Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Anniversary and a wedding

Blake and I spent our first weekend away from home last week. One of my very best friends, Stacey Manderscheid... err, Reichling, got married in Des Moines on Friday night and their reception was Saturday night in Ames. Amazingly, their wedding just happened to be pretty close to our anniversary. We celebrated two years on Monday (yay!).

I'm not going to lie, it was really hard for me to be away from Sylvia for two nights. Luckily, she was with my parents, and that made me feel a lot better. I got a picture message from my mom over the weekend. It was nice to see her doing so well. She really is such a great baby. The text with this pic was, "She's practicing swimming." Pretty cute.

I had a really good time on Friday. We went to the ceremony at the Des Moines Botanical Center. That was really neat. Their were drinks and appetizers/desserts set up throughout the building, so we got to walk around and see everything while we filled our plates. Steph Foust was there, and I hardly ever get to see her. It was awesome to be able to catch up. There were large cut outs of Peanuts characters that were stashed away for the ceremony. It probably won't surprise those of you that know Steph that we went searching for them to do a short photo session. These pictures are stolen from her Facebook album (thanks, Steph!)

Here's a picture of the wonderful couple. I kind of love them.

Stacey and Jake were kind enough to let the three of us use their spare bedrooms. That meant after the ceremony was over we went back to their house to sit around and drink beer. This was the first time I'd had more than two beers since Sylvia was born. I think I had maybe 10 or so. Probably not my greatest idea, but I stayed away from the hard stuff. I broke down a little that night because I missed Sylvia, but I'm sure the beer had something to do with the crying :) It makes me happy that those hard drinking days are behind me!

Because of the amount of beer I had that night, I decided that I would stay sober at the reception. Honestly, I didn't even want to look at a beer. I don't think my hangover was very bad, but I hadn't had one in a year. Stacey and Jake were letting us stay Saturday night, too, but we decided we'd rather just go home and sleep in our own bed. So we did. Blake helped me stay awake by playing the desert island game. We named the 10 movies we'd take. Both of our lists included Dumb & Dumber and Tommy Boy. I'd say we were meant to be :) We also named the five TV series we would want. I would have said books, but we all know Blake's not a reader. We made a bunch of lists and it helped to pass the time. It made me remember all the times I drove that stretch of Highway 30 while we were dating, I can't believe I did that almost every weekend. Wow, it's boring.

On Sunday Blake gave me my anniversary gift. It was a Kindle. I was so excited. It was ridiculous. I haven't gotten him anything good yet, so let me know if you have any ideas. I did buy him an awesome shirt of the black and gold variety, of course. I've already downloaded a bunch of free books and games. The only thing I've paid for is the exclusively e-book, well probably more of a story or novella, Ur by Stephen King. That's probably not a surprise to anyone. It was pretty good. It was about a guy who orders a Kindle and gets one that can access other realities and get your local newspaper six months into the future.

Anyway, we had a pretty good anniversary weekend. Oh, I got flowers yesterday, too. They're Gerbera daisies, my favorite. It was a good anniversary. The time away was nice for us, and I know Mom loved having Sylvia. I was ready to get her back, though. I'm pretty sure I was standing at the door for a few minutes before they even pulled into the driveway.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You have got to be kidding me.

I would guess I repeated that sentence about 50 times last night. First, a piece of background information. Blake recently hurt his ankle, most likely a bad sprain. He's more of less out of commission for at least a few more days. That means I've been having to handle a little more than normal when it comes to household and baby duties. I've been a tired mama the past couple nights.

That would probably explain why I didn't even stir when Petey started puking all over last night a little after 3:00. Blake woke me up and said Petey puked. I was not expecting what I found. First of all, he puked on Blake. He was a good sport about it, and it was only a little on his arm. Petey also puked all over the sheets at the edge of the bed, so of course the puke had also gotten all over the floor on Blake's side. After he jumped down, he also left two piles of raunchy vomit on the floor on my side of the bed. On my way out to the kitchen to grab the paper towels, I discovered three more piles of puke equaling at least the amount of puke in the bedroom. Seriously, I didn't think he could have that much in his stomach.

