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101 Days

Where do I even begin!

Sawyer is 3 months and a week, so this is a little bit behind, but let me tell you what, this has been the most fun 3 months and 1 week EVER.

This boy is developing SUCH a little personality. He laughs, plays, recognizes us, and gives the most soul-melting gummy smiles you ever did see. Everyone tells you how much you will love your little people, but there is no real way to know that love until you go through it.

Sawyer is a BIG boy. Rolls on top of double chins on top of the chunkiest most delicious tummy. I am not 100% sure on his weight but when I do the weigh both of us and subtract my weight method he is a healthy 17 pounds. He is still exclusively breastfed and pumping at work hasn’t been nearly as bad as I expected. Nursing has been a journey for us, but the best one ever- I’d be happy to share some of our struggles and tips to get through keeping it up when you go back to work if you’re interested! Just let me know in the comments below.

Speaking of work, it’s not as bad as I expected either. I won’t lie, leaving in the morning basically breaks my heart every single time. Wednesday of this week I didn’t get Sawyer up as early as I normally do, so I literally got 5 minutes of awake time with him before Jake had to leave and take him to my mom, and I spent the rest of the day in the saddest funk because I didn’t get to love on my boy. Taking an extra 20-30 minutes every morning to snuggle and sing songs and play really helps my heart before going off to work.

Sawyer loves going to Grandma’s house, though, and he is spoiled rotten with love and attention those days we can’t be with him! Although I wish I could be home with him full-time, working outside of the home is important for our family right now so we’re making the most of it!

We had a ton of firsts this month! First belly laughs, holy moly. Melt me. We kiss his tummy and tickle his ribs and he chuckles like it’s the best thing ever. First cold-break me! Oh my goodness, nothing is more depressing than seeing your little one not feeling so great. He had some congestion and watery eyes and did not sleep well at all. It passed pretty quickly thank the laaawdd and he is back to his happy self. Have you seen those commercials were the sick Dad asks the baby for a day off? Real life, caring for a sick baby when you’re sick yourself is the worst ever. He still hates tummy time and protests it every chance he gets. He will just lay down flat and go to sleep.  But I know his neck muscles must be getting stronger somehow, because he is starting to sit up for minute or so stretches if he has some lower-back support with his boppy. He looks like such a big boy!

He still loves bathtime more than anything-easily his favorite time of day. He will splash and kick and I just know we have a water baby on our hands. I can’t WAIT for swim lessons!  He also started doing this little shy grin thing that will make your heart actually fall out of your chest. If I’m holding him, and Daddy or anyone, really, comes around smiling at him, he will do this little grin and dig his head into your chest like he is being shy.

Sleep is SO much better. He generally sleeps from 9:00-3 or 4 and then eats and goes right back to sleep until 7:00.  His Halo sleep sack is the only way he is sleeping this much. We also put him back in his rock n play from his crib. I just don’t think I was ready for him to be in his crib and the commitment it takes to walk across this house at 3 am to feed him. I’d much rather just roll over and pick him up out of his rock n play. I’m in no hurry for him to sleep through the night. I am so used to running on caffeine and eye cream at this point that it feels normal, and I SAVOR those moments holding him at 3 AM. I will miss the heck out of those when they’re gone.

Sawyer has started loving his car seat, and will just babble away back there. He loves his bugs that are strapped on the handle and will have conversations with them on the daily. He LOVES getting his diaper changed, and will giggle the entire time, but he hates getting his clothes changed and will scream his head off almost every time. Speaking of clothes- he is wearing 6-9 months. He is 101 days old yet he thinks it’s acceptable to wear 9 month clothing. Can someone tell him to slow it on down?

He started doing this sad thing every once in a while where he SCREAMS bloody murder in the middle of the night, it scares us half to death, and I grab him and he is still completely sound asleep. It’s like he is having a nightmare or something? I absolutely hate it. I end up holding him the rest of the night!

Some call outs for the month that I never want to forget-
His thighs. They’re delicious.
His gummy smile.
The way he stretches his arms in the morning after we unswaddle him. It’s too much!
His shy-boy act.
How long those eyelashes are! They touch his eyebrows!
The way his eyes light up when we sing “itsy bitsy spider.” He loves watching the hand movements.
His voice. He babbles ALL the time now, and I love hearing that voice.

There are probably 10391 things, but this has already gotten nice and lengthy. He is the absolute joy of our lives. I can’t imagine that I ever lived without him, he makes everything SO much better. The other night, he hadn’t slept well because of his cold, and he fell asleep on my chest, the ONLY way he would sleep for so many weeks in the beginning of his life. I remember silently wishing I could just set him down for a few minutes, but that boy wanted to be held 24 hours a day. He doesn’t ever sleep on us like that anymore, and I just started bawling thinking that we already have a “remember when” moment. I soaked in that time of him sleeping on my chest, and I vowed to never wish for anything to move quickly again. I love every single stage-being a mom is the greatest adventure.

Have a great weekend, ladies!

Until Next Time,

Cook Once, Eat All Week!

Hi, Friends!

So I originally mentioned this post on Snapchat (absolutelykylie) and said I would do a blog post on the recipes...and theeen I failed. Since this was all on snapchat and I didn't take any pictures, I only have screen grabs and words for you, but in case you were following along and you're interested in how I cooked meals ALL week from 2 chickens, I've thrown together the recipes! I only have a few screen grabs for pictures of the recipes, but because I believe a blog post isn't complete without pictures, i've thrown in a few precious ones of our little guy that have nothing to do with, enjoy ;)

So the recipes for the week were as follows- 

Sunday: Chicken + Roast Vegetables
Monday: Chicken Tortilini Soup with homemade stock
Tuesday: Chicken & Roast Veggie Enchiladas
Wednesday: Southwest Chicken Cobb Salad
Thursday: Leftovers!
Friday- Date night & we went out ;)

So to start you will need:

  • 2 roast chickens
  • 3 zuchinni
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 3 white potatoes
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • spices of your choice, we like: S&P, fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder
This is truly the easiest prep and go recipe. It helps to cook it all in one pan by using a roaster and setting a roasting rack on top of it. Chop all of your veggies and season liberally, coat in a bit of olive oil and put in the bottom of your roaster.

