Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop

Get yourself linked up and find some other cute blogs to read!


This is a great opportunity to discover some great blogs & to promote your blog as well!
Hosted by: Life According to Damaris ;; Co-Hosted by: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall
For those that are new to Blog Hopping – you simply just add your link to the list. Readers will be given a chance to add their link too & “hop” from one blog to the next on the list. You do the same – adding whoever you like on the way. If someone adds you, please make an effort to add them back.

Rules:
1. Add your Blog title and URL.
2. Follow your hostesses – that would be: Life According to Damaris & Co-Hosts: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall.
3. Follow any blogs you wish.
4. Leave a comment so I can follow you back. I’m not one of those bloggers who just say that, I will follow you back. I’ve learned if you go to the actual blog that you followed & leave a comment there, you’re more than likely to be noticed & get a follow back. Let them know you’re there via Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop! :)
5. Grab our Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop button if you’d like. This isn’t mandatory but it’d be great if you did – that way more people know about the Blog Hop.
If you’d like to be a featured blog, just send me an e-mail. And if you want to go ahead & spread the word of the Blog Hop, go ahead – I’ll leave the button info below!



Be sure to check out my Blog Hop Page to check out the Blog Hops I participate in.



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Please help Tim and Payton..

I have 109 followers (WHOA!) and am hoping some of you would be willing to help Tim out here. He entered a picture of Payton into a contest for a Buffalo Bills autographed football. The top 5 pics win and right now she is slipping out of fourth. If you could all take one second to go to this page, "like" it, and then vote for Payton we would REALLY appreciate it. It only takes a second and you can only vote once so you won't have to do it daily. And they don't post much so it won't blow up your news feed! Thanks to anyone that helps! Tim would be so excited if our little TN girl won a Buffalo Bills contest!!
Just copy and paste this to your browser and it should open to her picture to vote. If not, when you see all the pics she is the one (in case you can't recognize her) with two bills helmets in focus behind her and she has a football paci in her mouth. Please please help her out... you don't have to be a fan of the bills... just a fan of Payton :)
http://bit.ly/n3w0Sl
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Forgive us...

we will have a lack of posts for a while... I am heading back to work tomorrow and know I am going to have a rough time with it, leaving Payton, adjusting to working and balancing it and home life, and everything else that comes with this... we will return in a few (hopefully) days.

PS if you are a new follower- thanks for following our blog... I will check all yours out asap.

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 It's that time again!! I am cohosting the Give a Hoot Wednesday blog hop with Life According to Demaris and Tangled up in You (Life with Aubrey). Get yourself linked up and find some other cute blogs to read!

This is a great opportunity to discover some great blogs & to promote your blog as well!
Hosted by: Life According to Damaris ;; Co-Hosted by: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall
For those that are new to Blog Hopping – you simply just add your link to the list. Readers will be given a chance to add their link too & “hop” from one blog to the next on the list. You do the same – adding whoever you like on the way. If someone adds you, please make an effort to add them back.
Rules:
1. Add your Blog title and URL.
2. Follow your hostesses – that would be: Life According to Damaris & Co-Hosts: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall.
3. Follow any blogs you wish.
4. Leave a comment so I can follow you back. I’m not one of those bloggers who just say that, I will follow you back. I’ve learned if you go to the actual blog that you followed & leave a comment there, you’re more than likely to be noticed & get a follow back. Let them know you’re there via Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop! :)
5. Grab our Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop button if you’d like. This isn’t mandatory but it’d be great if you did – that way more people know about the Blog Hop.
If you’d like to be a featured blog, just send me an e-mail. And if you want to go ahead & spread the word of the Blog Hop, go ahead – I’ll leave the button info below!


Be sure to check out my Blog Hop Page to check out the Blog Hops I participate in.



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2 months

First, let me warn you... this is long and the pictures are not loaded up yet. I will post an announcement when I finally get her pictures in here. and I had it ready to post on her actual 2 month birthday but sine the pictures weren't ready, I waited. So I have edited a few things to reflect the changes (more for my own memory than yours, I didn't want to erase anything that she was doing a week ago as opposed to today).


