Photo Favorites : July 6 – July 13, 2014

July has been a blur….a good month filled with family, but busy.  Over a period of 10 days, we had overnight guests for 9 of the days.  For this week, Lo’s sister stayed with us for two days to watch Jenson while we were at work, my mom watched him one day and stayed through the weekend for a big car show that they always go to, and on Sunday we had a cookout with Lo’s family to celebrate lots of July birthdays.

1. Jenson wanted Boof’s hedgehog so bad and was so close…
2. and the Boof snatched it up.
3. Practicing his crawling position – mostly just rocking back and forth, though he’d scoot on his stomach sometimes.
4. He started sleeping on his stomach for part of the night occasionally.  So cute.playing and sleeping

5. – 8. Lo’s sister and our niece stayed with Jenson while we were at work for two days and he and Sadie had a blast.  She’s almost 15 months older and they entertained each other pretty well.  It was nice to spend the evening with Sadie.  She calls me her Val. If someone says “That’s Jenson’s mommy” she says “no, that’s my Val”.  Adorable.
Boof kept trying to sit in between me and the kids while we were playing.  Apparently someone needed attention.  jenson and sadie

9. Just reading a book
10. and 11. Practicing rolling still.  Sometimes he just forgets how and gets so frustrated.
12. Heading up for bathtime with daddy.  reading, rolling, bath

13. – 16.  Jenson is always so funny with my dad.  He’s shy around him at first, but then is constantly staring at him and smiling at him.  I think he also loves that my dad is usually wearing neon shirts (from car shows).  He was checking out his stubble in these pictures.  He sat there for the longest time and just felt his face.  I love the last picture – how they are both looking at the camera and Jenson has his hand on his chest.papap

17. – 20.  My parents get up and go to the car show at like 5:30 in the morning so they can get their spot and dad can see all of the cars come in.  So I always rescue my mom around noon so we can go do stuff.  This time we went to the North Market again, where we had gluten-free crepes from Taste of Belgium and took him some macaroons from Pistacia Vera, and some popcorn from Pam’s Popcorn.  We walked around the farmer’s market and my mom bought us some really neat handmade cutting boards.  After that, we headed to the car, but since Jenson had fallen asleep in the carrier, we walked around Goodale Park so he’d nap for a bit longer.  I love Goodale Park…I used to walk through there regularly when I was able to walk to and from work.  Or when we’d walk to and from bars and restaurants in the Short North. It’s one of my happy places.

north market goodale

21. – 24. Jenson was back to staring at my dad.  This time he was all about his hat.  The last picture is so good – everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.  Boof is even more about my dad than Jenson.  He can’t even hold anything food based, or she follows him, barks, and is a harasshole until he gives her a piece, or finishes what he’s eating.

papaps hat 25. and 26. More pics staring at Pappap while he was resting on the couch.
27. and 28. Getting some loving from Gramma.gramma pappap
29. and 30. Food pics!  I don’t even know what he was eating in the first one, but definitely some yogurt drops in the second one.  He LOVES those things.
31. Riding on his truck.  He can move it back and forth a little bit, and keeps his balance pretty well on this.
32. Passed out in his seat on the way to visit Lo’s family.

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33. He did not enjoy wearing a party hat.  Must have been uncomfortable on his chins.
34. Patrick walking with Sadie.
35. Hanging in the jumper
36. A rare moment that I got to hold him when we’re around family :) birthday cookout

37. Relaxing with his great-grandpa Peepaw
38. Sadie and Nana (so sweet)
39. Jenson got to meet his Aunt Apryl for the first time at this gathering.
40. I think he liked her. :)

fam cookout

41. Boof is a little leery when she’s sitting with him…I think he got a handful of skin here.
42. And then she does her standard stress yawn.
43. Teething face
44. Reading (or kissing) a bookfaces

45. – 52. He was making such cute and funny faces for this picture that I could only narrow it down to 6 pictures.  40 weeks.  wow.  It makes me sad how fast time has gone.40 weeks

What’s in my purse

I love reading the “What’s in my Bag” feature in Us Weekly, which I refer to U.S. Weekly, much to Lo’s chagrin. It always makes me laugh because celebrities are NOT normal people. So what they think is simplified and pared down, is what I’d carry in my carry-on bag for a flight across country. I guess it’s because they probably take regular flights and need this stuff on a weekly basis?  They’ are always like “I only carry the basics” and then have like 100 things that I’d only use once a month.

So what’s in MY bag? Not much. I thought I’d need a “real” purse when I became a mom, but with a diaper bag, I don’t need to carry extra stuff in my purse yet. Sometimes I’ll throw the bare essentials in bigger crossbody purse and leave the diaper bag at home, but that only adds 4-5 extra things to my purse.

