Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Our Easter 2015

It's just amazing to me that Easter has come and gone already! How fast this year is already flying by!

We had two wonderful weekends with our loved ones celebrating Betty's second Easter. She got to experience her first official egg hunt with her PawPaw, Grammy, Uncle Justin, Aunt Leslie, cousin Alyson and cousin Connor and she really could have cared less about putting eggs into her basket. We helped her out a bit and she was able to fill her bucket up pretty quickly. She technically still doesn't have any idea what candy is so we enjoyed her goodies for her this year. I'm sure before we know it, she'll be devouring every piece on her own.






During the week before Easter we went with one of my cousins to check out a new tulip farm just north of us and it was just so picturesque. Of course, I went click happy with my camera but those are going to be some of the most cherished photos from this age I'm sure I could ever capture.  We took home a few tulips to enjoy afterward and look forward to many more years of tulip photos as our family grows.




At her second official egg hunt with her cousins, Aunt Jenny, Uncle Sam, Grandma and Grandpa she could not be contained! All she wanted to do was walk up to any and all of the other little kiddos to make friends. She even shared a few eggs with a little boy a few months older. It was the cutest and she truly loves being around other kids. She spent the rest of her time stepping on eggs instead of collecting them so her cousins Allie, Mason and Brenham helped her  get a few then we went to watch them in the big-kids egg hunt. Afterwards, we went to lunch with her Grandpa and Grandma to spend a little more time with them.






Later on that day we met up with her Uncle Justin, Aunt Leslie and cousins again to play at a park in my hometown. It used to be an all wood park but it's been very nicely updated with lots of slides and different play areas for all ages. We had so much fun at the playground then went to visit with Grammy at her physical therapy home. We stayed there chatting for quite awhile then went to grab dinner with PawPaw.





On Easter Sunday, after her morning nap we showed Betty that the Easter bunny had come to see her with a basket of goodies! She got everything out of her basket and started playing with many of the items immediately. The Easter bunny was smart and left her non-candy items like beads and goldfish in her eggs.





We went to her Aunt Jenny and Uncle Sam's house for brunch and another egg hunt with her cousins. Of course her cousins were there as well as Grandma, Grandpa and GGMa. We had amazing food and of course snacked on a few pieces of candy from her eggs for dessert.





We had such a wonderful second Easter as a family of three and look forward to the many more Easter celebrations to come.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Testing the waters again . . .



I'm debating going public with this space again.

It's been on my mind lately and even more recently I've craved a space to write again. To really write,  not just Betty updates (which of course will be included), but get back to what this blog was to me in the first place. A place to call my own where I can share what I'd like and write as I please.

I'm not sure I've even got anyone around (i.e. interested) anymore but so be it.

So, we shall see.  At least for now I'm testing it out to gauge how I feel and go from there.



I will admit, I've got butterflies in my stomach just thinking about hitting publish and putting myself out into the blogging world again.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Betty Leigh: 12 months

12 months old
2-3-15

-Weight:  She weighed in at 19 pounds at her sick visit in January but every time I've weighed her at our house she's just over 18 pounds. We will get her official weight at her well-check on February 9th.

-Health:  Ever since her first cold in January she's been healthy and happy for the most part. She had her first diaper rash and it was a doozy but after a week and a couple days it completely healed up. She never really even made a fuss about it so it didn't seem to bother her too much.

-Sleep:  I've got my rock star sleeper back and I love it! She sleeps anywhere from 11-12 hours at night then takes two naps most of the time during the day. We always make sure she gets her morning nap and if there are errands to be run we do it during the afternoon and she will then get in a decent car nap. I'm very thankful she's in a great sleeping routine and I hope it stays like that for as long as possible.

Diet:  She now down to nursing 3 times a day and then eats 3 meals of solids plus little snacks throughout the day. She loves to eat and especially wants what we are eating. Her favorites lately are broccoli, peas, pears, mandarin oranges, spaghetti, grilled cheese and potatoes. We give her pouches when we are out and about as a healthy snack and we are still giving her prune baby food regularly. She eats cheerios like they're candy and she loves to share Goldfish with her Daddy as a snack. She drinks water out of a straw sippy and has been for many months but still hasn't gotten the hang of a regular tip-up sippy cup yet. We eat all meals at the table now and she's been using a plate since the beginning of January.

Clothes:  She's wearing mostly 12 month items but some 6-12 month pieces still fit and some 18 month items fit as well. She's still in size 3 diapers for now but at night she was leaking in them so for overnight, we put her in 4's. Her feet are growing a lot more now so she's still in some size 2 shoes but only without socks and if she wears socks she has to be in size 3.

