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2010 June » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Jun 302010
 

I’m conflicted on where to put this challenge – on this blog or the photography blog. I’m going to put it here because I think I’m going to be combining them in the future (since most of my work is of Noah right now anyways:) ).

Anywho…on to the challenge. In a Yellow House is having a Travel Photo Challenge – bonus points if it highlights Europe! I think I can oblige…something iconic for everyone:)

And just so this stays connected to Noah – he was but a tiny embryo growing strong when I took this pic. We found out about our pregnancy the day we got back. I had a feeling on the day we woke up in Murren when the clouds lifted and we could see the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau that something special was happening:)

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(to see more of the Europe Pics head over to my photo blog at http://blog.kloeppingphotography.com and look back in the June/July 09 archives)

Jun 302010
 

(this is going to be a long post…sorry…)

To say that this AM has been interesting is an understatement! It started yesterday when the dog decided that since we all got a good night sleep (Noey slept from 7:15pm to 6:30am!), she’d wake us up with the sounds of her vomiting all over our carpet at 6am (if it’s not one thing it’s another right?…no sleeping past 6am anymore).

To add insult to injury, as she was walking back inside from her morning potty break, she got stung by a bee. I thought the vomit was a one time thing until about 4:00 in the afternoon when she started tossing her cookies over and over again (5 times in the course of 3 hours…cleaning up doggie puke is sooooo much worse than baby poop!). A quick call to the vet, some pepcid, and a barricade to contain her in the kitchen – we all went to bed. What we woke up to in the AM was something I was not at all prepared for!

She’d decorated our entire kitchen floor with her bodily fluids – in every form imaginable (sorry…TMI). DH spent the next hour cleaning and scrubbing and praying that the OxyClean would get the stains out without ruining our natural stone floors (btw…it did! Total miracle cleaner) While he did all that, I called the vets and made an appt to take her in ASAP (and all the while, Noey is quietly playing in his crib, talking to himself…I love that little boy!). We’ve been thru this before with her and know that once it reaches this point the only thing we can do is hospitalize her for IV fluids and meds.

Once the vet looked her over, she confirmed that this is what we dealt with last year. However, at this point we have no idea what’s causing it aside from perhaps a virus or something environmental (in our backyard perhaps). She has a sensitive stomach to begin with so a virus that induces vomiting is harder on her than on other dogs and it escalates quickly. Having been thru this around the same time last year I know what we’re in for and that is an overnight stay in the vet hospital and very hefty vet bill. She’ll pull thru and we’ll go on with our summer and probably not face this again until next year. These are the days when I wish we had pet health insurance:)

And like the title suggests, when it rains it pours. See, I also had a dr’s appt this AM. I woke up on Monday with a sore eye. It was bloodshot and just sore in general. I thought that I’d maybe overdone it at boxing and strained too hard doing sit ups or something but over the course of the next few days it only got worse and I could see I’d developed an ulcer or something in the center of the redness. Off to the eye Dr. (that is, after I could find one – there’s only two in my local area that take my insurance and one was out of town!). It turns out that I tore the covering of my eye somehow. I must have scratched or rubbed in my sleep which then tore it..who knows. Anyways, I’m on antibiotic drops for the next 10 days to prevent infection as it heals on its own. thankfully Noah and DH are in good health. I dont know if I can handle more sickness.

I tried to take a shot of my dilated eyes but FAILed…so here’s a pic of our Macie..the consumer of my next paycheck…

oh…any yesterday when we went to cook the salmon that we bought from Costco, DH found a worm swimming around in the juices….ewwwwww…just ewwwwww….

Jun 302010
 

We need your help! I entered Noah in This Mama Rocks’s Photo Content and he’s currently in 2nd place by about 10 votes. Voting closes July 9 but I’d like to get him comfortably in the lead before then:)

Click on this link to go straight to the photo album…

There are two Noah’s – I should be tagged but just look for the yawning baby with the cute bear ears hat on:) The desc says Noah 10 days old.

You do need to be a fan of her page but that’s not a big deal, she’s got great give aways and posts so it’s worth it!

Jun 292010
 

My good friend Julie over at The Lazy Green Mama is having a giveaway blowout part in honor of her little Hazel’s (Zel for short – how cute is that?!) first birthday! I remember the day she posted that Zel had arrived – a month early! And I’ve followed her as she made her way from the Pacific Northwest back to our home state of Pennsylvania! She’s hilarious and seriously resourceful! I love reading her posts and always learn something or laugh out loud.

