Friday, November 29, 2013

24 weeks

Oh my sweet Hatley-Grace!

This week, HG has been moving and wiggling, twisting and turning like never before.  She still does not like to play on her tummy, but has rolled over onto her tummy to reach for toys this week...and quickly rolls right back :)  

She has been very social this week.  I had my small group over to make some Christmas presents, and HG loved hanging out with all the girls.  She loves being around other people, and hates to nap while she is around others and fears she will miss out on all the fun!

I'm just loving these pajamas that my Grandmother brought her.  They are from a clothing company called Hatley, and have their logo on the back.  Just like it was monogrammed just for her :)

HG is getting better at sitting up on her own.  She is loving her jumperoo and enjoys reaching for the hanging toys.  
We are in the midst of week 25, and oh boy HG's schedule has been crazy.  I'm not exactly sure what all the causes are, yet we are starting solids tomorrow morning to help correct some of these sleeping issues.  Pray for us please :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

23 Weeks

HG is giggling and talking lots right now.  She is all smiles when we dance, sing, or just say her name.  HG has discovered her bottom lip and enjoys sucking on it.  She has started saying the "m" sound all the time to "talk" to us, along with just babbling and cooing.  Everything is in her mouth, especially her hands. 
 HG is settling into a 3 1/2-4 hour routine pretty well now in the morning, and afternoon is still a mystery.  We have been at home without visitors this week and she is a napping queen.  Two long naps (about 2 hours each on a good day), and if its a good day, one short one in the late afternoon.
 I got this jumperoo off of Craigslist on Monday.  On Tuesday morning she played with it for the first time.  Her feet barely touch the ground, and she does quiet understand "jumping", but I can tell this is going to be a favorite pretty soon.  It is really nice to have while I'm cooking breakfast in the morning for some morning exercise for HG.
We had a cold day last week (highs in the low 70s), and here is HG in her "winter" clothes.  We had lots of snuggle time and good long naps since the sun wasn't shining too brightly into her room.  Have no fear, we are back in the 80s tomorrow, but it was fun to enjoy some slow cooker chili last week :)

I subbed for the first time this week, and Marty stayed home with HG.  It was only a 1/2 day position, so just 4 hours of separation, but it was fun for me to get back in the classroom with some preschoolers.  HG did fine with Daddy, yet did not take a bottle for him.  I guess I will only be subbing 1/2 days for a while.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 Months

Hatley-Grace has grown and developed so much this past month.  She is much more of a baby than an infant now, and though I loved the early baby stage, this age is so much fun! 

 I can see Hatley-Grace learning and taking in the world around her.  We just hung lots of decorations in her nursery, and she will notice them and smile and each new thing she discovers.  She gets a kick out of all the ceiling fans in our house, whether they are on or not, she will smile and giggle at them.  She is such a wiggler too!  While she is nursing, playing, or being held, she will wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, kick her legs and arch her back to look around.  She giggles when we give her kisses and bounce her up and down.  She is getting more comfortable on her tummy, and will roll from her tummy to her back.  At times she will still get stuck on her tummy, give up and cry out for help :) 

Hatley-Grace used to be my predictable, scheduled child...then something happened.  Maybe it was the move, or family visitors in and out throughout this month, or a feeding change, yet she is much more unpredictable during the day than the first 4 months.  She has continued to be a champ at sleeping through the night, which is most important to me :), yet her naps have fluctuated a ton.  Right now she usually wakes around 6:30/7, has about an 1 1/2-2 hour awake time then naps from about 9-10:30/11.  The she will nurse, and be awake until about 12/1 then nap for an hour or so, sometimes way more sometimes less.  She will nurse around 2 and then maybe catnap sometime in between 3-5 but does not want to nap in her crib.  Then she nurses around 5 and is awake until bedtime at 6:30/7.  From 5-7 she is tired, and is getting ready for bed, so we try to do bath time and read books and such until 6:30/7 when she nurses a little more and then goes to bed for the night.  This makes going out in the evenings more difficult for youth group night, small group night, and social outings.  
All tuckered out from a morning at church

She is loving bath time so much right now.  She kicks and splashes and plays with her VT cup.
This week, we started putting her in her high chair seat if she is awake at a meal time.  I'm trying to expose her to us eating, and table routines before starting solids.  She is so interested in what we are eating and drinking, will lick her lips and drool.  It is precious seeing her learn about eating at the table and explore sitting up in her chair.  

