Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
  • That I'm back to work today... and all I want to do is hold my baby
  • To notice that there's a ton of trash in the door of my car... and to leave it there... even though it was getting inspected that day
  • That I've felt physically sick about going back to work today... part of it is leaving the baby, and part of it is the normal jitters I get for the "first day of school"
  • To spend three hours on pinterest the other night to try to get back in school mode
  • To be excited that standardized testing starts next Monday at my school... which means more prep time for me to get back into the swing of things! 
  • To chop 6 inches off my hair and be disappointed that no one has noticed yet

If you really knew me...

You would know that I'm scared of everything. Murderers, spiders and everything in between. Little noises make me nervous and I'm constantly convinced that someones broken into my house. In fact we sleep with our bedroom door locked... which is part of the reason the baby still sleeps in our room, and probably will for a long

You'd know that I hate surprise visitors because my house and I are always a mess unless we know someone is coming

You'd know that my favorite thing to do is curl up on the couch with Drew, Fynn and Zoey and just watch tv and hang out

You'd know that I eat way too much junk food

You'd know that I check about 20 times a day to make sure the baby is still breathing

You would know that I'm really shy in large groups and when I first meet people... and that once I'm comfortable, you can't get me to shut up

You'd know how I often hide my real feelings

You'd know that I get my feelings hurt very easily, and that it takes me awhile to get over things. Long after something is over, I will dwell on it and it will get me down. 

You'd know that like doing laundry, but hate actually putting the clothes away

You'd know that I have a great vocabulary when I talk due to a speech impediment I had as a kid... and that out of habit I still choose words carefully to avoid saying certain letters. 

You'd know that I could talk for days about my daughter, my dog, my hubby, or myself... thus the blog

You'd know that I hate edge pieces of "sqaure" foods like brownies, cakes, lasagna. I have been known to cut just the middle piece out and leave the rest.

You'd know that I'm never satisfied. That's not to say I'm not happy, I am, but I'm always looking for more. I want to do more, accomplish more, be better, etc. I consider it a good motivator, but I also know that it sometimes keeps me from appreciating just how good I have it.

You'd know that I often speak before thinking, and that it often bites me in the butt. I've gotten a lot better about doing this, but it still comes out when I'm frustrated or angry... and that poor Drew usually gets the brunt of it
And finally, you would know, that I could go on and on in a post like this because there are so many things about myself that even the people who know me well have no idea about. Drew is really the only person who could have written this list himself... which is probably why we're married.
What about you? What things do few people REALLY know about you?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We Made It

We made it through Fynn's first (half) day at daycare yesterday. And we're both still alive. I cried, she didn't. In fact, she was asleep when I dropped her off, and asleep when I picked her up... if I didn't know better I would think she slept the whole time (she didn't, I asked!).

It was hard, not going to lie. Driving away was one of the hardest things I've done in my life, and if I thought about it throughout the morning, I would start crying. So, what's a new mom to do when her baby is away? Keep busy! I did so much in those 4 hours. I put away laundry, cleaned Fynn's room, tried on all my work clothes to see if they still fit (a lot doesn't, but shockingly quite a few things still fit even though I still have 13 pounds of baby-weight to lose) cleaned up the kitchen AND got my hair cut. All-in-all, a very productive morning.

However, the second my hair cut was done, I was booking it across town to pick her up. Gotta say, I was a little disappointed that she was asleep when I picked her up. I had this image in my head of her big gummy smile lighting up the moment I walked in. *sigh* Oh well, maybe today!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Overheard in Our House

"Oh you naive M&M's people why would you think we need a resealable bag?" Drew says as he opens a 2 pound bag of Pretzel M&M's

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
The lack of responsibility. I used to spend hours playing outside with friends, reading books or just sitting around doing nothing and I didn't have anything else to worry about. Yeah, there was homework, but that was the most difficult thing I had to tackle. 

2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
Not really. I tried to nickname myself Mandi for awhile, but it didn't catch. A lot of people called (and still call) me Manda, but that was just being too lazy to say all three syllables. My little brother called me Dee for awhile, because my sister Abby was Bee and I was Dee (he's 10 years younger than me).

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
Monkey bars! I had the best blisters as a kid from all the time I spent crossing the monkey bars. I also loved to hang upside down from them.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher. As long as I can remember, that's what I wanted to be. That and a princess.

5. What was your favorite toy?
Barbies. My sister and I played For.Ever. We had whole lives being lived by our dolls that just went on and on and on. 

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?

