Scenes from our weekend

Monday, June 26, 2017

We had another great weekend at the beach! After Vivi's 4 month pediatrician appointment on Friday, we piled in the car and were off. First thing we did once we got there was put on our workout clothes and take a walk to the sound to stretch our legs and let Bella swim. It's her absolute favorite thing to do and it wears her out. Tired dog= good dog. Friday night we cooked dinner in and had the most delicious meal of crabcakes, asparagus and salad with lemon pie for dessert.

Saturday Vivi was so exhausted and slept most of the day, I'm thinking it was due to her shots on Friday. So we hung out at the pool and on the porch and never even hauled all our stuff onto the beach. Plus it was super windy and sand was blowing everywhere, not ideal with a baby. She got in her new float that I scored for $5 at Burlington Coat Factor, best deal ever!

 Saturday night we had dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant at the beach, City Kitchen. Our cousin Rob who plays for the Cincinnati Reds just had elbow surgery so they were in town for the weekend. Our family kept all the kids and let us have a double date night. We had such a blast! The food was amazing and lots of wine was enjoyed!

Sunday was cloudy and rainy so we got up and came home. We spent the day cleaning, grocery shopping, doing a driveway work out, and going on a walk. Then we cooked homemade barbecue chicken pizza with a spinach salad for dinner and had my sister and her family over. It was such a great weekend and I am already looking forward to heading back to the coast in 4 days!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friends, I need help! I feel like I'm in sort of a blogging rut, hence why I haven't been posting as much lately. My life has been revolving around baby and work but I miss blogging regularly. Are there any topics you'd like me to post about? Marriage, baby, infertility, recipes, fashion, medicine, etc. Answer these two questions for me in the comments section… 

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Wednesday: what I'm doing now!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I saw this post on April's blog a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it a try. I love reading these posts so I thought it would be fun to give you guys a glimpse into what I'm currently "doing" these days.

I just started reading this book so I can't tell you how it is yet but I have read a lot of good books lately that I'm hoping to recap next week. Stay tuned!

I saw these power balls on Meg's InstaStory and wanted to try them out. I'm hooked! I've made two batches so far. They are perfect for snacks at work and relatively healthy. This is the recipe I used but I tweaked it a little bit after the first batch. I only used half a cup of peanut butter then added a small scoop of cookie butter. I didn't use coconut and used raisins for the "add ins". I found that using chocolate chips made them too sweet.

This is totally boring but all I've been watching lately are orthopedic continuing education videos. I bought 36 hours worth of videos from a recent conference that I couldn't attend because I was on maternity leave so in all my "spare time" I've been watching them! The nerd in me secretly loves them.

You might have seen these on my InstaStory this past weekend but oh my gosh I've found a new favorite drink. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know I'm a huge prosecco lover. Well this flavored prosecco from Trader Joe's is my jam. And for only $6, sign me up! We had peach, mango, and strawberry/raspberry and I think peach is my favorite.

You guys... it used to seem ridiculous to me when people would say "I don't even like shopping for myself anymore, I would rather shop for my baby". I totally get it now. I can't remember the last time I bought myself any new clothes. Here are some things in my shopping cart that I'm just dying to pull the trigger on for baby girl.

What are you cooking/drinking/reading these days?

Father's Day weekend

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy rainy Tuesday from NC! Coming in with a weekending post a day late because we had such a great weekend, I couldn't bring myself to sit down Sunday night and write a post.

We headed to the coast and had the best weather! Friday night we had a low-key night in and ordered pizza. Saturday we spent the day on the beach and at the pool. It was Vivi's first time in the pool and she loved it didn't really show any emotion. Better than screaming the entire time, right?! Saturday night we cooked dinner for my dad for Father's Day and hung out on his porch with the whole family. It was the perfect time to celebrate him!

 Sunday was all about Garrett. Vivian gave him an adorable coffee mug that she made (she's so talented!) and his very favorite Peter Millar shirt. We went out to breakfast then headed home. We spent the day together which is exactly what he wanted to do. We did a driveway workout then cooked kabobs on the grill for dinner.

Vivi has no idea how lucky she is to have him as her daddy. She hit jackpot. He is so hands-on, wakes up during the night to feed her without a single complaint, and the way they look at each other just kills me! I can't wait to see their relationship grow as she gets older. I used to dream about seeing him as a dad and it is even better than I could have imagined. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Friday!! We are waking up at the beach this morning and I couldn't be happier! Here are 5 randoms from this week!

[O N E]
On Sunday we went out on our friends' boat for the day. Vivi loved her first boat ride! Don't worry, she had a life jacket on but we took it off when we were almost to the dock (insert eye roll emoji). Our friends have a daughter that is exactly 1 year older than Vivi. I can't wait for them to grow up together!

[T W O]
My best friend since we were 1 year old asked me to be a bridesmaid in her November wedding and I am beyond excited! I teared up at this sweet little package and note and can't wait to watch my very first friend marry the love of her life!

[T H R E E]
I can honestly say I've never seen a good passport picture and this is no exception. I literally died over these passport pics of Vivi. It looks like she has on makeup, hilarious! They laid her down on a white poster board and she was all like wtf?? So funny.

[F O U R]
I've mentioned my love for Willow Crowns on here before. Last week Vivi had a good mail day when she received all these gorgeous lace headbands! And Meg posted our order on her Insta Story :)

[F I V E]
I cannot wait to celebrate Garrett this weekend for Father's Day. He is the best there is. Vivi hit jackpot having him for her daddy.

