Daybreak

I wrote this little post when SC was just a few weeks old and saw it the other day in my drafts. Even though it is nothing profound, it was a nice reminder of how precious these moments are.
Can I confess that despite getting up numerous times each night, the time goes by so quickly? A part of me almost likes being up at what seems like all the hours to see what actually happens at two and five in the morning. There are the sounds of the trash truck and the gentle roar of airplanes taking off from Reagan, but the most important are your whimpers, gurgles, cries, false starts and, if we are lucky, your gentle snores. I love that you are a noisy baby. I find all of your sounds reassuring, showcasing your exuberant spirit. If you weren't to wake me, how else would I see the sunrise? 

An Apartment for Three

While I plan on doing a few posts for our new house inspiration, I have to admit that the whole idea of having an entire house feels a bit surreal (still crossing our fingers everything goes okay) and overwhelming.  With that said, I wanted to take a minute to do a post on our apartment.  I know it isn't perfect, but it will be fun for me to look back on these pictures and think about how things have changed. 
Even though with SC being more mobile it is clear that we are outgrowing the space, our little apartment will always be such a sweet home to me.  It is where the husband and I spent five really happy years and where we brought SC home. It seems that during my pregnancy the husband and I both took turns trying to convince each other that staying in our one bedroom apartment with a baby would be okay.  There was one point when I was eight months pregnant that I think we both thought we were in over our head, but we didn't move (obviously) and along came SC!
I'm still very thankful that we didn't leave our apartment.  It is our home, and was truly the right place for SC to spend the first 10 and a half months of her life.  Besides the sentimental reasons of loving our little box in the sky, I'm shocked that the space has proven really functional for us. 
Originally we planned on having the crib in the main living room, but when we transitioned her to the crib in January it just seemed so far away.  Now that she is a little older, I would be okay with her sleeping in another room, but I know it will be a bit bittersweet for me!  Plus we will actually have to buy a baby monitor.
Since we are in a relatively small space, we tried to keep the toys to a minimum, but she still has the typical stuff i.e. playgym, bouncer, swing.  All of that is spread throughout the living room and then transitioned out as she outgrew things (yay for borrowing from friends and passing things on).  While it seems like a lot, it isn't too overwhelming.  We moved the glider out of our bedroom when we moved the crib in and created a little reading nook, which has actually proved really functional.  As a side note, I am so glad that we bought a glider.  For the first few weeks I was convinced that we had wasted our money, but we spend lots of time in it reading to SC and feeding her.  It is such a comfy spot, and I can't wait to put it in SC's new room.
 I am surprised at how well our little changing nook has worked.  The baskets that we have labeled keep us organized, but aren't too fussy, so we can actually keep up with it.  The changing station is also working out well, and I love having the diapers handy in the first dresser drawer. Now that SC is pulling on everything we've had to take the mirror down, but I'm hoping to figure out a way to include a mirror in her new bedroom.
I realize that lots of people do this all the time, but my suburban mindset has been really impressed by how the space has allowed us to comfortably live as a family of three. And with that said, I have high hopes that everything we purchased for SC will fit nicely together in a nursery!

Five for Friday!

I am so excited that I finally got it together to do a Five for Friday today! I had such a great visit with my parents.  Even though I do go and visit them often, usually there is a doctor's appointment or some other reason, but this time was especially relaxed and fun. My mom and I stuck to our diet program (it definitely helped to have a "buddy") and we also got some shopping in.  It does feel good to be home though!
 ONE
The husband and I started watching Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. While it is a bit crass sometimes, overall I think it is pretty funny and we've really enjoyed it
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TWO
Last week I started packing up our china for our move. It is being stored at my parents' house for awhile, and I already can't wait to pull it out. As a side note, I am not sure an almost toddler is the best assistant!
THREE
While at home I took a trip to the Dollar Store and found these adorable books. I had actually been looking for something like this, but the books I found were a little to advanced, so I was really happy to find these.  And I love the cheerful illustrations!
FOUR
For a baby shower I'm attending in a few weeks, I have to bring a baby picture of myself.  As I was looking through my pictures from my trip home, I thought it was neat to see almost the exact same shot of SC  and me with my parents' piano. 
FIVE
My sister bought me a copy of Shauna Niequist's book Present over Perfect.  I've only been able to read a few pages of it, but I can already tell I'm going to enjoy it. 
So that is what up with me lately!  How has your week gone?  I hope you have a nice weekend! 

Ten Months with Sarah Catherine!

Last Thursday marked ten months for SC!  Honestly, when I wrote up the nine month post, I thought I would have nothing happy to report this month, as I thought the surgery would dominate everything.  While it certainly was a major part, lots of other things happened too!
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Stats:  On Friday, SC had her post-op appointment, and she weighed in at 19.2 pounds and 28.5 inches long. Her mouth is still healing, so she needs to keep a diet of milk/formula/purees for the next three weeks, but it seems like she is enjoying the purees more than in the past, and I'm really trying to push the solids.
Highlights:  On August 1st, five days after her surgery, SC started crawling and she has been going ever since!  She still says "mama" when she wants something/is annoyed and also when she is just babbling. We are working on other sounds, and hopeful that the palate repair will help with that.  She is getting her teeth in; two on the top and two on the bottom. 




