Althea: Four Months

by Lindsey on May 6, 2016

in Althea Marie, J&L Start a Family



  • 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 :)

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  • Is being fought over by everyone! Tammy, Jut’s sister, my mom, everyone wants to have her all the time! And then the kids have to take turns doing things like taking off her hat in the morning, running the hot water for her bottles, and pulling the velcro off her diapers when she’s getting changed. It’s awesome that she is so incredibly loved.
  • Spent some alone time with Daddy for the first time! She slept through most of it, but they both enjoyed their snuggle session without Mama around.


  • Is quite the party girl! She attended three birthday parties, two baby showers, and a First Communion this month! Good thing she doesn’t mind dressing up, and loves being around lots of people!
  • Helped us pick out new glasses, and tried a pair on herself! (No, she doesn’t actually need them, we just thought they were ridiculously cute!)


  • Might be teething already, because, of course we’d be destined for an early teether. She’s constantly drooling all over herself, sucking on her hands like there’s no tomorrow, and struggling to eat and sleep. We just started trying Baby Orajel Naturals, and have been giving her cold teething toys, but I wish there was something more we could do. It’s basically not-awesome for any of us.
  • Is SUPER strong! She holds her head up perfectly, pushes off against you and stands when you’re holding her, and is doing awesome with Tummy Time! She did roll over again, but still not consistently. She gets one arm stuck behind her and can’t get over it. We have to be careful because if we help by pulling that arm out, she throws herself over hard and her head lands before the rest of her body. Ask me how I learned that one the hard way…



  • Are back into the swing of things at work, and it’s going…not terrible. I haven’t been given a full load of work yet, so I’m pretty bored a lot of the time. It makes me wish that much harder that I could be at home with my girl!
  • Spoke with our financial adviser about setting her up with an education account, and life insurance and such. We also paid off all of our credit card debt in April, so we’re in good shape to start putting some money aside for her!
  • Met with an attorney to discuss guardianship and trustee stuff. Not fun to think about but a necessary evil to ensure she’ll be cared for.
  • Had a few things going on in the evenings, and had to leave her for longer than usual a couple nights. Twice in the same week we only saw her right after she woke up and right before she went to bed, and we hated it! We will be avoiding that at all costs going forward.
  • Scheduled her baptism! And we’re super excited that all of her immediate family is able to attend, including Papa from Florida!



Dear Althea

by Lindsey on April 8, 2016

in Althea Marie, Dear Althea, J&L Start a Family

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 just staring at you, and when you’re not sleeping, you stare right back at me and it feels like you’re reassuring me over and over that this is real, that you are mine. Somehow you’ve managed to help me forget all of the pain I have felt for the last three years. And on the days I don’t feel like I’m worthy of this, like maybe it was an accident that I finally got pregnant after all that time, somehow you remind me that we were made for each other, that I was hand-chosen to be your mama.

I already can’t remember life without you, but maybe that’s because, in a way, you’ve really always been here with me. When I was younger and someone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always “a mom.” I was convinced that was going to be my job, and every time I ever imagined what being a mom would mean for me, it was always a vision of a little girl named Althea.

You see, baby girl, I have loved you my whole life, and I’m so incredibly grateful to finally be able to share this life with you. It’s already proving to be the greatest adventure I’ll ever know.

I love you so much baby bird ♥



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Yup, I skipped week 34 and I’m still another week late, because I’m behind in every aspect of life. So, here we are. How far along: 36 Weeks (but really, 37) How big is baby: Weeble is the size of a Watermelon. Considering I’m 5 feet tall, I’d like you to stop and think about that for a […]

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