Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our Gracie Girl, Four Months Old

{Forgive my late post and lack of Moby picture. Life happens! Will update soon!}
Four months old and in my opinion, one of the sweetest months of the first year. Deliciously happy, adorably squishy, sleeping through the night but not mobile! Oh how I love this girl. From the top of her spiky haired head to the bottom of her lint ridden toes. I just can't get enough of her or her eyes that seem to be hinting to be BROWN!
This last month has brought with it so many big changes for our girl. For one, she is sleeping consistently through the night and taking two very predictable and looooooong naps during the day. And she does all of the above from her own crib. The time finally came for our Gracie-Girl to move on to her nursery-which by the way is finally painted an oh-so-soft-shade of pink. But while the painting is done, not much else is. Her room is still what we call a WIP {i.e. Work In Progress} but we are making progress. Slowly :) Our girl doesn't seem to mind, though, even if it does make her momma a little nutty.
Our little thumb sucker is still sucking away. Usually when she gets hungry or sleepy. It's almost always accompanied by a slurping sound and a river of drool. This month we also took her out of her swaddle. Since she is rolling backwards and forwards and sideways and the like, we figured she needed the freedom to move. And move she does! Her favorite spot, hands down, is pressed up against the wall, on her stomach and with one arm in between the slats and dangling down between the mattress and the wall.  It's weird but she loves it and she always manages to find it!
Another new addition for our gal is playing with toys. She has really been enjoying batting at the hanging toys in her bouncer and she will occasionally try to hold one and suck on it. Her thumb quickly wins out; however, which is fine with me because I don't have to keep picking that up of the floor. She still has the angel kiss between her eyes, on her eyelids, and the very tip of her nose. And she still has a darker olive tint to her skin. Almost like a baby tan. I'm curious if it will stick, however, because Judah had it too and then around six months, he turned all white bread like his momma.
This month we also introduced the Bumbo {and yes we ordered the repair kit}. She loves it. Basically because she can be up and able to see everyone. I on the other hand have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it because it allows me to put makeup on my tired looking mug. I hate it because she always and I do mean always poops in it. And because there's nowhere else for the poo to go, it moves up her rear end and straight up her back. That and her thighs get stuck in it. What can I say? She's a little bit on the rotund side. All SIXTEEN POUNDS AND TWO OUNCES of her. She's also 24 1/2 inches long and wearing six month clothing and size 3 diapers.
And last but not least, our girl cut two {TWO!} teeth this month. I am still in disbelief! Our earliest baby prior to her was seven months and our latest was thirteen!! They came on so fast and she was so fussy and so now we are all breathing a bit easier now that they have cut. And although I love me a big toothless smile, I have to say a gummy smile with two bottom front teeth runs a pretty close second :) 
Our sweets has yet to start any solids, looks beautiful in yellow and red, and is kissed by her brothers approximately 943 times each day. 

She's our Gracie-Girl and she's four months old.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh Where, Oh Where Have My Babies Gone?

Thanks to a recent and much needed download from my phone to my computer, we've been enjoying long lost videos and pictures of my gents when they were just the wee-est of babes. Although I probably considered these out-takes at the time now they are as sweet and precious to me as ever could be! How it kills me to see my lads so small. Their little words, their little idiosyncrasies that have carried through even two and a half years later; how I miss those days! Alas, such is the cry of every mother, "If only time would just stand still!" But it doesn't and so these videos serve as a strong admonishment to me to put my feet down right amidst this day, right where these three rowdy boys and one snuggle-y girl are in my midst. For one day soon, I'll be pondering over these lost days with my littles. And until the day of that magnificent discovery {you know, the one where they figure out how to bottle time?} occasionally you'll find me here at the computer perusing after children are long tucked away just to hear another "trust in the Yord." 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blameless Dorks?

One of our favorites around here is Steve Green's Hide Em' in Your Heart. It's usually on continuous play whenever we're driving. Although most of the songs are extremely catchy and fun, my favorite of them all has to be A.B.'s take on Philippians 2:14. He sings it throughout the day although his interpretation isn't what we would call, "Theologically sound."

The actual word is not "dorks" but "pure" but it's all in how you hear it, I guess :) Listen to the correct but not so hilarious version here!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jemez Fun

{Excuse the formatting disaster. Blogger must not like all my pictures!}
Does anyone else remember going camping as a kid and FREEZING in your tent? How bout' waking up at 5:45 because you laid there most of the night {shivering} and you're ready to just be done with the rustling that you hear every 2.5 seconds and the dew that comes through the tent wall every single time you inadvertently touch it? Maybe trembling with a slight case of hypothermia while your dad makes the fire in the day's first light and dreaming of 10 am when you will finally be able to feel your toes again? Seems like the staple camping experience, huh? My children, however, have not yet had to "rough it." Instead they have gone camping with my dad and us and it has only ever been in an RV. So instead of the proper love/hate relationship that most of us tent campers have, they instead think camping is AWESOME and are forever walking around scratching their heads as to why we don't just do it every day. Wonder why?!

In all fairness though, I doubt we would ever be camping without an RV. Four small kids and a wet and freezing tent? Pass.

RV or not, we did have a fantastic time! Once we actually found a place to camp, we were right next to a stream where the boys could fish and swim and throw rocks. I think it'd be safe to say that they spent 85% percent of the time in the water but most of it was by accident. That made things interesting considering we only brought them one pair of shoes. {Can you say, parenting fail?!} But it was wonderfully cool and it rained and the lax schedule felt rather indulgent if I do say so myself. We enjoyed smore's and a camp fire and hikes and stars-but honestly, it was all stuff we have here right at home! We laughed over and over about how we spent our time and money to go do something we could have done right here in our own back yard. Nevertheless, good memories were made and we gained a little insight for our upcoming two week Gulf Coast tour.

Thursday, August 9, 2012