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Amanda Bouzakine  CPA turned stay at home mama to two sweet boys. Floridian turned Bostonian turned New Hampshirite. Lover of all the things.

Reunited (and it feels so good) πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¨πŸ»πŸ’™

It might have taken two hours to get both boys ready to leave the house this morning (it was one of *those* mornings with a sassy toddler and clingy baby πŸ’πŸ») BUT our reward was delighted smiles and extra long afternoon naps. Thanks for the πŸ“· @tweety7779!

While daddy's away, lots of co-sleeping (though, not much actual sleeping). We're surviving with iced coffee for me, many episodes of Octonauts for Caleb, generous pacifier usage for Hudson, and lots of help from family for all of us. πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ»β€οΈ

Late again with a monthly update for Hudson, but here we go... At nine months he's crawling and cruising all over the place (and he gets upset that he can't just walk without holding onto something); he repeats every squeal, cry, cough, and sneeze that he hears (we call him "repeater-repeater"); his diapers are back to normal and the test results we've gotten back so far show that everything is okay πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸΌ; he is into every.single.thing; it always seems like he's teething; I currently can't get him to sleep, ever, though he cries because he's so tired (help!!); and he's eating solids like a champ. Hudson, you are our adventurous, curious, joyful, playful monkey. We love you so much.

"According to the map, the animals are just around the bend" - Caleb
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We went to visit friends in MA this morning and stopped on our way home for a quick hike. We got rained out after 20 minutes but that's okay - it was worth it to see Caleb stomping around mud puddles and to hear Hudson squealing through the trail!

I started off this lovely Friday by yelling at the kids "mommy doesn't want to be touched right now!" Lol. Hudson responded by insisting on holding my hand all through breakfast. Caleb responded by continuing to place stickers all over my arms while singing "thiiiis will make youuuu feel betterrrr!" And then pushing the stickers all over my arms because I'm now a rocket ship and we need to launch to space 😁. .
Return from vacation has been tough. Let me count the ways... Hudson's diapers still aren't right and, no, another doctor noting how normal and fine he otherwise seems does not make me feel better so now we are awaiting some test results and have to take him again to get blood drawn because yesterday they tore up his little arms but never found a vein 😠 / Caleb is responding as you'd expect a toddler to when the baby is getting a lot of extra attention and when said baby is also very much on the move and getting into big brother's toys πŸ™„ / I still have giant mounds of laundry in our hallway waiting to be washed πŸ’πŸ» / Hudson is in the phase of getting into ALL THE THINGS and his personality is such that he is literally into ALL THE THINGS so this phase feels much less enjoyable than it did the first time around with Caleb who was very much not into all the things (I now understand why child-proofing and having kid-safe plants is a very necessary thing) / Taras leaves in two days for a week and I'm just thrilled to pieces (sarcasm) to have him away while we still have no answers about Hudson and while I'm still navigating this new phase of Hudson's mobility / BUT I finally made it outside of the house last night for an hour walk, my first moment of solitude in weeks (that is not an exaggeration)... Here's hoping I can push the restart button on this Friday and channel some of last night's relaxation into the rest of this day πŸ’ͺ🏻.

Happy Independence Day! Land of the free because of the brave. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Home sweet home! The boys were happy to see their toys and I was happy my mom came to watch the boys today so I could get us unpacked from vacation. .
Thanks for indulging all my vacation posts! It was a lot of work to go on a long road trip with kids of this age but it was honestly worth it! (I mean... I don't exactly want to relive the number of pit stops required for diaper changes, nursing sessions, etc but we agreed that it'll never be as hard as it was this time!) My heart swelled today listening to Caleb tell his nana about his vacation and just for that I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. ❀️

Yesterday, we spent our last day of vacation with my brother in NYC. Caleb had the best time seeing inside a big restaurant kitchen (he spent a large portion of our drive home talking about it, and we explained how special it is for a chef to invite you into their kitchen ❀️). And then Caleb lost his mind at the nearby splash pad. After 2+ days of car driving it felt great to let him run free. He wore himself out but refused to fall asleep until we were an hour or so away from home last night, choosing instead to chat our ears off the whole drive. It was a great day (and great vacation) but we were all happy to wake up at our own home this morning.

When your uncle's the chef and you get VIP treatment ❀️

We had a beast of a travel day today. We decided to do the drive home during daytime hours rather than driving any portion of the trip overnight. This approach has been better in some ways and worse in others, but mostly I think we're all just end-of-vacation-tired and even us parents are losing steam (we might have even lost our tempers once or twice today πŸ’πŸ»πŸ€—). ANYWAY πŸ™ƒ. We made a pit stop in DC to help bring some enjoyment to an otherwise unenjoyable leg of the trip. Taras was able to show Caleb the building he goes to when he travels to DC for work. Then, after getting caught in an unexpected rain storm, we took Caleb to the natural history museum to see some of his favorite animals - it took him a while to get comfortable with the idea of the non-living animals staring back at him πŸ‘€πŸ˜‚. DC is one of our favorite cities and one that we (and especially Taras) visit often because of Taras's work and it was fun to bring Hudson for his first (very brief) visit and to bring Caleb again. Onward to NYC in the morning to visit my brother and then back to Portsmouth tomorrow night!

We packed up this morning and said goodbye to cabin life and all its peace and quiet. We had a great time around the fire pit, eating s'mores (Caleb's first!), playing with the slingshot, sending Caleb outside in the mornings to gather rocks while we made breakfast, slowing down to wave hello to the neighbor's cows every time we drove by, watching the butterflies from the front porch in the afternoons with iced coffees in hand, and planning our next day's adventures over beers in the evenings after the kids (finally!!) went to sleep ❀️. Also, chasing around a very mobile and curious baby. Also, managing a vacation-tired toddler.

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