Life with Two

My baby was born just a few weeks ago, right? It sure feels like it. I don’t know where this year has gone. It’s a bit humorous to me, the last time I blogged was when I came back from maternity leave, and here we are at my baby’s first birthday. Levi turned one just last week, and even though I remember every little stage and how each one felt like an eternity, it still feels like he just joined our family.

Before we had kids, someone once told us that the hardest transition is from one kid to two. I’m only speaking from my experience here, but I would have to agree. When Ava was born, we had all the time in the world to get to know her, rest when she rested, and soak up every precious moment during those newborn days. When Levi came around, I expected the same, but I was so wrong. I had this grand idea that I would be able to binge-watch Netflix (which I didn’t have when Ava was born), and hang out with a sleepy baby snoozing in my arms all the live long day. I could just hang around and not do a whole lot.

Well let me tell you. I was so, so wrong.

I hadn’t taken into consideration the toddler we would have during those newborn days this time around. One who would need fed, cared for, taken to the potty/changed. One who would need some one-on-one time and some sort of consistency. It’s really dumb that I hadn’t realized that. Newborns are exhausting in general, but this was a new level.

There were other differences between my babies that made it a little more difficult the second time, like having a tongue-tied baby who couldn’t nurse without making me want to scream, and the fact that I kept comparing my babies. I kept expecting things with Levi to go just as they did with Ava, and that was a mistake. But I definitely think the biggest adjustment was learning how to care for a newborn, toddler, and myself (and still keep the house at a level of cleanliness I was comfortable with). And it’s not just me–Caleb felt this way too.

A few months into having two kids though, something clicked. We fell into a groove with caring for both kids. I stopped comparing experiences and babies (which helped a ton!) and life became much smoother. I don’t know what did it, but there was a significant change around month 3-4.

Now a whole year has passed since we brought Levi home, and I can’t imagine life without him! He has so much personality–still very reserved, much like his sister, but he’s opinionated and knows exactly what he wants. He’s got the cutest little eyebrows that go up when he’s being sneaky, and pair that with his smile (complete with two crooked teeth) and he’s the cutest little boy I’ve seen! He’s starting to take steps with his short little legs, but he prefers not to have an audience, and therefore we only see him at the end of his path rather than his whole journey. He’s noisy, catches on to games quickly, and knows more than he lets on.

I’m so thankful that rough transition stage didn’t last too terribly long, but I do feel like it helped me evaluate what was going on. Maybe someday I’ll share some of those memories in detail. I am so very thankful for both of our babies, and look forward to watching them grow up into their own little people.

 

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One

She’s ONE!!!!

Last Thursday, my little girl turned one. It seemed as though she grew up overnight, and now she’s a little person, on the verge of walking, and almost a puzzle master.

I’ll go into more detail on her birthday, her party, and the week I missed leading up to it later. Just as a preview though, it was filled with fevers, family, and lots of fun!

Here are some snapshots of my baby throughout her first year. I would love to add more, but there are just too many!

Newborn collage7 month collage6balloons*This last picture was taken by my friend Nellie. We had such a fun first birthday shoot! You can check out her photography here!

Mama = Party Planner

One job I hadn’t exactly imagined I’d take on when becoming a mama is party planner. Around Ava’s 7th month, I had the daunting realization that her first birthday was more or less around the corner. Even though it’s not going to be a royal ball or anything, I want to throw a nice, special party. I want to celebrate my baby, and give others the opportunity to as well. Not to mention I love any excuse to see our friends and families!

I’m a novice party planner to say the least. I have a million great ideas, but who knows how I expect all of them to work together. So the 5 months of preparation was needed. On top of Ava’s birthday, I have Father’s Day around the corner. And since men aren’t so easy to buy for… it’s going to take some work.

Have you ever tried to surprise your kid’s dad for Father’s Day? Or any other gift-giving occasion, for that matter. It’s really hard!

I can’t go into a whole lot of detail without divulging my great plan, but basically, while Caleb and I were at youth group last night, my mom came over and helped prepare the surprise. There’s more to do, so I’ll need to be super sneaky again, but I have a week and a half to get it done.

On another note, we are two weeks away from Avie’s first birthday, and 16 days until her party!! I still have several projects to finish, the food to finish planning, and the house and yard to keep in shape. Did I mention I haven’t gotten her birthday presents yet??

The good news is, the invitations are out and the RSVPs are rolling in! More good news, not only will Caleb’s family be coming all the way from Pennsylvania for Ava’s birthday, but our best friends and their 1-year-old daughter from Wisconsin are making the trip to Indiana as well! We are beyond excited that so many of the people we love dearly – both near and far – are coming to celebrate our little girl. We are truly blessed for such wonderful families and friends.

Ava party invite

This is Ava’s 1st birthday invitation. Isn’t it beautiful?? Our friend Jessie from the No. 18 Paper Co. created it and it’s perfect!

Little Bird

We’re less than a month away from Ava’s first birthday–and her party. And every day that we get closer, I’m reminded that my baby is growing up and that I am in no way ready for her party. I’m actually more prepared than I feel, but it’s definitely daunting…

I have the basic theme and decorations decided, and my mother-in-law (bless her) has been diligently making rose streamers. I have bits and pieces of the decorations but I still have to assemble pretty much all of them. To top it off, I just decided on one last part of the decor… Birds.

Ava means “little bird,” and ever since we decided on her name, Little Bird has been a nickname. I was going over some party stuff in my head this past week, and kept thinking something was missing to the pink and teal theme. That’s when it hit me. Birds! They aren’t only adorable and very popular right now, but they are also super easy to incorporate into a mostly planned party. So this week I am off to the store to buy scrapbook paper, toothpicks, and string, and I will make bird streamers and other bird things. I can finally see the entire picture coming together, and I am so excited! I’ll post pictures of the whole party put together in just a few short weeks!