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A Day in the Working Mama Life

The last time I wrote a day in the life post was back in August when Kevin was almost 3 years old and Kyler was 3 months old. I was ending my summer vacation and maternity leave and getting ready to head back to work. Fast forward to 4 months later and it has been quite the whirlwind. Adjusting to working full-time again with two kids, while also juggling pumping, running, my coaching business, and more has been a challenge (to say the least!). We are finally settling into somewhat of a routine, although I wouldn’t say it’s gotten any easier. I think we’ve just gotten used to the craziness. I thought it was a good time to capture another snapshot in our lives. Here is what our day was like on Thursday, December 17th, when Kevin was 3 years and 3 months old, and Kyler was almost 7 months old.

4:52 a.m. Kyler wakes up to eat. His feeding schedule has been a little inconsistent lately because of his teething and sickness. Sometimes he wakes up to eat around 3:00, and sometimes he doesn’t wake up until closer to when I have to get up and start getting ready (like today).

5:30 a.m. He finishes up and we lay down together for a few minutes while my husband showers. Kevin wakes up and comes into our room around this time and gets into bed with me.

5:50 a.m. I shower with this cute little boy as my audience.

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6:02 a.m. I get out of the shower and start getting ready for the day. While I’m doing that my husband is downstairs with Kev making coffee, prepping our smoothies for breakfast and packing our lunches (he’s pretty awesome!). Kyler hangs out upstairs with me, and Kevin comes up and down a few times to bring his brother toys and play with him.

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6:30 a.m. I feed the baby again quickly, even though it hasn’t been very long since he last ate. I like to feed him right before he goes to daycare to “top him off,” especially because his weight was down a bit at his 6 month appointment. I think that was because he was sick that week and didn’t have much of an appetite, so I have been trying to make up for it since then.

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6:45 a.m. I get the boys dressed and ready and make sure the diaper bag is packed for daycare with diapers, extra clothes, milk, etc.

7:02 a.m. My husband leaves with the kids. He’s been on daycare drop-off and pick-up duty most days since I’ve been so busy at work. It’s a cold, rainy day – which is why I skipped my morning run and moved it to the afternoon. I can do rain, but not in the dark and in 40 degree weather! After they leave I finish getting ready and drinking my coffee.

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7:35 a.m. I leave for work with my smoothie in hand!

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8:05 a.m. I arrive at work after sitting in some traffic due to rain (nobody knows how to drive in any type of weather where I live). I drop off my bags and immediately start running around to different classrooms to check in with some teachers about things that we have going on that day. I am a reading specialist so I support both the students and the teachers in my building in grades K-5.

8:45 a.m. I take a break to go pump. While I am pumping I plan out the rest of my day and eat some pumpkin bread my aunt sent us with Christmas gifts 🙂

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9:00 a.m. Back to work! I do some lesson planning, work with a couple students, meet with a couple teachers, and complete some paperwork. Whew!

12:00 p.m. Quick 20 minute break to shove some food in my face (veggies with my favorite cilantro jalapeño hummus and last night’s leftover Baked Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta – so good!) while pumping.

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12:20 p.m. And back at it. I work with two more students, more lesson planning, another meeting with a teacher, and one more student.

3:35 p.m. I end my work day by helping with dismissal outside in the rain for 30 minutes. It was during that time that I decided I wasn’t going to do my run outside today. I just couldn’t take the cold rain!

4:15 p.m. I leave work and drive home. I’ve gotten really good at pumping in my car on the way home. I put my cover and my pumping bra on, set everything up before I start driving and then just let the pump run while I make my way home. Eventually I turn it off but I don’t undo everything until I’m safely parked back at home. I think it’s a great way to save time and multi-task 🙂 I also eat a Larabar on the way home for a snack. My husband gets off workout 4:30 and gets the kids before he heads home too.

4:55 p.m. I get home, unpack my stuff, and quickly get changed to run before I lose my motivation.

5:14 p.m. I hop on the treadmill to begin my 5 mile progression run. Running on the treadmill feels harder to me than outside so I keep my effort easy tonight. The miles feel like they drag on!

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5:55 p.m. My boys all get home. They were stuck in some traffic due to rain.

6:00 p.m. Finally finished with my run! I head into the living room to do some stretching and to see my boys. I really don’t like to run after work because I like to be able to come straight home, make dinner, and have time to play with the kids before bed. I’d much rather wake up super early to get my runs in while everyone is sleeping and this afternoon reminded me of that.

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6:15 p.m. I nurse Kyler while my husband makes dinner (I told you, he does so000 much around the house these days!).

6:45 p.m. We all eat. My hubby and I have homemade paninis, Kevin has ‘deconstructed’ quesadilla at his request (tortilla, beans, corn, cheese and guacamole) since he already had a sandwich for lunch. Kyler has applesauce in his little self-feeder and LOVES it!

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7:05 p.m. My husband leaves for the part-time job he has working at a local brewery on Thursday evenings, while we all finish up dinner and clean up. Afterwards we go upstairs to get into pajamas and ready for bed. We normally do baths most nights, but on nights that my husband goes to work we usually skip it or do it in the morning before daycare. Kevin’s been a little tough to get down lately for some reason (I think he has severe FOMO- Fear of Missing Out!), so I try to compromise with him by letting him read to his brother and staying with him for a little longer than usual.

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8:05 p.m. I finally get Kevin to sleep… whew!

8:15 p.m. I nurse Kyler for the last time and try not to doze off in the process.

8:55 p.m. I get Kyler into his crib, then go downstairs to start getting some school work done. It truly never ends!!

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10:35 p.m. I am finally finished with my work. I go upstairs to get ready for bed. My hubby still isn’t home yet but he should be home soon.

10:50 p.m. Sleep!

While I was at work, Kyler had three 4 ounce bottles, took a morning and afternoon nap, and played on the floor and in his exersaucer. Kevin had breakfast, lunch and a snack, took an afternoon nap of 1.5 hours, played with puzzles and legos, and read some books.

I am currently on a two week winter break (Hallelujah!!) so I’m feeling much better and less stressed already. I needed this break badly and I’m so happy that I’ll be able to spend so much time with my boys. My next day in the life post will be on a weekend, so you can see how we try to make the most of that time that we have together. Being a working mom is tough, and I’m still figuring it all out, but there is nothing like coming home to those sweet faces!

