Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's OK

Some photos from this week.

It's OK that my clothes are still snug in places, and that my stomach is no longer flat. It reminds me that my body stretched and grew in order to make room for my baby girl to grow and develop. It gave her the nourishment that she needed, so that she could come into this world safe and sound. 

It's OK that some days the bed stays unmade and dirty dishes are stacked up in the sink. It means I'm off spending time with my baby girl and loving husband. Making memories.

It's OK that I want to move more than anything. Somewhere far away and exciting. The hubby wants it too. Everybody itches for a change at some point in their lives, right?

It's OK that some weeks I get to shower just a few times. Oh how I cherish those showers, and miss the days when I had hours on end to pamper myself. It reminds me that I'm a new mother, trying to figure this whole thing out. Some days, showers are the least of my worries.

It's OK that our future is up in the air, with nothing really set in stone. For some reason, it feels right. I've always been one for adventures, and the unknown seems exciting to me in its own little way. We are enjoying this time in our lives, because it only happens once. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our Date With The Doctor

Yesterday was Eloise's four month well baby check-up. Going to the doctor is always quite the event for us, seeing as how this poor baby girl has gotten shots the past two times. She is as happy as can be, and very social with the doctor and nurses,  until the shots come around. Then, she is completely heart broken. I definitely don't blame her though. I am happy to say that everything is perfect with Miss Eloise's health...she is a healthy, happy baby girl. She now weighs 12 lbs. 15 oz. and is 25 inches long. I was completely shocked to find out that she has grown three inches in the past two months. She definitely takes after her Daddy's side, since my poor family has a problem in the height department. Our doctor, who we love so much, gave us the OK to introduce Eloise to some solids, which I'm guessing she will love. I just can't believe that at our next appointment she will be six months old. I'm kind of hyperventilating over the fact that she is growing up SO dang fast! 

Here are some pictures of our little adventure to the doctor's office.

See...Like I said earlier, completely heartbroken over the shots. After we both calmed down a bit, we headed out to the car, where Eloise took a nice long nap, which she deserved. I took the opportunity to treat myself to a delicious frozen treat. I needed to forget this traumatic experience too.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

What I'm Crushing On...At The Moment

I mean come on...I hate to say it, but you've got to be absolutely crazy if you don't think this bow pillow is to die for. I want to make them, and put all over my house. We'll just have to see what the hubby thinks. The best part is, they don't look too difficult to make. Score! You can find the lovely little instructions right here. Cute blog, huh? 

What are you crushing on?
Do tell.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Since when did time start flying by so fast? Too fast if you ask me. Honestly people! Our little Eloise is  FOUR months old today. These past four months have whizzed by. Even though I have loved every minute of the newborn stage, this little girl keeps getting more and more fun each and every day. She is growing up right before my eyes...into such a lovely little thing. 

Here are a few things about Eloise at 4 months that I want to remember:

  • She is FINALLY starting to love her tummy time...what was once a chore, is now something she finds joy in. She even got up onto her knees the other day. Maybe she'll be crawling before we know it? (I'm not so sure I'm ready for that yet)
  • She has an obsession with her little tongue. But then again, she always has. She loves feeling it between her's one of her many past times. This is why her daddy calls her his "Little Lizard."
  • She could sit and stare at her feet for hours. I think she just barely realized they were on the end of her legs, and she thinks they are pretty darn neat...especially her toes!
  • We get a kick out of how much she drools. Sometimes it seems like it's constant and never ending. Which brings us to the bubbles...oh the bubbles this girl can blow. 
  • She constantly babbles, and even screams on occasion. I think she is going to have a very loud and proud voice, just like her mama.
  • She is becoming quite the copy cat. She loves to copy the noises we make, the silly faces we pull, and she especially loves to copy us when we blow out our lips...the whole blowing out her lips things is her newest trick.
  • She is a daredevil, and absolutely LOVES when we pretend we are going to drop her.
  • She has the roll down...rolling from front to back and back to front.
  • She loves to sing songs with actions. 
  • There is no other way to hold her besides facing out...I think it's because she is so nosey and doesn't want to miss a thing.
  • She is mesmerized by her Daddy when he plays the guitar and sings. Every once in a while she even tries to sing along. This is probably one of my favorite things she does. 
  • There is nothing she loves to cuddle and snuggle with more than her pink silky blankey...sometimes it's a complete lifesaver. 
  • Anything you give her goes straight to her mouth.
  • She adores other kids! She loves to get really close to their face and talk to them. She is quite the social butterfly, and I love it. 
  • Bath time has got to be one of her most favorite times of the day...she loves to kick non-stop, and occasionally tries to drink the bath water. Plus, she knows that after her bath, she gets to be massaged with lotion, which may just be her second favorite part of the day.
  • She is extremely ticklish, especially under her chin and in her pits. Mommy and Daddy can't help but tickle her though, because that's when we get to hear those loud, full-belly laughs that we love so much.
  • She doesn't like to cuddle on your chest anymore, which breaks my heart. The only time I can ever get her to do this is when she is very tired, after a late night feeding.
  • She loves her Mama's hair and necklaces...she thinks it's pretty dang fun to pull and play with both of them, constantly.
  • Her fingernails grow like weeds...weeds I tell you! I swear we have to cut them every single week. She gets this from both her Mommy and Daddy. 
  • She loves the taste of watermelon and cantaloupe. Mommy likes to sneak in a lick here and there whenever she eats it. 

