Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cooking & Crafting

I've been keeping up with my exercising. I really don't like it. I actually kind of hate it. As in, I find some of my first thoughts of the day be something like, "Dang it... It's a new day which means I have to fit in another workout." But I want to be strong. And healthy. And energized for the active Hunnybuns. And after growing a baby in my once-tight abdomen, a sweaty workout is what I need to put in.

And that means Jillian and I have been having some rockin' one-on-one time together. I think I have her entire Shred DVD memorized. Except for level 3. Woo! I still get winded with level 2. I have an amazing group of momma's on My Fitness Pals that have been incredibly supportive and encouraging. We all had our little baby within a month of each other. One of ladies suggested to me a website full of figure-friendly recipes.

Y'all, I've started cooking. I used to love it. But with my pregnancy and subsequent nausea issues, it just kinda died away and fast food became so much more appealing. Here's a few dishes we've had over the past week. These are tried and true! You'll love it!

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac) w/ lime dipping sauce

 Overnight oatmeal smoothies! My favorite is the Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal Smoothie. I ended up not using the vanilla and chia seeds (I didn't feel like heading to the grocery store!) but also added spinach. Crazy tasty! But I'm definitely going to start adding the chia seeds for it's great health benefits and thickening agent. I really don't like runny smoothies. Pina Colada's anyone?

Oh yeah, and I've been getting my craft on with my apothecary jars. I haven't been feeling like making anything... and having a zero $ budget will put a damper on my Pinterest finds. But after Easter, I switched up these jars and put together a cute Spring and 4th of July version. My spring set was full of bright colored candies. For the July 4th jars I used great northern beans, red kidney beans and black beans (they look blue!) and flowers (I didn't take an updated pic!)
I love it I love it!

Sweet, teething Savannah calls the shots when it comes to church and nap time. I got some great tips from my Instagram friends to help with balancing my activeness in church and a grumpy tired infant. 

Guess which toe I sprang. Now it's all sorts of puffy blue and red. It pairs well with my cute fresh pedi, don't you think?
 I have to agree with the 3-year old at the Splashpad park today... "I love her fluffy cheeks!"

Yours truly, Me

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

5 months.

Man oh man! Time is going by so fast and we have seen Savannah transform so much this month. She doesn't seem like a helpless little infant anymore because of how much excitement she contributes to our family. Every few days we catch ourselves saying something like "Wow, she is like another little human hanging out and playing with us!" Her sweet personality is shining through. It never gets old... having our cute baby girl and her luscious, fat cheeks within an arms distance. Cheeks of which I smoother in kisses no less than 1,000 times each day.
 Speaking of those cheeks...

