Menu Planning Monday

Remember when I used to plan out my menu’s and post them on the blog each week? Yeah I kind of fell off the bandwagon of posting them when Charlotte was born. I kept planning but stopped with the posting. But here I am – inspired once again!

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Monday: Grilled Sirloin with sauteed mushrooms, Roasted Red Potatoes, Peas/Carrots

Tuesday: Stuffed Peppers

Wednesday: Tortellini Bake and Green Beans

Thursday: Pan Fried Pork Chops, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes

Friday: Nancy’s Pizza (You have no idea how excited I was to find a Groupon for some Chicago style pizza – yum!)

Saturday: Greek Chicken and Tomato/Cucumber Salad

Sunday: Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Recipe Recommendation:

Banana Oatmeal Muffins – On Monday’s I drive down to Long Beach for a work meeting (or meetings) so breakfast on the go is a must. These are delicious and travel well – and by travel well I mean they are easy to eat in the car! Next time I will try these with half wheat and half white flour instead of all white.

29 Weeks

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29 Weeks!

At 29 weeks, Charlotte…

28 Weeks

Charlotte is changing so much every day. It’s a joy to watch her explore and discover new things. Here’s a little bit of what she’s been up to.

At 28 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Continues to suck on her 2 left fingers, but now likes to use her right hand to tug on her hair. It’s like she just discovered she has her own hair to pull! Now if only that meant she pulled my hair less…
  • Scoots and army crawls like crazy.
  • Shows NO interest whatsoever in sitting up.
  • Loves to explore – particularly things that are bright and make noises like computers and cell phones. I walked away from my computer for less than a minute only to come back and find Charlotte looking intently at the screen, fingers poised over the keys and a LOT of windows up on my screen!
  • Seems to have another tooth or two coming in soon.
  • Wiggled her way out of her clothes last night while sleeping.  I guess this means one piece sleepers ONLY for her from now on!
  • Cries between bites of food because it’s just not fast enough for her. We think she’s exerting a lot of energy with all her moving around, making her extra hungry. We’re settling into a good routine of having solids twice a day now. Usually fruit mixed with cereal in the morning, and veggies for dinner.
  • Loves the sound of her voice. She is constantly talking, squawking, cooing and making happy noises.

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6 Months!

We’re home from vacation with our favorite 6 month old who now has 2 teeth! She’s growing like crazy, weighing in at 15 lbs 4 oz and 26 3/4 inches long! Despite those chubby leg rolls you see in her photos, Charlotte is actually only in the 31st percentile in weight while landing in the 79th percentile for height! She enjoys eating her fruits and veggies (not so much a fan of baby cereal) and hearing the sound of her own voice. She loves people – particularly other kids and had a great time with her cousins on vacation! I think she might be a little bored now at home with just Mom and Dad.

On vacation Charlotte had all sorts of adventures. She rode her first carousel, went to the Indiana State Fair, spent time with family, went swimming (for the record, she definitely prefers pools over lakes), met almost all of her aunts and uncles and cousins, and much more. Charlotte loves to be outside and especially loved the porch swing at Grandma and Grandpa Northcutt’s house. She’s super snuggly and will inevitably wiggle her way over to snuggle if she’s laying near you.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, though certainly this selection of photos hardly begins to capture all the fun and wonderful people we spent time with!

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Great Aunt Patsy

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Chewing on Lauren’s book from when she was a baby!

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With Mom’s Cousin Michael

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Peek A Boo with Great Aunt Joyce

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Steph and Charlotte with a special photobomb by Joyce 🙂

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Charlotte was VERY interested in the colorful cake!

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Charlotte’s not looking at the camera – probably b/c she’s eyeing someone’s cake!

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A lap full of babies!

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Charlotte and cousin Erica

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Had to hold Charlotte back from attacking her new cousin Mason (with love of course)

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Snuggles with Grandpa

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The Porch Swing

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Fun with Grandma

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So sweet

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Meeting Grandpa Veltman

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Gorgeous Lake Michigan Sunset on our 3rd anniversary

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Happy baby – in spite of her rash

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We couldn’t get enough of these sunsets

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Special delivery!

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I think she’s going for the beard…

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26 Weeks

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27 Weeks

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