Monday, October 21, 2013

Back to work and 3 months old

Today Little Man is 3 months old. It has been a fun month watching him become more and more alert and interested in the world around him.

The big accomplishments for this month have been...

Bottle feeding: We started trying him out on the bottle shortly after he turned 2 months old. It was a little harder for me to give up nursing exclusively than I thought it would be, but it was a good transition. Thankfully, he has had no trouble so far switching back and forth. Andy has enjoyed getting to feed him, as have his grandparents. I still mostly nurse, but he had to learn to take the bottle to be ready for me to go back to work.

First bottle!

Cooing: He's started "talking" and making sweet little noises now. It's so fun to hear his sweet little voice!

Sleeping: He has officially started sleeping through the night (cue the hallelujah chorus!). He usually does about an 8-9 hour stretch after his last feed, but he has gotten to where he's pretty sleepy in the evenings by around 8:00. Again, I do know how lucky we are that he's a good sleeper, and I am so very thankful!

He still loves his Nemo play gym. He will play in this thing forever!


He really seems to like going for walks in his carrier. He keeps his head up and looks around most of the time. Bear also appreciates getting out of the house and walking.

He's starting to do much better at tummy time and really likes laying propped up on the Boppy to look around.

He's started sucking on his hands and fingers a lot. I was a big time finger sucker...until I was 5 years I'm hoping he doesn't do it that long!


Also a big thing this month was me going back to work. I just started back last week. There were some tears in the car on the way in my first day, but it has been an easier transition than I thought it would be. It has helped a lot that I am only doing 2 days a week. I ended up getting what we call a "0.1" position before I started back, which basically means I work anywhere from 8 to 30 hours every 2 weeks. That has been a huge blessing. I truly have some wonderful coworkers so I have enjoyed getting to see everyone again.

This week will be his first week going to daycare while I'm at work so hopefully that will go well. The hardest thing is just getting out of the door in the morning. It was good to have a "trial run" last week where I could get us ready but wasn't actually taking him with me. Definitely made me realize I had underestimated how much time it would take us to get ready! Wow, I will have to get up very early to get to work on time what with the feeding, pumping, getting us both clean & dressed, and packing up! You moms doing this every day with more than one kid--I am amazed by you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Family Favorite Chinese Slaw

I just found this recipe in my drafts and for some reason have never posted it. Hope you enjoy!

For years, my mom has been making what we call Chinese Slaw for family dinners and holidays. It is always a big hit, even with people who aren't a big fan of slaw. It's pretty quick and easy to throw together.

Chinese Slaw

1 pkg Slaw Mix (regular or broccoli slaw)
1 pkg Ramen noodles, chicken flavored
3 Green Onions (can be subbed with red or white onion), chopped
1 pkg slivered almonds
2T sesame seeds
1/3 c vegetable oil
2T sugar

Toast almonds and sesame seeds. Break up ramen noodles into slaw. 

Add chopped onion. ***Add according to how much you like onion. IMO less is more when it comes to raw onion. You can always add a little more if the onion flavor isn't strong enough. 

Mix Ramen seasoning packet with oil and sugar. Pour over slaw and mix together.

Best when made 2 hours or less before serving.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Light at the end of the tunnel

So we started our home renovation on January 1st, and there have been many--oh so many--days when we felt like this project would never end. I am here to say, though, that there is finally an end in sight!

I haven't updated on the house lately because, although we've still been working hard, progress has been a little slow. The main project that has taken so much time is the trim. The house had this beautiful original trim that we decided to save both for the budget and to maintain some of the character of the house. Never in a million years did we think it would take us about 2 months to refinish it all. Stripping, sanding, and painting board after board has definitely been a little tedious. I'm happy to say though, it is looking really good now that we finally have almost all of it back in.

Stripping, sanding, & painting trim

The blow torch was the most efficient way to get the old paint off

Trim boards everywhere!

Still painting...

The big excitement of this weekend was installing the kitchen cabinets and appliances. What a difference that makes!

All the cabinets still in their boxes

Our initial plan was to refinish the original kitchen cabinets, but we realized the time and cost it would take us to redo them wasn't worth it at this point. We were able to buy new prefab cabinets for less than what we would have spent refinishing and rebuilding the old cabinets. And the biggest bonus was the time we saved not having to refinish the others. Now that we are getting into our 10th month of renovations, we are kind of over a lot of the DIY excitement.

Great help from Will & Andy H with installation

We'll be doing a lot of touch up painting this month along with installing a new back door, putting carpet in 2 closets, finishing the trim, putting the doors back in, having the kitchen counter installed, doing the backsplash and the last thing we'll do is refinish the floors. Sounds like a lot, but from where we've been, it's not sounding so bad.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Another Month Flown By

I know it probably sounds trite, but I really cannot believe my sweet baby is over 2 months old already (and I'm already failing at getting his monthly posts out on time)! He is already changing and growing so much!

I was able to take some pics of him last week, but am just now getting to post because we have been busy preparing for my 10 Year high school reunion that was this past weekend. It was so much fun getting to see everyone and catch up. I only took 2 pictures (fail), but you can probably find a bunch from everyone on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who made the trip!

So back to Lucas' 2nd month. The big accomplishment this month was getting a real smile for the first time. Talk about melting my heart. I had been trying my hardest to squeeze a smile out of him, and of course Andy came home from work to play with him and got the first grin! Now he is smiling at us without coercion.

I almost hesitate to say it, but he has still been a great sleeper (sorry to all you moms still struggling with sleepless nights). Around Labor Day, he started sleeping about 8-10 hours a night, waking up once in the middle to eat. His longest sleep stretch has been about 6 1/2 hours.

He went on his first road trip this month (7 hours!) so he could meet Uncle B for the first time (Brandon's free time is pretty much nonexistent right now with residency so he wasn't able to come when Lucas was born).

He also went on his first boat ride at 6 weeks old. Grandbub and Deedee found a tiny life jacket for him so he could go.

He finally has gotten into his 0-3 months clothes, and I started pulling out his newborn stuff to pack up and make room for the bigger stuff. It was kind of hard to put it away but now he has lots of cute new stuff he can cycle through.

He experienced his first of many game days.

He had his first cold, which was just a stuffy nose, but then ended up with an eye infection (boo) so he had to get some antibiotic ointment for that.

He made it through his first bath without crying.

He has gotten to where he will watch me & Andy as we go about the room. He has also started to get more active with playtime. He is liking his play mat, his bug that hangs on his carseat, and his lovies. We've started reading a few books here and there and he seems to like looking at them (maybe?). He still loves being outside.

He has stopped wrinkling his forehead all the time like he did as a newborn.

We started trying cloth diapers. So far so good!

Today was his 2 month checkup and he had his first round of shots. He fussed a little getting them, but has seemed fine since.

I know this is not the most exciting post for you readers out there, but I really want to record these things, so I will remember them down the road! Thanks for sticking with me!