Friday, October 31, 2014

Happiest of the Halloween Babies.

Her first Halloween, and she knocked it out of the park with her enthusiasm!
She didn't even need candy to motivate her :)
Isn't she the cutest Dalmatian you have ever seen!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6 months - already.

Where to start?!
Every month has been a whirlwind of emotions. I feel like I have been flying by the seat of my pants but loving every moment of it!
At this milestone, I want to take a minute and write out my thoughts about this child.
So many pictures have been taken. It is so easy and convenient. I go back through them and can be taken back to that moment but even those memories are fading already!

At 6 months, I feel so lucky to be a witness to this little developing person.
Her personality is peeking through and it is so fun!
She is cheerful, always smiling. Even in pain, she tries flash a smile. She loves people and is quite the social butterfly. She loves to be outdoors which I hope is a sign that she will be adventurous.
We have often been told by day care sitters that she is the most "chill" baby in the bunch. And I believe it. She is content and loves her toys. She knows who we are and can recognize faces.
She is a great traveler and enjoys new places.

With every story read, every hug given, and all the smiles flashed, I hope she feels how much I love her.
At church this weekend, the sermon was about how to worship. I heard, "Raising a child is worship". 
I believe that! What a blessing it has been! Now, to give it back to HIM....that is the challenge!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Pumpkin in a Patch.

These October days are calling us outdoors. Instead of our usual walk in the park, we stopped at the Pumpkin Patch. 

These were some of my favorites.

 My big girl is standing more often these days.

 "Wow! That's huge!"

 "Hmmm...I can't decide which one to take..."


Monday, October 20, 2014

Its Fall Ya'll!

What a beautiful time of year. 
60s in the morning, 80s in the afternoon.
These days we spend at least 30 minutes on our porch every evening. 
Fall not only brings nice weather but pumpkins, costumes, and leaves!

Reyna got to check out her first jack-o-lantern.

She was not sure at first...

Had to check it out a little more ...
  Ya, it's good, mom!
  Since she is still too little to make her own, I had to involve her in some way. 
I traced her hands for the eyes and I think she likes it!

 We are headed to the pumpkin patch tomorrow! More pictures to come!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quick Read.

For any of you moms and dads in the same phase of life, here is a good read.
(Warning: May induce tears)
It seems so far away but it made me realize that everything we say and do now, will shape Reyna into the sister, wife, and mother she will become....yikes!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"How has life changed?"

My 10:00 class is over. I head down to my office and I find Neil and Reyna waiting for me outside my office. We discuss: "when did she last eat, "Has she napped", " You picked a cute outfit", "When will you be home?". A quick switcharoo so Daddy can go to school in Austin. With 3 hours till my next class, we go for a walk. Let's see if our friend Roberto is in his office! He is there! We decide to catch up over coffee. As we walk to the coffee shop on the other side of campus, I become aware of the extra half mile we have to take to find all the ramps for the stroller. I am aware of how warm and sunny it is as I move the canopy of the stroller everytime we make a turn. Also, strollers don't fit in Starbucks lines very well. We order and as I stand and wait for my name to be called, I notice it...I pick her up and find what I thought I would...the source of THAT smell. We squeeze the stroller through the narrowest, longest bathroom hallways I have EVER seen for a quick change that lasts about ten minutes since it includes a full wipe down in the sink! As I remove the "cute outfit" I hope that there is something to wear in there. Victory! A semi-clean, too small onsie. We emerge with a new outfit and are greeted by Roberto, seasoned father of two, who gives me a look of understanding. As we find a small table with room for a stroller, we start catching up on summer happenings. That first taste of my white hot chocolate is perfect. I guess Reyna is eager to try some to because in the blink of an eye, she has lunged over and knocked my cup to the ground. Splashing Roberto's pants and leaving a huge mess on the floor. We used about two trees worth of napkins to clean it up and pick up on conversation where we left off - kids, daycare, and teething. That first and last taste of white hot chocolate is a distant memory. One hour of my day.

I have been asked the question many times now, "How has life changed?"
This is how.

