Thursday, February 28, 2013

3 months! (yesterday)

Three months have gone by in a flash!  She has changed so much already!

In case you forgot, this is what she looked like day 1 at the hospital.  Already an alert little girl.
But now she is really getting to be interested in what is going on around her. (I LOVE her cloth diaper bubble bum.) 

She is just recently starting to open her hands a lot to grab for and bat at toys.  She LOVES her jungle play mat.  The lights really get her excited too.
Working on her sitting up skills.  Not quite there but definitely improving every day.
Lovin' on the Valentines teddy bear that Daddy got for her.  She has recently really discovered her ability to put things into her mouth.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I told Ken I wasn't planning or expecting anything for Valentines Day, but it is a good excuse to dress up the babe in a cute outfit.

Here are a few other pictures that I had been meaning to post as well.

A friend of mine snapped this picture at her house when we went over to help her pack and clean since they were moving to San Diego.  I ended up spending most of the time just chatting with her and nursing Scarlet.  I did at least pack a couple of boxes of her movies.
She gave us some of her daughter's old clothes since they were moving and I thought this outfit was stinking cute even if it looks like a 4th of July outfit.
Figuring out how to take pictures of us together with the help of our mirror in the entry way.

On my birthday we woke up to a broken heater.  Brrr. Fortunately, the repair man was able to come within 2 hours and it was a pretty easy fix AND it was under warranty.  Yeah!  Happy Birthday to me!

We stayed nice and cozy together while we waited.
p.s. These are the best blankets ever!  From Costco. $13.  Booya.

She actually sits up in the Bumbo really well now and hardly ever falls over!  She is getting so strong!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Go check on the baby

Lately I have had way too many moments when I have felt like the Holy Spirit has prompted me to do something or say something and I have ignored it (For example when I propped Scarlet on the couch and had the thought to ask Ken to watch her while I did something else for a minute, but I didn't say anything, and then she fell face first into a pillow.  Fortunately within a few seconds he did notice, but I wouldn't have felt like such a dinglebat if I had just told him to watch her. p.s. I came back soon enough that had he not noticed I am certain there would have been no lasting damage. Or the time when I asked him to go to Home Depot to buy a new air filter on his way home from work and I felt like I should send him a picture of the old one, but didn't, and he bought the wrong one.)  If I had just listened and obeyed that little prompting life would have been just a tiny bit better, or easier, or more convenient, nothing dramatic, just easier.  Well, in the Sunday School class that I teach we have been having an ongoing discussion about seeing Heavenly Father's hand in our life.  This past week I decided I would try super hard to just act on any little thoughts that I had.  One night I woke up at about 2:00am to use the bathroom (I thought I would be done with the middle of the night potty breaks after giving birth but they have not totally stopped.)  As I was finishing up I had the thought, "Go check on the baby."  I have also been trying to fight the first-time-mom paranoia and not check on her so much so there was a slight hesitation, but fortunately, I decided to just do it.  I sort of asked the Spirit, "Do I need light?" and the answer was, "Yes" (which seems pretty obvious if you are going to go check on a child but in my half stupor I needed to ask the question.)  So I went out and turned on the hall light and then went in to check on her.  As I approached her crib I could see that the blanket was only half way on her body so I decided to pull it up on her.  As I pulled up the blanket she startled and flailed her arms.  When she flailed her arms I noticed that her sleeves were covering her little hands.  Since she is a thumb sucker (see previous post for a picture) I knew that would be a problem if she needed to self-sooth later that night/morning.  I was able to gently roll up her sleeves without disturbing her too much and she was able to sleep until sometime after 7:00am.  I am fairly certain that had I not rolled up her sleeves she would have woken up much earlier, mad that she couldn't find her thumb and then wanting to eat.  It was definitely a little tender mercy from the Lord for both of us.

One of my favorite scriptures that relates to this topic is found in the Book of Mormon, when Lehi and his family are on their journey from Jerusalem to the new promised land.  They received the Liahona (compass/ball) to guide them and Nephi makes this remark, "And we did follow the directions of the ball (Liahona), which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness." 1 Nephi 16:16. The journey was difficult and they had to make the journey regardless, but by following the Liahona they went through the best parts of the wilderness, which made their journey just a little bit easier, just a little bit happier.  When we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to be our companion, AND we act on the promptings that he gives us, our journey of life, which can be very difficult, is just a little bit easier, a little bit happier.  I had another experience today at church with my Sunday School class, that I won't go into here, but it was obvious to me that it was a tender mercy and an answered prayer, and I felt like I was on cloud nine because of the great joy that I felt.  To me, feeling that intense, true joy that comes from following those promptings is one of the absolute greatest things about living the gospel of Jesus Christ and looking for God's hand in my life.  I know He is there.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dear Diary...

Dear Diary... Sometimes I forget about you.  Ok, it actually hasn't been that long but I was just looking at pictures and realized I had a bunch that I wanted to post but didn't yet so it's going to be another random picture posting.

Not great photo quality but when her hair is wet it is super curly.  Too bad it straightens out when it is dry, even if we don't comb it out.  The other day after her bath Ken was combing her hair and doing different hairstyles like a faux hawk or all straight forward. I was starting to get impatient and he said, "hey, this is my only chance to play dolls!"

I just love her cute smile! I always get excited when I can actually capture it on camera.

I have to give a little shout out to my sister Jenn for teaching me the ways of Baby Wise.  At just 2 months Scarlet already sleeps through the night really well.  She usually goes down around 9:00pm and sleeps until sometime between 7am-8am.  The fact that she has found her thumb has really helped a lot too.  She is able to soothe herself back to sleep if she is startled at all.  I am loving the good sleep!

Some people have asked me if she ever cries.  Yep.  She does.

But most of the time she is just our little angel.

Well, I was going to post more but I started this in the morning and then she woke up before I could finish.  Now it is evening and I know I won't be able to do any more later so I will just finish for now and do more again soon... I hope.