Tuesday, December 18, 2012

3 Month Update

My little boy is 3 months old.  I can hardly believe how fast the past 3 months have gone by and how much Sawyer has changed since we brought him home.  He is starting to develop his little personality and he is going to be a charmer.


Size
We didn't have a 3 month check with the pediatrician so I don't have official height and weight.  According to our scale at home he weighs right around 15 lbs and is 25 inches long.  He's definitely into size 2 diapers and has moved into 3-6 month (Gerber and Gymboree) and 6 month (Carters) clothes.  I'm sad that I've had to put away all the 3 month stuff but its also fun to have a whole new set of clothes to dress him in :-)



Developmental Milestones
Smiles are much more frequent and in response to seeing things he likes - especially Mommy.  He had now found his hands and they are in his mouth a lot.  He tends to favor left vs right so we are thinking he might be a lefty.  This may give my dad hope that he will become a left handed relief pitcher, preferably for the Cardinals.

His head control is really good and he can sit upright with support and is starting to put more weight through his legs.  He still isn't a fan of tummy time but lasts longer and is able to hold his head up for quite a while.

Eating
At 15 lbs, its safe to say he is eating well.  He screams most when he's hungry and can go from perfectly content to hungry in a finger snap.

Sleeping
We are making good progress in the sleep department.  He's given us a couple of 6 or 7 hour stretches.  We've started a bed time routine of bath or lotion rub down with lotion that is the same scent as his bath wash, eating, reading a story and then rocking.  Some days he's out right around 8 when we start, other days he refuses to sleep until 9 ot 9:30.  He usually sleeps until at least 2 and sometimes will go to 4 or 5, and then will sleep again until 7:30 or 8.  Then he's up for a feeding, awake for an hour or so and then naps for 1.5 to 2 hours.  He may take a short nap after his late morning feed and usually is down for a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon starting between 2 and 3.  If only mommy would go to bed at 9 when he goes to bed we would be well rested but that usually doesn't happen.

Likes/Dislikes
He still loves the wubbanub and his fuzzy blanket.  He's happiest in the mornings when he first gets us and we get lots of smiles.  He's starting to like facing out to be able to look around more.  He usually fusses when he's over stimulated or hungry.

I look forward to watching his personality continue to develop and starting to interact more.  I think he will get good a peek-a-boo soon!





 
 
Crazy Hair after a bath
 
Love this!
 
Meeting Santa
 
 
My favorite boys
 
 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Cranberry Bliss Bars :: Hey, That's Pin-Tastic!

Hi Friends!  Today I'm linking up with AP over at I Love You More Than Carrots for her blog series Hey, That's Pin-Tastic!

i love you more than carrots


I, like most, can spend hours perusing Pinterest for many things.  I tend to look most at Recipes and have pinned a lot to "My Inner Julia Child" board.  However, I've tried many recipes only to find that they aren't nearly as good as the pinner once touted. Case in point - tried some chocolate chip cookies that the pin stated were the best cookies ever.  They were terrible.  I made Andrew take them to work and leave them anonymously in the break room so that no one would know that I made them.  Lesson learned:  never deviate from the original Nestle Tollhouse recipe.

*does anyone else automatically think of Friends when they hear Nestle Tollhouse?

So, I've now created a Board called "Tried and True" recipes where I will pin the recipes that I have actually made that are good.

The first recipe on my board?  Cranberry Bliss Bars.  One of the best parts about Christmas is a) Starbucks red Christmas Cups and b) the recurrence of the Cranberry Bliss Bar.  A latte and a bliss bar are a fantastic combo.  Living in Seattle where there is a Starbucks on almost every corner, I can indulge whenever I have a craving.  So when I saw this clone recipe for the bliss bar, I was intrigued and had to try.  And what did I find?  They are phenomenal and very close to the original product. 

Good news - cheaper to make at home then buy a bar for $2.95 at Starbucks.

Bad news - you have an entire pan at home that you might just eat in 48 hours.

