Friday, December 25, 2009

Makin' a mess.... (pre-mess)

Gabby's on the move....

Hole-y smole-y bajole-y... it's been a long time. and an even longer time now because I don't have time to write. BUT, our little munchkin had a great 1st Christmas and she is on the move.


Gabby's 1st crawl...she looks like a pro (and, I actually caught it on tape)... Seriously, why spend money on the toys when a spoon will do just fine...or a cardboard box... !!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Unpleasant

That was a very unpleasant evening! Good thing it's Saturday and we are both looking forward to naps! So very glad that I took her in yesterday, she was worse lastnight then she has been... her poor little ears! :(

Friday, November 27, 2009

First Cold, First Ear Infection, First Visibly Unhappy Babe!

In the midst of all the crazy field work, our little munchkin came down with her first cold. Runny, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and yucky cough. After a couple days with eye drops, the cold finally subsided, field work went on, visiting family came and left, Thanksgiving thanked and spanked all of us. After watching Gabby carefully yesterday, I noticed that she had been tugging on her ear and shoving her thumb in the left one quite often. Normally, it hasn't been an issue, because since she was born she has pulled on her ear when she drinks her bottle and when she gets really tired. However, yesterday, she was tugging and poking while she was playing. Her cough that appeared with the cold has progressively gotten worse... so I decided yesterday that first thing Friday (today) I was going to call the PAN. What's the worst that could happen, the nurse would hang up on me? Not likely. Anyway, I called and she wanted to have her Dr. see her. Very glad we went in, especially tonight. She has a double ear infection and has been miserable mostly this early evening and now, even though she is tucked away snug as a bug in a rug in her crib, she is coughing miserably. When I was putting her jammies on, her poor eyes were watering like no tomorrow and her nose was running like a broken faucet. Hopefully, that Amoxocillian kicks in soon! :( Since we had to brave the crazy Black Friday Nazis to get her prescription filled, I don't know how you people do it, I was ready to stab someone... and we were only in there for 10 minutes (not for me). I have a feeling, her and I are going to be sharing quite a few snuggles tonight.

On a lighter note, Gabby's aunt and cousin took her shopping over this last weekend so mommy could help Papa finish up in the field. Here's one of the pics that they took to entertain themselves (as well as mommy and daddy). :)






Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crazy Grandma

Apparently, this is what Grandma's do to their grandchildren when they baby-sit them. Stuff them in 'green' bags and take multiple pictures of them.





"Okay, seriously Gamma, how many more friggen pictures are you going to take?! I'm sitting in a bag, what's the big deal?"

Friday, November 6, 2009

8 months

Well, our little butter bean is 8 months old already, has 5 1/2 teeth (the 6th is right on the edge), gabs all the time, plays pat-a-cake all by herself and is almost 'officially' crawling. I swear in one day, things change drastically. She still loves her snuggles, being tickled, waking up in the morning just to go play in front of the mirror, cheerios and mum mums. Now, if we could just get these teeth to come through maybe she would be a little more interested in trying new foods. Soon, and then all it will be is mac-n-cheese and hot dogs. Sweet!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gabby's First Halloween...

I just wanted to post quick some pictures from Gabby's 1st Halloween...



"Please, please, please... bring me lots of candy. I have been a good girl..."


"What do you mean 'wrong holiday'? You mean I have been a good girl for nothin'?"


"Grandpa, do I look better if I wiggle this way, or that way?"


"That's hilarious, oh wait... what's that up there..."


"I just go like, this... and the balls go round and round?"


"oh look at that... what's this stuff? I wonder if I can put it in my mouth?!"


"Grandma, that's so cute when you do that...do it again... do it again! "


"hmmm, I wonder if I can reach that?"

And, one more... post Halloween.

"What? What'cha gonna say? Don't make me take this pacifier outta my mouf!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mommy Stuff

I think I am getting good at this mommy stuff (at least I feel like it anyway). Gabby is 7 1/2 months old and with her 2 bottom teeth both in at 5 months and one top tooth by just about 7 months, I knew (almost 86.5%) that when Gabby had her screaming fit last night (or this morning) at 3am, that the other little ba**ard was finally making it's way in. Sure enough this morning... when she slept til almost 8:15am and woke up with very heavy, red eyes I knew something was up. I rubbed my finger (which she loves) under her top gums and I could barely feel it, but it wasn't quite poking through. After a morning at the Y, a couple hours at a drop in Daycare, a ride with Pappa in the combine and another long ride to get the 'other' Pappa (no worse, no better :) ) we finally got home to have supper and just before she ate...I felt her new toofie. Finally, that little turd cut through and she can at least relax for a little bit... yes, I said little bit. I don't think it will be long before she is crawling either. I was in making her supper tonight and I heard her usual 'mommy, I fell over' grunt and went in the sunroom to prop her back up. Come to find out, she must have tipped over and ended up on her tummy (comfortably)... reaching for her favorite teether. I was so excited, I crawled, no pun intended, down on the floor with her in hopes that she would reach a little farther. Almost! Not long now! :0

Monday, October 12, 2009

Multiple Personalities...

I swear it's true and here are some pictures to prove it!



"I told you, I will not eat those peas. Princess's don't eat green things, icky!"


"Whach you lookin' at?"


"Daddy, mommy is lying... I am 'always' a good girl. See!"


"Daddy, this air guitar thing is awesome! You rock!"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Toofie & 1st Combine ride with Daddy!

Yesterday I was super excited because Gabby took an hour and half nap while I went to Yoga (of course), then in the afternoon, she went down for just under 3 hours. Which for her, is VERY rare. Thinking, 'okay, this little butter bean isn't going to sleep tonight'... (which is what happened last time she took a nap like that). And, I was right... about (exactly) 3:22am, she was up... kicking. Usually, I know that when I see those legs a-flying, it's not just a simple 'put the pacifier back in and go back to sleep'. When she has a 'kick' like that it is usually followed with a smile and a 'common mommy, you know you wanna pick me up' look! Of course I had to pick her up, because I knew that if I would have walked my tired arse back upstairs, she would soon be letting me know... 'mommy, I need you'! So, I picked her up and nestled her in her favorite blanket, sat down in the rocker in her room, kissed her on the cheek, forehead, nose, chin... (you get the idea). Typically, IF (which is rare) I have to rock her back to sleep at night, she is out within minutes. Not last night... no way, no how, nu ah! I looked down at her after about 10 minutes of rocking and she was staring blank-ly at my shoulder. Okay, I'll do another 10 minutes... she had the same look on her face. I'm about falling asleep in the chair and afraid I was going to drop her, I set her back in her crib... pacifier in chompers and Taggies® blanket in hand tucked snuggle-y up against her left cheek. I head back upstairs and hoping to go back to bed.... Ah yah, prolly not mommy! Just as I stepped foot off the last step into our bedroom, I hear on the monitor baby code for 'MOMMY, I'M NOT SLEEPING YET!' So, down I go... rock her for another 10 minutes (or so), and she was still WIDE awake. Against all advice that I have been given, I brought her up to our bed... where normally she loves to lay with us (but never has slept at night), and take naps... but not last night... fussy, fussy, fussy! Figuring that daddy was going to get crabby with me because he was finally able to get in the field... I took her back downstairs and rocked her some more... and finally slid her in her crib about 5:15am, wide awake. Since she is normally really good about going to sleep on her own, I thought I would take the chance. Heading back upstairs, and snuggling back into my bed, I waited... and then drifted off to sleep, not to hear from her until about 7:45am. After a question from my husband today as to 'what was up with Gabby last night?'. Really? Because we get the name tag 'mommy', apparently we are 'just supposed to know'. I am so glad that I got that 'manual' the day I got pregnant. What ever would I have done without it? God has a plan, right? :) And... finally... tonight, I had the answer. That darn tooth that she has been fighting for the past week and a half, poked thru today. I have been cramming my finger in her mouth, multiple times, daily (which she loves), and tonight... like an angel in the sky, there it was! Thank goodness for moms... (mine included) :P

