Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Molly Anne is Three Months

I have no idea where the last three months went but they went.  And we have soaked up every minute of our time together.  On Sunday she turned three months old!  Ahhhhh.

Here are some things Molly Anne has been up to!

You weigh over 13 pounds and are probably over 24" long now.  You're in size 1 diapers and 3-6 month clothes.  You can fit into some 3 month outfits but you're wearing 6 month onesies....your 3 month ones were becoming a little scoop neck ha!  

You smile a lot now and have the sweetest giggle. You always want to be talking.  Babbling should be your middle name!

The past week you've been drooling a good amount. Maybe you're getting a tooth?!

In your second month of life you went on your first trip. It was to see Nannie and Poppa in Maryland.  We traveled through Virginia and also went to dinner in Delaware so you've definitely expanded the states you've visited.  

You love Mills and even try to sorta pet him. Laying on him is your favorite and you could do it all day.  

You instantly calm down if we take you outside. You love looking at the trees and sky!  You also love music and I tend to think you prefer Luke Bryan or any country. ;)

You aren't really interested in a pacifier and never have been.  You like your fist and as of this week, your thumb. Oh my. 

You hold your head up pretty well now. You can sit in the bumbo.  We are really working on tummy time a lot so we can round your head out and you don't have to wear the band.  We do exercises for your neck muscles at every diaper change to get those stronger.  

The last few mornings when we go in to get you, you've rolled to your left side. Maybe you're a side sleeper?!  You haven't rolled over either way fully yet but you try!

We've been starting bath time at 7:15, give you your bottle at 7:30 and you're in bed by 8.   You've been getting up anywhere between 6-7.  Some mornings you've slept past 7 but we usually grab you before.  Thank gracious you've been sleeping through the night since your two month birthday night.  Must be something about Nannie and Poppas house....you slept through the night for the first time there and mills got house trained there.  Nannie must crack the whip ha!!  We also quit putting you in the swaddle while we were up there. You hated that thing I think!

Two weeks ago we swapped your formula to enfamil gentle ease.  This has helped your tummy a lot!  Thank you Doc for helping us with this!

You are happiest when you can see what everyone around you is doing.  We were at a girls lunch last week and Smother (Sarah) held you.  You didn't like when you faced out the window, you wanted to face your lunch dates!  You were perfectly happy when she turned you around!  You wanna be part of the party, always!  

Your naps are getting a little more predictable. You're definitely an afternoon napper.  You never nap for more than 45 minutes it seems but your Doc is okay with this because your night sleep is so good. 

You are our biggest joy and we love you tons.  You have the sweetest personality and we love watching you grow and discover new things!  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dinner Parties

On Friday we chilled and I soaked up every minute of my last weekday with Molly Anne. 

That night we went to Sarah and Mike's for supper club!  

Molly Anne hung for about 20 minutes before Whimsy gave her her last bottle and put her to sleep in her pack n play.  After the dinner, we scooped her up and took her home with us.  Surprisingly it worked ok. I gave her another bottle at 1am when we got home and she went right back to sleep and slept til 8:30!!!

Isn't the table amazing?!  

Saturday we watched the nc state game. 

Then went to Brad and Shauna's for dinner. 

They just built their house and it's gorgeous.  Her kitchen is amazinggggg.  

She made PW's roast and mashed potatoes.  And also carrots and an awesome salad.  She is a serious cook!

And her chocolate chip cookies which she made the recipe for...so good. Soooo good. 

This is what Sunday consisted of.  I felt like it was the eve of my first day of school. 

We facetimed with my brother and his fam because it was my niece's 8th birthday.  Gill and Mills also spoke ha!

Lots of tummy time. 

And chili was simmering in the crock pot for dinner. 

Here's to my first day back. I know I'll be glad to see all of my friends. And really glad to see my girl later in the afternoon. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five on Friday - Posh Tots Sale

1.  All of this rain we are supposed to be getting in Charlotte is going to be nuts.  I figured it would be a good time to try grocery shopping via the express lane.  Rachel, Katie and Sarah have been raving about it for a long time so I placed an order last night and meal planned for next week. Picking it all up at 1 today.  It is kinda nice to not have to worry about having Molly Anne with me in the cart!

2.  The pic above is both of our baby ducks.  Clearly I was obsessed with mine.  It went everywhereeeee with me when I was a baby.  Speaking of ducks, she didn't have a rubber ducky for the bathtub so I got her one this week.  It could have been a coincidence but I've never seen her so wild in her bath before. She was laughing, smiling and moving everywhere!

3.  Yesterday Sarah and I went to the Posh Tots sale.  We weren't as successful as last year but I did get a few really cute things for Molly Anne.  Y'all know how darn picky I am about my clothes. Multiply that times 100 for Molly Anne's clothes!  Here's a lemon loves layette piece I got for $16, usually over $60. 

And this kissy kissy outfit I think I paid $25 for but I went to shower me with love later in the afternoon and they had it for $66.  Both this and the one above are soooo soft. 

Both outfits she can wear to "school!"  Also, Target has the cutest children's clothes.  I can't wait until Molly Anne can wear their 12m and above sizes because they make adorable things!  I did place a big order from there for basics like leggings to go with some appliqué shirts etc.  

