Monday, February 1, 2016

tyler: four months


what's new

Another post that's about a week overdue. I wrote the post right around his 4 month birthday, but adding the pictures seems like such a chore! :)

We're getting into a good rhythm and I honestly can't remember life without this adorable little guy.


stats

We had a doctor's appointment on January 22nd, and he came in at:

17 lb 10 oz
26 inches


hair color

brown with a hint of red (come on red!!!) :) 


eye color

dark blue


wears

He's wearing 6 month, but they're starting to get small, so I think we'll be switching to 9 month pretty soon. We just transitioned to size 3 diapers because of blowouts, and they're working much better. 


sleep

Ahh sleep. How I miss sleeping. Right before I went back to work, he was sleeping from about 7:30pm-7am, and it was glorious. Then, I went back to work. And Weston got a bad cold. Which he gave to all of us, including Tyler. We went from sleeping 12 hours to getting up every 2 hours. Every night. Ugh. We're getting back on track, but we're still getting up once or twice every night. I'm ready to sleep through the night again!!


feeding

Tyler loves his food. He's a chunky little monkey, and it makes mama proud. :) We've found that smaller portions work better for him, otherwise he spits up. At my dad's house, he eats 4 bottles with 3 ounces of milk in them, and when he's with me, he nurses for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Our doctor gave us the go ahead to try him on solids if he acts interested since he's so big, but we're thinking we will wait until closer to 6 months. 


likes

Bathtime, watching Weston play, rolling around on the floor, getting attention, and playing with blankets/burp cloths. 


dislikes

Being tired, being lonely, being in his car seat, getting his boogers sucked out. 


mommy

I'm starting to get back into the swing of things at work, and our before/after work routine is starting to go better as well. I still miss being at home with them as much, but I'm treasuring the time I do spend with them, and I do love seeing my coworkers. I've lost the baby weight, but I'm definitely still "soft" so I am finally getting back on the workout train. :) I joined the gym in my building, and am excited about going to classes again. 


the pups

Cooper and Grace have adjusted to having another baby in the house really well. Cooper is Tyler's shadow, just like he was with Weston. It's so sweet, and makes me so happy.


weston

Weston is really starting to like interacting with his brother. He thinks it's so funny when Tyler laughs at him, and will put on a show to get the giggles. Lately he's also trying to give Tyler his pacifier all the time, and Tyler thinks it's hilarious. I love watching them start to interact, and I can't wait until Tyler is old enough to actually play with Weston!


milestones

He's officially rolling from back to belly and belly to back, and ends up in some silly situations.


nicknames
Ty-Ty
Tyler Thomas (usually in a sing-song voice)
Chunker Chunkington



My sweet little boy,

Time is going entirely too fast. You've transformed from a teeny little newborn into this rolly-polly baby who never sits still and wants to get up and move around so badly. I love watching you learn new things every day, and it seems like new things are happening each and every day! 

You're not a petite little thing, and I love every single leg roll and every single chin. You love when I nibble on your cheeks, and enjoy your naked time more than anything. You literally start giggling the instant your clothes start coming off. 

I know you're going to change so much in the next few months, so I'm trying to treasure these last little baby days. I tell you this every day, but I'm so glad that I get to be the one to be your mommy. I love you so much my little chunker. 

love,

Mommy



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

stitch fix #11 {review}

I feel like I just recapped a Fix, and now I'm back for another one! :) Don't mind me playing catch up! 


This time around, I wanted some color to help with the dreariness of winter. I didn't really care if it was for work or weekend, I just needed some color in my life! 


Market & Spruce Colibri Shirt - RETURN

I love plaid, and have actually been on the hunt for the perfect plaid shirt. I LOVE this one. It's so soft, and the cut is flattering. Except around my boobs. Fabric stretched super tight is not a good look, so this one got returned. Sadly. 


Market & Spruce Corinna Top - KEEP

I got a grey and black version of this in my very first Fix, and I LOVE it. It's so soft, so comfortable and is the perfect "I don't want to get dressed but I want to look cute" shirt. As soon as I took this one out of the box, I knew I'd be keeping it. I love the navy, and I love the shirt!


Papermoon Carlito Top - RETURN

This shirt is the same cut (dolman style) as the one above, so I was pretty excited about getting a pink one, but it is NOT the same. This one was too big and the fabric was super thin. Pair that with the fact that this is the most unflattering pink ever for me, and I returned it. 


Kut From The Kloth Sinclaire Blouse - RETURN

I wanted color, and this blouse is definitely colorful! I love the color combination, and I am obsessed with the fit of the shirt. Unfortunately, I'm just not really a floral person, and I couldn't get passed the fact that it reminds me of a grandma's sofa. I LOVE the shirt, I just don't think I would ever actually wear it.


