Fall Festivities

Our outside fall decor

We’ve had a pretty busy past few weeks/weekends and are trying to soak in as much fall fun as possible.  Have I mentioned how much I love this season??  The cooler mornings and  evenings and the warm sunny afternoons, the vibrant colors and the fall decorations, the hearty meals that fill your belly and your house with warmth and happiness, and of course…the Holidays!

Though I’ve never really been a huge Halloween fan, I still enjoy getting ready for it, and now that G is a little bit older, I think it will be that much more fun! Plus, Halloween just means that Thanksgiving is that much closer!  I always feel that every year I have more to be Thankful for than the last, and this year has already promised to continue that trend…I am already 30 weeks pregnant!!  What???? How did I get here so quickly!  I’m super excited to meet our newest family member but as I’ve mentioned before, I am doing everything I can to enjoy my one Little Man as much as possible…..which brings me back to my topic. Fall Festivities!

Our fall festivities started when Garrett and I went to Ohio, to visit my family, but they have continued as we’ve been back home with Dan.  Since he’s been traveling more with work, we do everything we can to pack in as much family time as possible on the weekends.  That means lots of backyard fun with the dogs

A visit to Patterson Farms to check out their produce, animals, and activities

Not too sure about this huge blow up pumpkin

Loving on the little goats!

Followed by a play date with some friends at Lazy 5 Ranch to feed some exotic animals

Garrett and Leia, checking out the scenery

Yes the animals actually come right up to your wagon (or in our case the car) and you can feed them!

Crazy Teeth!

We couldn’t get up close to the giraffes

I made the mistake of feeding the zebra, and he bit down on my entire cup of feed and I couldn’t get it back…oops!

A visit to another area attraction Zootastic, where we encountered and fed yet some more exotic animals, I was hoping we would be able to pet some of the lion and tiger cubs, and the Joey’s, but they weren’t available at the time we were there, so I’m looking forward to taking G to an actual petting zoo in the near future

Parrots

Feeding the tigers!

And finally our somewhat successful visit to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out our pumpkins (check!) and get some family pictures (no check) the good part…I got a few shots of of G….the not so good part…..he was over the pumpkin patch before we could get a family picture 😦  so we may have to try again.  On a side note….it’s crazy how much changes in a year!

Just over 3 months old in early October 2011…so small!

Now almost 16 months old, mid-end of October 2012!

Picking out his pumpkin!

So, we’ve been busy, taking advantage of all the great things that our town and the surrounding areas have to offer, and we’re looking forward to enjoying the rest of the beautiful fall season!

Have you done any fun festivities yet this fall??

Third Trimester!

I can’t believe we’re in the final countdown!  This is it….my last trimester before we meet our new sweet baby boy!

28 weeks, 4 days

Less than 12 weeks until Garrett becomes a big brother and we become a family of 4!  Time has started to speed up again, and I’m still feeling pretty good overall, let’s just hope I can keep it up until Baby X decides to join us.  Yes….Baby X is what we are calling him as of right now.  Dan and I are not exactly close to having a name picked out for him yet, and to be honest, we don’t even have a list of “possibilities yet”  Although I’m not too concerned that we don’t know what to call him yet, I still would like to have a name picked out before he is born.  Hopefully in the next few weeks, we can get it together and come up with something that we can agree on.  I’m pretty sure we’ve got the middle name figured out, just need the first!

We had a few rooms in the house painted, one of them is the room that will become Garrett’s Big Boy Room, and I’m really happy with the colors we chose, now we just need to pick out furniture and decorations.  But until we figure out what we want,  it will remain somewhat of a “guest room”  We have family coming into town this weekend, and for Thanksgiving so it’s nice to have the extra space.

I’m having a much harder time deciding how I want to put this new room together.  So far I’ve decided that I don’t want to go with a specific “theme” because like I said this will be Garrett’s “Big Boy Room” for several years to come, but I am not great at putting pieces together without a theme, so this continues to be a struggle for me.  I’m hoping that once I get his furniture figured out, it will become a little bit easier and I guess it’s really about time I start to get serious about this….furniture can take a while to come in if you’re not careful.  Perhaps that will be a task for this weekend when my Mom and Mother in Law are both here!  Helps to have extra sets of eyes!

