Our First Weekend in our new Home!

It has been a week since we've moved into our new house, and while we are still getting settled in, it is starting to feel like home. Despite our long to do list, on Saturday afternoon we decided to take SC to the ocean for the first time!  Even though it was just a quick outing, it was so much fun!

On Sunday we also relaxed because my parents came to visit for the afternoon!  It was nice to show them that some progress had been made since they helped us move last Monday.  
The husband and I are also proud owners of a lawn mower.  I guess we are really living the life of home owners now! This week we are hoping to get some painting done, but we will definitely be taking it slowly with SC on the scene.

SC is 11 Months!

In the midst of our move, SC turned 11 months on Sunday!  While it took me a few days to locate the stickers and quilt, and SC is way to interested in the 11 month sticker to focus on smiling, here is her update in all its glory!
Stats:  She was weighed three weeks ago for her post-surgery check up on her ears, and clocked in at 20.2 pounds, so she is at least that.   I am definitely feeling that she is no longer a newborn!
Highlights:  She is crawling and now that we are in a house with stairs, she figured those out pretty quickly (so scary!).  She also learned how to clap and wave, and really enjoys doing both of those activities.  She isn't walking yet, and is still trying to figure out how to stand on her own.

Likes: She really is getting into solids so much more which is a relief and she hates it when you eat in front of her if she can't have some. Eating Cheerios and Puffs is a huge event for her and one she really enjoys. Who knew that a little snack could bring so much joy?!

Dislikes: She is a girl on the move and really hates laying still while getting her diaper changed or getting dressed.  She has been a trooper with all the car trips and traveling, but we could tell that it was hard on her. 

We've sent our her first birthday invitations to our family, but it is hard to believe that she is going to officially be a toddler soon!

Our Move!

Well, I ended up taking a little blogging break while we moved.  There was a lot of traveling back and forth at the end which I feel is hard on SC, and then ends up being kind of tough for all of us.  All things considered, I think she did great and we are somewhat moved in to our new home!  We closed on our house last Thursday, and then immediately the husband worked on painting SC's room and the upstairs guest room.  Eventually we are going to paint the living room and kitchen, but it was great to get those spaces taken care of.
On Saturday and Sunday we headed back to Arlington and met my sister and her husband who had flown in from Florida for a visit.  It wasn't a very relaxing visit for them because they helped us pack up all of our belongings and then on Sunday we loaded up the moving truck and drove down to my parent's house as a mid-way point. I seriously can't thank them enough because without them I am pretty sure we would still be trying to pack up our stuff and at the very least, we would have broken something.  I actually had to drive back up to Arlington for an early morning dentist appointment on Monday, so I did that and the husband and my brother and parents drove to our new home on Monday.
These past few days we've just been unpacking, hanging out with SC and trying to accept the fact that our belongings look a bit like doll house furniture in our new house.   I think it will probably be that way for awhile and I'm okay with that.  After living in a relatively small space, it is so nice to spread out and have extra space.  I adore having a pantry and so many kitchen cabinets, and of course I'm delighted that SC finally has a room of her own!

Labor Day Weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! It started to feel like fall with cooler temperatures and the beginning of college football. Even though I'm not a huge football fan, I know it is super important to my husband.  So I made sure SC was dressed the part of a proper Hokie fan.
My FIL was also visiting, so Sunday morning SC had lots of play time with her grandpa.
We attempted to take a family picture in front of our apartment building for prosperity, but we had some mixed results.
And then we said goodbye to my FIL and headed to my friend's son's birthday party!  My husband and I took turns trying to take pictures, and I think we got some good ones of my friend's family.  She had definitely put a ton of work into it, and it was super cute.  She even made the cake (apple caramel) and it tasted amazing!
I was really happy that we could attend, as we've been friend's since undergrad and seen each other through different life stages. 
On Monday we decided to finally get serious about our car search. We went to a Nissan dealer to look at a Murano (because my brother and SIL love theirs) but decided that was too big. We test drove a Rogue, and I think we have narrowed our interest down to the compact SUVs. So we are making a little progress at least! How was your weekend? 

Five for Friday

I can't believe that this is the last official weekend of summer!  The husband had his last week of work at his old job this week, so it is really feeling like this chapter is closing. I headed down to Richmond yesterday afternoon for SC's last follow up appointment this morning, and am so relieved and thankful to have that behind us. I say bring on the moving boxes and fall!  I am already dreaming of having our first trick-or-treaters this year.  

