Four Months

Monday, December 23, 2013


Many thanks to Sarah for the antlers!

Things I forgot to add to last week's post:
-The girl loves her mirrors. We spend a lot of time in front of them. Vain little baby.
-Currently in the midst of a major growth spurt. Nursing sporadically and frequently for very short periods of time, and way more fussy than usual. Such fun.
-Also at the four month peak of spit up. You probably don't care to know that, but that is why there are only 2 pictures from this particular photo shoot.
-Thomas is home for 12 days of leave (not to be confused with the 12 days of Christmas), and she is such a Daddy's girl. How do you think I got these smiles? We love having him around.

Cutest little elf.

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Bought those elf diapers at Target! Almost too big, but I don't care.

Christmas cards are in the mail

Friday, December 20, 2013


Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Photo courtesy of a 4 minute before night shift photo shoot
(while Thomas is dressed in digital camo from the waist down and I'm wearing pj pants), 
a remarkably cooperative baby fascinated by twinkle lights, 
and a "tripod" of a coffee table and some Bibles.

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Photo Dump

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pretty much the only way I am good at sharing photos is on Instagram. I don't even post many to Facebook. So if you're not following me on Instagram, here's what I've been stockpiling in my phone.

Fascinated by Dad's uniform in the Charleston airport.

First flight!

Apparently my husband grew up where Johnny Appleseed planted all of those trees!
I saw the trees! It was like an elementary school field trip. :) 

 Lovin' on my mom's handmade taggie stegosaurus.

Family snuggles.

She loves to grab onto things now!

The quilt is slowly coming together.

4 Christmas trees on the Volvo!

The cell pic that inspired our Christmas card (which you'll see later).

Bumpo love.

What Otto does during the day.

Quilt design- it's a slow process and this is already an old picture.

 THE cutest thing ever. (Not staged. Promise.)

The best toy for little hands that are just learning to grab.

 Margaret's odd new look- sucking that bottom lip in.
And yes, her bib does say "All hands on deck for snack time."
Who do you think picked that out??

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Months 3 & 4

Monday, December 16, 2013

 Late, late, I know. Combining months 3 & 4 to save myself some work. These are her 
3 month photos (taken on time!), 4 month ones will be up in a few days.

Things to know about Margaret at 3 & 4 months:


-She's a major flirt. She'll smile at anyone and everyone- charming people on planes (!!) as we took her first flight (and then three more) on our way to and from Ohio for Thanksgiving.
-But of course she refuses to smile whenever there's a camera around.
-She loves to be swaddled to go to sleep. I am not looking forward to having to wean her from that in a while, but for now, it kills that startle reflex and lets her know it is time for bed.
-My love of spicy food apparently has no effect on her desire for my milk. Whooo!
-We are finally at the stage where she can start to play with things! Her favorites are the O-Ball, her activity gym, a little sun ray toy I made for her (pictures to come), and this awesome moose that our neighbor gave to us.
-She loves to sit and stand with a little assistance. We just got a Bumpo seat and tray in perfect condition from Once Upon a Child for $20! It became a necessary purchase as we quickly got tired of having to hold her upright constantly. Now she can sit for a while, and look around while I wrap presents or do anything!
-Bath time is the best time. She loves to kick and splash around and gets so excited when she realizes that she's getting in her little tub. Can't wait for the bath toy age!


 Things to know about parenting/keeping a kid alive this month:
-They have no idea that you have no idea what you're doing. Keeping this thought in the back of my mind when I feel like I'm totally going crazy is helpful. She is only 3 (almost 4) months old. She won't have a clue as to how clueless I am until she can read and discovers that mommy has a blog.
-I occasionally employ the if-it-hasn't-been-spitup-on-yet-we-ain't-changing-it rule. Made it 36 hours until I realized that I was employing that rule. Changed her clothes and she promptly spit up on the new ones. No winning in parenting.
-I have two friends who also had little girls (within 3 weeks of me) and we are all doing different things, but you know? All of our little girls are happy and healthy. Each Mom is different (Dads too!) and so is each baby! Bottle or breastfeeding, cosleeping or crib, every family operates differently, so not every baby product will work the same and the choices right for one family might not be right for the next. But having friends with babes of the same age- the shiz. Who else will listen to your poop talk, weight issues, or understand that when you say you're going to meet them at 1:00, you really mean 1:15 because there's an inevitable diaper that needs tending to or some other mommy moment right as you want to walk out the door.

Right before spitting up all over the quilt.

Little monkey feet!

Four month pictures will be up in a few days.

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