Fun Facts Friday {6/14}

1. We have an issue with one of the members of our house…

and I’m not quite sure what to do.

It seems as if our buddy, Cody, has taken a liking to Baby Tooth’s crib.

We’ve found him curled up in there a couple of times now, including this morning, and it really makes me nervous. I don’t want to have to keep that room shut off from him, but I have no idea what else to do about it. Obviously, we can do what we can while we’re home, but who knows what he’s doing while we’re out at work and/or sleeping at night. Anyone have any suggestions?!?

2. I haven’t completed a workout since Monday. While the yoga that I did on Monday felt fabulous, I just have not had the motivation or energy to do anything after work the rest of the week. Ahh well…

3. I recently started using this hairbrush and I love it. I can totally tell that it makes my hair dry faster, which is always a plus when getting ready in the morning.

4. I’m really hoping that I can convince Jay to bring me for some soft serve this weekend…

I need some more rainbow sprinkles in my life.

5. When I was thinking about this post going to bed last night, I had about 20 different things floating through my brain…this morning? Yeah, I’m still trying to figure out where they all went.

6. Is it weird that I already know (and am undoubtedly giddy and excited about) what I’m making for breakfast tomorrow morning?

It’s already been decided that Kodiak Cakes are on the menu. The company recently sent me a box of BOTH of their varieties and I have been waiting ALL week to dig in to a big batch.

7. Five weeks…five weeks…five weeks…FIVE WEEKS?!?!

8. This weekend, I’m hoping to possibly put together a freezer meal or two. I’ve been saying I’m going to do it for weeks now, and always wind up putting it off. We’re getting down to the wire though, so I’d really like to try to have a few on hand. If anyone has any good freezer meal recipes and/or ideas, please, send ‘em my way!

9. I never wound up blogging about them, but last week I made these banana muffins. They were incredible (thanks to Janae for blogging about them first!). I would highly recommend them.

10. Tonight, I think Jay and I are (hopefully!) heading to Lowe’s so we can buy some rain gutters. They aren’t for the outside of the house though…

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They’re so we can make some (cheap!) and space-efficient bookshelves for Baby Tooth’s room. :)

HAPPY FRIDAY, everyone! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Comments

  1. says

    First off those rain shutters as book holders – GENIUS!!! Those kodiak cakes look yummy in that pic! Never heard of them before! All those sprinkles on that ice cream O_O! No suggestions about Cody but maybe he just wants extra special love right now lol.
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  2. says

    Aww the rain gutters are so cute!
    And that’s funny about Cody liking the crib. My first thought was to put a mobile that moves around, but I’m sure he might end up liking that, too. Hope you find a way to let him know it belongs to Baby Tooth… in the next five weeks :)

  3. Elizabeth R. says

    I’ve read that tinfoil can teach cats to stay off of things. Try putting a huge piece of tinfoil in the crib and that will hopefully keep him out.

    Or, try double sided tape. Cats hate tape.

    • Courtney says

      Haha, unfortunately, my cat just likes to lay on the foil when we put it down (he’s a piece of work!). But the tape is a good idea…I may have to figure out a way to try that…without putting double sided tape all over the crib lol :)

      • Elizabeth R. says

        Ha! I’ve never tried the foil myself, but we’re planning on getting a new couch that we want to keep our cats off of.

        You can always put the double sided tape on the foil, so it’s easy to put into / take out of the crib?

        Also, I saw a tip on another blog – do you know those plastic things that you can put on the floor for an office chair to role over? Some of them have plastic “spikes” on the bottom (to grip the floor). The other bloggers used it on their couch (upside down) to keep the dog off the couch. If you’re going to Lowes, you might be able to find the plastic thing.

        • Angie says

          We put foil in the crib and then put tape on it. We also made sure to kick the cats out of the crib when we caught them in there while clapping and telling them NO. Believe it or not, it worked for us… However, they sometimes try to walk on the edges of the crib – not with the baby in there of course:) Good luck!

