Friday Favorites: March 20th

Edited to add: I got totally carried away with this post. Excess of baby pictures, excess of commentary. Sorry about that, brave readers. Oh wait. You can never have an excess of baby pictures or commentary. Apology rescinded.

Happy Friday! Happy first day of Spring! We’ve had typical Colorado weather this week–all over the place! Warm and sunny, to which we say:

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…and cold, wet, snowy and muddy, to the tune of not being able to go anywhere yesterday because the roads were so bad and deep with mud. Even my little Jeep couldn’t make it! To this, we say:

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But, today is warm and sunny, the roads are dry, and we’re planning for a walk this afternoon. To this, we say:

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The forecast for this weekend is warm and sunny, so I’m hoping that little ham above and I can get outside and work in the yard a little in between going with daddy to cake cows and a visit from my inlaws tomorrow. I’d love to get my garden prepped to plant, and in preparation for having branding lunch at our house next week, I would like to get all the dead leaves swept off the deck around the picnic table. We’ll do our best :)

Little Wacey is six weeks old tomorrow, and isn’t so little anymore–yesterday he weighed 8 1/2 pounds! We think he’s hit a growth spurt (or is finally catching up on his weight for the reals, we’ve added in a little formula because he wasn’t getting enough with just my milk) because he is ravenous 24/7, and won’t sleep worth a hoot. His last one only lasted a few days, though, so hopefully that’s the case with this one. In the meantime, Bert and I are taking turns getting up with him at night, and starting off the morning with a little caffeine, and tiptoeing around when he is sleeping :)

This week’s Friday Favorites are all about that SPRINGTIME and being fun and fancy free! As a lifelong resident of Colorado, I’m not naive enough to put away the winter boots and coats just yet, but I know we’re getting warmer, and drier, and I love it. This means my thoughts are turning to summer clothes, rodeos, gardens and lighter things.

Favorite Easter Treat: Bunny Butt Pancakes. Call us humbugs (actually don’t, because that’s a lie), but Bert and I never been big Easter celebrators (in terms of bunnies and egg hunts, etc) because we both agree that Easter and Halloween are both more kid-oriented holidays. GOOD THING WE NOW HAVE A KID! Wace isn’t old enough this year to care about Easter, but next year you’d better bet the Easter Bunny is showing up and we’re hunting allllll the eggs and having allll the festive breakfasts. Or just this one! Plus bacon, duh.

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Favorite Funny: Things Parents Do To Embarrass Their Kids. Speaking of kids, I can’t wait to embarrass the heck out of them, either. I laughed and laughed at this one. I may have already posted this one to FF at some point, but it’s just a testament to how excited I am to be the goofiest parent ever. Also, just in case you were wondering, we’re totally starting off early because Wacey got a hilarious Christmas sweater vest as a hand-me-down, so that’s pretty much a sign that we MUST host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year. Cue the embarrassing photos! Would it be excessive to rig his with lights and a battery pack?

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Favorite Non-Embarrassing or Edible Kid Thing: Baby Shadow Box. One thing I would like to pretend I’m into but totally am not, and it probably says a lot about me that I’m into pancakes shaped like bunny butts and embarrassment but not this? Scrapbooks. I think they’re absolutely the coolest thing ever, but have zero patience for all the work that goes into them. I knew a girl in college who was the scrapbooking QUEEN and I was in awe of her. Her name was Jamie and she has been bestowed with a gift by our heavenly father. I’m completely serious. I have not been bestowed with this gift. One thing I can do? A shadowbox. Since Wace has already grown out of his going-home outfit and is almost out of his first booties (I DIE), I’m hoping to put his together soon!

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Favorite Fashion: Embroidered Maxi Dress. I’ve never been able to hop on the maxi dress bandwagon, but this one caught my eye and I might have to order it, or see if I can find one like it. I wouldn’t wear it to a rodeo because sandals at rodeos gross me out (that dirt is so not just dirt, folks. And try to climb pens and unsaddle horses in a dress, I dare you), but I’d wear it out to dinner, or to town when I want to look like something other than a swamp creature. Also, I’m not yet fitting into my old jeans, and that dress looks so comfy!

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Favorite Comfort Zone: Long-Sleeved Pocket Tee. Something I would wear to a rodeo? This shirt, with jeans, boots and a fun necklace.Pretty much my uniform on a day when all chambray is in the wash? Yes. Boring? You bet. Do I care? Not even a little.

