What can I say about the last month? Oh lord, has it been a flurry of activity in our house.
The month started with having my dear friend Nicole and her boyfriend Tyrone come visit for a few days from Canada. Can I tell you, she is one of the most low key, down to earth people I know. We don’t talk often and are in very different places in life. She passed the bar last year and is moving up and onwards in her career as a lawyer, while working toward those domesticated goals (yawn) like getting a new place, etc. I totally adore her though and every time we do talk and get to spend time together I feel like we just pick up where we left off. Ok OK! Not quite the same as taking spontaneous trips to Montreal to party for the night or passing out in bed after a night out and spending the morning rehashing all the fun or… don’t we sound like a bunch of lushes. It does still feel like there has been no gap in the friendship and we just pick up, just as close, though with the added maturity of a few years in there and way more interesting topics to discuss then… hmmm what did we talk about back then??? bubbles?
It was a really nice weekend with them. They flew in to see us Friday, and had some fun shooting guns with Jer, Saturday we went to the beach, which Nathan of course loved, and Sunday the boys needed to take it easy and get back on normal naps, so they went themselves on a hike. They left Monday morning for Nicaragua. What a fun stop over. So happy for all she has accomplished, and totally looking forward to seeing all she does in the years to come. Plus, they are so going to make such cute babies together soon :)
The week after that my mom came to visit and it got crazy hectic. Tuesday both boys has their wellness checks and shots (ya ya, I ended up changing my mind on delayed vacs and their both up to date now, though we are still forgoing rotavirus and varicella for now). Wednesday, I had a job interview in my feild. Yep, you read correctly. I’m about to head back into the workforce. An opportunity came up that I simply could not pass up on. We both had reservations as Nolan is still quite young, but following the interview I realized how truly blessed we are. I had no idea I would be able to have such a flexible position without a few more years put in. I was so excited and they offered me the position right at the interview, so I bounced and beamed my way home with a hefty sized Hire package to complete.
View from our hotel room
And to add to that, since my mom was here to watch the kiddos, and Nolan’s been sleeping through the night, we had already booked a night at the Naples Beach Club for just the two of us. Oh yes, my husband, Mr. Went To Work 2 hours after I gave birth, actually took a day off work midweek just for me. It was awesome. Gorgeous hotel, loved the king size bed, amazing dinner, then drinks on the beach, drinks at the pool, room service at 11pm, and a morning without babies to take care of, cuddling and regretting all those drinks the night before. Perfect!
Hanging out with grandma while mommy’s away.
Nathan and Nolan had a blast with my mom too. Mom flew back home Friday and I had a romantic french cooking class that evening with my friend Danell. Ha! Sur la table has a great thing going for them with those classes and merchandise.
My first attempt at creme brulee after the class. So good and I was quite proud of it. No torch though, so the broiler had to do.
Then there was Father’s day. Jeremiah went out spearfishing Sunday, which he really wanted to do and hasn’t been able to for quite a long time. Why is it that on days like Mother’s day, women want to do family stuff and be all together, but father’s day comes around and the men are like, “I’m outta here!’ Ha! Next year, I’m gonna check out for my weekend too. Jeremiah did get meatloaf and mashed potatoes Saturday night, which he’d been asking me to make for a while. I’ve never made meatloaf, so I was able to get his grandmother’s recipe and give it a shot. Not bad. Not something I’d ever request but I’m glad he liked it. He got a couple presents ‘from’ the little ones, but I do think his real treat was finally getting back out into the water. We had actually run out fish in the freezer after Nicole was here, so it was needed as well. Glad to have my freezer stocked back up now with deliciousness like snapper and hogfish.
The boys are headed out for some manly time together mowing the lawn. Baby ear muffs are so worth it.
The next few weeks were a flurry of activity. Me, doing the endless background checks, pulling records, getting fingerprint scans, etc etc for work, Patrick, my brother in law, around a lot getting used to taking care of the kids (He was kind enough to agree to be our full/part time childcare), and Jeremiah doing his thing, ya know, the lawn. He got one of those crazy expensive new lawn mowers and seems to be having a lot of fun going out there, making the outside as pretty as can be.
