Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The adventures of a toddler, one park at a time...and some random mommy musings

{On me: Shirt: Destination Maternity (old) - sim, sim / Scarf: J.Crew Factory (old) - savespend, splurge}

{On Yishai: Shirt: BabyGAP outlet (old) - sim / Shorts: BabyGAP outlet (old) - sim / Shoes}

A couple Sundays ago, D took a break from studying and we all went to check out Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (yes, that's really the name!). We didn't get to spend as much time there as we wanted (pushing off naptime wasn't the best idea) so we will definitely be going back soon.

Yishai loved watching the fish, sharks and stingrays swimming in their tanks, made friends with a crab and a giant lobster, but the turtles...oh those turtles...they were something else. As part of their Sea Turtle Conservation efforts they have a rehabilitation program that not only rescues injured turtles, but provides on-site care and treatment including surgeries to remove cancerous tumors. The ultimate goal is to release them after they recover, but those with more extensive injuries remain there in order to receive necessary care. We were sad to miss the turtle feeding this time around but we know we have something exciting to look forward to next time.

Warning - random mommy musings ahead:

I definitely have enjoyed every stage of Yishai's babyhood, and as they happened they were all 'the best age', but this toddler stage has got to be my favorite of the favorites! It seems like every day is a 'first' for something -a new word, skill, mannerism, and this fierce sense of independence (where did it come from??) - and I find myself asking him, often outloud, "Who are you and what did you do with my newborn baby?!" Time really does fly by so fast and I feel such mixed emotions for the baby stages left behind and the new stages yet to come. But right now is pretty awesome as I feel like I'm rediscovering the world around me through toddler eyes and those eyes see everything. This kid sees dogs before they even come around a corner...no really, that's happened. 

As we sit in his nursery together before bedtime, we talk about his day while he drinks his milk. He likes to rub and kiss my growing belly and recently he's started to 'share' his milk with the baby by sticking his sippy cup in my belly button and making drinking noises...it makes my heart want to burst!

He is obsessed with Keppie, constantly giving her kisses and shrieking with laughter when she licks him back, not wanting to go up or down the stairs without her, bringing us her water bowl any time it's empty saying, "more more more", and sometimes refusing to eat his dinner until she has food in her bowl as well. The amount of empathy he has for her astounds me - if she cries because a toy is under the couch he drops what he's doing to try to get it for her and then comes running; yelling for us to help her if he can't get it. If the baby gate is closed and she's stuck upstairs - same thing!  She's the first one he greets, running to find her if she didn't meet him at the door and as of a few days ago he absolutely must give her a kiss goodbye before we leave (no matter how late we're running). I often find myself a bit envious that he gets to grow up with a 'big sis like Keppie (I was 9 when we got our first dog) - and I know it's one of the best decisions that D and I made. The lessons he's learning from such an early age like kindness, empathy, sharing, unconditional love of/for an animal - are so incredibly invaluable, some of which can only come from the experience, not from teaching. This hormonal mommy probably cries daily watching the sweet interactions between my fur baby and (as I jokingly refer to Yishai) my 'first-born-second-child'.

So yeah, definitely a random group of thoughts tonight - but I guess that's what happens at midnight these days :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What I Wish I Was Wearing...

What I Wish I Was Wearing...

Ya know, if I weren't 33 weeks pregnant AND it wasn't 90 degrees every day!

Hope everyone with seasons is enjoying their fall!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hitting the Reset Button

{Sweater: J.Crew Factory (old) - sim, cardi, Skirt, Shoes: J.Crew (old) - sim, Bag: H&M (old) - sim, love, in my dreams!, Sunnies, Bracelet: gift - sim, Necklace: thrifted - sim, love, Lips: Nars Damage}

I know I'm lucky. Having the opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mom, being able to raise my son (and future baby, G-d willing) myself is not something that I take for granted. So many of my friends, I know, would give anything to be able to do so, but just aren't in a position where it's possible. However sometimes, and now with D in school at night - more so than ever before, I felt like I was burning the candle at both ends. Being pregnant with an active toddler, while easier than I thought it would be (ba"h), has been challenging at times and with all of the Jewish holidays over the past three weeks, my life felt like a revolving door of cooking, dishes, and laundry. Not to mention picking up any extra slack physically possible so that D could focus on school and catch up on everything that had to be put on hold over the holidays.

I desperately needed to hit my reset button, and today my wonderful husband made that possible beyond my expectations! I got to sleep until 9:45 which itself made me feel like a new woman and then at 10am D took both Yishai and Keppie to the dog park to play. Just being able to sit and savor my coffee and eat my breakfast in peace is such a rare occurrence these days, but I also got to catch up on Grey's Anatomy uninterrupted...pure bliss! After coming home, eating lunch and playing nicely with Keppie and by himself for an hour, Yishai took a two hour nap and I did some light cleaning and then relaxed in bed with a book. If my time alone had ended after that, it would've been enough, but that husband of mine not only just bought me a new computer, but encouraged me to set up a training session at the Apple store in the afternoon while he took Yishai to the petting zoo and carnival at shul. D even made dinner - chicken and veggies on the grill (his new 'man toy' which has been awesome for both of us!) and it was delicious. I haven't felt this relaxed and ready to take on the weeks ahead in longer than I can remember, so thank you, D!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Anchors Away

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This past Sunday we helped my Grandpa celebrate a BIG birthday - Happy 80th, Grandpa! 

It was an extra special weekend since my younger brother and sister-in-law were finally visiting from Israel. We haven't seen them since we went there for their wedding last December and it has been waayyy too long! It's crazy for me to think that the last time Yishai saw his Dod (uncle) Micah and Doda (aunt) Sapir he wasn't even crawling yet. They came and spent a couple nights with us and Yishai was obsessed with them. My heart just melted watching my son play ball with his uncle and hear him answer everything his aunt said to him (in Hebrew!) with a tiny "yeah", despite the fact that he had no idea what she was saying...that kid is too cute! We miss them already and we know that even though we aren't able to see them as much as we would like, that we are always thinking about them!

But back to the party...I was a little nervous having serious anxiety about taking a toddler to a home with an abundance of fragile decor and meant to bring some toys to distract him...but pregnancy brain reared its' ugly head and I totally forgot! I thought for sure I'd be running around the whole time pulling things out of his hands and catching things mid-fall (man, those 'mommy reflexes', I tell you. what would I do without them? no wait, I don't want to know!) Before we walked into the house, I gave myself a pep talk complete with a little prayer for patience and a mini-miracle of nothing ending up broken. Who would've thought the answer to my prayers came in the form of two mylar balloons?! Those things are seriously awesome and Y was beyond enamored so we tied them to his shorts and they kept him occupied for hours. Added bonus that in a house full of seniors we always knew where he was without having to look down :)

It was such a fun family-filled afternoon celebrating with my Grandpa! Here's to many more birthdays!