June 17, 2010

Dear Lily: Today you are Six Months Old!

Posted in Baby at 9:15 am by Jennifer

Dear Baby Girl,

I can’t believe the time that has gone by.  How did you turn six months old?  It seems like just yesterday that you were in my belly, not knowing if you were a boy or girl.  And then, you were born and were this precious little newborn.  I was so happy to find out you were a girl.  My Lily Eileen!  Then, it was Christmas, followed by six weeks, then three months, then four months, and now six months old!  How is this possible?

You are so beautiful!  You are the perfect mixture of your daddy and I.  You have big beautiful eyes and the best smile.  Lily, you are so precious.  When you wiggle as I change your clothes or you accidentally get your Rockin’ Elmo playing, it just makes me realize how much I love you.  You are the best blessing I could ask for.

Thanks for being my baby girl and happy half birthday to you!

Love,

Mommy

June 14, 2010

Grief for Lost Little Ones

Posted in Baby tagged , , at 9:25 am by Jennifer

Tears for a Tiny Lost Life

I found this blog entry this morning while perusing bloggymoms.com, and I was moved by this post.  I don’t know the situation, but I do know that a couple lost their precious baby boy while seven months pregnant.  I felt moved to link back to her blog, written by a friend of the couple.  Read it.  Its good!

I can’t think of anything harder than losing a child.  I have some dear friends who have lost children, only to be incredibly grieved myself by their loss.  My heart still goes out to them, and I  hold them up in prayer often.

I think we should all be grateful for our children.  We should hold them tight, and thank the Lord for our little ones.  I know that I do every day for Lily.  I am so blessed to have her.  Someday, when she is driving me crazy as a willful toddler, I need to remember to always be thankful for her.  Everyday, I need to love her more and more.

June 10, 2010

High Chairs, Exersaucers, and Carrots

Posted in Baby tagged , at 12:16 am by Jennifer

This week so far hasn’t been too eventful.  On Sunday, I emailed a lady about a high chair and another lady about her exersaucer.  I found the ads on Craigslist.  I haven’t really used Craigslist before, but now, I can say that I’m a fan!  So, on Monday, I picked them up.   Lily isn’t ready for the high chair yet, but she loves her exersaucer.

It took her a few minutes to get the hang of it, but she just loves sticking everything in her mouth.  Too cute!

On Tuesday, I watched a friend at a playgroup give her little one some baby food and realized that I am giving Lily food correctly…just not having enough patience with her.  So, I gave her carrots and she loved them.  Or more, wore them!

The poor thing had carrots in her hair and even up her nose a little bit.  It was fun.  This evening, we tried sweet potatoes again, and she just loved them.  I am going to start making her food, as I want to save some money as she consumes more of it.  Before, I really didn’t know what I was doing, so it took us a whole month to get through one jar of sweet potatoes.  She finished it tonight.

Being a mom is the best.  It takes some patience, but I wouldn’t trade it.  Plus, that sweet little face is priceless!

June 2, 2010

My Personal Little Miracle

Posted in Baby tagged , , at 5:03 pm by Jennifer

A year ago yesterday, we had our first ultrasound to see our little Lily.  I was 10 weeks pregnant, so she was just the size of a strawberry at the time.  I remember when the technician placed the doppler on my belly and saw her for the first time.  It was crazy.  She was so tiny, and it was awesome watching her wiggle her arms and legs.  I was thinking thoughts like, “Am I really pregnant with that?  So, that’s the thing that is sucking all the life out of me!”Tiny, tiny Lily

Now, a year later, I am amazed at this little person.  She is a bit bigger, weighing in at about 15 pounds.  She is probably 25-26 inches long…I can tell you more at her 6-month doctors appointment in 2 weeks.

What amazes me is the constant ways that she grows and changes.  Now, she holds her feet and eats them, grabs toys and chews on them, and she is constantly growing in her awareness of the world.  All the time, I am greeted with her precious smile.  She will laugh when her daddy and I laugh sometimes, and she loves it when I kiss her on the cheek.  I think she’s also starting to teethe, as she’s been a bit fussier lately.

