Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Infantino baby food making toys

I'm sure you read all about Carter's start at solids. Well in anticipation of introducing more new foods to her, I hopped on my trusty ole amazon account and ordered some new fun toys for me!

I've been a sucker for the food pouches ever since Reag started solids. I actually remember the first one I ever bought, we were out and about and I decided to stop for a lil sum sum at Starbucks. They had the prettiest basket full of brightly colored pouches right next to the register. I impulsively tossed one on the counter thinking my little lady needed a special treat too! 

I did my darndest to make all of Reagan's baby food. But there were plenty of times I grabbed a few jars to supplement the homemade stuff, I rarely 'splurged' for the pouches. And a splurge it is, those suckers can be pricey. 

Nowadays, I purchase the applesauce pouches on the regular. Reagan LOVES them because they are delish and I love them because they are convenient and self contained. Although still pricey.

As excited as I am to start the feeding frenzy over again with Carter, the thought of freezing the purees in ice cube trays then transferring the cubes into ziplocks like I did with Reagan gives me a double dose of freezer anxiety. 

Enter the Infantino 'Fresh Squeezed' line:



I just ordered these three items today, the system had great reviews and I thought ''Hey, why not''. If all goes well, making the pouches at home will same a ton of money while still giving me the convenience of pouches. I anticipate that Reagan will love them as much as CJ, I'll be sure to keep you posted and share recipes along the way!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Under Two'sday

Wow, just barely squeaking by on my Tuesday post (by west coast standards). I was going to scrap it for the day, it was a tough day around these parts. But since the girls have gone to bed I've been able to rejuvenate myself with microwave lasagna and a glass of box wine. Yes that was the highlight of the day. 

I am capital N  O  T a morning person. My favorite thing about Cody and my tag team parenting is that he is usually the one to get up with the girl(s) in the morning, leaving me to sleep for another hour or two. Well since he has been gone (2 weeks and 3 days now) I have been getting the wake up call. And the mornings KILL me. KILL me! Most Mom's have the "witching hour" and it typically is 5-6pm but I rock the dinner time rush. It's the 5-6am that I struggle with. 

Ok. Let me clarify. On days that I have nothing planned, where I can just leisurely lay about and make Reagan 3 different breakfasts before she agrees to eat one, give Carter bottle after bottle to bulk back up after her long slumber. It's great. No worries. 

It's when I actually have something on the agenda, that's when all H-E double hockey sticks breaks loose. 

Today I had high hopes of getting the gym and kicking my own ass, and for whatever reason things just piled and piled until I was on the brink of loosing my shit. And before I knew it, we were transitioning from Reagan refusing breakfast to refusing a nap. Dirty diapers are collecting in the corner of the couch and yesterday's snack is sticking to the bottom of my feet on the more than filthy floor. I washed my sheets two day's ago, but have yet to make the bed (yes I've been sleeping on the bare mattress). The only thing keeping me from a complete breakdown is the caffeine pulsing through my veins. Oh wait no. I did have a complete melt down. 

But guess what. We all got fed, bathed and are still alive, so I need to focus on the fact that we survived. And accept that someday's that needs to be the goal. 

But this wasn't even what I wanted today's post to be about. I wanted to share about our recent visit to the farm. 

So here that goes. 

Last Wednesday us girls made a trip 'up the hill' to the farm. It turned into an impromptu overnight trip and we returned home Thursday afternoon. 

The farm has always been my oasis, a place I can go to have my soul washed over and rejuvenated. Nana & Papa loved having us there, they didn't even need to say it. I could see it in their faces. And that made me happy. 

The weather was beautiful. And the company was even more perfect. 

We had a great time sitting around catching up, in between chores of course. I will always be in awe of the amount of work my Nana and Papa do on a daily basis, and I can't even imagine the amount of work they have done in their lifetime. They are constantly moving and working. I will always remember my Summer's visiting as a child, and my Nana saying "oh someday Papa will retire" I will venture to say he has still yet to 'retire' and my Nana too for that matter. 

