Saturday, April 4, 2015

March Happenings & Beginning My Last Year in my 20s!

It's been right about a month since my last post so I'll catch you up!

March has been crazy weather-wise.  Now that April has come though I'm hoping praying the snow is OVER for good!  It's officially Spring and we have had some nice days and gotten to play outside!  We got Jackson a new (to him) sandbox and he is loving that, along with his swing.

A second exciting thing this month-- We officially enrolled my big boy in 2-year-old preschool for next year!  It is a two half-day per week program at an area church.  We decided that it would be good for him to be around other kids.  He loves it sooo much and since I work (and will be working probably more next year as I'm returning to subbing), he is only ever with my husband & I and my mom on a regular basis.  He sees his cousin about once a week but that's about it- and it's usually in church when we are trying to keep them semi-quiet.  So we wanted him to get the opportunity to socialize with other kids his age.  We actually enrolled him in the same program with my nephew so they will be in the same class and I'm sure that'll make the transition easier on him.  (Though not necessarily easy for mommy!!!)

A third exciting March happening is that my new nephew arrived on March 26!
Henry Alexander - 9lbs 1oz!

Also- I have been doing periodic weekly videos on my YouTube channel, so head on over there if you're interested in seeing snippets of our daily lives :)

And finally the fourth BIG THING of March is that Jackson is officially 100% weaned from breastfeeding.  We had cut back to only bedtime and occasionally naptime since February.  But one night (March 18 to be exact) Jackson just didn't ask at bedtime.  I was completely shocked but just went with it.  The next night he did ask, and we did nurse, but then I thought you know what?  Maybe it's really time.  So the following night (Friday the 20) I decided to see what happened and if he did ask.  I decided I would try gently refusing to see how he took it.  I figured if he really put up a fight I'd go ahead and nurse him but I just wanted to test the waters.  So he did ask and I told him "no not tonight lets just cuddle" etc.  After whining for like 5 seconds he asked me to rock him to sleep, which I happily obliged and bam- that was it.  He went right to sleep!  He did ask a few times in the following two weeks or so but I just told him that the milk was all gone and he wasn't always happy about it but he accepted it with little to no fuss!  We were both ready to be done, but at the same time I definitely experienced the bittersweet side of it.  I still get sad when I think about him not nursing again, but more like a nostalgic sad-- like it'll always be a precious memory for me, and I'm super sad he is growing up.  I don't regret stopping because like I said, we were both ready.  Its definitely a complicated emotion and hard to explain.  I am hoping to do a post in the future about it in more detail but since it was such a big thing to happen this month I wanted to include it in this post.

Now we are into April and today just so happens to be my 29th birthday!  I can't believe it's my last year in my 20s!  Most of the time I don't *feel* almost 30... I guess it certainly doesn't sound as old as it used to!  I'm celebrating today by spending time with my two favorite boys (well now I'm catching some alone time, as Jackson in napping and Brew went to the firing range with his Dad for a few)... and dinner out tonight, which I'm actually leaning towards sushi take out as of now.  :) 

Alrighty well I'm off to do some more laundry (so exciting, right?).  I'll post again soon!