Mikayla – 8 Month Stats

Can’t believe my little peanut is 8 months old! Looking back, I never thought we would reach this age. lol. I forgot to post her 7 month stats (oops) and a lot has happened since 6 months!

Weight: 20 lbs.  Height: 28″ (estimate)

Size:  3 in diapers but growing out of them fast!  Size 9 month in clothes, some 9-12 month.

Eats: Stage 2 food three times a day plus yogurt, potatoes, oatmeal, cheese and avocado.  4 bottles at 6-7 oz each. 

Sleep:  UGH, lately her schedule has been inconsistent.  Bed around 7-7:30 and up between 5:30-6 on a good night. She will have maybe 2-3 nights a week like this and 1 or 2 nights where she will wake up at 4 and will NOT go back to sleep. Teeth? Cold? who the heck knows! We might have to tough it out and try the ferber method. After reading about sleep for babies, there is no reason for her to eat at 4am and she is simply waking up out of habit and not falling back asleep on her own, which she needs to learn how to do. I will post an update on this later. We were doing so well!

Favorite and least favorite food: Likes just about everything! I am going to try peas tonight since she hasn’t had them in a while and hated them last time.

Milestones: Lots of milestones! Starting to clap! Crawling around everywhere and standing up on EVERYTHING! She is taking a few steps around the ottoman too.

Looking Ahead: I am hopeful for better sleep and looking forward to her taking more steps!

~CB

Kitchen Backsplash – Phase 1: decisions!

Our next house project is on the horizon! We are working on tile backsplash in the kitchen. Only problem…picking one!! We found two that we like from Lowes and brought them home to put on display for a few days in hopes to make a decision. Well, I don’t think I like either. Let me rephrase, I “like” both but I don’t LOVE them. I want to LOVE my backsplash. I am thinking that I don’t like the pattern? Maybe go with smaller squares? I like the idea of glass mosaic tile. I think we are going to try Home Depot and check out their selection. Below is a picture I took with my iphone (LOVE my new iphone ;-)). Which do you prefer?? (hubby likes the left) Any suggestions on color, shape, size, etc?

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~CB

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I meant to get to this post last week but forgot! My friend, Meghan over at Ratnam Residence has nominated Bachs By The Beach for another blogger award! Thanks Meghan!

The Rules:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.

2.  Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3.  State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

First up, Seven Things:

  1. I am a picky eater! This is very unfortunate since Charleston has some amazing seafood. I don’t like seafood (maybe salmon and calamari) and most vegetables. I try new things from time to time but just don’t like them! (sorry babe)
  2. I hate Southern drivers. I thought NY was bad….its WAY worse here. No one can merge, pass, drive the speed limit, etc.
  3. I originally went to college to be a teacher. I thought this was my career path and decided after one teaching class that it wasn’t for me. Although, now I am re thinking that and wished I stuck with it!
  4. I am part Armenian. My maiden name is Apkarian and no one could ever pronounce it.
  5. I get bored with my hair and want to change it but never do. I go back and forth wanting to cut it short and growing it long and just can’t make up my mind!
  6. I am afraid of flying! I always get clammy and can’t seem to calm down. I get nauseous on the decent ALL THE TIME.
  7. I love Christmas! Who doesn’t!? If I had the money, my house would full with decorations! I always feel like I could use more 🙂

Below are links to some great blogs I follow and have nominated for the award!

~CB

“Please Go To Sleep” – quick update

Last week I talked about Mikayla retracting from her good sleeping patterns. Luckily she got back into her routine after 4 nights and was sleeping until 6am! WOOT WOOT! Unfortunately, this did not last. Turns out, her ear infection in one ear did not heal completely resulting in another antibiotic. Today is day 3 of the meds but the last 3 nights she has woken anywhere between 3 and 4am. I I give her ibuprofen before bed but it only lasts 8 hours.

I am not sure if she is waking up because of pain or if she is now waking up out of habit. We try not to feed her and rock her back to sleep but this fails every time and we end up giving her a bottle which throws off her schedule for the day.

Mom’s: What would you do in this scenario? Let your baby cry it out and not feed them, or get up and feed them hoping it will pass once they feel better?

HELP! I need some advice!

~CB

Walking, Weight Loss and Will Power

Three topics to share today. First up….Walking.

