Thursday, October 20, 2016

Date Night & Bucket Swings

Last Saturday night Scott and I got to go on a much needed date night. I've said before how rare those are for us. We honestly enjoy spending our nights at home but every parent NEEDS a date night here and there. Since they're so rare for us, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner at Ruths Chris. The Razorback game was on TV so we thought it would be fun to sit in the bar, eat a nice meal and cheer our hogs on. When we arrived, we told the hostess our plan and she mentioned they had the game on in the patio area as well. It was such a beautiful evening so we opted to sit outside instead. It was wonderful! We had a perfect view of the TV, I sipped on the first glass of red wine I've had since I don't even know when, Scott and I shared a huge steak and we watched the Hogs play an awesome game. It was all just so perfect that I wanted to cry. Ha! Momma needed a break from life and thankfully, I got it!
Our week has been pretty typical. Busy, busy. I used to get bored a lot when it was just me and Campbell but with the addition of baby brother, there isn't much time to get bored. It's nice because my days go by fast but it's also completely exhausting. I've been trying to get a lot more done around the house during the day time. It's hard to do with two littles but I was always waiting until after they went to bed to do stuff but then I wasn't able to get in bed until 11:30 or 12:00 most nights. I've been able to get in bed around 10:30 this week and it felt good to be in bed "early."
Fridays are our most chill day of the week so I'm glad I get one tomorrow. We almost always eat Chick Fil A on Fridays. If I'm brave we eat in and if I'm not in the mood we do the drive through. This has somehow become a tradition the last year and a half or so. Campbell likes it and I do too. I'm sure Bennett will feel the same way about it before we know it!
Speaking of baby Bennett, he got to enjoy the bucket swing for the very first time yesterday! I wasn't sure if he would like it or not since he's kind of small for it but he just sat in there and chilled. It's so funny because the first time I put Campbell in the swing, I made sure to bring our comfy (and sanitary!) bucket swing cover. Ha. #SecondChildProblems
I'm glad the weekend starts tomorrow. How about you? Until then....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

We took a little trip to the pumpkin patch last Friday evening. The weather was chilly so it seemed like an ideal time. We have the cutest little spot in NWA that I go to every year to pick out pumpkins. The people who run it are always so nice and it's fun to go and look at the many different varieties that they have. Campbell had an extra good time going this year. He immediately picked out a wagon and started putting as many pumpkins in it as he could manage. Then he got mad because the wagon got too heavy for him to pull. He didn't understand and became beyond frustrated. We tried to take some of the pumpkins out so he could roll the wagon but that just made him angry. Good times.
Here's some cute pumpkin patch photos that we got before the pumpkin meltdown.

Friday, October 14, 2016


So glad it's Friday. I need a weekend!!
I started my morning off with a run around my neighborhood while pushing my new stroller! I used to be big into running before I got pregnant with Campbell. I basically stopped running for the last several years only going for a run here and there occasionally. Once my doctor gave me the okay after Bennett was born to start working out, I was itching to hit the pavement again. Running around my neighborhood was a great way to shed the baby weight but was also an easy way to get out and have some "me" time. My nightly routine was always to put Bennett to bed then go for my run. However, it's getting darker so much earlier now and it scares me to run in the dark so my only other option was to go in the morning. Going in the morning means I have to take the boys with me so I ordered a BOB jogging stroller and got it earlier this week. I'm loving it so far!! A part of me misses being able to go for my runs alone but that's okay. I take the boys and girls with me and everyone seems to enjoy it. Plus it makes my workout just a touch harder since I'm having to push a stroller which is probably a good thing. Scott loves to remind me that we have three strollers now! Whoops. I always remind him that all three are used for different purposes. #StrollerHoarder
I've been working all week on Bennett's naps and getting him to move from three to two. I started on Monday and just last night I told Scott I was frustrated because it wasn't working. All I was wanting to do was get Bennett to extend his morning nap by 30 minutes then I felt like everything would fall into place for the rest of the day. But Bennett didn't think that was a good idea so I decided to give it a break for two weeks and try again later. Of course this little nugget decided to take two naps that lasted just a little over two hours each today. It could be a fluke but it reminded me how wonderful the two naps stage is. Two naps are my favorite. I wish Campbell still took two naps! Haha!!
He's so cute and sweet and I just want to eat him up. Enjoy your weekend everyone!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rain Puddles

You know how you reach a point where you really, really need a break from life? I'm there. I don't get there very often but this is where I've landed currently. And I think my husband is with me. There's no particular reason why. The boys are great, everything is fine. It's just that Scott and I never get any alone time together. Ever. After a while it just gets to you. I feel like I'm never going to get to take a vacation again. So I'm just going to go and cry into a pillow at the thought of that.

