Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

Oh we had a fun weekend together! I hated that Tyler had to work, but he joined in the fun when he could.  (These are out of order, but ain’t got time to fix it…so here are the highlights)

We took her to the waterpark on Memorial Day. It was BUSY but we got there when it opened to get seats in the shade.

She wasn’t sure at first, but ended up loving it.

Some play time in the shade….

I loved our matching blue swimsuits and pink hats.  My best girl.

We were there with the grandmas and cousins. We had a great time!

She wanted to be belly down, but the concrete was rough on little knees….so Kelsey helped her leg surf. ha!

She even took a little nap in the shade. The sun and fun will wear a girl out!

She LOVED when I put her swimsuit cover up on her. LOVED the hood. Big smiles.

She took a nap before we ever got the waterpark. My little frog. We used to call her tree frog as a teeny tiny newbie, and she still sleeps with her knees tucked. 

We did LOTS of playtime with Daddy when he was home. He’s the best. 

We were in Hot Springs on Sunday and she wore her red, white and blue then. I am in love with these sweet rompers. She did great in the hotel. Slept her normal time in the pack and play and was as great girl. 

We got to see family in Hot Springs. We got to play with Uncle Neil…

Family picture time. Love this crazy crew. Gavin is only smiling because he’s bunny-earing his dad. 

Nene and Carl were teaching her how to beat on the table. Girl likes to drum!

We went to Caitlyn’s dance recital in Hot Springs and she got some Nene lovings. 

Saturday morning, she was practically asking for a nap. Just couldn’t hang. ha!

We got to see Aunt Sandy and play together at recital. And how cute is our unicorn romper? LOVE. 

So that was our fun weekend: home, Hot Springs, hotel stay, back home, water park. Lots of fun. She’s so easy going and takes it all in.


33 Week Highlights

33 Week Highlights

This little girl brings so much laughter into our lives. She’s so happy all of the time and is learning such fun things!

These first couple of pictures are from when I was gone to Hanson Day. She had a BLAST with her grandmas and daddy.  Tyler would go to my mom’s to hang after work and help put her to bed. Mom and Nancy played with her during the days. She loved it.

I did get to Facetime her one morning. She was smiley and happy. 

One afternoon, she took a long carseat nap (daycare play wears you out!) and she looked like an angel. So sweet. 

We wore some cute outfits this week! LOVE this cotton candy colored ensemble! (The bow came off before daycare. Ain’t no need for bows there). 

She is LOVING finger foods! She still gets some purees and yogurt and such…but berries are her JAM. This week she loved raspberries and cooked carrot slices.

We attempted the park after dinner one night. Not impressed. We only stayed for like 5 minutes because she didn’t care. ha!

And this cute outfit rounded out the week. Watermelon romper. I die. 

Just crazy fun together. She’s learning to crawl, playing so well with her toys, and working on some tricks (working on “bye bye” and clapping). Love her so much!


32 Week Highlights

32 Week Highlights

This girl is on the MOVE! She’s up on all fours and rocking…and she can army crawl (not quite full crawling yet) but she can get across the room! So crazy! She crawled over to Pippin. The dogs (and their toys) better watch out!

This was taken on Mother’s Day. It was a pretty uneventful day since Tyler was working- so we just did normal church and lunch and naps. We were singing and playing together and had a great day together. I love being her mama.

This was taken on Saturday morning. We planned a surprise birthday party for Grammy, and she played while I cooked breakfast!

This is the face of a baby who woke up at 5 a.m. ready to play. Oh well, more playtime together!

One day last week, she wore her Hanson “Play” onesie. I LOVE it.

The back is PERFECT for our busy little girl. 

Baby planks are the best. (ignore our messy living room…we had done a spray bath after dinner and hadn’t put on jammies yet- hence the towel and jammies.)

I got SUCH CHEESY smiles before daycare one morning. So silly.

Getting so big! Talking so much, so close to crawling (we are still creeping) and saying real words.


Mama Here

Mama Here

I wrote this several nights ago after rocking Remington back to sleep…..


Tonight I held you.

You seemed so big when I picked you up. It took effort.

You woke up early and were crying. You haven’t done that in a while. I gave you a bottle and rocked you. You didn’t want to be held like a baby. You wanted to be upright, chest to chest. You laid your head on my shoulder and grabbed a handful of my hair.

Your other hand curled around my face. Your little fingers wiggled. Those fingers still feel tiny.

I rubbed your back and patted your bottom. I told you, like I always do, our saying for Mama is here to help you-  “Mama here.”

You squirmed.  You don’t love being held too tight for too long. You are independent. You are a mover.

But I held you.  I held you for an hour and a half. I think your tummy was upset. You got pretty upset at one point, but I just kept holding you. Mama here.

When you finally fell back to sleep, you seemed like my little baby again. Your head resting in the crook of my hair, hot like it always is. You’re my portable furnace.

You tucked your little hand into the collar of my nightgown. You like to feel me close. I’m here.

Mama here.

Some days are a challenge.  Some days are long. Some days I’m easily frustrated and tired and overwhelmed. Not always with you.  With work. With life. With things to do. With myself.

Sometimes I’m sad when I have to clear out the clothes you’ve outgrown. Sometimes I’m so proud at how quickly you’re learning that I could burst.

Happy, sad, overwhelmed…I’m here.  I’m here for the “I woke up and can’t sleeps.”  The “I don’t feel goods” and the “It hurts.”  The “I’m too tired to sleeps.”  The “I’m scareds.”  Mama here, baby girl.

And what a privilege it is to be.