Friday, July 30, 2010

16 Months

Olivia,

You're 16 months old today and such a big girl.  So what have you been up to?

You weigh 23 pounds 7 ounces and you're 31 3/4 inches tall.  You're still wearing 12 month clothes and size 4 shoes.  You still have eight teeth and you're cutting another one up top.

You love to talk.  You babble all the time.  You're saying mama, dada, cat, hi, mup (up) down, milk, da (done) and sometimes milk.  You can point to your nose, hair, foot and mouth.  On a good day you'll also point to your belly, hands and eyes.  You're also pointing at everything.  You get very excited when you see cats and dogs on tv.  If we're out walking and you hear a dog barking you'll bark too.

You loving playing with your baby dolls.  You love to hug, feed and push them in the stroller.  You're going to be a great big sister.  You also love to talk on the phone and carry a purse around.

You are very busy.  You love to run and climb.  You're climbing on stuff we don't want you to though.  You love to stand on your Leap Frog drum, baby stroller and laundry baskets.  You're our little daredevil.

You love to dance.  Whenever you hear music you start dancing and singing.  Sometimes you get a little crazy with your dancing though and fall down.  You also like to blow kisses.

You are the sweetest  little girl.  Daddy and I are amazed everyday at how smart and big you're getting.  We love you!

Mama

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade: Vanilla Pudding

I was at the grocery store last week and Nilla Wafers were on sale and I instantly started craving Banana Pudding.  So I picked up a box of wafers, instant pudding and bananas.  When I got home to make the Banana Pudding I decided to try a homemade vanilla pudding recipe instead of using a box.  After some research I found a pudding that doesn't require eggs.  The recipe was very easy and yummy.  I will definitely use homemade pudding over instant pudding from now on.  

2 cups milk (I used organic 1%)
1/2 sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter

In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk until bubbles form at edges. In a bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Pour into hot milk, a little at a time, stirring to dissolve. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter. Pour into serving dishes. Chill before serving.
Now for those of you that don't know what Banana Pudding is... shame on you! Recently I made it for my In-Laws and was shocked to find out they didn't know what it was and didn't even try it.  They just looked at it funny.  Banana Pudding is my favorite childhood dessert.  My Granny makes the best Banana Pudding.  We never had a family meal without it.  

It's a super easy and delicious dessert.  Banana Pudding is best with some ripe bananas.  All you have to do is layer your ingredients (Nilla Wafers, bananas and pudding).  Finish up with wafers on top.  Refrigerate your Banana Pudding for a least one hour but it's best overnight.  You can also make it fancy by adding whipped cream on top or add a can of sweet condensed milk to your pudding or bake a meringue on top, but for me all you need are three simple ingredients.  

So tell me have you heard of Banana Pudding or did you try out this recipe?  Isn't it so yummy?  

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Project 52: Date 8

Our date this week wasn't actually a date.  Friday night we were both too tired to do anything and decided to veg on the couch and watch a movie.  Saturday (our usually date night) Jesse had a staff member call in sick so he had to work that night.  So since he worked Saturday night we called our Friday movie a date.
We watched Zombieland.  It was a bit gory but very funny and we both enjoyed it.  Even though this week didn't turn out the way we planned we still took sometime to spend together.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

29 Weeks







How Big is Baby:   From my ultrasound I know she's almost three pounds.  
Sleep: I'm usually up from 4:00-6:00 am. 
Best moment this week:  Seeing our sweet little girl.
Movement: I don't ever think she stops moving
Symptoms: Severe indigestion and sharp stabbing pelvic pain.  Something I never felt with Olivia.   
Food cravings: Banana pudding
Gender: Sweet baby girl! 
What I am looking forward to: My doctor appointment on Friday.  I'm now going every other week.  

I had my last one hour glucose test and everything came back normal.  Yay!!  Hopefully the next 10 weeks are smooth sailing.  

