Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Liar Liar Incision On Fire

One time, I lied to Boyfriend.

The day we took the Bambinos home from the hospital, the motherly nurse sat us down and explained that my hormone levels would be dropping so I might find myself crying for no reason.

She also told us that nursing mama's make something that causes them to be tired while nursing, making it easy for me to go back to sleep, but (obviously) daddy's don't so B needs to make sure to take care of himself.

Ok, we can deal with that.

My sister shows up to help us out, we pack them up, and I call B's mom on the way home to see if she wants to come visit them.
Picture from my other blog. I was too lazy to re-watermark it.
B and my sister help me hobble into the house and get us settled in. I was excited to share our first night at home with our new little family.

I remember that all of a sudden, I was feeling kind of "odd." I leaned forward to get something off the coffee table hoping to distract me from the feeling when suddenly I started crying.

This wasn't a few lone tears but true waterworks.

Alarmed, B, his mom and my sister all asked me what was wrong. In the split second since I'd started crying, I became embarrassed and lied that my incision hurt.

B rushed to hand me whatever it was I didn't really need but reached for anyway and I settled back into the couch.

I was not prepared for how quickly I would become a weepy mess - the nurse had only talked to us about it two hours ago! I also envisioned nobody but B around when it happened.

It happened one more time that night, but all was made better when my sister grabbed my boob.

But that's a story for another day.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Help A Mama Out?

Hi friends! Some of you (the ones that comment) are awesome.

Just kidding!

You're all awesome, but , this post is for those of you that  comment.

Please please please make sure you're not a no reply blogger.
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I've said before, I love the relationships I've built through blogging. I love the new friends I'm making (Hi Erin!) but I hate when you take the time to comment me and I can't write back!

I know some of you choose to be a no reply blogger, but to those that don't, can we change this please?

I can't build a friendship with you if I can't write back to you.

Not sure what a no-reply blogger is or how to check and see if you are one? Click where it says "via" above to find out all about it.

Full disclosure: some of my no-reply bloggers leave the best comments where I have a big response back to you. I always write an abbreviated version of what I want to say just in case something happens and my response actually goes through.

Crazy huh?



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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We're Sexy & We Know It

Okay, so I'm not sure sexy's really the right word....but after our Keurig Party on Saturday, we got dressed and headed out to a Halloween Party
 Can you guess who we are?

We shouldn't have smiled.

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We're LMFAO! They even wear zebra pants!
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 Not bad for an idea I had at 9pm the night before. Luckily, I didn't have to buy a thing :) Our family holds a soft spot for LMFAO (at least B and I do) because we used to have dance parties with the Bambinos in the living room to their songs.

I was lame and just put the Bambinos in their skeleton pajamas. I'm hoping to go all out for our work party so I didn't put a lot of effort into this one.
 Our friends' house has a sunken living room so they did the smartest thing ever - fill it with balloons!
 Endless entertainment for the little ones.

B and I tried to figure out how we could do this at our house since we don't have a sunken living room or any enclosed spaces.

See? Trying to make Peanut dance to LMFAO just like we used to when they were little.

We didn't stay super long, since after 7pm was supposed to be the start of the "adults party" but it was fun catching up with out friends and seeing their amazing lakefront view.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

House Partay!

Thanks for your sweet comments about my post yesterday. I guess my whole point was, I knew my body would change, but I wasn't prepared to feel that way about it after pregnancy.

Anyway....

One of my favorite things about fall is warm drinks.

My very favorite is apple cider with a little Captain Morgan - it tastes like a caramel apple.

So you know when I saw that an upcoming House Party was a Keurig one I hopped on that application.

I've been wanting a Keurig for-ev-ver so I was thrilled to find out I was accepted!

I don't like coffee but that's ok, along with my coffee maker I was sent a few variety packs of coffee which also included tea.

And the day after I received the Keurig I went to my favorite Tar-jay and bought the apple cider and hot chocolate K-cups.

My new second-favorite drink is now hot chocolate with pumpkin creamer - it's so good!

One of the conditions of my house party is that I have to throw a party at my house (imagine that!) so I jumped at the chance to invite a few of my fave girls to enjoy some fall stuff!

Pumpkin macrons from Trader Joe's, biscotti, pumpkin spice muffins, cheese and coffee of course!
My step-mom and one friend had some things they had to do later so they showed up a little early and only stayed through part of the party, but I hadn't seen either of them in awhile so I was glad they were able to come at all.
Have you ever noticed that when one person drinks, the ones around them do too? This picture was unplanned - I swear!

This series of pictures cracks me up. Bug climbed on the chair and stole a macron for the 2nd time. As we were laughing at him, he put it back! I think he's got a sweet tooth like Mama.

His little scrunchy face of joy is the best!

Peanut climbed on the same chair and didn't even try to steal any sweets. He did keep pretending he was going to drink my hot chocolate though :)

Two of my many cousins came and I was so thrilled I got to see them and Baby Si. The Bambinos had a ton of fun playing with Si and were a lot more gentle with him than I thought they would be.

I wish I had a little more time I would have thrown a more "home-made" party and put more effort into the decorations, but I've just been so busy lately. I'll definitely apply to more House Parties in the future though.

After the Party was over, we rushed to get ready for a Halloween party. Look out for our costumes tomorrow!

 
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Head And Shoulders Knees And Toes

Getting used to your mom body is hard.

I'm classically pear shaped. I've always had a (practically) washboard stomach, small boops and rounder legs and rear.

Then I had the Bambinos and

Wham!