We’ve decided to keep the nursery as it is, and just make a few minor changes.  It’s the smallest room in the house and it shares a wall with our master, so it’s perfect for a newborn.  Not to mention, it was just redone less than 2 years ago, so I still like it.

Obviously we have to change the name above the crib, but otherwise, we don’t have much to do, which makes it easier on everyone.  I already feel like I’ve got a ton of stuff to do to get ready for the upcoming holidays and new baby so one less thing is much appreciated!

I had a check-up today and everything continues to progress as it should.  I’m still exercising regularly (about 5 days a week) spinning, strength, pre-natal yoga, and walking and although I’ve had some lower back pain, and some pelvic pressure as of late, working out actually makes me feel better so I’m going to continue doing it until I can’t anymore, which hopefully won’t be for another 12 or so weeks!

Monthly Update

How far along?  28 weeks 4 days

Total Weight Gain: 20 lbs (sheesh)from my first appointment

Symptoms:  Still some lower back pain, and heartburn along with some pelvic pressure (most likely because I’m carrying this baby lower than I did G)

Maternity Clothes:  Oh yeah

Food Cravings of the week:  Caramels, apples

Sleep:  Is going alright, but still not great

Best Moment this week:  I’m just enjoying the simple everyday pleasures with my family…specifically, the cooler temps and this little guys’ smile!

Movement: All the time, he doesn’t like when anything is pushing on “his space”

Belly Button:  It’s at the surface

What I miss:  Nothing in particular 

What I am looking forward to:  My parents in town for the weekend, a family visit to the pumpkin patch, watching Garrett enjoy the season

Milestones: Third Trimester!  Less than 12 weeks to go (hopefully)

 

 

Ohio Trip

Last weekend, Garrett and I hopped on a plane and flew to Ohio for a visit with my family.  And with a little help from Mickey, some new books, and lots of snacks, G was a champ!

Every year I try to make a trip up North to check out the leaves, and get my fall Ohio fix.  Our visit was a little earlier this year, so the leaves had just started to change, but we still saw some colors, got fresh apple cider, and enjoyed the cooler temps.

View at Patterson Farms

 We had a super busy weekend (which we always do when we’re in town) and tried to fit in as many visits with family members and friends as possible and I think we did pretty well considering we were only there for 3 days.  G got some QT with Grandpa Paul on Friday while my Mom and I spent some time at the Salon.

Playdate with Grandpa Paul at Uncle Nick’s Shop

Visiting GiGi

Playing the piano with Auntie Manda

Garrett had his first real run-in with a  younger baby(cousin Lauren’s 4.5 month old Nolan) which for the most part he couldn’t have cared less about, but he did become a little bit curious when I was holding him.

Who is this other baby in my Mommy’s lap??

At the pumpkin patch

Practicing his running!

Snapshot with Grandma Pam

We had a clam bake at my parents house on Saturday night and Uncle Randy and Uncle Jace came out, but unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of G with them (Fail)  However, Garrett loved playing outside and running away from Bodie, he was soooo good with him!

Riding on Cousin Bodie

On Sunday we all went to Mass and attempted to make it through breakfast too, but I think the Priest’s homily lasted a bit too long for Garrett.   He had to make an early exit because with the combination of being run around like crazy, and his schedule being thrown off along with 2 molars coming in and a few missed naps he was exhausted.  So back to Grandma and Grandpa’s he went to nap (while I got busy on some delicious pumpkin bars) to take to meet all of my best girlfriends’ baby girls!!

Homemade pumpkin bars with cream cheese swirls

After G woke up from his morning nap we packed up and headed over to my friend Jess’s parents house to see/meet everyone!  Avery and G were a bit outnumbered, but they didn’t seem to mind.  Again, Garrett didn’t really get a chance to interact with the little babies (between nursing sessions and naps we were lucky to get this one picture all together ) but Avery was nice enough to share his toys so he did get to play with him a little bit.

