Friday, September 30, 2016

Dear EV (Sept 2016 - Two Months Old)

Dear EV,

Another month has flown by.  I still can not believe how much of an easy going baby you have been so far.  I hope this never changes.

You have grown so much over the past month.  Physically you are moving up in clothing and diaper sizes.  Which frankly is a huge shock to me as your brother lingered in sizes longer than any kid I know.  Others like your uncle and grandparents see this growth more than I do.  When you are around someone all the time it's hard to notice some of the smaller changes.  However, people are quick to point out how much you have grown to me.  On the flip side, strangers (and your aunt Li) also seem to comment on how tiny you are.  Considering you were 6lbs at birth and all your cousins were at least 2-3 lbs bigger than you I can understand them saying this.  To me though you were and are a big baby.  A solid 2 lbs heavier than your brother at birth and I would not be surprised if you one day caught up to him.  Please don't take this the wrong away.  I love the fact that I don't need to worry about you gaining weight and not being on the growth chart.  You have been holding firm at the 20th percentile pretty much across the board.  The cute chunky baby rolls don't hurt either.   

EV you have been giving me little peeks into your personality more and more this month.  Your patience continues to better than mine has ever been.  I can also see that you have the same overly expressive face that your brother has.  You got that one from me which means people can read you like a book.  Let me warn you in advance, that pouty face, while adorable, will get you no where with me.  I can't say the same for your father.  

Speaking of your father, could you lighten up a bit on him.  I know you have spent 98% of your life with me, but he wouldn't mind some time with you when you don't lose your mind crying when he holds you.  I get it.  I really do.  He was sick the first two weeks, then we had lots of company.  Now his hand is hurt.  It all means he doesn't get much time with you.  So really please be kind to him when does get to hold you.  If you can stay ├╝ber calm for Uncle S, you can be calm for him.  

You are also showing a clear love of Duke.  He was of course my dog before you were born, but that doesn't seem to matter to him now.  He checks on you regularly and really dislikes it when you cry.  I can't wait to see how he reacts to you the more active you get.

Bear is also showing you tons of affection lately.  He randomly gives you kisses, says "awe" and asks to hold you.  I hope you two continue to get along in the future.  Time will tell on this one.  For now I am soaking it all up.


Finally, you are sleeping in your crib!!!  Again!!! After a rough and I mean rough 2 weeks you are back on a normal schedule.  You seemed to want to be up all night and sleep all day.  You also demanded to be held pretty much 24/7.  Nothing less was acceptable.  You loudly voiced your protest when I did anything different!  It could have been anything from growth spurt to not nursing enough, but we made it through.  I'm so glad to have you back on your normal routine acting like the baby I know!!!  Sleep does wonders for both of us.

OK onto your current stats:

Weight: 10 lbs 13 oz (birth weight: 6 lbs)*

Length:  22.5 inches (birth length: 19 in)*

* Your two month appointment (October 4th) was later than expected so I will fill this in when we get the number.  All I know is that you have definitely grown!

Diaper size: You were in Pampers Swaddlers Newborn for part of this month.  All I can say is that I am extremely happy to be done with them!  They were leaking way too much!!!  You are now in Huggies Size 1 disposables.  Newborn Cloth diapers also fit well so you remain in those as well.

Clothing size:  You are in a few different sizes depending on what is clean at the time.  You are in mainly Newborn clothing, but I do put you in some 0-3m or 3m clothing as the summer stuff will be obsolete here in a few more weeks.  You are also exclusively in 0-3m or 3m sleepers.  You have gotten too long for the Newborn ones.  This makes me incredibly sad.  Stop growing so fast!  I'm also dreading having to sort (keep or sell) the clothes you have outgrown.  

Feedings/eating:  You are still nursing like a champ.  Every time I keep wanting to switch you to formula, my laziness takes over.  I don't like the added dishes from bottles or pump parts.  Especially not when I'm the only one who can do them since your dad hurt his hand.  The day will come when I will switch you over, but that day just isn't today.  I am thinking that you should start taking at least a bottle of breast milk every few days to make that transition easier for you.

LikesTummy time is one of your favorite things.  You are working on rolling over both from back to belly and belly to back.  You have mastered rolling over from belly to back recently.  It is not just by moving your head to one side.  It is an intentional movement when you have had enough of tummy time.  If I turn you back over you roll repeatedly until I call it quits.  The belly to back roll isn't quite there yet.  You stop on your side and find that good enough.  

You also love your swing and car rides.  Since we travel a bit this makes the long car trips that much easier.  As long as you are moving you are content for hours.

DislikesYou dislike it when the pups sniff your face or when Bear attempts to put a paci in your mouth to quite you down.  I don't blame you with that last one as he doesn't have the gentlest touch.  I will give credit where credit is due, he does try to be gentle with you.  

Moments after he tried to get her to be quiet by making funny faces.  Sorry Bear, she is just too young to get your humor.  

Funny moment(s):  You make the cutest exaggerated frown when you don't get what you want.  I suspect that you will use this face in the the future much like your brother.  You will be happy to hear that it works for him with your father so it will work like a charm for you.  Who am I kidding, it already does.