Head on over there to check out some of the fab things she’s giving away – today it’s a Thirsties Duo Diaper! Tomorrow – who knows but I do know that it will be fab and something you don’t want to miss!!

Jun 292010
 

Today over at Trendy Treehouse the shutter love tuesday topic is “Summer Fun”. I have a ton of pics and it was so hard to choose just one. So, in honor of the horribly hot and muggy weather we’ve been having here I thought I’d go with something refreshing…

Cool my bellah...

Little K was having a blast in the sprinklers one hot summer day last year. He stood there as the sprinkler did its cycle and would giggle hysterically as the jet of water would come close and then hit his belly…

Head on over to TrendyTreehouse for more summer fun!

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Jun 282010
 

So, here we are 4 months in and I’m getting a better sense of what we’ve used with Noah and what we’ve not

Bottles
– just go for the bigger sized bottles – they outgrow the tiny 4 ounce things soo quickly
– don’t go crazy buying one type of bottle until you figure out if your LO will use it. We have 5 million Avent bottles and stage 2 nipples that we don’t use because they give Noah a horrible belly full of air. We’re using the Dr. Browns bottles now and aside from the 50 million parts, they work well (but we still have 3 4oz bottles that we almost never use)

Carriers/Wraps
– hind sight is 20/20…the only two wraps that I’d use next time are my Moby and the Ergo…the sling, Kelty, and other carriers I have are just sitting by the wayside.
– for the Ergo Sport you likely don’t need the heart2heart insert…then again, just use the moby until your LO is big enough.

Clothes
– socks – i have 20 million pairs of socks (seriously…waaayyy too many!). Maybe as he grows he’ll wear them but in a given week we gothru maybe 5 pairs. Plus, I got all these super cute Trumpette socks which I adore but in all honesty, I’m a sucker for matching and tend to use just plain white tube socks when I can’t find anything else.
– I have waaaaaay too many onesies! I just a whole stack of 0-3’s away unworn. Keep the receipts and tags until you’re sure you’re going to use them. 10-15 onesies in each size is more than sufficient (then again, we dont have a baby that spits up alot nor do we have diaper blow outs a ton..)

Accessories
– I’ve gone thru three diaper bags – the first was too small, the second too big, the third is just right. Now we use only the second and third bags (one for travel and one for every day ins and outs). Heck, I’ve been using my day pack more and more these days because it’s easier!
– Pacifiers – we have about 11 different kinds and Noah only takes 2 of them if he takes it at all. Not a huge deal to have too many but a waste none the less.
– Cloth diapers as burp rags – a savior! Noah went thru a pd where he’d throw just about an entire bottle back up at you and the diaper/burp rag was the nly thing that saved our clothes and/or furniture.
– Bottle Sterilizer – don’t need it! Grab a few of those Medela bag sterilizers if you really think you need it. I just use my dishwasher on sanitize and we’re good – if i even sanitize them. I generally just wash them in really hot water.
– Baby Bathtub – i’m on the fence here. If we had a bigger bathroom maybe I’d be happier with it. I think we would have been better with one of those foam thingys until he got big enough for the tub (which is where he is now – he prefers the big tub over the little tub)

Gear
– Carseat – the Peg Perego that we have is great! It’s a tad heavy but I know he’s safe in it. I wanted a carrier type seat so that we could move him from car to wherever when he was sleeping. now that he’s 4 months I’m starting to look at convertible seats instead. He’s just getting too freakin heavy to carry in that thing (on the other side though I’m getting a great bicep and ab workout when I carry him)
– Stroller – i’m happy with our choice to go with the Snap’n’Go with is car seat. On the of chance I do use the stroller (I normally carry him in the Ergo) it’s just the right size and weight to fit in the car and then fold up at the restaurant.
– Jogging stroller – As much as I would have liked a BOB, I couldn’t force myself to spend the $400 odd dollars that they cost. We’re happy with the Jeep on that we have. It’s rugged enough to go on the paths around here and thru the streams as necessary. It’s really bulky to fold up – i have to take the wheels off to get it in my sedan’s trunk!

You all know where I stand on diapers:)

I think that’s it for now….I’m sure I’ll think of more and as he starts into his toys and highchairs etc I’ll have more for you guys!!

