Monday, December 31, 2012

Something pretty for the last day of the year

I should do a recap on what a year this has been – finding out we were pregnant, having a baby, losing our sweet Pudge – we have had lots of ups and downs! However, instead of getting all sappy on you, I will leave you with this Cupcaketini that would be super easy to do and make quite a statement at your next party (perhaps tonight?)

Full instructions are available on Hostess with the Mostess.

Our New Year’s Eve will be rather unexciting (which I happen to be excited about). We will just be at home and ringing in the New Year tomorrow morning, rather than midnight, as this mama can’t make it past 10! Hope 2013 brings you everything you wanted in 2012 and more!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Deep Thoughts (holiday edition) and other random musings

Wow. I cannot believe I have a spare second. Have I mentioned that I don’t have the world’s greatest napper?  I may or may not have put the baby in the carrier and walked her around the house to get her to sleep more than 20 minutes during the day on more than one occasion. And that is not necessarily a sure bet. I had my first “have to leave Target –NOW - moment” on Sunday when a full on meltdown ensued. I am sure the first of many! Culprit of the meltdown – being overly tired. Go figure.  Luckily, we are now to the smiling stage in her babyhood, so it makes the lack of naps much better!

Speaking of naps in the carrier, this has been a lifesaver:

Also, you can get it for free (only pay $12.90 in shipping) with the code FAMILY2012. Tommy and I have both agreed it is one of our favorite things. (And Carseat Canopy has no clue who I am!)

I have to share some of the pictures that Addie took of the baby. She is so talented and I am lucky that she has taken these beautiful pictures of Emmy even though she is not doing it as a business anymore. She did an awesome job and the subject is pretty cute, if I do say so myself! I seriously LOVE them!

This was my Christmas card pic:

Her little toes:

Eyes Open!

Addie also took our family pictures for my mom. Here’s the whole family!

And speaking of photos, I have to share this HILARIOUS photo of my sweet nephew. He was in his uncle’s wedding. Is this not classic??

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So with the holiday season upon us, I have had lots of deep thoughts on Jesus being born, especially now that I am a mom. Tommy and I have totally different takes on this. I would love to know what you guys think.

1- I think about Mary and how the angel came to her and told her she was going to have a son. Um, I think Mary had to FREAK out and wonder what everyone was going to think about her. (Maybe that is because that would be my reaction.) Tommy thinks if angels are coming to you, you definitely wouldn’t be freaking out that you are having THE baby Jesus.

2- I have also wondered a lot about what Jesus was like as a baby. Do you think he was fussy? A perfect baby? Do you think he cried? I think he was the most perfect, easy baby who never made a peep and his mother always knew what he wanted. Tommy seems to think he was human and cried.

3- I have also thought about the man who turned Mary away at the inn. From a practical standpoint, I can see that he probably didn’t know that the baby being born was the one that we would be celebrating on December 25th two thousand and twelve years later and how could he kick someone out of a room, so he was being kind to offer the manger. But if I had an inn, what would I do if a pregnant person needed a place to stay – offer her my own room, stay and help her (now that I have physically had a baby – I would know she would need all the help she could get if she was having a baby in my hypothetical inn)? (Another deep thought just came to me – I wonder if Mary was spared the pains of labor and had an “easy” delivery. Yikes. Talk about no meds!) Megan said she would offer the lobby ; ).

Am I the only one who has ever thought of this (please tell me no!!!). I would love to know what you think.

Annnnnd….as mentioned, this post was going to be totally random – but did any of you guys guess who Gossip Girl was?????  I am so sad that this era is coming to a close. It has been a great six years, upper east siders.

And this is what goes through my brain on any given day. At least there is still some capacity for thought up in there!

Hope to be back on here soon. Cheers to naps!

You know you love me. XOXO (That reference only makes sense to my Gossip Girl lovers!)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Emmy Month Two

Because I am too lazy to upload Emmy’s pics from her “photo shoot” yesterday, this post will be full of pics from her second month!

Month two can be summed up as “Mom is starting to get a hang of this baby thing, but she is certainly no expert!”

