Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Holy Hannah, the last month of teething has been a doozy. Natalie got her first two front teeth (one on top and one on the bottom) with little to no irritability. I thought "wow! this teething thing is a breeze! Maybe I'll have one of those super babies that doesn't even notice or care that her teeth are coming in!"

But something happened as the third tooth came in. We had a particularly bad Saturday night where she woke up around 11:00 am and would not. go. back. to. sleep. I think this was an unfortunate bad timing chain of events as I had just so happened to have a small cappuccino that night after she went to bed. In addition to that, I ordered a decaf coffee out with a friend and I'm pretty sure it wasn't decaf. So when Natalie woke up at 11 and I nursed her immediately - I'm pretty sure the caffeine got to her because I NEVER drank coffee during my pregnancy or after. It wasn't until 3am when she was still buzzing around the room not even acting tired that it kind of dawned on me that it might not have fully been teething that was the issue. Chris and I finally gave her a bath at 3, and then I nursed her to sleep around 3:30 and then I was able to go to bed for the first time that night at 4.

I've always been someone who's very resistant to medicine for myself and that's how I am with Natalie. I've given her tylenol maybe 5 times in the past year, and I've tried oraljel maybe twice. But when she had a bad night of sleep the next night, I finally broke down and bought Hyland's teething tablets. I don't know if she was just so unbelievably exhausted from bad sleep the previous two nights, or if they were amazing, but things definitely got easier from there.

For the past 4 weeks, Natalie went from waking up once a night and going right back to sleep, to waking up 2-3 times a night and not going right back to sleep.

I was worried about the belladonna, but I consulted two pharmacists and they said not to worry about it.

I would take a newborn baby night any day over the night we had on Saturday. Finally at 3:00am after hours of screaming, we gave her a bath. I nursed her for the 20th time that night and we both fell asleep for a few hours in the glider in the nursery. I think we both got 4 hours of sleep.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Melissa and John's Wedding - Part 1

My sister's wedding was on October 4, and it was breathtaking, beautiful, and perfect in every way. It was a day that started out rainy, and by noon the sun started to come out and it ended up being the most perfect weather by the time the ceremony began!

However, being in a wedding with a baby is a WHOLE other ball-game. My dress was not conducive to nursing, Natalie didn't get a great nap in during the day, all she wanted to do when I held her was pull out my earrings or suck on my hair which had about 10 pounds of hairspray in it. Melissa was a fantastic Maid-of-Honor for me in my wedding, but I really feel like I wasn't even remotely the type of Matron-of-Honor that I wanted to be for my sister. Thank goodness for her friend, Karen, who helped out tremendously with Natalie, used my camera to take some great pictures when my hands were full, and picked up my slack in a lot of areas. 
Karen reading to Natalie while I took some pictures
Getting Natalie to pose for pictures was also hard, this was the best we could do:


One of the coolest aspects of the wedding was the 1 hour horse-drawn carriage ride we took from my parent's house to the venue. It was such a serene drive, and really calmed us all down from the craziness of getting ready all day.
It was a beautiful drive
Woods Photography
We had some time before the ceremony started so the bridesmaids got busy taking a bunch of ga-ga-gorgeous photos!

We pulled up to the ceremony
Woods Photography
Chris pulled Natalie down the aisle in a radio-flyer wagon that also carried the rings. She was adorable...of course :)

And the festivities begin!! More tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mason J.A.R. Apparel Winner

Congratulations to Jen, the winner of the Mason J.A.R. Apparel Onesie giveaway! Jen won with her comment:

This was a great giveaway, thank you Jessica for offering it to my readers!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Just keep swimming....

A wedding, a week in Pennsylvania with my parents, visits with tons of friends and new baby friends, first birthday party planning, and a mounting pile of house renovation decisions to make: I can't seem to keep my head above water these days! 

My sister's wedding was unbelievably gorgeous and spectacular, I can't wait to share the day with you.

Natalie waa great, but attending/being in a wedding with a baby is totally different than attending sans baby - and though I love her, I'd much prefer to leave her at home in the future - mama's gotta dance! Luckily, my MIL watched her for most of the reception. (THANKS JUDY!) Our only challenges were nursing in a dress that is NOT conducive to nursing, and one particularly loud line dance that woke her from her slumber. Other than her saying "mamamamamamama" throughout most of the ceremony (more cute than anything), she was a doll!!!

know I owe you a winner for the Mason J.A.R. apparel onesie giveaway! I will be picking one today and will announce tomorrow!