life, lately.

by Janetha on January 14, 2017

in random rambles

hey! so, it’s a new year. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season! things over here have been great. super, duper busy.. but awesome and fun. I cannot even believe that it’s been almost four months since I had my baby. it legit feels like yesterday! I am sure that is partially because the holidays are always a whirlwind and fly by.

I wanted to pop in and say hey.. and I really think I may start blogging somewhat regularly again, soon! I miss it, and now that life is getting a little more back to normal—or, a new normal, I guess—I have felt that tug that I get when I really want to blog again. I do love rambling, even though I don’t have much time for it! but I do have time tonight, because stella took a 5.5 HOUR NAP today and fox took a 4 HOUR NAP. (guys, this is not normal.) so I got a ton done during the day.. and have time to kill now!

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sleepy sleepers.

so of course I should just start back at it with a post of complete randomness, right? obviously.

if you follow me on instagram, you know my life is no longer full of meals & moves, but instead full of kids! I seriously just post about fox and stella and basically nothing else. but they consume me, for the most part, so that’s expected.

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I kind of want to do a post about the holidays, just so I have it to look back on. that will be my next post, ha. but for now.. here is what we’ve been up to.

it’s been snowing like crazy, crazy in the 84010. it’s cold and gloomy with the inversion, so we have been trying to find ways to entertain ourselves indoors. we headed to kangaroo zoo, which is basically a giant room with tons of blow up bouncy contraptions.

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it was a good way to relieve some cabin fever. fox bounced around with his friends, stella got her feet tickled, and I was able to have semi-social time with jessica and amber. I say semi because whenever kids are involved, you don’t manage to have much adult conversation, ha!

some other ways to entertain ourselves in the winter.. lots of painting with water colors…

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playing with christmas toys…

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washing our hands with soap for literally hours at a time…

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and marshall made this fun drum necklace from a coffee can, some speaker wire, and a couple of those hard plastic straws.

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we have been sick, unfortunately. I am finally over it.. but it was rough for a minute there. fox had a fever for a couple days, and I had a cold which I passed along to marsh and stell. it was a huge bummer. we stayed in for over a week solid (aside from going to work… I don’t take sick days.) but the humidifier was great entertainment!

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I had great intentions to start eating better for the new year, but I got sick and that idea went out the window for a bit. instead I had lots of soup… and yummy ramen from tosh’s.

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I am really trying to meal plan and make vegetables and get back in the swing of eating healthy. but it’s been a couple years since I actually did that… so it’s going to take time to get back to it. baby steps, right? I know I am doing my kids a disservice by not fixing vegetables or super healthy meals, ha, so I need to hop on board so they learn to love the good stuff.

this week we are having steak, baked potatoes and roasted carrots on sunday, spinach linguine with bolognese and a salad on monday, tacos on tuesday (always), and then trying to use the freezer stash up the rest of the week, with lasagna, cuban picadillo, and chicken pot pies. so, that seems pretty healthy, right? better than eating pizza and burgers every night like we are used to. ;)

for christmas, I gave my mom a voucher for a paint nite. she cashed it in and we invited my sister to tag along as well.

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have you guys done paint nite? this was my second one and it was a lot of fun! my painting is not the best, but I am still amazed that I was able to make my artwork look remotely like the example, haha.

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stella joined us and was sweet as ever. she’s a dream baby.. I lucked out with her. she sleeps a ton, hardly ever cries, and is always smiling at everything. does this mean she is going to be a hard teenager? ha.

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let’s see, what else? oh, we were supposed to drive to boise the other weekend for my cousin’s daughter’s wedding. but it was legit the worst storm ever.. so we canceled the trip. we didn’t want to brave the icy and snowy roads with the kids. I was super sad not to be able to go. I was also sad fox would not be able to wear his getup I got for the wedidng, haha. he never gets dressed up. luckily (well, not luckily-funerals are sad-but you know) he had a funeral to go to with his nanny the following week. (isn’t she the best, to take him with her? he’s part of their fam, for sure.) so long story short, he was able to wear his dress clothes and she took a ton of pics and now I am posting a few of them here, because he’s adorable. doesn’t he look 17?!