 
 
Cranberry Bliss Bar Clone Recipe
(From Todd Wilbur, Top Secret Recipes Unlocked)
 
Ingredients
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
2 Tbsp. minced crystallized ginger
3/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
4 oz. white chocolate, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 
Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tsp. lemon juice
Drizzled Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vegetable shortening
 
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Make cake by beating the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs, ginger, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Gradually mix in the flour and baking powder until smooth. Mix the chopped dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks into the batter by hand. Pour the batter into a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is lightly browned on top. Allow the cake to cool.
Make the frosting by combining the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. When the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top of the cake.Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries over the frosting on the cake.
Make the drizzled icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and shortening. Drizzle this icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion with a squirt bottle or fill a small plastic storage bag with the icing and cut off the tip of one corner.
 Cover the cake and let it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours, then slice the cake lengthwise (the long way) through the middle. Slice the cake across the width three times, making a total of eight rectangular slices. Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.
 
Notes:  I found I had to bake the cake part an extra 10 minutes to get it done in the middle.  That may be my oven but just something to be aware of.  Also, I think you could probably skip the drizzle - it doesn't have much taste and mine wasn't thick enough to really make a difference in how they looked.
 
 
I found this was quite easy.  I made them to put on Christmas cookie plates for the neighbors.  Andrew and I ended up eating half the pan before I got around to making said Christmas plates. 
 
Happy baking friends!  Stay tuned for Sawyers 3 month update coming tomorrow!
 
 


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The gift of giving

Several blogs that I follow are doing give-aways right now - some are for cash, some are for stuff.  But my friend Elizabeth is doing a get and give away.  She's giving away several items as well as giving $100 to the charity of the winner's choice.

While I hope to win (and promoting this on my blog gets me an additional entry), I also thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you all one of our favorite organizations.  If I win, this is where my donation will go.

Intermountain Childrens Home

Most of you who don't know my dad have likely never heard of this organization.  It is a home and school for children who have suffered from severe emotion, physical, or sexual abuse.  Many of these children have been in the foster system or may have been removed from their homes.  Most have experienced things that are unimaginable and that no human should ever experience, much less a child.  They are unable to form healthy relationships with adults, unable to trust others and therefore have severe emotional disturbances and behaviors.

Intermountain provides a unique solution.  Many children become residents of the school for anywhere from 15-24 months.  They are treated by an inter-disciplinary approach that includes pschiatrists, psycholgists, therapists, special education teachers and nurses.  They live in cottages where there are primary male and female counselors that live with them as well as other children.  Their first objective is to help the children feel emotionally and physically safe as well as begin to learn what healthy relationships are like.  Eventually the goal is for the children to return to their families or have a successful foster placement and be able to express their feelings and form relationships in a healthy way.

My dad tells the story of a little girl who had been severely sexually abused at age 5 and she didn't know how to have a non sexual relationship with an adult man.  At Intermountain, she had a male counselor that she had to live and work with. They encourage the kids to be able to hold hands with the counselors as they walk around the facility.  She was too afraid at first so she held on to the back of his shirt until she felt comfortable enough to hold his hand.

Its a truly amazing organization that helps children from all over the country.  I can't even begin to do justice describing all that it does, but if you want more info I can direct you to the right people.  I am so proud of my dad for making this his passion and his service as President of the Board of Directors over the past couple of years.  Andrew and I love to support Intermountain on a regular basis but also give in honor of people as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. 

Do you have someone who you are struggling to find a gift for?  Maybe someone who already has everything?  Think about donating to a charity in their honor.  And if you don't have a charity of choice, consider Intermountain.  I have toured the facility, met kids who are enrolled there, conversed with members of the organization and board.  Everyone who is involved with this place is truly passionate about the mission and vision.  They are doing great things in the lives of kids. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Wish List

If you haven't seen this concept, its all over Pinterest.  Its the 4 things wish list - something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.  Its a great concept for kids to avoid the obsession with getting a lot of gifts.  I had a really hard time creating a list for family this year.  I really don't need more stuff.  I have my perfect little boy and that is all I need.  Andrew and I are terrible in the fact that if we want something we usually buy it.  If its too expensive to buy now, we save and that would usually mean its too expensive for someone else to buy for us. 

I hope to implement this wish list with Sawyer when he gets older.

Today I'm linking up with E over at E, Myself and I to share my wishlist.


Sapphire is Sawyer's birthstone so I'd really like something to commemorate his birth.  A necklace is probably more practical since I use my hands so much with work but I designed my own ring on the Shane Company website and kind of fell in love with it....Andrew, if you are reading this, take a ginormous hint.  I would accept this as a birth-mas (birthday and Christmas combo) gift and not make you sleep on the couch.

What's on your wish list?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Deck the Halls....

Deck the Halls....at the Halls. 

