Wednesday, April 25, 2018

{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies

{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies
YAY! I BAKED A SWEET AGAIN! I'm so happy I could cry.

AND AND AND Michael finalllyyyyy really loved a healthier dessert I made (usually he's like "it's fine but it'd be better if it was normal" blah blah). So we've got double the reason to celebrate!
{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies
The blondies are AMAZING because they're INSANELY gooey and rich and soft and chewy but then there's also the crunchy toasted pecans on top and melty dark chocolate and-obviously-sea salt on top to make everything even tastier. And yeah they just so happen to be like gluten free, dairy free, and paleo. Which is like WHAAA? You'd seriously never guess there's anything healthified about them. You can trust the Michael seal of approval!
{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies
You know part of what makes blondies sosososo yummy?? 3 words: toasted.pecan.butter. YEAH. It's what's holding together a lot of this recipe and allowing it to be its dairy free and gluten free self, but it's also what makes it taste so rich and decadent and gooey and....perfect. Just...perfect. You're gonna love these. I mean it. MAKE THEM!

{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies


{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies
Makes one 8"x8" pan.
Ingredients:
  • 2 and 1/2 cups raw pecan halves + 1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. chocolate chips, divided (dairy free, if desired)
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place 2 and 1/2 cups pecan halves on a small baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 8 minutes-but keep a close eye to avoid burning them. Once toasted, let them cool for a few minutes and leave the oven on 350F degrees.
  • Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the toasted pecans to a food processor and process, scraping down as needed, as it clumps up and then eventually breaks down and reaches a peanut butter or almond butter-like consistency. 
  • Measure out exactly 1 cup of the pecan butter you just made (I ended up making exactly 1 cup, but if you have any extra you can use it for whatever you'd like!) into a large bowl.
  • Mix coconut sugar, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract into the pecan butter until smooth.
  • Stir in coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  • Mix in 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the parchment lined pan and spread it evenly around the edges. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped pecans and 2 tbsp. chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 20-27 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Err on the side of under-baking a bit to keep them extra gooey. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before using the parchment paper to lift the blondies out of the pan and cutting into about 12 blondies (or desired amount at desired size).
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days!
{Gluten-free} Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies
This might be my new fave healthified recipe, I mean...just look at that goodness!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Something Saturdays (4/21/18)

Last weekend went pretty well! I made way too much food for my bestie's shower, of course. The good news is now I have lots of leftover waffles and cinnamon rolls :P After the shower, Michael and James and I went to his aunt and uncle's house for a like after-party for his cousin's bridal shower (which I'd had to miss for my friend's) so a bunch of people got to meet and cuddle James. We relaxed on Sunday (always nice). Michael took the day off on Monday for James' 4 month doctor's visit where he got more vaccines. He did pretty well! But on Tuesday my poor little man had a fever from them-he was fine, just extra sleepy and warm. And the fever was gone by the next day. Other than that we've sort of just hung out this week, nothing too exciting. I got 4 blissful nights in a row of James sleeping through the night, followed by 2 nights in a row of him crying for like a straight hour and needing to eat in the middle of the night again. Then last night he slept through the night again, but today is just in so much pain. Stupid teething. Never a dull moment with kiddos lol.

Posts from this week 

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
The Originals-Anyone want to explain how Hope was a vibrant redhead as a child and is now dirty blonde? Anyone?

Instagram Lately (a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

James-4 Months!


Date: April 10, 2018

Height:  25.59 inches (as of his doctor's appointment on the 16th)

Weight: 13 lbs. 7.2 oz (^ditto)

Sleeping Pattern: We just changed his schedule--previously he took 5 naps (the first two were longer and the rest were short-like 30ish minutes, and he usually skipped the last nap), now he takes 3 full naps and then one optional short little catnap before bedtime, then he's fed and down for the night around 8-8:30. He then either wakes up once in the middle of the night to feed (usually anywhere from 1-4AM) or sleeps through the night! We have a pretty set sleep routine-he gets sleepsacked (although his arms are no longer swaddled-luckily that was a very easy transition) and then sang to and put in his crib and he falls asleep on his own. He's gotten SO SO good at falling asleep on his own, which is helping I think with the 4 month sleep regression stuff. (All the 4 month sleep regression is is baby's sleep becomes more like an adult's-less full and deep right away and with more sleep cycles that they wake a little between each. The problem is when the baby doesn't know how to fall back asleep.)

