Thursday, May 16, 2019

George:: Three Months

Right before Easter, George turned three months old! I remember telling everyone that the three month milestone was my favorite so far (although, I think I've felt that way with every milestone and probably will continue to moving forward).


Georgie's personality continued to grow during his third month of life! He became a lot more interactive and would smile at you whenever you would talk to him or give him attention. He started to talk a little bit during month three, too. I've loved every bit of this journey so far and every time I think it can't get better, it somehow does! I swear he becomes funner by the day.

We didn't have a three month check-up so I'm not sure where he was on the height and weight scale, but I think he was weighing around 13 pounds at that point. His cheeks had gotten so chubby and his little dimple continued to shine with every smile!

We made GREAT strides when it came to sleeping during month three. I'd say around nine weeks or so, George would sleep in 10-11 hour stretches only waking one time for a feeding. Occasionally he would sleep 8-9 hours without even waking up to eat. Those nights weren't as frequent, but they did happen! On the occasion that George would wake up outside of his nighttime feeding, we could simply put his paci back in his mouth and he would go right back to sleep. This sleep progress was a huge relief considering I had to go back to work during this time.


Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

George:: Two Months

Our lucky charm turned two months old on March 18th. I really loved the two month milestone. George began to smile more and we started to see his little personality come to life.


At his two month check-up, Georgie weighed 12 pounds and 9 ounces. He was 24 inches long which was in the 88th percentile for his age! His dad is really hoping that he gets some of the Hartman's (my mom's side of the family) height and hits at least six feet tall some day. He seems to think that will be key for George's basketball career. ;)

Other than beginning to really smile, George also started to really enjoy his bath time. We started to implement a bedtime routine around the two month mark which included a bath every night. We could tell that it was a relaxing for him (and there were no more tears!). While he still wasn't sleeping through the night, his sleep stretches were definitely getting longer. He went from waking every 1-3 hours to about every 3-5 hours during his second month of life. We still had multiple nighttime feedings, but we were making some progress!

For whatever reason, George's happy place in our house during this time was his changing table. Michael and I both found it pretty funny because it seemed like for those first couple weeks he really hated having his diaper changed, but then somewhere along the way he decided that it really wasn't too bad. Any time we had a fussy baby, we could just take him in his room and put him on his changing pad and poof! he was instantly in a better mood.

Look at that happy baby!!



Sincerely,

Emily Ann

P.S. He still wasn't a big fan of Mom's photo shoots at two months old.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

George:: One Month

Since I'm clearly behind, I'm going to bounce all over the place with my next few posts. I hope to post some milestone updates, my delivery story, postpartum journey, and so much more.

My sweet boy turns FOUR months old on Saturday, and those four months have brought me so much happiness. Let's backtrack to when George was one month old:


At one month old, our Georgie boy weighed 10 pounds and 12 ounces. He had grown to 22 inches long and was above average on both the height and weight scales. His doctor joked that Mom must be producing whole milk because he had gained so much weight in those first few weeks! It wasn't long after he turned four week's old that he started wearing three month clothes.

As you can see, he really hated Mom trying to take pictures of him so we had to settle for what we could get. We had a lot of visitors stop by for some baby snuggles during George's first month of life and he was always sure to be on his best behavior! We joke now that he likes the chaos of being around a lot of people because he is always so chill during those times. He likes to just sits back and take it all in. Looking back, I realize he's been like that from the start!

George also became a huge fan of his pacifier during that first month of life. We made sure not to go anywhere without it!


Stay tuned for a brief two month update tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Monday, May 13, 2019

My First Mother's Day

I am one pretty lucky Momma. My husband (and George) made sure to spoil me for my first Mother's Day. George started the day off by letting me sleep in until 6:00! He's been on a streak of being our 5:00 alarm clock, so that extra hour sure was nice.


Michael made us breakfast and then watched George for a couple hours in the morning while I took a little "me" time. I decided it was time to try out a hot yoga class. It's something I've been wanting to try for a while and since my regular gym doesn't offer Sunday workout classes, I figured what better time to try something new. I really wasn't sure what to expect given I've never even tried regular yoga, but I enjoyed the class and will definitely go again.

