Wednesday, September 24, 2014

nash {7 months}

This post is long over due.  I have had the pictures taken since he turned 7 months on September 7th, but I am sadly just now getting around to posting all the details. Sorry 2nd child!! If you would sleep better, maybe Mommy wouldn't be so tired!!
Dear Sweet Nash-
Oh little buddy, this hasn't been our best month.  My little baby that slept all the time is officially gone.  While your sleeping has been terrible this month, thankfully you are still the sweetest, smiliest, happy baby ever.  You are such a go with the flow kinda baby and will just be on whatever schedule I need you to be on during the day.  We love you sweet boy, even if you don't sleep through the night anymore!!
Ugh, we are still struggling in the sleep department.  I should have never complained about a 6:30 wake up time because for most of this month you woke up during the 5:00 plus woke up at least once during the night.  I really think your bad sleeping is because you are teething.  You tooth finally popped through towards the end of the month and now we have had a semi decent week of sleep.  You are still waking up at 6am on the dot but at least you aren't waking up in the middle of the night.  Most nights when you do wake up I am having to feed you, and that is just ridiculous because you definitely don't need the extra calories.  After the first two weeks of terrible sleep I decided to go ahead and quit swaddling you.  You were waking up in the night busted out and then could fall back asleep on your back.  I am breaking all the rules and let you sleep on your tummy even though you can roll both ways.   Naptimes have also been a nightmare this month.  I have no idea when nap time should be because you wake up at different times each days and sometimes even fall back asleep in our bed after I nurse you first thing in the morning.  Sadly, you have also started taking the dreaded 45 minute naps.  I just can't seem to get you over that hump.  Overall it's just been a terrible month of sleep and this mama is just plum tired.  I am still rocking you for bedtime and both naps, but that is going to have to stop next month.  We are about to do some major sleep training and crying it out. 
This month I was really trying to get you on a 4 hour nursing schedule but with your waking up so early we are really still nursing 5 times a day (sometimes 6 if you wake up in the night.) A typical day is usually 5:00, 8:30, 12:00, 3:00, 7:00. You get a bottle of breastmilk at least once a week when Daddy keeps you or on Wednesday nights at church.  We introduced a lot of foods this month and we haven't really found anything you don't like.  We introduced a new food every other day or every few days just to make sure you didn't have any reactions.  You have had bananas, apples, prunes, pears, mangos, peaches, squash, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  I think your favorites are mangos and squash.  With Pearson I slowly moved to 3 meals a day but since I'm already feeding Pearson 3 times a day I go ahead and feed you 3 times too.  It's just smaller portions.  I usually give you a little oatmeal and half of a fruit for breakfast,  a half of a veggie and the leftover fruit for lunch, then a veggie and a little rice cereal for dinner.
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You are an official sitter.  Right before you turned 7 months you started sitting really well.  I still put a pillow behind you because you tump over every now and then.  You are totally capable of rolling over from your tummy to your back, you just rarely do it.  You are happy doing tummy time so you just stay on your tummy.  You are starting to babble lots of sweet little sounds.  No real consonants, mainly just high pitched screeching! You are so close to being able to put your paci in your mouth.  Smiling at everyone is one of your favorite things to do.  You also love to giggle at big brother.
You love your paci, your teething toys, the Johnny Jumper, the Jumperoo, and laughing at your big brother.  You love eating, playing with your hanging toy in your carseat, when we throw you in the air, and being rocked to sleep.  
Sleeping (again this month), when brother knocks you down, when we lay you on the changing table, 
Other Random Facts:
  • You first tooth came in on the bottom and it is sharp!
  • Solids changed your pooping! Thanks the Lord.  TMI….but it instantly made it more solid and no more blow outs!!
  • You don't sleep in the nursery at church anymore but the teachers always say that you are so sweet. 
  • You started sitting in a high chair when we go out to eat and you do great! 
  • You are sooooooo heavy.  You clothes really hide a lot of your chunkiness.  You have rolls under rolls under rolls.  
  • Honestly, I have been so tired this month from our lack of sleep that I didn't jot down many notes of what went on this month.  Hopefully next month will have more info!!

6 month Stats
Weight: 20ish pounds
Length: ??
Head Circumference: ??
Eating: nursing exclusively around 5:00, 8:30, 12:00, 3:00, 7:00 and eating 3 meals a day around 7, 11 and 6.
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: in the 5:00 hour but totally unpredictable
Naps: 2 45min-1hr naps (who knows's different every day)
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 7 months and Nash at 7 months.

Look how you have changed!!

Monday, September 08, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Sandwiches

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: BOGO Raising Cane's to go

Thursday: Me: Meeting @ Church Boys: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Friday: Cranberry Chicken, Swiss Potatoes, Zucchini, & Crescents 

Saturday Breakfast: Chiloso Breakfast Tacos (then flu clinic)

Saturday Lunch: Chili Cheese Dogs & Chips

Saturday Dinner: ???

