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Though most of this blog contains pictures, it's also a detailed account of my life living with three boys. And yes, they are all boys. Hope you enjoy... they're pretty cute (but often smell).

-Brit

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dinner time

Meal times have been a struggle lately. Cole has gotten pickier, or is just a stubborn little ...
J and I are trying to step back, and not fight with him about it, and I thought this chart would help!
Enjoy

Cole and Hudson

Cole is so great with Hudson. All he wants to do is play with him...
He's also very encouraging. "Great job coloring Hudson"
So sweet

Now if we could just get him to not runaround the house, almost knocking thinks down onto the baby, that would be great!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WooHoo!

Yep. That's poop. We took a picture of this massive BM to celebrate And say thank you to Auntie Jenna... As you can see, Cole is holding a present. A poop present! Jenna came up with the idea and that, combined with watching Paw Patrol while sitting on the little red thrown, has finally gotten Cole to poop on the potty. Let's hope it keeps up!
(And yes, I will be putting this picture on display at his High School grad party)

Easter egg hunt

Though it was more like "here's a number and go find a paper bag with your number on it" hunt.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week 1

How would I describe week one with Hudson in three words: Surprised. Frustrated. Happy.

Surprised: by how calm he is. By how little he fusses or cries. By how quickly having a newborn comes back to you. That j and I can function on so little sleep. That I'm as calm as I am. That even though J and I can function, that we haven't had too many 3am fights. How good Cole is with Huddy.

Frustrated: with cole since his listening ears have been NON EXISTENT this week. That it took my milk this long to come in and it's still only a minuscule amount. That I don't have a coffee machine. With my inability to nap. With the weather- I want to go for a walk!!!

Happy: that Cole pooped in the potty four times this week. That I'm not having any baby blues. That Hudson is pooping and no one is worried about jaundice. To have such an amazing group of friends and family- the amount of help, calls, texts, everything - it's been amazing. Happy, just happy

(FYI: I'm boycotting turning on my computer, so I'm assuming most posts will be done via my phone)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Huddy Bear

Today was a tough one. Lil man got circumcised and did NOT like it. Huddy rarely cries, so when he let loose after the procedure, I almost lost it.
He's been sleeping it off the rest of the day, and hopefully into tonight.
A big "thank you" goes out to my mom for coming with me and for trying to keep me calm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Is it Monday? I think so.

Hudson and I are officially on maternity leave. So far so good... Though I got a little more sleep last night thanks to J (wondering how he's doing at work).
Hudson is awesome, though trying to keep him awake during the day (so he sleeps better at night) is tough... He's just such a cuddle monster. Some picture proof provided!

#selphie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meanwhile, at Grandmas

Cole had a fun night of driving his truck and decorating eggs! My big man is quite the colorist

Day 3

1) check out how Huddy is already holding up his head. So strong
2) I think this might be my favorite pic so far. So sweet
3) Just found out that Hudson shares his BIRTHday with my friend Becky's daughter. I just got a message from her (she's currently in Germany). Congrats to Becky and Marty!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cole meets Hudson

Cole came by the hospital today and got to meet his new baby bro. He did a great job saying hi and then cuddled up and watched a movie in bed with me. All the grandparents were also here so Huddy got lots of love.

Hudson Gallatin Rogowski

I'll post more details later, but J and I are so happy to introduce Hudson to the world.
On 4/10/14, at 3:29pm, Huddy Bear (still playing around with nicknames) came barreling out at 22" long and 9lbs 6oz.
He's been a very calm kiddo (knock on wood) so far which has made our hospital stay pretty easy.
The plan is to head home Saturday afternoon - then the fact that we have two boys really kicks in.
Thank you for all the calls, texts, emails and social messages!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Morning: Still Here

10 days from official due date... Didn't think I would make it this long. Trying to stay indifferent so I don't go nuts but getting dressed for work really sucks. Think I might be working from home the rest of the week.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Granola Bars

Yep, I made Homemade Granola Bars. Guess the whole nesting thing finally kicked in. These taste really similar to the Energy Balls I make... But I also did one version that had this nut/dried fruit mix in them. I like those better. 

Anyways. Here's the recipe. It was the first time I ever used Coconut Oil... it's a solid so measuring it out was a little weird but it's supposed to be a good substitute for oil/butter. Oh, and I would probably cut back on the honey... you don't need a full half cup. 

Enjoy! 


Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or your favorite nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
Directions
  1. In a medium pot set over medium-low heat, melt together nut butter, honey, and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Remove from stove and stir in oats and coconut. Pour mixture into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Spread into an even layer, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips (if using), and firmly press down with the back of a spatula or clean hands. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Slice into squares or bars (I like to cut 3 rows of 4 bars each) and remove from pan. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, either in an airtight container with wax paper separating the layers, or individually wrapped in plastic wrap.
Tips, Tricks, & Variations
You may substitute chopped nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit for the coconut, or add them additionally. For a chocolate flavored granola bar, you may stir chocolate chips into the oat mixture, where they will partially or completely melt.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Raising a Boy

Saw this article and wanted to post it. I pretty much agree with every one of them, no matter how much you push it or not!

Ones the resonate the most:

Roughhousing Is Innate

Boys are physical. There's the jumping off furniture, the rolling on each other, the "hug" that turns into a full-body running tackle. Play fighting and roughhousing is surprisingly hard-wired into many boys. It's often how they connect and express affection. Don't worry – it's normal and experts say it's healthy. This kind of physical interaction can foster positive relationships, boost the body's feel-good chemicals and promote intelligence -- even if means stuff around the house is going to get broken
Even Sweet-As-Pie Boys Love Guns
No toy guns in your house? No bad-guy shows? No cowboy dress-up gear? It doesn't matter. Somehow, boys know what a gun is, and will turn anything from an empty toilet paper roll to a finger into a weapon. It's disconcerting, for sure, but it's not something to worry about. And if you try to ban gun play, you run the risk of making it that much more exciting. Think of it this way: Maybe he's a good guy looking to save the world from bad guys and hot lava
Pee Will Be Everywhere. Everywhere.
On the floor. Behind the toilet. On the wall. All over the seat that they neglected to lift up. Apparently, it takes time and an attention span not to spray the entire bathroom while urinating. And perhaps less surprising: No one notices or cares but you. Keep some Clorox wipes at the ready and remind yourself of this upside: Unless there's poop involved, your child won't ever need to sit on a dirty public toilet seat and it's incredibly easy for them to pee behind a tree in the park.