I was so busy enjoying our visit that I failed to take an abundance of pictures. However I did snap these priceless photo's of Papa and Carter.  



Uhhhh Melt my heart. 

Here's to hoping tomorrow is better and that Friday will come fast. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nommy!!



As a self declared food LOVER, I get so excited when I get to start introducing food to my little babes. Reagan had rice cereal right about 4 months, I decided to let CJ try it a little early. Carter has been rolling over and sitting (assisted) up for a few weeks now, and when she went from sleeping through the night to waking up for a midnight snack I knew she was telling me she was ready for a little more substance.


I picked up a box of Beech Nut cereal while scanning the isles of my local Target, and whipped up a tablespoon or so. 


Carter was a F A N ! 




I am so excited to start the 'first foods' experience with this little nugget! It's taking all I have to restrain myself from busting out the blender and filling our freezer with little baggies full of delicious purees. I have been stocking my Pinterest cookbook with yummy recipes and will share some of our favorites while we go!


"Did you say steak is next?"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Two Under Two'sday

Another great matching outfit photo shoot. Had enough yet? NEVER!

After our brunch I was able to talk...bribe...beg Reagan for a few photo's in their new outfits.  


Loving Reagan's post piggy tail hair doo. It was her attempt at boycotting the camera. Jokes on her.


Happiest baby on Earth? RIGHT HERE!!



"oh no she di'int...girlfran raided my closet!"


The end.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Late Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday a few (15) of the fam gathered round to celebrate a delayed Mother's Day Brunch! It was another great Gray family gathering! 

Reag was on her best behavior (as always). She was so precious, she had on a new outfit and got to sit in a big girl chair, she definitely knew it was a special occasion. 

Carter slept most of the time (as always). It's crazy to think, next Mother's day she will be mobile, and will most likely not be snoozing in her carseat on the booth next to me....most likely.


Reagan has made fast friends with Miss Zoey, they really clicked at Easter and picked right up where they left off. 



Reagan LOVES being with 'the Gray girls'! My girls will look up to these beautiful girls for the rest of their lives, I'm so happy Reagan and Carter have such good role models.


Reagan was POOPED after such an exciting adventure out. We can't wait for our next get together!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Update

We Survived! 

I'm writing this as the Nap-time Gods are smiling down on me. Any Mother who has more than one child will know that on a rare occasion, when the stars align, both children will nap at the same time. It's a rare occurrence around these parts. 

Speaking of naps. Carter is still not napping in the "shared nursery". As I mentioned, it's so rare that they are both ready for a nap at the same time...so still waiting to actually share the shared nursery.

Reagan has started this adorable routine of wanting to read a book as she lays down for her nap. It started a couple weeks ago, one day she asked for a book when I went to lay her down. I gave it to her, and ever since she runs to pick one out before nap time. I leave her blackout blinds peaked so she can flip through the pages, and she quietly reads and then falls asleep. I love it. I think it is the cutest that she has created her own little relaxation time. It fills my heart with joy to be able to be home with her all day. I'm so thankful to my Husband who works his ass off to provide for our family. 

Carter is O-fficially rolling over. She had been getting up on her side for a few weeks now, but today she has made the complete roll over three times and counting. We're talking back to front here. Reagan didn't do thins until ...like...8 months. crazy. Mama isn't ready for this. 

Speaking of Reagan. She had been going through a hard time. A reaalll hard time. Refusing to eat, throwing Tony award winning tantrums, and overall wickedness. HOWEVER she seems to have come out of whatever it was. Teething, growing pains...what have you, she is back to her normal crazy self. THANKFULLY! 

And since it's against blogging law to not post a picture, here we are.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dear Reagan

It would be in your best interest to have this picture printed, so that when you're in trouble you can pull it out and melt my heart.

Not that you'll ever be in trouble.

Xoxo
Momma

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Two Under Two'sdays

I spent all last week sick as a dog. It was awful, I haven't been that sick since....College?? Well this week brings along new Summer weather and a better feeling Mama. I still have a horrible cough and lots of lung butter in and around my sinus cavities but things are looking up.

