Monday, December 28, 2015

What a Week

Today, Adalynn is one week and four days old. I cannot believe it. 

Between learning how to care for her, friends & family visiting and trying to get a pinch of sleep once in a while, the first week flew by like the snap of your fingers. We've really been feeling the love from everyone with all of the phone calls, texts and cards. Not to mention the food! I haven't had to cook a single thing since we arrived home last Saturday, it's been so nice. 

I have been taking pictures non stop, my Instagram is already full of her. You know those annoying people on Facebook that everyone always complains about? The ones that constantly post pictures of their babies and you think..."If I have to see one more picture of that baby, I'm going to puke!"

Well, that's me now. Sorry folks. Well...Sorry, not sorry :) Just pull up your barf bucket and get ready for the ride. 

Now we're off to take a nap.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Our Own Christmas Miracle, in the Tiniest of Packages

Adalynn Jane
6lbs, 11oz   ~   11:57 pm

She is FINALLY here! We cannot believe it. 

It has been such a blur, but we have thankfully taken lots of pictures and videos so we don't forget one single moment of this special time. 

As I sit here typing this, I think back to a week ago. I was sitting in this exact same chair, uncomfortable with a big old belly, writing a few blog posts and wishing and hoping for her to come into this world. 

This morning I sit here typing this with a little naked baby on my chest, her daddy sleeping next to me and my dog at my feet. At this moment, I don't think life could get any more perfect. 

We are so in love.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Baby's First Christmas Ornament

Christmas ornaments are pretty special to us, so when it came time to pick out the traditional 'baby's first Christmas' ornament, I was a teensy bit stressed. 

I loved so many of the beautiful, dainty ornaments in porcelain, but that always makes me nervous because...hello...breakable. Then there are ones you can personalize with names, plastic ornaments, wood or clay ornaments. Or I could just make it myself. Too many choices!

Here's a round up of a few of my favorites, I especially like the little deer family in the upper left corner. And the flower ball, because it looks like our wedding flowers :) 

After searching and searching, this is the one I decided on. 

It's porcelain, but we'll just have to be extra careful- after all, we're the parents now!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Have A Lovely Weekend

Photo: Flickr

It's been pretty warm here for the past several weeks, way too warm for December. We've been able to have a few afternoons with the windows open, which I love because...fresh air in December to clean all of the germs and stuffy air from the house. Although I would trade it for snow. 

What are your plans this weekend? 

Here are a few links to check out, I will warn you- the desserts will make your mouth water. 

SGT Reckless, the Marine horse.

Dying for Christmas dinner in the Great Hall of Hogwarts.

Triple decker chocolate peanut butter bars (only 5 ingredients!)

Simple, DIY kitchen pot rack.

This Christmas candy crunch looks delicious. 

8 stylish gift wrapping ideas.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Things To Do Together this Holiday Season

Photo: Flickr (modified)
Bonus- most of these are free!
1. Bundle up and walk in the snow, take your dogs with. 

2. Go out for a drive on the back roads during a snowstorm, crank the holiday tunes. 

3. Find an awesome sledding hill. 

4. Decorate cookies (or invite some friends and have a cookie decorating party).

5. Ice skating!

6. Chop down a tree at your favorite tree farm. 

7. Take a walk or drive through a neighborhood lit up with Christmas lights. 

8. Volunteer a day or night to a cause of your choosing... maybe a soup kitchen or animal shelter.

9. Snowball fight! 

10. Build a nest on the floor, then watch movies & play games all night. 

11. Skeetching. You know, with the sled or tube behind a car. We did this all the time as kids and always had so much fun. (No, it's not entirely legal, be careful!

12. Build a giant snow fort. 

13. Take a horse drawn sleigh ride through the country side.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Seriouly Scored On Some Diapers

The Honest Company

Saturday night, or Sunday morning at about 1 o'clock, I found an email in my junk from The Honest Company. They were having a huge sale, up to 40% off when you spend $100. Even better? You can purchase a bundle in which all of the products are already 35% off, combining the promotion and the bundle price is a double whammy. 

