Garrity May – 7 Months (September 27th 2014)

Better late than never right?  We’ll rewind just a couple weeks to when my baby girl turned 7 months!

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Ok, I’ve got a ton of pictures to share this month so lets get to the details…as far as weight, I’m not quite sure.  At 6 months she was 15.6 and then we went to the dr’s office a couple of times and her weight didn’t quite make sense because sometimes she had clothes and a diaper and sometimes she didn’t  but either way, Garrity is little and isn’t gaining a ton of weight which does make me super nervous but the doctor doesn’t seem concerned.  I’ll probably put her weight at around 15.10 which is lower than normal.  She’s been gaining about a pound a month and she definitely didn’t hit that this time. Don’t know any length or head but I know her pink hat she wore all summer is too small and she was getting too long for most of her 6 month jammies.

Speaking of clothes, at 7 months she was still pretty consistently in 6 months clothes.  Definitely 6 month in tops but started to move into 9 month bottoms.  Girlfriend has a booty.  She’s also in size 3 diapers and has no teeth yet.

She hit a couple big milestones this month – the 1st being starting daycare which was rough on all of us.  I hate that I have to send her to daycare.  Hate it with every bone in my body.  I wish I could be a stay at home/work at home mom but I can’t so daycare it is.  We have looked at nannies but they’re so much more expensive than daycare (which is $1400 a month!!) so we really didn’t go down that route.  She’s at daycare on campus which is the major benefit to me.  I go over every day at lunch and hang out with her which I wouldn’t get to do if she had a nanny.  She has 9 kids in her class, 2 lead teachers and 2 associate teachers.  The adjustment to daycare has been pretty rough on all of us which napping being the worst.  She just can’t seem to nap at daycare.  Also, this 1st month she only went part time since I only working part time and I’m so glad we could transition her in. She does have some great teachers and I think she really likes them.



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And thanks to daycare, Garrity got her first cold and it was awful!!  I don’t know if I’ll ever forget what it was like to just hold her in my arms and see her in so much pain.  Couldn’t breathe, had a fever…all she wanted was me and I’m so thankful I could be there to help her.  The worst was at night.  The only way she’d sleep was in my arms or in the Ergo 360 so I really didn’t get much sleep.  The morning after Sunny and Andy’s wedding (when Chris and I were suppose to have our 1st night away) I was up at about 5am with her in the ergo outside in the porch swing because that was the only way she could get some rest.  Garrity was basically sick the entire month.  It was awful.  It was like the never ending cold/cough.  I felt so bad for her.  And with her being sick, Chris and I both got sick although I got way worse than he did.  It was awful.  I think I had a never ending cold too.  We were all sick the entire month of September.  In fact, that’s probably what I’m going to remember the month as…sick fest.

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Other notable things that happened this month…Chris went to Asia for two weeks for work.  It was crazy.  I have a whole new respect for single moms.  Those two weeks were exhausting but luckily my mom came down a few days to help and I went over to the beach for a few days to get help from Chris’ parents. We all made it through though!

The most exciting thing to happen this month was food!  We gave Garrity her first bites of food on her 6th month birthday and have been introducing more food every since.  Her first bites were of avocado that I blended up in the vitamix.  Next was carrots then sweet potatoes then bananas then mangos then peas.  She hate peas and tolerates everything else.  I wouldn’t say she loved any foods she tried this month.  I think it’s the texture of them but it’s been so fun to watch her explore all these new tastes.  We started her out in her little chair on the counter.  My mom was here for the big day too which was fun.  So glad she gets to be around for these big firsts.

This is the moment she took her 1st bites, the rest are some other early food days.  There is also a video of her 1st day of eating below.



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When Chris was in Asia we took a trip to Gearhart.  This was such a fun weekend.  I was still working part time so I went down on Wednesday night and stayed through Saturday.  We also celebrated our anniversary.  It sucked that Chris was gone but at least I got to be in Gearhart.  We went out to dinner at Pacific Way and then stopped by the barn where we got married.  The owner of the barn was there and came out to meet Garrity.  It was great to re-live that day with her.  Also, the weather that weekend was incredible (just like our wedding weekend).  Like 80 at the beach!  I also went on our first walk/jog in the Bob.