Like I had mentioned before, Dave finally got in the field last night and going strong again today... before the fricken snow. What the hay? I love snow, love it. However, I love it in late November, not in October and not while our life (as well as all of our families lives) is still stuck in the field and unless this weather straightens out... is where it will stay! Meanwhile, my nephew's... (my most favorite Nephew on the planet) birthday is tomorrow {HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN}... but we celebrated today. So Gabby and I headed over to my brother and sister-in-law's house today to hang. On the way home, Gabby and I stopped out to where the guys were combining so Gabby could see daddy and ride in the combine. She seemed to like it, she was intrigued by the beans going in the head... Next year, she will either love it, or hate it. I bet she will like it. Especially if daddy lets her drive it... oh wait, nevermind.... apparently it drives itself! Technology these days... no thank you!

Holy Blabber Jabber.... Hoping tonight is a better night, signing off... and waking up to no snow! Crossies!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Talking up a storm...

Well, our little Butter Bean is chatting up a storm. She 'seems' to have been saying 'hi' for 2 weeks now, I swear (as well as the lady at daycare) that she said 'momma' last week at the Y. Today, she has been talking non-stop. Mostly she is saying 'dadadadada' over and over again, once in awhile, she will throw a 'b' in there. All the same, it's fun listening to her and wondering how long before she talks and we can actually understand her. She really is fun and I look forward to each and every day that she wakes up and something new comes out of her mouth or she learns something new to hold or how to hold it. Grandma Rita was tickling her tonight and she was just laughing her butt off, it was so fun listening to her and watching her. She is so entertaining and so mellow... which makes taking her anywhere fun... We went into JoAnn Fabric today so my mom could get some stuff for her quilts and I brought Gabby in and put her in a cart, she put her foot up on the rail and leaned back... she looked just like the 'chill' baby that she is (or a lot like daddy on Sunday's on the couch)! She also just woke up from a nap so she still has her pacifier in...



We were in Target last week in Rochester doing a little shopping, beings that she was 'getting tired', I just kept her in her car seat and we went a shopping away. As we walked down the first aisle, she did her 'fake cough', I did it back and said "faker". Then she did it again. We went back and forth for about a 1/2 hour, until she finally got tired and out cold she went. :) Our little darling, and the best part... she belongs to us! Getch'r own! ;P

And... she is 7 months old today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Better day ahead....

Our little monkey is feeling much better, or at least she seems to be. She has been eating great today, and even took a 2 hour nap. She's been playing and smiling all day and she even got to go for a ride with mommy and daddy out to the corn field.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Now I wonder....

Now, I am starting to worry! Gabby has had a low grade fever (on and off) since Thursday, she's hardly eaten anything since then.. maybe up to 15oz. of formula a day (normally she eats 24oz a day along with cereal in the morning and solids at lunch and supper) and I have laid off the 'solids' just so I can at least get the important, 'fatty' formula in her. She hardly wants that. She's only had about 12oz. today with a little cereal mixed in this morning. She hasn't eaten since 5:30pm and has been sleeping since 7:30pm (it's now 9:30). She has never been a napper, very rarely does she go down for more then 45 minutes at a time and now it seems that at 7:30pm, she naps for 3 hours. What's the fuss you say? She 'normally' goes to bed anywhere between 9pm - 10pm... and has since she was born even with the napping pattern. She seems upbeat, happy... most of the time. She ate her cereal really well this morning... she just seems tired... ALL THE TIME and never wants to eat. And any of you that know my daughter know that she never doesn't want to not eat. She rarely has pushed the bottle away from me since she was born and now... it seems like that is all she does. She napped last night from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and then she went back down just before 11pm. Minus the couple 3 or 4 times she woke up crying, she slept until 7am. Mommy's???... is this normal? I was under the impression that she was teething. She didn't fuss at all for her bottom 2 teeth, is this out of the norm for the top ones? :( Any advice is welcome...and appreciated!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Naps at night?

Okay, what the funky monkey? Last night she slept from 7:30pm-10:30pm, got up to eat almost 5 oz. and play a little bit. Back down at 11:30pm and didn't wake until 9am. Of course, I didn't sleep cause I was in a strange place, wondering if she was okay, plus I had to start the furnace for the first time in the camper cause it was 55º in her room. And you know how the furnace smells the first time you turn it on?... like you just lit your hair on fire. Not to mention, the first time I started the furnace in the camper... and I am new to the whole thing. I was worried I didn't have something set right, or the gas was leaking or something (is there a point and time that we DON'T worry?). Now tonight, she is out at 7:30pm again...and it's 9:30pm now... oh wait, I hear her. Either way, she never takes 2 hour naps and all of the sudden she is taking them at night??? What the hay ray? No matter, at least her fever has gone down and it feels as though that tooth is going to poke through tomorrow... (crossies). Hopefully, now tonight, she sleeps as well at home as she did last night. Of course, I made her the queen of all beds lastnight in her room in the camper... I almost fell asleep next to her. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sleeping well... sortof

Even thought she didn't feel well and after going to bed early (8:30), she didn't wake up until 9am. Which for her, is rare... unless daddy has morning duty or mommy is out of town... usually she is up by 7-7:30. She's had another 'tough' day, for her. In checking her temp again tonight before bed, she was up to 100.9, she felt on fire... obviously. But she ate 4oz. tonight before bed and off she went. Hopefully, she has another good night. Only time will tell. I sure hope that tooth pokes thru here pretty soon! Poor monkey!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Crazy night

