Friday I’m in Love

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Due to time constraints (read: two children and a messy house), I haven’t been on Pinterest much lately, which is unfortunate. When I do get on Pinterest, I’m quickly rummaging through my board of recipes to find one that we haven’t tried before…which is most of them. This week, however, we made not one, but TWO new recipes and they were both delicious!
The first was apple cinnamon slow cooker porkloin. I was apprehensive because I tend to overcook meat in the crock pot since it’s cooking all day long, but this was really great! We had [instant] mashed potatoes and mixed veggies on the side.
The second recipe was oven baked fajitas. I was drawn to these because we could put them together the night before and pop them in the oven when we got home. Also, very good!

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While I was doing my weekly stroll through Gap.com to see if there was anything I couldn’t pass up, I found this onesie and fell in love. It’s just so sweet. If you’re pregnant with a “little sister” this is for you! And no, not for me, there is a reason I didn’t buy it, even though I thought about it.

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I love photography and I love social media, so it’s no surprise Instagram is one of my favorites and one app that I am constantly opening on my phone. I follow a good number of people, most of who I don’t even know, they just take very pretty pictures. I really enjoyed Lindsay’s tips for editing photos for Instagram this week. And while we’re on the topic, Ashley Ann’s challenge for herself, which I can totally relate to. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to hop over to Misha’s blog to see what she’s loving this week and share with us what you’re loving!

Happy last day of February!

Four Months

Four months old! Where is time going?

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// onesie – gap // jeggings //

Little man is still very chill most of the time, but is starting to develop his own little personality.
He is smiling and cooing more, but most of the time he’s just taking it all in.
Let’s break it down…

Eating
He’s eating five times a day, roughly every three hours between 6:30am and 7:00pm.
At school, he drinks three 6.5 ounce bottles.
We are still loving our Tommee Tippee bottles.
He really only has a bottle at school unless mama needs to go somewhere.
I am not hating pumping as much this time around,
partly because it is 30 minutes of alone time I get to myself. Sad, I know.
I also have an obscene amount of milk in the freezer already, so it helps to see the fruits of my labor.
We probably won’t be starting solids until closer to six months like we did with Kenley,
but our doctor did suggest starting earlier if he keeps waking in the night (see below).
We’ll see!

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Sleeping
Crosby has regressed just a little bit in the sleep department.
He usually goes down between 7:15-7:30pm and will get up around 6:30am.
However, the time in between is hit or miss. We are frequently going in to put the paci back in his mouth.
We are also in the process of getting rid of the swaddle. I am really kind of sad about this.
He slept SO well being swaddled up until this point.
I am hoping that once he starts rolling over, he will start sleeping on his tummy and get more comfortable.
He tosses and turns a lot now and eventually ends up on his side.
But, then the paci falls out, and we’re back to square one.
We’ll get there.

He doesn’t really have a set nap schedule yet and I am okay with that.
He will take a short snooze on the way to school and usually on the way home,
then maybe three naps during the day.
We are still enjoying and taking advantage of the fact that he’ll sleep in the car seat.

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Playing
He is getting so much better with tummy time! Obviously, being able to hold his head up helps.
During tummy time, he’ll roll from his tummy to back.
He can get from his back to his side by hiking up his legs to his chest, but that’s about as far as we are now.
He intentionally grabs at toys or my necklace to play with.

We’ve been utilizing the high chair for a couple weeks now.
It reclines, so it’s perfect for him to sit in during dinner, even though he would much rather be held!

Long gone are the days of a curled up baby, he loves having his legs straight.
If you try to get him to sit (on your lap), he’ll straighten right up.