Eating Habits: My baby is getting so big! He's going longer stretches between eating now (about 3-3.5 hours during the day and 10-11ish hours at night if he sleeps all night). Since he's eating less frequently he's eating more and is SO adorably hungry (big gaping baby bird mouth and little "ahh" sounds when he gets on the boppy to eat lol). He does get distracted more easily now that he's older, and sometimes he seems like he wants to play with it instead of eat but I try to make sure he eats enough!

Development: He's definitely teething. I think he's started recognizing his name (and some of his most-used nicknames...as far as he's concerned his name could very well be Nugget lol). He's so so strong and good at pushing himself up and it takes way less effort for him to roll from his front to back, now (still making moves to roll from back to front but it hasn't happened yet). He's still super smiley and great with the laughs and definitely seems to recognize the people he sees regularly (namely, his grandparents). I think he's also starting to get less cool with strangers-my dad (who he hasn't seen since his baptism) came over the other day and James looked at me with fear and wailed every time he tried to hold him until I took him back. He's talking more and more and he's seeming to understand our tones and words more and more, and trying to imitate our words more too.

Mischief: He chews on and drools on EVERYTHANGGG--which isn't really his fault, it's that darn teething.  It is pretty funny when he tries to chew on my face though, lol. Also, when Michael "noms" his neck, James gets this fierce look on his face and goes to retaliate and attack daddy. It's hilarious.  He'll do the same thing where he'll do a back and forth that feels almost like a competition if one of us imitates him squealing or if we say "argh" he'll do it back and it feels like he's trying to one up you and it's so so so funny. Otherwise he's not terribly mischievous at present? Oh! Except that sometimes he like "argues" with me-he'll yell/talk at you in an angry manner and it really feels like he's arguing with you/mad at you. It makes me giggle.

Cuteness: This baby is MADE of cute. He gives so many smiles and laughs have become more frequent (he even laughs at himself sometimes which cracks.me.up) and he TALKS TALKS TALKS AND TALKS. He's a particularly large fan of yelling/squealing. James is just very very expressive and has SUCH a personality. I love love love it. He furrows his little brow more often than not (that is courtesy of his daddy) but also will look super wide eyed and surprised and gives huuuuuge grins (courtesy of moi). He adores kisses (especially from me and Michael) and when you get all up in his face (well...at least when we do. Can't say he'd love that from everyone). He's also definitely ticklish, especially on his tummy and feet. He'll grab anything on me he can get his hands on because he wants to hold on tight, which makes my heart smile (but also can be painful, like when he grabs and holds onto my neck skin). He still loves to dance and loves being sang to and music in general (the Tarzan soundtrack and 70's funk are particular favorites). Now that James' arms are free when he sleeps he puts them in super cute positions sometimes-above his head, out to the sides, sometimes he has his hands curled over his eyes (he also now rubs his eyes when he's tired, usually, which is cute-and also conveniently tells me he's sleepy). He really really really adores me and Michael and that's pretty much the cutest thing in the entire world-he's usually super content to just be held by me with our cheeks pressed together, and his face lights up anytime he sees Michael. Honestly everything this baby does is adorable.

Nicknames: James-y, Littlest Bob, Nugget (or Nug or Nuggy), Cutie McCuterson, Mr. Drooly/Drooly Boy, Honey Bunny, Mr. Blue Jeans (don't ask), Mister, Sir, Bud/Buddy, Goose (short for silly goose), Wiggle Worm, Friend, Sweet Boy, Baby, Love (My love, little love, sweet love), Little little, Cutie patootie/pie, My Sweetie/Sweetie-pie, Little/Sweet/Baby Boy (or any combo with any of the other nicknames listed)

Talking: He "talks" sooo much! He's really having fun playing with different volumes and sounds, particularly squeals. It's so crazy because sometimes it really feels like he's talking to you-the way he intently looks at you and "speaks". I love it!

Favorites: Me and Michael. Also his grandparents and Aunt Shannan and cousin Bri. Dancing. Being sang to (or whistled to). Being naked (still). Baths. His wubbanub (a kind of pacifier attached to a stuffed animal). His psyduck (it's a pokemon...he has a stuffed one he got from a friend). Being smiled at and talked to. People making funny sounds to him. Being tickled and/or kissed on his feet or tummy. Playing on his activity gym. Kisses.

Dislikes: Those mean old teeth coming in. Being denied food when he wants to eat. Going to bed. Spending too much time being held by strangers/people he doesn't know super well. Being held in a position that he does not want to be in in that moment/being held down. Being poked with needles (I mean...obviously). Being forced to remain in tummy time past the point he's decided he's done. Getting dressed. And who knows-he's generally happy but sometimes he's just cranky and he dislikes pretty much everything (due to aforementioned mean old teeth, usually).