Doctors Appointments:  Like I mentioned earlier, your two month appointment was pushed off a week, but you did have a few things going on.  While we didn't go to the doctors for this, you did get a bad heat rash on your back, chest and face/head.  They had no opening so I asked around to some friends for a cure or at least some relief for you.  It didn't seem to bother you at all, however it looked terribly uncomfortable to me if I were in your shoes.  Thankfully, a baking soda and water mixture wipe down and some time in just a diaper cleared it up.  Round two of heat rash was cured just as easily as the first.

You also had something going on with your right eye.  When I called the nurse she said it was likely a clogged tear duct, but that there were no openings since it is not an emergency because your eye lid was not swollen nor red.  They could try to fit me in if home remedies did not work or more symptoms showed up.  As instructed I used a warm compress which made a bit more gunk form in the inner corner, but I suppose that's the point.  A friend also suggested after following the doctors orders to put a couple of drops of breast milk in your eye.  Between the two your eye seemed to get better.  I will mention it at your next appointment just to make sure.

Looking Forward:  Longer stretches of sleep in your own crib.  We both need a few good nights of sleep.  I'm not even asking for the whole night, just a good 5-6hour stretch in the evening hours.

I am also excited to have scheduled your Baptism.  Ok maybe that's an exaggeration, but your father seems excited for it as does your God parents.  That in return makes me happy.  I am truly excited that we don't have to take the silly class to get you Baptized!  There will be more on this whole Baptism stuff another day in another post instead of this letter to you.



This one is my favorite of the two of you thus far!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

What We Needed for EV

Since we kept most of Bears' infant stuff there is less that we need for EV.  However, there is still stuff that I want or need this time around.  

Exersaucer - This is more of a want than a need.  It will also likely be a Christmas present for her as I want to make sure it doesn't bother here like it did her brother.  The various movements of the Exersaucer mixed with his reflux caused him not to like it at all.  Thankfully, EV doesn't seem to have the same reflux issues as Bear.

Rock N' Sleep - I could easily get by without this one, but for convenience sake I picked it up.  Our bedroom is small in comparison to our previous houses and there is no way we could set up the pack and play in there.  This will have to do.  I also like that we could travel with it if I needed to. We have used this a few times for travel and I have to say it worked out perfectly!

Avent Glass Bottle Sleeves - I picked up glass bottles for Bear and again this is something I never got to use.  I liked that glass is eco friendly and I trust that it gets sanitized better than plastic.  Yes I know I'm a germophobe with little kids, but I'm perfectly ok with it!  That said the sleeves obviously protect the bottle from my clumsiness when I inevitable put it down too hard or God forbid drop it.  They fit the bottles well and still allow you to see inside.  Again another item I have yet to really use as EV is nursing.

Stroller toys -  Bear completely killed all of his so we needed new ones.  I was hoping for many are girly.  I was not disappointed!  Here is what we got...

Strap covers - Another kid means we need more of these.  At least 2 more sets.  I hate the ones that come with everything.  They are rough and I wouldn't want them against my neck for any period of time.  The summer infant ones that are reversible are my favorite!

Muslin Swaddle Blanket - I was gifted one of these and they are fabulous.  Bear HATED being swaddled.  Even if I left his arms out.  From day one he wanted little to do with being wrapped up.  So I blessed a friend with it.  Now I figured I can splurge and get a set.  EV doesn't seem to have that same aversion to it that Bear had.

Double stroller - This is by far the biggest item we NEED to get.  Bear isn't ready to walk on his own so none of our single strollers will cut it when the new baby comes.  At least not when I'm by myself with both kids.  I decided I wanted to spend a bit of extra money on this one and splurge on the Baby Jogger City Select.  I plan to turn the single into a double with some easily modifications.  We already picked up the car seat adapter and the second seat pegs.  With the pegs we can move the seat to the lower position and the car seat carrier can go into the top position.  There is also a glide board that you can add to it that we plan to pick up.  This way when EV moves to the seat Bear can still hop a ride when needed.

Lots of Crib Sheets - I had about 5 for Bear and while that may seem like a lot to some parents, it was not nearly as meany as I needed.  Bear had bad reflux and he spit up and vomited a ton.  Meaning I quickly ran out of sheets.  Some times I'd go though 2-3 in one day.  For EV, I picked up several more to add to the ones that we still have on hand.

Cute Decor That Can Grow With EV -  for bear I picked a jungle theme and did the whole crib bed in a bag thing.  Truth be told looking back I don't know what I was thinking.  I'll blame the ugly green walls of his nursery that we weren't allowed to paint.  Don't get me wrong those things can be great, but I had picked one that was too cartoon ish.  That said, I'm going with more of a color scheme this time around.  I talked a bit about it in a previous post, but I found some cute art work and such for the walls.  I didn't go too crazy with it as I know our time here is limited.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Menu Time

Another Week and another menu.  I'm trying to keep this weeks menu simple and healthy.  I tossed in a few crock pot meals and make ahead meals.  Like always if there is something you would like to see, let me know!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's Friday again, so why not a Friday favorites?

