Dear Harper

Dear Harper,

If someone told me that you would be the happiest baby in the world on the day that you came into the world…I may not have believed them.  I mean, I knew you’d be MY baby angel….but I didn’t know you’d act like one.  This week you’ve had your moments FITS.  But I know it’s a combination between being sick and teething, nobody feels like being nice when they’re sick.  Even being sick, you were smiling and sweet.  I’m sure anyone who missed seeing your outrageously disgusting vomit spells would never suspect that you were sick.  I hope you’re this way when you are older!  My mom tells me that you are a lot like me, except much more social.  You make friends EVERYWHERE you go.  Everywhere.


These are some things you are doing at 10 months old:

  • You can climb halfway out of your pack n play.  I can only assume this means you will be all the way out in a few months time.
  • You have switched “Mama” to your favorite word again FINALLY.  I had begun to wonder if you were ever going to say it again!
  • You have a favorite movie.  Dispicable Me.  AND MOMMY EVEN BOUGHT YOU THE BIG FLUFFY UNICORN FROM THE MOVIE!  
  • You also have a favorite youtube video.  Twinkle twinkle little star from super simple learning.

You have sprouted your first tooth, and in only a week, I can see it’s making some real progress!!

Last week

This week

Maybe I’m obsessed with it, but I notice the difference from last week and this week!

You can clap your hands! (I would upload a picture of it, if my computer wasn’t being so fussy right now!
You’ve grown so much, I can barely grasp that you will be one year old in just 2 months!!

The Mommy

The Happiest Girl in the World

She is.  It’s true.  I had a REALLY terrible pregnancy, and it WAS a savings account for a great baby (as I suspected)!!!

Watching her FAVORITE movie and dancing every time she sees the minions and little girls!

She’s always been my little gerbil baby, because she will drink from cups and bottles standing up if I hold the bottle, and will refuse to use her hands to help if she doesn’t want to. I told John we needed to put one of these in her cribs and we would be all set










Only kidding. Sort of. It’s funny though. 🙂

But at least she’s shown me that she CAN indeed hold her own sippy cup up and drink while sitting up! This is rather new, she would only drink reclined or laying down by herself.

Anyways…great to release a little happy on ya.


Prep work

I’m not sure when this started.  The seed was planted when I was pumping breast milk because I had to do it every 4 hours (minimum).  There was always an abundance of milk laying around in line to be fed to baby hungry hungry hippo.  I knew to put a time on it and sit it on the counter we usually feed from.  Because if we lost the milk……..we nearly lost our minds.

And so the prep-work continues into formula feeding….

I set out bottles with 6 ounces (free hand poured THANKYOUVERYMUCH) so that we can just dump the pre measured formula into the water:

I set out madela bottles with 3 scoops of formula.  These are different because they are “night time” bottles.  We mix the water in the formula, THEN add about 4 scoops of rice cereal.  They’re done differently because it’s a pain in the rear end to try to pour water into a bottle that already has 4 ounces of the dry stuff in it.  It was a lesson that took a couple months to learn.

Then sprinkle in some baby tylenol and oragel for a teething baby – and we are set up for success.

I really only forget the set up once every 2 weeks.  Because it wakes everyone in the darn house up when I don’t do the prep work.  And I’m the only one who does the full monty, so I’d better do it if  I want my precious night time sleep.  I can refuse to do it all I want……..but then I’m just pulling my hair out when John is running around the house at 4:50 am screaming where is the bottle?!?!?  Where is the formula?!?!  I lost the baby!!!  Just kidding on the last one, she is usually in the crib at 4:50am.

I wish someone had given me a set of instructions on prep work before the baby came, but, how can you start prepping for someone that you’ve never met?  I mean you can prep with clothes, diapers, and all that jazz…but you don’t know what they will eat, how much of it they will want, when they will teeth….so I will follow my basic prep guidelines with baby 2.0, but I’m sure they’ll be a little bit different!

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New kicks and newborn dreams…

Yesterday afternoon was spend working, explaining to carrabba’s that I needed a “bucket” of pasta to please my pregnancy craving, and at the baby’s r us…WHERE I SCORED THESE:

Another note on those pictures…….I can already hear my future self…. “Harper, if you keep making that face it’s going to stick that way!!!!!” She makes some REALLY crazy faces!!! The “gremlin” is the most common!

Back to the baby’s r us…….that place is a trap. Not only do I have Harper now, I have baby 2.0 to think about!! And then I see my favorite thing in the world….NEWBORN SIZE SLEEPERS. They’re so little. And they have the hand covers……MUST HAVE THEM. Must also keep the receipt since I’m not supposed to be buying gender revealing things when I am not *SURE* what baby 2.0 actually is yet. Sigh. Maybe in a couple of weeks we can confirm our suspicions and reveal it to the entire world! (I get to say that now that I have friends in the UK, Spain, Malaysia, and Australia. ) Big. Deal. 🙂

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Pregnancy dieting


Not happening.

A friend and I were talking about this a while back before I knew (I think).  We were complaining about our fat you know whats and the things we ate while we were pregnant and maybe doing it different the second time.  It sounded pretty good when I was talking about it.

But not anymore.

I would eat the things on a meal plan just fine……….and then add 74 other various meals after 8pm to the plan.

Let’s face it, I’m untrustworthy in a kitchen or restaurant.  Or a highway where I have to pass multiple restaurants.

This is how my nights usually go:

ME:  Hey I think I want to make chicken pot pie tonight.

JOHN:  Okay sounds good.

ME:  (off camera sneaking off to Captain D’s for fried cheese sticks)

JOHN:  Are we still eating pot pie?

ME:  Ummm I’m not really as hungry as I was earlier….maybe just eat leftovers?


This is how tonight went:

ME:  So I got some pasta from Carrabba’s today and thought maybe we could eat it with salmon.

JOHN: Eh I don’t really want salmon.

ME:  Well that’s fine because I got the size to feed like 9 families full of pasta so we can just eat that out of the bucket it came in.

(I proceed to eat pasta out of the bucket like a homeless crack head.)

JOHN: (sees pasta bucket) HOLY SH*T how much did you pay for that MUCH pasta?!????!!!!!

My only real successes have been with crock pot meals because I get to smell them most of the day and nibble on them beforehand.

Baby 2.0 has taken over my brain cells, my bladder,  and my appetite.  I’ll approach 400 lbs pretty soon.  But I’ll be satisfied in my tummy.  And that’s what I “need”.

So here are some things I’ve decided I NEED to make in the magical pot:

  1. Honey sesame chicken
  2. The ultimate beef stroganoff 
  3. Bacon ranch and chicken macaroni (alright I just realized this is not for my magical pot, but I still want it)
  4. Crock pot cheesecake (WHAT????!!!!!!)

I’m SO hungry now.  Feed me.

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