Baby #2

Let’s just say baby #2 is a game changer, especially when you have a toddler at home.  While it’s been challenging I’m finding having a newborn the second time around so much easier than the first time!  I don’t know if it’s because Baby C is super chill or if I’m some sort of magical parenting expert or maybe a combination of both.  However, you throw in the toddler factor and all Hell breaks loose.  I’m mean what’s up with these two year olds?  Learn how to regulate your emotions already, my goodness.

Since I have a few moments with Baby C content in his newborn lounger (which his older brother never liked) I thought I would make a top 5 list of differences with my second baby since I love making lists so much.

#1 Less Anxiety

Brought to you by Lexapro, well yes but also as a second time mother I’ve done this before and have a healthy and most of the time happy two year old.  My second round of motherhood comes with a confidence I didn’t know I had when I had Soy Bean.  I’ve been pretty open about my struggles with postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD here and this was certainly a factor during my last pregnancy.  I advocated for myself and was open about how I was feeling plus I was at a different practice and received much better mental health care this time around.  With my second I know what I’m doing and that feeling is empowering.

#2 Recovery

I want to dive into this further in a separate post but the recovery after the birth of my second was so much easier than the first.  In my case I opted for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarian).  I pushed for a VBAC my entire pregnancy and again I’ll dive deeper into this in another post but the recovery from the deliveries were like night and day.  Anyone who ever says having a C section is the easy way out could not be more incorrect!  I felt like a million bucks after having this baby.  I feel so fortunate to have both birth experiences.

#3 The Stuff!

Bables come with a lot of accessories and stuff.  Carseats, strollers, adaptors, breast pumps, blankets, and so on.  The list is really endless.  However, with a second you know what you need and don’t need and most likely you already have what you need.  Most of the items I had to buy for Baby C were just because.  He is using the same crib, carseat, bath, etc.  I bought him some cute clothes and of course had to spring for a double stroller (thank you Facebook Marketplace) but besides what I WANTED to get him we already had everything we needed.

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#4 It all Changes…

When I brought Soy Bean home from the hospital I thought I would never sleep again.  I thought I would never have another date night with my husband and I would spend the rest of my life changing diapers. It might seem that way when you bring your first baby home but trust me it all changes.  Time goes so fast and before you know it they are walking and talking.  With Baby C I am trying to soak everything up.  He’s not going to be so little forever.  He’s not going to fit perfectly on my chest for snuggles and sleep next to me in his bassinet forever.  I find that’s the toughest part about being a parent.  We lose some of ourselves when we give our lives to others but if we do our job right they don’t need us so much anymore.  Dylan and I have had one glorious date night dinner since we brought Baby C home and we always remind ourselves that all of this is only temporary and that we need to enjoy it.

#5 Love

My heart was already full with Soy Bean.  I loved Baby C from the moment I found he existed.  When you have an additional child never worry about how you are going to possibly love them because it’s there.

Summer Fun

I’m exhausted but I’m loving this summer schedule.  Today I felt a little anxious because July seems to be going a bit too fast for me.  I want to savor summer as much as possible and enjoy every second with my little guy.

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Yesterday I took him to the beach for the first time.  I don’t have any pictures because it was a mommy solo trip, but he had such a blast.  We have a small town beach on a bay, which is perfect for young kids since it’s fairly warm and there aren’t really any waves.  The boy and I sat on the shore and he splashed around in the water and watched the boats.  It was really magical.

After that the magic faded and he turned into a demon baby, but other than that we had a good day…

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Today we ventured down to the Plymouth waterfront to walk around.  If you’re from the area please know there is plenty of free parking by the Nelson Street playground (RIP splash pad).

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I love Plymouth.  It’s so packed with history.

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Anyways, we walked by the rock and checked out some local shops, ending out trek with a raspberry lime rickey from Peaceful Meadows.  I craved these all the time when I was pregnant.  I almost wanted to turn back and buy another one.  They are incredibly refreshing and addictive.  Plus they’re not as bad for you as a milkshake right?

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So you are probably wondering about the puggles I’m guessing.  I knew it!  They are doing great.  I think Sophie is a little bummed that Daisy isn’t as playful, but Daisy is basically an old lady.  Although, she flew down the deck stairs tonight when she saw a neighbor’s dog.  Now I’m starting to think she hobbles for attention…

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We love our girls!

Summer Update

So if you’re from Mass you know we’ve been living in basically the most uncomfortable hot yoga studio for the last week.  I don’t even want to think about our electric bill since we’ve been running the central air non stop.

It’s certainly thrown a wrench in my summer plans of getting out and walking with Soy Bean everyday.  It’s just too damn hot!

