Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Family Fun

Merry Christmas Eve! This year, we've done Christmas to the max it seems, and I have a feeling we will be doing Christmas even bigger as the girls get older. 

We decorated as a family right before Thanksgiving (we have no qualms about blending the two holidays). Daisy loves to decorate! We had to keep her from taking off the ornaments so she could re-decorate. 

To start December, we made Christmas cookies with friends. Daisy loves to roll out the dough and use cookie cutters. Daisy helped Daddy make "Christmas pretzels," which is Zane's traditional Chex mix/Almond bark candy treat. 

We went to Raglan Road twice this year. The first night, Daisy danced up on stage with the Irish step dancers. She was adorable. The next week when we returned, she danced on stage twice! By the second time (her third time dancing), she basically knew the whole routine. 

It's always fun to walk around Disney at Christmas time and see all the beautiful decorations!

The weekend before Christmas we had an extended-family Christmas celebration with some of my family at my grandparents' house. With just five of my cousins' families, we had eleven great-grandchildren present. This is the best photo we could get of all the kiddos. 

Then we jumped over to Zane's family for the annual cupcake decorating competition. My creativity must have been depleted this year, because I couldn't create anything worthy of winning, but we did get some cute photos of Amy and her cousin Declan.

Christmas Eve was spent at another family party. The girls had super cute Christmas dresses, but we forgot to take a photo of them! We spent Christmas with Zane's family, then did Christmas again on the 26th with my family. This last week has been spent relaxing with family and catching up with a few friends in Orlando.

I hope all of you have had a fun season with family like we have! 2014 was a wonderful year with lots of changes (moving, nursing school, new baby). We look forward to all that 2015 brings! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mommy of Two: Two months in

Wow, how can one month feel so long! Other people have said, "She's already two months? Wow that went fast!" But it's the same concept as other people's pregnancies always go faster than your own. I'm living each day in all its hours watching this little person grow up, and it feels long. 

Long isn't necessarily bad though. I've enjoyed watching Amy fatten up and raise her head and follow objects with her eyes. She gets distracted while eating if Daddy or Daisy start talking in the room. She loves to watch Rufio run around. I'm still her favorite person, and seem to always have the magic touch when calming her down, even without nursing. 

I love having a baby. She's so cute and sweet. I love her smiles and squishy cheeks. I'm excited for the future and for the girls to interact more, but I'm really loving Amy's baby stage too. 

It feels like Amy is growing up faster than Daisy did. Time goes slowly, but Amy's growth in that time seems fast. Her milestones seem too soon, but I guess that's because I'm not waiting with anticipation for them to happen like I did with Daisy. 

In addition to her milestones, she's growing in size faster than Daisy did. She's already in six month clothes!! All her cute three month clothes are packed up. 

This month Amy started going seven hours between feedings at night. That gives me about six consecutive hours of sleep overnight, which means I can go without a nap during the day if necessary. 

No naps are helpful, because I opened my Etsy shop back up this month, and I've been busy with orders. Pregnancy slowed down my sewing WAY more than having an infant. When Zane is here to watch the girls, I can knock out my orders in a few hours. When I was pregnant, I had to stretch them out over days. Just an interesting observation. 

One thing that will probably remain a challenge no matter what is this constant worry that I'm neglecting one of the girls. When I'm holding Amy, I'm worried that Daisy's not getting enough attention, and when Amy's stuck in her yellow rocker for most the day, I'm worried that she's not getting held enough. How do people add more kids to the mix?

I had quite a bit of baby blues the last couple months, but ever since Zane's winter break from school started, I have felt much better. His daily presence has given me the break that I needed, like when he gets up with Daisy in the morning, and I get to sleep an extra hour. He starts back to school in January, but I think I'll be in a much better place then. I have several goals for the new year, and I'm excited about starting a new chapter and new routine. 

I think the main lesson I have learned through this early newborn transition is to not set too high expectations for myself. In fact, the only expectation a mom of a newborn should set is to feed her kids and change their diapers. Forget accomplishing anything else!