Welcome back!

For the last 9 (10?) months, I have set this blog to the side while I worked on my blog for baby Larkyn. Now that she is here, I am not shutting down operations or anything, but wanted to move to one blog. I promise there will be more to it than just baby stuff:o) But first, let's take a photo break:
Notice how she crosses her legs? I love it!

So what have we been up to?  We came home from the hospital (aka: Heaven) a week ago, and it has been a "learning experience" ever since. Here is what we have learned in 7 days...
  • You can go from "Hmm, how do I change a diaper again?" to a NASCAR pit crew operation on diapers when your child despises being changed.
  • Breakfast is not good when made at 9, then left for me to let the dogs out, then fix an emergency bottle, take a phone call while feeding the bottle, letting the animals in, and then discovering the cat eating it at 11:00, when you finally realize you never ate it.
  • Bottle+ bouncy seat = spit up
  • As soon as the lights go out for mama and daddy's bed time, baby's eyes fly open. 
  • Nursing...after many tears and guilt...will not be happening for us. And that is OK.
  • Who invented onesies for newborns!?  Have they ever put anything OVER a newborn's head?  We are laying those to the side in favor of things that zip or snap up the front until further notice. Except if they are too cute, then we will give them a try for fashion's sake:o)
  • The carseat dictates what kind of car you will have. For instance, when Matt and my dad literally cannot fit behind the steering wheel anymore, the carseat says "You need a new car". Another post will follow up on this topic...
Every day is an adventure and every day I love her more. I love Matt for being patient with her and for cuddling with her as soon as he gets home. And, for petes sake, burning 2 weeks of vacation to prepare and welcome his daughter home. He went from (technically) a bachelor to feeding, washing pink hooded towels, and rocking his baby to sleep at 2 AM overnight. He deserves a few golf breaks, as much as people might scoff at that...he deserves it. 

I mentioned in Larkyn's blog that I was missing being pregnant. Yes, those first several days home, I was a little down about that. Which is to be expected, I guess?  I had the world's easiest pregnancy and just missed the excitement surrounding it, the anticipation, thinking of myself as "2" rather than just me. I still shield my belly from hot water (weird, I know) when I get in the shower and am just starting to sleep on my stomach again....but I am getting better. I am obsessed with Larkyn (can you tell) and am glad she is here. But, if I am being honest, I can see how many women can get depressed right afterward. Luckily, my therapy is recording everything. Every moment in pictures, written on blogs, stashed in memory boxes, and that helps me.  It is helping me to capture what is behind me now (as good as it was) and move on to being a parent!

Welcome to the world, Larkyn!

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A new local favorite AND a challenge for you...

Today is too perfect NOT to grill out. Matt and I would eat everything off the grill if the weather would just cooperate. Jill has taught me that you can make way more than just meat on the grill (that girl can grill pizzas, appetizers, and I'm sure she has figured out dessert!) Anyway, we stopped at Kroger for some steaks, our favorite Amish (doubt it's really Amish) macaroni salad, and some twice baked potatoes. Only, when we got home to cook, there was no A-1. Tragedy at our house. Not so much for me, but for Matt it is like having pancakes without syrup. Not wanting to drive all the way back to Kroger, we remembered this market less than a mile from our house, Huffman's Market. I am all about keeping the little man alive, and this has apparently been an "institution" in UA for 24 years. We ran in for some A-1 but went down every aisle in the process. Here are our favorite parts:
  • It's local (and serves local favorites like "Just Pies" pies, Der Dutchman doughnuts and Der Dutchman tubs of cookie dough!)
  • They have a State Liquor store inside (not appealing to me now, but will be!  There are NONE anywhere nearby)
  • They have homemade soups of of the day
  • The selection of ready-to-eat items is amazing. Not as cheap as buying at the grocery store and fixing at home, but really...there are nights when this. sounds. great.
  • No lines! As much as I enjoy the selection and fuel perks at my Giant Eagle Marketplace, it annoys me that they spent all this money to have 21 lanes instead of the old 7 and still have 7 lanes open. Seriously?
  • For those of you with little ones, there is a train running around the store. That's reason enough!
So, next time you are in the area, please stop by Huffman's!  I will gladly go with you.

Next item...what to do with all these BAGS!!  In the last month, with 3 baby showers and lots of lovely random gifts in between, we have accumulated a mass of baby gift bags. Probably $100 worth, and way too nice to just throw out. Any ideas on who could use these bags for something useful?
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