Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3 Months

Where has the time gone? Charlie is already 3 months old!

Charlie is still in size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothing. I've been buying 6-9 month items in preparation for summer months, but I think he will be in theses for another month or so. He hasn't had a dr appointment this month so I don't know his weight, but I am guessing around 16 lbs. I might weigh him at home just out of curiosity.

He eats about every 3 hours and just started taking 6 oz each feeding. One or two of those bottles each day has some left behind, but he generally finishes them.

We JUST moved him to his crib in his room (last night) and he did well. He started sporadically sleeping through the night so I just went ahead and moved him. It can vary a lot on when he gets up. Sometimes he wakes at 3:30ish to eat. A few times he has gone to 6 and once even 7. Generally he wakes around 5 to eat and I'm OK with that. It is late enough that I don't' feel like he needs to be in my room anymore for me to get to. I mix his bottle as I'm walking through the kitchen to his room.

He naps in his swing. First time mommy-me would have stressed about how that is the only place he would nap and would be trying frantically to get him to nap in his crib. Second time mommy-me...couldn't care less. He is napping. I get stuff done. And he sleeps in his crib at night. Those Luvs commercials are so so true (except I don't use Luvs).

He is a happy baby. Like, ridiculously happy. He is so content and laid back. I might even say lazy... We've been doing more tummy time. He's getting better at trying to hold his head up, but most of the time face plants and fusses because he knows he will get picked up. It is so different from Colin, as at this point Colin was pushing up really well and had even rolled over. But they were also very different in my belly.

During NST with Colin, he would move so much and kick the monitor off and we'd lose his heartbeat. Always having to replace it. He still is in constant motion.

During Charlie's NST he was so chilled and laid back. The tests lasted FOREVER because he would sleep the entire time. They would make me drink juice boxes every time to get some sugar to him. They made me poke him and adjust positions. Once they had me play music on my phone and hold it up to my belly. (Justin Timberlake woke him right up and got him moving that time.)

I say he is a laid back baby, but he is starting to come around and be much more alert. He is chatty and loves to babble. He is getting good about sitting in the excersaucer (propped by a blanket in the front) and is starting to reach and grab at things.

I'm feeling great and back to normal. Most all of my pre-Charlie clothes are starting to fit and I'm getting back into a normal workout routine. Charlie does great in the Y Child Watch and I haven't had to be called out of a class yet. I try to go at the same time everyday so he gets his morning snooze in while I workout which I think helps.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February So Far

So, I prayed and prayed when I was pregnant that I would get a chilled laid back baby that slept pretty good. And God answered that prayer. Charlie has been doing so good. He doesn't sleep through the night yet, but he can go 6 hours to sometimes 8 hours during his first stretch of sleep. Blessed momma right here. But God is laughing because now my pre-schooler is getting up multiple times a night.

He is scared of many things right now. And I struggle to figure out if he is really scared or just wants attention or to sleep in my bed. I always put him back in his bed. I am doing my best. But I am exhausted. He is scared of robots the majority of the time. So today I think I am going to take away anything that is "robotic." So, goodbye Transformers toys and clothes. And good by robot Leappad Game. Hello nap time.

I also am not sure if he is just overly tired and that is making his nighttime waking worse. Like he is half asleep with he wakes and "sees" something. He also has gotten an attitude which I'm sure some of it comes from his age, and some of it comes from the lack of sleep since he is up throughout the night. Hoping a nap with be helpful.

We are also trying positive reinforcement. Every night he stays in his bed and doesn't get up, he gets a sticker. Once he fills his sticker chart he gets to go to the Space Center in Huntsville. This kid is all about space right now, so it seems to be a good goal, but doesn't work every night.

