Welcome to All Rowelled Up! The blog that captures the life of the Rowell's. We are just a small little family living the simple life in Oklahoma. We are thankful every day for the love and blessings that God gives us!
Enjoy the adventures I share about my wonderful, made just for me husband Zach, our crazy and oh so adorable boxer Phoebe, our perfect little red headed daughter Evelyn and her new little brother Oliver.
Come get All Rowelled Up with us ;)
Two posts in one day? I must have nothing else to do. Nope, Evelyn is just growing up a little more and really takes in her surroundings so while I'm typing this she is just sitting in her Boppy next to me watching the screen. Maybe I'm starting her passion for writing.
So much has changed in the past 12 weeks. Those first couple of weeks were rough and every time I see a friend on Facebook announcing the birth of their child I say a little prayer that God will give them the strength and patience to get them through it. Lord knows I needed it.
Evelyn has discovered her hands in the past couple of weeks. She rejects the pacifier sometimes and just wants to suck on those hands. I caught her in the rearview mirror last week holding her hand in front of her and just staring away. I wanted to pull the car over and just smooch her little face over and over again. It doesn't take much to make me proud of this little angel. I love her so much!
Here are some other Evelyn facts:
*She LOVES to scream! I like to think she is just exercising her lungs for her future singing career. The girl sure can hit those high notes!
*She is "talking" more. To hear her voice is absolute music to our ears. We could listen to that all day long.
*"Say cheese!" She is definitely smiling more. I love it when she smiles in her sleep. It makes it hard to put her in her basinet. It's the sweetest most honest smile I have ever seen. When I woke her up this morning she looked at me and smiled. She loves her momma ;)
*She's not laughing yet but there has been a few times that we just knew she was about to burst out in laughter. When she does I'm sure I will cry. I love it when she does something new.
*We started adding formula to her bottles 2 weeks ago. It was a big step for me. I cried just a tiny tiny bit. We are only adding an ounce but it made me sad that she wasn't getting just my milk anymore. I quickly got over it when I realized I am able to freeze more milk since I don't use it all in one day with the formula addition. My freezer is filling up!
*Breast feeding - another reason to cry. I'm sad to say that the days of breast feeding are over. I have decided to only pump and then bottle feed. Especially now since we are adding formula. She's been mostly bottle for awhile and only breastfed when I was lazy or just wanted some close time with her. With me going back to work next week there's just not going to be a good time for it. It truly makes me sad.
*"I like to move it move it" This little girl is a wiggle worm!! She is ALWAYS moving. Her legs are so strong and she sure lets you know it. She has tried on more than one occasion to buck off the changing table and now has to be strapped in to her Mamaroo so she doesn't kick out of it.
*As I have mentioned before she has been sleeping through the night since 7 weeks old. Our bedtime routine is getting pretty awesome! Depending on her eating schedule during the day she usually gets her last feeding at 9. I rock her for a little bit in my arms and then she is in her basinet by 10 and snoozing away. Some nights she needs a little extra attention so I will just place my hand on her stomach and rub her head. It works most nights. I can't remember the last time we were both up rocking in the chair while she was screaming and I was crying. Our nights have gotten better :)
*This baby is a champ when it comes to car rides. It's very rare that she cries during one. If we are sitting too long at a light she starts to get fussy but the minute the car shifts into drive she is ready just to enjoy the ride.
All in all we've been blessed with a pretty awesome baby. She is healthy and amazes us every day with her growth. I'm going to miss spending every single minute with her when I go back to work but I know those minutes I'm with her are going to be so precious. Even the poopy stinky ones ;)
These past 12 weeks at home have been such a blessing and I will forever treasure them.
Starting this book today. I started this about 2 years ago and never finished it so now it's time to get it back out and start being good to my body and start a daily walk with God.
