Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baby B's Sewing Project

You may remember with Little JCrew that I made quite a few onesies for him.

 I will be able to reuse those onesies, except for the ones with a "w" on them.

My sister took some great photos while she visited after Little JCrew's birth, and I wanted to have the same outfits for Baby B to take photos in. So, I created some onesies with the letter "b" on them.

I was resourceful and pulled out white onesies I already had from Little JCrew and used the same fabric too. However, I wanted a different color for Baby B's letter. So, I used some left over fabric from my camera strap project and also from the pillowcase project.

I use iron-on adhesive to get the letters on the onesie, then I stitch it on there.

Stitching gives it that final touch.

Oh, and I also created matching shirts for the boys to wear in the hospital. Little JCrew already has one "Big Brother" shirt that he used to make the announcement, but I thought this was cute too. It's a simple iron-on patch from Hobby Lobby.

Now all I have to do is order boxers for Baby B just like Little JCrew's for more pictures.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Progress In The Yard

I may feel like a dork when I take pictures of the yard, but I'm glad I do. I get to look back and see how tiny things were and then look at them now.
I can't believe what a year has done to the yard. It seems like things have boosted in to high gear.
Take a look at our begonias.

I planted these the first week of April, and look how big they are.

I spaced them out quite far, and if I plant them again next year, I will do a bigger clump closer together. But I still like the current spacing.
Now, with the trees we planted, the whole point of putting them along the fence was to create privacy. When we got the Eagleston Hollies, they were tall. Not necessarily wide, but they had height on them.

They were planted in the summer and didn't do well their first winter. They lost a lot of leaves and branches from the frost. I was anxious to see how they'd come back. And they did!!

Now we are getting closer to our privacy goal. Nothing against our wonderful neighbors, but I love my privacy!
It's fun watching things grow. "To plant a garden is to have hope for the future."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baby B at 28 Weeks

Went to the doctor yesterday and all is good. No questions to ask; no problems to solve. Baby B is measuring on track and I'm consistant with measuring how I was with Little JCrew.

My next appointment is in four weeks and then I start going every other week. Once that starts happening, it will feel much closer! I can't wait. I'm ready to meet this baby.

Sleep is horrible now. I'm usually such a sound sleeper and don't move at night, but now all I do is toss and turn. I look at the clock every two hours and groan. Mr. JCrew and I had a good laugh last night. I mentioned how I wake myself up hitting him when I toss and turn and then say, "sorry." He then commented, "So, that's why I wake up!" He had been getting horrible sleep and wondered why. Little did he know that I was attacking him!

Twelve weeks left! Crossing my fingers it flies by!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Adding a Little Green

Back when I was daydreaming of my future wedding, I came across a beautiful plant.

I saw this and knew immediately that it was what I wanted for the centerpieces of my tables at the wedding reception.
Fast-forward to today and it is the centerpiece to my table in the kitchen. It's a Maidenhair Fern. They are dainty with tiny stems that are tough.

I just love this plant. The first one I ever got was small and in a pot in the living room. It didn't do too well there because of the lack of sunlight.
What use to be in the kitchen was the silver dollar maidenhair fern that I found at a local nursery. I fell in love with its uniqueness.
Maidenhairs are extremely high-maintenance. They have to be watered JUST right. I was so proud that I kept my silver dollar maidenhair alive for almost two years. But once baby came, my attention was pulled and the plant slowly faded to its death.
When I decided that I could have the time to take care of it again, I went back to the nursery to get another. However, they didn't have any. They don't keep any during summer because it is even hard for the nursery to care for them in the summer. I'll just have to wait til Fall.
Yet, I'm debating now whether to get another. The silver dollar maidenhair is beautiful, but messy. The leaves produce this sticky substance that kept getting on my tablerunner and table. I was constantly washing and cleaning the mess. SO, maybe I'll stick with the ordinary maidenhair. She's a beaut!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pottery Barn Has Done It Again!

Sure enough, as soon as I have created something that I couldn't find for my nursery, Pottery Barn has come out with something similar.

I am in love with the crib! I don't mind the white color, but I am in love with the lines. It's just beautiful.

And let's talk the bedding. It's grey and white with elephants!!! Oh, and I love the crib skirt!!

Not only did they come out with a grey and white elephant design, but there are some more out there.

This one is a cute girl design called "Georgia." It's cute, but I'm loving the elephant rocker and toys.

I love this one because it's a different take on the monkey theme. And the colors are pretty. I also like the idea of putting a shelf really high!

Giving me more ideas. I love it all. Good job, Pottery Barn. I was getting tired of what you had available, but then you came out with some new stuff. Sorry I won't be buying it, but glad you've made some changes.

