Monday, February 28, 2011

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Feeling Adventurous

I've officially shocked myself. When my husband called me with news of a possible move I actually considered it....and got excited about it.

We just moved in this house (which we planned on staying in for at least 5-10 years) less than one year ago. When we finally got back to our home town...we thought we would stay forever. I thought life would finally feel complete and normal now that we were back home with family, but you know might just be a tad bit boring.

The move wouldn't take place for about a year so there's still a lot of time to consider, change my mind, freak out, or get more excited; but I've decided to commit to it and give the hubby the go ahead if that's what's in the cards for him and his job.

This first move would probably last about 2 years which would be a good test time to see if I'm going to love or hate it. To see if I can handle having kids with ZERO help around. To see if we might want to do some more moving around in the future.

All of the sudden I've realized that the clock is ticking. I think I'd want to have my kids stay in one place once they begin school, but then again that's only because that's what I did and that's all I know. It might be exciting and a good experience to move around to different places around the country...or beyond. Who knows what's in the cards for us, but for now I'm in the mood for anything.

Yay for a potential change of a year or so!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Longest 1.5 Miles of My Life

So this week has totally not gone as planned. I set out thinking I'd be well underway to having a brand new dining room. Not so much. Mom kept Ethan overnight on Monday and as I went to get in the car to go buy my paint I discovered a HUGE cric in my neck thanks to all the heavy baby stuff I lug around these days and my stubborness of getting everything done in one trip. I decided to at least go buy the paint but the paint store wasn't where I thought it was and since I couldn't really move my head to look for it without turning my whole body I decided to go home. I stayed in bed all day with a therma care wrap pouting about how I totally wasted my baby free day and how much I missed him.

Day two. I got my paint and successfully got the whole room painted before Ethan arrived back home. Unfortunately the color turned out to be absolutely horrid. Like I couldn't even eat in that room if I tried.

Day three....back to the paint store where I spent more money to buy white paint to try to make it lighter. I got a couple walls painted during Ethan's nap which I considered to be a huge success and once it couldn't even tell which walls were the new color. AGH.

By now my house is a disaster zone since I had ignored the cleaning and the laundry while doing the painting. In utter frustration I decided we had to go for a walk and let off some steam.

After 30 minutes of getting everyone ready including the overly excited dog that jumped on me for the entire 30 minutes we finally headed out the door only to feel rain drops at the end of the driveway. I turned around, thought for a minute, and decided we were doing it! I grabbed my umbrella and headed out in faith.

Almost halfway into the walk it started pouring. So now I had the stroller in one attached to stroller via mommy clip and an umbrella in the other. Unfortunately my dog never got walking lessons and pulls the stroller every which a way. At some point the paci got thrown out of the stroller. Cue Ethan wailing. Lets just say I got lots of stares from the neighbors passing by in their cars....I did look like a crazy woman.

Thankfully the rain subsided. I put away the umbrella, stratigically got Ethan out of the stroller without Lola running away stroller and all and began hand with stroller and dog...other hand holding baby. Half a mile to go.

My arms were dying...I finally coxed Ethan back into his stroller and we pumped it home. We made it back...and I was steamier than ever. But we walked...we got out...and that was the point. One accomplishment of the day. We will see what today brings...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cereal Time!

Ethan has been eating cereal for about a week now and he loves it! In fact I can't get it in his mouth fast enough. At 4 1/2 months he's beginning his first lesson of patience. Spoon feeding is not quite as fast as the bottle and he can't understand why just yet. Now we have little scream fits between every spoonful, but it's my favorite time of the day.

We started out with 1 tablespoon of cereal and 3 days later we were up to the full serving of 1/4 cup. I put 1/3 of a pack of fruit in with about 3oz of formula and it seems to be the perfect concoction. Not too runny to blow out of the mouth, but runny enough for him to swallow. 

We are also giving him 4oz of juice a day right now. I'm not thrilled about it. I'd rather wait until 6mo. for that, so I think I might drop it after we get off the rice cereal and onto the oatmeal which will hopefully not cause so many constipation issues.

It seems that Ethan is completely ready to make the transition to real people food. He grabs stuff off our plates and opens his mouth like a little bird every time we take a bite. He reaches for our cups and we even let him take a sip once although most of it ended up on his shirt he keeps wanting more.

As far as the bumbo seat goes, we are having a little trouble. He can hold himself upright but for some reason he always slides his but to the side when we feed him and he tends to try to eat the tray. Not exactly sure what that's about but it's leading to a lot of readjusting and "no sirs" as we try to teach our 4.5 month old his first table manners. We might as well be speaking a foreign language! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

When Horomones Attack

Lately I have been feeling not so much like myself. After much thought I have determined that my horomones are going a little crazy. Last month my body decided to try to return back to normal after I quit nursing and I think it has taken it's toll.

