Merry Merry

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  For the first time ever both Kyle and I are off until after New Years so I will be taking the next week or so off here to enjoy this time with family and friends!  

Until next year...



A little Christmas Fun

Can you all believe Christmas is a week away?!!! I'm so excited but I also don't feel ready at all! My Christmas cards still need to be mailed and I have a lot of wrapping to do but I'm still enjoying the moments and I'm excited for two holiday parties this weekend! 
I was tagged by Laurie from Disney n Diapers to participate in this fun Christmas tag and I couldn't resist!  You should check out her blog she has an adorable little girl who is just a month older than Miller and she can craft and organize with the best of them!! 

1.What do you love the most about Christmas time? 
Everything!?  I think my favorite part is our family traditions and just spending time with the people you love and focusing on family and friends and leaving all your outside stresses at the door to just enjoy a few days. 

2. Do you celebrate the holiday in style or is Bah-Humbug for you? 
I'm not really sure what in style is but yes I would say I do. I'm not exactly a Bah Humbug type 

3. Are you leaving anything out for Santa Claus this year so he remembers to leave your presents?
Probably not.  Miller is way to young to understand the meaning of Santa but this is definitely something I look forward to in the future! 

4. What is the one gift you are most looking forward to GIVING? {It can be to your kids, another family member, etc – remember to be discreet if they read your blog!}
Wow this is a tough one!  I'm probably most excited about all of Miller's gifts.  Even though he won't understand I'm still excited to see his little face in the excitement of the day with the gifts and wrapping paper!

5. What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie?
Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992. This will always be my favorite Christmas movie.  Now as an adult I have to say something cheesy like the 12 Dates of Christmas (ABC family made for tv movie) or Love Actually (but there is on going debate that this isn't really a Christmas movie)

6. What is your all-time favorite Christmas song?
Probably If I get home on Christmas Day- Elvis Presley but I do love myself a Wham!- Last Christmas

7. If given the opportunity would you participate in an “Ugly Sweater” party and what sweater would you wear?  Peruse one on the internet or even in your own closet and show us!
Well I have before and I would do it again.  My vest was awesome. 

8. Have you started any Christmas traditions this year that you plan on carrying forward?
Yes!  We got our first real tree (we've had a fake one for the past 6 years) and we are doing family Christmas jammie which I'm excited for and my husband is dreading. I'm so excited for these new traditions with my family of 3 :)

9. It’s Christmas morning … what does it look like outside where you live?
Probably cold and gray, but I'm hoping if we can't have snow it will at least be sunny

10. You just found yourself standing under the mistletoe … who comes up to give you a kiss first?
Haha this one makes me laugh, we don't have any mistletoe hanging around here but if we did maybe my husband but probably the dog because she's around a lot more. '

I tag anyone who wants to play along!! 



I spent the last 3 days unplugged from my computer and/or social media it was glorious.

I had such a busy weekend and I did so many fun things and you know what, I took zero pictures.  Yup, I actually enjoyed the moment instead of documenting it.  

It felt phenomenal.

I know this might sound a little dramatic but I feel so much pressure to document everything these days that sometimes I forget to just enjoy the moments with my family and friends.    I don't want to look back on pictures of Miller and not even remember how the day or night went because I was too busy posing the moment for a picture. 

I plan to try to unplug more often in general but especially over the next few weeks while I enjoy the holidays and most importantly Miller's first Christmas.   I highly suggest everyone give this a try once in a while!

Now it's not like I didn't take any photos at all this weekend 
This little boy is non-stop and he's already making me crazy with his rolling and scooting that I know I'm in for trouble once he learns to crawl.



Five on Friday: Around the House

TGIF!! Can you believe we only have this weekend and next and then it's Christmas?!

You know the drill... 


1. Oh Christmas tree and Baby toys


 This is what life looks like these days.  I used to swear I would never keep out "obnoxious" baby toys but have you ever tried to carry an exersaucer through a doorway and drag it back and forth every morning?!  Yeah not happening. So I'm just embracing the clutter and bright colors. (we also need a tree topper but we can't decide what we want!)

2. Christmas Cards 
When I was growing up my mom always taped the Christmas cards to the back of our front door. I always loved stopping by and looking at them on my way to bed each night so now this is how I display mine and I still love stopping by to look at them before bed every night.  

3. Overstock Tufted Ottoman 
I blogged out this ottoman here back in early October for our basement re-do and here it is in our house.  
First of all it only cost $252 and it looks way more expensive! My mom was so impressed by the look of it and totally blown away that it was only $252 that she's considering buying one for herself.  I also want to comment that Overstock was so easy to work with, shipping was free and the ottoman arrived in 3 days.  I was very impressed.  I promise I will share more pics of the basement once it's more put together.  