The bond between mother and daughter is so strong.  I would give my life for her, and I adore everything about her.  I never thought that having a child would be this amazing.  I know its not always going to be easy…just well worth it.

May 22, 2010

Guaranteed weight loss I don’t recommend

Posted in Baby tagged at 8:06 pm by Jennifer

Here’s a formula for you:

Stomach flu + no food in + breastfeeding baby – food out = guaranteed weight loss

Plus, you don’t want to eat much the next day, even when you are feeling tons better.  The joys of being sick!  I was under the weather yesterday, and am much better today.  Fortunately, though, I didn’t feel too bad and nobody in the family got it.  Thank goodness!  I really don’t want to deal with a sick hubby or baby too!

And tomorrow, I am hoping to go to eat like normal and of course, go to church.

May 13, 2010

Why did we wait?

Posted in Baby, Family at 11:54 pm by Jennifer

I was thinking earlier about how Michael and I waited five years to have Lily.  Five years!  That is a really long time to wait to have a baby.  True, I was dawning on my 22nd-year when we tied the knot, but that is a long time.  I just wasn’t ready.  I decided that I wanted to wait and work for a few years.  I wanted to travel and buy a house, blah, blah, blah…

Well, we bought the house.  We paid off all of our debt, and we even got our emergency savings built up.  I worked in a lab for four years as a lab technician (I went to school for Ceramic Engineering…I didn’t even work in the same field as my degree), which was an okay job.  We went on a cruise and a vacation to Gulf Shores, AL.  I got to go on a mission trip to Mali and Haiti.

When I look at my sweet baby girl, who is snoozing in her swing, it makes me wonder why.  She is absolutely precious – just a joy to my heart.  I worked in a job that I didn’t really like that much so that I could buy things.  Things that don’t compare to what we have in Lily.  We sold the house and lost almost $20,000 on it, and now we are saving from scratch for another house.  Yet, I still get to stay home.  Savings are slower, but I get to be home.  I never miss a minute with my precious one.

I don’t necessarily regret waiting itself, just the reasons for our waiting.  If you feel God leading you to wait to have children, that is between you and Him.  I fear that we waited out of selfishness and fear.  Not worth it.

May 11, 2010

Baby Cereal In = Baby Cereal Out

Posted in Baby at 3:01 pm by Jennifer

Baby cereal is nasty stuff.  You take not-so-yummy breastmilk and mix it with cereal, and presto chango, you get baby cereal!  And an almost-5-month-old baby doesn’t quite realize that she needs to swallow it.  I put it in and slowly, it all comes out.  Such is the life of a momma trying to introduce solid foods.  Someday, she will swallow it.  So instead of finishing her cereal breakfast, I laid her down for a nap.  And conk out she did!

May 10, 2010

Crying More than My Little One

Posted in Baby at 8:27 pm by Jennifer

We had Lily’s Baby Dedication today at LifeChurch.tv yesterday.  It was awesome!  Before we entered the sanctuary, as we were entering, during the dedication, and while praying, I couldn’t stop crying!  I don’t know what it is, but I couldn’t help but cry.  To me, it is meaningful to say before the church that we are going to raise her up before Christ.  Its spiritually significant in both her life and ours.

So, I cried more than my little one (who was calm as can be).  Kind of sad.  But that is who I am.

Michael, Lily, & I

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Posted in Baby at 2:05 pm by Jennifer

This is my first Mother’s Day!  There is nothing quite so sweet as holding my little 4.5-month-old baby girl.  Her smiles and laughs and cooing are just amazing.  I love breastfeeding her.  I love watching her grow and develop.

A year ago, we told our family that we were pregnant, and of course, everyone was excited!  It took us 8 months to get pregnant, and I should never take it for granted for a minute that I have a little one.  I know of some women who have lost their babies, and needless to say, it’s heart wrenching.  I am just so blessed to have Miss Lily, who is currently sitting in her Bumbo in the rocking chair, talking to us.  I love it!