Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Yoga Master

I dabble in the yoga.  I'm not the best in the class, definitely far from it, but I'm not completely embarrassed to do it in front of others.  We have some GREAT yoga instructors at our local YMCA here.  I was able to do it throughout the entire pregnancy because of great teachers like Jennifer.  Now, since Sarah has been doing yoga since before she was born she has become quite the yoga master.  Look at her judging Jennifer to make sure she has perfect form in her Warrior 2 pose!

Thanks Jennifer for wearing Sarah for me so I could come to class the other night!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Two Month Old

Sarah, you are 2 months old today!

* You weigh 9 lbs 7 oz and are 23 inches long.
* You don't really smile all that often, but you make great smirks that mommy sometimes is able to catch.  And when you do really smile it lights up a room and melts our hearts.
* You really like meeting new people and aren't shy around strangers.  We'll have to discuss that when you're older.  But you love to look at new people and tell them all about you.
*  You are pretty laid back and go with the flow, which is great because sometimes we have busy weeks.  But you take it in stride running errands with mommy.
* You started a scheduled routine 2 weeks ago and LOVE it!  You're just like your mom in that way.  So now you eat for about 30 min, play for about 35, and then take a nap.  When you wake up, we start the whole process over again!
* You really like to take naps, and have started taking them during the day in your own room.  It takes you about 10-20 min to settle down, but once you fall asleep you are out!  Mom can even vacuum while you're napping and you don't wake.
* You enjoy taking baths so we do it every night, then we put you in your pajamas and sing "I am a child of God" to get ready for bed.
* Daddy gave you a name a blessing the first Sunday in February.  You had so many people there to witness this special moment in your life!  You, of course, took that opportunity to tell everyone what you thought about the situation and screamed the whole time.  
*  Your mommy and daddy love you so much and are having a great time watching you express your personality.  As evidenced below with your "seriously, more pictures" look on your face.  (But in your defense, I did take 33 pictures trying to make sure I got a really good one to post.  And I got plenty of good ones!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Coupons

I am by NO MEANS the Coupon Queen. But everyone needs a hobby and if I *really* want to stay home for good I've got to figure out how to compensate for my lack of income. So I've taken up couponing. It is quite addictive and exhilarating when I score a good deal.

I follow the teaching of Bekah Miles; I even took her coupon class. She got me hooked on Southernsavers . That lady rocks! The southernsavers website lays out the weekly ads and what coupons match and then even tells you what to buy on what transaction to get the best deal. So Thursday, Bekah posted something on her blog about cheap diapers and free body wash. FREE...I do free, I was intrigued. Then Friday she posted another thing about cheap diapers at Walgreens. Most of you know I recently went crazy stock up on diapers when Target ran a deal so I could get Pampers for under $4 a pack, so I really don't need diapers right now, but $3 for a pack of huggies I couldn't pass up.

So here's my recent triumph at Walgreens (or Wags as the pro-couponers call it). I went Saturday afternoon and did the first two transactions. Came home, realized what a CRAZY good deal it was and did 2 more transactions after our Valentines date at Bonefish.

Transaction 1
Buy (1) Dove body wash 5.99
Use (1) -1.25 off
Subtotal: $4.74
Get back $6 in RR

Transaction 2
Buy (1) Huggies 8.99
Buy (1) candy as filler .49
Use (1) -2.50 off
Use $6 in RR from previous transaction
Subtotal: $0.98
Get back $3 in RR
Transaction 3
Buy (1) Dove body wash 5.99
Buy (1) filler pencil .39 (was only supposed to be .09 but I didn't notice it rang up wrong!)
Use (1) -1.00 off Dove
Use $3 RR from transaction 2
Subtotal: $2.38
Get back $6 in RR

Transaction 4
Buy (1) Huggies 8.99
Buy (1) filler pencil .39 (still a little bitter that I didn't notice the miss ring)
Use (1) -3.00 off huggies
Use $6 RR from previous transaction.
Subtotal: $0.38
Get back $3 in RR

So that's a grand total of
I SPENT $8.48 out of pocket
That's 73% off or $22.75 and I still have $3 in RR to use on a future transaction.

