Saturday, January 31, 2015

Choosing a School

When I first got pregnant last December, I knew I wasn't going to have a classroom for the 2014-2015 school year but still wanted to contribute to family in some way. I also knew that I would want to have a little me time and let Bennett spend time with other people besides just his mama. As said in another post, I chose to go back to subbing once sometimes twice a week at my old school. Right now I have a consistent day that works excellent with our mommy and me schedule. I really want to continue this next year, but probably up it to 2/3 days.

One of the big questions you ask yourself when deciding to go back to work is "who is going to watch my baby?". We are so so blessed to have my mother in law to watch Bennett right now when I work, and that makes me very happy. But, if you know anything about one year olds you know they are a ball full of energy. I wanted to make it easier on my mother in law as well as fun for Bennett so I got to looking for a daycare that would meet my "part time, random schedule life". Below are the 2 things that helped me decide the perfect setting for him. 


{1}

Flexible schedule- I wanted something where I could drop Bennett off if I had a dr appointment or if I was subbing and my MIL needed a quick break or had a dr appointment. With this program you pay for a minimum of 15 hours in the beginning of the month then pay for your overage at the beginning of the next month. So you could use 15 hours or you could use 40, it's entirely up to you. My plan is that's Bennett will go after breakfast in the morning and stay until before lunch. 

{2}

Reviews- I have experience with the school from when my brother and sister went to school, My Mom was in school to be a nurse so a lot of times I would pick my brother or sister up from school. I loved the people and how friendly everyone was. The school just smelled like "school" it had that sweet little school kid vibe going, and I knew from the beginning I would want my kids to go there. (Luckily Bennett was born before September so he is allowed to start, but if he was born in September he would have to wait whole other year.) Since I am not sure where I will be in a few years I decided to look at the VPK readiness scores, just in case Bennett will go there. I'm excited for Bennett to learn at school and teach me anything he is learning.


A lot more factors, such as ratio, vibe, cost, etc went into our decision but these were what we continually went back to when deciding on the perfect place for our sweet pea. 

Until next time, 

That's The View From Up Here 



Friday, January 30, 2015

Finally Friday!

Even though I don't work I love Fridays! It's the end of the work week for my hubby, and we finally get to spend some time as a family. Here are my confessions for the week. 


{1} 

I confess that I skipped out on making dinner on Wednesday. You Working Moms I don't know how you do it and successfully make dinner do anything in the evening. Instead of making dinner I happily ordered Pizza Hut pepperoni and mushroom pizza and some garlic wings. 


{2}



I confess that I love the evenings with my men. I love taking walks, feeding the ducks attempting to feed the ducks (they are brats and run away from bread), feeding Bennett dinner, having dinner on the table, bath time, Baby Einstein, nursing Bennett. All of it just completes my day. When we have date night this is the part I miss the most. I kinda wish I could just have date day every Friday.


{3} 

I confess that I am actually excited to sign Bennett up for his Mother's Day Out program at a local preschool. He will be going here for a few hours on the days that I substitute. I think it's the teacher in me that gets excited about this. I'm excited for him to learn from the other kids, and the other teachers besides just myself. 


{4}

I confess that not having coffee on Wednesday morning just about killed me. No Joke. Luckily the girl who I was subbing for saved the day and let me use one of her k-cups. I drank straight up black coffee with some type of sweetener that one of the teachers had. It definitely got me through the day. I guess next time I won't hit the snooze 20,000 times, and get up when my hubby tells me to. Then I will get to enjoy my morning Starbucks or Dunkin. 


{5} 

I confess that I never knew the reality of the phrase "they grow so fast" until I had a baby. There are parts of me that want this little 5 month old precious blue eyed drooling boy to stay little forever. There are also parts of me that can't wait to see the person he becomes. He has such a personality, and I know we are going to love watching him grow up.  






I'm linking up with these fabulous ladies: 



Thursday, January 29, 2015

New-sa Noosa



{After trying to put his hand in my Yoghurt many times, I caved and found an oz in the freezer for him, this made him happy}

Growing up I wasn't really a fan of yogurt. I never like gogurt, trix yogurt, or any other fun yogurts my friends liked. I always wanted to like them, but the sour taste was not for me! I became obsessed when I was pregnant with Bennett. Oikos Banana Yogurt with Special K granola became my go to snack daily. When he was born, he hated the stuff. He literally would spit up all the time about 8 hours after I ate it. Nothing else really bothered him (Except Fenugreek...but that's a different post). This past week I was grocery shopping with my precious boy in his Ergo at Target with Starbucks, and came across Noosa Yoghurt. I decided to pick this up for me and Nic's typical YoCrunch Oreo for him. The next morning before Bennett and I went for a tour at his Mom's Day Out drop off program, Bennett had a little bottle and I had my yoghurt. 
I was pleasantly surprised when later that day and the next he had no real spit up issues. 



