Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Liam 6 Months

6 months... where did the past half year go? Time has flown so quickly since Liam was born. I can't believe he's already 6 months old. He is such a joy. I have random pictures of him inserted throughout the post. This past month with him has been so much fun!

His shirt says, "Snuggle this Muggle"
Gma did an Easter photo shoot and I think he loved the colored eggs

Liam sleeps so good at night. I am counting my blessings, crossing my fingers, and saying all the prayers that this continues. He will normally go to bed between 8:00pm- 9:00pm, and wake up around 5:00am. I don't mind the 5:00 am wake up, because that allows me to spend some time with my sweetie before I head to work.

Hanging with Grammy and Uncle J and his cousin's band concert

This cutie and I got out the stroller for a walk on Good Friday

His naps are a different story. He is NOSEY and always wants to see what everyone else is doing. So because of that, he does not always nap well for his baby sitters. When he's at home with Lee and I (we must be boring!), we can usually get him to take a morning and afternoon nap, and sometimes he'll take a little snooze during the evening, but not always. One thing we do struggle with is getting him to sleep. It's very rare that he will let us rock him to sleep. If he's going to fall asleep, its usually in the car or after we've fed him. If he's acting super fussy because he's tired, we'll sometimes even give him a 1 or 2 oz bottle because we know that will get him to fall asleep.
My little sweetie just before I dropped him off at his baby sitter's

I happened to be home with him yesterday, and I could tell he was tired because he was getting fussy and rubbing his eyes, but he just wouldn't fall asleep. I stuck him in the car seat and drove to Dunkin' Donuts, and he was asleep before I got to the coffee shop. It was a win/win because I got a caramel coconut iced coffee (YUM!), and Liam fell asleep! He ended up napping for about 2 hours.

Over the weekend, we started giving Liam baby food (green beans), and hes indifferent about it so far, but he does love his high chair! He eats about 6 times a day, usually a 5 oz bottle. Every now and then he'll eat an extra ounce or two to sleep, or even in addition to his bottle.

He was excited about his first time in the high chair.
He is rolling all over the place, and loves tummy time. He tries really hard to crawl, and gets so mad that he can't. He's not quite sitting up on his own yet, but he's pretty close, so I won't be surprised if he does that in the next month or 2. He is drooling/slobbering a ton, and he puts everything in his mouth. He loves watching tv, being sang to, and anything that lights up.
Happy boy playing in his jumper

This past month, he got to spend time with all of his grandparents, go to his cousin's dance recital, celebrate St. Patty's Day, attend 2 Easter Egg hunts, and celebrate Easter with both sides of our family. His bff Madden was born, and we are hoping to meet him in person soon. It has been an exciting month for all of us! Liam is such a happy baby! He has brightened our lives so much, and we love that he is the center of our world.
Happy Easter! 
The Easter Bunny found Mr. Liam

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday, friends! Today's weekend recap is coming later in the day, because my weekend isn't quite over yet! I had today off work, so this has been a 3 day weekend for me.

We had a low key, but fun weekend! Friday night Lee picked up some burnt ends from our fav local BBQ spot, and I whipped up some simple sides for dinner. Lee's dad babysat Liam for us on Friday, so he ate dinner with us and then headed home. Lee, Liam and I just did our normal evening routine: play, dinner, bedtime, etc.

Saturday morning we got up and I made chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for breakfast. I had to go to work for a few hours, so Lee and Liam hung out at home and had a guys' day. After work, I picked up my 2 boys and we went to the mall in search of some new PJs for our growing boy. We just got a new Carter's in the mall, so we found what we were looking for right away!

Saturday night we put together Liam's high chair and fed him some baby food for the first time! He LOVES the high chair, and looks like such a big boy in it. He was indifferent about the green beans.
someone was excited about sitting like a big boy in his high chair

Sunday we went to church, got some groceries, and made a big dinner. We scored some king crab legs at the grocery store, so we made Caesar salad, crab legs, and Cheddar Bay Biscuits for dinner. YUM! This was our first time buying king crab. We have only ever purchased snow crab, but we've decided we're huge fans of kind crab! It was so nice that Liam could sit at the table with us in his high chair while we ate dinner. He played while we ate.
dinnertime with my favorite people

Sunday evening Lee and I took shifts with the baby. He played with Liam while I did our taxes, and then I took baby duty while he got some work done to get ahead for this week. After that we gave Liam a bath, and called it a night.

