Sunday, April 29, 2012

What's Wrong With This Picture: Part 2

For Part 1: check it out {here}

I thought this was too cute not to capture! 

he was playing with her taking it away and she would grab it back... it was so cute :) 

I can not brag enough about what an AMAZING daddy this man is to Miss Raleigh Grace!! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Day in the Life: 6 Months

This is my first time to ever participate in the "A Day in the Life" posts ... I have always wanted to do it but just never felt my day was productive or eventful enough... some days, lets be honest, I never make it out of my pj's and neither does Raleigh Grace. {wheph- glad thats out in the open!}
**if you don't think you can make it to the end-- there is a question I have about bedtime routines... skip to that part if you think you might have some suggestions ;) **

So here we go... (and mind you- I kept up with the time for a little while, and then... well... I didn't write it down anymore so I just thought I would forget about it)

5:45am RG wakes up and I get her out of her crib and we lay down in the bed in her room and I nurse her.  I then lay her back in her crib and shes back asleep.

6:30am Daddy gets up and ges to work- I try to get a little more sleep before RG is up for the day... but I don't fall back asleep until 7:30. 

8:30am Raleigh Grace wakes up- I nurse her again and put her in her swing.  I'm not sure why but I was honestly so exausted that I had to lay back down for a little bit- luckily RG cooperates and takes a short nap.  

9:30am  We are both out of bed! WAHOO! ha.  We go in her room and we both sit on the floor in her room and play with the stuffed animals, stackable cups, balls, books and anything else we can get our hands on.  
from the other day, but you get the idea ;) 
She gets bored so I move her to her jumperaoo while I make myself breakfast-- toasted poptarts (without the icing) with a little butter on top.  I'm telling yall... its all I can do to just eat some mornings ha!
She plays for a little while and then its time for different scenery!

I put her in her bumbo on the kitchen counter and she helped me unload the dishwasher.  

11am-Raleigh Grace is ready for lunch so I feed her green beans, bananas and apples.  There  was just a little green beans and bananas left from yesterday so she finished those off.  I think she is eating about 4+oz of baby food twice a day at this point.  (2 baby bullet servings at each feeding or more- *see dinner time tonight*)

I move her bumbo over to the top of the dryer and she helps me start a load of laundry- today was Tuesday, so it was towel (and rugs) day. (I am trying really hard to stay on a laundry schedule so I don't get behind and have to do 10 loads of laundry in a day.) She is happy as a lark and plays with her wooden spoon while I sweep the kitchen.  

okay so she is already dressed- that means these pics are from later today... but alas she still loves the spoon ha! 
11:45 I nurse her and by noon she goes down for her first full nap of the day. 

1:00 pm she is awake and we play some more in her room and she starts to get really fussy. I bring her to her jumperoo and she plays for a few minutes while I gather some coupons for our grocery trip.  I move her to the swing because she was fussy and before I can even get my hands off of her she is screaming bloody murder so I pick her back up (why is she spoiled? hehe) and take her to her room.  I get her dressed for the day and sit her on my bed with some toys and pillows around her to keep her occupied until I can get dressed.  She doesn't like that either so I go ahed and strap her into her carseat and give her her passy.  She is finally content for a few minutes- I throw on some clothes and make sure the diaper bag is packed.  I am wearing a hat for the first time since before she was born- she doesnt know what to think... she gives me this look: 

2:30ish we finally head out the door!! We stop by the bank and then I swing through Chick-fil-a for some strips and a water before heading to Victoria's Secret! (I think this was her first trip there- I had a coupon for some free undies and 10 dollars off a purchase). When I got there K was just getting off work and was working next door and saw me pull in so he walked over to our car and helped me unpack RG.  We all went to VS and I got a new pair of undies and some perfume for FREE! Love a good deal!  

We then headed over to the grocery store as a family. As we were walking in, I noticed they had an ad posted on their door saying they were doing "Super Double Coupons" -- basically any coupon under $1.98 they would double! SCORE!! I am not sure how K and I both missed that memo considering he is in and out of grocery stores every day, several times a day.  
Anyways-- what was going to be a quick in and out trip turned into a "COUPON QUEEN" trip! (did you get the reference from the Toddles and Tiera's little girl? If not you can see it {here})
Raleigh Grace sat in the buggie for the 1st time!! :) She thought it was the best thing ever and kept sqeeling and screaming haha.  Luckily, everyone thinks she is adorable (because she is!) and just thought it was the cutest thing ever.  She kept trying to pull her legs up over the handle though... too funny!  Before we left she fell asleep in her stroller and caught a 30-45 minute nap.  

she was so happy just kicking her legs and talking... :)
my absolute favorite! she was just kicked back relaxing! :) haha
5:ooish we got home and RG and I unloaded the towels and folded them (I say "we" because again, she was in her bumbo on the dryer playing with the infamous wooden spoon- it seriously provides a lot of entertainment as of today ha!)

