Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11 Months

Dear Skylar, You are now 11 months old! "I can't believe it"...I feel the need to continue the tradition of saying this in each post -- and YES - it is still true! Your little personality comes out more and more each day and it has been AMAZING to me to see how much you remember and how much you LEARN each day!! It is crazy to me how much you have blossomed! ....I can guarantee that your daddy will say two things to me every day -- GUARANTEE -- those two things are "Carrie, she is SOOOO smart" and "Oh my goodness, I love this little girl -- I LOOOOVE this little girl!!"...and I never get tired of hearing it - because it is exactly how I feel too. :) You don't seem to have grown much -- maybe length wise, but not too much in weight - we moved you to size three diapers just because we have some many boxes that I have stocked up on, and they seem to work fine -- even though its seems you could wrap it around your skinny little waist twice! You are still in 6-9 month clothes -- still sleeping in 3 month pants/leggins, but I have gone ahead and bought a couple of things for this winter in 12 months -- just in case you decide to have a growth spurt! :) This month you really started trying to mimic words and are remembering what things are. You will point and say "dat" or try to say the word if you remember it. This month you said "duckie" (guckie) "woah buddy" (whoo bubee) "ball" (baw) and you will tell us that the cow says "Mooo" (Mmmmm). You still say dada ALOT - and Mama more and more. Your 4th tooth came in this month - top left -- and boy was that a bear. I can usually tell now, you start to drool like CRAZY about 2 days before it breaks through -- this one came in the middle of the night, and we were ALL up and awake for it - you made sure of that! :) I am just very thankful the two nights of not-much-sleep didn't turn into a habit! :) You blew you first kiss this month - to Mimi. It was SO.STINKING.PRECIOUS. Now it is very dramatic -- You wave -- "buh buh" (bye bye) and then put your hand to your mouth and say....MMMMMMMMMMMuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh....so cute! :) You took your first steps with no hands on September 29th to GGpa - at GG's house. Yall were outside on the back porch and GGma and I were in the kitchen and hear "Carrie Carrie Carrie" I looked out the window just in time to see the last one before you fell - I am so proud - and I am pretty sure it is one of your GGpa's favorite memories ever -- how could it not be!! You are still very cautious -- I honestly thought you would be walking all over by now, but you are just very content to crawl - it is faster and safer in your opinion (yes, I can tell) and that is just fine with me. My very favorite memory of all this month - actually of your life so far - was on September 25th - when we sat down for dinner and went to pray ... we have been folding our hands in front of your highchair and bowing our heads before dinner to bless the food since you were tiny -- and I had been working with you everyday at breakfast and lunch -- but that night, when your daddy said "Let's say the blessing!" You folded your hands and looked down at them. Seriously - I can hardly type this without getting all choked up. I was one of the most precious things I have ever seen in my life, Skylar. I know that right now, you might not know exactly what it means to pray, but to know that we are setting the foundation for you now, is so incredibly important to your daddy and I. If I do nothing else in this life, but raise a little girl who knows and loves Jesus with all her heart - I will be a happy mom. There is nothing that I want more for you that to know Jesus NOW - early in life - and to make decisions- for the rest of your life- with HIM in the forefront of your mind. You are so precious to me, but even MORE precious to Jesus, and I can only pray that your daddy and I make that clear to you. I can't believe that the next time I write to you it will be your BIRTHDAY!! But it will be here before I know it, and I am excited to see what this next month brings! I love you, sweet girl. Mama

Monday, September 17, 2012

10 Months

Dear Skylar, Double digits. It feels like a dream to just TYPE this. You are T-E-N months old. And I could NOT be more in love with you! :) You are learning something new everyday - growing (slowly but surely) so big - and if it is possible -- you are more fun and adorable everyday. At you check up you were 16 lbs 3 ounces - 27 1/2 inches long. Still in size 2 diapers (although at night we sometimes put you in a 3 if we think about it - just to be sure it will hold for the entire night). You still fit into all of your 6 month clothes (some 3 month dresses)and have just barely been able to wear ONE outfit that says 12 month on the tag -- it is still really big! Your top two teeth are starting to come down -- but haven't popped through the gums quite yet! You have eaten a TON of new foods this month - grilled cheese, lunch meat (turkey and ham), chicken, beef and pork (your first tastes of meat) you didn't really care for any of it at first -- but now you like it -- brownie and icecream (do I even need to write that you LOVED this?), chocolate pudding (another LOVE), kiwi, grapes and lettuce (not a fan) to name a few. There isn't really anything that you absolutely HATE which I really hope continues -- it makes mommy's life so much easier to cook one meal for us all! :) You have really become a little chatterbox! You said, goggie (doggie) -- and you will tell us what the "goggie" says (he pants with his tounge out) haha! You said "pop pop" "giggle/tickle" -- they sound the same - attempted the word "duckie" and "ball" "uh oh" and "okay". (You have perfected "hi" "hey" "byebye" "mama" "dada".) You used a straw (successfully) for the first time on the 18th. And stood up and let go on the 22nd. Once you did this -- it was immediate pride in yourself and you would do it all the time -- usually squealing right before you let go to be sure someone is watching! You will "share" whatever you are playing with if someone asks for a turn -- yet you almost always hold you hand back out - as if you ask for it back! You clapped for the first time and say/scream something that sounds like "yeah" -- and it is one of the funniest/cutest things ever! Whenever someone says "yay!" or "good job, Skylar" you will clap and say "yyeeaaahhh"! So. precious. You started making a "cheese" face when someone takes your picture or holds up the camera. It is more like a scrunched up - show-me-your-gums face. It is adorable - but makes it SUPER hard to catch a real smile! Your photoshoots each month (okay each day) are becoming more of a blurry try-to-catch-a-grin shoot! We went on vacation as just a family of three - to the beach. You LOVED it -- even more than before. You were into EVERYTHING! By the end of the vacation you were crawling on hands and feet only (like a little monkey) in the sand because you little knees were so red from crawling all over the shells/sand all week! You did SOOOO good being away from home -- we always joke that you are the "clutch baby" we can almost count on you ALWAYS being in a good mood if we are out and about - even if you were grumpy at home. We went out to dinner every night and without fail everywhere you went - you made new friends by waving and saying "hey" "hi" and then clapping for whoever waved back at you. I am so thankful to have such a happy little girl! You are the biggest blessing the Father has given your daddy and I and we could not be more proud to be your parents! Even though your first birthday is getting so close -- you will always be our BABY and I can't wait to see what big plans the Lord has for you, our little girl. Love you forever. Mommy

