Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lately...

A little peek into our life the past few weeks... 
 
Family Time. We have been having so much fun as a family of four. In the evenings we love to take walks around the neighborhood. I've found that I make my best Amazon purchases half awake around 2 am. Caroline agrees and loves her new Radio Flyer 2-in-1 Journey Wagon. We plan on getting lots of use out of this new wagon all summer long!
Mommy-baby play dates! Each week a group of my mommy friends get together over wine to catch up and let the babies play. It is so fun and definitely breaks up the chaotic week.
Disclaimer: don't worry, I was standing less than 20 inches away from Thomas while he braved the edge of the couch for a photo.
Side note: How cool is this wine glass marker?!

Lunch dates with daddy. One of my favorite parts of maternity leave is meeting Matt regularly for lunch! It's funny how our offices are about a mile apart but we rarely grab lunch sans-kids when we're both working, but now that I'm home and have an extra baby in tow we get lunch all the time! 
Surprise daycare visits. In just a few weeks Caroline will be moving up to the toddler class and Thomas will be taking her spot in the infant class. This is so bittersweet for us as Caroline has developed a deep, deep love for her teachers. We love them like family and are so glad Thomas will get to have the same love and care that Caroline received in her first year of daycare. I'm nervous and excited to see how Caroline thrives in toddler class though.

After weeks of requests from Caroline's teachers asking me to bring Thomas in, we finally began popping into daycare to surprise Caroline and hang out for a bit (or maybe half the day - oops). She loves it...until she catches her teachers loving on Thomas! It's so awesome playing with Caroline in her class setting though. Watching her interact with her friends, learning her routines, favorite activities and songs, eating lunch and more makes me so happy.
Bringing her blankie to Thomas to borrow during nap time.

I promise Caroline has some girl friends too.

Dieting. It took me 6 months to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes last time and my goal is to fit into my normal business clothes before I return to work at the end of 12 weeks. To get there, Matt and I have been on a low carb, low sugar diet and it is working so far! 
Still not sleeping. You know, newborn life. Our king sized bed looks a lot like this on the weekends...
Venturing out as FOUR. Alone I am still pretty nervous about having both minis with me at once, but together Matt and I are a good team and get out a lot on the weekends. Last weekend we grabbed lunch as 4 for the first time and it was totally doable. Since Thomas took a bottle and passed out for the rest of our meal it felt like it was just the 3 of us. I foresee this getting more difficult as Thomas gets older though and remember how Caroline was at restaurants for awhile. Until then, we'll be taking advantage of one sleepy babe!
grocery shopping
eating at our favorite restaurant
shopping at the Farmers Market
Swim Lessons. Caroline recently completed her first session of swim lessons and we've signed her up for the next class! Not only have swim lessons been a really good skill for her to practice, it is such a fun activity for our Saturday mornings. The first session of swim classes were all about getting acquainted to the pool. The swim teacher (and daddy) sing water songs, play with toys and floatation devices and then eventually practice hanging on to the side of the pool wall, climbing out of the pool, floating on her back, being dipped under the water and more. Caroline has so much fun at swim lessons and is guaranteed to pass out for a two hour nap afterwards.
 Toddler Fun. Lots and lots of time spent chasing and picking up after this wild and sassy toddler.
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23 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh mama you seem like a pro with two babies already! So sweet tat you have such a big group of mommy friends, they are the best!

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  2. Oh I miss the sleepy newborn stage already!! It is so easy to get out with two when they sleep most of the time. Looks like lots of fun memories being made as a family of four!

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  3. You will be SHOCKED the difference in her when she goes into the Toddler room. Our guy just started daycare and we elected to put him in the Toddler room since he's a big guy and fairly active. (And age wise, he would have transitioned soon anyway) and within two weeks the change is CRAZY! He's singing ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, his language is crazy! He's like a totally different kid!

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  4. Seriously the most adorable pictures ever! Your little family is perfection!

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  5. I need a group of Mommy friends. All of mine are so spread out and are in different groups. And you make a family of 4 look so doable. My fear subsides each time you post, ha!

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  6. You are making 2 babies under 2 look almost easy! That's so nice you've found a mommy group! I loved meeting a group of friends when noah was a baby! We still get together in addition to some new friends... It keeps us mamas sane!

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  7. Adorable. Glad to hear things are going so well! Making me a bit less anxious about handling two under 2 myself!

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  8. Very adorable! Caroline is one month older than my daughter and is just darling. Thomas gives me baby fever. Too too cute!

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  9. These pictures are so adorable! The day care pictures of Caroline are hysterical, especially her with all the boys. So glad y'all are enjoying this time together before you go back to work :)

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  10. Oh my goodness the picture of you three in the wagon and then the picture of you four in bed with Caroline's air punch! So cute.

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  11. The picture of Caroline on the floor with the spillage makes me giggle! She look so innocent.Your days have been packed and must be even harder with a new born and a toddler but you seem to take it all in your stride.
    Lunch dates are the best, all that food is making me so hungry!

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  12. So sweet! I remember the first time going out with 2 under 2 was scary...but it gets easier, and each kid after hasn't been so stressful!

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  13. So sweet! I remember the first time going out with 2 under 2 was scary...but it gets easier, and each kid after hasn't been so stressful!

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  14. Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing those<3

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  15. Look at you fitting in the wagon with your babes!

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  16. Looks like y'all haven't skipped a beat - which is awesome! I know there's plenty of rough moments in there though too! How fun that y'all visit Caroline at day care! I bet she loves that!! & I can't wait to get Jack in swim lessons next Summer!!

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  17. Caroline is so stinkin' cute. And so is her sweet baby brother! So glad you are enjoying this precious time with your little family, sweet friend. It goes by so fast! Enjoy Thomas' sleepy days. Soon he will be alert and wanting to be part of everything, and getting anything done will be more difficult for sure, lol. Online ordering all the things!:)

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  18. Such a wonderful update - so proud of you momma!! That pic of the four kiddies eating at daycare is heart melting! x

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  19. This is precious. Thanks for sharing! You're doing a great job momma!

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  20. That first picture is so precious!!!!!! I love the one of Caroline taking her blanket to Thomas too!! I'm so glad you have a great daycare for your babies - that must give you so much comfort!!

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  21. Life looks good mama!! Caroline's daycare looks adorable- those little chairs around the table and the babes eating together- I die! Glad all is going well!

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  22. I'm tired just READING that! AWESOME job, Mama!

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  23. You aaaamaze me!! I don't know how Mamas do it all! I love the idea of the wine glass marker, too! I need to get one!

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