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I have been thinking for a little while that I’d like to do a post documenting an average day in our life right now.  I was recently looking back at a note I had made on my phone back at the beginning of December where I kept track of our schedule for about a day.  At the time I was attempting to see if there was any pattern to anything as far as sleep, eating, etc. went.  I did not find a pattern.  Here’s that schedule, and a picture of what Madison looked like then 🙂  My how she’s changed!!


Tuesday, 12/4/2012

2:45 am M fell asleep

6:45 am M woke up, I nursed her

7:00 am M fell asleep

9:00 am M woke up, I nursed her, changed her diaper, played with toys

10:00 am Swaddled and put her in her swing

10:30 am M fell asleep

12:00 pm M woke up, nursed her, changed diaper, changed clothes

1:15 pm fell asleep

2:00 pm woke up, nursed, changed diaper

3:00 pm fell asleep

5:15 pm woke up, nursed, changed diaper

7:00 pm fell asleep, put in crib

7:20 pm woke up

7:30 pm fell asleep in swing

10:40 pm woke up, nursed, played, put on nightgown.  Very fussy but wouldn’t go back to sleep.

1:00 am fell asleep in our bed

1:30 am woke up, extremely fussy, nursed.

2:00 am fell back asleep in our bed.

2:15 am woke up, fussy

3:00 am back asleep.

6:45 am woke up.  Nursed.

7:00 am fell sleep.

10:10 am woke up, nursed, changed diaper.

HOLY COW, I’m so glad our schedule doesn’t look like that any more!  So much has changed since December, and I had almost forgotten already how crazy our schedule was back then, so that’s what motivated me to want to document what it looks like now because in a few short months it will be completely different again, I’m sure!

Last night I put Madison to bed in her crib at about 8 pm, and she fell asleep on her own without crying, which is always miraculous and wonderful (and does not happen every night .  At least 50% of the time she still cries when I put her down for bed).

6:15 am She woke up crying so I went in her room and nursed her.  I put her back in her crib and she fell back asleep.  I also went back to bed, oh happy day!

8:15 am Madison woke up.  She wasn’t crying but I heard her babbling in her room, so I went in to get her, nursed her, changed her, and got her dressed for the day.

9:00 am I brought her into my bathroom and put her in her exersaucer to play while I took a shower and got ready for the day.


9:30 am Madison and I went downstairs, I changed her diaper, and then sat her at the table for breakfast.


This morning I mixed up a bowl of baby oatmeal with a jar of baby food (pears, apples, and oatmeal), and spoon fed her.


9:50 am She was getting sleepy, so I put her in her swing and sat next to her reading some articles in the Rolling Stone magazine.


10:15 am Madison still hadn’t fallen asleep, and I was getting hungry, so I ran the vacuum around the downstairs of our house, which is a soothing sound for her and we have Bryan’s family coming to visit, so I needed to vacuum anyway, and then I poured a bowl of Cheerios for myself.

10:30 am I sat down next to Madison to eat my cereal, and she fell asleep.  I read some more of the Rolling Stone, and then searched online for recipe ideas for dinners this week.

11:00 am Madison woke up.  I printed out recipes for chicken Tikka Masala and Slow Cooker Apple Crisp that both sounded good to me, and Madison played with her pacifier in her swing.

11:10 am I nursed Madison.  While nursing I debated what I wanted to do next.  Going for a walk sounded like a nice idea, but we needed things from the store, so going shopping might be a better idea.  I was also feeling hungry for lunch, so I decided we should have lunch first, and then go to Target.

11:20 am I set Madison up with some toys on the floor to play with while I got lunch ready.


I put leftovers from dinner last night into the microwave (chicken, rice, and broccoli) and got her leftovers from breakfast out of the fridge.  I finished cleaning up from breakfast, and started unloading and putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher.

11:26 am Madison fell over onto one of her toys and started crying, so I picked her up to comfort her and held her while I finished unloading the dishwasher.

11:30 am We sat down for lunch.


I gave Madison pieces of broccoli and chicken on her tray, and one by one she picked each one up, chewed on it, and systematically threw each one onto the floor.


After 3 pieces of broccoli and 3 pieces of chicken were on the floor, I gave up and spoon fed her the rest of her leftovers from breakfast and held some pieces of chicken for her to eat.


12:00 pm Lunch is over.  I change Madison’s diaper, all set to go to Target, and it starts raining.