(Addie took this picture of the two of us today at two months and one day, so basically this is her two month picture!)

This month Emmy is so much more alert. She smiles, coos and I swear wants to laugh. I am paid in smiles and I love it when she smiles at me when I pick her up in the morning!

I just finished reading Brain Rules for Baby (which I really loved, by the way) and in it says to talk to your baby a lot. Poor baby, I talk to her ALL day long (no shock here for anyone who knows me). I swear she wants to talk back! I am pretty sure her first word will be “hi” and her first sentence will be “mom, seriously?”

One of the best things we did this month was implement a routine. I have not read Baby Wise and I am honestly afraid to because I don’t want to become too rigid, but we do follow the Baby Wise routine of wake up, change the diaper, play, sleep. I am very routine oriented, so I am sure Emmy likes routine by genetics. This has also greatly helped me identify why she is crying and helps me plan our day better. She eats roughly every three hours and has slept as long as 10 hours straight, but I really never know what our evening will hold!

Emmy is still loving her play mat! She is so curious! She loves to look around, especially at new places. She also can track me as I move around the room. She also stares intently every time I eat or drink…maybe she will like food as much as her mom and dad?

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Dislikes include putting on her clothes. I mean she really, really dislikes it. After putting the shirt over her head it just sends her over the edge when I have to put her arms through the holes. Ha! She also melts down when she gets tired. Like grade A meltdown, but luckily with the routine I am able to identify that is the reason for her meltdown. She does need to be lulled to sleep (cue the bouncing, swaying and singing/humming of Christmas songs). Naps during the day are catnaps and she was sleeping really well in her carrier while we were out and about…notsomuch the past two days. I think she is on to me.

She also went on her first road trip this month! We went to Shreveport, LA for Thanksgiving and she loved meeting her great aunts, uncles and cousins! She did great in the car and never cried. The first night, though, was rough since she slept the whole way down there and we arrived around 8 p.m.  She was great in Shreveport, but I think the travel did mess up her system bit.

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My mantra this month has been “live and learn.” There are little things where I have second guessed myself (whether to pump a bottle now or just wait to feed her, etc..), but have decided to just use these as teaching moments.

She also had her two month shots this week. She did great. I also did better than expected. She just napped and wasn’t really too fussy! She is now 23 inches long and weighs almost 10 pounds. She is in the 80th percentile for height (where’d that come from??) and 35th percentile for weight.

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I can’t wait to see what month three holds for us. I am hoping even more smiles and a true laugh! We just love our precious girl!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A few seconds

Um, can we sum up my experience as a mom in one word? Why yes – it is naïve. I seriously thought I would get things done – like that closet in my game room, it was going to be so organized while I was out on maternity leave; I was going to have her baby book written and up to date; I would blog every little detail of her life. Let’s be honest – I am lucky to get a shower each day. I seriously feel like I should get a merit badge if I actually get myself showered, her ready and get out the door by 11 to meet someone for lunch. I guess I will be paid in smiles, which are seriously adorable. My time hasn’t totally been wasted, though, I have caught up on my DVR’d shows (I have watched 28 back episodes of House Hunters) and I am well-versed in what everyone is up to on Facebook.

Another naïve thought was that I wouldn’t have “mommy brain.” First, I thought that was fake. Yeah. It totally isn’t. Things that I have done (and these are just today) – put my hand in my hot coffee thinking it was the dry cereal I was eating (because it only takes one hand!), gone to the grocery store with the equivalent of “something about Mary hair” since she spit up in it and I had no idea, and I left the hot water running for 15 minutes since I left the room and totally forgot it was on. On the upside, I now have an excuse for any ditzy behavior!

Emmy is seriously so cute, though, and totally worth the side-effects :).

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Since this post is going to be a catch-all in things that I have been up to, I have to share that my inner child is now finally at peace. I got my very own American Girl doll!!!!

