Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: February 2018

Hi everyone!! Today I'm linking up with ShayMel,  and Sheaffer to blog What's Up Wednesday. Here's what questions we'll be answering today...

What we're eating this week
Here's my menu plan for this week: 
M: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole
T: Chicken Tender Salads
W: Lasagna Soup
R: Take out
F: Shrimp tacos
S: We'll be eating at my grandparents' 60th anniversary party
S: Toasted Ravioli, Side Salad, Risotto 

This week, all 3 of us have come down with a slight cold. Nothing major, but enough to make me feel tired. Monday my hubby made the sides and heated up some smoked turkey we had from last weekend. It was delish, and I didn't have to lift a finger! Last night we didn't feel like cooking or cleaning, so we picked up some fried chicken on our way home, and ate it with our leftover sides from Monday. Tonight I'm planning to get back on track with our menu. Tomorrow Lee has a meeting after work, so I'll pick up something for myself on the way home, that way I can spend my evening with Liam and not have to worry about cooking. 

What I'm reminiscing about
I work at a university, and all the students are gearing up for spring break next week. This has me reminiscing about our last beach vacation! In 2016 we went to Hilton Head with my family, and it was a short trip, but so much fun. 2017 we didn't take any long vacations because we were preparing for baby Liam, but I'm hoping to do something fun this summer for the first time as a family of 3. 

Also, thanks to the pic below, I'm also reminiscing about how long my hair used to be! 
Hilton Head 2016
What I'm loving
I'm loving the stage Liam is in right now. He's so fun to play with because he is grabbing this with his hands, laughing, and has even gotten a little ticklish, but he's not mobile yet so he still likes to snuggle too. I snapped this pic on Sunday of Lee and Liam playing in the living room. The lighting isn't great, but I still love the pic. 

What we've been up to
We've mostly been spending our free time playing with our little guy at home. We've also been doing a little car shopping, which has been fun. I'm excited to get that finished up and have a bigger car for our family road trips! 

What I'm dreading
I'm thankful to say, nothing! 

What I'm working on
Well, I started Liam's 4 month blog post and didn't finish it. Since he'll be 5 months next week, I'm working on one big post for months 4 & 5. 

What I'm excited about
Warm weather! It is rainy here today, but yesterday was beautiful out. I can't wait for some spring weekends to take Liam on walks in his stroller and to use our zoo pass we got for Christmas. 

What I'm watching/reading
I'm still watching Call the Midwives as I get time, and trying to keep up with Grey's and This Is Us. 

What I'm listening to
These past few days I've had Thomas Rhett on repeat! 

What I'm wearing
Since is unacceptable to wear sweat pants to work, I'm wearing the next best thing: Lularoe leggings. Also have been wearing these green pants on repeat, because they are stretchy and comfy, but can still be dressed up for work! 

What I'm doing this weekend
Well, we have a gross amount of laundry to catch up on, so that is a big priority this weekend. On Saturday, we'll take a little day trip to IL for my grandparents' 60th anniversary dinner. I'm excited to see my family and for everyone to see Liam. Other than that, I hope to have lots of playtime and cuddle time with my two favorite guys. 

What I'm looking forward to next month
Easter! I love getting together with both mine and Lee's families to celebrate Christ's resurrection. Family get togethers on both sides are always a good time, and I'm so thankful to have a baby to celebrate Easter with this year. I remember in 2015 when we were in the midst of our 6 failed IUIs, Easter was excruciating for me. It was such a difficult, sad time in our lives, and I'm so thankful that we now have our miracle boy to celebrate holidays with, and teach him all about Jesus.  

What else is new?
Not much else is new here. I'm not upset about that, though. I'm loving that we've gotten into a routine with me being back at work and Liam is sleeping great lately! I look forward to evenings and weekends at home with my little family. 

Bonus question this month:  What’s your family’s favorite spring break destination?

Growing up in IL, we didn't have a long spring break. Spring break consisted of a 4 day weekend over Easter. So my first real week long spring break didn't happen until college. Now that I work at the university, classes are not in session during spring break, but the offices are all still open, so we don't have a spring break from work. I hope someday we can take a spring break trip when Liam is in school, but for now, we don't have a favorite spring break destination. For funsies, here's a pic of Lee and I from spring break in college.
Spring Break 2010 in Panama City Beach, FL 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How We... February Edition

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! Today I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama blog and A little Bit of Everything Blog for their "How We....Wednesdays!" series. I didn't participate in January, but I'm giving February a try. Today we're discussing How we care for ourselves.

