Thursday, December 8, 2016

The New Non-Stop Crazy...

Well, we've settled into our "new normal" and I feel like I'm running a marathon all day long every single day.  Let's review yesterday... just a typical Wednesday in our house...

6:15 - Up and getting ready for the day

7:00 - Pump for 30 minutes before getting the kids up.  Typically I drive to work and do my morning pump in my office, but on Wednesdays we have an early team meeting before a full day of parent meetings, so I do it before I drive to work.

7:30 - Kids up.  Quickly get Georgia dressed, hair brushed and teeth brushed.  Wake up Grant and get him into an outfit before handing him over to Nick.  Make coffee and grab all 33,000 bags I need to survive the day.  I'm terrified of forgetting a pump part every day!

7:40 - Out the door and driving to work

8:15 - Wednesday morning pre-meet

9:00 - 11:00 - Meetings

11:00-12:00 - Back to my office to pump and catch up on some paperwork

12:00-3:00 - Meetings

3:00 - Back to my office to pump and catch up on some paperwork

3:45-4:30 - Staff training

4:30-5:30 - Drive home and collect Georgia from after care at her school and then onto the daycare center to retrieve Grant

5:45 - Home/Feed Grant

6:00 - Pump/Feed Georgia/Inhale a tupperware of leftover meatballs

6:20 - Nick walks in the door

6:25 - Georgia and I out the door to daisy troop meeting

6:30-7:30 - Daisy meeting

7:30 - Realize the gas tank is empty, so hit the gas station up before taking the "long way" home so Georgia can check out some Christmas lights on the way back to the house

8:00 - Home and Georgia goes to bed.  Nick puts her down while I take a quick shower, so I don't have to do that on Thursday morning and can sleep for an extra 15 minutes!

8:00-8:15 - Cuddle with Grant for a few minutes before Nick puts him to bed

8:15-10:00 - Laundry, pre-soak the TWO outfits Grant managed to ruin at daycare with poop-splosions today, unpack all 8 bags that I brought into the house, wash bottles, make bottles for tomorrow, make lunches for Georgia and myself, freeze extra milk from the day, go through the mail, send out a few extra Christmas cards, go through the 5 boxes that arrived via Amazon (Thank goodness for Amazon!!!), and so on

10:00-11:00 - Watch a DVR show while pumping for the final time 

11:00-11:30 - Upstairs and attempt to turn my brain off for the day so I can sleep

Yup, I'm exhausted just typing it all out again.  It seems like I just run from one thing to another all day long.  Not sure when it gets better, but I'm hoping soon.  If anyone asks what I want for Christmas, I want an assistant!

Some pics from the past week or so...

G loves picking out a safe chocolate each night from her allergy friendly advent calendar from Amanda's Own

My boys...

He really is this happy most of the time!

Last week, Georgia was in the shower and Nick was filling up Grant's bathtub so that all the kiddos could get squeaky clean.  We put Grant in his chair for a minute while we were running around.  Georgia threw her towel on him to keep him warm before she jumped in the shower.  He was HAPPY as could be just hanging out in there watching the chaos...


This past weekend, Georgia started gymnastics.  She was so excited for her first class.  She was even more excited when she got to the gym and an old friend from her preschool class was there and taking the same class.  They hadn't seen each other since the summer since they go to different elementary schools in town.  They reunited like old sorority friends and ran off together before I could even say goodbye!

After gymnastics, it was over to Aunt Susan and Uncle Malon's house for the 15th annual cookie bake weekend... and swimming!

Grant's first cookie bake

Ready to decorate cookies

Decorating after swimming

On Sunday, the baking madness continued with our 2nd annual gingerbread house party at our neighbor's house...

The hostess and her mom go out of the way to ensure that all the candy and the frosting is Georgia-safe!

Grant was slacking at his first gingerbread house party!!

A lot of people keep asking how Georgia is doing with Grant.  For the most part, she adores him and plays super sweet with him.  She loves that he is getting more interactive and wants to make him laugh and smile at her.  She can't wait for him to start eating real food!

Georgia is also super excited for Grant to use some of her old toys.  We brought out the jumper (aka - circle of neglect) this week...


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Back to the Grind...

