Tuesday, November 29, 2016

30 Days of Thankfulness (days 21-30)

 This is the last bunch of pics from my 30 Days of Thankfulness.  If you missed the last two you can check out them out here and here.  Basically I'm trying to find something to be thankful for each and every day of this month.  I snap a pic and write what is I am thankful for on it.  I posted them daily on IG but in batches on here.  It's my reminder that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Day 27

Day 28
Day 29

Day 30

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear EV (Nov 2016 - Four Months Old)

Dear EV,

Another month with you and I am starting to get the feeling that you are going to give me a run for my money! I'm not sure if it that you like things just so or that some of the things you do remind me of, well, me. Heaven help me if the latter is true!  Really though you seem to just like things a certain way.  Your position in the crib or the specific toy you want to name a few.  I am starting to get better at recognizing in advance the things that will set you off, but some just can't be helped.  Our house will never be as quiet as I'm sure you wished it would be when you are on your tummy trying to reach for a toy.  The puppies or Bear will make noises and break your concentration distracting you from what you are doing.  I can't help that though kid so it's one you will need to learn to be more tolerant of.  Over this past month I have seen some improvement here.  You have grown more accustom to the outburst from them.  It now takes 3-4 shrieks/barks before you cry.  

 The cold weather is starting to show but it doesn't seem to bother you one bit as long as I don't over dress you.  Much like your father and brother you seem to run a bazillion degrees hotter than the average person.  This means when dressing you I try go for layers as I'm bound to put on one too many based on my own preference.  

Speaking of the great outdoors, you love being outside.   I hardly ever hear a cry from you if we are on a walk or just in the backyard relaxing.  I hope that you continue to like those things the older and more active you get!  I really hope that you don't become one of those hermit type of kids I see now a days.  (Eek that made me sound old!). Since the cooler weather is here to stay you can bet we will be spending a lot more time outside!  Don't even think the snow will deter us, because it won't! 

If something is going on you want to be in middle of it or at the very least have a close eye on the situation.  Sitting up and even briefly standing (while assisted) are the best ways for you to do that.  If you could join in I'm positive you would.  It won't be too long before you are in the mix of that crazy bunch as you are already making serious attempts at crawling!  Honestly kid I'm blow away by that one.  You have on more than one occasion wiggled, pulled and kicked your way closer to a toy on the other side of the play mat.  It took you a full 30 minutes, but your determination never wavered!  

As far as growth goes you haven't physically gotten bigger but developmentally there haven't been many stand out moments.  You seem to be trying to master the skills you already have this month.  You roll over significantly better than you used and can hold up your head for long periods of time.  

OK onto your current stats:

Weight: 12 lbs 12 oz (birth weight: 6 lbs)

Length: 23.5 inches (birth length: 19 in)

Diaper size: Your diaper size is still size 1 for disposables.  As far as cloth diapers go, you have moved out of newborn diapers and into the size small diapers.  

Clothing size:  EV you are in size 3 mo and even some 3-6 mo clothing.  You have outgrown 0-3 month stuff about a week or so ago.  Much like your brother, i think you will grow out of things length wise first.  Feel free to slow down the growing!  

Feedings/eating:  There is no change here.  I am still nursing you regularly.  Much to your dismay you do get a bottle of pumped milk randomly 4-5 times a week.  I am hoping that you get used to taking a bottle so that I can go out on occasion and get a pedicure! Even a cup of coffee and a stroll around target would work.

Likes:  Movement and a view are key in keeping you happy.  Like I said earlier you like to see what is going on.  If I'm cooking in the kitchen you want the high chair pulled up so you can see me.  If Bear is chasing the pups around the backyard you want to be front and center to track the movement!  This goes for times in the car seat as well. If you can't see what's going on you better be moving to rock you to sleep.

Dislikes:  Obviously standing still you are not a fan of!  At a recent appointment I put you in the carrier and thought I could sit down but boy was I wrong!  You cries until I started to pace. 

Funny moments:  oh boy.  Another month and yet another bowel moment comes to mind.  I won't go into full details, but I will say this; I don't know what it is about trips to the zoo, but you always have massive bowel movements the second we return to the car!  I'm thankful they only occur once we have completed the trip, but wow girl!  Every time, no fail!!  The extra change of clothes for each of us has come in handy more than emergency clothes should be used.  At least for me personally. 

