Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lydia 6 Months

Lydia was 6 months on May 1st...

Somehow a half a year has gone by....not sure how that happened?

What? I'm not touching the, I'm not about to bend over and chew on them, either, stop staring at me....

We just had her 6 month well-check today (these are official)
Height: 26.75 in (69th%)
Weight: 17 lb 14.5 oz (73rd%)
Head: 17 in (75th%)

This is the cutest face, right?

Lydia started solids this month and has pretty much been through every single food already and loves them! She is definitely taking after her big brother and loves to do "facials" with her baby food. This green bean mask was supposed to do wonders for her skin.

Her favorite place to be is wherever the action is. Kitchen table, high chair, middle of the living room...

She definitely likes to sit and watch her big sister and big brother, and Liam is still completely obsessed with her (sometimes a little too much).

 Sometimes being the littlest has it's perks...

She is moving a lot in her sitting position, reaching for toys and exploring everything with her mouth. She likes to obsess on small details lately.

She can't believe the price on this tag! What a deal!

She has started babbling a lot and says dada and baba and screeches a lot, she loves to hear her voice.

She is still nursing and we are still working on sleeping through the night. She is typically waking up at about 2 or 3 am to eat and I am still nursing her when she wakes up. For naps she has been sleeping in her crib, but at night she is still sleeping in her Rock 'N Play (she loves that thing). She loves rubbing her soft bunny or taggie blanket on her face to fall asleep and sucks her thumb. We have transitioned to lights off during the night (up until now, we had a lamp on during the night).

Lydia's First Easter!

You guys, she did so good on the Easter Bunny's lap...

And the one we purchased, because it was the only one Liam wasn't sticking his tongue out, in.

Lydia got lots of goodies, some baby food and some puffs and a swim suit and swim cap (for her synchronized swimming) and a taggie blanket.

Lydia and Maxton's First Easter

6 kids, a group shot is just never going to happen, I need to STOP

Nana with all her grandchildren...

And obviously baby swim caps are going to be my obsession this summer

Her 6th month in weeks:

Happy Half Birthday Liddy Lu!

Behind the scenes of her monthly photo shoots:

I just wanted to share how I am doing...

Life with 3 kids is tough and as soon as I felt like I started to get the swing of things, I went back to work.

And basically I feel like work really interferes with my life. Like, seriously.

I am not a person who feels fulfilled by my job, I feel fulfilled by my family. I would love to be a stay at home mom. But I work.

And when you aren't fulfilled by a job, but you have to do it, that's hard. And it is super hard to work full-time and be a's hard with one kid, it's harder with two and it's super hard with three. Being a mom you are always trying to work on "balance" (I could do an entire blog post about balance, but with 3 kids, I have no time, probably because I'm not balancing things well).

Any mom who is working full-time will tell you it's hard. And to the moms that stay at home I know that can be hard too. But when you are working with 3 kids, you can't even sneak in a moment when they are napping or playing, to do even one thing for yourself.

I feel like I am always in a rush to get something done for someone and that there definitely isn't enough of me to go around. And I feel like I am not doing well in any area of my life right now, I'm not a great mom, I'm not a great wife and I'm not a great employee. Feeling like that sort of sucks.

Nursing has been my only saving grace. At least in those moments I am forced to slow down and take in that moment, because she needs me. It is our only time together where I can completely focus on her. And I am thankful I have it.

Praise the Lord that Chris isn't on 3rd shift anymore, because I am quite certain I would be crazy. But 2nd shift (although better) is still hard. I am alone during the hardest time. The dinner/bedtime routine and I am packing lunches and trying to feed Lydia and dinner for Lily and Liam and packaging breastmilk and trying to pump and help Lily with homework and put to bed a little man who still doesn't want to sleep and....well, it's sort of Crazy Town! Don't even get me started on having a baby and having a child in school. School is a whole new level of things that need to get done, and a baby + first year of school - yikes!

I feel like the nights Chris is off, it's like Leave it to Beaver around here with how amazing the night goes, but when I am alone...I am doing the best I can.

I keep telling myself the first year is hard. I know this. I have done the first year two other times. And that I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I even reread my mini-meltdown I had on Cookie Day when Liam was 3 months old. But that doesn't make it easier.

Luckily my sister just had her third baby too, and we are in this together. She has a bad day and calls me and I lift her up and the next day I have a bad day and I call her and she lifts me up. And then there is Chris, seriously don't know what I would do without him. And my mom. Thank goodness for all the amazing people I have in my life.

(Well that got way longer than I intended)...the point...well the point is, the blog might take a back burner for a while. I don't want it to, because I like writing, and I am going to try to get on here more, but don't be surprised if you don't see another post until Lydia is 7 months (don't worry that's in 9 days).

I have posts I want to do and some I want to catch up on and I time.

Let's end on a cheerful's a little video of Liddy

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