Ch-ch-changes (and Happy Father’s Day!)

You may have noticed I made a few changes to the blog yesterday. Nothing big, just a new background color and header, but still felt the need to acknowledge them. I know posts have been few and far between lately, but I will be back to my normal posting soon. I promise. We’ve had a lot of change over here in the past couple months, with A LOT happening in the past couple weeks, and it’s taken me a little while to get used to it all.

Honestly, I would probably just write about it all today, but it’s Sunday, and I’d rather bake a special dessert for my husband instead. John is flying back from Mexico today, and I have a few sweet surprises for him.

Speaking of, Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there! I hope each and every one of you have a great day, and maybe get a new necktie or some handmade pottery and/or other craft.

We will back to our regularly scheduled parenting stuff tomorrow.

Back to normal

Well, hello there! I hope you all had a merry Christmas or happy holidays, or happy whatever you celebrate. If you couldn’t tell by my lack of posting, December kind of kicked my ass this year. Between the shortened holiday season, a chaotic travel schedule for John, colds for everyone, and a whirlwind of holiday visitors, I haven’t had a lot of down time since the beginning of the month.

So what did we miss? We celebrated my birthday. I’d love to say I turned 27 in style, but instead I celebrated with pizza and diet Coke, which is pretty good in my book. John’s Dad visited the weekend before Christmas, and my parents were here all last week. It was so nice to see them, but it’s nice to have my quiet house back.

And of course, there was Christmas, the juggernaut of the month. A’s second Christmas was tons of fun. It was also the first Christmas John and I celebrated at our own house, so it was a very special milestone for us. A still doesn’t understand Christmas or Santa, but she still got excited when she saw her stocking and the presents. She went straight to them. What were the big hits this year? The Sesame Street cell phone, Elmo car keys, and the playhouse are getting the most play right now, but she also loves her new push toy and the Sesame Street foam floor puzzle she got.

Right now I’m in that “holiday hangover” stage, where I’m just trying to recover from the excitement and exhaustion. Honestly I’m ready for New Years to just get here so things can get completely back to normal, including regular posting.

Stuff that happened in October

Holy cow, where did October go? Does anyone else feel like you just blinked and it was gone? It was one of those months where it seemed we had nothing and everything going on at the same time.

In all honesty, October is not my favorite month of the year, and I’m not entirely sad to see it go. Seasonly speaking, it’s a pretty drab month. The time hasn’t changed yet so it seems like it’s dark all the time. It got really cold here, rained a lot, even got some snow. Also, I am not the world’s biggest fan of Halloween. I know, I know, that’s almost sacrilegious in our society, but I just don’t care for creepy, gory, scary things.

At any rate, I always welcome November with open arms. I love Thanksgiving and pilgrim hats and turkey and pie. I also love that Christmas and my birthday are right around the corner in December. But this year a lot of good things happened in October, and before I got into “holiday” mode, I wanted to pay some homage to that.

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We went to a pumpkin patch, and spent some time in a corn maze. A loved the petting zoo and romping around holding Daddy’s hands.

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We went to Chicago. It was A’s and my first time to the Windy City, and we had a blast. We were only there for 36 hours, but we went to Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the Shedd Aquarium. We did PLENTY of walking so we got to see a good bit of the city. Most importantly, we had Chicago deep dish pizza, which I might have formed an emotional attachment to (sadly, I was too busy falling love with my pizza–and drinking wine–to document the beginning of this relationship).

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Lastly, we celebrated A’s second Halloween. I made her mermaid costume, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’m not the most crafty mama on the block, but it was definitely cheaper. I think I spent a total of $15 on the whole ensemble. We had some bad weather roll through Halloween night, so Trick or Treating was postponed until last night. We went out with one of my friends and her almost-10 month old, and I had a blast. She had no idea what was going on, but she really like the attention. And getting candy, even if she doesn’t get to eat it.

(We also took some great selfies. A LOVES selfies.)

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All things considered, this October was a pretty great month. We made some good memories and had a lot of fun. I don’t think you can ask for much more than that, no?

But I’m still excited it’s November! Bring on the turkey.

The adjustment game

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. It’s been a combo of being back at work, A having some difficulty adjusting to being up here, and spotty internet service (we’re pretty sure we need a new modem, and our internet provider can’t get out to our house until Sunday).

So far, work is going well. I’m still in training, but I’m enjoying it. Everyone is beyond nice, and the company I’m working for is pretty awesome. For instance, today, on  a campus tour, there was a keg in a building, and we were invited to sample its contents. Beer at work? Sure, why not. The work is definitely going to get harder in the next few weeks, but I’m hopeful it will all go well.

