whoops.

last night i discovered that momoko had somehow posted a blog about her first christmas present.  then i had a scolding from her about how i’ve neglected the nesting maas blog and that i just HAD to post something this weekend.  and then she decided she didn’t want to go to sleep and when she finally did, she woke up a few hours later ready to play.  jake is very sleepy today.

anyways, so much has happened in the past 3 months that i have no idea how to post it all in one day.  please bear with me for the next couple of posts because i guarantee you they will be very sporadic and not in chronological order.

first, some super cute pictures of momoko taken a few months ago because i know that is the only reason you are reading this blog.

CIMG0738CIMG0736CIMG0740CIMG0741momoko is crawling, which you already know from last night, and she is quite the little speedster.  i thought she might have some issues crawling on the hardwood floors, but they don’t phase her or slow her down.  i might tell a different story though – can someone please get me knee pads for christmas please?!  ouchy.  momoko has also transitioned seemlessly to her new daycare provider.  megan has been wonderful to momoko and i can tell that our little miss butters just adores her.  a couple weeks into the new daycare, megan told me that momoko has been the sweetest, and cutest baby she has ever cared for.   i was so worried about momoko leaving woo-jung, but she is really showing her go-with-the-flow, laid back attitude.  jake and i feel so fortunate to have momoko and her little personality that has been coming out over the past couple months makes me so proud to be her mother.

one of the things i’ve been struggling with has been the transition in going back to work.  ever since i can remember, i always strongly believed that if i was to have children, i would stay at home and not work.  my mantra was always “what is the point of having a child if you are going to send them off to have someone else raise them 40+ hours a week?”  but, reality kicks in and i went back to work 6 months ago and it’s been really hard for me.  i felt very fortunate to have a good job and work for a respectable company, but the past few months i’ve felt my attitude changing about my career.  my mindset has changed from making work a major priority to being slowly pushed further and further to the back burner and constantly thinking about momoko and being the best mother i can be to her.  i also attribute this mindset to the fact that 6 weeks into returning to work, i had to give up on breastfeeding, which was something i felt very passionate about, due to time constraints at my desk and the fact that the company i work for only has one available room to pump in during the day – which happens to be the front lobby bathroom.  slowly i found my milk production decreasing, which only stressed me out and eventually pumping and nursing was useless because nothing was coming out.  i was devastated and angry at myself for giving up.  i became jealous of my friends who continued to breastfeed their babies and pump without problems and i became frustrated and agitated at work – not a good combination to have.  now that momoko is older i don’t feel as upset as i had a few months ago, but it has still been a major adjustment for me and one that i didn’t expect.  my biggest concern was being a mother and caring for my child and i didn’t anticipate all the “other stuff” that would actually affect my life.  my outlook has changed and it’s one that i’m still getting used to.  fortunately for me i have jake and momoko to support me through this journey called motherhood.

xo, nesting maas.

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hello, momoko here!

well, hello everyone!  long time, no blog!  momoko here, posting on behalf of my mom, since she has seemingly abandoned the nesting maas…  i mean, the last time she posted, was back in OCTOBER.  geez mom…  anyways, just thought i’d say a little something since i am wide awake and do not want to go to sleep tonight.

guess what?  i received my first christmas present today!  my friend david, from colorado, sent me my own personalized M is for Momoko wooden teething letter!  it’s so cute.  i’ve already drooled on it, chewed on it, and dropped it on my dad’s foot – much to his delight.  he was so happy that i dropped it on his foot, that he screamed for joy!  i really love my new teething letter and it also makes me wish that my friend lived closer to minneapolis so we could play together.

my first christmas present from colorado!

my first christmas present from colorado!

not much else is going on tonight, so i better wrap this up and go to sleep for my mom and dad…  i will talk to my mom tomorrow morning to make sure she posts this weekend about what has been happening around the nesting maas household.  i mean, in the past 3 months, i’ve learned how to crawl, give hugs and kisses, stand up by myself, and i have my two front teeth!  (which i now have checked off my christmas list!  how convenient!)  anyways, i’m sure my mom will post pictures this weekend, after i have a serious talk with her about her non-existent blogging…

sweet dreams, love momoko.

