Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Preparing for a new adventure!

I seem to have fallen behind again.  But really?  It's not really something new.  But to be fair, the past few weeks have been jammed packed with, well, everything. 

Halloween snuck up on me real quick.  I planned on making the boy's costumes and when I realized Halloween was in 1 week I panicked! I originally planned on making them Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but that idea fell apart rather quickly.  Tanner wasn't interested in learning who Charlie Brown was.  And Snoopy only has one spot (on his back) and knowing Wesley was riding in the stroller he would just look like a white dog.  So I just made him a white dog with black spots. I asked Tanner what he wanted to be.  He said, "maybe a monster! Or a dragon! No! A SPIDER!" So after a trip to Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx, I got started on their costumes.  

What else has been happening? Tanner has been playing soccer.  I've been planning his third (WHAT?!) birthday party. Researching and planning Tanner's homeschool preschool (we will begin in January).  Wesley turned 9 months old. I've lost 20 pounds! Nick got his name on his jet. And possibly the most exciting news...

...we got our next assignment!

Nick received his list of possible planes and locations about a month ago.  We rack and stacked them, ranking them 1-26.  And HOT DOG (too much Mickey Mouse?)! We got our FIRST choice!  We are so incredibly excited!  

Ever since April of 2009 when Nick got his pilot slot we've been daydreaming about what plane he would be flying and where we would be living.  In 2011, when Tanner was born and Nick was in pilot training, we decided staying here and having Nick become an instructor pilot was the best for our family.  Thankfully we got our first choice then, as well.  And now that this assignment is almost over, our next adventure is going to begin. We still have several months, but we can start planning and imagining.  

I don't feel comfortable flat out saying where we are going or what Nick will be flying (yet), but we will be near some family.  AND THE OCEAN! Hallelujah, no more land locked state! We are so blessed.  And oh so thankful!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Today was a hard day. 

It started out dark and early around 5:45 with Wesley waking up. Followed by a mouse running across the living room. A MOUSE! Ugh. 

Thankfully Nick was home to help get it out of the house (hopefully).  Nick was also around to help take the boys to the clinic for Wesley's 9 month check up. A few things:

1) Wesley hates being poked/prodded. Especially naked in a cold doctor's office. 

2) Three times now I've had an annoyingly bad experience with the airman who does the growth stats. 

3) Waiting for 45+ minutes in a cold room  for the (new) pediatrician (that I don't really care for) while Wesley screams as loud as he can, just barely keeping himself from vomiting sucks. Heck of a run-on sentence, huh?

Also, Wesley refused his morning nap and only slept barely a hour in the afternoon. He was so tired and grumpy today. Which reminds me...having an extremely temperamental, high needs baby is hard. Especially if that baby hates being cuddled or calmed. 

I sure hope teething is to blame. I'm tired. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weightloss and Running

A little back story/info: I was about 15-20 pounds overweight when I got pregnant with Tanner (a lot of that is boob weight, though-ha!). I gained 60ish pounds with Tanner's pregnancy, and was only able to lose 40 postpartum.  I breastfed, dieted, and exercised and I could not get past that plateau.  I could binge on food during the Holidays, and I wouldn't gain weight either.  It was incredibly annoying.

I got pregnant with Wesley at that same weight.  I only gained 20 pounds with that pregnancy and lost it all immediately 2 months postpartum.  I was right back at that number that I was stuck at for 2 years.  

When Wesley was 2 weeks old he started showing signs of colic (something I don't wish on anyone).  Around a month old I started giving him probiotic drops.  That seemed to help for the most part.  But it didn't get rid of the colic completely.  

Around 4 months old I cut out dairy because of Wesley's colic symptoms mixed with his green, mucousy, blood tinged poop.  3 weeks later I noticed a big difference in the colic, and his poop.  (He is still a very temperamental baby and has his angry moments, but his overall mood is better)

I noticed a difference in Wesley, and in myself as well!  I never realized how much dairy I ate until I couldn't have it anymore.  Not just milk, cheese, chocolate.  But whey and casein, too.  It was very hard at first, but after being dairy free for 4 months it's become normal. 

I also have lost weight!  I think I lost a couple pounds PAST my plateau mark from just cutting dairy!  I started couch to 5k in July and I've lost even more weight.  18 pounds.  It's still so shocking.  I was stuck for so long.  My first goal was to get back to the weight I was when I got pregnant with Tanner.  I have 5 pounds to go.  And then my next goal will be to lose 15 more pounds.  I will reevaluate then, whether or not to lose 5 more.

