Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jeanette - 9 months old

It's so hard for me to believe that my little girl is 9 months old!  The other day Andrew said he was looking at her baby pictures and couldn't believe how much she has changed.  People aren't kidding when they say that time flies because it really does!

Jeanette was 9 months old on October 23rd but I have not had time to post her update!!!

Height:  I can't find my measuring tape but I know she's gotten longer.  We will find out at her 9 month appointment next week.

Weight: 18 1/2lbs as of Thursday, she's getting so big! 

Clothes/Diapers:  Jeanette is mostly wearing 9 month clothes and 12 month pajamas because she needs the extra length.  I still need my mom to take in most of her pants because they are too big in the waist but she needs them to be longer.  She's still in a size 2 diaper and again, I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Sleep:  Jeanette has had a few days were she did not want to take a morning nap and others where she did not want to take an afternoon nap.  She still sleeps well at night, from 8:30pm to 7:00am most days.

Feedings:  We are still doing three bottles a day and solids three times a day.  She loves to eat and is starting to express to me that she is ready for more finger foods.  We have been doing the puffs and have also tried pieces of banana and some unseasoned, baked french fries too.  She loves that she can feed herself!  We tried meat once and she almost threw up so I've decided to wait and try again.  I haven't given her juice or cows milk yet and plan to ask the pediatrician about when/if I should do those things.  I also made her some baby food pancakes today and she LOVED them!  I stored some in the fridge and freezer for later :)

Worst Moment(s):  Teething has not been fun!  Poor girl has four bottom teeth and I think her top eye teeth are going to come through soon.  It's hard for her to nap on the days her teeth hurt and she sometimes wakes in the night and needs rocked back to sleep.  We also found out that our sitter won't be able to watch Jeanette anymore after mid-November and have had little luck finding someone else.

Best Moment(s):  Watching Jeanette's little personality develop has been so much fun.  She changes by the day and it's amazing to watch her learn and grow.

Development:  Jeanette is crawling well on her hands and knees, she can pull herself up on the couch and chair onto her knees but hasn't gotten on her toes yet.  She can clap her hands, say mama, dada, baba, caca, and dat.  She can pass objects from one hand to another and her pincer grasp is getting really good.  She can put food into her mouth without much effort and can recognize the faces of her family members.

Jeanette Likes:  Eating is probably her favorite thing on earth right now along with music, bath time, chasing the cat and dog, ripping up papers, moving to music, being snuggled and clapping her hands.

Jeanette Dislikes:  There aren't too many dislikes besides the failed attempt at trying meat.....

I wanted to get some outdoor photos of Jeanette in her Carhartts
and finally did this weekend.  She's such a ham when the camera
comes out and it's adorable! 

I only managed to get one good photo with her belly sticker
before she ripped it off and tried to eat it!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

It's been one hell of a week!

ONE: I found out on Tuesday that as of November 6th, our sitter will no longer be able to watch Jeanette.  I don't want to get into the details, but I am devastated because we love her and she takes such good care of our sweet little girl.  I have been on and asking friends for suggestions as well.  I can't stay home with her so we have to figure something out.  Please keep us in your thoughts as we find a new care provider.  I haven't been handling this well emotionally and have been up half the night for the last three days with anxiety and stress issues.  

TWO: I am OBSESSED with the song "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line.  I have to turn the radio all the way up when it comes on, unless of course Jeanette is in the car.  I don't want to damage her hearing :)

THREE: I have to get back into some kind of workout routine.  I have been feeling very stressed and need a release in the evenings.  It's been a little crazy this month, but next week things should calm down so I hope to start working out after Jeanette goes to bed.  I have a doctor appointment in December for a check on my anxiety/stomach issues and want to have lost some weight before my appointment.

FOUR: Jeanette cut another bottom tooth this week and has two more that are close to the surface.  She also has a top tooth that might be coming through soon.  The last time she cut a tooth she got terrible diaper rash and it's back again.  Poor thing was miserable for most of the week but napped well yesterday and "helped" me do some laundry.  

FIVE: We don't have any concrete plans this weekend (other than Andrew going hunting) and I'm happy that we will most likely be spending the weekend at home!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A successful surprise party!