I've been back to work for just over a week now.  The goods new about going back the week of Thanksgiving is that you only have to put in 2.5 days!  The bad news is that I sort of feel like that greyhound chasing the fuzzy rabbit at the dog track.  I just never seem to be able to get caught up on everything these days.  I feel like we run from one event to another like crazy people and just barely make it through the days.  

To say that it was a crazy week was a tad bit of an understatement.  Grant started daycare.  Georgia had an allergic reaction to something... most likely amoxicillin.  Mimi joined us in Maryland for Thanksgiving.  We ate.  We black Friday shopped.  Nick and I went away for the night.  Like I said, crazy week!  

I made it through my first day back to work with little drama.  It was all a blur of new faces, paperwork, and trying to re-organize my office and figure out where everything stood.  My teammates are amazing and fun and made me laugh all day long.  I've definitely missed them.

Yes, they brought me donuts and even dressed up in a donut costume!

I got home feeling like a conquering hero.  I managed to collect both kids and get us all home in about an hour.  It took another 10 minutes to schlep all the bags into the house - my work bag, my purse, my lunch bag, my pumping bag, Georgia's backpack, Grant's daycare bag, etc.  It took another hour to re-pack them all for the following day.  Onto dinner...

By the time Nick got home, we noticed that Georgia's hands were super red and that she was itching away at them.  Mimi arrived from the airport and Georgia went upstairs to shower.  We gave her some Benadryl not being quite sure as to what was going on.  By Tuesday morning, she was covered in giant hives from head to toe and itching away like crazy.  

1 day at work.  That's all it took.  1 day at work.  I had been home for 5 freaking months without issues.  1 day at work and all hell breaks out.

Nick scrambled to get Georgia to the pediatrician's office on Tuesday morning so they could put eyes on her while I headed to work with immense Mommy guilt that I couldn't be with my child.  I may have punched a granite countertop.  The pediatrician took one look at her and decided she must have had a reaction to the amoxicillin that she had been on the week prior for strep throat.  We were sent home with instructions to keep her on the benadryl and that her skin might appear splotchy and patchy for weeks.  Weeks?!?!?  The poor kid was miserable just clawing at her skin.  Luckily, Mimi was in town so Georgia stayed home with her for the day so that Nick and I could work.

Napping at home on Tuesday

I kept taking pictures of the poor kid to track the hives and splotches as they migrated around her face

Did I mention that Grant also happened to turn 4 months old during all that chaos?!!  Could he get any cuter?????

That afternoon, it was my turn to head to the pediatrician's office so that Grant could get his 4 month vaccines and get checked over for his well visit.  You know it's a good day when you get to go to the pediatrician's office twice within 10 hours!  However, Grant was in and out without any drama.  They were quite impressed with our little chunky monkey!

His stats...
Weight - 15lbs, 8oz (up from 12lbs, 5oz at his 2 month appt)
Height - 24.75 inches (up from 22.5 inches at his 2 month appt)

On Wednesday, Georgia and I both had a half day of school.  She was still covered in hives from head to toe, but I wanted her teachers to see what was going on, especially since I'm not sure how serious they've been taking our allergy concerns.  Luckily, it was also Grandparents Day, so Mimi went off to school with her for the morning as her chaperone (and I probably would have kept her home for another day if Mimi couldn't attend kindergarten with her that morning).

Mimi and G at kindergarten

I've never been so relieved for 2.5 days of work to be over.

Georgia's reaction carried into Thanksgiving Day, but her skin started to clear dramatically.  We kept her on the Benadryl and a prescription antacid to help calm her system, but the itching seemed to really diminish from the previous days.

Thanksgiving morning was filled with parade watching and browsing through the flyers to plan out our black Friday morning shenanigans!  We didn't head over to Nick's aunt and uncle's house until later in the afternoon.  The hours there seemed to fly by as Grant refused to nap and Nick and I took turns bouncing in and out of dinner to check on him.

Our favorite Mo-vember participants

Looking much better on Thursday!

Grant's 1st Thanksgiving

Nick's parents also traveled to Maryland to the holiday, so we got to spend some time with them too.

Grandpa and Grant

Mimi and I were up at the crack of dawn on Friday morning for our annual shopping spree.  For the past 5+ years, I've done the trip solo, but it was nice to have some company this year.

A little early morning snack to keep us going!

Meanwhile, Nick took the kids to visit with his parents and to do some post-Thanksgiving swimming...

