Josieanne Grace’s 100th Day

Last weekend our beautiful baby celebrated her 100th day with us on Earth!

*pt* and I decided it would be fun to take 100 photos of her throughout the day. Nothing fancy and all taken with our cell phones. It was fun to capture her day.

Check out the Flipagram we made of the photos!

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Squirt // 3 Months

Whoa it’s been three months since I became a mom.

People say it goes fast; When I say to someone that my little girl is 3 months old, it does feel like it went fast, but when she’s crying or we are having an “off” day the time drags.

This has been a learning experience for me like nothing in my life has ever been. All in a good way though, I truly wouldn’t change it for the world.

For the first few weeks *pt* and I were living in a the fog that we had heard so much about.

The day after she was born, the door on our hospital room seemed to be a revolving one. Every time we had a moment to breathe and realize we were now a family of three we’d hear a knock on the door: my doctor, her doctor, the nurse, the lactation counselor, the nurses’ supervisor, visitors, the list goes on;

*pt* and I couldn’t wait to go home and get on “our” own schedule and begin the next part of our “Life Tour”.  However, when we went home, we had a moments of wondering what to do next. The hospital gave us a bunch of paperwork and amongst it all was a pamphlet that said “what to do next”. I skimmed it over in a brief moment I had I still wasn’t quite sure what to do. Let’s be honest could a pamphlet really tell me ALL I needed to know about taking care of this beautiful human I have brought into the world?

Over these three months we’ve slowly begun to figure it out. Don’t get me wrong everyday we learn something new and I am sure that will go on for the rest of our lives.

I’ve watched a cousin grow from a newborn to an adult and nieces and nephews from newborn to young children, but now I am watching this little Squirt that grew inside ME for 9 months. She really is changing from day to day. She has filled out the wrinkled skin that she born with, her thighs are becoming chubby cute ones that everyone adores. She smiles a lot at me and *pt* when she sees us. It’s pretty awesome to watch her recognize us.

A few things that I have learned so far:

-The “waiting” during the last few days before she was born seem like an eternity ago;

-Any pain or discomfort I may have felt during my pregnancy and labor are almost nonexistent in my mind now. Once I held my tiny, vunerable baby in my arms there was nothing else I could think about.

-Some people will tell you you won’t need many newborn size diapers–until your baby is small enough to wear them past 2 months old 🙂 We just moved to the size 1 about 2 weeks ago; they are a little big but the newborn had gotten a bit snug.

-The sizes on the tags in baby clothing doesn’t mean anything; your baby may grow out of one outfit that says “newborn” in less than a month and wear another “newborn” outfit past 2 months; 0-3 Month clothing— still trying to figure that size out 🙂 (see picture below- “newborn” on tag)

-It’s ok to just want to cuddle your baby; to let her fall asleep in your arms; This is the BEST feeling in the world!

-Seeing your child smile at you and “coo” is the most wonderful sight and sound. She loves to talk to us and it’s so great to see that she’s trying to communicate with us.

-Some things that come naturally to some mothers may not come naturally to others; Most new moms go through the same stress and anxiety about taking care of a baby–although sometimes you feel like you are the only mom going through it.

Throughout my pregnancy I read “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. I am glad I did, it was informative on a few levels. Each chapter reiterated one important statement: “every pregnancy and every woman is different”. And not only is that true but all babies are unique and different too. I have to remind myself often that no matter what I see or hear from other moms that our life is going the way it is meant to go.

We have our challenges with a few things but overall our little girl is healthy and the happiest baby I’ve ever seen! I hope she always smiles her way through life as she does now!

We look forward to learning more things in the months to come!

Happy 3 Months Sweet Baby! 

3 Months

SHE’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Our baby girl was born January 15, 2015 at 5:08pm!

She is everything we hoped she’d be and more! 

I think *pt* and I made some pretty good decisions regarding how we handled the pregnancy and delivery of our first child. Specifically, we are very happy we waited to learn the sex of the baby was until she was born. It was such good incentive to keep pushing through. When the doctor said “it’s a girl” I had to take a moment between the excitement and ask “it’s a girl???”. *pt* said the doctor even looked as though she was checking again and attempted to show me to prove it. 🙂 

Our little peanut is with us a week already and we are all adjusting pretty well to life with one another. There are lots of learning curves for us all and a few things can be challenging but we are loving being a family of three. 