My Little Organizer

Little JCrew loves to help! He helps his Mimi dust the furniture with wipes, he takes the laundry out of the basket, and he takes the Tupperware lids out of the cabinet.

The Tupperware part was not initially thought of as helpful, but it forced me to reorganize (after I had recently done so two weeks ago.)

We do have the cabinets child-proofed, but he got in there while Mr. JCrew had the cabinet open.
He had a good time.

And we had a good laugh.

Such a good little helper!
- Lindsay

Friday, July 20, 2012

Baby B at 27 Weeks

I like the speed this pregnancy has picked up. It felt so slow at the beginning! But I'm at the edge of the third trimester!!

I really feel pregnant now. I think I say that every week; I'm sorry.

The heartburn has come. I don't get morning sickness when pregnant , but the heartburn makes up for it. If I don't take a TUMS before bed, I'm done for! I will be woken up from a dead sleep with the urge to puke! Not pleasant.

Also, Baby B can't find a decent position when Little JCrew is nursing. It makes it uncomfortable for me too. Feels like he is putting is feet under my right side of the ribcage.

All is well in Baby B's world. He's growing and moving like a champ. I don't know when he sleeps! It's constant movement all the time. I even think he's been getting the hiccups. It's not obvious, but I think that's what's going on.

In regards to getting ready for Baby B, I've ordered his bottle labels and bag labels to identify his stuff. We're getting there!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Working Momma

There is nothing I love more than being a mom!! It’s a tough job, but the rewards are awesome.
I will admit, the rewards at first are not really there. There is a lot of giving and little receiving. A baby needs you at all times. You feed, change, cuddle the child at all hours of the day, and all he/she does is sleep. Once they pop in that first smile, your heart rejoices!

Luckily, Little JCrew is so interactive and responsive now, that I’ll be “receiving” from him when the new little man comes into our lives. Can you believe we’re less than three months away?!?!

That being said, the next three months are going to fly! I’m ready in some ways and not in others. The day I found out I was expecting, I was so excited for another delivery!! Crazy thought, huh?! But I really had such an amazing experience before, that I wanted it again. This time, I’ll need to savor the moment like I did before, because this will be my last. I just pray there are no complications and it can be a savored moment with positive memories.

The transition from one to two kids does not have me nervous. Should I be? My bet is that Little JCrew will be walking by then, so I will have a harder time keeping up. But he’s so active now, that I’m having a hard time imagining it being harder for me when he’s walking. Am I missing something?
Since changing jobs this year, my maternity leave is nothing. I have to use whatever vacation leave I have saved up, and it’s not much. But there is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The FMLA protects a mother’s job for 12 weeks but does not require pay; however, if you work part-time, work for a small company, or have worked at the company for less than a year, the FMLA does not apply, and you’re completely screwed.  About 50% of the workforce isn’t protected under the FMLA. I have talked with my company boss, and I am protected. I’ll be taking two weeks of my vacation time and four weeks unpaid. It will be a short six weeks off, with minimal working from home during that time.

The United States has poor maternity benefits. I frequent theBump.com message boards and there are a lot of Canadians on there. They appear to have the best maternity benefits! It’s basically a whole year off with your baby! Some might think our benefits correlate to our taxes paid to the country. Our poor maternity benefits have little to do with the amount of taxes we pay – it’s about how our taxes are spent (other countries with lower tax rates provide much better benefits than those in America), as well as the laws that companies must abide by. See the map below.

Now, I’m not sure exactly how I would handle maternity leave for that long. The reason I work from home during my maternity leave is so that I am not left behind as things keep moving forward. It helped me so much when I came back last time. I didn’t have to play the “Catch-Up” game at all.
My thought process behind this post started with the news of Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer. She is due in October; just like me. She loves to work; just like me. And she told her employment about the pregnancy in June; just like me. Yahoo knew she was expecting and still hired her. She plans to work during her maternity leave; just like me, as well. There's just one big difference... she's a CEO! There is a lot of criticism out there regarding her role as a mom and a career person. Some say she shouldn’t have a child if she doesn’t intend to raise them (expecting she hires a night nurse/nanny.) But in some cases, women work and still want to experience the joys of motherhood.
In the Jenson Crew household, I have traditional roles. I have the traditional job at a company and the traditional job as mommy. I am fine with being a working mom. I’ve tried to explain to the men in my life that Mom’s don’t get a day off to be sick! Dad’s do, but Mom’s don’t. Being a full-time mom without a company job is hard work. You have a house to run! There are no such things as fairies! If there were, I’m sure many moms would be utilizing them to clean up messes and run errands. Errands are fun to run, but not when you have to drive all over town or have a fussy baby (or two.)

