Thanks for the Blog Award!


I’m so flattered to have received this blogger award from Sunny Day Sundays! I absolutely love reading her blog posts about mommyhood and her son. She writes the most beautiful letters to her son that he’ll get to read someday when he’s older and they paint such a vivid picture of her love for him and the sweet moments they have together. It’s also fun because her son is a month younger than Claire. You should definitely check out her blog!

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I have a strange obsession with mashed potatoes. There’s something about their creamy deliciousness that I can’t resist. It also explains why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
  2. My favorite color is purple. I didn’t really have a favorite color until CJ told me that a purple shirt looked good on me when we first started dating. Then, I started noticing that purple really is a beautiful color not just on me, but on everything. And, I think it was a subliminal choice to fall in love with the color because I actually forgot that story until CJ reminded me when we were planning our wedding and we chose purple as one of our wedding colors.
  3. I really hate getting splashed in the pool. Not that I go in the pool that often because I burn in negative 3 seconds. But on the rare occasion that I do, if someone chooses to get playful and splashes me… game over. I am no longer your friend. Well… at least for the next 10 minutes until my anger subsides. ;)
  4. During my bachelorette party, one of the games was for CJ to pre-answer some questions about me and my friends had to guess what his answer was for each. One of the questions was something like, “What is your favorite thing about Emily?” and his answer was “her loyalty”. Several of my friends guessed that during the game and that was the best compliment I’ve ever been given. I will never forget that. I pride myself on always being there for my friends and family so, for them to recognize that, it means the world to me.
  5. One of my life goals until recently was to drive a golf cart and I was able to happily scratch that off my bucket list last September when I got to drive one around at my work offsite. I was beaming ear to ear.
  6.  I’ve always gotten along better with people that are older than me. I think it’s probably because I’m the baby of the family.
  7. I do very strange things in my sleep. CJ can attest to this. One time, in the middle of the night, I got up and started freaking out about the light bulb needing to be changed. I stood on the bed and started to unscrew the lightbulb and woke up CJ to help me. In his half asleep state, he got up and started going along with my delusions. He decided to turn the light on to help us see while trying to unscrew the light and then realized…what the heck?!?! That woke him up enough to stop what he was doing and explain to me that, no, the light was just fine. That’s just one story but there are many others. I think they are quite hilarious. CJ does too in retrospect but they’re not so funny in the middle of the night when he’s trying to sleep. :)

Now, it’s time to tell you my favorite blogs that I enjoy reading! Okay so I’m cheating, I don’t have 15 to list but that’s okay. The ones that are listed below are amazing! Thank you for your funny, heartwarming, and honest blogs. I look forward to reading them every day!

  1. Young House Love
  2. Eat, Live, Run
  3. Nat Your Average Girl
  4. BowerPower
  5. Little Baby Garvin
  6. Bean in Love
  7. Thrifty Decor Chick
  8. Sunny Day Sundays – I know she nominated me but I do truly love reading her blog!

Happy Blogging!

3 Months Old!

3 Months

Claire turned 3 months old on Friday, August 8th! She is changing and learning so much every day. CJ and I really can’t get enough of her and we find ourselves saying, “She’s so cute” approximately a million times a day. She keeps us laughing and smiling constantly and is such a joy to be around.

As far as how Claire is at 3 months old, here’s the lowdown:

