Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Prep

Easter is almost here! I put up some decorations around the house this year.


I took Sophia to her first ever Easter egg hunt on Saturday. She had so much fun! Funny story, they had this huge area roped off for the hunt and had the kids walk all around the outline of the eggs until everyone was in. I told Sophia when the lady said go that she should run and get the eggs. Well, she only listened to the first half of my sentence. When they said go, she took off running literally across the field all the way to the other side! I had to chase off after her, past the kids and the parents laughing. It was too funny!


But once I caught up to her and pointed out the eggs, she quickly caught on and filled her basket!



They also had a little petting zoo that Sophia loved as well.


Once we got home, she had a blast opening up each of her eggs to see what candy was inside. I can't wait to see her reaction when she sees there is more on Sunday!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Photo Gallery Wall

With now having Landon's amazing newborn pictures, I have so many favorite pictures of my kids that I want to display that I needed to create a new space. The perfect spot was the empty wall in the playroom. Also it's where we spend the majority of our time, so the place I will see them most often.

If I haven't mentioned before, I'm terrible when it comes to hanging things. As many times as I measure, something still doesn't turn out right. So I was a little nervous taking on this many frames and, yes, there are a few extra holes hiding behind them, but I just love how this turned out! 


One side for Sophia:


And one side for Landon:



This project ended up actually not being that expensive either. I picked up the 5x7 and 8x10 frames at Dollar Tree, so just $26 there. The family picture frame I got at Hobby Lobby, so that one was more of course, but I love the shape of it. Then the pictures I had printed at Sams Club and got the 5x7 for just $0.38 each, 8x10 for $1.46 and the 11x14 for $2.87. So overall it was around $65 to create this beautiful photo gallery of my family!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sibling Love

While I was pregnant with Landon, I tried to prepare Sophia for becoming a big sister but worried about how she would do. She is such a mama's girl and I worried that she would feel jealous of Landon now getting so much of my time and attention (not that she doesn't anymore, it's just different obviously).

But I worried for nothing! I am just amazed at how well she has taken this huge change in her life. She absolutely loves her baby brother!

She loves to hold him and is always wanting to give him kisses on the head and she'll say "come here, guy" and give him a hug! She also loves to say "oh so cute" and "I love baby"!


When he cries she always says "aww, don't cry baby" and will run to get his paci, if he doesn't have it, or his rattle to try to cheer him up.


Her latest absolute cuteness is wanting to feed him. On Sunday she was holding him and he started fussing. She asked, "milky?" and I told her that yes, he was probably getting hungry. She then lifted up her shirt and said "me do it, please"! So sweet honey, but I don't think that's going to work. Instead I started pumping so that she can now give him a bottle each night. She absolutely loves it!


She is such a little mommy! It absolutely melts my heart to watch these two together!

Monday, March 2, 2015

1 Month

1 month old already? What?! It went by so fast!


At one month, Landon...

... is 11.5lbs according to our scale at home.

... is 22.5" long.

... is wearing size 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers (just outgrew Newborn last week).

...is doing great with breastfeeding. Right now he nurses anywhere from every hour up to three hours during the day and up to 6 hours at night.

... is not a great sleeper, but if I remember correctly I think he's doing better than his big sister, so I'm hopeful he'll be a better sleeper than she is. He usually goes down for the night at 9:30 and then will sleep for 4 hours (I was lucky enough to get a 6 hour stretch out of him three nights so far), then another 3 and then 1.5 when we then get up for the day since Sophia is awake and Andrew needs to get ready for work.



... is still sleeping the majority of the day. He's awake a few times a day, but it never lasts real long and he's wanting to nurse and go back to sleep. But Sophia loves telling me "eyes open" every single time she sees him awake!



... does not like tummy time down on the mat, at all, but he is getting pretty strong working those neck muscles while he's being held on my chest.

She loves her little brother!


... loves bath time! He did not like the sponge baths at all, but he really likes the warm water in his little tub.

... thankfully rarely ever spits up, unlike his big sister. I had been so surprised by that with her, so prepared myself for it this time and then he never does. I could count on one hand how many times he has.




At one month postpartum, I'm doing well. I only had a very minor tear, which has healed up just fine. I'm finally getting the hang of this mom of two thing. It's definitely harder doing the newborn stage, with a toddler. The whole nap when baby naps... yeah well once big sis is down for her nap he's of course wide awake or fussing.

As far as weight loss, I am down 26 pounds. I quickly lost most of that the first two weeks and then it has now stalled. Time to start some light exercising and I really need to watch the snacking. I'm really hoping to lose another 35-40 by my big 30th birthday in June. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Newborn Pictures

We got Landon's newborn pictures back this morning and I'm just so in love with them! They're all so cute!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day yesterday! We didn't do anything too special, since we aren't taking Landon out of the house yet, but it was still a nice day.

This was the first year I decorated the house for V Day. I made each of us (minus Landon) a little mailbox using empty tissue boxes. They were a little flimsy though, so I think I'll try something sturdier for next year. I (and sometimes Andrew) put little treats in them different days over the first two weeks of the month. Sophia loved checking her box when she saw the flag up!


The kids helped me make this card for Andrew.


I also made a peach cobbler cheesecake from a kit I got on our vacation in Gatlinburg. It's really yummy!


And I got these beautiful yellow roses from the hubby!


We usually go out for lunch for Valentine's Day but of course with Landon here this year that wasn't going to happen. So instead Andrew picked up dinner for us from Bandana's BBQ. It was really good!

My sweet little Valentines!