“True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well being of one’s companion”
-President Hinckley

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

help me please

Hello all you mothers out there.
My baby cries pretty much all the time. I have tried Mylicon, Gripe Water, Pedialyte, and baby Zantac, but still she cries for the majority of the day. She has some times of pleasantness that last like 15min at a time, but then she all the sudden freaks out and starts crying again. I'm out of ideas. Help!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

bad news bears

Found out that the Army has hosed us...again
apparently they typed the wrong report date on Dan's orders
so we actually report to Norfolk at the end of June. Not August
which means we don't get to spend the 4th of July with my family
or see Dave before he goes on his mission
or go to the cabin
or have any kind of vacation before we leave.
It also means that we only have a few weeks to get everything ready to move
and Dan is still in San Antonio
so this responsibility falls solely on my shoulders.
what joy is mine.
I'm in Wichita now with my parents,
but now I need to go back to Manhattan and pack things we'll need right away
decide what things to throw out and what to keep
and pack all our valuables.
Hopefully Dan can get our travel arrangements made so the Army will pack and ship our stuff
but who knows.
We still don't have a place to live, so here's hoping we find something.

You guys, this sucks. We're stressed.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Haven't Updated in a While-- this is a long one

Dan is in San Antonio, so I have been really busy... and really bored. I'll explain:
-Dan is my best friend, so when he's gone I don't have anyone to talk to or play with=bored
-Also when he's gone, I'm a single parent. And, let me tell you, it's hard=busy
-Doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day now that Evelyn is here and I'm alone=busy
-Because I'm alone with a new baby, I drove to Wichita and am spending some time with my parents, which is great because then I get to have some breaks from baby duty
-However, the down side to this is that there is nothing to do=bored

But, mostly I'm just trying to keep up with my little girl. Some days are better than others. On the good days she smiles and has pleasant play times before her naps, but the bad days are horrific. Those are the days that she's fussy ALL DAY LONG. Those are also the days that I pray for someone to come home soon so I can go for a drive or run some errands by myself. It's amazing the tole a day of crying can take on you. But, she's mostly good now that she has her acid reflux medicine. I spend my days holding Evelyn, watching movies, and reading books. Exciting right?

Random thought:
Today we have had exceptionally bad weather. They have been threatening us with tornadoes, floods, and thunderstorms all day long. Usually, this would scare me to death and send me running to the basement for the duration of the day, but today was different. The weather did make me extremely nervous because I have a crippling fear of tornadoes, but I found that most of my thoughts were about my little girl instead of being afraid for me. I kept thinking of the things I could grab for her in a moments notice, like blankets and my diaper bag, and what I would do if a tornado came our way; roll into a ball with her in the middle, in case you were wondering. My mom and dad wanted to hold her, but I found that I wasn't comfortable unless I was holding her and I would just hover in their general area until they gave her back. I have never felt so protective of anyone or anything is my whole life and the sensation took me completely by surprise. Do you ever get used to that? I love that little girl more than life itself and I would do anything to keep her safe. It's quite overwhelming. Thank you, tornadoes, for making me realize yet again how much this little one means to me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Great Weekend

This weekend:
  • Dan graduated from Vet School! These four years have been really tough on us both, but especially on him, so we're ecstatic that he's done.
  • Dan's parents came into town
  • as did mine, for graduation
  • we all went out to dinner
  • Evie got a lot of attention. There were days when I barely got to hold her at all, and I missed her
  • Our little Evelyn Louisa was blessed by her daddy and both grandpas
  • And, Dan and I got to go on a date, without the squidge.

Dr, Daniel Christensen

Evie right before her blessing. She's wearing the same dress I wore for my blessing. Pretty special.

Pretty amazing.

However, Dan left today for San Antonio and Evie and I won't see him for 5 weeks. :(
We are really going to miss him. Mostly me, but I'm sure she will too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My angel

Evie is a month old now and we've both learned a lot.
I know just how to comfort her when she cries
and what different cries mean.
she is now successfully on a schedule, which means we're both happier
she is also now on acid reflux medicine, so she doesn't cry all the time anymore
I consistently get around 7 hrs of sleep a night.
she's learned that her favorite place to be is on me
which, I confess, is my favorite as well.
she'll fall asleep very quickly if I hold her tight to me
and then we cuddle before I put her down for a nap
she loves being outside
and goes on walks with Dan every day.
we can't imagine life without our Evie
even if life with her is more complicated.

Monday, May 9, 2011

mother's day

I love my mom
and, I love being a mom

Mother's day is pretty great

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Things to love today

Last night was really rotten and I didn't get much sleep, so to cheer myself up, here is a list of things I love today:

  1. Bavarian danishes
  2. kettle cooked chips
  3. comfy yoga pants
  4. Dr. Duff
  5. children's Zantac
  6. Brandon Sanderson -- look him up. You won't be disappointed
  7. peanut M&M's
  8. a husband who comes home and lets me take a nap
  9. Sara Lee honey-wheat bread
  10. peanut butter
It's not a coincidence that most of the things on this list are food. I'm hungry all the time and food is really yummy. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Still Alive

It occurs to me that all of my posts recently have been about Evelyn. Of course, she is the most exciting thing going on in our lives right now, so it's no wonder they have all been about her. But, I thought I would give everyone a quick update on Britany and Dan as well, seeing as this is our blog.

  • spends all day hanging with Evie
  • made a book list and is hoping to actually read the books on the list
  • has finished all of Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls. Again.
  • (watched said shows while nursing)
  • has now moved onto Numb3rs
  • desperately wants a Nook
  • loves being a stay at home mom
  • hasn't touched a blow dryer in months. who has the time?
  • got 9 hours of sleep last night. :)
  • is in his last week of Vet School!
  • and couldn't be more excited
  • last rotation is Cardiology, and so far it's been breezy.
  • FINALLY got the official orders from Army
  • and is expected to report to Norfolk, VA on August 26
  • has all kinds of great ideas as to how to dispose of his pager after graduation
  • a blow torch was mentioned
  • graduates on May 13
  • leaves for training in San Antonio on May 17
  • parent's will be here on the 12th for graduation
  • and so, Evie will be blessed on the 15th while they're here
  • is planning a two week trip to Utah for the end of July and beginning of August
  • cause lil bro is going into the MTC and, hello, the CABIN!!!,
  • before heading to Virginia.
  • will officially be a Captain in Army on the 17th, which means real money
  • which means all kinds of happiness.
Wow, Dan had way more updates than me. He leads an exciting life that one.

Monday, May 2, 2011


This little girl is completely unpredictable.
I have been trying like a mad person to get her on a schedule so she knows when she is supposed to sleep, eat, be awake, and such, but to no avail.
She's been waking up at 7am every morning the past couple of days, which was the goal, but as far as consistency goes, that's it.
Our first feeding of the day is pretty regular, 7, but after that it's complete chaos! Sometimes she wants to eat an hour and half later, sometimes two and a half, and sometimes not at all. What the heck little girl?
Today she had several half hour naps, followed by crying, and two hour and half naps.
Seriously. Unpredictable. She makes it impossible to predict when she is going to eat, which in turn makes my day impossible to predict.
I'm hoping this calms down soon, but in the meantime, any suggestions?

p.s. She has been such a champ at night lately. I think I average 6-7 hrs a night, which is unheard of for a newborn, right? It's just during the day that she's weird. Help!
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