Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Monday

So I am going to try a new tactic for my blog....
A few people I follow write short posts about each day and I decided I am going to give that a try and see if it will help me.
I think part of my problem is I hardly post anything and because I don't when it's time to post I feel like I have so much to say/document and then I get overwhelmed and I just don't do it.

Sidenote: I've also just noticed blogger layout is different. I'm not a fan of change.  But I'm sure it's for the best...

We spend most of our days around the house so there won't be too much to update on, but at least it will keep our day to day life documented during this season and will help me not always feel the need to catch up!

This morning Adalyn had a bottle around 5 and then went back to sleep until 8.
I was excited about that because some days she wakes for good around 7:30 and that's just too early for me!

We got up and played for a little and headed downstairs for our breakfast.
{notice anything new??}

She had some pears and little pieces of mommy's blueberry muffin.
And for a more accurate documentation of today's events, she thought she would show you said muffin.

We will work on table manners tomorrow.
She loves her big girl sippy cup!

After breakfast we took some 5 month pictures.

The rest of the morning consisted of a short nap and cleaning- mommy is not a fan of both of those things.

Followed by some play time.

Looking out the window.
One of their favorite things to do.

And getting our head stuck in our shirt.
I'm pretty sure if she could talk she would tell me there are two buttons on the side...oops.

After a long {thankfully!} afternoon nap we headed over to the farm for dinner.
I typically put her in her crib awake, she talks and play for a little and then falls asleep. The past few times she's been falling asleep on her belly.

Mr. B has school on Monday nights so it's a long mommy and baby day so we usually take a little visit to the farm to have dinner and visit with the fam.

We came home and did tubby time

A clean tired baby ready for bottle and bed!


And I love it.

So much.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

4 Month Recap

You continue to amaze us with how quickly you are growing and learning new things.
This month was filled with new milestones!
It seemed as if every week there was something new you were doing!
I know there are many more to come and I savor and keep note of each one that happens along the way.
Our love for you grows deeper as each day passes.
It is always so bittersweet to watch you grow.

At your 4 month check up you were:
15.3 lbs {75th Percentile}
25 1/8th" {75th Percentile}
And your head circumference was in the 70th Percentile.
You are a healthy growing girl!
I was so proud of you when you got your shots this time around you barely even cried.
It was such a relief to me because it was the saddest thing watching you get your first set of shots.

You are wearing size 2 diapers in disposables and we have started up with cloth again as we start to get situated into our new home.

You are still a happy baby, but you are no longer the super laid back baby that you use to be. 
You are a complete wiggle worm.
Picture taking is no longer an easy task.
Your newest feat.
You will not sit still, you're always arching your back and trying to stand up.

It's technically still winter and we were able to go to the beach for the first time!
The weather was in the 90s for a few days and it's been so fun to see you in your adorable little summer clothes showing off your chunky legs and spending lots of time outside.
We went to Ogunquit Beach with Mimi we had lunch and took a walk on the Marginal Way.
I am planning on taking a few more trips there this summer- it's always so pretty! 

You've been doing so well with solid food. I had a feeling you were ready and you totally were. You are loving it! We've been making our own baby food and giving you a variety of different fruits and veggies and I can always tell when you love something because you cry when I'm not fast enough or when it's all gone.

Can you say Drama Queen??
This is the reaction to Bananas, Pears and Avocado with Bananas.
So far Bananas have been your number one favorite.

We waited for Daddy to try some peas for dinner.
We thought for sure we would get a reaction out of you since most babies don't like peas.
We certainly did get a reaction...
Just not the one we thought! You loved them!
These were a little thicker too and you did great.

So far the only food you haven't really cared for is carrots.

You still have 6-7 oz of Similac Sensitive every 3-4 hours in addition to fruit or oatmeal fro breakfast and a veggie for dinner.

You are still a pretty good sleeper. You do sleep through the night still, but you continue to wake up a few times for your paci. I just give it back to you and you go right to sleep. This is typically after 5-7 hours of you sleeping though...usually only 3 hours of mommy sleeping!

After coming home from the beach you slept on your belly for the first time.

You couldn't seem to get comfy so I rolled you over and you went right to sleep.
It only lasted about an hour though, and then you woke up and freaked because you thought it was tummy time. Eventually I think you'll like to sleep like this though.

Currently, you prefer sleeping on your right side still.

This month we stopped using the swing.
You weren't enjoying it like you used to- you were always trying to sit up and you were just too big for it.

I really really miss those swing naps. On accident I usually call naps in your cribs "crap nibs" and that's just what they are! Crappy and too short! Thankfully they are slowly starting to get longer. You usually take a morning nap and an afternoon nap. Sometimes a nap on mommy or sometimes a third cat nap depending on how long they lasted.

Currently, you prefer sleeping on your right side still.
You love sleeping with your love, Ellie. But this month I decided to start using the giraffe I bought when I  was pregnant. It has lavender beads in the belly, we microwave it and you love to cuddle up with it and it always puts you right to sleep at night time. It's the best and you seem to really enjoy it. It's so cute how you always wrap your arm around it.

You laughed for the first time!! I have been waiting for this moment as I had been seeing other mom's with babies just a little bit older than you post about their little ones laughing.