When I got back from yoga, we took George up to see Michael's mom (Barbie) and give her a Mother's Day gift. He decided it was a good time for a nap and stayed with Barbie for a couple hours while I went for a bike ride and Michael went to help his dad with some errands on our new property (I'll share more on our new property in a future post!).

Once we were all back home, Michael grilled us steaks and potatoes for dinner. It was so good! George was sure to give me some extra nighttime snuggles, too. It was the best Mother's Day I could have asked for. I'm feeling pretty blessed with this little family of mine.

Sincerely,

Emily Ann

P.S. I got a really cute Kate Spade purse and chocolates from my boys, too! Dad thought it was funny that the purse was big enough to fit George. I don't think George found it as entertaining. :)


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day:: We Had A Baby!!

SURPRISE!! We had a baby!!

As you can tell, I took a break from blogging over the past year. Putting these posts together was always something I really enjoyed doing, but for whatever reason, I lost interest in it there for a while. In hindsight, I regret not documenting my pregnancy journey, because it was QUITE the journey. I decided it was time to get back to it now that my son is starting to hit some milestones and hope to share some of the highlights (and lowlights) from the past year as well. So here we go!

On Mother's Day weekend of last year, I found out that I was pregnant. Michael and I were both so excited to be growing our little family although it happened a little sooner than we were expecting! We decided we would start trying to have a baby just a month earlier. We both figured it would take some time and were just hoping I would be pregnant by the end of 2018. Fortunately for us, there was no waiting involved and a short month later (May 12, 2018), I was showing Michael multiple positive pregnancy tests!

I hope to touch more on my pregnancy journey in future posts, but for now, I'll tell you it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies like I was thinking it would be. I always thought since I was active and healthy that pregnancy would be no problem for me. Boy was I wrong. Morning sickness...sciatica... costochondritis...swelling...I experienced it all. I even managed a month long battle with bronchitis at one point. As much as I wanted to love my pregnancy journey, that just wasn't the case for me. With that being said, the moment I met my beautiful baby boy, I immediately forgot about all the struggles that pregnancy brought. It was the most amazing experience of my life.

Okay, that's enough for now. But before I go...meet George! He was born on January 18th, 2019 at 1:43 a.m. and weighed eight pounds and two ounces. He was twenty inches of pure perfection.


Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing mommas out there!


Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Weekend Recap:: Friends and Family


This past weekend was spent enjoying time with friends and family and it was absolutely perfect.

Friday::
Michael and I played golf after work with one of our couple friends. It was the first time I had played this year so it definitely wasn't my best game, but the weather was awesome and we had a good time. Once we finished golfing we headed up to the bar to grab something to eat and play a few games of darts. It was definitely a fun night with great friends.

Saturday::
I started my day off by hitting the gym with one of my girlfriends. Since the weather was so nice, the trainers moved the majority of our workout outside and it was fantastic. It was one of the better workouts I have had in a while.

Afterwards, I jumped in the car and drove to my parents. They were watching my nephews for the day/night so I got a lot of quality time in with my favorite boys. My sister invited me to dinner that evening with her girlfriends at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Good food and good company made for a really good time. I volunteered to be their sober driver for a while after dinner so we hit some gravel roads, jammed out to some good tunes, and chit chatted the night away.

Sunday::
My nephews were sure to wake me up bright and early on Sunday morning. My dad made us breakfast and then we were off to ride four wheelers and play outside. Later that afternoon I attended a bridal shower for one of my best girlfriends. It was at Prison Brews Sidebar which I had never been to before. It was such a cute little set up! Her sisters did such a great job hosting and we all had a fun afternoon.

I wrapped up my weekend by driving back home and relaxing with Michael. He had gone mushroom hunting with his dad earlier in the day and they found over 100 mushrooms! Michael and I went last Wednesday and found about 40. His mom and brother had found some, too. It has been a good year for mushrooms! I'm so glad that warmer weather is here and am looking forward to many more weekends and evenings spent outdoors.


Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Monday, April 30, 2018

Weekend Recap:: New Recipes & Wine Wobble


It has been a while since I've done a weekend recap so I figured now was as good of time as any to get back into them. So here we go:

Friday:: 
After work, I made a trip to the grocery store. I have been wanting to test out some new recipes and decided to give zucchini lasagna a try for dinner. Being the picky eater than I am, I wasn't really expecting to like it that much, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Even better, Michael loved it! You can find the recipe I used here. So good! I used ground beef rather than turkey since we currently have a freezer full of beef and pork. I also used a regular baking dish instead of mason jars.

