Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thankfulness, night coughs, and date nights.

I have so much to be thankful for every day.

Family, baby smiles, health, coffee, kisses, soul-friends, my soul-mate, prayer, autumn leaves, spring flowers, salty beaches, clean sheets, clean water, uplifting conversations, wandering walks, inside jokes, laughter, daily grace, and love and love and love.

On most days I'm overcome.


The last couple days have been a little on the hard side. Adoration came down with a respiratory infection so the nights have been long, with listening to her every breath and comforting her during 2am coughing fits. My in-laws have been amazing, cuddling with her in the morning hours so James and I, exhausted after our night vigil, could get an extra hour or two of uninterrupted sleep. Her fever broke the day after Thanksgiving and today we took her to urgent care just to make sure she was set on the path to recovery. Everything checked out and we got prescribed some medicine to help clear her chest congestion.

Tonight me and my love left Adoration in the capable hands of my parents and went on a sweet lil' date. Crab legs and GA football for dinner at the local oyster bar.
Post-dinner we headed to Barnes & Noble to partake in my favorite guilty pleasure: magazine reading & coffee drinking in cushy chairs. I haven't done that since before I had Adoration and it just felt so GOOD. It's the little things that make my heart happy. James and I left holding hands, cracking the same jokes, and vowing to go on more dates.

Cheers to the best husband in the whole world, our now-healthy baby girl, and doting grandparents!


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Battle of the Will



In honor of this week where all of us here in America stuff our faces, let me amuse you with a conversation that happened a couple of months ago.

It was the first time I went "running" after I had Adoration. "Running" is in quotations because well, that is a strong word for what happened that day.

The conversation was between my mind and my body. My body was bucking up in protest. Enjoy.


Body: No. NO. NOOOOO!!!!!! What are YOU doing?

Me: Listen, I know it's been a while but we really need to kick our butt into shape.

Body: Seriously? Don't you understand what I'VE been through?

Me: I totally understand and I really appreciate all the sacrifices you've made. But the truth is, you've gone a little soft and you know it.

Body: I hate you.

Me: You can't hate me. You ARE me.

Body: I'm pretty sure running is worse than childbirth.

Me: Don't be sarcastic. It's not helping.

Body: It's HOT.

Me: Really? Can you please stop whining and arguing with me? This is taking way too much mental fortitude.

Body: How about we just go inside where it's nice and cool and do that prenatal yoga video instead?

Me: Nice try. That video does not count as exercise now that I am no longer pregnant. Plus, it makes me sleepy.

Body: Can we walk now?

Me: Just a LITTLE longer. You CAN do it.

Body: Okay, can we walk NOW?!?!?!?

Me: Okay, fine.

Body: Thank you. I thought I was going to die. Now how about we go get some ice cream?

Me: I'm ignoring you now. LALALALALA.


The End.



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Easy to Love.


My Adoration Joy,

You are 5 months old now, I can't believe it. Right now you are sitting on my lap like a big girl. As I hold you, I can't help but recall the first time I ever held you. The memory is seared onto my heart forever. You were so tiny at only 6 lbs, 2 0z.

You are still an itty bitty, weighing in at 14 lbs, the 30th percentile for weight. You are changing every day. I am loving this stage of your life because your personality is coming out so much.

I want to tell you a little bit about who I see you are. You are growing into your name, Adoration Joy. You have such a joyful, sweet spirit about you, always quick to smile. I think you bring joy to the people you encounter. I love how you smile, giggle and "talk" to the people who aren't expecting to be noticed. Already at 5 months old, you are helping people feel joy and love. I think this is something you will carry with you through your life. You see the people that often aren't seen.

You are a peaceful baby, low on drama, high on contentment. I think I see a little spunk in you too. I think you will grow to be mostly peaceful on the surface but fiery in your convictions.

Whoever you grow to be, know this, you are EASY to love. You will always be easy to love. It is my great privilege to love you all the days of my life. I pray that more than knowing my love, or your daddy's love, that you will know and receive the perfect love of Father God. I can not love you perfectly but I know that God, who IS love, loves you perfectly. I want you to know that He is good, that He is for you, that He is in love with you.