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Random Weekend

It once again it's in the high 90's here in PA.  I moved five states north to avoid 90 degree weather only to have had it all summer.  I'm instantly thirsty every time I walk outside. I'm also convinced that Target doesn't use AC.  Every time I go there I break into a sweat and feel like passing out.  Jesse probably sees it as a blessing.  Ha!  On top of the heat I've had Olivia's cold for the past week.  I've done nothing but coughed for the last two days.  I feel like I have TB or a smoker's cough. grr 
Friday morning Olivia had her 15 month wellness check.  He weighs 23 pounds 7 ounces and is 31 3/4 inches tall.  She had a great doctor visit until the end when she had to get some shots.  As soon as we got to the car, she passed out.  Poor thing.  
I've been letting Olivia play with pay dough which just means she tries to eat it while I tell her "no eat".  We also tried playing with stickers but she wanted to eat those as well.  I guess we'll have to keep practicing.  
Olivia's new favorite place to hang out is in the ottoman.  She loves climbing in and out of it.  We also gave her an old cell phone so she's been talking on it nonstop.  
Today I made banana pudding and let Olivia lick the spatula for the first time.  She loved it and was not happy when I took it away.  
Later I found her singing with a dish towel on her head.  She's so goofy.  

We also had a "whining out" today.  It wasn't an official time out and she didn't have to sit in the time out spot (thankfully we haven't had to do it yet).  Olivia was whining for something that she could not have.  After I told her no (what felt like a million times) I picked her up and put her in her chair.  I explained to her that she can not whine for things when she's told no and that she needed to sit there until she was done whining.  She sat there quietly but started whining twice when she saw me look at her.  After a couple of minutes she walked back into the kitchen and started playing again.  I have to say I was very excited that it worked and will definitely do it again.  Our biggest challenge with Liv is her constant whining when she doesn't get her way so I'm excited that I found something that will hopefully work for us...until next time.  

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet Love

My sweet baby sister got engaged last night to a wonderful Southern boy.  I'm so excited for them! We love you guys!!!

To Cloth or Not to Cloth

Before Olivia was born I did research on cloth diapers but in the end I was talked out of using them.  One of my biggest concerns was I’m a working mom and what child care provider would allow us to use cloth diapers?  Plus do I really want to do all that laundry when I get home from work instead of spending time with my daughter?  So in the end we used Pampers and I’ve regretted it ever since.  Olivia has been plagued with diaper rash after diaper rash.  One day it was so bad I stayed home from work so she could run around naked. 

So baby Emily is set to arrive in a couple of months and I’m considering cloth diapers again.  I’ve already talked to our sitter and she’s game for anything.  So why am I still so hesitant?  I’ve done a lot of reading about cloth diapers but I’m just not sure if I can handle it.  I find cloth diapers to be very confusing and don’t know where to begin.   So have any of you used cloth diapers?  I'd love any advice or tips that you might have about cloth diapers.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Project 52: Date 7

This weekend for date night Jesse decided it would be concert night.  Since we've been together (12 years) we've gone to at least one concert a year.  Since we've had Olivia we've gone to zero concerts.  Our last one was two months before Olivia was born.  Actually, we've been to a few of my BIL's shows.

So Jesse decided that we'd have a concert at home.  We turned on the surround sound and watched Pearl Jam: Immagine in Cornice- Live in Italy.  Pearl Jam is our favorite band to watch live and I've really missed seeing them play this year.  I really enjoyed the concert.  I have to admit as great as going to a live show is it was nice to sit on my couch and eat ice cream instead of standing next to a sweaty stranger.  Neither of us got up and danced but there was some foot tapping and silent singing a long.

I loved this date.  I was a great idea and I'm sure we'll do it again.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Please Meet...


We had an ultrasound today and got to spend an hour looking at our sweet Emily.  I loved my technician.  She answered all my questions and was super nice.  Emily is measuring at 28 weeks 3 days except her legs are measuring at 29 weeks.  I'm sure she'll have her Daddy's legs.  She weighs 2 pounds 15 ounces and is in the 75th percentile.  Her face was mushed up against my placenta so her nose looks flat.  The best news is my placenta moved and I no longer have placenta previa.  Yay!  Next time we'll see Emily will be on her birthday.  I can't wait!! 

