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All I wanna do is have some fun

All I wanna do is have some fun

Our first outing with the baby at Marymoor Park was foiled by losing Maggie! Luckily a nice lady from Portland found her and called me on my cellphone before we started to REALLY panic. Friggin' dogs!
Howdy blog! This was last Sunday, a beautiful sunny day and what SHOULD have been a lovely relaxing family outing to Marymoor Park…foiled because we LOST MAGGIE. It happened pretty quickly after we got to the park. Both dogs pooped at the same time, I was bending over to pick up Bear Cub’s poop and Josh and I noticed that Maggie was gone. No big deal, she usually runs ahead of us to the water, so we went to the water…and still no Maggie. We ended up splitting up and walking all over the park searching for her. The baby was fussing on and off and my plantar fasciitis was rearin’ up and I was just starting to verge on panic (or at least, anxiety) when my cell phone rang and it was a nice lady from Portland who had found Maggie wandering around in the parking lot! I gave her a huge hug and thanked her repeatedly and then WE LEFT BECAUSE THE PARK TRIP WAS RUINED, THANKS A LOT MAGGIE.

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It was the first time in 11 years I had lost her, not a bad track record. Still, never expected to lose Maggie. Bear Cub, sure, she’s an independent Cub. Thank God for nice ladies from Portland.

I have this thing for Jemaine Clement. ❀
Crushing on Jemaine Clement as a vampire in “What We Do in the Shadows”. A cute little mockumentary about vampires.

My Erte notebook is pretty pretty. 🌟
Isn’t the Erte design on this notebook gorgeous? Josh bought this for me. It contains many sketches by me of his butt. You understand.

Anyone have suggestions on how I can polish this metal tree without screwing it up? ✨
This metal tree needs polishing, but I’m scared to ruin it. What should I use?

Sweet little spring daffodils. πŸ’›
Here come the daffodils! I love this time of year.

The elusive rainbow unicorn! 🌈🌈🌈
I was VERY excited to put the rainbow unicorn onesie on him! Too bad all of his 3 month clothes baaaarely fit, my little chunk! Sigh.

Don't know who Zendaya is, but I'm really into this outfit. 🌟
I am inexplicably drawn to this outfit. I think it’s the combination of seersucker + big pants…I love both of those things. Once a raver, always a raver.

Love these grape hyacinth. πŸ’œ
Here’s what my baby week has entailed: lots of breastfeeding. Still pumping one bottle a day for Josh to give him at night (more like 4 in the morning). He is sleeping from 10-3 or 4, and then until 6, and then usually has a nap at 10/11 and another one at 3/4 in the afternoon. He smiles a lot, coos and says “Ah-Goo”. My nickname for him right now is Goo. He is sooooo cute, it hurts. He’s starting to look at the dogs, which I love.

Current workstation (not pictured: a fine coating of glitter on everything ✨).
Here’s what my non-baby week has entailed: finished my first little dollhouse painting, now I’m just decorating the easel and it’s going up for sale in my Etsy shop. Became super annoyed with the Joan Crawford painting and painted over it, OOPS! Try try again. Watching a lot of “Sex and the City” in the afternoons. Walking the dogs and sometimes the baby every day. Occasionally lifting weights (okay once this week). Went clothes shopping for the first time, post-partum, and was very humbled by the experience. Texted my cousin Erika to tell her about this experience, and she told me that she’s pregnant again! With another boy! We are meant to be boy moms.

Anyone lose a big white exercise ball? πŸ˜‚
Look it’s a white stability ball in the middle of a marsh! How bizarre.

I like neons in the springtime (ok I like neons ALL of the time πŸ’–).
C’est moi, yesterday, in one of my new larger shirts to accommodate my new giant boobs. Hooray for neon!

It was all yellow.
Expect a lot of flower pictures over the next few months.

Hope your Friday is out of this world! πŸ‘½
That brings us around to today, in his cute little alien outfit! I was SO looking forward to this outfit, and now he barely fits into it! Good grief, we’re gonna be in 6 month outfits sooner than I thought. Happy Spring, blog-logs!

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

Josh shows off new exciting uses for chip clips.
Hellerrr, blerrrrg. The baby is down for a nap, Josh is doing yardwork and I just remembered during my pumping session that I didn’t blog this week. Roops! Here’s Josh showing off exciting new hairstyles using chip clips.

Back at the gym this morning for the 1st time since baby arrived. You gotta start somewhere! πŸ’ͺ
Look it’s me! Back at the gym for the first time last weekend, and it felt so gooood. I also went yesterday after breakfast. I’m still on the bicycle for cardio and haven’t graduated back to the treadmill or elliptical (stupid plantar fasciitis), but at least I’m on Level 6 instead of my pregnancy Level 2. Progress!

Here come the crocuses in the front yard. πŸ’œπŸ’›
Tomorrow is the first day of spring hooray! My favorite season. Today is the only sunny day forecasted this week so the whole fam is going out for a sunny park trip sometime this afternoon.

Crocuses in the backyard. πŸ’œ
I love these purple and white crocuses in the backyard.

Father and son. πŸ’™
Ohhh these cuties. Baby M. will finish his 9th week of life and start his 10th on Tuesday. He smiles and coos and says “Ah-Goo” and I love him so much, it’s ridiculous.

