Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pinterest Pickings

By now, most of you are probably on Pinterest, a.k.a. a perfectionist's torture zone.  I love visiting the site, but I have to be VERY CAREFUL because a lot of the time, it only serves to show me that I will never be the most creative mom/ best housekeeper/ amazing crafter/ stylish fashionista that it seems like the rest of the world is.  I don't know how many moms really bake all their bread from scratch, potty train their kids when they're 6 months old, and have a structured activity time (that of course promotes learning and fine motor skills), but it can be overwhelming!  I can't really afford to decorate or shop much, and those who know me well know that I hate crafts.  I wish I loved them because there are so many great ideas out there!  I need a close friend to force me to do a project with them in the hopes that I will catch a crafting bug.

I had a Pinterest conversation on the phone with my mom recently that went something like this:

Mom: Tay, what is Pinterest???  I've signed up for it but I just don't understand.
Me: I really don't know that you're going to get into it.
Mom: What do you mean?  Everyone is on it and I just need you to explain it to me.  I'm SO GOOD at Facebook and I feel like I'm letting down all my Pinterest followers.  They expect me to excel on here the way I do on Facebook.
Me: You're ridiculous.  Seriously I don't think it's going to be your thing.  You don't have young children, you don't craft, you don't care much about decorating, and you don't cook ever.
Mom: Oh.  Yeah, maybe you're right.

Needless to say, I think she has one pin and she hasn't been back on.  No need to follow her.

The one thing I CAN handle on Pinterest... all the recipes.  I have such a good time trying them out!  I thought I would post a couple that I've discovered that have turned out well. These are all easy, fast, and budget-friendly.

 Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia- I can really appreciate a dish that only has 5 ingredients!  This is so simple and quick.  We have made it several times and Jonah likes it too!

Chicken Parmesan- I've had a go-to chicken parm recipe for quite a while and then decided to give this a shot.  Again... so easy and DELICIOUS!  Just talking about it makes me want to fix it again this week.  Watching the video is kind of a pain, so be sure to right down the steps as he explains them.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets- definitely a hit that we've made more than once!

Pineapple Salsa- this unique flavor is for a more adventurous eater.  Oh so addicting!

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice- made this earlier this week and it made for great leftovers too!

Of course I've tried others that haven't turned out as well, but I have hundreds more I have yet to try!  If you have a favorite Pinterest recipe, please comment and let me know what I need to make!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hopeless case???

Sometimes I don't know what I'm doing blogging because my life is just not all that interesting!  But then I remind myself that I love to read other stay-at-home mommy blogs, so maybe others actually read this, too.  In the past week, I've actually received a couple of Facebook messages from people saying they always read the blog and then asking for baby advice for some different phases they're going through.  How encouraging to think I could actually attempt to help someone!  So hopefully that will keep me motivated for a while.  Our summer in a nutshell:

-I am PREGNANT.  Woohoo!!!  I'm sure all of you reading already know this.  I'm due at the end of January and today is officially my first day of the second trimester.  We will find out at the beginning of September if the baby is a boy or girl.  A boy would be easier since we already have one, but I feel like I've wanted a girl my entire life.  I want what God wants (and I truly know that will be best!) but I REALLY HOPE GOD WANTS A GIRL!!!

-Jonah and I went to Kentucky to be with my family for two weeks in June.  We were both spoiled.  I was only a few weeks pregnant and ate my parents out of house and home.  And I went to the pool EVERY AFTERNOON while my mom stayed home with Jonah while he took a nap.  It was heaven.

-Jonah is into everything.  I know that everyone goes through this phase (I think it will be a long one!) where I feel like all I do is damage control ALL DAY LONG.  He is so fast now, and I don't want him to be able to really run.  Is that too much to ask?

-We had his 18 month check-up and he is perfectly proportionate but BIG.  I asked our pediatrician if I should be worried because every time he meets anyone, the first thing I hear is, "He's huge!" Or, "What a big boy!"  But she assured me that he won't be a giant.  We won't be able to feed him a year from now, but we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

-Small home improvement project with big results: new white subway tile backsplash in our kitchen.  Still some finishing touches to complete.

-I'm in the middle of the Beth Moore study, Mercy Triumphs, diving into the book of James and so far it has been a blessing!  I love, love, LOVE in-depth Bible study.

