What an amazing week this has been. Not only did our little girl turn 2, but because a holiday fell in the middle of the week I actually for once let myself take some time off. I didn’t have any work commitments this week and I answered about 10% of my normal amount of emails. And I think I only wrote a couple blog posts which you guys know I normally write every other day. Well, I guess in general I haven’t been writing as frequently since Riley was born but I know you all understand why.
In general, I just took some time to relax a little bit and be with my family. And I think it’s something I really needed to do. I found myself getting extremely stressed out and losing my cool more often than I’d like to admit. I think the lack of sleep just makes my fuse super short these days. There were multiple occasions where I snapped on my husband for really no reason at all. It’s fascinating and kind of terrifying what sleep deprivation can do to somebody.
So what did I do this week. I meditated. Just kidding! Did you believe me for second? I’m totally just messing around in the above picture. Plus I don’t think I would do meditation in skinny jeans and a cute top. By the way do you guys recognize this top? On my Instagram story about a month ago I asked you guys if you thought I should wear it for my home tour series that I’m about to start in a few days on my blog! I asked you to help me choose between this top and a jumpsuit. So I posed the question and put a poll on Instagram stories and the majority of you told me to order and wear this top so that’s exactly what I did! You’ll see it in photos of our home tour in the coming weeks. I made a few outfit changes during the home tour but I definitely wore this top in some of the photos. And it honestly ended up being one of my favorite tops that I own! The material is super lightweight and breathable. And the color is just so pretty. I feel like it’s the type of top that is great for just hanging around the house, but would also be great for work or going out with friends. It’s super versatile. I highly recommend getting it! And it’s a good deal under $50.
OK, back to what I really did this past week because meditating was not one of those things. For the Fourth of July there was a block party in our neighborhood that we went to and we had the absolute best time! It let us meet some of our neighbors and just sit outside in the grass while listening to music and eating yummy food. Then some friends came over to our house afterwords and everyone got in the pool to cool down because it was such a hot day.
Because Kevin had a few days off of work he let me get a lot more sleep that I normally get. He would wake up with Molly at 5:30 AM, she’s been waking up earlier than normal lately. And then when Riley would nurse around 6 AM, Kevin would take him as well so I could get a solid three hours of sleep without waking up to every little noise the baby makes. I wear a fit bit and it tracks my sleep and it basically told me that I was getting anywhere from 8 to 9 hours of sleep on July 4th, 5th & 6th. Not consecutive hours obviously. Riley still wakes me up every 2 1/2 to 3 hours to eat. But it told me that despite all my awake time I was still getting between eight and nine hours and it made such a difference for my mental state!
I’m also super excited to share that we finally started our search for a nanny to join our home! Kevin and I have basically been doing this mostly by ourselves since Molly was born. One of our close girlfriends actually watches Molly some mornings when I would go to work at Home & Family. So basically two mornings a week from about 9 AM until 12 PM, when Kevin gets home from work, our friend would watch Molly. But besides that, we really didn’t have anyone helping us over the last two years. And no real help from family since the only family we have in the area are Kevin‘s brother and his wife and they work the same hours as Kevin so they aren’t available to help us during the hours we need help the most. Which is in the morning when I need to work and answer emails or go to Home & Family and Kevin’s at work. So basically, we really haven’t given ourselves time together or given ourselves a break in the last two years. I think the reason it took us so long is just because we were afraid that we wouldn’t find the right person. But I recently met the founder of a nanny agency called The Nanny League and she totally put my mind at ease that she could find the perfect person to come into our family and our home. So I’m so happy to say that we’ve begun interviewing nannies and so far the process is going better than we could’ve expected! We’ve met with four different people and two of them were really great fits for our family. So over the next couple days we’re going to be doing trials with them to see which person fits best with us both on our end and on their end! It’s a two-way street after all! I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes but I will say if you’re looking for help to find a nanny, I couldn’t recommend The Nanny League more! The process has been so wonderful so far.
And to finish off our week Kevin’s parents just arrived in town today. If you’ve been reading my blog then you know that Kevin’s mom was here about a week ago for two weeks straight. She’s been so amazing helping us out with the kiddos and around the house! But Kevin’s dad hasn’t met the little ones yet so even though Kevin’s mom only flew back a week ago, actually not even a week ago, they are coming back so grandpa can meet Riley! We are so excited to have them here again and I plan on continuing my streak of letting myself breathe a little bit while I am on actual maternity leave from my job.
All right that’s all I’ve got today. I just wanted to share with you guys what’s going on in our lives, and some of the things I’m doing to slow down a little bit. I hope you all are having a great weekend and make sure to come back to my blog on Monday because I’m doing another mommy must haves post! I’ve done it a few times in the past and ever since I had Riley so many of you have been asking me about my favorite products that I use with him. So I’m doing a round up of six or seven of my favorite items that I could not have lived without the last six weeks. So come back on Monday for that! Luv you guys!