Saturday, July 26, 2014

Month Six

Things I love about George 
in the season of month six:

-Rolling and scooting... that's your game! I keep things in your crib for diaper changes, but I think we'll need to stop that soon... I caught you eating a diaper insert this week!
-You've found new ways to get Mama's attention--you pinch the back of my arm when I'm holding you! And yes, you giggle when I yelp.
-You officially know your crib. It's where you sleep best and I'm grateful. It's also tethered us to the house a lot more, and I'm trying to get used to that.
-George, you hum. It's the cutest. Ever.
-Diaper changes are like wrestling an alligator.
-You love being with Papa. This month, you've spent more time with him while I'm at work and it's gone very smoothly. I often arrive to the two of you swinging in the hammock. 
I love that.
-Your thighs are juuuuuust squeaking into the bumbo... 
I sat you in the bumbo on the kitchen counter this week and you stuck your hand in our house plant! You're very curious and noticing everything around you!
You might have to give that up until you get a bit... stretched out. :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Take 111

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Have you noticed the Pandora ads? We clearly don't pay for Pandora, so I have noticed them... and I have to admit, they're kind of clever.

I'm still chuckling at things like,
"Twin beds are not special beds for twins."
"We can tell by your music tastes that you are smart."
(Just like everyone else.) 
--- 2 ---
I finally got around to doing something with our dehydrated New Mexico chilies.
I used this recipe and only Brian has tasted the result so far. :) 
I chickened out. (I'm a buttered potato kind of gal, you know?)
I have the results frozen for our burrito/taco salad/etc kind of meals. 
Feeling domestic over here.
--- 3 ---
Spring comes with a bang (especially when you live in South Bend) and I spend a blissful month or two filling our home with fresh flowers. 
 Well, the spring comes and goes and our yard isn't so full after spring ends,
but it definitely makes the summer flowers even more appreciated!

Gladiola for the win!
--- 4 ---
Do you ever have the perfect Saturday?
 I'm learning to master the art of chores, grocery shopping and a little one who likes to sleep in his own bed... So, one Saturday I was feeling all triumphant. So I took this photo.
I'd accomplished a lot. Shopping was done. George had had two good naps in his own crib...
And then I worked on my contribution for a dinner with friends.
Painstakingly aligning all my veggies like so
And believe me, George was cranky. It was 5:15 and Mama was working hard in the kitchen.
Maybe to the expense of my child's happiness...

And then.

I dropped the whole unbaked dish of veggies (formerly aligned) onto the kitchen floor.
And had to rinse the sauteed olive oil, onion and garlic goodness off of them...
(Because it was mingled with ... floor stuff.)

I wish I could say I kept my cool.
...I guess I still have some work to do on rollin' with the punches!
--- 5 ---
George went in a lake this week!

He wasn't all that pleased.
In his defense, he was basically ready for bed.
And we were first time torture parents. :)
--- 6 ---
Did you know that South Bend city has a 311 number?
It's a number you can call when you have questions or concerns regarding South Bend.
So, one day on the way home from work, I called.
I called and explained my frustration at a new traffic light they put in near Notre Dame.
This green arrow for turning left wasn't long enough for 1 car--maybe two-- during our traffic minute in South Bend. So, I called.
Less than a month later?
5 cars rolled through!
I felt heard. And Happy.
Way to go, Pete Buttigieg.
--- 7 ---
Ever notice how your iPhone corrects "the lord" with "The Lord" and not "the Lord"?
Big pet peeve. How do I turn that off?!

Thanks for hosting, Carolyn!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Take 110

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Amazon Prime.
This is how we watch our internet-tv in our house...
Have you ever noticed in the dead of the night after you've gone to bed,
that the page has refreshed on your browser downstairs?
And now that show is replaying...
Into the abyss?
I have. And when I'm home alone, it creeps me out!
--- 2 ---
We have a bird feeder!
Thanks to my Mom's mother's day gift to me,
I now get to see cardinals regularly!
What a treat.
--- 3 ---
We had a lovely dinner with friends this week.
Pete & Sheila gave me two wonderful things to walk away with:
  1. Isn't the ice cream music truck wonderful to drive around and play us nice music?
  2. Old Chub Scottish Style Ale.
Thank you. You two are so fun!
--- 4 ---
So, thanks to the Kindle (and it's syncing with my iPhone), I've read more books this year than last year already! The thing that's occurred to me, though, is that I'm having trouble retaining all the information coming at me. So, I've started a bit of a notepad in my "Notes" on my phone... but I have to admit, that I'm hoping for a better system than that.

How do you collect information that you want to remember? 
(For example, I loved Bringing Up Bebe... and now I'm googling Bringing Up Bebe synopsis.)
--- 5 ---
"Can't win for losing."
Seriously, I understand the meaning.
But I don't understand the actual English of that sentence.
--- 6 ---
This week was the 2014 lifetime bathing suit miracle.
I went to a store.
I tried on 7 bathing suits.
I paid for two.
Picked one.
And that's it.

And I'm postpartum and nursing.
--- 7 ---
Thanks to my husband's research, I've bought myself prescription sunglasses 
on the cheap from
Did you know that one "major" change since becoming a mother is that, as much as I love contacts, I really like to be able to more easily lay down for a nap?
I've worn glasses for about 80% of the time since George was born... 
before which I wore contacts about 90% of the time. Shocking.
Visit Jen to see a link to an honoring of Zach Sobiech, a cousin of friends of mine.
Thanks, Jen!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Take 109

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
This gal is getting really excited to be here.
 We'll be very near to the resort we went to on our honeymoon. 
Did you know that when I arrived to our honeymoon, they told me I needed to have a wrist band on at all times, so as not to get kicked out of the resort?
I almost told them no.
Because, let's be honest, all of the romantic ideas of my honeymoon (and how pretty I would be trying to look) didn't include a plastic wristband.
Don't worry, I chose not to have a tantrum the night we arrived at our honeymoon.
But I came very close. :)

Oh, how perspectives have changed. For a fantastic family vacation?
Would you like me to wear a plastic necklace, too?
I'd be honored. As long as you let me swim in that beautiful pool and 
spend a lovely week lounging around with our awesome family! :)
--- 2 ---
George! He's becoming a Sleeping pro! He's officially up once per night to nurse and I'm getting 4-5 hour stretches at a time. This is life changing. 
So life changing that I'm blogging about it again this week.
Can you handle it? 
--- 3 ---
I'm a fair weather gardener.
If things don't go well... I basically just try again next year...
And don't try to figure it out. This year?
The basil. The tragedies.
I planted many basil plants this year because we love pesto.
All but one simply look terrible.
No sign of a bug.
And I have no idea what happened. (But it's sad.)
--- 4 ---
This week in downtown South Bend, 
I saw a running Jimmy John's delivery man.
He was freaky fast.
No, really, he was running at top speed in downtown South Bend.
I was impressed.
--- 5 ---
Speaking of sandwiches, Potbelly's is coming to Mishawaka!
Oh, heavenly day! The awesomeness!
The Pickles! I didn't know I could miss a sandwich shop.
But I'm excited!
--- 6 ---
I'd like to say that I wish our country had standardized the number keypads for computers and phones. I often confuse the 7 & 1 and the 9 & 3 because, well, they're inverted on computer keypads and phone keypads... 
Usually our standardization is better than that.
--- 7 ---
This week, we couldn't believe he swallowed that bandaid.
Two days later? I was positive he swallowed that bandaid.
And boy, did it give me a good laugh.
Way to go, George's digestive system!
A little confidence booster for starting solid foods soon! :)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!