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What A Week   2 comments

This week was one of those weeks. You know what I’m talking about… work was stressful, the house was in a constant state of disarray, there was never enough time in the day… oh yeah, and I got rear-ended on the way to work on Tuesday morning.

Thankfully, aside from a little residual soreness, no one was hurt and, best of all, one of Cincinnati’s finest witnessed the collision. This was the first accident I have ever been involved in (and I hope my last) and I feel like I have taken on a part-time job dealing with the claim process. So far, the damage is assessed at $1496.06, but that’s just based on the visible damage. The estimator said there is additional damage that will be noted when the car is “torn down”.  I hope that everything is fixed quickly and that I will soon be back on the road in my good old Saturn.

In other news, Millie Louise turned 14 months old on Friday! Nate and I have really noticed a huge change in her over this past month. She took her first steps, jabbers all the time, and looks less like a baby and more like a little girl. Since her first few steps, Millie has decided she still prefers to crawl, but the little stinker can walk. She has developed a bit of separation anxiety this month (she cries for a while when we leave her in the church nursery) and even cried once when Nate left her at Janette’s (our sitter). She is starting to get picky about her food— she loves hot dogs, but doesn’t like veggies. She likes milk (it took a while for her to get used to it) and, when she tastes something she likes, she says “mmmmmmm!” She LOVES to play with Major, look at baby pictures of herself, and read books. She is a joy to be around and I’m so thankful to have her to come home to after a stressful day at work.


Posted June 30, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Millie

I keep forgetting I have a blog   2 comments

When Nate and I started this blog, we imagined weekly posts full of charming anecdotes and witty humor. I really thought once weekly posts would be do-able- I mean, I would probably have to narrow down topics each week since Millie would be so entertaining and full of blog-worthy material. Well, a year and a half later, I am a blog failure. Sometimes I forget that we even have a blog! Thankfully for my 3 readers, my lovely sister Jennifer gently reminded me that it has been a while since my last post. Thanks, Jen!

So, time to fill you all in on life. We’ve actually been pretty busy at the Keyse house. Nate is taking a summer class, the first course of his Master’s degree program. He’s taking Basic Counseling Theories and Methods as an online course and it’s been a nice way for him to ease back into “student mode”. This Fall he will take 3 classes while continuing to work full-time. It’s going to be a crazy few years, but we’re excited to see what God has in store for him in a future career as a counselor. I (Julie) am excited to report that I passed my second underwriting exam (there are four total) and I am looking forward to new challenges at work. The financial group that I work for has three different life insurance companies and I recently accepted an offer for an underwriting position with one of the other companies. This will allow me to underwrite an entirely different market and enhance my experience for future endeavors. And, now, let me fill you in on the most interesting Keyse of all— Millie. The girl is BUSY. She is constantly on the move. She’s not walking on her own yet, but walks along all of the furniture and crawls very fast whenever she “runs out” of couch. Her favorite activities? Throwing toys in and out of her crib.

Crawling as fast as she can while she explores the house…

And laughing at her parents. She pretty much thinks we’re the funniest people EVER. Having a baby is so good for one’s ego.

Millie was fussing in the car the other day (she’s not a huge fan of the car) and so I started singing a song, making it up as I went along. I made Nate join in, mainly because I like to make him do stupid stuff, and Millie LOVED it. The lyrics include the phrase “Millie is a princess, Millie Louise” and she would crack up whenever she heard her name. I couldn’t see her very well, but I’m pretty sure she was swaying and dancing as much as she could in her car seat. The kid loves to dance. And we love to watch her.

We are getting ready for a visit from Jennifer and Tony, so I am sure that next week I will have a great post, full of pictures and stories, but for now, I must sign off. Not because I don’t have anything else to say, but because Millie is a wild woman and I want to go play with her. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this little face!


Posted June 13, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Millie, Nathaniel

So When Are You Having Another One?   1 comment

Millie turned one and life has changed in so many ways. No more bottles (yay!!). A LOT more tantrums (Millie does not like being told ‘no’). And, we’ve heard a lot of one particular question: Now that Millie’s one, when are you having another baby? The answer: I have no clue. Part of me wants to try for another baby now. The kids would be close in age and hopefully would be playmates. But, there’s another part of me that realizes that Millie is very much still a baby herself and I don’t want to lose focus on her. So, for the time being, we are not making any definite plans to have another baby quite yet.

But then again, another part of me does miss those newborn days…

Posted May 26, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

My Favorite Baby Things   2 comments

This time last year I was anxiously counting down the last several weeks before my due date. I was honored at two showers and given many generous gifts to make welcoming my baby girl into our home as easy as possible. This year, I have several friends who are expecting their own little babies in Spring or Summer, and, in case they read my blog, I wanted to provide a kind of review for all things baby.  While I am not an expert on what every parent needs, I must say that our first 9 months with a baby have been pretty easy and, while a lot of this has to do with the fact that we were blessed with a great baby, some of it might have to do with having the right stuff on hand.

