Lots of Changes and A Blogging Break!

 Hello, Friends!  This past weekend was really wonderful, as my sister flew in to visit and my parents also came up.  I've been so nervous about the surgery, that the fact that my sister was able to fly in was so comforting to me. While I'm not up to do a recap, the weekend involved lots of staring at our phones looking at Zillow, because we found out on Friday that the husband has been offered a new job that will mean a move for us!  While that has been a happy distraction, these next two weeks I will be taking a break because of SC's surgery and recovery.   Thanks so much for all the well wishes and support during this time.  It really means so much! 

Nine Months with Sarah Catherine!

Sarah Catherine is nine months old today!  This seems like such a big milestone, and she is certainly more like a toddler than a newborn now.  SC is more mobile even though she isn't technically crawling yet.  Somehow she manages to roll and stretch her way to where she wants to go.  Occasionally she can go from laying down to sitting up, so it seems like her core is pretty strong; she just hasn't figured out how to coordinate everything.  She probably takes after me! 




Likes: SC loves swimming and now bath time is her new favorite thing.  She also loves it when I kiss her belly, and when we bounce her up and down. She adores clapping and putting everything she can in her mouth is always interesting to her.
Dislikes: She doesn't really like getting her diaper changed, but our "change, change, change your diaper song" seems to amuse her. 
Highlights:  SC is starting to get her two front teeth!  We also discovered her soy allergy, so that is good to know.  Her nine month appointment is tomorrow, so we will get the official results from her allergy tests then. 
SC continues to be such a sweet baby and it is really such a blessing to watch her personality develop.  This upcoming month isn't going to be an easy  one, but SC is one determined little baby!

A Quiet Summer Weekend

We had a quiet summer weekend, which was absolutely perfect.  We took no less than three trips to the pool and two family walks.   
I took advantage of some quiet moments during nap time to wrap a present for our friend's new baby girl who arrived last week and put together the favor boxes for my SIL's shower.  Originally, I was thinking of trying to make elephant cookies, but with SC's surgery recovery unknown, I decided now was the time to take a shortcut.  I actually think the boxes are really cute.  Amazon Prime for the win! 
SC is starting to get her teeth (her top two middle ones, surprisingly), but she still gave us some good nights of sleep, which after last weekend, the husband and I are a little more aware of and appreciative of.  Those restful nights led to relaxed and fun mornings.
So all in all, a great weekend for our little family.  How was yours?

Five for Friday!

Hurray!  It's Friday!  I hope everyone has had a good week.  Here are my Five for Friday!

ONE
Did you all know that Sugar Paper did another collaboration with Target?  Of course, I was super excited, and picked up a few boxes to organize SC's things, a planner for next year, and some sticky notes. 
TWO
As I've mentioned, we have to supplement with formula for SC, which gets expensive pretty quickly.  Target is doing a promotion where if you spend $150, you get a $25 gift card, plus a $5 gift card when you buy formula.  I was going to take advantage of this in the store, but you can do it online and the price is the same...so I ordered it on Tuesday and it arrived by Thursday! Of course I used my "savings" on the Sugar Paper purchase, but that is still a win in my book!

THREE
I got my niece-to-be's baby shower gift bought and wrapped.  I love seeing her little monogram on her quilt!
FOUR
While I am very happy with our current apartment's set-up for SC, I do dream that one day she has a room of her own.  I can't stop thinking about this sweet nursery by Emily Henderson or this  floral one featured on the Glitter Guide. While SC isn't getting her own room any time soon, I did do some re-organizing that made things less cluttered (always an uphill battle).
 