Erica and Lily (7 weeks) Erin and Alisz (7 months) Jess and Elle (11 weeks) Me and G (15 months) Amanda and Annabel (3 weeks) and Wheezy and Avery (Almost 9 Months)

After our visit with my friends we headed out to see Great Grandpa Brunner and Marguerite before grabbing a quick bite to eat and making it to the airport for our flight

My apologies for the blurry iphone picture, I forgot to bring in my good camera and G was about done getting his picture taken. Either way, we captured 4 generations!

We had a late flight on Sunday evening, so I had a feeling that G would have a hard time if I couldn’t get him to sleep before hand, and of course I couldn’t so we had a good 20 minutes of crying before he finally passed out in my arms on the plane.  Thankfully no one said anything mean (at least that I heard) on the flight and he slept for the rest of the way but boy were we happy to see Daddy waiting for us at the airport!!  Traveling with a toddler is stressful enough, but traveling alone with a toddler while 27 weeks pregnant is a whole different ball game!  I was so lucky that Garrett did as well as he did, but I can’t say that I’ll be doing it again in the near future.

Our weekend away was action packed and lots of fun and it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I won’t be back until late winter/early spring with not just one but TWO little ones (definitely driving) but time with family and friends that you don’t get to see very often is priceless…

…and getting to share this smile with the people who you love makes it all worth while.

Smells Like Fall (Pumpkin Bread Recipe)

This blog post was featured on Momma Blogger, so that is the reason for the intro 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Hi, I’m Jenny and I blog over at SweetBakesandBabyCakes. I am a Mom to one very sweet little boy and expecting another at the end of December! When I’m not busy taking care of my son (which doesn’t seem to be very often 😉 I love to bake, and Fall is my favorite season so when Susan approached me about being featured on Momma Blogger I jumped at the opportunity as it gave me a reason to test out a new pumpkin bread recipe I’ve been dying to try!

Cooks Illustrated is a magazine/website we subscribe to that is sort of my “go to” when I’m looking to try a new recipe that I want to be great. I love that they test and re-test until they get exactly the results they are looking for, and that they institute the science behind the cooking. I can honestly say that I have never made a recipe of theirs’ that I did not thoroughly enjoy.
Although this bread is not something that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, I can assure you that the prep time is well worth the end result! The bread came out perfectly moist with just the right amount of “pumpkin-y” (yes I’m pretty sure I just made that word up) flavor; and I’m so glad the recipe yielded two loaves because I have another one in the freezer ready to pull out the next time we have company! Not to mention, it made my house smell divine while it was baking.

You Will Need: Two 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pans. If you are using 9×5″ pans (which I did) just start checking for doneness about 5 minutes before the timer goes off

INGREDIENTS
For the Topping: 
5 tablespoons packed (2 1/4 ounces) light brown sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Bread: 
2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1(15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree (make sure you do not get the pumpkin pie mix)


1 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar


1 cup packed (7 ounces) light brown sugar


1/2 cup vegetable oil


4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces

4 large eggs

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped fine

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE TOPPING: Using your fingers, mix all ingredients together in bowl until well combined and topping resembles wet sand; set aside.

FOR THE BREAD: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Grease two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in bowl

2. Combine pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until reduced to 1½ cups, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Remove pot from heat; stir in granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and cream cheese until combined. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until no visible pieces of cream cheese remain and mixture is homogeneous.

4. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Add egg mixture to pumpkin mixture and whisk to combine.

5. Fold flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until combined (some small lumps of flour are OK).

6. Fold walnuts into batter. Scrape batter into prepared pans.

7. Sprinkle topping evenly over top of each loaf.

8. Bake until skewer inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let breads cool in pans on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove breads from pans and let cool for at least 1½ hours.

