Saturday, February 27, 2010

One Year Old!

We celebrated Izzy's first birthday yesterday, and it just doesn't seem real that I have a one-year-old! Her "party" was at our house, just with our immediate family. We had a nice spaghetti dinner so Griff, Gene (bro-in-law), and I could carb-load before the Cowtown Half-Marathon, which was this morning (more on that in an upcoming post). Izzy had fun destroying a cupcake and opening up lots of gifts. She got a ton of adorable clothes and fun toys, but her favorite part is still the wrapping paper and ribbons. If only she could be so easy to please forever! ;-) We're saving the big blow-out party for June, when we will celebrate her homecoming. By that time, cold and flu season will be behind us, and we can invite friends and more family. And come on, who doesn't want two parties???

At one year, Izzy is:
-army crawling EVERYWHERE
-crawling (for real) occasionally
-going from sitting to crawling position and visa versa
-beginning to pull-up to knees
-making a lot of noise, but nothing that sounds remotely like mama or dada yet
-waving (so cute!)
-practicing with a sippy cup (so messy!)
-starting to eat "big people" food
-on a good schedule, taking two solid naps a day, and sleeping well at night....thank the Lord!
-melting her mommy and daddy's hearts ;-)
I ordered this bow from Christen at and I made the tutu to match it. We had a photo session with Niji and Lali from Niji Stanley Photography a few weeks ago (pics coming soon!), and I was so excited to get some cute pics of her in the tutu, but she was NOT having the tutu that day. And trust me, I tried three times with the same crying result. So....Griff and I took advantage of the nice weather outside today and tried it again. I think the distraction of being outside helped! I really like that Lily's tree is in the backgroud. Griff's friends/co-workers bought us a Little Gem Magnolia, and a beautiful stone, engraved with Lily's name a while back. So sweet!

It's not often that I spend a day in the kitchen, but here is proof that I do cook every now and then. I made spaghetti and meatballs using this recipe, and it turned out really good. Griff has requested that I stop buying spaghetti sauce in a jar now. We'll see about that. Sometimes easy trumps good. ;-)

The spaghetti is Izzy-approved!

Love this cupcake stand I found at Costco! The cupcakes turned out yummy! Recipes: chocolate cake, white cake, buttercream frosting

Happy Birthday to Izzy!

She knew exactly what to do with that cupcake. Just like her mama!

Izzy and Paw, her Great-Grandfather

Present time!

We should have just all gotten her wrapping paper and ribbons!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

11 Months Old

Yes, I'm a slacker. Here is Izzy's 11 month pic...finally! I'm keeping this one short since she's got a BIG BIRTHDAY coming up soon!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

To Poo or Not to Poo?

Don’t worry. This entry isn’t as gross as it sounds, at least I don’t think so. Although, I suspect applying the above question to public restrooms could lead to a very interesting discussion. Okay, back to my point…

Izzy and I were out enjoying the beautiful day today when all of the sudden our lovely walk turned to sh*t, quite literally. You see, I noticed a fellow walker and his two dogs coming from the opposite direction, and from several feet away, I could tell that one of the dogs had to take care of some business and was squatting right next to the trail. I was hoping that this was a female dog who was just going #1. When the dog finished its business, and the owner continued walking, I assumed that was the case. Turns out I was either wrong, or homegirl was a very unladylike pup because as I approached the spot where the dog had done its deed, I saw (and smelled) a fresh, huge, steamin’ pile of…well, you know…

This usually doesn’t bother me, but it did today for some reason. I mean, the owner had absolutely no intention of cleaning this mess up. It wasn’t like he wanted to do the right thing, but decided it just wasn’t worth it or he didn’t have a bag or something to pick it up. There was never a question or hesitation. Since I was pushing Izzy in the stroller, this just made me think….I don’t get to let my baby poo freely in public without cleaning it up. Why should he? Clean up your dog’s poo, dude!

