We actually had a family weekend and I cherished the time we had together. It was the first Sunday in about three weeks that Hubster didn’t need to work.
I put Baby Jo’s hair in pigtails for the first time. It lasted for about 40 seconds.
We actually had a family weekend and I cherished the time we had together. It was the first Sunday in about three weeks that Hubster didn’t need to work.
I put Baby Jo’s hair in pigtails for the first time. It lasted for about 40 seconds.
A few years ago when the Green Bay Packers opened up sale of their stock, Hubster had to invest. Being a Packers shareholder was always a dream of his and even though we didn’t have much, we scraped together some money and purchased a share. That share is framed and hangs proudly in our apartment.
One of the things on my 30 Before 30 list was to run a 10k. There are some people for whom running comes naturally. They can easily run long distances with little to no training.
I am not one of those people.
Happy Father’s Day, Hubster. We love you.
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Father’s Day is a special day to celebrate the men in our lives and all that they do for us. I will be visiting Pick ‘n Save, a local Wisconsin grocery, to shop from their large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to create a special Father’s Day meal for Hubster.
We recently had a photo shoot for C’s 3-year and Baby Jo’s 1-year pictures. A big thank you Kymberly Carlson Photography for her patience with my wild, uncooperative children.
I wanted her to have a monkey smash cake, reminiscent of C’s!
Things are never dull at the Novotny household. Sometimes I wish things were a little less interesting, actually. Last Saturday, C was up vomiting every 20 minutes throughout the night. The entire week last week was a saga (aka very long story that I don’t care to dive into!) of trying to get him hydrated just for him to start vomiting again so we could start at square one. On Friday night we ended up at the ER. That visit was a gigantic waste of time and we ended up back on Saturday night, when he got an IV. Here’s my brave little trooper and our silly baby who is very happy to be in Daddy’s arms.
Spring has finally sprung in Wisconsin! Just last week, I had to scrape ice off the windshield before going somewhere. It’s been a loooong winter. Hubster took the kids to the park over the weekend and they had the greatest time together! I wasn’t complaining about the nap I took while they were gone.
We’ve had the pleasure of having Hubster hang out with us for the past few days while he took some time off of work. Yesterday, we went to the Railroad Museum and the kids played with their favorite part – the train table! It was fun to watch Baby Jo get in on the fun now that she’s a little bigger.
I’ve been feeling bad about myself lately (stupid Zoloft). What we need to remember is that our loved ones will love us no matter what.
I’m up really early this morning. C climbed into bed with us at 5am and wouldn’t stop rubbing my face. So after he fell back asleep I got up and went to my laptop. Opened it up to see this video that Hubster put together for me when I went to bed early last night. He’s the greatest.
“Santa, Santa, Ho Ho Ho!”
C has been running around singing that verse from the latest Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode for a couple weeks. I realized that I had to step up my Christmas game this year, because he actually understands Santa now. That meant buying stockings, going to see Santa, looking at Christmas lights, wrapping gifts and setting out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas! Thank you for spending this year with us!
Love and wishes for a blessed holiday and New Year,
Kristin, Hubster, C and Baby Jo
C really didn’t care about Santa Claus last year, but this year he’s been walking around saying, “Santa, Santa, ho ho ho!” It’s pretty cute. When Hubster mentioned that Santa would be on campus this weekend, I knew we had to make a trip to meet him!
We hope your Halloween has been super fun!
The Tiger and The Ladybug
I’m having a fabulous time in California and I can’t wait to blog all about it! But in the meantime, Hubster and the kiddos are having fun with his family. Here’s a little glimpse into the fun they’re having!
Fall is my favorite time of the year. I’m lucky to live in the midwest, where we get to enjoy the beauty of leaves changing colors and cooler weather. Football season, hot cocoa, pumpkin farms, jogging with leaves falling around me. I love it.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of our last few fall seasons…
Here’s C hanging out with Daddy on the couch at about 4 months of age:
We recreated this picture with Baby Jo, who is 5 months old:
Oh, these kids. Love, love, love.
Last night, I glanced at these wipes on our end table. We got these from one of C’s stays in the hospital. I noticed that it said, “For adult or pediatric use.”
