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Wrapping Up November

It’s been awhile since I’ve just talked about my family in a blog post, but since this is what I’m especially thankful for this month, I thought it might be fun to do a little update on where we are and what we’ve been doing in the month of November. 

There’s been a lot of growth (not just in my belly!) and I want to make sure to write about all the changes before they become a distant memory. 

I’ve already shared with you some of the extracurricular activities we’ve been doing such as Ice at the Gaylord Texan with Chevy and our Austin weekend away, but what I haven’t told you too much about is what we’ve been doing at home. 
Sleep Training . . . Again!
Over the last few weeks, we’ve had some major projects get underway. We’ve almost completed the Little Man’s “Big Boy Room” with the exception of the closet, but he’s officially moved out of the nursery and is now a full time resident in his toddler room. 

Last Tuesday, we went cold turkey and he hasn’t been back to his crib since except for one brief nap on Thanksgiving day. His first night wasn’t as horrible as I’d been imagining it would be. It took almost 2 hours to get him to fall asleep. No crying. No fussing. Just running around and exploring with lots of reinforcement to get back into bed. Then he slept until almost 7:30 the next morning; almost 30 minutes later than normal! 

I wish I could say the next few nights were just as amazing, but thanks to a terrible cold, we spent 2-3 nights with him waking up while we helped him back to sleep. Then he’d be awake the following morning anywhere from 5:30-6:15am. 

It hasn’t been until recently that he’s gotten some relief from the cold and is once again sleeping through the night. We’ve got bedtime down and we’re back to the old routine. Nap times are still work, but he’s at least now sleeping in his bed! 

If we could only get him to wake up after 6:30am on average, I’d be much happier. But I guess I’ll take what I’m given!
Sporting the ‘stach for Movember.
(Donate to Tim’s cause here!)
A Joint Thanksgiving
This year, we were technically with my family for Thanksgiving, but since my family and Tim’s family all live within a half mile of each other, we decided to plan a joint Thanksgiving for everyone who was available; which ended up being. . .everyone! 

We hosted all of Tim’s family (Dad, Mom, 2 Brothers, & a Sister-In-Law) plus my family (Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister-in-Law and my Grandma). 

It was a Thanksgiving feast if you ever saw one!

There were 3 types of turkeys; fried, smoked, and baked. Over 6 different sides. 3 types of desserts. Rolls, Pumpkin Muffins, you name it. . .we had it! 
And since Tim and I were the hosts, we had the privilege of assigning seats. So we came up with the perfect table combinations. . . 
The Kids’ Table
The Grandparents’ Table
(+ Grandchild/Great-Grandchild for entertainment!)
At the end of the day, we went outside to take some impromptu pictures, and were able to witness the Little Man’s first rainbowThis was sort of a neat time for us as parents since his current favorite book is a pop-up version of Noah’s Ark.  

He’s read all about rainbows for awhile, and was finally able to see his first one! 

I’ve mentioned this before, but my sister-in-law and I are exactly 4 weeks a part in our pregnancies (to the day), so we captured some shots of us for our baby books. I’m at 32 weeks, and she’s at 36 weeks. 

And if you can’t tell from the belly difference, she IS expecting twins. I am not! :) 
The Little Man’s Milestones
I also haven’t shared much about his growth lately, but over the last month, my baby boy no longer seems to be a baby. From about 17-20 months, it didn’t seem like he was having major changes in his personality or in his learning, but over the last few weeks, it seems like he’s just exploded with changes! 