4. Miller and Our Christmas Tree 
If you follow me on instagram (@eastcoastnat) then you have seen this photo already but Miller managed to roll himself over to our Christmas tree on Wednesday night.  At first it was so cute and then he grabbed an ornament and a branch so I had to quickly move him away from the tree!   I can't believe how mobile and active he is getting already! 

5. Layla and the Snow
Layla is obsessed with the snow.  It snowed here on Sunday and Monday and she was in heaven.  Unfortunately for her I HATE snow and being cold so there was minimal ball playing but it's still hysterical to watch her run through it and roll all around in it. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!! I'm headed to Bluegrass Tavern tonight to celebrate my sister's birthday and then tomorrow we're watching the Annapolis Parade of Lights on the bay.  A fun fun weekend ahead!



My Christmas Wishlist

Dear Santa, 

I wouldn't mind finding a few of these items underneath my Christmas tree this year.

I am a huge slipper fan and could really use a new pair. These just look so warm and cozy how could you pass them up.  

I've heard great things about these leggings and since I still need to tone up post baby I'm thinking these might help suck it all in for the time being. 

I'm not sure Santa is going to bring me this but I think this is the table we are going to get for our eating area once our kitchen is complete.  I still haven't sold my husband on it yet but I'm working on him.  

 We just got a Pure Barre in Annapolis and I'm dying to try it out.  To be honest I've never done any barre exercises but everyone raves about how great the workout is especially post baby so I'm hoping to give this new place a try!

I know this one is a long stretch Santa but just in case you're feeling extra generous... 

How gorgeous is this bag?! Ahhh maybe one day when I win the lottery



Tis the Season for Christmas Jammies

I don't know what it is but something about having a baby makes you do things you never thought you would do... like making up the word jam-jams for pajamas and then dressing your baby up in holiday themed jam-jams every opportunity you get.

So I was pretty excited to see this link up:


Here goes nothing:

Woohoo this is fun!

Look sitting up on my own!

  Mom I'm too tired, can we stop now?!

I picked up these Christmas jammies at Target and we have 2 more pairs of Christmas jammies for this season- one from Grammie and then one pair to wear for Christmas eve!!

Thanks so much to Darci, Natasha, Jenny, Julie, and Ashley for hosting this!  I'm also linking up on instgram @eastcoastnat 


Baby Mills: 5 Months

I'm a little late on this but Miller is 5 months old! I cannot believe how fast the time is going by and that in a little over 2 weeks he will be half a year old.
I think this last month has been my favorite.  He has really gone from helpless baby to full blown infant who wants to do so many things by himself.  Watching him grow and change every day has been amazing.   Every milestone he hits is bittersweet because I'm so excited for him to reach them and so sad that he's growing up so fast. 

Weight: 16 lbs
Length: 27 inches

Clothes:  We closed out Miller's 4th month still is 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.  Most of his pj's and one pieces are too short now for his long arms and legs but he can still squeeze his skinny self into the 3-6 month onesies.  I just pulled out and washed all his 6-9 month and 6-12 month clothes because I'm ready for new outfits. 

Health: I'm happy to say this month was great for health!  No colds, sniffles, etc and his spitting up has drastically improved.  I'm not sure if that is because of maturing digestive system or the reduction of dairy in my diet- I still eat it but I've cut down a lot.  Either way I'll take it! 

Diet: We are currently 90/10 breastmilk to formula.  The one formula bottle a day has been a huge help and has brought my supply back up so much.  I also think adding the formula helped decrease my stress which also helped my supply.  Just about 2 weeks to make it to my goal of 6 months!

Sleep: Was awesome this month! Due to the spitting up we kept him in the Rock n Play and didn't try to force the crib.  He goes to bed at 7pm, wakes up to eat sometime between  3-4am and then is back to sleep until 7am.  He takes two naps a day the first one at 9am for 1.5-2 hrs and the second one at 2pm for 2-2.5hrs.  He likes to "talk" himself to sleep for about 10-15 mintues before he falls asleep and we let him sleep with a lovie.   I think the mistake we made when he was sleeping so poorly was trying to force the crib on him when he was having such bad spit up issues. Now that we have the sleeping down and spitting up under control we are going to work on the transition to the crib. 
Baby Gear Love:   Angel Deal lovies,  FP rainforest activity mat, Evenflo Exersaucer, FP Jumperoo,   Baby Jogger City Mini, Diaper genie, Rock n Play sleeper, Baby Bjorn, Dr. Brown Bottles, Bumbo seat, Brica Baby in Sight Magical Firefly Auto Mirror, Baby Einstein Take along tunes, Sassy Baby Keys, Sophie the giraffe, Teething toys

