Althea: Ten Months

by Lindsey on November 11, 2016

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family



  • 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 pumpkin, but never got around to carving it. That can be a first for next year :)
  • Celebrated her first Halloween! Dressed as a Baby Bird, of course.


  • Pulls herself up on furniture every chance she gets, but isn’t real interested in walking along it just yet. She also lets go and stands for a while before falling, so we think it’s coming sooner than later.
  • Spent a few days in Virginia and DC, visiting friends and doing the DC Walk of Hope for Infertility Awareness! I’m pretty sure she spent more time asleep than awake over those 4 days…


  • Does not like to be told no, and throws a temper tantrum when you give her “the look.” We’re in for a treat when she’s a teenager! (She’s also a biter. Yay!)
  • Went on her first camping trip to Cook Forest, and it was freezing, so we spent most of the weekend bundled up by the fire.


  • Went to the Circus, but didn’t pay much attention, and took a nap in the middle, because, Thea.


  • Celebrated Imogen’s Baptism, and I had the honor of becoming her Godmother <3
  • Are finding solo activities to give each of us a break sometimes. Jut is playing basketball once a week, and I’m still looking, but considering starting a book club! (Let me know if you’d be interested in joining me, or have other ideas!)


  • Are really enjoying our RCIA classes. (I have more to say on this, but it doesn’t really fit in this post.)
  • Are completely hooked on “This is Us” (yes, Justin is, too!)


  • Are making plans and collecting ideas to make Althea’s First Christmas one to remember. (And I cannot express how excited we are to see her expression the first time we light up the Christmas tree!!)


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!

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