Here are the things I couldn’t live without:

  • My #1 baby item was… my Boppy pillow!! For a breastfeeding mother, it is a must-have item. It makes feeding much more comfortable and, even when we switched to bottle-feeding, we used it a lot. I know some people who have used the My Breast Friend pillow and have found it superior— I can’t speak to this personally, but my advice to every new mom is to get some sort of feeding support pillow. YOU WILL USE IT.
  • Swing… Millie was not a fussy newborn, but she did have a fussy time each evening when neither Nate nor I could seem to comfort her. For this 2 hour time period, the swing was a life-saver. We would put her in the swing and all was right with the world. Millie never did like the bouncy seat, but she loved her swing.
  • Babywise… I read a lot of books about different sleep training/ parenting methods. I knew that attachment parenting wasn’t right for me and the concepts in Babywise made a lot of sense . If you’ve heard of the book and think it says to just let your baby cry and cry and cry, you are mistaken. If you think the book suggests that it does not harm a child to allow her to cry herself to sleep in an effort to establish stable sleeping habits, you are correct. I did not follow every word in the book to a “T”, but Nate and I used it as a guide. For example, the book explains the idea that a baby’s day is made up of segments— sleep time, feeding time and play time. During the middle of the night feeding, there is no playtime. I was careful during the middle of the night feeding to feed Millie and put her right back to bed (no extended cuddling or talking or playing) in order to help her differentiate night and day (it doesn’t sound so cruel, does it?). This definitely helped us avoid the months of sleeplessness that other parents endure. Millie started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks old and has slept consistently through the night almost every night since (the week she learned to roll over was tough, but as soon as she figured out how to roll the other way, we were back to nights of sweet slumber). I know that the “crying it out” method can be quite controversial, but I just had to mention this book in my favorite things.
  • Pampers… Truth be told, I wish I was cloth diapering, but I decided that, in light of my work demands, I did not want to add extra loads of laundry to my already too full to-do list. So, we are using disposable diapers. We have tried Pampers, Huggies and Target Brand (which I think fit like Huggies) and I am a Pampers girl all the way. They are less bulky than other brands and Millie does not have leaks when wearing Pampers (a few blow-outs, yes, but no pee leaks). Also, Millie has been wearing Target brand for a few weeks and she has gotten a pretty nasty diaper rash. I’m not 100% sure if these things are related, but Millie rarely got even a mild rash when wearing Pampers.
  • Huggies wipes… They’re the thickest!
  • Musical toys… Millie loves all things that play music. Her mobile still captivates her and her singing tea pot is a new favorite.
  • Camera… This isn’t really a baby item, but trust me, you want a good camera near by at all times when you have a baby. You can’t take too many pictures.

Now, onto the stuff you don’t need! BuyBuyBaby, Babies R Us, and Target don’t want you to read this next section, but too bad.

  • You do not need an expensive crib. The crib we got for Millie was under $70 and it has been great. I can’t believe people spend $300+ on a crib for a baby. Buy a nice mattress, but you do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on a crib! (Disclaimer— do make sure the crib meets all safety guidelines.)
  • You do not need new designer baby clothes. Babies grow fast and they spit up, poop and pee on themselves. Do NOT spend crazy amounts of money on their wardrobes. Get a few meaningful pieces new if you must, then go to Once Upon a Child and get the rest. Trust me.
  • You may not need a baby monitor. We used ours once when I was outside during Millie’s nap. I didn’t really need it then— I kept going inside to check on her. At night, we never used the monitor. Millie slept in a bassinet in our room for the first month so we obviously didn’t need the monitor then. When we put her in her crib, we chose not to turn on the monitor— we knew we’d hear her if she cried and we decided we didn’t need to hear all of the other noises (coos, sighs, grunts, ect) that would just disrupt our sleep. Plus, our house is TINY. We were never more than 15-20 steps from Millie’s crib even when we were on the other side of the house.
  • You do not need a Bumbo seat. We liked ours a lot and it comes in handy when we go to visit Millie’s grandparents’ house (it acts as a portable high chair) but, unless you have a small baby, your infant might out-grow the seat before you get your money’s worth.

Now, obviously this isn’t an extensive list. Other items like a breast pump, lots of bibs, a quality car seat, stroller, and a baby carrier (I liked my BabyBjorn when she was a newborn and now that she’s older I LOVE my Moby wrap) are important too, but, these things were my favorites especially when Millie was a little baby (6 months and younger). One other recommendation?? Choose a name that you love and one that lends itself to nicknames. Millie (aka Millie Lou, Mimi, Milou, Lou, Louie) agrees with me on that one.


