Thursday, November 17, 2011

Feeling oh so blessed

This past week has really had me doing a lot of reflection. There has been some heart wrenching news coming my way from friends in regards to babies. Babies (and parents) that really need my (our) thoughts and prayers.
Each day I thank God for all the blessings he has given our family, I am truly so thankful. It makes me step back and reflect daily how everyone's lives are so complicated. It's almost frightening to think of all the personal struggles people are going though, and on the outside, no one knows. Life can be so tough, and certain circumstances can make it even harder. I try to take just a few minutes each day and say what I am thankful for. We all need to start doing this.
I heard a quote a quote the other day that went something like, "What if you woke up tomorrow and the only things left were the things you thanked God for tonight". I think of this quote often and am really taking it to heart.

As for Whitney, I know I may be sounding like a broken record, but she is doing so good. She is such a happy baby and is totally spoiling us (making up for the first month I suppose). She hardly cries unless she is hungry and I cannot believe she will be 5 months old next week. She'll be starting cereal and vegetables soon, growing up so fast.  I'll leave with you some photos, enjoy....and remember to count your blessings!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween

Whitney's first holiday was Halloween (I am not counting 4th of July, since she wasn't home yet) and we had a great time. Unfortunately Andy had to work all night so he missed out on the festivities, but there were many other parents who requested off early to go trick or treating and since he knew we wouldnt be doing that yet, we were all OK with him being gone.

Our neigbors moved their firepit into the culdesac and invited all the neighbors to come sit outside and enjoy the fire. We all brought our candy bowls out with us and we were armed for the little kiddos. We were disappointed that only about 15 kids came around, most of them from our direct neighborhood, but it was nice to sit outside and chat. Whitney was all bundled up, and since she spent plenty of time around a campfire in Wisconsin, she was an old pro. It was a bit chilly but our neighbors kept her warm as she was passed around.

I cannot stress enough how wonderful our neighborhood and neighbors are. The support and love they have shown our family is so wonderful. It is especially great since our family is all back in Wisconsin to have that feeling of closeness and love.  Their concern and care is too much for words, every day I am so thankful for the house we chose to buy, it is truly our "home".

I did get to snap a few pictures of Whitney dressed for the fun holiday. Great Grandma Jackie sent her a Halloween shirt and she received a pumpkin hat and socks from her cousins Ryan and Lauren. Then at night she wore her ladybug costume, and Tilly was sporting his usual bumblebee costume that he has lovingly wore the last 4 years. Happy Halloween and enjoy!

4 months old - October 23rd

A few days ago I posted on Facebook Whitney's 4 month old "milestones" but alas, have neglected my non-facebook friends here on the blog. She is growing and developing, but the worrying never stops. Is she too weak? Too strong? Too short? Should be doing that? Is that normal????

I know all new Moms question their babies actions, but I am in hyper mode. I really do try not to lose sleep over this and am not losing sleep over it, but the mind does race with questions. Poor Andy has to listen to my concerns, but he is great at bringing me to reality, she is doing wonderful and we have a baby who we love, and he is wonderful for pointing that out to me.
Her milestones for this month include:
-Eat 5oz every 3-4 hours and 6oz before bedtime
-Goes to bed between 9 or 10:00 and wakes between 7 or 8 am
-I enjoy putting my hands in my mouth
-I like to smile and blow bubbles
-While lying on my tummy I can lift and turn my head from left to right
-I have already gone flying twice to Wisconsin

Go Whitney!