Our Date Night-In

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With an 8 week old that suffers from reflux and colic every night and a 3 year old it has become almost impossible to get a date night out with my man. That is why we SO look forward to our monthly date night-in box. With this box we can put our 3 year old to bed, baby in her swing (the only way this reflux baby is happy lately), and spend a little time together just having fun and focusing on us without putting any thought into it what to do. The box comes with everything you need and lists everything to do so pretty much no prior effort is required...perfect for exhausted parents like ourselves! Also, we love that it gives us something to talk about other than spit up, dirty diapers, and milk since that seems to be the majority of our conversation with a newborn lately. 

You guys this month's date night-in box was my favorite yet! It was a "blind date" and consisted of games to play while blind folded, cotton candy, face masks, and a fun game in which you answered questions about each other while blind folded. We haven't laughed so hard together in a long time. It was SO much fun. 

Here are some photos from our date night. 

Seriously we died laughing in this activity in which one partner used duct tape to create an obstacle course and then guided their blind folded partner through the course using just words. Josh actually took a video of me completing the course he created but we are laughing so hard you can't understand us so I decided not to post. 

This was a game in which you had to draw your dream day at the beach while blind folded. You did it several different ways (guided by the box). I think I did pretty good (see my drawing below) clearly it is us and our kids, a beach umbrella, waves, and a sunny day. ;) 

Date night-in also always posts a full menu for your date including drink recipes, appetizer recipes, main course, and dessert. While we didn't get to make the menu this time around I look forward to making it one night soon as it looks absolutely delicious. 

We are already looking forward to our next date night-in box. I highly encourage you to click on the photo below and sign up to get your date box. No investment you make in your marriage is to costly. I can't wait to see what you think of your date and see your photos! 

See prior date night in on this link. 

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First Trip to the Mountains as a Family of 4

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It is hard to believe our sweet girl is already 7 weeks old! Last weekend (at 6 weeks) we finally made the trip to our family lake house in the north Georgia mountains and introduced our little girl to our "heaven on earth." Considering her brother was only 8 days old at his first visit to our beloved lake house we figured now that I have recovered enough from my c-section it was time we make the trip! 

We spent the weekend at the lake house, had some great barbecue, and did some awesome hiking to waterfalls.  Below are some photos of our weekend. I highly recommend the wonderful waterfalls Rabun County, Georgia has to offer. The falls below are off of Warwoman Rd. past downtown Clayton, Georgia. They are simply gorgeous.

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Thoughts After 6 Weeks as a Family of 4

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Well it has been 6 weeks today since our precious little girl entered the world (a little over a week earlier than we anticipated)! To say time is flying would be the world's biggest understatement! Literally time has never gone so fast in my entire life. As any first 6 weeks of life the last 6 weeks have been full of many "firsts" for our family.This time around life with a newborn has taken more 'adjusting' as we settle into the reality of a family of four.

Here are some of my thoughts on the first 6 weeks....

We celebrated baby B's first St. Patrick's Day. 

I have come to the realization that getting a good picture of both kids at the same time at this age is IMPOSSIBLE.

Jealousy does not always show up in traditional ways. This kid has been nothing but super sweet to his sister. However, one day while dressing up the baby and taking photos of her he disappeared in his bedroom for a while (mind you the kid was in running workout shorts as he calls them and a t-shirt) and shows up a few minutes later in the above saying "take my picture" while doing all kinds of silly poses. He has also learned that disobeying and acting out gets Mommy and Daddy's attention quicker than waiting patiently while we finish whatever we are doing to take care of baby. So that's been real fun for all of us. Not.

This girl turned one month and we later learned that the first four weeks were much easier than the following weeks have been as baby B developed reflux right at 4 weeks. PS reflux sucks. We dealt with it severely with our first and were so happy to discover baby B didn't have it the first month of her life. Little did we know that there is something called silent reflux and it doesn't usually show itself until around the end of the first month. Since then we have set out on the journey of mommy altering diet, taking Zantac,and are now trying Prilosec and praying that helps. Day two and so far not much improvement.  We covet your prayers for improvement and much needed sleep for all! 

