January 7, 2015

Hello 2015

A miracle has happened and both girls are napping at the same time. While there are other things I should be doing, like cleaning up the kitchen, prepping dinner, sweeping or folding clothes, I’m going to sit on my butt and write a post with Gilmore Girls playing in the background.  I have so many posts to catch up on…Punkin’s birth story, her one and two month photos, and while I promise I had others in my head, I can’t think of them at the moment.  They’ll come back to me someday I hope.  Maybe once I’m getting more sleep. 

I had a few minutes early on New Year’s Eve to write a few lines.  Here’s what I managed to get down:

2014 was good to us and I’m not sad or happy to see it go.  We got pregnant and had a baby, got several projects done around the house and were able to visit Disney and the Oregon Coast.  However there’s something nice about a new beginning. It’s a clean calendar, a chance to start again.  As I sit here I wonder what the next year will bring.

I don’t really like making resolutions.  I do have a few goals, like getting Munchkin potty trained, going back to school and running a 5K.  It’s weird for me to think that in this year I’ll have a three and one year old. I’m looking forward to watching the girls grow and learn new things.

Then the baby started crying and that’s all I got.  We had planned to stay in and play games to celebrate New Years but instead I went to bed at 9:30.  Because when you have a newborn and a toddler, you need to sleep whenever you can.  My brain is mush so I’m going to go play Oregon Trail thanks to the Wayback Machine before the girls wake up.  And because I love you, here’s a photo of our family taken on Christmas Eve.  I’ll be back…when I don’t know but I do promise I’ll come back someday!

Many Waters Family of Four

November 25, 2014

The Potty Parade

This post from my friend Cat had me laughing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I now have a 2-year-old who is mostly potty-trained (except nights), but it took some work to get there. We were doing great at home, but my daughter HATED public bathrooms! She mostly hated the noisy flush. Automatic, manual, didn't matter. She even cried about going into the bathroom with me when I needed to go. Luckily, she's a holder, so it was never a question of accidents. It was more just getting her comfortable with other toilets.

I knew we had to fix this, so I picked a nice day and we went on a Potty Parade.

November 20, 2014

Solo Parenting and Pregnant (Life Moves On During Deployments)

One of my favorite bloggers is taking over my blog today and sharing what it's like to be pregnant while your husband is deployed.  If you've never visited her blog before, please head on over once you've read the post!

Hi y'all! I'm Jessica from Jessica Lynn Writes. When PoeKitten asked me to write a post for her while she's off snuggling her new baby, I couldn't resist. I'll just jump right in with my post—it's about being pregnant during not one, but two deployments!

The first time I found out I was pregnant my husband deployed 10 days later for a seven-month tour. In retrospect, I'm lucky we found out before he left; I have several friends who discovered they were pregnant once their husband was already "in the sandbox." I'm also extremely fortunate that he came home before the baby was born.


November 18, 2014

5 Tips for Returning to Work Post-Baby

I have a guest post for you, from another one of my favorite bloggers, Vanessa. She has some great tips for returning to work after having a baby:

As a mother of three I am no stranger to postpartum anxiety. There's sleep deprivation mixed with physical recovery in addition to all the questions that creep up no matter how many kids you've had and newborns you've raised. For the mom who has to return to work, there is even more worry and stress piled on.

Returning-to-Work

November 13, 2014

Love Fulfills Dreams {Day 38 of The Love Dare}

I’m taking part in blogging about the 40 day Love Dare hosted by Tausha over at Tausha.O.  A different blogger has taken a day of the dare and blogged about it. I’ll admit that I haven’t done all 38 days of the Dare but I have been following along with the bloggers.  I picked day 38 talking about dreams because The Man and I recently attended a marriage enrichment retreat.  One of the things we talked about was dreams.  Not in depth and kind of in passing actually but some of what was said has stayed with me and I’d like to share it with you.

Many Waters The Love Dare Love Fulfills Dreams