Okay, pun over.

We got the house decorated for Christmas over the weekend.  I'm a minimalist when it comes to decor.  I hate froo froo, I don't like trinkets, and I can't stand clutter in my normal decor and that also rings true for my Christmas decor.  I try and keep things simple and uncomplicated and avoid busyness.

When I was a kid, it was an event to decorate.  I was always so excited to see all the ornaments - I had some favorite Hallmark ones (which I still hope to get from my mom one of these days) and others that I made when I was a kid.  I always liked looking at my "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments and Sawyer got his first ornament this year.



My family would decorate the tree and listen to Reba McIntire and Dolly Parton Christmas albums. My mom would stress about remembering which ornaments went in which boxes so she could put them all back (I totally understand this now.  You can't remember how things were packed since you only get them out once a year).  My dad would sit back and tell us where to put ornaments to keep the tree balanced.  It was always a fun time.

I figure this is the last year for a little while that our tree will be "safe" from tiny human hands and little boys trying to climb it so I tried to enjoy the process a little more.  Since Andrew and I were married, I've been trying to collect ornaments from the places that we travelled so that we remember those times and start our own collection of ornaments.

The final product

This year we travelled to Hawaii and Montana on our vacations and I got ornaments in both places but I cannot for the life of me find my Hawaii ornaments.  Its driving me crazy!  In the midst of all my nesting and organizing this summer I have no idea where I put them.  But here are some others

Flyfishing Moose from Glacier
parachuting moose from our trip to Victoria last summer


Starbucks Christmas cup - classic Seattle and one of my favorites.
Of course our tree would not be complete without a Hokie Santa

My new favorite Montana ornament - got it in Whitefish this summer
One of our first ornaments the year we got married.

 
 
 



A practice photo of Charlie - planning to replace him with Sawyer with the tree in the background

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Anticipation

Its easy to say that this year was a year of anticipation for us.  We learned early in the year that we were pregnant and spent the majority of it anticipating the birth of our beautiful boy. 

Looking back, I'm not sure that I enjoyed the excitement of the anticipation as much as I should have.  By September because of the physical discomfort and stress of preparing for baby I was ready to be done.  I'm not sure I really took the time to marvel at the process that was taking place in my body, the creation of this little person who is now my Sawyer.

In our modern world we've lost the art of anticipating.  We live in an instant gratification world - we want something and we want it now.  We get upset when our smart phones are being slow and we can't log on to facebook - I mean the message has to go to space and back and we can't wait two seconds.  We get frustrated when someone doesn't respond to our email right away.  We get mad when our flights are delayed.  People, you are flying through the air at hundreds of miles per hour.  That is amazing!  Remember the days of not having the internet in your pocket...or even the internet at all.  When you had to use the yellow pages to find a business phone number or actually call someone or look at a map to get directions.  Remember when people wrote letters?  You had to wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS for someone to get your letter and respond and send one back

*okay, I'll be honest.  I wasn't much of a letter writer and by the time I got to high school and college, email had taken over.  But I'm sure some of you remember right?

Advent has started.  We are eagerly anticipating the birth of our Savior.  Can you imagine how Mary felt in the last days of her pregnancy?  Was she caught up in her swollen ankles and having to pee every 5 minutes or did she enjoy the wait, knowing that the little boy in her belly would be the Messiah.  Did she spend her quiet moments in conversation with our Lord who was also in her belly?  Was she fearful or peaceful?  Excited or terrifed?

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.” “In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.” Jeremiah 33:14–16

In the past few Christmas seasons, my time has been focused more on buying gifts, attending parties, attempting to bake, decorating the house, preparing for travel all while working 40+ hours per week.  Honestly, it hasn't been focused at all on the anticipation of Christmas morning, enjoying time with God, focusing on the birth of Jesus.  Its a blur of 3 weeks and then its over, to be forgotten again until the next December.

I'm hopeful that this year is different.  I'm not working full time this year (at least not in an office).  As a mother, I feel a little closer connection to what Mary must have been feeling.  I want my son to someday understand the true meaning of this season and that will start with how I choose to focus my time.  Yes, I have gotten the tree up and we've broken out the Christmas lights.  Yes, I hope to do some holiday baking (and actually have some time to bake).  Yes, we will go to a Christmas party or two.  But I hope to enjoy the season.  I hope to spend more time reading my bible and focusing on my relationship with Christ.  I want to enjoy Christmas morning, enjoy getting gifts for my friends and family, and enjoy the anticipation of the wait.  I hope you do too.  After all, we are waiting for God's most precious gift to us.