Now for our weekly post::

Mother's day photo shoot..sorta

Another photo shoot with too high of expectations...children are easiest to photograph between the ages of 6-12 months. I'm certain of that. But here 'goes.






I know what you're thinking. Ashley don't you own a weed wacker?? The answer to that my friends is no. No we don't. The fence line is in desperate need for a little TLC.



& then there were none...


Here's to my first Mother's Day as a Mother of Two. 

Cheers.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Paper plates and tv dinners

Otherwise known as survival mode. 
Not the kind of survival you learn about from Bear Grylls, the kind you learn from a mother of two young children when her husband goes on a three week long business trip out of the state.

Yeah so Cody leaves in T minus three days for Kansas City for engineer training, it's going to either be the longest three weeks of my life or the...yeah basically just the longest three weeks. Of. My. LIFE. 

Maybe I'm working it up to be harder than it really will be. I know there are thousands of Mothers who do this type of stuff on a regular basis, and it's only temporary, but it's still going to be hard.

Cross your fingers we all survive.


In all seriousness, I'm so thankful for the sacrifices Cody makes for our family.
XOXO 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Anniversary

Happy anniversary to us.
Happy anniversary to us.
Happy anniversary to Cody and Ashley.
Happy anniversary to us.

Oh, this post is a month late...??
Life happens.



Two Years              //               Three Years




This man has absolutely-insanely-undoubtedly completed me. He is the wind beneath my wings, the apple to my pie and the cranberry to my vodka. I am so thankful for the day that we re-connected. The day that we fell in love and the day that we said "I do".
He is my one and only.
I hope that my girls can experience the same one of a kind love that I have found in life. Love isn't always easy. It's a struggle. You disagree & you fight, but in the end you make up. You forgive. You forget.You want someone who makes you a better person. A happier person. 
This is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two Under Two'sday

Our Week In Review::

This little nugget:



I sat her up against the pillow (fully awake) and went to run her and sissy a bath, when I came back to get her, she had not only fallen over, but completely fallen asleep. Needless to say, she missed bath day. 
*Never wake a sleeping baby*
GAH, could you just eat her up!?!

Mayday:


 Aunt Jenni has always remembered me on Mayday....It's funny because every year I seem to forget, but as soon as I open the door to the delivery man with a bouquet, it hits me, "it's Mayday"! 
I am SO SO SO SO SO lucky to have married into such a thoughtful and generous family. I can't even say it enough. 
It's easy to get sucked into the day-to-day survival mode that is 'stay at home mothering', you go through the motions with nary a "thank you" - a pat on the back - a "good job", but when you get a little recognition it means a lot. A super lot. I doubt Aunt Jenni knows how much these flowers mean to me (a lowly 'ole housewife). They mean so much to me and I will never take them for granted. 

Blurry picture:


Miss Carter J had officially started batting at things. She has toyed with the idea in the past weeks but now she is full blast batting. CJ loves to lay on her playmat and bat at her toys. She usually spends a good amount of time in the morning and afternoon on the playmat. I don't remember Reagan ever loving the playmat this much, but that's probably because I was too busy holding her 24/7 (#secondchildproblems). 

Adult time:


Friday night after the girls went to bed, Cody and I snuck out to the patio for cocktail hour. It was a BEAUTIFUL evening, a slight breeze blowing, frogs croaking, the distant sound of a neighbors sprinkler. It was a very needed couple of hours. I love catching up with my husband. He's the best. 

Sous Chef:


Reagan helped me make pancakes, I pre-measured all the ingredients (ie pancake mix and water) and she poured them all in the bowl and mixed them up. She was so careful not to spill, such a great little helper!


Sister Snuggles:


Nowadays, whenever I prop CJ up in the corner of the recliner Reagan climbs right up with her. They chat and play with toys, CJ just smiles and giggles at her. I could not be happier with how great of a big sister Reagan is. We have never had an incident of jealous or bad feelings towards CJ, these girls were truly meant to be sisters. I love seeing their bond and relationship grow as Carter gets older.
Also, Reagan is STRAIGHT CHILLINNNNNNN 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Three Months



My sweetest Carter J,

Another beautiful month. I keep saying how different this experience has been from Reagan, I'm sure my attitude has a lot to do with it, but it all seems so much calmer- so much more natural. Carter has fit right in, like a little piece in the puzzle of life.


