Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anniversary #2

Today is our wedding anniversary. I have so many wonderful memories of that day - the perfect weather, getting ready with my friends, feeling excited but not nervous or anxious, the door of the Mansion opening just before I walked down the aisle with my dad, seeing Robert at the end of the aisle, the meaningful ceremony, our first dance, being in a room with so many people who support us. I mainly remember the overwhelming feeling of love - for each other, for family, and for friends.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Claire and I went to the pumpkin patch in Bracken (just north of SA) on Thursday. What a cute little bug among the pumpkins! We were able to get a few pictures together, too, courtesy of a nice family that was there with their baby boy who was a month younger than Claire.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A New Record

We are VERY fortunate to have a baby who likes to sleep. Claire started sleeping through the night at around 6 weeks, which is extremely early. Since then we've only had to get up with her a handful of times. She normally goes to bed around 8:30 or 9 and gets up between 6 & 7. Lately we've had some days where she's slept until 7:15 or so. This morning I woke up a little before 7 and decided to go ahead and get her bottle ready, expecting to hear her at any minute. When I hadn't heard anything by 7:20, I went in to check on her. Still breathing and still sleeping. :) She ended up sleeping until about 7:40, so she slept for 11 hours last night. Awesome!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First Visit to the State Fair

Last weekend we went to Dallas for the State Fair. Robert and I go every year and were looking forward to introducing Claire to Big Tex. We figured she would enjoy looking around, but we were pleasantly surprised by how much she seemed to enjoy it, especially looking at the animals. A few of the things we saw:

Sand sculpture (this year's had an Egyptian theme in honor of the King Tut exhibit at the DMA)


Lambs and baby goats

Baby camel

A hungry lion

Cotton candy

Fletcher's Corny Dogs (Mommy and Daddy each had one - maybe next year, Claire!)

Big Tex and his new yellow shirt!

The fair wiped her out - she fell asleep chewing on Monkeys.

We stayed with Ma and Bob.

We also visited Great-Granddad and Great-Grandmommy, but forgot to take a picture with them. On Sunday we enjoyed visiting our former church, Northwest Bible, and had lunch with the two families who led our small group. It was a packed weekend, and we're looking forward to going back soon.

Six Month Check-up

Claire had her 6 Month Well Baby visit with the pediatrician on Monday. Her latest stats were:

Weight - 14 lbs., 1 oz.
Length - 25 3/8 inches

She's in the 5th percentile for both height and weight. This office uses a different chart than the one in Dallas which put her in the 25th percentile. She was in the same percentile at her visit with the new pedi a month ago, so the doctor was okay with her growth. She's just little!

As part of the visit she got four shots, two in each leg. One was a flu shot, and she'll have to go back in a month for a booster. She had a rough day, but I was able to be with her most of the day. She was pretty tired, and when she wasn't sleeping she wanted to be held. I tried to put her in her Exersaucer for a few minutes so I could get a couple of things done, but that didn't last long.

Her butterfly rattle seemed to help for a little while, though.

We've been keeping up with her chair pictures - here is her 27 Week picture from last Tuesday.

And her 28 Week picture from this week.

I was having a hard time getting her to stay still long enough to get a picture. She's just so curious about everything now - it's so fun watching her examine things, although I'm having to be more watchful of little hand grabbing things they're not supposed to. She grabbed an onion ring off of Robert's plate a few days ago and almost got it to her mouth before we caught her - too early for fried foods!

TX/OU Game

I dressed Claire in one of her many UT onesies in honor of her Daddy for the Texas/OU game. She wasn't too happy about it at first...

...but she seemed to enjoy watching the game!

Monday, October 13, 2008


I was tagged by BB to show the 4th picture in the 4th folder of the My Pictures file on my computer. BB is a friend of Lindsay's, and I recently started reading her blog after Lindsay put us in touch to discuss gliders. We quickly moved on to talking about other baby gear, and it appears we both have a passion for research and finding the perfect gear for our daughters (she is excitedly expecting a baby girl this spring).

