Yay for the Day

5:00 a.m. feeding then back to sleep for 2 more hours…and the same for mama :). Already felt I was winning and the day barely started! Henry woke up first (he usually does) at 7:20 a.m. Cute cute cuuuuute ‘lil sleepy smile as I peaked over the crib to say good morning. Took him over to Emily’s crib and we peaked over. I said “Your sissy’s sleepin!” He looked at her sleeping, then looked at me, then looked at her and smiled. Kept him on my hip as we went down to the kitchen for mama’s magical first cup of coffee. He loves to watch the Keurig do it’s thing. Switched him to my left hip cause he’s getting so heavy, which reminded me of how good it is to be starting fit camp from home on Monday! As the coffee poured into the cup, Henry stared with his classic open mouthed amazement. I put him into his walker while I got bottles ready. Laughed as I saw him smiling and giggling at Stella (our lab) chomping on her dog food.

Watched the monitor and listened as sweet Emmy slowly stirred, as did her “dadadadadagugugah” sounds. As I climbed the stairs to get her, I remembered wanting this moment for years. That moment when I walk in, my child beams with joy, and I get to welcome them to the greatest new day. My messy house, those years of waiting, my tired feet, or my sore muscles just melt away when I see her or her brother smile. Overwhelmed with gratitude as I held her close and smooched her squishy cheeks.

Bottles were guzzled down plus a pureed oatmeal + fruit mix started off their day. Coffee and their smiles kicked off mine 🙂

Sean woke up as we were playing on the floor in the living room and he crawled down to play with us. We all adored the hilarious voices he made imitating stuffed animals. Then he made bacon. High five, hubby. 😉

Opened up the windows to see what the ice storm had done. It looked so gorgeous. Lots of floor play time upstairs and downstairs. We all worked on saying “Hi!” while waving our hands and arms. Henry was more observant for that little lesson than ever before.

Watched HGTV while feeding Henry & Emily bottles and pureed butternut squash. Plantation style, partially renovated town home for the win! Worked out on our old stationary spinning bike for 20 min while they napped.

Tag-teamed baby duty with Sean for a bit in the afternoon. Browsed a few other blogs and read some articles. That bit of “me time” to clear my head was so helpful. Heard him playing songs on the ukulele for them. Made my heart happy. We both tried entertaining them in the last 20 min before their final bottle & bedtime. Decided to see how long it took for all four of us to look out every single window in the house…haha, it was cute. Sean took the last feeding. Bed time changes and snuggles.

Glass of red wine. Feet up. Blogged a bit while Sean watched a game on T.V.

Great day :).

 

 

 

 

 

My Blog’s 2017

Last week I wrote about my personal goals for 2017 in the post, My 2017. It felt so good to acknowledge what I want to work on, then write about it to help stay accountable this year. So, I thought I’d keep this goal-party goin’ strong by doing the same for my blog!

This blog is such a special place for me and I really hope for you too. As a “new mom”… “twin mom”… &”stay-at-home mom” this has been a much needed outlet for me to stay reflective…and sane ;). Time moves SO fast and this helps me keep a memory of all the good stuff in writing.

So…what’s next?! For my blog’s 2017, here are my 4 goals:

  1. yay-for-the-day-newlieMore: on choosing joy

    • My “Yay for the Day” posts are more for me than anything, but I’ve heard from many of you that you appreciate reading them too. I’m SO happy to hear that! This practice of keeping a log of only the joyful, yay-worthy things that happened each day is just plain good for the soul. So, my goal? I just wanna write more of these each month. MANY more. Simple as that. Life is too short! Choosing joy is a beautiful and important mentality, but it takes daily exercises like these to keep it up.
  2. img_5733New: product reviews

    • Bottles, strollers, diaper bags, clothes, formula, activity centers, high chairs, play yards….oh my gosh it never endsssss! I remember Sean and I walking into Buy Buy Baby for the first time. It was SO overwhelming. We just followed the nice sales person around the store like little lost puppies, overwhelmed in a scary new world. 478 different types of high chairs, 8,381 different types of bottles, etc. Crazy. But…we made it 7 months! Know that I know a thing or two about the newborn and early infant stage, I would love to review the products that any of you want advice on.
      • Any specific advice you need for the 0-6 month age? Let me know! I’ll add it to the que 😉
  3. img_7638New: excursion reviews

