Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hosting Thanksgiving

This was actually my second year hosting Thanksgiving! I love cooking and having people over and I don't know why we don't do it more often. Two years ago I hosted my first thanksgiving with Chris's and my family's. I love it that our parents are friends and we can do this holiday together. It definitely saves Chris and I a trip to each family. Anyways this year was slightly different because my Mom invited my aunt and great grandma. I was excited to have more people. It wasn't to hard to prepare because each person who comes brings a different dish. My job was just to make the turkey, buns, and pies. I did a better job cooking the turkey this year then the last year I did it, but forgot to tie the legs together and they ended up burning. But at least the rest of the turkey was nice and moist. Also, when my Grandma arrived she asked about how I make my stuffing. Oops, I had forgotten to have someone bring stuffing. Fortunately I had a box of stuffing in the cupboard that I whipped up in 5 minutes. Not as good as homemade but it worked fine. All in all, we had a wonderful day. Chris and I were even able to enjoy our meal since Scarlett decided to nap while we ate!
 The little turkey's I made for everyone. Super easy and fun! Gotta love pinterest!

 My nephew's Mason and Peyton coloring before dinner.

 Of course, Chris decided to take a nap after dinner! I guess we need more seating since he was forced to sleep between the table and the wall!

Playing with Daddy! Both happy after naps!

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's Potty Time

My original plan was to do some communication elimination but because of all the nursing issues it got pushed to the side. However, I started putting Scarlett on the toilet before her bath and making the grunting and sssing sounds you are supposed to make. The first night she started grunting like me and grunted so hard she peed. I was so excited! So now every time I take her to the bathroom with me or say the word potty she starts grunting, then gets excited when I take out the potty. About half of the time she pees and I have caught 2 poops so far! I am glad she likes it and hope this means she will potty train early!

 Sitting on the toilet!

This is how she runs around after sitting on the toilet :) She has had such bad diaper rash from teething that I thought some air might do her bum some good. Unfortunately I now have some human pee stains on my carpet to add to the ones Charlie our dog made while we were potty training him!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cousins make Best Friends

Playing with cousin Asher in the dog kennel. 

My Puppy sings to the Piano

Asher (my nephew) and Scarlett playing the piano and Charlie singing!

And she's Walking!

Here is a video of Scarlett first starting to walk. She is walking much better now. However she still follows me around all day and hangs on my legs.

Spending time with Hubby

Chris and I recently got to go on our first overnight vacation away from Scarlett. It was hard to leave her with Grandma but I knew that Chris and I needed time away. Not that we don't love being with our daughter, but I believe it is extremely important to keep a close relationship with your husband. I think it is hard sometimes as a mom to be able to give time to your husband when you are so busy taking care of the children. This time away was good for us to reconnect and keep the romance alive. So anyways for our getaway we went to Bemidji to see Skillet. For those of you who don't know Skillet is an AMAZING rock Christian group. Chris and I have went to almost every concert they have had within 2 hours of us since we started dating. So far we have been to 5 concerts. We left in the early afternoon and were able to go out to eat before the concert. The concert was awesome. We were in the fourth row and even got to touch John Copper's (the lead singer) hand!! The other bands opening for Skillet were We as Human, Manafest, and Disciple. The next day we got to spend time at Itasca State Park. It was beautiful and actually very warm for November!

I feel like a monster! I totally want a little skillet onesie with that saying on it for Scarlett! 

At Itasca!

All in all, we had a wonderful time, but I was very happy to get home to Scarlett. She did pretty well at Grandma's and was only up a couple of times so it went better than I thought it would.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Scarlett's Wellness Check-up

Yesterday we had Scarlett's wellness check-up. She weighed in at 17.9lbs. She is still a peanut in the 10th percentile, but I am not worried about her weight anymore. I have decided that I don't think I am really going to do wellness check-ups anymore and will just take her to the doctor when needed. I have also just thought about taking her to Dr. Molly my midwife who is also a naturopathic doctor, but of course insurance doesn't cover those type of visits. I always wonder why insurance doesn't cover natural medicine? Anyways Scarlett is doing perfectly fine and is meeting all of her milestones. We haven't done any vaccines and I am not sure if we are going to or not. I got the "stink-eye" from the nurse practitioner we see and the lecture about how I really should consider getting her vaccinated soon. I continually go back and forth. I was trained as a nurse so you are basically indoctrinated into the belief that every child should have every single vaccine because the diseases will come back if you don't. And I get this idea because children can die from some of these diseases and do, but I also fear some of the things they put into the vaccines. So long story short we haven't done vaccines yet and I am not worrying to much about it since Scarlett is home with me and has been given breastmilk. By the way I am so excited because I counted ounces in the freezer last night and if she continues eating the same amount we will make it to 1 year! God bless my milk donating momma's!