How to Beat the Heat:

This last week has been brutal! There has been a heat wave outside and as a result, Olive and I have been home bound. I haven’t left my house other than to walk outside to get the mail or take out the trash. The few times I have been outside was extremely uncomfortable! Not only is it unbearably hot out, but the air is so thick and gross that it’s hard to breathe.  Needless to say, Olive hasn’t left our house in over a week.

I usually spend my Summer days on the beach, walking on the boardwalk, swimming in the pool and getting ice cream. I haven’t been able to do any of that this year. I look forward to next Summer, when Olive is older and I can take her to the beach and the pool and get her an ice cream cone to enjoy.

Even though we are stuck inside, I’m still enjoying my time with her and making the best of it.  Everyday we do tummy time and story time. Yesterday I painted her little feet to make an art project with homemade paint. We also did a little science experiment that she was very intrigued with. She takes a few naps throughout the day and while she is sleeping I’ve been cleaning, exercising, and window shopping on Amazon. I probably have at least close to 100 items on my wish list. I also made a first year bucket list of all the places I want to take Olive and all the fun things I want to do with her before her first birthday.

The list includes things like: a hayride to the pumpkin patch, picture with Santa, ride on a carousel, children’s museum, ride on a train etc.

I always look forward to all the upcoming Holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas, but this year I’m REALLY looking forward to them. I know she is still going to be too young to understand what is going on, but I’m really excited about celebrating the Holidays with her.

I feel so lucky to have such a good and easy going baby. She is honestly the most pleasant and happy baby I have ever seen. She smiles all the time and hardly ever cries. She makes everything so much easier for me. I just love her so much! I hope she is always happy for her whole life. That’s my biggest wish for her, that she has a very happy and wonderful life.

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Adventures with Olive:

The last six weeks of my life have been very different than how things were before. Becoming a mother is so much more than just changing diapers, making bottles and getting up during the night. Everything is different! Waking up in the morning is different. Getting ready for bed is different, and going out anywhere is VERY different.

Everything takes me twice as long to do. I am still getting used to being a mommy. I learn something new everyday, like how to make things easier for myself. Instead of carrying Olive around in her car seat, bring her stroller along so I don’t end up breaking my back.

Olive and I have had a very eventful week. On Monday we went to a nearby church because I am interested in getting Olive baptized there. I used to go to church with my family when I was little. We didn’t go every week, but when we would go I really did enjoyed Sunday school. My husband and I usually do not go to church. We believe in God, We are just not big church- goers. Now that we have Olive though, I really want to start going again. I think it’s really important for her to learn about God and to have a relationship with him. I’ll be completely honest, we probably won’t go every single week because life happens and some times you just need to sleep in on a Sunday. I would like to go every now and then though.

There is a cute, little church right around the corner from us. We went there Monday morning. I carried Olive in her car seat to the back door of the church. The door was locked but there was a buzzer and an intercom right next to it. I rang the buzzer and an older woman answered through the intercom asking how she could help me. I told her I was interested in having a baptism for my daughter. She buzzed me in and I met her in the down stairs hallway where she told me the pastor wasn’t in that day and to come back on Sunday to talk to him so he can set it all up. I thanked her and then headed off to the library.

We weren’t there very long. We walked around the kids section and I picked out a few books to take home to read to her. I read to Olive every night. Afterwards I signed us up for a free baby music class, that they were having later on in the week.

On Tuesday I had my six week check-up with my doctor. My mom came over and I drove her and Olive to my doctor’s office. My mom stayed in the waiting room with Olive, while I went back to talk to the doctor. Everyone in the office told me how cute and little my daughter was and how good I looked for just having a baby six weeks ago. That made me feel really good.

After the doctor’s, we went through the Chick-Fil-A drive-through to get lunch.

On Wednesday my mom and I were going to take Olive to Grounds for Sculpture for the first time. Grounds for Sculpture is a huge garden place right by my house. They have a ton of different sculpture’s all throughout the gardens where you can walk around and take pictures. I have been there a few times before, but now in a while. Unfortunately the weather was really hot that day, so we decided to walk around the mall instead.

 

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Olive was very intrigued by all the different sights and sounds in the mall. we went into a few stores and looked around. We didn’t buy anything, just did some window shopping then headed home.