I had knockers I couldn't keep covered,


a stomach that still looked pregnant,

my thighs not only rubbed but screamed at eachother to get out the way when I walked,

and my butt was no more round than it was before.

Why did all the parts I didn't want to grow get bigger while my butt stayed the same?

I'm sad to say, there's not many photos of me with the Bambinos when they were newborns.

I was almost ashamed of the way I looked. I hated that I was pale and fleshy.

I'd like to say that I grew to love my body and the way it was but that's not the case.

I loved what my body could do, but not how it looked.

I got a spray tan, and I nursed my babies.

Nursing helped me shed a lot of weight. And I shed about 30 pounds of water weight overnight (literally.)

Slowly, I became less sleep deprived, and more proud of how I looked.

I started to give myself credit.

I'm still about 5 pounds over what I was at this time last year

and my stomach has not gone back to it's previously washboard status,

but I can deal with this new, softer me.

I'm proud that my body baked twins to 38 weeks - that's practically unheard of!

And I remind myself that some women birth one baby and take a lot longer to lose weight or they never lose it at all.

That reminds me not to be so hard on myself.

I'm finally accepting myself for not only what I look like, but also what I can do.



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Friday, October 19, 2012

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

It seems like every fall, I blog about the boots I'm coveting.

I can't break tradition, right?!


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Which ones would you pick? They all look pretty much the same; the last pair's out because they're kinda like every other pair of boots I already own. And they're not really flat.

I'm looking for a flat pair that's versatile. I was thinking I wanted black, but now I think I might want brown - brown might go with more. I thought I had my mind made up but then I see things like this on pinterest and I get all kinds of indecisive.



See? If they can wear brown boots with black and it looks ok, then maybe I can too.

Ok ladies, give me your opinion. Which pair of boots would you choose? Would you go with black or brown?
 
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Christmas Comes Early

I'm one who will not play Christmas music until December 1st, but as I've perused Etsy lately, I've found a few things I wouldn't mind for Christmas.It's never too early to think of Christmas shopping, right?

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I want a custom portrait of Teddy. This artist's work doesn't really go with my style in my home or office at work, but I don't care, it's just so cool. I would love to have a portrait of Teddy. He will forever be  piece of me and when he's gone - it kills me to think about that - he will live on in my memories and my art.  I think out of everything I could ask for  I probably want this the most. I found other artists here and here.
One of my fave photos of him. Yes, he wears a coat outside, during winter. He gets cold.


This is high on my list. I loooove my Naked Pallette.


I've shared my love of long necklaces before. When Becky shared one, I fell in love and hunted it down. I think this might be the same one Becky shared. We don't live near each other so it's not like we'd be twins or anything.
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An Erin Condren planner. I'll admit, I quit using mine about half way through the year and then used it very sporadically. But, I feel a big change coming on and feel like life will only get busier. And? The planner now has laminated tabs - that's huge!
 I'd use this picture.

Can you tell this is one of my favorite pictures of all time? It's my button ya know?
I've wanted a monogram necklace for a long time. I'm not even that big into monograms, but I like them in necklaces.

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I'd change out the chain. It seems easy enough to do. I'm also super picky about how the monogram is put together. I like how this one is one piece and doesn't have any weird divots between the letters

I've been searching for cute, flat boots forever. I think I've finally narrowed it down to these, now I just have to decide if I want black or brown.




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They cost a pretty penny, but I figure Frye's will last forever and be worth it. My aunt has had a pair for 10+ years.


I'd also like Photoshop. I have Elements at home and get frustrated that if I need certain features I have to wait until my lunch break at work.

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I want something big and sparkly and shiny. I've been coveting a nice watch for a while. Every time Chelsea posts her arm party pics, I notice her watch first.

As you can tell, I'm not asking for much :) The funny thing is, when Boyfriend or my parents ask what I want, I bet I won't tell them any of these things. I'm not good with coming up with lists on the spot.

What are you asking for? Are any of these things on your list?











Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Be Am Is Are Was Were Been

I was... Scared that I might mess my kids up emotionally

I am... Realizing that I don't have to worry about that yet.

I think... About all the experiences I want to give them.
 
I wonder... If we'll have the close relationship that I crave.

I wish... My Grandpa had gotten to meet them
 
I save... Every cute outfit they've ever worn

I always... Sneak in their room and give them a kiss goodnight before I go to bed
 
I can't imagine... Either one of them getting a major sickness.

I believe... That their smiles can turn around any bad mood.
 
I promise... To love them unconditionally. No matter what. Forever and ever.

I love... Hearing them say "Mama." It's the sweetest sound there is.


Inspired by Chelsea who was inspired by Becky Higgins

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Mama's Little Pumpkins

Saturday, we faced the rain and went to the Pumpkin Patch.

Do you know how hard it is to find rain boots for toddlers? You'd think with as much rain as Seattle gets rain boots would be everywhere, but they're not. I finally found some at Fred Meyer the night before we were going.

We decided not to go to the same patch as last year after our disappointing trip to Remlinger Farms in September, we chose one much closer to home.
This is the only photo we have of both of them wearing their hats from Eat Pray Yarn. They're big enough that they'll be able to wear them next year too (or else my kids have turned into bobble heads) so I don't feel too bad about it.

We decided to do like we did last year and cart them around in a wheelbarrow.

We also tried to get family pictures
These are the best we got
Someday, we'll be able to get  a picture with all four of us in them.

 
We got the cutest little Pumpkins in the patch.

How was your weekend? Do you got the pumpkin patch or do you get pumpkins at the store?





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