Monday, March 31, 2014

Teething

We can all collectively agree that teething is no fun for baby or for mama. Sleepless nights, endless amounts of drool, and cranky behavior from your always happy baby. Tylenol, Advil, Orajel, teething tablets....nothing seems to comfort a teething baby as much as their mama's touch. Since babies, teething or not, seem to think any piece of jewelry their mama wears is meant for their mouths, why not benefit their little chompers by wearing something they can gnaw on while still looking stylish. Back in 2012 I shared with you all the gorgeous handmade cuff made by the ladies over at The Vintage Honeyshop and am so excited to share with you more of their delicious products! 







The wooden ring is perfect for Ford to grab on to, that boy sure does have a steel grip when he finds something he wants! I've also read and heard from other moms that wood is soothing for teething gums. 





The Vintage Honey Shop not only sells beautiful handmade teething ring necklaces, they sell infinity nursing scarves (life savers when you're in public with your nursling), adorable cupcake toppers, and non ring-ed chew beads






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Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweedie

Baby clothes are hilarious these days. I should rephrase that, baby clothes are hilariously cute these days! Skinny jeans and peplum tops on baby girls and colored cords and cardigans on baby boys. I love it! You know what is not cute? Piles of drool on your baby's adorable and stylish little wardrobe. We went through a phase around 4 months where Ford had to be wearing a bib at all times. Teething had just begun and drool would pour out of his mouth. I hated covering up his handsome little outfits with bibs that scream, "I came from Babies R Us". Drooling let up once Ford got used to teething a bit but now that his teeth are actually coming in, he is a drool king again. I can't tell you how incredibly excited I am to share Sweedie Kids with you guys! The ladies behind Sweedie Kids actually live right in my neighborhood and hand make adorable (and stylish/hip) bibs for your teething bundle. And they look like bandanas! I just can't get over how cute they are. Seriously....



With so many fun fabrics to choose from, I am able to put together cute outfits for Ford without the bib ruining "his look"... and yes my baby has a look.



 I wish I could have gotten my hands on some of these when he first started teething and it's nice because each bib is adjustable to 2 sizes. They are organic and soft fabrics that air dry really quickly. I can't tell you how many people have complimented us on our Sweedie Kids bibs!






Not only does Sweedie Kids sell over 40 different printed bibs but they also hand make and sell matching beanies and burp cloths. The perfect gift for a new mommy or a mom who has everything! Do your little munchkin a favor and get your hands on a few Sweedie Kids bibs!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finish This

Linking up with these ladies (Nicole {Three 31Lisa {The Coastal Chicster}and Becky {The Java Mama} Jen {The Arizona Russums}) for a weekly series called Finish This. 

1. I know this is weird but...I sleep talk every night and sleep walk a few nights a week. I've always had my own room until freshman year of college and my roomie Alyssa (who I've managed to keep as my BFF ever since!) would be absolutely freaked out by my night talking. And I have no idea I am doing it. Jon keeps a note in his phone with "sleepy Ruthie quotes" and they are quite entertaining. It happens early in my sleep cycle so Jon is often awake when I talk. When Ford was a newborn and still in our room, I would freak out almost every night thinking I fell asleep feeding him and that he was under the covers and strip the bed of our comforter. Y'all I can't make this stuff up. Sleep walking happens less and I can usually wake myself out of it (luckily I've never left our bedroom). Thank God Jon married me. 



2. When stopped at a stoplight, I...check my phone (tsk, tsk), and pop my head around to say hello to little Ford. He isn't the biggest fan of his carseat and loves throwing his toys around so I keep a handful of toys up front with me that I can hand back to him if he gets cranky. If toys fail, we rock out to REALLY loud music and I make up songs.