I crunched the numbers using a size 3 and figured out this breakdown per package:

Normal price: $13.95, coming out to about $0.41 per diaper.

Bundle price: $9.07, coming out to about $0.27 per diaper.

Bundle w/ 40% promo: $5.42, coming out to about $0.16 per diaper. 

$0.16 per diaper!

On top of that, diapers are bundled with wipes and those ended up being $.02 per wipe, as opposed to $.07 per wipe.

$0.02 per wipe!

Can you tell I'm almost a mom now? I never thought I'd be so excited about prices of diapers and wipes.

Then I went on Amazon to compare prices of the jumbo economy packs using their lowest price of subscribe & save. They sell Pampers for $0.27 per diaper, Luvs for$0.23 per diaper and Huggies for $0.22 per diaper. Yep, I was pretty much shaking my tail feathers :)

I was so stoked I had to brag to Kelly about all of the money I saved, I think after the first couple of "great job honey!"'s, he was a tiny bit sick of me talking about it. I decided to text my sister-in-law who might find this information a little more exciting than the hubs. 

I was so so excited to find this deal because I absolutely love that The Honest Company is all about being good to your baby's skin.

The inner and out layers are plant based. The diapers themselves don't contain latex, lotions, fragrances, gluten, a lot of the most common allergens, phthalates, optical brighteners, heavy metals, or organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT) and are made without chlorine processing. 

In other words, they are about as 'pure' as you can get with disposable diapers. It makes me feel very confident that we will be treating our little girl's sensitive skin as gently as possible.

Plus, the prints on the diapers are just about the cutest things I've ever seen. 
The Honest Company
She got some cute pastel tribal prints, strawberries and cute little skull prints because she's totally going to be a rockstar. 

The Honest Company
This is the first time I've purchased diapers, thanks to the diaper party that Chris & Kaileigh threw us. I've read a bunch of posts online on how to stockpile diapers at the lowest possible price, this way you're not making midnight diaper runs and having to pay full price. 

The hard part is...I've never been a mom. I don't know how many diapers babies use. Plus, babies aren't robots, they all use different amounts. Thankfully, there are lots of helpful mommies out there who have tallied up their diaper usage for the first year of their baby's life.  

These are a few of the great references I've found to estimate diaper usage in the first year, along with the rock bottom price you should ideally be paying for diapers.

How To Save Money & Build A Diaper Stockpile (

How To Save Money & Build A Diaper Stockpile (

Stocking Up On Diapers: How Much To Buy And At What Price (

The Infamous Diaper Count ( 

10 Secrets to the Best Prices on Diapers (

All of these mothers say that they typically try to pay no more than $0.13 - $0.14 per diaper and no more than $.02 per wipe. My goal is to stock up as much as I can ahead of time to avoid paying any more than these prices for diapers and wipes. 

I'm going to stick a pen & paper on our stockpile and every time we open a new pack, mark it down. Hopefully in a year from now, I can look back and count how many of each size diaper we used along with how much we've spent for the year on diapers. I'm writing it down here to hold myself accountable so I don't flake :) 

Two days, two posts about diapers. Think this blog has gone straight to babyville. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Diaper Party For The Guys

So, one of the coolest things ever for a dad-to-be, Kelly's brother and sister-in-law threw him a diaper party. It's like a baby shower, but for guys. 

This is a zero-picture post because this happened to be a guy's only party and they had much better things to do then take know, like drink beer and stuff.

Instead of a shower with a registry, the guests simply have to bring a package of diapers. Easy as that! By bringing diapers, guests recieved a raffle ticket to be put in the drawing for a few different gift cards. I believe they had a few for Cabelas and some gas stations. His cousin drew one of the gas station cards and ended up giving it to Kelly, which was really sweet. 