My neighbors, sister, and I had a lemonade stand "company" called M.A.K.A (which stood for our initials) we went all out with this company and even had contracts... which stated that I got a MUCH higher percentage of the profits than the other three. My parents are still amazed by how I conned the other kids into thinking that was cool. Our lemonade stand also got free supplies from our parents (which meant higher profits) and we convinced the youngest member of the group to be our errand girl because she was "so much faster than the rest of us".

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What is something you have wanted to do but are afraid of?
I would love to do something daring like skydiving or bungee-jumping but I've always been to chicken, and I don't see it happening any time soon

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope in 5 years we can afford for me to be a stay at home mom, and that Fynn will have a younger brother by then :) I also hope we'll be in a new house at that point. I like our house and all, but especially with all the baby stuff these days I'm realizing that certain spaces (namely our living room and dining areas) are NOT big enough for our growing little family. 

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012?
All the firsts Fynn will have before the year ends. She will be almost 6 months at the end of the year, which means there are soooo many new things we will get to do with her, and I'm so excited about it. I'm especially looking forward to Christmas with her, I can't wait for her to see all the lights and decorations and to see her eyes light up with excitement.
4. What are your hopes for your blog?
I hope for it to continue to grow! I love my readers and the interactions I have with them. I have meet so many interesting and amazing people through this little blog and I love getting to know them. It's way more then just random strangers commenting, I've really gotten to know some of my readers and love that! 

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
Meh, maybe. I see myself living near here, but not necessarily this exact town. As long as I'm teaching, I want to live within half an hour of work, but I truly love this area of Maine. I live 15 minutes from my childhood home, teach in my old school district and just love what the area has to offer, especially now with the baby. Drew and I talk every now and then about making a big move and going someplace completely different, and we might for a short time, but I think this area will always be "Home" and that we'll end up returning here. 

6. What is your morning routine
Get things done! Hah. Pre-baby I had a distinct routine, but these days it all depends on her and what she needs. If she's sleeping or happy, then I can get ready on my own, but if she's hungry or needs something, then that comes first... which will make getting to work on time starting Thursday and adventure and a half... wish me luck. 

So Not Ready

Fynn starts daycare Monday. Granted, it's only a half day, but I'm so not ready. Which is the reason why she's going half days, to help me get used to it. She will be fine. She probably won't even notice that I'm gone (which both relieves me and breaks my heart at the same time). This little girl has (literally) been attached to me for almost a year now. Those 9 months in which I carried her around everywhere and the past 3 where I've only been away from her for an hour or less at a time. It kills me to know how much we will be apart. How I won't know everything that she does during the day. How I will probably miss a lot of firsts and milestones. 

I know, I know. I'll get through this. And in the end I know that she will be no worse for the wear because she goes to daycare. In fact she will reap some benefits from going...but I just wish there was some way I could stay home with her just a little longer. Until she is more independent. Until she's a little older. I just feel like she's still too young. I am absolutely appreciative and grateful for the time I've had. I know many moms who had to go back to work at 6 weeks, so getting 12 with her is an absolute blessing... it just doesn't feel like enough.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Fynn,

I am REALLY sorry for getting ice cream and caramel in your (rather sparse) hair the other night. It was Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and you wouldn't let me put you down, so I'm blaming both of us for that one, but I am sorry your hair suffered.

Maybe next time you'll let me put you down

Dear September 27th

Please never come. Ever. You are the day my maternity leave ends, therefore you are tantamount to the devil in my book.

Not ready to leave my baby

Dear 3 week old boy at group Tuesday,

Yes, my daughters hot, now stop staring. She's too old and too cool for you and her daddy has told her she can't date. Ever.

Fynn's Mom

Dear DVR,
As I head back to work next week, you're going to have to work much harder than before. I've grown accustomed to my crappy daytime television and am planning to record . A lot. Reruns of Boy Meets World are even more awesome 10 years later. Just don't know when I'll have time to watch it all, thus where you come in.

I appreciate your dedication to my tv habit

Dear Neighbor,

Your dog has attacked two other dogs in our neighborhood and yet somehow she still wanders the neighborhood. Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?! She was in my yard yesterday growling at Zoey who was sitting in the window. Good thing I wasn't out with my dog and baby. Put that thing on a leash and get her some training.

I love dogs, but yours is going down if she comes near my baby

Dear Laundry Room Door,

I didn't appreciate your sneak attack the other day. Slamming into my toe, shin, forearm and shoulder was so not called for. I'd appreciate it if you'd leave me alone in the future.

