#miccroblogmondays: Snow Angels

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It’s been a tough winter. Professionally, for the first time in years I’ve been able to focus the majority of my time on my dissertation, only to find it isn’t viable. Better now than a month from now, but I’m still working through it. A new project is still to be determined but I have some meetings this week.

At home we have just been SICK. The last day all four of us were 100% was November 15, the day before Caleb went to the ER. Last week I got a call that Simon was sick. When I was on my way to pick him up to go to the doctor I got another call that Caleb was vomiting. So I picked both kids up. Simon had a double ear infection (his first) and Caleb some sort of stomach virus. They were cranky so I decided to just hop in a cab home (the doc is about 40 minutes by subway). Caleb proceeded to vomit on me the whole way home. He slept most of the weekend. They both have it now, no more vomit, just lots of diapers. I might prefer the vomit.

Sunday though, it started snowing. We’ve been pretty house bound for awhile and there was no way a little snow was going to stop us from going out for burgers. I REALLY needed a burger. So we walked. And Simon fell, sometimes for real and sometimes on purpose, but made snow angels the whole way. He just kept going.

When life knocks you down, make snow angels.

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Two kids, one room

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It works, here’s how our kids share an 8 x 9 room. This tiny room has been quite the multi-tasking space. When we first moved in this room was storage, then an office. Then Rob’s brother lived with us for a year and it was his room. Then it was an office that eventually got a crib. When Simon was around 15 months we gave him his own room. When Caleb was on the way there was no way to fit a bed and a crib unless we got rid of the pinball machine (which is not an option) so we went with bunk beds (tutorial). And now I we’ve finally hung some art work and have things organized to be picture worthy. The room is rarely this clean.

kidroom4They’ve been sharing a room for at least part of the night since around August and I’ll do a separate post about how that works. Other than the bunk beds, keeping toy storage under control is the biggest concern. Simon has his quilt and another blanket and his four stuffed animals in his bed. Caleb has a fleece blanket and a stuffed animal in his. He will get a quilt this year. It’s going to happen. Caleb’s bed has a toddler bed rail and a pool noodle to keep him in. Once he’s beyond the age to slither out I’ll remove the noodle, then eventually swap the rail for the noodle until maybe nothing. Simon never had a barrier and only rolled out a couple of times. This bed like any toddler bed is only 12 inches from the ground, so not too far to fall.

kidroom5 kidroom8 kidroom6Under the bed we have Simon’s car seat, and two under bed bins for train tracks and cars and trucks. At the far end is a smaller bin with random small stuff that I go through every few weeks and toss anything broken and not shown is our Christmas tree stand.

kidroom16 kidroom15 kidroom14We put the behind the door rain gutters in before narrow shelves were a thing. They work for holding some of the paper picture books. Up high are old family films and other things. Eventually this stuff needs to be sorted and possibly stored elsewhere. All of the stuffed toys are in a crunch can. I really like this style of bin and have the tall round ones for a laundry hamper and blanket storage. The stuffed toys I was leaving in Caleb’s bed until he started climbing in it to sleep. So now it goes on the floor each night.

kidroom9We have this bucket/seat for trains and two bins for Caleb’s toys. I really wish I would have purchased another jute basket because they are discontinued and I like the look of it when we pull toys to the living room.  This Oscar trash can for ball storage. My mom got Simon a lego box at Christmas so we use the box the Duplos came in for Caleb’s random small stuff. Mostly every night we toss everything into it’s appropriate bin and shove out of the way.

kidroom23kidroom24kidroom25  The pinball machine is something Rob has had for years. He rewired it so the lights work and had a custom base built. It’s a great play table and someday if we have a house it will be a coffee table. The robot mobile is from Simon’s crib. The Fairly Odd Parents from an auction. I did the plant drawing in college and for now will put kid art there. The Monkey pictures are animation cells from Rob’s first film. Simon likes to tape school things on the wall. Under the table are Magnet Tiles and a box of puzzles.

kidroom12 kidroom10 kidroom17The bookshelf I got for free and it holds books and some larger toys. On top is an Ikea lamp, a sound machine, nightlight alarm clock, and a kid friendly fan. I love this fan because the blades are fabric so it’s safe for sticking fingers in. There is no AC in that room and the Dyson fans are expensive. Two of these little guys to cool each kid are perfect.

kidroom21 kidroom19kidroom20They share my childhood dresser with newborn pictures of the boys. The wooden box holds baseball cards from Rob’s dad and the post office box safe holds collectable pocket knives from my Dad. The upper shelves hold an assortment of things Rob and I have kept over the years. The closet is storage and off season clothes and business clothes for Rob and I. And a giant Ikea bag of things to donate.

kidroom3 kidroom2And that is how you fit two kids in a room.