You are definitely a great sleeper, I know your 'sleepy-time' cues, and can get you to fall asleep relatively quickly (with a good swaddle and a paci). You sleep through the night most of the time, but occasionaly wake up to eat around 3-4a sometimes 5a. We're awake for 15 minutes for a feeding and a quick diaper change and right back to bed. There has been a few times when you decide you aren't ready to go back to sleep yet, I play the pictures on my phone as a slideshow for you and you drift off to sleep. You take three to four naps during the day.


You are at the peak season of your 3-6 month clothes, growing faster than I could have imagined! I'm looking forward to dressing you in some of Reagan's Summer clothes from last year. I have lots of favorites that I've kept a close eye on over the year. You wear size 3 diapers, since that's what big Sissy wears it's just easiest to put you in the same size. It also has helped with "blowouts" having a little extra room for your daily packages.

You are still such a chill baby, you love to lay on your playmat or hang out in your swing. You enjoy baths and LOVE diaper changes. The only time you really let us have it is when your hungry and we can't get a bottle in your mouth fast enough! You love to watch your Sister play and think she is the silliest person in the world. You are the best little smiler and have even giggled a few times, it melts my heart and soul.



You are a scoocher, you wiggle and scooch around on your back whether you are in your bassinet or on the floor. You have been sitting in the 'bumbo' chair the last couple weeks, your so strong and hold your head up a lot. During tummy time you push yourself up on your arms, time flies, all too soon you will be rolling over and then crawling. I just can't believe it.

We've been venturing out in public more this month. I've finally gotten the baby wrap down and can finagle you into it confidently enough to go places. Soon we will be cruising all about town without a care in the world!


Another month or so and I will start introducing solids! Hooray! I love the excitement of having you try new flavors and see what you like and dislike. I have a feeling you will be a great eater like your sister! I'll also be looking into getting you an amber necklace soon! You are such a little drool bug, and I am a huge amber necklace fan - hopefully it helps.

Carter's Stats::
Height: between 24-25 inches
Weight: 14lbs-ish


 Two // One // Zero

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Twenty Two Months

Twenty Two Months


Stats: Probably the same.

Clothes: 18 month and 2T

Favorite food: Top-a-ramen....mother of the year. We've seemed to be on the go more this month so meals have been fast and easy. I throw a fruit squeeze in to make me sleep a little better at night.


Words: Reagan's vocab has SKYROCKETED this month, I can hardly keep up. My favorite is, she is learning her colors and recognizes them in certain objects. We are also working on counting a lot. Anytime I ask her "how many?" she responds with "one, three, nine, nine, nine" it's the best.

Favorite activities: Reagan has been loving the childcare center at the gym, she rockets off as soon as we drop her off and plays "catch me if you can" when we come to pick her up. She loves to help me clean up, uses the swiffer and throws away random crumbs laying about. Reagan loves to color and draw.


Least favorite activities: We've really had a great month, thanks to my little friend the amber necklace Reagan has been in a great mood! I swear by it, and am even contemplating getting one for myself...

Signature moves: Declares "nigh-night" and runs off to bed. Giving nucks and blowing it up


Mom's proudest moment(s): Reagan has become such a good helper with Carter, she gives her the paci - talks to her - shows her toys and gives her hugs to try and help calm her down when she is crying. It's the sweetest thing.

Dad's proudest moment: Dad isn't aware, buttttt one afternoon Reagan was sitting on the counter while I prepped lunch and she pointed to an empty beer can waiting to go to recycling and stated "Daddy!". I chuckled and said "yes, that's daddy's". Comical.


Other milestones: POOPING IN THE POTTY! Although we are far from potty trained it was a pretty exciting moment!