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Favorite Boot: Speaking of boots, I’m in need of a new “town” pair. My husband just ordered a new pair of custom boots for himself (for riding), so of course I need a new pair, too :) Since I don’t need a custom pair at the moment, I hopped on the interwebs to see what Ariat’s got going these days, since they’re my favorite brand. I wanted something brown and square-toed, but with a pretty detail. Guess what? A sign. From above. With the Hallelujah Chorus and everything. Know why? This pair is an Ariat pair, brown, square-toed and with a pretty detail, and guess what they’re called. The Cassidy Boot. Guess what my name  is? Cassidy. Guess who will be buying these on her next town trip with the handy 30% off coupon she just got in the mail? CASSIDY.

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Favorite While-We’re-Talking-About-Clothes: Floral Swimsuit. For this first time since we’ve been together, the Johnstons (that’s us) are going on a VACAY. Yes, a VACATION. We’re really getting wild and driving five hours away for a week in June to Pagosa Springs, and the resort where we’re staying has an Olympic-sized swimming pool. A POOL. Aka the #1 Thing I Miss About Living In Town Even More Than Starbucks. But, I hate bikinis. Always have, always will, and am now a grown-ass adult who is comfortable enough in my own skin to tell the world that I HATE BIKINIS. Too much adjusting, too much possibility that they will come off while cannonballing, and I can never get sunscreen all over my back so too much sunburn. So, this pretty suit is at the top of my try-on list, because I’m not going to embarrass my newborn child and lovely husband by wearing one of my Speedo swim team suits. I’m saving those for when Wace is old enough to care :)

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Favorite Sparkle: Mint Halo Earrings. While we’re (okay, I’m) confessing things, I may as well get to it. I will never like wearing my hair down. I like it pulled back, out of my face, and out of my thoughts. I pretend I’ll wear it down, but I never do. There’s too much of it, it’s too thick and hot and requires constant touching up. Plus, it covers up gorgeous earrings, like these. Which I covet. I know, thou shalt not. But I do. Sorry, Lord.

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Favorite Future: Bulletin Board wall. I know I painted a room in our house to be a home office, but I’m hesitant to do too much with it in case it becomes a kid room in the future and I have it set up all gorgeous and have to take it down. But, when I do finally decide to take the plunge and do more than paint a space for an office, I love the idea of a big bulletin board.

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Favorite Garden Inspire: Planters. Since I’m doing a flower garden this year, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about my herb garden–put it in small pots? Put it in the big galvanized water tank that I scavenged from the junk pile? I still don’t know, but this site has some great ideas for different kinds of planters. I’d love to do some pots around the front porch, too–there are so many possibilities!

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Favorite Repeat: This Italian sausage recipe. I posted this a few FF’s back, and I just wanted to tell you that you’d better make it immediately, get spicy I.S., don’t leave out the fennel, and for a real treat, sub bucatini for the angel hair. You’re welcome.

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Happy Friday, may your days be merry and bright, and may all your evenings be light.

Friday Favorites: March 13th

Ta-da! The first Friday Favorites since the day before Wacey was born.

I hope you all had a good week, and that you’re enjoying warmer weather wherever you are! We’re so glad for a change in what seems like one of the coldest and wettest winters for awhile.This weekend I’m planning on some long walks with the babe and the dogs, and I’m hoping to finish our darn taxes that I started six weeks ago, ha. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite things I’ve found the last few weeks while spending much too much time on Pinterest whilst nursing :)

Favorite Workout: Classic Barre Workout. Can’t wait to try this ballet barre workout! Barre was always my favorite part of class, but one thing about living where we do is no dance studio within 30 miles, so I’m so excited to try this one at home!

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Favorite Babecessory: Bandana Bibs. We got some of these as a gift and I love them! They fit him much better than regular bibs, lay a lot flatter, and look a lot cuter, too :)

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Favorite Ranch (Yes!) Wear: Bogs Leather Muck Boots. Yes, these are LEATHER! And they’re muck boots! And they’re not expensive! I bet you can guess which boots I’ll be buying to replace my worn out pair this fall.bogs

Favorite Foliage: Leaf Dish. I love this bowl for reasons I can’t explain. But isn’t it gorgeous!

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Favorite To-Try: Paprika White Wine Bucatini. We’ve been super into Italian sausage lately, and this looks AWESOME. I love pasta cooked in chicken stock, and this is definitely on next week’s menu because another bonus: one pot, super easy!

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Favorite Plaid: Buffalo Check shirt. This is a summerweight buffalo check button down, and it’s all I can do to not order it right now because I promised myself I’d stick to a budget. Solution? I’ll be putting clothes I no longer wear on ebay to finance this pretty.