They made a bunch of easy food that could sit out for a while, sloppy joe's in the crock pot, chips with queso and salsa, oreo cake balls and some other munchies. The party was in the shop at the farm where they could have the heat on. They listened to a few football games, played darts, bean bags, and beer pong. And drank beer. Don't forget the beer. 

Kaileigh even make a cake out of beer bottles and the top beer had a baby bottle nipple. Now obviously a beer cake isn't going to last long in that situation, so I've googled a picture of what I imagined it looked like :) 

It was a great way for Kelly to get together with the guys to celebrate becoming a dad, without all of the fluff and stuff of a baby shower. And as he didn't get home until about 3:30 am, I'm assuming they had fun!

It was like a mini Christmas morning when I finally got him out of bed the next day. We ended up with an unbelievable amount of diapers. 17 packages of diapers and quite a few packages of wipes as well. And ye of little faith here had a thought that, being guys, they would all bring size 1 diapers, I was wrong! We ended up with all sizes, newborn through 4! And just because I could...I counted them. 969 diapers. 969! 

We're so grateful to Chris & Kaileigh for throwing this party. We're incredibly fortunate to have such amazing friends and family to celebrate the great things in life. 

Everyone was so generous, we now have a giant pile of diapers to help get us through the first year of her life! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

She's Already Teaching Me A Thing Or Two

As we wait day after day for our daughter to make her way into this big, wide world, she is already teaching us one of the most important things about being a parent. Patience.

For a couple of weeks now, I've been hiking up and down our hill, climbing our stairs again and again, eating spicy food, filling up on pineapple, washing the floors on hands and knees...pretty much any safe thing that's been suggested hoping to get her out and not go past my due date (why are due dates necessary?!). 

This past weekend, I finally came to terms with the fact that she is going to come whenever her sweet heart desires. There is nothing I'm able to do about it. Sure, I might try to 'help' things along, but ultimately it will happen when it happens. 

This is one of the things that I want to keep at the top of my list of 'parental priorities', if you will. As much as I want and like to control things in my life, she will now be a part of my life, a part that I cannot control. 

Sure, we can try to help as much as possible, giving her nudges in the right direction, but in the end we have to remember that she is her own person and will ultimately have to get there on her own. 

As much as I might want to push her to crawl, talk, walk, learn to read, make new friends, play a sport...all of these things will come in time. Or they may not come at all. It's going to be our job to be there for her, having her back and guiding her while she is testing, learning, and figuring out these new things for herself. 

No matter how caught up we get in day-today- life, I hope to always remember this very important first lesson my unborn daughter has taught me. 

"Patience is not the ability to wait, 
but the ability to keep a good attitude while you are waiting."
-Joyce Meyer

Friday, December 4, 2015

Wishing You A Holly Jolly Weekend

Source: Ian Mckenzie
Hello Lovelies :)

How was your week? Mine was nice and relaxing. Went out for a friend's birthday dinner and ate quite a few hot wings trying to start some action with the little one.

One of the highlights of my week was on Wednesday. A good friend of mine (we have tons of pictures of us in diapers together) recently moved home from Brazil where he was working for about ten months. He came over for lunch, it was so great to see him and we were able to spend a couple hours catching up on a little bit of life. 

Here are some links, and a song to start your weekend. 

Check out this amazing idea for a school gift giving program. 

Funny pregnancy sayings. I can relate to all...especially #4!

Drooling over this turkey pesto avocado panini.

Mermaids. For real.

Can this game guess what region you're from based on your vocabulary? (I apparently speak like I'm from the West coast!)

Yumm... home made eggnog coffee creamer.

By far my favorite version of one of my absolute favorite Christmas carols. Such talent, brings tears to my pregnant a--.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

**Also. Don't take your 9-month pregnant wife (girlfriend, partner, friend, surrogate...) to Hooters for lunch. 
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