Monday, March 31, 2014

6 Month Checkup

Barrett had his 6 month checkup on Friday!  We bundled up for his 8:45am appointment and we were out the door. It was a crazy morning with dropping Amelia off at school and then making the appointment on time but Bear did great! He enjoyed getting out of the house, regardless of how cold and rainy it was outside.
He weighed 19 pounds and was 26.2 inches. He is growing perfectly on the growth chart. The doctor didn't seemed concerned with his weight or his height...she said he was perfect.
We discussed all the things that he is doing now and was impressed when we told her about him crawling (inching) his way across the living room floor. She even used the word "advanced"...hahaha. We laugh all the time about how "advanced" our kids are so when she used that word, I couldn't help but chuckle.
He finished out his appointment getting two shots but quickly calmed down once he was dressed and in the security of his car seat. We have such a brave and tough little boy!  He always gets knots in his legs so I made sure to give him Tylenol before the appointment so it had time to get in his system.

We were also part of research on antibiotics and for completing a two page questionnaire. I feel like Penn State is always having some sort of research project going on! They gave us a book, in return for participating, that featured some sort of medical condition. We were awarded the following...
After reading through some pages, I decided that we needed another book. Talking about vomit and diarrhea is important so kids are aware when they are sick, but oh my goodness. Lets just say that it was too descriptive!  We exchanged it out for a book on earaches, which is perfect because Amelia has a fear of doctors looking in her ears.

We are shot free for the next 6 months...hip hip hooray!  Our little man is growing so fast and as sad as the appointments are, I love to see that he is doing so great!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thoughts In My Brain

  • We woke up this morning to SNOW! Yep, we had to actually shovel the sidewalks before work. One day it's 70 degrees and the next it is snowing...crazy!
  • We are going through a major budget reevaluation right now and it's so stressful! We know we have a move in the next 14 months and then another move, potentially, a year later so we need to cut back quite a bit so we can ensure that we have enough money to get us through our journey. 
  • The house has been so much fun lately! The kids are getting so big and our interactions throughout the day have been so enjoyable, well most of them have been enjoyable. 
  • Amelia is obsessed with her babies and making sure that they have multiple diaper changes while using multiple wipes and that they are all fed puffies and baby food during meal times. 
  • Multiple friends have called within the last month to share their baby news with us! I'm so excited for them and I can't wait to meet their little ones later in the year. 
  • Speaking of babies--I'm starting to get rid of some things. Maternity clothes, small bottles, and the things that Barrett is no longer using. It's bittersweet but I know that I can't move them so I need to get rid of them.
  • We've been trying to eat more healthy and last night we tried a new recipe with spaghetti squash, garlic, chicken and veggies. It was pretty good. I think that we will be on the look out for future spaghetti squash recipes. 
  • Our washing machine broke this weekend and after calling Sears to get prices on parts and on a technician to come to our house, we decided that we would try to fix it ourselves. Thank goodness to YouTube and a washing machine savy man because we were able to get the new part successfully installed. 
  • Barrett is now sitting in the bathtub--he has been promoted to the bath, big-boy style. He loves having so much space to play and splash. That boy loves his bath time.
  • I have almost a little less than 3 months until I turn 30!  Yikes...I didn't think that I would ever approach that number. 
  • Our car was at the dealership a couple of weeks ago for a routine oil change when they found that we had a seal leak in our engine. I drove around a rental car for a week while they fixed the problem but now that it's "fixed", we're hearing a odd sound right when we start the car. Needless to say, the car has been taken back repeatedly so they can try to hear it. It never seems to make the noise when they do it though...ugh!
  • Counting down the days until summer, match day, vacation and warm weather.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Love

How cute is this little submarine booty?!  
 I love this little boy to the moon and back...or maybe I should say, to the bottom of the ocean and back!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Baltimore Or Bust!

Saturday morning we made the 1.5 hour drive south to Baltimore. We've been wanting to get there since we moved to Hershey but couldn't find an open weekend where it would work. We did a little research and decided to explore the Inner Harbor of the city because there was a lot of fun things that Amelia and Barrett would enjoy!
Our first stop was the aquarium...we were so excited to see all the fun animals.
The aquarium sits right on the water in the harbor and it is filled with five floors of bright colored, fascinating animals. Strollers weren't allowed inside so Amelia had to walk and Barrett had to be carried in his bjorn.
Taking pictures while holding a curious 6 month old proved to be a little more difficult than I expected. I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I did..I was scared that my phone would get dropped in a tank! Here are some pictures of our time exploring the aquarium.
 
