Yes, I'm alive. No, I didn't forget about this space of mine. I've actually been wanting to get back to posting regularly for quite some time now..but life has gotten away from me. Seriously - it's crazy. But as the year comes to a close, I figured it's now or never. My little man just turned 3 years old. We've got a bun in the oven (baby girl coming March 2018 - SURPRISE!) And there's just so many other things I'd like to capture on this blog. So here I am.
I did just drop some big news about baby girl arriving in March. And I promise to start doing some weekly updates on this pregnancy (I'll be 27 weeks on Thursday...hello 3rd trimester!) But for right now, it's all about my little man.
Camden turned 3 on November 12 and I just can't handle it. Seriously. - 3. It's such a big number. And he's changed so much that I just needed to get back to this space and give a proper update. The last time I did an update Camden had just turned 2 and a half. And let me tell ya - a lot happens in 6 months! So without further adieu...
Camden is your typical 3 year old boy. And let me tell ya - he's ALL boy. Snakes. Villains, Dirt. Gross things. He loves it all. This kid genuinely loves to play. He is not one of those kids who has tons of toys and doesn't play with a single one. He has a ton of toys and plays with them ALL. He just loves to play. Pretend play is by far his favorite thing - whether it's good guys vs bad guys, playing with his new play house, or just playing a made up game with his figures or stuffed animals. He loves to wrestle/play fight with his daddy and I usually just sit back and watch them and shake my head - boys I tell ya LOL He's also really into games right now - Memory, Candy Land, and Hi Ho Cherry-O are his current favorites! He also loves family movie nights - which are Friday nights in our household. Right now he's pretty obsessed with the movie Sing and I sorta am too - such a cute movie!!
Camden is a super emotional kid and like any toddler his emotions can change in an instant. There's nothing like him giggling so hard he's almost crying to a full blown meltdown because the wrong thing was said or done to him - oy!! He's also the sweetest boy around - he's got a big heart and his hugs and kisses are just the BEST!
He is totally potty trained and has been for quite a while (not overnight though.) He's a picky eater and basically we feed him the same things over and over again. His favorites include Wegmans unsweetened applesauce pouches, Plum Organics cherry, strawberry, black bean, and oat pouches, strawberries, raspberries, pretzels, pasta, black olives, and what we call monkey yogurt (Danimals Yogurt Smoothie) For protein he'll eat eggs (scrambled or hard boiled - white only), chicken, and quinoa - that's about it. And for veggies he'll eat broccoli and sweet potatoes - that's pretty much it. Like every toddler, he has quite a sweet tooth, with popsicles being his current favorite (though really anything sweet he loves ha-ha)
He absolutely loves going to daycare and just this year they started Mother Goose Time, which has been great for Camden. He loves 'school' and has learned SO much!! He is still the smartest little kid and amazes us daily with what he knows (his newest trick is counting down backwards!) He can count to 30 and we are working on getting to 40. He works hard at school at tracing and we try to work with him at home as well. He's known all his letters for like a year or more so nothing new there.
He's really into all the holidays - he loved Halloween and is now super into Christmas, which is super adorable and makes it all more fun and magical <3 He has a fantastic sense of humor and loves to play tricks on us and get us laughing. He absolutely LOVES bath time and would spend hours in there if we'd let him. He has become picky when it comes to clothes (wearing 2T) - it's comfy pants and shirts all the time and still prefers to just run around in just his undies. He hates wearing socks and we have to bribe him to wear jeans. He still does twice a day nebulizer treatments for his asthma. And he's super excited for his baby sister (for now at least!)
That's pretty much our little guy in a nut shell. We think he's the VERY best and are loving every day with him!
So here we are - Camden is two and a half (and yes, I've been crying for WEEKS over this!!) He is the absolute light of our lives and is truly a blessing. He is my greatest pride and joy and the happiness he brings to us is immeasurable.
He is your typical toddler - he knows what he wants and he wants it NOW. He has meltdowns like you wouldn't believe. And he is very selective in what he will eat. He also has impeccable manners, can do a puzzle faster than I can, is obsessed with numbers, counting, matching things, and has the BIGGEST heart (seriously - I've never met a sweeter 2 year old.)
He continues to amaze us with how stinkin' smart he is. His language skills are off the charts - always have been. He understands so much - it blows my mind daily. He has been able to recognize all letters of the alphabet, colors, shapes, and numbers 1-10 since he was like 2 and continues to expand on that knowledge (he recently learned the color teal!) He knows his street address and knows how to spell his name. He certainly enjoys his screen time, with his favorite being Daniel Tiger, Super Why!, and Sesame Street. I love that these shows are educational and interactive and I know he's learning so much from them. He also loves to watch videos on You Tube, which I gotta be honest, I don't love but eh - whatever. It's not like they're violent or inappropriate videos.
