Friday Night

Baby is asleep and it’s Friday evening. What to do? No babysitter means a night in! I can’t complain since we did get out last night and saw our favorite comedian, Jim gaffigan! It was a good show but hard to enjoy a night out during the week. So tonight, what better way to kick off the weekend with some much needed wine and chocolate!? Can’t think of anything better!

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

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

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

Recap

Hello blog friends, long time no talk post. Thanks to everyone for commenting and encouraging to keep up the posts! I do appreciate all of the feedback! 🙂 This post is two in one. I will recap our trip to NY and do a six month stat on M.

NY Trip

If you remember in my post about traveling with a baby, I was nervous, anxious and scared to travel with Mikayla. I think every parent probably envisions the worst possible scenario in their mind. I guess the up side to that is you are prepared if the worst does happen. We had a direct flight from Charleston to La Guardia and it was about 2 hours. Our flight left at 6:00am. We got Mikayla in her car seat at 4:45 and headed to the airport. She was awake but not cranky or hungry (yesssss). We managed to make it to the gate problem free and fed her first bottle of the day at the gate. Once on the plane she was such a ham and loving all the attention!  Just as we started to taxi she was ready to go back to sleep and was a tad cranky. It is very hard to get her comfortable in such an awkward upright position! She fussed for about 10 minutes then slept for about 45 min. Overall, not bad! The trip home wasn’t as good BUT there were TONS of infants on the plane! I have never seen so many kids on a plane before. Needless to say, at least one child was crying the majority of the time so she fit right in when she got cranky :-). Overall, I would say she was a champ!

The trip was long and involved too much driving! My parents are two hours from Rob’s parents so we split our time. After driving to see everyone (parents, grandparents, friends, etc.) we were exhausted by the end of the trip and were so happy to be home! Mikayla had a blast meeting all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.

Mikayla with her cousin Dylan

Six Month Stats

This is long overdue! Mikayla will be seven months on the 29th! I can’t believe how fast she is growing! She is now crawling and its amazing to watch her crawl everywhere and see how excited she gets just roaming around.

Weight: 19 lbs.  Height: 27 1/4″ 91st percentile for both

Size:  3 diapers.  Size 9 month in clothes, some 9-12 month.

Eats: She eats stage 2 food three times a day and has 4 bottles at 6-7 oz each. She is starting to pick up food from her tray such as, puffs and cut up fruit.

Sleep:  About the same schedule as five month stats. Bed around 7-7:30 and up between 5-5:30.

Favorite and least favorite food: Still hates peas! Seems to enjoy everything else.

Milestones: Lots of milestones since five month stats! Sitting up, rolling over, talking, and now crawling! I hope to post a video of this soon!

Looking Ahead: Very curious to see what month 7 will bring! I am sure she will be crawling all over and getting into much more than she does now!

Thanks for hanging in there and being patient with me. I will post some fun topics in the near future. I have baking recipes and house updates to share so stay tuned!

~CB

Packing List

The time has arrived! I need to start packing this week for our trip up to New York. We will be gone for 8 nights, 9 days so I needed a list to help me organize the giant suitcase that will be needed. Luckily my sister-in-law just moved to the next car seat size and we can borrow her old one. Yippee! I don’t need to bring the car seat or the base. One less thing to take up space! My friend is letting us borrow her high chair, pack-n-play, bottle warmer and some toys. So far, here is my list:

Large Suitcase:

         Mikayla

  • 8 pairs of
    • Onesies, pants/shorts
  • PJ’s
  • 3-4 dresses/skirts
  • Washcloths/towels
  • Socks, headbands, pool hat
  • Zip up sweatshirt
  • 1-2 blankets (this is questionable since my parents have plenty of blankets)
  • Burp cloths, bibs
  • Pack – n – play sheet, cushion pad
  • A couple of toys
  • Some diapers
  • Zantac
  • Bottles, spoons, bowls
  • Formula, food, oatmeal
  • Monitor

         Me

  • Clothes for 8 days
    • Tops, sweatshirt, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of capris,  2-3 pairs of shorts, dress
  • Jewelry
  • Workout clothes, sports bra, socks, sneakers
  • Hair dryer, hair straightener, brush
  • Toiletries
    • Face wash, moisturizer, eye makeup remover
    • Make up, deodorant, perfume, hair clips
    • Razor
  • Birth control pills ( an absolute MUST), allergy pills
  • Shoes, flip flops
  • Purse in checked luggage (except for wallet)
  • Camera, camera charger, phone charger

Carry – ons:

       Small Luggage

  • Change of clothes for Me, M and Rob
  • Extra diapers
  • Blanket
  • Baby Bjorn
  • Book, Zoom

        Diaper Bag

  • M’s birth certificate and social security card
  • Wipes, diapers
  • Toys, teething ring
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diaper rash cream, travel size shampoo, lotion, etc
  • Burp cloths/bibs
  • Tylenol, gas drops, oragel
  • Formula, food, bottle
  • Boogie wipes, tissues, saline

Whoa…sounds like a lot! Has anyone traveled with a baby before? Have I missed anything? Is there something I probably don’t need that I can scratch from the list?

