Monday, October 17, 2016

Catching Up - October 2016...

Prepare yourselves for a massive photo and video dump of random as we catch up with the week...

The weather has been amazing, so we've been trying to get outside as much as possible to get some fresh air and enjoy the fall.  Almost everyday, Georgia begs to hit the playground after school.  If it's nice out, you'll find us there until it's time to head home for dinner.  We're lucky to live in an amazing neighborhood with lots of great parks and playgrounds to explore.

Swinging with my girl!

Waiting for his turn to play!

Last Sunday was a picture perfect fall day.  I went to get a pedicure later in the afternoon and Nick took the kids for a short walk... or so he thought.  They ended up walking/riding all the way to the local shopping center.  He then text me asking if I wanted to meet them up there for dinner (and a lift home).  Georgia was beyond proud of herself for biking all the way there.

Look of determination!

Just along for the ride!

Yes, she is chanting "Pazzo!  Pazzo!  Pazzo!" as she peddles.

Over the river and through the woods!

Still going strong

Pulling into the shopping center!

Grant has been smiling for the past month or so, but the past 2 weeks have been so much fun.  He's so happy and lights up whenever he spots one of us.  Even if you just walk away and then return, he gets a huge grin on his face when you show up again.

7am and smiling away waiting for us to get him up

This face... 

Out to lunch with my guy this week

The continued "torture"/play with the baby continues in our house...

Nick experimented a bit with a wrap that a friend loaned to us.  It took him quite awhile to figure out, but only took Grant about 10 seconds to fall asleep in there.  Win!

Georgia NEVER held her own bottle.  Not a single feeding... ever.  This kid is DYING to hold his bottle at 12 weeks old.

On Columbus Day, Georgia's school held Open House.  We were invited to observe kindergarten from 9-10:30am.  She loved having Nick and I visit the class and we were happy to get a sneak peek into her daily world...


I was thrilled to spot Georgia's allergy profile sheet hung in the classroom (I made these and gave them to the school to display)

Typically, Grant isn't a huge fan of tummy time.  However, one morning this week, he was having a blast checking everything out... until he passed out!  He stayed this way for hours...

Baby tushy!

One day in the near future, I'm hoping to blog more than once per week again.  However, even once a week is a stretch these days.  Not sure where the time goes every day?!?!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's October???

Apparently it's already October????  I swear that I just cannot keep track of the date while out on maternity leave.  I look at my phone calendar all the time for appointments, school events, etc., but for some reason, the date just doesn't seem to stick with me.  

Our new doormat arrived from Personal Creations and I just adore it...

Georgia had a three day weekend last week due to the Jewish holiday.  We joined up with the neighbors to entertain all the kids with a bowling night...

While the big kids bowled, the babies hung out too...

The kids were all stir crazy after being stuck inside for days on end due to rainy weather and definitely were all SILLY!  It all worked out great, though - the kids had a lane and the adults had a lane.  We ordered some pizza and wings and just let them be crazy!

On Sunday morning, we used Southern Living's recipe to whip up some ah-mazing apple cider doughnuts.  We love a good doughnut morning in our house.  Unfortunately, we can't just run down to the DD due to Georgia's food allergies, so we get creative sometimes...

By Monday, the weather was absolutely beautiful and the rain was long gone.  Georgia and I convinced Nick to play hooky with us (it didn't take that much convincing!) and we headed into the city for our annual fall zoo trip.  It also happened to be Grant's first trip to the zoo!

Georgia is all about the "take a picture of me!" demand these days.

My peeps checking out the elephants

We weren't sure that we'd see many animals since it was mid-afternoon by the time we got downtown.  However, the animals were all over the place.  The pandas were especially easy to spot...

Sleepy pandas

Georgia watching the elephants

A tiger eating a bunny!

Grant wasn't too impressed with the zoo... he slept for 90% of the trip!

The nice part about going to the zoo on a weekday is that the place is fairly empty...

I was just thrilled to get outside after a long few days stuck inside.  Grant and I spent a lot of the rainy week just cuddling...

It's not that tough to spend a day snuggling with this little bug!

Grant also spent most of the week eating his hands.  He's just discovered that they're right in front of him.  Apparently they are DELICIOUS!

At one point, Georgia and I made a quick run to Target for some necessities and may have come home with some Halloween decorations for the house!

In this week's daisy fundraising update... Georgia owed some thank you's to friends/family who purchased magazines and nuts from her online store.

Thank you Auntie, Auntie Elaine, Auntie Sherrie, Mimi, Auntie Lisa, Grandpa and Auntie Carrie (and myself!) for buying magazine subscriptions

Thank you Grandma and Auntie Patti for buying nuts

Georgia was also REALLY excited to show everyone the prize brochure that came with the selling packets, as well as her new daisy outfit!  Apparently she also earns different badges for selling products.  I really need to start reading the fine print on these things (I am SO not a good scout mom!).  I'm starting to feel like this might be more and more like dance... she's only in it for the outfit!  :)

The prizes!

My little daisy

Only one week in and she already earned one badge!  Thank goodness for a little product called "badge magic" cause this Mama does not know how to sew on badges!!

Hands down, my favorite part of this is the next video.  My only instruction to Georgia was that she had to say thank you in the video to everyone who bought things from her store.  And go (where does she get this stuff?!?!)...

If anyone is still looking to purchase, I believe the sale is ongoing through the end of the month.  You can be PROUD of yourself for supporting the daisies (in Georgia's words!).

For magazines, click HERE.
For nuts, click HERE.
**I did get some questions about the nut shipping costs.  When you first click into the order confirmation, it appears as though you have to pay $19.25 for shipping.  I had a heart attack looking at that until I clicked over and found that was for expedited shipping only and there is another option for $8.75 (still a tad high in my opinion, but a heck of an improvement over almost $20!).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

End of September...

I can summarize this past week in 3 words... sleep regression hell!  Oh Grant, you had us so fooled.  Just 2-3 weeks ago, he was sleeping for 7+ hour stretches.  It didn't appear to be a fluke since it happened multiple times in one week.  Then this week hit.  Let's just say that getting up at 2am, 4am, 7am and 8am is no fun.  AT ALL.  Most especially when it took from 10pm-12am to get the kid to bed.  We're not quite sure why the regression... 2 month vaccine shots, new reflux meds, growth spurt, etc.  The poor little guy was just so tough to settle.  He's always gone right down, but not the past week.

Plotting his next move!

Luckily, we seem to be turning a corner and things have been much better the past night or two.  Fingers crossed, it was just a big time growth spurt (because little dude is looking HUGE these days!!).

In other news...

Thank you to everyone who has bought nuts and magazines to help support Georgia's new daisy troop.  In case you missed it, she's part of a brand new daisy troop and they have zero funds at the moment to do anything, so they are fundraising this fall.  Obviously, we aren't purchasing nuts in this house, but we did renew our magazine subscriptions (even the online ones!).  If you would like to help out, click HERE for more information and the links at the bottom of that post.

Georgia's kindergarten class is also collecting box tops, so if you have any box tops and want to send them our way, she'd appreciate it!  The class that has the most box tops gets bonus games to play during indoor recess.

Last weekend...
As usual, the weekends are always too short in this house.  On Saturday morning, we had Georgia's weekly tball game.  The exciting news from the game was that she got her first real hit!  She moved up to the 6U level this year where the coach pitches to the kids a bunch of balls.  If they can't hit them, then they set up the tee for them to hit off of as a second chance.  Georgia has been doing okay in practice with hitting the pitched balls, but hasn't gotten a hit during a game and has used the tee.  Not this week!  She did it!!

Back to playing catcher this week!

After the game, we headed to a neighbor's house for a college football party.  I was pretty proud of myself for finding this fun recipe on Pinterest and making them for the party (I was so excited that I didn't even remember to take a picture).  They were super yummy and Georgia safe, so win-win!  

Grant wasn't too excited about the game, but he enjoyed hanging out with his future BFF, Owen!

He's also managing to hold his head up higher and higher...

On Sunday morning, Nick and Georgia headed out to hit some golf balls at the local driving range while Grant and I did some fall cleaning at home.  Nick was only gone for a few minutes before he text that they had been involved in a minor car accident.  Apparently someone in front of Nick stopped to let some bikers cross the street.  That vehicle stopped.  Nick stopped.  The car behind Nick did NOT stop and rear-ended our car and forced Nick into the car in front of him.  Luckily, no one was hurt and the damage was "minor."  Georgia was more worried about the delay in her golf game...

Since it was a gorgeous day, we decided to go on our annual apple picking trip over at Homestead Farm.  Grant's first apple picking experience!

As with most things, #Grantnotimpressed...

Grant spent 99% of the time at the orchard asleep in the carrier

Finding that perfect apple!

Georgia suckered Nick into a hayride.  What he didn't realize was that the hayride stops at the pumpkin patch.  Of course, Georgia couldn't resist picking a huge pumpkin to haul back.  Nick convinced her that it was too early to bring home pumpkins and that she could "help out" the farmer by bringing that huge pumpkin back to the store for someone else to pick out.

And just like that, the weekend was over and we were prepping for another week of school!

Time to get clean!

Not so sure about this new pacifier!

Thank goodness this kid is cute because his antics with sleep last week were exhausting!

By Monday night, Georgia was nursing her first cold of the school year.  Frankly, we were shocked that she lasted that long without coming down with something.  We went into high gear hand washing mode to try and keep Grant from catching it.  Georgia didn't have a fever, but just a junky cough and the sniffles, which is what she usually comes down with during the school year.  We always know when Miss G isn't feeling well because she voluntarily goes to bed.  It was barely 7pm on Monday night and she was out cold!

After school on Monday = couch and relaxation time

After a solid 12 hours of sleep, she woke up much perkier!

1st morning needing a light coat to walk to school!

Of course, you know what babies do that don't sleep all night????  Sleep during the day!  UGH...

I was doing okay with the whole returning-to-work scenario in November until this sleep regression.  Now, I'm just praying this kid is only waking up one time per night or I'll be a total zombie.  Make that, a stressed out zombie.  Life with two kids and working full-time is going to be insane.  I can barely keep the house running now and I'm home!  Laundry appears to have become a part-time job.  Add in Georgia's tball practice and games, daisy meetings, making lunches, cooking dinner, washing bottle parts and I feel like I should be pulling a salary for the amount of work I do daily. 

Later in the week, I managed to sneak out of the house long enough to grab lunch with a co-worker and her baby girl, who arrived a few days before Grant.  It was nice to commiserate with someone about the good ole days of sleep!

And then September was over.  BOOOOOOO!  I usually love October, but this year it's just one month closer to going back to work.