Friday, July 12, 2013

7 QTs


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The view from our condo
 
A week after moving into our new home The Smoky Mountains became our temporary home as our little family joined Ben's extended family for a wonderful vacation. I had never had the privilege of seeing the Smoky Mountains before and the visit, while brief, was filled with beautiful sites and lots of fun!

 Leo has developed a few new talents over the past few weeks. His chubby little fingers can now deftly remove his pacifier from his mouth. He cannot figure out how to put it back in however so this new talent has been a little frustrating. The best part? He looks at me like I'm the one taking away his happiness!

The new talent of Leo's that I happen to like is how he tries to give me kisses. Whenever I give him a kiss he puts his hands on my face and presses his mouth against my cheeks with a sweet little coo. I'm covered in drool at the end of it but I wouldn't miss it for the world!


Leo can now roll from his back to his tummy! He has been busy rocking from side to side the past few weeks but never quite made it all of the way to his tummy until a few days ago. Of course he hates tummy time and immediately became very cross but Ben and I were there to see it and oh so proud!

Ben and I returned from vacation vowing to eat more healthily and exercise. We decided we'd start off with a bang and try out the "Military Diet." We conquered breakfast with ease! And then gave up by lunchtime. Seriously, diets are the worst. Exercise is far more doable. Maybe. 

This has to be the most rainy summer of all time. My poor little baby boy is obsessed with being outside and we finally have plenty of yard to explore and BAM! Virginia enters monsoon season. When our A/C was broken that first week I decided to make the most of it and took Leo out in the rain to play for five glorious minutes! The novelty seems to have worn off, however, because we went out in the rain to get the mail today and Leo was not amused.

One of the biggest surprises of motherhood for me has been that I am a complete and utter sap. I talk a good game but when it comes down to it my emotions tend to lead the way (my poor, poor husband!). After Leo was born but before we came home from the hospital I tearfully asked my husband if he could move the bed so that I could have the baby's Pack 'n Play right beside me instead of a few feet away like we had planned originally. Being the great sport that he is Ben said OK and had it all set up for us when we came home. Four months later we now live in a space that is big enough for the baby to have his own room. The nursery is all set up except for the crib, which did not arrive until today (courtesy of my previous coworkers!). Now that the crib has arrived I now have no excuse whatsoever to keep Leo beside me at night. Still, I am a bit of an emotional wreck when I think of him sleeping in a different room (though it is only separated from us by a thin wall). On top of that the time really has come for us to introduce a nighttime routine that does not involve us walking and shushing him for 30 min - 1 hr every night. More on that in a later post.....


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~  Happy Friday ~

9 comments:

  1. My 9 month old has had his own room for a month already but still sleeps with me most nights. (He sleeps in crib for first part of the night.) Four months is still young, give yourself some slack!

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    1. Thank you! I may just have to follow your advice :)

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  2. The only "diet" that works for me is not keeping tons of junk in the house - if my only snacking choices are healthy (or healthy-ish), I do a lot better at limiting myself. But if I have a ton of candy/cookies/brownies, I know what I'll ALWAYS choose for a snack! It's dangerous, that's for sure!

    And we kept both of the big kids in our room/bed until they were each about a year old - all babies are different, but just because you have the space doesn't mean you HAVE to move him yet :)

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    1. We have golden Oreos and ice cream in the house. The solution that we've devised is homemade "blizzards" tomorrow and then no more buying junk food (riiiiiiiight).

      You're right about the baby's room, of course. It's just so hard to know what to do and when to do it as a first time mom sometimes, ya know?

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  3. The pacifier thing sounds so cute!
    I remember that feeling the first night we moved Evie into another room. And this weather is the absolute worst!! The rain and humidity have got to go, stat!

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    1. I would find the pacifier thing way cuter if it isn't make him so absolutely flustered! Still, I love watching him try to problem solve :)

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  4. I live in N.C. and the clouds and all of the rain are almost more than I can take this summer as well. Normally the weather forecasters are complaining about the drought and our lack of rain but not this year!

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    1. Nature needs to work on striking a balance, no?

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  5. When you are planning for vaction then it is all bout looking good in the photos what you take during vacation, to look beautiful in the photographs then the best way to lose 10 pounds in a week is by following Military Diet

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