Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2 Months

Sweet Baisden is 2 months old! These pictures are already hard to take. She moves her arms around so much! I love how her hair sticks up. It is getting longer and longer (and I think lighter too) so it just keeps getting more and more spiky!

Funny thing is, we got this outfit to bring her home in and  it finally fits! It is most definitely mis-sized. 

Little miss is doing great. She was on a pretty decent schedule before Josh and I approached our death beds last week. Being so sick affected my supply, which affected her sleeping habits and routine. We are getting back on track though. Before I got sick, she was sleeping GREAT at night, 7-9 hour stretches. We are back to some 7 hour ones, so hopefully we can get to the higher end of that bracket soon! She had also gotten her feedings down to 20 minutes. Right now, we are back at 40 minutes but I think that will just take a couple days to adjust down. Her typical schedule is something like below:

9:00AM - Wakes up for the day (she is happy and smiley!)
9:00-9:30AM - Feeds
9:30-10:15AM - Play time. We play on her activity mat and she coos at her animals.
10:15/10:30-11:45AM - Nap time in her crib. She may cry for a couple minutes but usually soothes herself.
12:00-12:30PM - Feeds
12:30-1:15PM - Alert time. Depending on what I need to do, she may sit in her bumbo, or in my lap. We practice sitting up/standing on those legs. This is also a great time for me to load her up for a walk or errands.
1:15/1:30 -2:45PM - Nap time. Most of the time this is on-the-go. 
3:00-3:30PM - Feeds
3:30-4:00PM - Alert time, sometimes quite fussy.
4:00-5:15PM - Nap time in her crib.
5:30-6:00PM - Feeds
6:00-8:00PM - If we are lucky, she may take a catnap in one of our arms but this is definitely the witching hour.
8:00PM - Bath time! Most precious time of the day. She loves it so much.
8:30PM - Feeds, usually Josh gives her a bottle (She will take anywhere from 5-7oz.)
9:30PM - Typically asleep

She will wake anywhere from 2:30 to 5:30AM and will eat for about 20-30 minutes before going back to sleep. I am trying to adjust her to a different schedule before I go back to work in a few short weeks. We'll see how it goes.

Baisden is such a butterball. At 4 weeks, she weighed 9lbs, 12 oz and at 8 weeks, she is 11lbs, 5 oz. And she is so strong! She whips that head from side to side, I swear she must give herself whiplash. She seems fascinated with new scenery and really studies things when we walk from room to room. She prefers sitting up to laying down and she stands when we hold her. She loves using her legs. She is loving her activity mat and swats at the animals to make them chime. She can even grab the ring! She tries so hard to roll over from her tummy to her back, but we aren't there yet. Although, she can pick her head up off the mat, even so far as to pull her chest off the ground. 

She is always moving. Her arms, hands, legs, anything and everything! In fact, most of the pictures I take of her end up looking like this:

She recognizes both Josh and me. She loves when her daddy plays with her nose. She will give him the biggest grin. I love it when she stretches. She makes the cutest little squeak as she arches her back. Bath time is such a favorite time of day for me. She is so adorable and content, watching me and herself in the mirror. She has started splashing around some which is fun! Her reaction to the water when she is first put in the tub is absolutely hysterical! One of these days I will get a video of that.

Happy 2 months, little B!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Turquoise, Turquoise, Turquoise

What does one do with this?

A turquoise toilet. I mean, come on! Well, why not let it inspire you.

When my parents bought their house almost 20 years in the mountains, it needed a lot of reinventing. Some things were tackled sooner than others, some things, like said toilet, not at all. This bathroom, connected to the now guest room boasted not only a turquoise toilet but a turquoise tub/shower combo too. Jackpot!

I love what mom did with the space. Rather than replace the toilet and tub, she used turquoise as her accent color and carried it into the bedroom to get this.

While I was home, Mom and I played with the wall below. It turned out cute and it was fun to rearrange a couple things.

Back to the bathroom. Isn't the vanity great? It is actually a piece of furniture with a copper sink dropped into it. The tall bamboo mirror is so fun and the lamps on either side really set it off!

More turquoise over the toilet with a few accents to carry over the Asian-inspired style of the bedroom.

The cabinet is filled with all kinds of interesting things, including Maughi's jade collection. These flowers are exquisite! Maughi brought them back with her from China on a trip many years ago.

