Monday, January 17, 2011

Projects and a New Venture

Now that Camden is here and I am no longer pregnant, I feel fantastic! Even though I'm really tired most of the time, I still feel like I could take on the world. So apparently I am! Here's what I've been up to:

1) The laundry room. I've removed most of the old shelves, painted and put in a small cubby unit for shoes and such, and I've bought several wall cabinets. The last few steps are to remove the final shelf, install the cabinets, and purchase and put in a tall cabinet for the mop & broom, etc. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm excited for how great (and organized!!!) it's going to be!

2) The living room. This one is a little tougher. I have the paint, and plan to get started this week. I've got a referral for an electrician, and will be getting an estimate to wire for the TV to be mounted above the fireplace. That's the tough part - I want to move the TV up there, and Mark doesn't. I simply want to get the TV up off the floor so we can open up the room a little more. Mark is agreeable to getting the estimate, so we'll see what it is and decide from there. Otherwise, it's just paint and curtains... and probably someday soon replacing the carpet as well. That room certainly sees a lot of traffic!

3) The master closet. This will be physically the most difficult. I'll be removing all of the shelving the builder installed, painting, and putting in a new custom configuration of shelves, rods, and drawers. This project will go in stages, and I'll start once the laundry room is completely done.

I'm really excited to complete these projects. As one friend said, it's so much easier to motivate yourself to keep your home clean and organized when you've put hard work into it!

Aside from all of that, I've also become a stylist for Stella & Dot. This is a jewelry company for whom I'll do home-based trunk shows. I LOVE this jewelry! It's amazing how much more put together I feel when I'm wearing a really pretty piece of jewelry, and this company has a LOT of pretty jewelry. I'm not looking to make any money, really, just have some fun, make some friends, and earn some jewelry. In fact, if I were hoping to earn a true income from it, I wouldn't have joined. I simply don't want to put that kind of pressure on myself (especially right now!) But I think I'm going to have a lot of fun doing it, and I'm really looking forward to an excuse to spend time with other grown-ups and make some new friends in the area. I haven't been great about that since we moved.

So now that you know all about me, what are the kids up to? Well, Owen is doing SO MANY exciting things! He's actually starting to talk, which is just amazing. He's also doing more with his mobility. He's *almost* crawling on his hands and knees vs. his army crawl that he's always done. He's also pulling up to kneel much more often and easily. It's so great to see him feeling good.

I think Gavin is having a little baby sister-induced anxiety. He's a bit clingier than he had been, and wants me to hold him and cuddle him a lot. I, of course, LOVE cuddling with him (Owen is not really a cuddler) but I obviously can't do it as much now that the baby's here and I'm nursing her. So I'm just trying to fit in extra cuddles and kisses between nursing and chores, and I'm hoping that will be enough for now. Gavin's also getting really good at shape sorters and puzzles, and he can count to ten.

Baby Camden is already changing so much! She's more awake and alert, and she's just starting to smile at us. I'm just in awe of her.

We're having a busy month of January, but life is great and we couldn't be happier to have these three precious children in our home!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's a new year and a new lifestyle for us! Camden got to come home on Christmas morning - what a wonderful present! Since then, we have been adjusting to life with three little ones at home. It's an adventure, that's for sure! I was so afraid I'd be completely overwhelmed once the baby came home, but it's the exact opposite. I feel so energized! It's great to be able to get around well again (finally!) and there are several house projects that I'm excited to complete. And, of course, the kids are super fun!

The only thing slowing me down is Camden. She wants to nurse constantly! I feel so blessed to be able to nurse her exclusively this time. I didn't even try with Owen, and I was unsuccessful with Gavin. So what's the problem, you may be asking... Well, Cami wants to nurse ALL THE TIME. I have no idea whether this is normal for 3-week-old babies, but it does drive me slightly nuts. She'll nurse for 45 minutes or so, fall asleep for 10 minutes, and then wake up and want to nurse again. This can go on for hours on end, and it's pretty frustrating, especially when I'm also trying to take care of the boys. I'm hoping she gets more efficient at eating and settles into more of a pattern soon.

Owen saw his cardiologist yesterday, and things are looking great! We were able to back off a couple of his meds, and his O2 sat was 84%, which is much better than it was at Thanksgiving. He's still not quite where he should be, but with time he should get there. We're definitely seeing an increase in his energy level and mood, and it's been so nice!

Owen's developmental progress lately has centered on speech. He now has two definite words: "yeah" and "go." He also has been trying to say "open" and "da" (for da-da). A lot of these sounds are completely new for him, and it's been so fun to see (hear) his progress. It would be so nice if he just took off talking soon! Though he'd have to compete with Gavin to be the talker in our family - Gavin is by all accounts pretty advanced in his speech. We've started working on counting, shapes, and letters with him. So far, every letter is "A," every number is "9," and every shape is a circle. He really enjoys the interaction, though, so hopefully learning will be fun for him.

Owen has a few more doctor appointments this month, and then hopefully we'll have a break for a while. We're looking forward to a calm spring!