Amelia enjoyed looking at all the animals but the tight, dark walking paths were not too exciting. Jason ended up carrying Amelia through most of the aquarium so she could see the displays and so we didn't have to worry about her getting away from us.
She loved seeing all the big boats in the harbor...she was fascinated with the submarine painted like a shark and the pirate ship.
We finished out the morning with a stop at the dolphin center. We loved watching the trainers interact with the different dolphins.
They were giving them Jello and ice cubes for a treat (helps them get the water that they need) after they would do some small tricks.
We left the aquarium, after getting our hand stamped, so we could go eat lunch, explore the harbor and run off some built up energy.
We enjoyed Bubba Gump Shrimp for lunch...it reminded us of California!
Amelia got a fruit slushie in a souvenir cup that sparkles and lights up. She thought she was big stuff when it was dropped off at the table.
After lunch, we walked off our shrimp and fries with a stroll around the harbor. The city is beautiful, especially with the buildings reflecting off the ocean!

Federal Hill Park was on the far side of the harbor and we knew we wanted to climb to the top to get a better view of the city. Barrett took a short nap during our walk...nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby in your arms!
The Hill was the first spotting of John Smith so it can sometimes be referred to "John Smiths Hill". The Hill provided a great view...I'm glad that we walked up!
We thought that we would make it back to the aquarium to see more of the animals but we were ready to hit the road. We didn't want to overstay our welcome and the kids needed to nap.
We didn't make it out of the city before Amelia was sound asleep. She had such a fun and tiring day. Did I mention that she walked all the steps up the hill and all the steps down the hill?! She wanted to do them all by herself!
We made sure to stop by the famous Chaps Pit Beef on our way home. The restaurant/diner was featured on Man vs. Food, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and by the Food Network.
The line was out the door at 3:30pm on a Saturday but since we were passing through the area, we had to get a couple of sandwiches for the road.
The restaurant was so small but it smelled SOOO good! The owners were working (which was neat to see because I just watched them on TV) and they made some yummy sandwich recommendations for us.
The sandwiches and the tiger sauce (horseradish and mayo) were so good. I'm so glad that we stopped there on our drive home...we would have been missing out on some yummy beef!

Baltimore was a great weekend! The weather was beautiful, we had some great family time and we got to visit a city that we've been wanting to see for a couple of years! I'm looking forward to the next couple of months...a few more cities on our to-do list!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Go To (The) Pawk, Mommy?

Yesterday on the drive home from Ms. Bs, Amelia immediately started talking about the sun. The sun talk then lead to a request to go to the park.
When it was cold outside and Amelia would ask to go to the park, I would say that we couldn't go because the sun wasn't out and there was too much snow on the ground. Yeah, I didn't think that out too good because now the snow is gone and the sun is out a lot more than it has been.
I couldn't say no to her sweet little request from the backseat of the car.
Pawk, Mommy? Choo Choo Pawk, Mommy? 

We called Nannie and told her to get Bear and herself bundled up and to get ready for some park fun. Amelia talked the rest of the drive home about the park and how the choo choo was loud by the park but it wasn't there right now.
The conversation went something like this...
Choo choo pawk, Mommy?
Yes, would you like to go play for a little bit before dinner?
Yeah! No choo choo? 
No, sweet girl. The choo choo is delivery supplies to other towns. It's gone for now. See, listen
Roll the windows down so she can listen for the train
Choo choo wowed (loud). No choo choo. Bye choo choo (waving her arm to say bye-bye)
Don't worry, Mil. The choo choo isn't scary. We can leave if we hear the train coming. 

She didn't seem to sure of the choo choo park but she wanted to play! We picked up Nannie and Bear and we got to the park. Amelia was a little more hesitant than the previous times but she quickly warmed up when she saw other kids running around. 
Her eyes were on the train tracks most of her time there...she was looking out for that choo choo. Do you see the chain linked fence behind her? The train tracks are right on the other side of the fence so it gets a little loud and crazy when big, long trains come by blaring their horns.
Barrett enjoyed a little time on the swing set. He loves getting outside and enjoy the warmer weather with his sister. How sweet does he look in his fleece outfit and little hat?
We made it about 20 minutes before we heard a train in the distance. Amelia was ready to leave the park the second that she heard the train...she was a little freaked out. We were able to get in the car and get down the road before the loud honking.
I love our evenings at the park...regardless of how long we are there playing! Hurry up spring!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Conway News

  • The time has come to end a chapter and to start a new one. Sunday morning, around 8am, was a bittersweet moment in the Conway house. 8:00am on March 16, 2014 was the last time that I pumped. I've been struggling with stopping for awhile but my body decided that it would make my decision a little easier for me. I'm glad I was able to make it 6 months...breastfeeding is not an easy task!
  • Jason made his fellowship rank list, decided against the fellowship offered by Penn State and got an encouraging email from a hospital in our home town. Either way, fellowship or not, we know that we have great things on the horizon. 
  • My mom loves to scrapbook. For Mother's Day, my sister and I, went in and got my mom a die cutter and some alphabet dies so she can add wording to her pages. She is going to be so excited to get her new tools!
  • We have a family trip to Baltimore planned for this weekend and a getaway trip to New York, without the kids, for the weekend after. 
  • Jason's 90 year old grandmother and uncle will be flying to PA so spend some time at our house. They will be staying 5 days with us...I hope our house to hold everyone!
  • The excitement level in our house for our camping vacation in July is a little crazy. We talk about what we are going to do and every trip to the store almost always ends with the purchase of something for our trip. We're so excited to spend time with our cousins!
  • I've been going to Philadelphia once a week for meetings and I'm starting to really starting to dread the drive. I have some great colleagues that make my time there worth it but the drive and the traffic can be a pain. 
  • We've started looking up membership plans for different museums and zoos in the area. I'm so excited for spring and summer so we can get out of the house and explore with the kids. 

Monthly Updates: Month Six

Bear, 
You've reached your 1/2 birthday today. I have no idea where the time went...I blinked and now you are 6 months old. You are the sweetest, happiest, most inquisitive little boy. You want to be up and running/crawling through the house! Staying stationary isn't something you enjoy so you've been working hard this month to try and start some forward movement. You're a lover of big boy food and you feel so proud when you do something new. We love watching your eyes twinkle when you learn something new! You're an amazing little boy and we're so blessed. 
XO
Mommy

Here are some special highlights for your SIXTH month:

Weight: 19 pounds (72%)
Height: 26.2 inches (22%)
Head Circumference: 43.3 cm (44%)
Clothing Size:You are wearing 6 month clothes with a few 6-9 month sleepers. Through the day, I love to put you in a onesie because I love to see your chunky little legs. You prefer to not have anything on your feet because you love to hold on to your toes.
Diapers: Size Two Target brand
Feeding: You've really shown interest in eating solid foods this month. If anyone is eating, you start protesting and demanding a bite. You will only eat vegetables. The fruit makes you gag and it's pretty painful to watch you try and eat anything sweet. Your favorite food is definitely peas and green beans. You are drinking 6oz. bottles throughout the day and they are exclusively formula. Mommy's milk supply dwindled and we had to make the transition. Sleep has been a little rough this month. I think your teeth are bothering you. If your teeth aren't bothering you then you've been able to get a lot of extra cuddles this month.
Hair/Eyes: You have the lightest blond hair, which is still more like peach fuzz, and the brightest blue eyes. You have a small little patch of hair on the crown of your head that often sticks straight up.
Sleep: You go to bed around 8:00pm and you're usually up around 4/4:30am. You get some warm milk in your belly and you go back to sleep until 6:30/7 or until your sister wakes you up. You have started taking a long nap around 9/9:30am and two short naps around 1/1:30pm and 4/4:30pm.
Highlights:
--You have mastered rolling. You can go belly to back or back to belly at any time to reach a toy.
--You love to reach up and grab the mirror and the toys hanging down from the top of your swing.
--You now reach for anything that you can get your hands on (plates on the table, books that your sister is reading, the puppies, etc)
--You like to pet Bazzle while you drink your bottle. Your sister did this too and I LOVE it!
--You chew on your toes.
--You loved music class this month. The kids, the musical instruments and the singing were so entertaining for you.
--You are getting really good at grabbing things and throwing them.
--Had your first park experience! You rode the swings...the smiles were endless.
--You are gnawing on everything! We can see a little white bud on the bottom gum line but nothing has popped through yet.
--You bounce in your jumper on your toes so we've had to cut your nails super short so they don't cut off in your nail bed.
--You want to stand ALL. THE. TIME.
--You have started to rock back and forth while you are on your knees. You're ready to crawl after your sister.
--You have a little white bud on the bottom gum. You are working on getting your first tooth.
--You try to make yourself talk and laugh. It's funny to watch you work on your vocal strength.

