Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2 Months

Yep no idea how he's 2 months already (okay last friday..) but at the same time, it feels like he's always been apart of the family. He totally fits right in with this crazy crew. I do believe he's the biggest 'mamma's boy/girl' this family has seen. And that's saying something. At least twice a day Tindra says "Soren sure does love you mom', melts my heart. I'll take it because I'm equally obsessed with him. 

He sleeps good at night, usually 8PM-7AM, with eating 11, 4 and 6 (ish) I know Tindra was sleeping like 8 hrs at this point, Jasper too but he just wakes up to eat and then back to bed in the bassinet next to me so it's not too bad. One of these nights (years) I'll get a full night sleep. And it will be heavenly. 

During the day he will go 2-4 hrs in between eating. Totally zero schedule. I gave up on trying to get him on any sort of schedule. He clearly runs the show. He loves to eat. Its hands down his favorite thing in the world.

He loves his woombie. When he starts getting tired and fussy I just zip him  in that thing and he's out. 

We had his two month check up on friday and he's 24 inches (90th percentile!) and 11 pounds 11 oz, 45%. I don't think Jasper or Tindra have ever been over 25th% for weight, so if I had to make beds..Soren is going to be the biggest one yet! Probably a good thing since if given the chance Tindra will use him as a pillow. 

He is such a content, happy baby who just wants to be fed and held. And since he's most likely our last, I'll cuddle and feed him all day and night if he wants, this stage goes by way tooooo fast!





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Monday, May 11, 2015

Denver Summer Bucket List

Jasper and I have started working on a bucket list for everything we want to do this summer, and I think it's a good one! Some of these things we have yet to do, some of them we do every summer. So if you are local make sure you check some of these places out!
1. Bikes rides to Cherry Creek farmers market And Pearl Street Farmers market. We are lucky enough to kind of live in the middle of both so we enjoy biking to both of them, but the Pearl Street one is a bit of a climb back since we are uphill from it!
2. Centennial Splash Park. It's a good one. 
3.Bikes rides to our library weekly to get new books. Jasper will be having at least 30 min quiet, solo reading time a day during the summer so this is a must!
4.Pirates Cove.
5. Water World
6. Movie in the park
7. Eating most of our meals outside on the patio
8.Confluence Park
9. Mornings at the Zoo

10. Nature and Science Museum
11. Art Museum
12. Cherry Creek Reservoir
13. Hikes at : Bear o the lair; lake isabella 
14. Local pools
Okay that's what we have so far, it's a work in progress.  Only a few more weeks of school left for him for the summer and then he's all mine!! Tindra is almost as excited as me to have him home all day. 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A little nap time mothers day shopping for..myself

I've reached that in between phase in my clothing/size and I'm not a fan. I've lost most of the pregnancy weight (thank you breast feeding) but still have about 5 pounds to go. But even with losing most the weight, I'm bigger, wider, saggier, and know I will be for months. My body is not one to quickly bounce back like some (lucky B's.) 

So I'm at that cross road of 'my maternity clothes are toooo big but my pre pregnancy clothes, mainly bottoms, are way to tight.' So whats a girl to do? Naturally do a little shopping on Forever21 and call it a mothers day present to myself. A few cheap, but new (breast feeding friendly) pieces makes me feel like a new woman while my body s l o w l y goes back to my normal size. A few of these pieces made it into my cart.

Any other places you like to buy super affordable pieces you know won't last but don't need to? 









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Friday, May 1, 2015

What is it like with three?

Thats the question I get asked most currently. And my honest answer is..its crazy. I was So not prepared for the craziness that comes with THREE. I'm so out numbered all day long. I honestly didn't think going from 2 to 3 was going to be a huge difference. The transition from 1 to 2 was so smooth, I kind of figured whats one more? HA. Jokes on me.

Its amazing. Seeing Jasper with a newborn now that he's almost 8 (eight!!!!) has been so special. And Tindra, well she's beyond obsessed with him and shows him off to every single person we encounter. "He's a Soren, want to see my Soren?"

But it's also Really hard. Maybe it's the ages? They all three have such different needs right now. Jasper needs lots of homework help every day during witching hour. And he needs one on one time to talk about his day at school, and practice soccer and flag football with. And to read with him in bed at night. 

And Tindra, well she is a pretty needy, demanding toddler (is three still considered toddler?) who can't be left alone for ever 4 seconds or she Will attempt to give her newborn brother whole milk. True story. 
And Soren, well he might be the neediest baby of mine yet. He basically refuses to be put down between the hours of 3 and 9 PM making that homework help and dinner prep and entertaining a just turned 3 year old slightly difficult. 