Previous “Day in the Life” posts:

Kevin’s 3 Year Update

On September 12th, my oldest baby boy turned 3 years old! A lot has changed in his world since my last update when he was 2 1/2. He impresses and amazes me, exhausts and tests me, and I fall more and more in love with him every day. Here are all the details about Kevin at the age of 3 (it’s a long one!).

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At his 3 year appointment on Friday Kevin was 39.5 inches tall (90th percentile) and 32 pounds (50th percentile). He’s still a tall and skinny kid! He held steady at 31 pounds for a good 7 months or so, and finally gained a little more weight. He wears size 3-4T in shirts and pants, depending on the brand. Since he’s so tall and thin, we’ve been needing to use the pants that adjust in the waist, especially now that he’s not in a diaper anymore (yay!).

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Yes, my boy is POTTY TRAINED! Woo hoo! We’re still wearing diapers during naps and at night, but the rest of the time he’s in underwear. He’s only had a couple accidents (knock on wood). He was showing interest in the potty before Kyler was born, but then had a regression after the birth. We thought that might happen so we backed off for a little while. He started showing interest again a couple months ago but was really inconsistent- some days he would want to and some days he wouldn’t. We decided to go for it one day about a week before he turned 3, and told him we were going to try no diapers for the whole day. He did AMAZING! He was a little afraid to poop on the potty for a few days, but now he is good to go. I’m so proud of him! He’s been waking up dry some days, so we’ll start slowly transitioning into not needing any protection at night or during naps next.

So weird to see his little butt in underwear and not a diaper!

So weird to see his little butt in underwear and not a diaper!

In Kevin’s 2.5 year update I mentioned we had moved him to a regular-sized mattress on the floor of his nursery. Since then we have made him his very own “big boy room” and the transition has been great. Like potty training, I’m learning that if you wait for your child to be ready to take these big steps, it is a lot easier (shocker, LOL).

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His sleep has been pretty good over the past 6 months. He still goes to sleep between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. and we get him up for daycare around 6:30 a.m., so he gets 11 hours a night on average. Naps have been a little more hit-or-miss these days. Some days he will nap for 2+ hours, some days he won’t nap at all. I thought maybe he was dropping his nap, but when he doesn’t take one he is absolutely miserable, so I think he still needs it. It’s harder to get him to nap when he’s at daycare, probably because he doesn’t want to miss anything. We can always tell when he hasn’t napped though, because he will usually fall asleep as soon as we start driving. The photo below was taken when he told us he didn’t need to nap anymore because he was a big boy… yeah right, kid. LOL!

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Since he’s in his own room now he’s allowed to read his books and play with his stuffed animals before he goes to sleep or if he wakes up early. We also let him have “quiet time” in there if he refuses to nap. It’s pretty cute and funny to watch him on the monitor “reading” to himself and playing imaginary games!

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I thought the jump in verbal skills/vocabulary was huge between age 2 and 2.5, but over the last 6 months it has exploded like crazy. The sentences he’s putting together and the new words he’s learning are amazing. He loves to tell stores, ask questions, repeat things he’s heard us say (oops, gotta watch what we talk about a lot more these days!), talk about things that happened last night/week/year (seriously, he has an amazing memory). He pretty much never stops talking. Tonight at dinner he said, “Actually I want my cheese separate please, Mommy”… what?! Is he 3 or 13?

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Speaking of food, Kevin is a pretty good eater most of the time. His appetite still tends to come and go and varies by the day. He still loves all fruit, dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, pancakes, peanut butter, beans and roasted chickpeas, pasta, avocado, and green smoothies. He does like more veggies these days which is nice. He’ll eat zucchini, broccoli, spinach, asparagus and peas. He does have his picky moments, but we’ve stopped catering to them as much. He knows now that he gets what we’re having for dinner and that’s it!

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Loving his broccoli

Pancake breakfast with daddy!

Pancake breakfast with daddy!

First time eating corn on the cob

First time eating corn on the cob

So… I have heard that the terrible twos were nothing compared to the “threenage” years, and we’re already getting a glimpse of that. We have a ton of really good days. But with that comes some difficult days as well. He has developed quite the little attitude, especially if things don’t go his way. We’re learning how to deal with it and implement fair and consistent consequences, but it’s a work in progress.

Throwing a fit because his chalk broke and he wanted me to put it back together...

Throwing a fit because his chalk broke and he wanted me to put it back together…

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Note from daycare…

And another one... sigh...

And another one… sigh…

But the good days and the sweet moments are SO good! He is so affectionate and loving. Over the last few months he has started to tell us he loves us out of nowhere, rather than just in response to us. He also has started telling us we are his best friends. It seriously melts my heart.

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Along the same lines, Kevin loves to help us any way he can. He will help us clean up, cook, do laundry, and work outside in the yard.

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While he loves to be with us and have us play with him, he can also be fiercely independent and stubborn like both mommy and daddy, and want to do things all by himself. I really like giving him independent playtime each day for this reason. He has taught himself how to do puzzles and build awesome creations with blocks and legos. He got a ton of new puzzles and legos for his birthday and is so excited about them.  I like to think he’s going to grow up to be some kind of engineer or something!

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He also loves to do arts and crafts and creative/imaginative play. He’s really into painting, drawing/coloring, play-doh and playing pretend with his kitchen, stuffed animals, doctors kit, and other toys.

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Painting with his friend Stephanie

He learned to draw people and then drew his family :)

He learned to draw people and then drew his family 🙂

Sidewalk chalk with Sharyn (my dad's girlfriend)

Sidewalk chalk with Sharyn (my dad’s girlfriend)

Kevin loves to be outside, whether it’s in our backyard or around our house, going for walks around the neighborhood as a family, playing at the playground, hiking in the woods… I really think he’s happiest when he is outdoors.

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One thing that makes me extremely happy and proud is that he’s showing an interest in running. He loves to go to the track each week to play and run around with me. He’s pretty fast for a little guy (although not as fast as his friend Stephanie – you go girl!) 🙂 He also loves running with daddy. He can run up to a mile now!

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He even participated in his first race! We did the Great Train Race – a children’s event in Fredericksburg – back in May shortly before Kyler was born. He did the quarter mile Caboose Run and had an absolute blast. He loves wearing his medal around the house and is always asking when we can do another one.

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He also loves the water, and we tried to let him play in it as much as possible this summer. We went to the pool, splash pad, and the beach. I was really surprised to see that he remembered a lot of the skills he learned back when we had him in swim lessons last year!

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He still loves music. Dancing and singing are two of his favorite things. We went to a wedding and he seriously broke it down on the dance floor. I loved it! We also found out the other night that he knows how to whip and nae-nae from a friend at daycare. He always has us cracking up. Here are videos of both 🙂

Kevin has had his share of bumps and bruises over the last few months. He’s super clumsy and his legs are covered in battle wounds. He had his first black eye when he fell into a table, and I’m sure there are more where that came from.

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He had his first dentist appointment as well, which actually went better than I thought it would. The place we took him was not a children’s dentist, but they were super accommodating and great with kids. They let him wear cool glasses and explained everything in kid-friendly terms (like brushing the sugar bugs off his teeth). They let him watch the TV while they worked. He did a great job, and ever since then he hasn’t fought us when we brush his teeth. No cavities either! Yay!

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He also had surgery this past July with a pediatric urologist to repair a hydrocele/hernia he had developed that was causing him pain. It was so unbelievably scary and nerve-wracking to know my little boy would be having surgery and have to go under anesthesia. He took it like a champ though and I was so proud of him!

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Obviously, the biggest thing to happen in my little boy’s world over the last 6 months was his transition from only child to big brother! Before the baby came, he was very aware of the fact that he was going to have a baby brother. He was so sweet and would rub my belly, talk to him, and tell me all about how he was going to play with baby Kyler once he was here.

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Once Kyler was born, it was like he grew up overnight. It was pretty amazing actually. All of a sudden my little baby boy looked like a big boy. We had a rough couple of weeks while our family transitioned from 3 to 4, but for the most part Kevin is so sweet, caring, and protective of his brother.

Meeting baby brother for the first time

Meeting baby brother for the first time

A lot can change in two months!

A lot can change in two months!

Loves to help feed his brother bottles

Loves to help feed his brother bottles

And reads to him to keep him entertained :)

And reads to him to keep him entertained 🙂

Kisses for brother

Kisses for brother

Joining him for tummy time

Joining him for tummy time

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Bath time!

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He wanted to feed his Mickey like mommy feeds Kyler 🙂

I have tried my best to still give him a lot of attention and one-on-one time, because it’s important to both of us. I play with him when Kyler’s happy and doesn’t need me or when he’s sleeping, and I like to take him out places by myself. He loves to go on dates with mommy!

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Finally, we did a little bit of traveling over the last months. We went to Pennsylvania a few times to see my family and friends, and for my cousin’s wedding. He also got to take a special trip up to PA with daddy to Steelers training camp which he loved! We went to Myrtle Beach like we usually do to visit my in-laws, but we took a big step and left Kevin there without us for a few days for the first time. We also went to Raleigh for a weekend – a new to us city – and had a blast exploring together.

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Going on his first rides in Myrtle Beach!

Going on his first rides in Myrtle Beach!

I honestly cannot believe how quickly the last 3 years have gone. I’m so thankful to this little boy for making me a mommy and teaching me so much. He’s made me a better person and I could not imagine life without him. We love you Kevin Troy, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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Previous updates on Kevin:

Kevin’s 3rd Birthday

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My first baby boy turned 3 years old yesterday! I’m not really sure how that is possible, since it still feels like we just brought him home from the hospital last week. As many of you know, his birthday is extra special because he shares it with two other family members: his daddy and his grandma! Yes, my husband was born on his mom’s birthday back in 1987, and then our son was born on the same day in 2012. It’s still hard to wrap my mind around how that happened, but it’s true!

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This year we really wanted Kevin’s input on what he wanted to do for his birthday. He’s definitely old enough now to have more of a voice and he has a bunch of friends to help him celebrate. His celebration started the day before his birthday (Friday) when we brought some cupcakes to daycare.

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The next day was his actual birthday. We started the day off with a special pancake breakfast for both of my birthday boys!

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Since his birthday was on a Saturday we were able to have his party the same day. He requested a “Bounce House” party, so we reserved the Fun Zone at a local sports field house. The Fun Zone is perfect for toddlers and kids because it has three huge inflatable pieces, plus lots of room to run around and play.

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After two years of elaborate, Pinteresty, do-it-yourself parties I was ready to take it down a notch and let someone else do all the work! Plus, the weather turned out to be rainy with storms, so I was very thankful that we chose an indoor party this year. It was a big hit. The kids (and adults) loved it, and by the end of the hour they were sweaty and ready to eat.

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The littlest party guests!

The littlest party guests!

Even Kyler had fun bouncing!

Even Kyler had fun bouncing!

After our time in the Fun Zone was up we headed into our party room. It was all set up with everything we needed, including the food: pizza, fruit, water, and juice- nice and simple!

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Kevin had 10 friends (not including the babies) come with their families. It was a great number, not too many but not too few. The room felt full of love 🙂

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After eating we had dessert, which Kevin picked out (he loves tractors and John Deere). It was actually cupcakes on the bottom and a cake on top… pretty cool! Kevin loves blowing out candles so I made sure to put a lot of them on there for him.

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And then it was present time. Kevin was so excited about every single one. He got some great things that will be awesome additions as we move out some of the toys he is starting to outgrow. Lots of puzzles, books, and things to build with!

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And his favorite present of all was from his Mamaw and Papaw – a balance bike! He fell in love as soon as he saw it and has been practicing riding it ever since. It was a special day for a special little boy that I love so much.

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In the next week or so I hope to write an official 3 year update on Kevin. Things have changed a LOT in my little man’s world since the last update I wrote at 2 1/2! I can’t believe how big he is and that I now have a THREEnager! 🙂

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Kevin’s Previous Birthday Posts:

P.S. I have a long list of blog posts I want to write, but I haven’t had much time lately with school starting up again and passing colds and sicknesses back and forth between my family members. Now that we are past the first few weeks and getting healthy again, things should start improving around here! Thanks for your patience 🙂

A Day in the Life: End of Summer Vacation

So, I went back to work this past Monday. Cue the tears 😦 Before I did, I wanted to capture another day in the life since things have changed a bit since my last one when Kyler was only 3 1/2 weeks old. What better time to do this than one of our last days of summer? This was purposefully a very laid-back day. I really wanted a relaxing weekend at home where we didn’t really do much or go anywhere, after a few exhausting travel weekends and before life got crazy with work again. Here is what our day was like Saturday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 23rd, when Kevin was almost 3 years old and Kyler was 3 months old.

