Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

It's the day before Christmas! We are here in Iowa, which is weird because every Christmas we are somewhere in California. There is snow on the ground. Also a first for Christmas. Jason is making gumbo for our Christmas Eve dinner and turkey tomorrow. Isn't the food one of the bestest parts of the holidays?! It's the cleaning that's not so fun.

Does anyone open presents on Christmas Eve? My mom always let me open one...and it wasn't matching pajamas. Some people open stocking the day before. Some get nothing. Jason is a nothing guy for Christmas Eve so I have to wait a whole 24 more hours to open presents. UGH! I hate waiting! I want everyone to have their presents ASAP.

We will be hanging out enjoying each other's company today. Hope everyone has been on the good list and gets everything they asked for.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Snow like Whoa.

A couple days ago Iowa had it's first snow. Not just any snow...a freaking blizzard. I have never lived in snow and have only seen snow a few times. So few I could count the times on both hands easily. It was raining and then all of a sudden it was snowing. There was a couple of inches within hours and winds between 30-50 miles per hour. What the heck!? The news was just saying how it was record breaking how many days Iowa has gone without any snow. Way to bring in the winter season, IA!

So was this good or bad? Both. Good because it was pretty cool to watch. Everything was white so fast. Nathan, my mother in law, and I opened the blinds and watched the madness. Bad because Jason was delayed in Denver and couldn't get home to us. He finally arrived and all is well again.

It's a couple days until Christmas and I am ready for Jason to open his presents. I wish he would open them now...I hate surprises. I need to contain my excitement though. I'm containing it by typing in lowercase instead of all caps. I am really excited though. It is our first Christmas with Nathan!

I hope everyone has wonderful rest of 2012. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday "Me-Day"

I had my first "me-day" today. I was out for 3 hours. I needed to return a couple of things and I went to get a mani-pedi. The returns were not so fun, but the mani-pedi was much needed. I even splurged on a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks to enjoy as I was pampered.

It was very strange to be out for 3 hours when I used to go out and shop for 3 hours at a minimum. Oh, how the times have changed.

As I sat in my massage chair soaking my feet and being pampered, I still thought of what Jason and Nate were doing. The crazy part is I know exactly what they were doing. Watching football, Nate was sleeping, pooping, and eating, and some laundry was being done. Why when on my "me time" I still couldn't get my head off of my boys? I just love them so much and although I firmly believe everyone needs alone time, I couldn't help but miss them.

This is both a good and bad thing. It is obvious I love being with my 2 boys and miss them even when I am gone for a whole 180 minutes. On the other hand, can I really enjoy my "me time" when it isn't just me? I wonder if this will be a constant feeling?

Do other moms and wives think about their kids and hubby even when you need to be alone? It seems like such a contradiction.

Overall, I feel relaxed, my toes and fingers look great, and my hubby's football team won their game today. I am now back home and looking forward to steak fajitas with my little family.

Hope everyone is having a super Sunday, whether it is getting some alone time or spending it with family!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Little Things

Becoming a mom has been the biggest change my life has ever experienced thus far. It is almost an indescribable feeling. Just in these 3 1/2 very few weeks, my life, routine, and priorities have changed. The strange thing is it doesn't feel like a HUGE difference. It feels like he was meant to be here.

It's little things that have changed.

I can no longer shower when I want. I still shower, it just at a different time. No biggie.
I wake up every 1-3 hours to feed Nate. I woke up randomly throughout the night before. Now I just have to be up a little longer and have a baby attached to me. No biggie.
I have to make my food, coffee, etc. one-handed. Took some getting used to, but not huge deal.
I do A LOT more laundry. We chose to cloth diaper so I already had it in my head there would be more.
I love more than one man. Jason and Nate now have to share my love. Might be the biggest challenge.
I wear a burp rag. New accessory?
I can't go out as much. I still get out...just not as often. Gas saver!

All these little things take some adjustment time. They are all very small to me though and I wouldn't trade it...well maybe a little more sleep. It's the little things that can make or break us. They can add up to make a bigger issue. I've realized you need to acknowledge the changes, be aware of them, and just do your best. Don't worry so much about being perfect. If you embrace change it can end up changing you for the better. I do not want all the little changes have a negative impact on my life.

Isn't there a quote saying, "It's the little things that count"? Enjoy the little things in life.
My favorite little thing: Nate, of course! :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

3 Week Update

My baby is already 3 weeks old. Holy moly, they weren't joking when they say time flies. It seems like it was yesterday when I was telling family and friends we were pregnant.

Some new things this week:
-Holds his head up for longer. Strong little man.
- Eats A LOT!
- Loves to be snuggled and sleep on chests.
- Hates to stretch
- Bath time is getting easier.

Grandma Teresa just left today and the spoiling is being taken down a notch. Only one notch since great grandma is still here for another couple days. They have both been helping with the dishes and spoiling Nate. Having the dishes done is seriously the best present anyone can give. Seriously.

Happy 3 weeks of being here my little Nate Dogg.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Major Baby Meltdown

Nathan had his first meltdown, bloody murder screaming session last night. From 11:30-2 he was literally screaming at the top of his lungs. Wouldn't eat, dry diaper, burped, swaddled. Everything should have been fine and he should have been off to sleepy land. Not in his agenda.

Jason had one thing that worked: rocking him up to the sky then down really low...and fast. He would start to drift off, Jason would put him in the bassinet then the cycle would continue. I rocked him after Jason's arms got tired and he needed to take a shower. Nate finally fell asleep at 2am, but on my chest. After 3 hours, I threw in the towel. I needed the sleep and let him stay sleeping on me.

It was a long night, but it was the first night he has ever cried this much. He woke up smiley as if he knew what he had done. What a little booger! He is now back asleep and looks so peaceful. It was frustrating to not be able to soothe him, but I know sometimes he will just cry. It's VERY hard to not take it personal.

Good thing he is so cute. Hope everyone had a good night's rest so I can live vicariously through you.