Monday, October 20, 2014

Annalise 6 Month Update

*** so old I know. But I finally took the time to add the pictures**.
** I will be on track one day right?***

Oh my gosh y'all, I cannot believe that my sweet Annie girl is 6 months.
Seriously where the heck has the time gone!
I feel like I just brought her home and she was this teeny tiny princess I was now responsible for.

Now, she is a growing sweet angel, with one sweet personality that just shines out of her.
She is always so happy.
Oh, I love it.

I love watching her grow every day.
There are days I come home from work and I say to her, "Annie girl you grew today, I know it!!"
She will just laugh and coo back at me.
Its so sad how fast she is growning but I love it at the same time.

Is it really possible to love a little person as much as I love her?
I feel like my heart can explode sometimes with the love I feel for this little girl.

She is truly the biggest blessing that I have ever known in my life.
She makes our family complete and I love that feeling.
I love knowing that God gave me her to look after, to care for, to teach and for her to teach me.
For me to learn patience, how to guide her to know Him, and to Love Him.
For us to have a bond that only mothers and daughters have.
For me to know the joy of raising a child (I prayed for, for so long)
For me to know the sadness when she is sick when there is nothing I can do but try my best to make the right decisions and to comfort her to feel better.


Annie has hit quit a few milestones this month.
* Her first tooth finally came through about 2 weeks before she was 6 months.
* She can roll both ways now, easily, but still hates, HATES being on her Tummy.
*She is now comfortable sitting with support in her bouncer and her new Jumper-roo.
*She smiles, laughs, talks and says "momamamama" all the time.
*She is so long for her age, in the 97th percentile for height, and only the 16th percentile for her weight. (My tiny string bean)
*She is starting to grab on and hold items in her hands, especially my hair and her bib.
* And oh, the teething. Anything and everything in that girls mouth especially her fingers and her bib, that has now become a permanent staple in her wardrobe.

My Sweet girl.
This next month I pray for you to continue to grow big and strong.
I wish for you to keep learning and experiencing the things around you.
To look at, feel and touch things to sharpen your senses and your wonder.
I hope you continue to like your veggies like your momma does and try new foods easily.
I hope you continue to build your muscles in your legs and arms and tummy so that you will be crawling soon.
And most of all I pray that you and your daddy I will continue to cherish these moments together as I know they are slipping between our fingertips so quickly and you will soon be a mobile baby.

I love you angel girl.


Annalise Faith 10 Months

Oh this sweet angel of mine is giving me a run for my money this month. So many changes so much to remember and talk about!

This month I will say she has develped the most of any stage so far.  She is growing like a little weed. Weighing in at almost 17 pounds now.  Shes just a couple ounces shy.  We are now trying new finger foods. So far she has had ravioli, avacado, bananas, peas, carrots, maccaroni, pizza, bread and anything I can pull off in small pieces during dinner, she has tried.  So far she hasn't turned anything down.  My good little eater!!

Ladies and Gentlemen we officially have a crawler. She is all over the place now.  It took her a good couple weeks to get the notion that she could actually get places besides just scooting around in the living room.  Now I find her crawling to the window seal to pull herself up and look out the window in the living room. She plays with the door stoppers- she loves the noise I guess, so she is always crawling out of my eye sight from the couch.  I think we will be investing in some more baby gates soon!! 

She hasn't learned any more words yet but she sure has the hang of giving anyone and everyone a high five and clapping.  Anytime I say "Yay, Annie!!!" she will clap.  Or is I start signing to her she will clap.  Its so cute.  It seriously melts my heart.  Daddy is super proud that he is the one that taught her how to high five. She also likes to pass objects back and forth.  Aaron will sit with her and hand her a ball or a toy and say "Here ya go!" and she will grab it and then hand it back to him. They can do this for a good 20 mintues before she gets bored and ready for something else.

She isn't too interested in her bouncer or her walker any more.  I will put her in one for some activity now and then but she would much rather be in her high chair playing or eating some star puffs and watching me in the kitchen or just in the living room on the floor playing with the doggies and her toys.

We've had quite the rough month with doctor visits.  She came down with pink eye the labor day weekend and we finally got that under control 2 weeks ago but she still has an ear infection.  This child and her ear infections.  Hopefully after this go round of antibiotics it will go away.  If not her pediatrician has suggested we might see an ENT specialist to see about tubes.  Lord, lets just pray they clear up.

Annalise is seriously such a joy to be around and I love spending every extra second of the day with her.  I went out of town for a long weekend with the girls from work and I was biting at the bit to get home and just snuggle her and cover her in kisses after not seeing her for over 48 hours. Shes such an amazing little person that brings a smile to pretty much anyones face that encounters her.

Now for pictures ( I have been really terrible about taking pictures, I will try better the upcoming months)
first time Annie crawled to me on our bed!!

finally eating pretty much everything on her own!

Enjoying our afternoon walks together!!

Bed time Tickle fun.  We do this every night!!

More tickle fun with Daddy before bed!

DAY 1 FAIL....

Well instead of going to the gym on my lunch break today like I promised, instead I headed to the local mexican restaurant with a co worker and stuffed my face with chips and salsa.

It was a free lunch.  Does that count??


Epic. Fail.


But...ya know what?

Tomorrow is a new day and I will try again.

Enough said.

Don't Judge!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

31- Lifes Just Begun

Life certainly has thrown me some curve balls this last year in turning 30, Life has also been beautiful and life has shown me some tears.
I am now a Mommy to a Beautiful baby girl.
I had a miscarriage in Early July and then another at the end of August.
I have suffered depression on going back to work and leaving Annie and then depression again in losing not only one baby but two.
And I am still struggling to feel "OK" in my new skin as a mom. (stretch marks and all)

As I am wrapping up the final months in my thirtieth year I really want to start focusing on a better me.
My New Motto- "31- Life's Just Begun".
I want to feel better, look better and be a better version of me.
Not only for myself but for my family.
I know they say looks aren't everything but sometimes it does really get to you.
Your clothes feel tight.
You have a little roll the bulges out over the top of your pants.
Nothing fits right.
Nothing looks right.
I sit in my closet looking at all these clothes I just wish would fit right again.

Its those types of things that make me insecure.
Maybe not for everyone, but for me yes.

As you know, I started taking Plexus about 6 months ago.
I love the product.
I feel like I have more energy.
I can actually cook and clean and play with Annie in the evenings now.
I can focus at work and on other tasks at hand.
And, yes, I have lost weight 14 pounds to be exact.


I still feel that I need to do MORE!
I really need to get my butt back to the gym.

So as a promise I am making to myself I am going to get back to it.

In 16 short weeks I will be 31. 
Yikes that sounds kinda crazy right?
Well, I want to be feeling better about my body image by then.
I want to feel better about what I am doing with my time and with my health by then.
I want to read more and watch less TV.
Work out more, and not spend so much time on Pinterest. (My guilty pleasure)
Spend more time on the floor playing w/ my daughter and less time doing dishes and cleaning.

I want to start on this now while she is young so I can get back into a rhythm of having a healthy lifestyle all the while taking care of her and Aaron.
I want to do it now, so that when she is 5 and 6 she is not seeing how awful I feel about my body.
I am her mom, she looks up to me and I know that this could potentially reek havoc on a young girls mind.

Now is the time. 
Now is the Place.

If you'd like to follow along I'd love to have you join me for the ride.

I'll be posting more details about what is up my sleeves!!

Until then....