My Favorite Newborn Items

21 Mar

I promise this will not become a baby blog but since Jax is now 3 weeks old and I kinda feel like I got the hang of things, I decided I would share a couple of my favorite baby items that I’ve been using this time around.

My absolutely favorite item are flat diapers.  Don’t you remember the old school cloth diapers that our parents wore?  They are amazing and no I am not using them as diapers but rather burp cloths.  Jax is a spitter and frankly I don’t like being covered in spit-up or projectile vomit so these cloths have been a life saver!  I had purchased other burp cloths at Babies R’ Us and I am not a fan of them at all.  They are way to small and don’t soak up the spit up nearly as good as the flat diaper does.

I’ve talked about these before but I am still in love with my aden and anais swaddle blankets.  They are so light and soft.  I also love that they are big so you can really get a good swaddle that lasts.  Not only does Jax love them but Jayden also uses one at night to cuddle with.

I am not sure the brand of my next favorite product but it’s simply a waterproof multipurpose pad.  I use one on the changing table and one in the bassinet.  It is great for catching pee and spit-up.  These is one of those extremely cheap items that makes life a little easier.

Lastly, I know some people think it’s a waste but our bassinet is probably the most multifunctional piece of furniture we own right now.  I put Jax’s cloths, birth cloths and swaddle blankets all underneath the bassinet in the storage area.  It also has wheels so I can easily move it from room to room and to top it off, he absolutely loves it.  He would rather sleep in the bassinet then being held.  So odd, I know!

Here are just a few of my current favorite newborn items.  Ask me again in a couple weeks which ones are my favorite and I am sure I will have a different opinion!

2 weeks and counting…

16 Mar

I can’t believe Jax is already 2 weeks old.  I swear it seems like we just left the hospital!  He had his 2 week old check-up yesterday and all went well.  I brought out Jayden’s “Bluebook” yesterday to see how differently the boys measured up as:

Jayden

Birth Weight: 7 lb 13 oz

2 Week Weight: 8 lb 5 oz

Birth Height: 22 in

2 Week Height: 22 1/4 in

Jaxon

Birth Weight: 8 lb 5 oz

2 Week Weight: 9 lb 10 oz

Birth Height: 22 in

2 Week Height: 22 1/2 in

The doctor was happy to give us a clean bill of health and so were we; all praise to God!

Below is a picture of Jayden at 3 weeks and Jax at 2 weeks.  Although the pictures may not do it justice, it is absolutely unreal how much the two look alike.  I can’t look at Jax without seeing Jayden.  Those Harrington genes are pretty strong!

Introducing Jaxon Carl Harrington

13 Mar

Baby Jax's 1st Photo

It’s been ages since I last posted but this time I actually have a reasonable excuse… Baby Jax entered this amazing world!  Everyone has a birthing story and here is how mine began:

I was a week past my due date when I headed to the gym to hop on the treadmill with plans of walking until I couldn’t walk anymore.  Before I started I was speaking with another Mom who mentioned acupuncture.  Long story short she said she was a week overdue with both of her children when she made her way to an acupuncturist in town.  She said she was in labor within an hour of leaving both times.  I immediately asked Adam, looked up her phone number and within 30 minutes I was sitting on the table ready for some needles.  Around 9 PM on Tuesday, the contractions began.  Although 20 minutes apart, I was so happy that I was going into labor on my own; with no medical assistance.  It was a long night of contractions every 20 minutes.  By 9 AM they were 8-10 minutes apart and by 2 PM they 5-6 minutes apart.  I headed to the hospital (at the request of my husband and mother-in-law) at 3 PM and I was 4 CM dilated.   At 6 PM my water had broke and by 8:30 PM I was asking for an epidural.  At the time I didn’t think I could handle the pain anymore, however, looking back I honestly think I was just so exhausted from not sleeping the night before that I just wanted to rest and I knew the epidural would allow me to do so.  I was already 8.5 CM dilated by the time the epidural started to work.  I rested for about an hour and before I knew it everyone is telling me it was time to push.  6 pushes later, Baby Boy Harrington (we didn’t decide on a time until the next day) entered the world weighing 8 pounds and 5 ounces.  He measured 22 inches long and had a set of lungs on him that the entire hospital could hear.  He literally cried for the first 3 hours of his life.  I looked at Adam and asked why he was still crying, ha!  But the good news, he slept from  1 AM to 8 AM that night.  Thank goodness because I was absolutely exhausted.  He was a bit fussy in the hospital and even for the first couples days at home but (knock on wood) he is a doll now.  Nursing every 2.5 hours and gaining weight like it’s his job!  Praise God!