*our pastor showed the following video in church last Sunday.  I thought it was adorable and often how I feel about giving gifts....


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Growth spurt

Well, we had our first full on growth spurt this week.  I'm sure that he's gone through them before (the kid is growing like a weed!) but I never had the "have to eat every 2 hours and super fussy" to this point.

Then we had a Tuesday.  Every 2 hours, almost on the dot, Sawyer would full on scream his little lungs out.  At first I tried changing his diaper, rocking, swaying, dancing, making faces, and every other thing I could think of until I would feed him.  After the 3rd cycle of this I figured out that he just wanted to eat.  And eat.  And eat some more.  But he would go from happy and smiling to full on screaming in the snap of a finger.  Fortunately, the two hour feeds didn't persist into the night - he slept his normal 3-4 hour stretches.

Along with the growth spurt came a lot of poop.  Seriously it was poop-a-palooza.  At our parent baby class, he had 3 poop filled diapers in 2 hours.  I've never seen so many poop filled diapers from this little boy.  This also meant multiple outfit changes.  Size 1 diapers are starting to get a little snug and don't hold it all.  Its a good thing we are moving up to size 2s! 

He hugs his Wubbanub while he sleeps
 


This was his "I'm so proud of how much I just pooped" look

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lessons Learned - Roadtrip with an infant

We traveled to my parents house in Montana for Thanksgiving.  We couldn't find a dog sitter so we ended up driving with both the baby and the dog.  On the way there we broke it up into two trips - went to Spokane Monday night and then onto Great Falls the next day.  On the way back we marathoned it and did the whole trip in one day.  Here are a few things I learned from this experience:

- Traveling with an infant automatically adds another 3-4 hours on to your trip.

- You can hurt your back turning too many times to give a kid a pacifier (its a good thing I've taught my husband some of my PT tricks)

- Public restrooms with clean changing tables are important.  Even better, changing tables with a hook or shelf to set your diaper bag on so you don't have to set it on the dirty floor.  Buffalo Wild Wings had the nicest restroom and a shelf with hooks right next to it. Yet another reason to love BWW.

Sawyer got his first Buffalo Wild Wings experience in Missoula


- Most places don't have changing tables in the men's restroooms - it must be difficult for single dads or those travelling alone to get their kids' diapers changed.

- Most towns have a McDonalds - not all McDonalds are big enough to find a place to sit and breastfeed.  Case in point - Kellog, Idaho.  Stopped there but the 5 tables that were in the place were packed.  Ended up changing a diaper, ordering a cheeseburger, and listening to hungry screams for another 20 miles to Couer d'Aline.

-If all else fails, breast feed in the car.  Just make sure to have a jacket or other cover up as to not flash perfect strangers who park next to you.

- Don't forget the bouncy chair!  We forgot ours and its hard to find a good place to put your kid in a hotel or at the grandparents house (with three kids and two dogs) while you are eating dinner or can't hold him.  We ended up buying one at Target and will never forget it again.

Charlie made sure to guard Sawyer from all the commotion at Grandma and Grandpas house


All in all, we had a great trip.  The return trip took a total of 14 hours - stops to feed about every three hours.  Sawyer was a champ for the most part and we had minimal bouts of screaming and only one need for an outfit change.  Fortunately the blow out diaper in that case happened while I was carrying him and about to change him instead of in his carseat.   

Thanksgiving with my family was awesome.  My nephews and niece loved trying to get Sawyer to smile at them or grasp their fingers. My mom loved the snuggle time with all the grandkids.  We did some black friday shopping which is way better in Montana instead of Seattle (less people although still crowded).

Sawyer had his own little outfit for Thanksgiving and he was so cute!  I very thankful for my little boy and my amazing husband.

I love the turkey slippers

Grandma was playing peek a boo with him

My friend Amy made him this hand made onesie with a VT colored bow tie.  He wore it for about an hour before he pooped on it. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

2 Month Update

Sawyer is 2 months old!  Its hard to believe that it was only 2 months ago that he was still inside my belly.  My oh my how our lives have changed but I couldn't imagine life without my little boy. 


See how advanced he is?  He's holding up two fingers....or flashing a gang sign.  Hard to tell.



