Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Random List...

First things first... These cinnamon rolls were amazing! Bill had requested I bake cinnamon rolls for Father's Day so naturally I left it to the last minute to make the dough and bake them.

This actually my second attempt. They turned out a lot better when I let the dough rise for a couple of hours! Go figure.

Bill has always used white sugar mixed with cinnamon for the filling, but these cinnamon rolls have brown sugar. I really liked it!

Summer: This summer has already been flying by way too fast for my taste. It always does, right? I'm feeling the need to take more pictures and videos to remember when everything was green and warm outside. I always thought summer was one of the best seasons!

My babies are growing up so fast. I walked by the bathroom mirror when I was holding Roland. I couldn't believe how big he looked! You know when you're holding them, you can't really see them. You see the back of their head and the side of their face most of the time, and you don't see what they look like from a distance.

Liam is looking and acting like an older kid all the time. The stuff he can say and communicate to us is amazing. We also switched him to a daybed on Sunday. There's no more crib anymore! It's going okay I would say. I got him to nap yesterday in his bed, but he didn't settle down in his room till late last night.

With the house, we have it decorated for the most part. I can't really think of anything I HAVE to do. The curtains are up, the mirror is up, the reading nook is fully decorated, there are pillows everywhere and we have three end tables. The only big thing missing is a coffee table. I need to search a little bit harder this week for that. Other than that, I would say our living/dining room is almost finished.

I decided one of the top shelves in the reading nook would change with the seasons and everything else would generally stay the same. This way, I'm not fully redecorating everything every few months.

Sleep has been a big focus lately. I haven't been getting enough. I've been staying up later than I should the past few days. I need to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier instead of working later at night. I think that would help. Any other work from home parents have any advice? ;)

I should sign off now before Liam wakes up. Haha I need to start checking things off my list. :)

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roland - 4 Months

{Milestones} I can't believe Roland is 4 months already! I feel like you're moving past the newborn phase this month. You are becoming more vocal. You like talking, cooing, laughing a little and smiling all the time. I love how you love looking at people's faces. You are incredibly social.

You started liking tummy time 50 percent of the time! Ha You're doing a lot better with it, and when we lay you on the ground, you will lift your legs and do some crunches.

{Temperament} You are still pretty chill. You love watching your brother. You smile at him all the time. You seem to like everyone.

{Eating & Sleeping} You are eating every 2 to 2.5 hours during the day. In the evening, you cluster feed from 6 to 10. You are typically sleeping 7 to 7.5 hours at night and waking up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to eat a little. You go back to bed for 2 to 3 hours. You're a good sleeper!

I would say you are pretty quiet at night. Sometimes, you will wake up in the morning in such a good mood. You won't cry. You'll just smile at me and look around.

{Weight} 18 pounds 9 ounces

{Height} 25 inches

{Clothes} You are in 9 month and 12 month clothes. I love having you in the baby rompers for the summer. They're so easy. They also help you stay cool.

{Hair} You haven't lost any hair! Your hair looks light brown/blonde. I can tell it's definitely getting longer! I wonder if we'll have to give you your first haircut before a year...

{Likes} You love when people talk to you. You also LOVE when people smile at you. You're still cuddly at night. You like looking around and finding out what your brother is up to at any given moment. You like having your hair washed.

Oh, there was a big change this month! You started liking stuffed animals! You like them more than a nook. You are starting to have less interest in the nook and more interest in stuffed animals. I like finding stuffed animals around the house that have different textures. There is a dragon of Liam's that you love because of the wings. They are a different material, and they make a crunching noise when you touch them. I still carry a nook around just in case I'm desperate for it! You like playing with a blanket too.

{Dislikes} You are starting to hate when you have to have your outfit changed. Other than that, you don't have too many dislikes!

{Outings} We went to Uncle Phil's and Katie's house over the weekend. You slept and ate the entire time and woke up in the evening. You can sleep anywhere. You did perfect on your first day trip. Ha We've been swimming over at the farm, and you'll sit in your chair on the pool deck. You do pretty good hanging out while we swim. We try to avoid you feeling any splashes. It can be hard sometimes! We also went to the zoo for Mother's Day. I still need to upload the pictures to the blog! You were really good for that trip too. You slept most of the day at the zoo.