~CB

 

 

Mother’s Day Bliss

Happy Mama’s Day to all the Mom’s out there! Being away from family has been tough, especially during holiday’s and special days like Mother’s Day but this year was special for me seeing as its my FIRST Mothers Day. I remember as a kid always wondering why we don’t have a “Daughter’s Day” and my Mom would always say “every day is daughter’s day sweetie”. Now I can relate and totally understand!

It was nice to sleep in and wake up to my hubby saying “Happy Mother’s Day” and seeing a huge grin on Mikayla’s face. That is the best part of my day! Having her smile at me whenever I say “good morning” is the best way to start the day! We had some friends in town visiting and they got me a gift certificate to Massage Envy! AHHHHHH yessss! Can’t wait for that one hour of blissful peace and body rubbing! We went downtown and had lunch at the Southend Brewery which I would NOT recommend. I have eaten there four times now and have been disappointed each time. Not sure why I keep thinking “next time will be different” because it never is. This will not be posted in my Charleston Favorites!

My hubby is amazing and got me this beautiful ring! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It’s a little big but I will be getting it sized at my jeweler in Albany at the end of the month.

I am truly blessed to have such an amazing husband and daughter and don’t know what I would do without them. I am looking forward to Father’s Day next month so I can spoil him back 🙂

~CB

Sadie Stats

This post is long overdue! I am dedicating this post to our amazing dog, Sadie. We got Sadie from a breeder when we lived in New York when she was just 8 weeks old! She is a fantastic dog and we have been lucky to have such a patient, loving dog. She is wonderful with Mikayla and although sometimes she can be a handful, she is a great addition to our family.

Stats:

Breed: Chocolate Labrador Retriever

Born: January 5, 2009. One of 11 in her litter

Height: 25 inches (totally guessing)

Weight: 75lbs.

Hobbies: Walking/running, hiking, playing fetch with balls, freebies and sticks, swimming in any body of water including puddles, playing with other dogs, especially her boyfriend, Toa, chewing on bones and sticks, wrestling with Dad

 Pictures:

I am the life of any party!

I love to swim!

Thanks for this pool but I would rather eat it and drag it around

Back in NY, I loved the snow!

I did so well in puppy class!

I am a good spectator and can cheer you on!

I was very adorable in my younger years

I love to sleep on the couch! And I look darn cute doing it

My pack leader is my best friend, I love him

Not too sure about this little person but I will protect her

I love my baby sister!

~CB

A Day @ The Bach Household When Dad Travels

Rob’s job requires quite a bit of travel. According to his job description, 50% to be exact. Usually this means he travels every week for 1-2 nights at a time, sometimes 3 nights is required depending on where he is going. I feel spoiled when he gets a week off but try not to get used to it since the busy summer season is quickly approaching. When we talked about starting a family I knew that having a baby and a dog to take care of by myself when he traveled would be hard. Of course, I didn’t have a full understanding of what “hard” meant until I was put in the situation. Of course in the beginning when she was younger it was much more difficult. He started traveling again when she was around 7 weeks old. It has gotten easier but is still a challenge as I really don’t have time to make dinner for myself or just relax.  Here is a peak into our typical day and night when Rob travels:

4:30 – 5:30 – M usually wakes up during this time for a bottle and then goes back to sleep

5:30 – Alarm goes off, hit the snooze button at least three times (I shower at night to save 20 minutes in the AM)

5:50 – 6:30 – Get up and get ready for the day, feed Sadie, throw the ball around in the backyard for Sadie. Getting a fence was the best idea!

6:30 – 6:45 – Wake M and get her dressed (her sleep times vary right now, if she has a night where she gets up at 2ish, I will feed her around this time)

7:00 – 7:15 – Load up the car and head to daycare

7:30/ 8:00 – 4:00 /4:30 – At work

4:15 – 4:45 – Pick up M at daycare

5:00 – 6:00 – Feed M if she is due for a feeding, walk Sadie or throw the ball in the backyard, feed Sadie, wash bottles, do laundry (if needed), M takes a 30 minute power nap

6:00 – 7:00 – Eat dinner (usually something quick like a lean cuisine), feed M oatmeal and a veggie, give M a bath and get ready for bed, tummy time

7:00 – 7:30 – Feed M her final bottle for the night and put her down for bed

7:30 – 8:30 – Prepare bottles for the following day, take a shower

8:30 – 9:00 – Throw the ball for Sadie one last time, talk to hubby, read and go to bed!

There you have it! That is a typical day for the Bach family! I must say if it is raining it really sucks to play with Sadie outside!

What is your routine like? Do you ever find yourself completely off some days and find it hard to get back to your routine?

~CB