Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Secret Shoot

I'm sure this little one will follow in daddy's footsteps when he's older.
For father's day I wanted to get a few shots of Noah on the truck at B's department. Thanks to our buddy Lee we were able to sneak a little photoshoot in without daddy knowing. He loved them.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

7 months

Little man is 7 months. He's sitting up, crawling, climbing stairs, walking with a push walker, saying mama!.....Geez. He needs to slow down. But watching him grow like this is just the very best thing in the whole wide world. I love every second of it.

Thank you God for this beautiful little boy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Rough Patch...Life Lately

[My beautiful boys]

I don't want this to come off as me complaining. I know people are dealing with far worse struggles in life. I more or less would like to remember these times as a learning experience for us in the future.

For the past month my husband has been working 80-87 hours per week. Double the average work week, and then some. But times are hard in our household these days and he is doing it all so we can get back on our feet. What a man.

My husband has a regular, but temporary job, Monday thru Friday. All of June and into July he has had mandatory overtime. 10 ½ hours days and Saturdays. He is on two Fire Departments and attends “drill” twice a week for them. He also works at least 2 overnight shifts at the station each week and responds to every call when he is home. He works for a home repair company whenever they have work on the weekends. He also works at Navy Pier doing EMS and since the warmer weather has been here he has been working a few shifts there each weekend.

Needless to say, we don’t see much of him, and it really sucks. The only reason we see him is because of the fact that we share a car. Yep, one car for the past 5 months. We both work too so its pretty tricky. Thanks to the help of my amazing family we are able to make it work, but like I said, it sucks.

Lately I feel so drained, exhausted, and just plain tired. I feel bad even complaining since my husband works so much more than me, but it’s rough.

Each day is filled to the brim. We wake up around 6. Run around and get ready, hoping the baby stays asleep until we leave. Then we usually leave (late) and I drop Brandon off at work at 7.  I can’t drop Noah at the babysitters until 8 so I stop by my moms house and feed the baby/play then make my way to the babysitters and then to work. I get off at 5 and then drive back to pick the baby up then back to Brandon’s work to pick him up, drop him at the firehouse, and then home. (I drive around 78 miles a day) Then it’s playtime because by the time we get home I have about an hour with my little man. Feeding time, bath, and then I nurse him to bed. On nights when he actually goes to bed I get a few hours to get ready for the next day. But normally he will fight sleep for about an hour and a half. By then it’s after 9. I make myself something to eat, get his diaper bag ready for the next day, make his food for tomorrow, make lunches, dishes, laundry,  and then anything I can accomplish from my never ending to-do list. Shower, bed, rinse, repeat.

I know every mom has a million and one things too do and I’m not trying to complain. I more so just wish that things would get easier so I can find some sort of balance. It also does not help that my son still wakes up about 5 times throughout the night. Half of the time I can get him to lay back down with his pacifier but then there is the other half…. The next day I can barely keep my eyes open and my neck up at work. It’s draining.

This little rough patch has been an experience to say the least and a big lesson learned on our part. I know this is God’s way of prepping us for the future and I’m ok with it, however, I’m still having a really hard time making things work. But I know that not too far down the road I will remember this small little rough patch of ours in a sea of so many bigger and beautiful patches and I’ll be thankful for the lessons it has taught my husband and I.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Weekend....

One of my favorite things about the warm weather is the garage sales. I can't get enough of them. It takes everything I have not to prance into work an hour late every Friday just so I can stop at all of the garage sales I pass. My mom and I both. Tomorrow is my neighborhood sale and little man and I will be up bright and early to explore!

It's funny how in the past I used to hate when I would find a sale and walk up the drive to find all baby clothes! No! Baby clothes everywhere! Ahhh. I would get so upset. Now that it mainly what I look for. I scored a sweet pair of boat shoes for Noah last weekend for $1. It's just fun because you never know what you will find. Looking forward to spending some outside time with my little guy.

The rest of our weekend we'll be visiting family and my best friend. She is in town for a job interview! She lives about 6 hours away now and if she gets the job she will only be 1 hour away!!!! It would be amazing for her. Only downside is that her fiance will have to stay and finish school until December. They are getting married in August so it would be hard but a great thing for her to have a job with a lot of opportunity. Anyway, church Saturday night and Sunday it's just me and little man again while daddy has some fireman homeland security training thingy.

Excited for the nice weather and thanking God for all of our blessings.

Monday, May 7, 2012

For the little man...


Oh man......I need them all

Sunday, April 29, 2012

5 Months

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Noah and the water Jug....

Kid can't get enough......
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