Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Toddler Tuesday - {monthdate}


Life on the Parsons Farm

Y'all, I love that Ellie's 17 monthdate fell on a Tuesday!! I can't believe that we are nearing the end of October and Miss Lu has been a part of our lives for 17 months. I swear we just brought her home from the hospital!



Girlfriend has been changing before our eyes every day! This by far is the most fun age and I know it's just going to keep getting better and better! (Although there will be some trying times I'm sure). 


We should have named her Ellie Danger because she is one huge risk taker and makes my heart stop several times a day with her crazy antics!  She runs around (and usually face plants) laughing. She is trying to climb on everything (regardless of how stable it is) and use any toy to try and help herself up onto the coffee table - which is NOT allowed. She has a giant love of slides and will cry of I don't let her go down at least 20 million times! And she has become very confident at the mall play area and acts like she rules the place, so we are working on teaching her to take turns. And she insists on walking down the slide there - and usually bites it but gets right back up to do it again!!  It has become apparent that Lu has no fear and is probably going to be an awesome Flyer when she gets into cheerleading. 




Due to Ellie's dangerous ways we did have an accident. She was running into our kitchen and tripped landing straight on her face and cut her lip. She cried for all of 5 minutes and after a couple hours the swelling went down and she was fresh as a daisy. 

She has become quite the eater but also knows what she does and does not like. We introduced plates this month and she has been good about 80% of the time keeping it on her tray. Although she does love to dump it!  Favorite foods: string cheese, corn, peas, bread, grapes, gold fishies, and Cheerios.  She also likes pizza (tortinos party pizzas are her fave) as well as some pastas. 



She fell in love with olives, so I gave her a handful and she gobbled them up so fast. But now we are paying for it because they did not agree with her butt. Poor girlfriend has one of the worst rashes to date and I feel terrible! It's times like these I wish she could use the toilet, but I'm not looking forward to the potty training.  Who wants to come and teach her?

I cannot believe how smart this babe is. She understands so well and is pretty good at getting or doing what is asked of her. She knows where her eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and belly button are and can identify her toes on a good day. She does patty cake, ring around the rosie, washes the spider out, and stomps her feet, and spins in circles, all on command. She can wave hi and bye as well as blow kisses. She also gives the best hugs and kisses 90% of the time when asked.  She can say "baa" for sheep, "mmmm" for cow, "meh" for goat, "neh" for pony, "woo" for puppy, "bak" for chicken, she also says "nana" for nanny (grandma), "papa", "dada", "mama". "Gaga" for grandpa, and "ba" for bath. She still can sign "more" and "milk" and "all done". She also makes a sound for all done and the best "uhuhh" for yes. I love it and can't wait for more words!!



Lu loves to read her books, and play with almost all her toys. Her new fave thing to do is take her toys and drop them on the other side of the fireplace screen (naughty). She love her Bitty Baby and will give her hugs all the live long day!  The puppies are getting more used to her and all she wants to do is give them lovin's.  She can "brush" her teeth and enjoys that part of our morning routine - still trying to get it into our nighttime routine. 

Sleep has been a total hit and miss lately. She is good for her nap - usually dinks around in her crib for about 15-20 minutes and then sleeps for a good 2.5 hours. But nighttime is a whole other story. At the moment our sleep is a little more important to is so when she refuses to sleep in her crib we just bring her into out bed and she is practically out when her head hits the mattress. I know we are going to have to be a little more firm coming up in the sleep department but this is what's "working" for us right now. Do I wish and pray that she sleeps through the night in her own crib? Hell yes. 



Major developments:
Ellie has 11 teeth and the last molar is cutting through. So I think I can consider her having 12 teeth! 
She sleeps in her crib for naps and can put herself to sleep. 
Lu plays very well independently and loves to read her books. 
Daniel Tiger, Clifford and Arthur are her favorite tv shows. 
She will sit at the small kids table for practically the entire snack time!

Adventures:
We've been to church a lot
We went to a farm stand and picked out a few pumpkins
You've been out on errands 
We've been taking walks around the neighborhood
You also went to a consignment sale and helped pick out a bunch of cloth diapers




♥ Ashley

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TGIF

How is it Friday already?!!?!??!  We have just had the best week so far with Ellie refusing naps, having mini melt downs, and our husky attacking our miniature pinscher.   You know just a classic week on the farm, it's what's worth living for.  All the chaos aside, I wouldn't trade being home with Ellie all day every day for anything. I just love her so much. 