Firsts: James started teething this past month (not my favorite thing). He also started sleeping in his room all night (previously he'd been in a cradle by our bed) and-AH-he slept through the night for the first time!!

Concerns: Just with all the changes to his schedule I get a little concerned about making sure he's eating enough and everything is timing out right but honestly not much. Just the pain the poor baby goes through from teething.

A Day in the Life: Currently James wakes up around 7am and I feed him and then we play and chill for awhile, spend a little time with daddy before he goes to work, change diaper and outfit (if it got spit up on...which it frequently does), and then go down for a nap around 8:30ish. Wake up again around 10:30, eat, play (which involves tummy time, activity gym, dancing, chatting, general funsies), change, and bed around 12. Eat at 2, repeat the whole cycle, sleep around 3:30. Eat at 5, play, a short little catnap (or rest if he doesn't want to sleep) around 6-6:30ish, more playtime, then we begin bedtime. I read him a story then dress him (while he has his wubbanub (pacifier)) then take him upstairs and put him in his sleepsack, put some lotion on his hands, and feed him. After he's done eating I tell him I love him and lay him in his crib where he (hopefully) sleeps all night-or he wakes up once to eat.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Something Saturdays (4/14/18)

Last weekend was so nice, we got to just spend time together the 3 of us! Then this week has been sort of busy. Monday my mom came over and then later my dad and grandma did (my grandma hasn't met James yet). Tuesday I had to go to a work training so I missed bedtime (sad face) and Wednesday my cousin Brianna came over and hung out most of the day and later Michael's mom and sister came to play/watch James while I went grocery shopping. Thursday I just got stuff done around the house and Friday I started prepping for today. TODAY is my best friend's bridal shower, which-as a matron of honor-I'm throwing with her sister (maid of honor). I'll fill you all in more next week but wish me luck!

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Supernatural-Ok so I haven't seen the latest episode but I just needed to comment on HOW FREAKING EXCITED I AM THAT GABRIEL IS BACK!! And I loved the Scoobynatural episode.

Law & Order: SVU-I don't like Rollins. There-I said it.

Instagram Lately (a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Something Saturdays (4/7/18)

Hey hey!

For those of you who celebrate, how was Easter? Our first time actually celebrating a holiday with James went really well!! Saturday was Michael's mom's family and Sunday was his stepmom's and James was a very popular little lad and he did great napping in his pack and play. Hooray! Monday, Michael had the day off and we used the day to recharge from the busy weekend and just enjoy some time with just the 3 of us. The rest of the week I just got things done, mostly. Wednesday Michael's mom came over and watched James for a little bit while I ran a couple errands and Thursday his dad and stepmom came over and brought dinner for us. This weekend will be the first in a long time where we get to sort of just chill and have time with just our little family, and I'm super looking forward to it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bake

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bake
*gasp*

I'm blogging a recipe.

I KNOW. We're all shocked.

Guys...I'm sorry. Having a baby has completely consumed me and trying to keep up with housework, regular non-blog cooking, and other life things has kept me from making anything for you guys.

BUT HEY. I made something. Here it is! Hooray!
Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bake
This is totally the perfect recipe for anyone who is busy and it's super family friendly because...yum...chicken and cheese. You pretty much stuff crescent dough with a cream cheese and chicken mixture and top with a sauce made with cream of chicken soup (which I made homemade because even though I'm busy I'm still me) and you top the whole thing with more cheese! Michael was a huge fan when he came home and tried a bite, and you'll love it too. It's comforting and tasty tasty tasty!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/31/18)

Can you believe that tomorrow is Easter?!! I'm so much more excited about James' first Easter than I was about his first Christmas since he can actually sort of notice things around him now so it'll be more fun (he was only 2 weeks old on Christmas). We even got him a little Easter basket! We're actually beginning the festivities today with Michael's mom's family, then tomorrow we'll celebrate with his stepmom's family. This is going to be the first time a lot of people have met James so it'll definitely be fun (just cross your fingers everyone lets him nap, or I'll have a cranky baby on my hands.) This last week wasn't terribly exciting, just lots of getting things done and fun times with baby <3

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/24/18)

Things are crazy as ever around here! Last weekend we had more time hanging out with parents, and my mom did her "trial run" of babysitting James-which went well so yay! Monday Michael did a presentation to all the classes at our old high school about mental health and James and I went to see him for some of it. Michael's mom also teaches there so she was so excited to show her grandbaby off. I spent the rest of the week working on stuff around here. Yesterday Michael's mom and sister came over and hung out which was fun and today we might be having some friends over for dinner (he also does our taxes so this is like our payment lol).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/17/18)

Hello friends! Great news, I made and photographed a recipe for the blog this week! So that'll be coming soon! Yayyyy.

