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LIFE LATELY

IMG_3734 IMG_4226A few weeks ago Cooper’s cousin Luca was visiting from Texas and he was in pure heaven. Every day he’d wake up and ask “Go see Wuca now?”. She’ll be back in a June with all the other cousins and we can’t wait. I’m so glad my babies get to grow up surrounded by such a huge family.IMG_4267 IMG_4340 IMG_4344 IMG_4254A 20 week bump! Halfway!IMG_4328 IMG_4413Coop’s notoriously hated his costumes the last two Halloweens but has been randomly asking to wear them lately and it’s the cutest thing ever…for all of about 5 minutes until he’s taking them off again. But still…progress!IMG_4425We’ve also been trying to work on potty training over here. It’s not going well but at least he’s not crying when he’s sitting on the potty anymore. Hopefully he’ll get the hang of it sometime before he goes to kindergarten. IMG_4402 IMG_4432 IMG_4439 IMG_4478Probably my favorite picture ever. I’ll surely be embarrassing him with this one for the rest of my life.
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THE PAST TWO MONTHS

have been wild
and so much fun

I’ve been flexing my writing muscles and cranking out articles for Brit + Co in every waking minute of my free time. It hasn’t left a whole lot of room for much else (I need to just learn to function on less sleep already. Anyone know where I can catch insomnia?) but it’s important to me that I’m putting my degree to good use and earning a little extra spending money doesn’t hurt either. I’m still trying to find that balance though to do my own things too without forfeiting any play time and unfortunately, this is one of the first things that got neglected. That doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it and have been mentally cataloging all the things I need to post before I forget them but the last thing I want to do after working on the computer all day, is work on the computer all night. I’m just always so tireddddddddd.

I think I may be transgenerational. Old lady brain, young lady body. It’s a problem.

Tired or not, life has been moving right along in the Tyler household. Cooper never stays still (does any 21 month old?) and is nothing short of a delightful little partner in crime even when he is throwing a tantrum over something completely silly like finishing all his strawberries. He’s been working on his singing voice and chimes in during the theme songs to his favorite shows (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Super Why and Bubble Guppies), the alphabet song (he especially like the LMNOP part, which is obviously the best part), wheels on the bus and old macdonald. Sometimes I sing all day just so I can hear him do it with me. I keep trying to get it on video but so far all I have is way too many clips of me singing by myself while Cooper totally ignores me that I should probably delete ASAP.

We went through our first mild ear infection last month combined with some fierce canine teething that I would prefer to never experience ever again. Waking up in the middle of the night to take your toddlers temperature and seeing 103.8 on the thermometer is never fun. But a trip to the doctor and a little bubblegum medicine did the trick and he was back to his normal self in a few days (sidenote- can you believe he’s still not 20lbs yet?! 19.12. He’s currently 50% for height and 2% for weight. My kid, the string bean.)

You know now that I think about it, teething is the ONE thing I feel like no one properly prepared me for. I mean, I knew it would suck but I didn’t realize just how much. As a mom-to-be you get so much advice about every little thing and it’s like they all decided to just not mention teething and instead chuckle behind our backs about it. Ha! She’s in for it. It will be a sweet sweet day in history when that 20th tooth breaks through. How are we only 12 teeth in?

What else…..Oh, we recently celebrated Corey’s 30th birthday and I took him to see some local professional MMA fights and am so proud of myself for keeping it a secret for 6 whole months. It couldn’t have worked out better because we had the absolute best seats in the house and one of his training partners was fighting that night (I bought the tickets before he even joined the gym). It was our first time going out at night since Cooper was born and was much needed (thanks, Mom!). Then we had family over for a cookout in the backyard last weekend. The morning after the party our living room was covered in air mattresses and lanky teenage bodies and it was great.

Other than that, it’s been business as usual and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now for all the pictures I’ve been meaning to upload:

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I found this online. You can see us in the bottom right! 
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I was doing some work in the backyard and notice this pigeon in our side yard. I opened the gate just to see what he would do and he walked right in! He followed me around the yard for a good 30 minutes and hung out on the back porch for hours. He stopped by again the next day and I haven’t seen him since. Where are you Petey?
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LIFE, LATELY

IMG_9343Life has just been moving right along around here. We are go go going and we’ve settled in this nice little groove and not having to leave the house loaded down with a diaper bag bigger than my baby is pretty rad. We’re coming up on 17 months (this Saturday!) and we’ve OFFICIALLY got a walker. Sure, he’s taken a few steps here and there but in the last two days it’s like he just woke up one morning and was all “Yup, I’m ready.” Well, I’m here to tell you that I am not ready! I changed my mind!

