Tuesday, September 18, 2012

5 Months

Emma Kate, you are 5 months old. That's not fair. So stop growing, please, ok?

 And let's start with the most important stat/accomplishment: you can now wear a clip-in hair bow.
Cue the music, I know. And cue the largerthanlife bow for the tinybitofhair baby.
Here ya go:

Thank you Lord for her hair. Amen.
Ok, moving on...

You had your 4-month checkup a couple weeks ago (late) and you weigh 17 pounds, 9 ounces.
Right up there in the 95th percentile. Get em, girl.

You got a couple shots at this visit and didn't like it one bit. I don't see tears like this often, so I took a picture. Bless your sweet little angel heart. This made me sad.

You are 27 1/4 inches long I believe. (97th percentile)
I can't remember your head circumference but the doc said you had the head of a 13-month old.
We love your chunky fluffy little self.
And I wish I could be half as cute with my chunky thighs as you are. :)

You are wearing mostly 9-12-18 month clothing and size 3 diapers. Oh, and 2T bathing suits. Yep. I've had to buy you a couple of bathing suits because we are going the beach in a couple weeks.  You will more than likely not fit into ANY of Mary Ella's fall clothes because you are so much longer already. That's ok though. We will shop til we drop at the consignment sales, girlfriend. Oh yes we will.

(By the way, this is the best time ever to buy bathing suits! If your kids need them for next year, stock up now! I'm talking $1.00 at WalMart and $2.99-4.99 at Old Navy, people.)

You LOVE your mama and daddy. You light up when you see Daddy come home. You also love being with me, to the point that when I'm not present you become a little fussy. We've tried to leave you  with family or even just with Daddy and you are not happy when I'm not around. You also will not take a bottle from anyone but me, which is a teensy weensy bit stressful, I won't lie. But we will get through it.

You will suck a paci for a few minutes though, when you are tired. This is progress.
You've also started sucking your fingers and thumb at times. So let's move on to bottles, please.

You make this face a lot:

Your Grandaddy calls it 'the unbridled tongue' face. You are constantly sticking your tongue to the side and out of your mouth. We definitely thing it's a teething thing.

Speaking of teething, you are drooling a TON and biting on everything.

You can roll over both ways. This has made tummy time almost nonexistent now because the minute we put you on your tummy, you roll straight to your back and you grin at us as if to say, "Nice try! No thanks!" But for some reason, when you are in your crib, you will roll from your back to your tummy and then get 'stuck' and start crying like you can't figure out how to get back over. Sometimes you fall asleep like this; sometimes we have to come flip you back over.
You are trying to sit up. You do fairly well sitting on your changing pad; but you are always interested in something and get excited and tump over after a few seconds. Yeah, I said 'tump.' That's a word here in Alabama.
You work really hard, though, and when you are focusing on sitting, your big toes stand straight up. It is so funny. I actually got a few pictures of this.

You still don't mind your car seat, and you like to sit in Mary Ella's seat and play while we wait on her at gymnastics.

You are still sleeping through the night in your crib.
You no longer sleep on the boppy lounger - woo hoo!
You do love to have your fluffy pig cuddled next to your face and you use the paci to get to sleep too.
You roll every which way in your bed and I never know which direction you'll be facing in the mornings. You sleep in your sleep sack most nights.

You love your feet and you can now pull them to your mouth fairly easily.

You also love the TV remote. It is a strange obsession but you smile and laugh at it and talk to it.
You also recently appeared in an ad for your dad's company.

Just kidding. I made this. But I'm thinking of pitching it to the executives. :)

You had your first cold symptoms this past month; a little bit of nasal congestion, but a horrible cough and your voice went away for a couple days. You had the faintest little cry and were so hoarse. I am fairly sure it was from all the drool going down into your chest. We mixed up some hot water and put it in our nebulizer a couple times and the humidified air seemed to help you. 

Big sis and her friend Aniston also tried to entertain you while you weren't feeling so great.

You have tried a few solid baby foods - peas, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, prunes and bananas I think - and so far you seem to like carrots and sweet potatoes the best. You were definitely not a fan of the prunes. You would rather have sucked on your toes. And you did.

We are supposed to be trying solids twice a day but most of the time it's more like once every 3-4 days. Promise I'm not trying to starve you, but you don't seem to care anyway.

You were introduced to the the swing, the exersaucer and the johnny jumper this past month and you absolutely love all three.

Baby girl, you are a sweet angel baby. We love you so much!
We'd have 5 more babies if we were guaranteed they would all have your disposition! :)
Thank you, Father for another month with precious Emma Kate. Such a blessing.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

First Week of School

I'm going to try to take pictures of and post some of the kids' school work. I know I won't be able to keep up with all of it through the years, so this will be a way to keep it and be able to look back and see their progress. Here is Mary Ella's work from this week. As you can tell, they talked about the letter A, the number 1, and their unit was about apples. :)

A few funnies:

On Tuesday (their first 'real' day), after I picked Mary Ella up, I told her to come and sit with me so that she could tell me what kind of day she had. She replied, "A Tuesday." Ha! Guess she was listening during calendar time. 

