Monday, November 25, 2013

Miscellany Monday: Late night edition

- Ellie's baptism was this weekend!  She did surprisingly well for being extremely tired the whole time and being awoken suddenly with warm water in the baptismal font.  And her godmother (Nick's sister Emilia) was a baby professional.

- As you can see from above, my little point-and-shoot camera is dying.  I need a new one.  Can I buy myself a Christmas present early?

- Speaking of Christmas presents, Nick got me mine early and I'm SO excited about it.  A Patagonia puffy!!  (See? TWO exclamation points excited)  It's so incredibly warm and cozy.  I can now survive outside in the cold and not feel a thing.  Why did it take me so long to get a coat this nice?

- Christmas Unicorn by Sufjan has been stuck in my head for the past 5 days.  Nick really likes it (so does Ellie) and we've listened to it many many many times.  I'm warning you, it will probably get stuck in your head too.

- Sharknado.  A movie about sharks being swept up in a hurricane/tornado and wreaking havoc on California.  It exists on Netflix.  Curiosity got the best of us, and my boss and I decided to watch a little bit of it on our break from classes.  Oh. My. Gosh.  It's ridiculous.  The worst acting, the worst script, and the worst special effects I've ever seen.  It was hilarious.  And I couldn't stop watching for about 20 minutes.  Then I had to because it was just terrible.

- Ellie is now 11 weeks.  Once again, too fast.  It's all happening too fast.

- Christmas gifts are much more difficult when you have a child.  Seriously.  It takes MORE planning than normal and somehow, I did not plan enough ahead of time. Especially if you want to do homemade gifts and have a difficult time finding the right gift for your husband.  The man wants too many specific expensive things!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Miscellany Monday

As a way to build myself up to blogging more regularly, I'm taking an idea from Kristin and am going to start hopefully be doing a weekly random post.  Let it begin... Hey, it's still Monday!

- Date nights now consist of going out to eat somewhere and then running as many errands as I can convince Nick to do. No one tells you how stressful and difficult shopping can be when your baby won't sit quietly in the car seat while in the cart. Nope. She must be rocked or swung in order to not hate the car seat. Therefore, carrying her AND shopping at the same time is a two person job that can only last about 1 or 2 stores. I miss grocery shopping.

- I now spend way too much time cooing and playing with my daughter. Okay, maybe not too much time, but a lot of time. I try and make lists of things I want to accomplish, but my day just gets sucked away with playing when she's in a good mood and feeding/attempting to get her to fall asleep when she's not.

Family selfie in the bathroom! Oh yes.

- It's incredibly difficult to blog about things that don't relate to my baby.  This is mainly because I only work super part-time (3 hours a week part-time) and my days revolve around this little girl.

- Speaking of work, it's been fun getting back into the swing of teaching.  I'm not really teaching, just assisting the band director at a private school here, but this has already led to a maternity leave substitute job in music and a possible addition to my part-time job next school year.  SCORE!

- Part-time work has spoiled me.  I don't want to work full-time again.  I really enjoy being able to hang out with Ellie most of the week and spending time with Nick when he has off.  It really is an amazing thing.  Now, if I can only keep this up so I only work part-time until my kids start high school.  Homeschooling is my goal.

- I came up with an awesome blog name, but Nick thinks it's ridiculous.  Listen to this: Three Scoops of Granola.  It's incredible, right?  I thought so, too.  But my husband finds it too silly.  I guess we'll just stick with Just Sayin' for now. I'll find a use for that name someday. Maybe I should trademark it so you don't steal it!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rainy Thursday

You know what the books don't really talk about?  Growth spurts.  They mention them here and there and let you know when they may occur, but they don't talk about what may occur during said growth spurts.  This includes a very hungry baby, which may lead to less sleep.  SURPRISE!

I honestly don't really know if she's having a growth spurt, but it's nice to put a label on these kinds of moments.  Like when she decides to get upset 5 seconds after being in a really good mood.  Sometimes it's just nice to say "oh, she's hungry" or "she's probably just tired".  It just sounds better than saying "I'm going to try different things and see which one it is that she needs", especially when she just ate and you are pretty sure it isn't because of that (even though it is).

Speaking of eating, breastfeeding is quite fun. I love bonding with her that way. You get to cuddle, clean out all the lint gathered in her tiny long fingers, and just stare at her while thinking about how amazing God is for allowing us to create this beautiful baby. Plus, it's kind of empowering to know that you are the one who can always stop her from crying  with a simple breast. Go women!

It is nice to have my full stomach back, too. Even though I have to eat more now and sometimes at a faster rate because she won't sleep.
On that note, you should try this recipe. It's sweet potato kale pasta and it tastes like macaroni and cheese. It's amazing and I foresee myself using this to trick my kids later in life. Anything to help, right?

Now if I could only trick her into sleeping more. Sometimes that would be nice because right now, as I write this, it is 5:00 (she went to bed at 11 and woke up once already) and she is wide awake. Someone should tell her that it's bedtime not let's-be-cute-and-smiley time. She makes it so hard to be upset sometimes. That's probably a good thing...

Oh babies.

Obligatory baby picture