Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Friday List on Thursday

Well it's almost time for a Friday list. Except it's Thursday. I do what I want. "Don't you ever tell me how to live my life!"

  • I strained my neck carrying Allie around in her car seat. I haven't been able to look over my shoulder for the past week. So don't sneak up behind me, mmkay? I feel like Joan Cusack in 16 Candles. That's the movie where she's wearing the neck brace, right? I believe her role is titled Geek Girl #1 on IMDB.
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  • We leave for a retreat with our High Schoolers tomorrow. Last one before we move to couples group. I'm sad to leave these girls but also glad that we might get sleep again. Ahh to be in high school and have 11 p.m. feel like the night is just beginning.... And to be able to eat whatever you want without worrying about things like acid reflux and low metabolism. And to have no worries except what frosted eye shadow/lip gloss combination you're going to wear that day. Well I could keep going but I don't want to depress anyone else who has already had their 10 year high school reunion.
  • Allie has been sleeping 9+ hours at night all week. I'd like to take credit for that but all I can say is God is having mercy on me. THANK YOU JESUS!!!
  • I've sat down several times to start on Allie's quilt and I can't commit to a pattern. I'm leaning more towards simple and stripes but I'm too scared to actually cut the material because then there's no going back... Hi. My name is Stephanie and I'm indecisive.
  • My family is (or is it 'are?') making plans to visit this month. I'm SOOOO EXCITED to see everyone and I'm sure they're super excited to see Allie. Brian and I are kind of like after thoughts now but that's ok. We made her so it's like a really high compliment. 
  • Today it was 75 degrees. It felt stifling. I cannot WAIT for summer! Especially because I'm so ready to get Allie in a swimsuit I bought at Target for $0.66. Yep, that's right. Less than a dollar. It was a steal. I mean I literally felt like I was stealing from Target.
  • Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Allie - 6 months old

As promised, I'm back.

This baby girl is 6 months old. 


How did this happen? Where did our little infant go?


She's sitting up on her own but she can't roll over or crawl yet. I'm not sure I want her to...


She is so much fun. She loves grabbing everything out of her reach so I'm sure "no" is going to be her first word because she hears it from me so much.





She's already driving. Brian is concerned about that obviously because she doesn't have her hands at 10 and 2 and she's not even looking at the road.


Oh yeah. And then this happened one day.



I blame it on my older sister.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Motherly Advice

In the past few weeks, I've sat down several times to write a blog post and nothing happened. My brain is on vacation. Wish my body was too. So I'll just tell you about life lately. Incidentally, it involves a baby and a life lesson in mothering. Exciting stuff, right?

Allie has been sleeping worse than a newborn for the past month. First, because she was teething badly. Then she got a cold. Then she was teething again. Then... oh then. Then she became a selfish, sinful baby.

It was shocking because we thought for sure that wouldn't come out until she was like 5, if ever. I mean, how could this precious, beautiful baby ever do anything wrong? I had read all these books about disciplining children but I thought, "Well, this child is different. She's just not sinful."

Well.

It happened.

Sunday is a bad day for her schedule anyway and she had dozed off on the way home. I knew she was tired. I fed her and put her down. And then she cried. But this wasn't her normal "I need something" cry. This was an angry cry. Even Brian was like, "What's with the attitude, kid?"

Now normally, I would be the first to say I could never do the "cry it out" method. It is way too painful to hear her screaming and not want to cuddle her. But I knew nothing was wrong after I checked on her, she had just been fed and changed, and I could tell she was not crying like something was hurting her. So Brian and I sat in our bedroom, prayed, and 10 minutes later she was asleep.

And then she slept.

For 8 hours.

I woke up at 3 in the morning wondering what had happened to her. And then I couldn't fall asleep for an hour and a half since I had gotten used to waking up every few hours all over again.

That was 2 nights ago. I thought it was a fluke because it had happened every so often in the past month so I didn't get my hopes up. But then last night, she went down without a peep and 9 hours later, is still sleeping.

Of course I again woke up at 4 this time, and couldn't fall back asleep. I thought I heard her crying but then I realized it was just the whine of the humidifier.

Anyway, it got me thinking. After all the books, articles, and blog posts I read. After all the advice I heard from countless mothers (sometimes even when I didn't ask for it). After all the praying and crying and not knowing what to do, you know what happened?

It came naturally.

I knew when to let her cry herself to sleep and when to soothe her. I knew when she needed to be held and when she needed to sleep. I knew what position made her happy, what she liked to eat, how often, all these things just came naturally. I went with my gut instinct and lo and behold, it worked.

All that to say, the best advice I could ever give anyone is to follow your instincts. Each child is different and I don't think there's a wrong method. I think another mom at church said it best when she said "Do whatever you want the baby to get used to." She has 3 kids under the age of 3 (the youngest just 2 weeks old) so I think she definitely knows what she's talking about.

Well there's my little mothering tidbit for the week. But I think it got the creative juices flowing so I'll probably be back laterly with another post on exercise, cooking, and crafting.

BAHAHAHA.....

Just kidding. It'll be about sitting on the couch, eating cookie dough, and staying in your pajamas all day. 