Gabby has been really good, even though she already has 2 teeth on the bottom (since she was 5 months) and until one day I felt in her mouth and wah=bam... there it was. By her behavior, I never would have known otherwise. I really have no complaints about her, but I felt really bad for her tonight. She went to the YMCA daycare while I ran, then went to class. When I went in to get her, she was good, but a little fussy. They gave her a little bit to eat, but nothing to write home about and she looked really tired as I was packing her up. I knew she would fall asleep on the ride home, and well enough she did. We get home and I throw her in the crib (well, not literally, but you get the idea) and she slept for only about 1/2 hour... typical cat nap for my monkey! She gets up and plays for a bit, and then eats all of her Sweet Potatoes, but only 2oz. of her formula. Okay, she's never done that before... no biggy. We go to Rochester to do our shopping and she 'fake coughs' the whole time in Target... until she falls asleep that is. Out cold and out the door we go, she sleeps almost the whole ride home (which is about 30 minutes, because I like to take the back roads to let her sleep.) We get home and I get unpacked, she still seems kind of fussy, she doesn't want to play, she just wants me to hold her... that's fine, I like snuggles. So I got her out of her wet diaper and let her lay on a towel on the sun room floor and 'air out' a bit. (How would you want to be stuck in a diaper all day long?... exactly!) Dad comes in and, of course, she just wants to be held. She had felt warm all day to me, so tonight just before he bath I checked her temp and she was barely under 100ºF. I gave her some Tylenol, a warm bath and even let her play in the water (and make a disaster of my kitchen) extra long... oh well, she's only little once right?, and besides... it's just water! Super duper tired she is, I made her a bottle and she only had 4oz... which normally she always eats 6oz. even after she eats her fruits and veggies, but at bedtime, I only give her formula. Needless to say, she wasn't herself tonight. So as I sit, holding her, she was slapping her arm along my chest... which she usually doesn't do... I decided, maybe she just wants to go to bed. (Normally, she doesn't go to bed till 9:30-10pm, and it was 8:30 when she was doing this). I took her in her room, placed her in her crib...eyes wide open (as usual)... said 'I LOVE YOU, SLEEP WELL SWEET ANGEL' and she rolled her head to one side, (with Taggies blanket tight in one hand) and she was out cold! Poor thing! That toofhie that I feel on the top better poke through soon!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rockin' out

While at a birthday party for our friends daughter, another one of our friends captured this photo on the birthday girl's present. The funny thing about this, is that the tractor has a real radio on it and playing on the station was a rap song. This picture makes it look like Gabby is jammin' with the tunes on the tractor.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

6 1/2 months...already!

Wow, time sure does fly by fast doesn't it? Gabby now has 2 teeth on the bottom, has had for a over a month, and one poking through on the top. She's eating fruits and vegetables now, along with her cereal in the morning. She LOVES them. She makes a 'mmmm' sound each time the spoon of food goes in her mouth. And, until just 2 days ago, she was actually a pretty 'clean' eater. Hardly having much on her face and she typically kept her fingers out of the way. But, that was short lived. She now puts her thumb in her mouth and sucks on it each time the spoon leaves her mouth (even though she is not a thumb sucker, oh sometimes I wish she was - ex. about 2am). I think this may have something to do with her top tooth poking through, but how the hell would I know, right? :) She is off the charts with her height and even leveled off with her weight. We went in for her shots 2 weeks ago and she took the first one without even a wince or a cry. However, the second one more or less scared her and here comes the tears... and then the cry! Fortunately, it was short lived... long enough to get her into my arms. Considering she was battling a cold, teeth coming in and shots, she did exceptionally well. :)

Here are a couple of my recent favorite photos.

6 months - Labor Day Weekend


6 1/2 months - On daddy's lap

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"I've had it..."

"Mom, I told you... if you don't take me to see Dan Brady soon, I'm going to walk there"



Phew, thank goodness he will be here this weekend then huh? :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

So Adorable!

Daddy had the day off today, we were going to go golfing and Grandma and Grandpa Tangren were going to take Gabby one last time before they left for Europe. It's aweful quiet upstairs so I thought I would go check on the two 'characters'. They are both fast asleep, snuggled into one another and I have to say that it's the most adorable thing I have ever seen. I would have taken a picture, but I didn't in fear of waking both sleeping beauties! As of for today, no golf... because of course the weather is so cruddy. But I think we are going to head over to Rochester to do a bit of shopping and maybe have a nice lunch together... which hasn't happened in quite some time!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

No messin' around!

Just wanted to upload some photos that I took of Gabby today...


"Gimme a 'F'"


"Gimme an 'A'"


"Gimme a 'V'"


"Gimme a 'R'"


"Gimme an 'E'"


"Gooooo Favre!"



"When I tell you I want my food, I want it now!"


"Don't worry Grandma & Grandpa Tangren, I will make sure mommy updates my blog frequently while you are gone to Europe so you can see me everyday! I will miss you more then you will miss me, but I will make sure that mommy and daddy take good care of me... I will ask for extra hugs and kisses each night while you are away."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First Solid Foods - 5 1/2 months


Well, with Dr.'s okay, we started Gabby on her first 'solid' foods tonight. She absolutely loved it! A little bit of Rice Cereal and a little bit of Carrots. She reached for the bowl and kept wanting more, but since she still has a sensitive tummy, I wanted to start slow.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Random

Random post of the century... ('random post of the century' on my blog anyway)

A few things have happened in the past few days that make me truly believe that 'everything happens for a reason'. People would say it all the time to me, or I would hear it randomly, but it seems as though lately, and more so recently, that it is starting to ring true. I was reading an update from a friend that made me decide to write this. Even though I have never, truly experienced 'real' tragedy in my life, it breaks my heart to hear about what others have gone through and it makes me appreciate where I am, the hardships that I have gone through to get here and the heartache I've endeavored along the way. I also feel a little bad. I grew up Catholic and in all honestly, I still am Catholic, but unfortunately, I haven't been to church on a Sunday for no good reason at all since I was probably in 6th Grade and really, to no fault but my own. I feel bad because I do believe in God, I do have faith. However, I do not feel as though HE really cares where I pray or when I pray. I try not to hate those whom have spoken ill of me in the past or blamed me for things that I know, in my heart, are not my fault. I try not to let those that don't let me in, hurt me and I try not to speak harsh of those who have hurt me in the past. Having the faith that I do, seeing my life go down the path it has, been given the people that are close to me and the family that I have, I know that everything DOES happen for a reason. I know that God has his plan and even though I may think it 'sucks' at times, HE has my best interest at heart and if it's not meant to break me, it will make me. And those that don't like me, speak ill of me, and/or try to hurt me... (and I say this to all my friends that have been hurt so recently) "GOD'll get 'em in the end"! And I truly believe that. So, if I chose to pray in my house, in my bed or as I lay my baby girl down to sleep, so be it... I know HE hears me and that's all that matters!

Think about where you would be if 'something' in your past didn't happen! If you wouldn't have lost that spelling bee, would you be a Kindergarten teacher? If you wouldn't have been running in the hallway that day, you wouldn't have fallen, would you ever have met that person? If you would have married him/her, would you be the one sitting home alone, wondering, is he/she out with her/him? EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

May your hearts be strong when dealt a bad hand, because we all win with a full house!

