Claire is Six Months!


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Ok, these just might be my favorite pictures ever!  She is such a little snuggle muffin!  And I mean snuggle muffin.  It is literally her most favorite thing to do.  There was a good run there where the only time she was at peace between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. was snug in my arms.  Which, when you are working full time is a little tricky, but gah she’s cute and she wasn’t too cranky unless you dared to try and put her back in her crib.  The last month was one big guessing game, as is par for the course around this time.  Not sure if she was teething, it was the acid reflux, or a mixture of the two, but I think we slept a grand total of 10 hours the whole month.

However, I am not lying when I say she is pretty much the sweetest.  During the day she is as happy as can be, until she’s tired and then sleep is just a bit tricky.  But even if she sneaks in a 20 minute nap, she’s good!
She’s on soy formula and solids three times a day–she’s shaping up to be our good eater!  We don’t go in for her 6 month until Dec. 18th so that we can take her at the same time as E’s two year so I’m not quite sure what she weighs, but she is smaller weight-wise than E was at this point, but I think she is longer?
She takes full baths with her big sister now and she actually plays and splashes E!

She can mostly scoot to where she wants to go and I have a feeling crawling and pulling herself up isn’t too far off!
Our dimply little girl is SIX MONTHS!!  We love you Claire!

For comparison sake, here is E at 6 Months!

Plus a look back at Claire
Claire is One Month!
Claire is Two Months!
Claire is Three Months!
Claire is Four Months!
Claire is Five Months!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


The Gift of Goldfish!


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Oh my goodness–how has it already been another four weeks of lessons at Goldfish?!  I am telling you, time is flying!!  Everytime I post an update, I look back at all of the old updates and I am just in awe of how much our little one has changed and grown over these last few months.
First lesson
Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {2}!
Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {3}!
Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {4}!
Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {5}!
That first lesson was absolutely terrifying.  I really thought I was going to die of embarrassment.  And now I see other littles at their first lesson and I salute to that mama in solidarity.  Most kids are just fine at their first lesson–I think it depends on a lot of factors; time of day, temperament of your kiddo, your uncomfortableness at being in a swimsuit in December, etc…
But truly, from screaming and only consoled by the demonstration baby to waving her little ribbon at me and saying “MAMA CHEEEEEEEESE!!!” because she wanted me to take her picture is probably one of my favorite milestones for her.  She was so proud and my heart just shattered into a million pieces.

Over the last two years, my favorite thing to do is get out and explore and do things with my kiddos.  I love seeing them experience new things, meeting people, getting out there and seeing what this world has in store for them.  This year for the holidays, I am hoping to snag up a few deals to get out and do this year.

This year, Goldfish is offering the gift of experience for a serious deal.  For only $205, you get everything listed below:

$193 Family Credit at Goldfish Swim School
2 Family Swim Passes at Goldfish Swim School
Bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes
2 Kids Meals from Texas Roadhouse – Polaris
2 Child Admission Passes to ZipZone Outdoor Adventures Kids Park
1 Large One-Topping Pizza from Jets Pizza
1 Jar of Pure Peanut Butter from Crazy Richard’s
1 Preview Class at Gymboree Play & Music
1Half Dozen Donuts from Duck Donuts
1- 5 oz cup from Menchie’s
2- 30 Minute Passes to Sky Zone
1 Child’s Nail Polish from Sweet & Sassy
1 Philly Sandwich from Charleys Philly Steaks
2 Ice Skate Rentals from The Chiller
1 Kids Meal from Matt The Miller’s Tavern
1 $50 Gift Certificate from Aaron Taylor Photography
3- Two Hour Play Passes to Recreations Outlet
2 Adult Admission Tickets to the Arnold SportsWorld Expo for Kids & Teens
1 Class at Barre3 in Powell
1 Attraction Pass to Magic Mountain Fun Center

The basket is sold for $205 and the value is well over $500, and it can be purchased at Goldfish Swim School in Dublin or Westerville.

