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Showing posts from October, 2012

Elinore in Pictures

A quick look back at some of my favorite Instagram photos from the month of October.

What Caden's Wearing

One of the many advantages of going to nurse Elinore at lunch time is getting to see and interact with Caden and Caleb on the days they are there at lunch too.  They aren't there everyday since they are in kindergarten now!  One day last week, Caden walked over to where Ellie and I were and said he was wearing a necklace and a hooker.
My eyes suddenly perked up and he had my full attention.
"You're wearing what?" I asked.
"A necklace and a hooker.  See, to hold this together."

That white thing; that's his hooker.

Working Mom Guilt on Mondays

Since I returned to work 4.5 weeks ago, I've quickly learned something about Mondays. They are hard.

I know very few, if any, people who say they love Mondays, but I've always been of the thought that I don't dislike another day of lie when there are so many thing to be thankful for.  But fairly consistently since I've been back I've struggled through my Monday at work. After two glorious days with my family it is hard to leave them.  I spend my Mondays battling the mom guilt. 

I've been a working mom for years, and I've always had an itch to stay home with the kids.  Yet, before Elinore, I hadn't had the experience of staying home with the boys. I didn't know how awesome it could be to stay home with them more.  Maternity leave showed me that. 

I think part of it stems from the fact that my mom was home with my brother and I when we were growing up.  Granted, it was a very non-traditional situation where she worked at home since my parents owned …

Elinore - 16 Weeks

Dear Elinore,

I know you'll be 4 months only in just under two weeks now, but I just couldn't wait to write some things down about what you've been doing.

You're sixteen weeks old this week.   I've been noticing a lot of changes as you continue to learn and grow. 

You hold onto things, but I often thing it's more of a coincidence you got it into your hand that by reaching and grabbing for it.  I'm sure you'll soon master the skill!

You are really focusing on things and learning how your hands work.  I sit and watch you just look at your hands and move them around.  You're slowly starting to reach for things, but you haven't quite mastered it.  You do hold onto things but you often require some assistance to get it to you hand. 

You've gotten to a point where your curious and learning and one way you're doing that is by getting things to your mouth.  If you've got something in your hand you try to get it to your mouth, and you freq…

I wrecked our cars.

Elinore was in her first car accident at 14 weeks of age, and it was my fault.

Thankfully, it was minor no one was injured aside from the cars and my mental state.

I was having a rough morning.  I was tired, frustrated and had very little patience. As I was backing out the driveway to take the kids to the sitters, when we suddenly hit something hard.  At first I didn't even know what happened.  What was in the driveway?

I looked and suddenly remembered Keith, who usually leaves for work 90 minutes before me was working from home that day and our car was still in the driveway. 

Then I slumped over the steering wheel and cried, while the boys kind of sat in the back silently not knowing what to say or do.  After making sure all the kids were okay of course. 

Then I made my walk of shame, back to the front door.  Keith opened the door to me standing there crying.  Somehow he knew I hit something.  Although at first he thought I hit someone else.  As I shook my head he figured out I&…

Working Mom

In the mornings, I take the kids to the sitters before I head into work. 
Before Elinore was born Keith was always the morning drop-off and I picked them up.  After Elinore was born, Keith started working earlier hours than before so they can all spend less time at the sitters.  He is in the office by 6:30, so I take the kids to the sitters every morning before I get to the office at 8.  
The sitters is only a mile from our house, so it's a short drive, usually with the boys and I talking about something.  I drop them off with their things and give them well wishes for the day and hug and kiss them all goodbye.
Then I get in the car for the drive to work.  It's about 8 miles to the office, from the sitters, which is a great.  I'm so glad I don't have a long commute to work. 
Before we moved, we had about an hour long commute to and from work.  
It's nice time to center myself for the day and whatever it brings. 
The part I don't like about my drive to work, E…

Being Calm

In the course of the last week, I've had two people make nearly the same comment to be about parenting and babies. 

In the first conversation, I was stopped outside the restroom by a co-worker in another department who noticed I was back to work after having Elinore.  She asked a few questions, and it came up that so far, Ellie has been a very good baby for us.  She continued to comment that she thought that meant I was a very calm parent because she thinks babies can tell when parents are flustered and react accordingly. 