It is so crazy to think that two months ago Payton was just entering this crazy world. It is hard to think back to what I did with my time before her. And it amazes me how much I can manage to get done with her here. I am really good at doing things one handed. There have been many, many times that I have crunched numbers to see if I could swing being a SAHM or working part time. Especially with my return to work date approaching. But it just is not possible. So instead, I have to remind myself that I am working for her... to take her to Disney, buy her cute clothes, buy her toys, and in the future be able to enroll her in sports, clubs, etc. Which is why I will have a ton of pictures of her hanging up in my classroom. There is no other way about it. 
Sleep- Well folks.... Payton did get something from her mommy... her love of sleep. Starting July 28 Payton began sleeping through the night. She started going to bed around 10 and waking up at 5 or 6... then this changed to about 8:30 or 9 and waking up at about 6 or 6:30 to eat. She eats and then goes back to sleep until around 10... and typically this snooze is in our bed. Hey.. we gotta get all the cuddle time we can get. 

Daily Routine- Well... our routine has flown out the window with her new sleeping through the night revelation. Honestly, I am ok with it. She wakes up, eats, then naps. After she wakes up she eats again and we play for a little bit until she decides to nap again. Lately, she has been sitting in her bouncy seat, "helping" me blog, clean, and do school work. Sometimes she decides to skip her nap. We do this throughout the day. Sometimes she gets a mid day bath (if she slept through her bath the night before). If we have errands to run we do them usually around 11 (after her "lunch"). We do tummy time or play on the floor at least once a day...depending on her mood. Sometimes she gets so mad about it we just have to give it up. At night, we try to read to her every night. Sometimes she is just so tired she wants to be put in her bed, Yep, Payton knows when she is ready for bed and that's the only thing that will make her happy when she is tired. So I guess I could say our routine is Payton dictated (kinda like everything else). But the one routine that hasn't changed is how she goes to bed. She gets cuddle time with daddy when he gets home from work, when she lets out the slightest fuss, we know it's bed time. She gets swaddled, good night kisses, a paci, and put in her bed with her sounds/projector.

Feeding- Well she's a growing girl... she eats 5oz about every 4 hours. Sometimes she wants it earlier, sometimes she wants it later. Basically she eats 20oz a day. (This just changed today to 6 ounces every 4 hours- which is 24 ounces a day because she is only eating 4x.) When it is time to eat, Payton will let the whole world know. There is no progressive sadness with this girl (kinda like I didn't have progressive contractions). She uses those lungs to their full extent. But as soon as I put her bib on her (she is a slob, a burp cloth isn't enough) she gets a big smile and starts getting excited. It is adorable! She still cries when it is time to burp (except at her 6am feeding) like I am taking her food away. I have started trying to give her the paci when it is time to burp and that is working so far, until she catches on to that trick too I'm sure. She has formed such a habit of it that she cries at the end of the bottle too until she realizes that she is full. She eats at around 6:30, 10:30, 2:30 or 3:00, and 7:00 and then is done for the day. (Sometimes it is 6am, 10am, 2pn, 6pm... this is more likely the past couple days.)
Weight-
birth- 6lbs 8oz
2 weeks- 7lbs 8oz
1 month- 8lbs 15oz
2 months- our at home estimate is 11lbs 3oz we will know Friday  well we were way off.. 10lbs 5oz

Height-
birth- 20 inches
2 weeks- 20 1/4 inches
1 month-  21inches
2 months- I will update Friday 23inches!!!
Diaper size-  For a while, Pampers size 1 were too big but the Huggies 1s fit. We just opened up the Pampers size 1's and they fit. So I think it is safe to say she officially wears a size 1 dipe.

