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Well, I haven’t been here in five whole days! It did not seem that long…except for the fact that I lost a lot of sleep. Thankfully, Little Man’s two bottom teeth have come in (at the same time!) so maybe he’ll start sleeping all night again. I’ll try to make up all the October Blogging Challenge posts that I’ve missed so this might end up being a LONG post.

First up is outfit of the day (OOTD). I haven’t taken a picture of a full outfit of mine since like 2012 so of course, the baby’s ootd will be shown. He can’t stand yet, so you’ll have to imagine the look of the pants. The onesie is baby Gap (obviously) and the pants are corduroy OshKosh B’Gosh pants. He’s at the phase of ripping his socks and shoes off and since they’re not pictured, I’m not sure if he’s wearing any.

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The top places I want to travel are Rome, Hawaii, and Russia. I want to go everywhere in the world but those are my top three. I want to go to Rome because I think it is a beautiful city and despite failing Latin during my sophomore year in high school, I think the history of Rome is amazing. Hawaii seems like a gorgeous place (from what I’ve seen in pictures) and while I’m not a big fan of beaches, I think I would have a great time there. Finally, Russia has great architecture, plus I love the movie Anastasia so I really want to see all of the palaces there.

I’m currently not reading any books written for anyone over the age of five. With the baby being very fussy this week, I read all six of the books he has about ten times each.

The next post I missed is about a day in the life. Today, we woke up at 6:30 to drive my husband to work so I could take the baby to the doctor at 11 (we only have one car). Turns out the baby has a patch of eczema on his chin since he sucks his thumb, was teething, and the air is starting to dry out. We then went to Walmart to get some healing lotion and ended up getting some baby plates and a new sippy cup (hopefully we don’t lose this one). Meanwhile I was carrying the baby and all of this stuff because Little Man had fallen asleep in the car and did NOT want to be put in the cart (I’ve now decided to put my mei tai carrier in the car for this purpose). After we picked up my husband from work, we came home and had a snack of Cheerios, apples, and avocado (he had breakfast and lunch at the appropriate times). I’ve found out that I find avocado entirely disgusting but if you eat it with apple slices, you can’t taste it. Then we had a few hours of play time, dinner, a nice warm bath, and Little man was out at 8:30.

Finally, today is Transformation Tuesday!

The day he was born to last week. 7 months difference.

The day he was born to last week. 7 months difference.

That was easier than I thought it would be! I’ll be back tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday, so come back and check out some adorable pictures (we’re thinking about doing a baby photo shoot…depending on weather). See you later!

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It’s Thursday and that means it’s almost the end of the work week…for those with jobs that are Monday to Friday 9 to 5. It also means it’s time for another Thankful Thursday post in the October Blogging Challenge. This Thankful Thursday is going to be things I was/am thankful for as a new first time mom. We’ve kept everything Little Man has outgrown, just in case someone may need it.

First, I’ll do the things I was thankful for that Little Man no longer uses or has outgrown. Most of the stuff I had was hand me downs, but I’ll put links for anyone that may be interested in the items.

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Boppy/nursing pillow- this thing was awesome! Little Man slept on it almost the whole first month he was home (don’t be a Judgey McJudgerson), plus we used it to teach him to sit up.

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Bouncer– Little Man used it up until he figured out how to pull himself to a sitting position while he was inclined. I would put him in it while I cooked or ate at the table, and he loved it. He fell asleep in it many times.

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Swing– Little Man had colic (was colicky?) and this was the only thing we could find that would help calm him enough to go to sleep. He sometimes uses it now when he’s tired and nothing seems to be working to get him to sleep.

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Head support– since we got a hand me down infant car seat, there was nothing in it to protect Little Man’s head and every parent knows (or should know) that babies don’t have much head control for quite some time. He outgrew this (and his seat) about a month ago.

Now, I’ll list the things that I’m thankful we had that he still uses frequently.

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Bathtub– I got this at my baby shower and it’s GREAT! Little Man was getting too long for it, but then he started sitting up on his own and has a large amount of space left for his long legs.

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Stroller– my husband and I bought ourselves this stroller and we’re very glad we did. You can read about my enthusiasm here.

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New car seat– I said earlier that Little Man outgrew his infant car seat, so naturally we had to get him a new one. I researched and found that convertible car seats are definitely the way to go, especially with a super tall child like I have (he’s in the 94th percentile for his height).

That’s about it for the baby things I’m thankful for. I would’ve added our high chair but I’m not a big fan of it, so why recommend it to someone else?

What are you thankful for? Do you think there’s anything I should try out? Let me know! See you tomorrow for another post!

What You Want

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Hey! I’m here two days in a row! I haven’t done that in a little while! How’s everyone today? It’s been a pretty good day. Little Man got a new hat a few days ago and we just tried it on him today (I think he looks adorable but I’m biased). I’ve learned how to make spaetzle, which is AMAZING and SUPER easy!

Little Man's new hat (it's a puppy)!

Little Man’s new hat (it’s a puppy)!

Today’s topic in the October Blogging Challenge is link love. Basically, I’m going to give you a list of the blogs that I read all the time so here we go!

  1. Girl Meets Life is a blog by Gracie Gordon, who is a Pennsylvania girl in her twenties living in New York City. I love reading about the adventures she has. She’s also the creator of the blogging challenge I am currently doing.
  2. Team Studer is a blog by Tabitha Studer, who is also a Pennsylvania girl. She is a wife, mother of three, and a business owner with her husband (link to their business The Hunting Daddies here). I love reading about her AMAZING ways of parenting and the great things that her kids go through. She also inspired me to write a blog.
  3. The Small Things Blog is a blog written by Kate, who is a Chicago native currently living in North Carolina. She is a wife and mom of one (for now, she’s got one due in February). Her blog contains great hair, makeup, and fashion tutorials and stories of her son. I found her blog while googling hair tutorials because I recently got a haircut that I don’t know what to do with and I got hooked on her blog.

