Sunday, November 29, 2015

Weekend Recap - Thanksgiving Break Edition

Back when I was teaching, I used to get a little sad on Sunday evenings because I knew the weekend was over. That still happens now sometimes because I know Matty goes back to work on Monday. Tonight I'm especially bummed out because he's been home with us for four days. Other than the week he took off of work when Lucy was born, this is the longest Matty has been home with us. I loved it! However, it turns out that I take more pictures when he's not home because I want to make sure I show him what Lucy and I did all day. We had a pretty low key weekend, which is always fine with me!

Got up early to do a little Black Friday shopping . . . at the grocery store! I love going to the grocery the day after Thanksgiving. I was there at 8:30am, and it was totally empty. Matty stayed home to give Lucy breakfast, so I got myself a little treat and shopped . . . alone. It was a pretty good 45 minutes!

Friday afternoon we were hanging out in the family room, and Sydney suddenly got up and tried to hide herself in Lucy's exersaucer. It turns out Snort was busy throwing up on the floor, which upset Sydney. Normally it would have upset me too, but I was able to use my "I spend my days cleaning up baby spit up and poop" card so I didn't have to deal with it. Also, Snort was kind enough to get sick on the tile rather than the rug, so really it wasn't a big deal. Poor Snorty. He was feeling better on Saturday, though.

We went out to dinner with friends on Friday night. Yes, we left Lucy at home (with Matt's mom, not alone!) and had a nice, leisurely meal. This is only the 3rd time we've ever left her in the evening, and I still insisted on putting her to bed before we left. Baby steps . . .I'm getting there.  Anyhoo, we went to Black Rock Bar and Grill. The food was good, but their main selling point is that people can cook their own steaks on black rocks (it's not just a clever name!) that are 755 degrees. Matt and our friend Ryan did it and thought it was really good. The problem, though, is ventilation! We walked in and there was this huge haze in the restaurant from people cooking on the black rocks. It was almost too much to handle, and was unpleasant enough that we all agreed we wouldn't go back. So to summarize:  good food, bad atmosphere. 

We went out for a drink before heading home, and these little guys were all decked out for the holidays. Pretty sure these guys were alive at some point. #holidaytaxidermy

 Saturday morning we all went to Nordstrom to do a little Christmas shopping, and Lucy dressed to impress. Found this little gem on clearance at Carters, and I love it!

 Lucy had a nice little pow wow with the animals in the baby section. I REALLY wanted to bring home the giraffe!

In a few years, Lucy and I will be able to have mommy and me rain boots! We were both very excited to see the Hunter boots come in toddler sizes. No reason not to be stylish when you are splashing in puddles, right?!

She had an important phone call to make and needed some privacy to do it. But really this is how she napped. It was adorable.

The dogs are not allowed in the nursery. Even before Lucy was born, once the new carpet and furniture went in the baby gate went up. Matty and I have differing opinions on this. He thinks the dogs need to bond and feel like part of the pack. I feel like Lucy needs ONE dog hair free room to roll around on the floor. On Saturday night, Sydney decided to test the boundaries. There's no boundary for that dog's cuteness so I allowed it. 

I put Lucy on the floor on her back while I threw away a diaper and washed my hands. When I came back, she was on her tummy. That makes three times now. She's getting there!

What a great weekend! We are now going full force into Christmas mode. Prepare yourselves, we've got some pretty cute Christmas outfits coming your way. 

Speaking of Christmas outfits. . . . 

We are having a low key Christmas Eve at our house this year. Just our little family of three along with Matt's mom, sister, brother-in-law, and our new nephew! There's talk of wearing jammies (Christmas ones, of course!) and just hanging out and being comfortable while eating dinner and opening gifts. I was at Target the other night, and for a quick minute I thought I had found the perfect pajamas for Matty and me to wear. I bought them immediately. When I got home, Lucy was snoozing away in bed and Matty was hunkered down on the couch watching football, but he was nice enough to get up and try these on with me right away. 

I believe he threatened to leave me if I made him wear the pajamas. Lucky for him I didn't love the way they fit so I was fine with returning them. The picture makes me giggle, though. 

Hope your weekend was full of thankfulness . . . and leftovers!
Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Best Laid Plans

Let me preface this post by saying that I realize what I'm about to write about is very trivial and unimportant in the larger scheme of things. I have a healthy baby, a great family, and a wonderful life. But you know what I don't have? A picture of Matty, Lucy, and me on our first Thanksgiving as a family of three. 

