December 27, 2007
A baby and another on the way
Several job switcheroos
Two different cities
Lots of laughs
And some tears
Hundreds of hugs and kisses
One great man.
I can’t believe that Sean and I have been married for 4 years. Four wonderful years!! I don’t deserve the amazing man that God has given me, but I guess that’s the way blessings are. We never really deserve any of them.
Happy Anniversary, Sean! What a blessing you have been to me! I love you so much.
December 24, 2007
My dad pulled through the surgery just fine. The new valve seems to be functioning properly. He was in ICU for 2 days and then was well enough to be moved to a room. He's on a liquid diet right now, and his pain is intense, but with each passing day he is looking stronger and stronger. The nurses even got him up, and he walked a little bit yesterday.
My family and I really appreciate all of the support and concern that so many of you have given to us. Thank you.
I can't believe it's Christmas Eve already. My heart is full as the celebration of Christ's birth nears. I LOVE Christmas mass. Next to Easter, it's my favorite. Wish Sean and I could go to midnight mass tonight, but with Hattie it just won't happen this year.
I found this a while back. Don't know who the author is, but I love this short Christmas poem:
A little child,
A shining star.
A stable rude,
The door ajar.
Yet in that place,
So crude, folorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.
Lord, You gave us hope with Your birth, and that hope was brought to fruition with Your death on the cross, and we wait in joyful hope for when You will come again!
December 19, 2007
My dad is having open heart surgery for the second time in 5 years tomorrow around noon. I ask that you pray that the surgery takes place without complication, and my dad comes out of the surgery just fine. Also pray for peace of mind for my dad and my family as everyone is very anxious and nervous about tomorrow's events.
Your family's rootin' for you, Daddy!
December 17, 2007
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December 13, 2007
It's true. I'm pregnant. It hasn't exactly set in yet. I am so excited about this baby who we've dubbed Button. Hattie's nickname was Peanut, so we thought we had to come up with something equally as small and cute. So button it is!
I haven't even gone to the doctor yet. Won't go until Jan. 2nd for the first ultra-sound. That feels like light-years away. I think I'm due around mid-August. I wanted to keep our little button a secret for a while, but Sean convinced me that we should tell everyone, so that everyone will be praying for our little guy or gal. I can't really argue with that. Plus, I am so excited that I just want to shout I'm pregnant! from atop a big mountain. No mountains where we live, so the blog is a great alternative!
I just feel so many things right now: excitement, joy, nervousness, worry, thankfulness, EXHAUSTION, and amazement that this new little life is growing inside of me. This may be round #2 for us, but I am just as amazed and in awe of the miracle of life as I was when pregnant with Hattie. Thank you, Lord, for bestowing this blessing upon my body and my heart!
December 7, 2007
What a joy to be able to say at the end of our days: I have always tried to seek and to follow God's Will in everything! The successes we have had will not gladden us half so much, nor will the failures and the sufferings we have undergone matter in the slightest. What will matter to us, and matter a lot, is whether we have loved God's Will in preference to our own! from In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez.
I have also enjoyed getting to decorate a home that is ours this year. Every year it's a treat to unload all of the Christmas decor. I forget things I have to decorate with and am pleasantly surprised what all of the boxes hold each year as I unpack them. I also love finding new things to add. Two weeks ago I found this nativity scene in a little antique shop:
It was super cheap, and I just love all of the beautiful colors in it. I need to find a manger for it, and hopefully one day it will have a home under the tree, just as my grandmother use to place hers, but for now, its home is high on the bookshelf, away from chubby little fingers!
Here are a few more decorations that have gone up in the house:
Notice how sparse the ornaments are at the bottom of the tree. There were plenty thoughtfully placed on the tree to create balance, but the balance that I achieved lasted the duration of the naptime that I was using to hang them. Now many are scattered under the tree and around the house. Luckily I had the foresight to put all of the non-breakable ones at the bottom; however, I lacked the foresight to take a picture of the tree before naptime ended. Oh well, its a little touch of Hattie's decorating to our home.
I took Hattie to see Santa earlier this week. I thought for sure she would SCREAM her head off. She didn't scream to my surprise, but she didn't smile either. She was unphased completely:
Santa doesn't look too jolly either. I wanted to reason with Santa, Look, I'm trying to capture a moment, a memory here, can you just give me a little bit of cheer?!?! Instead, I got the most unevenful event of the year. I think crying from Hattie and an annoying look on Santa's face would have been better than blank stares. It would have atleast been funny for years to come.
December 3, 2007
Hattie turns 17 months old tomorrow. This month has been one of big changes in the nap department. She is finally consistently on 1 nap a day. I'm glad we've finally made that switch because we have some predictability back in our lives. The mornings are long, though, and I can see that if I don't keep her entertained, she gets tired and fussy around 10:00 a.m. My goal is always noon, and she gets there most days. If not, it makes for a loooong afternoon because she will not nap again no matter how tired she gets.
