15 Months

Crosby is 15 months old today! He had his 15 month checkup with the doctor today and he is right on track and doing well! It seems like we’ve been to the doctor a lot in the past two months. He’s had two ear infections recently which has caused him to be on antibiotics for more than I would have liked. We had to go back after the second infection to make sure his ears were clear, which they were, but then we ended up back in the office the following week because I was sure he had developed another one. The ears were clear, so it just seems like his molars are causing him to be uncomfortable.

15 Months

The climbing is still in full force and I don’t see it slowing down…ever. Not only can he climb up, he also does a remarkably good job of getting down. He can climb up onto our bed and when he is ready to get down, he just turns over onto his stomach and slides down feet first. It’s pretty impressive. He can also climb up onto the couch and the futon upstairs and he likes to walk back and forth before he is ready to climb down. Just because he CAN get down, doesn’t mean he does it perfectly every time. He still has his fair share of spills, but I am less concerned when he is up on the furniture these days, even though we aren’t promoting running around on the couch.

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Crosby’s favorite thing right now is cars. He LOVES them. He will hold them, roll them, chase after them, and talk about them all the time. He walks around pointing and saying “CA!” to anything that resembles a car. Cars, trucks, tractors, construction vehicles are all “cars”.

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He is a great eater most of the time and is doing much better with his green veggies. Some of his favorite foods are blueberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, pears (really any fruit except for apples), chicken, goldfish, ham (but not ham and cheese together), grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, cooked carrots, toast, pasta, and Annie’s mac & cheese. He only drinks organic whole milk for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then has water throughout the day. He eats whatever we are having for dinner and usually does it without a fuss.

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Fifteen month notes:

Weight – 24 pounds 4 ounces (70th percentile)
Height – 30 3/4 inches (30th percentile)
Head – 18 inches (65th percentile)
Hair – He is on a regular haircut schedule, the next cut is Thursday.
Teeth – 9 total, 4 on top, 4 on bottom, and 1 molar finally popped through. The second one isn’t too far behind. I wish they would all just come in already!
Eyes – Brown (see above!)
Clothes –  Mostly 12-18 month, some 18-24 month pajamas & shirts.
Diapers – Cloth diapers by day, disposables by night, size 4
Likes – CARS, eating, shaking his head “no”, taking a bath, splashing in the bath, babbling, throwing balls (and toys), trying to repeat words, books, push toys, taking the front cover off the speaker (which is a no-no), going upstairs (both to play and to climb the stairs), climbing furniture, the kitchen stool, playing hide & seek, waving, clapping.
Dislikes – lying on his back to have his clothes changed, having his nose wiped, staying in one place.

my weekend in photos

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excited for school on friday and loving her new coat from gigi!

tall hair, don’t care.

just playing.

greg and i watched three episodes of parenthood on friday night which explains why my eyes were so puffy on saturday morning. that show!

saturday afternoon, we headed down to the science center.

we celebrated kyler’s 3rd birthday! these two just kill me.
we continued the party at dinner, then greg headed downtown to see machine head.

my alarm sunday morning came early because it was race day! a cold race day at that.

celebration half marathon is in the books! more details to come, but it was a great race.

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we had a great weekend, but it sure went by fast.
how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to pop over to see what these ladies are loving!
Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura

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Why doesn’t this Hooded Fleece Pea Coat come in my size? How adorable.

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At the request of Greg, he wanted me to share that we’ve really been loving the new elevated kitchen utensils he got for Christmas. I didn’t realize how annoying it was to have the utensil resting on the counter until we got these. Plus, I like the fun colors too.

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Related, I have been on my game and we had a pretty good lineup of dinners this week. I’m not sure if I have shared this before, but I made the one pot zucchini mushroom pasta for the second time and it was just as delicious (and easy) as I remember. You say “one pot” and you’re speaking my language.

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The week started out great when the Hoosiers broke into the Top 25 and ended even better as we beat #13 Maryland at home last night and moved right up to the number one spot in the Big Ten.
Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!

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What are you loving this week?

More on Cloth Diapers

It has been quite a while since I first shared about our cloth diaper experience, so I want to give a big update on what we’ve learned and where we are today. This post is long overdue and has been sitting in my drafts for, er, over eight months. My apologies.

Crosby started using cloth diapers around two months old when Kenley was still in diapers, which seems like a lifetime ago. Two weeks of two kids in diapers and we were more than ready to start the potty training process. Oh, the laundry….so much laundry. One thing we learned very quickly was that the cloth diapers Kenley was wearing were not going to hold up for Crosby. The elastic was completely stretched out in all of her diapers since they were so heavily used for two whole years. Yep, we used the same diapers from start to finish with Kenley. There are refresher kits available to update the diapers to prolong the use, but the decision for us was to spend time updating our old diapers or spend money on buying new diapers. Time won and we decided to purchase some new diapers. Another reason I chose to buy new diapers for Crosby was that there were better diapers out now! Times were a-changing. I had purchased five of the new BumGenius Freetime diapers on sale for baby G2 and I immediately fell in love.

Quick recap, we used BumGenius 4.0 diapers with Kenley and loved them. The BumGenius brand is amazing and the diapers were great. The 4.0 diapers require you to stuff the inserts into the diaper cover. BumGenius then upped the game and made an all-in-one diaper (the Freetime) that required NO stuffing! Not only is there no stuffing, then are also less bulky than the 4.0 diapers, which is another reason I love them so much. I wanted to replace my entire stash with the Freetime diaper, but I ended up keeping a few other brands around. Here is the rundown of our diapers:

BumGenius Freetime – Again, love these! These are also available at Buy Buy Baby and you can use a coupon, making them only $15!

