July 31, 2010

Another baby gone to Heaven

One year ago today {July 31, 2009} a beautiful little girl entered this world too early.  Today we all bow our heads and give a moment of silence for that sweet baby and her wonderful mommy and daddy who miss her so much.

Her life was a gift and a blessing, and although we're sad she had to go we know she's with God and looking down on us every day.

God bless you, Little Angel.

July 28, 2010

Oh my gosh, he's adorable!!!

I just saw one of the proofs from Little Rocker's 12 month photos yesterday.  I love it!!!  This will be the last photo in his 12 month baby plan.  It includes a photo from 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. 

I can't believe how handsome and big my little guy is!!!

July 27, 2010

Happy First Birthday, Little Rocker!!!!!

The day is here, and we can't believe it.  One year ago today, Little Rocker joined our family as the wiggliest, smallest, and cutest member.  RJ and I are so blessed to have him in our lives, and we thank the Lord each and every day for our wonderful boy.

Little Rocker is our pride and joy and our favorite little stinker out there!  We can't even imagine how life would be without him here, and it's just so amazing that we created this little gift.

Here are some photos of Little Rocker's super fun safari birthday party.  We had it on Sunday, and it was a huge hit and a definite blast.

July 26, 2010

Little Rocker's amazing birthday cake!

We had the cake for Little Rocker's first birthday bash baked by an amazing local baker.  She works from home and had an extensive portfolio, so I was very excited to begin working with her back in May.  RJ and I made a fabulous decision in deciding to call her for the cake because it was phenomenal!!!

It was a fantastic 3 layer cake that was specially decorated for Little Rocker's party.  I gave the baker two cake photos to use as her muse, some pictures of the theme we were going for, the exact colors, and some cute animals to top the cake.  From there she made this beautiful masterpiece....


If you're local and would like her number, email me for info.  She was amazing to work with and had fun doing it!  She no longer bakes cakes for weddings, though, {groom's cakes are the exception} so only party cake orders, please.

At this very moment one year ago...

I was about 6cm dilated and laboring in the tub at Strong Memorial Hospital.  I was probably about to get some Nubane, which would allow me to sleep, since I had already been in active labor for about 28 hours. 

Just a few hours from now {about 2:00 am} I would wake to my water breaking in the hospital bed and yell at RJ to wake up for about 10 minutes before he was aware enough to call the nurse {lol, men}.

From there, I went from about 7cm to 9.75cm in just a few hours and was informed insistently that my baby boy would be out by 9:30 am.  That didn't exactly work out, but I'll be damned if I didn't try to make it work!

Almost happy birthday, Little Rocker.  I love you so much!!!

Monday's Baby Food Bonanza: Simply Baked Apples

Today's easy-breezy baby food recipe is a simple baked apple recipe that I took from a few different apple baking recipes online.  The key to creating yummy meals for Baby is just looking for meals you'd like to cry and cutting out all the crazy.  Your baby doesn't really need 14 different spices in one meal, but don't think that means you should cut out everything.

Baby may like two different tastes in one dinner, so if you find a tasty looking meal that cooks squash and bananas together {I just made that up on the spot, but who know...Baby may love it!}, feel free to cook it up and see what happens!

My one mistake when baking this for the first time was not slicing the apples after coring them.  It wasn't a huge deal, but slicing them one more {lengthwise} would have really helped Little Rocker get his hands around each slice.  {I added this to the recipe}

Other than that, these were a hit!

Simply Baked Apples
For this recipe you'll need a casserole dish.  The size of the dish will decide how many apples you can actually bake at once.

Peel 2-3 apples

Using an apple slicer, core apples
{throw away the cores}

Slice apples again, lengthwise
{this is to make them easier for little hands}

Toss apples into a small casserole dish
{evenly spaced}
Add a dash of white or brown sugar
{I used white because we were out of brown}

Lightly cover the apples with cinnamon

Add about 1 in of water
{just cover apples}

Bake on 400 for about 40 minute

If you use too much water, don't fret!  Just drain the water using a strainer and toss the apples back in the casserole dish.  No harm done! 

Enjoy!!!  These are so yummy that I would eat them myself...if Little Rocker would let me.

July 25, 2010

Huggies really has the best ads

I know I've said it before, but I have to say it again because it's so true.  Huggies ads are so clever and eye-catching.

Remember these great Huggies ads???