Hmm let's see what else? He is still a good sleeper - not great, but good. He's usually asleep around 7:45 (he's in bed by 7:15 but it takes him FOREVER to fall asleep!!) and wakes up anywhere between 6am and 6:30am. At daycare he naps for 2 hours but at home on the weekends it's usually only an hour and a half, if we're lucky. Occasionally, we'll get a 2 hour nap from him. As I mentioned previously, he isn't a great eater. His favorite foods are scrambled eggs cooked with a spinach/quinoa/olive salad we make, Wegmans unsweetened applesauce pouches, and fruit. He also has quite the sweet tooth like his mama :) He is not potty trained but does use his potty often (more at home - not so much at daycare but hoping that'll change soon.) He wears mostly size 18 month clothing - can wear 24 month or 2t tops. This summer I think all his size 12 month shorts from last year will fit him still since you don't need to worry about length like you do with pants. We struggle with that now with pants - he could totally wear size 12 month pants in the waist but needs 18 month or bigger for the length (even now the 18 months are getting pretty short but I can't move him up the next size or his pants won't stay up ha-ha)
He has quite the sense of humor and with him around you can't help but laugh all the time. The things he says cracks me up. Some of my favorites are 'That'd just be CRAZY!' and 'What's going on here?!' (as he puts his hand to his forehead ha-ha) and 'Peace out homie!' He loves, loves, loves to be outside. He loves sensory play - moon sand, water table, etc. He has gotten really into cars lately and he holds onto them for dear life :) He is still OBSESSED with animals - the zoo is one of his favorite places to be. We recently transitioned him to a toddler bed which was so easy, luckily!!! He is the biggest mama's boy I've ever met. He tells me he loves me all the time and that I'm his best friend. He always needs me near him and especially loves to play with my hair and be close to me. One of our favorite things to do is nap together and he always needs to be touching me. I love it!! But as much as I love it, it can also be VERY frustrating. If I'm around Matt can't do anything and that gets frustrating for everyone. But I try to take those times in stride and soak it all up because I know one day...all too soon...he won't need or want me around anymore.
Basically, we love him to pieces and are so incredibly proud of the little boy he is growing into. I love each and every day with him and am pretty much obsessed with this little boy.
This past weekend was a pretty low-key weekend for us - just how our family of homebodies like it :) I left work early Friday, picked up C, and headed right home for a nap together. It was absolutely glorious. When he woke up I asked him what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to go to the zoo. So that's exactly what we did. The weather was perfect and the zoo wasn't busy at all. Camden had brought one of his PJ Masks figures and was showing them to all the animals. He'd say 'here look,' hold it out for the animal to see and then would walk away and say 'he's not impressed.' LOL It was absolutely hysterical!! This kid is FUNNY!!
After the zoo we headed home and Matt put together C's big boy bed!!! Say what?!?! His crib is a 3 in 1 so we converted it to the toddler bed. Camden shocked us both and absolutely loved it. I honestly wasn't sure he'd take to it and I wasn't sure he was fully ready but clearly he was. So thankful it was an easy transition for him!!
On Saturday, I got up at 5:30 to get my 6 mile run in nice and early. I got home and hung out with C while Matt went to his CrossFit class. C's breathing was bad and he was coughing and wheezing so off to the pediatrician we went. He got two nebulizer treatments while there, and we were sent home with steroids and to continue different nebulizer treatments. We're also headed to the allergist to get him tested. So needless to say, the rest of the weekend we just hung out and chilled.
Matt went out Saturday night which means I had time alone!!!! I'm the type of person who needs their alone time and let me tell ya it was awesome. After I put Camden to bed, I cleaned out and organized my closet, took a hot bath, read a book, and indulged in a drink and gelato. It was fabulous!
Sunday was another low key day sprinkled with laundry, grocery shopping, food prep, and nap taking <3 And that wraps up our weekend.
Last week was Spring Break and lucky for me - I was able to take the week off as well!! It doesn't usually work out that I'm able to take the same week as Matt's Spring Break. But this year it worked out and we spent a glorious week together!!
On Good Friday we went to my parents to color Easter Eggs, have an egg hunt, and enjoy a family dinner.
On Saturday we just hung out at home and of course on Sunday had a very HOPPY Easter :) Camden was so, so excited and absolutely LOVED searching for Easter eggs!! We had brunch with my mom's family then went to Matt's parents' house to celebrate with all of them. We spent the night there Sunday and got home Monday afternoon. We had so much fun celebrating the holiday and being with our families.
On Tuesday we decided to drive to Buffalo and check out the Buffalo zoo. It is such an awesome zoo and Camden was in all his glory!! He absolutely LOVED It (as did we!!) We ended up staying in Buffalo and Camden thought it was so cool so stay in a hotel and LOVED being able to swim in the pool. He was so sad to leave and kept asking to go back to the hotel to swim. We spent the rest of the week at home - relaxing, playing, going to the Strong Museum, the library, 'the big, big, big playground' and indulging in all sorts of treats (I swear Matt and I are now 5lbs heavier - oops ha-ha) It was a great week with my little family and we all soaked it all up. I couldn't love these two boys more!!
This weekend was fantastic if I do say so myself. One of those weekends that's just good for the soul - full of memories, and sun, and laughter. Can we please go back?!