  1. You have TWO teeth!!! The second tooth just poked through today! Your first tooth erupted on the day you turned 5 months. There we were, wondering what happened to our happy little child. Almost the entire 4th month was rough for you. fussing. drooling. reflux. refusing to nap. catching daddy's cold. excessive need to be chewing. ETC. Poor girl! I wanted to start checking your gums to see if I could feel your tooth coming in and sure enough I felt the razor sharp edges. Eeeek! I screamed for your daddy to come see! I think I freaked you out, actually. I was so happy to finally understand why you've been so crazy. On the other hand, my womb wanted to cry out "STOOOP growing!" I'm going to miss that gummy smile but your daddy keeps telling me we'll love the mini tooth. Buckle up Hunnybuns. We're teeth people. We'll always be all up in your teethy business ;-)
  2. You are the best little jumper in your Rainforest Jumperoo! You've learned how to play with all of the attached toys. Sometimes you'll lean your head back onto the headrest while starring up towards the ceiling while jumping high up and down! It's the funniest thing to watch!
  3. You are starting to recognize familiar faces. We love that you will return every smile from us. But you definitely don't like unfamiliar faces. It's been so funny to watch you start to cry and look anxiously at me to assure you about a crazy stranger. Don't you worry, that's okay. You're just learning all about stranger danger at an early age.
  4. You discovered your voice a few months ago but something clicked in your head that screaming and growling is just so fun and so you do it all. the. time! And yes, you cannot get enough of the growling. I would've guessed that hearing you growl would be adorable and cute. Nope. It sounds incredibly freaky and possessed. And whose your favorite friend to growl with? The man who taught you. You'll be letting loose of high-pitched scream all day long with me but once daddy walks in the door, you'll furrow your cute eyebrows and start growling with daddy. But only after you have released the most excited hyperventilated breaths, of course.
  5. You are so entirely fascinated with drinks and straws. Once you've spotted my hospital water jug with it's long, plastic straw it is all games to get you to forget that it once was.
  6. It's still fairly difficult to get you focused on drinking. You're incredibly distractible and the smallest noise will have you whip your head around to see what's going on. As long as you're hungry, you'll drink 4oz without needing it re-heated. Embarrassingly enough, I'm excited about the improvement. A few weeks ago, we had a couple day stand-off over the milk's temperature. You won, my Princess. You'll give me a schedule as long as I continue giving you warm milk. 
  7. You're working so hard on scooting. You can push yourself backwards a little bit, and so sometimes you'll inch further and further away from the toy you really want. It's so cute to see your perplexing face!
  8. We tried solids this last month and you did quite well. We started on oatmeal with bananas, sweet peas, avocados, steamed carrots, and pears with granola. These days, you aren't too interested in the baby food but rather the foods you can hold onto and feed yourself (see Baby Led Weaning.)
  9. Last month, we ditched the pacifier and swaddle and you've been a rock star about it! You love to chomp on the hard edges of your pacifier as a teething toy.
  10. We decided to tough it out and get you back onto a consistent schedule. Eat. Play. Sleep. You've been having such an awful time with teething and the endless fussiness that I knew a routine would be better for both of us. Unfortunately, we had given in and allowed you to become used to being rocked, shushed, white-noised, and sung to sleep for all of your naps. I was dreading the cry-it-outs that we went through months ago. But anything could be better than the current feeling of having no idea how to help or anticipate what you need. We started the routine 2 weeks ago and during the first nap of the day, you cried for 1.5 hours S.T.R.A.I.G.H.T. It was awful and painful for the both of us. At the start of the 2nd nap, you cried for 15 minutes. And every nap after that you fussed for 3-4 minutes. Over the next two days, you would would fuss for 0-2 minutes. Hallelujah! We figured out the key to you being able to go down easily for a nap was to always wake you up from the previous nap. I've let you sleep in longer on your own terms and it's always bad news for the rest of the day. Lesson learned? Don't ease up on an already established schedule. 
Hunnybun's typical routine:
7:00: milk. play
8:30: nap
10:00: milk. play
12:00: nap
1:00: milk. play
2:30: nap
4:00: milk. play
6:00 nap
7:00: milk. play
8:30: milk. bedtime
Yours truly, Me

Monday, June 4, 2012

A little bit of This, A little bit of That

It has been a busy month around here! 
Loverbuns finished his first year of dental school. He's been working entirely too hard but thankfully it was showcased in his stellar grades. I have my husband back! Hats off to all you single momma's.
The wrath of our angel child's first tooth finally revealed itself on her 5 month birthday. 
And because I literally took 936 pictures, I'm thinking this post calls for a photo dump. Shall we? Here's a little piece of where we've been and what we've been up to. Enjoy!

Grandad and Grammie came to visit our little baby girl. Lots of snuggles and giggles, ping pong tournaments, and the touring of Dallas

Loverbuns getting his smarty pants on.


Smiley lady! 
I know, I know... there are million pics of her. I just can't help it!
Grumpy lady

 Rockin and rollin
Summer splash

Competing in tennis and volleyball at Texas's dental olympic games in San Antonio (with high school buddy, Justin B.) 

Enjoying Memorial Day weekend at Nannie's lake house with the family.

A couple visits to our roots in Vidor, Tx
Yours truly, Me