my weekend in photos

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playing with the girls after work on friday

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visiting baby margot and charlie before running errands on saturday

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eating lunch with us like a big girl.

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then and now. kenley has just about outgrown her infant car seat.
it’s amazing how different she looks in nine months.

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good thing our new car seat came this weekend!

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we stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies. thank you whole foods.

loves to dance.

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the rest of our weekend has been consumed by the olympics in london.
U-S-A!

 

 

 

40 weeks :: toothy smile

It’s amazing how happy this girl is. She will smile and laugh for no reason at all.
She has us laughing all the time too. She is developing quite a little personality
and has begun “talking” more and more… she may be taking after her mother, we’re not sure.

Tooth number five is making it’s way down so when she smiles you can see at least four teeth.

I had a request for more videos and just took this yesterday. Once I uploaded it, I realized it’s pretty boring,
but I’ll post it for those who are interested. This is just a glimpse (three minutes to be exact) into the life of Miss Kenley,
but it shows some of her favorite things to do.

She moves from one thing to the next. Trying to open and close the cabinets.
Making noises. Chewing things. Shaking her little tooshie.
Occasionally shutting her hand in the computer part of her play table. Standing up and sitting down.

I’ll try to do a better job of taking vids.

taking the plunge

As you recall, I mentioned that I really want to run a half-marathon.
Well, I have completed the first step. Actually registering for the race.
Wahoo!
I realize this is a small feat in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a start.

I have also (somewhat) mapped what a training schedule would look like
between now and December 1st and I think it will be doable as long as I keep my long runs on Saturdays.
If you know me at all, you know that I love me some sleep.
To say that I’m not a morning person is an extreme understatement,
so this is definitely going to be a challenge.
My idea of fun is not jumping out of bed on a Saturday morning to run 5, 6, 7, 8+ miles,
but I want to do this, so I’m going to try my best to get ‘er done.

I will fill you in on a little secret.
The original Key West Half-Marathon idea was nixed after traveling this month.
While it would be doable, I foresee much stress coming out of that trip.
Not to mention the expenses involved and the fact that I’d probably get down there
and want to lay on the beach with a drink in my hand.

After talking this out with Greg and some other runner friends,
I figured that it would be best to stay local for my first half-marathon.
I’m probably going to be nervous enough as it is, so the added stress that
comes with travel wouldn’t have helped.

I have heard nothing but great things about the Track Shack Orlando Half-Marathon,
so I feel very good about this decision, even though it is almost two months sooner than the original plan.
Which means I need to get my butt in gear!

I am quickly developing a running wish list of items I think will be useful in training,
so if you’re a current runner, please let me know what’s useful and what is not!

Traveling with a Tot

Apparently this post has been much anticipated, so I hope it can live up to the expectations.
Obviously, I mentioned several times that we traveled with Kenley a couple weeks ago.

Flying

Growing up, we didn’t travel much by plane. Our family drove everywhere.
We had a great van(s) with the works, so we were able to stretch out and get comfy.
Greg, on the other hand, had been flying since he was a kid.
Once we moved to Florida though, we became frequent flyers.
Our flight experiences consisted of getting to the airport right on time, or near right on time,
with everything packed nicely in our carry-on luggage, grabbing a beer, and boarding our flight.

Oh, how times have changed.

They’ve even changed since Kenley’s first flight.
This time around we didn’t even pack the Ergo, but opted for our new super-light umbrella stroller,
which turned out to be a great purchase and very convenient.

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We try to travel light with our carry-on luggage. I packed the diaper bag to the brim with the necessities
and Greg carried our camera bag with the small, fragile items. These two bags are easy to carry on our person,
so we have two free hands to deal with a squirmy child, if need be.

The flights were only two hours each way and they were a challenge.
She was by no means bad on either flight, but due to her age and her very busy nature,
it was a struggle on our part to keep her occupied in the small space we had available.

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I was able to get her to sleep on both flights for about 45-50 minutes :: cue angels singing  ::
and no matter how bad my arm hurt holding nearly 20 pounds of dead weight,
I wasn’t going to move it for the life of me. Let’s go back to rule #1…never wake a sleeping baby.