***Here are a couple of random videos... WARNING: only people who REALLY LOVE Jonah will care one lick about these:

(Explanation: this was taken after I vacuumed the rug.  Jonah cries the entire time I vacuum, not because he is scared, but because he wants to take over SO BADLY.  I left it running for him for a while, and then turned it off for the video so that you wouldn't have to hear it.  He's pretty thorough... he probably vacuumed at least 15 minutes!)

This boy loves looking at himself:

Monday, May 14, 2012

16.5 months

I know this blog is hanging on by thread (that is slowly unraveling)!  I'm surprised anyone besides my mom is reading anymore.  I really do have good intentions for blogging, but then it just never happens!

Our Jonah Bear is sixteen and a half months old now.  He is wearing 18-24 month clothing, and is quickly growing out of his size 4 diapers.  He wears a size 6 or 6 1/2 shoe (yes, that's right).  His hands and feet are huge.  This morning he palmed a basketball (it's a smaller sized foam one, but it was still big)!  We can't buy shoes with velcro anymore because the velcro won't reach across to fasten.

A couple of weeks ago, we had our first traumatic experience.  Jonah was playing outside and fell on the sidewalk.  When he caught himself with his hands, he somehow peeled his middle fingernail from one side to the other.  There were some blood  and tears, but he really only cried for about 5 minutes.  It looked TERRIBLE, and Jay went ahead and called the doctor, who is a friend.  Thankfully, we were able to go to the doctor's house for him to take a look.  He immediately said he really couldn't save any of the nail and gave Jonah 2 shots into his little finger to numb him up before he pulled off the entire nail.  I think I was a lot more traumatized than Jonah was... it still looks bad but he really didn't fuss about it at all once it was pulled off.  The band-aid he wore for a couple of days bothered him more than anything else!  Hopefully the nail will start to grow back soon.
Jonah is a really busy guy these days.  He has been a full-time walker for almost a month.  I LOVE that he is walking now! First of all, this kid is heavy!  I'd say he's about 28 pounds.  The less I carry him, the better.  :)  It's so nice to hold his hand and have him walk with me.  I think walking has also helped him to be more independent.  He can walk over to something and show me what he wants.  And walking definitely helps with playing outside, which is his favorite place to be!

We've been to several play dates and birthday parties lately.  Jonah is still not all that interested in playing with the other babies, but he loves to watch the big kids play.  He is also fine with sharing and doesn't fuss when someone takes a toy from him (we'll see how long that lasts!).  There is a park in town that we've visited a couple of times recently, and all the playground equipment is sitting in sand.  He LOVES it.  He doesn't even care much about climbing on things... just wants to walk around and play in the sand.

Right now, he has two obsessions: his plastic hammer and the Baby Einstein DVD "Baby Noah."  The hammer was a gift from Aunt Lauren and he carries it everywhere: all over the house, on car rides, into stores, you name it.  He has also taken quite a few naps with it. The Baby Einstein DVD was found at a resale store in town for $2.  I bought it because Jonah seems to love animals so much.  He has never cared about TV before, but he is absolutely mesmerized by this thing.  He will bring us the DVD case when he wants to watch it.  There aren't even any words... just video footage of animals in the wild and some animal puppets!  I don't see the appeal, but I'm glad he likes it!

His favorite animal is a duck.  Every time he sees a body of water, he yells, "Quack! Quack!" over and over again.  Sometimes he does it for no reason, in stores or at church or just to show us how much he loves ducks.  He's also enamored by our two dogs.  He will lay down next to them and pat their heads and he always wants to know what they are doing.

He still loves: wrestling with Daddy, going for walks, baths, drinking out of grown-up cups, the Swiffer, bananas, sleeping (still 2 naps a day), reading books, kissing, and "throwing" balls.

He has independent play time in his pack and play in the guest room for 30-45 minutes every day.  I'm so glad he's gotten used to this.

Lately, I've been really bad about reading other mommy blogs and being amazed at their children who are almost exactly the same age as Jonah and are saying 300 words, know every Crayola color, and are potty-trained (this might be an exaggeration).  Mommy-world is intimidating! I am constantly reminding myself that Jonah is perfect.  He takes his time with things and always has.  We "talk" all day long, but his vocabulary is mostly limited to "Momma," "Dada," "dog," "fish," "duck," "ball," and animal sounds.  We know he understands a lot more than that.  He has no interest in the potty except to stick his hand into the bowl and splash in the water (no, we don't allow it, but that is a go-to place for him).  He will get there one day, but right now I'm going to be thankful that my growing boy is still mostly a baby.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One Year

Jonah is officially one year old!  (One year and 3 days, to be exact.) And now for every cliche in the book: Where did the time go?  I can't believe it's been a year already!  It went by so fast!  Our baby is not such a baby anymore!  Ok, I'm done.  But seriously, those things are all true.  Now for a time of reflecting...

