Monday, April 25, 2011

Postpartum: Going Bald

Seriously. I think I'm going to go bald. The postpartum shed is terrible. I do remember it with Olivia, but I'm not entirely sure how long it lasted. This time it started around the time Alex turned 2 months old.

Not only am I shedding like a dog getting it's summer coat, but my hair is just gross. It's limp, greasy, and just plain ugly.

My hair is just one of the many things that are going on with my body postpartum.

I won't mention my teenager-like face and of course the extra flap of skin I'm sporting due to having a c-section this time.

I'll be happy when, oh.. Alex is a year old and my body is back to normal.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday


I really wanted to get a good shot with both my girls, but Olivia was too busy running around hopped up on Easter candy that it just didn't happen. Thankfully, Alex is only 3 months and she has no choice but to get her picture taken. :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

3 Months

Miss Alex is 3 months old now. Time is flying by so much fast this time around. I feel like I just got to the hospital and went into pre-op to have my c-section. I wish time would slow down. I know it's only going to go fast with the spring and summer coming up.

My little peanut Alex is such a happy girl. She's always smiling and talking. She's doing so well sleeping in her crib. We've gotten a couple 10-12 hour stretches out of her so far. Occasionally she'll wake up in the middle of the night and want something to eat, but she goes right back down afterwards. She's also my little burrito. This child LOVES to be swaddled at bedtime. Olivia hated it. She'd be like Hudini and break free everytime I'd swaddle her. Alex just loves it though. She sleeps better when she's a burrito baby. Wonder how that will go when we have to transition her OUT of the swaddle.

No well-baby check up this month. She'll go at 4 months. She does however have yet another ultrasound on her hip and an appointment with the ortho doctor on Monday. I HOPE we can ditch this brace. She hates it. After a month, she still won't sleep in it and pretty much just hates being in it while she's awake. If he says she needs it another month, I'm going to ask for some other type of brace or SOMETHING. This thing is terrible. :(

As far as her height and weight, I'm gonna guess and say she's about 24" and 11+lbs. I put her in a 6 month outfit for pictures, I didn't think it would fit, but it did. Granted, it's still big, but it didn't look silly on her.

My friend Roxanne came over and photographed both girls for Easter and Alex's 3 month pictures. Here are some of the ones that turned out super cute.





If you're in the Pittsburgh area, she's really great to work with and reasonable. Plus all these pictures where taken in the comfort of my own home. :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

We're Home!

I "successfully" traveled 862 miles with a 2 year old and a 3 month old alone. I say successfully because the ride back home was a hot mess. Alex screamed (and by screamed, I mean, full out sweaty meltdown) for at least 4 hours of the trip. She would scream and fall asleep for 20 minutes then wake up scream again. Rinse and Repeat. Olivia decided to poop right after we stopped to change diapers. The whole car stunk for miles. By the time the next rest stop came around, both of them were passed out, so I by-passed it and went straight home. But, I'm so proud of myself for doing it alone. Normally, Russ is with me. I've never driven that far alone, let alone with 2 young children.

Here are some cute pictures I caught during our trip:

Mum and Olivia putting flowers they picked in a vase

Playing around with some camera settings, I thought this turned out pretty

My big girl. She turned 28 months while we were down there

Gramma and her girls

Enjoying her first warm, sunny day

We had a lot of fun! We didn't even leave the house much. Olivia really enjoyed being outside. It's been so cold in Pittsburgh for so long that a 70* day is like Heaven. Olivia helped her Pap make pizza and we all dyed some Easter eggs.

I'm so glad I decided to go down. It was the perfect time because I'm still on leave until May and my mum is on medical leave, so she was home all day with us.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I'm currently in North Carolina visiting my mum. I got down here on Tuesday and will be coming home either Sunday night or very early Monday morning.

The trip down went pretty well. Olivia does amazing traveling, so I knew I wouldn't have a problem with her. I left at 4:30am, so she slept until the sun came up. She's was very patient when we had to stop for me to feed Alex. The baby doesn't really enjoy her car seat, so we had some screaming sessions throughout the trip. I pretty much just stopped for gas, to stretch, or to feed Alex. I think I made pretty good time with 2 kids alone. Just a little over 8 hours. It was also horrible weather. It was pouring in Pittsburgh when I left, then it turned into sleet/freezing rain in West Virginia, and eventually snow in the mountains. It finally got nice out when we were just about over the North Carolina border. What a mess!

I'm so proud I did it myself though. I thought I was going to chicken out and not come, but I did it! Hooray! (see my Dora reference there?)

Anywho, my mum is enjoying seeing the girls. This is the first time she's met Alex since she was born. I know she'll have a hard time letting us leave to go back home.

Russ is missing them. He calls me and tells me he's bored. I guess when you don't have 2 children taking up your entire day, it would be boring. :)

I'll have an update and pictures when I get home. The computer is a dinosaur here and I don't want to overload it with my 4.5KB pictures.

Be Back Later.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hi There!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome to Tales from the Mothership!

My name is Amy, and I'm 28, live in Pittsburgh, and have 2 awesomely, beautiful daughters.

Olivia - She's 2. She loves to talk. and talk. and talk. She's definitely our chatterbox. :)


Alexandria (Alex) - She's the newest addition to our family. She was born in January and she's just the cutest little thing around!


I should probably mention the man of the house. Russ and I have been together for 10 years (whew!) and married for 5. It's amazing how much your live can change when you have babies!


I really enjoy taking photos, even if I don't really know what I'm doing. I'm currently obsessed with finding good deals on the internet for just about anything. I also recently bought myself a NOOK, so I've picked up reading again.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you come back!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Having 2 children sure takes up a lot of time. If Alex isn't eating or being held, she's sleeping. *nice* Olivia on the other hand takes up the rest of my time. Thank GOODNESS they are both going to bed at 8pm now.

I need that time to myself. If I didn't have some peace and quiet at the end of the night, I think I'd go loony.

Speaking of loony, I'm driving myself and the girls down to NC to visit my mum. Alone. I'm actually not completely terrified as I thought I'd be. At least they are both confined to their car seats right? Actually, Olivia is a fantastic traveler. She's very content watching a movie/show, having snacks or napping. She gets a little fussy about an hour before we arrive. She's done the trip 3 times now. First time at 5 months, then 16 months, and then again at 21 months. She's very good at staying with me if we're in a public place or in the parking lot. I'm just a wee bit concerned with how Alex will handle it. As of now, she hates her car seat. She'll tolerate it if she's fed and tired. But, if she's hungry... watch out. Full out scream fest in the back seat. Thankfully, she calms down if we're moving, which doesn't help when you live off a highway that has 800 traffic lights. The trip is 95% highway driving, so I think we'll be good for having the car moving at all times.

I'm wondering how long it will take me. When Russ and I traveled there alone sans babies, it took us just under 7 hours. We stopped 1 time for gas and something to eat. When we had Olivia, it took us about 8 hours because we had to stop to feed/change her. Now, how is this going to work with 2 kids, a baby and a toddler, and just me? Guess we'll find out. I may be half bald by the time I arrive.
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