Jun 272010
 

Seems that I’m always the one behind the camera…so there are no pics of Noah and mommy (or very few). So, in honor of having my hair done and some new highlights, I gave the camera over to hubsy and told him to take some pics.

All in all this weekend has been exciting! We bought a new car (well, new to us anyways). We’re the proud new owners of a 2006 Honda Pilot! Now we’ll have room for the dog AND all of Noey’s stuff! That was getting to be a bit of a challenge in our other sedan. I’m just happy to be rid of the old red car…poor thing was hobbling this last week or so. It was either a new exhaust system or a new car…I’m happy with the new car!!

Jun 262010
 

Alright, so today it is painfully obvious that I should just stick with photography:) I’m not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. The pattern looked simple enough (and it really is), I’m just terrible with the sewing machine:)

Anywho, here’s my attempt to sew my own fitted diaper. I think my end product is usable but we’ll see! I found the pattern at Fern and Faerie and made a few modifications on the shape (using my monkeysnuggle fitted as a guide) but followed the same basic premise as the instructions describe. 4 layers of cotton t-shirt material and soakers made out of 8 layers of t-shirt material (in contrast to my purchased monkeysnuggles which is organic bamboo and cotton and other super absorbent materials..)

All in all not a bad attempt, if I was just better with the sewing machine. Plus I dont have a serger which I think would have made this easier. I’ll have to try again when I go to my moms since she has one.

Jun 252010
 

Well, at least Nick@A Dad’s Take does:) He sent me my very first award!!! Check him out – one of the few daddy bloggers that I’ve run into so far!

There are some rules that need to be followed. I need to give you guys 7 things about me and then I need to nominate 15 other blogs so here goes:

1. I’m a twin
2. I spent a semester at the University of St. Andrews at the same time Prince William was attending and got to walk past him every tues/thursday on my way to class!
3. I have dreams of quitting my job and doing photography full time…maybe some day..
4. I lived in California after graduation
5. I work from home and “telecommute” to California daily
6. I was one of the top 10 in my graduating class (of 185 people..whoopee…)
7. I started college majoring in biology and ended up in info sys….I still love biology and all things medical…

And, now to pass this on I choose (in no certain order)
1. Steph @ A Grande Life
2. Brian @ Switch to Plan B
3. Shell @ Things I can’t say
4. Jenn @ Bridgetown Baby Momma
5. Erika@ MommyBurgh
6. T.Bird @ Look at the Birds
7. Sam @ life is beautiful
8. Lacey @ Our life: Narrated by Lacey
9. Kat @ Seeking Sanity
10. Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos
11. Mandy @ My Life with one eye open
12. Jia @ Untypically Jia
13. B @ Three Cute Guys
14. Jennifer @ Crying over spilled milk
15. Jenn @ A day in the life…

Jun 252010
 

I know I say this every week but holy cow…I’ll continue to say it. Life with an infant really makes your weeks fly by…

As always, two things on the agenda today! Checking in and making friends!

This week was better workout wise – I managed Monday, Wed, and will go today. Next week I’ll start to put yoga/pilates back in. I’m still a bit sore from overdoing it on MONDAY! My hamstrings just aren’t the same..haha. Eating wise i didn’t do as well. I’ve stopped counting calories figuring I have a decent handle on what is what but I think I need to go back to watching more carefully…weight loss has slowed.

The goal this coming week is to get back on the calorie counting wagon and drink more water – I realized I’m not really drinking a whole lot (although, I’m not drinking much of anything – no soda or anything…odd..).

Stats for this week:
Week 1 – 142lbs
Week 2 – 138lbs – woohoo!
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 6 – 139.5 – okay, .5 lbs! I attribute that to the fact that i’m putting on muscle and muscle weighs more than fat right??:)
Week 7 – 137.5 – woohooo! Now, we fluctuated a bit this week but as of this AM this is where I’m at!!
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 9 – 135 – With no exercise all week I’ll take a steady number over what it could have been
Week 10 – 134 – 1 lb…i’ll take it!
Week 11 – 133.5 which is pretty good since I only made it to the gym once this week
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)

Okay, now to making new friends!!