Serve warm or at room temperature adding butter or cream cheese as you please (In my opinion the bread doesn’t need any of that) The brown sugar crumb topping seeped down into the bread and gave it just the right amount of sweetness it needed to be delicious all by itself.

Happy Fall, Enjoy!

24 Week Update

Only about 3.5 more months until we meet our next Little Man!!  In my last pregnancy update I shared how I felt like this pregnancy is going much faster than my first, well, I don’t what it is but now it feels like it’s just creeping along.  I’m sure that will change again once we really get into fall and all of the fun holidays that are coming up, but until then, I’m trying to enjoy every minute.  Really, if I think about it, I’m less than 4 weeks away from my third trimester, and when put that way, it sounds pretty great!

Even though time feels like it has slowed down,  I  think the baby has gone through a growth spurt since my half way point, but I had a Dr.’s appointment today and was assured that everything is measuring right where it should be!

Other than my fatigue returning a little bit over the past few weeks, and the occasional bout of lower back pain, I feel really good!  I’m still exercising about 5 days a week and my energy during the day is great!  It’s just that by 9:00 I’m usually wiped out.  But early bedtimes are sort of a must in this house as Garrett is an early riser, and is typically awake between 5:45 and 6:15.  Luckily he is great at entertaining himself in his crib in the mornings until we are awake and ready to start our day!

Monthly Update

How far along?  24 weeks, 3 days

Total Weight Gain: 15lbs from my first appointment

Symptoms:  Some lower back pain

Maternity Clothes:  Yes, and desperately looking for a new dress to wear to a wedding next weekend

Food Cravings of the week:  Oatmeal, apples and peanut butter and ice cream

Sleep:  Not the best.  I’m having a hard time picking pillows to use, and unfortunately my snoogle pillow that I used during my first pregnancy makes my neck hurt.  However I do notice that I sleep more soundly on Tuesdays and Thursdays after my pre-natal yoga class

Best Moment this week:  Watching Garrett walk around laughing outside while playing with the dogs (this is a big deal because since he’s started walking he’s hated to do it anywhere but inside)

Movement: Rolls, kicks and punches are in full effect and Dan has felt him move too!

Belly Button:  Innie but quickly approaching the surface

What I miss:  Being able to lean forward during a tough sprint sequence on the stationary bike in spinning classes

What I am looking forward to:  Fall, our good friends wedding in St Louis next weekend, my visit to Ohio the following weekend to see some of my best friends and to meet their new daughters!

Milestones: Creeping into the third trimester with only 16 weeks to go!

Weekend Recap

Whew!  I finally feel back like I’m back on track after our Impromptu Family Beach Trip for Labor Day Weekend!  We had a great time watching Garrett explore the beach, he had so much fun!

With last week being a short week, I had a lot of catching up to do  and was happy to have “nothing in the books” for this past weekend.  We spent a lot of time as a family and did a few fun things to go along with it.  Here’s a snapshot of the weekend

Saturday was spent at home and at Taco Mac for a boys lunch out with Daddy, Caden and his Dad, while I got some me time at the nail salon

Cheering on the Buckeyes!

Riding on his motorcycle

The cooler temps on Sunday meant yard work for Dan and meal planning for me while G took his morning nap, followed by lots of time outside

Trying to convince G that walking outside is really not that bad

Playing with his Doggies

And after a family trip to the Grocery Store, G (not so happily) got his first haircut!!!!!

First haircut!!

His certificate, before, and after shots

While G took his afternoon nap, I got busy in the kitchen baking my first ever homemade loaf of French Bread and Lentil Soup!  It was pretty yummy, but G was happy with his own dinner 🙂

Yummy Ravioli!

Now it’s Monday again, so we’ve been busy!  We were at the Dr. this morning because Garrett got a few bug bites while playing outside all weekend that swelled up and now look like knots on his head, so I naturally got worried and took him in to be sure it wasn’t anything serious.  Turns out, it isn’t at all, they don’t seem to be bothering him and since he’s still so young and hasn’t had many bug bites in his days, his body is reacting to them in its’ own way.  Hopefully they’ll go down and sooner rather than later his immune system will build up a tolerance to bug bites and he won’t look like he’s knocked his head multiple times!!