Last weekend was another busy but fun one. Saturday, we went to church with Michael's dad and stepmom and James did really well-he slept for half of it and just chilled with his binkie in for the rest. Then we went back to their house and had dinner. James definitely didn't get enough sleep, but that's ok. Sunday we had an old friend over that we hadn't seen in awhile which was nice, and Michael's aunt stopped by as well with a sweet personalized baby blanket. Monday I took James to the breastfeeding support group they have at the hospital (last time we went he was only a week old)-mostly so I could weigh him, lol. This is how cool my kid is--he was crying in the car until I started playing music and he dozed off peacefully when Renegade was playing. He has good taste in music. It also became clear that he is almost definitely teething, which I'm so sad about because 1-it hurts him and 2-I love his little gummy grins and I'm not ready for him to have teeth! The fact that he's now pretty much wearing 6 month clothes doesn't help, my little baby is growing up waaay too fast! Tuesday we just did our thing at home but then a friend of Michael's and mine from high school (she was in Michael's class though so I haven't seen her since she graduated when I was 15) came over for a bit to visit and that was super nice. Wednesday Michael left for Columbus where he was presenting at a conference for work on Thursday-and he got home yesterday! We missed him so so much but we were ok. It was so sweet to see HOW EXCITED James was to see him!

Oh yeah and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've never been a big fan (largely because I don't drink) so it's just a Saturday to me but I hope you guys all stay safe and have fun!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

James-3 Months!


Date: March 10, 2018

Height: approx. 24 inches (I had to measure him so goodness knows there's room for error lol)

Weight: 13 lbs. 1 oz.

Sleeping Pattern: He takes 6 naps during the day that usually are anywhere from 45 minutes-1 hour and 45 minutes long and then he sleeps at night however long he will go between eating and before his wakeup time at 6am. He was on a good kick where he just woke up once and it was starting to be later (like 4 am) but then he had a growth spurt and it's thrown everything off and the last few nights he's been up twice a night again. *sigh* His naptime routine is he gets put into his Halo sleepsack swaddle and then I sit with him and sing to him until he's done fussing, then I put him into his crib and he sleeps (his bedtime/middle of the night feedings he just nurses and goes back to sleep). More specific schedule info in the day in the life section.

Eating Habits: Pretty much the same as the last couple months! During the day he eats every 2-3 hours and does a really cute lip smacking thing and little grunty/coughy sound to signal "hey feed me." He's gotten less hungry and demanding, though, overall. And he takes bottles well now, too--with no issues transitioning between that and nursing now.

Development: James can see much further away so he'll spot you across the room and give you a grin-and on the same note he's better at recognition. When Michael comes home from work and comes up to say hi to James he is gifted with the BIGGEST and happiest grin. And, in general, if people smile at him and look him in the eye he'll smile back at them. He's still crazy strong and fully can control his head-he's also been starting to sort of sit himself up from a reclining position, and he's making moves towards rolling onto his front from his back (NOOO). He has had his first laughs (!) and he's also talking a ton, but I'll get more into that in the talking section. He's started noticing patterns in life and what they mean (ie when he gets dressed and put in his sleepsack he starts fussing because he knows it's bedtime, or when he hears the garage door he gets excited because he knows daddy is home). And I believe he has started teething, joy of joys.

Mischief: He pretty much laughs at me while I change his poopy diapers. He also still loves to spitup on everyone and everything. James has also been grabbing mine or Michael's hands to chew on (due to aforementioned probable teething). Oh and there was a really fun phase where he'd start to sort of go for me and I'd say "No no no" and he's grin then he'd go back for it, looking at me out of the corner of my eye with a half smile then grinning again when I said "No no no". He even started to start to try to imitate it and go "Oh, oh, oh..." After a few times of this though he seemed to figure out I was actually preventing him from doing something so then he got frustrated with it and the game was done.