I've always wanted to be a runner.  So many people talk about how they love to run, how it's a stress reliever, and so on.  Every time I tried to start running I hated it.  Absolutely loathed it.  I couldn't understand why anyone wanted to do that for fun.  But back in July I just had this feeling.  A feeling like I might actually be able to complete couch to 5k.  

I finished the first week and felt great.  Finished the second week, and still felt great.  Each week that passed, I was feeling awesome and proud of myself for sticking with it.  I was so excited (and nervous) to run my first stretch of 2 miles.  I had only done that 2 times in my life (once in high school and once in college).  I did it.  Over and over!  And I've run 3 miles straight!  My last run was a spur of the moment thing with Nick and the boys in the stroller, and I HAD FUN!  What has happened?  I don't know but I love it!

I'm in my 4th month of running, It's not really something new anymore.  It's habit now.  And I'm so happy! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Hmm.  Where to start?  I've got a lot to talk about!  Tanner update, Wesley update, weight loss journey, new assignment, homeschool preschool...

I think I will start with Wesley, since he's the one changing so much, and I'm not documenting it.  

I last posted these pictures.  It was April, and Wesley was just 2 months old.

He's so itty bitty there! It's crazy to see!  He's changed quite a bit since then. See?

This last picture is blurry because he just wont stay still anymore.  It's become tremendously more difficult to take pictures!

A lot has happened since I last updated about this sweet, often grumpy, never naps, squish.

*Rolled from his back to his belly (4.29.14)
*He started laughing. (4.30.14)

*He slept through the night for the first time (this does not happen often).  (5.14.14)
*It took him just one night to break the swaddle.  I literally took him out of it and that was it. (5.28.14)

*Rolled over from back to belly. (6.17.14)

*Sat unassisted. (7.12.14)
*First food (Apple, carrot) BLW method (7.28.14)
*Said Dada (7.31.14)

*First plane ride (To NC) (8.16.14)
*First time swinging (8.23.14)

*Gave first kisses (to me!) (9.4.14.)
*Said Mama (9.8.14)
*First sickness (a cold) (9.13.14)
*Tooth #1, bottom front left (9.29.14)

Poor sick baby
*Figured out the sippy cup (10.11.14)
*Went from all fours to sitting (10.12.14)

There are three major things about this boy. 1) He has a sensitivity to milk protein, so I've cut all dairy from my diet.  Hidden dairy, too (whey, casein). It's been fabulous for losing weight! I'm hoping he will grow out of it by the time he's a year old.  A lot of his colic was caused by dairy.  It all make sense now.  I stopped eating dairy when he turned 4 months old.  I never realized how much I ate.  But it's worth it, and the weight loss has been pretty nice.

2) He hates sleep.  Really.  The boy will not nap.  He will usually sleep about an hour a day on average.  He pretty much refuses to take a morning nap.  He will sleep maybe one time during the week, if I'm lucky.  And his afternoon nap can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.  It's so different coming from Tanner who would sleep about 4 hours during the day, and still sleeps 2-3 hours a day.  He will usually sleep pretty well during the night, probably from being exhausted.  (and PLEASE don't tell me that it's better to have a baby who sleeps at night and not during the day, than one who sleeps during the day and not at night.  That's not true when you have a toddler who needs some one on one time and can't have it because the baby is screaming all day long.)

I'll spare you the hundreds of pictures I have of him nap striking.  I have a ton.  What a grumpy determined little guy!

3) He is completely, 100% the polar opposite of his brother.  Well, except for nursing.  They both were/are boob obsessed.  Everything from sleep, shape, coloring, temperament, food preferences...and the list goes on and on. Heck, even their pregnancy's were different. (I predicted it, too!)

He very much loves his food! He will eat almost everything.

He has two moods.  Super happy and smiley.  And angry baby.  But boy is he sweet when he wants to be!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Knock knock...?

Is anyone still out there?  I know my last post said I wasn't going to blog anymore. It said I was going to make videos and post them on YouTube. Well, I did for a little bit. 

But then some things happened across the world. You know what I mean, you can hear about it on the news everyday. After hearing  some "terror"fying stories from close friends, relating to events and social media, I backed away from everything for a while. I beefed up security on Facebook and I made this blog private. I've since made it public again. But that may change again. I am going to be a little more discrete about things I post, though. 