On Wednesday nights I am teaching a 4-5 year olds class at church. On the way, I told Mary Ella I would be her teacher at church, and she had the most puzzled look on her face. She goes, "Um, but Mom? You're a nurse, right?" I just laughed. Then after church I asked her if she liked our class and she said, "Well, yes, but you were missing something very important." I asked her what she meant and she said, "A take home basket. Ms. Staci has a take home basket." (That's her teacher at school.)
I can't win! :) 

She also had Show and Tell this week and she took a sand dollar from the beach.
She named the sand dollar "Show Choir." All you MHBS people will appreciate that. :)
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Friday, September 14, 2012


Hey yall.
Life is crazy. And fun. And sometimes I don't get to blog every little detail or funny picture.
But if you want to see more day-to-day stuff, you can follow me on Instagram; 
if you don't have the app on your phone or iPad, I have added my Instagram feed to the blog, 
over there on the right! Just click the pictures and you should be able to see them up close.
I post stuff there almost every day because it's from my phone and I always have it with me.
Just letting you know!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

First Day of School

It's that time of year again! Pretty sure we were the last school to start back. I love seeing back-to-school pictures of all my friends' kiddos. So fun to look back and see how much they grow throughout the year. Mary Ella and Sam both had a great first day. They have very loving teachers again this year which makes this mama happy to send them off for a few hours. Mary Ella is in PreK (4K) and Sam is in the 2-year-old class. Mary Ella goes Tues-Wed-Thurs and Sam only on Tuesday and Thursday.
Can't believe we will have a kindergartner next year. :(

Here are their first day pictures.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Home Made Laundry Detergent

The home made detergent is allll over Pinterest. 
But so is home made everything - shaving cream, butt paste, you name it.
So I've been pretty skeptical about what works and what doesn't. That is, until my friend Sandahlyn decided she'd just take the plunge and try out the home made laundry detergent. 
I probably would never have made this had it not been for her. 
And I'm not going to be real specific here - you can read her post about it here to get details. 

So there.
Make it.

1 4-lb box Borax
1 4-lb box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 large box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 
3-bar pack of soap 
(I used the Kirk's Castile soap because my friend did.)

Total cost for this stuff is around $12-13.
(All from Walmart - the boxes were on the laundry detergent aisle on the bottom shelf; they look big in the picture but they are actually about the size of cereal boxes. Soap is in the toiletry section.)

1. Take your 3 bars of soap and 
a) grate all of them, or
b) chop them into chunks and then blend em in your food processor
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large container and stir with a large wooden spoon.
(I used a rubbermaid toy bin cause that's all I had.)

This is what your soap bars will look like after they have been processed... like feta cheese crumbles:

And here's the detergent all mixed and ready to go.

And just to show you how miraculous this stuff is, here are a couple of Sam's dirty shirts:

Now, I know you are thinking, "Lord, did that Honey Boo Boo child go to the redneck mud floppin contest and eat strawberry pie and hot dogs all day long and then throw up on the way home?"
Well, no. 
He's just that messy. 
But I will say this - he might as well have done all of those things.
These stains are totally horrid and dried and crusted to the shirts, and the shirts sat in the laundry pile for a WEEK before I washed them.
I did NOT pretreat the stains with anything or soak them or draw on them with the Tide pen that I carry in my diaper bag but always forget to use. Nothing. Just washed them straight up with this new detergent...

and here they are after drying:

That's pretty crazy, huh?
Now, the one on the left still has a little yellow stain on the collar, but I mean HECK, would my regular detergent have gotten half as much of that off without spraying a bottle's worth of Oxyclean on it first?
Especially after sitting that long in the laundry pile. 
I am amazed at this stuff.
And I'll still probably keep a bottle of Oxyclean handy in case stuff doesn't come out all the way, but I definitely won't be using it as often, I can tell you that for sure.
These stains were reallllly bad. So I'm way impressed with the outcome.

And the recipe only calls for using 2 TABLESPOONS per load of laundry.
So basically this stuff will last me til Christmas.
Well, maybe not that long, but a LONG time.

And as Sandahlyn mentions in her post, it also CLEANS your washing machine while washing your clothes. So if you have a high efficiency machine (front or top loading) and have problems with smells or odors, it totally gets rid of all that stank. Seriously. It does.
(Note: if you do have a HE machine that requires putting liquid detergent in the little pull out dispenser drawer, don't put it in the drawer; just sprinkle it on top of your clothes before washing. Supposedly it will clog the drawer if you try to put it in there.)

You can also use white distilled vinegar with this stuff for extra cleaning/sanitizing/odor reducing.
If you have a fabric softener dispenser, just pour the vinegar in that drawer.

Ok everyone, happy laundry! Or at least happy detergent-making. 
Not sure if "happy" and "laundry" will ever go in the same sentence. :)

Be back soon with some catch-up photos.
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