The flight attendants, on the other hand, couldn’t care less that we had a sleeping baby on our hands.
They were the first to let us know we were at cruising altitude and we were free to use our portable electronics.
Mmmmkay, thanks.

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While she was awake, it was an reenactment of a WWF wrestling match.
Kenley was up and down, then would crawl over to Greg, then back to me.
She was curious to see what was going on. She had no interest in the toys we brought her,
then ended up on the floor every time we gave them to her. Then that turned into a game in itself.
We had a snack and some puffs to pass the time.
Thankfully, on the way back, there was a sweet little boy in the seat in front of us who kept
putting his hand through the seat when he heard Kenley get fussy.
She loved it and it distracted her for a short bit.
Greg occupied another five minutes by clicking the reading light on and off… on and off.
She was enthralled by it. It’s the little things I guess.

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Like I said, she really was good on both flights, but it was exhausting.
Greg gets stressed out easily in situations like that and gets worried about the people around us,
which, in turn, makes me stress out  more about Greg than Kenley.
I kid you not, once we were back in the Orlando airport, I said to Greg that we are not having any more kids.
Obviously, the moment has passed and we can laugh about it now and needless to say, we were ready to get home.

Car Riding

We were very fortunate that my parents had an infant car seat, which means we didn’t have to bring one.
Big win.
Kenley is usually pretty good in the car & car seat. After flying 2 hours, we had to drive about an hour
to get back to my parents’ house. I used this time to feed her a snack to pass the time.
It was nice to always have someone in the back seat with her to help keep her entertained. 
We didn’t travel very far once we arrived at our destination, so the next long trip was back to the airport to go home.

Simplifying Life

We took advantage of the fact that we were going to be on vacation and opted to use disposable diapers.
It was one less thing to worry about and much less to pack in our suitcase.
It was nice and a good break from diaper laundry, but it didn’t change our mind about using cloth back home.
We also decided to get jars and pouches of baby food.
These Boon spoons were clutch all week when we were on the go. They attach directly to the food pouch.
Genius I tell ya.
We love making Kenley’s baby food at home,
but knew that it would be silly to do that on vacation. Again, a nice little break for us.

We tried to stay our normal schedule as much as we could, but we knew we were going to be flexible.
The first night Kenley was up about two hours past her bedtime and we honestly didn’t even mind.
It was a special occasion and we were cognoscente of the fact that people wanted to see her.
The rest of the week was more normal. While it was a little more difficult for her to sleep in a pack-n-play,
she ended up taking an extra nap every day while we were there, which was fine with us.

Rolling with the Punches

Of course, we were bound to forget something. Unfortunately, it was Kenley’s lovies that she sleeps with every night.
We improvised and purchased the next best thing at Marshall’s as soon as we arrived. This one had a rattle in it,
so I preformed some surgery on the little guy, opening him up, removing the silly noise maker, and sewing him back together.
He worked out great all week for her cuddling needs and now acts as a back-up at home.

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After the hour+ car ride back to the airport and knowing she was going to be cooped up on the plane,
we let her crawl all over the dirty airport floor. When push comes to shove, you realize it’s not the end of the world.
Whatever it takes to keep your sanity.

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So, there you have it, our travel experience with an (almost) 9 month old.
Do you have any tips for traveling with a tot?

my weekend in photos

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came home friday to a pretty pink box at my door. the start of my latest adventure. i’m now a consultant!

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greg worked late, but we enjoyed a beverage together when he got home. my first 19th hole. delicious!

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held the diapers off until saturday so i could sun them outside since it had been a while. totally worth it.

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love coming into to this sweet face after naptime

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sweet benjamin came over for a play date

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our america-loving nuggets

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such a fun afternoon catching up with jessica and watching ben & kenley play

after nap time, kyler came by too

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sunday, ann & jackson came over 

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jackson is a week and a half old and so sweet, tiny, and wrinkley
i had to keep a very close eye on kenley. she was very interested in him.

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greg and i were trying to remember what it was like to have a newborn
it’s crazy how quickly you forget

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the rest of the weekend was spent sewing, cleaning, and grocery shopping
how was your weekend??

Nine Months!

