2017Back Home Again: 2017

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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pumpkin Patch 2017

It's October, it's October! I love fall and October is my favorite month of the year. Cooler temps, changing leaves and pumpkins everywhere. I love it. We go to the same local pumpkin patch every year, but this year we decided to do it differently. Since Alan's extended family hasn't seen Cameron yet, we made a trip to Louisville for the weekend and then stopped at Huber Orchard and Winery on the way home. It's a huge place with a farm market, orchards, pumpkin patch, winery, distillery and kids area. Almost every time we go to Louisville we say that we should go sometime, so this year we made it happen.


We had originally intended to take the wagon ride out to pick pumpkins and apples, but I decided to buy already picked apples at the market. The kids were wild with excitement and after falling in a hole in the pumpkin patch, I wasn't feeling picking apples too. We got orange and white pumpkins and the nice thing was that they capped the price of their pumpkins so you could get a ginormous one if you could carry it. I've never had a white pumpkin before and I cannot wait to carve a ghost out of it. Get it a ghost...on a white pumpkin... Yes, I'm a nerd :-)

The kids had a blast in the family fun park, riding pedal cars, going down the giant slide, playing on the playground, jumping on the bouncy things and more. They had a corn maze, bamboo maze and flag maze, but we didn't do any of them since we're planning on going to a local Halloween event at the end of the month with a corn maze right down the road from our house (It's something we look forward to every year and I cannot wait!). That, and Alan's foot was really sore since he's healing from a fracture a few weeks ago. 


October is one of the busiest months of the year for us, with two birthdays and our wedding anniversary all in the same week. But, I absolutely love this time of year. The temps here finally fell out of the 90's last week and it's so nice now. We have a lot of stuff planned this month that I hopefully will get a chance to share. Yay October!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cameron Three Months

Cameron turned three months old on Friday but it's been a little crazy so I'm just now getting his update written. Alan fractured a bone in his foot on Thursday so he's got a boot and crutches for a few weeks and on the couch with his foot up and icing it when at home. 


This kid. He still screams, but when he's not screaming and wanting to be held, he's so alert and looking around. And smiling. He squeaks instead of laughs, like he just can't get a laugh out yet. He's got to be held up so he can look around and take in the world. Even though he smiles a lot, I still can't gotten one on camera. The photo above is the closest I've gotten and as soon as I was done with his three month photos he was all smiles. 

I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was just going to have to deal with using a breast shield because he just wouldn't latch to me. But we've now gone over 24 hours with no shield so I'm really really hoping that he's over it. It's so annoying and cumbersome to nurse in public with it so it would be awesome if it's no longer needed. 

I also was brave and put him in child watch at the Y so I could get some much needed exercise. I've been run/walking with the dog and Cameron through the neighborhood while Cecily's at prek in the mornings, but the few weeks of cooler weather appear to be over for awhile and since it's nasty humid, I needed to get over my trepidation of leaving him. I was gone about 30 min and he slept the entire time in the swing. It was amazing to get that time to myself. 

Which brings me to my next big announcement...I'm now a stay at home mom! Things didn't work out with daycare so we made the decision that it would be best for me to just stay home. I am enjoying my time with Cameron, but it's definitely different not working!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Kids Behind the Blog: September 2017

A day late but who's counting, right? Time just seems to blur together!

From our recent trip to Northeast Indiana over Labor Day

How is school going so far? Tell me something you have learned.
C: Today I learned the noodle lasso game and everyone lost.
E: Good. Umm...I don't know.

Have you made any new friends yet?
C: No. I only have Brantley and Felix there. She has said multiple times that she doesn't like the girls in her class because they only want to play Barbies instead of ninjas.
E: Yes, Landon, Kaiden and Gabriel

What is your favorite thing to do after school?
C: Play with Faye. Complete with an eyeroll...
E: Play at home

What is your favorite TV show right now?
C: You know...Agent P! aka Phineas and Ferb
E: Pokemon...you should know that!

Do you have any pets? Tell me about them.
C: I said I'm not gonna do anymore questions...
E: One is Honey Bear she's a beagle dog mixed with a lab. We think.  And the other ones are both cats, Domino and Powder. They're both girls, Powder's grey and white and Domino is kind of greyish whitish.


The hosts of this link up decided that this would be the last month for it and I'm gonna be honest, I'm sad. While I don't really write all that much anymore, I love this because it enables me to share little bits with you. So to our hosts: thank you for doing this for over a year and a half. It's been real!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Great American Eclipse 2017

Sunday we drove to Murray, Kentucky to stay overnight for the total solar eclipse. Evansville was just north of the totality zone so it got a 99% eclipse. I was originally planning on staying here for it, but as I started doing research totality sounded really cool and like a necessary experience. So I figured out a of where to go. 

