Friday, June 29, 2012
Meet Faye. We went to Illinois State together where we met in our Early Childhood Education classes. The last 2 years in this major, almost all of our classes were with the same group of people. Along with her sweet twin sister, Emily we all got to know each other very well. We even did some group projects together (side note, whatever happened to Stacey?) Faye’s a perfectionist like me, so those worked out fabulously.
These days, she’s got an adorable family and is mommy to a sweet little guy who’s 15 months. She also makes some amazing creations on Etsy. Check out her Mouth Watering Wednesday post where she cooks up a Pinterest recipe for crock pot Barbeque Chicken. It’s on my list to try! Thanks Faye! I couldn't agree more that if we lived closer, we’d DEFINTIELY be close friends. :)
Monday, June 25, 2012
So I’m introducing my new Monday blog feature, Pinned it, Did it! I want a way to be accountable for actually doing some of the things I pin each week instead of just wasting time pinning them. On Mondays I’ll try and post one thing that I did that week from Pinterest. It might be a recipe I’ve tried, a new crafty project that I completed, a cleaning tip I tried, a cute quote that made me laugh, or something fun I did with Owen. Today, I’ll start with 2 things to get rolling. The first is a tip I found about selecting watermelons. My first 2 melons I bought this season were just ok, so I thought these tips were good ones to implement.
Watermelon Picking Tips from Fifteen Spatulas
Review of the tip: I totally forgot to take a picture of the watermelon I bought, but it was delicious! So I give this tip a huge thumbs up. There were tons of great tips on buying and cutting a watermelon. Don’t forget to read down in the comments section, because there were more tips down there!
The second pin I actually did this week was a fabulous bread recipe!
Picture I pinned:
Crusty Bread from Simply So Good
|add water and that's it!|
|I did everything in my kitchen aid|
|after rising for 18 hours|
|and after baking!|
So that’s in for Pinned It, Did It! If you do anything from Pinterest, I’d love for you to take a picture and send it to me. I’ll feature it. I love finding pins that actually make my life better in some way when we actually do them. :)
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ellison Jakeh is 2 months old. Ok, and a week, but I kept forgetting to post this. The weeks are flying, yet at the same time it feels like she’s been here forever!
She growing good, that’s for sure. I’ve packed away all the newborn and 0-3 clothes and her 3-6 months clothing fits great. She’s also in size 2 diapers already. At the doctor, she’s weighing in at 12 lbs, 6 oz (87th percentile) and is 23.1 inches tall (80th percentile). I thought these sounded huge, but looking back at Owen’s stats, she’s smaller in both ways than he was. She got 2 shots, Pc and Hib at her well-baby appointment. Dr. Melvin was fully on board with our delayed/refusal schedule. It just means I have to take her in every month instead of every other, which is harder with 2 kids, but worth it to me. Schedule
We’re definitely not on any definite time schedule yet, but she’s falling into a predictable routine that is somewhat helpful for planning our days. She’s usually up for good at 7, eats, and is back down by 9. And by down I mean in her swing. That’s where she does almost all her naps. I swore I would put her in her crib from day one. Hahaha, eating my words. Up by 10:30, eats, plays, down again around 12/12:30 just in time for me to Owen down. She usually sleep for a good 3 hour chunk with maybe a quick wake to eat. Love this as I can finally
get something done take a nap. Then we’re up again around 3. Short cap nap around 5 or 6 and then it’s screaming for the rest of the night until bedtime around 10. I will say that towards the end of this month, this has been getting better. Looking forward to more wake time during the day which means earlier bedtime and me time again! Sleeping:
Well, as you can see above in our schedule, she’s right on “track” with what her sleep should be looking like with about 4 naps a day. Again, thank goodness for the swing. I’ve been pretty lazy about swaddling her, so she’s turned into a side or stomach sleeper. This would have scared me to death with Owen, but hey, if she’s sleeping good and I have my video monitor, I’m not as worried. At night, she’s still snuggling in bed with me and has been giving me a 5 hour chunk at the beginning of the night! And usually only nursing twice. You go girl. Feeding
What, you mean she’s not supposed to be eating solids in her highchair yet? Just kidding. She’s a great nurser. And she should be great at it, since she does it ALL THE TIME. She’s still refusing anything that resembles a pacifier unless it’s my boob. And since she’s really fussy in the evenings, she’s nurses pretty much all evening until she’s out for bedtime. While I do love nursing, I look forward to having some me-time back eventually.
