Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekend Recap

Is everyone recovering from the Super Bowl last night?  I have to admit that I didn't watch any of it.  Didn't see a single commercial either.  I caught the last part of the halftime performance and that was about it.  Sundays are so busy for me getting everything ready for the week - grocery shopping, food prep, laundry, laying out Jack's school stuff...the list goes on and on.  I'd rather work my tail off on Sunday night and then watch the Bachelor and rest on Monday night after work!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a fun week planned for Valentine's Day!

On Friday night we did our usual pizza night and watched The People vs. OJ Simpson after the boys were in bed.  I'm already hooked.  Friday was also a big night for us because we put Colin in his crib for the first time.  He did great!  He woke up once around 4am.  I nursed him and he went right back to sleep until 7am.  I will call that a success especially since my body needed a longer stretch of sleep after the work week!

Saturday morning Jason picked up donuts for us again - I'm loving this new Saturday tradition - and we had to tackle a few home issues.  My mom and I {along with Colin} ran to Nordstrom to take back a pair of shoes for me and look at bathing suits for her {I'm not doing that to myself for a few more months thank you very much}.  It was a success for both of us and we still had time for a quick lunch.  I picked up these shoes and these shoes for work and both my mom and I got a pair of these shoes!  #twinning

Saturday afternoon I let Jason nap while I played with the boys.  Jason claims that because he's older than me he requires naps on the weekend.  I used to fight the unfairness of this since I'm the one up in the middle of the night, but have learned that a happy {rested} husband is better on everyone.  This falls under the same category as the man-flu!  Jack and I tested Colin's neck strength in the Bumbo seat and he did great!  He also discovered his feet and loves grabbing onto toys and teethers now. 

On Sunday we all went to Sports Clips so Jason and Jack could get haircuts.  We had lunch afterwards and spent some time outside.  While the boys napped I hit the grocery store for the week.

Jason grilled burgers and I made "crack bread" for some game time snacking.  It wasn't too exciting for us this year since we didn't really care about either team, but it was exciting to think that next year the big game will be in Houston!  It won't mean anything for me except extra traffic in the city, but Jason will be involved since a segment of his office is in charge of hosting.  

Colin is so not interested in my picture taking habits!
And now it's Monday again...hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday :: What's in My Shopping Cart

I love to see what people buy!  Call me weird, but shopping hauls and current obsessions are some of my favorite blog posts so I thought I'd share a few things that found their way into my online shopping carts recently! 

ONE :: A new pair of sunnies...

I used a gift card from Christmas to buy myself some new sunnies.  Last week I had it narrowed down  to four pair.  I finally decided to give these a try and love them!  They are the perfect size, shape and color for me and are very comfortable.  

TWO :: A possible Easter dress...

I have not received this dress yet so I can't speak about fit or material.  Shift dresses generally look good on me but when they are wrong, they are so WRONG.  I'm hoping this will work to wear on Easter Sunday.  It seems like it would be comfortable and forgiving.  This post-baby body is loving prints right which tend to hide leakage, spit-up and body flaws.  

THREE :: My favorite hair product in the entire world...

I have used this stuff for years!  I apply a few pumps to my damp hair after every wash and it really helps combat dryness and makes my hair so soft and smell really good.  It is expensive for a hair product, but lasts forever.  The last time I ordered this product was in August so it lasted about 6 months.  

FOUR :: Valentine's for Jack...

Love that Minted now has classroom Valentine's!  They are cute, personalized and quick to order.  When I placed my order there was a promotion for free personalized stickers too! 

FIVE :: A ticket to a local blog conference...

I was on the fence about attending a blog conference this year since it means I'm leaving Jason to wrangle two kids all day on a Saturday, but ultimately I decided that I really want to do this!  There are several speakers who were announced that I'm downright giddy to meet and hear from.  I attended this conference last year and loved it and the people so much. 

Now it's your turn!  What is in your virtual shopping cart? 
Happy Friday! 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday :: New Work Wear from Loft

Right before I started back to work my mom and I had a shopping day to get a few new pieces for work.  Luckily I'm back into my old sizes so I didn't need that much post-baby, but it's always fun to grab a few new things...I felt like I was back to school shopping!  It makes going back to work a little more fun. 

Outfit #1

Flannel BlazerFloral Flounce Pocket Blouse - Essential Skinny Ankle Pant in Navy
Love everything about this outfit so much that I wore it on my first day back.  It's all comfortable and forgiving on a postpartum body.  If you can get your hands on the flannel blazer - which I think is now soldout online - buy it!  The longer length is great and it can be dressed up or down.

Outfit #2

OR Pinstripe Pant with White Crisp Tunic Softened Shirt & Cozy Open Cardigan
The vertical stripe pants are super flattering for us shorties!  If you like the J. Crew swing sweaters give this one a try since it has a better price point and comes in multiple colors.  It's super comfy too.

