Friday, February 21, 2014

5 On Friday

Long time no see!  We’ve had quite the eventful past couple of weeks.  First the kids were hit with ear and sinus infections and then we all got hit with Norovirus. Worst thing EVER! If you get hit with it, Bleach and Lysol are the only things that will kill it. I've done a lot of research! 

I decided to ease my way back in and I’m linking up with DarciAprilChristina and Natasha for Five on Friday!

1.)  My new IPHONE.
Somehow, Jordan lost my Galaxy s3. We tore our house apart more than once looking for it and it still hasn't turned up anywhere.  After almost a week of no phone (which made me so nervous with Olivia's severe food allergies), I got a new one.   I really liked the Galaxy and I loved my phone plan.  I've had a T-Mobile employee line for over 5 years (My husband used to own 6 stores). We haven't owned one in a couple of years, but my line was still active.  You can't beat $26 a month for unlimited everything.  We couldn't afford another $600 cell phone and I didn't want to give instagram!  It was only a matter of time before they caught up with us, so I signed up with AT&T and got an Iphone5s.  I really like it so far!  I just miss my unlimited data and my $26 phone bill.  At least my husband still has his, for now. 

2.) Shin Splints are also the worst thing EVER!
I was doing C25k until we got sick and I took a 2.5 week hiatus from the gym.  I’ve been going every day since last Saturday and started up on Week 1 again.  It’s been going really great, but as I figured I have the wrong shoes.   I have extremely high arches and I underpronate (supinate), and my shoes do not make me feel great after a run!  I have shin splints like you wouldn’t believe and after my interval workout on the treadmill last night, it is killing me to walk Sad smile.  Anyone have any suggestions for shin splints?  I bought some new sneakers that were highly recommended for my type of feet/gait, so I’m hoping they help! I want to keep running.

3.) Stitch Fix
I got my 3rd Stitch Fix this month.  I think they are getting better and better as time goes on. I liked everything out of this fix, except one item.  I only kept one thing though. This awesome Elephant blouse.  I love the cut of it and how it fits.  I also think that even if I lose weight, it will still look good a little loose.  I want more of them, but from what I’ve been reading Hawthorne 41 is their brand and you can’t find it in stores.

4.) Terrible Three’s
Not to scare any mom’s that haven’t hit three yet, but three is AWFUL! I thought Jordan was bad at two, he’s even worse at three.  The tantrums, the screaming are 10 million times worse than 2 was.  Yesterday, he spent 30 minutes straight screaming because I wanted to change his poopy pull up.  He screamed in the car because we passed the airport and I said it wasn’t time to pick up Grandma yet. He has also become the destroyer of all things.  I can’t even go to the bathroom without something getting ruined.  Our house constantly looks like a tornado went through!  The other day, I took eggs out to hard boil them.  I went to go keep Olivia from climbing something and turned back around to him smashing the eggs one by one on the floor.  He smashed 10 of them. I had just mopped. Ugh, I hope for my sanity that this goes away soon.

5.) Olivia is not a baby anymore!

She is officially 100% a toddler.  She talks up a storm, her baby laugh is gone, and she doesn’t look like a baby anymore.  Girlfriend loves the Gym childwatch!  We were waiting our turn yesterday and someone opened the door to the childwatch and she ran in and the other day when I went to pick her up, she saw me through the windows and said “No No No” while shaking her head and finger at me.   I guess she didn’t want to go home.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Olivia: 18 months.

I should have started this blog a long time ago.  I’m awful at baby books, but I’d love a way to keep track of the way that my kids have grown, so I’m going to start doing some posts on them at certain “milestone” ages.

As you can tell by the title, Olivia turned 18 months old in January! I cannot believe how fast it’s going (I know, I know, everyone says that.).  It’s amazing how much she has blossomed/grown up these past 6 months! She truly isn’t a baby anymore, she is a full blown toddler!