How I care for myself...

Well, since having Liam, I feel like I have done much less of this, but I'm trying to take time here and there to do something for myself. I am pretty good about having regular doctor check ups, teeth cleanings, etc., so I'm going to focus on things I do to treat myself, or make myself feel good.

One thing that I do pretty often (once or twice a week) is treat myself to a latte. I don't drink coffee daily, but I do love a good latte. I'm a coffee snob... I don't really care to drink plain coffee, I like the foo foo stuff, haha. Today I treated myself for Valentine's Day to a Cherry Mocha from Starbucks... YUM! (this pic is from Monday).

Earlier this week I treated myself to a latte, and YUM! It was so good! 

Another thing that I love to do in the summertime is get a pedicure. I don't like to spend the money to get pedicures often, but once or twice a year, I'll get one, and I love it. Here's a pic of my smom and I getting pedis while I was pregnant with baby Liam. The guy who did my pedi must've felt bad for me... my feet were SO SWOLLEN and he gave me the longest foot massage. It was amazing... and a few weeks later when I went into labor, the nurses commented on my pretty toes, haha. That's the last pedi I've gotten, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to ask for one for my birthday in May.
This was such a fun girls day with my Smom! (My brother and I love our step-mom so much, and are also super close with our mom, so we call our mom, "mom, and our step-mom "smom".) 

One thing that I have been doing lately is being much better about taking vitamins ( I kinda fell off that wagon when Liam was born), and I drink Emergen-C once a day. Usually in the morning while I pump, but sometimes while I'm at work. I feel like the sickness is never ending this winter, so all the extra Vitamin C is necessary. I probably won't keep drinking Emergen-C forever, but for now, if it helps fight sickness, I'll take it!

Since becoming a mama, I sleep much less, and last night I was so exhausted... I've been fighting the flu and now this sinus thing, and Lee's had two days recently where he's been out of town, so I've been up a lot with the baby... so last night I told my hubs that if the house is on fire to wake me up, but otherwise... let. me. sleep. and you know what?? He did!! I slept from about 9pm to 5am this morning with one wake up to pump, and I felt amazing this morning!! Getting a little extra sleep here and there is probably the best thing I can do for myself as far a self care goes.
Here's an unflattering pic my hubby snapped of Liam and I catching some Z's a few weekends ago. 

Lastly, eating right... Anyone who knows me, knows that I love all the junk food... candy specifically is my weakness, but fried foods, cheese, pizza... love them all! Lately when I know Lee is going to be working late or if he isn't going to be home for dinner, I eat out. It's just easier with a baby at home to not have to cook, BUT I've been making much wiser choices... salads and wraps from McAlister's, Subway, and the cafeteria at my work have become my jam, and I can notice a huge difference with how I feel, and the biggest difference I notice is the amount of breast milk I produce when I'm eating well. So even though eating out isn't always healthy, I'm trying to make healthier food choices, all around.

So those are all things I do or TRY to do to take care of myself, or even just treat myself! I can't wait to read everyone else's posts on self care. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekend Recap

Hello Monday! Normally I'm not thrilled to see Monday, but today, I'm kinda feeling ready to get back to our normal routine. Last week Mr. Liam had his 4 month wellness checkup, and that same night, I began feeling sick. By Wednesday morning I had a sore throat, some of worst body aches I've ever felt, a fever, and headache. I went to the doctor, and although the flu test came back negative, he diagnosed me with the flu. Apparently that nose swab test is only accurate 50 % - 75% of the time. Given my symptoms, I was treated for the flu. I'm assuming the doctor was correct, because the Tamiflu that I took definitely helped me to feel better.


Since I was down from Tuesday - Friday last week, I didn't get to blog about Liam being 4 months old, but I'm hoping to do that later this week. Friday night I was still feeling a little under the weather, so we didn't do much. Lee grilled us a steak at home, and we played with Liam and watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics.