Sunday, August 12, 2012

9 Months.

Dear Skylar, This past month was the best on of my life so far. You have brought more joy than I ever thought imaginable - it keeps getting better and better!! This month I feel like you learned something new almost every day - it is amazing to watch your little hands and feet grow and to know that behind those big baby blues your little brain is going a mile a minute - soaking up new things with every waking moment! You went to your first week of VBS this month, well, part of the week anyway -- you got sick on Wednesday (102.8 fever) and ended up with Coxsackie virus - so you were home the rest of the week -- this was also your first major sickness - and boy what a yucky one! Your little mouth was covered in blisters on the inside -- and even some on the outside and you had the hardest time eating/drinking/swallowing. I am so thankful that it was only 4 days where you felt terrible (and didn't sleep through the night -- wowza!)-- and not the "average" 8-10 days -- We still were in the house for at least 10, but I was very thankful to have such a sweet, happy baby who really handled being sick way better than mommy did! :) You noticed shadows this month -- which was hilarious - I was feeding you one morning and I noticed you were staring at the tray of your high chair everytime I tried to give you a bite you would slap your hand down -- it took a few minutes (mommy is kinda slow sometimes) but I realized it was the shadow of the spoon and my hand and you were trying to catch it! So cute! You tried alot of new foods this month - and really enjoyed everything! You had lasagna, pizza, cantelope, honeydew, goldfish, grapes, grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, lima beans and raisins. The only thing that isn't really your favorite is avacado -- but I think its a texture thing more than flavor. You also learned how to (successfully) drink from your sippie cup -- you have played with one -- and used one with help before -- but now you are a pro -- usually you dump it all the way up in the air and fill your mouth to full the first time and water goes everywhere -- but once to realize that it is full, you do a really good job using it. Your daddy has always whistled to you -- and you have always watched his mouth im amazament -- on July 16 -- you whistled back -- and now you do it all.the.time. It is so cute! You will crawl around and whistle -- or when you are playing -- rarely when someone asks you to - (unless it is your dad) but I am so happy we got this on video because no one would believe me otherwise! :) You started repeating words this month - or things that sound like words...you said "Uh Oh" after I said it one day -- then the rest of the day you said "uh oh" but never again since. You started saying "hey" everytime someone picks up their phone or if you are holding a phone. You also said "bye bye" to the Target cashier (totally made his day). You can make an indian noise with your mouth and hand -- and sometimes you will grab the hand of whoever is holding you and use their hand. You also can blow rasberries on yourself or others. It is kinda gross but really funny at the same time -- you get the biggest kick out of making others laugh! You started mimicing the "fish face" -- and sometimes doing it when you give kisses. You are so sweet with your babydolls - and other real babies -- always want to give them sugar. You started getting your second tooth towards the end of the month - and other than a tiny fever -- you weren't fussy or grouchy at all. The funniest thing you have done to date happened on Monday July 30th. We went on a run in the morning and I had you set up in our room with some toys so that you could play while I showered. Apparently you would much rather get in the shower. Before I knew it I saw 2 little hands under the shower curtain and about 30 seconds later you crawled in. Fully clothed. And SOO proud of yourself. You played and played -- it was Hil.Ar.Ious. I think I laughed for 2 hours. You were soaking wet but were sad to get out when it was over. You waved bye-bye on the 7th. To cousin Jill. I'm not sure who was more excited -- me or Jill!! We were both screaming about how cute it was and then I'm pretty sure I cried! haha! I am just so proud of all you are learning! We are on the last part of your first year now. I can't believe that in 90 days you will be 1 year old. Waaahhhhh. I am so very very very proud of you and how smart and sweet you are. There are no words that could ever explain how I feel when I look at you. I can't wait to see what the next 30 days bring us, sweet girl. Mama Loves You.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