I am so excited to watch you grow and change and learn. There is no one else like you in the whole entire world, Adoration Joy. Nor will there ever be. I love the "you" that you are and the "you" you will be.

a thousand kisses and all my heart,

Your Mama



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

what she wears...

Me & the little patootie have been dancing around to this song all morning! Gotta love Brooke Fraser.







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Monday, November 15, 2010

Love you forever.


Newsflash: Adoration is officially sleeping through the night....for at least a 12 hour stretch. Actually not so new, she has been sleeping completely through the night for at least a month. But man, that really deserves a newsflash because I FORGOT how great it is to sleep for eight consecutive hours. In case you don't know how amazing it is to sleep for eight hours straight, let me inform you: It is heavenly. Just heavenly.


In tribute of this most momentous milestone, lets take a look back:


My hubs captured the memory and snapped the picture. It was one of those mornings when Adoration was just out of the oven and still had the yummy newborn smell. I was exhausted after a night of waking up every two hours to feed her (and from the night before and the night before that.) After feeding Adoration, I passed out still propped up against the pillows from nursing, with glasses in hand, the boppy still on my lap, and holding that tiny girl close.

Adoration was snockered out as well and was apparently dreaming that she was a super-girl. Notice her arm in flying position, ready for take-0ff.

Oh those days of trying to grab sleep anytime, anywhere.

But is it the sleeplessness I remember? Not so much.


It is her newborn floppiness I remember, those paper thin fingernails, they way she curled perfectly on my chest, her tiny coos, the way she would lock eyes on to me, that soft, fuzzy hair, those perfect, tiny lips and yes...that yummy, newborn smell. Be still my heart.

That was just a few, mere months ago. oh how I miss that sweet, newborn-ness.

And I love her so much today. Exactly how she is right now. And I know a couple of months from now I'll be missing our morning cuddles and her actually falling back asleep, her open-mouth kisses, her dinosaur noises and bubble sounds, her fidgety legs and her wrist rolls.

But then she will be in a new, equally disarming stage that will make me smitten all over again.


I love her yesterday, her today, her tomorrow, and forever.





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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Return of the Mohawk.

Yesterday morning, Adoration woke up and to my great delight this is what I found:


The Return of the Mohawk. You may not remember but for a couple months of my child's life she had a legitimate, no styling necessary mo-hawk. Her hair just stood up all by itself, straight down the middle of her head, all awesome-like.

Then one day, her hair finally got long and heavy enough to lay down. It was no longer a Mo-hawk but a Mo-FLOP. I was kinda sad about it to be honest. No worries though, she is still the cutest thing around, and now I put cute, tiny clippies in her hair.

THEN, yesterday morning, I looked into her crib and the mo-hawk had returned! Temporarily, of course, but my heart did sing when I saw it. Adoration was, as usual, completely oblivious to the awesome-ness that was her hair standing up 3 inches off her head.

I smothered her with kisses. I squealed. I giggled out of sheer delight. I took some pics with my phone and sent them to her daddy. I snapped some pictures of her in her jammies with my camera.

Then a mere minutes later my camera fell on the floor. Lens down. The lens seems to be broken and is stuck in the body of my camera. I cried and I almost threw up.

Hopefully it is fixable. Bummer. for realz.

Let me end this on a happy note though:

Okay, I feel better.



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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Ultimate Teething Toy

Yep......we put our baby in a pumpkin.

She then proceeded to eat it.










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Sunday, November 7, 2010

On Comparison

I'm fairly new to blog-world. Two years ago I didn't even know what a blog was...now I am kind of addicted. Blogs remind me of magazines (and I LOVE a good magazine) except they are even more interesting because they are more personal. They read as authentic because they are by real people talking about their real lives, and their real insights.

I have noticed a negative side of blogs...especially "mommy" blogs. They can perpetuate comparison. For some reason, as women, comparison is such a temptation. We see glimpses of lives, of families. Our own lives can seem very far from that endlessly creative, always trend-setting mom, who's already got her body back, with wit to spare, and Gap-ad dressed children.
There are times when I've thought, "ummm....does anyone else find themselves in their pajama's all day, busting into tears at the sight of their stretch marks, or battling feelings of guilt for just wanting a couple hours alone?" And the answer is yes. All of us. We all do. We are mothers. We are a beautiful, imperfect mess.

