Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts

breast pumps and happy Danes

Happy (almost) weekend! I'm in a slow slide into the a long holiday weekend today. 

This week I've finally started baby prepping. I feel really behind the ball lately on this third kid, but this was the week to make some progress. I finally ordered a new breast pump through my insurance company. I was able to use the same Medela model for both Chloe and Elinor (20 months of pumping, up to four times a day). The pump eventually gave up at the end with Elinor so this time around I needed a new one. Which, if you haven't read much about it, the basic technology of breast pumps hasn't progressed much AT ALL throughout history. But thankfully, because of the Affordable Care Act, breast pumps are now subsidized by the federal government. As with all things however, they will only buy you the most basic/crude device on the market. I'm thankful I have a good enough job that paying a little extra to get what I actually need isn't a problem. However, for most folks out there, spending an extra $200 is nearly impossible.

I read The Year of Living Danishly earlier this year and learned a lot of about subsidized medicine and childcare. While the book was sometimes a little slow, it did give a good argument for why the Danes are consistently some of the happiest people in the world. Taking care of your citizens health and helping families makes people happier and seemingly willing to pay the crazy high tax rates. 

FYI, I am documenting all the books I'm reading in 2018 over on my Instagram account. It's been great for me to remember what I read (haha) and also gets me to read more than usual. We'll see if I hit my goal of 21 books this year... Having a tiny infant might slow me down a bit in the latter half of the year.

Have a wonderful weekend!

everything's in bloom

Happy Friday everyone! We made it! 

Has anyone else been really enjoying the spring weather lately? I feel like everything is in bloom (the trees, the flowers, my baby bump). Last night we went for a walk, even though I was more than ready to lay on the couch, and it was magical outside. It was warm and green, breezy and beautiful in our neighborhood.

Chloe has recently learned how to ride her bike and we had to take a few turns down our neighborhood drive last night. Chris was at a work event and so it was just me, running beside her as she got started and nervously watching as she figured out how to brake. Thank god she got the braking part down because I couldn't keep up with her. I'm sure it was quite comical to watch a 7 month pregnant lady huffing and puffing behind her daughter down the road.

This spring Elinor has also recently gotten good at her bicycle. Last summer she couldn't quite figure out the peddling part, now she's tearing down the sidewalk with her training wheels. Unfortunately we've been working so much with Chloe that we haven't had a lot of time to take her on her bike at a slightly slower pace.

It's so hard to strike a perfect balance of time and attention with each kid. I worry a lot that Elinor gets left behind as Chloe gains a new ability or skill. It makes me nervous to add a third kid into the mix! I know we'll figure it out, because, well, we have too. Also, Elinor does pretty well at keeping up with her sister and adding an extra layer of sass to everything she does.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Sunday is Mother's Day. In a surprising turn of events, my mother already has her Mother's Day gift. I actually got my act together early this year and didn't have to pay extra to ship something overnight. That's a big win for me.

Don't forget to give your mama a hug or call her up and tell her she's awesome!

spring and other random thoughts

Happy Friday everyone. We're within spitting distance of the weekend and I couldn't be happier!! We're going on an adventure next week and I'm really excited to see some different sites and relax as a family.  

That picture up above was from last weekend. I'm 23 weeks today and just starting to feel really heavy and achy. I am not one of those pregnant ladies who skip through pregnancy and have very little to complain about. This week I've been dealing with some serious round ligament pain. What the heck is a round ligament? Well, I had to do some googling to figure out what was bothering me so much. If anyone has some miracle cure (besides delivering a baby), let me know!

The first day of spring slipped by this week. The weather has been pretty awesome here in Colorado and it has me wishing the grass was green and the trees were blooming already. So far we've been super dry all winter, so this summer will be tough for farmers and for my lawn! I'm thinking I am going to have to get creative with all of my flowers this year and only plant what I really plan on watering. I also am going to setup some automatic sprinkler system so it's Johanna-is-being-lazy proof. 

Well, I've got to do a little work and then get to packing. We bought the girls their own luggage this time around. I am trying to get all four of us into our own carry-on. I bought some Samsonite luggage from Amazon and so far I'm impressed with the quality. The girls were super excited about it and I'm hoping that means they'll be hauling it all over the airport by themselves without help. I don't think we'll get that lucky however. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Check over on my Instagram to follow along on our trip next week. I'm hoping to take some really cool pictures to share!

things and stuff

Hello, friends! Aren't these trees dreamy? I'm savoring this picture while I wait until we actually get to go and see them! We have a trip planned at the end of the month to northern California. I'm super excited to take a break and get away. I think it will be nice to spend time together as a family and see something vastly different than Colorado (like the ocean and precipitation).

Last Friday I had my 20 week ultrasound. We found out we are having another girl! Also, everything looks to be growing right and she's on target for a July due date. It was very happy news. The girls came with us and were only mildly interested in all the parts and pieces of the baby. They were however very excited to hear they were getting a sister. Every doll we have in our house is a girl, so it fits right in with their view of what babies should be. Haha.

I've been struggling this pregnancy with what in the heck to wear over this growing baby bump. I've been trying Le Tote, but so far haven't been really loving the service. It's a subscription box where you get to wear 3-4 pieces of clothing for as long as you want, then you either buy them or return them for a new box. So far I haven't bought anything. I don't love their suggestions, but I'm going to try it for a while longer. The hope is I won't have to buy any more maternity clothes, I can just rent them while I need them. They also have many more clothes besides maternity. I think it might be better suited to regular clothing and not just maternity.

Anyway, I hope you are having a good week. Just wanted to check-in and say hi!

happy new year and all that jazz

Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year! 

I think that counts most of the holidays that have passed since I last shared anything here. So why, might you ask, have I been so MIA lately? Well, for many reasons. Life has been running at full speed lately. The holidays were a mess of parties, travel, Christmas shopping, work commitments with really no downtime in between. Also, I've just honestly lost some of my urge to blog. I still enjoy reading other blogs and I do miss using my creative side to share content here. I do think it's good for me to have a little hobby outside of family and work time. I honestly haven't had much time for anything else. This weekend is my birthday and I'll get to see some friends that I haven't seen in SO long. I have been a terrible friend lately and it's really all my own fault.

One refreshing conversation I had over the holiday break was with Chris's cousin, Jami. She said she really missed my blogging and wondered why I didn't share anything anymore? I told her about how busy I was and my recent hesitancy to share personal things with the internet. Her response was so Jami and so perfect, 'f*ck those guys'. I laughed. She's right. It's worth it to me to take the time to share things and there are a few people that enjoy what I do also. 

Maybe that's my new 2018 manta? 

F*ck those guys.

Also, just exposing myself to less hate/incompetance/ugly stuff. I need to unfollow @realDonaldTrump on twitter. I've tried to stop reading hateful/ignorant news articles that are written merely to inflame and not to educate or inform. 

There are exciting things coming up in 2018. I have a few thrilling announcements coming up soon. So there are some things to look forward to around here. Also, I'm so thankful that everyone is healthy and doing well in my family. So all of the important boxes are checked.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you've reflected a bit on 2017 and are ready to give 2018 the what for.