Other than all the snow and ice scares we've been having, I've been busy working around the house to get it fixed up. Little projects here or there. I love this house and neighborhood, but sometimes I hate this house. LOL I am pretty sure the previous owners didn't bother to take care of it like they should have. In the short time we have lived here (5 months), we have already replaced the water heater and furnace. Both big purchases which ate into my remodel/redecorate fund. I try to remember that we are lucky to have a house and roof over our heads, but it gets really frustrating to be ready to start on a "fun" project but have to redirect funds to a necessary one.

When we moved in we purchased all new kitchen appliances with the intention of replace the counter tops with granite. I'm excited to say they are being installed next week!! I look forward to being about to paint and finish up the kitchen and have at least one room in the house done.

I've been repainting all of the trim and doors in the house. The old trim color was an off white, which worked well with the old colors in the house (I guess) as they were all kind of darker. But I want lighter and airier colors through the house and they needed a brighter trim color. So there are currently two different trim colors in my house depending on where you are. It is taking me a while to tape and paint with both kids around. I just do a little whenever I can.

Last weekend we started the face lift on our dining room. I got handy and measured and purchased everything I needed to install a chair rail. It looks great and in the next week or two I am going to add that picture frame wainscoting below and paint it all white. I've got my measurements taken and just need a chance to get to the hardware store (preferably alone!) to get my materials. But here is my progress so far.

And to finish up, here are some other photos off of my phone from this month.

This was at the hospital during the ice storm. He is way too big for that. It looks so funny.

I'm mean...and charge Colin for batteries now. I give him a battery allowance at the beginning of each month and he leaves his toys on and they run out. So now he has to buy additional if wants more. Like I said, mean. But I'm over him leaving on his toys and draining batteries.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Colin devours these. So I froze the majority of them so I could pull them out as he wanted one. Recipe was adapted from the one on 100 Days of Real Food blog.

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 liners.

Use a whisk to blend the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add in the eggs, honey, and melted butter. Mix until well combined. Fold in the pumpkin puree followed by the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

I'd like to try and get back to posting my meals plans every week and sharing any new recipes that we enjoy. It may not happen regularly, but I'm going to make an effort!


  • Belvita Breakfast Bars
  • Cereal
  • Egg
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Cereal Bars
  • Leftovers
  • Salad
  • PB&J
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Finger Food Plate (for my picky per-schooler!)
  • Chicken Enchiladas, saffron rice, homemade re-fried beans (found this on pinterest and it is so easy and good - will post recipe soon!)
  • Roasted mushroom & onion with Gouda grilled cheese, chips, fresh fruit
  • Tilapia, rice, veggies
  • Homemade Calzones
  • Spaghetti with turkey meatballs, greens beans, bread
  • Cobb salad 
  • Paula Dean Baked spaghetti (made meatless), salad, bread
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Fruit
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Yogurt

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


These are my favorites of the photos we had done when I visited TN a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2 Months

My little guy is 2 months old (as of Jan 26). He has grown so much and is awake more often now.

At his two month check up he weighed in at 14 lbs 1 oz and was 24.5 inches long. He is about 93% in both weight and height. So he is big...but proportionately so.

He is in size 2 diapers (still using Target brand) and in 3-6 month clothing.

He eats about every 3 hours. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But 3 hours is a good average guess. He take anywhere between 3-5 ounces at a feeding and ends up eating about 24 ounces a day.

He wakes up 1 or 2 times at night to eat. It varies but he usually gets a nice long stretch of sleep, eats, then gets in a shorter one that may or may not lineup with when we get up for the day. We moved him out of the rock n sleep and he is now sleeping flat on his back in the pack n play. It is still in our closet since he wakes in the middle of the night, but I am glad he transitioned from inclined sleeping to flat sleeping easily.

He is actually sleeping better than big brother, who is afraid of everything these days. Here lately it is robots, vampires (thank you ninja turtles), and unions. Yes, you read that right. Unions. He has no idea what they are but they scare him. Andrew actually agreed with that one. Lol so Colin has no TV privileges and we've added back in some naps to hopefully fix this situation. Any other suggestions welcome.