There are so many other potential areas for comparison. The Working Mother vs. the Stay At Home Mother. The WAY we mother....cloth diapers vs. disposables, Dr. Sears vs. BabyWise, et cetera. et cetera.

Even our children can be caught in the cross-hairs of our tendency to compare. Thoughts like, "Her baby is already sleeping through the night? Should mine? Am I doing something wrong?" creep in. Expectations can be set on the way we see other mothers and their children. The truth is every child is different. Every Mama is different....but we love. There is beauty in our individuality and there is beauty in our imperfect love.

I hate comparison. I hate that I find myself doing it sometimes. And I have. Both to build myself up AND tear myself down as a mother, as a woman, as a person.

I want to give grace and encouragement to other mamas out there....and to give grace to myself as well. I want to be a person that boasts in my weakness rather than my strength.

Yes, please read my blog and ooh and ahh over my sweet, little princess, but please don't let the way I mother, my life, make you feel like any less of the super-momma, woman, friend, person that you are. I try to keep my blog positive but know that I am not perfect, my life is not perfect. and my child is not perfect but it is all such a beautiful mess. Hopefully, you will leave my blog inspired, with a couple of laughs, and maybe even touched...and yes, thinking about how absolutely adorable my daughter is. :)

Me and my girl...
on a day where we never made it out of our pajamas.



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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oh Happy Morning

Mornings are....

rumpled sheets and ruffled hair
kisses, cuddles, and sideways smiles.

The best way to start my day.





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Friday, November 5, 2010

All Things Beautiful: A Trysting Place

It's "All Things Beautiful" Friday. Enjoy!


You might say I'm a creature of contemplation. Give me a pretty spot where I can pour out my heart in conversation with God and I'll stay there for hours.

These photographs evoke beautiful trysting places, fit for lovers.
Or conversations with God, the lover of our souls.


"My beloved responded and said to me,
'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come away with me.
'For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone..."


source unknown (if you recognize it, let me know where it came from.)

photograph Sara Norris



photograph Vincent Olinet




photograph Kitty Rogers






photograph by Anna Aden

Sigh. Aren't these photographs so lovely? Don't you just wish you were IN them?


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pajama Jeans


Ya'll, I can NOT believe the infomercial I saw today. Pajama Jeans! Oh the absurdity.

Of course I thought they were ridiculous. I laughed in mockery.
Then I thought about it, " Hmm...those might've been kinda of nice when I was pregnant."

Then I chastised myself for thinking that thought.

Then I pictured making outfits with pajama jeans on my formerly pregnant body.

Then I quickly pushed the images out of my mind.

Then I remembered how you will do just about anything for comfort in the 3rd trimester.

Maybe....even.... pajama jeans.

Please don't judge me.







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Halloween Shmaloween

I have a confession:
I did not dress up this year....AND I love dressing up. We actually had a reason to dress up too. Every year our friends host an awesome dance party around Halloween time. But we didn't go. Our daughter is practically perfect in every way, except she REFUSES to take a bottle. This limits our plans. We also didn't set up a babysitter. We didn't have time to plan costumes. Getting out just seemed like way too much work. Plus we were TIRED.

So here is what we did instead: put our baby girl to bed, cuddled and watched a movie, went to bed early.

We are officially boring.

But you know what? Halloweem shmaloween....I wouldn't trade this life for anything. I'm okay with boring. Plus I know, deep down, I've still got plenty of sass.



Here we are pre-pregnancy, pre-baby sportin' our costume:

As you can see, I was dressed up as the state of Texas. James (dressed as a cowboy, with some extra muscle padding) walked around as my bodyguard telling people not to "mess" with me in a rugged, country accent.
So we were the slogan, "Don't Mess with Texas." Get it? We were pretty smug about our costume that year.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Laundry Day


WARNING: The following image may just be too cute for you to handle.
Please prepare your heart and proceed with caution.










She even makes laundry fun.



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Monday, November 1, 2010

No Words Neccessary







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