Oh hey there! I’m actually a little surprised I’ve got a blog post up! I didn’t mean to pump the brakes so hard on the blog front this past week, but it’s been a tad bit crazy around here. Besides the Thanksgiving holiday, the past month or so has been a tough one. Going back to work has rocked my world a bit harder than it did the first time, and I still feel like I’m trying to find my footing, so random blog posts have just naturally fallen to the wayside. B’s sleep has also been a rollercoaster lately, so lack of sleep certainly hasn’t helped matters. Somedays I honestly wonder if I’ve ever been this tired before, but then I try to remind myself that this season won’t last forever, and I know it will be over in the blink of an eye. (Which is partly why I think I’ve been extra emotional too, I am fully aware this time of just how fleeting these days are!)
Let’s recap Thanksgiving though. We can chat more about going back to work another time, when I feel like I’m coherent enough to actually type out feelings that make sense. Here’s how it all went down, through a handful of iphone pics!
So this Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a wild, but sweet one. I’ll say it started on Wednesday though. We kept both kids home with us on Wednesday since daycare was closing early anyways, and let’s just say it was another crazy circus trying to entertain them both while both of us simultaneously worked. But, we made it happen, and as soon as we logged out for the weekend, family time begun. Once the kids were in bed, Adam and I cozied up for a Christmas movie and hot chocolate on the couch.
Thanksgiving morning, while Adam went on a run, I got the kids up and got ready to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A was so excited to watch the parade, and kept asking about each float during the pre-show on Today. We watched the parade, whipped up a quick casserole, got everyone packed and ready to spend the day at the grandparents, and headed out the door just before lunchtime. Even though we’re only about 15 minutes away, we knew we’d be spending alll day over there with the cousins, and since we were also taking our fall family photos, we needed to pack extra outfits, and extra jammies, of course. And, in case you were wondering, a highly anxious mom + family photos + two young kids + a holiday might equal a completely unnecessary meltdown.
Once we arrived at the grandparents, A was thrilled to get to spend the day playing with her cousins, and run wild and free. For lunch, we had the traditional spread of turkey and all the fixings, all the casseroles and sides, and enough pie to make you wish you’d worn your stretchy pants. I ate way too much, of course, but didn’t regret a single bite. B loved sitting around the table, taking in the sights, and his little smiles were too much. A got to sit at the big girl table, and loved hanging with the girlies.
After our huge lunch, the kids played and played, before the four of us bailed out with our sister in law to go take our family photos at a nearby park. I feel like I stressed for weeks and weeks over what we would all wear, and after much debate, finally went with a somewhat neutral color palette. I knew I’d want to frame some of these, and didn’t want to feel like I was looking at overly Christmas pictures all year ’round. I’m so excited to see how they turned out!! A wasn’t 100% feelin’ it, but B was actually pretty good, so we shall see! After our shoot was over, we hung out until bedtime, eating pie and drinking coffee, before finally calling it and heading home.
Friday morning, A woke up not feeling well. Like, very obviously not herself. We immediately realized she had a fever, and knew we’d be staying home all morning at least. Throughout the day her temperature would go from 99 to 100 and back down to 98 then to 99 and would never really stay consistent, so we just figured she probably played so hard the day before she just wore herself out. We went ahead and decorated our Christmas tree, did some online shopping (and accomplished a ton from the comfort of my own couch!), and tried to have fun as best we could. Well, at nap time, she fell asleep for almost 2 hours, which she rarely does at home anymore, so we knew something was definitely up. And while she slept, B passed out in my arms for almost THREE hours, which was also a little weird. When she got up, I took B to run a few errands, just to keep them separated a bit more, and while we were out I started noticing that I too felt hot and thought my throat was starting to bother me more and more. (Side note – my throat had been feeling scratchy for a couple days, but not enough to really complain about, AND I’d been noticing that my pumped milk was looking thinner in the fridge, when it usually is very fatty and thick…a sure sign I was getting sick that looking back on now is actually pretty cool!) I’ll spare you the details, but basically I went to bed Friday night feeling absolutely horrible, and ended up going to urgent care first thing Sunday morning where they realized I had strep. I spent pretty much all day Saturday in bed, before finally feeling mostly back to normal that night when it was apparently Adam’s turn to take one for the team. He started to complain about his throat hurting, which resulted in him being totally down for the count Saturday night, and at urgent care first thing Sunday morning. Who else made a little trip to urgent care on Sunday? A and B, of course. Bringing our urgent care visits to a grand total of four in a matter of two days. Adam and A were also both given antibiotics for strep. And with B, we were scared he might have RSV, or something similar because he developed this pitiful hoarse cry over the weekend. And after being around all of us sickos, I didn’t want to risk it. Thankfully all of B’s tests came back negative though and they diagnosed him with just a bad virus that caused laryngitis, and to keep a close eye on it. Needless to say, our weekend didn’t exactly go as planned, and Sunday was a bit exhausting.
Sunday night, we ordered dinner in, a la Door Dash (praise the heavens for meal delivery these days!) and operated in survival mode as we tried to prep for the week ahead. Being sick, while also having sick kids, is just the worst! I think we both wanted to just crawl into a cave and call our moms to come take care of all of us, ha! Both kids were in good spirits though, and we all went to bed thankful for each other, even though it ended up being a rough weekend. A asked to hold B long enough for me to get a picture, (FINALLY!!!!) and my heart swelled with gratefulness.
I’m happy to report though that I think everyone is on the up and up. I was really fine for the most part by Sunday afternoon, but A, B, and Adam have taken a bit more time to get over everything. B still sounds a little hoarse, but I’m hoping it goes away in a day or two.
Can you even believe Thanksgiving is over and now it’s literally going to be Christmas in a matter of a few short weeks? Like, where has the year gone? I know for sure I soaked up every single second of maternity leave from August until November, but now I feel like I’m living back in a time warp! I mean, I love Christmas more than any other time of the year, but come on time – let’s slow it down a little!
How was your Thanksgiving? How did you celebrate? Did you shop? Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?