Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Hunky Hubby

There is really no point to this post other than to simply AW my incredibly good looking husband. I came accross this picture today when I hijacked his thumb drive (mine has recently crapped out on me and I wanted to back-up all my files/pictures before I can't access them anymore).

It's from Monster Jam 2008. Mike, his brothers, and a few of his friends rode their four-wheelers as part of the show. This particular picture was taken at the kickoff party where fans and their kiddos could come to see the moster trucks up close and get signatures from all the drivers, riders, etc.

Man, I'm one lucky woman :)

It's My BFP-iversary!

I can hardly believe that one year ago today, these were staring me straight in the face:

What a difference one year makes!

Monday, April 26, 2010

She's Getting So Big!

In Love With an Electronic Device

Get your minds out of the gutter - I'm not talking about that kind of electronic device. I'm talking about a Homedics Sound Spa Lullaby Sound Machine.

Over the past few weeks, Abbey has gone from sleeping one 5-6 hour stretch at night to waking up continuously every 2-3 hours. Luckily, we'd just plop her paci back in her mouth and she'd drift right off again, however, her new sleep schedule was certainly beginning to wear on us. Thank you (early) four month wakeful period!

As of this weekend, we couldn't take it anymore. Mike and I stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up one of these sound spas. As luck would have it, Abbey then slept from 9pm-5am Saturday night and then went back to sleep until 8am. Come Sunday night, she then slept for the same length of time. I finally feel as if I've been given my sanity back!

The machine is seriously awesome. It plays six sounds: rain, ocean, heartbeat, the Twinkle-twinkle Little Star song, Rock-A-Bye Baby song, and the Cradle Song. Additional features include an auto-off timer and a rotating picture projector that projects images of fish, stars, and animals onto walls or ceilings. The projector is so fun that I jokingly told Mike that I'm sleeping in the baby's room from here on out if we don't buy one of these for our room.

The best part? You can also use a BB&B 20% off coupon for this purchase which brought our total cost to approximately $16. Double score!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Enfamil vs. Target

Since the time I stopped breastfeeding at around 2-3 weeks PP, we have had Abigail on Enfamil Premium Lipil formula. It's been great for her and we've been extremely lucky that she didn't develop the same allergy to milk as her mommy (I was on very expensive soy formula as baby), but HOLY MOSES is this stuff expensive! A 23.4 oz. container runs anywhere from $23-25 depending on the retailer and we're now up to using a can and a half of formula a week.

I'm sure you can do the math. Alas, the cost is only going to climb from here.

After reading many awesome reviews about the product, we've decided to switch her to the Target Up-&-Up brand. We decided to try the version that is supposedly comparable to Enfamil Gentlease to prevent gas and spit-up issues at less than $15 per 24 oz. container. Honestly, it's been wonderful. Abbey didn't seem to notice a difference in the slightest and we've had no apparent tummy troubles as a result of the switch. I personally don't believe she is spitting up any less per se, but she does exhibit significantly less gas.

So for any FF'ing mommies out there who are considering making a switch, I give an enthusiastic two thumbs up for the Target Up-&-Up formula.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Baptism

As Mike and I are both practicing Catholics, we have always felt very strongly about getting Abbey baptised. With the way Easter fell this year and the dates our church had available, she was finally baptised this past Sunday, April the 18th.

Since we have such a large family and the church is literally a two minute drive from our house, we had the brilliant (note the sarcasm) idea to have everyone over for lunch afterwards. This has meant that I spent the entire past week scrubbing every nook and cranny of our home - yes, I'm woman enough to admit that it hadn't been thoroughly cleaned since before Abbey was born. Not only did I need to clean, but I also had to figure out what to serve our friends and family that were planning to attend - all 38 of them. I eventually ended up purchasing a few mini sandwich trays from a local grocery store and took everyone who asked up on their offer to bring a dish. Throw in a cake and some ice cream and we were set.

As luck would have it, Abbey was a complete cranky pants Sunday morning and we ended up running a bit late to the church. I looked like a hot mess by the time we actually got there; all of our guests had arrived several minutes before us. My hair was a mess, I didn't have time to grab the cute pair of heels that I had picked out, yadda...yadda...yadda.

Fortunately, Abbey's attitude improved and she managed to do great during the ceremony. When the priest first poured the water over her head, she cringed and I prepared myself for the worst. Abbey, however, seemed to notice the ceiling fans that had been switched on in the seconds that followed, so, by some miraculous blessing, her urge to scream quickly subsided.

Once the ceremony was over, we all posed for some family pictures. It was so nice to have all three of us in a picture for once!

Lastly, this picture just melts my heart. Can you believe that it's the first picture of Mike and Abbey together since the day I gave birth?!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Three Months Old!

Abbey is growing into such a fun baby and has one heck of a personality already. She's as stubborn as her mommy, but just as goofy as her daddy. It's been so fun watching her "evolve" over the past 13 weeks.

Here's what Abigail's been up to over the past month:

  • She's just about sitting up now while supported. She very rarely slumps over anymore.

  • She can now giggle and "laugh"!

  • She responds to being tickled by smiling and giggling.

  • We actually got lucky and she STTN for one entire night. Otherwise, she generally sleeps from 9 pm until 1 am and then goes back to sleep from 1:30 am until 7 am.

  • She's now transitioned from newborn clothing into mostly 0-3 sizes.

  • I'm able to put her in her crib when she's drowsy, but awake, and she can put herself to sleep.

  • She can bounce herself in her bouncer by kicking up a storm.

  • She can very easily get her hands into her mouth and actually prefers them over a paci.

  • She'll now play for very long periods of time on her playmat and loves to bat and tug on the various toys.

  • She's just starting to discover her feet!

  • She's still wearing size one diapers, but we may transition to the size 1-2's soon.

  • At her 2 month pedi appointment last month, she weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and had grown to 22 inches long.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


These arrived today and I am absolutely in love!

I ordered them in the 3-6 month size so that Abbey would be able to wear them more over the summer/fall season, but now I can't wait for them to fit her.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Here are a few pictures of Abbey's very first Easter.

(Disregard all of the drool in this one - LOL)

And of course my post wouldn't be complete without the obligatory picture with the Easter Bunny!