We have been soaking up the last few days of summer with trips to the pool. I have to admit that I will miss seeing this ruffle diaper next summer.
It seems like SC has been especially busy exploring. She has gotten really good at pulling up, which sometimes surprises me.  She is also teething and will happily chew on any book she can get her hands on. It doesn't seem like very much is safe in the apartment!
The husband and I keep getting even more excited about the prospect of having a house, and now we are thinking about paint colors. For SC's room I want to decorate it bright pink and white (yay for the curtains arriving), but I am debating if I should paint the walls light pink or white. Any thoughts?
This weekend my husband's dad will be visiting, but I am also going to my friend's toddler's birthday party on Sunday. I am so excited about these BabyLit books, since he likes camping and trains.
I did this a few months ago after seeing it on Pinterest, but did you know that you can request a congratulations note from the White House when your baby is born? We received ours and I just think it is so nice. I might frame it and hang it up in SC's new room, but at the very least, it is going in the baby book! I am also going to be sure to request one when my niece is born this October!
So those are my five for the week!  I hope everyone enjoys the last weekend of summer!


I wrote this little post when SC was just a few weeks old and saw it the other day in my drafts. Even though it is nothing profound, it was a nice reminder of how precious these moments are.
Can I confess that despite getting up numerous times each night, the time goes by so quickly? A part of me almost likes being up at what seems like all the hours to see what actually happens at two and five in the morning. There are the sounds of the trash truck and the gentle roar of airplanes taking off from Reagan, but the most important are your whimpers, gurgles, cries, false starts and, if we are lucky, your gentle snores. I love that you are a noisy baby. I find all of your sounds reassuring, showcasing your exuberant spirit. If you weren't to wake me, how else would I see the sunrise? 

An Apartment for Three

While I plan on doing a few posts for our new house inspiration, I have to admit that the whole idea of having an entire house feels a bit surreal (still crossing our fingers everything goes okay) and overwhelming.  With that said, I wanted to take a minute to do a post on our apartment.  I know it isn't perfect, but it will be fun for me to look back on these pictures and think about how things have changed. 
Even though with SC being more mobile it is clear that we are outgrowing the space, our little apartment will always be such a sweet home to me.  It is where the husband and I spent five really happy years and where we brought SC home. It seems that during my pregnancy the husband and I both took turns trying to convince each other that staying in our one bedroom apartment with a baby would be okay.  There was one point when I was eight months pregnant that I think we both thought we were in over our head, but we didn't move (obviously) and along came SC!
I'm still very thankful that we didn't leave our apartment.  It is our home, and was truly the right place for SC to spend the first 10 and a half months of her life.  Besides the sentimental reasons of loving our little box in the sky, I'm shocked that the space has proven really functional for us. 
Originally we planned on having the crib in the main living room, but when we transitioned her to the crib in January it just seemed so far away.  Now that she is a little older, I would be okay with her sleeping in another room, but I know it will be a bit bittersweet for me!  Plus we will actually have to buy a baby monitor.
Since we are in a relatively small space, we tried to keep the toys to a minimum, but she still has the typical stuff i.e. playgym, bouncer, swing.  All of that is spread throughout the living room and then transitioned out as she outgrew things (yay for borrowing from friends and passing things on).  While it seems like a lot, it isn't too overwhelming.  We moved the glider out of our bedroom when we moved the crib in and created a little reading nook, which has actually proved really functional.  As a side note, I am so glad that we bought a glider.  For the first few weeks I was convinced that we had wasted our money, but we spend lots of time in it reading to SC and feeding her.  It is such a comfy spot, and I can't wait to put it in SC's new room.
 I am surprised at how well our little changing nook has worked.  The baskets that we have labeled keep us organized, but aren't too fussy, so we can actually keep up with it.  The changing station is also working out well, and I love having the diapers handy in the first dresser drawer. Now that SC is pulling on everything we've had to take the mirror down, but I'm hoping to figure out a way to include a mirror in her new bedroom.
I realize that lots of people do this all the time, but my suburban mindset has been really impressed by how the space has allowed us to comfortably live as a family of three. And with that said, I have high hopes that everything we purchased for SC will fit nicely together in a nursery!

Five for Friday!

