So This is Happening…A Lucas Update

I cannot believe it has been a month and half since my little guy turned one.  It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating with Mickey, Minnie and the gang.

It has been a crazy few months for Darrin at work.  I’m really looking forward to things slowing down just a bit for him so we can plan lots of fun family things as it starts to get warmer.

Lucas is really starting to communicate.  He is saying Da-dee, Bye bye, Hi, Momma, and Bubble (not really sure where that came from!)  with regularity now.

The window is becoming a favorite spot for Lucas.  I never knew watching the neighbor boy play basketball in the cul de sac could be so exciting!

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He has six teeth and I’m pretty sure he is working on two more right now.  He is also using those teeth to eat a ton of new foods.  He is really obsessed with fruit, any fruit except apples and pears actually.  He will eat an entire orange in one sitting if I let him, which I’m guessing he gets from his Floridian father!

He is still a huge fan of Mickey Mouse but has really started to love Doc McStuffins.  We watch just for the songs because he loves to dance to them, and what a cute dancer he is.

The warmer(ish?) weather means we’ve done a few trips to the park.  Lucas loves walks in the stroller.

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And he loves playing on the swings with Daddy.

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And finally, and maybe most importantly, this has been happening:

Yes, life at the Overholt house has drastically changed in the past few months.  We have gone from having a sweet and cuddly baby to an intelligent and active toddler.  What an adventure we are having!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…Let’s Celebrate with Chalk Paint

I’m not really sure if I have any Irish in me or not – my mom has always called my dad “Swiss Cheese” because he’s got a little of every nationality, expect Italian, which I get from her.

I did go to one of the most Irish schools in the country though (WE ARE ND!) so I feel like it’s cool to claim some Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day was L’s first holiday last year, which means that this year it’s the first holiday that isn’t his first and I’m a little sad!  I decided to make myself feel better by getting a little crafty.

In November my friend Christa, who is the blogger behind Little Us, posted this super easy recipe for Chalk Paint.  I’ve been dying to use it on our driveway but because we’ve had a crazy cold winter I haven’t been able.

It’s finally getting nicer and as a way to make L’s second St. Patrick’s Day special I decided to give Christa’s recipe a try.

Since I was only using one color, I decided to double her recipe.  I also found that I needed to add MORE than double the food coloring to find a color I liked.  I ended up using 20 drops of the food dye.

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The other change I made is to use cold water when mixing.  Christa didn’t specify what temp to use but after a Google search the general consensus was cold is best!

Finally, it was suggested that a foam brush be used.  For the life of me, I couldn’t find mine so I used a regular art brush instead – it worked great!

Using the chalk paint was really easy!  It took me about 15 minutes to get the message written out – but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and got interrupted a few times.

Here is my version of Homemade Chalk Paint



Ingredients:

2/3 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup COLD water

20 drops of green food coloring

Mix the above ingredients together until combined well.

And that’s all there is too it – it’s as easy as that!

Now getting Lucas to sit still long enough for me to take a usable picture is another story!  This was the best we could do.  So Happy St. Patrick’s Day from my Lucky Charm!

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EDIT: Just as a small side note, this washed off very easily.  We had a rain storm the day after I did this and all traces of our chalk paint were gone!

6 Months Old

I am still having the hardest time wrapping my head around the fact that my little baby is 6 months old!  It really does seem like we just brought him home from the hospital!

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So many cool things go along with Lucas turning 6 months old.

He’s so chatty!

He’s scooting across the floor (which I’m horrible at capturing on camera by the way!)

And of course, he’s eating solid foods.

The one not-so-cool thing about his 6 month birthday – SHOTS! Our 6 month appointment was on Monday and I was dreading it for the whole week leading up to it.

The Well Baby Visit starts out great!  The nurse takes Lucas’s measurements, we get to see how big he’s getting (he jumped percentiles in each category!) and we get this neat little reminder.

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The doctor does a very through examination and lets us know that Lucas is doing great (as if I didn’t already know!!  I’m a super proud Momma!)

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And then the nurse comes back in with that horrible tray! Our family has decided that an alternative and delayed vaccination schedule works best for us so at this visit it’s only one needle prick and the oral Rotovirus vaccine. I get upset just looking at that tray and wonder if this ever gets easier. (Second Time Mom’s – now is the time to jump in and say “Yes, it does get easier!” even if you’d be lying through your teeth.)

To be honest, my little guy handles the shots so much better than I do!  He cries for about 3 seconds and then is totally content after I start feeding him.

This is usually the end result of our vaccine doctor visits – a very sleep little boy!

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I’m one relieved Mommy because I don’t have to deal with shots for another month (like I said, we spread ours out so we’ve gotten shots at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 months and have more to get at 7 months).

Since we’ve talked about something I was, and will be, dreading in the upcoming weeks/months, let me hear about something you’re looking forward to in the next month!  For me it’s a new season of awesome (or if my husband is sharing his opinion, awful) television shows!