Monday, October 3, 2016

Corinne at 8 Months

Eight months old! I can't believe it and I love it at the same time. She is the best little sidekick a woman could ask for. Shes so giggly and playful. And that smile she throws when she squishes up her eyes, wrinkles her nose, and flashes those two little front teeth just kills me every time.

She's still not crawling, but somehow is still mobile? Explain that one to me. I have never seen so much controlled flopping. I should probably be impressed, really. Even though she's not crawling yet, she sure is close. I'm afraid to look away in case I miss it! Her favorite thing to do these days it to pull herself up to a standing position using anything she can get her hands on. Shes definitely not steady enough to be trying to move or let go, but shes getting more and more brave. It's a good thing those diapers add some padding, there have been a lot of falls.

She's getting more aware of what is going on around her, and forming her own little opinions. it's been funny. She is the most flirty little girl ever and if there is another kid around, no matter the age, she just wants to play. Its getting harder for her to see her friends that are 9-12 months older than her without feeling left out. When she finally can crawl and be able to keep up a little better she will be much happier!

But with this greater awareness comes some other great things. I think my favorite is that she has fallen in love with books. They are her favorite toy to play with right now and sitting on my lap reading a book is about the only way I can get her to sit still right now. I just keep on reading them to her over and over again. If she falls in love with reading then I will be such a happy mom. That's almost all I want as a mother. Almost.

But just like always we love our little girl and can't wait to see what else is coming our way!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Amazing Grout Cleaner

I tend to be a little skeptical of these miracle cleaning solutions that I see online. Unless someone I know has tried it, then I try to stick with things I know. However, our new house has tile counter tops and floors in several places and the grout was giving me nightmares. So before I went out and spent money on a cleaner I figured I'd actually try one from materials I had on hand. And it worked!

My inspiration came from this blog post. I will say I didn't follow it exactly. Instead of measuring it out, I just added bleach to a bowl of baking soda until I had a consistancy that I liked, although it was really close to the same proportions of 1/4 bleach to 3/4 cup baking soda. I scrubbed each line with a toothbrush, then let it sit for 30-60 minutes (I went and did another chore). Then I wiped everything down with a wet rag that I was continuously rinsing out. Once I felt like I had all the mixture cleaned away, I went back over the counter with just a safe, all purpose cleaner just to make sure I had gotten the bleach off.

I like this mixture for two reasons. First, I feel like the graininess makes a big difference in actually scrubbing out the dirt and grime from the grout with the toothbrush. The cleaning mixture was definitiely coming out pretty gross. The second reason I like it is because the bleach works to remove the stains and get it back to the light color it is supposed to be. While I was working Brett kept asking "Are you sure that this is going to be worth it?" and I am happy to report that it worked so well that once it was all cleaned off and dried, we both decided it was totally worth it. Now the next step is to tackle the floors in the kitchen, entry, laundry, and bathroom. So lots of work to come!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Anniversary Date: Baby Free for the First Time

We had quite the glamorous day on Saturday for our fifth anniversary. Most people spend most of the day cleaning their house, right? Oh that's just us?

But really it was a great day. We woke up at our normal time (having a baby will do that to you) but brought the baby back into bed with us for some family cuddles. We are always pretty strict about Corinne not sleeping in bed with us, but I do love when we have the chance for Saturday morning cuddles. And I can't help thinking of what it will be like in a few months when my baby bump transforms to a baby and all four of us are hanging out.

Unfortunately we have to all eat eventually, so we had to get up and get going on the day. The house we just moved into has had renters for at least the last decade and is a little worse for wear. Brett and I both get a little anxious when there are obvious things that need to be taken care of, so we had decided earlier in the week that Saturday was going to be our deep cleaning day. I mean like baseboards, walls, grout, everything deep cleaned kind of day. I'm so happy with the result and it really made a big difference in our ability to relax over the rest of the weekend. And I am so happy with the cleaner mixture I used on the grout that I'm pretty sure I'm going to write a whole post about it. I'm seriously in love.

Once Corinne woke up from her nap and was ready to play, Brett took her to run errands while I got ready to go out for dinner and they returned with flowers. I've never been the kind of girl that needs flowers and gifts, but as I get older I appreciate fresh flowers in general more and more, but even to the point where I sometimes just buy them myself to have in the house. It was a nice little surprise.

But now to the good part! Our first date without a baby! We have been so lucky to have formed some really great friends here that we have felt comfortable enough to leave Corinne with during some important doctors appointments. And luckily they were willing to watch her for us that night too so we had the chance to go out to dinner. We headed to downtown Laguna Beach and went to an amazing little Italian restaurant just one block up from the waterfront. We had just enough time to walk through the downtown shops and watch the sun set at the beach after dinner. As much as I felt like I was missing an appendage, it was so nice to just be Brett and Robyn for a while instead of Dad and Mom. We definitely need to do things like this more often, especially before we jump back into having a newborn again.

We picked up Corinne in time to get her down for bed, grabbing some frozen yogurt on the way. We tag-teamed Corinne's bedtime routine, each of us getting in some baby cuddles and reminisce even more about how far we have come in the last five years and our incredible little family. Once she was down, we finished off the night with stuffing our faces with frozen yogurt and watching some TV.

To me, it was the perfect way to celebrate the life we have after five years of marriage. We didn't ignore our normal life, bur instead celebrated all parts of that life. The daily grind, the baby, the routines, and feeling so peacefully content and happy with where we are and where we are going.