Thursday, January 29, 2009
I'm going to keep going and try to lose a few more pounds. I had put on a few before I got pregnant, so I've got to keep working to get ready for the bridesmaid dress I have to wear for a friend's wedding in May and our cruise in June!
Edited to add: I do not for one second regret eating all the delicious foods I enjoyed during my pregnancy! I had so much fun getting to eat whatever I wanted and I would do it again! Somehow I stayed within the normal range for pregnancy weight gain, but I really have no idea how, ha.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Now that I am a parent, I realize how hard it must have been on my mom to take care of us. With 4 kids that were stair-steps in age, I'm pretty sure she had at least 2 in diapers for like 7 years! After taking care of Amelia all day, I almost never feel like cooking supper anymore, something I used to enjoy. But my mom took care of all 4 of us all day and we had a home-cooked supper every single night. Usually with some sort of homemade dessert. Granted, with 4 kids, it's not like they could afford to go out to eat all the time, but still... It could have been sandwiches and tv dinners.
My daddy has gotten up at the crack of dawn since I can remember to drive to work in Jackson. Yet, I have no memories of him coming home too tired to play with us. All I remember is us listening for his truck coming down the driveway and we'd run out and stick out our thumbs, pretending to be hitchhikers and then we'd jump in the back of his truck to ride the rest of the way to the house. So silly, but it was so much fun to us! Oh, and Prize Day on Friday was a big deal at our house. I thought everyone's family had Prize Days until I went to kindgergarten. Prize Day meant that when Daddy came home from work on Friday, he would have some sort of treat for us. My favorite was when he would bring those Mickey Mouse ice cream bars. Remember they had the chocolate ears? Good memories.
Happy Anniversary, Mama and Daddy! I hope you're married for many more years to come!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Posts without photos are so boring, I know. We took a pic this morning, but I can't get it on my work computer without my camera cord.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Please keep Lindey and Baby Magee in your prayers. She will be induced Tuesday and has had some complications in the past couple of months. I know she is going to take some fabulous shots of that new little sweetie.
Monday we went to Hammond to shop at one of my favorite stores of all time, Hobby Lobby, to stock up on frames. Now I can display my baby's face all over my office and our home. I also scored some other cute stuff for the house from their clearance. So much fun. Am I the only one whose heart starts pounding rapidly when I am in the presence of bargains? It usually happens when I find good deals on shoes or purses here, here or here, but it was definitely beating like crazy when I saw all the cute, cheap vases and frames! (Can you tell I have discovered how to link? I have a feeling I will be sending you guys to all kinds of fun sites now.)
Surprisingly, I haven't even been taking that many photos lately. We've either been on the go, or just laying low, snuggling around the house. We needed a recent photo (like we didn't have any) for the newspaper's "Babies of 2008" section, so I asked Katie to come over the other night to take some pics. I was hoping that I could get Amelia to smile and Katie would be able to capture it, since I've been unsuccessful in my smiling photo attempts. She wasn't feeling up to posing, but we managed to get some cute ones.
She wore this cute outfit to church Sunday night. She didn't want to make a cute face, but I just had to post a pic of her in her dress and boots!
Katie snapped a couple of cute candids while Cliff and I were doing anything to try to get her to smile. I hate the double chin I have from this angle, but it's cute of Cliffy and Amelia.
After she spit up ALL OVER her dress, we decided to try some in just a diaper and a bow. This is our new glittery flower clip. Some of you may recall that we already have one in brown. The glitter is a pain to get out of her hair but I had to teach Amelia early on that sometimes we have to suffer for fashion.
Her newest trick to grab her daddy's heart (or anyone's heart for that matter), is to poke her bottom lip out! Sometimes she does it in between smiles, but often she does it before she has a huge meltdown. Here's one with the lip.
And then Daddy made her feel better and got a smile.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here's Brantlee trying on Amelia's headband. I think she liked it, Court!
Yesterday we went to Co-Lin to visit our co-workers. Amelia got to see all the girls in my office again and then we went to surprise Daddy at his office. He was glad to see us and got to show his baby girl off to all his co-workers. Afterwards we did a little shopping for a couple of new outfits and a few new hair accessories. We have a little more than a week left and so many more things we want to do!
We had a quick photo shoot before going to Mommy and Daddy's work. This is the best one I could get. She doesn't want to sit still for pics these days. And refuses to smile when she sees that camera. She just gives me this wide-eyed stare, ha. We will get better. Check out those chubby legs!
I did manage to get capture a smile this morning playing on her favorite toy, the play gym. She smiles and chatters away while she's on that thing.
But when I sat her in the chair for a pic, this is the face I got. Ha! It's like she's thinking, would you please stop putting me in this chair for pics and just let me have fun on my play mat?
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
On the bright side, I have 2 1/2 weeks left. I am so fortunate to have been able to take this much time off. I know lots of moms who have to return to work much sooner. I try to remind myself of that when I am jealous of stay at home moms. We are also fortunate to have a daycare on campus that is right across the street from my office. I'm not looking forward to leaving her, but I'm glad she won't be far away.
I'm going to spend the next 2 weeks just eating up my time with my sweet girl. If that means my house is messy, then it'll just be messy. I'm going to still try to squeeze in a few projects I had planned to get done with "all my free time." What was I thinking with that?
Here are a few of our recent photos:
10 weeks old- playing on the gym my brother gave her for Christmas. She loves to kick her feet and stare at the dangly stuff. She hasn't yet figured out that she can reach the toys and make them make noise. She also likes to stare at herself in the little mirror.
All dressed up for church last Sunday. So far, she's been an angel at church. We'll probably have to start leaving her in the nursery soon, but for now, she has been sleeping right through the sermon! It's during her usual morning naptime.
In my last-ditch effort to get back into my work clothes, I've been trying to do pilates along with a DVD. Amelia wanted to join in my workout so I let her play on my mat.
She liked it so much, I decided it was time to get out her own mat. It's fun to start playing with some of the fun things we got as shower gifts. It looks like she was playing with the toys, but she really just sat laid there for a while, then started screaming. Both our workouts ended abruptly!
We're about to go strolling for the first time in a few weeks when she wakes up from her nap. The weather has been so nasty, we've been stuck indoors. I always want her naps to last longer so I can get things done, and now I'm waiting for her to wake up so we can go play!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Instead of ringing in 2009 with a glass of champagne and celebrating with a bunch of people, I kissed my baby daddy in the car on I-55 on the way home to our sad, empty house. I missed my baby so much and was totally regretting leaving her! I just knew she was wondering where I was and why I wasn't holding her and snuggling with her to get her to sleep. I admit that I cried a little. I resisted going to my parents house to get her. Ok, I didn't resist anything. Cliff was driving and he wouldn't let me. We picked her up in the morning. I was so glad to see her! I know it is crazy, but I swear she grew while I was gone.
I'm glad we got that milestone out of the way. She was fine and didn't even notice I left her. And my parents just loved spending time with her. I needed to go ahead and take this step because Cliff surprised me with a Mexican cruise for Christmas and I'm going to have to leave her for 5 days in June! I'm sure by then, I'll be glad to get away for a while, but I can't imagine how hard it will be!