 HG is wearing a combination of 3m 3-6m and 6m month clothes.  Basically if it is not a bubble romper it needs to be bigger because of her cloth diaper.  Pajamas are 6-12m now.  We moved her to the medium length of Flips still on 4 snaps in.  Hairbows are still present and stay in much better.  Her headband that was huge at birth fits snuggly now :)  She has yet to discover how to pull the bow off, and hopefully we won't reach that point any time soon.  Her hair is much lighter now, and sometimes looks strawberry.  Her eyes have stayed blue this far, and many people say she is starting to favor Marty more, especially her expressions.
 Dear Hatley-Grace,

You are growing up so quickly.  Pretty soon you will be running around this crazy big house and I will have to try to keep up with you.  I loved the infant stage with you, but I love watching you grow and learn.  Your big smiles and giggles show me God's beautiful grace daily!

I love our "normal" days together at home, running errands together shopping for groceries or new house stuff.  You love being in the baby carrier facing out while we are shopping and looking around.  You always bat your eyes and smile at strangers in the store who gush over you.  People continue to comment on how you are such a content and happy baby.   
 I love being your Mama, and pray that you continue to grow big and strong.  This month you were baptized.  Your Daddy and I took vows to teach you about Jesus' great love for you, and to help you grow to understand his grace and mercy.  I feel like the past month you have taught me much more about God's love and grace than I could ever teach you.  God has used your little spirit to reveal His great power and love to my heart each day.

 God has blessed us so richly with you our sweet girl!  You are so very loved!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Baptism Weekend/ 21 weeks

Our sweet Hattie-Grace was baptized this past Sunday.  My mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, and Marty's parents came to visit for the weekend to celebrate with us.  We had a full house to say the least, but it was neat to see our new home bursting with loved ones!  

I wish I took more pictures from the weekend, but it is hard with a 4 month old to remember pictures :)  We got her a new Rosalina smocked dress for the occasion, and she wore a cute monogrammed diaper cover from Lil' Sweeties Designs, thanks Cameron!  

HG was baptized by Ray Cortese, and didn't seem to mind being sprinkled or kissed on :)

It was a true blessing to stand next to our sweet friends while baptizing our daughters together.

We had a big lunch at our home after church with family and some church staff.  I served white chicken chili, and Ashley's chicken tortilla soup.  We also had ham biscuits with country ham all the way from Virginia, a veggie platter, Two Peas in a Pod's chocolate chip cookie bars and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.  We kept drinks simple with sweet tea, green tea and La Croix waters.    

 It was so special to have my Grandmother here to celebrate with us!  HG is named in honor of my Grandmother and this was the first time they were able to meet.  My Grandmother is a woman of character and grace, and the older I become the more I treasure the many lessons I have learned from her.  Her kind hearted spirit has been an example to me of how to love others well and how to practice hospitality.  She is full of grace and southern charm.  My Grandmother worked so hard this weekend to help us settle into our new home, ironing and cooking up a storm all in her pearls!  We were blessed by her presence this weekend and I loved watching HG interact with her.  I hope for many more memories of the two of these Hatley women together :)

My dear sister came all the way from New York City to spend the weekend with us.  HG loves her Auntie B and tells me she is her most favorite Auntie ever!  
All our family was so helpful this weekend.  It was so nice to have so many hands to help with cooking, cleaning, and caring for HG.  

It is always bittersweet to have family visit, because it reminds us of how far away we are.  The most special part of the luncheon on Sunday was watching our family interact with our church family here.  We are so encouraged and supported as we raise HG in the Lord's love and grace by the family around us here in Citrus County.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 20

Hattie-Grace at 20 weeks!

 HG is enjoying learning how to sit up and loves looking around.
 She loves to grab all the toys on her playmat.

I love that it is October/early November and we can still walk outside in shorts and a t-shirt. 

We enjoyed trunk or treat at our church on Sunday afternoon.  All the chocolate candy melted in the 80 degree weather!  
 Halloween is a big deal in our new neighborhood.  Marty and I were out all day, and got home right before trick or treaters came by.  We enjoyed a picnic dinner on our driveway, and welcomed the 300+ trick or treaters outside.  All our neighbors sit out on their driveways and enjoy a fun evening together.  We enjoyed meeting everyone and love that we live in such a spirited neighborhood.