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BumGenius 4.0 – The Lovelace print was one of the last ones we got for Kenley, so we still use those two diapers. Crosby has rocked that print, but they are usually at the bottom of the pile since the elastic is getting pretty stretched out. Another good thing about the 4.0 is they double as swim diapers if you remove the inserts.

BumCheeks – I ordered one more BumCheeks to add to the two we had with Kenley. These require stuffing, but I really like the bamboo inserts. I have only ordered these off Baby Steals.

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Best Bottoms – I wanted to try a new brand this time around and Best Bottoms came highly recommended from a friend. They are a little bit different than the BumGenius brand as the insert snaps onto the cover. The cover grows with the baby, but the inserts do not, so they are sized small, medium, and large. The Best Bottoms are not bulky and the prints are adorable!

GroVia All-In-One – These have been my least favorite diapers, mainly because of the way they fit the kids. We used them far longer with Crosby than we did with Kenley, but they have been retired. The elastic around the legs was really tight, so they may fit babies with leaner legs a little better.

As far as our routine and other accessories, we really haven’t changed a thing. At home, we use cheap wash cloths as cloth wipes and they get washed with the diapers. The only annoying part is that I find them ALL over my house (clean, of course). We could not live without the BumGenius Diaper Sprayer, which has come in handy for many other reasons along the way (i.e. a puking toddler in the middle of the night). We rotate between two Planet Wise pail liners that hold the dirty diapers between washes and we have two Planet Wise wet bags for school and on the go. We had to replace one of the wet bags that we got for Kenley because the zipper broke, but the other is still going strong. They are very durable and have gone through the wash more times than I can count. I recently saw something that is called the Diaper Dawg and it looks amazing, but I can’t say for sure since we don’t have it. This is something that would be highly useful and one of those things where you ask yourself, why didn’t I think of that?

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This whole process is really second nature to us. We’ve been cloth diapering continuously for over three years now, which is mind blowing to me. I’m not really sure how that is possible. While cloth diapers are always our first choice, we do recognize that disposable diapers are sometimes just more convenient. The rare occasions that Crosby has a diaper rash (most likely from antibiotics), we lather him up with diaper cream and put him in a disposable until his rash is gone. He wears a disposable every night and whenever we are traveling. Sometimes if we will be out for an extended amount of time, we’ll opt for disposables. We have really only bought the Up & Up brand of diapers from Target which have worked great for both of our kids and they are far cheaper than the name brands.

What other burning questions do you have that I didn’t cover? Who is considering cloth diapering?

my [long] weekend in photos

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the kids rocked their colts gear for blue friday!

she said “mommy, i’m reading to my baby. she’s sleeping.”

saturday morning we made a quick trip to the doctor. little man just has a cold, which is good!

after nap time, we headed down to sea world for a few hours.

carousel riding!

it was a beautiful afternoon!

sunday morning, we ran our last long run before our next half marathon!
i also found this sweet app, it’s call fitsnap.

we were all hoping for a colts victory on sunday, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

walks around the block with this one take a little bit longer than they should.

threenager.

greg and i had the day off today, so our first stop included the best bagels outside of new york city complete with iced coffee (and coffee ice cubes!).

it’s amazing what we got done today. i actually got caught up on laundry! we also saw american sniper which was really good.

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we had a great long weekend. it was good mix of getting out of the house, yet laying low at the same time.
how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Here is what I’m loving this week.

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This. ALL OF THIS.

Top 10 Signs You Are Living with a Threenager

But for real. It’s ALL TRUE.

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I’m a sucker for social media inspired baby clothes. How cute is this like colorblock sweater?

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I picked up Benefit Gimme Brow over Christmas break when I was shopping with my mom. It seriously makes a world of difference. Why haven’t I used it until now?!

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Here is a helpful tip for bloggers. I’ve experienced several of these emails, mostly in the past month… so this is definitely worth a read!

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There really isn’t anything better than knowing we’re going into a three day weekend, especially after a busy week at work. Happy long weekend friends!

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?

Don’t forget to head over to see what these ladies are up to as well!
Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura

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I’m also linking up with 5 on Friday with A. Liz AdventruesCarolina CharmHello! Happiness, and The Good Life

Lindsey’s Surprise Sprinkle

Our good friend Lindsey is due next month with a baby girl! So naturally, Sally, Kristy, and I wanted to throw her a little sprinkle to celebrate baby Kennedy’s arrival. If you remember when Sally was pregnant with Margot, we started what is now a tradition of making sure the sprinkle shower is a surprise. They returned the favor for me before baby G2 was born at my surprise sprinkle. So of course, Lindsey was not getting away with knowing about her own sprinkle in advance.

We sent out the invitations before the holidays then got to work after the holidays on all the party details. The invitations were done by Kimberly J Design and they were so cute!

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

We wanted to do a sprinkle theme so our menu included: chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles, chocolate covered strawberries with sprinkles, fruit salad and dip, Donut King donut holes, homemade funfetti sheet cake, and raspberry lemonade. Sally and I both found the fruit dip on DoughmesticHousewife‘s Instagram page. Great minds think alike! It is one block of very soft cream cheese and one small tub of marshmallow fluff. So easy and so delicious!

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

The adorable tassle garland is from The Flair Exchange and was in our swag bag from the last Meet + Make. We definitely put it to good use and it was the perfect party decor.

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

After we mingled, got hopped up on sugar, and played a cute little shower game, Lindsey opened her gifts.

Sprinkle Shower

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We had such a great time celebrating baby Kennedy’s arrival. We just can’t wait to meet her!