Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- My Little Helper!

She likes to help me fold laundry....


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lack of Motivation

I'm having some serious motivation issues. It's been a month since my heart attack and I have yet to get back to our normal routine. Grace is refusing to nap in her crib, which seriously reduces the amount of time I have to get things done. I have a huge to do list that I really need to start making progress on. Christmas is quickly approaching and I have tons of presents I need to finish making. Well, really I need to start making. Motivation, please come back!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We're spending Grace's 1st Thanksgiving with family today.

I did venture out to CVS for some shopping this morning and we might hit up a few stores tomorrow but I'm not brave enough to wait in line for any of the major deals!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Clogged Tear Duct

This is what Grace looks like every morning when she wakes up

We're ready for this clogged tear duct to get better! The appointment with the ophthalmologist is made.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for this year. Life has been so crazy, yet amazing this year that I feel like I need to remember to appreciate the wonderful things in my life. So here goes:

I'm thankful for....my amazing husband Mike. He has always been wonderful, but he has really had to live up to the "in sickness and in health" part of his vows this year and he has been so great about it all. He has changed diapers, made bottles, held my sick bucket not just on one occasion, but twice (TMI I know,) waited during 3 surgeries, spent 8 nights in uncomfortable hospital chairs trying to get sleep, and taken care of  both myself and Grace without complaining. He has taken on the role of sole bread winner in our house because he knows that it has always been my dream to stay at home with our kids. He is an amazing husband and daddy! I love him so much!

On our honeymoon in Hawaii. I wish we could go back there!

I'm thankful for....Grace. Obviously : ) She is the light of our lives. Even on the worst days, her smile makes me happy. She is learning and growing so fast and I know that we are so blessed to have her.

Grace in her new car walker from Grandpa John

I'm thankful for...family. We both have amazing families that have really helped out this year. From babysitting to running errands, I don't know how we would have gotten through everything without them!

I'm thankful for...friends. Both old and new. It's so great to have old friends that you call anytime. Friends that you might not talk to that often, but who are always there when you need them. I've made a lot of new friends this year who are also amazing and who selflessly gave up time to come help us out even though we've only known each other for a short time. I appreciate every one of you.

What are you thankful for?
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Grace's Christmas List: Gifts for a 1 year old girl

It's so much fun to shop for Grace right now! I'm really having a hard time narrowing down what to get her because there are so many wonderful toys for toddlers! Here are some of my ideas so far:

Gifts for a 1 year old girl
1. Bright Starts Pretty in Pink Put and Take Purse-She loves taking things out of boxes, I think she would love a purse!
2. Kansas City Zoo Membership - I hope we can visit the zoo many times next year.
3. Find Me Multi Color 6' Tunnel-This just looks like fun!
4. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- This was one of my favorite books to read at library story times.
5. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book-Grave loves interactive books
6. Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table-I'm trying to plan ahead and get toys that can be used during the hot summer months. Grace loves water and I think this would be great for our deck.
7. Hohner Kids Rainmaker 8 Inch-She loves music and her toy piano, so I think this would be a great addition to her toy collection.
8. Rosette ankle-strap flats- from Baby Gap. I wish they made these in my size too!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

My Christmas List!

Someone asked me the other day what I wanted for Christmas and I looked at them blankly. What do I want? My answer "I really have no idea!" Now that I have Grace, I love looking at clothes and toys for her. I have been shopping for myself once since she was born (don't ask me how many times I've been shopping for Grace, you might get me in trouble!) So today I sat down and made my own Christmas wishlist! It's amazing how long it took me to come up with everything.



1. American Eagle Gloria Flower Flats from Payless- A girl always needs good flats.
2. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 - I've started getting into photo editing and my free trial of Photoshop is up! I would love to have a real copy.
3. Red Ruffle Lapel Coat from New York & Company- I love this store and I'm obsessed with getting a cute red coat. This is exactly what I was looking for!
4. Cricut Cake Cutter - One of my cake decorator friends let me play with hers and since then, I've really wanted one but couldn't justify buying it for myself.
5. Crossed by Allie Condie- I loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read this one.

I will post Grace's list tomorrow! It was much easier for me to make.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend Planning

Today I'm joining in the Weekend Planning Blog Hop over at My Happy House! Our weekends are generally pretty boring but we like them that way!


Friday

  • Drop Grace off at Grandma's house
  • Go to the cardiologist. Hopefully he will tell me my heart is magically all better and I can get back to normal life!
  • Spend the evening with Mike and Grace

Saturday

  • Brunch at a very fancy Italian restaurant downtown (Mike's company got us a gift certificate)
  • Grocery shopping for next week
  • Plan Christmas gifts and start shopping
  • Hopefully drag Mike to see Breaking Dawn?

Sunday

  • Church
  • Spot clean the house
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

10 Months Old

Grace,

Stop growing up so fast! You look like a toddler now, crawling around, pulling up on everything, crawling up stairs, and zooming around walking behind push toys. 10 months ago, you were so tiny, now you weigh over 20 lbs and I think you are at least 30 inches tall. You're the tallest one in our baby play group! You obviously didn't get that height from mommy's side.


We've had a pretty tough last month with mommy's health problems and our transition to formula feeding, but you've been a trooper through all of it. You always make us laugh with your silly smiles!


