New Space

I have no idea whether or not anyone stops by here anymore, but just in case, this space has moved to A Lot of Things Different. Life is not the same anymore, so this blog just doesn’t seem like the right place to write anymore.


An actual post!

Hello there!

It’s been awhile since I posted something of substance, so I’m going to update you on the goings-on in my busy household since Miles was born!

Life with him is truly such a joy. I was watching him sleep the other night and I thought to myself, “Wow. He really is am amazing little man.”  He’s fit so perfectly into our lives, it’s as if he was meant to be here. Almost as if he’s been here all along, because I certainly can’t recall life without him.

Things to note:

Miles doesn’t cry. I mean, ok, he does cry when he’s hungry, or hot/cold/tired, but never the “I’m-crying-just-to-cry” cry. There hasn’t been a single night in all of his 4 months that I’ve had to struggle to wonder why he won’t stop crying. No pacing the floors rocking him, no putting him on top of the dryer in his car seat to get him to sleep. If he wants something, he fusses and shouts out a few cries, and then that’s it.

He’s been sleeping through the night for weeks now (save for a couple nights here and there where I think his gums were bothering him and he was a little fuss bucket). Our bedtime routine starts around 7:30, when we take a bath, get jammies on, sing a few songs, eat, and then he’s in bed between 8:15 and 8:30. He goes right to sleep and sleeps until I get him up at 6 to eat.  (I should note that he only STTN if he’s swaddled or if he’s sleeping in bed with me. If he’s not swaddled, his hands get cold and he HATES that.)

He is becoming so aware of his surroundings. I love it! He adores Maddie (as I type this, he’s laying next to her on the floor, eyes glued to her as she reads him book after book, his little legs kicking a mile a minute). He’s full of smiles and big stories, and he’s starting laughing this big, adorable laughs that just make my heart feel like it’s going to burst!

He’s growing like a little champ. With Maddie, things were such a struggle. She had health issues from day one (and eventually ended up having her tonsils and adenoids out (adenoids for the second time) and her sinuses enlarged when she was 2, on top of 3 sets of ear tubes) and she didn’t hit 20 pounds until she was over 2 years old (after the surgeries). They were calling it Failure to Thrive because she wasn’t gaining weight. Now, of  course, she’s perfect, but Miles is just the complete opposite of her. He weighed 12 lbs at his 2-month check up and I’m betting he’s at least 15 now (4-month checkup on Tuesday!) And he is LONG! He’s outgrown all of his 3-6 month clothes and is now in 6 -9 (compared to Maddie, who was wearing 3-6 until she was 10 months old). I love his chubby cheeks and rubber-binder thighs!

He is SO ready to roll over. He gets all the way up on his side and almost over, then he gets stuck on that little arm and gets so ticked! It’ll be any day now, I can tell. But I don’t know what he’s going to do once he gets there, because he hates tummy time! He’s still not doing mini-pushups or anything, he just lays there with his head down and gets mad.

Everyone in our house has adjusted well. Maddie adores him, Daddy adores him, he’s just such a beautiful, perfect addition to our family!

Sleepy little man!

Devious grin. And look at that red hair! Ha!

Big boy!

Love those big blue eyes!

Big sister and little brother

She gives him a million kisses a day


3 months!

My little man is three months old today! I really can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. He’s smiling all the time, he tells me big stories, and he’s just such an amazing baby. My heart is bursting with love.

Can’t forget about my little diva!

She’s a perfect big sister.



The ABCs of Me!

Something fun. 🙂

A-AGE: 30! Crazy.

B – BED SIZE: Currently, queen. I would kill for a king bed, but our little house isn’t big enough for that. Maybe when we upgrade in a couple years, we’ll move up to a king.

C-CHORE YOU HATE: Dishes. I hate, hate, HATE doing the dishes. I hate the icky food stuck on the plates, I hate the way my fingers get all wrinkled, and I am allergic to many dish soaps, so the minute I put my hands in the water, I break out in a red rash on my legs and arms. And it ITCHES.

D-DREAM JOB: To stay at home with my kids and write children’s books. I have 3 written already, but I truly have no idea how to go about getting them published.

E-ESSENTIAL START YOUR DAY ITEM: Coffee. Seriously, I am a bear if I don’t have at least one cup.

F-FAVORITE COLOR: Pink. I”m such a girl.

G-GOAL IN LIFE: To give my babies everything they could ever want or need.

H-HEIGHT: 5’7″. I swear I used to be 5’8″ and I’ve shrunk.

I-INSTRUMENTS YOU PLAY: I played the flute in grade school and throughout high school. I was pretty damn good, too. I miss it sometimes.

J-JOB TITLE: Grain Accounting Specialist. Nothing fancy.

K-KIDS:  The Ms! Maddie Rose and Miles Daniel. And Margo Cat.

L-LIVE: Minnesota. Ask me on any other day and I’d tell you I love it, but we just got hit with a major blizzard yesterday that dumped 16 inches of snow after it was just 52* on Thursday. Screw you, Mother Nature.

M-MAJOR IN COLLEGE: Creative Writing.

N-NICKNAMES: I don’t know that I have any true nicknames…my grandma calls me Mandy (she’s the only one who’s allowed) but that’s not really a nickname…

O-OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAYS:  Several times when I was pregnant with Maddie…then when Maddie was born…and then when Miles was born.

P-PET PEEVE: People who mumble on the phone! And people who clip their nails at work. HATE.

Q-QUOTE FROM MOVIE: “I gotta go see about a girl.”


S-SIBLINGS: 1  brother, and soon 1 step-sister and 2 step-brothers.

T-TIME YOU WAKE UP: Miles usually wakes me up around 4 to eat. I sometimes fall back asleep and then get up at 5, but not always.

U-UNDERWEAR: I love underwear! Bright colors are my fave.


W-WHAT MAKES YOU RUN LATE: My kids. It never fails. Miles will spit up on me and I’ll have to change my shirt, or Maddie will spill on her pants and we’ll have to change her.

X-X-RAYS YOU’VE HAD DONE: Teeth. Ankle. Knee.

Y-YUMMY FOOD YOU MAKE: I love to bake! Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies are a big hit with my family.

Z-ZOO, FAVORITE ANIMAL: Exotic cats! Oh, and the meerkats.