  4. says

    Oh I LOVE the rain gutter/book shelf idea! Who would’ve thought?!

    I don’t have any advice for you about Cody’s new favorite bed… That’s a tough one. I would say just try to keep the door closed as much as possible, and maybe he’ll get the memo after time. It sure is interesting dealing with pets and a baby. We’re having our own issues over here with Molly peeing because of her anxiety with Hunter (we think…it may just be because she’s getting old too).
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  5. Kate says

    I’d give Cody a little bit of time before you get TOO nervous about him liking the Crib. Our cat likes anything that is new…and then he kind of changes his mind later. Or perhaps purchase a bed or a box with some cushioning in it to give Cody a newer place to turn his attention to. I find shutting the door only encourages an interest in the space. Not quite sure cats understand that memo!

  6. says

    Oh goodness…the Cody situation is tough huh?! I would probably start closing the door to that room if it were me just so he starts to understand that the room is semi-off limits. Maybe he’s already biding for your attention! :wink: It’s adorable.
    I definitely think you should talk Jay into some soft serve and sprinkles this weekend. You deserve it!
    I am so excited for you guys! 5 more weeks and you get to meet the love of your life!
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  7. says

    Even though it’s only 8:30ish in the morning, I am now craving soft serve!
    One of the freezer meals I made were these pesto meatballs: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/turkey-pesto-meatballs/
    The mixing and rolling takes the most time, so I did that and froze them raw. My husband (or me if I have time) can handle throwing them in the oven and boiling some pasta. I’ve also loaded up on chicken sausages, frozen chicken breasts, frozen Stoeffers lasagna (classy, I know) and dumplings. Now the baby (who is now four days late!!!) just has to get here so we can start to clean out our full freezer!

  8. Jessica says

    Several people made me some freezer meals — lasagna, meatballs, sausage, potpies, stir frys, soups, chilisl!! Good Luck!!! It will be here before you know it!! Baby tooth’s room is ADORABLE! I love it!

  9. says

    If Cody is anything like my cats, blocking him from the room will only make it worse. Like someone else posted, give it some time & he’ll probably decide that he’s bored with it. Or maybe he’s feeling left out & needs a nice new bed of his one. Maybe one that’s on the floor next to the crib? Good luck!
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    • Courtney says

      Haha…that’s what I was thinking so I actually put his bed on the floor right next to the crib. No such luck ;)

  10. says

    Such a CUTE idea with the rain gutters. And I’d totally nap in the crib too, looks so comfy! Ps, if you get soft-serve, I’m coming along, as well as joining you for that amazing breakfast. :-)

  11. JJ says

    Our cats LOVED the crib, but even more so the bassinet because they feel safe in small enclosed spaces. It was just a pain to keep washing everything, so I put plastic garbage bags over it. Once the baby was born they had absolutely no interest in either, or anything to do with the baby. In fact, they would climb over furniture, cupboards, anything to avoid even walking near her.

  12. Gail says

    Our cats have always done this prior to the baby’s arrival. Back when we had our first daughter, our cat got in crib, car seat and bassinette. Once the baby was born, the cat never got in those again. When we were getting ready for our granddaughter, our current cat did the same. Once Elena was born…..never again. She knew those places weren’t hers. I think its just their nature to claim new things. Don’t worry about. After Elena was born, Sophie was scared and stayed out of the way for a month or so. Then she got really friendly and protective of the baby, like a dog. The Codeman will be great, you’ll see.

  13. says

    I always think about my morning coffee before I go to bed at night. I get excited just thinking about it. Lol.

    Also, I watched “My Cat From Hell” before (lol) and maybe you could get one of those cat tree type things to put in the nursery so Cody will climb on that instead!

  14. Sarah says

    We have a pack n play for our nephews/friends children, and when we first set it up, the cat LOVED to sit in it. I just threw in some balls and toys for a few days so that she couldnt find a comfy spot to lay in it and now she has no interest in it (even when there is nothing in it).

  15. Juliene says

    I cant help you on the cat front, we have 2 dogs but I will say that our dachshund loves the baby’s papasan seat. Whenever I take the baby out the dog climbs in, it’s strange.

    As far as food, when we had our first baby I was a freezer meal queen. Some things that I found helpful- I baked and froze muffins for quick breakfasts or healthy snacks, a few seconds in the microwave and they were perfect. I also made lots of cookie dough, formed it into balls and also froze it. Then when we had visitors or just wanted a little sweet I could take out one or two cookies and not have a whole tray sitting around. Meal wise I made a big batch of homemade spaghetti sauce and froze it in smaller portions. I used some of the sauce to make baked ziti. Other favorites of ours were chicken parmesan meatloaf, chicken enchiladas(I left the sauce off till they were baked but skipped totally since I was breastfeeding), macaroni and cheese, and prepped meats for the crockpot (ginger lime chicken, honey pork loin, french dip beef). The crockpot meals were great since they were fool proof enough for the hubby to throw in before work while I was still snoozing with the baby.

    Good luck!

  16. says

    Rainbow sprinkles are ALWAYS a good decision in my mind. Love love love them! They make eating ice cream all the more fun!
    I love the baby crib!! It’s precious!! You must be so excited, it’s so soon!! Wishing you the best :)
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  17. says

    I am worried about the same thing with our cat. My plan is to keep the nursery door shut as much as I can, and then when we are home allow her in but try and teach her its off limits. Which is will be TONS of fun I am sure ;)

    • Courtney says

      Haha, I know right? Hopefully he’ll lose interest once Baby Tooth is here like many others are predicting! Keeping my fingers crossed for both of us :)

  18. says

    It’s perfectly acceptable to get excited over what you’ll be making for breakfast – it’s the best meal of the day, so what’s not to love? And I -hate- it when I have a lot of thoughts going through my head and forget about them all when I need them. That’s why I live with a notebook pretty much attached to my hip – so that I can always write things down when they come.

    Happy Friday, Courtney!
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  19. Laura says

    Baby Tooth’s nursery is really coming along. Love the book shelf idea! I do keep my baby’s nursery door shut. This is because we spend a lot of time on the floor playing and doing tummy time. Even though baby is usually on a mat or blanket, I would rather keep this area cat hair free. On occasion the cats do follow us in, which is fine, but I make sure they follow us out too. It could be dangerous if a cat tried to get into a crib where a baby is sleeping. Wishing you and your growing family all the best!

  20. Nicole says

    Cody is THE CUTEST!!!

    Maybe between now and the time Baby Tooth is born, you can put boxes and things in the crib so it takes up any space that he would normally use to lie down on. My brother and SIL had twin boys in November. They have a 7 year old cat, Benji. Once the babies were brought home, Benji wanted NOTHING to do with them….Benji got annoyed at crying, screaming, pooping machines that were hogging all the attention for the first few months. He’s hissed at the babies a few times, but now he just accepts them. I think once Baby Tooth comes home, Cody might not take a liking to all the commotion.

    I’m going to add my vote that Jay takes you for FroYo with lots of sprinkles this weekend!

    Wait – did you say 5 weeks? I think you did. 5 weeks!!

    BTW: I think once Baby Tooth is here, we need a blog post from Cody as to how he’s dealing with the changes. Might he be spending more time making margaritas at the bar?? :) (I adore Cody! He seems so fun! ….and I miss having a kitty of my own!)

  21. says

    I saw that rain gutter thing on Pinterest, awesome that you guys are going to do it! It looks so cute.
    And with the Cody thing, you may just have to keep the door shut when you guys are away or sleeping…better to keep him out there than to risk anything!
    And when it comes to random facts/thought posts, I’ve learned to always keep a list going! I write everything down on a word document on my computer or in my phone if I’m out.
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  22. Susan says

    You used to be able to buy a tent to go over the top of the crib so the cat could not get inside. Not sure if they still make them…you might be more likely to find them in the US than where I live in Canada.