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My whole life I wanted a Samantha doll because she looked like me as a child, but never got one because…well, I was 33 years old. However, now that I have a girl, I considered getting one…you know – for the baby. Before I actually had time to get one, though, my aunt and uncle surprised me with Samantha! I was seriously so excited. It was like Christmas morning and I can’t wait to buy clothes for her, get the Samantha books and you know let “Emmy” play with her. It was definitely one of the top 5 surprises in my life. I have seriously been obsessed since I was a child. I even texted Janie a few weeks ago when I got the American Girl catalog in the mail with the words, “How did they know I had a girl?” Ha! As some of you may know, Samantha is also retired, so you can’t get her in the store anymore, so she is basically a collector’s item!

My little girl will turn 2 months this week (where has the time gone???), so expect a two-month post soon. She has had so many fun things happen this month (like smiling!) to fill you all in on. Today she has her 2 month shots. I hope they are worse for me than they are for her. (I have already had sympathy pains for her!) I have declared today pajama day and plan to just hang out with my sweet girl.

Hope you are all doing well!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brown Paper Packages

I thought I would share this little gem with you – last year I wrapped my gifts with paper ribbon and labels from Paperjacks and they turned out so cute. I wish I was being paid for this ringing endorsement, but alas, I am not. I just had really cute gifts! :) 

This year I bought the green ribbon to wrap Tommy’s side of the family’s gifts and red for mine. That way I can easily identify which gifts to take where. Sadly, I need all the organization help I can get. (For example, I had Tommy go to the store last week to get paprika…only to find it in the fridge. I have clearly crossed to the other side!)

Here are some pictures for the Paperjacks site.

This year she has added chevron paper ribbon to her collection. So cute!

And if you are super lazy like me (or a total genius – it’s a toss up), last year I bought kraft boxes for some of my gifts and just put the paper ribbon around them.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Favorites

Now that my little pumpkin is awake more often, we have some new favorite things around here that I thought I would share!

Emmy loves, loves, loves her play mat. It entertains her for a good half hour at a time and I consider that a huge success.  Also entertaining is the fan in our room, but whatever makes her happy :).

Emmy also loves to look at herself in the mirror. I got this Sassy mirror at Babies R Us. I liked that the mirror doesn’t really distort the image so she is able to see more clearly. Tommy thinks it isn’t sturdy enough, but what can you expect from a baby mirror?

When I was looking up activities to do with your baby, I came across the suggestion of having them look at black and white images. Oh my! It is so fun to see her eyes focus. I got her these cards off of Amazon, but honestly, you could probably just print some black and white images and show them to your baby. These are high quality and super thick, but there are only 6 in box. I do prop them up on her play mat, so I guess there’s that.

I have been reading (well, trying to read) lots of books on babies brain development, games to play and infant massage. I will let you guys know what I like as soon as I get through them (likely when she is 2 years old). 

For those of you wondering about the infant massage, she likes the massage in this video at the 30 second mark and I use some of these techniques on her as well.

For other new moms, another article that I have found to be helpful is this one about schedules. I don’t follow this religiously by any stretch of the imagination, but I have found it really helpful in identifying why Emmy might be crying. If we follow this routine of eat, play, sleep, I have a better idea of why she is crying.

More soon – along with some pictures! I cannot believe my little angel is already 6 weeks old!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Emmy One Month

It is so hard to believe that Emmy is already one month old. That month flew by. As with anything else in my life these days, I am a little late. (This drives me crazy to no end as I thrive on being on time. It is one of the many things I am learning to let go.) I have to say going into this whole baby thing I was completely naïve. Talk about a learning curve! I figured if those girls on Teen Mom could do this baby thing it would be a breeze for me. Ha!!!!

Emmy is growing and becoming so much more alert! She is loving her play mat and likes to look at herself in the mirror. She also loves her mobile and to be sung to. (The Christmas music is already out in full effect. I somehow know no lullabies.) She is super fussy at night (and sometimes during the day). Trying to figure out what is wrong is like trying to solve the most complex problem that only one non-communicative infant can answer. Sigh.

Emmy the day we brought her home from the hospital. She was so sweet and tiny!


Emmy at one month (she was not feeling this whole photo shoot thing).


