Happy Birthday Addy Paddy!

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tomorrow is this sweet baby girls birthday and we're all headed to North Alabama to celebrate today!



She is the absolutely the sweetest baby I've ever been around. She has many nicknames: Presh, Presh-poo, Addy Paddy, An-nine, Precious, etc.



She has the most amazing blue eyes.


We all love her very much! Happy almost birthday sweet girl!

rice cereal.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Laney has started rice cereal. And by started I mean, we shove in her mouth with a spoon and she slowly spits it back out and then gets in her hands and plays with it. Dr. Godfrey said with her weight maybe it was time to start, so here we go! (side note: I love our pediatrician, and not just him but the whole office! We've never had to wait more than about 3 minutes in the waiting room. Once they get us to our room the nurse sees us, about 2 seconds later we see Dr. Godfrey, then the nurse comes back in as soon as he's gone, and then we're outta there! Our doctors visits have never been longer than 30 min. start to finish. Isn't that amazing!? Green Hills pediatrics rules!)


I'm sure eventually she'll get the hang of it, but right now it's mainly just entertainment.

Sunday is Addy-Paddy's bday and all the fam is getting together this weekend to celebrate!! I can't wait to see everyone!

4 months.

Sunday, October 24, 2010
Laney-boo is 4 months!!! Time flies!

(she's waving hello)

Her stats this time are....
Height: 24 1/4 (50%)
Weight: 12lbs (20%)
Head: 15 3/4 (30%)


Her weight had me a bit freaked out. She's been on what we like to call a "nursing strike." It's been awful; for me and for her. Every time I nurse it usually ends with both of us in tears and Eric trying to console us. Finally, Friday afternoon I had enough. She wouldn't eat, and I would try to pump and couldn't get A THING! I was beyond worried. I thought maybe my milk supply was just gone, or maybe just maybe my pump was broken. I told Eric to take me to the Hospital so I could rent a pump.

We got to Baptist and I went up to the Lactation Boutique and told the lady I needed to rent a pump for 7 days. She said ok, but then preceded to ask me why (I have no idea how stressed I looked, but I know she could tell I was freaking out a bit). When I started to explain to her the situation I couldn't hold back my tears. I just started crying. The lady was SO NICE and understanding, but I was really just at my wits end and feeling so desperate. She told me it sounded like I was having trouble with my "let down" and being stressed about it wasn't going to help. She gave me so many great tips. And told me after I tried all of those things, if I still thought my pump was broken to call medela and they would ship a new out in 24 hours (did you know that!?!? thank you medela!). Anyway, after trying all her tips, we are doing much better. I really just felt so much more calm after just talking to her.


Nursing Laney is one of those things that is just really high on my priority list. I am not ready to give it up, and I'm glad I'm committed to it. I wish I knew what it took to be a lactation consultant, because after all the help they were to me, I would love to be able to help other desperate moms out there.


Laney is doing MUCH better with her nursing now, and I'm hoping when we go in for her weight check in a month Dr. Godfrey will be SO happy with our progress.

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Ok, so other than our nursing issues, Laney is doing GREAT! When she does eat (haha) she's such a happy baby. She's VERY chatty, at home and at school. Right now she's very into squealing and laughing. She keeps us laughing too. She's rolling over both ways. Usually when I go to get her at school for a feeding she's asleep on her side and sometimes her tummy. But, at home at night she sleeps flat on her back with her arms sprawled out. She loves to watch football, especially the Auburn Tigers and the Buckeyes.


(also, if the shirt in the pictures looks familiar. I totally stole it from Claire. She made this same top for Charlotte.)


Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I was on such a roll for a while there. Sorry for the slacking in the blog posting. I haven't been getting much sleep lately.

Last weekend we went to Bham to visit these guys...


It was a rough weekend for the Lanester. She pretty much screamed and cried all day Saturday except for a couple of hours while we ate here...


It was SO good! Thank you, Bella, for the free queso. Apparently if you bring a framed pic of your dog you get a free appetizer. Spread the word. Also be on the look out for the many pictures of Bella that Chuy's will now have glued to their wall. Walker and Em LOVE queso. No doubt they will shamelessly continue to bring a framed picture until they're caught! :)

We have a Chuy's in Nashville, but we've never gone because it's always so packed. So this was Eric's first experience and my second (we ate there the last time I went down to bham to visit walk and em).



