March 30, 2015
March 22, 2015
March 20, 2015
My little rose is 8 months old AND it’s the first day of spring!
*read until the end of the post for a first day of spring celebration announcment!
The time is getting away from me. You are growing and moving from one stage to the next so fast.
Your eyes haven’t lost any of their sparkle.
Your smile hasn’t lost any of its shine.
And it especially presents itself when the camera pops up!
You still wake up once or twice at night, but I’m learning to cherish those uninterrupted moments.
Your laugh is heart-melting.
Your face positively glows when you see me or your sister.
For some reason, you especially like it when I open the car door. Your face beams and your smile radiates!
Being tossed in the air and spun around in circles still makes you laugh.
You’re crawling and scooting to whatever toy or other item of interest you want now.
You are so curious about the world around you! You want to touch and explore everything!
You cry when I turn my back, even for a moment.
You still pull my hair and like to stick your fingers in my mouth.
You love to hear me sing and often sing along!
When you get really excited, you bounce up and down on your bum and kick your legs. It. is. a. dorable.
Still only have two teeth!
You have become quite cuddly (I LOVE IT) and sometimes you even give me wide-open-mouthed kisses on my lips, cheeks, and chin.
Your soft blanket is your favorite.
You still have a thing for your pacifier.
You enjoy solid foods now.
Your baby babbles are my favorite, particularly the “ma-ma-ma’s” which I think really do mean “Mama,” or “more food please.” We’re working on “da-da.”
You’re starting to pull yourself up onto things to a standing position.
The past two nights we’ve put you to bed at the same time as Chelsea and you have been wonderful!
You still have your daddy’s, your mommy’s, and your sister’s hearts completely!
I love you so much, my little Alexa.
*And if you’re not following me on Instagram, you really should! Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I’m celebrating. Visit my Insta to see how… @suesnews_cl
March 18, 2015
Wow! When was the last time I posted? I hardly even remember. It feels like forever. I’ve finally got the bulk of my orders finished and mailed off *fist pump!* and have some time for a blog post! It’s good to be back.
Shortly after Alexa was born and happily settled into her little nursery, Chelsea started waking up in the night and coming to our room to sleep. Not long after that, the naps started to go downhill, too. Andrew didn’t mind Chelsea coming in to sleep with us, but I am NOT a co-sleeper (nothing wrong with it, it’s just not for me).
After weeks of this, and just before I would put Chelsea down for a nap in her room one day, it hit me that maybe Chelsea didn’t like to be alone in her room. So I asked her.
“Chelsea. Would you like to nap here in Alexa’s room?”
And so began our experience with shared rooms.
Of course I had some concerns about the girls sharing a room together (a baby that wakes up screaming and crying in the night being one of them), but I tried it anyway and have a learned a few nuggets of wisdom that I’d love to pass on to anyone else seeking advice/opinions.
So here’s my list:
Shared rooms – Cons
if either of your kiddos is a light sleeper you’re in a world of trouble
even if they’re a heavy sleeper, one can only handle screaming and crying for so long before they wake up, so the “crying-it-out” method is not really an option
naptime is a little more complicated. alexa usually takes her naps on our bed, but now that she’s crawling, we may have to try something else
if i need anything for one kiddo in their room and the other is asleep, i either have to tip toe in there quietly to get it or wait for them to wake up
if yours are social, putting them to bed together (at the same time) just won’t work
and you also run the risk of an excited, “morning-person” toddler who just can’t wait to say hello to little sister
Shared rooms – Pros
they give each other comfort knowing that someone else is there
having them together just makes me feel better, too
it frees up another room in your house
getting both little ones ready for the day and ready for bed is a little easier
less travel time from room to room, child to child
messes are contained to one room instead of two
the amount of sister-ly bonding that goes on in there is absolutely priceless
In the end, you just have to weigh and prioritize what’s most important to you and what your littles (and man) can handle. For us, it’s more important to be able to get a full night’s sleep without being interrupted by a third sleeping partner, Chelsea isn’t really bothered by Alexa’s crying, and the sister-ly bonding is adorable, so it works well to have our girls room together.
What have you noticed works well for your little ones? Have you tried shared rooms? How did it go?
March 13, 2015
Have any of you seen this cookie cup of deliciousness? My father-in-law often sends his family e-mails with good recipes, interesting foods, and anything else that he thinks we’ll enjoy. This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup was one of them!
1 c. shortening (or 1/2 c. butter + 1/2 c. shortening)
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg yoke
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
4 oz. baker’s chocolate (melted)
Aluminum cups, muffin tray, or jumbo muffin tray*
In a large bowl, cream the shortening (+ butter), light brown sugar, and regular granulated sugar together with a large spoon until combined.
Add one beaten egg yoke, and vanilla.
In a separate, medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir to combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
Pour in mini chocolate chips (it’s important that you use mini chocolate chips or the cups won’t hold up right) and use your hands to combine.
Spray your aluminum cups, muffin tray, or jumbo muffin tray thoroughly with cooking spray then press dough firmly inside, creating a well for the milk. The cookie dough should be pressed VERY firmly against the sides and no more than 1/4” thick, otherwise the cup won’t hold up.
Refrigerate cups for 30 minutes. Turn oven to 350 degrees, take cookie cups out of fridge and bake for 20 minutes. Once baked, allow to cool for 15-20 minutes, then shimmy the cups out of their containers (I used a knife around the outside of the cookie to help shimmy it out).
Cut your baker’s chocolate into small pieces, put in microwave safe bowl/liquid measuring cup and melt (2 minutes did the trick!) Be careful when pulling out of microwave because it will be HOT!
Pour the melted chocolate inside each cookie cup and fill about halfway. Turn the cookie cup until the entire inside is coated with chocolate and quickly pour the excess out into a new bowl. The chocolate acts as a barrier between the cookie and the milk. You can imagine what would happen if there was no barrier.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Pour in some milk, or scoop in some ice cream and enjoy!
So yummy! It has this family’s stamp of approval!
*I found my jumbo muffin tray at Hobby Lobby for $10.00. You can also use small glass jars if you don’t have any of the above mentioned trays/cups.
March 10, 2015
March 8, 2015
March 5, 2015
You guys, this is so easy and it probably ended up costing me about $10.00 or less. All you need are some frames, possibly spray paint, string, tape, and your favorite photos.
The pictures really say it all, but for the detail-oriented in all of us, here are the steps:
See you next time!