Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grow Baby Grow {Paige} - 6 Months!

This little ball of sunshine is 6 months old! Just when I think she can't get any sweeter or cuter...she does! This has been such a great month with Paige - lots of new skills and changes, and she just remains the sweetest baby. LOVE.


Stats:
Weight: 15 pounds, 11 ounces {50%}
Height: 26 1/4" {50%}
Head circumference: 41 cm {25%}^
Diapers: finishing up size 2 in disposables, size 3 at night, no change on cloth
Clothing: 3-6 months, probably will go up in the next month
Nicknames: Smooch, Paigey, Girlfriend, Little Love
^This is the same measurement as 4 months - I think this nurse measured it a little too low. Curious to see what 9 months is!

*Paige can sit independently! We have entered my absolute favorite baby stage - where a baby can sit up and play without falling over BUT can't go anywhere! She is the earliest of all my kiddos to sit independently.

*But she is my latest to roll over. It took until well into her 6th month for Paige to roll over. She now rolls both ways, but for a long time, we only ever saw her do it in her crib. Just yesterday she did both ways on the floor for me!

*She is officially a thumb sucker, and I LOVE it. She also sucks her tongue sometimes. Typical of a 6-month-old, everything goes in her mouth! She loves to suck on tags!

*I think Paige's favorite sound to make is a growl. Sometimes she growls for HOURS in the middle of the night. It is her 'I'm tired', 'I'm bored', 'I'm unhappy' sound.

*Paige has 2 teeth! I felt the first one {bottom left} on Saturday, June 17 and felt the second on Tuesday, June 20. 

*She has some stranger anxiety but has quickly warmed up to our nanny, Morgan. I love that she reaches for me!

*Like her sister, she loves to eat paper. Unlike her sister, she loves to read. Drew was never very interested in books until about 1 or later.

*She is a breastfeeding champ. We haven't tried food yet, but we will start that soon with baby-led weaning.

*Paige's sleep is decent. She is awake for usually 2 hours between naps which typically results in 2 naps/day, sometimes 3. She goes down usually between 6:30-7:30 and nurses to sleep most of the time for naps and bedtime {which is super easy}. The last few days bedtime has been tough, and she's been up more at night - is it the teeth or a sleep regression? And it's been super tough to get her down at night. She usually nurses to sleep but the last couple of nights it's taken me several attempts to get her down.

*She LOVES her siblings. It is so neat to watch their interactions and see Paige just staring at them as they do things. You can just see the awe in her eyes. 

*Paige is still very wary of water, but we've made some significant progress with the pool! We still either have her in the shower with us or I will bathe with her. She SCREAMS if you make her bathe independently. BUT we have taken her to the pool several times, and she seems to like it. She still never smiles, but she loves to splash the water.

*We also made a lot of progress in the car - she doesn't cry anymore in the car which is AMAZING!

We get comments all the time about how sweet Paige is. I can't really explain it - she is just happy and content most of the time. I am so glad that I never gave up convincing Brent for another baby, Paige is just pure joy, and I'm so, so, so thankful she is ours! Happy 6 months, Smooch!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suck Up

I get some comments about Paige sucking her thumb to where I know some people either think I'm a weirdo for liking that she's a thumb sucker or they think I should stop it before it becomes a habit or both, ha. BUT I might be biased to thumb sucking based on these pics. {grin}





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Extravaganza

We had a pretty busy and fun Father's Day weekend! I am taking the kids away for 4 days to the lake with my mom's side of the family, and Brent isn't coming with us, so he wanted to spend today together instead of playing golf like he normally likes to do. We joked that his present was 4 days of bachelorhood. {grin}

Saturday, however, he DID play golf {in a charity tournament}. I took the big 2 to get haircuts {I think it has been 2 years since Drew has had a haircut, so she was due for a trim}, and then we went to my parents' house since they had my sister's kids.

GAAAAAAHHHH!

