Sunday, September 22, 2013

Neon Splash Dash!

Sam texted me about a month ago and asked me if I wanted her to buy a Groupon for a 5k called The Neon Splash Dash. "Of course!"

It was at Ranger's Ball Park in Arlington, TX at night. They spray you with colored water at different points. It glows under black light. OMG. Why wouldn't I want to?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Day in the Life

Returning to work this week has proved to be a little difficult. Not only do I feel an extreme sadness and emptiness by leaving her with my mom all day, my allergies started acting up as soon as I came back. I don’t know if it’s something in the air, or what, but they have been kicking my butt.

First day leaving her

I thought it would be cool to map out what a typical workday looks like for me and June.

5:30am- I wake up. Make coffee, get dressed and put on my makeup. I typically do not fix my hair aside from putting it into a ponytail or a top knot.

6:00am-Make June a bottle, wake her up, change her diaper, and feed her. This is all of the cuddles I get until I get home from work.

6:30am-Gather our things and drive to Mesquite.

6:50-7:00am- Arrive at my mom’s (June’s sitter) and drop off June. If time allows, I visit for a bit before heading out the door.

7:15-8:00am- Drive into work. I work in Downtown Dallas so I fight traffic. Keep calm and try not to cuss at people

8:00- 5:00pm- Work, Bitch (see what I did there?)

5-5:30pm- Drive to Mesquite to get my June Bug!

5:45-6:10pm-Drive Home

6:10-8:00- Make dinner for Dave and I. Feed and diaper June. Clean kitchen.

8:00-9pm- Play with June, bathe her. Watch TV. Fall asleep on couch. Wake up.

9-10pm-Feed June and put her down. Take a shower.
10:30-10:45-Make/pack lunch for the next day. Pack June’s bag and get it ready for the next day. Go to bed.

3:30-5:30am- Argue with Dave about who is going to get up when June cries. (Actually, I am only kidding when I say this. Dave has been really good about taking turns caring for June. He’s a great father. )

Rinse and repeat daily.

It’s been a while since I was seriously looking forward for Friday. Now, I can’t wait. I know things could be worse, but I can say that I am anxious for them to get a little easier. Hopefully, this will happen once my allergies let off a bit. I think they are slowly releasing their death grip on me. Thank goodness.

Today really tested me. I was stuck in traffic for over an hour. When I finally got to my mom's to get June, I was so ready to be home. I took her out to the car and ended up locking my keys in it. Luckily, June wasn't in the car yet and my dad was able to break into it without any damage. (Note to self, get a copy made of key).
I have to say that I am extremely lucky to have my mother as a caregiver for June. Not only do I trust her completely, but it’s nice to be able to text her, and ask how my girl is doing. She randomly sends me photos/videos too, which really brightens my day. She told me that June has been fussy and she believes it’s because she misses me. I’d be lying if I said this didn’t make me a little happy. I realize that she is having to adjust, just like me and it’s a nice reminder of the bond that we developed while I was on maternity leave.

I can’t wait until she gets a little older and can show me in a more obvious way how much she has missed me during the day. I imagine there is nothing better than a child reaching for you when you come to get them after a long day at work. 

She saves all of her smiles for Mama 
At least sometimes the drive home is pretty

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Life Lately: A Picture Post

Jamie came for a visit and we made a castle for him to destroy.

Taken with her baby monitor camera...June babbling away to her penguin in her crib. I am trying to get her used to being in it more, because right now, she sleeps right next to our bed in a co-sleeper. Last night was the first night I moved it away from the bed. I am hoping to have her sleeping in her crib at night before I return to work in October. Notice how she kicked off her blanket. This girl does not enjoy being covered up!

June made her debut in the White Rock Boat Club newsletter. Dave picked that awful picture to submit and my name and Niena's are spelled wrong. LOL As long as June's name was spelled right, I didn't

Another photo mom??

We have been visiting with family quite a bit. I love this picture of Dave, his mom and his Aunt Mika.

Here is a blurry photo of the night that we had our first baby free date night since June was born. We went down the street and had some bar food and a few drinks and were home by 10pm. We party.

Joined Sam's Club to take advantage of buying baby stuff in bulk. Big balla.

Been drinking tons of homemade iced coffee. More than I should be. I brew it hot and throw it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then pour it over ice and add cream. BOOYAH!

This is so appropriate for me.