Four month notes:
Weight – 14 pounds 8 ounces – 40th percentile
Height – 25.5 inches – 70th percentile
Head – 16.65 inches – 50th percentile
Hair – Lightening up, filling in slowly and a bald spot in the back.
Eyes – Dark blue slash grey
Diapers – Cloth diapers day and usually disposables at night, size 1.
Clothes – 3-6 months mostly and still some lingering 3 months
Likes – NUK pacifier, looking at his big sister, being naked, bath time, being held
Dislikes – Gas, sleeping through the night, when his paci falls out

Crosby Martin – It’s so fun watching you grow, but slow down already!

my weekend in photos

after greg got off the phone with me, apparently someone was calling her.
we sometimes say “yo lo” for hello and she’s picked up on this.

saturday, we celebrated baby hudson with a little sprinkle.
{ many more photos to come }

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kenley was most excited about the leftover cupcakes.
her newest phrase is “mommy, look!” which she said every time she ate the icing with her finger.

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we snuck out of the house after the kids were in bed on saturday to celebrate ryan’s birthday!
we enjoyed a couple beers, the olympics, and some smoked oysters.
it was good to get out for a couple hours and socialize with other adults.

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greg was upset with the sandwich distribution, yet again.

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// stripe lace sleeve top // tiny toms //

a prime example of monkey see, monkey do.
kenley had so much fun running around (literally) with charlie & margot after dinner.

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we had a good weekend, but i didn’t get nearly enough done, as i would have liked.
however, we got to see a lot of friends, so that makes up for it.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

If you’re new to these parts, every Friday, Misha and I share some of the things we are loving.
You can catch up on previous weeks here.
We’d love to hear what you’re loving, so leave a comment!

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I have been wanting to try They’re Real mascara by Benefit for a while, but I couldn’t get over the price tag.
Over Christmas, my mom and I found that they have a travel size at Ulta for only $10,
so it was the perfect excuse to try it.
Ohmygoodness. It’s wonderful! I’ve been using it off and on for over a month and love it!
As I’m wearing it more, I’m loving it more!
I honestly didn’t know I had so many eyelashes and the wand is awesome.
The only con is that it takes a little more effort to get off at night than some of the other mascaras I use,
but that’s the price you pay. Beauty is pain right?
I’m definitely no beauty expert, so I’d love to hear your opinion. Tried it? Love it? Hate it?

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I have been on a roll this week with home organization.
Really, just two small projects, but I feel so accomplished.
I am in the process of actually organizing my digital life (i.e. photos!).
A couple nights this week, I made a real effort to organize and move all of my photos to our external hard drive.
For example, I had all of my (5,000+) iPhone photos in one folder on my lap top,
so I worked to get all of Kenley’s photos into the appropriate month folder on the hard drive.
It’s taken a while and I’m still not done, but I’m getting there. This is something that has been on the back burner for a while. I am making a public declaration now to NOT do this with Crosby’s photos.
At the end of each month, I’m going to sit down and organize my life.

In the same realm, I’m making progress in Crosby’s room.
Since he’s moved in there, I haven’t felt like I’ve been in the flow.
The drawers were overflowing, diapers were never in there when we needed them,
clothes weren’t in the right spots. It’s been driving me crazy.
Somehow, I remembered I had a hanging storage thing and it’s been so helpful!
Finally, I feel like I’m getting somewhere.
I’ll share updates soon.

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We’ve been getting into the winter Olympics in the evenings.
I really never thought I would like ice skating so much!
I loved watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold this week.

Don’t you think Meryl should be Jasmine in Disney on Ice?

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What are you loving this week?…besides the fact that it’s the weekend!

28 Months

I thought about scaling back these monthly updates to every odd month, or every even month,
but this past month has been full of activity, so I thought I’d better get some of it down.
I’m not really sure where to begin! Kenley is like nine years old now it seems.
She continues to be a talking machine and we have full out conversations.
She is hilarious (yes, I know, every parent says that about their child…as they should).
Here are a couple snippets from this month:

Daddy: How about we do something or something (really I have no idea what he said).
Kenley: That’s a great idea Daddy!!!!!!!

