The Two Kid Adjustment

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I feel like we have spent a lot of this winter sick. Between croup, ear infections, and colds we have also spent a lot of time cooped up in the house. It doesn’t help that with a new baby #2, I also don’t feel very brave to go out in public juggling a newborn and a toddler. I am getting better at that.Getting out the door takes so long. SO long! Even when I try to plan ahead, we are still running late. Always. Trying to get Ruby into the Ergo carrier by myself in a public parking lot is also not something I want to tackle (with that newborn insert it is complicated – or my arms aren’t long enough for the back buckle), so I just make sure that if I have to go out – I go places that have carts large enough to accommodate the carseat and Jude + groceries. So that narrows it down to Costco and the big car cart at Publix that Jude loves pretending to drive. And it helps out our budget when I go to Target because Jude and Ruby take up basically the entire cart and I can’t buy as much.

There was one Saturday that I convinced James to stop by Target really quick – we were on our way home from getting breakfast with the kids – so I could get diapers and such while they waited in the car. And I may or may not have kept them waiting an entire hour. Ooops! I didn’t have the kids, you know, and I was trying to “quickly browse”. I was judging my time off of whether or not James would text asking if I was done yet…which he never did. An hour in Target flies by so fast, I swear! And James has learned that there is no such thing as a quick Target run. Even if he is waiting in the car.

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Having two children is a definite adjustment; however, I can’t decide if life is difficult right now because we have two kids or because Jude is a firecracker of a toddler. Either way, my hands are full. I tried the potty training thing with Jude – which was a complete success after a couple of days – and then it was a complete failure. More on that some other time, but the kid is in diapers (per his request) until I have the mental and emotional capacity to tackle that again. He is only two and a half though.

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Life is crazy right now. James is super busy with his last semester of school and still working full time. He gets home late and leaves early. I am losing my mind most days, but that is just motherhood in general. We are looking forward to Spring + graduation like you wouldn’t believe. Until then, we anticipate our weekends and pack them with as much family time and “rest” as possible.

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Also, some of my FAVORITE bows for Ruby + bowties for Jude: NavyLaneHandmade

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Ruby Gossling

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Our family was blessed with a sweet new little love – Ruby Lavinia Gossling – on November 27th 2016. (She was named after my Great Grandmother – Lucy Lavinia – We get a lot of questions about that middle name)

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Sometimes we refer to her as Ruby Sunday because she was born on a Sunday instead of the Monday we had her scheduled for. Ruby was a repeat c-section and we had it all planned for the 28th of November – two days before her actual due date. Jude was six days late, so we figured that our scheduled delivery would work out well. But the little girl just could not wait another day, and Sunday morning it was.

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Contractions hit me – like they usual do – in the middle of the night about 3:30am. Luckily, since I already had a scheduled repeat c-section for the following day, it was not as long of a wait to head to the hospital. I really was hoping to avoid the whole contractions bit of delivery, but at least it only lasted about 4 hours before I was in the OR and numb.

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Everything went well enough. I was nervous (surgery does that to most people I think). I remember the first thing that the doctor mentioned was that Ruby had plenty of hair and was a chubby little thing. 7:55am – 8lb 8oz. She was beautiful and I was in love.

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James snagged all the first photos in the OR on my phone since I was numb and strapped to the operating table. One downside to c-sections. But I am okay with knowing that each of our babies get their first hour in the world snuggled with their daddy.

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Ruby is the sweetest little thing. She slept wonderfully from the beginning, nursed well, and cried only when she had to be unswaddled and changed. Or when she spit up – which was frequent those first couple of days. The poor thing had a lot of amniotic fluid coming up and lost about one pound pretty quick.

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(^^Meemaw Tutt & Grandma Goose^^)

We were fortunate to have my mom fly in from Arizona the day after Thanksgiving, and Ruby was born two days later. She brought Jude to the hospital that first day. I was anxious to see how he would react to the baby, and he loved her from the beginning. He asks, “hold?” often and is constantly covering her with kisses and hugs. He calls her, “Beb- bee!”

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Jude and Daddy

Jude’s delivery left me super sore and I was hardly getting up and moving for a week. This time around, I forced myself to get up out of bed on my own and move. I mean, it may have taken me a couple minutes to lift myself out of bed and I walked around at a glacial pace, but I was moving! They always told me that the more you move, the easier the surgery recovery would be. So true! Granted, I did not labor naturally for 16 hours before the c-section like I did with Jude. My body and muscles were so worn out from that day.