Likes: SC still loves bath time and pool time, so we make sure to keep getting those activities in.  She has become so much more playful this month, and she loves it when we tickle her tummy and toes, and she think that when I shake my hair around it is the most. fun. ever. She will usually follow me around the apartment, and is pretty amused by our pantry doors while I'm washing bottles in the kitchen, and also loves to check out any buttons she can push.  So far, the one on our DVR is her favorite.

Dislikes: SC isn't a fan of getting her diaper changed, so we definitely have to distract her during that process.  She also hates it when I put lotion and her pj on after bath time.  Now that she is more mobile, she will just roll over and crawl away, which I actually find really funny.  She is extremely interested in whatever other people are eating around her, and she will get upset that she can't have any. I think moving onto more solid foods with her once her mouth heals will help.  At least that is what I'm hoping!



I had been dreading this month, but SC really endured everything so bravely.  Even though the "age of exploration" keeps us on our toes, I love watching her sweet personality develop.  She really is so interested in everything and wants to see the world.  And by the world, I mean our apartment, grandma and grandpa's house, and Target!

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was more about regrouping for the coming week then anything else, but sometimes that is necessary too! Saturday the husband had to go into the office, so SC and I hung out and I started to get a little packing for our big move.  I'm attempting to pack up things that are fragile and/or we won't really need to take to my parents' house.   It is a bit of a futile task, since I really can't get all that much in my trunk, but at least I'm trying, right?

SC amused herself by pulling up and exploring the apartment.  We are trying not to do too much babyproofing since we will be moving in a few weeks, but we really have to keep an eye on her now. 
Once the husband came home, I got a quick jog in, and we packed things up for my trip to my parents' house and his business trip. Then, he flew out Sunday morning, and SC and I hit the road! We made it to my parents' house by lunch time, and just visited and relaxed. My mom and I also decided to do the Cinch diet, so I took a run to the store. Who knows how that will go! I have had success with it in the past, but since I am pumping, I will probably end up modifying it. But at least it is a start!

My dad was busy prepping for the first day of his fall semester, so my mom and I talked about my house decorating ideas and lack thereof. Since Pottery Barn Kids was running an extra 20% off, I bought SC'a curtains for the new house and also some heart sheets. I definitely fell down the rabbit hole!
SC and I are hanging out at my parents' house until Thursday, while the husband is in NYC, so we are looking forward to that. How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: A Baby Shower for my SIL!

I know I have been sporadic about blogging lately, but I am hoping to be better soon. Last night was the first time SC had slept through the night since her surgery, and I feel the traveling and house hunting wears on me too. The happy news is that we are in the process of closing in a house, with a mid-September move. So soon I will be droning on about paint swatches and room inspiration. Have no fear!

This weekend was really special, as our little family went to my parent's house to celebrate my sister-in-law and brother's baby who should be arriving this October! Our whole family is just so excited and I know my brother and SIL are going to be the best parents. The shower was co-ed and super relaxed with burgers and hotdogs, complete with corn hole in the back yard.  While it was different than what my mom and I had initially thought, it was really fun and a great way to celebrate my niece to be. 
It was also neat because some of my cousins met SC for the first time too!  I can't believe that just last year was my shower.  A lot sure has changed!
I also got to spend a little time with my sister. Our visit wasn't as long as I would have liked, but it never is. I already can't wait until she visits in September! As an aside, my sister and I both have matching "best aunt ever" shirts, and I can't wait to really sport mine in a few months!
Sunday our family hung out, and I also took a few "maternity" pictures for my SIL. It was a spur of the moment thing, but those pictures are my favorite. I asked that we take them outside for better light and they obliged. Despite the fact that it was so hot that my camera lens fogged up. August in Virginia is no joke, and my SIL is a trooper!
 This weekend made me even more excited about the upcoming arrival of my niece! BTW, if anyone has any newborn photo tips, I am all ears! I plan on helping with those in October!

SC's Cleft Palate Recovery

I am so relieved and thankful to share that Sarah Catherine tolerated her surgery well, and she is pretty much back to herself (except for the fact that she is definitely teething).  She is also crawling and exploring everything she can, so we are all on the move! 

I won't recap a play-by-play of the surgery and recovery, but I am so glad that it is behind us.  Since the day she was born nine months ago, we had been thinking (and dreading) this day.  Yes, I was always glad that she would be getting it repaired, and I was also very thankful that it wasn't something more intense such as heart surgery, but it has truly weighed on us.  Before SC's surgery, my sister sent me this beautiful card (with an even more reassuring message), and it really reassured me and helped me focus on being positive.
I know that we are really lucky with lots of family support, a good surgeon, and the fact that my husband could take off work to also be with SC, and I will always be so thankful for that. 
 With that said, it is always hard to see your child in pain, and those first few hours post-surgery were hard.  When we first saw SC she was obviously disoriented and upset, and she was still a bit bloody from the surgery. But SC is really a trooper, and even the day of surgery, she attempted to drink from her bottle.  Since she was able to drink a little they released us the next day, and once she got home she even played with her toys.
Understandably, she wanted to be held as much as possible, which was something that we were happy to do.  I worried about her being inconsolable or hysterical, but apart from the transfer from the recovery room, we were always able to quickly comfort her. Her post-op appointment isn't for another week and a half, but I am so glad that we are on our way!
 How have you been lately?  It is crazy to think that August is already here and the summer is winding down!