Here are just a few of the differences I’ve noticed:
  • He randomly came home one day from Mother’s Day Out and started going in circles. It took me a minute to realize what was going on, but he was shouting “Posey” as he ran. Since then, “Ring Around the Rosy” has been his favorite activity. 
  • Just this week, he asked for a tissue and actually blew his nose! We’ve come a long way since using the nose bulb! 
  • Every object has become attached to a person. It can’t just be a “mixer,” but “Mommy’s”. 
  • Then, literally overnight a few weeks ago, he began putting the words together. “Mommy and Daddy’s,” “Mommy’s Car,” “Daddy’s bed,” “red truck,” “hot air balloon,” etc.
  • THEN the next week came broken sentences. Me: “What are you doing?” LM: “Standing on a box.” And it’s been chatter ever since! 
  • He’s currently in love with all of his stuffed animals. I think it’s just a comfort as he transitions rooms, but he currently sleeps with a penguin, Lucy the pug, Brobie, Elmo, Clifford, Cookie Monster (the side of a pillow!), and a lovey. He’ll go looking if one is missing! 
As I said, we’ve got several project underway. From making the nursery transition from toddler to infant again to converting our office into a functioning playroom, you’ll start to see several home improvement posts pop up during the month of December as “nesting” turns into panic. 

With less than 7 weeks to go until we become a family of 4, 
I’m trying to cherish every moment! 

How’s your family doing this November? 

Dinner Without The Work

Between weeks 15-20, I’d hit the nesting phase where I was going, going, going. I had so many projects that I wanted to accomplish, and ideas for ways to make my home better. I was going to get my home organized and my kitchen in order. 

Well, here we are at week 26 and I’m only 10-20% of the way there. I do not have it all together! And now that I’m in the third trimester, “having it all together” is a concept that’s getting further and further away. 

Take cooking for example. I was so excited about getting back into the kitchen to cook. Before the Little Man arrived, I was having so much fun discovering new meals and cracking open cookbooks I hadn’t used before. It’s taken me almost 2 years, but I’m finally back in a place where I WANT to be excited about cooking again, but my body says “You want to do what?” The idea of standing in the kitchen over a stove just sounds like too much work for a woman carrying a bowling ball around in her stomach. Physically, sitting seems like a higher priority, but my stomach is still craving some of my favorite recipes and ingredients

Thankfully, I’ve discovered my new saving grace. Until this past year, my Crock Pot was collecting dust. I could never cook anything in it because it just seemed like WAY to much food. Then, this past April at Project Mom, I was introduced to the Crockin’ Girls. They’ve given hope to my body because I don’t have to spend a long time standing over the stove, and my taste buds are thankful because almost all the recipes I’ve tried have been given my husband’s :seal of approval.” I’ve been living on at least 1 Crock Pot recipe a week, but have already started to wonder if there wasn’t another easy cooking option like this out there. 

Then, Poof! In walks the HoneyBaked Ham Company(Yes, that business you tend to only think of at Thanksgiving and Christmas!) Last night we were given the opportunity to try a few of their new items, and how can I turn down a free meal? Remember, anything that involves me not standing over a stove is a winner! 

Since my mom was back in town, and I knew we wouldn’t be able to eat it all as just a family of two, so I invited my parents over, and we sat down and enjoyed a complete turkey meal . . . in October!
We sampled their new, slow-roasted Honeybaked Turkey Breast with their signature crunchy, brown sugary glaze with a side of Cinnamon Apples and cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes. I honestly was a little sad that I could only choose 2 sides because I was having a really hard time choosing between these and the other options like Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. But I was trying so hard to not make it a Thanksgiving-like meal, so I went with some sides that aren’t typical to our Thanksgiving table and that I wouldn’t normally make for myself from scratch.  
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about the Turkey Breast at first. I couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t a natural shape for turkey, and assumed it was probably processed and would taste plastic-y and fake like some other businesses that sell similar items. I will even reveal that the instructions from HoneyBaked was to serve it room temperature to avoid drying out the meat, but I couldn’t do it. We heated ours on a cookie sheet covered in foil for 30 minutes at 375 which warmed it up slightly.

What can I say? 
It was delicious from the first bite! 

The turkey is 98% fat free and is 100% real turkey breast meat. Not only was it convenient to pickup, make, and serve, but my husband gave it his “seal of approval.” Everything was really good. . . all the way down to the Carrot Cake I served afterwards.  