FIVE
Since we have been having somewhat of a tough week, my sister sent this new toy to SC.  It is always nice to have something new to entertain SC with!
So those are my Five for Friday! How are things with you?  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

A Very Belated Fourth of July Recap

For the first time since we moved up here, we didn't have any plans for the Fourth of July, and I was actually really happy about it.  As I mentioned, SC started refusing her formula last Wednesday that we have to supplement with, which meant that she wasn't sleeping well either, and I was tired and excited for a break.  A few months ago, we finally realized that she had a milk allergy, so we switched formulas to Nutramigen.  Since she was refusing it, I thought I would try a soy based formula, on the off chance that she liked it better.  Well, that wasn't my brightest idea.  While she did take the formula better, she also broke out in a bad rash Sunday and started swelling on her arms and legs.  The husband and I are definitely both in the "better to be safe than sorry" camp, so we took her to the pediatric ER to get her checked out.  They gave her a steroid, which helped with the rash, but it also amped her up, so we had another few tough nights.  Fortunately, we seem to be getting back to normal, but SC has had a difficult time of it lately.
 So while those events may have overshadowed the entire weekend, Saturday was actually really nice.  The husband wasn't working so he could actually hang out with SC. He picked out one of her many outfits on Saturday.
 I think he may like her new blocks more than her.
The husband explaining the lack of vowel blocks to SC.
And by the evening of the Fourth of July, even SC could muster up a smile. 
So hopefully this sweet girl will be on her way!  How have you been doing? 

Five for Friday!

Hurray for Friday and a long Fourth of July weekend coming up! Here has been what has been going on in my world lately!
ONE
SC and I went to my parent's house on Wednesday and Thursday, so SC could go to an ENT and audiologist appointment at the same hospital she will get her surgery. They confirmed that she does have fluid in her ears (this is because her Eustachian tubes don't function properly due to her cleft palate). The good news is she hasn't had any ear infections yet (crossing our fingers), which I consider a miracle. So it doesn't look like there is any nerve damage, and we can just get tubes put in when she has her surgery and that should help with drainage.  The little visit normally wouldn't be a big deal, but on Wednesday night SC decided to start protesting formula (and I didn't have enough breast milk), so no one got very much sleep, which made it a little tough.  But despite the lack of sleep, SC and I still enjoyed the time with my parents!
 
TWO
Lately I have been thinking about all things flamingo, and couldn't resist picking this up for SC.  I'm such a sucker for trends...
THREE
I also picked up this little outfit for SC to wear.  Normally I try not to splurge too much on baby clothes, but I really think the smocking on this piece is gorgeous. 
FOUR
I took advantage of Sugar Paper's warehouse sale and ordered a few things.  I can't wait to mail out a few notes!
FIVE
The scalloped swimsuit I ordered almost a month ago from Old Navy finally arrived!  I'm actually glad I bought it.  I hadn't ordered a new suit in about five years, so it was time for an update.  I love the scallop detail, and I think it is somewhat flattering.
I hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July weekend!

Weekend Recap: Pool Time!

SC and I are definitely on a "summer schedule" with lots of little road trips during the week, which means blogging has been even more sporadic than usual, I'm afraid. Somehow it is already Monday night, and I'm just getting around to posting!

We came back from a little trip on Friday, and proceeded to have a low-key weekend. On Saturday, one of my friends came over and we all hit up the pool.  SC thought the water of the outdoor pool was a little chilly.
Later that afternoon, we went to a family event with the husband's work, which was fun. The afternoon included bouncy houses, go karts and an ice cream truck, so lots of summer fun! SC stayed awake the entire time, and promptly fell asleep on the way home.
Sunday we decided that we finally needed to get on baby proofing, so took a quick trip to Target to begin the process.  Unfortunately, we still have a ways to go, but at least we are thinking about it.
We ended the afternoon with more pool time to round out the weekend!
Can you tell that it is our main summer activity?

My Monday had a fun surprise in that I got to see a friend and her two children who are visiting from their home in California  (she is one brave mama to travel with two little ones all by herself!).  It was so exciting to finally meet her baby and also see how her daughter had grown in the eight months it had been since we had seen them last!  I hope your week is off to a good start!