Nothing too exciting went on this past weekend, but laid back weekends at home with my family are my favorite! Today I had the day off work and got to spend it with my little cutie. We ran some errands, played, read books, and took a drive to encourage an afternoon nap (desperate times call for desperate measures, right?).
Liam fell alseep holding his toy! How cute is that?! He slept the whole time I ran errands this morning. 

Back to work tomorrow, but I'm thankful its a short week. Our babysitters are on vacation this week, so Lee is working from home tomorrow so he can be with Liam. Wednesday and Thursday we have Lee's cousin babysitting, and a friend is watching him Friday. He is going to be spoiled rotten this week because all of his babysitters are SO EXCITED to see him!! I'm so thankful we have friends and family nearby to help us out... it really does take a village to raise a child.

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all have a great week. I'm hoping to blog later this week about Liam being 6 months old, so check back on Wednesday for another post.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites: 4/6/18

Happy Friday! Is it just me, or has this week FLOWN by? Weren't we just having Easter like yesterday?? Anyways, I'm thankful that it's the weekend, and I'm ready to spend some time with my favorite people this weekend!

Today I'm linking up with  AndreaErika, and Narci, and everyone else for Friday Favorites. Here are some of my favorites from the week:

My baby's first Easter was definitely a FAVORITE for me! Easter weekend was exhausting, but a great one for our family. We got to spend time with both sides of our family. What more do we need?! Real life post here: We took this pic, and Lee and Liam were so cute in their yellow polos. Shortly after, Liam had a blowout and got poop all over himself and Lee, and they both had to change. I was glad we snapped a pic when we did!

Liam has been SPOILED this week getting to spend time with 2 of his 2 grandmas, his aunt and cousin, and today his grandpa. (Who am I kidding, his aunt, cousin, and grandma spoil him with love and playtime every week). Having mine and Lee's parents able to be so involved with Liam is definitely a favorite. He hit the JACKPOT when it comes to grandparents!

My mom babysat Liam on Tuesday, and I visited them on my lunch hour. Look at my mom waving to Liam in the background! He could see her waving on the screen of my phone. 

Last weekend, Liam got to see his other grandma at our church's Easter Egg Hunt! You should see the way he lights up on Tuesday mornings when she comes over to visit him. It is the cutest thing. My in-laws are such a huge help with Liam. 

Here's a pic from Easter of Liam, my niece, and my nephew, with my Dad and Smom. Didn't this pic turn out so good? Doesn't Liam kinda look like my dad with their matching bald heads. HAHA! We're just missing my other niece and nephew in this pic! 

I already posted this recipe, but its still a FAVORITE this week. Peanut Butter Lasagna! We only ate about half of the peanut butter lasagna on Sunday, so I've been snacking on it this week. So. Good. But the cookies are starting to get too soft, so tonight whatever is left is getting tossed in the garbage.

Lee was out of town for work Monday and Tuesday. My mom stayed over from Easter, which was nice to have her help especially while Lee was gone. Lee came home Tuesday evening, and I'd say Liam was excited to see his daddy! Seeing the bond these two have together is definitely a FAVORITE of mine.

My last FAVORITE of the week is a random act of kindness! A colleague from another department delivered this to me yesterday, and it just made my day. I'm assuming she hand painted this rock. The pic doesn't do it justice. Its SO PRETTY! It's always great to feel appreciated. Now I need to pay it forward and do something nice for someone else. Maybe I'll think on ideas this weekend and make it happen next week!

This weekend we don't have too much planned. I have to work tomorrow morning for a few hours, and Lee and Liam are going to have a 'guys day' while I'm gone- Lee's words, not mine ;). We'll probably go to church on Sunday, and spend the rest of our weekend hanging out and catching up on things at home! Nothing better than some quality time with my two favorite boys. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Peanut Butter Lasagna

You guys... My mother-in-law made this dessert for mine and Lee's birthdays last year, and it was amazing! I'm not usually one for seconds on dessert, but I definitely had seconds when she made this.
Peanut Butter Lasagna... YUM!

So when we decided to host Easter knowing our oven was broken (new one coming next week, whoop whoop!), I thought of this dessert because it doesn't require any baking!

My mother-in-law found the recipe on Pinterest, and I found it from her page. She made it in a trifle bowl, and I copied! The recipe calls for an 8x8 dish.

When I started making my trifle, I realized I needed a little more ingredients than what the recipe called for, so I adjusted a little and made the recipe my own.

