Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Menu 4/21-4/27 and 4/28-5/4

Since we are on a strict grocery budget these days, I've found it easier to plan for two weeks of meals and try to stick to sales and bulk. I made the lasagna already last night and it was good! More work than I was really willing to do so it probably won't frequent our menu often but good enough to try again eventually.

Sunday: spicy kale lasagna, garlic bread
Monday: ranch cheddar chicken, baked potatoes, salad
Tuesday: leftovers
Wednesday: skinny chicken enchiladas
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes
Saturday: out or leftovers

Sunday: baked chicken parmesan, salad
Monday: meatloaf, twice baked mashed potatoes, broccoli
Tuesday: panko crusted fried tilapia, baked oven fries, broccoli
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: spaghetti and meatballs
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: date night!

What's happening in your kitchen this week?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

3 months old!

Colton is 3 months old today! This little guy is growing up fast. I will admit I've gone back through the 20+ videos we've already taken of him and cry when I watch the ones from the hospital or from his first day home. I can't believe how big he's getting. Where did my teeny tiny 7 pound baby go?

These days Colton has become much more sociable. He still has his off and fussy days and he can be a bit temperamental at times but he also is a lot of fun and is getting a mini personality. He is starting to hate his swaddle but wakes himself up without it complete with scratching his face, jamming fingers into eyeballs and sucking on his hands. We are going to work on getting rid of the swaddle this month if at all possible so he can start sleeping on his own.

I am very proud to say that we are still exclusively breastfeeding! It is hard to believe that I was so worried about breastfeeding in the beginning and was setting goals as low as 3 weeks. I have worked so hard to make it work out and without giving too many personal details things are going well and might even continue to get better. There are always ups and downs and frustrations with breastfeeding but knowing that I'm doing what I feel is best and natural for my child and myself makes it all worth it.

Colton has started rolling over a little bit from tummy to back as of last week. He's done it maybe 4 or 5 times but it appears to still be a work in progress because it seems like sometimes he can't figure out how to do it again. He is a pro at tummy time as far as getting that head and neck up nice and high and attempting to do some sort of army crawl (although a bit too early for that). He likes standing and putting weight on his feet and he sits up well with support too. He's started leaning forward as if reaching while sitting or standing either towards a toy or towards mommy or daddy. He kind of grabs things but not really, more like swatting at them and sometimes grasping.

Still really loves laying on his changing table and playing with mommy and daddy. He adores his Baby Einstein Octuplush that plays music. He talks and coos to it and tries to grab the tentacles and stuff them in his mouth (and sometimes succeeds!). I started reading books to him very early on and it took him a while but in the last week he has really warmed up to reading. He has patiently sat looking through up to 5 or 6 books at a time, taking in all the pictures. I love this because I loved reading as a baby/kid. That's my boy :)

We still have not slept through the night. We had one 6 hour stretch the night of Easter which I chalk up to being exhausted from a long day. He has slept a couple of 5 hour stretches but generally he sleeps for 4 hours at a time, sometimes less. He usually wakes up to eat around 1:30 or 2, and between 4:30 and 5:30. After that he'll get up at 7 or 8 and we'll sometimes be able to go back to sleep after that.

We have not yet heard a true laugh but I'm hoping it's next on the list of milestones. He does that little screechy sounding excited sound at times when he smiles really wide so I think it's only a matter of time.

I love this little boy.