Kaylee Smiles

Kaylee has smiled pretty much from birth – she started somewhere in the first week, which really surprised me because everything I read said babies generally start smiling much later. And she loved (and loves!) sticking her tongue out, just like her mommy, hehe.

This video was taken back in early February, when she was 9 days old.

Behold the cuteness! (I’m actually trying to kill you guys with cuteness..)

P.S. Proof she’s my daughter (taken around the same time).

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Kaylee: 6 Months

Hi guys! So, I had every intention of keeping up with this and then I just.. didn’t feel it. Not at all. And then I felt overwhelmed thinking about trying to catch up, so I decided I’m just not going to catch up, not really.

Kaylee turned 6 months old two weeks ago. She is rolling and scooching/army crawling, and she gets around really well this way, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she kept this up for awhile before actually crawling. She laughs and smiles all the time, she’s such a happy baby. She loves when I bite on her belly, she laughs hysterically. She has started noticing the cat and dog about a month or so ago and she really thinks they’re pretty funny, especially loves laying on the floor, kicking at the dog. And of course, she’s the most amazing, beautiful little thing on the entire planet. (And I love that she looks just like me..)

I’m breastfeeding and I intend on going for quite awhile yet, but I’ve started introducing a few solid foods, namely bananas, which she has sorta managed to get into her tummy haha.(These were taken by my husband.)






Every month, I take pictures of Kaylee with her monthly sticker – I do one set on the floor on a blanket, and the other set in the nursery rocker, beside her stuffed zebra. I plan on putting the best of them together at the end of the year (and putting them in the baby book as well), and these are a bunch of them for this month!














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Kaylee Rae

I.. don’t even know where to start, lol! As you probably have figured out by now, I had my baby..

I couldn’t even begin to catch up in this post, so I’m not even going to try, but I guess I will at least announce her.. 🙂

Kaylee Rae Jones
January 24, 2014 at 2:53pm
7 lbs 2 oz, 18.5in

She is so beautiful and amazing in every way and I love her!

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Dreams: My (Future) Daughter

had my first dream ever about this baby girl inside of me! She was about three years old and really cute – I couldn’t see her face in details, but I could tell she had one of those really pretty faces that everytime I see them on another child, I fall in love. She had long-ish brown hair, in pigtails, and it was a little bit curly.

In the dream, she was kidnapped – sort of – we saw her being taken into two guys’ car and very angrily, Sam went racing across a Hobby Lobby parking lot to try to chase them down. Except, they stopped and told us that they weren’t taking her, but rather saw her alone and were trying to help her find her parents.

When she got out of the car, she ran up to Sam, grabbed his hand, and yelled, “Daddy!”

Ack, can this be more sweet – “seeing” my daughter – and having a “Daddy’s girl” moment?

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Pregnancy: January 19th, 2014

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Happy 40 Weeks! Today is my “official” due date, no baby girl yet. I’ve been having a lot of symptoms for over a week now, but nothing substantial enough.

Supposedly she has dropped and has been for a few weeks now, but she looks (and feels) so high in pictures. I think she’s facing my left side, and she keeps pressing really hard with her butt and feet (my poor ribs). I think I just have a short torso, haha.

Sam and I are really ready for her to get here! We have everything prepared as much as you possibly can and have just been kinda trying to relax. We walked the mall today, maybe that will jump start her. 🙂

We also found these really interesting books in Hallmark.

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They’re books that the mom and dad fill out about their own lives – details about their family, schools, growing up, first kiss, that sort of thing, and then you give them to your children so they can know about your history. I thought that was kind of cool.

Alright, moving on, come on Baby!

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Thoughts on Being an ENFJ

[15 Things ENFJs Wish You Knew About Us]

I don’t know how charismatic I am, but other than that, this sounds very much like me.

I think I figured something important out about myself, something others have probably realized very quickly, but I have been very slow about. I’ve often thought of myself as a lot more cold or unfeeling, shy or withdrawn than I really am naturally.

Note in this ENFJ article, a huge focus on close bonding and emotions – I think (know) that it is very possible I haven’t had enough of this in my life to meet my (strong) needs and so through the years I’ve learned to compensate by either withdrawing from others or hiding my thoughts or feelings or trying to put on a “don’t care” attitude – I can even see this attitude when I was a child. (In the article, there is a reference to fight or flight when feeling exposed).