8 Months

Skylar, You just had your eight month birthday! Is that possible??? (I know, broken record!) But this has seriously been the most fun month yet! We are definitely in the groove of this mommy-daughter thing and this month was even more fun than the last! Still in size 2 diapers and 6 month clothes. Although, we did realize this month there are a couple of things you are still wearing that are 0-3 months! Ha! Makes me feel like you are still a "baby". You weighed in at 15 pounds 5 ounces at 8 months. You finally decided to roll from your back to your tummy this month. You were crawling all over the place and would roll from tummy to back and play -- but would realize you "couldn't" roll back and start flailing around like a stuck turtle. You were more than capable all along of flipping yourself back over (I mean you sit yourself up and crawl all over!!) -- you would just rather someone do it for you - stinker! You are definitely pulling up to stand on things now -- still a little unsure sometimes of how to get down -- if there is nothing for you to hold onto on the way down sometimes you just cry until someone helps you down -- I guess that is what happens when you fall a few too many times and bump your bum or head. :) We spent a little time at the pediatrician and cariologist this month to try to figure out why your lips/mouth and face will sometimes turn blue (your hands and feet too). We found out that you have PDA - Patent ductus arteriosus - a VERY mild form of it -- and your ductus arteriosus never closed all the way after birth. This is not terribly uncommon in babies who are early (especially preemies)- you were three weeks early - but normally it will correct itself in the first year. This causes you to have a slight heart mumur as well. The doctor has told us there is NOTHING to be concerned about at this point -- we have to go back after you turn 1 and if it is still open then they will do a small outpatient procedure to close it for you. I was so nervous when you were all hooked up to the machines - you had an EKG and a heart sonogram - but everyone was so sweet. Thankfully we were also referred to a super sweet cardiologist from one of mommy's friends who has a little girl with a heart defect. He was so nice and put us totally at ease. We are hoping that when we go back for your follow up - there will be no surgery and we will never have to go back again! We are so so thankful you are such a healthy, sweet, happy baby. You played peek-a-boo for the first time (well, meaning you actually played WITH mommy - instead of mommy doing all the work)! You were using the hood on your bath towel and covering your face and then popping out from under it and laughing -- everytime I would say "Where's Skylar" you would uncover your face - laugh - and then go right back in your hood. So funny. There were lots of new BIG people foods this month -- nectarine and spaghetti were your favorite! You definitely prefer to have to "chew" your food instead of being fed baby food. This makes my life a little easier since i was making your food -- now I just make sure we have lots of veggis and fruit in the house and you basically eat what we eat (minus the meat)! A few days before you turned 8 months (July 4) we saw the first signs of a tooth coming in. What a relief to me since I had been dreaming that you were never going to get teeth and we would have to get you dentures before you went to first grade! ha! Your tooth didn't actually break through the gums for almost a week after we could "see" it -- but I was relieved none the less -- now I know at least you will have one tooth before you go to school! :) We can't wait to see what you learn this next month -- your babbling has become the constant throughout the day -- and I LOVE it! I sure hope you are an early communicator -- even though everyone tells me that once you start talking I will take this statement back - I can't wait til you can "talk" -- so I can hear your little tiny voice! :) I am in love with you, sweet girl! You are beautiful, smart, funny and perfect in every way! Love, Mommy

7 months

Dear Skylar, This past month was FULL of firsts -- I am always excited to get you up in the morning because I can't wait to see what you will learn/do each day! You are still on the skinny side (but tall!) -- in 6 month clothes -- most of which are still really big on you -- alot of 3 month things you can still wear as long as they are longer! Still in size 2 diapers. I feel like you are getting bigger and bigger everyday and then we go to the nursery and I see you around other kids and immediately realize you are still my little munchkin! I hope you stay tiny -- makes me feel like I still have a baby!! You babbled "Mama" at the very begining of this month -- but are still mostly squealing or saying "dada" ALL.DAY.LONG. I really wish you would remember that "Dada" is not the one who gets you out of all those stinky diapers all day long....maybe throw a "Mama" in there every now and then! :) You sat yourself up on the May 8th - started "scooting" (which is sometimes more like a head dive) on the 9th -- crawled (a REAL crawl) for the first time on the 23rd and by the 30th we could barely keep up with you! It is CRAZY to me how quickly you are learning! You pulled up to standing for the first time on the 28th -- although I am hoping this was just a fluke!! :) You reached for me from your crib for the first time when I came to get you in the morning -- I wish I could have seen the look on my own face- I probably scared you I was so excited! You got your first insect sting (on your foot) while we were out for a run -- I felt really bad because I finished my run thinking you were just being fussy but saw the sting once we got home -- by this time you were over it --and it was my turn to cry because I felt so bad!! I sure hope I'm not ruining you completely!! :) We took you to the beach for the first time this month at the beginning of the month -- you really enjoyed watching everyone -- and you always enjoy being outside -- we didn't last very long though -- maybe 2 hours - it was too windy for our umbrella and I was so worried you would get burnt! It was nice to see you soaking up the new sights and sounds. At the end of the month we spent a week at the beach in Palm Coast with Mimi, Poppy, Candace, Colette, Stephen, Casey and our family -- you had a blast -- (although - probably not as much fun as Mimi did having you in the same house for a week!) You really enjoyed the beach and did really well outside -- I was kind of suprised! I can't wait til next summer when I know you will enjoy going to the ocean as much as I do! :) You have really enjoyed eating this month -- you had puffs, watermelon, ritz crackers, yogurt, strawberries and pancakes. I can tell you are going to be a fruit lover and you really enjoy anything you can feed yourself. You also experienced bubbles for the first time -- watching you try to catch them is hilarious and its even more funny when someone catches one for you and watching you ever so slowly try to touch it without popping it! So.stinking.cute. I know the next month is going to be crazy just because of how mobile you have become! I feel a ton of adventures coming on! :) We are so proud of you, baby girl! And so very thankful that God gave you to us! Love you, Mommy