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momoko and woo-jung.

as many of you know, momoko has been going to woo-jung for the past 3 months while jake and i are at work.  woo-jung has been such a blessing to our lives right now and we are so grateful and thankful to have met her.  she is pregnant with her first child now (it’s a boy!) and is due on thanksgiving.  tomorrow is her last day of watching momoko and i feel bittersweet about it.  momoko and i will miss seeing her everyday, yet i’m so happy for her and her husband.  they are both so excited for their baby to come. for those of you who don’t know, woo-jung is our friend, hana’s, sister-in-law; she married hana’s husband, peter.  jake used to be roommates with hana and her husband jason.  (were you able to keep up with all that?!)   jake and jason were bffs back in the day and just from the stories i’ve heard, i wish i could have been there for some of their up-to-no-good shenanigans.

i baked woo-jung some surprise mini pumpkin bundt cakes and framed a super sweet picture of her and peter with momoko and jake that was taken at the apple orchard last weekend., both which momoko and i plan to give to her tomorrow.  tomorrow night we are going to dinner at a restaurant downtown to celebrate woo-jung and momoko’s last day together.  although, i don’t know if i would actually call it “celebrating”…

anyways, now that momoko’s time with woo-jung has come to an end, momoko will be going to a very caring and loving gal named megan, who was referred to us by one of jake’s cousins.  she is a licensed daycare provider in south minneapolis and actually picked momoko to be her baby during the week.  we were so happy that she chose momoko.  in her words, she knew momoko was a good, sweet baby the minute she saw her.  however, i couldn’t bring myself to have momoko go to megan right away monday morning, so grammy pannkuk is coming to stay with us for 2 weeks so i can transition bringing momoko to someone new.  (yes, i know what you all are thinking – the transition is more for me than for momoko….  well, you’re right!)  i know that it will be good for momoko to spend some time with other children and since she seems to be such a little social butterfly, i’m sure she will love it there.  she’s been spoiled these past few months with getting special, one-on-one attention with woo-jung!

i’m excited for momoko to start a new chapter in her life, yet i know that she will always love and have a special place in her heart for woo-jung.

momoko and woo-jung.

momoko and woo-jung.

xo, nesting maas.

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INTRUDER.

this morning i woke up at 2am to hear butters rustling around in her pack and play.  i went over to her, stuck her pacifier in her mouth and proceeded to stand next to her and watch her fall back asleep.  it was then i heard something…  like someone rustling through some papers below my feet.  in our kitchen.  OMG.  i stood completely still and waited.  and heard someone definitely moving around downstairs.  at 2 o’clock in the morning, i must not have been thinking clearly because at first i thought it could be one of jake’s parents or his brother, at the house getting some tools or paint…  then i realized that they would never come over at 2am and i decided there was an intruder in our home.  after watching too many horror movies and csi, i knew that i had to wake up jake silently and let him know someone was downstairs.  after trying to wake him, i pinched his leg really hard and i whispered “JAKE SOMEONE IS IN OUR HOUSE!”  he sat up and listened – more rustling downstairs.  he sprung out of bed and walked down our stairs and yelled “HEY!!!”  my heart raced and froze – thinking he saw someone, i peeked from behind our closets to try to get a glimpse of the bastard that had broke into our home, at the same time thinking where was my jacque jones baseball bat?!  all of sudden i saw jake flinch and turn – like he was about to run back upstairs and he screams “IT’S A BAT!!!”  another OMG moment…