Pediatric cardiology appointment: an update on Vivian's heart

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last week we had a follow-up appointment at the pediatric cardiologist for Vivi's heart. She was born with two small holes in her heart. She has a ventricular septal defect (VSD), a hole between the bottom two chambers of the heart, and a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a hole between the upper two chambers of the heart.

When we first got there they had to take all her vitals then it was time for her EKG. Her first appointment was when she was about 2 weeks old and she hated having the EKG done. This time she was an angel! The hardest part was trying to keep her still so it could get an accurate reading of the electrical activity of her heart. The worst part was peeling those super sticky pads off her sweet, delicate skin. Those things hurt!

After her EKG it was time for an echocardiogram, which is just an ultrasound of the heart. I laid on the table with her and fed her a bottle to keep her still. She did so great! Then we met with the doctor and great news... both holes are closing like they should! He said her EKG was totally normal, he could barely see the VSD and the PFO was getting smaller. All good things! We will go back for another check-up in a few months.

In the scheme of things, her minor heart problems are nothing compared to some of the health scares people go through with their babies. It truly makes me realize how blessed we are to have a healthy baby and my heart goes out to all the mommas that are dealing with sicknesses and health problems. We are so very thankful that our baby girl is happy and healthy!

Scenes from our weekend at the beach

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We had the absolute best weekend at the beach. Like I said, we are at the beach almost every single weekend in the summer and it never gets old! After a morning of snuggles, my mom, Vivian and I headed to the beach around lunch time and Garrett and the rest of the family met us there after work.

It's never too early for a drink at the beach, am I right?!

 My girl is turning into quite the beach bum. She took a 2.5 hour nap on a towel under the umbrella and I got to enjoy my book and a few cold drinks, it was heaven!

After enjoying the day on the beach, we headed in to get ready for dinner. We had reservations at one of my favorite restaurants at the beach and we were brave and took the baby. Luckily she was a perfect angel and slept the entire time. We started with appetizers of calamari and homemade pimento cheese and I had a bowl of clam chowder for my meal. It was all delicious! We got lucky with a table  on the deck right on the water. The weather was perfect, the drinks were yummy, and the company was even better. A perfect beach night!

Sunday we were up early to head home. I was on call so had to head to work to make rounds on our patients in the hospital. Two more days until I am headed back to the coast!

Baby items: can live without | can't live without

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Over the past 3ish months of keeping a newborn alive and happy, there are items we could not have lived without. On the other hand, there are plenty of items we bought that I haven't used as much as I thought I would. I thought it may be helpful for new moms or soon-to-be moms to see what we loved and didn't love. Obviously this list will be different for everyone, but I'm all about hearing opinions on different products and experiences from moms who have already been through it!


Can't live without...

For $75, this was worth every penny. I knew this was absolutely necessary to get after seeing how much my sister used it with her two babies. Vivian slept in this beside our bed for 11 weeks, until we transitioned her into her crib. She also napped in this frequently. It has them propped up just a little which was perfect because she was spitting up a lot and I was terrified she was going to choke on it. It makes them feel super snuggled and comfy. Best money ever spent!

MAM pacifier
Vivian isn't crazy about a paci, but these are the ones she prefers when she does want one. These tend to stay in her mouth better than the others we tried.

Vivian loves her bouncy seat. She loves looking at the little animals that hang over her head and she especially loves the vibration and music that the seat can play. It doesn't bounce itself but once they start kicking around, it will bounce and keep them content. Absolutely worth the $60!

In every ultrasound I had, Vivi had her hands up by her face and when she was born that's how she wanted her hands! That resulted in her hating being swaddled. No matter how tight we swaddled her, she would cry and squirm and her hands would be out the top in .5 seconds. Then my friend Lindsey Thorne told me about these arm up swaddles and Vivi absolutely loved it. It allowed her to have her hands by her face and feel cozy but also kept her tight and swaddled.

I don't think I've ever heard of a single baby that didn't like a swing. We got ours second hand from a friend for $15 but it is totally worth the $150! 

This little gadget has been the best purchase! It might look tacky on her beautiful crib but who cares when it entertains her and puts her to sleep. I turn this on for every nap and she loves staring at it and the music helps her fall asleep. Kind of pricey at $45 but the best money spent, I promise!
I was hesitant about registering for this but we have used it more than any other baby gear we have. We lay her on it every morning after she wakes up and it keeps her occupied forever! She kicks and swats at the little hanging animals and it is also perfect for tummy time. Absolutely need one of these!
Can live without... 

Wipe warmer
The best advice I ever received was "start out like you're gonna hold out". Aka make your baby as low maintenance as possible and you will thank yourself later. If you have warm wipes at home, your baby is going to expect warm wipes when you are out and about. I promise your baby isn't going to die if they get their cute hiney cleaned with wipes that aren't warm.
Bottle warmer
Again, "start out like you're gonna hold out". This goes along with the wipes warmer... if you start out warming bottles up, they will expect it when you're on the go. When I stopped breastfeeding I realized that it is SO much easier to mix formula with room temperature bottled nursery water rather than warming a bottle up and surprise! she didn't mind room temperature milk at all! The only situation I think a bottle warmer may be necessary is if you're breastfeeding and need to warm up pumped milk. But again, for us this was definitely something that was not needed.

If you have a swing, you absolutely don't need this. For $250, I do not think it is worth the money. Yes it looks "cool" but it barely even moves! I didn't buy one of these but I used a friends' and Vivi did not like it. She preferred a swing.

Soothie pacifier
For some reason Vivi could not keep these in her mouth. They would shoot out whenever she tried to suck on them. I know so many babies who love this paci but it didn't work for us.
I know every baby is different but these are just the things that worked for us! Please let me know if you have specific questions!

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