Doctors Appointments: 
Your doctors appointment was this morning!  The check up went well, but your growth has slowed down.  The doctor is fine with that for the time being but would like us to come back in a month to see if it is just from you dropping your midnight feeding or preparing for a growth spurt.   Additionally, we are just monitoring your right eye lid.  Much like in the picture below you sometimes don't open it fully or it is swollen.  Your eye hasn't been goopy in several weeks so it isn't a clogged tear duct or at least its not shows many signs of it.  Some days are better than others and for the most part I only really notices it in pictures.  Hopefully this just goes away.

We had two holidays included in this monthly letter since the month starts on the 28th.  The first one I'm referring to is Halloween.  The plan was to put you in the cute banana costume and your brother to be in the monkey costume.  He refused to wear his so I wasn't about to torture you as well.  Instead you wore one of the Halloween outfits we had on hand. 

Technically you were not going to go out so the outfit worked just fine.  You stayed at home with Daddy while I took Bear trick or treating.  Thankfully you didn't mind this at all!

The next holiday was Thanksgiving.  We stayed home this year which we were all happy about.  We spent the morning going for a drive to get coffee and taking in the cooler weather.  When we came home you napped in your chair while we cooked.  It was a pretty standard day with an extra delicious meal! You wore your brothers old thanksgiving onesie and I added a bow to girl it up or maybe because if I didn't I'm not sure I would know the difference looking back at the pictures!  

Looking Forward:  I am still eagerly looking forward to Christmas!  Yes, we started wearing Christmas Jammies early this year.  Bear liked to unwrap gifts and I'm hoping you are that way as well.  

Love, Mama 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

French Country Cooking (Review)


French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards By Mimi Thorisson

Mimi Thorisson has knocked it out of the park again!  This next cookbook brings in more of what I loved from her last cookbook and then added even more personal touches.  She kept the standard and metric measurements, easy to find ingredients, and variety of difficulty levels.  Not only does it have amazing recipes, but the pictures really draw you in.  As someone that already loves to sit and read cookbooks like one would read a novel, this has quickly become my go-to book.  I love reading about her life in France and the stories behind the recipes.  I know I will be going back this cookbook for years to come!

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  During this holiday season please keep those who serve in your thought and prayers as not all get to celebrate at home.  I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

30 Days of Thankfulness (days 11-20)

 If you missed my first post on this, let me fill you in on what it is I am doing.  In the month of November I try to remind myself that there is always something to be thankful for. Each day I snap a pic and write what I am thankful for that day.  Here is the next bunch.

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17


Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

What are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Classic German Baking (Review)

This cookbook makes my mouth water just reading the yummy recipes.  Like most of my favorite cookbooks the author/chef includes a bit of a backstory or narrative on some of the recipes.  She also also includes English and German names for the recipes, as well as standard and metric measurements.  For me these are little touches that make the me think the author/chef put extra thought into their cookbook.  

I have had the opportunity to cook several of the recipes from this cookbook and they all have come out deliciously.  The instructions were descriptive and easy to follow.  She even included some interesting takes on traditional recipes.  There were even some gluten-free recipes in the mix.  There is a nice range of complexity for recipes so there is something for everyone.  I look forward to finding more time to especially with the holidays approaching to dive in and try some more recipes! 

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and here are some things I am loving!

1.  Packing Cubes - We share suitcases when traveling and these just make it a whole lot easier to stay organized.  We used these the last couple of trip and I love them!  I have no idea why I didn't get these sooner!  Boys get the black and girls have they purple bags.
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2.  Sephora Brush Roll - The new one on the site looks similar to the one I bought years ago and LOVE! I have so many brushes that need a place so they don't get wrecked that I am strongly considering picking up another one of these.  In fact I like the outside a lot more!

3.  These country albums - I can't have silence when I am working out.  I need something in the background.  Lately that has been a mix of these 4 country albums over everything else on my iPod.

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4.  Reusable K-Cups - We drink a lot of coffee daily.  Like multiple cups every day.  That's a lot of waste if we did an actual k-cup with each cup.  Not to mention a lot of money.  It is incredibly cheaper for us to buy a any bag of coffee we want, fill the mesh cup and pop it into the machine.  Now I am aware that not every keurig allows for this, but for now I'm holding on to my "outdated" machine for as long as I can!  I more than likely won't buy a new machine if I can't use this or a similar with it.

5.  Infant Gold Moccasins Crib Shoes - They ran a bit big, but I really love them on EV.  She has worn them a ton with very little wear and tear showing on the shoes.  She isn't crawling yet so I'm sure if she was more active she would be a bit rougher on them obviously.   I love them so much that I even ordered her the next size up for her Christmas stocking this year.  I'm not sure if I'm going to go with the same color or stick with the gold.  Thoughts?

What are you loving lately?

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