Total Basset Case

Feb 16, 2017

Life Lately

First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISTER!!!
We love you Papa and are so excited to celebrate you and the amazing papa and husband you are!!

Okay now on blogging!
Remember me? I remembered how to blog, shocking.
This whole working mama thing is a lot!  And generally after I pick up LM all I want to do is snuggle him and that's usually what I do.  You can see where this space takes a small back seat BUT I'm back and I'm going to do my best to keep up now that we are semi getting in rhythm around these parts.
And the easiest way to do that is with one big ol life lately post and photo collage.

Twins much?!
Past summer my mom and I were going through some of my baby clothes and we found an old Super Bowl shirt of mine.  I snagged it up and when we were invited to a Super Bowl party I knew just what LM had to wear! I then found the photo of me wearing the same shirt.  I've always thought LM looks a lot like Mister (and he does!!) but that side by side is also very convincing.
And a new family photo of us! We will work on everyone looking at the camera next time.

1.  LM's first day of daycare!  Only one of us cried...
2.  Just a couple of best buds hanging out
3.  He's getting knuckle dimples and I'm obsessed
4.  Just reading one of his Valentine's gifts
5.  Out for a stroll during the beautiful weekend weather
6.  I was filling up Floyd's food container and turned around and he just decided to help himself...
7.  Right before LM tried green beans for the first time!
8.  My newest, most favorite Valentine
9.  After work snuggle time, MY FAVORITE

And that's what's been going on here.  SNUGGLING, resting and getting in the swing of things.
I promise to do a better job of keeping up but it may take me a while!

Feb 1, 2017

Currently : February

Oh February...the month of change in our house.  
Most notably back to work for me :( and a birthday to celebrate for Mister!

Here is what I am up to in February while I readjust to a work schedule:

Packing:  SO many bags now.  Purse, lunch box, pumping bag (post on that soon) and Little Mister's bag + bottles for daycare.  I am pretty sure getting all of that organized will take me a while to get down to a science.

Jonesing: Warm weather.  I need some sunshine and warmness in my life STAT.  

Texting:  Too much according to Mister but primarily cute pictures and videos of Little Mister to our friends and family.  My recent most favorite is
(one day I'll go back to posting photos other than Gman)

And group chats with friends will always top of list of of my favorite things.

Reading:  I am trying to finish up Truly Madly Guilty.  I have heard mixed reviews on this book so I am anxious to finish it up and see what I think.  I am about 85% through it and feel like it is dragging just a little but I know how she writes and am predicting some sort of twist coming up.  

Hearting:  Our little family and the sweet time I was able to have off with Little Mister.

Linking up with Anne and Erin!

Jan 30, 2017

Four Months

Four months already!  Can NOT believe it.
The rate in which Little Mister grows and changes from month to month and day to day is just fascinating.  
He likes: still milk, all the milk, lights and motion.  He still LOVES to look outside.  He has discovered various patterns in our house from stripes on the wall to air registers and really enjoys staring at those.  
In his nursery tour I mentioned this hippo and it's magical powers.  It plays lullabies, nursery rhymes or nature sounds while projecting stars on the ceiling.  It is on a timer and if the baby cries after the timer goes off, the sound turns back on and puts him back to sleep.  It is great! A few of my friends that are mamas have already ordered one for their babies, it is totally worth it!  
He does not like: being hungry longer than he thinks is acceptable and being overheated.
Last week I put his coat on him to run a very quick errand and as soon as I put him in his car seat he got extremely agitated and started screaming and crying.  I took him out of his car seat and he had immediately gotten very hot and sweaty.  I took his coat off and helped him calm down.  A while later I noticed he had all these tiny purple pin prick dots around his hair line and jawline.  I called the doctor and told them I thought he had some sort of rash and they had an opening so we went in to get it checked out.
After a lot of questions and telling the doctor about how he had gotten SO agitated over being too hot, he determined that he got so mad that he burst some blood vessels and that is what caused the breakout...DRAMA
So that being said, he REALLY doesn't like being hot and he will surely tell you about it!

Babiators- possibly the best gift EVER 

In the cuteness department LM has really upped his cooing, little babbles, SMILES and laughs.  We just burst with happiness when he does any of these things.  He also continues to 'coo' after he sneezes and it is so adorable.  He has started to find his hands but his wubanubbs are still his favorite things.
As of last week he was 13lbs 6.5oz! Growing boy!!
We have had a couple nights that he's slept through the night and that makes everyone in our house happy.  He still isn't consistent every night but if he doesn't go all night, he usually goes at least 4 before waking up hungry.

Jan 25, 2017

Nursery Tour

I've been meaning to get this post up for a while and finally got around to taking pictures last week so here you go! 
Mister and I had so much fun planning and decorating Little Mister's nursery.  It was my goal to have things mostly squared away for our shower in September and clearly it was a good thing we did!
Granted it was obviously a little while before LM came home but knowing that we could focus on him and not trying to paint or something in the evenings after being in the NICU all day was so nice.

