Both girls are asleep and I have a fresh cup of coffee in hand.
Life is good.
It's almost embarrassing how excited I am to be blogging. I MISS IT. I have started so many posts and haven't finished them. I will. Just slowly.
I feel like we're getting into somewhat of a routine around here. I use the word routine lightly. For three days I've been able to get both girls to nap at 2pm. I feel such a sense of accomplishment as I slowly shut their bedroom doors and sit in peace and quiet for 2 hours.
The kitchen is clean. The floors have been vacuumed. The dining room table has a fresh pile of laundry that needs to be folded - but that always seems to be the case. Who actually eats at their dining room table anyway? The living room looks like a toy store showroom but if someone were to stop by for a surprise visit - I'd let them in.
I feel like I'm coming out of what seemed to be a light case of postpartum. I wasn't depressed as in I couldn't get out of bed or didn't like my babies. I just found myself very overwhelmed, anxious, and crying a lot. Maybe it was just a case of being a Mom to a toddler and newborn. Alex's work is asking a lot of him right now. He travels every week and we're not used to that, but we're managing. The girls and I went to stay with my parents the last time he was out of town for a few days and that really helped. We can tell that he and I need some no-babies-allowed time. We're looking at our calendars trying to find a weekend to make that happen. We've been married long enough (15 years) to know when we need to take time just the two of us. It's usually when we start communicating not so kindly with each other. (ha!) Having a newborn and toddler brings the most amazing joy to our family...but it also takes a lot out of you as a couple. You're constantly tending to the needs of your babies and much of the time the needs of your spouse are put aside. You feel like you're in survival mode for the first several months. Just keeping your head above water. If everyone is fed, bathed and wearing a clean diaper - we're feeling pretty good about ourselves. So we're making it a priority to have a date night soon and I can't wait!
We were invited to the lake house for Memorial Day weekend and had the best time. Amelia loved playing in the little kiddie pool on the deck. She kept telling Uncle Kev that she was "swimming like a turkey." He tried to tell her turkeys can't swim but she insisted they can.
She's two. She knows everything.
Sydney watching everyone eat dinner on the deck. :)
Amelia enjoying her applesauce on the boat.
Sydney pretty much slept the entire time we were on the boat.
Daddy and Amelia taking a swim.
Mommy and Amelia.
Amelia is usually afraid of anything new but she was so brave on the lake! She went down the slide with Daddy the first time but was on her own after that. She would have done this all day long I think!
And she jumped off the boat to Daddy as well! I couldn't believe it. I'm hoping Alex can teach her to swim this summer. He swims like a fish and I want my girls to be the same way. I can swim but I'm not nearly as comfortable around the water as he is!
Amelia was WORN OUT by the end of the weekend. She fell asleep sitting up on our boat ride back to the house. We were laughing so hard.
My Uncle and Aunt are so gracious to open their home to anyone and everyone. They are the best hosts and Amelia is already talking about our next trip to the lake. It was a fun day with family and friends!
Love to all,