Even during pregnancy, I thought Jonah was going to be a laid-back, chill-ax kind of baby.  He didn't "kick" or go crazy in my belly all the time... more like little nudges and timid movements.  This has carried over to today.  Sure, he has spurts where he is excited and crawling his little tushy off, but he is SUCH an easy baby.  My mom has even said that she doesn't think I've had a taste of what a "real" baby is like.  And of course, I'm always comforted when people inevitably tell me, "You know the next one isn't going to be like that, right?"  YES.  I KNOW.  I WILL NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

He even made his appearance into the world easily.  It was like he was setting me up for the rest of the time.  We were in the hospital at 7:00 a.m. and he was born by 11:30 a.m.  Our experience was wonderful and I would do it again and again.  I feel like God (and Jonah) was very gracious to me that day!

The first 2 months were the hardest.  I don't wish to experience them again.  I think they are hard for everyone.  Jonah had colic and I was at my wits end trying to make him happy.  Nursing was more difficult than I had ever imagined.  I was adjusting to my world being turned upside down and Jonah was adjusting to being in the world.  I wanted to hit the fast forward button.

We hit our stride in months 3-5.  We got our routine down pat, and I felt like I could breathe easier.  Since then, it's been mostly smooth sailing.  Jonah is happy (seriously, the kid RARELY cries) and healthy.  His personality has really started shining in the past 6 months.  He is extremely focused, easy-going, and cautious.  He loves Mommy and Daddy, and his grin is the biggest when the 3 of us are together (that's when mine is the biggest too)!  I don't know how I got so blessed that God would give him to us.
We went for his one year check-up today, so here are some stats:

Height: 31" (80th percentile)
Weight: 23 lbs. 7 oz. (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 90th percentile (I can't remember the measurement but I really don't think his head looks that big!  Apparently it is though!)
Clothes: He's in 12-18 month clothes and size 4 diapers.

Eating: He's eating about 75% table food and 25% baby food.  Favorites are bananas, apples, and scrambled eggs.  He LOVES his food- it's the only thing he's aggressive about!  The only things he hasn't liked lately are red meat (roast and ground beef have been tried) and broccoli.  He attacks every sippy cup and bottle that's given to him.  He drinks whole milk, water, and a little bit of apple juice (for digestive issues).

Nursing: At the beginning of December, I started slowly cutting down on my nursing.  We went from 4 feedings to 3, and then 2 the next week, and so on.  I stopped altogether the day after his birthday.  I am so proud of myself for making it 12 months- woohoo!!!  I've feel a little insulted because Jonah did not even seem to notice (after I worked so hard!).  But that's okay, I'm thankful that he's fine taking regular milk.  Weaning gradually was so easy and I didn't have even an ounce of pain.

Sleeping: Jonah sleeps from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. every night and takes a 2 hour nap in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.  He sleeps mostly on his stomach, and prefers one particular corner of the crib.  :)

Playing: Now that he's mobile, he is not too keen on anything that keeps him contained (exersaucer, jumperoo, etc.).  He loves his new activity table (Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rolling Activity Table), reading books (especially ones with flaps to pull up), his new Fisher Price car ramp, and this little plastic rain stick thing that we got at a thrift store.  We take lots of walks- he loves being outside.  On especially nice days, we sit outside on a blanket in the yard and play (a.k.a. try to eat grass and leaves) and watch cars drive by.  He is also a great shopper- so much to see and riding in the cart is fun!

Jonah is a very fast crawler and he pulls to stand all the time, even if there's just a wall to lean on to support himself.  He will let go to stand by himself, but when he realizes he's not holding on, he gets panicked and grabs onto something really quick.  He "cruises" around the furniture with no assistance, and can walk just holding onto our fingers.  I don't think it will be too long before he walks on his own!

He is starting to babble a lot more.  He FINALLY said "Mama!"  I should say that he finally screamed "Mama" because he only says it under times of definite distress (i.e. crying hysterically).  I will be thankful to hear it in a more positive scenario soon- ha ha!  "Dada" is constant, and he says "dog" when one of our dogs walks by.  We're starting to work on animal sounds too!

We're having a birthday party for his on Saturday at the house (his 2nd one because his first was in Kentucky)!  Now to see the changes a year can make: