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07.31.12 / R&R

If you hadn’t noticed already, I was offline last week. On a whim, I decided to take the kiddos on a road trip to our annual family reunion in West Virginia. {I’ll bet you never would have guessed I have West Virginian roots.} Originally, we weren’t going to attend because of Mabrey’s extreme fussiness but since we discovered her problem and she’s now a happy, happy baby, I decided a spontaneous vacay would be fun. It was. Handy Hubby had to stay behind for work and we missed him. {The good news is he got a ton of little projects done around the house!} It was so nice to have dozens of extra hands to keep the kids entertained. It really does take a village, doesn’t it?

Over the last few days, I’ve been soaking up my new baby. I feel like I’m meeting her all over again. Up until a few weeks ago, Mabrey was always crying out, writhing, grunting and squirming when I would hold her. I made HH take these pics of her passed out on me. It was the first time I’ve held her where she laid and slept perfectly still, limp. She smiled in her sleep at just the right time. I held her like this for almost two hours the other night. Pure sweetness.

I felt the most present I have in a long time. I inhaled her baby smell, felt every little heave of her slumbering chest and cherished the shallow butterfly breaths I felt on my upper arm. Melt my heart. I will remember that night as long as I live. I had my laptop set up in front of me on the coffee table but, at that time, blogging seemed trivial. I’m so glad I decided to put it aside. I would have missed a precious moment.

The R&R has done me good. I feel more inspired, content. Isn’t it strange how a break from the everyday can make you appreciate the everyday more?

Thank you so much for the support you showed last week when I disclosed Mabrey’s issues with breastfeeding and dairy. You guys are awesome!…and have me wondering what all the dairy-free fuss was about. The personal experiences, recipes, cookbooks, blogs and websites you shared are providing me with a wealth of knowledge and opening my eyes to a healthier lifestyle. I can’t thank you enough.

I have several projects and reviews {i.e., our IKEA cabinets and bar stools} on the schedule for this week. Feels good to be back in the blogging saddle.

Click here to see who won last week’s Nena Von giveaway.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

27 Comments

31.July.2012

I’m glad that things are going so well with Mabrey after the diet change! And glad that you were able to get away for a bit and recharge yourself. I totally agree with you that sometimes getting away is just the pick me up needed to feel more motivated in our everyday lives.

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31.July.2012

Wonderful post and gorgeous photos. :-)

I remember feeling the same things when my little one finally stopped being miserable. And when his voice finally came back (and so quickly!!) it was the happiest sound in the world!

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31.July.2012

Presh! What a gorgeous little lovie you have :)

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Oh my…what gorgeous pictures, especially the first one. I’m so happy Mabrey is doing better, thus you are happier. It’s so hard when your little one has belly issues. I miss those sleepy snuggles so much. Sullivan is 19 months old and a little whirlwind so it doesn’t happen often but boy do I commit all of those little moments to memory when they do happen. Love love love.

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31.July.2012

Smart move mama! – you can’t get back those precious times. The 1st picture of you and Mabrey is oh so precious. Her smile -sigh! Brings back some wonderful memories. My 2 boys are 18 and 21, but oh how I remember that feeling. Nothing can replace it.

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31.July.2012

i’m so glad things are better and that you are able to enjoy the moment.

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So happy for you and Mabrey! The photos are priceless.

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31.July.2012

Your post just brought tears to my eyes…my boys are 9 and 11 and I still remember the smell of their hair and of their sweet breath. What part of WV does your family hail from? I am from Beckley, WV, went to school at WVU in Morgantown, WV and now live outside of Philadelphia, PA.

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replied on July 31st, 2012

Grafton, WV. The reunion was in Fairmont. We ate at the best italian place, Muriale’s, for dinner one night. I had avocado salad with shrimp. Delish!

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Traci
replied on August 2nd, 2012

I’ve been following your blog for a while now but haven’t commented- but I just had to say that this post was absolutely precious! Also what a small world we live in- my mother’s family is from Clarksburg!

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31.July.2012

Precious pictures, precious moments … good for you, Dana ! Take care.

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31.July.2012

So happy for you!

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31.July.2012

She’s getting so big! Even though mine 2 girls are 5 and 4, I miss age and size where they can just fall asleep on you.

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31.July.2012

So glad you were able to figure this out for Mabry. It is so hard when we feel something is wrong for our little ones and cant figure it out. So happy for both of you.

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31.July.2012

Every mother needs those moments with their baby! How perfect.

After several weeks of grunting and discomfort with our newest one, we started acid reflux medicine and it has given me a new lease on life. He is so much more comfortable and the fussiness has come down to a very normal, manageable amount. Before I just felt so clueless as he grunted and cried out for hours on end. Ugh.

Glad you’re on the other side:)

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Those pictures are just darling! You really deserved some R&R after all you’ve been through and I have a feeling that there were plenty of waiting arms just itching to hold Mabrey at the reunion. So happy for you that you figured out her problem. My first had a very hard time nursing and it’s so tough to bond with a baby that’s always crying…

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31.July.2012

The first photo should get a prime spot on the new family wall.

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31.July.2012

So happy for you! Sweet pictures to cherish. Thanks for sharing as always~

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31.July.2012

How sweet is that? Too precious. My daughter is 11 months, and was never really a snuggler so I’m incredibly jealous right now! As someone with lactose intolerance, I can vouch that a dairy-free lifestyle is pretty easy and rather delicious! We regularly make our own pizza where my half is cheese-bald ;) I’m glad you’ve got things figured out and now have a happy baby on your hands. It looks like you’re certainly enjoying it!

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31.July.2012

Dana, the pictures of you and Mabrey are frame-worthy. So glad you are getting to enjoy her. My daughter, Jill was a fussy baby too and I felt your heartache as I read her story. We didn’t have the “blogworld” 26 years ago AND I am so glad you were able to reach out to others for advice. I took one picture of Jill (how she REALLY was) laying on my bed about 2 months old and when I look at the picture, I remember again just how miserable that time was BUT we made it through and it became our (Jill’s and mine) story. I have five kiddos and each of them have their own special story. Jill and I are surviviors… together we can pull through anything. :)

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These are adorable pictures of you and Mabrey. You made a good choice putting blogging aside, even though i’ve been missing your posts. But family comes first, always!

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Dana, although I’m a frequent reader, I don’t always comment here but this time I want to say I’m so happy for you! Sometimes I fell asleep when my baby boy slept on my shoulder, so I do enjoy every minute with my son now… I’m glad these short nights are over here and that I get to sleep more than before. ;-) And you’re absolutely right: exactly these cute moments are the ones that turn into wonderful memories that you will cherish forever. The pictures of you and little Mabrey are lovely! Glad to read you took a much needed break… Inge x

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01.August.2012

My hubs was born in West Virginia and people are shocked by it! Granted, he and I both went to college in WV so it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise to people, but come on people!

I’m so happy that you have a happy baby. Those first few months must have been so stressful.

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01.August.2012

What an incredible blessing to have discovered the source of the problem. I wonder how many children (and families!) are needlessly suffering. These are such sweet photos. Love how the tables have turned. Now you don’t want to put her down!! At least you don’t go blue in the face!!

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03.August.2012

lovely photos! glad things are going well for you and yours!

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04.August.2012

I do a guided meditation where one of the instructions is to contemplate equanimity (perfect peace). Deepak Chopra suggest the Buddha, but I always remember times like these pictures with my babies. The sensation of that trusting little body, completely relaxed. Thanks for the memories!

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08.August.2012

Lovely blog! My mother’s family is from Grafton, WV–small world!

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