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Favorite How-Can-I-Make-This-Happen?: Gorgeous desk and command center. I’d love to incorporate something like this into our house where I can keep track of things, work, and just have a pretty space. This would look lovely in my creamscicle room!

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Favorite Chicken To-Try: Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs. Crispy? Check. Flavorful thighs? Check. Lemon, herbs and all in one skillet? Check, check, check!

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Favorite Indulge: Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. The tagline for these is: “For when you can’t choose between a peanut butter cookie and a chocolate cookie. Now enjoy them together!” Be still my beating heart.

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Favorite Craft: Anniversary Canvas. As soon as a trip to town and a canvas sale coincide, I’m going to make one of these for our master bedroom to sit on Bert’s dresser mirror the burlap monogram I made that sits on mine.

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Favorite Pretty: Smashbox Full Exposure palette. I’ve been wearing eyeshadow lately (!), just browns and neutrals, and this palette is right up my alley. I love that it’s compact, and has matte and sparkly versions of each color so I can glam it up on occasion without feeling too out of my element. Also, not too pricey!

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Favorite Hairstyle: This. I love it. Big, a little wild, wavy, big. This will be coming with me the next time I visit my stylist!
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Favorite Barstools: Cross-backed tall chairs. We’re going to do a high sofa table at some point for some additional seating/surface area, and I’d love to find chairs like these.

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Favorite Kid Thing: Glo Nightlight. Something about this appeals to me so much. I hated being in the dark as a kid, and this nighlight has little glo-balls that kids can take with them if they need to make a run to the bathroom or the kitchen in the middle of the night.

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Favorite Bar: Peanut Butter Millionaire Shortbread Bars. I’ve been looking for a new dessert to make for brandings and crew meals, and I prefer bars because they’re easy to transport. I think these are the ticket! I guess I have a peanut butter and chocolate thing going right now!

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Favorite Speechless: Female company president open letter. I love love love this. I cannot say how much. I have no words. I just hope this becomes a Thing.

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Favorite Momscessory: Nursing doorhanger. I have this exact one hanging on the door of my office so that when I close it to nurse Wace, everyone knows what’s up.

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Favorite Inspire: Ranunculus and garden roses. As the weather gets warmer, I can’t help but look towards my garden. I can’t wait to order seeds and things for my flowers, but I can’t decide! But, even though I generally don’t like roses, I think these will be on the list. Gorgeous!

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Favorite To Wear: Nellore Blouse. Again, everything I love in a (non-plaid) shirt. Pretty, loose but not baggy, lovely details, can go with jeans and boots, or skinnies and flats.

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Ten Things

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On some of the blogs I read, they’re doing “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.” I’m jumping on the bandwagon because I always love to see what people come up with, and it’s fun to look back on these later on.

1. I love milk, and I used to drink it with every meal. Every single one. I’ve tried to cut back, though, because a gal can’t survive on milk alone (even if her baby can!) so I have a smoothie with breakfast and I try to just have water or juice with lunch. But seriously, I love milk. My mom used to have to have it delivered because I drank so much.

2. I prefer to drink things through a straw. Hence my Starbucks tumblers addiction.

3. I’ve never eaten a fast food hamburger. I always get chicken nuggets, usually in the form of the chicken nuggets kids meal.

4. I love to re-read books and re-watch movies. I mean, over and over. Bert always says “You’re reading/watching that again??” I think this makes me consistent, but it reality probably makes me slightly boring and predictable.

5. To the tune of #4, if I find a pair of pants or a top that I love and fits really well, I will buy multiples of the exact same pair. As in, I have four pairs of the same maternity jeans (thanks, mom!), and four pairs of the same Wranglers (in two washes, to be fair), two Eddie Bauer puffy vests and three or four Gap long-sleeve crewneck shirts. Also many pairs of Sperrys and a ridiculous number of pashminas. I am a creature of habit. I only use one purse, though. Except now I carry a diaper bag, too. Or instead. Oh well :)

6. I hate dangly earrings. I very rarely wear anything but studs.

7. I love libraries. I frequent ours and always have something checked out.

8. I prefer to write in color, and felt-tip pens are my go-to. If black ink is necessary, I prefer Pentel RSVP ballpoint pens.

