Five for Friday: Valentine's Day and Baby Books!

I hope everyone had a nice week! Today we are meeting with a surgeon to discuss SC's surgery on her cleft palate.  I know it is routine, but it is still scary for us, so if you can send positive thoughts our way, I'd appreciate it!  In the meantime, here are my five for Friday!
I've been thinking about Valentine's Day and putting together a few care packages for friends.  On Wednesday, J.Crew Factory had free shipping and 25% off , so I couldn't resist buying a pair of these earrings for a friend and also for myself. Hey, the husband is done with his Valentine's Day shopping now!
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I also bought a pair of these socks for another friend, and I can't wait to put the packages together!
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I don't think I will be able to make it to the mall anytime soon, but if I did, I would love to stop by Forever 21 and check out some of their accessories.  I think that this little locket would be a fun (and inexpensive) little gift for friends.
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 SC has finally started to show a bit of interest in this animal book that I've been reading to her.  And by reading, I mean making various animal sounds.  On Tuesday she was actually seemed to notice that there were different textures on the "pages."  I've spent about 2.5 months saying "the cow goes moo", which never gets old to SC, so this sort of engagement is worth celebrating.  In case you are as invested in different animal sounds as I am, here is a video about them in different languages. I'm sure you all are on the edge of your seat!
And related to love and books, I read "Guess How Much I Love You" to SC and she actually seemed interested in what I had to say. Again, something worth celebrating!  That book always makes me tear up a little bit. Fortunately, SC is all smiles (and hearts).
 I hope you have a happy weekend!  Is anyone else starting to think about Valentine's Day?  I think there is definitely a reason we have these holidays in the winter months!

Pineapples: The Fruit of the Year

It seems like pineapples are having their moment in the sun right now!  I know they are nothing new (hello, Colonial Williamsburg), but it seems they are particularly hot right now.  One of my good friends really likes them, so when putting together her birthday gift, I made sure to include them as part of her present. I bought her a wine cork from Williams Sonoma and a little pineapple tray  from Anthropologie. To round out the gift, I also picked up a pair of earrings and some pretty Rifle notecards.
To drive the pineapple theme home, I ordered this monogrammed bracelet, but it hasn't arrived yet.  I'm hoping that it turns out well.

While SC was napping, I went ahead and wrapped everything else up, and now I am looking forward to celebrating her birthday! What are your go-to gifts for friends?  This year it has been particularly tough for me to come up with ideas, so I'd love to hear!

Surviving Blizzard Jonas!

I hope everyone had a warm and cozy weekend!  I know that there are still some people that have to go out and work in this inclement weather (my brother included), and I really admire and appreciate the work that they do to keep everyone else safe.

This weekend we did not venture out, but enjoyed lots of time together.  Since we didn't lose power, I felt like the weekend was pretty perfect.
 On Sunday afternoon, we stepped outside for approximately five minutes so Sarah Catherine could see the snow and she patiently let us take a few photos before we scurried back inside. 

How was your weekend?  Any snow adventures?

Five for Friday: Preparing for the Blizzard!

Happy Friday! They are calling for lots of snow in the DC area which honestly has me a bit worried.  Mostly, I am just terrified of losing power for a long period of time, but I took a trip to Target and at least we have a lot of La Croix and milk.  The husband also took a trip to Target in search of a sled, and I'm sad to report that he came home empty-handed. Perhaps he will be sledding on a cookie sheet, then? While we wait out the blizzard, here are a few snippets from the week!
First, this headline from The Onion made me laugh. 

Second, I saw this old "interview" and I thought it was funny.  When my sister and I would watch Sex and the City we would always make fun of the questions.

Third, I am kind of obsessed with SC's Valentine's Day attire.  I know it's a waste of money, but I love seeing her all dressed up.  I can't wait to send out Valentine's Day cards!
Fourth, I think this shirt from the Loft is pretty and would be nice for spring.
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Fifth, I ordered my MIL's birthday gifts yesterday just in time for them to arrive.  Did you know Shutterfly makes jewelry? We ordered a charm necklace and a travel mug, and I'm excited to see how they turn out.
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 I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm.  This winter weather is no joke!

Sarah Catherine's Baptism!

Last Sunday, Sarah Catherine was baptized!  It was such a special day to us and one we will remind and celebrate with her as she gets older.

