Category Archives: Here we go again

I’m Fine.

There’s this little fact that when someone asks “how are you doing” that most times, they really don’t actually care.

These days, I’m getting that question a lot. My standard answer? I’m fine.

And while I’m sure that annoys some of the askers, I’m pretty sure no one wants to hear…

That I’m running on sleep that comes in increments of 1.5-2 hours at a time.

That I’m so out of it sometimes that I’m wearing a pink elastic hair band on my wrist(s) to remind me which side I need to feed on next.

That I’m completely self conscious of the “headlight effect” happening courtesy of my nursing pads.

That it’s driving me crazy that what shushing/singing/swaying/swaddling tactics work one time to get Reese to sleep well completely fail the next time around.

That my wedding ring & engagement ring still don’t fit right.

That I feel like a freaking dairy cow because I’m nursing every 1-3 hours, depending on the day.

That there’s times I fear my nipples may get ripped off due to the thrashing around of a certain three-week-old.

That I’m completely sick of wearing absorbent anything in my chonies.

That my hair is falling out like whoa and if I didn’t have such think hair, I’d be afraid I were going bald.

That I swear I’m in a constant state of stank…and can’t figure out exactly why.

That I can’t button a single pair of pants.

That some of my pants I can’t even get over my ass.

That I sweat…a lot…like a gross amount. For no reason.

That I feel like a complete jerk of a wife because Andy is doing way, WAY more than his share around the house.

That I feel like an even bigger jerk of a mom because Rylee is taking the back seat to baby sister.

I mean really…would you really want to hear all that?

Yea, didn’t think so.

So see? When you ask me how I’m doing? I’m fine.

But, here’s the deal…the way I see it, all of this just comes with the territory of having a newborn.

And holding this sweet girl in my arms, makes it all worth it.

Oh, and I do get to shower daily, so there’s that…

Two Weeks and One Day

Hard to believe it’s already been over two weeks since we’ve become a family if four.

We’ve all settled in nicely. Long stints of sleep are still hard to come by but there’s something about this girl that makes it all worth it. Oh and the midday naps I take don’t hurt either.

Reese is a pretty good baby. Squeaky as all get out, but good. She settled pretty easily into an eating every 3 hours routine, give or take about a half hour. She nurses like a champ. Loves to sleep on your chest. She hates being cold. And completely wrecks her drawers on occasion.

Rylee is loving being a big sister more often than not. If Reese is crying, Ry is right there trying to console her. She loves to pick out Reese’s outfits and on occasion likes to help change her diaper. She’s still mastering the “be careful around your sister” thing. Andy & I have mini heart attacks on the regular.

Reese had her 2 week check-up this morning. She’s already gained a pound since birth putting her up to 8 lbs, 4 oz (50th percentile) and grown an inch to 21″ long (75th percentile). Tall and skinny. Weird

As we continue to settle into a routine, and get more than 1.5 hours of sleep at a time, I’ll be better about blogging. I have so much to share! But for now, you’ll have to settle for intermittent blog posts filled with ridiculously cute photos courtesy of my iPhone.








The things so easily forgotten…

…The first post-partum poop.

…The squeaky sleep.

…The burning nipples.

…How long 45 minute feeding sessions seem at 2 AM.

…How quickly the lack of sleep can wear on you.

…The sheer amount of garbage produced by something so tiny.

…the laundry…oh the laundry.

…Boulder boobs. {AKA: engorgement} {AKA: ouchie}

…How such tiny fingers wrapped around your finger can melt your heart.

…How such a tiny cry can make you want to move mountains.

…How quickly time can slip away just watching someone sleep.

…How quickly you can fall completely head over heels in love.


Life. Lately.

I’m sitting here with the sounds of Sid the Science Kid and the steady drone of the baby swing in the background. I’ve got a snuggly 4 year old keeping my left side warm. A towel that’s been wrapped in my hair for about an hour too long.

And a heart that is overflowing.

These last few days home have all been a blur. As with any brand new baby, there’s been a flurry of feedings and diaper changes. Semi-sleepless nights and naps in the day. Between all that, I’m trying to balance my time with Rylee, making sure she knows I still love her as much as always. We’ve read books together, made a couple of dinners together. We have plans to polish our toe nails during a Baby Sister naptime this week.

After things settle down a bit/we work into our routine as a family of four, I’ll share Reese’s birth story and some other fun stuff.

For now, I’ll leave you with these…

P.S. I haven’t been updating facebook as much lately, but you can follow me on instagram for the latest and greatest pics of my girls…MY GIRLS! @LilMissRysMama

P.P.S. I started this post at about 10 AM…it’s now almost 1 PM…and this is my new reality.

40 Week Re-Cap

Well…mostly 40 weeks, anyway.

I thought it’d be fun to put all the belly pics together to see the progress of Baby Sister.

And even more fun…the most recent 39 week belly pic…I’m wearing the same shirt I wore in my 8 week shot.

That’s a whole lotta stretch, folks!

Any time now, Baby Sister!

Linking Up with Baby Baby Lemon for Wordless Wednesday!