A panel of the same fabric used on the canopy in the bedroom hangs from the ceiling in the bath to soften the shower and add some height to the turquoise from the tub.

This just goes to show that you don't have to have a perfect slate to start with to get a great look. You can actually work with things into what you already have! Of course, I don't know what would have been done with a pea green toilet! :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On Mountain Time

In an effort to get back in the kitchen, I decided I would actually cook on Sunday evening. Fortunately, we have amazing friends and I haven't had to cook for 2 months! A new cookbook, called "My Beverly Hills Kitchen" had been burning a hole in my counter top. During my nearly week-long stay in Brevard with my parents, we went to a restaurant with a sea bass special. It was all gone by the time we put our order in which was so disappointing...so I found a great sounding recipe for sea bass with a beurre blanc sauce in the cookbook. Sold! It was delicious, but I don't know that I can ever eat sea bass again.

Josh and I both woke up as sick as dogs early Monday morning. I knew what it was instantly, thanks to a nasty bout of food poisoning during a trip Josh and I took to Charleston while we were dating. That culprit, a crab cake from the King Street Grill. I will never forget that. Nothing like trying to impress your new boyfriend and coming down with food poisoning. It was awful! There is NOTHING worse than food poisoning except food poisoning with an infant to care for. Not to be dramatic, but I truly thought we were going to die. Publix's seafood counter got an ear full from angry ol' mama. Today is Thursday, and we are finally feeling like humans again. We've actually opened the blinds in our house and turned some lights on. Yeesh! 

So, needless to say, no recipe post. But a mountain visit post.

We had a great time in Brevard! Josh and I loaded up his truck with every last baby thing I could possibly need, the dogs and the baby to meet my mom halfway. Don't think I could have done the drive alone with the dogs AND baby in tow. Baisden made her mountain debut at a sip and see among my parents' friends and even got to meet her great grandparents, my mom's parents. We felt pretty special having four generations under one roof. I had two great grandmothers up until a few years ago, but never got lucky enough to have a great grandfather. Aren't they adorable? I love them so.

I tell you what, my grandmother (affectionately called Mot Mot) is a baby whisperer, period. Baisden was immediately enamored by her, loved everything about her. I had never seen this baby look so intently at someone. And grin, oh my goodness. She could not get enough. Kind of hurt her mama's feelings, ha! I swear B was trying to say "I love you" back. It was precious. I have the cutest video of Mot Mot singing to Baisden but I think my mom would kill me if I posted it because she is in her robe.

Four generations of women! Pretty amazing. Yep, that's spit up on my shirt. 

We also did a little wedding planning for my sister and her fiance while there, which was so fun! Baisden took her first trip to the pasture...she'll be running through it in no time.

The rest of the time, we put in some quality snuggles with MeMe (pronounced MayMay, cannot figure out to do the fancy accents above the e's!) and Papa B...

Grinned a little...

Napped on anyone that was willing...

Cried some...


And just looked plain cute!

What a nice trip we had. Looking forward to seeing Mimi and PawPaw this weekend!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

First Road Trip

This past weekend, we loaded up the car and a ga-zillion baby things (oh my gosh, who knew!) to head south a couple hours to Fort Valley. We went for our family's annual farm meeting, but more importantly, we put our dear Maughi's ashes next to her husband's grave. Although we had her memorial service in Brevard back in November, we celebrated her once more in the town where she spent so much of her life. 

It's so wild how life changes so drastically in just a few months time. And it's odd how you can mourn the loss of such a wonderful person but celebrate the new life of a precious little bundle at the same time. That's life, right?

Baisden was all bundled up to meet some of her other family. The bonnet is a hand-me-down from my friend Kakhi...CUTEST. THING. EVER. She slept basically the whole way down. We did get into some traffic due to an accident and had a few little whines and whimpers.

A few pictures I took before we left...so peaceful and angelic one moment...

Total hell-raiser the next! :) I think she looks like me above, and Josh below. Haha, just kidding!

I swear we are going to be better about taking family pictures (especially when I shed this baby weight!). Josh and I seriously have zero pictures of the two of us.

Sweet baby girl. All tuckered out from everyone ohhing and awwing over her.

She also slept almost the whole way home...and the trip didn't mess up her nighttime routine, which I was VERY thankful for!