Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Taking a little blogging break...

Hello blogettes! I've decided to take a little blog hiatus for a bit. Trying to keep up with baby, work, home, family, social life is keeping me pretty busy these days and blogging has definitely taken a back burner unfortunately. I do love blogging and I especially love connecting with all my bloggy friends, so I will pop in from time to time to read and comment on your blogs. 

Does this mean I am going to quit blogging altogether? No!!

Every now and then I feel as though I need to take a breather to refresh. Most of the time I come back full swing with new, creative ideas for posts. I'm hoping to work on a revamp of the design of my site as well.

Until then, you can keep up with me on instagram (aka my mini blog)!

Love you all! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

CAMDEN || 4 months!

{polo and shorts: carter's | mocs: c/o Sweet N Swag}

Weight: guessing around 14 + pounds
Height: ?? (will fill in after our 4 month appointment on Friday)
Diapers: size 2
Clothes: mostly 3-6 months and some 6 mo

I can't believe my little dude is 4 months already! I am loving this stage. Lots of smiles and even a few giggles here and there (when mommy is really funny). 

He has been eating like a champ and is definitely bulking up! We won't know his exact weight until his 4 month appointment this Friday, but from our guestimations and weighing him at home, I'd say he's about 14 + pounds! That head of his will not stop growing as well! Poor guy can hardly keep that noggin upright while sitting in his Bumbo or Monkey chair. He's getting a lot better at tummy time, but he can't quite hold his head upright on his arms yet. He has, however, started to roll from his back to his side and vice versa. He's always squirming and waving those arms (I couldn't get one shot of him still!). He's so ready to stand and crawl! His legs seem to be so strong. I need to get him an activity walker (recommendations welcome) so he can stand. I can tell he gets so anxious in his chairs. He just wants to stretch his legs out!

We are on a great routine now. Up at 7 and eating and he goes to bed no later than 8pm. He eats at 7, 10-10:30, 1-1:30, 4-4:30 and last feeding at 7:30 with a big bottle (he's up to eating 6 oz now). We started taking his arms out of the swaddle and as long as his hands are covered (so he doesn't scratch his face), he does pretty well.  Sometimes he gets a little 'grunty' between 4-5am, but I just go in and put the paci in his mouth and he falls right back asleep. He's such a good sleeper once he is down. 

His reflux is pretty much non existent anymore which is great. He still spits up a little, but is a 'happy spitter' as they say, so nothing to worry about. He is eating 50% formula (we are using Enfamil Gentlease as recommended by a few friends for his gas issues) and 50% breast milk right now and I am starting to ween myself off of the pump (whoo hoo!). We have a pretty good stock pile of breast milk in our deep freezer that should get us through until he's 6 months or starting to eat more solids/baby food.

He has definitely found his voice! He loves to squeal and is babbling constantly! I'd love to know what is going through that baby brain of his sometimes. He especially loves to have conversations with the monkey on his activity mat. He has also started grabbing at objects and shakes his rattle. He is starting to want to put things in his mouth, which I was wondering if that may mean he is starting to teeth, but no signs of teeth yet. 


I also just picked up a fairly new Graco jogging stroller that fits our carseat for $50 off of a local neighborhood buy and sell page on facebook! I'm pretty excited to try it out! 

I am so excited to see what the next month of Camden's life brings us! So many firsts on the way for this little bundle of joy! We just love him to pieces!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday 5...

I'm going to do Friday 5's a little different going forward... I really liked the Currently post I did a while back and thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my Friday 5 posts (since they are changing all the time)!

1 || Eating: Lots of hummus and pita chips. It's my new favorite snack! I also made this recipe for skinny crock pot chicken pot pie on Monday and have been enjoying the left overs all week!



2 || Watching/Reading: Still slowly catching up on House of Cards with Bill when we are able to watch TV together. Also, really into some new shows: The Royals and Southern Charm (anyone else?)! Of course, you can catch me watching any of the Real Housewives shows on any given day on Bravo. As far as the reading goes... Do picture books with Cam count? I really need to get back into reading again... Anyone have any good suggestions?




3 || Wearing: These leggings (which are on sale now!)... Yes, I know I keep mentioning them. I love them! Also wearing these sneaks and sweatshirts on the daily. Looking forward to dressing up for Easter though!

4 || Loving: Even though it's still a little chilly (in the 40s and 50s this week besides our random 70 degree day), I am loving that the sun has been shining and all the snow is melted! Hallelujah!!

Also loving spending time with Cam this week. He just makes me smile all the time! I can't believe he is 4 months (today) already! We had a really fun photo sesh yesterday for his 4 month post (coming Monday). It may or may not have included an outfit with my new favorite baby mocs from Sweet N Swag!



5 || Looking forward to: Spending the weekend with my little family! We have another dinner date planned for tomorrow night. I am loving our date nights and always look forward to our quality time. I'm hoping to enjoy the nice weather and maybe do some Spring cleaning? Also, planning to pick up a new jogging stroller! Whoo hoo!