Saturday morning Camden and I just hung out and played while Matt worked out. We showered and got ready to meet up with some friends for a Bunny Scavenger Hunt!! The sun was shining but it was still pretty cold and MUDDY....so, so much mud!!! But it was a super cute event - live bunnies, crafts, a train ride, the Easter Bunny, and an ice cream sundae for the kids!!
We got home around 1, I put Camden down for a nap and I headed out for a run!! It was perfect running weather at that point and I FINALLY got a 6 mile run in. It was absolutely GLORIOUS!!
After nap we just hung out, went Aldis for some groceries, and played at home. Saturday night for Matt and I consisted of pizza and TV - wild 'n' crazy we are....
Sunday morning we just played and I was finally able to dust Camden's bedroom (I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't even remember the last time I did it - oops!) I headed off to my Barre/Pilates class (which has changed slightly and I LOVE it even more!! They've added some HIIT to the class and it's legit amazing - I'm obsessed!) and then hit up Sam's Club quick. I got home and spent time with Camden playing outside. He filled our bellies with delicious pancakes, cupcakes, coffee, and sandwiches (we have a play house in the yard that he LOVES to play in and cook for us ha-ha) I put C down for a nap and spent the entire 2 hours outside laying in the sun, reading a book, drinking my Butter Pecan coffee, and just chatting with the hubs.
Camden woke up from his nap and was SO excited to finally go to the zoo!! We went close to closing time so it wasn't nearly as packed as I expected it to be. Camden walked around that place like he OWNED it ha-ha He talked non stop and was just so animated. I laughed the entire time and soaked it all in. We got home around 5 and Camden and I played outside some more while Matt grilled steaks for dinner. After dinner, Camden and I took a shower, put him down, I cut Matt's hair, got things ready for the week, and read for a little bit before going upstairs. Definitely one of my favorite weekends ever <3
...no outfit is complete without something on it, whether it's food or boogers or markers or whatever
...putting everyone's needs and wants before your own - ALL THE TIME.
...loving a little person more than you ever thought possible
...never getting enough sleep
...doing things you always said you'd 'never do'
...picking your battles (and let me tell ya - there are some battles I always said I'd fight but have realized that it's just not worth it and just not healthy for any of us ha-ha)
...that there will always be dirty dishes and laundry - ALWAYS
...doing whatever you have to in order to distract your kid so a total meltdown doesn't happen
...always sharing your food, water...pretty much anything - if it's 'yours' your kid wants it
...making hard decisions
...always feeling stretched thin
...never being alone
...lots and lots of cuddles
...experiencing things all over again through your child(ren)'s eyes, which is incredible and amazing
...you don't take the simple things in life for granted
...sleeping in is 7am and staying up late is 10pm
And guess what? I wouldn't change ANY of it.
- that I had yesterday off and had BIG plans for a fun day with my little man. However, he just wasn't having it. It was a rough day let me tell ya and he tested my patience BIG time. But I still loved spending the day with him and love that he's my little snuggle bunny. He loves his mama somethin' fierce and I love spending my days with him - even when he's cranky!
- this article is amazing. For all you parents who put your kid(s) in daycare...READ it. Thanks to The Lady Okie for originally posting on her blog.
- I've been on the search for some spring/summer shoes. I am ROUGH on shoes so I don't like spending a lot of money them (even when I have spent good money on higher quality shoes they don't last.) I like both of these. So I'm thinking I'll order both and see which I like better and just return the other pair. I wear a lot of skinny pants, dresses and skirts in the spring and summer so I think either option will work.
- I was finally able to run more than 3 miles yesterday and it felt AMAZING. The weather was perfect and my knee felt good. It did get a little sore towards the end of the 4.25 miles but I think I'm finally on the mend and will be able to slowly work my way up to my normal mileage! I don't think I'll be up to a half marathon in April like I had wanted but that's OK - I'll be ready for September's half :)
- Last year Camden lived in these iPlay shoes. He loved them. I loved them - it was a win, win. So this year I ordered these from Old Navy. I got them on major sale so I"m hoping they're just as good as the iPlay ones.
We had a crazy busy but FUN weekend!!!
On Saturday morning I got a quick 3 mile run in - it was raining and cold but I made it (and had zero knee pain so that's a BIG plus!!) Afterwards, Matt went to work out and coach so Camden and I just hung out and played. Later that afternoon my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came and we headed out to see Daniel Tiger Live!! The boys LOVED every second of it - it was awesome!!
We got home and attempted dinner but the boys were too busy staying up late and playing so we let them play while us adults enjoyed dinner. The boys stayed up way past their bedtimes (as did the adults!)
Sunday morning we played and ate pancakes then headed to a local indoor play place for the kids to run wild. It was a really neat place and the kids had an absolute blast!
After nap, Camden and I went outside to play and get some fresh air while Matt went grocery shopping. We had dinner, put Camden down, finished up our weekly prep quickly, and then finally sat down for the latest episode of Scandal.
And now here we are - Monday. And let me tell ya- our Monday morning was ROUGH. Here's to hoping Camden catches up on some sleep during nap time at daycare today!!!
We made it! It's finally Friday and I am so ready for the weekend. I haven't done a 5 on Friday in a while so I thought I'd finally join in again.
