New Kicks

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Now that Vinny has been on the move a little more and so interested in standing I have been trying to keep shoes on him.  I feel like shoes just takes away every ounce of baby he has.  He looks like such a big boy...sniffle...

8 Months Down

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

8 months down and 4 more months until I have a 1 year old.  Wow.  Just wow. 

I know I say every month is my favorite month, but really, the last month was awesome.  Vinny's personality is starting to shine.  And by personality I mean temper.  When he doesn't like something, he gets pissed and wants everyone to know it.  He's on the move with his little army crawl.  Nothing is safe anymore.  Probably should start baby proofing our house now, huh?

The boy loves to stand.  Just putting him on his feet when he's cranky will ensure the biggest smile you'd ever seen.  Pretty sure the kid will walk before he officially crawls.  Which is a tad terrifying and so exciting at the same time. 

Sleeping has never been a problem for my little man.  Pretty sure he takes after me in that department.  He's been sleeping through the night since he was a little over 3 months old.

Until now. 

He goes to bed around 7/7:30 like a champ but lately has been waking up around 12:30/1:00.  Getting him back to bed at that hour of the night has been a challenge.  He likes to trick me by falling asleep in my arms when I rock him but as soon as I lay him in his crib - BING.  His eyes pop open the house is filled with screams.  So I repeat.  And repeat.  And repeat.  Until I get too tired to keep trying and just bring him in bed with Chris & I.  And, of course, Vinny ultimately falls asleep as soon as he's in our bed.  Stinker.  I want to break him and us of this habit as soon as I can.  I've always been adamant that I want Vinny sleeping in his bed, not ours.  Hence not have a bassinet and putting him in his crib since day 1.  Don't get be wrong, I'm not against co-sleeping at all.  To each their own.  Do what works!  This is just the way I prefer to have our sleeping arrangements.  Besides, we spent a nice chunk of money on his crib, I want him to sleep in it! :)

So, here's Vinny's 8 month shot.  (See all of Vinny's monthly photos here.)  As the months progress the monthly photos are getting harder and harder to take.  I have a wiggle worm on my hands!  I give moms props for taking weekly photos. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • Oh life.  I wish you weren't whizzing before my eyes.  Days go by so quickly and before I know it weeks have gone by.  I looked at Vinny this morning as he was drinking his bottle and couldn't believe how old he looked.  He doesn't resemble a baby to me anymore.  And that makes me sad.  I mean, he stands in his crib now.  Make this stop!  Where did my baby go?

  • I attended my photog workshop a few weekends ago and it was ahhh-mazing.  I learned so much and am so fired up.  I cannot wait to get my hands on some newborns to start building my portfolio.  Here's a few pics I took from my weekend.

  • I leave for a girls weekend in Arizona in exactly 2 weeks from today.  I'm so excited about my trip and cannot wait to bask in the sun with a vodka lemonade in hand.  This mama needs a break.  Altho, I'm having some major anxiety leaving Vinny for 4.5 days.  Granted, he will be with Chris...still...I hate being away from him.  But I keep reminding myself that I will come home refreshed and an even better mama. 
  • I took a "rest day" from my Ripped in 30 workouts and it turned into almost a 2 week break.  To say I'm angry at myself is an understatement.  Tonight's workout is going to hurt.  Like really really bad.

First Overnights

Friday, April 5, 2013

First, I just have to say thank you ladies for your sweet comments on my last post.  It means so much to me.  I'm so glad I'm not alone in this struggle and that there isn't a secret out there that everyone is keeping from me.

I had a rough time dropping Vinny off at daycare school this morning.  I may or may not have shed a tear or two.  As soon as I get off work today I'm heading "up north" for a photography workshop all weekend.  I won't get to see my man again until Sunday afternoon.  This is my first overnights away from him.  Hold me and cue the tears!! 

