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Katherine’s 1st Birthday Party!

30 Jun

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We celebrated Katherine’s first birthday this past Saturday.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  In 6 days she will be one!

No birthday theme, just an afternoon full of color and fun and lots of hot dogs and ice cream and cake.  And a bounce house of course.  We had about 45 people in attendance, lots of family and some close friends.  All in all it was a fabulous day!  Kath has been teething lately and has been off for a few weeks sleep-wise (damn you leap 7!) but thankfully she was well-rested for receiving guests.

We did a hot dog bar with all the fixins’, pasta salad and potato salad (courtesy of my mother-in-law), a sundae bar, and delicious cupcakes and sweet treats made by Corey’s cousin.  I think I spent five minutes total talking to people – it’s time consuming hosting these gigs!  But…well worth it.  After all, your baby girl only turns one once!

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10 Months Old

13 May


I can’t believe it.  Our baby is ten months old.  Ten months is only two months away from a year; from no longer being a baby but a toddler.  WTF.  She has become such a little person since I last wrote.  She is so full of life and has such a dynamic personality – full of funny faces, sticking her tongue out and crawling all over the place.  Pulling herself up chanting “mama” all the time – everything is “mama” — the couch, the walls, her sister, etc.  She says it all the time but I’m not convinced she’s directing it at me just yet.  Does this count as a first word? I have no idea.  She is a very vocal baby, though.  I’m pretty sure once she starts she’s never gonna stop.  (“We caaaaan’t stop, we woooon’t stop…”)

The last couple of months have been filled with milestones for Katherine.  Crawling, two teeth (and about a million more ready to break  through), pulling herself up, big girl baths, first plane ride, eating tons of solid foods.  She loves just about everything we put in front of her and I’m pretty sure she’d graze 24 hours a day if we let her.  Last night she had tilapia for the first time and loved it.  Like, whatever – being all grown up with your taste buds.


First time at the beach.

We just returned home from Michigan about a week ago – my sister graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Michigan University so Katherine and I ventured out to the mitten for a couple of weeks to celebrate.  We had a blast and she was a total rock star on the plane, I shit you not.  I was so, so nervous about flying alone with an infant but she just kicked ass.  She either slept or played with her Mortimer Moose or made friends with the people sitting around us.  We were truly blessed with awesome fellow passengers – we ended up next to a grandma, a full-time nanny, a man with a daughter a few months older than Baby Girl, and on one flight we even ended up with a row to ourselves!

Next up on my list is planning her first birthday party.  I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around.  I feel like I’ve become such a cliche since having a child;  time goes by in a blink.  It seems like yesterday I peed on a stick; hell, it seems like yesterday Corey and I went on our first date.  And here we are, 4.5 years later with a house, two kids and a dog.  It’s insane.  Anywho…birthday party.  I’ve been browsing invitation designs on Shutterfly and hope to get them ordered sometime this week.  So that’s my next big to-do.

Hope you all are well; I promise promise to be better about writing  from now on.  xoxo!


Playing at Greenfield Village.

7 (Seven!) Months Old

10 Feb

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Wow.  So I haven’t posted since November.  What a giant blogging fail I am.   The good news is I am a better mama than blogger.  Katherine is seven months old now and just kicking ass at life all around.  The first couple of months with her home, and me home were such a blur.  Actually…not a blur.  I remember very vividly the tired, the stress, the not knowing what cry is associated with what need.  Just begging her to talk already and tell me what she wants so I can fix it. I remember everything.

But we have most definitely found a groove.  We have a routine.  And she is such a little person now.  She has this awesome personality bursting through.  She is an extremely happy baby 90% of the time.  Except for teething but really who can blame her?  This past weekend was a teething nightmare hell though.  There’s a tooth on the bottom right side that is just dying to break through and based on the last couple of days I’m guessing that it’s gonna cut any day now (half a year in=expert in everything.)

We spend our days dropping Audrey off at school, then come home and go for a walk around the neighborhood or at the local park (there is a duck pond!).  I try to do 2-3 miles a day and Tosha usually tags along.  I find a freezer meal to throw in the crock pot for dinner that night, hop in the shower and start our day.  Wednesday afternoons we are still going to her Mommy & Me class.  She loves it, I love it.  I have also stepped up my game as far as attending MOMS Club events.  Maybe a couple times a month.  Still not a lot but I like knowing it’s there.  I also make a point of hanging with my sister and nephew and my other stay at home mommy friends.

Katherine’s two favorite contraptions are her Baby Einstein aquarium jumper (I call it her work station) she received for Christmas, and the mat we got for her when she was about three months old.  You can see she thinks they are pretty freaking awesome.

photo 3Baby Einstein Neptune Activity Center available here.

photo 4Infantino play mat available here.

