Monday, August 30, 2010

your lucky day

Lael had quite a job to do this morning when she got up.

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I gave each of you a number in accordance with the order you commented, and the winner was...

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Congratulations, Brie at My Life in Prose!

You are the lucky winner of the Nuby No-Spill Flip n' Sip Cup!
Email me at: forthischildiprayed.net@gmail.com to claim it!

It was so nice to meet some of you who have "come out of the woodwork" to introduce yourselves. Thanks so much for following us. I am truly humbled that you take the time to read my blog.

A couple of my cute "real life" friends asked me if I really am friends with the Nuby Company.

I couldn't help but chuckle at the thought of it.

Sometimes my sarcastic side gets the better of me when I'm blogging. :)

Believe me, if I was friends with them and they actually offered to pay me for the advertisement, it would have definitely outweighed the goodness in my heart.

Thanks for playing, everyone. We'll do it again soon!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Here's a tip before you sip--GIVEAWAY!!

Yes, yes. Corny title. So sue me, I like to rhyme.

All the time.

On a dime.

It isn't a crime. That I like to rhyme.

Okay. On with it.

You know how at six months you're supposed to introduce a sippy cup to your baby?
Um, yeah, soooooo I didn't really do that.
Well, I did, but she just didn't get it, and I really didn't feel like messing with it. So I didn't.
She did understand how to sip the water out, but sometimes she would just bite the spout.
And since she didn't understand the concept of tipping up the cup to get the drink to come out, she would make me feed it to her.
Throw me a bone, baby girl.

About a month ago I found out when letting her have a sip of my diet coke filtered water that she can drink out of a straw. I was proud. I mean, I was like, very proud. 'Cause that's a big step!
After our pediatrician suggested at our nine month check-up that we find a straw sippy cup, I was out on the prowl to find a good one. One that doesn't spill. That is key. 'Cause ya'll know I'm all about not havin' juice stains on my new carpet.

Well, friends, I found one.
Drum roll, please.

*Time out.*
Wait. Am I really this excited about a sippy cup?
Yes, Kelli, you are. It's okay. Just embrace it.

Ahem, where was I?


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They come in a lovely assortment of colors, and apparently they are quite popular. I saw them at Target and then went back a week later to get one and they were all gone. So, I went byBabies R Us and got the very last one.
I love it because you can flip it close when you throw it in the diaper bag, Lael can hold it herself very easily, and she doesn't have to tip it up to get her water. I've started leaving it on the floor with all of her toys when she's playing and have caught her multiple times sip sippin' away!

Aaaaaaah, the joys. It's the little things, ya know?

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Annnnnnnnd...

Because I like you all so very much, I'm going to give one away!
For free!

I'm good friends with the Nuby Company and all.
Btw, they wanted to pay me for the advertisement, but I told them I just wanted to do this out of the goodness of my heart. :)

If you don't have a sippy cup age kid, no worries! Enter anyway and give it to a friend!

Don't be shy. Just leave a comment before midnight (Eastern time) on Sunday and I will randomly choose a number and announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

the other woman

Bryan has two Megans in his life.

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This one has her own special way of capturing his undivided attention.

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They share their own little secrets.

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But this Megan... she's the other woman.
And well, she's okay with that.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

A box of toys

is a box of joys.

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Every morning when Lael wakes up, I take her to the living room and sit her down on the carpet (have I told you about our new carpet?) while I make her breakfast.
And every morning she thinks I'm World's Greatest Mom for giving her the same box of toys that I give her every single day.

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You couldn't give me anything to miss out on seeing her extra exuberant smile as I place this box in front of her. Day after day after day after day.

Just look at that face! It says it all!

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But this.
Well...I don't know what this says.

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But I'll still take it any day.
And every day.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

a very special day

I am thankful for August 20th. It marks a magnificent day in history. The day of my husband's birth. It's kind of crazy to think of what I was doing every year on August 20th before I met him.

I reminded him today that I was actually 6 months old when he was born. Which means I was sitting up, eating baby food, playing with toys, smiling, laughing, etc. etc.
And he was just a little newborn blob.
I was light years ahead of him. Somewhere along the way he caught up with me, I guess. :)

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Is it weird that I want to just pick up my little baby husband, squeeze his little baby cheeks, and kiss him to pieces like I do with Lael??

Yeah. Okay. It might be a little weird.

Happy Birthday, Trey. I love you to the moon and back, more than all of the grains of sand on the beach, and more than all the leaves that fall in our yard year round.
And that's A LOT.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nine months

As of August 17, Lael has been breathing for as long as I was pregnant with her.
Well, okay, if you want to get really technical I guess that's not quite accurate seeing as how she was 3 days late. But who's counting?

That question actually makes me laugh now that I think about it.
WHO'S COUNTING???!

Um, I, for one, was counting every single hour that I went past my due date. Can I get an amen, anyone?

I feel like nine months is really quite a milestone. I can really see this girl's personality shining through and I'm loving what I'm seeing. She is as happy as the day is long.

