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March Recap

It’s so hard to find time to update anything. How do those mommy bloggers do it? Is that all they do? Do they sleep?

So…March…Evie grew. We went to the zoo. Evie had her first sleepover with Auntie V and Syd.

I guessed the final two and the winner of the Tournament of Books. So yeah. Obviously my life is super fascinating.

We read a book to Evie one night and she giggled out loud.  Needless to say we’ve tried everything to recreate that experience. She really does love Please Mr Panda.

I am going to be better about posting. I always think, “I should write about that.” Then it doesn’t happen. Evie gets hungry or I need to shower or the dishes need to be washed or Evie gets bored and needs attention.

February Recap

This has been  a busy month. I went back to work and am still catching up on everything. I feel like I might never get caught up.

I feel like I’ve finally gotten my reading mojo back. Of course, I’m not reading as much as I did pre-pregnancy, but I finished four books this month!

Evie is growing like a weed. She’s so smart and so sweet and so cute. She had her first photoshoot last weekend with Auntie Cassy. The photos are gorgeous (a sneak peek below).  Seriously, if you’re in the Phoenix area looking for a photographer, give Cassy a call. <3


Life: Baby Fun

We’re 12 weeks into parenthood and you could say we’re enjoying it…. Combined we’ve taken close to a bajillion (or 6,000) photos of Evie, we’ve flown with her, taken her to the zoo, and basically tried to soak up all the baby-goodness we can. Plus we’ve made her into a GIF and a meme ;-)

Hey look! She’s dancin':

dancing baby

Part of Jesse’s meme-madness:

seriously?! superhero practiceThis makes it look like I never put my child in clothes…but I swear, I do! We’ve just caught her in the middle of bedtime prep and doctor appointments here.

January Recap

Started the year off not with a bang or even a sizzle but with snoring. We celebrated the new year with the East Coast and we managed to get Evie to bed three minutes before midnight. She then slept over 7 hours!

We saw a movie (Into the Woods) — without the baby! The grandparents came over to watch her and I missed her the whole time.

Evie slept at least 7 hours nearly every night in January! Who’s the luckiest mommy in the world? Let’s hope she keeps this up as I return to work…

Mommy and baby made a goal to leave the house at least once a day even if just for a walk…and we managed it successfully more than once.

We made a quick trip to Denver so Evie could meet Jesse’s dad. Around the time of our trip, Evie discovered her tongue — she sticks it out at us all the time. It’s super cute.

We visited Butterfly Wonderland AND the Phoenix Zoo! We were very busy during our last weekend together (Jesse’s schedule changed to having weekdays off again).  We snapped a couple of cute photos of Evie with butterflies (yes…she is dressed like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Jesse wanted them to match). <3

Evie slept through most of the zoo, but she was pretty alert at BW — mainly because you can’t take a stroller in so she was either carried by Jesse or in the Sakura Bloom with me. While she did sleep a little, it was also SUPER humid in there so she was a sweaty mess which didn’t help her sleep. (And she sleeps a lot at night so those long naps during the day are becoming distant memories.)

What is this thing?
What is this thing?

I read books (and not just board books with Evie!).

We discovered that Evie likes Friends. I’m pretty sure she thinks they are real people in our living room and we managed to finish it before I head back to work. We clearly need more things to do outside of our house.

We tried several recipes found on Pinterest…and we were successful with all attempts!

#todayiam having soup. #yummy #estellagram #pinterest

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Evie started daycare at the end of the month…that was really hard. Really, really hard. But we cleaned up her room a bit — put away her Newborn and 0-3 month clothes. (And some of her Gerber 3-6 month onesies — those are definitely the equivalent of a men’s slim cut vs a regular fit.) By the end of the week I managed to NOT call and check in on her. I even managed to starting feeling like me again instead of just mommy — I got a haircut, bought a couple new cardigans, finished another Shutterfly project, read over half of another book.  Despite all of that me time, it was so good to have her back with me on Saturday and Sunday.

Going back to work will be very weird. I have to remember how to interact with adults and, generally, just how to do my job. I have to get used to my weird schedule again and figure out how I’m going to manage that schedule with a baby and pumping and feeding her and daycare. So much is different!

Wish me luck! I’m back to work tomorrow!

Going home.

A Quick Trip to Denver

Jesse’s dad lives in Wyoming so we decided to go on an adventure to visit him. We flew into Denver in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, slept for a few hours, hung out with family and friends, and left on Sunday morning. While I didn’t get to visit THE bookstore in Denver, I did get to experience Casa Bonita. (Jesse made me watch the South Park episode when we got back home).

Just a cliff-diver because every restaurant should have one. #slomo

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Evie was a superstar. She didn’t sleep on the way there — way too much new stuff for her to check out. But while we were there she was fantastic and on the way back she even napped a little on the plane. Thank goodness for the Internet and Googling how to successfully fly with a baby (it’s all about letting her eat during takeoff and landing)!