8 Months with Sarah Catherine!

Saturday was Sarah Catherine's eight month birthday! For some reason, this month seemed like a big one.
SC is starting to seem so much more independent. She isn't crawling yet, but is getting close. She can stand pretty well if we help her with her balance and seems to be pretty strong.  She holds her own bottle  and just generally is more mobile when there is something that catches her eye. We lowered the crib, but really can't delay all of the other baby proofing any longer!
Likes: She is still obsessed with putting everything she can in her mouth, and particularly likes the teething necklaces that I wear and Sophie the Giraffe.  She also loves the "indestructible" books that she can chew on.  We only have one, but it has definitely been well used. She also loves pool time and that has made her enjoy bath time more.  She continues to enjoy looking at herself in the mirror, and she is fascinated by running water.
Dislikes:  She takes a little while to warm up to strangers, but she does pretty well when family members hold her.  She wasn't a real fan of the nanny while the husband and I had our evening event, but she did okay.
Feedings:  It took me long enough, but I figured out that SC has a milk allergy.  I had cut out milk from my diet awhile ago, but we also switched formulas. She still has a little eczema on her legs, but it has definitely gotten better.  We have also been doing more with solids, and she has been trying out different fruits and veggies.  We are still a little slow, but she eats bananas, apples, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, oatmeal, carrots, and pears.  She weighed in at 17.2 pounds a few weeks ago, so she is coming right along!
 
Sounds: She has started to say the "mmm" sound and also says "mama" when she is upset.  She doesn't know what the word means yet, but I am so thankful and excited that she is making some sounds!  We have also had lots more giggles, and SC seems to think it is absolutely hilarious when I kiss her belly or I make a stuffed animal "hop".
This month has been such a happy one and SC has been such a good little traveler on the different trips to visit grandma and grandpa and our big excursion to NYC!

Father's Day Weekend Celebrations!

I know no one is waiting on the edge of  his or her seat for the Father's Day weekend recap, but I didn't want it to end up being next weekend before I posted!  (I went down to visit my parents on Monday and Tuesday for a Father's Day celebration with my dad, hence the late post.) The husband is such a good father to SC and truly his new role has made our relationship even stronger. He works so hard for us, and dotes and cares for SC on a level I never even dreamed of.  Every day I am so thankful for him and our little family.
His mom and grandma came up to visit for the weekend, which was nice. On Saturday they arrived at dinner time, so I just made an easy bbq. Of course, SC was the star of the show.
On Sunday, we visited the National Gallery of Art and the Botanical Gardens. We all enjoyed the different exhibits, and when we came back, we took SC to the pool!
I made the husband's favorite salmon for dinner, and we had a nice time relaxing. SC helped the husband open up his  gifts. Apparently she also appreciates quality wrapping. 
It was a great weekend, and I was happy we could celebrate all the amazing dads in our lives!

New York, New York!

This past Sunday, we headed up to NYC! We were both pretty anxious about how the trip would go with SC in tow, but she exceeded our expectations.  Apparently she is more of a city girl than her parents are!

Sunday afternoon we headed out from Union Station.  We thought about flying, but taking the train ended up being easier and we had more space, which was helpful.
After we got all settled in, we headed to Central Park to enjoy the beautiful day!
SC went on her first carousel ride, which was a really sweet memory for me. I don't think she cared one way or another, but her dad and I enjoyed the process.
She also played a little chess with her dad. 
After our walk, we went to a burger place and picked up dinner. 
That evening we headed to the M&M store and just enjoyed the bright lights of Times Square. On Monday, we switched hotels, and they let us check in early, just in time for SC's mid morning nap and feeding (I was so thankful for this!). SC was relieved to discover they have mirrors in NYC too. 
And the beds seemed just as comfy as at home too!
After that I walked SC up Madison Avenue to Laduree.
Where I got an afternoon treat!
I then decided to check out the MoMa. I like some modern art, but this one exhibit made me laugh. It is a room of cardboard  designed to make us aware of our space.    Well, with a stroller and diaper bag, I am pretty aware of my space. I wonder what the security guards think of this exhibit?
SC didn't seem to care. They also had a pile of straws. One person's trash is another person's art?
I hope I don't offend;I actually really enjoyed other parts of the museum. The Degas exhibit was my favorite, and I am glad I got to see it. After all that excitement, SC was ready for a nap. 
That evening the husband and I went back to the MoMa for a reception. We enjoyed looking at the art and mingling. 
The husband was more impressed than SC had been earlier that day. 
We headed back on Tuesday, and we were thankful for such a nice time! Even though it isn't easier to travel with a baby, we both agreed this was our favorite trip to the Big Apple!