Friday, November 20, 2015

Five for Friday!

This week has been the first one where I've been on my own with care for Sarah Catherine, and I've enjoyed it!  It definitely takes me longer to get out the door, but I think I'm starting to get more comfortable with everything. I am definitely focused on all things baby, but here are my five for Friday!
First, I bought this dress from the Loft to wear during the holidays.  I love how it is comfortable, but still dressy.
Second, are these thank you notes that I was able to get in the mail.  I've been pretty good at keeping up with them, but it is always a relief to get them sent out.
Third, I met up for lunch with one of my friends on Thursday.  It was great to see her and talk about our babies!
Here is SC all ready to go!
Fourth, I finally got around to giving myself a pedicure, and I was happy to try some more fall inspired shades.
Five, I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas.  Our tree may be going up in the next few days.  I think the time to wear a pink sparkly Santa hat is almost upon us!
What are your weekend plans?  My husband will be going to the VA Tech game this weekend so my parents are coming up to visit.  I'm looking forward to lots of time with Sarah Catherine and beginning the holiday decorating!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sarah Catherine: One Month Update!

I have to say that time has gone by much faster compared to waiting for Sarah Catherine's arrival!  We had her one month appointment today and she weighed in at 9 pounds 2 ounces and 22.25 inches tall. Apparently she has grown two inches since she was born!
Sleep: SC gives us some decent stretches at night, which I am thankful for.  She will usually sleep from 1:30 am to 5:00am and then from 6:00am-9:00am.  Of course, it varies, but I am thankful that she has given us that much sleep in the first month. I probably jinxed myself now that I wrote that down!
Feedings: To be honest, feelings have been a challenge from my end.  I have been pumping consistently every two hours during the day and every three at night, but it has been hard to keep up with her.  I have tried fenugreek and made some lactation cookies to help with my supply, but things still aren't working as well as I would like and we had to start supplementing with about 4 oz of formula a day. Now, I think that I'm having difficulty with the it's always something.  While I am a bit frustrated by the process, I am thankful that she is eating well.
Likes: She loves being held and does a great job napping on your lap. She is also a great eater and when she is ready to eat, we better be ready! She also calms down when her dad sings to her. Her favorite is the Star Spangled Banner...I think she gets scared!
Dislikes: SC isn't a huge fan of diaper changes or bath time. I think it is because both of these activities mean that she isn't warm and cuddly.

Clothes: I was convinced when SC was born that she wouldn't be in newborn clothes very long, but they still fit her. I am looking forward to when she can wear the 0-3 months, because we have a lot more outfit options. For now, we are just keeping the same few sleeper outfits and onesies in rotation, and that has worked well.  The 0-3 months are still comically large on her, so I am trying to enjoy this time when she is so little. It will be fleeting enough, I know!
It is truly amazing how our life has changed in the month.  What an honor and blessing to be a parent!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Quick Trip to the Washington Monuments!

On Wednesday it was one of those rare days in November where it is warm in the afternoon, but the fall foliage was still on full display. The husband and I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to take Sarah Catherine into the city to see the monuments.  I am not very sure if she was impressed, but we enjoyed getting out and about!

The leaves were in full splendor.
We stopped by the World War II memorial.
We also walked by the pond and saw the ducks and the Washington Monument.
Towards the end she started to get hungry so we stopped to feed her and enjoyed the view.
Even though it was a simple little outing, we felt incredibly fortunate to have this time to enjoy this beautiful weather together.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Life Lately: Thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving!

I have to admit that I am not getting too much done lately that isn't related to diaper changes and feedings, but here are a few things that aren't related to that.

First, I am so excited for Christmas, particularly celebrating the holiday with Sarah Catherine.  I went ahead and bought her a few holiday outfits, and I'm hoping we can take a family picture for our Christmas card over Thanksgiving.

We are also excited to pick out her stocking!  So far, we are thinking about this one  (it is harder than you would think to get one that the husband and I both agree on).
After not buying clothes for a few months, I've definitely been doing my share of online browsing. My sister generously gave me a gift card to the Gap/Old Navy, and I decided to buy some sweaters.  I am looking forward to seeing how they fit because I love fair isle.

I was also really excited because I got our birth announcements sent out. I went with this design from Tiny Prints, and I think they turned out well.
What has been catching your eye lately?  Is anybody else thinking about Christmas already? I promise that I'm really excited about Thanksgiving too!  Sarah Catherine already has her turkey outfit lined up.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a happy Halloween weekend! We didn't do much to celebrate, but we did dress Sarah Catherine up and took a few photos.  She doesn't particularly like outfit changes, so we didn't get too carried away, but at least we were able to take a few pictures for prosperity.
I've never been a fan of tutus on babies, but I've changed my stance now.
In some non-baby related news, Sugar Paper for Target's line is available online!  Since I'm not sure if I will make it to the store too soon, I went ahead and ordered a planner online.
Actually, I ordered two, because I couldn't decide between them.
I also got this document holder, as I'm thinking I can use it to hold some of Sarah Catherine's important papers.
The rest of the weekend was spent in a cycle of feeding, holding, changing, and putting Sarah Catherine to sleep, but we did manage to also get outside a bit and enjoy some of this gorgeous fall weather.  How was your weekend? 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Reflections from our first week with Sarah Catherine!

While our first week with Sarah Catherine was exhilarating, it was also difficult, as we adjusted to life as a family of three (hello sleep deprivation!). We are definitely still figuring everything out, but making progress each day and becoming more comfortable as parents with each passing hour.  One thing that has maybe complicated things more than usual is that when she was born, we found we found out that she has a cleft palate.  It's definitely manageable, but during her first week we went to a few more doctor appointments.  As new parents (and still recovering from everything) it was pretty exhausting emotionally and physically.  However everyone is really encouraging, and at this point, the most important thing is to make sure that she is getting enough to eat. We now have a routine where I pump every 2-3 hours to keep up my milk supply and then we feed her using a special bottle that they gave us at the hospital.  Fortunately, that system seems to be working well, and I'm thankful that we live near DC, as it seems like she will get good care when she does need surgery (sometime around 8-9 months).  So much happened in our first week with her, and it is hard to put everything into words, but here are a few memories.

