Sunday, September 29, 2013

Our Day at the Fair

Hogan's First Trip to the Fair

Wes is from Lawrenceburg, TN and he always says that the Middle Tennessee District Fair is the best one around.  We've always gone to Lawrenceburg for the fair ever since I met him.  This was our first trip to the fair with our son!  We knew he would probably be too small to ride anything, but we thought he'd enjoy the experience anyway.  Anytime Hogan hears kids screaming and yelling, he immediately does the same.  It melts my heart every time.  As soon as we got out of the car and started strolling to the entrance, Hogan heard kids screaming in excitement and he showed his super-fun personality by doing the same.

Taking it all in.

Since he was too small for the rides, we started off by letting him visit the animals.

Not so sure about the llama.

Here, horsey!

"Why's him not with hims mama?"

"Let's get outta here!"

The first thing Mama did was make Dad go get her a homemade, frozen lemonade.


To the Games We Go!

Fishing for prizes!

"I got one, Dad!'

"What'd I win?"

His first fair prize, a stuffed alligator!

Giving his prize some sugar!

Let me just say that Wes is the best Dad ever.  He is always eager to try new stuff with Hogan and show him how things are done.  When we came upon the "Ring Around the Duck" game, Wes was sure he was going to win him that big Panda bear!  Fifteen rings and all we needed was one around the neck.  We left empty-handed.  It must've been rigged.

Getting low on rings...

Last one.  We didn't like those ducks.

Ferris Wheel

Our little family.

Winding Down...

It was a long day of walking, but it was worth every second.

We had such a fun day and the weather was perfect!  We can't wait to go back next year so he can enjoy the rides too.  People always say that little boys are so much fun and they sure are right!

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo - Andee

Friday, September 27, 2013

We Love Autumn!

 Autumn Days

Hogan Keith

 I have always loved Autumn.  It just seems like the weather is always perfect.  The air is just brisk enough to cool you off, but there's still some warmth too.  I've never appreciated Autumn like I do now that we have Hogan.  During the summer, it was hard to take him outside much because it was either too hot, too sunny, or one of those summer thunderstorms was making its appearance for the day.  Autumn is just perfect, especially early Fall.  The temperature is just right and it stays daylight just long enough to get out and enjoy the day.  We had another fantastic time playing outside for a little bit today.  I'm sure lots of people in the South did!

Happy boy!

What, Mom?
I'm going back in the house!!!

Just forget it, I'm leaving!!

Amazed at the solar lights.

Also amazed by the cars going by.

I love you, Mom!  I was just kidding.  I'm staying!

I hope everyone had a fantastic day!  Hogan is so happy again because his dad got home today after being gone all week!  We're so glad to have him back again!

Happy Fall!
xoxo - Andee

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Baby Must Haves | Bath Time

Andee's List of Bath Time Must Haves:

I loved getting advice when I was pregnant and after I had my son.  I would not have survived this first year without all of the wonderful advice I received from other moms.  There is no way to know everything you are going to need when your baby gets here, but you can definitely be prepared with the basics.  I have put together a list of my favorite bath time necessities.  These are some of the items that I love and that seemed to work best for me:


Baby Bather
Let's start with the basics, a bathtub.  I know this isn't technically a bathtub, but this little number was the best thing I found when it came to bathing a newborn.  We had no clue what kind of tub to get when we were registering for our baby shower, so we decided on the big, plastic tub that inclines and holds water.  At the time, it seemed like the best option.  For me, it was a disaster.  The tub was hard, although it had a foam section for the head to rest on, and it was big and bulky.  After a few weeks, I decided to get something else to bathe him in and came across the Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather.  You can get them at Target for around $16.  They come in a variety of colors and designs.  It has three different reclining positions that make it so much easier to bathe a newborn or a six month old.  We used our bather until Hogan started sitting up on his own.

