Zoe at 1 Month

Zoe at 1 Month

So here’s the thing about having two kids: it’s hard. Aaron and I basically laughed then cried the first night home with Zoe when she started crying at 2 am followed 5 minutes later by Max waking up and crying. Needless to say we were all sleep deprived that first week, especially Max. Luckily, Max has amazing teachers at school who understood how hard it is to have a new sibling around and were extra loving with him (thank you Ms. Erin, Ms. Amie and Ms. Raven!).

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The Not-So-Easy Transition from Crib to Big Boy Bed

The Not-So-Easy Transition from Crib to Big Boy Bed

I hoped Max would be one of those kids who would sleep in his crib for as long as possible. He was sleeping great and seemed so safe in there. I wanted him to take after his dad, since Aaron’s dad jokingly said he tried so hard to get baby Aaron to climb out of his crib that he actually got inside the crib to show Aaron how. Aaron never did. Me on the other hand, climbed out of everything.

Two week countdown ...

Two week countdown ...

I’ve been relatively calm throughout this pregnancy. With it being our second, a lot of the unknowns that you experience with your first are not there with your second. That being said, as soon as October rolled around, I had a sudden surge of anxiety that we have so many things to get done before the baby arrives. Since it helps me (usually) to make a list, here is the status of our October/“Get it done before the baby arrives” list:

Pregnancy - 34 Week Update

Pregnancy - 34 Week Update

When I found out I was pregnant back in Spring, the idea of a November due date felt years away. I was okay with that because it meant I had loads of time to prepare and get used to the idea that our lives would be changing drastically. But now that it’s the middle of September and I’m 6 weeks from my due date, things feel like they’ve moved at lightening speed.

My kid-free and husband-free weekend

My kid-free and husband-free weekend

One of the biggest changes that occurs when you become a parent is losing your alone time. Of course you still have moments here and there, but it’s not the same. Recently I got an unexpected week to myself when my trip to Chicago was cut short because I didn’t have enough paid days off with my new job. If I hadn’t been 27 weeks pregnant when I started the job I would have taken the days off unpaid, but unfortunately that wasn’t an option with my maternity leave just a few short weeks away.