FYI, this post is not meant to hurt a single soul... to all my friends, I love you and I thank God for putting you in my life!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Congrats, 1st tooth & 15 years... Yikes!

Okay, so it's been awhile, it seems like lately... what else is new?

First off, fun stuff. I have to send out a couple congratulations! One; to Jason & Chris (Clements) Weis on the birth of their beautiful, long awaited, baby girl Laney Faye and two; to Trevor & Kari (Sagedahl) Frank on their precious peanut Annelie Ruth! May your hearts be open, your souls be deep (and the toothpicks that hold your eyes open, strong) for your new journey now begins! Just remember, be kind to one another, be there for one another and help one another equally... both created this miracle, both should have equal parts in the new found responsibility (even though mommy has done all the hard work up to this point :) )! Enjoy every moment of it because the old cliché of 'they grow so fast', truly is true! Congratulations again!

Onto daily life. Gabby has her first tooth coming in, I felt it on Friday (August 7) and I do believe she has another coming in...she keeps tugging on her ear and has been slightly fussy today. But, even with the discomfort she is experiencing she still has plenty of smiles, room for hugs and lots of time to 'kir plunk' (her most favorite thing to do... other then eat of course)!

And thirdly, onto the funny stuff. I've known about my 15 year class reunion for quite some time (yes, that's right, I said 15 years). Honestly, I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to go. Then, when it come down to actually wanting to go, Dave had made other plans and I was without a babysitter. Then, Dave's plans changed AND we had a babysitter lined up. Then, Friday afternoon about 5:30PM I got hit by a truck and whilst laying on my bathroom floor sweating from every pore on my flesh, I saw on the side of the truck. It read: 'STOMACH FLU, We Stop at Nothing'...and literally, that's what was left in me come Saturday morning about 2am. I wanted to crawl into a hole and die! I am 33 years old and never in my life have I ever been that sick! I didn't sleep at all Friday night (and from what I understand from most of my classmates, neither did they... Party animals!) Finally, I got about 2 hours of sleep from 8 to 10am Saturday morning. I laid in bed most of the day Saturday in hopes of feeling better so I could go to my reunion. I even stayed away from our peanut so I wouldn't get her sick :( I was still up in the air about going because I was still weak and queasy until about 3PM Saturday. Finally, I just jumped in the shower and took my sweet ass time getting ready, I'd have to sit down every five minutes. Finally, we met friends about 5:30 and off we go. I choked down a beer or two and sweat the entire night, and if anyone knows me at all...I am usually overdressed and mostly always cold. Needless to say, I finally had to throw in the towel and go home early (about 11PM)...but at least I made an appearance! And, wouldn't you know it, I laid on my bathroom floor again all Saturday night...in between trips to Gabby's room to put her pacifier back in. I fear my baby girl will travel on the same highway where I met this truck and it frightens me...so today I stocked up on infant Tylenol and Pedialyte just in case. But, I am crossing my fingers she fights this one off! Perfect timing, wouldn't you know, Dave is gone to the PGA tournament all week! :( If women ruled the world! (oh wait, they do [insert Dr. Evil laugh here]!) :)

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ready for a sippy cup, or a beer?

Gabby is just facinated by aluminum cans! She pretty much grabs the beer out of dads hands and tries to drink out of it. Despite the fact that it's a beer can, it's actually quite hilarious! She shakes uncontrolably until she gets the can in her hands and she will completely hold the can all by herself. Does this mean she's already ready for a sippy cup or is she following that closely in daddy's footsteps?
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Friday, July 31, 2009

Way over due!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but then again...that's summer! We went to the Dells last week with my family for our annual family vacation and we all had a lot of fun! We spent lots of time in the over crowded pools, in extremely long lines to hit up the rides and an obscene amount of money on over priced keg beer and snacks. But all in all, everyone had a great time! For our second wedding anniversary, my lovely husband reserved a day just for us at the beautiful Sundara spa...what a beautiful place that is and the best part...it was just the two of us. Grandma Rita was kind enough to take Gabby for the day, thank you again! Gabby experienced her first kiddy pool too. Although she only dabbled in up to her high thighs, she really seemed to like it, and watching all the other little ones splash around. That Friday we all headed home and then Saturday we joined friends down in Clear Lake on their boat and spent the next two nights camping with them. Gabby loved the boat too, of course, because it's outside! She loved it that is until daddy wizzed a wet football by her ear and (unintentionally) got her wet with a water gun. She didn't like that so much! She's growing up so fast, she's talking all the time and I swear each day she gets louder, it's so fun listening to her, watching her play and seeing her smiles each day. Although I have pretty much abandoned my softball team this year I am enjoying every ounce of her. I did have an appointment with my doc this week and he said that the pain I have been experiencing in my inner thighs is from stressed ligaments and 'strongly recommends' no sprinting. Hmmm, I've only made 3 games this year, maybe I'll just go and strike out! :)

I think Gabby is starting to get into the painful part of teething, she had a rough night yesterday. And coming from a baby who really only cries when she's hungry and slightly fusses when she's tired, I'm considering today a not so good day too! But I finally got her to fall asleep and she's resting soundly right next to me. Let the fun begin! :)

My little butterball on her 1st vacation rockin' Alexa's shades!

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

My little butterball isn't so little after all!

Well, we had Gabby's 4 month check up this week. Dave did surprisingly well with the shots, he only looked away once and he even held he arms down (I hate that part). She screamed bloody murder, of course, but I held her for a while, then put her back down to put her clothes back on and she was all smiles again. She had a rough night though, I think she's teething so she would burst out in spits of cries. Needless to say, we spent a lot of time snuggling Tuesday night. She sure has changed a ton in the last few weeks. She talking, well as best she knows how. Grabbing stuff and putting it in her mouth, her coordination is getting much better now so she can switch hands. It's amazing how much and how fast she has changed, 'they' weren't kidding when they said, 'they grow so fast'! And growing fast she is, she weighed in at 17.7 lbs. on Tuesday. She's off the charts with her weight, but for her weight, her height is right on. Figure that one out. Apparently her pediatrician is 'concerned' about it because I have to take her back in a month for a weight check. Not sure if she's concerned because she was so little when she was first born or really what the deal is, but she is a butterball for sure. I am not bothered by her 'tubby-ness', I'm glad she is healthy because she was so tiny when she was born. I think Gabby heard and understood what the doc was saying because starting that night, she drastically cut back her food intake. Mean doctor, no wonder there are so many anorexic teenage girls now-a-days!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Long time, no type.

I guess it's been awhile since I've written in my blog and as I type...I'm wondering what I am going to write about. Here I go once again wingin' it, I'm better at the freelance stuff anyway!

