Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Review

On Saturday, we started our day like we do every day. Ethan napped and I worked out. Erik went out for a surf(which does not happen every day). We took a stroll on Solano Ave a street that stretches from Berkeley to Albany. It's a street full of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, kid stores, etc. It's a nice alternative to downtown Berkeley which can be SO busy and overrun with students and crazy people. 

Little man needed his nap so we headed home. Then, I actually went out alone to the Emeryville shops to see if Icould pick up anything new to return to work. A lot of my clothes are fitting verrrry differently than they did pre-baby so need some new stuff. I was gone for about 1.5 hours and couldn't wait to get home because I knew Ethan would be up. 

We walked to a restaurant nearby and had a happy hour drink together. Ethan was great!

Erik picked up pizza for us and we had an early night. 

9pm and we were in BED. We go wild on Saturday night over here!

On Sunday, while Ethan was sleeping, Erik and I actually lounged on the couch and *gasp* watched a movie. It has been....about 12 weeks since we did that! It felt great, that is for sure. We watched Dreamcatcher which was a little ridiculous but we didn't care.  

We took a walk for coffee with Ethan and Evie. I also went to the grocery store and made us a stew for dinner. 

While folding laundry, I got some cute shots of Mr. E. How cute is he!!

Ok he definitely looks a little stoned here :-)

Reality is starting to set in that I'm heading back to work in a few short weeks and of course, I am feeling upset. While I am thrilled Ethan gets to be home with Dad for four weeks, I'm sad that I won't be here. Mostly, it's that change is happening. Just as I was upset when Erik went back to work, Ethan and I flourished together. Now, here comes another change and we'll be in an adjustment period again. Who moved my damn cheese!

We will have some fun things coming up over the next few months though to look forward to. Well, first in terms of going back to work, I will have some great friends there to support me as well as FOUR other new Moms to lean on. October is my fave month so I will be excited to decorate, carve a pumpkin with Ethan, hopefully take him to a pumpkin patch, and of course, watch Hocus Pocus!! 

My best girl knew I was feeling down last night and came in to cuddle. She jumped up and literally got in my lap. They always know, dont they? 

She has completely accepted Ethan into the pack. When she comes home from her pack walk & he's asleep, she immediately goes into his room to see if he's there. She also loves to come see him and lick his feet. Well, she wants to lick his face but I don't really want that happening. 

Friday with the E's

On Friday, the three of us took a little walk downtown to the bank. This is a big deal for us because I'm always nervous to walk Evie downtown. She can be reactive to people and get anxious around all of the noise/crowd. Plus, people want to talk to her and pet her which we aren't comfortable with. 

However, I decided to just do it and guess what, it worked out perfectly. I'm learning with the dog and the baby, you have to just decide to do something and stick to it. If you want to walk the dog downtown, just be confident it will work out and do it. If it's time for baby to take a nap, be confident and hold out through his crying to go to bed. We shared this picture with our dog walker/trainer and thanked them for their help. Since various people walk Evie and she is exposed to new people/dogs, she has become more confident too. They have opened up Evie's world and we are able to bring her more places. 

Ethan and I hung out all day together. So angelic. 

(Still loving tummy time!)

We took a walk to the bank after nap #1 and then a walk to Trader Joe's after nap #2. Two ladies at TJ stopped to tell me how cute he is. He is really good in the store, too. Just toots along. Just as long as we aren't there during nap time :-) 

Once he is done eating at 5pm, we take our daily walk with Evie. I put him in the Ergo and get Evie leashed up and we walk 2 miles. It's a good way to end the day when we are waiting for Dad to get home. 

So glad we bought the patio furniture for the summer because we also sit outside when we get home from our walk. This kid also knows what the phone is already. He knows it's a camera, I think!

Here is a shot of him on the changing table before bed. He loves to just wiggle and stretch his arms & legs. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ethan: 12 Weeks

Ethan is 12 weeks old today! Here he is waking up and he is soooo happy when he wakes up. Anytime he is laying down, he is very chatty & giggly. It's so funny. 

We also have been noticing that he is getting better at grabbing things. In his swing, he has a monkey toy that hangs and has a handle to pull for music to play. We pull it for him when he's in the swing and recently, he started reaching for it. Yesterday, I looked over when I heard the music and saw he pulled the handle himself! 

In the bathtub, I handed him a little bath toy. He took it with one hand and pulled his other hand up to hold onto it. That was a new thing!

Still inconsistent with sleeping at night. Still battling the swaddle. He can't go to sleep without it but for the 2nd part of the night, he breaks out of it. We've found him with his feet hanging out and only his top swaddled but his arms are sort of free. It's a pain. We tried to put him in the sleep sack but that thing doesn't hold his arms down at all. I think its kind of early to not swaddle his arms but  the 2nd half of the night is such a pain with this thing. 

Here's Ethan with Mom & Dad

This week, I left E's car seat on his stroller outside. It just so happened to rain that night (light rain) and his carseat got wet. I threw the seat cover in the dryer before taking him out. It was the funnies thing when I put the warm cover on him(below). He looked at me and said "oh!" like he was surprised it was warm. haha

This week has been an off week for us. He has been falling asleep after eating in the morning and sleeping for an hour. Normally he is up, eats, up for an hour and a half....One day he was more quiet than usual. We figured he was growing and sure enough, I checked the Wonder Weeks app, and it's a growing week. 

