the good, the bad, the ugly

The good:
  • We are picking up a ceiling fan tonight, which is going in the dining room. Can't wait to get rid of the ugly chandelier currently there... and can't wait to have a cool breeze throughout our downstairs. 

  • This little girl, of course.

    How cute is she?  :-)  And minus last night, she's been sleeping great lately.

  • We are also looking at new sinks tonight... the one in our kitchen needs replaced, since the seal in the left side is shot, and it needs new hardware. We are definitely going to get a deeper sink, and a taller spout, so that washing out pots and pans will be a lot easier!

  • Did I mention, this girl?!

  • My tummy seems to be slowly, but surely getting back to normal. Remember the one month shots?
    Well, compare:
    Not too shabby, huh? I still have lots of work to do... but we're getting there. (And check out my Bermuda shorts!)

  • This quote:
    "I am not a perfect mother and I will never be. You are not a perfect child and you will never be. But put us together and we will be the best mother and child we would ever be."

The Bad:
  • My Pop passed yesterday. He had been sick for a while... going downhill because of Alzheimers and recently had bouts of bleeding, so it was not unexpected. I'm not sure how I feel, like I said, it wasn't a shock, but of course it is still sad. He lived a full 83 years, and I'm glad he's not in pain anymore. I'm sad Gwen never had the chance to know him and that he never got to meet her.

    I haven't cried about it yet, and I don't know why. I don't think its really sunk in.

The Ugly:
  • I've been frustrated with Trav lately. Not to dive in too deep, but I just wish he would do more with Gwen without me having to be the one to suggest it. He's trying, but its just frustrating sometimes. I  know he wants to get stuff done around the house or relax when he gets home, but I'm home with her all day, and would love my own chance at these things. I do the whole bedtime routine, which starts around 730 - 800... so there is about 1.5 - 2 hours between him getting home and when I start that. Lately it seems like he's always busy then. Oh well, like I said, he's trying.

And just to end on a nicer note:


  1. Maybe this is a silly/ignorant question, but why do babies have to go to bed at 7-8pm? Then they wake up at ungodly hours of the morning. Could I put my baby on a more normal like 10pm-8am schedule? Is there some reason why it has to be with daylight? Just curious as this is a huge reason I dread ever becoming a mother. I do NOT do early mornings.

  2. They don't have to... but it seems to be the schedule that a lot of babies fall into. You certainly could try to get your child used to a later schedule.

    Also, here are our reasons:
    1. It wouldn't make sense for us to put Gwen on a schedule that involved waking up at 8ish, since her and Trav need to be out the door around 7:30am, and I'll need to leave at 8. So I'll be waking at 6am anyway. (When do you leave for work? Factor in time for feeding the baby, changing, dressing... plus getting them to daycare.)
    2. We got to bed at 10... so if she did as well we would have no baby-free time in the evening to get anything done or just be together.
    3. Frankly, she is tired by 8 and a big grouch if we try to keep her up.

    Here's the thing, at first your baby will wake up at ungodly hours no matter when you put them to sleep since they need to feed more often at the beginning. You get used to it, and then when they are only waking once in the night, it feels magical! As is, with going down around 8ish, Gwen will wake once around 3ish or sometimes even later, then again around 6ish, and will nap after that until closer to 7:30 or 8.

    I don't do early morning either, but you do what you have to! I promise, its not so bad.

  3. It is also good to start on a good schedule for when school starts and other morning activities. I met a family when we lived in Florida and the mom was a nurse with crazy shifts, so the little girl's bedtime was midnight and she slept until 10 AM, but they missed playgroups, story time, etc because of it. And Brenna's best friend from TN was another night owl and when she started preschool, it was very hard for her parents to get her up in the mornings.
    Casey and I both prefer to have the evenings to ourselves and love the 7 PM bedtime...Our girls do 7 PM to 7 AM. And somehow we've been late to preschool both mornings this week (and it is less than a five minute drive).
    PS. I'm sorry for your loss, Megan.


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