Monday, September 28, 2009
It was glorious weather with temps in the mid 70's, great sunshine, and a comfortable breeze (yes, I sound like a weather man...) All the kiddos - and me!- enjoyed it tremendously.
Charlotte Update con't...
I have had many moms ask me about making their baby’s food, so instead of typing it over and over, I decided to blog about it here! If you have any further questions or would like more information feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My initial desire to make Charlotte’s food was strictly a monetary thing. I was talking to the mom of one of the babies I watch during the day and she said she spends upwards of 100 dollars a month on baby food alone - not including formula! I was amazed at the cost and was a little worried we hadn’t budgeted enough money to cover it. So I started researching home made baby food and saw that other than the start up cost, which for me was minimal since I already had the majority of things needed, I could spend less than 20 dollars on produce! After making it all up, I calculated that it would last me about 2 months! Sure enough I just hit the 2 month mark and am just about out. I did learn that this food can stay frozen for 8 weeks so the timing worked out perfectly. After I started doing my research I became aware of all the health benefits that come from making your baby’s food. There are no preservatives like the jar food, you can choose the quality of the produce you use or if you want to go organic, you make your own combinations, and you know for sure what your baby is eating - no recalls to worry about. Between the money saved and the health benefits, it is something I am committed to for Charlotte until she moves on to “big people food.”
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- She is a mover and a shaker! Charlotte is full-on crawling now. Wherever she wants to go, she goes.
- She is using her new crawling muscles to finally sit up straight and on her own! Previously she would sit up in a "tripod" fashion but now she can sit up from standing or laying down perfectly fine. She does seem to prefer sitting up on her knees instead of her bottom. This reinforces our belief mentioned below...
- Charlotte wants to walk more than anything - at least that is the belief that Jeff and I hold! She pulls up anytime she can and tries to "walk" along whatever she is holding onto. Many times, she let go and head the opposite direction, falling of course, but wanting to walk. She works on pulling up on things more than she does her newfound crawling skills. And if you give her the chance, she'll grab ahold of your fingers and take off walking across the room. She is awesome.
- We are getting ready to move onto new foods! Since I am making her food, I make a big batch of foods to freeze that will last us 2 months at a time. Her first round of food were the basic first tastes and not she is ready for the big time: mixed veggies, peas, peaches, broccoli, apricots, corn, potato, blueberries and zucchini.
- Teething seems to have kicked into high gear! The last few days we have been using up the ibuprofen and orajel as Charlotte has been in some pain :( It makes me so sad - especially since we have nothing to show for it! She has yet to have that first tooth break through. I hope with all this work maybe they will all come through at once and we'll be done with it. It has totally disrupted her slept schedule too. She hurts and can't fall asleep, and now that she can pull up and stand she won't lay down in her crib - meaning she can't just lay down and cry herself to sleep. Poor kiddo :(
- The teething aside, I still hold to the belief that she is the happiest baby ever. Other than crying over her teething and her being sick a couple weeks ago, she doesn't really cry. She is always willing to give you a big ol' grin and curl up in your lap to cuddle. I am around babies all day - and not naming names, but babies that pinch me to the point of bruising, try to bite me constantly, and scream bloody murder for no apparent reason. And none of these are from Charlotte. Hopefully I'm not spoiled and #2 (no, nothing to report thank you very much) will be the same (knock on wood, cross my fingers, whatever works)
With Charlotte changing so fast, we'll see what happens this month![gallery]
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As you read in the Labor Day post, we went to Mattress Inn here in Spring Hill and found a great sale they were having and we ended up being able to get a full King set with frame for not a lot more than what we were thinking of spending for just a queen mattress. We did have to factor in new bed linens but between the savings going to places like overstock.com and Ross and looking at the long term savings of going ahead with it now, the King won!
The bed was delivered last Tuesday and linens came via UPS over the past week. While we still need a headboard, the bed is wonderful! We have slept many wonderful nights - and we don't roll over and hit or kick each other either! Here is to many more comfortable and cozy nights in our big fabulous bed.
The last 2 weeks I have been slated to win both games by at least 10 points - great right? Well somehow I have lost each one of them. The first week my team did not score near what they were supposed to in the "predicted" column and the other team blew their predictions out of the water with 2 players that had unexpected games. The second game, while not as bad, the same thing happened. I have realized that there is nothing I can do when this happens. Once the games start I am set with my lineup. No matter what happens, I can't change anything. It's a roll of the dice.
Speaking of dice, I have realized that Fantasy Football is very much like Monopoly for me. Yes, you can buy your properties and choose if and where to build your houses and hotels but in the end it is up to the roll of the dice where you land. Where you land, you pay. period. Once everything is bought up there is nothing you can do but roll and play and see what happens. This is what frustrates me about Monopoly. I cannot play with friend or family as I can get really upset. You work so hard on the front end to just leave it up to chance? No Thanks. Sounds familiar I think...
