Happy Spring.

Loving painted toenails and flip flops! :)

I am pretty tired right now, but wanted to post some pics of Annabelle from the weekend. and a little video!! :)

My sister sent Annabelle a Snow White costume. I love it. Do 10 month olds like to play dress up?

On my birthday...Looking adorable...

She fell asleep while daddy pushed her around in the stroller to let momma shop.

Annabelle was incredibly entertained in the mirror while we were shopping. So adorable.



Like my background? I have had it all week for my Birthday week! :) The week was MOSTLY uneventful, which I am not complaining about. Since this blog is supposed to be about Annabelle, I will talk about her first...
(If you dont want to hear about the icky poos of children, stop reading now.) Annabelle has spent the last 10 months of her life very healthy and well. She had a rough start to life, being in the NICU and all. But since, she hasnt really gotten sick. (knocking on wood). She also is not much of a crier or a fussy baby really at all. She is generally happy and content. I mean, of course, she has her moments where she is frustrated, uncomfortable, hungry, or just plain cranky, but generally just enjoys life and it's adventures. Adventures which are ALWAYS new to a child.

So, all this to say, when she does have moments when she is extra cranky or fussy, we usually know it means something must be wrong. I can read her cries (I think). About a week and a half ago, she was up quite a bit at night super fussy, and her cry sounded sad and uncomfortable. (Here's where the mommy, poopy talk comes in) She was trying to go and looked like she couldnt. That was the start of a week where she had NO problem going and actually, one day, i didnt think she would stop pooping. :( She had a little stomach "bug" or virus or something. we arent sure. She had no fever, and her days were very normal for her. she was not uncomfortable and played and acted like nothing was wrong. It was just momma who was on her toes to keep a NOSE out for any potty pants. It seems this week, her body turned on a clock that at 4:00 a.m. it was time for an icky poo. ha. she went back to sleep really well after being changed, so I am thankful for that. OK, anyway, one day, after seeing blood, I just got concerned that it had been over a week with unnatural poopy. We took her in, and then i got to do somehting I have never done, and collect some from diapers to bring back to the doctor's. ( we will have results next week to see if anything major was going on). It's funny how as SOON as you go to the doctor, things get better, and then there is no more concern. huh? seems like the day after the doctor visit, Annabelle was back to normal, once, maybe twice a day, normal looking diapers. But, I am glad I took her in, and now we will know if it was a bug or a virus, or a parasite. yikes.

Ya know, I dont think any of my readers will be at all interested in this post. Its not that exciting, and a little gross. So i am basically writing in my public journal for me to look back on someday. I like writing in here about things, simple or big. I will someday look back after these days are the past and remember specific feelings or thoughts in the mommyhood adventure. :) So, thanks for maybe "putting up with it".

ALSO, I have to remind myself of one milestone reached this week by my babe. She went from being on her hands and knees into sitting. Makes me so happy. of course, she has not done it since, but I saw it! And then she looked at me with confused eyes, when i leaped out of my seat and threw my hands in the air, saying, "Yay Annabelle!!!!" I get so excited when she meets goals. Our OT has been waning her to come into sitting on her own. Actually, I will boast a bit about how proud our OT was of her at the last visit. She was so impressed with how much stronger and independent Annabelle has gotten in just a month. I am with her every day so I might not see things that she sees. But, I remember when our goal was just to get her to lift up her head when she was on her tummy. We have come a long way. :)
( by the way, someone on FB was complaining this week about moms "bragging" about their children. It got under my skin a bit. I would like to say that I am proud to "BRAG" about my child, and I am also SO encouraged to hear other moms brag about their children. I dont actually see it as bragging. that is NOT the word I would use for it. I have been encouraged to see Mommy posts on facebook of milestones and goals reached. I have been encouraged to read blogs of both achievements and set backs. I have been encouraged to even read the major challenges that mommyhood carries. Sure, it may make us as moms feel bad when we see another child reach a milestone months, maybe years before our own child, but I want to be able to share in the joy with that mom. I have struggled with this myself in only the 10 months of Annabelle's life. Seeing other babies younger than her doing things that she is not. But, way to go, other mom. How fun for you. I dont think you are "bragging"! And, really, that's life. No one is exactly the same. Please, remind me of this someday when I might be discouraged about my own child.)

OK, ANYWAY!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to me!!!! Happy Birthday to me!!!!!! yep, today is my 28th birthday!! If this year is anything like this last year, then I know it will be amazing!!! :)

since yesterday was my husby's day off, he took me and Annabelle out for family day. Starting with breakfast at my fave breakfast place, and a chocolate chip pancake the size of the plate!!! :) It was a great day!


High Hopes

I LOVE coming across videos and stories like this! This gives me SUCH high hopes for our little girl. :)



Pat A Cake

We all know how in love with my sweet daughter I am. And we all know how PROUD of her I am. AND, I wish I could take credit for all she is learning. Craig and My mom began teaching Annabelle "SO BIG". And now my mom has taught her "Pat a Cake". So, here is a video of these precious tricks.....

What a cutie! :)

Hope youre enjoying your week!


It's late and I should be asleep. I'm going to bed with a really heavy heart. A friend of mine from high school lost his mother suddenly last night. My heart is breaking for him and his family right now.

For me, today was a regular Saturday. But, the overall mood and thoughts were not. I thought about him all day and prayed.

When u hear news like this, it does make you think about how fleeting life is. And it makes you think about your loved ones. I cherish the relationships in my life. I hold people so close and dear to my heart. I love so much and so strong that it just hurts.

My heart is overwhelmed and so heavy with love and with hurt.

Jesus, thank you for LOVE. Without it we would not understand You. Our minds and hearts cannot fathom the depths of love that you have for us. We will never FULLY understand you or your ways. But, thank you for LOVE on earth.

Please love on my friend a little extra.


Happy Snow Day, Texas

It actually snowed. I heard that it might, but didnt believe it. I woke up this morning and peeked out the window, and was surprised to see snow covering our back yard. :) Exciting, friends. Exciting. Sure sure, it's no snow compared to what "real" snow is. But, don't laugh. Don't steal our joy for a day by laughing at us and the way Texans react. ha! Let us enjoy it for a day!

(molly wanted to see snow, too)

In other, way more exciting than snow news, we have a new niece! Born on Feb.2. She is beautiful. I cant wait to meet her and kiss her sweet sweet little nose. I love her. Welcome, Gwyneth!

Look how excited Annabelle is about her new cousin!



Happy February!
I love this month.

Sunday was around 80 here I think. Yesterday, we were playing in the park.
Right now it is about 20.

I am glad to be in Texas. :)