Monday, December 22, 2014

Dinner Outfit

Well, we still have a sick kiddo on our hands.  We saw Dr. Uncle over the weekend and it's a viral infection that just has to run it's course, but I tell you it hasn't been fun waiting for that to happen. We ended up missing our family gathering on Saturday so we could let Ollie stay home and rest, but I took advantage and at least got some wrapping done.  We treated ourselves to take out dinner from one of our favorite places and watched one of our favorite movies on Saturday night.

Sunday we still managed to get out for our dinner with friends and it was a nice break to get away for a little bit!  I thought I'd share my outfit even though the pictures aren't fabulous, first things on the list for 2015 are to get back to using my good camera and upgrading my dang iPhone I think!

Sweater - Mossimo (Target), Sweaterdress - H&M (two birds garage sale)
Leggings - Target, Boots - b. (a resale shop)
Necklace - Stella and Dot 



We enjoyed some fantastic Italian food and the company of some good friends, it was a lovely evening.  We thought Ollie seemed to be turning a corner, but this morning seems to have suffered a bit of a setback, so I'm home from work again today with him.  Thank goodness for a good PTO program I guess.  I was going to have a short week this week anyway and it just got even shorter. Here's hoping I can at least get into work for a little bit tomorrow.  And here's hoping my boy is healthy for Christmas.  I know lots of you out there are dealing with sicknesses too, so I'm also hoping for health for everyone else too!  We go one day at a time.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Five - Finding Christmas Cheer

All right!  Pity Party is OVER.  I'm back, I'm finally feeling human, I can drink coffee again (!!!) and my family is all on the mend.  So thanks for indulging me in my sob story yesterday, but like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes times two overnight and I'm ready to get my Christmas on.  So today's Friday Five is dedicated to finding my Christmas spirit again!  Here are five ways I'm doing that!

Christmas Music - This one is like, duh.  Buddy the Elf says in the movie Elf, "the biggest way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."  Thankfully we have a station here in my city that plays Christmas music 24/7 from about Thanksgiving until Christmas and many years I don't give in until the week before Christmas, but I've pretty much had it on my car non stop this year and this morning I cranked it up loud and sang at the top of my lungs, including silly songs I don't even like that much like "Do They Know It's Christmas?"  Oliver thought I was nuts on the way to my parents this morning but I don't care.  I was rocking it out!

Secret Santa Swaps - I had a chance to participate in two different blog/online Secret Santa swaps and my sweet Secret Santa's were awesome.  I feel horrible because I forgot the first girl's sweet note at home and she is also a blogger - so I'll try to update later with her info, but I got the most wonderful gift from The Great Christmas Exchange that I signed up for on Elfster.  Here is a peek at what my Santa sent me:


She sent a copy of Gone Girl and I cannot wait to read it so then I can watch the movie.  She sent me some Cheerwine which is a soda that  I guess is manufactured in her home state of North Carolina and will not be made for much longer, so this will be a treat.  She sent me a book for Oliver which I thought was so sweet.  And she sent me this beautiful owl scarf and 2015 planner - which is the perfect size, I had been looking for one like this, it can go in my purse or my desk at work!  To my sweet Santa if you're reading, I still owe you an email and I look forward to getting to know you better.  Thank you!

I had a second Secret Santa swap through a blog group I'm part of on Facebook.  I was matched up with the delightful Britt from Taking Control.  We found out we both have a lot of similar interests and ended up getting each other very similar gifts!


She sent me this gorgeous gold scarf that I wore on the blog yesterday, some beautiful stationary, thank you notes and pens, a beautiful flower hair piece, a notebook and pens and not pictured are some awesome cookies she sent as well!  Thank you so much Britt!  These are all awesome goodies!

Santa - How can you not get in the Christmas spirit when talking about Santa?  I realized I never shared Oliver's Santa picture here!  It's a picture of the picture so sorry for the reflection.  Nate hasn't scanned it into our computer yet, but I think it's pretty dang cute, he did so well that day!


Holiday Gatherings - We are going to have a chance to go to a family holiday gathering this weekend and also a gathering with some friends we haven't had the chance to spend much time with in quite some time and I'm looking forward to both.  Nothing gets you more in the holiday spirit than celebrating with people you love!  And one upside to having just gotten over this nasty bug - I lost some weight (first world problems right?) so this chick is going to do some holiday eating without guilt!

