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July 4th weekend

We had a great time last weekend celebrating Independence day down at OIB with my family. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur, we delayed our travels from Thursday afternoon to Friday am. And instead of rain soaked, slow traffic, we were blessed with sunny skies & open roads.

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We made it down in time for the OIB parade. Except that we mistook the time for 1030 vs 10. I couldn’t resist the photo op as I’d packed parade watching outfits!

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We enjoyed a full beach day (thanks to beach naps – me included – an umbrella & inflatable swimming pool!

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We skipped the OIB Friday night concert choosing dinner at home, pjs & a Mexican Train dominos game (I won in case you wondered).

Saturday was so fun but WINDY!

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After playing at the local park & a grocery store & local fish shop run, we all hit the beach. A big gust broke my grandparents’ kick ass umbrella stand {& we as we learned Sunday, part of the umbrella too}.

So Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed play time & me a lil more sun on the back porch.

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Jason worked remotely from OIB Sunday, so Mom, L, Z & I went to beach church {Zach played with sand for first time!}.

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Then we spent most of day on the beach {rotating who held the umbrella for support}. After nap time, Zach got snuggles with Nana while Lucy & Nana let the bubbles (aka waves) touch their toes! That was big for our nervous about sand & ocean Lucy girl!

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Hope you & your family enjoyed a happy long weekend! Ours was such a nice break from reality!

Belle

A couple weeks ago now I had the pleasure of sneaking away on a Thursday evening to go see a movie. Just me. I cannot recall the last time I did something like that alone. These days our activities are usually toddler-focused & my me-time is minimal to none.

So it was a treat. A treat made even sweeter with the discovery that the old school theater served beer & had just popped fresh popcorn for us. Cheers!

I went into the theater knowing little about the film I was going to watch. And I came out a huge Belle fan ~ of the actors, their portrayal of these historical characters, of the set designers & the gorgeous dresses the ladies wore. I loved that Belle is based on true events.

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And I also realized I actually was aware of the court case that acts as a main issue for the movie thanks to a mix of my love of history & my working in insurance.

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If you have the chance to go see Belle, do! It opened in Raleigh at the end of May & it is still running nationwide. The film was excellent & I do expect to hear more & more buzz on it during film awards season!

Final Breastfeeding Update

I’m calling it. I think my months & months (& months) of breastfeeding two then regularly one are done.

Zach hasn’t consistently nursed in months (March’s end of cosleeping/his crib sleeping & STTN ended our nightly bfing). The last couple months he’s nursed┬áthe occasional morning if he’s pulled into our bed, when he’s been home sick or one post-nap nursing session. Last Monday am was what I believe will be my last tandem feed ~ they woke up too early, husband brought them to me in bed when he left for work. And when they both asked for “Mommy?!” I obliged knowing bittersweetly this might be another end of an era. Z cracked me up fumbling a bit as of he’d kinda forgotten how & L acted as if this was a strange treat she wasn’t quite sure about. I thought about fumbling for my phone for a photo but decided to just live in the moment instead.

That evening L nursed on each side for less than a minute before asking for cuddles & bed. Same thing Tuesday, 1 min per side, quick sippy then bed.

No nursing from L for the past week. And this Tuesday night (the eve of her second birthday) as she sauntered on her own down the hall to her crib, she said over her shoulder in response to my asking about her sippy, “no. Finished. Cup. Sink.” Well, ok then.

In one weeks time, she’s gone from a combo of nursing & a sippy cup of organic whole milk before I carry her to bed to being done with pre-bed “mommy time”, sippies & walking herself to her crib!

If you need me, I’m in the corner with my slightly sore, very deflated (yet still rock star because hello 23 mos!) boobs. Both in awed wonder & sadness at the loss of my baby who’s suddenly a growing up toddler.

Two Year Photos

Before I get into a fun & poignant week of birthday week posts, I didn’t want to leave out sharing a few of my favorite photos from Lucy & Zach’s two year photo session with my lovely & talented friend Steph, the photographer behind LilyMae Photography.

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Yep, this is our life ~ laughingly wrangling toddlers & doing whatever it takes to make them smile :)

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Lucy girl!

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Lucy’s smile {finally!} is thanks to her Daddy’s tickles!

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Eyelashes, thanks to his Daddy. :) Curls I’m putting off cutting, all Mommy :)

Lucy & Zach were just about over photos when we changed them into their birthday outfits. But Steph & I were determined to get a few sweet shots of them together. Thanks to Annie’s fruit snacks, these were accomplished!

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So proud to call them mine & TWO!

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This shot is so them ~ a mix of sweetness & side eye!

Big thanks Steph!

Potty Training {times TWO}

Two year ago if you’d asked if I would’ve let alone taken much less shared this photo below I would’ve been somewhat repulsed & laughed out laugh. Who takes photos of their kids’ pee?

Me! The mom who almost cried she was so happy & proud of her daughter’s first peeing on the potty, that’s who. {I’ve also taken – but not shared – multiple poop photos for doctors’ visits.}

After months of L & Z sitting on their little potties before we jump into the bath, Lucy peed {now two Monday nights ago}! She was kinda like oh what happened?! at first then she was so proud of herself as I clapped & shouted & hugged her! Zach jumped into the excitement too before I whisked their lil naked bums into the bath!

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Lucy’s first peepee in potty & proud girl after bath! :)

It hasn’t’ happened again since. But we haven’t been pushing potty training ~ just brought them potties in the bathroom that they’ll sit on fully dressed when I pee & then they sit naked before baths. We have potty books we now read & have watched an Elmo Potty DVD. I plan to get more into potty training this summer as they show more interest & successes.

Any potty training times two tips fellow multiples moms?!