Isn't there a saying, "You plan and God laughs?" I am a planner in the most extreme sense of the word. As I've said before, I make lists for the lists I have to make. I've been prepping for Lu's first Thanksgiving for a while now. I had a cute turkey dress ready for her to wear, I knew exactly what I had to pack to get us ready to head out by 11:45 today, and I knew what I wanted us to be wearing for our first Thanksgiving pic together. 

This morning started off great. Lucy enjoyed some boating videos with Daddy before taking a fairly long morning nap.

Unfortunately, the turkey dress I put her in made her look like a baby from the pioneer days. No big deal, I can go with the flow. I changed her into a super cute new outfit I had for her and away we went! We got to my mom and dad's and put her in the jumparoo, and she was doing just fine. And then this guy walked in. This is my cousin's boyfriend, Justin. He is the nicest guy, loves kids, and graciously agreed to let me post his photo. Unfortunately, Lucy took one look and started crying HARD and never looked back. 

We'd get her calmed down for a minute or two, but then she'd start right back up with the crying and fussing again. Bottles, apple slices in her food net . . . nothing helped. I knew she was tired, and I did eventually get her to nap for about half an hour.

What you can't tell in the above picture is that Lu is not wearing any pants! When I was changing her diaper, she seemed a little happier without her pants on (don't we all?!), so I left them off her. When she woke up, her cheeks were red and she felt a little warm so I took off her top too. So in addition to having a fussy baby, I had a semi-naked one as well and that doesn't work well for a family pic. She did look super cute today, though, so I thought I'd show you the outfit she wore:

During the half an hour that Lucy napped, a few crazy things happened. The first is that Aunt Donna tried to figure out how to use the reclining chair, and it was HILARIOUS. I didn't have my phone ready for a pic of it, so I asked her to recreate it for the blog. She said no and tried to avoid me, and it turned into the funniest string of photos EVER! She'll hate me for posting these, but they make me smile!

We also did our annual mystery gift card exchange. The clue for the card I ended up with was "One degree Fahrenheit below zero." Any guess on what the gift card was for?? 

Then I went into the kitchen and saw my dad. I told him I needed a picture of him because he doesn't appear very often on my blog. He gave me a vehement, "NO!" with the explanation that he's got people looking for him and doesn't need his face on the Internet. haha #HeMightNotBeKidding #DontTellWhereWeAre

And then Lucy woke up and the fussiness and crying continued through dessert. I'd had enough and felt like we just needed to head home, so we loaded her up into the car and here she was five minutes into the drive.

During the drive home I got a text from my brother-in-law documenting their first Thanksgiving with Turkey Tom . . . how cute is their little family?!

I love their picture and am so happy for them. But I had the entire thirty minute drive to sulk about the fact that we didn't get a family pic of our own. It was in the back of my mind all day, but due to the craziness of Fussy Lu I never got around to doing it. Or taking a bathroom break. Again, I know it's not the end of the world. But, in case you hadn't noticed, documenting important events with photos is kind of my thing. So . . . Matty was kind enough to take a selfie of us when we got home.

Picture me at a better angle and picture Lucy wearing the outfit I posted above and there you have it, our first Thanksgiving as a family of three. Also, did I mention that Lu was super happy as soon as we got home? 

So Lucy is sound asleep in bed, and it's time for a Thanksgiving night snack. Isn't this what everyone eats after a big turkey dinner? Well, it is when it's a cheat day . . . bring on the dairy and soy . . . and the beer! 

In between the fussiness, I did get to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by my mom. The cornbread casserole was definitely my favorite! But, overall, it was not what I had planned for Lucy's first Thanksgiving. But that's ok . . . there's always Christmas, right?!  ;)

So Much Thankfulness!

Last Thanksgiving, I was still a few weeks away from announcing my pregnancy and about 7 months away from actually believing I was having a baby. It's not a huge secret that we struggled for quite a few years to have a baby, so we kind of spent my entire pregnancy in disbelief. At first I told myself it would feel real if we made it to 12 weeks this time. Then we made it, and I still couldn't believe it so I figured things would start feeling different at the gender ultrasound. When we found out we were having a girl it was a whole other state of disbelief (What?! I'm still pregnant AND it's a girl . . . this can't be happening!) This pretty much continued until Friday, May 15th at 3:30am when my water broke three weeks early . . . and things got real quite quickly!