What are some things you have given your kiddos that are more experience based vs. material gifts?  Any deals you know of in Columbus?  Like I said, we love to get out of the house!

Hope you are all having a great week!! Stay tuned for a SIX MONTH Claire update happening soon!!

*This post was sponsored by Goldfish, but all opinions, as always, are my own!

Claire is 5 Months!


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Well, this is just about in time for her to turn 6 months, but better late than never right?  I seriously cannot believe that she is almost halfway to a year.  We have mostly got this little chickadee figured out.  It only involves a steady regimen of gripe water, acid reflux meds, gas drops, soy formula, and lots of bouncing and cuddles.  BUT this month we started solids (we got the ok from the pediatrician to start early!) and it is really the only thing that seems to settle her with any real consistency.  YAY!!!  She loves peas, corn, and green beans!  She has also started sitting upright on her own which has helped with the acid reflux I think!  She now sleeps from about 7:30 (we lay her down awake) until about 3.  She eats and then goes back to sleep until we have to wake her around 6.  This is a drastic and I mean DRASTIC improvement from the last four months.  We’re talking up every 20 minutes or less all night long for about 4 weeks in a row.

All the lack of sleep aside, this girly is the best cuddler ever.  Some nights believe it or not, I would jump out of bed because I couldn’t wait to cuddle her.  She calmed almost immediately when I went in to get her.  Her and I have super bonded and I pretty much live to see her one little cheek dimple.

She plays and is pretty independent now that she sits up.  She loves to watch her big sister and will let you know pretty much immediately when she is happy or mad.

Claire, you keep us busy, but boy we wouldn’t have it any other way!
We love you!
And in case you want to compare–here’s E at Five Months!

Lessons at Goldfish Swim School {5}!


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Oh my gosh you guys.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that we’ve picked up Monday night swim lessons.  We loved our Saturday slot, but life gets in the way and we just couldn’t make weekends happen anymore.  BUT.  The best part about Goldfish is that they are literally the nicest about canceling.  Trust me, I know.  Between having a newborn and a wily toddler, taking on a new position at school, and the busyness of fall, I have made more than my fair share of “we aren’t going to make it today” phone calls to Goldfish.  The best part is that all you have to do is call, even one minute before your lesson starts and cancel if you cannot make it.  Once the lesson passes, you get a credit for a makeup.  You can then use that makeup for another class or for family swim time!  And they are seriously so nice and answer on like the second ring.

Since the last lesson, E has picked up quite the vocabulary.  She now says 2-3 word sentences and we are loving all she has to say about the “poo”.  But, I’m also very glad that I am behind the glass while she’s chatting to the instructors about how “dad in poo”.  So awkward, that toddler language.  She loves her time in the pool and we now have a hard time getting her out, which is a far cry from her first lesson (she’s so little!).

I just love how far she has come from 13 months to 22 months at Goldfish.  She freely goes to the instructor, splashes said instructor when it is absolutely not appropriate, refuses to go on her back, plops up on the ledge, readily jumps back in, and just giggles the whole time.
I’d say that’s a pretty solid way to spend a Monday night.  Now, we just need to get sissy started!!


*This post was sponsored by Goldfish, but all opinions, as always, are my own!

Soothing with Desitin!


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Happy Friday, friends!  This week has been a little rough for this family.  E has a stomach bug and Claire might have the same?  Or teeth?  Hard to tell when they are this little!  But one thing is for sure…they are both in need of a little relief in the diaper area.  We started using Desitin Rapid Relief Cream as soon as the girls started getting sick this week.  It made a huge difference.  Slather it on thick and at every diaper change, especially when the kiddos start to get sick!

Does anyone else use this cream?  What other remedies do you have to help soothe the little ones when they are upset?  For more information on the Rapid Relief Cream and how to prevent a diaper rash, visit here!

Hope you all have a great weekend!