Monday, August 31, 2009

back row baptists


We finally went to church on Sunday as a family, and it was wonderful!  The last time I set foot in our church sanctuary before this week was May 31st:  the day before my scheduled induction.  It had been a LONG time, so I was thrilled to see familiar faces, worship my heart out, and hear God speak through our humorous and impassioned minister.  The interaction with "grown-ups" and encouragement in my faith were needed MUCH more than previously realized!

Anniston was an ANGEL.  There was hardly a peep on the back pew the entire service, minus a few grunts at the conclusion due to "wind", as the British affectionately call it.

Looks like we're back in the swing of things!  On the back row at least...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

souvenir


I was given this cooler bag by the hospital in PA:

Just thought I'd share :).


Friday, August 28, 2009

lighter


My entire life, I've lived for the next stage (college, marriage, becoming a parent) thinking that once I reached whatever marker was next, my spiritual life would finally be at the point that I had always dreamed it would be...especially when it came to this stage of being a mom.  

In years past, when I imagined myself in this role, I always thought I would be wiser and stronger than ever before and that everything would be just as it should, but the truth is that I have often felt so weak.  There have been many days when I place worry and fear above my hope and trust in the Lord.  

I wonder if Anniston is eating enough (or so much that she spits up), if she is reaching her milestones on time, and if she is being over-stimulated or under-stimulated.  I fear that giving her the pacifier often will affect her speech, wonder if she is sleeping too little or too long at nap time, and worry that she will be okay during the night.  worry, worry, worry...

But then I hear a whisper in my soul.  

He tells me that He is in control and that He has given me this moment in time to soak up what is good instead of fretting the unknown or the unimportant.

It's been a daily battle, but the fear and worry are dwindling.  I never realized before just how much control I desire and how little control I actually have.  I've been getting into His Word more and rebuking these fears, and I can honestly say that I feel lighter.  That word, light, is the best way I can describe His love and grace right now.  Jesus said "my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)  So true.



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

uncle matt and grandmary



While in Louisiana for our first trip home since our new addition, my brother and Grandmother were able to hold Anniston for the first time!

Anniston and Grandmary

I pray Anniston will grow up to show love with a thoughtful and gentle spirit like my grandmother and that she becomes a prayer warrior much like this woman so dear to me.


Uncle Matt and Anniston 

These two were able to meet at the hospital, 
but this was his first chance to hold her.    
Matthew, I count it an incredible blessing to share my little girl with my "little" brother :).  


Monday, August 24, 2009

birthday wishes


This beautiful woman:

And this beautiful woman:

...both have birthdays this month!  The former, my mom, celebrated her fiftieth on the fifteenth, and the latter, my mom-in-law, celebrates her birthday tomorrow!  

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About the surprise that wasn't:  Although my mom figured something fishy was taking place (the call concerning a fallen tree in her backyard precisely at 6:40pm on her birthday tipped her off just a bit), she was still shocked not only that her suspicions proved to be true but also that so many of her friends and family came to show her their love.



How precious was the cake??

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Anniston says happy birthday GG and Janjan!!!  
Love you both!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

getting out *slowly*


Two month shots are behind us, and a few outings lie ahead!  Anniston had her dreaded (by me, of course) immunizations a week ago, and it occurred to me as I listened to her crying while the nurse was attempting to quickly do what must be the most unpleasant part of her job that this was the most pain I had ever seen my child in...wild, right?  

The pain and tears were short-lived, and now we are able to take Anniston out as long as we do not have big crowds, particularly children, around her.  SO...sad to say...no church nursery for a long while...  BUT, I'm just so glad to get out of the house with her and that we can at least sit on the back pew for now!!  

Our first order of business after the shots was to travel to Louisiana to visit family and to celebrate at my mom's "surprise" fiftieth birthday party!  Will embellish more on that later with pics...just thought I'd at least share a little something today :).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

like father, like daughter


I walked into the room the other night to find this:

And then I ran to get my camera :).
Not staged, promise...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

exciting week


Anniston's incision is completely healed now, so last week she was able to have her first big girl bath!  We forgot the cushion, but she didn't seem to mind :).

She wasn't quite sure what she had gotten 
herself into at first.

But after a lil pep talk...

She seemed to like it!  

No grin in the tub yet, but she didn't cry!  
That's a good sign to me!


Also, since Anniston's breast bone has needed to heal since her surgery, we were not able to pick her up under her arms until last week either!  And for some reason, Stan and I did it on separate days, ha.
Help me!!

And now for the action shots...




Saturday, August 8, 2009

nighttime sleep, take II


Thank you all for your suggestions!  Sorry to be confusing with the last post...partly due to me being confused myself, and partly because I was using some Babywise terminology (e.g. late evening feed; first morning feed) without explaining myself.  

