Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Mommy Woes: Spreading Germs

In the short six months of being a mom of two kids, germs have spread like wildfire.

My first experience with this happened earlier this year, Eli was sick with a cold then Ethan got RSV and landed in the hospital.  This experience was quite traumatic.  The doctors told us to keep them apart, which we did, but Ethan still wound up sick.

So, fast forward to two weeks ago, when Eli got sick with pink eye then a double ear infection, we immediately sent Ethan to my in-laws house and he stayed there for four days.  We were told to keep them apart for 24 hours, but after our fourth doctors visit that week, we were given the ok to be reunited.

Well, Tuesday morning, Ethan had some "goop" in his eye and it only got worse as the day went on.  I called the doctor and low and behold, it's that same virus.

How in the world did he get it after being away from Eli and having two weeks pass? Did I fail as a mom?  Did I not use enough Lysol?  What happened?!

On top of everything that was going on, I had "mommy guilt" because I had one child in one place and the other with me.  I desperately want to be in two places at once.  I want all of my little chickens under one roof.  I am constantly questioning myself as to whether or not I am doing the right thing.

I would do anything to make sure those two precious boys never got sick, but it happens.  We've tried separation, but obviously that doesn't work out too well for us.  What do you moms of multiple kids suggest?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ready to Run: The Road Race Series

It's been a while since I really updated the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am training for the Chicago Marathon in October. 

In attempt to get ready for the race, I decided to participate in the MRTC Road Race Series again this year.  I did it two years ago and I really enjoyed the races. 

On Sunday, I ran in the first 5K of the series.  I set out to run at an 8:30 pace, but I felt great and ended up running at an 8:06 pace.  It wasn't my best race, but I feel like I'm getting back in the swing of racing.  
Now, on to the next races....

Time:  25:07 (official MRTC time)
Age Rank:  13
Gender Rank:  64

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ethan's Baptism

It's been a few months since I last blogged.  Let's face it, life is busy with two under two.  We've been trying to get into a routine and trying to enjoy the summer.  

But I wanted to share a big moment in our family...

We celebrated Ethan's baptism with our family over the weekend.  It was such a wonderful day to share with our family as we made a public declaration to devote our little miracle to God.  Here's how we spent the day...

 Fred's parents
 Fred's family
 my parents and grandfather

 waiting to be called
 the baptism

 cake by Frost Bake Shop
 cookies by Whimsy Cookie Co. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Happy Monday!  I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday.  

We kicked off our weekend on Friday by attending an Easter Egg Hunt at a local church.  Eli had a blast hunting the eggs.  While Eli hunted, Ethan slept.  
 On Saturday, we celebrated Easter with Fred's family.  Eli was so excited to hunt eggs again.
 Once we got home and the boys got to bed, the Easter Bunny dropped by and left some goodies for the boys.
 On Sunday, we visited another church and I got a pic of the boys.  I have to say I love them in their matching Easter outfits.  This was the best pic I could get, but we did get professional pics made on Saturday in their matching attire.
After church, we headed to brunch with my family then over to my grandfather's house for more Easter fun and egg hunting.  Poor Ethan slept through all of the weekend's egg hunts, but I'm sure he'll be right in the middle next year. 
Our weekend was very busy, but with fantastic weather, we made sure we enjoyed every bit of it.  God has truly blessed us with two beautiful boys and I couldn't be more in love.    

On a bad note, Fred was sick and had to stay inside the majority of the weekend. :(

How was your weekend? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ethan: 3 Months

Dear Ethan,

How are you already 3 months old?  Time is just flying and we keep falling more and more in love with you.
This month, you've started showing more of your personality and it's just the cutest thing.  You smile and coo often.  You really only cry when you're hungry or fighting sleep.  You're very alert and always looking around.
You're now falling into a schedule and doing pretty well with it.  You are doing better sleeping and napping alone, but you still love to be cuddled.  You still get up in the night to eat, but you're getting better.  You're also eating more on a schedule which makes it easier for Mommy to know when you're hungry.  You're eating around 4 to 5 ounces each feeding.
You love watching your big brother run around and we can see you're just waiting for your time to get up and play with him.  You also enjoy taking baths.  You just get so relaxed.  You love your music mats and you love to move.  You rolled for the first time from your tummy to back this month.  Such a big boy!
You're getting so big as well.  You may be lean, but you are long.  You definitely get that from Daddy.  You have big, beautiful eyes.  You're just so handsome.

Daddy, Eli, Knox and I love you so much!  You have completed our family and you make us so happy.  We love the little boy you're becoming and we can't wait to see more of your personality.  We love you, Ethan Peathan.  

Three Month Stats: 
Weight:  13 lbs 1 oz (birth weight:  6 lbs. 13oz.)
Height:    (birth:  20 inches)
Hair:  Brown
Eyes:  Blue
Clothes:  You're wearing 0-3 months and 3 month clothes.
Diapers:  Size 1

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life as of Late

We've been having some beautiful weather lately so last week was the perfect opportunity to take Eli and Ethan to the zoo.  This was Ethan's first trip to the zoo and Eli's first time since he started walking.  It was a whole new world. We had a great time with friends and can't wait for many more trips this summer. 

