Five on Friday

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Ohhhhhh right when you think you've got it figured out, they send you a curve ball, don't they! Sweet baby Drew has decided this week to petition against bottles. She has taken one bottle of pumped breast milk everyday since she was about a week or two old, and out of no where, just decided that she wanted to put up a fight. We've tried everything, and honestly, we're not that overwhelmed by it (#secondkid), but it's annoying. She eventually takes it, strangely seems to take it best from me, but I'm really hoping this is a phase that passes fast. 
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We hit up Barnes & Noble twice this week. It's my favorite spot to go to when it's cold in the mornings because Leo loves it, they have a Starbucks, and if you get there right when it opens, it hasn't been overrun with too many kids yet. 


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 I turn 30 in just a month and a half! I can't even believe it! I'm really excited for my thirties, but I'm just not sure how to welcome them in. I've thought about doing a bowling party (seriously), maybe taking myself to LA to visit my girlfriends, or going with the family up to Wisconsin for a long weekend. 

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Drew is officially 12 weeks yesterday, and I feel like we are coming into our groove. We're getting out more, I can predict our days a bit more, and I feel more like myself with each passing week. Spring is flirting with us, and I just feel like I have so much more of a handle on things (mentally mostly) than I did the first 8 weeks. Some days I just want all of the "praise hands" that I'm not pregnant, its not winter, and we don't have a newborn anymore. 

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Virgin Beer Cocktail with Cucumber & Basil
We're going reallllll wild with St.Patty's Day this year. I'm talking outfits, food, and beer. And that's coming in the form of cute clothes for the kids, corned beef in the crockpot, and maybe a drop of food dye into a beer we will have at home. 


Easter Basket Goodies!

For Easter this year, I've got my eyes on filling baskets with summer things that both Leo and Drew "need". 

Create this dramatic display with just two tiny vials of blue dye.

We decided to get Leo a scooter - a few of my girlfriends recommended this one because the handles actually turn right and left - so I'm hoping he can get the hang of it pretty quickly. 

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I also decided to order him this indoor sand as an activity for us for the summer. It looks like a perfect patio project - but the reviews claim that it really isn't a huge mess. 

Kinetic Sand - Sandcastle Set (Colors Vary)

Drew is getting a new LL Bean tote. I haven't ordered it yet (which I need to like today in order for it to get here in time), but I'm not sure if the small is big enough, or if the medium is too big. I'm leaning towards just getting the small one, but if you have a strong opinion, will you let me know so that I can get this silly thing ordered! 

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She also grabbed these two cute dresses for a few occasions we have coming up (both from Gap Kids).

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And that's pretty much it. They'll both get a new book, some candy that I can steal, some bubbles, and I'm sure will be spoiled by both Grandparents.


Weekend Recap

This grocery shopping thing online is literally my new favorite thing. 

Drew takes a little cat nap around 5pm, so on Friday, I put a show on for Leo, poured myself a glass of wine, and then spent a glorious 30 minutes clicking items to my cart and then picking the delivery time for them to arrive on Saturday. It's a damn near dream come true! 


I've been cooking a lot lately - pretty much 5 times a week - so come Friday, I'm happy to put my pizza order into Lou Malnatis. Once we had the kids down, I made a martini and we watched the finale of Top Chef. So excited to see Chicago represent - and to a restaurant both Joel and I have been to and really enjoyed. 

Saturday morning I had to be up and out really so that I could get my cars emission test - and since I was out, I snuck into Target and ran to the post office. We had another great weather weekend so I got in a 3 mile run both Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

The rest of the day we hammered out some things around the house and then after naps, went to Crystal Lake Brewing. It was the anniversary of my Aunt Peggy's passing, so it was important to be there with my uncle and parents, and we raised a glass to her even though there really isn't a day that she isn't thought of, talked of, remembered and missed. 

Joel's parents came and then joined us for dinner. I tried out this recipe, and it was a major pass. It's way too salty and just didn't really taste as good as I thought it would.

CROCK POT BUFFALO-RANCH SHREDDED CHICKEN SANDWICHES | Only 3 Ingredients to make the chicken!! These sandwiches are kickin' with flavor and a cinch to make. Great for wraps and salads too!! | SweetLittleBluebird.com

Sunday I snuck in another run and then we headed to our neighbors for bagels and mimosas. 