My current normal daily purse is actually a wristlet that came with my diaper bag. I bought this Timi & Leslie Charlie diaper bag used (for like $35) and thought it would be a good option for when I wanted to look nicer or as a second bag, but since we don’t take him somewhere on a daily basis, we don’t need a separate bag for daycare or anything…and I don’t worry about whether the normal bag matches my outfit or looks “nice”.  The interior of this bag is darker and harder to access than our other, so it’s never actually left the nursery, but it came with a perfect sized wristlet that I use daily.


Here’s what I carry on a daily basis (unless I forget my purse at home because sometimes I’m not like an adult).  Several of these things need to be removed too.

  • Chella Highlighter/Concealer Pencil – I don’t really use this, but put it in there when I had a stubborn blemish and never took it out.
  • Bath and Body Works coupons
  • Random dollars
  • Half pack of Sixlets (which I ate right after taking the picture)
  • Pack of q-tips from after shower at the Hard Rock Spa on Mother’s Day – I used the others from Summer’s pack, so I threw these in my purse and definitely need to take them out
  • My silver “wallet” case from White House Black Market (years ago). It’s actually a cigarette case, I guess, but it fits my cards and a little cash very well.
  • Jurlique Rose Love Balm (for dry skin, cuticles, lips, etc.)
  • Bare Minerals Best Friend Lip Balm – love this color
  • Yes to Carrots Color Balm in Soft Plum (just a hint of color)
  • Softlips lip balm
  • Pair of earrings
  • Card case for discount, membership, and gift cards
  • Facial shine blotters – a rarely use these, but feel like I need to have them
  • Hair accessories: ponytail holder and Lilla Rose hair clip (which probably doesn’t hold my hair now that it’s shorter)
  • Small mirror
  • iPhone (taking this picture)

If I want to carry a purse and no diaper bag for quick trips, I use a larger cross-body bag from a local fair trade store. To it I add my wristlet mentioned above and:

  • Disposable diaper or two (we use cloth, but this is for when I don’t expect to need to change his diaper)
  • Small pack of wipes
  • Toy or two
  • Burp cloth and/or bib
  • Pacifier
  • Hand sanitizer wipe
  • Need to add: Ziploc bag for messy cloth diaper or clothing

What’s in YOUR purse?

Teeth and travel

We just got back from a 4 day visit to my parent’s house, where we got to visit with all of our immediate family.  It was such a great visit, but too short as always.  Now I have 1000 more pictures to edit, in addition to the others that I was already behind on.  We got family photos taken by a professional and they went way better than I’d expect with 25 people.

Jenson hasn’t been in the best of moods lately.  He started cutting his first tooth on July 16 and it didn’t seem too bad for him, but I felt his second coming in this Saturday, and its been a little rough for him.  He’s been pretty fussy and way less smiley than normal.  He won’t really let us see the teeth, but I got a shot where you can see his bumpy gums while he was eating on Saturday.


I think it’s going to be a rough evening…as of 11:15 p.m., he’d already awakened 3 times crying.  Lo settled him the first two times, and the third time he wasn’t calming, so I went in to nurse him.  He nursed for a couple of minutes, but really just wanted to be held.  I suspect I’ll be going in his room about every 2 hours tonight, if not more frequently.  But if it’s going to make him feel better, we’ll do what we have to do.  Being tired is just a side effect of being a parent, and if it means I’m tired for the next 20 years, I’m okay with that.

Okay…make that 4 times tonight.  Still worth it.



Life in the busy lane

I feel like I can’t get caught up on anything lately…life has just been so busy.  It’s a good busy though, so I can’t be too mad about that.  Summertime is always like this I suppose.  Last summer was incredibly busy, but I still had free time to do things I wanted, like ill-advised glider refinishing.  Now life and my free time revolves around Jenson.  And that’s okay right now.  He’s worth it.

jenson north market

I’ve done some workouts lately – like real workouts and not just reading a magazine on the treadmill or elliptical (though I still push myself when I do that). I got them from Carrots and Cake blog.  She does some crossfit and some made-up workouts and I just pull the things out of them that I’m capable and willing to do.  She just had a baby like 6 weeks ago and is already doing serious workouts. At 6 weeks postpartum, I had taken a few walks around the neighborhood (before the weather turned) and one or two yoga classes.  At nine months pp, I’m just starting to do “real” workouts.

I learned that a seemingly simple workout of KB snatches and overhead walking lunges really kicks my butt (I was sore within 20 minutes) #nomuscleanymore

AND, I’m completely incapable of doing an overhead squat properly anymore (or ever?).  Not sure if it’s because I was already sore, my hips are tight, or I’m just too weak to squat with 24 lbs overhead.  But they were sad ½ squats.  The other part of the workout was no better.  I sucked at the double-unders (and I would need to pump immediately before future attempts because it hurt), so I switched to single and messed up enough times that I stopped after 125.  I’m blaming the fact that I couldn’t find the good speed rope and had to use the ropes like we had in school (with the plastic tube clacky things).