1. We have a super fun weekend ahead of us. Tomorrow my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are coming up and we're all going to see Daniel Tiger Live! I am so excited and think Camden is going to absolutely LOVE it!!
2. We'd also like to hit up The Strong Museum of Play Sunday morning since it's Superhero weekend there AND Super Why characters Wyatt and Woofster will be there. Another thing Camden is going to go absolutely NUTS over!!!
3. I worked out at home last night. I knew I wanted to work out (OK cross that out - I NEEDED to) but just didn't have it in me to drive to the gym. It wasn't the greatest at home work out but hey, at least I did something, right?!?! My knee is finally feeling better and I am so looking forward to getting outside and getting some runs in.
4. I've been trying to be more aware of how I spend my time. For me that means less time on Instagram and Facebook and more time reading. I read 2 books in the last couple weeks. And now I need some suggestions. What are some good books you've read lately?
5. I think we are going to go to Philadelphia over spring break for a few days. Besides, the Please Touch museum, what else do we NEED to do while there? I'm not sure how long we're going for - probably just 2 or 3 days so we don't need a ton of things to do. Any insight on this would be great :)
I confess - this picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post. However, I feel like a blog from me isn't complete without a picture of that cute little face. I just can't help it - I'm obsessed with him <3
I confess - I haven't washed my hair since Monday, The last three days I haven't gotten up in time to wash, dry, and straighten my hair so I've just been 'fixing' it with my flat iron. Lucky for me I don't have oily hair and you can't tell but I really think I need to get on the dry shampoo train and see what that's all about.
I confess - I'm desperate to go somewhere warm. I really, really, REALLY want to go to Mexico or the Caribbean.
I confess - I've been done with Camden's Easter Basket for a while now...yet every week I buy something more for it. I have a problem - I just can't stop buying stuff. It's too easy and too fun and I know he'll LOVE the things I"m getting. But I have got to cut myself off ha-ha
I confess - I'm ready to chop my hair off. I like my hair long but I'm ready for something different. Plus it'll grow again. So I see a shoulder length bob in my near future.
I confess - I am having a really good time with Camden. Seriously, I love this age. I am soaking it all up and loving up on him every second. He has a legit sense of humor and cracks us up every day - it's hysterical!!!
I confess - I'm really going to miss my one-on-one Saturday mornings with Camden. This is the last weekend of the CrossFit open so it'll be my last weekend of having Camden all to myself all morning. Is it bad that sometimes I don't like sharing him with the hubs?! ha-ha
It's been a WHIRLWIND week to say the least....
So last Wednesday we were hit with a crazy wind storm, that resulted in us losing our power Wednesday afternoon at some point. We stayed at our house that night but when we woke up Thursday we knew we couldn't stay there any longer. Neither Matt nor I had to work Thursday so we headed down to my in-laws for the day. Luckily, they are out of town this month so we weren't intruding on them. So Thursday was a nice, lazy family day and we soaked it up. I had to go into work Friday (which was pointless since we had neither internet nor phone but whatever...) Matt stayed at his parents since he didn't have to work again. But he had plans to head to Saratoga for Friday night/Saturday morning so my mom had to come get Camden (since our daycare was also without electricity and therefore, couldn't take any kids!) After work, I headed down to my parents to stay with them for the night.
Saturday morning Camden and I had a play date with my friend and her daughter - donuts and then the local library. We got home in time for a quick lunch before nap. After nap, we hung out until my sister and nephew got to my parents. Matt got to my parents around 5:30-ish and then we all headed out to dinner. Sunday morning Camden and I headed out to breakfast with my parents, grandpa, and aunt and uncle, while Matt headed to Rochester to do a few things. After breakfast, I packed our stuff up and Camden and I headed back to my in laws. We spent the rest of Sunday trying to stay positive, doing laundry, and trying to figure out the week. Luckily, our day care provider got power back on Sunday which was great for us so we didn't have to figure that out come Monday. So Monday morning I dropped Camden off at daycare and we FINALLY got our power back. It was soooo nice to be home. We spent Monday night cleaning, organizing, re-stocking our fridge, and trying to get our lives back in order. Now here we are...Tuesday and we're in the midst of a crazy snow storm!!!!!!!!! Seriously - it's nuts!! Matt is home from work again today - and tomorrow looks like it'll be another snow day for him!! This weather is just INSANE!!! I haven't worked out in a week and honestly, I'm just ready to get back to our regular life!!
It's been a crazy week this past week and hopefully after this snow storm we'll be back to normal and we'll all be happier!! I am SO ready for SPRING!!
A low-key weekend...just what this hard workin' mama needed. I worked SO much last week - it was awful. I was miserable all week. I cried more than I have in a long time. And I was just spent. So a weekend of no plans was exactly what I needed.
I had to work until 6 Friday and then went and picked up Camden from the Crossfit box Matt works out/coaches at. We made a quick stop at Rite Aid and, of course, I had to spoil my little guy - he pretty much got what he asked for....a new sippy cup, a box of gluten free chocolate cookies, and some plastic Easter eggs. We got home, face timed with my parents, had some dinner, and headed to bed.
