Dear Althea

by Lindsey on June 16, 2016

in Dear Althea, J&L Start a Family


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 colic and reflux, you did nothing but scream your face off for weeks on end. Your daddy and I would spend hours everyday doing everything in our power to fulfill your needs, before collapsing in tears, exhausted, and out of ideas. There was a day, after five consecutive nights of no sleep, that Grandma and Pap came to visit. We opened the door, handed you over, and went to bed. Grandma woke me up four hours later to feed you, and that tiny bit of uninterrupted sleep finally helped us feel human again. (I will never be able to thank her enough for that night.)

But then, all of a sudden, you turned three months old, and everything changed. Your colic started to subside, and your reflux medicine was making you feel significantly better. I, of course, had to go back to work, and was SO jealous that the sitter would get to hang out with you in this more peaceful state, after I spent my entire maternity leave pacing around the house with a screaming baby, but alas.

Jump ahead to this past weekend, and no one believes the horror stories I tell of those first three months. To say you are a different baby is the understatement of the century. Now, you have this amazingly perfect demeanor that I can only assume is every parent’s dream.

This week has been A. Lot. We’ve had a revolving door of company in town to celebrate your baptism, and you have handled it splendidly. As if having Holy Water and Oils poured on your head isn’t enough to throw you off, we have kept you up past your bedtime every night since last Friday, and have had to wake you up each morning, rather than letting you decide when you were ready. We have forced you to spend more time in your car seat, stroller, and carrier over the past six days, than probably in the past month. On Sunday, you were passed from one family member to the next, as everyone took their turn doting all over you, and you never even whimpered. Instead, your beautiful little smile remained plastered on your face the entire day, and you completely lit up for each and every person who said hello to you.

I don’t know if this pure and utter happiness is just a phase, and I’m sure your personality will ebb and flow as you grow into the person you were put on this Earth to be, but what I do know is that it’s my very favorite part of you right now. I never would have admitted this back in March, but all of those tear-filled nights were so incredibly worth the complete euphoria we are in now.

As your Great-Grandma Althea used to say to me on a daily basis, “Keep smiling!”

I love you so much, baby bird ♥



Althea: Five Months

by Lindsey on June 7, 2016

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family



  • 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 just chooses to abstain.
  • Had her 4-month wellness checkup, and jumped from the 17th percentile to the 40th! She’s getting so big!


  • “Met” her grandma Patty and grandpa Jim, great-gramma Althea, great-great grandparents Henry and Nina, and great-great aunt Lola, when we visited all of their graves over Memorial Day ♥
  • Watched her first parade, also on Memorial Day, and was honestly pretty bored with the whole thing.
  • Is officially too big for the infant insert of her car seat, and had to have the straps moved up, too!
  • Met her new friend Audrey, who was born on the 26th, and whom she’ll likely be spending a LOT of time with :)



  • Celebrated my first Mother’s Day! I have a post drafted about it, just need to add some pictures! Better late than never, right?
  • Spent a very nice, long weekend in Erie over Memorial Day, that included a sunset dinner on the beach and lots of time with family
  • Celebrated our 8th Dateversary! It happened to fall on Mother’s Day, but we had our traditional dinner at Chili’s :)


  • Are working on getting the house in order for family to stay this weekend, when everyone comes to town for her baptism!
  • Went on a date for my birthday, to see Captain America, Civil War. The movie was fantastic, despite the fact that someone had their 1-year old in the theater who cried through the whole thing.



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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Dear Althea

April 8, 2016

Sometimes I write letters to my husband, and now I’m going to start writing them to my daughter as well… Dear Althea, I know you can’t possibly know yet, what your daddy and I went through to bring you into this world, but sometimes it seems like you do. Every single day I spend a few moments […]

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Althea: Three Months

March 23, 2016

She: Took her first trip to the Zoo! And we got a membership, so it certainly won’t be her last :) (Yes, I did tell you this in her 2 month post, but it actually happened in Month 3. That’s what I get for being so far behind in posting!) Rolled over for the first […]

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Althea: Two Months

March 18, 2016

She: Is so much less screamy!! The pediatrician thought she might have reflux, so they gave us a prescription for Zantac, and it has completely changed our lives! We’ve only had a few unconsolable meltdowns since she’s been on her medicine. She’s such a happier baby now, and mama and daddy are finally getting their sanity back! Met […]

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Althea: One Month

February 21, 2016

  She: Is the most beautiful little girl we’ve ever seen (though we might be biased!) Spends the majority of her time screaming her face off. Gets the hiccups every single time she eats. Can already pick her head up and has incredibly strong legs! She’s gonna be moving way before we’re ready for it. […]

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Althea’s Birth Story

February 4, 2016

Now that we’ve [mostly] found our groove around here, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write Thea’s birth story! I really want to document this so I’ll always remember the details, but I also know a lot of friends and family are anxious to read it too, so here goes! We had […]

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38 Weeks

January 4, 2016

We’re in the home stretch! Any day now!! How far along: 38 Weeks How big is baby: Weeble is still the size of a Watermelon. More accurately, the dr told us last week that she’ll probably be around 7.5-8 pounds, which is much smaller than we had been assuming! (6.3-8.5 lbs, 19-21 in) Sleep: I actually slept pretty well […]

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