Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Two Under Two'sday - Week 5

And we're back!

Two weeks off from holiday madness and like everyone else, we are suffering a major holiday hangover.  We took down our tree and packed up the decorations earlier than usual, three days after Christmas instead after New Year's.  We had a lot of odd job "to-do" we wanted to accomplish and I was itching to get the house cleaned up and in order.  Not to mention pack away the items Ashlynn was so drawn to picking up and moving around.



Just a quick update in Stats.  I postponed by post partum appointment since we woke up Friday to 6" of snow and our driveway still wasn't shoveled out by the time I needed to leave.  Kenley and I did make it to her 1 month appointment later that afternoon.  Everything looking good and girlfriend is clocking in at 9lb 11oz, 22" long, and 14.25" for her noggin'.


Sleep Situation:

Pretty sure I haven't updated since I got Mastitis two weeks ago.  When I started the antibiotic we noticed Kenley started getting really fussy.  I read that it could be common since the milk may taste saltier or something like that.  Not sure, turns out it's just our baby.  She quickly moved into her witching hour fussiness and while she sleeps for a nice solid chunk during the night and is content eating, sleeping, and having alert time during the day, come 7pm she is just an unhappy honey.  Fusses usually until 10 or 11pm.

The toddler on the other hand is a bit a of nightmare.  First she was fighting bedtime like crazy, refusing to be put in the crib.  Finally we worked that out (still not without lots of books, songs, rocking and verbal prepping) and then she started waking in the night.  Sometimes it's just a misplaced pacifier others its toddler insomnia. She also occasionally wakes at the ass crack of dawn.  Actually, I'm pretty sure she always does, just some days she cries until we get her and others she'll thankfully hang out quietly until we get up.





Ashlynn: 

There is a chance girlfriend is teething her upper incisors.  They look like they are getting near to the gum line, but I don't see anything breaking through quite yet.  Aside from the sleep situation, things are really normal for Ashlynn.  I'd say all her behavior changes, not that there were many, when we brought Kenley home are over.  She's back to being a really happy toddler and she really loves seeing what Sissy is up to.  She likes to play mommy and wipe the spit up from her mouth and tuck her in in the bouncer.  Of course, she hasn't figured out how to do these as gently as she should, but it's the thought that counts.



Kenley:

Covered most her changes in her 1 Month update.  I've been trying to be better about giving her some tummy time.  Between a rough toddler who literally trips over her own feet out of no where about twice an hour and two small dogs who are constantly up our ass, I really haven't found the right opportunity to place a fragile newborn on the floor.  She's not a huge fan, but deals with it pretty well and is suprisingly strong for five weeks.



In other two under two updates, the husband finally returned to work yesterday after more than two weeks at home (totally made up for him having to return so quickly after her birth).  Since the weather was finally above the freezing line and the fridge was borderline college status (condiments, expired yogurt, and beer - not really toddler friendly), I headed to the grocery store.

The hardest part had to be the timing and preparing to go.  I usually like to go in the morning, but between Kenley's morning nap and getting Ashlynn to cooperate getting dressed, I couldn't time a baby feeding and leaving enough time before Ashlynn's mid-morning snack and subsequent nap.  THe last thing I wanted was a cranky toddler and crying baby during this trip.  When she woke from her nap, I got her lunch and nursed Kenley while she ate.  I got Ashlynn cleaned up and Kenley changed, bundled in her bunting, and strapped in the carrier.  Then I got Ashlynn with her boots, hat, mittens, and jacket and packed her sippy.  Grabbed my list, my coat, my scarf and got the car running (god bless remote start!).

I got Ashlynn in the car first, then came back and got Kenley.   Drove to the store, parked next to the cart corral (does anyone else find the "mother parking" inconvenient?  I like to be as close to the cart return as possible so I don't have to walk away from my children in the car or keep them in the cart in the cold), grabbed a cart, got Ashlynn strapped in, then placed Kenley in the bottom.  I immediately wondered "Where the hell is the food going to go?" and headed in.  I "tetris'ed" all the groceries around the infant carrier and when the only room left was Kenley's lap, I called it quits.  When I got to check out and the cashier asked me where I'd like to place the bags, I looked her with a blank stare and admitted "I thought you would know!"  Thankfully she called one of the 'helping hands' kids (Wegmans employees who gather the carts) and he helped me to my car with an extra cart while I pushed the kids.

I definitely would have strapped Kenley in my Ergo, which has been my plan and excuse for still not buying a dual stroller, but with my coat and her bunting and it being so cold, I didn't want to waste the time getting her in and out of the carseat in the cold.