Back to Charlie, He had another heart appointment and everything still looks good. Nothing is changing, so instead of coming back in one month, we get to go two!!

He is smiling a lot and loves ceiling fans...I don't get it, but he always finds them and gives a huge grin. He doesn't nap on a regular schedule yet, but I look forward to it. It is harder with him because I feel like I'm always carting Colin around and so he doesn't get many opportunities to nap in his crib or pack n play. Same with tummy time. I try hard to get it in, but I feel like we are on the go so often. I'm making it a priority now, putting him on his tummy for a bit first thing in the morning while I make Colin's lunch and try again in the evening if he isn't too fussy.

We had pictures taken in Tennessee and I will post some of my favorites. I'm excited to have some good photos of Charlie to scatter around the house with all the photos of Colin.

Momma feels pretty good! I still have some weight to lose, but I can get myself into my old pants. They don't look great, but they button and zip! I got back to spin and body pump this week so I am hoping that the added exercise will get me back into my clothes faster. Otherwise I am just desperate for a little more sleep and some time to myself. I figure they may nap at the same time one day...

No Good Very Bad (Snow) Day

I don't ever want to see snow again. Unless we go up North for a ski vacation, in which snow is necessary.

Tuesday morning I was watching the news with Colin eating breakfast. I told him we might get snow! He asked is he could build a snow man and I told him it wouldn't be enough for that, but he could play in whatever amount we got. They were only calling for a dusting. This was around 7:30. I was going to drop off Colin at school and then Charlie and I were headed to the Y. He was going to go to childcare for the first time and I was going to my first spin class since he was born. So I hadn't washed my hair or shaved my legs. I should say I hadn't washed my hair 4 days. So I looked rough but perfect for a spin class followed by a shower.

My spin class ended at 10:15. I looked out the window and it was pouring snow. I don't know if it can pour snow but that is what it looked like. I sat on the couch and fed Charlie one of the two bottles I had while we watched the news. I called Colin's school to see if I should come get him even though they hadn't called early dismissal yet. I decided to go ahead and get him to I didn't have to go home then turn around and drive back to Hoover and hour later. Andrew called to tell me he was on his way home, so I asked him to get Colin for me so I could just go straight home with Charlie.

The fastest way for me to have gotten home would have been to turn left out of the Y parking lot. But traffic was already backed up both ways and I knew it would take an eternity to get out that way. So I turned right knowing I could get home that way too. But the traffic moved slowly that way also.

I eventually got to my turn and did my best to avoid slipping on the already forming ice. I was behind many trucks that couldn't make it, so I followed the lead of other cars and went around them, only to find that I wouldn't be able to make it up the little incline ahead. A man came and helped me turn around, even getting behind my Jeep to push me as I pressed on the gas. That was the first time I got stuck.

I headed back the other direction only to be stuck behind a semi-trailer that couldn't go up the small hill any further. He came back and talked to me and suggested I try going through the parking lot to the left of us to get to the main road. But again, there was an incline and my Jeep couldn't make it. Those wheels just spun on ice. Even he helped by trying to push my Jeep while I pushed on the gas. He helped direct me backwards and I parked it at the gas station right there. Where I sat for 3 hours.

I know this sounds dramatic, but I was honest to God terrified that Charlie would starve. I have never been afraid for my child's well being before. I mean, yes, I don't like to see them get hurt but I know they will be fine. I for sure thought he might starve and I would end up freezing to death. I told you, dramatic. But I was so scared that my hands were shaking and my legs were shaking. I tried to call 6 different people...who couldn't help me but I needed someone to know where I was...and no one answered. Everyone was at work or busy or had lost their phone. I lost it and went into the gas station crying.

The woman working there was so nice. She had diapers I could buy but no formula. I panicked again. I tried going both directions on this road and got no where. I knew I was stuck. She phoned the police station for me, which happened to be right behind the gas station. I felt a little silly calling them, but I really didn't know what to do.

