just trying to get me in better shape.  Tired of the flabby momma.  His head is so cute poking out.
 This time it was trying to get him to nap before dinner...it didn't actually work though.  He could sense my desperation.
I think this is the first time we have taken him out to dinner.  His self induced bedtime is so early that we usually don't make it out to places at night and we are still living the freezer meal life.  We took him to Vernon's.  A local Conroe staple.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberence Day was this weekend as well. Our first (who I imagined as a boy) would be 2 in January and our second (picture below - who I imagined as a girl) would be 1 in December. I think about them every day.

Sunday was the usual. Church for Jonathan and Georgia.  Choir practice for Georgia and church meetings for Jonathan.


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Milam sleeping.  Because, why not?
 That mouth kills me
I died when I saw this picture.  Awkward fat kid smile cracks me up. 
AND, someone is getting BIG!
This post feels a little scattered.  As is my life ;)

Ramblings of a Newborn Mom

October 12, 2016

Where I ramble and post bad phone pics
I want to cry all the time. Not in a "baby blues" kind of way.  In a, "am I really crying about this again" kind of way.  I couldn't even make these reasons up y'all.  Hormones are a B.  I wasn't like this after G.  I had a temper after I had her (and since I was born) but I wasn't a weepy emotional mess.  Here are a few things that can make me cry...

-When I think of Milam being our last baby
-When I think of Milam not being our last baby and that I would choose to do the newborn stage again
-When I think about how tired I am and how hard newborns are (even good ones like M)
-When I think about M not being a newborn anymore and growing up
-When I think about how much better other moms are with their newborns than me...like, they probably have a more realistic perspective than I do when it comes to the time frame of things
-When I think about the time I'm missing with Georgia because she has a sibling and is now in school
-When I think about the fact that I put my baby in public school
-When I listen to hymns or other moving "church" music
-When I watch "Call the Midwife" because...alllll the babies
-When I think about how good and content it feels to finally have two kids
-When I think about how Jonathan and I have actually made four babies and not two
-When I think about how much I love Georgia
-When I think about how much I love Milam
-When I think of how amazing Jonathan is
Clearly I just need to stop "thinking" because then I would stop being an emotional basket case.

To elaborate on number ONE:  This entire pregnancy I've just assumed Milam would be a middle child.  That we would want to have another after him...but as soon as we brought him home I was just overwhelmed with a sense of peace and contentment.  That could be because God has placed on our hearts as a family to be done or it could be because up until I heard him cry I wasn't 100% sure we would really get our second baby.  Sounds crazy but since I had two miscarriages I was a little unattached from this pregnancy.  And, when we had that scare with his heart rate I was like, "Yep, I was right.  He's not going to make it either."  So, when we brought him home I could finally breathe and take in the fact that we did now actually have two kids.  So now the thought of letting myself want another baby seems crazy.  The opposite of self preservation.  Most likely I would get pregnant easily and not miscarry again but what if I didn't?  When would enough be enough?  If I had had one miscarriage I don't think I would be so scared but that second one really did a number on me.  So I'm not sure I'm willing to do the trying, testing, waiting, blood work, miscarriage, D and C, try and wait some more...again.  Jonathan is SUPER eager to jump on the "let's be done" thing so there's that. (It's so freeing to try for 2.5 years and finally get your baby...so the idea of being done after ALLLLL of that does sound super nice!)  So while I do feel so content with my two babies I'm not sure I feel content with the idea of being done since the idea of three is an idea I've held for so long.  Jonathan and I have agreed to give it until Milam is two and then revisit it.  Many people I have talked to felt the same way when they got to their "done" number.  Just an overwhelming sense of being content.  We'll see where that goes.
And, if we had a third would I even try breastfeeding again?!  Both of my babies have had thrush.  Seriously, I shudder even thinking about thrush again.  Milam had the hardest time with it and when I read up on how to prevent it, it is nearly impossible.  One tip: expose your nipples to natural light.  Ha...I'm sure my neighbors would LOVE me for that.  Is it worth another baby spitting and coughing up blood?!  I'm really hard headed so I probably would try...and then regret it when we were at the doctor for thrush..again...because I'll forget from now until (possibly) then how terrible it was and how the websites that say "most babies aren't bothered by it" are all total crap.
Jonathan and I talk all the time about how we are SO not newborn people.  Don't get me wrong.  We love our little (BIG!) Milam but we are both very much ready for some routine.  Plus, coming off the ease off a five year old it has been really hard to get into the swing of a newborn again.

Does anyone else get overwhelmed by their kid's take home folder?  Goodness.  I swear her school has some sort of event every week.  Every time I open it I'm like, "Ok, what do they need my money for now..."  I'm being dramatic...yes.  I love her school and so does she.  Just this week I turned her money in for a Tshirt, Thursday is a school wide fun run during the day, spirit night is Thursday night at Jason's Deli, and then Friday is Story Book Character day AND early release.  Sheesh.  Oh, and here is the first time G wore jeans to school...because it's important to document things like that.  She's looking at my mom pull into the driveway.
 And yes, we're in the process of redoing our landscaping.  Please don't judge us.  See, here's the mock up I've made below.  And my handwriting isn't always that bad.
Happy Wednesday y'all :)

Once a Week Blogger?

October 10, 2016

So, I started doing photo shoots again and Milam has decided 40-45 minutes equals one nap and that eating just isn't very important for him right now so life has been a bit up hill recently.  I'm super excited to be back in the swing of things photography wise and I'm beyond excited Milam is figuring his nights out I'm also super bummed that I have more photography work and less time to do it since he seems to hate naps.  All in due time I suppose.

Look how cute he is when he does sleep!  (I complain BUT he typically takes one long nap a day 2.5-3 hours and then can sleep up to 8.5 hours at night but I just really would like some consistency in the day.  We're working on it.  Literally.  I go by.the.book and he spits up on my efforts.)
And then sometimes he just WON'T wake up.  He's cute.
Then he wakes up and smiles at you...and you forget you were frustrated...for a bit.  Actually he smiles a lot and is a very low maintenance baby.  If you make eye contact with him he gives you the goofiest little smile.
Here he is modeling my brother's pajamas.
And yes we are wearing smocked fish...in October...because it's TEXAS y'all and we can do that here.
In an attempt to make it to bedtime while Jonathan was working late in the Ergo Milam went to gain some more sleep when he just wouldn't nap.  (He will only take four naps a day.  I'm not sure how he can count at less than 2 months old but if those four naps don't get him to bedtime he will NOT sleep again until it's 7 or 7:30...and he somehow can tell time too.  #smart)
Goodness, those legs.  My big girl.
They are repairing some of the roads and I convinced Georgia this was ok.
Georgia found a bear mask on clearance at HEB.  We've had the best time with this.
We also had fun at National Night Out.
She looks SO OLD in this picture.  Those legs have shot out!
Eye of the tiger.  OBSESSED with these.  Sweet boy.
 Can I admit something...Georgia is starting her 8th week of school and hasn't repeated an outfit yet.  She's worn a pair of shorts twice and a pair of pants twice but that's as close as she's gotten to repeating an entire outfit.  It's ridiculous.  I'll claim that.
Here's to another week.  Happy Monday.

Up To - Weekend Edition

October 3, 2016

This weekend we had a wee little cool front and tried to pretend that it actually felt like fall here in the greater Houston area.

On Friday we tried to get some much needed outside time.  I don't get out much because Milam has him self on an every hour schedule.  So he's up for an hour and then wants to sleep again.  He sleeps like a champ in his Ergo and can get his full nap in but he hates his car seat.  HATES it.  So I like him to sleep in his crib or I plan for him to nap in his Ergo.  (He will sleep in his car seat if you put him in it when he's already asleep though...)  Anyway, so Friday we spent some time going on walks and laying in our front yard waiting for Jonathan to come home.
And then, the phone pics...
You just can't beat the trees and shade in our neighborhood.
 I had a tough day the other day and was being a bit overly dramatic so Jonathan and Georgia picked up some flowers for me.  Such a bright spot in our room now :)
Saturday morning we did house related stuff.  Tore out everything in our flower beds, clipped the chicken wings, went to the grocery store...things like that.  We also had fall drinks on the back porch with our french toast casserole
I had two photo shoots...
And Jonathan took Georgia and Milam to my oldest nieces band competition with nearly our entire family.  I have reports than Milam was a literal angel the entire time.  I've said it before, but he is such a good baby.  Maybe he's a normal baby, I don't know, G was just so unhappy (at this age) that I'm so relieved he's happy :)  After I was done with shoots we had a big family dinner swim fest at my brother's house and then the ladies went back for the final round of the band competition.  My niece's school won first place and every possible award their school could get.  Go Reagan Rattlers!  While I was at the competition Georgia was sleeping through yet another movie night with her dad...
while this one had a snooze fest as well.
Sunday, J and G went to church and then snagged some street tacos from a new local place here in Conroe for lunch.  Then Georgia and I were off shopping again for new fall decorations for our house.  I threw away a lot of stuff last year and have been buying some new things.  I still have a little ways to go but I'm getting there.  Georgia has done a great job decorating with me and I will post some pictures once we're done.  We had another Blue Apron meal for dinner and Jonathan made Pumpkin Spice macaroons.  They were super yummy.  After that I headed off for my last shoot of the weekend.
 Blue Apron...on a paper plate.  Classy but SO YUMMY!
And a small preview of my most recent shoot.  
Hope everyone is having as great of a Monday as me...although I hope you're a little more well rested ;)


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