I’m SOOOO behind on posts.  Like weeks.  And I have a bunch ½ completed in drafts.  But often I’m in the kitchen or running around doing things until 1030.  And then I have to edit photos, work on my photo album (while pumping), and sometimes spend too much time on facebook.  I need more hours – and this is with me going to bed at 1230 or 1 a.m.!  And Lo is helpful, so it’s not because I’m doing everything myself. 

We’ve had lots of company lately too (which accounts for some of the behindness on posts) – but it was great!  Like I’ve said before, I’d rather live life and enjoy company than blog about it, so I’m not mad about that.  Plus our overnight guests were mostly there to help us.  Our sitter was on vacation, and we (thankfully) had several family members (some of our sisters and our moms) offer to stay with us to watch him so I didn’t have to take all the days off work.   It was a perfect situation because he got to be with people who love him (like his sitter “grandma w” does), and we knew he was in good hands and didn’t have to worry. Plus we got to spend time with our families in the evenings.   So 8/9 days, we had overnight guests – but since they are low-maintenance family, we don’t have to impress or entertain them and could just go about our business. 


….like how I left my sister downstairs hanging out with the dogs (boof and her little sweetie Gemma) while I opened some packages that arrived.  I ordered a bunch of clothes from Kohls, Gap, and Target (some for family pics, and others just because I need some new clothes that aren’t black and gray).  I was like – I’ll just open these since I just put Jenson down for the night and was already up there and the packages had been sitting there for 2-3 days.  (it drives Lo nuts that I don’t open things right away)  Well, I ordered about 15 things from kohls (some for each of us) and they sent each and every item in a different package.  Literally.  One pair of baby jammies in one bag, a pair of socks in another, one shirt in another….all the way through each and every item.  Actually, that’s a lie…the very last package I opened (which was a box instead of a bag for some reason) had a shirt and a single serving pack of some type of keebler cookies, lol.  I’m not sure if it was just a free sample that Kohls was including for some reason, or if the person packing the box left part of his or her lunch in there, lol.  So anyway, I had to open like 20 shipping bags, most of which didn’t have the easy tear tabs.  By the time I got to the last few, I stopped even opening the bags that the clothes were in inside and finally just stacked them all back on the floor.  Some of the things that I did look at and try on are great though!

I got a haircut and highlights!  I was having some bad post-partum hair loss regrowth, and all of the hair along my hairline is short baby bird hair that just sticks straight out.  While the bangs don’t hide them (since they are side swept), they do distract from them a bit.  It’s a nice change.  I haven’t had highlights since the month before I got pregnant and they’ve all grown out.  I go to a lady who does balayage highlights and she’s really good at them, so they grow out really well.  She travels all over the U.S. to teach coloring training at salons and such.  My (male) coworker said I looked taller today and asked if I was wearing big heels.  I think it’s just that my hair is much shorter.  I was also told that I looked like I lost more weight…by someone who saw me last week.  I didn’t…I took this picture in the Dr’s office, and I weighted exactly the same as last week.  Sometimes I think people say that just to have something to say.  But anyway…my hair isn’t as light as it looks in this picture – she really just added like 15 or 20 highlights.


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Jenson update: Nine Months Old

This month it felt like Jenson really isn’t as much of a baby anymore.  I know he’s not a toddler yet, but he’s just so much more independent and I know being mobile and talking is just around the corner.  It’s so exciting, but sad at the same time.  People said the first year would go fast, but I could have never expected it to feel like this.  Jenson grew!  He finally moved up in percentile for weight – from 10% – 35%.  On a related note, he loves food.  He really increased his table food intake and has gotten so much better at getting more in his mouth.