With the time change, my run, and the mimosas, when we got home, both kids took a nap - and so did I! It was glorious.

Sunday night we try to have dinner with my parents, so we headed over there, my dad cooked an amazing dinner, and we hung on the couch once we got home and got started on our March Madness brackets. 

And now, here we are, somehow - almost to St. Patty's. These weeks are just flying by for us!


A very random stream of information


::: Somehow my children both have amazing hair, but that clearly did not come from me because my hair sucks. It's really fine and really prone to breakage. I will say, I don't do much to help its cause, but I have started to use this spray before I straighten it and while I'm still seeing some breakage, it gives my hair a really pretty (and very low key) sheen to it. I found it at Target for super cheap if you're looking for a little sheen and some heat protection.


::: Game changer for me? Grocery delivery. If you live in Illinois, Jewel now delivers. And it's free if you don't mind giving them a 4hr delivery window. Plus, the first time you do it you get $25 off an order of $100 or more. It takes some time to pick out your products but I couldn't be happier with it and seriously love not going to the grocery store with two kids. I also love that I can store my grocery list online during the week....if we run out of wheat thins, instead of writing it on my "list", I just add it to my cart and it saves it for me! Pure genius.

::: Are you listening to Oprah's Super Soul Sunday Podcast? It's really good. Her voice is just like a sweet song and I've really enjoyed the recent guests she's had on. If you are looking for an easy, enjoyable podcast, check it out.

::: Question - do you have house plants? I have two and one of them this weekend we discovered had like a disgusting amount of ants on it. So disgusting. We obviously tossed it, but the corner is desperate for a big plant. Do you have a particular plant that's easy to maintain and not prone to bugs in the house!

::: I am so ready for summer. We are all so much happier when we can be outside, so I'm really crossing my fingers that spring is easy on us and gives us much more sunshine than rain. If it's 30 degrees or warmer, you will find us bundled up and outside for at least a short walk. I cannot stand being in the house all day long.

::: We booked our first family vacation to Steamboat! Our friends are getting married over Labor Day weekend and so we decided to make a whole trip out of it. We are going to stay almost a week and I can't wait to visit Colorado. It's been about 10 years since Joel and I have been, and neither of us have been in the summer, so we are so excited. I really think it will be the perfect trip as a family since there should be so much to do outside. Plus, we are bringing a babysitter with us so Joel and I are going to be able to get some solo time too.

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::: I will say next year, I really want to try and sneak away to somewhere warm in February. It's a long month to be in Chicago! Holy shit! 

::: I've been thinking about updating our outdoor light fixtures and have been on the hunt for the last few weeks. I think it would make a huge improvement on the overall curb appeal, because the fixtures we have right now are very much so builders grade and just don't add anything to the house. I'm hoping we can find some big, modern, black fixtures to give the front a little facelift.

::: Spring shoes are constantly hard for me. I ended up buying these Lucky Brema booties from Nordstrom (not sold in this color right now) - and I looove them - but they're a microsuede that I don't really want to wear when it's raining. 

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I know Hunter Boots are coming out with a line a target, so I'll be curious to see if there is anything in that collection that is waterproof and cute...I don't need giant rainboots. I don't find them comfortable at all, so I'm still on the hunt!

::: I could probably keep this list going but it's 50 degrees, both of my kids are napping and I'm going to have a beer on my front steps (I'm writing this on Sunday).


Weekend Recap

Weekends these days are a mixture of doing a million things and feeling like I get a break at the same time. 

Now that my hands seem to be constantly full, my picture game is seriously slackin' but I really want to try and get back into the habit of blogging this month, so I'm going to really try and up my game.

Friday I ended up making chicken pitas which kicked off what felt like a beautiful spring weekend. When it's in the 40's and the sun is out I am a happpppy camper. 

My Friday night tradition once both kids are in bed is to splurge on a French martini while Joel and I watch Top Chef. I'm still in bed by 9 but it feels a little crazy! 

Saturday morning after an episode of Chuggington in bed (our Saturday morning tradition), I snuck out to get in a 3 mile run. I'm really slow but it has been feeling SO good.