Thursday, May 17, 2012

6 Months!

Dear Skylar,

We have survived 6 months - and are halfway to your first birthday -- can you believe it? I sure can't! This past month I would say everyday it seems like you are learning something new -- and becoming more and more fun! I love it! Each morning when I go to get you out of your crib - after taking a minute to listen to you talk to yourself and just thank the Lord for giving you to us -- I promise when I see that smile on your face - you are even cuter than the day before! :) I am so very blessed to be your mom!

The day after you turned 5 months old - you babbled the word "Dada" I could have died! I could not BELIEVE you would say "dada" before "mama" especially since I have practicly said "mama" every other word to you since you were born - just to guarantee you said my name first! Granted - you have cried and made noises that SOUNDED something like mama before -- but this was a clear "dada" - not that you KNEW what you were saying, of course, but your dad was thrilled - I was not - okay - maybe I was still thrilled -- but I will be sure to remind you of this moment when your child refuses to say "mama" first - no matter how hard you work with them. :) I WAS glad however, that you at least said "mama" clearly before the month was over - infact - the day BEFORE you turned 6 months old - so technically - the same month. :) ha!

You started sitting up all on your own this month - we started noticing you would TRY to sit up alone -- when you were in the bathtub, stroller, or being put in your car seat - but I think I was shocked when you actually sat alone -- I was even MORE shocked when before the month was over - you sat YOURSELF up from a crawling position. I think that was the day I realized my teeny tiny newborn was gone -- someone turned you into a baby. This makes me so sad - yet so happy!

The biggest thing we did this month - was your first road trip -- to Virginia for your Aunt Amanda's wedding. Boy was that an adventure -- I am pretty sure your daddy says the trip SHOULD take around 10 hours -- of course, that is with grown adults who know how to not drink diet coke the entire trip - and who only need one bathroom break -- so needless to say - even before you were born- I have never allowed him to make this trip in 10 hours -- only this time -- I got to blame all the bathroom/stretch/food breaks on you! :)

You did so great the first day -- (we drove about 6.5 hours of the way) and the beginning of day 2 you were great as well - where we went wrong was stopping for lunch at a mall about 45 minutes away from where we needed to be - and letting you be out of the carseat for about an hour...I think you thought we were there - and when we put you back in -- it was all downhill from there. We learned our lesson and on the way home we did the entire trip in one day -- you did so good - your daddy and I were both so very very proud of you!! I will have to write an entire post about all the things you did while we were on the trip -- because of course, your first vacation should get an entire post to itself. :)

You LOVE the pool and being outside -- which I am SOO thankful for! You LOVED being in the grass on vacation - maybe an outfielder in the making? I can't wait til our next vacation this summer - to see how you enjoy the beach -- and to see how much sand you try to eat! ha!

You tried a ton of new fruits and veggis this month -- so far you LOVE all the fruits (I think you probably have a sweet tooth like mommy and daddy) - except peaches you didn't like the first few times - we are working on those -- you also seem to enjoy all of the veggis we have given you - except peas. Which I cannot blame you -- I hate them too - I was determined to make you eat them - and figured with enough tries you might could stomach them -- but when you started gagging and tearing up -- I tried them myself -- I'm pretty sure I made the same face and then threw them away. I am truly sorry if in some way I have scarred you for life for even attempting to make you like them - they were really gross. There are plenty of other vegtables you can eat without having to enjoy peas. :)

We started using your highchair to feed you in instead of the bumbo or the bouncer -- you love it! I think because you sit "at" the dinner table with us for dinner - instead of being fed separately -- we have started having real FAMILY dinners - and its probably one of my favorite times of the day. :)

At your 6 month appointment - you weighed 13 pounds 12 ounces - and were 26 1/2 inches long - 75% for height - and 10% for weight! Still a skinny little thing -- but I am learning to totally enjoy the time I have when you are still teeny! :) You are wearing 6 months clothes for the most part -- you definitely don't fill any of them out - but the length of almost all of the 3 month clothes (minus dresses) is too short. I am glad we are getting to wear alot of the cute outfits you have for the summer! Still in size 2 diapers - and probably will be for a while unless you get some chunk!

You are only "eating" one meal a day - maybe a snack in the morning -- we are trying to work you up to 3 meals a day before your 9 month appointment -- but you really don't have any interest -- unless of course it is some type of fruit! ha!

You grab for anything and everything you can get your hands on (especially hilarious is the straw to my tumbler (or any cup really)- you grab the straw and put it right in your mouth - just like you know what to do with it!)- and you will find a way to get to what you want -- although its not a "crawl" yet. I know it is only a matter of time before nothing is safe anymore! :)

I can't believe we are halfway to your first birthday party -- it seems like just yesterday I was writing the one month update -- barely able to keep my eyes open from sleep deprivation -- and here I am with a child that I am up before every morning - WAITING to see what you learn that day! I am so very blessed to be your mommy - and everyday I thank God for loaning you to me! I know that you are really his child - and I am just a tool with the responsibility to teach you about Him. Your daddy and I are realizing everyday how truly blessed we are to be your parents - and cannot wait to see what God has in store for your little life.

