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!