December 14, 2017

Gratitude & Joy

“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

December 7, 2017

Thought For The Day

"As we extend our hands and hearts towards others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf

December 4, 2017

Bubba's 1 Year Checkup

Two big things happened this week, Bubba, the first was that you had your one year checkup with the doctor. You are growing and developing just as you should. You weigh 19 pounds and 12 ounces and you are 29 inches tall (these measurements put you in the 20th and 30th percentiles).

I felt bad when it was time for your vaccinations, you got 5 and were not happy about it. I don't blame you, I probably wouldn't have been very happy had it been me getting the shots.

The other big thing that happened is we decided to try out a new sleep training program. Daddy and I have been feeling so worn out and we can't keep going off such interrupted sleep. My friend told us about a program called Taking Cara Babies. We have done two days so far and we are incredibly tired, but you are sleeping so much better! We will see what the next few weeks hold for us. This program has a 98% success rate after two weeks. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

The weather has turned cold and wet recently so we have been spending a lot more time inside.

Daddy went and got us a Christmas Tree. My one request was that he bring home a Charlie Brown looking noble fir. He came home with a noble fir that was about 14 feet tall, it touched the top of our vaulted ceiling. He said all of the trees were the same price regardless of size and he picked out the best looking one. I had him but the bottom of the tree off to make it shorter-- it looked a lot better that way.

We also went to the Creche Exhibit. I really enjoyed listening to the different music groups perform and looking at all of the different nativities. I don't collect anything, but I may have to have Papa start bring a nativity back for me each time he visits another country.

Love you Bug!

November 27, 2017

Bubba's First Birthday & Thanksgiving

We reached a milestone this week, Bug, you turned one year old. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by! It feels like just yesterday you were a brand new little baby. We celebrated your special day with some homemade bran muffins (we are trying to keep you from consuming sugar laden things for as long as possible). Daddy and I sang to you and I helped you blow out your candle. We opened your birthday card and presents. You weren't really interested in any of it though, you just wanted to play with your favorite tube of chapstick and my strainers.

Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving was kind of special in that it happened to be November 23rd, the day we brought you home from the hospital one year ago. This year, I am thankful for you! You make my days more joyful and bright!

We feasted with some of our friends and feast we did. I ate so much food my tummy hurt and I wasn't hungry for about three days. Lesson learned.

I'm grateful for this special holiday. It's a time to eat deliciously unhealthy food, count your blessings and spend time with friends and family.

Saturday my aunt and uncle were kind enough to watch you, so we could make a much needed trip to the temple. We have a lot of big decisions coming up and we felt that we needed some divine guidance. We haven't received any of the answers we are seeking, but we did walk away feeling at peace. I am grateful for the temple. I'm grateful for the spirit and peace that reside within the sacred walls. I'm grateful for the calming presence that can be found there. For the clarity that can come when we focus on God.

Sunday Daddy and I woke up sick. We bummed it at home. I slept almost the entire day. I am so glad Daddy had the energy to stay up with you. I don't know what we would have done otherwise. Here's hoping we feel better soon!

As for your development, you started saying, "Hi." It's so much fun to walk into your room in the morning and to have you greet us with a smile and a "hi."

You also discovered that our kitchen chairs make great walkers. You like to push the kitchen chair up and down the hallway, while walking behind it. You have also begun standing without holding onto anything. I think it is just a matter of time before you start walking.

November 21, 2017

Bubba At 1 Year

Well Bubba, you turn one today. In fact, in just a mere four minutes you will have entered this world exactly one year ago today. It is crazy to think that I was in labor with you a year ago, I can't even believe how quickly the time has flown by.

My heart is full when I think about how much love and joy you have brought into our home and lives. Our family wouldn't be complete without you.

You have such a sweet personality and disposition. Lately, you have been trying to "help" with everything. For instance, you like to take the garbage out of the garbage can and put it in the toilet. Hopefully, this particular habit doesn't last forever. I'm sure I will miss it though someday.

You are definitely a "Mommy's boy." Just yesterday, Daddy went to give me a hug before he left for work and you pushed him away. Often, you just want me to hold you, it's very sweet and it makes me feel loved.

We love you little Bug. Please stay sweet and don't grow up too quickly! We love you more than words can possibly describe.