This year, after the past 2 Thanksgivings down South, we had another one in Cincinnati with Loren’s family and it was such a good time. Since we packed in so many fun things this holiday weekend, this post is chock-full with pictures of all the things I want to remember.
We headed out for Cincinnati after Loren got off work on Wednesday evening and arrived in time for Emberly to hang out with her aunts, uncle and grandparents for a little bit before she went to bed. After putting her down for the night, the rest of us played a fun game before going to bed at a semi-decent hour.
Emberly had a pretty rough night (not being used to sharing a room with her parents), so Thanksgiving morning Loren let me sleep in a little bit before a leisurely breakfast with everyone. After breakfast, we visited the grandmas (E’s great-grandmas) and then came back home to relax and finish getting dinner ready before the rest of the family members showed up (there were 30 of us!). Once everyone arrived, we snapped some family pictures, stuffed ourselves with all the delicious food, sang a few Thanksgiving songs and caught up on each other’s lives. So many wonderful family members to be thankful for!
Eat Towards the beginning of the month, she tried her first food (rice cereal) and didn’t hate it, but also didn’t know what to do with it. Since then she has had little tastes of avocado, egg and apple. She still nurses ever 2-4 hours and takes a bottle every once in a while if it’s warm enough.
Sleep Wakeup time is usually between 7-8am and she goes to bed for the night around 7:30pm. Sleeping all the way through the night still hasn’t happened yet. We started weaning her off her midnight and 3am wakings/feedings, but then we traveled for Thanksgiving and she slept in our room and didn’t sleep too well (once we put her in the closet, she slept much better). She still wakes up around midnight and 4am, but is learning to self-soothe and put herself back to sleep. She likes to pull up her sleep sack around her face and cuddle with it.
Play She’s found her feet and loves to get her ball rattle stuck on them. She reaches up to touch her toys on her play gym and will try to grab anything within arms’ reach. Rolling over (from back to tummy) hasn’t quite happened yet, but she’s so close! She loves people and will smile and get excited if anyone talks to her.
Your sweet personality keeps on expanding! You try to hold your own bottle, which your dad thinks is hilarious. You’ve started to fake cough and it cracks me up every time. You wear size 3 month clothing tops and 6 month bottoms (those long Crisp legs) and size 2 diapers. You absolutely LOVE bath time and get super excited when you hear the water running for your bath. You can go from staring seriously to laughing within a split second and it’s so fun finding ways to make you giggle. You’re still a good traveler and don’t mind the car seat as long as it’s moving or you’re somehow entertained.
You had your first non-family babysitter for an evening so mommy & daddy could go out and cried once she got there until we left, then were pretty good.
You finally met some cousins on your mom’s side and immediately became best friends with your closest girl cousin Pepper.
You had your first food (rice cereal) and you didn’t hate it, but didn’t know what to think, either.
You sat in your high chair for the fist time.
You spent your first Thanksgiving with your dad’s extended family and loved meeting so many new people.
You may or may not have heard of capsule wardrobes, but here’s the deal: you pick out a certain number of clothing and only wear outfits from those articles for a certain amount of time. Since I’m in a weird stage body-wise right now (recently had a baby and breastfeeding), I gravitate towards the same outfits anyway, but wanted to be more intentional about it. I’m a huge proponent of getting rid of things I don’t need, especially clothes, and I’ve also recently decided to only buy clothes that really and truly fit and make me happy. Quality over quantity.
Here is my simple list (I have not included athletic wear, leggings and sweats):
It’s not too early to start talking about Christmas, right? That’s right, it’s never too early.
I love everything Christmas and especially traditions. So today I’m sharing a few of my favorites – some we currently keep and others I would like to start implementing, especially as Emberly gets older and we add siblings to the bunch (no, this is not an announcement). This year we will be in Germany for Christmas, so we may not get to all of our traditions, but I am so excited to introduce Emberly to all things Christmas!
