Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Connor at Eleven Months

Oh goodness, y'all... we're coming up on ONE YEAR so quickly! This past month has been such a transition period... our little baby is becoming more of a toddler every day. Connor took his first steps about a week after he turned 10 months old, and now he's definitely toddling all over the place! I even caught myself starting a sentence the other day with "When Connor was a baby..." and had to pause for a minute to keep myself from getting all emotional about it!

Jeff calls him "Little Mischief" because he's always getting into everything around the house, but mostly we just love watching him explore and discover. The upcoming holiday season is going to be really exciting to experience with him. Connor has developed his own little sense of humor, and we're finding it so fascinating to see what he does and does not think is funny. He laughs at the most random things sometimes! We've kind of got into the habit of lying in bed and talking about him every night before we go to sleep, which makes me (1) officially really feel like a parent, and (2) wonder how many nights my parents spent lying in bed talking about me (do they still do this?!). Haha!

Oh, and the entire time that I was trying to take his picture, he just kept saying "duh?" (done?) and "deeyit!" (I did it!). Super cute! It's a miracle that I got just one shot of him smiling at the camera. Here's our little boy at eleven months!


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 22 pounds, 11 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 29 1/4 inches. Ish. Based on my amateur measuring efforts.
Clothing: Wearing 12 and 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers! 

The TV remote.
Being tossed in the air or onto a bed.
Watching the laundry in our washer and dryer.
When someone says "gobble, gobble, gobble" like a turkey.
Saying "dada!" repeatedly when I try to get him to say "mama."
Being chased.
Lifting up the corners of rugs.

Older babies trying to play with him at playgroup.
When Mommy won't let him unroll the toilet paper.
When Mommy won't let him throw the coasters.
When Mommy won't let him pull wine bottles out of the cabinet in the dining room.
When Mommy won't let him pick leaves off the houseplants.
Wearing hats.

New Tricks:
Walking unassisted!
"Talking" in a monster voice.
Doing animal sounds for a bear and a bumblebee.
Walking all the way up to Communion at Mass (and distracting everyone at church with his cuteness!).
Turning book pages.
Eating larger meals than his mama.

Happy eleven months, sweet Connor Beckett. We are so blessed that God made you ours!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Connor at Ten Months

It seems like I was just writing out Connor's nine-month post, but here I am doing the ten-month one already! Time flies when you're having fun. :) Here's our giggly, curious, sweet little boy at ten months!


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 22 pounds, 6 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 29 inches
Clothing: Wearing 12 and 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers! 

Playing peekaboo.
Shadows and light reflections.
Being upside down.
The subway in New York.

The NoseFrida.
Sitting still for long enough to drink a bottle.
When Mommy plays with other babies at playgroup.

New Tricks:
Walking around holding onto furniture or just one of our hands.
Climbing up a step or two on the stairs.
Lots of new words: duck, light, downstairs, all done, up, this, that, and yeah (still no sign of "mama" though!).
Following basic commands/questions like "Can you drink some water?" or "Can you turn off the light?"
Sleeping a full 12 hours at night!

Oh, and y'all... he's finally getting some hair, and it looks like it's dark dark dark, just like his mama's!

So now we're less than two months away from the big first birthday! It's hard to believe. It feels like Connor was JUST born, but it's also hard to remember what it was like when we didn't have him in our lives. We say all the time that he was just the most perfect little addition to our family. His little personality just fits with us so well, and Jeff and I are having a blast being his parents.

Happy ten months, little one. As always, we are so, so proud of you, and we love being your mommy and daddy!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Thyme Mac & Cheese

I love baking with pumpkin in the fall. I've posted recipes in the past for some of my favorite pumpkin baked goods: pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, pumpkin spice bread, pumpkin chocolate chip scones, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin cream cheese bars (and more!). I decided the time had come to branch out and use pumpkin for something other than baking, and this recipe ended up being delicious! It sounds a little weird to use pumpkin in a pasta, but trust me - you should try it!


Recipe adapted from here.

2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
1 lb rotini pasta
2 1/2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 oz smoked gouda cheese, grated
2 oz white extra sharp cheddar, grated
salt and pepper to taste
Panko bread crumbs, to garnish

1. Stir together milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over melted butter and whisk together. Cook flour mixture for 2-3 minutes, then stir in thyme.
4. Whisk pumpkin-milk mixture into flour mixture until fully incorporated. Simmer over low heat until thickened, about four minutes.
5. In a separate bowl, mix grated cheeses and lemon juice. Stir the cheese mixture into the pumpkin sauce just until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Stir pasta into the sauce little by little and serve!