P.S. I know that says "laterly" but I actually typed it out that way and then laughed and thought it was too funny to correct.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baby Shower

So we had a family baby shower for my sister. I didn't get too crazy with the decorations because a) I'm just not that into it and b) I was puking my guts out the week before. Sorry for the visual. 

Anyway, here's a few pics of Baby Roske's shower...

I made this banner. The Nemo and Dory were actually handcut out of construction paper which was crazy and I will never do again. I found the pattern for Nemo here


 

The blue straws and orange favor bags were purchased from here. The Nemo and Peach stuffed animals were purchased at the Disney store. Actually my sister bought the Peach for Allie so we got the Nemo for their baby. Finding Nemo napkins were bought at Party City

My mom's friend was in charge of the desserts. I think she ordered the cake and cupcakes from a local bakery. 


The centerpieces for the table were very simple. Goldfish crackers in a fishbowl with blue decorative stones and orange Starbursts. 


My grandma and the soon-to-be Grandma Roske



Sisters // Cousins

The parents-to-be

I mean really... too cute, right???

Dad, Uncle Steve, and Uncle Mike. Incidentally, they built that bookshelf they're standing in front of.

Baby Vans!

My sisters... I love them. :)


Monday, February 4, 2013

Thoughts for a Monday

My team lost the Super Bowl. Let me just ease your mind... I'm not like a crazy football fanatic. This is how I pick teams: "Hmm... Ravens and 49ers. Aren't the 49ers from like San Fran? That's really close to us. Okay, they should win. Plus that's cool that they have a rookie quarterback. Oh wait... the Ravens have a guy that's retiring? Okay, I guess that's okay that they won."

The other way I decide which team I like is if they have really funny commercials. That's why I really like the Green Bay Packers and Allstate. The "discount double check" and that Mayhem guy are like my absolute favorite.

Allie has decided that sleeping is no longer a necessity. This girl was sleeping like a champ up until a few weeks ago. 8 hours, then 1 feeding, then 2 more hours. I was like "This mom thing is a piece of cake!"

And then she started teething.

And the world ended.

I'm browsing Pinterest for a new chicken recipe. I have our basic go-to recipes that we do every week but I'm itching to try something new. I'm thinking either this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa (once I figure out what quinoa is) or these Baked Chicken Flautas. Seriously, I see recipes with quinoa all over the place... was it like just discovered or something? I'll have to try it and see what all the fuss is about. Also is it pronounced keen-wah or kwin-oh-wah?

I still have yet to do Allie's mobile. The funny thing is, the decor for her nursery keeps changing. The moodboard that I had done ages ago isn't even close to what it's turning out to be. But I love it. And she totally does too.

At least I'm sure she would if she could. But right now she loves anything that fits into her mouth so I guess her judgment can't really be trusted.

Speaking of the beastie, I'm already planning her 1st birthday. Guess what? She wants to go to Disneyland.

At least that's what I told Brian.

And then I got "the look." You know, that look your husband gives you that's usually followed by a "How much is it gonna cost me?" or a "Is this really for Allie or is it for you?"

You guys don't get that look?

Huh. I get it All. The. Time. Good thing that husband of mine loves me.

And yeah it's totally for me. Allie's birthday is just the excuse.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Nicknames

Nicknames are fun.

Brian is...
  • "Poopy" to me. Don't ask.
  • "Dad" or "Daddy" to Allie
  • "Brian" to his family
  • "Reiner" to his baseball buddies
  • "The American" to his co-workers (just kidding... but kind of)
Allie is...
  • "Alexa" to the government
  • "Allie" to everyone else
  • "Baby," "Babes," "Punky" (short for "punkin"), "Little one" to me
  • "Squeaker," "The Kracken" (sp?), "Beastie," "Allie-pie," "Allie-pants," "Allie-pop," "Babycakes," and a plethora of other names to Brian...
I am...
  • "Poopy" to Brian
  • "Mum(s)" or "Mummy" to Allie. (We're trying to convince her she's British.)
  • "Steph" to most of my friends and family
  • "Step-on-me" to my uncles
  • "Peewee" to another uncle 
The things that weird me out...
  • Hearing people call my older sister "Sam." We've only ever called her Samantha, just like we've only ever called my little sis Victoria. So when people are like "Hey, I know Sam!" I'm like, "Sam who?" Oh and just you try calling Victoria "Vicky" or "Tori." She'll scratch your eyes right out. 
  • Hearing other people call their significant others "babe." We're just not "babe" people. That's what I call Allie because she is an actual baby so when I hear someone call a grown up that, it seems like a derogatory thing... no? Am I alone on this? Probs.
  • When I hear someone else use my nickname for a person. Like if someone were to call Brian "Poopy," I'd be like "Excuse me, no." Although sometimes my little sis will say "Poooppaaaayyy" to make fun of the way I say it. That doesn't count though...
  • When I first heard someone call my mom "Maria." I was like, "Wait, her name is Mom. Wait... your name isn't Mom?!?!?!" "Phil? His first name is Agent." Name that movie! Maybe one day I'll tell Allie my name is like Princess Consuela.
Happy Friday!