28 Weeks





How Big is Baby:  She's about 2 1/4 pounds and 15 inches long.  
Sleep: Sleep is really hit or miss.  Some nights are great other not so much.  Sunday I was up at 4:30 am until 6:00 am then Liv work up at 6:20 am.  Yikes.  Thankfully I got a nap later that day.  I've noticed that even though it sucks to be up so early it's nice to have quiet alone time.  I just wish I had the energy to clean, cook or work out at that hour.  Instead I usually get on the laptop or watch tv.  
Best moment this week:  Hearing her heartbeat. 
Movement: She's all over the place and I love it.  She's got hiccups a lot.  
Symptoms: Severe indigestion, a growing belly, backache, hip pain... should I go on.  Despite all the aches and pains she's totally worth it.   
Food cravings: Frozen chocolate covered bananas.  I haven't had any lately and really need to learn how to make them myself.  
Gender: Sweet baby girl! 
What I am looking forward to: Seeing her later today.  

Friday, July 16, 2010

Baby Update

I had a great OB appointment today.  Our little girl is measuring good and her heartbeat is around 140 (just like it always is).  I talked to my doctor about my indigestion issues and she said I have reflux.  She suggested I take Zantac twice a day.  I know it's on my list of safe medications but I still worry about taking medicine however I'm going to give it a try since I've had the worse reflux all day (figures).  She also suggested that I elevate my head when I sleep.  Ha! I can't get the rest of my body comfortable now I have to figure out how to elevate my head too.  I also had my one hour glucose test and then went to Sonic for a Cherry Limeade in case I'm told I'm off the sugar next week.

Tomorrow I'll be 28 weeks. I can't believe it! My OB gave me my admissions paperwork for the hospital and now I'm having appointments every two weeks.  I can't believe how close we are to meeting our little pumpkin.  I'm so excited but have so much to do before she arrives!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Casual Dining

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Project 52: Date 6

Project 52 Date Nights


We had a very eventful Saturday night and almost went to the hospital for date night.  But thankfully everything calmed down and we were able to enjoy ourselves.  Due to getting a late start Jesse changed his date plans and we just curled up on the couch and watched a movie.  I was so thankful because all I wanted to do was relax.  We watched the Crazies.  If you like horror movies I recommend it.  I watched most of the movie with my hands covering my face.  Our date was pretty plain and boring but it was exactly what I needed.

For more date ideas check out Project 52 at Simply Modern Mom.

Monday, July 12, 2010

27 Weeks




I recently read a funny article in American Baby about how silly it is that we refer to our babies as fruit.  So instead of a fruit picture, I'm giving you a picture of her from my preceptive.  This is what I see when I look down (no feet).


How Big is Baby:  She weighs around two pounds and is 14.5 inches long
Sleep: Great
Best moment this week:  Naming her :)
Movement: She's all over the place and I love it.  She's got hiccups a lot.  
Symptoms: Severe indigestion
Food cravings: Fresh fruit 
Gender: Sweet baby girl! 
What I am looking forward to: I have another ultrasound next Monday.  

I've been feeling great despite how super hot it was last week.  I drank lots of water and tried to stay inside as much as I could.  Thankfully all my clients had AC this week.  

About  a month ago I was on my way to a client's house when I started feeling "not okay".  While I was there my stomach and chest got very tight and I couldn't breathe.  I started having hot flashes and was nausea.  I wanted to use their bathroom but I was scared that if I got up I'd pass out.   Thankfully no one really seemed to notice just how uncomfortable I was or at least they didn't say anything.  After about an hour the pain went away and I felt fine.  As the therapist and I were leaving the house she offered to drive me to the hospital (apparently I looked pretty pale), but I felt fine and didn't worry about it again.  

Fast forward to Saturday night.  After dinner I was feeling a little uncomfortable and once I put Olivia to bed my stomach and chest got very tight.  This time I got very sick and barely made it to the bathroom.  No matter what I did I couldn't get comfortable or stop the pain.  Jesse was ready to take me to the hospital but because I had experienced the same thing a month ago I knew it would pass.  It did 40 minutes later.   What shocked me was that it happened again at 2:00 am and again lasted over 40 minutes.  Sunday I was fine but my chest were sore from both episodes.  


I talked to a nurse at my OB office and they said it was probably just indigestion and that I  ate too much fiber (I ate the same meal Sunday night and felt fine).  So now I'm carrying a bottle of Mylanta in my purse just in case it happens again (Tums didn't help).  Fingers crossed that it doesn't.  Jesse's not convinced and checks in on me every 15 minutes (bless his heart).  


