First walk in the Big Stroller

You know you’re a Minnesotan when 40 degrees is a heat wave… at the end of March. We finally snapped out of this awful winter (for now, *knock on wood*) and we’ve been hanging out in the 40s for the week. Enough snow has melted so the streets are mostly dry at this point.  I convinced Jeremy that we should go for a walk after work.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal, huh? Well. Add in the fact that we’ve never before used her stroller without the infant bucket seat… and the two dogs that are far from leash-trained, and it was an adventure. BUT we all survived and I think everyone even enjoyed it a little. I was much impressed by the pups. They both seemed to realize that walking next to the stroller required better manners and neither tried to run away or really even pulled at the leash much.

Levi was behind the camera....

Levi was behind the camera….

Miss Lo even seemed to love it! She had the biggest eyes the whole time, just taking it all in.  I took her for a few quick walks when she was a teeny baby, but they were few and far between. And then it got cold. really really cold. So our walks were put on hold for a few six months. But now it’s a little nicer out, and I am determined to make a post-dinner walk part of our routine.  Lo was enthralled with all the new things to look at, the pups were taking in all the different scents, and it just felt awesome for us all to get a bit of fresh air.

P.S. if you’re wondering, we have the Graco LiteRider stroller, and so far I like it. It’s a bit bulkier than other expensive strollers, but it fit with her infant carseat and it really is light and easy to fold up with one hand.

Happy 2013!

Here’s that cliche New Year’s post, where I tell you all about my goals and ambitions for 2013 (I hate the word resolution for some reason.)  So here you go; some random musings about what I hope to see in the upcoming year:

*Absorbing as many moments as possible with my family, including the pups, husband, and Baby Girl.

*Keeping up this blog more, so we have a way to remember all these days.

*Reaching out to friends- reconnecting with old ones and hopefully making new ones as well.

*Being a better wife and mom (to both the human and pet children.)

*Planning meals and sticking to a budget.

and the stereotypical pay off debt and be healthier.

With that, I leave you a brief Year in Review for 2012:

Thankful

So this is my stereotypical Thanksgiving post, just a few days late. But better than nothing right? I’ve been thinking the past few months about just how different our life is than a few years ago. In the last two years, we’ve gotten married, bought a house, adopted another dog, switched jobs, and had a baby. heyyo. That’s a lot. And, although it has been stressful at times (I won’t lie- it’s been really hard at some points), I can’t imagine my life being anywhere else. I’m a huge Christmas fan and love the whole feel and energy that surrounds the next month or so.  It’s cheesy, but it really does put me in a better mood and make me realize just how much I have to be thankful for.  I’m not very good at expressing my feelings, and I want to be better about putting things in writing. So, without further ado, here’s my list for the year.

Internet strangers: may sound like a weird one, but some of my best friends are people I’ve  met through online message boards.  From girls I met while planning the wedding, who I’m still friends with 3 years later… to new moms I met during pregnancy.  There’s something special about friendships with people who are going through major life changes at the same time, who understand what you’re going through.  It’s so great now to have a group of people I can turn to when I have questions about raising a baby; people who don’t mind talking about puke and poop and all sorts of other inane things.

Family: I am so thankful for my family who have been incredibly supportive of Jeremy and I during this new phase of life.  Especially my sister Becca, who I’ve gotten so much closer to the last few years.  I always worried that our age difference (7 years) would hurt out relationship, and I’m sure it did when we were younger.  Let’s face it, there’s not much a 17 year-old and 11 year-old have in common 😉 But the last few years we’ve grown much closer and I really love spending time with her and watching her find herself. Plus she makes an awesome baby (and dog!) sitter. 🙂

Coworkers: I have a few coworkers who I consider friends, and for that I’m so grateful.  There are some days I’m not sure how I’d survive the work day or week without them.  From random stories and crazy websites to morning coffee and donut runs to introducing me to awesome playlists via Songza (1990s High School Dance!), they make the days go by quickly and less painfully.

Husband: Jeremy is probably the one person I am most thankful for, especially these last few months.  He has been absolutely fantastic to me and Miss Lo. He’s helped out so much with her (I really don’t think I changed a diaper at all until he went back to work).  But almost more importantly, he’s put up with me and all the crazy hormones (and sleep deprivation-induced irrational freakouts.) Ok, and just my general orneriness.  He stood by me through pregnancy, picking up all the pieces around the house while I became a huge bum.  He gave me unwavering support during childbirth and continues to reassure me that I’m doing good with Miss Lo. He’s an amazing father and continues to be primary caregiver for the pups.  It sounds cliche, but I really don’t know where I would be without him as my partner. I can’t wait to see what fate has in store for us as we continue our life together.