Other than that our days are pretty mellow.  I have to say I am incredibly happy and thankful that I get to stay at home with this little girl and raise her up and watch her grow and learn every single day.  She’s such a joy.  I’m so, so blessed.

In other family news, Audrey has been losing teeth left and right and I’m halfway to a mom-cut (I seriously love it though.  I can’t remember the last time my hair was this healthy.)

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That’s it for now!  I promise, promise to be better about keeping everyone up to date again.  XO.

Halloween Times

9 Nov

A bit late, I know, but we had a fantastic Halloween week!  The day before Halloween was the NICU Pumpkin Patch reunion at Katherine’s hospital.  It is an annual event, I believe they’ve done it for about 20 years now, and it is a great opportunity to see how all the former preemie babies have grown and changed an flourished.  It was so lovely to see Katherine’s doctors and a few of our favorite nurses.  They had live music, a buffet, balloon animals, and caricature artists.  It was awesome and I cannot wait to go back again next year!

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For Halloween night, we loaded up the girls and went over to Corey’s aunt and uncle’s house.  Gary and Tanya’s neighborhood is a crazy wild hot spot of trick or treating.  The street is packed with kids, it is nonstop.  Every house sets up a fire pit in the driveway and passes out candy.  They had appetizers and pizza and drinks; it’s a whole big event – they usually give out about 1,500 (!!) pieces of candy.  The police patrol the area and hand out glow necklaces.  It’s crazy.  We had so much fun and I can’t wait until next year when Katherine is old enough to walk around and really participate in the holiday.  🙂  We finally got a family photo, too…I guess I need to step it up in this department.  In case you can’t tell from the picture, Audrey was a peacock and Katherine was a lamb.

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Hope you all had a fabulous Halloween!!

Fall Favorites

22 Sep

Welp.  It’s Fall.  It’s Fall and it’s 81 degrees where we live.   Anyway – I thought I’d take a minute and share some of my faves with you all.  I know you’re chomping at the bit to find out what I’m into.

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1.  Grey Nail Polish – obsessed. There’s something about grey.  It’s basically the perfect neutral shade.  Looks chic, goes with everything.   Love, love, love.  Right now I can’t get enough of Essie Smokin’ Hot.  Buy it here.


2.  Red Wine – you have my heart.  I missed you last winter being knocked up and all.  But now…now we can be friends again.  Sort of.  Since Katherine’s been born, I’ve been able to have a beer now and then no problem (to help with my milk supply it has nothing to do with Football Sundays at all OBVI) but wine’s been a bit of a challenge.  However.  For Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew, I will make an exception.  I will have a wine headache for you, Witches Brew.  I will pump and dump for you, Witches Brew.  If only I could actually buy you.  This wine is made in Michigan, so it’s basically impossible to get it anywhere out of the area.  Unless maybe you call your awesome sister WHO LIVES IN MICHIGAN and have her ship you a case.  Or order online from WHAAAAT it’s not even my birthday.  Click here to buy.


3.  Fall Air Fresheners – If I had my way all the time always no matter what, our house would smell like Apple Cinnamon year-frickin-round.  But.  My man hates Apple Cinnamon. So we compromise.  You would be shocked to discover how much time we spend deciding on air fresheners.  It’s embarrassing.  Oh well.  That is love.  This fall I am all about Glade Fall Hayride scent.  It’s a little crisp, a little outdoorsy.  Audrey said it smells like Christmas in our house.  You can get this stuff pretty much anywhere – Target, Walmart, grocery stores, truck stop restrooms.  You know.


4.  All Pumpkin Everything – OHMAGAHD.  I am one of those people that loves pumpkin.  Pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes (mayyyybe we had some for breakfast this morning), pumpkin coffee creamer, and, of course, the godfather of them all – Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.  OHMAGAHD.

Pop-Color Jersey Pants for Baby - Anna Banana

5.  Baby Jeggings – I seriously am counting the minutes until it is cool enough for Katherine to wear pants of any kind.  Yesterday it was only 70 degrees so she should be able to rock these Old Navy Pop-Color Jersey Pants by, oh, February.  Get every color in every size right here.


6.  Television – okay, I am not obsessed with television or anything.  Even though I have watched more of it than I ever thought possible since going on maternity leave.  But seriously – Fall is awesome for TV.  All of our favorite shows are back and whatever but it makes me super happy:  The Voice, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The League.  But I am most stoked for American Horror Story: Coven.  This show is so effed up in the best way.  It is always dark and twisted and makes me think of Halloween.  I can’t wait until it’s back.  You will know because I will be tweaking out about it.

So there’s my list.  Happy Fall, lovelies!

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