Althea: Nine Months

by Lindsey on October 7, 2016

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family



  • Started crawling this month! She had been moving around for a while, but she finally figured out the right motion. Then almost immediately, she started pulling herself up on the couch and ottomans!


  • Celebrated grandparents day with Grandma and Pap, checking out the Trucks and Heavy Equipment Day in Oakmont! Pap was in his glory, as he’s an insurance adjuster for this stuff! Thea loved sitting in the driver seat, playing with the steering wheels. (And trying to eat them, of course)


  • Got to meet a bunch of her Mitchell Cousins at the Relay for Life in mama’s hometown


  • Got to meet her Great-Grandparents, my step-dad’s parents, when they were visiting from Florida!


  • Had her 9 month dr. appt, where we learned that she’s right in the middle at 48 and 49 % for height and weight, but still way up in the 90% for head circumference


  • Got to see her Uncle Tanner playing his upright bass! She LOVED listening to the music and hanging out with everyone.
  • Attended lots of birthday parties, as all of her Dunmyre cousins were born from July-October!
    • This includes her first day trip out of state without Mama and Daddy. Grandma and Pap took her to Ohio for a Davis cousin’s birthday party!


  • Continues to nurse well, and eats like a champ! She loves literally everything we give her. Hasn’t denied a single food yet!
    • She doesn’t do real well with some textures though. Still not sure what to do with ground beef, and if you read, you know about the cracker incident…


  • Attended a wedding for mama’s friend Kristin, and enjoyed a fancy night out alone!
  • Started our RCIA classes, and so far we have mixed feelings. The first class went terribly, but the second one was better. I guess we’ll see how the next one goes this week!


  • I started my new work schedule of three days at home, and only two in the office. So far it’s going well for me. It doesn’t mean I can have Thea home more often, but it does mean I can do household things like laundry and dishes during the day, so I don’t have to worry about them at the end of the day when she is here.
  • Battled it out when our alma maters finally played each other after like 16 years. Except…by the end of the game I had officially declared myself more of a Pitt fan than PSU, and so, it wasn’t much of a battle. Oops!


  • Signed up for the DC Walk of Hope that’s coming up next week! We’re so excited to help raise money for a cause near and dear to us. Without Infertility research, we wouldn’t have Baby Bird, and we are so thankful for this wonderful organization that helps advocate for the cause!


Dear Althea

by Lindsey on September 23, 2016

in Dear Althea

Dear Althea,

Today was scary.

In an effort to occupy you for a couple minutes, I handed you a cracker, thinking you would gnaw it into a soggy mess. You were strapped into your chair in the kitchen, sitting right next to me, except for the ~5 seconds I walked into the dining room to get something.

When I came back in, I noticed that the cracker was no longer in your hand, but I assumed that meant it was in your lap where Puffs and Cheerios often turn up at the end of the day. You smiled up at me, so I sat back down next to you and thought nothing of it.

I don’t know how long you had that cracker in your mouth before you started choking on it. All I know is that you gagged, I turned to you, and I watched your little face turn purple right in front of me. In an instant, I screamed for your dad, ripped you out of your chair, and flipped you over on my lap like I somehow remembered from my Infant CPR training. I pounded on your back while he dug soggy cracker out of your mouth until you finally started crying. In reality, all of this happened in probably 30 seconds, but it felt like a lifetime passed before I felt you breathing again.

Two minutes later you were laughing and acting as if nothing had happened, while I held you as tight as I could, sobbing. Daddy helped us both calm down, but my heart is still pounding hours later.

There’s a part of me that never wants to forgive myself for letting this happen. We fought so hard to bring you into this world, and for that brief moment, I thought we were going to lose you. I screwed up, and I want to hate myself for putting us in that position. But I also did exactly what I was trained to do, and because of that, we’re all okay. I’m trying to remember that I’m human, and a first time mama, and that mistakes are bound to happen.

Today was scary, but I’m thanking God that we’re all okay.

I’m so, so, so sorry baby girl.

I love you so much ♥



Althea: Eight Months

September 6, 2016

She: Went on her first (of many) beach vacations! We spent a week at Topsail Island, NC, and had a blast! She liked the sand, but hated the waves. Her favorite part was having her Dino Pool right out on the beach with the rest of us! Visited the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, which […]

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Althea: Seven Months

August 12, 2016

That face is so, very her right now! I’m a week behind on posting, because I’ve spent every waking moment getting ready for our beach trip!! She: Finally got to meet her Papa Kim’s side of the family, and more of the Dunmyre clan! Went to her first Pirate Game Went on her first road trip, […]

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Internal Battles

July 18, 2016

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past six months, it’s that having a child creates this constant struggle between the thoughts of “I can’t wait until she…” and “I hope she stays little forever.” Most of the time, those internal battles include things like I can’t wait until she can sit up unassisted, but I hope […]

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Althea: Six Months

July 6, 2016

Happy Half-Birthday, Baby Bird!! She: Got baptized! (More on this to come…) Attended the US Open Golf Tournament Attended her first Greek Festival (of MANY) Met some new friends! Her new BFF Imogen, and a few cute boys, Luca, Leo, and Ollie :) Started solid foods. She loves Avacados and Bananas, but hates Peas. (Can’t say I blame […]

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Dear Althea

June 16, 2016

Sometimes I write letters to my daughter. You can read the rest here! Dear Althea, Your first three weeks of life were magical. We were in a constant state of awe, and blissfully unaware of what was to come. You’re next two-ish months, however, were what can only be described as Hell on Earth. Between the […]

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Althea: Five Months

June 7, 2016

She: Has two teeth! Both bottom middle teeth are officially out, and it actually wasn’t the worst thing ever! She wears an amber necklace, and whatever it does, it’s working! Is still not consistently rolling over, but at this point I think it’s because she just doesn’t want to. She can definitely do it, she […]

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A Tale of Two Dresses

June 6, 2016

As we approach Althea’s baptism this weekend, the story of my own has been re-told numerous times over the past few weeks, and since it’s hilarious, I thought I’d share it here :) Two important things to note: I had two dresses to wear for my baptism, the one my mom wore for hers, which […]

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Althea: Four Months

May 6, 2016

She: Is already one third of a year old! Wah!! Makes all kinds of awesome noises now, and “talks” to us everyday! Her sitter, Tammy, sent us this awesome video of her watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates :) A video posted by Lindsey Dunmyre (@smalls530) on Apr 11, 2016 at 9:59am PDT Is being […]

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