Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Fun 2009

We had a busy weekend. I decided that we were going to have a weekend of Fall Fun! Caroline and I started Saturday at the Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour (say that 5 times fast). We had beautiful weather and we met Connie downtown for a nice afternoon of walking.

We didn't take too many pictures, but we got lots of oooh's and aaahhh's over the cute baby in the Moby!

After that we headed to Norman to meet up with cousin Melanie. She was working at an event at the Lloyd Noble Center and we spent a little quality time with her before heading home. By the time we got home, it was 6:30 and time for the football game to start!

We fed the baby and put her to bed and then watched the game. I, however, didn't make it past the 3rd quarter. Walking all day with a 15 lb baby strapped to you can wear you out!

Sunday, we started the day fairly early while Daddy went hunting. And someone, not naming any names, but someone tried to eat their swing while their breakfast was being made.
We had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and Caroline was in football heaven - lots of football on lots of TVs. She didn't know what TV to watch. She was mesmerized and didn't make a peep the whole time we were there.

After that we headed to the pumpkin patch. It was T's first experience with Fall Fun, but enjoyed it in the end. At the very least, he enjoyed making fun of me. But we got some cute pictures that I know we will be happy to have in years to come.

We stopped for some frozen yogurt and a small side trip to Academy for some deer corn, then headed back to the house. Melanie stopped by to visit on her way out of town and before we knew it, it was bedtime again. It wasn't nearly as pretty outside on Sunday as it was on Saturday, but we had a great time anyway.

Next weekend is just as exciting - our first football game in Oklahoma. We are headed up to Stillwater to watch the Cowboys take on Texas! Not sure where our seats are but the TV cameras always find a cute baby - so look out for us!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just call me Monty!

Everyone likes a good deal.  And considering you could spend every bit of money you have or will ever have on your child (at least I could), it's become important to me to find a good deal.

Last month when our chilly Fall weather started, I went to Old Navy and picked up a few things and spent $40.  And these things were on sale.  I was happy with my purchases - 2 long sleeve onesies, 2 pairs of pants and 1 long sleeve, one-piece outfit.

Here's the problem - half of the stuff doesn't fit anymore.  She's worn it maybe a couple of times.  Did she grow THAT much?  Did it shrink?  My guess is yes and yes.  So I vowed never to buy her anything new again.

And yes, Internet, I'm aware that I will totally disregard that.  I already have.  But I went online looking for "previously-owned" baby clothes in good brands that I knew would last.  I found a lady on craigslist looking to sell some of her daughter's clothes.  She had a huge range of sizes, so I was looking for Navarre too.

I brought some cash with me but not nearly enough.  I walked into used clothing nirvana.  Most of it was Gymboree (which is great clothing but very pricey), with some Gap and Ralph Lauren.  After sorting through a couple of bins, I looked up to this HUGE pile on the bed.  I asked if she would take a check... she laughed and said she would.

She made me an offer, which was VERY reasonable.  It was just more than I had planned to spend.  So I made a counter offer and expected her to meet me somewhere in the middle.  Well, lo and behold, she accept my very low offer!  I wound up paying less than $5 a piece for the clothes and got the MOST BEAUTIFUL silver brocade coat that Caroline won't be able to wear until next year.  But I couldn't pass it up.

I was so excited that I called Leslie talking a 100 mph after I left the lady's house.  I've even mailed Navarre's stuff already.

Caroline is rapidly approaching the 30" limit on her infant car seat.  So I've started searching for her next car seat.  I'll buy used and no-name for a lot of stuff, but not her car seat.  Naturally the one that I want is insanely expensive.  Imagine my surprise when I found one online, brand new, for 40% off!  And yes, I bought it - got free shipping too!

My last good deal this week comes by way of my new hairdresser.  Yes, I am back in the salon.  We talked about what I wanted to do and because I'm going back in about a week for highlights, she gave me a deal on my cut and color yesterday.  I basically didn't pay for the haircut!!  I've never gotten a deal on my hair before.

I'm very proud of all my deals... although T keeps reminding me of the amount that I actually spent.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Updated Pictures

I finally finished uploading all the September pictures. You can find them HERE. Apparently we are starting to take quite a few more pictures!

Adventures in Babyfeeding

As we approach Caroline turning 4 months old, we've been preparing to start her on solid foods. She's been watching us eat with interest, and she can sit up now, so I purchased a can of rice cereal and was planning on trying it out this weekend.

But last weekend, she just couldn't get enough to eat. So I figured we'd give it a go. T put the high chair together and we strapped her in. I mixed it with formula and it was quite runny. I tasted it to see what it was like - tasted very sweet like her formula with a hint of the rice.
She was not at all sure what to make about eating from a spoon or the actual cereal. She made some horrendous faces, but ate about half of what we gave her, which wasn't much - maybe a couple of spoons of it. Copper, on the other hand, could not wait to get a hold of that bowl full of goodness! In fact, I think when Copper saw the high chair go up, she was like "HOT DAMN! This is what I've been waiting for since that noisemaker showed up!"

We did wait a couple of days before we tried again. And the second time around, she was much more receptive.

She is still not sure about this eating-from-a-spoon business. And I think the texture weirds her out too.

But in the end, she ate quite a bit of it. And seemed to be quite content.

Yes, some of it did actually make it into her mouth.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

  1. LSU victory - check
  2. Clean house - half-check (kitchen & living room cleaned)
  3. Put out fall decorations - check
  4. Laundry - check
  5. Laundry - check
  6. Laundry - check
  7. Dishes - check
  8. Dishes - check
  9. Dishes - check
  10. Wash bottles - check
  11. Prepare diaper bag & diapers for Monday - check
  12. Sleep - check (although never as much as I'd like)
  13. Maybe even relax - half-check (found an Entertainment Weekly from last month that I never read.  Am getting ready to read it now)
  14. Grocery store - check
  15. Cook - check
I am ready to head back to work so maybe I can rest.  HA!