10 Random Tidbits 1.15.15

Tidbit 1:  I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into 2015.

Tidbit 2:  This morning one of my daily emails featured an article about fresh baby food delivery services, “Yummy in the Tummy: The District’s Freshest Baby Food Delivery Services.”  This would be awesome for parents who want make their own baby food, but are too busy to make it themselves.  The food is pricy, but it’s farm fresh and delivered directly to your house or office.

Tidbit 3:  Aren’t they precious?  Since the day we brought her home, Charlie has adored his little sister.  He always greets her when we come home, has to know where she is, and loves to give her kisses.

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Tidbit 4:  Have you heard of the app Sit or Squat?  I laughed at my mom when I saw it on her phone, but now that we have a baby I don’t think it’s so silly…  Sit or Squat uses your location to find the closest, cleanest public restroom and allows users to view, rate, review, and add bathrooms.  Public restrooms can be absolutely disgusting – there’s toilet paper all over the floor, the sinks are continuously running, there are no paper towels – but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Tidbit 5:  I’ve been watching Ellen most afternoons because it’s Evie’s feeding and nap time.  I laugh throughout almost all episodes!  One day I will be in the audience – preferably one of the 12 Days of Christmas episodes.

Tidbit 6:  The Crock-Pot has become my favorite kitchen gadget lately.  Last week it was Southwestern Bean & Rice Stew and yesterday it was Chunky Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.  I’m all about wicked easy, one pot, hearty dishes during winter.

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Tidbit 7:  After a week of debate, I’ve decided to purchase a race pass through our local running store instead of running the R’nR USA Half Marathon.  R’n'R USA will always hold a special place in my heart since it was the weekend we found out that we were expecting, but we’re trying to be a bit more frugal with our money since the baby was born.  Plus, the race pass will allow me to run four local races rather than just one.

Tidbit 8:  Yesterday we were out of coffee.  Thank goodness for an awesome friend who saw my desperate plea on Facebook.  She delivered and saved the day!  Coffee is necessary when your baby is going through a growth spurt and in the early stages of teething – she’s drooling like crazy!

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Tidbit 9:  Running out of coffee made me think…  Why are there no coffee delivery businesses?  There’s a pizza shop on nearly every corner.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent who would appreciate it.

Tidbit 10:  Our family is going through a lot of changes.  Fortunately, they’re all positive but it’s still overwhelming.

— Allison

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Evie: 3 Months Update

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,

I’m typing this while you sleep on my lap.  For the past week you’ve refused to sleep anywhere other than on me after your middle-of-the-night feeding.  The week of Christmas you gifted your dad and I one of the best presents new parents could ask for – sleep.  But you’ve since rescinded that gift.

Your senses are on point because you wake up every day at 2:30AM on.the.dot.  You let out a short cry to let us know that you’re awake and your dad occasionally has to give me a gentle shove because I hope that I’m just dreaming of a crying baby.

After a quick diaper change, we move downstairs for a feeding before you quickly drift back into dreamland and spend the next few hours sleeping on my chest or lap.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’d love a few more hours of sleep, but I enjoy the quiet time together.  You look so angelic with your hands crossed under your chin.

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We think that you’re in the midst of a growth spurt because you’re a hungry, hungry hippo.  It feels like as soon as we finish one feeding we’re starting another.  We’re still breastfeeding and you love to latch on, whether it’s to eat or just for comfort.  Over the past month your dad and I have learned how to differentiate between your hunger, tired, and boredom cry – something that we never thought would be possible.

Just until recently we cradled you whenever we walked with you in our arms, but now you prefer to be carried upright.  You’re intrigued by everything, especially mirrors and lights.  You’ve made tremendous progress of holding up your head and pushing up on your arms.  Your dad and I joke that you’re going to walk before you crawl because you like to put pressure on your legs and they never stop kicking.  He calls you “kickin’ chicken.”