Soggy Sunday! πŸ’¦
Lots of wet, muddy walks this week. One day I made the mistake of wearing the barefoot Brooks that are partly mesh and they got SOAKED, all through my socks. Made for a squishy walk but I still did a mile.

Had a Broad date today--we painted our nails, pet kitties, and then I watched her hoop in her underwear. Score!
Last Sunday I pumped an extra bottle so that I could go see my Broad for a Broad Date. We painted our nails with her expensive Jamberry polish, pet kitties, and then she stripped down to her underwear and showed off her hooping skills. She hoops every day now for at least an hour! I’m so proud of her. Made me want to dust off my own hoop…sometime.

Enjoying a little silver glitter on my nails before they start to chip in 3...2...
I hadn’t painted my nails in months. I like glitter polish because it camouflages chips the best. Also: because glitter.

The subject of my first mini painting is Louise Brooks, of course! I've painted her 4 times and I'm not bored yet. (top left is still for sale, btw)
For my first mini painting I went with an old favorite, Louise Brooks!

Starting the Lulu mini painting.
Initial stages of the Lulu painting. I’m at the glitter stage, presently.

Babies make you better multitaskers--here's Josh drawing and holding his son at the same time. πŸ’•
I’m not the only one creating art around here. Here’s Joshy multitasking–drawing and holding his son at the same time. Talent!

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I hope Baby M. is an artist too.

Bear Cub is relaxed.
Bear Cub, relaxed. She’s currently snoring at my feet as I type this.

Josh's snowflake/disco ball decoration in the kitchen. "Do we get to take the snowflakes down in five days when winter is over?" I asked him yesterday. (Side note: YAY SPRING)
Josh’s disco ball and snowflake decorations in the kitchen, which I’m planning on taking down tomorrow. Down with the snow! Up with the flowers!

Finally--a rain break!
I’m currently attempting to read a biography of Marilyn (and failing). We’ve been re-watching “Deadwood” at night…it’s even better the second time around. It’s a shame it only lasted three seasons. Seems like all the shows we like best don’t last.

Hey! "Aqua Floral Mandala" is still for sale. 🌸🌼🌸
I was downstairs painting and my pink turban caught my eye, all neglected on a wig head, so I thought I had better take care of it! It still had the price tag on it from our trip to NYC, how sad! After I posted this picture on IG, my old old old olllld blogfriend Laila offered to buy the Mandala! Woo hoo!

Today was nice. 🌞
Not right away, but sometime this year. Which is fine by me…it’s not like my paintings are going anywhere, any time soon. This past week would have been the RAW show that I was asked to join, and I wanted to, I really did…but maybe when Baby M. is a little older. I am still breastfeeding a LOT at this point.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! πŸ’šπŸ€πŸ’š
Friday was St. Patrick’s Day, and it was Josh’s idea to dress M. up in this swaddle blanket wrapped as a tiny kilt! I DIE! I had dressed up as well to get in the picture, but we were lucky to get one photo where he was not crying/screaming.

Maggie dog says "Rappy Raint Ratrick's Ray!" Turns out elder dogs are easier to pose than babies. πŸ€πŸ€
Maggie on the other hand, was comparatively easy to pose. My elder dog!

First baby date! All boys, all adorable.
Friday afternoon Baby M. and I had our very first solo outing in the car together…all the way to Bellevue! It took us only 36 minutes to drive there but a whopping hour and ten minutes to drive home, thanks to rain (groan) (there’s always rain, come on people) and gross Friday afternoon traffic. I met up with two ladies I had met through my fertility clinic and their beautiful baby boys.

“Our son looks like a tank,” remarked Josh when he saw the photos.

@espedp laid out a beautiful spread for our baby date yesterday--croissants, cream cheese and fresh fruit. Too bad we had to eat in shifts! πŸ˜‚
A lovely lunch was laid out–but we spent most of the time walking/burping/feeding/changing our babies. I did manage to shove a couple of cream cheese slathered mini croissants and fresh fruit into my maw in between caring for my son. Who sits down and eats at a normal pace with a newborn?! It’s not possible.

Swamp Cub! πŸ’¦
The drive gave me a lot more confidence about traveling with my son in the future. It can be done! He gets a little fussy at stoplights, but not a peep while we’re on the freeway. Phewwwwww.

Today's dogwalk required Wellies. β˜”οΈ
Yesterday’s dogwalk was REALLY rainy. I’m looking forward to getting out in the sun today! Let’s go!

Little boxes made of ticky tacky

Little boxes made of ticky tacky

Happy Friday! Is there a more perfect comfort food than a grilled cheese sandwich? 😍
Howdy blog! If this is a Good Nap Day, I estimate that I have 30 minutes to write this blog entry. Let’s see what happens! Last week I decided the last of the bread left by our houseguests needed to be eaten in the form of a grilled cheese sannie…or three! The ultimate comfort food. Mmmm.

Ohhhh it's a happenin' Friday night 'round here.
One week ago today. A typical Friday night for new parents. We have a new bedtime routine…ice cream and Sleepytime tea around 8:30 pm, which is when I kick off my three rounds of breastfeeding. We’ve done that for most of this week and he has slept GREAT–now he only wakes up twice, once for a Josh feeding at 2-ish and once for a Liz feeding at 5-6-ish. Then if I’m really lucky, he might let me sleep until 8–but not the last two days.

