Since my mind is all over the place and I am feeling a little scattered, I figured it might be a good day to participate in Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday tradition and ramble on like it’s cool. Sounds like a plan to me!
Let’s dive right into the randomness and begin with Sadie’s annual birthday challenge!
Thinking Out Loud Thursday
- Sadie’s Birthday Challenge Continues
Thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes for Sadie yesterday. She was definitely feelin’ the love! A couple of you asked whether or not we were going to uphold Sadie’s annual birthday challenge tradition and of course we had to do it! For those who may be new to the blog, every year, on Sadie’s birthday, we select two foods we think she will love and place them both in front of her at the same time to see which one she will go for first. We take bets on the favorite and whichever one wins moves forward to compete in the challenge the following year.
We look forward to her birthday challenge every year and this year we pitted last year’s winner – fried chicken from Harris Teeter – against a ridiculously tough contender: Publix fried chicken tenders. My money was on Publix chicken tenders because Sadie is a Florida girl at heart and every Floridian knows Publix chicken tenders are THE BEST. So which one took the top prize???
You can check out this year’s video here: Sadie’s Annual Birthday Challenge: Year 8
(FYI, we didn’t let her eat all the chicken you see in the photos and video. We just wanted the plates to be full and have a strong smell for her decision-making purposes!)
And now for an entirely too long explanation surrounding the victor in this year’s challenge…
We ended up letting Sadie go through the challenge three times because there was some interference in her first round. The interference was the carpet which we realized was unfairly close to the plate of Harris Teeter fried chicken. This may not seem like legit “interference” to most people, but if you know Sadie then you know she’s a baby on hard floors and will always run toward carpet for traction so she doesn’t slip everywhere. We think this tipped the scales in favor of the Harris Teeter chicken during round one since she ran onto the carpet and around to the chicken to select her winner. (Sadie is also a baby and refuses to sit or lay down on hard floors. It’s carpet only for this girl! This weird quirk is ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time.)
When we re-did the competition, we put the plates on hardwood floors AWAY from any carpeting and let her pick her favorite two more times. She went immediately to the Publix chicken both times. There was no wavering. Soooo… We’re going to give the win to Publix. And after writing all of this out and feeling like a total crazy dog lady, it’s clear to me that we get WAY too into this competition in our house.
Happy 8th Birthday, Sadie!
- Postpartum Hair Loss Is Real
Prior to giving birth, I read all about how your hair may be thicker and shinier during pregnancy and for a while there, I was really enjoying my thicker-than-usual locks. Apparently I should not have allowed myself to get too attached to my thicker hair because it is definitely on its way out. You guys, postpartum hair loss is REAL. After every shower, it looks like we have a chia pet growing out of our drain. From what I’ve read, everything should even out by the time Chase’s first birthday rolls around, but right now my hair is everywhere and all over our house. I even pulled a rogue hair out of Chase’s diaper the other day. Yeesh!
- Healthy Eating Comes In Waves
Some days I feel so motivated to eat healthy, meal plan and fuel my body with all the fruits and veggies… And other days I eat half a jar of peanut butter (cough – or almost a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s – cough) in one day like a champ. Yup.
- The Bachelor
Who else is watching The Bachelor this season? (Raises hand… No shame.) Thoughts? I feel like I’m only really half-watching this season as I multi-task and do other things, but from the portions of the show I’ve caught so far, Amanda and Lauren B. stood out to me and seem both genuine and compatible with Ben. (And that lace white dress Lauren B. wore on her one-on-one date!? Gorgeous!) Jubilee also seems authentic and interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her in the future. Also, I really do think Ben is an all-around good guy which is refreshing to see on this show!
- Does A Baby Qualify for the HOV Lane?
Early Sunday evening, I strapped Chase in his car seat and headed to the airport to pick up my mom. I found myself avoiding the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane but then I started wondering whether I qualified for the HOV lane because of my tiny passenger in the backseat. Just in case you’ve ever wondered the same thing, I checked the Department of Transportation’s website and infants and children do count as passengers. HOV lane it up, my friends!
- Sometimes Protein Pancakes Turn Out Perfectly… Other Times…
Sometimes protein pancakes turn out perfectly… Other times they end up like this. Meh. Drizzle some melted peanut butter on it and it’s all gravy, right!?
- Random Clothing Discoveries
Have you guys ever discovered something random on a piece of clothing you’ve owned for a while? Like a hidden pocket or something? I find stuff like this oddly amusing and the other day on an evening walk with Ryan, Sadie and Chase, I pulled the sleeve of one of my lululemon pullovers over my hands to keep them warm and saw this funny little note: “ready or snot.” Ha! I’ve had this pullover for a year or so and somehow never noticed that before. So random. I mean this discovery wasn’t “Whoa! I found $20 in my pocket!” cool, but it was still kind of cool in its own weird way.
- First Flight with Chase: Need Your Advice!
Chase and I are heading to Denver next Friday to spend the weekend with Leah and Michaela, two of my best friends from high school, and Michaela’s adorable two-month-old baby boy. I am REALLY looking forward to our trip but am admittedly quite nervous about flying with Chase for the first time. We sprung for a non-stop flight which makes me feel a little better but I would really appreciate any advice those of you who have traveled with a baby before may have for me. I am crossing my fingers things will go smoothly but I am quite nervous about our first flight together, especially since I will be doing it solo. Please share your words of wisdom!