Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's the little things.

As a stay at home mom it is hard not to find myself falling into this same ol' same ol' routine day in and day out.  Some days it can seem like we are just going through the motions and many days we don't leave these four walls.  It is very easy to let this get me in a funk sometimes.  While it is already time for me to write up Brynn's 9 month update I can't help but realize that time is really flying by.

As she gets older I am loving watching her achieve new milestones, learn new and enjoy new things in life.  It brings me utter joy.  Lately I have come to the realization that I need to start making something a little more out of these same ol same ol days.  Make each day a little more special.

This got me also thinking about my resolution word for 2014 about wanting to be more present.  About wanting to take time to just let the joy soak in.  Take time to just enjoy my baby and this time and moment that we are in.  Even if its something that is part of our every day routine.

Lately meal time has become one of these times.  I love making her food pretty and enjoying our meals together.  Sometimes we sing, sometimes we listen to pandora and sometimes we just laugh and smile.  I just have been utterly loving this little quiet quality time.  I love watching her try new things and I love love watching those little baby fingers ever so carefully pick up those tiny pieces of food.  I especially melt when after every few bites she looks up with the biggest grin...extends her arm and opens her hand to offer me a bite of her food :)

She really is the sweetest.  & I am enjoying every moment of being her mama & enjoying the most ordinary of days together.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This weather lately...

The past two days the weather has been amazing!!! Like not to humidity..sun shinning..not a cloud in the sky amazing.  We have spent the past two days outside soaking it up.  Yesterday we played in the yard...rolled the ball, blew bubbles.  Then when daddy got home we went to the park.  It had been awhile since we went.  Brynn is much more mobile now...crawling and standing up on things.   So it was lots more fun..even more fun when she can run around ;)

But yesterday the whole day I kept thinking this is the perfect beach day..wish we were at the beach!  So I asked Steve if he wanted to go and he agreed..then called my mom and she was all about it.  So the end of January...we had a beach day.  It was 84, sunny and glorious.  We had not been to the beach since Brynn was 6 months.  (We were going every weekend over the summer.)  So this morning I made a quick target run for a new baby bikini and some sand toys and then we were out!

Howeveerrrrr over the past three months I guess Brynn decided she doesn't like the beach anymore.  Sister would not touch the sand...and if we even got close to the water I was clenched with the death grip.  So we spent all day under the umbrella eating snacks and waving to birds.

 It's all good though...we were at the beach, and that is my ultimate happy place.  But, homegirl better get over this phobia by summer..because come summer we practically live at the beach!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Just a little catch up on recent happenings :)

Last week Brynn decided she was gonna get up and go!  She grabbed her little lion and just made her little way across the room!  Since then its a daily occurrence and she can just walk all over this house.  

We went to Uncle Troy's work to surprise him with lunch for his birthday.

Then mama and dada got some alone time and went out for his birthday!  

We are becoming a pro at eating regular ol' people food.

Went to Grammy and Papa's. Enjoyed the swing and met the ducks for the first time.

Then teething hit us hard!  These top two teeth are no fun.  This is the most miserable I have ever seen my little peanut since the dreaded milk allergy at 3 months.

We have fever..and I even went paranoid mom status and brought her to the doctors to make sure it was nothing else.  

Needless to say..its just teeth and we have been having a lot of couch snuggles and little mermaid watching.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Winter Family Pictures

I love love love having professional pictures done, but they always seem to be something that I put on the back burner.  Something I always plan to get around to, but never quite do.  I try to convince myself that the money is worth it...then think of something else we could use it for...which ultimately ends up being this endless home renovation.  Anywho...I had originally planned to go birth, 6 month and 1 year pictures and then yearly pictures following that.  Well, 6 months crept up on me real fast and these pictures ended up being 7 month pictures.  Regardless, I am really in love with them and glad we finally buckled down and did them.

Picture taking crept up into feeding time and nap time and we dealt with a little cranky pants.  Mostly for the the ones where she was being "held" down for family pictures.  But, once we let her go grass and stand on anything she could get her hands on she was a happy camper and her little personality shone right through.

I could just stare at this little face forever.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Month 8

Dearest Brynn,

8 months old.  Why does this age seem so old to me?  All the sudden you seem like a big girl.  Still my baby..still with those squishy little cheeks and tiny little feet..but a bigger girl version.

I kiss your little toes everyday and tell you that I just want to keep those little feet forever so I can kiss them alllll the time.  I ask your permission and you just look at me and laugh.