1.  Bath bombs - be them homemade or left over from a lush buy, I can't get enough of them!  Once I got cleared to take baths again I indulged in many, many, many relaxing baths!

2. Shopping list app - This is one I have had for a really long time now and I love it!!!  It took a while to get to this point as you have to put in new items but the more you use it the more easier it gets.  I can add a bunch of groceries and only have to change the quantities now.  Also the more you select specific items the closer to the top of the search list they get.  For me this is a time saver.  I can also email when needed if Hubby does the shopping that week.

3. Crayola Freezer Pops - The weather has been pretty warm these past few weeks so I have been using these freezer pop molds a ton!  I like that the whole mold can be removed from the holder and not just the the ice pop and handle.  No sticky holders left in the freezer while you wait to finish them all.

4.  Pinterest - this app keeps me busy during those late night feedings.  Or anytime I get excessively bored.  I do actually try to make it a point to use the things I pin rather then just pin away and forget about them.

5. Korean Food - There are some of the best Korean restaurants in our area that we are taking full advantage of!  I am loving it!

6. Ankle Boots - I am obsessed with boots in the fall.  I will be picking up one or more of these for the cooler weather.  Thoughts?

All Boots are from

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Attempting to nap

Most of the time I can handle little to no sleep.  However, today is another story.  Three cups of coffee later and I'm still fighting to keep my eyes open.  With EV fast asleep in her crib, I figured I could put the toddler on the couch next to me, turn on bob the builder and maybe catch a few zzz's.  I was sort of right.

Normally, I will shut my eyes and fall into one of those sleeps where you can still fully hear everything that is going, but still get the rest you need.  Well, today I drifted in and out of that kind of sleep for about 2 hours.  When Bear was on the couch curled up with me I could sleep.  When he got down to play I could hear everything and still relax.  This is a useful parenting ability on days like today.  

He started off on the couch with me for about 2 episodes before climbing down.  The first time I opened my eyes it was because I heard too much laughter to feel comfortable that he wasn't doing something wrong.  He was playing with Duke, handing him all of nylon bones and laughing as Duke can't decide which to chew.  He was also crawling all over him which they both love.

The next time I open my eyes I find Duke inches from my face with a pissed off look.  I've seen this look from Duke before and it's usually when he wants to tell me Bear is a jerk.  I glance over to Bear and he has hoarded all the nylon bones for himself on his little chair.  I tell Bear to give Duke back his bones and all is right with world.  Bear then rejoined me in the couch for some more bob the builder.  

A little while after he crawls off of me I awake instantly when Bear shoves the Xbox remote into my face.  Netflix has decided to ask me if Bear is still watching rather than allowing him to binge watch Bob so I can catch up on some much needed rest. Thanks Netflix!  He snuggled back in with me for a bit longer when I put his show back on.

The end of my attempted nap came when Bear crawled down a final time.  He handed me his cup and said "milk."  I told him just a minute and put it on the table in front of me.  He once again said "milk" then opened my hand and placed the cup in it.  I again told him just a minute.  Well it must have been a LONG minute because I was abruptly awaken by a gallon of milk being plopped in my lap.  Thankfully, he didn't drop it or spill anything!  He even put it away.  Go figure!

The abrupt end to my attempt at napping did help somewhat.  Mixed in there I was able to get a bit of sleep.  Enough for me to make it through to bedtime anyway.  Not one of my shining parenting moment but this is real life.  Some days you just do whatever you need to make it through.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Another Meal Plan

We don't have a lot going on this week, but the cooler weather usually means I cook more.  I'm just fine with that!  If you see something you want to know more about just let me know!

Please excuse my dreadful handwriting this week! This is what happens when you rush to get it written down while a toddler throws his blocks around, the baby is crying and the dogs are hyped up.  I'm shocked it is legible! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Homemade Toilet Tabs

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my friend about the homemade bath bombs my husband had made for me.  When I told her what he used she said she had most of that on hand.  I obviously asked her what she was making with citric acid and she told me toilet tabs.  I asked for the instructions and off I went to make it.  They seriously work better then anything I have used here.  I don't see me using anything else.

You need Citric Acid, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap.

Measure 1 cup of baking soda.  I made a double batch so the quantities look off.

The big box of baking soda can be found at your local store.

I got this bag off of amazon as anything purchased in store was grossly over priced!

Add 1/4 cup of Citric Acid.

Again I made a double recipe.

Mix the two together.  I found a whisk works best.

Drizzle one tablespoon of dish soap over the mixture, 
then whisk it until it is fully incorporated. 

This is what the mixture should look like.

This is what we hubby found at the hardware store to press the molds.
It is a piece of 2 inch PVC hub adapter and a 2 inch dowel rod.
The dowel rod need a bit of sanding, but it works great.

Add the mixture to the hub

I had hubby compact it

Then press it out into a tray lined with parchment paper.

They need to be flipped after a bit so they don't stick to the try.

Store in closed container. 

To use: drop on in toilet and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Use toilet brush to scrub then flush to rinse.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...