Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm always tired...

Hi friends,
It’s been a really long time since I’ve written. I don’t have a good reason, just excuses, two kids keep me busy, I’m always tired…blah blah blah. I also procrastinate and quite often fall asleep with my laptop, iPad, phone on top of me, all the lights on, TV blaring. Glamorous life I live, right? This morning I got a new twitter follower (hello @Travelbugbaby) who left me a very sweet message about this blog. It gave me the kick I needed and even better, inspiration to write again.
Mommyhood isn’t glamorous at all for me but it makes me feel good. There is so much work ALL THE TIME but there is so much love too. I love the little snuggles and hugs and sloppy kisses. Noah is almost 3 ½ and he is always talking up a storm. Every day there is something new in his vocabulary and his deductive reasoning always amazes me. The terrible twos were rough and so are the tumultuous threes but we have our moments of sanity. I try to sneak in solo dates with him too. It usually involves trips to Target to look at Skylanders or toys but I will take that over no time with him, even if it means delaying bedtime a little. My little boy is becoming such a little man.
Julia is turning 1 next month (bawling my eyes out over that). I cannot believe how my time with my little kidlets flies by. She is walking (practically running) and is becoming a cheeky little monkey. She lights up at the sight of Baby Daddy and gets really mad of he doesn’t pay enough attention to her. Right now, as I’m writing this, she is taking the play room mat apart, holding the pieces high above her heard and walking around scream singing. I wish I knew what was going through her head.
I love being a mom, it’s the only thing I was ever sure that I wanted to do with my life but it is not a glamorous job at all. Maybe one day I will not be tired all the time. One day I will get to sleep in. one day I will leave the house without having a washcloth tucked into the front of my nursing bra because I ran out of hands and tucked it in there and forgot about it. One day…there are so many things that I want to do but today I will steal one more snuggle and a few more kisses from my babies and my Baby Daddy.
Here is a little bit of our year so far.
Sibling love.
Plotting against me.
Spontaneous moment of love. 
Dynamic duo in their "pyjama costumes."
Spider-Man and Ladybug.
Silly faces. 
Everyone sitting relatively still.



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Coming out of hiding.

Hi friends!

It’s a really long time since I posted. I have a great excuse though.

This- as big as a whale.

Julia Rose. Born on December 27th, 2012.

To be perfectly honest, I was struggling. Struggling with going back to work full time and struggling with being pregnant and parenting a toddler.  Some people can use writing or other creative pursuits as an outlet for stress. Not me, I shut down. I lose all inspiration and the ability to string 2 words together. I could not even find the energy to bake treats, one of my favourite things to do. I did however, have the energy to eat treats.

Today, my little girl is 2 months old and I feel inspired once again to put my thoughts to paper or cyberspace in this instance. Bring a mom of 2 is tough and as clich├ęd as that is, it is true. It is also amazing. What I was not prepared for was how much I would enjoy watching my son and husband interact with my daughter.  It makes up for when I’m going batsh*t crazy from being locked inside on a snow day with 2 kids under 3.

To mark my return to more frequent posts (fingers crossed), I wanted to share a little snow day craft project that I did. I’m not especially crafty but I want to be, mainly because I love playing with a hot glue gun. I did not realise how many accessories girls accumulate. You think I would have wised up to this, being female and all and also being a little bit of a hoarder. Anyway, Julia’s accessories needed to be organised since they were all over the house. After looking at Pinterest and Google images, I decided to make something myself using leftover craft stuff I had. Here is it.

The before
Ready to glue
Added some ribbon
Used some leftover felt to embellish the lid

Headbands organized

In can storage

I also had some Velcro strips with tape on one side so I stuck it in her closet and clipped the barrettes to it. I think it’s pretty smart for someone who is not getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. Also easy to pick out barrettes to match an outfit if they are stored in the closet. 

Check back with me to keep me sane. Next week we move Noah down to 3 days at daycare instead of 5. I know, I’m asking for trouble but being on maternity leave, with a severely limited income and an extremely expensive daycare is not working out to well for the wallet, especially if I have to buy tights, headbands, barrettes  and matching shoes for each of Julia’s outfits.