Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sweet time with Memama

Last week my mom, Megan and I went to see my Memama and Pop in Charlotte. We stayed overnight and Memama got to spend lots of time with her sweet great grandbaby. She is quite a pro having had 4 of her own, 10 grandchildren, and now 2 great grandchildren! Lael was such a happy girl sitting with her Memama.
The rocking chair that Memama is sitting in originally belonged to Lael's great, great, great, great grandmother! I wonder how many babies have been rocked in that very chair!

What a sweet, priceless photograph

Pop and Lael :)

My Memama used to make dolls and we just had to take Lael's picture with good 'ole "Sugar Britches"...I'm serious, that's her name. Collector's dolls usually come with a name and this just so happens to be hers...go figure. I can tell you firsthand that sugar is last thing you'll find in my little one's britches!

"Um, Mom, who is this chick?"

Then, we thought it would be fun to put Lael in the baby doll stroller (while Memama was a nervous wreck)...

First she wasn't so sure...

...and then she remembered just how fun it is to be a baby doll!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Recent favorites

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Miracle Blanket

I have to give credit where credit is due! This "Miracle Blanket" truly is a little miracle! We have swaddled Lael at night from day 1, and after she was able to get out of the hospital blankets (which are actually really great swaddling blankets!) we knew we had to find something to keep her arms DOWN! I think it's probably the norm for babies to try to get their little hands up near their faces and Lael is no different. If they get their arms up and then fall asleep many times they experience the "Moro Reflex" also know as the "startle reflex". For the baby it is a fear of falling and when they experience this feeling they startle themselves causing their arms to flail, thus waking themselves up. It presents itself in newborns and is usually gone within a few months. During the night in those first few weeks I would hear her squirming around and just know that she had gotten her arms up. Major bummer when you just want a mere HOUR of sleep. Sheesh. I had heard about this blanket and looked it up on their website. They have a great video of a baby being swaddled in it and how it works. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was the blanket for Lael. It has two flaps inside of it that go around her arms, tuck behind her back and keep her arms straight and down. She can. not. get. out. of. it. Therefore, she can not wake herself up. It is glorious. I haven't seen another swaddle blanket on the market that can keep a baby's arms down like this one. We wrap her up every night quite tightly and she knows that it's time for bed. She goes straight to dreamland! This baby product has been a "must" for us!

Go check out the "Miracle Blanket" web site at www.miracleblanket.com. They have lots of fun colors to choose from!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3 months old today!

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:5-9
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

My funny Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Snowed in!

This time we took Lael out in the snow, and it was beautiful!

Our home in the snow

How awesome is it to be snowed in and watching the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics?!! Perfect!

We just had to let Lael sneak a peek before she hit the sack.
And no, we don't normally put her in front of the television-- although, she will crane her neck to see it if it's on!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

My first birthday as a mommy!

Lael and me with my traditional Devil's Food cake that my mom has been making for me since I turned one!

Celebrating my first birthday as a mom--kind of surreal!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Megans

This picture makes me smile! I love to see my two beautiful Megans together!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lael and Lillian

Lael had a ball hanging out with her BFF, Lillian at our play date last week! These two are only 3 days apart in age!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Twenty seven years ago...

...this is what I was doing!

Doesn't my mom look beautiful for just giving birth??!

Daddy's not looking too shabby either! :)

This year my birthday has kind of taken on a whole new meaning. After having Lael I can now understand the joy that my parents must have felt on the day I was born. Thank you, Momma and Daddy for loving me and taking care of me for so many years!

Thank you, God for the best birthday present ever--my baby girl!!
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who's who?

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Wes and Gillian came over and brought us a yummy spaghetti dinner!

Look at that little pumpkin!! I just love how she's sitting up hanging out with Daddy! Trey is taking the NC bar exam (no, we're not moving), and Lael likes to hang out with him while he studies. Of course, Winnie has to be in on the action always.

Here are the sweethearts--Bryan and Megan

Here's Bryan trying to get on Megan's level :)

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Just hangin' out on a rainy day

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