Saturday, June 23, 2012

a picture worth a thousand words

Oh the many faces of my sweet Hadley girl...

Happy Monday, people! :)

12 months: little love letter

*You went in for you twelve month check up this month.
*You weighed 20 lbs. and 8 oz.
*You are 30 inches tall. You are officially over half of my height!
*You are wearing size 12 months and 18 months clothes.
*You are wearing size 4 diapers.
*We had to buy you new tennis shoes because you had out grown yours. I didn't realize your shoes were too small. Nammy took them off of you and said you almost had a blister because they were too small. I said "Oh, is that why she screamed when I put them on her? I thought she just didn't want to wear shoes today." Sorry, baby girl. Mommy didn't know. You're a little picky about wearing shoes, sometimes.
*At your check up you had to get SIX shots. It was terrible. You were so upset. You were so mad at Daddy and I, that we would let the nurse do that to you. Poor baby. Luckily, you didn't run a fever. You took a three hour nap that day. Then when you got up, I took you swimming, then you were ready for bed again. You were asleep by eight pm. Shots are exhausting.

*You are now officially only drinking whole milk. No more formula.
*You, also, gave up eating baby food and rice cereal around eleven months.
*Some of your favorite foods are: chicken, rice, carrots, peas, green beans, corn (on the cob), sweet potatoes, peaches, and bananas. But your absolute favorite food is tomatoes.
*Your favorite snack is goldfish.
*Your favorite drink (other than milk) is water. I give you apple juice here and there, but you aren't too crazy about it.
*You had your first experience with ketchup a few weeks ago. You weren't a fan. It's ok, baby. Momma and Grandma don't like ketchup either.
*You are really into eating off of your own plate. I mean, you are a big girl now.
*The doctor said we really need to break you of your binky and bottle by fifteen months. We will see how that goes...

Trying corn on the cob for the first time. You loved it!

*With summer days being longer, I feel like you are staying up later. Which is fine because you don't get fussy. And when you do get fussy, it is just our cue to get your ready for bed. No biggie.
*You still really enjoy your bedtime routine. Although, within the last month there has been a little bit of a change. Always before you enjoyed being rocked to sleep. Here lately your routine consists of: bath, bottle, rock for five to ten minutes, then lay you down awake. You woller around and play with your stuffed animals until you fall asleep. Apparently, being rocked to sleep is for babies. Not big girl Hadley. I only wish nap time was as easy :-/

*You made the long eight hour car ride to Missouri this year, for the family reunion. You did so well, on the road. Once we got to Missouri, you didn't seem to act yourself. Then you started running a fever!! You didn't sleep well at night and you didn't really eat or drink your bottles.

Swinging at Aunt Sharon's house in Boonville, MO.
This is the swing that Mommy used to swing in when I was little. 
*After we got home from Missouri, you woke up covered in a rash. I took you to the doctor - Roseola. That explains the fever and no appetite.

You getting into everything at the doctor's office.
*You have been walking now for about three or four weeks. You walk everywhere. UNLESS you get too excited and fall. Then you take off crawling as fast as you can. You like being chased.
*You now sit in a big kid car seat. You weren't too sure about it at first, because we turned you around. You face forward now. It was a whole new world.
*You really enjoy singing now. Currently, your favorite song to sing is "Oh, how I love my Bible." You say "Oh, Oh, Oh.." Then you mumble something that sounds like you're trying to say Bible. It's so sweet. You have the sweet little voice.
*You have become very expressive with how you feel about things. You make the funniest faces around!! (That is a separate post to come, soon!)
*We had another visit to the doctor this month. The evening of your birthday party your eyes started getting gunky. They were slightly red and swollen, also. Nammy started to think you had pink eye. I wasn't so sure since you didn't wake up like that. They didn't seem to bother you so I thought that I could wait until the next morning to see how they were looking. WELL, the next morning your eyes were so swollen/pink/matted shut.

reaction to sunscreen roll-on stick
I rushed around to get you changed and fed and to Urgent Care. The doctor said it was not pink eye. She said you are allergic to the roll-on sunscreen stick that I had put on your face she previous day. This makes sense because this happened the previous time I put sunscreen on you. After visiting your primary care doctor, he does not think you're allergic to sunscreen, but maybe there is just one ingredient in the stick that you had a little allergy too. He said if you were allergic your entire body would have reacted, but it didn't. So for now. You can only wear a hat outside. No sunscreen on your face.

