Wednesday, December 18, 2013

27 weeks

We had our 6 month doctor's visit yesterday, and here are HG's stats:
Weight: 14 lbs. 10 oz.
Length: 25 inches
Head: 17 1/4 inches

Poor thing got round three of her vaccines, and the flu shot as well.  She only cried for a second, and then was fine.  She is such a trooper! 
 She has discovered the tree more this week.  She loves playing on her blanket by the tree.  She forgets about the tree being there, and then will all of a sudden roll to be able to see it and start laughing and smiling at the lights.
 We started solids this week.  She is still in a learning stage for sure, and I don't think she is actually eating much of anything.  We are starting with avocado, so all the bibs now are a lovely shade of green.  Hopefully she will get the hang of eating off a spoon soon.
 We have been doing a lot of baking around here, and HG enjoys watching the stand mixer and hearing all the noises.  She has just started to push herself around a little in the walker.  
 HG has started to love her feet and grabs them all the time!  She can even put her feet in her mouth.  She also is rolling a ton.  It is her way of moving at the moment.  The best part is she only rolls one direction, so when she reaches a couch or wall she just lies there defeated.

We are so looking forward to celebrating Christmas with HG even though she won't really understand anything this year.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6 months

Our sweet girl is halfway done her first year.  She must have been sick last week, because she is back to her normal happy self.  We have been thoroughly enjoying HG at this stage.  Everyday she seems to do something new.

She still does not enjoy being on her tummy, yet has started to roll over multiple times to get her toys.  She grabs for anything and everything, and it immediately goes into her mouth.  She now even puts her feet and socks into her mouth.  Very lady-like :) She still tumbles over after a few short seconds of sitting up on her own, but the bobby pillow is helping her learn to sit up.  HG is in no rush to be mobile, and is content to lying down looking at the tree and listen to Christmas tunes.  

HG has become more affectionate towards us recently.  She is starting to love on her Daddy more, and snuggles into his shoulder when he holds her.  After nursing, HG likes to reach up to my mouth and expects a kiss on her hand.  She gives me a huge smile after I kiss her hand.  She is a little social butterfly, and loves when my small group girls come over.  I happened to be at church today when the students were going into chapel, and HG gave everyone big smiles as they came to talk to her.

This month brought lots of changes in her schedule, everyday and week is a little different.  This week, she has taken two good long naps, and dropped the third.  Sometimes, she will take 3 shorter naps, and is on more of a 3 hour schedule.  I think she will settle into a more consistent 4 hour routine once we introduce solid foods for good which will be any day now.  She is still consistently going to bed at 7, and will start waking around 6.  She will talk and coo and stir until I go in at 7.  This is the sweet smile I'm greeted with every single morning.
 Dear Hatley- Grace,

You are growing into such a sweet spirited little girl.  You are noticing the world around you, and learning from every new experience.  You love to look at the white lights on our Christmas tree and you have noticed the squirrels playing in the tree outside of your window.  You can hear the school bus and the trash truck and want to watch them drive by.  You still love fans, and twist and turn your body in any direction to see them.  You do not like the computer, and cry when it comes on and I scroll through the page.  Maybe it's too bright and fast moving, I guess this is the result of no cable TV.

It doesn't take much to make you grin from ear to ear.  A cashier at Publix or a teenager at church can make you giggle with delight by just saying hello.  You have never met a stranger!  
I am looking forward to sharing our first Christmas together soon.  I bet you will like the wrapping paper the best.  We will have lots of family in town again, and I know you will love visiting with them most of all!

I'm excited to watch you try new foods this month, and start changing from an infant into a strong, mobile baby.  Sometimes I get nervous about each new thing you are doing and trying, and I want you to know I am trying my best to learn about how to be a good Mama to you.  I am learning right along side of you, which is the fun part of being the first born baby.