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This time around we actually were discharged from the hospital after 48 hours! We could have stayed for four if we really wanted, but we were ready to get the heck outta dodge and be home with Jude.

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Below is a photo of her from the hospital right before we left. I swear her face looks so chubby straight on!…

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I can hardly imagine life without our little Rubes. She is so perfect to me in every way.

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Growing Up

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My little baby is not so much of a baby anymore. He turned one at the beginning of this month. I can hardly believe it. He’s so grown! He walks. He jabbers all day. He plays & giggles. He pitches fits. He mimics us. And he has quite the little personality! I need to post pictures from his 1st birthday “celebration” – but for now, here is one from this morning.

I love him so.

 

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Baby Jude

It’s May and Jude is now 9 1/2 months old. Where has the time gone? I feel as though he’s sprouted up over night. I heard him rustling in his crib after his afternoon nap yesterday and decided to grab my camera. My little boy seems so big already!

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Jude started pulling himself up on things the first few days in May and since then is all over the place. He travels from the couch to the coffee table to the fireplace in seconds. We swore he would go straight to walking, but a week or so ago he figured out crawling and climbing up steps. There is no stopping him now! Unfortunately. He is into everything. A couple days ago he bonked his eye on the corner of the coffee table – hence the bruise in the pictures.

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That Girl Whit

I am in love with his face and tousled hair when he first wakes up. Even in the mornings he’ll sit and jabber and play in his crib for a good while until I come in. He is usually all smiles when I come get him. Many people are shocked and tell me what a good and happy baby he is. We are definitely blessed with a content and “easy” child. I’m sure the next one won’t be as calm though!

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That Girl Whit

That Girl Whit

That Girl Whit

Jude still has no teeth and no sight of any coming in. That hasn’t kept him from eating though! He would eat all day if I let him. He loves blueberries and scrambled eggs and gumming on a piece of wheat toast. I’m sure he would figure out a way to eat anything I give him though. When we go out for BBQ, he devours baked beans, mac n cheese, and squash casserole. Who wouldn’t?! I hope to not raise a picky eater, and so far so good! Our only problem is water – he won’t drink it unless I mix in an ounce of juice so that it has a hint of flavor and sweetness.

He makes a lot of noise – squeals and the typical, “mamamamama” and “dadadadada”. I am very proud of his wave. I think he is too – because he waves all the time to us and other people. And Kitty. He’ll even do it on cue most of the time with ‘say hi!’ or ‘bye-bye!’.

He is not much a cuddler anymore and hates being swaddled or cradled. I think he is on the verge of being a one nap a day baby, which I kind of hate. He’ll sleep through the night, but still fights sleep even if he is exhausted and rubbing his eyes.

I’m convinced that although he looks a little more like me, he has more of his dad’s personality – lately he loves his back and head being scratched/rubbed and he plays with toy cars all day. Anything with an engine immediately gets his attention and a ride on the four wheeler is my go-to to cheer him up.

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He is definitely a Mama’s Boy right now – and I love that because I don’t think it will last long.

xoxo

Whit

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Warmer Days

It’s 7:30am and I’m sitting at my kitchen table eating a slice of cheese pizza leftover from last night (Make A Wish Foundation built my nephew, Grant, an incredible playground in his back yard and last night was a little party / reveal for it – post on that later). Usually I come home from seminary and crawl back in bed in hopes of getting at least 30-45 minutes rest before Jude wakes up. But, this pizza is now inspiring me to blog. I have so many pictures, I ought to do something with them.

So spring is finally here! I have been very ready for it for a while. Our days are finally warming up and green is popping up everywhere. That has me pretty excited because last summer we had some perennials and bushes planted and, after a brown and dead winter, I am starting to see the green shoots come back up! I really shouldn’t take the credit because my mom and dad basically did all the work when they visited after Jude’s birth. My contribution was going to Grower’s Outlet and picking out what plants we wanted. Though this spring/summer since I’m not pregnant or recently out of surgery – I should be able to handle it.

This weather already inspired another trip to Grower’s Outlet and lots of weeding. Little Jude gets to spend that time with me outside, though he’s been a trooper about it. I often sit him in the grass with some of his hot wheels or hang his jumper in the doorway of the breezeway. He loves it!

