Thursday, May 20, 2010

First trip to the beach

It's been a while since I've blogged. We've been very busy. Last week I started back to work. It has been great to be back at work, but I really miss Everleigh while I'm there. I think it's good for me though. Everleigh is staying with our very good friend, Katie, so I know she is very well taken care of. We have no worries about her when she's with Katie, which is amazing!

These pictures are of our trip to the beach the week before I went back to work. We stopped in Birmingham on the way down b/c John, my brother-in-law, was graduating. Happy Graduation, John!! You'll be a wonderful lawyer, with how stubborn you are!!
We had a great time down at the beach. It was nice to be able to relax a little before work started back. We even got to see a movie, which we were proud of with a 3 month old! We tried to play putt-putt, but it was raining. It was a really fun, much-needed trip.

Isabella had ice cream and was very excited!!
Mimi with Everleigh. Her shirt says "If Mommy won't, Mimi will"
She was in the hospital with chest pain, but is doing much better right now.

Everleigh's adorable cow outfit from Adam and Kim - Thanks guys! We LOVE it!!
Out to eat at Lulu's

First trip to the beach - VERY short. It was really hot!

I love this jumper. She has the cutest little watermelon bottom! Thanks Aunt Christy!

Ready to go!

Daddy and his girl

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's day

Cody made my first Mother's Day very special. I got some great gifts from my sweet little girl and from my sweet husband. I felt very loved and appreciated.
Mother's Day has been really hard for me the past few years since my mom is not around. I knew this year would be just as hard, but also great in a new way. Being Everleigh's mom is the greatest thing in the world. I know every new mom feels this way, but I feel like no one else could possible love their baby this same way or as much as I love her. My heart just pours out with love for my baby and my husband. I feel so lucky and blessed.
Before my mom passed away, she told me that she had done everything she ever wanted because she had a Christy and a Lauren. I cried when she told me because it was one of the sweetest things anyone had ever said to me. Now, I truly understand. She didn't say because she had 2 children - she used our names. She was fulfilled b/c she had us, not just any 2 kids. I feel the same way about Everleigh. I am more than fulfilled by being her mom. This is all I've ever wanted and I wake up every morning feeling like each day is a gift from God just by having her and Cody in my life.
Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful mother friends! I pray you all feel like I do about your amazing families!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

3 months!

We had her 3 month pictures made and here are a few of them:

It really goes by quickly! Everleigh is now 3 months old. She gets more and more fun every day and when I think I can't possibly love her any more, I do! It's amazing! Here are some things she's doing now:
  • she goes any where from 9 to 11 hours between feedings at night
  • naps are not so great, but we are working on them. She takes 2-3 naps that are about 45 minutes each; sometimes a little longer, but not usually
  • she is not crazy about tummy time, but we do it a few times a day anyway. She starts fussing after a few minutes and we're done
  • she has great head and neck control and loves to look all around while we walk around the house
  • she laughed for the first time a few nights ago. She was laughing at me making noises with my mouth and silly faces and then she started looking at Cody like "Ok, Daddy - your turn!" and then she was laughing at him. This is the BEST sound I have ever heard!
  • she LOVES her daddy. I love hearing all the noises she makes when he gets home and I know it makes his day, too
  • she smiles all the time - even when it's nap time and bed time. It's very hard not to smile back when you know she needs to sleep!
  • she's wanting to stand now (with us holding her under the arms of course - I do not actually think she is trying to really stand or walk or anything like that!) about as much as she wants to lay down. Getting ready for the big bouncy toys!
  • she still loves to be read to on the floor. She'll grab a hold of my hair and pull and coo and kick while I read. To Cody, she just hits his face a lot instead of grabbing hair, but same thing
  • she eats about every 3-4 hours while awake and is nursing for longer than she was (about 30 minutes each feeding). The last feeding is at least 45 minutes and sometimes an hour. This is about 6 feedings per day.
  • she still loves to stick out her tongue all the time. She has done this since she was first born and it hasn't gotten old yet!
  • she gets over-stimulated pretty easily. If I have her out for too long or there are new people around for too long, she gets very fussy and just wants me or Cody and a quiet place. She likes her "alone time" where we put her in her swing and don't talk to her for a little while. If we're at home all day and it's just us, we can play all day, but anything outside of our typical day at home really throws her off.
  • she only usually cries to eat in the morning now. Any other time, she will be hungry and still smiling at you.
  • she still loves the car as long as it is moving. She either looks out the window or falls asleep, but she is staying awake a lot more now.
  • she loves her bouncy seat and the animals that are attached to it. This is great for me because I can do things like make dinner or shower while she plays and is completely happy.
  • she has grown out of her 0-3 month clothes, which was very sad for me. I would be even more sad if she weren't growing, but growing out of clothes means she's getting older and bigger and I want her to stay where she is! I wasn't sad for very long, though - I love her summer clothes!
Being Everleigh's mom is so wonderful and fun. I can't wait to see what the next three months brings!