  • Weight: We’ll know her exact weight when we go in for her next checkup on Monday the 18th so I’m not positive how much she weighs. I’m guessing she’s a little over 12 pounds but don’t quote me on that. Our scale at home is not too accurate so we just have to wait until the next doctor visit.
  • Loves: Tummy time and rolling over. Now that she can roll over, she spends most of her time hanging out on her tummy. She also loves eating her fist and talking. I’m guessing we’ll need unlimited minutes for her cell phone when she gets one (in a million years) because she’s quite a talker already. I take SO many videos of her talking because I can’t get enough and want to hear it all the time. I wish I could know what she is saying. She still loves standing and is very curious so she likes to be held facing out so she can see all the action. She also loves being outside, ceiling fans, her BabyBjorn chair, and her burp rags. It’s so funny how she’s gotten attached to her burp rags but we can only assume it’s because she always has one near her for any spit up emergencies and they probably smell like us.
  • Hates: Not being fed on time. She likes to eat every 2 hours and 15 minutes on the dot and she will DEFINITELY tell us even if we’re a minute late. I’m not sure who gave her a watch but she’s quite amazing at telling how long it’s been!
  • Talents: Rolling over! She LOVES it so much. If we put her to bed and she’s not drowsy enough, she immediately roll over to her tummy and have a little party in her crib talking. I can’t even tell you how cute it is to walk into her room and see her adorable little face looking up at us.
  • Sleeping: She now sleeps in her crib, yay! We started putting her in her crib around 2 weeks ago and it’s been going pretty well. As far as how long she sleeps, it varies. If we’ve had a busy day and she hasn’t gotten any solid naps, she gets overtired and tends to wake up more. Other nights, she’ll sleep for 7 straight hours. Those are the nights we look forward to. ;)
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She gets really smiley when she first sees me or CJ. She loves her mommy and daddy. :)
    • She is starting to fall asleep when we’re driving again. She went through a phase where she didn’t like it but now she’s okay with it. She’ll hang out and talk for a while, suck on her fist, and then pass out.
    • We think she’s teething because she is drooling constantly. She also gets upset sometimes and we can only assume it’s from the teething pain because feeding, changing her diaper, and trying to put her to sleep doesn’t help.
    • She’s getting more and more interested in Zoe which is so cute. She stares at her and occasionally smiles when Zoe runs past her.
    • I started work again this week and everything is going pretty well. I definitely cried on Day 1 though… multiple times.

And then there were FOUR!

Family Photo

I am totally a dog person. And to be more specific, I am totally a Pembroke Welsh Corgi person. Since as early as I can remember, I’ve had a Corgi in my life. First, we had Shotsey. Then, I got the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for when I was 10 years old, Abby. And now, we have Zoe, who we hope will become Claire’s best friend.

When Abby passed away, I was so upset that Claire would never be able to meet her. She was a huge part of my life and I wanted her to share in the love that I have for Abby. So the best way to do that, is to give her the opportunity to fall in love with a little furry best friend of her own.

We searched for MONTHS to find available corgi puppies to purchase (I personally like to say “adopt” but, I learned in my search that you only use that term when you are getting a rescue dog…who knew!) with no luck until late June. I didn’t realize how hard it was to find pure bred corgi puppies. The litters can be spoken for months in advance and breeders don’t always have one litter right after another. I eventually just emailed the list of breeders on the Corgi society website and found one breeder who pointed me to another who had two adorable little 10.5 week old sisters available. It was SO perfect because my mom and I had talked for a while about wanting to get two sisters, one for my parents and one for us. That way, they would have a friend to play with when we’re out of town. So we were so excited to finally find puppies available and picked them up after we returned from Vermont.

Some people might think we’re a little bonkers for getting a puppy at the same time as having a baby but there are definitely some advantages. For one, we’re trying to house train Zoe and it helps that we can take her out to relieve herself while we’re doing the middle of the night feedings. It’s also nice that Claire isn’t mobile yet so we only have one “little one” running around the house. The most important reason why we got a puppy right now is we wanted Claire to grow up with her little furry companion. As for Claire and Zoe are doing together, they’re doing great! Zoe will sniff Claire or lick her toes and then prance off. Claire just stares at Zoe and she’s probably wondering what the heck she’s looking at.

We’re starting a puppy training course next weekend!


Our Baby Essentials

There are a few things that we’ve started using since having Claire that we absolutely can’t live without. Some we’ve had since the beginning, and some we just started using last week, but they’re all essentials at this point! We thought it would be helpful to share.



Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym: Claire has been loving this activity gym lately. When she was first born, we would lay her down and she would fall asleep on it. Now that she’s interacting more with stuff, she’ll swat at the animals and grab onto them. It’s so fun to watch her play with the animals! We also put her down on this when we practice tummy time.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft & Wooden Toy: We bought this last week after I read the EatLiveRun blog and saw that she loved using it for her son. I’m so glad we did!! It’s super pricey but we used gift cards to purchase it and it’s so worth it. It’s really lightweight so I can pick it up with one hand while holding Claire and move it to wherever I need it in the house. Cooking breakfast used to be impossible but the other morning I was able to cook oatmeal while Claire happily sat in this bouncer and spun around the wooden toys. She LOVES the wooden toys!