I told Hubster that when he loses his faculties I can use these to wipe his old butt. Then I proceeded to laugh hysterically for five minutes.
Do you ever look through your old pictures on Facebook? I was doing that tonight and came across some pictures of Hubster and me that made me feel all kinds of sentimental. So I thought I’d share some of them with you and tell you how we met, because in the past three years I don’t think I’ve ever done that!
So, uh, remember that time at the end of June when I had a birthday? I forgot to write about the awesome weekend that Hubster and I had!
Do you ever get into a rut, where you’re so focused on the responsibilities in life that you don’t take the time to have some fun? After Baby Jo arrived in late April and I was trying to figure out my new role as a mother of two, I definitely got into that rut. Maybe that rut even started when I was so sick while pregnant with her. I’m not sure, but I knew that Hubster and I weren’t being silly and laughing with each other as much as we used to. I told him that I wanted to spend a weekend with him over my birthday so that we could just focus on being us – not mother, father, employee, cleaner of all the messes…just us.
Hubster totally called it. When we bought this bus for C at Disney World, he told me it was just a matter of time before this happened. Poor C. I hope he wasn’t too traumatized when Goofy’s head popped off.
I sat down at my laptop last night to write some posts that are bouncing around my head, but I was just too exhausted to get them from my head to my keyboard. Instead, I’ll leave you with this little video of Baby Jo talking to her daddy. More tomorrow, friends!
I’m turning 26 this weekend (happy birthday to me!). I’m a little weirded out that I’m entering my upper-20s…and that I’m finished having children by the time I turned 26.
Anyway, Hubster is surprising me with a birthday weekend. We’re dropping the kids off at the in-laws’ tomorrow and going somewhere for the weekend. I have no idea where. I have no idea what we’re doing. And shockingly, this control freak is excited.
Well, I guess that’s it. You hear about these things, but you never think it’ll happen to you. These things always happen to other women, right? Wrong.
Four years is what it took before my husband completely stopped listening to me.
It became obvious tonight that he never listens to anything I say anymore, so I called him out on it. His suggestion? Buffering what I say with pointless conversation, because he usually listens to the middle part.
Who would have thought that four years after this day, we would have two children?! I’m so happy with the family that we’ve created.
Our wedding was the most fun day. Not only was I committing to share my life with my best friend, but we were surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends a person could ask for.
C had so much fun playing with Dada last weekend, but all of that fun is exhausting!
These two crack me up – as you’ll hear in the video! Hubster was using some…interesting Elmo and Abby voices while reading C a story, and I was dying of laughter.
Happy St. Patty’s Day, from my silly leprechauns!
My running, blurry boys were having so much fun! Dada shimmied into C’s tunnel and they chased each other around the apartment. So. Much. Laughter.
On Monday, I quickly mentioned that Hubster was in the hospital. It kind of turned into a long, emotionally exhausting week. I wanted to share it with you all, since I didn’t post this morning like I normally do. Also, because I’ve been through the ringer this week emotionally and I survived – and I’m so proud to say that I have.
Hubster wanted a new tv for his upcoming birthday! Our 4-year-old 42″ tv now turns off randomly, and we weren’t sure if it would make it until Black Friday. We picked the next best week to buy – the week before the Super Bowl! Happy Birthday Hubster!
Today’s post is basically a photo dump of some of the highlights of our vacation last week. Yes, there are a few pictures of ice cream. That’s what happens when a pregnant person goes on vacation. What can you do? Ice cream is delicious, and I apologize if any of you have cravings after the viewing of these pictures.
We’re taking off this morning, heading to Florida for a week! We’re so excited!
The three of us have never been to Florida, and this is also C’s first time on an airplane. Please send prayers, cross your fingers, do whatever you do in hopes that he won’t scream on the plane! That’s pretty much my worst fear for this trip – that he’ll start defiantly screaming and I won’t be able to get him to stop.
We had grand plans for the weekend before Christmas, including visiting both of our families and seeing our niece’s baptism. We made it to the celebration with Hubster’s extended family, and C had a great time with his cousins.
We took C to his first holiday parade this year! It was scheduled for two hours and we had to leave after one because he got too antsy. He did great for that hour, though, and we had a fantastic time.
We hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! We had a great time celebrating with our little monkey. He really enjoyed trick or treating for the first time.
After yesterday’s post, I thought I’d lighten things up a bit with some cute photos from our visit to the pumpkin farm this past weekend. Enjoy!
I was terrible at taking pictures during our road trip last week, but I did remember to take some pics at the homecoming parade. C thought it was pretty awesome. There was so much to look at!
Why did we take a 7-hour road trip, you ask? And why, pray tell, did we do it voluntarily?
Hubster and I decided to make the trip back to his grad school alma mater for their homecoming this weekend. We wanted to visit some friends that we haven’t seen since May. They’re worth the drive. I’ll post some pictures next week.
Hubster had a BRILLIANT idea this weekend. After we ran errands, we picked up some dinner and took it to a park so that C could run around and enjoy the outdoors.
C had a lot of fun running around, but it was pretty chilly. He kept walking over to the car, so we decided to pack up early since he wanted to leave. Poor kiddo!
Despite a near-tantrum seconds before walking down the aisle, everything went off without a hitch! C and his sweet cousins did a wonderful job walking down the aisle at their uncle’s wedding. About halfway down the aisle, C turned around as if he was going to run back out of the church; but thankfully the girls directed him back to the front and they walked the rest of the way. At the end of the aisle, C started heading toward the bridesmaids. Everyone chuckled and Uncle T (the groom) scooped him up and handed him over to Nana. It was pretty adorable!
Today we’re headed out of town because Hubster’s brother is getting married on Friday! We’re so happy for him and his lovely bride. They asked C to be their ring bearer, and he’ll be walking down the aisle in between his two cousins who will be the flower girls. It’s going to be so adorable. I cannot wait!
Thought I’d write another update since some of you are worried about me (ahem, mom and grandma!).
I got TONS of sleep yesterday, so I’m hopeful that today I’ll feel better. Just woke up and so far, so good. Just slightly nauseous with fewer dizzy spells than yesterday (so far! eek!).
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
-Isaiah 41:10 NIV
My strength is being tested. Withdrawal has me reeling.
I am so thankful for family. I’m so thankful that we no longer live six hours away.
I’ve been pretty MIA in social media this week, and I’m going to keep things short and sweet here as well. I came down with C’s cold over the weekend and I’m still feeling miserable. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this won’t turn into a sinus infection, because my sinuses are killing me.
Hubster got his first full-time professional paycheck last week! I’m so proud of him for all the hard work and dedication that he put in to get to where we are now. I’m so thankful for his support and trust in me that I could make these past two years work for us financially (not that we had much of a choice, because daycare was so flippin’ expensive). It wasn’t easy living off of a grad assistant’s income, letmetellya!
It’s a longstanding tradition that Hubster’s extended family spends a week on vacation at a camping resort. I went with him a couple of times, but his work schedule has kept him from going the past few years. He was excited to find out that his schedule here doesn’t get crazy until next week, so he was free to take a vacation day and spend a long weekend there.
C loves his dada so much, and it makes my heart smile. Every time he hears the door to our apartment hallway open/close during the day, he looks up at me, smiles big and says, “Dada?!” It breaks my heart when I have to tell him that Dada won’t be home until dinner time. (Please excuse the grainy iPhone pic. I thought it was too cute to delete!)
Dressed up for the wedding reception we went to this weekend! Unfortunately, the iPhone pic turned out a little blurry; but I still think they’re cute.
Our bedtime routine usually involves me giving C a bath and Hubster feeding C his bottle and brushing his teeth. The other night, Hubster created a toothbrushing song. It goes like this:
C and his toothbrush are
Going to happy town
Gonna brush those pearly whites
So you don’t need a crown
C has a funny habit of laughing and crawling toward you when you say, “I’m gonna get you!” Hubster decided to switch it up by wearing C’s hooded frog towel.
It only made C laugh harder!
And here’s a little video to enjoy…
Three years ago today, Hubster and I were joined for life. I love you, dear! Here’s a quick summary of that beautiful day in pictures.