Love you Skylar, to the moon and back! Mommy

Thursday, April 19, 2012


We hosted easter at our house this year - which I completely enjoyed -- not having to go anywhere -- plus getting to try a few new recipes! :) (we took no pictures of the food -- waahh!) We had ham, veggi casserole, homemade potatoes au gratin, homemade sourdough bread, potato salad, deviled eggs, and tons of snacks and appetizers -- it was delish!

Skylar loved all her easter goodies -- she dug right into her easter basket when she sat beside it -- I'm thinking she will be a pro at receiving gifts by her birthday! And of course -- she looked adorable in her easter get-up!

Can't wait to add an egg hunt to our partying next year!! woohoo!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Dear Sweet Sky,

When I say the words "she is 5 months" -- I don't believe it - even though I know it is true! I must sound like a broken record in these letters to you, but it is so true -- I remember hearing other moms say "they grow so fast" but I never truly understood that until you!! It is so true!! Last year this time -- we didn't know about you yet -- and here you are 5 months old!

With everyday we fall more in love with you. Seriously, your daddy says to me almost daily "Carrie, I love that little girl so much, even more than yesterday!" And I know EXACTLY what he means! You are just a gem.

You personality is coming out more and more everyday -- and I'm pretty sure you are going to have more spunk that we know what to do with! You are definitely your own person -- and you KNOW what you want -- rarely do you give in -- I can tell I will have my hands full the older you get!

You are getting better about strangers -- but really, if I'm being honest -- I don't think it's a stranger thing as much as it is a mood thing -- if you want people to play with you - you are totally fine -- if you only want mommy or daddy - that is when you all the sudden develop the need to scream when someone else holds you! :0) Stinker. Although, I can't honestly say that I mind -- I know one day you will want to hang out with totally strangers over your parents - so I'll take all the time I can get being the favorite!

This month you changed so much! You are still growing like a weed! Still in size 2 diapers -- and starting to wear some 6 month clothes -- you are still all torso - long and skinny -- I do wish you would get some little rolls on those legs of yours though! :)

You had cereal for the first time -- and mixed with it you had bananas, apples, sweet potatoes and pears -- you loved it all!! The first time you had cereal (March 14) you barely kept any of it in your mouth -- and by the end of the month we can't get it in your mouth fast enough! You will open your mouth as big as you can - and if we don't get the spoon to you fast enough -- you stick your thumb in and start sucking it like your going to eat it right off your hand! Which brings me to the fact you have a new best friend -- that thumb of yours. You like both of them -- and can find them no matter what position you are in -- I am doing my best to keep them out of your mouth when you are awake and trying to distract you with toys -- but sometimes you want nothing but that thumb! :)

You had your second night away from home on March 9 - Daddy and I ran the River Run (9.3 miles). This was a goal I set for myself when I found out I would be having you -- Last year I ran it pregnant with you (I didn't know it yet) and decided it would be a way for me to try to get back into shape after having you -- while keeping the tradition going. Needless to say -- this year felt so much different than last year (could have been all your milk I was carrying around :) ) -- it was so difficult -- but I told myself that one day I could tell you -- "I didn't think I could -- but I did -- and you can do anything you try to do too!" If you ever have a sister (or brother, I suppose) I think I'll stick to committing to a 5k! :)

You had your first trip to the farmer's market this month. All the little spanish ladies LOOOVE you! It's so cute -- and you enjoyed it - probably becaue it's outside and you love being in the sun! We have gone almost every week since and you have even had some homemade baby food with fruits from the market! (Side Note -- Homemade bananas are so easy -- but we found out quickly that we will have a very - shall we say - "stopped up" baby if you eat them for a few days in a row -- THAT won't be happening again!)

You found your feet this month -- and once you found them not a day goes by that you dont play with them -- especially before bath -- and appear to be "talking" to them! It adorable!

You promoted out of the baby class at church into the next room up on March 25 - I can't believe it! You seem to really enjoy your classes -- especially if they let you play in an exersaucer -- we thought about getting one for the house but decided that it might loose its ability to keep you occupied at church! :0)

You turned 5 months old on Easter Sunday -- you looked adorable in your outfit (save that for another post)-- and you seemed to know that your easter basket was full of goodies for you -- as soon as I sat you down beside it you pulled the bunny ears and stuffed lamb right out and put them in your mouth! You should be a pro by your birthday! :)

I am so very thankful I am getting to watch you grow! Your Daddy and I pray every night for you to stay healthy and that you keep learning! We are so thankful to be your parents and can't wait to see what this next month holds! You are the best thing that has ever happened to us! We are so in love with you - never forget that!


PS -- These pictures are getting more difficult to take because you would much rather play in your chair -- you even took a dive out of this chair head first -- good thing your mom was an awesome center fielder back in the day and caught you just in time! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pool Day!

Skylar's first time in the pool! She LOVES being outside -- but we weren't sure how she would feel about the cold water -- this girls likes her bath water SUPER warm -- she definitely suprised us -- she loved it!

