September 27, 2013

Our First House

We bought a house!

It was a short sale, so it's been in the works for a while now, but it's finally done. The house is ours!

(By the way, "short sale" is just about the worst name they could have come up with for this process. Just saying...). 

So be prepared for some before and after photos- I'm no interior decorator but this house has been vacant for a while and is in need of some love.

So I'm off to get started!

September 15, 2013

9 Months In, 9 Months Out

Well it's been 9 whole months since this little bun left the oven!

Andrew has spent a lot of time this month perfecting the skills he gained last month.  He is now an expert climber, getting up (and in) boxes, and even getting both feet up into the spaces of the baby gate.  He's gotten really good at getting himself down from his little green chair without falling.  And even when he does fall, this boy is pretty tough.  I've seen him faceplant on the carpet and get right back up without even a whimper.

He has a tooth!  It popped though in the last couple weeks on the bottom.  He seemed to be a little cranky close to naptime and bedtime for a few days leading up to it but otherwise the teething went well!  I'm hoping we get just as lucky with his next teeth!  Actually we think one more in coming in on top, but it hasn't poked through yet.

At his doctor appointment this past week, Andrew was cleared to eat regular food!  The doctor said he can eat pretty much anything but nuts now.  So he's started some more finger foods like cheese and bits of bread.  I think he's really enjoying being able to eat more things- he loves the cheese especially.

Aaron and I are both "Mumumumum" right now.  It's so funny, whenever he wants to be picked up he'll come to one of us saying Mummmummum" and climbs up our legs.  I don't know if I can really claim that he's saying a word yet, but it sure is cute.

I think this boy is super close to standing on his own and then walking!  He's been cruising for a while now, using the furniture to walk.  And just the other day he was standing up at the baby gate and he let go- he stood there for a solid two seconds before he plopped down onto his bum.  I really don't think it will be too long before I'm chasing a walker instead of a crawler.

One of his favorite "toys" right now is a door.  Seriously.  If I leave any doors open (to the bathrooms or bedrooms) he crawls as straight and as fast as he can just to sit and swing the door, sometimes even pushing it closed.  I expected him to love boxes and paper, but this one surprised me.

We also switched out Andrew's car seat this month.  He hasn't quite outgrown the infant seat yet, but he's big enough and active enough that we pretty much never used it to carry him anymore.  It just stayed in the car, so there was no reason not to switch him into a convertible seat.  I think he likes the new one a lot!

Andrew is 30th percentile for weight and 50th for height, so he's just now growing out of the 3-6 month clothing.  He's pretty much wearing 6-9 month pants and shorts, but he can still fit in most of his 3-6 month onesies, though they're getting tight.

We sure love seeing this boy grow as he explores his little world.  It's hard to believe he has already been out for as long as he was in.  This summer has completely flown by!

New things for Andrew this month:
Finger Foods
Met Newest Cousin
More Adventurous Climbing
New Car Seat

September 3, 2013

Let's Review: Lysol Power & Free (Part 2)

(See here for part 1)

To recap, BzzAgent sent me a bottle of the new Lysol Power & Free spray and wipes to try out.  I already reviewed the wipes, and I finally tried out the spray too!

When I was making lunch yesterday, my meal boiled over.  Lame.  So there was a cheesy sauce that got all over the stove and burner, and especially in the drip pan.  And of course, I didn't clean it up right away.  That's just how it happens sometimes.

So while Aaron and I were cleaning the kitchen last night after Andrew was in bed, I pulled out the Lysol spray and squirted it all over the stove.

I looked at the back of the bottle, and it said that you have to let it sit for 10 minutes if you want it to disinfect.  We don't have that much patience, and it's not like we had been using raw meat or anything, so we just waited about 3 minutes, hoping that would be enough time for the nasty stuff to soften enough that we could wipe it off easily.  The burner and the stove top were clean in one wipe of the sponge.  Seriously.  The drip pan still took some scrubbing since the sauce had burned onto it, but we were still super impressed.

And the spray smells good too!  The wipes didn't smell great (although much better than bleach cleaner!) so I was expecting much of the same with the spray.  But it was a citrus scent that I actually liked- nice!

So yeah, I liked this product.  Another A on this one.

*I got these cleaners for free though BzzAgent, but all opinions are my own!*