9 months
Monthly Jenson update:  June 7 – July 6, 2014

  • Age:  9 1/2 months at time of posting.
  • Weight:  approx. 18 lbs, 14 oz.
  • Length:  27 inches
  • Size:  He’s grown out of  most of his 6 month clothes, and is wearing either 9 or 12 months.
  • Diapers:  Cloth diapers, except at night.  Our favorites seem to be Best Bottoms and Flips, and then Bum Genius Freetime for when he’s going to be in it for longer and we want him to feel dry against his skin.  He wears disposables at night and wearing size 3 now.  He’s been getting diaper rash more often now – I think it has to do with eating different foods.  We’d had to resort to rinsing diapers or using disposable liners for his #2′s not that he eats more food.  It’s no longer just liquid.
  • Hair and Eyes: He has so much hair now – it’s really filled in, but it’s lightening up I think.  It’s getting long on his forehead and hanging over his ears if I don’t tuck it back. It may be time for a trim soon. :( His eyes are more grayish blue now, and so big and bright.  I still think they’ll change, but it’d be awesome if they didn’t.
  • Teeth: One of his bottom teeth finally poked through on July 16. It’s just barely out at this point.  He was a little fussy the evening before, and woke up fussing several times in the night on his stomach and not able to roll onto his back.  Lo’s mom was staying with him the next day and she noticed the tooth had come through.  He‘s been a little fussier since then…it’s possible the second is coming through sometime soon.
  • Sleeping:  His sleep got better this month, and he even slept through the night a few times.  He typically wakes and nurses once during the night still.  He gets stuck on his stomach sometimes and wants to be on his back, so I have to go in and flip him over.  He doesn’t usually even really wake up.  Sometimes he’ll stay on his stomach for a couple of hours.  He wakes again around 630 or 7, and I nurse him before work, or bring him to bed on the weekend to sleep with us for another hour or two.  I know it’s a bad habit, but I love waking up with him all snuggled up against me.  He’s pretty consistent with 2 naps a day of 45 minutes to 2 hours.  One morning nap an hour or two after he gets up, and one in the afternoon.  Sometimes he fights his naps a lot, but I’ve been able to get him to sleep by singing Alice in Chains “Rooster” and Billy Joel “Goodnight Saigon”…not your typically lullabies, but whatever.
  • Eating:  Nursing sometimes feels like a wrestling match.  He’s really distracted and wants to sit up and look around, or chew on his toes.  If he hears a noise or voice, he has to stop to listen. It takes twice as long to feed him now because of this, and it can be a little frustrating.  I can pretty much forget about nursing him in public now.  I typically take him upstairs and nurse him on our bed now.  He takes breaks and rolls around and plays, unless he’s really tired and is nursing to sleep.
    He’s eating a ton of table food now.  We aren’t doing true baby led weaning because I don’t usually give him big pieces of things to gnaw on.  He tends to shove things in his mouth and it’s just too hard to make sure he’s not going to choke.  I tear things up and put them on his tray usually, or put them in a silicone feeder for him.  He really increased his intake between the 8-9 months.  I can barely get the food torn up and on his tray fast enough before he wants more.  He seems to prefer proteins- shredded chicken or pork, ground turkey or beef, eggs, and even fish.  So far he hasn’t refused anything that we’ve offered.  If we are eating something that is appropriate for him (like not pizza), we give him bits of what we are eating, otherwise he usually has some sort of veggie, fruit, and some leftover meat.  He usually just has two meals a day and that’s just worked out best for when he naps, but we probably need to add a meal in soon.  He typically only takes 4 bottles now while I’m at work instead of 5, due to his eating and napping “schedule”.
  • Movement:  Jenson  FINALLY rolled back to front!  He’d been getting close for so long.  Once he mastered it, he spent hours rolling around in the evening practicing. He especially likes to roll around on our bed.  He sits really well and can even squirm around while on his butt without falling usually.  When he’s on his stomach or back, he can kind of squirm around to get to what he wants a little.  He get his knees under him and rocks back and forth, but hasn’t started crawling, except for inching around on his belly. He loves standing up and holding onto things (or us).  Sometimes he’ll step his feet a little.
    He mocks our movements a lot.  He’ll bang on his high chair if I do it, or try to bang two toys together.  He not only likes to drop things to watch them fall, he’ll throw his toys just out of reach, and then try to reach them.
  • Words & Sounds:
    Babbling is still mostly Dadada, but I think he does relate that to Loren now.  He’ll say it when he hears or sees him (but also says it randomly still).  His next favorite sound is Ba.  I think he’s going to say Boof next, because he’ll say B and then Ff.  He talks so loud sometimes – especially if he’s trying to keep himself awake (like in the car).  Other times he whispers sounds, like he’s practicing.  He’s very giggly and happy, but he will occasionally show a little temper now.  Sometimes he’ll start crying when he gets frustrated, or he grunt and straighten his arms and clench his fists (hulking out), or cry and yell dadadadadada.  He’s definitely becoming more strong-willed about things.
  • Milestones:
    - Father’s Day.  We had a relaxing morning, dinner with friends, and then went to his first baseball game for the Columbus Clippers.
    - First parade.  We went to the Worthington Hills 4th of July parade with friends and then to a cookout at their house.
    DSC_0768 4th of july
    - Rolled back to front
    - First tooth (bottom right) on July 16
    - First time in a swing (loved it)
    - Gives kisses- they are open-mouth and slobbery, and completely awesome.

