Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011





Riley Quinn's first Christmas and by far my best ever. It was just amazing spending Christmas with my family and having my very own bundle of joy be a part of it. I cannot even wait until next year when she is tearing into her presents. She loved her presents this year though. Santa spoiled her... Ma-lolo and Grandy spoiled her, Nanny and Papa spoiled her, Gigi and Pawpaw spoiled her... the list continues... I think you get my point.

We spent Christmas Eve at mom and dads like usual for the 30th annual Christmas Eve open house. Riley was so good meeting people and being passed around like a hot potato. By the end of the night though, she was done with other people holding her. She wanted her mommy. I just love that. Christmas morning we went and opened presents at Ma-lolo and Grandy's house. Santa spoiled mommy and daddy this year too! After presents we had breakfast. We came home and got showered and ready and then went to nanny and papas for more presents and lunch. We played dirty santa with the cousins. It was super fun. Michael got a clapper light and I got a kung-fu panda chia pet!

That's all for now. Time to get my run on- The treadmill made its way back into the house!

~ let go laughing!

Friday, December 23, 2011

ouch!


So, tonight I started my "working out..." If you can even call it that. I got my ab roller out of the shed and my yoga mat. I'm not gonna lie, my abs hurt like a biatch already. How out of shape am I?! When the breast feeding/pumping ending and Christmas festivities began, I added another 2 lbs to the 3 I had left, leaving me with 5 measly pounds to shed. Come on you stupid 5 lbs! I did, however buy a pair of jeans at banana republic in a 28! woohoo! It was nice to buy jeans in my pre-pregnancy size. There is a slight muffin top, but hey- if I unbutton them you can't see it and that's what I am working on now! Anyway- can you believe tomorrow is Christmas eve?! We celebrated yesterday in Charlotte with Michael's family. Last night when we got home, Riley went to bed at 11 and slept until I woke her up at 9:15 this morning! It was awesome! She had fun meeting her new cousin and spending the day there. She was exhausted.

This morning we sold the miata. First person to look at it bought it for our offering price! It was bittersweet to see it go. I have only had it for about a year and a half and it was so fun to take the top down and drive that stick shift. When Michael called to say he sold it, Mom and I were at Babies R Us and she was like "you aren't even sad about it." Nope, because it means awesome things for my life right now! Me and Riley went on a mall date this morning (before the car sold) with Liz and Dylan. It was so fun and I cannot wait for next Christmas when they are both running around and playing together! It will be a blast!

I also went to Target this morning after we left Dylan and Liz. If you live in the RDU area and need a good pharmacy- definitely move your Rx's to the Target at southpoint. They are so awesome and helpful. Speaking of Rx's- Michael finally got some meds for his cold that he has had since Thanksgiving! Hmm... anymore fun stuff today... oh yes! I got a cake pop maker from my secret santa with Michael's siblings! It is AWESOME! I made yellow cake pops (dyed green, of course!) and dipped them in white chocolate with red and green sprinkles for the Christmas Eve part tomorrow night! Then, I made corn bread with jalepenos in it in the cake pop maker too. It's too cool. Tomorrow, I am making pigs in a blanket for the party too. I am so excited to be back in the kitchen again. I just can't wait to start making Riley's baby food.
Riley's Christmas outfit came in the mail JUST IN TIME today. Ma-lolo ordered it the day after thanksgiving! She also got a ton of hats and HUGE bows! It's adorable. She will likely have several outfit changes in the next two days!




Well- my brother is almost home from NYC and mom and dad have gone to pick him up. I am going to go see him and Uncle and Summer are coming back to spend the night. Hubby is home from work and Riley is all tucked in her crib, fast asleep. LIFE. IS. GOOD!!!


~let got laughing!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

being a mom



I love being a mom. I love it more than anything in the whole world. Holding my precious little angel that I created with my husband is the most amazing feeling in the world. Here is the dilemma... HOW can I be a teacher AND a mom? Yes, you tell me... people do it all the time. I, however... am not just "people." I need to be with my baby girl. I have made a commitment to this years class of students, and I will finish out this commitment. I can do it. 4 months. Riley will be 3 months old when I go back... She will be 13 weeks old. I have to go back for about 18 more weeks. Add in some vacations in there (Spring break, etc.) I can do this. God, please give me the strength. I will be begging for June 7th to get here once I am back. I will be a good teacher and continue to do what I am supposed to do for my students, don't get me wrong. But I must say, this is my last year as a full time teacher at least until Riley goes back to school. And, hopefully by then we will have our own franchise and I will be working from home.

Come January 30th- I better have a lot of support, coffee and love. I was in tears all last night thinking about it. I can't imagine what I will look like upon returning that day... a HOT mess I would imagine. And you better believe Riley Quinn will be having MANY lunch dates at the creek with mommy. Daddy and ma-lolo are going to have such a good time with her and take such good care of her while I am at work.

Then in June... bye bye house cleaners, bye bye extra cable boxes, internet, smart phones... whatever has to go! I don't care. I WILL be home with my baby girl.

She's waking up for her nap! Gotta run!