On Thursday we went back to the library to attend the free baby music class. There were a few toddlers there and a few other babies, but Olive was the youngest one. She slept pretty much the whole time. It was a cute class. The woman played her guitar and sang for the kids. She gave them scarves, shakers and other musical instruments for them to play with. She even played happy, upbeat music for them to dance around. It was nice, but I think Olive would enjoy it more if she was a little bit older and could participate with the other children.

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Today is Friday. Olive and I went to Walmart to buy birthday gifts for Olive’s two cousins. Their birthday party is this weekend.  After that we decided to just stay at home for the rest of the day. It had been a very busy week for us.

Looking forward to more adventures with my little sidekick. 🙂

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and I am so excited because this is my husband’s first time celebrating it as a father. Olive and I wanted to make it extra special for him, so we came up with a few easy and super cute gift ideas for him and all three of Olive’s grandfathers. (By “we” I really mean me.)  Olive is only five weeks old, but I’m sure that if she was old enough to know what was going on, she would be totally into it.

Of course I had to make the classic shirt and tie, Father’s Day cards. I remember being in elementary school and making a card just like this for my dad when I was a kid. It’s super simple to make. I could write down step by step how to make it, but if you are anything like me, you will need someone to demonstrate in a video.

I just went to Youtube and looked up “How to make a Father’s Day card” and about 12,000 videos popped up on how to make this particular card. I just clicked on the first video and went from there.

The inside of the card, I added my own special touch. I typed up “From the bottom of my…” then I stamped a heart shape right underneath. I didn’t have a heart stamp big enough, so I ended up taking a sponge and cutting a heart shape out of that. Then I pushed it down onto my red ink pad and stamped it on the card. On the other side I typed up “To the tips of my…” Then I simply stamped Olive’s little footprints using my purple ink pad and stamped them onto the other side of the card. It’s supposed to say: “From the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes, I love you!” I tend to type things out because I don’t really like my hand writing. If you have really nice hand writing and just want to write it out by hand, more power to you.

 

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The next gift I actually saw on Pinterest, but again I added my own special touch to it. first I typed up “Happy Father’s Day! Love your little peanut.” Then glued that to my blue stock paper. I was going to use my hole puncher, but quickly realized it wasn’t going to reach to the middle of the paper. So instead I used my scissors to poke two holes in the back, one on top of the other. Then I pulled my ribbon through both of the holes. I placed a bag of peanut M&Ms in between, then tied the ribbon in the middle to make a bowtie.

Here’s where I added my own touch. I took a piece of beige colored paper and my brown ink pad and stamped Olive’s footprints onto the paper. Then I drew a peanut shape around them along with lines through her feet to make them look like peanuts. Then I cut them out and glued them onto the stock paper.

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The next gift I made was super easy. I just took a couple of cans of mixed nuts along with some plastic bags. I scooped the nuts into the bags the added a tag on the front saying: “We are nuts about Daddy!”

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The last gift idea was also super easy. I took lottery tickets and chocolate gold coins and put them into plastic bags with a tag on the front saying: “Lucky to have a Daddy like you!”

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To top it off, I put all the gifts into boxes that way I don’t have to worry about the paper getting bent in a bag beforehand. I am very pleased with the way these gifts turned out and I can not wait to give them out!

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I hope you guys all have a great Father’s Day weekend and have a great time celebrating with your Dad/husband/father-in-law/grandfather/step-father etc. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy’s Day Out

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Today was the first time since the day Olive was born, that I got to go out. I made plans about two weeks ago to meet my friend Kelly for lunch at our favorite sushi place. We agreed to meet up at around 1:00 in the afternoon.

Since I had barely left my house in the last month, I was also in dire need of a manicure. Now I really don’t spend a lot of money on myself, like once in a while I’ll buy a new dress here or there, but the one thing that I do like to splurge on are manicures and pedicures.

My plan was to leave a little early, get a manicure first, then meet Kelly for lunch, and then stop at Buy Buy Baby and Target for diapers, wipes and formula. Unfortunately, I was running kind of late. Here’s what happened…

I woke up around 7:30, but I was so tired because Olive had woke up for the third time around 6:00 and was having a hard time going back to sleep. I finally got her back to sleep right around 8:00 and was so tired that I decided to sleep a little bit longer. So I slept for another hour, woke up around 9:00 and got myself ready for the day. I took a shower, straighten my hair, did my make up and put on a super cute dress. By the time I was done it was around 10:00 and Olive was just waking up again.

