Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall-Like Weekend

After having some hot temperatures the past few weeks, it really cooled down quickly here in Ohio. It's been fun though getting out Lucy's new fall wardrobe even though I wish it was warmer outside.  Despite the temperature drop, we still spent some time outside this past weekend.
Todd's mom stayed with us for part of last week to help with Lucy because my parents were out of town visiting my brother in San Francisco.  I was busy last week trying to clean and get everything ready for her visit that I didn't even really have time to think about the weekend.  Todd had to work from home for a few hours on Saturday afternoon & we had Lucy's 1 year photos on Sunday morning (rescheduled from Friday because the photographer forgot to show up....awesome) but other than that, we hadn't planned anything out.
On Saturday morning, I wanted to go to the Worthington Farmers' Market but saw they weren't having it that day because they were closing part of High Street in old Worthington for Market Day.  We decided to head down and check out all the vendors set up selling arts and crafts.  I didn't end up buying anything but it was fun to walk around for a little bit.
Lots of vendors set up in the street

Lucy was decked out in her scarlet & gray for the noon OSU football game

I thought she looked so cute in her skinny jeans and Toms

This is the best it gets in terms of holding Lucy for another 5-6 weeks

Watching the game

While Todd was working and Lucy was napping, I ran over to Buy Buy Baby to get a baby shower gift.  I thought it was going to be a better experience than Babies 'R Us which is always a nightmare, but I swear, Buy Buy Baby wasn't much better!  I figured it'd be a breeze since I knew what all the items were but of course none of them were in the right aisles!  What I thought would take 10-15 minutes ended up taking me almost 45 minutes. 

For dinner that evening, we decided to go out and wanted to eat at Champps.  Before we even pulled in the parking lot, we saw that it was permanently closed.  Not sure if all the Columbus locations are closed but I was kinda bummed...their waffle fries were the best!  We ended up at Smashburger instead and thought it was pretty good.

Burger & Smashfries

Todd & his delicious BBQ Bacon Burger

Lucy & I

Love that she can give kisses now!

Family selfie on Saturday evening
We were up early on Sunday morning to get ready for Lucy's 1 year photo shoot at Highbanks.  There was a mix up with the photographer who thought they were scheduled for Saturday morning instead of Friday morning so luckily she was able to get us in on Sunday morning instead because I'd like to have the pictures back in time for Lucy's birthday party.  It was a lot colder Sunday though than Friday and Lucy was shivering during part of the photo shoot.  I was just watching in amazement though during the pictures because Lucy looks like such a kid now, she definitely doesn't seem or look like a baby anymore!  Plus, her colored skinny jeans and chambray shirt made her look a lot older too.

The rest of Sunday was spent running errands and hanging out at home.  It wasn't a really exciting weekend but we still had fun and was sad to see it end.

Shopping at Target

Reading while Todd (and Lucy) nap

Still not walking on her own but she flies around the house with this walker and just figured out in the last couple weeks how to actually turn it and back up

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Recap: September 8-14

Never thought I'd be walking 4-5 miles on the treadmill on a regular basis.  Running, yes, but walking? Nope.  Surprisingly, I'm finding it to be a decent workout but as I walk more, I'm having to increase my speed to feel like I'm working as hard.  All my walks this week were between 4.3-4.5 mph and every 5-10 minutes, I'll bump up the incline to 6-10%. 

"Taught" my first Spin/TRX class in over 6 weeks but I barely had any resistance on the bike and only demoed the TRX exercises so I don't really think it counts as working out.

Monday: Walked 3 mi

Tuesday: Walked 4 mi

Wednesday: Walked 3 mi

Thursday: "taught" 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: Walked 3 mi

Saturday: Walked 5 mi

Sunday: Walked 3 mi

TOTAL: Walked 21 mi

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

I'll take any excuse I can get to try out a new recipe, specifically something sweet, so when my mother-in-law came into town to stay with us and help with  Lucy this week, I knew I had to find something great to make.  I headed to my Pinterest boards and found this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe that was calling my name.  It's four layers of delicious batter, cream cheese filling, more batter, and topped with cinnamon streusel.  For once, the finished product actually looked exactly like the picture I pinned and tasted just like I thought it would.  It was delicious and definitely a recipe I'll add to my rotation for when we have overnight guests.
My Inspiration