  23. CLM says

    Definitely take advantage of the frozen section in Trader Joes too! I love most of the Trader Mings Asian foods they have.

  24. Cait says

    so was Cody in the crib or just next to it?
    if he was in the crib, I guarantee that by the time baby comes, he will be over it. I wouldn’t let it bother you!

  25. says

    My friend did the balloon thing too thinking the popping would scare off the cats, apparently what happened was they decided there wasn’t any room in the crib for them and they stopped trying. They also use squirt gun training and haven’t had problems

    Thanks for the heads up on the brush, I always need a way to get it done faster!
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  26. Krystan says

    I love the bookshelf idea! I have seen it on another blogger’s website and I’m totally stealing the idea when we get some extra space…love that you can see all the front covers…

    I feel ya on the exercise motivation..I have been lacking this week, so tired and just not feeling it even when I do make it to the gym :( I feel that making it this far into the pregnancy exercising as much as you have throughout, you should be very proud even if the next few weeks are slow! Think of all the women who don’t stay fit and 35 out of 40 is pretty damn awesome! (That’s what I am telling myself as well, lol)

    • Courtney says

      I try to tell myself the same thing – I have been fairly active for a good majority of it, so if I need a break, then I’m gonna take a break! :)

  27. says

    Of course, Cody will like the crib. Cats like spaces like this, protected from all sides so they feel safe when sleeping. Are you worried that he’ll get in there when the baby is here? Or now that he’ll leave cat hair right now? I’d just put a regular blanket in for now, one on which he can sleep. He will stay far away from the crib once it is the baby’s.

    I agree with the others — give him an alternative, his own safe space. It can be something simple like laundry basket with some nice soft towels inside, or placing a cat bed in a medium-high shelf in your closet or anything that feels like closed in from many sides. He will like that even more because it is smaller.

    good luck, and don’t do anything drastic to the codester ;-)
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    • Courtney says

      I’m worried about him being in there once the baby is there, but I also don’t love having him in there now getting his hair all over. I do have a blanket down inside for that reason, and I also have his own cat bed right next to the crib…apparently it isn’t as comfy as the crib :)

      • says

        Maybe, the cat bed has to go IN the crib (on top of the blanket) :-) — I don’t think Cody will go near the crib if the baby is in there, he more likely will be scared. With the cat hair, well, I’d just close the door in this case if you want to keep things clean and ready.
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  28. says

    The bookshelf idea is SO cute!! What an awesome affordable way to display those precious children’s book!! AH melt my heart. Thank you for entertaining me with your upcoming baby antics to settle down my baby fever :) My husband thanks you too, HA!
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  29. says

    I love the bookshelf idea and cannot wait to see how it turns out. I hope you will post pictures!!

    And I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow now!! I have never made Kodiak cakes before but since I am making a trip to Target tonight I am going to pick some up!!

  30. says

    Sprinkles are the best! A friend of mine installed a screen door in the nursery door way to keep their cat out. It turned out really cute and added a unique touch to their nursery.

  31. Alaine says

    Try putting balloons that are well inflated and easy to pop all over the crib, so that everytime he jumps in there a balloon will pop!

  32. Angela says

    I don’t have cats but my friends with cats just got “crib netting” to keep them out (both before and after babies). Amazon.com shows a few styles – I won’t post links in case that’s a blog-no-no but just google it and you will find lots of styles.

    Also my hair is longer than yours and I love that hairbrush too!!

  33. Andrea @ Andrea Everhart says

    Kodiak cakes have been a Godsend throughout my pregnancy! I love them! Now I just need some ice cream with sprinkles.

