I signed up for my first half marathon when I completed my first 10k in June. After completing that race and crossing it off my 30 Before 30 list, I felt on top of the world. I wanted to give myself a new challenge – something I never imagined I’d be able to do. Hubster required a little convincing, but we signed up together and the date was set.
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.
Since I posted my (Kinda) Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday this week, I thought I would keep with the wackiness that was this week by creating a fun Throwback Thursday post. I hope you enjoy the madness…
There’s the time Hubster gave me a little push as I tried to scale that tree.
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.
What’s the big deal, you say? It’s just a restaurant, you say?
This is the first time we have ever taken the kids to a restaurant! Of course, we’ve dined at fast casual establishments like your Chipotle or your Noodles & Company. But a real restaurant? Nope. First time.
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.
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!
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.
Have you ever had one of those days when you questioned if you were the right parent for your child? If you were equipped with enough patience, understanding and skills to help your child? If you could really handle the situation that life has thrown your way?
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.
I can’t even express how awesome it is to see my boy’s personality returning. He was still my sweet, funny C, but he had lost that wide-eyed, adventurous fierceness that he’s had since birth. Well, my little boy is regaining that part of himself. He’s been running through the hallways so much that I’m sure all of the nursing staff knows who he is.
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.
I was extremely blessed to have Hubster home with C, Baby Jo and me for three weeks. We did our best not to get cabin fever by heading out on little errands; but on Saturday we went on our first major family outing.
The sun was out, a cool breeze was in the air, and I was feeling like I could be on my feet for a few hours. We headed to the railroad museum for the first time, and we had a fantastic time!
Today, I’m going to post some pictures from what we’ve been up to since I don’t have a whole lot of time to write! My parents brought C back home today, and he adores his little sister. He keeps coming up to her and saying, “Hi, baby!” He rubs her forehead gently and kisses her. It’s the sweetest thing.
The past few days in the hospital since Baby Jo’s birth have been filled with visitors, family, soaking in our new arrival, and getting as much sleep as possible before we go home and don’t have access to the nursery. Here are the highlights of Baby Jo’s first few days in our lives.
Baby Deuce and the ol’ irritable uterus are really putting me through the ringer. For eight hours starting Friday afternoon, I had very painful contractions that were four minutes apart for several hours, then they would become irregular for thirty minutes and go back to four minutes apart. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous at all. I’m annoyed and stressed: annoyed that this keeps happening but goes nowhere, and stressed because if the contractions do end up being the real deal then I have so much more on my to-do list before she arrives!
Little man loves to brush his teeth!
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!
I just realized that I can cross another item off of my 30 Before 30 list!
We visited Disney World in January, and it was our first time there. It was so much fun and, while it was difficult to be there with a toddler, I’m so glad we went as a family. Even though C won’t remember his trip there, we have some really cool pictures for him. Hooray for crossing off #12 on the list!
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!
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.
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!
A few weeks ago, I won a box full o’ Dole swag via Mamavation TV. I was so excited when it arrived today! It has fruit cups, fruit bites, an insulated cold cup, a visor, a coloring book and more. Thank you, Dole and Mamavation!
C tried pineapple for the first time – and he LOVED it! I forgot to whip out the camera while he was trying it, but here’s what he enjoyed:
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!).
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!)
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
Hubster and I have been talking about owning an elliptical for the past year or two. Now that we’re moving to a bigger place and also contemplating gym memberships, we started looking into it more seriously. After reading a bazillion Amazon reviews between the two of us, we decided that the affordable ones were flimsier than we wanted.
Hooray! I can cross off #10 on my 25 Before 25 list. We took C to the zoo for the first time, and he…was generally indifferent.
He enjoyed seeing some of the fish, and he smiled at the monkeys. But the sound that he made the most during our trek around the zoo? The sound of a loud yawn. Yeah, my child was bored at the zoo. He was more interested in watching the other children than seeing the animals.
Here’s a little fun we had the other evening! I can’t get the embed to work for whatever reason, but here’s the direct link to the video. Enjoy!
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.
In less than a month, Hubster will graduate and shortly after that, his graduate assistantship will come to an end and we will need to move out of our campus apartment. We don’t know exactly when we’re moving yet; mostly because we don’t know where we’re headed next. Yet, I think I’ve already begun to mentally check out of this place.
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!
Whoa, I was wildly productive yesterday. C’s stay with my parents continues, and I am a goal-making, to-do-list-crossing-off machine! BAM!
I’ve been working, running errands, working out, helping Hubster prepare for his placement conference (where he’ll have 12 interviews in 2 days), cleaning and organizing the apartment. I’m pretty much a rockstar.
I got 11 – ELEVEN!! – hours of sleep last night! It was absolutely divine and for the first time since before I had C, I actually feel well-rested. I have energy and feel like myself again. In fact, Hubster would tell you that I’m playing it fast and loose with the weird life commentary, sound effects and laughter today. (Doesn’t he remember that’s just my personality?)