    • From date nights, to airplane rides, to those spur of the moment “get me the heck outta the house” excursions with the twins, I’d love to review and share my experiences. I’m strongly swayed by other people’s opinion of a place or experience before heading anywhere (thanks, Yelp!), and figure this is a good way to do the same for any of you who could benefit from it.
  4. New: videos

    • I’m cringing a little as I write this one. This is one of those things that I want to do…but I also don’t want to do. Know what I mean? I typically don’t like being filmed and totally freeze up when it comes to talking to a camera, but when I was pregnant and on bed rest, ALL I did was search for videos of product reviews, real life motherhood dilemmas and recommendations, and a big one: what it’s like to be a twin mom for a day. I owe it to myself and any mama friends out there who are searching for the same things and maybe need a friendly face (not just a post) to help them through it. Fun times ahead! 😉

 

Thank you for following along all these years, friends! It means the world. Stay tuned 🙂

Big hugs,

Katherine

Yay for the Day

2:30am awoke and thought it was time for a bottle feeding, but sweet Emmy was just babbling in her sleep. Smiled and went back to sleep to the sound of “ahhdududu. Blabuuuu. BBbbbbaaah….”

Emily was ready for a 5am bottle feeding so I woke up Henry (gotta keep them synced!) and sweet boy just nestled into my nook. Both H & E held a finger/arm of mine while feeding. Huge smiles mid-diaper change in the dim lit nursery. Slow danced as I snuggled with each. One last snuggle before back to bed. 6am – crawled back in bed…I ADORE crawling back in bed 🙂

7am – both are stirring and I love the confidence of knowing that bottles are ready in the fridge. 1st sip of coffee…”hmmmmm.” Hubby helps with H & E. Bottle feeding while watching the news. Some decent things. Focusing on the good: Veterans Day. Heartfelt gratitude. Teared up as they shared this:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/military-fathers-goodnight-kiss-promise-43464186

Have been off of Facebook and Instagram for 48 hours and counting. Loving the break.

Group-text check in with the besties: one has a sweet outfit for work, one’s on her way to a weekend wedding, one is sick but heading home for some needed rest.

Read books to H & E. Watched as they played in their walkers as I cleaned up and prepared more formula and bottles. Heart melted as I glanced over and saw them discovering things.

Henry’s new voice this week steals my attention. It’s stronger and louder than before. Emily gets licked in the face by Stella (our yellow lab). They adore each other.

Apples introduced! Henry’s thoughtful and adorably unsure about the pureed apples. Emily is in heaven! She even giggled and went “mmm!”. Heart melted. They briefly napped as I cooked up some seasoned chicken for the week.

Long afternoon stroller walk. Slight chill but balanced by the most beautiful sunshine. Stopped by a sweet older man who asked about the twins. He has a twin sister himself. Told me he was one of 10 kids. I praised his mother and he smiled. He told Stella she was a good looking dog. Thanked him. Told me to have a blessed day, and I wished him the same. Carried on our walk. Both babies asleep from the walk. Came back and tidied up until Henry awoke. Henry listened to a story while I held him. Emily slept for 15 more minutes. Love having one-on-one time with each of them.

Tummy time ambition. Snuggles after meltdowns. Tickling both in exchange for giggles.

Wrote long overdue thank you notes while they played and kicked in their pack & play. Back and forth babble.

Hubby watched both babies as I made dinner. I’m in love with making dinner uninterrupted. Poured a glass of red while dancing around the kitchen. Apple chicken sausage over seasoned, shredded brussel sprouts with sliced cherry tomatoes. Total hit.

Final feeding after 3 more books read. Where The Wild Things Are, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Emily listened beautifully. Henry tried 🙂

PJ’s and giggles. Family time in the nursery. I signed on to FB juuuust for a LuLaRoe live sale – couldn’t resist.

Great day.