Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Life the past few weeks: bottles, smiling, tummy time, visitors, and pinterest dinners

First Bottle 

A day after Teagan turned one month, we decided we needed to try the bottle. When I go back to work she's going to have to take it, and we wanted to make sure that she wouldn't fight it. So we decided that each dinner feeding could be a bottle so Patrick could enjoy that sweet time with T. I think I had a little bit of a harder time than she did. I'm realizing through this process that I don't exactly move on well. Each new stage that we get to makes me so sad that time is passing so quickly.

Funny story-when Patrick first tried to give her the bottle she was not having it...which only made me cry more. How could I do this to our sweet girl? He decided I should try it first so that the amount of change was minimal for her. As soon as I got her, she did awesome, making me think oh good, she does still need me. Then, Patrick looked at me and asked, "Are you supposed to be shoving that whole thing in her mouth?" Me: "Umm, yeah." No wonder she was having a hard time--he was only trying to put the tip of the bottle in her mouth. She was getting teased and was less than excited about it. So maybe it wasn't that she needed me in that moment and more she needed the whole bottle. Once dad learned that, she did great. :) 

Wearing her "I love Daddy" pjs

Tummy Time

Tummy time is still a bit of a struggle most days. I've learned a few things though: if I can put her in her boppy she feels a little bit more secure, if I open the door the fresh air calms her down (although now with the West Nile scare we might be doing a little less of that), or if I play music she'll calm down too.

Problem is, if she's too calm it doesn't go towards her quota for the day. She must be doing push ups. Like this...

We must find a happy balance. 

Finally some relief when she gets put on her back :) 

I like smiling, smiling's my favorite :) 

Well, I think we can say that Teagan has started to smile more consistently now. It just melts our hearts when she throws us one of her smiles. She loves smiling at her dad when he comes home from work...sweetest thing ever! 

She's trying to make sure everyone sees both of her chins in the top right picture. :) 


Uncle Joe (Patrick's brother) flew in for a concert in Atlanta and got to come hang out. Teagan wore her I heart my uncle t-shirt just for him. :) 

My college roommate Meagan was also in town this weekend with her little girl. E is 14 months old and was absolutely precious with Teagan. She quickly learned who she was and if you asked her where Teagan was, she'd point right to her. She also would come in to the house and say "Baby?" with her little hand upturned like-"Where is she, that's who I came to see!" So, so, so cute as you'll see in the pictures below. 

...but first a throwback picture from 5 years ago of Meagan and me since we managed to only get pictures of our girls and none of us. She is an awesome friend and a wonderful mom. I'm glad I have her to ask my hundreds of questions when I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing! 

Love this next series of pictures. First, E coming over to say hello. Then, she gets a little concerned that T is crying. Next, wondering why the adult standing above her doesn't seem to be doing anything. Finally, giving her a kiss to make it all better. :)

 E trying to figure out how she can get in the nap nanny with Teagan.

Sharing some more sweet kisses

just future college roommates sharing a laugh :) 

Patrick loving E's dance moves. :) He and Dustin kept the girls for us so all the college roommates could go out and get a pedicure together to celebrate Meagan's birthday. 

And another throw back picture of the college roommates since we didn't manage to get any. This should teach us. :) 

This girl loves her nap nanny. quite comfy here. 

Pinterest Family Dinner

We had another one of our "family dinners" this past week. While the guys were out playing golf, the girls decided to have a pinterest dinner-where we made a bunch of random things that we've been wanting to make. We had mini corn dogs, mozzarella bites, bourbon meatballs, spinach and feta croissants, crispy edamame, sopapilla cheesecake, peach & balsamic pizza, and girl scout samoa clones.  Lots of deliciousness going on. We had a few left overs for when the guys came back. :) 

I made the peach and balsamic pizza and samoas. Yumm! 

First for the samoas-I've been waiting a long time for an opportunity to make these. Not only are they a little time intensive, but they also a bit dangerous to make for only you and your husband. I needed someone else to share the calories with. :) 

I thought I'd take some pictures of me making the cookies, you know, be a good blogger and all. Then, as flour and sugar covered my kitchen, I realized I should probably just focus on the cooking and a little less on the documenting. 

I pretty much followed the recipe exactly from this website. I will point out a few things though. First, I didn't have a cookie cutter as the recipe calls for....so I just got the top to a Tropicana orange juice bottle we had and voila! Also, it says that the dough needs to be rolled out to about 1/4 of an inch. I know from my Martha Stewart sister that the thickness of the dough can make a big difference...so I rigged together 2 magazines that were about 1/4 inch, taped some parchment paper to the side to keep the dough away from the magazines and used those as my guides to roll out the dough. Finally found a use for that Architectural Digest we had sitting around. :)

Secondly, the chocolate. I definitely recommend using the double boiler method to melt the chocolate. I've done the microwave for another recipe and it is a disaster. To do that, you just get a pyrex bowl and place it over a pot of boiling water on the stove. You don't want the water to touch the bottom of the bowl though. The steam from the boiling water rises and melts the chocolate evenly. It worked great! The recipe recommends using a bittersweet chocolate because the coconut/caramel mixture is so sweet. I did that, but I feel like it made it taste a little less like the real samoas. Next time, I might try it with milk chocolate instead. 

The finished product. If I can do this, anyone can. They didn't taste exactly like the real things, but there were still pretty tasty. 

Super easy Peach & Balsamic Pizza...recipe found here. I'll be honest, it doesn't look quite as pretty once it is out of the oven but it still tastes awesome. So much so, I've already made this again for dinner last night.

 Patrick's signature picture of the other husbands taking pictures. 

Girl picture-this time plus one! :) Come October our girls group will grow by one more! 


  1. Love it! That's quite a recap love! Ha! You're magazine lineup to measure the cookies was awesome. Genius! Love all the pics of E with Teagan. Too cute! And scary to see how much we've changed since college... Although some of those pics of me were scary, so maybe it's for the better- haha! Loved your post!!

  2. Haha- love it! Can we say serious bang-split in the above pic from college?! We can catch up on the pictures at the lake when we go oh so soon!