Sunday, November 30, 2014


Day number 6 of no hot water, and things are actually getting easier.  Caleb's saying things like, "Hey - showering out of a pot of water heated on the stove is way more efficient, and much quicker than a normal shower!  I may not go back!"

My hair is getting the hippie treatment (washed every 2-3 days), as are my legs, and while it may be more oily than usual, it sure is easier to get ready when you don't have to dry and style it every single morning.  I'll be wearing a floor-length skirt to church today, hoping no one notices what feels like bear fur covering my legs.

Baby girl is still getting her baths, just not as often, and not as nice of a bath.  She's used to getting the spa treatment, spoiled girl....

Caleb tried fixing the heater himself, no luck.  We're also out the cost in parts.

Don't worry about the fact that it snowed this week, our dishes are only getting washed when we absolutely have to wash them for lack of silverware, and we have a baby in winter-like weather.

Sure hope the landlord is enjoying his vacation right now!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

2-Month Stats

I took my baby girl to the doctor on Friday for her checkup;

She weighed in at a whopping 11 lbs 2 oz (41st %-ile).

Length is now at 23.5" (79th %-ile).

She got 2 shots and 1 oral vaccine.  Took 'em like a champ.

Okay not really, but you know.  She's a baby.  Can't really expect much more from her.

Returning to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Months

So last week I bought those super cute number stickers that everyone and their dog has for their babies.  You know, you put them in a onesie or something similarly plain, and slap that cute little sticker on their tummy that says "5 months".  Then you have a super cute photo, and you can easily remember why that picture is more special than the other 5,035 that are sitting in your camera.

Well, this is how that went this morning:

And wouldn't you know it, she pooped through that outfit, and the super cute outfit that I put on top of that, for trying again once she was happier.  Turns out the stickers don't re-stick very well.

Oh well.  I've still got a few fun ones, even if she's screaming in all of them.

Here is her picture from when she was 1 month:

I don't think she's grown much physically, other than packing on a couple pounds and filling out her little legs.  Her doctor appointment is on Friday, so we'll get the 'official' weigh-in.  I don't think she's going to follow in my family's footsteps of growing crazy fast. While I don't mind my height and weight now, I certainly didn't appreciate it growing up, always being a head taller than everyone.  So, for her sake, I won't be upset if she grows normally.  If she speeds up though, that's still all right! As long as she's healthy and growing!

After a trip to Costco and a nice long nap and food, we managed a few other cute pictures.  I'm learning a little bit more about taking pictures.  I hope it shows, though I know that I have a long way to go:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I can't ever ever ever figure out how to pronounce that word.  In normal conversation I avoid it, and try to use synonyms at all costs.

"How are your...selling things that you devised yourself....going?


I'm returning to work in less than 2 weeks.  I ordered a breast pump.





Not really that excited about all of that, but I'll figure it out.  I mean returning to work. Not the pump.


New insurance requirements mean that the pump is totally free for me, which is pretty awesome.  However, none of the extras come with it.  Extra parts, a specially designed cooler, the bag that fits the pump perfectly and has a secret zipper to use it more easily.  Those cost, at least for the pump I'm purchasing, anywhere from $100-$150.

I've searched and searched online, and I can find some used on eBay, and there are a small handful of websites that are selling designer handbags for pumps, starting at $150 and up.

I even looked for tutorials, anything DIY for a breast pump bag.


It can't really be that difficult to make one.  Yeah, it'll be more difficult than your average tote bag, but couldn't be as hard as making a wedding dress....right?

I think I've found a product that needs to be made for less than $150 and sold on Etsy.

Thoughts?  En/Discouragements?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blessing Day

I don't love the pictures I got of our family on the actual blessing day, though I'm sure I'll like looking at them later.  Anyway, here are a few pictures I got this week with my little sweetie in her blessing dress.  My mom stayed up very late the week before the blessing making this dress (sorry, Mom).  I think it turned out adorable; I'm extremely grateful she did that for me!

And a shout-out to Suzette and Miranda for the beautiful headband you guys sent! It worked out beautifully with the dress!

Also, this is currently her favorite seat.  Ah, the miracle worker, the battery-operated swing:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

Yes.  Yes I have.

My boss reached out to me today via email to let me know that she had gone to Cafe Rio last Saturday at my recommendation, and loved it.

I've introduced the Mexican grill to one more soul!

Now just 6.5 billion more to go.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Nap in the Crib

... and it's going so well.