Tuesday, March 8, 2016

State of the Blog Address (Let's Chat)

Woah, its been a little bit since I have written a real post (besides those monthly baby updates I know everyone just LOVES to read :/ It is time for a STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS for this blog and me and the company

I can already tell this is going to be a rambling post. I just want to talk, pretend you're my girlfriend and we are catching up over lunch. Wait...Hold on baby is waking up...after a 21 minute nap....oy.....

Ok I'm back, he's on my lap now, I guess the out to lunch fantasy is over, lets pretend you came over bearing Swig dirty diet cokes and I'll drink it guiltily because of Ben's theory that it gives Patrick gas when I drink pop which I refuse to accept.

Anyways! What's new with me you ask? Well let me tell you.

So all this stuff just came up for me all of a sudden at a very unexpected time. I got an internship at the amazing blog The House that Lars Built. I only go in for a few hours a week and do some stuff from home. She (Brittany) is amazing and so creative and I love it. The novelty has not worn off for me yet. I am totally fine doing intern stuff like running errands and taking out the trash because it feels good to be out of the house and not covered in spit up and I am learning so much! I am doing graphic design and crafting and sewing and styling and party planning and writing her newsletter and it feels really good. Then I am SO SO happy to see my kids when I get home and it has just been really fun. I also got a little gig as a blog contributor to The Baby Cubby blog, which is this amazing baby boutique here in Utah with every beautiful baby thing you could imagine. I just write a post or two a week from home so it is perfect! Here's my first post on how to get toddlers to eat healthier.  It's weird, I didn't even know or think I wanted to do anything outside of being a stay at home mom, especially when I had this 2 month old baby in the height of his colic but even though it's been a little overwhelming, totally fulfilling too! I'm not used to having these extra responsibilities though and now instead of using my free nap time to just do nothing and watch my shows, I go to Lars or work on posts and this poor blog has been getting neglected-but since my creative juices are flowing these days I have more ideas than ever and need to get back to posting....and I also need to get back to watching my shows-you guys-The Good Wife? This is the last season? Why does everything I love have to end? Also James Dean Morgan guest star on there right now? Hubba Hubba. Such an underrated show-it is so smart and well done.

See rambling.....

And how is Ben doing you ask?

He is good! He's really busy with full time work and school but still is SO helpful with the kids and obviously it is so nice that he can watch them while I do above mentioned side jobs. We were talking the other night and told each other we really needed another date night. We went for dinner just the two of us for the first time since P was born a couple weeks ago for V-day and I was like giddy (I just realized I hate the word giddy) it was so fun to just talk without interruption and enjoy our food and each others company. He is also playing (roller) hockey again and he loves it, and I think it is so hilarious but totally awesome and we like going to the games and watching them all get so into it.

And Everett and Patrick? How are they? Hmmm are you regretting coming over yet?

Oh my gosh Everett is so stinking hilarious these days-I am planning on another whole post of the list of the things he says that I never want to forget. The mind of a three year old is so quirky and delicious. He says things like (gasp) what in the world is this? and Mom you look a little weird in that coat. He is really into a show called Blaze and the Monster Machines about monster racing cars that talk. He goes around saying "Leeeetttsss BBBLLLAAAZZZEE" which in his mind means gives him blazing speed but to my generation has QUITE the different meaning if you know what I mean. Either the writers of this show think they are so funny getting away with this or just really naive, We are also planning on potty training Everett in the next couple weeks. I think I am dreading it more than child birth. Maybe because when I was changing his diaper the other day and told him that soon we were going to start going on the potty, he started sobbing and told me "I love pooping in my diaper so much mom' so that should be a real treat. Give me your tips people. Like when they nap do you put them back in their diaper? Underwear to start or let them go naked? Little baby potty or adjusted seat in the big potty? SOS!

And little Pattycakes! He is still recovering and getting back to himself afer RSV kicked his little poor butt a couple weeks ago. He had it while we were in Arizona and had to go to the hospital and was just miserable and I felt like I couldn't relax or breathe the whole time he was sick. It was terrible. He is getting back to himself though and I think maybe the sickness kicked his colic? Knock on wood. It did make his sleeping a little more terrible though, the last week he has literally nursed for like 6 hours straight each night-he just wants it in his mouth all night long for comfort and it is LITERALLY draining me. We need to kick that habit really quick but I have just been wanting to wait until he's made his full recovery. Also side note-We call him all manner of Patrick nicknames and Ben was calling him Pat-cha-reddie and I thought it was just some gibberish nickname he made up and then my brother was over and called him the exact same thing and I was like what the heck what are the chances?! Then I learned it is the name of a player on the Montreal Canadiens so that made more sense. .Pacioretty. I actually like it.

So that's the update. The house has not been clean for like six weeks, and I keep having to re-wash the same load of laundry over and over because I forget about it. I can't figure out how to do it all! Watch less bachelor maybe you say? NEVER!

Ok thanks for coming over. If this was in real life I swear I would have asked about you too.


Rachel said...

Ooo potty training! You need to see what works for Everett. Luke needed to wear underwear (instead of being naked) because he needed to feel that he got wet and it was uncomfortable. Otherwise he'd just pee on the floor like nbd. I say no diapers ever after you start. Luke was dry all night and during naps before we trained him so that wasn't an issue but Elsie is not. She wears her underwear for naps (although sometimes I leave her naked because she would sometimes poop in her underwear but if I took her pants away she would use her potty) and she does get a pull up at night. I'll take it away after the baby comes- I'm too tired to get up in the night now, but a few nights of wet sheets (and when they first start training, we wake them up a few times in the night and put them on the potty) should fix that. Elsie has a little potty in her room she can use during naps or bedtime; she is in a toddler bed so and has easy access. GOOD LUCK. eventually it is so much nicer!!

Kristy said...

My no-fail potty-training method:
NAKED (shirt on if it is cold and they refuse to be naked)for day #1; lots of juice boxes, salty snacks, and constant streaming of their favorite tv shows or movies so you can just have them chilling next to a mini-potty. Day 2 is much the same, but if things are going well we may venture out of the house very briefly. By day 3 all 3 of my boys were totally trained and ready to wear underpants. Catherine was the only one not to get it in 3 days. I COMPLETELY give up and try later (in her case, way later cause I got busy). If they don't get it in 3 days they aren't ready to get it. The boys all trained at 2 years 4 months. Catherine was almost 3. I didn't have to even have bribes for my boys bc they were young enough that juice boxes were exciting enough.

Cameron Muir said...

We are so glad you are helping contribute to our blog, it's great to read about you and your cute family!

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