Happy Friday!

It’s Friday and it’s almost April…what the heck?! I have no idea where March went but I do know I’m pretty excited for this next month. April is my favorite month because everything starts blooming, the weather is usually nice (I say usually because Missouri weather is bipolar) and it’s also our anniversary month.

That said, I’ve been trying to find Shawn a gift to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, but I’ve only been really good at finding stuff I want to buy for myself. Isn’t that how it always works? So here are my top 5 favorite items that are currently hanging out in my virtual shopping carts.

{one} With 2 young kids that hate sleep, my time to actually shower and get ready for the day has dwindled to absolutely no time at all. Luckily, I can get by without washing my hair every day, but come day 4 or 5, it’s looking pretty bad, so I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect hat. One that I can wear with anything, but still look cute-ish (because can you really look cute with 5 day old hair?). I’m currently loving this 1KC “No Name” hat in black. It’s simple, has the vintage look I love and the company’s mission is pretty awesome.

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{two} When I was working, I mostly wore pants (and occasionally a skirt or dress) during the spring and summer months. Now that I’m staying at home, neither of those are really suitable for chasing around kiddos all day, so I need to update my wardrobe. Since I’m still adjusting to this lovely postpartum body of mine, I’m not ready to rock shorts just yet, but I know I need something other than my go-to yoga pants. I think I like these straight leg crops from Loft. I don’t have anything like them in my closet currently and they are the Curvy Skinny fit, which are my favorite because they aren’t too tight in my hips or thighs, but still have the skinny jean look, so I know I’ll be comfortable in them.

Jeans

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{three} I love shopping local businesses and right now one of my absolute favorites is Nickel & Suede. I got my first set of earrings for Christmas (thanks Mom!) and they are seriously the best things ever. If you haven’t tried them, you need to! This week they launched the Select Blue leather earrings and I need them in my life. I mean, hello Royals baseball is starting soon and if you know my family, you know the Brack boys live and breathe Royals baseball.

Earrings

earrings

{four} The number one thing I hate most about breastfeeding is constantly having to think about what top I’m going to wear. How easily can I nurse in this? Can I wear a nursing bra or tank under this? How much will show if I’m in public and my baby gets hungry? Ninety percent of the time I just end up in a t-shirt because it’s easy, but it’s not helping me feeling cute and new moms need to feel cute. I stumbled across Latched Mama recently and I’m in love with their clothes. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I think I’m going to order this lightweight hoodie in grey.

Latched Mama

lightweight hoodie

{five} Because what mother doesn’t need this coffee mug? It’s simply perfect.

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Kennedy | Months 1 & 2

I have been putting off writing about Kennedy’s first month of life because it wasn’t a pretty journey. In fact, her first 4 weeks were probably some of the most challenging weeks I’ve had…ever, but then I remembered that the purpose of this blog is to always deliver the good (and the bad) of motherhood, so here’s a recap of her first month and an update as we move into month two!

One Month Old

9 lbs. 1 oz.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture sums up everything that was Kennedy’s first month on Earth. She cried…and cried…and cried. In fact, in the words of my mother, “That baby cries more than any other baby I’ve ever known.”

It didn’t matter if she was being walked, rocked, swung, sung to, hummed to, bounced, patted, fed, burped or any other newborn calming technique, she just cried. She cried so much that eventually I just started crying right alongside her. I was miserable, so in an act of pure desperation I called the pediatrician.

At almost 4 weeks old, Kennedy weighed in at 9 lbs. and 1 oz., which means she gained 4 lbs. in 4 weeks. Clearly, eating wasn’t her problem. The pediatrician looked her over and while it sounds crazy, I was hoping that she’d find something to explain the nightmare I’d been living, but everything checked out fine. Best guess? Acid reflux. So we were sent home with a Zantac prescription and the ever-encouraging words of “It’s just a phrase.”

On top of this screaming “phrase,” Maverick decided that he didn’t need to sleep anymore. I am sure it was his way of regressing, but he just stopped sleeping. He stopped going to bed like he had been…for the last 2 years of his life…and he started waking up almost hourly–screaming for someone to come into his room. Literally, for 4 weeks, nobody was sleeping and everyone was screaming in our household. To really add to the fun, Shawn had started to travel again so I was left all alone to handle the non-stop screaming on a maximum of 3 hours of sleep a night.

I’m not really sure how we survived, to be honest, but by the grace of God (and lots of coffee), the dark clouds started to part and a teeny tiny bit of sunshine started to peek through. The acid reflux medicine was actually working! Kennedy’s screaming started to decrease and she started sleeping some in the day (even if it was only when being held, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers). And that brings us to now…

Two Months Old

10 lbs. 6 oz.