There were quite a few different flavors, but they were 8 oz containers and I just didn't want to get the big container when I wasn't sure if was even going to like it. I decided on the tart cherry 4 pack-4 oz servings. One thing I really liked about this yogurt was the fact that there were real cherries in it. I could actually taste the cherries in it with every bite, instead of it being just cherry puree stuff.  I definitely will be trying the others and venturing into the 8 oz world. I'm only disappointed that I never tried the pumpkin


{nutrition information for 8 oz Tart Cherry}

Until next time, That's The View From Up Here. 




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday








Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Newborn Essentials



1. Graco Pack N Play-This was purchased a few weeks before Bennett was born. We had one already that I loved but once I saw the changing table attached to this one I knew I had to have it. This was by our bed for the first month, which made changing blow outs at midnight wonderful. The whole point of having baby by your bed is to not walk around the house in the middle of the night. This made that possible. 


{Bennett and I getting some much needed rest at One Month}

2. Daydreamer (Seen above in the pack n play)- This was placed in the bassinet part of the pack n play. We brought this everywhere in the house. The first week Nic was blessed I was blessed with Nic staying home that week. Bennett spent time watching his daddy work at the table, watched us eat dinner, hung out by the couch with us, etc. This thing can be taken anywhere!


3. MamaRoo- Bennett used this for the first 5 months of his life. It basically imitates a parent, car, kangaroo, ocean...it put Bennett to sleep instantly in the first 2 months. He then eventually wasn't able to fall asleep in it, but loved it to look outside and watch the squirrels, trees, and lizards. 


4. Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddles- I can not even begin to tell you how many people this summer said I had "plenty of blankets". My sister Ally and I spent a big chunk of summer together. I do believe that the entire summer consisted of buying Aden and Anais blankets off the resell page and finding the HTF blankets. Once Bennett arrived I actually ordered a few more bc he had reflux so bad we went through them so fast! I think I probably have 25 of these? 

5. Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner-  My cousin told me about this shampoo and conditioner, and I am so glad she did! We are a bathe every night family and this never dried his skin out and smells so good! It is a little expensive, but the bottle lasted 4 months. 

6. Mam Pacifier- We tried every pacifier! I wanted him to take the cute Nuks or the ones that are connected to the wubbanubs, but nope his paci of choice were the Mam's. Now we have one for every room  a lot! 


7. Puj Tub- This is an awesome tub! It actually folds up with magnets and fits into a regular bathroom sink. Then fold flats for easy storage, or even to pack in your suitcase and bring on vacation! The price is kinda steep for a piece of foam, but I found mine on the local resell site for $10. 


8. Gowns- Bennett basically lived in these his first few weeks. It was really easy to change him and not wake, and also easy to get dressed quickly. The doctors and nurses at the hospital loved them because they didn't have to put pants back on, etc. 


9. Baby Bjorn Babysitter- This is such a great chair! It has a lower setting for the wee little babies, but it then sits up almost completely straight. We had to roll blankets up around him in the beginning so that he wouldn't lean to the side, etc. But he now loves it, and loves to sit and watch everything outside! 

10. Ergo- I used this from the very beginning. I used it a lot when he was fighting those witching hours, and also when we were around a lot of people. He slept so great in it, the insert was a little hot so we didn't really use it much but instead used a blanket to lift it up. 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday


I have such a difficult time finding the time to cook the meals that I have planned for the week. I would say 5/7 days we eat something out, and that just needs to stop! Hubby would love for me to cook dinner every night, and I need to get started on cooking the stuff that I have planned to make. This week I have linked up with I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday. I used to do grocery shopping on Sunday when I was working, but going on Monday morning is my favorite time now. It's not as crazy as Sundays and I can actually walk around Target without running into people having to say "excuse me" to everyone in every aisle. 

