Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas & milestones

Hannah's first Christmas went so well! We spent the Sunday before at Dave's mom's where Hannah got new clothes, bath toys, a bath tub, sippy cups, and so many generous presents! She loved eating the wrapping paper. We spent Christmas day with Dave's dad and with my family at my grandparent's. Hannah loves playing with her new toys. It was so nice to have Christmas morning with just the 3 of us too.

I can't believe it's nearly 2010. It will no longer be the year that Hannah was born. But I think we'll start trying again in 2010-and sometimes it takes every bit of control to wait until summer. Hannah is so easy to deal with; it really makes us want another baby...

Anyway, I don't think I've really recorded her milestones so here goes:

Smiled socially at 5 weeks
Rolled over at 4 months
Tripod sitting at 4 months
Sitting unassisted at 5 months
Sat herself up at 6 months
Crawled at 6.5 months

And she is trying to pull up on things so I'm sure that will come soon.

In other news, we are getting ready to feet with a mortgage officer to get going on buying our first home. We met with a financial adviser to figure out a down payment so now we just have to wait and see on the loan. We are very excited to get things going!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It's nearly Christmas and I've barely begun my shopping

This happens every.single.year. I am not good at buying gifts for people. Sigh. Ah well, I suppose if it makes others happy, it's worth it then.

I am taking a class to continue my training as a licensed preschool teacher. It's on observing children. It's not hard, but a part of me is going "Homework??? But I already graduated last year! WAH!" I also took an in-person training on pretend play. I got lots of useful information, but laughed a bit at the teacher-coddling. Every 5 minutes, it was "oh us teachers work sooooo hard. What amazing things we do for children every day!" My job is actually really easy, and I in no way feel like superwoman but I know there are crappy teaching environments. And I totally understand why those people need encouragement.

My feel good moment of the week? When we brought Hannah up to the counter for check-in at the church nursery and one of the workers rushed over to get her. It is so nice knowing that people want to be around your kid haha. I'm so so glad she does well in there!

As for Hannah's skills, she is still working on crawling. She was getting up on all fours and rocking, but now she actually moves one arm and leg forward. Then she collapses. But she's definitely made progress! She also can get into the sitting position by herself. She'll be on her belly, then go to all fours, then sit up from there. In terms of gross motor development, she's definitely ahead. She's not babbling much, but I think her "focus" is on those large group muscles right now.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mobility is coming soon...

Well Hannah is in the very beginning stage of mobility. She is doing a kind of creep/army crawl, but she goes backwards! It's cute to see, but it is frustrating for her. She also can get up on all fours for about 2 seconds, but then she falls down. I wouldn't be surprised if she was full on crawling by Christmas, but I know many babies take the process slowly.

In other Hannah news, she has a new favorite food-bananas! Dave and I love them too so no big surprise there. We're going to my mother-in-law's for Thanksgiving, and I think we'll bring bananas and/or sweet potatoes for her to eat. Her favorites!

Two days of work this week then Thanksgiving break. I'm ready for the vacation and I think the kids are too. I've been looking up training dates to keep up with licensing. I really need to sign up soon!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


The dedication went great! My parents and sister, Dave's dad, Dave's sister & her son all came out. My only small regret is not putting Hannah in the nursery after the dedication part. She just does so well in there, and it was a bit hard to concentrate on the service. It was really interesting too. It was a Q&A format on heaven and hell. I hope to get a chance to listen to it online the week.

So we're all sick. Dave is lightheaded and has a sore throat. I mostly just have a sore throat, and Hannah has a stuffy nose. She was up from 11:30-12:30 last night and up again at 5 am. I know that's not bad, but she usually sleeps 7-6 or 7-7 so we knew she wasn't feeling well. Hopefully it will pass soon for all of us!

My preschool students played in the leaves yesterday, and I so wish I had my camera. The pile was huge, and they were just laughing and jumping all around. Love it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today was a hard day

Dave's grandmother passed away on Thursday October 29th, and today was the funeral. It was a beautiful service, and it brought all the family together. I remember meeting his grandma. It was at one of his high school band concerts, and she gave me a hug and was so kind. Dave tells me how much he enjoyed spending time with her growing up. She really was a generous, caring, godly woman.

It was just a long day for the both of us and we ended up snapping at each other more than we should. It's so easy to take your frustrations out on the one you love the most! We had a nice talk tonight though so all is well.

In other news, Hannah is now 5 months old. I totally teared up yesterday because she held her own bottle for most of her feeding. It just seems like a lot is going on with her at once. In the past 2 weeks we have put the swing in storage, started solid foods, seen her sit up unassisted, and seen her hold her own bottle. I do not miss her newborn days at all, but I'm still a little sentimental about all her new skills. Dave's even worse. I had to convince him that putting away her swing does not mean she is getting ready to get married or even start kindergarten! I can't imagine what we'll be like when it's our last baby.

Unfortunately though, Hannah has been having stomach problems lately. Lots of spitting up, fussiness, and just seeming uncomfortable. I don't know if it was the squash or the new formula. We had been using Similac to supplement, but got a free sample of Enfamil, and I figured I would give it a shot. She seemed to like it, but I'm wondering if it's not agreeing with her. At this point, we're going back to Similac and just plain rice cereal for solids. We'll try squash again in a couple weeks to see how she does then.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aww poor little toaster....

BSG is so good. I'm partway through season 2. And I hear it gets better! Gah!

Let's see. Hannah started solid food this week. So far we've learned that she hates rice cereal and thinks butternut squash is okay. It's so cute seeing her in the feeding seat though. She looks like such a big girl. We finally started videotaping her too. We got her first experience eating on tape and I got some of her on her tummy/sitting up too.

My preschoolers have their Halloween party tomorrow, and they are beyond excited. I, on the other hand, still need to get my Halloween costume together. Here's hoping everything goes off without a hitch.

Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday. I love the fall back one since it feels like you're getting up later than you really are. But I so hope this does not screw up Hannah's sleep schedule.

Friday, October 23, 2009


I'm starting this blog to share my life with family, friends, and anyone interested. It will most likely be very family-centered since that's just where my life is at right now.

Recent happenings:

-Dave and I are dedicating Hannah at church on November 8th. I'm trying not to focus so hard on who to invite and all the logistics, but more on what the promises really mean. We're about to stand in front of our church and promise to raise Hannah in the ways of the Lord. I feel like we need to talk more about what that means. I so want her to accept Jesus, and I want us to be a model for her faith.

-We are starting to look at houses to buy. First time home-buyers right here. It's exciting and a little scary! We're not working with a real estate agent yet. Just checking some listings online to get an idea of prices and what we like.

-Hannah is rolling over, trying to sit up by herself, "talking" much more, and sleeping in her crib for naps and bed time. She sleeps 10-12 hours per night.

-Now that Hannah is much easier, I've started getting really excited/anxious for our next baby. Then yesterday I took an antibiotic that made me extremely nauseous, and I remembered feeling that way every day for 11 straight weeks due to my pregnancy last year. That made me willing to wait a bit longer for Hannah's brother or sister. Yes of course it was worth it in the end, but it was still a miserable experience at the time!