So the big secret around here was the surprise party we threw for Andrew's mom and dad yesterday.  They both turned 70 on October 3rd and it's so neat that they have the same birthday!  I have been planning and sneaking around planning this party with Andrew's sister and sister-in-law.  We invited about 25 close family and friends and no one blew the surprise!

We told his parents that we were all meeting at his sisters house and then going out to dinner, but when they pulled in the driveway and saw all of us standing outside clapping and saying surprise they were shocked!

Andrew's sister hosted the party and we all made lots of food and treats for the guests.  To say they were shocked was an understatement and I am so glad we were able to keep things a secret.

We also took a few family photos to give them as a gift last weekend and managed to keep those a secret as well.

The party was really fun and I know Andrew's mom and dad enjoyed visiting with everyone for the afternoon.  Jeanette was a little fussy since she didn't take an afternoon nap, but she made it through the day without too much trouble.  

Andrew's sister made this awesome sign for the party (I saw the idea on Pinterest).  The 7 is all photos of Andrew's dad and the 0 is all pictures of Andrews mom.  She also made each of us a book with some of the photos along with a book report Andrew's mom did in the 6th grade about her life.

 It was a great day filled with lots of family and friends and I'm glad we managed to pull off such a great surprise!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Weekend

It really turned to fall this weekend in Central Ohio complete with a really cold and windy day on Saturday and even some sleet.  Of course this was the day we had planned to go to the pumpkin patch with Andrew's brother, wife and their two girls.  We still managed to find some beautiful pumpkins and had a nice time walking around.  Poor Jeanette had to stay in the stroller however bc it was so cold.  I will have to snap some photos of her this week in the adorable Halloween outfit I got her to wear for our outing.

After the pumpkin patch, we headed up to have dinner with some of Andrew's family and celebrate his parents 70th birthday.  They were both born on October 3rd in Columbus at different hospitals and have known one another since the 3rd grade!  I also started decorating the house for fall/Halloween!

There were 140 candles on the cake for their 70th birthday.

Sue is wondering if the cake will catch fire and Bob is too
amused to care :)

At the pumpkin patch

Poor baby Jeanette all snuggled in her stroller at the pumpkin patch.
Jeanette also learned a few new tricks this weekend.  Just when I was getting used to the idea of her crawling she started pulling herself up on things.  We now have the crib as low as it will go and we really have to keep an extra eye on Jeanette.  It's so hard to get things done with her being into everything.  I am still using the exersaucer to contain her so I can cook or do dishes, but nap time seems to be the best time to get things done these days.  

Jeanette is also able to sit up on her own a lot better now and can pull herself into a sitting position which she's never done until recently.  I got this basket for her toys which she now loves to dump all over the floor.  It seems like she grew and changed a lot over the weekend.

Sunday was our typical day trying to get things done around the house and running errands.  Sunday was also Andrew's birthday and he insisted that we not do anything special.  We had a nice dinner together and I got him a new OSU sweatshirt.  We both have a terrible addiction to sweat shirts and jackets so why not add to the collection!

This week is going to be a little nuts and I will have an awesome update next Monday.  I can't reveal much now but I hope that everything goes well with what we have planned!  

Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Today my handsome, amazing husband turns 32 years old.

Back when we met in 2008 we were just babies!  I was about to turn 23 and Andrew was 26.  

At his brothers wedding June 2008

 As time has gone by so much has changed.  Andrew bought a house and we moved in together.  We've celebrated holiday's, changed jobs, lost loved ones, learned a lot about one another, loved and fought and triumphed in life.  

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of Andrew, on a cool spring day on our old boat.  That boy could spend all day, everyday on a lake, never catch a fish and still have a good time.  

I love how well he gets along with my brother.  They are best friends and it's so amazing to watch them spend time together.  

I've even convered Andrew to a Steelers fan.  And to think, he didn't even like football when we first met.  

And the boy does clean up well :)

We got engaged.

Got married.....

And then started a little family of our own.

I can't imagine a better person to spend my life with.  Andrew has been there for me during some of my darkest times and celebrated with me through some of the happiest.  He is an amazing father, he works hard for our family, he's hilarious (even he thinks he's the funniest person he knows), sweet, goofy, resourceful and pretty darn handsome.  

Happy Birthday pumpkin, I love you!