 This week, we went to see our friend Kelsey for lunch. Ethan is pretty good in the car and often falls asleep. He also held up for a quick shop at Carter's & then we headed home. 

 He loves to go out! We went to Trader Joe's today and a few people commented on how cute he is. 
I think he is around 12lb now. I stood on the scale with him and then subtracted my weight. He is just getting longer and longer, too. Tall and thin!

 In other news, Evie is still doing so well with her pack AND the new male walker. 

The other day, the walker(Eleanor) said there is a new dog in the pack who is very fearful. However, she took to Evie right away. She said New Dog was running up to Evie and running away to play. How cute! How nice that Evie could be a comfort to another dog. :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pumpkin Chilli

While Ethan naps during the day, I do have about 3 hours to myself. 1.5 hours in the AM where I workout & shower then 1.5 hours mid-day where I usually prepare dinner. I've been trying to be ahead one day so we aren't rushing around making dinner but that it's already in the fridge.

One thing I made this week was Pumpkin Chilli. Here's the recipe! Note**I did not put the greek yogurt in and I added garbanzo & black beans.

  • 1 1/2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4 chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cans, 6 oz chopped green chiles
  • 1 1/2 large minced garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 lbs leftover chopped turkey
  • 1 1/2 cans, 10-11 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cans, 10-11 oz red kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Couple of shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
First, heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Next, saute the onion, peppers, green chiles, and garlic until tender (roughly 10 minutes). Make room on the pan and add leftover turkey (roughly 5 minutes). Stir in tomatoes, beans, and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, cumin, sea salt, and pepper. Lastly, put on low heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Mix in fresh cilantro and stir in with plain greek yogurt and cinnamon to serve. Voila, you’re pumpkin turkey chili is ready for eight.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Laundry with The Grahamerson

Mr. Grahamer was sitting on the couch and tipped over. He ended up laying on his sign and liked it so I left him like that while I sat next to him. 

Then, he spit up all over himself. 

I did a load of laundry and had to get it out of the dryer. I was trying to hold him and scoop the clothes out of the dryer. Then, I had the bright idea to just put him IN the laundry basket. He loved it!

He seriously grabbed a towel and started to chew on it


Cannot get any cuter!

Here's another great photo of him. It was hot out so he had no pants on

And here is the pumpkin that Erik is growing in the garden for Ethan!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Standing Up, Donuts, and 11 Weeks Old

We had a pretty relaxing weekend which was great. The four of us just hung around together. 

On Saturday, we got a chance to workout & go out for mid-morning coffee. We got stuff done around the house and Erik made pizza for us for lunch. Ethan stayed on his nap schedule so he was a happy baby!

He is so LONG. He is tall and skinny. His clothes pull on him because his torso is so long but are somewhat baggy on him because he doesn't fill out the clothes. 

On Sunday, we walked over to Doughnut Dolly. It's a little donut shop that I've been wanting to try ever since they opened a Berkeley location. We decided to walk there so it was a 4 mile roundtrip walk which was great! We burned off the donut, hopefully. 

Look! A street named after Evie (her full name is Evelyn May, in case you did not know)

Weird angle because I was sitting on the ground. 

Yum! They only have 3 kinds of donuts - vanilla with sugar, vanilla with powdered sugar, or chocolate. Then, they fill the donut right there for you! I had vanilla/vanilla and Erik had the same plus a vanilla/banana donut. YUM

Evie came on the walk and loved it

 We also played with Ethan in his crib. Since he LOVES to stand up, Erik was holding him up in there. 

Too funny!

 Ethan is now 11 weeks old. Woweeeee. He is a squirmy wormy because he wants to be on the go all of the time. He will sit and chill with his Gigi (giraffe) sometimes though. He is a good baby. 

He's doing OK at night. It's still very inconsistent. The past few nights, he is out from 730 or 8pm - 1am which is a nice long stretch. But then he is up 1-2. He will cry but we just go in, put the pacifier in and leave. He will go back to sleep for 30 min and do it again. Goes on for 1-1.5hr.Then he is up at 3 to eat. The goal is to get him to just sleep 8-3am and then from 330-7am. I find if I feed him earlier than 3am, he is up again at 5 or 6 which we do not want because his official wake up time is 7am. 

I think that he just does not know how to put himself back to sleep yet. Did you know that baby sleep cycle is 30-45 min? They wake up and put themselves back to sleep. So he is learning that but once he gets to 1am, he must not be able to....yet. He is only 11 weeks so we know he is still learning!

Now that little man loves to stand up, we want to get him a standing thingamajig. I don't know what their real name is but something like this - 

Whatever we find, I hope we can find one that folds up so we can store it easily. Ethan is SO over the swing so now we're on the hunt for the right bouncer thing!

Friday with Irene

oh hello!

We had a great Friday because Erik was off from work AND my dear friend, Irene, came to visit us. She was out here visiting her sister and stopped to see us first. Yay!

She brought gifts for Ethan AND Evie

Evie promptly ran around the house with it, trying to bury it

We went to Brazil Cafe for yummy food and to sit outside in the rose garden

It was so great to see her. Last time we saw her was at her wedding in March, in Washington DC.