As a result I’ve started a never-ending cycle of not reaching out to people, not investing, not giving any of myself, despite it being very natural for me to jump in quickly and pour on very heavily. The truth is I know how deep and intense and sensitive I can be, but I have tried to hide it.

I can see the evidence of this coming out when I meet someone I really click with and I just kind of jump on them – I probably freak them out, because I get excited, especially if we bond quickly and heavily. I see the evidence in the past on how I’ve responded to all sorts of relationships – it’s very clear to me now how very much I need and seek out people.

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Throwback Thursday: 2003 & Links


Photo from when Sam and I met in person for the first time in November 2003! (We originally met online.) This definitely doesn’t feel over ten years ago.

And some interesting links I’ve come across recently:

Don’t forget to check out the previous blog post if you want to guess when our baby girl will be born. My due date is Sunday (January 19th) so it’s going to be very soon!

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Pregnancy: Baby Girl Pool

I’m kinda late to the game (completely forgot these existed, haha) but, I’d love if you went and participated! Just for fun!


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[just some quick instagram pics.. weeks 38 and 39]

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Pregnancy: 38 Weeks


Sam took this really quickly on Sunday right as it was starting to freezing rain.. figured we better get it just in case I randomly go into labor at any moment now, hehe!

The nursery is painted, but it’s not finished. Everything is actually in the room and accessible, but no decorating has been done (and probably won’t get done before Baby – which is okay because she won’t be sleeping in there for months anyway).

We got our bassinet in our room and eeek, it’s really squeezed in there. [this babyletto bassinet] Luckily, we didn’t have to move the bed over (we thought we would) because there is no way that I could move our king sized bed, it’s very heavy. Sadly, Sam and I have to switch sides of the bed, so I can be beside the bassinet. We’ve tried it out and ugh, it feels so weird. Eww. It’s all wrong and life feels turned all upside-down haha. New baby? Pfft, that will be nothing in comparison to having to sleep on the WRONG side of the bed!

Speaking of horribleness in life.. Never in my life have ever had to do something as difficult as folding baby wash cloths and jersey knit bassinet sheets. This is the stuff of nightmares, folks. The wash clothes curl.. CURL. You need 10 more fingers to be able to fold them. And the fitted sheet? You know how bad adult fitted sheets are, right? Well, this is like 39804904293023 times worse.. something about the jersey knit material, you just cannot fold them without weird lumps and wrinkles in them.. like, you pull one way and it creates new folds, and you pull another and it creates more. It’s PURE EVIL.

I’m going to go ahead and assume that labor will be easy compared to trying to fold those items. 😉 😉

And I’m pretty sure my fingers are way too fat and stupid and lacking of any and all dexterity to fold the baby clothes too.. everything is way too tiny..

My hospital bag is packed and we have mostly all we need (at least everything we need for the first few days). We still have a few things on our registry, mostly two bigger items (swing/bouncer and Ergo carrier) and some cloth diapering stuff (which we’re not going to start immediately anyway). We mostly bought out the rest of the registry this week, with a bunch of little things and the bassinet, but I really want that swing soon!

I’m kind of excited to be giving birth at Holy Spirit Hospital (a Catholic hospital), too, because they seem really fantastic. We took a tour and they have a jacuzzi bath in the rooms (you can use all the way up until delivery), they have adjustable beds for trying out different labor positions, they provide everything you need for your baby (diapers, onesies, etc), they’re very open about your choices and what you want to do (including some of the more interesting things like taking home your placenta), they allow you to eat while laboring – they also provide a kitchen full of snacks, and the Sisters give all new moms a birthcake for their baby (aww!).

My own laboring choices are in the ball park of “I’d like to try that tub out until I give in and beg for an epidural”, but I love the different options – it feels like there is an appropriate mix of medical and non-medical.

It’s soooo soon! Eek! As in it could be pretty much any day now. I actually wrote this post on Sunday ahead of time and for all I know I will go into labor before this is posted, haha. I’m scared and excited and nervous and finally feeling like this is real. I really can’t wait to meet our baby girl, see what she looks like, learn her personality, and of course, find out what we’re going to name her. 😉

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Pregnancy: Family 35 Weeks

Our first family pictures!

Yet again, you’re going to have to yell at me because these are from weeks ago, when I was 35 weeks (I am 38 now!)

And I haven’t edited any of them (which means they’re kinda dark and/or need cropped at the least..) so.. oh well. haha. I just want to get them posted already!





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