The Monday Real

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Linking up with Jess this week!

Honestly? I don’t even know where to start. So it’ll probably be pretty random, but here goes nothin’.

~I only have one child, 11 months, and yet? everything seems so.much.harder. Keep the house clean? forget it. put clean laundry away? maybe tomorrow. walk the dog? if I’m lucky.

~These days I get irritated a little easier at my husband. He’s a wonderful dad and he does help around the house. But, sometimes I’d wish he’d do a little more…spontaneously. If I ask, its usually done. My wish? to have him randomly pick up just because. I know I’m home with E now, but that doesn’t mean I can do it all.

~We have an italian greyhound. Super affectionate. Not the independent type. So when it rained all day sat.? I had to drag her outside otherwise she woulda peed in the house. She doesn’t like being wet or alone. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have a dog.

Uh oh. Today isn’t my day…it really sounds like I’m complaining. I do love my life. But, I guess the reality is that this life-where-you-have-to-take-care-of-little-people is everything and nothing like I thought it would be 😉

 

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At the end of last month Eliza turned ten months old. I seriously cannot believe we’re closing in on a year. WOW.

I’m getting closer to having a toddler and not a baby..so.not.ready.

What have you been doing during your ninth month ‘lil E?

Well, a LOT of this:

Yep. You were working on pulling to stand. You weren’t quite ready to do it on your own, but loved being put in a standing position. You would stand at the windowsill, table, or any surface and bang on it with your hand or toy.

You also learned to sit up from your tummy and sit down when you were standing.  We officially lowered your crib when you started to pull up. For you, your crib is the last place you perfect your skills. You were rolling, sitting and pulling up on the floor long before you ever did it in your crib.

What else?

You started your love affair with swinging — you love being outside! Meli received a lot more attention this past month…she’s deciding more and more to head the other way when she sees you coming…

Eliza, I don’t know what happened over Christmas but when we got back you insisted on feeding yourself. I’m lucky if I get some yogurt in you at breakfast some days. If we try to help you, you put your hands over your mouth and then push our hands away. So, its been all finger foods the past month and honestly, its a lot of fun (but messy!). You eat what we do within reason. Some things you like and some you don’t…any form of broccoli, pasta or cheese will get snarfed down, but forget about blueberries, peaches or beans. I keep offering a variety of foods, whether you’ve refused them or not. You’re picky, but at the same time you’re not…you’ll eat some of what’s on your tray at every meal but some things you just won’t (carrots come to mind).

Since you’ve been eating so well we’re done with weight checks! Let’s hope you’re doing well at your 12 month visit…how could you not be with all you eat?!

This month you also mastered the sippy straw cup and have no issues with water or breastmilk. Its been an easy adjustment for you. You’re still nursing, but less than before…and rarely at night! Eliza, you also started sleeping through the night for 10-11 hours at a time! Now, not every night…some are a little rough. But, when you do you’re constantly moving.  I wish I could get a picture, but waking you up isn’t worth it…you sleep on your side, back and tummy with your bottom in the air. Super cute.

You play with all of your toys. Knocking over block towers or unstacking your rings are a favorite. You also love taking your puzzle pieces out of their spots. There’s also a fascination with empty bottles, Meli’s toys, Meli’s water/food bowls and all sorts of other things we’d rather you not play with…when you head into the kitchen I can bet that you’ll head right to Meli’s bowl and play in her water.

Speaking of moving…you’re moving faster on your tummy and do get on your hands and knees some. But..you’ve mastered the art of pulling yourself around with your hands…I’m not sure if you’ll crawl on hands and knees or not.

You’ve continued to jabber up a storm and I can tell your imitations are sounding more like real words, but no first words here yet. That’s ok, I can wait…but if you say dada one more time when I say mama…funny girl, hmmm?

I take more pictures and video of you I can count. (poor second child if there is one!). I know I’ll forget things. While we were gone for Christmas I held a newborn (which you did not like) and he felt so light. Its so easy to forget things like that, but I won’t forget how much you’ve brought to our lives and what a joy you are. love you always!

 

Saying good-bye

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I just received word that my grandpa passed away.

I’d just heard last night that he was going to be placed on hospice care. His decline happened sooner than anyone thought. My dad and uncle were with him though, which was good.

Its so hard. So hard to imagine him not in our lives. So hard when he’s in so many good memories. Its just so hard to say good-bye.

And it makes me scared to walk this walk with my parents. I just…can’t imagine.

Times like these I wish we were closer. I hope we saw him enough over Christmas, I hope Eliza got to spend some quality time with him — she won’t remember, but we will. I hope he knew/knows how much he was/is loved.

So, today and tomorrow and all the days to come I’ll think of all those good memories of him. Family dinners, his love of ice cream, summer vacations, holidays, his propensity to take pictures while everyone was eating…

Love you grandpa. Say hi to grandma and you will be missed much.

 

 

Unforgettable Fridays…

This week has just been a long one. Scott hasn’t helped me as much and I feel like messes are everywhere. Lil’ miss is succeeding at her mission to get into anything she can so stuff is scattered everywhere. I’ve got a headache and just am all blah today. So, I need to remind myself of what good has happened this week 🙂

~Eliza has been working on pulling to stand and now is decent at pulling up to her knees.  She ten gets one foot under her, but can’t quite get the other. She tries to pull on everything…probably would try on the dog if Meli would stay around long enough.

~She’s also becoming more interactive in her play with us. She initiated peek-a-boo yesterday. She’s started “sharing” lately…you know holding an object or her hand out to us to pretend to eat/take. Makes her giggle like no other…

~Speaking of giggling. She was playing with an empty box yesterday and everytime I said box she burst into a fit of giggles. love baby giggles…they just put me in a better mood.

