Archive for June 2011

A Special Visit, a Millie-Update and The Bathroom Project   Leave a comment

Wondering what’s been going on in the lives of the Keyse family? You’ve come to the right place! Here is a quick update:

Jen and Tony came to visit!!! We love when they are in town. Nate and I always enjoy spending time with them (can someone please remind me why we don’t live next door to one another??) and now that Millie is here, visits seem even more special. Tony and Jen are so fun to be around and we had a wonderful time together.  This was Jen’s second time seeing Millie and Tony’s first time meeting his niece. Millie (and her parents) loved having them here.

Uncle Tony and Millie

Aunt Sister (Millie's special name for Jen) and Millie

 Millie is now 2 months old! I can hardly believe it. The past two months have been wonderful. Millie is such a sweet, charming baby. Here is her 2 month update:

  • Millie is 10 lbs 9 oz, 23 inches long with a head circumference of 14 & 3/4 inches—- all of the measurements are right about the 50th percentile
  • Our pediatrician thinks Millie’s beautiful blue eyes are here to stay (quite a surprise since my eyes are brown and Nate’s are hazel, but we think her blue eyes are perfect and suit her well)
  • Millie is sleeping through the night (she has since 5 weeks old!) and usually sleeps 8-9 consecutive hours in her own crib.
  • Millie is soft-spoken (so far). Her coos are barely louder than a whisper (in other words, she is not taking after Mom in this regard)
  • Millie LOVES to hang out in her pack-n-play and look at the toy giraffes on her toy bar. This is one of her favorite activities!

    2 months old on June 29th!

So far, Millie has been a such a sweet and easy baby. We love having her as part of the family. I overheard Jennifer tell her that “Jesus made you so sweet for your Mommy” and I am so thankful that He did! I have a few more weeks left of maternity leave and am excited that I get to enjoy the rest of this time off with such a good girl.

In other news, The Bathroom Project (yes, I am capitalizing the title to emphasize the scope of this thing) is going well. Nate and I know there’s no going back now. Phase 1 is complete— all of the old pink tiles are gone! We are working on Phase 2 (removing the old vanity and medicine cabinet, preparing the walls for new tile and paint) this weekend and we hope to begin Phase 3 (install new tiling) as early as Monday (we’ll celebrate the 4th of July with some shiny new subway tiles instead of fireworks). Then all we’ll have left to do is grout and seal the tiles, paint the walls, install the new pedestal sink/ mirror/ cabinet… ok, I guess I’m getting ahead of myself. There’s a lot left to do, but we’re on our way! Nate and I are enjoying the project so far. We’re sure that after tackling this, we’ll feel more confident in taking on ANY future home improvement projects.

the first tile we removed!

Phase 1 has been completed!

The rest of the summer is quite busy for our family. We are looking forward to the continuation and eventual completion of The Bathroom Project, a quick trip to Las Vegas where Millie will get to meet her Great-Great Grandmother (that’s right, 2 greats!), and I go back to work (sniff, sniff). We’ll keep you updated about all these exciting events as they unfold. But for now, allow me to leave you with one last oh-so-adorable picture of Baby Millie (I know she’s the one you really want to hear about!)…

Posted June 30, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Home Improvement, Julie, Medical, Millie, Nathaniel

The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives   2 comments

I am not being dramatic when I say that today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today is the day that Nate and I begin our bathroom remodel project! I have been wanting to remodel our bathroom since the day we moved in. Well, that’s not accurate. When we moved in our bathroom tile and tub were painted white. Now, you may be asking, why would someone paint their bathroom tiles and tub? Well we found out when I started to remove the paint last summer— pink tiles. Our house was built in 1959 (or ’58… I don’t remember which) right in the height of the pink bathroom craze. Apparently, we’re the first owners to want to change up the look. (I would actually be fine with the pink tiles, but some are cracked and in pretty bad shape, so we just decided to get rid of them all.) Here is a “before” picture of the bathroom.

And, while we’re replacing the tile, we decided to go ahead and remove the vanity that is currently in there, replace the sink, and re-paint the room for a full makeover. I really wanted to have the bathroom project done before Millie arrived, but, alas, time got away from us. It’s not too big of a deal to undertake this process with a baby in the house though. The bathroom is tiny and there’s only room for 1 person to chip away at the tile, so while one of us (me or Nate) works, the other person is on Millie-duty.

Here is how Millie and I spent our time while Nate set things up tonight. She played; I took pictures. Ah, I like Millie-duty. Anyway, neither Nate nor I have EVER done a home improvement project like this before. So, wish us luck! I will be excited to post “after” pictures soon (soon meaning in about 3-4 weeks… this is a HUGE project). I’ll leave you with a picture of the bathroom as it looked after being emptied and with a tarp down to protect the tub.

Is it bad that I already can’t wait for this project to be done??

Posted June 24, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Home Improvement, Julie, Millie, Nathaniel

Daddy’s Girl   Leave a comment

6 days old

8 weeks old

Millie will not fall asleep on my chest or in my arms, but, as the pictures above prove, she will happily nap on her daddy. I think we may have a Daddy’s Girl in the making.

