Friday, September 11, 2015

we are moving!


as i mentioned in my last post, we are selling our home and renting an apartment.

first, we thought about building.
then we thought about buying.

ideally, when we build - we want it to be our forever home. our dream home.
we don't want to be in minnesota forever, so scratch that off the list.

we don't want to buy a new home just to have a new home.
our home now is lovely. its a town home. we own it. 
three levels. three bedrooms with the choice of a 4th in the basement. four bathrooms. a two car garage.
everything is good. except the area.

our main goal?
to move to florida someday.
hopefully, sooner than later.

how can we make that transition easier? 
by renting now. skipping the process to sell later. no showings. no obligations. nothing to hold us back.

among everything we toured, we found an apartment that we kept going back too.
i am nervous to go from 3 floors to 1 floor. 
but i am excited to be closer to my family. 
i am already dreaming of more togetherness.
super glad i won't lose my hubby an extra 1-2 hours a day due to shoveling! aint nobody got time fo' dat.

the new apartment is actually only 200sq feet smaller than our house now! so i figure we are losing the basement that we never use. i can do with that.

the master is obviously on the right, i don't know why thats labeled wrong.
lakely's room on the far left, then crue's will be in the "study".

we are moving to an incredible community. things are very close and nearby. the apartments are beautiful and brand new with amenities out of this world. they even have a golf stimulator! of course, crue's life is made right there. there is a pool, a work out room with spin classes AND an entire glass wall that looks into a childs play room. maybe i will loose more weight! 

the "snack room" which is outside of the fitness room. i giggle.

i am very emotional about leaving our first home where we became a family, but i think this will be a good move for us. we've been down to 1 car for about 7 months for now and being so close to the amenities including a splash pad, a park and a skating rink - will probably save my stay at home mom sanity. i keep telling myself that.

the only downside i think, is that rent will be double our mortgage. isn't that crazy?!

tonight is our last in our home. this home.

goodbye home.
cheers to new beginnings.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


we found out this morning
we'll be moving
in 3 days

for the past 3 months or so, we have been house hunting.
our neighborhood is not ideal for us anymore and there has been a lot of change to the area since isaiah first bought this home in 2009, a year before we met.
we decided that we wanted to rent instead of buy, in hopes that when we are ready to move to florida we can do so in a much easier and timely manner without the hassle of needing to put our home on the market again, wait to sell etc.
plus, let me tell you - putting your home on the market with children is the most stressful thing i have had to endure yet! it is pure chaos. we have had showings with only a 45 minutes notice. instead of cleaning up and trying to keep crue away from everything, i rather would have just stuck my finger in a light socket. i am so over the showings!

we have searched high and low for months. we have seen a few apartments, condos and many many homes. i was not going to move and leave the house we have now for something less. i was not going to settle just because our neighborhood isn't ideal. its not dangerous and the crime isn't high, so it was okay to be here another season if thats how it turned out. 
one of the first places we went to visit were apartments in a city called Maple Grove, an area which we love very much and are often in for running errands, shopping and eating out. even our infertility specialists are out there. 
it was love at first sight. both isaiah and i were drooling over this apartment complex and all they had to offer, both inside and out. 
the one thing i couldn't get out of my head was how we would go from living on 3 floors to just 1? though i quickly put the thoughts aside because it was too soon. so we kept searching.
three months and many house tours later, we were still being drawn to that apartment building.
we went back to see it on three different occasions. 

four days ago, we put in an application.
this morning, we got a notice of approval.

our house hasn't sold yet. i am hoping that with us out, there can be more showings and i won't need to decline them for some reason or another. or perhaps it will sell faster without our things inside. 

fingers crossed.

*more to come*

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

LC : 3 M0NTHS!

doctors appointment: no doctors appointment this month! we had our last one just before florida on 8/19 for another weight check. our next appointment is scheduled for the 4 month check up on 10/2.

weight: she is gaining! as she always has. now were gaining a heavier amount that our doctor is happier with. her 2 month appointment on 8/5 she was 8lb 11oz. that wasn't high enough, so we had another check up for her weight on 8/13 which was 8lb 15oz. during that check up we had a weighted feed in which she gained 3 oz from an 18 minute nursing session. our check up on 8/19 she weighed 9lbs 2oz and since then we bought a scale to weigh her at home. after florida i called in with another weight check up, and today (9/8) she is 10lb 5oz!!!!! our pediatrician just called us back, she was pleased. no more weight check ups or doctor appointments until next month! WOOHOO! 

diapers: we just ordered a new pack of honest in size 1. (another way i know she's gaining!)

clothes: starting to pack up majority of the newborn and beginning to wear some of our 0-3! this is bittersweet as i purchased a ridiculous amount of summer items in 0-3 that she won't be able to wear since summer is over and fall is starting. i am trying to get creative on how to transition some of them into fall so she can wear them at least once! mom fail. baby clothes are SO hard to predict before they arrive!

eating: breast milk from the boobies. she is one bottle refusing diva. part of our process to help gain weight has been syringe feeding her. we cut back on how often we gave those, now isaiah just gives her 1-3 syringe fills in the morning. 3 syringes=1oz and most mornings she won't even take 3. perhaps we can stop syringe feeding all together now! i am so proud of myself for advocating for us during all of those doctor appointments when they suggested formula feeding and sent us home with samples. (i am NOT against formula!! heck. crue had some!) 

sleeping: two 4-5 hour stretches. when isaiah wakes up for work, he wakes me and i wake her for a feed. on the weekends we go longer and instead of waking her around 4am, i wake her around 6am because my boobs are watermelons filled with rocks and i just KNOW that if i choose to pump instead, she will wake up within minutes and were all screwed. 

