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This morning my little people posse and I attended our last MOPS meeting for the year. How is this possible? It seems like yesterday I wrote this post about the lack of a MOPS groups in my area. Lucky for me my friend D started a MOPS group at her church this past fall. 

Our MOPS group may be small but boy are they sure a great group of ladies. I always have the best time when we meet. Who wouldn’t have fun hanging out with friends{and fellow moms}, eating delicious brunch-y food, and listening to great speakers or making a fun project? Did I mention that we are kid free for       T W O   W  H O L E  hours? Well some of us aren’t exactly kid free because we have our nursing babes with us but we are toddler free.

It is so refreshing to get to spend two hours doing something for me. I definitely leave encouraged by the other moms I have been around and ready to tackle and embrace my role as mother with a whole new enthusiasm. And did I mention the food? 🙂

I am already looking forward to August when MOPS will start back up. We do have a few summer activities on the calendar if you are in my area and want to join us. You can check out our calendar of events here.

In less than 24 hours the Hubs shall return. Freaking finally! HOORAY! The last three and half weeks have been LONG! And I even had my dad here helping me for 13 days. It’s weird but in some ways this separation has seemed longer than the 7.5 month deployment we endured. I know that sounds crazy. I guess throwing kids into the mix really changes things. 

I feel like so much has happened since the Hubs has been gone. First off the baby has really changed. He went from a newborn to a baby in a matter of weeks. The baby started sleeping through the night too while Hubs was away. How does Hubs manage to miss out on that? He left a few weeks after the little buddy was born too and came home to a baby that slept through the night. I better get a really super, awesome mother’s day present this year! Just kidding…sort of.

And boy has the little buddy changed too. I’ve mentioned that he has almost doubled his vocabulary and he seems to have gone through a growth spurt too. He has started being somewhat helpful lately. If I ask him to grab me a burp cloth about 80% of the time he actually finds one and brings it to me. {This is particularly helpful when your baby has upchucked two days worth of feedings down your shirt and all over himself as well.}Unfortunately lately the little buddy has also started being defiant and really testing limits. This part is not so much fun and I am glad Hubs will be home soon to help me in the area of discipline.

I hope Hubs will recognize me because I guess I have really changed too. I was able to achieve some washboard abs while Hubs was gone and drop all of my baby weight. Actually, not so much. I ran twice, walked once and did crunches a few random times here and there. And in the past two days I have scarfed down almost a whole entire thing of brownies. YIKES! {I hope some of my energy comes back soon so I can actually workout more.}

I am sure tempted to runaway as soon as Hubs walks in the door. I feel like I could use a vacay. I might head to Hawaii and crash with my friend Heather for a few weeks. Not really ,but a momma can dream right? 🙂

So if you need help baby proofing your house I could send over the little buddy. I had the wonderful idea to pack up my little people posse and take lunch to a friend who just had a baby. I swear that little buddy literally touched EVERYTHING he could reach in the living room. And after that he moved onto the nursery. Sorry Riley! I kept picking up things and moving them to higher ground. I told my friend Melissa that now she knew exactly everything she was going to have to “put up” in a year or so when she has to baby proof her house. HA! Aren’t kids fun?!?

Today was the day of new babies because we also went to see another new little friend this afternoon. My wonderful friend Kelly just had her second baby last week. Kelly and I got to hang out and nurse and little buddy and song bird got to play together. Little buddy was pretty much in heaven because there were trikes, scooters, and cars galore. There was this one pink scooter that he stood on for a long time. Even though he couldn’t make it move, he loved it! He was also pretty fascinated with this tiny pink cup. He kept dipping it into the kiddie pool to fill it up and then would dump the water into a nearby bucket. I had a wonderful time and so did little buddy. I was amazed at how well the kids played together. They didn’t really snatch each others toys that much but played together or along side each other. Pretty impressive for two toddlers!

abby@talesandtrials

Welcome to my little corner of the world. Nothing too serious here for you to read about. Just the comings and goings of my day to day life. I blog about the trials of being a military wife, tales of my role as “Mommy Dear”, recipes I love, my DIY projects, and our home renovations. Happy reading!