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GMommy is back + Colds that Won’t Quit (Friday Catch Up 4/6)

These dang colds just won’t quit! Luckily, though, my mom is back in town, and it is my birthday weekend! Before we get ahead of ourselves, it is Friday Catch Up time.

Did you see the Weekend Catch Up?

Friday Catch Up 4/6

1) Ugggggh this cold. I still feel fine, just am coughing up and blowing my nose a ton, but poor Emmie got hit pretty hard with her nascent immune system. She is still coughing up stuff, but at least her reflux is better–it got REALLY bad Sunday into Monday. Poor thing felt horrific on Monday, and if she was awake, the likelihood is that she was crying. I was honestly about at my wit’s end by 3 PM and, for the first time, I asked Alex to come home straightaway after work. Ultimately, she was doing ok when he was on his way home, so I told him he could go to the gym, but #knowyourlimits people. I wasn’t angry at the poor little thing, I just needed a break. 


For example, she wore 5 different oufits that day between spitting up and poosplosions. 

Alex has been great about trying to get home and help with Em this week–the days have been long, and the nights a bit rough at times. Still not our worst week, but I will be very glad when I have the child of last week back! I think we are on the right track, or at least I hope!

2) Lets talk about cuteness overload for a minute. Emmie finally outgrew her Penguin Suit, and after much deliberation, I sized her up to a Polar Bear Suit. OMGGGGGGGGGG

It has been freezing here this week (this always happens, so unlike the rest of Facebook, I am not surprised), so pants were necessary. 

2) The big development this week has been the addition of Skippy to our family. Skippy is from SkipHop, thus his name, and Emmie love him. She actually plays with him and stares at him, and she is starting to make more deliberate moves in that regard. She is also starting to like Peekaboo type games (we have one of “It’s a chicken, it’s a Daddy!” that makes her smile). Her smiles are also much more natural now–she sees us and smiles in reaction! Very cool. She is also working on that laugh!

I can’t wait to play with her and her new playmat/gym this weekend! I bought it as a birthday present for me. I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I buy myself something but it is actually for my child, or that I buy something for my child that is actually for me!

Well, I’m also buying myself a pair of shoes to replace my beloved wedges that died in Apsen, but since they are replacements, it is just an equal exchange, right? Kind of like net energy, where even if you go up the stair, as long as you return to the start, the energy = 0? 

4) Something not so cute? I started birth control again this week in order to protect my bones (remember, my body has issues producing hormones on its own), and have had night sweats every night since. Which is funny, because usually you get night sweats from low levels of hormones, but you do you, body. I’m going to try to give it 2 weeks, if not the full cycle, but it is hard enough getting restful sleep with an infant. It is also playing with my appetite, which is already ridiculous–I just can’t get full. The joys of breastfeeding + being on the pill. Weee.

5) MY MOM IS BACK!! I have been super fortunate to have been able to spend a number of my adult birthdays with her since being out of school, and we’ve now made it a bit of a tradition. I’m pretty sure that she is here for Emmie and Ridley, but whatever. She can watch them while Alex and I get a date night! He was on call last night, tonight we hope that he will get off relatively early (though he will have to commute from the VA), so I’m going to cook, and then we will go out Saturday night. Mom leaves in the evening on Sunday, so we will still have tons of time with her that day. I might go to a class Sunday morning (I’m going to a Power Yoga class this morning) because we will have all hands on deck, she will be leaving later, and I likely won’t get to for a few weekends after that. We will see!


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  • Reply Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    I did come up to celebrate Susie’s big birthday!!!! seeing Alex, Emmie, Ridley and the elusive Zoe are special side benefits.
    I can not believe the difference b/w a 5 1/2 week old and an 11 week old
    Her smiles and that little laugh are adorable
    It’s delightfull to see the changes in Emmie as well as Susie’s being a mom

    April 6, 2018 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You were totally here for the baby. Don’t you like to me.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Maureen

    The picture of your mom and Emmie is adorable!! They both look so excited to be with the other person. I hope Emmie is on the mend and feels better now that grandma is here. Enjoy your birthday Susie!!

    April 6, 2018 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She definitely is recovered now–Gmommy must have been the best medicine!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Cora

    I feel like when you become a Mom – at least for the first few years? – every “gift” you receive or give yourself is really for your kid. Or for something to do with you and said kid. Mothers = selfless. But hey, that’s like two gifts in one, right? Excited to know Mama is back this weekend. Enjoy!!!

    April 6, 2018 at 8:23 am
    • Reply Cora

      Oh my gosh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Drown all those hormones in cake, please.

      April 6, 2018 at 8:24 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        How about vegan donut?

        April 11, 2018 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      April 11, 2018 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Anna at Piper's Run

    She’s so stinking cute! Enjoy the time with your Mom and date night!

    April 6, 2018 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Date night was postponed, but we made that decision ourselves.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:35 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    That is a happy gmommy right there! And that polar bear suit! So much cuteness! Until having Squish, I never realized that buying new toys or books are as much for the parents as for the kid. Even if she’s all happy to read the same book for the thousandth time, mama needs a new story!! Have a great birthday weekend!

    April 6, 2018 at 11:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. We don’t want her to have too much stuff, but seriously, I need some variety!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Cutest polar bear! And lol at “unlike the rest of Facebook, I am not surprised.” People here are all “ahh snowstorms in April” and uhh….you live in Montana?

    Happy birthday!

    April 6, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you live in Montana and are still surprised by April snow… you might be an idiot.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    I hope you have a great birthday and enjoy your time with your mom!

    April 7, 2018 at 5:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It was fabulous!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Always so happy that your mommy comes to visit. And Emmy is just so cute in that fluffy suit. I’m sad that she wasn’t/isn’t 100%, but I love to see how much you love her.

    April 7, 2018 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I couldn’t love her more. Honestly.

      April 11, 2018 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Hope you enjoy your visit with you Mom! What a sweet pic. I also hope everyone feels better soon!

    April 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Finally starting to kick the crud!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Kat

    I’m sorry to hear about the cold you have been battling! Seriously there is nothing worse than a sick kiddo. I remember when my sister was living with me and her two nuggets kept swapping sickness. She was up at all hours with them and during the day they were absolutely miserable. Praying that Emmie is now on the mend – you as well! <3 Also, happy belated birthday!!

    April 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness she kicked it, but it was a battle!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:32 am
  • Reply Rae

    Happy birthday to you, my dear! And OMG polar bear suit! <3

    April 9, 2018 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      April 11, 2018 at 6:32 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yay for grandma!!!

    Happy birthday, sweet friend! Enjoy your time with your mama and that extra set of hands! What a gift!

    April 10, 2018 at 5:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      An extra saet of hands may be the greatest give of all!

      April 11, 2018 at 6:32 am
  • Reply San

    OMG, Emmie and grandma. I love it! <3

    April 16, 2018 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know who is cuter!

      April 16, 2018 at 5:47 pm

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