Saturday I got up with Camden and snuggled with him on the couch while we watched some Daniel Tiger for a little bit. I headed out for a quick run and as soon as I got home C asked to take a shower (he's obsessed with taking showers lately!!) So I jumped in with him while Matt headed to his box to help out/coach (first week of Crossfit Open so he'll be there more than usual.) So after our shower, C and I headed out for our date. Our first stop - Target. He got to pick out a new toy and also bribed me into buying him a new t-shirt ("because I have to have it mama.") And as we were walking to the registers, we walked past the cards and out of the corner of his eye he saw a card with a duck on it and runs over to it and says "I have to buy this for daddy." And there was no talking him out of it so we bought the card and I realized I'm doing something right. This kid is seriously the sweetest, most thoughtful child EVER. After Target, we headed to the library where we read books and played. It was so, so much fun - Camden and I both thrive on one on one time with each other :)
We headed home for a quick lunch and nap. I actually napped while he did, which was glorious, and Matt spent that quiet time working on our taxes. We spent the rest of Saturday just hanging out and playing. We ordered Mexican takeout for dinner and after Camden was in bed Matt and I just watched some TV and indulged in some adult beverages.
Sunday Camden was up bright 'n' early so Matt got up with him so I could sleep until 7. I got downstairs and almost immediately bundled Camden up and outside we went. We had gotten a little bit of snow overnight so he loved gathering that up and playing in it. He got cold so we went inside and continued to play with the snow inside, burying his animals in it and all that sorta fun stuff. The boys went grocery shopping while I hit up my Barre/Pilates class (which off topic - I am so obsessed with!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!) I got home shortly after 11 and Matt was already starting the week's food prep. Camden was getting tired and cranky so we sat down for lunch but he didn't really want anything to do with it. He was just crying and being whiny, asking for his binky and to snuggle with me. So off to the couch we went and within 5 minutes he was fast asleep in my arms and I was in HEAVEN. I seriously could have stayed there all day with him. And the rest of the day was more of the same - playing, laundry, etc. This mama needed this sort of weekend with her little guy and I could tell Camden did too. There is nothing more this kid loves than his family and just being home with us.
Happy Valentine's Day from our little family to yours. Every day is Valentine's Day with these two. My heart is full - so, so full. These two boys are the light of my life and make me so incredibly happy. I hope your day is full of love, laughter, and happiness.
<3 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY <3
Oh, and to brag on my hubs. Take a look at my Valentine's Day present from Camden. He was SO excited to give it to me this morning - the cutest thing EVER!!
It's been quite a while since I last posted. Life I tell ya...it's cray - cray!! And since I've been MIA for so long I thought a random update/thoughts post would be good. So here we go...
~ first and foremost, Camden is amazing. Seriously - I LOVE 2!! Sure I could do without the meltdowns but ya know, I was prepared for them. So most days I feel like we have a good handle on those. But in any case, the kid is awesome. He is so incredibly smart...and funny, like really, really funny. He's currently a horrible eater, especially at dinner. It's like at dinner he's just over with eating for the day and wants nothing to do with food anymore. We used to push him but now we're just like whatever. If he eats great - if not we don't stress over it.
He is really into Daniel Tiger and Paw Patrol. He loves his play kitchen (his specialty is chicken nugget soup LOL) His other favorite toys include this farm, Paw Patrol mashems, Superhero Mr Potato Head, and his B. Young brand bus (I can't find it online anywhere. I know my mother in law bought it for him from Target when it was on clearance last year.) He loves to take showers with either myself or Matt. He was doing really good at potty training but he has sort of regressed. When we're home sometimes he'll want to sit on the potty and other times he has not interest. Since he's so young yet we aren't pushing it but do encourage him to use the potty as often as possible. He is also our early riser - usually around 6/6:15. On average he naps for 2 hours every day. He legitimately talks NON-STOP, says the funniest things, and LOVES to sing and dance! He's pretty darn perfect if you ask me <3
~ My work is CRAZY! Not only is it our busiest time of year but we are down quite a few positions. The other Accounting Manager just up and left - no notice...nothing!! So it's been nuts here. The days are long, and stressful, and basically I just feel like I spend my days putting out fires - while also trying to do my actual day-to-day responsibilities. Due to all these changes I was offered a promotion as Director of Finance. Awesome - right? Yes, of course. BUT......I turned it down. The money would have been great - but I'm not at the point of my life where I want all that pressure and even more stress and responsibility. Right now Camden is my life & him and Matt are my priority and where I want to put my time and energy into - NOT work. It wasn't an easy decision at all for me but in the end I know I made the right choice for where my family is and what I want out of life. My little family comes first - no matter what.
~ My workouts have only been so-so lately. On average I work out 4 times a week, which I don't love (I'd much prefer that number to be 5 times a week but it is what it is right now.) I haven't been running because of some knee pain. That has me really bummed out, not gonna lie. I have, however, been taking a Barre/Pilates class on Sunday and am LOVING it!!! The barre portion of the class is out of my comfort zone but let me tell ya - it's no joke. It's hard!! I work up quite a sweat in that class and love how I feel afterwards.