The trip wasn't bad at all and I definitely will be able to handle it once we get some warmer (non freezing) weather.  Either way, still an adventurous and memorable "first".


Tell me moms of two +... what are your secrets??



26 comments:

  1. I am glad that by the time I have a second you (and other bloggers I follow) will have mastered this whole going out with two babies and teach all the secrets ;)

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  2. I'm really enjoying reading about your experience with two under two! Although I'll never have two so close in age I still find it all really valuable for when we have baby #2! Especially the shopping with two at the store. I would have thought the checkout person would have known what to do too! I always see people shopping with a baby in the cart! Glad there was someone to help you out to the car!

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  3. Momma, you sound like a rock star to me!!!! No secrets here, I am still just focusing on the one so I admire you being able to do this. Your girls are adorable!!!
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  4. Baby #2 due in May here, with Baby #1 turning 2 in May. My plan? Never leave the house. Sounds like a winner to me:)

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  5. They are both so adorable!! :) I love the idea of this series!!! I know I'll be looking back someday when we have our second! HAHA I just found your blog, and love it! Finding other mommy bloggers is so fun! My son is almost 4 months old... time is flying!!!

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  6. It's sure not easy when they're smaller.... I remember those days. It's so much easier now though. Hang in there

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  7. I'm glad my husband does the grocery shopping haha! That sounds exhausting! But you did it!

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  8. I still did baby wearing in the cold----just put on the Ergo, then my coat, then shoved CC into the Ergo and wrapped my coat around the front of her. Then once in the store you can take off your coat easily and just keep her bundled next to you. Could work! Any way that you go about it will be slightly annoying/time consuming. Ha! ;)

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  9. I've always wondered how mom's with more than one young kids do grocery shopping!! You are my hero!!! :)

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  10. the first time i ventured out with Harper by myself to Target when i was on mat leave, i put her car seat in the cart…and then I had no room for stuff…and then when I paid I realized I would need a second cart and I told the cashier with a panicked look on my face that I had no idea what I was going to do. I was going to try to push both carts, but they called someone to come help my load my car…she was so sweet to help. ha. What a moment :) we would love to have one more, so I will be in your shoes one day!

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  11. Smart girl. I just hate getting them in and out of the carseats - esp the infant carrier. It's hard to tighten the straps when locked i the base (gets pinned between the seat back and carrier) so I usually just avoid it. Practice makes perfect though i guess!

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  12. I believe that may be an option, going to check!!

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  13. The grocery store was the one thing I always wondered (ie, had anxiety) about!! Tricky, but doable!

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  14. Welcome to my nook!! Time does fly, I can't believe we have two!!

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  15. Word! I can count on one hand the number of times I've left the house since she was born. Blaming snow storms, holidays, and a polar vortex for that one!

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  16. Same, I thought there'd be a trick of the trade she'd show me!

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  17. You go momma! I'm so impressed! I didn't even venture out to the grocery store with one for a few weeks lol. I was always so terrified that he would cry or be hungry or have a meltdown or something and everyone in the store would start starring at me. So I waited until the weekend when my husband was home....except this one time that I went to Target for one thing and he started crying and a stranger thought it was a good idea to put his pacifier back in... not ok.

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  18. I'm due in 10 weeks with my 2nd, and my girls will be 18 months apart also. I look forward to reading your Two under Two'sday posts! I know I'll need all the help I can get. Thanks!

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  19. I claim to be no expert or know no secrets!! Just sharing my experience which will most likely will be riddled with plenty of mistakes and probably some hilarious stories along the way ;)

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  20. Love your "ass crack of dawn" comment...totally when my little guy has been waking up at as well. Not cool. I refuse to let him out of the crib until at least after 6 AM! Also loving your posts on the two under two! :)

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  21. Sounds a lot more successful than my first grocery experience with my 2 under 2!! I have an 17month old and 5 week old! Live your blog, nice to read about how you are handling the madness!!!

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  22. You know I'm loving this series and taking some pointers from you for sure! I think I can safely say I we will probably never have to get that bundled up for a trip to the grocery store. :) I know your doing great, Momma!

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  23. Oh my gosh, I never thought about how to manage 2 in the cart and where the groceries go. I am learning so much from this series! Please keep it up! You're doing great, mama! I'm still wildly impressed that you're blogging at all! :)

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  24. Keep doing what you're u doing! You are doing great! Dying to know what the fabric "name" is for the blanket you made? Adorable.

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  25. Thank you! It's from the Felicity Miller Botanica collection

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