25 December 2012

the perfect white christmas






It has been a wonderful Christmas! It snowed last night, just enough to coat the ground and all the branches of the trees. Mama and Papa got a decent night sleep, for the first time in a few weeks, and LE had her first snowman experience!




Clearly we had three really good girls this year in our family!




LE and cousin Lily computing.




Reading new books with Oma.




Sleeping during church with Opa.




My Engineers opening presents.




This has been one of my most favorite Christmases. LE is starting to get into opening presents, reading Santa and Rudolph books, and talking about baby Jesus' birthday. Having a little one in the house brings back all the magic of Christmas! We even bought LE a couple of little presents, gasp.

I am so grateful God blessed us with our adventurous, sensitive soul Little Engineer.

24 December 2012

merry christmas!





We are spending our Christmas with the Oberholzer family this year in Pennsylvania. LE is having a blast with her cousins and she's looking forward to Santa's arrival tonight. She's been a pretty good girl this year (at least during the daytime...).




A very merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

21 December 2012

hold on, i'm going to get all pinterest on you

This year I decided to break out my sewing machine and make a few girly Christmas presents for my nieces and LE. The problem with these types of projects is, well lets just be frank, LE. So, a few Saturdays ago the Engineer jumped out of a plane.










And in return he took LE on a long walk to give me some time to sew. (Man, I sound mega lame compared to the Engineer).

On Pinterest I saw an adorable kids apron made from a tea towel and pot holder and decided I could master it. I also found these adorable play tea bags, which were a must to accompany the tea set I had already purchased my oldest niece.



The first apron I made, not too shabby!

Long story short, I couldn't find any adorable tea towel/pot holder sets like the lady on Pinterest, so I used soft microfiber dish cloths and tea towels. I ended up liking my revised idea even better than the original. I know I should take the time to write out a tutorial, but I quite honestly don't feel like it and I forgot to take pics while sewing like a madwoman during my two hours of freedom. Another day...



LE modeling her apron while doing her chore - putting away silverware.




The tea bags are really cute, but their ultra tininess is a pain in the tush to sew!




My oldest niece, Ada, designed princess crowns for herself and the little girls a few weeks ago when she visited. I then put her designs together and sewed them. They turned out awesome, don't you think?! Ada has always been very arty. I can't wait to see all the fun things she will create as she grows up. Since I had to pull all my supplies out anyway, I had a great excuse to finally sew all the things I've been itching to do. Now I have sewing machine fever.

Want to come watch my kid? I will make your kid something AMAZINGish!

18 December 2012

the wheels on the bus

Before I had LE I would have never rode the bus around for the heck of it. But now that LE is my full time job, this is exactly the sort of thing we do. We have a bus stop literally outside our front door and in the 4 years we've lived here I had never stood at that stop until now. I used public transit frequently before moving to our current shoebox condo, so I guess I was just over it.




It doesn't matter which bus we get on. The destination isn't important. We just ride, get off and walk around a little, and then head back home. Of course, the whole time we are off the bus LE incessantly asks "Aus, please!" (It took me a minute to figure out "aus" meant "bus".)




Some of you may be thinking to yourself, "WOW, this lady is bored." That's what I would have thought pre-kids. I had no clue that staying home meant getting one chore done could take 20 times longer than it should due to a child hanging off your leg begging for you to "chase" her around the house for the 97th time that day. So instead of fighting my way through dishes or folding laundry, I try to occasionally choose the aimless adventures that completely make my little girl's day...like riding the "Aus".



Taking off her shoes and socks to munch on her toes for a second. Kids, do the weirdest things. At least my kid does, that is.

17 December 2012

ppd update

So, a brief update on the postpartum depression front. I decided about 7 months ago to work with a Naturiopathic Doctor to work on weaning off my antidepressant, develop a plan for next baby, and work on feeling my best. Long story short, I discovered I have a gluten intolerance. After being off gluten for 6 weeks, I challenged it and had terrible anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal problems. Looks like I'm going to be gluten free for life! Good to know, especially since we were on carb overload after LE's birth with all the comfort food people so generously brought us. The rest that I learned was about some basic supplements and adrenal support. Oh, and a funky Chinese herbal bone broth for after childbirth next time. (Now I love making my own chicken bone broth for all our soups...makes me feel like super woman feeding my family awesome wholesome food).
My plan now is to feel good week to week. Stick with what works. If its med free great and if not thats fine too. Next baby, have several weeks of help, eat this herbal bone broth, and (keep an open mind on this one) placenta encapsulation.

pausing for ewws and grosses (especially from brother)

When I first heard about placenta encapsulation I thought it was disgusting. After we had LE, I told the midwives we didn't want to bury or eat or do anything weird to my placenta. Then I became educated on the topic and my heart still aches a little as I watch our birth video and see my placenta that was just chucked into the dumpster, literally. I have heard and read nothing but amazing things about placenta encapsulation preventing depression and anxiety (for some quick info http://placentabenefits.info/articles.asp).

In my world it's important for me and my family to be healthy, happy, and feel our best. I challenge you to take a step towards an even better life. This could be eating more organic foods, spending more time with friends, or slowing down enough to actually get on the floor and play with your kid, but whatever it is start doing it. One of my favorite yoga instructors shared a mantra that has stuck with me "I can do it, I AM doing it!" I tell myself these words often, because feeling good is a challenge for all of us at some point or another.

12 December 2012

le and da da

It seems these days "the engineer and lactation chic" has become centered around the little engineer and my stay at home mama adventures, so I thought it would be nice to show case da da.

LE loves playing with her da da. She instantly approaches the Engineer when he walks in the door with a request for "chase" or "pillow", referring to her favorite games. And of course there's nothing the Engineer loves more than hearing his little girl squeal as they run around our shoebox condo. Here are a few pics of their fun together:




This is from way back to last Summer. I've been meaning to get it up on here since its such a sweet picture (thanks BIL for taking this one!)



Starting her young, although, she stands no chance of being athletic.



Playing games on the "pad".



And my personal favorite being da da's "hat" (also known as "crack"). She thinks she's a little trickster if she catches us off guard and rubs her little tushy in our faces saying "crack, crack, crack", referring to her butt crack. Incredibly inappropriate, I know, and it will most definitely come back to bite us in the "crack" when she starts school...

Thanks for being such a great husband and father, my deareast Engineer. And for supporting LE and mama play at home time. Its not always pretty, but it's a great life!

05 December 2012

hugs

So our nighttime progress has slowed a bit, to say the least. Such is motherhood - don't be married to the good or bad changes, right?




Having a snack in the fitting room at h&m.
While I don't want to get up at night anymore (or for the Engineer to either), I'm grateful for how sweet LE can be while I help comfort her to sleep. She gives lots of hugs and kisses. The other day I was looking at my phone while nursing her and she came off and said "hug". I realized she had her arms around me while feeding and wanted me to do the same in return. So much for multi tasking, guess I'll just sit on the couch melting into a big pile of mommy mush due to overload of cuteness.