Friday, April 4, 2014

Just a few random updates

I've seriously been slackin' on the blogging lately. Since Little Lady is snoozing {for the moment} I will throw out a few baby updates.

*Napping in her crib and sleeping on her belly at night. Seriously the girl rolls over before I can even zip up her sleep sack. 

*Sitting up by herself briefly {less than 10 seconds}

*Rolling all directions like a champ {minus preferring to go to her left side} 

*Babbling all the time

*Sitting in her high chair at mealtime {and throwing her toys off the tray}

*Still smiles at EVERYONE and EVERYTHING {seriously? how did I get such a happy baby? I apparently was a terror-child}

*Reaches for everything 

*Just started pushing up during tummy time with her arms extended

I love her joyful spirit, her energy, and her curiosity about the world and everything around her. It's so much fun to watch her learn and discover new things! 

To the hubby's dismay I still keep baby gear bargain shopping. I racked up a ton of cute summer clothes at a recent consignment sale and also found this awesome Joovy Nook High Chair in "organie" for only $30. The fold on this thing is amazing! Still deciding whether it will live at our house or Grammy's. I also scored an older model Bob Revolution SE for $80 on Craigslist. Seriously a steal I couldn't resist as I've been coveting an all-terrain stroller {yes I have a stroller problem, but we're only at a total of 3...my sister-in-law says she's up to 5+...this makes me feel better}. Little Lady loves the Bob so I'm thrilled with the purchase!

In other blog news, I'm debating on whether to post about "why I didn't buy a Medela breast pump". I feel like this might spur a little debate but I have been asked by several preggo friends about the topic so I figured I might give it a shot. Stay tuned! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Don't drink the water" {tips on traveling to THE STATES}

Hubby and I got a great laugh out of this article "Don't drink the water: Translated travel tips for coming to America" off Yahoo's travel site. If you need a good chuckle, check it out.

My 2 favorites:


This one from Japan...

Watch out where you wear hip-hop clothes. “In Japan, hip hop clothes are considered stylish. But in the United States, it is wise to avoid them, as you might be mistaken for a member of a street gang." 

And this one from Germany...
Americans’ social boundaries are very inconsistent. “Things like “We should get together sometime” doesn’t really mean anything, unless the same people keep mentioning it to you."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend happenings

So I thought I posted this yesterday. Apparently it didn't work and I got an error message that I just saw. Oops. Here's yesterday's post!

Today is just a BEAUTIFUL day. There's no other way to describe it. After more snow and ice this winter than I've seen since high school, I'm really looking forward to spring. Today truly is spectacular (which helps make up for daylight savings time and losing an hour of sleep. Really...who ever thought that was a good idea?) 

Sadly, I had to take my dad back to the airport this afternoon. We hate to see him leave but had a fantastic weekend of food, fun, and of course spending time with Little Lady. This morning I caught a super cute video of Little Lady sitting on my dad's lap reading a book. She was so interested in trying to turn the pages (and of course wanted to nibble on them as well).

Anyone ever seen Paperchase? This may be my dad's favorite movie after Casablanca (if you know my dad then neither of those movie selections should surprise you). We watched Paperchase this weekend and it was quite entertaining (1970s law school drama). I found it amusing that Edward Hermann (the grandfather in Gilmore Girls) is soooo young in this movie. Quite a throwback. Of course my dad knew all the cases from class and gave us extra commentary to add to our amusement. 

Coming home from the airport I pulled in the driveway to find my husband standing at the front window holding Little Lasy as she reached out to pet our pup. So stinkin' cute. Melt my heart. I love my family. 

Monday is almost here. That means work and daycare prep as well as figuring out dinner. Happy Sunday evening!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

She just keeps rollin'

Little lady has discovered how to roll from her back to her belly {albeit only to her left at the moment} and she does it almost every time you set her down. Glance away for one second and FLIP! there she goes. 

One problem...she seems to have forgotten how to roll back. 