My hair is falling out like crazy, mother natures monthly gift seems to be never ending at this point, I feel like I could physically explode at any moment, and any little comment could send me flying off the handle. I am not myself and I'm starting to believe my birth control is the culprit.

Over the years I've tried several different types and for some reason none of them seem to agree with me. Finally after being off of it for over a year, I finally felt like a normal person...well I was pregnant, but hormonally I felt more at ease. Was it the pregnancy horomones or was that the real me?

I'm hoping it was the real me...I'm not liking this hormonal crazy me that has suddenly reappeared. It's exhausting. I find myself always attempting to fight urges to let people have a piece of my mind and when I lose that fight I find myself doing a lot of apologizing.

I'm over it. I think I'm going to kick birth control to the curb and try something else. I'm really hoping it all goes well and no little suprises show up too soon if you know what I mean. I love my little bundle of joy and imagine more quite often but yikes I still haven't physically recovered from this one!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I'm My Own Worst Enemy

It's cleaning day here again. Even though I spent Monday and Tuesday furiously catching up on my chores so me and Ethan could play outside in the pretty weather for the rest of the week...the house is still in great need of cleaning today, a mere 3 days later.

As my husband says...I'm my own worst enemy. I truly do it to myself. I tell myself I've done so well cleaning the rest of the day that I might not clean up after I make dinner that night since I've already cleaned the kitchen once or twice already that day. I may leave my clothes on the floor when I change for bed, because (A) I might wear them again tomorrow...I'm addicted to a certain pair of yoga pants or (B) I'm too tired to put them away. I'll probably leave my coffee cup at the desk because the baby calls and I forget about it. I might leave the bread on the counter when I get done making my lunch and pile the clean laundry in the corner to fold another day. And by the end of the week, this all adds up to a freshly dirtied house by yours truly....the cleaning lady.

So instead of playing outside again today in the precious warm weather that will surely leave us again and Ethan will be cleaning up mommy's messes. Maybe one day I'll learn.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ethan's 4 Months Old! (Like 2wks ago!)

Dear Ethan,

This has been a huge month for you! I am in awe of how much you have accomplished in just a month. I have a feeling you will never cease to amaze me because you seem to be an exceptionally fast learner.

At the beginning of the month you met your first baby friend (well you've known one since your days in the uterus, but this was the first time you met in person) and you met your first baby cousin.

You also began holding toys at the beginning of the month. Now you are swinging them around like a champ and even reach for your favorites.

Speaking of reach for me!!! It melts my heart. You have only reached a few times, most other times you just lean in towards who you want to see. You had your first overnight stay at your Bebe's and Granddaddy's. It was later reported that you cried for two hours because you were wondering where daddy and I were. I'm beginning to realize how attached you really are to us and am starting to think I should get you more used to staying with other people without us around.

You also learned to roll over this month. You have always hated tummy time, so Papa suggested we start you out in our lap on a pillow. It worked wonderfully, you learned how to do pillow push ups pretty quickly and a few days later you were rolling over like a champ. Your not to big on showing off your skills but I've caught you rolling both from your stomach to back as well as back to stomach.

We've gotten into a really solid routine this month and I can officially say this mommy stuff is beginning to get a bit easier. You are drinking 7oz of formula 4 times a day now. After several different types of formulas we finally settled on Enfamil AR. It seemed to have the least amount of side effects, but still causes you bouts of constipation. Mommy talks a lot about your bodily functions these days. I think  you might have my stomach sorry.

Sleep is going well. We finally have both nighttime sleep and naps down pat although you do have your days where you revert back to your old stubborn ways. You take two 2 hour naps a day now sometimes with an hour long nap in the late afternoon. You go to bed somewhere between 8 and 9. Sometimes you get a story, sometimes you just want a short rock before saying goodnight. Your new thing is to wake up around 6 or 7 and talk to yourself for about an hour or two. It is the cutest thing. I go to get you somewhere between 7 and 8 every morning and always find you with a smile on your face or playing with your toes.

Playtime is going well. You can now entertain yourself for quite sometime. You have a new interest in TV and you now love to try to hold mommy's phone and talk to daddy while he's at work. We bought a new contraption for you (one I previously swore I would never get because it is not very space or decor friendly). You love it though and mommy loves that it gives you something else to do during the day.

Your favorite new thing is the baby shrills. Ouch...ready for that phase to be over. I can totally see this being a problem in public. You also have a new love for imitating mommy and daddy. You quickly learn new sounds and love to mimic us in your own little ways. You intently watch us as we eat and have even tried to steal some food from our plates. You've reached for daddy's water glass and we even let you try a put both your little hands around it and put it to your lips (with help of course) most of it ended up on your onesie but it was cute all the same. 