napping: about 3 a day. in the mornings when we come downstairs, i set her in the swing so i can gather food for crue & i. this usually gives me about an hour/hour & a half to get some things done and hang with c man! second nap of the day is somewhere around 2-4, when crue naps. in the evenings its a hit or miss. sometimes she will nap in the wrap while we cook, or go for a walk in the neighborhood, sometimes she won't nap at all because she rather nurse forever.

loves: being snuggled and worn in the carrier, taking baths, having conversations and watching facial expressions. we say her love language is quality time because she is all smiles when were near.

hates: being left out and being in the car. oh MAN does she hate being in the car. wail wail wail.

mama: i feel so good! i am really proud of our nursing journey, and super surprised at all things nursing. surprised we've made it this far. surprised my supply is better. surprised i've stuck it out. also my weight loss is still going! another shocker over here.

dada: the best helper around. i don't know how single moms do it. thankfully we got to tag along to florida when he was in a wedding. in a few weeks he had a work trip coming up in another state for 8 days and once he found out we couldn't tag along, he chose not to go! i am praising jesus over here.

crue: always wants to hold lakely but always forgets how to hold lakely. he is so insistent on being near her though he doesn't really know how to hold her hand. he also doesn't know how fragile he is, so when he decides he's done holding her he's ready to just toss her aside like a football. he really does so well with her though! i can't believe how fast time is going, and it makes me sad on a daily basis, though i can't wait to watch them interact/play together more as she ages.

extra news: 
- SHE ROLLED OVER! a few times! daily! going from back to tummy is happening more than tummy to back, but she's working towards perfecting that skill!
- we went to florida! lakely flew on the plane for her first time and obviously was in florida for the first time. the plane rides there were flawless. the airport journey and plane ride home had a few hiccups. i don't know what was wrong with her, and thankfully isaiah was able to calm her - but we had about 30 minutes of pure embarrassing torture with her wailing. i have never heard her cry so hard or so strong before. our first two days home were similar, so while i still don't know what was wrong - i hope we never experience that again! 
- our house is on the market! BITTERSWEET. we are looking around but haven't found anything we love yet. the trick is that A. we want to rent and B. we have dogs. we want to rent because we are really hoping to dip out to florida sometime "soonish". we own our home right now and just think that renting would help us peace out in more of a timely manner with less stress than owning. it seems like a lot of owners who are renting, do not want pets around. so while we continue to search, we continue to have house showings. i am SO STRESSED out and SO OVER IT. i hate showings. i hate trying to get the house ready with 2 under 2. i hate our realtor who thinks were crazy for requesting a 4 hour notice to the point where she thinks we are so crazy, she has called 3 times with LESS THAN AN HOUR notice. if we don't find something we love or sell soon, we will take our house off the market and try again in spring. i refuse to move in cold weather with ass amounts of snow. unless im moving to florida.
- were looking at signing crue up for soccer, which would give me saturday mornings to be home alone with lake :)
- first trip to the MN state fair. we went 3 times of the 12 days!
- girlfriend is cooing like crazy. loves to babble. loves to blow raspberries. her stories are the best!

Friday, September 4, 2015

crue : 2nd birthday / golf party

address above is NOT our home

i went back and forth a little bit on having a 2nd birthday party for him. the 1st was so fun, though a bit stressful. i wasn't sure if i was ready to tackle on birthday planning all over again, this time with a newborn in tow. crue has a few friends his age - but not many. we weren't sure how important a birthday party would be under that circumstance and only being 2. since he's not in daycare or any sports yet, he doesn't know many kids. not many of our friends have children yet either! (not to mention were at a point in our lives where we only want GOOD friends and don't have time for the blah blah. you feel me?) so at first we thought a party wasn't necessary. just before his birthday every year we are in milwaukee for isaiah's job and he gets to have some fun there with a friend of ours and her son, and then we could make his actual birthday fun for him too. he won't remember much of anything anyway! but there was lakely. a new baby sister! i wanted to put the stress aside and plan something for him anyways. i wanted him to have a special day, get his attention and be loved on. so a party it is!

the theme was golf. obviously. he couldn't have loved it any more.
we didn't go into as much depth as we did for his first birthday (see that here) though i still loved how everything turned out. we invited our families, a few friends from my teaching days and some of our friends from isaiah's work. that was enough for me. we were really happy to see everyone that came. i am so thankful that he has a few good co-workers to love on my baby and be a part of our lives!

happy birthday crue magoo. we can not believe you are two!

ball in his hand // ball on cake

now itll be time to plan lake's FIRST birthday, and his THIRD!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

small shop love : TINK & KEY

pleeeeease tell me you all have heard of tink & key?!

i first found them (through instagram, i think) when i was pregnant with crue!
one of the first things i had seen were their "miracle baby" shirts.

it was love at first sight.

my dream was finally coming true and i was growing my very own miracle in my belly.
i had to have that shirt!

42 weeks ago, little baby crue! we STILL wear this shirt today :)

and it didn't stop there.

onesies as dresses are the new tunics ;)

stephanie is the owner of tink & key, one of the most amazing shop owners and women i have had the pleasure of getting to know! she created the line for her second son trent who was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at 5 weeks old.
along with their website, they have a blog where they share stories of miracle babies from around the world. this spreads awareness of certain diseases, struggles and motherhood. it brings us all together! seriously, the sweetest.
there is something so special about encouraging other mamas and babies.

i know we all cherish our little ones. they are truly a gift from God!

my obsession with tink & key is ongoing.

that v-neck?! that new print?! i die.

today stephanie and i want to share the love with YOU!

go shop the website and use "SUMMERBLOG15" for 25% off your purchase!
let me know what you get! even better, share those photos on instagram! be sure to tag tink&key so they can see your cuties!