Lotions & Soaps

Johnson's Honey Apple Baby Wash & Baby Lotion
We were fortunate enough to get enough baby wash and lotion to last nearly the first year of Hogan's life.  The first time I went to buy lotion for him, I was amazed at all of the options there were to choose from!  Luckily, I chose Johnson's Honey Apple.  This one is really just a personal opinion because it is basically based on the smell.  The smell is wonderful and it lasts all day!  Aside from smelling great, the lotion is not oily at all.  I have tried some baby lotions that were more like baby oil than lotion and I felt like Hogan was oily all day after applying it.  I also learned that it makes my life a lot easier buying the containers with the pump.  They aren't much more expensive than the containers without pumps and they are usually larger.  If you are registering for your baby shower or just wanting to try something different, I definitely recommend this.


Baby Sponges
These are a MUST.  If you ignore everything on this list, do not ignore this.  Sponges are so much more practical than baby washcloths.  I started out using washcloths and quickly realized they weren't going to cut it.  I would apply the soap to the washcloth and before I had finished washing Hogan's hair, nearly all of the soap was gone.  They just do not hold the soap well.  I decided to try sponges.  They are amazing!  I can give Hogan, even at one year old, a bath with one squirt of baby wash.  I would use four or five squirts with a washcloth.  So save yourself time and money and go with sponges.  If you're worried about them being sanitary because of several uses, go with this version.  I get these at the Dollar Tree for $1.  At four for $1, you could replace them as often as you want without breaking the bank.

Bath Mittens

Character Mittens
If you don't like the idea of using sponges, try these mittens.  I don't think they are as great as the sponges, but they are definitely better than washcloths.  They sell different versions of these everywhere, usually ranging in price anywhere from $3.98 to $7.99.  I will save you some money.  The ones in the picture above are from the Dollar Tree.  They cost $1.  They are they same quality as the ones you can get anywhere else.  I learned from experience.

Kneeling Mat

Foam, kneeling mat
I did not discover these until Hogan was a few months old.  Before I bought this, I would fold up a towel and rest my knees on it.  I came across these in Buy Buy Baby one day and HAD to have one, but I was not paying $18 for it.  I'm a thrifty girl and for $18, I'd rather continue folding up a towel every time I gave him a bath.  A few days later I was in Walgreens and they had just put out their gardening supplies because Spring was around the corner.  I saw this "knee saver" and picked it up.  It was $3! I immediately put it in my cart.  It was the best decision I had made in a while, no exaggeration.  This little mat was almost identical to the kneeling mats I had seen in Buy Buy Baby and it was $15 cheaper!  Save your knees and your money and check out the garden section the next time you're in a store!

Rinsing Cup

Munchkin Shampoo Rinser
I received this at one of our baby showers.  They are great.  You could just use a regular cup to rinse your baby's hair with, but I prefer this rinsing cup.  It is flexible and the handle is convenient.  It is also one of Hogan's favorite bath toys.  This one is the Munchkin Shampoo Rinser from Target and it's only $4.99.  They come in blue and pink.

{Side Note: My mom will probably laugh when she sees this.  I know she thinks I am crazy for suggesting anything other than an ordinary, plastic cup from the kitchen.  Love you, Mom!}

Rinsing Hat

This is an absolute MUST!  I have been so careful not to get water in Hogan's ears since the day he was born.  {His dad had several sets of tubes in his ears when he was a kid.}  So I knew I wanted to try my best to prevent them from the beginning.  Hogan was born with a lot of hair, but it had all fallen out by the time he was a little over a month old.  It was easy to rinse his head with a sponge when there was no hair, but once his hair came back in, I had to start pouring water over his head.  I found this hat at Buy Buy Baby.  It is called a Lil Rinser and is $9.99.  It just slides on his head, like in the pictures above, and you just pour the water on his head.  The hat prevents the water from getting in his ears and from running down his face.  Life. Saver.  There are several color options available, but this was the only one they had in the store at the time.  Hogan is a year old now and we have successfully managed to steer clear of ear infections for the first year.  I give this hat a lot of credit.