5:30ish We put the clothes away and I took her back into the kitchen and started getting dinner ready.  K came and got her and they went and played in her bedroom while I got dinner ready.  I made Italian Chicken, green beans, and potatoes! So EASY and SO good! Once dinner was in the oven K brought RG to me.

6:45ish- I started feeding RG some apples that I had made yesterday and she went. to. town. on them.  I was trying to wash, peel and cut up some sweet potatoes to steam for her while I was feeding her and she started getting impatient so K took over on the feeding and I continued to make her some Sweet Potatoes.  She LOVES sweet potatoes! It's really hard to tell what her "favorite" food is but this might be it... I ate TONS of them while I was pregnant with her and still love them myself so I am really not surprised.  She ate 1 1/2 containers of apples and didn't seem satisfied so K fed her 2 oz's of Sweet Potatoes I had just prepared.  She is such a great eater!  

7:15ish We bring her to the dining room and sit down to eat as a family.  Raleigh Grace was happy sucking on her spoon or trying to pick up tiny bits of food we put on her tray.  This was the first time we had ever put "food" (besides puffs) out for her to grab at.  K cut up some tiny bits of potatoes and green beans.  She would try and try to get them but never could... she finally PINCHED (yaaay for thumb and pointer working together!) a green bean and got it to her mouth! I was so proud of her and she was proud of herself too- you could tell! 

8:00ish K gave RG a bath and while he was doing that she was in such a great mood I skyped my mom.  They all watched RG playing in the bath and screaming and they loved it! 

8:30ish RG starts getting a little fussy and K gets her out of the bath and dresses her in her jammies.  I nurse her and within 10 minutes she is out like a light!  

9pm she is asleep and I lay her in her crib.  She wakes up, finds her thumb and dozes right back off.  This is about an hour and a half-ish (don't you love all the ish'es) earlier than her normal go-to-bed routine.  Usually we started the bedtime routine around 10pm and she was asleep around 11/ 11:15.  The past 3 or 4 nights we have tried to get her to sleep by 10pm but every time she has woken up in the middle of the night (any suggestions from mom's out there??)... Last night she went to bed at 10:45 and slept to 5:45 so that was a little improvement.  Right now it is 11pm and she is still asleep.  Here's to praying she sleeps through the night! :) 

SWEET DREAMS! (Wheph, I'm just exausted typing all of that! ha) Hope you enjoyed!! 

**update-- she did not sleep well... ugh my fault much? maybe.  She woke up around 2, 4, and 6 am... no bueno! We are still working on moving her bedtime up little by little...**

RG by the Week: 26 Weeks, 6 MONTHS!!

April 10-16

Well you had your Six Month appointment on the 17th and you had a wonderful report!! 
Miss Raleigh Grace you are 14 lbs 7 oz (25th percentile), 26 inches long (50th percentile), head circumference 43.5cm (75th percentile)! Love our sweet little "petite girl" 
with (as Daddy says) a jug head (just like her Daddy ha!) Perfectly healthy!!!
You has a blast playing with the tongue depressor the doctor gave you :)... You also passed the test he gave you of passing it from one hand to the other.  They were shocked you were sitting up on your own.

you bonked you head again- this time you face planted on the hard wood floor. You love sitting up and do not want us around to help but you still tumble around a little. 
you did great at the doctors office and even took your shots like a champ!! You only cried for a few seconds and then you were fine.  (apparently you were supposed to have a 4 month appointment but someone on their end had a mix up... so we didn't have one scheduled and I was told we didn't need one... oh well, you are still doing just fine- however, you will have to play catch up with your shots so we will be going back in 2 months at 8 months old.)
You are also getting really good at drinking out of your sippy cup/ playing with it.  You love drinking water out of a cup and do really well with that (almost better than your sippy cup!)
We also said goodbye to our good friend Grady who moved out west to work at Yellowstone!
Aunt Donna P and Great Grandpa came and visited and we went and saw your great great Pauline :)   
Great Great Aunt pauline and Great Aunt Donna 

