This is mostly a photo dump. And if you’re my FB friend, and I’m sure you are because I’m pretty sure only my friends and family read this…then these are mostly repeats for you. But since this is my online baby book, here ya go!
1.) Remember the DietBet post? Well, neither of us hit our goals. Boo. For Josh I think the concept just wasn’t motivating. He’s all about self-motivation. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still down 40 lbs and looks fantastic. I’m so proud of him.
So, what about me? I made excuses. I basically forgot that losing weight is HARD. I didn’t want to do anything hard. I did try to eat a little better and at one point I was down 4 lbs. But, I haven’t been exercising much and I’ve been super lazy about actually cooking. Last I weighed in I was exactly the same as when the game started. So, at least I didn’t GAIN weight.
2) I’ve downloaded My Fitness Pal to my phone and I’m trying to get back in the habit of tracking what I eat. Yesterday I sabotaged it in the evening, though, with 3 glasses of wine. See #5 for why.
3) I’ve been wanting a jogging stroller for a while. The Joovy one came up on Zulily and I was >this< close to buying it (at almost half price). It’s a combo stroller/jogging stroller/bike trailer. But I was annoyed that the bike hitch and jogging wheel came separately. I didn’t pull the trigger. Then…Amazon suggested I check this one out.
The Allen Sports Premier Jogger/Bike Trailer…the reviews were good, the price was right, and best of all…no extras to be purchased.
It arrived last Saturday and I tried it out on Sunday. I LOVE it! I’m not so sure about Nolan. He’s a nightmare to latch into anything right now…He was fine once he was in, though.
I love that it can be enclosed, which is perfect for the coming cold weather AND the Color Run 5K I’m doing on Sunday. I didn’t want Nolan breathing in the powder they throw at you. (When I signed up Josh was supposed to be off, but his schedule has changed and he isn’t anymore. So, I either needed to get a jogging stroller or recruit someone to go with me and hang out with Nolan while I did the race. Sounds like a good excuse to me.)
4) Nolan changed daycares as of yesterday. (Okay this one probably could have been it’s own post.)
When we got the call that Nolan had gotten into the daycare he had been on the waiting list for (for 8 months) I was excited, but really nervous and indecisive.
The new one is a good bit more expensive and not as conveniently located. But, it’s licensed and accredited. Lots of cool activities are available as he gets older. There’s an hour of playground time EVERY DAY unless it’s pouring rain outside. The teachers seem great and really focused on Nolan developing at his own pace.
The daycare he WAS at wasn’t bad. They LOVED Nolan and he loved them. But it wasn’t licensed or accredited. I was iffy on how well the teachers knew child development. I’d observed Nolan’s teacher encouraging hitting and fighting. Their playgrounds were out of order and they didn’t know when they’d be available again.
Ultimately, we decided to go with the new daycare. On his last day at the old one, this poster was hanging outside his room (it’s now hanging in his playroom).
After seeing it, I went back to my car and cried all the way to work. I still tear up when I look at it.
We’re all still adjusting, but luckily Nolan was able to spend a few hours at the new daycare 3 days last week to help the transition. Despite that, yesterday at drop off, he threw a tantrum even though he was calm on Friday. Which brings me to #5…
Wonder Week/Teething/Toddler Hell
5) Over the weekend my child entered some sort of phase that I am NOT enjoying. I imagine it has a combination of causes…our absence for 6 days, the daycare transition, the 64 week Wonder Week, and…getting his first molar. Seriously people. I don’t know this baby. Screeching, hitting, head butting, biting, pinching…gah!!
He even woke up in the middle of the night last night and I had to give him a little milk and rock him for a while to calm him down. I haven’t had to do that in a LONG time. Poor baby. His mouth must REALLY hurt. I hate that he’s unhappy, but I enjoyed the snuggles. Even at 1 AM.
Can I get this baby back, please?
6) Related to the daycare change…
I’ve cancelled our diaper service and am washing Nolan’s diapers myself. The prefolds were only about $50 (I did buy a few pocket diapers, too) plus $40 for a diaper sprayer. It will save us $80/month and help make up some of the cost difference between the two daycares.
I’ve sprayed and washed diapers twice now and it hasn’t been too bad. Perhaps not my favorite chore, but worth it to add less disposables to the landfills, deal with less diaper rash, and (hopefully) potty train earlier.
7) Just some random photos I don’t want you to miss.
Be back soon with some fall/pumpkin patch photos from the weekend!
Hello! I fell off the face of the earth for a little while because Josh and I went on a 6 day vacation to Puerto Rico to celebrate our 5 year anniversary (12 yrs together!).
We flew out on Thursday the 17th at 5:45 in the morning. It was sad because it was too early to say goodbye to Nolan (Josh’s parents came up to stay with him). But, I think that might have been for the best. I may not have ever left if he had been awake (haha, yeah right.)
We landed around 1:30 and when we arrived at the hotel our room wasn’t quite ready yet. BTW, we stayed at the La Concha Renaissance in Condado Beach.
