Weekend Recap: The Husband's Birthday!

Happy Monday, everyone!  It was a rainy weekend around here, but we tried not to let it ruin our birthday fun!  Unfortunately, my FIL was also sick, so we just visited on Saturday (as his cold was getting worse and not better).
On Sunday we decided to visit the Botanical Gardens and the Native American Museum.  I was pretty thrilled with the husband's pick, because we were able to also check out the rose garden in between the two buildings. 
The husband and I never get too carried away with birthday gifts, but he seemed to like the card SC got him. She also got some onesies out of the deal, that have the logos of some of his favorite sports teams on them, so really she came out ahead.
Since the husband's beloved Pepperidge Farm cake had been devoured by the evening of the husband's birthday, I decided to make a few cupcakes.
That evening we celebrated with hamburgers from the husband's favorite place and a little champagne after SC was down for the night.
Tomorrow SC and I are heading down to Williamsburg for a quick trip to celebrate my mom's birthday, so I will probably be quiet on the blog until Friday or next week.  I'm excited about this sunshine and hoping it will last as we plan to do a little site seeing!

Five for Friday: Life Lately!

I took a week trip to visit my parents because my sister was also visiting before she starts teaching her summer sessions. It was such a nice trip and being with my family always makes me so thankful for them.  Even though it was a relaxed visit, I thought I would sum up the highlights of life lately!
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We celebrated my brother's graduation from his nursing program!  My brother has a big personality and an even bigger heart, so I know he will bring a lot of comfort and joy to his patients. 
SC attended and got to use her sun hat. Can you even see the baby behind it?! My dad teaches where my brother did his program, so he handed my brother his diploma. 
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The husband came down on Saturday to celebrate my brother's graduation and we also met with the surgeon and other specialists in a cleft palate clinic on Monday.  SC is ready for surgery, so we are  scheduled for the end of July. Even though my husband and I are not looking forward to it, I am glad we are making progress on getting it done. In other SC news, my mom had a duck costume that we couldn't resist having her try on. Halloween came early!
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My mom loves to garden and I am always amazed at her skills. She managed to take two tiny starters from a friend and now has two big peony bushes. I am lucky I keep a geranium alive! The whole time we were there, we enjoyed all the flowers from her garden.
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We also celebrated my sister's birthday, since she will be abroad on the actual day.  For her gift, we worked on creating a wedding album from Shutterfly. I'm so excited that it is on its way to her!
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And last, but certainly not least, the  husband's birthday is this Sunday! I am hoping that SC and I can make him feel just as special and loved as he makes me feel every day.
As a side note, my mom sent me back with the husband's favorite cake and he has already started celebrating!
 
My FIL is also coming up to join in the festivities, so it should be a fun weekend! So that is what has been happening with us lately.  How has life been treating you?

7 Months with Sarah Catherine!

This last month went by especially quickly as May is always a busy month in our family!  We celebrated our first Mother's Day, attended her uncle's graduation and celebrated one of her aunt's birthdays.  She also went to my old work and met a lot of my former co-workers, which was fun.  Here are her seven month highlights!
Likes: She hasn't figured out clapping yet, but she loves it when we clap. She still loves Old MacDonald, and she enjoys her play piano and when we play for her on the real piano at grandma and grandpa's house.  It's amazing to me how much babies love music! She is also a huge fan of peekaboo, and that is definitely our go-to game!
Dislikes: Still hates it when the car is stopped, but usually singing can help with that.

Feeding:  We're still working on trying solids and it is going a little bit better.  She is definitely interested in real food, but I'm having a hard time parlaying that interest into excitement over purees.  We also figured out that she's having an allergic reaction to the dairy products I eat, so I've been cutting that out of my diet.

Clothes: She is fitting the nine month clothes well, and I am attempting to squeeze her into a few things that are six months, but I don't think I can do that much longer.  When I visited my parents I discovered a drawer full of nine month clothes from her baby shower, and that is currently supplying her current wardrobe.  She actually needed a few sleepers, so I ordered a few and am hoping that will tide us over until she goes into the next size.