Favorite toys:  She is such a sweet little girl and loves her babydolls and stuffed animals and loves to snuggle and rock them. She's also into all the musical instrument toys she got for Christmas like her drum, xylophone and keyboard. She plays with her blocks and puzzles a lot too. We got her a ball pit for Christmas and she loves getting into that and playing with the balls or any other toys she brings in. Allen got her a soccer ball a few months ago and she's really caught on to kicking it around the living room. But her favorite right now would have to be her books. We read all the time and she loves to pick out book after book to bring to us to read.

Crying:  Lately she's been a bit "dramatic" and "emotional" and cries over quite a bit. She's teething though so sometimes I feel like that's the cause of her discomfort and she doesn't know another way to express herself of course. She's also very clingy to us at the moment and cries at first when someone else wants to hold her, etc.

-Likes: She loves walking around the whole house and exploring it with us, bath time is a favorite as is anytime she's eating! She loves her stuffed animals and babydolls and loves to snuggle them. She loves playing in her minnie mouse car and being pushed all around the house. She loves to play peek-a-boo and being held upside down to be tickled. She loves bringing you a book to read and she really loves playing with and feeding Bella cheerios.

Milestones:  She had her first cold in early January, her first diaper rash after her first zoo trip on January 24 and 3 teeth are currently popping through as of the end of January.

Looking forward to:  The rest of today and celebrating her birthday with our immediate family tonight plus celebrating with all our friends and family on Saturday.


Happy 1st Birthday Betty Leigh!

some other fun photos from this months little photo shoot



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Betty Leigh: 11 months

11 months old
1-3-15

-Weight:  She weighed in at 19 pounds at her sick visit yesterday.

-Health:  She woke up from her nap yesterday crying and was extremely hoarse and super fussy so we took her to a Pediatrics urgent care where they gave her a full check and found that she's just suffering from a cold.  Her throat was a little red but other than that her oxygen level and blood pressure were good and lungs sounded clear. We knew something was off so we are helping her fight her very first cold. Hopefully we will get a nurse visit appointment with a pediatrician I found near our new home next week for us to check out and see if we like them so that she can get a booster for the flu shot she got at 9 months and have them check her iron levels to see if they're up from her last visit. She will have another well check with shots at 12 months.

-Sleep:  This is always an interesting topic because we got her back on a schedule after all the moving, then Thanksgiving craziness only to then be hit with Christmas and New Year craziness plus she's teething so it's all just throwing her off. She's back to having a hard time falling asleep on her own and when she wakes up crying she's not able to soothe herself back to sleep. Some nights she has a middle of the night wake up and some she doesn't but when she does I have to rock her back to sleep. Naps are also a bit wonky but we are trying to be consistent and help her get her two naps in no matter what it takes so that she's a happy girl.

Diet:  She nurses approximately 4 times a day (sometimes maybe 5) and then eats 3 meals of solids plus little snacks throughout the day. She loves to eat what we are eating and lately she's been devouring veggies (broccoli, green beans, carrots, peas and beans). She still loves her baby foods too and has a few that she loves more than others. She eats cheerios like they're candy and she got to try Goldfish for the first time on Christmas Day and she's been loving those ever since. She drinks water out of a straw sippy and has been for many months but still hasn't gotten the hang of a regular tip-up sippy cup yet. We eat all meals at the table now and have been for the past month and a half which is really fun because we just pull her high chair up and she eats with us in it. 

Clothes:  She's now wearing mostly 12 month items but some 6-12 month pieces still fit and some 18 month items fit as well. She's still in size 3 diapers for now but at night she was leaking in them so at night we put her in 4's. Her feet are growing a lot more now so she's still in some size 2 shoes but only without socks and if she wears socks she has to be in size 3.

Favorite toys:  She is such a sweet little girl and loves her babydolls and stuffed animals and loves to snuggle and rock them. She's also into all the musical instrument toys she got for Christmas like her drum, xylophone and keyboard. She plays with her blocks and puzzles a lot too. We got her a ball pit for Christmas and she loves getting into that and playing with the balls or any other toys she brings in. Allen got her a soccer ball a few months ago and she's really caught on to kicking it around the living room.

Crying:  Lately the only tears are from her teething pain or when she falls and lands on something hard or bumps her head. She's generally very happy unless she's overtired as well.

-Likes: She loves walking around the whole house and exploring it with us, bath time is a favorite as is anytime she's eating! She loves her stuffed animals and babydolls and loves to snuggle them. She loves playing in her minnie mouse car and being pushed all around the house. She loves to play peek-a-boo and being held upside down to be tickled. She loves bringing you a book to read and she really loves playing with and feeding Bella cheerios.

Milestones:  We celebrated her 1st Christmas and New Year's plus she got her first cold on January 2nd.

Looking forward to:  Planning her 1st birthday that's too rapidly approaching and watching her grow in the year 2015!

Happy Eleven Months Betty Leigh!

some other fun photos from this months little photo shoot