Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Moss' 8th Birthday!

Moss had her 8th birthday yesterday, October 26th! I made her favorite treat, Pumpkin Biscotti. She loves any treats but I have been making this one in particular since the first year we got her. Moss has been with Bob and I since she was 10 weeks old and I can only hope she is around for another 8 years. She is doing awesome with Harper, she never leaves "our" side and is always my support person for all the 2, 3, and 4:00 feedings when it feels like the whole world is asleep. I love you Moss and Happy Birthday!

Sparkling Wine

Here is the sparkling wine by Sofia Coppola. It would be great for holidays gifts or entertaining. The name is Blanc de Blancs by Sofia.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Fall

What an amazing week! The weather has been gorgeous so I have been taking Moss and Harper out for daily walks. We stopped for a brief photo by the lake the other day and of course that turned into about a 30 minute ordeal. I'm holding Harper trying to get a few shots with the amazing clouds and Fall foilage and at the same time repeatedly telling my dog to sit and stay in hopes she won't jump in the lake, see another dog, or chase after some bird. If ANYONE saw me, I'm sure they were in stitches or rolling the eyes in disbelief of how crazy moms can be! Mission accomplished, I got a few shots I was going for:)

Friday was great, just like old times. We had our neighbors over for cocktail hour on the patio at Belmonts! You know, my patio that I named after the name of my home, I know, I know, could I get anymore ridiculous sometimes. I popped open this amazing bottle of sparkling wine, it is a white wine by Sophia Coppola. A...ma...zing! Tish and I finished the bottle, we actually didn't share it with the guys! I will post the picture for all to indulge.

I ended the weekend on Sunday with one of my besties, Kelly. I headed over to her house in the late morning in hopes of catching up, coffee drinking, indulging in smut (gossip magazines for those of you who think they may be something weird), and drooling over how sweet our babies are! Well, 6 or 7 hours later, we were at The Cheesecake Factory with a couple kids having meltdowns. Kelly and I are trying to shovel food in while she is manhandling Madeline, her 20 month old and I am fumbling under my nursing cover to feed my 10 week old. It was so hysterical, all we could do was laugh. I told Kelly I was pretty sure at least 2 people caught a shot of the "goods" and she replied it was nothing they haven't seen before! Ahh..what good memories we made. After dropping Kelly and Madeline off, I sang that song, "The Things You Do For Love." It has become my theme song!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Red Diaper Bag Stories....Blue Dress

So I bought Harper this fabulous dress in hopes of getting a great photo of her at 2 months old. We did have a lot of fun and will get to see the shots soon. Along the way, I had one of my own "firsts".

After the photo shoot, I changed her diaper and stuck the dirty diaper in my quite expensive diaper bag. I splurged on this bag knowing that it would probably turn into my purse. I spent a lot of time shopping for my favorite fashionable diaper bag, it was one of most anticipated purchases. Well mommy readers, do you know where I am going with this? Yes, I left the dirty diaper in my "fashionable,fabulous" bag. When my guests were in town last weekend, I went to the bag to get my nursing cover and there it was...the dirty diaper from the photo shoot! I thought to myself, what a total sleep deprived, multi-tasking, green green green mommy thing to do! I didn't realize the smell would linger as much as it would because when I finally got situated to nurse her.....the nursing cover had this wonderful aroma. This is only the beginning of my diaper stories I'm sure, stay tuned for more exciting moments from "The Red Diaper Bag."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harper Laughs: Video

2 months post baby is pretty cool

I've been having a blast the last couple of weeks. Harper is really coming to life and starting to establish a routine. Anywhere from 6-9 hours of sleep a night, LOVING IT! During the day she entertains herself with her mobile, the ceiling fan, her hands, and the bold pillows on my couch.

She is hysterical, she smiles all the time and laughed for the first time this weekend! Bob and I fell in love with her all over again, actually that happens everyday! My favorite babysitters, Nana, Poppie, and my nephew Benjamin, came down this weekend to spend some time with her and I had a girls night out. Kelly, April, Breagal and I went to Dinner and Kings of Leon concert. It was soooo fun and certainly perfect timing post baby! Thanks for the wonderful food and laughs....until next time.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Harper 2 month check up

My little sprout is growing like a weed! She had her two month check up and results are in!

Weight 10lbs 8oz, 55% (this number is where she stands compared to 100 kids her age)
Height 21 1/8 inches, 35% (this number means she is remains short but more plump)

That is the good news, now for the awful part! She got three shots and cried harder than I have yet to see.....and so did I! I personally don't know what I'm going to do the next time around, it's not like I can tell her I'm sorry. All those mommies and daddies out there that have the answer, please write in!

Becoming a Mac geek!

I have begun scheduling dates with my new friend Mac! He is very friendly but we need to get a little more intimate!

I am actually becoming a Mac geek, I'm taking One to One classes at the Apple store and I LOVE it! Anyone who is on the fence of buying a Mac, which I had been, there is no doubt which way you should sway!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We've made it to 6 weeks and I'm loving it!

Six weeks is AMAZING! Harper is totally coming to life, I'm starting to exercise, I have cooked Dinner more than once in one week, we slept more hours in one night than I did all last week, and I am almost caught up with my blog:)

A few firsts this week:

Following the mobile and entertaining herself for at least 30 minutes
Follows me or Bob when we walk in front of her. Eye contact and returns smiles when you smile
Slept 7 hours
Slept 8 hours and SHE IS SUCKING HER THUMB!