Pumpkin mixture simmering!

Butter + Flour

Adding thyme to the thickened butter/flour mixture...

Pumpkin mixture combined with flour mixture...

Adding the cheeses and lemon juice...



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Connor at Nine Months

I think 9 months might be my favorite baby age yet! Connor has developed the sweetest little personality, and I feel like I'm constantly on the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting to learn more about the little boy he's becoming. He's loving and joyful and giggly and sometimes a little mischievous, and we're just having so much fun being his parents!


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 20 pounds, 13 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: I always forget to measure! I'll update it later.
Clothing: Wearing 12 and 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers! 

Playing peekaboo.
Banging his hands on things.
Going to the grocery store.

Waiting to eat until we're done praying.
When Daddy won't let him climb out of the bathtub.
Long car rides.
When other babies/children are sad.
Having his face and hands wiped after eating.

New Tricks:
Crawling all over the place!
Pulling up to a standing position.
Standing for a few seconds on his own.
Saying "hi" and "dada."

Happy nine months, sweet Connor! You are such a blessing to us, and we love you so very much!




Bonus photo: here's a little behind-the-scenes action of what it really looks like when we take these photos... :)


Monday, August 17, 2015

Connor at Eight Months

Connor is eight months old today, which officially means he's been outside of my belly for longer than he was in it! He's very busy these days with all sorts of learning and discovering, and it's just amazing to watch him figure out the world. He's a little miracle for sure. :)


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 20 pounds, 3 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 29 inches.
Clothing: Wearing 12 month clothes and squeezing into the last few size 3 diapers! 

Food. All kinds of food.
Baby Time at the library.
Standing and walking while holding our fingers or furniture.
Screeching and talking.
Smiling at strangers in stores or at church.

Toys that are out of his reach.
When Mommy and Daddy are too slow to get him the next spoonful of food.
Loud noises.

New Tricks:
Feeding himself food off his tray.
Going from a crawling position to a sitting position and vice-versa.
Scooting across the floor on his tummy.

Happy eight months, little one! We love you so, so much!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Connor's Nursery

So. Connor's seven months old now, and I'm finally getting around to posting photos of his nursery. I have a really good excuse for my tardiness. Connor was born three weeks early, so I didn't have time to finish it before he was born! 

Just kidding. I was sort of expecting him to come early, but I still didn't finish it on time. The real reason is that I committed to doing too many sewing projects for his room and I'm not actually a very good sewer.

Actually, that's not quite true either. I had all but one of the projects finished before he was born.

The real reason is this cloud and star mobile.


I saw one I wanted on Etsy and thought to myself, "This is $68... but I want three of them and I really wish the stars were a little puffy and came in coordinating colors. Paying over $200 is insane when I could just make it myself!"But then I spent nine months of my life making them (which I just realized means I was making the mobile for longer than I was "making" Connor), and in hindsight, I probably should've just (a) paid the $200, because it's probably worth way more than that, or (b, the more likely option) accepted the fact that I shouldn't embark on a sewing journey toward something that someone else is selling for $200.

Anyway, mobile done and $200 saved (except not, because I never would've spent that in the first place) and many minutes lost to sewing little stars, and now I can finally call the nursery "finished" (although no room is ever really finished in our house) and show off some photos!

Welcome to Connor's nursery!


The paint color is Valspar's "Distant Valley." I had it picked out before we knew that Connor was a boy. If he'd been a girl, I would've added purple and white accents, but since he's a little boy I went with navy, yellow, and white. I love how calming and cheerful it feels!


This dresser used to be in our guest room. Jeff painted it white, and I put new knobs on it. I bought this changing pad and sewed a yellow cover. The drawers hold blankets, burp cloths, all the clothes that currently fit Connor, and extra wipes/diapers.


The navy basket holds diapers, diaper rash cream, and hand sanitizer, and the little white box is a wipes dispenser that we LOVE. The prints are from Katie Daisy (navy mats from Hobby Lobby), and the growth chart is also from Hobby Lobby (a gift from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law).


I sewed the curtains with pom pom trim from Etsy seller ichimylove. They're pretty much purely decorative and don't actually block much light, and I thought we might have to add blackout shades at some point, but so far Connor has been sleeping just fine even when it's not perfectly dark in his room. 