The clumsy, tired lady. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
It's OK:

  • That I cry every day about going back to work next Thursday... so not ready
  • That I handed Drew a rock the other day to throw at a neighbors cat... ok, maybe that's not okay, but I'm sick of that cat being in my yard, pooping all over the place and getting Zoey worked up
  • That I taped a Carly Rae Jepsen special on E! because Fynn loves "Call Me Maybe" yes, she's 11 weeks old, but she busts out a move every time she hears it, and the song played a bunch of times during the special. Totally worth it
  • That I ate 10 Oreos in one sitting the other night. Learned my lesson though. I felt so sick after that I will NEVER do that again. Next time I'll only have 8. 8 won't make me feel sick, right?
  • That I check my work e-mail every day even though I'm still on maternity leave... I may be a little neurotic 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Randoms

  • I noticed last night that the window next to my bed was open at the top... and I have no idea how long it was open for. I know for a fact I haven't touched it since Fynn was born because I didn't want a draft on her at night. Which means that window has been open for at least 3 months. Awesome.
  • Fynn is currently taking her first nap in her crib. Yes, I know she's 11 weeks old. I'm a softie and most of her naps have been taken in my arms
  • I don't like knowing that I'm now 26. I'm officially closer to 30 than 20, which makes me feel old. Though I'm thinking that the baby, job and house to take care of makes me feel older than the actual number. And yes, I know 26 isn't actually old. 
  • Pretty sure that Randall scarred Zoey for life. Any time there is a bird in the yard now, she flips her lid and barks like crazy. It's really annoying, but I get that she's just freaked out
  • I have a million and a half things I need to get done before I go back to work... but it's just not happening this week. Fynn's doing half days at daycare the beginning of next week, so my plan is to get stuff done then. It will serve double by keeping me occupied so I don't cry AND being productive

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


As a mom, it's hard not to compare. We compare ourselves, our babies, even our husbands in this whole parenting adventure... and it's exhausting. I know that. I know it's wrong, and pointless, and rather stupid... but I can't stop myself.

Part of it is that I'm a judgmental person. I hate it about myself, but I totally judge others. Their looks, their ideas, the list goes on and on. I'm working on it, I swear. I'm just not good at it, but I know it's important for me to do for Fynn's sake. I learned my judging from my mom, and I don't want to pass that on to my baby girl. 

But this Mommy thing... is a whole other level. I'm trying not to get sucked into it. When I sit at my breastfeeding support group and listen to other moms. When I'm visiting with friends. When I read blogs or online forums. 

I. Judge. Them. All

But at least I do it on the inside. I think about all the things I think other moms are doing wrong, or compare my baby to mine, or mentally one-up them. What drives me nuts, are the people that do it aloud... especially when they lie stretch the truth a bit. Your baby started rolling over at 3 weeks? Slept through the night starting the day you got home from the hospital? Said their first meaningful word at 4 weeks? Yeah, I call BS on all of you. I get it, we all have the MOST amazing baby In.The.World. I'm totally guilty on that front, but let's be honest here about what our kids can and can't do. Your blatant lies make it that much easier for me to judge you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Last Week

This is it, our last full week of maternity leave. Not going to lie... I'm freaking out. When she was 6 weeks old, I got my doctor's note for an additional 6 weeks thinking that by then we would be ready. She would be 12 weeks old and I would feel comfortable leaving her.

That was a fantasy.

She will be 11 weeks old tomorrow, and while I'm a million times more comfortable with taking care of her and knowing that she will still be alive even if I leave her sleeping alone for 2 hours before I go to be (ok... I still check on her every 20 minutes or so, but that's WAY better than not being able to leave the room... right?) but I am in no way prepared to leave her for hours at a time.

Next Monday Fynn starts daycare. She is doing half days Monday-Wednesday and then full days Thursday and Friday when I go back to work... I'm crying just thinking about it.

How do I leave her? Will she be okay? What if she thinks I've abandoned her? What if she refuses to take a bottle there? How will I manage several hours without her sweet, warm body in my arms? 

