Our Weekend and Single Parenting

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chris came home a few days early from his fishing trip in Canada. Boy was I happy to see him! I gave him the kids and quickly ran out of the house. Kidding!  I won't lie, the thought did cross my mind tho.

The rest of my week single parenting went good. Bedtime was the hardest part of all the nights. Even with Leo wrapped in my Solly Baby Wrap, it still was challenging. I just needed another set of hands. 



But even with the puke, tantrums, melt downs, tears and long sleepless nights we survived. I have the utmost respect for single parents. Man, that is a hard, hard job that many people don't give enough credit to. I'm so thankful for having such a hands-on husband who helps out so much daily. God, it's so nice to have him home. 

With Chris home for the weekend we mostly just hung out at home doing life. We ordered Chinese and put our jammies on early Saturday night and watched movies. I tell ya, that is my absolute favorite way to spend the weekend. There is nothing better than curling up with your family on the couch.

Sunday was our usual church, lunch, home. Seeing that Leo had very little clothes in his dresser and closet I made a trip to the basement to pull out Vinny's baby clothes.  While I was organizing Leo's closet I looked over to see this happening. 

And then I melted into a huge puddle. The way Leo is watching Vinny makes my heart flutter.

This week is pretty low key for us. I'm so glad for that since things around the house need to get done. This coming weekend marks the beginning of my busy season for photography so plan on soaking in my time with my babies before I'm glued to the computer. 



Why the Name?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Leo.

Leo Christopher. 

When we told family and friends we named Leo, well Leo, we got a few raised eyebrows and questions. Like, "Why Leo?"  And, "Is it short for Leonardo?"

First, no. It's not short for Leonardo. It's just Leo. Plain, simple and easy.  

I'm not one to like popular names. Actually to be brutally honest, I despise popular names and made it a point to name my children non-popular names. You would never see me naming my child a name like Aidan, Olivia, Sofia, or Jackson. There's nothing wrong with those names and I have plenty of friends who have named their children those names. It's just not my style. 

Besides, working with the last name Naselli I wanted to ensure my kids had a somewhat Italian first name to correspond with their Italian last name. Because let's be real here, a Jackson Naselli sounds a little weird. 

The name Leo popped in my head months before giving birth. I liked it. It flowed with Naselli and sounded cool with Vinny.  There was no meaning or family history attached to it. I just liked it. and was happy it wasn't on the top 100 popular names list.

And, for the record, Leo wasn't inspired by watching the movie Titantic or any love I have for Leonardo DiCaprio. I promise. 

Leo's middle name, Christopher, is my husband's first name. Vinny's middle name, Marc, is my husband's middle name. So now both of my boys have a price of their daddy's name-which I love so much. 



Our Weekend

Chris left Friday night to go on his annual guys fishing trip in Canada.  We were super sad to see him go especially since I'm single parenting for a full 8 days.  I knew this would be a huge challenge - a 2 year old and a 6 week old all on my own with no family remotely close to come over and help out or give me a little 30 min break.  But I was ready for it.  More so to prove to myself I could do this.  I'm home with both kids all day long, so what's a few more hours a night?

Silly girl.  What a joke. 

Saturday morning started off with the realization that we had zero milk all while Vinny was begging for some.  Just a quick run to Target will cure that.  But really, what is quick about going to Target with two kids in tow?  Nothing.  Just getting out the door is a process and needs to be timed just right so Leo won't scream the whole time in the car or Target.  Thinking I had it all timed appropriately we  were on our way.  I failed.  Timing was all wrong and Leo screamed the entire time in Target.  A mom even came up to me to tell me "It gets better over time" and that "Nobody hears him crying." I know she was trying to be nice and all but I really could have punched her in the face.

Breakfast was had as soon as we got home.  While sitting on the couch feeding Leo, Vinny came over to us and threw up his said breakfast all over me, Leo, the couch and carpet.  I was petrified he had the stomach flu but thankfully he seemed fine afterwards.  Could you imagine the stomach flu while solo parenting for a week?

