Happy 6 Months Aubrey Joy!

So I’m about a week late, but better late than never right?? This month flew by in a whirlwind!


  • Teethers
  • Baby Einsteins Music Toy
  • Watching Mommy cook
  • Rolling all around the floor
  • Playing with food
  • Bathtime
  • Going for walks
  • Chewing on a shoelace (I’ll explain…)


  • The “Witching Hour” starting at about 6:15pm
  • Bedtime
  • Having her nose wiped

You are the cutest little chunk I have ever seen!  You weighed in at 18 lbs and 9.5 oz and 26 1/4 inches.  You are in the 90th percentile for weight, and the 75th percentile for height.  You’re rapidly outgrowing all of your 6 month clothes, and you’re wearing 6-9 month clothes in almost everything.  You’re in 12 month pants, but I blame the cloth diapers.

You just LOVE rolling around the floor with your activity mat and exploring all of your toys.  You’re figuring out you can move, and you love it.  Of all the toys we’ve given you, you love a shoelace (it’s clean!).  I used it one day to tie your baby einstein toy to your high chair because you kept dropping it.  When I put you on your activity mat, you grabbed the shoelace and brought it with you.  Now you play with it and chew it all the time.  You also love to play with tags you find.

The dogs absolutely mesmerize you, and you so desperately want to play with them.  Brody doesn’t really want anything to do with you, but Daisy has more patience.  She will lay and let you yank pet her.  We have to sit with you and protect them from your strong grip.  When Laila comes back for Christmas, I think you’re going to be blown away by her.

We are on a solid 3 nap schedule, and you go down so easily.  You love the mobile in your crib, and we know you’re awake when we start hearing classical music playing.  You wake up and start to play, and you learned to turn your mobile on by yourself.

Aubrey is officially sleeping in her crib!  We REALLY struggled with bedtime for about 2 weeks.  I would put her down to sleep and she would wake up withing 15 minutes, and LOSE it.  She would scream so loud and so long until she threw up.  There was nothing we could do to console her. No amount of walking, rocking, singing, or nursing helped. Once we got you to sleep, you were fine, we just had to get over the screaming bit.  It lasted about 2 weeks, and I DREADED bedtime.  All of the sudden, it stopped.  The last week or so that you were in your 5th month, you decided maybe bedtime wasn’t all that bad.  You still wake up 3 times a night (between 11-12, around 2am, and between 4-5am).  This makes for 1 tired Momma.   When your dad goes in at night, you lose it.  He doesn’t have what you’re looking for.  We also started putting you in a Zip-a-dee Zip when you go to sleep, and I’m pretty sure it’s magical.  If you weren’t swaddled, you wouldn’t go down in your crib, but you were getting close to rolling over while swaddled and it was time to say goodbye.  When we started using the Zip-a-dee Zip we discovered you’re a stomach/side sleeper (like your mommy :)).

 You got your first teeth this month!  You have your two bottom teeth, and they came in 1 right after the other.  Teething didn’t seem to affect you too much other than wanting to gnaw on EVERYTHING.  There was a weekend I thought it was really bothering you, but I think you were actually sick (I blamed the symptoms on teething).  Seeing your little teeth when you smile makes you look so big! Now that you have teeth we added a step to our bedtime routine!

Church falls during your nap time, and so you usually get kicked out of the nursery every week for being a sleepy monster.  You get so stimulated while we are there, you refuse to take a nap.  One day I’ll be able to sit through a church service again.

We started Baby Led Weaning (BLW) a week or so before you turned 6 months.  You really don’t eat much right now, but you are LOVING getting to play with the food and taste everything.  You freaked your dad out a couple times by gagging yourself (there is a difference in gagging and choking), but you’re getting the hang of it.  You’ve tried sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, avocado and banana.  So far you’re a fan of food, and the dogs are a fan of you dumping everything onto the floor for them to eat.

Bath time remains one of my favorite times.  You love being in the water, and sucking on your toes or the wash rag.  You are so much more aware and you try to steal the cup out of our hands when we are trying to rinse the soap off.