*not complaining, just a snapshot. Also, it was a distaster but I was able to laugh about it immediately. Thankful for understaning friends like Roberto :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 months.

This month has flown by!
We spend less time together but we have surely grown so much together this month.


She started day care. She sleeps all night. In her crib! She naps well, too. She has found her thumb which soothes her to sleep. She is rolling over and lifting her chest high up off the ground. 
Watching her meet new challenges is so fun.
I can't wait to see what happens this month!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Luna's Bow-tique

This weekend Reyna and I celebrated the newest addition to the family. Little Luna is due November 1st so we went down to celebrate! We helped decorate.

 We ran wrapping paper down the middle of each table and set out the decorations.

My mom made these cute centerpieces. Here is a closer look.
 Popcorn party favors.
My contribution was Luna's Bow-tique.
The table was set up with ribbon, flowers, fabric, buttons, etc with elastic headbands.
Everyone made their own headband for baby.
I wish I would have taken a picture of the finished products - so creative!

Reyna in her party dress. 

The hosts. 

It was great to see family again - some for the first time.
But it was all about LUNA (I love that name)! Can't wait to meet her!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sic 'em Reyna!

The second game of the season and Reyna got to see the Bears!
It was cool weather and we had already bought headphones for her and since we had family with us, we had a few extra hands. Here she is ready to cheer on the Bears.

That 5,000 sq ft. screen had her attention for a bit!

Our first family picture with the new stadium!

Those headphone worked wonders. Through fireworks, cheering, and music, she was never phased.
She napped and ate on schedule.  I know we are pushing our luck but we are thankful for the experience.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Both Worlds.

I have always known that I would be a working mom.
I love my job, but that did not make it any easier to start working.
I tried to ease my way into it. Having Neil bring her for lunch last week, having a sitter for a couple of hours. Mom watched her for 6 hours while we went to the football game on Sunday.

Today was the first day a daycare and I just couldn't do it.
Neil dropped her off.
I picked her up, thinking she would greet me with smiles and cuddles.
She just look at me desperately. I tried to put her in the carseat but she just screamed!
Could it be that she just wanted to be held? I don't know but I held her anyways.
The care takers said she slept for 20 minutes the whole day!
I pushed her in the stroller around the mall and she fell asleep pronto! I wanted her to keep sleeping so I pushed. and pushed. and pushed for 1.5 hours. I don't know what the answers are so as we figure all of this out I'm just writing to ask for your prayers for peace.

It seems she just wants to be held.
She wakes up during the night not to eat.
She hates her crib. Tolerates the bassinet (which she is growing out of) and loves our bed.
So many contradictary ideas run thorough my mind.
    Let her self soothe.
    How dare you let her cry it out.
    Nursing in your bed is fine.
    She should be in her crib by now.
    She needs to fall asleep on her own.
    It's too quiet when she naps. Why can't she nap at daycare? (duh)

I'm not sure there is a right answer and every family is different. My decisions are based on two ideas.I want to be able to do my job well and I want to parent well, too!

So please, prayers - or advise.
(I am not offended by advise as long as you are not offended if I don't take it)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4 months.

She woke up one morning and she was a big girl!
She has matured so quickly.
Her expressions are so very real and she has opinions! Imagine that...

This months brings us back to work/school. We will surely be adjusting to your time with this sweetie.
She is wearing 6 months clothes and is sleeping well through the night.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nap Time, Craft Time.

For weeks, no, months, I have been sitting and waiting on the next thing to do.
I was sitting waiting to nurse or waiting for her to wake up, or to go to sleep.
I know that when I am creative (or crafty), I tend to be happier. So I took on a few DIY projects.

I started this quilt when I was pregnant. It never got finished. 
Part of that reason is because I decided to stitch it by hand!!!
What was I thinking? Never. Again.

I happened upon this old curtain that I kept because of the lace. I thought it might make a cute dress.

I had been seeing these yarn wreaths on line and thought they were cute so I whipped up one for her nursery door. I had most of the stuff already. Just bought the yarn and foam.
This ended up being one of my favorite crafts of all time!