Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My WAHM Day

So I thought I should do a little post about what life was like up until this last month (I am immobile at 34 weeks pregnant with twins now) since it will be changing very soon. I always struggled with being away from Bradley when I was working full time and once I took on a part time job we realized doing that and not paying for daycare was not that much different than what I was making at my full time job. We figured out our budget and I was able to start staying at home as a WAHM (work at home mom) with Bradley and it has been the best thing ever!! Now don't get me wrong - most days are a shit show and insanely exhausting, but I love it. Working at home can be tricky but it is absolutely doable since I work 15 hours a week (about two full work days without daycare if you look at it that way). Here is what a typical day is like for this WAHM!


7AM wake up - this has been such a huge perk to me staying home. When I was working out of the home I had to LEAVE by 7am to drop Bradley off at daycare and get to work by 8. I am such a sleeper so this has been amazing! 

7:30ish Bradley gets up. He usually hands me his paci (he gets it in his crib only) and goes potty (we keep one in his room still) then tells me how he wants to "go see Gordon" (his Thomas train downstairs).

For breakfast, Bradley used to eat oatmeal with banana and milk every single day and it was so easy! Within the last month or two he has started refusing it so we either have cereal, pancakes, yogurt/granola, etc. I still like oatmeal with lots of chocolate chips so that is often my breakfast.


We used to go on daily walks in the morning and I hope to get back into that once I can after the twins are here! Sprinkles and Chimi often hitch a ride, too. :)


9 - Get ready to go play! Prior to my current state, we ALWAYS did something and left the house in the morning even if it was just getting groceries or going to Target. Usually a park, zoo, playground, pool (in summer), Crayola, music class or museum. Often times with friends!







Typical summer mom outfit. :)













I still remember taking this pic on my first day home with Bradley and we were headed to the pool. I couldn't believe it!


Now since I literally can't move that well it isn't safe to leave the house and go places with Bradley - I can't chase him and he is crazy! He recently started pre-preschool two mornings a week which has been awesome for both of us - he can get some socialization and energy out and I have been going to my weekly doc appointments during that time. On the other mornings we have been playing outside now that we have the fenced in yard (pic is from last summer before the fence) and having friends over to play which has been amazing! 



We have been getting together a lot with Bradley's friend Mila that we know from my Mama group I was in when Bradley was a baby! Recently my friend had twin girls so it is so fun to hang out all together and for me to observe what it is like with twins! I just adore Rosie and these twins are AMAZING as well - they are perfect sleepers, barely make a noise, so happy...probably a bad idea for me to get used to twins that are like that! :)


12 - Back home for lunch if we had left - Bradley's former favorites were mac and cheese, baked beans, blueberries, or nachos. I have a massive picky eater on my hands so now sometimes he will eat toast, pancakes, or just a plateful of oranges. I'm hoping someday he will eat more!! If we are running late I give Bradley PB crackers and fruit pouches in the car or at our location. 


1:30-3:30 Bradley's nap time/my work time! We always read books for about half an hour before I put him in his crib (still in his crib - thinking maybe at age 3 we will look at a toddler bed?). I try and work the whole time he is sleeping to get my hours in, but this also can sometimes be the only time to get things done around the house. I also desperately need daytime naps at the moment because I don't sleep well at night with this heavy belly!




This pic cracks me up - one day last year Bradley was jumping all over his crib before falling asleep and his pants fell down, then he fell asleep. :)


3:30 Bradley is usually up and if he is super crabby from his nap I let him watch some Bubble Guppies and eat snacks while I start figuring out dinner. Otherwise we play in the basement or outside and if we are lucky sometimes we play with his neighbor friends!


6 - Dada home! Nate is so good at kind of taking over at this point so I get a little break. We try and eat together every night but sometimes Bradley is hungry earlier than Nate is home. When it is nice out we eat on the porch! Then he will play with Dada in the basement or outside, or go straight to bath if I haven't bathed him earlier in the day (we do baths every other day, sometimes daily if he is super dirty or just wants one).

PS - check out this pic of Nate when he was little. Hello little brunette Bradley!






7 - Start reading books (almost always with Dada), brush teeth and get ready for bed.

8 - Bradley is usually asleep and I go back to work. If I get enough done during the day I can relax, take a bath and either watch a show with Nate - we just finished Breaking Bad or I try and read Harry Potter - I only have one book left! But usually I have to work at least a little at night (sometimes a lot).

10 - We are pretty good about going to bed at 10. I sometimes get sucked into Instagram and will scroll into oblivion but I am really trying to put my phone away.

