Thursday, July 19, 2012

What have we been up to?

July has been quite the month! One of the best things about having Kayleigh is:

  1. Getting to experience all of her firsts, especially holidays
  2. Dressing her up in outfits that obnoxiously tell you its her first holiday
Which means obviously I had to dress Kayleigh up for 4th of July this year and take a bunch of pictures. Her grandpa bought her a onesie that said "My First 4th" and I paired that with a super cute headband that had a red, white, and blue flower with a flag on it. Then I posed her on the couch with Mickey Mouse for the obligatory photo shoot! 

Kayleigh is smiling and laughing so much these days but it's always been hard to catch on camera. That is when we employ the fart noises tactic and it gets her smiling every time!

I absolutely love that she has Eeyore's ear in this photo because it is a perfect depiction of her right now.  Grab whatever is closest and try to put it in her mouth. 

And one more smiley for good measure! I can't get enough of that sweet face!

On another picture note - Kayleigh's Great Grandma Turner made her a hand made sweater, hat, booty, and blanket set which would have been perfect since she was born in March. Unfortunately we received the package in late April and it was too hot for Kayleigh to actually wear it outside of the house.  So I staged a photo shoot in our home with the AC on to share with Great Grandma and she loved the photos so much it is now her desktop background (I mean, why else wouldn't it be?!)

I swear this kid could be smiling and giggling up a storm but as soon as she sees the camera her charm turns off. SIGH

Love those chubby cheeks!

My final photo note is about Kayleigh's swimming pool.  We decided that she needed to get used to being in the water and with the weather hitting over 100 degrees every day we thought a baby pool would be a great option (especially since she is still too small for real swimming pools and swim diapers). 

She wasn't so sure about this water thing...

And in the end I think Drew liked it more than she did. But check out that sweet slide and the dragon head that shoots out water! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's OK Thursday Link Up

I haven't done a link up in a long time.  And I haven't done this link up yet but it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a go!

It's Ok

To let your baby entertain herself in her crib every morning to enjoy a few extra moments of sleep (as long as she isn't crying of course!).

To listen to Eric Church's song "Springsteen" on repeat because it is your current jam.

To spend your entire weekend catching up on dvr'd TV shows such as Hells Kitchen and Master Chef.

To start planning a trip to Disney World for your daughter's first birthday which is still 7 and a half months away.

To keep taking candy from the bowl by the front desk at work that is intended for visiting clients.

To buy a walker for your baby in the shape of a car because you think it looks cool.

To spend $30 on ingredients for a British Trifle because your husband saw it on Master Chef and wanted you to try making it for him. 

To defrost salmon for dinner only to return it to the fridge in favor of shopping and Wendy's.

To always buy something for your kid every time you are out. 

To drink hot chocolate on a summer day. 

To write a blog while at work.

Surprisingly this was a lot harder than I thought it would be! :-) But you know what? It's ok!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Time Is A Thief I Would Rob

There is a song on Lady Antebellum's most recent album called Heart of the World.  This song is a perfect description of Andrew and I's life together. 

I leave him sleepin' as I rise early
Always up before the dawn
The house is dark, but I see clearly
Kettle sings a morning song
The bacon's frying, baby's crying
I soak up the sights and sounds
Minutes turn to days and I wish that I could slow it down

I feel like this couldn't be more true right now.  Kayleigh is four months old and growing and changing so much every day. I wish there was a pause button sometimes. I can't believe how amazing she is and how much she has changed in these four short, but fast moving, months. 

Her milestones:

  • She can roll over both ways - she started rolling from her back to her tummy around three months of age.  This past weekend she surprised us when she stuck her tiny little butt in the air, swung her hips around, and flipped onto her back. And now its a battle to keep her in the position we want her in. She is ALL over the place. Before I know it she will be crawling and I'll be chasing her all over the house. 
  • She can grab and put things in her mouth like a champ. Anything she can get her hands on goes right into her mouth. I put her teething ring or her piglet rattle in front of her face and she reaches out, grabs it, and pulls it to her mouth. I can put it down on her bouncy or on her Bumbo table and she will pick it right up and bring it to her mouth. The other day Teddy got a little too close and Kayleigh reached out, grabbed him by his fur around his neck and tried to put his whole face in her mouth.  It was hilarious, although Teddy didn't seem too amused. 
  • She is laughing and giggling and chattering away.  Its amazing to hear her talking to her toys or yell at them in frustration when they move just out of her reach and she can't grab them. Her personality is really starting to come out and I won't lie, the kid has a temper! My favorite moments are in the morning when she wakes up and I go into her room to pick her up.  She is always swaddled and as I reach down to unswaddle her and free her arms, she stretches so big and gives me the biggest smile. She loves smiling and chatting with you while laying on the changing table getting a new diaper. And she really loves to watch TV and talk to everyone that is "talking to her."  She already thinks everything revolves around her.  Those people talking on TV? Oh they are totally talking to her! I feel like she always saves her biggest smiles for me when I get home from work and give her kisses. I can't wait to hear "I love you mommy" for the first time. 
  • She knows her name.  When you say "Kayleigh, over here" she always turns her head to look at you. 
  • She has a funny sense of humor.  She thinks burps and fart noises are the funniest thing ever.  I know now when I want her to smile for a picture all I have to do is pretend to fart and she collapses in giggles. 
  • She is all around a happy baby.  Now that we've figured out her schedule (eating every three hours or so and two naps a day) she is quite content and happy. Very rarely do we have fussy days or meltdowns. The last time she was super upset was when she had her four month check up and she had to get her shots. I almost started crying with her watching her tiny face scrunch up in pain. She will happily sit in her bouncer, watching The Mickey Mouse Club or lay on her play mat grabbing her "friends" and pulling them to her mouth. 
My little Kayleigh bug is now 11 lbs, 14 ounces.  She has almost doubled her birth weight. She is 23 and a quarter inches long - averaging about an inch a month in growth.  She is a tiny little thing, with a big personality and motor skills improving by the hour. I watched a video of her coming home from the hospital and couldn't believe how unbelievably tiny she was. I miss her being that tiny but my heart swells every time she learns something new. I just wish these summer days would seem longer so we can enjoy this time even more with our baby girl. Before I know it I'll be packing her up for college, crying my eyes out.