I'm a Christian. I pray. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I talk to God all day every day but I know I have A LOT of growing to do when it comes to my faith and my relationship with God. I want Evelyn to grow up in a Christian household. This household needs some work. We're working on it.
I know in my heart of hearts that if I do my daily walks with God and put him first in all things in my life a lot of other things that I feel are unsteady in my life will fall into place. Knowing and believing this I don't know why I continue with my bad habits.
Well, tomorrow Evelyn will be 12 weeks old and I'm still wearing maternity pants. I just can't bare to put on a regular pair of jeans cause it is muffin top city. Maternity pants at least smooth some things over. I have some serious weight to lose (30 pounds to be exact) and I need to stop telling myself every Sunday night that "I'm getting serious about my food and exercise tomorrow." I've been telling myself this for years and years now. I never follow through and then I get upset when I see women with the body I would like to have. This pattern has got stop!
I told myself when Evelyn was 6 weeks old and I was released to workout from my doctor that I was going to really focus on my food and get my butt moving. I can't say I have been a total failure at it. I did start counting my "points" and started doing Zumba but then I would totally ruin it the next day and then just make plans to start again the next Monday. Something's gotta give! I've got to get more willpower (cause I have none!)
I'm only 10 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant so I didn't have a horrible weight gain but I was wanting to lose 20 before then. I look at my body and think to myself that this is just the way it's going to be from here on out. I had a baby and my body changed and there is nothing I can do about it. This is one of the trade-offs for having a baby. Well I'm tired of thinking this way and I don't want to find myself using any of these as excuses. This is probably a terrible time of year with all the holidays coming up to try to lose weight. What am I thinking??
Out on the town
I turn 32 in April and I hope to be celebrating with a new pant size :)
Oh yeah!!! It's that time again for all my favorite shows to start showing their pretty little faces on my television at night. Pretty sad that The Office is coming to an end but I think after Steve Carell left it just hasn't been the same.
If you haven't watched an episode of Parks and Recreation then you need to stop what you are doing tonight and give it a chance. I think it might have better stories and a better cast than The Office. That's big. Just give it a chance. You won't be sorry.
BUT the show I'm really looking forward to this evening is Up All Night. If you missed last season I am telling you right now to stop whatever you are doing (continue to read the blog) and get yourself to the store and pick up season one. Tell work you are sick and go home and watch it! Then tonight you will be all caught up and ready to enjoy season 2. It is such a funny show and Christina Applegate has to be one of my favorites. She is beautiful and so funny. Love her!
The time has come where I am on full countdown to return to work. I can't believe it is already time. I'm freaking. Just a little bit. Evelyn turns 11 weeks today! So crazy! She has changed so much in this little amount of time. Every new thing gets me excited and it also brings tears. We introduced formula 3 days ago and I cried. Keep in mind that it was just one little ounce added to breast milk but I just feel like it's one more step to her growing up. I know, I know she is not even 3 months old yet but I have a hard time with change even when it's good change. I just get sad when things change even when it's good change because I know that little piece of time in life is gone and won't happen again. For example, if I change desks at work I get a little sad because I know that era of time where I sat there is over and I won't have any more experiences there again. It's weird, I know, but I have always been this way.
So this whole going back to work thing and not being home all day with my little baby is going to be a big adjustment. I know it's going to be fine and the fact that she is going to be staying at my mother-in-law's makes it soooo much easier to deal with. She is going to be in good hands and I know that she is going to be loved all day even if she is screaming her head off. This makes my heart handle this work thing a little better. The only things that make me excited about going back to work are the facts that I can be on a schedule again and this makes my life easier and I think it will be good for me to have a break from Evelyn and focus on something other than baby things. But let me be real honest for a moment. If we had the means for me to stay home and not have to go back to work I wouldn't even think twice about it.