SC seems to just keep getting more independent, and is officially sitting up on her own.  Sometimes she looks like she is all ready to crawl, but I'm hoping we have a little bit more time before that.  She is definitely growing though!

Mother's Day Weekend Recap!

Last week SC and I went to visit my parents, so having this weekend as just our family of three was really nice and relaxing.  Saturday we decided to go into the city and visited the Library of Congress because the husband had never been. 
I think it is such a beautiful building.
Saturday evening I took a trip to Target and was surprised that the husband and SC had picked up some Mother's Day flowers and a sweet card!
Sunday the weather was gorgeous after so many days of rain, so we went on two little walks. Since we couldn't be with our moms, I decided to make a little sign wishing both grandmas happy Mother's Day and I think they enjoyed it.




 I am so thankful for these two and this stage in our lives.  It isn't always easy, but it is a blessing.




I know Mother's Day can be difficult for so many, but I hope that however you celebrated you were at peace. 

Mother's Day Gifts!

Becoming a mom has changed me in lots of ways, but ever since the birth of SC, I have been flooded by an increased understanding and appreciation for everything that my parents have done and do for me.  So as special as this Mother's Day is to me, I wanted to be certain to make sure we especially honored our moms this year. While everything is always just a token, it makes me thankful to take a moment to celebrate our moms!

For my my mom, we made her a coffee mug from Shutterfly, her favorite cookies, and earrings with SC's birthstone. While it is pretty similar to what we gave last year, I did spend an absurd amount of time picking out the earrings (and I think my husband might qualify as a saint). 
My MIL enjoys wine, so we made her a personalized wine glass paired with this cute wine tote I found at Home Goods, a pretty set of candles, and a  peace sign scarf (she loves peace signs).
I love these candles we got her.  They come in a pretty box and are little votives labeled with different wishes.  I bought these last year on sale at Papyrus, but they are selling a similar version this year too.
And here is everything all wrapped up!
I am also thinking of adding this necklace for my MIL, as I love how organic it looks and is technically the October birthstone (pink opal).
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I wanted to do something nice for my husband's aunt, since she is also always so supportive (and I wasn't able to do as much for her Christmas gift as I would have liked).  She loves yoga, so when I found this card and necklace at TJ Maxx, it was the perfect little gift.
For the husband's grandma, we are sending flowers because she always enjoys them. While they aren't an original gift, I know that she appreciates them.
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So that is what I have managed to pull together for Mother's Day gifts! Now I just have to go buy cards for everyone and get these in the mail!  Anybody else picking out Mother's Day gifts?  May is a big month with lots of birthdays too, so there is quite a bit of celebrating during this month!

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  Ours was filled with lots of family time and sunshine.

On Friday night, the husband went to a Nationals game with some of his friends.  He has been working such long hours these past few weeks, that I was glad he could enjoy a night out. Meanwhile, SC and I had a "girls night" which really wasn't any different than usual where she got most of the pampering, but I did try my face cleanser and mask that I had received from Sephora as a free sample ( I thought it was terrific, btw).
Saturday was a relaxed day with beautiful weather in the afternoon.  I finally got my hair cut (hurray!) and we went on a family walk.
During the wee hours of Sunday morning, SC went on a bit of a sleeping strike which made the day a bit rough, but it also made me thankful that she is normally such a good sleeper.  The husband and I took turns in the morning watching SC so we could both get a little sleep.  Even though it sounds cheesy, sometimes it is situations like that which remind me how glad I am that we are on this parenting journey together. Besides catching up on sleep, I also met a friend that afternoon.  It was great to see her and she also enjoyed seeing SC! 

Even though it was a quiet weekend, I was so thankful that we could have so much time together to relax as a family!

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! This week has gone surprisingly quickly, which is never a bad thing.  Here are my five for Friday!

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SC and I have been enjoying our spring time walks every day.  This warmer weather has been really terrific for helping break up the day, and I love seeing all the flowers.  On our Thursday walk it seemed like it was literally raining pink petals. Yup, I definitely don't wonder why my eyes itch.
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A bit more allergy friendly is this little tray I recently picked up at Home Goods.  I appreciate having a handy place to put my earrings.
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I also bought these cute note cards, and now I need to get a few letters dropped in the mail!
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The husband has worked late all week so I haven't had to worry about dinner for him, but I did make this bbq chicken recipe for me.  I used skinless chicken breasts to make it a little healthier, and while I think it would probably be better if cooked with chicken thighs, I still found this to be pretty tasty and will definitely make it again for the husband to try!