I don't think I can do this. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Social

Sunday Social
I've been missing Sunday Social lately because I haven't been prewriting them and Sundays are just too lazy busy to write them. However, I was ambitious this week, so here it is:

1. 5 items you can't live without on a daily basis(water, food, shelter, and clothes dont count) 
  1. My iPhone. Especially when I'm nursing because I would be bored out of my mind without it.
  2. Bobby pins. My hair is driving me nuts these days (read: it's too long and I haven't had it cut in awhile so the layers get all up in my face)
  3. My DVR. Sad? Yes I know. However, when you spend hours a day holding a baby who just wants to be snuggled, you need something to do. And while I love my iPhone, the screen is too small to stare at all day long, thus DVRing shows and watching them during the day is a lifesaver. 
  4. Diet Pepsi and/or Dunkin Donuts Iced Tea. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I need my caffeine fix so I need greatly desire one of those two almost every day. 
  5. Burp clothes/baby blankets. Life with a 2 month old is messy. 'Nuf said. 

2. All time favorite book? Why?
Tough call here. I guess it would be The Time Traveller's Wife. Love that book. And the movie. I can read it again and again and discover something new every single time. It's also one of those books that tugs at your heart and makes you cry. Don't know why, but I'm a sucker for tearjerker books. 

3. Something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2012
By the end of 2012 I would like to be back to my prepregnancy weight. I currently have 13 pounds to lose, so if I lay off the oreos and pizza this is a reasonable goal. Looking at the calendar there are about 15 weeks left in the year, I can totally lose 13 pounds in that time. Once I go back to work in 2 weeks, I won't have the time to eat all the crap I'm currently eating and I'll be a lot more active running around school all day and chasing after 26 5th graders, so I should be able to do it. 

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
My freshman year of college. There are so many things I did and didn't do that year that I really regret. I wish I had been more outgoing, and done more of the things I wanted to do, but was too chicken to try. I wish I hadn't hung out with some of the people I did then. Overall there are a lot of things about that year that I would change.

5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
That I'm a perfectionist. The ultimate overachiever. I want to do well in every aspect of my life and it's a very stressful and overwhelming way to live. I wish people would just know that about me so they would understand when I don't talk to them for weeks, it's not that I don't love them, it's that I'm too consumed by my current situation to think of anything else. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is Drew's birthday, and it's been a great day. Fynn and I made him an awesome present:
 Sweet right? Auntie Abby helped us with the picture taking, but I love how cute this is. AND my plan is to redo these pix for a Father's Day gift for Drew for the next few years.

I also attempted to make him a birthday breakfast:

Clearly that was a fail. I don't know what happened. I followed the directions on the box (that's right, it's a BOXED waffle mix and I still messed it up). Obviously we should stick to Drew as the cook in this family, cause I'm not doing so well. On the plus side, they still tasted fine.

Then we went to Drew's parents house for a birthday lunch. Today is also his grandmother's birthday who lives 3 hours away and she came down for the weekend (more to see Fynn then for the whole birthday thing.) Miss Fynn got all dressed up for the occasion. I'm dreading the day she learns to take these cute headbands off!                                                                                             

Right now Miss Fynn is sleeping (finally!) and Drew just went out to get us a movie and some ice cream (Ben and Jerry's strikes again... I swear, when I go back to work I'll start eating better... really.)

So a happy, happy birthday to my amazing husband! I feel so blessed that you were born 26 years ago today and even more blessed that you've put up with my craziness awesomeness  for the past 10 years. Fynn, Zoey and I are so lucky to have you in our lives. We love you!!!! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday's Letters


Dear Baby Girl,

Thank you! After 4 nights of sleeping for only 30-40 minutes at a time, I was starting to lose hope. Thank you so much for those 5 hours last night.

Your still tired, but better rested Mama

Dear Neighbor,

Honking your horn at 7:15 every morning? Not cool. I get it, you're leaving for school in your oh-so-cool dented car, but come on,  respect your neighbors. Especially the one with the 2 month old baby. 

I'm annoyed

Dear woman at my breastfeeding support group,

Your kid is obnoxious. The high pitched squeal makes us all cringe. Please, either make her stop, or stop coming to the group. That may sound mean, but she's so loud we can't hear each other...and she makes the other babies cry.

Still cringing from the thought of it

Dear Ben & Jerrys

Really? An ice cream with salty caramel and chocolate-covered potato chips? While it sounds gross, it's amazingly delicious. Why would you do this to me?

I still have 13 
(and after eating that, probably more) 
pounds of baby weight to lose.

Dear hubby,

Since I have to do all the feeding of the baby, wouldn't it make sense that you have to do all the diaper changing? Makes sense to me.

Your Baby-Mama 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shabby Apple Discount!

I don't know how many of you have noticed, but I've been advertising for Shabby Apple over here on this little blog. Their clothes are gorgeous and comfortable AND if you buy something from them after clicking the ad on my blog, I get cash. Bonus for all of us.