Sleeping thumb-sucking sweetie in the crib at my parents' house - 
This was a good $100 spent by Patty and me since all 6 grands have slept in it!

A Pops pile-on!

I saw a recipe a few weeks ago in a local magazine for a donut sandwich that I wanted to make for Brent.

Ingredients:
-Donuts
-Breakfast sausage {cook into a patty}
-Scrambled eggs
-Cheese

*Layer all together in a sandwich!

YUM!

Drew wanted to make something for Daddy too!
Tortilla, crushed Pringles, mustard, ketchup, and cheese
Yum??

Pool bound!

Happy Father's Day to our main man! We love our daddy so much!

I also wanted to give a shout out to this guy.
My daddy set the bar high for what I expected out of a husband and father.
Luckily I won on both fronts!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

So I'm going to tell y'all a little secret that will show how dorky Allison and I are. When we go to a movie, we vote on the previews. Thumbs up = we want to see it in the theater, thumbs sideway = renter, thumbs down = not interested. When we first saw the preview for Wonder Wonder, we both gave it a thumbs down. But then I read a review Karen gave and thought 'hmmm...', so I convinced Allison we should give it a try.


Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells her of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Review: It was awesome! Allison and I both really enjoyed it! I absolutely love what a badass Diana is. She's insanely intelligent, speaks her mind {unheard of in 1910s England}, is crazy strong and skilled, kind, funny, and beautiful {Brent didn't think she looked pretty in previews/movie posters, but in the movie, she's gorgeous}. THEN add to it a really good plot. The chemistry between Diana and Steve Trevor {Chris Pine} is great. I really don't have anything negative to say about it. I hope there are more to come! Rating: A

Thursday, June 15, 2017

3 Things

Three Things I Would Never Give Up
-Reading
-chai lattes
-my iPhone

Three Favorite Vegetables
{I wouldn't really say favorite...more like least hated, ha}
-Carrots
-Sweet potatoes
-Spinach

Three Shows I've Watched Faithfully To The End
-Friends
-Downton Abbey
-Sons of Anarchy

Three Places I Want To Visit Inside The US
-Hawaii
-Jackson Hole, Wyoming
-Harry Potter World

Three Places I Want To Visit Outside The US
-The United Kingdom {specifically an Outlander tour of Scotland, London, and Highclere Castle where they filmed Downton Abbey}
-Australia
-Fiji

Three Things I Always Have With Me
-Children {or at least it feels that way}
-my iPhone
-Burt's Beeswax chapstick

Three Things That Are Always In My Car
-Children {again haha}
-Junk
-Sunglasses

Three Most Recent Calls Were To/From
{At the time I filled this out}
-Brent {figuring out how to get into Susie's house and not have the cops called since she gave us the wrong security code information}
-Susie {asking us to get into her house since she left her wallet at home and Brent was meeting them at a bar for her birthday}
-Rec Center {trying to possibly rent the pool for Trent's birthday party!}

Three Most Often Used Makeup Products
-Bare Minerals foundation powder
-Blush
-Mascara

Three Things That Make Me Laugh
-Brent
-Parenting memes
-The ridiculous things my kids say

Three Things That Make Me Cry
-The graveyard scenes in Steel Magnolias {'I can run to Texas and back but my daughter can't! She never could!' Uggggggggggggggh} and Beaches
-That horrible book I'll Love You Forever
-Postpartum anxiety {hahahahaha}

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

So chicken fried rice isn't anything new or special, but it's a staple at our house, and I have perfected a really easy and healthy way to make it and thought it'd be worth sharing for any moms out there with picky kids like I've got! We do a 'deconstructed' version so that everyone can get exactly what they want and for the 4 people in our house who eat food that means something different for everyone!

Ingredients:
-Chicken {we do about 1.5 pounds so that we have leftovers}
-Rice
-Eggs
-Frozen peas
-Chopped carrots {I shred using my cheese grater}
-Any other veggies you want to add
-Butter
-Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
-Coconut aminos

Instructions:
1. Cook rice according to package instructions. I do about 1.5 cups of brown rice and about 2 cups of water. The great part about this is you can make this super early - even the day, or days, ahead of time.