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New Friend Fridays

Hello to all you new folks! I hope you find something here that you’ll want to come back over and over again for! This blog was started to keep the fam up to date on my first pregnancy and has continued after my little Noah was born. Topics range from smitten momma ramblings to hard hitting pieces about 529 plans and the like (haha…hard hitting..maybe not but it’s fun to dream that I could actually write something that could be considered hard hitting) and has a smattering of photography (of my little man of course) thrown in for fun.

Me? I’m an almost a 30 something (gah!) working mamma who would love to ditch her mortgage in order to stay home with little man but sadly bought when the housing market was at its peak and probably couldn’t even break even in the sale. Some day I dream of leaving the corporate world to do something more creative – like photography or crocheting!:) But for now amuse myself with hobby photography and blogging.

Anywho…glad to e-meet you and I hope you leave a comment to let me know you stopped by!

Jun 242010
 

…and I don’t mean Noah. Pregnancy and his subsequent birth must have permanently altered my body chemistry because I’ve found a new strength in my emotional response that I’d never experienced before.

For example:
– I’m unable to watch anything birth related without crying like a baby.
– I read stories on peoples blogs about sickness or sorrow and I feel their pain and cry too. I’ve had a deep down ugly cry in response to their stories on more than one occasion.
– Upon hearing the news of a distant family member getting the heart transplant they needed, I teared up. I don’t even know the woman personally yet I found myself having to suppress tears.
– Finding out a close friend is pregnant
– Beautiful writing gets me every time. It could be happy/sad whatever, if it’s eloquently written, I fall into the story and find myself in tears.
– Looking at my son and realizing how much I love him (and watching my husband beam with pride at our little boy)

and the list goes on…

Now, I realize these situations probably do warrant a good emotional response but I’ve never been that person. I’ve never been “weepy”. I’ve always had my emotions under control and would be able to outwardly project a calm, cool, collected facade when in fact I was crying inside.

Now, don’t get me wrong, before this pregnancy and birth I would cry at sad movies and other situations that warranted a good cry but these days I find myself crying/reacting to/feeling so much more. I’m not sad otherwise in fact I’m quite the opposite. I’m in love with my life, my child, my husband, my family, and everything. And I don’t want this to trigger alarm bells in anyone, I’m just surprised at this new inability to turn off the waterworks:)

Perhaps it’s because being a mom has opened my eyes to an amazing new world …or it just could be the lack of sleep…

Jun 242010
 

This appetizer came from my dad of all places! His love of all things spicy made this one recipe he had to have and has since passed on to the rest of the family! WARNING: this sucker is hot!

It’s super super simple (you’ll notice that trend with me – the simpler the better)

Ingredients:
1 block of cream cheese
2-3 tbs wasabi paste(I get mine in a tube in the Asian section of the grocery store)
2 tbs soy sauce (yea, I ignored the amt and just dumped until things were well coated)
2 tbs toasted sesame seeds

Prep:
Place the cream cheese in a shallow dish. Cut the block of cream cheese in half length wise (so you have two thin blocks of cream cheese). Spread the wasabi paste all over one piece of the cream cheese and put the top back on (so you have a cream cheese and wasabi sandwich). Pour soy sauce over the cream cheese and let it stand for at least 2 hours, turning over occasionally.

Some versions tell you to roll the whole block in sesame seeds now, I take the lazy route and just sprinkle them on top:) Cover in plastic wrap and refridge. It’s best if it sits overnight but is still quite tasty if you serve it immediately.

Serve with crackers. (I use Ritz Crisps but when I originially had it the chef had found rice crackers to complete the Asian taste).

Variation:
let the cheese soften at room temp so it’s spreadable then spread it out on a piece of saran wrap in a rectangle about 10in x 5in. Spread the wasabi on top and roll up tightly like a jelly roll (long and skinny). Refridgerate until you’re ready to eat it (or at least until it hardens some).

When you’re ready to server, place on in a shallow dish, pour soy sauce over top and garnish with the sesame seeds. Server with crackers.

This was is a tad more fancy but in all honesty, it goes so quickly that few people will notice the extra effort:)

Jun 232010
 

Noah and I took some time early this morning (because he decided 6:15am was a good time to start his day) to record his 4 month birthday:) We took advantage of the awesome morning light in the guest room and snapped of a few photos.

I had a hard time getting any without his fingers in his mouth but we did manage a few….

I can’t believe my little boy is getting so big!