Since I'm a folder person and have folders within folders, I'm posting the 4th picture in the 4th folder (Christmas 2005) of the 4th folder (2005) in My Pictures. Got it? :)

This is a picture of my dad unwrapping his present from Robert - a cordless drill set. This was the first Christmas Robert and I were together - we started dating in July 2005. Robert really thought Dad would enjoy having a cordless drill, and he was absolutely right! I remember Daddy showing it off to everyone who came in the house that Christmas. Dad still loves this set and to this day frequently mentions how much he likes it and how often he uses it. Robert is a great gift-giver - he has a real knack for noticing what people like. Also, when he has a good idea for a gift, he remembers it (unlike me - I get to time to buy a present and think "I know I thought of a great gift...what was it?"). Just one of the many things I love about him - his thoughfulness!

Looking back through the pictures in that file, there were also some other great gifts given and received that Christmas. Mom's TiVo, my VitaMix (which is an important component in Claire's homemade baby food), Dad's wireless projection weather forecaster, and my Tiffany cross necklace from Robert that I'm wearing right now!

What a fun challenge, BB! Thanks for the memories. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

First Solid Food - Video

First Solid Food - 9.22.08

Claire's first experience with solid food was on 9.22.08. We'd planned to wait until she was about 6 months old in accordance with the current guidelines. During a visit with her new pediatrician about a week prior, he told us that she seemed ready and that we could give it a try anytime. He recommended trying an oatmeal cereal, and I'm trying to give her organic foods as much as possible, so I chose HappyBellies Organic Oatmeal Cereal.
For the first time, I made it a little more watery since we were introducing an entirely new texture. Claire curiously watched me prepare it, and although she was unsure about the spoon, the cereal itself was a hit and a great start to our adventures in solid foods.

Her first time in pictures:

First taste

"What IS this???"

Pretty good!

All done - it was really exhausting!

Since then, Claire continues to really enjoy the cereal. We also have tried butternut squash and sweet potatoes, and she gobbles those up as well. While she almost always is interested in what we're feeding her, sometimes she's very enthusiastic and dive bombs the spoon before I can get it in her mouth, or just holds her mouth open like a baby bird waiting for momma to drop something in.

I've been using the website for food suggestions and preparations. So far it's been so easy and economical, besides the main benefit of knowing Claire is getting something really nutritious without any unnecessary additives. I'm planning to do another post showing the process. It's actually really fun!

Friday, October 10, 2008

10.08.08 - Happy Half Birthday!

Claire reached the 6 month mark on Wednesday - can you believe we're halfway through her first year? Some of her favorite things at this stage:
  • Jumping in her doorway jumper
  • Blowing raspberries
  • Seeing Daddy when he gets home from work
  • Hitting the buttons on her Exersaucer
  • Butternut squash
  • Oatmeal cereal
  • Bathtime with Mommy (except for hair washing)
  • "Talking"
  • Belly laughs
  • Kisses
  • When Mommy and Daddy clap and cheer
  • Sassy rattle
  • Skwish

I think we can now say Claire is officially able to sit up. She could do it for a few seconds at a time, but over the past two days she's had times where she was able to sit for a couple of minutes without assistance. I got a couple of pictures last night - they're a little dark because I was too close to her to use the flash (within arm reach!), but I think they're still cute.

We're also still working on rolling over - she likes it when someone helps her, but doesn't think it's much fun when she's supposed to do it by herself.

We had a busy week. My parents were here from Wednesday to Monday morning. I left on Friday for Miami, and Robert was gone for the weekend for the MS150 from SA to Corpus Christi, so Claire spent the weekend with Nana and Granddaddy. I had so much fun in Miami. It rained the entire time, so we weren't able to spend any time on the beach, but we enjoyed just hanging out. One of the highlights of the weekend was when Hulk Hogan and his girlfriend were seated next to us at lunch. We initially debated on whether he was with his daughter or a girlfriend - apparently we're not the only ones who think there is a resemblance.

After Mom and Dad left, Robert's parents and sister came to spend the day with us. Claire had a great time playing with them!

Coming this weekend - some pictures and a video from Claire's first cereal experience!