I'm a little late on the update, however, this little one crested two months!! It's so insane to me. I can't believe she's so old. She has made every day even more exciting than the last. We are so lucky!
Month two saw her first smile, her first time rolling over, her first road trip, her first apartment fire, and so much more. She has become her own person! She is so strong and engaged in life. It's amazing. I am loving watching her personality develop.
One of my favorite things about her is how much she loves the outdoors. If she gets too fussy you can carry her outside and she calms down as soon as the sun or breeze hits her. I also love how much she wants me! I love that when she's upset she reaches for me, that when others hold her she turns to my voice, and that she's happiest when it's the two of us cuddling! She is everything I could have ever wanted.
At her two month appointment they told us she weighs 10 pounds and one ounce. She is measuring at 21 inches and 7 cm. The doctor said she was incredibly strong too! They said she was in the 10th percentile all the way around- length, weight, and head.
I can't wait to see what crazy developments month three brings! She is the greatest blessing in our life. Our little monkey, our little buttercup, our roly poly Nolie.
A little while ago I talked about how when I first found out I was pregnant that I made a TON of accounts with companies promising great advice, coupons, and free samples. I already talked about one, Similac, but I also signed up with a company called Enfamil. I found out I was pregnant the first day or two of October, and then I made this account sometime in mid October! I wasted no time. However, I literally didn’t recieve anything via the mail until April 27th. (They email me ALL the time though).
This sample box included $10 in Enfamil “checks” (two $5 coupons off of any Enfamil purchase over $5.00), a dozen of those coupons where you get something free but have to pay the shipping (I’ll have to do a post on that later, I’ve already tried a few!), a six pack of premade newborn formula bottles, two nipple attachments for previously mentioned prepare formula, a four pack sample of premeasured packages of infant formula, and a 12.4 oz can of their infant formula. Overall, that is a pretty generous gift box! I am excited to try this out for Nolie. We have decided that occasionally doing formula will be great for us so that when we go out or I am gone someone else can feed her. I’ve heard great things about Enfamil.
The premade little bottles are actually really nice. I could see if we were having a day out or something how that could be really convenient! These are all milk and soy based, so that’s one thing I’ll have to watch- neither Michael nor I could do milk. Hopefully sweet Nolie will be able to! Anyways, even though it was months before we received anything, this was definitely a generous, completely free sample gift! Also, it’s actually good theybsont mail this out until closer to yore due date because of shelf life.
I love nothing more than a great deal, so when I saw this “free Dr. Seuss collection” I wanted to try it out. (Yes I know my baby won’t be able to read for ages, but it’s still exciting!) The way it works is you have to pay a $5.95 shipping fee. Then after your package arrives you have a set number of days to cancel your next order, or else it will start charging you monthly for a book subscription. I decided to try it out! I was a little concerned because I read some online reviews that said canceling was very difficult. However, I still decided to try. I ordered the set and it shipped five days later! The books were delivered an additional seven days after that. Overall, a twelve day process!
The book set includes The Cat in the Hat, Mr. Brown can Moo, The Tooth Book, Go, Do, Go, and Ten Apples up on Top. The package also includes an activity book and a sticker sheet. They are all new and look great. After they arrived I set about trying to cancel my membership so that they didn’t start charging me monthly.
I called to cancel it the first time, but I was out on hold fifteen minutes. I had to give up because I needed to run to class. Next Michael tried and was on hold for thirty minutes before giving up. However, the third time Michael got through right away. They said it was cancelled and that they would email us. I was a little nervous, but it ended up canceling and we have had no problems. So I would definitely say it was worth it!
Do you have any suggestions of great deals I should look into?
Sophie recently suggested I order the Walmart Baby Freebie Box! You just pay a $5 shipping cost and they send you this pregnancy box. I had heard about it beforehand, but hadn’t decided if I should try it. On her recommendation I signed up!
They send you three separate packages based on the due date you I’ve them. The first box is the Expecting box. Next is the Newborn/Infant box, and it will finally conclude with your Toddler box. (Each time there is a five dollar fee). We ordered our box Oct 23 and it was delivered October 29th, less than a week total! I was very excited about that.
It arrived all packaged in a cute little box. There was a decent amount of product inside, though nowhere near as many awesome samples and coupons as the Target goodie bag I talked about earlier. Here is what was included:
- Pampers travel case (includes mini wipe pack and one newborn diaper)
- All sensitive skin dryer sheets (5 count)
- Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion (1 oz)
- Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo (1.7 fl oz)
- Bio-Oil: PurCellin Oil (.5 fl oz)
- Vera Ve: Healing Ointment
- Dapple Naturally Clean Bottles Sample (one use) & $1.00 off full size product coupon
- Aquaphore Healing Ointment Baby ( .03 oz)
Overall, it was fun to order and I’m excited to try the Bio-Oil (supposedly helps prevent stretch marks). I don’t know if it actually saves you money because I wouldn’t really have bought any of those products besides the Burts Bees lotion. Since I paid five dollars in shipping… but either way it was fun to get some baby related fun in the mail! And it gave me a few new products to try. Let me know if you decide to try it too!
Thursday I got to take one of my favorite little kids from Michael and I’s Sunday school class out for an afternoon! He is literally one of the best things about living here! I picked Q up and we decided to make a stop at the store and buy picnic supplies. It was so fun pushing him around. He insisted on keeping every single thing shoved up in his front buggy seat. It was precious. Our final picnic menu included the following:
- A carton of strawberries
- One orange (specifically picked out by Q)
- A pizza lunchable
- Simply lemonade with blueberry
- One Ninja Turtle blue plastic cup
- Two cans of silly string
The pizza lunchable, as I later found out, was actually not for eating, but for making sauce sandwiches. Those sandwiches were then used to smear sauce everywhere! haha. Always a fun day with that goose.
I took Q down to Two Rivers Park. I had never been, but I am so glad that we tried it! There was no litter, had two separate playgrounds, and wasn’t crowded. It also had decently clean bathrooms and beautiful green hills surrounding it. After we finished our rocking picnic under a gorgeous tree, we played in the playground a little farther back into the park. We started with a silly string war. Then moved on to the swings. It was a lot of fun!
At one point Q decided to climb up the big covered slide. He was using all the muscles in both his arms and legs to brace himself and climb upwards. On his first attempt, Q literally slipped, fell on his back, and slide down into my arms! We made eye contact and I held my breath, waiting to see if the tears were coming. His eyes got wide as he stared at me, but I was relieved when he burst out into hysterical laughter!
Q jumped up and started at it again! He kept tumbling down, but his resolve never weakened. At one point I could hear him panting, repeating the phrase, “I think I can do it. I think I can do it!!!” The mommy in me was beaming in pride. I hope he never looses his resolve to accomplish his goals. I think it’s important to learn from the small things in life. I think today I was shown a little lesson in working hard and not giving up. I hope you are as inspired as I am!
// Key Chain: Kate Spade