Cuteness: Uh yeah I have the cutest baby ever sooooo...lol. He has the biggest most fun personality and he's such a happy baby! He smiles and coos and grins and squeals and LAUGHS! He's only laughed a few times, usually when he thinks me or Michael are being funny. He's also laughed during one of our favorite things (dance party!!) and his feet seem to be ticklish so he laughs when Michael rubs his stubble on them. James also likes to clasp his little hands together, which is adorbs, and he's figured out how to be coy. I'll smile at him and he'll grin and bury his face in his daddy's chest while still peeking at me out of the corner of his eye and smiling (and he'll do the same to Michael when I'm holding him). Kid knows he's cute. He sticks his tongue out while smiling sometimes which is of course-CUTE and he just makes the best faces when he stretches or is studying something with his furrowed brow or when he's sounding out a new sound or just...like anytime.

Nicknames: James-y, Littlest Bob, Nugget (or Nug or Nuggy), Chicken Nugget/Chicken, Mister, Sir, Bud/Buddy, Goose (short for silly goose), Wiggle Worm, Friend, Sweet Boy, Baby, Love (My love, little love, sweet love), Little little, Cutie patootie/pie, My Sweetie/Sweetie-pie, Little/Sweet/Baby Boy (or any combo with any of the other nicknames listed)

Talking: He has really started to find his voice and all his little coos and sounds sound more intentional and like he's talking in his own cute little way. He's also playing with volume now so sometimes he'll squeal or say something really loud and other times he'll coo something softly. He makes a lot of sounds that sound like words (Hii, mamama, etc.) and honestly it's just so fun to hear the different things he says. I think we have a talkative little guy on our hands (surprise surprise :P).

Favorites: Me and Michael (like...so much, not to brag but our baby loves us lol). Dancing. Being sang to (or whistled to). Being naked (still, as soon as his clothes come off he's happy. Happier if his diaper comes off too). Being smiled at and talked to. Chewing on his hands or mommy and daddy's hands. Being tickled on his feet or tummy. Eating. Playing on his activity gym. Playing with mommy's hair. Kisses.

Dislikes: Being denied food when he wants to eat. Being kept from going to sleep when tired (but, conversely, he also dislikes bedtime). Generally still dislikes the carseat although that is getting better. Being held in a position that he does not want to be in in that moment/being held down. Shots (poor little buddy). Being forced to remain in tummy time past the point he's decided he's done. Getting dressed. He's generally so happy, though, he honestly doesn't dislike much.

Firsts: He went to church for the first time last Saturday (he did so good!) He had his first big family get together (which was also his longest-1 hour- car ride) and has been going on more outings in general (they're rough on his sleep but he does pretty well considering. It helps that he'll now take the wubbanub binkie so that'll keep him calm when he's tired or hungry and being kept from being able to eat or sleep). He had his first LAUGH which is just my favorite.

Concerns: Still not much in the way of concerns! He had about a week last month where he went on a nap strike and that was rough on me but I think he was going through a developmental leap and he was fine after it was over. So yeah...so far so good.

A Day in the Life: For a normal day we wake up around 6, I feed him, we play (he has about an hour and 15 minutes of awake time total, including feeding--that's his sweet spot where he naps well and doesn't get overly tired) then he naps until about 9, repeat the same cycle, nap until 12, eat and play, nap until 3, eat and play, nap until 5/5:30, eat and play, nap until 7/7:30, eat and play, sleep until just before 10pm then I change his diaper and feed him and put him to sleep in his cradle by our bed for the night. He wakes up once to eat (but due to teething also sometimes tries to wake up again and I have to give him the binkie until he drifts back off) and then wakes up for the day again at 6am the next day. His playtimes consist of just talking to and looking at each other, tummy time, his activity gym, and fun stuff like that.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/10/18)

Woo! It's been a crazy week. Last weekend, in particular, was go go go. Saturday, we went to a family party for Michael's mom's side in Youngstown, which is over an hour away, and all things considered, James did really well. He didn't nap as long as normal so he was extra sleepy, but other than that he held up and it was fun! Then, Sunday, we went to Michael's cousin's house to meet their brand new baby. Michael and his cousin, Vince, are only a month apart so it's exciting that we now have babies close in age! It was so crazy to hold their sweet little girl, because I already can't remember James being that tiny. Like...what?! It was so so nice to visit and have them to go through this new parent journey with us, we loved it (but, again, poor little James was so tired after the whole thing). Monday we had an appointment for James that took awhile and poor little guy got poked a lot for bloodwork, which killed Michael and I. We also briefly brought him to Michael's work to meet a couple of his co-workers. After that things got more normal, on Tuesday my mom came and had such a happy lovely visit with James. We spent the rest of the week just hanging out, then on Thursday/Friday my little nugget started going through a growth spurt which has meant not so much in the way of sleep for anyone. (Fingers crossed it ends soon!)