And here's your daily dose of Sarah:
Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the New Routine

I've got some pretty bad habits. I'm not afraid to admit it. I bite my nails, and pick my nose when I'm driving. (Don't lie, you do it too...the car for some reason is just a magnet for nose picking.) But my worse habit is I love to sleep. Before Sarah, I would sleep until noon if you let me. Sometimes even later than that. And so I have in turn created some bad habits and routines in my poor defenseless Sarah. We've been nursing to sleep. We've been falling asleep while nursing. And worst of all, when Chris went to work after we were done with that nursing, we slept in the bed together until around 10ish if she'd let me. Then we were trying to have her stay awake for longer stretches that she could handle in the evening so she'd sleep longer at night and in turn everyone in the house was frustrated.

So I knew I had to put her on a routine. I just didn't know how. So after consulting some very wise parents and doing a fair share of googling. We have a new routine that we're starting today. It may need some tinkering but it's worth a shot. Now, I'm going to list times here, but they are just guidelines. I know Sarah is too young to put on a time clock schedule.

Our goal is 25-35 min eat, then 30-45 min of activity, followed by a 1 1/2 hour sleep. Time wise, I'd like for her to eat around 7, 10, 1, 4, 7. I'm working on a bed time. I use try to have her last eat by 10:30 and in her own bed by 11, but that was when we were nursing to sleep. So I think I'm going to start her bed time routine around 8 and hope to have her down by 9...maybe. We'll see.

I'm also working on her bed time routine. I want it to include a bath but I'm worried about drying out her skin by bathing her every night. But if it's not done every night, then it's not a routine. So I'm wondering if it's the water or soap that would dry out her skin. Because she could easily take a water bath every night and only use soap every other night. Just a thought.

So here's our sample bed time routine (I'm just spit ballin' here.)
8-8:30 (ish) nurse
8:30-8:45 (ish) bath/dress for bed
8:45-9:00 rock with mom or dad and sing songs
9ish start tying to put her in her cradle.

We ran the routine last night and it look about 45 min to get her down for the night. And Chris hummed her to sleep so she didn't put herself down. We're still practicing how to put ourself to sleep during the day. But she slept until 3:30. Nursed for 20 min, went right back into her cradle on her own and then slept again until 6:40. So that wasn't too bad. I'm sure it was just plain luck and had nothing to do with her bed time routine.

Alright, moms send me some feed back on our routines. Thanks!

And since you really only come here to see pictures...

Sarah's almost smile. It's about as close as she's gotten for her mom.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Blessing

Sarah and Chris's big day finally came. There was much stressful planning on my part. How are we going to fit all these people in our house? What are we going to serve? What are we going to do to entertain our out of town guests? What is Chris going to say? Is it kosher for me to write a script for him? But what I worried about the most...would Sarah be a good girl and be quiet during her blessing, or was she going to be that kid that screamed bloody murder throughout the whole thing?

We got up early and timed her nursing schedule just right so I knew she wouldn't be hungry. We put her in her long white dress and packed her into the car. She was handling it like a champ. We got to church just before the service started, I handed her to her daddy and then BAM she starts crying. Now, Sarah is a good happy girl, but when she gets going it is LOUD. So now I'm frantically walking around the halls with her trying to get her to calm down before they call Chris up for the blessing. I finally get her good and calm, we go in and take the sacrament. Then when they call Chris up, she starts crying again. So yes, my child was that kid. And as soon as it was over, she was calm and fell asleep! What a punk.

Smith Family with Sarah at her Blessing

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Riverkings

Schwartz's love hockey. It's true, when I married into this family in the vows I agreed to become a hockey fan. The general rule is as soon as the grandkids are potty trained Grandma and Grandpa Schwartz will take them to the game. However, since Grandpa was going to Nashville to watch the predators he gave us his front row seats. So Sarah attended her first hockey game. I dare say, she loved it. The first time the bull horn blew Sarah startled a little, but she slept for the majority of the game snuggled up with her Mommy. We sit behind a net so I wasn't worried about us getting hit with a puck, but I didn't think about how loud it would be.

And for those of you who don't know what a Moby wrap is. This is it...

Mommy, baby Sarah, and Aunt Sarah

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Birth Announcement

I know, she's 6 weeks old and we're just now sending this out...
But hey, our goal was just to get her birth announcements sent out sometime before her wedding announcements.

Thanks to Tom who did a wonderful job creating this for us!