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She is such a pretty baby and bring us so much joy. I can’t wait to see what our 2nd month has in store for us!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Baby Books

I have gotten several books for myself and for the baby, so I thought I would share some of my favorites.

My sister gave me this one line a day journal and I love it. It is a five-year memory book where I record just a little snippet of our day. I think it will be so fun to look back over the years to see what we were doing on this day in 2012. I am sure things will be so different a year from now and to see how far we have come :).


Both my mom and sister gave me this book on the night I went into labor with Emmy. Oh my goodness….I read it and was crying my eyes out. (Hormones much???) But it is such a sweet book and would make a perfect gift to bring to the hospital for someone.

Prior to Emmy being born, Tommy and I watched this video. It is also in book form, but I am so glad we watched it! I would highly recommend it to any new parents to be. Obviously, we don’t have this down yet by any stretch of the imagination, but it really is super helpful.

I wanted to get an actual baby book for Emmy and I bought this one. It is super cute, has great pages and I think it will grow with her…if I ever get around to adding information. (I thought I would have so much more free time. Ha!!!!) Also, strangely enough, the designer of this book is also the person who designed the fabric for the baby bedding.

My sister-in-law let me borrow this book this weekend and I have already found it to be a life saver. I am sure this may save SEVERAL calls to the doctor!

I am sure one day I will have a post that is not baby related :)!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

All Dolled Up

Yesterday someone commented on my post about where I have gotten all of Emmy’s bows. I am lucky enough to work with a talented bow designer and she created each of them for me. And I have a lot :). Emmy has to look her cutest!

If you are interested in purchasing bows similar to Emmy’s, my coworker’s shop, Teal & Co., does custom bows (you can contact them for any of the bows you have seen Emmy wear or design your own) or you can order bows directly from her shop. They also sell super cute bow ties for the little men in your life! Click here to view her shop or here to view her Facebook page!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Baby Must-Haves

So I am be no means an expert on babies. Actually, quite the opposite (obvs – see yesterday’s post), but I did always love to read what mom’s loved for their babies. Here are my favorite things thus far.

If you are nursing/pumping, you MUST get this bra. I used to laugh when I saw the photos of the ladies typing on their computer while pumping. I thought that was just ridiculous. Well, those ladies are smart. It is sometimes the only time I can get anything done and it has been probably my favorite purchase so far.

I have saved my changing pad cover so many times with these Boppy Pad Liners. Instead of changing your entire changing pad when it gets dirty, you can just change out these liners. I love them.

The Summer Infant Swaddle Me blankets work best for us. I love my Aden and Anais blankets for using to cover her up, but cannot for the life of me figure out how to get those to swaddle. These are for parents like myself who need the swaddle made as simple as possible due to lack of coordination.

When Emmy still had her umbilical cord, this foam pad was such a great way to give her a sponge bath. I am still using it since we don’t bathe her every day, but I do try to wash her hair daily. I lay her on it and wash her face and lay her back on it once her hair is washed without getting everything else all wet.

The Baby Connect App is another must-have. I use this all the time to keep track of how many diapers she has had and when she last ate. It actually keeps track of the totals of everything. In three weeks (just since we have been home from the hospital since they tracked everything there), she has had 228 dirty diapers, nursed for 60 + hours and had 31 bottles. That’s a lot of stats. And a lot of time spent feeding her. Wow. I couldn’t live without it!

My other go-to app is my white noise app on my phone. It will calm her pretty quickly. I also put an old radio in her room and put it on the static station and that works, too. We are white noise lovers around this house.

And last, but not least, my number one major must-have is Grandmas! Our moms have been the biggest help ever. They have spent the night, fed her, babysat, shushed her, walked with her, given baths, let mommy get a nap, cleaned our house, cooked for us and the list goes on and on.  We heart our grandmas (and Bop!) around here!

