In her first 10 weeks of life, Waverly Maye and her pacifier have had a love/hate relationship.  At some points of the day, it is a lifesaver.  She grasps onto it for dear life and it seems to be the singr,e best baby purchase that we made.  (Specifically, when she is sitting in her car seat, more than a little angry to be restrained by its two tight straps).  At other moments, she abruptly spits it out, seemingly angry that we would even consider giving her such a silly thing.
Well, it seems we have moved on … to something we didn’t have to purchase and that is pretty adorable, if you ask me.  I woke up the other night to Waverly fiercely sucking her thumb.  She found it.  And liked it.  She has been back at least daily since, and even though she hasn’t quite figured out the typical maneveuer yet … it seems to be the perfect self-soother for her.  And as a result, we have benefited from a little more sleep in the Brickner household, as she has only has needed to wake up once a night since.

Day Two After Finding Her Thumb. 🙂


It seems lately there is a first for everything … although today’s first is not as positive as many of the others we have experienced lately.  Our sweet, innocent baby girl is sick for the first time.  There is nothing worse than hearing your baby sniffle, sneeze, and cough when you can’t do anything about it.      I just want to make it all better for our Waverly Maye, and have been snuggling her close to at least make this first illness a little more bearable.
The good news?  Even with a stuffy nose and watery eyes, Waverly manages to crack a smile.  Somehow my baby girl completely brightens each and every one of my days, every single day since the day she was born. 

I have this feeling that our Waverly Maye is going to have quite the personality. Even at just over two months old, she shows her sweet, spunky, and silly traits throughout the day … and truly, you never know what you are going to get.  We call her our little drama queen, a nickname I have also been known to have.  🙂

Yesterday, Waverly met a baby her age for the first time.  One of my mother’s closest friends  became a first-time grandmother one month before our Li-li, and her grandson is Brady.  Needless to say, Waverly was batting her eyes at “Baby Brad” in no time.  She was smiling & talking while making complete eye contact across the table, minutes before having a little meltdown in the middle of the Lynnhaven food court.  All while Brady chilled on his grandmother’s lap. 
Oh, gotta love our crazy baby girl.  They say … “Like mother, like daughter.”


In less than three weeks, I will officially be off maternity leave and back to work.  Truthfully, I am not yet ready to accept this reality and would rather not yet talk about it … but had to mention it as we are beginning to transition for the routine we will soon have.
On Mondays & Wednesdays when that “time” comes, Waverly will be with her Li-li.  And since Li-li is a personal trainer and one of the fittest grandmas I know … she makes a visit to the gym each morning.  Luckily, Waverly will be taken well care of at that gym, as I found out today. 
The nursery at the gym is only one floor away from where Li-li will be, and this morning, where I was, as I did a spin class while Waverly tried out her space.  It was beneficial for two reasons; (A) we found out that Waverly was perfectly fine, and (B), I was able to workout my post-baby body.  More to come on the body part later, but as for reason (A), it is comforting to know that our sweet girl will have a pleasant place to be.  It also provides an avenue for her to see other babies and kids since she won’t be in day care for as long as I can help it.  If anything, Waverly did better than I did as I missed her and thought about her for the entire hour she was one floor below me.  I couldn’t wait to be done and see that cute face with her big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and button nose.   
It’s definitely going to be hard.  

For the second time since giving birth to our sweet Waverly Maye, my husband and I left her at home in an effort to spend some time as “adults” similar to how we did before she was even a twinkle in our eye.  Well, try is the key term, as we spent the majority of our dinner and drinks talking about her new facial expressions, wondering what she was doing at the moment, and lastly, looking at her pictures recently taken in my camera. 

It was certainly relaxing and enjoyable to have dinner together as a couple at one of our favorite restaurants (THANK YOU to Aunt Meghan & Uncle Preston for taking such good care of Waverly so we that could!) .  It was especially nice for me to have some glasses of wine after a long pregnancy without it, and I definitely took advantage.  🙂

But the best part of the night was definitely coming home to our new, complete life with Waverly Maye.  Yes, it is completely different … definitely one with more responsibility and less relaxation and “me” time.  But it is worth it when you look at those big, beautiful eyes and adorable smile. 
I know I have said it before, but I seriously can’t imagine life before her.

 Mommy & Me Before Date Night