Clearly, this girl needs a swim suit! :)

First Cereal!

So, I was not planning on starting Skylar on any solids until she was at least 6 months old -- even though the doctor told us anytime after 4 months we could -- BUT when my little darling began to wake up at 4am acting hungry everyday for a week - when she had been sleeping at least 12 hours every night -- I decided it might be time.

At first -- I definitely think more ended up on her than in her tummy -- and I'm not sure it even was enough to make a difference -- she was very unsure of the whole thing-- but seemed to love it after a few days!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Valentine's Day is for Lovies.

You may not look too thrilled - but your daddy loves you with all his heart -- and you are totally smitten too. You are SO excited when you see him that it makes me all weepy.

We love you, sweet girl.

Blowout Bonanza.

First of all, we have been SO blessed by family, friends and good couponing/stockpiling skills -- that we have not purchased diapers since before you were born.

However -- we HAVE learned that when the day comes that we do end up buying more of them -- there are several brands we will not choose to spend money one.

Some brands no matter how well you fasten them....they leave you WAITING for that explosive sound followed by the "moist" feeling through the back/side/leg of the outfit you are wearing. (I HATE the word "moist" -- seriously -- it grosses me out just to type it -- but it describes the feeling perfectly.) Thankfully -- we have used all of the "least successful crap catchers" and will hereafter never purchase them again.

But - since we would hate for these moments to go undocumented -- yes, we took pictures of just a few (and quite honestly -- some of these blowouts are just unbelievable). Yes, Syklar, they will be on your senior page in your yearbook. Your father was so proud that he was dry heaving and gagging - like a little girl - and taking pictures -- while I was left to fend for myself.

4 months!

Dear Sweet Skylar,

You are 4 months old! How can this be?? Last year this time -- we didn't even know about you yet - and now you are already a third of the way to your first birthday??? Where is time going? I wish it would slow down!

You are growing like a weed! At your 4 month appointment you were 12lbs. 8oz and 25 inches long! Tall and skinny - supermodel baby! I sure hope you enjoy it while it lasts, sister, cause it sure ain't in your genes to stay that way! :) You are so long - but its all torso -- little stumpy legs! So cute! I had to put some of your 3 months clothes away because they are too short -- especially shirts! You are able to wear some 6 months clothes -- but they are definitely not "fitting" yet! Still in size two diapers -- and actually getting a little bit better about not needing your diaper changed 13 times a day -- we actually had a day where we only went through 7 diapers! WOW! I also think you took 2 or 3 really long naps that day - but still - we are making progress! :)

You are getting over your "stranger danger" somewhat -- you are fine with people talking to you (not so much holding you) -- as long as mommy or daddy are near or holding you -- and as long as someone isn't really in your personal space! I'm sure you will grow out of this just in time for it to hit again around 9 or 10 months! :)

You had your first Valentine's Day -- and BOY was Daddy so glad to have you for his Valentine -- I couldn't get enough pictures of you guys that day -- he was so proud of his "sweet baby girl". Of course, you had a new dress and an adorable outfit -- none of which you will remember or care about -- but I can't help but want to dress you up for all of your "first" holidays!

You found your ears this month! At first I thought it might have been that they were bothering you -- but instead I think you just like feeling yourself pull on them! Its kinda funny - If we could just get you to stick your tounge out while you pull them you would make your first official "funny face".

You are rolling from your tummy to your back -- even though it still kind of scares you when you do it! We keep reassuring you that its good to use your muscles -- I'm not sure you are really doing it on purpose yet! Speaking of muscles, you sure are a strong girl -- you are peeking OVER your crib bumpers when you push up on your hands to greet us in the morning! Its SO. STINKING. CUTE. Every morning I can't wait to wake you up and see your grin. You seem to grow in your sleep because every morning you seem bigger and more grown to me! Please slow down! :)

On March 4th - you were dedicated at church. I was so nervous because they dedicate on Sunday nights - and it was right on the brink of our bath/bedtime routine and I was afraid you might have a meltdown in front of God and everyone (no really, in church)....but instead you were an angel child. I am so thankful for a church that is so supportive of parents - and has such a passion for babies like you, Skylar. Your daddy and I pray every day that we can be good examples for you, and that you will ask Jesus into your heart at an early age. You have been given such a gift by having a church family that prays for babies and their parents -- and who ministers to preschoolers the way that our church does -- I hope you always remember that.

You laughed out loud for the first time on March 5th. I died. No seriously. You melted a little part of my soul. If I could bottle that sound and sell it -- people all over the world would literally be able to buy happiness. I am so so so thankful to have been able to hear my own baby's laugh. It has truly been one of my most favorite moments of being your mom.