9. Nighttime is not my thing. If I could go to bed at 8:00 every night (read: if Wace would go to bed at 8:00 every night) I so would. As far as I’m concerned, other than sleep, very few good things happen at night. The exceptions to that rule are dinner dates and Harry Potter movie premieres. It’s probably because I’m notoriously cranky and short-tempered when I’m tired, and I’ve always been a light person. My favorite times of day are early morning and late afternoon, when the light’s all filtered and gorgeous.

10. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was gosh, fifteen or sixteen. I got them pierced because I was a bridesmaid in my cousin Rachael’s wedding, and she made us all earrings and I didn’t want to be the only one without earrings on! I totally went to Claire’s and everything. I’m glad I did it, because I love me some big ole sparkly (stud) earrings. However, I don’t believe I’ll ever get anything else pierced.

On another note, I’m going to start a new thing: Ten Things Tuesday! Like Friday Favorites, but less idealistic :)

Wacey James: 1 Month Update

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Age: 1 month
Representative Song of the Month: a mix of the Ben Harper version “Beautiful Boy” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The former being how is is 75% of the time–peaceful, adorable and just the sweetest baby boy ever–the latter being the anthem he is surely playing in his head the other 25% of the time, when he’s dry, full, warm, and being cuddled and it’s still not enough!
Stats: Wacey’s 1-month checkup is tomorrow, so I don’t have exact numbers, but he’s definitely getting bigger–hats that were too large before now fit him, and his onesies are becoming less roomy every day. I’m guessing (hoping) he’s around 7 1/2 pounds now.
Favorite Foods: Team Milk allll the way.This one will stay the same for at least a few more months, ha.
Words/Sounds: He’s started to make more non-crying/fussing noises, and he randomly squeaks every now and then. It’s the cutest.
Favorite Activities: Eating, being in my wrap, riding in the car and stroller, snuggling on the sofa, not sleeping alone at night.
Favorite Things: Loves his Wubbanub!
Least Favorite Activites: Anything that requires him to be naked–baths, diaper changes, getting weighed at the doctor–I think he just hates air on his skin and being cold. He also hates being flat on his back, and is not a fan of the wind.
Signature Moves: He’s started to be supper wiggly, and has a move that resembles a horizontal stanky leg when he’s nursing. He also makes the most hilarious faces, and is World’s Greatest Tooter. You can hear that kid fart from about ten miles away.

All in all, this first month has been (cliche alert) amazing and difficult all at the same time. I love being a momma, but my Type A self is craving more of a schedule. I know, though, that a schedule will come in time, and right now I’m just trying to enjoy him being tiny and snuggly and the most adorablest of adorables. This month’s goal is to get him to sleep on his own–I love to snuggle him all night on the sofa, but I miss sleeping in a bed, and I don’t want to get to a place where we’ve created terrible habits that are hard for him (and us) to break! I never thought I would be that person that didn’t have a sleep schedule immediately, but rookie mistake because you really do anything you have to in the first few weeks to get them to sleep, and to get some sleep yourself.

And, the next person that tells me to “sleep when the baby sleeps” is going to get Walker, Texas Ranger-ed in the stomach. It’s all well and good to have a nap here and there, but you know what’s better sometimes? A few quiet, peaceful hours in which you are not attending to the needs of a tiny human, and during which you can eat with both hands, tidy up the house a little, put on a little makeup, change your clothes and do some laundry so you have clean clothes into which to change. Yes, hubs can help out with these things, but if you’re like me you crave a little bit of normalcy so doing little “normal” things and making sure you’re clean and feeling good are so, so important. I would amend “sleep when the baby sleeps” to “take advantage of the time when baby’s sleeping in any way that makes you feel good.” Sometimes this will be chores, sometimes it’ll be work, and sometimes it’ll be yes, passing the eff out on the sofa.

Disbelief.

I can’t believe some things.

Like that it’s March. MARCH! March.

Or that Daylight Saving Time is on Sunday. I truly dislike DST. Why do we even have it? I like my mornings to be sunny and my nights to be dark. Why ruin a good thing?

Or that it’s still freezing and snowy. I recognize March is a snowy month, but it’s not supposed to be below-zero frigid, and we’ve had enough snow, thank you. The weatherman promises warm weather starting this weekend, and that’s excellent because there are three dogs, one momma and one baby who are going stir crazy and desperately need to get outside and go on walks, for stir-craziness (and muffin top) relieving purposes.

Okay, maybe the baby’s not stir crazy because he doesn’t know what that is, but if he did he would be it.

(And, I know. We don’t have it nearly as bad as the east coast, but I’m still throwing in the proverbial frozen towel.)

Or that Wacey’s a month old on Saturday. What?