Next, prep your chickies. Remove the insides (sorry, this part is gross) but you don't want to forget this because they're generally wrapped in plastic which is certainly not good eats. (Any other Alton Brown fan-girls out there?)

Make sure your chickens are completely defrosted, pat them dry, and coat in spices, chopped rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. Make sure you season under the skin as well so it really sinks into the meat. Set the chickens on the roasting rack and cook at 425 for 1 hour. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the deepest part of the chicken has reached a temperature of 165 and you know its done!

We shred up the chicken and serve it alongside the veggies and have plenty of leftovers for the rest of our meals!

Like...Chicken Tortillini soup! Chicken Noodle Soup but better :)

This one takes some time because of the stock, but it is completely hands off so it won't bother you a bit. Sunday night, after you strip the meat off the chicken bones, toss em in your slow cooker with an onion, some celery stocks, and some carrots. Maybe some garlic if you're feeling fancy ;) Top with 3 quarts of water, and cook on low in your slow cooker for 24 hours. 

To make your soup you're going to need:

  • Fresh Tortillini
  • Leftover Veggies
  • Leftover Chicken
  • Stock

After 24 hours, your stock is going to be rich, flavorful, and perfect! The bones break down after all of that cooking and are SO full of healthy benefits. The exact reason why people tell you to eat chicken soup when you're sick :) 

Throwing this together is a snap. Boil your tortilini in a separate pot so you don't turn them into jelly if you have leftovers. 

Strain your stock through a fine mesh strainer, and pour into your soup pot. Throw in leftover chicken & veggies, season to your liking, and let it simmer for a few minutes to bring the flavors together. Add your tortilini to a bowl, pour over your soup, and top with fresh parsley & a squeeze of lemon. SO good!

Tuesday night I made enchiladas, you will need:

  • Flour/Corn Tortillas (whatever your preference)
  • Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Black Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Tomatos/Chilis (rotel)
  • Leftover Chicken
  • Leftover Roast Veggies
For Special Sauce (like in Stepbrothers):

  • 1 Cup plain green yogurt
  • 1 lime
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
This is so simple. In a casserole dish, pour a small amount of enchilada sauce for your "glue". In a tortilla, add some chicken, leftover veggies, black beans, cheese, Rotel, and green onions. Roll up and place in dish. Continue until your dish is full! Coat in the remainder of your enchilada sauce, cheese, and throw in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until everything is melty and delicious.

I serve with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, as well as our favorite special sauce. Mix 1 cup greek yogurt with the juice of one lime, a tsp of garlic powder, tsp of cumin, tsp of pepper, and pinch of salt. Save whatever is leftover from your sauce for tomorrow nights dinner!

Our last dinner of the week is a real pantry clean out. I try to make a big salad at least once a week and just throw whatever we have left in a big bowl, top with some dressing and call it supper.

You'll need:
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Bell Pepper
  • Lettuce
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Leftover Chicken
  • Leftover Veggies
  • Leftover Special Sauce 
This is making my mouth water because it truly is so delicious! Chop up a bell pepper, your corn, and toss in a cast iron skillet with some leftover veggies and olive oil. Saute till everything is nicely browned and crispy.

Set aside, and toss the leftover chicken in olive oil with s&p, cayenne pepper, and a little chili powder. Saute until warmed through and crispy on the edges.

In a big salad bowl, shred your lettuce, top with hard boiled eggs, any veggies from your fridge that need used up, your pepper/corn relish, chicken, and tortilla chips. Avocado takes this salad to the most delicious level, so if you have them in your area, pick one up! I drizzle our leftover special sauce as dressing and we devour it!

That's everything! So sorry for the lack of pictures, I had no idea how well received this would be! This is how we eat most weeks, so I promise to photograph our next weekly meal plan and share it out!

Happy Monday, ya'll! Cheers to a good week ;)

Until Next Time,

Casual Winter Layers

On Me: Jeans // Booties love these too! // Similar Trench (on HUGE sale!) // Similar Sweatshirt

On Little Man: Flannel Onesie // Jeans // Bear Beanie

Happy Friday Eve!

Or as I like to call it, Friday. ;) I went back to work this week (oh man were there tears) and thankfully will have Fridays off for a few weeks while I get back into the swing of things. Thank goodness! I need all the extra baby cuddle days I can get.

Speaking of baby, I could just DIE over that sweet gummy grin! I am so obsessed with my child, you guys. I know every mom probably feels that way, but this boy truly has my whole heart for my whole life.

Okay, onto this outfit. First of all, I’m obsessed with black anything these days. I need all the extra slimming I can get ;) These boots were a gift from the lord himself. I’m not kidding about that. I had been eyeing them at Target for weeks but I never pulled the trigger. When boots were on sale, I headed to Target ready to finally buy them with some Christmas gift cards, but they were GONE! Boo hoo. That is until I was walking out of the shoe section and the heavens opened on a pair of SIZE EIGHT boots hiding behind the rest. I couldn’t throw them in my cart quick enough.

They’re super comfy and paired with these skinnies give the illusion that I’m long and lean instead of long and well…not so lean. ;)

I hope ya’ll have the best weekend! Our BFF’s are en route to us as we speak, so make sure you’re following along on Snapchat (@absolutelykylie) for a ton of inappropriate shenanigans.

Until Next Time,