Sunday Funday

 I’ve had a few ideas for blog posts this weekend, but I think I’ll just lump them all in to one nicely organized post.

USAPL

Yesterday we went to your first USAPL meet in Apex, North Carolina. (You’re dad is a USAPL judge, volunteer, and he even competes sometimes!) 

 I think it’s safe for me to say you had a blast. You looked at everyone, met a lot of people, and helped me open up and not be my usual “clammy, self concious, introverted, with a side of nervous diarrhea of the mouth” person I usually am in public. 

You know that saying ‘your children teach you more than you could ever teach them’ (obvious paraphrase) ? Well, it is true. You are helping me overcome one of the hardest things I’ve tried to overcome for a very long time. Thank you. I hope we continue to learn from each other for the rest of our lives. 

French Open – 2016

I love tennis; I’ve loved tennis ever since I took my first (and hopefully not last) trip to Paris. The week I got back to the states the French Open began, and so began my love for tennis. 

Well, this morning we watched the men’s final, and yesterday (before we went to the powerlifting meet) we watched the women’s final. I have to say, the men’s final was such a good game. Very gripping. Leonardo DiCaprio was even in the audience! He has been my favorite…everything…for a very long time. I simply can not get enough of that man! 

Walking & your second tooth

And as you guessed it, as we were watching tennis you were being your usually wild self. Climbing on our leftover luggage. From there trying to climb on the tv stand. Climbing on the front of the tv stand. Playing with the cat. Finding paper to tear and chew on. Toys to play with. Books to look at, tear, and chew on. I love seeing you be so comfortable being yourself. I hope you never lose that. This world can be terribly judgemental and detrimental to uniqueness. 

But, you will be walking soon, and your second tooth has finally cut through. You looked cute with no teeth; you looked cute with one tooth, and you look adorable with two teeth.

  
Love you wild girl.

  

9 month review

It feels like a lifetime ago before you came into my life, yet it has been 9 months earth side, but I’ve known you, felt you, and loved you since January 2015. I couldn’t imagine my life any different than it is today. While there are material things that I wish were different, you are the light of my life, and your happiness and smile give me motivation to make our lives the best they can be. 

Weight: 17 pounds                             Diaper size: 3                                     Clothes size: 3-6 months

Likes

  • You love everything so this part is getting to be a little difficult. 
  • But you are really starting to enjoy playing in the tub. You’ve got bath toys, and you’re starting to figure it out.

Dislikes

  • Seriously the only dislike you’ve had for the past few months is putting on clothes. You love to run around naked, but most of the time I have to wrestle a diaper on you. Running around naked is your favorite. Running around in your diaper is your second favorite thing. 

Favorite Foods

You love to eat. You love to eat everything! I’m so glad that if I give you choices you eat all of them not just a few. You might eat your favorites first, but you’ll eat all of your food. 

 

Like I said, you love to eat, and you love green beans. 

I love you. 

you + me 

I was going through old pictures today at my grandma’s house (as I often do) and came across this picture of me. 

 
It reminded me of you. Let me be honest, everything reminds me of you. 

  

Our short, blond baby hair, our dimple, our bottom baby teeth, our chunky little baby hands, our baby smiles. You look so much like me, but I can see your Dad in you. 

You are the sweetest, and I love everything about you.

-Mom

Friendship

The truth is, Love Bug, your mom is a terrible friend. At this time in my life I’m not sure why I’m a terrible friend. It could be a number of things, but I think it mainly consists of my lack of want for friends in the first place. 

I used to have a lot of friends, but in my mind I’ve been disappointed in failed friendships in the past so I stop seeking them for fear of yet another rejection. I have a really hard time getting close to people, letting people in, and trusting people. So, when I get rejected it stings more personally then it should. It seems like if I’m not dropping someone and really commit to the friendship they drop me. It’s a weird cycle I haven’t figured out yet. 

I wasn’t given many (if any) life tools. I really hope to teach you as many as I can so that you can be a confident, successful, level-headed adult. I have had to either teach myself or learn even the most basic life skills from your father.

Crazy, I know. But this all leads to why I don’t, you don’t, and your dad doesn’t have a relationship with my parents. That’s a conversation for another time. As I’ve stated before, everything I do is in your best interest. Please remember that if you ever think I’m being unfair or can’t quite figure out a situation.

I believe having friends is an important part of life. I believe friends are beneficial for a well-rounded life. So, I hope you will learn how to be a good friend. That is something I may never figure out.  Maybe you might help me become a better friend one day. 

But for today my motto on friendship is “no expectations; no disappointments”. 

   
I hope we’ll always be best friends.

8 month review

Hey Love Bug! It’s time for your monthly review, and you’re already 8 months! I know I’m doing the bare minimum here lately with your childhood memory blog. I’m trying to do better. But, I am soaking up every minute with you in real life!

 You are growing so fast, and you are so wild, so curious, so determined, so loving, and so sweet. 

I let you grow at your own pace. I let you do (most) things on your own terms. My philosophy is you will let me know when you’re ready for things and you really have. So, as your mom, I support, love, and encourage you as grow. 

