Sunday, September 23, 2012

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/ We all love these Soft & Juicy Mango slices from Trader Joe's. They are only a buck seventy and worth every penny. I eat a pack a day at work. Seriously. I mentioned it before that Will isn't putting food to his mouth yet, but he will make an exception for these! IMG_9805 / We went on a walk and picked up some leaves. Leaves + Paint = Instant Fall Artwork IMG_9810 / Chilly days are ahead. Today I had to put these hats on the kiddos. So cute. This is one of my favorite pictures of them. Time to go change my cover photo in Facebook. IMG_9816

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How I Almost Became A Stay At Home Mom.

Back when I returned to work in May, I didn’t have a project to go on. The nature of a consulting firm is that you must be billable or else you are just costing the company money. So, if you are “on the bench” for too long, it’s typical to get laid off.

Well, this was what happened to me. I sat on the bench from May until early September. It was HEAVEN. Despite our rough July, it was glorious to have all that extra time with Anna and Will over the summer months.

Even sweeter that I was collecting my salary as normal.

But then one day in August, I received the dreaded Lack of Work letter from my company. It basically said that if I don’t find billable work in 4 weeks, I would be laid off on 9/7/12.

Really, I was expecting it. I mean, the company is in for making profits, and keeping me around wasn’t helping. So when I received the LOW letter, I wasn’t upset or disgruntled. Hubs and I talked about it and felt that we could live off on one salary. Sure, a Disney vacation may only happen every 5 years instead of annually, but having a SAHM is a blessing for the kids, right?

Well, except that while I didn’t MIND being a SAHM, I didn’t really WANT to. Being home with the kids 24/7, especially having a husband who travels, sounded downright scary. So while I knew it would be good for the kids, I was only 87% looking forward to it.

Well, as it turned out, the company found a project for me on the very last day of my employment. No one was more shocked than I was. Seriously, my mouth dropped open when I read the email. So they retracted the LOW letter and I have been back at work (for REAL this time) for a week now.

I have to admit, it made my four months off even sweeter-er.

But life is hectic now. I see the kids briefly in the morning and get home around 3:15p. I am still trying to settle into a routine where I spend less time in the kitchen & cleaning and more time with the kids before they are off to bed.

It’s weird – for the last 10 months, from the beginning of my maternity leave (11/15/11) to last Wednesday (9/12/12), I was glued to my little munchkins. Now I see them less than 5 hours a day. I still need to get used to that.

I do think being a Working Mom makes me happier and relaxed and I am a lot more patient when I get home so I am glad how this all played out. It's good to be back in the working world.

Well, ask me again in a month...

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Will 10 Months Update

It's so easy to love Will. When I look at his chubby self, I just want to scoop him up and give him a tight squeeze. Too bad the little man hardly sits still anymore. From the minute he wakes up to the minute his drops, he's on the move. Unless it's feeding time.

Anyway, onto his 10 months update!
10 Months

We offer Will whatever we eat because I don't want another picky eater. It seems to be working because Will already eats more than Anna ever has. It's such a relieve!

However, we were so used to spoon-feeding him that, up until recently, he never had the opportunity to self-feed. As a result, although he knows to grab the food, he doesn't know to put in his mouth. We are slowly getting him to practice more with self-feeding, but we have a long road ahead of us.

Lately, we have all been sitting at the dining table (as oppose to the kids' table in the family room) and have dinner together. It's our family time together after a long day. I think the kids really like that.

On 9/12/12 (my first REAL day back at work...more about that later), we started supplementing with formula. I don't pump enough to feed him anymore. So he gets two bottles of Mama's milk and two bottles of formula a day. Like a good eater that he is, he has no issues taking formula from the start. We will keep him giving him formula until we run out (all the ones we have are free) and then will start mixing in cow milk as he gets closer to one year old.


Thank goodness nothing to report here. Two naps a day. Sleeps through the night.


It's a horrible thing to say, but I enjoy Will more than I did with Anna when she was his age. Anna was a happy baby, but Will is just a bit happier. He laughs easily and squeals in delight when we talk to him and squeeze him and give him any sort of attention. Sometimes he will bury his head on our shoulders or chest, which is obviously the best. He loves to crawl all over us and hates to be left alone. Definitely a social butterfly! I adore his sloppy wet kisses and the way he body slams on us.

It wasn't until this month when we traveled to NYC that I realized what an easy baby Will is! We were so lax about his normal schedule during the trip, but he didn't get fussy at all. He just slept whenever he could and woke up happy. One thing about Anna was that she never really slept in the car. So having a baby who sleeps in the car is life changing!

Milestones / Favorites

Crawls a ton. It's super cute - when he crawls, he lowers his head and charges ahead without looking. And sometimes he will bump into the wall or the door. Haha.
He waves and claps.
Still no teeth in sight.
Climbs steps. And the slide at the playground.
Pulls himself up and cruises more and more. Sometimes letting go.
Loves to "draw."
Loves his instruments. He once found the two matching cymbal pieces and banged them together, in the correct way!
Like his sister, he loves to splash.

It's hard to believe that Will is turning ONE in two months. I have yet to start thinking about his birthday party. The whole second child syndrome is completely true with Will. I am guilty as charged. But this just means that I will have to get him an extra big present for his birthday!
10 Months

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Besides Kings Dominion, we also went to my college town this past weekend. We went there mostly to hang out with an old friend of hubs', but we also walked around the campus grounds of my alma mater. Last time we went to UVA , Anna was only two months old and strapped in the Baby Bjorn during most of the visit. Needless to say, she enjoyed it a lot more this weekend. Seriously, give this girl a small body of water and she's in heaven. See for yourself.
She also ran on The Lawn with her Dad. Good times.
But this was how Will felt about the whole thing.
Eventually he woke up and change his mind, though.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Kings Dominion and Happy Anniversary!

It was really fun taking the kids to Kings Dominion. It was even better that it didn't cost us a dime because my company sponsored the whole thing. We had the entire park to ourselves, and lunch was included. The weather was sunny and in the 70s. None of the kids had a single meltdown. They fell asleep on the ride home. It was a really good day!

I am not a roller coaster junkie so I was perfectly happy with spending all our time at Kidsville. Anna went on the kiddie rides all on her own like a big girl and laughed all the way through them. I was kind of half expecting that she would refuse riding them on her own, but she totally proved me wrong. I can just imagine how much fun she will have when Will is able to ride with her in the future.

a moment / Will creating his own fun on the sideline
And last but certainly not the least
Five years ago, on 09.09.2007...
Joyce & Luke Wedding 9Sept2007
And the family now.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

3 parks, 3 days

Now that I know Will naps in the car, planning weekend outings is a cinch.

It's really simple. As long as we are in the car between 9:15 to 9:45a, Will dozes off for his morning nap without much fussing. If we drive for a long time, he can stay asleep for a long time. But if we are just going to some place nearby, he will sleep for another 10-15 minutes once the car stops. They are not long naps, but they do hold him over until his afternoon nap and we get to go out and do activities.

We stay out for a couple of hours. Either grab lunch while we are out or come home to eat. Unless absolutely necessary, we try to be home before 1p (or earlier if we don't eat out) so Anna can get her rest. Then Will goes down for his (long) afternoon nap shortly after.

Our Labor Day Weekend can be summed up in one word: Parks! We went to 3 of them in 3 days. We planned all outings exactly the way I described above. And they all went without a hitch. :)
Will loved (smiling, flapping arms) the train ride.
a video of Anna tossing stones while I waited in the car for Will to wake up!

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