Wednesday, November 23, 2016

what's up wednesday

Linking up with MelSheaffer, and Shay!

What we're eating this week:

We've been very blessed by our church in terms of meals being provided for our family. We've had BBQ chicken and vegetable stir fry provided to us by friends and will receive additional meals next week. This has been a huge relief and we are so grateful to them for serving our family in this way.

I also made Jon his favorite quinoa cauliflower chowder this week and he made squash and kale.

For Thanksgiving at Jon's parent's house tomorrow we are bringing garlicky broccoli, homemade cranberry sauce and apple pie. For Thanksgiving at my parent's house on Friday we are bringing rolls.

What I'm reminiscing about:

Christmases past. Last Christmas was a lot of fun because Elden really started to grasp the concept of the holiday. This Christmas we are adding to our traditions by watching several Christmas movies. Elden's favorite so far is The Grinch but we've also seen The Polar Express, Yes Virginia, and Arthur Christmas. Highly recommend all of them, especially for preschool aged kids.

What I'm loving:

Black Friday sales. Jon and I decided to bite the bullet and order Etta's convertible car seat for when she no longer sleeps in her infant seat. We love the Diono Radian RXT--Elden and Edith both have one--and it's on sale for an awesome price. I seriously can't sing the praises of this seat enough. 

What we've been up to:

We have been doing a lot of babywearing the past few days. Etta has some really awesome days/nights and some less stellar (but still awesome when compared to newborn days with Elden and Edith!) ones. The less stellar days are when I have busted out the Moby wrap:

For reasons unknown, Jon decided to forego the Moby and get creative with one of Elden's bed sheets:
(and no, that is not a Gryffindor shirt)

As a result, a friend has volunteered to send us a Maya ring sling to try out. I am hoping this means no more bed sheet slings.

What I'm dreading:
Winter. The first snow already happened and was just a coating, but they are forecasting heavier than average (with average in northeast Ohio being upwards of 60"...) snowfalls this season. It's pretty to look at but super miserable to drive in and makes commutes a trillion times worse. 

What I'm working on:

Finishing Christmas decorating and shopping. The kids' big gift from us has been purchased--this bounce house was on sale on Zulily a few weeks back and I used referral credits to snatch it up for an amazing price--but we still have a few family members to shop for. I am also making a gift for the ladies in my small group that I have the supplies for but need to actually start.

What I'm excited about:

Obviously Thanksgiving food and the Christmas season. We got a jump start on Christmas this year because of the unpredictability of having a newborn in the house. I want to take the kids to see Santa at the mall before I go back to work in mid-December and we have some Christmas crafting planned as well. Elden has been consuming his weight in hot chocolate and Edith has been matching his gumption in marshmallow consumption. I also have the homemade advent calendar I made to try to teach the kids the meaning behind it all. It should be a really fun month.

What I'm watching/reading:

Lately we haven't been doing much watching. We have been going to bed not long after we get Elden and Edith down for the night because newborn. However, we are still trying to keep up with our regular shows on Hulu during the day--The Goldbergs, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Superstore, Modern Family and Parks and Rec have been our most recently viewed shows.

And I'm still not reading anything.

What I'm listening to:

What I'm wearing:

I made the grave mistake of trying to squeeze into regular pants less than a week postpartum.

It ended in tears and gnashing of teeth.

Maternity clothes it is. I'm not thrilled about it but trying to remember that it took nine months for my body to get into its current condition so I should not expect it to take a week to go back to how I was pre-pregnancy. Trying to extend myself grace and not drown my sorrows in Dr. Pepper (not doing so well on that last one).

What I'm doing:

A whole lot of just enjoying being home with my family during this season of life. Much of our days are spent doing nothing spectacular and yet it feels so, so special. I couldn't have planned the timing of this maternity leave better. I only have to work 1 day the remainder of 2016 and that's to establish I am back so I can get 100% pay during our annual holiday shutdown instead of the 50% I'd get if I were still on maternity leave. It basically shakes out to me having just over 7 weeks of maternity leave instead of the 6 I had with Elden and Edith, and I am getting full pay for all but 1 of those weeks. I also get to enjoy the full scale of the magic of the season with Elden and Edith which is worth more than I could have ever asked for. I am not taking this time for granted at all.

What I'm looking forward to next month:


What else is new: 

So this happened tonight. I was so terrified I would be the one to find the dreaded umbilical stump so I was grateful it was Jon who found it. But then he brought it downstairs to show Elden and Edith and I almost threw up my dinner. I urged him to throw it away. I don't need to be putting that in any sort of baby book. Gross.

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