I know it's late but I made this collage of all my pregnancy photos and it's crazy to see how I grew over the weeks! Being pregnant already feels like a very distant memory and I can't believe that was James in there!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/3/18)

Great news, ever since the end of James' nap strike he's been doing REALLY well with his naps AND his nighttime sleep-I finally feel like I can see the day he'll sleep through the night (not yet but we're on our way lol), and it means I've been able to get some stuff done around the house (which is good because it really needed cleaned lol). 

Last weekend was good, as always! I worked on Saturday and then just enjoyed time with my boys the rest of it (plus Michael's dad and stepmom stopped in Sunday). On Monday my boss Val came over and met James and we talked about the weddings for this year and all that exciting stuff! Wednesday I unfortunately had to go to another calling hours (I hadn't been to one in like 15 years and then two in 1 week). Yesterday, Michael's friend Lizzy came into town and we visited for a little bit in the evening. And today we're going to a party for one of Michael's cousins in Youngstown (which is about an hour away) which will be James' first time at a family function...I'm excited but also suuuper nervous about how he'll do lol.

Oh also, ALSO, I'm in major trouble. Lately James has been putting everything in his mouth and when I hold him in a cradle hold he starts to go for me over my clothes and I stop him and go "No, no, no" and he grins and goes back (watching me out of the corner of his eye with a look of mischief) and smiles when I tell him "No, no, no" again. AND now he's started also sounding out and going "Oh, oh, oh" while doing so. AKA my kid is trying to say no. While also thinking it's hilarious. See? Major trouble. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Something Saturdays (2/24/18)

Ahhh this week has been insane.

Sunday, Michael and I left James with his mom for the 1st time and we had a little late Valentine's date night at Gervasi Vineyard (which is like 5 minutes from our house). It was so fun and nice to have that time together and the food was deeelicious (I had short rib with whipped potatoes and carrots, he had a scallop and shrimp pasta with an olive oil and garlic and tomato "salsa" and then we shared a flourless chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse and toffee crumble). And James napped the entire time we were gone so yay! This week was a bit rough though because, for some reason, James decided to nap TERRIBLY. Super short naps at best, refusing to nap at worst. He was crazy happy and playful, though, and he started napping well again yesterday so I think he may have been going through a developmental leap or some such. I'm just glad it's over! He also gave me my longest stretch of sleep yet on Thursday night, he didn't get up to eat until after 4! Unfortunately he wanted to let me know not to get too excited because last night not only did he first wake up to eat at 1, he also got up for a 2nd night feeding around 5ish. Kids, lol. Aside from the sleep stuff we also took James on Wednesday to our hairdresser (Michael needed a haircut) and it was so fun seeing everyone say how cute James is 😄. My cousin Brianna then came over to visit, and on Thursday her mom, my aunt, finally got to meet James and then another cousin, Amber, and her 1 year old Ava came to play! It was SO sweet watching her and James together! Yesterday I went to the calling hours of a family friend, which was sad but it was nice to visit with so many people (James stayed home with his daddy). And today I have to work-boo!

What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

James-2 Months!



Date: February 10, 2018 (his height and weight are from the 15th when he had his doctor's appointment)

Height: 23.25 inches

Weight: 12 lbs. 3.8 oz.

Sleeping Pattern: Pretty similar to last month but it's much more well established (I feel like as soon as I typed this James decided he'd start struggling with his naps, gah) and he's got longer wake times. More specifics on all of this in the day in the life question.

Eating Habits: Again, pretty much the same as last month-he eats every 2-3 hours during the day and wakes up once or twice in the night. He love love loves to eat-but he's become more efficient about it so it usually only lasts like 10-15 minutes (sometimes he'll even be done after like 8-9 minutes, of course other times he'll be weird and take like 20-30...kids are unpredictable) which is convenient for me lol. He tends to just lay on his boppy, eat, and have a look of intense concentration, usually doing something funny with his hands. If he's denied eating for very long (he pretty much knows that as soon as he wakes up it's eating time) he gets ANGRYYY. He also has started just like smacking his lips when he's hungry haha. And he's had a few bottles, which has been going pretty well.

Development: James is getting SO BIG. Super alert and holds himself up so well. His head control has gotten even better (and he's pretty good at tummy time although he's not a huge fan, he does tolerate it better when he does it on the boppy)-and he's already rolled over a couple times while doing tummy time on the couch. GAH. He's huge on imitation (faces, small body movements, and sounds. Faces are easiest for him but he's been experimenting with the rest) and is cooing a bunch. He's also got crazy strong legs and a strong grip (he's gotten really into grabbing stuff, particularly my hair and shirt) and has gotten pretty awesome at self soothing for sleep.