as he’s running back upstairs, i start walking down the stairs and see a HUGE bat flying around our living room.  after jake decides there is no person intruder in our home we both stand at the landing and try to figure out the best way to catch the bat and get it out of our house.  i closed what doors we have to the rooms while i see jake flinching everytime the bat flies by.  as i’m standing there, i think to myself “my husband had no problem running down the steps when he thought a person had broke into our home, but now that a bat is flying around, he’s become a complete wimp?!”  minutes passed and we realized the bat and flown back into our fireplace chimney.  we finally barricaded the fireplace and duct taped the edges and felt confident that the bat would fly back out.  meanwhile, butters has slept through this whole ordeal so we go back upstairs to go back to sleep.  10 minutes later i think i start to hear that same rustling noise.  thinking it’s momoko getting restless again, i open one eye and see it – THE BAT HAD FLOWN INTO OUR BEDROOM.  how did it get out of the chimney?!?!?  this time, i took personal offense that it had come to get us for trying to trap it and i yelled JAKE IT’S IN OUR BEDROOM!!!  we both saw it crawling along one of our curtains so i raced to fetch momoko and lock her in her room for safe keeping.  i was huddled in our hallway when jake kept coming down giving me a status update on the bat.  why was he telling me what it was doing?!  i needed him to kill that thing!!!  after 5 minutes of hearing about it crawling on the curtain rod, i realized it was up to me to capture it and bring it down.  grabbing a broom i stormed upstairs and mustering all my braveness, i flipped on our bedroom lights and watched the bat fly crazily around our room while i screamed once and swung at it, trying to knock it down.  (i could see jake out of the corner of my eye, still fliching everytime it flew towards me.)  i was not giving up though and with one strong swoop of the broom, i knocked it down and it made a beeline straight for my feet.  EWE.  i hit it again and then smashed it with the broom, pinning it to the floor.  “I GOT IT!”  feeling victorious jake screams “hold it right there, i’m gonna put on my shoes and kill that (bleepbleep)!”  as jake lifts up his foot and stomps with all his might, i thought i was going to vomit, hearing the bat meet it’s fateful death.  after jake scooped it up and threw it outside in the trash, i cleaned up the crime scene and cuddled my baby, feeling like a great parent because i had saved my daughter from getting bit by a bat.

when jake came back inside he told me how proud he was of me and was surprised that i went after that bat with no fear.  i told him i loved wimps….  but hopefully that never happens again.

xo, nesting maas.

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loving dad.

how sweet is this picture?!

butters loves dad.

butters loves dad.

xo, nesting maas.

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saturday fun.

this weekend we didn’t have much planned, but i did manage to take a lot of pictures of butters.  here are some pictures from her saturday photo shoot.

oh hello!

oh hello!

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wait, i'm not ready yet!

wait, i’m not ready yet!

looking so cute!xo, nesting maas.

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bedtime rituals.

for the past 3 weeks or so, i have a solid (knockonwood) bedtime routine for momoko.  around 8pm i start getting her ready to go to sleep, which includes cuddling her, swaddling her, and then nursing her.  once she starts looking sleepy while nursing, i lay her on our bed and lay down next to her.  she usually stares at me for a few minutes until i (literally) kiss her all over her face.  once i do this she closes her eyes and falls asleep.  it’s been a foolproof method for us up until now and i hope i didn’t jinx myself by writing about this.

a few days ago, i was telling a coworker about my bedtime routine with momoko.  my coworker is a few years older than i am and has a four and a half year old, as well as an eighth month old baby.  her baby was having a hard time going to sleep the other night and around 11pm she was texting me that she was still up with her and couldn’t get her to go to bed.  i told her about what i do with momoko with no intentions of giving “advice.”  this morning at work she told me she tried my bedtime routine with her own child and that it totally worked for her and her baby was asleep by 9pm!  i couldn’t believe this veteran mom took some of my advice and tried it herself.  (and that it worked, nonetheless!)

this reminded me that good advice can come from anywhere, anytime, as long as you are open to hearing it.  and that when other moms told me during my pregnancy that my motherhood instincts would kick in once i had my baby, they turned out to be right after all…

xo, nesting maas.

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