Basically, I’m in all-around disbelief.

But that’s okay. Spring is on the way, and we couldn’t be happier. We’re all ready for the world to dry out, for the sun to shine and for the sweaters to be put away. Spring for us is pretty horrifically busy, though–it’s the season for AI and branding, plus some ultrasounding, PAP testing and semen checks. Plus we’re still calving. Plus we have things like pediatrician appointments now. Oh, and also figuring out how to pack around a baby when livestock and barns are involved. I’ll keep you posted.

Oh and rodeo season starts early this year.

Disbelief! Who knew that while I was sitting at home on my sofa staring at my tiny baby and revolving my world around him that the rest of the world would continue on and plans would be made and calendars (mine included) would be filled and I’d surface (ish) three weeks later, sort of shocked?

What can I say other than BRING IT ON.

Oh, and thank goodness for the Thing that is babywearing, because it guarantees two hands free and a happy (often sleeping) Wacey James so I can tackle all of these things I can’t believe.

[Also, because I’m a new mom and constantly worried about germs, wearing him makes it easy for me to keep him out of other people’s arms for awhile. We’ll share airspace until I’m less new mom-ish :)]

And because I can’t help it, here’s my little nugget all snuggled up on the sofa.

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First Weeks Favorites

First Weeks Favorites

Bull Wubbanub / Lanisoh Soothies / Summer Infant SwaddleMe / Naked Mango Smoothies / Aden+Anais Muslin Washcloths / Pampers Swaddlers / Carseat Mirror / Carter’s Fleece Sleepers / Solly Baby Wrap / Carseat Cover / Sherlock / belVita Breakfast Biscuits / Cake Nursing Bra

Everyone always says that there’s a lot of baby gear that you’ll only use for a short while, but while you’re using it, it’s indispensable. I agree! I have a lot of things that I love, or know that I will once we use them more (ahem my Jeep jogging stroller!), but here’s a list of our favorite things from the last few weeks for both momma and baby (and mental health).

Bull Wubbanub: I thought these looked pretty ridiculous, but now I’m sold on them! Wacey has a pretty intense sucking reflex, and it soothes him to have something to suck on all the time. The pacifier part is an Avent Soothie, which is one that he likes, but the best part is the bull. It keeps Wacey from launching his pacifier, and he can already hold on to it to help keep it in his mouth. We’ll be getting a couple more of these–I have my eye on the reindeer :)
Lanisoh Soothies: I will be getting a box or two of these for every new mother from now until the end of time. They work wonders when you’re just getting used to breastfeeding, and if you pop them in the fridge beforehand, it’s AMAZING. Yes, they’re a little pricey, but you’ll do almost anything to get some sweet relief and $8 a box seems like a steal.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe: These swaddles take all the guesswork out of swaddling. They’re quick, easy, inexpensive and great for littles who like to be wrapped up tight.
Naked Mango Smoothes: Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m trying to be as kind to my body as I can while still eating enough calories to keep up with Wacey. However, making a smoothie from scratch is so far down on my list that it may as well not even be on the list! I love these pre-made Naked smoothies in the big container (mango and strawberry banana are my favorite because they’re the thickest) and I have a glass every morning with breakfast. To buy: check out Costco, they’re much cheaper than at the grocery.
Aden + Anais Muslin Washcloths: These are also going to be an item I’ll buy for baby showers. I love this company’s fabrics and prints, and we have one of these on had all.the.time because they’re are the BEST burp cloths. They’re almost like a cloth diaper–thick and absorbant. Plus, I like that they come in plain white. Definitely one of my favorite baby shower gifts that we received.
Pampers Swaddlers: These are our favorite diapers so far. My favorite feature is the line that turns blue when the diaper is wet! Huggies has that same line, I just feel like these fit him a little better–they’re narrower than both Luvs and Huggies, and he’s a long and lean little guy.
Carseat Mirror: Another favorite shower gift! I don’t know what specific brand ours is, but it looks a lot like this one. I love it because it makes it easy for me to see Wacey without actually turning around and climbing over the seats in the pickup. Because we’re first-time parents, so we have a need to see him 24/7 :)
Carter’s Fleece Sleepers: Wacey LIVES in these. Literally, he just wears pajamas all the time. We had a mad dash to the store after he was born because he was smaller than we expected him to be, and so none of his 0-3 mos clothes fit, and we didn’t have enough newborn clothes. Rookie mistake, I know. Enter these! $5 and they’re soft, cute and make changing diapers a breeze.
Solly Baby Wrap: I am all about babywearing–heck, I’m wearing Wacey right now! I have two wraps: this one, and one that my friend Anne made for me. I love both, but I can’t link to Anne’s so I’m linking to this one. This one is awesome for newborns, it holds him so snugly that it makes it truly hands-free. Wacey’s a snuggler, likes to be moving when he’s awake and gets colicky in the evenings, so wraps are a godsend. Plus, it beats having to lug the carseat into the store and it frees up room in the shopping cart.
Carseat Cover: LOVE this. We’ve been to the pediatrician quite  few times, and have gone to the store (I can’t run out of milk, y’all) a couple times, so I love having one of these to keep the wind off. Mom made one out of soft flannel for us, it’s got a blue and white southwestern motif on one side and caribou/elk on the other side. But, if we ever have a girl, I’ll be hunting down a fabric like this one.
Sherlock: We’ve spent some extreme quality time with the couch lately, and I have this weird thing where watching mediocre daytime television makes me feel lazy and sloppy. So, in the absence of Netflix (ugh satellite internet), I’ve been checking out DVDs from the library because I’m cool like that. I’m obsessed with Sherlock–I’ve watched all three seasons and can’t wait for the fourth. I’ve requested the first two seasons of Game of Thrones next, and in the meantime my plan is to catch up on True Blood :) Any other TV series suggestions?
belVita Breakfast Biscuits: I LOVE these. I get the blueberry in bulk from Costco, but I also love the apple cinnamon and the cinnamon brown sugar. The brown sugar ones taste just like the animal crackers in the striped circus box :) They are wonderful with a smoothie, I can eat them while nursing Wacey and they curb my hunger for a couple of hours, which is a miracle right now.
Cake “Cotton Candy” Nursing Bra: Let me tell you, I hate nursing bras! Hate them. I mean, they’re handy for the nursing aspect of things, but I miss my old bras. Thankfully, though, my mom found this one for me, and I’m so glad she did. It’s comfy, snug, smooths out post-pregnancy back fat and wears well under clothes, so it’s more like a really fabulous seamless sports bra than a nursing bra, and for that, Cake, we thank you.

