Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIY Crystals

I wanted to share a DIY/craft Chloe and I did last week that made me want to do it again which never happens.  Trying to get it done, I did not make what we called our Elsa Snowflake straight but it still turned out pretty cool!  I of course found it on Pinterest on this website here. The only thing you might not have is the Borax which is found in the laundry isle.  You also need:

Pipe Cleaner
2 cups water
Pencil or chopstick

You boil 4 cups of water, pour it in a cup and add 6 Tbs of Borax. Once that is dissolved, you use a pipe cleaner and put it in the shape you want the crystal to be and then wrap a string around it.  Attach the string to either a chopstick or pencil so it will hang over the cup.  You just let it sit all night and you have a crystal in the morning!  I just used a pink pipe cleaner to make it this color or you could use food coloring if you do not have colored pipe cleaner.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Recap

Good ol' Monday is back and as usual, I am not ready for her yet.  I am grateful for another fresh start though even if I am going to have to force myself to do anything that requires effort.  We had the best weekend so here is our little recap. 

We did not do much Friday other than go grocery shopping and went to my mom's to help her clean her house. Saturday, we went to a birthday party at a Bounce House place called Giggles and Jiggles.  Eric and I had dirty thoughts when we heard the name, kinda sounds like a strip club.  Besides that and the fire alarm going off, it was pretty cool and there was tons of bounce houses.  Chloe had a blast and it was so cute because all the kids stuck together in a little group together.  Usually they all spread out and just go, go, go with not enough time to wait on the next kid.   As Chloe played, Mason sat there with his fist in his mouth the entire time and did not make a peep.  Just as content as can be!

After the party, we went to the mall to look for some tennis shoes for Chloe and finished up her Fall/Winter clothes shopping.  We ended up getting the ones below.  Once we got home around 7, Chloe was knocked out and I got Mason to sleep shortly after that so Eric and I got some alone time which is rare since he works all the time.

Times like this make me regret not getting a double stroller.  Kids can play for hours and hours but when it comes down to walking, their legs and knees all of a sudden hurt!

Sunday was a lazy day and we just hung out.  Mason has been really fussy the last week because he has a tooth that is coming in already and I could not get much done because he wanted me holding him at all times.  He never cries but once nighttime came, he just boo hooed and then finally went to sleep.

And I got these cute pics above of my little man.  

This week is a busy one and lots of appointments for my mom and I so being an adult is in full effect,  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

When They Try to Become a Kid on You

I have been noticing lately that Chloe is slowly transitioning out of the toddler stage and trying to become a "kid."   When she says certain things or does certain things that screams kid and I want to cry, I remember the sweet part of these bittersweet moments.  I remember that she is meant to grow and prosper which she does literally everyday.

I bought some beads to make bracelets with her at the Dollar Tree and we made them last night and she was such a big girl about it and the convo dialogue between us really had me going.  It really hit me that she is becoming a big girl.  The first thing that got me was how good she was at putting these beads on the strings.  It is not that I didn't have faith in her to do it but when you do new activities with your child, you just expect you have to show them how to do it.

 There was a few times when I was trying to tie the bracelets and all the beads came off.  I let out a sigh and Chloe just kept saying with this little smile, "It is okay mommy, you did it on accident."  And saying things like, "This is tricky!" had me cracking up.  And she kept taking charge telling me to do Ayanna's while she does Adrianna's (her cousins).  I was more of her assistant bracelet maker and she was in charge.  I can see poor Mason being bossed around by this one in the future.

I am starting to get a little preview of what her personality is going to be like since she is getting older and it is a hoot.  Like everyone who has ever been around Chloe, I see so much fire in her.  She is definitely my little firecracker and although it can get challenging, I love that about her.  When she gets to talking, she does not stop and will literally go on for hours.  My aunt always says, "There goes motor mouth!" once she gets started.  She has sooooo much to say and makes me proud.

And then there is her little body growing almost as big as her personality.  It is so sad but so cute to see their little bodies transform and they seem to do it overnight.  One day you just look at them doing whatever they are doing (in Chloe's case, probably flipping around) and they just look big and you think, "When did this happen and can I get a warning next time?"  

Being in this moment and all in my feelings, I realize even more just how important my job is as her mother and how every little thing I do and show her can help mold who she is.  No pressure at all!  I am being sarcastic but as I type this, I do not feel pressure but I feel empowered to keep showing her right from wrong and teaching her lessons as she teaches me lessons.  Obviously as a mother, you do everything you can to show them a good example but sometimes we get caught up in life or we simply just do not see things we do or say that could have a negative affect in their mind.  But without the shortcomings that I see as the times I have failed in my mind, those moments/lessons are still there for a reason and I am a firm believer that these things also mold who you are.  Even with the things I have "failed" at so far when it comes to Chloe, she still has transformed into this little girl that is full of life and most of all love.  And that is all I can ask for!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Brother, Sister Love

Ever since Mason was born, Chloe has had this obsession with him.  I have to really watch her around her brother because she gets a little too excited but I love how she gets so excited.