Two of my favorite girlfriends came over for pizza and wine.  It was great to have some extra hands in the house all while girl talking.  And the wine didn't disappoint. 

Sunday was a gorgeous day in MN which resulted in playing outside all day. That may have been our saving grace.  What are we going to do all day inside when the weather turns?  Someone remind me why we live in Minnesota where it's only nice for about 4 months out of the year?

Bedtime has been a pure shit show around here the past few nights.  Since Leo and Vinny go to bed around the same time it's been a struggle.  There have been tantrums, screaming, tears and more tears.  And it may not have been all of from Vinny or Leo.  But, last night was the easiest of the nights yet.  I can thank the Solly Baby Wrap for that.  Leo loves it so much and it allowed me to tend to Vinny's nightly routine without having the anxiety of listening to Leo cry whenever I put him down.  That, my friends, is a huge win. 

Yesterday was Monday and we had a friend come over for a visit.  Again, the extra hands were so much appreciated!  She even joined us for a trip to the post office only took 5 minutes and otherwise would have taken 20 if I had to bring both kids in with me. 

I'm hopeful the rest of the week goes well.  I'm definitely counting down the days until Chris is home.  And I plan on never letting him leave again ;)  Kidding.  Kinda.  Until then I'm going to cherish every second of nap times.




Leo in Photos

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The last 6 weeks in photos.




























Leo - Month 1

Yes, I realize I just posted about his birth yesterday, but he's already one month old now!  Where does the time go?  Seriously, it feels like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital.  Time flies, and seems to fly a billion times faster when you have a toddler running around.

I'll be honest, the last 6 weeks have been slightly a blur.  Things are running together due to lack of sleep. 

Sleep. Let's start with that.  In the first few weeks Leo would wake around twice a night.  I'd change and feed him and put him back to sleep.  Normally this went smoothly.  Other nights Leo thought it was time to party and refused to go back to sleep.  Now, 6 weeks in, things have improved dramatically.  I set a nightly routine and am a firm believer that has made all the difference.  Our routine goes a little like this:

7:30 - Bath
7:45 - Jammy up
8:00 - Bottle
8:30 - Swaddle, rocked/bounced, crib

Leo normally wakes around 1:00/1:30, goes back down after he eats and wakes up again around 6:30.  I definitely cannot complain.  Only waking up once a night at 6 weeks is great!  I'm definitely loving my extra sleep these days!

I'm loving up all Leo's new baby rolls!  This kid loves to eat and it's definitely starting to show!  I keep reminding him that it's ok - now is the only time in his life where a double chin and extra rolls looks cute :) 


Despite Vinny and Leo looking so similar at birth, they are definitely their own little persons.  Leo hates the paci, screams whenever he needs to be changed and doesn't love his car seat.  It's fun watching the differences and similarities between these two.  I'm excited to watch Leo grow into his own person, but not too fast as I do love the baby stage!

It's a ... BOY!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We were so blessed with another beautiful boy!  On July 25th at 7:24 a.m. Leo Christopher Naselli joined our family and made us a family of 4!  Words cannot even express how much we love this little snug.










My c-section went incredibly well this time around.  I knew what to expect and I think that eased any nervousness I had.  It's weird having a planned c-section.  Being able to walk right into the OR this time and lie down on the operating table was a little odd and awesome all at once.   Having my makeup and hair done was pretty sweet.  No hot mess after hours of labor over here!

Recovery has been so much easier this time too.  I was up walking around and snapping pics hours after my c-section this time, which was unheard of with my c-section with Vinny.  My pain level was so much lower this time which meant I didn't need as much pain meds, being able to actually remember my recovery in the hospital this time.  With Vinny's c-section I was in so much pain and so drugged because of the pain that I barely remember much of my hospital stay. 


I couldn't wait to get home and start adjusting to a family of 4, but at the same time I was petrified to leave the hospital.  In the hospital there are less worries, you feel safe, can sleep when needed and most importantly, you have room service.  At home you are on your own.  And this time - with 2 kids.  Thankfully my in-laws were staying with us to help out for a while, but it still makes leaving the hospital scary in my book.

