Currently... July

I haven't checked in here all that often - I've been doing my best and keeping up with books, if nothing else! Every day I think it will be less crazy when Ellie hits whatever milestone, but every day remains crazy. Things are awesome and I wanted to update; I haven't been purposely hiding but sometimes during any downtime I get, I want to zone out and read or play on my phone.

I am constantly reading posts from my birth group on Facebook, because it's easy to pick up my phone every now and then rather than settle down for a long time. I highly recommend finding one if you have a baby - I ask a ton of dumb questions I don't feel bad for asking because we are all in the same place, as far as baby age goes. I found my group via Reddit.

I'm still pumping 2x a day, which is way less than I was before - I am ready to kick the breast pump out of the house. It's a gradual process, though. Can't wait to be done with it! Ellie has already weaned from nursing, on her own through teething and she does better with bottles. Finding time to pump with a baby who is constantly crawling around is not easy.

Life update-wise, we have been living with my mom in SC for a while and it's helped us out a ton after moving from Delaware. Ellie has so much more space and it gives us time to find our own place.

Ellie turns 9 months old tomorrow! She's getting so tall; we think she might be around 28 inches from our measurements but we will find out at her doc appointment tomorrow.


We have been job searching for a while, and I found a job a few weeks ago and Greg recently also found a job, which he will start next month. Moving to a new state and job searching is no fun so I couldn't wait to be done with it. My job is literally a mile or two away, which is fantastic. I feel like I'm living in Mayberry, sometimes, but it's a good thing. We are in a really small town and we are getting used to everything being 20-30 minutes away in SC. My hours also give me Friday's off, which is perfect to have some flexibility and extra time with Ellie.

The pics above are my desktop background at work - I love having her face smiling at me.

We played twinsies the other day and we put my shirt on her. Then she came at me like a baby velociraptor.

We took her out for her first storytime yesterday and she did great. She was totally wary of everyone the first 20 minutes but crawled out and explored for the last 10 minutes.

She was still pretty "WTF" about the whole thing.

She makes this squinchy face and breathes through her nose loudly ALL the time. It's her favorite expression. Also, look at all those teeth! She has six, now.

I'm pretty sure she'll be standing on her own soon. She can do it for stretches of a few seconds right now and she can stand up holding onto something with no problem.

Greg's also being an awesome SAHD right now, until he starts work and Ellie starts daycare next month. I'm reallllly nervous about it because she's wary of strangers and generally doesn't like being around a lot of people, but hopefully she will adjust.

Today, Greg and I went out to Chipotle while my mom watched her for the first time since we moved here. Ellie did great! She didn't want to eat much but I think she'll get used to being watched by my mom.

This picture cracks me up.. she's got such a goofy, happy grin in it.

That turned out to be mostly baby updates but that's what my life is right now. We take her out shopping with us, she eats out with us sometimes and sits in a high chair and is generally pretty cool about things besides wanting to wake up at 5 am every single morning and not quite sleeping through the night.

Work is good so far - I wish I had full time hours sometimes for the pay but not really because I'm home more with Ellie, and Greg is going to be working long shifts, so a few less hours will stress me out less with me taking care of her a large portion of the time.

It's buckets of hot outside every day and wickedly humid. Welcome back to the South, I guess! I know lots of you are in the South, as well, so you already know what the summers are like.

Hope you're having a great summer and staying as cool as possible!

9 comments:

  1. She is growing beautifully! Enjoy the Fridays off with her. Have a great week!

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  2. she's so cute!!! i love the look when babies start getting their teeth...i call it the jack-o-lantern phase...i always look at K's pics when she was just getting her teeth in. they grow so fast!

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  3. Ellie is seriously so cute, and I love that picture of y'all wearing the same shirt! That's nice that you're able to have Fridays off, especially since you're a little worried about when she starts going to daycare.

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  4. What a cutie!! Those little facial expressions are ridiculously adorable. I loved the twinning pic! I'm glad you guys are settling in in SC! Congrats on the jobs!!

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  5. She's so cute! And the pics of you guys wearing the same shirt is so cute! I now officially want matching clothes for me and Baby V when she arrives. ;)

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  6. Oh my goodness, I didn't even realize you had moved! Congrats on the job! I cannot even believe how big she is already getting. She is such a cutie! Love your matching outfits too.

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  7. That last photo of Ellie is too cute! Well - All the photos are cute! But her smile in that one is fabulous! Babies do kinda take over your life but mostly in a good way right?!
    Congrats on the new job!

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  8. Wow! 9 months already!! She's so cute. I know my sister is struggling as Darrick starts to wiggle more. So much harder to hold him and get photos, etc. heheh Congratulations on the move and jobs. I'm so behind because as I said your blog never shows up in my feed. :( XO - Alexandra

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  9. oh my gosh why is she so cute?! the wtf face is my favourite. congrats on the job and fridays off, that's awesome. well except for the not full time pay. hopefully it will all work out. hope ellie likes daycare!

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