3. My guilty pleasure is...to be honest, I do not feel guilty about it but dessert is my probably-should-be-guilty-about-it pleasure. It's all about moderation folks. I could have eaten the biggest steak and baked potato for dinner but without fail, there is always room for something sweet. Currently my sweet treats are Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches or smores in the microwave with peanut butter. Not that food needs to be justified but I loving knowing I burn an extra 500 calories breastfeeding (wahhhh only a few more months of using that as an excuse). I also workout a few times a week not because I want to lose weight but because I love food and want to eat a lot of it. Pssst.... I am making this hot fudge pie this afternoon to take to a dinner tonight. Yum. 

4. My favorite way to unwind...is taking a long, hot shower without a baby staring at me. Since becoming a mom, showers are my escape. Before Ford came along you wouldn't ever find me in the shower longer than 2 minutes but now...I have to force myself out. Every night before bed Jon scratches my head and like a baby, I fall right asleep. Jon and I also LOVE watching reruns of Modern Family. Being showered, in pjs, and in bed watching Mod Fam by 8pm is very common around here. My boss sure does tire me out.

Totally unrelated pictures but every post needs a little Ford...

Ummm do we have the same sized head?

Post nap Houdini baby


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lasagna Soup

Soups are great in our house. Since Jon works from home and I stay home, I am always looking for easy and filling lunches so soups do the trick. When I came across this lasagna soup, I knew it'd be a hit in our house. And it's a heck of a lot lighter than a traditional lasagna but just as delicious!

Ingredients
Olive oil
1lb Italian sausage links (or meat of your choice- ground Italian sausage, shredded chicken)
1 medium white onion
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
4 cups (32oz can) chicken broth
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle of crushed red pepper
4 whole lasagna noodles broken up into pieces
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp basil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Stir in sausage, onion, peppers, and garlic. Cook 8-10 minutes until sausage is browned
3. Add broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
4. Add broken lasagna noodles and cook until noodles are tender, about 10 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, basil, and mozzarella cheese.
6. Serve hot and enjoy!





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It takes a village

My first post for Thrive Moms is live this morning. Head on over to read about how community has changed my heart and impacted my life.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Full

Geesh can a mom ever get a full night's sleep around here? Ford has been sleeping through the night like a rockstar but all of the sudden Ernie has been waking up to go out and has gotten sick a few times. It's not the easiest for me to fall asleep after being up with him so in the midst of the quiet night, my mind gets going. I was starting to stress last night about what I'd blog about today and the rest of the week and feeling very behind lately. It took all of about 30 seconds of stress before I was reminded of how full my life is currently. To say that we are loving this stage with Ford is an understatement. Watching him actually play with his toys and enjoy our company is just THE BEST. My time is spent singing silly songs, tickling him, rocking out to Baby Einstein on Pandora, swinging him at the park, and soaking up every moment. Funny how looking back I had so much more time for myself when he was a newborn. We would nurse 8 times a day and each nursing session could take up to an hour so I'd get comfy on my laptop and write posts or answer emails. Now we feed half the number of times in mere minutes. Oh and Ford is incredibly distracted so I have to focus all my attention on him. No longer do we spend most of the day at home but Ford has a blast going on walks, sitting in the cart at stores, and just interacting with people in public. He is definitely a conversation starter when we are out and about. 

We took him to a sit down restaurant this weekend for the first time in a LONG time and he had a blast. He loved sitting on daddy's lap and banging the menu, shaking his toys, and drinking water from the straw. We had lots of waiters come by and say hello!


I also reminded myself that the reason I started this blog was to chronicle my life...for me and Jon, for our family, for our children, and I never want to forget that. Ruthie it is OKAY if you don't blog every single day of the week. I think readers enjoy "meatier" posts rather than fluff. Yes I know my blog has changed immensely since Ford was born but I'm a lifestyle blogger, my life has changed, I love it. We are in the full on baby season...diapers, breastmilk, and baby food are all top of mind and it may be all I have to blog about these days. I feel extra sentimental, emotional, and nostalgic these days and I think it's because we are on the brink of Ford being mobile which will be a total game changer. Life is good, life is hectic and tiring, but life is full. I want you to come to my blog and feel full too. Thank you all who have continued to walk this journey with me, even if all I blog about is cloth diapering, the latest and greatest baby products, and my ever growing yoga pant wardrobe. I may worry about what people think/want to read on my blog now but I know I will never regret writing down and chronicling these days.