To kill some time we went over to the salon across the street so I could get beach ready. As I was waiting I kept looking at a woman who was getting a pedicure and thinking I knew her from somewhere. Then, after hearing a conversation between herself, the owner, and another employee, I realized it was Rachel Lefevre from Twilight, A Gifted Man, and Under the Dome.
My first real celebrity sighting! (Al Sharpton in NYC doesn’t count.) Later during our stay, the Biebs was staying there. We never saw him. Just lots of black SUVs and 12 year old girls camped out in front of the hotel.
Anyway…we finally were able to check into our room around 3 pm and I was super impressed with it. It was a suite with an efficiency kitchen and everything. Good to know for next time.
My only complaint about the room over the course of our stay was the bathroom. It had glass walls which it up the bedroom in the middle of the night if someone needed to use it and didn’t have a bathtub (some rooms do, though).
This was our view.
We ALMOST hit the hay at 7PM pm, but after a quick nap we rallied and explored the area around the hotel. On Friday we slept in (glorious!) and then walked halfway to Old San Juan before catching a cab the rest of the way.
We just walked around and took in the sights. Did a little shopping for things we’d forgotten or wanted for our anniversary date that night. After heading back to the hotel Josh relaxed and I went to get my hair done.
Josh and I had reservations at one of the hotel restaurants, Perla, considered one of the most romantic in the city.
Check out my handsome hubby!
The food at Perla was fantastic! They even added a little something extra. Awww!
Unfortunately, this is the only (blurry) picture we got of the two of us.
On Saturday we spent some time by the pool.
While at the pool we tried Facetiming with Josh’s parents and Nolan, but just as it had the night before, it made him confused and upset. For the rest of the trip we relied on pictures. He had a blast hanging out with grandma and grandpa.
Later we went for a walk and found a little beach area where a lot of the locals were hanging out.
Saturday evening went out on the town in Old San Juan. I didn’t get any pictures that night, but I did snap this pretty photo on the way.
We stayed out until 3AM!!! Been a while since I did that. Ha.
On Sunday we picked up a car and drove out to El Yunque National Rainforest.
We hiked a short (30-45 minute) trail to La Mina waterfalls where you can swim. The water is COLD!!
We had been there for about 15 minutes when it started to rain. I was in the water, but not under the waterfall when it started. My first thought was “who moved the shower head?” LOL We walked back to the car and by the time we got there it had stopped.
From there we drove East to Fajardo. We happened upon a fantastic restaurant called OleLelolai. We had a wonderful view and delicious food.
We didn’t stay too long, though, because a storm was coming in. Since it was raining outside we (I) decided to go to the largest mall in the Caribbean.
Lucky for me they were having a car show.
We wandered all around the mall waiting to go to a movie and then at the last second we asked the ticket agent if the movie was in Spanish or English. Despite what the Internet says, SHE said they were all in Spanish. I’m still not 100% that she understood our question, but we took her word for it and headed back to the hotel.
We wandered around their grounds a little (coping it out for our next trip) while soaking in the atmosphere.
I loved that they had hammocks. I’m always a sucker for hammocks.
The next day we flew home and on Wednesday I got to see Nolan’s face when he woke up and saw me there. Confused at first and the jubilant. He was jumping all over Josh and kept hugging me like a little monkey. Love.
Bottom line: We’ll see you again, Puerto Rico.
Two weeks ago Josh, Nolan and I went down to Myrtle Beach and met up with my in-laws for a fabulous weekend.
Props to my mother-in-law for booking at a hotel with such a beautiful view.
We arrived around 2PM on Friday and while we waited for my in-laws to arrive (they were driving up from Charleston, SC) I took Nolan down to the beach. Despite that we live near beaches this was his first time in the sand. He loved it. He didn’t even try to eat much of it.
That evening, after everyone was settled in we went to dinner at The Noizy Oyster. The food was fantastic and we all enjoyed the atmosphere. Nolan had a yummy grilled cheese, but spent most of the time eating lemons.
We all went to bed fairly early that night. Nolan was on vacation, too, and slept straight to 7AM…12 hours total!
Saturday morning was more beach while we waited for Josh’s parents to get moving.
We took a LOOOONG walk and got caught in some rain on the way back. Made it home in time for Nolan to nap. We then ventured out for lunch. It was not a great lunch experience, but there was a kids festival going on nearby so Nolan had fun people watching. When we returned to the hotel Nolan and I went for a swim in the heated pool and hung out with his grandma. Once he got tired I took him upstairs for Josh to put down for a nap and went back down to the hot tub with Josh’s mom.
When I returned to the hotel room, turns out Nolan had refused his afternoon nap, but he was happily playing so it was all good. Especially since I had brought an alcoholic drink back for Josh.
Later, we fed Nolan some random things for dinner and put him down for bed. Then Josh’s parents came over and Josh and I went out on the town.
We rode the Skywheel, which is basically an expensive, fancy (enclosed) ferris wheel.
Afterwards we had dinner at The Bowery (where the band Alabama got their start) and then headed back to the hotel.
