I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation the past two weeks. My mom was in town so it seemed like a good time to take a little break. Now, of course, I have a million things to write about!
We were busy, busy, busy while my mom was here. We had a ton of fun adventures including some hiking, a couple of day trips in and around Seattle, and the piece de resistance, a trip to the Oregon Coast.
Our trip to the Oregon Coast was perfect. We spent 3 glorious days in a rental house in Oceanside, OR, a small little beachside town of a couple hundred people. Our beach house was perfect and had some great views of the beach.
As soon as we arrived we quickly unloaded our stuff and headed down to the beach. Oregon beaches are known for their wind and there were lots of people flying kites in the heavy ocean breezes. We walked the beach, put our toes in the very chilly water, checked out the tide pools and flew a kite for a bit. We all had a wonderful time. It was so fun and relaxing.
We were able to catch a little of the sunset that evening from our balcony.
The second day of our trip was spent trying to catch our dinner. Lorne, Maya and Anna, and later my mom, headed out in a little boat with some crab pots to try to catch some yummy crab for dinner. The girls were a bit grossed out but had fun. After a couple of hours Lorne came back with one little crab (they caught a ton but had to throw most of them back because they were female or too small). But, one isn’t bad for a first try We picked up a couple more crabs to go with our little crab to complete our dinner. It was delicious!!
After our super yummy dinner we headed down to the beach for a nice evening stroll to end our second day. Some clouds had begun to roll in and it was a little chilly but it was still incredibly beautiful.
We woke the third day to some pretty dense cloud cover and a little rain. We didn’t let that slow us down. We went into Tillamook and did a tour of the cheese factory there. We checked out how the cheese is made and packaged, tried a few samples of their very yummy cheeses and enjoyed an ice cream.
After a quick lunch back at our beach house we headed up to Cape Meares to see an old lighthouse and the famous octopus tree. Though the clouds and fog were pretty heavy the views from the cape were beautiful. The octopus tree was amazing. The fog actually made it look that much cooler!
The fog and dense clouds stuck around for our final evening at the beach. We didn’t let that slow us down. We headed down for one final walk along the beach. It was still cloudy and foggy and pretty chilly but we had fun anyway.
The Oregon coast is stunningly beautiful. We had such an amazing time. We will definitely be heading back again.
August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. I thought I’d take a moment to talk about my own breastfeeding experience and to share a few words of wisdom I’ve pick up a long the way.
I’m in the 10th month of breastfeeding my third baby. I’ve now spent 50 of the last 84 months breastfeeding. That boils down to a lot of moments spent snuggled up with my babies. That boils down to a lot of breast milk. That boils down to a lot of nourishment with both actual nutrition and quality bonding time with all of my babies.
I always knew I would breastfed. Before I became pregnant with Maya the idea of breastfeeding and what it would actually entail were abstract thoughts. I knew it was something that was important to me, but other than that I didn’t give it much thought. During my pregnancy with Maya I was like any other new mother. I researched by butt off. I soaked up all the knowledge I could get my hands on about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and how to care for a baby. My stack of books was ridiculous. The number of tabs open on my internet browser that related in some way to babies was in sane. I wanted to know everything. Most of the books only seemed to touch on the breastfeeding, much to my dismay. When I saw the hospital I was planning on delivering my baby at was offering a breastfeeding class I jumped all over it. Taking that class was the best thing I ever did for myself and for my children. I learned so much in that 2 hour class, stuff that wasn’t even mentioned in the books I read or mentioned by the people I talked to.
10 months into my third round of breastfeeding and I feel a bit like a pro. Those early weeks this time were easy. I knew what to expect, I knew how to power through and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I have loved nursing all three of my babies. It is an incredibly empowering feeling to see what your body is capable of doing. I wish everyone had the chance to know the feeling of sitting quietly, in the middle of the night with a sleepy baby weighing heavily in their arms as they nursed him or her back to sleep. There is nothing like it.
What I would tell a new mom with questions about breastfeeding is…Take a breastfeeding class if your hospital or birth center offers one. Breastfeeding takes work. No one really tells you that. It is natural and once you get into a groove is very easy but those first weeks are hard, especially with your first baby. A lot of learning, by both mom and baby, takes place in those first weeks. Newborns need to eat all that time. Exhaustion will make you second guess yourself. You will feel like nothing more than a milk machine. The first few weeks are tough but they will pass and when you come out the other side you will feel empowered and will love yourself and your body for doing such an amazing job.