[Getting dressed] Oh, this shirt is so comfy!

[In the car on the way to school] It’s ok Crosby, don’t be upset.
We’re almost here. You get your pacifier.
See Crosby, I told ya we’re almost here.

[Before every meal] We gotta pray first.
This makes my heart so happy.

[Watching the monitor (monimer) scan from room to room]
OPE! That’s my bed!!
OPE! That’s Crosby’s bed!
OPE! That’s my bed! (and so on…)
OPE = NOPE without the N

Kenley wears big girl undies, Mommy wears big girl undies,
Daddy wears big girl undies, Crosby wears diapers.

[In the car on the way to school] OPE! We’re on the bridge.
We’re off the bridge. We go down. Up and down.

I’m sure I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you.

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She is both independent and indecisive at the same time, which can be exhausting.
In .2 seconds, she changes her mind five times.
I brush my teeth, no Mommy brush my teeth, no I brush my teeth!
She just. can’t. decide.
She really wants to know how to put her clothes on and take them off.
Sometimes it’s a struggle and we end up with very stretched out shirts,
but heaven forbid if you try to help her! She really wants to be able to do all things by herself.
We have been compromising a lot. We’ll put her shirt on her head, then she can do her arms.
We will brush her teeth first, then she can finish.
I wanna do it is still a commonly heard phrase in our house.

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Over the last four months or so, we had been establishing some bad bedtime habits.
She was coming out of her room a lot and we were willingly going back in to put her back to bed
what felt like a million times a night. She kept finding ways to put off bedtime, mostly because she needed her “blankey on” 15 times. Try telling a two year old that if she doesn’t get up, then her blankey won’t come off.
Then we started potty training, and every noise she made, we ran in there JUST IN CASE she had to potty. This developed into even worse nighttime and (very) early morning habits. I’m talking in the 5:00am hour.
After an incredibly rough night, we were at a loss.
Our fear that the crying newborn would wake the toddler turned into the crying toddler waking the newborn.
Not good.
After a lot of research, we settled on trying the Good Nite Lite.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones. After a week of stalking their Facebook page, to see when they were going to restock on Amazon, we finally got one!
After a night of crying it out and a couple days of the Good Nite Lite, we were back in business.
This light is seriously amazing. Kenley loves waiting for the moon to come on and as soon as it does, she knows it’s time for bed. She doesn’t get out of bed until the sun comes on the next morning.
She is also now at the point where she will get up to go potty and if the sun isn’t on yet, she’ll go back to bed. (Of course we had some accidents before we got to this milestone, but hallelujah!)
I have NO IDEA how it works, but whoever invented this is the smartest person in the world.
We also follow this checklist at night time. It really helped re-established a routine and Kenley likes to talk about what we have done and what’s next on the list.
I can see it now, she’ll be a list-maker just like her mama!

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Now that we are a couple months removed from the potty training experience,
I feel like I may be able to actually talk about it.
We’re still doing very well and only having an accident here or there, nothing serious.
The three day potty training method took eight days for us.
It was a helluva long week that I am thankful is behind us!

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This age continues to present great challenges for us, but this month we celebrated some sweet successes.
Just as she keeps learning, so do we. Parenting isn’t for the weak, that’s for sure!

Sixteen Weeks

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// 2-in-1 stripe shirt // stripe jersey knit pants // 

This little man is getting bigger every day.
He is having more and more awake time, which is fun for us,
but is still going down for naps well and sleeping great, also fun for us!
He’s becoming more animated with smiles and little coos.  Kenley loves it when “Crosby’s talkin”

We don’t really have him on a nap schedule yet, even though we are seeing a little bit of a pattern from day to day.
Right now, we’re just enjoying the fact that he’ll nap on the go, whenever and where ever.
I’ll be anxious to see (in the coming months) how we handle two different nap schedules
when it comes to planning our days and getting out of the house. I have a feeling it’ll be a work in progress for a while.