But we are s l o w l y figuring out a system and routine. But as soon as I think I have it figured out, it changes. But for now we are coping and just figuring out this little newborn of ours! 
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Monday, April 27, 2015

One Pan Smoked Sausage

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Now that Soren is 6 weeks old (as of yesterday!!) I've been easing my way back into actually cooking, verses panicking at 5:30 every night and making a box of mac and cheese with a side of veggies or ordering a pizza. Between the hours of 4-7PM are the craziest (especially on Mondays and Wednesdays when Jasper has soccer practice) so I've been utilizing the crock pot a lot, and also nap time prep.

Today I miraculously got Soren and Tindra to nap at the same time so I made our entire dinner during that time. AND cleaned the kitchen! I definitely felt like an over achiever.

Since I had just washed and put away all the dishes, I hated the idea of using a bunch of pots and pants, so I decided to try to make our entire dinner just using one pan, and it turned out great!


One Pan Smoked Sausage and Veggies
Ingredients
1 Package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
8-10 small potatoes of your choice 
2 bell peppers
1-2 tablespoons of butter
spices of your choice: I used oregano, parsley, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper


 After you have chopped up your sausage and peppers, sautee the potatoes in a bit of butter as the potatoes take the longest to took. Once they were slightly soft throw in the sausage. 
 Throw in the spices you want to use now also
 After the sausage is mostly done, add in your bell peppers. 

 And that's it! See, so easy. I threw it all in an oven safe dish and put it in the fridge till after soccer practice. When we came home I put it in the oven at 375 just to warm up while I set the table and then dinner was ready within 10 minutes! 

It was a big hit with everyone, and I think Drew and Jasper are going to be fighting over who gets to bring the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Even Tindra, the picky eater of the family kept asking for 'more hot dogs please.'

We have been easing our way into eating mostly paleo, and I've got to say I get sick of all the chicken we have been eating so this was a perfect way to switch it up. The hillshire farms smoked sausage was delicious, and really simple to cook, and not messy and time consuming like cooking with chicken can be.  I'm already thinking of different ways I can prepare the sausage next time because clearly it was a big hit in our house! 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Three



Yesterday Tindra Helene Birgit turned three. I honestly don't know how it's possible. If could time could stand still for a few years now that would be fantastic. Except maybe wait a few weeks till Soren is out of the 'I refuse to be set down from the hours of 3PM and midnight. Once he's out of that it can freeze.

We spent the morning jumping our little hearts out at the trampoline/bouncy house place and then we had a surprise (and by surprise I mean surprise..even I didn't know she was coming till like 12 minutes before)  visit from Elsa in the evening and she spent an hour painting Tindra's (and Jasper's) faces  and nails, reading a book and singing and dancing. Tindra was basically in heaven and keeps asking when Elsa is coming back to play. And naturally she insisted on sleeping in her dress and wearing it again today. 

 One day

 One Year
Two years 

THREE!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1 Month!

I honestly have no idea where this month has gone. A lot of it is honestly sort of a blur. I feel like I'm still treading water and we are just sort of in survival mode right now. But that's okay! I know now how fast this newborn craziness passes, so I'm join going to savor it while it lasts. 

At one month..Soren wants to eat 20-40 minutes every 2-3 hrs during the day, and will give me one 4, maybe 4.5 hr stretch at night. At this point Tindra was sleeping 6 hrs at a time so hopefully S gets there soon too! Mamma would Really love some sleep since naps (for me) aren't happening anymore. 

He detests the swing, really hoping that changes as well. Tolerates the bouncer for a few minutes at a time, and will sometimes sleep in there during the day. Otherwise he just wants to be held. By me. People keep asking if he's a good baby, and my response is usually 'as long as he's being fed and held he's an angel'. 

He is a LOUD sleeper. Even right now, he's asleep in the bouncy chair next to me, snoring and grunting like an old man. Sure doesn't help with my sleep at night!

Has given us a few little smiles, but mostly he just glares, grunts and sleeps. 

He has started taking a bottle in the middle of the night that I have pumped, but for some reason if Drew feeds him (he's the only other person who has tried) he gulps and sucks it down so fast he spills half of it so even though he Will take a bottle, he will only take it from me. So sort of useless. But that's okay, I have zero plans of leaving him anytime soon!

He loves being held and rocked, and the noises he makes while sleeping on my chest, there's nothing like it. 

The whole family is just obsessed with him and I can't wait to see his little personality emerge even more!




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