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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It’s a Snow Day!

Okay, okay – so I know my Northern friends are laughing at us right now.  We got maybe an inch of snow (which is really ice!) and schools are closed, government offices didn’t open, both Darrin’s office and my office closed early yesterday and remained closed today.  We didn’t get hit nearly as bad as those in the deeper South (all of who we are praying for) but we did get just enough to spend a fun day playing in our version of a Winter Wonderland!

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Our backyard

L's first look at the snow!

L’s first look at the snow!

All bundled up

All bundled up

So excited!

So excited!

"What is this stuff, Mom?"

“What is this stuff, Mom?”

"This stuff is COLD!"

“This stuff is COLD!”

After our time playing outside we warmed up with some hot chocolate (for Mommy and Daddy) and caught up on an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – did I mention we’re headed to Walt Disney World in less than two weeks?  I haven’t?  Well, prepare to be inundated with our last minute planning for the next few posts!

Did it snow where you are?  How did you spend the day if it did?  What is your favorite cold weather activity?

A Week in Review!

Whew – it has been a busy week in the Overholt house!

My family has been in town since last Thursday.  My little brother even flew up from Atlanta to meet his nephew for the first time.  They totally hit it off!

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We also had a mini photo session with our awesome photographer, Mel, owner of Aria Images, photog for all of our important moments and one pretty awesome chicka!  She posted a few sneak peeks afterward so I just have to show them off!

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Lucas also went on his first trip to the zoo!  We have a little animal park in Wilmington and we took Lucas to see the animals this weekend.  I’m not sure how impressed he was with the monkeys, but he did take an awesome nap afterward, so that’s a success in my book!

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Finally, I also had the opportunity to meet up with another mom I “met” while pregnant on a Bump group.  Her daughter was born the day before Lucas (even though we were both due a few weeks later) and it was fun to let the little ones meet and to have some face time with one of the women I’ve shared my pregnancy and birth with.

I’ve tried to pack so much into the past five days!  I think I’ve worn the little man out – it took about 30 seconds for him to fall asleep last night!  Sometimes I feel bad doing so much with him but then I think of all the experiences he’s having and that sometimes even a trip to the grocery store is exciting for him.  Every day is such a learning opportunity for him and I’m doing my best to expose him to as many new things as possible without totally overwhelming him.

Here’s one more shot of the little cutie, courtesy of Mel, to end with:

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What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Do you still enjoy it?

Toys and Burgers – All the Makings of a Perfect Weekend

I love weekends!  I know that may seem a little crazy since I only work two days a week and my “weekends” are actually four days long.  But honestly, there is nothing better than Saturday and Sunday in my eyes.

First, Daddy’s home the whole day!  Seeing my two favorite guys getting spend the afternoon together just melts my heart!

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Baths are more fun with Daddy too!

Second, weekend naps just seem more relaxing!

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If only this lasted more than 45 minutes!

And third, I tend to spoil the little guy just a bit! Okay, so that’s not really just a weekend thing but I bought this super cute toy this weekend and Lucas really seems to love it!

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Plus it was on clearance so that’s a double win!

I also got my Honest shipment this weekend.

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I started using diapers about a month or so ago and like them a lot (although I’m still a big fan of Swaddlers for little babies!).  What I really love though are the cleaning products and other items they sell.  Those that have a fragrance smell incredible and everything works so well.  Plus, they are all plant based and therefore totally safe for Lucas!  An added bonus – their customer service is amazing!  If you haven’t tried their free samples yet, you really should!

We ended our Saturday night with some Burgers on the grill!  I stopped cooking with ground beef about three years ago and started using ground chicken.  In that time, I have “invented” some pretty awesome burgers!  This weekend I did Bacon and Pepper Jack Burgers with Avocado Spread!  You really should try them – Darrin doesn’t miss “real” burgers at all!

Burger Ingredients:

1lb ground chicken

1/2 palm full each of granulated garlic and onion powder

2 or 3 teaspoons dried thyme

5 “shakes” of the bottle of worstehsire

5 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup cheese (I used pepper jack for an added kick!)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine everything really well and shape into 4 patties (I suggest making them large and on the thin side – leaving them even thinner in the center.  They tend to cook better that way.).

Darrin is the grill master in our house so while he grilled up the burgers I made the Avocado Spread by mashing up an avocado and mixing it with the juice of a lemon,  one clove of grated garlic and a pinch of salt.

We also added some tomato and crispy onions to the burgers.

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Served with baked fries and Darrin’s family’s “famous” green beans it was an amazing dinner.

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And I couldn’t end a post about this weekend without a quick mention of Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC and the VMA’s last night!  My husband was having a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that MTV was on in our house but it was so worth it!  I felt like I was back in high school and was loving it!  Oh, and that boy is insanely talented!

How was your weekend?  Anything you try to do every weekend? Did you do anything special this weekend?

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!