Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Amelia at 4 Months

It's a broken record that every mom continually plays anyway... please time, please slow down! 

Amelia is the happiest little baby. If you smile at her, she will give you the biggest smile she's got right back! She really only fusses if she's tired or hungry and we're in the car, or if I'm taking care of Nathan and she wants to be put down for a nap. (Juggling "who needs me most" is probably the hardest part of having two children for me.) She loves to coo and screech, hold on to her toes, and kick and wave her arms as quickly as possible.

She has the ability to roll from back to tummy and tummy to back, but she still gets stuck now and then. I've started to recognize her communication, and I know that when she talks to me in a lower voice she is hungry, and when she's screeching super high pitched it's the warning sound of her needing sleep asap! It's amazing to me how babies can communicate without words. I love feeling in tune with her and being able to recognize what she needs! I know she enjoys it too. I've never been the type of mom to stick to a rigid schedule. I just try really hard to figure out what my baby is trying to tell me and I go from there. So far it's worked wonderfully!

Anyway, back to Mia... who just woke up from her nap... 

She recently recognized herself in the mirror, and it makes her over the moon happy to see her own little face! She only likes her binky when it's time to fall asleep, and that's only if she's well fed. She eats frequently during the day - mostly snacking, not always full meals - and then sleeps almost completely through the night. (knock on wood!!) She goes to bed right after Nathan, and is usually asleep for good around 9pm. She doesn't wake up to eat until around 4 or 5 am usually, and then goes back to sleep until 8:30am. 

I don't know what I did to deserve such an angel child, but I'm not taking any minute of it for granted! She is my dream come true and I can't stop kissing her chubby cheeks for anything. Like, it's becoming a real issue haha.

Stay small, little Mia. 

(I'll add her weight and everything once we've had her checkup)

Behind the scenes photo :) Nathan wants to do everything Mia does. It's pretty hilarious. He has no idea that in a little bit it will be her wanting to copy everything he does! He just loves the attention. 

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Mommy Style Monday: Transitioning to Spring

shirt c/o: Shop Evergreens

Well hello!! I am happy to report that I am sharing this Mommy Style Monday post ON MONDAY!! And it's the correct Monday! (We always schedule it for the first Monday of the month.) Look who is finally getting a handle on her life! ;) To be honest, I had a big deadline at work, so blogging kind of fell to the back burner, because every spare second I had I was working.

Today we're sharing an outfit! For Mommy Style Monday we use "style" as kind of an all encompassing word. It's not just what you wear, but what your style is in all sorts of things. It's been a while since we did an outfit post though, and I enjoy seeing what people are wearing! 

I cannot wait for spring! It got semi-warm this past week, and one day we just sat outside for hours because it felt so good. It's really cloudy here a lot, so when the sunshine comes out I am always overjoyed. I didn't realize how much of a difference seeing the sun actually makes! It does wonders for a good mood. Anyway... back to the clothes...

 I've been working on being really conscious of what goes into my closet ever since I had Amelia. When my sister came for Thanksgiving we totally pulled everything out of my closet and filled five bags full of clothes I don't even wear! I'm on board to try a capsule wardrobe, but I didn't get there 100% this time around. I know I'll be pulling things to donate after this cold winter season is over that I didn't wear at all, and that's ok with me! I want to be really aware of how I spend money on clothes. It's so easy to see a good deal and just snatch something up without considering if you actually "need" it or if it completely fits your style. I'm honestly a pretty basic dresser. I love love love a good t-shirt and pair of jeans, but I also love comfy shirts you can throw on and look like you put in a little more effort than just a basic tee! This shirt fits that category. I was nervous about the big sleeves, but I'm coming around to it haha! My other goal after having a baby and getting back to a normal-ish size was to get a great pair of high waisted jeans. I am obsessed with the ones I have on in this picture! You guys, I never have to worry that when I sit down part of my back is showing and that makes me SO HAPPY.

