Tuesday, August 26, 2014

photo shoots, showers, and CAKE

We had a wonderful weekend (umm...and beginning of week...apparently I'm not such a consistent five-day-a-week-blogger anymore!). We spent lots of time with Matt's siblings (and accompanying in-laws and offspring) who came to visit and meet Millie for the first time!

Millie was super excited to meet her cousin Eliana. Eliana is about two and a half months older and they are going to be best friends! And they are bound to be subject to zillions of photo shoots together, whether they like it or not.

Also, please try to ignore my pedicure-lacking feet in all of these pictures. Don't nobody have time to crop photos these days.

It cracked us up that as soon as we put the girls on the blanket, they both made the exact same pose! Arms up, right leg hitched up...ready for our pictures!

Camilla hasn't yet figured out the art of making non-scary faces for photo shoots. If she ever gets newborn pictures taken, she's going to need to work on this. She has this perpetual "AHHHHH THIS IS SCARY!!! WHAT IS HAPPENING?!??!!" face thing going on.

 My mother-in-law and sisters-in-law hosted my first shower on Sunday afternoon! It was incredibly lovely and tasty and perfect! 

If you are from around Athens, all you need to know is that the cake behind me in the picture is a Cecilia's Spanish Lemon. There are very few things that I would not do for a piece of Cecilia's Spanish Lemon cake.

Right, but anyway, the shower. In addition to having my favorite cake, we were thankful for many supportive and generous friends showing up to meet the lady of the hour (Camilla, obviously...I am merely her carrier). And I really didn't get any other pictures from the shower, sadly...I was busy showing off the babe, opening presents, and stuffing my face with cake. SPANISH LEMON, YALL. I cannot emphasize the cake enough here.

My SIL Amy was wise enough to gift Camilla with an outfit to match her cousin's so that they could take some twins pictures!! Don't they look just like twins?!? Ha.

They locked their arms together like that on their own!!! It was so cute! Until they were like wait, what happened, why is my arm stuck against something?!?! Waaahhhhhh!!!!

They felt a lot better about life once they had their respective pacis.

We even convinced Timmy to pose with his sister and cousin. Too bad he didn't have a matching outfit!

So other than that we've just been hanging out, making bottles, cleaning bottles, sterilizing bottles, putting away bottles, pulling out bottles, and ummm...I don't know, other stuff, but all I can recall is the BOTTLES OH THE BOTTLES THEY NEVER STOP. My sister called yesterday and was like 'hey, what's up?' and I said 'oh, nothing, just doing some laundry,' and she said 'WHAT? You're not cleaning bottles? This is the first time I've called and you haven't been cleaning bottles!' What can I say. THEY ARE TIME CONSUMING.

We also got some baby sunglasses and sat by the pool for awhile!
We started a 'soft roll-out' on the cloth diapers yesterday! I was procrastinating starting them, waiting for...I don't know what, some big day or reason to start. Then it was mid-morning on a Monday and I was like what the heck, let's start now. So far, so good! I don't quite have all the 'stuff' I need yet (like a wet bag/diaper pail liner that actually zips...), so I'm making do and improvising, but I'd say it's a success so far! Then again, I haven't actually had to wash anything yet. I'm sure once that starts, I'll spend just as much time doing laundry as I spend washing bottles...and since THAT is what my life consists of now, I'm sure you're just dying of anticipation for how exciting my blog will be for the next few weeks! Try to contain yourself, please. Hopefully I can make up for the lack of interesting content with cute baby pictures.

Ah- before we go, a non-baby-related observation from the weekend. As per usual, when we hang out with all my siblings-in-law, we play a lot of board games (and I totally just spelled that 'bored' games...Freudian slip??? Naaahhhh...). After a riveting game of Clue, I happened to see Matt's little keep-track-of-the-game sheet next to mine. 

His is on the left, mine on the right. We both played the same game and both correctly solved the mystery...but the differences in how we keep track totally made me crack up. I guess this is reflective of the differences in how our minds work and how we process information. After I got done laughing at his non-detailed information tracking system (that still worked, mind you!), the rest of the group showed their sheets. We were about a 50/50 split on the detailed/non-detailed tracking methods. I thought it was really funny...but also, whoa. Brains are funny things!


  1. I have no idea why you cannot produce a blog post 5 days a week. :)

    Love Millie in the sunglasses. Cutie!

  2. I think you need to let Camilla watch Zoolander so she can work on her faces for pics. And if you need any other genius parenting advice, you know where to find me.

  3. Scary baby faces crack me up. But, advice for babies, a little CONFIDENCE BOOSTER as a new parent would be helpful, instead of that face that screams "what are you doing to me, mama!?!?!" every time you make a move. :)

    I started washing bottles in the dishwasher from, like Month 1, and never looked back… Was I not supposed to do that?

  4. omg. I die. Those pictures of the two girls and then all 3 of the little ones. Way.too.cute. I'm so glad you had good family time AND had a shower - the details look so cute and you are glowing!!!! Glad you had time to do something else besides bottles... not sure that laundry is any better though ;)

  5. Haha! The difference two and a half months makes in baby faces! That's adorable!
    I'm thinking you have mommy brain. That's why your sheet needs more information. You can't store as much in your brain...it's officially consumed with other more important information.
    The bottle washing is kind of never ending like diaper changes! lol

  6. Aw they are so cute!!! You make the cutest Momma by the way :) Glad you had a wonderful shower with a rockstar of a cake it sounds like.

  7. Dying over the cuteness of these pictures. C is just a doll baby!!!! Also, I want...no I NEED some of that cake!!!!!

  8. omg. timmy looks SO long in the picture. and the girls look adorable, of course ;)

  9. Too much baby cuteness in this post!! I love her Millie's outfits!! Way to go Mom!! :)

  10. Yay for starting cloth!! Look up the Face.Book group Fluff Love and CD Science. I'll add you. Everything you need to know about washing, troubleshooting, and busting cloth diapering myths is there. :)

  11. YAYYYY! I mean, I know you're busy with baby snuggles and bottles, but it's good to hear from you (and see pictures of Camilla). And also, Cecilia's cake… YUMMM!

  12. I would have one of those clue cards with writing all over it. I haven't played in years && now I want to go buy the game so that I can play it! Millie and her cousin are so cute! I'm sure they will be best friends, how perfect that they were born so close together. Good luck with the cloth diapering, they sound a little intimidating to me but I'm sure they'll be great. :)

  13. I love how she is holding on to you in almost every picture you post. She knows who her mama is, for sure. And baby in sunglasses...dying at the cute!

  14. Wow, if I've taken anything away from this post it's how much Timmy has grown! Holy moly! I absolutely love, love, love that Millie has a cousin her age -- cousins truly are your first best friends, and I'm so excited that they will get to grow up together! The Clue scorecards are also very intriguing...the brain is such a mysterious thing! Hope you guys are doing well. Keep those cute baby pictures coming!! :-)

  15. I don't think I've ever played Clue.

    And Camilla is hilarious and adorable all at the same time. I mean look at YOUR BABY SHOWER picture where she is holding onto you. Adorable. And then look at the picture of her in sunglasses. Hilarious.

    Also, I just really had to share my excitement that after years of praying, waiting, and hoping you had a BABY SHOWER!!! With delicious sounding cake!

  16. I just love seeing the pictures of you holding your baby! You look so happy!
    Enjoy these days!!

  17. Um that cake sounds DE-LISH!! And I totally agree about the bottles... That's my second full time job right now!

  18. ADORABLE pics of all the cousins!


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