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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Swap

I have been looking forward to today for months! Like, "can't sleep the night before because you are so excited" excited! While I was pregnant, I discovered this consignment shop that sold only kids items and would only appear seasonly. Of course, I bought a few things then, but I didn't know what sizes Lyla would wear or what we would receive at showers. Well, once I heard they were coming back to town for the fall, I was the first to register for the presale, exclusive to new mommys only! I somehow talked Jeff into getting up at 7am to take Lyla and me and boy was it worth it:) I seriously bought her a whole fall/winter wardrobe complete with 2 jackets, long sleeve night gowns, sweaters, tights, and much much more! Here, see for yourself: (these are some of my favorites!)

I was so proud of Jeff. Not many men would go to a "Sweet Pea Swap" and wait patiently while their wife literally looked at EVERY. SINGLE. outfit on the rack! All in all we were there for about 2 hours. Lyla, of course, loved every minute of it:) She is my child after all, and she loves to shop:)
Afterwards, we went to cracker barrel where she wasn't quite as happy. She always seems to loose it when we sit down to eat. I guess she wanted a taste of my delicious apple crumble french toast. Either way, that trip was short lived and we finally headed home to take an afternoon nap. Unfortunately, she was the only one that slept. Ha.  

 Speaking of sleeping, there have been quite a few changes in that department at our house. First of all, for about a week, Lyla would wake up every two hours on the hour. This was so unusual for her as she usually only gets up once MAYBE twice a night. We tried EVERYTHING to fix this problem and finally came to the conclusion that maybe she was outgrowing her swing (which is where she normally sleeps at night). So, we have started swaddling her and letting her sleep on her back in her pack and play (which she USED to hate!) So far, so good!
(HA! This cracks me up!)- we have to use this kind of swaddle blanket that velcros because she will kick out of a blanket. 

Back in our bedroom, some changes were trying to be made with Diggs seeing as how he has either thrown up or peed in our bed once a week for the past month. I am tired of spending money to send our comforter to the dry cleaners and trying to hand wash our mattress. So, I told Jeff yesterday he was DONE! He needed to sleep on the floor. Well, Ill let you see how that one turned out....

Yes, that is my husband laughing because he knows he caved! Granted Diggs was crying and circled the bed about 20 times last night practically pleading for us to include him. Oh well, tonight, it's tough love! (yeah right!)-apparently we don't know the meaning of that phrase seeing as how Lyla got a whole new wardrobe today and Diggs is still in our bed. LOL!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Can you say Mama?

Since I have the opportunity to stay at home with Lyla, we have the privilege of talking to each other A LOT! Lyla has started cooing and such and I just know ANY DAY NOW, she is going to look at me and just say Hey mom! :) 

Monday, September 19, 2011

50 Rules for Dad's with Daughters

My cousin posted this on her blog and I LOVED it:) Wanted to share! As she had said, this made me think of the many wonderful memories I had with my dad and makes me excited to see Jeff and Lyla make their own memories together;)
(the original article and pictures can be found HERE)


1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2 months

Today my sweet Lyla Rae is 2 months old! It is so fun to see her growing and changing everyday! At 2 months, I feel like we are FINALLY on somewhat of a schedule! You will usually sleep until 5 or 6, with the exception of just a few bad nights in between. You still like to sleep in your swing but it has to be swinging. So, part of my everyday routine is charging up the batteries so you can swing all night!:) You have gotten better about napping in your pack and play, which really makes me miss our cuddly naps together in the afternoon, but I know this will make the transition to your crib easier.

You love to be outside and we have started taking you for strolls now that it is cooler...Diggs likes to come along too:)

You are smiling so much now and I just love it. Your daddy and I are always doing silly things to make you laugh!  You get so tickled about things!

We are finally able to take you to church and everyone just eats you up! So far, we take you to the nursery on Sunday mornings, and you come out to the youth room to hear your daddy preach on wednesday nights. You love hearing the band play!
(first Sunday at church!)

You have recently found your fingers, but not your toes yet, which is probably good because you have already had your first pedicure thanks to Mama Linda:)

Speaking of firsts, at 2 months old, you have already made your first road trip to GA. You got to meet your cousins and aunts and uncles and....

MawMaw and Grandad! 

You also made your very first trip to Starbucks! Sorry, but you didn't get to TRY your very first starbucks...maybe next time I will dip your paci in my cold coffee so you can see what you've been missing:)

You are now fitting into your 0-3 month clothes which is so much fun for me because I LOVE dressing you up! You still don't like to be changed, but I think once you realize how fabulous your clothes are, that will change!

You are still not a fan of bath time or tummy time, but both are a must!
You are super strong and can move across your tummy time mat with ease!

We are just crazy about you little girl!!! Cant wait to see how much more you have accomplished next month:) Happy 2 months Lyla Rae!