Rubber Ducky

Set of 3
Rubber ducks are a staple in baby bath time.  Someone bought us one of the rubber ducks with the word "HOT" on the bottom.  If HOT turned white when you placed it in the water, it meant the water was too warm for the baby.  Well, no matter how cool I ran the bath water it always thought it was too hot.  So those are not worth your money.  That duck was also thick and Hogan couldn't squeeze it hard enough to make it squeak.  These are way better.  They come from my favorite store, the Dollar Tree, for $1, of course.  You also get two baby ducks with the mama duck!  These are Hogan's favorite!  They are thinner and lots easier for him to male them squeak.  He always has a baby duck in each hand during bath time.

Cotton Swabs

Johnson's Safety Swabs
These are great.  I use them to clean Hogan's ears and his nose.  They are rounder and thicker than a regular cotton swab, which helps prevent them from going too far into a baby's ear.  There's not much more to say about these, but I recommend them.

I'm just a first-time mom passing on my recommendations!  I hope this helps you out.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo - Andee

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's the First Day of Fall, Y'all!

Our fun, first day of Fall: 

It's the first day of Fall!  I love summertime and the hot, sunny days, but Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year.  I love the way the air smells and feels, but I love the things that come along with Fall even more.  Things like chicken stew, all of the different colored leaves, and the beautiful sunsets.  Today is exactly how the first day of Fall should be every year.  We had the most beautiful, pleasant weather.  Hogan loves being outside, so we had to spend some time in the perfectly brisk, Autumn air.  We had lots of fun playing outside and can't wait to spend more Fall evenings taking wagon rides and playing in the falling leaves.

So happy that it's Fall!

He loved the cool air blowing his hair!

Can't go anywhere without a golf ball.

He's too sweet!


We ended the evening with a trip to Longhorn with Wes' grandparents.

Dad & Hogan.
The perfect ending to a perfect day!

Not only was today the first day of Fall, it was also the first time Hogan and I had seen Wes since Monday night.  We are so happy to have him home with us and Hogan has not left his side all day.

Have a wonderful Fall, everyone!
xoxo - Andee

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A First Year in Months | Hogan

A First Year in Months | Hogan

I knew there were a few things I wanted to do for Hogan during his first year.  One of those things was taking a monthly picture of him.  Simple enough, or so I thought.  Sure, when he was one, two, and three months old it was super easy.  I'd sit him up in his glider and make sure his sticker was straight on his onesie and make sure it was visible for the picture.  I would take 100 pictures of him.  Then it started getting harder and harder.  At four months, when he had started rolling over and moving a lot more, I had to wait until my husband was home from work before I could even think about taking the picture.  He was a huge help in making him smile, or making sure his sticker was showing, or making sure he didn't dive head first onto the floor.  It seemed like each month got more difficult than the previous and towards the end of his first year, I was lucky to get one good picture out of thirty.  After Wes and I took that twelve-month picture, we were ecstatic!  I think we both had a feeling of accomplishment.  We did it!  No matter how hard it was to get the pictures each month, the end results melt my heart and I can't wait for Hogan to look at them when he's older and know how much his mom and dad tried to make his first year as memorable as possible

Here is his First Year:

1 Month
2 Months
3 Months
4 Months
5 Months
6 Months
7 Months
8 Months
9 Months
10 Months
11 months
12 Months
1 Year Old
His first year! He changed so much this first year and I am excited to see him change even more as he grows up!
 I have to say that the stickers I bought for his onesies were amazing quality.  I could stick them on his onesie and if they weren't straight or in the right place, I could peel them off and put them where I wanted and they never lost their adhesiveness.  As a matter of fact, I kept every one of them and put them back on the sheet they peeled off of.  I haven't decided if I'm going to use the same ones for Watson or use different ones, but they are such great quality that I could definitely reuse them.  I ordered them off of Etsy from Purple Possom.  There are tons to choose from!

Thank for stopping by!
xoxo - Andee