We've had a successful week, she's continuing to roll...almost rolling from her back to her front, which is harder I guess. She even rolled over for grandma & grandpa Hanegraaf today, just as she was getting completely tired from holding her head up! She does pretty well with her head, even when she was first born...she was a pretty tough cookie! We go in next Tuesday for her 4 month appointment for more shots :( and for a weight check. Can't wait for that, I'm thinking she's gonna be right around 17lbs., but that's just a guess. Daddy can actually make this appointment with me, it should be interesting. He's not a fan of shots for himself, so when he has to see his little girl pinned down and screaming bloody murder...yikes, let's just say, I'm SURE this will be the last appointment he makes with me. He had a hard enough time during my labor watching me go thru all the pain...and I'm a 'big girl'.

Gabby, in general, is a great baby. She's so content with everything, sleeps good thru the night and is happy around most everyone! However, she did cry today twice when grandpa H wanted to chat with her :( it broke my heart, but I think it has to do with his glasses and his voice. I guess my niece did the same thing with him for awhile. Normally, she's good with everyone...unless she gets over stimulated (or Dan Brady pokes his head in her car seat just as she's waking up). She's full of smiles each time I go to get her out of her crib, whether it be in the mornings or after a nap. Even if she wakes up in the middle of the night with a tummy ache or a bad dream, she always has a smile for me.

I remember back when she was about a month old and thinking "I don't see what all the fuss is about". Don't get me wrong, I loved her from the first moment I saw her, but I didn't feel the 'attachment' that I hear so much about. (Probably because I was in zombie mode and my brain was doing all it could to survive) I almost feel like a heartless person saying that, and honestly, it scared me there for a bit. But now, interacting with her, being able to spend my days (and nights) with her and watching every ounce of her grow... I feel that love and it makes my heart melt with joy every time I look at her, change her out of her jammies and then back into them for another night, and holding her sweet little hand as she looks directly into my eyes each time she eats. It is a love that is unexplainable and worth every ounce of annoying intoxicated person (yes, you too honey) for 10 whole months and all pain that it took to bring her into this world...without any doubt! I love you sweet baby girl from the outer parts of my fingertips to the very depths of my soul!

And on that note...I sign off. [Guess I had more to say then I thought! ;)]

Monday, June 29, 2009

Finally...

After lots of tummy time and quite a few 'almosts' the last few days, she finally rolled over tonight. After two emergency getter-out-of-the-bath-quick... (she pulled out the poop grunt), and two false alarms, I was putting her oil on her back (putting her on her tummy) and we let her kind of wiggle around. Dave moved around the counter that she was laying on, since she was focused on him she followed him with her eyes, then body... then timber... there she came. All by herself. I know, I know... she just rolled over, but we've been working so hard for it and it finally came tonight. No wonder why she slept 12 straight hours last night, she was prepping for all the hard work she was going to have to do tonight. Now, she is fast asleep with a full tummy, dry diaper and soft, warm skin.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A night without kisses!

Tonight grandma & grandpa took Gabby so that Dave and I could go out together and spend a night together, alone! At supper I saw a little girl about gabby's age, a little older, and all I thought about was her! And now, we are home and I look in her room, and it's empty... :( I'll see my baby girl in the morning!
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

A day full of smiles & giggles...

Gabby was just full of smiles and giggles today, the most intense giggles thus far and by far the most fun day we have had yet. This makes all the bad days disappear and it makes me very thankful that I get to spend my days at home with her...

I do, however wish I would have turned on the camera 30 seconds sooner, she laughed so hard she tooted, and then she let a little scream out because she was so excited and she scared herself. It was quite hilarious. But I got the goods on film just the same. I have watched it now about 10 times, and each time I laugh just as hard. :) It makes my heart melt.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pics of the day!

Just wanted to quick post these pictures that I took today! What a little munchkin!


Look at her little tootsie's... always moving!


"Did you just say Dan Brady? "

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A day of maximum frustration!

To start things off the weather was so hot and muggy that it should have been expected to not find an uncrabby soul around! After having a good night, getting up at 5:30 to eat and then right back down to sleep until almost 10, the day started off good! I skipped class at the Y because she slept so late and I wanted to get her down for a good nap, and if we go to the Y it messes her all up cause she falls right asleep in the car seat. So, we took our daily walk down the driveway to get the mail, after visiting with Dan Brady about our gutter guard. Talk about sweat, holy cow! I was sweating 5 steps outta the shade. I tried to keep Gabby as cool as possible, barely strapping her in the stroller, but she likes to see everything so I sit her up in the stroller and I definately don't want her falling out! I kept all the sun off of her but still making sure she could see the dogs leading the way. On the way back she fell asleep and sweating she was by the time we got home, I tried to slip her out of the stroller and into her crib where it was way cooler! That lasted for a whole 10 minutes, and awake she was. We played, she sat in her swing and watched me pull weeds and water the landscaping. Then we (she) ate again, we rocked and fussy as hell she was. I tried eveything to get her to close her eyes, I even left her in her crib for 15 minutes til I couldn't take it any more. I finally tried (tried being the keyword) to set up the pack-n-play because it has vibration, thinking that might help! I struggled and struggled with that damn thing, then finally, literally, threw it across her room! I had to step away, so step away I did. I put her in her swing and tried again... half hour later, I got it and tried to lay her in it. She wanted nothing to do with it. So , it's about 2, so we go for another walk down the driveway, she falls asleep... repeat! Up 10 minutes later! We play, eat and try it again! Ugh! Then we lose power, neat! Needless to say, she took a little kitty Kat nap in my arms about 7 and awake again 20 minutes later! I'm entirely frustrated because I have no help (or break) from the day because my husband chose to go to the bar instead of being home with his family (weird) and she's been fussy and crabby ALL day, so guess what that makes me! I even had to put her in her crib fussy and wide awake cause I couldn't take it anymore and I had to go cry in the shower! Thankfully, when I got out of the shower she was fast asleep (hopefully for a good night) and now here I sit thinking about what a shitty mom I was today! Tomorrow will be better, right? :( One can only hope!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Interesting week....

