Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday: September Edition

Where did the month of September go?! I can't believe it has just come and gone! I am so excited for all that is in store for October though. I can't wait to watch the leaves turn, break out the jeans and plaid, take Fall pictures, go to the pumpkin patch, sit around a bonfire and smell the tobacco barns smoking.

This is my first time to link up with Darci up but I enjoy reading other bloggers that link to this so I'm giving it a try.

1. Haley will be 8 weeks old on Monday! I can't believe she is already 2 months old! Update to come soon on all that she has been doing...which is still mostly eating, sleeping and pooping. LOL

2. I am back to work full-time as of this past week and survived the first week!! This is also our busiest time of the year at fun times..NOT! I am really missing my babies each day but at least if I can't enjoy them, my Mom gets to, since she watches them for me. Such a blessing and they aren't too awfully spoiled. :)

3. I am ready to decorate for Halloween this weekend!! I've had my Fall decor out for most of this past month (click here to see the post about that) but now I'm ready to transition it over to Halloween! I will do a post of how that all turns out. I already have Haley's costume and know what Jonah wants to be. Jonah wants to be a fire fighter and so I'm trying to figure out how to DIY most of his costume because the ones I've found online are WAY too expensive for a kid costume!!

4. I am trying to get back into an exercise routine now that I'm back to work. The hubby really wants for both of us do a local charity 5K in November and I am no where near ready. Right now it takes me 20 minutes to walk a mile. I am really out of shape after having Haley even though I actually weigh a pound or two less than I did when I first found out I was pregnant with her. My body is just different (as is to be expected) and there is so much more that I just want to get toned back up. The hubby has been so supportive of helping with the kids in the evenings a couple times this week so I could get some walking in. Any tips on the best way to train for a 5K? Any good song ideas for walking to? I am all ears!

5. Just for fun here is clip of a comedian that another blog I follow posted. I love the part around the 2:30 mark about glitter. So true!! LOL!

Have a great weekend!!

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fall Hutch {Pumpkins & Chevron}

It's starting to feel like Fall here in Tennessee! The trees are drying out and the leaves will soon be changing colors. Everyone is predicting a colorful Fall with all the rain we got over the Summer. I have been itching to get all my Summer decor down and get the Fall stuff out. I finally accomplished that this weekend!

I am sharing my hutch all decorated for the Autumnal season. If you want to see how I've decorated this hutch in the past you can check it out here: Halloween, Valentines, Easter and Spring/Summer. You can also go to this post to see how I transformed this $25 hutch with paint.

As you can tell the theme for this year's Fall hutch is PUMPKINS!! I am not sure how I ended up with so much pumpkin decor but I have a bunch and I'm putting it all to good use this year. I just love pumpkins so I don't mind that I have so many. What says Fall better than a pumpkin?!

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Haley - 1 Month Old!

I cannot believe that one whole month has come and gone for our sweet, precious Haley! She is just the sweetest and best baby ever!! I am biased of course. LOL Here is what she has been up to so far in her first month of life.

Weight: Not totally sure but I would guess she is past the 8 lb mark
Height: Probably still close to 20 inches long


Haley is so much better of a sleeper than Jonah ever thought about being and that has been a God-send! She goes 3 to 3.5 hours between bottles and takes about an hour to 2 hour nap between feedings. She still gets up twice in the night to eat. Once usually around midnight to 1:00 a.m. and then again around 4:30 to 5:00 in the morning. She sleeps very soundly in the night (or maybe we just pass out so deeply we don't hear her LOL). She doesn't just wake up and scream for the bottle either. She just kind of starts stirring and then we know it's time for her to eat because she never goes back to sleep once she starts stirring. I usually feed the midnight one and then Michael does the early morning one so I can rest more. It takes her a good 20 minutes to finish a bottle and then burp and sometimes she has gas so the whole process is almost an hour worth in the night. It's great to have Michael's help at night and especially as I transition back to working.

Haley is a noisy sleeper though. She grunts and wallows around in the bed for a while but she does go to sleep on her own. I don't remember Jonah being so noisy or going to sleep without our help. She does like the pacifier from time to time to get her calmed down enough for sleep. She takes it in spurts though. All in all, we are so grateful for her being a good sleeper this time around...we are older than we were with Jonah, ya know! LOL

Haley is also a great napper and she can sleep through anything. We don't make Jonah be super quiet when she is asleep and he plays with is toys (many that make noises) and it never phases her. She even slept through the lawn mower while we were outside the other day. Michael was mowing with Jonah on there with him and so we were outside and it was loud. I had her ears covered with a blanket but still. I don't know how she did that!


Haley takes 3.5 ounces at each bottle already and I am sure we will be up to 4 ounces soon. We haven't had any issues with her formula and she does not seem to have any major gas issues other than the normal stuff. She does not spit up regularly either, which I attribute a lot of that to having her adjusted twice already by our family chiropractor. Once at the hospital the night she was born and then last week he adjusted her again.


Haley is just the most content baby! We can just lay her down anywhere and she is just happy to be there and will fall asleep just about anywhere too. The only time she fusses is if she is having a gas pain and then once it's passed you can lay her back wherever she was and she is fine. She just seems to be an easy-going baby for the most part and we have gotten lots of little smiles (probably gas but we'll take it) and coos already.


Lots of firsts of course.

-First bath
-First trip to church, Roro's, Nana's, Hobby Lobby, grocery store and Dr. office
-First time sleeping in crib
-First smiles and coos
-Loosing her cord stump


Haley loves her swing and bouncy seat. She loves her bottle and pacifier. She also loves white noise like fans and the dishwasher running. She loves her bath and has never fussed once when she is getting bathed. I think she also loves her Mommy, Daddy and big brother too.


She hates being dressed and having her arms handled too much. She hates the car seat sometimes too. I think she hates it because her little head has to be squished in the newborn support and then we have to handle her arms a bit to get her latched in and she doesn't like that. Once she is comfy she will go right to sleep in the car though.

1 Month Pictures!!

We just love how Haley has rounded out our little family and can't wait for all the fun that she will continue to bring to our lives. I am hoping to post some more before I have to go back to work full time. I want to write about how Jonah has taken to being a big brother and some other happenings around our home. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Jonah's 1st Fish

This past Labor Day weekend was so nice and relaxing! On Saturday evening we went down to Land Between The Lakes to Piney Campground where my in-laws were camping for the weekend. This campground is just down the highway from our town and it's THE BEST as far as campgrounds go. Large lots with tons of shade and kids can ride bikes everywhere. We took Jonah's fishing pole along and he and his Daddy were looking forward to doing some fishing off the dock near the boat launch. Haley and I stayed back in the air-conditioned motor home (it was sooo hot!). Jonah, Michael and Poppa went down to the dock and got Jonah all fixed up with a cricket as his bait. Michael's Dad, Bill kept a watch on the line even though Jonah had a lot of slack in the line from moving around and when he saw the bobber go under he snatched the line to set the hook for Jonah. Then Jonah got to reel it in!!

We were all so proud of him and as you can tell from the pictures he is pretty proud of himself too! When anyone asks him how big his fish was he always says "it was 30 pounds, 80 pounds!" LOL He is already a true fisherman!!

Fishing for the first time!

 Proud fisherman!!

 Jonah and Poppa

Jonah and his proud Daddy!

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