Baby Nursing Mobile App: I’m very forgetful so this app has been a lifesaver! Without it, I wouldn’t remember which breast I last fed Claire on or for how long. It’s helpful to have this app at doctor’s appointments so when the doctor asks how long she normally feeds or how many diapers she typically has, I can just open this app and tell him. I also use it to track how much I’ve pumped.

Tommee Tippee Pacifiers: Someone gave these to use as a baby shower gift (to whoever that was, thank you!!) and Claire loves them. We have a few other brands and we’ve tried the Wubbanub (a pacifier with stuffed animal attached) but these ones are the only ones she likes.

Baby Einstein Octoplush: This guy is Claire’s best friend. CJ got it from Babys R Us a couple weeks ago and she LOVES it. It sings when you squeeze his head and, when you squeeze a tentacle, it says a different color. It also can be changed to French and Spanish so she can learn a few other languages! My only complaint is that the music can’t be set to repeat, because she loves the songs and I have to keep squeezing him over and over again. Oh well, I’m happy to do it to see her adorable smile.

MobyWrap Modern: I already talked about this in a previous post but this was SO convenient when we were flying to Vermont.

Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: One of the moms in my mom’s group suggested this when I told her that Claire didn’t like being swaddled because she wanted her hands free and I’m so thankful I got it!! She loves sleeping with her arms above her head and she’s been much happier since we started using it.

Medela Double Electric Breastpump: It goes without saying why this is an essential. Everyone told me this was the brand to get and I love it… well as much as I can love a breastpump. Who enjoys having to clean all the supplies every single time?!?!? Not me. :) Oh and for those of you who don’t already know this, check with your insurance on whether or not they pay for breastpumps. Mine was covered 100%. Thanks to my cousin for telling me that before we ordered ours!!!

Gerber Burp Cloths: We can’t leave the house, let alone walk to the other side of the house, without one of these. Obviously, babies spit up, and these are the burp cloths that we use. They are super cheap and come in a pack of 10 so we never run out of them before it’s time to do laundry.

What items can you not live without? It’s always interesting to see what baby stuff people find and fall in love with! 

2 Months Old!

2 Months Old!

It really feels like yesterday that we had the one month photoshoot for Claire and here I am writing her two month update. People tell you it goes by fast but, seriously, it really does. Well, to be honest, the first two weeks were the longest two weeks of my life but after that, time flew by. Every day we fall more in love with Claire and are so amazed that we brought such a beautiful little life into this world.

What’s Claire like at two months old now? Well…

  • Weight: I haven’t weighed her since last Tuesday but she was 10 pounds 8 ounces then. I’m guessing she’s around 11 pounds now.
  • Loves: Standing. She can’t stand on her own, obviously, but she loves when we hold her up to stand. She’s able to look around more, stare at her feet, and feel like a big girl. If we try to lay her down when she’s in the mood to stand, she is not happy about it.
  • Hates: Madonna music. Seriously, I’m not kidding. When it comes on the radio, she immediately starts crying and when we change the song, she stops. It is SO hilarious!
  • Talents: Projectile spit up. When we were about to leave our B&B for my niece’s wedding, we placed her in her carseat, tucked her in with a nice blanket, and were about to pick up the carseat to head to the car when what it seems like a garden-hose-like force of spit up flew out of her mouth. We were surprised but the look on her face was priceless. CJ and I immediately started laughing. She has the best facial expressions.
  • Sleeping: Not much has changed in this area. She still wakes up once in the middle of the night around 3:00/4:00am and then again around 7:00/8:00am. We’re lucky it’s not more often but I’m sure it will happen occasionally when she’s going through a growth spurt.
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She gets overwhelmed when around a bunch of people that are ooogling over her. She stays calm while it’s happening but by the end of the day she hits a sensory overload and then the infamous “witching hour” that we’ve heard of begins. We try to keep visits from people pretty short so she doesn’t get too overwhelmed.
    • She’s the most smiley and talkative during her 3:00/4:00am feeding and first thing in the morning. It makes waking up in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning so worth it and I look forward to those little smiles.
    • She’s starting to enjoy her activity play mat and is starting to swat at the toys hanging above her. It’s so fun to see her entertaining herself with toys.