Poor Laney. I'm not sure what the issue was, but she had a rough weekend. Don't you wish infants could use words and just TELL you what's the matter?!!? Me too.

Here are a few shots of her when she was actually happy.

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Thanks, Walker and Emily for being such wonderful hosts! And for letting us interrupt your good nights sleep with our fussy Laney-girl!


In other news....I've been working on a few crafty/sewing projects for a baby shower for Ryan's little baby girl on the way; AND the Lanester will be 4 months old tomorrow!! I can hardly believe it she's growing so fast! I'll hopefully have a couple of posts coming your way soon!

Oh! AND....WAR EAGLE!!!!

Cheekwood, Pumpkin Patch, and full tummys!

Monday, October 11, 2010
This past weekend the Griesheimer's drove down from Ohio for a visit.

They got here late Friday afternoon and almost as soon as they made it we hopped in the car because we were HUNGRY!!

What better way to satisfy your hunger (no, don't eat a snickers bar) than to go to the Loveless cafe! I wish I had taken some pictures of this yummy goodness, but I was so busy eating that I forgot! If you don't live in Nashville and are planning to come visit, Loveless is a must! It's family style good southern cook'n!





After dinner we went to Cheekwood to see the Chihuly exhibit. We only made it a little while before Miss Laney turned into Miss Crankypants and we had to hightale outta there!




It was really beautiful! Eric and I might attempt to go see it again if Miss Crankypants doesn't show up. :)

It was also our first attempt at the babybjorn. We think she really liked it, until she got tired.


Saturday we picked up Nana and Grandpa Judge and had brunch at Franklin Mercantile in downtown Franklin. Again, no pictures of the food, I must have been really hungry! :)






Gentry's farm is the pumpkin patch in Franklin, so after brunch we drove down there to pick up a few pumpkins.







We all had a lot of fun, especially little Laney!


Thanks Grandpa Judge and Nana for a wonderful weekend! We'll see you guys in November!

A Daddy and his girl.

Friday, October 8, 2010

There is nothing sweeter than watching Eric interact with Laney.

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If she grows up and doesn't know she's beautiful, then she must not be listening to us. He tells her every moment he's with her how beautiful she is and how much he loves her.

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He's funny with her too. He still has a hard time getting her dressed. When she starts to cry or whine he makes those same sounds right back at her. And he makes up ridiculous songs and sings them to her.


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Ugh! Just look at those big lips! I love them!

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And, while we were out taking pictures my neighbors were playing and wanted their picture taken too! They're too cute to not include...

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We're looking forward to a fun weekend with the Griesheimer's. Nana and Grandpa Judge will be here Friday afternoon. We have lots of things planned for them, including the pumpkin patch! I can't wait!

Souper Fall.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
We've now entered my favorite season of the year, Fall! I love it! Everything about it: the orange and yellow colored leaves in TN, all things pumpkin spice, scarves, corduroys, boots, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a warm and cozy bowl of soup.

Photo from Southernliving.com

I usually make soup once a week starting the first week of October. And by usually I mean that I just started doing this last year. :)

This week I made Darby's Southwest Chicken Soup. I made it several times last year and we LOVE it! I did make a couple of changes: I use a can of black beans and a can of pinto beans instead of navy, and I add a little extra broth.

Right now I'm in search of a new soup recipe to try out next week. I need something low-cal, low-fat (since I'm still trying to get off that extra 10 lbs of baby weight, PLUS the extra 10 lbs I gained post-wedding because we got preggo only 9 short months after exchanging our vows and I moved in with a boy who eats a significant amount especially when training for a marathon and as long as I ate less than him then I was on track-SIKE! Yes- those 10 lbs.) So I'm thinking about trying this recipe from Southern Living (sans the fried okra and grilled cheese). They have a whole article with LOTS of different soup/stew recipes if you want to check it out.

Anyway, I'm just curious if any of you have any favorite soups. If you do PLEASE help-a-sista-out and let me know!

And because I can't finish a blog with out a shout out to this cutie...Here you go!

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