Mischief: Sometimes he wants to have super short little naps during the day. There have also been a couple times in the last week where he ends up just laying in his crib and playing (namely sticking his tongue out a lot lol) instead of sleeping (adorable, but not great for his sleep)-and he'll occasionally just refuse to nap all together. Aside from that he spits up a lot, usually at the most inopportune moments, and generally seems pretty pleased with himself afterwards. He still sometimes tries to break out of his sleepsack and, mostly at night, oftentimes he'll pop his hand out the top of it and suck on it. His hands are still a bit mischievous sometimes, grabbing at stuff and getting in the way occasionally when he's eating (not as much as they used to, though!) And um...he doesn't love to just sit and be held, he wiggles around a lot and wants to do something and look at stuff. Honestly he's pretty much just a really good baby so there's not much right now!

Cuteness: Somehow he's gotten even CUTER. He is SO expressive and it's so adorable and fun, especially when he gives you big delighted grins (although he also has huuuge playful grins he uses for when he thinks you're being funny or he's having fun that are up there with the joyful ones)-he's getting super super smiley. And he sticks his tongue out a lot lol. When I kiss him I always end it by saying "MUAH" ending with a big open mouth when I pull away and he does the open mouth too and usually loves kisses. When I take him upstairs for sleep (and just in general when I hold him oftentimes) he'll wrap his arms kind of around me in a little hug-like hold. He's also coo-ing (including, but not limited to, trying to imitate us when we go "Ooooh"). And he blows bubbles and has started sucking on his hand to soothe himself/just for fun (oftentimes with a hilarious fierce face). Plus he very clearly knows Michael and I and adores us so it's the sweetest thing ever seeing him light up when the 3 of us are together (he genuinely seems to recognize it and be thrilled about it). AND HE LOVES TO DANCE. We had a little family dance party the other day and he was grinning and essentially laughing and clearly having the time of his life. Honestly...so much cute. Hard to sum it up!

Nicknames: James-y, Littlest Bob, Nugget (or Nug or Nuggy), Bud/Buddy, Goose (short for silly goose), Wiggle Worm, Friend, Sweet Boy, Baby, Love (My love, little love, sweet love), Cutie patootie/pie, My Sweetie/Sweetie-pie, Little/Sweet/Baby Boy (or any combo with any of the other nicknames listed)

Talking: He coos and it's the cutest. He mostly just makes random little noises but sometimes tries (and occasionally succeeds) to say "oooh" or "hiii" (because when we play "the face game"-AKA making faces back and forth with him-we say those a lot with corresponding facial expressions). He's "talking" more and more, though, and I'm obsessed!

Favorites: Me and Michael. Eating. Being naked (seriously, as soon as I take off his outfit he's happier, and when his diaper comes off he's happiest)--this includes baths, he loves them. The face game (he imitates you, you imitate him, it's a cycle of fun). Dancing. Being sang to. Kisses.

Dislikes: Being taken out of the bath, his car seat, being denied food, being held in one stationary position for very long.

Firsts: He was semi-watched by someone other than Michael or I, we've done a test run with all of his parents (technically Michael was there at both houses but he pretty much left them to do everything themselves. We still have to do one of these with my mom) and it went well. So well that we ended up full on leaving him with Michael's mom and sister last weekend while we had a late Valentine's Day dinner! (He slept the entire time, woo!) James had his first non-doctor's visit outing for his baptism, and got to meet his Uncle Josh for the first time. I left him for the first time and worked for the first time (I hate it I hate it I hate it, but he always greets me with big grins when I get back that melt my heart).

Concerns: Nothing in particular, really! Sometimes he struggles with his naps or is cranky and crying for no real reason so that always stresses me out but he always ends up being fine. The severity of the flu season at present too has made us paranoid about James being around people and catching something. Other than that, at the moment things are pretty un-concerning!