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James and I have been planning out our vegetable garden too. I am bound and determined to make it successful this year. The last two summers we have been in the middle of moves and it never happened. This year is our year! We are starting completely from scratch and it’s going to be a lot of work. There aren’t many flat areas around our house and, of course, there is no spot that is not 100% packed red Georgia clay. The abundance of deer and other critters also add the need for fencing or other protection. Luckily, my husband is awesome and enjoys working with his hands and figuring out projects. I am always amazed at the things he does. I’m the type of person that would jerry-rig something for a quick solution or “make do.” James is not. He’s all about exactness, measurements, efficiency, and quality. For example, if I’m going to hang something on the wall – I stand back and kind of eyeball where I want it and then hammer that nail in. Sometimes I end up making a couple holes before I get it where I want it. That drives James nuts. He would go get his measuring tape, this contraption that shoots a laser onto the wall for leveling, and a fancier wall mount for hanging pictures. It seems like too much work to me. Whatever though! He does everything well and likes doing it (or so it seems). So, I have no doubt that our raised beds will be top notch by the time he’s done. I can handle the planting and upkeep. He likes building, I like gardening – it works out well.

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Just this week he decided to build a wall for a flower bed in our backyard where the slope makes everything muddy. He finished last night. I need to take a picture of the final deal once I plant all my pretty plants in it : ).

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We love where we live, but it definitely was a “fixer upper” and we have had our work cut out for us. It’s ok though because looking back at what this place once was and comparing it to what it will be makes me excited. What a fulfilling feeling.

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(We dog sat this last week for our friends, Matt & Laura. Though I had to laugh at the fact that pampered Duke did not like playing outside as much as we did. I blame Laura entirely lol!)

Jude had his first “play date” this last week. My friend, Ryan Phipps, moved to Georgia for the summer & her little babe is only a week younger than Jude. It was cute watching them. It was Jude’s first time really interacting with another person his size and age.

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He is starting to get better with balance and can even stand on his own for about 3 seconds. I know that seems like nothing, but he’s a quick learner!

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I’m very obsessed with watching James and Jude together. Once Jude is bigger it will only get better! I imagine he will follow James around all the time. They love each other and that melts my heart.

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Here is one from last night… of this special little family of mine that I love so much … haha : )…

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And so that I’m in at least one picture. Thank you, Summer! – Who came and hung out with us for an afternoon this week. …

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Mom Life | Beech-Nut Baby Food

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I’m not the kind of mom that is ultra-protective and obsessive over everything. I don’t freak out when Jude swallows grass or sucks on a rock he just found (some people may shudder at that). His little toes and fingers have been nibbled and slobbered on by the donkeys on more than one occasion. It’s good for him! I’m also not an all-organic kind of mom. I don’t go out of my way to purchase the “dye free” children’s Tylenol. Or the “gentle” laundry detergent for babies. And we choose to vaccinate. So as far as parenting goes in this fast growing “granola” world – who knows where I rank.

BUT – I have recently realized that I’m going to be somewhat picky about what baby food I’m going to buy. Let’s be real, I don’t have time (or the best equipment) to whip up homemade baby food like some moms. I know it’s cheaper, but I’ve got a lot going on between early morning seminary each day with the youth at church (leaving my house by 5:40am each day – YAY!), taking care of Jude, making sure the animals get fed, staying on top of my photography business, trying to keep a “journal” for our family with my blog, laundry, keeping a clean house for my own sanity, cooking, grocery shopping, church responsibilities, catching up on sleep, spending time with my husband, etc… right now making baby food just isn’t on my list. Props to you parents who make that happen! Though I feel like I’ve found the next best thing.

A couple weeks ago, I ran to the store specifically for baby food. I was a little frustrated when half of the isle was cleared out of what I normally buy. Literally completely bare shelves. I saw the pretty little Beech-Nut jars with all of their fancy flavors and realized it was my only other option. I stocked up on some. Seeing that I am trying to keep a budget, but also want to feed my child good quality, I came home and compared. I never noticed that the baby food I bought before had additives and preservatives in it. Long story short – I’ve since switched over. I’m a little obsessed with the flavors, bright colors, and mostly – the simple ingredient list of JUST whatever it is. They taste awesome too – I always try whatever I give Jude & both texture and flavor are as though it came straight from a blender.