Oh man, I could go on and on...I sure do love this baby girl!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting Caught Up

We have definitely been enjoying these gorgeous days we have been having, with temperatures in the 80's. It has been quite heavenly! I don't know how many times I have mentioned to Zach in the past few days that this is the perfect weather, and that I still have no clue why we live in a place where it snows. I am much happier in the sunshine. Let's get caught up...

Eloise has been lounging around the house in just her diaper, to keep cool.
Oh, and she has been working on flexing her seen in this picture. She sure knows how to make her mama laugh!

Am I the last person on the face of this earth to discover Coconut Water? Umm, YUM!

Eloise has discovered the camera on my iphone, and all she wants to do is stare at herself in it. 

We spent a lot of time this weekend playing on a blanket outside.

On Saturday morning, we took a family walk over to a new restaurant that opened up in our neighborhood. Root's Cafe. It was absolutely delicious! Let's just say, I know what we will be doing with our Saturday mornings from here on out.

And of course, we have been enjoying some summertime fruit. Watermelon is my all time favorite, if you didn't already know that. And look what we found when we cut into ours...a heart. Cute, huh?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eloise's Eye Patch

Poor Eloise...Her Mommy always makes her wear such large and somewhat ridiculous bows. I swear half of the time they go down over hear eye like an eye patch, and it usually takes me a while to notice. Oops! The things we do for fashion, right? 

You guys...It's the weekend!! I for one am jumping for joy. It is supposed to be about 85 degrees here in the next couple of days. Definitely no complaints here! 

Any fun plans weekend plans?
I hope it's lovely, whatever you do.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It Isn't Pretty...But It Sure Is Tasty

My cute Grandpa turned 80 last week...So of course, we had to celebrate! His favorite dessert is this chocolate wafer and cream cake, so I made it for the party. Now I admit that I am no gourmet cook, but this dessert turned out perfect. If I do say so myself. It is ridiculously easy to make, and trust me, everyone will rave about this delicious treat for days and days. 

This is the most important ingredient...Nabisco Chocolate Wafers. I've never tried this dessert with any other kind. Take my word for it, and stick with these. 
 And of course, you will need one quart of whipping cream.
 Whip your cream until it is light and fluffy. Add two tbsp. of vanilla extract and 1 cup of sugar into the cream just as it is finishing being whipped. 
 I used plastic bowls this time, but any small bowl will work. 
With a rubber spatula, spread a small amount of whipped cream onto the bottom of the bowl. This will act as the base for the dessert, and hold the wafers down. 
 Next, place one chocolate wafer on top of the whipped cream. 
 Add another small layer of whipped cream onto the wafer. 
 Grab two wafers, and with your rubber spatula, put whipped cream in between. Don't skimp on the whipped cream...the more, the better. 
 Continue adding cookies and whipped cream, in an alternating pattern. I usually use anywhere from 6-8 cookies in each dessert. 
 Then, flip the cookies on their sides, and place in the bowl, on top of the whipped cream and wafer.
 Once again with your rubber spatula, cover the entire dessert with whipped cream. Like I said earlier, don't skimp on the cream. 
 I told you that it isn't that pretty, but trust me, it is delicious!
 Cover each dessert with plastic wrap, and place in your refrigerator. Let them sit overnight. They will become chilled, and the wafers will soften up like a cookies and cream cake. 
 I topped mine with little flags with an 80 on them for the birthday party. They also look good with chocolate shavings on top of them.