Being a stay-at-home mom is worth a salary. All the responsibilities a mom has to do adds up! She is qualified for any job position within a company. Stay-at-home moms run their own company, called a family. Important decisions have to be made, kids have to be cared for on so many levels, meals have to be prepared, the house needs to be maintained, laundry has to be done, bills need to be paid, grocery shopping needs to happen, and the list goes on! If you ask a stay-at-home mom what she does all day, she can make you a detailed list. They don't just eat bon-bons.

If a stay-at-home mom does all this during the normal work day, then when does a working mom do it all? A mom's job never has non-working time. I always looked forward to the day Little JCrew would sleep through the night (it only took 10 months!!) But I am reminded that the waking in the middle of the night will continue with potty-training,nightmares and sickness! I'd say there is an end in sight when they turn 18, but then you are worried about a phonecall in the middle of the night from college. A parent's job will never end.

As much as I am ready to welcome Baby B into our home, the timing of it all has me nervous. Having babies so close together, my vacation time saved up is low, and plus I switched jobs, so my vacation time started over. How was I supposed to know? … We might be having someone come live with us for a while up until Baby B is born. It’s all dependent on a house being built, and you know how that process can go! … All I know, is that my job as a mom comes first and that’s what I have to focus on. I am to put my kids first and provide for them. That means, my needs and wants come second.

In Mr. JCrew’s perfect world, he’d live in a house with four walls, a bed, a fridge and a computer. He has little needs. He doesn’t want much (however, he does create a list of wants easily if asked.) I, on the other hand, like projects (if you couldn’t tell) and have a need to work. If I wasn’t working for a company, I’d be working at my home on something. It’s just my personality. I might as well go work a company job to make money to do things I love. Not a bad ideal. Right now, I don’t have a choice not to work, but if given the choice, I’d still work.

Being a working mom, I strive to find balance between home life and work life. I never bring my work home or talk about my work. It’s just a job and doesn’t define who I am. I am Little JCrew’s Mom! That’s exactly who I want to be. It’s harder balancing family time with working. Because I have 8+ hours away from my child during the day, I am slower to sending my child off to the nursery at church or going on a date night without him. I’m not as anxious to have a girls’ night or hand the kid off to the Mr. when he gets home from work or school. I don’t ask for much outside help because what little time I have, I want to be with my child. Housework may pile up from time to time, but I can be confident that I am spending my time wisely playing with my little man.

I must say that being a working momma requires a good support system. I am incredibly blessed to have my family here. I have no worries about how my child is being raised. When I am gone at work, I know he is getting the same love and attention that I would be giving him if I was at home with him. (THANK YOU, MOM and DAD!)
As the time inches closer to Baby B’s arrival, I have excitement and fear lumped together; and it seems to be lumped in my stomach! I cannot wait to be blessed with another child that God is granting me responsibility for. No matter what the rest of 2012 holds, I know it is nothing I can’t handle.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Baby B at 26 weeks

Reporting to you today from the road. I am still away at work and today will be a long day. Even though I didn't have a little one with me, I still didn't get good rest.

That's because Baby B is a night owl! He woke up and was VERY active at bed time. No position I got in was comfortable to him; and he let me know! I was getting frustrated. I think I was so exhausted that I ignored him and miraculously fell asleep.

My picture at 26 weeks is from the hotel. The weeks are starting to blur together. I have to look up how far along I am.

It's been fun watching people learn that I'm expecting. Some comment how 'quick' it took me to have another baby, and some shyly ask.

I'm embracing the bump when I dress now, so it's fun. Looks like an official bump now.

Hope you have a great friday!

- Lindsay

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dachshund Love

Here are some cute dacshund videos to entertain you (and myself.)

This video reminds me of my Bailey. This would so be him. Maybe Anderson would act the same.

This one is cute. Our boys don't even go outside in the rain, or will they step off the porch if the sprinklers are on. But they do run the rat race inside the house!! It gets Little JCrew going!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Quick Trip

I'm so glad I posted so many videos recently. It's the only way I'll get through my upcoming business trip. It's the first time I'll be away from Little JCrew for an extended period of time.

Little JCrew is in good hands! I am so lucky to have a hands-on hubby that takes care of the boy just as well as I do! They love each other and the little one almost favors his daddy over me. (I said almost!) I am not worried one bit about Mr. or Little JCrew. I'm worried about ME!!

Today is grocery day for the little man. He goes twice a week. Wednesday's is with his Mimi and Poppi. They love it and so does he. Publix has the cutest carts that he loves driving.

Then he goes again with us on the weekend. The boy won't turn turn down a trip to a store that sells food!

