Sunday, May 24, 2015

Vacation

Coming home from a great vacation is always bittersweet. This one was particularly wonderful, and I am so sad that it's over. Here are some photos from our trip, if you'd like to see...


Lucy loved swimming with my mom, her Lynnie, in the pool. By the time we left, she was like a little fish.


While we were visiting my parents, we went to the zoo... twice!


Lucy with her Pop Pop




Also...

I got to meet a sloth!!!
And, no big deal or anything, but she woke up and said hello to me. It was a dream come true!!! 


And, there's a video also. (Thanks, Mom!)



After a week at my parents' house, we went to the beach to enjoy some more relaxation time. The weather was perfect, and I have never seen the Gulf look so lovely.







I already want to go back!


Now that we are home, there is so much to do. I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, so we are getting close, people. I promise an update soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

My mama and I... circa 1988.

I just want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers. I am thankful to be surrounded by so many incredible women - mothers of all ages who constantly teach and inspire and challenge me. I am grateful for each one of you, and I want you to know that you are doing an amazing job. Thank you for your beautiful example, which encourages me daily. 

On this day, I always feel the weight of these precious gifts I have been given, my children. I can't believe that I have been entrusted with these two, beautiful girls. It is something I will never, ever take for granted, even on the most difficult of days. I thank God for their lives, and I thank Him for allowing me to experience the blessing of motherhood. 

Happy Mother's Day!


P.S. We are headed on vacation tomorrow, so the blog may be a little neglected for the next couple of weeks. I promise lots of updates / pictures upon our return! Pray for safe travels for us, especially tomorrow as I fly on my own with Lucy for the first time - yikes!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Imaginary Play

Lately, Lucy has been engaging in imaginary play, which is a huge developmental milestone...


Feeding her "babies"...


She makes sure that her "babies" get enough milk to eat. She also "changes" their diapers and puts them to bed.


It is so much fun watching Lucy's wild, little imagination develop. Some of her favorite imaginary play games, besides taking care of her "babies", are:

- Kitchen: Lucy has a little play kitchen, and she loves to "cook dinner". She pretends to wash dishes, season food with salt and pepper, cut vegetables, etc. And she always brings the finished product to us for a little "taste". 

- School bus: Even though I am pretty sure Lucy has never seen a real school bus, she seems to understand the concept perfectly. I guess she must have read about a school bus in a book? One of her favorite games is to load the children onto her toy school bus and "drive" them to school. As she pushes her little school bus around the floor, she says things like, "Time to go to school," or "Time to go home," or "Sit down on the bus." 

- Going out: Another of Lucy's favorite games is to pretend that she is going "out". She will put on her shoes (usually on the wrong feet... so cute!), grab her purse, and tell us "bye bye". She always asks for a hug and a kiss before she leaves. After a few minutes, she will announce, "I'm back!", and then the game starts all over again.

- Going to sleep: Lucy also likes to pretend that she is going to sleep. She asks us to turn the lights off, and she lays down in her little bed. The funniest part is that she pretends to snore! After a few seconds, she pops up and says, "I'm awake!" 


Friends in Town

This past week, we had my friend Kelly in town. Kelly and I have known one another since college. We were actually roommates. She is expecting her first baby, a boy, due in late August. It was so much fun having her in town!

Our friend Beka (another of our college roommates) drove from Steamboat Springs for the weekend. It felt just like old times!

(Beka, Kelly, and I... plus Lucy... plus Baby Sister)

While Kelly and Beka were in town, we threw Kelly a little baby shower...





Of course, Lucy was happy to help Kelly open her shower gifts. :)


Congratulations, Kelly! We can't wait to meet Baby Teddy!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

Today, my sweet Lucy girl is two years old, which she likes to tell anyone who asks. Words cannot express how profoundly this little person has changed our lives. Even at the age of two, Lucy is brave, adventurous, brilliant, and funny. She is deeply passionate and caring, qualities I believe she gets from her daddy. She has also inherited his easy laughter and love for people. I am so excited to watch her grow, to see the woman she will become, and I am honored that God has allowed me the privilege of being her mama. 


A while ago, I asked Lucy how she would like to celebrate her birthday. She informed me that she would like chocolate milk and pizza, and that she would like to go to the zoo. So, that's precisely what we did...



Chasing the peacocks... Flannery O'Connor would be proud.



On the merry-go-round! She loved it so much, that she cried when the ride was over.





Someone liked her cake.


Happy Birthday, Lucy! We love you so very much!


 P.S. Lucy's birth story... Can't believe this happened two years ago!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

25 Weeks... and a lot of heartburn.

I am very pregnant.



Lucy wanted to pose with me, but she did not understand that she was supposed to look into the mirror.



I am dressed up to go to a friend's baby shower. I do not dress this way every day. In fact, I have not worn real pants in about three months, and now I remember why. Putting (non-maternity) pants on while pregnant is like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. There are some things that are just too much work. 

Baby Sister is approximately the size of a rutabaga, 1.7 pounds and 9 inches long. Her nostrils and vocals cords are developing... All the better for waking Mama up in the middle of the night for some milk. :) I have still been feeling pretty great, popping Tums every night to fight off that heartburn. I am trying to walk a lot, as that seemed to help with Lucy's labor and delivery. Thankfully, I don't have the back pain I suffered from with Lucy. That's a welcome bonus.



My friend Kelly gets into town today, and I can't wait to see her! She is pregnant with her first little one, a boy, and I am sure our time together will involve a lot of "shop talk" regarding Snoogles and maternity clothes and how much we miss wine.





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Big Girl Bed

Lucy has started sleeping in a big girl bed. How is this even possible?


Morning hair...


Little monkey jumping on the bed...


As with every transition, we took cues from Lucy to make sure that she was ready before we moved her from her crib and into a big girl bed. The very first night we tried it, she kept getting out and playing with her toys, so we just plopped her back in her crib. The second night we tried it, we only had to put her back in bed once or twice before she fell fast asleep. The third night, she went right to bed without getting up once. And it's been pretty much the same for nap times, too.

Before making the switch, I talked with other moms and was given this very helpful advice...

- Keep the crib in the room, just in case. We gave Lucy the choice to sleep in her crib or her big girl bed. Guess which one she chose! Rather than forcing the transition, it was nice to allow her to make the decision herself. 

- Transition slowly by starting with just naps or just bed times in the big kid bed. We decided to do bed time first, since that's usually when Lucy is more tired and less likely to get up and play. When she did so well at bed time, we tried putting her down in her big girl bed for nap time, too. Since she was already used to it, she did pretty well! 

- If possible, wait until child expresses an interest. Lucy has been obsessed with big kid beds for months. Every time we go to friends' houses, she climbs into her friends' big kid beds and pretends to go to sleep. When we went to Ikea, she spent at least an hour in the children's section, trying out all the different toddler beds. 

- Make it fun. We let Lucy help pick out her big girl bed, as well as some new bedding. We let her decide which stuffed animals / toys she wanted to have in her bed with her. This helped her feel involved in the process and made it fun for her, too. 


As easy as it was for Lucy to make the transition, it was actually much more difficult for me. I thought it would take months for her to adjust to a big girl bed. I did not expect the transition to happen so immediately, for her to sleep through the night and wake up at her usual time with no tears or fuss. It made me realize how grown-up she is, that she is not a baby any more. Obviously, I am so proud of her, and I am thankful for her independent spirit, but at the same time, the sight of that empty crib just brings tears to my eyes. Kleenex, please.