Now, I’m sure there are plenty of instances where it is not necessary to clean up after your pets, but in this particular park, there are several doggy “deposit” stations along the trail, not to mention the fact that tons of people walk, run, skateboard, bike, etc. along this trail, especially on a day like today. In my opinion, leaving your dog's mess right next to the trail for all to see and possibly step in, is just plain rude. I don’t have pets (you’re shocked, I’m sure), but I’m curious to know how pet owners feel about this subject.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

My sis-in-law has started digital scrapbooking, and I'm starting to play around with it as well. I haven't attempted any major layouts yet, but I've made a baby shower invitation, and this sweet little Valentine. I think I might be brave enough to move on to the 12x12 layouts now, so stay tuned for more!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Don't be Fooled by the Cuteness!

Izzy may look cute and innocent now, but I doubt you would have the same opinion of this sweet little darling if she kept you up all night as she has done to us the past three nights. Okay, maybe you would…she is pretty sweet, but seriously, what’s going on??? Just as we were starting to get comfortable around here, Izzy has us on our toes again. She has woken up the last three nights between 2 - 4am and DOES NOT go back to sleep for several hours. Last night (or this morning, I should say) she was up from 2 - 6am! To quote the always enlightening Tamra from the Real Housewives of Orange County, “Housewife say what?!?!?”

The poor baby has been really congested lately, so that may be waking her up. She saw her pulmonologist last Friday for her RSV shot, and she checked out fine. She started sounding a little worse over the weekend, so we took her to the pediatrician Monday afternoon. Again, lungs, ears, nose, all good. Just upper airway congestion. Her doc suggested we try Benadryl and some nasal drops. We did that for three nights, two of which were horrible, so we dropped the meds last night to see if that was causing the problem , but things didn’t get any better. So frustrating!!!

We’ve heard her “I’m in pain cry” before, and this is not what we’ve been hearing the last three nights. It’s more like, “I’m wide awake…let’s party!” And so she does…she parties for several hours before drifting off to sleep again. We don’t want to teach her any bad habits, so we aren’t quick to pick her up, but after checking on her multiple times and letting her cry (for too long to mention on this blog, as Papa and Meme are reading, and they would call CPS on me for letting their granddaughter cry) it becomes obvious that she is just as stubborn as her momma, so we pick her up, rock her, change her, I even gave her a bottle one night and the biggest no-no of all, we’ve brought her to our bed. NOTHING WORKS!

It’s so weird because her days haven’t been affected. You’d think she would be sleeping all day to make up for the lost sleep, but no. She’s still taking one decent nap in the morning and a short one in the afternoon. And she hasn’t been fussy or anything during the day. I am hoping and praying that this is just a short phase and she’ll get back to normal sleeping again soon. Up until this point, she would occasionally wake at night, but we’d just go in her room, give her a passy, tuck her in, and she’d fall right back to sleep without us having to pick her up. She's lucky she's so darn cute!

So, to all you experienced parents, what should we try next if this madness continues???

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Heavenly Birthday

One year ago today, we met our sweet baby girl, Lily Grace. She was perfectly made, but born too early, and she left us much too soon. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and I know that ultimately, God is in control. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I made a last minute appointment to see my OB on January 29th, 2009, only to be rushed to the hospital. I was immediately put in trendelenburg position, basically lying on my head for three days. My feet never touched the ground after that doctor’s appointment, and I still delivered Lily three days later. I can only imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t gone to the doctor that day. I was at work that morning, getting ready for a full day on my feet, teaching 150 7th graders. I don’t think it was a coincidence that my labor miraculously stopped after Lily was born. Of course, we weren’t given the cold hard facts at the time, but my doctor had pretty much told my family there was very little hope that my labor could be stopped to save Isabelle. When the labor did stop, we had every doctor at Harris scratching their heads, and we were told over and over the rarity of our situation. I guess it's not everyday that twins are born 25 days apart. I don’t think it was a coincidence that we chose Isabelle’s name without knowing that it meant “God’s promise.” He sent us Lily to save Isabelle. When her work here was done, He needed her back in Heaven, where she will forever be Izzy's angel. I’m so thankful for the special moment we spent with Lily, and I am comforted in knowing that we held and loved her every single second of her precious life. Our hearts are heavy today, but our faith is abundant. Happy birthday, sweet baby girl!