Introducing…

Abel Brian Cutforth πŸ’™ Our sweet little boy was born on Tuesday, weighing 8lb 15oz. His birth turned out very different than I’d hoped but we’re both healthy and happy! I’ll share more of his birth story later but for now just look at how adorable and chubby he is. He’s such a happy baby and is already nursing like a champ!

Maternity Photos

Since my mom is here and she’s an amazing photographer, she took some maternity photos for me last week. I’m so in love with them!

Of course we had to take a photo with the Alpha ute (Alpha Construction is Jared’s family’s business; he works for them, and I did too until a few weeks ago when I finished up since Kiwi is due soon).

Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks

I’m now 39 1/2 weeks, and can’t wait for Kiwi to arrive! My mom is over from the States, and she got here on Sunday. Monday was a holiday so Jared had the day off and we went into town and went on a nice long walk and got lunch at a cafe.

Thankfully the weather was nice and sunny (although a little chilly) earlier this week, although today it’s decided to be rainy. Yesterday mom and I got groceries and then mom made us a delicious dinner of chicken tikka masala and naan bread.

Sonic is of course thrilled to have another person to follow around everywhere, and he loves sitting on or next to mom.

I really hope that Kiwi doesn’t go too far past his/her due date because I’m not even 40 weeks yet and already having a very hard time being patient. I’m so ready for Kiwi to come any day now! If next week’s blog post is late, well, don’t jump to any conclusions because I think that will be the third week in a row. Once Kiwi is here I’ll be sure to post an announcement on here within a couple days!

The last month or two of my pregnancy have been rather uncomfortable, but recently I’ve been feeling better, possibly from excitement and knowing that in just a few weeks or less, I’ll no longer be pregnant and instead be snuggling our sweet baby. I’ve also finished work which is probably a big factor since I have a lot more time to relax now. Whatever the reason, I’m still just as impatient to give birth because I’m so excited to meet Kiwi! Now that we really have everything ready, it’s easier to realise that we’re going to have an actual baby in our house soon! I do appreciate the fact that taking care of Kiwi right now is very easy, and I’m enjoying the last bit of my pregnancy knowing that soon everything will be changing! ❀️

I had to include this photo of Jared because he’s so handsome and he’s going to be the best dad! He already takes such good care of me and Kiwi and I know he’ll continue to once Kiwi is born. I can’t wait to see him snuggle our little boy or girl! ❀️

Sugar Cookies: Doughnuts!

One of my old hobbies is making and decorating sugar cookies. My mom loves to throw themed parties and she’s great at it, so I loved making sugar cookies for the parties! It takes a lot of time, patience, and practice, and it’s so fun. Search up Pinterest and you can find hundreds of ideas for adorable cookies to make!

Now that I’ve finished work, I find myself with time to actually do things like this – it’s great! I’m enjoying it while it lasts since once Kiwi is here I’m sure things will change and it will be a little more difficult to do things like this. (I can’t wait though!)

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I had so much fun making these. The last time I made sugar cookies was probably a year and a half ago, and I didn’t do a great job so they didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. This time I had more patience and didn’t try to do it all at once, and it was much more enjoyable! I baked the cookies one day, and decorated them the next day. I let them dry for a few hours in between layers which made a big difference as well!

I was going to do a pink and purple theme, until I realised that I only have food colouring in red, yellow, green, and black. I want to get some new colours soon, since there’s only so much you can do with just these! However, I went ahead with pink and yellow and they still turned out great. Coloured sprinkles would have been fun too but I only had the chocolate ones and I wasn’t going to walk all the way to the store.

Let me just add that they do taste as great as they look! I have to admit I’m a little offended when people ask if they taste good because why would I spend hours making cookies that aren’t even enjoyable to eat? Of course they taste good! And since I’m telling you this I’ll have to share the recipe with you so you can see for yourself. I found this recipe printed off in my mom’s cookbook, years and years ago – it’s the one I’ve always used. The cookies are soft and delicious. I normally leave out the almond extract just because we never bought it when I was growing up. They’re just as good either way. Click the link below to find the best recipe for sugar cookies!

Mary’s Sugar Cookies (Link)

A few tips:
If you’re decorating with icing, don’t sprinkle them with sugar as the recipe says.
When you’re mixing the dough, it can seem like you put too much flour, especially if you’re mixing by hand (don’t; it’s way easier with a mixer) – just keep mixing; it will come together and make the perfect cookies!

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So; doughnuts, anyone?!

Adalia and Percy Visit!

Last week my sister Adalia and her son Percy came up to visit. Although we both live in NZ we actually don’t see each other very often (which we both want to change!) so it was really great to have her here! We last saw Ben, Adalia, and Percy at Christmastime when we all went to the States, and had so much fun. It was great especially for Jared and Ben to spend some more time together since they didn’t know each other very well before that. So when Adalia asked if she and Percy could come visit of course I said YES please do!

I’m not quite finished with work – this week is my last – but I had most of last week off, while Adalia was here. It was great to be able to spend time together, and man I enjoyed being at home as well! I have to admit I am very much looking forward to staying home with Kiwi. I cleaned my house and got toΒ actually enjoy itΒ before it got messy again. Crazy right? When you’re working, you clean the house, go to work, come home and make it a mess again. In my experience anyways. πŸ˜‰

One day last week the weather was nice so we decided to walk to a park that is near our house. We brought Sonic as well and THIS is a milestone!!! Listen up! Sonic did. not. poo. once. on the walk. I was so thankful. Normally if I take Sonic on a walk – regardless if he’s had three hours outside in which he could do his business – he decides he has to go in the middle of our walk. Then I have to walk around with a bag of dog poo. Not cool. Once I got literally ten metres from our driveway and Sonic did his business. Honestly?! It’s so frustrating. But this time, there were no stops to pick up dog excrement. Praise the Lord.

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Sonic had a great time and he was grinning all evening afterwards! He loved it, even though I did tie him to a park bench as soon as we got there. And then it started raining after about two minutes, so we walked back home. Thankfully the rain wasn’t too bad so we didn’t get soaked, but the weather here can be unpredictable in autumn! The whole week was crazy – we spent a lot of time outside, since we have a table and chair set in our back yard. It would be sunny, a few clouds but mostly blue skies, and suddenly in two minutes there are gray clouds and it’s raining. Then five minutes later, sunny and blue again.

It can also go from sunny, to light rain, to downpour, pretty quick. I might have to suck it up and buy an umbrella eventually, especially once Kiwi is here and I’m pretty sure we won’t both fit under my rain jacket…

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Percy loved playing with Sonic! The two of them were so cute together and they did a pretty good job of tiring each other out. Sonic loves playing tug of war with his rope toy, and it was hilarious watching Percy laugh and hold onto that toy with such a firm grip! Even when the force of Sonic’s playing sent Percy to the floor, he’d be lying there still holding onto the rope toy. It was so cute and fun to watch!

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Percy is an absolute darling, right? He has the cutest smile! He was also very good while he was here. I mean we would love him anyways of course. But he did great!

I had to take a couple photos of Adalia and Percy of course!

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Bye Percy! See you next time!

TradeMe Finds

Let’s be honest, I love shopping. In person, online, anything works! I’m pretty picky though so I’ll typically spend agessss shopping and then only buy one thing… or nothing… it’s been pretty fun with Kiwi having an excuse to actually buy things (I still do way more browsing than buying though!).

I loved buying things used because you can find things in great condition for way better prices, if you have time to look!

A couple months ago I shared these three items I bought from SaveMart (an op shop/thrift store). The tops are definitely boyish so if Kiwi is a girl I need to buy some headbands/bows immediately so she can wear these without being called a boy, and the suit is pink so Kiwi might not get to wear it if he’s a boy. I just had to get them though because they’re just. so. cute!

