Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Letter to My 6-Month-Old Adeline

To my sweet Adeline,

My second born. You are now half a year old! That is hard to believe. I feel I've barely blinked my eyes since you were born in August. One more blink and you will be one, crawling and into everything, eating everything you can get your hands on, and most likely on the verge of walking.

You and your big sister will be getting into all kinds of trouble together, which will have me nervous to take my eyes off of you, but oh the fun you two are about to have! Even now, Lilleigh is constantly asking to hold you, squeezing you tight, singing to you, and longing to play. It won't be long...

You are sitting up, assisted. Playing on your play mat and in your exersaucer are some of your favorite things. And while you are totally content to play, your favorite place to be is in someone's arms. I really can't say I blame you.

I love the way your dimple in the apple of your left cheek shows every time you smile and squeal. And I love your sweet second dimple in the side of that same cheek that shows only when you truly laugh or smile really big. Thankfully, we see both dimples a lot. You are one happy girl!

You are also an excellent sleeper. Thank you for sleeping, my child! Sometimes I even turn on the video monitor to find you laying there awake, happy. Just so you know, your sister never would have done that! She has her own strengths, but being happy alone in her crib was not one of them. Angel baby, you are! You wake up to eat around 6 and then sleep until 8:30 or 9. You morning nap is roughly 10-12, and your afternoon, 1-3. You dropped your third nap this month, so you have a long stretch of awake time in the late afternoon, when we get to play - or run errands! Some days you still beg for that third nap and are so happy to sleep once you are in your crib. On days when you skip that third nap, most days, you go to bed around 6 or 6:30. Lately you have woken up sometimes around 7, just in time for story time with your big sis... it's like you know what you're missing. Your Pappy says that we will joke about how no one saw you for the first year of your life because you were always sleeping. He may be right!

You are a little smaller than your big sis was at this age. You can still fit into 3-6 month clothing, though you are mainly in 6 month. You are in size 2 diapers still and weighing right around 14.5 lbs. (Not precise because Mommy weighed you on the home scale.) I think we are taking a break from cloth diaper for a couple of weeks because you seem to be in that awkward in between fit on some of them, which actually confirms to me that I wasn't doing anything wrong when your sis went through this. Oh what confirmation, the second baby brings to Momma!

Your eyes are still blue! I do see a hint of brown to them, so I wonder if they will turn, or if they will be blue with a green/brown center, like mine. Your eyes (in shape) look like your Dad's in baby pictures, though there is still definitely something of Mom's in them.

We will most likely start you on solids this month. I've held out until now, and since you are currently getting over a cold, we will wait a little longer. 

You have been drooling and gnawing a ton! And for the last 3 weeks, your bottom gums have been swollen with the bump of a tooth trying to come in. No teeth yet, but I'm sure it won't be long!

I cannot wait to see more how uniquely God has made YOU! You are so precious to us. A perfect gift from the Lord. We are so thankful.


**It's really hard for a non-professional to take photos and try to keep the toddler out of the baby pics... best we could get! ;)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lil's Official Birthday

Y'all may be bored of Lil birthday posts, but I love birthdays, so I'm not! :) Last one I promise.

For her actual birthday, Pappy came up the night before, and we all went to dinner at a new restaurant around the corner. YUM, by the way! She opened gifts from him.

We had planned to take Lilleigh and Adeline to the Dallas World Aquarium on her actual birthday, in the morning, before my dad headed back to Houston. Unfortunately (though I hate to say that) we had a snow day and had to miss the aquarium! Y'all, I LOVE snow days!!! BUT more than snow days, I LOOOOVE birthdays! Birthdays are my very favorite days. And I need to just admit right now that I have high expectations for them. I always knew this, but after Lil's birthday last week, I really had to come to grips with this. I have high expectations, even when it's not my birthday. Birthdays are just plain fun! So missing out on our fun plans to stay inside and watch movies made me so sad! Fortunately though, it wasn't my birthday, and Lilleigh loves watching movies and staying home. So she actually enjoyed herself I think. We also did brave the snice (Get it? Snow. Ice.) to make the 2ish mile trek to Target with Pappy and get some snow days treats. Lil chose a few movies and a new princess book, and Mom got a Starbucks because lattes make everything better. We also got some great snow day photos. I really shouldn't complain.

Pappy left, and that night my bible study was canceled, which meant we had family dinner and play time before bed. Lil also opened her gifts. We gave her a Melissa and Doug bead set (thank you swap site), Lily books (again, thanks swap site), and Doc McStuffins dress up (thanks, Target). She loves all three, but since she loves dress up and Doc McStuffins, she is really loving that gift. Not as much as all of her lovely princess dresses, but since we didn't need an eleventh dress (ha), we went with something new.

I should also say that the very first thing Lilleigh did when she went outside (with out a coat, keep in mind) was lay on the ground to make a snow angel, like in Fancy Nancy. This snow angel was by Brendon, but still hilarious.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New floors!

Recently hubby put in new hardwood floors (engineered) in our front room! It was carpet before, which made our dining room table a waste, honestly. With little kids, we just really never wanted to eat there and risk getting food all over the carpet. Since we have a breakfast nook, we always ate there. And we are sorta running out of space there! Sooo to better utilize our house, enjoy it more, and increase the value, we went for hardwoods.

Here's a "before" from a few years ago. A few things changed, like the desk on the left, where we had the piano and a giant desk area out of the photo. And the can lights Brendon recently added. The rest was pretty similar though.

And now for the hardwoods...

And here is the room all ready for Lil's party just days after this hu-mungo project! So glad it was finished in time! Whew. Notice we rearranged. The piano is now against the wall that isn't seen in the photo, where a giant desk once was. So glad that is now gone! Much more space! And the girls' Pottery Barn Anywhere chairs are sitting where the craft table is in this party photo.

Hubs worked really hard on these! And don't they look great? So proud of him!! There's a little bit left to do, but we are loving them! We've been eating at the dining room table a lot. My hope is eventually to make our eat in breakfast nook area a computer area and also to put the girls' little table there. That said, we are so used to having a table there that it may be awhile before taking that plunge.

And sorry that there aren't any photos of him working on them. Those are all on his phone and haven't made it to my computer...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lilleigh's Princesses and Knights Third Birthday Party!

Lilleigh turns 3 on Thursday, so this weekend we celebrated with a princesses and knights birthday party! It was really such a fun time! We are blessed to have so many great friends want to come celebrate our little girl!

All ready for the party! And notice the hardwoods Brendon just installed! Before and after post to come!

Super thankful to Lilleigh's Tita for this cake! There's a long story behind it. But we are thankful a cake made it to the party and that Mommy didn't have to make it because as you will see, my time was spent elsewhere.
My awesome sister-in-law went to a princesses and knight birthday party recently and snagged this castle party prop from her friend. Perfect!

We have lucked out the past two years with awesome weather for Lilleigh's birthday parties. Considering Lilleigh was born in between two ice storms, we really have been super lucky! So I had a craft table set up for indoor fun as well, just in case, we couldn't be outside! The weather ended up being perfect, so the crafts were just a bonus! 
 Every princess and knight need a wand and sword!
We've been talking about her party for weeks, so I was surprised last week when Lilleigh mentioned something about me and Brendon being dressed up as a princess and prince... Thankfully Randi (or really, her mother-in-law, Awesome Susan) came through with Snow White and Prince Charming costumes from her costume ROOM! Lilleigh was so excited to have Mommy match her! Oh and for those of you following me on Instagram, notice that she has a new Snow White dress today! Wahoo! Thanks, Grammy, for buying this way back when! We saved it for something special!


February in Dallas is a little risky to count on an outdoor birthday party, but I took the risk anyway and built (with lots of help!) a castle from refrigerator boxes! It was actually not nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but it's definitely not a one woman job either! On Thursday when a friend and I were building this thing, the wind was knocking it every which way and tearing the rivets out. I prayed and prayed that there would be no wind, rain, or ice for the birthday party, and hooray awesome castle weather!


As someone else already commented, our neighbor Sean really should consider renting himself out for birthday parties. He jousted with Lilleigh and her friend, Tanner, and who knows how many other kiddos! The kids love him. 

I love this photo my friend Lindsay got of Lilleigh! I had Lindsay take photos, and she did an awesome job! I really hadn't thought about the talents and skills of Lilleigh's friends' parents when we made her party invite list, but really we did well! We had a jouster, photographer, multiple castle builders, cake and coffee picker uppers, costume finders... really a great group!

Precious Emma!

Baby Lu! (I guess not so baby anymore...)

My prince charming!


Crafts! The girls decorated crowns and the boys decorated shields.


I also really love this photo Lindsay got!
Singing happy birthday to our birthday girl!
I love this photo of Kendall, and the one below it of Cora!

Sweet Tanner loves his costumes possibly as much as Lilleigh. He had his knight costume ready to go!
Three Snow Whites!
And one more! Adeline was just napping.

Lilleigh and her sweet friend Ava!

Such a daddy's girl! I love it!
Papa Larry made it up for the occasion too! And he and Lil were quite sneaky towards the end of the party, eating the rest of the cake!
It was a super fun third birthday party! I fear that building that castle and then dressing up may have set high expectations for future years! Good think I have a whole year to think about how to top that...