As a Shabby Apple affiliate, I get the scoop on some great deals, which I'm going to pass on to you. If you purchase something from Shabby Apple by Friday, you can use the coupon code "favorite10" to get 10% off site wide. The coupon code expired 9/14/12, so hurry up if you want to save some cash. 

As for me... I've got my eye on this baby; 

The Ingrid Dress

How gorgeous is that?!?! Need. Now. 

So check it out, buy something beautiful. Save 10% with the code "Favorite10" if you do it by Friday. 

Craving Graham Crackers at 4am

Last week I mentioned that I was on antibiotics for a nasty case of mastitis. Well, I'm done with the meds, but those 10 days of taking pills every 6 hours have had an unwanted side effect: I wake up at 4 am wanting graham crackers.

Random, right?

What happened was that I had to take the pills at 4 and 10 am and pm for those 10 days. I also had to take them with food. Graham crackers were my 4 am snack of choice... and it's lead to me waking up at that time every morning for the last 4 days wanting a graham cracker even though I'm no longer on the meds. As if I don't have enough sleep issues! 

Monday, September 10, 2012


A few weeks ago I posted about Fynn's sleep woes... well, I guess they're actually my woes since she's perfectly happy keeping me up all night. And last night? We played that game again. 

This is a few weeks ago... when she was lost in
the giant cosleeper, now she fills it! 
In a sudden growth spurt, Fynn outgrew her cosleeper. Saturday night I realized that her arms were bumping against the sides when I tried to put her to bed, and then she would wake up when I put her down. I got frustrated after an hour of getting her to fall asleep just to have her wake up when put in the cosleeper, so I just put her in bed next to me, and she passed out. Then slept for 5 hours! I was sooo happy. 

Last night I put her in the cosleeper and realized that her toes were touching the bottom and her hands were touching the top. When the heck did that happen?? I also realized that on Tuesday she was short and pudgy and all of a sudden, as I looked down at my little baby, I realized how long and lean she looked. Crap, she outgrew her cosleeper. 
Fine, no big deal. We're not ready for the crib yet (read: Mommy still checks 20 times a night to make sure she's still breathing) so I decided that for now, she'll just sleep in bed with me. Yup, fail.

Last night she decided to be a weird noise-maker. She thrashed around in her sleep all night making weird squeaking, grunting, and sighing noises.

Did I mention that I'm a VERY light sleeper?

Yes Fynn, I have on my unimpressed face too 
It's okay though. Because I'm still on maternity leave. And while I don't really get to nap much during the day (because she only takes catnaps for the most part) I don't have to actually accomplish much. Taking a shower and doing the dishes is a day well spent. But in 17 days? I go back to work, and I'm freaking out. I'm sure this will be the subject of many posts in the next 2 1/2 weeks, so I won't go all into my issues there yet, but let me just say that I'm not going to be an effective teacher on days like today.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Finn and Emma Activity Gym

Elena, over at The Art of Making A Baby is giving away a Finn and Emma Activity Gym... and I want it for Fynn. How awesome would it be if a baby named Fynn won something from a company named Finn and Emma? Ok, maybe that's just me. However, the gym looks awesome, Fynn would have a blast with it, and I want to win. However, if you have a baby too, you should probably go enter too, just saying! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
How cute are these toes?

  • That I've found myself wondering what my students and long-term sub are doing every day this week. I in no way want to be at work right now, but the control freak in me hates not knowing what's going on... even though I wrote the plans for my sub
  • That I keep putting socks on the baby because they look so.freaking.cute... who cares if it's really not cool enough for them 
  • That I'm probably going to end up wearing yoga pants to work the first weeks (months?) back because I'm too lazy busy to lose the baby weight and too cheap to buy new pants
  • That I let Fynn sleep in bed with me all night Tuesday night because she had her vaccinations and I thought she (and I) might sleep better... and because I love the feeling of her snuggled up against me and even when she starts kicking first thing in the morning... this kicks feel just like they did when I was pregnant
  • That I'm blogging and snuggling the baby rather than cleaning or working out while she naps which would be the more productive thing to do. Who am I kidding? I've never been productive and I'm attempting to savor every last minute I get at home with this baby before going back to work in a mere 22 days.
  • That I have the tv on all day while I'm home playing crap that I've taped.. . I don't even watch half of it, but for some reason I feel the need to have it on
  • That I also leave the tv on when I leave the house. In my mind I'm leaving it on for the dog... because apparently she likes my shows too? 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Two Months!