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We received our first snowfall this past week and it was magical.  Your eyes were open as wide as your delicate eyelids would allow and you couldn’t take your focus off of the glistening white blanket.  You were in awe.

You’ve become what your dad and I like to call a “faker.”  Throughout the day you’ll occasionally let out a short whine, regardless of whether you’re in our arms or you’re laying in one of your rockers.  At first we thought it was the beginning of a cry, but we caught on quickly.  After you let out the short whine you look around to see if anyone heard it and then will then coo or smile.

Over the past month you’ve met more of your dad and my friends, spent time with your grandmomma when I went to the gym, were a great shopping companion amid the holiday chaos at the mall, sat on Santa’s lap, celebrated your first Christmas, starred longingly into your aunts and uncles eyes, and slept through your first New Year’s celebration {so did I}.  You love bath time, but hate when it ends and when you have to get dressed.

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Your dad and I say it daily, we’re amazed by how quickly you’ve changed.  It seems like just yesterday we brought you home and were worried if we were doing anything right.  We still worry, but I think we’re starting to feel a bit more comfortable.  Charlie too.

You are so loved.

XO, Momma & Dad

Read past updates…

Evie: 1 Month Update

Evie: 2 Months Update

— Allison

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Touring the National Harbor

Hello Monday, we meet again.  The holidays passed by quickly, but don’t they always?  It was nice spending time with family and friends, plus having Ryan home was a treat.  If only we could have a 4-day weekend every weekend…

Last night I didn’t get much sleep, but I did make a batch of what I call my “Everyday Pancakes” before our chiropractor appointment this morning.  They were vegan-ized using a flax egg because we were out of traditional eggs and I added a little brown sugar to the batter so there were pockets of melty sugar.  Delicious!

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Friday night friends came over for a game night.  We ordered take-out from Cafesano which is a local Mediterranean restaurant.  The menu had a great selection of soups, salads, paninis, wraps, kabob platters, pizzas, and pastas so no one had trouble finding something appealing.  A few people got pizza {myself included, I love brick oven pizza crust!}, salads, kebabs, and one person tried the lasagna.

Once our bellies were full, we played Cards Against Humanity and Catch Phrase!  Everyone laughed hysterically late into the night.  I don’t remember the last time I was awake until midnight…  It definitely was before Evie’s arrival.

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Saturday morning we took our time and did a few things around the house before heading to the National Harbor.  I signed up for a race at the National Harbor a couple of years ago, but nothing was open that early in the morning and I haven’t been back since.

For the past few years and this year included, the Gaylord National Resort puts up beautiful holiday decorations and hosts ICE!  ICE! is essentially a large ice house that contains more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four ice slides, and numerous rooms depicting the chosen story.  The story this year was Frosty the Snowman.

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We didn’t see ICE! since it would have been a bit too cold for Evie {it’s a chilly 9*F}, but maybe next year.  It would be a fun tradition to start!  After touring the resort we walked around the shops and sat down for a drink before heading home.

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Sunday started similarly to Saturday, relaxing and slow.  Evie has been having trouble falling back asleep after her middle of the night feeding for the past week, so I’ve been taking her downstairs to lay on the couch and hope there’s something other than infomercials on TV.  She eventually falls back asleep on my chest/lap and will wake up once for a feeding but then will sleep until anywhere between 9 and 11AM.

After lunch we went to my momma’s house to help her set up her new digital picture frame.  We thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for a new grandmomma {we gave one to Ryan’s mom, too} and since we can email pictures directly to the frame, we hopefully won’t be getting too many “How do I…” calls.

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On the way home Ryan dropped me off at the gym for a quick workout.  I walked a mile, ran a mile, walked a mile, and ran another mile.  The last mile I sprinted which felt amazing for the first few minutes, but then my knee started aching.  I tweaked it when I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon last March.  Hopefully some strengthening exercises is all it needs.

P.S.  I just signed up for Bloglovin.  Anyone else use it?  Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

— Allison

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