We are back in action. My laptop returned to my possession today,
with a new screen and a bonus (under warranty) new keyboard!
I feel like a brand new person.

Therefore, I am combining our nine months & 39 week posts into one.
Can you believe Kenley has been on the outside just as long as she was on the inside?
Crazy.

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Our photo shoots have turned into me following Kenley around snapping pictures.
This girl is in a constant state of motion. There is no staying in one place,
let alone sitting still. Forget about it.
She moved on the inside all the time and she does the same thing on the outside.
Long gone are the days of cuddling, which I truly miss, and fresh are the days of exploring.

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New this week is clapping! We joked on Sunday that Jack needed to teach Kenley how to clap.
Jack is a clapping machine and he must have planted the seed because not two days later,
Kenley started clapping, following our lead. It’s so fun to watch her learn new things.

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Kenley is a big fan of the sliding glass door.
Majority of the time, she crawls right into it, but it doesn’t phase her at all.
She’s up and down, standing against the door, banging on it with her hands.
She likes to hide behind the curtains, pull on them, try to stand up with them.

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We are back to our normal routine since returning from vacation.
Kenley had to relearn how to fall asleep on her own after a week of sleeping in a pack-n-play
and occasionally getting shh-ed to sleep. It took about a week, but she does a good job.
We are still without tootie and haven’t looked back.
In the mornings, she’ll typically wake and play for a little bit in her crib before crying out for us.
If it’s any before 5:15am, we usually let her play as long as possible.
She’s still pretty inconsistent with her wake up and morning feeding times.
It can be as early as 5am and as late as 5:45am, but she does go back to sleep until about 7am.

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We are continuing with the solids and I think she is starting to wean a little bit on her own.
Her milk intake is dropping slightly and she is eating three solid meals a day.
I think we’re still being pretty conservative with her solids, so I’m hoping to start expanding
and trying new foods more regularly, at least something new every three days.
She’s eating some finger foods and does a good job at it, but again, I think we can start introducing more.

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She now has four teeth, two on top and two on bottom.
She still puts everything in her mouth and when she gets your fingers in there, it hurts!
The drooling continues, some days are worse than others.
She has discovered her tongue and the fact that she can make noises with it.
If you make noise with your tongue, she’s in heaven. She loves grabbing at your mouth and teeth.

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She is still letting go while standing and I was able to capture it quickly before she plopped down.
The length of time that she’s standing is increasing, but that’s about as far as we’ve gotten.

Greg and Kenley are off to the doctor tomorrow, so I will update her most recent stats following her appointment.
I am anxious to see where she stands since we haven’t been to the doc since our six month appointment.
She is in mostly 9-12 month clothing, but still can fit into some lingering 6-12 mo. outfits.
We are still obsessed with our cloth diapers and the entire process. While it has definitely changed since
we started on solid foods, I would say it’s just different, not necessarily worse.

Update: 19 lbs 12 oz – 60th percentile
28.5 in – 90th percentile

Happy 9 month birthday Kenley Dee! You are becoming more fun each and every day!

my weekend in photos

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this is how i found the little one in her crib saturday morning.
apparently snap pajamas just get in the way now. 

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sally and i got our hair did and i got to snuggle baby margot.
my arm was feeling it the rest of the day. it’s amazing how quickly you forget how life was with a six week old. 

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playtime

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trying to figure out why she can’t open and close the cabinet anymore.
finally, we baby proofed… well started to.

when kenley woke up from her nap, kyler was here.

just chillin’

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sunday morning run before and after.
that’s exactly how i felt too. 

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after our run, we headed over to st. pete for the rays vs. red sox game

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maggi was here!

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the girls + jack. can ya tell we’re related?

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kenley and jack got to play with each other. jack is coming in for a kiss.

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playing with aunt ya-ya

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sweet KP loving on kenley

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playing and showing off her new fish face.

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we had a great weekend and were so happy to see some of the fam.
how was your weekend? 

38 weeks :: balancing act

One of the fun things that happened last week was Kenley’s newest trick.
While standing at the coffee table at grandma and grandpa’s house,
she let go and tried to balance herself by standing on her own.
Of course, she immediately plopped down, but this turned into her new found love.