This morning I cuddled with the boy. We don't let him sleep in bed with us, I just like to cuddle in the wee morning hours. He actually sleeps really well in his bed!

Moms, how do you leave your baby for a long period of time? I'm going to miss this kid!!!

- Lindsay

Monday, July 9, 2012

Drummer Boy

This is a week of videos. My, how life has changed!

I could sit and watch kids play all day. They do the silliest things. And these things may not have been categorized as silly to me a year ago.

Little JCrew has always loved music, but now he has created his own dance moves. They are not your typical dance moves, but we recognize them. It involves some flapping of the arms... no, not the Chicken Dance!

Little JCrew started off with the tupperware drumming, but then Daddy took it and started drumming so the boy could dance.

This was Video 2 of 4 that capture the drumming session. I think I just need to keep a camera rolling at all times.

And I must point out the kid's awesome turnout!! When he pulls up onto the fridge, he is in a perfect second-position releve'! I don't think he'll be a dancer, but I'm sure there will be dancer's wishing they had the natural ability.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lake Day

Last year, we went to the lake with our awesome Small Group at church. This year, we kept the new tradition.

Little JCrew was in the tummy last year, but we still tubed behind the boat slowly. This year, baby B was in my belly but Little JCrew got to enjoy the boat!

He's my water baby.

We had such a great time!

Thanks for the memories, Julie!

- Lindsay

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daddy's Got Moves!

Okay, so ignore the daddy chanting in the background. You do silly things and say strange stuff to excite the kiddos!

Little JCrew gets very animated when he sees his daddy. Mr. JCrew has a reputation with "attacking" the little guy, so he thinks that's all Daddy does. Little JCrew "panics" when he sees his daddy and tries to run away!

In the video below, Mr. JCrew was playing with the boy's soccer ball. It got Little JCrew so excited. So excited, that he hits his head at the end of the video. I didn't realize this until it was explained, but the boy had so much fun watching Mr. JCrew play with his ball.

This was the second go-around so that I could get the camera. Just focus on the kiddo's giggles (and not the mommy or daddy voices.)   :)

Happy Birthday!

I love today. It's my momma's birthday!

I couldn't have been any more blessed.

Love you!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth!

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Fourth! Taco salad flag for dinner.

Besides it being our Nation's birthday, we have two friends the came home from the hospital today!!! Big reasons to celebrate!!

- Lindsay

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tree Down

I know everyone has heard of or felt the heat that is hitting us. It's done a number on everyone's grass and the plants are starting to suffer. I just wish we had rain!

Neighbor's dry patch

Even with daily watering of just my daylilies, they are not tolerating the constant sun.

They'll bounce back, but my October Glory Maple Tree won't.

October Glory Maple

A couple weeks back, I noticed my Maples in the front looking bare. The leaves were green, but they weren't thick. I gave them fertilizer and one started sprouting new leaves.

Then I noticed a neighbor pull one of their Maple trees out of the ground. She said it had a disease. Then the other neighbor said hers had a disease too, which prompted me to go look at mine.

That's when I noticed this:

It wasn't this bad at first, but the last two/three weeks have gotten bad. I finally took pictures to show my local nursery (I love CatBird Seat. Cory is very intelligent and has helped me with EVERYTHING!) He mentioned my tree was not salvagable. It was a goner! Not what I was looking to hear. He said if I had caught it in time, I could use the same bug drench that I used on my crepe myrtles every year and that would have saved the tree. That's right! The damage was caused by a bug! Because of the lack of rain we've had this year, my tree was susceptible to a bug making it its home.

My guess, is it was THIS bug:

Just a guess.

Cory told me I could buy a whole new big tree to replace it (which was kind of what I wanted to do) but he said if I was patient, I could re-grow the tree. Just cut it down to leave two inches of trunk, cover it with mulch and watch it grow. Because the root system is established and not damaged, the tree will grow like a weed and come back to three feet tall by the Fall.

So, I used my dad's reciprocating saw to tackle the job.

And down the tree went!

I'm sad to had to have done this, but I rather go ahead and get a healthy new tree started. I'm up for the challenge!! I'll definitely keep you posted on the growth of the new tree. I'm excited to not to have had to spend any money and the tree came down easily!! All I could think about was having to use a truck and chain to pull the whole tree out of the ground.

No More Tree

Now once the tree starts coming back, it will be a tedious job to keep on top of it. I can't just let it grow back. I'll have to "trim" it like I trained the crepe myrtles. There will be several "Shoots" that come up, and I'll have to pick the best two. Then in the Spring, I will select just one to be the trunk of the tree. Oh, fun!

Here's hoping the Fall brings a new baby tree!
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