Daddy daughter time

Other than that, I think it goes without saying that we are head over heels in love with our little girl.

In other news, Claire has gained a new furry best friend named Zoe. Pictures to come soon. :)

4th of July Travels

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Ours was quite a whirlwind and I think it’s going to take us a few days to recoup. On Thursday night, we took a redeye flight to Vermont (with one layover) which was Claire’s first time on an airplane. She did an amazing job and got her first set of wings from the flight attendant! We’ll definitely have to put those in her baby book. Now, to find where I threw them in my carry-on. ;)

She was amazing on the flights and slept through most of them. We used a Moby Wrap to carry her through the security lines and on the flights. We are so glad that we bought one before leaving on Thursday because it was such a huge help! We got so many comments from people telling us how cool it was on the flights. We have two other baby carriers but Claire is not the biggest fan of them right now; she seems to feel claustrophobic in them. The Moby Wrap is great for skin-to-skin contact and she loves it because it’s kind of like being swaddled mixed with cuddling with us. The facilitator of my mom’s group recommended it and I’m so glad she did.

Flight attendant: "Are you taking a selfie?" Me: "Yes but it's because we have to document our baby's first flight." Flight attendant: "OMG there's a baby in there!!"

Flight attendant: “Are you taking a selfie?” Me: “Well, we have to document our baby’s first flight!” Flight attendant: “OMG there’s a baby in there!!”

We flew back yesterday and have been resting ever since. The last flight was pretty long so I had to feed her a couple times and she was awake for half of that flight. She spent that time taking in the sights around her and was very smiley. She did get upset at one point because I think she got overwhelmed with the flight attendants ooogling over her cuteness. We were able to calm her down and she fell asleep soon after. She wasn’t bothered by the air pressure but I think that was due to me either feeding her right before, her sleeping, and/or sucking on her pacifier during each takeoff and landing. People sitting around us told us that she was the best baby they’ve ever flown with. We’re so lucky that she did so well.

Oh and apparently, Delta changed their preboarding policies and, on the last flight, they wouldn’t let us preboard because we didn’t have a stroller. What kind of policy change is that!?!? We were so mad. Boarding early with a newborn helps so much because it gives us time to get situated, change her diaper if needed, and feed her if she’s hungry. I honestly don’t understand why they would change their policy to only allow babies that have a stroller to board early but it’s dumb. We are definitely going to send them a complaint letter for that.

Other than that, our weekend was so fun. We went on a cruise on Lake Champlain on Friday night to kick off the wedding weekend celebrations which was amazing. The scenery was gorgeous and it was so great for Claire to meet some of our East Coast family members.

Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain

Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain

The following day, my niece got married overlooking a beautiful bay at a state park in Vermont. It was the perfect day for a wedding – it wasn’t muggy and the scenery was breathtaking. Not to mention, the bride was so stunning that I got goosebumps when I first saw her. Congratulations Alli and Ben! You are the sweetest couple and we’re so happy for you both.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Kingsland Bay State Park

Kingsland Bay State Park

Claire’s Nursery Reveal

Some of you may be curious about what Claire’s nursery looks like. We are in love with it (and I like to think Claire is too ;)) and are still working on adding some final enhancements to make it perfect. It’s hard to say when a room is ever “done” but hers has been pretty much done for a while. We just want to take it to the next level.

Right now, this is what Claire’s nursery looks like:

Claire's Nursery! This is the view when you enter the room.

Claire’s Nursery! This is the view when you enter the room.

Crib, glider, and corner photo gallery

Crib, glider, and corner photo gallery

Her changing table

Her changing table

As far as where we got the items for her room – it’s a mixture of Pottery Barn Kids, Amazon, Target, Buy Buy Baby, Cost Plus World Market, and a few other random websites. We wanted her nursery to have a gray and soft yellow color scheme and we also wanted it to be classy and feminine. I’m a little obsessed with Pottery Barn Kids rooms so we used their design style as our inspiration.

