The Real Deal

I’ve been blogging over at the other blog for a while now, which means I am not here as much, and that kind of sucks.  My goal in the new year is to write more here and try to balance the two blogs so this one doesn’t die.

Life is crazy.  It’s busy and that is kind of awesome.  I am starting to feel more and more normal again.  Tate is so happy now and that makes everything a lot easier.  Plus, that weird newborn fog is starting to lift and that means that I am starting to feel more like a real person and less like a feeding machine.

I actually have some big news..  No, I am not pregnant again!  I got into grad school!!  I start mid January and I will be done in about two years.  I am still going to be working full time, but my boss is allowing me to use some work time to do class work because the program I am in will directly affect my work here.  Basically I am getting a higher up job once I am done with the program, so my work is willing to help me through the process.  I am kind of terrified to start, but also ridiculously excited.  I haven’t been in school for over ten years and I feel SO much more motivated to learn than I did when I was in college.

With these changes, my life will be in upheaval again, so that is kind of scary.  But I know that I am doing this to better our family financial situation, so in the end it will all be worth it.  Plus, my kids can watch me work really hard at something to reach a goal.  The other really cool part of this is that after a year of classes, I will be certified in my new job and they are opening up a new position for me at that time.  Basically everything will work out in the end.

I am happy you guys.  I feel happy most of the time.  I love my family and my life and I am so looking forward to loving school and my new job.  Hopefully I can handle it all.

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Arlie 23 Months and Tate 6 Months

So here I am, one month away from Arlie being two.  My tiny little girl is huge now and I can barely stand it that she is about to be two.  Two!  The time really has gone by so fast and I am sad that it seems like she is starting to get more and more independent.  Such is the life of a parent, heartache ensues.

Lets see… Arlie is giant (tall) and is so stubborn.  She knows what she wants and she will do what she has to do to get it.  It makes for a lot of battles between us but I think this mostly has to do with the fact that she and I are very similar.  She is counting to ten these days and can pick out a bunch of different colors.  She is finally saying her own name, which was something I was genuinely worried about.  It seems like Arlie is a rather hard name to form when you are a little kid, so I guess it makes sense that it took her a bit longer.  She is crazy active.  Like constantly active.  I get so much more tired in the afternoons I have with her than I used to and I think this is because I am constantly having to run after her to avoid her having an injury.

Her eating has been dismal all of a sudden.  She doesn’t ever seem to want to eat dinner so that is pretty stressful and frustrating.  I have been trying a bunch of different things to see what she is interested in eating now, so hopefully we can find a few things that she is happy with.  She’s been helping me in the kitchen more and more these days, so I am hoping that this will also bolster some of her eating.

Christmas has her all kinds of excited.  It is really fun this year with her loving the lights and the tree and all the Santa hype.  I love that she is excited and I am glad that we can have that magic in our household for the next few years.  She really is an absolute joy to have in our lives and I can’t believe that it has been two years since she was born.  It seems like yesterday that we were coming home with her.  I love this girl fiercely and I can’t wait to watch her grow and get even more sassy.

Tate is also growing like crazy.  He is bigger than Arlie was at this point, which is awesome because of all the eating issues he had.  I feel so proud of us because breastfeeding has been an absolute struggle, but we are beating the odds and he is doing great!  We introduced solids to him about two weeks ago and this kid loves them.  Honestly, it was a real struggle with Arlie sometimes to get her to eat as a baby and Tate is the absolute opposite.  He loves food, especially vegetables.  I have no idea who’s kid this is…

On the physical front, he is active as can be.  And… he is crawling.  This started about a month ago, and since then he is getting faster and faster and it is insane how well he can get himself around.  He is rolling both ways and sitting up unassisted.  We had his 6 month photos taken two weekends ago and they are so incredibly cute!  I love doing these with the kids and especially with Tate because he is the smiliest little guy you have ever seen.  The entire shoot only took about 30 minutes, not including clothing changes, and we got a million awesome pictures.  He’s just the best.

I am feeling much better about the whole two kids situation, so that bodes well for my mental stability.  I have a few days here and there where I feel like I am a failure, but for the most part, I can feel the fog lifting and the days are becoming a little easier.

Happy Christmas everyone!