Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Exciting changes 

As many of you who see us regularly, we are been very tired and overwhelmed at times lately. April and May is typically our busiest time of year. In a three week period, we have our son's birthday 4/22, our anniversary 4/27, my brother's birthday 5/8, my brother in law's birthday 5/11, my birthday 5/14, Mother's Day that week as well, and my Mom's birthday 5/20. During those weeks, we were also discussing some pretty big career changes for Jeremy. I'll recap everything now.

I haven't blogged about any of this yet because I wanted to wait until the news was official and now it is! I'm excited to share that Jeremy has accepted a position at his current company as a Cloud Engineer. Jeremy has been happy with his job role as a Senior Systems Adminstrator since November 2015. He really hadn't been seeking out any new opportunities because things were going well for him, and our home life has been quite full lately. Since he started working at Aderant a year and a half ago, we found out we were expecting baby #2, sold our townhouse, lived with my mom for 4 months,  built and closed on our new home, moved in, added Eliza to our family, and have been getting settled ever since. We've been going through many changes, while all positive ones, it has still been a lot for both of us to juggle this year on minimal sleep.

On April 20th, Jeremy's bosses boss came to him asking if he was interested in a new role that the company had been considering. He was very honored that he was asked. That was also the day Nolan climbed out of his crib, we transitioned to his toddler bed, and we were preparing for his 2nd birthday in two days. That weekend, we discussed that while our home life is a bit chaotic lately, and we weren't really looking for another change at this time, this potential opportunity would be a wonderful career move for Jeremy and something he was really excited about. We didn't want to get our hopes up in case it didn't work out but were also thrilled about the possibility.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we waited to find out what would happen. Since this position was a new role the company was implementing, it took a little time to work everything out with HR while also finding a replacement for Jeremy's current position. Fortunately, they were able to find a good fit (who is actually an old co worker of Jeremy's). On May 12, 2017, Jeremy received his official offer letter! We certainly had a lot to celebrate that weekend. (A promotion, my birthday, and Mother's Day.)

I often write about our children's lives but I wanted to take a moment to share how proud I am of my husband and how far he's come in his IT career. I look back to when we met in 2010 almost 7 years ago, and he was a recent graduate from Georgia Tech struggling to find a job. He was valet parking when we first started dating while interviewing and figuring out what type of career he wanted. I've really enjoyed watching him find his passion in IT and how his career has developed over the years.

I also admire his ability to accept new challenges while still remaining positive and stress free. I often wish I could handle stressful situations as gracefully as he does. He is constantly learning, growing, and trying to be a better employee for his company. This month at the quarterly meeting he received one of the Top 5 performer awards. I'm incredibly proud of him and the hardwork that he puts in all day at work and at night for his family. I couldn't be more excited as he enters this next chapter in his career! Thank you for supporting our two babies and me as well! We love you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nolan 25 months

It's amazing the difference a month can make in the development of a 2 year old. Last month right around his birthday, we went through some terrible two type behaviors and a crib to toddler bed transition. Today Nolan is mainly back to his sweet self. Of course we have our tantrums and sometimes where he tests us but all in all I am loving his current age. The language development this month has been amazing. I'm loving how he can communicate his needs and wants. I think I've laughed more this month than in any previous months. While it's sad to think my little boy isn't a baby anymore, I am excited about what the future holds for him! 

Today we had a fun day together at the children's museum in the city. The sheer joy on his face while he was there was priceless. Last time I had been to the museum was on a field trip with my students. We were almost a year into trying to get pregnant. I remember feeling sad and wondering when I would get to be a Mom and how much I wanted to be able to take my baby there one day. Three years later that hope became a reality. I feel extremely lucky to be Nolan's mom. I'm also thankful for my friends and their children that we get to spend our days with.

Milestones from this month

Two year molars are starting to come in. Identifies all his letters upper case and lower case, identifies numbers 1-10, attempts counting but often mixes up his numbers, knows basic colors (red, yellow, green, blue, pink, black, white, brown, orange) identifies basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, heart) enjoys singing phrases from simple songs

He loves being read to and he likes looking at books independently. He's into organizing and sorting things. This month he has really enjoyed trying to color as well as playing with play dough. He's able to follow directions better. Going up and down the stairs has gotten easier. He surprises me everyday with how much more self sufficient he is becoming. We have been working on self help type skills like remembering to wash his hands, brush his teeth, and learning how to get dressed. He enjoys playing outside in his ball pit (kiddie pool with ball pit balls), his water table is a favorite lately, as well as drawing with chalk on our driveway. He also enjoys walks. Can't wait to see what this month brings! 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quiet weekend 

We had a pretty low key weekend which I needed after last week/weekend. We celebrated my Mom's birthday on Saturday and the rest of the weekend we spend catching up on household chores and errands.

 Eliza is growing up and mastering new skills each day. Just this week she started pulling up consisently. She's usually standing now when I go get her from her crib. She is starting to army crawl less and on her hands and knees more. I find she's meeting many of her milestones earlier than Nolan. She  has crawled and pulled up sooner. I think she will be walking earlier too. Today she started saying ma ma but I am not sure she really understands the meaning yet. She talking/babbling a lot more and self feeding much better. Hard to believe she will be 9 months old soon. 




Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly update

We had a busy week at home with lots of contractors coming for our 11 month appt with the builder. They did drywall repairs and paint touch ups as well as a few other things. I will say it's not easy to have two small children around and deal with workers. It was a productive week though, and we are glad to have that behind us. Hard to believe next weekend will be a year since we closed on our house. The three of us have been keeping busy at home.
Enjoying the ball pit together.
Nolan is really into getting library books.
We've been working on letters and building words. He loves these wooden puzzles by Melissa and Doug.
Working on numbers and counting 
He is enjoying playing with play dough lately.
Working on his scooter skills 
First pool day of the summer! Nolan loved the pool this time. I hope he keeps that up.
Eliza started pulling up consistently this week on everything and has figured out how to stand in her crib.
She greeted me with this adorable smile while standing this morning.
We went on some walks in the wagon this week. 
We are working on sharing.
Eliza has gotten much better with feeding herself. We are starting to transition away from puréed solids and more into small bites of soft foods. She loves drinking water from a straw cup too. She can be pretty messy thus the lack of outfit. It's hard to believe she's only 3.5 months away from her first birthday. I feel like she's going to be walking before I know it. 





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