We had our two month well baby check with Dr. Irwin today that included several immunizations (1 oral and 2 shots).  I'm pretty sure it was harder on Mommy than it was on Sawyer.  He cried for about 30 seconds and was fine.  Dr. Irwin says he's doing great and she is very pleased with his growth.

Size:  12 lbs 7 oz (75th-90th %), 23.8 inches long (75th-90th %) and head 15.6 inches (50th %).  Still like his daddy.  He gained exactly 3 pounds since his one month visit.  We are well into size 1 diapers.  He is mostly out growing his 0-3 month clothes and fitting well into 3 month Carter's outfits but still has a little room.  He also fit into his first pair of jeans for church on Sunday - so cute!!!



Developmental Milestones:  Sawyer is showing much improved head control especially when upright.  He doesn't enjoy tummy time but is able to hold his head up and lift his chest especially when he is propped up on his arms.  He can track objects with his eyes and definitely focuses on Mommy.  Smiles and coos have been abundant especially in the last 2 weeks and it melts my heart.

 


Eating: Sawyer and I have hit our stride in the breast feeding department.  After struggling with lots of pain and discomfort the first 4 weeks, we've made a breakthrough.  I no longer need the shield to feed him comfortably and he has definitely gotten more efficient making those middle of the night feedings much quicker.

Sleeping:  You can read about our struggles here.  The last couple of weeks seem to have been more rough than his first 6 weeks of life.  He is able to sleep a 5 hour stretch occasionally but I think he gets gassy and some reflux in the middle of the night causing some fussiness and waking every hour or so.  If we bring him into bed with us he tends to sleep great but I don't want to get him in the habit of sleeping in our bed.  I'm hoping the sleeping 7-8 hours comes soon for my own sanity.

Likes/Dislikes:  He loves his Wubbanub, his fuzzy puppy blanket, and his swing.  He now likes being naked - getting dressed in the mornings on his changing pad are some of our happiest and smiliest times of the day.  He can get overstimulated very quickly leading to 5-10 minute periods of screaming so we try to be very careful.  He's also not a big fan of tummy time and occasionally doesn't like car rides.


 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mid Week Confessions

Sorry for my exhausted, depressing post earlier this week about my lack of sleep.  Things have been better the last couple of days especially in the nap department (which has also allowed Mommy to nap here and there) and night sleeping is still variable.

But its Wednesday so time for mid week confessions!




- I got back into running this week.  Had to find a super supportive sports bra to contain the watermelons attached to the front of my body these days.  It's possible I strained my rotator cuff trying to get it hooked this morning.

- I am so out of shape.  I told myself I would try and maintain my endurance during pregnancy even with walking.  That didn't happen and I am paying the price.

-Someone at church subtly asked to hold Sawyer a couple weeks ago.  Its a lady who I sort of know but not well and wasn't even sure of her name.  I made up an excuse and said I would be right back and then avoided her until we had to leave.  A) I really don't want him exposed to a bunch of germs right now and B)you don't ask someone to hold their newborn baby.  If they offer the baby to you its one thing but never ask (especially a first time mommy). 

-I'm officially on the "Lose the Baby Weight" project.  It doesn't help that as I type I am eating graham crackers and frosting.  But I ran this morning so its all good right?

-I've been watching Greys Anatomy on netflix during the day when I'm nursing or Sawyer is napping.  I hope his first word isn't "McDreamy".

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sleep - a precious commodity

Its been a rough few days.  Sleep has been variable.  Just when I feel like we are getting into a good rhythm, there's a day when Sawyer decides he doesn't want to sleep.  Its been 8 weeks now since I've had more than 4 hours of sleep at a time and its catching up to me.  I'm an emotional mess.

We've had a couple nights of 4+ hour stretches of sleep - 11pm to 4 am.  I'm amazed at how much better I feel when I get 3-4 straight hours of sleep instead of 2.  And after a couple nights like that, I get lots of small stretches of sleep - he gets fussy in his sleep and needs to be comforted at 1:30 and then again at 2:15, and then he's up at 3:30 to eat and proceeds to throw up all over his swaddle and pajamas requiring a change of clothes, then once we are all bundled up again he poops and needs another diaper change and then its almost 5 before we get back to sleep and then is up again fussy at 6:30 where I bring him into bed with us where he sleeps peacefully next to me but of course I don't sleep because I don't want to roll on him.  Ahh, life with an infant.