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I told myself I would start working out again this year. I didn’t make resolutions or anything, but I did decide I want to eat better and move more. I haven’t worked out regularly since before my first pregnancy. I know, that’s crazy. but it’s true. and I haven’t worked out at all since maybe june or july. so I really need to get back in the saddle. but then I got sick.. so.. yeah haha. but I am better now. so I went to GPP!

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this workout was fun, it had a little of everything. I only used 10lb dumbbells and I skipped some reps.. but it was a great workout nonetheless. I have definitely lost a ton of muscle and endurance. I need to get that back.. I guess I have to start somewhere!

oh and because she’s cute, here is my gym partner. she kicked and smiled the whole time.

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I wasn’t able to get back there again like I meant to.. so I did half a workout from home today. I did this one and only made it through the first round before stella woke up. I figure something is better than nothing, though. hopefully I will get better and better at fitting workouts in here and there, and eventually it will become a regular habit again. I am just away from fox so much as it is with work, the last thing I want to do after work is leave to the gym. he’s too much fun to hang out with, and he won’t be little forever! luckily I get to have stella at work with me 3 days a week, so I get to spend more time with her. but I know that will fly by all too quickly.

anyway, I think I will call it good for my first rambling post back on the blogging wagon! short and sweet, for me at least, I used to ramble on for hours.. haha. hope you are all having a great weekend! we don’t have a ton planned for tomorrow.. just watching the packers play – go pack go!

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Qs~

1. did you make any resolutions for 2017?

2. what is your favorite way to get your veggies in? I need ideas!

xo. janetha g.

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three months old.

by Janetha on December 22, 2016

in stella

 

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dear stella,

you are three months old! I told your dad that that’s a quarter of a year, which is halfway to six months, so you’ll basically be one tomorrow. time goes way too fast. and you are growing WAY, WAY too fast, my girl.

I am not quite sure how much you weigh these days, I just know that you are feeling much bigger and heavier in my arms. your cute, chubby cheeks are filling out more each day. you have the best round belly that we love to gobble right up. much to my dismay, we are having to retire your cute clothes left and right. you are growing out of them faster than you can even wear them! you are definitely getting much taller, since the legs of your jammies are always getting tighter and tighter. we even have you wearing your brother’s old SIX MONTH jams, and they are tight in the legs! I wonder how long it will be before you are taller than me. it will happen in the blink of an eye, I’m sure.

you are still the chillest, happiest baby around. you rarely cry, and when you do, there’s always a good reason for it. for the most part you are calm, cool, and collected. you have started to smile all the time. and recently you have started giggling, it’s so dang cute. you are babbling so much, I wonder what you are trying to tell us! your personality is shining through, and it makes my heart burst.

you are a great night time sleeper. I keep wondering if that will change, but for now, it’s awesome. you go right to sleep around 6 or 7 o’clock, and will only wake once in the night to nurse. you have started waking up a little earlier in the mornings.. probably because you’ve gotten used to getting up to go to work. so your wake up time is right around 7 AM most days. you are still sleeping in our bed, smack dab in the middle, in your dockatot. you love it.

naps are hit and miss. when you are home with your dad, you will have a cat nap in the morning, followed by a super long nap later on… sometimes it lasts four hours! but at work, you have a harder time napping. that makes sense, since there is no consistency and lots of people coming in and out of my office. but you will usually take a few short naps while I work. you nap in the rock n play and you like to have a cozy blanket up by your face. fox was the exact same. I guess cozy blankets are where it’s at!

no matter where or when you are sleeping, you do best when swaddled in a blanket or a sleep sack. you also have to have some music or noise playing. your favorite is “become ocean” by the seattle symphony orchestra.. something your dad found for you. it’s a 43 minute tune that we just play on loop. it’s actually quite peaceful, so I can see why you like to sleep with it playing.

you aren’t super interested in your binky. you will suck on it for a few minutes, but then usually spit it out. that’s nice for night time, since we don’t have to be on “binky patrol”. but you have discovered your cute, little hands and you LOVE to suck on your fist. you suck on it super vigorously, it’s adorable. you have also started to grasp things like toys, or anybody’s fingers that you can get your hands on. you’ve also started pulling on my hair. it’s fun to see you develop your coordination.