(I feel like I need to add that when I realized it was getting bad, I was trying to find a CVS, Walgreens, or a Wal-Mart so I could buy some formula, water, and diapers. I really was trying. I just never made it to one.)

They were very kind and I explained the situation. They told me that it might be a while, but they would help me the best they could. I told them I had one bottle left and he wouldn't eat again for another hour or so. They took my number and I sat there, on a stool, by the cigars and bongs, watching people buy food, cigarettes, and alcohol and texting Hallie, my mom, and Andrew for a few hours. I bought lunch (peanut butter crackers and a banana) but only ate half of them because I was so sick to my stomach. I even offered to sweep the store or do something to help the woman since she was letting me camp out there. I felt so damn helpless.

I ended up sending my neighbor a text to see how the roads in our neighborhood were. This is when I was saved! She was leaving work to pick up her step-daughter at Pelhem High School and was going back to work. She passed the gas station I was stranded at and saw my Jeep. She asked if I wanted her to pick me up as she had plenty of formula and diapers at work (she is a labor and delivery nurse at Shelby Baptist). THANK GOD! I never have been so happy to see someone. All my anxiety left as I got into her mini-van (which handled the icy roads brilliantly).

Charlie and I spent the night at the hospital. They gave me a place to sleep, a shower (which was nice because as previously mentioned...I had taken a spin class that morning), clean scrubs and even mesh panties to wear (ha!). The hospital gave everyone dinner that night so I had a hot meal. Charlie even had his own little plastic crib like the newborns. Pretty sure at least one person thought he was a newborn...a large newborn.

I didn't sleep much that night and was up around 3am for the day on Wednesday. I skipped going to the cafeteria that morning because one of the nurses said they were running out of food. I hit the vending machine and grabbed a couple things because I felt bad eating food intended for patients and staff. The nurses brought me back a plate anyway and I ended up eating some bacon and grits.

Through the rest of the day the nurses passed around Charlie and loved on him and a nurse's husband came to pick us up and take us home.

I made it home around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Also, Pelham police called me back as I was on my way to the hospital to make sure I had found food for Charlie. Bless them.

Andrew had a different adventure from me. I sent him to get Colin from school. He hung around there for a while but decided to try and come get me when I started freaking out. He and Colin didn't make it very far. He knew he would be in the car for a while so he stopped to buy Colin a snack (a family sized bag of Lay's...which he ate every last one...) and to make him use the bathroom. They were getting nowhere and never came close to our neighborhood on Tuesday. He ended up ditching the car at a Pizza Hut and they both walked down the road to YMCA where they had a warming station. Colin had a ball playing in the soft-play room, watching movies, and running in the gym. He had no idea what was going on.

They ended up sleeping at the Y, on yoga mats. Hoover City brought food and water so they ate breakfast and tried to get home again Wednesday morning. They got as close as the little country gas station down the road from us. The major road leading to our neighborhood was barricaded as it was just too dangerous for cars to try and travel down. There were gators and ATVs shuttling people from that barricade to their homes, which is how they finally arrived home (around 1 maybe?).

Andrew was going to walk the couple miles to his car but a neighbor gave him a ride to it on Thursday. Then we drove across town to get my Jeep.

This was the most insane experience. We both felt like we were homeless people. We had to ask for places to stay and I felt like I was begging for food for my son. It was, by far, one of the worst days of my life, as I am sure it was for a lot of people. Colin's friends next door slept at their school Tuesday night because no one could get to them. They had fun, thanks to amazing teachers, but I can't get over how crippled this area became. I had one friend that walked 8 miles from where she was stranded to get to her in-laws house.

This town is so friendly though. People where out in their 4-wheel drive cars trying to help others and I know some people even let strangers sleep in their house.

I never want to go through that again. I am working on a list for an emergency car kit. It may end up being a ridiculous list...but I know what I would need now.