 Outfit #3

Utility Custom Stretch Pencil Skirt - Signature 3/4 Sleeve Sweater
This skirt is so flattering and comfortable.  It's a classic piece that can be paired with so much throughout any season.  I love mixing navy and black with silver jewelry and this sweater is really perfect.

Have you shopped Loft lately?  What were you most excited about?

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

Thoughts for Thursday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Colin Everett: 3 Months

Weight: 15 pounds, 11 oz.
Length:  Not taken this month

Head Circumference:  Not taken this month

Clothes: 3 month and 6 month,  Size 2 Diapers

Sleep:  You are staying awake much more during the day, but still taking short naps.  The napping is inconsistent and has changed a bit since I went back to work.  Your night sleeping is still all over the place - sometimes going for longer stretches and sometimes not, but I can't complain.  You are just too cute and sweet even in the middle of the night. 

Schedule: We had a good schedule going with a nice eat, play, sleep rotation but then I went back to work and it's now pretty inconsistent.  You typically eat around 6am and then go back down to sleep while I get ready for work and then wake up and eat again around 9am.  Other feedings around noon, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm.  Bath around 8pm and bedtime at 10pm.

My hope is to get everyone adjusted in the next few weeks with me at work and the nanny getting used to two kiddos.  Then we can work on establishing a more formal eat, play, sleep routine!  

Health: Everything is good {knock on wood}!  The worst thing you have dealt with is ongoing gassiness and a little congestion here and there.  Just like your brother you have very dry, eczema prone skin and mild cradle cap, but both are under control!

Crying: You are not crying as often, but it is still oh so loud when you do.  You will let us know immediately if you are hungry, have a poopy diaper or just aren't happy.  You do okay in the car as long as we are moving.  The second we stop you let us know that it's not okay!

Feeding: You are still an eating champ, feeding every 3 hours.  When you take a bottle of pumped milk it's usually 4-5 oz. each feeding.  For a while you were sleeping longer stretches at night, but now the norm is to eat once in the middle of the night around 3am.  Sometimes you go longer and sometimes it's sooner.  We are still trying to get on a more defined schedule! 

  • Eating
  • Being held
  • Watching your brother
  • Being talked to
  • Snuggles
  • Walks outside
    • Tummy time although it's getting better

    • Holding your neck up and moving it to the side during tummy time.  You even rolled over on your side once.
    • Grabbing things like my necklace or the washcloth during baths
    • Tons of smiles and laughs 
    Places You've Gone: You had a lot of doctor appointments this month.  You went to see the pediatrician, urologist and had an ultrasound at Texas Children's.  You have been to church, Sugar Creek Country Club and several restaurants.  And of course lots of Target trips!

    Visitors:  This month you got to meet your Uncle John and G-Daddy from Jason's side of the family.  Both attended your special Baptism!  You also met the ladies of the Houston Moms Blog Executive team since you attended our 2016 planning meeting with me.  

    Postpartum:   At 3 months postpartum I am back to my pre-baby weight and fitting into all the clothes I was wearing right before I got pregnant.  I can't say that everything is back to normal, but I'm happy with the progress I've made so far especially since I haven't done anything to lose the weight like watch my diet or exercise.  That will come once I get adjusted to working again. 

    Life with Two:  As I've said before things get easier each day as we get adjusted to two.  Jack is the best big brother and truly loves when you are around.  He misses you when you are sleeping and gets excited when you come home if you've been gone.  He loves reading to you and showing you all of your toys.  

    Special Memories this Month:  Your Baptism is the best memory of the month!  You were Baptized in front of all of your {huge} family with your parents, brother and Godparents standing beside you.  It was a very special day that we will never forget.   

    Just for fun :: Jack's Three Month Update

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Weekend Recap

    It's back to work today and gosh I am tired, but it was a gorgeous weekend in Houston and we got lots of family time in so I'm a happy girl.

    On Saturday Jason was craving donuts so the day already started out great!  Around lunchtime we headed to Sugar Land Town Square to let Jack burn some energy at the fountains and outdoor area.  It was such a gorgeous day. 

    Colin was asleep so we decided to brave a restaurant!  Escalante's for the win!  I hadn't been since before having Colin and we had the best meal - guac and enchiladas for this girl!  Even better is that Colin cooperated and slept the entire time so we could all enjoy it. Jack was giddy to be eating chips and guac with a bottomless lemonade!

    We were lazy the rest of the day.  Jack helped me take 3 month pictures of Colin and Colin and I snuck in a Target run. 

