Moving + Baby Update

Things are a little crazy around our house but maybe I can share a quick update, and spam everyone with baby pictures. We decided to move - we are going to be moving from Delaware to South Carolina!

We had planned for Ellie and I to go there anyway, while Greg was in training, but since we are still waiting on news on that, we are all going down to my mom's house. Our apartment is getting too crowded and we both need a break from the schedule we were following. If we hear back that Greg's application went through, he'll go to military training, and if not we will probably stay in SC and look for a place down there. Either way, we will be moving this weekend!

Ellie has been up to so much, lately. I can't believe how much she changes so quickly.

She loves taking selfies with me.

She can stand pretty well on her own, with a little help for balance!

She can rotate 360 degrees on her play mat and tries really hard to crawl. Babyproofing will be needed as soon as we move!

Sometimes Google Photos makes gifs for me. She's trying to crawl!

The Exersaucer is her favorite thing. She will jump around and babble all day in it.

She loves her Sassy zebra and giraffe toys, and Greg loves to stick things on her head.

She also loves to rip out chunks of my hair, so it's up pretty much all the time.

She does really well sitting up on her own, until she falls over.

She's more interested in eating her bib and playing with her chair than actually eating her oatmeal cereal.

She loves to smile.

Sometimes she is SUPER happy to see me in the morning.

She saw her first snow storm and was very interested but wasn't a huge fan. I'm glad we had one big snowfall before we move!

She keeps growing! She'll be 6 months in 2 weeks, and we just bought 9 month jammies yesterday because she's too long for her 6 month ones.

Our sleep has improved, although you never know when babies are going to change things up. We may have to work on it again once we move - we've been doing some sleep training, which has helped us all get a little more sleep. If only I could sleep train my cat so she would stop clawing the door at 5 am for me to feed her.

Currently... March

My life is seemingly endless state of waiting, and mostly I complain a lot, but if you can't complain on the internet, where can you complain? Things are good, Ellie's good, Greg is probably going a little stir crazy watching her every day but is a great dad.

Feeling: Ready to get the show on the road! So, to catch you up to date and since I rarely post about it on here, Greg is trying to transition from Air National Guard to active duty, which I totally support. However, we've been trying to do this since he got back in August last year and it takes forever. We finally got the recruiter to get all the paperwork in a couple weeks ago, so now he says he's done all he can and we are waiting to hear if it was approved or not.

I have accepted whatever news we are going to hear - I just want to know! We are not sure how long till we hear back. If it's approved, we have more to do as far as getting dates scheduled for things he has to do, and if not, we've talked about a different plan that we are both fairly happy with and we will see how that goes. Ellie is only getting bigger and bigger, so either way, I'd like to move in the next few months (more to come on that as we find out more).

Trying: Ellie tried formula for the first time the other day. Her face was summed up like this.

I guess 5 months of boob milk means change is not easy. We're not changing to formula, but may try to supplement if we find one she likes, because I work full time and she's become bottle addicted. I am pumping even on the weekends now.

Reading: Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey. It's a book of short stories, which works well for me since I am having trouble getting invested in things. I've read the first story so far, which I liked.

Watching: I have not watching annnyything in forever (okay, since I started work), but Greg and I watched Passengers a while ago. I liked it, but the trailer made it seem more space thriller-y. I have a space thriller obsession (give me alllll the space movies), but this was like a space love story.

Playing: We got Ellie these foam mat things, because my mom was insistent that she needs to lie on the floor and play. OKAY, ALREADY, MOM! We have a tiny space with hardwood floors, so we couldn't just throw her on the floor. So we got these mat things. They are really cute and work well. The only problem is that Ellie has become so expert at rolling, she will hardly ever stay on her tummy. Her head totally makes her top-heavy, and her little legs pop up in the air behind her, and she rolls. She can't help it. It's cute, anyway.

Loving: This face, every day. This is the face I leave when I go to work.

Also, this is her face after she farted towards my face while I was eating a cookie.

Wishing: We could figure out this sleep thing. The last couple days we've started making some changes. So far, less hourly wake-up's and what we need to work on is how to avoid 3 am being a time to be wide awake, whacking toys in the pack n play.

I'm linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What's New With You, today.

Things I Didn't Know About Having a Baby

+ The sleep deprivation is real. Like 'haha, new parents get no sleep' is something everybody knows. But I did not know why sleep deprivation is a good form of torture. Now I do. Just saying.

+ Just when you think you've got the hang of things, baby says, "Nah. Let's completely do everything differently." Again with sleep - great, we've got things figured out. Oh wait, here comes the 4 month sleep regression. Will life ever be the same again?

+ Life hits the extremes - I'm extremely happy or extremely sad at times.

+ Everything she does is totally amazing. I never thought I'd be so excited to see someone roll. She can now roll at will. This is as close to proof as I have.

+ She can drive me crazy overnight and then be totally adorable in the morning.

+ I will now cry at anything remotely parenting related in a movie or TV show.

+ I never know if I'm doing anything right. Should I keep breastfeeding? How long should I keep the swaddle? How long should she go between naps? My questions never end in my head.

+ I think babies already have a personality at birth. She's always wanted to be close to us and seemingly has no interest in personal space, although she will put up with it if we are at least in the same room.

+ When she laughs, I laugh. It's scientific fact.

+ She's almost 5 months old and I still don't know all the answers and am always looking for the next milestone. I keep looking for the next stage when things get easier.
+ People will give you lots of unneeded advice. Today, someone told me that their baby never napped after three months and slept through the night. That's unhelpful as well as unlikely. My mom has no memory of me waking up during the night. I'm pretty sure we forget these things as kids get older.