    - First baby shower (for baby Tominey)
    - First 5k for the Jakestrong 5k in Powell.
  • Favorite Toys/Activities:
    - Practicing rolling
    - Sitting on his car.  He can even scoot it forward a little bit.
    - Being worn in the kinderpack.  He’s just big enough to wear him on our backs, so I’ve done that a few times.
    - Being sung to.  It doesn’t really matter what, but he really likes Itsy Bitsy Spider and the Wheels on the Bus.  We make up words for all of the kids songs like that, and every song has Boof’s name in it.  Actually some songs only have Boof’s name in them (to any tune).
    - Rocking and playing in the exersaucer
    - Playing outside on a blanket or in the exersaucer
    - Watching Boof and trying to get her toys
    - Zombie baby: he yells and bites at my face when he’s hungry.  He’ll try to suck on my chin or nose.
    - Slamming his feet down when trying to put himself to sleep
    - He loves kisses (thank goodness!), and have his cheeks, chin, and neck stroked lightly.  Sometimes when he’s fussy and needs to nap, I can kiss him to sleep.  I just kiss his cheek lightly over and over again, and he calms and the falls asleep.
    - Looking at books.  It seems like he finally pays attention and is interested when we read to him.
    - He likes to splash around in the bath, and he’s outgrown his little tub for the sink, so we use this duck tub in the bathtub or the yard.
  • Dislikes:
    - Waiting for food
    - Taking something away that he wants (like when he’s chewing on the metal clasp on his pacifier clip).
    - Getting stuck on his stomach when he’s sleeping.

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Photo Favorites : June 30-July 6, 2014

I thought June was busy…and then July hit.  We’ve been so busy, yet I feel like we haven’t seen friends much.  I keep telling people “let’s get together soon”, but can’t ever figure out a time to get together.  Oh well, I’m sure everyone is busy in the summer.  We’ve actually been doing better at making dinner – partly because we need to have food for Jenson to eat now.  He typically eats the parts of our meals that are ok for him (protein, produce, grains, etc), but we cut things up and season them less for him.  Often I need to cook steam an extra fruit for veggie for him.  He usually eats earlier than us, so he usually has whatever we had for dinner for lunch or for dinner the next day.  I feel  like I spend so much time in the kitchen just getting meals together for him so that he has variety.  We’ll eat the same thing for 4 meals in a row, but I feel like he should have more variety.

Boof hates that I’m busy.  She follows me around and isn’t happy until I sit down on the couch and put my computer on my lap – which hasn’t been until 10-1030 for the last few weeks.  Poor spoiled baby pie.

So I’m playing catchup.  Here are my photo favorites from the first week of June.  Still need to edit the rest!

1. We decided to go to the Zoo on a whim on June 3 after work.  It was nice and cool out (cooler than we thought, hence the blanket).
2. We got to see the new African safari area – it was really neat and they did a good job at looking like it was all open and like the animals are roaming free together.  The lions were separate from the other animals (for good reason) but the way it was built, you couldn’t really see the divide that well.  The two lions on the left were chilling together and the other female walked over.  I was filming it walking over and greeting the male, and the male got up and mounted the female.  We we got to the area, no one was around hardly…but people had flooded the area right around then, so there were a ton of people around and everyone was laughing and parents were hightailing it out of there.  Awkward lion porn.  The lady decided she wasn’t into him and she walked away.
3. They’re number 14. I was trying to find a quiet empty area to nurse Jenson (the Zoo was almost closed), and as soon as I’d find somewhere and sit down, people would flock to the area and be loud.  He’s so distractable now that I had to just find a bench in an open area away from any of the exhibits.  People were walking through, but they were just passing by and not being loud about the animals.


5. – 8.  Jenson’s first 4th of July Parade.  We went with friends to a nearby neighborhood and they really do it up for the parade.  The streets within the ‘hood build floats and have a competition.  The last pic was afterwards when we ran into a store to get food for a cookout at their house and he passed out.  Parades are tiring!
I know you’re probably jealous of his outfit.  I was glad it wasn’t too hot that day because the night before I remembered that I bought this one piece jumper for him while Christmas shopping and it was going to fit just right for the 4th of July, so I dug it out of his storage clothing bin and washed it the night before.

4th July parade

9. and 10. More parade pics with us
11. He and Ryan were staring each other down.
12. With one of his favorite kids!4th of july

13. Kisses from Elli!
14. I love how she’s smiling at Lo.  He was throwing her up in the air, so she was pretty thrilled with him.
15. Practicing faces
16. Zombie-ing mama

4th july

17. and 18. His first time in a swing.  Lo hung one in our tree but decided it wasn’t hanging quite right.  He enjoyed it though!
19. and 20. My mom picked up this outfit at a garage sale – it’s so cute!  He wore it for a bit, but it’s too tight in the legs, so I’ll see if it fits Max.

swinging and styling


21. – 24.  Jenson is 39 weeks old!  The picture with Boof cracks me up…they are sitting the same and have the same expression!


39 weeks


25. – 28.  9 months old!  Oh man…



9 months

29. – 32. Just playing with me after his pictures.



