Well, we made it! To over one year of parenthood and no one has died or fainted or even gone to the hospital. I’m not counting Ally’s mucocele because I’m convinced that if we don’t speak of the horrific event we won’t remember it. Ally’s birthday was a big success even though we didn’t throw a big party like Pinterest tells us to. We instead opted for our own photoshoot and smash cake, made by yours truly. Saved money, was more fun, and easier on poor Ally who was out sugared by 5PM.

We’ve made some improvements on our new house, adding open shelving to the kitchen, landscaping to the outside, and ripping out the guts of our entryway closet and re-doing. We’re learning a lot and can’t wait to tackle the “basement” downstairs of our tri level home.

Ally is walking now and exploring the world around her. She expresses herself rather loudly and we’re loving seeing her huge personality grow and become more boisterous every day. She also bites…hard. With her 10 teeth, it’s quite the bite.

Maggie has adjusted very well to her new best friend. They share toys, blankets, and food so what more can a dog ask for?

We’ve been horrible about posting, but that’s pretty much been it. Follow us on Instagram @NormanNest to see all of our photos.

Our journey continues and we promise to try to be better at posting!

It’s been a few months since our last post. We had an almost month long visit back to Minnesota where we got to see lots of family and friends. Boy was it great to be back in the land of 10,000 lakes! However, after 3.5 weeks of being on the road with a baby and a dog, we were ready to come home. It’s weird to think of here as home, but here we are!

Ally is 10 months old and crawling around and getting into all kinds of things. She hasn’t quite figured out how to open things, but she finds the TINIEST little bits in the carpet and then eats them. So it’s great incentive to vacuum regularly. **Sigh**

Maggie just went through her own trial. I think I’ll make that a second post soon. Poor little puppy dog. She’s OK now though, all safe and sound!

We are knee deep into our table building project. Yes, Nick and I decided to build a table. Nick actually is doing the building and sanding and then I’ll do the painting and staining. So far, it looks WONDERFUL. All for $150. The DIY posts of “build a table for under $50” are lies. But, $150 is definitely better than the $1,000 price tag that was on the table I had my eye on.

Nick will probably want to build all kinds of things, so watch out world, here he comes with his Kreg jig in tow!

I’m still organizing, cleaning, re-organizing, re-cleaning and trying to get us truly settled. It’s difficult because every time I clear an area, it seems that another project just pops up. So far, we’ve build a fence, re-insulated the attic and crawlspace, had a window replaced and we’ve owned this house for 5 months. Yuck. Hopefully the projects will be done soon!

 

 

I realize it’s been awhile since our last update. We’ll try to do better!

We’re now in our new home in PA. I can’t say we’re moved in and unpacked and settled, but our belongings are indeed within the walls of a home. We’re making progress, although it’s been difficult with a baby and a dog and no fence. family_fall_2016

Fence is being installed in a few weeks, but we think teeth are on the move with Ally. She also has discovered volume when it comes to making sounds with her mouth so that’s a lot of fun. It’s a good thing Nick sells ear plugs for a living.

Nick has settled into his job for the most part.  Balancing home life and work life with two parents home officing has been a challenge to say the least, but we’re figuring it out.

We bought a smaller home here and while that comes with its own set of blessings we are finding the need to be creative with storage. You’ll see some of our solutions as we go along and we’ll post our progress. I do love a good purge and we’ve already dropped a carload of stuff to the Goodwill.

We did purchase a new Leesa mattress and I have to say, it’s amazing. The cost, the quality, the mattress itself all made it well worth the leap of faith to buy a mattress off the internet. If you need a good mattress, look no further than the Leesa. I don’t know how I spent my entire pregnancy without it. I woke up this morning and aside from a post election day headache, I felt great! 

Our next projects include finishing the unpacking, proper curtain hanging (tip- 3M hooks do NOT work well as a permanent solution), organizing the storage unit, and then adding some character to this house! Stay tuned…

Our normally sweet and sunny baby recently went through her first cold, coupled with a newly developed intolerance for every bottle we owned and her formula. It took us 2 weeks to figure everything out! We ordered new bottles, bought the entire cold section at Buy Buy Baby, and finally switched from Enfamil Newborn to Enfamil GentleEase. We aren’t entirely sure which one was the cure, our guess is all of it together, but we finally have our perfect baby back! Knock on wood…

Tummy time is also going well, she has all kinds of tummy time devices.  We’re stocking up on baby toys marked 3+ months.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 3 months. Time flies when you’re suctioning noses and feeding a baby in a hot steamy bathroom!

We can’t believe one month has gone by since Ally has graced us with her presence. She’s truly a gift. She’s discovered her mobile above her bounceroo- (Nick loves everything made by the 4moms company).  She eats pretty well, and sleeps great at night only waking up twice! Last night she went 4 hours in between feeds, so hopefully by month 2 she’ll be sleeping mostly through the night. **knocks on wood*

She is doing really well at lifting her head, it’s amazing how much she’s transformed in just one month. Her little personality is starting to show, and it’s so much fun interacting with her.

Grandma Wilson has been a lifesaver, coming down almost every week for a few days to help out so Christina can sleep. We’re not sure what we would have done without her.

Grandpa Wilson met Ally this week too, we think they will get along just great.

Ally also loves Grandpa Norman a lot, they’re pretty good snuggle buddies.  Ally can’t wait to get out on the lake, but we think we’ll hold off on that for a little bit…just for now. 🙂

 

On April 4, Ally decided to make her appearance, 2 days before her due date! She is now 2 weeks old and is overall a pretty good little baby.  We’re adjusting to life with a newborn and even Maggie has had to make some changes.  Ally likes to sleep and eat and be held, just like every other newborn baby out there. Last week she had her newborn photo shoot, and we’re excited to share those pictures next week when we get them from the photographer.

Christina is doing well, recovery hasn’t been the easiest, but Grandma Wilson has been helping a lot and Nick has been a rockstar dad.

Ally is working on holding up her head, and she can for just a few seconds.  We think she just had her first growth spurt, or at least is in the middle of one.  We’re taking pictures like crazy, what on earth did people do before smart phones? Speaking of which, Maggie knocked mine into the bathtub yesterday, so it’s now been sealed in a bag of rice for the next 48 hours. I’ll let everyone know how that turns out.

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