Emily and Erin are one month old now! This meant that I got to flip ahead another chapter in What to Expect: The First Year. It's funny how I don't always notice things that they're doing as big achievements until I find them as "new skills" in there. For example, I'd noticed both of the girls were making an "eh, eh" sound when they were hungry, prior to crying and wailing to let us know they wanted food. I was relieved to figure out this meant they were hungry, but I assumed I'd just missed them doing this before. When I read the summary of new skills for a one-month-old, saying "ah" or "ooh" was on the list. It took me a few hours to make the connection (we'll blame sleep deprivation here) but I was so excited when I figured it out! Both girls are getting stronger, and getting better at lifting their heads. Neither one of them is too excited about tummy time (okay, they cry straight through), so we don't do it every day yet, but they do work on lifting their heads when we hold them upright to our shoulders.
|Erin, investigating our TV cabinet|
|Emily, curled up for a nap in her Boppy pillow|
--- 2 ---Inspired by some posts I'd seen on other mommies' blogs, I wrote a summer bucket list for our family. In my new sleep-deprived fog, I love the idea of having all of these ideas and goals in one place where I can remember them. Dan wasn't home, so I wasn't able to get his input, but I'm sure he'll agree with most of them. So far, we have gone to the coast as a family, I've made something (two things, actually!) from Pinterest, and I finished a 7-day Bible study on parenting on my phone (using this Bible app, which I highly recommend! Did I mention it's free?). What's on your summer bucket list?
I finished a Pinterest project! I got this idea from Caitlin's blog, and I absolutely loved it. It is a picture frame, with the glass left on, which makes it function as a dry erase board. How awesome is that? I made it for Dan as a gift for our 4th anniversary. He really liked it, and we're planning to hang it either in our bedroom or somewhere else in our apartment so we can write notes to each other. Caitlin mentions making similar frames for their children, and I think it's a great idea!
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I said above that I made two things from Pinterest, and the second one was DIY jewelry cleaner. I tried it first on my wedding ring, and I have to say, based on the reviews, I was a little disappointed. My ring definitely looked cleaner, but not nearly as nice as when I take it to the jewelry store and they clean it. I should say, I'd finally pried my ring off after about 5 months of it being stuck firmly on my swollen finger, so it probably was excessively dirty. I think I will need to take it in and get it professionally cleaned - they're always happy to clean it for me, I just need to a) actually get out to the mall and b) be able to slide my ring off when I'm there. Perhaps I should add that one to the bucket list . . .Back to the jewelry cleaner. I gave it another chance, this time on my diamond stud earrings that Dan got me a few years ago. Now I can see what the reviews meant! My earrings sparkled like never before. I'll definitely make this again! (I should have taken before and after pictures . . . I just didn't think of it. Sorry.)
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|This sums up my conundrum pretty well :)|
I'm starting to think about dressing for my new role as a mommy, particularly at church. Obviously, clothes have nothing to do with why we're attending Mass, but I do think it's important to dress respectfully. That being said . . . I don't do a very good job. Yes, I do wear nicer clothes than other days, but I generally wear jeans and sometimes even a sweatshirt. Our neck of the woods is pretty casual, so you can get away with this (as I've mentioned before) but I want to set a better example for Emily and Erin. I also think we'll be a little less invisible when we're out with them (okay, a LOT less invisible) so I want to make sure we make a good impression as a family. In order to do this, I think I need to get some new church clothes. I need your help, dear readers. Where can I find knee-length or just above the knee-length skirts in small sizes? I'd like to find something patterned, so I can get two tops to make different outfits without spending a lot of money. Anyone have any ideas? I think I need to follow some fashion-on-a-budget blogs, though I can't say I care for a lot of styles at the moment, particularly the tucked-in shirt with high-waisted miniskirt look. I think a shirt that comes past your natural waist over your skirt and a longer skirt are much more flattering. Ladies, I'm open to your input: what do you wear to church? Any suggestions for places to find good deals on church-appropriate clothes?
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