Leo is now 5 weeks old and we all are doing great.  Having 2 kids at home is no joke.  My free time has become non-existent, hence taking me so long to construct this post.  But, I love it nonetheless.  I'm so lucky to be able to spend every waking hour with these two boys.  I feel so blessed and am cherishing this time with my little family of FOUR!

Just the 3 of us ... For Now

Monday, July 21, 2014

Things are setting in.  Stuff is starting to feel real.  The fact that it won't be just the 3 of us anymore is something I'm finally grasping.

Last Saturday our little family went to dinner at Cossettas (which if you live in Mpls/St. Paul, you know it's the best Italian place, like ever.)  We ate outside upstairs because the weather couldn't be more perfect.  Vinny loved watching the cars drive by down below and pointed out ever motorcycle and pedal pub that went by.  I overindulged in pasta and salad and, of course, we all topped our scrumptious dinner off with gelato as true Italians would.  We took our time walking back to our car (and by that I mean C&V walked slower for my 9 month pregnant self) and in that moment I realized this was our last dinner out together as a family of three.  This was it.  The next time we venture out for anything whether it be dinner, shopping or running errands there will be 4 of us.  Four.  Another member to our family. 

I can't wrap my head around the fact that on Friday we'll have another son or will be welcoming a daughter.  Although with the hospital bag 80% packed, the pack n' play out and assembled in the living room, the nursery finished, the diapers loaded at the changing table and the newborn car seat already loaded in my truck, it feels like Friday is months away still. 

The next few days are going to fly by so I'm positive Thursday night will be a reality check prior to falling asleep.  Tomorrow is Vinny and mama day.  Weather permitting we'll enjoy the day at the splash pad and top it off with lunch together.  I want to get in one last day of just Vinny and I before this baby comes.  I owe it to Vinny, and myself.  It's going to be bittersweet that's for certain.  Wednesday C's parents are flying in - I can't wait.  I'm so thankful to have such awesome in-laws.  They will be staying and helping out with baby #2 for the first few weeks.  Thursday Chris has taken the day off work so all of us can get any last minute things done.  My mother in law and I will be indulging in mani/pedis.  I can't wait to get my sausage feet and hands rubbed and massaged.  Once that's complete, I'll feel 100% ready.  I think.  I hope.  Then, Friday, at 5:00 a.m. we will be arriving at the hospital to get this show on the road. 

Until then, I'm soaking up my time with my little family of three. 


New Job Title: SAHM

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Friday was my last day in my cubical, in the corporate world, under florescent lights with no window, doing a job that I hated.  I quit my job and walked out with no regrets. 

I came home and celebrated my last day with Vinny.  Over ice cream, of course.


This decision did not come easy and was discussed time and time again in our house.  With 2 kids attending daycare, the cost that entails along with the time not spent with them did not outweigh my biweekly paycheck.  Life is short.  Our babies are only babies for so long.  These are the best days of our lives and I don't want to miss a beat being stuck in an office, doing a job that I don't love.  So after some number crunching and some serious thought and consideration Chris & I decided that I will stay home.

I'm ecstatic and am in love with this decision.  Being home with my babies also means that I can focus and pursue my photography more.  It's what I truly love to do and I'm hoping this opportunity allows me to further that career.  It's been my dream for years to be able to stay home while pursuing photography and now it's all coming true.  I couldn't be happier.  Life is good.

Altho I know staying home with 2 kids is going to have it's challenges, I'm completely ready to face them.  There are days where it's going to be hard.  But the days making memories with my kids far outweigh those tough days.  There's nowhere I'd rather be than home.

Weeks 31 - 38

Hello blog!  I've abandoned you, once again.  Instagram has really killed this blog.  It's so much easier to document/post life events there than to actually compose a blog post these days.  So, if anyone even reads this blog anymore, feel free to follow along on Instagram :: court5

So since I'm sooooo overdue on posting my weekly belly pics, I'm dumping weeks 31-38 all in one post. Ready, GO.











