Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3 years of wedded bliss

THREE years ago today we were saying "I Do".  

Our wedding was a pain in the butt to plan. We had to do everything by email...half of the things were screwed up on the big day, but when it came time to walk down the aisle, none of that stuff mattered to me.  Mixed up flowers, wrong color cake, ruined veil. The only important thing was I was marrying my best friend.  

To say that it has all been easy would be a tall tale, but having you by my side on this journey has been the delight of my life. I love raising babies with you, our dance offs, how you can fix anything, road-tripping with you, how you can never find anything even when its in front of your face :) Thank you for this life we share together, for your unconditional support and for being the best husband & Daddy to our girls.

I love you Mr. Leif,

-The Mrs.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Life lately/ Em 1 month

It’s so true what they say about time with kids.  The days feel long but the weeks and months fly by.  This feels like the longest/shortest month ever.

I’ll be honest, it’s not the newborn that’s exhausting me, it’s her very active 2.5 year old sister. I seriously look at people who work with toddlers for a living and wonder what is in their genetic makeup that I’m missing.  Toddlers (well at least my toddler) are on the go constantly. I used to have a second to breath when she took naps but once we transitioned her into a toddler bed....naps went bye-bye along with the crib. I wouldnt complain for a second if she slept in past 7:30 at least....but its almost a joke referring to 7:30 as sleeping in.

Emilia has been a good baby for the most part. She's a very light sleeper and its just really difficult to settle her down, especially at takes a lot of patience for this exhausted mama...she also has reflux, so its a non stop spit up fest around here. I must go through at least 5 shirts a day. Cutting out dairy helps, but lordy is it hard to eliminate it completely.

Sienna is handling her role as big sister much better than we anticipated, there is no jealousy at all (sigh of relief)....just sweet lovin on her baby sis all day. If Em is crying and I walk over to her to give her the paci, Sienna runs ahead of me and says "no let me do it mommy" I cant wait for Em to be old enough to love her back.

At her 1 month appt she was an ounce shy of 10 lbs
I'm not used to having a chubby baby, her rolls just make me giggle.

6 weeks old

She loves to be worn, held all day, and have her fuzzy head rubbed.  Her eyes are looking dark green. She’s been generous with her smiles this week which make my heart happy.  She might be cute and tiny, but the she grunts, groans and farts like an old man, it makes Sienna laugh and say things like  "that was nasty baby emmie" and of course giggles follow.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Transitions - Emilia week 3

It’s been almost three weeks since Emilias arrival and we are all learning how to transition to being a family of four. There are so many things about the newborn stage that I have forgotten…mostly how floppy newborns are and how heart wrenching it is to hear a newborn cry when you’re driving and you can’t do anything about it...but he most difficult thing for me honestly is just when both girls need me at the same time–and newborns nurse pretty much around the clock, so that leaves very little time for me to be with Sienna one on one. She's become even more of a daddys girl ... she'll say things like this to me: 
"no mommy I don't want to you help me I want daddy to"  or "I dont want you to give me lunch, daddy will give it to me" (Id be lying if I said it didnt hurt a bit)

Em has been a mellow baby so far, she spits up constantly giving me tons of extra laundry but makes up for it sleeping 4-5 hour stretches at night.

Her little legs just kill me...though I have a feeling they wont be skinny for too long-this girl nurses pretty much all dayy

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Emilia - week 1

Since coming home from the hospital this weekend, things have been a little rough. My recovery has been harder this time...even though I usually hear the opposite. The pain is a rollercoaster of highs and lows depending on when I take my medication. I feel like it wasn't as bad the first time around with Sienna, but then again maybe that was just my memory doing me a favor. I didn't really feel ready to come home from the hospital on the 3rd day but I desperately wanted to be home with Sienna and relieve our friends who were staying with her, though they assured us it wasn't a problem and they would stay with her as long as we needed.

 I am really sore & still have a lot of pain where my incision was, which makes it so hard to do a lot of things, mostly picking the baby up a million times in the middle of the night, getting in and out of bed...even laughing hurts.  Thankfully Dan is able to work from home as long as I need him to. The day after we came home from the hospital, Sienna ran a fever 0f 104 which is the highest she's ever had and it scared the heck out of other symptoms, she ate fine and acted fine but fever is something I dont mess around with, especailly with a newborn in the house... so Dan took her to Urgent Care since Sat night. They couldn't really determine what was wrong, but thankfully it went away the next day.

Despite our unsuccessful breastfeeding experience with Sienna, things are going surprisingly well this time....*knock on wood* I didn't even buy bottles this time, not even letting myself think I may need them....exclusive pumping is no picnic and I don't know if I would have been able to handle doing it again.

Sienna at first acted shy when she met her baby sister, and with how much we tried to prepare her prior to her being born about being gentle....she wound up being afraid to even touch her at first which was pretty entertaining I have to say,  she would only touch her toes with maybe one finger and was so unsure about holding her.

Who does she look like? I think its too early to tell, but she did look very different from Sienna at birth. My mom says she looks like me...we'll see.

Cheers to surviving the first week!

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Emilia Jo

July 29th 2014
7lbs 2oz 
20" long

Born after a very long and complicated labor,
 worth every second & thousands more.

Big sister Sienna is adjusting great and loves her baby Emmie to pieces, 
our hearts couldn't be more full.

(birth story to come....maybe. Still debating reliving it)