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Here are a couple of family photos before Chris left for Asia.


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And a just for fun photoshoot

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Bedtime stories with dad (Peter Rabbit brought back by Chuck & Karen from England).


More fun with dad before he went to Asia.


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A bit out of order but Labor Day weekend we went to Bend.  We rented a house with Craig, Julia, Brian and his lady.  We saw Randi and Billy and did all our typical Bend things like paddle board and hit up breweries.  Garrity was awesome and really, besides being home by 8pm this weekend wasn’t any different than weekends in the past. Love that we have such an easy going girl.

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Sunny and Andy’s wedding.  You can’t tell from the photo but Garrity and I were super sick.  My mom came to watch her.

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We bought her 1st high chair!  I put it together all by myself when Chris was in Asia.  Also, that is what a house looks like when I am all by myself.  Don’t worry, I cleaned it all up after she went to bed.

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Just another cute before school picture.  She’s just so adorable.  I can’t stop.


Great Granny Duck came down and we spent an afternoon with her over at Aunt Randi’s.  Love that Garrity gets to know her.

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Did a little shopping.  I think this was Garrity’s 1st time at Nordstroms.  She wasn’t too impressed but one day she will be :)


Dad got back from Asia and when the Beav game.  Garrity and I both got sick that night (I ended up with a 103 degree fever!).

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Took my grandma’s ashes to the Willamette National Cemetery to be with my grandpa.  Even though Garrity never got to meet my grandpa or really know my grandma she would have loved them and they would have adored her.

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Went up to Seattle to celebrate Payton’s birthday and hang out with Great Grandma Pat.  Garrity was also super sick this weekend (so sick that my dad had to run out and get her baby Tylenol).

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Ok, I think that’s 7 months in a nut shell.  This was a tough month.  Maybe the toughest.  The transition to daycare was hard.  Really, really hard.  Probably a lot harder on me than on her.  I never thought I’d want to be a stay at home mom but when you have to leave your baby for 8 hours a day it became pretty clear that I wanted to stay home with her.  We’ve looked at other options but when it comes down to it, nothing pencils out where I could make enough money working at home.  So every day I do the best I can, at being a mom and at being an employee.  And I thank God every day for giving me the ability to go see her at lunch.  That I have a job that allows me to do that.  If I couldn’t see her every day during the day I think leaving her at daycare would be unbearable.  I am dreading the day when it won’t be in her best interest to go see her.  The day when she either gets too upset to see me or even later, the day when she’s having too much fun to want to be with her mama :(

Besides the transition to daycare, this was a great month.  This girl continues to amaze Chris and I.  We’ve heard so many stories from other parents who have a hard time or who wish for parts of their other life back and I can say that those thoughts have never once crossed my mind.  Being Garrity’s mom is the most natural thing for me.  It’s like we click.  It’s just so easy and so good.  And she’s just so much fun.  The smiles on her face light up a room (and my world) and as much as I don’t want her to grow up anymore I can’t wait for the fun that we’ll have together.

I love you so much little girl :)

Love mom :)

Random tidbits + Garlic drops, essential oils, working out & sleep

This is just a totally random post of things happening around the household…

Ear issues: Daycare called Monday and said Garrity’s ear was bright red and it was bothering her so I took her in for an appointment and luckily it’s not a bacterial ear infection but the dr did see some clear fluid in there and said it’s probably related to the cold she’s been battling for an eternity.  She suggested we use garlic oil drops to help clear it up and try to prevent a true bacterial infection from starting.  Apparently Garlic is antimicrobial.  We’re suppose to use the drops for 2 weeks, twice a day to dry them up.  It also means we had to miss swim lessons this week :(  These are the drops we are using.  And now my daughter reeks of garlic.  I was actually nursing her in the middle of the night last night and though I had BO.  Nope, just Garrity’s ears.