Okay. I'll stop now.
It rained yesterday which was fun because we got to wear our new rain boots! This rain is making it cold here in NWA and I'm liking it. The neighborhood pool is closed, there's no sense in holding onto summer any longer!! I'm fully embracing fall not that it's hard to do. The leaves are starting to turn and it's so beautiful. I just wish it lasted a little longer.
We don't have many big plans for the weekend. I wouldn't mind picking up a few pumpkins for my front porch but other than that, nothing on the agenda. We'll probably make some game day food and veg out on the sofa while watching college football per our new Saturday tradition. Does anyone have any yummy game day foods that they love? We usually do ham sliders, a hot spinach dip and slice and bake cookies. I have THE best and easiest spinach dip recipe. I'll try to remember to share it with you soon!!
The sofa is calling my name. I've got laundry to do but it can wait. I just need to prop my feet up and watch some shows. We're going to give Designated Survivor a try. Is anyone out there watching it? We've heard it's good. We finished The Americans (love!!) so we need a new show to add to our list. I mean, not really but you know.
Until tomorrow....

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Momma Knows Best

Today was a good day. I took Bennett in for his weight check and I am so thrilled to report that he has gained 8 oz within the last six days!! The average weight gain for a baby is .5 to 1 ounces a day so he gained even more than I hoped he would. I can't even tell you what a relief this is for me.
So a little background info: At Bennett's 4 month check up he weighed 11 lbs, 9 oz. Three weeks later I took him in because he had a horrible cough that ended up being croup. His weight dropped down to 11 pounds even. Thus began the weight checks. At first our ped didn't make much of a big deal about it. We went through this same type of situation with Campbell so genetics kept being blamed (for lack of a better word) as the problem. Of course our doctor wanted to be cautious so he had us come back the next week to check his weight again. In just one week he only gained one ounce. I left not feeling too terribly concerned because my doctor didn't make that big of a deal about it. However, he called me the next day and said he'd been thinking about it and suggested I give Bennett two bottles of formula a day and also wake him up between 2:00-4:00 am to feed him. I said no.
While I stood strong against doing something I truly didn't feel was necessary, it 100% bothered me to know he went home thinking about our situation and felt the need to call me the next day with some suggestions on how he thought I could fix it. That's when I got completely stressed out and began pumping like a crazy person. I felt like since I said no to his first suggestions, he may tell me to start doing all bottles of expressed milk to see how many ounces Bennett was taking, so I wanted to be prepared and have enough. I mean, I already have a freezer stocked full of milk (because despite my small babies, the amount of milk I'm capable of producing could feed twins if necessary) but I don't like to dip into my "in case of emergency" stash.
I felt so much pressure to get Bennett's weight up even though I knew in my heart there was nothing wrong. Bennett is reaching all milestones when he should, he sleeps 12 hours at night and is the happiest little baby. A lot of people were pushing me to do formula and when I said no to that, I got pressure to do a human milk fortifier which is something you can put in your breast milk to add calories. I didn't want to do that either.
I'm not one of those moms who is under the belief that your baby should only be fed breast milk. I know formula is a lifesaver for moms and I am thankful that such a thing was created to give to our babies. The reason I am so pro-breast feeding for me and my babies is because it makes my life SO MUCH EASIER. I don't have time to make bottles. Heck, I don't even have cabinet space in my kitchen to store bottles. I can't tell you how many times a week I feed Bennett in my car when we're on the go. Nursing is 100% the easiest solution for me not to mention, I just enjoy doing it. I'm proud to do it. I want to do it.
I kept telling my ped (who I love so much and have so much respect for and think is an amazing doctor, by the way) that my gut was telling me that the reason Bennett hadn't gained weight is because he got that croup then had a lingering cold for weeks that just wouldn't go away. I mean, I know when I don't feel good I don't eat as much and tend to lose weight. He somewhat disagreed but last week he did give us some antibiotics so Bennett could finally knock this cold out for good. And then what happens once he starts feeling better? He gains eight ounces in six days that's what.

The point of my post is this: Your mothers intuition is a very powerful thing. Trust it. Use it. Believe it.
I trusted my heart in knowing that there was nothing wrong with my milk or my baby. A lot of people wanted me to do something I didn't want to do but I wouldn't back down. I could tell some people thought I was being ridiculous but I didn't let that bother me. Was I concerned? Yes. Did I lose my confidence in breast feeding? Absolutely. It's so easy to. But I kept saying "just give me another week" and look what happened. I knew once Bennett got rid of that cold that we would see his weight climb. I just knew it. My mothers intuition has never led me astray and the longer I'm a mother, the more I learn to listen to it.
We don't have to go back for anymore weight checks now. I'm so glad to be done with this. My doctor jokingly said that Bennett has been way too easy on us and he needed to give us something to be stressed about. Ha! So true. But lets move on now. I'm tired of pumping.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cute Cousins