Well, this week has definitely been interesting... to say the least! Wednesday night I had a jewelry party to attend for a friend and Dave had softball so we drove in together. I dropped him off at the softball diamonds and off to the party to see friends. It was hot and muggy and with the prediction of bad weather glooming in the air, we had the TV on upstairs. Since the party was downstairs and I had to feed the Gabster, I headed upstairs... we were watching the news and it seemed the bad weather was behind us (or so they said on the news), I headed out to pick up Dave. On the way he called and said he was heading to Torge's with a friend and I was just to head there to pick him up. Almost there and driving (what looked to be) right into the storm, Dave called and told me to turn around and head to Grandma & Grandpa's house, they were right underneath it all and trying to get the hell out. I turned right around and headed back towards his parents house and as I did the sirens started to blow. I had been watching the sky the whole time, trying to figure out how I was going to get to their house in time and wondering what I would do if we couldn't make it. Then I got behind some 'random idiot' that was watching the sky and driving 25 m/h in a 45 m/h zone... at that time, you can bet I had a slight bit of road rage. Of course, I followed 'random idiot' for another mile as he seemed to be heading to the same neck of the woods as I was. Finally, I come around the corner to Dave's parents house, looked up and see the sky. My heart sank to my knees... there was a huge circle of clouds just in front and above us with the clouds twisting and forming the funnel... If I didn't have my daughter with me, you can be assured I would have stopped my car, got out and stared in amazement, or I would have found a way to get closer to it. But, there is something about being a mommy now and doing anything you can to protect your little munchkin... so panic set in and I raced the 5 blocks to their house... all the while thinking, 'I'm not gonna make it in time'. We flew in the driveway, I slammed on the brakes and ran around to the passenger side to grab her. Out she flies, still in the car seat, I set her right inside the door and zipped back out to grab the diaper bag. I come back inside the house and because she was just falling asleep (before I yanked her out of the car) and I scared her by setting her in an 'unfamiliar place', she freaked out and cried and cried. I got her out of the car seat and held her and she was fine. As we were talking and I was telling Grandma and Grandpa about the sky, the lights were flickering and of course, as I looked at the TV, News6 was on and telling us how the storm 'hooked' back and then... it touched down... North of town and the rest we all know, what a sad story to see all the homes and all the beautiful trees destroyed. Thankfully, no one was killed, but what a mess to clean up.

Then Thursday night, Gabby and I were out strolling and we ended on our patio. Sitting there we sat, just chillin' with the dogs. Our one dog, Jake, is a weird duck and he likes to 'chomp' at flies. Since the flies were sticking like mad with the muggy, stormy air, they were sticking on Gabby. What a better place to try to chomp a fly then inside the stroller on a chubby cheek. So chomp he tried. Thank goodness I was sitting right there and was able to throw my arm up against his chest to stop him from getting to her. :( But he did manage to scare the baJesus out of her and of course she screamed bloody murder and it ended our nice night out on the patio. Needless to say, he will be no where near my daughter, alone...ever... He almost went for a long walk on a short plank that night!


This is a picture I took, just prior to Jake trying to eat her cheek!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mmmmm, Ice Cream

Just a quick post to show you how much Gabby loves ice cream... (I tell her she is eating ice cream every time we have a bottle...not really but work with me here!)... she had plenty when she was in my belly, hopefully she doesn't become as addicted to Coldstone Creamery as mommy is!


"Did you just say ColdStone...


...screw that pacifier, get me outta this damn chair! I love ICE CREAM!"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Girls are dangerous!

Made a quick trip up to Medford to Carters outlet today to find some jammies for Gabby! Found lots of jammies, amongst other things! Man, I could easily spend hours in there! So many cute things and so very reasonably priced too! This having a baby girl thing could be dangerous... on the pocket book that is! Phew thank goodness I'm a cheap ass!


"That's what I think about you going shopping without me this afternoon!"

Gabby's all moved into her new room and seems to be sleeping well. She did, however, have an issue lastnight. About 12:30 she had a screaming fit, one she has never had before! So much so that my husband bolted out of bed when he heard her scream on the monitor (which he never does) and he didn't even realize that he was sleep walking until he was half way down the last flight of stairs! He said this morning that he thinks he was dreaming that someone was stealing her :) Anyway, I thought she might have a bubble so I burped her a bit and then we rocked, she fell right back to sleep... Only to be up an hour later. We ate, then back down till 6am then back down til 9:30am. So she had an off night, not bad considering it's really the only/first time it's happened! Damn bubbles. Tonight will be better.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gabby's New Room

Okay, here is Gabby's new room, minus a few window & wall hangings!





Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I love laundry!

What a day, I finally got Gabby's room finished. The paint store mixed up on the second gallon (thank goodness it wasn't the first) so they fixed it yesterday, I re-painted the touch ups and today I got the wall hangings up and her clothing all moved to her new closets and all the crap that was in her closets moved out and up to her old room! I even got the little munchkin down for two naps - one for 45 minutes and the other for 2 hours with 2 short wake ups to reinsert the pacifier. She had a rough evening though, after 3 jammy changes, 4 bibs, 3 hours in mommy's arms/lap (drumming out the bubbles) and endless red faced grunts, I think we finally got all the bubbles out at 11PM and she's fast asleep (let's pray it's a good night)! Tomorrow I think I may just 'not' make housework an excuse to not go to the Y... I think I need a mini break and a need to blow off some steam (Jodi, hope you don't have to share a bag with me :) )! I have pics off Gabby's new room, but since my back is killing me and I'm sick off sitting in the rocking chair, I am writing in my blog, in my bed, via my phone - I'll have to upload tomorrow! (if time allows - I have lots of feelance work to get done)! Oh and, endless amounts of laundry to do from just today... I guess it's a good thing that I got 2 1/2 baskets folded today whilst the Gabster napped! It is never ending...

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sleep

It's funny, I asked my husband this morning if he could watch Gabby so I could try to get some sleep! They've been sleeping for the past 3 hours and I lie wide awake! :( I just can't win!
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Campin' in the Gab's room!

What a mess! I tried and tried to get the monitor to stop cracking with it having a new location down in Gabby's new room and I finally gave up about 11:30! I've got tears rolling down my face because I'm tired and frustrated... and, well let's face it, that's what a do when I get tired and frustrated! Since our bedroom is on the other side of the planet as Gabby's room, I decided to make me a little bed on her floor to try to get some sleep. Take a look at the time of this post and ask me how that's going! There is quite possibly nothing more frustrating then when you are tired and all you want to do is sleep and the frustration of not being able to sleep prevents you from sleeping... making sleep impossible!

And tomorrow it starts all over again!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Shit! (Pardon the potty mouth)

That's all I have to say is Shit! I painted all four walls, 2 coats with the same can of paint. With the other can of paint, of the same color, I touched up the walls today... and the color is slightly lighter. Shit, now i have to repaint the whole friggen room again. Man, can't things just go right once?

We did get the furniture all moved downstairs and Gabby is spending her first night in the new room. Hopefully she will sleep well... I know mommy sure needs too!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Live like a Caveman....

Phew, finally... after a bad start to the very early morning I can sit... quick, before I need to shower and head to bed.

We lost power this morning at 3:30 am, still unsure why... and it wasn't until almost 10:30 am before we got it back. Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time out in my car warming bottles with the earths slowest cigarette lighter bottle warmer. Of course, as soon as we lost power, Dave's DTN and the baby monitor beeped like crazy so the Gabster was up and HUNGRY... she had to suffice with a room temperature bottle (I did the best I could honey), but she took it like a trooper. Then back to bed she went and since I had no monitor to hear her on, guess how much sleep I got. Ding, ding, ding... you're the winner! (sleep is over rated anyway!)