So that’s my birthing story!  No dramatics and problems, it was smooth sailing.  After I had Jayden I remember telling Adam I don’t think I could ever do that again but I was wrong; along came Baby Jax!  Thankfully I had a good pregnancy (my husband might tell you differently) and a wonderful birthing experience that I could totally see myself doing it again!

More on how life with two kids is going tomorrow!

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.  1 Samuel 1:27

You Don’t Have a Wipe Warmer?

13 Feb

This post may seem a bit harsh for some and others will understand exactly what I mean.

No I do not have a wipe warmer and I never will.  I also don’t have a bouncy seat that sings and one that vibrates, a table swing and a full-blown-take-up-your-entire-living-room-swing nor do I want one.

I ventured out to Babies R’ Us the other night and was shocked when I saw how many unnecessary baby items they have for sale.  A wipe warmer?  Come on.  A baby monitor with a video camera?  No thank you.  Diaper pails?  I’ll pass on that one too.  Designer crib bedding?  Looks darling but a Chamois Crib Sheet from Pottery Barn and a blanket will do.  I think a lot of times when preparing for a newborn to arrive it is easy to think about what we want as parents rather than what an infant really needs.  So why am I being some laissez faire about the arrival of our newest miracle?  When I packed up Jayden and headed to Croatia I brought the following items:

May 2007

Receiving blankets (Greatest blankets ever invented)!

Burb Clothes

Travel System Stroller

Clothes

1 Rattle, 1 Soft Basketball

Pacifiers

Sleep Positioner

A Hooter Hider

And that’s about it.  Maybe a few other small things here and there but we basically went over with the bare minimum.  Did I assume we would buy things over there, yes but much to our surprise, the only things we bought was a pack n’ play for Jayden to sleep in and a breast pump that was universal.  And to top it off, we were happy as clams!  No complaints and I never wanted or felt I needed to buy anything else!  So for the 2nd time around, we are going with the same approach.  Less is best (and besides I hate clutter)!

If you have any newborn must-haves, please share them!  I’d love to see if I am missing out on something.

5 Years Ago…

8 Feb

…Our baby boy was born!  I can’t believe that my baby is 5 years old today.  Maybe it’s the pregnancy emotions but I have been emotional for well over a week now.  It seems like just yesterday Adam was headed off to Croatia while Jayden was just days old.  I waited patiently for the mailman to arrive everyday to see if he had that magic ticket.  Sure enough, 9 days later the mailman hand delivered Jayden’s passport and said, “Now go and be a family.”  The next day, Jayden, myself and Auntie Jilly were off to be reunited with Adam.  What a wonderful day that was.

I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am that God has blessed us with such a sweet young boy.  He certainly can turn a frown upside down within a matter of seconds.  Adam and I continue to give thanks everyday for such a happy and healthy child!

I “borrowed” a little interview from my friend, Erin, that she asks her kids when it’s their birthday.  Disclosure: it was an hour past Jayden’s bedtime when I asked him the following questions, so he was getting a bit silly.

Interview with Jayden, Age 5

Favorite book: My Magic Tree House Chapter Books

Favorite movie: Cars 2

Favorite color: Black and White

Favorite food: Mommy’s Crockpot Chicken

Favorite thing to do: Play with my cars

Favorite place to visit: Pepe Mike’s House, Auntie Lizzy’s House

What do you want to be when you grow up? A basketball player, football player, a golfer and a tennis player

What makes you laugh? Daddy

What makes you sad? When I fell off my bed, hit my head and had to get 7 stitches

What is your favorite thing to wear? Dress clothes

What is one place that you have never been that you would like to visit? North Carolina (No idea where this came from.  I didn’t even know he knew about NC – ha)