 This is when Chloe first met her brother and this mischievous grin explains how she is with him.  Them meeting is probably the best moment I have had on this earth because she was so in awe of him and kept saying how cute he was.  I remember thinking what such an angel she was being until she decided to hit him on his 2nd day alive.  That was my first dose of sibling fighting and I was so shocked but then I thought about how it probably will not be the last time.  I know there will be many sibling fights in the future.  But for now, it is mostly lovings,

The first month, all she wanted to do was hold him and be RIGHT THERE.  I loved this but I could tell a lot of it had to do with her making it known she was still here and it was not all about baby brother.

Chloe is definitely my wild child and has always been since day one,  Mason on the other hand has been low key and just goes with the flow.  So, I can see them in the future.  Chloe will be the bossy big sister telling Mason he is going to play the Ken doll and him just going along with it.  

Seeing your kids together is the best sight to see.  I love seeing Chloe be a big sister and she knows she is believe me.  And Mason will just stare at her and smile when his sister is being a ham which is pretty much all the time.  I feel so blessed to get to call these two mine!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Weekend Shots, Hair Braiding, and Post Prego Weight Loss

Happy Monday!  Our weekend was pretty low key.  Eric was working most of the weekend so it was mainly just the kids and I.  I do not know what is wrong with me but I don't grab for my camera as much so I really did not get that many pictures but I wanted to share the ones I did get and then also my progress with the baby weight.
 I FINALLY was ablel to do a french braid on Chloe's hair!  I have been practicing for months!  Literally!  People make it look so easy.  I do not know if it is just me but I just could not get it.  I try to practice a little but everyday on Chloe.  I give her my phone because somehow YouTube videos make the pain go away when getting your hair done and she lets me practice on her!  I LOVE braids on little girls so I am so excited to experiment some more and do some fun hairstyles.  Chloe's hair is so curly and get so so tangled and in the way when she is playing so braiding will make it a lot easier to get it out the way and tame it somewhat.  I was thinking about doing a post all about Chloe's curly hair so I can't wait to get some good pics of her upcoming new braids!

Mason's face in this picture makes me all fuzzy inside.  He looks so excited!  That is how most of us feel about this filter.

 Daddy admiring his boy. 
So, Mason has been putting his hands around his bottle and pulling it towards him.  If I let go, he will only hold it for a few seconds but it is really amazing me how he has such a good grip so early on and how he pulls it in his mouth on his own.  He seems so advanced to me but I am partial!
 My sweet girl on her pigtails.
 Chloe playing with her brudder,  She is so obsessed with him.
Riding with grandma.  She loves taking grandma to the store so she can ride along.  BTW, if you see my mom at Walmart, watch out!  This woman cannot drive these things. 
I weighed myself this weekend and I am down to 133 which is basically my pre-pregnancy weight, Boy was I happy to see that!  When I was at the end of my pregnancy, I was at about 172 and then about a week postpartum, I was down to 150.  I have not been pressuring myself this time around and have really been enjoying the process and am gonna try to get down to 125 which I think is a good weight for me.  I have been doing intermittent fasting and I feel like that is really what has been working for me.  I fast for 16 hours and allow 8 hours where I can eat but I still stay within 1200 calories.  This has been helping tremendously because I try to hold off on eating until 1 pm.  I am a volume eater so this allows me more food in one meal since I have not had any calories all morning except my creamer for my coffee.  Not putting a lot of pressure on myself is probably the number one thing that has helped me.  I don't get stressed about it and I am not super strict.  If I go over 1200 calories, I don't feel bad.  And if I miss a workout, I don't feel bad.  I keep in mind what my body went through to get where it is at and that alone makes me feel awesome when I see progress in my body.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Three Months Old

Nicknames: Mase, Boo bear, Masey pants. I make them up as I go!
Weight: 13 pounds
Length: 22 inches

Sleep: Mase has been sleeping through the night since he was two months old.  He usually wakes up around 5 or 6 am and then goes back to sleep for a couple more hours.

Health: Still prone to diaper rashes and his circumcision started growing over.  Nothing that cannot be fixed though! 

Diet: Every couple hours right on the hour.  Still doing four ounces.

