Five on Friday | Randomness

Kennedy’s 1-week checkup for her lip & tongue ties went great yesterday! The dentist said everything looks good. The next 2 weeks are critical in her healing process to ensure the tissues in her mouth don’t grow back, so lots of mouth exercises are in her future.

Which brings us to Friday! YAY! Here’s some Five on Friday randomness for you.

{one} Earlier this week, Maverick and I had a date, just the 2 of us. It was the first time since Kennedy joined our family that I have gotten to spend some serious 1-on-1 time with him. We went to the grocery store (not super fun, I know, but necessary evil) and then went to Sonic to share a milkshake and watch traffic (his favorite!). While I sat next to him, I realized how much he has grown in the last 2 months.

He has become the best helper at home. When I’m nursing, he’ll fetch burp clothes or pillows for me. He brings Kennedy blankets when she’s sleeping and he always asks, “Baby okay?” when he hears her cry.

I can’t believe he’s almost 2 and half & we are preparing for potty training & preschool already! That little boy of mine is everything to me and I will forever love the moments I get to spend watching traffic with him.

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{two} I love shopping local stores and this week, the Kansas State shirt I have had my eye on came back in stock and on sale at localE. I ordered it on Tuesday and received it on Thursday! It’s just as perfect in person and I can’t wait to wear it soon. I’m also thinking I need to pick up one of their Royals shirts because can you really have enough royal blue in your closet? The answer is no.

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{three} It’s almost May, you guys! Can you believe it? I simply can’t. At the beginning of each new month, Shawn & I try and sit down and map out what we need to get done that month. So far for May we have a potty training weekend, mini van shopping, his 20-year high school class reunion and hopefully a Royal’s game with the family!

{four} Next week I’m taking my first solo trip with the kids to Des Moines, Iowa. Shawn has to work there for the week so we are going to meet him the last part of his trip. While he works, the kids and I are going to do some exploring. I’m thinking we’ll do a zoo trip and maybe catch an Iowa Cubs game. It’s not the Royals, but it is baseball, so Maverick will love it!

{five} We’ve been trying to figure out who Kennedy looks like — Shawn or myself. Overall the consensus is Shawn, but once in a while we’ll get a vote for me. What do you think? I just can’t tell!

left to right: me, Kennedy, Shawn

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Five on Friday | Silver Linings

First things first, here’s an update on Kennedy: Yesterday, we went to see the pediatric dentist and guess what? That poor girl did indeed have a mouth full of ties. She had an upper lip tie, buckle ties on the top (or a tie on each side of where her eye teeth would be), a bottom lip tie and a front tongue tie. In the words of the dentist, “I have no idea how you have managed this for nearly 3 months.” Clearly, he didn’t notice the black bags under my eyes and the Venti Triple Shot Caramel Macchiato in my hand, but that’s besides the point.

He laser cut the ties right there in his office. I cried harder than Kennedy did as I watched them hold her down and laser the webbing out of her mouth, but I kept telling myself it was for her own good. It was definitely one of those moments that as a mother, your instinct is to say, “NO! You can’t inflict more pain on my baby,” but you have to make the tough decision to allow it because you know in the long run it’s worth it.

The procedure lasted less than 10 minutes and immediately after they asked me to nurse Kennedy. She latched on like a champion and ate for a solid 15 minutes. Prior to all of this, I didn’t think I had pain while breastfeeding, but after they cut the ties yesterday and she latched, I felt a difference immediately.

We still have 5-6 weeks of mouth stretches & exercises and 2 follow-up visits, but already I’m seeing a difference. For example, last night she nursed to sleep for the first time in her life! And while playing on the floor with her brother, she was cooing, babbling and smiling. Just look at this cute, non-screaming face:

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And as Murphy’s Law would have it, as soon as I started to feel like I’m finally seeing the light at this very dark tunnel, Maverick ended the evening yesterday with a 100.6 fever. I, too, am not feeling 100% so I pulled out my Neti Pot last night and lathered up in some Vicks in hopes of keeping germs at bay.

With all this stress, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative. So here are 5 silver linings that I’m focusing on right now:

{one} Last weekend, my sister moved back to Kansas City from Orlando!! I am SO excited to have her closer and that was only made better when she offered to babysit Maverick while I took Kennedy to the dentist. That was literally the BEST thing to happen. Not only could I focus 110 percent on my baby girl, but Maverick got to spend a Thursday morning with his Aunt Haggie and boy did he have fun!

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Eating cookies in his diaper

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Under Aunt Haggie’s bed so he could play with her cat

{two} Motherhood can be so isolating and when something is wrong with your kid, that feeling is multiplied by 100,000. Yesterday, I received several text messages from friends and family wishing Kennedy well and telling me that I was a good mom. That last part–the good mom part–was the one that got me through the day. I didn’t know if I was making the right decision to have her ties cut, and quite frankly, I may not know for a while if I made the right call, but having a cheering squad of people I admire tell me I’m doing a good job was everything.

{three} During all of this, Shawn has been in Portland. Not only is he not here, but the 2 hour time difference is near impossible when constant communication needs to be had. Luckily, he comes home today and I think we are all looking forward to a infamous Shawn Brack hug!

{four} In case you forgot, it’s Easter weekend and I have done nothing. The kids don’t have outfits. We have no plans. I have half of Maverick’s Easter basket ready and flat out gave up on Kennedy’s (she’s 2 months old, she’ll never know!!) and dying eggs is laughable at this point. But you know what? It’s okay because we’ll be together as a family. And that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself when my Facebook feed blows up with everyone’s perfect pictures.

{five} It’s been on the calendar for 2 months now, but Shawn & I are supposed to celebrate our first wedding anniversary on Saturday. We had big plans to go to a fancy restaurant and spend a night out on the town, but after this week, I think we are scrapping those plans and sticking with what we know–comfort food & cold beer. It won’t be fancy and we’ll be home right after we eat to take care of our sick kiddos, but I’m looking forward to enjoying a hot meal without having to bounce a baby on my knee.

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Easter!

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.

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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.

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{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.

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

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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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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!!