Monthly Archives: May 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

Over the weekend we visited Chase’s family.  Saturday morning we went to the lake, and baby J and Suzy loved it!  We all had a lot of fun.  We bought a baby float with a canopy to keep baby J shaded about a month ago so we had our chance to try it out on Saturday.  It was actually cheaper at Wal-Mart than what you will find on their website (the link above).  We loved it!  Baby J loved floating in the lake and just kicked and smiled and slapped the water.  Chase and I loved it because it kept baby J occupied, safe, and shaded.  Of course, someone stayed right beside him the whole time.  We played in the water for a little over an hour.  I don’t think we could have stayed that long if we didn’t have the baby raft.

Chase and I got to try out his mom’s kayak.  Which I loved.  I think I’m going to have to go kayaking soon.  It feels much more secure than a canoe

Suzy LOVED being at the lake.  We brought her life vest along as well so she could swim indefinitely even when she got tired.  Here is a picture of her so happy at the lake.

The lake trip was a success!  We were there for an hour and a half.  Everyone had a lot of fun and no one got sunburned!  And my sweet little J slept like a champ when we got back to the house.

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Essential things for baby

I decided to compile a list of things I think are essential or at the very least super-duper handy to have for when baby comes along.  Of course we all know about the real essential baby items like a crib, bottles, clothes, towels, burp cloths, blankets, teething toys, etc.

These are the little things people may not think about.  Most of these were either given to me by another mom or a mom told me I had to get them!  And I am so thankful these moms helped me out! I have a 1 year old and I still use a lot of these.

Dishwasher basket to wash all the small parts of the bottle.  You can pretty much use this for any small parts, and it really comes in handy now that I have a million little parts that go with the sippy cups.

Diaper Bag Dispenser with Arm & Hammer bags!  These little bags are awesome!  At first I wondered why I needed these when I could just take some regular plastic bags with me in the diaper bag, but these are much better!  They smell like lavender and totally keep the smell of those dirty diapers in the bag once you tie it off.  This is essential for long car trips or even just trips out and about when you decide to change your little one in the car.  I also love it for when we are at a friend’s house so I don’t stink up their trash.

The Munchkin Formula 3 compartment dispenser.  I use this for snacks!  I can put 3 different snacks in the little compartments and dispense them easily!  It seems to keep the snacks fairly fresh for about a week too, so I just fill it up and stick it in the diaper bag for on the go snacking!

-Large waterproof pad for the bed.  This is in addition to the mattress liner or whatever you use already.  Put this extra liner on top of the sheet you already have on the crib mattress and put another sheet on top.  This way if your baby throws up or has a blowout in the middle of the night you do not have to change any sheets! You just rip off the top sheet and this waterproof pad for the fresh sheet underneath!  It’s one of the best things I ever did.  I even trippled it up when baby J was sick, and I knew we would go through several sheets.  The last thing I want to do is change crib sheets in the middle of the night.  It’s harder than changing regular bed sheets!!

Burts Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil.  I love love love this!  I bought a very small bottle of it when baby J was born.  I would give him a baby massage after every bath with this oil.  It made his skin so soft and calmed him down so much.  His face would get so relaxed.  I love the memories I have of this!

Electric bottle sterilizer.  Some people may decide they do not need one because they have a dishwasher to do the sterilizing.  If you are anything like us and only use the dishwasher every 2-3 days, this will save a lot of water and energy!  I loved mine.  Just make sure you dump any excess water out of it every time you are finished using it so it doesn’t mold!

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack.  There are a lot of different ways to dry your bottles and the different parts of your bottles and baby items.  This rack is my favorite!  You can stick anything on it and it will stay and dry.  No falling off the rack or dripping off to the side.

California Baby care items.  I love this brand!  It’s natural and organic and made in the USA.  I love the shampoo and body wash and the lotions.

-Little caddies or baskets.  These come in handy for the little baby items.  I have several little baskets in the top drawer of the changing table filled with finger nail clippers, thermometers, hair brush, etc.

Woombie.  This is probably the easiest way to swaddle your baby!  Of course you still need to go to your birthing class and learn how to swaddle, but the Woombie will be your lifesaver at 2am.  Who wants to remember how to swaddle or do it several times over to get it tight at 2am?  We loved the Woombie and so did baby J.  He slept in a Woombie until he was 9 months old.  I think around 7 months we transitioned him to an open armed Woombie.  They have so many different styles!