~ This past Saturday Matt competed in a team CrossFit competition out in Utica. His team did GREAT and I'm glad he had the opportunity to do this. And I, of course, loved the one on one time I had with Camden. We spent Saturday visiting with family and friends and it was just a nice day (busy but nice!)
~ I can't really think of much else. I'm sure there is SO much more but honestly I can't even think straight (and it's only 8:15 in the morning!) So with that - Happy Hump Day!!
Christmas is over. All the presents have been unwrapped. My house is back to normal (but dirty still since I haven't cleaned yet.) And we're all exhausted. But we also have full hearts. And made lots of memories. So overall - Christmas 201 was a total SUCCESS!
We spent Christmas Eve at Matt's aunt & uncle's house. We left there shortly before C's bedtime and got home in time to leave Santa some cookies and the reindeer some carrots, opened up a couple gifts (2 new Christmas books), read the new books, and tucked the little guy in before getting to play Santa. I was SO excited.
We woke Camden up at 7:30 and he was so excited that Santa came!! He loved that Santa ate his cookies and milk and that the reindeer ate all their carrots. Santa even left Camden a note!! He had fun opening up his presents - though his favorite gifts were Dollar Tree gel window clings and a Superman figurine - oh to be 2!! After opening our gifts we got ready and headed down to my parents and got there shortly around 11:15. We opened presents - put the boys down for a nap - and then had our family dinner. We headed out and got to Matt's parents' house around 7:45/8. We let Camden stay up a few minutes to say hello to everyone and off to bed he went (though it was quite the struggle to get him to sleep!!) On Monday we spent the day at my in-laws - opening presents, hanging out, snuggling, and just being together. It was a really great day, even though I wasn't feeling 100% since I was so exhausted. We enjoyed a great meal together and left to head home around C's bedtime. He was fast asleep by 7:30 that night and slept until 7:30 the next morning!! Tuesday morning Matt worked out and I got a long run in - then Camden napped for 2 and a half hours - and once he was up we headed back down to my in-laws to celebrate Christmas with Matt's dad's family. Wednesday Matt had to coach the 5:15am class - so he did that and then worked out and got his car inspected. Camden and I slept in until 7:40 (well I was awake at 6 but just laid in bed playing on my phone!) We spent the morning taking our Christmas decorations down, playing, organizing, and just relaxing. It was awesome!!!!!!! Camden took over a 3 hour nap yesterday so I was able to hit up the gym, Target, and get to the post office and still had time once I got home to lay on the couch with Matt for a good 20 minutes!! We spent the rest of the day just hanging out together, cooking a delicious meal together, and relaxing & enjoying the time together. I'm back to work today...Matt is actually at work as well...and Camden is at daycare playing with his friends. Already looking forward to another long weekend <3
Now get ready for a whole lotta pictures :)....you're welcome!
I MUST CONFESS...
That picture has nothing to do with this post. It's just too cute not to share. You're welcome :)
I'm totally 'that' mom I swear I wouldn't be. I give in way too easily too often, mostly because I have so much guilt because I work and don't spend enough time with him during the week. And Camden totally knows it and takes full advantage! But I love him so <3
I'm not done Christmas shopping yet and it's making me SO stressed. Seriously I don't know how people wait til the last minute.
Camden has been waking up SUPER early in the mornings (like this morning it was 5:30!) Any advice for this mama? Even if he goes to bed later than normal he wakes up early. This has been going on for about 2 weeks I'd say. So any insight/advice would be great :)
I bought 10 hands soaps today from Bath & Body Works - yes 10!! But at $3 each I couldn't say no.
This morning I was snuggling with C in bed and out of the blue he says to me 'I like you a lot mommy' Seriously - this kid is so freakin' sweet...he really is. I am so incredibly proud of the little person he is growing into.
Our budget is out of control lately. I am looking forward to starting the new year off on the right foot financially. We need to get back on track and stay within our budget!!
What do you confess today?
With Christmas only 11 days away (say what?!?!) there is still plenty I want to do with my little family. Here's my life of things I want to get to:
1. Go look at Christmas lights. There is a street not far from our house that is AMAZING! We took Camden there last year and so I want to continue that tradition. I think this year he's going to LOVE it!!
2. Bake cookies. Camden LOVES to help in the kitchen so I think he's really going to love helping me bake cookies, frost and decorate them...and of course EAT them :)
3. Pay for someone's order while out (whether that be at a restaurant or Dunkin' or wherever.) We've done this before and I'd love to do it again this holiday season.
4. Watch a Christmas movie with Camden. I hate to admit it but my kid loves to watch videos on You Tube. I don't think he would sit through an entire Christmas movie but I'd like to at least cuddle up on the couch with my little family for a few minutes and watch a little bit of one together.
5. Decorate a gingerbread house together.
6. Deliver some homemade goodies to some of our neighbors.
7. Get a new Christmas book to read together.
8. Go to the store with Camden and have him pick out a toy to donate to needy children.
What's on your Christmas bucket list?
A fun little questionnaire I've seen floating around the blog world so I'm joining...