Posted February 20, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

Saturday Mornings   1 comment

Sorry about the recent posts with NO pictures. Nate and I cleaned our house recently and put the charger for our camera battery in a place where we would be sure to find it. Too bad we can’t remember where that is… I have plans to turn my house upside down today searching for it, but until then, you are stuck  with just my word-y post.

Every other Saturday morning, Nate has his men’s Bible study so Millie and I get a little girl-time together. We miss Nate, of course, but these mornings are precious to me. I get Millie up and feed her and then we play. Sometimes she plays and I straighten up or she plays and I blog (like now), but most of the time, we are both sitting on the floor just playing. This won’t be a long post, because I want to get back to the fun stuff, but I just had to document what this special time means to me.

9-month-old Millie is VERY curious. She loves picking up a toy, examining it, and then either throwing it to the side or playing with it for a bit. Her favorite toys either light up or play music (music > lights). We spend a lot of time playing with the music toys. She bobs up and down with the beat of the song while I sing (to the tune of Yankee Doodle: “My first laptop is so fun/ it’s made just for me/ learning all about my home/ come along and see!”). She loves this time and so do I.

When we’re not singing and dancing, Millie is crawling everywhere! We have to block off the exit to the living room just to keep her contained in one room, but even then we have to keep a close watch on this girl. She loves to crawl to the front door and sit in front of it (trying to escape her crazy, singing mother perhaps?). She also loves to tug on power cords and pull CD cases off the entertainment center. These 2 activities have resulted in the first cries of “no-no!” from Nate and I. She hears us, turns sweetly, gives us a BIG smile (4 teeth now… so cute!) and then gets right back to whatever she’s not supposed to be doing. I see inevitable time-outs in our future…

Millie is working toward her next big milestone by trying to pull up into a standing position. She gets up into a kneeling position in front of the couch and  tries to stand. She has not been able to do it unassisted yet, but it’s only a matter of time. As I typed those last words, she crawled over to me and tried to pull up on my legs… Millie noticed that I am using the lap top (another favorite toy of hers) and wanted to get up on the couch so she can type! I’m going to take that as a sign that I need to get back to my girl. I have more to talk about… I trimmed her hair for the first time (no more mullet), our new babysitter is working out wonderfully, I have already started thinking about her first birthday party… but all that will have to wait for now! I find myself overwhelmed with how thankful I am for Millie Louise and for all the joy she has brought to Nate and me. This time last year I was so excited to meet my baby and now I’m “living the dream.”

Posted February 18, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Millie

Not Impressed   Leave a comment

Millie gets a note everyday from her sitter. Today’s note included the following information:

Today, I believe she bit her tongue. She was just sitting on the floor and started screaming. I noticed a little blood on her lip. I observed her for a few minutes and noticed a little blood on her tongue. She was not impressed. 😦

Poor little Millie Louise.

Posted February 16, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie, Uncategorized

Tiny, But Mighty   Leave a comment

Millie Louise is 9 months old! She is crawling everywhere (she is FAST), jabbers a lot (she says “Da da” and I swear she says “hi”), she loves to dance (bob up and down along to music), and has 3 teeth (she’s working on #4 now). She laughs out loud and likes to be tossed up in the air (which makes Daddy very nervous). She eats all fruits and vegetables and her current favorite food is apples. She still sleeps from 7 pm to 7 am on work nights. On the weekends, she sleeps from 8 pm until 8:30 am. Millie wears size 3 diapers and 6-9 month clothes (mainly because of the length). Millie weighs just 15 lbs 12 oz. That is pretty tiny for a 9 month old. Dr. Gibbons (our pediatrician) says she’s tiny, but mighty (she was not a big fan of her 9 month check up and let him know about it with her mighty voice). Before our appointment, I told Nate that I was hoping she would be 17 lbs. It might seem silly to “hope” for a specific weight, but I know so many moms out there who get to show off their chubby 6 month olds who weigh more than my 9 month old. I’ve always loved chubby babies and I’ve associated chubby rolls with health and happiness, so I think in the back of my mind I’ve been worried about my petite little girl’s slight stature. But, after talking to the doctor, I’m thinking about it differently. Millie is little, but she is still happy and healthy. She has hit all of her developmental milestones so far. She is an absolute joy! Maybe God just knew how much I cherish these baby days— these days when my little girl is small and cuddly and the perfect size for holding, hugging and tossing. These days of her being tiny are fleeting. Someday, she won’t fit so easily in my arms. Maybe God just decided to bless me with a tiny girl that I can comfortably hold for a little longer than other babies. I can’t believe she is going to be a year old in less than 3 months. I can’t slow things down, but I can  hold on to my baby while she is little and I’ll focus on being thankful for this little girl who is growing fast.

Posted February 1, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie