A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. 😉

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! 🙂

Emberly Brynn | Three Months

Weight: pounds ounces (percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: in (percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: in (percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
*will update after appt.
EAT
Emberly still nurses every 2 – 2.5 hours during the day for about 10 minutes and drinks 2-3 ounces when given a bottle. My favorite time to nurse her is in the mornings when she likes to take little breaks to smile at me. At the beginning of the month, she was still waking up twice a night to nurse, but we’ve got that down to one!
SLEEP
Emberly is back in her own room in the crib, and while that first week back in her room was pretty rough, we started intentional sleep training around week 10, and now she only wakes up once in the early morning to eat. She always manages to at least get one hand out of her swaddle and likes to suck her fingers (yay for self-soothing!).
PLAY
Tummy time is still not her favorite, but we’re working on it. She kicks her legs and waves her arms excitedly when we put her down to play with her play gym and tries to reach the toys. She has discovered her hands and liked to try and stuff both of them in her mouth at the same time.
Emberly,
You LOVE to stretch and it cracks your dad and me up every single time. You like to chat, especially in the mornings and after eating. Your little personality is starting to show, and we can’t wait to continue to see it develop. You’re a relatively easy-going baby and are so much fun.
FIRSTS
You took your first long roadtrip across several state lines down to South Caroline and met so many new relatives! You fussed a little on the way down, but were a rockstar all the way back home.
You went on your first hike and slept the whole time.
You went to Hobby Lobby for the first time and loved it. Aka slept the whole time.
You had your first playdate when some friends came over for a morning.
You went on your first 5K and naturally slept the entire time.
You spent your first Sunday morning in the nursery and were amazing.
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We love you so much, baby girl!

Emberly Brynn | Two Months

Weight: 11 pounds 7 ounces (48th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 23 in (70th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 14.75in (22nd percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
EAT
Emberly still eats about every 2 hours, and still likes to keep it pretty quick. She still takes a bottle pretty well and did fantastically when her aunt babysat her for a day.
SLEEP
Around week 7, we decided to move Emberly from our room to her own room. She sleeps pretty well in there, but we’re working on fewer nighttime awakenings. 😉 BUT at the beginning of week 8, she caught a cold so we put her back in our room for a few nights until she got over it. The sweetest moment of the day is when I go to get her in the mornings – she is usually wide awake and quietly just looking around in the dark, but when I open the curtains and and tell her “good morning”, she gets the biggest, sweetest smile on her face and starts trying to wriggle out of her swaddle. During the day she takes 1-3 hour naps in her swing or rock’n play.
PLAY
Emberly isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, so I tend to put it off, but we’re working on doing it more often. She loves to “talk” back to us with the most adorable coos and has started responsively smiling.
Emberly,
You had a little bit of a crazy week 6 when you decided to randomly cry for no reason. We were usually able to calm you down after a while, but thankfully you have outgrown this now. You have started smiling at us, and it’s seriously the best thing. You love bathtime with daddy and taking walks with mommy.
FIRSTS
You had your first passport picture taken and your hair looks hilarious. Thankfully, it doesn’t completely look like that in real life.
You went on your first (and second) photoshoot with mommy & daddy and were a trooper.
You had your first major blowout all over dad and were quite pleased with yourself afterwards.
You had an (almost) full day away from mom while she was in a wedding. Aunt Carrie watched you and you both had the best time (except during tummy time).
You suffered through you first cold like a champ and were still mostly a happy baby.
You went on your first coffee date with mommy & daddy.
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Happy 2 months, sweet girl!

Weekend in the South

A few weeks ago, we decided to make our way down South Carolina for Labor Day weekend so Emberly could meet more of relatives (finally some on my side!).

So, this past Friday, Emberly and I packed up and picked up Loren after work around 3pm, then we headed out of town with the rest of the Midwest. Or so it seemed between the rain and crazy traffic. Emberly did great at first, got fussy during the heavy rain and traffic, then eventually fell asleep for pretty much the rest of the trip. We pulled in to my aunt’s around 2:30am, exhausted, but so glad to be there.

