Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday randomness

No major theme to this post, just have several things to update you all on since its been a bit since I've written anything.  Sorry about that - there is too much to get done during nap time :-)

- Andrew and I got a new car!  Shortly after Christmas we bought a 2013 Ford Explorer.  Its pretty swanky.  Its got a whole bunch of bells and whistles - who knew how much I would love a heated steering wheel?  Its a bit bigger than my old Escape and we have to fold in the mirrors to fit it in the garage.  I'm also still learning how to park with it so if you see a silver explorer terrible parked somewhere in Redmond, its probably me.

- I've started a new session of Body Back but this time I'm doing Wednesday and Friday at 5:30.  AM.  Its freakin' early people.  But, when I'm done I come home and get to spend some time with Sawyer and Andrew and while Sawyer naps I get some time to do my bible study or watch something on TV. Its kind of nice.  There are 5 of us in this session (much different than it being just me) and its fun to have other gals there to encourage each other.

- Speaking of my health, we've been doing the Dukan Diet for a month or so now and its going pretty well!  I'm down about 8 pounds and seeing numbers on the scale that I haven't seen in two years! 

- Sawyer has been sick this weekend and after a visit to the doc this morning he has been diagnosed with his very first ear infection.  I'm a little proud that its taken 16 months to get there.  So we are armed with amoxicillin and ibuprofen and hoping to see some improvement.  Until then, its lots of snuggle time and watching Elmo videos on YouTube (which mommy doesn't mind).

- I've done really well with not biting my nails.  They are starting to look normal!  Once they get a bit longer I will go get my manicure :-)

-Finally, speaking of my 2014 goals, here are a few things from my #Thankful2014 list:

13. A great group of co-workers
17. Starbucks lattes
18. Talking to my mom every day
21. Access to good healthcare

Hope you all have a great week! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mid Week Confessions

Confessions are back - hooray!!  E is back at E, Myself and I with her confessions so I'm linking up today (even though its a day late)

Here we go:

- I was invited to a child's birthday party by a mom who I didn't really know that well.  I wasn't sure if I was expected to bring a gift or not and didn't plan time to go buy one so at the last minute I re-gifted this plastic plate/cup set I had gotten at my baby shower.  #don'tjudge

-I honestly feel if you are over 30 you should not have sparkles on your jeans.

- Our pediatrician recommended we wean Sawyer off a bottle but I'm pretty sure we will keep using them for a while

- I joined a book exchange (you know, one of those ones where you send a book to a kid, then forward the letter to 6 friends and put your kids name on the list and your friends send it to 6 other friends etc) but only found 4 moms who also wanted to do it.  Then Amazon emailed me and said they couldn't deliver to the address where I sent a book.  I'm choosing to ignore it and hope it just goes away and will never do one of these again.

- I started a new session of Body Back this week and there are 3 other girls in my class this time (I've been by myself with my very intimidating trainer the last 2 sessions).  I kicked all their butts in our assessment.  And I was proud.

- I got Starbucks gift cards for my birthday and have pretty much been drinking a latte every.  single.  day.  Its going to be sad now that I'm not going to be able to afford to keep up my habit. 

How about you - what do you need to get off your chest?

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Goals

I'm not sure why its taken me nearly half the month of January to get this post written.  I've been writing it in my head for some time now but just haven't had the motivation to actually type it out.  But alas, here it is.

Remember last year when I wrote 13 goals for 2013?  Yeah, that was a gigantic failure.  I maybe accomplished 2 of those.  Life with a small child ended up being much busier than I anticipated. 

So, onto bigger and better things right?  This year I'm repeating one of my goals but only making 2 total in hope that I can actually accomplish them.

So what are my goals?  Here we go.

1. I want to stop biting my nails.  For good.  Finally.

I have been biting my nails since I was a kid.  No idea how I even got into the habit.  I've stopped temporarily multiple times but always end up biting them all off.  Its a horrible habit especially since I touch people for a living (I do wash my hands a zillion times a day).  I love it when my nails are long and pretty and am happy to show off my wedding rings and the beautiful sapphire ring Andrew got me last year.  And now that I'm selling jewelry I want to wear my samples and have them look good.

I had acrylic nails (the pink and whites) when I was in college for a while and loved them and got so many compliments all the time.  But working in health care I can't have nails that long and most facilities discourage this.

Plan?  I use Mavala Stop which is the nastiest, most bitter tasting stuff on the planet.  It really helps me with the mindless chewing while watching TV or in a work meeting etc.   The rest of the time I plan to simply try and use good old self control when I'm stressed or nervous.