STATS: At her well baby visit last week, Olivia was 33.5 inches tall (85-90th percentile) and 23 pounds (24-30th percentile). She’s mostly wearing 12-18 month clothes, but they’re loose on her.  I’m having to buy 18-24 month things (and 18 month from Carters) because she’s too tall for the other clothes. Only they fall off of her! Any suggestions for a tall skinny baby?  She’s still wearing size 5 shoes (which my husband loves).

  • To Eat.  Girlfriend will try just about anything!
  • Cats. She’s a crazy cat lady. She wakes up meowing.
  • Little Mermaid.
  • Minions.
  • To Read.
  • Her bows and her shoes.  For a while, she hated them. Now she cries if you don’t put them on fast enough.
  • Water. To Drink, to take a tubby, to swim. The cats water bowl is a favorite toy of hers.

  • She’s 100% off the bottle and on a straight sippy cup! She’s been off the bottle since 11 months but was using a soft spout (Nuk ACTIVE cup), so it was kind of like a bottle, the nipple was just a little different shape.  We lost it last week and she’s just been using the Playtex hard spout ones and has been doing great.
  • She’s talking up a storm.  She easily knows 20-30 words and it amazes me that she has new words every day.
  • She has all of her teeth except her 2nd set of molars! She’s actually had them for a while now.

  • When daddy leaves for work.
  • Not getting her way (like most toddlers)
  • Her brother not sharing.
  • The car.
  • Being trapped in the stroller.

Surprisingly going so much better.  She’s been trying to put herself to sleep and unless she’s sick, she’s been sleeping through the night. I’ve been able to lie her in bed at nap time and she’ll fall asleep occasionally. That’s more than I can say for her almost 3.5 year old brother.

She’s just like her brother. Chronic runny nose. It comes with the territory of allergies though.  I just have to be better at remembering to give her the zyrtec that the allergist prescribed.  She’s still having random bouts of hives but no anaphylatic reactions since her one to the almond milk months ago.  She’s still allergic to all nuts and eggs (she can have them baked into things but not on their own).

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Goals

I’m a list maker. If you look around my house there are a ton of lists everywhere! 
I thought that I would start sharing my monthly goals here on the blog to help hold myself accountable. So here are my February Goals and some sneak peaks of things that I’ve been working on.
  • Gym 4 days a week – Pretty self explanatory.  I plan on trying to get into the gym 4 days a week and then working out at home 2 days a week and having an active rest day.
  • Take at least 1 new class at the gym this month-  I’d like to take some classes, but don’t know which to pick so I thought that if I started taking a new classes every month, I might find one that I’ll fall in love with.
  • Finish the kids room-  I want to get the kids room finished.  It’ll be nice to finally have one room in our house completed.
  • Only use cloth diapers -  We’ve fallen into the trap that I think a lot of families do at one point or another in their cloth diapering journey.  We’ve been using disposables since before Christmas and it’s getting expensive especially when we have enough cloth here to diaper a small army of babies.
  • Self Care- Do one thing for only me a week. Whether it’s finally using my massage I got for Christmas two years ago, or taking a bath or getting my nails done.  I’m hoping to get better at this self care thing.
  • No Un-Necessary Spending – Self explanatory. This mama needs to stay out of Target and it’s dollar bins.
  • Have a Girls Night-  I’m hoping to go out and have a girls night.  I think my sister in law and I might go to the Polar Bites benefiting our zoo in a couple of weeks.
  • Be consistent with a “schedule”  for the kids- I oon’t mean a strict schedule, but my kids do so much better when they have a bit of a routine and I think it’ll help our life out a lot.  Plus it will be easier now that we’re really starting our home preschool with Jordan. He needs something to keep him mentally stimulated as he’s very bright for his age.
Those are my goals for the month.  Come back next month for my new goals and to see how I did with these ones!

Here’s some of the projects I’ve been working lately!

Do you set goals for yourself? Do you stick to them?