Thursday, December 27, 2007
We are thrilled for you guys. Prayers are answered... you are living proof!
Our Christmas was awesome... more on that later. :)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
All this is for me?
Butterfly Cookies (sense a theme here?)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
She looks like she's up to something...
In her spunky new hat
I'm a big girl now!Of course, right after that picture... the hat was off. :)
Happy Birthday, Mia Joy. Your name is fitting. You have brought so much joy to our lives this year. We pray your next year be even more fun. We can't wait to watch you grow and change.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Technically, we've been done for a week. I nursed Mia for the last time on Monday, November 19th. It was a sweet time... we turned off the TV and just cuddled and talked. Mia seemed to sense something was up because she nursed for longer and didn't claw, pull my hair, or try to poke my eyes out. It's a lovely memory.
The plan was to continue nursing Mia until her 1st birthday on the 29th... but she wasn't asking for milk anymore. She wasn't even coming to me or excited when I asked her if she wanted to nurse. Once she shook her head "No" and continued playing with her books. So I figured she was ready.
She hasn't had any trouble adjusting. She drinks her cows milk out of her cup. There have been no tears, no fights. Its really been a lot easier than I ever expected.
My baby girl is growing up.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Weaning is going waaaay better than anyone ever expected around here. For a girl that hated all things cup and bottle-like, she sure has taken the switch pretty well. This week, we're only nursing one time a day. We dropped the night-time feeding first, since she's able to go to bed easily when I'm at dance without nursing (has for months, since she wouldn't take a bottle). We'll see how it goes tonight. But this morning, if I hadn't offered it, I'm pretty sure she would have been fine without nursing. huh.
Here's some pictures of her first ponytail. Its pretty puny... but it gets the job done! And her hair out of her eyes.
She's realized she can take her pants off if she steps out of them... uh oh!
Friday, November 2, 2007
She started the day in a shirt from her Aunt Nora that said "Who needs a costume when you're already a princess?" Then she changed into her ladybug costume for the Community Baptist Church's Fall Festival. We had a FUN time! She played some games and laughed at all the crazy costumes. Mark and I had fun too. You can't beat their food!
Aaaahhhh! Attack of the giant ladybugs!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Its been on my mind lately because the time is coming... weaning. I'm going to start weaning Mia when she turns 11 months... a mere 8 days away. I'm torn. A part of me is relieved -- finally, a break! Some time away! Not having to plan every single day around when Mia will want to nurse. Since she decided that bottles were the worst thing ever to happen to breastmilk, I haven't been away from her for more than 5 hours when she was awake. I need some time to myself. I need a night away with my husband. I need my body to belong to me again.
But the other half? The other half of me just aches at the thought of it. I'm going to miss our special time. I'm going to miss being able to provide both nutrition and comfort. It's one of the only times that she cuddles, my little Miss Move-and-groove. And it's one of the last things tying her to being a baby. My baby. She's already taking steps. Trying to talk. Giving attitude (okay, so maybe she's been doing this for awhile...).
I had such a hard time learning to nurse. I joke that I've had every problem in the book except one (knock on wood)... but it's not really a joke. It was rough. There was blood, sweat, and tears. In those rough beginning months, I would count down the days and months until I was finished with nursing. "Only 11 months 2 weeks left." "Just 9 months, you can do this!" I'd tell myself. Now its just around the corner, and I'm in shock. I didn't enjoy the first 2-3 months of breastfeeding, I must admit. I only did it because I'm incredibly stubborn. But now?
Now, I'm glad. It's honestly one of the things I'm most proud of in my life. That may sound corny... and if it does you probably weren't around in the beginning. You didn't see how hard it was. You didn't feel the pain. See the trauma. Sit up late at night while she ate for hours. Fed her every two hours. Got infections. And blisters. Bitten. Rejected. Clung to.
And in the end? It was worth every second.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Anyway, Mia and I caught up with some friends at the local pumpkin patch recently. We took some of our own pictures and had an amateur photographer take some as well. Mia had a wonderful time! Pumpkins are so much fun, apparently. Here are the pictures that I took.
Being outside? And pumpkins? This is the best day ever.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
So now, when she wakes up and you pick her up, she claps. When I'm finished nursing her, she claps. She claps for Zee when she brings back the ball. She claps when you enter the room. She's stopped waving and giving high-fives because she's so interested in clapping.
But hey, who can complain, really? It's nice getting applause during the day.
She's very close to walking. She took a couple little shuffling steps today from Mark to me. Only because I was holding Mark's bluetooth. Forbidden items are a perfect motivator, apparently. She has tried to walk several other times and has managed to move a foot here and there. And she can stand for minutes at a time. It's so cute! She loves to walk holding on to our fingers. The other day, she even went from a standing position to a crouching position and back. It's like she couldn't figure out how to move her feet. It looks like it's only a matter of time before she puts it all together and is off and running!
No pictures... I've hijacked Mark's computer. Will try to post new ones soon. :)
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Napping has been a bit weird. She had dropped her evening nap, but has now had to take a 30 minute or so nap around 5... she just can't make it. So odd, as most kids her age are taking 2 naps. But she's happy, and I'm happy.
She drinks out of a sippy cup now. Straw cups are her favorites, which is awesome since her pedi recommends them. But she won't drink breast milk out of the cup (or bottle, or anything). As soon as she tastes it, she's all... this is not where milk comes from. BUT, she's been able to go to bed without the milk on Monday nights when I'm at dance. Of course, she doesn't sleep all night those nights...
So things are getting easier, on some fronts anyway. At 11 months (October 29) we start weaning her. I can't believe that's only 1 1/2 months away. I'm sad, but also looking forward to a night away... ahhhh!
Here's some fish faces for those only wanting pictures. ;)
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Aaagh! The blanket monster!
Mia says: Gotcha!
Eh, I'm done with this peek-a-boo stuff. I have more important things to do. Like attack this seahorse!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
First, our computer went into the shop to get a new hard drive installed. See, all the fab pictures of Mia were taking up too much room.
Then, the computer came back... and lets just say it decided to go crazy on me. Maybe it didn't like it's tune up? The backspace key doesn't work. So I arrow over and delete. Do you know how ridiculously annoying that is? (and it seems that when you are trying hard And, not to make a mistake is when you make the most.) And for added bang-your-head-on-the-desk-fun the delete key has decided to stick at times. Wee!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Don't mind me... I'll be reading this book while you talk amongst yourselves.