    Saturday night after dinner Jack and I made heart cookies for Valentine's Day.  I love doing special things with just the two of us when we can.  I think he does too because he wouldn't stop talking about it the rest of the weekend! 

    On Sunday we were lazy one more day - Jason wasn't feeling great all weekend so I wanted him to rest up as much as possible.  We just can't have a man down right now!

    I was shocked when getting Colin dressed for the day that he has outgrown all of his 3 month clothing and fits better into Jack's old 6 and 9 month clothes!  I specifically remember Jack wearing this when he was almost 7 months.

    We did another lunch out at Beck's so Jack could run around and feed the ducks.  He was thrilled because we spotted a baby turtle on our walk.  Mimi and Papi joined us too!

    I ran to the grocery store in the afternoon and made supper for us in the evening.  Boring lives yes, but it was just what we needed after a week going back to work. 

    I hope your week is off to a great start!

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Five on Friday :: Tears, TV, Tunics, Tortoise & Transitions

    I'm so happy to be back to blogging and back to my usual Five on Friday post!  I hope you have had a great week and are gearing up for a fun weekend.  

    ONE :: TEARS

    The big thing happening in my life lately is that I went back to work on Tuesday after a three month maternity leave.  I shed some tears the night before and Jack has been throwing tantrums each morning when I leave, but all in all it's been fine.  Since this is my second time doing this I know what to expect and know it will get easier.  Lots of pumping going on now...

    TWO :: TV

    Waking up at all hours of the night is so much more enjoyable when I have something fun to watch.  Luckily there are a handful of shows on right now that I'm loving including The Bachelor, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.  But hands down, my new favorite show is Telenovela with Eva Longoria!  Anyone else watching it?  It's so smart and hilarious.  


    I'm late to the party on reporting this one to you during my blogging hiatus, but if you don't already own these two tunics, you should consider them as both are on sale and come in lots of colors. 

    There is one for when I actually leave the house (Lush tunic) that I own in four {yes four} colors and one for lazy days at home and running errands (Old Navy) that I own in three colors! 

    I'm 5'4'' and both cover my butt and crotch area with no problem.  The Lush Tunic fits TTS in my opinion.  I ordered my usual large.  The Old Navy Tunic runs TTS also, but I ordered it one size up (XL) for extra length so I could wear with leggings.  The arms are a bit long since I sized up, but I think it looks great and is so comfy.  If you are wanting this to look a little less sloppy and lounge-wearish, I would stick to your normal size. 


    I am in desparate need of a new pair of sunnies.  My only requirement is that they are brown toroise shell since that looks best with my hair.  I looked the other day at Nordstrom but nothing I tried on seemed to fit the bill.  Well, that's not true...I found two pair that I just loved but both were WAY over my price range so I had to walk away.  Bye Chanel and Celine sunnies... 

    I have it narrowed down to four pair online.  Does anyone have an opinion or own these?  It's so hard when you can't try on.  I'm curious how the new J. Crew sunnies are and if they are worth their price tag?!


    We've been making lots of transitions lately.  Me going back to work.  Trying to get Jack potty trained.  Dealing with a second child.  One transition I've been dreading for some reason was getting Jack out of his crib and into a big boy bed.  I was worried my good sleeper would go away or he would get up and run amok at all hours of the night.  I'm so happy to report that so far it's been the most seamless transition.  We got him excited for his "Big Boy Boat Bed" as he calls it about one week before we made the switch and the rest is history! 

    I will say that I attribute a lot of our success to adding bed-rails on both sides.  It makes him feel confined and safe which helps with both of my worries. 


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    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    January Goals & December Goals Recap

    I realize it's cheating to be posting my goals for the month on the last week of the month, but hey, better late than never.  I actually have these written in my Day Designer, but am just now getting to blogging them.  Forgive me?

    I love going back and looking at my goals from previous months.  For instance, I love that one of my goals from January 2015 was to get 8 hours of sleep each night.  Ha!  My goal this month in terms of sleep is just to get some...anything.  My how things can change in just one year.   

    January 2016 Goals:
    • Complete all doctor appointments before going back to work
    • Organize my closet
    • Get my work wardrobe back in order
    • Shopping day with mom
    • Transition Jack to a big boy bed
    • Attempt potty training
    • Have Colin baptized
    • Enjoy my last weeks of maternity leave
    • Survive heading back to work
    • Declutter Challenge hosted by Pink Rose Company

    December Goals:
    Not only did I complete these goals (although they weren't very lofty) but we survived so much sickness + the holidays this month.  Win, win, win! 
    • Finish Christmas shopping by mid December so I can wrap and enjoy the holidays
    • Worry less about housework and spend more time soaking in the precious moments
    • Drive thru the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights as a family
    • Visit Santa
    • Donate toys for others/Adopt a family
    • Send out family Christmas cards

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