-A wrap or a sling.  Baby wearing really is a must!  Your newborn was inside of you for 9 months.  Why in the world would they want you to sit them in a bouncy seat just out of your reach when they are used to the comfort of you? (not saying a bouncy seat is a bad thing…I owned and used one too)  I call the first 3 months of baby, The 4th Trimester.  Your little one is getting used to this scary, big, unfamiliar world, and the only thing familiar is being snuggled up close to someone.  A wrap is perfect for still being able to move around the house, do chores, cook, etc, and keep your little one snug and happy right up against you.  I did a lot of my shopping and chores this way the first 3 months.  I used my wrap up until baby J was about 8 months old.  You can use it a lot longer than that too.  I just had a very wiggly baby who always wanted down, and it’s not any better now that he runs around. lol

I am sure once I post this I will think of many other things to add to this list.  What do you think is essential for new moms and babies?  Please post them in the comments to add to my list!

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized



Visiting family

Where has the time gone!  I have been meaning to write in my blog a whole lot more, but time has flown by and it’s already been two weeks since we went to see my family!

A couple of weeks ago we went to St. Louis to see my family and friends.  Baby J had so much fun playing with his cousins!  He learned a lot from them while we were there.  A few things he learned includes climbing up on a chair and turning around to sit down, pushing cars across the room instead of just around himself (this involves crawl-scooting), climbing more in general, using toys in different ways, and now he is much more brave about crawling through “cave-like” toys or tunnels.

When we went to see my best friend, baby J got to crawl through a little tunnel into a ball pit!  He really liked this a lot.  My friend has two boys, one is almost 4 and the other is a year old, just a couple of months younger than baby J.  They had a lot of fun playing together.  My friend has a push toy wagon and baby J loved to either be pushed in it or to push it!

We also went to the St. Louis Zoo with my parents and my friend and her boys.  We had so much fun petting the goats at the children’s zoo and seeing the bears, apes, otters, zebras, and all the other animals!

We also had a lot of fun seeing some other good friends and hanging out with them and their kiddos!! There were some friends we didn’t get to see because there wasn’t enough time to see everyone.  It always seems like it works out that way and we miss seeing some people!

Baby J played with his cousins every day!! He was always worn out by bed time.  We really had a lot of fun!  We can’t wait to go back to see Mama, Papa, Uncle Daniel, Aunt Sarah, and all those cousins!

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Growing up and learning new things

After spending a week at my parents house with baby J’s four cousins running around, I think he may have learned a lot from them.  The youngest of the four is 3 years old and baby J loved following her around.  She figured out that he wanted to do what she did, so she would get him to do some funny things, like run up and down the hallway for hours on end, or climb back and forth through a play tunnel or even squeal!  He now knows how to climb up on a kid chair and turn around and sit down.  He used to play with his cars and push them around his body, but after watching his cousins he now sort of half crawls across the floor to push the cars across the room.   I was so impressed to watch him pick this stuff up, sometimes in just a day’s time.  Now that we are home I watched him put his new skills to work here at the house.  He was amazingly good today.  He wanted to play with all his toys and really play with them in the new ways that he learned.  Instead of trying to get into my cabinets today in the kitchen while I was getting meals ready, he pushed vehicles all around my feet and all over the kitchen.  I loved watching him.  We played a few times together, but mostly today I just watched him play.  I would alternate between thinking, “wow, he is such a big boy!” to “wow, he won’t stay this little for very long so I need to soak up every moment.”  So I soaked up a lot of moments today.  When I rocked him a little before bed he just looked at me smiling.  So so sweet.  Once I laid him down in his crib he just kept looking at me with this peaceful look on his face.  I really do love my little man!

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


Things to Remember, Toad Suck Daze, and a Flower

On Friday as I was changing baby J’s diaper after nap time I was shocked to see his belly button looking really odd.  For a split second I thought what IS that? And then I realized a cheerio was stuck to his belly button. lol  It fit perfectly.  My guess is when he was eating them earlier one fell down his shirt and somehow landed right in/on his belly button.  I thought it was hilarious!

Saturday we went to Toad Suck Daze.  It is a festival that is free to go to and I love all the vendors and festival food!  We haven’t gone in a couple of years because it has been raining during the weekend they had it.  This  year there was no rain, but it was HOT!  Well, hot for the beginning of May.  We tried our best to go in the morning, but by the time we got out of the house and drove there it was 30 minutes until baby J’s nap time.  Not. Good. At. All.  We parked, and he did great in his stroller until we actually got to the festival.  He no longer wanted to be in his stroller.  We decided to go ahead and let him down to walk around, and we would just keep him close or hold his hand.  I was nervous about this because of the crowds, but I ended up having nothing to be nervous about because baby J did not want to walk either.  It was pretty much nap time so he wanted to be held.  The whole time we were there.  We tried to be “fast” about walking around to see everything.  With the crowds it took us a little over an hour.  Poor Baby J was so exhausted by the time we made it back to the car.  But of course he wouldn’t sleep on the way home.  He refuses to sleep in the car. He had a good late nap though once we got home!  Really, we had a lot of fun.  It is just not the same with a baby when you go to events like that so it’s all how you look at it.  I believe it was a success because no one got hurt, we really did have fun, and it gave us something to do outside on a Saturday!