Jeff installed crown molding in the room, and I think it makes such a huge difference! We had already installed some in our master bedroom, so doing this smaller room with lower ceilings seemed pretty simple, comparatively. We kind of want to go crazy putting crown molding in the rest of the house now!


I saw this crib on a blog years ago, and I've loved it ever since. I wasn't one of those people who had a whole nursery planned out before ever becoming pregnant, but I did definitely have that crib picked out! I love it. Sometimes I notice that other people we know have the same crib, and I always feel like we're kindred spirits or something. Crib twins! Haha.

I made the crib skirt with fabric from Hobby Lobby (it's pleated, which makes it the most complicated thing I've ever sewed... my sewing skills are very limited), and simple yellow sheets finished it off!


We don't actually use the Sleep Sheep for white noise anymore (its battery ran out and Connor did just fine without it, so we just stopped using it), but it looks cute so I'm leaving it there. I swapped its ribbon out with some navy ribbon.


The elephant hamper was a gift from my sisters. It's the perfect size and I just think that little elephant looks so cute!


Here's the mobile again. Despite my frustrations with it, it ended up being just what I pictured in my head. We screwed it into a stud in the ceiling behind the crib (we don't want any falling stars hitting Connor in the middle of the night), and this is how it looks from Connor's viewpoint:



This is the nursing/reading corner. The side table was also from our guest room and re-painted by Jeff. The rocking chair was the only piece of furniture we actually purchased for the room (from Hayneedle). Jeff was on a business trip when it arrived, so I assembled it by myself while hugely pregnant and got all weepy because I was putting together The Chair in Which I'd Rock My Baby. Hormones are crazy things, y'all.


The elephant bank was a sweet gift from my grandparents, and the perfect little lamp came from HomeGoods (I added the pom pom trim).


Shelves! They're from Hobby Lobby (and they taught us that our wall is definitely not flat in that spot... it was a fun time hanging those shelves). The bottom shelf holds photos and gifts from Connor's baptism (and an aqua hourglass that used to be in our guest room).


The top shelf holds some wooden animals that Jeff bought on a business trip to Africa while I was pregnant and the signature canvas from Connor's baby shower. The "You are Loved" cross and the "Be Brave, Strong and Courageous" canvas are from Hobby Lobby.


That trio of storage boxes was in my bedroom in middle school/high school, and then they lived in my craft room closet for a long time before I pulled them out to use in Connor's nursery. I bought them with my own money from TJ Maxx in sixth grade. Who knew I'd one day be using them for my son! The "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" print is a freebie from here.


I love this wall. On the left is a "C is for Connor" print (a freebie from here that's customizable for any name and colors!). The middle one is a Lindsay Letters print from Hobby Lobby, and on the right is a ceramic cross with his name on it from one of my favorite ever Etsy sellers, SashleeCeramics.

Let's see... because this post isn't long enough already, let's talk about the closet too. My initial plan was to buy a bunch of baby hangers (because CUTE) and some of those little dividers labelled with baby sizes (because PINTEREST). But Connor has a nice, big dresser with lots of drawers to hold clothes, so I really just needed a place to store the things that don't fit yet. The solution: a couple of sweater organizers from the clearance shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond + chalkboard tags. I can re-label the tags when I reorganize his clothes as he grows, and I can cram way more into these things than I could fit on a bunch of hangers.


How about some before-and-afters? It's hard for me to believe this is the same room!




So that's the nursery! I think it's the happiest place in our house, and I had a lot of fun putting it together! Oh, and Connor seems to like it too. :)

Connor at Seven Months

I seriously love the age that Connor is right now. He's still not quite mobile enough to be cruising around the house (which means he's not capable of very much mischief!), but he's learning so many things and developing the sweetest little personality! Also he giggles a lot, which I LOVE. Being his mommy is such fun!


Connor's Stats:
Birth Weight: 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Current Weight: 19 pounds, 6 ounces.
Birth Length: 19.5 inches. Current Length: 27 inches.
Clothing: Wearing 9 and 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers! 

Eating anything and everything.
Music and singing songs.
Sneezes (his or ours, real or fake).
His aunts and uncles and grandparents.
Drinking out of our cups.
When Daddy gets home from work.
Reading books.

Going swimming.
Bright sun.
Sitting alone in the back seat of the car.
When he tries to crawl and can't.

New Tricks:
Giving kisses.
Waving "hi."
Showing off his two front teeth.
Drinking from a straw cup.
Feeding himself with a spoon.
Reaching his arms up when he wants to be held.
Fake coughing.

Have seven months, sweet Connor. We love you so, so much, little boy!