You are growing so fast - I am doing my very best to take it all in and enjoy every single second! I don't want to miss a thing. This month it really hit me how very very thankful I am for your daddy, and how hard he works so that I can stay home and make memories with you everyday. How fortunant I am to be able to be your mom -- and how blessed I am to get to watch every moment of your growing. We are truly blessed to be your parents, Skylar. I hope that you can feel how much we love you -- and I can't wait to see what this next month holds!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

3 Months

Three months.
Three whole months.
One-fourth of the way through your first year of life. Three months I have gotten to kiss your face. I could not be more grateful! It's funny to me how when I was pregnant 3 months seemed like an eternity - literally....yet now it is the blink of an eye! I wish I could hit the slow motion button or better yet - pause! You have grown so much- and changed so much!
Your personality is starting to come out now - and boy are your daddy and I in for it! You.are.so.stubborn. Maybe I should use the word determined? You know what you want, and that's the end of the story. You don't give up either.
This month you have definitely developed a preference for mommy (can't say this upsets me too much) but it sure does hurt other people's feelings - and makes it really hard for me not to feel guilty leaving you! We left you to go to dinner one night, and you cried for 3 straight hours with the exception of the short nap you took....wouldn't take your bottle or paci and wouldn't settle at all....yet as soon as I held you you were perfectly calm and content - took your bottle and went right to sleep.....giiiirrrrll you gotta make some new friends! I don't mind one bit though that for now you like me best - I know one day I won't be nearly as cool as the other friends you want to play with so I'm going to enjoy every second I have being your favorite! One day I'm sure I will show you this and say "See!! You used to think I was your BFF!"
You are such a good sleeper! 11 hours or more on average every night! You get a bath around 7 and are in bed by 8. - you sleep until 7sometimes 8 and only sometimes do you wake up and want your diaper changed in the middle of the night....I am happy to change it for you because you always go right back to sleep! You are happy so much of the time - cooing and grinning - your smile lights up a room! Your daddy is LITERALLY putty in your hands - when he comes home from work and says "hey sweet girl" and you flash him a gummy grin - I can actually see him melt. He adores you - which makes me fall even more in love with him! Daddy went on a business trip this month - his first nights away from you and I really thought he was going to be sick when he said goodbye to you - I sent him tons of pictures everyday but he missed you so badly - he kept saying - I just don't know what to do without my girls - he was so happy to hold you when he got home and you were all smiles for him! :) You have laughed a few times this month - but it is such a small little giggle - one day I know you are going to belly laugh and I just can't wait! Your grin is almost too big for your face and I am fully expecting a guffaw to join that smile of yours! You gurgle, coo, oohh and ahhh - especially when you are getting your diaper changed or laying on your back being talked too. You are starting to enjoy your toys more - and are very observant of your hands. You actually stare at them as them move and you can almost see the wheels in your brain turning if we put new textures up to you so you can feel them - it so awesome to see you learning! You have started grabbing for things but haven't gotten full control yet. You kick your feel and wiggle all around when you are excited -especially when you hear the bath water running! We will lay you on the bath mat while the water runs and you just talk and smile and kick and punch at the air just dying to get in! As long as the water is super warm you love it! You are filling out your 3 month clothes now - but your torso is so long that some of your shirts are already too short! You are still petite - I'm guessing 11 or 12 pounds - but seem to get longer by the day -I have a feeling you will be taller than me. We started putting you in size 2 diapers even though you are nowhere near grown out of size 1 - just so you don't feel as wet as soon as you tinkle one little sprinkle. It has definitely helped you go a little longer than 10 minutes in between changes while you are awake! You are adjusting to church nursery really well - even though the first few weeks there were a good bit of tears. I am so thankful that you are already being prayed with and taught about Jesus. I am so excited to see how you are growing and learning every day - it really is flying by. I am so very thankful to be your mom, Skylar. You have brought your dad and me so much joy. I can't wait to see what this next month holds. Everyday I wake up and I am even more in love with you than the day before. You are my sunshine!
I love you, Mommy

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ten Things They Didn't Tell Me

In NO WAY WHATSOEVER is this post meant to be read as complaining! Being a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me! This is simply me trying to look back at all the things I didnt expect during the first month or so that totally took me by surprise and find the humor in them! :)

Ten things they didn't tell me about having a baby.......

10. No one told me about the wonderful underpants the hospital would give me to wear after childbirth. 10 whole feet of gauzy goodness guaranteed to make you think granny panties are sexy.

9. They told me I would feel instantly skinny again right after I had her, what they didn't tell me was that this is merely a FEELING. A feeling that is instantly removed by trying on my pre pregnancy pants only to find that the ones that I COULD get buttoned left me with a muffin top big enough to make Otis Spunkmeyer jealous.

8. No one told me how big my boobs were going to get. Okay, maybe they did - but I just didn't think by "big" they meant literally I would have boobs from my navel to my neck.

7. No one told me that for the first two weeks (at least) that I would wake up in an absolute delirious panic thinking I had fallen asleep in bed while feeding my child and that I had somehow lost her under the covers or smothered her, only to find it had only been 15 minutes since I put her back in her own bed.

6. I was not warned that my life would be lived in 4 hour increments. That there is officially a "window" of opportunity and if you miss the window you will pay dearly.

5. No one told me that if I let that first tear fall, you know, the one that had been stinging the back of my throat since I saw her face....let that one little sucker out- and prepare to cry for a month. No really. At least a month. And no I'm not sad, or mad, or happy or glad...I'm just exhausted. Flipping. Tired. And probably hungry.

4. They said breast-feeding would hurt - they did not say that you would rather scoop your own eyeballs out with plastic spoons for fun than to have that sweet baby latch on. Will I ever wear a shirt or bra again without cringing?

3. No one warned me that when I randomly heard the song "burning ring of fire" all I would be able to think about was "Holy Pete, is this song about dilating and a baby crowning....cause it sure sounds like a natural labor"....

