Week 23 Highlights

Week 23 Highlights

Oh my goodness, time is zooooooming by!

She’s just the happiest, most alert baby girl and we LOVE showing her the world and watching her learn.

She finally had great head control and could try the Bumbo.  So many people put their babies in them too early.  My pediatric therapy friends (and a OT blog I read) warned of Bumbo time too early….so we have put it off. But man, did she enjoy having a table top! She also ate dinner in the Bumbo this night.

Speaking of sitting, she’s working so hard at it! Still a little tripod with her hands down, but she is trying to sit like a big girl. 

Monday night was our 7th anniversary. We went bowling and got sushi to go. It was fun and perfect, and Remi girl LOVED all the lights, TVs and sounds. 

Sweet thing slept during choir practice. The choir and orchestra are SO loud, and I sing high 1st soprano, so I couldn’t believe she was asleep the whole time.


Week 20 Highlights

Week 20 Highlights

Holy cow. 20 weeks.  Where is time going?!

This week was mostly spent snuggling and pushing medicine since Remi had an ear infection. Despite all of that, she was a pretty happy girl most of the time. You could tell when she felt miserable, she was trying so hard to play and be happy. Sweet thing.

Mikey got in on some tummy time. The dogs love her, and she’s really starting to pay attention to them. I love it. All of my babies together!

We had an afternoon where it was 80 degrees (yes, in February!) so we took out the fishing boat. Remi liked being on the water.  She didn’t love her life jacket, though.  And she wasn’t so sure when the fish got too close. ha!

But I think we have a water baby on our hands. She loved looking all around. 

Me and my girl. I’m sure we will spend several days on the lake just like this over the summer.

At church on Wednesday, she slept during choir. Sweet girl. The choir members just eat her up.

Love this naked happy baby!

She LOVES tummy time. She is trying to scoot and grab toys. And of course, everything going in the mouth. 

And just like that, she’s 20 weeks old! Here’s a fun comparison.  20 weeks in, 20 weeks out.

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Date Night to NWA

Date Night to NWA

We snuck away one night last week for a belated Valentine date. I’m so thankful that mom kept Remi for us so we could enjoy some grown up time!

We started the evening at our favorite spot- Kobe for sushi. We got some delicious rolls, and the chef made a smiley face out of this plate!

We happened to be there during Happy Hour, so sushi and drinks were cheap. Holler!

After dinner, we had a little bit of time so we walked around Whole Foods.  We couldn’t really do much shopping since we were about to sit through a show (and I didn’t bring a cooler bag) but we did splurge and get a mini-dessert sampler. You got to pick 6 mini sweet treats. Tyler got a canoli, chocolate macaron and a chocolate tart. I got a salted caramel macaron, raspberry tart, and a key lime cheesecake. They were YUM.

We ended our evening at the newly renovated Walton Arts Center for Circus Oz. They are the Australian National Circus and they are SO GOOD. We saw them years ago and loved it, and this show was even better! Funny, breathtaking…the cast is so talented. (watch a preview video here) It’s sort of like a Cirque show that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. If they come near you, go see them!

We had a great night together.

I’m thankful for this wonderful man. He loves us well, is always encouraging me and I couldn’t imagine this life without him. I’m so thankful for time to connect, laugh and enjoy each other.

 


Baby Dedication

Baby Dedication

Our church does baby dedications differently from most.  Most churches I know do dedications twice a year- Mother’s Day and Christmastime. However, ours does each baby separately.

We do a small prayer ceremony in church, and then a family ceremony after.

(Full honesty, I don’t love the way I look in these pics.  I feel like my face looks round and I feel big. Heck, I am at my heaviest non-pregnant adult weight right now…where I was years ago when I started to lose weight…but I want to be in the pictures. I want to have these memories. I’m happy and I want to be there. So non-flattering pics be damned, I’m in them and I’m posting them. We can’t all look like super models all the time).

Our sweet friend Beth took these pics from the balcony of Remi’s church dedication.

She had a big ol flower on her little head. I loved it!

My sweet friend Brandy came to watch. It’s a blessing to have friends who love your baby.

After church, the whole family came for lunch. Hardly any pics except for this one- Brad holding her for the first time finally! He didn’t have much of a choice, his FIL basically handed him the baby! Yay for cousin Brad!

We went back to church where our pastor did a lovely ceremony for us. He presented us with a Bible for her, a letter to give her when she accepts Christ, served Tyler and I the Lord’s Supper, and then we literally placed her on the alter and the family gathered to pray over her life. Very special.

And then we took pictures.

I love my husband for coordinating his shirt with us.

Our wonderful pastor. He married us, has counseled us through difficult times, and now helped us dedicate our daughter to the Lord.

The whole family. What a blessing to have them all there.

All the dedication means is that she is a gift from God, and we promised to lead her to know Him as she grows up. We were thanking God for her life and promising to raise her in His truth.

Such a special day!