Anyway, Mia wants me to feed her and put her to sleep so I have to go. Basically my style while transitioning into spring will be high waisted jeans and great t-shirts, while keeping a light jacket or sweater on hand for the chillier days.

Gotta go! It's been fun! Blogging! What a trip!

If you want to check out the other ladies, click the links below. And if you'd like to sign up to do a mommy  style monday post with us fill out this link.

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Lauren at The Andrew Life

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Life Lately - Unedited

If you follow along with me on Instagram (@madelinecasey_) you probably know most of my life lately, but even then I have been posting so infrequently lately it's hard to get a full picture! I realized I've been having a hard time sitting down to blog because I feel pretty behind, and it seems overwhelming. So this post is going to be more of a life lately/photo dump post (unedited iPhone photos! old school!), and then hopefully I can get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Nathan is still very so-so on his feelings for Amelia. I think in general he *likes* her. I think he also finds her kind of a nuisance. She takes up a lot of attention that could be his, after all. So any chance he gets, he reminds me about "baby Nathan" and shows me how great he is at things like: rolling over, grasping objects, talking like a baby, etc.

I was randomly snapping photos of Mia and when I found these two I could not stop laughing. They also happened to be the perfect reaction to a conversation happening in our family group message.

Some days I am very on top of things and get ready for the day. Most days I am semi-on top of things and get semi-ready for the day. One thing you can for sure count on - one or both of my kids will most likely be in pajamas all day. I've been trying to exercise more lately, so I made a rule that I have to wear my exercise clothes (how hard! so uncomfortable! not...) until I have exercised and then I can change into whatever. So if you see me in exercise clothes and it's the evening, you can be pretty sure I didn't make the time for it. Or you can assume I just really liked my exercise clothes that day and didn't shower or anything. You never know what you're going to get with me!! So mysterious! So fit!

The cutest little thumb-sucker since me and my sisters back in the day. ;) She happily sucks her thumb, but rarely uses it to put herself to sleep. For that, she prefers a binky and much bouncing and swaying on my part. Unless it's time to go to bed for the night, in which case she demands nursing for an hour and *possibly* some bouncing if she's feeling generous. The happy part of this story is that she sleeps incredibly well at night, and I usually wake up feeling well rested.

Ah, Valentine's day. Please notice Nathan's pajamas in both pictures, and the fact that Mia is dressed in the bottom one. What did I tell you? It's very hard for all of us to be dressed at once. On Valentine's Day I stuck to my plan and made heart shaped pancakes. I surprised Nathan with a new car on his plate. He was so adorable I could hardly stand it! He kept saying, "Thank you mama! Thank you!!" about every single thing. That night we went to our friend's house and had heart shaped pizza and pink rice krispie treats. Afterward we tried to play a make-shift newlywed game while our children screamed and jumped off tables and climbed all over us. It was very fun!! 10/10 would recommend and I'm hoping to do it next year. I realize this may sound sarcastic, but it's not at all. Promise.

Nathan's Aunt Abi sent him the most adorable Valentine's card in the mail. (Please ignore the chocolate on his face, and the fact that he is still in pajamas and it's probably almost dinner time in this picture.)

His Grandma Casey sent him this cool shirt in the mail, and he thought the best way to show it off would be some super awesome dance moves! His Grandpa Newhouse sent him a super awesome Utah State University Aggie Bull hat, but we do not have a picture of that because Nathan is a little afraid of it.

Alex took Nathan to a monster truck rally and Mia and I had a girls night in. They drove all the way down to Indianapolis and got to watch the trucks in the stadium the Colt's play at! Alex thought Nathan would fall asleep on the ride home, but he did not. He talked Alex's ear off and then when he got home he was so excited to tell me everything about it, it was the cutest.

It's been very rainy here this week, which means Nathan gets to wear his most precious rain boots (he's obsessed) and he is constantly asking me to jump in puddles. Before we go somewhere I let him jump in the "baby puddles" and when we get home he can jump in the "big puddles". I'm a cool mom, but I am also very in charge and authoritative.