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.
Okay, that title sounds rather conceited; but I’ve realized something needs to change after I’ve put everyone and everything before myself for so long. There are a few things that I want to focus on this year that have been neglected.
I will focus on maintaining healthy habits. While everyone in the world resolves to lose weight and/or get fit in the New Year, this resolution is more about overall health. In 2011, I did not recognize my PPD symptoms because I didn’t make time for myself. If I had delegated any of my time to my own needs, perhaps I would have noticed the signs before my PPD had become so severe. In 2012, I will budget daily time for myself – whether that be in the form of exercise, relaxation or a nap (or a little of each!).
As 2011 comes to a close, I’ve been pondering the life lessons that this year has taught me. Do you also find yourself reflecting on the past year? If so, what are some things that you have learned?
1. Becoming a parent is life-changing. Even though you have the entire pregnancy to prepare for parenthood, the actual transformation is almost instantaneous. Shortly after I had gotten my epidural in the hospital, Hubster went out to get himself dinner. We knew there was a long night of labor ahead of us. I’ll never forget how I shocked my nurse by choosing to lay in silence instead of turning on the television. I told her that my life would never be that quiet again and I wanted to relish in it. Wow, was that the truth. Leaving our home as a couple and returning as a family was an amazing experience for which I don’t think we could have emotionally prepared.
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.
I can’t believe it! I convinced Hubster to “unplug” while we were on our two-day vacation! Another one of my 25 Before 25 goals was to unplug for a weekend/two-day span.
I thought that we were going to have a difficult time. We’re very tied into our email, social media and (for Hubster) sports. Much to my surprise, the time flew by and we didn’t really miss being connected at all times. We kept ourselves very busy with vacation things – we enjoyed the resort’s waterpark, theme park, fitness facility and lobby. We explored the monstrous resort’s hallways, convention center and coffee shop. We slept in! Oh, the beauty of a full night of sleep!
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.
Ever since we established a bedtime for C, it’s been 7pm. He never gets up at the same time in the morning, but this week he’s been consistently waking up between 4-5am. Can we all agree on the fact that 4 or 5 is insanely early?
At that time of morning, I’m basically an angry zombie with gigantic under-eye circles. It’s not pretty, people.
Do all babies find it hilarious to rip paper? I think I’ve seen several Youtube videos like this!
You know how every blogger writes the obligatory Thanksgiving post about what they’re thankful for that year? I’ve decided to save us all some time (who has extra time on a holiday, anyway?) and do mine in pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!
We’ve all seen supermom. She effortlessly drives around town in her minivan, escorting her children to all of their extracurricular activities. Dressed in school colors, she claps wildly at her kids’ sporting events. She bakes elaborate snacks and her house is always spotless. She has time to do her hair every morning and never wears yoga pants unless she’s working out.
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.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may know that our family of three lives in quite a small space. I’ve blogged about the challenges of small spaces and products that make life easier. This post on BabyCenter by blogger Sabrina Garibian was recently brought to my attention. She talks about living in a small space – but! – her family of three lives in a two-bedroom condo. Two bedrooms!
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.
I’ve completed #24 on my 25 Before 25 list! Last night I completed my first 5k!
After much convincing, Hubster decided to run it with me. I’m so glad that he did. He was in cross country and track in high school, so I consider him my running expert. If it wasn’t for his tips along the way, I probably would have thought I was going to die. Then I wouldn’t have achieved one of my 5k goals: Don’t die.
This guy’s relationship with Siri looks all too familiar. (This one’s for you, Hubster!)
C and Hubster always have fun playing and laughing at bedtime. Here’s their latest game:
I told Hubster that C was going to try avocado tonight. His response: “If he likes it, we know he’s your child. If he doesn’t, then we know he’s my child.” :-p
C LOVED it! It was pretty funny, because he usually makes a disgusted face when he gets his first bite of food. He couldn’t get enough avocados, though. I had to keep shoveling it in!
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.
There are numerous benefits to living on-campus for Hubster’s position as a Hall Director, but there are moments (or nights) when those seem to be outweighed by the negative experiences. Tonight was one of those nights.
Less than two hours after C went to bed, the fire alarm went off. Now, this is not just your typical fire detector. Imagine an air horn siren and flashing strobe lights with a male voice saying, “ATTENTION, ATTENTION. PLEASE MOVE TO YOUR NEAREST EXIT. ATTENTION, ATTENTION.” It is truly terrifying to wake up to that. My poor son woke up to that noise FOUR times tonight. FOUR!
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.
It was one year ago today that I woke up at 6am and decided to take a pregnancy test. I was about to join a boot camp fitness team with three other grad students. I hadn’t been feeling quite right and my period was late (although with PCOS, the latter part was not abnormal), so I thought I would make sure that I wasn’t pregnant before I spent $75 on boot camp.
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!