Those are the main three blogs that I check everyday. Of course, I go through my Blogs I Follow page on WordPress and read those too. I tried to follow all of my followers back and you all write some great things!

What are your favorite blogs? Let me know! See you tomorrow for another post of the challenge!

You Got Me

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I’m getting really bad at posting everyday but I’m going to try to work on it. I could make excuses all day long but that doesn’t excuse the fact that I’m neglecting my blog and any everyday readers I may have. For that, I am sorry my dear readers.

On to the October Blogging Challenge posts, yesterday’s topic was favorite childhood memories. This one is very difficult for me because I can’t really remember much before the age of 12. I’m not sure if my brain shut it out or what happened. I have a few sporadic memories but nothing very pronounced. By the way, m parents assured me I did not have amnesia (I asked both of them multiple times).

The topic for today is music currently on my playlist. Honestly I don’t have a set playlist, I have about 200 songs that I just set my iPod to shuffle through. The singers I have are Aoife O’Donovan, Colbie Caillat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Hilary Duff, Jonas Brothers, and Mandy Moore. Plus, I have the soundtracks to The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Frozen, SMASH, Pitch Perfect, and Dreamgirls. Yes, a lot of old stuff but I like being able to understand all of the words of the songs I’m listening to. I’m not a big fan of rap…except for Eminem.

What are some of our favorite childhood memories? What’s on your playlist? Any comments or suggestions on some music for me? Let me know! See you back here tomorrow for another post!

That’s Just The Way We Roll

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Well, it’s Sunday meaning back to work for all of you with weekday jobs. For me as a mom, it’s just another day. I missed yesterday’s post so I’ll make it up then add today’s post. 🙂

Yesterday’s topic for the October Blogging Challenge was what/who inspires you. I get inspired by the most random things known to mankind. I’m currently writing a story based off of a pin of a tumblr conversation, I’ve written things based from TV shows, all kinds of stuff.

Today’s topic is weekend highlights. Yesterday, we went to the Comcast store to get a replacement cable box, Walmart for groceries, and Subway for dinner. It was a nice simple day out. Today, we stayed home but it was pretty great. I baked a tie dye cake (a horrible mess was made) and the baby made friends with one of his dad’s friends. Then after the baby went to bed, my husband and I watched the season premiere of the Walking Dead. It was awesome, I mean WOW people!

That’s all for today. What was the highlight of your weekend? Let me know! See you back here tomorrow for another post!

He loves his Cheerios.

He loves his Cheerios.

You Oughta Know

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Gooood evening. I hope you read that in a Dracula voice. Happy Friday everyone! I’m going to continue to do the October Blogging Challenge, today’s topic is ten things not many people know about you. Here we go!

  1. I went to Basic Training for the Army National Guard in 2010, but didn’t finish.
  2. I think this is the longest I’ve stuck with a monthly challenge.
  3. I have no female friends that I can hang out with, I mostly hang out with my brother, husband, or my husband’s friends.
  4. I know more about superheroes (specifically Marvel but some DC) than any girl should. If I don’t know something, I text my brother (he’s basically an expert).
  5. I’m TERRIBLE at comma placement. I either overuse or under use.
  6. I’m mostly a tomboy but there are days when I really want to dress up.
  7. I watch Disney Princess movies probably more than any adult should. My favorites are Frozen, Tangled, Mulan (though she isn’t really a princess), and Beauty and the Beast.
  8. Motherhood didn’t really change me like it does for some women. I still find the same jokes funny and I don’t think all babies are cute.
  9. I’m currently writing a story based off of this picture I found on Pinterest.
  10. I love pasta, but for some reason I’m not a big fan of Olive Garden.

Well, those are 10 things not many people know about me. What kind of things does not everyone now about you? Let me know! See you tomorrow for the post of the day!

The Best Day of My Life *updated*

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I’m back everyone! There was a lot going on yesterday and I wasn’t able to make it to my computer. I’m going to include Wednesday and Thursday’s daily posts for the challenge in this one post. Don’t forget, this is where you go to get the list I’m using.

Wednesday’s post was for a day in the life. Being a stay at home mom, the baby and I did a lot of eating, sleeping, and playing. But our exact schedule is as follows:

7:30- wake up and watch cartoons

Ignore the blurriness. It was still dark in our room.

Ignore the blurriness. It was still dark in our room.

8:30 to 8:45- morning nap (does that really qualify as a nap?)

Again, still dark in our room.

Again, still dark in our room.

9:00- breakfast (whole grain cereal with juice and pears mixed in)

He loves food.

He loves food.

9:30 to 11:15- nap (an actual one this time)

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11:30- my husband surprised us and came home from work for lunch

Hi Daddy!

Hi Daddy!

12:00- lunch (peas and pears)

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1:00 to 1:30- afternoon nap

3:00- snack (Cheerios) and I baked a poke cake (DELICIOUS!)

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6:00- dinner (peas and pears)

8:00- another snack (Cheerios)

11:00- the baby FINALLY passed out for the night

Today’s post is Throwback Thursday.

The hospital where I had my baby. It's like 6 am in this picture.

The hospital where I had my baby. It’s like 6 am in this picture.

What is a day in your life like? What kind of throwback pictures do you have? Let me know! See you back here tomorrow for the post of the day!