Today marks week 38.  This time next week we will be in the hospital snuggling our newest member to the Naselli family!  I'm so anxious to find out if that will be a little miss or little mister.  I have my prediction, and it's so fun to hear what everyone else thinks along with their reasoning.  I'm 100% happy with either gender.  I don't play favorites.  Another boy would bring me so much joy as I know what to expect with a boy, have so many cute clothes to reuse, and would melt over having a brother for Vinny to play trucks and legos with.  And a girl would also be fantastic.  Although I am nervous to have a girl, being that I'm not a girly girl, don't love the color pink and have no idea what I'm in for with a girl.  The thought of having one of each appeals to me and I do have a few headbands that I purchased .. just in case .. that I'm crazy about.  Either way, my heart will be full and I'm excited to see what God has dealt us.  I pray for health, and that's all. 

30 Weeks

Wednesday, May 28, 2014




How far along?  30 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Oh yes.  We are definitely good friends at this point.


Stretch marks?
  None - which makes me so happy and thankful. Hopefully I'll escape another pregnancy with none.


Sleep: 
It's not the greatest.  Between not getting comfy, staying up way too late editing, and not being able to sleep due to my mind never shutting off, I have huge bags under my eyes daily.


Best moment this week:
 
Again, so late on this.  So I'm answering in the now.  Best moment would be Monday afternoon.  After a lot of hard work between C&I we finished Vinny's DIY headboard for his big boy bed.  It looks so awesome - which is a separate post all together.

Miss Anything? 
My toes. 


Movement:
  Always - I love it.


Food cravings:
  I'm on the trail mix kick again.  I can't explain it.  And ice.  I love crunching ice, which I know is horrible for your teeth.  I was addicted to doing it while pregnant with Vinny also.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
I'm going to say girl until the date he/she arrives given that this pregnancy has been so different.

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Why isn't emotional wreck an option?


Looking forward to: 
Friday because it's mani/pedi day. 

29 Weeks

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Late posting this, again.  It's beginning to be the story of my life these days.



How far along?  29 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Of course.  I dare not to even try to squeeze in normal clothes (pants mostly) at this point.


Stretch marks?
  None - which makes me so happy and thankful.


Sleep: 
Sleeping good still until about 1:30/2:00 a.m.  Then it's toss and turn central for me.  A lot of facebook stalking happens at that point.


Best moment this week:
 
Since I'm answering in the now I'm going to have to say our maternity photo shoot with my good friend, Natalie.  It's always a good time when she photographs us. Vinny sported a bow tie and he was the handsomest thing on this planet.  I'm dying to see our pics.

Miss Anything? 
Sleep right now.


Movement:
  Always - I love it.


Food cravings:
  Chocolate milk this week. 


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
Still thinking girl.  I purchased a few headbands on Etsy last week to bring to the hospital - just in case we are dealt a girl.  Surprisingly, holding those tiny little headbands kinda makes me hope for a girl this time around. 

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off.  Off.  So, so off.  I did something really dumb.  Since we were having our maternity photo shoot I wanted to wear my rings for the photos.  Can't blame a girl, right?  Granted, they have been off for a few weeks due to my swollen fingers/hands.  But, I managed to get them on easily enough and proceeded to our shoot.  That night there was no budging them off.  Sunday I tried everything - soap, lotion, Vaseline, Windex, preparation H, oil.  Nothing worked.  My fingers just seemed to grow and grow every time I tried something new.  By Monday my rings were so tight and wedged on that I couldn't even twist them.  They started cutting into my skin causing me to  bleed.  Sadly, I had to go to our jeweler and get them cut off.  I'm devastated.  I cried when they were cut.  I could still cry thinking of it.  But on the flip side I don't need my finger amputated and my rings can (and will) be fixed once baby no. 2 gets here and my swelling subsides. But, regardless, it's something nobody wants to have happen. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
I'm a mixed bag at this point.


Looking forward to: 
Memorial Day weekend, of course!  I can't wait to spend it with my little family.