Sleep issues: Ever since Chris got home from Asia Garrity will not sleep in her crib.  Prior to his trip, we could lay her down at night, awake in just her jammies and she’d flip on her side or belly and go right to bed.  Ever since he got home, the minute we try to put her in her crib she screams.  Bloody murder.  We’ve tried everything – rocking her, nursing her, binky, lovey, letting her cry it out.  Nothing.  There were a couple nights where we’d let her cry it out for over an hour before finally giving up.  I think it’s partly because she hasn’t felt good, partly getting messed up with Chris left and partly loving the snuggles of both her parents.  She also hasn’t been napping at daycare so the teachers have been great about brainstorming and finally they suggested swaddling her.  Garrity has never been swaddled.  She’s hated it from the day we brought her home.  Not to mention she’s 7 months old and can totally roll over.  But I told daycare to try it and sure enough she started napping.  So last night, I swaddled her up like a little burrito and got her to sleep!  She slept in her own crib from 7pm to 6am for the 1st time in 3 weeks!  Because I’m paranoid of her rolling over though I unswaddled her arms before I went to bed so in case she rolled she’d be fine and she didn’t even wake up when I unswaddled her.  Lets hope things keep up and I can eventually get her out of this swaddle and back in her crib for good.


7 Month photos: We took 7 month photos over the weekend (were suppose to be her 6 month but we’re behind). I can’t wait to get them back!  This is just one our photographer took with her iphone.  How cute is that tutu?


Essential Oils: I finally ordered my Doterra family physician’s kit!  Yesterday my carrier oil and roller balls arrived and I am so excited to become a mad scientist…mixing up all sorts of concoctions to heal us.

Workouts: I worked out 3 times last week and so far this week have done some sort of physical activity 3 days in a row.  Monday I actually ran 1.5 miles to the gym then did an hour pilates reformer workout and then ran back.  Probably my toughest workout in 7 months.  Tuesday I pushed myself to do a 20 min PIYO lower body DVD and last night, I did a Jillian + 20 min on the bike.  If I can get something in tonight it might be my longest streak yet.  Being a full-time working mama is tough enough but trying to also get a workout in every day is darn near impossible.  I use to workout at lunch and while I still could do that, I choose to go see Garrity at daycare during lunch now so my workouts have to happen after she goes to bed.  I’m usually so exhausted by then but I’m trying!  My goal is to get 30 min in a day.  Hopefully if she starts to sleep better in her crib again I can get up before work.

Almost standing: On Tuesday, Garrity pulled herself up for the 1st time.  It was so cute.  Just grabbed on to the drawer and got right up.  She even let go with one hand and was just standing there like a big girl!  I tried to make her do it again for the camera but this was the best I could get.  Pretty soon this girl is going to be a mover.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got.

Any one out there have random stories for me?  Or suggestions on sleep, essential oils or how to workout when you have a baby?


How to get dog diarrhea out of fireplace bricks

Alternate title: the time I stepped in dog poop in my bare feet in my bathroom at 4am.

So apparently Chance wanted in on our sick action and got sick last night/this morning because after I nursed Garrity at 4am I walked into our bathroom (in the dark) to go pee and was confused when I stepped in something wet.  At first I thought maybe the laundry detergent had dripped since it was right by our hamper but when I turned on the light I realized I was so, so wrong.

I had stepped in a giant (as in maybe the biggest pile I’d ever seen) of dog poop.  In my bare feet.  Um sick.  I kind of stood there for a second not knowing what to do.  Our bathroom and my foot was covered in poop and I knew everything had to get cleaned up but I didn’t want to yell too loud because Garrity was in our bed  so I stood at the edge of the closet (where the carpet comes in) and quietly called for Chris a couple times.  Poor guy gets up so confused only to be greeted with poop.

I love my husband so much because while I sat on the edge of the bath and washed my feet over and over and over again, he cleaned up all that poop.  If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

So then we go to bed.  And get up about an hour later and get ready and Garrity is still sleeping so I take the opportunity to pump while Chris is still home.  As I’m pumping,Chris says he smells something in the front room but I still can’t smell anything with my cold so I tell him it’s just the bathroom poop stuck to his upper lip.  He goes back in to get ready and all the sudden comes running out with Chance who has decided to puke in our closet (our brand new carpet mind you).

Again, my wonderful husband (who has a meeting and presentation to get to) cleans up the puke.  Meanwhile I finish pumping and go to get Garrity ready and then Chris finds the source of the smell.  Dog diarrhea.  All over our fireplace bricks.  We have a tiny little wood stove with a ton of red brick surrounding it and out of the whole house, Chance decided to have diarrhea there.  Awesome.  By this point Chris has to leave so lucky me.  I get this job.

