February 7, 2016

Arwen Mae - Eight Months

Yes, it is true. You say Dadada much much more than anything else. Here is proof. (Note that I stopped to film this, no car accidents here!) 

As for movement, you get up on your hands and knees and move forward mostly. You like to 'crawl' on the couch and your crib, not so much on the floor. When you are 'crawling', you put your face into the ground, push your butt in the air and move forward. One day I put you down in front of the stove to make you a bottle and I looked down and you were closer to the stove! You got so excited to see your reflection, you butt scooted your way towards the "baby in the stove". More proof.

The most exciting thing that has happened this month is your first real snow! You weren't too pleased, but you liked it better when we took you out later this month. You didn't mind the snow falling on your head and daddy took you sledding (but that's for next month's recap ;) ).

The least exciting part of this month was your first fever!! Daddy and mama were sick first and we knew you were getting the same thing as you were super cuddly. As it got later, your cheeks turned bright red like a clown and you started to get super fussy. We checked your temp and it was 101.7 and called the doctor. Just FYI - babies start getting fussy and uncomfortable once they hit 101/101.5. At least, that is what our pediatrician said. It was, as others have told me, so cute, but so sad at the same time. 

Daddy and I look at each other pretty much every day in disbelief of how big you are. You, my munchkin, my chickadee, my chicken, my baby girl are so incredibly special and so SO loved. 

January 3, 2016

Arwen Mae - Seven Months

One of your most exciting achievements this month is how much you bounce! Now, when you get excited you bounce up and down, whether you are standing or sitting. It is absolutely adorable. You are almost ready to crawl. We put you in bed on your back towards the end of the crib and when we find you in the morning, you are at the top of your crib on your belly. So, you may be crawling, but we haven't seen it officially.  

This month was super busy as it was your first Christmas! It was a wonderful, busy, overwhelming day for everyone! Both sides of the family came over (in shifts) to our house and we enjoyed so much family time. Uncle Jon was able to come out and was greatly surprised by how big you had gotten! I can hardly believe it either. 

Your hair is growing so much, so fast! The back of your head is starting to grow even more now that you can sit up by yourself. In some lights it is strawberry blonde. I'm excited to see whether it is curly or straight and what color it ends up being. 

You also love to pat things. You learned how to hit your piano on your bouncer. You also love to pat your high chair tray when you have food all over your hands. It splashes everywhere, but makes you so happy. You are getting much better at eating and chewing. You sometimes open your mouth and just chew and swallow, but most times you reach for the spoon and put it in your mouth with a little help from mom. We just found that you loooove pumpkin. You finished those jars of baby food fast! 

I love these faces you made. You are so silly and funny and such a perfect fit for our family. You love to be tickled, turned upside down, and tossed into the air. You know mommy and daddy are silly already and love when we are super silly. Oh sweet girl, you are growing so fast. 

January 1, 2016

Daily Photo Project 2016

I am going to attempt to take and/or edit pictures once a day for the whole (leap) year! I tried this once before and it fizzled out, but I am hoping with my two new favorite, ever-evolving subjects, I might make it longer this year. Click here (same link as above) to view the gallery! This link will also be located on the sidebar to the right of my page.

2016 is bound to be full of firsts with Arwen! We already know she's going to take her first steps this year as well as her first birthday. Her first plane ride will definitely be this year too! I can't wait to photograph some memories this year.

Also, new year, new design! Hope you like it! And yes, I am looking for a new banner for the blog title. I plan on taking a good picture of ice cream sometime this year :)

December 4, 2015

Arwen Mae - Six Months

You can now roll from back to belly and belly to back quite easily and we often find if we lay you down somewhere, you are nowhere near where we put you down. You can sit by yourself and only fall over if you get bored/tired. You also just learned (like within the past week) how to blow raspberries. We went Christmas shopping tonight and you were in the backseat just spitting everywhere!

This month we dedicated you in church. Grandma (my mom) made you your dress and it came out stunning. You were definitely the most dressed up, but I love that the dress can be passed down and around for many generations to come. 

Your favorite word is 'plop'. I'm not sure why, but it makes you laugh every. single. time. Another guaranteed laugh is to toss you into the air or bounce fast. You love when mama and daddy get up in your face or when we sing and dance with you. You have the cutest laugh and I absolutely love it when you scrunch your nose and giggle. Once I start tickling you, you really start laughing and smiling. 


You have two new teeth! One came in (bottom, to your right), then the next week the other front, bottom tooth came in. You had your first solid food - banana! You looooved it and continue to love it. You have also had avocado, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, red bell pepper, and carrots. You did not enjoy avocado at first, but now I think it is your favorite. 

First Thanksgiving!
You still sleep really well and for that, we are so so grateful. Our routine is to put a night diaper on you, then we go upstairs and change into your jammies. Once in your PJs, we read a book or two, say our prayers, turn on the sound machine, then shut off the light. We kiss you goodnight and lay you down. Sometimes you don't make a peep and just go down and fall asleep. However, if we waited too long and you are super tired, you cry for a minute or two, then fall right asleep. 

All that blonde hair!!
You are growing up so fast. This past week your dad and I keep mentioning just how independent you are getting! You are starting to hold your bottle even. I'm trying to soak it all in and take as many short video clips as I can to remember all the small things we do in our day-to-day lives. I don't ever want to forget your little fingers wrapped around mine while you drink your bottle, or the way you lay your head on my chest, or the way you look at me when you haven't seen me in a while. Though, I hope through all your changes and growing up, you still hold my hand, lay your head on my chest, and light up when I walk into the room. You will forever be my little girl and I can't believe you are half of a year old already! 

November 14, 2015

Thoughts and Prayers for Paris

My heart just hurts for Paris and everyone affected. I look at Arwen's face and am reminded that the world does have some happiness left. These have really spoken to me in the last day:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” - Gandhi

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8

November 11, 2015

Grateful November - Day 11

November 11th, 2015
- I am so thankful for our Veterans and people currently in the Armed Forces. Looking at people posting pictures of their loved ones in the Army, Navy, Marines, etc. and they look so young (because they ARE young). It takes such a brave, courageous soul to fight for our freedom and rights. Thank you so much to everyone who fought and continues to fight for us. You are true heroes.

November 10, 2015

5 more days of Grateful November

Um, I have been grateful, I just haven't posted about it!

November 6th, 2015
- I am thankful for my first Goddaughter, Viktoria Noelle. It was her birthday and although I don't get to see her nearly as often as I would like, she deserves to know that she is so so loved by her Dommy. Love you VikVik!!

November 7th, 2015
- I am grateful for new friends. We got together with a few new friends that live down the road and it was great to get to know each other. Although I am not the best person at small talk, it was great to start to build a relationship.

November 8th, 2015
- I am thankful for falling leaves. Although at the time I may not have been, it was some great family time picking them up. Andrew was blowing the leaves and I was the compactor into the leaf bags while Arwen hung out in her stroller/Bumbo and Moose ran around in the fenced yard. Getting stuff done for the win!

November 9th, 2015
- I am grateful for best friends. Mine is wonderful and often knows what to say to soothe my soul. <3

November 10th, 2015
- I am grateful for the time to stop and slow down this morning. I was already running late when I left and a light turned on, so I pulled over and tried to figure out what it meant. Apparently, cars now have a light that alerts you that your tire has low pressure. Well, I had a flat, which meant I had to wait for AAA to come, but it gave me more time with Arwen and Andrew and for that, I am always grateful.