{Just for Fun} Liam's 4 Month Update

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Family Day

I had the hardest time getting out the door on Sunday to leave for Phil and Katie's. I'm not sure why. I should have packed a little the night before, but my evenings are a little intense with all the baby feeding. I'm not complaining though. I love the baby snuggles. Anyways, we got out the door at noon and enjoyed most of the day at the park.

It was a super hot day but we all stayed cool in the shade. Liam ran through their fountain they had at the park. He was so cute! He kept yelling, "I got it!" when he got drenched by the water. I accidentally got wet by walking to close to the fountain.

The wind kept blowing the water in different directions. It wasn't too bad though. It was super refreshing, and since it was 90 degrees, I dried off quickly. Ha

I had to get a picture of with Meg... She's going to be gone for the summer at her new internship. I'm so excited to hear all about it.
  I'm sad we won't see her as much as we usually do!

We made sure to stay hydrated! ;)

Mom and Meg!

Awesome picture of Phil and Katie. Gosh, I want a picture like this one! ;)

Roland ate and slept the entire time. He was the perfect baby for us. I was glad we kept him cool in the shade! I was a little worried before we left.

There was an area in the park that looked like it was for dodge ball.
Liam looks so much older than last year, but he's still tiny.

I wish he had one of these at our house. It seriously provides hours of entertainment... I would even use it too!

Liam had so much fun with MEG!

Liam had a blast yelling back and forth with Phil... He kept listing off everyone's name, "Phil, Mimi, Meg!" I love how he knows everyone's name now.

Phil talking to Liam.

We went out to eat and had pizza and salad outside.

I love how we can always find someplace fun to eat. I wouldn't mind living in the city.

Roland finally woke up for dinner! Haha He is usually pretty sleepy during the day and his awake time is in the evening.

After dinner the kids were pretty tired. I fed Roland and we headed home. We always enjoy spending the day with Phil and Katie.

I can't wait to go back!

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hello 30

Roland borrowing his twin cousin's blanket. ;)

Well, I turned 30 yesterday and the world didn't end... LOL Thirty is such an ominous number. Really entering any new decade is pretty scary. I don't entirely know why. I told Bill 30 didn't seem to odd. It seems right, but somehow, I think I'm going to miss my 20's. A lot of good things happened in my 20's.

I went to college and graduated. I met Bill, married him and had our two boys. We had countless family visits with both sides where we enjoyed hanging out together. We started Maintenance Monday where we get together for dinner each Monday. We get along most of the time. Only one argument ended in a taco being thrown. Just one taco incident! I would say that's a good record.

I also started this blog in my 20's! I know of a few bloggers who have stopped blogging recently. I always get a little sad when I read a post dedicated to quitting a blog. I don't think I will stop blogging... I love looking back at older posts and remembering what my life was like during that time. If I decide I want to post less there will just be longer times in between my posts, but I'm hoping to post more than I have in recent months. What else...

During my last year in my 20's, I've become obsessed with figuring out our house plans to expand our living space, reading books on audible, finding ways to organize our house better and finding the perfect shade of lipsense. Haha I'm just joking about the last one. Although, I love lipsense, I'm not obsessed with it. I just love makeup in general. I'm currently not buying anymore lipsense. I have my favorites. Ha

A lot of great things happened in my 20's, and I THINK I'm ready to see what happens in my 30's. After all, it can't be that scary!

Little Pink Book

Friday, June 2, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend! On Tuesday, I was lacking ambition to do much of anything I didn't have to do for the day... Longer weekends always make the work week a little bit harder! Anyways, we started out the weekend by giving Liam a pet. Well, let me rephrase that. He now has two kittens in the basement.

We're trying to tame them so we can have them as outdoor cats. I was shocked when Bill said he wanted to have cats in the basement! I wasn't sure about it. I love all animals, but I definitely love dogs more than cats. It's going well. The kitty in the picture above warmed up to us after a day.

They quickly realize we are OK when we give them food a couple times a day.

Hanging out with Auntie T!

On Sunday, we visited my Grandpa's grave, and they had a 21-gun silhouette. We were worried we had the wrong day when we showed up to the cemetery. No one was there until the very last minute before the silhouette.

On Sunday night, I headed over to my mom's house to visit her animals since she was away on vacation. They were desperate for some extra attention.

Liam loves walking Kit. He held her leash while in the stroller and followed her around the park. He just loves her!