Have you ever wondered how addicted you are to your mobile device and the internet? Try going without cell service, data service and the internet in general for three days. I gotta say, it was pretty rough for me. I felt like I was transported to the stone age. Okay, maybe just the early ’90s.
Today, Hubster graduated with his Masters of Science. I couldn’t be prouder.
He has worked so hard these past two years, all the while supporting C and me through so many ups and downs.
Ups and Downs…
I have to admit that today I was 98% happy and proud of Hubster and 2% jealous. When we started this adventure two years ago, we intended to graduate with our master’s degrees together today. We survived through a horrendous first trimester of pregnancy for me, in which I suffered hyperemesis and lost both my job (graduate assistantship) and was forced to withdraw from school. We experienced the birth of our awesome son, whom I simply cannot imagine life without. We lived through two months of colic, followed by about four months of C’s high needs. We handled my diagnosis of postpartum depression and the tumultuous period that followed. Now, we celebrate Hubster’s success and look forward to the exciting next step for our family.
If Hubster and I hadn’t met in college, where would we be now? It’s a question we were pondering yesterday as we marked five years since we officially started dating.
We decided that neither of us would have broken off our prior relationships, because we wouldn’t have met each other and realized how much we “clicked” with someone else. I would have been in a terribly mismatched marriage, that would likely have ended very badly. Hubster would have ended up in an equally loveless marriage.
I often overhear funny shenanigans between Hubster and C when I’m in the bathroom getting ready for the day. This morning, I asked Hubster to feed C while I put my makeup on. After the typical sounds of getting C’s yogurt ready and putting him in his chair, I overhear this:
Me: Can we hang out together tonight?
Hubster: What do you want to do?
Me: Nothing really. I’d just like to dwell in the same room with you when we’re not asleep.
You know your spouse has been super busy lately when your idea of hanging out together is simply to dwell in the same room!
Lately, I’ve really been into giving experiences as gifts. I decided to go that route for Hubster’s birthday as well. Along with a couple small gifts to open, this is what C and I gave him this year:
Happy Birthday, Hubster!
We’re excited to celebrate your birthday weekend with you! Thank you for being such an awesome, fun dad…
and a wonderful, supportive husband.
Sometimes I think that Hubster and I share thoughts. We both say some pretty random things, or express the exact same comments about situations. This exchange, referencing “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child, reached a new level. We were getting ready to do our nightly P90X workout. I was waiting for Hubster to finish putting his shoes on.
Hubster and I have decided to take the P90X challenge! Okay, so the truth is that I’m excited about it and he’s begrudgingly going along with it. I’ve been curious about this extreme 90-day fitness program for quite some time, but was always too scared to try. One 5k and three Mamavation Two-Week Challenges later, I feel more confident in my abilities.
I’ve secretly relished in the fact that my son’s first word was “mama.” Even though he usually just said it when he needed my attention for something, it was such a sweet sound. It caught me by surprise how delighted I was when he said “dada” for the first time.
Hubster and I are on our way to a two-day getaway! I’m so excited to hang out with him and have fun as a couple. I even convinced him to “unplug” for those two days so that we have more quality time together (and to complete one of my 25 Before 25!). I’m sure we’re going to miss our smiley little C, but uninterrupted sleep will be truly devine.
Watching my husband and son play together warms my soul. Hubster can make C laugh like no one else can. When C was super little and new to our family, I thought he looked so much like Hubster that once in a while I slipped and called him by Hubster’s name. I’m completely in love with these two men in my life. Seeing them together is one of my greatest joys.
Today was going to be a busy day. C and I had MOPS this morning, then his 6-month checkup with the pediatrician, followed by a class at church tonight. In the wee hours of the morning, I woke abruptly with a stomach virus. My dear husband took over the night feedings (and there have been many lately, with C teething) while I was violently ill. Today, I feel like death came to visit me, beat me senseless, then decided to spare me. Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration – but not much.
Hubster upgraded his old iPhone 3G with an iPhone 4S earlier this month. In addition to his usual insane excitement over owning a new Apple product, we were also thrilled that he now had Facetime capabilities. He has several conferences this school year, so he’ll be able to see C and I even when he’s in a different state.
This guy’s relationship with Siri looks all too familiar. (This one’s for you, Hubster!)
