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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

I haven't blogged most of 2017, mainly because life has been busy and I just haven't had or made the time to sit down and do it. So here's our year in review.

January:
Ewan turned 6.


February:
We found out we were having a boy, although no one that doesn't know me in person knew I was pregnant yet.

March:
I finally revealed that we were expecting baby #3. I took the kids on a road trip for a few days over spring break. 

April:
We celebrated Easter in Louisville and I found out my mom was really sick. Wound up making an emergency trip to Northern Indiana at 34 weeks pregnant. 


May:
Celebrated Mother's Day and friends threw me a Blessingway. It was such an amazing, empowering experience that I needed with all the anxiety I had during my pregnancy. 




June:
Cameron made his arrival! His birth, much like my pregnancy, was frought with twists and turns, followed by a week of dealing with jaundice and bili light. 




July:
Adjusting to being a mom of three was a lot harder than I thought and we spent most of our days hanging around the house with a few trips to the park, YMCA and library mixed in. We also drove out to a sunflower field for an impromptu kids photo shoot.




August:
Back to school: Ewan started 1st grade and Cecily started pre-k. We drove down to Murray, KY to experience the eclipse only to have a cloud go in front of the sun during totality! I started running again and made the decision to not return to work. 



September:
We made a trip up to the lake for Labor Day and my family finally got to meet Cameron. At the end of the month we made a trip to Louisville and pumpkin patch so Alan's extended family could meet him as well. 




October: Our busy season hit. Alan turned 34, Cecily turned 5. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. We celebrated her birthday as a family by going to French Lick for the weekend to ride the train and stay in a hotel and Alan, Cameron and I went hiking for our anniversary. I accompanied Cecily on her class field trip to the pumpkin patch and we took our yearly family photos. 







November:
We celebrated Thanksgiving with Alan's family in Louisville. As usual I was sick over Thanksgiving and had registered to run a race that day. I made the decision to do the 1.25 mi fun run but missed then turn and ran the five mile race anyway. Oops!

December: I turned 36! Cecily sliced open her chin at school as my birthday present. We watched the kids in their Christmas programs at their respective schools. We did a one mile family fun walk through the Fantasy of Lights and then drove through the Carnival of Lights and went to see Santa, our annual family tradition. Santa visited our house on Christmas Eve and then we celebrated Christmas in Louisville with Alan's family. I had big plans for winter break with the kids. Go to the zoo, children's museum, Skyzone, the YMCA. Almost all foiled by Alan, Cameron and I being sick. 






I have big plans for 2018 in all aspects of life and hope to blog more about what's going on (although I post on Instagram all the time if you want to be even more up to date). Happy New Year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cameron Four, Five and Six Months

I had intended to write posts for when Cameron turned four and five months, but life happens and I just haven't had the time or the inclination to blog. 


The day after he turned three months, he latched to me and hasn't looked back. Thank goodness because I honestly don't know how much longer I could've dealt with the nursing shield. It. Sucked. Now he's such a happy kid, always smiling and laughing unless he's hungry. I still have to hold him pretty much all the time but I am able to put him in the bouncer to get a shower in without him screaming. 


He started this screeching thing right around Thanksgiving, as well as grabbing your hair. He loves to grab your hair while sucking his thumb. Ouch! I know he's a baby, but man does it hurt. He has been in six month clothes for probably a month now and he's my only kid to not follow the sizes exactly. Makes it interesting to buy clearance for the next year!

He's been drooling and teething for awhile now and his first tooth finally poked through yesterday. He's can't quite sit up yet but he sure tries. We've been putting him in the high chair at dinner for about a week or so and he loves sitting there with us. A couple days ago I smashed a few green beans with my fingers to see what he'd do with them and he didn't even notice they were there. This weekend we're gonna try solids for real and see what happens. I'm not that concerned if he doesn't eat right at six months though. Cecily didn't until she was 7-8 months so it wouldn't be a surprise.


I feel like I blinked and all the sudden he's a half year old. In the thick of it the days are long but it has flown by so quickly. I know I'm gonna blink again and we'll be celebrating his first birthday!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What is Post Partum Depression?

...it's feeling utterly alone.

...it's feeling like a hot mess 24/7.

...it's yelling at your kids/husband and feeling like a horrible person for it.

...it's knowing you need help but can't do anything about it until you have insurance again.

...it's feeling utterly alone.

...it's not wanting to leave the house. Ever.

...it's all you can do to pick up the kids from school because you're so exhausted.

...it's your five year old daughter comforting you when you're bawling because your five month old won't sleep and your husband is out of town.

...it's answering with "I'm ok" or "I'm good" when people ask how you're doing because they don't want to hear the truth.

...it's feeling utterly alone.

...it's not bothering to wear anything but sweats because what's the point.

...it's wanting to crawl in a hole and never come out.

...it's feeling like no one cares.

...it's wanting to blend into the wall.

...it's feeling like you're screaming in the middle of a crowded room and no one notices.

...it's wondering why it's always you that has to reach out.

...it's just being so, utterly alone.

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