Jun 232010
 

Where has the time gone? I’m conflicted on what to feel. It still feels like yesterday that we were heading to the hospital to deliver this little one and yet it feels like ages ago at the same time. We’ve accomplished so much in 4 months, the least of which is keeping our sanity:)

Noah is growing fast and hitting milestone after milestone in quick succession. Rolling today….driving tomorrow…ah…it just goes soo fast. I’m happy to see him advancing and learning but would really just prefer that he stay exactly like he is right now…interactive but still snuggly and needing mommy:)

So, what can I say about our 4 month old?
– he rolled belly to back the other day
– he’s mastered back to side and every now and again gets his hips over but those dang arms are in the way. He’ll figure that out soon enough!
– we got our first belly laugh the other day (as recorded in a previous post for posterity sake).
– His hands (and everything else for that matter) go straight to his mouth.
– He prefers his two fingers to any pacifier
– He reaches and grabs for things now. Most of the time he get them, sometimes it’s a swing and a miss. He’s figured out the toy bar I stuck on his carseat and now car rides consist of pushing buttons and making the frog sing.
– He’s solidly in 3-6 month clothes with some of his pants in the 6 month range. Mostly 3’s though because it’s shorts season so it’s okay if they’re floods on him:)
– He got his first cold, first virus/fever, and first round of antibiotics…fun times…
– Sleep has been hit or miss the last week or two – i’m hoping it’s just re-regulating after being sick. Prior to that we were doing so well with 5 and 6 hour stretches, a quick bite to eat, and back down for another 3 or 4 hours…in total he’s averaging 12 – 15 hours of sleep a day.
– He’s become our little chatter box! Squeals, goo’s, gah’s and just general noise. I’ve found him a few time awake in his crib just talking to himself and sucking on his hands when he should have been napping.
– His nap schedule is pretty predictable….9am for 30-40 min, somewhere in the 11/12 hours for 45 min to an hour and then again at 3 or 4 for generally 2 hours. If he doesn’t get those then it’s an early bed time!

4 months stats:
15 lbs 1 oz (50th percentile)
25.5 inches long(75th percentile)
16.75 inches head circ (70th percentile)

We’ve been cleared to try solids if we want so maybe this weekend we’ll mix up some rice cereal and see what he does with it. 4 months is still a bit early but since he’s eating so much (anywhere between 30 and 40oz a day), she said it was a good time to try.

Over the next month we’re looking forward to many more firsts including his first airplane ride and first hotel stay!

Jun 222010
 

So, Noah LOVES the water! We’ve ditched the baby bathtub and graduated to the big tub because he seems to like it better…what do you think??

Jun 222010
 

I really wish I had a picture for this. It melts my heart every time to watch DH show off our little man. He gets such pleasure out of showing and tell other people about “his son”.

Right this moment I’m watching him tell neighbor man (and now neighbor wife and 2 kids) all about Noah and smiling thru the whole thing as they goo and gah over the baby.

He’s such a proud daddy…

Jun 212010
 

Okay, we’ve hit a few milestones lately! Belly laughs and belly to back rolling! So, for your viewing pleasure:

This isn’t his best example but all that I could get on video right now. I’ll have to try again later. Also, as of last night he can get from his back to his side and drop his hips over. He just hasn’t figured out how to get his arms out from under him….in due time i’m sure:)

Jun 212010
 

So we’re a day late on this one! I had every intention of making DH his favorite breakfast of french toast yesterday but I couldn’t just do regular french toast – no, this was a special occasion so I needed to do it up right – blueberry stuffed french toast. The problem was that I didn’t have all the ingredients and my plan to get to the grocery store on Saturday just didn’t work out so…long story short. I prepped everything yesterday (after he said that he’s rather have dinner type food for dinner – not breakfast food) and made it this morning – a day late but well received none the less.

Here’s DH loving his blueberry stuffed french toast (looking a bit rough, a hard driven volleyball to the face leaves marks!)

And the second picture was when I made him pause so I could take a pic of my masterpiece before he housed it – only 2 min after I set his plate down:)

I made up the recipe from bits and pieces I found on the internet. I’ll try to recount it here:

Blueberry and Cream cheese stuffed French Toast

Cream Cheese Filling

small tub of cream cheese (6 or 8 oz?)
1/8 cup milk
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1-2 tsp of vanilla extract

I started slowly by putting only part of the milk and part of the sugar in, mixing with my electric wisk and tasting as I went. I wanted a creamy and slightly sweet filling. In the end I think I ended up with what I specified above but in all honesty, I went with taste testing over ingredient measures:) My advice is just start slow – a splash of the milk, a few tbs of the sugar and work up until it’s the consistency and taste you want.

