double digit months!

Ruthie was 10 months yesterday! She is able to do so much more than even a month ago. She can crawl and pull herself up to standing position! She can say "uh-oh" on command, and raise her arms when we ask "how big is Ruthie?" She is getting more adventurous with solid foods but still is her mother's child and loves unhealthy foods! She wants to be friends with Maebe (much to Maebe's chagrin). Still sleeping through the night, but Ruthie isn't as restful for her nap times, and it takes her longer to fall asleep. She is smiley as ever, and a great baby!


big announcement!!

I'm starting a business! It's called Merry Prints, and it's an Etsy shop where I'll be selling prints that I have designed. 

I have been wanting to do something like this for awhile, so I'm excited that I had a deadline (Christmas shopping season) to make me actually do it! 

The prints will come in three different sizes (5x7, 8x10, 11x14), or you can buy a digital copy of those three sizes for just $4. I will continue to do freelance projects as well, for an hourly rate.

Here are a couple of the prints, but I encourage you to check out my shop here. And please follow me on Facebook/Instagram, @MerryPrints.

Thank you for your support!!


9 month photos

We made it to 9 months! Ruthie is ALMOST crawling, but she can definitely get across the room! She is eating chopped fruit and Cheerios now, so widening her pallet. Still sleeping through the night, but her naps are not as restful. It takes her longer to fall asleep too. She weighed 18 pounds at her checkup, and was in the 54th for weight, 99% for height, and 91% for head size. She is close to make coherent words. We love the bucket swings, and our daily walks. :-)


let's talk about MLMs (aka pyramid schemes)

I have been asked before if I wanted to join certain multi-level marketing companies. You've seen them before -- they're usually selling some kind of health products. They thrive on their distributors getting more distributors, who get more distributors (picture a pyramid structure). 

The problem with these companies, is that it's really hard to make money if you're a distributor. They target stay at home moms wanting to make a little extra dough by promising them "You can work from home in your pjs!" But the employees have to spend a lot of upfront money buying the products. Then there is a surplus of all these products (that not many people want to buy anyway) and WAY too many distributors for them! Because remember, the more people you recruit to sell them, the more money you allegedly make. 

So who is making the money? Only the people at the very top! They live ridiculous lifestyles and are treated like cult members at the conventions. I think the whole thing is sad and I agree with John Oliver here by saying #thisisapyramidscheme.


30th birthday california trip recap!

Better late than never! For our 30th birthdays, my college friends Kelly and Ashley went to Northern California for five days without the kiddos to celebrate! We stayed two nights with my sister and Sanjay in San Francisco, and then drove four hours north to Westport, where Ashley's family owns a home on the coast.

In SF we hung out at Dolores Park, which is right near my sister's condo. We also did a day trip to Sausalito, and took the ferry back. That is where the windy picture was taken! On the way to Westport, we stopped at a few wineries which was so relaxing. The drive was so pretty, each curve was a gorgeous view (besides Kelly throwing up once :-). 

The sweet town of Westport is home to only 50 residents. It. is. tiny. One day we drove 40 minutes into Mendocino, which is a really cute town on the water. Another day Kelly and Ashley went to the Sea Glass Beach which they said was neat, but I actually stayed at the house and read outside! I also napped. It was marvelous. Every night we would drink wine in the hot tub while watching the sunset.

It was sad to leave, but I was missing Ruthie. Matt was a trooper by watching her! Here are the photos of the trip!


ruthie's nursery photos

Better late than never right? Actually I was waiting for the final touch to Ruthie's nursery -- a painting by my very talented niece Mary Grace. We love it so much!

Because we didn't know Ruthie's gender before the delivery, I went with gray and yellow for the colors (to be honest, I probably would have still done yellow instead of pink). My friend Kandice gave me the cute signs that say Be Brave Little One, and You Are Our Greatest Adventure. 

On the shelf is a music box and teacup that I had when I was a baby. My mom gave those to me at my baby shower.

My brother-in-law built the changing table for my nephew, Myer. I love how it has the little compartments to hold everything she needs, and the milk crates I registered for fit perfectly underneath to hold the diapers. It's a big changing table and a small room, but it fit perfectly in the closet.

I wanted my dad to be present in the room, so I put his old guitar that he gave to me in there, as well as a framed photo of him. I want her to know how great of a man her Pop Pop was.

I love this little nursery, and I hope Ruthie grows to love her room too!