Do you like my sign? {grin}

2. Cut your chicken into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a pan and cook your chicken. After your chicken is cooked, move it into a bowl. I also do this ahead of time sometimes. A great activity while on a conference call!


3. Put more butter in your pan, and mix in your frozen peas and carrots. Sprinkle with onion powder and garlic powder. I don't like real onions, but you can always use those!
4. After your peas and carrots are cooked, break eggs into the pan and scramble. The number of eggs depends on how much peas and carrots you used and how eggy you want it to be.


5. Combine the combination of rice, chicken, and egg mixture you want. Pour in coconut aminos for a healthier, tastier version of soy sauce. I use A LOT!
6. Enjoy!


In our house, Trent eats a bowl of chicken, a separate bowl of rice, and a 3rd bowl of raw carrots. Drew wants rice, egg mixture, and coconut aminos. Brent wants everything except the coconut aminos, and I want it all! I love that we can each have what we want without me cooking 4 different meals because I am not a short-order cook!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trent's First Communion

On May 20, Trent received his First Holy Communion. He was enrolled in religious education classes all year {with Babs as his teacher!}, and the culmination was this event. I was so excited and proud...and he was not, ha. Such a boy, that one!

Friday evening was his class play AND the dress rehearsal for First Communion, so we had to get to church early and practice with just the Director of Religious Education. They had a photographer there to take some posed shots of the kids, and Trent was being so uncooperative until the photographer started talking about Pokemon. Then he was putty in her hand!


Griping about me trying to fix his hair

This picture cracks me up. His life is so miserable isn't it?

Oh? You know what Pokemon is? Maybe I don't hate this so much.


GQ Model

Then he practiced with Ms. Diane


Finally! A smile!



Discussing where I can go QUICKLY to buy a belt. Did you notice T isn't wearing a belt in any of these pics? When Brent was helping him get dressed, we realized he doesn't have a belt, ha. I stressed and stressed over his outfit and never even thought to get a belt!

So we left and had just a little bit of time for us to stop and get a belt and get him changed into his costume for the play. THEN I realized he also hadn't eaten and wouldn't be home until easily 8:30...#momfail. So at Wal-Mart {ugh} we found a belt {that is reversible between black and brown and was $7! Score!}, got him a Lunchable and some chips {ugh} and also found a Dan TDM t-shirt. Trent is OBSESSED with this guy - he's a British gamer who has a bajillion YouTube videos playing Minecraft. He's like 24 and totally adorable in a nerdy gamer way. Trent FREAKED when he saw they had t-shirts, so of course I had to buy him one!

The next day we got everybody into their Sunday best and loaded up for church. Brent has now been to our church for Trent's baptism, Drew's baptism, and now Trent's communion. He'll have to go again this summer for Paige's baptism - the horror! Trent's godparents, Kristen and Schuyler, also came with their kiddos, both sets of grandparents were there, and also Brent's MeMa! Of course I got zero pictures of everyone together and Trent, Drew, and Beau acted like wild animals who had never been to church! 

And finally! Trent's First Communion! Look at that belt!!

His whole class

It was a very special day, and I did tear up a little as he was receiving communion. He's been really meh about the whole thing, but the next time we went to church he was pumped to go to communion, ha.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Hallelujah! I finally went to a movie! I'm so excited and can't wait to get back into a regular routine with Allison! {Lots of exclamation points there, ha} We have wanted to see Beauty and the Beast since we first knew it was being made into a movie, and we're both huge Downton Abbey lovers, so knowing Dan Stevens was the Beast made us even more interested!


