A First for Niva, Thrifting, and March Weather

Niva went to the groomer for the first time today!

Siberian husky wearing St. Patrick's Day bandana

I figured it would help with her crazy shedding and I always enjoy the way a dog smells after a bubble bath at the groomer. Sadie had so. many. questions. about what kind of bath tub a groomer uses and what the process involves.

She keeps me on my toes with her questions! Her curiosity actually helps me learn so much. Sometimes I have to research a bit and get back to her, but I love that she is inquisitive. Also, Niva’s bandana was super impressive to Sadie. She was very excited to show Jimmy and kept calling it a “bamboo” instead of a bandana πŸ˜‚

Sadie and I hadn’t been thrifting in quite some time, so we went to a new-to-us Goodwill and found a few gems! First up, we found my niece a dress for Resurrection Sunday.

Bonnie Jean 2T Blue and pink floral dress for spring or Easter

We also found a collared romper for my nephew. Totally forgot to snap a picture, but I assure you it’s cute! Speaking of my niece and nephew, I am so curious to find out if they are going to have a little brother or sister in September!

Hannah and Josh have been calling this baby their “tie-breaker baby” since they have a girl and a boy already. I honestly have no feeling one way or the other of what the baby’s gender is. They find out next month!!

Sadie picked out a handmade dress at Goodwill and I love it. You just don’t see little details and handmade dresses like that much anymore.

Toddler in homemade pink dress

Sadie continues to defy pretty much everything I thought she would be like when I was pregnant with her or how I thought I would parent her. When I was pregnant, I was pretty sure we would end up bottle feeding her. Nope, she never took a bottle. I picked out a cute cat pacifier for her before she was born. LOL. Not a pacifier baby.

She was absolutely going to sleep in her crib from day one. No…. she co-slept with us until she was around nine-months-old. I was sure her palate would be expansive when she started solids… and then she didn’t swallow solid food until she was around 11 months and is still a picky eater.

I was definitely not going to put her in super girly clothes. We were not going to do the glitter/pink/rainbow/unicorn/princess stuff. Her favorite color? It’s pink. She adores all things glittery, rainbow, unicorns, and princess-y.

I thought she would be shy and introverted like Jimmy and me. Also a big no. She’s incredibly social! She’s constantly talking to anyone and everyone. She gets me out of my comfort zone πŸ˜‚

It’s funny how we think things will go as a parent or in life in general and I’m sure God laughs too. You know what, though? I’m so glad Sadie is a pink-loving, princess, picky eater, social butterfly. Because that’s who God made her to be! And she’s the best 😊

Toddler in pink coat by powerwheel

Who else would wear a pink dress coat, flower pants, and cowboy boots to ride their power wheel around the yard?!

Okay, moving on from that tangent! Pittsburgh is currently in the weird in-between weather phase as we transition out of winter and into spring. It’s like the weather wants to be warm, but it’s also like no, just kidding!

Take this week for example: we had rain at the beginning of the week, sunshine and 50-degree weather today, aaaand we’re under a winter storm watch for tomorrow with 3-6 inches of snow forecasted πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Hopefully the snow isn’t too bad because my sister is moving this weekend! I can’t wait to see their new house 😍

Have you ever been surprised by how something turned out vs. how you planned it?

Fellow parents, are your children different than you imagined?

What’s the weather like where you live?



  1. It is sooooo cold in Milan atm! I’ll be going back to the US for a month in a little over a week, back to Texas. Hoping the weather is better while I’m there πŸ˜‚ seems to be, but Texas weather is also pretty crazy.

  2. The handmade dress is very sweet! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing to watch children’s personalities develop — my sister’s five children are all so different, and I think we retain some of our childhood traits as we grow up. How adorable that Sadie is so open and friendly to everyone.

    I also like the smell of a dog after they’ve been to the groomer. As Aimee has such long fur, she needs regular baths. I usually bath her at home instead of going to a groomer (easier with a small dog!) and I found a brand of natural pet products called Tropiclean. I use their shampoo and recently bought their detangling spray, and they smell amazing! The spray really freshens her up between baths and makes her coat smell floral. I think they’re an American brand actually, you might have seen them.

  3. My kids have SUCH big personalities, it blows me away. I’m very chatty and outgoing now, but – as a kid (and even into my 20’s) – I was SO quiet and shy. I just kind of expected our kids to be quiet and shy at the beginning too. But like you said it is with Sadie, my kids pull ME out of my comfort zone many times. Ha, ha!
    We finally are having a 50 degree day today, and it’s supposed to read the 60’s on Friday!!! I cannot WAIT!

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