5:00 a.m. My alarm goes off. So early for a Saturday but I’m meeting friends for a long run. I quickly make myself some coffee and toast with peanut butter and honey (that got a little burnt because I was half asleep and forgot it was in the toaster). After eating it I get dressed in my running clothes and finish getting ready to go.

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5:36 a.m. I pump and leave a bottle on my husband’s nightstand for when Kyler wakes up. I’m so thankful he takes a bottle so easily, giving me the freedom to meet my friends for runs and things like that!

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5:50 a.m. I leave my house to make the drive south to Fredericksburg. I don’t always drive somewhere to do my long run, but this week my running buddies and I decided to since it had been a while and we love running in this town. I check the weather before I leave and it looks GLORIOUS! I love that fall is coming!

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6:10 a.m. I arrive at the park where we are beginning our run. I’m meeting up with some ladies from my local Moms Run This Town group. I know some of them, but some of them I have never met. It’s such a cool way to get to know other people that have motherhood and running in common!

6:30 a.m. After waiting for everyone to arrive and chatting for a few minutes we begin our run!

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6:50 a.m. Meanwhile at home… Kyler wakes up and my husband gives him his 4 ounce bottle I pumped earlier. Kevin wakes up a few minutes after that and they have breakfast.

7:50 a.m. And we’re finished! I was only planning on running 6 miles, but I was feeling great and got caught up in conversation so I ended at a little over 8 miles.

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8:15 a.m. I arrive back home and am so happy to see my boys! I’m also happy to see that my amazing hubby has a yummy smoothie waiting on me [this recipe, plus almond butter]. He’s the best.

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8:30 a.m.  Kyler falls asleep. I keep drinking my smoothie and play with Kev. He’s really into this LeapPad that his grandma gave him lately.

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9:00 a.m. I (finally) head upstairs to take a much needed shower!

9:20 a.m. Kyler is ready to eat again. He’s been eating every 2.5 – 3.5 hours lately, about 7 times a day. I feed him in my bedroom and Kevin folds laundry. Well, he folds up his diaper inserts for me. I have trained him well! 🙂 Diaper changes for both kids as well.

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10:00 a.m. We have a mini photo shoot. Since Kyler is 3 months exactly today we dress him up in his onesie with his monthly sticker on it. Then I decide to put him in the outfit we received from our friends in Germany – his very own lederhosen! I practically pass out from how cute he looks.

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10:45 a.m.  Kyler’s asleep again. This kid LOVES his sleep! I guess the excitement of the photo shoot tired him out.

11:00 a.m. I make my way downstairs and work on cleaning up the main floor. I also hard boil some eggs for the upcoming week.

11:45 a.m. I start feeling hungry for lunch earlier than usual, thanks to my long run. I am not in the mood for anything warm, so I decide to make a sort of “tasting plate” of random veggies to dip in hummus with pretzels and hard boiled eggs. It hit the spot!

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11:55 a.m. While I’m eating Kyler wakes up and is hungry. It’s pretty rare that I eat without a baby on me lately so I’m used to it. While I’m feeding him my hubby makes Kevin some lunch.

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12:45 p.m. Oops, I fell asleep feeding Kyler thanks to my run that morning – with my boob out and all! LOL. I’ll spare you the pic of that (my husband did take one though, haha!). We do some tummy time, which he has gotten really good at recently. My husband puts Kevin down for his nap around this time as well. Diaper changes for both kids again!

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1:00 p.m. Kyler’s still happy on his activity mat, so I clean up the living room and start a load of laundry.

1:45 p.m. Time to relax a bit! I edit the photos I took that morning, and then catch up on some DVRed shows while snuggling with my littlest boy as he sleeps again. It feels so good to sit and zone out for a little bit!

2:20 p.m. Sadly my relaxation time is over because I have some work to do. With school starting on Monday I have to prepare to leave some training sessions on the first day. While working on that I eat a raspberry fig bar for a little snack.

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2:45 p.m. Kyler’s awake and hungry again! And also needs a diaper change from a BIG poop!

3:30 p.m. Kevin’s up from his nap. He slept for over 2 hours, which is awesome! His naps have been hit or miss these days. After a diaper change [can this kid be potty trained already?] he wants to play with his brother while he does more tummy time. We are really pushing the tummy time because he prefers to sleep on one side of his head, and his beautiful 6-8 hour stretches of sleep are making that side a little flat. While the boys play my husband goes to pick up our car from where it’s getting serviced near our house, and I clean up some more.

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4:40 p.m. Feed Kyler again!

5:06 p.m. And he’s out again! We start making dinner, which is easy because we’re using one of the very last freezer meals that I made when I was pregnant: Tortilla Soup! Yum. I bake up some corn tortilla strips and cut up avocado to put on top. It’s so good, and Kevin likes it too!

5:35 p.m. We eat! Kyler’s awake again and he joins us in the kitchen in his bouncy seat.

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6:10 p.m. A little more playtime before the boys go to bed. I hang out with a drooly baby while the toddler works on his new obsession with puzzles.

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Check out the drool on that shirt!

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6:45 p.m. It’s bath time for the boys [all 3 of them!] LOL. They love it! Kyler isn’t a huge fan of the bath but he loves taking a shower.

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6:55 p.m. Pajamas and book reading.

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7:10 p.m. I leave with Kyler to feed him again while my husband finishes getting Kevin ready for bed.

7:30 p.m. Kevin reads in his bed for a little while before falling asleep. I love that he does this because I used to do it too when I was young.

7:40 p.m. Kyler is finished eating and very sleepy, so I put him down in his crib earlier than usual. He has been going down around 8:30 but I try to look for and follow his cues. I have to put a burp cloth on the side of his head to make him lay on the side that isn’t flat.