After the Dr. we went to to the Gym for my favorite class, Monday’s spinning and strength, and G didn’t get his 30 minute power nap this morning so of course he passed out on our 7 minute ride home at noon.  Luckily I was able to wake him, feed him lunch and put him back down without any problems.  These 2-3 hour afternoon naps are nice!

 

So…was our weekend fancy and exciting???  Not so much, but honestly those are usually the weekends that I cherish the most.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing this smile!

 

 

 

Have a Fantastic Week!!

Weekend Wrap-Up

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that your Monday is starting off well!  We had a very enjoyable weekend filled with lots of sun and boating, some cleaning and some relaxing.

My in-laws were in town for a few weeks staying at the home they have in our neighborhood, which if I haven’t said it enough is sooooo nice!  I love having them around the corner!  We get to spend lots of time with them and they are such a big help with Garrett.  Unfortunately, they had to head back down to Pensacola yesterday to make preparations in case Isaac heads their way.  But they will be back in a few weeks so we’re looking forward to that!

We spent a lot of time with them on their boat this weekend,  They have a pontoon boat which is much easier to have G on than our boat is and we soaked up every minute of it, and even got to hang out with Susan, Nate and Caden on Saturday!

Playing in the water

Playing Captain with Daddy

I got up Saturday morning to get G his milk and just got a whiff of yuckiness when I opened the refrigerator door (I’m sure my pregnancy induced super senses had nothing to do with that 😉 but I decided right then and there that I was going to deep clean the fridge as soon as I was awake enough to do so.  Our fridge was in need of a makeover anyways so I did it.  I forgot to take a picture of everything in it before so here is the stuff on the counter that I took out.  Is it just us or does everyone feel like they have a ridiculous amount of condiments!

I took everything out, and threw away any condiment that we haven’t used in the last month.  Then scrubbed down all of the shelves and wiped down the inside

Then after it was squeaky clean and lemony fresh, we put everything back in

I feel like it still looks like we have a lot of condiments but we got rid of a bunch so you can only imagine what it looked like before.

After our day on the lake we came home to the upstairs AC not working and sitting at 83 degrees, luckily the downstairs was fine and it wasn’t too hot outside or else I would have been one very unhappy person.  The worst part of it was that we just had our AC units serviced at the beginning of the month and everything checked out just fine…..regardless, we called the same company that had serviced our units a few weeks ago and thankfully someone was out at our house fixing the problem (a burnt wire) within the hour and, because it had just been serviced, they did it at no charge to us!  We finished off our night with some Jets Pizza at the in-laws and came home to watch a few more episodes of Damages(our new favorite show) and were in bed by 9:30…..pretty lame, I know, but because I’m no longer napping during the day, I am beat by the time it is dark outside, and my husband is just a good sport 🙂

Sunday we went to out to breakfast, washed the  cars, and played.  I menu planned for the week, grocery shopped, and then Dan cooked dinner and we relaxed for the rest of the night

Sunday-Linguini Sorrento (adapted from one of our favorite authentic Italian restaurants)

Monday- Chicken cordon bleu with rice and green beans

Tuesday- Fish Tacos, Fresh Pico and Guacamole

Wednesday- Italian sausage sandwiches, homemade potato wedges and salad

Thursday- Chicken/broccoli stir fry and rice

And today has been pretty productive as well!  I walked 3.5 miles with my boys this morning then went to a spinning and strength class at my gym, ate lunch, took care of some housework and prepped a few things to munch on throughout the week.  And I got to talk to my Mom this morning and wish she and my Dad a Happy 35th Anniversary!!!!   35 years….how awesome is that!  They are such wonderful role models and I am so lucky to have them for my parents!

How was your weekend???  Were you productive today?