Christmas Movies - And finally, nothing gets me more in a holiday mood than a good Christmas movie.  We watched my favorite - Home Alone - already last weekend, but there are so many others that I think we'll have to pick another one tonight!  I also look forward to introducing Oliver to one of my all time favorites - A Charlie Brown Christmas.  I will have to do that in the next day or so.
So there you go!  Sure, I'm still behind on a few Christmas things, but hey, there are 24 useful hours in every day and I will get it all done in time!  Hope you all are finding Christmas cheer in the hustle and bustle of this very busy season too!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Still Standing

Oh my friends.  It has been a week.  I don't wish this bug that went through our house on my worst enemy.  I made it to work today but we'll see for how long, poor Oliver's still not quite 100% and now Nate's gone down with the ship. It has officially hit each one of us between us and my parents and it just sucks.  I'm more or less over it and am at least getting an appetite back, so there's that.


I tell you though, nothing like a hard sickness to hit your household to make you feel like Scrooge or the Grinch.  I am all but ready to cancel Christmas.  I'm so far behind I don't even know what to do to get caught up.  I don't want any presents, I just want all my loved ones to feel better.  That's pretty much it.

Sweaterdress - H&M, Sweater - Old Navy (From friend)
Tights - Old Navy, Boots - Target
Scarf - from Secret Santa Swap 


So sorry for the downer post.  The positive thing is I'm here, I'm still standing and life will go on. It's just hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel right now.  If anyone has any Christmas cheer to send my way, please do, cause I'm just having trouble finding it right now.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Radio Silence

Hey everyone, sorry for the radio silence here on the blog this week - we've had a very nasty bug go through our house and the only one still standing so far seems to be Nate.  Ollie got it first so I stayed home with him on Monday and then it hit me super hard yesterday.  Today I'm on the mend but still home because I'm not 100% and Ollie was kind enough to share the bug with my parents as well so we had no childcare.  Since Nate has less time off than me I sent him to work and I'm just hanging out with my little guy and recuperating.  There is nothing worse than being sick at Christmas time - one week until Christmas Eve and I am SOOOO behind right now!  I think it will be a busy weekend. Anyway, just wanted to check in so you didn't all think I fell off the face of the Earth.  Hoping to be back to regular programming around here very soon!!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Five - Oliver's Favorite Books

We've been making it a point to read to Oliver pretty much since he was born.  Nate even brought me a book to read to Ollie when we were still in the hospital - Oh the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss.  We would kind of read to him when he was a newborn, but we started making it part of his bedtime routine by the time he was about 3 1/2 to 4 months old.  It's been fun watching him actually start being interested in the books - he'll let you know if he doesn't like a book you're reading, he'll try to close it or he'll whine.  But if he sits still or even starts to giggle when you open up the book, you know you have a winner.

He mostly loves his board books because he can grab them and help turn pages and well, chew on them and stuff.  I thought for fun I'd share a Friday Five of his favorite books.  One of these is a new to us book, the others have been on repeat for quite awhile now!


He loves all the Sandra Boynton books for the most part, but his favorites right now seem to be The Belly Button Book and Moo, Baa, La La La.  He has enjoyed Barnyard Dance too and many nights we read the Going to Bed Book as the last book of the night.  

I find it almost funny that he'll actually sit still for Hop On Pop - it can be a long book, but I think he just loves all the words in it.  It's fairly fast pace too, which is kind of another requirement in his books.  He doesn't like it if we're not turning the pages very fast!

Another Dr. Seuss favorite of his is Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?  Again, lots of silly sounding words and it's a pretty quick read.  The copy we have is a board book too that is nice and small, so he can grab it pretty easily.

Finally, we have The Pout Pout Fish.  I think I've talked about this book on the blog before.  We tend to read this one to him on days he is a little on the cranky side, but it often works to cheer him up. Spoiler alert - the fish does get happy at the end!

Overall we find he really does like stories that are engaging, a little faster pace, lots of color and fun words.  There are others I didn't mention like Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Goodnight Moon that have been favorites for awhile now.  He really loves the Curious George cartoon on TV and we now have a bedtime book based with George that he seems to like.  And again, you can't go wrong with Sandra Boynton.  I'm just so happy he enjoys being read to and flipping through his books - we hope that means he will be a good reader eventually!

