Saturday, May 16, 2015

I hope everyone had a great week! Ours was a lot of fun. Over the weekend, we went to visit my sister and the family for my nephew's Birthday party. Madelyn was so excited to see everyone.
She woke up early Saturday morning ready to go. Both girls did great during the ride down. Eliana slept most of the way there and Madelyn played with her leap pad. She knows we only let her use it during longer road trips so it's a special treat for her.

We all had an awesome time at my nephew's Birthday party. It was such beautiful day outside.
The kids had fun chasing bubbles, playing with balls, and running around on the grass. Afterwards, my nieces took Madelyn to the park for a little while. She had a blast with them. I didn't get too many pictures from the party but here they are...

 Madelyn was exhausted from playing with all the kids. She fell asleep as soon as we strapped her into the car seat.

After the party, we went to the hotel room to unpack some stuff and get settled into our room.
While we were unpacking, I looked over and noticed Madelyn sitting on the bed talking on the phone.
At first I thought she was just pretending with her play phone but then realized she was actually pressing the buttons.
 I explained that it wasn't a toy and told her she needed to hang up the phone before she dialed anyone.
We found out shortly after that she actually did call somebody.
Guest services called up to our room wanting to make sure everything was alright.
We were careful not to let that happen again.

The rest of our weekend went by quick but we had such a nice time. We enjoyed spending time with the family and Madelyn was so happy to play with her cousin August. She loved going swimming too. Then my brother in law cooked us a delicious meal for Mother's Day. It was definitely a much needed weekend away. I came back feeling so refreshed and energized. Here are the rest of the pictures from our trip.

We spent the rest of our week doing plenty of fun things together. I took both girls shopping for some summer clothes. It was the first time I went to the mall with them myself but everything went very smooth. Every time I take them out, I feel a little bit more confident.
While we were walking through the mall, Madelyn started talking about how she wanted another dog. She specifically asked for one one without any teeth. I told her that wasn't very likely to happen because most dogs aren't missing all of their teeth. I had a great time shopping with my little buddy though. She loved riding the mechanical duck too.

We did a few other fun activities through the week and enjoyed the beautiful weather too. I also had my six week postpartum appointment with the Doctor. It's so hard to believe it's already been that long since I delivered her. Everything went good though and I am almost completely healed up. She said to take it easy for a couple more weeks before doing anything too strenuous but otherwise I am free to start up some light exercises. The Doctor was happy to see some pictures of the girls too. She said that Eliana had gorgeous eyes that reminded her of the Disney princess babies.
Here are the rest of the pictures from the week. Once again I probably took way too many but I was having so much fun with the camera.

I hope you all have a great week!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Aside from the crazy weekend we had and a few other frustrating moments, this week has been great.
The weather was gorgeous so we spent some time outside enjoying it.

Then earlier in the week, I took the girls for a little walk around the lake. We didn't go very far but it was so nice getting out. 
 After going to the lake, we picked up a few things that we needed at the grocery store. 
Madelyn got to choose a little prize too. She was so excited. Clearly she wasn't concerned about how much money we were spending either because she tried sneaking a handful of other items into my shopping cart. 
Thankfully I noticed them just before checking out or it would have costed us a fortune.  

The next day, Eliana had her one month visit at the Doctor's. Before we went in for her appointment, I was feeling a little bit discouraged as a mom and questioning whether I was doing enough with both of the girls. Some days, it can be so tough planning out activities and spending individual time with them. Especially when they are both upset and demanding my attention at the same time. 
Then when you add in the housework and other chores, things can get pretty crazy around here. 
Other moms of two would tell me how challenging it was dividing the time between them and I remember thinking that didn't sound so bad. Now that I've experienced it for myself, I can relate to the feeling and know that it's harder than I imagined it would be. 
Things have gotten easier though and our visit with the Doctor was very encouraging. She said Eliana looked great and is growing perfectly. She now weighs 9 pounds 4 ounces and is 22 and a half inches long. At this point, she is still very tall for her age and average weight/head circumference. 
I was happy to hear the Dr. say how impressed she was by her head control and body strength. 
During the entire checkup, her little legs were racing around and she made so many cute cooing noises too. 
Just like when I carried her, she hardly ever stops moving. 
I also wondered if I was giving her enough tummy time and the Doctor said it was very clear to see that she gets plenty of time on her stomach. 
Madelyn had a great time at the appointment too. She was talking to everyone and starting up conversations. The Doctor said she had very good language skills for her age. 
I left there feeling so proud of them both. 

Eliana smiled for the first time too. It was the sweetest thing ever watching her face light up with such a pretty smile. Seeing both my girls happy makes me feel like I must be doing something right. 
I wasn't quite able to capture her fully smiling but this was the closest I could get. 

She was in the best mood that day. We played with some toys and sang songs together.
Madelyn was trying to teach her every word she could think of. She's such a good big sister.
 I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these girls!

I was also feeling so much better this week and hardly sore at all. It's been almost seven days that Eliana started sleeping for eight hour stretches through the night so I'm feeling much more energized now.
I've even managed to get both girls napping the same time in the middle of the day so it works out perfectly. Having the time to myself each day is great and it allows me to get some work done around the house too. I sure got lucky!
This past week, I've been the only one waking everyone up with my sleep talking. Mike said I was up one night frantically searching for my umbrella. It's funny considering I don't even use one. Then when I finally did wake up, I asked Mike why he was wide awake at two in the morning thinking I might have slept through Eliana's crying. He then laughed saying that I was the one that woke him up trying to find my umbrella.
Anyways, here are the rest of our pictures from the week...

Have a good weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all my mommy friends too!!