You’d think I’d have been so ready for this, I had 17 whole months to prepare for it after all, but each little step breaks my heart and makes it swell up inside my chest simultaneously. He’s mostly walking on his own inside the house but anywhere else we do the hold on tight to one finger walk. Today at the park I tried to encourage him to do it on his own for a second before I realized that he will be running away from me in no time, so I stuck out my pointer finger and tottered behind him as he led me around the park and under slides that “Mommy is too big to fit under” but I crouched down and didn’t even hit my head once.

Now that I think about it, that’s kind of how things have been around here lately. We’re ducking and weaving and trying to manage everything at once without getting knocked down. Corey’s completely engrossed in all things MMA and has been at the gym a few times a week and working late a lot on top of it and I’m working on a side project that I can’t decide if it’s brilliant or complete crap yet. I’ll let you know when I figure it out. The only problem is that by the time the whole house goes to bed and I can actually do something productive, that’s about the last thing I want to do. I actually have an episode of Shameless loading up right now. But at the end of a day like today, a get outside and run around until your forehead is shiny and your back is aching from all the bending and lifting an (almost) 19 pound boy day. A come home to your husband and watch all your missed shows on the couch while the boy naps and eat all the snack the boy can’t have (gelato!) days. A this is too good a day to not remember so I must sacrifice precious minutes of sleep to record it all kind of day. You just realize that life is damn good and as I sit here and look around this little cozy little nest we’ve created I know there is not a thing in the world worth complaining about. Not even the fact that the cat took a poop in the middle of the bathroom floor and then tried to cover it up with a mountain of litter. Nope, you can’t get me. Not today! (But maybe tomorrow so cut it out, Mister!)

And because you care, here is our day at the park in pictures

We started out on the swings…

IMG_9316played a little peek-a-boo…IMG_9322IMG_9324breaked for a quick snack…
IMG_9328and very important conversation…IMG_9338did a few laps…IMG_9326and a little sliding…IMG_9342before he led me back to the stroller…IMG_9335and came home for a 2 hour nap!IMG_9344

And that my friends, is how you do a Wednesday. LIKE A BOSS.

– Mama Tyler, over and out

DATING DAYS: IPHONE DUMP

I’ve been sorting through and deleting the pictures on my phone and pulled a few gems out of the vault (aka 2008 – 2011 aka pre-marriage and a baby carriage). One day when he’s really getting on my last nerve and I’m gritting my teeth I’ll be able to look back and see what a coupla cute kids we were and I’ll forgive him in an instant. Unless he ate the last ice cream. Then it’s on!

And now, onward… Continue reading

WHELMED

I was so sure that when I had a baby and was able to stay home I would have so much extra time and would be finally be able to do all those craft projects and clean out that bathroom cabinet we’ve been neglecting since we moved in. You don’t need to tell me because I already know – I was wrong! So so very wrong. And naive! I feel like I actually get LESS done now than when I worked 6 days a week. Long naps are scarce around here and usually as soon as I sit down to do something he wakes up. Isn’t that how it always works? How do they knowwww?

The heat is keeping us in the house almost all week and I’m loosing track of what day it is. How is already the middle of August? Did we skip July this year? I must have missed the memo. My house is full of half finished projects and my drafts folder is overflowing with before pictures that are waiting for the afters. I don’t remember the last time I washed the floor but I do vacuum every day. Does that count? Is anyone counting? Things are getting done, little by little, but it’s just not fast enough for me. I don’t know when I’ll learn to just sit back and relax but I hope it’s soon. I’m starting to think anxiety is just a part of my diet. Like one of the food group. Right there next to coffee. That one’s important! I’m always worried that I forgot to pay a bill, or turn an article in, or just something. My dryers broken, my roof needs a new inspection, and there’s a light on my dashboard that won’t go away. It’s always something.

I’m not sure what this rambling is all about except that it’s almost midnight and everyone is sleeping except me. I just wanted to let you know I’m still here! And I hope you are! I’m just trying to find the time to fit it all in. But I do have big things planned and pages of ideas and half written posts floating around in my head. Soon! I pinky promise.

Now, some pictures because you deserve something cute after reading all that nonsense.

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