33.  Pretty babypie Boofypants
34. Showing the food in his mouth
35. and 36. Baby yoga!  Upward dog/cobra



eating and yoga

37. She doesn’t usually sit up against us, but I guess she was feeling extra lovey that night.
38. Excited for a morning walk on the weekend
39. Um…I guess he gets some faces from me…
40. Bathing al fresco

summer fun


41. He loves driving his car.
42. In reverse/checking blindspot
43. Yabos with Uncle Chuck (he misses Aunt Kelley desperately)44. Ending the week with a walk in the kinderpack (he was passed out by the time we got back to the house.).



on the go

Photo Favorites : June 23-29, 2014

I’m a little behind on my photo favorites post again.  I’m blaming Jenson, because he’s so cute and I have to take so many pictures of him and then edit them.  In his 38th week, Jenson really started to seem like a little boy more than a baby.  He sits and plays with his toys happily.  He’s been a distracted nurser all week too.  It feels like a wrestling match to get him to nurse before bed.  There’s just so much he wants to do and see, even though he’s tired.  He had salmon, pumpkin, pasta with red sauce, pears, squash, pumpkin pancakes, broccoli, and more this week.  He really filled out suddenly – especially in his face, and he weighed around 19 lbs., so maybe he’ll finally make it to above 20%?  He copied me at banging blocks together and on his high chair, and he copies noises that we make.  He had some pretty fussy and wakeful nights, but I muddle through.

1.-4. He’s 38 weeks old!  His hair is getting long, but I don’t really want to cut it yet!

38 weeks

5. Facetiming with Gramma…hmmm…I actually took a facetime picture with her this week, but this picture appears to be one from a previous facetime session, because he’s younger in this picture.  But the collage is already made, so I’m not going to change it.  He facetimed with gramma while she was at my nieces softball game (so he got to see them too).
6. Boof is fake-smiling.  She’s been really special lately.  She’s my shadow and she won’t relax at night and lay in her bed on the couch until I sit down and put the laptop on my lap.  Pappap Cheese will be here tomorrow though, so she’ll be happy.7.  Jenson is just dying to figure out how to get to Boof, and Boof just wants me to play with her and her hippo.
8.  She begged me to put this onesie on her.  Maybe she didn’t “beg”, but she followed me around when I took it out of the bag, and when I held it out to put it on her, she sat down and let me do it – even helping to put her paws in the sleeves.  She’s more of a 12 month size, and this was a 9 month, so it wasn’t the best fit.


9. – 12.  Food pics!  Enjoying broccoli, though he just tried to shove it all in his mouth, so I had to cut off the tops for him to eat.  Also had some salmon and squash over the next few meals.


13. He looks so sad in this picture (and so tall!).  But he was perfectly happy, as evidenced by the next picture.
14. After-bath spiky hair!
15. – 16. Just more of him looking adorable.


17. A little gift I made for my friends’ baby shower
18. The boys playing at the “shower”
19. He’s finally mostly big enough to wear on my back like a little turtle shell
20. Boof makes it a point to lay on Jenson’s blankets and look sad occasionally, even though her couch bed is 1 foot in front of her.


21. Sweet sleepy babe
22. Riding his car.  He loves sitting on this thing and can even move on it.
23. Meeting Ashlee (she’s cooking a little friend for him – due in August).
24. Group shot at Ashlee’s shower.  I love her dress!



25. Boof was getting jealous that they were playing….
26. So she moved in for a kiss
27. And later, she appears to have taken a nibble on Lo’s fingers during outdoor bathtime.
28. Everything is intact.


29. It was such a nice day, so we tried out his ducky tub recently given to us.  He’s outgrowing his sink tub, and the regular tub isn’t the easiest yet, though this works in the tub too.
30. I wanted to get some fresh air to his buns, and when I set him down on the blanket, he wouldn’t put his left knee down…so cute.
31. Still chilling with his knee in the air
32. Cuddles with my baby.


