Friday, April 25, 2014

Bubbles the Fish

I bet you thought we got a new pet...
As much as I love formal serve ware with fish designs, no. I'm not a fish person... For eating or as pets.  But Bubbles is a new friend around here, helping little Paul breath a little easier as he works through a bad case of bronchiolitis.  We are lucky it's not RSV.  

In case you're wondering, Bubbles came with the name.  And Paul hates him.

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOB-bing along

When I was initially shopping for a stroller back in 2009, I thought "why would I spend $500 on a stroller that won't fit in my car?"  So I bought the travel system that came with the infant seat and a stroller that... barely fit in my car.  And also only rolled smoothly on nicely paved surfaces.  And was obnoxious.  And ended up being abandoned in the basement.  

We also had a smaller, "fancy" umbrella stroller that for some reason just never rolled as easily as it should have.

So I bought a cheapie umbrella stroller from Babies R Us that was our go-to stroller.  

Then I wanted a double stroller and bought one without doing enough research.  And while it fit two kids, it was incredibly heavy to lift and push, barely fit in my car, and just wasn't worth it.  And then I started running and wanted a jogging stroller but just couldn't justify a 5th stroller when most of my running was done once I got to work, without children.

But now I'm healed enough from Paul's birth that I've been itching to get moving again.  I know longer have a gym membership, and any exercise I am going to do will be with Paul in tow.  So I became obsessed with jogging strollers, swallowing the stupidity of owning five strollers.  I wanted a good one, but one that didn't cost an arm and a leg.  We just don't have the cash for a $500 stroller right now!  

Everything I read and researched and tested in stores brought me back to the BOB - the most expensive of the bunch. But I wanted it!  So bad.  Oh the running I would do with Paul in a BOB!  So I found a used one on a certain Craig's list, bought it, and love it!!!
Paul loves it too.  Our new neighborhood is wonderful for walking and running.  The weather has been fabulous, and I've been soaking up the sunshine and warm breeze!  We are expecting rain tomorrow, so I'll have to leave the BOB barely fitting in my trunk till we have some sunshine again. Oh well!  We'll be back on the trails on the next sunny day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

One of those super mom days

Today it was just me and my boys.  My first full day alone with more than just Paul since he was born.  Laura is on a trip with Grandma, so I still have yet to spend a full day alone with all three... Baby steps?

I was nervous about today, but am happy to report we had a great day.   Timorrow will probably be terrible, as a counter, but today was great.
I showered, fed everyone and got us in the car to run errands.  We picked up some supplies at Home Depot, then got home for lunch.  I even got Gavin to take a nap!  Paul didn't quite cooperate with napping at the same time, but his overlapped the tail end of Gavin's, so I got a brief doze as well. 

After nap (while Paul snoozed away in the  swing), Gav and I got to work on our project!  We added coffee table legs to a Brio train top that has been my brother's long long ago!  Gavin painted the legs, then helped me attach them!

We are proud of our handiwork, and can't wait to configure some train tracks tomorrow!

Paul took a long enough nap that Gav and I got some swing time in before dinner.  Miraculously, Paul's naps worked our so nicely all day!  He cooperated with my needs for keeping Gavin entertained and safe... and what's even better, Paul fell asleep for the night early!  It's 9:30 and I am in bed.  I don't expect tomorrow to go as smoothly as today, but maybe I'll be happily surprised!  Good night!