Batter layer

Cream cheese filling on top

And finally, the second layer of batter with cinnamon streusel on top

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel
    For the Cake:
    2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    3 eggs
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    2/3 cup buttermilk
    For the Filling:
    2 pkg (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    For the Streusel:
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    1 cup unsalted butter, melted
    3 cup all purpose flour
1. For the cake, grease and flour a 13x9 baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat until fully combined and fluffy! Pour half the batter into baking dish, spreading evenly.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar and egg until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over batter. Top with remaining half of cake batter.
3. For the topping, mix sugars with cinnamon and salt. Add in butter and combine fully. Add flour and mix with hands until fully combined. Pour crumb topping over batter, sprinkling with hands until evenly distributed.
4. Bake cake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until fully cooked. Cool completely and serve.

from Shugary Sweets

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Recap: September 1-7

My walking mileage is really starting to add up!  I was surprised when I did the math and realized I had walked 25 miles this week!  Now of course, I'd much rather that be my running mileage but I'll take it for now.  Starting back to teaching Spin/TRX on Thursday although I'll be taking it relatively easy until I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks.

Monday: Walked 4 mi

Tuesday: Walked 3 mi

Wednesday: Walked 4 mi
Walked 2 mi w/ Lucy in the afternoon

Thursday: Walked 3 mi

Friday: Walked 3 mi

Saturday: Walked 2 mi w/ Lucy

Sunday: Walked 4 mi

TOTAL: Walked 25 mi!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Long Labor Day Weekend

Since I usually have Fridays off of work, I was lucky enough to have a 4 day weekend since Monday was Labor Day.  The only downside is now I have to work this Friday to make up for being off on Monday.  Because my mom has been helping me with Lucy on my days off since my back surgery, I was able to get my haircut on Friday morning.  It was much needed seeing as I hadn't had it cut since I think February and we have Lucy's 1 year photos coming up next week.  Anyways, I went to a different hair stylist and she actually straightened my hair after cutting it.  I honestly haven't seen it straight since probably high school!  It was nice to be able to put it in a pony tail and then take it down without my hair looking terrible, something I can't ever do with my curly hair.
 Straight hair selfie
The rest of the morning and early afternoon my mom, Lucy, and I spent at the pool.  It was such a hot day and Lucy loved having the baby pool to herself.  Once Todd was home from work, we went to Giant Eagle Market District in UA for the Deschutes Brewery beer tasting.  The lines were long though and Lucy was getting antsy so we didn't stay as long as we would have liked.
Saturday was another hot & humid day and our last chance to hit up Zoombezi Bay.  It was packed but we were still able to have fun in the kids' area as well as float in the lazy river.

All smiles at Zoombezi Bay

It was pretty crowded at Tiny Tides

In the late afternoon, we met my dad at the St. Michael Festival for some food and games.  I went to St. Michael from 1st-8th grade so it's always fun to come back and run into people I knew from way back when.

View of the midway
Lucy picking out a duck with Grandpa

Not a winner but she still got a small prize

Todd didn't have any luck at the ring toss 

and neither did I

He didn't win at tip up either

But Lucy won a rubber ducky at the lollipop tree

On Sunday after church and Lucy's morning nap, we went to CarMax to try and sell Todd's car.  He was a winner at Honda's used car sale lottery at work and ended up buying a 2012 Honda Accord.  At Honda R&D, they have a used car sale once or twice a year with the old manager cars.  Anyone who is interested is put in a lottery with what cars they potentially want and if you're picked, you can buy that car.  Todd tends to be pretty lucky so I wasn't surprised he was picked for his first choice car.  He has talked about getting a more family-friendly car recently and this was the perfect chance to get a newer car in great condition for less than half the original price.  Anyways, we spent part of Sunday at CarMax but Todd wasn't happy with what they were going to give him so we ended up leaving.

Todd with his sporty two-door manual Civic SI that wasn't super convenient with having a kid

 A somewhat stressful day called for an extra large beer

Monday morning Todd decided to drive out to Honda Marysville to see what they would offer him for his car and was pleasantly surprised when it was significantly more than CarMax.  We drove back out a little bit later to drop off the car and then went to Firehouse Subs for lunch.  We were planning on having a picnic at Schiller Park but of course it started raining as soon as we left the house.

Lucy sporting her new hat

We ran some errands (Target, of course!) after lunch and relaxed for a bit while Lucy took an afternoon nap.  We capped off our 3 day weekend by grilling out for dinner.