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Low Key Day

Today was very low key.  Olivia has her first daycare cold.  She started coughing Friday night and a runny nose started today.  I hate that she didn't feel well today but I loved that she was a total snuggle bug.  In between snuggling I was able to get a craft project done.  Yay! You can check it out here.
Of course Olivia did perk up when Jesse forgot to push in the dining room chair and quickly climbed up on the chair.  Our girl loves to climb :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ten on Ten: July

I found project Ten on Ten a couple of weeks ago and thought that I'd participate this month. You take a picture every hour for ten hours on the tenth day on the month.  I'm not a photographer but I think it's great way to show your day.  So here's what we did July 10th.

Breakfast
I ran errands and treated myself to a lite decaf Java Chip Frap.  Yum! 
My favorite Farmer's Market, Hess Orchards.
I'm done running all my errands.
Olivia helped Jesse unload beer.
One of Jesse's regular guests gave us a watermelon so I made some watermelon jelly.
Olivia played with my flea market finds.  I got the vanity for $9.  It also came with a ballet bar, but it'll be a few years before that's used.  I got the baby doll bed free from Freecycle.
Jesse smoked baby back ribs on the grill for dinner tonight.  
Dancing on the porch before dinner.
Looking for some cherry tomatoes for our salads.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Sour Grapes


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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Project 52: Date 5


My parents were in town this weekend so Jesse and I took advantage of having babysitters at the house and went out to dinner.  This Saturday was Jesse's turn to plan the date and he did a GREAT job.  We drove to Dillsburg and had dinner at Pakha's Thai House.  We both love Thai food.  The last time we had some was our last trip to Myrtle Beach in November '08 (I can't believe it's been that long).  The Thai House wasn't anything fancy but their food was so good.  We both had Pad Thai.  Mine was mild and Jesse's was hot.  Poor thing was sweating halfway through dinner.  The restaurant was very authentic expect the bathroom had Anne Geddes prints on the wall.  I found it to be a big odd, but cute.

On the way home we decided to drive the back roads and had a nice scenic drive.  I love driving through the Pennsylvania countryside and I'm finally use to the hilly roads.  Once we got back to town we stopped at the Igloo and had some ice cream.  I had peanut butter and Jesse had grapenut.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful date.  

Jesse and I had a wonderful time.  We had great conversation, lots of laughs and named the pumpkin (we'll announce her name soon).  We also talked about the rest of the dates he has planned for July and I'm super excited.  

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26 Weeks




How Big is Baby:  She weighs around a pound and two-thirds and is 14 inches long
Sleep: Not bad and I got to take some naps this weekend.  
Best moment this week:  Hearing our sweetie's heartbeat 
Movement: She's all over the place and I love it.  
Symptoms: None
Food cravings: None
Gender: Sweet baby girl! 
What I am looking forward to: Seeing the pumpkin at my next ultrasound.

My mom and I went to my OB appointment last week and our little girl's heart beat was around 148.  I have another appointment in two weeks (I can't believe it's already that time) and we have an ultrasound scheduled for July 19th.

While my mom was in town we did some fabric shopping and I sent her home with some baby projects to work on.  I'm so excited about them.  She also brought each of the girls a box of clothes and toys.  Now Livie and pumpkin have matching dresses. So cute!!

We have three months/13 weeks before pumpkin arrives and so much to do.  Today I started making list of house projects, craft projects, canning and frozen dinners I want to make over the next few months.  Hopefully I can mange my time and get it all done in time.  

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July Weekend


We had a wonderful weekend.  My parents came into town Wednesday evening and Olivia loved all the attention.  Since they were here Olivia stayed home from daycare to hang out with them.


Saturday we headed to Lancaster County to visit the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.  We took a tour of the old bakery and got to practice making pretzels.  Olivia was very good during the tour.  My secret...a container of Teddy Grahams.  That night Jesse and I took a much needed out of the house date! yay!! 
(I didn't get a good picture of her outfit, but her dress has stars and her bloomers are stripes. Hehe)

Sunday we headed over to the in-laws for a family cookout.   It was great seeing family.  Olivia was a busy as ever and loved playing with Brody.  My parents were sweet and took Liv home for bedtime while Jesse and I stayed a little longer with the grown ups.  

This morning my parents headed back home and Jesse had to work so Olivia and I had a quiet day at home.  We considered running errands but it was 97 outside so we happily stayed home.  It was a nice hot lazy day.