Pups: oh, the devil dogs. the monsters. the douchedogs. I love them so much and they make me smile daily.  Even though I want to lock them outside at least once a day, I’m so glad they’re in our family.  Constant companionship- one or both would lie by my feet all night long. Something that made those up-all-night first few weeks of parenthood a little easier to bear. They’ve adjust well to having a baby in the house and I’m so excited to watch Miss Lo grow up and form her own special bond with each of them.

last but definitely not least…

Baby Girl: I don’t even know where to start. I was so nervous when we found out I was having a girl; I was 100% convinced it was a boy.  I don’t like girls; I’ve never been a girly girl. But the second she was born, I just felt… calm. All those cliches came true- I felt like I’d known her forever. Like this was all meant to be, like it would just work out. Yes, of course there have been some really hard days and weeks, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. (hindsight is 20:20 and all that, right?) I truly cannot imagine life without her.  I am in awe of every little thing she does- first smile, the way she watches the world around her and how much she grows and changes every single day.  She’s made me more patient, more loving, and more appreciative of the little things and the big things in life. I am so thankful to be able to watch the world through her eyes.

And on that note, I’m changing gears and becoming a little less sappy. Here’s my materialistic thankful list 😉

  • my smartphone that keeps me entertained at all hours of the day
  • baby swings
  • Christmas trees and lights
  • snow
  • laundry machines  and dishwashers
  • wine
  • hair ties
  • mascara
  • humidifiers
  • caffeine

There is so much more that I know I’m missing. I continue to recognize each day how blessed I am.

P.S. I know. I haven’t even introduced Miss Lo to the blog yet. I promise it’s coming soon! Along with updates on all the other big life changes. I’m slacking.

Our Story, Part 3: Puckett

So now we’re engaged, which means discussing when we want to start a family.  Clearly we were not ready for actual kids yet, so we took the obvious next step and decided to adopt a dog.  We thought about it for awhile, trying to figure out if we wanted a big dog or a little dog (faced with the apartment restrictions of course), old dog or puppy.  We both stalked the humane society website regularly until one day I saw a new littler of puppies, which were basically the cutest things ever. Jeremy wasn’t home at the time and I was practically pacing around the apartment until I could show him this puppy I *had* to have.  When I finally got a hold of him I convinced him we needed to go to the Humane Society right away.  When we got there, only two of the Siberian Husky/Golden Retriever litter were left- a boy and a girl.

Seriously. How could we resist such a little thing?

Seriously. How could we resist such a little thing?

We scooped up the boy, Peter, and hung out with him for a little while in the visiting room they have.  He was so shy, and kept trying to hide under the bench, but we knew we had to have him.  About an hour later, after all the requisite paperwork (and money- oh the cost), we left the humane society and headed off to PetSmart where we spent a small fortune. Then we went home to try and settle on a name for our new puppy; let’s be honest, Peter is a super lame dog name. After a day of options, we agreed on Puckett- as a nod to Kirby Puckett (ironically, they share a birthday, which we were completely oblivious to when we named him). Jeremy says his name is also ecause he looked like a little hockey puck bouncing off the walls in our apartment 😉

Puck enjoying a cold brew at 6 months. (don't worry, it was empty)

Puck enjoying a cold brew at 6 months. (don’t worry, it was empty)

Just like the first day we met him, Puck is still pretty anti-social, except on his own terms. He’s loyal as can be, but definitely needs his personal space and alone time every day.  We get quality cuddles with him every night, and he’s already very protective of our whole family. He’s ridiculously smart, but uses it to his advantage quite often too.  He’s also our little destroyer of things, aka the garbage disposal.  The list of things he has eaten is never-ending and includes multiple socks, shoes, food, towels, futons and who knows what else.  Thankfully, he’s survived this all, and we really just laugh when we notice yet another item missing from the house.

Recent picture of the Monsterdog

Recent picture of the Monsterdog

So that’s the story of how Puckett joined our family two and a half years ago. We couldn’t image life without him.

Hi, everyone!

This is my/our new attempt at documenting our ups and downs on this crazy path we call life. A brief introduction until I can do some proper blabbing… my name is Steph.  I live in Minnesota with my college sweetheart-turned-husband, Jeremy.  Our life in a quick summary goes something like this:

September, 2004: meet during move-in weekend freshman year of college

November, 2004: start dating

2004-2009: lots of majors, apartments, and growing up

July, 2009: move-in together

December, 2009: get engaged

May, 2010: adopt the first pup, Puckett

November, 2010: tie the knot

June, 2011: buy our first house

August, 2011: adopt 2nd pup, Levi

January, 2012: find out we’re having a baby

August, 2012: welcome Miss Lolo to the family!

So that’s 8 years in a minute.  I’m thinking I’ll do a quick post for each of those so we have our family history in writing. Expect the rest of this blog to be a mix of baby stuff, home reno posts (when we actually find the time!), recipes, puppies, and just some random blabbering. I hope to use this as a way to document our little life so we can look back on it when we’ve forgotten these early years together.  Welcome to our family!

P.S. This is my second attempt at a blog. If you’d like to see the first attempt, click here.