Thursday, December 18, 2014


Have you heard Garth Brooks' latest single? I'd heard some rumblings but finally listened to it today when a Facebook friend shared his performance on Ellen. I have a soft spot for country songs, but this one was extra sweet. For anyone who's a mama, in any capacity, or wants to be--this will tug your heartstrings big time.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5 months | baby

And it's time for a (belated) stats update already! I cannot believe how fast time has flown since our little peanut arrived. I thought that pregnancy went quick, but this is even crazier! If you follow me on instagram, you know I'm only a month late with this, but that's the way things are around here right now. Life with an infant = she demands attention way louder than the blog. ;)

Five month stats--

Weight: Approximately 10lbs 2 oz (using the scale in the mall nursing room)
Length: not sure this month
Nicknames: mostly Bug or Buggie
Sleep: Still usually falls asleep between 7:30 and 8:00, and I try to lay her in bed at 8:00 when big sis's lights go out if not a little before. Her most recent schedule has been sleeping until around 4:15, eating, then sleeping until 7:00 or 7:30. She still sleeps in the swaddle sleep sack (arms out). Naps have gotten a bit longer, but she still prefers being cuddled.
Eating: Still exclusively breastfeeding, about 8 times a day. 
Clothing: Solidly in 0-3 month onesies and pants from Gerber and Old Navy. She can fit some 3 month Carter's pants if she has a cloth diaper on, and some hand me down Carter's 3 month footie onesies (the new ones are significantly longer).


Mood: Still generally happy as long as someone is around her! She will play on her mat or lie in her pack and play for short periods of time on her own, which is usually enough time for me to empty the dishwasher or make a quick lunch. She loves being in the center of the action is quite vocal/smiley these days.

- When we say "Good morning!" in a high-pitched voice when she wakes up
- Watching big sis dance around the house/dancing around with mama
- Nightly baby massages
- Being held either upright or facing out so she can see what's going on
- The boba wrap over the beco carrier
- Using her voice to make all kinds of silly noises
- Being around people
- Watching mama cook from her papasan chair
- Sophie the giraffe, her soft crinkly giraffe, her soft ball with taggies, her baby
- Chewing on her pacifier clip over her actual pacifier

- Tummy time, still (but getting better)
- Seeing people leave her alone (you have to sneak away when she's distracted)
- Being held "like a baby" unless she's fallen asleep
- Taking too long to feed her (i.e., after giving her vitamin, switching sides mid-feeding)

What I want to remember/Milestones: 
- She can really recognize our faces and voices now and smiles all the time!
- She officially started laughing! It is the cutest sound ever. She's pretty stingy with the giggles but they are so precious.
- She is super vocal now and loves experimenting with different sounds. Screeches of different varieties are definitely her favorite. 
- We both still love her bedtime routine of massage, jammies, and a nursing session. It's such a peaceful way to end the day and calms us both for the night.
- I've started to get her used to napping in bed by laying down with her in ours during the day. She loves being held but isn't really into cuddling unless we're in the big bed and it's so sweet.
- How sweet it is to see the little wheels working in her head. To know that she knows us now and can recognize us across the room or just by our voices and smiles big.
- Stranger anxiety has started a bit and while it's sad when she gets upset, I love being the one who soothes her.

What I'm looking forward to: 
Again, I'm really just looking forward to her growing. Every week, and sometimes every day, she is learning something new and it's fascinating. We can see bits of her personality coming through more each day and she is starting to get to the "fun" stages where she is big enough to interact with us more. I love getting to be home with her so I can see it all unfold--it's such an amazing journey!

