Monday, May 31, 2010

Breaking out the bouncy swing thingy

She's still getting the hang of it, but it appears she likes it!

i love, love, love this girl!

Who needs a bumbo when mama gets creative?

Add a few throw pillows on top of your boppy and presto-chango,
you have yourself a bumbo seat!


"Oh well, I still got my hand to chew on!"

(On second thought, a bumbo seat is probably much better!)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Letters to my daughter: a "just because" letter

Dear Ellie,

One year ago today, we took this picture. One year ago today our lives changes forever.
You have been a tremendous blessing in our lives,
even since the very first moment we found out about you!
We love you baby girl!

(It just occured to me that at first glance of this post, people might think we are making a new announcement! haha!)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fun in the mirror

(I love this one! It's like she's saying "is this my best side?" and those cheeks kill me!)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

letters to my daughter: Month 3

Dear Ellie girl,

You are now 3 months old! 89 days to be exact! You are growing and changing every day, sweet girl and I love it. I can't get enough of you :)

Each day when I am at work for those 5 hours, I miss you and I always look forward to coming home to see you baby girl.

You are in love with your hands right now and they are most often brought together at your chest or in your mouth. Sometimes you get to sucking and slurping on one of your fists so loudly I can't help but laugh! Since you are enjoying your hands so much you have begun to sleep loosly swaddled or not even swaddled at all.

A few nights I've even laid you down completely awake, you had some "hand time" and then drifted off to sleep. But most nights, I bounce you and snuggle you for a bit. Yep, I said bounce, not rock. We sit on the edge of our bed and bounce! You love to turn your head and bury it in the crook of my arm, which kinda freaks me out to be honest, so I angle my elbow out some so I know you can breathe. It's like you love to have your nose smashed up against me as you fall asleep. You actually do the same thing in your carrier too. Oh how I love all the little bits about you!

In the last month we've also broken out your play mat and you like be under it, but just not more than about 20 minutes. I love seeing you grab on to the monkeys feet and just looking up at the animals. Speaking of looking up, I think what you love the best is when you are in the swing with the butterflies above your head. You have full on conversations with those little butterflies! It is the cutest thing to see.

You are such a good girl. I tell your daddy all the time. I don't take one second of it for granted.

And you are also sooooo close to laughing. Right now you are doing a little short cough laugh sort of thing! So stinkin' cute!

Well, my daughter, Happy 3 Month Birthday girl! I love you with ALL my heart!



Sunday, May 16, 2010

we finally got a stroller....

this one will work right?!?!?!

we were having fun with Grace's play stroller!
a perfect fit!
this pic with my dad "pushing" gives you an idea of the size!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

new faces

and.......she's OVER it! ha!

Daddy time

i especially love this last one.....this is how i find them somedays when I get home from work! so sweet :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Reflections on my first Mother's Day

There was nothing better than putting my girl in bed with me for her morning "meal" and instead she just wanted to pull back and smile at me. It was like she had missed me while she slept and was so happy and excited to see me. Those huge toothless grins melt my heart like crazy!

Then we fell asleep together and slept in! Sleeping in with a sleeping babe=a beautiful way to start your morning!

I had no idea I was capable of feeling the way I feel about my child and at the same time it comes so naturally as well. A deep, deep love.

I can't think of a better gift than this girl on my very first Mother's day.

(Ellie's first day in the world!)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My daughter thinks she is the 5th member of KISS

All she needs is some black and white face paint and platform boots, right?!

Seriously, lately that tongue has spent more time OUT of her mouth, than in it, I think!

I just can't stop myself from calling her "Gene". Just another nickname for the list I guess!