Sunday, April 28, 2013

Three Months with Caroline

Caroline is three months a week or so!

 teeny tiny feet

 lots of spit up = outfit change!


Post-sneeze cuteness 

Hi sweet girl!  You are three months old now and you are so much fun.  You love to laugh, smile, and "talk" to your daddy and me.  You are the most amazing sleeper, which makes your mama happy and most mornings I have to wake you up when it's time to eat.  I love to wake you up because it's one of my favorite things to see you smile at me and stretch your arms and legs.  You are still teeny tiny, most of the time swimming in your 0-3 month clothes.  You are already trying to roll over, which makes me think you are probably a genius.  You love to listen to your daddy and mama sing and your favorite song seems to be "Hungry Eyes"...which is hilarious, and I'm still not really sure how we figured that one out.  Thanks for being so sweet and bringing so much joy to us.

Mama and Daddy

One Month with Caroline
Two Months with Caroline

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Things I am currently digging...April edition

I really like it when people recommend things they love on their blogs.  So, I thought maybe it was time to share the love and write about some things that I'm currently loving.  My hope is that you will find something that you really love and then we can just keep passing it on...enjoy!

1. The Skimm!  It's a FREE daily newsletter (e-mailed to you around 6am M-F) that gives you the basic gist of the day's news.  They also have a sense of  It certainly doesn't replace reading the paper, but it's helpful if your short on time and still want to know what's going on in the world.  If you're interested, you can subscribe using this link.  Also - it looks like it's just for girls from their logo, but Curt reads it and digs it too.

2. Tracy Anderson's Post Pregnancy DVD.  After just having a baby, this thing is in.sane.  It is really hard, but I love it a lot.  It's a mat-based workout and probably more for toning than anything else. Also, she's really nice.  I kind of wish we were friends in real life (weird??).

3.  Old Navy sweatshirts!  These are soooo comfortable.  nuff said.

4.  Sunshine!  We've finally had a few warm days up here and it's amazing what sun and warmth will do for your overall attitude towards life.  As a summer-lover, the winters are really hard (and LONG!) for sunshine is super exciting.

5. Trader Joe's Orange-Flavored Cranberries.  These are tiny nuggets from heaven.  I like eat them plain or put them in these muffins.  

6.  Woombie Lil Houdini Swaddler - Ah-mazing.  It is essentially like a straight-jacket for your baby.  Who wants to mess with wrapping a swaddle every night?  Not this mama.  This thing zips up (so easy!) and can unzip just at the bottom for diaper changes.  We only use it at night, but it calms Caroline immediately and she's sleeping 11-12 hours straight...holler!!  Word to the wise - don't dry it in the dryer!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easter 2013

So we're a bit late to be posting about Easter, but this whole full-time-job-plus-part-time-job-plus-baby thing has me worn out! I'm finally on Spring Break (yay!), so I have a bit of extra time on my hands. 

We had a wonderful Easter at our church, BUT I have a few things to say about Easter in the Northeast. Now, to me Easter is a celebration. It's a celebration first and foremost of an empty tomb...that Jesus is alive...and that God has conquered all...even death. It's a celebration of new life. It's a celebration of a new season. AND it's usually a celebration of warmer weather and cute clothes. However, in the Northeast it's really hard to wear your cute Easter dress when it's below 30 degrees. 

So, what's a girl to do? Welp, dress up her baby, of course! Caroline was dressed to the nines in her cute pink smocked dress (smocking - another tradition lost in the Northeast). I had to pair it with tights, a sweater, and a hat....but she still looked adorable. 

 Here are some pictures from our day.


The pictures below may all look the same to you, but not to a proud mama!

Funny girl

Caroline first smiled at us around one month.  I didn't actually get the first smile...womp womp.  Her Grandpa Tom claims he did.  I didn't see it, so I can't confirm or deny.

The first few times we couldn't really tell if it was just a reflex smile or a social smile.  Soon after, it became more clearly a social smile.  We knew that if we smiled at her, she would usually smile right back.  Once these smiles became an every day occurrence I began to wonder when we would hear her first giggle or laugh.

We heard her giggle one time while she was sleeping and it was so sweet, but it was short and we only heard it that one time.  Until last night...

Caroline was kicking around on her activity mat like she loves to do.  Then she became bored of laying on her back staring up at her little owl friends so she started to fuss.  I was working on some lesson plans on my computer.  I scooped her up, sat her on my lap, and pulled the computer onto my knees to continue my work.  As soon as I pulled the computer up Curt and I both heard an unmistakable belly laugh coming from that tiny little baby.  We stared at each other in disbelief and then died laughing.  She kept doing it and we kept laughing.  Soon we were both crying we were laughing so hard.  She even laughed long enough for us to get it on video.... Enjoy!

Caroline's 1st laugh from Catherine Kenney on Vimeo.