Orchard Girls

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Simon: Three Month Update

Simon turned three months old today! Things have been going pretty well, overall, and I'd say he has grown quite a bit over the last month, especially that head of his! ;)
Simon LOVES - bathtime, sleeping with a blanky covering his eyes, his playmat, watching his sister, his binky, looking at the beams on our ceiling, going for car rides, being outside, and sucking on his fingers.
Simon DISLIKES - tummy time, getting buckled into his carseat
Addie is still doing well with Simon. He is interacting with her more, so she enjoys that. He loves watching her and smiling at her. Addie has been more interested in holding him lately, which lasts all of 10 seconds, but its cute. Not that Simon notices, but Adeline has been a little jealous lately, too.

Breastfeeding is still going really well, and I am so proud to have been at it for 3 whole months. It may not seem like a big deal to those who have done it like a boss for the whole first year +, but after it being such a struggle with Adeline, I am so happy! He is still nursing every three hours, with his last feeding between 9:30-10:30pm. This past week he has also been wanting to eat every three hours at night too..poo poo.
I think he is getting more of a nap routine down throughout the day. I'd like to write down his sleeping patterns for a few days to see when he usually naps. Our nights have been a bit of a nightmare. ha. Not really, I mean, at least he is still sleeping, but he has been waking up every three hours wanting to feed. He doesn't seem to be doing any "longer" stretches at night, the way he used to do. I'm hoping he gets back into a longer stretch of sleep at night, this mama's TIRED!
-Simon has begun to roll over to his side, has hasn't completely rolled over yet though. 
-He has grown out of his rock and play sleeper so we've moved him to the pack and play (still in our room)
-He is doing great at holding up that big noggin' of his!
-When laying under his play mat he reaches for the hanging toys and grabs onto them!
-Tonight Simon laughed for the first time! It was super cute, but of course, when I tried to make him do it again for video, he wouldn't!
-He has outgrown all of his newborn clothes, a few 0-3 months clothes fit him, but he is starting to fit mostly into 3-6 month clothing.
-He can sit in the bumbo now, which is probably nice for him - a whole new view of the world! :)
I am so excited to watch him continue to grow and grow! 

P.S-->Be sure to enter our Breast Pump GIVEAWAY, which ends tomorrow night! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crockpot Apples & Oats Dumpcake!

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are doing well! Apple season is upon us, and I really mean upon us! The apples surrounding our house are being picked now. It's a little crazy around here! It was like a maze trying to get off the orchard today. In spirit of the beginning of apple harvest, I made an Apple & Oats Dumpcake in the crockpot! It turned out super tasty! This is an adaptation of a recipe from Crazy for Crust. I basically just made mine a bit less sweet & a bit less cinnamon-y.
Here are the ingredients I used:
-4 large granny smith apples
-1 yellow cake mix
-1/8 cup sugar
-1 Tbs cinnamon
-1/2 cup oats
-1 stick butter

And the directions:
1. Cut up your apples into semi-small pieces. I didn't peel my apples, but go on ahead if that ain't your thing. Place apples into the bottom of the crock pot.
2. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the apples, and then half of the cinnamon.
3. Now sprinkle the cake mix evenly on top of that.
4. Sprinkle on the oats & the rest of the cinnamon.
5. Cut your stick of butter into slices and arrange on the top of the oats.
6. Turn your crockpot on high and wait a few hours. You'll be able to tell when it's done by the edges.

I hope you give this recipe a try! It was super easy and delicious with a bit of vanilla ice-cream. I'm sure I will be making this all the time during fall since we will have an abundance of apples, and I always have these ingredients on hand.

Have a great rest of your evening!

Psst... Don't forget to go and enter our Breast Pump Giveaway! It's still going on until Friday night!

Friday, August 15, 2014

My Breastfeeding Essentials + Ameda Double Electric Breast Pump Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday! My little man has been in this world for 5 weeks now, and I've been solely breastfeeding. When I hit the one month mark, I was actually pretty proud of myself! All of those nighttime feedings seemed like a big accomplishment for me! I realize I have a lot more to go, but now we've established a semi-regular schedule, which makes things easier. I've also found some things that make the experience much better. I thought I'd share those with you today!
1. Nursing Bras. These make life a lot easier. I have a few of the snap down kind and also several "sleep" bras that look like sports bras, but easily pull down. All of my favorites have come from Target. Here is the link for the snap down bras, and the sleep bras.

2. Nursing Pads. It's a little frustrating to have to use these, but what can a girl do? The reason I have lots of nursing bras is because I go through at least 2 a day! During feedings or during the night, the bra gets soaked with milk. The nursing pads make that happen hardly at all! I like these ones for night time, and these ones for during the day.

3. DIY Burp Clothes. I made 2 different kinds of these. I made some just like the ones Kayla made, and also made some out of cloth diapers. I like them both a lot. The cloth diaper ones are much more absorbent, though. 

4. Boppy Pillow. This was especially helpful in the beginning when I was trying to get the positioning down. Now that baby is bigger and I've had more experience, I don't use it as often. But it was a life saver when I was still figuring things out. 

5. A good Breast Pump. Now, I don't pump all that often. I try to pump only when I will need a bottle either that day or the next. I hate the thought of milk going bad in the fridge, and I know I won't need enough of it to start freezing. With that said, I want a good pump when I need it, since I don't have tons of time to sit and wait. Currently, I'm using the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump, which I graciously received from Ameda. You can read more about it on their site. I think this is an awesome pump. I've also used the Medela Backpack Double Electric Breast Pump, and I think the Ameda one is comparable, but quite a bit cheaper. I like that you can adjust the suction AND the speed. You don't have that option on the Medela one. I get the same amount of milk from each pump, as well.

Now for an exciting giveaway! Ameda has offered to give one of our readers a FREE PUMP! Can you believe it!? You will be receiving the same one that I have, the Purely Yours Carry All Double Electric Breast Pump. Enter below!
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Thanks, guys! Hope you have an amazing weekend!
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