I thought I would give a quick update on things around here, well, on the kids at least, before we got up to our eyeballs in harvest!
College football has begun! Roll Tide!
Reed even started Pre-K!
He did get a timeout on the first day, but things have greatly improved! I think he likes it!
Here's the big shocker...Reed went to his first dentist appointment! I know, I know, he should've already been, but if you knew what this kid did at just a haircut appointment, you would keep confining chairs and sharp pointy objects way away from him.
But, he loved it! Completely blew our minds! No cavities either! I'm hoping this means the wailing, flailing, gagging, and everything in between will stop at the beauty shop!
And Jade is giving us lots of smiles (and occasional crying too, lol). She's basically outgrown newborn everything, is in size 1 diapers, is drinking 4 oz of milk every 3 hours, and sometimes even lets me sleep 5 hours in a row!
I'm a little late in the blog world, but I wanted to post Jade's 1 month photo!
If you've been reading my blog for a while (glad you're still here), you know I did monthly photos of Reed until he was 2, so of course I had to compare the two!
She looks like a giant compared to him! If you haven't been reading my blog for a while, Reed was 8 weeks early (read about that here), and this picture was taken the day he left the nicu. If you want to see any of Reed's monthly photos, click here and here!
I have some impatient children. This one wasn't quite as impatient as Reed, when my water broke unexpectedly at 32 weeks, but when she came, she was sure in a rush!
Meet Jade Cheyenne Miller!
She was born July 27th at 7:55 AM, weighing 6lbs 8ozs and was 19 1/2" long. A whole 3 lbs and 3 1/2" more than Reed. A ginormous baby, lol.
In just like Reed fashion, I woke up early Monday morning at 4:10 (Reed was 5:00 AM on a Sunday) with my water breaking. Of course, I was 37 1/2 weeks pregnant, so I could have just peed on myself, lol.
After deciding this was not the case, I woke Lance up, and we started getting ready to go to the hospital. About 5:00, contractions started around six minutes apart. By the time we got to the hospital, contractions were three minutes apart, and I was dilated to a seven!
The nurses said that if I pushed, she would probably come right out, but don't push! Yep, breech, just like Reed. She was supposed to be a scheduled c section anyways, so that wasn't a big deal. I was just supposed to get to skip those pesky contractions this time. I got the, uh, best of both worlds with both kids.
I had to lay there 20 minutes waiting on lab work to get back before I could get any drugs, geeze Louise! I swear I had a hundred nurses working on me at once. I was in the express lane, lol. At 7:55, Jade was born!
Reed likes her, so far, haha. He wants to help do everything for her and likes to rub her head and sing to her.
He also likes to high five and give her fist bumps.
She's already flopping back and forth, can raise her head for a few seconds, and only wakes a couple times a night for a bottle. A big difference compared to Reed!
She only cries when she's hungry and I'm being too slow, or when she poops. Not a big fan of the poop.
This past weekend was Reed's dinosaur party! It has been all he's talked about for weeks! I was so excited to put such a fun party together for him, even when I was 37 weeks pregnant, and it was 100 degrees outside!
Sugar cookies with cocoa powder footprints!
Dino chicken nuggets are for meat eaters only!
Pb & J dino sandwiches are for plant eaters only!
Excavate the fossils out of the jello!
Don't be scared! That's just a watermelon t Rex! This melon actually grew in the rocks under Reed's swingset. He checked on it everyday and occasionally kissed it. It weighed 33lbs!
This is officially the coolest dino/volcano cake ever, made by my Aunt Candie.
It even smoked!
Reed loved everything!
These were the party favors I made...dino eggs!
Mix 1 cup coffee grounds, 1 cup flour, 1/4th cup sand, and 1/2 cup salt. Add water till you get to a good molding consistency (about 3/4th cup). Roll mixture around a plastic dinosaur. Bake 20-30 minutes at 175 degrees.
Now you can smash them open with a hammer and pull out the dino!
This Spring, I was asked by some folks at Monsanto if we would be interested in hosting some bloggers on my farm. Monsanto would furnish sweet corn for the bloggers to pick and pay for the meal/supplies. I would have to do the rest. Well...sign us up! I love inviting people to the farm, and Lance loves talking. About the farm, I mean.
We planted the Seminis Sweet Corn on May 1st and watched it grow until it was time to partay!
We held the 1st annual Miller Farms Blogger Tour this past Monday. I would say it was a success! It was a bonus that no one had a heat stroke in the 100 degree temperatures, and my 37 week pregnant self didn't go into labor, haha.
Lance fixed up this Miller Farms limo, so we could tour the farm in style. He used some two seater folding chairs and attached them to the trailer with conduit clamps.
And we were off on our tour!
We drove them by cotton and peanut fields, discussing everything from planting to spraying to harvesting. Hopefully, we didn't bombard them with too much information, and they were able to learn something!
I thought there were paparazzi on the farm when Lance pulled up a peanut vine!
Seeing as I live here all the time, sometimes I forget how exciting farming can be, especially to someone who is never around it.
The next stop on the tour was the chicken houses. The coolest (literally) part of the tour! We showed the bloggers how everything worked, then they got to go inside and see our cute, week-old chicks.
On the way back to the farm shop, we stopped by the sweet corn patch and picked a few ears.
Or make that a few bag fulls!
Lunch was held in the shop behind our house.
We set up tables and chairs, and I decorated with checkered table cloths. I picked zinnias from my yard and poked them in some old coke bottles.
You can thank pinterest and our garden for the lunch served! Pasta salad, cucumber salad, fresh fruit, and strawberry shortcake on a stick!
Of course, I served some oven roasted corn!
We also had lemonade and strawberry lemonade.
And what farm lunch would be complete without mason jars!
After lunch, we played Corno! Which is basically bingo using corn products as spaces. Fun and educational!
Our first ever Corno winner, holding her new Farming Feeds Alabama chair donated by the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Even if they didn't win a game of Corno, no one went home empty handed thanks to the awesome bag of goodies also donated by th Alabama Farmers Federation!
If you would like to check out the bloggers who visited the farm or read about the tour from their own perspectives, here are there links!
Hi! I'm Stephanie. I live and work on a cotton/peanut/grain/poultry farm with my husband Lance. We have 1,100 acres of cropland and 133,000 broiler chickens. We've been married since Oct. 2006 and built our farmhouse in 2009. In July 2011, our son, Reed was born! In July 2015, our daughter, Jade was born!