Monday, October 14, 2013

Things Lately

Things have been crazy the past few weeks, and they seem to have passed in a blur. Unfortunately, it also means that my last few weeks of maternity leave went way too quickly. Baby E is growing so quickly and has changed so much in the past couple of weeks.

Her new trick is rolling on her side.
About two weeks ago we closed on and moved into our new house. This is our first house and moving with a baby has been a whole new experience. Baby E has been a trouper through all the craziness. I am so blessed to have a baby who pretty much goes with the flow. We also tried to keep as much the same for her as possible, but there were some days she spent a lot of time in the carseat going back and forth between the old and new places.

I am also realizing it takes a lot longer to get settled when a place is going to be your forever house. After moving about once a year since 2001, the permanence of home ownership  is something different. For the first time ever, we are not planning on moving in a year or so.

We ended up buying new construction, which is great because it is a blank slate. The down side is that we have a lot of off white walls and the house needs some personality. I am trying to channel my inner decorator. We will see how that turns out. You also don't realize how little furniture you have until you move into a new place. This house has an extra bedroom and about 600 more square feet than our rental house. Needless to say, it looks a bit sparse right now.

First on the house project list was the nursery. Mostly because I would like to move Baby E out of our bedroom at some point in the relatively near future. At this point she is still sleeping in the Rock and Play in our room. We thought we could finish it in a weekend, but it took us almost that long to get a base coat of paint down and figure out how to paint the stripes I wanted. Lesson learned. Maybe we can have it done by the end of the month.

We got some paint on the walls, but that is about all.
In addition to moving with a 10 week old, her baptism was this past weekend. My good friends came and brought my godchildren with them. This was their first trip to Orlando and that meant a trip to Magic Kingdom was pretty much required. Especially since my 5 year old goddaughter has been talking about going to see the princess castle for years. 

This past Friday we packed up their Suburban with all of the items needed to take 4 adults, a 5 year old, a 2 year old and a 10 week old to Magic Kingdom for the day. We almost needed a bigger vehicle. I have to say that going to Disney with a baby was much easier than I anticipated. Baby E even got to ride some of the rides and met her first princess.

Baby E was so excited!

She loved the colors on It's a Small World.
Meeting her first princess.

Sunday was Baby E's baptism and she did great. She fussed a little bit when they poured the water on her head, but that was about it. Surprisingly, the baby that doesn't nap slept through most of the service. Not really the the best habit to start, but I will take it over screaming. We can work on her paying attention when she gets a bit older. 

That wasn't so bad.
After the service we had about 25 people over to the house for lunch. Hosting a party two weeks after moving was not one of my better ideas, but we made it work.

In other news, I started running again. I am using intervals and have been getting about 3.25 miles in a couple times a week. Nothing to write home about, but it is a start. Right now almost every run is with the stroller, so I will take what I can get. We have a car seat adaptor for the running stroller so Baby E is well supported. My post baby running plans have been revised and I will have more on those soon. I have also gotten in a couple of Mommy and Me yoga classes. They are pretty fun, but almost a little long for her right now.

This week I go back to work and Baby E starts daycare. I know I will miss her, but I am looking forward to adult interaction and being able to pee without worrying if she will start screaming. It will be interesting to see how the transition goes. I just hope she stays the relatively happy baby she has been the past 4 weeks or so.

Not that we have made it through the move and her baptism, I am going to try and post more regularly again.

Have you ever decorated a house from scratch? I am looking for inspiration. Any tips for making the transition to daycare?