Friday Five

1. I am lacking the Friday Five motivation today. I have so much other stuff I should be doing, I even closed Facebook before finishing reading my feed (the horror!) But Seriously, we waste so much time on Facebook. I have considered getting rid of it, but then I thought, what would I do with all that free time? What did we do before Facebook? I wonder if Little Jimmie will have one.

2. Another weekend looms ahead of us. We are making another quick trip to the tri-state area because Jim has a softball tournament with his old church. Once again, I’m going to try not to pack all of Jimmie’s stuff, but it’s hard to choose what he does and doesn’t need.

3. I’m down to 135.8 on my weight loss journey. I wish I could say I have been working out, but I haven’t. My only excuse is that I hurt my knees. (Oh, and I’m super lazy!) They seem to be better now, which means come Monday, it’s back to working out. I’m pretty sure the weight would come off quicker if I was working out and not just starving myself, I mean dieting.

4. I am in love with Starbucks’ new Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. It is the best summer drink they have come out with in a long, long time. I usually get half the pumps of blackberry because otherwise it is too sweet (and would have too many calories). I found the best Starbucks in our area yesterday; lots of indoor and outdoor seating and NICE baristas, it only took me an hour of driving around to find it, stupid GPS.

5. Jimmie had his two month check up yesterday and he is doing great. He weighs 12 pounds 3 ounces and is 23.75 inches long. He is developing a flat head, my poor guy, which we have to watch and keep him off his back more, which is easier said than done. Good thing we have this Boppy Noggin Pillow to help us in the car seat, rockaRoo, and on his playmat. (I just took his infant insert out of his car seat, ahhh he is growing up!) I also plan on keeping him in the Ergo more, doing more tummy time, and having him on my tummy instead of craddled in my arm.

I leave you with this amazingly cute photo from today. Jimmie is falling in love with Mr. Giraffe; I better go buy a few more just in case he loses this one (or Toby eats it!) Jimmie could potentially eat him too, just before I took this picture, he was kissing him, aka eating his nose.

cute jimmieYou’re pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of ever. <3

 

Second Month Baby Must-haves

I’m happy to say that month number two with Little Jimmie went way smoother than month number one. Here are a few things that helped us get through it successfully.

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1. Born Free bottles: These glass bottles are really easy to clean and are BPA free. The active flow venting system helps prevent air pockets.

2. Tommee Tippee Bibs: These are great because they get close to the baby’s neck preventing milk to flow into their little neck cracks.

3. Boon Lawn Drying Rack: Jim thought I was nuts for buying this, but it’s one of the best things I bought since Jimmie was born. All my bottles and bottle pieces dry in one area, do not get lost among other washed items, and do not get knocked over. I love it!

4. Munchkin Powdered Formula Dispenser: Whoever invented this is a genius! You can proportion out formula and then pour it into the bottle when you’re ready to make one. This is especially great for nighttime feedings (when you’re half asleep) and on the go.

5. Skip Hop Hug and Hide Activity Gym: I seriously want every activity gym ever made; Jimmie loves this one so much. I’m waiting for him to just fall asleep on it one day because he is kicking his arms and legs so hard. I especially love the hanging animals and the pillow for tummy time.

6. Ingenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat: This swing is a gift from God. I leave it in our room and put Jimmie in it when I shower. I never have an issue with him fussing while he is in it and he is always happy when I’m done my shower. It swings from side to side, vibrates, and either plays nature sounds or music. One time he fell asleep in it and it was the sweetest thing ever. (Bonus: this swing plugs in, therefore, no batteries required!)

7.  Nuk Pacifiers: I swore I wouldn’t be one of those pacifier mom,”Here take it and stop crying!” But when Jimmie was crying, and the pacifier was the only thing that soothed him, I was given no other choice. Sadly, he doesn’t even like them at night or during naps, which is when I wanted to exclusively give him one. They do help in the car though, or when he is overtired and wants to fall asleep in my arms. He honestly usually just spits it out after a few minutes anyway, so I’m sure there won’t be any issues taking it away, which is why I didn’t want to use one when he wasn’t sleeping, originally. I also get a lot of use out of this Skip Hop pacifier pocket, haven’t lost a pacifier yet!