Hadley girl, Hadley girl - this has been one of the best years of my life. You are so fun. You are really starting to develop a funny little personality. You love to talk and wave to people, everywhere you go! You are the sweetest baby I know. You have such a sweet, kind spirit about you. You love people and you know you are loved. I love being your Mommy. You are my greatest joy!

I'll love you forever & ever. I promise, baby!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hadley's first birthday party

June is a busy month around here. Hadley's birthday was on a Wednesday. We had her first birthday party on the previous Saturday. {I'm sure I could have worded that all better} Her party was on June 9. That day is also Lee's birthday.

The theme of Hadley's party was Ocean "One"derland. She loves the water. After getting our pool and deck set up it only seemed fitting that Hadley have a pool party. I know, most one year olds don't have pool parties {as my Grandma informed me}, but the kid loves water. I can't deny her that.

It was a lot of fun planning her party. My husband's cousin, Katie, really helped me a lot. I think I would have lost my sanity if she wasn't there to help!

{All photo credit goes to Kelly and J.Hall Photography}

the Birthday Girl station

Party Cake: Hadley's Ocean "One"derland

Hadley's smash cake: decorated to look like a fish.

Snack table: "ocean water" punch, cake(s), pineapple filled with pineapple and bananas, {underneath the foil} banana, orange, and green apple "palm tree," bowl of fish and whale crackers. 

Some of the decorations: Tracey grabbed these at a local high school prom she was working.
Their theme was under the sea. Great catch!! {pun intended}

Birthday girl

Hadley putting on her bib and checking out her cake for the first time.

"Are you sure I can eat this, guys?"

"I love this cake!!" 

Opening gifts

checking out her new cell phone and keys

big girl

people swimming

cousin Tatum swimming

Birthday girl swimming

I think Hadley enjoyed her party. She was so funny while she was eating her cake she would look up, at someone, and wave her hand. Then she would look up, at someone else, and wave again. It was almost like she was thinking "Hey, I know you. Oh wait!! I know you too!" She is so funny. She was interested in her first two presents, but after that she just wanted to swim with everyone else. 

With all the chaos of planning, buy party supplies, and etc. I think I need to get off here and start planning her second birthday...NOW! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teddy Bear Growth Chart

I have seen, on other blogs, some moms take monthly pictures next to some sort of stuffed animal. This is a good comparison between animal and baby to show how much the baby is growing. Since the stuffed animal never changes you can really see a difference. I have been taking monthly picture of Hadley since she was itty bitty. I'm so glad I did this. The stuffed animal is a bear made out of one of my Mom's shirts. 

1 month
 I didn't think to start taking your monthly picture with a teddy bear
 until after  your one month "birthday" had already passed.
This is a picture I just so happen to have taken on July 13, 2011.
2 months
3 months
4 months

5 months

6 months
7 months
8 months (and 1 day)
9 months (and 11 days; I kept forgetting!)
10 months
11 months
12 months

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Prayer for Rosalie

{I need to update about Hadley's first birthday, her party, and the events as of lately, 
but I will get to those later. This is post is needed now.}

**All photos have been copied from the "Please Pray for Rosalie" Facebook page**

You may or may not have heard about the little 2 1/2 year old girl in Owasso who nearly drown last week. Her mother, Tiffany, is a year older than me and we attended the same high school. I did not personally know her, but we had mutual friends. 

My heart breaks for this family and what they are going through, right now. Little sweet Rosalie has already done better than doctors expected her too. Her mother posted yesterday that the doctors have, now, said that there is nothing else they can medically do for her. She is still fighting. 

Most importantly God is still God who is a Healer and doing miracles today!

She has been on my mind all day and the song "Wonderful, Merciful, Savior" keeps coming to mind. Specific verses of that song seem so powerful and fitting right now.

"All Mighty, Infinite, Father, faithfully loving Your own. Here in our weakness You find us, falling before Your thrown."

"You are the one that we praise! You are the one we adore! You give the healing and grace our, hearts always hunger for." 

Goodwin family
Sweet Rosalie
Remember this family and PRAY!

This was not a surprise to God. Nothing is a surprise to Him. That is so hard for me to wrap my Earthly mind around. It's natural for us to question things. It's so hard to accept sometimes that things are part of His perfect plan. Even the bad and ugly. We have to trust this is His plan. 

If you haven't already: go LIKE "Please Pray for Rosalie" Facebook page. Read her story. Pray for this sweet baby girl.