Dealing with the car seat, stroller, or shopping cart, loading and unloading everything in the rain does not sound appealing, so Target gets put on the back burner.  Instead, I take Madison upstairs with me, and put her in her exersaucer to play so I can clean up our bedroom.


I start to make our bed, but she starts crying every time I’m out of eyesight.


I bring her into our bedroom, and finish straightening up our room, but she’s very fussy whenever I’m not right next to her, so I decide she must be ready for another nap.


See that tear on her cheek?  But the smile on her face?  I couldn’t get a picture of her crying because every time I came near her, she was happy – she only cried when I wasn’t next to her, but that tear is evidence of what happened when I walked away from her to do something else 🙂

12:15 pm It’s still raining, so still no Target.  I put Madison in her swing.  I upload all the pictures I’ve taken today up until this point, get them ready for the blog, and start typing this up.

1:25 pm Madison finally falls asleep.  I continue working on this blog post.

1:30 pm I put together our shopping list.  It looks like the rain has stopped, at least for now.  I pick up the mess on the floor from lunch.

1:55 pm Madison woke up.

2:00 pm I nursed her.

2:30 pm We finally left for Target!


2:50 pm Arrived at Target!


Turned out to be a beautiful day.  Madison was a wonderful little shopper.


She played with her toys, played with my fingers, played with my purse, and chewed on the shopping list to entertain herself.

3:35 pm As we were in the check-out lane, my brother Andy called, so I talked to him as we checked out, I loaded up everything into the car, drove home, and unloaded everything from the car.  Talking on the phone with a baby in one arm while caring groceries in from the car with the other hand… that is serious multi-tasking!


4:15 pm As soon as I hung up the phone with Andy, it immediately rang again and was my doctor’s office calling about a prescription and needing me to call my insurance company about getting a fax number.  So I quickly put the cold things away in the fridge and freezer, and put Madison down on the floor to play.


4:20 pm I called my insurance company, and ended up needing to give them lots of information to create an account as well as get the fax number.  Madison patiently played on the floor.

4:40 pm I finished my phone calls, and considered trying to put away the rest of the stuff from Target, but then I realized Madison was pooping, so instead I changed her diaper.

4:45 pm Madison was fussy because she wanted to nurse and was sleepy, so I nursed her.

5:00 pm She fell asleep nursing so I moved her to her swing, and tackled putting stuff away from Target.

5:20 pm Madison woke up from her nap, and I sat down next to her at my computer to work on adding to this blog post.  She sat in her swing smiling and waving at me.

5:25 pm I took Madison out of her swing.  She seemed to be in a happy playful mood, so I put her in her walker to play.


She wasn’t too happy about being in there though.  I tried sitting and playing with her, but she was not interested.


5:40 pm I decide to give Madison an early dinner.


Usually we’ll wait and all have dinner as a family when Bryan gets home around 6pm, but Bryan’s not going to be home for dinner tonight, so I go ahead and feed Madison.  Tonight she has black beans with sweet corn, greens, and wild rice.


She seems to like it.


It starts pouring rain while she’s eating, so we listen to and watch the rain while she eats, and she listens to thunder a couple of times.


Here’s the little river of rain water running by our house outside.


So glad  the rain held off while we were out at Target!

5:55 pm Dinner time is over, so I take Madison upstairs and put her pajamas on.


I’ve found that it’s easier to put her pajamas on earlier rather than later because if I wait until I’m actually putting her to bed, she’s really fussy and gets very upset when I am taking off and putting on clothes.  Doing it right after dinner seems to work much better.


I can’t believe how big she’s getting!  She’s not a tiny little baby any more.  She’ll be 9 months this Thursday!


6:00 pm We come back downstairs, and she’s really fussy.  She’s obviously still very tired, rubbing her eyes and unhappy, so I put her in her swing and I sit down at the computer to work on adding more to this blog post.  It’s too early to put her to bed, but the swing seems to help pacify her.  I uploaded pictures and got them ready for this blog post.

6:25 pm Madison fell asleep in her swing.  I uploaded the rest of the pictures up until this point, and proof-read the post.

6:45 pm I got hungry and decided to heat up something for dinner.  I put a frozen Amy’s meal in the microwave, straightened up a little in the kitchen, brought down a load of laundry, and ate my cheese enchiladas.

7:15 pm Madison woke up.  I put her in her jumparoo, which we currently use as more of an indoor playground swing since she doesn’t really know how to jump in it yet.


She really enjoys it as a swing though!


Then I put her back in her walker for a little while.


She played with some toys and pushed herself backwards.