One of her happier moments on the drive.

We spent the weekend visiting and catching up with so many relatives and a few friends, and since we took so many pictures, I’ll just let them do the talking.

Meeting Opa (my dad)! Just sad that Oma wasn’t there.
Skyping with Oma (my mom).
GG (my grandma) – E eventually decided to take a nap with her. 🙂

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Weekend Catchup

I totally failed in posting anything last week, so let’s catch up a little. We spent most of last weekend celebrating Vashti and Andrew. We had the rehearsal & dinner on Friday night, then the wedding on Saturday. I was a bridesmaid and Loren was the photographer, so Emberly got to spend the day with her Aunt Carrie and had the best time. This wedding was seriously one of the sweetest I’ve been to/in. Many happy tears were shed and we are SO happy for Vashti & Andrew!! I didn’t take any pics that day (left that to Loren 😉 ), so I just stole a couple of his.

Aren’t they just the cutest!?

Last Monday we celebrated 5 years of dating. I can’t believe it’s been that long! We had dinner at Cheddar’s to celebrate, since that’s where it all became official. And this time around, we didn’t mind our little third-wheeler one bit. 😉

This past weekend, we got out for a little evening walk at a nearby park on Friday. It’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings, but Miss E was quite content in her little cocoon.

Saturday, Loren headed out early for Dayton to shoot another wedding, and Emberly and I had a girls’ day. She had gotten a cold a couple days earlier, but was still her usual happy self. 🙂 We did a little consignment shopping (yay for Once Upon a Child!) and had story and nap time on the patio.

Sunday afternoon, we hit up a downtown coffee shop to get some work done.

How has your week been?

Emberly Brynn | One Month

What a month it’s been!
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Emberly at ONE month
Weight: 9 pounds 11 ounces (64th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 21 in (43rd percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 14.5 in (60th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
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EAT
Emberly loves to eat but doesn’t take her time with it. We were blessed with a perfect latch from the beginning and after about the first week, she became quite the efficient and fast eater. She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and struggled to stay awake for a full feeding at the beginning. Since she hadn’t quite gained back her birth weight by her first pediatrician visit, the dr. put her on Vitamin D, and since then she’s been filling out quite nicely. I mean, just check out those arm and leg rolls! Around week 4 we introduced the bottle, which she took like a champ, and has no trouble going back and forth from bottle to mom.

SLEEP

Girl loves to sleep and will pretty much sleep through anything – trumpet concerts (thanks to the neighbor), Sunday morning worship, at the mall, in the car, etc. She takes several 2ish hour naps throughout the day and sleeps 2-4 hours straight at night.

Emberly,

You really are the sweetest baby. You pretty much only fuss when you’re hungry or have a dirty diaper. I love your little grin (even if it just means you’re passing gas or pooping) and whenever you open your sweet little eyes. ­

You had so many FIRSTS this month!
Your first Sunday at church you slept like a baby through the whole worship service and sermon. ­
Your first visit to the pediatrician you didn’t like being undressed, but you didn’t mind the Dr.’s poking and prodding. ­
You met SO many friends and family and charmed them all. ­
You loved your first bath and continue to enjoy it every night (as long as you’re fed).
You joined your dad & me on a date night on the Canal. ­
You and I had our first girls’ trip to Target & Starbucks and have had a few more since then.
You visited daddy at work and he enjoyed showing you off to all his coworkers.
You stayed with your first babysitters – grandma & grandpa Crisp – for a couple of hours and were pretty good for most of the time.

You went on your first road trip to visit your grandparents and great-grandmothers and were loved on by so many people.

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Happy 1 Month, sweet girl!

Weekend at Home Sweet Home

This past weekend was the first one we were able to actually get some stuff done since baby was born. We’ve loved the past few weekends with family and friends, but sometimes you just need a quiet[er] Saturday.