I can cross off one of my 2013 photography goals which I declared here.   The workshop I'm taking this weekend is dedicated to newborn photography.  I shot my first newborn a month or so ago and fell in love with newborn photography.  So much.  To the point where I think I would like to specialize in newborn photography.  Bold statement, right?  Of course I would still shoot families, etc, but I'd like to make newborns 'my thing.'

I even have a vision of having my office and studio in the basement of our home.  Have sessions straight out of my basement.  It would be so ideal.  Granted, these are big dreams.   But definitely something to work towards!

Here's a sampling of my first newborn shoot with Sam.  Isn't he adorable?   Holy baby fever!

Have a lovely weekend! 

Doing it All

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yesterday as I sat in the glider rocking Vinny to sleep the tears started rolling down my cheeks.  And they wouldn't stop.  Tear after tear.  No sobs, just straight-faced tears.  I rocked Vinny longer than I needed to, composed myself, and headed to the basement to let the rest out via sweating.  (Week 2 of Jillian's Ripped in 30 is HARD!)

I feel so overwhelmed, stressed and have anxiety 24/7.  Before I had Vinny our house looked like a model home.  You could walk in on any given day and everything would be in place, the floors freshly vacuumed, the laundry always kept up and not a dish in the sink.  However, lately, life has been busy and time has been limited.  I have dog fur floating on my floors, the laundry room looks like a war zone and there are dirty dishes and bottles in the sink.  I absolutely hate it.  It's not how I'm accustomed to living at all. 

So, I sat in the glider, holding my sleeping baby, and cried over how I wish I had more time to do it all.

Being a working mama is hard.  Like, really hard.  There aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done and I'm having such a hard time letting stuff (dishes, laundry) go.

I have to keep reminding myself that I choose to come home from getting Vinny from daycare school and spend over an hour on the floor playing with him.  Sure, I could easily sit him by the laundry room and do laundry while he plays or give him some toys and scrub the toilets and vacuum.  But I choose to interact with him, play and enjoy my time with him.  I only get a certain amount of hours a day with him and I want those hours to count.  I don't want to look back at this time and remember how clean my house was. 

BUT in doing so my stress level is through the roof and I feel so overwhelmed. 

How do working mamas do it all?  Is there something I'm missing?  Some secret that hasn't been shared yet?  I'd love to know.

Ripped in 30: Week 1 Review

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Guys.  I did it!  I finished week 1 of Jillian's Ripped in 30.  *Patting myself on the back*

So here's my week 1 review.

It's actually pretty basic.  The moves were pretty simple.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I was sweating and huffing and puffing throughout the workout.  It definitely gets your heart rate up and you feel the burn.  I felt like week was one do-able.  I didn't mind doing the workout daily and I actually looked forwarded to it.  Like the 30 Day Shred, Jillian is super annoying.  So, as I said before, crank up your 50 Cent, Luda or Tupac and get sweating.

Overall I enjoyed week 1.  Last night was my last night doing it and I made it through the entire workout without stopping to take a break or catch my breath.  I'm ready to begin week 2 tonight and am looking forward to a new challenge. 

Hoppy Easter

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy 1st day of April!  I can't say it feels like spring quite yet in Minneapolis.  I'm bundled up in my sweater and scarf today.

Easter came and went so fast.  I think it's safe to say that once you have kids the holidays are a billion times more fun.  Next year is going to be a hoot with a toddler!  I can't wait! 

Saturday evening we took Vinny to see the Easter Bunny at the mall.  I was scared he'd lose his cool and scream like mad.  But, he loved the bunny.  Smiles were thrown out everywhere.  $26 bucks and 6 pixelated pictures later and we were on our way.

I obviously couldn't stand the horrible quality of the mall pics so I had to snap my own version of Vinny's Easter pic.

Did you just die?  Because I did.  He's seriously going to hate me for this when he's older. 

And if you follow me on Instagram (@court5) you have already seen this one.

Ahhh that face. 
I really need to purchase a tripod.  Or schedule another family session.  These self iphone family pics are getting old. 

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