• New Christmas pj’s for the whole family, matching of course – open them either December 1st to wear the whole month or Christmas Eve to wear Christmas morning
• Sip hot chocolate while driving around looking for the best lit up houses
• Make Christmas cookies and pass them out to the neighbors
• Fondue dinner after the Christmas Eve service
• Host a gingerbread house decorating party
• Open stockings Christmas morning before breakfast
• Stocking shopping night – pick a store, a price limit and a time limit, and then shop for each other’s stockings
• Start an Advent calendar at the beginning of the month
• Put up the tree while watching a Christmas movie – typically the weekend after Thanksgiving
• Drink hot chocolate & play games by the light of the Christmas tree
• Read the Christmas story Christmas morning after opening stockings
This actually happened during the week, but Emberly finally met some cousins on my side of the family! Her cousin Pepper is a little over 2 months old and they have already decided to be best friends. 😉
Friday evening we left E with our babysitter, then headed out for a Murder Mystery Dinner (last year). It was so much fun to dress up, eat a good dinner, laugh with friends and solve the murder.
Saturday morning we slept in, then Miss E got a little morning bath while I finished my coffee.
Later that afternoon, we took advantage of the Starbucks holiday drink bogo (carmel brulee latte, anyone!?) before heading out to a photoshoot we did for some friends.
After the photoshoot we hurried home to get ready for dinner w/Smiths. It had been way too long and it was so good to catch up over dinner and dessert.
Sunday evening we had a teen activity at church and Emberly was being hilarious entertaining the teens and being entertained by them. She loves people!
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a weekend recap, but Loren was finally home all weekend so this past one was documented. Here are the highlights!
Friday late afternoon, Emberly and I kicked off the weekend with a sunny fall walk. I mean, who can resist those baby blues!?
Later that evening, Loren’s sister Carrie came to spend the night and graciously stayed with the sleeping Emeberly so Loren and I could sneak out for a late night movie date. It was so fun and we got home super late, but it was totally worth it.
Saturday morning we had a leisurely breakfast before we headed downtown to cheer on Carrie’s boyfriend as he finished the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. After the race, we had a late lunch/early dinner back at our house before they headed back home to Cincinnati.
The rest of the evening and Sunday pretty much looked like this:
I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed that extra hour on Sunday! We did, but then it’s caught up to us since then (babies and DST are no joke).
EAT Little miss still eats every 2ish hours and nurses for 5-7 minutes. She decided to start refusing a bottle for a couple weeks, but seems to be OK with it again as long as the milk is warm.
Emberly caught two colds this month, and woke up to nurse every two hours during the night for the duration of the cold. When she doesn’t have a cold, she sleeps through the night (aka 6-7 hours straight after we put her down). She takes 4 1-2 hours naps a day. We also weaned her out of the swaddle and she now sleeps in a cozy sleep sack.
PLAY We’ve mastered tummy time! I started setting her up with the Boppy as support, and she really liked that, but we exclusively use the floor now. She likes to read Brown Bear and play with her rattle toys. She rolled over from tummy to back a couple times, which may have been accidental, but she still did it! Emberly also has been doing PT about once a week to treat her acquired torticollis (stiffness of neck/preference to one side) and has been doing great!
You have become SO much more interactive this month! You’ve started to giggle and it’s seriously so cute. You love to be around people, and smile and jump in my arms if anyone starts talking to you. While nursing you like to suddenly stop and stare at me, then give me this huge grin and then go back to eating and it melts my heart every time. Your cheeks are the most kissable thing ever and I kiss them at least 100 times a day. You are the best little girl!
You went pumpkin picking. This was actually also a first for mommy!
You went to your first petting zoo (at the pumpkin patch) but weren’t too amused. Next year!
You had your first PT session to help your torticollis. You weren’t a fan at first, but now you like it pretty fine.
You rolled over! A few times, and the rolls were pretty accidental, but it still happened.
You (we) had our first overnight without daddy and you kept me company pretty well.
You had your first puppy play date and it was seriously the cutest thing. Now if you can just convince your daddy we need a puppy…
ONE // Our first mommy & me item. I’m honestly not a huge fan of matching, but Emberly and I both needed winter hats and I found these cute ones, so why not?
TWO // Owl City’s new song. I’ve always been a huge Owl City fan, and he just announced a new album next year! Fireflies will always be my favorite, though.
THREE // Puppies and babies. I mean, how cute is this!!??? My friend brought her puppy over the other day and I really think Emberly needs one now. 😉 #puppyfever
FOUR // Dirty John. Pretty much everyone is obsessed with this true-crime podcast right now, and for good reason.
FIVE // This ridiculously easy and delicious 2 ingredient pumpkin bread. When I made it this week I was a little worried it would be dry, but it was just moist enough. Do yourself a favor and make it to enjoy with a good cup of coffee!