I found myself looking back at my old posts and rereading stories about Tanner as a baby. And our travels. And I got so sad. I haven't done an update on Wesley since he was 3 months old (on YouTube-and even longer here on the blog). It's not fair to him. Don't get me wrong, I'm taking tons of pictures, I'm just not capturing the stories behind them. 

I really loved making videos and watching them back. But I feel more "out in the open" on YouTube vs here on my little ol' blog. So I'm starting it back up. I may still make videos, but I will probably only link them here and make them un-searchable on YouTube.

We have way too many things going on not to document it all to remember. Especially the adorable little things Tanner says. I can't promise I will post everyday. Or even every week, but I know I definitely miss it. And I've got a lot to talk about! :) 

Friday, July 11, 2014

I am not blogging anymore...

For millions of reasons I stopped blogging.  I'm not going to make excuses.  I just got burnt out, I guess.  I don't want to do it anymore.  

A few months ago I created a Youtube channel.  I started it so I could actually document my kids, and my life, on video.  Pictures are great, but they aren't video.  I can't hear my sweet boy's funny words/conversations, or my babies coos.  

I've watched other mom vloggers for years, way before I had Tanner.  I've watched their kids grow up in video.  I want to have that for me to look back on.

I'm also making weight loss videos.  (Yay! I'm losing weight!) 

I've met so many wonderful mommas out there in the blog world, so I don't want to lose that.  If you want to watch my videos, and keep up with me, you can!  My youtube channel name is ElleAyeEff (think LAF-my initials).

My youtube channel.

I'm going to post this on Facebook, too.  I know I have a lot of friends and family who read this blog and enjoy seeing updates.

I'm also on instagram-linzalif.

Thanks for hanging around, guys!  I may or may not get back into blogging at a later date.  I'm really thinking I'm going to prefer videos.  

I love you guys!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Wesley: 2 Months

Wesley turned 2 months old on Friday.  My little guy is growing up!

STATS: He was 9lbs 12.8oz and 22 inches long on Friday.  He's still my little peanut.  I read my 2 month post on Tanner and saw he was only 9lbs 7oz, 21.75in at 2 months. So he's bigger than Tanner was at this age. I'm hoping those stats are correct.  The airman measuring him was new.  And that's all I'm going to say about that...

CLOTHES: I have officially packed away all of his newborn clothes. Tear! He is so long and has such big feet that the torso part of the clothes still fit but the pants, especially footed pants, were definitely not working for him.  He is wearing mostly 0-3 month clothes now, although the 3 month sleepers and footed onesies fit better for his length. He is wearing size 1 diapers.

NURSING: He is doing excellent in this department.  We have had no issues whatsoever since 2 weeks! 

SLEEP: We started a bedtime routine for Wesley this month.  It wasn't until close to 5 months before we started one with Tanner.  We would give him a bath (every other night) and swaddle and nurse him until he was full, or fell asleep.  I would put him in his crib to sleep until we decided to go to sleep.  I would wake him up, change his diaper, and then nurse him in bed and then put him in the co-sleeper.  About a week ago I decided to see what would happen if I left him in his crib until he woke up to eat, instead of waking him when we went to bed.  He slept until 1:30.  I decided to nurse him in the glider in his room because it's easier to nurse him there than sitting up in my bed (I can't nurse him laying down, it just doesn't work yet). He ended up falling asleep after 20 minutes and I decided to just put him back in his crib to see what happened.  Needless to say, he's been sleeping in his crib ever since.  He makes so much noise during the night, just moving around and getting comfortable, that I think I would wake up and be so tired I though he was hungry.  I'm sure hearing me roll around in bed would wake him up too.  So it's been great for both of us.  I still have anxiety about it though.  Tanner slept in our room until he was 7 months old.  

He goes down to sleep without any issues at night, but never during the day. Naps are really hard.  He gets so tired, but just protests sleep until he flat out passes out around 2pm.  

OTHER: His colic is GONE!  Probiotics, for the WIN!  He gets his drops every 3 days.  The only time he cries now is when is tired.  Which lately has been a lot. 

He is also starting to take after his brother.  He spits up all day, every day.  Lots, and lots, too. 

And he still will not take a paci.  :-/

(His signature move)