We had such a fun weekend! My parents came up for a visit and brought my niece, Avery, with them. Campbell and Avery are 9 months and 2 days apart in age and they have so much fun playing together. I think they know they're cousins and it's so cute to watch them together. Our weekend was all about making sure they had fun and I'm pretty sure we succeeded. There were lots of giggles and also really long naps from getting over stimulated. Haha!
I took this picture of Avery on Sunday morning and I love it so much. She was cuddled up on the sofa with her Minnie and her baby and she looked so sweet. She was also snuggled up in her bumpers which is her version of a comfort blanket and it tickles me so much! I love that she's chosen her bumpers as her lovie. I will always remember that about her!
The boys didn't have Mothers Day Out today and it was kind of nice to have an easy, slow morning. We usually only get slow mornings on Fridays so it was nice to have a break from the rush of getting out of the door. On our lazy mornings we all cuddle in my bed while Campbell watches TV and because of this I get to lay there and drink my hot cappuccino in peace. Today Campbell snuggled with Bennett while they watched Mickey Mouse together and it was so sweet. I just love watching this brother love. It makes my heart so happy!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bennett | 5 Months Old

Weight: 11 pounds, 4 ounces as of Wednesday

Height: 25 inches.
Sleep: We're transitioning from 3 naps to 2 so it feels like we're all over the place right now. Some days he takes 3 naps, sometimes it's 2 naps and a catnap and sometimes it's just 2 naps. Because of this we don't have much of a set schedule right now and it's driving me nuts! I'm going to work on getting us on a specific nap schedule this week because I don't like how disorganized this makes me feel. Bennett sleeps from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM at night. He likes to sleep on his side and is always very anxious to go to bed for the night.

Eat: I'm still exclusively breastfeeding Bennett. His diet consists of breast milk only and he eats 5 times a day. I've offered him a taste of bananas twice and he was totally uninterested. I haven't decided if I want to start solids yet or wait until next month. I have a feeling he's not going to love food the way his brother did. He's totally satisfied on his milk diet despite what the scales may say!
Clothes: Bennett still wears 0-3 month clothes. This cooler weather is about to force us into 3-6 month clothes even though we aren't quite ready for them yet so our outfits may look a little big for a few weeks. Bennett wears 3-6 month Kickee Pants pajamas and size newborn moccs.

Diapers: Size 2 Pampers Swaddlers and size 3 Pampers overnight diapers.
Likes: Smiling, baths, going for a stroll, the paci, his thumb, cuddling, watching big brother play, laying on his back and looking around, getting tickled.

Dislikes: There isn't much that makes Bennett unhappy but he does not like the few minutes it takes to get his diaper and pj's on right after his bath. He cries and cries to let us know he is ready for his momma to get in the rocking chair so he can eat himself to sleep!!
Milestones: Bennett learned how to roll over both ways this month! He grabs and plays with toys now and they almost always go straight to his mouth. Bennett discovered his feet this month and he loves to grab his toes all the time. He's really good at sitting up (assisted) and his coos have turned to jibber jabbers!

Month Five: Despite a lingering cold that just didn't want to go away this month, Bennett was still just as sweet as ever! We finally got him some antibiotics and I think we've kicked this cold for good. This is the first month where Bennett is really into the paci. He doesn't need his paci to go to sleep but he almost always wants it when he's awake.
All About Bennett: Bennett smiles all the time and his smiles are so big. He opens his mouth wide and his entire face lights up. Bennett loves Campbell and Campbell is so sweet to pay Bennett as much attention as he does. Five months later and Bennett is still just the sweetest, most chill and happiest little baby. I can't believe I got so lucky to have this easy of a baby. It still amazes me daily! We adore our "boo" and life with him is just so wonderful.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Feels Like Fall

Today was the first day that it has felt like fall here in Northwest Arkansas. It was so nice! We wore fall clothes and kept our heat on. I got up and moving this morning (it's rare usually) because I needed to go to Walmart to get groceries for homemade enchiladas to make for dinner tonight. I think it took me a whole hour to make it through the store and get everything I needed. Grocery shopping with both kids is something I try to avoid doing to the best of my ability. I should have planned ahead so I could do the Walmart grocery pick-up. Next time.
I did manage to get both boys down for their nap at the same time today. I love when that happens!! During that time I got so much done, including getting dinner made. I have learned that if you have alone time to get it done then you might as well take advantage even if it means getting started at 1:00 PM. Bennett woke up from his nap before Campbell did and Scott was home working so I wrapped my little guy up and we went for a quick walk around the neighborhood.
My parents and niece are here for the weekend. We have a birthday party to go to then the rest of our weekend will be a free for all. I'm sure we'll do something fun tomorrow for Campbell and Avery. They're so cute and we all get so much entertainment out of simply watching them play together.
I washed the girls bed today (my washer has a 'pet beds' cool is that?) and as soon as I pulled it out of the dryer they ran and hopped in. They LOVE a clean, warm bed. Can't say I blame them!!