Then she got sleepy and fussy again, so I sat with her and let her look at a magazine, which she enjoys doing.  She likes the feel and sound of the paper I guess, but she also likes eating the paper, so I had a pacifier in her mouth to prevent that from happening this time.  Finally, she helped me wipe down all the kitchen counters.


8:15 pm She was acting pretty sleepy, so it was time to go upstairs to bed.


I took her upstairs, changed her diaper, put on the ocean white noise, and nursed her.

8:30 pm I put her in her crib.  I heard her crying as I closed the door, but it stopped immediately, and I haven’t heard anything since, so I’m hoping she’s out for the  night, like last night.

8:35 pm I came downstairs in time to see a pretty sunset outside the back of our house.  Nice end to the day 🙂


So there you have a glimpse into one average day in our lives right at this moment 🙂


The weather has finally warmed up around here, and it seems like it’s going to stay that way.  I’m so excited.  I’ve got Spring Fever for sure, and I’ve been planting stuff like crazy!  Friday night when we got back from Charlotte I planted my new raspberry bush that Bryan bought me for Christmas.  It just arrived this week.  I’m so excited for fresh raspberries!  I also planted some cilantro.  Then on Saturday and Sunday I planted tomatoes, watermelon, lettuce, broccoli, basil, daisies, poppies, and sunflowers!  I’m feeling the Spring Spirit!


Saturday afternoon Bryan, Talan, Madison, and I went to Lake Wheeler to enjoy the beautiful mid 70’s sunny day.

This lake always has such nice memories for me since it is where we had our rehearsal dinner/ pig pickin the day before our wedding (almost 2 years ago!)


The last time we were here was last summer in early August.  I was 9 months pregnant with Madison at the time, and I chose to sit in the shade while Bryan and Talan rented a pedal boat.  I just couldn’t stand the thought of trying to get into a little boat with my big stomach and then sitting out there in the sun with no shade.


This time however was a different story!  All four of us rented a pedal boat, and we floated around the lake, enjoying the sunshine and cool spring breeze.  Bryan ended up doing the majority of the pedaling so it probably wasn’t quite as relaxing for him.


It was Madison’s first time on a boat!  She didn’t love it.  She was tired, and she didn’t like having the sun in her eyes.


Afterwards we had some ice cream sandwiches while we sat in the shade on rocking chairs, enjoying the pretty view.


It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.


Happy Spring!

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Happy Easter 2013!  We’ve had an Eastery weekend.  Saturday Madison dressed up like the Easter Bunny and we had a little photo shoot.

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She seemed to really enjoy being dressed like a bunny.  She had a good time cheesing for the camera.

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She was also very happy to sit next to her big brother for some pictures 🙂

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So cute.

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Fluffy little tail and everything!

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We set up the timer and managed to get one good one of the whole family – Talan’s idea.  Glad it turned out!

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Later Saturday afternoon we decorated Easter eggs.

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Friday night I made an Easter cake with peeps, jelly beans, and edible Easter grass.  Talan was most excited about the peeps.

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I used a recipe I got online for white cake.  It turned out really good.  Melissa came over and had dinner with us on Saturday, and we had the cake for dessert, and we all agreed it tasted like a tasty moist wedding cake.  Yummy!

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Back to egg decorating.

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This year we blew out all the eggs first so we can save them (which we do every year).  Then we dyed them in regular food coloring dye, and then used little Q-tip paint stick things I had picked up at Wal-Mart for about $.99 to add some designs.

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They turned out beautifully of course.

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Bryan enjoyed decorating the eggs, too.  He created some masterpieces.


Madison tried vanilla yogurt for the first time Saturday afternoon, and LOVED it.  She really likes food!  So far her favorites are sweet potatoes, green apple, strawberry, banana, vanilla yogurt, french toast, and steak!  We had steak for dinner Saturday night, and she just loved it.

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Easter morning – the Easter bunny came!  Talan and Madison had Easter baskets filled with goodies, and the Easter bunny had hidden eggs all over the house.  Talan had fun finding all the eggs.


Talan and Madison both had bunny ears in their baskets.


Madison seemed excited about her basket.


We went to church and managed to get a couple of pictures all dressed up before going.


Everyone at church was exclaiming over our cute baby bunny 🙂


After church we came home and had an Easter brunch with french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, and berry banana smoothies.  Then later this afternoon we went to Dallas and Christine’s house for an Easter egg hunt party.


And that was our weekend!  Happy Easter!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted.  SO MUCH has happened since then!