I am so excited that I finally got it together to do a Five for Friday today! I had such a great visit with my parents.  Even though I do go and visit them often, usually there is a doctor's appointment or some other reason, but this time was especially relaxed and fun. My mom and I stuck to our diet program (it definitely helped to have a "buddy") and we also got some shopping in.  It does feel good to be home though!
The husband and I started watching Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. While it is a bit crass sometimes, overall I think it is pretty funny and we've really enjoyed it
Last week I started packing up our china for our move. It is being stored at my parents' house for awhile, and I already can't wait to pull it out. As a side note, I am not sure an almost toddler is the best assistant!
While at home I took a trip to the Dollar Store and found these adorable books. I had actually been looking for something like this, but the books I found were a little to advanced, so I was really happy to find these.  And I love the cheerful illustrations!
For a baby shower I'm attending in a few weeks, I have to bring a baby picture of myself.  As I was looking through my pictures from my trip home, I thought it was neat to see almost the exact same shot of SC  and me with my parents' piano. 
My sister bought me a copy of Shauna Niequist's book Present over Perfect.  I've only been able to read a few pages of it, but I can already tell I'm going to enjoy it. 
So that is what up with me lately!  How has your week gone?  I hope you have a nice weekend! 

Ten Months with Sarah Catherine!

Last Thursday marked ten months for SC!  Honestly, when I wrote up the nine month post, I thought I would have nothing happy to report this month, as I thought the surgery would dominate everything.  While it certainly was a major part, lots of other things happened too!
Stats:  On Friday, SC had her post-op appointment, and she weighed in at 19.2 pounds and 28.5 inches long. Her mouth is still healing, so she needs to keep a diet of milk/formula/purees for the next three weeks, but it seems like she is enjoying the purees more than in the past, and I'm really trying to push the solids.
Highlights:  On August 1st, five days after her surgery, SC started crawling and she has been going ever since!  She still says "mama" when she wants something/is annoyed and also when she is just babbling. We are working on other sounds, and hopeful that the palate repair will help with that.  She is getting her teeth in; two on the top and two on the bottom. 

Likes: SC still loves bath time and pool time, so we make sure to keep getting those activities in.  She has become so much more playful this month, and she loves it when we tickle her tummy and toes, and she think that when I shake my hair around it is the most. fun. ever. She will usually follow me around the apartment, and is pretty amused by our pantry doors while I'm washing bottles in the kitchen, and also loves to check out any buttons she can push.  So far, the one on our DVR is her favorite.

Dislikes: SC isn't a fan of getting her diaper changed, so we definitely have to distract her during that process.  She also hates it when I put lotion and her pj on after bath time.  Now that she is more mobile, she will just roll over and crawl away, which I actually find really funny.  She is extremely interested in whatever other people are eating around her, and she will get upset that she can't have any. I think moving onto more solid foods with her once her mouth heals will help.  At least that is what I'm hoping!

I had been dreading this month, but SC really endured everything so bravely.  Even though the "age of exploration" keeps us on our toes, I love watching her sweet personality develop.  She really is so interested in everything and wants to see the world.  And by the world, I mean our apartment, grandma and grandpa's house, and Target!

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was more about regrouping for the coming week then anything else, but sometimes that is necessary too! Saturday the husband had to go into the office, so SC and I hung out and I started to get a little packing for our big move.  I'm attempting to pack up things that are fragile and/or we won't really need to take to my parents' house.   It is a bit of a futile task, since I really can't get all that much in my trunk, but at least I'm trying, right?

SC amused herself by pulling up and exploring the apartment.  We are trying not to do too much babyproofing since we will be moving in a few weeks, but we really have to keep an eye on her now. 
Once the husband came home, I got a quick jog in, and we packed things up for my trip to my parents' house and his business trip. Then, he flew out Sunday morning, and SC and I hit the road! We made it to my parents' house by lunch time, and just visited and relaxed. My mom and I also decided to do the Cinch diet, so I took a run to the store. Who knows how that will go! I have had success with it in the past, but since I am pumping, I will probably end up modifying it. But at least it is a start!

My dad was busy prepping for the first day of his fall semester, so my mom and I talked about my house decorating ideas and lack thereof. Since Pottery Barn Kids was running an extra 20% off, I bought SC'a curtains for the new house and also some heart sheets. I definitely fell down the rabbit hole!
SC and I are hanging out at my parents' house until Thursday, while the husband is in NYC, so we are looking forward to that. How was your weekend?