Maggie dog is always up for a game of fetch. 🎾
Still! I’m not complaining! It works out to 8 hours of sleep if you subtract the pee breaks I still have to make. What is THAT all about? Is that just my New Normal? I’ve been using that term a lot since Baby M. has been born.

Loving this tattoo art by @evakrbdk πŸ’™
I continue to be inspired by tattoo art on IG, although I’m over wanting any more for myself. Although at least 3 times a year I think I want to cover up my old sun tattoo. BUT WITH WHAT? The eternal dilemma.

"What is that green thing?" squawked my sleep-deprived husband today. "Some kind of alien?"
I’m going to slowly post less pictures of my son on my primary IG account, and just post to his private account, so if you want to see more pictures of Baby M. (and I know you in real life), than please visit @babyboyholcomb.

My daily audience for breakfast.
I’d like to eventually make my @artwaif account public again, to help “promote my artwork”. BAH HA HAAAAAA.

After a long fussy weekend, the little dude amazed me by sleeping in till 9 o'clock this morning! πŸ™Œ
Last weekend I went to a consignment shop and bought him 4 shirts, two sweatshirts and a pair of socks for only 24$! I was proud. His feet just keep getting bigger and bigger! So does the rest of him. 2 months old and he’s wearing 3 month clothing.

This morning.⛅️
I wrangled him into the car seat today for another Bob walk. I feel so proud every time I manage to get us all out the door for a walk at the park! Someday it won’t be such a hassle.

Catching a few rays of sunshine (in fleece jackets).
Catching some March sun with my son, in fleece jackets. He didn’t fuss as much as I figured he would with the hood on. He seems to enjoy being outside…just like his parents!

Preeeetty much obsessed with designer @ashish_uk 😍🌈✨✨
Recently discovered designer Ashish and I’m pretty obsessed with everything he does–rainbows! Glitter! Kitsch! Right up my alley.

This little chunk is 2 months old today! πŸŽ‰
Two months old, and such a little chunk! He’s pretty happy in the morning. In the evening that “baby witching hour” kicks in from 4-8 and it’s fuss FEED fuss FEED fussss. Poor Josh, he doesn’t get to see all the smiles that I do.

Completed mini painting for my neighbor's dollhouse. Only took me two weeks! πŸ˜…(it's true what they say about babies, they take up allll your tiiiime)
Completed tiny painting for my neighbor’s dollhouse!

The recent tiny painting commission from my neighbor inspired me to buy a bunch of tiny canvases! Yay for starting new projects! 🎨
I was so inspired I just ordered a dozen tiny canvases (with easels!) to do a series. I already know who my first subject is going to be…Louise Brooks, of course!

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I offered to do a free one for Christopher and Jenn for their dollhouses, and the rest I will put up for sale in my Etsy shop. Dollhouse art has its own niche!

New reading material.
Hoping to get through this book in the next…um, year. Heh.

Yesterday afternoon. I think we have the same squinty eyes! πŸ‘€
He likes to be held facing away from us, so sometimes I use my camera to see what his face looks like…and sometimes it looks like this! Happy little boy! I’m crazy about this kid.

Impulse buy. 7 cookies in one serving? HA.
Well, er…impulse buy at the grocery store led to binge eating led to an inflamed gum around my right lower molar! Coincidence? I think not.

Hey Maggie, placing the ball several feet away from me in a pool of stagnant water isn't what I meant by "bring it back". 😭
Sometimes Maggie thinks that dropping the tennis ball into the nearest disgusting pool of stagnant water is cute. Not so cute, Maggie.

That’s it? I wrote an entire blog entry during the last leg of a nap? Amazing! Maybe I even have time to start my Louise Brooks painting. Catch yer later!

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

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Hola blog! Mumsie is cuddling with Baby M. while I type out my weekly blog entry…while simultaneously holding a hot compress on my left nipple. Motherhood has made me a master class multitasker.

I thought I was over shows about zombies, but along came "Santa Clarita Diet". It's adorable!
This week’s nighttime viewing (while cluster feeding) show: “The Santa Clarita Diet”. Cutest show about zombies you’ll ever see. I was resistant to watching it at first, but hooked by the end.

First signs of spring hit our backyard! 🌱
Spring is starting to hit our backyard.

Sunny family walkies. πŸ’š
I love our family walkies.

Tummy Time to Deee-Lite radio on Pandora (note the dogs in the background).
This particular Tummy Time session was to Deee-Lite radio.

First family outing to a dog park: complete! 🌲
Last weekend (Saturday? Sunday? Who can say) we had our first outing to a big dog park. The BOB stroller handled the roots wonderfully! And although there was an initial screamfest in the car that required a breastfeeding session (in the garage, before take-off), the baby was quiet during the entire trip to the park, and both car rides. Phewwwwww. I know they have to cry occasionally. But I don’t have to like it!

Put in contacts today for the first time in ??? It's easy to let self-care slide while taking care of a newborn. Maybe in two weeks I'll be able to paint my toenails!
Feeling like myself again, including wearing contacts for the first time in ???. I even painted my toe-nails this week!

Wow. What an incredibly gorgeous mama.
We didn’t watch the Grammy Awards, but I caught a pregnant-with-twins Beyonce on Youtube the next morning and was blown away by her look, performance and whole vibe. Gorgeous. Almost makes me want to be pregnant again (JUST KIDDING).

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I enlisted the help of my friendly neighbor to watch Baby M. while I take the dogs for a quick daily walk, and it’s been wonderfully therapeutic. Especially when the sun is shining.