One of my biggest prayers for her and one that I pray daily is that the Lord would place in her a spirit of peace and contentment. My deepest desire is that God will work in her heart at an early age and that the joy that only He can give would dwell within her.

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O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:1-2
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

digital camera dump: 2nd edition

Here we are again, folks, at the Digital Camera Dump!

1. We visited The Children's Museum of Greenville for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was certainly a very well put together facility. Now, I understand that my 8 and half month old could absolutely not appreciate all it had to give, but I was there with my sis and her kiddos. She is a nanny for a 6 month old and a 3 year old, whom immensely enjoyed the museum. Lael figured while she was there, she might as well get her hands dirty wet.

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2. And since we spend a considerable amount of time with Megan and her little ones, we all decided to make some brownies to take to the Greenville fire department down the street. They were super nice to us and let us take lots of pictures. But maybe that was because we brought them brownies. Or maybe that's just how they are and they'll take pictures with anyone. Who knows?
This guy was out-of-the-park enthusiastic about his job. Good to know.

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3. Last week Uncle Mike came to Greenville and it was his birthday! These two haven't seen each other since Christmas.
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4. We went to Liberty's with Abbey, Dan and Meredith. Meredith is a super-nanny. Literally. She's my hero. She was visiting from St. Simon's Island for the weekend for a much needed break from her reality as a full-time nanny for a family of 4 children.
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5. This past Saturday night we went to Lexington to celebrate the marriage of the Chandler's. Stephanie, one of my childhood friends, and Thomas actually got married a year ago, but had a very small ceremony and then immediately moved to Oregon. They were able to come back to the south for a much anticipated partay. :)
It was like a mini high school reunion. It's been 9 years since we graduated from high school together. NINE YEARS, PEOPLE. Everyone's the same though. I love that.

Kelli (one of the only other Kelli's I know who spells her name with an "i".) was there with her little pumpkin, Jack. Lael and Jack were born about a week apart and have been meaning to get together since November. However, they could never work it into their busy schedules. Finally, the two meet.
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Tune in next time.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

What's the deal in the ville?

Not Greenville...Hartsville. Lael and I spent the weekend plus a couple of days there this week staying with my BFF. When we stay at each others' houses it's truly like a mini vacation...even though neither of us live in places that are even remotely like a vacation destination. We just make do. Because Jess fell last week and busted her lip on a rock (seriously) we didn't really venture out of the house. Darn stitches in the lip will do it every time. Nevertheless, we had a splendid time doin' alotta nothin'!

I would love to say that we like, took the kids out to do some sort of fun, stimulating, outdoor activity, but ya'll...it's HOT.

Sooooo, we stayed inside and in our pajamas 'til noon. Napped when the kids napped, played when the kids played, and ate when the kids ate. Jess and I, we love to sleep. This is a wonderful aspect of our bestfriendshipness, and thankfully, our children love to sleep, too. And thankfully, they love each other.

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We think those pictures are going to be just fabulous when we create the slideshow for their rehearsal dinner in about 20 some odd years.

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Baths are a great form of recreation. They are a free, fun, and indoor. They took a number of baths while we were there. :)

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Jess and I were watching them in the tub and couldn't help but just be absolutely astounded that our children were taking a bath together. I know, I know, here I am getting all mushy on you again, but I'm just sayin'.

Jess and I have been best friends since the sixth grade. Well, we were friends in the fifth grade, too, but I thought she was a total priss pot, and she thought, in her own words, that I was
"a little too put together for a fifth grader". ??? Whatev.
It's okay. We're over it now. :)

How do I know that it was the sixth grade and not the fifth grade that we became best friends? Glad you asked. We actually "declared" our bestfriendness one day. Yes, we said to each other, "We declare that today we are now 'best friends'!".
Can you imagine if we did that now as adults?

"Okay, so you and I have had two play dates with our kids. Are we friends now? Okay, moving on."

I actually think it would be nice. Just cut to the chase. I'm starting a new trend. Anyone wanna join me? :)

Anyway...

I asked Jess if she could have ever imagined in the sixth grade that our children would one day be playing in a bath together.
Nope. Could never imagine it.

What a sweet, undeserved blessing God has given us in each other, and now in seeing our children play together.

We did venture outside of the house just once to grab some lunch at the beloved Midnight Rooster. We adore that place. It's just cool. Like, it could be in a movie, cool.

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Until next time, Hartsville. Until next time.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

my lady and her tramp

...and I mean "tramp" in the most endearing way possible.

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My nostalgia got the better of me and I had to include this memorable scene from one of the classics. Turn your volume up and indulge yourself for just a moment.



Oh, and try not to sing this song for the rest of day. Betcha can't do it. :)
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Little girls

Little girls
Little girls
Everywhere I turn I can see them
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Little girls
Little girls
Night and day
I eat, sleep and breathe them
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Little cheeks
Little teeth

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Everything around me is little

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Some women are drippin' with diamonds

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Some women are drippin' with pearls

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Lucky me! Lucky me!