When we woke up on Sunday morning we were greeted by snow, which made the church look particularly beautiful.
Everything seemed so pure.
I love Sarah Catherine's dress with all the little pearls and ribbon.
The husband and my mom helped me dress her, and all the finery made me think about a wedding day. For some reason, this picture of my mom tying her bow makes me a little teary.
The service was really nice, and I was happy that we were able to have it done by the same pastor who married us five years ago.
 After the service, we took a few more photos.  Sarah Catherine fell asleep for them.  It's very tiring to get baptized!


Brunch was at the same location where we had our wedding reception, and it was neat to go back.  The food was delicious (and the company even better)! I am very thankful that both sides of our immediate families could celebrate the day with us.
We then headed home, but I will always be so thankful for this past Sunday!

Three Months with Sarah Catherine!

This third month has been such a sweet one!  In addition to celebrating Christmas for the first time as a family of three, Sarah Catherine was also baptized this month.  Here are a few highlights to remember! 
Sleep: You have transitioned to sleeping in your crib, although we didn't want you to be too far away from us yet, so we moved your crib into our bedroom. You are sleeping well, and I love hearing all of your different baby sounds. You are such a happy baby in the morning!
Feedings: My milk supply has stabilized, but you are gaining weight a little slower than we would like.  This month we met with your pediatrician and another specialist to discuss your feedings. You had gained a pound since your second month check up, but we are supplementing with a little formula in hopes that a few more calories might make a difference. The doctors don't seem too worried because this is a typical issue for babies with a cleft palate, but your dad and I are always concerned.

Likes: You love your bottle, your mobile and activity gym.  You always like being held and you love sleeping on your Uncle Will's chest. You also love it when your daddy comes home.  You immediately start to smile at him and think that he is the most interesting person in the world.
Dislikes: You still aren't a fan of being stuck in traffic (not that we can blame you there), but you've gotten much better about bath time. This month you've gotten less fussy in general and we haven't used your pacifier as much.
Clothes: You can still fit the 0-3 month and 3 month clothes, and  the 3-6 month clothes are only just a little bit too big for you.  I think you will be officially in just the 3-6 month clothes in only a week or two!

A Quiet Weekend at Home

As I mentioned, this weekend was a quiet one at home, which I think is exactly what we needed after all of the holiday festivities.

The highlights of the weekend  included naps, finally jogging on the treadmill, and experimenting with making cookies for SC's baptism next weekend.
I also made an epic trip to Target, but mostly I enjoyed just spending time with these two.
How was your weekend?

Five for Friday!

I hope everyone had a great first week of 2016! Like many of you, I am a little sad that Christmas is over, but happy to get into a little routine with SC.  Here are a few things I've been up to/thinking about this week.


First, my SIL told me about Marley Lilly, which has tons of products with monograms. I would love one of these for the rest of the winter.
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They also run great sales. For example, this necklace is only $15.
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With SC's birth and traveling, I haven't been cooking very much, but I finally whipped up this veggie casserole on Monday, and that has provided a lot of meals throughout the week.  I'm so thankful for easy dishes.

I also got SC's baptism invitations sent out!  It will just be our immediate families, but I was excited to send them.I thought about making them, but then I bought these from Shutterfly.  I was so happy that I did that!
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Finally, SC and I have enjoyed hanging out, and as she's gotten more smiley (and I've been less tired), I can't resist taking photos of her throughout the day.

What are your weekend plans?  Ours will be low key, which is about all I can handle at this point!

A Day in the Life

Have you ever wondered what one does all day with a baby?  They sleep all day, so it's pretty easy, right?  Truthfully, SC is a good baby, but I still end the day wondering where all my time went.  While this may be my most boring post ever, I thought I would go ahead and dissect exactly what goes down.  So without further ado, here is a play by play in all of it's drawn out glory.

2:30 am- I stumble out of bed to go pump as quietly as I can. I use this time to read blogs, upload pictures to the computer, etc.  Sometimes pumping takes longer than I would like, but I'm back in bed by 3:15 am.

6:00am- Time to pump again, so I head out to the living room and play on the computer reading blogs, etc.

6:30am- I slip back into the bedroom and rest a bit, but I hear SC is stirring, so I know it won't be long.

7:00am- She's up!  Time for a diaper change and her morning bottle. We practice vowel sounds and making funny faces. After awhile, she seems content and awake, so I decide to go ahead and eat some breakfast.
9:00am- She's still happy, so we continue to hang out and I read her a story.  It's also time to pump again, so I do that on the floor next to her.

10:00am- It's time for another feeding, so I give her a bottle.  She drifts off for her morning nap, but she wakes up as soon as I set her in the crib.  I turn on her mobile to amuse her, while I dress and tidy up the apartment just a little.  And by tidy up the apartment, I mean make up the bed and throw dirty laundry in the hamper.

11:00am-  We hang out on the blanket and she seems amused by my animal sounds.  It's time to pump again. I'm starting to get hungry and wonder if it is too early for lunch.

12:15 pm- I fix myself some lunch and feed SC.  She catnaps in my arms, and I read blogs on my phone.

1:00 pm- Time to pump, so I hang out with SC on a blanket and attempt to entertain her.  I decide she is looking pretty cute, so take some photos of her and text them to adoring grandparents.
3:00 pm- I debate what to do with the rest of the afternoon.  SC seems up for something, so we head on down to the lobby to check the mail and packages.  It's time to pump and cold outside, so maybe we will just skip an errand today. I also feed SC again.

4:15 pm - The husband calls and says he will probably be home for dinner.  I decide to go ahead and risk taking a trip to Trader Joe's for salmon in an attempt to have something to show for the day.

4:30 pm- The traffic in the parking garage at Trader Joe's is awful.  There are cars backed up with no open spots in sight.  I've made a horrible mistake.

5:00pm- They don't have salmon, so I pick up chicken and peanut butter cups.  The dinner of champions.

5:45 pm- Back from TJ's.  Despite the fact that it is less than a mile from my house, it took way too long due my poor timing.  I attempt to get the chicken in the oven, but SC has run out of patience.  I need to pump anyways, so I shove the chicken in the fridge until I can prep it.

6:45 pm- Finally get the chicken into the oven.  I feel like a real winner for accomplishing that, but the kitchen is now a wreck.

7:30 pm - The husband's home early!  We eat dinner and hang out with SC.

7:45 pm - Time to pump again, but this time the husband is holding SC and feeding her, so I can relax.

8:15 pm- The husband takes a quick nap and SC and I play in the living room.

9:00 pm- I'm getting tired, so I go ahead and pump, and the husband encourages me to go to sleep afterwards.  I finish pumping and wash up all the bottles so I won't have to do that in the middle of the night.  I also "clean" the kitchen by cramming as much stuff as possible into our dishwasher.

9:30 pm- I decide to shower and pump one last time for a few minutes so I can sleep until 2:30am.  I fall asleep around 10:30/11:00pm.

Exciting life, isn't it?  I'm sure we all could have done without this post, but now we all know where the time goes during the day!

Sales at the Gap!

When the husband and I found out that we were having a girl, one of the things everyone in my family was pretty terrified of was the fact that I would probably go nuts dressing a baby girl.  Fortunately, even I realize that she wears outfits for approximately two minutes, so I have a hard time spending too much money on her clothes.  But, as I've blogged about before, I can't resist Gap's sales.  While SC doesn't need anything for awhile, I decided to go ahead and buy her a winter jacket for next year.  It is an additional 30% off of $16, so who can resist that little bow?
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Since it has started to get cold in Virginia, I decided to treat myself to a new hat and scarf. 
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Anybody else buy anything in January sales, or are you worn out from all of the Christmas shopping?

Our First Christmas with Sarah Catherine!

Even though Sarah Catherine wasn't aware of what was going on, we certainly had a nice Christmas with her.  The holiday celebrations started on the 23rd with my MIL coming up to visit.  SC had her two month shots earlier that day, so I was worried about how she would be, but she was fine (just a little sleepier than normal).  On Christmas Eve, the husband went into the office, and SC and I hung out at the apartment and got some last minute things done for Christmas.  The husband was unexpectedly able to leave early, so we all had a little extra time to visit with his mom. 
We decided to skip the Christmas Eve church service to avoid exposing SC to any germs/we weren't sure how she would handle it.   Since we were just hanging out that evening, the husband suggest that we head down to my parents house earlier than planned to start celebrating Christmas.  My MIL was also coming with us, and I was completely on board, so we packed everything up and headed down to my parents, who were so happy to see us a day earlier than planned.
On Christmas Day, we went over to my brother and SIL's for brunch and then my mom made Christmas dinner.  This year especially, it meant so much to be with my family.
My sister arrived on the 26th, and then it really felt like Christmas. Of course, we had to dress SC up to the Hokie game.
The rest of the week was just lots of visiting and enjoying time with each other.  One notable event is that my mom gave SC a bath, and she didn't cry at all and actually seemed to enjoy it. (This may not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I'm thrilled that bath time is no longer so traumatic.)
 So that was SC's first Christmas! How was your holiday?