We'll see how the rest of the season goes... I play my husband next week. (My husband who has beat the pants off every person he has played so far - but by my theory it can't be by any skills of his own....?? )
Monday, September 14, 2009
That is the other thing that she has started to do all the sudden. I came in yesterday and she was up on her knees at her crib railing and now she won't stop! Today she saw a cup on the ottoman and was doing a really good job pulling up to the ottoman to get it. Needless to say I have gotten my butt into gear doing some of the baby proofing and tonight we have to lower her mattress before she pushes herself over the top! (she is napping in the pack n play for now - one push with a leg to go from being on her knees to wanting to stand up and I would have my first big "mommy accident"- no thank you!)
My baby is growing up!
Here are a couple photos of her new skills! I have a little video of her crawling but it wouldn't upload to the blog so take a quick visit to my MobileMe gallery here: Charlotte Crawling!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Read "more" of our Craigslist adventure here...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Find our "more" about our condo and the beach!
Jeff and I found the most adorable ballerina dress at Pottery Barn Kids on a mega sale (and it was still 30 bucks if you can imagine). It was the perfect dress to have her all dolled up and photographed in. Charlotte was a total cheese with Erin - all smiles and giggles. I thought she would tire out quick being moved and dressed and such but she held in there and was just a ham. She loved the camera and the flash and most of all Erin. We took the photos at home, mostly in her our room or her crib, so she was very comfortable with her surroundings.
I hope you enjoyed the photos! See more on my Facebook or MobileMe site gallery.me.com/jordan.lyons
If you would like to see more of Erin's work visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emurphy/
Click on "more" to read about all the fun things Charlotte can do now!
Charlotte had been much better during the morning and early afternoon on Sunday but by later afternoon she was getting a little fussier and snuffy so we laid her down and she fell asleep early - about 6:45! The grown ups had a wonderful home cooked pot roast for dinner and then Jeff and I had a date night! We took advantage of Charlotte's sleeping and having someone there to watch her and took off into the big city of Bowling Green! We drove around for a good hour partly looking for something to do and partly seeing what has changed since we had lived there and of course reminiscing our youth years!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Owensboro was our first big stop and we got to take Charlotte to her first Dove Hunt on the Rudy Farm... oh yea baby. She loved being outside in the breeze and being loved on by her great aunts, uncles, and cousins. She surprised me and was not at all bothered by the shot guns going off in the field around us (we were safely tucked inside the "shop" but I still had to work on calming my "momma nerves" with guns being around my baby!) I was upset by seeing the poor little birdies shot out of the sky... even more so when I was shown their decapitated heads... needless to say we did not stick around for the grilling time. *shudders* I love my family and love that they love what they do, but I am for sure a city girl and that is reinforced in me at times like this!
Anytime we are in Owensboro we stay with my Nana. She is technically my mom's step-mother but as she became a Rudy when mom was just 11 they are very close and the only Nana Rudy I know. Nana is approaching 85 and is in wonderful physical health but is showing signs of her age when it comes to her mental state. Her short term memory is at times very very short, but regardless she loves seeing little Charlotte bug and gets excited for her visits. It was wonderful seeing them play together on the floor. If you see the photo below they are playing on the floor together on the quilt that Nana embroidered for me when I was born. It meant a lot to all 4 generations of women in that house to have them share moments together on that blanket. Nana read Charlotte's book to her, Charlotte talked back and just smiled at her Nana - even showed her how she is just about ready to take off crawling. It was precious time spent together.
Here is "more" about the wedding
Dad showed up about 20 minutes after everyone else and had no clue what hit him! We did put a sign and balloons and such up outside so he had a minute to get used to the idea before he walked in the door and was bombarded with people. We could see him walking up the driveway (I think he would have run away if it wasn't for mom) and he was already red in the face and rubbing his hands down his face in either awe or embarrassment one! Once he finally made it in the door we greeted him with "surprise" and noise makers and lots of hugs. He made his rounds of hellos and thank yous, blew out the candles on his yummy cake, and opened his very inventive gifts and cards. Thanks to everyone that brought all the singing cards, "old man" gifts, and rolls of pennies :)
As much as my dad said he did not want a party and will kill my mother and I, I think he enjoyed seeing all his friends and family and appreciated the love and care that came with the party. Enjoy some photos of dad though the last 5 decades and of his party. (Some were too big to upload here, check out facebook for more!)
Here's to the next 50!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Our draft was Wednesday night and it was an interesting experience! It was an online draft but most of us got together with all our computers and logged on together so that while we were active online we could joke and talk together. Jeff is playing too of course so it was very good having him with me to help pick my team. I read up on some strategies and the ins and outs of the fantasy world earlier that day so it helped me understand more but also made me more nervous because it can get very in depth and over my head! In the end it was pretty easy because the players were listed in order that yahoo considered them to be ranked most to least desirable. I used some of the other sites I had found to make sure that I was picking the best team for this season. I'm looking forward to getting my first week underway!
Here is the roster for "Sugar and Spice" - take a look at let me know what you think!!