And we'll end with this.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Amelia at 3 Months

Three months (almost 4 now!) with Amelia have been a dream! At 3 months she weighed about 11.5 pounds and was 23 inches long. 

Baby Mia is the happiest little thing, if you give her a smile she'll smile right back. She loves everyone and everything and it's the cutest. She contracts with excitement when we make eye contact, and I can't even stand how cute it is. She loves babbling, and will talk your ear off if you let her. She's started getting distracted while nursing. If there is anything going on, she'd rather be looking at it than eating. Especially if she could be making eye contact with me. Then she just wants to smile and babble. I feel bad but I pretty much have to ignore her when she's eating just so she'll get fed haha.

She is totally content to be set down wherever, which is a new thing for me considering Nathan refused to be set down for longer than 2 minutes. It's a huge blessing considering Nathan still requires that kind of attention ;). 

On Super Bowl Sunday Mia rolled over three times from her tummy to her back! She did it so gracefully, with complete head control. It was very impressive because it was probably the third time I had ever given her official "tummy time". She hasn't done it since, so we are confused, but it was pretty cool when it happened! The problem now is that I know she can do it, so I can't just set her on the couch and walk away for a quick minute. Now I have to strap her into stuff because you never know when she will do it again! She's very strong and determined. Since then, whenever we do tummy time she tries so so hard to roll over, and she never complains even when she gets really tired! I have to roll her over because I can tell she's exhausted but she isn't asking for help. She has almost rolled all the way from her back to her tummy this past week, and that's really fun to watch! 

She has the clearest most beautiful skin, and everyone comments on how pretty her eyes are. I'm inclined to agree :). She is absolutely perfect and we are so happy she is ours! Nathan has even started interacting with her more, and he seems to like her pretty well haha. He has accepted that she isn't leaving ;). 

Both babies have woken up for the day now (9:30am) so it's breakfast time! That's a quick update on baby Mia. I'm hoping to get back to being more consistent with blogging, but I'm pretty far behind so it's a little overwhelming haha....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mommy Style Monday: Valentines

Hi! Once again, I realize it is not Monday. Yesterday was a day spent putting babies to sleep. Literally all I remember from yesterday (after I exercised, woo! go me!) is putting Amelia down to sleep over and over and over again, with one time of getting Nathan down for a nap mixed in there as well. Suddenly it was 10pm and I realized I should have got this blog post out, and considered doing it then, but I decided it was time to put myself to sleep instead. Priorities.

For Mommy Style Monday this time, we're talking about Valentines and how you choose to celebrate it as a family! I'm excited about this holiday this year. In the previous years I haven't felt much drive to make it a big deal, especially on the family level, because Nathan wouldn't care that much. But he's really been getting into holidays (his favorite is Halloween so far, he still likes to pretend to trick-or-treat!) so I'm determined to at least do one thing special for him on Valentines! I say one thing because, you never know, I may spend the whole day putting babies to sleep or something...

Here are some of my *tentative* plans for Valentines with my family:

1. I'm really feeling heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.
2. Making Valentines for grandparents/aunts and uncles and sending them in the mail. (if you are a grandparent or aunt or uncle reading this, first off, hi! second off, please pretend you didn't read this.)
3. Find the Charlie Brown Valentines movie. (We've been watching Charlie Brown every holiday since Halloween, and Nathan really likes them haha. They're way funnier now from an adult perspective.)
4. Go around the table at dinner - which possibly could be a heart shaped pizza - and say why we love each other. (reason for the season!!!)
5. I have some stuff up my sleeve for Alex. Alex and I had to have a Valentines DTR, and originally we said not to do anything, but the problem was that I actually wanted to do something, so I made my feelings clear (communication is key!!) and was upfront that I will indeed, be doing something for him.

^^ Here are some pictures of Nathan practicing his Valentines. Should he start an Etsy shop??^^

I just love holidays! I don't think of Valentines as like the one time a year we profess our love for each other, but I think it's fun to have a day that's actually set aside for that? Like of course I feel loved by Alex every day of the year, but it's fun to do something a little special every now and then, and Valentines is a good excuse in my opinion.

What are your Valentines plans with your family? Let's check out what the other moms said:
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Lauren at The Andrew Life

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Life with Amelia

So, since I haven't been prioritizing blogging lately, I'm ridiculously behind on sharing bits and pieces  of life with Amelia in our home! Luckily, I have Promptly Journals, and I have been keeping up to date on those, so I don't feel too bad. But my grandma loves my blog, so I'll update here as well ;).  (Hi Grandma!)

Amelia at 3 weeks
The adjustment to two kids was slightly overwhelming in the beginning. The logistics of everything really made me nervous. It took a lot of planning to figure out how/when I could get two kids out of the house! Luckily for the first few week of her life we had a lot of help. My mom and sister Olivia flew out the day Amelia was born, and they stayed for 10 days! Nathan was in heaven. It was hard for him to adjust to having less than 100% of the attention, so it was good to have so many people around to take care of him. I tried to make sure in the moments I wasn't holding/feeding Amelia that I was spending special time with Nathan.

She had some silent reflux which meant that wake-up calls at night consisted of me feeding and burping her for about an hour each time she woke up. I felt like I was just sleep walking most days! Luckily she grew out of that around 6 weeks or so.

Alex's mom Jeanne came to help a week after my mom and Olivia left, and we were so happy to have her! She is just wonderful with kids, and Nathan was obsessed. She spent pretty much all day every day on the floor with him keeping him entertained which was exactly what I needed!

Amelia turned one month old over Thanksgiving which is when my sister Abi and her husband Jake came to visit! AbiJake are Nathan's favorite people (that's what he calls them haha) so again, he was simply thrilled with that turn of events. Amelia was still waking up with reflux during this time, so I was still sleep deprived. Besides that though, she is an amazingly easy baby. I thought Nathan was a pretty easy kid to take care of, but Amelia seriously makes him seem high maintenance (which I think he kind of is ;) ). She only gets fussy when she's hungry or tired, and both of those things are easy to remedy. She fell head over heels for her uncle Jake, and they have an especially cute bond. He would put her down for naps for me by singing Hamilton to her! The first month with baby Mia flew by, and it started feeling like she had been a part of our lives forever.

My sister Abi asked me if it was true that when you had a baby you forgot what life was like before that baby came around. I said no. I remember what it was like to be just me and Alex, and it was so fun and wonderful! And then I remember when it was just me and Alex and Nathan, and that was absolutely wonderful as well! And now we have Amelia and I would never want to give her back. I remember the old times, but that doesn't make the new times any less great. Life just keeps getting better!

Baby Mia turned two months the day after Christmas. She was a champ on the flights to and from Utah. The first time I took Nathan on an airplane he was the same age and he slept the entire time! Amelia slept half of it and was awake half of it, but she didn't fuss at all. And the craziest thing happened - I got to read a book ON THE AIRPLANE! Haha that hasn't happened since Nathan was tiny. I'm usually entertaining a toddler, so it seriously felt amazing to just sit back and relax.

In Utah all of us got sick, so I was really worried she would as well, but she was ok! She did have a pretty stuffy nose, but no other symptoms, and the Nose Frida took care of her troubles easily. My family and Alex's family absolutely adore her. She was spoiled for sure, and I started to get worried she wouldn't be ok with being set down for naps anymore, but we're back in Indiana now and she's doing amazing.

She's started smiling all the time. She gets so excited when you look at her and smile at her, her arms and legs seize up and she smiles so big you can't see her eyes haha. She's developing the sweetest personality. If I make eye contact with her while she's nursing, she gets so distracted and just starts smiling and cooing at me. Her little voice is the cutest thing I have ever heard, I just want her to talk all day long! She's definitely a little mama's girl, and I'm ok with that. I honestly didn't think she was that concerned with me because she's so laid back until a few weeks ago when I left her, perfectly content, with Alex while I got ready for bed. As soon as I left the room she started fussing, and when I came back in the room, she was totally fine! It was a self esteem boost hahaha.

We had to take her to Indianapolis for a test on her kidney. They wanted to see if the cystic kidney has any function, and also if there was any reflux. They had to strap her down to a table and give her a catheter and an IV, and it was the worst thing I've ever experienced not being able to comfort her! I really don't think she was even that uncomfortable with the tests, but she didn't like being strapped down, and not being able to pick her up and hug her kind of killed me inside. It was good to get answers though, and it turns out the affected kidney has 39% function, but she has the worst level of reflux, so it's just imperative that she doesn't get a UTI, and she'll be on a daily antibiotic for the foreseeable future to help prevent infections.

We love our beautiful Baby Mia and can't imagine life without her! Nathan has settled down into big brother status and rarely gives us any trouble anymore. I have figured out how to get out of the house with two kids, and it's not too bad at all! We're getting back into normal life after all the visitors and holidays, and normal life feels great. :)

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mommy Style Monday: Resolutions

Oh hi. Yes, I realize I'm posting this several weeks late. Yes, I realize it is not even a Monday. One of my resolutions is to be more organized, so hopefully this won't happen again! (please forgive me!) I still wanted to write this post because I feel like it's good for myself to write these kinds of things down. I have several resolutions - and I like the word resolution because it stems from the word resolve, which feels strong to me. I am resolved to do these things!

1. Use my planner. I always have a running to do list in my head, and with two kids, it's taking up way too much space in my brain! I'm going to get in the habit of using a planner daily to track my to-dos.
2. Healthy Meals and Exercise. I'm using this program. I'll let you know how I like it! So far so good.
3. Put my phone down. I have a super bad habit of feeling naked without my phone next to me. Ugh, so lame.
4. Read one book a month. (or more!) I'm already on track with this one!
5. Date my husband weekly.

Kiana came across this post on Instagram and it really inspired both of us! First of all, I cannot imagine having the time to learn a new skill once a month - I wish!! But it was a fun idea to think of what talents and skills I would love to develop. So here are my answers to that question:

1. Teaching. For those of you who don't know, I used to be a fourth grade teacher. Once we moved to Indiana, I left the profession to be a full time mom and I honestly have never looked back! It's my mission to teach my own children now, and I'd really like to dive headfirst into it. Nathan is a super bright child, and I'm AMAZED at how quickly he picks up on things. His vocabulary blows my mind, and he knows all his colors and shapes, and an incredible amount of animal names and sounds. He can recognize a handful of letters and numbers, and can count to 6 if he tries pretty hard. So that's the thing, we have barely taken any specific time to work on these skills, he's just picked them up by listening and playing and that is awesome! I'd just love to make some more intentional teaching time with him, and really make learning those basic things fun!

2. Interior Design. Before I switched my major to Education, it was Interior Design. I've always had a love for making spaces beautiful, but after I switched majors, I definitely let that talent fall by the wayside. Now that I have my own home I've been slowly trying to pick it up again and really hone in on my own personal style. I'm getting there! My goal is to make my home beautiful this year.

3. Singing. I can't believe I'm even writing this one down. I have loved to sing my whole life, but I've been plagued with insecurities, not knowing if I'm good enough, etc. I am terrified to make this happen, but maybe writing it down will make me go for it? I don't know if I'm ready! I'd secretly (not so secret anymore) love to get singing lessons and really develop my "definitely can sing in tune" voice into a talent.

4. Krav Maga. Alex got it into his head that I need to take a self defense class, and I actually fell in love with the idea as well. I have heard about Krav Maga lately and it sounds super awesome! I emailed the company that does it here in Lafayette, so we'll see what happens! It would just be nice to know and have a plan for how to respond in certain situations.

So there you have it! My goals for the year. What are you hoping to achieve in 2018? Maybe you are hoping to achieve being a part of Mommy Style Monday??? Haha if so, click this link to sign up!

Let's check out the other ladies who participated:
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at It's All About
Lauren at The Andrew Life
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