I started getting Olive ready by giving her her daily sponge bath for the day. Just when I had finished cleaning her and put a new diaper on I heard the dreaded sound of her pooping herself. So I had to clean her and change her again. Afterwards I gave her a bottle and had her sit on my lap as I fed her on the couch. When I was almost done feeding her I felt a warm liquid on my right thigh. Olive had peed so much that it went right through her diaper. It probably didn’t help that the diaper she was wearing was a size too big, which was why I was going to out to get more diapers that fit her better.

So I had to change her diaper again. Then I went back to feeding and burping her. I held her over my right shoulder and started patting her back, when I suddenly felt her spit up all over my shoulder and in my hair. I used a wipe to quickly clean myself off and then finished taking care of her. afterwards I fixed myself up and gathered my things to leave.

The time I wanted to leave the house was at 11:30, the time I actually left the house was at 11:51. I went to a near by shopping center to get Kelly an engagement gift, because she recently got engaged. So I picked up an engagement card and a bridal magazine. By the time I was done it was 12:30 and I knew there was no way that I would have time to get my nails done before meeting her so I just headed over to the sushi place.

We had a wonderful and very yummy lunch. It was all you can eat sushi and I love, love, love sushi! It was so nice to see Kelly again and catch up with her. Kelly and I have been friends for 10 years. We have hung out a lot and made many fun memories together. Being with Kelly today made me feel like I was 21 again. I liked it. It was kind of bitter sweet because on the one hand, I love my daughter and I love being a mother and I’m excited to experience motherhood as the years go by. On the other hand, I do miss the days where I hang out with my friends. I miss going out to eat, going to the movies, hanging out at each others houses etc. Not that I can’t hang out with my friends anymore. I can, but now it’s different. It was nice to get a glimpse of the old days back, even if it was just for a little bit.

After I said good-bye to Kelly, I noticed that there was a nail place literally right next to the sushi place so I ended up getting my nails done there. I got the classic french manicure, which I haven’t gotten in a while. Usually I pick some crazy color, but today I was really set on having white tips. I’m looking down at my nails right now as I’m typing this and I love the way it looks. There’s just something about getting my nails done that really gives my confidence a boost.

Anyway I called my husband to check up on Olive, because although I was having a nice time, I still missed her and felt like I was on a time limit even though I wasn’t. Kevin said everything was great and asked me to pick up more paper towels even though he had just picked a bunch up literally two days ago. The paper towels go so fast in my house, it’s crazy.

Anyways I went to Buy Buy Baby to pick up some diapers and formula, because I still had 25 dollars left on my gift card and I was hoping it would cover it, but I soon discovered that the 1 box of diapers alone was over 25 dollars and when I was checking out I tried to use some coupons I had for Buy Buy Baby and the guy was like, “We don’t take coupons for diapers, wipes or formula.” Really?! The three most important things parents need to care for their children and you won’t take any coupons for them? What a bunch of bullshit! Anyways it came to 40 dollars and some change, so I ended up spending another 16 dollars. I didn’t realize baby supplies were so expensive.

Next I headed to Target, which was in the same shopping center. I also had a 20 dollar gift card there so I got more wipes and paper towels and tried my best to fight the urge the buy more stuff. They had so many cute things. They had cute clothes, cute accessories, they had a ton of things for Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. They even had sparklers, which I almost got, but I stopped myself. Once I had paid, I grabbed my bags and it was time to go home.

I was so happy to see Olive. She was swinging in her little swing, happy as could be. I was really happy that she spend some alone time with my husband, because I think it’s good for them to have special daddy/daughter time.

Tomorrow I’m taking Olive to a family baby shower and I’m super nervous, because other than taking her for walks around the neighborhood and taking her to the near by pediatrician, she has not been around that many people. I hope she is okay and it goes smoothly.

Fingers crossed. 🙂

The Journey Begins

IMG_4695Hello readers,

Welcome to my new blog all about the many adventures of motherhood.

As some of you may know, for the past five years I had a blog entitled ‘That Girl Justine’. It was all about me and my life at the time from the age of 27 to now 31. Some of the happiest years of my life. During that time I moved in with my boyfriend, got a new job, got engaged (on the beach), had a beautiful Fall wedding, went on a great honeymoon in Mexico, bought a house and got pregnant with my first child.