I parent you so that you will become an independent, self-confident, comfortable, and successful adult. If you’re these things at 18, great. If you’re these things at 28, that’s okay too. I’ll be here to encourage, guide, be a shoulder to cry on, and be a rock to lean on until the day I die. I will be here for you whenever you need me. You’re my baby today, and you’ll always be my child. 

Please remember I am human and make mistakes. My intentions hold only good will and love. So, when I make a mistake please forgive me. My love is unconditional and your best interests are always my first priority. 

Happy First Mother’s Day

Weight: 17 pounds                            Clothes size: 0-3 months                (almost 3-6)                                          Diaper size: 2 (almost 3)

Likes

  • Crawling – you’re zooming around
  • Trying to walk – you’ve almost got it! You stood up on your own the other day with no support! Just you and a DVD case. 
  • Being adventurous
  • Eating carpet
  • Eating any and all food
  • The cat – you two are serious buds

Dislikes

You really don’t have many dislikes! I know as you get older these will develop. So, I’ll cherish these day to day easy going times. 

Oh, and before I forget you’re getting your first tooth! You’re doing great with it. 

  
 
Love. You. 

7 month review

You’re seven months old! Is this even life? You’re growing up so fast!   

The days are long,

But the years are short

They aren’t kidding! You’re truly a delight, and my heart is so full. You have given my life purpose and meaning. I often ask myself what I was even doing with my life before I had you. 

Weight: 16 pounds                         Diaper size: 3                                       Clothes size: 0-3 months

Likes

  1. Smiling
  2. Laughing
  3. Cuddling
  4. Your toys
  5. Smashing your toys
  6. Any and all food
  7. Reading books
  8. Waking up beside your dad and me

You live your life carefree, determined, and full of love. I love that about you.

Dislikes

You are a generally easy going baby who doesn’t really dislike much except for the obvious “duhs”: being sleepy, being hungry, having a ridiculously dirty diaper, etc.

 Love you sweet girl. 

6 (and a half) month review

I’m a little behind on your monthly review. Last month I was early. Such is life!

 I don’t think much has changed in a month. You’re such a happy loving little baby. You love smiling, laughing, cuddling. You’re perfect. 💙

Weight: 15 pounds                          Diaper size: 2                                       Clothes size: 0-3 months

Likes

  • Crawling
  • Bath time
  • Toys
  • Tags are so last month
  • This month it’s shoe strings, carpet, and air vents 
  • Any and all food
  • Our cat 

  Just a funny/cute picture I snapped of you two. You love him; he loves you. 
Dislikes

  • Being on your back

There’s not much you dislike, but you do hate when you’re on your back getting a new diaper or getting dressed. You’re wild, and you can’t be tamed. 

  
Stay wildly curious my sweet baby 💙 Mom

5 month (already?!) review

Bbins, you’re five. months. old. I can’t believe it. You are turning from a newborn to a little girl. You are so sweet and you are so wild. I love it. 

Weight: 12 pounds (around)             Diaper size: 1                                      Clothes: newborn & 0/3 months

*you don’t get weighed until next month. So, I guesstimated.                   **I’m still squeezing you in to newborn onsies. They are a little short, but 0/3 onsies are too loose. You do wear 0/3 pants. Long legs. Long arms. You’ll have that issue until you stop growing. I definitely did. 

Likes

  1. Smiling
  2. Screaming – you love hearing yourself in all your octaves and all your volumes
  3. Holding my hand
  4. Bathtime has been upgraded to licking water that falls down your face
  5. Sitting up
  6. Rolling around 
  7. Trying to walk – your motto seems to be “why crawl when you can walk?”
  8. Tags all shapes all sizes

Dislikes

  1. Crawling 
  2. Tummy time has always been a dislike of yours, but you love it now

Foods you have tasted                           You are incredibly interested in food and just love to watch people eat. You’re almost ready to start eating, so I let you taste foods from my plate.

bananas, Granny Smith apples (which you love), cantelope, olives, spinach, goat cheese, green beans. Your dad even snuck in a scant taste of ice cream which I was against. 

  Your dad picked out this Woody for you. Your love for him was instant. Love you big girl! 
❤️Mom

my birthday + firsts

It was my 27th birthday the other day, and it was great! There wasn’t anything out of the ordinary fantastic about it, but it was one of the best because I got to spend it with you! 

It was a Wednesday, so it was filled with our normal weekday shenanigans: laundry, meals, naps, daytime tv until Dad got home. Then, we went out for dinner (mushroom and spinach quesadillas for me), piddled at Target, and then went home. Like I said, nothing crazy!

  Here we are at Target. You’re totally in to it.
I’ve been wanting to post a light-hearted list of labor & delivery and overall pregnancy firsts. So, now is a better time than never.

  1. Second time ever getting my blood drawn. It seriously used to freak. me. out. 
  2. First IV 
  3. First epidural
  4. First stitches (delivery tear)
  5. First hemmarhoid
  6.  First hospital stay

I know there are more, but these are all that are coming to me. All these were scary for me, but definitely worth it! I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

  Totally. Worth. It. 
Love you Baby Girl                                 -Mom