Later that night, I walked out to my car to grab something and my mom's cat followed after me. She wants to be outside way too much. I started searching for her. Liam ran out with the dog and was "helping" too. Ha I had Roland crying so I picked him up and walked around the house with him. I think it took thirty minutes for her to come up to the porch. I almost snatched her up, but I wasn't quick enough. I finally grabbed her from one of the trees next to the porch. Whew!

We had lunch at the farm the next day. Usually I'm taking pictures all the time. I only had two pictures from the day. Ha Roland was content to sleep the day away even though it was extremely windy on Memorial Day. I was glad they had the couch out on the porch. It was the only thing blocking the wind!

Little Pink Book

Monday, May 29, 2017

Taking Stock

Brainstorming - Things to do this summer! I want a long list of activities to pull from throughout the summer months. I'm hoping we can take a small road trip together. 

Decorating - The reading nook... I have been rearranging and picking out beach themed decorations for the reading nook. It is truly becoming my favorite part of the house. I love how it is the first thing I notice when I walk into my house. I'm planning on posting pictures soon.

Discovering - Last night, I discovered the show "Haters Back Off." It's weird, quirky and amazing. I follow Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin on The Office) on Instagram. She has a huge presence on there and is always posting about her work on "Haters Back Off." I just lover her posts about family and work so I decided to give it a try. I think I'm hooked. ;)

Drinking - Copious amounts of water!

Enjoying - The warm weather. After the winter, I can't get enough of the warm weather that comes afterwards. I went for a walk with Liam, Roland and Kittle last night. They loved being outside. This morning, I went for a run! I'm taking full advantage of the good days.

Feeling - I'm excited for summer. It's almost June!

Listening - "Big Little Lies" on Audible! I think this book is going to be one of my favorites I've listened to so far. I love the different characters.

Lusting - Nothing right now... Although, I went to Michael's this week, and I found the perfect decorations for the reading nook. I love the tiny treasures beach theme collection from Michael's.

Planning - I'm planning out my summer and a few fun things this week.

Playing - We've been playing outside mostly. I think we have a lot of walks/runs in our future. Liam insisted on holding Kittle's leash last night. 

Procrastinating - I procrastinated this post! haha I always enjoy looking back at them though.

Shopping - The latest shopping I did was for the reading nook. I can't wait to post some pictures.

Wishing - I'm wishing bed times weren't so hard! Ha It's really hard getting Roland to sleep right around bed time. Last night around 10 pm, he was ready for bed. He had a bath and was fed and fed some more. I was so exhausted. I put him in his rock and play and laid down on my bed. I was almost asleep when he started crying again. It was more of an annoyed cry than anything else. He cried a little bit more and we both fell fast asleep until 6 a.m.! What the what?! I can't believe I didn't feed him for 8 hours!!

Waiting - I'm waiting for Mom and Meg to get home! I miss my best friends... 

Little Pink Book

Monday, May 22, 2017

What I want to do this Summer

Summer is almost here! We've already had a taste of it with the warmer days and our trip to the zoo on Mother's Day! I just listened to a speaker at my church talk about surviving the summer and helping your kids get outside more. The talk inspired me to think of activities I would want to do outside.

I would love to plan out activities for Liam. Some of the things I listed our ideas from the speaker. :)

{Outside Activities} Picnic on our deck with a blanket and sack lunches, go for a run and push the kids in the stroller, play on a beach, stargaze, find a different park to visit, mini golf, camp in our backyard (I don't know if I'm up for that one!), roast s'mores, etc.

This speaker was pretty awesome. She also talked about instilling our passions in our kids. I need some more time to think about what I would like to encourage, but I thought about a few things.

{Encourage Reading or Listening to a Story} I have talked about Audible before on my blog, and I've written about how much I love it. It's a necessity for me! When I was younger, my siblings and I would listen to Adventures in Odyssey for hours. It's the same concept as an audio book. We loved listening to the story. I want to find something Liam could listen to this summer. Of course, I also want to read a physical book too.

{Watch Movies that Remind me of my Childhood} I had this random thought I would share my favorite movies from childhood with Liam the other day. We watched Homeward Bound the other day, and I thought about how I wanted to have him watch Cheaper by the Dozen, Stuart Little and some of my favorite Disney movies. There are a bunch of other movies I want him to see. I thought it was funny Cheaper by the Dozen came to mind.

There are a few other things I would love to do like planning a road trip or a short vacation, going to a splash pad, visiting Millennium Park (Liam would love the Bean!), walking the trails at different parks and swimming all the time.

What do you have planned this summer?