Yesterday we met with our small group from church that we meet with every other Sunday night.  We had a lot of fun just being together!  They had a fire pit that they lit after we had been there about an hour so we could roast hot dogs and marshmallows.  We didn’t get to stay long after that because baby J was completely interested in the fire so we had to keep corralling him or carrying him around.  At one point one of the ladies walked him around, and baby J picked a flower for me.  My first flower to me as a mommy.  I loved it!

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


2012 Goals Update

I decided to post an update on how I am doing with my goals for this year.  I need to keep myself on track and accountable, because I really want to accomplish all of these goals!

Here are my goals for 2012:

1. Find more clients so I can support our family.  I have found a couple but not enough at all.  I am at a loss on how to find more clients except to ask everyone I know if they know someone who needs health/life insurance and cold call lots of businesses.  It’s a tough market right now.

2. Clean out each room as if we were moving and either throw away or donate things that I have not used or rarely used since we moved here over 4 years ago (unless it is an heirloom or something important).  This could possibly take me all year but I hope it only takes me a few months. So far I have cleaned out the kitchen and half of the office/spare room.  The living room doesn’t have much to clean out, and I make sure baby J’s room is constantly cleaned out of old clothes/toys. So that leaves the other half of the spare room and our bedroom to do. (Trying to not think about the garage)

3. Add more recipes to my cookbook that I will actually cook.  Be realistic when choosing a new recipe and know what I can and will try. I am actually doing this!!  Woo Hoo! Even when I find recipes I think sound so good if I really don’t think I will try them I don’t print or keep them.

4. Clean out cookbook from all the non-realistic recipes I saved through the years. I started to do this and didn’t make it very far before I got bored. lol  I need to do it little by little.

5. Steam clean the carpets. Hmm… Does it count that I think about doing this every once in a while?

6. Exercise every day, even if it is for 5 minutes.  (I started this in 2011 but slacked off in December) I started off the year on a bad note.  By March I was walking around a mile a day.  Even though I still walked in April I decided that Easter candy was too good not to eat and ate completely unhealthy for pretty much the whole month.  For the past 2 weeks I have been working out with strength training/cardio 15-20 minutes a day/ 5 days a week and still walking 3/4 mi – 1 mile a day.  I am determined to keep this up so feel free to ask how I am doing to keep me accountable!

7. Have at least one evening a week where I read a book, drink tea (or some other relaxing drink), and just relax.  This may or may not include a bubble bath or a cozy blanket or chocolate.  I have done this a few times this year.  This goal is so hard for me to do!  The crazy thing is, it should be the easiest one.

8. Have at least one evening a week that Chase and I make a date night.  This can be anything from renting a movie, playing a game, or actually having a friend watch baby J so we can go out.  We usually do this now but there are some weeks that this gets skipped.  Quality time is high for both of us on our love languages so we definitely have to make this a priority. So far we are making this goal!

9. Continue to go out of the house on a date once a month, just me and Chase.  This worked well for 2011.  I want to make sure this continues! We barely got a date night in February but it happened! So far we are making this goal as well!

10. Crochet a case for my Kindle. (Using Erin’s phone case she made for me many years ago as inspiration) I need to somehow start this. lol

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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Mommies and Daddies

I love watching baby J play with his daddy.  It always warms my heart to see those two on the floor rough-housing or playing cars or made up boy games.  It sometimes amazes me how much baby J LOVES boy stuff.  I guess I thought the fascination in the world of boy stuff came later?  I don’t know what I was really expecting, but sometimes I just have to stop and watch baby J.  He watches his daddy like a hawk.  He wants to copy him and be like him already!  He may do that with me and I just don’t realize it.  But it is so cute to see him want to be just like daddy.  He makes car noises like daddy and wants to throw the ball just like daddy.  Already at 14 months (and long before now as well) he understands that mommy and daddy are different.  Mommy gives him comfort when he is sick, and mommy is the one to go to for snuggle time and playing with a bunch of his toys.  Daddy is the one to go to when he wants to wrestle and rough-house.  He always wants daddy to pick him up because he knows he will get a “ride”.  Maybe a ride up in the air or spun around or maybe daddy will pile up a bunch of pillows so they can play in them.  It is hilarious and so sweet to watch my little boy really enjoy life.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized