Althea: Twelve Months

by Lindsey on January 11, 2017

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family


I can’t believe this is my last monthly post!


  • Is a total cheese puff, clearly.
  • Spent the majority of this month sick, as did the both of us. This plague has been no fun and we’re all looking forward to it going away for good!
  • Went on one final road trip of 2016, to the Big Apple! She spent most of our trip bundled up in her stroller sleeping, but it counts!


  • Due to the holiday schedule and being sick, she spent two full weeks at home with us instead of going to Tammy’s during the day. I know she missed them, they missed her, and I certainly missed sending her there while I was trying to work!
  • Is walking everywhere! She took a little hiatus after that initial stroll across the living room, but picked it back up the week before Christmas and hasn’t slowed down since!


  • Celebrated her first Christmas and New Years! (Actually, she celebrated EIGHT Christmases, and I swear we are going to do things differently next year!)
  • LOVES opening presents, but is much more interested in the wrapping than what’s inside. Her favorite gifts included Little People, a ball pit, and a four-wheeler (though she is NOT a fan of the helmet!)
  • Stopped sleeping. I don’t know what’s going on, probably because she’s been sick, but 4AM is now my kryptonite, and things need to change, ASAP!


  • Are in complete shock that our baby girl is a year old already! The past twelve months went way too fast, and it has been made very clear to us that we need to cherish every single moment with her.
  • Have been running around like crazy people for two months straight. We went from Thanksgiving, to my dad moving in, to New York City, to Christmas, to New Year’s, to Thea’s Birthday, and somewhere along the lines I’m pretty sure I forgot how to breathe. It’s been a complete whirlwind, and we are so looking forward to finally slowing down.


  • Didn’t do a lot of the things we typically do in the month of December, and that’s okay! We got in a few dates, but no where near the “12 dates” we’ve become accustomed to. I feel like it was the first time it became so drastically apparent that our lives have changed with her, but she is so very worth it.
  • Truly enjoyed seeing all of our family over the holidays, even if it seemed like A LOT at times. It was so nice to have my dad back in town, and to spend quality time with each branch of our families throughout the month.


  • Are trying to decide how we’re going to document Thea’s milestones going forward. I’m not sure I’ll keep up with monthly updates, but I definitely want to keep some kind of record. Heck, maybe it’s time to start blogging more often about the everyday stuff, instead of just having these summary posts. It’s a thought I’ve been tossing around…


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Althea: Eleven Months

by Lindsey on December 21, 2016

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family


I’m super late on this one. Just pretend this is being posted on December 6th, okay? Thanks :)


  • Is getting impossible to photograph laying down. This was the best I could do, and it’s the one reason I’m glad I only have one more to take!
  • Loves to Dance! As soon as any song comes on, whether it’s a commercial, or one of her toys, she immediately starts bouncing up and down in the most adorable fashion.


  • Points at everything and everyone. She doesn’t even care that she’s being rude ;)
  • Participated in her first Presidential Election, which didn’t end up how we wanted…
  • Celebrated her first Thanksgiving! First with Daddy’s family in Pittsburgh, and then with Mama’s family in Erie! And of course, she took a good nap on the car ride in between. She LOVED all the food and attention!


  • Eats literally anything we give her. And will continue eating until we cut her off. And yells at us if we don’t feed her fast enough.
  • Did a bunch of holiday things! She met Santa Claus, picked out her first Christmas tree, went to Light-Up Night downtown, on the Joy of Cookies Tour in Lawrenceville, and to Kennywood for the lights (and her first Carousel ride!) and to see her cousins sing with the girl scouts!


  • Started Walking!! She still chooses to crawl, but she walked across the room unassisted for the first time!


  • Spent a couple weeks in the trenches of our first Daylight Savings. She went from waking up at 3AM every night to 2AM every night and it was awful. But then there was an eight day streak where she started sleeping in til 5 or 6 and it was amazing!


  • Are having some serious car troubles! First I messed up our side mirror in a minor collision, and then someone rear-ended Justin badly, and our poor little Rogue might be totaled. We’re awaiting the final decision, and we’re not happy about the thought of starting over on payments :(


  • Had Justin’s cousin take some family photos for our Christmas card and they turned out more perfect than we ever could have imagined.
  • Took a day off work to see the new Harry Potter movie and Dr. Strange! It was so nice to have a whole day to ourselves.
  • Spent some time prepping for the arrival of my dad! He is moving back from Florida and will be staying with us until he finds his own place on the other side of town! We’re so excited to have him home!!



Althea: Ten Months

November 11, 2016

She: Is getting harder to photograph! She thinks it’s hilarious to roll around when I’m trying to get her to smile at the camera. Does this super adorable thing where she looks at you real surprised and goes “Ooooo!” about pretty much everything. Took her first trip to the Pumpkin Farm! And we got her a […]

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Althea: Nine Months

October 7, 2016

She: 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, […]

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Dear Althea

September 23, 2016

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 […]

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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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