You love reading books, but it is getting more difficult to read them to you.  The whole time you try and grab the book and eat it.

You are sitting up for a few minutes with your hands in front of you, but you still end up toppling.

You’re so happy, but it’s very difficult to get belly laughs out of you.  We do everything we can to hear that little chuckle, and it is like music to our ears when we get you to laugh.

We always heard people say, “Enjoy it! They grow so fast!”, but I don’t think you really realize that until you’re going through it watching your baby learn, reach milestones, and grow!  I feel like we were just in the hospital, meeting you for the very first time, and now you’ve been in our lives for 6 months!  We love you so much sweet girl, and we are so excited to continue watching you grow.

Happy 6 months Aubrey Joy!


Baby M – 27 Weeks

27 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Just getting bigger… ignore the huge bruise on my leg.  I tend to run into things.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester! **LAST WEEK OF THE SECOND TRIMESTER!!!**

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a Rutabaga! 13.6 -14.8 inches long and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds!

Development? She’s still practicing breathing, and she officially has brain activity!

Movement? It’s official.  Our daughter is nocturnal. I feel her sporadically throughout the day, but when it hits about 9:45 – 10pm she throws a party in there, and it usually keeps me up for a little bit.  So we hang out while dad snoozes next to us.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? I head to the doctor next week to be tested for gestational diabetes, and since I was just there last week that means I’ve officially hit the point in pregnancy where you visit the doctor every 2 weeks from 28 weeks – 36 weeks.  So I think we can say we are officially on the  downward slope of the pregnancy hill!

Weight Gain? No weight gain this week… Totaling 18 lbs.

Symptoms? This sounds like a complaint section – but it’s the truth.

  • Acne <– this might be getting a little better?
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Crying for no reason
  • Back pain… it’s back. I spoke too soon.
  • Heartburn

Cravings? Not really craving anything in particular lately.  This past weekend I NEEDED a cinnamon roll from a place in Tallahassee, and my BFF Malarie totally went and got me one.  She won the most awesome person of the year award.  I would go to Tallahassee just for these cinnamon rolls.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Pregnancy induced insomnia – I made up the name ( I think), but I am diagnosing myself with it.  I head to bed exhausted, and then I lay there for HOURS until 1-2am tossing and turning, and mind racing about baby things.  (i.e. Is it too soon to start babyproofing the house?  What decorations will I use to finish the nursery?  I wonder how labor will go.  Did I register for that?  Do I need that? Why is Paul so happily snoring away, and I’m laying here.  I have to pee… again.)

Maternity Clothes? It’s a good thing these suckers are comfy, because I’m all about comfort these days (well I’ve always been about comfort, but I think it’s even more true now).  I do need to go find a bathing suit though, which could be a terrible experience.  Paul and I will be headed on our baby moon later this month, and I currently don’t fit into any of the tops of my previous bathing suits…

Exercise? I had every intention of taking it easy this past week and just walking.  I did nothing.  So this week I plan on getting back in the gym.  My groin is still bothering me with certain movements, so I’m just going to avoid exercises where I can feel it pulling/straining.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Battle lost.  Tears were shed.  At least they aren’t on my stomach since I live in FL an bathing suits are a necessity… however I do still have 13 weeks to go so I’m guessing I won’t be that lucky.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks are becoming a pretty daily symptom.  Not consistent, but I usually have at least 1 a day.  At my last doctor appointment I was given all sorts of information about labor symptoms, etc.  Not because they expect me to go into pre- term labor but as a precaution, because holy smokes it’s coming up quick!

What I miss? I’m actually doing pretty well right now – not missing too much of anything and just enjoying this little bump of mine 🙂 I could do without the tailbone pain though… ouch.

Looking forward to? Finishing up Aubrey’s dresser this week and getting it put in the nursery!  EEK!  1 more thing to mark off the list 🙂

Pinterest Perfect Party

This past weekend was EVENTFUL!  Literally!  Paul and I headed up to Tallahassee on Friday, where we met our friends for dinner.  Then Saturday morning was my first baby shower, that night we headed to an engagement party, and on Sunday we headed to a gender reveal party!  So much excitement for one weekend!

On Saturday morning,  my sister hosted a baby shower for me with some help from my mom and a couple of my friends.  When I walked into her house, I cried… on more than 1 occasion.  I think the tears were triggered, because 1.  This is happening.  I am really having a baby, and I never thought I’d see the day where someone was throwing a baby shower for me!  2. It was perfect.  The entire house looked like a party you see on Pinterest, but it never works out that way when you do it yourself.  The pictures don’t do it justice, because these are off my iPhone, because I’m just too impatient to wait for my sister to send me the pretty ones.

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Let’s pause for a second to admire this cake… have you ever seen a more beautiful cake?!  My brother’s girlfriend has become the family cake baker/decorator, because I mean obviously she’s good at it! Not to mention, once we cut into the cake, she had each layer a darker shade to match the outside of the cake.  Perfection.


Now that we’ve admired the cake, let’s take a look at this onesie.  My sister is the crafty one of the family.  I draw stick figures, she makes things.  Lots of things that are always adorable.  So I saw this onesie, and I thought she bought it from a store or off Etsy… No, she made it.  Of course she did.  So I see the onesie, and I cry.  Again. It’s a little hard to read, but it says, “This little light of mine”.


Paul and I received so many amazing gifts for Aubrey, and we were so blown away by everyone’s generosity.  We are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives, but I think Aubrey is even more lucky, because she isn’t even here yet, and already she is loved more than she knows.  We cannot thank everyone enough for everything!  We love you all!


My niece, Kennedy, might just be the best present helper.  She was so excited to rip the paper off, I don’t even think she ever saw what was wrapped.  She just loves tearing into the presents.  At one point, my sister said, “Kennedy, let Auntie open her present okay?”.  Kennedy looked right at me, and in the sweetest voice said, “MAY I help you open the present?”… Not can I, but may I!  There is no way I can say no to that!  That little girl is just adorable.

I’ve mentioned before that 3 of my friends in Tallahassee are also expecting.  I think it is so exciting that there are 4 little summer babies all due within 2 months of each other!   Here are three of us, but Whitney had already left and we missed the photo op!  All three of them are having little boys, and Aubrey is the only little girl of the group!  It’s so fun getting to experience pregnancy for the first time, with 3 other first time moms.  I just wish we lived close to them all again!


It was such a beautiful and fun baby shower.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more! It was so great to see all my friends in Tallahassee, and to celebrate the precious little girl growing inside of me!  Thank you so much to everyone!

Again, iPhone picture… I couldn’t wait for the real one 🙂

Baby M – 26 Weeks

Bump Analysis? If I stand up straight and look down, I only see my belly.   I’ve officially lost sight of my toes… This is also my “I haven’t left the house all day, and I don’t plan to” look I’m rocking.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a head of lettuce! 13.6 -14.8 inches long and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds!

Development? Her eyes are forming, and will soon open.  She’s grown eyelashes, an her immune system is ready for life on the outside by taking in my antibodies. She’s practicing taking breaths of amniotic fluid, not air.

Movement? She likes to do gymnastics in the middle of the night after I’ve woken up to go to the bathroom… her gymnastics then keeps me up for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? None right now!

Weight Gain? Back to 1 pounds this week… Totaling 18 lbs. I may have gotten really excited when I got to share that news with Paul this morning 🙂

Symptoms? You’ll see I’ve taken my back pain off this list… PARTY!  I am 99.9% positive the exercise has helped rid me of the crazy back pain.  I still have it on occasion, but NOTHING like it was!  Paul and I even went and did a 2.5 mile walk this weekend with the dogs, and my back didn’t hurt once!

  • Acne
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button – not cute.
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Crying for no reason… yah this is back.

Cravings? This week I NEEDED nachos from this restaurant called Duffy.  I also needed Dunkin Donuts.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? It’s happening… I’m entering the awful stage of restless pregnancy sleep you hear about. I’m waking up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, and though Aubrey’s kicks don’t wake me up at night, if I wake up they keep me awake.  I’m also tossing and turning like crazy trying to get comfortable.

