Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where Babies Come From, Part 2

Last week, I introduced y'all to Hayley from Funny Mom Stories. I'm happy to have her back today for Part 2 of "Where Babies Come From"!
  
After a few days at home with a baby, you start to wonder what other people out in the world are doing. You’re sitting there in your baby vortex where time and space no longer exist, and you’re thinking about how people are probably doing things out there. Things that are really exciting- like getting haircuts, and drinking coffee with friends, and wearing clothes that aren’t yoga pants. How dare they? Don’t they know there’s a new baby now?

The first time I got to run into the bank post-baby, while my husband stayed in the car with her I felt like I needed to clear my throat and make an announcement:

‘AHEM. EVERYONE?? EVERYONE! LOOK AT ME PLEASE. HERE I AM. COMING INTO THE BANK. WITH ALL OF YOU OTHER HUMANS. INTERACTING. LIKE A NORMAL PERSON. AND I'M WEARING JEANS. THIS IS NOT A ROBBERY. NO NEED TO LOOK AT ME SUSPICIOUSLY. I'M JUST BEING NORMAL!!”

After I deposited that check I felt like a million bucks. Unfortunately, the check wasn’t for a million bucks. I went home and took more drugs. What a blessed day.

Since our precious girl has never been big on sleeping (and still isn’t- we’re fighting tooth and nail through a 9 month regression as I- fall asleep at the computer- I mean type this.), we were forced to adapt to her routine. We thought the best survival technique would be to morph our schedules into the baby schedule.  Here’s what that looked like:

5:00 PM – My husband came home from work! YAY! We would eat a casserole that some kind soul from church had prepared. When I say “eat”, I mean gaze absentmindedly into the sun while cramming food into that hole in our face.

6:00 PM- The 3 of us went to bed. We all slept soundly for approximately 47 minutes until baby girl would need some kind of adjustment. After fixing the problematic diaper, hunger, snap on the onesie, paci, mitt, swaddle, spit up, burp stuck in the tummy, or sock, we would snuggle in for another hour of rest.

9:00 PM- We all got up! Good Morning! I nursed the baby while we waited for 9:30 to come.

9:30 PM- Seinfeld. That’s whats up. This is the event we looked forward to most. If Jerry can’t make you laugh then no one can. Family bonding.

10:00 PM- Begin operation “Coax the baby to sleep during a nighttime time.”

Sometime between 10-12: We all fall asleep.

12:30-1ish AM: Wake up for a feeding and then… DIAPER. BLOWOUT. Wipe down with a tiny baby washcloth. Change into alternate onesie.

1:30 AM: We’re all up anyway- lets watch “Modern Family.” (Bet ya didn’t know it comes on at 1:30 AM did you??)

2:00-5:00AM: Eat leftover chocolate cake. Wonder why everything is wet. Change clothes. Change the baby’s clothes. Things are still wet. Why? Oh well. YOLO.  Fall asleep. Wake up. Hold the paci in the baby’s mouth while balancing your body weight on a kitchen chair and fall asleep. Sing a song. Say a prayer. Solve a math problem. Just kidding about the math problem. Take a pill. Drink some water. Nurse the baby. Start some laundry. Moby the baby and finally fall asleep on the couch with said baby mobyed to yourself for extra safety.

6:00 AM: GOOD MORNING SUNSHINES! Time to start the day! Make extra large pot of coffee.

It’s a wild ride. But so much fun. I cannot remember laughing harder in my life than I did with my sweet husband in the middle of multiple nights in the beginning. It’s all a million times worth it when your baby smiles at you or looks you straight in the eye and you know they know who you are. It’s awesome.

So, a million congrats to Leslyn and DJ. Remember, the post partum calories don’t count. One day you’ll sleep again. (I’m still telling myself this.) (Kidding.) (Kidding… kind of.) And take 1 million pictures. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet Me in St. Louis

I'm so excited to introduce you to the sassiest, sweetest, southern gal there is- Molly! We went to college together and our husbands were in the same fraternity. Be sure to check her out on social media- her links are at the bottom of this post!


Hey Y'all!!  I'm Molly and I happily blog over at Fiddle-dee-dee.  I am a self proclaimed southern belle who overly rambles about my life, wreath making, and my sweet, adorable, baby Tippy Tutu (can you tell I'm obsessed).  I am married to my precious husband, Logan (aka B) and love all things about the South.


Summertime is one of my favorite things about the south.  Lemonade stands in the neighborhood, fried green tomatoes, and the smell of sweet honeysuckle on the breeze.  The longer days also give me more time to research and plan mine and B's next travel destination.

We LOVE to travel and dream about where we will go someday.  Most recently we took a wonderful trip to St. Louis for our anniversary.  Let me tell you... If you are looking for a fun city, full of great atmosphere, yummy food, and tons of FREE stuff to do then plan a trip to St. Louie!!


 Grant's Farm and the Anheuser-Busch plant were two of our favorite visits and both are free!  Grant's farm was once owned by General Grant and his cabin still sits on the very grounds.  You can tour the grounds and end your visit at a precious petting zoo.  The Anheuser-Busch factory was over the top immaculate.  Seriously, I think I could've eaten off the floors.  We did pay for a tour rather than opting for the free tour.  With our tour we were able to see a little more of the plant and got the luxury of being in a smaller group.


Our cardinals tickets were our biggest purchase of the trip and they were a steal!  When I tell you I have the worst luck... you better believe me I have THE worst luck.  Except for my mom; her luck is probably worse than mine.  Probably something genetic I'm sure.  Ok, I'm back from chasing rabbits now.  We went the day of a Saturday home game to reserve a tour of the stadium.  We were crushed when we found out that not only the tours were full for the day but that it was also a sold out game.  Worst luck ever right?  Well, lucky for me (see what I did there) I married the luckiest, most smooth talking man.  Just as we were inquiring about tickets a sweet couple, who had season tickets, were trading their seats to sit in a handicap accessible area.   The precious lady tapped me on the shoulder and told me the section number along with the seat numbers.  It took a few moments but we did end up with the wonderful seats.