I get Garrity changed and lay her on the bed in our room where I hoped she’d fall back to sleep and then I google what to do.  Would you believe that no one else has ever googled how to clean a situation like this?  Lots of info on how to clean dog poop off your driveway, your paver patios, your garage floor…nothing about your fireplace.  So I get some paper towels and try to wipe it down but it was soaked into the brick.  And at this point I start to gag because even though my nose isn’t 100% I can still smell this.  And because we have no bleach or oxi clean which is what I wanted to use, I just got some hot water, dish soap and a scrub brush and went to town.

That’s right, I spent my morning scrubbing dog poop out of bricks.

And I thought having a cold was bad.  Ha!


So much snot

Yes.  Today my post is about snot.  Because snot has seriously taken over my life.  For the past 26 days Garrity, Chris or myself has been covered in snot.  Sometimes it’s Garrity’s snot, sometimes it’s our own snot or sometimes it a mix of it all.  Snot in the nose, on the face, in the chest.  So much snot!!!

I never get sick.  Prior to Garrity going to daycare I think I could count on one hand the amount of times I’d been sick in the past 5 years.  I have always had a great immune system.  Ha Ha.  Joke’s on me.  I knew when Garrity started daycare she was going to get sick but I don’t think I was prepared for this constant sickness.  I though she’d get sick, get over it, get sick again…nope.  She’s been sick every day since the 3rd day she started daycare and I’ve been sick right along with her.  Some days she is slightly less sick than others but they all involve sickness.

We have tried humidifiers, Vicks vapor rub, natural vapor rub, saline nose drops, Elderberry syrup, essential oils in a vaporizer, essential oils on her feet, essential oils on my face, orange juice, echinacea, vitamin D, vitamin C, probiotics…and we are still sick.  This weekend we even had to bust out the Infant Tylenol for her because she was so miserable (note I try to keep the Tylenol reserved for fevers only but baby girl was just miserable).  Even I busted out the grown up Tylenol a few times because I had such bad body aches and I try so hard not to take anything since I’m still nursing.

And on top of all of that, I have lost my NoseFrida!  Not sure if I left it at my parents house or just misplaced it in one of the 37 bags we traveled with but I seriously had a panic attack when I realized I won’t have my trusty tool if Garrity woke up in the middle of the night super congested. I’ve gotten pretty good at what I call “the system” which involves spraying her nose with the saline spray and then sucking her nose with the NoseFrida.



Before having kids I thought it was the grossest thing ever.  You want me to suck snot out of my kids nose?  But now I actually get excited when I can get a bunch of snot out of her nose.  The more snot the better! Garrity hates it.  Screams bloody murder.  Chris holds her arms and head while I suck (when he was gone I had to hold her down with my legs…quite the scene).  But the thing works!  And tonight I can’t wait to get to Target to get a new one.  This thing my even be my number one baby essential. Seriously, if you are a mom and you don’t have this you will regret it.

And now besides the snotting, we are coughing.  So much coughing.  Poor Garrity has these massive coughing fits at night and it breaks my heart to hear this poor little girl trying desperately to catch her breath.  I hate it.  Hate it.

We’ve gone to the dr twice in the past month to check out ears/lungs and so far everything has come back clear.  I might give her a couple more days of this cough and then take her in again.  I’m so freaked out about the enterovirus (which now causes paralysis!!) that I’m watching her like a hawk for any major breathing difficulties.

And now I’m rambling with no real point to this post other than to say, being sick sucks and having to watch your little girl be sick sucks even more.  Also my face is killing me from sinus pressure and i can’t type anymore.

Any mama’s out there with sickness tips?  I think I’m going to go all in on the essential oils and become that crazy vodoo lady who starts offering up weird oils as a cure for anything but I figure it can’t hurt.

Ok that’s it for now.  And because you don’t want to see pictures of Garrity and her snot, how about a few from the weekend.  We were up in Seattle celebrating Aunt Payton’s 13th bday and the only thing that seemed to make my poor little sickie happy was this balloon.

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