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7:50 p.m. After getting Kyler down I come downstairs and notice that my husband’s car keys are gone. When he gets back home he has ice cream! He wanted to surprise me with it. It hit the spot!

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8:10 p.m. After eating my ice cream I spend some time working on the puzzle I started the day I went into labor. It has been a LONG and slow process but I’m making progress. I really love working on it because it relaxes me and helps me wind down for bed.

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10:15 p.m. I start to get really tired, so I pump (I’ve been doing this before I go to sleep since I dropped his dream feed because otherwise I wake up WAY too full), and then get ready for bed.

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10:30 p.m. SLEEP!

2:23 a.m. Baby wakes up to eat. He had a good sleep stretch of about 6 hours 45 minutes… I’ll take it! After feeding him I change his diaper and put him back in his crib.

3:20 a.m. Back to sleep for both of us.

6:30 a.m. I wake up to hungry baby noises after another 3+ hour sleep stretch and we’re up for the day!

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And that was a 24 hour snapshot in our lives with an almost 3 year old and a 3 month old. That’s about as relaxing as it gets around here these days, but I love it! The next time I do a DITL post I’ll be working full-time (wahhh!). It will be interesting to see what changes between now and then!

Previous “Day in the Life” posts:

Pregnancy, Birth & Recovery: 1st vs. 2nd Baby

I have been asked pretty frequently by friends, family, coworkers, blog readers, etc. how my experience with baby #1 compared to baby #2. Obviously I’m still getting to know my newest little man, so it’s hard to know right now how he will compare to his brother. However, I did find that my experiences with both pregnancies, births, and recovery periods had some things in common, but they actually had a lot of differences.

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Kevin (top) & Kyler (bottom) at 4 weeks old

Pregnancy

Let’s start with the similarities. I was lucky that both of my pregnancies were low-risk and any issues I had were very minor. I gained a healthy amount of weight with both (26-30 pounds) and they were born at full-term. I felt relatively good throughout both pregnancies and wasn’t overly sick or in a lot of pain with either one. I was able to be active throughout my entire pregnancy and ran up until both kids were born.

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Now for the differences – and there were quite a few of them! The most obvious difference between my first pregnancy and my second is that my second lasted 2.5 weeks longer. My son Kevin was born at 38 weeks and Kyler was born at 40 weeks and 4 days. I also showed a LOT earlier and gained weight differently. With my second son, I gained weight all over rather than just in front like my first pregnancy. Although I felt good compared to some women I know, I do think the second pregnancy was harder on my body than the first. I had more aches and pains, especially toward the end when I had a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions and lightning crotch, which I didn’t have much of the first time around. I also was a LOT more tired, which I’m sure is from also having a toddler this time around. Although my belly wasn’t much bigger this time, I did end up getting diastasis recti (ab separation), which is now slowly coming back together. I also ended up getting some varicose veins which are more common with second pregnancies. Lastly, I was anemic during this pregnancy, which I think was due to being pregnant during the cold months and not having my usual salads and green smoothies, like I did in the summer when I was pregnant with Kevin.

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I made it to 40 weeks the second time around!

The last big difference between the two pregnancies was that I was SO much more relaxed during my second one. I didn’t worry nearly as much about if everything was okay with the baby (Kyler moved a LOT more than Kevin ever did  so I knew he was just fine), or how I’d be as a mother since I already was one. I definitely had more confidence the second time around since I knew what to expect.

Birth 

Birth can be so unpredictable, so I was very curious to see how my second labor and delivery would compare to my first. Like pregnancy, both of my births had some things in common and quite a few differences. First, both of my labors started with my water leaking. I was told this happens only 10% of the time and it did for me twice. I should play the lottery! With both labors I used Bradley Method techniques to manage the pain, relying on my husband primarily for support and coaching. I LOVED water in both births (the shower for my first, bath for my second) and found that it helped my pain relief tremendously. I did not receive an epidural or anything to medically manage the pain in either birth. With both births I had tears (three small 1st degree with my first, one 2nd degree with my second).

The biggest difference between my first and second birth is where they took place. Kevin was born at the hospital (in a bed) and Kyler was born at home (in my bathtub). The second biggest difference was that Kyler’s labor was a lot faster, with less than 6 hours between my water breaking and birth, compared to 30 hours with Kevin. With Kevin, my water broke out of nowhere without many warning signs and with Kyler, my water broke after a couple weeks of random contractions and pelvic pain. With Kevin, I didn’t have a single contraction for about 12 hours after my water broke- and even when I finally did I had to do a lot to bring them on myself. With Kyler, contractions started immediately and were regular and strong. However, even though Kyler’s contractions were strong from the start, they were never as bad and as back-to-back without any break as Kevin’s were. This is because I ended up needing some Pitocin with Kevin’s birth when I stopped progressing, which makes the contractions feel so much harder. I didn’t need anything to help along with Kyler’s labor. My body did it all on it’s own, I think because I was so comfortable at home and with my birth team. It was still difficult, but the REALLY hard part (transition and pushing) only lasted about 20 minutes, compared to a couple hours in Kevin’s birth. Kyler was born in one push and Kevin was born after about 30 minutes of pushing. Whew- that was a lot of info! Did you get all of that? 🙂

I also felt a lot more confident during labor and delivery with baby #2, since I had been through it before and knew what to expect, was in a comfortable environment (my home) and had an extremely supportive birth team (compared to some less than encouraging hospital staff at my first birth). Finally, we decided to keep it to ourselves when we were in labor this time, rather than tell a lot of people. This allowed me to focus on what I needed to do to give birth rather than all of the people that were waiting around for updates.

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Kevin’s birth

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Kyler’s birth

Here are links to Kevin’s birth story and Kyler’s birth story for more details!

Recovery

My recoveries with baby #1 and baby #2 were very different. I think the only real similarity is that with both babies I encapsulated my placenta, which I believe helped with my energy, postpartum bleeding and my milk coming in (on day 2 both times).