Ever since, she has been trying to stand on her own.
She’s getting more brave every time and will put her hands up in the air, to say “look at me!”
Of course, when the video camera is on, it’s like pulling teeth to get her to do it.
She only stays up for a few seconds at a time, but she’s had some long ones in there,
which as resulted in us cheering, squealing, and encouraging her to keep doing it.
She’s probably thinking we are lunatics. Well, guess what Kenley, we are.

Every so often, she’ll start to “cruise” around the couch or ottoman.
I have a feeling that’ll come very soon. She’s going to get where she wants to go.

I did capture a couple videos. They aren’t great, but you get the picture.

In other news, her other top tooth (number 4) finally broke through today!

summer vacation

While some may not consider a trip to Indiana a “summer vacation”, it was for us.
Who would have thought that when we booked our trip months ago
that it would be hotter in Indiana than it was in Florida.
No joke, it was over 100* the entire time we were there.
Another fun fact, it stays light so late up there. Like, the sun set at 9:15pm,
so there were nights that we went to bed and it was still light outside. Yeah, winners.

This trip to Indiana was the perfect mix of relaxing and seeing family & friends.
We got to see most of our family & friends on the first night we were there!

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Michael & Rachel were down from Chi-town for a few days, so it was great to see them.
For some reason, it took Kenley a little to warm up to Michael,
which was strange since she had just seen him over Mother’s Day weekend.

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All of the Lower great-grandkids were in one place at one time!
David & Jodi made the trip to Indiana for the week too, so it worked out nicely.
It was so good to see the majority of our cousins & their kids,
even though we did miss the ones who couldn’t make it.

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Megan also made the trip up from Btown to snuggle Miss Kenley.

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Over the course of the night, Kenley was passed from one person to the next
and didn’t make one peep about it. She was so good and stayed up way past her bedtime,
which her father and I paid for later,
but that was okay since it meant she got to see a lot of different people.

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We spent the following days swimming and playing outside as much as we could.
Greg and I also hit up our local favorites like Dortee’s, the Mexican restaurant, and the Curve.

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We celebrated the 4th of July with a trip out on the boat.
Due to the insane heat and lack of rain, the lake was being drained by the day,
so it was crazy low and was one of the last days the boat was actually in the water.
Pretty crazy, but luckily we were able to head out for a short bit.
Greg and I stayed under the umbrella with Kenley and jumped in when we could.
We didn’t see one firework while we were there also due to the heat and dryness.

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Cameron and Kenley got to play together afterwards!

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Greg and I celebrated our 4th anniversary while we were vacationing.
We played golf in the morning. Kenley came along for the ride and loved it!
After bedtime, we headed to dinner just the two of us.
It was great having grandma and grandpa there to babysit.
I had big plans to blog about our wedding day to commemorate our anniversary,
but that clearly didn’t get done, so look for that post in the future.

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Overall, Kenley did wonderful. We tried to stay on schedule as much as possible,
and she even ended up taking an extra nap every day we were there.
It was so fun for Greg and I to spend the week with her.
She’s changing every day and learning new things and we were able to watch her explore
her new surroundings which was great.
More on traveling with a tot later.

I think it’s safe to say Kenley enjoyed her time at Grandma & Grandpa’s house.

my weekend in photos

this weekend was the tail end of our summer vaca.

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my first trip to the container store. i was in organization heaven.

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i finally got to meet sweet baby hayden and those pretty blue eyes

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our little zeta legacies. can you believe hayden and addy are sisters?

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half of our group together in indiana with our babies, missing our other half.

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kenley and holden playing together

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he was so sweet and patient with her

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one last swim before it was time to leave

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leaving the insanely hot weather while downing five shots of espresso between greg and i

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allowing our child to play on the dirty airport floors. judge away.

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strange clouds coming into orlando. more on our flight and traveling later.

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after errands and grocery shopping, we headed over to the jenkinson’s
kyler can sit up now and play with kenley

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as i pulled out my computer to start blogging,
i realized this is what happens when you check your computer in your luggage.

there were tears.
hindsight it was a bad move even though we’ve done this many times,
but that’s easy to say now.

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a full vaca recap is to follow this week. we’re back to the real world tomorrow.
how was your weekend?