Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

It was a wonderful Mother's Day here! A gorgeous day in Dallas! Blue skies and 70 degrees. Love it! Lilleigh was even found sporting this awesome shirt!


Tonight Brendon grilled burgers while we sat out on the new patio. Lil loves to play outside, so it was awesome! After dinner, we went to a local ice cream place called Sweet Firefly. Can't say enough great things about it. Come to Richardson and check it out!



And about the patio furniture... It was a Mother's Day gift. Sort-of. Our old furniture was falling apart, so our sweet friends the Widemans said we could have their old set which was in decent shape, since they has recently replaced it. Anyway that had been the plan. Brendon was going to make the effort to go get it for me, borrow a truck, etc, and get it all set up as my Mother's Day gift. But then I got a sweet deal from Kmart involving a free patio set.

I belong to a blogger network that helps connect businesses with bloggers to assist in PR. Bloggers can apply for different campaigns, so I applied for this one. Google Maps said there was Kmarts on the outskirts of Dallas, so I figured if I were chosen that it would be worth the hassle of driving far away and possibly borrowing a truck to get the patio set. I honestly did not think I'd get chosen though. But I was! Wahoo! I was ECSTATIC!

Soon, however, we realized a problem - Google Maps was wrong. All of the Kmarts in DFW were closed. I thought I was going to have to turn down this awesome opportunity. But then hubby came to the rescue! He drove 2-1/2 hours to Texarkana (and 2-1/2 back!) to get patio furniture! And he set it up when he got home. My hubby, my hero! THAT was my Mother's Day gift. Pretty sweet, huh? Best hubby ever!

Did y'all do anything special for Mother's Day?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

15 months

At 15 months Lil is...

32" tall, which brings her down to the 20th percentile! Up till now she's been tall - at 89th percentile - but it seems she's slowing down. Wonder who she got that from...

20 lbs, which again is around the 20th percentile.

Super talkative! Her pediatrician actually said not to waste how verbal she is and to work on language with her.

Attached to "Woof Woof!" She loves her lovey and carries him with her everywhere! I try to limit him leaving home though.

Loves to play outside, riding in her wagon and playing in her sandbox and her water table!

Says "noooo" and points whenever the chickens come near her. She was pecked once.

Loves apples and calls them by name. They join her favorite foods of yogurt and banana.

Has been weaned from the morning feed. One left, right before bed. She sleeps 7:30 pm to 7 am and then naps 1-4/4:30. I'm loving her new extended nap! And it's so fun to get out in the mornings with her!

Cuddles with Sammy like crazy!!

Loves to wear mom's shoes!




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Weaning the Morning Feed

This post is mainly for my memory, so I'll be able to remember when I have future babies how things went down with weaning Lil.

I've mentioned before that since Lil was 7 months old, she's been waking up at 5ish to nurse. I'm sure this was a case of what the Baby Whisperer would call "accidental parenting" because she slept a full 12 hours early on and then regressed. Still, I didn't complain because that early feed also meant she slept in till 8:30 or 9. Recently though I decided it was time to drop this feed. I mean really shes 15 months!

We started this Friday night/Saturday morning. For some reason on Saturday morning she decided to wake up a lot earlier. Brendon went in, picked her up, and tried to comfort her before putting her back in there. I'm guessing he was in there 20-30 minutes, but she kept crying because she did not want daddy. So eventually he put her in her crib and left the room. She cried another 15 minutes before falling back asleep. She did wake up again a few hours later, but when Brendon went in, rather than me, she got the idea.

The second morning was similar. Each time Brendon would go in there, she'd let out a huff and lay herself back down. But she still didn't want him to leave the room. After not too long though, she did go to sleep.

The third morning was Monday. She did wake up around 5 ad cry, but when Brendon came in, she immediately laid down. He covered her with her blanket, and she went to sleep. No big deal.

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings she did not even bother getting up! Hallelujah!

I was expecting this morning wean to be a huge battle because apparently at this age, such a venture can take a good week. This also just shows that she really was ready to give up that feed.

Now that we have dropped that feed, she's been getting up closer to 7, which is normal for kids her age I think. And her 1-1/2 hour nap has become a more consistent 3 hour nap! Double hallelujah!! Mom can finally get things done again!

We are still nursing once before bed, but that's it. I'm sure we will cut that one out sometime this summer, but for now, things are great. Slowly but surely!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Recap of This Past Week!

This past week Brendon was out of town, so Lil's Tita and Aunt Morgan came up to visit! Lil was toddling around the house this week calling "Ta-ta, Mo-mo" - super cute! We had a great time with them!

Playing at Chickfila

Don't you love their matching outfits?

And this weekend we helped host a neighborhood block party for Cinco de Mayo!

Lil sleepy from her 3-1/2 hour nap! (Woohoo!! Note: This is not normal. She was up A LOOONG time the night before, upset because Mom is trying to wean her.) Anyway, we were on our way to the party in this pic.

Playing with a Little Tikes car

Playing with her friend Ella. Aren't they super cute together? They look so much alike!


I missed getting photos of the bounce house while it was up, but you get the idea!

We are super involved in our neighborhood because we see our neighborhood as an outreach. We strongly feel that God has placed us where we are, so we want to take the opportunities He gives us to tell others about Him. Building relationships and forming a community is a great way to do that!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Duggar Ministry

Since Brendon has been traveling a lot lately, I have resubscribed to Netflix. And I've begun watching the Duggar family on 17 and Counting (aka 19 and Counting, but I'm on season 1). I had heard about this family, but since we don't have cable, I have not ever been able to watch it.

For anyone new to the game, the Duggars are the family with their own show on TLC because they have 17 (now, 19) kids and America seems to be enamored with that amount of children.

Image courtesy of DuggarFamily.com
Without saying that I agree (or disagree for that matter) with their views on child-bearing, I must say that I love their show. I am only four episodes in, but I think what strikes me about this family is that they do the big family thing well! These parents really get what it means to parent their children and to do it as if working for the God. They get what it means to shepherd their children's hearts and point them towards the Lord. Sure there are critics who say that there's no way to parent 19 kids well, but I have to say that I've seen parents who can't parent their one child nearly as well as the Duggars do with their 19. I am amazed. The words of truth that come out of their children's mouths testify to their parenting. What a beautiful reflection of these parents' hearts!

If you've seen the show, you know that the Duggar family is extremely conservative in their Christian values. While some may find this over the top, I find it refreshing to see a family truly seeking the Lord in their lives and declaring it publicly. Regardless of whether I choose to live my faith in the same way. To see a glimpse into Michelle Duggar's heart (that's the mom), listen to this audio letter she wrote for the baby she recently miscarried. It warms my heart.

What a blessing that what has made this family unique (19 kids) actually got them on TV! And their ultra-conservative Christian values beam through the television into the homes of millions of Americans. Michelle and Jim Bob have a fantastic ministry, not just to their kids, but to America as well!