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!

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 pump...so 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!

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.

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.

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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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Actually, I ordered two, because I couldn't decide between them.
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I also got this document holder, as I'm thinking I can use it to hold some of Sarah Catherine's important papers.
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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?