December Happenings

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ah, what a December it's been... Let's start with the fun stuff.

Look at my little Rainbow Brite! She's loved gripping onto toys lately... including Betty, her Christmas doll.

I went back to work on Tuesday, Dec 8 (exactly one year from the day I found out I was pregnant! Life is ironic.). Adam surprised me on Sunday with flowers, a babysitter (thanks, Nonna and Papa) and a night out! We tried a new restaurant on the square, Piastra, followed by our favorite - ice cream! He is the absolute sweetest man in the world, and I can't believe he's mine!

I'm telling ya, this Merlin Magic Suit is life changing. We decided it was time Aiden started sleeping in her crib - I wasn't sleeping great (duh), but I could also tell that she wasn't either. Sunday night was our first official night, and she did great! (She's been sick all week, so I don't know if that has anything to do it.) I'm keeping track of how she does every night (Adam says I'm writing a research paper), and for two nights she's slept 11 hours - waking up only once for a couple hours! Of course, we still make sure she's totally asleep before we put her in the crib. We're not quite ready to let her cry until she falls asleep.

I ordered her a First Christmas ornament from Etsy, and I love how it turned out. May her ornament collection begin!

Merry Christmas, Adam! This tattoo probably deserves a post of its own, which it kinda already does! Check this post out for the meaning behind it...

My gourmet chef (Adam) made us sushi this weekend!

We took family pictures for Dave & Debbie's Anniversary/Christmas on Saturday. Poor Aiden still wasn't feeling great, but she was a trooper. She loves being outside, so it wasn't too torturous for her... we hope.

My loves. (Adam's head is basically the size of her. Hilarious.)

Santa and such

Saturday, December 5, 2015

I can't believe it's already December 5! This is my last official weekend of maternity leave… I go back on Tuesday. Kind of ironic that I go back to work exactly one year to the date from when I found out I was pregnant. DON'T MAKE ME! :(

Moving on to more positive things… look at our big girl! Where did my baby go??

Our poor neglected November babies! This month, Ruthie turned 5 and Hank turned 2.

Aiden and I headed out to Dallas, TX with my mom last week to visit some of the Kiedinger kinfolk. Here we are enjoying some airport dining.

She was a trooper on the plane… like always! (Knock on wood… She has four flights under her belt now.)

We met up with everyone at El Fenix for the intros!

The next morning, Christina and Mimi came by to meet AG.

I wish the lighting was better… look how sweet Aiden looks!

Lunch with Uncle John!

We spent a good bit of time hanging out on the floor… There's not much to do at GG's.


 She enjoyed being naked and rolling around with her lovey. Oh, to be a baby.

We got back on Thursday night, and then had plans to meet up with Lindsay and Linda for lunch on Friday. Aiden was in such a content mood, and it was so fun for everyone to finally meet! (Quite the week of meetings for Aiden.)

We headed up to Avalon this morning with Meagan, Nathan and Jude to meet Santa! My mom won a Santa package at the Give Me Five auction back in August… before Aiden was even here!

We also took our Christmas Card picture… the lighting was fabulous, if I may say so myself.

This totally would have been our Christmas card if SOMEONE didn't look so silly.

Love this family of mine.

SANTA!!! This guy was great and I really loved our experience. (Of course, we did get the "VIP Treatment", but I'm sure it's just as great normally.)

They definitely look related here!

Sweet love.

Hahaha, I love it! Poor Jude. I'm sure Aiden will do the same thing next year!

We also finished decorating for Christmas today… this time of year is 10x more fun with Aiden around!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

We have so much to be thankful for. It's crazy that last Thanksgiving our sweet love wasn't even a thought, and this year… here she is!

Uncle Mitch came in town for the holiday. It's the first time he's seen Aiden since she was three days old… quite a difference! We went to dinner with his girlfriend's family on Monday night, and they were great!

All decked out for Aunt Kelsey's birthday!

We celebrated at Tea Leaves and Thyme which was adorable and delicious.

Gigi came in town!

We were so sad that we couldn't spend Kelsey's birthday with the Causeys, because Jude was working through his first stomach bug. Poor little guy! Luckily, Aiden had lots of smiles for Aunt Kelsey to cheer her up.

It was so beautiful out on Thanksgiving, so we went for a little family walk to kick off the day. (It was also Ruthie's 5th birthday! But our poor pups are so neglected these days, we didn't even celebrate. Oops.)

I contributed Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Feta to this year's Thanksgiving feast. It was delicious, but I think the first batch I made the weekend before was better.

I am thankful for our new family of three this year.

