Weekly Mantra //

May 31, 2016 in mantra

This week is a short work week. And my first “short week” at my new job! Lucky for me, it’s likely not to impact my ‘work flow,’ thanks to a set class schedule! However, I also have THREE doctors appointments this week. Three! That’s a lot of doctors to see in just four short days… and I’ll need my children to be champs. Fingers freakin’ crossed, man!

I’m grateful for the love and support that my friends and family have shown me when I needed it most. PS. I still need it. But the outpouring of support came from even more places than I anticipated. And I’ll be forever grateful. The calls, the texts, the messages.

I’m content with my weekend. We had a very chill, very family-friendly weekend. More on that soon, but yeah. I’m content with how we spent our long weekend. ♥

I wish (and hope) for some answers this week. When the doctor muttered the word “neurologist” last week, my heart skipped a few beats; however, my aunt assured me (she’s a doctor, not just a random person) that a neurologist was the logical next step, if the other test results are inconclusive.

Happiness is finishing season 8 of Grey’s Anatomy. Okay, okay. I know that it’s just a show. However, I find myself wondering how this show has gotten better than it was at it’s inception. Seriously. It’s such a great show.

Weekly Mantra: 

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Stay the course. This particular rings true for a special friend I’m thinking of today (and most days). She is the bomb. She, like myself, questions herself. But she should never, ever, apologize for being awesome. ♥ ♥ xo

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Let’s call it a constant state of delirium. Yep. Let’s call it that. Because I can’t for the life of me find another explanation as to why I took Remy Bea’s 4 month pictures with “three month” blocks. And I’m way too tired to retake the photos. So, here they are.

Let’s call it a constant state of delirium. Yep. Let’s call it that. Because I can’t for the life of me find another explanation as to why I took Remy Bea’s 4 month pictures with “three month” blocks. And I’m way too tired to retake the photos. So, here they are.

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And here’s a Four Month Update:

  • She is rolling to her sides, but she hasn’t quite yet made it all the way over to her belly.
  • Still no teeth. Blah!
  • But still lots of drooling.
  • And she LOVES her hands! Last month she had started to bring her hands to her mouth and chew on them; but now she’s officially reaching for things and bringing them to her mouth! Her binky, her teething rings, my hand, and her blankets. It’s crazy to me how awesome her hand-eye coordination is!

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  • OMG she laughs! Well, she giggles. And it’s a belly giggle. The cutest belly giggle you ever did see!
  • And she still loves to follow her brother and daddy around with her big eyes.
  • I can’t tell what color her eye are just yet. They look like they are turning to a dark blue/gray.
  • She’s got a teeny dimple on her right cheek! I’ve been waiting for a dimpled child!! ♥ My husband has giant dimples, but Ari didn’t inherit them. So I’m happy Miss Bea may have received the dimple gene!

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  • She weighs 11lbs 6oz — which is keeping her steady on the 5th percentile for weight! Ha! My teeny peanut! She has been consistently gaining weight and is still on the curve for her weight.
  • She is 23 and 3/4 inches tall, which is the 25th percentile. Again, right about where she was before.
  • Head circumference? A completely laughable 15inches! Girlfriend isn’t even on the percentile curve for head size! However, she is on a curve for her!
  • I saved the worst of the news for last. We are awaiting blood test and urine test results. Baby Bea will not stop screaming. And before you get all “Oh yeah, our baby had colic, too,” it’s not that. It’s a painful scream. Like, a something is wrong, scream. A scream that cannot be comforted in any way, shape, or form. She will scream for hours and hours and hours on end. And nothing will comfort her. It’s heartbreaking.

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So yeah. This last month was rough. But they all have been, honestly. And I’m at my wits end. My PPD has been in full swing. I’m exhausted. I’m anxious. And I’m just ready for Baby Bea to be happy. I mean, aren’t babies supposed to be happy?? Sigh. But I’m lucky to have an amazing support system (thank you, friends!!). And also? The doctors took me seriously. THE DOCTORS TOOK ME SERIOUSLY!! I was terrified that they would write me off as ‘crazy mom’. But they didn’t. Score for Mama Bear!

More updates to come! Thanks for all the love and support friends! xo

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I have about a gazillion things on my blog to-do list right now. But I would be remiss not to mention this past weekend — regardless of the crazy to-do list!

On Wednesday of last week I sent out an S.O.S. to my mama. It has been a few weeks since I’ve seen her, which is enough of a hardship on it’s own. But I had a helluva week with Remy Bea last week. Without getting into too much (yet), we entered the dreaded 4-month sleep regression, PLUS we had the mega teething issues going on. I cried. I cried a LOT last week, friends.

And Mama (aka, Mimi) saved the day! She, without question, just drove up from Kentucky on Friday afternoon, arriving at our house Friday night. Sure, Remy Bea was asleep; but Ari was awake and ready to snuggle! It was the perfect way to end a crazy week.

Saturday morning we woke up and we hung out. We just… chilled. We were supposed to go up to Cleveland, but the weather was just ridiculous. Not just rainy. It was a freaking downpour! And chilly. So we hung out at home for the morning. And by noon we decided to hit up Crafty Mart‘s Crafts & Drafts event at Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

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When we pulled into the parking lot we immediately saw (and parked next to) another babywearing family. Be still, my babywearing heart! ♥

When we walked in, we were in the bar area of the brewery and there were seriously THREE other babywearing mama’s ordering a beer at the bar. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!! However, it seemed that my people were being a tad bit ignored for service. Bummer, dudes. Like, we waited 20 minutes to be served whilst others were served who just walked up. Major bummer, dudes.

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However, the crafts part of crafts and drafts were the b-o-m-b. We meandered around the brewery and browsed, but I didn’t actually buy a darn thing.

Post-Crafty Mart we headed back home where I promptly took a nap with Remy. Because, Crazy Baby. And I ended up having to go work at the YMCA for a while that evening. So I left Miss Bea with Chad and Mimi for a while. Aaaaand she refused a bottle — again. Super. But I was home in time to feed that fussy butt before she passed back out.

Sunday morning we all slept in. It was GLORIOUS! I mean, I still didn’t sleep very well; but not setting an alarm was wonderful all on it’s own.

We decided to hit up the Tallmadge Food Truck Festival. 25 food trucks, a live band, and games for kids.

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When we got there, parking was an organized disaster. I wasn’t really surprised, considering 2k+ people had RSVP’d ‘Yes’ to the FB event online. I ended up babywearing Remy once again, while Chad pushed Ari in the umbrella stroller. PS. An umbrella stroller is a MUST-have for toddlers. They are small, compact, and super easy to navigate in crowded spaces.

Okay. How did I just go off on a tangent about strollers?? #MomLife, friends. #MomLife.

Anyways. When we got there I had my eye on the prize — Barrio Tacos. I love Barrio in Tremont, but I rarely get to eat there (no lunch hours = bummer for mamas who wanna be home before dinner). My mom ended up getting this killer burger from a food truck I cannot remember the name of.

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And we ended up finding a shaded spot under a tree to have a little picnic! It was super fun! And after our picnic Ari ran around and played for, like, 30 minutes straight. We also ran into some friends we haven’t seen in a very long time. It was, overall, an awesome day and a super cool event!

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Unfortunately, Mimi had to go home Sunday afternoon. Blah! We hate when she leaves to go back to Kentucky! But it was lovely having her visit!

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It was a fantastic weekend. I loved everything about it. Every second of sunshine; every moment of family time; and every single baby smile.

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