28 Weeks

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Oh man, I'm slacking.  I'm just about 29 weeks and I'm writing my 28 week post.  Well, better late than never, right?



How far along?  28 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Yep, and loving it.  Comfort trumps fashion these days.


Stretch marks?
  None!


Sleep: 
I may have jinxed myself saying I'm sleeping like a rock in my last post.  The past few nights insomnia has set in, which of course leads to Esty purchases at 3:00 a.m.  Hopefully the insomnia ends soon or my checking account is going to suffer dramatically. 


Best moment this week:
  Since this post is late, again, I'm answering in the now.  I would definitely have to say Mother's Day.  It was such a nice and relaxing day spent with my boys.  They gifted me a new camera to boot! 


Miss Anything? 
Oh ya know, being skinny.


Movement:
  So much-all the time! 


Food cravings:
  This week it's been trail mix.  Random, I know.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
I think I'm officially going to say girl.  Yep, that's what I'm going with.  Things this time around have been much different than my last pregnancy.   

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
I'm still on cloud 9 from receiving my new camera!  I've been lusting over it for over a year.


Looking forward to: 
My doctor appointment this Friday.  Hearing the heartbeat every time is so reassuring.

27 Weeks

Friday, May 2, 2014



How far along?  27 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Of course.  Thankfully all of my maternity clothes I had with Vinny fits right into the same season this time around. 


Stretch marks?
  Surprisingly - not one!


Sleep: 
I'm sleeping like a rock lately.  So much to the fact that I woke myself up a few times snoring! 


Best moment this week:
  Leaving work on Wednesday.  It meant I was officially on vacation until May 6th.  Words can't even express how much relief I felt walking out of the elevator.  See ya day job!


Miss Anything? 
I'm off to AZ for my annual girls trip so naturally I'm going to miss C&V so much. 


Movement:
  So much.  It's so reassuring to know we have an active baby in there!


Food cravings:
  Milk, golden oreos and more milk.  Seriously, let's buy a cow already.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  I have no idea.  It's killing me a little not to buy some gender specific clothes, that's for sure.


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  POP - it's out.


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy but I definitely had my bouts of crying spurts.  My emotions are definitely getting the best of me lately.  Thank you hormones. 


Looking forward to: 
My girls trip to AZ, seeing the sun, laying in the pool and catching up on some sleep!

26 Weeks

Sunday, April 27, 2014



How far along?  26 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Yep, and lovin' it.


Stretch marks?
  Zero!


Sleep: 
Definitely have my days with this.  Some days I feel like I can fall asleep standing up and others I feel like I can go for days without sleep.


Best moment this week:
  I'm late posting this, again. So my best moment last week was definitely on Friday after V&I got home.  We ate dinner, took a bath, put our pjs on and cuddled on the couch watching movies.  Such a perfect way to end a long, long week.


Miss Anything? 
My brain.  I feel like such a scatterbrain these days.  I can't remember anything for the life of me.


Movement:
  Absolutely.  There's so much of it.  I really don't recall V being this active when he was in my belly.


Food cravings:
  Milk, milk and more milk please!


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  No clue!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  It's officially out.


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
This week I've been a little crabby.  Working full-time, being a mom and wife is definitely taking it's toll on me. 


Looking forward to: 
Next Thursday - I'm going to AZ with my girlfriends for some much needed relaxation, sun, and girl time.

Easter 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Because our closest family lives in Chicago, each Easter we spend it solo.  Easter normally feels like just another weekend, just another Sunday to us. 

This year C's brother and his family made the trip from Chicago to Minneapolis to stay with us for Easter.  Words cannot even express how great it was to spend time with them.  Easter truly felt like a holiday for once to us. 

Last year Vinny was only 8 months old and had no clue what was going on.  This year was a completely different ballgame.  He was a champ at the Easter egg hunt.  Altho once he figured out that the eggs were filled with candy he plopped himself down on the grass and proceeded to open the wrappers.  He truly is my kid.







 

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