I refrigerated mine overnight but that wasn’t necessary – just happened to be how I put things together.

Blueberry Syrup
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
small lemon wedge to squeeze and some lemon zest

I heated the water and sugar to a boil (simple syrup) then added the blueberries and let them cook down (stir gently) at a mild boil. They start to burst when you stir so if you like more whole berries like I do, just stir gently. If you prefer more syrup than anything then have fun, you can strain out the bits later with cheese cloth.

I squeezed part of a lemon (maybe 1 tbs of juice) and then zested it (about 1/2 tsp) into the mix. I boiled a bit longer until the sugar was all dissolved and I was happy with the taste. I then put it in a jar and plopped it in the fridge overnight. This I think is a must. The syrup had time to cool and the flavors to come out. When it was hot you couldn’t taste all the blueberry goodness!

French Toast

3 eggs
2 slices of Texas Toast (the big thick stuff)
cinnamon

Beat the eggs, dredge the bread in the egg mix (both sides) and then drop on a hot pan, sprinkle with cinnamon. Flip once to make sure all the egg is cooked (i made sure the edges of the bread hit the hot skillet too so the egg on there would cook) and plate.

To plate everything

Place one piece of toast down, spread the cream cheese mix on it like you would peanut butter. Drop the second piece on top (now you have a super think sandwich). Add more cream cheese mix and top with the blueberry sauce. If you want to get fancy garnish with confectioners sugar – DH was too hungry for pretty things so I just gave it to him as is:)

I tried to get a picture of Noey cooking but he was uncooperative..something about being too small to access to stove or something…:) However, never fear – there’s another post coming with Noey goodness! Stay tuned!

Jun 202010
 

An ode to daddy for fathers day…

For a man with little infant experience and a deep fear of doing something that would break Noah, he’s blossomed into a fantastic and doting daddy! He’s game for middle of the night feedings and even embraced cloth diapering when I said I wanted to do it to save the earth (he only laughed at me a little). He has plans for our son as he grows up and is anxious to show him all the wonders that can be found playing outside. We’re even working on Noah’s hitting skills that are necessary to being a volleyball star (anyone know where I can find a mini volleyball?? :) ).

I find him gooing and gahing and baby talking to Noah on a regular basis (although I’m sure he’ll hurt me for revealing that to the public – if you know him in real life please go easy. I personally love that he makes a fool of himself to make our son smile.) And I know that his heart melts every time our son responds to his antics (I know mine does). He’s weathered being pooped, peed, and puked on with all the grace and elegance that only a father can have (and not one curse word was spoken in any of the incidents). And he’s stayed awake with me and worried when Noey was sick. He sleeps on the floor of the nursery sometimes when Noah is restless and is often the first to respond to his cries in order to let me sleep a little more.

I remember when I told him we were expecting (almost a year to the day today). He was so excited he swooped me up and spun me around. He was there for all the important milestone appts in my pregnancy and made sure I was obeying dr’s orders towards the end. He was my rock the day we were induced (I was an unusual mess of nerves and emotions) and after we came home (and I was hormonal mess). He didn’t freak out when I would randomly start crying and did his best to comfort a very irrational me.

He’s more than I could have ever hoped for in a father for my son and Noah’s a very lucky little boy to have him as a daddy (and I’m a very lucky mommy and wife).

So, Happy Father Day Daddy! Now go play some volleyball!

Jun 192010
 

So he’s been giving us silent gummy “laughs” for a few weeks now but today was the first day he actually put sound behind it. Ignore me being nutz, that’s the only way to get him to do it.