Afternoon disco dance party to Donna Summer radio..."Ladies Night" by Kool and the Gang really made him bop around.
Afternoon dance parties in the sunny nursery to “Ladies Night” are also fantastic! Look at this little man.

I had been waiting to put these booties on him, and now they're almost too small! He has big feet like his mom. So proud! πŸ‘£
I waited to put this adorable booties on him, and now at nearly 6 weeks old guess what? They’re too small! He sure has his mother’s big feet.

Josh and I don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, but what the hay, motherhood has made me sentimental. Happy Valentine's Day! @djmagicelf πŸ’šπŸ’™β€(homemade card circa 2008, the year we got married)
Mothering a newborn made it impossible to go out and get Joshy anything for Valentine’s Day (or even the day before Valentine’s Day, which is what we usually celebrate). He brought me home a card, some little presents, and a heart-shaped chocolate cake though. He’s so gooooood.

Adorable homemade card from my MIL to Baby M.. πŸ’–
Love the monster card Fleeta made for Baby M.. She’s always so thoughtful.

Josh bought me this fun decorative ball last night, which immediately began shedding gold glitter all over our son. Eh, he's five weeks old, time to start experiencing what this household is all about! ✨🌟✨
Josh bought me this fun decorative ball, which immediately began shedding all over the house and our son’s head. Sparkle, baby!

Nature Cub! 🌲
These dogs follow me around the house allll day long. I suppose they always did, but I thought maybe Bear Cub would distance herself from the baby. Wrong! She’s a protective Cub.

The bright-eyed and calm moments are wonderful. And the smiles! I've requested more smiles! πŸ’™
This week he’s been smiling more and just recently started cooing at me, which I love so much there is no way I’m going to break focus and take a picture! So he looks serious in all of his pictures.

Monday. πŸ’™
So much love.

I have been so lucky this week to have someone watch the baby long enough for me to take the dogs for a walk...and 3 out of 4 of those days were sunny! Take THAT, crappy forecast! 🌞
My photos haven’t changed all that much, there’s just a lot more…baby.

Special thanks to @algae13 today, who allowed me to walk the dogs and eat a meal (without breast-feeding at the same time), and who cuddled Baby M. into a nap and lent us some groovy baby carriers! Mwah! 😘
Thursday Josh’s old boss came over in the morning and let me walk the dogs, eat lunch (without breastfeeding at the same time), snuggled the baby AND lent me some fancy schmnancy baby carriers to wear! This purple one is one of them. It’s similar to the Moby. He fussed at first but I hypnotized him by bouncing on the stability ball and then he chilled out.

Come on, spring!
More spring in the backyard.

Just ducky. πŸ’™
Spotted on our dog walk yesterday.

My mother visiting meant TWO dog walks today! Woo hoo! And look who decided to go for a swim on the way home. Labs.
Maggie dog had to jump in the nearest body of water right as we were leaving the park, of course!

Grandma and Baby M.. πŸ’•
Mumsie flew into town Thursday night, and it’s been wonderful having her here. Yesterday I was able to take two dog walks, and we brought home Hawaiian food to eat for dinner last night, mmmmm.

Somebody's been a little fussbucket the last two nights...but he's still awfully cute.
He’s had two super fussy nights in a row, but who’s counting? I’m pretty happy if I can piece together 5 hours of sleep per night.

Drizzly walk today. πŸ’¦
Today’s walk…oh, I hear my baby crying! I can’t believe I made it through this entire blog entry. Catch you later!

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spooky scary*

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spooky scary*

My Broad and my boy. πŸ’™
Hey blog! Currently I am sleep deprived, but what better time to blog 2392014329 pictures of my newborn baby? Here is the Broad. She came over for a visit and snuggled with my boy.

Ohhhh this cutie.
Bright-eyed in this one, a state that he is not often in these days. Newborns sleep a lot! Which gives me little chunks of time throughout the day to accomplish tasks.

#tbt Kauai, 2014. Mmmmmmm...🌈
This must have been for Throwback Thursday last week–Kauai, 2014. Look at that water, droooool…

Christy came for a visit. πŸ’•
Christy also came for a visit. She is due any day now. In the past week, two out of the four pregnant ladies I know have had their baby boys. Christy is next!

Sweet boy.
He is sooooo sweeeeeet. I want to make my Flickr private for his sake, but then this blog would have to be private too, and then I really would just be blogging for myself. Hmmmm. Well…not ready to make that leap yet. Making my Instagram private was a big step for me.

Baby M. looking thoughtful. πŸ€”
Deep thoughts.

How come fat on baby thighs is so attractive?
Delicious baby thighs. He weighed in at the hospital this morning at 9 pounds, 11 ounces! What a little chunkeroo! MY FAVORITE.

Nice afternoon for it. πŸ’š
I really miss this aspect of paternity leave. It’s so much easier handling stroller + two dogs with two people. Yesterday I tried doing a walk with the stroller by myself, but Baby M. is currently in a carseat hating phase and screamed so hard after I loaded the dogs in the car that I ended up unloading them, going back into the house and popping him on the boob instead.

Successfully got the little guy into the Moby wrap this morning. At this size, I find it more comfortable than the Ergo.
Later on after Josh came home from work, I took the dogs for a quick walk, sans baby. I need the daily dog walk, especially when it’s sunny outside. It’s really important for my mental health. I thought I could take the baby in the Moby wrap (see above photo), but I must have tied it too loosely because his head wasn’t supported at all. Curses!