We spent the rest of the evening just being lazy and lounging around the house.

Saturday::
Michael woke up at 5 a.m. to go turkey hunting, and naturally I couldn't fall back asleep once he left. I got up and knocked out some laundry before heading to his parent's for breakfast. After breakfast, Jessie came over and we went for a long walk followed by some front porch sitting and chit chatting.

Later, MaKenzie and I spent the afternoon at Cedar Lake Cellars for the Wine Wobble 5K.  Since we arrived early, we decided to start our day off with some chicken nachos and wine slushies. We were well aware that this was not the best idea before running 3.1 miles, but man it was good! We struggled through 5K miles together and finished in under 30 minutes. We were both proud of this time since we started off with full bellies and the terrain was questionable (literally ran through a field).

Afterwards, we enjoyed some free wine and another wine slushie before heading back to her house. Her fiance had some people over (including Michael) so we hung out, sipped some more wine, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Perfect day.

Sunday::
Michael and I started our day by grabbing breakfast at one of the local restaurants. He played golf in the afternoon and I spent the day around the house. We got a new computer on Saturday so I spent some time getting it all setup. We've needed one for a long time. My old one wouldn't even turn on and his wouldn't connect to the internet so it was quite the upgrade.

Later I made time for a run and quick workout and then did some meal prep for the week. I made a crock-pot chicken enchilada meal that turned out pretty well. I didn't follow a recipe but it included chicken, black beans, corn, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, and rice. I also prepped some protein waffles and fruit for the week.

We spent the evening binge-watching Shameless on Netflix. It's a show that we have been hooked on for a while now and we finally made it to season three last night. We didn't realize there were seven seasons! It's going to require some dedication to get through all seven, but I think we can do it.

We often disagree on what TV shows to watch so this has been a good one that we both enjoy. It was a nice way to unwind and relax before another work week.


Sincerely,

Emily Ann

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trunk Club:: V.1


A couple years ago, I decided to give Stitch Fix a try and was hooked after my first fix. I loved the idea of having cute clothes delivered to my door and felt like my stylist was really nailing my personal style. Every few months I would eagerly await my fix and tear into it like a kid on Christmas morning! Fast forward a bit, and it seemed like my fixes started feeling less and less customized to my personal style. After multiple fixes where I really didn't like anything that was delivered to me, I decided to cancel my membership with Stitch Fix.

To fill the void in my life (very dramatic, I know) I immediately signed up for Nordstrom's Trunk Club. I figured I'd give it a try and if I hated it, then I would give up on my online personal stylists and attempt to be stylish all on my own. Luckily, I LOVED my experience with Trunk Club and am eagerly awaiting my second trunk delivery.

Once I signed up, I was immediately assigned a stylist, Mia. She chatted with me on their app about my personal style and what I was looking for. She asked me what kind of items I would like to receive in my trunk and then sent me a preview of what she had picked out for me. I was able to tell her what I liked/didn't like and why. I personally loved this step because there were a few items that I could tell just weren't "me". She then replaced everything I didn't like with other options before mailing the items to me. It was such an easy process and I really felt like I was getting some great options that I would actually wear on a regular basis.

Warning: Trunk Club is much more dangerous financially than Stitch Fix since you receive twelve items instead of just five.

My trunk arrived a few days later and I was eager to try everything on. I loved that the items she sent were actually full outfits that I could wear several different ways. Honestly, if I could afford it, I probably would have kept every item she sent me! Pretty much everything was a perfect fit and I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few items.

Here's a peek at what I received. Every single item (shoes included) came in my trunk.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Charleston Trip Prep


My girlfriend and I leave for South Carolina bright and early tomorrow morning! I have had a crush on Charleston ever since I started watching Southern Charm (reality TV junkie over here!) a couple years ago and can't wait to explore the city for the first time. We don't have any plans set in stone but are staying within walking distance to King Street and intend to shop, eat, and drink our little hearts out.

I've been doing a lot of researching on what places we should pop into. Here are my best finds:
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