It was a very eventful five years. I really enjoyed sharing my experiences on my blog and looking back at all the wonderful memories I had made. I knew I wanted to continue writing, but I feel that my life is so different now that I’m a mother. It’s a whole new chapter in my life, so I wanted to start fresh with a blog that was more focused on family life and the ups and downs of parenthood.

Before I was a parent, my life was very easy. It was pretty much all about my job. I am the head teacher in the toddler 2 classroom at a nearby daycare center. My days as a toddler teacher are easy and hard at the same time. There are days that I absolutely love my job and other days where I can’t wait to run out the door and into my car. For the most part, I do really enjoy my job and I like being around the children. I love making up lesson plans, I love planning fun activities and art projects for them to do and I love picking out books to read to them during the day.

When I would come home from work, I would spend my nights laying on the couch with my husband, watching our favorite TV shows and movies. A lot of times I would fall asleep on his chest at around 8:30-9:00 and then wake up around 10:00 and head off to bed.

On the weekends we would pretty much just do some cleaning up and run errands. Some times we would go out to lunch, or shop for something around the house. So yes, my life before was easy, but it was also kind of boring.

I wanted a child so bad! I wanted to have a little family of my own to make memories with and start new traditions with. On September 2nd 2017 I found out I was pregnant and I knew at that moment that my life would never be the same again and I was okay with that. I knew what I would be giving up, but I also knew that what I would get back would be a thousand times better and would bring so much more happiness to my life.

On May 10th 2018 my daughter Olivia May came into the world through a c-section at exactly 8:19 am. I’ll never forget the sound of her first little cries, or how tiny she was, or how warm she felt when they put her on my chest for the first time. She was the most adorable baby that I had ever seen. It was love at first sight. I thought I knew love before, but I have never loved anyone else the way I love my daughter. It’s a completely different love, something that I have never felt before. It broke my heart every time a nurse came in to take her blood and make her cry.  I cried a lot the first few days of her life. Partly because I was very sleep deprived and hormonal but also because I felt very protective of her. She was my little baby, who I carried for nine months. I didn’t want anything to happen to her or upset her in any way.

The first week we brought her home, I don’t think Kevin or I got any sleep. We were both up all night constantly checking on her, making sure she was still alive and still breathing. We tried to take turns being up with her, but I had a hard time not getting up whenever I heard her cry. I had to just make sure that she was okay.

By the third week we did figure out how to get more sleep by keeping her up between 6:30 until 10:00. She usually sleeps from 10:00 until 1:30/2:00 in the morning. That way we can get a good few hours of sleep in.

Kevin went back to work, so I’m home with Olive all day. I started to create a little daily routine for us. We usually wake up for the day around 8:00/8:30. I change her diaper and give her a bottle. By the time she is done drinking her bottle, she’s back asleep. while she is sleeping I hop into the shower and get ready for the day. She will usually sleep for at least an hour some times longer, so when I’m done getting ready I eat breakfast and do things around the house like wash dishes, throw in a load of laundry, take out the trash etc.

Olive usually wakes up around 10:00. When she wakes up I give her a sponge bath in her bassinet. I put a clean outfit on her, comb her hair, put lotion on her and some times file her nails if she needs it. Then I give her another bottle, then she usually sleeps again. When she wakes up I change her diaper, give her another bottle and then as long as the weather is nice, I take her for a walk around our neighborhood usually around noon or 1:00. I continue to change and feed her throughout the day. when she is more awake in the late afternoon, I read books to her and sing to her. I also let her spend some time in her swing, which she seems to really enjoy. We also do tummy time later at night. she is great at picking her head up and she has already rolled from her belly to her back 4 different times! We go to bed around 10:00, then I’m up with her a few times during the night. I have to admit that she is a really good baby and is sleeping longer than she used to.

I know it sounds so boring, but I actually enjoy my little routine with Olive. It’s nice to spend so much time with her because I get to know her better each day. I know I’m going to miss spending all this time with her when I have to go back to work in September, even though she will be in the infant room right across the hall from me I’m still going to miss her.

I’m really looking forward to taking her places and watching her grow up and enjoy life. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us. 🙂

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