A Day in the Life: If it's a normal day at home, usually wake up for the day around 6, feed him, play a bit (tummy time, the face game, walking around, the activity gym, whatever suits our fancy), then put him back down for a nap around 7 or so. Then he generally sleeps well for this nap, until like 8:30-9. Then feeding and another hour-ish of the awake time. Wake up between 11 and 12. Eat and play and back to sleep. Wake up around 2-3. Eat and play and back to sleep. Wake up anywhere from 4-5 then eat and play and sleep. Wake up around 7-7:30. Eat and play (and/or bath twice a week) and sleep. Wake up one more time at 10, change him, nurse him to sleep and then we all go to bed for the night. He then usually wakes up to eat again around 2 and goes right back to sleep. Hopefully he then sleeps until 6 but sometimes he'll wake up around 4 or 5. And, yeah, that's a typical day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Something Saturdays (2/17/18)

After working Friday and Saturday last week I was so happy to just be at home with both of my boys on Sunday! And we got to have a super delish pasta dinner with Michael's dad and stepmom! 

This week has been super fun. Monday, James napped so good all day so I was super productive. Tuesday, we left the house and went shopping at The Breastfeeding Center (an amazing store with cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and baby-wearing necessities)-they just opened up a new addition and had a sale to celebrate! James is not a huge fan of the car seat but he did pretty good, considering. And then, AND THEN, that night Michael and I were playing some fun music (namely the Powerline songs from Goofy Movie, Why Should I Worry from Oliver and Company, and Shake Your Groove Thing) and Michael made James dance while I also danced and he watched me AND OH MY GOD JAMES HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE. He was grinning and laughing and seriously just delighted. He was having so much fun and yeah it was the most fun I've ever had in my entire life. (Fun fact-while I was pregnant with him he used to sort of boogie, and when I sat in on a tap dance my friend was teaching he was kicking up a storm with them. So pretty sure we've got a little dancer on our hands!) Wednesday was his 1st Valentine's Day which...was pretty uneventful. Michael and I are celebrating tomorrow by going out to dinner and leaving James for the first time! (eeee I'm excited and also dreading it.) Thursday, Michael took the day off because James had his 2 month doctor's appointment, it went well except the poor little guy got 2 shots. It was so heartbreaking but even worse when later in the day he was just crying inconsolably in pain (we gave him some acetaminophen and he was ok after that). Friday was uneventful, but luckily my baby was happy again and back to normal! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Best of 2017 on Instagram

I know. It's Valentine's Day (not New Year's). I'm very late. BUT I was in newborn mode still during the new year and I sort of love being able to look back on a summation on the year via instagram so...it's late. But that's ok.

2017 was pretty much the year of the baby, obviously, it sort of revolved around my being pregnant and then ended with James' birth, but there were some other highlights for sure, definitely lots of tasty food was eaten (but like...we can all probably agree overall 2017 was a dumpster fire and really thank the lord I was pregnant because that was my main reason to stay happy lol). Anywhozzle, let's reminisce about 2017!

We started off the year with my brother and his at-the-time-new-girlfriend-but-soon-to-be-wifey Jilly!







 I had an awesome Columbus foodie day with my girl Erin of The Spiffy Cookie!

 ^These are my Sweet & Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies, which have become maybe the most popular recipe I posted in 2017!

Michael and I got to go on a little trip to Marietta (he was there for work, I was there for small town charm), which was great since it would end up being our last time away together! (Turns out I was like a week pregnant at that point lol).

 A 2017 round up wouldn't be complete without my fave restaurant, Table 6




I got to see my first concert!! My friend Kevin and I were in the 4th row for Shawn Mendes and it was amazinggggg.








 December 10, 2017 this little guy made his arrival.



And we closed out the year with baby snuggles❤️

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Something Saturdays (2/10/18)

Last weekend's trial run of James being watched by Michael's dad and stepmom went well! Now we just have to do it with my mom and we'll have a prepared group of babysitters lol. 

Another uneventful, but wonderful, week of life revolving around James. Except, Thursday we went to the Hyundai dealership to talk about the end of our lease and ended up deciding to trade it in for a new 2018 Elantra with an extended warranty because there were a ton of deals and that made the most sense! We don't physically have the car yet because we're waiting on a couple things but we're excited! And yesterday, and today, I'm working for the first time post-baby (just 4 hour shifts of doing promotional samplings, pretty simple, and Michael is with James so I know he's fine). I'm super duper not happy about it, though. So many kudos to parents who work full-time, I can't even imagine. James did ok yesterday, he struggled a smidge, but omigosh HE HAS BEEN SO SMILEY ever since I got back. #imnotcryingyourecrying 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

James' Newborn Pictures

These pictures were taken of my little guy when he was only 5 days old, and it's so crazy to see how much he's changed already!!! I'm so relieved there are so many beautiful photos (there are even more than what I'm sharing here), considering James was less than cooperative during the shoot lol. Major kudos to Ashleigh Saylor Photography for being able to capture so many gorgeous moments of when my baby was so tiny!























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