Clothing size- Most of her newborn stuff still fits (a couple things are too small) and some 0-3 month stuff fits... not much but some. She swims in a lot of it. It is actually time to start packing a few things away... and I do mean just a few... there isn't much that is too small but there is no need to keep it out. I really should post pictures of her closets... yep two of them. But..to defend my excessive purchasing... she has clothes ranging in size from 0-3 months all the way to 12 months with a few 18 month things thrown in there. And a lot of it was purchased on clearance. I would say most of her clothes are up to 9mos and then the amount dwindles down. But I am not worried about her ever not having an outfit. It is probably time to ban myself from Target... nah!

Hair color-
birth- brown and a lot of it
1 month- brown but it seems to be lightening and even getting mommy's natural red highlights (you can see them in the sun)- still a lot of it- but it seems she is losing some
2 months- it is looking a little more red in the sun and is thinning out- a lot. She has two bald spots in the back of her head now, instead of just the one she was born with. 
Eye color-
birth- brown/green with a blue outline
1 month- it appears she will have eyes like her daddy- some days they look green, other days brown, other days hazel, and even once or twice they have looked blueish gray.
2 months- they are more brown than green so I am guessing she will have big brown eyes
Favorite toy/entertainment- Well... she loves the blinds. They are probably her best friends (outside of Aubs- who she misses *cough cough Amy*). She also LOVES her mobile on her swing and even the one on her pack & play at my parents' house. She gives those animals a huge smile. (We just put her animals up on her pack & play here and she is starting to enjoy them...) She also LOVES her hands, well really anyone's hands. Real toys, she doesn't care for them yet. She will bat at hanging toys for a couple minutes but put her in front of the blinds and she can be happy forever. Literally, I had to do work so I put her in her bouncy seat in front of the blinds and she just smiled and "talked" away. She also loves to eat my hand. I now do all my typing one handed. 

Nicknames- Pretty Girl, Baby Girl, Stinks, Chunka Monka, Princess, Chunker Butts, Miss Tish, Stinker Butt, The Prettiest Girl, The Biggest Girl, Pretty Girl Payton, Stinker Pot... I am sure there are more things we call her I just can't think of them right now. She is going to hate us when she finds some of these out LOL

Funniest moments- well you all saw the "month one mortifier". I would have to say a couple weeks  or so ago when my mom was holding her was pretty funny. See before we switched Payton's formula, we all heard when she was pooping (and I don't mean because she was grunting, if you catch my drift). Ever since she has been on the new formula she has been more regular and lady like, if you will. Well the other day my mom was holding her and Payton was "standing" on my mom's legs. I told my mom I thought she was going to poop (she makes poop faces), which is typical for when my mom has her. I swear if Payton is ever constipated I am just going to call my mom to come over. Well sure enough all of a sudden we heard the loudest noise and my mom actually jumped. She scared my mom (and I was worried it was going to be running down Payton's legs and onto my mom... lucky for us all, that wasn't the case LOL). 

Favorite moment- My favorite moments are when Payton smiles at me. It is great knowing that she is smiling at me and not just smiling because she has gas. It is especially nice if I am in a bad mood or stressed out to just see her smile. Even after she has a meltdown, which I am glad to say is not very often anymore, she gives the biggest smile and I forget I just spent 30 minutes trying to get that smile. I am looking forward to her smiles relieving me from my bad work days. 

Milestones- smiling with purpose, semi rolling over from belly to back(she is starting to figure out that if she rolls over, she can end tummy time), starting to jabber, laughs without noise (yes I know it sounds weird but she is laughing not just smiling, she just can't get the noise out)

Firsts
real smile with a purpose

time sleeping through the night
time getting her pacifier back in her mouth on her own (and that doesn't happen often- it has to be situated just right for her to get it)
time rolling over 
time talking...well trying 
laugh (it was a silent laugh but it was definitely a laugh)
time spitting up down mommy's shirt... right when we were about to leave
trip to the Forest (Oak Forest, my school)
time attending a meeting at the Forest
time getting her nails cut instead of filed (it wasn't bad at all! we have done it a few times now and have no fatalities to report!)
time finding her feet- she tried to reach them but couldn't quite figure out how to get them