It's hard for me to even put into words what I feel for you!  Every month I feel like my love grows even more than I could ever imagine.  This month you have learned so much and I am so amazed.  Amazed with how aware of your surroundings you are, how much you pay very close attention to every detail..and studying everything everyone is doing.  We can't believe how much you have learned in one month.  You are giving sugar like you wouldn't believe!  Just about every time we ask for one, and the sweetest..when we don't have to ask and you plant a big one on us just because you feel like it.  You bang your hands when we say bang bang and you wave hi when we say hi :)  You are crawling so fast these days, standing on everything.  You just started side stepping while holding onto things to get where you want to get.  It's crazy!  Slow down missy!!!

You still are a mama's girl.  Constantly keeping me in sight...only playing by yourself for a tiny bit before high tailing it to me and standing on my leg.  That pretty much means pick me up now.  And I always do.   

You are growing up so fast.   It is so fun watching you learn new things and at the same time I find myself tearing up writing this and thinking about you getting independent and maybe not wanting to be snuggled and held all the time.  I hope when you read these letters one day you feel the love I have for you and know that no matter how big you will ALWAYS be my baby.

Love you to the moon & back,
Mommy and Daddy

baby stats

Sleep: still taking your 30 to 40 min morning nap and two longer afternoon naps around 12 and 4.

Feeding: You are eating oatmeal with fruit for breakfast every morning and a vegetable for dinner.  You are still have three 6 oz milk bottles and an 8 oz before bed.

Birth: 8lbs 9oz
1 month: 9lbs 4oz (50th percentile)
2 months: 11lbs (75th percentile)
3 months: 12.15 (75th percentile)
4 months: 14.6 (between the 50th and 75th percentile)
5 months: 16 lbs (home measurements)
6 months.: 16.5 lbs (50th percentile)
7 months: 18 (home measurements)
8 months: tab

Length:  Birth:19 inches
1 month: 21 3/4  (75th percentile)
2 months: 23 (50th percentile)
3 months: 24 inches (75th percentile)
4 months: 24 3/4 (between 50th and 75th percentile)
5 months: 26 inches (home measurements)
6 months: 26 1/4 (75th percentile)
7 months: (home measurements)
8 months:(home measurements) tab

Diaper size:  size 3.

Clothes size: You are in 9 month clothes and jammies.

Hair color:  Light brown.

Eye color: At birth: deep royal blue
1 month: blue-ish grey
2 months: grey/blue.  sometimes more grey...sometimes more blue
3 months: grey/blue...some flecks of green...some flecks of brown.
4 months: bluish green.  still light.
5 months: blue/green/ tad of brown.
6 months: green
7 months: hazel
8 months: hazel

Firsts: Christmas. Opening presents. Ripping ornaments off the tree :) Sitting in highchair.

Milestones: When we say bang bang you will bang your hands on anything around you and you get so proud of yourself.  When we say hi and wave you wave back now.  It takes you awhile and you concentrate really hard..but you eventually do it.  Its the cutest.  You now stand up on things and side step over and over until you get where you want to be. You are starting to feed yourself.  We give you puff snacks and really small chopped up food and you pick it up with your little pointer finger and thumb and put it right in your mouth.  Such a little smarty pants you are this month.

Favorite toy:  without a doubt your car uncle Troy and Stephanie gave you for Christmas.  You love to sit in there, hold the steering wheel and get pushed all around the house and down the side walk.  You just smile with your big ol open mouth...laughing every time we say beep beep.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Present in 2014

My word for 2014 is present.

I often times find myself with a million thoughts in my head.  A million things on my to do list..and things just keep getting added daily.  I go to sleep thinking of all thats left to do and wake up thinking of what there is to do.

I am the kind of person who thinks constantly.  I am constantly thinking about the future.  Pondering what-ifs and planning things out that are way in the future.  My mom has told me my whole life, stop wishing your life away, enjoy today. And lately more than ever I have realized I need to take that advice.

Stop thinking about our next home renovation or Brynn's next milestone.  Just stop and smell the roses. Enjoy where I am right this very second.  I don't want to look back say that I don't remember things or didn't enjoy things to the fullest because I wasn't really THERE in the moment.  I want to be PRESENT. 

I want to put my phone down, put my computer away, push that to do list to the side and focus on my family more.  

So in 2014 I will play more, laugh more, and snuggle longer :)