The Turkey would definitely serve the recommended 8-10 people and is regularly priced at $22.99. The sides are each 32 ounces each, and although claim to serve 6-8 people, would probably serve more like 4-6. The Carrot Cake is a little under 3 1/2″ and would easily serve at least 12 people! A typical meal seen above will cost you around $55, but when you think about it serving a family of 6 with leftovers, the pricing really isn’t that bad! 

Between my freezer meals and Crock Pot recipes, I’m excited to add another prepared meal option to our dinner rotation. And what I love even more is that it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a HoneyBaked turkey (or ham) without having to wait for the holidays! 

If you’d like to give the new HoneyBaked Turkey a try, 
find your nearest store location and print off this coupon created just for you!

Nesting in the Laundry Room

There is absolutely no doubt that I’m fully into this pregnancy. Today as I was walking around my home, I came up with project after project that I’d like to accomplish before Baby Zach arrives into the world. I actually had to stop myself when our much neglected laundry room ended up spotlessly clean and I started making a Home Depot list. We had so much to do today, and of all the rooms that I feel like I should remodel, the laundry room seems like it should be last on the list. 
But the more I started thinking about it, the more convinced I was that maybe the laundry room DID need a make-over. After all, laundry was only going to get more difficult, and anything I could possibly do to make my life easier (even if it involved a little laundry room renovation) seems smart to me! 
Oh the joys of nesting. . . 
So, now I’ve got a new home improvement project on my mind and I can’t wait to get started! 

Of course, in order to get to this little agenda, I need to accomplish the other items on my “nesting” list first; including finishing up The Little Man’s big boy room . . . and cleaning the house. . .and making letters for their rooms. . .

Did you find yourself more productive during pregnancy? 
Or was nesting not an issue for you? 
*Images courtesy of: alittlechippy.blogspot.com, little-inspirations.blogspot.com, savingwithaplan.com, sweetpickinsfurniture.com, and inspirationfordecoration.com

Week 13: Nesting and other Accomplishments

I’m officially 13 weeks and 3 days(?), and the last 4 days has been a whirlwind of emotion!

Most of you have read my post about “Testing Positive.” It was interesting to see how Tim and I coped with the situation. We were hours a part, and had to take in the news separately. He seemed somewhat angry since he didn’t want to be tested in the first place. I was more shocked and saddened.

Since then, we’ve both had a more positive outlook. (Thank you to all of you who shared your knowledge and good thoughts with us!) We’ve both come to accept that whatever will be, will be. God already has a plan for this baby, and it is what it is inside of me. No amount of worrying or stress will change the outcome. We want to continue to love and care of this baby as if we never had any worries about it being anything other than perfectly healthy.

I ate a taco, and I cried. :)

As I was contemplating lunch on Friday, I suddenly had the urge to eat a taco. Of course, I was extremely hesitant. My body has played tricks on me before; convincing me I was ready for real food when I clearly wasn’t. I was hoping this time would be different. As I left the Taco Cabana drive through line, I pulled over to try a little bite. As I began to chew, tears began to form in my eyes. It was the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted! That’s right. . .a Taco Cabana taco.

I don’t think anyone can understand the joy eating food that’s been missing for so long (unless you’ve been through it yourself!)

We’ve begun to “nest.”

Last week my parents came over to help us accomplish a long list of “to do’s.” Tim and I want to get the house finished before we can even think about a baby room. There’s the last bit of our bathroom/bedroom project to finish, kitchen drawers to be fixed, carpets to be cleaned, etc. All those things you always meant to do but never got around to doing. It’s probably now or never! Anyway, my dad helped us finish the float & tape job in the bedroom, and even textured for us.

Tim and I are now in the cleaning mode! We’ve cleaned the master bedroom, master bathroom, hallways, and are working on laundry. We even were motivated enough to purchase a new vacuum since our old one just wasn’t doing the job. (If anyone needs a new vacuum, check out Costco. We just purchased a Dyson DC14 for $299.)

I can’t wait to see what the next week has in store! I’m hoping the nausea begins to go away completely, and my love for food returns. I’m also hoping for a wonderfully clean house so we can start looking at possible carpet cleaners. (If you know of any, let me know!)