Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some firsts...

It was a big weekend for us at the Pit house, so we'll do a little run down of what's new with us.

First, on Sunday, Little Pit was baptized. What made it even more special was that the Reverend that married Mr. Pit and I was there to assist with the baptism (he had left our church on sabbatical 2 years ago) and we had NO idea he'd be there, so that was great. He had never seen Little Pit before, so there were lots of smiles all around.
Little Pit with her two Godmothers

Little Pit was a great sport throughout the entire service, though she didn't love the water being poured over her head, she did great and we got lots of compliments from the congregation.

Then, last night she had her FIRST rice cereal meal. She absolutely loved it and my Mom and I laughed throughout the entire thing. She looked SO stinking cute with cereal all over her face and chin, and she loved grabbing the spoon from me and putting it in her own mouth. I of course didn't get ANY pictures since I was focused on her being comfortable in her bumbo as well as not getting rice cereal everywhere.

She is 5 months old now and I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. She is a TOTAL joy and we are just so so so lucky to have a baby with her temperament.
Little Pit working hard to sit on her own
And, we fell over, but it's so funny that we just laugh and laugh

Anyways, tonight Mr. Pit and I have date night, yahoo! We are going to 333 Belrose, one of our favorite restaurants near our house, I can't wait :)

Then we go to the Outer Banks on Sunday and I am so excited for the trip I already started packing!! We will be staying ON THE BEACH in Duck for an entire 7 days. Lil' Pup won't be making the trip since we think that taking Little Pit is going to be time consuming enough, one of these days he'll go on vacation with us.

I'll post more about the OBX soon, I am hopeful that we'll get our Christmas card picture taken when we're down there...cross your fingers!

Hope everyone has a great day!
xoxo Mrs. Pit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I love Facebook

And not for the reasons you think...

I am a firm believer that if you ask for help, 99 times out of 100, you will get it. This is why I love Facebook. I put a request out there for help finding full time child care for Little Pit because our Nanny fell through. I was SUPER stressing about this and did not have a good night as a result.

Within 24 hours I have Little Pit signed up to be in a home daycare near our house that has been personally recommended by a friend. Her daughter goes there too and she had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. I am going to visit tomorrow, and I am hoping it's as good as it sounds. I had a great chat with the owner/caretaker today and I like her already.

Oh, and I also bought a TV console today as well that is perfect and I got it for 1/3rd less than the one I loved at Pottery it's made of solid wood and hand stained, nothing factory done like some of the catalog pieces I liked.

So, all in all a MUCH better day than yesterday, yahooooo!!

Hope everyone had a good day as well, I'll post pictures of the new console as soon as we get it in the house!

xoxo Mrs. Pit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Back to work

So, I have to go back to work in a month and I am already losing sleep over it, and the mere thought of leaving Little Pit with someone for the day either at our house or in a daycare makes me sick to my stomach.

Both Mr. Pit and I wanted to see if we could swing it financially if I didn't go back to work at all, and my work was generous enough to let me take an extra 3 months to be home with Little Pit (unpaid of course). In this time we have realized that it is a lot harder than we thought it would be to live off one income. We didn't do so well paring down our spending, even though I haven't bought clothes for myself or Little Pit, I have bought shoes, and things like diapers, wipes, and other baby things don't just arrive for free at your doorstep. We also are eating at home more, but still have date night once every 2 weeks, as well as other nights out with friends or getting take out, so our food dollars haven't gone as far as we'd like them to either.

Secondly, being home during the day and noticing things around the house that should be fixed, updated, replaced or improved upon has become a slight obsession of mine. In the 5 months of being home I have come up with the following projects.

1. Buy a new TV Console since the table the TV is on now is tippy and has a glass top, a major no-no for an almost crawler/puller-upper/walker.

2. Redo the front walkway. This all started because I don't have enough room to open the door to get Little Pit and her car seat out of the back of the car and up onto the sidewalk easily. Then it turned into re-doing the stairs and the walkway. Then I thought it would be nice to have a little retaining wall go up the driveway. Two $7,000 estimates later Mr. Pit told me to shove it.

3. Redo the back deck. We didn't take very good care of our wood deck for the past 3 years and no we either have to get it cleaned and re-sealed or torn up and redone. This was also a multi-thousand dollar project where I was also told I was out of my mind.

4. Redo the bathroom. We only have 1 full bathroom in our house and it's small, really small. So small that I get in a fight with Mr. Pit almost every night because there isn't enough room in there to brush our teeth and get ready for bed at the same time. I want to expand out into the hallway, rip out the linen closet and make the whole thing bigger. Mr. Pit won't even let me call a contractor for that one because he knows it will be too expensive to do.