Jun 192010
 

So I had a tall order for this diaper – overnight coverage! We’ve used our pocket diapers overnight with no problem but I wanted to give them a break (since they make up 95% of our stash and are constantly being rotated and washed). I’d heard that fitteds with wool covers can let little bums breath better and are a good alternative when you’re home or for overnight but I’m too cheap to buy a wool cover (they can run anywhere from $30 – $50! I really need to learn how to knit!). So, I used these diapers with a Thirsties Duo cover. I should note also that I bought the fitted from the Monkeysnuggles etsy shop where it was a “second”. There’s a tiny tiny bobble in the serged edge but nothing enough to make any sort of different in the function of the diaper – saved me some cash so I was pleased!:)

Overall it did great! I diapered him up around 7:00pm and didn’t change him until he woke the next morning around 7:00am! We had a tiny bit of leakage but seriously, for 12 hours of coverage I was amazed!! Our pocket diapers don’t even do that well! Noah must have weighed 5 more lbs in the AM with the full diaper.

I used both soakers in addition to the main diaper. It was pretty bulky but heck, he was only sleeping. It’s not like he was trudging/toddling around in that set up (well, partly because he doesn’t trudge/toddle…but you get my jist).

Here’s what the MonkeySnuggles website has to say about the make up of these diapers:

This fabulously soft diaper is made of a layer of organic bamboo fleece (70% bamboo 30% organic cotton) sandwiched between a layer of organic bamboo velour (70% bamboo 28% organic cotton 2% polyester) on the inside and a cute cotton knit fabric on the outside. Includes two 4-layer velour topped snap in soakers.

I couldn’t agree more! Super absorbent and super soft! These are one size diapers too so they should work for him until he’s potty trained (they say from 10lb to 35lbs or more). I did have to fully extend it but I think that’s because I had both soakers snapped in. If I reduce it to just one or none then we’d have to cinch it down using the snaps.

Regardless, I’m super happy with this fitted. Now if I could only get their pocket diaper to perform as well we’d be in business! The verdict is still out on that guy.

Jun 182010
 

Back in business this Friday with both a summer shape up check-in and a bloggy hop or two in hopes of making new friends!

This week back working out consistently was rough. Between over doing it early in the week and meetings later in the week that overran my work out time it was tough to get it all in! I kinds slacked on the calorie counting too although I didn’t go overboard so I still managed to loose .5lbs…definitely need to step it up next week! Plus I need to get a new scale…when I first stepped on I was 137 and I just couldn’t believe that so I tried again and I was 133.5….i’m not super confident in its abilities any longer so it’s time to find a new one – off to Target I go (oh darn…such torture!)

Stats for this week:
Week 1 – 142lbs
Week 2 – 138lbs – woohoo!
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 6 – 139.5 – okay, .5 lbs! I attribute that to the fact that i’m putting on muscle and muscle weighs more than fat right??:)
Week 7 – 137.5 – woohooo! Now, we fluctuated a bit this week but as of this AM this is where I’m at!!
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 9 – 135 – With no exercise all week I’ll take a steady number over what it could have been
Week 10 – 134 – 1 lb…i’ll take it!
Week 11 – 133.5 which is pretty good since I only made it to the gym once this week

Okay, on to making new friends!!!

Two Friday Follows….

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I’m also participating in the same Follow Me Friday I did a few weeks ago from from Trendy Tree House.

FollowMeFridays

Hello to all you new folks! I hope you find something here that you’ll want to come back over and over again for! This blog was started to keep the fam up to date on my first pregnancy and has continued after my little Noah was born. Topics range from smitten momma ramblings to hard hitting pieces about 529 plans and the like (haha…hard hitting..maybe not but it’s fun to dream that I could actually write something that could be considered hard hitting) and has a smattering of photography (of my little man of course) thrown in for fun.

Me? I’m an almost a 30 something (gah!) working mamma who would love to ditch her mortgage in order to stay home with little man but sadly bought when the housing market was at its peak and probably couldn’t even break even in the sale. Some day I dream of leaving the corporate world to do something more creative – like photography or crocheting!:) But for now amuse myself with hobby photography and blogging.

Anywho…glad to e-meet you and I hope you leave a comment to let me know you stopped by!

Jun 172010
 

How cute are these?

Little monkeys on his little bum! These are from Monkeysnuggles and so far I’m still on the fence about them. They’re totally cute and fit okay on him (they’re one size pocket diapers with snaps). But, both times I’ve had him in them they’ve leaked on me. I checked the fit and that seems to be okay. I think I need to either use a different insert or wash the insert I have a bunch more times to unlock its absorption. I’m going to try it later this week with a different soaker in it and see if things work differently. I want to love these because they’re super super cute.