In the early stages of my pregnancy I started taking photos of my belly to send *pt* when he was on the road. I decided even though he was home now that I would continue with it. This is the ©Flipagram I made to show the progress.

I can’t wait to continue to document her life as she grows! 

 

Dear Squirt

7 January 2015

Dear Little Squirt

Today is your due date, it is also exactly 8 months from when we found out we were expecting you. 
Thank you for being so kind to me for most of the pregnancy. I think overall I was pretty lucky with all that changed about me, my life and my body physically. 

You have no idea how much your dad and I look forward to meeting you. We are so curious as to whom you will look like and how you will change our lives. 

We have worked hard to create a home for you and set up your bedroom the way we hope you will like. 

We promise to protect you and teach you as much as we can. The world can be a challenge at times but know that your dad and I are ALWAYS going to love you and support you! 

Thanks for choosing us to be your parents! We loved you the moment we knew you were on your way to us. 

Love, 
Mom and Dad 

3 days till 40 weeks

Here we are 3 days away from “Squirt’s” due date. Waiting… patiently for our little one to arrive. I had a considerable list of things that I needed to do and wanted to buy for the baby before his/her arrival, the list is just about completely crossed off and then I’ll literally be waiting for the baby to arrive. 🙂

It’s nice to be so organized, but now the waiting with not much else to do might drive me nuts. My doctor says things are going smoothly and they have been for the entire pregnancy and we will take it a step at at a time to get this baby to make their appearance.

*pt* and I are very excited, as most can imagine. We have daily conversations about how our life is going to change and what each day could possibly hold for us. We try to plan out possible scenarios of when the time comes to call the doctor and/or go to the hospital. We also continue to remember how blessed we are that he is now working so much closer to home as opposed to having been on the road almost this entire third trimester.

We recently saw an episode of “I Love Lucy” when Lucy was pregnant with Little Ricky and how Ricky, Fred and Ethel planned out and practiced how it would go when Lucy said it was “time”. It was quite hilarious because they practiced a few times and of course in the moment when it was time they were all so disheveled and excited that they forgot what each of them was to do and Lucy was left standing in the living room when all of them had left the apartment without her. Hopefully it won’t be that way for us, but we are as prepared as we can be with bags pack and a list of last minute items we should grab.

Stay tuned…

WHOA! It's January! Any day now!

WHOA! It’s January! Any day now!

Baby-Cation

Gratefully, *pt* and were able to get away for a weekend in the busy month of November for what we called our “baby-cation”.

It was our last (mini)-vacation before our little “Squirt” arrives. We decided to look for a place to go within a 2-hour radius to save a bit of money by being able to drive and to leave right after *pt* was done with work on Friday afternoon.

We ended up in Ballston Spa, NY and stayed at the Medberry Inn and Spa.IMG_3117

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Ballston Spa is a quaint, simple, little town that was perfect for a relaxing weekend away. 

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IMG_3118 The weather was crisp and cold but clear for the time we were there. We took a few walks around the town and stopped in some of the unique stores. There were a few antique and collectible shops as well as small hometown gift stores and restaurants. IMG_1402IMG_3119 IMG_3120We really enjoyed our weekend! The food we had was good (especially the fried ice cream–made with Corn Flakes) and we had a wonderfully relaxing couples massage. One of the best I’ve had! The therapist was so sweet, she said I seemed so comfortable that she let me borrow the pillows that I was cuddling with during my prenatal massage for that night! You know pregnant women and their pillows. 

We are very blessed to have been able to take some time away just the two of us before we become a family of three in a few weeks.

Tradition Continued

A few weeks ago we were able to continue our tradition and head up to West Point Military Academy for a football game. *pt* was able to join us this year too!
We were a small group of 8, it was chilly but sunny so it wasn’t unbearable. Once we were in our seats I even had to take my coat off because the sun was warm enough and there were plenty of people around to stay warm for a bit without it.

We had lot of yummy food for tailgating both before and after the game. IMG_3140That’s right- Grilled Pizza! The only photo I took of the food but the most unique in my opinion 🙂

My dad standing during the halftime ceremony honoring our veterans and the men and women currently serving! This was definitely one of highlights of the day! I love that my dad is a veteran, it makes me proud. IMG_3143

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Army won so that definitely made the game even better!