Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little Turkey

I'm the WORST at updating this blog! Kate is crawling and pulling up on everything so its a full time job just following her around on her adventures! When she naps I run around the house like a crazy person trying to get things done and then before I know it, she's up again and we're back to playing!

I just love being a stay at home mommy! She is changing so much every day and it is such a blessing to be able to enjoy every minute.
Kate had a great first Thanksgiving! She is trying to self feed more and more so we let her go to town on a sweet potato. She thoroughly enjoyed eating it and wearing it.

Here she is with Honey. She loved spending time with her only aunt. She kept looking back and forth between us like maybe my sister was Mommy 2.0! :)

Looking thoroughly impressed with her first nativity set. That I painstakingly set up perfectly and she tore through like a little godzilla. A process we've repeated countless times to her delight.
A lucky little girl! Honey brought her a gift straight from FAO Schwarz in NYC! She enjoyed the wrapping far more than her first doll...but I guess that will change eventually. :)
Storytime with Gigi. It was so great having mom and dad and Courtney here for Thanksgiving and to start the Christmas season!

Looking forward to seeing Mimi and Poppy soon too!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ladybug Costume!

Jake's office had a supercute Halloween party last weekend for all the kids so we got to debut Kate's ladybug costume (Thanks, Gigi!)

She LOVED the party! The wings and antennae stayed on the whole time (I eventually took off the antennae because I always get headaches from headbands)! She was just smiling away at all the other kids and smiled the whole way home in the car while kicking her feet (a phenomenon she displays frequently that has now been dubbed "happy feet").

They had some trick or treating around the halls of the office for the kids so Jake and I took Kate through a little early because we thought the big kids might get rowdy diving for candy since it was basically a free for all. We ended up leaving with an embarassing amount of candy considering Kate can't eat any yet. Even more embarassing is the fact that it is pretty much gone already. Oops.

Kate's smile quickly disappeared when we explained she would not in fact be able to enjoy any Twix or KitKats this year...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Kate's a daddy's me, it takes one to know one. I was just uploading Kate's 5 month (!) photo shoot pics and flipping back through older shots marveling over how much she has changed already. And the pictures that I always linger a little longer over and that just make my heart bubble over are the ones of my daughter and her daddy. These are just a few of my favorites.
This was the first time he held her...

I'll never forget the look on his face. I had the privilege and blessing of watching my husband fall in love with our daughter at first sight. The memory of that moment still makes my eyes fill up.

Sleep was hard to come by in those first weeks filled with our new baby and new life as a family. Kate found no trouble finding a comfortable place to crash though...just look at her sweet baby smile. It's amazing how God makes tiny little baby bodies fit perfectly in daddy's arms.
First Father's Day...I just love this picture. Anyone that knows my husband knows he's a "man's man." I love seeing him holding his dainty little girl in a lacy yellow dress...with her teeny tiny feet cupped in one protective hand.
A shot of just an ordinary day and ordinary things...he's reading "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters" because he takes his new role seriously and wants to be the father that God wants him to be. Even though she's still small, there's an urgency to this parenting thing...because like it or not, we're on the clock and have only so long to live as a family all under one roof. The way we love her (and each other) matters so incredibly the ordinary, every day moments that will become her childhood, adolescence and beyond he makes sure he is intentional in loving her well and pointing her towards her heavenly Father.
I really love this one. He has broad, tough guy shoulders...that make the perfect headrest for a fabulously pink headband.
She looks just like him. I'm sure I must be in there somewhere but I love seeing him in her wide smile and her bright hazel eyes. These are the hands that first held her...that will hold the back of her first two wheeler bike until she says "let go"...that will teach her how to swing a softball bat...that will fold in prayer daily for this incredible gift...that will one day, Lord willing, walk her down an aisle and place her hands in the hands of another man. A man that I hope and pray is just like her daddy.
And this...this is the face of a content, and well-loved little girl. She can't exactly sit up on her own yet...but even long after she can, I think she'll always know who she can lean on.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Solid Foods

We started Kate on some rice cereal recently and she's doing great! Most of it ends up in her mouth so I think that counts as success! She doesn't seem overly crazy about it...and I can't say I blame her after trying the stuff. We're planning to try sweet potatoes this weekend so that's got to be a step up from cereal in the taste department.

"I'll take it from here, mom..."

Everyone had warned me about how messy meal time can be. I thought we were doing pretty well in keeping the mess contained until this morning. This morning one tiny foot connected perfectly with the cup of cereal I was holding and it went EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere. It was even on Deacon (who incidentally seemed to enjoy the rice cereal and helping with clean up). I think Kate is trying to tell me enough with the cereal, bring on the good stuff!
The last few days, I've really intentionally cherished every moment with Kate...even the ones where I'm on hands and knees cleaning rice cereal...or changing my outfit because of spit up that opportunely accessorized my clothes right before we hit the door...or tired and cranky at 5am when I have to get up and start the day long before I'm ready. Friends of one of my dear friends are dealing with the tragic loss of their little boy and it just has made me so grateful for every moment that God has given me this little lady to mother. Please take a minute to go here and let this sweet family know that there are lots of prayers lifting them up. Pray that our Heavenly Father, who knows what it feels like to lose a Son, will comfort them in the way that only He can.
And if you are a mommy, I highly recommend my friend Keli's blog that I linked to above. She writes beautifully about being a mom and I am always encouraged and challenged after reading her posts.


Kate's Gigi got her a pair of snazzy sunglasses for her first trip to Virginia Beach! They are ridiculously cute!

They are the perfect accessory to a tutu bathing suit.

Let me know if you want Elton John's autograph...I think he might actually have this exact outfit.

4 Months Old!

Gone are the days of plopping Kate down for a billion photos while she happily complies because she isn't fully in control of her limbs...

Poor bear didn't even see it coming...
At Kate's 4 month appointment she continues to hit the top of the charts for height and weight at the 95th %tile for each. 16lbs 3 oz and 25 3/4 inches long! She was a bit harder to examine this time because all she wanted to do was show the doctor what an expert roller she is! :)