Once my nails get longer I plan to get a manicure as a reward (considering the shellac because they are supposed to last longer - has anyone done this?) and hoping that nail polish and the fact that they look so pretty will keep me from biting and chewing.  Plus I think it would be fun to try all those nail design stickers that I see at Ulta.

This is the goal!!

2. I want to write down 1,000 things I'm thankful for throughout the year.

I got this idea from a gal at church who spoke about this during Advent.  She read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I follow Ann on Facebook.  I went to go download the book for my kindle on Amazon and read their sneak peek to get an idea about the book.  I could barely get through it.  It started literally with the author talking of her own birth (what good book doesn't start with a good description of crowning?) and went on to talk about how her younger sister was killed accidentally by the milkman.  I wasn't sure that I could make it through the rest of it if it was that depressing so I didn't download it. 

But I still like the idea of having gratitude for all the blessings in my life. 

So I bought a notebook and have been carrying it around with me and writing down things that I'm thankful for.  Some examples?

1. Baby Giggles
6. Back rubs from my husband
10. My dad

Things I can document I will be posting on Instagram using the hashtag #thankful2014  Feel free to follow me and join in the party.

So this year it will be much simpler.  I will share a few things from my list of things I'm thankful for throughout the year.

What are your goals?  I'm linking up with my friend Katherine at I Don't Have a Clue but I'm Finding Out so check out all the other bloggers and their goals!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sawyer update - 15 months

Happy 2014 everyone!  And what a better way to kick off the new year than with an update on my favorite little man.  Sawyer has his 15 month check up with Dr. Irwin in December and was declared a perfect little toddler. 

Sawyer weighed in at 26 lbs 6 oz (75th percentile) and is 32.5 inches long (90th percentile) with his head size holding steady at 50%.  Can we say spitting image of his daddy?  He's well into 18 month clothes and PJs and some of those are even starting to get snug.  He wears size 5 diapers both day and night.
Look at those blue eyes - this is a non edited photo I swear!

Developmental Milestones
So much has changed since his last update.  Sawyer has picked up a lot of signs lately including more, all done, milk, please and thank you (or blowing kisses).  He can give "snuggles" to mommy, daddy and Charlie and wave bye bye.  He recently learned to dance and is officially a better dancer than his father.   No definitive words but he can say mama and dada.  He now has 8 teeth (4 on top and 4 on bottom) and proves it by biting almost everything including our shoulders, feet and Charlie. 

Sawyer is drinking cow's milk and has transitioned without a problem (and mommy's chest finally back to normal!).  He eats pretty much anything we put in front of him.  He still LOVES blueberries when we can get them as well as mandarin oranges.  He likes most meat in any form as well as grilled cheese and English muffins with peanut butter or apple butter.  He loves to drink water out of my camel back water bottle so I recently got him his own kiddy camel back.   The doctor wants us to wean him off the bottle but he's not a fan of drinking milk from a sippy cup and without drinking milk he seems to be waking up more at night so not sure what we are going to do here.

Sleeping through the night consistently - Yay!  Morning wake up time varies.  For a while it seemed to be 5:30 am on the dot.  We've had a stretch more recently of 6:30-7 which is much nicer.   He still naps at least twice, sometimes 3 times during the day but may be moving more towards one longer nap in the middle of the day and dropping the later afternoon nap.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer is a pretty happy guy.  He loves his puppy dog and spends a lot of his day chasing Charlie around, giving snuggles and sharing his snacks.  He likes our phones or the surface especially when we are Skyping with Grandma and Grandpa he carries them around with him.  He LOVES to read and has fortunately started expanding his repertoire of books that he will sit through.  "Bear Takes a Trip" is still a favorite but "Little Blue Truck" and "Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes" are two he brings us quite a bit.  A funny little quirk is that he really likes when you put his socks on when he is getting dressed - it always makes him giggle.

He does not like sitting still especially if he is being forced.  This makes clipping his nails comparable to alligator wrestling.

We will be continuing with Toddler class this fall and hope to start swim lessons with him sometime this Spring or Summer.  Andrew and I are also looking forward to our first night away in February when my mom is here visiting.  Sawyer and I do Stroller Strides 3 days a week and he has lots of friends there to play with and he sees his friend Levi twice a week when our nanny is here. 

Life is certainly an adventure with this boy.  We are lucky that in general he is happy and content as long as he can move and explore.  There are days when I can't wait for bed time and other days when I just have to laugh at all his funny antics.  I am enjoying watching him grow and at the same time wishing he would stay small.   

Stay tuned for some posts this week including some random happenings as well as my goals for this year and how you can join me in one of them!