This little chunk is up to 9 pounds. Alriiiight, breast milk! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š
Today, however, I tied the Moby REAL tight, got the little squirt in there and then, taking one dog at a time, took a slooooow walk around the block. Today is the last day of sunshine for a while and I was determined to get my 15 minutes, dammit! Plus the dogs had been staring at me expectantly all day. There’s that dog guilt.

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Obsessed.

Somebody was fussy alllll night long. It's hard to stay mad at this face though.
My mother tells me about her day at work over the phone and I realize breastfeeding this sweet baby every hour or two hours all day long ain’t so shabby.

Everyone wants my Ring Pop.
I still have a lot of red candy leftover from my birthday present.

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Cute factor aside, yuck, I think you have to be under the age of 10 to enjoy these things. Or under the influence of…something.

So far our first day alone together is off to a good start...we slept in until 8! πŸ’š
Oh little man. Love him in this long-sleeved wrap shirt.

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The orange leggings are from my mother, they match the Boppy cover, and of course I notice things like that!

Hot.
This is a good look.

Reading this book summoned the dogs this morning.
I’ll admit, I haven’t been reading much to him yet. I’ve read two books in three weeks! And we are readers in this family! I gotta step up my game.

Ka-POW! πŸ‘Š
Ka-POW! We haven’t yet had Tummy Time today. We’ve just had Booby Time and Fussy Time (ugh I’m so sorry I talk like this now, it really can’t be helped).

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. 🌈
One of my birthday gifts from Josh that I hung in his nursery window.

Quick dogwalk sans baby after Josh came home. I haven't yet mastered stroller + two dogs by myself...maybe tomorrow. 🌲
Apparently there will be 6 more weeks of winter? Hey, at least it isn’t snowing.

FINALLY some painting inspiration! Joan Crawford with grapes! Thanks @dubtrance, you know my taste so well πŸ˜˜πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡
Christopher inspired me to paint Joan Crawford in this grapes costume, and I started the painting yesterday. It’s going to be on a little tiny 5 x 7 inch canvas, because that’s what I have on hand, but it will be a nice transitional painting for me. Transitioning back into portraits!

Rough night last night. Good thing he's so adorable today. πŸ˜…
Supposedly babies don’t really focus on objects at only 3 weeks, but I swear he was checking out this mobile yesterday.

More lactation cookies, this time with a mixture of dark chocolate and butterscotch chips, mmmmmm.
During one of my breastfeeding breaks I managed to bake a bunch of lactation cookies again, this time with dark chocolate AND butterscotch chips. Mmmmmm.

Finally the ground isn't covered with snow or ice or rain, and we uncovered three tennis balls we had "lost" at the park! πŸ˜‚
Finally able to explore hills (because I’m not waddling around with a pregnant body any more), we discovered three tennis balls at the park yesterday we thought we had “lost”! Woo hoo!

I finally caught his smile on camera. Made today's sleep deprivation totally worth it.
I was so tired last night, laying on the couch after a loooong breastfeeding session, waiting for Josh to come home so we could eat dinner. I had the little dude laying on me, and I used the reverse camera to look at his face and surprise! A smile! This was the first time I managed to capture one of those fleeting smiles on camera. It makes me really happy.

Six more weeks of winter, eh? Baby M doesn't mind.
And finally today, after (what else?) a breastfeeding session. He is so content when he’s milk drunk. Siiiiiigh. Oh man. Mommy needs a nap. See ya, blog.

* I’m working my way through “30 Rock”, a cute little show that requires no thought process from yours truly, which, these days, is niiiiice.

Oh baby!

Oh baby!

Too pregnant to lace shoes...send help!
Heyyyy blog. This may very well be my last blog entry before I have a baby and therefore lose massive amounts of brain cells and stop caring about the Internet and blogging for a while yayyyyyy! However, I have enabled a program to automatically upload all my Instagram photos to Flickr, so even if I’m not HERE, you can find me on Instagram HERE or on Flickr HERE.

At the gym last night. Found out this morning that I might be getting induced at week 39...that's a little over a week away! Squeal! I'm excited!
You wouldn’t think to look at me, but I am still going to the gym. Ever since I found out I will likely be induced on Monday, I’ve actually been making an effort to move MORE. Come on son, let’s get that labor on naturally! Mama doesn’t really want to be induced!

Nursery art for Baby M., from Etsy shop "Lucy Darling Prints". I'd already had the frame for years, waiting for the right piece to show up! πŸ’š
My OB wants to induce me due to my “advanced age” and also because I did IVF. Apparently babies who are born before 40 weeks do better than babies who are born overdue…and Baby M. seems awfully comfortable in there. I’m not comfortable, but he seems to be!

Josh got me a laminated label maker for Christmas...STOKED! People with A.D.D. loooove labeling things.
This labelmaker has already brought me and my A.D.D. so much joy.

Watching Mr. Bennett this weekend! πŸ’•
We agreed to watch Mr. Bennett over the weekend. Thank goodness he is 90% potty trained now, but he is EXTREMELY CLINGY and followed me around every second of every day, which is kind of annoying when you are enormously pregnant and trying to nest. Cute little guy, though.

Happy almost-New-Year! I quit drinking nearly 9 years ago, so I don't remember what it's like to party on New Year's Eve. I assume people still do that, though? Party?
I inadvertently ended up taking my maternity leave a little early, as I discharged my last patient last Friday. I’m available to work this week if any new patients show up, but here it is Thursday and I’ve not received any text messages from my boss. Hmmmm.

Another green/blue glitter beard for work today. Tomorrow night he's going to shave it off into some weird formation, but he promised to let me first give him one more extravagant NYE glitter beard! Yeah! ✨🌟✨
Josh’s last full day of having a giant glitter beard for work last Friday.

🌈🌟✨(thanks @jasoncampbellstudio)
A little rainbow glitter inspiration. He’s had his own “glitter station” in the bathroom for weeks now, talk about adorable. It was a little sad to pack it up.

Happy New Year! Looking forward to some BIG changes in 2017! βœ¨β€οΈπŸ‘ΆπŸŒŸβœ¨
On New Year’s Eve, I pulled out the bag of star-shaped glitter for him and he gave himself an EXTRA glittery beard. I didn’t feel like doing my hair, so I threw on the wig handiest and put a load of “Unicorn Snot” glitter gel and loose glitter on my eyelids and we took some photos.

Sparkle, Neely! πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸŽ‡
We also drank cider, lit some sparklers and watched “Encino Man”! Let the good times ROLL!

Starting 2017 out on the right (dog) foot with an early-morning dog park session. 🌲
It’s been cold here, but so dry and sunny that all of the mud at the dog park is nice and hard. I’ve been taking the girls to the dog park every day. Let’s go, labor! Arf arf!

Bear Cub and her little white shadow.
Bear Cub ignored Mr. Bennett for the most part during his stay with us. Maggie on the other hand played with him several times. She’s such a good elder dog!

Bear Cub is feeling a little insecure with this third dog around. How will she be with a full-time new baby?!? πŸ˜…
Monday, our last day with Mr. Bennett and a very insecure little Bear Cub curled up against Mommy. How on earth is she going to handle a full-time baby?

Not sure if it's the third dog or the baby coming, but Bear Cub napped on top of me today for the first time in 8 years. It was kinda sweet.
She even went so far as to nap directly on me! What on earth?!

Good-bye, 2016 beard, hello 2017...um, Creep?
The whittling down of the beard kicks off, so I get to be married to a pervert for a few days. I was not into this facial formation AT ALL.

Tonight we're watching the new "Ab Fab" movie. I haven't seen it since I watched it in the theater...it's even better the second time around!
We watched the new “Ab Fab” movie together, which I hadn’t seen since the Broad and I saw it in the theater. Even better the second time around!

Sup, Pornstache?
Monday night, at the gym. This look made me laugh every time I looked at him. He delusionally thought that the mustache made him look more “muscular”. Uh huh.

Probably my last ultrasound before the little dude is born. I'm already obsessed with his feet! 😍
This was on Monday’s ultrasound. Do you die? I DIE. Not even out of my womb yet and I’m already obsessed with his feet.

Basset hounds at the dog park mawww πŸ’•
Being on accidentally-early-maternity leave this week has been okay because the sun has been shining every single day. And I get to spend it with dogs! Look at this basset hound, maw!

Just whipping up a batch of "lactation cookies" this afternoon. Delicious. πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ
I made a big batch of “lactation cookies” to freeze to help with my milk production. They are mostly oatmeal and dark chocolate chip and pretty delicious.

Watched this last night for the first time in years and shamelessly enjoyed myself. The bad wigs! So good!
Recently we watched the original “Parent Trap” with my old pal Hayley Mills. You will recall that I have my very own awful Hayley Mills wig!

Who's a happy Cub at the dog park today?
Bear Cub in her Happy Place. Meeeee tooooooo.

Bought these socks for Josh for Christmas cause he's a "fun guy" πŸ’–
I bought Josh some sexy argyle socks for Christmas. We like socks in this family.

Adventures in pervy mustaches: day 3.
Tuesday night! Still looking like a pervert!

My mother just texted me this image of their front yard...I am not at all envious.
That brings us up to date: today. My mother texted me this photo of her front yard. GROSS. Boise is going through an intense cold snap and she’s basically snowed in.

My parents will be flying in Sunday night, my in-laws will be driving over Monday, and my induction is scheduled for Monday evening unless Baby M. listens to Mommy and comes naturally! The time is finally here…I’m having a baby! So excited at this point. The terror will set in later, I’m sure. Send us lots of prayers and well-wishes for a healthy labor and delivery and baby!

Let’s look back at 2016

Let’s look back at 2016

Hola blog! It’s that time of year when I force myself to do a yearly re-cap. I actually climbed onto the computer to print out a recipe for lactation cookies, but while I’m here, hells bells, why not re-cap what I did in 2016? Let’s take it month by month.

January 2016

Pre-surgery glamour, darling. πŸ’‹
Uterine polyp removal in preparation for IVF

– started hormone injections for IVF

– completed three heart-shaped Mandala paintings for sale HERE!

February 2016

Amazing glass at the Chihuly museum.
– Josh and I finally go to the Chihuly glass art museum downtown (worth it)

– ended the full-time job I’d had for the past couple of years, panicked for a week or two, and then signed on with a PRN position. Phewwwwww.