~let go laughing!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Best OCD Mommy App ever...

I was recently sharing this app with my sister in law who just had her second baby (welcome to the world niece #2!!!) and I realized many moms didn't know about it. It is called Baby Connect. GET IT. It is the best 4.99 any OCD mom will ever spend. You can track bottles, breast feeding, diaper changes,sleep, mood, medical, activity, milestones and more. We mainly use it for feeding and poop. LOL. You can link it with a "caregiver" too. Michael and I are linked and whoever feeds or changes can input it to your phone and it sends it straight to the other. It is so helpful when she gets fussy to look and see that it has been 3.4 hours since her last feeding, etc. It's also great if she is at ma-lolo's and mommy is in the shower, since ma-lolo has the app too (yes, it is worth the 4.99, lol)... she can know when Riley Q. ate last or had her last diaper change! You can track eating patterns, sleeping patterns, etc with the graphs and the part that tells you how much she had at the same time yesterday as well as a weekly average. Again- OCD mommies- you need it. You can check it out here: http://www.baby-connect.com/

My blog is being crazy at the moment, so I can't post pictures or much, but check it out and enjoy! I will update with a photobomb of my amazing, wonderful, perfect, awesome sleeping, smiling, giggling... (ok, you get it...) daughter. :)

xoxo

~let go laughing!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

my giggly little angel

I am so in love with my happy baby.




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

i love being a mommy





(Michael is the best daddy in the whole world and Riley loves to be read to.)

Since Riley cannot take my breast milk, I stopped pumping at 6 weeks. She has over 200 oz in the freezer that I am hoping she can have once her tummy matures. If not, I will be using it when I make her baby food at around 4-6 months! We have finally figured out her tummy issues. She has a special formula and medicine for her reflux and she is taking her bottles like a champ now. It is wonderful to see her so happy.

She was 1 month old on Thanksgiving and 6 weeks yesterday. I can't believe how fast time is going. She is sleeping a solid 6-6.5 hours and then usually 3 more. During the day she likes to eat every 2-3 hours. She loves to lay on her play mat and look up at her sea creatures. Gotta be careful though, because she will projectile vomit an entire 4 oz bottle if you lay her down for too long. (silly reflux!) She has only done that a couple of times. Overall, she is not a spitter-upper, which is nice. BUT, because of the vomit I have seen and because she is a MUCH happier baby on her tummy, I have given in and let her sleep on her belly.

The dr. said to think of the statistics... He made a good point. If she only sleeps for 15 minutes at a time on her back (and will possibly vomit all of her food up...) that means mommy and daddy will not get any sleep. Then there is a risk of an overtired parent getting into a car accident, falling asleep with baby, etc... So, there is always a risk. And a very small risk at that. SIDS is unexplained. There is no clear research that it is or has anything to do with tummy sleeping. If a baby passes away from sleeping on their tummy and that is the reason... that is the reason, not SIDS. We DO, however had the angel care monitor which I greatly recommend. It gives me a peace of mind to know if she does for some reason stop breathing, in 20 seconds the alarm will go off and we can do CPR. She has AMAZING control over her neck and can scoot ALL over her crib by herself. I completely feel that at this point she is OK on her belly.

Riley Q. LOVES to go to the mall. She just stares at the lights and signs and people. We have learned that the best place to feed and change her is in the Nordstrom women's room. It is AWESOME. I completely recommend it to any mom who needs a place to go! I've even met a ton of wonderful moms in there. She saw Santa last week and was so good.

She also has an automatic timer in her that says "mommy has her food now!" when we go out to eat. It is like clock work. As soon as the food arrives, she wakes up and wants to be held. She loves to suck her fist/fingers/thumb, but it is so funny because if she can't get it just right, she gets so mad. I think she will learn soon. We still give her the paci every now and then, but she often only keeps it in for a few seconds and spits it out. I guess she will be a true thumb sucker like her momma. I guess that is all about my sweet baby girl for now.

How are mom and dad? Perfect! We are getting plenty of sleep and rest. Daddy is working hard at Dominos. Mommy is loving being a stay-at-home mom and cannot wait until it is permanent. I can't even imagine going back to work, but I keep telling myself it is only 4 months! I can do it. I have 4 lbs left to lose and I'm afraid they will be the hardest to get off now that I am not pumping. The pill isn't going to help with that either, but I was cleared yesterday to start my exercising again. I'm thinking of getting the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. Anyone have a suggestion other than that one, or do you like that one?! I just really need to tone up the last of the belly flab. It isn't horrible, but it's not beautiful either.

Ma-lolo and Grandy are in heaven being right next door. It is also very helpful to Michael and me. They really want her to spend the night with them and give us a night to ourselves, but we aren't ready for that yet. lol. We might let them keep her long enough for us to go on a dinner date. I am leaving her tomorrow for the first time to go to the dentist a mile down the road and I don't even want to do that! Mom and I are thinking of taking a day trip back up to NYC. If we do, we would leave at 6am and come back that same night on the last flight home. Still not sure if I am even ready for that, but we will see.

Merry Christmas Y'all!

~let go laughing!