I will continue to add to my favorites, but these are the things I cannot live without for our first three weeks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Three Weeks

Sooooo…everyone said babies are hard work. They weren’t lying. Our first few weeks have been full of ups and downs. My prayers have changed dramatically. I got this bible verse today and it is definitely how I feel. I am so grateful for her, but definitely need God’s help more than ever. Ha! I was warned :), but certainly thought I would have an easy baby. HA!!!!!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Luckily she is super cute. The pictures below are from our photo shoot with Addie. She did a beautiful job. Of course, the subject is just precious!

When Tommy was little his grandmother would buy him Steiff bears. We won this one at an auction and I thought it would be fun to watch her grow with it. And she has her eyes open! I think she might be a brown-eyed girl like her mommy and daddy.

This picture is also really special to me. My aunt sent some maternity clothes up from my cousin and included this blanket. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure why she sent it. Later I found out it was my dad’s blanket from when he was a baby, so I definitely wanted to include it in our photo shoot.

Emmy’s three week likes:

- Eating

- Sleeping

- Cuddling

- Taking walks in her stroller and riding in her car seat

- White noise and shushing

We do call her our little Princess and the Pea. She is particular! :) For example, when we walk she prefers to be on the street rather than the sidewalk…the bumps wake her up! Ha!

We are hoping to hit our stride with her soon, but do love our little blessing so much!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Emmy’s Birth Story

So I thought I would document Emmy’s entry into the world. Starting on Friday evening, I had a really bad back ache and had contractions on and off in my back throughout the weekend. On Monday, October 1st I was woken up with contractions. They were every 30 minutes to an hour. I decided to go into work, which was closer to the hospital than my house.

My contractions weren’t super consistent and would range between every 15 minutes to every 4-5 minutes. Contractions are so weird. While I had them, I was like I need to go to the hospital NOW. Then when they were over, I was like, “oh, I’m fine.” At the end of the day, I decided (after much coercing from my family and friends) to go to the hospital to get checked before going home.

I snapped this picture of my bump before I went. (I was 39 weeks.)


I got to the hospital and the nurse checked me and I was dilated to a five and a 100% effaced. This baby was coming sooner, rather than later!

I got checked in and got my epidural. My mom, sister, mother-in-law and Megan came up and I felt awesome after the epidural.

Ah, these were happy times.

At about 11:30 they checked me and I was dilated to a 9.5. They stopped the pitocin and everyone left except for Tommy. We all knew the baby and I would share a birthday at this point.

Also, at this point is when I started being able to feel my toes, which the nurse assured me was normal. I kept getting checked and by 2:30 there was still no progress, so they decided to turn back on the pitocin. I was able to feel pressure from the contractions, but still no pain. However, I could feel my legs at this point. (Can you see where this is going?)

I started pushing around 3 in the morning. And pushed, and pushed, and pushed. At about 4:00 I was getting to the point where I could push no more, so they brought in the doctor. And I continued to push, and push, and push, but now I could feel everything “down there.”  Um, yeah. I would not recommend this to anyone. I thought I was going to DIE.

After pushing for 2 hours (and at this point telling everyone who would listen that there would never be another baby coming from me…and a few choice words), I told the doctor she was going to have to get this baby out and I didn’t care how. Unfortunately, we had to enlist the help of the “vaccuum,” but seriously, I was so exhausted and I thought I was GOING TO DIE.

After one more contraction and a little assistance sweet Emmy was born. I have to admit it was one of the best feelings in the world…physically. When they put her on me, they said they guessed she weighed 8 pounds. Honestly, how in the world could I have been carrying close to an 8 pound baby??? Prior to her being born we were all taking guesses on her size. The nurse and my mom thought she’d be at least a 7 pounder, but I was just sure she’d be around 6.5 pounds. I guess the nurse sees a lot more babies being born than I do.

Emmy had some stress getting out (she and I both), so she had to go special care for about an hour for them to regulate her breathing, but I was able to hold her before she went.

She was quite a birthday gift and is so precious! Still not sure if I can have another, though ; ).

And as any proud mama, here are some pictures my sweet friend Addie took of Emmy yesterday. I am in love!

Baby’s got some hair! :) And I never had heartburn once during pregnancy!

My little pumpkin!

More pics soon!

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