Hatley-Grace, you are so very loved!  The Lord has blessed us richly with you.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

25 Weeks

This week has been a difficult week.  As I reflect on this week, starting with Thanksgiving day, puts some of the parenting struggles we have faced into perspective.

Hatley-Grace is growing and changing, her schedule this week was just out of sorts.  She was having trouble falling asleep for every nap and bedtime.  We have been letting her cry it out since she was very young, yet this was just persistent crying/painful screaming.  I'm still not entirely sure of the cause.

Friday, we decided that maybe she was hungry and ready for solids.  So, I researched everything about starting solids.  Marty ran to Walmart to get some avocados and Munchkin soft tipped infant spoons, and we gave HG her first taste of food on Saturday morning.

She tolerated it, and probably only swallowed a 1/2 tsp.  It was so fun having her at the table for her breakfast, and watching her experience something totally new!

The next couple days, HG continued skipping naps, only wanting to be held, and only sleeping in our arms.

Sunday night she was up until 1am, screaming.  This was our first experience with her acting like this.  Even as an infant, she always went to sleep easily.  She was also very congested and was coughing.  Next thought was that she was sick and/ or teething.  So we got all sorts of things to help with both of these.  I stopped feeding her solids after Sunday because of the congestion and I didn't want her to associate eating solids with feeling bad.
 We propped up her mattress to help with the congestion, and she slid down and rotated all the way to the side and slept with her head jammed against the bumper...we laughed a lot about this :)
Overall, I think our little girl is on the mend.  Today has been a much better day, even though last night she didn't go to sleep until about 9.  Maybe she is starting to finally have some opinions of her own, and she doesn't want to sleep and miss out on the fun.  Maybe she had a cold.  Maybe she is teething. Maybe it is a little combination of it all.  
I am continuing to learn that I am not in control.  I am not defined by whether my baby is on a perfect schedule, and always pleasant to be around.  My identity is only in Christ, and not in my parenting skills.  HG will always continue to grow and change, and each new thing feels so scary and unfamiliar to me.  I definitely had to slow down and just "be" this week with HG, and I treasure all the cuddles and snuggles that we were able to share as a result.   
After a 3 hour nap in her bunny a few days ago.  The only nap of the day, but it was a good one. 

How could you not want to cuddle these sweet cheeks all day long :)


First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!  We had a very cold Thanksgiving day here in Florida.  So cold, in fact, that we had our very first fire in our fireplace.  I love having a fireplace in our new house, and I am hoping it will meet all of our heating needs for the winter.  I have a sweet spot in my heart for this "give thanks" sign.  It was the first craft project I did once we moved into our new home.  With boxes unpacked, empty rooms, peeling linoleum flooring, and dusty dirty bathrooms, I needed to make this sign for our mantle.  It is so unsettling to move for me, and hanging this up on the fireplace made our new place, filled with projects and unfinished spaces, feel a little more like our home.  I am excited put this up year after year and remember this time of transition.  Not only a time of transition into our first home, but to living in a new county/state, into motherhood and parenthood together, into a new job as a full time stay at home mom, and a family in full time ministry.  Whew, we have had a lot of change.

Yes, our baby does have a knit hat on inside.  It was cold!
We spent the day with at the Jones family's home and some of their family and church staff.  Hattie-Grace loved her time with Miss Sara!

Here is a list of what we brought to dinner (click on everything except the rolls to see the recipe if you are interested):
- Marty's Grandmothers tea biscuit rolls
bacon braised green beans
- roasted carrots (these were a hit!)
- peanut butter pie
- spiced apple cake with brown sugar buttercream icing

The spiced apple cake and carrots are the new recipes I tried.  The carrots were a hit, so much so that we made them again for our life group last night.  The cake turned out well yet I don't think it will make it on the "make every Thanksgiving" list, like all the rest have.

I hope y'all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and/or friends.  We are so very blessed and thankful this year.  We have yet to make the official list of things the Lord has blessed us with this year, yet I know it is a long one!