The “C” in the gallery wall was a DIY project. We bought a wooden letter from Michaels, painted it yellow, wrapped it in lace, painted the canvas a light gray, and then hot glued it to the canvas. I’ll have to see if I took pictures through the process and maybe I’ll do a blog post on it. It was super easy and turned out so cute!

As far as what we are still planning on doing to her room – we want to add a bookshelf and hang a few pictures.

We feel like she needs a bookshelf in her nursery to keep all the children’s books she has and add a little extra decor. It’s taken quite a while to find the perfect one but we finally found one and ordered it a couple days ago. We can’t wait for it to arrive in a couple weeks. It will also be the perfect location for her baby monitor to sit.

We bought a frame from Pottery Barn Kids that has a space for a picture of every month of her first year so we’re thinking about hanging that to the right of the window. We’re planning on putting the bookcase to the right of the crib (it’s a white corner bookcase) and are still deciding what we want to hang above the crib. We have several ideas that I’ve mocked up in PhotoShop but we’re still not sure which one would look best. Stay tuned. :)

And because a post about Claire is never complete without a photo of our beautiful girl, here’s one of our little family on Father’s Day!

First Father's Day


We hope you have fun plans for the upcoming 4th of July weekend!


One Month!

One Month!

Month-by-month iron on from

Claire is officially one month old!! Well, she was as of June 8th. Part of me wants to say it’s amazing how fast time flies by but then again, I feel like Claire has been with us for forever now. It seems like so much longer than a month ago that she was born. Every day passes by so quickly that I’m constantly amazed at how fast 5pm rolls around.

I know that Claire is still tiny but she seems so much bigger than she was when she was born. I weighed her last Tuesday after MuirMommies (a mommy group that I joined) and she now weighs 9 pounds 1 oz. A full pound larger than she was when she was born. I think she’s right below the 50th percentile for weight.

Here’s a rundown of facts about Claire at 1 month old…

  • Loves – Snuggling with mommy and daddy, glider swing, her pacifier, and grabbing my hair while eating.
  • Eating – CJ and I are endlessly entertained at how excited she gets when she realizes she’s about to be fed and the noises she makes while eating.
  • Sleeping – She lets us sleep for 3-4 hours at a time which means that, generally, we only have to wake up once or twice a night which we’re so grateful for. I’m sure that will change as she goes through growth spurts but we’re enjoying the time she gives us to sleep.
  • Tummy Time - She’s happiest when tummy time is done while laying on one of our chests. She used to hate doing it on the activity mat but now she’s okay with it. She’ll do it for a little while before getting frustrated or falling asleep. She’s also starting to lift her head a little when doing it.
  • Smiling – When she falls asleep, she starts smiling. I wish I could record it every single time but I don’t seem to be fast enough. I want to freeze time so that she never grows out of this phase because I love those little smiles so much. She’s also starting to smile at us when we’re talking to her which is so cute, I almost can’t handle it.
  • Car Rides – She falls asleep every time we drive somewhere.

People were right when they told us that every day gets a little easier. Yes, every phase comes with its challenges but I don’t think anything will be as hard as those first two weeks. These last few weeks has been so much better and I can’t get over how adorable she is. I’m a bit biased but I really could look at her for hours and not stop smiling. She is such a little angel.


The First Few Weeks

It’s amazing what you think life will be like after having a baby. CJ and I talked about how I could write a blog post every day updating people on how things are going… you know, because I would have so much more free time. ;) Clearly we were mistaken on that front.

Claire was officially 1 month old as of yesterday and it’s crazy how fast time has flown by. Then again, it feels like she’s been here forever. These past 4 weeks have kind of felt like one long day. I attribute some of that to the fact that we only sleep in short chunks of time since we have to wake up for feedings.

