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Monday
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!

Monday
Jan052015

2014: oh, what a year!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and are off to a great start in 2015!  Christmas for us this year was MAGICAL.  Even though Lydia is too young to remember any of it, we will never forget the look on her face when we turned the tree lights on for the first time or when she saw her teepee on Christmas morning.  As exciting as all of it was, (and it really, really was!) it was also very bittersweet.  Two days after Christmas, my baby girl turned ONE.  It seems like it all happened in the blink of an eye.  I rang in 2014 with a days-old baby girl and here I am kicking off 2015 with a walking, talking, adventurous, mischievious toddler! 

I learned so much this past year - to be patient with myself, with my husband; that it's okay for the house to be a mess and laundry to sit in the dryer for a week at a time; that there really isn't anything more important at any given time than sitting on the floor reading books or stacking blocks with my baby girl.  The hubby deployed when Lydia was just seven weeks old and my mother kept telling me to relish that time with her instead of stressing over the fact that he was gone and no family was around, and so, I did just that.  I took my time going back to work. We took long walks, went swimming, I played dress up with her...I waited forever for this sweet baby girl to come into my life, there was no way I was going to miss a moment!  It's hard to believe that the sweet newborn stage was a whole year ago; inulge me for a moment while I get sappy and revisit pictures from her newborn shoot and then I promise to get back to design and decor posts!

It's going to be pretty hard to beat this last year we've had, but as we head into 2015, I'm reminded that we have so much to celebrate, so much to be thankful for.  I'm so looking forward to the year ahead and for all the exciting changes to come, both personally and professionally, and I wanted to thank you all for continuing to follow, read, comment and interact here on my blog!  From my family to yours, I wish you all a year of health, happiness and success!