Half Way Point

As of Sunday I am half way through my pregnancy!  Time feels like it is going faster this time around.  Perhaps it’s because I am more relaxed and comfortable with everything that is going on in my body right now, and I’m sure it has a lot to do with this adorable little guy keeping me busy

Before I get into how I’ve been growing, I want to give you a quick update on my Little Man!!  His walking is improving every day and although he still doesn’t like to walk in shoes, or outside in general, (probably because we make him wear shoes outside) he’s getting more and more comfortable walking inside and when he gets excited about something, he tries to run!  He’s mastered “all done” in sign language, (though he sort of has his own way of doing it) and he consistently signs to us when he is finished eating.  He knows what snacks he prefers, and if he has a snack cup full of different types of snacks he will sort them and only eat what he likes (We have a real life Baby Einstein on our hands!)

He’s also learned to wave bye-bye and will typically do it if we prompt him.  Sometimes I will “sing” to him basically just melodically saying ba ba ba, and he will repeat it back to me too, and it’s the cutest thing!  I’m really enjoying this “toddler” stage, he’s learning and doing so much and I feel so lucky to be able to watch him grow every day.

Now on to Baby Boy Brew #2

20 Weeks!!

I don’t really feel like my belly has grown too much since my 16 Week Update, it seems that even though it “popped out” much earlier this time around, now the growth has subsided.  I have read that this usually happens, and I’m sure that within the next few weeks I will have another growth spurt and it will pop out a bit more, but I’m not concerned about it.  Right now I’m on track to gain about 30 lbs with this pregnancy (I gained 37 with G) so that’s a good thing.  I’m hoping to gain a little less this time around but we’ll see how that goes 🙂  My Dr. felt for my uterus at my appointment and it is also right in line with the top of my bellybutton which is where it’s supposed to be.  I’m not scheduled to have any more ultrasounds, but next month I think they’ll start measuring my belly to see if it’s in the range of cm to weeks that it should be.  So far…everything seems to be going great!  My weight is on track, BP is well within the “normal” range, I’m not exhausted every day (only some days) I’m still exercising at least 5 days a week, and I don’t have any swelling in my feet!!  It’s looking like I will be able to go into labor naturally this time (although I know that a lot can change in 20 weeks) so I’m thrilled about that!  Life is good, I really can’t complain!

Monthly Update

How far along?  20 weeks, 2 days

Total Weight Gain: 11-12lbs from my first appointment

Symptoms:  Some round ligament pain when I go from lying or sitting down to standing, and a little lower back pain when I’m walking on an incline with  my dogs, and the stroller.  Along with the occasional bout of heartburn

Maternity Clothes:  Yes, I went shopping for a few new things and thankfully inherited all of a friends’ maternity clothes

Food Cravings of the week:  Blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and peanut butter crackers

Sleep:  Still not so great.  I feel like my sleeping has been restless, however my husband has informed me that when I do sleep I sleep hard, so hard in fact that I frequently talk in my sleep which is crazy because before this pregnancy, I was never a sleep talker.  Also, I have been having some crazy, weird, but vivid dreams for the past few weeks.

Best Moment this week:  The excitement I have because my Mom is coming into town on Wednesday and my Dad is coming over the weekend!  Also feeling more and more movements from Baby Boy Brew #2 🙂

Movement: See above answer!  His movements are coming more frequently and are now not only flutters, bubbles, and tickles but legit movements.  Looking forward to Dan being able to feel this little one!

Belly Button:  Still an innie…..the best part about an innie is the circle of sweat I get while working out (not)  It’s actually quite embarrassing and I’m kind of looking forward to it popping out a bit more so I don’t have that distinct sweat circle to draw even more attention to my ever-growing belly

What I miss:  Sleeping on my stomach and laying on my back

What I am looking forward to:  My parents visit!  They haven’t seen G since he’s started to walk

Milestones: Half Way Point and feeling Great!!

Munchkin Meals

My friend Brittany has done another link up for the Munchkin Meals segment
and since I haven’t participated in the last few, (my little guy decided he was going to become a less than stellar eater for a while there) I wanted to join in again.