Our sweet baby Nora. Our third and last baby is already 10 months old. Time is going by so incredibly fast. It seriously feels like I was just in the hospital having her and yet here we are just a couple of months away from her first birthday.
Weight: ~ 17.5lbs (about the 25th percentile)
Height: ~ 29ins (about the 50th percentile)
Nora is seriously the happiest baby. People are always amazed how content and smiley she is. She very rarely cries, and never for no reason. She wakes up happy, chatting to herself in her crib. When I put her down for a nap she never cries, she just babbles away until she falls asleep. Her personality is so relaxed and sweet.
This month has seen more leaps and bounds in the development department. She is a super speedy crawler and is all over the place chasing her sisters or the kitty. This past week she master climbing the stairs. She hasn’t figured out how to get back down but she can climb up the stairs at warp speed. She loves exploring both indoors and out. While we were on vacation last week we found ourselves at the beach (a rocky, pacific northwest beach) and she crawled all over the rocks and climbed around on the driftwood.
Although she is curious and adventurous and a mover, she is also incredibly sweet and loves to snuggle. In the midst of her play she will randomly crawl over to me for a snuggle or to give me a kiss. She adores her sisters and loves to watch them play and tries to play with them. I love watching them all play together.
Thanks a tooth explosion in the last couple of teeth Nora now has 5 little teeth and I’m pretty sure she is working on a couple of more as we speak. Those new little teeth are helping her advance her foodie status. The girl loves to eat. She loves to feed herself so she is pretty much completely off purees and is eating all finger foods. She loves fruit of any kind, cheese, bread, yogurt, waffles and pancakes, corn on the cob is a huge favorite, she’s tried ham and turkey and likes most vegetables she has tried. I’m still breastfeeding and that is going really well. This third go around with nursing has been so easy. I haven’t run into any challenges, which has been nice.
Nora is such a joy. She embodies happiness and you can’t help but smile when around her. We love her to pieces.
Our Anna, our spunky, sweet middle daughter is 3 years old.
Weight: 27 lbs (10th percentile)
Height: 34.5 ins (below the 5th percentile)
Anna came into this world as a tiny little peanut and she is proudly still rocking her peanut status. She may be tiny but she packs a lot of personality into that tiny package. She is strong-willed, determined, adventurous, and sweet. When she sets her mind on something there is no talking her out of it. She is stubborn to the bone this one. We butt heads frequently as she is growing into her 3 year old attitude but she can still be a total sweetheart too. Snuggling under a warm cozy blanket with us is still one of her favorite things to do.
Though she has a weird fear of slides she is pretty much not afraid of anything. She’ll ride her balance bike down the steep slope of our driveway with both legs up, going super fast, and jump off the curb. She loves to be outside playing with her friends, riding her bike, going on hikes or just sitting on the grass blowing bubbles or coloring a picture. Her favorite thing in the world is her blankie (and the 6 or so other cuddly blankets she as accumulated over the years). She loves to play dress up and loves playing with her kitchen and doctor sets. She is a little performer at heart and loves to make people laugh. She is fiercely independent and takes great pride in being able to do things for herself.
Anna is a wonderful sister. I can see that sometimes she is 100% the middle child and rebels a bit against that status but most of the time she adores her sisters and does a pretty good job of getting along well with both of them.
There is so much love about our little Anna. She is smart, spunky and sweet. There is never a dull moment with her. She makes us laugh daily and gives the best hugs. Love you to pieces Anna Banana!
On Friday we welcomed a new member into our family. We opened our hearts and our home to a new little kitten. Penny, the newest four legged member of our family if making herself right at home. Melting our hearts and mending them all at the same time.
Let me tell you, she is purrfect Her personality so far is super sweet. She loves attention, which is a good thing because she is getting lots of it so far. She is the perfect combination of playful and snuggly. The girls adore her already and she seems pretty taken with them as well. She even seems to like Nora even though we are still working with Nora on “being gentle”. After what we went through with Louis it has been so nice to see my girls able to interact, pet and love on a kitty without fear of bodily harm.
In true kitten fashion she plays hard and sleeps hard. One of my favorite moments so far happened the other day when she crashed hard on the couch after some rambunctious kitten play and Anna tried so hard to wake her up with no success. At one point she said “I think her died.” It was so cute The girls and Penny are going to be such good friends. It will be so nice for them to have a kitty to grow up with.
We’ve opened are hearts and our arms to this sweet girl. In just a few short days she has already done wonders to heal our hearts. She has fit right in so perfectly it definitely feels like she was made for our family.