Summer’s End (Theoretically)

You’d think summer would be over when the Halloween decorations hit Target and the kiddie pools are all 75% off. Here summer gets slow going and goes on FOREVER. We had 103 degree weather here the first week of October, which at this point, everyone is over. The only saving grace is that C has been able to go swimming weeks into fall, which I know in other parts of the country just doesn’t happen. It’s been nice, but I’m ready for the crisp mornings and evenings, and being able to actually go to the park after 9am without it hitting 90 degrees.

We took C to Disneyland last month and it was about 95, pretty brutal for an afternoon of walking. He had a blast though, and then we get photos like this which make it all worth it. 14981170639_8ecd4fd6e5_z

Looking forward to fall, whenever it decides to show up!

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Summer!

It’s officially summer around here. New swimsuits procured for kiddos and myself (though C is now on his second), lots of water play and summer fruits. We’ve had quite a few warms days so far, with 4th of July being pretty hot (some years the 4th ends up being kind of muggy and cold by fireworks time, so it was nice!).

I also had a birthday this week. Funny how once you have kiddos, your birthday is a bit anti-climactic. C was at school so A and I hung around, went to get my free Jersey’s Mikes sub (great deal for your birthday!), and I tried to hold off on any housework whatsoever (I was mildly successful). Also, over last weekend, we visited a local pub for beer and fish and chips, so I felt like I had already celebrated my birthday.

Our summer is already pretty packed with vacations, weekend visits with friends, etc. and it seems funny, but now that it’s past July 4th, it seems like we’re on a fast countdown to fall. Bring on the pumpkins!!

Fun in the Sun

It’s getting hot in Los Angeles, and even though we haven’t ventured out to the local pool for the summer yet, I did buy a small inflatable pool for C to play with on days we can’t get out of the house (new baby and all…). I’m very fair-skinned, and fortunately C is a good cross between me and my very easily to-tan husband. The kid still needs sunscreen however, and usually a lot of it, so when BzzAgent offered a sample of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer sunscreen to me as a BzzAgent, it was perfect timing.

One thing I hate about another brand name’s sunscreen is that even though the protection was excellent, it left a white residue on every.piece.of.clothing (including leather car seats, ugh!). The Coppertone went on easily and didn’t leave a huge mess on me (who wasn’t wearing a swimsuit). The samples included both the spray and the lotion. I’m more of an old school lotion fan, the spray (of any brand), just doesn’t really do it for me and seems like not a great value for the ounces in the package.

I was impressed that C was able to play in his pool for over an hour and didn’t burn, and the sunscreen seemed to stay on until I gave him his bath that night. It’s always nice to try a product that works!

Note: I was given samples of Coppertone Clearly Sheer for free, however all opinions are my own

Cloth Diapering Fail

When I got pregnant with A, and I wasn’t going back to work, I thought I should try to cloth diaper. I’ve had a few friends who have, and had success, so why not? I found a great deal on a package of cloth diapers at Target, and thought it would be worth trying. I thought that after she was out of the newborn sizes, we’d start to rotate in the few different kinds I bought to see what worked for us. This weekend we tried the first cloth diaper. On a lazy Saturday afternoon, A was napping on my chest and when my husband picked her up, I noticed my shirt was wet – VERY wet. I realized this 10 lb baby had completely soaked a huge cloth diaper insert and her clothes and my clothes in 2 hours. Besides the “ew” factor, all I could think of was how when she starts solids this fall, it could have been much much worse (and more gross!). I tried on another one of the diapers but realized the tightest fitting setting (for a “one size”), still left a huge gap between her fairly chunky baby legs and the diaper. I could already see the leaks…

I decided it’s just not going to work out. Maybe if I didn’t have a 3 year old AND an infant, I could figure it out, but I just didn’t have the stamina to try multiple types of diapers and then try to pawn them off on eBay – used (again, ew). So up on eBay they go. I figure we have a Volt so I’m saving the universe in other ways (right?). 

She’s Here!

I can’t believe it’s already been almost a month, but little baby A arrived late last month. The last few weeks of this pregnancy were rough, much rougher than with C. I had very painful Braxton Hicks contractions, one series that sent me to the hospital, to only get sent back home. It was frustrating, very frustrating. When I had C, one day I was in labor and then that was it, so the weeks of what seemed like unending fake contractions was beyond tiring.

Finally, one morning I was playing with C in the living room and had a few really strong contractions pretty close together. I took a shower and had 2 in the shower (so about 5 minutes apart), and I had a feeling it was really “go” time. We went to the hospital and they were close enough together (and I was 39 weeks) so they admitted me. Fortunately, once we were ready, I was able to get an epidural without waiting too long and then once she was ready to go – 5 minutes and she was out. We couldn’t believe it.

C has been really great with her, though navigating parenting a 3 year old (and all his 3 year old-ness) and a newborn has it’s challenges. Some days I really feel like “I got this” and other days it’s sort of a mess. I’m sure we’ll figure it out and get into a good groove, especially as A gets older and isn’t basically a poop and eating machine.

Tic Toc

Well, it’s here. The (very) last leg of this pregnancy. As of last week, I’m officially “full-term”, which means that any day now, little miss could make her debut. It’s been a little nerve wracking since there’s a few more logistics this time around (making sure C is taken care of, my husband works farther away from home now than when we had C, etc.). I also had a relatively fast labor with C, and when your doctor warns you “Just come in, don’t WAIT.”, you get a little nervous. 

C has actually been really great considering he doesn’t really understand how things will change (and nor do I, when I think about it). He talks about baby sister every day, and seems excited to meet her. I just hope it’s not too much of a change for him. I’m actually more worried about that than the extra work for me with two kiddos. Especially because I’m an only child, I really have no frame of reference, and seem to only remember horror stories from my friends who “tortured” their sibling – so that should be fun!

Anyway, the countdown is on, and it’s a little crazy for this planner to not be able to plan for exactly when it will happen. I just know that she’ll be here soon!

Rounding the Corner…

As this pregnancy seems to inch to an end, I’m lucky that I’m healthy, and the baby’s healthy. However, I have noticed I feel it so much more than I did with C. I don’t know if it’s that it’s my second, that I’m older, that I’m keeping up with C, or all of the above, but I was still doing a lot and moving a lot more at this point with C than I seem to be able to this time.

Fortunately, C is pretty content with inside (or backyard) activities, like play-doh, learning games on his Kindle, or chalk and bubbles outside since the park or anywhere where I would possibly need to run after him is VERY MUCH out of the question. Also, I want him to get used to inside play as we probably won’t venture out of the house with the little one a lot when she’s new. Right now, I pretty much lie down the minute he goes down for his nap or at night.

Part of me is a little worried that once the baby is here, the adage that 2 kids may as well be 10 is a bit of an exaggeration, but at least I’ll have my body back to myself!