Octavia Coleman Scarf - KEEP

It's been FREEZING in Minnesota lately (negative temps! YUCK!) and this scarf is perfect for that. It's big, it's cozy and it's colorful. I can't wait to bundle up in this sucker and wish for spring!



I loved the colors of this Fix, unfortunately there were just things that didn't work about several pieces. That's the beauty of Stitch Fix though! I just put them in the bag and pop them in the mail! No driving to a store to do a return in the freezing cold! 
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If you're new to Stitch Fix, here's a little info. 

Stitch Fix is a subscription service that sends you a box of 5 amazing pieces based on the style profile you fill out. It's $20 for a box, but the $20 is credited towards whatever you purchase, and everything you don't want can be mailed back free of charge. 

Basically, you get a personal stylist that will send you 5 amazing tops, pants, skirts, dresses or accessories to try on in the comfort of your home. How awesome, right?!?! I'd love it if you used my referral link if you sign up. You get an awesome service, and I get a credit to help me continue feeding my Stitch Fix obsession. Win win! :)

(I do not receive anything from Stitch Fix for these posts. I just love the service and want to share my experience with all of you! I do receive $20 in credit if you sign up with my referral link though!) 


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Monday, January 18, 2016

tyler's nursery {inspiration}

Finally, I get to decorate Tyler's nursery! 

We planned to have the basement finished before Tyler was born, so he'd have Weston's room and Weston would move to our room. Well... I think we all know how well that turned out. :) After living in chaos for the first couple months, we decided to transform the den into Tyler's nursery. At first I was hesitant to lose that room, but once we decided on the idea, I'm mad that we didn't do it sooner! It's the perfect little room for a nursery, and I am so excited to get decorating!!

To refresh your memory, here's the most recent pictures I have of the den:


I went on a Pinterest hunt after Jake and I discussed doing a Dr. Seuss theme, and this is the pin that inspired me:

Pinterest Link


The thing I loved most about that nursery was the neutral walls paired with the bright pops of color. I immediately knew I would be painting the walls, and went to Home Depot the next day to buy the color. 

(spoiler - the room is painted!)

Once the room was painted, we moved the crib, matching dresser, matching side table and a cozy chair into the room, and Tyler finally had his nursery. During this transition, Weston got his big boy bed, which I'm planning to write a separate post about soon! 

After that, I started planning the decor portion, and I just couldn't get settled on what I wanted to do. As I was wandering around Target one day, it hit me. I wasn't in love with the Dr. Seuss theme. I did however like the "oh the places you'll go" part of the theme, and I decided to use that with the new theme. After some new Pinterest hunting, I settled on a vintage airplane theme, and I am OBSESSED. 

I don't want to show you everything yet (I want it to be a surprise when I'm finished!) but I will show you the mobile that I fell in love with and purchased. 


I'm planning on incorporating red, navy, yellow and a lighter blue, and of course lots of airplane items. I can't wait!!!


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

feed me. {recipes wanted!}

OK. I was bad at meal planning before, but with two little kiddos I'm completely screwed. As much as I love eating the same 4 meals over and over, I think it's time for some new ideas!


 Help me out guys! What are your go to meals for busy week nights? I'm looking for recipes with normal ingredients (IE - I can get it at Target), quick prep/cook times, and things toddlers, moms and dads will all like. 

READY GO! 


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

stitch fix #10 {review}

We're back again with another Stitch Fix review!


 This time around, I was looking for some pieces to help me transition back to work with my new "mom body". I've lost the baby weight, but things are still a little "soft", and my breastfeeding boobies are pretty enormous right now, which makes some of my work clothes fit strange. 


Papermoon Wynn Blouse - KEEP

I love adding color to my wardrobe, and I love flowy style blouses, so this was pretty much a no brainer for me. I love how long this one is too. I'm 5'9 so finding tops that are long enough for me is sometimes a challenge. I can see myself pairing this with dress pants, jeans and wearing it under a cozy cardigan as well. Love! 


Loveappella Jolli Top - RETURN

I pulled this out of the box and immediately wanted it. It's so soft and I loved the fun back detail. Unfortunately, it was just a little too fitted and not flattering enough for me. I thought about keeping it for a couple months from now when my body is more back to normal, but the fabric seemed like it might snag easily, and I'm trying to be a little more aware of the clothes being added to my closet, so I sent this one back. Sadly. 