  34. Pattie says

    My friend had this same problem with the cat. They make special mesh tents for cribs specifically for this. If you Google it you should be able to find it, was very safe and worked great. Good luck.

  35. Cara (@xandara) says

    I saw an episode of My Cat From Hell where a couple was setting up a nursery, too. Jackson Galaxy suggested they get some cat shelves to put up around the room so the cats could watch the baby from afar, so they could watch and learn how to understand the baby’s actions without any crazy in-yo-face predicaments. I don’t know if that would help or not but another idea would be putting other things in the room that Cody thinks are “his” to sleep in, so when the baby comes, he’s not as tempted to crawl in the crib but content to have his own domain. If the room has a window you could get a window seat shelf bed doodad for him.

    Good luck! :D

  36. says

    Oh wow, already 5 weeks huh?! :D And it is definitely a must to make meals ahead of time! I recommend that you freeze simple large batch type of foods, and the crockpot REALLY helps with this process. Ie: pasta sauce, chicken tortilla soup, your pulled bbq chicken, or even marinaded meats! I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried Korean bbq before, but Bulgogi is divine! I’ve been freezing meals lately too and this is a rather healthy recipe that I made– it really comes in handy for me ;) http://www.fitforthesoul.com/2013/06/01/succulent-bulgogi-recipe-low-sugar/ Have a beautiful day Courtney!
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  37. says

    We have a dog, so he doesn’t make it into the crib, but we keep the nursery door closed and he’s not allowed in unless we are in there as well (preparing for the baby). We have 2 more weeks for him to arrive!

    I have not made meals yet to freeze, but we have collected local take out menus : )
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  38. Nikki says

    I am not even pregnant, just a newlywed with a very outgoing cat and that is one of the first things my mom warned me about. A cat could lay on a newborn baby thinking it’s a soft spot and suffocate them.

  39. says

    If I don’t write it down the night before, I completely forget what I was going to write in my posts the next morning! I totally have those gutter book shelves pinned for the one day that I have kids…or for my own home library that I really want. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.
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  40. says

    One of my favorite crockpot/freezer meals is this Chicken Chili: http://levelsfoodandfitness.com/2013/03/29/whats-been-fueling-my-workouts-all-week/

    It makes a ton of food and you can just throw it in the crockpot! When it’s cooled, you can package it up and freeze it. I actually made this a few months ago and pulled the leftovers out of the freezer for lunches this week, and it was awesome! The best part is that it’s versatile…you can serve it over sweet potatoes, quinoa, salad, in a tortilla wrap…always something different! :)
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  41. says

    I love the book shelves! Have you thought about having a book shower? Several of my friends have done it and it’s so neat. You have a normal shower, but instead of traditional baby gifts everyone brings their favorite baby book for the little one!
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  42. says

    I saw those on Janae’s blog.. they look sooo good! As for Cody, my mom told me that my cat used to go in the crib with me when I was a baby. All my grandmas and everyone thought it was terrible but I’m fine! Jasper protected me. She never tried to suffocate me or anything!
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  43. says

    The Kodiak Cakes look great! Do they taste as good as they look? I have always wanted to try them, but usually end up with traditional pancakes. Thanks to your post I think I’ll give them a try! Like others, I’m not really sure about what to do with Cody. Have you ever tried putting a motion toy in the doorway? This might startle him enough to keep him from attempting to go in the room. For that matter, you could put the motion toy in the crib and that might really break him. BTW…I LOVE the rain gutter idea!

  44. Sue says

    I hope you can figure out a way to keep Cody out of the baby’s crib without completely traumatizing him. Before my daughter was born my cats liked getting into her crib too but after she was born they wanted absolutely nothing to do with her or her crib. They went out of their way to avoid her. I can’t believe Baby Tooth will be here in five weeks. How exciting!! The idea of freezing the dough for individual cookies is a great one. I might do that and I’m not even pregnant!!

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