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I am finally getting my hair cut this weekend!  It has been over six months, and now I'm just hoping and praying that it turns out okay.  If not, it won't be the end of the world if it doesn't and at least it will be shorter so I won't have to worry about SC pulling on it.
So that's what has been up with me lately!  Nothing too earth shattering, but enjoying life.  What's new with you?  Any exciting weekend plans?

Six Months with Sarah Catherine!

Monday marked Sarah Catherine's six month birthday, so here are a few things that have been going on with her lately!
Stats:  Up to 16.2 pounds!  I'm so excited and thankful for this, as she is now in the 50 percentile.  She also measured in at 26 7/8 inches long, so a new car seat will be in our future probably before we would like. Not exactly sure what will fit in our VW bug....
Likes: Still loves all of my songs, and Old MacDonald continues to be her favorite. There is a lot of singing going on in our household, which my sister jokes I may actually enjoy more than SC (might be true!).   SC also loves seeing the husband in the morning and when he comes home from work. She has really been fascinated with her toes lately and continues to put everything she can (with the exception of rice cereal) in her mouth.
Dislikes: She doesn't seem to be a huge fan of solids yet, but we spend some time every day now exploring a food, and she's starting to eat a little bit now.
Clothes:  While I am still squeezing her into a few things from 3-6 months, she is mostly wearing 6 month clothes and 9 month clothes. I also decided to buy her a monogrammed diaper cover, which I just love seeing on her little rear.
Overall she is getting so much more interactive and it is also getting easier to do things with her.  The doctor said that teething might be happening pretty soon, so I'm on the lookout for that, but in the meantime we are enjoying this time!

A Spring Weekend!

This weekend was gorgeous, and I feel like Monday has arrived a bit too quickly. It was filled with walks to admire spring in all of her finery and visiting with my sister and parents.







How was your weekend? Did you get to enjoy the spring weather?

Five for Friday!

It has been a pretty week in Virginia, and I have really been enjoying this spring weather. Here is what else has been going on lately!
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SC has officially started solids! I have found this book useful as we slowly continue our foray into solid food every day.  I'm starting to work on building up my stash of baby food, so it doesn't get too overwhelming once she starts to eat more. By building up my stash, I mean that I have frozen 8 ounces of pureed apples...so we still have a ways to go, but we are getting there!
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On my trip last weekend I read The Aviator's Wife. While I enjoyed it, a part of me feels sad that another author tried to write Anne Lindbergh's story, especially considering that Anne Lindbergh was a writer in her own right.  Regardless, it motivated me to read random articles about the Lindberghs this week.  It's amazing to think that they were hounded by the press for so long and now almost forgotten.
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I've discovered the ultimate way to have a "capsule wardrobe".  Put all of your summer clothes in storage, get pregnant, discover that most of your clothes still don't fit you like you'd like/are looking more worn than you remember, put your winter clothes in storage...and then see what you have left! In all seriousness, my wardrobe has been pared down a lot and I'm trying to adjust to making sure my clothes are prepared to be spit up on multiple times a day.  I am excited that I  added this t-shirt in a happy pink into the mix. Speaking of which, where has all the color gone in stores?  I seriously bought the only brightly colored item in Ann Taylor! Now, if only I could put together an outfit like this one!
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The Baby Gap had an additional 50% off of their sale stuff, so I stocked up for next year.  I don't know if SC really needs a raincoat, but seriously, how cute is this?! I love the little heart lining.
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I thought this dog sweater was adorable, so SC will be sporting this next year.
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 And I picked up a few gifts for expectant friends, like this little outfit.
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And finally, these tulips from our long walk on Wednesday. Honestly, with the husband working late every night this week, this little outing was the highlight of the week.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!  My sister is actually flying into town and my parents are coming up on Saturday, so I can't wait to hang out with them! What is on your agenda?