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Recovering with Kevin

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Recovering with Kyler

In a nutshell, my recovery with my first baby was a lot easier and less painful. With Kevin, I was up and moving, resuming my normal household things within a couple days. I was going on walks with the stroller before I was even a week postpartum. This time around I pretty much felt like I had been hit by a truck for the first week, and stayed in bed most of the time. My contractions after birth while nursing were extremely painful and would make me shaky, nauseous and really hot. I was exhausted. My bleeding was heavy and my boobs were more engorged than they were with Kevin. My body hurt. I couldn’t go to the bathroom. The list went on and on. My midwife said the harder recovery was probably due to having such a fast and furious birth and also the fact that I’m a few years older now. One thing that we did this time that helped with my recovery was limiting visitors to give me time to rest and recover.  With Kevin, basically everyone we knew came over in the first couple of days and I felt like I had to play hostess. This time we asked for a few days to ourselves, and then we slowly had just family come to visit. This made the first week a lot easier to handle for sure. Thankfully, after that I started feeling more like myself. It was like I just needed to get past that first week, and then I felt better and better with each day that passed. I actually felt so good that despite having a harder recovery initially, I started running again a week earlier than I did after Kevin (3 weeks postpartum with Kyler, 4 weeks postpartum with Kevin).

Aside from being physically harder at first, I have definitely been a lot better mentally and emotionally this time around than I was after Kevin’s birth. I think this is due to Kyler being an easier baby in general and me being a second time mom and knowing what to expect more. After Kevin was born I definitely had a case of the baby blues for a while. I felt overwhelmed, stressed, and cried almost every day. I don’t feel that way at all this time. I have some hard and tiring days, but overall I feel very happy and blessed.

I find it so interesting how different two experiences can be for the same woman in terms of pregnancy, birth and recovery. I feel blessed to have had two healthy pregnancies and two amazing baby boys as a result. Life is good!

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A Day in the Life with a Toddler & a Newborn

Life has changed quite a bit since my last Day in the Life post [back in January]! I’m still getting the hang of having two kids under the age of 3, especially when my husband is at work and I’m flying solo. But I wanted to capture a 24 hour snapshot into our lives while things are still new so that I have this to look back on later. Here is what happened from Tuesday, June 16th to Wednesday, June 17th, when Kevin was 2 years and 9 months old and Kyler was 3 1/2 weeks old.

5:45 a.m. Kyler wakes up. I feed him, burp him and change his diaper. I like to use the Baby Connect app to track his feedings and nighttime sleep. He is a great eater and usually will eat for a while on both sides.

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6:30 a.m.  I try to get him back to sleep for a little while longer. He usually sleeps for one last stretch of two hours or so in the morning. He looks around for a few minutes and then falls asleep, yeah! During this time my hubby wakes up and starts getting ready for work.

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6:35 a.m. I pump. I have been pumping after his morning feeding for about a week now to try to build my stash. I get about 2 ounces from each side, not bad considering how long he just ate!

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6:45 a.m. I start getting myself ready for the day (“get ready” as in throw my hair up and put on whatever clothes I can find) and drink coffee that my amazing hubby brought upstairs for me.

7:00 a.m. I go downstairs to start making breakfast. Kevin wakes up and my husband goes to get him and changes his diaper. He asks to play with his tablet (a gift from my in-laws when Kyler was born). He has quickly become obsessed with it but only gets to play on it for 30 minutes a day.

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7:15 a.m. My hubby leaves for work. I go upstairs to get Kyler who is still sleeping, and put him in the swing so he can continue to sleep. I get my breakfast (oatmeal, coffee, placenta pills… yum) and take it into the living room to eat with the boys and watch the news.

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7:55 a.m. Kevin’s ready for his breakfast. He’s rarely hungry when he first wakes up and likes to play a little bit first. I make him some pancakes with banana on the side. While he eats I empty the dishwasher then do the dishes. Kyler is still sleeping through it all.

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8:20 a.m. Kyler woke up after almost 2 hours. I feed him while Kevin plays with  his trucks.

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8:55 a.m. I change both kids diapers and get them dressed, pack up diaper bag and get ready to leave the house for story time at the library.

9:30 a.m. Arrive at the library right on time. Kevin is so excited and runs right into where they are having story time. He loves to listen to the books that are being read, play with the instruments and dance when they sing songs. It’s so cute to watch! I have Kyler in the Moby wrap and he’s asleep once again. After story time we go pick out a few books to take home and play in the kids room.

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10:30 a.m. We manage to leave the library without any meltdowns, which is a first! Kyler is still snoozing away.

10:45 a.m. We arrive back home. I change Kyler’s diaper and then feed him while Kevin and I read his new books.

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11:30 a.m. After Kyler is fed, burped and happy it’s time to change Kevin’s diaper. Most days I feel like I’m on a diaper changing assembly line. I can’t wait until Kevin is potty trained! We go into the kitchen and I make Kevin lunch. He has a peanut butter and honey sandwich with pineapple. Kyler is hanging out in the bouncy chair loving life, and I eat two hard boiled eggs for a snack. While Kevin eats we FaceTime daddy who is at work. We try to do this everyday.

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12:15 p.m. Kyler has a massive blowout and I clean him (and the bouncy chair) up.

12:30 p.m. Naptime! We go upstairs and all 3 of us lie down in Kevin’s bed. I set the timer on my phone for 5 minutes, which has become very necessary since Kevin loves to drag everything out these days. The timer is my best friend lately! Kevin insists that his brother lies right next to him and gives him lots of kisses. It’s really sweet 🙂 When the timer goes off he puts up a fight but eventually lets us go.

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12:40 p.m. Kevin’s asleep upstairs, Kyler’s asleep in the swing… it’s a miracle! I make myself lunch. I defrost some of the zucchini ‘crab’ cakes that a friend gave us when Kyler was born. They don’t really have any crab in them (they’re vegetarian) but they taste like it and are amazing! I also have a piece of toast with avocado spread on it. Yummy!

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1:05 p.m. All finished eating. I go to the basement to get the freezer meal we are going to eat tonight, then do some more dishes and clean up the morning’s messes. I also make a second cup of coffee (necessary!).

1:30 p.m. Kyler wakes up. I nurse him and change his diaper, and then we have some nice snuggle time. I love getting one-on-one time with him during Kevin’s nap, since I spend most of the day giving Kevin my attention.

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2:10 p.m. Kevin’s awake after an hour and a half, which is a little shorter than usual. Sometimes a shorter nap leads to a rough afternoon and evening, so we’ll see! I change his diaper and the 3 of us have some playtime.