Where did all the poop go? Owen’s pooped slowed down around this time too. It’s nice to be able to look back at blogs about him to know that it's ok! I was so worried about his little system. With her, I’m just enjoying the every other day blow out and try to help her out by doing bicycle and tummy time legs to get the gas out. Little milestones
She's moving her head to follow sounds and people and she'll follow me with her eyes and head around the room. She's reaching out to grab things with both hands and is enjoying her activity mat more. She also is getting interested in watching toys that you hold up for her. She’s smiling! Lots! So adorable. I hope she keeps it up as it’s fun to get a different reaction than just a stare or frown. Just staring to hear some cooing and other sweet noises from her! More about Ellie
I’m still not sure what color her eyes are going to be. They definitely look more blue than Owen’s ever did but still need a bit more time for us to say for sure. She ALWAYS has bubbles and drool coming out of her mouth. And she’s much more of a puker. Owen never did this, so it’s strange always having to keep a burp rag handy. We also call her squeaks, because this girl is LOUD! Her nose always sounds like it’s stuffed up, even after the booger sucker has helped. And there’s no being discrete about nursing, because she slurps and snorts while eating. :)
I had my post partum check up with Ellen It was great to see her again. I took her a birth announcement and a little Starbucks giftcard since she has to stay up all night when she’s on call. :) I got a prescription for the mini pill which is what I did after Owen. Still haven’t decided when and if I’m going to start it. We are losing our insurance next month (a long story for another post) so I really can’t get pregnant. Although with the amount this girl is nursing, I think it’s be pretty hard to do that right now!
Here's a few more pictures of my darling girl: I love you so much sweet girl. It feels like you’ve always been a part of this family and I can’t wait to do more life with you!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Today, we went on a little road trip to Bloomington’s Miller Park Zoo. It’s a perfect size zoo for a quick morning trip. There aren’t a ton a big animals, but for Owen’s first zoo trip, it was great. Ellie slept the whole morning which worked out fabulously. There’s a great playground and splash park there too. And the best part was that my brothers were in town for a wedding, so we all got to meet up for lunch at Avanti’s before Casey flew out (why didn’t we get a picture of all of us, oh well.) Combined with the great weather, it was a pretty perfect day!
We got there just in time for the sea lion feeding. Of course, I didn’t get any video of the cool stuff, just her talking (and William echoing back).
|watching the sea lion|
|she put on a pretty good little show|
|a sun bear|
|sitting on a "tiger"|
|monkeys in the rainforest exhibit|
|this bird loved Owen and got very close and then followed him|
|cuddling with Grandpa at lunch|
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
|labels for the drinks, crafts, and favors|
|front door sign|
|there was a happy birthday part too that was blown behind the curtain|
|I made her shirt and headband|
|better view of her headband|
|Owen enjoyed their swing|
|the birthday girl and her momma|
|Owen loved the bubbles|
|of course, Ellie needed a bow to match the them|
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The terrible 2’s: But along with toddlerhood, came some not so fun things. He is getting really good at throwing tantrums. Mostly around bath and bedtime. We literally have to hold him down to brush his teeth and get a diaper on him. He also hates being told no, especially when is comes to having fruit snacks before 9am. :) Another hatred is getting his nails or toenails clipped. And coming in from outside. And going to bed. And getting his face washed after meals. I sure hope these are all normal toddler things because sometimes I wonder what happened to my sweet boy. Being a big brother: I won’t write much because this is all about him, not Ellie. But he loves her. And he loves to smother her with kisses and hugs. Yes, he’s been a little more needy and says “hold you” all the time, but in general, he’s been a great big brother! His birthday morning french toast: And a few pictures from his birthday before church. He got to move up to the big boy classroom. You can see by the pictures how it went. I never got paged, but when I went to pick him up, he was asleep in Miss Pam’s arms. :) This has been the most amazing ride these last 2 years. He has changed my life in so many ways and I cannot wait to see the boy he grows into! Happy 2nd birthday Owen!!