Plot: An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Review: Allison and I both loved it! This was not a cheesy production - you could tell everyone was very invested - the actors were magnificent {mostly}, the sets were beautiful, the singing was great {again mostly}, overall just wonderful. It was nice to have all the old songs to sing along to with a few new songs that were also really good. I only have 2 minor complaints - one, I think it was a smidge too long. At just over 2 hours I'm glad I didn't take Drew - I don't think she would have been able to make it through. They added some scenes that I think were added to develop Belle and the Beast's love story a little more which was fine but it just felt a smidge long. My other small issue was I didn't think Emma Watson was as strong of a Belle as the other cast members were for their characters. I LOVE her, and she did good, but everyone else did GREAT.

So there you go - my first movie of 2017! Here's hoping for about 50 more, ha!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The First Day Back 3rd Edition

Well, I'm officially back at work. Womp, womp. I actually had a really good first day back. A lot of organizational changes happened while I was out and the partner I've been paired with since starting in my HR role has been promoted, and the new partner I'm paired with is on vacation, ha. My boss was on a bunch of calls and the girl who has been covering for me was out until after lunch {because she's pregnant!!!!!}. So I spent the morning cleaning out my Inbox and working with our nanny to establish the beginnings of a routine.

I have mixed emotions right now - first, this is my first time coming back from maternity leave being in HR, and let me tell you - working from home is amazing when you are just coming back to work. I got to nurse Paige every time she was hungry today {all the pumping mamas said AMEN}, I got to snuggle her a couple of times when she got upset, I got to hear her being taken care of. For the big 2, this was pretty normal so they weren't phased by me working, whew. BUT it is hard to go from doing 100% of everything for your child to barely anything during the day. I know I have to work and I have just about the sweetest set-up possible, so it is good to start getting back into a routine and developing our new normal. Having 24 weeks off with Paige was amazing. I can't imagine having to go back at 8 weeks or 12 like so many people do. I started Zoloft when Paige was almost 9 weeks old - can you imagine if I'd just started back to work?!?!

Sorry for the mess of a post - I honestly have felt really good about going back if a bit sad...well sad isn't really quite the right word. I'm not sure what word to use. Bittersweet maybe? I am so thankful for the time I've had with Paige, I'm so thankful for the job that I have {I don't LOVE it, but it's a great job for a great company with a kickass team}, I'm so thankful for being able to work from home, so I'm going to focus on all that!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May Life Lately

Even though we're well into June, I can't not post these pics!

Trent's class wrote plays in Spanish and performed them for us. SO CUTE!

After the plays, there was a mini Spring festival.
Drew and her bestie, Brooklyn, rode on a barrel train together.

Posing in her new suit

I can't even with this one.

I took Drew for her first pedicure. She loved getting her toes painted!
Of course we started off breaking a bottle of polish...oops!


New suits from Nana and Papa!

It was a wee bit chilly this day. I'm glad I got to sit on the side with Paige!



Photography by Drew

She almost always ends up not on a pillow. Weird.



Um, can I be both? {grin}

Silly buns! 
But apparently she didn't realize this is what I did and cried when she got to school.

Always eating her sleep sack!

Glad my new haircut didn't freak her out!

Trent's cultural on France. They worked so hard on it!
This is his girlfriend, Evelyn, ha!


LOVING the swings!

This onesie was Trent's and Drew wore it too. LOVE THAT.
Of course this should say '100% my big brother'!

Yum!

Trent's class play of The Prince and the Pauper - 
May was a busy month at school!

The girls

Field Day! I helped plan it and was a volunteer and we made shirts this year!
{See what I mean about busy???}
And yes, Trent is dabbing. Sigh.


Pops the babysitter

Another one down!



The love is mutual between these too.


Can't stop, won't stop taking pics of this nugget!

He always has something wrapped around his head!

More photography by Drew! Just cracks me up when I find what she's taken.

Brent has been on me for about...oh...a year to clean the laundry room. BOOM.

Paige's first time in the wagon! She's still a little unsteady to where she didn't love this but I know in a few weeks she will! 

Whew! What a busy month! Really looking forward to no school!!!!!!!