Sunday, June 23, 2013

the peanut and grandpa. . .

certainly have some great times together.
I seriously have the best parents!

Monday, June 17, 2013

balancing it all. . .

Life is a balancing act.  It'll take a bit of time to figure out how to balance my role as a mom with a newborn and a 9 yr old, working full time as a social worker, trying to keep my jewelry business alive, and have a bit of time for fun of course!  I previously worked diligently to create my own jewelry website, but have recently decided to discontinue that site and link to thi s blog.  I just don't have as much time to put into my jewelry right now as I would like. . .Plus, I'm trying to be a bit more budget conscious and cut extra expenses (like my own website).  As a single mom in the social work field, money is not flowing in abundance;-)

Visit LoChristine on Etsy to purchase any items!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

my little artist. . .

While I was in the hospital in labor with little man, this lady had some artwork featured in an art show!

Earlier in the year, she performed in the school talent show and had a solo in her school play!

So proud of her. She has talent in so many ways, just have to find a way to channel her non-stop energy into one of these areas:)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Parenting a newborn. . .

is hard.  When everyone says that you get no sleep, I had no idea what that truly meant. The first few weeks were a struggle.  Getting by on little sleep and trying to figure out breastfeeding, combined with my frustration over my lack of mobility due to the c-section definitely proved to be a challenge.  My mom's help was and continues to be invaluable.  Grayson is now on a good sleep schedule and is just a great baby (in my unbiased opinion, haha)!  

I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding in the beginning - it was incredibly time consuming and I often wondered if Grayson was even getting enough to eat.  Now, however, I love it for a multitude of reasons: Grayson eats faster, I'm more comfortable with it, I love having the ability to comfort him anytime, it's free, it's convenient, etc.  And obviously it's the healthiest option for him right now. He and I are learning and figuring this all out together every day.

It's simply amazing to watch him learn and grow.  Each day is different.

Asides from growing mentally, his body is growing too - at 6 weeks, he was 12lbs 7oz and 25.5in!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

the love of children. . .

Little M brought this paper home from school yesterday. She must have written it for a school assignment shortly after Grayson was born.  I had no idea and it just melted my heart.  She was so embarrassed when I read it. We've definitely had a few struggles with attention and jealousy issues since Grayson was born and some struggles with school work this year (probably due to the stress/complication of going back and forth between several households) but we are working our way through them.  It's a learning and growing process for us all. 

I can honestly say that I never planned to have kids when I was younger and well, I certainly never thought I'd be a single mom, but I wouldn't change anything for the world.  My kids are amazing and my life is pretty good:)

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