Meal planning is pretty easy for me, as we pretty much eat everything with the exception of seafood, peanuts, and heavy fruit items (allergies). We don't really have any crazy dietary needs or real big dislikes. I finally got control of my morning meal planning and make an egg burrito (avocado, cheese, and hot sauce) in the morning, with a cup of coffee. Lunch time is a little more difficult and I am still working on that! My goal with menu planning is to have something for Nic to take to lunch the next day. When I plan our dinners for the week I generally look at my Food Pinterest board for anything I have pinned that week that looked absolutely delicious. I then narrow it down so we aren't eating the same type of food every day (i.e. Pizza, Spaghetti, Chicken Parmesan). That's the one thing I really can't stand is eating the same food the next day. I am a horrible person when it comes to leftovers! Another thing to keep in mind is that Friday and Saturday are usually our eat dinner out days date nights so nothing gets planned on those nights. One last thing before I share my plan...on Wednesday's I substitute at my old school, I make a crockpot dinner on those nights so when I get home it's all ready for us to eat!

Without further ado, here is my plan for the week: 



Monday- One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
Tuesday- Meatball Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday- Angel Chicken in the Crock Pot and Penne
Thursday- Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls with a Salad
Friday- Date Night
Saturday- Date Night
Sunday- Super Bowl Italian Hero Crescent Roll

I hope this helps with someone's meal planning this week! 

Until next time, that's The View From Up Here! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bennett's Grub



Despite Bennett's effort to get us to put our subs, eggs, fruit, veggies, into his mouth he's stuck with his purees for a little while longer. He has loved everything he has tried so far with the exception of peas. That boy must be like his mama and they end up all over his shirt, he just can't hold those things down! We try a new food every 3ish days, if he has done good so far on the second day usually the 3rd day I may try something if it's a new food week for us. Here's what we have done so far:

1st Week- Rice
2nd Week- Oatmeal, Avocado
3rd Week- Sweet Potatoes
4th Week- Pears, Peas
5th Week- Prunes, Bananas
6th Week- Yellow Squash

We started with Earth's Best Rice and Oatmeal, poor thing got really constipated clogged up! I remembered seeing the Happy Bellies Oatmeal and Rice with probiotics so I figured we would give it a try. He definitely has an easier time using the restroom, and it actually tastes pretty good! We really don't use the rice or oatmeal that much, we mainly stick to avocado as our main source of "bulking" food.

After tutoring today I decided to run to Whole Foods. I really wanted to try peaches and plums this week but I'm guessing they aren't in season because they are no where to be found. If you know the season let me know! We may end up buying some of those via jar if I can't find some. :) Anyways, I came home and made food after food after food.  Everything with the exception of the Kale which was boiled and the bananas which were just chopped in the food processor, was made in the beaba. It's an amazing invention and everyone that makes their own baby food should have one! It steams then chops in the same bowl. I rinse the bowl out and start again with whatever is next! I love my little beaba, but mama needs the mac daddy. So, if anyone would like to get me it for a Valentine's day gift I mean feel free! 


When the food is cooled, I pop them into ice cube trays and pop in the freezer. Once frozen I put them in freezer gallon bags and mark the date and what it is. I literally just pour on top and take a spatula and smooth it out. (Hubby taught me that trick)





Here is the breakdown of the food that I purchased today. A cube is about an oz, and we usually grab 2 cubes for each meal. A jar at the store is 2oz so here is the general idea of how much we spend vs store bought. 

Sidenote: The kale is broken into half cubes since we will only be using it as a mix in and not a meal. 

Organic Carrots (2 lbs) $2.48 made 24 cubes-- $.10/cube
Organic Garnet Yams (2 lbs) $5.18- 45 cubes $.12/cub
Organic Bosc Pears $5.11- 16 cubes, 2-2 oz squeeze pouches $.25/cube
Organic Kale $4.00 18 half cubes .44/cube
Bananas (3) 17 cubes 

Can't wait to try new foods this week with my munchkin. But, he's up now. Yeah, its 9:53PM...who knows? 

Until next time, that's The View From Up Here. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Goal Setting

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I log on to Pinterest in a day... 3 times maybe let's be honest probably 6. ( The amount of times I lay Bennett down for a nap and nurse him in a day. Pinterest, Facebook, and Messenger are my go to apps for when I am nursing.) I pin so many things I forget what I pinned the next day, until kindly reminds me before I pin it again. One of my new years resolutions for 2015, is to not just look pin but DO. I'm not talking about the cute little foot print on the canvas for Valentine's Day, I'm talking meaningful things people! Here are my top 3 pins that I want to accomplish by the end of February. 