The hardest part of this move is helping A adjust to it, which has been a challenge. She is realizing we are not just visiting this strange place, that this is a permanent change, and she is not sure about it. She is having some serious separation anxiety, mostly with me but with John too.

I’m sure there are several things to blame for this. One, she is in a totally new place and it’s weird for her. Two, it was just me and her for four months, so it’s odd for it to be all three of us again (I’m sure it’s throwing her for a loop, but she is totally happy to see John, and definitely knows who he is). Three, she is back in daycare, which is hard for her after being taken care of by her grandma for a couple months. Plus she’s cutting two (maybe three) teeth, so she is CRANKY and throwing some Grade A temper tantrums, which is trying at best and downright frustrating at worst.

I know it’s only the beginning. She’ll be a toddler soon. Don’t remind me.

Also, she is pretty much refusing to nap at daycare. She’s never been a great napper, and even when I’m home with her I have to fight for it. She’s taking two cat naps, basically, right now at daycare. 20-30 minutes twice a day. Sometimes only once. I don’t know if it’s the weird new environment she’s in, worry that if she falls asleep she’ll miss me coming in and I’ll leave, or just a transition period/sleep regression now that she’s almost a year old. Maybe it’s some combo of all three. I don’t know.

Other than the napping, she is doing well at daycare. Her teachers say she is happy and social during playtime and is eating well at mealtime, so at least there’s that. She’ll be walking soon and in the toddler room, so we’re hopeful that will help maybe with the schedule issues we’re currently dealing with.

I know it will just take time for her to get used to it up here. I’m not even really used to it. I don’t know where anything is, I don’t have any clue where I’m going, and I’ve gotten lost a few times. The difference is I have ways to express my frustration, and A really doesn’t, which I’m sure makes it all the more frustrating for her.

Since it’s only been a little over a week, I’m hopeful we’ll get the hang of it all in the next couple weeks. Until then, I apologize for my lackluster updates. I’ll get back to it as soon as I can.

The laziest of days

A and I have zero plans this weekend, and for once, that is so nice. After weeks of running and gunning, it’s pretty awesome to have no obligations. Which is good, because apparently it’s supposed to rain all weekend long here. We’ve already been to the grocery and back this morning due to an early wake up, so we’re gonna lay low for the rest of the day.

I’m thinking we’ll do some playing, some packing (move is in T-three weeks, yikes!), some pinning, and maybe start working on A’s pre-birthday/goodbye party decorations. If it ever gets light outside I really need to take A’s 10 month pictures so I can crank out her monthly letter.

Whatever it is you’re doing this weekend, I hope it’s an enjoyable one!

More ch-ch-changes

So last week I got some pretty big news…

I got a new job!

While we were in Indy over the Fourth weekend, I had a job interview. I wasn’t sure how the interview went, which is bizarre because I can usually predict whether or not I’ll get the job right after the interview is over. For this one, I just wasn’t sure. I had pretty much convinced myself I hadn’t gotten it when I got the phone call offering the job.

I start August 26th, which means we’re moving a little sooner than originally anticipated. I had planned on heading up there after A’s first birthday, and now are plans are to move around the 19th. I’m planning on throwing A a “pre-birthday”/goodbye party so family/friends down here can celebrate with A. Luckily John has secured some awesome friends in Indy to help us celebrate our big girl’s first birthday.

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have this job. It’s not that my current job was awful, but I was becoming un-enamored with it. I work with some pretty amazing people, so that was helping, but I was ready to move on.

But it’s also terrifying. The move to Indy is now very, very real and happening very, very soon. Before it was something kind of abstract. We were moving, but there were no firm plans. I’m excited about this opportunity but scared I won’t be good at it.

And because God has a sense of humor, I have a job, but we don’t have a place to live. We had a lovely house lined up, but as things are wont to do in life, it fell through. Now we’re on the hunt for a suitable place to live in the midst of all this.

It’s stressful is what I’m getting at here. I’m kind of just hoping everything with the housing situation will just fall into place since I’m not up there to facilitate it. I’m sure everything will work out fine…

…right?

From cane fields to corn fields

A and I have been visiting John in Indy the past few days. It’s definitely been an interesting trip. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been that great, and we’ve been super busy, so we haven’t had much time to check out the city. I can tell you there are A LOT of corn fields.

All in all, it seems like a nice place to live. Very green, and very friendly people. Kinda wishing we had a little more time to see more, but we fly home tomorrow, and John has a flight tomorrow night as well.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and wish you all a belated Happy 4th, and I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekends! I’ll be back with a real post once we are back in Louisiana.