I was bouncing you in your Jumperoo and you thought it was so funny. I was so thankful Auntie Ali and Mimi were there to see it and catch it on video!

Uncle Ryan came to visit for his Spring Break
He hasn't seen you since Christmas time and you have changed so much!

We also had Angie and Emma visiting. You got too meet your second cousin and her little girl
I remember meeting Emma when she was just a baby and it is so crazy how quickly she has grown up!
You both need to slow down!
In a couple years I think you two will have a lot of fun together.

I originally knew you were ready for solid food because you were always eyeing everything we ate and you looked like you pretending to be eating it as well. Now that you have started solids you have become even more aware of everything we are eating...and you are not. One night you were staring at us eating Jax and I decided to let you lick it and you thought it was the greatest thing ever!
Then I let you hold it, and you were so fascinated by it.

Such a big girl!

Later this night you started pooping in the tub for the first time!
We knew it was bound to happen one day and today was the day!
Daddy quickly transferred you to the potty and you finished your business- I have the cutest picture, but I'll spare the online visual this time for your own sake!

You are the happiest girl in the mornings.
You usually wake around 6/6:30 and I bring you into bed with me.
You have your bottle and we go back to sleep until about 8:30.
It keeps getting earlier and earlier and I'm not exactly a fan of that, but I do love your smile when we wake up.
You also have the sweetest smile when I give you your good morning kisses.

You and Roxie love looking out the windows.

You discovered your feet
And you quickly realized they're like built in toys
And you'd rather play with your toes than sleep.

You are always smiling and we can get you to giggle every once in a while

With all the drooling and constant hands in your mouth I've been checking your gums to see if any teeth were coming and today I saw them ready to pop!

Just two days later they made it through!
I can not believe you're old enough to have teeth!
Not only did your teeth pop through- you also rolled back to belly for the first time.
I was changing your diaper and you started going to go to the side and I said to daddy that I think it will happen soon and sure enough- you did it!
I have a video of you doing it, but no pictures yet so instead here's a random favorite of mine. 

Was your first Easter.

Nana & Papa were visiting

You had your first Mum-Mum and drank water out of your first sippy.

You went to your first wedding.
It was my friend from High School- you looked adorable and you did such a good job!

You went in the church nursery for the first time!! I was freaking out, but you did great! It was more of a practice run, we still have a few more weeks before you really start going {tears for momma!} but I think you're going to love it. 

And that's the best shot we got as your "first nursery picture" because you are the wiggliest worm of them all. 

We went to the Boston Aquarium for Auntie A's birthday and we got to visit Daddy at work and have lunch with him.

Unfortunately this exciting month ended with another first-your first sickness. 
That night you came home with a high fever that last a little over 24 hours, that then turned into a bad cold. 
You took lots of tubbies {which always make you happy} and lots of snuggles {which made me happy}. 

Even through your cold you still loved your new swing at The Farm!

We love you so much and we are sorry this month had to end with your first sickness!
I know it's the first of many to come for you, but I know it will always break our hearts- especially when there is only so much we can do to help you!

Feel free to slow down the growing and you're more than welcome to stick to one milestone a month. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dance Dare

My family loves the Ellen Show.

The past couple weeks she's had something called "Dance Dare".

Basically what you do is dance behind people's back without them knowing.

Tuesday night we celebrated my sister's birthday- she wanted to go to the aquarium and the mall.

While at the mall, I thought it would be fun if we did the "dance dare".

They were all excited until it came time to dance.

We had about 40 minutes until we had to meet for dinner and I think about 30 minutes was taken up by fear.

They quickly learned this looks a lot earlier on the Ellen show than it is in real life!

We had some perfect opportunities, but they chickened out.

We did laugh a lot though and we had so much fun doing this!

We learned some lessons, they are determined to be more brave next time and I am hoping to join in on part 2 !

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Calorie Counting

At the beginning of the year I joined the bandwagon and started to do "myfitnesspal".
It's been really great for both me and my family.
I've lost 10.5 lbs just by watching my calories.
I was pretty naive and eating a ton of calories.
I am still shocked at the amount of calories some of my favorite meals are.

I haven't gotten to the whole exercising thing, yet. 
It will come.
And should be soon.
But currently, I am just too lazy.
I am determined to start though.
Some day.

The fact that I am losing with just counting my calories, 
I often wonder how much more I would be losing if I was working out too..

And that's about as far as it gets...
a wonder.

But here's the thing with calorie counting- they give you the option to have self control, to make the wrong choice or the right choice.

They allow you to choose just how good you want to be.

If the serving size is 12 chips, do the two folded ones count as one regular one?

Do the broken ones not really count?

As I was getting some fries ready for dinner {I'm still in the counting calories phase- eating strictly nutritious food comes after the daily exercises phase} I checked the serving size. 

15 fries for 150 calories or whatever it was.

But here's the kicker...
There are all different sized fries.

15 of what size?

It's the test.

How disciplined do you really want to be?

Is the serving size 15 baby fries or do two of those count as one?

I think I could have 30 of the little ones...but that might be pushing it.

So you better believe that this calorie counting momma emptied out the bag and picked out the longest fries.

It's a matter of making the most of your calories. 

But if you want a more drastic change on the scale I would suggest going with the smaller option.

Just sayin'.