an update on life

(aka: I don’t have anything real to say but figured I should probably blog. heh)

I’ve been back to work for three weeks now, and I am JUST starting to feel like this is a normal routine. And yes, I realize I’m only working two days a week, but dude. It’s still crazy. Mostly because every day is a different thing- daycare for both kids! daycare for just one! both kids are home! grocery shopping with the baby! in the freezing cold! let me just answer this ONE WORK EMAIL while you entertain your sister, please!- so by the time Friday comes, I’m totally turned around and confused and completely exhausted.

Because of this, I feel like I’ve been a pretty sucky blogger lately. I’ve barely been keeping up with reading blogs, and even then it’s usually on my phone, while I’m pumping, late at night before bed. So commenting on all of your stories and posts pretty much hasn’t been happening. But! I’ve been reading! I love you all! You make me laugh and smile and cry and nod my head. SMOOCHES.


Things that have been happening:

1. Still the same situation as last week with the breastfeeding. Sometimes nursing, sometimes bottles, whatever. My supply seems to be hanging in there, so I’m happy about that. Day at a time. Thank you all so so much for your encouragement and stories on that subject- I sincerely mean that. This breastfeeding thing is hard for all of us. Reminding myself of that is incredibly helpful and keeps me going.

2. We painted the dining room. (crappy phone pic!)

just needs a chair rail & some moulding!

By ‘we’, I mean me, Dan, and my mom in various shifts of painting, playing with Maggie and Audrey, feeding the baby, napping the baby. It’s amazing that one project and two kids takes three adults to manage. I MEAN, SERIOUSLY.

This is the before, by the way:

Our House

It took four coats of paint. And still needs a chair rail and the moulding cut and painted and nailed on. But I’m giving my aching legs and back and hands time to recover. Since when did painting become a full-body activity? (Answer: SINCE I BECAME OLD.)

3. HOW ‘BOUT DEM STILLERS?? (I never thought I’d see another Steeler Super Bowl appearance after we lost to Dallas when I was in high school, let alone two Super Bowl wins. And here we are, headed to the big game again. DUDE. ROCK ON.)

4. I realized the other day that I’ve been posting a lot of pictures and stories about Audrey lately and very little about that other kid of ours. I plan to rectify that very soon. (All good things about that kid lately. We are very very happy.) Until I get around to writing something coherent, here’s a picture of us before the Steeler game last night.


5. But of course, I can’t get through a post without including a picture of Audrey. Because REALLY. You guys.

oh hai.

You know your baby is growing up when she stops hating tummy time.


I’m going to go ahead and pretend I didn’t hear the pediatrician tell me at her four month checkup that she wouldn’t be shocked to see Audrey scooting and crawling a little bit at her six month checkup, because she’s all strong and stuff. LA LA LA LA, I CAN’T HEAR YOU, DOCTOR WHO WANTS ME TO HAVE A PANIC ATTACK!!!


  1. Cari

    January 24, 2011 3:49 pm

    I don’t even know what it’s like to have a kid that isn’t sitting up by 5 months, crawling my 6 months, pulling up by 7 months, and walking by 10 months. If I had a kid that waited until 9 months to even start crawling I’d be all worried and stuff. ;)

    Enjoy the non-mobility while it lasts!

    • Jen

      January 24, 2011 3:52 pm

      Oh HECK NO. I was totally fine with Maggie not crawling till 8 months or walking till 14 :) The longer I could keep her in one spot, the better! So now I’m all WHOA, BABY, HOLD ON. Of course, we could all be way off and she’ll be lazy like her sister, who knows! heh

  2. Melissa

    January 24, 2011 4:23 pm

    Don’t panic too much just yet… We were scared Andrew would be an early crawler/walker because he started rolling over before he turned ONE MONTH old! But aside from the rolling and a little early scooting, the crawling (just before 10 months) and walking (just before 14 months) were maybe a week earlier than Oliver. I think the timing stayed closer to the same because I had to carry Andrew around waaaaay more than I ever carried Oliver (and this is because I had to keep up with Oliver), so he wasn’t on the floor with as much opportunity to jump ahead on the milestones. NO COMPLAINTS. ;)

    • Jen

      January 24, 2011 4:26 pm

      oooh good point on the carrying around, that’s true for me too. I was also just looking at pictures of Maggie around this age, and she was sitting by herself at 5 months! So maybe Audrey isn’t so crazy ahead of where Maggie was, at least not yet. THERE IS HOPE. LOL

  3. Jenn

    January 25, 2011 12:24 am

    I wanted to comment on your last post and didn’t get it done (hello 2 month old and 2 other kids!). I’ve always had so much trouble nursing. My first 2 lasted less than a month before I had to start supplementing and by 3 months had totally weaned themselves of nursing. This time I was determined to do it-even if it meant pumping it all and bottle feeding it. Only because holy crap we can’t afford formula! Anyway, #3 turned out to be a lazy sucker like the other 2 so I just pumped and bottle fed. Which wasn’t bad to begin with because I needed to pump regardless (can we say hyperlactation?!). But after 2 months of that it got really old. I was frustrated trying to get it all done. So then I thought maybe I should try just straight up nursing again and see how he does. We’re back to just nursing! (i still have to pump 1 or 2 times a day to be comfortable, if ya know what I mean!) anyway, just wanted to encourage you-so many things *are* just a phase!
    I just want to squeeze those chubby cheeks! Audrey is so cute.

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