Loves:  He is really the happiest baby.  I remember really working hard to make Chloe smile  but with Mason, all I have to do is say one thing or smile at him and he is cheesing.  He loves to be talked to, sometimes he just stares at me waiting to be talked to.

Dislikes: Really no dislikes other waiting to eat.

Best Moments: He is starting to roll over.  He will get on his side and then start getting mad because he cannot get any further. Also, controlling his head is getting a lot easier for him. 

Worst Moment: There has not been any bad moments with my little boy. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cooped up

You can't do much with a newborn in the summer so we have been cooped up in the house most of the summer.  It is a bummer I can't get Chloe out to the pool more often because she loves it but it is what it is.  We have found a few places to go inside where Chloe can play and have had to get a little creative finding things to do at the house.

We made homemade playdoh out of conditioner and cornstarch.  It called for equal parts but it definitely needed more cornstarch bc was really sticky.  The texture was really cool and Chloe loved it.  She is obsessed with playdoh and what she calls slime so it was right up her alley.  I would not recommend to keep this stuff because it was so messy and gets tracked all through the house.  Chloe's cousins came over and three kids with this stuff is an anxiety attack waiting to happen.  This is more of a one and done or hide it until you are ready to conquer this kind of mess below again.  One good thing: If your kid likes to put playdoh on their toys (as you can see from her doll above) , it cleans off super easy.

One thing Chloe loves doing is making a fort and acting like it is her little house.  We put her doll's bed and all her accessories in her fort and then I gave her my laptop like it was her TV and some snacks and she was occupied for a good hour.  

Something Chloe never gets tired of is sleepovers.  She has a  lot of girl cousins and they love coming over to spend the night and she loves having them.  I always regret it the first time they wake up the baby because it happens every time but Chloe loves it so it is worth it.

Chloe and Eric came home with this one day when I was pregnant and Chloe has been obsessed with is ever since.  She loves soaking her feet after a long day of playing.  Being a toddler is hard.

We got her a library card so she loves to check out books and have me read them a million and one times.  We also have went to their story time a couple of times and she really loves that.  They read to the kids and then do fun songs and activities.  It is a bonus it is not even five minutes away.

Now this one is definitely an activity that is not the funnest but it is apart of our life and somehow Chloe always seems to enjoy it.  With my mom having cancer, we take her to a lot of appointments and was just in the hospital for surgery so the hospital has become very familiar for my kids.  Chloe is always asking the nurses and doctors why they are doing something to Grandma and is just so curious.  She says she wants to me a doctor!  We always end up leaving with some type of syringe (empty of course) or surgical gloves or hat.  God has blessed me with some patient kids during these visits.  When my mom had surgery, we were up there everyday for two weeks and Chloe was so well behaved and weirdly liked it!  Mason of course is chill as usual.  
 Pallet on the floor.  Thank God for YouTube.
 She left the hospital like this and people's reactions were priceless.  Imagine seeing a toddler like this walking out a hospital!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a special one.  We took Chloe swimming for the first time all summer, my aunt who I have not seen in 4 years came in town from California, and Mason has been trying to roll over. 

 On Saturday, we went to a water park for my cousin Aaliyah's birthday.  Chloe loves swimming and has been asking all summer to go but you can't do much with a new baby and Eric's work schedule is always crazy so we just have not been able to go. We decided to go ahead and take Mason.  Me being me, I had to have three fans for Mason but I still felt uneasy about it.  Not even five minutes into us being there, Mason started crying.  I know babies cry but Mason never cries, he just whines so I knew something was wrong and immediately knew it was the heat.  I think it was a mix of that and him being tired.  My cousins were making fun of me because I immediately started packing up and headed out to the car with him.  I don't care if they thought I was silly, I know my baby and he did not want to be in that heat!  Just as they say, "Listen to your body", I listen to my baby! 
As soon as I got the car cool, Mason was good and fell asleep.  As you can see below, I made a little tent in the car to block out the sun.  People were looking at me like I was crazy!  I ended up taking him to my aunt after about 30 minutes and came back to swim with Chloe and Eric which I am glad I did.  I love seeing Chloe in the water in her little life jacket and being able to have time with her and I know she enjoyed having all attention on her from mommy and daddy.
And then on Sunday, we had my Aunt Lynn who was in town from California, my dad, and my mom over.  Eric's dad ended up coming over too.  Chloe was loving it because she is obsessed with all of her grandparents.  She had never met my aunt on my dad's side and fell in love with her.  She kept saying, "I want you to stay forever!"  It was the cutest thing!
One reason Chloe is obsessed with my Dad is he lets her do his hair.  You can't tell really well but we did his hair in pigtails!
All weekend, Mason has been trying to roll over.  He will get to his side and then kick his legs and eventually starts getting pissed.  I do not remember Chloe doing all the things he is doing so quickly but he needs to slow down!  That is basically all we did all weekend.  It was a good one for sure!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SAHM Chronicles: Things I Have Learned so Far