{Eli and his friend, Liam, checking out the trains and Ethan in the Baby Bjorn.  He wanted to see everything}
 On one of my runs, I found a hidden park in a neighborhood nearby.  I actually called city hall to find out if it was a playground or someone's backyard.  Lucky for us, it's a playground.  I've taken the boys several times and Eli loves it. The playground equipment is just the right size for him as opposed to some of those larger ones at other parks.
Ethan's not big enough to enjoy the park, but he loves walking there and hanging out with his big bro.
Over the weekend, I ran in to get us a cookie from Whimsy Cookie Co. and guess who was there...the Easter Bunny!  I ran out to the car and got Fred and the kids out.  No line sure beat waiting forever at the mall.  At first, Eli was skeptical, but with a little bribery in the form of a cookie, we got a pic...
His expression is hilarious.  Ethan just looks bored.  I can only imagine what meeting Santa will be like this year.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hip Hop: The Easter Bunny Is on His Way

I think having two kids makes holidays even more exciting.  This year, the Easter Bunny is brining the boys a little bit of fun and a little bit of necessity.
Easter Basket Goodies
Bunny / Bubbles / Easter Books
Beach Towel / Clothes

Eli is obsessed with books right now so I thought a few Easter books for each of them would be fun to have.  We also got them their own monogrammed beach towel since they'll be going to swim lessons this summer.  We also got them their own personalized Jelly Cat bunnies.  I think Mommy loves them more than they probably will.  And we got them some clothes for the Spring and Summer.  

I can't wait for them to see their baskets, especially Eli.  We kind of missed the fun at Christmas when Eli was sick so I hope he's over the moon for Easter.  

What's the Easter Bunny bringing to your house? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Run for Ronald 5K

Over the weekend, I ran the 6th Annual Run for Ronald 5K.  I love this race for two reasons: it supports the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and it's hosted by the local Alpha Delta Pi chapter (I'm an ADPi from the University of South Florida).  

I was a bit nervous since the race mainly consists of college kids.  But I went in with the mindset that I would try to keep my speed around a 9 minute mile.  
Well, I succeeded. It wasn't my best race, but t ended up winning first place in my age group (probably because there weren't any other 30 somethings) and I was the third overall female finisher.  I've never placed in the overall category so I was pretty happy about that.  But what made me happier was beating the college kids and some high school kids.  :) 

Fred also ended up running and pushing the boys in the double stroller (pretty impressive).  He too placed first in his age group.  I just wish I had gotten a pic.  

Time:  27:45
Pace:  8:57/mile
Race Rank:  20
Gender Rank: 3
Age Group Rank:  1

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Late to the Party: The MDO Search

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to send Eli to Mother's Day Out in the fall. I want him to have more socialization with kids his age and to learn new things, but I love having him at home with me.  And if I send him, I can have a couple of days a week to have some one-on-one time with Ethan too.

Where we live, it seems like everyone sends their kids to Mother's Day Out as soon as the child is old enough.  If I kept Eli at home, would he be behind?  Or is he too young to start going to "school"?   Those are the two questions I keep asking myself.

After much debate and discussion with Fred, I decided to bite the bullet and call around to a couple of places.  Little did I know that there would be waiting lists in April.  The programs don't start until September, but there are already waiting lists.

I want to send him somewhere convenient to home, where he'll have a good curriculum, and somewhere where he can play outside.  As silly as that sounds, Eli loves to be outside and I am a firm believer that kids should be outside having fun.

So far, I've visited two places and fell in love with one, but we're second on the waiting list there.  I ended up knowing several teachers there.  It felt like home, but we have to wait our turn.  I have appointment to look around with two other programs next week.  Honestly, I feel like we're going on college tours.

Who knew sending your not even two year old child would be such hard work? I just keep praying God will show us the right program for us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Eli: 16 Months

Teeth: 10...Four new ones have broken through and we believe more are on their way.
Weight: 24 lbs.
Height:  30.75 inches 

Clothes:  You're wearing 12 month pants and some 18 month shirts.  Looks like someone had a growth spurt.
Social: You act shy when you first meet people, but once you warm up to them, you're a character.   
Toys: Books, books, and more books!  You can't seem to get enough.  And you love being outside.  I think you'd spend the entire day outside if we let you. 

Sleep: You've always been a good sleeper.  You go to bed at 8pm and wake up around 7am.     
Food: This month we learned that you like lettuce and red onion.  Who knew?!  You're still eating your Mac 'n Cheese, chicken, tacos, black olives and pickles.    
Personality: You are so smart and you're soaking everything up like a sponge.  You love to chatter.  You're happy for the most part, but you seem to be going through a "screaming" phase when you don't get or have what you want.  You loved cheering on the basketball teams in March Madness!
Saying:  I think I've heard "oh yeah" and "thank you" this month.  You are just a little parrot!
You are such a sweet, happy boy!  You're such a joy to be around and you always put smiles on our faces.  Everyone comments on how cute and sweet you are.  You make my job as being a Mommy quite enjoyable and easy.  We love you!