8. Ergo and Ergo Newborn Insert: I am in love with my Ergo, and so is Jimmie. I use it to take Toby for walks and to walk around the house while I’m cleaning up. Jimmie usually falls asleep in it, which is an added bonus, but he loves to just look around or stare at me. He is almost too big for the insert, but we did get a lot of use out of it and it was well worth it.

If you haven’t already, check out my list of items we couldn’t live without during Jimmie’s first month of life; we are still using most of them all the time!

 

 

Friday Five

Thanks to Sarah Dessen for my Friday inspiration “Friday Five” post!

1. Target is having an awesome sale this week.  We picked up this great table (teal) for 30% off! We are using it as a bar, and I LOVE it. We have our wine/whiskey on top, with glasses and cookbooks in the cabinets. Now all we need to do is fill up the wine rack! Target is also having a huge baby sale, no you can’t buy babies, but you can buy some great stuff for cheap! Be prepared to leave with an empty wallet. I was good though and only bought a bottle cleaner (it’s awesome!) and a Skip Hop bib (was 50% off at our Target) that I have been eying up.

2. We ditched a TV show this week. Under the Dome just isn’t worth our precious TV time. Now that we have a baby, we really have to think about what’s worth watching and what isn’t, when Jimmie doesn’t need our undivided attention (which is most of the time, of course.) It’s a shame because we have been looking forward to it coming back and we were just beyond disappointed. I guess nothing compares to Orange is the New Black (which, by the way, I just started reading the book yesterday)

3. Jim and I are now into our hardcore diets and it sucks. Every food looks good when you’re on a diet, even foods you hate. I am happy to reveal that I am back to my pre pre-pregnancy weight (which is what I weighed after coming back from the USA in September 2012, 136 pounds.) I only have 8 more pounds to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am relieved  that I now fit into most of my clothes again, except the stuff I bought at the beginning of last summer when I was super skinny.

4. Speaking of diets, I really want the bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s that comes on a pretzel bun…and just pretzels in general. Philly Pretzel Factory, I’ll see you soon.

5. We went to Annapolis last weekend and it was like entering another land. We live in a very congested area in Maryland and the traffic is horrendous. Annapolis was a sight for sore eyes. Next time I am sticking Jimmie in the Ergo, though, because it’s not a very stroller friendly place. Jim really wants a big boat, me not so much. But I wouldn’t mind having a friend with a big boat.

Enjoy your weekend!

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This is how I relax on Friday morning

 

Book Review: Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck

perfectAs a senior at a Christian high school, Daisy May Crispin is questioning her family’s faith and values. Daisy has one goal for her senior year, which is: find a date for prom. There are a few problems with her goal: A) she has never had a boyfriend and B) her parents will not let her date. Even though she doesn’t have a boyfriend, Daisy has made a list of the most eligible guys at her school, hoping that at least one will notice her and ask her to prom.

Daisy’s parents believe in courtship and since she isn’t going to marry anyone she meets in high school, having a date to prom is not an option. Daisy, along with her best friend Claire, spend the days leading up to prom making themselves less invisible and more available. Daisy is trying to figure out how to have a conversation with a boy without spitting out random facts and Claire is trying to figure out if the goth look or the prep look works for her. Together, they manage to create a scenario that you would never expect to find in a Christian novel.

Perfectly Dateless, by Kristin Billerbeck surprised me in more than one way. I went in blind when I started this book: I had no idea what it was about.  Perfectly Dateless is a different kind of young adult novel that I am used to reading because it included a lot of Christian ideas. It was interesting to read a book with a young adult perspective on courtship and having God in your life during high school. I think a lot of Christian girls would enjoy reading this book. Some of the novel was written like a journal: Daisy’s prom journal.