Friday evening was all about getting the house decorated and primed for Christmas.  The tree went up and Georgia was so excited to take out each and every ornament to talk about it before it went on the tree.  I put up my "Let It Snow" sign and am keeping my fingers crossed for a rough winter.  The year I had Georgia, I didn't get a single delayed opening or snow day!

Nick spent Saturday morning prepping the Christmas lights outdoors while Mimi and I played nurse to Georgia again.  Both her and Grant developed a case of the sniffles.  Georgia was fairly lethargic, which was concerning because it was hard to determine whether everything was related to the allergic reaction or if it was something entirely different.  It's so frustrating (and scary) to never know what's happening with her body.

Even better, Nick and I had plans to spend the night at National Harbor.  Slightly concerning, but we left her (and the epi-pens) in Mimi's hands and Nick and I checked in via our webcams throughout the evening.

Not too shabby a view from our room on the 17th floor

We enjoyed massages, dinner, and a relaxing night bar-hopping around the hotel.  For the first time in 4 months, we slept without a baby monitor next to our heads.  

All decorated for Christmas

By lunchtime on Sunday, we were back home with our babies and to finish decorating the house for the holidays.  Mimi headed back to Massachusetts and we prepped for another crazy week of work and school!  Back to the grind...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Is It...

It's here... again.  The night before returning to work.  The last time around, I was a hot mess.  This time, it's slightly better, but still lots of anxiety about the coming week... the early mornings, the commute, the finding time to pump, the lack of heat in my office for the second straight winter, etc.  All those little things that I do during the week - the laundry, the running a quick errand, making dinner, etc. - will all probably get pushed to weekends.   I know that it will all get done.  It always does, but it just become more complicated and more rushed.  Sadly, doing a quick load of laundry at 10am on Tuesday might be the thing I'll miss the most.  I hate the giant piles on the weekends.  I'll also miss my morning walk (or drive) to school with Georgia.  Nick will be relegated the task of getting everyone out of the house in time for school now.

My chunky monkey man

Yes, I made him checklists.  They're laminated.  On the door.  Nick will do drop off and I'll do pick up.

Grant went to daycare twice last week for quick 2 hour visits.  On day #1, he refused to nap and was a "pistol."  By day #2, he caved and napped in his new crib.  I have no doubt the teachers in there will get him on a great schedule.  It also helps that both ladies in the room have known us forever at this point and couldn't wait to get their hands on Georgia's little brother!  So, Grant is off to "school" tomorrow for the day and Georgia gets to go to aftercare at school now.  She is ridiculously excited since so many of her friends are there in the afternoons too.  I've got my list ready for who needs what in which bag.  I'm sure there will be a day that I accidentally send bottles with Georgia and her lunch to daycare!

On Friday morning, I walked Georgia to school for the final time.  It was the most beautiful November morning and the perfect weather day to end our walking routine...

Grant and I hit the outlets for some Christmas shopping.  By the afternoon it was 70 degrees.  There's something great about listening to Christmas tunes while shopping in the bright sunshine.  It's probably how San Diego celebrates Christmas.  But, for a girl who grew up in New England and now lives in the mid-Atlantic, it's like a blue moon.

Grant is totally ready for Christmas.  We discovered this weekend that he thinks Ho-Ho-Ho is absolutely hysterical!


I'm spending my final day at home in my pajamas, doing laundry and enjoying just chilling on the couch watching all the food network specials about Thanksgiving and contemplating what types of desserts I'll bake this week while uploading pictures.

I will not look at the clock.  I will not look at the clock.  I will not look at the clock.  

Last weekend, Georgia got to have a daddy-daughter date with Nick.  I may have bought the Octonauts Live tickets awhile back, but it coincided with her filling up her behavior chart, so we used the tickets as a reward...

She was so proud of herself.  She gets a dot for all her school dojo points, for being helpful around the house, completing chores, etc.  She's VERY into her chart and loves crossing off those dots.

Yes, Nick is sporting a beard for November.  It's driving him batty,but he's stuck it out so far!

A quick lunch before heading into the city

Georgia had no idea where she was going or what they were going to do in the city.  Nick said she was so excited when he parked and they started walking around.  She was dragging him down the streets...

Thank goodness it's a short week of work for me.  Off to find real clothes and remember how to blow dry my hair...