Either way we were going to go the Y today (what were we going to do at home, carve our name in the walls, beat our hands on our chest and grunt the alphabet out?), so off we went... and back home at 1:30. I didn't quite get her down for her nap until 2:45, but when I did that allowed me to put one more coat of trim on... Once I was set up to roll the walls, she was up. So of course we had to play, then eat... then she sat out in the hallway and watched me roll the walls. I promised her we would take a stroll down the driveway for our daily walk to get the mail (SHE LOVES TO STROLL)... so I finished the walls, and off we went. She of course took another quick nap... (it's a mile down to the mailbox and back), then we checked the garden and played with the dogs for a bit... then we were hungry again. So we ate, I got her bath ready and we played in the bubbles, then out like a light in a matter of 10 minutes. Off to bed she went and I finished stripping the rest of the tape off the woodwork and vents and put the light & plug-in covers back on. And now it's ready to go. My husband PROMISED me he would find someone to help him tomorrow night to help move the furniture from upstairs down to her new room. I have to get her room back in order, then get all the crap from downstairs moved upstairs and somewhat organized so I can get the rest of the house back into some sort of order. We have Father's Day at our house every year and even though it is still a couple weeks away... I would like our house looking 'sort of' decent by then. I will have plenty of other things to worry anout come closer to Father's Day.

And on that note, I'm pooped... gotta go shower and hit the hay! I have a big day again tomorrow... have to print and work on assembling wedding invitations!

No power

And because we have had no power since 3:30 am I will be doing; D, none of the above (or below as listed in the post)!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Relocating & the Galloping Pony!

Due to some 'architectural challenges', and after countless hours of debate (amongst myself) I have made the dreaded decision to move Gabby's bedroom downstairs! Our house is all, completely open... except for one bedroom downstairs on the main level (I should take some photos to show...someday), this even includes our bedroom, which is really only separated by the location. When initially planning the nursery, we thought it would be okay to have her room on the top level, with NO privacy! Our thinking: guests would at least have some privacy and Gabby needs to really get used to 'noise', we shouldn't have to tippy toe around the house and whisper ...just because she is sleeping! Well... that is exactly what we do. If I am back in our bedroom, I can hear the TV in the sunroom on the monitor... which is the furthest away from her room on the main floor. For example, just today I dropped a brick of butter out of the fridge making a sandwich for myself... yup, no more napping for Gabby... needless to say! So, moral of the story, I have completely dismantled the bedroom downstairs, cleaned windows, woodwork, vents, carpets, taped, trimmed & painted the first coat... all in the last 3 days... All while entertaining a 3 month old! Thank goodness we have such a calm, happy baby or none of this would be possible. Also, thank goodness I had my mother-in-law help me pick out a color on such short notice, cause with those gigantic swatch books, one might have suicidal temptations trying to decide! But, we got it all figured out and I think I am really going to like the color, it reminds me of dessert sand and how perfect to go with safari animals! Now, one more coat of trim and full coverage and then onto moving the furniture (my husband loves me for that)... Sorry honey... & Pat cause I know you'll get stuck helping!

Aside from the 'new' nursey, I played ball tonight (thanks mom) and each time I ran to base I felt like a galloping pony 'ga glonk ga glonk, ga glonk ga glonk' as I limp and whimper like a new puppy trying to find mommy's boobie. One good thing: I don't even break a sweat running anymore even if I have to trot my ass to 2nd base! :)

And I must sign off now, hopefully to get some rest. I have a big day at the Y tomorrow and then home to finish up the painting! My plan is to get all but the big stuff in her new room by tomorrow night! Might not happen though, I have a bride that I have to get started on and I have to get her announcements printed (just got the paper today) so I can get them assembled and out the door!

Nye nye!

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

If ya've had a bad day...

I woke up this morning with some real negative energy and a bad attitude, no one to blame but myself! My husband and I had an argument (one that seems to be reoccurring) and I just couldn't figure out 'how I was ever going to get out of it' (the funk that is)... or at least get thru the day! But after thinking to myself throughout the day and realizing that it could me much worse, I readjusted my thoughts and spent time with my family. Thanks to graduations, close and extended family! Then tonight, after having a (much needed) few minutes, alone with my husband I realized... I just had a bad day! If you're reading this you should consider yourself lucky (not for reading my blog silly, but for being able to read it)! I'm lucky because I have a beautiful baby girl, whom I can't stop staring at, a husband who loves me, and always says so, a roof over my head (if you don't count the chimney that is falling on us :) ), and family & friends that are alive and well! So, in all actuality, I should be grateful...

Moral of my lame post tonight: if you are reading this know; if you think you are having a bad day, think about how much worse it COULD be...at least you are here and able to read this and you still have your loved ones by your side ! Let that cheer your soul and calm your heart! Let the past be history, the present be the best and the future something to look forward to!

On that note I sign off, glass of wine in hand, baby girl fast asleep and husband by my side - not to mention 3 of the best dogs on the planet all snuggled together outside in their kennel!

What more could you ask for?

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Piss & Moan

Okay, now it's my turn to piss and moan! Remember back before Gabby was born (well, I do) and my doctor told me that the pain that I was having in my upper, inner thighs and lower pelvis "would go away after the baby was born"? I am starting to wonder 'how much longer' I have to wait until he proves himself correct? I've been back to the Y now, doing my regular routine (pre-pregnancy, of course) for about 7 or 8 weeks and things just aren't getting any better! There are still things in yoga and pilates that I am finding either very painful or impossible to do ... and, the worst part is, it's as simple as lifting one leg! Ugh! Also, another humiliating task for me is now running the bases in softball, which I just figured out Tues night! It's only my second week back at ball and I thought I was gonna die Tues (yah, I am totally exaggerating), but I couldn't get my grounding at all and it was super painful to run the bases! I even had the ump ask me if I needed a pinch runner (that's gotta make ya feel good, fatty)! And, well... let's face it, for those of you that know me, I really don't need any help with my speed as a base runner! It's hard to run faster then a snail but it is a goal that I had surpassed... up until now! AND, for some reason I ALWAYS end up either as lead off or in front of Curty (ya, that's right Scoots, you made the blog)! It's gonna get better, right? I sure hope so! I can still do the Kickboxing & Cyclebox classes with relatively no issues... until I end up sitting down for 10 minutes, then I look like a 102 year old woman climbing the last flight of stairs before base jumping to her death! I guess for now my Tues night team is going to have to relish in the fact that I now have 3 plows attached to my ass rather then the usual 2! Laugh it up kids, laugh it up!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

12 weeks Old

Well, our little butterball is 12 weeks old today... crazy, it's been a while since I have written in my blog and I don't even know where to begin. She's moving on up and eating almost 6 oz. at each feeding, once-in-a-while she'll only gobble down 4 oz., but she is definitely getting bigger, more alert and aware of her surroundings and is sleeping sooo much better. Not that we have really had to complain about her sleeping habits, she's always been really good... Last Friday she slept 10 hours in one stretch and again last night she was down for 10 1/2 hours. It's crazy, and when she wakes up, she's not even starving. The 'light switch' (which is the phrase that I refer to as her instant hunger sign) doesn't flip on, she is all smiles in the morning and calm, which is wonderful...even if she had gotten up once throughout the night to eat she is still all giggles when she wakes up for the day. She is becoming more and more aware of her hands too, constantly sucking on them... I was hoping that she would find her thumb and/or fingers to pacify herself but she seems to be taking to the pacifier more and more so I hope against the hands... they are harder to ween off of as they get older. In fact, this photo was taken just today... she has a tendency to get her whole fist in her mouth (knock it off boys) and gags herself, here is mid gag...