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roland - 3 Months

{Milestones} Month 3! How are you already 3 months?! I find it so much fun that you're getting older. You are smiling more and more. I've been doing tummy time twice a day most days, and I can tell your neck is getting stronger. You like moving your arms and legs all the time. Mimi says you are working out when you do that. :)

{Temperament} You are pretty chill. You love when people talk to you. You smile so much and pay attention to every word when we have your attention. I love how happy and easy going you are.

{Eating & Sleeping} You are eating more during the day and way less at night! Yay! For the past two nights, you slept 5 to 6 hours and woke up to eat just a little bit. Then you go back to sleep for another 4 hours. I'm so excited you are sleeping through the night. Five to six hours is sleeping through the night for a baby. :) It's funny how things change so quickly. Of course, there are some nights the longest stretch is four hours, but I think we're headed in the right direction.

Your dad still says you snore a little bit... I think he needs more foam earplugs. ;)

{Weight} You weighed 16 pounds and 9 ounces on your 3 month birthday. You caught up to exactly where your older brother was when he was three months. I was a little shocked to say the least!

{Height} You were last measured at 2 months. You were 22.7 inches then.

{Clothes} You are mostly in 9 month clothes, but 6 to 9 month onesies still fit. I have a lot of Liam's 12 to 24 month clothes located so you'll have the most of those sizes when that time comes.

{Hair} Your hair is getting thicker and longer. You have a lot of hair compared to Liam at this age. Sometimes, your hair has a strawberry blonde look to it, and other times, it looks brown with blonde highlights.

{Likes} You LOVE when people talk to you. You love your brother. He can always make you happy. When you're crying, I tell Liam to talk to you, and he starts telling you a story. He'll go over to you and say, "Hippo, darn darn." Darn darns are dinosaurs. Ha

You love being held, but you also love your swing and rock and play.

{Dislikes} You honestly don't have many dislikes.

{Outings} We had you dedicated on Mother's Day with both of our families there. After church, we went to the zoo with Mimi, Nana and Papa, and your cousins. You slept the whole time. We also went to the driving range, and you were up the entire time. Mimi held you and talked to you.

We're starting to see your personality come out more each day. I'm having so much fun watching you grow and develop your relationship with your brother. You guys are incredibly cute together.

{Just for Fun} Liam's 3 Month Update

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Newborn Life

Newborn life is funny. One morning you're thinking your baby will never learn to sleep through the night, and the next morning, you're shocked when you wake up and realize you got 7 hours of sleep!

I'm guilty of complaining about how little sleep I was getting just the other day. I feel bad for complaining when I woke up for the first time this morning at 6 a.m. The night before had been awful with three hours being the longest stretch and two hours was the next longest. I was exhausted and frustrated. But this morning changed everything.

I was entirely shocked to look at my phone and find out it was 6 a.m.! How could that be? My baby slept 7 hours!! What?!

I know it's going to go back and forth for a while until he is older, but this is progress!! It's amazing how I took sleep for granted before kids, but I dream about it now. I'll never take a full 8 hours of sleep for granted again.

I've made a few adjustments to my everyday life since having Roland. Basically, everything I do is done from my phone unless he is sleeping. I try to always work from my computer for work, but it isn't always possible. I texted my brother the other day asking for a recommendation for a portable phone charger.

My phone is usually dead by noon most days. I don't know if my battery is going bad or if I'm spending too much time on my phone while I feed my baby. Haha Maybe a combination of the two?

I've learned once again to cook and prepare food quick while he sleeps. Oh another thing that helps? Keeping up with laundry is one of the most important things. I was getting Roland ready for bed a few nights ago, and I realized I didn't have a clean sleep sack ready. I didn't even have a swaddle blanket... What was I thinking?

If I have all his clothes ready and organized it makes my entire day more stress free! Also, I have found getting ready early in the morning helps too. I don't want to feel like I spent most of the day in my pajamas. I feel horrible when I do that.

I've also realized there are a few things that have helped me transition into newborn life again with ease. iBooks, Audible, Netflix and playlists from Spotify are probably my favorite right now. I can't really read an actual book when I'm holding a baby, but I can hold my phone in one hand and touch the screen to turn the page. Audible is always convenient. I've always loved Netflix. I can't wait for the new season of House of Cards to come out this month!

I'm curious... How have you made newborn life easier for you? How did you wait patiently for your baby to sleep longer consistently?

Little Pink Book