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Jun 19, 2017

First Family Vacation!

Last week we took our first family vacation up to North Eastern Ohio and it was SO fun!
Our sitter was on vacation so we decided it was as good as time as any to pack up and head out of town for a few days.
Our main objective was to get to a little bit of water but also not be in the car for too long because we weren't sure how LM would do.
Thankfully we are less than 4 hours from Lake Erie so that is where we landed!
We stayed in Port Clinton, Ohio and we very centrally located to Catawba Island, Kelley's Island a Put In Bay.  

Neither Mister nor I had ever been up to Lake Erie so we did a bit of research before we went and talked to some friends that knew the area to get some ideas of things to do.  We also left our agenda open to be able to do whatever we wanted and adapt to LM's needs.  

We packed up the car Monday morning and hit the road!  LM was a CHAMP in the car and slept the entire time.  Mister and I listened to The Magnolia book and if we didn't love Chip and Joanna enough before, we are full on obsessed now.  We just love them.  
We pulled right into town and had lunch at a cute spot on the water.
We settled into the hotel and LM was thrilled to have a big ol bed to play on.
 Later that afternoon we took the ferry over to Kelley's Island.  It was adorable!  It is teeny tiny island but oh so cute and a great little afternoon trip.  
 We found a little beach to walk onto and dipped LM's toes in the sand and the water, he seemed to love it!

Tuesday we woke up slowly (LM slept until after 8!) and we took a BIG ol ferry over to Put In Bay.  We've heard many stories that PIB is party city but mid June in the middle of week and the middle of the day it was totally calm and pretty.  We took LM to a park we found and he had his first big swing on a swing set (don't worry I took approximately 1000 photos).  
We had another water side lunch and LM had his lunch reclined in his stroller in a park...rough life! 
Funny story, we forgot one part of his bottles and didn't realize it until we were already on the island.  Mister and I stood and looked at each other for a good 60 seconds like what in THE heck do we do?!  Thankfully we managed to find a hole in the wall grocery and they had ONE bottle there and I snagged it up and we were good to go!  Adventures in parenting! 
That evening we strolled around Lakeside, walked out on the pier and took in the beautiful weather.  
 LM also had his dinner in a park that night...vacation rules!

Though our trip was short it was perfect and we loved experiencing so many firsts with LM!

Jun 7, 2017

Currently : June

Two posts this week, what!?
2+ hour naps from LM on the weekends are helping a mama out!

Here's what's going on in June land around our house

Planning : Some fun adventures to see some new things, friends and trips to the pool.

Wishing : that I could bottle up LM's giggles.  It's deep and throaty and makes my heart swell.  Most recently when Papa tickles the bottom of his feet we can really get some good belly chuckles out of him and it's the best.

Learning : about seasons of life.  I mentioned I read Grace, Not Perfection recently and I also just finished Present Over Perfect.  Both of woman/mom centered and both I would highly recommend.  Sometimes you need someone else to remind you 'you don't have to do it all' and 'life comes in waves and seasons'.  
Browsing : Not too much lately.  Clothing wise I snagged a few items (these shorts) from Old Navy on Memorial Day and these shoes from Target which are a MUST buy.  I could probably use one more swimsuit if anyone knows of some cute ones (always a debacle).  I did pick up one from American Eagle that is oh so cute!
I am browsing for a new book to read...any good suggestions?
I have also been browsing Third Love's site...anyone have one of these bras?  I've heard good things about them!

Going : Somehow our summer weekends aren't as full as they normally are, which I am okay with.  We have a few things marked down here and there but nothing too crazy.  I'm hoping we can get out and do some exploring around Cincinnati and possibly down to Lexington.

Linking up with Anne and Erin!

Jun 5, 2017

The End of the Milk Maid Journey

I mentioned in my 8 month update on LM that 8 months marked the end of my pumping journey.
And while I've documented most of my journey in some capacity here, I surely could not leave out the end.
I will say, the end and deciding it was the end, was not a decision that I came by lightly, quickly or easily.

Mister and I had a LOT of conversations, tears (just me), prayers and thoughts that went into the decision.  Funnily enough, most of these happened while I was pumping.

From the beginning (and because our feeding journey did not begin or continue as I had thought it would while being pregnant), I said I would continue to pump until I could not stand it. While providing the upmost and best nutrition for LM is our top priority, so is Mama's sanity and quality of life.  I do not and never had anything against formula.  My train of thought was always 'why not give him breast milk as long as I can and when that's no longer an option we make the switch.'  The adage 'fed is best' is forever true and the best thing you can do for your child.

