Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A New Year

A year ago today I found out I was pregnant. I was in total shock but couldn't wait to share the news with Hubs.

As I sit here and type, our little Miss Mary Tilman is napping in her crib. I now understand how time flies. I can't believe I have an almost four month old. I can't believe I am a mom. I can't believe it has already been an year.

While 2014 has brought more joy than I imagined it has also brought a few life lessons:
  •  Be present - The emails, phone calls and social media can wait. They can wait until after bedtime or they can wait until another day. Each day is a new one with new experiences. I don't want to look back and miss a big, or even a small, moment.
  • Quality not Quantity - As I have gotten older I have learned to truly embrace and love good friends. You know those deep meaningful relationships that only grow stronger as times change. I am blessed to have continuing childhood and college friendships that mean so much to me. 
  • Accept Help - My biggest flaw is not accepting help. I don't know how to gracefully say I need help, in both my work and personal life. I will forgo sleep, meals or me time just to get things done. It actually happened last night but I finally realized that asking for help doesn't make me a lesser person, it just makes me human. A cooked meal or a clean house provided by someone else is okay every once in a while and gives me some time to just relax and breathe a little.
  • Do You - As I have gotten older, I have come to know myself and my limitations. I have also learned to be true to myself. No person or situation is worth regretting a change you don't want to make. I believe you have to be at peace with decisions and you can only do that if you are truly you.

Cheers to 2015 and all the exciting things ahead!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Card

When deciding this year's card, it was a no brainer that Mary Tilman would be the focal point. I am so pleased with this year's card, even if it did involve lots of gold handwriting :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mary Tilman: Three Month Update

-And we are late to the game again... MT is now 3.5 months old-

Weight:  No clue. We now go to the doctor every other month and this momma is not able to weigh herself to find out.

Height: Ditto... no clue but long.
Sleep: Sleeping all night! I credit this to Moms on Call and you just being amazing. There are still some nights that we have to go soothe you but you sleep from around 8:15 to sometime in the 6:00 hour. You have been coming out of your swaddle sleep sack which wakes you but I don't think you are ready to wean yet.
Clothes/Diapers: Size 1 diapers still; Moving up in clothes to 3-6 months but still rocking a few 3 month clothes. Length is our problem these days.
Diet: Milk
Favorite Gear: play gym, rattles (aka car keys)
Milestones/Firsts: You celebrated your first holiday (Thanksgiving) and did great! I can definitely say that holidays are much more exciting with you now MT. You are also starting to laugh which is super fun to hear. And to make it even more exciting, you roll from belly to back occasionally. I say this because you perform sometimes and just grunt the rest.
Likes: looking at the dogs, the lights on the Christmas tree, Mommy or Daddy waking you up in the morning, baths, your hands

Dislikes: red lights (wish I could prevent this), the nasal bulb

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I have been a little MIA.... this can be attributed to the craziness of work and life and trying to learn how to manage it all. Here are a few things on my mind.

We took MT to visit Santa and she did great. She even showed us a smile. I did a major mom fail and didn't know you had to get on a waiting list to see Santa at Phipps. I really wasn't thinking about fat, white haired men in October when the reservations open. I was just trying to get a few hours of sleep at that time but I have already put a reminder on next year's calendar. The Santa at another mall sufficed even if he did want to talk forever while he held my child. I kept doing the subtle baby reach in order to get her back.

I finished all my holiday shopping and it was all thanks to coupon codes and free shipping. I purchased everything online and have a big fat check of $71 waiting on me from Ebates. Getting paid to shop really does make up for the whole credit-card-number-getting-stolen-and-now-you-have-to-reset-all-your-accounts.

I am already planning Mary Tilman's baptism brunch and I could be going a bit overboard. It will just be family and a few close friends but it gives this event planner any excuse to go all out.

People ask me all the time how the dogs are managing with a new baby. Winston could truly care less about MT except for when the scary UPS guy comes close to the house. His bodyguard mode comes out in full force and he does not mess around. Winnie on the other hand drives me crazy. She is always there (which is nice sometimes) but will not leave MT's side. I literally have to drag her 59 lb body out of the nursery at night. MT thinks she is funny but the face kisses I do not. They will be built-in playmates for sure.

With all these major sales I have bought me a few things online. These Loft sweaters are so amazing I bought one in every color (Hubs: I used a coupon code). I also love this new sweater (may see this on Christmas day) and this scarf (which is now sold out :( ).