Monday, July 27, 2015

Lucy 3 months

I think it is safe to say that Lucy is the sweetest baby I've ever known. Yes, yes Ford was sweet but a stubborn little boy who wanted constant entertainment. Lucy is a dream second baby. She is perfectly content watching her brother run around and play, she takes a bottle from anyone, sleeps anywhere, and is the happiest little girl! This month has been fun! Her personality is really developing and all it takes is one look at her and she grins ear to ear. I think I tell Jon at least once a day, "I am so glad we are past the newborn stage". Don't get me wrong, I love my newborn cuddle babies but this is the start of my favorite stage. Lucy brings so much JOY to our lives, I just can't imagine life without our little peanut lady. (she looks like such a chunk in these pics because of her cloth diapers.. well and she is a chunk!)

  • 14lbs according to our home scale, I think it is a little high but we go for her well check in a month
  • Beautiful blue eyes and light brown hair, I also spot a dimple sometimes on the left side, just like mama.
  • Such a sweet demeanor and personality. She smiles all the time and has started to giggle when you talk to her. She wants to talk so bad! She only cries when she is hungry or dirty but has learned to do the lip and it's adorable and hilarious.
  • Unfortunately she has her first cold right now but is still so happy and sleeping great! Ford was sick the week before and I guess it is inevitable that she got it.
  • LOVES big brother Ford! We bathe them together usually every other night and she just stares at him and smiles at everything she does. He loves washing her and showing her his toys and she is memorized. He loves getting on her play mat with her and putting his face right in hers and saying "Baby Girl, Baby Lucy!".
  • She is incredibly active, seriously this girl never stops moving. Her favorite thing is to be under her playmat just kicking and moving her arms, she seems like she is going to fly away. She does the same thing in her Mammroo and bouncer and I keep saying I wish we could find a way to connect her movements to an energy source.
  • She loves standing. She's not much of a cuddler unless shes tired but wants you to hold her up to stand (or sit up). Jon and I joke that she will skip crawling because she kinda sucks at tummy time but girlfriend wants to stand all day. I think we are going to put her in the exersaucer soon.
  • Bedtime is between 7:30-8p and wakes up for a quick nurse between 5-6a then goes back to sleep until around 7a. She's even slept 12 hours this month! She is a rockstar, 10-12 hour stretches at night make for one rested mama! She sleeps upstairs in her crib in a sleepsack.
  • I try to follow the Moms on Call schedule (infant/toddler one) and she's been napping 2-3 hours in the morning, 2-3 in the afternoon and 1 in the evenings. I've gotten good at getting both of them down at the same time in the afternoon, hallelujah! She usually takes her morning nap when we are on the go but afternoon and evening on our king sized bed (we just got room darkening shades in our bedroom, they are awesome). 
  • We follow the Eat/Wake/Sleep routine and she nurses every 3 hours during the day (8-9 hours at night) and takes a 4oz bottle of formula in the evenings.
  • Lucy is officially cloth diapered! We started about 3 weeks ago after I finished up our last pack of size 1 disposables and we are loving it. 
  • Wears 0-3m and 3m outfits, 3m jammies, no shoes yet.. her feet are so small!
  • Finally likes the Mamaroo!
  • We put her in the Fisher Price Sit Me Up Chair for the first time this month and she likes it for about 10 minutes then wants to stand.
  • Went to her first movie last week at 12 weeks old! We saw Mega Mind at a fancy movie theater with leather reclining chairs and she got her own seat! She was memorized for the first half of the movie then slept. 
  • Lucy is drooling like a dog and gnawing on her hands like crazy. She wears banana bibs everyday (Deeks & Me is my favorite!) and I am going to put an Amber necklace on her soon. She loves her Zoli teether and mini Sophie.
  • Grasps her toys and seems to enjoy looking at and batting at them on her carseat, bouncer, and playmat.
  • Rolled front to back early this month a few times but hasn't done it since. Now when we lay her on her back she tries to roll. 
  • Mama is feeling great and about 95% healed! My abs take a while to feel 100% post C section but last week I started T 25 and have been slowly working up to full range of motion for my abs. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Parmesan Meatloaf

I know I've said it before but I am a sucker for an old fashioned meatloaf (and so is my protein loving husband). I love finding twists on a traditional meatloaf recipe and this Parmesan meatloaf is one of my favorite finds! I almost want to serve it with a side of yummy spaghetti because of it's delicious Italian taste. The recipe uses 2lbs of meat so it is hearty and feeds a crowd!

1lb ground turkey
1lb ground beef (I like using a mixture of meats but you can use all turkey or all beef)
2 eggs
1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
2 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used the shaker kind)
1/2-3/4 cup pasta sauce of your choice
1/2-3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Parsley for garnish

1. Mix together all ingredients except pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parsley
2. Form in a greased loaf pan and top with pasta sauce
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour
4. Remove from oven, top with shredded mozzarella cheese, and bake an additional 5 minutes
5. Let meatloaf set for 5 minutes before serving

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Deen Austin Threads

Any time I get the chance to work with a handmade shop run by a mama, I jump on it. I'm really amazed by the talents given to certain women and am even more amazed that moms can balance motherhood and running their own business. Moms are the queens of multitasking, amen? I actually met Abby from Deen Austin Threads through my local moms group and I couldn't wait to get Lucy in some of her products! If you know anything about Austin you'd know it is known for hipsters and eclectic living (and it is the best city in the USA, duh). It isn't rare to see toddlers dressed in skinny jeans, TOMs, and Bob Marley t shirts. Austin is cool and I love it. Deen Austin Threads offers handmade modern rompers, shorties, loveys, headbands, and more! I love that most of the items Abby makes are organic fabrics and gender neutral (because you know the Hart family will grow and this mama love hand me downs!). Sure I love dressing my babes in Target and Old Navy but I love even more, dressing them in unique, one-of-a-kind outfits. Okay enough talking, time to overload you with pictures of my gorgeous little lady sporting her hipster swag. After you've oogled over these pictures, head on over to Deen Austin Threads and outfit your little one!

Lucy is in this gray romper, hexigon bloomers, and matching knotted headband. The romper is so soft and stretchy for sweet baby skin and the headband is flexible in size (I make babies with big heads so it can grow with her!). As you can see, Lucy girl was very happy to be sporting her new Deen Austin Threads items.

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