When she was first born, she immediately started crying.  After the doctor and nurses were finished with her, I got to hold her, and she was so perfect.  It was amazing to think that I am her mother. Then the husband held her, and she immediately settled down.  They both seemed so natural together and it felt like she knew immediately he was her dad.
Sarah Catherine met my parents, brother and sister-in-law while she was still only a day old.  The love that they have for her is really overwhelming.
On Friday night my sister flew in, and she met her little niece.
We also just enjoyed time together as the three of us.  On Friday night at 4:00am, we were all awake, so we decided to take a few photos.  It seems silly, but we felt like such a family at that moment.
 On Saturday, she watched her first VA Tech football game with her dad. I know that he is looking forward to watching many more games with her!
In the past week and a half, I've been amazed at what our bodies can do and by the type of father my husband has become.  Even though we have no clue what we are doing at times, it is such a blessing to navigate this new world of parenthood with the husband and know that we are in this together.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Introducing Sarah Catherine!

Friends, I am overjoyed to share with you that last Sunday on October 18th at 12:58 am, we welcomed our Sarah Catherine into this world.
We are now such a happy family of three!
I am hoping to share a few details of her birth and reflections from the past week soon, but I just wanted to officially announce the arrival of our little girl!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  Today my parents are coming up before I'm induced tomorrow, and I'm excited to have this time with them.  I've been doing some last minute cleaning and cooking and also enjoying this glorious fall weather we've been having.  It's been really nice to have this time before Baby J arrives, although a part of me is disappointed that she wasn't able to come on her own this week. Regardless, I'm just very thankful that she seems to be healthy and okay.
In honor of my dad's birthday last Sunday, I decided to make him a pecan pie to celebrate with today.  I used this recipe again, and I am hoping it turned out okay.

Since I had an extra pie crust, broccoli and mozzarella cheese languishing in the fridge, I made a quiche on Wednesday night.  I was excited to use only ingredients that we had on hand (and might have gotten tossed otherwise) using this recipe and it turned out pretty delicious!  As you know, cooking is a struggle for me, but I do really find that there is something comforting about it when you aren't under duress.

I decided to watch the five episodes of Season 4 of the Mindy Project on Hulu this week and last, and it was such a fun treat.
 Last weekend, I read this quick article about the takeaways from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I did manage to fill three grocery bags of things to donate to the Goodwill, which is actually pretty surprising, given that we've already been getting things out of the apartment that we don't need. While it isn't going to be practical with a newborn, her folding technique is awesome.  Our t-shirts have never been so organized, and it does make me feel calmer when I open up a drawer in the morning!  At least it was nice while it lasted (the whole five days!).
Kate Spade is having their family and friends sale this weekend.  I think I'm going to order some more thank you notes to have on hand.  These are my favorite!
Since Baby J will be arriving this weekend, I am going to take a blogging break to enjoy this time with her and to adjust.  If you can send any positive thoughts or prayers our way, that would be much appreciated. I am very thankful that we are entering this next step in our lives, but I'm definitely nervous about the labor and becoming a mom. Thank you again for all of your kind comments and support on my little blog.  I can't tell you how much they mean to me!  I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Weeks 39 and 40!

Size of Baby: The size of a small pumpkin; how seasonally appropriate!  I asked my doctor for her guess on how big the baby is and she thinks that she will be born at about 7.5 to 8 pounds.
Here I am on my due date, but no baby yet!
Nursery: It's as ready as it will ever be!  I've gone through all of her clothes to do a little bit more organizing, and I think that dividing everything by size and then category will be helpful.
Symptoms: I am extremely thankful that everything has gone so smoothly. I just have a sinking feeling that I will have to pay back for all of my luck during the labor and delivery.

Cravings: I wanted chicken noodle soup, which is kind of an unusual thing for me. 

Best Moment: They monitored Baby J's heartbeat for 30 minutes at my last appointment, and it was really comforting to listen to it. I also enjoyed going out to dinner with the husband on Saturday night.

Looking Forward To: Baby J arriving on Saturday or Sunday (depending on how long the labor lasts).  I can't wait to hold her!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Our Last Weekend Before Baby J Arrives!

This was officially our last weekend before Baby J arrives, and the weather certainly cooperated!  On Saturday, I went on a nice four mile long walk while the husband played tennis and then on Sunday I did a shorter one at only two miles.  Despite the walking, Baby J doesn't seem convinced that it is her time to arrive.

On Saturday night we went out to dinner to celebrate her due date and our last weekend as just the two of us.  One of my friends had mentioned eating papaya might help, so I tried the papaya salad (it also was labeled as spicy, so I took care of that old wives tale).  While it was delicious, obviously nothing happened.
On Saturday night the husband watched some football, and I ended up lining all of our kitchen drawers and cabinets with this cheerful print.  I was able to purge a few things from the kitchen and wipe everything down, so everything feels a little cleaner and more organized. 
On Sunday, the husband spent most of the day in the office doing work, so I did a little more organizing around the apartment.  I also couldn't resist ordering a few dresses for Baby J.  While she has a lot of clothes, she doesn't really have any dresses, so that is how I was able to justify the additional purchase.  I had been thinking about buying these two dresses about a month ago, and I decided the time was right now that they were on sale with an additional 40% off.
Now maybe that she has a few more cute outfits lined up she will be more motivated to join us?!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!