Monday, January 31, 2011

7 Month Update

Clara turned 7 months old this past week - time for an update!

Age: 7 months

Weight: 18 lbs (using the scale at our house and Paul's math abilities)

Length: 26 inches? - didn't measure her!

Eating: 2 meals a day of fruit/veggies and about 5, 6oz bottles.

Sleeping: She sleeps pretty well, waking up 3-4 times a night looking for the paci.

Wearing: 6-9 month clothes

Movement: Rolls easily from side to side and all the way over to get to what she wants, which lately has been my knitting bag! Can sit unsupported for short amounts of time.

Talking: She definitely wants to be heard! It is so sweet listening to her speak softly to her monkey in the crib in the morning waiting to be picked up.

New milestones: I'm not sure of any milestones... but she is such a giggler... it is so funny when she knows you're going to tickle her - she starts to squirm and giggle before you even get close!

updated music!

I have updated the music on here - so turn up those speakers! Love ya! mamie

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great Grandpa Henderson

Dear Clara,
Today we laid to rest your Great Grandpa Henderson. Oh how I wish you were old enough to remember him. He loved you so much. When we took you to see him on his final night with us, he responded immediately to you... you were such a joy to him.

I have so many wonderful memories of Grandpa Henderson - the snickers bars he always had in his truck, the wonderful woodworking projects he made for us, the way he would always tell us he had just gotten a permanent when we would ruffle his hair.

He lived so much of his life in service to others, whether it be serving on a board or volunteering to drive others to doctor appointments. He loved to play cards and share stories. He thrived on being around people.

Your Great Grandpa will still get to see you grow and change as he watches you from above. Know that he is proud of you and loves you.

Love you! Mom

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Mad" Couponing Skills

One of my facebook friends asked me to write a post on my “mad” couponing skills. To be perfectly honest, I wish my couponing skills were a little better - I would love to be one of those people who pays $2.44 for a cart full of groceries. I'm definitely not that good, but I try to save a dollar here and there when I can. I have learned a lot about saving money on formula, but I will save that for another post.

I do have a few rules for using coupons though:

1. Use coupons on items you would buy otherwise. Although I have used a coupon as an excuse to try something new, I don't make that a habit. If I saved $1, but spent $6 on something I normally wouldn't buy, I didn't really save anything.

2. Read the coupon closely. The item pictured isn't necessarily what you have to buy. I had a make-up coupon the other day that was for $1 off any product. The pictured product was a $12 foundation, but the coupon was a much better deal on the $2 eye shadow, which is what I needed.

3. Sometimes, even with a coupon for the name brand, it is cheaper to buy the store brand.

4. Try to stack coupons with items that are already on sale. This requires being organized. I'm usually not this organized.

5. Stack coupons when available. Most stores will take a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon on the sale item.

OK, so not rocket science, but maybe it made you think about your own coupon strategies.
I think the people that save mega bucks take advantage of stores that offer double-coupon opportunities. None of the stores in our area do that, but if you had that chance, I'm sure you could save big bucks!

There you go, Megan! :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Girlie Get-Together #2

This post is 2 weeks late in coming, but I once again had the opportunity to spend some time with the girls. This time is was with a group of ladies that I was in 4-H with. I consider them some of my best friends. We spent weeks every summer showing livestock together and sitting around at fairs talking, playing cards, and laughing. During the off season we could usually be found at someone's house, at the movies, or at Perkins. We are from different communities and schools, but our shared 4-H experience made us like siblings. We worked hard and we played hard. We helped each other out just as we were competing against each other. They are amazing. Of course, there were lots of guys in this group... in fact some of the girls even married some of those guys... but this post isn't about them.

Through the years we attended different colleges, moved to different cities, married, had kids... but through it all we have stayed in touch. We were always there to throw a shower for anyone getting married, having a baby etc. In fact, it started to seem like that was the only reason we got together. So we were estatic when someone proposed getting together for lunch... just because we could.

So on Saturday, we all gathered at Sarah's new house for fajitas, wine, chocolate, and good conversation. It was so perfect - an awesome afternoon of sharing updates, laughing, and eating... and eating... and eating...
Here are the stats on these fine ladies...
8 married ladies
1 engaged lady (!)
6 mommas
1 medical professional
1 teacher
2 4-H program coordinators
1 daycare mom
1 farmer
1 deli manager
1 seed marketer
1 chicken feed buyer (and she makes more than any of us!)
Can't wait to do it again girls!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Technical Difficulties...

Can you see and read my blog? That's GREAT - because I can't... stupid computers... Apparently my new beautiful background caused some other issue because I can no longer view my own blog. I have asked others, they can see it, apparently it just hates me.

and my friend Anne, she can't see it either.

but the IT guy at work can see it - he said the country music was burning his ears.

So I guess I will just continue to post blindly, unless someone who is reading this knows loads about computers and is willing to help me out.

Until then, read on if you can, and enjoy the pretty background... that I can't see. sigh.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time for Change?

