Friday, November 30, 2012


We took advantage of some lovely weather over the long Thanksgiving weekend and went for several walks with both kids (2-legged and 4-legged).

MC is now big enough to sit in the stroller without using her carseat, so she enjoyed the new view facing out. She looks so tiny in that big stroller in these pictures -- maybe I should clarify and say she's strong enough to stroll without the carseat, does not necessarily correspond to size!! :)

There are several nice paved trails near our house, so we like to walk on those when we get a chance, just to see something different from our usual neighborhood sights and smells.

When we go to a new trail, we spend a lot of time stopping for Kip to sniff all the new and interesting smells along the way.

BD, master self-portrait-taker, even managed to get a shot of the whole family!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tar Heel in Training

Our UNC season basketball tickets are here! BD has already looked at the schedule to determine which games MC will be able to attend with us.

These pictures will serve as proof one day that she was a Tar Heel fan before she could even say the word.

Monday, November 26, 2012

MC's First Thanksgiving

We had such a fun first Thanksgiving with MC!

Although this technically wasn't our first Thanksgiving in this house, it almost felt like it to me since last year I was still experiencing some pretty awful morning sickness. This year I felt great, and we all really enjoyed the day!

My parents joined us to celebrate Thanksgiving and my dad's 70th birthday. They gave MC an early Christmas present - a high chair - so she was able to sit at the table like a big girl.

She was pretty excited about it and made it through almost the whole meal in her chair! We ate in the dining room; it was the first time we've eaten in the dining room since we moved to this house.

By the end of the day, she was all Thanksgiving-ed out.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Just for Laughs...

Bet you can't watch this without smiling!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Five Months Old!

At 5 months old, our little MC is such a joy. In general she is an easy, smiley, happy baby - she is our little ray of sunshine. Everyone who meets her comments on how alert she is; she does not miss much that goes on around her. She is super curious and will crane her neck, arch her back - whatever it takes to see the action. It takes her a little while to warm up to new people, but once she does she "talks" a mile a minute.
November 12, 2012

This has been a big physical development month for her. She started rolling back-to-tummy this month. The first time she rolled over, I was watching and saw her do it and then she wasn't interested in trying it again. A week later I set her down on her back in the den and walked into the kitchen to pop my lunch in the microwave. When I walked back to check on her, she was on her tummy, propped up on her elbows, and there's been no stopping her since.

She has discovered that she can get her toes in her mouth - a feat which never ceases to impress BD. She also loves to stick her tongue out when she smiles which makes for some great photo ops when we're quick enough to catch it on camera.

This is the first month that she's really noticed the bear while we were taking her pictures. And then of course she was so interested I had a hard time getting her to look at me again. She does recognize and respond to her name now, so I can usually get her attention to the general area of the camera.

She's starting to prop herself on her hands if we put her in a sitting position. Her balance is quickly getting better...

but it usually results in a quick-catch maneuver by whomever is closest to her.

We are looking forward to our first holiday season with her. I think she's at a fun age for the holidays - interested and alert but not mobile, LOL!

Five Month Info:

Stats: (weighed and measured at home)

Feeding: Still exclusively BF. Although she is really starting to pay attention when she sees us eating. She will watch the fork from plate to mouth. So we may try some cereal soon.

Sleeping: This was not a good month for sleeping, unfortunately. I don't know if it's the famous four month sleep regression or if she's starting to teethe or if it was the cold/cough we all passed around -- or a combination of all of that -- but her night sleeping took a big hit. The last couple of nights in particular have been really atrocious, with her up almost every 2 hours all night long. In general, we try to have her down by 8pm, and she's usually ready to be awake between 6:30-7:30am. We start off the night by putting her down in the PnP in our room but after she wakes up to nurse I usually either put her in the bassinet or in bed with us. She still does okay for naps during the day - especially if I'm willing to hold her, which I usually am. It means I don't get as much done during the day as I'd like, but I also know that she won't be in this stage forever. And I've discovered that if she sleeps better during the day, she will generally sleep better during the night, so it's usually worth it to me to sit and hold her while she naps (and sometimes nap with her!).

Clothes: She is in 3-6 month clothes now and size 2 diapers. The clothes are still pretty big on her, but hopefully that means we'll get through the majority of the winter with what we have now. Thanks to some generous gifts and hand-me-downs from friends and family, I think we are all set for the winter.

Four Month Post

Three Month Post

Two Month Post

One Month Post  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wanted. Part 4.

WOW! It has been a while since I've done a "wanted" list. Here are my previous lists, from over two years ago:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

As usual, this is a list of things that I would buy myself if I were spending someone else's money. Or what I'll buy when I finally win the lottery. (This is where BD usually points out that in order to win the lottery, I have to actually play the lottery.) Either way, it's fun to do some online window shopping, so let's begin!

Here is what I've currently got on my radar:

A fancy-pants high chair for MC. This one converts to a toddler chair and then a big-kid chair which kinda justifies the price. I like it because it has no fabric so it's easily wipeable, and it's not as giant as some of the others on the market. And it's not hideous.

A Beco Gemini baby carrier. Neither of the baby carriers we have now will let you do a back carry. This one does front carry (facing in or out), back carry, and hip carry. And cute fabrics, too!

A new camera. I don't have enough interest to invest in a full-fledged SLR camera, but I think I would enjoy having this SLR-like model. Our little point and shoot has been displaying an error message for a month now, plus now that we have a much more important subject to capture, I'd like to have the ability to make a few adjustments using manual settings.

Back when we were originally shopping for glider rockers, BD wanted one of the wood-with-cushions style, and I wanted a club-chair style. We ended up getting the style he liked, and it has been a good purchase because it has a higher back on it and reclines -- better for sleeping with a newborn. However, it lives downstairs in the den, and I would really like an upholstered one to go upstairs in her nursery.

And you would suspect someone other than me had created this list if there weren't a pair of shoes on it, right? I know, I am as surprised as you are that these are Dr. Scholl's brand! I am slowly converting into a flats gal; it's much easier to carry baby, car seat, diaper bag, etc when wearing flats instead of heels.

I desperately need new running shoes. This is the new version of the shoe I currently wear for exercising. This is the one thing on the list that I actually need and will probably purchase for myself soon. I've had my current pair since July 2010, so I think this purchase is justified considering I wear them almost every single day!

Another Glamourmom nursing tank. These tanks are pricey but by far my favorite for nursing. For some reason nursing tanks don't come in a lot of colors, which is unfortunate.