y baby girl has great big dimples. She also loves to nosh on her fingers! So while I'm trying to get a picture of her dimples and the smile that makes me melt, I inevitably get 90% of her eating her fingers, 9% of her one eyebrow cocked "What are you doing face?" and 1% of the smile I've been hoping to capture.

Eating Fingers

Think I'm exagerating? How about this grouping taken the next day, I never managed to get the smile and she was soooooo squimry.


That's my baby girl, open mouth... insert fingers.

I thought for a while about going with a nickname, but I'm opting not to for now. Mainly, if she does have people google her when she is school aged and they somehow find out about the blog anyway, they're more likely to tease her with the nickname.

So, my baby girl's name is Kirsten. We opted for the Swedish pronunciation, which sounds like Keerstin.

Baby Bits

fully intended to share all the bits as I got her nursery ready, then we got a call saying she'd be induced a week early. So, we kicked it into high gear and didn't quite finish in time with all the little things we needed to do before our baby girl came. I spent a few days after we brought her home adding a few butterflies to girl it up, we kept her nursery very neutral until she came home. Doctors have been known to make mistakes.

14 Weeks Yummy Fingers

For three months I was home with her, with every intention to begin blogging again. However, everything I could think of to write about was "baby, baby, baby"... I don't really want to be a "mommy blogger", it doesn't really fit with what my blogs theme and goals are. If, however, I'm not writing at all, that's not much of a blog either. Right now, my life revolves around my baby girl, and sorting and organizing the massive amounts of stuff she seems to require. I'm going to give in and do a bit of an organizing for baby series to get all these topics and bits out of my head and be able to move back to more adult topics as well. They'll start in August, in the meantime, I'll share a bit about my baby girl.

I'll start with a question for you, when you blog about your children, do you use their real names or a psuedonym? I have a nickname for my daughter, but I doubt it will fit her indefinitely. I also wonder if I should keep it to a psyuedonym for her privacy once school starts and friends possibly searching her name online.


Here's a pic from the day she was born, her fingers were so tiny, yet so long. She was born on "tax day", April 15, and was a little peanut, just 6 lbs 11 oz and 18.5 inches. Today people guess that she is 6-8 weeks vs the 14 weeks that she actually is. She has light brown/dark blonde hair and blue eyes, and is the prettiest baby I've ever seen. Of course I'm biased, but I'm terribly smitten with her and count my blessings every day that she's in my life.

14 Weeks Camping Cooling Off

I went back to work 2 weeks ago full-time, and every day is a struggle. However, that's what I need to do for our family right now. I'm a full-time working mom, but in the interest of full disclosure... something had to give. That's right, I can't do it all and I have the utmost respect for those who can. I have a lovely woman who comes to my house once a week to vacuum, dust, clean my bathrooms and kitchen counters. Maybe one day I can go back to trying to do it all, but for now I had to give up something and was more than happy to give up the cleaning aspect of housework. Yes, I write a blog that has a heavy focus on homemaking, and I gave up the house cleaning. I still have to keep an organized picked-up (mostly) house to make it as easy as possible for her. I'll still have to do Spring Cleaning and Fall Cleaning and yardwork and have plenty of things to write about. However, toilet bowl cleaner will no longer be something I'll be making a recommendation for, not that I did before.