1. Are you named after anyone? My middle name (Antoinette) is named after my maternal grandfather (Anthony)
2. When was the last time you cried? Last week at some point. I did get teary eyed this morning though - does that count?
3. Do you have kids? Yes - he's pretty much all I blog about :) My son is 2 and the absolute light of my life. To say I'm obsessed with him is just a slight understatement ;-)
4. Will you ever bungee-jump? Pre-kids I totally would have. But now? I don't know to be honest. I'd really have to think about it and talk it out with the hubs. It's not just me anymore to worry about - if something were to happen I'd be leaving a child (and husband) behind and that's scary to me.
5. What's your favorite cereal? ooooh I love cereal let me tell ya - I don't know if I can pick an absolute favorite. I really love Multi Grain Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Life, Fruit Loops and pretty much any other sugar laden cereal on the market. It's one of those items we can't have in the house so we never buy it (except plain Cheerios)
6. What's the first thing you notice about people? This is tough. I guess it's how 'put together' they are - not necessarily from a clothes standpoint but just in general. Does that make sense?
7. What is your eye color? Blue-gray eyes.
8. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings for sure - I don't do scary movies.
9. Favorite scents? I have so many but I'd say clean, fresh cotton wins - though lilac is a close second :)
10. Summer or winter? Summer for sure. I love to be outside and soaking up summer as much as possible. Winters are too long around here - I like the first month of it then I'm over it.
11. What's the furthest you've ever been from home? Venice, Italy
12. Do you have any special talents? Not that I can think of right now...
13. Where were your born? NY
14. What are your hobbies? being with my little family, working out, reading (I'd love to do more of this!), and cooking/baking (another thing I'd love to do more often!!)
15. Do you have any pets? A beta fish named 'blub blub' (and no - I didn't name it...)
16. Favorite movie? This is HARD!! I don't watch a ton of movies and I don't like re-watching movies (or re-reading books or anything like that.) I do love classic movies like Grease and The Lion King. I also really love all the Nicholas Sparks movies adapated from his books. I'm much more of a TV kinda person.
It's official. My baby is no longer a baby but a full blown toddler. On 11/12, Camden turned 2. Yes 2!!!!!!!! How that's possible I don't even know. But in the blink of an eye our baby is gone and in his place is a smart, sweet, independent little boy who has a lot to say these days!
Camden was so excited to turn 2. We talked about his birthday for weeks leading up to it. He has been practicing so hard on how to hold just his index finer and middle finger up so he can show everyone he's 2! Whenever someone would ask how old he was going to be he'd say 'I be 2!' very excitedly!! :) We celebrated all weekend long and I think he had a pretty fun filled birthday weekend full of laughter and a whole lotta love!!!!
I'll hopefully get the chance to write a post on his birthday celebrations at some point but today I wanted to do a little Camden update. I don't even know where to begin because there's so much to say - so I'll start with the basics....
At his 2 year well child appointment he weighed 24lbs 12.5oz (13%) and was 2'10.25" tall (45%). Oh, and his feet - his feet have been growing like crazy!! I swear he was in a size 4 for quite a while - was only in a size 5 for a very short time - and now wears a size 6 (and probably won't be in them long!!) He wears mostly 18 months clothes - has a couple 12 months pants that still fit - and wears 24 months stuff too - he's really all over the place with sizes actually.
He is your typical toddler and hardly eats anything. Right now he'd be happiest if we only allowed him to eat applesauce, grapes, and black olives every day - all day. He really loves his 'milkie' too. He also has quite the sweet tooth (that we keep in check pretty well I think.) He LOVES donuts more than anything (hint - he had a donut tower cake instead of a regular birthday cake at his party because that's what he wanted!)
The child talks NON-STOP. Seriously. Matt and I are pretty quiet people so this is new to us :) If he's not talking he's singing or humming to himself. He talks in full sentences and has great manners. He knows his ABCs, his colors, shapes, and can count to 20. He has great number recognition (through 10) and recognizes most of the letters as well. He loves Elmo, dinosaurs, play doh and superheroes (especially Hulk!) He loves to watch short You Tube videos on Matt's iPad while he does his treatments (and would totally sit and watch for hours if we'd let him!) He loves to run and is seriously non-stop all day, every day!! He was officially diagnosed with asthma so we do 2 nebulizer treatments a day. He is fiercely independent - it's amazing and frustrating all at the same time :) But I'm also pretty proud of him for it. He is so incredibly sweet - he loves his people so much. One of my favorite things is when he asks for a 'family hug.' That's where either Matt or I are holding him and he pulls the other one in for a 'family hug' :) He loves it - but I love it more <3
He is very attached to his binky (still only gets it at bedtime and nap time - except when he's being cranky at daycare and then she gives in and gives it to him - argh!) and the boppy pillow. He loves to snuggle in our bed in the mornings. He generally sleeps 7:30 - 7 (though some nights he's not asleep until 8 and there are also plenty of mornings he's awake by 6:30...or earlier!!) He takes one long afternoon nap - at daycare it's 2 hours and at home on the weekends we'll occasionally get slightly longer ones as he plays 'catch up,' He still loves to help around the house - helping make coffee, unloading the dishwasher, helping with laundry, putting groceries away, making smoothies and oatmeal, etc. He is seriously funny these days - has a great little sense of humor and makes us laugh every day!! He loves to hide and play hide 'n' seek (and he's actually VERY good at it - will stay there and be quiet - quite impressive for a 2 year old!) He is so incredibly smart - like seriously. I've said it a million times here but it's true. People say it all the time so I know it's not just us. We work with him a lot at home but I also have to give credit to daycare. They do a lot and he's around some older kids (3 year olds) so he learns a lot from them. He loves babies and can't wait for his new baby cousin to arrive. He throws a temper tantrum like no other but is usually calmed down pretty quickly (we usually have him look at us - we tell him to take a deep breath - and then we talk it out/explain things to him.) We continue to talk to him as if he were 6 rather than 2. We've always talked to him a lot, explained ourselves, etc. Right now he does really well when we say 'Ok Camden 2 more minutes.' And then 'Ok Camden - 1 more minute.' etc He also does REALLY well when given a choice in situations where he is upset or could get upset - well really, we like to give him a choice whenever possible - it really helps him.