Let's talk about Evelyn for a second. :) She has been sleeping through the night for a month now! It's been awesome!! The first 2 nights she didn't get up for her middle of the night feedings I was, of course sad, but thought maybe it was just a 2 night thing and she would be waking me up the rest of the week. Not so. She gets her last feeding around 9ish (5 whole ounces!) and it just takes a little rocking in my arms to put her to sleep. We were having to bring the Mamaroo into the bedroom for about a week or so because she would not go down in the basinet. She finally decided that the basinet was the place for her so she has been doing great sleeping all night in it. The past 4 nights she has broken out of her swaddle so I think she is going to upgrade to a sleep sack. She is getting too strong! And let me tell you, she is not just wrapped up in a swaddle blanket, she is put on lock down in The Miracle Blanket where her arms are restrained, wrapped up individually and then her whole body is then wrapped up several times. I mean, it's a baby straight jacket and she is breaking lose! Before I know it she is going to be sleeping in her crib at night in her little footie jammies.
The other baby. The best dog in the world!
My first time in footie jammies.
"My new collection for my bookshelf.
Yes, those are NKOTB comic books. Mommy says they are the best."
"Do I have to sit in the Bumbo anymore?"
Looking at her bird sticker on the wall. She always smiles at him when she sees him.
Getting ready to get our first round of shots.
Love this little girl so much!
"Just me and Mama Bear hanging out."
"I like to sit with daddy while he plays his games."
"My first trip to the mall!"
Have a happy week everyone!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! LOVE YOU!!
And by the way, seeing that I support Jessica Simpson now, everyone needs to get over the picture of her little girl in a bikini. She's just a little baby and I think she looks cute. If you are looking at that photo and thinking anything other than what a sweet little baby she is then you are a total pervert and need help. She's a baby in a bathing suit. End of story.
When you sit at are at home all day you tend to take in a lot of television even if you aren't actually watching it. I had it on E! the other day and the new show Married To Jonas came on so I thought I would give it a try. I was unsure about it because I don't know anything about the Jonas Brothers and can't tell you one single song that they sing. (My heart for brother trios will always belong to Hanson.)
It only took me about 3 minutes to realize that I was actually digging the show. Kevin and his wife Dani seem like a pretty neat little couple. I wasn't sure how I would feel about her but she's not boy-band-wife-diva at all. I like her.
As I blogged a couple of days ago I have been watching the early episodes of 90210 during the day and I have come to the conclusion that I really really like Brenda Walsh's style. The '90's style is so back in full force. I see it in all the stores and in the Sunday ads. I'm loving it!
I think I'm probably pushing the age limit on some of the styles out there but I'm enjoying watching others pull it off.
Oh, how I miss the '90's! There is no better style and no better music.
With that being said I MUST get the 90210 soundtracks. This music is the best in the world!
Okay, well this post is strictly being written to make me feel good about myself on this Thursday night while I'm watching the MTV VMA's. Everyone is looking incredibly pretty and all done up and it's making me feel really REALLY ugly while I sit here with no make-up and grandma pj's on. (When you are breast feeding and not wanting things to rub your caesarean scar there are not a lot of cute clothing options.)
One of the things I'm looking forward to when returning back to work is that I get to wear make-up again and this makes me SO EXCITED. (I know I could wear it now but I'mnot wasting it.) You don't understand, it's a big deal to take a trip anywhere out of this house just so I can pretty myself up a little. I put gas in my car for the first time in 2 months this past weekend. I NEVER go anywhere. First, it's too dang hot outside. Second, I don't feel like hauling a baby around in temperatures over 100 degrees. Not happening.
So while loading pictures onto my computer today (over 400 of just Evelyn in the month of August) I started looking at old pictures and ran across these. I took them this past February for my cd I recorded. I finished it up right before I had Evelyn and just shared it with some people at work. This one did not make iTunes like my last one.
Again, I am strictly showing these to make myself feel pretty :) Don't judge me.
Do you know how to tell your husband honestly loves you for your heart?
You don't wear make-up for 2 months and he still tells you you are pretty :)