Grady and RG (4/12)
baby food and your puffs! you love sitting and standing and you are always wiggling your feet and moving your hands.  Anything you get your hands on goes straight to your mouth! You are still working on getting some teeth but I can't see them yet... One of your favorite times of the day is when your daddy gets home.  You grin and grin and laugh... I have a feeling it will be like this for the rest of your life! 
You spent the day with Donna and Marianna on Sunday while mommy and daddy went to the Nascar Truck Race-- they said you were on your best behavior and had a BLAST!! :) 
You are reaching for Daddy and I ALL the time now-- I LOVE it sooo much! 
You are also really loving watching the Baby Einstein video that you have... you have only watched it a few times but you just love it- sometimes you even giggle at it. 
playing with aunt Donna
Reaching for my camera
watching Baby Einstein in Mommy and Daddy's bed :) 
You tried green beans for the first time Wednesday night and you seemed okay with them- and only okay.  When I tried to give them to you again on Thursday you had NO interest. You ate a couple of bites but then you were done! ha! You still get baby food once or twice a day and seem to like most everything we give you (minus the g.beans)-- okay, now you are back to liking green beans! You also had carrots on the 16th and you loved them as well!  You all of a sudden do not seem too fond of bananas... maybe that is because they are homemade and have a quite different texture? Speaking of homemade- I made your baby food for the first time Monday night- I made carrots and bananas.  You loved the carrots and didn't really like the bananas.  (The banana's were sort of a weird texture... maybe that was why?)
Daddy gave you some cherrios this week and you did really well with them so Mommy decided to buy you some "puff's".  You tried the baby "Puff's" for the first time on the 16th.  You LOVE them! You still don't have any teeth but they dissolve so quickly you do great with them.  We give them to you because your "pincher" skills aren't quite there yet- you are getting really close though! You can grab a handful and sometimes manage to get one or two in your mouth ha! 
You also love to pretend you are feeding yourself (aka chew on your spoon) ha!
Nursing about every 3-4 hours. Not eating at all through the night (with the exception of 2 or 3 nights this week).  

for the most part it has been just as good as the past couple of weeks but for some reason Thursday night you woke up around 2am demanding food so you got it and went right back to sleep.  Friday night the same thing- except for you woke up around 2am, ate, went back to sleep, woke up around 4 am, ate, and went back asleep, then you were back up around 6am... (pllllease tell me this isn't here to stay again)! Saturday night you woke up once and went back to sleep after eating.  Sunday- you slept through the night (and have since then...) thank heavens! ha!  Your naps have been pretty good- you seem to be napping longer these days- sometimes you still nap only 30 minutes or so but usually an hour or TWO! :) LOOVE this! You can be awake for about 4 hours before you really need to go back down for a nap.

0-3 and 3 months- although some of the ones with feet in them are getting a little "short" on you :( .  size 2 diapers :)

Favorite Moments:
I just love watching your facial expressions... and your giggles, and your smiles... you are so much fun and such a beautiful little girl! You are growing up so fast and I still can't believe that you are MINE! :) 

Most Challenging:
....none that I can think of! No complaining here! 
It was hard to leave you for almost a full day- 11am -5pm. I missed you so much but I hear you did great with your Aunt Donna and Cousin Marianna :) 
Mommy and Daddy at the Race.

Looking forward to:
being able to "play with you" more.

Mommy Moments:
I worked out for the first time since before I was pregnant with you on Thursday.  I just did a little cardio on the treadmill but it was nice to get back into action :)
Like I said under food: I made you homeaid baby food! :) I made you carrots and bananas! MMM!

Nascar Truck Race! Go Kahne!

Last Sunday, K and I met up with some of his friends and headed to "The Rock" (Rockingham Speedway).  We had great seats right behind the pit's and upon arriving we all chose who we thought would win.  Truck number 3's pit team prayed in a huddle right before the race started so he picked number 3.  Just in front of us was pit number 4 so I chose that one.  Come to find out -- driver of truck 4 was Kasey Kahne! I always pull for him (if I'm watching or pulling for anyone ha) in the Nascar Sprint Cup races.  I was so excited that he was racing and that I had randomly picked him to win ha!  He had qualified 5th so he started up in the front of the pack but before the race even started he had to move all the way to the back -- sometimes the drivers have to do this when they change something on the car since qualifying- like if they have to replace the motor.  Come to find out, he had been in Texas the previous day so he wasn't able to run his qualifying lap so someone else did it for him, so even though that person qualified 5th for him, since he was racing and not the other guy, he had to move to the back of the pack.  BOO! I was so disappointed.  Anyways, the race starts and within 20 laps (of 200) he had moved up almost 10 spots!! Long story short-- HE WON THE RACE!!! It was so much fun watching and actually having the person you were cheering for WIN! ha :)
Here are a few pictures from our fun day at the race!

 Old Cheerwine car! :) 

parachuters -- they landed on the track before the race!

K's team- praying. 
Dianna and Mike

Here we go!
Mr. Handsome himself ;)
ask K said "he broke his toy" ha!
My buddy, Kasey Kahne! 
K's pick to win
coming off Pit Road
Dianna and  I

I think K should be a photographer ;) Perfect shot coming across the finish line!
Kasey Kahne showing off a little after his win :)

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