Pretty much he's perfect in our eyes and is so incredibly loved!! I never get sick of hanging out with him and just being around him. Being his mommy is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I never thought I could love someone like this - and yet every day my love for this little boy grows and grows.
Camden Matthew - I love you today...tomorrow...and always.
*This post idea is 'stolen' from Amanda because I'm not a real blogger so I have to steal real bloggers' topics.
Home is where my heart is. I love being home with my M & C. Nothing makes me happier than being with them, hanging out, playing, or doing whatever. I'm a total home-body so obviously home is where I want to be and where I am happiest. Add in a super cute and fun little boy and there is nowhere else I'd rather be. When I'm home and C is awake my full attention is on him. With being a FT working mom my time at home is precious so I've really been trying not to stress about the 'not so fun' home stuff (like cleaning) and focusing more on quality time with him and the hubs. C is at such an amazing age and I just love being around him. It's seriously the best <3 I've also been very busy at home with things like planning C's 2nd birthday, Christmas shopping, and doing as many fun activities as possibly. Home life is busy...but fun!!
WORKING MOM LIFE.
I hate it. I hate being a working mom. OK I take that back - I HATE being a FULL TIME working mom - I'd love to be a part time working mom. I really think that is the perfect balance. And I'm so jealous of people who get that opportunity. It's really the best of both worlds if you ask me. Even almost two years into this I haven't accepted the fact that this is my life. It's hard - it's really, really hard - harder than anyone realizes I think. I think it'd be easier if my job wasn't so demanding or stressful. I work a lot - too much - and I really hate that. So this part of my life is my biggest struggle - always has been and always will be. I'll never be a stay at home mom nor will I ever be able to work part time. So I keep pluggin' away and doing the best I can with what I've got to work with.
I've mentioned a few times on here that I've been slacking in the fitness area of my life. I still work out just not as much as I always had. Once I'm at the gym - it's all good. It's just getting there lately that's been hard. I think I've been thinking about it too much. I just have to treat it like any other 'appointment' and just get it done and over with. Related to all this is also the fact that I've been eating like crap. I am your classic stress eater. And boy have I been stressed lately. So not only do I need to get back on track with my workouts but also my eating.
Let's see. I've really been into fish tacos and BLT salad. These are definitely my two favorite meals right now and they've been on our menu every week for the last few months probably. But now that the weather is cooling down I'm looking forward to soups and stews. We did have chili on Monday and it was sooooo good. I am also really looking forward to roasting squash (acorn and butternut squashes are my favorite!) more often. On a much less healthy topic - give me all the salted caramel foods you got. My favorite late night snack has been lactose free vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with a little bit of coarse sea salt. I am legitimately obsessed!! Oh and DD - you've done it again - salted caramel coffee - Mmm Mmm Yes Please!!
With the temps cooling down all I want to do at night (instead of working out) is to snuggle on the couch, watch TV, and eat ice cream (see above!) Whenever we get the chance we still binge watch Homeland. I don't even know what season we're on but I do know the last few episodes we watched weren't that good so hopefully that changes. At the gym (ya know....when I actually go...) I've been watching Chicago Med or This Is Us. Watching TV is the only way I get through cardio at the gym...anyone else with me on that?!?!
C is pretty much amazing - I mean I know I'm his mom and all and therefore I'm biased but seriously - he's incredible. He's smart. He's independent. He's funny. He's sweet. And he is quite the little man these days (seriously, my baby is gone...*cue big fat alligator tears*) He counts. He sings. He talks NON-STOP. He is constantly running (in fact I don't think he ever walks these days LOL) He has quite the sense of humor and loves to tease us. He has become quite a picky eater and would eat only applesauce and maple syrup if we let him. He also has quite the sweet tooth and loves going on donut dates with mom and bagel dates with dad. He is obsessed with band aids and typically has at least 3 or 4 somewhere on his body ha-ha Basically he's my favorite and the love I have for him is more than I EVER imagined (and grows more and more every day - how that's possible I don't even know <3)
And there ya have it - a little life update...
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!