4.  I don't want to talk about it toooo much because I don't want to jinx it but Molly Anne has essentially been sleeping through the night since September 4.  But y'all, I haven't. I have been up staring at the monitor.  Right now is highest risk of sids and even though her doc talked sense into me about it and I shouldn't be paranoid, I am.  So basically i haven't been sleeping like I should.  When my parents were here, dad kept the monitor for me so I couldn't look at it. That definitely helped but I was still up worrying.  I'm here to report - I slept from 10-6:30 last night. Hallelujah!!!  And it looks like she's been turning on her side?!  This is good for her head which has been a big escapade this week.  Need to write about that soon.  

5.  Here's to a fun weekend soaking up every minute with my real life babydoll.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Just some photos from this week....

Baby book. I worked on it for awhile last night. 

Just soaking up all of these moments!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Back to Work

Well it has been a truly amazing 12 weeks with Molly Anne.  I cannot believe it is coming to an end.  Quite frankly, I was scared to leave the office and all of my projects for 12 weeks and now I'm scared to go back.  I'm a control freak so leaving all of my deals to (my very capable) coworkers made me nervous.  I was worried about having nothing to do when I got back or being so out of the loop that I was going to have to start over.  Thankfully, I kept up with all my email throughout the few months and everything was done perfectly and I'll pick back up right where I left off.  Can I please tell you how amazing my friends at work are?  And can I also tell you how awesome the owners of my company are because I had 12 weeks of paid time off?  THANK YOU.  THANK YOU.  I'm incredibly grateful. 

But the time has ended and I must go back.  I'm looking forward to it but I am going to admit, I'm also scared.  I have no clue how it's going to work with me traveling.  I can do day trips most of the time but there are some places I go that I physically cannot do in a day.  Kevin is obviously perfectly capable to take care of her but let's be honest - I'm going to miss her like CRAZY.  I know there are women all of the place that go back to work and travel so I surely can do it, I just need to get used to it. 

When I'm home, I'm planning to go in to the office early (Kevin will have morning duty) and leave mid afternoon most days to pick her up. I'll still work from home a day a week as I was doing prior to getting pregnant.  This is the plan but it can all change.  I think we need to give our new normal at least through the end of the year to see how it works.  

I don't want to miss things with Molly Anne.  Eventually she will have music class, sports & games and field trips. And even now - play dates or outings with friends and their littles. I want to be there for as much as I can. And I hope to be able to make that happen thanks to a supportive and family oriented work environment.  We'll see.  I know, I'm getting ahead of myself but it's still something I'm thinking about. 

And on social obligations - Kevin and I are going to have to truly prioritize what WE want our weekends to look like.  So often we feel obligated to do such and such. Well not anymore, we are doing what we want to do with our little family as top priority.  Anyone else hear me?  This is something I've struggled with for a long time...how to say no.  But I'm gonna learn because Molly Anne and Kevin are top priority.

All in all, I think it will be a good thing. I'm fully confident in the lady watching Molly Anne and I know that she will teach her so many things.  Molly Anne will enjoy being with her and the other children.  

Ok those are my thoughts after jotting these notes down over the last week.  I think we just need to see how it goes and adjust as necessary.  I'm looking forward to working and having the mental challenge.  And I'll really look forward to seeing my girl every day after work!  

Anyone have any thoughts on when they went back to work?!

Sean and Laura's Wedding

Saturday was Sean and Laura's wedding!  Kevin worked with Sean at the bank years ago.  The church was gorgeous. 

A tree had fallen in the neighborhood earlier in the day and the power was still out.  It made for a candlelit ceremony which was so pretty!  And the bride was totally cool with it!  

Then we headed over to Myers Park CC for the reception. 

First dance

They're off to Jackson Hole for their honeymoon!

Then it was a great idea to go to duckworths with everyone from the wedding haha!  But after that we went to Selwyn, just Kevin and I. Good times. 

I felt pretty normal the next day minus my feet killing me!  Ahh heels ha!

Congrats to the happy couple!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend - Trip, Parents here, Chill

Oh what a weekend.  My parents flew down early Thursday because Kevin and I had a few adult events starting that night.  It was funny timing because we had just been in Maryland with them.  We are getting spoiled seeing them so often!  It's HARD living so far from your own parents when you have a baby.  I want them to get to know Molly Anne as if they lived in town.  Thank goodness for FaceTime. 

Anyway, Thursday night was my first night spent away from my girl so I was glad things were normal for her being at our house and in her crib.  This way I could stay sane and I didn't have to pack up her whole life for one night.  We all survived!  

Kevin won a mini work trip to a resort in town.  The dinner was only for the guys so Kim and I went to dinner at Dogwood.  The trout...

We talked and talked and talked.  We traveled to China and Japan with she and her hubby.  It was so good to catch up!

We ubered back to the hotel and hung with some of our friends that were in town.  

I got up early the next morning and drove home to see my girl.  I brought her back to meet Kim and pick up Kevin. 

Mom and I did some Christmas shopping that afternoon with Molly Anne. 

Then Gigi and Sarah came to see us!! 

Friday night we were invited to a rehearsal dinner after party but we had decided a couple weeks ago that it would be a lot to do three nights in a row.  Instead, we went to dinner with my parents at Midwood!  

Saturday was low key but somehow busy!  I got to hang with these bubbas for a little bit. 

That night we went to a wedding. I'll do another post on this. It was gorgeous!

Sunday cuddle and football time. 

Nannie and Poppa went back home this morning.  We already miss them.  

Molly Anne and I have a couple chores to do today but this week im going to be selfish.  It's Molly Anne and I time.  All day every day. Only doing things we want to do and hopefully kevin will be around a lot too.  It's my last week of maternity leave.  Ahhhhhhh.