I have had a goal of walking during work and 3-4 days a week at home. It is difficult to stick to the walking at home schedule since the hubby’s work schedule varies every week. His trips average 1-3 nights during the week. My goal is to 1. continue walking during work, even those days that get over 100 degrees (days this hot I only walk around once) 2. Try to walk more during the week at home. This presents a challenge since the hottest time of the day seems to be right when I get home at 5:00. I can suck up the heat but I don’t want peanut to have to suffer through it. It seems the best time to walk is around 7-7:30 which is her bedtime so that doesn’t work out. Maybe early morning on the weekends will have to do until the temps cool off a bit.

My Walking Buddy! (pic taken at 6:30 this morning) **side note: it poured yesterday and the backyard where I usually throw the ball for Sadie is a swamp. Needless to say, I had to get out and walk her this morning so she could do her business and get some energy out.

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2nd topic….Weight Loss

I haven’t blogged much about my weight loss goals, mainly because I was scared to commit to anything. The hubby has a current weight loss goal of 10 lbs and it makes it much easier for me to lose weight when we do it together. For the longest time I was stuck at 9 lbs! The nagging nine to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight. I am happy to report I am halfway there! I have 5 lbs to go! Now the main thing is keeping it off once I lose it! I dropped 4 lbs pretty quickly recently and I contribute it to a number of things…cutting back on carbs, eating more healthy, and pushing myself harder at the gym. My goal is to continue eating well, increase my walking, workout twice per week at the gym, and do a crossfit workout once a week with my friend.

3rd topic….Will Power

I struggle with this! I have always had a sweet tooth and have to resist eating chocolate after dinner. Unfortunately, my will power fell by the way side when I was pregnant which resulted in gaining 45 lbs! My hubby has some excellent will power and can say no to just about anything. I need to really really try hard to work on this. To help me, I have hung my designer jeans in the closet for me to see everyday. I can get these on and zipped but they are VERY tight in my legs. This will serve as inspiration to say no to the chocolate. However, I am a realistic person and can’t (and quite frankly don’t want to) cut this out completely. Every once in a while a treat isn’t a bad thing 🙂

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Is there a food you just can’t resist? What is your motivation to achieving your goals (weight loss or other)?

~CB

Date Night In – Shrimp & Grits Style

The hubby and I had a date night in Friday night after Mikayla went to bed. We tried making a new recipe for dinner. Shrimp and Grits! (chicken for me since I don’t like shrimp). We used Paula Deen’s recipe and it turned out awesome!

  • 1 cup   stone-ground grits
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 2 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound  shrimp, peeled and deveined, left whole if small and roughly chopped if  medium or large
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 4 teaspoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup  thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
  • 1 large  garlic clove, minced

Directions

1. To make the shrimp and grits recipe, bring 4  cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the grits and salt and pepper to  taste. Stir well with a whisk. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting  and cook the grits until all the water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Keep covered until ready  to serve.

2. Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in  a large skillet until browned and crisp, then drain on a paper towel. Add the  shrimp to the bacon grease in the skillet and saute over medium heat just until  they turn pink, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Immediately add the lemon  juice, parsley, green onions, and garlic. Remove the skillet from the heat.

3. Pour the grits into a serving bowl. Pour the  shrimp mixture over the grits. Garnish with the bacon bits.

I highly recommend it! It is time-consuming but we enjoyed some music and wine while cooking together and it was nice not to have to rush to eat! We already have a few ideas for our next dinner date night in. Stay tuned!

~CB

Camera Purchased!

I am super excited to announce I have made the investment and bought a Nikon D5100!I think I might start taking landscape and nature photos and see if I am any good at it! This will fulfill idea number 3 on my hobby list I wrote about here. It will be great to take pictures of Mikayla and capture those moments that come and go so fast that my current camera NEVER catches. I will start posting some of the photos I take and you can let me know what you think!

Have you ever bought any photos, whether just the image or framed images, on etsy.com? This is my favorite website and you can find just about ANYTHING on here! Maybe if I am good with my camera I can open an account and try selling them! Or maybe I am getting ahead of myself 🙂

~CB

Please Go To Sleep

We had an interesting sleeping non sleeping encounter with Mikayla Saturday night. Usually she is a good sleeper. Down between 7 and 7:30 and some nights she falls asleep with her bottle and goes right down, other nights she rolls around in the crib for ten minutes until she falls asleep.  It really varies. She will wake between 5 and 6, take a bottle and go back to sleep for another hour. Saturday into Sunday was a completely different situation and has left me and the hubby stumped as to why.