Another new development this month is teeth. She has some big chompers coming in in the back, on both sides, up and down. She seems to be handling it pretty well. No major teething from what I can tell. She not fussier than usual. A grace from God!
One of her new favorite games to play is Ring Around the Rosie. She loves it and smiles through the whole thing. She always falls down a little bit before the song is over because that's her favorite part - impatient, just like her mama! She has also discovered the Old MacDonald song. Hattie loves when I sing it to her, so I go on and on and on. Lots of animals that you don't normally find on a farm live at Old MacDonald's farm like bears, elephants and tigers!
One HUGE mistake I made this month (there are always many!) was giving Hattie Ovaltine in her milk. I decided to buy some and give it to her to make up for some of the nutrition I was sure she wasn't getting. She was on a food-strike and was barely eating anything, so I thought it was a good idea. BIG FAT MISTAKE. She loved it and now refuses to drink plain milk. She asks for "choco milk" all day, every day - my little broken record - so Sean and I are considering buying stock in the product since it is now a staple in our household. I just wish other mommies would tell me about these kinds of mistakes before I go and make them. If there is a wrong way of doing things, I always seem to do it.
This brings me to another point, kind of off topic, but I have found that I knew a lot more about parenting before I actually became a parent. I knew exactly what kind of foods my child would eat, how much sleep she would get, all the t.v. that she would never watch, what kind of discipline to use to get her to act the way I want at any given moment. Then I became a mommy.....and well, I really don't know what I'm doing most days.
I feel like we have a good day if:
1.) Hattie eats some of the cereal along with all of the marshmellows in her Lucky Charms. I vowed I would never give my child sugary cereal by the way.
2.) She only watches 1-2 t.v. shows a day.
3.) She wakes up past 6 a.m. and naps atleast once in the day.
4.) I don't lose it before Sean gets home.
Okay, I'm kind of kidding about the last one. I only usually feel that way on Fridays. By then I'm generally about to lose it. One of the biggest realizations that I have had since becoming a mommy is that Fridays are still really exciting days, even when you stay at home with your child. I always thought that once I became a stay-at-home mommy, the days would all feel like the weekend. Not so. But seriously, I think if I would have had some kind of ability to see myself as a mommy of a toddler before I actually became one, I would have majorly disappointed myself. The bar has moved way down from where it was. I realize that being a parent is so much harder than I could have ever imagined. I love it and wouldn't trade my days at home with my precious little girl for those that were spent in a classroom with disrespectful children. Please. My current job, role, vocation is so much more fulfilling, but it's also super hard and humbling.
So as Hattie further grows into being a child for yet another month, I, too, grow into a deeper and a more real understanding of what this mommy thing is all about!
November 30, 2007
I love these little feet.
I'm obsessed with them.
I could kiss them all day long if she would let me.
When Hattie was tiny, she had the stinkiest feet. I think it was because I always had socks on them. She slept the best when she was all warm and toasty. Her hands and her feet would sweat so much and then smell pretty stinky. I thought it was the cutest thing ever. Only a mommy and a daddy could think stinky feet were cute. Sean and I ended up giving Hattie the nickname, Stinky Feet pretty early on. Poor little girl; she's taken on so many nicknames in the past 16 months. It will be a miracle if she turns out normal. She will rightfully blame us for all of her problems :0).
Then when we got her a bear for her 1st birthday, we named him Tinky after her stinky little secret....
Her little feet are no longer so stinky, though. Other parts of her that weren't so stinky before have taken over. Changing diapers is so not fun when your child's favorite food at the moment is Ranch Style Beans. Mommy don't think that stinkiness is so cute. Even I have my limits. Now we like to call her Stinky Booty.
November 27, 2007
This little girl is growing up before my very eyes.
I’m still clinging to the baby in her who’s fading fast.
I don’t want her to grow up and feel the pain and suffering that the world brings.
I want her to keep her child-like outlook and optimism, her freshness.
I know that’s not possible, but I can’t help myself.
These thoughts about Hattie have led me to the question: Did Mary, the mother of our Lord, feel this way? Did she want Jesus to remain her baby forever? I know she didn’t bear a normal child, a sinner, like I did, but she had to share Him with the world like no other mother will ever have to share their child. I think about Mary in a whole different light now that I am a mother. She watched her child, her baby, suffer, be mocked and rejected. She was one of the few at the foot of the cross. There was nothing she could do to help her son that wouldn’t get in the way of His plan. It goes against a mother’s nature, though, to sit back and watch your child in agony and do nothing.