What are your plans this weekend?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday | Easter Outfits

I'm on the hunt for the perfect Easter outfits for baby, hubby and me!

We are spending Easter weekend in my husband's home town of Rockford, OH (small town about 2 hours west of Columbus). It will be the first time a lot of his family and friends back home will be seeing Camden, so we want to look nice.

I'm also on a pretty tight budget now that we purchased our new sectional and still saving for the rest of the family room re-do. Here's how I plan to dress our family with new Easter outfits for less than $150!



For Dad | I love the look of fitted oxford shirts for Bill and this light blue color always looks so great on him. I paired the shirt with some casually fitted navy khakis and this matching blue and navy striped tie.

For Mom (me) | I found this floral shift dress at Old Navy and I just love the colors and the fact that it has sleeves. I was looking for a maxi dress, but found this one instead. I'm hoping it's not too chilly for bare legs, but I'm ready to risk it for the sake of wearing this dress!

For Baby | I really can't get enough of the baby bow ties for boys. This pink and pale blue ensemble from Target had me at 'hello!' 

I may or may not have also purchased some white bunny ears to put on Charlie (our dog) in the dollar section at Tarjay :) :)

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Paddy's Day!


Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!!

Gone are the days of green beer drinking (for now...). I'd rather spend this holiday with my little Lucky Charm :)

We are enjoying my day off out in the sunshine and maybe taking a trip to Target? I don't know... I don't know if we'll have enough time ;)

xoxo

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekend Recap

Another weekend came and went just like that! At least this weekend we saw hope that Spring is finally here and the worst of the winter is over (can I get an AMEN)!

Bill had been traveling most of the week and got home late Friday night, so we just laid low. Saturday morning I was up and at 'em ready to work out! I went to a Body Works plus Abs class at my gym. It was all stregth training and core work which is what I need. Let me just say that this girl can not hold a plank for very long! :/ I'm hoping to continue to work on strength training to help firm up my core and also to help my sore back.


Saturday evening my parents babysat Cam so we could have a date night. It was in the 50s and I decided to boycot the boots and coat in celebration! 

{flats - Target (old) | Old Navy jeans | sweater Michael Kors - TJMaxx | Kate Spade watch similar | Kate Spade iphone case}

We had a nice dinner at Macaroni Grill. We actually gave up a table to sit at the bar. I don't know what it is about sitting at the bar at a restaurant, but sometimes I love it. You feel like you're in the middle of the action. I guess I'm not so romantic ha!

Sunday, we decided to take a family outing to the grocery store and to shop for a new sectional for our family room. Camden did really well the whole time and didn't make a peep. He just kind of looked around everywhere.

We found a sectional that we like, but just need to order it in a different fabric. I really wanted something in a light grey for the room. I think it will be perfect! Only downside is that we have to wait 6 - 8 weeks for it to arrive... sad face!


Left fabric is for the sectional and the other 2 are for accent pillows.

My parents, grandma and brother came over for dinner last night. Unfortunately, since Cam didn't nap very well during the day he was really fussy at night :/ I've noticed that if he doesn't get good naps during the day that it affects him in the evening and he becomes increasingly fussy right before bed. He was so upset that he didn't even finish half his bottle. We were thinking he may be teething too since he has been wanting to chew everything and has been drooling a lot, but it seems too early for that?!

Sorry for posting this so late in the day! I was having some internet issues this morning!

I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending.

How was your weekend?


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday

Hello!

I have some random thoughts for you today. Mostly baby related... Go figure!

1 | I'm getting more confident with taking Camden out of the house with me alone. On Tuesday we went to Babies R Us and Carter's together! He was such a good boy and just slept or quietly looked around. Only got a little fussy in the car on the way home most likely because he was hungry. I'm excited to start spending more time with him out of the house on my days off, especiall now that the weather is getting nicer!



2 | Speaking of shopping, can you handle the cuteness of Camden's Spring wardrobe (thanks to Carter's)? This isn't even half of it :/ I'm so excited for warmer temps so he can wear these! Can we say seersucker is the new black? :)



3 | A family friend of ours gave us the cutest outfit for Camden a while back and I finally got him into it! They are the softest, most adarable baby PJs I've ever seen (similar outfit here)! Ralph Laren is quickly becoming one of my favorite baby brands! Shop all Ralph Lauren baby boy clothes here.



4 | I had to start leaving the house on work days because it was too hard hearing Camden in the background :( I even tried to run a space heater for noise, but I could still hear him. I was not focusing very well on work. So, now my mom comes over in the morning and I go to my parent's house to work! Ha! Hopefully, when Camden is a little less high maintenance and my parents' dogs get used to him, I can just drop him off there and work at home. For now, this set up has been working a lot better.

5 | I'm sooooo ready for Spring!!! The temps have been warmer and the sun is slowly melting all the snow away. I haven't had to wear my big Northface jacket, but just a light jacket when leaving the house! I hope this means I can put away the parka for good!

I have been living in these leggings the past few weeks... They were a great purchase!

That's all I have for now! 
Happy Thursday!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday.
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