{one}
This outfit has me dying over its cuteness. 
Vest: Target
Raglan sweatshirt: Old Navy 
Jeans: Carter's 
Moccs: Freshly Picked

I am just loving this #31days challenge I gave myself for dressing Ellie this month - because girlfriend is just too cute!  And really who know how much of a floral fan I would be (product of the 90's)

{two}
Some people might call me crazy and that's okay! Because I am too excited for words. 
Yep. We are making the switch to cloth diapering. I still have a few reservations and a ton of questions, but I am so excited to take this leap.  Before we adopted Ellie I knew that I wanted to cloth diaper, but then we had Miss J (our nanny) come to our house every day and she didn't seem too thrilled about the idea so I held off. Now that I'm home with Ellie, I totally feel like I got this!  I got free early admission (as an adoptive parent) to this huge consignment sale in our area "Just Between Friends", maybe you've heard of it before? Anyways I have been waiting and saving for weeks to go to this event and pick up as many cloth diapering things I could get my hands on! And today was the day!  I can't believe the deals I got! Example 3 Bum Genius and 6 inserts for the price of one!!! And I got another Diaper Genie for $5! We will see if it works for CD or not, but hey for $5 seriously who cares! 

{three}
Wednesday October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. As a mom of four angel babies I still have yet to meet, this was a pretty heavy day and I might have been slightly distracted. Thankfully Ellie was a ray of sunshine and wanted to give lots of hugs and kisses - God I love that girl. 

{four}
Miss Lu is a daredevil. I'm sure I've posted about it before. We live in a rambler so our house is lacking in stairs - great thing when you have a new(er) walker, bad news when all she wants to do is climb. 
She has found the only "stair" in our home and basically does this on the daily. 
Face plants every time and immediately gets back up to do it again. Hey whatever floats your boat babe. 

{five}
I am praying for rain on Saturday. I know that's bad because it would put a damper on some of our weekend plans but would also be a good thing. Thomas is a tennis coach and league playoffs are scheduled for all day Saturday and I would much rather have it be rained out so that we can spend the day together as a family of three. So we shall see!

Happy Friday y'all and buy a pumpkin for me!

Ashley

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Speak Up: pregnancy & infant loss




I had a completely different post planned for today but then my IG feed blew up this morning with so many posts about today, October 15 being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. 




I would be remiss if I didn't post about it today. 



It's no secret that I suffer from infertility.  I have also experienced some of the greatest losses of my life in the past five years. I have had 4 miscarriages and the memories of my angel babies are always there. 



Recently at MOPs we were playing the icebreaker game 4 corners. One of the questions was "How many children do you have out of the womb?"  I was a t a loss as to which corner I should go to. Should I go to the "One child" corner since we have Ellie? Or to the "Four or more" corner because technically my angel babies are out of the womb - just not in the traditional meaning of the question. Ultimately I chose to go to the "One child" corner because I wasn't ready to explain myself not put a damper on the game. 



Dealing with infertility is a constant bummer and I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about our disease or our angel babies. 


I am so grateful to have to opportunity to bring awareness to this awful disease and loss. It affects so many more men and women than you know. Not all of us are ready to share our story but please always remember to think before you speak and to raise your children to be kind. 


I have learned so much about myself through our losses and I feel that i probably appreciate Ellie so much more than if I hadn't gone through the struggle of infertility and suffering the losses of my babies. 


Please help spread the word and remember how precious you little ones are. 


All photos are from IG. #pregnancyloss #pregnancyandinfantloss #miscarriage

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekending

I can't believe we are almost HALF WAY through October!! 

Ellie and I both got mild fevers on Friday so we were pretty low key and Ellie got to watch WAY more tv than normal. Luckily I was finally able to get her to take a Tylenol. We've tried the liquid stuff several times and no matter how we "shoot" it in she spits it all back out (all over her face and ears and in her hair!!) so we are trying the meltaways and she isn't a huge fan either. But with perseverance and creativity I got her to take one - well half of one!



Saturday was another low key day. The weather was crazy! The rain was coming down so hard that it looked like someone was spraying our windows with a fire hose! And I got our Halloween decor up! Now I just have to finish with all the fall decor and we should be good to go. 


I decided that I was going to participate on MOPs again this year and we made a great art project this week! Chalkboard is really everywhere these days!


On Sunday we volunteered in the church nursery and then stopped at Costco to get a few items. The grapes are always so good there and they have quickly become Ellie's favorite food! 

 
Later we planned our menu for this week. We took a couple weeks off due to crazy scheduling but are back on track. 


I was watching Giada (like I do every day) and she gave a recipe for pizza dough. I'm on the lookout for the best one so I'm excited to try it out on Thursday!

What's cooking in your kitchen?

♥ Ashley

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Picture Thursday

I was so excited about finishing my pantry chalkboard for Fall last week and then realized I haven't shared it yet!

I love how it turned out!


Ashley 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

{Little Things} Falltober outfits

I got a lot of inspiration from the blogosphere about embracing Fall and October ie: Falltober!! To me fall is all about scarves, boots (or FP Moccs), sweaters, and fabulous hair accessories!

There are so many outfit combinations out there and many of them I could recreate by getting a little creative with some clothes Ellie already has. I knew that having a little girl was going to be awesome and I am so glad that Ellie is walking this October so I can really get into the spirit. 

So I have embarked on a #31days of outfit posts. And if you follow me on Instagram (@lifeonthefarm) you can see them in "real time". 

