Friday, April 7, 2017

Gideon 5 months old

I've never been so happy to see 5 months come...  but never so tired. This month has been quite exhausting, but also lots of fun. The day after he turned 4 months old, 4 month sleep regression started and G man seems to think he is a newborn who wants to be up and eat all.night.long. This mama is not sure what to do but we are powering through and loving that our baby boy is sweet, easy going, happy, and laid back during the days. The smiles and laughs are golden, I love seeing his little personality develop! Gideon we love you so much  baby boy, please sleep for us!







  • 15lb 10oz (taken on home scale)
  • Like I said above, sleep has not been good at all this past month. Bedtime is between 7:30-8pm and every single night is unpredictable but he has only slept through the night once in the past 5 weeks. I know it is just a phase and we will power through. We are currently using the Merlin suit and sleep sacks instead of the swaddle.
  • He is a pretty good napper.... I am trying to get him to be flexible and nap on the go and he takes great naps in his crib at home. 
  • Wearing 6 month clothes and size 2 disposable diapers
  • Gideon's eczema just got so bad the past few weeks that we decided to switch to a hypoallergenic dairy free formula (Nutramigen). We are 1 week in and his face looks SO MUCH better thank you Lord! He seems to have adjusted pretty well to the taste of it but the smell is repulsing. We are hoping this helps clear up is "snurfiness" too. We go to the doctor in a few weeks for his 6 month appointment and I am hoping to get him some allergy testing so we can find out what he is allergic to before we start baby food. This boy is an eater! He eats 4-6oz every 2-3 hours... always eating!
  • Lots and lots of smiles and they are just infectious. He is so easy to get to smile and laugh. Ford and Lucy love singing and doing funny things to get him to belly laugh. I think he totally recognizes them as brother and sister. They also love helping with him... grabbing toys and bottles and pacifiers.
  • He rolls and rolls and rolls! I am hoping he can start sleeping on his tummy soon but anytime he flips to his tummy, he is over it in about 5 minutes. 
  • He is very ticklish!
  • He loves his Zoli teether, Freddy the Firefly, and Nubi teethers. He is getting so good at holding and grasping toys... he loves his playmat too! 
  • He prefers standing over sitting up but seems to enjoy the Sit Me Up Chair and Bumbo in 10 minute increments. He is still a little wobbly in the exersaucer but we prop him up and he thinks he is so big.
  • We got our court date to finalize his adoption at the end of May, we are so excited!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Recipes we've been loving

The past few months have been pure chaos... and they may be putting it lightly! Living in a hotel for a few months while our flooded house was remodeled, bringing a baby home, months of sickness, holidays, sleepless nights....and the last thing I have wanted to do was cook. My sweet friends set up a meal calendar for us when Gideon came home and we had dinner brought to us for two whole months, what a life saver. Note, bringing a meal to new parents is just about the best thing you can do. Forget baby clothes and flowers, bring them food! We still were under the weather and not sleeping much when the meal calendar ended so I resorted to frozen meals from Trader Joe's which happen to me so stinking delicious, most of the time organic, cheap, and easy. The past couple of weeks I've felt like I am emerging from my post newborn cocoon (even though 4 month sleep regression has hit us HARD) and all of the sudden ready to be back in the kitchen making dinner. I've always loved trying new recipes... Jon always jokes that we never eat the same thing twice (thank you Pinterest)...but these days I don't have much time to prepare dinner. I used to love spending nap time prepping meals while catching up on shows but naps are all over the place these days and I almost always have a kiddo awake with me so it complicates my meal prep time. Anyway, I realize I am rambling and need to get to the point. My sister and I are constantly swapping recipes on the daily and we've fallen in love with sheet pan meals as of late. Once I find a recipe I love, I tend to make a bunch of other recipes from the same food blogger. I've been posting my dinner creations on my Instagram stories and get lots of messages about the recipes so I decided to compile some of the yummy and EASY recipes I've been making lately. If it takes me longer than 30 minutes to prep, it ain't gonna happen. Lots of these meals are one pan recipes and things that will take you mere minutes to prepare. I hope you find some new dinners to add to your rotation!

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken via Damn Delicious

Sheet Pan Asian Stir Fry via Damn Delicious

Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan via The Cookie Rookie
*I used fresh broccoli not frozen

*I use angel hair pasta noodles instead of Soba

Baked Ravioli via Damn Delicious
*I added ground Italian turkey to the meat sauce for added protein


*Jon says this is his favorite meal and I am making it for his birthday next week! We love it served with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans

Shrimp and Rice Casserole via Eat, Live, Run

Sheet Pan Steak and Fries via Damn Delicious
*The fries were out of this world! Going to make those with other dinners!

*We are not Paleo but this was one of the most delicious meals ever!

Chicken Pot Pie via Taste of Home



You can follow my Food Entrees board on Pinterest here and find other easy recipes on my blog here!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gideon 4 months old

Not sure how we got here but Gideon is 4 months old! Time has flown by and I finally feel like I am emerging from the newborn fog. We are sleeping and getting into a good routine....but with 3 kids 3.5 and under, things are always borderline chaotic. Gideon SMILES all day, laughs when he is tickled, and is smitten with his big brother and sister. I forgot how fun and sweet this age is and I know it is going to get better and better! It is so cool to watch Gideon learn new things,  notice new things, grab toys, and enjoy himself. I love being this sweet boys mama!



  • 14lbs 10oz (33%), 25.75in (77%), Head circumference 41.2cm (36%)
  • G had his 4 month well check this morning and is pretty much perfect. We are still dealing with eczema and are contemplating trying a dairy free formula (that costs 4x his Gentleease, boo). He got his vaccinations and hated those of course, talked to the doctor, and almost rolled over for the first time there!
  • Gideon is quite the eater! I feel like he is eating 99% of of the day. He'll take 2-3oz every 2-3 hours but I carry a bottle with us wherever we go. He is quite the messy eater so he is always sporting a bib (and going through 2-3 a day). 
  • Wears 3-6 month clothing...mostly onesies and one piece outfits. Gideon is such a hot body (just like daddy and Ford) so you won't ever see him in footies or pants. He sleeps in a onesie at night and even wakes up hot in that. 
  • Cloth diapered during the day and size 2 disposable diaper at night
  • G goes to bed between 7:30-8pm and sleeps 11-12 hours straight. 2 nights over the weekend he has cried out and woken in the night... no one is immune to the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. He slept 12 hours again last night so hopefully the regression was short and sweet. We are still swaddling him and don't really have a plan to stop just yet. He is not rolling over so I'm not worried about him rolling in the swaddle but we have a Zipadee Zip and Merlin suit when the time comes. 
  • Naps are hit or miss lately. Unlike Ford and Lucy, I am trying to be more laid back when it comes to naps for G because we are on the go most of the day. On good days Gideon will take a 1.5-2 hour nap around 8:45am when we leave for the day, a 2 hour crib nap at home when F and L are resting in the afternoon, and then an early evening snooze. I really want him to be flexible on naps and there are some days where I think "Well no wonder he slept 13 hours straight last night, he was exhausted and didn't get a proper nap!". 
  • Gideon smiles ALL THE TIME! He is such a joyful baby and his mouth gets so big and wide when he smiles. He laughs when we play games with him and is very ticklish on his sides. Ford and Lucy can get him cracking up.
  • He loves playing under his play mat and grabbing the toys. He loves his Freddie the Firefly, Sophie Giraffe, and Beanie Babies. He also loves chewing on his hands. So. Much. Drool. 
  • Giddy has found his voice and it is adorable and raspy. He furrows his eyebrows and gets this serious look and just talks and talks. 


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