Even though I enjoyed the book, during a few parts, I was confused. I felt like a few scenes were rushed and a few conversations were out of place. I kept going back to see if I missed something, but I didn’t. I also didn’t like how one of the main issues was resolved at the end, it seemed as the conflict conclusion was a cop-out.

There are a lot of hot topics in the book: money vs. God, alcohol, drugs, and beauty within vs. physical beauty. Kristin Billerbeck did a great job incorporating a lot of issues high school teens struggle with, even Christian ones, in her novel. The Christian youth group described in this book is made out to be just an extension of high school cliques. The author insinuates that even at church people judge each other, when though they know it isn’t what God would want. The novel is a real eye opener for young adult Christians. It alludes to the fact that even though you may go to church, and live your life through God, this doesn’t mean you’re perfect and living a carefree life.

Happy Two Months, Jimmie!

Two months already? Next stop, Kindergarten; I can’t even handle it!

101_6829Favorites: Blowing on his face to make him smile, long walks, reading books

Weight: He has to be over 10 pounds by now! Getting BIG! Next doctor’s appointment is on July 17. He was 9 pounds 12 ounces at his one month check up.

Firsts this month: Held his head up during tummy time, road trip to  NJ/PA, enjoyed his bath, went to Annapolis.

Nightly sleep schedule: Wakes up between 3:30 and 4:30 and then he is up for the morning between 7:30 and 8:30.

Favorite toy: Infantino Peanut the Elephant Activity Pal

Hardest moment of the month: Stopping breastfeeding.

Best moment of the month: Jimmie smiling and cooing!

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Friday Five

1. Happy Fourth of July, everyone! We are so happy to be back in the USA this year to celebrate our Independence. It just isn’t the same celebrating in another country; although I do believe South Korea congratulated us last year with a sign right near our main gate. Did you know that this is the 200th anniversary for the Star Spangled Banner?

2. Our weekend plans consist of grilling, eating, and catching up on housework; I’m sure lots of cuddle time will be squeezed in with Little Jimmie, too. We are still recovering from our road trip last weekend. Luckily, today I was able to sleep in while Jim was on morning feeding duty. But wouldn’t ya know, Jimmie slept until 9 AM; he knew it was Daddy’s turn!

3. Jimmie held his head up this week on his tummy time mat for the first time; before he would just hold it up on our chests, or in the Ergo. I was lucky to capture a picture. I also got a video of him trying to roll on his side. It really is the most exciting thing in the world when something like this happens. I can’t even imagine how excited I’m going to be when he sits, crawls, walks, and talks.

4. This week I’m reading Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck. It reminds me a lot of the Duggers on TLC and their Christian courtship rules. It’s a different kind of YA book, but I am enjoying it. I think I downloaded it for free to my Kindle a long time ago.

5. I miss the beach, terribly. I’m hoping to at least get there once this summer, but it’s very hard with a newborn. I only have one more month to call my little baby boy a newborn. I can not believe he turned 8 weeks yesterday! I don’t even remember being pregnant anymore, which is probably a good thing, because I was miserable. Being a mom is certainly better than being pregnant.

Our week in photos:

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The Dog Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe that it is already July. Just a little over a year ago, Jim and I decided to add to our family by having a baby. Little did we know, by this summer, that baby would be here. Time is moving so fast.

Three years ago, I was spending my first weekend in Pensacola, FL with Jim; we basically stayed in our room the whole time because it was so hot. Two years ago, we were watching the fireworks on the flight line in Korea, we were also anticipating our first trip back to the USA. One year ago, Jim was re-enlisting for three more years in the Army, and as I just mentioned, trying to have a baby. Two years from now we will be moving again. Summers are full of surprises, who knows where we will be then. But until then, we can only live in the moment and enjoy our bundle of love because he is already growing up, right before our eyes.

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