Monday, December 1, 2014

PSA: holiday cards

Have you ordered your holiday cards yet? I just got ours from for the third year in a row. My favorite part is that they have really cute, modern photo options AND they will do all the work of mailing them for you! Saves me so much time (and saves me from licking a bunch of envelopes, haha). If you want to check them out, they're having a great deal for today (Dec 1st) only. Get any flat card for only 69 cents a piece, and get them sent to your recipients for only the cost of a stamp! (Enter code DDCCP4121).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

fun news

Now that it's been publicly released, we can officially share that Hubs has been selected to attend Officer Training School! He first mentioned this goal back in February 2013, and has worked so hard to do everything he needed to in order to make it happen. He finished his Bachelor's, proved himself as a leader at work, dealt with canceled selection boards, and jumped through some crazy hoops the week of selection to ensure his package would be seen by the board. It all paid off for him and he was among the 32% off applicants chosen to receive commissions upon completion of Basic Officer Training. I am so, so proud of him!

Because this is the military, nothing is ever 100% set in stone, but we are very excited for our Air Force future. After he does all the necessary administrative requirements to get a class date, we will  officially find out our next step!

(P.S. I know I failed at blogging every day in November. But, Life. I'm working on getting some more substantive posts up in the near future!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Necessities

holiday necessities

Major holiday season is upon us--we've had Christmas items in the stores here even BEFORE Halloween! I am firmly in the "no mention of Christmas decorations until at least Thanksgiving Day" camp, and this year we decided to order our Thanksgiving meal from the base club rather than spend all day cooking just for our little family. Overall, I try to keep holiday stress to a minimum but this isn't always possible because Life. Here are some of the things I use to help manage holiday season chaos.

Amazon Prime - The ultimate lifesaver when it comes to gifts. Shipping overseas can take for-ev-er, and Amazon Prime has been the single greatest invention during our time in Japan. We can get basically anything we want for the girls delivered in a week, and gifts sent to stateside family in two days. You can't beat it!

Artificial tree - I never had a real tree growing up due to allergies, and even though I've outgrown them, I can't be bothered with one now. You can get some really realistic looking artificial trees these days, and bonus points for the ones that come pre-lit. Plus, one year? My aunt's real tree had a nest of SPIDERS. That HATCHED. IN HER HOUSE. The grossest.

Rubbermaid containers - For managing all the Christmas accoutrements and hiding all of the things that get stashed away to make room. While not a super cool item, these definitely keep our storage room from falling into total chaos.

Cookie cutters - Cookies are a must during the holidays, naturally! Because sugar makes people happy. Our base does a "Cookie Caper" every year where they package and hand out tens of thousands of cookies to single servicemembers. I like to donate as many as I can to the effort to bring some homemade holiday cheer to folks in our community, and of course we also have to make and decorate cookies just for Santa!

Boots and Yaktrax - The past two winters have brought over 220 inches of snow here! Even during an average winter 100 inches is the norm. Usually from the end of November until the end of March, boots are a must everyday. The Yaktrax are especially helpful when things start melting and refreezing and parking lots turn to ice rinks.

Hot spiced cider - My favorite holiday season drink by far! We love having a pot going on the stove because it makes the house smell delicious. Pre-pregnancy/breastfeeding, the cider might occasionally be replaced with wine for the grown-ups.

Moisturizer - Because winter air wreaks havoc on skin! My hands get super dry in the winter and I have used Mary Kay extra emollient night cream for years. This stuff is amazing and keeps me from getting dragon skin. ;)

Christmas music - I love playing iTunes radio or Pandora holiday stations once it's cold and snowy. Christmas music always reminds me of decorating the house as a kid and I hope we can create similar memories for the girls. Plus, who doesn't love singing along to all the classics?

Classic movies - Of course, we cannot forget the Christmas movie classics like Rudolph. I have watched it almost every year for as long as I can remember, and I definitely plan on having our girls grow up the same way.

What are some of your holiday necessities? Are you looking for the perfect gift for the men in your life? Check out Man Crates--perfectly packaged gifts that are opened with a crowbar! I wish I'd known about them before the baby's arrival, I totally would have picked up the New Dad Tactical Bag for my husband!
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