Photo Favorites : June 16 – 22, 2014

Another week has passed (well, two by now), so I wanted to get my photo favorites posted from that week.  Jenson started rolling back to front this week, had lots of new foods (quinoa, blueberries, pasta, baked beans, taco meat, hummus, and some other things), visited with both of his grandmas, his pap-pap, some of his aunts and cousins, and his learned to cluck his tongue from Nana.  He’s started inching around when he’s on his stomach now, but he doesn’t get up on his knees yet.  He’s mostly cut out his after work nap, but usually is ready for bed between 7:45 – 8:30.  I prefer the nights when it’s closer to 8:30 so we get more time with him after work.
1. Jenson finally rolled back to front on June!  He was a little late to the game, but whatever.  :)  He rolled a bunch that day while we were hanging out in the bed after work and I finally caught one of them.
2. Avocado beard.
3. and 4.  Nana, Misty, and Sadie came to visit one evening and we had a great visit.  He learned to cluck his tongue.  Jenson was sitting in between Kim’s legs while Sadie was playing, and Sadie decided she wanted to sit there too.
rolling, nana, avocado
5. He really likes corn on the cob.  He just chews on it and mashes the corn up.
6. Jenson fell asleep during lunch one day while we were at work.  How sweet!
7. Eating a Baby mum-mum on the kitchen floor.  Boof was jealous.
8. Bath time spiky hair!  It immediately flattens like mine, but so cute for a bit.
9. – 12.  We went home for my nephews grad party.  I love this series with my mom.  She was whispering in his ear (which he really likes) and he’d stop and look at her, and then lean back in for her to continue.  The last picture it looks like he’s saying “seriously?”
13.  He loved this book with a finger puppet doggie that my mom picked up.  It’s awesome because its about adopting a dog from the pound (and boof is a 2x pound puppy).  It is not written by Eric Carl.  Apparently he’s a big deal in the children’s book world.
14.  Jenson with my nephew Calvin (the one who just graduated).  Calvin was about this age when I graduated high school – I’ll have to find the picture of me holding him.
15. and 16. Playing with Gramma at the party.  Looks like they planned their outfits.
17. – 20.   Jenson with Aunt Jackie and Aunt Christine.  There were so many cute pics, it was hard to choose!
aunts21. – 24.  My dad was eating a piece of cake (actually, I think this was his second piece) and Jenson was following his every movement, just begging with his eyes.  He’ll learn soon enough, as Boof did, that Pap-pap shares.  He actually wanted to share some frosting with Jenson, but Lo said no, thankfully.  I think my dad’s response was “it won’t make him simple”.  dad and cake
25. – 28. This was Jenson’s biggest meal so far.  He ate SO much at the party.  He had smoked chicken, cheesy potatoes, pasta salad, baked beans, and fruit.  He was shoveling it in.  I think he likes the country air.
graduation food
29. He took an epic nap at my mom’s – about 2.5 hours, which he never does for us.  He’d only been awake for about 2 hours at that point, so it was a surprise.
30. Hanging out with Boof and my sister’s baby girl puppy Gemma.
31. – 32. Gemma was a little nervous around Boof because she’s so tiny, but they did quite a bit of playing.
fun at grammas
33.  Laughing with his cousin Gannon.
34. Relaxing with da da da da
35. If he could crawl, he’d get that toy!
36. Checking himself out in the mirror while Lo watched the World Cup game.
 gannon and daddy
37. – 40. Baby boy is 37 weeks old!!  And stinking adorable.
37 weeks

Life Lately… June

I haven’t been great at posting lately, so I’ll give you an idea of our life lately.


Loving -

  • Outdoor baby baths.  I think he’s the only one who was clean that day (no-shower Sundays).
  • Tacos Hass tacos (authentic taco place near us). I read about it awhile back and we gave it a chance when the wait was too long at another restaurant last month, and have been back 3 times. (don’t worry, Yabos, we still love you) So now I have a favorite place for tacos (hass), a fav place for other mexican (yabos) and a favorite place for margaritas (cinco).  I need them to all join forces.
  • The Lone Bellows Pandora station (thanks, Claudia)
  • My blueberry bushes have berries!!! They aren’t ripe and there are just a few bunches, but every year there will be more, and that’s exciting!
  • Jenson’s new noises – he’s making a lot of mouth fart noises and brrrrr noises, and it’s funny.
  • The anticipation of a long weekend and days worth of baby snuggles

Not loving -

  • Ann Coulter’s article about “soccer”. I wrote a big long explanation about why she’s an idiot, and then I decided that she doesn’t deserve more attention, so that’s all I’ll say about it. Don’t google it because it’s a waste of time, but if you already read it, you know what I mean. She doesn’t seem to know anything about any sport.

Doing -

  • Project Life album: I’m almost done with December, lol (I take A LOT of photos). And when I say almost done, I mean that the photos are mostly in place – I still need to write notes throughout. This is what I do during my bedtime pumping session. I was pretty thrilled I’m that far, but considering it starts with Jenson’s birth in October, that’s not so great. Part of the holdup was needing to buy an album and more album pages. I need to be more selective of which pictures I choose, but it’s hard because Jenson is SO cute!
  • Just a few workouts a week. Jenson isn’t the greatest sleeper, so my workouts depend on whether I need to nap on my lunch hour or go to the gym. I’ve been doing at least 2 workouts/week, which isn’t great, but I’m not sorry. I’m mostly just doing about 40 minutes of cardio and 5-10 minutes of body weight exercises afterwards. Sometimes the only motivation I have to go to the gym is to read a magazine on the treadmill or elliptical. Besides, those magazines aren’t going to read themselves.

