Project 52 - Week 42&43

Thursday, October 29, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

I love this pictures in so many ways.  This kid loves his new sister, partly because she can't fight back, pull his hair or bite him.  He's so sweet with Remy it melts my heart.  I was folding laundry and he just sat there talking with me as he held her on the pillow.  It's like he grew up over night, my big boy.

My sweet Lola finally has some hair!  While it may not be luscious Elsa locks, it still is long enough to brush and put back in some uneven pigtails.  While the top is a bit reminiscent of Donald Trump, it's nothing that a cute bow clip can't handle.  

This is pretty much the story of this girl's life.  However, sometimes at night she likes to party and while I am rocking her to sleep and all I feel are these beady little eyes staring up at me wondering where the party is and why she can't be a part of it.  Come on girl, where are these 5 hour stretches you gave us at the hospital?

I have so many fun posts planned, but just let me get the Mom of 3 thing down first, okay?


Baumgartners, Party of 5 - Remy's Birth Story

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I've almost made it two weeks as a mom of three and I haven't even had my first beer yet.  
What is wrong with me?!!?
I'm blaming it on the lack of sleep and the roller coaster of my hormones right now.
So how did Miss Remy decide to make her debut?  Well, it was a quick one that's for sure.  It started on October 12th when I went in for my 40 week appointment.  Cohen had started his first day in his new Pre-K class so it was just me and Lola Girl all day long.  Kurtis came home early so I could get to my appointment - the appointment I had made and thought, "Surely I won't be needing this one."
Again folks, the joke's on me.
At my OB there are like ten doctors that you rotate through so you really don't know who will deliver your baby unless you are scheduled for a c-section or induction with a specific doctor.  Cohen and Lola were both delivered by the same doctor so I was so hopeful he would be three for three with my little family.  We had joked for the previous three appointments how I needed to hurry up because he would be on vacation soon until November.  I mean of course I was going to go early - I was dilated and Baby Girl was low and ready to go!  But again, the joke was on me as 40 weeks approached, Dr. Teter headed off for vacation and I was STILL pregnant.  My appointment was with a doctor I hadn't seen since I was pregnant with Cohen - Dr. Del.  But I forgot how much I really liked her as I was meeting with her that day.  She checked me and asked what I wanted to do.  I looked at her and said, "Can you induce me tomorrow?" and was half joking.  She looked at her schedule and said, "Sure thing - see you at 6!"
Wam. Bam. Thank you mam.
I anxiously called my mom who was going to come watch the kids for the two days we were at the hospital.  I lucked out that day as she had forgotten her phone at home before she left for work.  So I started texting with my dad.  Here's how the conversation went:
Me: Hey - I'm getting induced tomorrow morning at 6.  Do you want to come here tonight?  
Dad: What does induced mean?
Me: Slapping hand to forehead.  I'll just call mom at work.

My parents came down that night and Kurtis and I made sure to finish packing everything.  This time we would be prepared, unlike we were with Lola.  I mean, I'm sure Kurtis loved nothing more than my mom packing his underwear in a suitcase for him last time...
The night was surreal and I got a little weepy as I put the kids to bed thinking this was the last time I'd do it as a family of four.  I didn't sleep real well as it hit me that I was going to have a baby the next morning.

Kurtis and I woke up at the butt crack of dawn and made it to the hospital at 6 on the dot.  I thought I had done all of my paperwork online but apparently I had to do it again when I got there.  As they took us into labor and delivery, the night nurses were getting ready to end their shift so we were told they'd start the pitocin at the shift change.  So I took a mini nap and settled in my beautiful hospital gown to wait for the impending delivery of our sweet girl!
The nurse came in around 7:15 and started the pitocin.  She was my age and the sweetest girl I've ever met.  I told her I wanted an epidural and we thought it'd be good to get one when the contractions started to get stronger.  At about 7:45, Dr. Del came in and broke my water.  At that time I wasn't feeling any contractions so I said we could wait a bit for the epidural - someone remind me next time how that is a horrible idea.  At 8:30, the nurse came in said the anesthesiologist was going in for a c-section and when he was finished in an hour, he'd come get my epidural started.  I was totally okay with that because at the time my contractions were few and far in between and I really wasn't in any pain.
Now let's fast forward about 30 minutes.
The contractions came out of nowhere and I was cursing like a sailor.  I looked at Kurtis and told him I wasn't sure I'd make it until 9:30.  My sweet husband let me squeeze the shit out of his hand for each contraction and kept telling me he'd be there anytime.  Then, 15 minutes later, I knew I was in trouble because I called for the puke tray and told him to get the nurse because there was some serious pressure going on.  The next 10 minutes were a blur of pain with nurses, doctors and the anesthesiologist running in and out of my room.  I'd be lying if I said I'm not embarrassed as to how I handled this pain but holy balls, this was no joke.  It was like a scene out of the movies - the nurse was asking me if I wanted to push, I was crying and screaming for my epidural, the anesthesiologist was rushing to give me some relief and my poor husband,with all of the chaos, turned white as a ghost and had to sit down.