5. Put on a master bedroom addition. This is actually ludicrous enough to make Mr. Pit laugh out loud.

Do you see how my brain has WAY too much time to process all these things, and how they go from a few hundred dollars to multiple thousands?! Mr. Pit thinks this is a good reason to go back to work.

So I got a bit off tangent, but the point is I have to go back to work. Not even to pay for all the things I listed above, but to literally pay our bills and keep up with the lifestyle we had pre baby. It's not like we were out partying and buying crazy stuff, but we were active and out and about and though we don't get out as often, we'd still like to be able to pay for it when we do get the time.

The 2nd, or 80th point, whatever, of this post is that it will break my heart to leave her but I know I have to. I know it will be harder for me than it will be for her, and that both of us will benefit from it in the end. I certainly am not permanently scarred from my Mother working when I was young, I actually have nothing but happy childhood memories of preschool and baby sitters and whoever I was around.

Someone tell me I will get through am I supposed to leave this face!?

Monday, September 13, 2010

My own birthday present...

So, every year I buy at least one gift for myself for my birthday. I don't plan it like that, but it's normally something small-ish and something I haven't asked anyone for, so I just treat myself :)

This year it was Ugg sneakers. They just came in the mail today and I've been wearing them from the moment I opened the package. I love them, they are as comfortable as they are cute, and I see myself getting a LOT of wear out of them this fall :)

They were also on sale from Nordstrom, and I got wind of it through my email account with "Shop It To Me" and I got a rebate with about awesome!!

Here they are, do you like them??

Other than that, Little Pit is playing on her playmat (She LOVES to look at herself in the mirror that hangs down from the center) and I am enjoying this awesome weather!!

Hope everyone has a great week!

xo Mrs. Pit

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Time to get judgy...

So, I'm pretty on top of what is available in terms of baby fashion for girls. I know what I like, and what I want Little Pit dressed in depending on the occasion.

I don't believe in spending a ton of money on clothes she will most likely grow out of in months maybe weeks, but I, like everyone else can't say no to some things. My ONE splurge for her is Lilly stuff, and she actually got a LOT of wear out of her little dresses this summer thank goodness.

Anyways, onto the judging.

Baby Gap has SKINNY JEANS for babies. Let me say it again. SKINNY JEANS.

Sorry, but I don't think it's appropriate OR ok for fashion to be shoved down babies throats...they are babies for crying out loud. SKINNY JEANS? Are you kidding Baby Gap? Do you really think I am worried about showing off my baby girls legs or butt? Um no. And I'll tell you another thing, if she thinks she is wearing skinny jeans before she is a teenager, she's out of her ever loving mind.

Here are the offenders...and to top it off they are $25!! You think I'm going to buy my BABY $25 pants that she will out grow by December? Um, NO.

Sorry Baby Gap, you crossed the line on this one. I can accept all the onesies with the craptastic writing on it (though I won't let Little Pit wear it), but the Skinny Jeans had me turn on my heels and walk out of there as fast as I could.

Ok, rant over...hope you all are enjoying the weekend!

xo Mrs. Pit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shopping anyone?

So I have to admit, that since I have been home with Little Pit for the past 4 months, I have been a bit of a cost center as opposed to a bread winner. HOWEVER, I have gotten some great deals over the summer and am looking forward to using my shopping prowess in the fall as well before I have to go back to work in the middle of October.

First of all, SCOUT has the CUTEST fall line ever. They have come out with some GREAT new bags and patterns and though I am not going back to school I plan on stocking up on a few just for good measure. Also, if you want a discount code I have one, so leave a comment and I'll get it to you!

Second of all, Patagonia is going to be on Rue La La on Monday. Someone needs a new ski jacket and I think Monday might be the day to get it :)

Third of all, Little Pit does NOT want to nap this afternoon, so my real Third Of All has left my brain completely listening to her cry in her crib. Sorry!

Hope everyone is getting some good deals this fall as well!

xoxo Mrs Pit

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So...I turned 30

I turned 30 on Monday and I have to tell you, being 30 has been great so far, all 2 days of it :)

We had friends over on Monday night to celebrate the occasion, (Mr. Pit turned 36 on Thursday, so it was a full weekend of birthday fun) and it was a perfect low key night, just like we wanted.

Little Pit also got into the fun, as you can see from the picture below :)

(And before you go reporting us to authorities, it was empty and she never took any kind of sip, she is just loves to reach for things. )

It was a great Labor Day weekend, hope you enjoyed yours as well!

And here's one more picture just for good measure, she loves her Bumbo now and it's so great to have her be able to sit in it for a bit to play