The Catholic Church teaches that Mary didn’t have pain in childbirth because pain in childbirth is a curse following Adam and Eve's original sin. The birth of Jesus could not, therefore, bare the mark of original sin. Likewise, Mary had to be clean of original sin in order to make the incarnation possible. This is always a heated topic among our Protestant friends and family. What many of them don’t know or understand about the Church’s teaching is that we believe that Jesus still saved Mary, like God saves each of us, but He just did it in a different way, for His own glory. It was not for Mary’s sake or for her own glory. She was a servant of God, and He chose to bring His Son into the world through a pure vessel. This makes perfect sense to me.
Childbirth is rough, even with the epidural. The contractions, bringing forth life, the healing that comes with it, and I think some feel like it deifies Mary because she didn’t suffer in the way that every other woman does in childbirth. The thought scares many into thinking something that isn’t taught by the Church. The fact is Mary did suffer; she suffered in a far greater way than labor pains by bearing the Son of God and watching Him take on the weight of the world’s sin and evil. I don’t think I could do that. Mary couldn’t have done it either……without God. God blessed Mary with the faith, strength and obedience that she needed to fulfill her vocation. We can see that in the Magnificat, the song of Mary’s praises to God when she goes to visit Elizabeth while pregnant with Jesus:
And Mary said,
46 My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever. (Luke 1:46-55)
What a beautiful example we have to meditate on and follow this Christmas season and always!
November 24, 2007
Today a sweet friend, Katie, came over to take our Christmas card pictures, and these are a few of the great pictures that she got. She was so great with Hattie. I was amazed! Hattie doesn't warm up too quickly to new people, but it didn't take long for her to warm up to Katie.
Really, Katie, you have a talent with the camera and with kids! Thank you for all you did for us today!
November 21, 2007
You shall cross the barren desert,
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety
though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands
and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.
Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow me,
and I will give you rest.
If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames,
you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow'r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you through it all.
Blessed are the poor,
for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn,
for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you!
This hymn has been in my head for the past couple of days. We use to sing it all the time at church when I was little, and I recently heard it for the first time in a long time at mass. My favorite part of the whole song is the refrain, as if God were speaking to us, saying, Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
I know it’s almost Thanksgiving, and I should be counting my blessings, and I am, but I am also aware of the grace that God has bestowed upon me when the blessings are hard to see. He is always there. He is always able and willing to lead me through the fight. What a beautiful love to be thankful for!
November 15, 2007
It has turned out to be the best free thing we have ever had! Hattie loves it and would spend hours and hours playing on it, in it, or around it if I had the patience to stay out in the backyard for hours and hours. Much to Hattie's delight, today was such a beautiful day that we happened to spend quite a few minutes in the backyard.
I decided to put Hattie up on the big slide and hold her hands as she zoomed down to see what her reaction would be. She loved it! She asked repeatedly, "Big slide? Big slide?" So Hattie went up and down the slide over and over again, and now I have an aching back to prove it. I also got some great pictures, too, though, so it was totally worth it :0).
Hattie comes face to face with the big slide.
Hattie loving every bit of being at the top of the big slide.
What was funny is after a few times, she got scared of coming down the slide, but every time her body would zoom down and her feet would touch the ground, she wanted to be back up at the top. The actual sliding was not the joy she found in the big slide. I think it was being up higher than Mama. I think she enjoyed looking down on me......hmmm.......Well, Whatever it was, she had a lot of fun, and I loved watching her!
P.S. Hattie is back to sleeping past 6:00 a.m. WOOHOO!!! Now, Hattie (if you happen to read this), if you start sleeping in past 7:00 a.m., Mama will buy you an even bigger slide! :0)
November 9, 2007
November 8, 2007
And Hattie is a mess. She is so tired and cranky and is fighting sleep like a wild banshee.
I love this sweet picture that I took of her, though. I love the fact that I was able to capture one of the few smiles that she has given in the last week or so.
I'll end with one of my favorite bible verses:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
November 7, 2007
Anyways, here are some recent developments of our 16 month old baby girl.
November 3, 2007
Hattie's usually in the best of moods in the morning, and it really is a joy to go and get her from her crib, even though it's 6 a.m. in the morning and the sun isn't even up yet. I recently taught her how to smile on command. I tell her, "Smile," and she does - a great thing for picture taking! So this morning I went into her room at 6:15 a.m. (I was up at 5 a.m. and could not go back to sleep - why, oh why!?!?). I brought the camera with me and got lots of smiley, goofy Hattie pictures.
Of course Sean and I are totally worried about falling back an hour tonight with the time change. Not quite sure what to do to avoid her getting up at 5 a.m. tomorrow. One would think keeping her up later would help her sleep in, but this usually isn't the case. She usually still wakes at the same time but just a little grumpy from not getting ample sleep. Perhaps, my body is helping me get ready for the early morning tomorrow, and that's why I was up at 5 a.m. today!
