Monthly Archives: November 2011
|November 10, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
One baby. One baby who crawls with purpose, grunting with every move. A baby who took her first steps a couple of weeks ago, and who can easily walk 10 steps at a time now.
I started you on a mix of whole milk and breast milk last week and, although you threw your bottle at me during the first attempt, you are starting to like it more. Although you are welcome to nurse for as long as you’d like, I am going to stop pumping at work now that you are allowed to drink cow’s milk. I’m nervous that this might mean the end of our breastfeeding relationship, and I’m still trying to sort out my feelings about it, but I am so ready to be done pumping, so with a deep breath, here we go.
You are so responsive to us. If you get fussy in the car I start singing to you and you instantly get quiet. I stop and you cry again. We drove to Mimi’s house twice in the past few weeks, and on one of the trips you were particularly fussy. Your dad asked me to sing to you, so I did for almost an hour. Every time I stopped you’d start crying again. It makes me feel so good to know that my voice is soothing to you, even if I start to get hoarse after a while.
You love books still. Books, books, books! Some of my favorite moments are when you bring me a book and crawl into my lap so we can read together.
You continue to be a great sleeper and that makes our lives so much easier. You have an early bedtime and so often after we put you to sleep we talk about how much we miss you and how we’d love to wake you up to play some more. You are our favorite person.
It is a cliche to say that this past year, your first year, has been the best year of my life. It is also true. It has also been one of the hardest years of my life. Your daddy and I got to know each other all over again as parents. I got to know you, and you me, as you changed from a wiggly something in my tummy to a laughing, smiling, smart, gorgeous, delightful toddler. I went from working to working mom and from daughter and wife to mother. And, though I do see glimpses of my old self now and then, its almost impossible to remember what life was like without you lighting everything up around me. Not that I’d ever want to.
I love you, baby. Thank you for letting me be your mommy.
|November 7, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
We celebrated our sweet girl this past Saturday with family and friends. I give myself credit for having her party 5 days before her actual birthday because that way it was only a day to celebrate, not a day to be a blubbering mess about the fact that my teenyweenywittlebabywaby is an entire year old and isn’t a baby anymore.
I made a garland out of all of the month pictures I took of her this past year. Its so cute… I wonder if it would be weird to put it in my office. I also wonder if I care.
Nope, I don’t care. I just asked.
I also made bunting and will hang it in Alice’s room. Bunting is unbelievable hard to find in stores. I know this because, before I bit the bullet and made it myself, I drove to four stores looking for it. There were four long garlands but I couldn’t get a good angle to get them all in.
I think Alice had a great time.
She played in the ball pit with her friends. Mack, the cutie standing up, has been writing love notes to Alice since she was in the womb. Logan, the hottie in blue, wrote her a very sweet birthday card. You can imagine that, with both of her guests vying for her attention, it was a little awkward. You could cut the tension with a knife.
She had her first taste of cake. Tres Leches… mmm!
And we showered her with kisses. Lots of kisses.
She was so nice and shared her cake.
After the cake she had a bath and a costume change. It was necessary. As were hugs from Pawpaw.
It was a great party. A great day. Thanks to our friends and family for helping us celebrate our baby girl. We love you all!
|November 3, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
There is a very popular song out right now by Adele called, “Rolling In The Deep.” Its beautiful and sad. It talks about how someone hurt her but they could have had something great.
“We could have had it all…
Rolling in the deep.”
Its been stuck in my head for the past few days. I sing it (scream it) loud when I’m in the car by myself or with the Boobin. She dances by kicking her feet and waving her arms in the air. She is the only person on earth who loves my singing.
Anyway, its in my head, but with these lyrics, “We have it all. Rolling in the deep!”
We have it all. We have it ALL! Our little family of three. We have love and warmth and laughter. We have two horribly misbehaved dogs who snuggle with us at night. We have family and friends all around us who love our baby. The only thing better than loving your baby is watching other people love on your baby, and her loving them right back. We have a daughter to love and watch and who teaches us how to love better, how to live better. In each other, George and I have best friends and deep love and understanding and are connected on a level I never thought possible. Alice has an amazing daddy, so much so that I am often envious of how different her relationship with her dad will be than what mine is with mine. I have a child with my most favorite person in the world.
Its November, my baby will turn 1 in a week, and I am feeling so very, very thankful for all of the good things in my life, and so grateful that I have people to love. If this is my life, if this is what its all about, if this is how its meant to be… then I am floored by my good fortune. Come what may, in good times or bad, I have it all. Rolling in the deep.