Things I Have Learned so Far:

1.) It is a lot more challenging than I thought.  
When you have a child, you think about how the amount of love you have will make motherhood all sunshine and roses (at least I did).  This is kind of what I thought about starting my journey as a stay at home mom.  I had this idea in my head that I was going to start a morning and night routine and Chloe and I were going to have learning time everyday.  Everything I thought in my head was pretty delusional especially with a new baby.  Even though the love is what gets you through, it definitely is not all sunshine and roses.  

2.) Expectations are for the birds.  
Expecting to stick to a perfect schedule everyday is a recipe to be let down.  Like I said before, I had all kinds of plans on what I was going to do as a SAHM.  I even searched online schedules for a SAHM!  I definitely believe is having a schedule but what I also know is that kids and life is unpredictable.  As soon as you think you are going to get up at 5 am before the kids get up to workout and knock out your chores, either both kiddos decide to wake up or you simply just go back to sleep!

3.) Me time is either at the crack of dawn or at nightfall.
Staying up until all hours of the night or waking up before the sun are the times I get to just be by myself.  There is something in my brain that convinces me that staying up to catch up on Housewives or Grey's Anatomy is a good idea.  I do know what the something is, it is the fact that I know me time is nonexistent during the day so I better get it while I can!  And that somehow means more to me than the extra few hours of sleep I could get and need!

4.) You gotta let kids be kids.
Being with Chloe all day, I get to see her personality more and more and I realize how animated she is.  Let's be honest, the real word I want to use is loud.  She is loud, out of control, cannot seem to sit still for two seconds, and has the attention span of a fly.  But she is a kid and that is what kids do.  Of course I knew all of this before quitting my job but now I am around it ALL DAY LONG.  At first, I would tell her to calm down and then get frustrated when she is jumping on the couch one minute later but then I realized, she literally cannot calm down.  You only get to be truly free like that for a short time.   

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Fourth

Mason experienced his first Fourth of July and did so good!  I was nervous about him being scared but he really only got scared once.  He puckered his little bottom lip during the fireworks show but other than that, he was low key.  The very best part about the Fourth was the sleeping in we did the day after.  Both kids were wore out and besides a feeding at 5 am, we slept until 10:20!  I still felt like I could sleep some more though.. Holidays with kids really take everything out of you!

I am usually a freak about holidays and making sure everything is planned.  We rarely wing it but I have had so many family things going on lately that winging it was the only way!  We went to a carnival and then stopped at my mom's to do Chloe's fireworks.

I loved watching Chloe.  She is acting more and more like a kid and not a toddler.  The life in this child is so big and she wanted to do everything.  There were only so many rides she could ride but the ones she could, she rode multiple times.  Mason was just going with the flow like he always does.  So, it was a perfect day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SAHM Chronicles

I am officially a stay at home mom.  So weird to type.  I have worked since I was 15 so it feels odd that I do not have to work everyday but I am sure getting used to it!  Eric and I decided it just would not make since for me to return.  My mom and his dad switched off taking Chloe but with a baby in the mix, we could not and would not put that on them since they both have health issues.  Daycare would be too expensive and we did not feel comfortable with Mason being so little.  Also, my mom just had surgery and it made me realize just how glad I am I was on maternity leave so I was able to care for her.  So, between taking care of two little ones and my mother, I have been busy for sure.

I decided I want to start posting on my blog like once a week my experiences with it.  There has already been some stories to tell (good and bad).   I knew being a stay at home mom would be hard but rewarding and that is exactly what I have experienced so far.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to do this and get to be there everyday to watch my children grow.  Not a lot of people get a chance to do that so through the tears, tantrums, late nights, and early mornings, I will thank God everyday for the opportunity to be there for them and my mother!  Here are some pics from the last two months since I have been on maternity leave.

 It would not be right if Chloe did not have mismatched PJs she picked on and was hovering over brother.
 Watching Toy Story
 Daddy took Chloe to the park and came back with freshly picked flowers (that were not meant to be picked!) for brother and I.
 Her two priorities. Brother and balancing my phone on brother so she can watch YouTube.
 Fur and tea parties.
Something about a fresh and clean baby.  I wish I could bottle up that smell and make a candle. Weird, I know!