9 months already

E is 9 months (actually 9 and a half)  already she says a few words like mama, dada, dog and hi and bye. She loves people and is just about THE most extroverted baby I know. I am amazed that she is talking already and understanding words that we say. Her dad is not at all surprised since he talked at 9 months too. Hopefully she grows up to be as smart as he is.

She loves attention and will go to anyone even complete strangers. She calls out to people when we are shopping when they don’t pay attention to her! I think G-D made her this way so that I would be forced to break out of my shell. I am more than happy to be by myself and am a pretty introverted person but baby E is just the opposite like her dad’s side of the family. I find this fascinating and also as I was joking about with my siblings today, an introverted parent’s worst nightmare! We can’t go anywhere without me having to make small talk with someone and just when I think we are going to make it out of the store without a word she flashes that big smile and starts flirting with the cashier.

I love that she is so happy and outgoing. I only hope that I can keep up with her as she gets older! I am actually hoping to go to a library program in the fall with her so that she can see more kids and people. I know she will enjoy it. It is free and I will get some needed adult interaction. Lately DH has to remind me to stop chattering at him about inane topics when he is home. I believe I am driving him nuts. The worst part is I don’t even know when I am doing it.

At this point my wrist/arm appears to be a little better. Not to the point of everyday computer usage but a little better. Although today at lunch my cup of half and half slipped right out of my hand so maybe it’s just wishful thinking….



Baby updates 2 months

Baby E is 10 lbs 10 ozs and 22 1/2 inches long at her 2 month visit! She is tracking and her vision gets better everyday! She is smiling, cooing and almost laughing you can see it in her face that she wants to laugh but hasn’t learned how yet.  She is still sleeping at night and is awake and hungry all day but that gives us more time to read and play together. The dogs love her and protect her no signs of jealously.

We are having a little meet the baby shower for her on Sunday and then Baby and I are going to my parents for most of the Thanksgiving week so she can spend time with her Aunts and Uncles and her cousin! I am very excited!


On another note I won Moonlit hill’s giveaway! I am quite thankful because I have been wanting to read Radical Homemakers for a long time and it is always out at the library.  I hesitate to buy a lot of books only because I usually read books one time and then remember what I read so it is difficult for me to enjoy them again and again.   I am very curious about The Rhythm of Family as well I know Baby E is still small but time flies and it is nice to start thinking about fun things to do together when she gets older.

Fun times are on the way! Baby E already loves to read I can’t wait to see what she likes next!

47 bags challenge update

I am on my way.  I went through my cupboard and got rid of a bag of food and in the process updated my pantry log so I know what I have. I got rid of all my excess cardboard in another bag so that is already 2 bags done.  With the clothes I donated I am up to three bags last week so that I pretty good. 44 Bags to go!

I also organized the baby clothes and put away all the newborn clothes that don’t fit the baby.  This doesn’t count as getting rid of anything but they will be put away for the next kid and out of the nursery so that is still helpful.

DH and I also started cleaning out the garage and putting away all the tools and got rid of a bag of garbage so actually I am down to 43 bags!

It is not easy since lately the baby does not want to be put down at all lately but I will keep at it. I feels good to get rid of things I don’t need!

3 years

Today is my anniversary! Three years of marriage already I feel like we just got married yesterday.  There have been many changes in these three years we got a new dog, we renovated our house (although there is still more we need to do), we planted some fruit trees, we have different jobs, and of course we have a new baby!

We aren’t doing much today except the DH is going to make me his famous linguine and clams! We will enjoy each others company and have a great dinner which is the best gift he could give me.

Baby E giggled  for the first time yesterday for both me and the DH! We also took her to vote yesterday and she liked it. She loves going new places and is very curious about everything. She loves it when we sing to her and knows when we are talking to her.

I have decided to participate in Moon Lit Hill’s     47 bags and 47 days challenge. I don’t know that I have 1 bag full of stuff to get rid of everyday since I did a purge before the baby came but I do have a lot of clutter and I am going to at least get rid of 1 thing everyday that I don’t need. It can be trashed, donated or sold.  I will be posting progress on Mondays but so far I have 1 bag of clothes to donate that is ready to go!


7 weeks old

Baby E on Halloween

Baby E is approximately 7 weeks old. She is big I’m not sure how much she weights but she is 24 inches long now in 3 month clothes and has pretty much grown out of her infant seat. We are taking it out of the pack in play tomorrow. We are reading books everyday, she smiles alot and “talks”. She holds her head up with great skill and is starting to build her muscles to sit up. She likes looking at her toys and is starting to grab a little bit.

I have finished my thank you notes and I am finally feeling human again. I have no idea where to start.

I have to put away the baby stuff, I have to put away and organize our clothes, I have to keep the house clean and that is just the beginning.  I have so many sewing projects and receipes to try but I have to get the other things done first. I also want to finish baby Es crossstich.  Fortunately she is sleeping through the night but that means she is awake most of the day so I don’t have time to do much but keep things clean, wash diapers, and cook dinner. I am hoping we will get in a better routine once she gets bigger and then maybe I can start on the projects I want to do.

I also have a mountain of paperwork to do since I don’t have a job anymore and need to look for new jobs/figure out what I am going to do.  This of course is not something I am excited about. Trying to find a job when you can’t type/mouse with your right hand for more than a few minutes is virtually impossible so we will see how that goes.  If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

Rainy days


I haven’t done much in the past few days due to all the rain we have had.  It was humid, rainy, damp and down right yucky. I had a headache for 2 days.   But as you can see my beans were very happy I just planted them last weekend and they are already up and growing strong! I am very lucky because I started them very late this year.

I am really concentrating on budgeting now that I have written down everything I have bought. I am going to do my best to eat from the pantry, farmer’s market and garden in July and August.  I have a lot of food in my pantry that I have been stocking up so I will have plenty to choose from.

I have put together my baby item list and registry and hopefully will go shopping with my mom soon. We got a great deal on the crib/changing table so that helps. I am trying to get most things used and go with simple space-saving items  since babies grow so quickly and I don’t have room in my house for a lot of things anyway.

Keep your fingers crossed that the baby’s room is done by the end of July so I have somewhere to put this baby stuff!

Busy Days

I have been busy in the home lately getting ready for baby, cleaning, baking and gardening.

1. Finished 5 bibs made from my husband old shirts and some velcro. I still have 1 more to finish sewing I ran out of thread in the middle of it and haven’t had time to finish it.

2.  Baked blueberry muffins (these were not so great) and some blueberry coffee cake which turned out to be very tasty. I like to bake but I wish I knew how the recipes would come out before I made them I hate wasting money on food.



3. Started a budget and I am writing down everything I have purchased for this month so I can get an idea of any wasteful spending. I already know I eat too much out of the house and have to remember to bring a snack with me when I go shopping since baby and I get hungry every 2 hours.

4.  Concentrating on more dog training with Brownie so she will be ready for when the baby comes. Monkey will be fine she does her own thing and will be curious about baby but won’t accidently jump on him/her.

5. Purchased all my seedlings and hope to be finished planting by the end of this week. DH tilled down by the creek so I will be able to put in all my big squash plants and maybe some sunflowers.

6. Almost finished with my bedroom which was a giant mess once we get the rug out of there and figure out what to do with the floor maybe we can finally sleep up there instead of the small bedroom downstairs.

7. Kept the kitchen in a relatively clean state which is such a relief and makes it much easier to cook in.

I have much more to do and I am looking forward to having the time to finish it before the baby comes.