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3:00 p.m. Kyler falls asleep, so I go upstairs with Kevin. I put Kyler’s newborn clothes away and replace them with 0-3 month size. I can’t believe he’s already outgrowing them and it makes me sad! While I do this Kevin plays (a.k.a. makes a mess in Kyler’s room).

3:45 p.m. Kevin and I head back downstairs. We both have a snack- I have a Larabar and Kevin has some goldfish.

4:00 p.m. Kyler has another big poop! Then it’s time to nurse again.

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4:40 p.m. By this time of day I start counting down the minutes until my husband comes home. Kevin’s getting a little restless and I can tell he didn’t take a full nap. I surrender and put on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I hate doing this but some days it’s just necessary. Kyler, on the other hand, is in a great mood, giving me smiles and cooing away. Once Mickey is over it’s back to trucks, puzzles, and books.

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5:30 p.m. My husband is home! Thank goodness! He takes over playing with Kevin while I go make dinner. We are having homemade pizzas on naan bread, with pineapple, vegetarian sausage, peppers and cheese. I love cheese, but I used vegan cheese on mine because cheese doesn’t always love me. While I work on dinner Kevin eats his. Many nights we eat together as a family, but sometimes the timing doesn’t work out. Our dinner wasn’t ready yet and he was hungry, so he went ahead and ate.

6:20 p.m. I nurse Kyler and then my husband and I eat our dinner.

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7:00 p.m. My husband takes Kevin upstairs for a bath and to get him ready for bed. I used to do the bedtime routine with him but we started having my husband do it, since I knew I would not always be able to once Kyler was here. Now it’s something they both look forward to each night. I’m glad they can have that special time together. I watch them cuddling in Kevin’s big boy bed on the monitor and it’s so sweet.

7:45 p.m. Kevin’s asleep, husband is back downstairs and wants to have some time with his other boy now! Kyler is sleeping so he holds him for a bit while we watch some TV and share a beer 🙂

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8:05 p.m. Kyler is awake and hungry! I feed him while we continue to watch our show.

9:00 p.m. We all start getting sleepy, so we head upstairs to get ready for bed. It’s been a few days since Kyler has had a bath so we go ahead and give him one. He has dry, sensitive skin so we only like to bath him about twice a week. He’s not a huge fan of baths yet but we’re getting there.

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9:45 p.m. After bath, lotion and pajamas, Kyler is ready for bed. He wants to nurse again but doesn’t stay on for too long since he had just eaten not too long before. It was mostly just for comfort which is fine with me right now. I’ll take the snuggles any day!

10:03 p.m. Baby is asleep. I pump a little bit since he didn’t eat much and I know it will be a while until he wakes up again. His first sleep stretch of the night is usually the longest and I wake up REALLY full.

10:15 p.m. Time for me to sleep!

2:54 a.m. I wake up to Kyler’s baby sounds. He doesn’t really cry very much in the middle of the night, but will wake up and start to whimper a little bit. This was a good sleep stretch for him- almost 5 hours! Not bad at all for being almost a month old! I feed him and then daddy changes his diaper. He gets the hiccups so it takes him a little while to fall back asleep.

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3:50 a.m. Kyler falls back asleep and so do we.

6:34 a.m. And he’s up again! He slept for about 2 hours and 45 minutes this time. He’s not looking too happy, but he was after I fed him 🙂 Kevin also woke up around this time while I was feeding Kyler.

Clearly not a morning person!

Clearly not a morning person

And that was a 24 hour snapshot in our lives with two kids under the age of 3! Life is good and we are very thankful for that!

Previous “Day in the Life” posts (before Kyler):

Mom & Toddler: 2.5 years!

As of March 12th, my little baby boy was 2 1/2 years old! I haven’t updated on him since turned two, and a lot has changed since then! We are in full-blown toddler/little boy mode, and this kid is FULL of personality and energy! Here are all the details about Kevin at this super fun age.

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At his 2.5 year appointment Kevin was 39 inches tall (97th percentile) and 31 pounds (70th percentile). He’s still a tall and skinny kid! He wears size 3T pants and tops in 2T-3T depending on the brand. He is in a size 6 shoe. Such a big boy!

At his doctor appointment after a finger prick that didn't even make him flinch :)

At his doctor appointment after a finger prick that didn’t even make him flinch 🙂

Kevin’s sleep has been pretty good over the past 6 months. He goes to sleep between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. and we get him up for daycare around 6:30 a.m., so he gets 11 hours a night on average. He also naps for about 2 hours every afternoon around 12:30 or 1:00. Since his final molars broke through, his sleep has been super consistent and pretty good- unless he’s sick or his schedule is thrown off for some reason. Then things can get ugly! This kid LOVES his routine!

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The biggest change in sleep has been that we’ve transitioned him into a big boy bed to prepare for when baby #2 comes. We knew it was time when he climbed out of his crib for the first time and walked casually down the hall to us after a nap. I’m so glad we waited until he was ready, because it was a really easy switch. We started with a mattress on the floor in his nursery to keep it semi-familiar. We plan to make his ‘big boy room’ soon so that each of the boys can have their own space. He loves his new bed and is so good about staying in it. I was worried he’d be in and out of it all night long but it hasn’t been a problem at all. He is seriously growing up so fast!

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So we’ve made progress on the big boy bed, but as far as potty training we’re pretty much at the same point as we were before. He is much more willing to go at daycare where other kids are going. At home we have a hard time even getting him to sit on the potty, let alone pee on it. We’re fine with that, since he’s still relatively young and we don’t want to push it – especially with all the change a new baby brings. In the meantime he still looks super cute in his cloth diapers! BumGenius Freetimes fit him best right now so that’s we stick to for the most part lately.

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This little boy has become SO verbal in the last few months. He now speaks in complete sentences- usually sentences that go on and on and on! He loves to tell stories, ask questions (especially, “What’s that?”), talk about things that have happened (he has an amazing memory), and “read” books he has memorized. He amazes me!