Collective Concepts Dolton Blouse - RETURN

I love the idea of this blouse. It's great for layering under cardigans and blazers, and is a fun basic. However, the fit just wasn't that flattering, and the material was clingy in the wrong areas and super staticy. With how dry Minnesota gets in the winter, I do NOT want to keep something that's prone to be staticy. I have enough issues with that already! :) 


Collective Concepts Lorele Blouse - RETURN

I love peplum and have been wanting to add a piece to my wardrobe, and I actually thought this would be perfect. The idea was to pair it with the jacket below, but it just doesn't work for me. My boobs are way too big, and they take too much of the fabric, which pulls the peplum part up to wear a maternity shirt would start. I felt huge and not cute. Definitely not what you're going for. That being said, this shirt would be SO CUTE on someone skinnier and with smaller boobs. :) 


41Hawthorn Monto Jacket - KEEP

I'm going through a jacket/blazer phase, and I am OBSESSED with this jacket. It's so soft and I love the faux leather detailing. I can see myself wearing it with a blouse for work, with a cute top for a date night (if I ever go on a date night again! haha!) or even over a dress. Super versatile black jacket. 

I know I say this every time, but I love Stitch Fix. It gives me a no risk way to try out trends (hello peplum!) and get great pieces to add to my wardrobe. I can't wait to see what comes next round! 

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If you're new to Stitch Fix, here's a little info. 

Stitch Fix is a subscription service that sends you a box of 5 amazing pieces based on the style profile you fill out. It's $20 for a box, but the $20 is credited towards whatever you purchase, and everything you don't want can be mailed back free of charge. 

Basically, you get a personal stylist that will send you 5 amazing tops, pants, skirts, dresses or accessories to try on in the comfort of your home. How awesome, right?!?! I'd love it if you used my referral link if you sign up. You get an awesome service, and I get a credit to help me continue feeding my Stitch Fix obsession. Win win! :)

(I do not receive anything from Stitch Fix for these posts. I just love the service and want to share my experience with all of you! I do receive $20 in credit if you sign up with my referral link though!) 


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NYE 2015 {recap}

The next few posts are super delayed, but I want to write down these memories so I have them forever. :) Feel free to skip these next couple posts if you're ready to move on from the holiday season!

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We have a bit of a standing tradition to go to our friend's house for New Years' Eve. We all have young children, and it's a fun way to see each other and let our kids play together. It's laid back but so much fun every year.


 Another favorite NYE tradition of mine is to take a picture to commemorate the day I found out I was becoming a mommy. It started out with a little stick, and now there's two munchkins in the picture with me. Love love love!






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Monday, January 11, 2016

christmas 2015 {recap}

The next few posts are super delayed, but I want to write down these memories so I have them forever. :) Feel free to skip these next couple posts if you're ready to move on from the holiday season!

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Christmas is my favorite holiday, and being a parent during this time of year makes it that much more special! I loved watching how excited Weston is about Christmas now, and obviously I loved celebrating Tyler's first Christmas.

It's a tradition in our house to decorate for Christmas on Black Friday, and this year was no exception. I didn't bring out all of our decorations since we're living in a construction zone, but I wanted to make our house feel festive, and also share in the magic of the Christmas season with Weston. He loved helping me decorate the tree, and LOVED turning it on every night. I also love "decorating" the boys in adorable Christmas outfits. So cute!!


A few weeks before Christmas, we went to a Santa brunch with Jake's parents, and it was so cute watching how excited Weston was about Santa. He kept talking about how he was going to tell him he wanted a "fast green car" for Christmas, but when the time came, he wasn't so sure about talking to Santa!


Since the Santa brunch didn't go so well, I stopped by my favorite mall Santa (Mall of America for you locals!) to get a picture of the boys with Santa. Just like the brunch, Weston was so excited to see him, and was going to "be brave mommy" and talk to Santa. Until we got there, and then he was NOT having it. He did grab some cookies from Santa, but there was no picture. At least I got a picture of Tyler with Santa!


We always get together with Jake's family for Christmas Eve, and the past few years, we've been hosting at our house. While it's a lot of work getting ready for it, I love having it at our house. I love decorating, and this gives me a reason to go all out. Plus, it's nice to be able to put the boys to bed when they are ready. Jake's family is huge, and there are lots of kids, which means present opening is a little chaotic. It's so fun watching them all open their presents though! Christmas Eve is usually a pretty late night, but it's definitely a fun night!

*the first two pics are the closest thing we have to a family pic this night!*

While Weston didn't want to talk to Santa, he sure was excited about him coming, and asked Santa for a "fast green car and a big red car" every single day leading up to Christmas. Watching his eyes light up on Christmas morning while opening his presents and realizing that Santa followed through was so fun! Jake had taken Weston to buy Tyler a present, and he was so excited to show him the cool giraffe he picked out. Christmas morning might be my favorite part of being a parent - watching them experience the magic of such a fun time of year is AMAZING!


After watching Weston's new CARS movie and a family nap time, we headed to Jake's parent's house for a low key dinner. Then, it was back home for some more sleeping!


Even though Christmas technically was passed, we celebrated with my family on the 26th. My family is much smaller than Jake's family, but I love celebrating with them so much. After all the chaos of the holidays, we decided to keep it simple and just order pizza and play board games. It was such a fun afternoon, and it makes me with Ginny and Parry lived closer so we could hang out more often!

 


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