Any moms care to share your kids favorite stories?  We could use another Christmas gift or two!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Unofficial Thrift Style Thursday

Well I'm just a creature of habit.  Even though we're taking Thrift Style Thursday off this month as a group, I still wanted to share a thrifty outfit because A. it's cute and B. as I said, it's kind of habit at this point!


Truth be told this outfit isn't super thrifted - the skirt is actually a sweater dress that I got from Tandem Vintage - though I got a great deal because owner Amanda is a friend and a total sweetheart, but sometimes just because something is vintage doesn't mean it's going to be cheap!  I got lucky on this one!  I thought it would make a great skirt if I pull a sweater over it, and I really like the look, it really modernizes it quite a bit!

Sweater - St. John's Bay (JCPenney), Dress as Skirt - Tandem Vintage (formerly Salvaged Strawberry), Tights and boots - Old Navy, Necklace - Stella and Dot, Bag - Merona (Target) 



I'm dressed for kicking butt and taking names today - I had tried to go to the post office late in the day yesterday to get some blog Secret Santa packages mailed out and the line was out the door.  I should have known better honestly, but I was still a little surprised.  We moved two inches in 10 minutes and I had to go get Ollie, so I just said fine, I'll get there right when they open in the morning and just duck out of work for a few minutes.  So I did just that and I was the second person in line.  In, out, done.  Boom.  Sorry to my Secret Santa giftees that your gifts are coming one day later, but they're on their way now!  And that's pretty much my only story today!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Got Milk?

In Oliver's one year update post I mentioned that we were working on the transition to cow's milk. I'd be happy to nurse him forever, but I've been ready to say farewell to Bessie the Breastpump for awhile now, so we figured, now is as good a time as any.  Our plan was to go slow, we're in no hurry, we'd do the switch in a gentle manner and get him used to it a little at a time.  He's had other dairy before so we figured it wouldn't be any big deal.

The first couple of days we noticed he was kind of scratching at his eyes as if they itched after he had his oatmeal, which we started adding a little bit of milk too.  We didn't think anything of it at first, just figured he must have irritated his eye somehow.  But then by the end of the week he had a sudden rather alarming reaction to his afternoon bottle that had about an ounce of cow's milk mixed in with the breastmilk - hives, sneezing, runny nose, wheezing and spitting up - he hasn't spit up since he was a pretty little baby.  The timing was good at least, this happened on Friday and we had his one year doctor appointment scheduled for Monday.  We stopped giving him the straight milk for the weekend and planned to ask Dr. Uncle what that was all about.

It was confusing to us because he has had tons of things cooked with milk/dairy and has had no problem and has eaten some cheese with no problem.  When we explained this to Dr. Uncle though he said with milk allergies it is often the protein found in the milk that causes the problem, it breaks down more when it is cooked, so that would explain why it doesn't affect him hardly at all when he eats something like a cream based soup for example.  It is also different from a lactose intolerance, it doesn't really cause stomach distress, it is much more of an actual allergic reaction.  

So our options are wait three months and try again or we can get a blood test done now that should show if he is indeed allergic to the milk protein and then we'll know we have to go to soy or something else.  The good news is that in many cases kids his age outgrow this allergy by the time they're two or three years old.  We took a couple of days to think it over and are going to go ahead and schedule the test so we have a clear answer and then we can go from there.  

I'm oddly not panicked or upset about this at all and I think it's because I have several friends who have dealt with these types of allergies with their kids and a good friend of mine and Nate's sister also have dairy allergies as adults so I'm already very used to dairy free recipes, although it does look like we can still cook with milk, but he won't be drinking it for now.  No milk and cookies for Ollie.

Everything else at his doctor appointment went great.  He weighs exactly 24 pounds and is 30 inches tall now.  He is hitting all his marks just right and based on things we were telling Dr. Uncle he says we should expect him to start walking any day now.  So, he's healthy and happy and we can deal with this other little blip in his world.

And hey, if he can't have milk, there's always beer....


Just kidding!  I'll make sure to update after we get the results from the blood test, but it looks like we'll be working on soy milk.  For now, I just keep pumping and nursing - I have to admit, that isn't the worst thing ever in the grand scheme of things either.  Love the cuddles with this little guy when he eats, so no harm in keeping that going!  And Bessie and I can cuddle up for a bit longer too.

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