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When I think about my dad, I think thrifty.  That man can find anything and usually for a fraction of the cost.  He buys things for pennies at a time and it's amazing what he actually spends on things sometimes, because I know that I could NEVER find it for that price.  I mean.  I'm thrifty and absolutely hate spending full price on anything, but he's got me beat.

Pictured above is a little "early Christmas gift" for Coen from my parents.  It's meant for him when he can actually sit up on his own and have a little more strength.  But it's one of those trailer things that you pull behind your bike for the little tykes to ride along in while you "get a work out." 

Guess how much he got it for?


It's a Safety First Bike Trailer that has space for two kids that usually cost around $80 to $100, brand new.  My dad bought it for $20.  I'm not kidding.  I love garage sales.  And, there's nothing wrong with it.  We've attached it to the bike, checked all the parts out, tried the seat belt options and it's seriously, good to go.  It barely looks used and is very brightly colors.  Makes me think it will be very visible for those around him.

The best part?  I can fold that bad boy up and carry it around, by myself.  Which means, that I could easily sling it into my trunk and we could go on a little bike riding excursion.  All 3 of us.

We're so happy to have this to use next summer.  He'll be a little stronger and bigger by then and he'll probably enjoy it a lot more than doing it now.  He's just a little floppy for it now.  Next Spring/Summer it will be perfect!

Tuesday was my husband's birthday and in very rare fashion, we BOTH took the day off to celebrate.  He's never done that and I've never done that with him.  Had a planned vacation day, but it was great.

First we headed off to Subway for their amazing breakfast sandwich, have you had this?  If you haven't, you should try it.  I get the 6" flat bread, ham, egg white, provolone cheese, green peppers, onions (toasted), then I add tomato and chipotle southwest sauce.  It's absolutely amazing.  Try it!

From there, we had Coen's 4 month doctor's appointment in the morning.  We knew that he'd be getting shots and we weren't excited about this, but we had to do it.  He was a champ and barely had the reaction that he did when he was 2 months old.  He still reacted and was upset, but I was able to quickly sooth him and because he loves his thumb so much, that helped a lot too.  It was quick and painful, but not the reaction that he had before that just broke my heart.  While we were there, we were asked to get a shot as well, so my husband and I both walked out with shots too.  Crazy.

His stats from the Dr.:

Since his 2 month appointment, he's gained 3lbs and 3 inches.

He weighs 15lbs & measures 26 inches in length. 

The doctor talked to us about a few things, but all in all it was a great visit and he was overly impressed with how Coen was doing.

When we got our shot, we were told that we'd feel like someone punched us in the arm.  All day, we were waiting on that feeling.  It never came.  Then we went to bed and woke up the next day and so far the last two days, it's been so sore.  It's getting better, but still sore.

The Dr. talked to us about introducing solid foods and when this might happen.  Right now, we're shooting for introducing them during Thanksgiving break and at that time Coen will be 5.5 months old.  From there, I plan on making baby food with my friend so that we can have a stock of items for him to try and then eat over the following months.  We're supposed to start with baby cereal then move into something different.  Trying a new food every 4 or so days.  More on this as this time approaches.

Oh and my goal was always to nurse him exclusively until he was 6 months old, but I'd like to have the opportunity to watch him when he goes into this new phase of his life and since we'll have a few days off together, I thought that Thanksgiving would be better than doing it at Christmas when he'd be almost 6.5 months old.  Should be a fun adventure.  Hope it goes well.

One more note.  When introducing, the dr. said that he'll still eat the same amount of milk, we'll just add this new "solid" portion to his diet and it will be in addition to all of the ounces he drinks.  Should be a fun transition.

After the Dr.'s office we went to lunch with the in-laws at the Old Bag of Nails and I have to say that I love it there.  If I could eat their Greek Salad for lunch every day, I'd be perfectly okay with this.  It always hits the spot. 

From there, we headed to Walgreens for some infant Tylenol (just in case Coen reacted to the shots like he did the last time) and then we were off to the zoo.  It was a great day to hit up the zoo and going during the day surely cut back on the crowd.  We went away from the Polar Bears and toward Africa.  It was fun to see all the different animals on that side of the zoo and boy were they active. 

We received our zoo pass as a part of a shower gift that we registered for and it has been so much fun attending whenever we want.  We've already got our monies worth and cannot wait to continue to go and see Coen start to really see the animals.  He was watching the monkeys jump around when we were there on Tuesday.  It was fun to watch his  eyes bounce around while they were swing around their cage.

After the zoo, we went for some sushi at our favorite place in town and then the Jeni's Ice Cream for dessert.  I had Salty Caramel and Brown Buttered Almond Brittle and S. had Milkiest Chocolate in the World and Coffee.  Their flavors are a little strange in name, but absolutely fabulous.  BBAB (Brown Buttered Almond Brittle, aka: old faithful) is probably my most favorite and although I usually try a couple before I make my decision, I almost always go back to old faithful.

I'm pretty sure that all in all it was a great birthday for my husband.  I know that he appreciated the time with Coen.  He carried him through a good portion of the zoo, showing him the animals and just letting him look around.  It was really cute.  I haven't downloaded those pictures yet, but when I do, I'll share them with you.

Happy Birthday Babe.

Coen's new things that he's doing is rolling when he sleeps.  I have to admit that when he first started doing this (a week ago) it really freaked me out.  I was going to buy that breathable bumper and then I didn't.  I was going to swaddle him one arm and one arm out, and then I didn't.  I was going to let him just talk himself to sleep and then I didn't.  What's working for us now?  Well, I just let him do his thing.  I don't worry about it too much, but if I hear him crying, I tend to him.  Usually what happens is he rolls to the side of the crib, he gets to a point where one arm is out and he cannot figure out how to get it back in so that he can suck his thumb, which results in cries. 

We're working on revamping our evening routine and while we do that, I'm just going to say that mama needs some zzzz's but I know they are in the future.  Just have to give it time for him to work some things out.  Until then, we're just going to keep working on it.  And if it means that from time to time, I have to go to the guest room and co-sleep with him, I'm not against it.  We both need sleep to function and if this is how we get it, I'm going to do it.

It's just trial and error and I'll report back when it's better.  For now, look at this sweet face.

In other news...
  • We had our family pictures taken with Britt Lakin during a family (past client) mini session last weekend.  I'm excited to see how they turned out!  She always captures such the sweetest pictures.
  • We're signing the contract on our outdoor project.  We'll be getting a pergola and patio in before Thanksgiving.  Should help us enjoy our house for a little bit longer and it will actually allow for us to enjoy our deck more in the summer months without passing out from heat stroke.
  • I'm going to be starting to sew again, soon.  I have several projects that I need to wrap up and I want to jump back on that bandwagon.  What will I be sewing?
    • Patching S.'s jeans.
    • Finishing my Christmas stockings.
    • Finishing my book slings for the nursery.
    • Finishing my yarn wreath.
    • Making a few more bibs. For both Coen and his friends.
    • Making a few burp clothes from items that we're recycling.
    • And a few other things that I haven't thought of yet.
It's going to be a great fall.  I'm so glad that it's finally here.  I've missed it so much.

Happy Thursday!


Wendy said…
Little man is getting bigger! His smile is the cutest!

Sewing! YAY! My goal this weekend is to unpack my craft room so that I can begin sewing and making stuff again. Boy, how I've missed it!

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