Happy Saturday all!
October 31, 2007
October 30, 2007
Don't get me wrong, she appreciates the occasional pumpkin, but snowmen are where it's at!
Tomorrow she's gonna be a kitty-cat for Halloween, but gosh, had I known this obsession for snowmen was going to be, I would have tried to find a snowman costume for her!
October 25, 2007
We took the most precious Halloween pictures of her. I'll have to share those later so we don't spoil our Halloween card that we're sending out. She was totally workin' the camera, which doesn't happen very often these days. She usually wants to get far away from me when I have the camera in hand. Hope I haven't scarred her for life with all of the picture-taking I've done the last 15 months.
Well, it's almost time for The Office, and since we no longer have DVR, I gotta go catch it now. DVR is the one sacrifice for the sake of pinching pennies that has been the hardest to make. If you don't have it, don't get it because once you have it, it's so hard to live without it!!!
October 23, 2007
The one my mother-in-law gave us is in our front yard and says, Give Thanks. This really hits home for me because I have so many blessings in my life to give thanks to God for right now.
First of all there is my dad's health, which isn't perfect, but it could have been so much worse following the stroke. I am thankful that he is home and his speech is improving and that he didn't suffer from any other effects like paralyzing limbs or loss of vision or memory. No permanent damage was done. For this I give thanks to God!
October 22, 2007
October 8, 2007
October 3, 2007
October 2, 2007
We've been enjoying the cool fall mornings lately. It's still really hot by like 9:00 a.m. so I try to take Hattie outside after breakfast. I can't wait to have a backyard again, so we don't have to get the stroller out every single time I want to take her outside. I can't believe we'll be in our new house in less than 2 weeks! It kinda scares me as I look around at all of the empty boxes that still need to by filled.......hhhmmm.......yet I choose to get on blogger!
Hattie's newest phrase as of yesterday is, "Come-ere." (come here). She says it just like I do. It kind of runs together as one word and has a little bit of a Texas twang to it. Part of me feels like I should pronounce words correctly when speaking to her so she doesn't learn them incorrectly like she's doing. It's so funny, though, the way she imitates me. I can't help but smile when she says it.
She's also very into shaking her finger and saying "no-no!" all the time. This is not as cute, especially when I am trying to get her to eat something. She's become a bit of a picky eater and refuses many of the things that she was willing to eat just two weeks ago by saying "no-no" to almost everything I offer her. It's a great way for her to comfort herself, though. For instance, if she's walking and bumps her head on the table, she'll shake her little finger at the table and say "no-no!" and then she's over it. That's pretty nice.
Another new thing she's doing is she puts anything and everything "night-night." Her dolls, her stuffed animals, a book, my shoe. Anything she can get her hands on. She picks it up and says, "nigh-nigh" then puts it on the couch or back on the floor or whatever. She's such a little mama!
I can see her incisors on the bottom trying to cut through, and her poor little nose has been running and dripping for going on two weeks now, but other than that, life is pretty good for my little girl who will soon celebrate her 15 month birthday.
Now, back to those empty boxes again......
September 25, 2007
Why the big secret?
September 24, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 17, 2007
Okay, so what do you think? Is this accurate? I happen to think it is. I hold firm to my opinion that Hattie is a good mix of her mama and daddy......thanks, Look-Alike Meter, for backing me up! I will only be skeptical if everyone else gets similar results from their own pics and kiddos.
To try it out on your own family, go here: http://www.myheritage.com/FP/Company/look-alike-meter.php
September 16, 2007
September 13, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 7, 2007
September 6, 2007
August 30, 2007
August 29, 2007
I just don't know where she puts it all, which is why I have come to the conclusion that she must have a hollow leg.
August 25, 2007
I have found myself getting more and more interested in photography since Hattie's birth. I wish I had the power to freeze time with Hattie. The way she smells, the sounds she makes, the way she looks when she sucks her thumb, her pudgy fingers and toes, the way she lays her head on my shoulder when she's upset or tired. It's so joyful being her mother.
Unfortunately, I can't freeze time, but I do enjoy savoring moments of my baby in pictures. I try to capture her baby ways while I can because I know they will change way too soon.
I did a little photo shoot for practice yesterday afternoon with Hattie while we were waiting for Sean to come home so we could all go out to dinner. This is my favorite shot. I love her expression - so shy and flirty. It's almost as if her high school crush just walked by, even though she's not allowed to like boys until she's 30. I wonder what she's thinking.....
Finally, Sean and I watched a great movie last night - Tsotsi - you gotta see it if you haven't already. It is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. It made me cry, and I'm not a big sap when it comes to movies, but man, this one is GOOD.