Sunday Lunch: Sierra Turkey Sandwiches, Chips & Fruit

Sunday Dinner: Red Robin Birthday Burgers

Friday, September 05, 2014

a quick and easy lunch

**Disclosure: I have partnered with Hormel and their Pizza Ready Blogger Program.  I was provided samples of these products in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own though!!

When it comes to lunch at The Link Home, I like something quick and easy!!  When Hormel sent me their new line of ready made pizza ingredients I knew these would be the perfect lunch for me and my little man.  

These flatbreads make for a perfect little individual sized pizza.  Pearson was so excited to have a whole pizza to himself.  
There are four choices of ready made sauces, supreme, mini pepperoni, italian sausage, and three meat (not pictured). 
Product Description:
With Hormel Pizza Ready you can create convenient pizzas that start with a delicious flatbread and can be further personalized to everyone's individual taste.  Hormel Pizza Ready offers several meat sauces to choose from, including Mini Pepperoni, Three Meats, Italian Sausage and Supreme.  Hormel Pizza Ready makes it fun and easy for the whole family to come together and create a custom made pizza.

 I love that these pizzas are a perfect way for Pearson to help out in the kitchen.  
 He was so proud of his pizza masterpiece.  
 The best part about these little pizzas is that they only take about 5 minutes to cook.  Pearson ate every last bite of his pizza so I guarantee these will be on our lunch menu rotation from here on out!!
If you would like to try Hormel's new Pizza Ready products you can check them out at these local Albertson's.  

Garland, TX
5710 Broadway Blvd.

Murphy, TX
200 East FM 544

Plano, TX
1301 Custer Road

Rowlett, TX 
8505 Lakeview Pkwy

Wylie, TX 
921 Westgate Way

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

pearson's 1st day of 3K preschool

Today was Pearson's 1st Day of 3 Year Old Preschool.  
My little goofball was so confused that he was going back to his old school but his teachers weren't going to be Mrs. Elayne and Mrs. Teresa.  
We had such an amazing year at Learning Academy Preschool last year.  We are excited for another year of learning and fun with Mrs. Dawn and Mrs. Beth or as Pearson says, Mr. Dawn and Mr. Beth.  
I asked Pearson what he was excited to do at school and he said, "PLAY"!!
I was a little nervous about drop off today because he has had a hard time transitioning to his new class at church, but you can tell by this picture that he was very excited to be back at school.  
I prayed that he would be able to walk right in and feel like he was at home and let me drop him off with no tears.  God answered my prayers! He wouldn't even hold my hand on the way in.  He was Mr. Independent ready to go to school.  
His teachers helped him find his cubby to put his things away and get his name tag, then he gave me a big hug and kiss and he was off.  
My big boy got right to work on his table activity and just looked at the little boy that was crying like he was crazy! I just love that he feels so at home at his school.  I pray that he has a wonderful year with Mrs. Beth and Mrs. Dawn, that he builds lots of great friendships and learns lots of new things.  
And this post wouldn't be compete without a good ole comparison picture.  

Monday, September 01, 2014

labor day 2014

The past two years Pearson school has started the day after Labor Day, so Labor day does truly mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall for us.  I am beyond excited about school starting. I love my sweet boy but I am ready for some routine with our two days of school a week!!

We spent our last day of summer sleeping in and staying in bed (as best as we could with a babe that wakes up in the 5 o'clock), then we ran a few errands and ate lunch out.  After nap time we headed to my parents house for a delicious BBQ dinner.  My Dad smoked ribs and sausage on his new Big Green Egg that he got for Father's Day.
Nash loves Nonnie!!
It's been so fun having a baby that will smile so easily.  Pearson was such a serious little dude.  We could barely crack a smile out of him.  Nash is quite the opposite.  If you just look at him, he will smile!
 Nash favorite place to be is in his Johnny Jumper so we brought it over so he could get some "exercise".  Lolly & Pops doors are a little too high put a box underneath it so he could reach the ground!!
 Why is it that food at your parent's house always taste so much better than at your own house.  I just love going to my parent's house for dinner.  
Every single thing on our plate was absolutely delicious. I stuffed myself silly.  Good thing I can still eat a few extra calories a day since I'm nursing!!
 Even Pearson ate every single bite off of his plate.  
 I love these little munchkins and I'm glad we got to spend our last day of summer with all of my family.  
Happy Labor Day!!

meal planning monday

Monday Breakfast: Sausage & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

Monday Dinner: BBQ @ My Parent's

Tuesday: Mississippi Roast, Potatoes & Carrots

Wednesday: Leftovers (on the go)

Thursday: Margarita Chicken, Cilantro Lime Rice & Black Bean Corn Salad

Friday: Parent's Night Out

Saturday Breakfast: Waffle Quiche

Saturday Lunch:  Boys: Chili Dogs Me: Baby Shower

Saturday Dinner: Stromboli

Sunday Lunch: Leftover Roast Beef Sandwiches & Chips

Sunday Dinner: September Birthday Celebration w/ My Family

Monday, August 25, 2014

that time i kinda quit blogging…...