Thanks for reading! We’re figuring out life as a family of three, and so far it’s going pretty well, I think. It’ll be easier when he has a little bit of a schedule going, but for now we have lots of naps on the sofa, and the coffee table has been my work command center :)

Wacey James Johnston

Our little boy is here! He was born a week ago, on February 7th at 11:02 pm. 7 lbs, 1 oz and 21 inches long. Best Valentine ever :)

(although, I won’t say no to the box of chocolates Bert conjured from midair at five thirty this morning, what a guy!)

Right now, we’re having the laziest week in the history of the Johnston house just laying around, eating and watching TV and movies. Bert is still working, of course–time off in calving season is hard to come by, and the cows sure didn’t slow down while we were at the hospital–but he comes home as much as he can to snuggle Wacey. We’re both in love with our little guy!

My mom has been here to help with ze bebe and feeding us all (and making a weatherproof cover for his jogging stroller because she’s awesome), and we’ve done a lot of sitting on the sofa just staring at Wacey, because that’s what new parents do, right??

We’ve had a lot of questions about his name–Wacey (rhymes with Lacey or Casey) doesn’t mean anything in particular, it’s just a name that Bert always had picked out in his mind as a name he’d like for a son, and I loved it, and it’s been picked as our first son’s name for years, literally. The most famous Wacey is Wacey Cathey, who was a bullrider in the 80s and 90s and went to the NFR many times. He was around at the same time as Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman, if you’ve seen the movie 8 Seconds. James is my dad’s first name, and so there you have it. Rockabye sweet Wacey James.


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Friday Favorites: February 6th

It’s Friday again! It’s been a wonderful week (it’s 65 degrees out right now!), but I’m definitely beginning to feel super preggers. Now, we’re just waiting, and it’s SO HARD. The doc says he can come any second, so we’re both dying.

I called Bert yesterday after stopping at the dry cleaners (the boys’ rodeo shirts got pressed in anticipation of being embroidered) because the pickup wouldn’t start. I must have sounded weird because when I said “Hello” because he said “IS IT HAPPENING?!?” and I felt lame telling him no, the truck’s just acting up again. But that’s how tenterhooks-y we are!  The pickup then started of its own volition–it must have felt bad. The bright side? Everyone answers their phone toute de suite when I call :)

I hope you have a relaxing and fun weekend ahead of you–I plan on doing nothing but baking and sitting on the porch in the lovely weather.

