Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Year, New Goals.

Trying to reorganize my life in the new year is off to a rocky start. I felt like January would be a good time to set some goals, like the rest of the world, but then just never found the time. HA!  Is that real?  At least I had good intentions.

Well, I've come to the realization that I don't have enough hours in the day. (Like every other busy person.) So...I think I am going to have to do the unthinkable and that is, get up before the baby.

I planned to start working out with Marc in the morning, and that happened once in January. The problems are:
    1.) P still gets up in the night for a snack.
              -I'm still nursing, he won't take a bottle, so basically it is up to me.
              -We are working on crying it out, but I (and P) hates it.
              -If I nurse him at 5 or 6, he goes back to sleep for a couple hours. Praise the Lord! And I am lazy. Hence, the reorganizing of my life.
     2.) In January, the teething and ear infection monsters came and no one got any sleep. Except maybe Marc. But sometimes even he was up, which means the crying was real.

SO BASICALLY - I can either feed my [non]starving child, or get up at the crack of dawn and start the day with a cranky babe. I choose happy baby. But I also choose sleep. Ahh! Since Patrick is back to only waking up once, I am going to try REALLY hard to break that habit in the coming months, and I'm also going to try to get up and start my day before he wakes. Maybs.

My next goal was to declutter. Surprisingly, we JUST did this before Patrick entered the world. We went through the entire house and got rid of a bunch of stuff. Stuff is back. Or just misplaced. BUT, I'm determined to make my house look more presentable.

Chores. Laundry and dishes of course are never ending, but I can't decide if I would like to do a little housework every day, or one big day of cleaning. Typically I do a bunch of cleaning on Sunday, and I do enjoy the sparkling clean house at the start of the week, but I don't know if it would be better to split some things up. Any ideas? The key - I can't do much with Patrick up. He is down to one nap which brings me to my next thought...

I would also love to spend more time reading and less time scrolling through Facebook. When Patrick took two naps, I would spend one nap doing house stuff, and the other nap doing Amy stuff. This usually included laying in bed watching TV. Bring me all the lazy. BUT, since P is phasing out of his morning nap, I think I would like to spend his naps doing something I enjoy and not the tenth load of laundry. Reading used to be something I loved to do, but with limited time, I just kind of put it to the side.

Here are my ideas:

  • Wake up a little early to work out or do some house stuff.
  • Use nap time to read or do something I want to do, like start on dinner. 
  • Have time in the evening to do stuff with Marc, and spend less time stressing about my never ending To Dos. And possibly going to bed a little early. Honestly though, I think our evenings go very smoothly.

(Side bar: Marc is extremely helpful. He helps with chores, does anything I ask, and he always plays with P after work. He also does bath and helps do the bedtime routine with me. Thank the Lord for a good husband and for one that has good work hours!)

Also note, phasing out of a nap is hard. But just look at that adorable picture of P! That was a picture of yesterday when he decided that one nap was plenty and that afternoons were meant for partying. He wins!

Were the people with multiple children giving me all the eye rolls? Probably ;)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January Update

The New Year has brought the O'Leary family a lot of happiness and smiles so far, I can only pray the rest of the year continues this way!

Patrick has had three [double] ear infections in the past six weeks, but he is finally coming around. After three different antibiotics and many trips to the pediatrician, he seems to be on the mend. Although the teething beast is still making the nightly rounds, I'm so happy to see P as his normal happy self.

My best friend welcomed her THIRD baby boy this month and we got to visit the other week. It is so strange that Patrick isn't the baby of the gang now. He wanted to pet baby Eli like a cat, and wasn't a big fan when momma held the baby. I can't wait to watch these boys grow up together. Patrick always has such a great time hanging out with the Creason boys and I am excited to watch Eli interact with them!

Marc and I attended his company work party this month as well. It was nice to have a little night out with just us. Although, I was a nervous wreck and was obsessively checking my phone until I got the word that he was peacefully asleep. (We are going through a big mommy phase currently.) It was a great event and was nice to put names to faces. Marc is truly the greatest husband and the hardest worker!

We have had some unseasonably warm days this week. Patrick has loved having the opportunity to play outside and get some fresh air. We both cannot wait until warm weather.

In a couple of months we will be making the journey to New Mexico for my brother's wedding! This will be our family vacation this year and I can't wait. The airplane ride is obviously longer than Florida and Patrick is obviously older, but hopefully all goes smoothly.

So thankful for a great beginning of another year! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad

While I love being at home all day, it has put a real hinder on my lunch routine. When I worked, the office pretty much ordered food in every day, so I never put much thought into lunches. Patrick and I love a good adventure, so we do include eating lunch out about once a week, but for the remainder days we eat at home.

I feel like we get in a dull routine of eating the same things, and then get burnt out on foods pretty quickly. One thing we both love is this Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad. I find it amazing that I can get my one year old to eat the spinach, considering the only green thing I can get him to eat undisguised is Apple Jacks.

This makes a lot, so we snack on it all week. However, it is great to pitch in at any gathering. Bridal showers, baby showers, whatever the occasion is - this is great for a crowd.

Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad

12 oz bow tie pasta
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds, mixed with toasted almonds or cashews
6 cups cold cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup green onions
8 cups torn, fresh baby spinach

1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp pepper

1.) Cook pasta and cool in cold water.
2.) Layer pasta, chicken, parsley, and onions.
3.) Put in refrigerator to chill.
4.) Before serving, add spinach and dressing.
5.) Toss all together so dressing coats ingredients.

The dressing can easily be doubled if you need more. For added deliciousness,  I often make the dressing before and marinate the chicken in some of it.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 months! The big ONE!