We've had tons of visitors this month and you've enjoyed playing with all of your friends!
Playing with Lincoln

Playing with cousins Emma and Haley

Fun with Peighton and Brooke
Here's some highlights of this month:
  • You have 8 teeth now, 4 on bottom and 4 on top!
  • You love to eat and you pretty much eat everything that we're eating now. You get your own portion of pasta, your own sandwich etc. You love cheese and you still love banana. 
  • After your friend Lincoln came over for a day, you decided that you didn't want to army crawl anymore. Obviously that's just for babies : ) You are much faster now that you're really crawling!
  • Mommy gets her workout chasing after you all day. You love pulling up on everything and we think you're close to walking.
  • You wave at the appropriate times now!
  • We're pretty sure you've said Buh buh (bye bye) at the appropriate time and also Mommy thought she heard you say Doc doc (our dog.) You say baba a lot which mommy thinks might be bottle.
  • Your favorite things right now are books. We have never seen a baby love books so much. Mommy will lay your books out in front of you and let you choose the ones you want her to read. You will pick one, put it in her lap, and sit down and listen to the whole thing. When mommy puts that one down, you will pick out another one and do the same thing. This will last for 10-20 minutes before you get bored. You love the book Goodnight Gorilla, we seem to read that one at least 4-5 times a day. 
  • Your hair has really grown in this month and it's a little out of control! You get some pretty funny bed head. 
  • You have been testing your limits with Mommy and Daddy a lot this month. You purposely go and mess with things that you know you're not supposed to play with (ie the plants, the refrigerator, the dog's water) and then look at me and grin. When Mommy tells you no, you like to stick your tongue out and grin. It's really hard not to laugh at you.
  •  You crawl to Daddy every day when he gets home from work. It doesn't matter what we are doing, you always stop and get extremely excited when you hear the garage door open.
  •  You're sleeping through the night (most of the time.) You wake up at about 7 AM for a bottle and then go back to sleep again until about 8:30. Mommy really appreciates this!
  • You have decided that you don't really like bath time anymore. We don't know why but hopefully this changes soon.

We love you baby girl! 

~Mommy and Daddy
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Totally worth it....

We have a pretty normal bed time routine. We do a bath every other night, we read our two good night books, daddy cuddles and says goodnight, I feed her the last bottle of the night in the glider and then I put her in the crib and she goes to sleep.

We try to stick to it as much as possible, but tonight I looked at her as she was taking her bottle and I almost started to cry. I've certainly been feeling less "close" to her since we stopped nursing and when I look at her now, I see a toddler, not a baby. I know that the moments of her lying in my lap are fleeting. So instead of laying her down after she finished the bottle, I sang her lullabies and rocked her to sleep while she cuddled into my chest. I loved it. I know that the experts say not to mess with your routine and that it's better for their schedule to be consistent, but I'm happy tonight.  Cuddling my little girl, quietly singing to her while I watched her eyes slowly close was amazing. Those are the kind of moments that make all of the screaming, poop, and snot totally worth it. I love being a mom.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Battle of the Bottles

I posted the other day about the end of our breastfeeding journey and I wanted to follow up about our transition to Grace being formula fed. We were certainly not ready for it and we felt like we were brand new parents trying to figure everything out all over again. I had no clue how much Grace had been eating while nursing and we didn't know much about using formula and bottles in general.

To make it worse, when we started trying to use formula, Grace refused every bottle and any sippy cup that contained formula. She would scream the moment she saw it and would push it away from her face as hard as she could. For 3 days, we mixed as much formula as we could with her solid feedings to at least try to keep her hydrated. We were basically feeding her fruit and veggie soups and still only getting about 8 oz of formula in her per day. We decided to take her to the pediatrician to make sure she wasn't getting too dehydrated. While we were there, I begged him for any ideas on how to get a 9 month old to take a bottle. Luckily, with his advice and lots of persistence, Grace is now happily taking formula in a bottle and actually grabs at it and fusses when I don't get it in her mouth fast enough.

Here's what worked for us: The pediatrician said that we needed to get her hydrated and recommended letting her drink as much water as possible. Also, while they normally wait to switch babies to whole milk until the age of 1, in this situation, he felt that if she wasn't getting enough formula, whole milk would be better than nothing. He said to slow down on the solid feedings, because she was probably just filling herself with those and not getting hungry enough for a bottle. And finally, he said that bribing babies this age with their favorite foods normally works well.

I figured bribing would probably be our best bet as Grace is very strong willed, so we bought whole milk and a bunch of her very favorite food, Plum Organics Just Fruit Peaches. I mixed some of the peach puree with about 3 oz of whole milk in her favorite sippy cup and then with her watching (she recognizes the peach pouch) I put a little bit of the peach puree on the straw. And tada, she drank all of the milk in a matter of minutes. This was the most straight liquid she'd had in days so I was pretty excited.

For the next feeding, I did the same mixture, but put it in a bottle. Again, I let her watch me put peach puree on the nipple and she drank all of it again. We used this method for a day to get about 20 oz of whole milk in her. She no longer screamed when she saw the bottle, which was huge progress! I was focused on getting her re hydrated, but I knew that I wanted to try to switch over to formula if at all possible because it is better for her than whole milk at this age.

The next day, I started to do a half formula/half milk mixture to get her used to the taste of formula. We still used the peach puree on the nipple trick and she still took the bottles just fine. Finally, I got extremely brave and switched entirely to formula. Within days, she was taking the full 6 oz bottle of formula without needing the puree on the nipple. Now she takes close to 24 oz of formula a day out of the bottle with no problems.
She wouldn't hold the bottle of course because I was trying to take a picture!

It made for an extremely stressful week, but thankfully everything has calmed down. We're still getting used to having to make bottles and make sure all of the bottles are clean, it is definitely more work than breastfeeding. But Grace is hydrated and full and that's what is important to us!

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