So here's how I made it:

1 family size package of Nutter Butter cookies*
1 box vanilla pudding, prepared according to instructions
1 box of chocolate pudding, prepared according to instructions
1 bag fun size Reese's cups, unwrapped and chopped up
2 containers of cool whip
1.5ish cups of creamy peanut butter
Magic Shell

To start, layer your dish with 1/2 of the Nutter Butter cookies. Melt your peanut butter in the microwave, and drizzle a little less than half of it over your cookies. Apply a layer of Vanilla pudding. Use all of the vanilla pudding for this layer. Then apply a layer of Cool Whip. Use 1 whole container for this layer. Then sprinkle 1/2 of your chopped Reese's on top.

Repeat these layers again, except this time use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. Once your dessert is topped with the last layer of Reese's, you should have  a little peanut butter left to drizzle over the top for pretties. I also drizzled Magic Shell on mine for presentation.

I have found when using the trifle bowl, the key to making it look pretty is making sure the ingredients touch the edge of the dish. That way you can really see the layers.

Since it was Easter, I stuck a little Bunny on the top of mine. Stick this in the fridge, for at least 8 hours, but I would say it's best if you can make it a whole day in advance because then the cookies soften up.

*Next time I make this dessert, I'll probably use a few more Nutter Butter Cookies so I can crumble some on top, and break a few up to fill in some holes on each of the cookie layers. I used a full Family Size package for this one, so next time I'll probably get 2 packages of cookies and have some leftover. I won't mind the leftovers, because who doesn't LOVE Nutter Butters?!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Weekend Recap: Easter Edition

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great Easter! I know we sure did. Our weekend was BUSY, but so fun. We got to see both mine and Lee's families, so that was really nice. Having Liam here for Easter was extra special as well, and he was SPOILED rotten by his grandparents, great grandparents, and the Easter bunny.

On Friday, I was off work and got to spend the whole day with my little sweetie. We went grocery shopping for our Easter feast, and spent some time cleaning up a little to get ready for our guests. We also had plenty of playtime together, and even took a walk in the stroller. I was SO THANKFUL for some Sunshine on Friday, since it was rainy and dreary so much last week.
We had fun playing together on Friday.

We even enjoyed a little sunshine on our walk. 

Saturday Lee helped set up for the WSNC's Easter Egg hunt. Liam and I went to our church's egg hunt in the morning. Liam was not super into the hunt, but I did pick up one egg for him, and he got to see his friends and cousin do their egg hunts. He was kicking his feet and making happy squeals, so I think he was excited to be outside!
Liam got to see his cousin at our church's Easter egg hunt.

After our church's hunt, we went home for a little bit and then met up with Lee and family at the WSNC's egg hunt. The WSNC is a local men's organization that Lee is a member of, and their egg hunt is huge! They stuff and 'hide' over 12,000 eggs each year. They also have several characters at their hunt, which all of the kids seem to really love.
We got to see Daddy AND the Easter Bunny at the WSNC egg hunt.

Saturday evening we had dinner with Lee's family, and my family arrived for our Easter celebration. Lee's cousin hosted his family's Easter dinner, and everyone was excited to see how big Liam had gotten since Christmas. Liam's grandma and great grandma spoiled him with Easter baskets, and he got some super cute toys and summer clothes.

Later that evening, back at our house, my family had arrived for our Easter celebration. I created an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for my niece and nephew, and while they weren't super enthusiastic about it, I think they still had fun. I know I had a lot of fun putting it together, so I'm calling it a win. We also dyed eggs that night, and snacked on dips and pizza.
Liam loves his cousin Layla. After we took this pic, he put his arms around her neck like a hug... it was the cutest thing ever! We failed to get any pics with Liam's other cousin Carson. :( 

Sunday morning we got up early and the 3 kids opened their Easter baskets before heading to church. After church, my brother and his family had to head home, but my parents all stayed to visit and we made a FEAST! Lee grilled chicken quarters and pork chops, and my parents and I made asparagus, salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, caramelized carrots, and we had peanut butter lasagna for dessert.
Liam approves of his carseat toy from the Easter Bunny. 
We all wore yellow to church for Easter. Shortly after this pic, Liam pooped ALL OVER and we had to change his cute little shirt, HA! 

My dad and smom headed home, and my mom hung out for the evening. We were pretty lazy the rest of the day. We grazed over our leftovers, watched tv, and played with Liam.
The peanut butter lasagna was clutch!

Sunday night, this little guy was exhausted! 

My mom is off work for a few days this week, so she is babysitting Liam today and tomorrow, which works out great, because Lee has to travel tonight for work. Other than Lee traveling tonight, we don't have too much going on this week, which I am thankful for!

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! I'll be back here later this week with a post about the scavenger hunt I made, and if I have time, I'll post about the peanut butter lasagna I made too!