Our kids look a LOT alike. The above was each of them at one month. Yeah the genes run strong in this family. But hey...at least we make cute kids right? 

Have I  mentioned how much this kid loves his sister? It's all we can do to stop him from hugging her, kissing her, or trying to get on top of her every minute. Don't want to crush his sweet attitude towards her but poor sissy is like "hey can I please get some air space." Secret admission? I think she secretly enjoys the morning and early afternoons that he goes to school.  

Some days are really hard. Notice the unmade bed (that never got made - ok honestly hasn't been made in the last 6 weeks except for the days our house cleaner makes it) and the fact that I'm wearing the baby while wearing yoga pants and a t-shirt. Yup, that's my daily uniform now and I was wearing the baby here because that was the only way I could brush my teeth without her screaming. And that's the truth folks. Life has been much harder than it ever was with one kid. I don't know why I thought it wouldn't be like that but I was so wrong. It takes me forever to get us all ready and get out of the house. If I make it out before 10am I am high fiving myself. From an OCD Momma who likes the house to look great all the time nothing is ever "perfect" anymore, and most days it takes all the energy I have to make it on a single outing with both kids...and i'm talking easy outing folks; pick up our Clicklist order, run an errand, or go to lunch. I recently heard a sermon on progress over perfection. That's my new goal...progress...say it with me..progress..

Certainly a big part of us adjusting to life is the fact that we now have two kids (one who has severe reflux and one who is used to having all Mommy and Daddy's attention). The other part has been the C-section recovery. I have already mentioned it in prior posts so don't plan to spend much time on it but it has been much harder recovering from the c-section than it was a vaginal delivery for me. I was finally cleared last Tuesday at five weeks to hold my three year old which has been great and to lift baby B's car seat (life changing) but I still don't feel 100% myself. I would say that finally at 6 weeks I am 80% of the way there...the other 20% is in pain I will randomly have in my incision if I do too much (such as all the work I did for Easter) or if I twist the wrong way or run to chase or play with my son (no full workouts for me yet) and from the fact that my iron is still crazy low from blood loss which results in me getting dizzy and being exhausted all the time. I have been taking iron supplements to try to get it back to a normal range but it is still incredibly low so hoping I can get it higher again soon and get my energy up. The other awful part that I have not yet recovered from is random migraines which come on suddenly and I had never had before in my life prior to this delivery....and let me tell you a migraine is awful. Come to find out after talking with my doctor it is from my spinal tap during my c-section. Oh so fun.

Naps. I always prided myself on the fact that I didn't let naps dictate our schedule. Now?!? Not so much. The above is my worse nightmare when the big kid falls asleep in the car because it means a short nap for him (he won't transfer to his bed) and no nap for me. I have never been a napper but ever since baby B was born that has changed. Maybe its the very limited sleep I am getting at night, maybe it is the iron, or maybe it is just the fact that life with two kids is exhausting but either way I look forward to my daily nap even it it is only for 20 minutes. 

I have learned that not all my favorite baby products with E are my favorites for baby B. For example the rock and play sleeper. I raved and raved about it. Baby B could care less about it. This photo was taken in the minute and half she actually allowed herself to be set down in it. I am going to shamelessly plug two products that have been life changers for us this time around. One is the baby booties above that you see in almost every photo of our little girl. It is because they are the only shoes that 1) stay on, 2) fit her, and 3) actually keep her warm. They can be purchased off of Amazon here is the linkThe other is incredible diaper backpack which is the only way to go with two kids. We have this one and love it. It can be purchased here. When you are holding a baby or pushing a stroller with one hand and holding your older kid's hand a backpack is the only way to go. Trust me. 

We celebrated baby B's first Easter. Have I mentioned how hard it is to get a good picture of both kids together? And how much I love those booties. ;) 

All in all the past 6 weeks have been a total whirlwind. Most days I feel like I just woke up and it's already 5pm and I am not even sure what i have done with my day. I am SO thankful and blessed for these two precious children. To think that we were told we would never be able to have another child a little over a year ago and then to look at her sweetness now is truly a miracle from Heaven. 

Loving this sweet time on maternity leave and just praying that the next six weeks goes back wayyyy slower than the first six weeks have...

Thanks for all the well wishes, the love, the prayers, and the understanding on my not as regular posts due to exhaustion. 

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Free OREO Candy Bar - yes please!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOChocolate #CollectiveBias
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5 Things No One Tells You About a C-Section

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Well today our girl is three weeks old which means I am 3 weeks post-partum from my c-section. And boy oh boy was I not prepared for it. I felt like I had done a ton of research on c-sections prior to mine, asked tons of questions of both doctors and friends who have had them, and even watched one on Youtube but I still was not prepared.  The good news is that I have learned similar to vaginal births everyone's experience is different. Some recover faster than others, etc. 

However that being said there are a few things I learned through experience that I wish someone had told me.

Here is my list of the 5 things no one tells you about a c-section:

1. The worst part is when they transfer you from the bed they operate on to the recovery bed. 

Literally one of the most painful moments in my life. You are still hooked up on your epidural and can't move so a team physically lifts you up and out of one bed and lays you on the next. Remember your insides have literally just been pieced back together. It's as awful as it sounds. Make sure you have plenty of drugs in your system before this happens. My drugs had run out. Big mistake. 

The other thing that surprised me is that one side will hurt more than the other side for weeks as far as pain. This is because the surgeon stands on one side of you and that is the side they pull all the tight knots, etc. when sowing you up and putting you back together. Again didn't think about this prior to my section but good to know. 

2. Recovery is a lonnnnggg process.

For someone like me who loves to be on the go all the time the recovery has been a long, slow, hard process. You are physically forced to spend days and weeks laying around doing nothing. They tell you that you are able to drive again once you can get off the Periciot (for me this was around a week), and the harder part, can stomp your foot very hard in case you need to slam on your brakes. What they don't tell you is they want you to wait 6-8 weeks before lifting an infant car seat in or out of your car or a stroller. So basically you can drive but you can't get out anywhere with an infant. They also don't want you walking stairs, bending to do laundry, working out, etc. for 6-8 weeks. If you break the rules you will feel it in the evenings and worse, run the chance of getting your wound infected or separated and having to have surgery to repair (yes this did happen to my cousin). Terrifying I know. Best advice I can give you is to accept any help offered and be OK with take out and a messy house for a while. Remember it is only a season. And enjoy the extra baby snuggles you get instead of cleaning up or cooking. Listen to your body. It will tell you when to slow down. 

Have dad or a friend on hand to help with the up and downs at night when feeding a baby. For me this is still the most painful as sitting up and laying down tug on my incision and send a pain through my side. 

3. You will bleed. A lot. 

Expect to bleed for 8-10 weeks post surgery. I seriously have bleed so much more after my c-section than I did in a vaginal delivery. Was not prepared for that.  On that note go ahead and purchase a few pairs of c-section underwear on Amazon. You will thank me later. As ugly as they are they are the only underwear you will be able to wear as you won't want anything hitting your incision. 

4. It might take a little longer to bond with the baby. 

Again was not prepared for this...I am not sure it is the same for everyone but it certainly took me a little longer to feel that bonding connection with my baby born by c-section than my son who was born via a vaginal delivery. I am blaming it on the immense amount of pain I was in during surgery when they took her out (again not normal see prior post). The good news was as soon as I was out of surgery and able to nurse the connection immediately was there. 

Another tip for surgery that seemed to really help me was to bring music into the operating room. Anything to calm you and ease your mind is a great help and music really helped me. 

5. You may have a flap of skin over your stomach that doesn't go away from surgery. 

Better known as the c-section shelf it is an extra section of skin that hangs down over your c-section scar. Unfortunately I was not prepared for this...the other thing that surprised me is that it is recommended not to do ab workouts for 6 months prior to surgery as you can do permanent damage if you are not healed. Instead as soon as you can start walking the better off you will be. Again just listen to your body. If it tells you enough and to sit down obey and sit down. 

All in all the good news about my c-section is that 1) it got my daughter safely to this world 2) my recovery (while more intense) is going to be shorter I have a feeling than the recovery I experienced after the significant tearing with my son (six months later was still having repairs made). You just have to force yourself to take it easy and enjoy those extra baby snuggles. 

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