18 December 2010

daddy-daughter date.

Last night Chase took Annabelle on their first daddy-daughter date. I had previously thought of this as an event to help promote the bond between daddy and daughter... now I realize it also has another purpose. To give Mom a break!!

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law wrote this for her facebook status, "has a question for mothers with young children. What is the longest time period you have been alone in your own house since your children were born? I'm just curious if I am an anomaly."  I responded that I had never been alone at my house since my baby was born! Hah. Mind you, it's only been 7 weeks now and I have had breaks, just no breaks in my own home.

Back to tonight, I prompted Chase to invite his little baby girl out with him for the evening. He was excited and nervous. This would be his first outing alone with Baby. I helped him pack the diaper bag and sent them on their way... of course taking a couple pictures first.

Chase took Annabelle shopping for their date. Annabelle loves to go on rides in her stroller and the mall is a perfect place for walking when it's cold outside. Chase is adorable as a dad. I can just imagine how great he looked pushing the stroller, diaper bag in hand... shopping. {he even came home with some new clothes for baby}

Sadly{for all of us} while they were gone, I flooded the basement doing laundry and had to call Chase to come home early. I nursed Annabelle while he was wet-vac-ing up the mess and afterwards I took some pictures of them playing in her room together. Chase is seriously so cute with Annabelle. He loves playing and interacting with her. {notice the photo below, she's holding her toy!}

Annabelle is getting much more interactive too. She smiles and has seemed to laugh a couple times. Her eyes zoom around and she will make eye contact now. Her hands are always moving and she's learning how to grab things too... it's just hard to capture these moments on film.

She's growing up so fast!! I can't believe she's almost 2 months old already!!! She's so much fun. Below is her about to smile...
Xoxo, Brittany

ps: this morning chase let me sleep from 7am to noon. when i woke up he had scrubbed the bathroom, kitchen, mopped the upstairs floors and tidied the house. all while taking care of our baby... amazing!

17 December 2010

home update.

When we bought our house, there was a big unfinished room with the washer and dryer, an old nasty shower and a big hole in the ground. We planned to finish this room into a nice laundry room and bathroom. I thought it was going to be one of those "one day..." projects. Turns out Chase was very excited to start this project- he started last week!!

I wish I got a before, before picture.  Before Chase ripped out the shower and before he started framing the room, but I didn't- so here is the after, before pictures. The second set of pictures below is after the plumber came and fixed all our plumbing. {and after Chase had put up the drywall in the laundry room and framed the shower.} Our home wasn't originally meant to have a bathroom in the basement or anything that needed a drain really... but with the new pump he installed, we will be set. You can't see in the photo, but he also put in the lines for a toilet and the sink against the wall on the right.

I'm really proud of my hubby for being so motivated. He has a landscaping/ snow removal business so, in the winter, if it's not snowing {or he's not plowing}, he's got a lot of free time. He spends this time improving our home... and helping me with Annabelle. I greatly appreciate both.

Thank you Chase!! I love you a lot.
Xoxo, Brittany.

ps: i told chase he had to take the next two weeks off from working on our home so we could have a lot of christmas fun... but i look forward to him finishing the project in the new year.

pps: what's a blog post without a picture of my baby? here i am with her during her second tub bath ever:

08 December 2010

On Target.

Today I spent the day shopping with my mom and sister and her kids and obviously with my baby Annabelle. We went to Target, Walmart, Costco & Michaels. It was very fun and I got lots of my Christmas shopping done- which I previously hadn't even started!! I'm excited to start wrapping everything. I love giving gifts! Don't get me wrong, I also love receiving gifts! :)

I don't really have any gifts for my baby. My 6 week old baby girl. She will be 2 months old, shy a day, on Christmas Day. Obviously she will not know what this joyous holiday is yet. Plus, we just spent big bucks on her... And everything she has is brand new!!
Did you buy or do you think you would buy your brand new baby Christmas presents?

She was a very good baby for most the day. The only time she really cried for no reason was when we were in the checkout line at Target. I was in one line, my mom was in another and Brooklyn was in yet, another. Brooklyn's cart had my sleeping baby in it {as well as her two restless children in it.} I looked over and saw the lady in front of her tell her that her baby was crying. Ha. Oops! I ran over and heard her little cry. It's so quiet and tiny. I tried to calm her with her soother, but then I had to go back to my stuff because it was my turn in the line! I hoped Baby would be fine. Aparently not, because next thing I saw was my mom taking Annabelle out of her car seat and bringing baby into her checkout line. I guess I need to keep her with me so we don't a scene like that again...

At Target I had to change my little one, so I used a cart. Here's the photo evidence:

Ain't she a doll? Xoxo, Brittany.

02 December 2010

iTouch update.

Hi. My laptop won't connect to the Internet. It's really frustrating. I'm constantly having to use my iPod touch to do anything online- which is kinda tricky cause it's so small. And I don't think I can upload photos with it. Never tried, but I don't have any on here anyway. Perhaps before I finish publishing this I'll run down the stairs and upload from Chase's desktop.

My baby is a doll. She is really a good baby. She only fusses at the appropriate times, like when she's hungry, dirty, tired or something of the sort. And thank goodness for a good baby! I'm barely hanging on and so I can't imagine a bad baby. Haha, like collic-y or something. Yikes.

annabelle being held by her mom during her first bath.

I really almost lost it during that last big snow storm. Chase was gone for 34 hours and lucky me... I was stuck in my house with the baby the whole time. Near hour 30 of going at it alone, Brooklyn came over and installed some sanity back in me. Financially, we were grateful for that storm {chase plows snow, if you didn't know} but I really hope we don't have another one that long this winter.

Enough complaining. My baby is amazing and adorable!! I simply love her to bits. Her sweet little round head and pretty big eyes. The other day she had her first tub bath. {the last if her umbilical cord only fell off on thanksgiving}. I loved bathing her. She was so cute and squirmy and little and warm. Babies are priceless.
annabelle being held by her daddy during her first bath.

I love holding her and watching her face as she falls asleep and as she's waking up and as she's eating and as she's wide awake and as she's fast asleep. Okay I always love watching her!!

Xoxo, Brittany
ps: i guess we're going out so I'll try to do the pictures tomorrow. update: as you can see, i did upload some pictures!