We have been working on tummy time. Payton would much rather scoot herself off the mat than to try to roll over or hold her head up. Last time she scooted, I put her back on her mat and she got mad, kinda like "I just did all that work and you put me back?!" We have also decided that because we shop for her every time we go into a store, that anything we buy her starting now we are saving for Christmas. I know she will only really care about the paper, if that, but she still needs presents. At least this way the spending won't all be at once. And speaking of Christmas (yes I know we still have a little more than 4 months), I really need to find toys that she will enjoy at 6mos+. Does anyone have any good ideas? I don't want to get her something that will not be fun for her just because it says it is age appropriate. So what toys do your babies like?

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Tomorrow..

I will have Payton's 2 month post ready. We took a few cute pictures the past couple days and I am going to load them up onto the computer tomorrow. The post has been typed and ready, I was just waiting on the pictures. We don't have as many "photoshoot" pictures, but that is ok. She took some cute ones for us today... she is a little high maintenance and has too many demands for us to work with.. she is one of those diva types haha

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Stretch marks...

No don't worry, I won't be showing you mine (yes I do have them). But I found this on pinterest (thanks for teaching me more ways to procrastinate Amy) and just loved the quote. I am not sure who the original author of the quote is, but it is just fantastic. Anyone that has stretch marks probably hates to look at them. I know I do, and I swear they are getting worse instead of better. But reading this, gives you a new perspective on them.


"A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb, waved hello, closed your eyes and slept in the most perfect darkness. One for every time you had the hiccups. One for every dream you dreamed within me. 


It isn't very pretty anymore. Some may even think it ugly. That's OK. It was your home. It's where I first grew to love you, where I lay my hand as I dreamed about who you were and who you would be. It held you until my arms could, and for that, I will always find something beautiful in it."

So next time you look at your ugly beautiful stretch marks, think of this.

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Seriously?! Thursday


I am linking up again for Seriously Thursday with From Mrs. to Mama...

1. Seriously?! I know they say imitation is the best form of flattery, but I am down right sick of it! Have a sense of creativity and uniqueness! Or at least ask before you "borrow" from me.

2. Seriously?! School has been in session 2 weeks now and I still don't have enough desks or books for my students. How in the world can I test these kids weekly when they don't even have a book?!

3. Seriously?! My leave ends next week and this has already made me miserable! Thanks for putting a damper on my last few days with Payton!

4. Seriously?! I am being told I am going to have a rough year and I have flat out defiant children in my room. Welcome back!

5. Seriously?! My copier at home is out of toner and somehow have no copies available to me at work. Because the measly 250 we get a month is something to be excited about, yet I have none and I'm not even there to use them up!

6. Seriously?! we are ready for fall and football in this house. Even if our team of choice always lets us down.

7. Seriously?! Payton has her 2 month appointment and shots tomorrow.. so much for happy Payton. 

What made you say "seriously?!" this week? You can see where my head is at today.

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Jibber Jabber

This isn't the best video because she talks even more than this if it is to a person, but this is what I have so far.

video


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We're Featured!

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This week we are being featured on Mommy's Time Out. I found Sarah's blog recently and love reading it! She is featuring a new blog each week. If you want more info, go here. It is a great way to find new blogs to read/readers for your blog. Maybe someday I will do the same and feature bloggers. Pay it forward right? Would anyone be interested in being featured?? Let me know here or send me a quick email.

Thank you Sarah for loving our blog, thinking Payton is cute, and featuring us this week!!

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Tummy time at its finest...

For your viewing pleasure (and because I am typing one handed since Payton is eating my other hand) our tummy time adventures!

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Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop

I am cohosting the Give a Hoot Wednesday blog hop with Life According to Demaris and Tangled up in You (Life with Aubrey). This is a first for me and I am very excited! Linking up is a great way to find other blogs that you love to read (and I owe all the credit for learning of linkups to Amy). I have found a ton of blogs recently from linkups and I really do read them! (A post on my procrastination should be coming...)