Here is what Ellie has been wearing the past week!

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Now this is a tradition I can really get into!!

What have you been wearing so far this Fall?

Ashley

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Toddler Tuesday - Travel

Life on the Parsons Farm

Hey there ladies!!
For this weeks post I wanted to talk about traveling with a toddler. 

As you may know we went on a road trip vacation to Scotland and Ireland this summer and brought Ellie along with us. 

Before going on our trip we made adjustments to Ellie's schedule and routine to ensure that the trip wasn't going to be a total shock. We took the long way to our destinations so that Ellie would be in the car seat a little longer, we knew she would be sleeping in our bed with us while traveling so we co-slept at home, and we made sure to adjust the Ergo for optimum comfort. 



It was Ellie's first plane ride and boy did we have a marathon of a day. We actually had three plane changes, had to go through security twice and run through the airports. It was a little crazy and stressful but Ellie was a champ!

We were super lucky that Ellie wasn't really walking when we went on the trip so she was fairly content sitting during the flights. Since Ellie is under 2 we chose to not get her a seat and pay the $50 fee instead. #worthit

There were a few things we brought that we definite life savers.  We transferred her diaper bag contents into a backpack - which made it so much easier to haul all our luggage. For the flights we made sure we had enough diapers and wipes for any changes while en route. We also brought pacifiers, bottles and formula, and a baby carrier (ergo). We checked the stroller at the gate and made sure that we had Ellie's suitcase as our carry on (with a couple changes of clothes for us). 

Ellie did great during take offs and landings as we chose to feed her a bottle during that time (on flight she actually fell asleep before takeoff so she had her pacifier instead). We were lucky that she didn't experience any ear pressure during all six flights! Our life saver was definitely the Ergo. Ellie was comfortable enough in it to sleep and I didn't feel like I had to "hold" her the whole time. Because of the ergo I was able to relax and maneuver my body how I needed to and have peace of mind that Ellie was safe. 

Since we we're having so many plane transfers and wanted to travel as "lightly" as we could we chose to rent a car seat from the car rental. It worked out great for us (after the confusion of trying to figure out how to install). I would highly recommend this option since those things are a pain to lug around. However, Europe has different safety standards and the car seat was only able to front face - not ideal, but it worked out great. 



After we ran out of our diaper and formula supplies we just bought extras while we were traveling. Easy peasy and it allowed for extra room for souvenirs. 

Eventhough we rented a car for most of the trip, we didn't have one in Dublin. So we used the bus and taxi's. Again the Ergo was great because I was just able to wear Ellie and buckle in no problem. 



Ellie was great in the car. She fell asleep whole driving and was an awesome trooper. We had lots of snacks, purchased souvenir books, and had toys to distract and sang songs when needed.  Although Ellie is no stranger to a car since we took a 6 hour road trip 4 days after she was born to bring her home. 

For us 13 months was the perfect age to take Ellie on a trip like this. 

I think another reason we had success is that we were willing to be adaptable to each situation and to have "go with the flow" attitudes. Our only big stress was making the plane transfer from Ireland to Scotland and girlfriend slept that whole flight!

Traveling with a toddler (or any child for that matter) will be as stressful as you make it. So if necessary knock back a few pints of Guinness and pretend that you got a full nights sleep!


♥ Ashley

do you have a toddler? Do you like this series as much as I do? I would love for you to contribute a guest post! Just leave me a comment or send me an email and I will get you scheduled!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekending

We had a fantastic weekend here on the farm!

On Friday I had my interview (fingers crossed) I should hear back sometime this week.  Then I met family at the Ram for dinner and we stopped by the mall play area on the way home. Ellie is a daredevil insisting on walking DOWN the slide and acts like she owns the place!!

Saturday was a pretty low key morning of coffee, Arthur on the tv, and cereal. Followed by some playing and then Ellie going down for a nap. While E was napping I tackled some farm chores (scooping horse poop) and harvesting some garden produce. 

Ellie's "Falltober" outfit on Saturday. 

After Ellie's nap we headed out to scope a new pumpkin patch for this years gathering (we found one) and then stopped by a farm stand to check it out. 




Can you believe all this was at a farm stand?! Needless to say Lu had a great time!

We picked up a few pumpkins from the farm stand: Cinderella (on the bottom) knucklehead (should be Drisella - on top) and a ghost pumpkin.  Then we stopped by one of my fave nursery's to pick up some BOGO mums. 

We got our porch partially decorated for fall.  It's happening slowly but surely. And then we made tacos for dinner. 

On Sunday we had another slow morning and then headed out to check out Goodwill and go out to lunch at Popeyes and stop by the Inlaws for a visit. 

Ellie's Sunday "Falltober" outfit. 

When we got home I started a soup (even made up the recipe myself!). Tried to get Ellie to nap (didn't happen) and played out with the goats!

I would say we had a great weekend and loved having Daddy home!

How was your weekend?

Ashley