Archive | October, 2012

Our Home

31 Oct

Three years ago today, we moved into our house.

It’s been such a great first home for us. Although it has it’s own quirks, and there’s still a mile long list of things we want to change about it, we love this house, and when it comes time for us to move, I can already tell it’s gonna be bittersweet.

She’s helped welcome home our two littles, housed all our belongings we’re so blessed to own, offered warmth and safety, and shared in the holiday cheer.

It’s been a great three years, but the thing I love most about my home, is who I share it with.

Sold! The day we became homeowners! I was 6 months pregnant in this picture. So much joy was about to enter those walls!

Rilyn Ann: Two Months Old

23 Oct


Our Sweet Rilyn,

Hard to believe you’re two months old already. Seems like it was just yesterday that I was begging you to come out and join the world. It makes me sad how quickly time is going by, as I know that I won’t be able to hold you all wrapped up in my arms forever, but I am so excited for the coming months to watch you grow and learn new things!

Some Two Month Facts

-You weigh 10 pounds, 1 ounce (in the 25th%ile)
-You’re 22 inches long (50th%ile)
-You’re wearing 0-3 month clothes
-You’re in size 1 diapers
-You’re happiest in the morning and this is when you give us your biggest smiles
-You take a pretty good nap in the morning and catnap (20-30 minutes) in the afternoon and evening
-You still aren’t awake for long stretches of time during the day. You just prefer to sleep, but won’t actually stay asleep!
-You’re still sleeping wonderfully at night! Anywhere from 5-8 hour stretches
-You are a comfort nurser and a snacker. With those two things combined, it feels like you’re always nursing.
-You still have a full head of hair and I love it so much!
-You’re eyes keep getting lighter. I think they’ll end up turning blue like your big sister!
-It’s incredibly difficult to get you to fall asleep without nursing you.
-You’re currently being treated for reflux. We’re hoping this helps you out.
-You’re not happy at all during the evening hours, but hopefully we’ll figure out how to help you soon.
-You still hate the swing and the pacifier, which makes momma a little sad.
-You’ve rolled from your tummy to your back 4 times now
-You roll from your back to your side frequently.
-Your head control is amazing!
-You’re tracking with your eyes and turning to find us when we talk to you.
-You respond to us when we talk to you by cooing and making other noises. Your favorite noise to hear is the “rolling r” sound.
-You sleep swaddled at night but you hate it during the day.
-You’re still currently sleeping in the pack-and-play in our bedroom, but you will be moving to your room soon.
-You mimic us when we stick our tongue out. It’s the cutest thing!
-You’ve discovered the tv and really like to watch the colors and movement.
-You’re so interested in your sister. I think you love her already!

We love you sweet little girl! Happy 2 month birthday!


Dairy: Goodbye My Friend

18 Oct

I love dairy. Love me some cheese, some ice cream, some butter, and the good Lord knows I can’t live without that heavenly stuff called Cream Cheese and it’s saint of a cousin, Sour Cream.

But I have been.

And it’s been hard.

When Rilyn’s fussiness first started, I heard from a few people that maybe dairy in my diet was to blame and when her fussiness didn’t stop, I finally decided to give the ‘no dairy’ thing a try. Just for a few days, because I loved the stuff and that just couldn’t be the reason my baby is screaming.

Two days into my new diet, we noticed an improvement in Rilyn’s mood. Shucks. (Although she’s still fussy due to a few other things, we do notice a difference whenever I do have dairy.)

So we’re going on almost 4 weeks with mostly no dairy (I keep trying it periodically to see if she’s overcome her aversion to it. That’d be a negative.) and it’s still as hard as ever. You just don’t realize how many things contain milk. I try not to think about all the things I can’t make and eat in the baking department because it makes me want to cry. We’re entering prime baking season, y’all. (You also don’t realize how many products claim to be dairy-free but still have casein in them. Casein is a milk protein. It really strikes me as odd that an item labeled as non-dairy or soy would have casein listed in the ingredients. But, that’s another rant for another time.) It’s also grown increasingly harder for me to plan our weekly menus. Some days I really struggle thinking of new things to make. We can only have spaghetti and roast and potatoes so many times, you know! Also, I try to make things that you can easily add or leave out the cheese, like tacos, to please everyone in my little family. So, if you’ve got any ideas, I’d LOVE to hear them!

I do take comfort in knowing that I won’t have to say goodbye to dairy forever, and when that time comes, I’ve got an ever growing list of items I’ve missed that will be scarfed down ASAP! Funny how you crave the most random things when you know you can’t have them…

Here’s a glimpse at that list, in no particular order:

1. REAL ice cream, not the rice dream or almond “ice cream” stuff.
2. Pizza
3. Panera’s mac and cheese
4. Baked potato soup
5. milk chocolate anything
6. caesar dressing
7. greenbean casserole
8. nachos
9. manicotti
10. fettucini alfredo (my recipe with the crazy amount of cream cheese in the sauce!)


Yeah, I’m hungry now.

In Lakyn’s Words

18 Oct

“Your face is messy, Daddy”. ¬†When Brandon’s stubble is in need of a shave, she lets him know.


Lakyn comes up to me and asks, “Where’s my stinky?”
“Your what?” I ask, mind racing, praying I don’t find poop somewhere.
“Where’s my stinky?”
It took me a minute to realize she was talking about her slinky.

Frazzled Much?

17 Oct

Want a story that’ll make you feel like a rockstar mom? Sure you do. It’s why so many of us watch reality tv. Because watching it makes us feel like we’ve got our lives together better than they do. And by golly, sometimes you just need to feel like you’ve got it together. So my friends, I give you this gift.

We had Rilyn’s two month checkup yesterday. Come to find out she’s got a whole slew of things going on (thrush, reflux, colic, and lets throw a milk allergy in there for good measure). Anyway, at the end of the appointment she got her shots and when you have a baby that is only comforted by nursing, you go ahead and nurse her right there in the room. After she’s relaxed I put her back in her carseat and she of course starts screaming again. I gather everything up, put all the toys and books back (did I mention I had a toddler with me, too?) and shoo us out of the room and down the hall. I’m silently pleading with Rilyn to stop crying so people will stop staring, I’m trying to get Lakyn to keep walking instead of stopping to look at every little thing, and I’m debating on whether to stop at the scheduling desk to set up the next appointment or just call when I get home. I decide on the latter and get us to the car as quickly as I can. Whew. Now I take a breath and relax just a tad, because at least now only those inside our car can hear the crying baby.

Now here’s the good part:

It wasn’t until I got home that I realize I walked out of the doctor’s office without checking out and paying the co-pay. Winning.

So there you have it, I just completely forgot and now you’re feeling better about your mom-skills.

You’re welcome.