Pre-surgery for egg retrieval. They retrieved 14, above average! 🌟

– had my egg retrieval on my father’s 65th birthday (February 9th)

– found out that the two frozen embryos were both boys, and had a hearty laugh with my fertility doctor

– trimmed down coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 1 cup (HELL)

March 2016

Is it done? Is it done yet? Finishing a painting is always the hardest part. πŸ’–πŸŒŸβœ¨
Finished the neon glitter Mandala, which is definitely one of my faves. Available here!

scenic pond
Josh and I go to the Seattle Arboretum, in spite of the fact that my back is all messed up. I never did figure out why I had back problems for a few days/weeks, but it suuuuucked.

Caftan Number 2 purchased. My Year of the Caftan is off to a good start! Now I need to stop buying and start sewing them myself, sheesh.
I decide that 2016 is going to be the Year of the Caftan and buy two caftans, to that end. (note: sitting here GIANT at 9 months pregnant, I can’t BELIEVE how tiny my waist looks in that caftan, sob!)

– painted our bedroom
– started going to an IVF support group

Getting ready to caucus this morning. 🌈
Caucused for Bernie! (SIGH)

April 2016

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
Josh and I had competed against each other earlier in the year for a “Dietbet” and he won (I’m pretty sure he cheated by fasting, but whatever). My “punishment” was that I had to go skiing, but by the time April rolled around and my back was finally not screwed up, not much skiing was to be found so I was “punished” by walking in snow on Mount Rainier instead. It wasn’t terrible!

Finished painting the guest room last night. The "true" colors are really hard to capture via photo, but it's "Soothing lavender" on the top and "Periwinkle dream" on the bottom. Hi Jerry!
Painted the guest room.

Olympic Sculpture Park.
Downtown Seattle fun with Fleeta and Bob–Pike Place Market, and checking out the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Embarking on an "easy" 5K this morning on Tiger Mountain. I panted like a dog the entire time. Josh is training for a marathon and didn't even break a sweat! πŸ’ͺ
First trail run! An “easy” 5K up Tiger Mountain.

– April 28th: the day of my IVF transfer! One perfect little male embryo, which the nurse exclaimed looked “better than textbook”. Aw yeah.

May 2016

– started progesterone suppositories for IVF

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Josh and I tour the Theo chocolate factory for funsies (and distraction) and while there, get the Very Important Phone Call that I’m pregnant! YAYYYY! We immediately burst into happy tears. Such a special moment.

– first ultrasound, post-transfer

June 2016

dogs in nature
First camping trip! Not only did we set a camping record for us this year–five times–but I did every single one of those trips pregnant.

– I finish Corinne’s cat paintings and start a project for the guest room

First archery lesson tonight with Josh. 🎯🎯🎯
Josh and I take an archery class together. He’s better than I am, but I’m not too resentful about it.

– started going back to the gym

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! πŸ’ͺ
Josh runs the Rock and Roll Marathon; I do not join him.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Josh leaves his hormonal pregnant wife for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down a river or something so I spend one night at Brenna’s, because I am so lonely. It’s not the daytime loneliness that bothered me, it was the nighttime.

July 2016

🚼
Posted our “official” (12 weeks) pregnancy announcement to all forms of social media

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Bear Cub gets trimmed a little TOO much and is re-christened “Goat Cub”

– thanks to Groupon, I receive my first facial (overrated)

– went and got a shellac manicure for the first time since January…but very quickly realized that shellac manicures are a waste of money when you’re pregnant. Your nails grow too quickly!

Maggie takes it easy
Camping trip number two!

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
Baby’s first concert: Die Antwoord! With my Broad.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. πŸ’¦
Camping trip number three!

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon, which I loved but caused me a great deal of trouble during our 10 years together…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
…and HELLO to this sexy blue Subaru outback, which I love but am a little sad that now I have to make 500$ car payments for every month. Heigh ho.

– Josh and I and the girls hike to Twin Falls (2.5 miles but much harder while pregnant)

Tonight! πŸ’–πŸŒŸβœ¨ Let's get celebritied up!
My Broad and I go see the new “Ab Fab” movie together. She tried to get out of it (twice!) but I wouldn’t let her. It was great!

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Finally finish this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off painting for our guest room.

August 2016

In honor of #bumpday, here is my bump! He just popped out this week and I'm happy to finally look pregnant, not just like I've been eating too many donuts. 🍩
At 16 weeks pregnant, my belly POPS! Aw, look at how tiny and cute it was.

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹
Joshy and I celebrate our 8-year anniversary…he bought me a little lemon tree. Would you believe it’s still alive? And on the back patio, yet? Amazing.

Camping love.
Camping trip number 4! The first actually warm trip, too. Thank goodness.

More progress on the Mandala.
Started a new Mandala painting, which ended up taking wayyyyyy longer than I thought it would to finish.

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
A very special (final) camping trip to a private island, where I got to witness my husband doing a headstand on a paddleboard. Who knew he had hidden talents?

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I made the decision to quit weighing myself (a very smart decision and I highly recommend it). Of course, this was a little easier to do because Josh broke the scale right around that time. Tempting to just never buy a scale again!

Look at where Josh hiked to today without me--Blanca Lake! I've wanted to go for ages but it's too arduous for my pregnant body. 😭
Josh makes me mad by hiking one of my bucket list lakes without me, Lake Blanca. Heigh ho! He said it was HARD. Well then. GOOD.

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and her two sons come for a visit! We go to Pike Place Market, she cooks for me AND sets up the crib and we have a fabulous time.