Our plan was to have a loose travel/adventure theme in the nursery.  We both love to travel and want to pass that to LM.  The main design is grays and whites with touches of navy thrown in.  I love how clean and crisp everything is.  I'll put a list at the bottom of the post for all the resources!
Huge shoutout to Mister for painting and assembling, to LM's Grammy for making his window treatments and to Floyd for giving up his room to his brother ;)
 We had our 4 month photo shoot the same time :)
The room is actually quite small so we tried to do our best and use it in the most efficient way we could.  I have to say I think we did a pretty good job! 
 That hippo is pure MAGIC and everyone needs one.
No that isn't actually Floyd but it looks SO much like him we had to have it.  It is actually the perfect lumbar pillow or to prop under my arm when rocking LM.  

I just love the way everything turned out!!
I'm sure over time things will change (that is life with a designer) but for now we really love it!

Crib: Walmart
Sheets: Target | Love these too 
Window treatments (made by LM's Grammy):
Window treatments trim (made by LM's Grammy): Amazon 
Light fixture: Amazon
Night stand: Ikea (we painted white)
Glider: Target
Pillow: Boutique | Similar 
Blanket: Target (no longer available)
Humidifier: Buy Buy Baby
Angel Care Monitor: Amazon
Dresser: Ikea
Changing pad: Amazon
Changing pad cover: Amazon
Diaper basket: Target
Globe: TJ Maxx
Nest cam: Amazon
Toy basket: Home Goods
Closet system: Amazon
Hippo: Amazon
Bookshelves: Ikea (we painted white)
'G' (not pictured): Hobby Lobby
Adventure print: Marshalls
Koala print: Etsy
Atlas print: Gift | Similar
Cincinnati print: Etsy
Frames: Target
Hello Handsome: DIY by mama

Jan 23, 2017

Mama's Snack Drawer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpecialKGoodness #CollectiveBias

I am not quite ready to talk about it but I have to go back to work soon.
I'm doing my best not to cry about it but that may be inevitable. 
I deal with anxious or new to me situations by planning, thinking through what's going to happen and feeling as prepared as I can.
One area that requires planning is my snack drawer.
You would think I am kidding but I am not.
I eat approximately 97 times a day.  I seem to always be starving + pumping/nursing means I need to have ample snacks around me at all moments.  I often have a mid morning and mid afternoon snack amongst breakfast and lunch.  I get panicky and hangry if I don't have snacks around.  Just ask Mister, he witnesses it all too often.   

Last weekend Little Mister's grandma was in town and she let me sneak away to Target to pick up a few things.  (She didn't mind staying home to snuggle :) ).  I had been thinking about how I needed to stock up on some snacks that would keep me full and focused while readjusting back into the work place.
I was wandering down the snack aisle looking at options.
I spotted these Special K Blueberry Almond Quinoa Protein Bites.
Jackpot!  A snack filled with protein to keep me full and focused?
Yes please!  These are are also incredibly attractive to me because they are perfectly portable to pop a few in my mouth as I am running to a meeting.

I have always been a Special K fan, I have a bowl of Special K Chocolatey Delight every single night, so I know these will be perfect for my snack drawer at work.
The more I looked the more I found.  The Special K Cashew Pretzel Protein Bars were right next to the bites so I snagged a box of those as well.  I already broke into my stash and tried these out.  They are a great mix of chewy with a touch of crunch.  Plus with 8g of protein they are helping me get through the days when I forget to each lunch until 3pm.  Looks like I will have to head back to Target to stock back up before I head back to work.  Darn ;)

I also picked up a bag of Special K Sea Salt Crackers.  Because as much as I love a good protein filled snack, sometimes you need some salty and crunchy to get you through to the next meal.  
Now we were on our way to a well stocked snack drawer.

I would consider myself a champion snack drawer stocker.
I pride myself on my snack drawer building skills and here is how I do it:
1.  Pick up the goods: It is important to start the week on the right foot and not need to resort to the vending machine come 10am Monday morning.
I am generally at Target every week so it is easy for me to pick up my weekly snack needs while I'm there.  I add snacks to my list and check Cartwheel for any good deals they have that week.  Luckily Cartwheel has a Special K deal running right now, double win!  Click below to add it to your Cartwheel app!
2.  Have a variety: Part of my snacking repertoire involves having a variety of items to snack on.  I love snacking and I want to be excited about it so for that to happen, I keep it interesting with a lot of different elements.  Along with the Special K Nourish Protein Bars and Bites I like to make sure I have a jar of peanut or almond butter in my drawer as well.  Don't tell me you've never just stuck a knife in a peanut butter drawer for a quick pick me up?!  I think I went through an entire jar when I was pregnant...
3.  Add in some fresh:  To make sure I have a well rounded snack drawer I always make sure I have a few fresh elements to grab when I run to a meeting or a walk around the block.  My go to items are mostly apples and carrots.  
Both do not necessarily have to be refrigerated and will keep for a few days.  Plus apples and peanut butter are one of my favorite snacks!  I also like to bring in grapes, berries, nuts and humus to dip carrots in.  

So whether you are heading back to work, working on keeping up your New Year's resolutions or just like a good snack during your day, I highly suggest picking up some Special K Nourish Protein Bars or Bites to add to your snack drawer.  You won't regret it!  
Check out more great snacking options here to build the perfect snack drawer or snack basket for the car!