After enjoying her self-created tummy time she starts to get frustrated. "Rahhh-rahhh-garrr-awww!!!" or whatever she says as she's eating her hand, arching that cute tush in the air, and doing pretty much every flexion motion to counteract rolling from her tummy to her back again.

This isn't a huge problem during the day but last night she decided multiple times to voice her displeasure with extended tummy time. It was almost like she woke up on her belly and was screaming "WHAT THE HECK??!! HOW DID I GET HERE?!!" Oh baby memory spans. I went in twice to flip her back over between 2 and 3 AM. Of course she just rolls right over again. 

Little Lady, you've let me sleep through the night EVERY NIGHT since that first week in December. Don't mess with mama's sleep now...{just kidding...kind of...still love her...not looking forward to teething...}

The good 'ole PT in me is trying to practice the proper sequence from rolling tummy to back with her before she gets frustrated in an effort to speed along this skill. Up until now I had been pretty good at not pushing my kiddo to acquire skills before she's ready. However, I really don't want to have to go roll her back over multiple times in the middle of the night so we're making an exception and practicing this one till she gets it. 

Anyone else been through this experience? 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baby Bubble Play and Bubble Recipe

It turned into a nice day despite a chilly morning so Little Lady and I headed to the porch for some outdoor playtime. 

Bubbles anyone? Okay, so I didn't have any just laying around. 

After searching around for the best bubble recipe and noticing pretty much everyone suggests the same combination of ingredients I whipped up a batch of bubbles 




Bubble Recipe:
1 c. water
2 TBS light corn syrup
4 TBS dishwashing soap 
(I used palmolive) 

Stir water and corn syrup together, then add the dishwashing soup slowly in order to create as few bubbles as possible. 

Little Lady loved sitting in her bumbo and watching the breeze take the bubbles. The first few times she let out the cutest laugh {and of course her signature big smile}. 


Who doesn't like a little bubble in your soft fuzzy hair? 


Caught one on her foot

The first time we played with bubbles I didn't have a bubble wand. No problem. Twist a grocery store twist-tie in a circle, twist another as a handle, and voila...one-time use bubble wand. 

Today we remembered that strangely my husband had some dried-up bubbles left over from a wedding in his car. Now we have a bubble wand without buying a bottle of bubbles! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Baby Footprint Valentine

For this year's Valentine's Day I wanted to do something with a personal touch from Little Lady. What is more personal than to capture her foot and hand prints at this time?


My original intention was to create a card in which I could write a message. My inspiration came from this canvas print I found on Pinterest here:


So on a snowy day here in the south I stripped Little Lady down to her diaper and loaded her up in the bumbo seat in the tub. 

And painted those sweet and wiggly feet in red.

And then stamped them onto some heavy card stock.



Then I was going to attempt her hand, however she was not having it. To avoid not having to re-do the feet because we messed up the hand, I just skipped it and wrote in the "L-O-__-E"


At this point I intended to fold the card and write a sweet message to my husband inside. For some reason I couldn't bring myself to fold that sweet piece of paper. 


Voila. A photo on top and we have a mat for a frame.



I actually like that her feet don't look perfect. It reminds me how wiggly she is right now! 

Husband approved on Valentine's Day. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This week in links

Entertaining myself by turning my photos into paintings with the {free} Glaze App for Iphone. 

Found this delicious ranch-parmesan baked chicken recipe on Pinterest while the chicken was thawing for dinner. Please tell me I'm not the only one who doesn't meal plan and makes super last minute dinner decisions...

Writing down memories from Little Lady's day in her Carter's First Year Baby Calendar. {Such an awesome way to document your baby's first year. My mom did this for me and I love looking back at it!}

Thinking about the blog post floating around "How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home".

I love this moisturizing play dough idea and look forward to trying it soon. {May it will help my dry hands as well as my baby's. Winter is fierce on my hands. Ugh.}

I'm thankful for these {free} printable Valentine's Day cards as daycare sent home a list of the kiddos names for Valentine's this Friday. I'm pretty sure none of the infants will know if they got one or not. But what if I'm the only parent who doesn't bring something? Or what if I'm the only parent who does? Baby drama.