Around 6 months I began to think about when I wanted to stop pumping.  At the beginning I wanted to pump until he was a year but because I started out exclusively pumping 8x a day for months, I began to scale back that time frame as there were days my sanity began to dwindle.
For many, many days and months it was a lot of work.  Work I am VERY happy I did but still work.

Once LM was more mobile, fun and active I felt like I was beginning to miss out on bits of his day and interacting with him.  With his age and the warming weather we were out and about more but that always had to revolve around my pumping schedule and what time of the day it was, where we were going to be, etc.

 Who wouldn't rather hang out with this smiley babe?

At 7 months I decided I would start to scale back and start the process of slowing down and eventually stopping.  I have a post planned on how I actually went through that process.  I found there is not a lot of good information out there on that process and I feel the need to dedicate an entire post to that.
So with that decision Mister and I began a lot of conversations on the pros and cons and what stopping looked like.  I went back and forth approximately a million times on whether to actually stop or not.  What kept ringing in my head was 'why would I stop making this thing that is 100% perfectly made for my sweet baby?'  And I could not get that out of my head.
My mom said 'you've grown that boy from 3lbs 5.6oz and that's incredible.'  Mister kept saying 'we have freezer milk to use, he's had SO much of your milk and you've done so much work, it's really okay.'  Mister was (and is) 100% supportive in all facets and especially pumping.
And while he is my biggest cheerleader, I think he was ready to have his semi sane, not hooked up to a machine wife back ;)
As I've said and documented I was lucky enough to have freezer milk stored up.  While we knew it wouldn't last forever or be enough for him to have freezer milk completely, it did help knowing we had that.

I could probably talk about this for hours but I'll spare you ;)

May 19, 2017

8 Months

I'm not sure who let our little boy go and grow up to 8 months old but someone sure did!
I will sort of let it slide because we can see him change and grow and become his own little man every day.

I'm going to stop apologizing for not blogging as much and just chalk it up to this season of life.  I'm hoping I can squeeze more into sometime soon.  
In the mean time...here's what's going on with LM.
Currently he loves eating purees, we've moved on to blends and he really enjoys them.  Ever seen a baby bird eat?  It looks a lot like that.  He loves pear/pineapple, berry blends and carrots/peas/spinach. 
He loves to be on the move, whether in the car or stroller, any sort of motion knocks him right out.  We've taken a few runs in the jogging stroller and I love being able to take him with me and get a little extra workout in (holy arm workout).
He's definitely been noticing Floyd more often, he smiles at him and follows him around the room.  He LIGHTS up when Papa comes in the room and has been a smiling fool lately. 
 I will definitely have a post about this but 7/8 months also marks introducing formula and the end of Mama pumping...knock on wood, he hasn't skipped a beat and I'm a little more sane.  Fingers crossed all continues to go well!
 On his 8 month birthday he decided it was time to sit unassisted for a little bit and now when on his belly he gets those frog legs going and scooting backwards!  He is on the move!

We know he's approximately 17 1/2lbs because we had our first trip to Urgent Care the day before Mother's Day.  All is fine but we were on a walk and I was wearing him in the Baby Bjorn, tripped on the sidewalk and we took a tumble.  Thankfully he cried immediately and I took the brunt of the fall but it scared us all (#momguilt to the max).  But also made us incredibly thankful once again for the amazing medical services we have here. 
(these photo shoots are getting more difficult...)
There aren't too many things he doesn't like right now.  He hates most nights between 9-9:30, to have his nose wiped and being hot (we've been rocking shorts for a while) but otherwise he's a sweet boy!

May 3, 2017

Currently : May

Yay May!
Bring on the warm temperatures and flowers!
(sun's out, chunky thighs out)

Here's what's going on in our neck of the woods...
(linking up with Anne and Nancy)

Baking: I need your ideas! We are hosting an early Mother's Day this weekend and I need an easy, yummy treat! My mom and I made this over Easter and it was quite yummy.

Listening: I flew through S-Town and Missing Richard Simmors, just finished up Up and Vanished and in the car I just started Grace Not Perfection (which I am LOVING). Though I keep wanting to highlight things the author says so I may need to pick up a hard copy soon.

Loving: I have a full review post coming about this but we used Shipt for the first time this past weekend and I am in LOVE.  The short story is someone does your grocery shopping and then brings your groceries to your house...yes please.

Planting: Surprisingly we've only been to the nursery once this Spring but I can only assume there are many more trips in our future.  I can't wait to go and make our yearly choices of what to plant.  For me, the more color the better!
I'm hoping to start back up my vegetable garden this summer too!

Remembering:  With each week and month that passes I always think back to where LM was the month previously and can't believe how much he's growing and learning!