 Sidenote: I apologize to all of the other mothers who were delivering during this time.  I hope I did not scare the daylights out of you.  I'm just glad it wasn't during touring hours...

The epidural kicked in but I was still able to feel when the contractions were coming so I knew when to push.  I pushed for maybe 20 minutes and at 10:12 on 10.13 little miss Remy Elizabeth entered the world.  She was 7 lbs and 11 ounces and a long 20.5 inches.  It was the fastest labor and by far the worst pain I've ever felt in my entire life but I wouldn't trade it in for this sweet little face - I'd just ask for an epidural sooner.  She has settled quite easily into our family and I'm pretty sure everyone is smitten with her precious little face.

Now here's to conquering life as a Mom of 3.
That will be another post my friends.


Project 52 - Week 41

Monday, October 19, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

Cohen, Lola and Remy
This photo strikes up all kinds of emotions.  First, let's start off with Cohen's face or should we call him Mr. Serious.  He definitely takes his job as Biggest Brother quite seriously.  I'm not sure he took a breath while holding Remy for the first time.  Now he will tell me he's been waiting patiently to hold her so he needs to hold her now.  It is crazy to me how much older he grew the second I saw him holding his newest sister.

This is typical Lola these days.  Elsa dress, chocolate doughnut on her face and not a care in the world.  She loves Miss Remy to no end and will look for her the moment she wakes up each morning.  Lola loves to greet her sister with the sweetest, "Hi Baby Wemy!" in the highest pitch voice you can imagine.  We are still working on the gently factor but that takes time I suppose...

And here's my sweet Remy, making her debut in Week 41 of my Project 52 posts.  

I'm a mom of three?  Holy balls.


Welcome to the World Sweet Remy

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sweet baby girl has finally made her arrival!  Boy was it a quick one too.  I'll share more of her birth story later this week when I have a moment but let's just say, life with 3 is way more busy than life with 2!  

 Remy Elizabeth
7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches
10.13.15 at 10:12 a.m.

We are so in love with you sweet girl and are happy to have you in our family.


Project 52 - Week 40

Thursday, October 8, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

My big five year old making a serious wish on his monster birthday cake.  I believe he wished to turn into a goon if I remember correctly.  People, I can't make this stuff up.  But five is a big year for Cohen and he continues to remind me that next year he will go to Kindergarten.  Sigh.

My little mama singing her heart out as she rocks the baby swing.  We still need to work on the speed and height that she chooses to rock the swing but nonetheless, it still is super sweet.  Please note the cookie marks on her face as she had just spent several minutes licking the M&Ms on my cookies and then putting them back on my plate.  I pick my battles with this Sass. 


A Letter to Lola, the Soon to Be Big Sis

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oh Sweet Baby Lola,
Even though you are no longer a baby and there will soon be a new, fresh little one to take on that role, you will still be our Baby Lola.  You are full of sugar, spice and lots of sass and I have loved watching your little personality grow over these last 23 months.  Lately you have turned into such a Mama's girl and quite frankly, I'm just fine with that.

I think you will eat up the role as Big Sister.  The second I got out the baby essentials, you were putting your babies in them and singing them lullabies in your precious little voice.  A girly girl you are, you love to feed, rock and sush your babies.  While I'm not sure how you will handle the attention that Mom will have to give to Sissy, you sure will have no problems giving me a hand at taking care of her.

My sweet Lola Girl you know how to make your dad and I laugh.  Lately you bust out this amazing Stink Eye, which really shouldn't be funny but sure cracks everyone up - including your brother.  I also have no fear that you will be able to protect yourself as you clearly have shown this feisty side when it comes to defending yourself again Cohen.  While I'm not condoning the fact that you are hitting, I am letting you know that when you tell Cohen to stop and he keeps going, I will turn the other way as you pull his hair.