Along with his emerging vocal personality comes a negative side, since he is in the “terrible twos” after all! We experience frequent temper tantrums, attitude, and trips to time out. However, they are balanced out by his extremely loving and caring side. He is so affectionate and has really great manners, which we are very proud of. Those things make the occasional outbursts and yelling of one his favorite phrases (“Go away!”) easier to handle 🙂

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Even though he’s pretty young, he is very aware that a baby is joining our family soon. He tells me all the time how my belly is growing, and loves giving it kisses and hugs. He also talks to his brother and likes to feel him kicking. He will pretend his stuffed animals are babies and practice feeding them. I think he’s going to be a great big brother!

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Food can be tricky at this age. His appetite tends to come and go, but lately he’s been eating a ton. His favorite foods are bananas, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, raisins (all fruit), pancakes, peanut butter, cheese, black beans, chickpeas, corn, avocado, pasta (especially macaroni and cheese), tortillas, green smoothies, eggs, and much more! He loves drinking out of a ‘big boy cup’ and eating what mommy and daddy are eating. At this 2 1/2 year appointment he was tested for anemia again since he doesn’t eat meat yet, and his iron came back great. Yeah!! I do think we’re going to slowly introduce some meat to him soon though, since he’s starting to show some interest in it. I have no idea how he will react to it, but I feel he’s getting old enough to make that choice for himself now.

He loves our Olaf waffle maker! Especially on snow days :)

He loves our Olaf waffle maker! Especially on snow days 🙂

Like I said earlier, one of his favorite things is books and reading. He is lucky enough to have a shelf full of books and is content looking through them independently and loves for us to read them to him. One of his favorite places to go is the library. He asks to go on a daily basis. This reading specialist loves it!

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Other than books, he also loves playing with all things transportation related. Trucks, cars, trains, you name it. He also likes pointing out these things while we’re driving too, which has made car rides a little easier and more entertaining for him.

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Lately he’s also been into coloring. He’s been learning about colors and shapes at daycare and he likes to show me and practice. His favorite shape to draw is a circle 🙂

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One of his favorite things is helping me or his daddy in any way he can. He likes to help clean, fix things, cook, wash us in the shower, and so on. He’s always so proud of himself when he’s done and loves to tell me, “Kevin is so helpful!” One of our favorite things to do together is cook and bake. We did a lot of this on our snow days at home. He also loves to help me with laundry. He will pick out all the socks and match them up. I hate doing that job so it works out well!

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Baking cookies!

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We do let him watch some TV now, although it’s very limited. His favorites are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Frozen, Paw Patrol, and Elmo. He also loves a Youtube video that plays a lot of nursery rhyme songs. These things don’t hold his interest for very long though, which is fine. Now these window decals on the other hand (see photo below)… those can hold his attention forever! I always pick them up at the dollar section in Target and he loves them!

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Kevin loves to be outside, which was a little tough with the cold and snowy winter we just had. He did have a ton of fun playing in the snow, especially when both mommy and daddy were off from work and home with him.

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When it’s not freezing outside, we like to go outside to walk in the neighborhood, go for runs in the stroller, play at the playground, and look for dogs and cats. He LOVES going running with us and is constantly telling us to run faster, like we can while pushing him! Haha!

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Chasing his shadow :)

Chasing his shadow 🙂

He has learned so much over the last few months, it is pretty unbelievable! He can sing the ABC song, count up to 14, name all colors, name some shapes, spell his name and identify some letters in it, tell us his address, and “read” memorized books. His memory is seriously amazing. Sometimes he will talk about things that happened a long time ago and I can’t believe he remembers it!

He's also learned how to take a selfie... LOL!

He’s also learned how to take a selfie… LOL!

He still loves music. Dancing and singing are two of his favorite things.  His favorite songs are “You Are My Sunshine,” “Animals” by Maroon 5 (every time it comes on he says, “This is my song!!”, “Homegrown Honey” by Darius Rucker, “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, and many more. It’s hilarious to hear him sing these songs in his little voice. Aside from music, he loves water too. I’m pretty sure bath time is his favorite time of day… especially when daddy plays music while he’s in the bath. Two of his favorite things!

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This little boy gave us a few scares over the past 6 months as well. We had our first trip to the emergency room when he pulled down a Christmas stocking holder and it punctured him in the head. This resulted in a lot of blood, a lot of tears (more from me than him), and a staple in the head 😦 He handled it so well though, and we were really proud of him.

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Another scary night was when he became pretty violently sick from both ends, and we couldn’t get it to stop. I hate to see my little boy not feeling well, and he had never been that sick before. His sad little face killed me (and cleaning it all up did too, blech!).

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We did a little bit of traveling over the last months, all to visit family in Pennsylvania, Myrtle Beach, and West Virginia, where we made some really special memories!

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French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania

French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

We also celebrated some holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was so much fun experiencing these holidays with a toddler who understands them better now. He gets so excited and it’s really fun passing on traditions and starting new ones.

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Finally, this boy has gotten seriously attached to his daddy! I think he will always be a mama’s boy at heart, but he definitely has a special bond with daddy too. It’s really fun to watch them interact, and it makes me excited to have another boy and be the only woman of the house!

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Well, you all know what I’ve been up to the last 6 months thanks to my pregnancy updates! I found out I was pregnant a week before Kevin turned 2, so I’ve been keeping tabs on myself in those posts. In the past 6 months I have had extreme highs and some lows in my professional life as a teacher, and my personal life as a [pregnant] mommy, wife, and runner. Like always, going through challenging times has helped me learn more about myself and I do think I’m a lot stronger now and in a better place emotionally than I was 6 months ago when I last updated on myself.

Oh how time flies... the night we brought him home from the hospital compared to the last night I could rock him to sleep in the glider a couple months ago :(

Oh how time flies… the night we brought him home from the hospital compared to the last night I could rock him to sleep in the glider a couple months ago 😦

Physically, when I wrote Kevin’s 2 year update I said I felt better than ever thanks to getting back into strength training and my 101 day running streak. I can’t say I still feel that way since I’m 8 months pregnant, but I still feel pretty darn good (most days) and I’m so thankful for that! It will be interesting to see how I feel after delivering baby #2. I already plan to do a lot of things differently and not be so hard on myself. More on that in another blog post to come!

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Mommy and daddy love you so much Kevin! We can’t wait to see what the next 6 months hold for you as you become a big brother! The fun is just beginning!

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