So, for now I’ll withhold an opinion until I can give it a second chance:) The gDiapers got three chances and finally proved themselves, maybe the Monkeysnuggles will only take two!?

Next ones to try will be the Monkeysnuggles fitteds with a ThirstyDuo cover.

Jun 162010
 

So, while Noah is super exciting and stuff, he only does so many different things at one time and I’m finding that I’m running out of material to blog about so…I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes on occasion. Here’s the first of many!:)
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If there’s one thing you can guarantee to see at family gatherings, it’s the artichoke dip! I don’t know where or when it started but for as long as I’ve been in this family we’ve had Artichoke Dip at every family function. It’s super simple to make and super yummy!

Here goes:

Ingredients:
1 can of artichoke hearts (non marinated)
1-2 cups mayonnaise
1- 2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
garlic powder to taste

Prep:
Pre heat your oven 400 degrees
Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts (think: you’re scooping this with crackers)
Mix mayo, parmesan, artichokes and garlic powder together
Layer into a pie plate or other shallow baking dish
Bake until warm and bubbly
Serve with sliced baguettes and/or crackers

You really can’t screw this up:) I add mozzarella too sometimes to make it extra gooey

Jun 152010
 

This week’s Shutter Love Tuesday theme is “Smiles” and boy do I have some great smiles – it’s soo hard to choose. We’ll go with Little B’s barely toothy smile!

Little B Smiles for the camera


Head on over to Trendy Treehouse to see other fantastic smiles!!

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Jun 132010
 

Poor Noah’s had a rough few weeks. First it was gooey eyes that turned into a sinus thing now he’s just recovering from a virus of some sort (best we can tell it was gastrointestinal).

I didn’t want to leave him alone for one second while he was feeling like that (even if he was sleeping which was about 90% of the day) so I was toting him around the house in his bouncer. For the most part he was strapped in but this was just a quick trip from one room to the room right next to it so I left him unbound. Look how big he’s getting! He’s just hanging out all over the place!

He finally turned the corner Saturday evening and is back to his normal cute bubbly self today thank goodness! I missed my smiling baby and just hated hated hated picking up a baby that felt like a ball of fire…poor thing…

Jun 112010
 

Round and round we go and back to Friday we are….

This week I’m only doing the summer shape up. Sick baby prevents me from doing the bloggy hops this time round. Maybe next week!

So, for accountability sake we did better this week. I managed to get back on the workout horse – sort of. Noah came down with a virus yesterday so I missed my workout and will miss it today too for the same reason (hubs is on deadline and not around a lot right now). This weekend we’re away but I’m determined to at least get a few walks in there and not indulge myself at Noah’s reception tomorrow (we’re doing a reception for his baptism for all the folks that couldnt make the trek to western PA for the actual thing). For now we’re down another pound! Woohoo!!!

Stats for this week:
Week 1 – 142lbs
Week 2 – 138lbs – woohoo!
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 6 – 139.5 – okay, .5 lbs! I attribute that to the fact that i’m putting on muscle and muscle weighs more than fat right??:)
Week 7 – 137.5 – woohooo! Now, we fluctuated a bit this week but as of this AM this is where I’m at!!
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 9 – 135 – With no exercise all week I’ll take a steady number over what it could have been
Week 10 – 134 – 1 lb…i’ll take it!

2 more pounds to 10lbs lost! Then I have another 10 or so to go after that….slowly but surely! Maybe I’ll be able to get my wedding rings back on for good in another 5 lbs!

Jun 092010
 

Frenchy over at Le Chateau des fleurs posted about a french snack that looked simply delish (heck, anything with cheese anything I’m all over it!). It looked like a simple enough snack and had the potential to be quite tasty so I decided to try it as an appetizer to last nights dinner. OMG – I’m in love! So in love that I’m super glad that I bought enough supplies to do a second round of them for dinner tonight!!

Anyways…I thought I’d be nice and share my find! Here goes:

Ingredients:
Endive
Feta Cheese
Walnuts
Balsamic vinaigrette

Prepare:
Separate and wash the endive
Sprinkle endive with walnuts and feta (I left the walnuts off due to DH’s aversion to nuts)
Drizzle with the balsamic

and that’s it! Sooo simple and oh so tasty! Plus it looks super high end and would perfect for a fancy dinner party if paired with the right serving platter!

Thanks for sharing that Frenchy!

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