Maternity Clothes? I did go shopping this week and I bought some maternity shorts, because it’s March in Florida, and shorts are a necessity.  I also bought some new workout gear.

Exercise? Exercise went really well this week.  I’ve done a lot of cardio and strength training, which is making me feel better.  I do think I may have hurt my groin a week or two ago, so this week I’m taking it pretty easy in hopes that it heals.  I’ll probably just be doing some walking with the dogs and enjoying this weather!

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Pretty sure I’ve lost the battle.  They are pretty faint, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got some little stretch marks.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks are becoming a pretty daily symptom.  Not consistent, but I usually have at least 1 a day.

What I miss?  Sitting without my butt hurting…

Looking forward to? This weekend my sister is throwing a baby shower for me in Tallahassee with the help of some of my friends!  I am so incredibly excited to see everyone, and to celebrate this sweet little Junebug growing inside me!  🙂

Baby M – 24 Weeks

24 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Paul is in the arctic tundra of Milwaukee this week, so selfie it is! I’ve officially reached the point where strangers are sure I’m pregnant, and feel it is safe to ask me questions.  I’ve had two of those in the last week… luckily no strangers have tried to touch my belly, because I will be swatting their hands away… personal space people.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a cantaloupe! 10.5 -11.8 inches long and 12.7 – 20.8 ounces!

Development? Her skin is becoming more opaque, and less see through.  She also has a little pink glow due to the small capillaries that have recently formed.

Movement? I’m definitely seeing her sweet dance moves from the outside of my belly.  It looks so crazy, and I can watch it for hours.  I am also starting to feel body parts.  I’ve felt what I believe is her butt or her head… I just can’t decipher which one it is yet!  She is becoming more active, and I tend to feel her the most right when I wake up, around 3-4pm, and right when I lay down to go to bed at night. 🙂 For a while I was pretty positive she was nocturnal, because I NEVER felt her during the day.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Next week we go back to the specialist.  They will be double checking her heart and performing another echo.  If all looks good, we won’t have to go back again.  Praying for a healthy little girl!

Weight Gain? Well this week I jumped up 3 lbs for a total of 14 lbs.  Then I cried and decided to fight my cravings… Kidding.  I didn’t cry.  I know the weight gain is for a good reason, but it is still hard to adjust to seeing those numbers continually going up on the scale.  I did however go grocery shopping, and buy all things for clean eating… except that one pack of Oreos.  Moderation right?


  • Back pain
  • Acne
  • My belly button is losing the battle, and halfway to an outie.
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button – not cute.
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain

Cravings? I’ve struggled to drink water this whole pregnancy, during the last week I just want big huge glasses of ice water.  This is a craving I’ll take happily, but now it means even more bathroom breaks than I was taking before!  I’m still just craving lots of sweets…and now I’m trying to ignore them, and find healthy alternatives… Like these healthy cookies made with bananas and oats!  Wish me luck!


Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Just waking up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom.  Other than that, I can’t complain.  I love my snoogle pillow!

Maternity Clothes? I busted out maternity jeans this week… why did I wait so long to do this!? They are heavenly!

Exercise? I made it to the gym 3 times this week.  My cardio consisted of the bike, stair climber, and attempts at the treadmill and elliptical.  I did some weight training as well, because weights make me feel productive.  My goal this week is 4-5 times now that I have less going on.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? There are two areas I’m keeping an eye on, I’m not sure if they are stretchmarks or not yet.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? I am pretty positive I’ve felt Braxton Hicks a few times this week.  I wasn’t sure until I felt them last night on the elliptical and texted my doctor.. AKA my sister.

What I miss? Having my husband home for an entire week.  Thank goodness this week should be the end of his crazy travel schedule for a while!  I’m kind of over it.

Looking forward to? Seeing our little girl on the ultrasound next week!! This is probably the last time we will get to see her before she’s born so I’m going to soak up every minute!