We heard her crying at 9:30…yes, 9:30 only 2 hours after she went to bed. After a few minutes I went in and she was crying but her eyes were closed. Then she stopped and was fine. This went on for the rest of the night. Every hour she would cry, yell, grunt, etc. for a few minutes but still be asleep. This of course, woke us up every hour. We ended up sleeping in separate rooms for a few hours just to get some sleep. The guest room is next to her room so the hubby went in there first and then I followed. Every time I would start to drift off she would start with the noises! I am a very light sleeper and wake to just about anything. She has a fan in her room to drown out cars and such (we live on the corner and we have a train) and that helps me to sleep as well. Finally she was up for good around 6. I fed her and she went right back to sleep…pretty quickly and slept for 2 more hours!

She is taking antibiotics for an ear infection and is feeling much better. Maybe her ears still hurt and she kept waking up from that? Maybe her top teeth were bothering her? Was she having bad dreams all night? I just don’t know. Luckily last night was much better. We didn’t hear a peep from 7:30 to 6.

Should we nix the monitor so her noises don’t wake us? She is down the hall so I would imagine when she is really awake and hungry we would hear her. I do have this awful fear of someone breaking in her room (her window is on the first floor) and taking her and if the monitor isn’t in there, we wouldn’t hear it. I know…I am paranoid! 

Has anyone else experienced this or have a guess as to why this happened?

~CB

Have a Hobby?

A little bit about me:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in business management and I am a financial analyst for a government contracting company. Not exactly what I thought it would be but it will do for now. I have been doing some thinking and wanted to share with y’all and get your thoughts and feedback. Ever feel like you need a “thing” or a “something” to go to when you need a little me time? Like a hobby or passion for something? I must admit that I do not have a hobby nor anything that I am good at. Ever feel like you have zero talent? Some people are naturally gifted creatively and can take amazing photographs or build things from scratch. My hubby is very talented with woodwork and has his own space in the garage. He builds stuff all the time and it looks great. I wish I had a creative bone to create something of my own. I always see ideas for crafts or housing projects that someone created and wish I could come up with something similar!

I guess a start would be to write out a list of things I would enjoy doing and try to make something out of that list.  Some friends of mine have something they do on the side that they love, such as flipping houses, selling jewelry, making crafts, sewing, etc. I need to get thinking and try to come up with something! Some people might say blogging is a hobby but I am not as avid of a blogger as a lot of people out there.

Here is my list of things I like and things I could be interested in (very random):

  • Jewelry/shoes – what girl doesn’t like this!?
  • Makeup – tried selling Mary Kay once and it was NOT for me.
  • Photography with nature scenes – really need a new camera.
  • House decorating – if I had an unlimited amount of money, my house would look like something out of a magazine. For now, I do a little at a time.
  • Animals – I volunteered at an animal shelter after college and loved it.
  • Gardening – I love flowers! Problem is….I don’t exactly have a “green thumb” hence why I hired a landscaper to do the work.
  • Baking – I have one of these bad boys and its awesome! I have only used it a few times. I am afraid to experiment with new recipes because I have no will power and will eat everything I bake!
  • The Beach – not sure what could come of this one…lol.

The biggest obstacle is trying find the time! I work full-time and then come home to a 7 month old. So this would be something I could do after she goes to bed and/or on the weekends. It’s hard to do much during the week since the hubby travels and his schedule varies each week.

There you have it! Any suggestions or ides for me? Do you have a hobby or something you enjoy doing and are good at? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

~CB

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Happy July! I can’t believe its July already…especially since my tan is seriously lacking for July….Anyways….I found a yummy baking recipe I wanted to share with y’all! My two favorite things are chocolate and peanut butter so this recipe is perfect for me!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 bag) milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • powdered sugar or red sugar for coating/sprinkling

Instructions

In a medium sauce pan over low heat, melt together the chocolate chips, cream, and butter until the chocolate is just about fully melted, stirring constantly. Stir in the peanut butter and continue stirring over low heat until fully melted.

Pour into an 8×8 baking dish and refrigerate for 2 hours (I used a 9×9 pan since I didn’t have an 8×8)

Remove from the refrigerator and use a cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the chocolate mix. After you’ve scooped out all of the chocolate, roll each ball between your hands to shape it. Sprinkle with the red sugar or roll in powdered sugar. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 15 truffles, depending on the size of cookie scoop you use. I used a medium scoop.

These would be great to serve at a party or bring as a dessert. Enjoy!

~CB