Friday night we put Miss E to bed, then had a date night of dinner, a short card game and movie.

Saturday morning we slept in, then had a late brunch on the patio while Emberly napped. Later on, Loren gave Emberly her first bottle, which she took like a champ! Loren and I worked on random things that we had been putting off for the rest of day, including a run to Sam’s to get our passport pictures taken.

Shopping cart passport photo op.
Her old man hair cracks me every time.

Sunday we had a wonderful morning at church, then invited some new friends over for dinner, which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

 

Over the River

Our first roadtrip with baby is in the books! Even though the trip to Cincinnati is just under two hours, it still counts since it was an overnight trip. 😉
We got to Loren’s parents Friday evening just in time for dinner and for Emberly to meet her great aunt, uncle and cousin.

Saturday morning, Emberly got in some snuggles with her grandma before we met up with Carrie (Loren’s sister) for a delicious breakfast at Half Day Cafe.

After breakfast we met back up with Loren’s parents and headed out to meet Emberly’s great grandmas. First up was Grandma Monnie, who loves newborns and was so delighted to meet Emberly.

Next, we stopped by to see Grandma Joan (she is 93!!), who was also very happy to meet Emberly.

Four generations!

All worn out from meeting the great grandmas.

Later on that evening after we all took naps, a couple other family members and close family friends came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening together.

Find the baby – taking a break from all the people!

Sunday we went to church with Loren’s parents, then headed back home after lunch.

Early morning snuggles with Grandpa before church

Happy to be back home

Even though we were pretty tired by the time we got home, we had a great weekend and were glad Emberly did so well and was able to meet so many special people.

Life Lately

I’ve been rather absent from the blog since baby’s arrival, but it’s time to pick things up again! Starting off my official return with a few recent life highlights:

Emberly had her first Dr. visit and wasn’t a huge fan of getting naked for that.

We broke out the stroller and had our first family walk, which also happened to be daddy’s first day back at work.

I took Emberly on her first Starbucks and Target run – teaching her the important things in life! 😉 Also, why can’t all stores have grocery carts as smooth as Target!?

We had a Friday night family ice cream date and walk along the Canal.

Several family members and friends came to meet Emberly.

My cousin Dennae and her husband Daniel all the way from SC
Blake warmed up to the idea of holding a fresh baby. 😉
Cincinnati cousins & aunt & uncle
Joanna & Jeffrey also came all the way from SC to meet E
And of course the grandparents

When Loren’s parents came for a visit this past weekend, they babysat Emberly for a couple hours and Loren and I snuck away for a baby-free coffee date.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping host a bridal shower for my friend Vashti. It was so much fun (and these are all the pictures I got)!

And one more baby picture because she’s just too cute.

That’s about it for now!
We’re are taking our first roadtrip (just to Cincinnati) with baby this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

Five on Friday [hospital bag edition] // 7-14-17

When I packed my hospital back in preparation for Emberly’s birth, I looked around to see what other moms found important to take with them. Even after only packing the “necessities”, I still didn’t end up using most of what I brought. But here are five things in my hospital bag that I actually used.

ONE // Lip balm. I rarely go anywhere without lip balm anyway, but since hospital air is so dry, this was a life saver during labor and the rest of our hospital stay.

TWO // Comfortable outfit. For me, this included compression leggings and a soft, loose shirt. Much more comfortable than those beautiful hospital gowns and I felt a little more presentable for visitors.

THREE // Maternity/nursing tank bras. These ones offer great support and made nursing and everything involved with nursing easier and more comfortable.

FOUR // Boppy Nursing Pillow. This made nursing so much easier and my arms didn’t get tired from holding the baby.

FIVE // Snacks. While the hospital food was ok, I still got hungry between meals (especially during the night!) and it was wonderful to have a few snacks and candy around.

What was your favorite hospital bag necessity?

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