Joel had both kids outside when my ran wrapped up, so I met them and we took Leo for a little walk in the "woods". There is a walking path by our house that gives Leo an opportunity to run without holding our hand. He loves it and he's been taking more naps lately since he is getting a little more energy out and some fresh air. 

After our walk we decided to pick up tacos and have lunch at the Crystal Lake Brewery. Drew had a bottle while we were there, Leo was happy to have his packed lunch, and Joel and I got to treat ourselves to a few beers at lunch and be out of the house for bit. 

When we got home and we had the kids napping, I snuck out for a mani/pedi. We made pizzas with Joel's parents, watch the Tennessee basketball game, and called it a night.

On Sunday, I was able to get in another 3 mile run before my cousin Amanda came out to hang with us for the morning. 

The weather was beautiful again, so we took Leo into the woods and got in lots of time on the swing.

We ended the weekend with dinner at my parents and the Oscars!!

A busy, but also relaxing weekend before another week ahead! 


Leo - Two and a half

Nicknames: LeeLee and WeeWhoa, but we often call you Leo John as well.

Clothes: 24mth/2T, 6 shoe, 5 diapers
Sleep:  You're a great sleeper although you've been putting up some nap fights. You pretty much nap 3/4 times a week but regardless, you go into your crib from 1:30-3:30.

7:30am: up - and if you're not, I wake up you (in order to help avoid some of our napping issues)
8:00am Breakfast-  we go right to breakfast now and you have your milk in your sippy cup.
9-12am play
11:30am/12pmish- lunch
1:30 pm nap
3:30pm up/play/snack
6:00pm dinner with a cup of milk
7:30 pm  bed

Health: You are a healthy boy and we are beyond thankful for that.

Crying: When you don't get your way or if something isn't the way it usually is (like a broken breakfast bar).
Feeding:  You are a bit picky but overall a good eater. You still don't love meat, but I sneak it in here and there and you get lots of protein from other places so I'm not too worried. You love breakfast bars, cheese sticks, pirates booty, oatmeal, raisins, quesadillas and guacamole!

Likes: Right now you are really into The Lion Guard and love playing with the busy box we bought you at Barnes and Noble. There is a big landscape mat and you love moving all of the "guys" around the pridelands.

You love puzzles, you love books, you love running, you love Roro, being chased, watching The Lion Guard or Chuggington, playing games and going to school.
Not Liking: See above.

Milestones: Well, you're like the smartest kid I know ;) You talk exceptionally well, we never have a problem communicating, and sometimes you pull together sentences that honestly blow me away. You know so much more than I even think you know. Your verbal skills are incredible.

You know all of your colors, can count to about 3, and then everything else is 5, love to sing songs (current favorites are The Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Wheels on the Bus). You are showing some interest in learning your ABCs. You have a great memory and have been enjoying playing memory and matching games these last few months.

You are also fantastic with art, coloring, fine motor skills like playing with stickers, and really enjoy painting and art projects. I'm always impressed with you at school because you seem to have a great attention span and happily listen to the teacher during short lessons and then proceed to follow the instructions.

Your next milestone that we will tackle soon is potty training. You are showing some readiness signs, but I need to have a handle on life a little more before we throw another curve ball my way.

You also became a BIG BROTHER! You are the sweetest, most gentle, and caring little guy. You have shown sweet interest in Drew and always like to know where she's at or what she is doing. Her loud screams don't seem to bother you too much and for the most part, you've taken to sharing the spotlight really well.
Places You’ve Gone: We've been homebound this season more than you or I would like but we are so thankful for our big basement and having lots of family nearby!


Drew - 2 Months Old

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Weight: 9lbs 13oz (14%), 22.5" (28%), and head is somewhere in the 30%
Clothes: You are pretty solidly in 0-3, and have some room to grow in them.
Sleep:  You are a GEM of a night sleeper. As you'll see below, you get your last feeding (a bottle of pumped breast milk) at 7:15am, and only get up once at night. Typically it's somewhere between 3-4:30am. I have a feeling you'll drop this feeding in the coming weeks, so it really doesn't bother me at all.  **update, the last two nights you've slept through the night. Once until 6:30am, and currently you're still sleeping at its 7am! Thank you sweet girl.