That was my night last night.  And today he has decided that he doesn't want to nap.  His morning nap was minimal since we had to go grocery shopping (I decided yesterday to nap instead of shop).  He sort of slept in the carrier but woke up as soon as I put him in his car seat to go home.  I tried to put him in his crib to sleep after his lunch time feeding but he woke up after 30 minutes and would not go back to sleep so I had him downstairs with me as I talked with my mom and he fell asleep for about 40 minutes until he woke up to eat again.  He fell asleep on my shoulder after he ate at 2:30 but when I tried to swaddle him and put him in his crib he woke up again after 20 minutes.  I tried to give him his pacifier which kept him calm for another 10 minutes, then I picked him up and rocked him until he was asleep and put him down for another 15 minutes until he woke up again.  The kid was so tired and fighting sleep and fussing and crying.  He FINALLY went to sleep and has been down for a good 30 minutes now and seems to be out - hopefully for a good 2 hours. 

The ironic part?  As I was rocking/swaying/shushing him trying desperately to get him to sleep, I was in tears and on the verge of getting angry with him.  He was not fighting sleep and fussing because he was trying to get on my nerves - he's an overtired baby.  And I was mad at him. And I felt horribly guilty for being mad.  I almost had to put him down crying and walk away and then he finally went to sleep.  And now that he's sleeping in his crib, I miss him and wish I could be snuggling with him.  And I still feel guilty that I was mad at him.

Thats me.  An emotional, sleep-deprived mess.   I'm tired of being tired. I get emotional about being so emotional.

I need more of this!
 
I know this too shall pass but it could certainly pass a little quicker.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Social gatherings

Things definitely change when you have kids.  Our friends Noah and Ali came over last night.  Their little guy Soren is 3 weeks younger than Sawyer (you may recall that Ali was my belly buddy during pregnancy).

We all hang out on a relatively regular basis for various events.  They are in our small group and we all go to the same church so we see them at least twice a week but we often get together on weekends for dinner or what not.

Prior to children, they would come to our house, we would have dinner, maybe a drink, listen to music, talk and laugh about lots of things and the party would shut down between 11 and midnight.  It was relaxing and chill and fun.

Boy how things have changed.

They came over last night around 7, discussion included poop, sleep schedules, boobs (in terms of breast feeding), baby swings, swaddling, and some conversation about ipad vs surface vs kindle.  I breast fed Sawyer, Ali breast fed Soren (with our nursing covers of course).  We did drink some wine and had home made apple crisp.  They headed out about 9:30 since they had gotten Soren to sleep which would make an easier car ride home.  Aren't we an exciting group of people?  I'm guessing this will be our social life for the next few months.

Speaking of exciting, Sawyer started social smiling this week!  I've gotten several purposeful smiles at Mommy.  It melts my heart.  I managed to capture at least one on my iphone and look forward to getting LOTS more with the good camera in coming weeks/months/years.




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Midweek Confessions




Its been a while huh?  E got back to her confessions today so I'm linking up to do the same.

- I love dressing up my kiddo.  Since I can't get my husband to dress trendy, I get to play dress up with Sawyer.  If I don't like the way something looks on him, I will change to a different outfit even if we aren't going anywhere that day.

- My poor dog has kind of been abandoned.  I promised myself that I wouldn't ignore the dog once the baby arrived but I have not done a good job.  He mostly gets yelled at for licking his paws, licking the baby, or just being in the way.  And when he gets to go for a walk, he's on a short leash and gets run over by the stroller half the time.

- Sometimes at 3 am, I slightly resent my husband for the fact that he gets to sleep for more than 3 hours in a row.

- I have multiple thank you cards to write.  Some people I know have given us gifts and for the life of me I can't remember who gave me what because I didn't write it down.

- I gained 45 pounds during pregnancy.  Everyone says breastfeeding ups your metabolism so you lose weight quicker.  Me?  I've only lost about 25 of those pounds and only 5 in the last 6 weeks.  Seriously?  I'm a breast feeding machine - why is this taking so long?  None of my clothes fit.

Have a great Wednesday friends!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sneak Peek!

Sawyer had his first photo shoot a couple of weeks ago thanks to my good friend Ali from Kavod Photography.  I've created a birth announcement that we will be mailing to our friends - thought you might want to see it....


Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos!  Can't wait to do more cool things with them - I'm definitely thinking of some canvas prints.  Thanks Ali!