Yesterday, Kennedy turned 2 months old and I’m happy to report that the crying is drastically better!!  We’ve gone from all day screaming to only screaming in the evenings, which is usually combatted with her pacifier and wearing her in the Baby K’Tan, both of which she LOVES. While she still prefers to nap on someone, she’s sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night in her bassinet in our room. Her brother, however, still isn’t sleeping, but that’s a different story for another day.

Kennedy is starting to track things with her eyes and turn her head towards her favorite voices (AKA her daddy). In fact, Shawn got her first smile. He was talking to Kennedy after changing her diaper and sure enough, she flashed him the biggest, toothless smile she could and I think he absolutely melted inside. I’ve gotten a few smiles, but nothing like Shawn gets. When he enters the room, she immediately turns towards his voice and as soon as he comes into focus, she’s smiling, waiting to be spoiled by her daddy.

Within the last week, she’s started to coo and make different noises. Her favorite is when she is in her swing and she sees the monkeys on the mobile above her. She loves to talk to them and kick her legs in excitement.

Kennedy is also taking quite an interest in her big brother. She watches everything he does and Maverick, of course, is happy to show off for her. In fact, he’s starting to take to her too. He likes to help me burp her and he’s been really good about fetching burp clothes, diapers and pacifiers for me when I need them. Occasionally, I will find that he has placed a blanket over her face in an attempt to cover her up, but I keep telling myself it’s an accident and he isn’t actually trying to suffocate her. I think the best part is when she does cry and Maverick asks me, “Baby okay?” Or when we get ready to leave the house and he asks, “Baby?” as if we’re going to leave without her.

Sibling Shirts

At Kennedy’s 2-month checkup, she weighed in at 10 lbs. 6 oz. and got her first round of vaccines. Maverick even held her hand while she got the shots and Kennedy spent most of the day sleeping following her appointment.

She’s still continuing the acid reflux medicine, but I’m hoping she can get off it within the next couple of weeks. We are also transitioning her from the bassinet to her crib. She’s been waking up more in the early morning hours and I think it’s because she’s starting to kick and hit the sides of the bassinet. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m worried that her crying will wake Maverick up since their rooms are right next to each other and the last thing I need is for him to get even less sleep than he already is.

I did do a quick comparison of Maverick at 2 months and Kennedy now and while Maverick was a little bit larger than she is, it’s obvious that they are related. And could they be any cuter?

Finally Friday

Thank goodness it’s finally Friday! It has been a LONG week–so much crying, so many tantrums and not ever enough sleep. Luckily, we’ve survived the first month of Kennedy’s life (update coming soon–I promise!) and I hope we can start settling into more of a routine. In the meantime, my focus is going to be reigning in Maverick. My once sweet, perfect little boy has turned into a full-on nightmare! I know it’s a) part of being 2 years old and b) his way of coping with his new sister, but it’s starting to get out of control. I mean, just yesterday, he kicked Kennedy and bit my mom all within a few hours of each other. NOT OKAY!

But anyways, let’s get to it, shall we?

{one} This weekend I will be stepping away from the children for the first time in a month and enjoying a relaxing afternoon with one of my good friends from college. The agenda includes a sushi lunch date, manicures and a lot of gossip. I don’t know what I am more excited for–seeing my friend, eating raw fish or just not having to wipe anybody else’s ass for a few hours. Good luck Shawn!

{two} When I was pregnant with Maverick, my sister gave me this stuffed giraffe for him. I put it in his nursery and it sat on a shelf for well over a year. One day Maverick just grabbed the giraffe and ever since then it has become his lovie. In fact, he loves all giraffes so much now that he has 3 Gigis (as he calls him) that he takes just about everywhere. The other morning he was lugging them around the house, singing “Gigi, Gigi, Gigi” and I just so happened to snap this quick picture. Isn’t he adorable when he isn’t terrorize everything and everyone?

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{three} For Christmas, my mom got me these sweatpants. I was super excited simply because of the Mom Life brand, but also I have seen them all over my Instagram feed. They claimed to be the most comfortable sweats ever and let me tell you, they so are!! I probably wear these more than I should and for several days in a row, if I’m being honest, but I can’t get over how much I love them! And when I was checking out the website, they now have a lighter gray color too.

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Ezra & Eli

Is it bad I want those too? Oh and can I add a few of their adorable shirts to my wish list while I am at?

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{four} I realized yesterday that in 1 month, Shawn and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary!! It’s super exciting, even though we feel as though we’ve been married for so much longer. We know we want to do something special for it and it will probably be the first time since Kennedy that we will be going out, just the two of us. Any recommendations on what we should or where we should go within Kansas City? Typically, our date nights are spent at Buffalo Wild Wings (classy, I know) so I’d like to step it up a little bit.

{five} Remember when I said that Maverick has been a nightmare? Here’s a picture I sent to my mom earlier this week of him in one of his many timeouts. Dear Lord, please help me get through another week. It’s going to be a rough one as Shawn leaves for his first trip since January!

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Happy Friday guys!!