As I stated earlier, my son’s eating habits have changed a bit, he’s starting to become sort of picky, or just preferential I guess, so in order for me to get him to actually eat we stick to what he likes. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up trying to get him to eat different things, but if he ends up just throwing his food on the floor then I know it’s time to resort back to our staples.

Here’s what yesterday’s eats looked like

Breakfast: (not pictured oops) was pancakes with a little bit of real maple syrup, a few bites of my Irish Oatmeal, and his all time favorite mandarin oranges

Lunch:

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Basically it was an un-assembled turkey sandwich; diced turkey breast, avocado and whole wheat bread with some watermelon on the side and water to drink. He also had a Plum Baby yogurt pouch

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Snack was some goldfish a fruit and veggie pouch and water. He doesn’t like to eat many whole veggies so we usually give him at least one veggie pouch a day just to make sure he’s eating some veggies

Dinner(which I also forgot to take pictures of while he was eating it so I took pictures of mine) was oven roasted chicken and vegetables(carrots, celery, potato, and onion) we try to just give G some of what we have for dinner

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He tends to prefer foods that have been seasoned (don’t we all) He ate tons of carrots and some chicken. He loves sweet potatoes but doesn’t really care for white potatoes, and we also gave him some pears after he ate everything else

He’s very tall (just over 34″at 13 months old) and he’s thin but he’s a happy little guy so I think he’s doing alright!

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Boy oh Boy…

…Am I going to be outnumbered!  Not that I’m not outnumbered as it is already.  I grew up in a home with 3 brothers, and I live with my Hubby, my sweet Little G, and our 2 lovable Boxers, and now we’re going to be adding another BOY to the mix!!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely thrilled that we have another HEALTHY baby boy coming and I know God has a plan all worked out for me, I just think that before he gives me my sweet little princess he wants to test me 😉

Honestly, the more I think about it…the more excited I get!  I mean how cool is it going to be to have 2 little boys that are 18 months apart!  They’ll only be one grade apart in school, and I just have this feeling that they are going to be Best Friends, and probably worst enemies at times too but one thing is for sure, and that is that they will have one another.  To play with, to look up to, to look out for, and to beat up on for the rest of their lives.  Regardless of what they go through, they will always have each other, and that just makes me so happy!  Not to say there isn’t a chance that they will be polar opposites, but it doesn’t matter, they will still have one another.  And to me that is just the neatest thing.  Not to mention, they can share toys, and clothes, and I get to dress them in matching outfits for Holidays!!!  I don’t know about you but I always think it’s so adorable when I’m at Church on Sunday and I see 2 little boys, dressed up in similar outfits.  I just love it, and you better believe that’s going to be me, and my boys 🙂

I have no idea who these boys are, but seriously…how cute are they!!!

Now that we know what we are having, we get to go through the whole picking the perfect name process again which was a little difficult with Garrett because Dan and I couldn’t agree on anything, fingers crossed it’s a bit easier this time around.  I also get to start picking out color schemes for the new bedroom!  We have yet to decide if we’re going to keep G in the room he’s in so as not to throw too much change to him at once (plus he is soooooo comfortable in his room I hate to take him from it) but the new room that we will be making a baby room is a bit bigger and farther from our bedroom, and eventually we would like to have Garrett and his little brother in the bigger room together so what do we do???  Do we switch G to the new room now and perhaps just try to keep it as much of the same as possible or do we put the new baby in the new room and let G stay where he is?  In a perfect world we would move G, and he would do great! just hope for the best, but again, I’m worried that all this change will throw him for a loop, and that’s not fair to him. I just want to do what’s best for my sweet boy.

So we’ve got some decisions to make but we’re very excited to be making them, and to add a new chapter to our life story!  I go back to the Dr’s in a week and a half for my 20 week check-up, so I’ll post a baby and a bump update then!  I can’t believe I’m almost half way through my pregnancy!  That means that fall is just around the corner and I am definitely looking forward to cooler weather for our morning walks!

Any advice on the second bedroom dilemma??