During the day, I still don't have a perfectly kept schedule for you, but I love to line up a morning and afternoon nap in the rock and play if we can....but some mornings you take naps on the road in the stroller or in the carrier and then often take a cat nap before bed as well.
Schedule: I loosely follow Mom's on Call and the EASY method to line up our day. No two days are the same, but if I were to a pull a pattern, this is what we are seeing:
4:00am- Feed
7:00/7:30am- Feed, up and I also pump after this feeding for 10 minutes
8:15am- fusses early and is ready for a cat nap. This is normally when we try to walk/get out and she can catch some snoozes on the road.
10am- Feed
10:30am-12:30pm - nap
12:40pm- Feed
1:40pm - nap
3:30pm - Feed
7:15pm-Feed and bed by 7:35pm

Health:  We are SO thankful for your perfect health
Crying:  You are LOUD. You go from zero to sixty fast, but for the most part, are easy to please.
Feeding:You're doing great breastfeeding, and my production is better with you than it was with Leo which has been nice. I think that also helps you be as effecient as you are, since our nursing sessions are really only 10/12 minutes. 

You take a bottle everyday, most of the time with dad, and you are taking about 5.5oz but it takes you about 20/25 minutes and you need lots of burp breaks!
Likes: You really love your baths, being held, taking walks and you've really started to enjoy time playing on your activity mat this month which has been really fun.
Dislikes: Being tired or hungry.
Milestones:  You are SO alert. Everyone comments on how bright eyed you are. You seem to be getting stronger with your neck control each day and this month you started blowing raspberries, coo-ing here and there, tracking items, and swatting at some toys.
Places You’ve Gone:  Nothing crazy - we're still not out and about at full steam ahead just yet but we did go out on our first family outing in public! We took you and your brother to the brewery which was really fun. We stayed for about an hour and you were perfection!
Postpartum: As far as recovery, physically I feel 100%. I still have 15 pounds to lose of baby weight which doesn't seem to want to fall off itself like it did with Leo, so that sucks. I've tried to get in a few workouts on our new treadmill, and while it has been great for my mind, the scale isn't budging yet.

Leo: Ohhh how he loves you. He always wants to hug baby Drew, likes to know where she is at all times, and has been having fun "playing" with her on the activity mat. Current game = baby Drew kicking Leo, which he thinks is hilarious!


Checking In

As I sit down to write this, I've got two protesting naps, so we'll see if I can get even more than a minute of thoughts down on paper.

Things have been good here, but I'm still getting used to the pace of two. Finding time to blog during the week almost feels laughable. I feel like I'm running from one place to the next, pretty much 24 hours a day, and when Joel walks in the door, I typically have a glass of wine and fight to keep my eyes open past 8pm.

Thankfully she has been giving us some nice stretches at night, so we are at least semi-functioning. 

We're hanging in there and even though the days are long, the weeks keep ticking by somehow! I'm eager for this weather to start getting above thirty degrees so we can at least get outside for a few walks. That's been the hardest thing this time around.....so many less walks. With Leo - in California - we walked three times a day. Any time he was fussy, we headed out, and it was sooooo good for both of us. With Drew being born in December in Chicago, we haven't had as many opportunities so I'm counting the hours here!


We've gotten creative with our indoor activities too - lots of arts and crafts, baking, water activities, baths.......and Leo's been watching a lot more TV too.




Leo has been missing his outside time and chances to burn some energy - but recently signed him up for a sports class that he has been loving. 

The class is actually for 3 year olds (and you can tell why around the 40 minute mark when Leo starts to fade), but he's having so much fun and it's been a great thing for the 3 of us to do. 

He also had a special treat last weekend to go to Disney on Ice with Coco and Papa. 

I wasn't sure how he would do, but they had prime seats on the ice and the show kept him entertained the entire time.  

In all of our home time - I've been chomping at the decorating bit a little. Adding some artwork to some bare walls, changing up our guest room bedding (having a very hard time!) - and possibly ours since my comforter just burned in the dryer (shit....), and making some upgrades to the basement. I'll hopefully share those before April!