Lucy Meets the Easter Bunny

We took Lucy to have her pictures taken with the Easter bunny yesterday. We actually hadn’t planned on it, but we ended up going to the mall, and when I saw the line of children waiting to sit on the Easter bunny’s lap, I knew I had to have Lucy’s picture taken.

Lucy was super excited as we waited in line. I was so proud because she was the only baby not crying!


When it was our turn, Joe got ready with our camera as I put Lucy on the Easter bunny’s lap and then stepped back so the photographer could take her picture. It wasn’t as quick as I had hoped. First, Lucy sat there and picked at the Easter bunny’s fur.


Then, she decided to show him her jeans. It was like she was thinking, “Oh my gosh, I’m wearing JEANS!!!!! Hey, Mr. Easter Bunny, check out my JEANS!!!!!!” Like she’s never worn her jeans before….


When we finally got her attention away from her jeans, she either stared off to the side or stuck her fingers in her mouth.



Finally, we were able to get one of her looking straight ahead. She wasn’t smiling, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!


At least she didn’t cry!
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Turning 30

My 30th birthday was more painless than I thought it would be, thanks to my awesome husband. My big day was pretty much the same as every other year — a birthday breakfast at Wes-Man’s, a local restaurant (unfortunately, my name didn’t get painted on the famous truck since it rained the day before); work and then my birthday dinner at Provino’s.


When we got home, we had birthday cake.


On Saturday night, we headed to Kennesaw to get a new flash for Joe’s camera and to get Lucy’s 4-month pictures taken — except after leaving Best Buy, Joe headed the *opposite* direction of Olan Mills. That’s because he planned a birthday dinner out with several of our friends since none of my friends were able to get to my party at my parents’ house. That was a lot of fun.

Joe got me an awesome gift — private ballroom dancing lessons! And, in May, we’re going to a ballroom dancing party. I think it will be a lot of fun, despite the fact that I CANNOT dance. 🙂 Lucy gave me a framed picture of us from my birthday breakfast. Awww.

It was a pretty great birthday, mainly because of this little girl:


How can looking at that face not make any day great??

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Small Victories

Lucy has never really been a good napper. She sleeps around 10 hours straight at night, which we are obviously thrilled about, but it’s very difficult to get her to nap during the day, which results in a very cranky baby.

Sometimes, she’ll fall asleep while sitting in her bouncer in the living room, but those naps are pretty short. Yesterday, she fell asleep while I was holding her and napped for 1 1/2 hours, but the moment I put her down, her eyes snapped open.

This morning, she woke up at 6, so when she started rubbing her eyes and showing signs of being sleepy around 7:40, I decided to go ahead and put her in her room and try our luck. She’s at the age now where it’s OK to let her cry it out, and that’s my plan as I try to train her to take naps.

She cried for about two minutes before she was out, and she slept for about two hours. Hooray! She woke up about halfway through and cried for a couple of minutes, but then went back to sleep. It’s a good first step to getting on a good nap schedule, and hopefully she’ll be a bit more cheery today.

This is how I found her when she woke up from her nap.


She moves and grooves even in her sleep!

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Early Birthday Surprise

I was surprised with a birthday party this weekend.

We had plans to go visit my family on Saturday afternoon, but when I woke up that morning I really didn’t feel like going. I was super tired, and I just wanted to try to get a little more sleep and relax. But, Joe was adamant that we go since my mom had some medicine to give him for his migraines.

So, we headed up to Chattanooga. When we pulled into my parents’ driveway, this is what we saw:

surprise party

I was pretty surprised since my birthday isn’t until Friday. It turned out being a family party since none of my friends were able to come, but that’s ok. It was still a lot of fun. Everything was PINK, and there was a gorgeous bouquet of tulips (that I, unfortunately, forgot to take home with me).


Joe told everyone to get me things that I could pamper myself with, so I got some great gifts, including money, and bath and body products. That was nice since everything I’ve done or bought has revolved around Lucy (because why try on clothes when I’m still so much bigger than I used to be when I can buy cute baby clothes??).


My cake was awesome. It was supposed to say “Cady, it is your birthday,” which is from The Office, but the baker must not be a fan of the show, because it said, “Cady, it’s your birthday”. Oh well. The point still got across.


Lucy was definitely the center of attention with two sets of grandparents and one set of great-grandparents in attendance. She was pretty grumpy since she didn’t have a nap, but she eventually fell asleep while Grandpa Al was holding her.


Look at that face!


After Joe’s parents left, Joe, Lucy and I headed to the Imagination Station and Greenway in Collegedale. I had been looking forward to letting Lucy swing in the baby swings, but we hadn’t had a weekend when we’d been up there that wasn’t either cold or rainy. I finally got my chance. I think she liked it.




The Greenway was packed, as it usually is on Saturday afternoons. We didn’t walk the entire length, but it was still nice. We stopped at one point to take some pictures.





It was a fun weekend, and the best part is that I still have four days before I’m out of my 20’s.

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Four Months





Dear Lucy,
It’s hard to believe you’re four months old already. Every time I look at you, I wonder how we got so lucky to be your parents. You have become so much more fun. You now laugh and giggle all the time. You love it when Daddy blows raspberries on your belly and neck, and you laugh even before he does so out of anticipation. You’re such a happy baby — when you get your naps in, that is.

You talk a lot now, and your talking has turned into a screech that reminds us of a pterodactyl, which is now our new nickname for you. It cracks us up. You have such good neck control and can really lift your head up well. And, you stick EVERYTHING in your mouth — your fingers, your taggie, your rattles, your bibs and burp cloths … everything.

I get a little sad that you’re growing up so fast, but I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store for us.

I love you,

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Grocery Deal of the Week

I do my big grocery shopping trips every two weeks to coincide with payday, so I buy two weeks worth of food at a time rather than one week worth as some do. However, in between I hit up the BOGO sales at Publix when I can get really good deals. This was one of those weeks. Since Publix’s sale dates don’t coincide with those of other grocery stores, I don’t think I count them in my weekly totals correctly. What I bought this week probably should be added to my total from my big grocery trip earlier, which would still put me at $80-some for two weeks, which is $40-some a week. Not too shabby.

On to this week’s deals. We were running low on spaghetti and sauce (spaghetti is one of our favorite meals), so when I saw Publix’s BOGO deals this week on Mueller’s pasta and Prego spaghetti sauce, I knew I needed to stock up. I had a $1/3 coupon for the pasta, which made it $0.93 for three boxes, and I had $1/1 coupons for the sauce, which made the jars $0.03 each. Yes, you read that right, THREE CENTS EACH.

So, stock up I did.


That’s 15 boxes of pasta, 10 jars of sauce and three containers of laundry detergent, which was also BOGO and, with my $2/1 coupon, I got them for $0.99 each. The grand total? $11 for what would have cost me $63. It would have only been $9, but I threw in a pack of sponges that we needed. Not bad at all. I might even use a few more of my coupons to get a few more jars of sauce since, you know, I can get them for $0.03 each. Why not stock up now?

I usually take advantage of the Publix sales to add to my stockpile. When I hit the grocery store next week for my bi-monthly big trip, I won’t be spending much at all since the following week is Passover, and there are only two starches Joe can eat. And, since we have *so* much food in our pantry right now, the shopping trip for the following two weeks will be just as light. Hooray!

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