Evening chats with Gigi and Aunt Kelsey. Sadly the Causeys couldn't make it to Thanksgiving either, because Jude got sick again and Nathan also caught the bug. We were so sad and missed them so much!


On Friday, we headed out to get our Christmas Tree… even though it was about 75 degrees. Of course, this also called for a photo op with the cutest babe of all.

Play time with Aunt Meagan!

Gigi and her Atlanta Greats

She is so close to rolling over! Technically, she did roll over once tonight (Nov 28), but we're not really counting it.

She still sleeps in the bed with us (which I love), but we really need to get her on more of a schedule… and unfortunately Adam and I can't go to sleep at 8pm every night. Nonna bought her this Merlin Sleep Suit as an early Christmas present, and she looks absolutely ridiculous in it! Kind of like the kid from A Christmas Story. However, it seems to be working. It's supposed to help keep her from waking herself up by muffling any startles while she's sleeping, and keeping her secure without being swaddled (which she's never liked). Night one, we got her to sleep right away and she stayed asleep in her crib for the first time! But she woke up about 5 minutes later when her paci fell out. Night two, she once again stayed asleep in her crib and stayed asleep for a solid 20 minutes before she woke up. Progress!

That's a strange way to end this post, so let's end it with this cute picture of my two favorites. Thankful is an understatement.

Aiden: Three Months

Wow, my baby girl is a whole "trimester" old! She gets more beautiful and fun every day and is (typically) such a happy baby!

I can't even handle her! Seriously, the cutest.

Here's what's going on this month….

  • She laughed for the first time on November 1… for Papabear!
  • She made it through her first holiday - Halloween!
  • She finally met Aunt Katie and Uncle Jefe, and the love was mutual.
  • She has a newfound love for the fan. In the mornings, she'll wake up on her own and just smile and chat at the fan.
  • When she's working on a really big, adorable coo - she'll make this adorable face like she's a howling dog. 
  • She found her hands! It's mesmerizing to watch her figure them out. My favorite is when she's concentrating really hard to get her fist in her mouth, and then she misses and hits herself in the face.
  • She's going through this fun phase where she's doing full ballet recitals in her sleep. She'll kick and punch and grunt, all while she's asleep. And lately, she's decided it's fun to tickle my armpits.   Yes, literally tickle my armpits. Needless to say, I'm not getting the best sleep.
  • She still eats about every 3 hours and wakes up every 3 hours to eat, too.
  • She has become quite the drool monster.
  • Her new best friend is her Wubbanub, Fred the Frog.
  • Every once in awhile she'll fall asleep on her own, usually on her Boppy. I have to admit that I love that she usually still needs to cuddle with me (or someone) to fall asleep.
  • She still has a love/hate relationship with the car, but we started putting a sound machine next to her car seat and it's been a total game changer! 
  • I don't want to forget how cute she looks when you wake her up or she's done eating and you pick her up. She gets all scrunched up and then stretches.
  • I also love when I hold her after she's been upset. She lets out this exasperated last whimper and then holds on to me so tight.
Here are some cute videos of her this month!

The love is real, people. I would do anything for this child.

Baby Fun

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's hard to get around to posting on this blog now that my days are consumed with my little love, but thanks to Aunt Kelsey I've been able to knock out a few posts today!

Speaking of Aunt Kelsey, she comes over every Monday to love on Aiden - and Aiden loves her! We love having you come play, Aunt Kelsey! (It's basically the only time I get around to cleaning.)

Look at how much these two love each other.

At the doctor for her two month appointment for shots. Saddest day, ever. It looks like she knew something was up, too.

Girls day out! How cute is she in that hoodie and those boots?

Cheering on the Cowboys for Papa!

Such a little lady.

Papabear and Aiden! She actually laughed for the first time for Papabear on November 1, such a special moment!

Aunt Katie and Uncle Jefe finally made it in town to meet Aiden! It was instant love.

She's still the cutest/snuggliest sleeper, ever.

She loved her first parade on Veteran's Day! It wore her out - she was asleep before I even buckled her back into her stroller.

Couch afternoons with my love!

The face of a baby who just had the most epic blowout. Poop everywhere. On her, on me, on the dresser, in her armpits. It was impressive.

We love her gummy smiles! She is such a happy baby and has become quite talkative in the last couple weeks.

Her new BFF, Fred! She loves this paci, and will cuddle with him when she's really tired. Too cute.

Cuddles with Nonna.

This morning she decided to wake up and be a grown up. Look at her dominating tummy time!

Let's end this post with a (shocking!) picture of someone other than Aiden! The other love of my life, JUDE!