Since Blake can't walk without crutches, I had to clean everything up. I was so angry, I couldn't even describe it with words. I know that Petey didn't do it on purpose but maybe jump off the bed before you start puking everywhere. Maybe only puke in one room. Maybe puke somewhere without carpet instead of in almost every room with carpet. Maybe don't puke on my husband.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cupcake bliss

I made these awesome cupcakes yesterday. They're chocolate chip cookie dough. Seriously. How awesome does that sound? I found this recipe a while ago and knew that I wanted to try it asap! This is the first time I've made cupcakes and I'm proud to say that I made them entirely from scratch. It took me all day to get them done, but it was worth it. I couldn't believe how much fun I had making them. I probably could have saved some time by doing a less involved decorating job, but what fun would that be? Plus, my mom is a cake decorator, maybe the desire to make pretty food is genetic.

Blake even liked them, and he's not big on sweets. I asked him how many he wanted me to save for him, he said seven. Then he said, "No, just kidding. Three is enough." I saved him four :)

This is another recipe I got from Annie's Eats. It's an awesome blog. I was disappointed with the waffles I made, you may remember, and I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like these either. I didn't need to worry though, you can't go wrong with cupcakes and cookie dough! I definitely can't take too much credit on this, I just followed the recipe and it happened to be amazing. In case you were wondering, the filling is an eggless cookie dough, so it's safe to eat raw :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cutest kitten ever

I made it

I was pretty anxious the first night Sylvia slept in her crib (I waited 15 weeks, after all). I had this irrational fear that the first night I put her in her crib she would die. That sounds so awful when I reread it, but I really was scared. Obviously, I didn't have to worry like I did. Her first night in the crib was awesome. I mean, I checked on her about 10 times before I actually went to bed, but everything was good after that. She slept the whole night through and was just waking up when my alarm went off. It hasn't been quite the same every night. She gets restless a little at certain times, but it's been really good overall.

It really is nice to be able to put her down in her crib and get clothes ready for the next day and not have to worry about waking her up. I think she might also be officially too long for her bassinet now anyway. Maybe she's going to be tall like her daddy (fingers crossed!). I should probably take a picture of her in her crib, she's surprisingly big in it. I guess when you wait over three months to actually put her in it that's how it goes.

We've also successfully broken the swaddling habit. I think she might actually be sleeping better now. She still gets restless, but I think she was worse when she was swaddled because she would struggle to get out. Swaddling was great for the first couple months, it kept her sleeping soundly longer, but I think we tried doing it longer than she needed it.

Probably not coincidentally, she's become a real thumb sucker now. Deena (our day care provider) noticed it yesterday, too. It's nice because we don't have to worry about pacifiers as much, but you also can't take a thumb away. Most kids have braces now anyway, right? Also, it's pretty cute.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sylvia hates cameras

I was honestly surprised that Sylvia's three month pictures came out as cute as they did. She hates cameras. She smiles so much, but that smile disappears as soon as she sees a camera. We got a few good pictures of her.

This was her first outfit and the first picture that was taken. She smiled in one other picture. After that we were lucky to get a content look on her face. I loved this outfit. I thought the frilly look was cute. She loved this outfit, actually.

This picture has been a favorite of most people who have seen them. We printed it in black and white. It's pretty adorable if you ask me.

I bought a very cute diaper cover. It didn't really show up in most of the pictures. This is one of my favorites from that outfit. The look on her face cracks me up. Those are supposed to be wings behind her, it's kind of hard to tell.

This shows it a little better. She kind of slouched down on the chair, and the wings didn't really line up right.

Here's the last outfit and one of my favorites. Too bad most of them turned out like this :)

And this...

And this. I feel like she's asking why I'm being so cruel to her in this picture. She's not so much crying as pleading with me to make it stop. We did get one good one with this outfit. It was one of Blake's favorites.