you are definitely spitting up less and less as time goes on. you do spit up quite a bit each day, but not like you used to. that’s a good sign that your insides are maturing and you are getting more and more used to being on the outside than inside my belly. in fact, you have made it through what they call the fourth trimester, which means you aren’t my newborn little baby anymore. you are moving around more and want to wiggle lots. you like to look to your left, and we are trying to get you to look right as often as possible, so you strengthen all those muscles in your neck.

you don’t love tummy time, but you will tolerate it for a bit. you are getting better at holding your head up during tummy time, but you much prefer laying tummy to tummy on me rather than on your tummy on the floor. in fact, you really just like to be held. I don’t mind. you are a super sweet cuddle bug, and are always happiest in someone’s arms. you also enjoy your bouncer and your swing. but if we leave you in either for too long, you make sure to tell us that it’s time to be held again.

you are nursing really well, for longer periods of time than before. that must mean your stomach is getting bigger, and can hold more at once. it seems like you want to eat more often when home with your dad, though, probably because drinking from bottles is such a breeze. the nice thing about that is you haven’t gone on a nursing strike, which can happen when going from bottle to breast. you switch back and forth seamlessly, and are just happy to eat however that may be.

you still really love bath time. you could just lay in the warm water for as long as we let you. it’s cute to see fox help wash you, and he even shares all his bath toys with you. you love fox, and he loves you. it’s super sweet to see you guys cuddle up together, I know you will be life long friends. he always has to give you a kiss every morning and every night, and the first thing he asks for in the morning is to “see baby?”

this past month has been busy and fun, as novembers and decembers usually are.

you started the month off by celebrating your first thanksgiving at nana sue and papa randall’s (aka paw). the next day, the christmas festivities started in full force. we went downtown to see the lights and big christmas tree at the galivan center. you slept right through picking out a christmas tree. but once it was up and fully lit, you were delighted! you love to stare at that thing all day long. it’s fun to see the lights twinkle in your big, brown eyes.

you have seen santa not one, not two, but three times. you snuggled up to the big guy each and every time, which is not a surprise since you just love to get cozy in someone’s arms. you also went to the dickens festival and to the ornament store, where we got your very first ornament- a little baby rudolph. christmas is this week, and it will be fun to celebrate together.

stella bella boo, I love you so dang much. I know how quickly babies grow, and while it’s so fun to see you learn and change.. I am secretly wishing you would just stay little, forever. I know it is only a matter of time before you’re too big for me to hold in one arm.. so I am doing it as much as I can before that happens. thank you for being such a dream baby, we are all so smitten with your sweet little self.

love, love, love you!

love, your momma

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two months old.

November 22, 2016
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dear stella, you are two months old! as expected, this past month whizzed by in the blink of an eye. although it went quickly, we have had the best time watching you learn and grow. and, my, have you grown! at your two month check up, you weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces. this was up […]

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how-o-ween 2016.

November 4, 2016
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hello, and happy friday! and not just any friday, guys. it’s the last day of my maternity leave. sad! those six weeks WHIZZED by in the blink of an eye. i can’t believe it! i thought i would celebrate the occasion by blogging, because who knows how often i will get to do this once […]

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apple berry chicken pasta salad. [+a giveaway!]

October 26, 2016
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hey! guys, i need to be on maternity leave more often.. i think this is the most i have blogged in months! and i am loving it. it’s been so great soaking up the newborn cuddles. i will have to post about that sweet little newborn again soon. but it’s nice to have a little […]

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one month old.

October 22, 2016
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dear stella, already one month old?? how? why? time seemed to stand still while i was pregnant with you, and now that you are here, time is going way too fast! it was just yesterday that we met you, smitten with your sweetness and beauty. and with each day that goes by, we are all […]

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newborn photos.

October 21, 2016
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i have shared a few of these great shots on social media, but i decided a whole blog post needs to be dedicated to them. as i’ve mentioned many a time, my nanny is an awesome photographer, and i have her to thank for these sweet pics of our nine day old baby girl! check […]

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stella’s birthday.

October 18, 2016
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hi there, internet land! not sure if anyone really reads this corner of the world wide web anymore, but i have to say this post is more for me than anything. i have to share the story of how this little lady came into the world! i have to say the second time around, things […]

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