I cried like a baby while trying to read this to June Bug. She just looked around like it wasn't even sad!

I can't get enough of her smile.

Shoulder pad baby. I feel like I have to take a photo of June in every cute outfit she has.

June now fits in her Baby Bijorn. See below how she looked in it about a month ago.. She is growing so fast!IMG_3719

I can't believe this is the last season of Breaking Bad. :(

At my baby shower, people wrote advice on diapers. Mandy wrote this on one. LOL
It's from this video....

Been having some really pretty days. Hot, but pretty.

Working on June's baby book.

I have also been scanning a bunch of old family photos for my dad. It's really neat to be able to look through all of these old memories from our family.

Kellye made June these awesome bows. We love them!!!

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June loves her baths. LOVES them. I can't wait until she can sit up and play in the water.

She hates tummy time. 



Dave's dad sent us the awesome stroller below so I can skate behind June easier. She will need to be a little bigger before she can sit in it. 

June got to meet her Great Grandma and Great Aunts and cousins when they came down from Oklahoma to visit.

Been eating a lot of Torchy's. We should own stock.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Candid thoughts about becoming a mother

I wish I could be a more regular/frequent blogger, but unfortunately, I'd rather post photos than words, and lately, I've just been sharing photos of my Little on FB and Instagram.

I am sitting in bed with my husband on one side and my little one in her co-sleeper on the other. I really need to take a shower. I want one so bad. I have my six week check up in the morning and a shower is all I can think about. June isn't quite ready for bed yet, so I am sitting with her while she babbles about until she runs out of energy. She doesn't want to be held, just ate and has a clean diaper. She just wants to lay in bed, but if I get to far away, she gets mad. I am trying to save Dave some sleep, so I will wait a little longer for my shower.

Adjusting to life as a mother has been easier than I thought, and also harder... If that makes sense. Things that I thought would come easily to me, didn't and vice versa. But, we are happy, all of us, and that is all that really matters. I really never thought that I could love anyone as much as I love June. She brightens any day that is hard because of a sleepless night. She gives me purpose. One of my favorite parts of the day is when Dave comes home from work and he picks June up and talks to her. She loves her daddy so much and I can already tell she will be a Daddy's Girl.

She is so talkative. She gets this from me. (DUH) She talks while she is eating, she talks in her sleep and she talks to us. I love it. I know once she is stringing together sentences, we will be in trouble, but for now, I will savor her baby babble.

I am dreading going back to work. Dreading it. I keep telling myself that I won't even cry, but I am psyching myself out. I wish I could be a SAHM. Honestly though, I think that I would get a little stir crazy after several months of it.... I don't know... I love taking care of the house. My house hasn't been this clean ever. I clean whenever June is sleeping. It's great. I am totally caught up on laundry, I have cleaned out my drawers, and my closet, (hall closet, coming soon) and gotten rid of a lot of clutter and BS we didn't need. It's great. Less stuff to clean up and around and it was just stuff, so who needs it?

I knew my body had changed when I was pregnant. I watched it every day and even took weekly photos, but OMG. My hips definitely spread. Oy... They were already pretty wide, LOL, but now, even though I am about 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, I can't wear any of my pre-baby pants. It sucks. June makes it so worth it, but I can't wear yoga pants to work... I will have to go shopping, and try stuff on (which I hate). I will buy something before trying it on and bring it back to save myself from a dressing room. Oh. And I got quite a few stretch marks. :/ I knew I would. I am prone to them... I thought I was going to get off easy and only have them on my sides... Up until about 35 weeks, that was the case, then BOOM! My belly exploded with them. Granted, they aren't as bad as some women I've seen, and I know I am being shallow, but right now, they make me a little sad. I know I earned them and I should be proud of them, but I am learning to deal with that.

If it wasn't so dang hot outside, June and I would be going on daily skating trips around our hood. Even in the mornings, I feel like it's too hot to have her outside for too long. Maybe later this month.. I really need some kind of exercise besides cleaning the house. I guess I could pull out the ol' P90x. That I can do while June watches and laughs her baby laughs at me. (She doesn't really laugh yet, out loud) LOL.

I have probably been bugging the shit out of my FB friends with my weekly photoshoots of June. Sorry. Not sorry... LOL
I love putting one of her many outfits on her and taking photos of her in it. She better get used to it too!

Hopefully, I will get back into a more normal schedule for posting. I miss updating this with our adventures. Now, for some baby spam....