We had an AWESOME Sunday! C went on his first hayride, discovered his first pumpkin, sat on a tractor…and we got some uber cute pictures.
C and Hubster always have fun playing and laughing at bedtime. Here’s their latest game:
I suppose that when you’re a stay-at-home mom and your child is staying with his grandparents for the week, you can consider it a vacation right?!
Well, I guess I’m on vacation! After visiting my parents last weekend, we decided to leave C with them for the week since I was planning on coming back next weekend. They get time to bond with C and I get some time to myself. It’s a win-win, really.
Hubster and I were planning on going to see Lion King 3D today while a babysitter stayed with C. We were so excited to spend some time together and relive our childhood! The Lion King was my favorite movie as a kid.
Instead…C got sick with a cold. Poor kid just isn’t himself. My nap-resistant child took a 3-hour nap yesterday! He’s normally very active, but he’s just laying around and looking at his toys. It’s so sad! I couldn’t bring myself to leave my sick little boy who just wants to sleep and cuddle.
I simply cannot believe that it’s August 1st. Where did the time go?!
It feels like summer is completely over for us. Hubster’s fall training is in full swing and has been for about two weeks already. His grad classes will begin again in a few weeks. It’s crazy how fast time goes! It was slightly over a year ago that we moved here, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. So much has changed since then!
It is after 10:30pm and I just got done taking my shower for the day. Today was kind of crazy.
Between 8:10am and 8:25am, I woke up, made a pediatrician appointment for C, got myself ready and left for the doctor’s office for an 8:40 check-in time. (Thank you to my wonderful Hubster for getting C dressed, or I never would have made it out the door on time!) Naturally, after all that rushing we had to wait until 9:02 to get called in for the appointment. The good news is that C does not have an ear infection! His symptoms are just from his cold and other than that, he’s perfectly healthy. He’s also a svelt 12 pounds, 2 ounces now!
“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are admittedly two of my guilty pleasures; but I simply cannot watch them without Hubster. We have a hilariously inappropriate running commentary throughout the whole episode. It’s fantastic.
An open letter to Hubster:
Two years ago, I married my best friend. Cliche, I know – but it’s true. We had the super fun wedding we dreamed about, including our own evolution of wedding dance that we surprised our family and friends with. The weather was perfect, the toasts were heartfelt and we were surrounded by so much love. It was a wonderful day.
I’ve never been a patient person. Waiting for labor is driving me completely insane. I am now convinced (illogically, I admit) that Baby C is NEVER. COMING. OUT. Good thing I didn’t get my hopes up yesterday when they told me I was probably dilating and labor would come soon…I had my appointment today and there was absolutely no change. I’m still at 2.5cm. His head is as low as it can get, so it’s no surprise that I feel like I’m holding a bowling ball in between my legs.
I have to spend a couple minutes bragging up Hubster. He’s pretty much been awesome throughout my pregnancy, but the last couple days he has been extra awesome. Yesterday, he did all of our dishes AND gave me a reflexology foot massage to hopefully induce labor. He looked it up on Youtube and tried it out. So sweet.
Size of baby: Head of Lettuce (18 in., 3.2 lbs) (he was bigger than that at the ultrasound a couple weeks ago)
Newly craved food: Chips & salsa, shamrock shake
Food aversions: Beef, fried foods
What do you miss: Going on vacations with the hubster. I was actually starting to look into a Carribbean vacation for us this spring/summer when I found out we were expecting
The hubster decided to be silly and take off my socks. He doesn’t realize how mean that is – it’s so difficult to reach to put them back on!
**Note: a few minutes later, he was nice and put them back on for me. Thanks, dear!**
17 weeks, 0 days
Size of baby: Turnip (approx. 5 inches, 5 ounces)
Newly craved food: Kraft Spaghetti
Food aversions: Beef and fried foods
What do you miss: I really, really, really still miss running.
What are you looking forward to: Being able to fall asleep before 3am. This week has not been pleasant so far.
I'm Kristin, a 20-something mom to two children. C is a tube-fed 3-year-old boy with SPD and Baby Jo is our energetic 1-year-old daughter. We live on a Wisconsin campus where Hubster works. Welcome to our madness!