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#MicroblogMondays – PhD life

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Microblog_MondaysIf you didn’t know I’m in my sixth year of Doctorate program in Psychology. I’ve been working on my dissertation proposal for a project in which I’ve collected a lot of data. This is pretty normal in my program, to have data before the proposal. One reason for this is to make sure the project is viable. Last week during a routine literature search I found that someone else has published what is basically my dissertation. So the project as I’ve been conceptualizing is not viable. I wallowed a bit then came up with a couple of new directions I could potentially go with my research. I also came up with the beginnings of a back-up project. Today I am doing more literature search. Wednesday I meet with my adviser to talk about next steps. The biggest thing is that whatever I do still needs to be completed in a year. The life of the forever student. *sigh* I really can’t wait to be done.


Video: 11 Questions

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My friend Hannah tagged me for the Liebster award for bloggers with under 1,000 followers. Since she did a video I decided to do one too. It’s only taken me a month to record and export. If you watch Hannah, she is funny, I am not. Also it’s blurry because the only time Rob and I are both home when he can help the children are loud – or sleeping, but then I’d be in pjs…so I made this when home alone, and it’s blurry. Here it is anyhow.

Questions with short answers and tagging MellowMidwestMama and Fiona as a nudge to help them blog more. Video is optional, but I think you should do it.

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is a play on my last name and it’s what I changed my blog to when I got married.

The tagline “small town meets big city” is because I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in Indiana. Now I live in New York City.

2. Why did you start your blog?

My blog started as a way to keep family in Indiana updated on my life in New York City.

3. What do you love most about blogging?

It’s a tie between the record of my life and the people I’ve met.

4. What was the most ridiculous but very cool fashion trend you followed?

Bodysuits. With tights and shorts. I don’t know why this was cool but feel like it must have been because why else would I have followed it.

5. One goal you wish to accomplish this year?

Dissertation.

6. What is your favorite social media site?

It’s a tie between Instagram and Twitter.

7. If you could travel to only one place this year where would it be and why?

Maine. We are going. It’s not optional.

8. How would you describe your personal style?

Classic and comfortable.

9. Spring or Fall fashion?

Fall. Scarves and fingerless gloves.

10. If you could choose one store to shop at, your entire life, which store would you choose?

For clothes: Banana Republic. It’s where I get my jeans. I live for good jeans.

11. What is one fear you would like to conquer?

The fear of failure (or of not being good enough). I am capable. Most of the time I know this.


Caleb: 12 months

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Birthday week was a success and we ended it with a few more presents and no more cake. The sugar was a bit much and Caleb threw it up and was up all night. However that might not have been all the cake’s fault as teeth are coming in (I think finally) and another ear infection. Oy!

At our 12 month well visit weigh in was 17 pounds 9 ounces back on the chart on the 4th percentile after a little dip during the last bout of sicks. 29 inches tall and head growing just right. We saw my favorite pediatrician in the practice who said everything is A-ok. So I can continue to remind myself that just because Simon did things earlier, doesn’t mean Caleb is behind.

At 12 months, crawling is the preferred mode of transport with quite a bit of cruising. Standing alone is not of interest, even one hand of support causes some distress and immediate sitting. There is little interest in the “baby” cars you got for Christmas, Hot Wheels and wooden trains are much more exciting. Rolling cars and throwing balls are favored activities. And playing “Uh-Oh” in which objects are picked-up then dropped. “Uh-oh” is the first word. And only one right now. But babbling is constant.

Food is great. Breakfast sausages and oranges are favorites. When fussing, show Caleb an orange and he lights up. We are nursing 2-4 times a day. The best days are when we get a nice long pre-bedtime session in. But it’s not love, for either of us. Caleb gets to distracted with a fear of missing out and I hate the constant on and off. But sticking with it through the winter. There has been way too much sickness to not keep it up. In the spring I’ll reevaluate.

Sleep…is….ok. I’m not sure how much is due to sickness and developmental crap (the development is not crap, the sleep it interferes with it) and teething. Oh the teething. We have no teeth, but Doctor says 4-6 are close and that gums are extremely swollen. So adding that in to the mess. There were about 8 weeks from the ER visit to early January where Caleb was up about every 90 minutes. I thought I was going to die. Now it’s around twice a night at 11ish and then 4. I can deal with this except that because of the lack of interest in daytime nursing he’s using these wak-ups for hour long sessions, which keeps me up… I need to night wean. It’s on the list as soon as he’s well.

This past weekend we started ear infection round 2 with an ear leaking copious amounts of mucus. It’s clearing up and he is fine. The pharmacist now knows me though. And I had her write end dates on the medicine since I’m having a hard time keeping track.

This first year has been amazing to watch another little person grow and change. Toddlerhood is just around the corner and that is crazytown.

Slideshow: pics from Caleb’s first year.

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