September 2016

Tonight we met Mr. Bennett. 😍
We meet Mr. Bennett–Ronia’s birthday present–for the first time.

Mumsie and me.
I spend a fun week in Boise with my parents and the Little Nipper, and feel Baby M. kick for the first time! So exciting!

Josh and his 90-year-old grandmother at breakfast this morning.
Josh and I drive to Spokane so he can climb a mountain with his father, while Fleeta and I do a little baby shopping. Then before we drive home, we have breakfast with his 90-year-old grandmother. Isn’t this a cute picture?

Got the baby room painted. I think it needs a cute border, though. Dinosaurs?
Finished painting the nursery, but found it kind of boring, so I start searching for the perfect wallpaper border.

First minkie/flannel blankie for my son: complete! βœ‚οΈ
Made a couple of minkie-and-flannel baby blankets for my son (this one was my favorite).

Putting up the dinosaur border in the nursery today. πŸ’š
Found the perfect border for the nursery–dinosaurs!

One last ultrasound today to make sure our little dude's heart is okay (it is). πŸ’–
Had a special ultrasound to make sure the little guy’s heart is okay…and of course it is!

October 2016

Today's art project was painting a friend's little neighborhood library. 🌈
Went over to Shoshanna’s house to paint her little free library

Made some green curtains for the nursery to match the dinosaur border. πŸ’š
Made some curtains for the nursery

The quilt I made my mother looks pretty good in our guest room.
Fleeta sweetly fixes up this quilt that I made for my parents and returns it to me, where it’s currently residing in our guest room. It looks pretty good in the guest room!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Started ramp training the pets to prepare them for having to be in the BACK back of the car, once Baby M. comes

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Josh and I attend our first non-work-related baby shower…

liz pregnant with Josh
…and the same afternoon, we take the tripod to the park and snap some maternity pics before the sun completely disappears.

Phase 3 of ombrΓ©-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
We obtain a hideous brown dresser from “Buy Nothing” and completely transform it into this cool ombre work of art for the nursery! I guess Pinterest is good for something.

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My friend Espe, who is due two weeks after me with a boy, takes some beautiful maternity photos of me at a park, for free! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Josh and I dress up as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the film “Juno”. Not the most exciting Halloween costumes ever, but it’s really hard doing Halloween when you’re a big sweaty pregnant lady. We set up a grueling game of Scrabble in the parlor and handed out Halloween candy to the hoards of tricker treaters, and that was good enough for us!

November 2016

-voted, hoped for the best, found out the WORST, mourned for an entire day and then decided for the sake of my son that I couldn’t perseverate over the sadness. Also: pulled out my Happy Light that I hadn’t used since 2009 and started using it every morning!

The latest Mandala painting, fully glittered. Now I just have to decide if it's really "done", or just done because I'm sick of working on it! 😝
Finally finished this friggin’ Mandala painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it and therefore haven’t listed it in my shop.

Four pregnant bellies all in a row, all due with boys early next year.
My cousin Erika comes to town and throws me the most fantastic baby shower at Brenna’s house, and still hasn’t sent me the pictures for it! Ha ha. I wonder if I’ll ever get them?

Delicious Indian dinner with family and friends.
My mother, aunt Claire, and cousin Katie also came into town for the shower. It was really wonderful. I felt very loved. And thank God, nobody brought up politics the entire time.

Lisa, who has been one of my good friends for almost 20 years, and her three goofy/adorable children.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a drive to Spokane, and baby shower number two (I’m terribly spoiled), Josh and I got a HORRIBLE case of food poisoning from a local taco truck. We barely managed to scrape ourselves together to make the drive, but I’m glad we did. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of our parents and his grandmother, and then the next day I had another sweet baby shower and saw my ooooooold friend Lisa and all of her children! Maw.

My parents trying to feel their grandson kick. I was told this week he's measuring in the 92nd percentile. Already an overachiever! πŸ˜…
Love this picture of my parents trying to coax a kick from the baby.

December 2016

– finished up a painting for Baby M.’s room (this is when the link between Instagram and Flickr shit the bed, so I don’t have a picture)

– Josh and I spend my birthday/”Babymoon” at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle, relaxing and eating lots of things

– Josh gets heavily into glitter beards, and I support him!

– Owen invites me to participate in his annual art show, but I am too big and pregnant so we just attend the show instead and stay for an hour and a half. Still Good Times!

– Josh does up an elaborate glitter/tiny Christmas light beard, I wear a muumuu and we wrap me in Christmas bulbs, and we take our Christmas card picture!

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Winter Solstice party at Brenna’s house.

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❀️❀️
I am too pregnant to travel, so we do Christmas Eve at Grandma Shirley’s, with the Broad…

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
…and the next day, we do Christmas Day at our house. Josh’s parents, sister and sister’s family all came over and we feasted on lasagna that I had made the day before, exchanged presents, and had a nice time. Our first Christmas at our house, and our last Christmas before the baby comes!

And that brings us up to date, blog logs! Stay tuned later this week and I’ll let you know how we PARTIED DOWN for New Years Eve, bwa ha haaaaa. 2016: you were one interesting year. I refuse to do what so many people on the Internet are doing, which is write-off the ENTIRE YEAR as crap, because this was the year that I finally got pregnant after 6 years of nonsense and there is no replicating that bliss. I can’t wait for 2017!