I wrote this post prior to Fynn's two month birthday (which was Monday... which just so happened to be my 26th birthday.. although in an attempt to be 
forever young, I'm calling it the first anniversary of my 25th birthday)


Bah! Baby girl you're two months old today! (stop. growing. so. fast). It blows my mind... and also makes me sad that we only have a month together before I go back to work... but I'm not dwelling on that today, because this is all about where you're at. So, at two months you:
Fist pumping baby! 

  • Are getting big! According to your 2 month check up, you are 10 lbs, 15 oz and 23 inches tall. This means that you have gained 4lbs 13 oz and 3 3/4 inches in just 2 months. That's crazy how much a baby grows in such a short time... what's even crazier is that a friend just posted on Facebook that her 2 week old baby is 11lbs 2 oz!
  • Are FINALLY in size 1 diapers and 0-3 and 3 month clothing. While I love how you're growing... I may have gotten a little emotional when you wore your last newborn diaper and when I had to put away some of your adorable newborn outfits... though I was psyched to get you into some of the cute 0-3 month stuff we have! 
  • SMILE! I love your sweet, gummy smile. Every time you grin at me I get tears in my eyes because it is so precious. I try no to be jealous that you smile way more for Daddy then you do for me, but seriously girl... I'm the one taking care of you all day, show some love! 

  • Are so aware of everything around you. Your bright blue eyes (which I think are turning brown, but Daddy thinks they're going to be blue) see everything and I love watching how wide-eyed you get when you're looking at things

    This is the face you make when Call Me Maybe ends
  • Dance! So cute. Sometimes when I have music you do this little squirmy wiggles. Clearly you're a teeny bopper because when "Call Me Maybe" comes on, you always move and get excited

  • Are making more noises. Adorable coos and nonsense sounds. Sometimes it's like you're having a real conversation with me... even though I have no idea what you're saying. You've also discovered the ability to "yell", I think it surprises you how loud you can be because you will yell once and then just sit there for a minute like you're processing that the sound actually came from you

  • Grab things. It's so sweet when you grab onto my shirt when I'm holding or feeding you, it feels like you just want to get as close as possible. You reach out and hold our hands all the time.

  • Are so strong. You're great at holding up your little neck when you do tummy time and when I hold you up you try to stand (but you haven't figured out what to do with your feet when you do that since you often end up standing on the sides of your feet, rather than the bottom) 

  • Are having trouble sleeping. You are just so aware of everything going on around you that I think it's hard for you to tune out and fall asleep. It's like you're afraid you're going to miss out on something so even though your head is bobbing and your eyes are heavy, you fight it until it overcomes you 

  • Love the laundry room! Funny, but true. You love staring at the bright pink walls or sitting on top of the dryer when it's going. When I take you into the laundry room your eyes get wide and excited

  • You also love books. Especially song-like rhyming books. Sometimes when I read to you, you just stare at the book like it's the most amazing thing in the world. I can also get you to lift your head up during tummy time by putting a good book in front of you.

  • You're trying SO so hard to learn to suck your thumb, but it's not quite happening yet. You shove your fist in your mouth and poke yourself with your thumb. On the rare occasion that you accidently get the thumb in there, you suck with such glee and excitement, but then get really frustrated when you lose it. You also hate it when I try to help you do this... so you're on your own baby.

  • Your major nickname this month is Bitty. As in you're my itty-bitty baby :) This might be one that sticks because it's really the only nickname we've used for you this month... but at the rate you're going (and the size of those cheeks) Bitty might not be fitting for too much longer! 

Fynn Randoms

  • 2 month vaccines were no joke. She had them Tuesday night and spent about 2 hours screaming... we think it was gas pains from the oral vaccines they gave her, but it was brutal. 
  • Just as brutal as her screaming last night? Was watching them stab my baby THREE TIMES... she handled the first like a champ, just a little whimper, but when the second and third came she lost it. Can't say I blame her. After the second she probably thought we were just going to keep stabbing her... poor baby.
  • She went from the 7th percentile in weight at 2 weeks to the 40th percentile at 2 months. Holy pack on the ounces baby girl! 
  • However, she also got a lot taller, she grew three inches in just 6 weeks which is crazy to me! 
  • I've written her 2 month post AND done her 2 month photo shoot... it's just taking me longer to get the pix on the computer, edited, and posted here... so her 2 month update is coming soon... like as soon as she take a nap... so probably not until tomorrow (I'm so not joking here) 
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