Now for your stats....

As of last week you weighed 12lbs 8oz putting you into the 10th percentile and were 25.75 inches long putting you in the 75th percentile. You can wear anywhere between 0-3 month clothing up to 3-6 month clothing. We are quickly packing up much of your 0-3 month since it's getting a little short for you. As for shoes we are officially out of the NB size.

Ethan, I can't wait to see what all you learn this coming month. My love for you continuously grows and grows. I love you!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentines Day (Im)Perfection

Hello everyone! Hope your Valentines Day was extra special. Until Sunday I thought Valentines Day was actually on Tuesday (today). Oops. I had special plans of making heart shaped brownies and decorating them with yummy icing, making Michaels favorite meal of Weeknight Enchiladas, and making homemade cards from Ethan and I.

Well.....things didn't go as planned. I hadn't made brownies in probably years honestly and I totally forgot how crumbly they much for the cookie cutter idea.

My card making skills need some work (Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts here I come) and Michael decided to surprise me of getting home early. Love it but between that and Ethan having a needy day....dinner didn't happen.

So, I welcomed Michael home in my yoga pants, unwashed hair, and makeup less face. We took a walk, had some brownies and ordered Chinese. It was perfect all the was us.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Project 52: Week 5 - Muse

This week's theme was muse and of course that would be my baby...and husband. Here is my favorite shot from this week. I intended to try to do a mini photo shoot with Ethan, but never got around to it so here's a fun shot instead.

Week 5: Muse

I do have a question for anyone that might be camera knowledgeable. This series turned out grainy and I'd love to know why so I can correct it next time. Here is all the camera jibber jabber...1/20, 4.5, ISO 3200, 18-55mm lens (no editing was done and you can click to enlarge and see what I'm talking about). I'm in the learning stage! Thanks in advance.

Friday, February 4, 2011


This week I have focused on getting out of the house. Taking the plunge and just doing it no matter what the weather and let me tell you it has made a world of difference in my life and happiness. I feel more normal and think I was a little crazy for not doing it more often in the past.

Yesterday Ethan, my mom, and I all went fabric shopping. E was awake the whole time which is his new more sleeping through shopping trips for him. He is on high alert. I'm in the process of redoing my dining room and needed fabric for recovering the chair cushions. I've found some good options, now it's on to paint samples. More fun trips for me and E. He's an excellent helper.

Ethan's new jumperoo came in had been held up due to all this freaking snow, but it finally made it and he's in am I! I just can't get over how much he's grown this month. He even reached for my french fry yesterday! Yikes....the no's are about to start. I'm not ready to go there yet...sigh.

This weekend Michael and I will be doing some shopping. I'm due for a makeover. I'm down a jean size, up a shoe size, and a whole new shape all over. It's time for some new clothes to fit my new body. Changes are still being made, weight is back to normal, but some firming up is needed and there are some things that I'm sure will never be the same no matter what I do.

It's slightly discouraging, but then I look at this gorgeous face and realize it was all worth it.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Over It.

Ok, I just realized I've been in a bit of a funk lately. Maybe it's the winter, or keeping myself hulled up in the house, or the crazy amount of changes that have been occurring. Whatever it is or was....I'm over it.

I've made it my mission to get out of the house more. So  much so that I dragged E out in the rain yesterday to go look at light fixtures at Lowes (don't worry, he didn't get a drop of rain on him!). I'm also going to start cooking again (real meals not just easy ole burgers and pizza) and I'm going to stop worrying about my massive January To Do List. I may have been a little unrealistic about that one anyways. 

Ethan is doing wonderful. He's growing like a weed, sleeping wonderfully, and entertaining himself a bit more these days. What more could I ask for?

Nothing...that's right. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thoughts of Spring

The last three days we have had spring like weather (50's and 60's)! Can you believe it? It was nice to step out in short sleeves and flip flops, to take Ethan outside without the fear of him catching a cold or bundling him up in umpteen million layers that we would eventually have to take off because he's hot natured, and to just smile in the sunshine.

Today the back screen door is flapping wildly in the wind and winter is on it's way back. It's still warm at the moment, but there's rain ahead and I'm sure more snow to come. My dreams of warm sunny days, bright colored clothing and outings with the boy are coming to a crashing halt.

I hate the winter. It's depressing. It's dark both inside and outside of my house, everything is dead looking, and it's impossible to get out with a baby. I have to admit that I feel a little trapped, like a hostage of winter. I'm itching for spring to come - bright, sunny days that seem to last forever. I'll take Ethan to the park, we will go on 2 mile walks, and plant flowers in the front yard.

I'll keep dreaming for now...

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