{One}

Refrigerator Clean Out and organizing.

This needs done ASAP. It's not like our fridge is dirty or not organized. It's just not as efficient as it should be. If it was more efficient I think we would eat better and actually find the dinner from the night before. Ultimately this will be my fridge. 

Thanks to Kate from The Neat Nook for really wanting me to get this done!

{Two}

Meal planning. I have enough recipes on my Pinterest to have a different one every day. I need to figure out breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans daily, as well as Bennett's meal plan. Having Bennett's done too will allow me to have the food prepared the day before so I can just pop in microwave. 


{Three}

Cleaning Schedule. I often get overwhelmed with cleaning such a big house. I don't know where to start and by time I start Bennett is awake, and would love someone to play with him. I will start with the fridge this weekend, and work my way up to this. Small steps people, small steps. 



Maybe if I can get these three pins completed I can move on to all my DIY projects I have been eyeing up for four years too long to count!

Until next time, that's the View From Up Here.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finally Friday


I had such a wonderful week, we started the week off right by taking down our tree on Sunday FINALLY. I have yet to set up for any other holiday but that's okay, I have a little Bennett that wants my lovin' and he could care less if I decorate for Valentine's day. 

{1}

I confess that I throughly love shopping online and receiving things in the mail ever week daily . I have become quite addicted to these online Facebook groups that sell clothes that people have either grown out of or don't want anymore. It's an easy way to shop on my SAHM budget. Plus, I've gotten into selling things as well. I basically have a whole closet that's gotta go! 

{2}

I confess that I ate this whole bag of Bark Thins in 2 days. They taste like Rice Krispy Treats but better. 



{3}

I can't wait for date night with my love tonight! Fridays=alone time with my best friend. I don't even care what we do. It gets me out of the house, and spending time with my main man. That makes for a happy girl. 

{4}

I confess that I am loving this weather out, and that today my boy definitely wore a Ralph Lauren outfit to celebrate this beautiful weather!! 



{5}

I confess that I am already thinking about Bennett's first birthday, I have the theme picked out just need to figure out the rest. 

Until next time, that's the View From Up Here.


Bennett: Five Months



Weight/Length: He was exactly 14 lbs. on his five month weight check in. (We bought a scale shortly after he was born, it's a lot of fun to check to see how our little man is growing!) He was 26" when we measured his length, and didn't measure his head this time. He's a long and lean baby, and we love it!

Hair: I think his hair is getting a little lighter compared to when he was born. It's getting long in the back and remaining shorter on the sides, with a few stragglers.

Diapers: Size 2 Honest Company and Medium Gdiapers.

Clothing: 3-6 Months in Gap, Old Navy, and Gymboree. 6 Months in Carters. :)

Favorite Things: The swing (both in and outside), his bug crib toy, and piano gym

Likes: He loves listening to music--any kind, he loves the stroller and the ergo, eating at dinner time (not so much breakfast time), swim class, watching other kids, anything to do with outside!

Dislikes: The Bumbo. Well, he likes it but he spits up in it every time he sits in it. So it is not my favorite thing. Hopefully he will like it at some point!

Milestones: He is starting to stand up, as well as learning to sit up. I'm guessing he will be able to sit up by 6 months. He started rolling right around 3.5 Months stopped about a month later. Did it the other day and decided it wasn't for him again. We will see when he starts again. He LOVES to talk and laugh , he will talk to anyone. He is usually the one talking during his My Gym class.

Sleeping: Oh sleeping...Usually up 2 times at night, sometimes around 1am and then at 4/5. (But last night he slept til 4:30AM, it was pure bliss!) He usually takes 2 naps during the day and a catnap in the evening. His first nap is about an hour and the next one at least 1.5 hours.

Mama Thoughts:
I hear myself daily say how I can't believe how fast he is growing, and I want my newborn baby back! In all honesty, I love watching him grow and learn about the world around him. Literally, he is a sponge that is taking in everything around him. All it takes is usually one or two times of showing him something and he is ready to go! This is such a fun stage and I can't wait to continue to watch him grow!


Come back later today for Confessional Friday!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Schedule...

People always told me "You can't schedule your life once a baby is born" I mean even before Bennett was born I was told I wouldn't be able to pick the date he was born on. I did. I wanted that boy born on August 14th so bad. It was mine and Nic's dating anniversary and the day he proposed. I had him on the 14th. Period. I planned it. Here is what a normal day looks like for myself and my 5 month old.


