Lately…

Well hello there!

It’s been over a month since I last posted, but it feels like I just blinked and here I am?

Life as a family of three (four if you count Charlie and five if you count Cosmocat, which Matt wouldn’t count) has been going well!  Lots of changes (but still lots of the same, like I mentioned the last time I checked in).  Things just generally have a really hectic feel to them right now!

I think most of that is because we are getting used to our new routine as I have gone back to work after my three month maternity leave.  I sure do miss that time at home with my little Nolie, but the transition back to work has gone really well.  Just… hectic.

Things just feel constantly busy.  Between an hour long commute both ways each day (with a little babe that is not a fan of traffic at all!- neither is his mom!), day care drop offs, getting to work, the constant pump pump pumping throughout the day, visiting the little guy at lunch, the drive home, the bedtime routine, the washing of ALL THE BOTTLES, and the pump parts, and then making dinner for ourselves… by the time 8pm rolls around we’re absolutely spent!

We’ve fine tuned this routine a bit… making lists of what needs to be done each morning (remembering the bottles and the extra clothes for daycare and the pump parts), etc. etc.  The lists help us kind of keep track of all of this chaos.  But there’s still just this overwhelming feeling of constant hectic-ness that we feel kind of all the time.  Maybe that will get better over time, as we continue to get used to our routine?  The commute takes a lot out of all of us- that’s a rough one.  Nolan doesn’t love it, we don’t love it, and it makes a long, busy day even longer.  It also makes it so that we get home, left with not much time to hangout and play with our little human!

But honestly, it IS going really well!  I swear.  (Blogs are for venting and straight up honesty, right?)  We ARE getting a routine down, albeit a busy one, and that’s okay.  Nolan is doing really really well at daycare, and we’re really happy with the place we chose.  Getting back to work has been really good- my boss and co-workers are so supportive, and having some adult interaction has been a good thing.  I miss my little man tons, but I’m fortunate that the daycare we chose (and chose in big part for this reason) is right down the street from work, and I can visit him and nurse him each day.  On Mondays he is with his Nana and Grampy, and on Fridays I’m off with him.  I love Fridays!

And he’s doing awesome!  4 months now and he’s just the happiest baby ever!  Smiling almost all the time, starting to giggle which is just the best thing ever!, allllmost ready to roll over, loving his toes and any and everything in his mouth, and generally making us feel so very blessed every day.

Life is plugging along… time sure does fly.  Here’s a few pictures of our little guy from recently…

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Thank you so much for those of you who follow along on here, and on Facebook and Instagram where I post more pics of my little guy.  Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and suggestions on all things baby- from how to make long drives with crying Nolan more bearable, when you started solids, your take on when to start sleep training, and so much more.  I appreciate all of you!

We had a baby, it’s a boy!

Allow me to introduce our little man, Nolan Matthew!

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No, I haven’t been pregnant for twelve months, though it may seem that way as I up and left this space without so much as an update since 33 weeks of pregnancy!  If having a baby isn’t the best excuse to let things take a back seat here, I’m not sure what is!

Gosh, of course there is just so much to update about my life as a new mom, so many things I want to tell you about this little human who has just completely and utterly rocked our world and who has made my heart fuller than I ever imagined.

I’ll start with the basics, and maybe over the next few weeks (maybe?) I’ll be able to catch up and back track a bit… (or not!).  Maybe I’ll just end up picking right up where we are right now, and go from there.

In doing that, I will share with you one of my favorite pictures of Nolan…

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Smiling!  And this was after his two month shots!

Nolan Matthew was born on May 11, 2016 at 7:32 PM.  He weighed in at 7lb 9oz, and was 20.5 inches long.  Just a couple weeks ago at his 2 month checkup, he weighed 12lb 13.3oz, and was 24.5 inches long!  Little man is growing up a storm, and time is flying by so fast!

I’m not sure I can truly put in to words how full my heart feels since Nolan joined our lives and made us a family of three.  Each day you feel so much love for this little person, yet each day you find you love him more than the last!  My heart literally feels like it could explode with love! We are just so very blessed and so overwhelmed with joy.

Here’s a few more pictures, and then I think I’m going to call it a day, but I promise from here forward to come back with new posts and updates.  I have things I’d love to write about!, like how my life has changed since becoming a mom, the balancing act of new parenthood, how having a baby has changed our relationship as a couple, how my body has changed!, thoughts on going back to work in less than three weeks (sniff!), and so much more.  I hope you’ll read along and share in this new journey with us!  To my old blog friends who I used to keep up with regularly- you are not forgotten and I hope you are all well!  Now that a bit of a routine is starting to take shape around here, I hope to be able to get back to blogging a bit more, as it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed, no matter how much time I take off, coming back always feels good.

Cheers!

ONE MONTH!

ONE MONTH!

Smiles!

Smiles!

Chillin' in the sun...

Chillin’ in the sun…

My heart.

My heart.

TWO MONTHS!

TWO MONTHS!

Party of three.

Party of three.