I'm not really sure what I think about the thumb thing. Well actually, it is her way of soothing herself and I am ecstatic about that...soooo....I think I'm great with the thumb thing.

Need I say anymore about how much I am falling in love with her, each day I get to look at this face is one more day I am so thankful I was put on this Earth for a fabulous reason!

Gram made this adorable hat and many more goodies. I can't wait to post some pics and I'm haven't told her but I think we need to set up a shop on ETSY. This is one of my favorite shops and highly recommend everyone to check it out. BEWARE, you will become addict! www.etsy.com

Apple Festival and 15 year High School Reunion September 26th

Harper's first Apple Festival, Bob's second Apple Festival (shocking I got him to return after last year's inital shock), and my first attendance to a high school reunion, 15 years!

We had a lot of fun and so did Nana... she showed off Harper watching the parade and got to babysit Harper Saturday night. Bob and I attended the reunion among the other 20ish people that decided to make an appearance. So funny seeing people from high school, most people didn't change physically but there wasn't enough time to catch up with old friends you hadn't seen in 15 years! Thanks to Jaime for organizing!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Harper at 4 and 5 weeks

One month old already, I can't believe it! I guess that is why I am obviously not missing a moment of it!

My favorite smell is her breathe and skin, it ALWAYS smells delicious!
My favorite sound is her rapid breathing right before she eats, it seems as though she is a tiny bit distressed but excited. Also, the sweet cry that she lets out when it appears she's really annoyed but a little too tired to really cry. Bob and I crack up when we hear it.
My many favorite sights is her cheeks jiggling during her carriage rides, when she sleeps she has the biggest smile, her mouth makes a perfect circle when she poos, and when she sucks on Bob's nose as if it is pacifier before she eats.

One of the oddest things I've learned is how fast she can build up a collection of lint in the crevices of her hands and feet. It makes sense in the feet but the HANDS! I almost freaked the first time I found it in the hands, at 2 weeks old, because I felt like such a horrible mom.

I adore naps like this one, you know she is absolutely exhausted and you can turn the TV up as loud as you want! That is....if there were anything GOOD on TV anymore!

This yellow dress is the outfit I wore on the way home from the hospital when I was born! Fits her perfect, at 5 weeks old!

Gram and Grandpa Cietek meet Harper

The Cieteks arrived on September 16th, Harper was exactly 1 month old! Gram and Grandpa had a blast with her and she especially loved Grandpa. This was her first smile and first coo to any of us, she really lit up when he had her. I adore this shot and recommend anyone to share this photo. How can you not smile when you look at a photo like this!

Loving the help! We got pictures hung, a mirror hung that has been sitting in my dining room for about a year, enough meatballs to last us until Christmas, plenty of cookies, and Gram crocheted some adorable items for Little Miss. That is one of her many nicknames already!

Their first trip to see her will be memorable for us and them. We are so glad they got to come down, we hope they get to see her often. Until then, lots of emails and LOTS of pictures!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our first road trip to KY

Harper Elle, Moss, and I headed to Kentucky for our first road trip. Bob went to Louisville to work and we took off to see Nana and Poppie! It was actually a surprise because I didn't know if I was actually ready to attempt a little trip by myself....so I said what the hell....let's go! And we did, 2.5 hours later on Monday morning:) Yeah, go ahead and laugh, but I made it with a little bit of confidence left!

Did I mention how excited my parents and family were that we came? My Mom and sis took off work just to hang out with her.....and me of course (yeah right)....on Tuesday! It was great, they totally take care of her and I just relaxed. Quite nice I must say!

My friend Jodi sent me this "amazing" mirror and life became so much better. I hated driving around town wondering if she was still breathing everytime I left the house. At least now I can SEE she stopped breathing! Getting a little more confident about that too.

We made one stop, half way there, and I officially became the person in the car of a gas station that people would say," wonder what that lady is doing with that cape over her and looking down the whole time." That's right, I got to nurse her, very uncomfortably I must say, in the parking lot! I know, my new glamerous life. Who's jealous?

The rest of the time we were on the road, Moss rested her head on my arm rest or my arm. She was so hysterical I had to take these shots! Well, we made it all in one piece and came back home on Wednesday.

Harper at 3 weeks

Harper is lounging in her lamb chair. We have found she loves this chair, who wouldn't, it vibrates and plays very soothing music. I can't understand why they don't make these for adults! I suppose it would be difficult to put two of these adult size chairs in your bedroom.

But most of the time she prefers lounging with us! I mean you can't spoil a 3 week old can you? or can you:)

Unbelievable how small she really is. I had to capture a shot of the famous flower toes, still looking okay for 4 weeks. Who knows when I get my next pedi!
I love holding her sweet little feet and hands, the cool thing is she grips me right back!

Being submerged into the bath seems to really soothe her, she loves that. The bath also seems to make her very tired, WE love that! The first time we put her in a very warm bath, poo central! Yeah, of course the first time parents empty the entire bath and start all over! It's like you are learning all these normal daily task but through a little persons eyes, I must say, I LOVE it!

After a bath, milkies, and loads of kisses.....it is time to curl up in the chair and take another nap!

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