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Thursday, November 10, 2011

I am a stay at home mom

For my 10th day of thankfulness, I expressed how thankful I am to stay at home with our little one. Just in case people are wondering what I do all day, I thought I would give you a glimpse into a day in the life of this stay at home mom.

Woke up to Lyla's sweet cry
Changed her
Fed her
Put her on her tummy mat while I "made" a bottle and then played with her for a little while
Read her the alphabet book-focused on the letter C
Made myself some breakfast
Held and rocked a crying baby
Changed her again (clothes and diaper)
Fed her again
Lay her down for her nap
took a quick shower
Washed and steamed all her bottles
Washed dishes (note: we do not have a dishwasher, so I have to do them by hand)
Did a little bit of work for Biomass SyEnergy (I do work for them from home thanks to Jeff's dad)
Washed a load of her clothes and a few of mine that she has managed to get poop on
started lunch/Jeff got home

And it's only 12 o'clock!!!

I love staying at home and I admire and respect the women who do this everyday!
I found this poem that is so absolutely true! Enjoy!

What Did You Do Today?
Today I left some dishes dirty,
The bed got made around 3:30.
The diapers soaked a little longer,
The odor grew a little stronger.
The crumbs I spilled the day before,
Are staring at me from the floor.
The fingerprints there on the wall,
Will likely be there still next fall.
The dirty streaks on those window panes,
Will still be there next time it rains.
Shame on you, you sit and say,
Just what did you do today?
I nursed a baby till he slept,
I held a toddler while he wept,
I played a game of hide and seek,
I squeezed a toy so it would squeak.
I pulled a wagon, sang a song,
Taught a child right from wrong.
What did I do this whole day through?
Not much that shows, I guess it’s true.
Unless you think that what I’ve done,
Might be important to someone,
With bright brown eyes and soft blond hair,
If that is true … I’ve done my share.
Author Unknown

Sunday, November 6, 2011


 Lyla is four months old today! A lot has been going on, but here are some things Lyla has been up to this month.

The day after her three month birthday, she rolled over (one way) for the first time. Jeff swears that she rolled over after she was only a few weeks old, but I never saw it. Tummy time has become harder because everytime we put her on her belly she rolls right over. :) Now, we just have to work on rolling over from her back to her tummy:)
She still hates tummy time (if you can't already tell that by the pictures!)

My brother in law came to visit us for a few days and brought a special friend for Lyla to play with. We named him Gappy because he's from The Gap. Lyla LOVES playing with Gappy! 

They are already sharing secrets!

Along with "Gappy", Lyla has taken an interest in a few of her other toys as well this month!

This may be due to her beginning the teething process, which makes her a little fussy sometimes. She does like to put things in her mouth to soothe that awful pain and most of the time, she is chewing away on those little fingers. 

She has just started taking a NUK paci, but only sometimes. She has never really liked the whole paci thing- I guess that's good because we won't have to ween her off of it one day.

At 4 months old Lyla....
Likes: Cooing and squealing. Listening to a book. Going for rides. Meal time. Being held. Being outside. Being tickled on her tummy. Silky blankets. Veggie Tales Worship CD. Diggs. 

Dislikes: Laying on her tummy. Being burped. Being changed. Afraid of the washing machine and my fuzzy hat (these are her only known fears at this point) 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Firsts on the first

It has been a few weeks since I last blogged, and quite a bit has been going on. So, in honor of November FIRST, here are a few FIRSTS to catch you up on our life this past month. 

Lyla rolled over (one way) for the FIRST time about a month ago. Here is a fun video of her in action:  

My brother in law Johnathon came to visit us a few weeks ago. He was doing an Amtrack tour across the country. We were his FIRST stop.  (we had the BEST time visiting with him!)

This was also Lyla's (and my) very FIRST time at a train station 

Also this month, baby Charlotte (who many of you have been praying for) got to come home! After having heart surgery at just a few weeks old, (2000 stitches around her heart alone!) she is doing fantastic! This was Lyla's FIRST time meeting baby Charlotte and our FIRST time getting to visit with them at home. God is so good!

To celebrate Halloween, Lyla got to pick out her very FIRST pumpkin at her FIRST trip to the pumpkin patch

*She was also the FIRST one to pitch a fit on the hay ride. No pictures for that one. 

This month, I have discovered a new love. Pinterest. I needed a quick treat for Jeff's men's group last night, so I made my FIRST pinterest creation. 

Last night, Lyla got to dress up for her FIRST Halloween. She went as a kitty cat. *She also went to her FIRST fall festival this weekend. 

It was also Diggs' FIRST year NOT going to the fall festival. Poor guy!

I also realized for the FIRST time this month, that Lyla does look a little bit like me. haha. 

Lyla Rae                                                Me

Happy November FIRST everyone!