Basically, the gist of what I was attempting to say is that Anniston will sleep 8 hours when put down at 8, but if I wake her for a late evening/dream feed, she will not usually budge enough for me to give her much food (if any at all).  This would leave her sleeping until about 4 either way.  So the issue is not whether she's sleeping through the night...it's that she won't consistently do it in the time frame that I would like.  Not really a big deal, I know.

Oh well, we're trying different things to hopefully make the late-evening feeding work (keeping her up a little longer, doing feed with bottle, etc.), and I will let you know how it goes :).  We actually HAVE  had a couple of nights this week where she ate a lil at 10 and slept until about 5:30, so we have progress!

**Just had to give a shout-out to my sweet cuz, Megan, who had her ADORABLE baby boy Ridley on Thursday!  I'm so glad I get to share this new-mom phase with you, babe!



Tuesday, August 4, 2009

question??


For all of you who are doing or who have done Babywise, I have a question.  Anniston is pretty much on a schedule during the day that starts at 8am (8-11-2-5)...even if I try to alter her schedule, she somehow always seems to get back on this one.  When I put her down at 8pm whether she has awake time or not, she gets into the deepest sleep EVER, and I cannot usually wake her at 10 or 11 for a late evening feed.  Also, when she goes to bed at 8, she sleeps 7 or 8 hours, but when I wake her up for her late evening feed, she only sleeps about 4 hours or so (aka:  last night).  

SO, I know the logical thing to do would be to just let her go to sleep at 8, but I have a hard time going to bed at that time.  The result is me still feeling like I'm waking up in the middle of the night...because I am (3-4am).  I know this isn't that big of a deal and that I really should just be grateful that she's sleeping well, but I was just wondering if any of you had children who did this.  And, if you did...what did you do??  

I also forgot to add that after I feed her at 3 or 4, she barely sleeps when I put her back down, so I feel like I'm messing up her first feed of the day since that first morning feed is more likely to be inconsistent as she starts sleeping longer.  I eventually would love for her to sleep from 8-8 (a dream for now, ha) but not sure if I should keep trying for the late evening feed and move it back as she sleeps longer?  Am I thinking too much??  I think I am.  I'm kind of embarrassed that I even just wrote all of this, but I'm just tired of waking up at 4 and not sleeping well thereafter!  Maybe I should just suck it up and go to sleep at 8...I just love spending those last couple of hours hanging out with Stan.  hmmm

And yes, I was bored the other night and started playing around with the look of the blog.  One thing led to another, and somehow I wound up with a dorky signature.  Humor me, ha...It is all subject to change...   

Hmmm, maybe this all would be resolved if I would just go to bed instead of playing on the computer?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

another day to celebrate


Happy two month birthday, Anniston!  Have we really already been home for a month??  I wish I would have shared what you were up to at one month, but then again, you were pretty much just sleeping!  It’s unreal to think of how much you have grown and learned in such a short amount of time, and I know that over the next several years I will be repeating that same nostalgic but proud phrase often. 

Right now, you are somewhere around nine pounds according to our half-pound increment home scale guesstimation! 

 You are SUCH a good eater!  I think ravenous is the word I most often lovingly use when describing you at mealtime!  Your daddy likes to call you a little chunk, but I don’t know how I feel about that :).

You love to smile, and the length of time between those precious expressions is getting shorter and shorter by the day.  I love to see the sparkle in your eyes when that grin appears.  You smile the most when we read to you…especially the Bible!


You are beginning to really like tummy time, and your head just seems to raise higher everytime I lay you on your belly which is super exciting for me and your adoring dad! 


But sometimes, you are just too tired and prefer to use this opportunity to rest and gaze so sweetly at me.

Speaking of being tired...you have started sleeping about 7 to 8 hours at night, and lately when we lay you down for a nap, you whimper/talk for a few minutes and fall asleep!  It’s been so nice!  But, if you do begin to fuss louder, we cave in and give you your paci :).


You LOVE to sleep on the couch (with a loving eye on you of course and a pillow preventing you from rolling over on the day that you decide to start doing so!). 

You still pretty much hate the swing, much to your father’s dismay, ha.  Maybe the day will come soon when you take to it.

You could probably sit in a poopy diaper all day long, but you will not put up with a wet one. OH, and you LOVE when we put you on the changing table…it’s like you just know that relief is coming!

Lately, when we turn music on, you start to kick your legs and move your arms!  It’s too cute!

You are very "hands-ey" as we like to say.  You love to have your hands by your face when you sleep, you’re constantly raising your hands (to praise Jesus, of course!), and you’re always trying to suck your thumb (or your entire hand).


You are always gazing around the room in awe of something that I cannot see…I’m pretty certain it’s the angels who have been with you from the beginning...


You are such a joy, and your daddy and I love you so much!!


Saturday, August 1, 2009

pray for logan


I just received a forwarded text about a little boy named Logan who is 9 years old.  He just had open heart surgery in Little Rock and is not doing well right now...please pray for a miracle for him.  This message was sent to someone I know by mistake, but I know that God doesn't make mistakes and that He wants us to pray for this boy who is so incredibly precious to Him!