2. No one told me that after childbirth every time I sneeze, laugh, cough, run or Heck, just sit in the wrong position - I run the risk of peeing my pants.

1. No one warned me that with all this other junk going on...while I could hardly stand the thought of
...shall we say....."getting my groove on".....my husband would remind me approximately 4 times per day just how many days, hours and minutes were left until my 6 week post baby appointment and what that meant...... seriously....
does he not know what turned his wife into this giant leaky, overly sensitive weepy milk machine?

Top ten things they didn't tell me.....breast feeding edition....

10. Your boobs are going to hurt.
9. They are gonna hurt for days.
8. They are gonna hurt even worse than the "burning ring of fire" for even longer than just days...
7. You will want to walk around with no bra and you will not care that there is a lovely little milk trail following you around the house on the floor
6. Four hours never passes as quickly as it does when your nipples feel like they will fall off if that baby gets ahold of them again.
5. Did I mention that it hurts...a lot....
4. Removal of your breasts completely by chainsaw with no numbing medication would feel like a massage compared to the first week of breastfeeding...
3. You will probably never run again with just one sports bra ....ever....
2. Your husband - who unfortunately has never seen such spectacles protruding from your chest....may or may not be left with just a nub if he attempts to touch these new boobs.
1. You will never look at your boobs the same again. In the words of a wise friend of mine " these are milk trucks, my friend, not fun bags. "

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Two Months

Dear Sweet Skylar,

Wow. I can't even start a post to you without welling up with tears. I just absolutely overflow with love for you. The past two months have FLOWN by - I can't believe I have had the priveledge of being your mommy for 62 days! They have been the most rewarding 62 days of my life. I can't remember life without you!

You are growing so fast! Too fast! Please slow down! You have had so many first this past month! Everyday your daddy and I say you are more beautiful than the day before! You sure have him wrapped.

In the past month you had your first Christmas. You won't remember it - but I will never forget it. I - I mean Santa - was so excited to fill your stocking (with baby jeans, bows and shoes!) and wrap presents for you! You were definitely spoiled! My favorite part of Christmas this year was holding you and knowing you were the best present I could have ever prayed for! You went to church for the first time on Christmas Eve - we had a little "discussion" on the way to church about talking and crying in church - you must have listened because you behaved like an angel! :)

You had your first real smile - and once you started smiling you never stopped. I am so thankful that you always start your night time feedings off by giving me that big - sweet - gummy grin - I live for that 4am smile!

Your eyelashes are to.die.for. - they have gotten so much darker in the past month. One more thing you got from your daddy. :)

You love it when you sneeze - you think it is so funny! When daddy or I blow in your face you want to laugh so bad but haven't let it out yet!

You started to coo - and love it when daddy or I mimic you back! I could talk to you for hours! (if only you would stay awake!)

You are wearing size 1 diapers (and still hate a wet or dirty diaper) - I think the record at this point is 4 diapers in a 15 minute period! I am sure hoping this makes you easy to potty train!

Your clothes are all size 3 month - and boy do you look great in a bow! You have one for every outfit - and if you don't - I make one for you before we wear that outfit out! :)

You got your shots at your two month appointment on January 4 - and boy did it break my heart to see those two real tears come out of your eyes! When you wrapped your arms around my neck and cried - I would have given you the moon to make you feel better! I hated every second of it for you! You weighed in at 10 pounds 8 ounces and you are 23 3/4 inches tall! Our long skinny little peanut!

You are finally starting to enjoy being on your back - for SHORT periods of time - especially in your baby gym that your Grams got you for Christmas.

You are scooting from one end of your crib to the other and even turning around. You are rolling from your belly to your back - and boy can I tell when you have done it and woke yourself up during the middle of the night! That is a cry like none other - and flipping you to your belly solves all your problems instantly!

You LOVE being read to - and are starting to focus on the book if we put the pictures in front of you.

Your little personality is definitely starting to come through and I can see we are going to have a little spitfire on our hands! I wouldn't have it anyother way!

You make my world go around - you are the sunshine in my days, Skylar. I am so very very thankful to be your mommy. I have prayed for you since before I knew you and I never imagined how you would change my life.

When your daddy prays over you each night before we tuck you in we always pray that you will know Jesus early and always love him - without HIM I wouldn't have your daddy or you!

I can't wait to watch you grow over the next month and see how much more beautiful you become!

Love you my sweet girl.


Skylar's First Christmas

Obviously was way more fun for us that it was for her - although - we did have a very happy smiley girl on Christmas day! It was a full 3 days of family. I am so very thankful to have had Nate home for three days - even though the weeks leading up to Christmas were really tough with him working so much. I am so truly thankful for his job and how it allows me to stay home with our sweet little joybell! :)

We had Christmas with Nate's Jacksonville family on Wednesday night before they headed to Virginia. Skylar went to church for the first time on Christmas Eve (she behaved like an angel!) Followed by our annual Christmas Eve family party at my parents. Christmas morning we spent at home all together just soaking up the time as our new family of three - Skylar was WAAAAAY spoiled from EVERYONE! She just kept grinning all morning - I think she was excited about all her new clothes! :) Everyone was exhausted when our three day weekend was over - but we are all so very blessed and happy! Looking forward to what the next year holds!

As much fun as I had this year - I know next year will be even more fun!! :0)