I've just barely scratched the surface of all the fantabulous things that St. Louis has to offer but I will end with the ever so iconic Gateway Arch.  This is not a free attraction but it is incredibly reasonable and the view of the city from 630 feet is completely worth the 4 minute trip to the top.

I hope y'all get to do some great traveling this summer.  I'd love for you too keep up with my ramblings through my blog and social media.  Follow me here, lovelies!

But first... Let's let B take/show off a few selfies!





Blog: http://www.fiddledeedeeblog.com/
Twitter: @mollykaycash
Instagram: @mollykcash
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fiddledd11?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark
Bloglovin: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4805343

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Nursery

I've been promising a nursery post for months. I'm soooo excited to finally share it with you! But first, here's a little preview of some newborn pictures that we took of our little guy.


Here are a couple of disclaimers before we really get into the bulk of this post.

1. We wanted to keep it simple. We see so many nurseries that are filled with a ton of... well... junk. Over the past few years, we've learned that we're very picky about what we put in our house, especially when it comes to stuff to hang on our walls. So no, you're not going to see a bunch of "stuff" on the walls. But that's exactly how we like it. :)

2. There are a lot of really cool things that were handmade by family members. That's what makes this nursery extra special for us.

3. Purchasing info will be at the bottom of the post!

Okay so a long time ago, I told you about how my hubby decided that we would have an airplane-themed nursery. Here's the picture that we used as our inspiration. Side note: Laybabylay.com is seriously an awesome website. Y'all should check it out. 



And here's what we came up with!










Wall Color: Palladian Blue, Benjamin Moore
Crib: Franklin & Ben Liberty
Crib Sheet: Jonathan Adler 
Curtains: Target
Pillow (that's only in crib for decorative purposes right now) ;) : Target (no longer available)
Poster: eBay (no longer available)
Poster Frame: Garden Ridge *
Quilt: Made by my aunt
Airplane mobiles: Made by my sister-in-law (inspiration from Pottery Barn)
Shelves: Old, painted to match room decor
Dresser: Craigslist find; Read the post here for details
Glider: Best Furniture, Rena
Pillow: Target
Airplane shelf: Thrift Store, painted by my aunt
Basket on airplane shelf: Garden Ridge
Propeller: HomeGoods *
Letters: Hobby Lobby (spray painted silver)
Left airplane: Marshall's *
Small airplane basket: HomeGoods
Right airplane: Pier 1
Baskets (on shelves): Garden Ridge

* Places like Garden Ridge, HomeGoods, and Marshall's don't really have a consistent stock- it kind of depends on what you find at each location. :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

5

Here are 5 things that I've already learned since having a baby.

1. Seriously- sleep when the baby sleeps.



Because you might die if you don't.


2. It really does take a village.

Side note- why does my husband's hair kind of look green in this pic? Weird. It doesn't look like this in the original photo. Either way. This is my favorite picture ever.

I can't imagine doing this without my husband, and my heart goes out to the people who have to do this on their own. Also, having my family here has been a life saver for both me and DJ. 

3. What was once your empty photo library is suddenly a collage of the funny faces your child makes. 



Side note: I am trying not to go overboard with the social media stuff. So far, I've managed posting only 3 pictures since he was born. And they're all sweet/special moments that needed to be documented.

4. There are some things that you can't really prepare for. 
Breastfeeding, postpartum recovery, and the sleepless nights. Just to name a few.

5. People are right- it is all SOOOOO worth it. 



 I'm linking up with LaurenAmanda (I can't find her Friday Favorites link up button... So I'm grabbing her blog button instead),  and Karli!

                                                          photo H54Fbutton_zps973d26e1.png


Meet @ the Barre

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Zucchini Ribbons with Shrimp

Today, I'm so excited to introduce you to Sierra and Faith! This recipe they came up with looks absolutely divine, and I think I may have to try it soon! Check their blog out (link below), leave them some love in the comment section! 

Zucchini Ribbons with Shrimp
Call us crazy, but there is something about the summer air that just heightens and adds some extra flavor to the taste of food.  Perhaps it’s being able to enjoy more meals outside, the feeling of longer days, or the frequency of the warm sunshine. Whatever the case may be, this tasty dish was too good not to share with you! In the excitement and now feeling of hunger coming over us, we would like to introduce ourselves, Sierra and Faith here from Winks and Eyerolls. Zucchini seems to be a big ingredient we have been using for our summer meals. No complaints here though! This versatile vegetable has made its mark every time. Now that we have tried zucchini ribbons in a dish, as an alternative to pasta, it has just upped its game on the vegetable board.  Ok, zucchini lover or not, this dish is still simple and delicious. We hope you enjoy it! We are so thankful to Leslyn for allowing us this opportunity to share a guest post with you and expand our blogging friends. We would love to hear some of your summer cooking ideas and what your go to vegetable is?

Ingredients:
2 large zucchini
1 cup of tomatoes
1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
1 minced shallot
2 chopped garlic cloves
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle of feta cheese




Directions:
In a medium sized pan, add olive oil, shrimp, shallots, garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper. Let simmer on medium heat until shrimp is cooked.
Using a vegetable peeler, shave the zucchini into ribbons about 1/16 of an inch thick. In a separate cooking pan add an additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, and zucchini ribbons. Cook on medium to high heat; stir occasionally until zucchini is softer.  

Combine all cooked ingredients to a bowl, tossing them together. Once tossed, add the chopped basil and feta cheese as a garnishment on top.