He’s Here

IMG_4926Not only is he here, he’s already a week old! Which has all sort of floated by in a daze of happiness and sleepiness and an earnest attempt to keep our house clean and organized. While everyone was busy posting their year end wrap ups and goals for 2014 I was anxiously awaiting for all the contractions I had during Christmas week to finally catch on and start pushing this little guy out. He decided to forego his Christmas due date in favor of showing up in the wee hours of New Year’s Eve morning (0333 to be exact). I’d started having contractions the afternoon before and we were having dinner with DB’s parents ¬†when I couldn’t take it anymore and finally said, “I think we should go to the hospital.” Good thing too since we were already 5 centimeters along.

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Overall it was a pretty uneventful labor. I got an epidural shortly after we got checked in and placed in a room. I realize that may seem shocking when so many people want to go for natural births these days, but honestly, I like the epidural. It slows things down, gives you a chance to relax a little, and then when it’s time to push and meet the baby you’re ready. I did the same thing with the Bear and had good experiences both times. But yes, the epidural slowed things down so much that the Doc came in a broke my water to get the contractions moving again. In the meantime, realizing his eviction was now inevitable, our little Cub decided he was going to increase his heart rate just enough to cause the nurses to do things like put probes in his head to monitor his heart more accurately and one next to his head to measure the effectiveness of the contractions. I was also given oxygen to help calm him down. Eventually, (like 2-3 hours later) it worked, and I was given a small dose of piton to get things moving again. It took about another 2 hours but when it came time to push this little dude came out pretty quickly. In fact, he didn’t even have that pointy head thing that newborns often have when born vaginally.

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We spent the evening together in the hospital. We passed into 2014 as Mama Bear and Cub quietly enjoying each other’s warmth and love, and went home on New Year’s Day. It was quite a homecoming too, since the Bear had a cold and needed to be kept at a distance from his new brother for a couple days. Fortunately, he’s on the mend now. We had family around the first couple days to help out, but now we’re on our own here and learning how to be a family of four. Also learning how to be a family of four and still maintain a relatively clean house and find time to be adults and to blog and podcast and cook and brew and all the other DIY things we enjoy. I savor these days of getting lots of snuggles and watching my sweet Cub’s little face change and grown right before my eyes, but I also look forward to a few weeks from now when he’ll start sleeping more at night and having a regular schedule. That’s all just a faraway dream now.

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Hope your New Year has been off to a great start.

xo, S.

 

Keeping it Simple

When you have to move every few years, you develop a tendency to try and simplify as much as you can. For DIY folks like us who have a million hobbies this can be a pretty tall order, but one way in which we keep things simple is our Christmas decorations. Like I’ve mentioned before, for us, the holidays are a lot more about being together and eating delicious food, than having a Clark Griswold style blowout. Sure, I’d love to have a huge tree glittering with vintage glass and lights and garlands in every room of the house. But then I think about having to pack those up, haul them around, and then deal with the inevitable disappointment when things get broken by the movers, I’m glad we keep things small scale. Plus, you never know what your new place will look like and how you’ll lay out everything, so it’s best to stick to a couple boxes of lights, ornaments, and DIY snow globes. We get a smaller tree, we make a few new ornaments for it each year, and at night we turn it on and enjoy its soft glow while we eat some homemade cookies and talk about the day when we can settle down into a place of our own and really start to branch out.

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Welcome to the Family

P1020979Throwing together a military wedding is tough work. Sure, a regular wedding is tough work too, but military weddings are always planned under an umbrella of uncertainty. In a world that is constantly changing, we always have to be ready to go at a moments notice. I know because I had about 2 weeks to cobble mine together in a short break when DB was between missions. My good friends Lizzie and Tom held a similar affair not too long ago, but also took the time to plan a bigger wedding in Salem, MA. Fortunately, no one was called away unexpectedly and DB and I were able to use the weekend as a mini-vacation (baby moon maybe?). I was hoping for some epic fall foliage on the way up since it’s something we missed living in the PNW, but it seems we were about a week or so early. Still it was nice to have a long drive where DB and I could listen to some classic rock and not have to frantically dive into the backseat to rescue discarded cups or toys or blankets. It’s so rare that we get to be adults without also being parents.

On Friday night we enjoyed dinner and cupcakes at the Old Town Hall, which we totally geeked out over since there was quite a bit of Naval history, and who doesn’t love hanging out at a museum after hours. It was also really great to catch up with friends who I’d not seen in ages and introduce them to DB.

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Saturday we got all dressed up and had a lunch date. I’ve been to Salem before, and I remember it being busy, but it was downright crowded this day. Even though he was wearing his dress blues, DB blended in seamlessly with all the early Halloween revelers. Admittedly, I was a little jealous. I wanted to wear my blues as well, but couldn’t hunt down the maternity version in time. Which brings up another issue…finding a wedding-worthy maternity dress is tough. I’m so glad that ASOS has a great (and affordable collection). I went with this one, and it was perfect. Comfortable enough to wear all day, but classy for an event (oh and $40? yes!)P1020981 P1020993

 

Of course, this isn’t about me, the bride was lovely, and the flower girls were the sweetest little things. It’s funny how life takes its twists and turns. Right before I was getting ready to have the Bear, I heard via Facebook that Tom who I’d not seen in quite a while was joining the Navy, and not only was he joining the Navy but entering the same rate as DB and I. We chatted about it over the weekend. How wild it was that a couple of hardcore kids from Philly, in or near their 30s decided that it was time for something different, something more and we joined the Navy and now we live far from home and are starting our families. Also, how awesome is Lizzie for taking on this life as well? Military marriages are a team effort, without that bond they fall to pieces. I’m pretty stoked to welcome such a strong and wonderful couple to the Navy family, and I’m glad to have some old friends on board to turn to for support and give support in turn.

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After a delicious meal of steak AND crab cake, we danced the night away and then headed back south the next morning through rain and slightly changing leaves feeling tired, but also revived from our little vacation away.

Almost There

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Apple Butter Spice Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. Somewhat similar to last year’s cupcakes.

It’s hard to believe that in less than a week the Bear will be 2. Having kids does make the world spin a little faster…ok, a lot faster. He’s so fun right now though, I wish we could slow things down just a little bit. The twos really aren’t that terrible as most would have you believe. I’m pretty sure the people who say that have never had close dealings with a three year old. Having two older nephews has really informed my experience with my own son. Even though he’s en entirely different person, and the feelings are so different because he’s mine, I’m glad that I was able experience a facsimile of child rearing before diving in on my own. From experience I can say that three when the personality and sass really shine through. We’re ready, though. We’re ready for the Bear to continue to grow and learn and refuse to eat vegetables. We’re ready for him to teach us things while we teach him numbers and letters, shapes and colors, and manners and patience.

My dad and stepmom stopped by for a quick visit this past weekend so we had a celebration where I successfully made my first meatloaf. We also enjoyed some apple cake and Bear received several Eric Carle books and some other presents. I think my favorite was the little baseball glove since now he runs around with it shouting, “I got it! I got it!”

Mama, I don't know about this cake, but the frosting is awesome

Mama, I don’t know about this cake, but the frosting is awesome

Books!

Books!

Is this heaven? Do I need a haircut?

Is this heaven? Do I need a haircut?

How does this work?

How does this work?

I GOT IT!

I GOT IT!

Story time with Pop

Story time with Pop