Friday, July 28, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! We have a busy weekend planned! We may make it to the pool and then we have company coming over for lunch tomorrow. Henry and I are also really looking forward to a mom and toddler play date we have on Sunday morning. My husband will be staying home for some baby bonding time and will probably be crossing his fingers that Lucas will take a bottle from him.

Five things that are occupying me lately...Photoshop, Booster-seat, Parenting Books, Minimalism, and Okja!  Read on...



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Great Baby Wipe Off!

Baby wipe product testing has come to an end for my family! Like all consumer purchase items, the quality and prices of wipes are subject to change at any time. My last Mid-Week Musing talked about how unhappy I am with the changes in the Honest brand baby wipes.


It never fails that you find a product you LOVE...and then the company changes it for the worse...and then you wonder if it's worth the cost...because it was so much better before...big mom sigh...







I know there are many other wipe products on the market. I chose some of the more "natural" ones to try (natural is my jam) but also kept an eye on cost. Several people recommended Costco store brand wipes to me, but my husband and I are not planning on joining Costco due to other practical issues (for us) such as location and store hours. I also received some tips on how to make my own, but that's not happening at this stage in the game.

Here's my quick overview of the brands I tested, the best price, and my Job Performance and Packaging grades (A-F, just like in school). 




I checked online pricing at both Amazon and Target and selected the package option which gave the best value per wipe to the third decimal place (details later in the post). In most cases that is buying a bulk box of wipes. The prices were very similar with the exception of Babyganics which for some reason are ridiculously more expensive on Amazon than from Target.

Read on for details of each product...



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baby at Four Months

Lucas is rocking his sleep and is so happy and cheerful! We've also discovered he is ticklish under his chin and at his rib cage...love to hear those baby laughs!






Here's what we have had going on lately...


Friday, July 14, 2017

A Different Sort of 4-Month Schedule

While my "Baby at 4 Months" post is hopefully coming soon...I wanted to touch on Lucas's schedule because it is so very different from Henry's Schedule. Looking back, because Henry didn't take regular naps in his crib right at 4 months he was frequently eating, staying up too long, and then eating again to fall asleep. 

Lucas has a pretty regimented eat, play, sleep day and it works so well for him! He is happy, eating great, and putting himself to sleep on his own. He will occasionally take a really long nap, but for the most part keeps his naps at 45 minutes to 1 hour. 




Here's what Lucas's typical day looks like...



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mid-Week Musings

The past week and a half have been crazy busy. From a semi-disastrous July 4th to missing my furry child...we enjoyed some pool time...and I treated myself to some extra sleep and some Basil-Infused Simple Syrup (recipe at end of post). 




What we've been up to...


Friday, July 7, 2017

Toddler Meals ~ Tuna Patties

This is one of my standby weekend lunches. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and, with some side dishes, feeds my son, my husband, and myself!





Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Sudden Loss...

My family is deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden loss of our dog Frisco. Frisco was a loving French Bulldog who I had cared for since he was 3-months old. Now, just shy of 9 years old, Frisco has left us much too soon.




In my previous post, Mid-Week Musings, I talked about Frisco suddenly falling ill with seizures last week. He returned to us from the animal hospital on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning he was not looking very well, so I made an appointment with his vet for that night. It was the earliest appointment they had and I really wanted his regular doctor to see him and advise on his care. 

Throughout the day on Wednesday, Frisco steadily improved! He ate two bowls of food, drank water, and ran around the yard with me for a few minutes in the early evening. When we went to see the vet, she was very optimistic about his outlook. She gave me a prescription for longer continuation of his seizure medication, I thought I would be giving it to him for years to come.

That night Frisco slept in his bed downstairs. That was a little odd as he usually slept upstairs on the couch in our loft. I heard him pacing overnight and was pleased to see that he'd drank his bowl of water. I let him out in the yard to do his business.

Thursday dawned and Frisco looked okay, not great, but better than he had the previous morning. He lay out in the grass for a while and kept my son company while he played. Just after I finished my workday, Frisco had another seizure. It seemed mild compared to his initial one on Sunday, but he stopped breathing and his heart soon followed. In that shocking moment, I said good-bye to my great (and sometimes only) companion of nearly nine years.

The early days after losing a pet are horrible because everywhere you look, there is the constant reminder that the pet is not there. Frisco, like a lot of dogs, would follow where ever I went in the house and settle himself there. 

When I started working from home, he was my constant companion. His snores kept me company and I would take him for walks on my lunch break. 

Frisco was there when my husband proposed. He greeted both my sons when we came home from the hospital. If one of them cried, Frisco was there looking at me expectantly, as if I wasn't moving fast enough to attend to the baby.

He's been on countless vacations with us, hiking and playing in the ocean.

When I went to get my toddler up in the morning, he would follow me into the room and Henry would stand up in the crib and say, "Mama and Frisco." I am so sad my children will not have memories of time spent with him.

Adjusting to life without a pet is going to be a long journey. There is the constant feeling that I have forgotten to do something.

Every time I get the water pitcher from the fridge, I find myself looking to see if he needs water in his bowl. 

When our children are both asleep, the house seems empty with just my husband and I roaming it.




Rest in Peace, Frisco

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Surviving Baby's First Week

Baby's first week goes by in a blur...





Read on for my top tips on surviving and thriving!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sleeping Through the Night

I struggle to remember what my first son was doing when... This blog helps a little but I didn't start it until he was around 9 months old. I know my first son did not sleep through the night (12 hours) until he was 7 Months Old. He went to bed early and I never woke him for a "dream feeding," mostly because I went to bed by 10 p.m., so he was always up for overnight feeds by 2 a.m.

It was barely a week ago that I was blogging about Lucas at 3 Months and he was still having trouble going to sleep in the evening and he was still getting up for overnight feedings. Then Lucas discovered his thumb... 



***The above picture is a little misleading...Lucas sleeps overnight in his crib. If I'm lucky he takes an extra nap in the morning in my bed (above). But I'm not willing to risk waking him by going into his room and snapping photos overnight!***

Read on for our recent changes...