My blog has been quite the bore lately.

For about a month it's just been bare bones around here…….
meal planning, #thelinkhomeeveryday2014, and Pearson & Nash's monthly posts.  

I have sat down a million times to try to catch up but it just hasn't happened.  I like to stay on top of my blog and stay up to date.  My blog is my version of scrapbooking our life so I get overwhelmed when I get behind.  I still have about 10 posts in my drafts and I hope to get to them up eventually but for now, I'm moving on.  I'm pretending like I am all caught up!!

So to give you a quick update as to what has been keeping me from blogging,
 I though I would give you…...

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Haven't Blogged

1.  Matt was sick for a full two weeks and I did the single mom thing.  Wow……talk about exhausting!!    
2.  While Matt was sick, I kinda sorta got addicted to watching Pretty Little Liars.  I was sooooo exhausted at the end of each day that I just plopped myself on the couch and watched an episode before heading to bed.
3.  Speaking of television……during the summer, Matt and I like to watch Big Brother.  That means three nights a week I get sucked into the couch to watch TV.
4.  Pearson has turned into a "Three-nager".  He has been giving me the biggest fits and has also decided he is too cool for naps.  I still make him rest in his bed, but for some reason I find it hard to do much when he's not actually asleep.
5.  Nash has decided he hates sleep.  He has a hard time going to bed, he wakes up multiple times in the night most nights, and has decided that wake-up time is now in the 5 o'clock hour. {yawn}
{pause……I hear Nash waking up from his nap}

Alrighty……add 45 minute naps to the list of crappy sleeping habits Nash is developing.

6. Because my children now hate sleep which makes me plum exhausted, I fill my down time with mindless activities such as Candy Crush.  Soooooooo stinking addicting, but such a time suck.
7. I've got too much going on…….between church activities,  MOPS stuff, being on a special committee for  church, playdates with friends, and Dallas Moms Blog stuff……we stay really busy!!  Maybe a little too busy. I need to start saying NO to some things.
8.  Almost all summer long we had two standing appointment.  Every Tuesday we had therapy for Nash and every Thursday we had a helmet appointment.  When you have two kids, it just takes one outing a day to really wear you out.
9.  When I could find some free time and I wasn't to exhausted, I did some couponing.  I managed to completely stock Nash up on Size 3 diapers and I got a good start to his Size 4 collection.  I also bought  enough baby food to last him for all of his baby food eatin' days.  Best part….I got it all for practically FREE!! I hope he likes Plum Organics!!
{This is just a fraction of what I got!!}
10.  I've been feeling like my blog isn't good enough.  It seems like so many blogs out there have perfect pictures with perfect writing,  a clever title with the perfect little pinnable image with text written on it.  I don't take perfect pictures, my writing isn't great at all and I don't have time to put text on all of my pictures so they are perfect for pinning.  I have to remind myself why I blog.  It's not to have hundreds of followers or really even to impress anybody.  I blog to record my family's memories so I need to just be me on my blog.
So there ya have it……the top 10 reason why I haven't blogged!

School starts on next Tuesday for Pearson and I'm really looking forward to getting back on a schedule.  Hopefully things will slow down a little for us!!

meal planning monday

Monday: Rigotoni D, French Bread, & Broccoli

Tuesday: Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Asparagus

Wednesday: Me: GNO Matt: Ravioli with Tomato Alfredo Sauce, Asparagus & Caprese Salad

Thursday: Me: Leftovers Matt: Cowboys Game

Friday: Sliders & Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday Breakfast: Hobo Pancakes

Saturday Lunch: Out after Jack's Party

Saturday Dinner: Cornbread Taco Casserole

Sunday Lunch: Chicken Salad Sandwiches & Chips

Sunday Dinner: Pizza

Friday, August 22, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Dinner @ My Parent's

Tuesday: Meatloaf Meatballs, Mac N Cheese, & Broccoli

Wednesday: Matt: Guys Night Me: Sandwiches

Thursday: Eggs, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Friday: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Garlic Knots, & Caesar Salad

Saturday Breakfast: Hobo Pancakes & Bacon

Saturday Lunch: Chili Dogs & Chips

Saturday Dinner: Tacos, Rice & Beans

Sunday Lunch: Cafe Max Chicken Salad

Sunday Dinner: Pizza