Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our day in pictures: Easter edition

Today we celebrated Resurrection Sunday.  Church was packed and I loved it!  I wish it was like that all the time.

Eleanor didn't get much in her Easter basket; some little people eggs and a Bernstein bears Easter book.  As an after thought after buying into mom guilt because I saw all these pictures of baskets on facebook and instagram I added a fisher price play phone (intended for her birthday) but that was it.  

The weather today was gorgeous!  Seriously the best day yet this year.  It was 70* and sunny.  

And now for pictures!

I wore this dress Easter 1987.  I would have kept it on her, but it was a
little big and so I wanted her to wear a different one first.

She actually sat pretty well as I read her this book

My mom, Eleanor and I

Four generations

My grandma and Eleanor

Experiencing grass for the first time

This was actually from yesterday but it counts because it's an Easter shirt.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wordless Thursday

I didn't get the chance to post this yesterday, but Tuesday was our third anniversary and our first date since Eleanor was born (eek!).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

~ Purex Non Sort Detergent Review AND Giveaway ~

I was provided this product for review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own. 

Although I don't have any super nice clothes (I pretty much live in yoga pants), I was still a little nervous about trying Purex's new no sort laundry detergent.  What if it didn't work and my clothes got ruined?  I don't really have the budget to get new ones.  And with my post baby body not where I want it to be, I really don't have the desire to go through the process of shopping for new clothes anyway.

Because I trust Purex and their products I decided to give it a go and washed a load containing darks, reds, and other bright colored clothes.  The convenience of not having to sort my laundry and worrying about colors bleeding or dye running won out. You can't see from the image below, but I even threw in some of Eleanor's pants.

(Sorry for the poor image quality; my basement laundry room doesn't get a ton of light)/

When I went to switch them I was happy to see no surprises.  I usually check over my laundry before putting it in the dryer just in case so after everything looked good I started the dryer.  
Generally I don't always sort my clothes or Rob's clothes because as I said with most of our clothes it doesn't really matter anyway, but when I do wash something new I wash it with towels or sheets separate just in case.

With regular detergent, dyes can bleed onto other fabrics in wash. With Purex ® No Sort™, loose dyes are trapped, reducing color bleed accidents.

With this new product I can feel comfortable throwing all my stuff in the same load.  I can wash fewer loads saving time and money.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Eleanor Update: 27 weeks

This was a crazy busy week for that sweet girl.

Last Monday Eleanor turned 6 months (read the update post here).  We visited the Fredrick Meijer gardens with my mom, niece, sister, nephew, my sisters sister in law (also Rob's bosses wife) and her 2 kids. Eleanor loved looking around at all the plants and watching the butterflies.

That night we have her solids for the first time (not counting the licks of stuff she's had from our fingers).  She's had carrots, carrot and pea blend as purees, bell peppers and baby carrots in a mesh feeder and oatmeal.

The next day she rolled over from back to belly.  She did it once the week before, but this was several times so I knew she had figured it out.  A few hours later we went to the doctor for her checkup.  She was 17 lbs 7 oz and 26' and her head was in the 95% (umm whoa!).  She also got her shots but she did well with them. 

2 days later I went to the store for a quick trip.  While I was gone she learned how to say 'dada' and has been saying it ever since. 

I know you all are thinking it... :)

We had this crazy freak flash no warning storm come through Saturday afternoon that left us without power until Sunday morning.  So we spent the night at my parents.  It was her first night not at home but she did okay.  

I'm thrilled we made it to 6 months!  I wound up with a bruise on one side, but I nursed her in the cradle most of the weekend because we were gone so she was latching differently.  It's still there but I'm sure it will eventually go away. 

See any of my other updates because I'm always saying the same thing.

I've been reading all sorts of sleep books, and basically she needs a bedtime routine and to be put down drowsy but not asleep.  I have no consistency and she usually nurses to sleep.

Once she is down finally she will usually only wake up once a night.

I've been bed sharing a lot and am trying to break that habit.  Although I sleep better when she is in bed and she does too, I'm worried for when she starts to roll over.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our Favorite Things: 6 Month Style

These are some of the things that have gotten the most use around here this last month.

1) Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack

This thing has been a huge hit lately.  She loves the top two rings.  It's probably because they are the easiest to get to, but she will play with them and swing her arms around.

2 RaZ-berry Teether

We have a few different teethers (the other ones are the kind that go in the freezer) but she likes this one the best.  I wasn't sure when I bought it if she would, because it's similar in shape to a pacifier and she doesn't like those, but she likes to gnaw on it.  Not just the red part, but the leaves on the side.

3) Fisher-Price Stand-Up Ballcano
This was a Christmas gift that we recently pulled out and it catches her attention instantly.  There is a little thing you spin, which raises the center part and then the balls roll down the sides and she likes to watch that.  It plays music too.  Mostly she likes to stand against it and grab at the balls on the top.

4)  When Eleanor was younger she hated diaper changes.  After decorating the Christmas tree I had some leftover silver bulbs I hung over the changing table.  It helped her not freak out but then she kind of didn't care.  In the last few weeks she has really taken a liking to them again.  She likes mirrors and since they reflect it's kind of the same thing I guess.  She will look at herself and smile.

She's sleeping so I don't have a current pic, but here is one  from when I first put them up.  (and how tiny was my little girl).

5) City Mini Stroller:  Now that Eleanor is bigger and it's warmer out, we don't use the keyfit caddy (mentioned in the one month favorites) as much.  I do still use it for quick runs into a store but we use the city mini more.  She can see out out it so much better, and when she does fall asleep it reclines flat so it's comfortable for her.

See: 1 month favorites 2 month favorites3 month favorites4 month favorites,  5 month favorites