What is your favorite sports team? The Celtics and the Mavs

Who is your best friend? Greyson, Daddy, Oma and Gramie

What is your favorite restaurant? McDonald’s

What is your favorite snack? Cheez-Its

What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream? Vanilla

 


Not So Super Sunday

6 Feb

Superbowl Sunday wasn’t so super this year.  I would rather not comment on why, but I am sure you can guess.  One thing that was super about Superbowl Sunday was the super food we all ate.  Ok, enough supers.  Anyways, we tried a couple new recipes that I wanted to share with everyone since they seemed to be a big hit.

Buffalo Chicken Balls

Ingredients:

3 Cups shredded cooked chicken (I used leftovers for a roast chicken)

1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce (to taste)

3 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 3/4 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs, lightly beaten

3-4 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green onions.

Roll a heaping tablespoon of mixture into a 1 1/2 ball and place on to a plate or separate baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining mixture.

Place flour in a shallow dish.

In a second shallow dish place eggs.

In a third shallow dish, place corn flakes.

Dip each chicken ball first into the flour, then the egg and ending with the Corn Flakes.  Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

(Notice my “bites” are more like “balls.”  Apparently I made mine a little too big)!

 

My girlfriend brought over football brownies and they were the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Football Brownies

Ingredients:

1 package of brownie mix; make according to box

Directions:

Bake according to box.

Once cooled, cut into rectangles and use a can to make a rounded edge.

Decorate with white frosting.

 

My sister-in-law, who I adore dearly, doesn’t really enjoy cooking.  However, the few things she does make are delicious.  One of my favorites is Kielbasa In A Bag.  Sounds silly, right?

Kielbasa In A Bag

Ingredients:

Kielbasa (any kind, any flavor)

Brown paper lunch bag or any type of brown paper bag

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Poke holes into kielbasa with a fork.

Place kielbasa in brown paper bag and fold the end up.

Place brown paper bag with the kielbasa inside on a cookie sheet.

Baking at 35-45 minutes.

Serve hot with spicy mustard.

 

All of these recipes were super easy and super good!

 

The Fireplace Remodel: Part 2

5 Feb

It’s been a couple weeks since I shared the latest update on the fireplace remodel.  Our handy many electrician had some serious work to do while tackling this project but he has done a heck of a job!  It is still not complete since the bluestone mantel hasn’t arrived and we have some patch work to do but it’s complete enough to watch the Patriots today!

It’s almost complete!  I will be sure to share the end result as soon as we are finished.

Worry Less, Pray More

28 Jan

My prayer this week is to worry less and pray more.

Philippians 4:6 says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Let’s Keep it Real

27 Jan

Photo Credits: mamaTRUE

It’s been a while since my last “Let’s Keep it Real” post but since I’ve had about 1000 “Let’s Keep it Real” moments I’d figured I would share just one…

My dear husband, who I absolutely adore, may be able to make 460 shots out of 500 on the basketball court, however, he can not seem to shoot a piece of clothing into a laundry basket that is 3 times the size of a hoop to save his life!

😉

The Fireplace Remodel: Part 1

26 Jan

I mentioned last week that we are currently making some changes to our house.  So to give you a glance at what is going on, here are a few photos of the fireplace.  Please note that myself nor my husband are very “handy.”  I try to act like I am since my Dad and brother build homes for a living but truth be told I am a better project manager (managing people while their working – ha)!

The Beginning

This is what the fireplace looked like before we did anything to the house.  Lovely, eh?

The Demo

That same day my dear husband decided he wanted to see what was underneath the wood paneling so he began to dismantle the paneling 20 minutes before he had to leave to train.

The Middle

Where did the mantel go?  Well funny you ask.  While Adam was “demo-ing” his big muscles literally ripped the fireplace off the wall so we had to replace about 6 layers of brick.  Apparently the fireplace was poorly built so it turned out to be a good thing!

We are currently waiting to paint the back wall and for a piece of bluestone to come in to finish off the fireplace.  So for now, there is no end result but stay tuned, hopefully we will be up and running this week!