So, was I meaning for this to become a commercial? No. But now it kind of is. Haha. You’re welcome, Beech-Nut.

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I love this sweet, happy boy! I also love how he finds and puts his pacifier in his mouth all on his own. Seven months is such a fun age. Though we are still waiting on teeth.

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July 29, 2014

This may be my last post before our little baby boy is here!

I had my 39 week doctor appointment yesterday. Part of me was really hoping that I’d go in and my water would break during the exam or there would be some advancement where I’d be told that my baby was coming that day. I even had us bring the hospital bags and everything in the car just in case. Ha! Quite the opposite. No signs that the baby had dropped and no signs of my being dilated at all. Which is fine – I know all of that can change very quickly and technically our little guy still has a few days to go. I’m just anxious to meet his little face and for my body to get back to semi-normal.

We discussed with my doctor what our plan is if the 1st rolls around and still no baby. Honestly, James and I would have loved to say, “We’ll see you  August 2nd then!” – But due to the weekend and my doctor’s schedule, inducing cannot happen until the 6th. Actually, depending on my body – the inducing prep work would happen on the 6th and then we’d have to be at the hospital bright & early on the 7th to start the Pitocin. I was really hoping we could get him here sooner (and avoid the extra intense Pitocin contractions!), so I’m praying for a baby to come before then!

Giving birth does scare me – having never been there, the unknown is what has me a little nervous… But I’m ready! James seems ready too. He is going to be a fabulous father. I’ve always watched him with our nieces and nephews or our friends’ kids and known he will be a great dad. It’s a blessing to know that there will be no shortage of love, affection, or attention coming from him.

Tamaron, my sister, had her second little boy yesterday. Grayson Steele Allen. 8 lbs 3 ozs. Her due date was August 3rd, but she had a scheduled c-section. She seems to be recouping well & better than with her first (also a c-section), which is great! I’m glad the timing worked out so that Mom could be there to help her out in these first couple of days. She’ll be flying here to Georgia on Friday & we’re blessed to have her for an entire month! I know that with Mom around, things get done. She will be a tremendous help.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing my best to get things done around here. James too. There are still unfinished projects and stuff from the move, but it’s getting handled slowly. I’m wrapping up the last of my photo editing for clients. Though sitting sometimes makes my body cramp up and my feet & ankles swell. Trying to keep a clean house is getting exhausting with my body these days, but I’d like to think I’m doing well at keeping things in order. Staying on top of laundry is always a task – I don’t understand how just two of us generate so much dirty laundry SO quickly! I’m noticing how James goes through three outfits a day though – what he wears to work, what he sweats up at the gym, and what he changes into when he gets home…which usually ends up getting sweaty or dirty if he works on any project around the house. And I know our little one will be just like his father – probably dirtying at least 3 outfits a day (just in different ways :). Again, I feel very blessed to have the husband I do. He puts in so many hours for his job & then often comes home to work some more & spends many nights into the wee hours of the morning getting things done around the house. I don’t understand how he functions on such little sleep – I wish my body allowed me to be more helpful. He is a gem.

At the end of the day, as pathetic as it may sound, I’m feeling accomplished if the bed was made, there are no dirty dishes left in the sink, a load of laundry was washed and put away, the floor swept, the plants watered, and some sort of meal was prepared. I feel no guilt taking advantage of sleeping in, naps, or pool floating when needed. I know that those things will not be happening like this again once our baby is here.

The heat this summer has been killer. If the car is in the sun & not the garage for any amount of time – it’s awful! Having a black vehicle does not help either. I’ve been seeing 100 on the thermostat more than I’d like to lately. With this humidity too… yuck. Pregnancy isn’t helping though. I sweat just sitting in our air conditioned house! We used to get spotted rain almost every day that cooled things down a bit. My complaint then was that the weeds & lawn were growing way too fast to stay on top of. Though for the last week, I don’t think we’ve seen a drop of rainfall and it’s been blazing outside. Go figure – It’d be nice to get some rain again.

Hopefully the next time I get around to journaling on here we will have a little babe in the house! And hopefully…that will be before August 7th 🙂 – We already tried eating at Provino’s and ordering the eggplant parmesan. They have this thing where supposedly your baby will come within 2 days after eating it. We went on Saturday night with some friends. Fail. Now I’ll spend my week trying out other ways to speed this baby up!…

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