Posted June 24, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Millie, Nathaniel

Fussy Time   4 comments

When I was a baby, my mom had to wake me up to feed me. I loved to sleep (I still do!). Apparently, Millie is going to take after me in this regard. She is a great sleeper. She sleeps 6-8 hours at night (she slept 9 hours this past Saturday). She also takes naps throughout the day. I put her in her crib while she is still awake and she typically fusses for a few minutes before falling right to sleep. The only time she has trouble putting herself to sleep is in the late evening hours. During this time, she is fussy and neither Nate nor I can comfort her, so I will sometimes let her fall asleep in her swing. I know, I shouldn’t use a sleep prop but, since she goes to sleep on her own for every other nap, I figure it’s ok to use the swing during these fussy times.

Tonight, Millie was fussing and just couldn’t fall asleep on her own when I put her down at 8, so I moved the swing into her room and told her that she should sit and the swing and just take some time to rest (we like to talk to her like she’s 7 years old, not 7 weeks old). Usually, she will fall asleep in the swing within about 5 minutes and I can then move her to her crib. I checked on her after a few minutes in the swing, but she hadn’t fallen asleep yet. I went back a few minutes after that and still the kid wasn’t asleep. In fact, she appeared WIDE awake. Typically, Millie can’t stay awake for more than an hour at a time, but tonight was a different story. I opened her door just a crack and took a picture of her awake in the swing because I thought she looked so sweet sitting there.

She didn’t notice me opening the door and paid no attention to me, the camera or the flash. She was just enjoying her time in the swing. She is such a sweet, happy baby. She did eventually fall asleep and now all I can think about is how much I’m looking forward to holding her when she wakes up. I LOVE this kid.

Posted June 22, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Thank You Note   Leave a comment

This past weekend, we packed up and headed to Millie’s grandparents’ house in Sharpsville, IN. Millie did great on the 3 hour car ride. She slept for the first 2 hours, then woke up (hungry), but fell back asleep after some coaxing from her dad. She got to meet her Great Aunt Valerie and second cousin Gwen as well as lots of wonderful family friends when Mark and Leslie hosted a meet and greet on Saturday afternoon. We had a great time showing off our 6 week old baby girl and Millie was a trooper through the whole thing, even though she did not get her regular naps that day. We had such a great time that we neglected to take any pictures from the day (we’re horrible, I know). It was supposed to be a meet and greet (no gifts) but it ended up being a bit more like a baby shower (gifts galore!). We appreciate how thoughtful and generous everyone was and I know little girls are just so fun to shop for, so I can’t blame people for picking up cute clothes and toys for Millie. We have been so lucky to be the recipients of many wonderful gifts. One of our closest friends even thought to give us an adorable, toddler-sized red chair.

When I was growing up, my mom did child care in our home. There was a designated chair that we referred to as the “bad boy” chair (no matter if it was to facilitate timeout for a boy or girl, we always called it a bad boy chair). I have always envisioned a little red ‘bad boy’ chair of my own. Geeky, I know, but now Millie has her very own bad boy chair. We won’t be using it for quite a while, but it’s ready (already set up in the corner of the kitchen) for whenever toddler Millie decides to misbehave. How thoughtful are the people in our lives?? When our friend heard about my desire for a red time-out chair, he quickly gave us the one pictured above. And so many others have offered gifts just because. So, to everyone that has been thoughtful enough to offer a gift to welcome Millie into our family, THANK YOU. You have made us feel so blessed. When Millie was born healthy, we felt like we knew we had been given the best gift of all. However, it has been so nice to have clothes in her closet, a stash of diapers and wipes available for changes, along with everything else that Millie needs and so many other items that just make life with an infant more convenient. THANK YOU all for loving Millie (and her parents and grandparents!), for holding her at church, for your kind words and genuine excitement when seeing her, and, most of all, THANK YOU for the gift of your continued prayers as we raise this wonderful little girl.

Posted June 14, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Millie

Toy Story   10 comments

Millie is now more than 5 weeks old and is doing great. She is more alert, staying awake for (slightly) longer periods during the day, and going 5 hours between feedings overnight (yeah!). Since she is doing so well, we decided that it was time to move her from the bassinet in our room to her own crib. In order to do this, I needed to “clean out” the crib. It had become a landing zone for the many stuffed animals that Millie Lou has accumulated during her 5 weeks of life, and, even though she is not moving around now, I wanted to make sure the crib was toy-free well before she becomes mobile. That means we needed toy storage in her room. Oddly enough, this is not something that I planned for when I decorated her nursery. I found the perfect solution at Target and, thanks to a generous gift card from Carl and Kathy Galietti (a thank-you note is coming your way!), Millie now has a place for her stuffed animals and all of her other toys too!

I think the toy bins will be GREAT for our growing girl. I envision her emptying one bin at a time, playing with the toys and then putting everything back in the bin before moving on to other toys (wishful thinking? I hope not!). Anyway, don’t her toys look so cute on display? I love that she will be able to see all of her toy options in the bins as opposed to searching through a toy box for a something that is all the way at the bottom. Hopefully Millie will be dorky like me and get excited about home organization…

Posted June 7, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized