The Top 5 Songs I’m Listening to Now

The Top 5 Songs I’m Listening to Now

I have always had eclectic taste in music. Once I got an iPod (now an iPhone), it was REALLY evident when I would shuffle or check my “most played” lists. There would be many genres represented.

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I wanted to share 5 songs that I’m loving right now. Some Christian music, some hip hop, some musicals, some pop. Here we go…

  1. I Got Saved by Selah. The words make me cry and their harmony is unbelievable.

2. Say Yes to This by Jill Scott on the Hamilton Mixtape. VERY different from above, but a soulful re-do on a song from Hamilton. Jill Scott’s voice is like velvet.

3. Divine Exchange by Charity Gayle.  I heard this on a Selah livestream and it blew me away. Another one that gives me goosebumps and brings tears.

4. A Lovely Night from La La Land. Just so catchy. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren’t like Grammy award winning singers or anything, but I like it. And it sounds sort of like old Hollywood.

5. My Shot from the Hamilton Mixtape.  I think I’ve shared this before, but this is literally my 4 month old’s favorite song. It will calm her down when she starts to fuss, so this is on my top 5 most played list for sure. It’s catchy.


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Valentine’s Then and Now

Valentine’s Then and Now

My bloggy friend Jessica did something similar and I liked it. So here we go…

We’ve had some fun Valentine memories over the years. Fun dates to Movie Lounge with friends, leaving love notes all around the house, and fancy dates – but I want to remember our very first Valentine’s day together.

Back in 2008, Tyler and I had only been officially dating for a couple months.

We were in college, so there wasn’t a huge budget for fancy dates. He took me 45 minutes away to “town” to have dinner at Red Lobster. While we were in the parking lot, an old lady pulling into her parking spot hit his car! She didn’t really do any damage, so he let her pretend like she didn’t hit him. She never even noticed we were still in the car, much less that she hit anything!

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Tyler bought me a High School Musical balloon. I joke that even back then, he knew the way to my heart: musicals and cheese biscuits.

This year, Valentine’s day looked quite different.

A work day. I had a dentist appointment at lunch, and Tyler was working overtime until 9:30 pm.

But he got 15 minutes at lunch, so I snuck out just before my dentist appointment and we grabbed lunch together at Taco Bell! ha!

While I was at the dentist, he left a card and flowers for me on my desk.

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After work, I picked up cupcakes for him to enjoy when he got home.

He worked late, I spent the evening with Remi…and once she went to sleep I took a bath and went to bed early.

Life looks a lot different. It’s not spontaneous and crazy and fancy. But it’s perfect.


Week 18 Highlights

Week 18 Highlights

Week 18 in your little life. She’s growing, changing and learning so much!

First off, I love that she matched her blanket. Second, she’s reaching for things during tummy time! Such a fun milestone!

A little naptime in the car seat while we were helping mom with D-Now. I love those baby thigh rolls. 

We got to start solids! (Please no lectures on why you should wait until 6 months. We’ve talked with our doctor, done our research and this is right for us).She LOVES eating. It came naturally and she isn’t even doing much of the tongue thrusting/spitting out (which is why I knew she was ready!).  

We had her 4 month checkup. She did well! All smiles until shots, then she cried for a minute. Shots didn’t even slow this girl down. That afternoon and the next day she was fine.

I loved her outfit the other day! Mom brought her to me at lunch and she looked so pretty in purple. And that smile. I mean, come on!

She fell asleep in the stroller for the first time! Sweet girl!

Loving these warm February days! Daddy is a great stroller pusher up the hills. 

She loves flying around. Grammy was available for a private flight one afternoon. 

The funniest was Sunday after church. Her bow was just too heavy for her nap. 

Such a fun week together. I just love being her mama! So much fun!

Four Months Old

Four Months Old

I can’t believe she is 4 months old! So many changes in this last month.

We had her 4 month well-baby checkup. She’s 14 lbs, 3 oz and 24.5 inches. She was 30th percentile for height and weight before, and now she’s 50th for both. She’s still wearing size 1 diapers (we will move up when this box is empty) and still 0-3 clothing. A few of the smaller 3-6 things fit, but most are still too big. My petite baby girl!

She is still eating 4 ounces every 3-4 hours during the day. She just won’t take a much bigger bottle. I’ve offered a 6 ouncer, and she will take 5 and stop. Her tummy just isn’t big, I guess.

The last couple of weeks we’ve been in the thick of the 4 month sleep regression, which has been tough on mama and daddy, but she seems fine with the broken sleep. She also clearly started teething! She’s been hand chewing and drooly, but we added some other symptoms including a stuffy nose and tummy issues. All of that combined to a girl who isn’t quite as settled at night as she had been. But sleep is returning to somewhat normal, so I’m thankful!

I keep feeling in her mouth, but no teeth yet. Her front bottom gums are SO swollen and you can feel the tooth. I think it’s on the horizon, though.

Her favorite toys at the moment are her hands, her pony and baby doll, and rattles she can hold.

She’s talking up a storm. Lots of chatter and squealing. ALL THE TIME. Lord help us when she actually learns to talk! ha!

This month was pretty much a month-long journey through developmental leap #4, but she was in a pretty good mood all the time despite all the changes and learning. She is desiring to sit SO badly, and is happiest when we help her sit or stand. She has spent some time in the jumper and sit-me-up seat and enjoys that. Not quite supporting herself sitting on her own, but very close.

She’s loving sitting in the stroller without the car seat – kicking her feet and looking around during walks.

She has noticed herself in the mirror when we play there. She just smiles at the baby in the mirror. I love it!

She enjoys the brisk air- she smiles so big when we walk around the church campus in the cool evening air, and she LOVED the snow day we had. An outdoor baby, for sure.

She is starting to mimic us. VERY close to saying the “B” sound. Has done it a time or two on accident, but I don’t think it’s happened on purpose yet. She is doing the motion with her lips and sort of motor-boat sounding. She also does her hands like us (or tries) during Itsy Bitsy Spider and Baby Bumblebee sometimes.  She also is trying to clap when we yell “Yay!” It’s very primitive movements, but I can see her little brain making connections all the time.

My favorite time of day is right when I get home from work and we play. She’s a little monkey and loves being upside down, flying around and playing physically. When she fusses, a quick dip upside down or helping her stand up and sit down  usually brings about a smile.

She still enjoys tummy time and is rolling belly to back like a champ. She is trying so hard to roll from back to belly, and we’ve unswaddled her at night because she was so close to rolling. She’s sleeping in the Merlin Sleep Suit which is going ok until she wakes up and plays with her paci! She’s a busy little girl.

She is SO HAPPY. Everyone, even strangers, comment on her happy demeanor. I love her smiles and giggles.

She loves when we read books. Dr. Seuss is her favorite.She also loves music. I take her to choir on Wednesdays with me in the Ergo and she loves it! I hope she’s musical!

She enjoys the dogs being close. When she’s stretching out on our bed in the morning, she loves when they hop up and play around her. They are sweet with her.

Nicknames include Remi Roo, Roo, big girl, punkin head, and bunny.

Remi, I don’t know what we did for fun before you. All we do now is work hard to make you smile and laugh. It’s the best sound in the world. You’re our favorite!