Planning -

  • To do something with our garden or salad table. Yeah, we haven’t done anything yet, and it’s almost too late! Some things planted themselves, including a tomato plant or two, and zucchini. We pretty much have a zucchini and tomato garden right now. It did have asaparagus, but we forgot to pick it because it started while we were in Vegas.  There are a lot of weeds, but there’s a ton of zucchini, and at least 4 tomato plants (none of which are in the area where they were planted last year)


  • Constantly planning Jenson’s meals. While he mostly eats pieces of what we eat, I try to be more well-rounded with his meals so he has better variety.  Since he tends to cram things in his mouth, some things that we would eat just aren’t going to work for him until he has teeth (pizza, for example).

Wishing -

  • We lived closer to my sister’s family. Max and Jenson are 4 months apart, and it would be amazing if they were closer. That’s not going to happen, so we are looking forward to them visiting at the end of July.  Look at this mug!
  • Time would slow down. Jenson is nearly 9 months and that makes me a little sad. It’s so fun to see him grow (he is REALLY growing right now) and change, but he’s almost not a baby anymore!

Have done -

  • We went to our friends’ baby shower over the weekend. They moved to Chicago shortly after Jenson was born and they never got to meet him, so it was nice that the shower was for everyone, not just the women. It was actually a luncheon (no games, etc), so….bonus.
  • Donated my frozen milk from January. I feel lucky that I’m able to produce plenty of milk for Jenson, but also have enough leftover to help out a local baby who lost her mother shortly after birth.
  • Donated blood.  Apparently it was fluid donation week for me.  When I donated in January, the Red Cross sent me an email to tell me that my blood was used for a man in Michigan.  I thought that was really cool to know that it was used – hopefully they do again.

Friday Photo Favorites: June 9-15, 2014

Jen at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom hosts a Friday Photo Favorites linkup and its a fun way to post a few (or bunch) pictures from the week.  I got behind, because that’s what I do…but it’s better to live life than to blog about it.

Umm….I thought I already posted this…so now it’s super-late.  I only noticed this one wasn’t published when I went to work on the next week’s post tonight!

1. – 4. Being silly one evening before bed.

striped fun

5. – 6. I made a homemade teething biscuit for him and he loved it.  We needed to introduce wheat to him and this seemed like a good way to do that.
7. – Playing with daddy
8.  Posing in an outfit his Aunt Jackie got him awhile ago.

cigar biscuit

9. – 11.  He had northern beans and avocado for dinner and smeared the avocado all over his face.  He was pretty happy with himself.
12. As a result, it was bath night.


13. and 14. Playing after bath with spiked up hair.  It falls flat as soon as it dries, like someone I know (me).
15. “I am baby, hear me roar”
16. Not only has he noticed my toes and wants to play with them, he LOVES chewing on his own toes.

naked time

17. This picture cracks me up.  It looks like it’s taken with a fish-eye lens, or that he’s wearing a face suit face.  His cheeks are chubby, but not like this.
18. – 20. We were just playing around before we went to Trader Joe’s and then Hass Taco’s for dinner.  He rode in the front of the cart at the store for a bit, but got tired of it eventually.

big face
21. – 28. Yogurt and pears for breakfast was possibly the messiest meal yet.  I put the yogurt in a bowl with a suction cup on his try and I turned my back to get his pears and he’d pulled up the container and tried to drink from it, spilling much of the yogurt in the pocket of the bib.  But he had fun and there’s no harm in a little mess.  Obviously, this required a bath, and then some naked tummy time.
yogurt after yogurt bath
29. – 32. Father’s Day! We all slept until 10:15 – Jenson joined us in our bed around 7 a.m.  We gave Lo his gifts and made pancakes while Jenson played.  It’s so nice that he can sit and play by himself for a bit now.  (Many of the rest of the pictures got posted in the Father’s Day post, but oh well)
fathers day play
33. – 36.  Fun Father’s Day pictures
 jenson and lo
37. – 40. He’s 36 weeks old!!
36 weeks
41. – 44. Our friends came over for an impromptu BBQ before going to the Clipper’s (minor league) baseball game.  We ended up having a picnic in the grass where it was shady.  Jenson loved gnawing on this corn on the cob. He got mad when I took it away (he needed to nurse and nap before we left, and I didn’t want him to get super-messy again).
fathers day picnic
45. – 47. Clipper’s game pics.  Tickets for seats were sold out, so we ended up standing at the railing for the game.  It worked out better because Braxton has more room to explore, and it was easier to wear Jenson in the carrier when we were standing up rather than sitting down.  Plus, there was little fear of stray foul balls where we were standing.
48.  Boof was so distraught when we got home.  I don’t know if she thought we weren’t coming back, or if she got scared about something while we were gone, but she started crying so hard when we got in the door, and continued for some time.  She ended up self-soothing by tearing up her baby hedgehog toy.  It had survives since April, so it had a good run.
  clippers game