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Look at what I'm drippin' with

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Little girls
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How did you do that?

Since I wrote about Lael's lovely sleeping habits, quite a few of you have asked me if I have any sleep secrets. I figure that there are more of you out there who are wondering the same thing but just haven't asked. That's okay. I won't hold it against you. :) The truth is, I don't have a secret. Bummer.

I actually feed her magic milk every night before she goes to sleep.

Totally kidding. But if there was some magic milk, I, for one, would have been clamoring at the grocery store's doors to get it. And I know I wouldn't have been the only sleep-deprived, manic mother there.

So, in an effort to help you in any way I can I'm going to tell you what I did. In no way, shape or form am I some baby whisperer. Your pediatrician is always the best person to ask.

And because no post is really any good without some pictures, I'm including some recent favorites in the mix.

1. I wrote about the Miracle Blanket a few months back. Go read it here. We used ours until Lael was about 4 and a half months old. This is when she started to break out of it. We love that thing, and I truly believe that it gifted us with many sweet hours of sleep. Do not confuse it with others out there. It's not the same.

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2. We used and still use a pacifier to soothe her when she is going to sleep. In the early days the pacifier can be a source of frustration in that newborns aren't the best at keeping them in their mouths. The natural tendency to thrust the tongue forward makes the thing pop right out. Sigh. But, if you stick with it, they get better and better. When Lael tuned 7 months she could finally pick up her paci and put it in her mouth herself. Hallelujah!

Some babies never do show an interest and that's okay.

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3. We just recently started using a (loud) noise maker throughout the night and during naps. These are great because they allow you to get things done around the house when the baby is sleeping without waking them up. In my opinion, who cares if they become dependent on it? Just bring it with you when you go out of town. :)

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4. I like Babywise. I got a good dose of it when I was a nanny for twin infants a few years ago. As a mother, I basically went by this book, but of course, listened to my baby and her needs first. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book, but I think that it's important to remember that no method is fool-proof. Listen to your baby. Take the advice from the book but trust your motherly instincts. Even in looking back at the things I did that worked, there are definitely things that I would change if I could go back. Wouldn't we all?

All of that to say, our day goes as follows: wake, eat, play, sleep. wake, eat, play, sleep. etc. I believe that this schedule makes for a happy, healthy baby. Now, there are many days when "life" just doesn't allow us to be at home ALL the live long day so her schedule can be perfect. Lunch with friends went a little long, being at the pool just seemed more fun, Target really wanted me to stay and peruse a little bit longer, etc, etc. Know what I mean? Sometimes a 30 minute nap in the car will just have to do.

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5. We installed black out curtains in the nursery. I really, truly think this helps. Doesn't the sun wake you up when it comes through the windows? Same with babies. Getcha some curtains. Pronto.

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6. After Lael began sleeping in her big girl crib at the age of 4 months, (Eek. Yes, we had her in our room until then. I just wasn't ready yet for her to be so far away.) I learned very quickly that running into the room as soon as I heard a peep from her in the morning was not a great idea. One time she slept past her usual 7:00 am wake up time. The next morning I heard her at 7 and thought, "Hmmm, yesterday she went longer without eating, so I know she can do it". I waited and she eventually went back to sleep without having to be fed. I began doing this with her naps, too. If she woke up before I thought she should I waited to see what she would do, and she indeed, fell back asleep. And so it began. Her hours of sleep began to increase. Happy Momma.

Your baby should wake up happy. If she wakes up too early and crying, this usually means she is not done sleeping.

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7. Lael loves her lovey. Her favorites are the ones that Angel Dear makes. As soon as she hits the crib sheets she reaches for her lovey and pacifier. She rubs the lovey on her face and you can see those eyes start rollin'. Giving your baby something to hold that's soft and comforting can really soothe her.
We felt comfortable letting her have one in the crib when she was about 5 months old. Of course, if you have questions about this, ask your pediatrician.

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8. We have always put Lael to bed for naps and nighttime awake. We have never rocked her to sleep or put her down in her crib asleep as we tip toed out the door. We wanted her to learn early on that going to sleep and staying asleep was her job, not ours. This has saved my sanity. Naps and bed time are not a struggle, and I don't have pressure on me to be the one to get her to dreamland. Babywise suggests putting the baby down sleepy but never asleep. I think this is invaluable advice.

FAQ: When did Lael start sleeping through the night?
Answer: That's kind of a loaded question. How do you define sleeping through the night? I dug through some of my unpublished blog archives where I document everything she's doing on a month by month basis, and this is what I found (it's amazing how much you forget, write everything down!!) : At one month she could go 5 hours between feedings at night. At two months she could go 7 hours between feedings at night. At three months she could go 10-11 hours. This continued on until she was about 5 months old when she began to go 12-13 hours at night.

Sooo, there you have it folks. Please feel free to ask me any questions. I can't guarantee that my advice will work, but I'm always open. You can email me at forthischildiprayed.net@gmail.com.

Here's to numerous naps and soundless slumber. May you sleep in heavenly peace.

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