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.

Lucy & Zach 2 year

Lucy & Zach 2 year family

Lucy & Zach 2 year family B&W

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

Lucy 2 year

Lucy girl!

Zach 2 year chair

Lucy 2 year chair

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

Zach 2 year eyelashes

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!

Lucy & Zach 2 year with mommy

So proud to call them mine & TWO!

Lucy & Zach 2 year kiss

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?!

Holiday Parties (Liberating Working Moms)

Dont feel bad, I’ve been neglecting this space almost as much as I have Liberating Working Moms. But after a missed preEaster party at L & Z’s daycare, I had to turn to my fellow working moms to see how these events were handled.

Thursday before the Easter holiday weekend, Lucy & Zach’s class held an Easter party complete with decorated eggs & holiday snacks. All the class parents were invited – dare I say encouraged – to attend. In attending, parents can watch their child eat snack then take them home (a couple hours) early. I had missed the party sign up sheet, but I had extra stickers & napkins on hand to provide that morning for the party.

Jason & I (along with my aunt) attended their Halloween party. We left work early to watch them eat snack (& smile at us while also looking like why are you staring at us eat?). Since it was still working hours we then took L & Z by my work to show off their costumes & cuteness before dinner & trick-or-treating.

We went out of town Thursday night to my grandparents’ house at the beach. So instead of using vacation time to attend their Easter party, I met my husband at home, & we finished packing, loaded up our van & went to daycare together. We arrived about 30 mins after he usually picks L & Z up. Out of the 11 toddlers in their class, only 5 were left. But L & Z were the typical thrilled to see us & off we went on our road trip.

Click over to read the rest of Holiday Parties & see photos of L & Z during our cool & raining Easter beach weekend. I’d love to hear what you do for your little ones parties?!

The End of Co-sleeping?

It started due to sickness. One had a bad cold/ear infection/stomach bug/something. And to prevent the other from getting it & waking up while their sibling coughed/sneezed/vomited, we bought Zach in bed with us. And it worked. Once well, L started sleeping through the night in late November/December {after some not welcomed 10-midnight wakings led to successful modified CIO sleep training}, and Zach would wake to nurse still.

So having him co-sleeping meant just rolling over when he said ‘mommy’ & tugged up my top. As I’ve said for almost two years, we do whatever works. Whatever gets us the most sleep; letting nay-sayers be darned. So what if he wasn’t “sleep trained”? We were getting by & he was getting the extra milk I thought my lil guy might need in the middle of the night.

Well a couple weeks turned into months & months. And co-sleeping became our routine. We liked the cuddles, the convenience for dream-feeding, & being close after away from him all day. We talked about transitioning him back to a crib via baby steps into a pack-n-play in our room or the guest room so they still wouldn’t wake each other. But then we didn’t. And then L was sick again, then it was Zach’s turn, then his surgery & stomach bug.

But my turn at the stomach bug last Thursday night was kinda a line in the sand. Vomiting your brains {& dinner & lunch} out then your son wanting to nurse & sleep on your pillow was rough.

When we went to GA & Jason’s parents’ house last weekend {post to come!}, we did their bedtime routine in our shared room, then put both L & Z in side by side pack-n-plays. I’ll be honest, Jason & I went to bed just after L & Z, fully expecting to be up most of the night with Z {& maybe L too} awake due to being in strange bed. And he slept til 4 before crying & us pulling him up between us!

The following night, L & Z went down to sleep fine & both lasted til 515a when the husband’s forgotten alarm had us all awake then snuggling in the queen size bed.

With those sleeping successes, we discussed trying Z out in his bed when we returned home. But I had a work conference Sunday & Monday, & I fully did not expect changes from our routine made while I was gone.

To my shock, my Dad & husband did a modified CIO with Zach that Sunday night & within 20-30 minutes of tears & fussing that first night, Zach was asleep in his crib. And even cooler, Lucy had gone & stayed asleep while Z was carrying on! When he woke up in the middle of the night, Jason did bring him into our bed to co-sleep til morning.

Monday night, Z put himself to sleep in 5-10 minutes & lasted in his crib all night. My arrival in the mix of bedtime Tuesday meant a few tears & cuddles, but he still put himself to sleep within just a few minutes & slept through the night!

Y’all this might be a bit premature, but we’re on a streak of sleep here. For everyone! It’s wild & crazy. Who knew what 8 hours of straight sleep was like?! Not this momma for more than TWO YEARS!!!

Working Mom Snow Days

Bless my fellow contributors at Liberating Working Moms hearts. They put up with me flaking blog post ‘deadlines’ way too often.

But this past week, I {& so many other Southern working mommas} experienced real snow day{s}. The looming uncertainty, the first flake excitement, & the reality of being snowed in.

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I shared my Snow Day working mom thoughts on Liberating Working Moms last Friday. Jump over there with me ~ I’d love to hear your experience {& there’s another L & Z snow photo too}.

Why We Read

There’s a newish blog out there co-written by a group of busy moms who champion their continued love of books, we still read. And while I haven’t been able to keep up with all their posts or {even recently} my own reading, I love the idea behind managing to find little bits of time to keep up with book reading in between raising kiddos & sharing it online.

Wednesday night, as L & Z sat together sharing their toddler elephant chair each with their own book & then L jumped in my lap while we tried to capture a still photo of Zach stacking up his current favorite books then sitting on them to read on his own, I thought, THIS is why I read. This is why I read to them. This is why they will sometimes see me reading. Raising little readers (lil book nerds!) brings me so much joy.

Snow Day Reading