You may have noticed that the title of my blog has changed... it is the first of a few changes I plan to make around here.  Another is the background...also hoping to add a few buttons and other design elements.  Eventually, I will also be changing my URL... I'll let you know before I do it so that you can continue to follow if you so choose - which I hope you will!
Why the changes you ask?  I checked my stats the other day and was a bit astounded at the amount of people I don't know that visit this blog.  Then I started looking at what I have in this blog... our full names, city we live in, and where we work are all out there for the viewing public.  I would love to believe that everyone in this world is kind and trustworthy, but I watch too much Criminal Minds to be that niave.  So I have decided to make us a little more obscure... I'll still use our first names, but our last name will disappear from the title and the URL.
Another reason why I have decided to change the URL is because I think we have outgrown it a little...  Baby L is now Clara, and this blog is about more than following our pregnancy.  I think this title will fit a little longer as our family grows and changes.
Thanks so much for your reader-ship!  You have no idea how much it means to me!  mamie   

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First Sled Ride!

Clara headed out for her first ride in a sled on Saturday. We live in Minnesota. It snows. Might as well make the best of it! I bundled her up and Paul pulled her to the end of our driveway to get the mail. It took like 10 minutes to get her dressed for what amounted to about 5 minutes outside, but she didn't cry, so I would say it was a success!

Heading out to the mailbox!

All bundled up!
Now we're off to feed Clara's Cluckers! (aka the chickens!)

Girlie Get-Together #1!

I LOVE getting together with the girls; I'm just sorry it happens so little… This past weekend was one of those rare opportunities, and I enjoyed in thoroughly!

As some of you know, I attended a parochial elementary school. It was (and still is) a small school, with multiple grades in one classroom. This means you get to be good friends with students in the classes above and below you. There were 7 of us that became really close, attending each other's birthday parties, playing at recess, rooming together at the New Ulm Basketball Tournament… During college, we lost touch a little, as we were studying at different schools in different cities/states, but several years ago someone suggested we all together around Christmas time to catch up. So began our annually (sometimes semi-annually!) CLS Girls Get-Together. Someone volunteers to host, and we all arrive bearing appetizery type food, and wine. Lots of wine. We talk, laugh, talk, and laugh some more.!

Our current stats are:

7 ladies
5 wives
4 mommies
2 mommies-to-be
1 preschool teacher
1 free-spirit former peace corp volunteer

I didn't get home until after 2am. Seriously. I haven't done that since, well, the last time we got together! So much fun.

Next weekend it will be Girlie Get-Together #2 with the 4-H ladies – can't wait!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

6 month update

It took me 6 months, but I think I have finally found a list of things that I could continue to update, much like I did when I was pregnant. Since Clara had her 6 month appoint last week, I figured now would be a good time to start, because hey, better late than never, right?!?

Age: 6 months

Weight: 16lbs 9oz

Length: 26 inches

Eating: 1 meal of cereal and veggies and /or fruit. At least, she is supposed to be eating 1 meal a day, but daddy has a hard time doing it, so sometimes he skips… mommy is not happy about that.

Sleeping: Sleeping has been in upheaval recently. Clara goes down between 8 & 9pm, wakes several times during the night, and is usually up for the day at 7am or so. So I am not getting much sleep.

Wearing: Depending on the outfit, 3-6 and 6-9 month outfits. The biggest challenge is leg length. I am grateful for leggys that I can put on to cover the 2-3 inch gap between the bottom of her pants and her socks!

Movement: Rolls from front to back very easily, although always to the same side. Not a big fan of being on her stomach, so she doesn’t roll back to her stomach very often. Still considered a supported sitter, but we are working on it. Can stand with help for balance.

Talking: LOTS! Baba, dada, and the mmmmm sound are heard quite often around our house. Also a grrrrr sound. She is very boisterous! She is also really into shaking her head “no”.

New milestones: Everything seems new at the point. But I love it when she shakes her head when you ask her a question, and then smiles like she really knows what she just did!


Ok, so Christmas is a few weeks back, but you still want to know about it, right? You do? Oh good! Let's begin:

We always do Christmas Eve and my parent's house. Christmas Eve consists of getting dressed in our finest, going to church at 4pm, going to my parents', taking family photos, gorging on wine and appetizery goodness, opening gifts, eating more appetizery goodness, packing up the cars, and heading home! The schedule has changed a little over the years, but doing all of those things has never changed. I love Christmas Eve and every part of it!

Clara's outfit for the evening turned out super cute! I bought the Me Too! dress from for a steal, paired it with a pink diaper cover from another outfit and a pair of leggys that I made. I had ordered a flower for her hair, but it didn't arrive on time (in fact, STILL hasn't arrived) so I made one from some fabric I had and some directions from this blog. It actually turned out great! I am hoping this outfit fits until the end of February for a wedding we will be attending.

She got lots of great gifts, but I'm glad no one went overboard with the toys! She actually got some cute clothes, bibs, a few toys, and her first pair of COWBOY BOOTS! They are just the cutest little things - can't wait for her feet to get a little bigger so she can wear them!