May 20

Photo taken when Claire was 12 days old

If I were to describe how life has changed, I don’t know if I really could put it into words. I know that fellow parents know exactly what I’m talking about. A blog that I read (EatLiveRun) described how her life changed really well so I’ll just link to that because I identify a lot with what she had to say. It’s the most wonderful and magical thing becoming a parent but it’s the hardest job we’ve ever had to do and, I’ll admit, it’s hard to adjust to the lifestyle change. No longer can we quickly hop in the car to run to the grocery store for something we forgot or spontaneously decide we want to have a date night at On the Border. Things take a lot more planning now. We practically have a whole set of luggage we have to bring along with us. Car seat, stroller, diaper bag, extra clothes, blankets, etc. etc. We knew it was going to be like that but it didn’t really hit me until it was our reality. That’s not to say we aren’t loving it, it’s just an adjustment. A wonderful one.

The first two weeks were by far the hardest with me recovering from the c-section, being in a TON of pain, being completely and utterly exhausted, and trying to learn how to breastfeed. Waking up every few hours was hard and especially because we didn’t sleep for two nights when I was in labor. I also got sick for a few days after we got home and wasn’t able to eat which made the pain and exhaustion that much more amplified. Thanks to my amazing husband I got better and I’m now back to normal. I seriously would not have been able to do any of this without CJ. I didn’t think it was possible but my love for him has grown exponentially throughout this whole process.

I’m amazed at how she’s changing and growing every day and am so amused by her little facial expressions. I find myself telling CJ approximately 5 million times a day how adorable she is. I just can’t get over how we made such a beautiful and perfect little human being.


Our little family

I’ve been back in my pre-pregnancy jeans since Claire was about 2 weeks old and I love it. I feel human again not having to wear those jeans with the large stretchy area over my belly. Although, I have to admit, I do really miss my pregnant belly and miss feeling her kicks. I find myself rubbing my belly occasionally expecting to feel my basketball sized belly and being disappointed it’s no longer there. Oh well, there’s a wonderful reason why my belly is no longer there and she’s currently hanging out in her gliding swing (that she loves, thanks Aunt Denese!!).

I don’t want to over promise but I will try to do a 1 month birthday post about Claire. We’ll see if I get around to that seeing as how it took me over a week to write this one. ;)

What’s in a Name

When CJ and I first found out we were expecting, we immediately jumped into coming up with name options for both a boy and a girl. We had a ton of names on our girl list but not so many on the boy list. For some reason, coming up with a boy name was too difficult for us (maybe that was a sign that we were expecting a girl?). But anyway, we went through our list of names for girls and kept narrowing it down and then expanding it when we found a new one that was a contender. We tried to imagine what name would fit best when I read someone’s blog post about how they came up with their daughter’s name and it really resonated with me (and CJ too, once I told him about it).  I wish I could find that post because she was so eloquent with how she explained her reasoning but allow me to try in my own words…


Claire. A name that I’ve known since I was four years old when I first met my best friend. Claire was magnetic even then. A person that you would look up to and admire even if you were decades older. When I moved to California, I feared that we would lose touch but we never did. In fact, we became closer. She is that friend that you can talk to once a year and it’s like no time has passed. She’s one of my heroes even though she’s only 3 months older than me. She’s the type of friend where you don’t have to say a word but she knows exactly what you’re thinking. She has supported me and been there for me no matter what. Not to mention, she is strong and independent and so incredibly accomplished. She knows what she wants and will do what it takes to make it a reality. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t love Claire and I don’t think I ever will.

When CJ and I were coming up with names and I read that blog post that I mentioned, I told CJ about it right away and we agreed immediately – if we want our daughter to be like anyone in the world, it’s Claire. She’s kind, caring, driven, independent, inspiring, and most of all – the best friend you could ever ask for. So we decided then and there, even before we knew we were having a girl, that if we were having a girl, her name would be Claire Elizabeth. Claire, because we hope that our daughter will grow up to be like the powerful and wonderful person that she’s named after. Elizabeth, because I’ve always loved my middle name and the names sound beautiful together. Not to mention, we hope she’s a bit like me too. ;) It also works out perfectly because her name has both of our initials, C and E.

Our Claire <3

Our Claire <3

So there you go, now you know how we decided on her beautiful name. :)

Claire and I at my 16th birthday party

Claire and I at my 16th birthday party

So cheers to every friend out there that inspires you to be a better person! Those friends are the ones that you should hold onto and never take for granted.