Monday, March 17, 2014

36 Hours!

Just wanted to give a HUGE shout out to my little lady!
She had a clean and dry diaper for 36 hours before she had an accident.
We weren't trying to start potty training but we were encouraging when she would hold it and go on her big girl potty. It's hard to imagine having only one little one in diapers but I think we are closer to that than we think!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
We woke up and starting working on our green breakfast. We had green eggs and green pancakes this morning! Amelia had so much fun adding the green food coloring and watching her breakfast turn a different color.
She loves to help out in the kitchen. She always asks for her chair when anyone is cooking, washing dishes or doing anything that might require some help. She was super excited when she saw we were cooking green food!
Barrett had a green breakfast too. He had peas, his favorite meal, this morning for breakfast. We wanted him to get to enjoy a green breakfast too! Amelia wanted to feed her brother this morning. She did a good job for a two-year old but she wasn't as fast or as accurate as Barrett prefers his meals.

We made sure that we all had a green breakfast and that we were all wearing a little bit of green before leaving for work and starting the day. No pinching is allowed in the Conway house! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Just A Weekend In March

This weekend was busier that our normal weekends. Jason was on-call (from home), we had a visitor from Pittsburgh (Aunt Diane) and we had to cook and deliver two meals to some friends.
We started out the weekend by a trip to Chocolate World. For whatever reason, Amelia woke up and requested a trip to see the cows. There are singing cows on the chocolate tour!
Barrett loves the ride...there are so many things for him to look at! His head was on a swivel during the 15 minute ride! 
We headed to lunch, dropped off Barrett, Jason and mom for an afternoon nap and then Amelia, myself and Aunt Diane headed to the park. We tried to new park this weekend because the park by our house is super close to the train tracks and the trains have been super busy the past couple of weeks, which means that it gets LOUD!
Amelia seemed to really enjoy the new park! She was exploring all the different slides, swings and tunnels.
We headed back to the house for dinner, baths and bedtime. We tried to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible because it wasn't suppose to stick around for very long.
Sunday was filled with art projects, pizza making and a monthly photo shoot. Amelia loves to make her own pizza and she wanted to show Aunt Diane how good she was at making her signature cheese pizza.
The kids got a quick nap in while I ran a few errands and dropped off some food for a resident's spouse that just had a baby.
Once the errands were over and the kids woke up, it was time for Barrett's monthly photo shoot. The pictures are priceless! Here is a behind the scenes picture...
The kids LOVED this photo shoot more than any others that we've done in the past. Seriously...the smiles couldn't have gotten any bigger! 
We dropped off dinner at a friend's house (their little one just had surgery)! They invited us to stay and eat with them, so we took them up on their offer. The kids loved playing with each other and they seemed to enjoy the lasagna and the brownie sundae bar!
We headed home just in time for baths and bedtime. We had a full weekend and we made sure to enjoy every second of time together and the nice weather.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Playing At The Park

The past two days have been so nice..like, 60 degrees nice!
I rushed home after work on Monday and Tuesday because I wanted to get in some time at the park and I knew that the warm weather wouldn't stick around for very long.
Barrett had his first swinging experience and he loved it. He was all smiles and giggles as he was swinging along side his sister.
We played a little bit on the slides and then came back to the swings. Barrett fell asleep in the swing--I think the warm sun on his face helped him relax his eyes.
Amelia was running so fast around the playground that it was hard for me to get a good picture. She didn't want to stop or smile for me! The second that she came down the slide, she couldn't hide her smile.
We had two great days of fun at the park before it turned rainy and cold. The weatherman is calling for the cold weather to move out by the end of the week and for some warm weather to return this weekend. I'm not super excited about the cold weather coming back but I'm grateful for a few days of nice, spring weather.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UNICEF Tap Project

Are you up for a challenge?
Do you want to help the less fortunate??
Go to this link on your cellphone and follow the instructions.
Leave your phone alone for 10 minutes and UNICEF will donate enough water for a day for one person in need.
Leave your phone alone for 20 minutes and UNICEF will donate enough water for two days for a person in need.
I was able to lay my phone down for 70 minutes this morning while at an event!  It felt so good to know that I was helping the less fortunate in Asia, Africa and other countries that truly need help.

If you participate, I'd love to hear how long you were able to fight the urge and leave your phone alone.

Lets change the world for the better...10 minutes at a time!

Monday, March 10, 2014

What We Did This Weekend

This weekend was full of excitement! Jason was on call all weekend so we worked on some house projects and we ran some errands. Here are a few things that we did this weekend:

We played with our babies...
We took care of Ms. Lacey's cats while she was away on vacation...
We did some early morning multitasking (breakfast and grocery shopping)...
We organized our spring/summer clothes and modeled a mixture of them throughout the day...
We went and enjoyed Hibachi and sushi as a family...
We tried SO hard to crawl toward our toys...
We took a lot of baths, which resulted in a lot of smiles...
We took naps together with the sun peeking through the curtains...
We had a great weekend together and we're already counting down the days until next weekend!