Wednesday, August 28, 2013

11 weeks

During this week, HG has been smiling up a storm!

She has discovered her tongue and sticks it out lots.  Bubbles have also appeared with her smiles.  I guess she is so happy she is foaming at the mouth :)

 She has also been spotted sucking on her hands a ton.

 She is becoming much more alert, and loves to look at books.  As a former kindergarten teacher, I am loving reading to her and watching her look at the pictures.

 Since HG has been putting her hands in her mouth, I have given her a piggy lovey she was gifted to try to give her hands something else to do.  She has started to cuddle piggy, grab the piggy and chew on the piggy.  One nap time she even fell asleep with piggy on the way to her crib.

On another note, we are almost done all the paperwork to purchase our first home.  I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch, so more details will come after closing at the end of September.  We are very excited about this home, and are certain it will meet our needs for our family to continue growing and ministry.  Now for packing the house up yet again!  This time will be much different with a newborn in tow.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hilton Head

Last week, we enjoyed time at Hilton Head beach with my family.  HG did a great job meeting new people and in new surroundings.  Going to the beach was definitely a different experience with a newborn, yet it was fun to get away as a family together.  Summertime for a youth pastor is a busy busy time, so it was such a blessing to see Marty every day and have him spend quality time with HG too.

Since HG is still so young, we worked the beach trips into her schedule.  She took one of her morning naps at the beach (8:30-10), and spent some awake time at the beach in the afternoon (4:15-6).  One day I tried a little longer time at the beach in the morning, and she got a little toasty and had rosy cheeks later that day...Mama fail :)

HG loved meeting new family on this trip.  She would just stare and listen to my family, and coo back, like she was talking to them and visiting like a sweet little girl.  We had a pool at our house, and she went swimming with her Mimi one time.  She didn't fuss, so I guess that means she likes the water, or is still undecided on the topic.

We stopped on the way home in Savannah to visit some friends from seminary.  This was a sweet blessing to our souls to be around good friends who have been transitioning into full-time ministry as well.  What a special group of people we know from Covenant Seminary, we have been so encouraged by their friendship.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hatley-Grace is 2 months

Hatley-Grace was 2 months old last Monday.  The newborn stage seems to fly by and move slowly all at the same time.  I feel as though she has been a part of our family forever, yet each day goes by so quickly.  She has grown so much this past month.  Here is what we are noticing about HG at this age:

-  She is 10 lbs. 9oz. and 20.5 inches long...20th percentile.

-  HG is smiling lots at Marty and me, friends and family.

-  She loves when people talk to her, and she stares at them and coos back socially.

-  In the Flip cloth diapers, she is on the smallest setting, 4 snaps in.

-  She went "swimming" in the pool, and lounged on the beach for the first time.

-  She is on a 3 hour schedule: nursing, playing, sleeping.  At night, she nurses around 10, then wakes up around 3/4, and awakes for the day at 7.  We are hoping to drop that 3:00/4:00 feeding anytime now.

- She chews on her hands and has discovered her thumb once or twice.

- She is holding up her head more and more and still loves kicking her legs.

Dear Hatley-Grace,

Your Daddy and I fall in love with you more and more each day.  We are so tickled when you smile at us, "talk" to us, and recognize our voices.  We love reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to you at night before bed.  On lots of occasions, Daddy and I are very tired from taking care of you but we have grown so much together as a family because of our fatigue.

We went to the beach this month and you did wonderfully.  You liked napping on the beach, and laying on the beach towels.  You went in the pool with your Mimi and enjoyed floating on the raft.

Everyone comments on how you are such a good baby. You are pretty content in all circumstances, and are comfortable around new people.  As I am writing this, you are fussing next to me in the bunny rocker because you had your first shots today at the doctor.  They said that extra fussiness and fatigue are normal symptoms, so maybe we will just snuggle and watch a movie this afternoon :)

I can't wait to see how you continue to change and grow into the little girl that God has designed you to be.  I love this newborn stage and will be sad to say goodbye to it soon.  You are such a blessing to us already sweet Hatley-Grace.



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hattie Grace at 8 Weeks

-HG has been going through a growth spurt this week.  Some days she is on a normal, 3 hour feeding, wake time and nap time schedule, and other days she has been waking up 45 min. into her nap starving and needing to eat every 2 hours.  I know this is "normal", but I am ready for it to be over :)

My favorite photo from this week.  Thanks Aunt Bethany for the cute "New York Boutique" outfit :)
-  HG has "slept through the night" twice so far (about 6-7 hours straight).  I am hoping once this growth spurt is done, that will become our new normal.

-  She likes to be swaddled with her arms out, and often sleeps like this.

- She is much more alert now.  She follows her links well with her eyes.  She makes eye contact and smiles at us lots!  She is enjoying tummy time much more these days, and stays awake too :)  She is able to lift her head with much more control as well.  She has also discovered my hair, and likes to grab hold of it.

-  While getting her diaper changed, she stares at her hair bows and smiles at them..

-  My Aunt sent us the beautiful quilt she made for HG.  This will be an heirloom that HG will have forever.  She is so loved!  

 We have verbally agreed on a price for a home and are waiting for the paperwork to be complete to make it final.  We will most likely be homeowners very soon.  Lots more details to come once it is finalized.  God has blessed us greatly with a wonderful home, at the right price, to suit our needs for ministry and friends/family that visit.  Continue to pray for wisdom and peace as we proceed to spend a lot of money and take this big leap as a family.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Newberry Award Challenge

On August 1st, we had our cable turned off, for many reasons that are unimportant for this blog.

Now that we no longer have the entertainment of HGTV and the Food Network, I have utilized the public library a lot once more.  I was completely spoiled in St. Louis by an amazing library.  Basically any movie, magazine or book that I wanted I could find.  Citrus County libraries are very different.  I can't just walk in and find a lot that interests me. I have to look into books I want to read, and request them, wait for them to arrive at my branch, and then go and pick up the book.  I guess my days of leisurely looking through the library ended when Hattie-Grace was born as well :)

Anyway, I have always loved children's literature.  So I decided to start reading through all the Newberry award winning books.  The first award was given in 1922, so there are 91 books on my list.  My library is bound to have most of them available at some point.

The orderly, type A part of me wants to go in order of year awarded, but I have decided just to randomly choose a book off the list based on my interests at the time and availability at the library.  I hope to let y'all know about the books I've finished and how I enjoyed them.  I am no book reviewer, but I always like to get a good recommendation.

During my years as a student and teacher I have read many of these books already, but I hope to enjoy them in a different and new way this time around.

I kicked off the list with the 1963 award winner, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  You can read about this book on by clicking here.  Science fiction, suspenseful, sweet ending.  Great book, would read it again!

Next, I read the 1997 winner, The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.  You can read about this book on by clicking here.  The author captures your attention with good character development and weaves each characters story together.  Great book, would read it again!