Friday, April 11, 2014

Playing Catch Up...

... I feel like this is what I am constantly doing with the blog. I keep coming up with ideas for ways to keep the blog up to date, but I continually fail.  I can give a list of reasons for why I have not updated this blog in about 5 months, but I am not going to. Instead, I am going to give myself some grace, and finally admit: I am not a good blogger. I want to be, but I'm not. Maybe someday, but not right now. In the meantime, I will give a quick 5 months in review. Here goes:

Leah got cuter.
Bekah got older (11 months).
Leah got to go to her first ODU basketball game.
We had Howell Thanksgiving in Tennessee.
Bekah found out she was going to be a big sister (and wasn't happy about it).
The girls met Santa.
We had our first Christmas in our new home (and Bekah's first Christmas ever!).
Bekah liked all her new toys...
... Leah's toys, too
Leah was able to keep some presents to herself.
We went to South Carolina for Burgin Christmas (the grandkids in age order).
The two youngest got to open Baby Jesus (a family tradition).
Leah got a special present: Baby Kate, her cabbage patch doll.
Bekah turned 1 year old!
She had a special birthday party...
... loved her new baby doll...
... her tea set...
... her farm...
... and her pink cupcake.
It snowed...
... And snowed.
With all the snow, we had to bring the slide into the house
Stephen made a snow angel.
We had lots of fires in our fireplace.
It snowed some more.
We had to start baby proofing.
Baby proofing failed.
We spent Stephen's spring break in Tennessee.
Bekah touched a waterfall.
Stephen tried to fall off of a waterfall.
Bekah met her new best friend - Daniel Tiger.
Mommy snuggled her Leah girl.
Bekah learned how to climb up and slide down all by herself (while no one was looking).
Bekah also learned how to drive.
I reached the mid-point of my pregnancy (20 weeks).
We got to see Baby #3.
It finally got warm enough to go outside and play.
The girls found some audible Easter eggs...
 ... and enjoyed a wagon ride at the beach.
Spring has finally bloomed...
... and we are enjoying all the pretty trees...
... and beautiful flowers.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

10 Months Old!

Our sweet Rebekah Joy is 10 months old! Can it be?! Each day she is coming more and more into her own and revealing her personality to us. She is a fearless, precocious, inquisitive, determined, adorable and silly girl. We definitely have our hands full! In the last month, Rebekah has:
- learned to climb stairs. Let the official baby-proofing commence!
- really taken off with cruising. She has mastered going around corners and transitioning between different pieces of furniture. Sometimes she makes laps around our ottoman in an attempt to find the best way to get to an object in the middle of it.
- started to wave. She sometimes waves her entire arm, sometimes just her fingers, sometimes her whole hand. I guess it just depends on her mood. One of her favorite times to wave is when she is caught doing something naughty, like climbing the stairs, usually accompanied by a sweet smile!
- said her first word (I know I've already said that she said her first word, but it hasn't been consistent. This one is already happening a lot more!) It's usually when she is doing something naughty like trying to get into Pippin's dog bowl (or see above!). When I catch her going towards his bowl and say, "Rebekah, no no!" She usually looks back at me, smiles and says, "nana".
- been playing peek-a-boo with her blanket. She thinks it is the greatest trick and just giggles while playing. It's quite cute!
- figured out how to make silly faces. It typically consists of arching her back, opening her mouth up really wide, and sticking her tongue out.

We love our Rebekah Joy and are so grateful that God has entrusted us with raising her. Her life is an adventure and we are so glad to be part of it.
Trying to be creative with ways to still incorporate the blocks in her monthly pictures...it's pretty tricky!
My new silly face - sticking my tongue out!
I love standing at the door and looking for the big yellow bus to come and bring sister Leah home.
Pretty Rebekah Joy

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Week in Review

It seems like there is always something happening around here, and when I have down time, doing a blog post is usually last on my mind. So, I figured I can try to keep track of some of the major things that have happened during the week and try to do one post a week about those important things to share. So, here goes:

1. Leah lost a tooth! Yes, I know she has already lost teeth, but this time, it's because of the natural developmental process that the body goes through! And technically, this tooth is not the first that fell out naturally, but since we didn't see the first one come out and never found it, we are considering this week's to be the first! :) Seeing as Leah is not even 5 yet, we were a little concerned about her losing teeth, but the dentist assured us that it's okay and that some kids lose teeth early. This momentous occasion was marked with some sadness for us, though. For one thing, Leah doesn't understand what happened to her, and was very upset by the whole situation. And unfortunately, we can't explain to her (in a way that she will understand) that it's normal and okay. Also, we did not do any sort of tooth fairy thing. This is sad for us. It means nothing to Leah, so why do it? These kinds of milestones often bring back up the grief that will always exist for us in knowing that our little girl has a different life and won't do the things that other little girls will do.

2. Rebekah had her nine month check up. She weighed in at a whopping 17 lbs 1 oz, which is about the 28th percentile. Now that may not seem very big, but the doctor called her a butterball! She says that for Rebekah's height (27 1/2", the 30th percentile) and delicate frame, she is very plump. Rebekah did very well at the appointment and hardly cried at all when she got her shots. What a good girl!

3. Rebekah thinks she is a gator! Well, not really, but she does love to growl! Just in this past week, she has started taking turns in a growling conversation with us, and thinks it's just too funny! She is also starting to take turns with other sounds too, but growls are the best.

4. Rebekah is starting to cruise! She has been pulling up to standing for a while now, but in the last week, she has been pulling up on everything, all the time (including trying to stand up in the high chair at a restaurant!) and cruising while doing it. She has even been transitioning from the couch to the coffee table. The doctor said she thinks Rebekah could be walking by Thanksgiving!

5. We went to the pumpkin patch. We found one that gives you a "pumpkin barrow" and clippers to cut your own pumpkin from the patch. The place also had animals to pet, pony rides, hay rides, etc. The girls seemed to have a great time being outside, meeting the animals, and picking pumpkins.

Mommy and the girls with the pumpkin barrow.
"What about this one?"
Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch!
Meeting the piggies. Leah was snorting like pigs!
Leah liked the pony. She said, "pat the pony."
Bekah was fascinated by all the chickens!
Leah loves being outside!
Two sweet girls