Favorite Thing EVER: Makeup Forever Correcting Primer. Okay, you know me. I’m not big on makeup, and I’m picky. Warning: shamelss product promotion ahead.

This stuff is AMAZING. Life-changing, even. I went to Sephora yesterday for some new concealer, and was also looking for something to help even out my skin. As you know, this whole pregnancy, my skin has been super oily and broken out. While the breakouts have calmed down a tiny bit, I have LOTS of red spots and blotchiness left over from all the other breakouts, which is a problem I have even when there’s not a little human sharing my space. I hate foundation or anything I can even feel a little on my skin, and I was tired of caking my face in coverup. Enter: this stuff. It’s green, so it looks a little scary going on, but it goes on silky smooth and a little goes a looooong way. It evened out my skin so much I didn’t even try to use a concealer on the red spots. I haven’t felt this good about my skin in months. I’m sold :)

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Favorite Not-Just-Wishing-For-This-One: Knit and Lace Top. Can’t wait to get this one! I try to limit clothing purchases each month, and I’m feeling pretty spendy in the recent months, but you’d better bet this is coming home to me before this summer. Flowy, can pass as western, can wear with jeans and boots to rodeos this summer–check, check and check!

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Favorite Words: A.A. Milne. I love this quote. It’s true, just like everything good ole A.A. wrote. Can’t wait to read Winnie to Junior :)

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Favorite Move: Thighs of Steel. There are so many of these in my future. Not thighs of steel. These exercises.

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Favorite Dream: Stone Bathtub. Bert and I have been talking about some house projects we’d like to do this summer (replace the linoleum! All of it! Bah!) so in that spirit, here’s a “Bert’s Dream House” bathroom–not too girly, with a big bathtub.

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Favorite I Also Have a Dream: Laundry Room. Something in my dream house? A laundry room that’s just a laundry room. With a big huge sink. Not a dog lounge, boot depository, veterinary medicine cache, tool shed or mud hole. Just a clean, bright laundry room with room to fold laundry and keep all my home cleaning supplies hidden. Okay, if it’s big enough, it can be a dog lounge, too :)

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Favorite Sparkle:  Earrings. I love me some statement earrings, and these are no exception.

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Favorite Girly Dinner: Spinach, Chardonnay and Garlic White Pizza. I’m not sure how on board Bert would be with this pizza, but I’m picturing it being eaten on the back deck with a girlfriend or two this summer, and a glass of wine. Which I never crave, but it just seems perfect :)

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Favorite Indulge: Skillet Cookie. Just got me a skillet, gonna make me a cookie.

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Favorite Non-Eatable Indulge: Peonies. I love peonies. They look so lush and decadent, and my mother is an ace champion at growing them. I have made an executive decision via emailing back and forth with my friend Anne. I am not putting in a vegetable garden this summer. I am putting in a flower garden. Because vegetable gardens sound like too much right now, and I know this summer I will crave pretty things like cut flowers. I’m going to haul a water trough that was supposed to go in front of the house out back, though, and put my herbs in there, because I love me an herb garden.

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Favorite Thing to Put Flowers In: Tabletop Flowerbox. I’ve posted things like this before, but how lovely is this, and customizable for every season? Can you imagine how gorgeous it would be to walk in the front door to a riot of flowers on the table? I can, and it makes me so happy.

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Favorite Article: Vaccinations. I don’t generally do news/politics on this blog, but this is something I feel strongly about, particularly since it’s something that we’ll be dealing with somewhat shortly. I don’t care to start a debate, either, because everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. I believe parents should vaccinate their children, unless they have a medical reason not to do so, and that voluntarily unvaccinated children pose a risk to everyone else, vaccinated and involuntarily unvaccinated alike. Herd immunity is a real thing, and it’s ridiculous that these diseases we worked so hard to eliminate are coming back. What’s next, typhoid fever?

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Favorite Variation: Potstickers. I just froze three batches of pork potstickers, and I’m going to try this little more veggie-heavy option next. I’m also jealous of her folding technique, I can’t wait to try it!

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Favorite I’m-So-Excited-And-I-Can’t-Hide-It: Little Cowboy Pictures. Junior is thisclose to being here, according to my doctor, so you can’t blame me for posting these. You know my schmancy camera will be busy busy! Plus, it’s common knowledge that there’s nothing cuter than babies and toddlers wearing jeans, but jeans and boots? With a cowboy hat? I die. Throw on spurs, and I’m already dead.
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Early Boy

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Early is getting friendlier and friendlier every day! He’s so curious, and he’ll let you touch him now, and rub all over his face.  I haven’t been in the pen with him yet, since he’s still unpredictable, but he lets me rub on him through the fence. He’s halter-broke, too, but Bert won’t start really working with him until he’s a little older. We’ll get him castrated in a couple of months, and turn him out with the girls–he’s still too small to go with the other geldings, but he needs to be out on pasture with some other horses. We don’t, however, want any surprise babies, so he’ll have to wait until he’s no longer a stud.