We’re due for some rain tomorrow and that should hopefully bring us some relief.  It’s been tough being cooped up indoors.  I’ve brought the boys outside a few times to play with the water table we bought SB for his birthday, but even that gets oppressive quickly.

It’s also preventing us from getting the dogs out, they venture out to go to the bathroom and that’s about it.  Daisy needs to lose a few pounds (just like her mom!), but that’s been tough between being stuck indoors and me wanting to spoil her with treats.

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She’s been adjusting wonderfully, however.  I wouldn’t even say she’s adjusting anymore.  She’s just here and she’s our dog.  She belongs here.

Soy Bean and I have been getting in our walks at Target which also equates to Mommy spending lots of $$$… I like say I’m a patron of Target.  We’ve managed to visit a few friends so far and have plans to see more.  We’re also looking forward to enjoying a summer near the coast.  For the last decade of my life, I’ve lived about an hour from the nearest beach.  Also, the hubs and I are starting to plan a special date night to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe we’ve only been married for three years and have known each other for four!

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I will honestly say, and I don’t mean to be divisive, but as someone how is a working mom but gets to spend a few months as a stay at home mom, I am finding being a SAHM a lot harder.  I can’t say I didn’t anticipate this but I’m surprised how tired I am at the end of the ay (even when a sneak in a nap with SB).  Hats off to all moms.  Seriously…

Trader Joe’s Vegan Finds: Penne Arrabbiata

I’ll always love a snow day.  I know we make it up in June, but I’ll take it now, especially if it means I get to stay home with my boy.

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This morning I woke up to a two hour delay for my district.  I had a suspicion that they might end of canceling since the snow was coming down harder than was anticipated.  I was hanging out with Soy Bean on the couch when a certain odor signaled to me that he needed a diaper change.  When I came downstairs I saw a voicemail on my phone.  Woohoo!

So I’m hanging with SB today, unfortunately my husband’s school opened at the regular time.  The babe and I have no big plans today besides doing some laundry and of course snacking.

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Speaking of food, on Sunday I was able to swing by my favorite Trader Joe’s.  I was able to load up on some of my favorite items and maybe some cheap wine…

I’ve been trying to write a top five Trader Joe’s list for awhile now but it’s just too hard to narrow down a list.  I figured I could feature some of my favorite goodies instead.

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One of my favorite and super easy dinners from Trader Joe’s is their penne arrabbiata.  This meal comes frozen and literally all you need to do is throw it in a pan!  This is one of my hubby’s favorite meals, and we ate a lot of this when I was pregnant.  I usually add some sort of veggie meal like vegan chicken, ground beef, or sausage.  I tend to add any veggies I have laying around as well.  The sauce has a little kick to it, but it’s not too spicy.

It’s delicious and super easy.  What more could you ask for?  Oh and it’s vegan. 🙂

 

Attempts at Crafting…

Even when I had more free time I was never a crafty person.  I have friends who create amazing scrapbooks, decorate cakes and cookies, refinish furniture , and so on.  When they follow something Pinterest, it comes out like it’s supposed to.  I am always in such admiration of these skills.  I missed out on that gene I think.

I did at one point have a collection of crooked crocheted scarves.  Does that add to my credibility as a crafty person?

Well I found a craft that I could handle.  It requires minimal skill to pull off and makes a nice gift.

Paperwhite in a mason jar

What is a paperwhite?  I had never actually heard of them before I was presented with one of these as a gift from my mother.  A paperwhite is a winter-blooming flower.  It’s upkeep is simple, keep the bulb in a container and add water.  In about 3-4 weeks it will blossom and produce a fragrant flower.

You will need:

  • A paperwhite bulb (I found mine at a local nursery)
  • A mason jar
  • cranberries
  • string, twine, ribbon anything you want to tie around to decorate the mason jar
  • water

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The picture pretty much explains the whole “process”.  All I did was removed the center part of the mason jar lid (put the rim back on), filled the mason jar with cranberries, tied my string around the lid of the jar and topped it off with the bulb.  That’s it!

I gave these as gifts to friends at works so I did not fill the jars up with water to make transportation easier.  I added tags with directions to just add water.  My friends were fascinated by them.  I think that’s a good thing…

If you don’t want to add cranberries you could try marbles, pebbles, sea glass and so on.  I think I would be fun to play around with different variations.  Honestly, the hardest part about making these was tracking down the paperwhite bulbs, apparently that are very popular in the winter and many places I called were out of them.  Also, why are mason jars so expensive?  They had these really cute smaller jars but they were way more expensive than the larger ones!  So many questions…