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Ignore me while I do my ‘Friday happy dance’ around the living room.

What a flippin’ week.

Maddie has been on a rip and tear, which has resulted in calls from daycare 3 of the 4 days this week (so far!).  Teething?  Tummy virus?  General bitchiness?  Who knows?

So, that’s led to some stressful days.  Fortunately, HRH FAL (Her Royal Highness Princess Fusses A Lot), has been sleeping pretty well at night.  A little fussy to get to sleep, but she manages to stay asleep for a good period of time at night.

I don’t feel like I’ve got my ‘rhythm’ back at work, and this week sure didn’t help with lots on my plate, plus calls from daycare and a fussy baby in the evenings.


I thought I might be able to sneak in Maddie’s 4 month pictures last night.  Boy, was I wrong.  I didn’t even try.  She had a meltdown over a diaper change- can you even imagine the meltdown over an outfit change?

I can’t believe it’s been 4 months.  And, this week also marks a year since I peed on six sticks (because my husband didn’t believe the first 5) and our whole world changed!  What a ride it’s been…

So, with that, I’m off to take the last few minutes before 6am and waste it blissfully with some coffee and some Pinterest

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I’ll be back next week with Maddie’s 4 month update and mine!  Woohoo!

XO, Mer

These were the only pictures that I managed to get last night, on the way upstairs to change the diaper, where the meltdown happened… :-)  Also, ignore the fact that I need a cut/color.  How do you Moms with great hair find the time for basic maintenance?

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Holy Wednesday…

An hour with a screaming baby while your parents have friends over for dinner feels like an eternity.

The week before you start back to work flies by so quickly.

Someone told me before I had Maddie, that ‘the days are long, but the years are short’…

Obviously, we haven’t had a complete year to get real perspective on that, but I can tell you that these have been some of the longest days and shortest months of my life!

So, I thought I’d share some pictures from our weekend…

Then I realized I left my camera at home!

I’m really not making a great case for Brian to upgrade my current camera to one of those fancy ones… given that the last few trips I’ve not taken it and ended up using my iPhone camera (which by the way is the number one camera used around the world, so I know I’m not alone!).

The truth is that we snuck away to my parent’s ‘mountain retreat’ for some rest and relaxation.  Reality: HOLEEEE SHIIIT.  Traveling with an infant is hard work.  Taking an infant out of their normal environment can be tough.  And, every time I plan a trip back to Frostburg, someone important to me dies.

So, it didn’t really go as planned.

There was a moderate amount of resting.  Well, in reality, I passed out on my parent’s sunroom floor on Monday I was so tired and have never felt so old and uncomfortable, as when I tried to get up…

All in all though, minus the sadness that kind of hung over the trip, we had a good time.  Maddie got to meet lots of people (and got showered in gifts. Again.), Momma got a bit of a break with two extra sets of hands, and the challenge/victory of traveling with an infant was a good ego-boost.

I’ll do a separate post on travel tips soon, but for now, I’ll leave you with the few photos I had on my phone.

I’m off to grab another cup of coffee and sit on my deck soaking up the early morning sun before it gets crazy hot!


What I love about visiting my parents- they spoil us rotten AND they have a sunroom with bar service!  Mango Tango drinks served nightly with a side of fussy baby and lots of floor time!

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I loved this quick afternoon nap with Grandpa…


And, I know you all wanted to see my father in his bathrobe (that it looks like he stole from one of their cruises…), but isn’t Maddie’s expression great?!

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And, who looks more tired after our week of travel?!  Pretty sure you could fill those bags under my eyes with some designer shoes and handbags- and still have room for some cosmetics and other accessories!

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Argh… Monday!

Where did the weekend go?!

Did you have a nice weekend?  A wonderful Sunday celebrating the Fathers in your life?!

We sure did- although it went too fast, and I think I was a little too tired to really recharge my batteries!

It’s wonderful having Brian around on the weekends, but then I race around like a crazy person trying to clean the house, finish all the laundry, get all the projects I have been thinking about done and make sure we are prepared for the week!  And, exhausted.

Add that to some nerves about Maddie starting daycare and me returning to work, and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster (of hormonal emotion) around here.

Oh, and did I mention that my neighbors are out of town and whoever is taking care of their dog has just been leaving her outside to bark, and bark, and bark, and bark?

So, I think the bottom line is that I hope your Monday is going better than mine- fewer tears, more hours of sleep and a big, venti iced latte.

Maddie and I are off shopping today- she’s started to outgrown her 3 month sleepers, so we are in search or some bigger/longer ones!  Ahhh… my baby is growing up!

What are your favorites places to shop for kids clothes?!  I’ve been looking at Gap, Old Navy and Nordstrom online, but having a hard time with figuring out her sizing.  Of course, when I go in person, they don’t have the same sales as online!  Then I get frustrated and just buy it all at Target!

Here are a few photos from my weekend, to break up this wordy post!

Herbs from the garden:


Time in the Bumbo chair!

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Worn out from shopping at Nordstorm…

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Extra cuddles during an afternoon nap!

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites are back again (check it, wreck it, let’s begin… party on party people let me hear some noise…)

Hmmm.. perhaps a prize for the first one to post that song title and artist on my Mer’s World Facebook page?!

Anyway, back to business.

I figure it’s been baby-central around here for a few weeks (ok, 8 + 39 to be exact), so here’s a little food for thought:

Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

Perfect for a quick, summer evening!




Baked Mustard Lime Chicken

I’m thinking this could be grilled, too!



Classic Flourless Orange and Almond Cake

Doesn’t that just sound like summer?  Serve me up a piece on my deck with an icy white wine, please and thank you.



And, an extra, just because…




Now What?

To be honest, my days are kinda filled with ‘now what?’ moments…

When Maddie screams her head off and has a full belly and a clean diaper…

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Now what?

When the dogs destroy three knitting projects and all of the yarn I had purchased for upcoming projects…



Now what?

When your pregnancy is over, you’re not really ready to think about weight loss programs and you have no time to needlepoint… oh yeah, and you have no idea what to blog about…

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Now what?

More then 100,000 of you have read Mer’s World since I started this little hobby, and so I ask you- now what?

What do you want to read about?  What do you really enjoy?

Do you like every day posts, once a week?

Talking about post-baby life?  Needlepoint?  Cooking? Shopping?

What has kept you coming back for more?

Give me some inspiration, friends!

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