Probably not that exciting but that is my current life! I remember seeing this quote when I was working and feeling in a rut and so depressed I never saw Bradley. I am so happy we were able to make a change!


Staying at home is HARD but beyond rewarding, and I know I will never get these years back when Bradley (and soon - the twins!) is young and not in school yet. I know it isn't for everyone, but it has been the best change for me. I will never regret waking up and spending every day with one of my favorite faces in the world - this one!


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a great Easter! We hosted Nate's sister, dad and aunt for a bbq in the fenced in backyard (yahoo!) and Bradley had a great time, too!

Probably one of the last pics of us as a family of three!



It started off a little rough. Apparently Easter isn't my holiday. I swear I am ALWAYS sick on Easter (evidence here). But I felt better about an hour after getting sick and got ready and took my weekly bump pic. :) Also apparently I was obsessed with blue florals this day. Didn't realize I doubled up on the print!


Bradley loved getting a couple little goodies in his Easter basket to open. 



Thomas coloring book!



Hugging Chewbacca. :)



The little girls love holidays, too.


Then Bradley went outside for a little Easter egg hunt! I didn't fill the eggs with anything - he didn't care! Just liked running around finding them and putting them in his basket.







Taking a breather after collecting eggs.


He then proceeded to open all of them and say "they are hatching!" :)


My favorite pics of the day - Bradley being reunited with his one true love, Gordon the train.



Some of the Easter decor we had up:




Easter afternoon we finally went to see Beauty and the Beast and check out our new movie theater in town! It is all recliners which was so nice for this big bump!


Another family shot because my boys are so dang cute!


I hope everyone had a great holiday!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mom AF - New Fence, Playground & Van!

You guys. So many mom life updates. In the past two weeks we added a fence, playground, and I now drive a van. And I couldn't be more excited about all of these!


I am so mom AF. I need my cute friend Alison's t-shirt. :) Don't tell my mom what AF stands for. She would say it is crass. :)


First up - the fence! I have been hounding (not kidding) Nate for years for a fence. When we were looking at houses before we were even engaged, I told him I must have a fence! I grew up with a fence when I was little and I love the safety and privacy aspect of it. When we bought our house and it didn't have a fence I told him someday we will! Fast forward to having Bradley and I literally wouldn't go outside with him here pre-fence because he is a darter and loves running towards the street. I told Nate it was a must get, and he slowly was coming to my side. Then we found out we were having twins and it was GAME OVER.  Seven years of harassing him later, we have one! Nate said the best part of the fence is no more harassing from me. :)


Check out that beautiful chain link behind Bradley. :)


It has been up less than a week and we have been outside every single day! Even on the rainy days! It was actually supposed to be installed before Thanksgiving last year but the company kept pushing it off and then it was winter. I was sooooo mad. But at least it is up now!

Another reason we needed the fence - we got Bradley a playground for Christmas! My dad and Nate spent the entire weekend a few weekends ago putting this together. Like 13 hours on Saturday and 10 hours Sunday. Yikes! Thank you Papa!! But it was worth their hard work because Bradley loves it!



Testing out Dada and Papa's work.




These pics crack me up. While Papa and Dada were working on the playground and I was at dance,  Grandma and Bradley hung out. Bradley literally eats NOTHING for me but crackers and pancakes and he cleaned an entire plate that included chicken and sides for Grandma! Grandma FTW!


Bradley is obsessed!



Great yard for friends to come hang out!


Nate's handiwork. :)


This is so needed because I can't walk very far without feeling like I will fall over and my hips/pelvis might break so now I can pull up my lawn chair and watch Bradley run around having so much fun.


And my last Mom AF moment...I now drive a van! We couldn't make the car seats work in my previous vehicle and being 30+ weeks pregnant with twins and a toddler in tow, everything about a van seemed magical. We test drove a few styles and ended up with the Chrysler Pacifica (for those that were asking on Instagram) and I literally am obsessed. Like why didn't I get this when I had one kid? Or just had dogs?? Sliding doors are life.

Pic from pre-van shopping.


We brought our three car seats when test driving vans to make sure they fit!


So much space! Come to mama!


I'm so sad this bumper sticker is not sold any more. I told Nate for my birthday all I wanted was this sticker since the van is already an amazing birthday present!



Checking out the new van!


Nate's favorite spot in the van because we stowed one of the seats - stretching those long legs!


Thumbs up for vans!


And I love this cute pic of Bradley. All of these changes and playing outside has made us work up an appetite so we have been getting lots of froyo, too! 


The only way I think I will be more Mom AF is when the twins arrive and three car seats are filled in the van! Eek! 5.5 weeks or less!

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