I live about 1.5 hours north of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which was one of the best places to view the eclipse in the nation. But since the estimated traffic was over 100,000 people, I decided there was no way we were gonna deal with that. I decided to go to Marion, Kentucky originally because we would get 2.5 minutes of totality and it's off the beaten path, but large enough that it has a park and a McDonalds and stuff.


But, Alan did a hotel search on Friday and found a hotel room in Murray for Sunday night, so off we went. Murray was just outside of totality, by about 10 minutes so we still had to travel, but we were already in the area. The hotel gave us a list of places that were having viewing events and we decided to check out one that was supposed to have a farmer's market but it was kind of lame and there was nothing for the kids to do for five hours since we left super early to get into the zone. So, we went to Hardin, a tiny town about 15 minutes north of Murray with a park and a library that was having a eclipse party. We got there around 9AM and there was one other family there. The kids played at the playground and we went over to the library to do some crafts and just hung out. 

It was really cool seeing it gradually get darker and more like twilight all around us. Except when it was about 20 minutes until totality and these giant clouds started going by. We weren't sure we were going to see it at all and sure enough, we saw maybe 10-15 seconds of totality before the sun was covered by a cloud. It was really really cool and I wish we could've seen more of it.  It got really quiet and the cicadas started buzzing. It didn't get completely dark, but it was like a 360 degree sunset and you could see a few stars, which were actually Venus and I think Jupiter. The temperature also dropped. 

The photo I took on my phone. Venus is the star on the upper right, the sun is the tiny speck of light in the cloud. I'm pretty disappointed that that happened because I keep seeing photos from others on Facebook that actually got to see it. It is what it is, but it was a let down.

Ewan thought it was really cool and Cecily was just like oh it's dark, I'm gonna go play on the swings now. The good news for us is that in 2024 there's another total solar eclipse and this time Evansville will be in totality. All I'll need to do is go out into the backyard to see it!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cameron: Two Months

Cameron, or Little C as I like to call him, is two months old today! It's hard to believe he's been here that long already. I seriously have a hard time remembering what life was like without him. 


He is still fairly fussy, but it's gotten a little better. As in, he only screams some of the time instead of all the time. I'm able to put him down on his play mat or have Ewan hold him for a few minutes so I'm able to go to the bathroom or do the dishes or laundry. And he smiles and coos all the time when he's not screaming, although I haven't been able to catch a smile on camera yet. He's got crazy spit up still and I go through at least two shirts a day. I gave up dairy for a bit to see if that would help but didn't notice a difference. Maybe he's just one of those kids that's a geyser? I really don't know.

He still hates the carseat and it's pretty much a given that he will scream the entire time we're going somewhere in the car. We're also still using a nipple shield but I am determined to get him off of it. I've gotten him to latch to me a couple times when he's not frantic so I'm hopeful that by the time he's three months we won't be using a shield anymore. Cameron is solidly in three month clothing so I'm curious to see how much he weighs at his appointment next week. Especially given all the stress to regain his birth weight. 

The kids adore him and are always wanting to hold him and be in his face. I feel bad for the kid because they always wake him up. Not gonna lie, I'm glad we get some quiet time just the two of us in the mornings!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What We Were Up to This Summer

Since I was able to be home with the kids most of the summer, I thought I would share some of what we were up to...now that school has started! Honestly I will never get used to the kids starting school at the beginning of August. For someone who always started around Labor Day, it's just so weird...but I digress....

Anyway, enjoy the photo dump!

We went to several library programs...our favorite was Bubblefest.




While Ewan had a playdate, Cecily and I had an ice cream date.


And we all had a Starbucks date.


We went to several parks, but we also spent several days at our local YMCA splash pad.


Just this past week we made glue slime. The kids loved it, but I was totally grossed out!



I did my best to try to make sure they weren't stuck in the house all day everyday, but with a newborn we had plenty of days at home. Luckily Alan loves playing with PVC pipe and made them a water table and we got a pool for them to swim in some.


And Cameron was cute as usual.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Kids Behind the Blog: 2017 Back to School Edition

Today is actually the big kids' first day of school. Cecily started pre-k and Ewan started first grade. I cannot believe my babies are this big already!

Cecily wasn't having it this morning...

If you could change one of your family's rules, what would change?
E: That no one can hold or touch Cameron but me.
C: I get all the cartoons.

Are you a good friend? Why or why not? 
E: Yes, because I have no idea.
C: Yes, because I love my mommy. 

Where is your favorite place in the whole world?
E: That would be our house.
C: The haircut store She got a haircut the day I asked her. 

If you could invent anything in the world, what would it be?
E: A machine that makes Pokemon cards come to life when you scan them.
C: Robo Perry As in Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb...the girl is obsessed!

What are you most excited about this year in school?
E: Umm....everything!
C: I don't like school!

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