This is my concentration face

Likes:  Eating, playing on his playmat, the bumbo seat, taking a bath and splashing in the water, taking walks in the stroller, his lovies that he has to be holding or have on his face when he's sleeping, grabbing onto Layla's fur, grabbing on to his car seat toys, grabbing Mommy's hair and necklaces, grabbing onto anything Mommy or Daddy are holding- such as cups, iphones, pens, etc., loves pulling at the placemat and grabbing wine glass stems or forks,  rolling over and over and over,  putting everything he gets his hands on into his mouth!

Dislikes: Pacifiers and being hungry

Crying: The beginning of teething caused a lot of tears at the end of the month but they were short lived.  In general he is such a happy guy and really only cries when he's very hungry or overly tired, otherwise he never stops smiling. 

- Rolling over and over and over.  He loves to roll himself right off his playmat and try to reach the coffee table.  That has since been pushed out of his way after we watched him try to gnaw on it a few times after reaching it
- Pulling toys closer to himself and passing them from hand to hand
- Turning his head toward noises especially Mommy, Daddy, dog barking, and the TV
- Turning himself around and around in his exersaucer and jumperoo
- Talks all the time and loves to hear himself scream which causes him to laugh and laugh
- Holds onto his bottle with both hands
- 1st Halloween!! 
- Beginning of teething 

 Little Alligator

Non stop rolling

 Social/Visitors: This was such a busy month for Miller!  We attended two first birthday parties and it was so fun to watch him interacting and concentrating on the other babies in the room.   He definitely has FOMO (fear of missing out) and wants to be in the middle of the action! He is also a total ham for the camera and flirt around people- he absolutely loves people and just smiles non stop when anyone talks to him or someone new holds him.  He also got to meet Baby Brendan one of my good friend's son's who is 4 months younger than him- I can't wait until they're bigger and can be buddies!

Postpartum: I have lost all the baby weight I gained plus 2lbs which means since January 2013 I managed to put on 40lbs and lose 42lbs which is so crazy.  The human body really is amazing.  I'm back in all of my old clothes but again not everything fits the same.  I'm not sure how that happens but it does.   Since the weather has gotten sooo cold my exercising has come to halt but I'm planning to join the gym by our house and start using it to help tone back up.  I think a lot of my weight loss has been muscle mass from lack of exercise.  



Friday Five Randoms


Can you believe it's December and that 2013 is almost over?  I know everyone has been saying that this week but 2013 has really flown by for me this year. 

1. Miller's 1st Thanksgiving
Miller's First Thanksgiving was a success!  We had a great time up in PA and he finally got to meet his great grandparents on Kyle's side along with tons of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Traveling with a dog and baby is much harder than just the two of us and I swear it's taken me this whole week to recover from our 4 day trip but it was worth it!

Baby Cole Haan!!

 My big boy loved the high chair!  I think it's time we break ours out 

I can't get over those thighs!

2. Hardwood Floors 
We are putting hardwood floors down through out the whole first floor during our kitchen renovation.  At first we were dead set on dark espresso colored floors but after much research it sounds like those require cleaning every single day and let's be honest- that's not happening around here.   So back to the drawing board we went. 
While up in PA we visited a friend's new condo in Philly and I feel in love with their hardwoods and I think we've found an almost perfect match.

I'm thinking this style will help hide dirt, dust, and scratches that are inevitable with a dog and baby. 

3. Christmas Cards
I'm am so behind this year.  I had all these high hopes of getting a good family photo of us and that has yet to happen so I'm thinking I might just include a mini collage of Miller pictures of the past few months.
Does anyone have a favorite Christmas card site?  In the past I've used Shutterfly but I'm thinking of trying something different this year

4. Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair
Santa will be bringing Miller this chair:

I've been obsessed with these chairs even before I was pregnant so I couldn't wait to buy one for Miller

5. Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam Candle 
I wanted to get a Nest Holiday candle but I'm too nervous to bring Miller into our fancy candle shop because I'm convinced he's going to knock something over so I ran into Bath and Body Works to see if they had anything I liked and this candle is perfect.  It smells just like a fresh cut Christmas tree and the scent isn't too over powering at all. 

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