On Saturday, Lee went skiing for the day for a buddy's 30th birthday, so Liam and I were flying solo. He was pretty sleepy all morning, which I was thankful for, because I enjoyed our lazy snuggle time together. Although we had the whole day to do whatever we wanted, I didn't want to go too many places and spread my germs, so we kept our day low key. We had a Walmart Pickup scheduled for noon, so we did that, ran through the Starbucks drive through, and got some lunch to-go at McAlister's. I tried the Cherry Mocha at Starbucks this weekend, and YUM!! I really enjoyed it. I'm hoping to have another one this week, since I assume they will phase it out after Valentine's Day.

When we got home, Liam napped long enough for me to eat lunch, and we spent the rest of the afternoon playing.

Lee came home that evening for just enough time to shower, eat some pizza with me, and head out with friends to finish the birthday celebration. Liam and I watched Olympics until bedtime.

Liam didn't sleep well Saturday night, so on Sunday, Lee and I were both dragging from our busy Saturdays. We took turns resting and playing with Liam. Sunday evening we threw a frozen lasagna in the oven and got ourselves ready to start a new week.

Although it wasn't super exciting, I had a great weekend resting and spending time with my favorite guys. I especially love when I can get lots of quality time with Liam on the weekends, because I sure do miss him while I'm at work during the week!

This week
This week is going to be a busy one! My Mother-in-law is hosting a Valentine's Day dinner at our house with Lee's family,  and we'll be getting our house prepped for my family to visit this weekend.

Here's what our menu looks like this week:

Lasagna (leftover from Sunday), garlic bread, and salad
Grilled pork chops, baked asparagus and sweet potatoes
Toasted Ravioli, risotto, side salad
Parmesan Chicken, salad, Brussels Sprouts & sweet potatoes (can you tell I have a huge sweet potato that is needing to be cooked up? :) )

*One night we will have our family Valentine's dinner, another night we will eat take out since Lee has a night of traveling this week, and one night this weekend we will eat out before seeing a concert, so that means only 4 nights of cooking for me between now and Sunday!  woo hoo!

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Favorites 02/02/18

Woo hoo! It's Friday, and my first Friday Favorites of 2018, and also since Liam was born. I'm excited to be linking up again. Today's link up is hosted by Andrea, Erika, and Narci

Here are some of my favorite things from this week: 

1. Liam's cute outfits. Liam has been rocking some graphic onesies this week. Both of these were gifts to us, and he got to wear them for the first time this week. The coffee one was totally appropriate bc I only got like 3 hours of sleep the night before he wore that one, and the Harry Potter one is just too cute! Liam will probably be one of my Friday Favorites indefinitely... how can I resist that sweet little face?

2. SNOW! Yesterday we got a little snow shower, and it was a favorite view of mine this week. I am thankful that the snow really didn't stick to the ground, but it made for some pretty scenery outside my office window. 

3. TACOS Last night, Lee had a dinner meeting, so Liam and I had a date night of our own. I picked up some steak tacos to go from Hacienda, and I inhaled them quickly while Liam took a cat nap. 

4. Liam's and my date night is another favorite for the week. Last night he was so sweet. He took a little nap, long enough for me to eat a quick dinner, and we got in some playtime and sleepy snuggles too. Now that I'm back at work, I really cherish time with him in the evenings. Right now he is so fun to play with because he's learning to do new things almost daily. This week he is really trying hard to hold things, such as his own hands, his bottle, and his paci. 

5. This shirt... I ordered it from Old Navy, and last weekend I wore it with jeans. This week, I wore it around the house with some navy leggings. I love that it is loose fitting, long enough to wear with leggings, and also super soft. The color I have is almost sold out, but they have plenty of other colors available in this style. 

6. More Than Anything by Natalie Grant is my last favorite thing from this week. Have you guys heard it? I've been listening to it on repeat!

I'm excited about this weekend. We don't have any plans this evening, so I'm looking forward to some R&R with my little family. Tomorrow, we are going to my BFF's baby shower. Her son and mine will only be about 5 months apart in age. I think we are going to have SO. MUCH. FUN. raising boys at the same time! Sunday we are going to make some goodies and watch the Superbowl and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's house. Have a great weekend, friends!