I guess it's a pretty good one.

We didn't get this one printed, but I kind of wish we would have. I love this look. Anyway, pictures went alright. They printed them right away, so that was nice.

Ok, confession time. Tonight is the first night Sylvia is going to sleep in her crib. I'm having kind of a hard time with it. I know it's time to start, she's outgrowing her bassinet anyway. I put her to bed about 45 minutes ago and I've checked on her four times and counting. We're also not swaddling her tonight. She slept pretty well last night without it, so I figure it's a good time to break that habit as well. I guess I'll try to go to bed... after I check on her one more time. Ok, maybe twice.

One more for the road.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

3 (1/2) month pictures

So I'm not always on the ball about things. Sylvia's three month pictures, for example. I've got an appointment for her this Friday. She'll actually be more like 3 1/2 months, but I think it's still close enough. Tara, a friend from home, has taken her kids to Portrait Innovations and likes them. There's one in Cedar Rapids, so I thought I'd give them a try. My problem is that I'm not sure what kind of outfits to bring. I think they'll let me do one change. The website suggests wearing solid colors. Sylvia has pretty much zero articles of clothing consisting of solid colors. Any suggestions?

Sylvia cheered the Hawks to a victory this past weekend. She didn't get any poop on this outfit. I'm not sure which was a bigger victory.

She's also getting pretty good at shaking a rattle. I'll post a short video soon :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A disappointing breakfast

I found a cooking blog called Annies Eats through another blog written by a friend from grad school. How did I find anything before? :) I've been really excited to try the recipes I've seen there. I tried my first one this morning.

Blake loves banana bread, so I thought Banana Bread Waffles would make a really nice Sunday breakfast. I started these waffles yesterday. They were yeast waffles, and they needed to be started at least 12 hours ahead of time. I was so excited to try them! I was pretty disappointed. Blake had two, he thought they were alright. I think maybe it was the yeast that gave them a flavor I didn't like. I'm not sure I've ever had yeast waffles before. I threw away a lot of the batter.

I'm not giving up on Annie, though! We're trying her Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe this week, this one is for Blake, too. I'm not a huge spaghetti fan, but it's ok every once in a while. I really want to start making more of our meals. I'm also going to try making her Chocolate Cookie Dough Cupcakes. Doesn't that just sound awesome?


A while back Jamie told me about a blog called Bring the Rain written by a woman named Angie, an awesome Christian wife and mother, who gave birth to a daughter they knew would not survive. The blog sucked me in immediately and I read it from beginning to end. I also started following the book club, Bloom, of which Angie is a co-creator. I know that a couple of you follow Angie's blog, and I was curious if anyone else I know is planning on reading the book.

The book that was just chosen is called Sabbath: Finding rest, renewal, and delight in our busy lives. I ordered a copy of the book from Amazon this past week. Actually, I ordered two because they asked for people to buy more than one copy if they were willing to send one to someone unable to afford it. We're not rolling in the dough, but I figured spending $10 on a copy of a book wouldn't break us. I'm not really sure why I decided to buy an extra copy, but I just had a feeling I was supposed to.

I haven't decided if I think this book is something that will speak to me personally, but I'm going to start reading it soon so I guess I'll find out then. I'm not entirely sure when I'll be reading it since it seems like I never have time to sit down and read. Judging from the title of the book, maybe this is something I'll get a lot out of. I hope so.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sylvia says hello

Ok, so she didn't really say hello, but I forgot that my super old digital camera actually takes video. It's not great quality, but I finally got a little bit of video of Sylvia. For those of you that have met her, she's quite a talker. I got a little bit of her babbling, it's pretty adorable.


Here's another one. She does this really funny thing where she kicks her legs really fast and it reminds me of some kind of jig. Ok, it's probably only really funny to me. This isn't the best example of it, but it's alright. Sylvia only does this dance when she's not wearing pants. I'm not sure if that's something I need to worry about.