Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fried and Saucy!!

After Justin got home from work he told me we needed to go for a drive. I didn't know where we needed to go, but he reminded me that he in fact does read my blog and he remembered that yesterday was "Must Try Tuesday". Once E woke up we got in the car and went for a ride and somehow managed to end up at Slim Chicken's. As many of you may or may not know, I went through a phase in my life where I was literally afraid to eat "fried" foods; and as a result I've never tried Slims, nor the fabulous Slim Sauce. Slim's is now a new favorite of mine. Delicious! If you haven't been, it is a must visit!

The past few days have been a little rough in our house! One reason being sickness. Elizabeth has come down with bronchitis and now I have developed something too. Nothing like a little one to teach you to keep on trucking. It is quite amazing because she has yet to act like her sickness bother's her too much. Now that we have started her on the breathing treatments, she is coughing more than she was, which scared me half to death. The doctor said it was completely normal and would infact help her heal. She's a trooper! Medicine seems to be helping both of us, thanks to Daddy for picking it up, but sheer exhaustion has set in.

Realization.....Over the years I have become someone who thrives on making other people happy, and at times it is at the expense of my own happiness. I try to live in a world of butterflies, but life is not always roses and rainbows, but one thing I do know is that the joy a child brings to your life can never be replaced nor removed. Her eyes when she see's her Daddy can bring tears to my eyes and I can never give her enough kisses. Elizabeth is my rainbows and butterflies :)

After visiting the doctor yesterday, Elizabeth is now at 11lbs 11 ounces and nearing 26 inches long. We are still struggling with the issue of her getting too long for 0 to 3 but too skinny for 3 to 6 months. Looks like we might just be wearing baggy clothes as we put some more weight on :)

Much Love! Happy Wednesday

Monday, March 14, 2011

Under the weather and the BIG 4

Elizabeth hasn't caught a cold since she was born and I was truly elated! But, I may have spoke too soon! Starting Thursday of last week she started to get a stuffy nose and I began to give her saline drops in her nose to keep it moist. Over the weekend that stuffy nose turned into a congested cough and an even stuffer nose. On the bright side, it doesn't seem to be bothering her, but it sure does make Mommy hurt each time she coughs. Luckily no need to schedule a doctor's appointment though, because we go tomorrow for a monthly routine checkup! Yippee!

Saturday E turned 4 months old!!! She is changing everyday and it is amazing what a blessing she is to Justin and I.
What's new with E?
Rolling over
Takes 5 ounces of formula 4 to 5 times a day
Bed time around 8:30pm (Daddy gets her ready for bed and brings her to me in her room for mommy daughter feeding, burping and bedtime)
Experimenting with baby rice cereal
Mobile in her crib (she moves from one side to the other during the night) too cute!
She is incredibly strong with her legs and arms. I keep thinking she is going to try to crawl, but we aren't quite there yet.
She has serious vocals! I guess with two extrovert parents, she would be a talker too!
Absolutely adores all kinds of music. American Idol... (Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery keep her attention during entire song)
Still wearing 0 to 3 months
Using her pacifer less and less everyday. Hurray!
Loves her Daddy, it is amazing the laughter he brings out in her. She loves on Mommy, but laughs with Daddy. I guess that is okay though.
Realized she can look at herself during bathtime in the mirror. Precious
Splashes all the water out of her tub and all over Daddy
Loves to love and hug on all her toys. Especially, Abby, Charlie and Pluto (Yes, we have named them) :)

So much is happening and changing with our little one, but these are a few things that come to mind.

Tomorrow is must try Tuesday! :)

Much love!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Favorite Edible Items!

Today I added another item to one of my favorite edible items! Almond Joy candy bars :)

One of the presents Justin got me for Valentine's Day was a box of chocolates. Story behind this box of chocolates is that his grandfather before he passed away always gave his mom and his grandmother a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day. Justin wanted to start this tradition with our family and I was elated because I do LOVE chocolate! I can't wait for Elizabeth to start getting her own box of chocolates from Daddy too.

One of my favorite chocolates inside the box was the coconut covered in chocolate. Justin doesn't like coconut so he made sure to leave those for me....... "How nice of him" ha-ha! But, oddly enough those turned out to be the ones I enjoyed the most. Today I took a trip to Wal-Mart to get a few items for my "mother's" meatloaf recipe (which I must say is fabulous!) and I came upon the $1 dollar snack size snickers, almond joys, and reese's packages. My love of coconut, almonds and chocolate made me fully believe I would find the almond joy delicious. I grabbed a couple packages and headed towards the checkout! Of course, I had far too many items that were not on my list that some how managed to make it into the cart. I think Elizabeth put it in there without me looking. :) As I drove off, I opened the package of the mini almond joys and took my first bite. "Pure bliss"! YUMMY!!!! I did manage to grab Justin a few snack size snicker's and I am making him a "completely homemade dinner". Which will be ready for him when he gets home from work.

Because of this new love, I have decided to make Wednesday's "Must try day". I will post one of my favorite edible items from the day/week and hopefully you will post your favorite too!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Mommy!

This week has been FULL of me finishing leftover course work from last semester and I am so happy to say that I am finished. All work has been turned in! Yippee!! I can now totally devote myself to life outside of school work! For the past few months I have felt like an elephant was always in the room and that elephant is now gone. See ya later homework :)
Back in February my parents had asked me what I wanted for my birthday and the response was "pictures of Elizabeth"!!! This past Tuesday I finally got those pictures taken of our little angel by the fabulous Blaire Perry. A dear friend Brandi Rushton, let us use her awesome furniture for the shoot and I was beyond thrilled. Justin and I are rather "traditional" and our "matchy, matchy" furniture just wouldn't do ha-ha! While Elizabeth wasn't so sure about all these pictures being taken, she was quite the trooper and lasted nearly the entire photoshoot without getting too fussy! I kept wanting to talk to Blaire about life, which might have cut into our photo taking time, but it ceases to amaze me how God brings amazing people into your life at the "perfect" time. Yesterday, I got on facebook only to see that Blaire had posted two of Elizabeth's pictures from the shoot and I was a GIDDY Momma! I absolutely adore Elizabeth and Blaire was able to capture her personality effortlessly! I was a huge fan of Blaire's work before, and now I believe I could be her biggest cheerleader!!! Now, it is important to point out that Blaire does not just do fabulous newborn shoots, SO, if you are in need of pictures for your upcoming wedding, engagement, graduating senior, growing kiddos or any other crazy photo ideas, she is your girl!

Today is a beautiful today! Go out and enjoy it!

Much Love!