Nolan awesomely decided to sleep in until 7 AGAIN. Then we hit the beach once more.
Three generations of Meyer men.
Before heading home we all went to Peaches Corner. I had a chili dog and an ice cream cone. SO GOOD! Josh’s dad was excited to eat here since he used to do it all the time in college.
The Meyer family being goofy.
Afterwards, we all said goodbye to grandma and grandpa (for now).
Nolan found various ways to entertain himself on the ride home.
The whole weekend was an absolute blast. The weather was beyond perfect (high of 80) and Nolan slept like a champ. What more can you ask for?
Josh and I took Nolan to his first fair last Sunday in Isle of Wight.
Nolan seemed skeptical at first.
One of our first stops was a Farm area. Maybe 4H sponsored? Not sure.
First, Nolan played in a box (basically a sandbox) filled with raw corn. The had even put dump trucks and such in there for the kids to play with. He thought it was pretty cool, but we didn’t hang out there for too long because he wanted to eat the corn and wasn’t a happy camper when I wouldn’t let him.
In the same tent they had some goats. I placed him on the stack of hay around the fence and the goat came straight at us. Nolan freaked!! Screamed and turned into my arms. I’ve literally NEVER seen him act like that.
He recovered pretty quickly, though, as soon as Dad fed the goats some grain and showed Nolan how friendly they were.
I love his expression in this picture. I think the goat was nibbling his toes.
After the goats there was some pumpkin patch posing.
In the next tent was the actual petting zoo.
And, of course, a pony ride.
Here’s a short video:
There were even camel rides, though we declined to participate in that one.
It was an absolutely fantastic day (despite three outfit changes) with beautiful weather. Nolan napped on the way there and the way back and hardly fussed, except for when he wanted more sno cone. LOL Like mother, like son.
I know it’s been a while since I blogged about anything but Nolan.
Can you blame me?
Anywho…way back when I told you about my Post-Partum Depression (PPD) I told you I lost a lot of weight. Well, I’m feeling wonderful these days…but my pants not so much. Time to start paying more attention to my health again.
So, a blogger I read started a DietBet game. Basically, you contribute $25 to “the pot” and the goal is 4% lost in 28 days. Everyone who reaches their goal splits the pot.
Last I checked the pot was up to $525. It will be at least $550 because Josh is going to do it with me. He’s going to sign up tonight.
I thought I’d invite you all to do it with us.
Here’s the link: http://diet.bt/1eV9gwL
It’s perfect for us because it starts Thursday, the 19th and ends the day before we leave for Puerto Rico. (I’m not sure I mentioned this before, but we’re going to Puerto Rico for 6 days to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.)
4% is a bit aggressive for me, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I have no doubt that Josh will reach the goal. The man has a will of steel when he wants to. He’s already lost over 30 lbs in the last two months.
I hope you’ll join us!!! You need to do so soon, though, because initial weigh-ins are today and tomorrow.
I can’t believe my baby turned a year old over a week ago. I waited this long to blog about it because I wanted to wait for the pro photos to come back.
As you know we did a carnival theme with light blue and red as the main colors.
Balloon Dart Game
Not pictured are the corn hole boards, which got a lot of use, too.
The Kona Ice truck was also a big hit with adults and kids alike.
One Year Stats:
Weight: 20 lbs exactly (25%)
Height: 30.5 (75%)
That’s a 43% jump in height!! He’s slimming out and now some of his pants that used to fit are falling off! My little peanut isn’t such a peanut anymore.
Nolan got his first haircut last weekend.
Hanging with Mommy
We took Nolan to a kid’s place called Pigtails and Crewcuts in Virginia Beach. It’s a franchise, so check ‘em out and see if there’s one in your area.
We paid $15 plus tip and they had a waiting area full of toys, cool “chairs”, and for his first haircut they gave us a photo and a lock of his hair. AWESOME! It was a no tears experience. In and out in probably 20 minutes.
Another first? Nolan is walking!!
Can you believe it? He went from 0 to 60 in about a week. I’m pretty sure we haven’t yet grasped how this has changed our world, yet.
Other big changes:
- Nolan is off bottles (though I’m not sure the Nuk sippies are that different)
- Almost off formula (not buying another can after this)
- He moves to the toddler room on Monday
Right now it’s all about the planning for Nolan’s birthday. My mom will be here tomorrow and the forecast is looking good.
We’re expecting around 40 people!!! I love that everyone is coming out to celebrate with us and can’t wait to see everyone.
So, it’s t-minus 2 weeks until Nolan’s birthday!! The invites are out:
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few videos of Nolan.
This is the promised video of Nolan clapping.
This is my favorite EVER video of Nolan. You wanna see Nolan move his groove thing? Make sure you’re paying attention around 17 seconds.
This is a silly, short video. I’ve been working on getting Nolan to drink anything other than formula/milk. Today it worked to drink myself out of his straw cup and then he wanted to do what Mommy was doing. Success!
Hope you enjoyed those and I’ll be back soon! Nolan’s first haircut is this coming weekend.