This is a great opportunity to discover some great blogs & to promote your blog as well!
Hosted by: Life According to Damaris ;; Co-Hosted by: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall
For those that are new to Blog Hopping – you simply just add your link to the list. Readers will be given a chance to add their link too & “hop” from one blog to the next on the list. You do the same – adding whoever you like on the way. If someone adds you, please make an effort to add them back.
Rules:
1. Add your Blog title and URL.
2. Follow your hostesses – that would be me: Life According to Damaris & Co-Hosts: Life with Aubrey & Handprints on the Wall.
3. Follow any blogs you wish.
4. Leave a comment so I can follow you back. I’m not one of those bloggers who just say that, I will follow you back. I’ve learned if you go to the actual blog that you followed & leave a comment there, you’re more than likely to be noticed & get a follow back. Let them know you’re there via Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop! :)
5. Grab our Give a Hoot Wednesday Blog Hop button if you’d like. This isn’t mandatory but it’d be great if you did – that way more people know about the Blog Hop.
If you’d like to be a featured blog, just send me an e-mail. And if you want to go ahead & spread the word of the Blog Hop, go ahead – I’ll leave the button info below!




Be sure to check out my Blog Hop Page to check out the Blog Hops I participate in.


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Payton's first Road Trip

Payton is two months old today. And I do have the post ready. It is just missing one important detail... her 2 month pictures. She decided to sleep through the time I planned to do them. We will try again tomorrow since now I am working on other things on the to do list and she is going to need to eat soon (which = fussy photoshoot and yuck pics). So instead of showing you her 2 month post just yet, I will fill you in on her first road trip.

Sunday we made the 4 hour drive to visit Tim's mom. She hadn't met Payton yet and she and her husband were having a hard time trying to get off work at the same time. So we made our way there since I am still on leave. Payton was fantastic on the way there! Since she eats every 4 hours we knew we could make almost the entire drive without stopping if we timed it right. Well as anyone with a baby knows, we didn't time it right. It took longer to pack up and drop of Roscoe to my parents than we expected. It wasn't a big deal though. We stopped about an hour away to feed her and were back on our way.

All ready to go!

When we got there, we went to a park that has a walking trail and water falls (I forget the name of it). We were going to use the stroller but the path was mostly all gravel/bumpy. We decided to skip it and just put her in the carrier. She loves the carrier because she can look around and see everything. And this was really the first time she was out (other than a walk around our block) longer than 5 minutes. Thank you Mother Nature for not making it a million degrees this weekend so Payton could enjoy you!





By the time we made it to the waterfall to take pictures, this is what we had on our hands. 
Once we got to the waterfall and took Payton out of her carrier she woke up. We took a few photos...

Looking at the waterfall
Stupid sun 





Elvis lip
With grandma

We then went to dinner, where the waitress spilled honey mustard in Payton's carseat. No, Payton wasn't in it at the time, but I am still mad about it! The next morning was a big first for Payton...

It was her first time swimming! We got her all dressed in her bathing suit and put sunscreen on


and headed to the pool. Payton loves her baths so I was hoping she would love swimming just as much. And she sure did!!





The only reason we got out is because she was tired and fighting her sleep. She wasn't crying but I could tell she was tired. And as soon as we got her wrapped in her towel...

This is what spending a day 20 minutes in the pool will do to ya!

After Payton's nap, we fed her and had to head back home. We took a few scenic pictures before coming back.




On the drive home, we had to stop twice because Payton just was sick of the car seat. But other than that, the trip was perfect. When we make our trip to Buffalo we need to do it overnight so she sleeps through most of it. It was a nice little getaway and test run to see how Payton would do in the car. She was pretty happy the whole time we were there and still slept all night. I was really worried being away from home would mess up her sleeping but it really didn't. She woke up an hour earlier than usual but got right back on schedule by this morning. (Except the whole sleeping through my planned photo time... )

Come back to see videos of Payton from last week and hopefully, her two month post!

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