Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lucy - 2 Months Old

Dear Lucy,

2 months old! It’s crazy for me to think that you are only 2 months old because it seems like you have been with us for such a long time already and sometimes I feel like you act so much older then your age.

You are such a big girl! You gained 3lbs since your last check up and are 12lbs 8oz now! You are still wearing 0-3 month old clothes and size 1 diapers. That is going to be changing soon. You are ready for size 2 diapers now which means it is time for cloth diapers for you! I imagine that your clothing size is going to go up now also.

In the past month we have discovered the Miracle Blanket (courtesy of Auntie Holly!) which has been a huge help with naps and sleeping. You are such an active alert child that you need a little help when it comes to relaxing. Speaking of sleep, we moved you out of the newborn napper this month and you are now sleeping in the Pack N Play. It won’t be long now till you move into your crib.

You have also moved up in your bathtub. No longer sitting in the newborn sling and no longer taking baths up on the counter! You fit in the tub and that tub is in the big tub now since you have discovered how much fun it is to splash in your bath. You really like bath time and are a little water baby.

You have started talking and smiling so much more this month. Every morning your dad and I look forward to seeing your face and the little happy dance that you do each morning. Well, you are happy most mornings :) We love “talking” to you and seeing how happy you are.

You do well at tummy time but don’t like laying on your belly for a long period of time. You will travel to Florida and North Carolina in the next month along with being baptized in front of many friends and family.  So many exciting things coming up for you!

You have such a big personality and are the sunshine of my life. We can't wait to see what the next month brings!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reason Enough


 I don't really have any profound words for this post. I just have this sweet little 8 week old girl who looks crazy cute to share. I mean are words really necessary when you are this cute?

I didn't think so.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Fall!

I'm pretty sure that if the seasons had a popularity contest that fall would win. It's the prom queen in the high school of seasons.  I really don't think I've ever heard too many people get all excited about winter or summer. Fall wins. And I have to admit I'm one of those people that does love fall.

Fall colors, fall inspired decor, and fall foods. It's the season of football, Halloween and every kind of pumpkin food imaginable.

These are just a few fall related things that inspire me or just make me happy during this popular season.

I am LOVING this Glade Maple Pumpkin air freshener.  My house smells smells like Cracker Barrel and Yankee Candle put together.  I kid my husband he is going to wake up wanting pancakes and bacon because he will think he is at Cracker Barrel. Then again he probably wakes up wanting bacon even without this lovely homey scent in our home.  I really love this fragrance and I am in no way being sponsored to say all these nice things about this product.

I know one of the things many people look forward to come fall is the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I was one of those people.  Was, as in no longer my friend. Unfortunately I can't really handle the caffeine and I've yet to find a Starbucks that will make me a decaf coffee version and it actually be decaf. I'm already up all night, or at least a couple times late at night, I don't need any other help with this.  My go to fall treat since I'm not visiting Starbucks are Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins.

These turn out really great and I've made them a number of times.  I like to use dark chocolate chips in place of regular chips and sometimes I substitute the vegetable oil with applesauce as a healthier option also.

Happy Fall Y'all!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thoughts on Being A Mom - 6 weeks in

We are just about 6 weeks in to this whole "mom" thing. Oh the lessons I have learned. I've probably learned more, especially about myself, in the last 6 weeks then I think I did in 4 years of college. 

I don't even begin to think I know it all now, I'm pretty sure I still haven't scratched the surface of what being a mom is really and truly all about. But in 6 weeks there are so many things that have changed my life and the way that I view life.  

• Watching her learn, try and realize new things makes me feel more proud then anything I've ever accomplished in my own life.

•  Labor and delivery, breastfeeding and taking care of a baby in general is much harder then I ever imagined. I've learned how much I want something and how much I will fight for it. I'm stronger then I ever really thought I could be.

•I've also cried much more then I ever thought I could cry. Happy tears, sad tears, stressed tears and successful tears. I am a water hazard.  

• Every new moment seems like it belongs in a Hallmark commercial with the way it tugs at my heart and my need for tissues.

•  Folgers got it all wrong. The best part of waking up is going into your baby's room and having them smile when they see your face. Day made.


• I was already a pretty efficient person before having a baby. I'm an incredibly efficient person now.

• Going along with efficiency, I sometimes look around for my little trophy that I feel like I must have won once I do get every single thing on my to do list done. Still haven't found it yet.

• Lighting is overrated. I can now feed, diaper and re-swaddle a baby in almost total darkness with ninja like precision. I'm sure the Army will be calling me soon to recruit me with this new ability. 

• Before baby I was always on time and usually early to things. If I was 5 minutes early it was late by my standards. If I'm only 5 minutes late now that is my new version of on time.  Even with this new standard, I'm rarely on time.

• Naptime is sooo important. Snuggling is very important too.

 • Sometimes you are just so happy that you can't wipe the smile off your face, even in your sleep.

• The only songs that will ever be stuck in my head anymore probably come from a Fisher Price toy.

• If you are talking to me and my baby is crying I can guarantee you that I will not hear a word you are saying. Once she cries that is all my brain can process while I try to figure out a way to make it stop.  Not because I hate the sound of crying but because I hate the idea of her being sad/ upset

 • I listened to the Beatles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" a million times when I was pregnant. The first time I listened to it with her next to me she stopped crying and was just calm.  Realizing the Lucy that I dreamed about when pregnant was right next to me and was "real" was a huge "aha moment" for me. And of course, I cried.

• I was use to being the cute one in this house, I'm totally ok with giving up my title to her.