And…that’s all I’ve got. Now, time to find something to clean…not hard around here today.

Happy Weekend!

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Just about ten months ago I became a parent. It still doesn’t feel real some days…this whole I have to be in charge of a little one and make the best decisions for her part. Raising a little girl in these days scares me. I don’t want to screw it up — there are so many pressures that weren’t present when I was little even…I want her to be a happy, secure and confident person.

Over the past week some articles have been passed around the internet. I’m also sharing them here because they’ve all spoke to me in one fashion or another. Reminding me to be easy on myself and take it day by day.

This one is about trusting your instincts and letting our little ones teach us. I always found in s/l therapy while it was important to work on our goals backing off a bit and letting the session be more child-centric can do wonders. Its a must read.

This one is about mothering one child. Its hard growing into this role I think. I had no idea what to expect and I’m still learning every day.

And this one about the tunnel of parenthood gives me a little hope 🙂 Though I wonder how easy it’ll be come highschool….

Some days its hard. I remember when I just had to worry about me, now I’ve got to teach E how to be kind, confident and to stand up for herself. It can be difficult to do that for me, let alone be a good role model for Eliza. She deserves it though.

Those wet slimy kisses and giggles tell me we’re doing just fine today. And tomorrow is coming, but we’ll worry about it when it comes.

Messy Mom Monday

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Joining in a link up today with Brittany and Jess for Messy Mom Monday.

There’s ALWAYS something to pick up/put away around here.  This year I’m working on getting rid of more and/or organizing better, but then there are the day to day messes…

Part of our living room.  Toys are everywhere and I guess Scott just drops his clothes where he likes. Nice.

Laundry room. I do have laundry baskets, but more often than not kitchen towels and whatnot ends up right in front of the washer. It all gets done..eventually!

And this. the piece de resistance…the closet.

yeeeah. I keep SAYING I’m gonna sort all those socks, but…. and apparently Scott’s uniforms live on the floor — I’ve put them away before, but apparently I don’t put matching tops/bottoms together (hey, come on they’re all the same print…). So, guess I gave up. And, I’m working on getting rid of clothes so things are…everywhere.

Blah. Makes me want a maid. I do stay home, but there is not enough naptime in the world to conquer all this..well, that and I’d rather shower…

Happy Messy Monday!

 

 

 

Much ado about nothing…

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This week has been flying by..Scott had Monday/Tuesday off and will be going in late these next few days since he’s flying at nights.

So, I haven’t had much computer time…when he’s off we do a lot together…this past weekend its been home organization!  The garage has been cleaned, along with the deck and laundry room.

Exciting details huh?  But, as I sit here to write nothing comes to mind!

There is something I’ve been reading about lately…(random topic shift…)

I really don’t know much about it, but have been reading a little bit about SOPA and PIPA.

Google has a petition you can sign if you so choose. I did. There are others out there I believe.

This is one issue where we should educate ourselves.

Link Up

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Today I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner for Show Us Your Life – Military Families

Hi! I’m Becky!

Just a bit about me…

Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom (former speech/language pathologist) for a nine month old baby girl. She’s getting into more stuff everyday, but something’s always going on between her or our dog!  She’s our first and we can’t imagine life without her!


This was her most recent escapade. We’d taken out the doggie door when we left for Christmas and hadn’t put it back in yet.  It was propped against the wall. I promise I wasn’t far away, but I’m not sure how she managed it. I love her face…uh oh. Yeah, I am that mom who takes a picture before rescuing her…but I can’t help it. I had to show my husband later in the day…and maybe her future boyfriend 😉

This is her last weekend:

For the most part she’s an easygoing little one, though she has her moments! Occasionally she sleeps through the night — when she does I’m thrilled!  She’s changing everyday and I love that I can be at home with her for now.

My husband is active duty Army.  He flies Chinook helicopters. I hear its like flying a bus. I have gotten to ride in one and it was amazing!  A couple from our last family day

Love those two!

Currently we’re in Savannah, GA…who knows how long we’ll be here.  Scott is seriously thinking about getting out sooner rather than later so we’ll see how that goes.

Nice to “meet” you! And, thank you for your service!

Un-forgettable Friday…

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These moments are passing me by….some things I don’t want to forget…

~Now that she’s crawling I (mostly) love it when she comes and finds me in the kitchen from the living room…to see her head peek around the corner and that smile — its so cute! (until she heads towards the dog’s food/water…)

~How she’s perfecting the art of the sippy cup. Bam, just like that she’s figuring it out. Amazing how all of a sudden you see a skill they couldn’t do before!

~Her first time on a swing at a park…it was a bit big, but she loved it.

~Meli not freaking out when we left the house earlier this week…the dog has separation anxiety, so any easy time getting out with E and the diaper bag is a success in my book 😉

~Scott lovin’ on E all he can while he’s here…he hasn’t seen much of her this week b/c of work. When he did get to spend some time with E I could just feel the love he has for her.

~E working on pulling to stand by herself…not there yet, but its coming.

Just a few things on my mind this week that I don’t want to forget!

Leaf fun

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Documenting all the firsts in a baby’s life is part of the fun. First holidays, milestones, etc. If you’re like me than you feel that there are many other firsts too…like first leaf pile!

We (finally) got around to cleaning up the leaves in the front/back yards this past weekend.  Temps were in the 70’s and well…it was overdue. E was outside hangin’ with us in her pack and play, but near the end I thought she could join in.  She wasn’t much help per se 😉 but did have some fun!

And the yard looks much better now. 🙂