Since Jared and I have one vehicle, if he needs it for work or he’s driven it and I don’t want to walk and go get it from him, there are times I don’t have transportation so I can’t just go shopping. If you’re willing to pay a couple dollars for shipping, TradeMe is the best!

(If you’re in the States; TradeMe is basically like Craigslist. Just an online place where you can buy and sell things.)

Several weeks ago I was browsing TradeMe and found one seller that had tons of adorable, and I do mean adorable, baby clothes for sale. I bought seven items, and was able to combine shipping since they were from the same seller, and spent a grand total of $25.

I think we all know that if I bought just one or two of these new, it would easily have been that price.

I was thrilled when they arrived to find that each item was in great condition and did I mention that they’re all adorable?!

Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself.

How cute are those overalls/dungarees/whatever you call them?!

When I told Jared I got these, he said ‘don’t we have enough clothes for the baby?’

I explained that yes, but, babies grow. πŸ˜‰ I’ll probably hold off on getting much more baby clothes until Kiwi is born because once we have a boy or girl, we can buy gender-specific clothing (honestly this baby is going to live in dresses if she’s a girl! Baby dresses are the cutest thing. Ever.)

Last week I had some time to kill in town so I walked to the SPCA op shop and I found these shoes for THREE dollars. Remember when I shared my favorite small shops, a few posts back? And one was for leather baby shoes that I’m dying to get but haven’t been able to justify it yet? Well, problem solved, for now anyways! These are so stinkin’ cute, and they were so cheap. I also grabbed two books which were in very used condition but one was by Usborne, my favorite publisher for kids’ books, which I lovedddddd so much as a child! I couldn’t resist. Even though there was a bite out of the corner. It was 50 cents.

On another note, not about used items, but, I shared a few months ago where I would probably buy cloth diapers from, and I want you to know, I did! Last week I bought four Alva Baby cloth nappies from Chirpy Cheeks Nappy Store. Honestly this website is amazing because they have several different brands, and dozens of colors/patterns from each one – so whateverΒ  your style, you will likely find something you love here!

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I’m not too sure if this blog post is written very cohesively but my brain is a little fried lately so I’ll just hit publish and hope for the best! πŸ˜‰

Hearty Breakfast Cookies

We had these breakfast cookies lots growing up, and loved them! They’re soft and delicious, and let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t enjoy eating cookies for breakfast? Too good, friends.

Oatmeal peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

My mom (or my siblings and I) usually made these with sunflower seeds and/or chopped peanuts, but you can add anything you want. When I made these last week, I used chopped dried apricot, chia seeds, and coconut.

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I halved the recipe on my mom’s blog and still had enough cookies to eat plenty and freeze a dozen, so what I’ll share here is the halved version. Of course if you have a million kids feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple – what you’ve never done that before? That was the norm for us growing up πŸ˜‰

Hearty Breakfast Cookies

A soft but hearty breakfast cookie that can be customised with additions of your choice.


Credit: littleearthlingblog.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup additions (sunflower seeds, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.)

Directions

  • Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk.
  • In a seperate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix well. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350F or 175C for 12 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a glass of milk!
  • To freeze, just cool and pop in a ziploc bag. Take out the night before to thaw.
  • There’s a lot of freedom with this recipe. I used brown sugar. For the additions, I used 1/2 cup dessicated coconut, 1/4 cup chopped dried apricot (I would definitely add more next time though), and 1/4 cup chia seeds.

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Let me know if you make these bad boys! I wanted to make something that would be filling, somewhat healthy, and easy to grab for breakfast or a snack, and after searching recipes for homemade granola bars on Pinterest for what felt like ages, I finally thought of these cookies. There’s nothing like a good reliable recipe that you know you’ll love, and this is great because you can change it up with the additions depending on what you have or what you feel like.