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Nov142016

embracing the chaos

I've sat down to write this post about a hundred times the last few days but part of embracing the chaos that is life with a toddler and a newborn means that there is zero free time to go to the bathroom, let alone update the blog! And we are STILL in the midst of the longest lasting construction project going on upstairs, which is giving me a fair share of gray hairs.  I'm wearing lots of hats, applying under eye concealer with a shovel and I honestly don't remember the last time I shaved my legs, but I've never been happier (or more exhausted)!

Luca is ten weeks old now and is an absolute angel baby; I don't knowif it's because I'm so much more relaxed than I was when I had Lydia, but he's just the sweetest baby.  He loves to watch his sister and is a champion snuggler, which is partly why I don't get anything done because I'm so reluctant to put him down!  I'm still finding my footing, in terms of a routine, but he sleeps well and nurses even better and is growing at a record pace!  The only frustration is that he's a champion at spitting up.  We go through three outfits, on average, before lunch time and I have to time going anywhere around when I'm going to feed him because I have to hold him upright for 30 minutes after.  The doctor says he will outgrow it and that it's just a "laundry problem" since he's so big and is not in any discomfort, but it's still so heartbreaking to watch him do it and even more difficult for me to watch all that breast milk come back up!  

Lydia took to her baby brother immediately and honestly, has been so much better than we ever could have expected.  She's definitely testing me more than she ever did before but I made it a point from the very beginning to make her a part of everything - changing diapers, giving baths, reading stories and singing lullabies - she's so eager to help and we make a huge deal and fuss over her anytime she does something for her brother and to watch her beam with pride makes me so happy!  She's got her moments, though, like any other toddler with a new sibling, and it's usually between the hours of 4 and 8 pm when the house is more like a zoo/circus/mental ward while I attempt to make dinner, clean up, give baths...  I know I'll get into a routine soon enough and that these days won't last forever, and honestly, I feel more sadness than relief at that thought because it's all going so fast. All I want for Christmas is for my babies to stay little!

I've been on Instagram a lot lately, it's so much easier to snap and post a pic, so follow along there for more updates @bungalowblue!  Happy Monday!

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Reader Comments (8)

Longtime reader (love the blog and Instagram!) coming out of the shadows to ask if you've tried adjusting anything in your diet to help with the reflux? It took me the first 3+months of my daughter's life to figure out that her reflux was caused by dairy and chocolate in my diet! But ended up being worth it to cut those items out while I nursed, as it cured her reflux and saved me a lot of laundry (and time)! :) Thank you for sharing the reality of the hecticness of adjusting to 2! Makes other mamas feel a little more normal and understood. Thanks for blogging, this reader enjoys it!

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Thank you, Lauren!! I'm actually on week two of nondairy, but I didn't really have too much in my diet to begin with...everything I've read says to give at least three weeks before you see anybresults, so I have my fingers crossed! Xx

November 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Congratulations on the birth of your son. You are adjusting a new normal and it's totally fine to go at your own pace. My last child spit up the most so I can definitely relate to you. It does get easier. Do you have a local grocery pick up service? It's the best thing since sliced bread for busy moms. Thank you for the update. I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer G.

Oh I remember all to well. My youngest, now 4, spit up a ton too. She used to spit up in the car all the time too for the first 2 years. Do enjoy this time as much as you can it does go by so fast. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

Awwww. CONGRATS! Enjoy the twosome. Enjoy the breastfeeding journey (says the IBCLC ;) It goes and they grow in a flash. If you can slow anything down....do!

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda@Limeinthecoconut

Jennifer - thank you so much! I honestly never thought of a grocery store pick up service, and I literally walk past the sign for it at my local store every time I'm in there. What a great idea, thank you!!

December 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Thank you, Yvonne! I know this is fleeting, as well, so I'm trying my best to soak it all up. xx

December 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Linda - I had no idea you were a lactation consultant! Thank you so much...I am loving every single minute, the good as well as the trying ones. He only gets up once at night, which (I can't believe I'm saying this) kind of makes me sad because I love that bonding time nursing. It's always so hectic during the day with big sister running around that at night or super early in the morning, it's our only quiet time. xx

December 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

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