Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Long Lindemann Lake Weekend

Whew! We had a great vacation at the end of last week with my mom's side of the family at a rental house on Lake Whitney. We went up Thursday and came home Sunday. Normally, a lot of my cousins come, but this time it was just me and my sister {and our families} of the 12 grandkids, and 3 of my mom's 4 living siblings came. The house had 8 bedrooms, so we were able to spread out and it was great!

Before we get to the trip, I have to share how I started off my Thursday - with my first {and hopefully last} root canal! I had 2 cavities when I was 7 and then none until I was 30. But each time I stopped breastfeeding a child, I end up with a mouthful of problems. With Trent, I had a tooth literally crumble in my mouth plus 4 cavities, and with Drew, I had 4 cavities. So it turns out when you have a deep filling, over time it can cause nerve damage...who knew? One of those fillings {from Trent} was the culprit, and I was having major pain in half my mouth from Sunday onward.

Hey tooth #15, let's get you fixed up!

I love numbing shots that take away pain!

I don't love looking like I have bells palsy afterward though. {grin}

So we were able to load up Thursday about 4:30 {after Paige's marathon 3.5 hour nap} and head out. A quick stop at Starbucks and we met the rest of our family at a restaurant a few minutes from our rental house. {My mom rode with me, Brent stayed home to take care of some stuff around the house in preparation for some of HIS family coming this week!} We got our food to go because Paige was DONE, went to the house, put her down, and then the rest of the family arrived and the kids went WILD. The 5 big cousins were SO HAPPY to be together and they all, of course, wanted to sleep in Babs and Pops' room. #nope #theyweretooexcited

Trent was my bed partner Thursday night!

She slept SO good the whole trip, yay!

And got to try food! Bananas and avocados



Babs and her baby

We played so many games {which I LOVE}:
Uno, Skip-Bo, Spades, Spoons, Pie in the Face, Dominos

My mom and sister broke open the champagne at 9:00 AM on Friday!




Such a goober!

Trying to get some sun on my pasty white legs


Assemby line bathing {awesome tilework, no?}

Saturday it rained a lot so it was more card games and drinking
The house we stayed at wasn't ON the water and didn't have a pool {which I liked with little babies} but we were about 2 minutes away from the water.

YUM

I know with babyled weaning you can feed your kid anything,
but they probably didn't expect a playing card to be a snack!

OMG, the love between these 2 {and no idea how Drew got a black eye}

Washing dishes and dancing to Jay-Z

Sleeping sweetie

My Saturday night bed partner

Finally a picture of my parents with all of their grandchildren!
#theSwopesix

We stopped at the lake for the kids to swim one more time {they got to go for a few hours Saturday after the rain left} and wear them out even more

Drew found 'tuna fish' {or bait...whatever}

Paige trying to eat grass

Tired girls!

We stayed up too late, ate too much junk, drank too much, and made some amazing memories!

Monday, June 26, 2017

6 Month Comparisons

Man, I've got some cute babies! Looking at these pics, I still think Paige favors Trent the most, but I can definitely see some Drew in her too {floppy ears much?}. Now let's see how they stack up against each other.


Trent: 
Weight: 17 pounds, 1 ounce - gained 8 pounds, 8 ounces
Height: 26 5/8" - grew 6 1/8"

Drew:
Weight: 14 pounds, 10 ounces - gained 5 pounds, 10 ounces
Height: 25 1/2" - grew 5 1/2"

Paige:
Weight: 15 pounds, 11 ounces - gained 5 pounds, 12 ounces
Height: 26 1/2" - grew 6 1/2"*
*I actually think they measured her off a little here. I had measured her the Saturday before and got 25 1/2". Given how closely she and Drew have been in height, I think this one is slightly off.

I find it so interesting how closely Drew and Paige are trending with what they gain each month {minus the height discrepancy}. 

Typically, a baby is expected to double their weight by 4 months and triple it by 12 months. I think it's funny that Trent had BARELY done this by 6 months, and Drew and Paige were a LONG way off from it!

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!