26 pounds

It's amazing how fast a year goes by. It feels like just last week I had found out I was pregnant. Now I have a 1 year old! ONE! 12 months.

I can confidently say that this year has been one of the best years of my life. Even with all the challenges and anxiety that parenting brings, every day is so great. I thank God every day I am able to stay home with my baby and watch him learn and grow.

Patrick definitely has a personality these days. He loves to be the center of attention and he can always brighten someone's day. He loves to smile, wave, clap, and squeal. He still doesn't say a lot, although he does say dada, and sometimes hi and bye.

His birthday was a Tuesday, and we made the best of it! We played with balloons, had pancakes for breakfast (Patrick's favorite), and went out to lunch with daddy! Patrick and I both had the best day together celebrating his first birthday.

He also had the best time at his birthday party! We just had family and close friends, and it was a blast. Patrick loved playing with his friends and eating lots of cake. He also loved all of his gifts! (He was getting a little bored with his toys at home, so having new and exciting toys made both of us happy.)

Two molars have popped through, and more are coming. So now he has six teeth on top and still only two on the bottom. He is growing and WALKING and such a happy baby! Even though he got another double ear infection and is teething, he still finds time to smile and make me laugh.

Here is to another great year! We love you, PMOIII!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11 months!

11 months
26.4 lbs

I swear I'm getting more and more emotional with each passing month. How is my baby already 11 months old? I can still remember last year around this time, sitting in my office cubicle in the basement of the JW Marriott eagerly waiting P's arrival. It feels like it was just last week. But a year has passed and I now hold my most coveted title - Stay at home mommy!

I think I was around 6 when I knew I wanted to be just like my mom when I grew up...that part has never left me. I knew I was meant to be a mom - however 11 months later, I still don't think I have it figured out. BUT, I'm getting better and I love every single second. Even the rough days. I am no longer afraid to leave the house and I love our adventures together, P!

11 months and you, Patrick, are always wanting to GO, GO, GO! Your favorite activity is walking while holding mommy and daddy's hands. You also love to run with your push walker, preferably while chasing mommy down the hall. Still army crawling and pulling up on things, and you are still eating like a champ! You are also still sleeping from 7:30-5/6, have a snack, and then sleep some more until 7:30. I really hope you aren't giving up one of your naps yet. This week you didn't take a morning nap twice, but today you have made me a happy mommy by keeping your morning and afternoon nap.

We are still enjoying our bedtime routine. It is probably one of my favorite parts of the day. We do dinner, Patrick plays with daddy, then bedtime books with daddy, bath, and bed. It is the perfect way to end the day.

Apple juice is your favorite. You still love to clap and wave. You give kisses (kind of) and are trying to talk. You talk to me all day long and sometimes I hear "hi," "kitty," and "bye." You say momma and dadda some, and I do think you know who you are talking to. (Like, that dadda is dadda.)

Patrick is a very happy baby! (We were having a "blah" day when I took the 11 month pictures, P was cracking me up with his "are we done?" faces.) I cannot believe he is almost a year old, I have cried every day this week pretty much, but I am beyond thankful that God chose me to be Patrick's mommy.

We love you!!! The big ONE is right around the corner!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


We have had a lovely October! Your typical beautiful fall in Indiana. The weather has been cool, but not wintery, and even pretty warm...except for Halloween.

I'm not even joking when I say on Monday Patrick was in shorts, and by Friday - it was snowing. Snowing! But that didn't keep us from having the best first Halloween!

Patrick and I went over to our friends' house, and Marc joined up later. We enjoyed pizza (Patrick LOVES pizza, like his momma and dada) and then put on layers for trick-or-treating! We all had a great time enjoying time with friends, and even if it was snowing, it was fun to take Patrick out for his first trick-or-treat. We went around to a couple houses, then went back to thaw out and let the babies warm up.

We also finally made time to go to the orchard this year. Obviously, it was quite a bit warmer the Sunday before Halloween. Patrick loves being outside, and he had fun playing in the trees and playing with the apples that were totting on the ground.

It will be interesting to see how Patrick does this winter without being able to spend a lot of time outdoors, eep.

Had to include this one. Marc put him down as I was getting my camera ready and P rolled down the hill. He was okay though and laughed it off.

As we welcome November we also look forward to 11 months!! and Thanksgiving! So very thankful for so many blessings.

Monday, October 20, 2014

10 months!

I should probably step up my blogging game - I just realized my last post was his 9 month post. Oops. I have actually been using his nap time to read lately... looooovely!

P is 10 months old and as cute as ever!

He finally figured out how to crawl. Well, army crawl that is. I'm totally counting it. He can actually go pretty fast, and I know he could figure out how to put his knees under him considering he sleeps with his feet under him and his butt straight up in the air! He prefers to stand and walk - ALL. THE. TIME! He pulls up on me and loves to walk along the coffee table or use his push walker.

He is still sleeping well and LOVES bath time still. It is hard to believe he is almost a year old. I seriously am having an emotional time lately but I am looking forward to experiencing some of his "first" things. Like, his first Halloween in a couple of weeks! We are going with his BFF, Lucas, and some friends, and I can't wait to see how he likes it. I think he is going to love the ninja turtle costumes his friends will be wearing!

Patrick seems to be slimming out. His rolls are slowly going away and he looks so much like a toddler it almost hurts. I cannot believe how fast time is going. (I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously!)

Patrick is loving the cool weather! We went to the farm this past weekend and he loved playing in the leafs. Hopefully we can head to the orchard sometime soon and pick out some pumpkins as well!