Miss Lola, I have a bit of guilt bringing this baby into the world just a wee bit earlier than anticipated because I didn't want to rush your growing up time.  However, it has worked out for the better considering I get to spend the entire next year with you at home.  I wasn't sure how I could love somebody as much as your brother but you have proved me wrong.  My heart has just doubled in size for the two of you.

I'm excited to see you as a big sister.  I love you my sweet little girl!


Happy Birthday, Cohen Lee

Monday, October 5, 2015

How are you five?
No, really.
How are you five?

Today we woke up to your sweet voice coming down the stairs singing, "Here comes the Birthday Boy! The Birthday Boy! The Birthday Boy!"  The anticipation of five has been great for you since we recently promoted you to that booster seat you've been dying to have in my car.  After a morning of pancakes and presents, you were so excited to share your treats with your friends at school.  I had to smile as you told each friend this morning, "I'm five today!" with that matter-of-fact look on your face.

Cohen Lee you are the funniest kid I've ever met.  Lately, even in your turd moments, you know how to crack us up.  It seems that I am having to remind Dad lately that you hear EVERYTHING therefore you will REPEAT EVERYTHING.  He's still working on that one.  You have the sweetest, most loving side to you yet you are pretty confident in your role as Annoying Big Brother.  Lola looks up to everything you do and one day I know you will be the best body guard for her and your new baby sister.  I love that you still are my snuggler and will ask me to lay with you and tell you stories every night.  The next few years will be big ones for you and while I'm sad that you are growing up, I'm also excited for the anticipation as to where you plan on taking these moments.  You, my first born, have so much going for you.  Don't ever forget that and remember to seize the moment!  

And I'm really okay with you reminding me when I feel sad that, "It's okay Mom.  I'm still going to be your son."

Love you to the moon and back, Buddy.
Happy 5th Birthday!


Show Off Your Unique Baby + $30 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oh my sweet Lola Girl, she sure knows how to melt my heart.  Lately she has been all about the babies, which is good considering Baby Sissy will be here any day now!  But with a new baby on the brain, I often find myself thinking about that first year.  Yes, it was sleepless.  And yes, it was stressful but in all honesty, it really went by way too fast.  I was lucky enough to be able to stay home with her for five months and then have a nanny come to the house for the remainder of that school year.  It was a relief to know she was comfortable at home but let me be real for a second and remind you - teachers aren't millionaires.  Childcare is expensive so we often looked for simple solutions to save money and cut those corners.  

One way we did this was by using Store Brand Formula.  Usually on a Target trip I would grab a canister of the Up & Up brand, which saved us a significant amount of money each week.  What most people don't realize is that the FDA strictly regulates infant formula to keep little ones safe, so these store brand infant formulas are nutritionally comparable to national brands and meet FDA standards but at a lower cost to your family.  Lola couldn't tell the difference in taste and the contents were basically the same in what I would find in the national brands so she was getting everything she needed nutritionally.  It was a simple way to save my family money on our already tight budget.

So essentially, the brand of formula you use is not unique, but of course your baby is unique!  To shine the spotlight on the most important part of this formula equation - your baby, Store Brand Formula is launching a "Unique Baby" Photo Sweepstakes in which the winner will receive $5,000 PLUS a year supply of Store Brand Formula.

Of course I entered Lola.  I may be biased, but her cute little face is just too much.

Every baby is unique.  Show how YOUR baby is unique!  Find that funny, silly, odd or crazy unique baby photo.  You know, the one with the ridiculously cute expression or the angry-I-am-going-to-scream face or even that crazy, wild hair picture.  (One sweet Lola may never have...sigh.)
Whatever it is, show it off!

How to Enter
To enter the Store Brand Formula Unique Baby Sweepstakes, simply visit this website and follow the photo submission guidelines and the on-screen instructions to complete the online entry form. All entries must be submitted between September 28, 2015 – November 5, 2015.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day for the duration of the Sweepstakes
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s choice of Store Brand Baby Formula. Five (5) First Prize winners will receive $200 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s c choice of Store Brand Baby Formula.

For official rules click here!  

But let's get this party started with a giveaway!  Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $30 Visa gift card! 

Disclosure:  I received a gift card for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.