We started on a schedule around 4 weeks. I really tried to have a every day wake time, but really when you are a stay at home mom...LET THE BABY WAKE YOU, and just go from there! We practiced with wake times, and eventually were on a hour and a half wake, hour and a half sleep. It was bliss. Then 4 months hit. We forgot how to sleep.  Nap time was ruined, bedtime was ruined. He had forgotten everything he had learned about sleeping. He was still on a pretty nice schedule that worked with what we needed. 5 months was the huge turning point and that is why I have chosen 5 months to talk about. And also that's its fresh on my mommy brain!

7:00AM wake up-- or it might be 7:30, like I said don't wake a sleeping baby unless they have napped for a super long time. Just don't. When he wakes I change his diaper and nurse him.

--side note: I generally don't change his diaper in the middle of the night. (Honest diapers are great and I never have had a problem with leaks.) MOTN feedings are for quick here is milk, Goodnight. I generally don't even give a full feeding when he wakes as I want to go back to sleep.

7:30AM play time while mommy makes her breakfast and coffee and does any dishes in the sink. This is Bennett's independent play time. He loves mornings and has a blast with his toys while I am getting our food prepared.

8:00AM solids! We do 2 Tablespoons of Happy Bellies Oatmeal and 1 ice cube of a fruit, whatever one I feel like grabbing that day.

8:30AM clean up, read a book, sing, practice sitting up



9:00AM Nap time. I change his diaper, turn his music and fan on, kiss and say goodnight. It takes him anywhere between 5-15 minutes to fall asleep. I go in usually once and tell him it's night night time and replace paci.

Between 10-10:30AM He wakes, we play for a little and then I generally feed him around 10:30-11. We are working on getting on a 4 hour schedule. So, 11 AM is ideal.

11:15AM outside play time! Take a walk in the stroller, swing in the swing, play in bounce chair.

12:00PM play mat, bouncy chair, etc while I do some laundry or other house chores

12:30PM Nap time. Same routine.

2:15-2:30PM Wake, snuggle time, then nurse at 3:00PM

3:30PM play time, walk down to get mail, sing songs, anything to kill time til daddy gets home

4:30PM Dinner solids! 2 Tablespoons of Rice and 1 ice cube of vegetable with 1 ice cube of fruit.


5:00PM Watch me cook dinner, and wait for daddy to get home.

5:30PM Stroller ride with daddy

6:00PM Baby Einstein time!

Nap time is somewhere between 4-6PM sometimes no nap, sometimes a cat nap during einstein. We never know what he will want to do at that time.

7:00PM Bath, Nurse, Bed.

Obviously we have a different schedule on the days we have stroller strides, swim class, or My Gym. We always try to stay consistent with this and have a 2-3-4 schedule :)





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Baby Boy

Last time I wrote, I only had 50 days to go until we would finally meet our sweet baby boy! My how those weeks dragged on, in the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy I did everything I could to get that baby boy out. What ultimately worked?! A pineapple. On August 13th, 2014 I ate a pineapple. Granted I was in the hospital the week before with contractions, but I like to think the pineapple did it! Because that next day at 1:20PM our precious baby boy Bennett Nicolas was born.


The first few weeks of being a mom were TOUGH. Breastfeeding (a whole different post), sleep, reflux, you name it...it was tough. Around week 3ish-4ish, Bennett developed a reflux that was unbelievable. We had finally started gaining weight only to spit up all the time, and being a new mom whose baby had dropped a bunch of weight the first week home. I was worried. I wanted to do whatever I could to keep him off any type of medication, so we visited the chiropractor. I had read over on Journey of Parenthood about taking her daughter to a chiro. I figured what could it hurt. We went twice a week for 2 months. I believe his reflux improved because of this as well as his ability to move his head so great during tummy time and when sleeping at night.


I had decided before the end of the school year to take a leave and be a full time stay at home mom with a few days of subbing thrown in here and there. I decided to go back to subbing in the beginning of November. It was nice to have interaction with adults again! I've only ever gone once a week so far, and we are blessed to have family that lives so close that is able to care for Bennett. I enjoy the alone time and I know Grandma enjoys the time she gets to spend with him. I do constantly thank God that we have people who are always willing to take care of Bennett whenever we need them to.

That's just a little snippet of what is going on recently, and I can't wait to share my life with you and let you get a little glimpse of the View From Up Here.
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