I’ve also still been on the gym thing, working out 3-4x a week and finally went through a plateau. Pheww… it was getting disheartening there for a little bit. 5-8 more pounds and I’ll be back to PreNathan weight. I’m not going to kid myself though, my body has definitely changed since having babies and getting back to that weight won’t be enough with the new way things are proportioned. More strength training for sure.
Jeremiah also decided yesterday he wanted to get back into shape, since its slowed down a little for him at work. Apparently, looking at our old engagement photos and pictures now tells a story :). It’ll be easy for him though. He is way more disciplined and has less of a way to go then me.
I’m tirrred. Nolan has been back to waking up almost everyday around 4am and between his fussing during the day and Nathan’s ‘explorations’, I’m on my toes plenty. I’m also nervous how this will go with me working and still doing all the night wakings (still breastfeeding, though its doubtful even if I wasn’t that Jer would get up and take care of them :P) – not looking forward to it, but I figure its not like I can nap during the day or rest anyway now so it shouldn’t be all that different working. Nathan learned how to turn door handles last week. Its like a whole new world of freedom opened up to him. He’s also starting to really get a handle on using a spoon to feed himself, but inevitably that makes my clean up a lot more cumbersome.
Between me and Jer, I thought he would end up being the stricter parent or more of the disciplinarian. I always thought I’d be the softer one, advocating for the kids. It might change as they get older, but I’m surprised to see my own, take no s***, be consistent to a fault attitude coming through. Nathan got his first spanking this week. You know the right over the knee, whack, whack on the behind type spanking. Its a safety issue now. He learned how to climb onto the couch using the dog as leverage a month ago, since then I’ve used redirection, stating no clearly and into his eyes, continually moving him to the other side of the room, holding him down while I say, ‘No, you can’t go on the couch’, and swatting his hand (he just laughs at me no matter how hard I do) and then this week he learned how to do it himself. This is a big problem. He thinks this is funny. He then walks (dangerous in of itself if he slipped and fell) or crawls on the couch to the end table, proceeds to climb on that and then fling himself back onto the couch. The kid is going to break his neck. Not only does he fling himself off, he flings himself while bracing both his hands behind his back, like headfirst, so he can’t even use his hands to take any impact. I can just see him doing that, underestimating, and ending up headfirst onto the hardwood. It scares me to no end and I haven’t been able to get him to stop. And for anybody out there that says I just need to keep redirecting and supervise him more, give me a break. I have a 5 month old. I do have to leave the living room sometimes to put him in his crib or change his diaper, or grab a load of laundry, or cook.
It made me sad though to see him upset, but I’d be a lot more sad if he split open his head.
That boy is going to be a handful. It’s the way he heads to open the door to the bonus room, where he is not allowed, I say ‘No’ firmly, and he stops dead in his tracks, then reaches over and starts touching the wall beside the door. He keeps looking at me as he slowly moves his fingers over, inching slowly toward the door handle again, all the while staring straight at me. Talk about testing limits huh? I’m just laughing my head off in the inside.
So that’s Nathan now, being as cute as can be, running around like the energizer bunny.
Nolan is still spitting up like mad, but don’t they just grow and learn so fast at this age. I just love seeing his little personality peaking through all the time. He’s always got this grumpy look on his face that just turns in an instant into huge smiles and laughs in an instant. There is no in between. I think his normal face is just grumpy looking or something. But he is always breaking into huge grins just constantly. His favorite thing is watching his brother. It doesn’t matter whats going on, soon as he sees Nathan, he’s enthralled and never stops from watching what Nathan is doing or getting into. Nathan also loves to roll around his brother’s playmat. He’s always gentle now. I don’t think he’s even come close to hitting, poking, smacking, rolling on, or in anyway doing anything to Nolan for quite a while now. The nice thing about this age difference has been that jealousy is just not a concern.
I just love my boys and am so happy that their so close in age. We can’t wait to see them growing up and experiencing things together.