November 24, 2013

Cereal Killer

Amelia had her first taste of rice cereal today! We went to Walmart and bought cereal, bowls, spoons and a few baby food options. I am thinking about making my own baby food (more on that at a later).   I must say, I love her faces. She was ALL ABOUT the spoon and each time we pulled it out of her mouth she leaned forward for more.










November 23, 2013

Amelia - 5 Months

Yes I am late in posting this wonderful event in our lives, but after reading you all might understand why. This past week has been CRAZY! Both Ben and I are now in our winter coaching seasons and realizing how hectic things can get. We are beyond thankful for Miss Ashley (Amelia's Caregiver during the day!) She is so flexible and helpful. She has been through a rough few months herself but still showers love and guidance on our family.

Swimming is going great! We are 2-0 and the parents are so helpful, we have a list of babysitters for home meets. So far I couldn't ask for a more responsible team, they know I have to go pick Amelia up after school and often walk in at 3:02 and practice starts at 3:00. They are in AND swimming before I get there. I love their work ethic.

Ben is just getting into basketball season, they are in that weird calm before the storm of games. They take care of pictures, who is on varsity and J.V. then all hell breaks loose before Thanksgiving! I can't wait to go to a game with little miss Amelia! It will be a busy season for her too!

Facts about Amelia:
Amelia is still on breast milk 80% of the time. We found a breast milk donor since I am no longer able to keep up with her needs.
Amelia is still in cloth diapers.
Amelia is rolling over.
Amelia has a favorite movie: Tappy Toes
Amelia is very interactive- smiles, laughs, grunts and coos.
Amelia loves sleeping in the car.
Amelia STILL loves bath time.
Amelia is wearing 6 month clothes.
Amelia weighs a little over 14 pounds.
Amelia sleeps in her crib and is doing so well at night.
Amelia goes to swim practice everyday and is part of the team.
Amelia reaches and grabs items.
Amelia holds her own bottle!








November 12, 2013

New Look

Check it out! We have a new name and look. I figured we are two plus years into marriage and now have a beautiful baby (and Grissom!) it was time for a new look.

We had our pictures taken by Lexie for the Christmas card, Lexie is just amazing isn't she? She can do everything. Here are a few just as a sneak peak. You will have to wait for the Christmas card and Christmas gifts for the rest!








November 3, 2013

Perspective

All things have been put into perspective this week.

I will not go into details, but the little things in my life, that I was beginning to make big, have been put into perspective. Through events, comments, and an accidental page turn in the Bible this morning, I have realized nothing is more important than God, my husband and my child.

This week was very rough, I am so thankful for the blessings God has showered over my family. From my mother's health, my sister's future wedding to a great man, to Amelia's growth from a little jelly bean in my stomach to an active 4 month old. All things are great and gifts from God.

Today at church we were continuing a lesson on idols, we were to begin with Ecclesiastes (with Solomon and his lessons). As I thumbed through the pages I landed on Proverbs 31, the last chapter before Ecclesiastes. It was as if God knew I needed to read this.


 
Ever since becoming pregnant getting married, I have had a voice (my own voice) telling me I wasn't doing enough, I wasn't getting things right, I wasn't deserving. I have battled with that little voice and basically over achieved in all areas possible just to feel as though I was winning.
 
Then, the pregnancy. Because advice from every corner of the earth was not enough, I had my little voice of destruction booming in the background. I think all women hear such a voice during their adult life. The pressures of being a wife, partner and soon mother can tear any confident female to pieces. No matter how strong willed I was I could feel the weight of not being good enough creep back.
 
During late pregnancy self doubt (little voice) took charge and I lost much of my confidence. Be it body image, ability to handle the house, the unknown of how to care for a child, the inevitable future of juggling all that I felt important, and to still be a wife, it was all overwhelming.
 
I will admit, four months out and back at work/coaching, YES it is hard, but I know what certain cries mean and I love the connection I have with my daughter. I still feel like I am treading motherhood water and barely keeping my nose above water in all other aspects of my life. Reading Proverbs 31 today gave me confidence, and a trust that God would guide me away from such self destructive thoughts. I am talented and I am doing pretty good.
 


 
Some people have the mistaken idea that the ideal woman in the Bible is retiring, servile , and entirely domestic. NOT SO! This woman is an excellent wife, mother, manager, seamstress, merchant, and so on! Her strength and dignity do NOT come from her amazing achievements, however, they are a result of her reverence for God. In our society where physical appearance counts for so much, her appearance is never mentioned. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character.

I am a Proverbs 31 woman, and that little voice just got smaller. Thank you God for giving me so many blessings, teaching me through events bigger than myself, and for helping put things in perspective this week.

Now, pictures of my little blessing learning to pick things up.