  1. We sold the townhouse and moved out!
  2. We closed on our new house and moved in!
  3. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!
  4. I took my last graduate school class online – started it about a month ago, and just finished it today!
  5. The baby girl has been kicking a lot in my stomach, and that has been fun!
  6. Moving in and getting settled has been and continues to be a long process.  But we love the house!

So, where to start?!

Well, one of the last things we did on our townhouse was celebrate Bryan’s Birthday.

We picked strawberries because Melissa had never gone strawberry picking before, and they were delicious of course!

And I made a Birthday cake, which was a big accomplishment since most of our kitchen was already packed up in boxes at that point!

Talan stayed with us for a couple of days to help celebrate Bryan’s Birthday, and it was his last time at the townhouse.

I think he was a little surprised at how chaotic the house was being filled with boxes, and I think he really likes the new house.

We lived in a hotel temporarily for a week because our closing dates ended up not matching perfectly.  We officially closed on the house on Thursday, May 31, and moved into the new house on Saturday, June 2!  We have yet to take one of those “here we are standing in front of our new house together” pictures… but I’m hoping soon we will.  We tried having Talan take one of us, but it didn’t turn out too great.

Anyway, the day after our closing, I went by the house to clean it and to get the new washer and dryer delivered and installed, and I went through the empty house and snapped some pictures so we could have a record of what it looked like as a clean slate.

But… wordpress is giving me a really hard time right now and will not cooperate at all with my pictures.  So I’m going to have to post them later.  😦

For now here’s a picture of the front of our house:

And a picture of me taken last week on June 14 – exactly 3 months away from the due date!:

Last Tuesday Melissa came to visit, and we spent the first several days of her visit very busy with house things and apartment searching!  We were extremely productive, and started packing up the house as well in preparation for our move.  It’s really a great benefit having Melissa here to help with all of this, because it can get to be overwhelming at times!  She is here for 2 weeks, which is great, and we always love going to the Outer Banks together, so we scheduled in a trip during this visit as well.

Sunday we drove down to Kill Devil Hills.  We always stay at the same Days Inn.

The hotel is not a typical Days Inn, it’s a very neat looking building with a friendly, welcoming front porch.  Our hotel room this trip is the room on the far right of the picture above – you can see the door to our room surrounded by the windows.

The hotel has a nice continental breakfast every morning, and it backs right up to the beach in back, so it’s a simple walk over the dunes.

We really lucked out with the weather on this trip as well.  We had beautiful weather in the upper 70s each day.

Here I am 22 weeks plus 2 days along!

When we arrived Sunday afternoon, we took these pictures, and then went for a walk along the beach.

Monday we drove out to Cape Hatteras to see the lighthouse, which is something Melissa has always wanted to see.

We took a lot of pictures at the lighthouse!

Not only did we see the outside of the lighthouse and take a lot of pictures, we also climbed up the inside!

As you can see, it was a lot of steps to climb!  The equivalent of a 12-story building!  The ranger told us that it’s actually taller than the tower of Pisa.  If the tower of Pisa was standing up straight instead of leaning over, they would be the same height.

So here we are waiting in line to give the ranger our tickets so that we can head on up inside the steep spiral staircase!

The staircase was narrow, and it was tricky when people were trying to go up and down at the same time.  Luckily there were about 6 landings – one after each 2 flights of stairs – so we were able to stop and rest along the way.

When we got up to the top, it was VERY windy!  We had a really nice view of the island, but the wind was crazy.

You can’t really tell so much with Melissa’s picture how windy it was, so let me show you a picture of me:

So we enjoyed the views and snapped some more pictures, and then went back down the stairs, which was much easier than coming up had been.  Although we still stopped on the landings because I was worried about getting dizzy from walking down the spiral so long.

After our lighthouse adventure, we stopped for some ice cream, and then drove back to our hotel to go to the beach for the remainder of the afternoon.

And such a lovely beach it is.

I mentioned earlier that we lucked out with the weather.  We really did!  The forecast for this day had been chilly (lower 70s) and a good chance of rain most of the day!  But what we ended up with was mostly blue skies, and weather in the upper 70s (maybe low 80s depending on which forecast you looked at).  It was great!

I was able to wear my new maternity bathing suit for the first time, too, which was fun!

So this morning (Tuesday) we got up and had breakfast, then went out to the beach for a short bit before we had to check out of our hotel.

It was a lovely mini vacation, and it was a really great break from all the stress of selling our house, buying our new house, packing, getting ready to move, etc.

Now we are back, and so it is back to packing!

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