I'm not a fan of the jeans diapers but this new ad is gold.

July 22, 2010

Baby Sprout is viable today!!!

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop

How far along? 24 Weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: Um...approximately +20lbs, but you'd never know it.
How big is baby? He should weigh between 12.7 and 20.8oz.  I'm thinking he's on the heavier side, because babies run big in my family
Maternity clothes? Definitely!
Sleep: Still getting my 6-8 hours
Best moment this week: Every moment of planning for Little Rocker's FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!
Movement: Oh yeah, tons of it.
Food cravings: Just little cravings every now and then.  Nothing extreme.
Gender: Still all boy!
Labor Signs: Nope, thankfully!
Belly Button in or out? Way out there, lol.
Stretchmarks? Not one!  The stretchmarks from my pregnancy with Little Rocker aren't even showing up.
How are you feeling? I feel pretty good, most of the time.
What I am looking forward to: Enjoying Little Rocker's birthday party
What I miss: Not being 1,000 degrees all the time, lol
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy your baby while s/he is still a baby.  They grow so fast!
Milestones: Baby Sprout is viable today!  This is an amazing milestone, and RJ and I are so happy we got this far.  Now just 15 more weeks until Evacuation Day.

July 21, 2010

Today we remember...

Today is a day for the remembrance of two beautiful little boys.  One was born on July 13, 2007 and the other was born on July 21, 2007.  These two little boys are gifts from God and their parents will remember them always and think of them often.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us the precious time that we had with these boys and take care of them up in Heaven.  We know that we'll see them again someday, and that's a wonderful thought for all!

July 19, 2010

Monday's Baby Food Bonanza: Cinnamon Baked Carrots

This is a new segment that I decided to add after trying lots of interesting baby and toddler food recipes.  I thought it would be great to share the hits and misses with other mommies, since that's the best way for us to find out if our kiddos might like something that's new and different.

Our very first Baby Food Bonanza meal I like to call Cinnamon Baked Carrots.  This meal is appropriate for kids who are very used to finger foods and have advanced beyond just eating Puffs.  I didn't try this sort of meal with Little Rocker until he was nearly 12 months {aka, just last Thursday!}.

Cinnamon Baked Carrots

Cut about 5-6 carrots into thin, 1 inch long, strips 
{think baby carrots but slightly thinner}

Toss carrots into a casserole dish and spread evenly

Add about 2tbsp of vegetable oil to the dish

Add cinnamon, cover carrots as much as you feel comfortable with
{this depends on your baby/toddler, so add as little or much as you think works with your child}

Add 2/3 cup of water to dish
Bake on 350 for 1.5 hours

July 16, 2010

Little Rocker is a healthy man!

The news we've been hoping for is finally here - Little Rocker is back to full health!!!

After the 21 day round of Flagyl we went through a three week testing stage.  Each week we took a stool sample in to be tested for C. diff, the point  being that it may creep up again over time.  Every test came back NEGATIVE!!!

We took a diaper, since his poops were still pretty loose and smelly, and the doctor assured me that even though it was the C. diff smell it was much lighter than it would be if the problem was still occurring.  I totally agree, but we were nervous that it was there at all.  She also said that the poop in his diaper was much more solid than C. diff poop would be, even just after going off the Flagyl, and that it will continue to harden over time.

Since the appointment on Tuesday, Little Rocker's poop has gotten pretty much back to normal.  He's also back to eating a variety of foods, which makes me a very happy mommy!  I started baking him food again, since he's interested in what I give him, and he's going to be back to his cute, chunky self in no time.

Thank you, Lord and thank you everyone who has prayed for his recovery!

July 7, 2010

July 7, 1984

It's been 26 years since my parents were married! 

Congrats, Mom & Dad!!! 

We all love you so much, and we hope you have another 26+ years together.

July 3, 2010

Over halfway? It couldn't be!

I can't believe I'm already 21 weeks pregnant!  It's amazing to be over halfway to the finish line, and I can't wait to meet my little Baby Sprout.  I bet he'll be just as cute, amazing, funny, and wonderful as his big brother is.

Baby Sprout should be just under a pound right now, but knowing how babies in my family grow {and how Little Rocker did} he's probably already over one pound!  It still feels like he's breech in there {based on the strength of the pokes I'm feeling - stronger by my girl parts still}, but I know the little dude will figure it out and flip around.

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.