He’s getting taller, and he loves all the activity around the barn. Baby calves are his favorite! Well, next to grain. Grain is actually his favorite thing in the world. Bert rubs on him and gets in the pen with him almost every day, and I think they’re going to be good friends :)

Calf Explosion!

Bert has had about seventy calves in the last week or so. That is a lot of calves for one guy to handle! He’s been pretty worn out, but he’s happy that they’re actually getting these calves on the ground–his heifers are more than halfway through, and as far as he’s concerned, that’s a beautiful thing.

I haven’t been able to be much help, since I work at the office (all of those calves have to go in the computer, after all!) and because an 8 1/2 months pregnant gal doesn’t always move fast enough to catch those little buggers to tag them!

Although, I will say that I made a pretty spectacular catch on Sunday. I was so surprised I almost let go! I swear, my reflexes have gotten so much better since being pregnant. I caught a glass yesterday that got knocked off the counter and it was like something in the Matrix. Is this a normal thing, to prepare you to catch your child before he falls off stairs or eats something he shouldn’t? Or is it a sign that Man Cub’s going to be a handful?

Back to the barn. I did go down yesterday to help Bert get some pairs out of the pens, and to mess with some of his projects and open gates for him while he feeds. I miss being at the barn all the time, so it was fun.

He’s also got a lot of projects. If you’ve read the blog for any length of time, you know that heifers are harder to calve than cows because they have no idea what they’re doing, and this group of heifers seem to be particularly stupid.

Like getting their heads caught in the feeder stupid, even though we have had hundreds of cattle in our pens and not a single problem with that. Until now.

So, we have mothers that don’t want their calf, but they like someone else’s. We have mothers that don’t want any calf. We have mothers who want all the calves. We have mothers who don’t know what a calf is. We have mothers who like their calves, but only when no one is looking. We have mothers that want their calf, but they’d also like you to die. We have mothers that would like you and their calf to die. We have mothers that love their calves so much that they can’t let them out of their sight so they bring them to the feeder with them and the poor little guy almost gets trampled to death. We have mothers that, if they were humans, would surely be diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. We have a mother who keeps losing her calf. In the pen. When they’re alone.

We also have a mother who loved her calf so much that she snuggled it too close, rolled over on it, and killed it.

No kidding. Death by being laid on by your mother. That’ll give you a complex.

Now, this is not the majority of the heifers. These instances just occur more often in heifers, but most of them have a good idea about what they’re supposed to do, and take good care of their calves from the start. The others generally come around. If they don’t, they go to the sale barn. And from there, they typically go to Arby’s. If you know what I mean.

I brought my camera down to the barn on Sunday to capture some of the madness (and the fluffiness!)

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Here’s one of our problem mothers, who doesn’t like her calf. Or us. So? Bert hobbled her back feet so she can’t kick her calf while he’s trying to nurse, until we have another cow that can take him. Then she’s off to the sale barn.

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These are good mothers. I was trying to get a picture of the white-faced cow’s calf, because he has a face just like hers, except he’s red, and you know how I love my bald-faced calves. But, he’s a little camera-shy. Ah, well.

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This little girl cracks me up. She’s super feisty, and is the prettiest little calf. 

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Best frands.

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This is our mother who squished her calf to death. We’re hoping it’s a fluke, because we gave her another calf to raise.

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Normally, I don’t know that Bert would have given Miss Squishy another chance, but this calf’s mother died and we’ve been bottle-feeding him, which is always less than ideal. Hopefully Miss Squishy has learned her lesson, and learns to love this calf because this little guy desperately wants a mother. And yes, Bert is trying the skin-the-dead-calf routine with this one. “It would be sort of cute if it wasn’t sort of gross.” Wise words, my husband. But, he’s sort of right :)

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Sub-par mothers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. This gal doesn’t like her calf yet. Or us, really.

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But, at least we have a barn this year! It’s mostly done–there’s still a couple of gates that need to be ordered. But, Bert’s got six or seven stalls to use for his problem children and for when it’s cold out, so he’s a happy camper.