+ Life is great, but also really hard. There are lots of ups and downs. Ellie is totally amazing in all ways. I don't want to sugar coat it and say that taking care of a baby + balancing life is easy, though. It's crazy! Totally bananas. Some days are better, some worse. But at the end of it all, I've got this sweet baby beast AKA Stormageddon, because what else would she be called.

I had a sleep deprived night if you can't tell, but on the bright side, Greg has taken to making me pies while he's at home with Ellie, so there are many good things in this world - pie being one of them. Tonight I will have a slice of strawberry pie before going in for another round.

What I've Been Reading

I may not get around to many posts these days, but I can't miss book linkup day.


Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore - 4 stars
I finished up the Graceling series with this book. Overall, I loved the series. They each focused on a different character and I enjoyed the change in viewpoint. This was probably my favorite after number one. Fire was also good, but the character was a little too emotional for me. Bitterblue was more of a puzzle. I think the reveal at the end could have been a little better. The series tied together really well, however.

The Liar by Jennifer Wells - 3.5 stars
via NetGalley
This follows the story of a housewife in 1935 who thinks she lost her daughter 10 years ago, as she tries to find out what really happened. It didn't have me at the edge of my seat, but it was interesting and an easy read. It keeps you guessing the entire way as to what the real story is, and it took me till the very end to find out.


Hooked on Love by Jennie Marts - 2.5 stars
via NetGalley
This is possibly a case of "it's not you, it's me." I felt like rolling my eyes through this whole book. It was just like a rom-com movie in book form, so if you enjoy those, you may enjoy this. It claimed to be a romantic comedy, but the comedy was not my sense of humor. I like more quirky, less cheesy. Although there were some fairly raunchy bits, so if you want a lighter Sparks-esque book with descriptive scenes, it may be for you.


The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan - 4.5 stars
via NetGalley
Kim and her husband, Brian, decide to quit their jobs and sell everything they own to travel the world. I loved how this followed the deconstruction and rebuilding of a person. I can relate, as someone who has recently experienced a quarter-life crisis. I have never felt the same strong urge to go as far as leaving everything behind, but I can understand. The relationship parts were very personal, and I love the things she finds on her journey and how they change her. They are things that I would like to implement in my own life. I think if you like travel and growth stories, you will love this book.


The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney - 4 stars
via NetGalley
I didn't realize it when I requested it, but there is a lot of hype about this book. Ron Howard has apparently bought the film rights. It makes sense, because I can definitely see it as a movie. The story switches between two different characters' viewpoints, and it took me a while to remember which was which (one is "then" and one is "now"), but I was fine once I got into it. If you like suspenseful books with interesting/crazy set-up's (I can never step away from a good set-up), you would probably like this.







My reading pace has slowed a bit this month, so I may have a few less books next time. I'm back at work, and I haven't made reading a priority with Ellie being 4 months old and me trying to figure out work/baby life. Also, I'm only (hopefully) temporarily working right now so life is just crazy. 

I'm currently reading How to Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber, M.D. Fascinating read haha! It actually is interesting, so far. And I really want to get more sleep again one day. Sleep is wonderful.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

Thankful Thursday

Today seemed like a good day to join Rebecca's Thankful Thursday linkup, because I am stressing myself out, lately, and it's nice to remind myself of the things about which I should be happy.


+ Daddy care - While we wait to hear some news about what we'll be doing, I am able to go back to work as needed for at least the next month or so while Greg takes care of Ellie. One bonus is that it gives me an idea of what it's like to be away from her during the day. I feel okay about being away when I know it's Greg at home with her. I am still not ready for daycare if we have to go that route, but I'm glad for now I am able to work and Penelope is with someone she loves. She is 14 weeks and growing so fast, it's hard to believe.


+ Coworkers - My coworkers are awesome. It's been nice to come back to somewhere I feel so welcome. Coworkers can make all the difference. I used to love my old job and quit because the quality of people was making me overworked. My current job is very temporary but the folks are pretty lovely while I'm here.


+ Zillow - I am addicted to it and I'm glad there is something to show me what housing costs anywhere I want to check out. Penelope definitely needs more space than we have in our one bedroom apartment, so I have been browsing our dream homes (a yard?? what's a yard?).


+ Technology - I'm pretty sure I would have fallen asleep breastfeeding many times if it weren't for my iPhone. I reach for my Kindle sometimes, but at 3 AM, that tends to make me more sleepy.


+ Beautiful baby - She is the sweetest and smiliest and I want to hold her all the time. I love when she smiles at me when I come home or when she's peeking over Greg's shoulder at me while he's walking around. And I love when we play 'booty pats' on the changing table and she laughs.


Bonus picture of us trying to fit her in her little gangster hoodie and her looking at us like, "What are you doing to me?"


+ Chick-Fil-A - They almost always get my order right. And I always order a salad with no cheese, which is a little weird to them maybe. And a giant waffle fry. And a huge sweet tea. And zero chicken ever, but they don't complain.


Between working and night feeding/sleep deprivation and not knowing for sure when/where we'll be moving, I have been stressing like crazy. I would share more, but I don't know anything definite about our near future plans, so I'd rather wait. We are fine and good; I'm just obsessive and need to know a plan way ahead of time or I lose my mind. So, the waiting stinks. We will find out everything in time and I will try to be patient!