Anyway, she's waking up now... but I promise to my 'stalkers' that I will try to be a little better about my posting in the days to come (hopefully)

A thank you note


Dear Uncle Justin & Aunt Sarah, I wanted to send you a note to say thank you very much for the adorable John Deere stuff. I really love the 'real' button on this onsie that I am wearing... so much so that I tried my hardest to remove it for safe keeping. Mommy told me I should leave the button alone, she said something like 'it's brand new', but I just thought it was pretty. It's still there, I haven't gotten it off... yet! Anyway, you are probably wondering why I have this funny look on my face... well, I guess because I am torn between colors... right when mommy took my picture I said to her "you told me I was supposed to like red"! I have so much 'green' stuff, but every once-in-a-while someone will give me something 'red' so I just don't know what color I should like best. I suppose that since daddy can't make up his mind and he is way older then me, I shouldn't have to make up my mind just yet either. So I think I will like both of them for now. Thanks again for the pretty cool clothes, I almost fit into the pants... can you believe it? I am 12 weeks old today... one of these days I am going to show mommy just how big I am and do that thing (roll over) she keeps trying to get me to do. Love you guys... can't wait to see you next... I can smile now & I can't wait to show you! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The hangover

I just saw a commercial for a new movie called 'The Hangover' and the previews have a random baby left in the hotel room of some guys at a bachelor party in Las Vegas. The one guy ends up carrying her/him around in a Baby Bjorn carrier... It looked like the same stunned baby that I carry around in mine! And another scene where they're in the hospital and someone says something 'startling' and of course, I have my eyes on the baby, and I watched this baby almost jump out of the carrier, it was hillarious!

Good blog for me tonight, nye nye. :)

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Too much sleep?

I think my peanut is getting more sleep now (throughout the day) then she has been up to this point! I thought it was supposed to start to be the other way around? :( Don't get me wrong, I am loving that she is sleeping well thru the nights, but I am a little worried about her sleeping too much during the day...especially since she was a wide awake cat napper during the day! Any of you mothers have any advice? Is this normal?
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Wow, what a night!

I am such a bad mommy! :( Gabby was pretty tired lastnight and all she wanted to do was be held, so I held her. Since it was only 8:30 and she had a full tummy, I thought I would give her a bath. That always helps her sleep good and well, after a day in the garden with Grandma & mom, she needed one. So, with only one hand (Gabby in the other), I grabbed her tub full of all her stuff... which is kind of heavy (even heavier with one hand). As I am trying to squeeze thru the door with the tub, I conked Gabby's little head on the corner of the wall... I more or less just kind of pushed her head into the corner. Scream bloody murder she did, and I felt terrible. She's crying, I'm crying.... what a crappy mom I am. :(

After a nice warm bath, a new diaper and a clean pair of jammies she was nestled in my arms with her pacifier. It didn't take long and she was out, in bed by 9:45. I had some work to do so I quick worked on that and headed up to bed to relax for a bit. Of course, I didn't drift off to sleep until about 1am, and awoke at 4am to a silent baby. I zipped in to check on her and she was sound asleep, not to stir until almost 6am. We got up and ate, thinking she was up for the day, or morning at least... not hardly. She was back down in her crib at 6:45am and she is still sleeping. It's 10:40am right now :) I am even missing class today because I wasn't going to wake her just so I could go to the Y. What an angel. I did give her some Mylecon before she went to sleep both times and I wonder if that didn't do the trick. She stirs quite a bit and grunts and groans so I was thinking maybe she is gassy from the formula so I thought I would give it a try. Apparently it worked.... either that, or a I gave her a concussion from smacking her head on the corner of the wall. Now, hopefully she lets me go for a run a little later today!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Marley, me & real life

So this morning, with my husband out in the field, I decided I would feed Gabby & rent myself a movie. Beings that I have been anticipating Marley & Me for quite sometime, I knew that was the movie for me! (I justified not waiting to watch it with my husband because he rented one the other day without me). Other then the tears because of the wonderfully sad story about the dog, it's also a great story about real life and the hardships we have to go thru in order to make it 'all' work! For me this movie really rang true with us and the new baby & the struggles we have come upon and the many struggles we will have yet to endure! If only we can endure it with as much dignity and admiration as John & Jen did!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Snuggles & Smiles

I love my baby girl & the snuggles we share, especially at the end of the night! Oh, and I look forward to the smiles I get in the morning!

Monday, May 11, 2009

And I said Dave....

If she isn't her father's daughter, there is no such thing!


Gabby, 9 weeks & 5 days

Patent Pending: Homemade Pacifier

I figured out tonight, after much denial, that the only pacifier that Gabby will take is... none! Yah, that's right, I have about 20 and she likes all zero of them. I did figure out that if I take one of her nipples from her bottles and stick my finger in it so she doesn't suck air, that does the trick. Now, tomorrow morning I will be cutting off my index finger, on my left hand, and using that to plug the nipple (pacifier) so that I don't have to hold her 24/7 when she is fussy and all she wants is to suck. I'm hoping one of these days she finds her thumb or finger and that does the trick on it's own, but until then... Why oh why do they have to make things so damn complicated? Why can't they make the nipple on the pacifiers the same as the nipples on the bottles?

If anyone has any suggestions on how to 'fill' the hole on my homemade pacifier so that I don't have to amputate a limb, I would find much appreciation in it.

Patent pending: 'real use pacifier with fake limb'

Friday, May 8, 2009

My name is Gabriella...

My name is Gabriella and this is how I like to sleep at night!

My mommy puts me in these pretty little outfits and I feel so good and comfy that I like to sleep thru the night...sometimes. I especially like this outfit because my little footsies hang out so I stay nice and cool (mommy tells me I take after daddy and am hot, hot, hot!) This is the outfit that I wore the very first time that I slept thru the night for mommy. Thank you mommy! (no, thank you Gabriella!)

Mother's Day Note

Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's-to-be, mothers for days and mothers for decades. Love to you all... after all, if it weren't for you, where would we all be? :)

Love you mom of my own!

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby ...
somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history.

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Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct ...
somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

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Somebody said being a mother is boring ...
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.

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Somebody said if you're a 'good' mother, your child will 'turn out good'...
somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.

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Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother ...
somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

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Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first ...
somebody doesn't have two children.

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Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery ...
somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten ... or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'

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Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married...
somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.

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Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home...
somebody never had grandchildren.

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Somebody said your mother knows you love her, you don't need to tell her ...
somebody isn't a mother.