Monday evening we had a team building social hour event at an are Buffalo Wild Wings.  I hadn't planned on coming, but was feeling too guilty about not attending with everyone being there, including the team members from our of state, so Elinore and I went together.  Keith had the boys at swim lessons, so it was baby goes or no one goes.  We went.  She was excellently behaved.  She was content the entire time, she let anyone hold her, and she offered up som…

I really like...

Caleb has decided that he doesn't like to ask for things for some unknown reason.  So if I'm eating, doing or talking about something he wants to eat, say, do too, he hints around about it.

For example:

I'm eating a cookie.

Caleb walks into the room and says "I really like cookies!"

I respond with an "oh, you do?'

"Yes, mom, I really do like those cookies!"

Other examples:
Oh daddy, you have gum, it smells good!I like that tv show.Are you chewing gum?Papa and I like hohos!


The boys have talked occasionally about wanting another baby already.  Often times is becuase they want a boy AND a girl. 

The other night at dinner though, Caden changed his tune. 

Out of no where at the supper table he said, "mommy, I don't want you to have another baby."

I kind of worried at first, why would he say that, I hope we're not having some delayed jealous of baby Ellie. 

But no, it had nothing to do with his sister.  He went on to explain that he didn't like when mommy had a baby because she had to go away to the hospital for too long and he missed me. 

And that makes for one big, full happy mommy heart.

Spirit Day 5K

This morning I ran a 5K. 

I had a baby 14 weeks and 1 day ago, and I did it.  I didn't stop once.

It is my worst 5K time to date, but I did it without walking!

This is the second annual 5K my employer has hosted as a part of Spirit Day activities.  Last year, I set my 5K PR at the race.  This year I had my worst time, but hey, a lot has changed in a year!

I also met my goal of running a 5K in 2012 after the birth of our baby. 

The downside, it's a pretty competitive race.

I timed myself at 38:51, and I was the last finisher. 

And I do mean the very last of the entire crowd of probably about 40 people.  Shortly into my second mile, I was followed by the security guard in his car as an escort most of the way to the finish.  After following me for awhile, he did drive off and circle back around for the last 1/2 mile or so.  He stopped traffic for me at an intersection or two.  Nothing to make you feel like you're running slow like the security guard escorting you to the finis…

That Right?

Caden has a very curious mind and is always asking questions about things, how they're made, how they work, etc.  He retains a lot of what he learns and brings it back up later.  He'll make a statement about something he learned, but it is nearly always followed with a "that right Daddy?" or "that right Mommy?"

Three Month Review - Elinore

You've grown so much this month dear Ellie.

You can be very active.  You love to lay on the floor looking at someone while kicking those little legs and throwing those little arms all around! 

You've started to take an interest in watching and listening to your toys.  You'll hold them if we give them to you, but haven't reached for them on your own yet. 

You just discovered you can move some of the toys on your car seat attachment with toys on it.  You love watching them move with color. 

You're continued to be a great sleep for us.  Your longest stretch of sleep in your three months has been ten and a half hours.  We've been blessed with a good sleeper!

You're slowly started taking a pacifier.  We decided to give them to you since you were really starting to like your thumb. 

Mommy went back to work this past month, just last week for a partial week.  Mommy cried the whole way to work to leave you.  You've handled the transition well though.  You ref…

Elinore - 3 Months Old

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Wedded Bliss Wednesdays

Introduce us to your husband! (What's his name? How old? What does he look like?) 
Keith is my husband; he's 30, and he looks like this:
What is your husband's favorite thing to do?
Well, aside from spending time with his family, his hobbies include playing his play station and taking care of his fish tank.
What does your husband do Monday-Friday? 
He works in information technology at an insurance company.  I can't explain the weird computer nerd things he does, mainly because I don't really understand them. 
What was the FIRST thing you noticed about your husband when you met?
I was very intrigued by him.  I tried to be sly in watching him from the next cubicle isle over.  I wanted to know more; I needed to more about him!

What is your husband's BEST quality?
He loves God, his family and works hard.  So I couldn't keep it to just one. 
What is your husband's biggest pet peeve?
He can't stand it when he can hear someone chewing.  He sends me out of the room…