Fast forward to this Thanksgiving, and I'm up at 6:00am to pump milk for my baby girl as I watch her snooze on the baby monitor. To say we have a little more to be thankful for this year would be an understatement! At first, I started going through and collecting pictures for this post of everyone who has been part of Lucy's life . . . but there are SO MANY and I need to finish this before that sweet baby girl wakes up! So THANK YOU to everyone . . . we love you all!

I will give a special shout out to these two people, though: Dr. Jones and Nurse Kay. There's nothing fun about the IVF process . . . nothing. I can't even think of a single thing. That being said, we couldn't have had two more supportive people to help us through it. Matty and I will still sometimes laugh at the crazy conversations we had with Kay (ok, so maybe there's one good thing about IVF!) These two people made our Lucy Belle possible, and for that we will ALWAYS be thankful!

Have a great Turkey Day, everyone! I'll include pictures with a post about our long weekend. I'm so THANKFUL to have Matty home with us for four days. Now it's time to finish up pumping before this little turkey wakes up!

Happy Thanksgiving, from our little family to yours!!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to this guy! Snort's 12 years old today and still going (somewhat) strong!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend Recap

What a great weekend! About a month ago I finally realized I needed to change my mindset about weekends, and I've been enjoying them much more ever since. Weekends no longer mean sleeping in, relaxing, and leisurely doing what needs to be done. That season of life is over for a while. Weekend schedules are pretty much the same as weekday schedules except Matty is around to help out, which is awesome! Now that I've accepted the fact that I'll still be getting up between 6:00 and 6:30 and that reading a book and taking a nap are on hold for the next few years, weekends seem to be going smoother for me. 

This post not only recaps our weekend, but also includes a few little gems from Thursday as well.

Here's a picture of the monitor during Lucy's morning nap on Thursday. This position was a first. She's always flat on her back, but somehow managed to scoot herself around and roll on her side. When I saw this on the monitor I had to go in and check on her since I couldn't see her face. All was well and she looked super adorable. 

 At Cuddle and Bounce, Miss Karen brought out the "bath tubs" and the babies took a bath . . . complete with rubber duckies, loofahs, and bubbles! It was quite possibly the cutest thing we've done there yet. Lucy ate it up . . .literally. Every time a bubble came by her face, she opened her mouth nice and wide!

Lucy's doctor recommended we start using a sippy cup with her during meal time, and she also said Lucy could start eating Puffs. We tried both this weekend. She's still figuring out the sippy cup, and didn't seem too thrilled with the puffs. This is fine with me because I was convinced she was going to choke. Maybe we'll try them again next month.

This is Matt's arm . . . not mine!

Saturday morning smiles with Daddy!

A little playtime with cupcakes. She went right for the chocolate one . . . like mother, like daughter!

I could tell she was getting ready for a nap so I went to warm up her bottle. When I came back less than two minutes later, this is what I found!

The snow came Saturday, and it caught us off guard. We've been very busy the past few weekends, so we had planned on putting away all our outdoor things this weekend. Mother Nature had other plans. Poor concrete turtle!

The mums were pretty much done for the season anyway.

The view from the park (this was actually Sunday morning).

Relaxing for a bit after our outdoor photo shoot. Love that face!

I plan to wrap this box up like a gift, put Lucy in it in front of our tree, and take some pictures. Had to be sure she fit :-)

Saturday evening I was playing on the floor with Lucy, and this was my view. Not only was I admiring my new Christmas throw (thank you, Target!), but my handsome hubby was making a delicious Hungarian Goulash for dinner. 

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted this picture of Lucy in her first Burt's Bees Baby outfit?

I absolutely loved it, and more outfits were half off on Zulily, so I ordered a few. They arrived on Saturday!

Since we decorated for Christmas this weekend, Lucy needed something to get in the holiday spirit as well. We picked up this Santa Duck at Target. Quack Quack Quack! Ho Ho Ho! 

On Sunday, we ran some errands and stopped in at Dicks and Trader Joe's. Lucy isn't ready for shoes yet, but our budget is in trouble when she is! How cute are these little Nikes?!

Keeping a close eye on the cashier at Trader Joe's. 

I can't eat these cookies because they are full of dairy and soy, but I did steal the tiniest little nibble of one of Matt's, and they are DELICIOUS! My next cheat day will be on Thanksgiving, and you better believe I'll be starting my morning off with one (or three) of these! 

We made some peas for Lucy, and I couldn't believe how vibrant the color was!

She loved them and gobbled them all up!

That's about it. It's time to sit back and enjoy the Christmas decorations we put up. I'll probably do a post with decoration pictures after Thanksgiving. Hope everyone had a great weekend!