Todd got really dressed up in his tuxedo t-shirt for dinner

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lucy at 11 Months

11 Months on August 29, 2014

At the end of last month, Lucy was just starting to pull herself up to stand and take a couple steps.  Now when she pulls herself up on something, like the coffee table, she's practically running around in circles holding on.  She also started using her walker and can move pretty quickly holding onto that.  She loves when I chase her when she's walking with it and just giggles and giggles. 
I thought last month she was starting to get some more teeth but I was wrong.  She was been drooling non-stop this entire month but I can't feel any more teeth coming through.  I was really hoping she'd have her 2 front teeth for her first birthday.
We've also discovered that Lucy seems like quite the daredevil and doesn't seem to be scared of much.  She will literally crawl over and on top of anything.  The first time she crawled over by the stairs, she didn't even hesitate to start up them.  My mom & I took her to the splash pad just the other day and she just crawled right into a bunch of hoses that were spraying water and acted like it was no big deal.  In fact, when Todd & I had her at the water park recently, there's a huge 100 galloon water bucket that dumps water every 5 minutes and Todd was holding her almost underneath it and when the water dumped, she just looked around like, yeah, is that it?   
Lucy also learned a new "trick" this month.  At library story time, the librarian was reading twinkle twinkle little star and was opening and closing her hands.  She was encouraging the parents to have their little ones do the same thing to work on finger movement which helps with learning to write.  Anyways, a few days later when she was at my mom's house, she pulled out her twinkle twinkle little star book and without my mom even saying anything, Lucy opened the book and started opening & closing her hands.  She did it again later for me to see and I was really impressed!

Weight: Probably around 19-20 lbs (She was 17 lbs 13 oz on July 1, 2014 at her 9 month appt)

Length: Probably around 29-30 inches (She was 28.5 inches on July 1, 2014 at her 9 month appt)

Clothes: Still wearing 9 month & 12 month clothes and we moved her up into size 3 diapers.  Her feet have grown in the past month too!  After what seemed like forever for her feet to finally grow, she went from a size 2 last month to a size 3 this month.  She was even fitted for her first pair of shoes at Stride Rite and she was a 4w although compared to the other size 3 shoes we have, it seems like the 4w from Stride Rite are equivalent.

Eating:  Lucy tried black beans and chicken nuggets this month.  She is starting to pick favorites when it comes to her food now.  She'll eventually eat everything we give her but will eat her favorite things first.  Her favorites right now are pancakes, bananas, cottage cheese, yogurt, watermelon, cheese, and meatballs.  Lucy is also completing weaned from nursing now but is still taking breast milk in a sippy cup.  Last month, she was just down to nursing before bed and I dropped that feeding right before my back surgery because I didn't want to have to start pumping & dumping just for that one feeding.  I thought she would fuss the first night but she didn't even bat an eye!  We didn't even replace the feeding with a bottle so it just shows that she really didn't need the milk to stay full overnight.  I think it helps that we eat dinner at 6:30 PM and then she's going to bed between 7:30-8:00 PM.  Her eating schedule is still the same...breakfast around 8:00 AM, lunch around 12:00-12:30 PM, snack around 4:30 PM, and dinner around 6:30 PM with breastmilk in a sippy cup at all meals.  We give her water in a sippy cup throughout the day too. 

Sleeping: Sleeping schedule hasn't change at all in the past month.  She takes 2 naps, one around 9:30 AM and one around 2:30 PM.  She'll nap from anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.  She's usually down for bed between 7:30-8:00 PM and is up around 7:15 AM.

Likes: Her toothbrush & having her teeth brushed, crawling up the stairs, "running" around with her activity walker

Dislikes: Sitting still on the changing pad, baby gates on the stairs

Milestones: Started walking with assistance (August 2), first time getting fitted for her first pair of shoes (August 12), first night away from us when she spent the night at Grandma & Grandpa's (August 23)



Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Recap: August 25-31

I walked 2.5-3.5 miles every day on the treadmill in the morning.  Trying to look at the positive side of things and am lucky I can at least walk to get in some sort of exercise.  I don't go back to the doctor for another 3 weeks so this will be pretty much all I do until then. 

Monday: Walked

Tuesday: Walked

Wednesday: Walked

Thursday: Walked

Friday: Walked

Saturday: Walked

Sunday: Walked

TOTAL:  0 mi