I mean come on!!!!!!! I have watched this video about 10 times a day since taking it, my ticklish boy
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I will cherish this video forever and look back on it when Ford is too cool for kissing his mama
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon, ranch, cheese. I don't think you could add anything to this dip that would make it any better than it already is. You can throw it together in about 30 seconds and it will be gone just as fast! Served with tortilla chips, potato chips, pretzels, or your favorite salty snack, this dip is a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients
16 oz sour cream
1 packet ranch seasoning
3 oz bag real bacon pieces (found by the salad dressing)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

Mix ingredients and let stand 2-4 hours in refrigerator before serving. 




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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Finish This

I've missed a few weeks but I'm back and linking up with up with  (Nicole {Three 31Lisa {The Coastal Chicster}and Becky {The Java Mama} Jen {The Arizona Russums}). 

1. When I need help with life's mysteries, I turn to... my husband. Duh. I can be quite the indecisive person and appreciate the wise direction from my husband. We are that cheesy married couple who makes almost all our decisions together and I love knowing certain things aren't all on my shoulders alone. I also turn to my mom. I remember those first few days home from the hospital after having Ford she stayed with us and there were times I just begged for her to tell me what to do. When do I feed him? How do I do it? He hasn't napped, what do I do? How do I care for this foreign little creature? I felt so much reassurance when she told me that I am his mother and whatever I choose to do is the right thing. I don't think I'll ever stop seeking wisdom from others.

2. My next challenge is figuring out...life with a mobile baby. We are just on the cusp of our lives being turned upside down and right now I am savoring these last few moments with an immobile baby. I'm also anxious yet excited to see how this summer pans out for us. Crawling, possibly walking, big boy meals, teaching him out to swim, starting to wean from breastfeeding. I know life with a toddler will be chaotic but I am ready for the challenge.

3. My latest victory...(I changed the prompt on this one because I wasn't sure how I shake things up!) is Ford sleeping through the night! On his 7 month birthday I decided we were no longer going to feed in the night and ever since then Ford's been sleeping 12-13 hours straight, no feeds! All it took was a bit of cry it out (so much easier than I thought). I'm proud of him and proud of me and loving getting real sleep these days. I'm not racing the clock to get to bed and have been enjoying later nights watching movies, playing games, and having "home dates" with Jon. 

Sleep=happy baby=happy mommy

This was from a few weeks ago, Jon texted "he's onto us"
 

4. My high heels are... collecting dust in my closet. I remember the last time I wore heels, 9 months pregnant, summer in Texas, attempting to dance my baby out at a wedding. I am barely 5 feet tall so could definitely use the height but I am most comfortable in flats, Toms, flip flops, or just barefoot. Nowadays you can find me in the stay-at-home-mom spring uniform: Nike shorts, a cute Old Navy athletic top, tennis shoes, and a monogrammed baseball hat. 

Black is slimming right....?




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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ford's First Haircut

Ford had his first big boy haircut yesterday! His hair is stick straight like mine and hair was growing over his ears and getting incredibly long and nappy up top and in the front. I had been talking about it for weeks and finally set something up. Mrs. Brenda, who has cut and colored everyone in my family's hair, was ecstatic to cut his hair. She works out of her home which made things more relaxed because let's face it...cutting a baby's hair takes lots of involvement. My mom and sister showed up to the memorable occasion and it was quite the production. I came armed and ready with baby food, Mum mums, yogurt melts, toys, and silly songs. Ford did great until she sprayed water on his freshly cut hair... then the lip and alligator tears started. Gosh he is so stinkin' cute! I snapped over 150 pictures and combed through to find my favorites. 

This morning when I got Ford out of his crib, he looked like a little boy. Hard to believe that more than 7 months have passed since he was born and he grows and changes more and more everyday. I can't wait for many more firsts with my blue eyed boy!


























 
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