Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Most Thankful

It's that time of year again. We all look at our lives and reflect on what we are most thankful for. For me, this is easy. The first will always be my salvation. The second will always be my husband. And the third will always be my children.

Tonight, it's Thanksgiving Eve and I'd like to reflect the most on my second. He is second because it's commanded for me to love my Heavenly Father more than my husband. The coolest part, is that loving my husband helps me love my God so much more. I've never understood it when I hear people complain about their irritating husbands or how hard it is to live with them. My husband is so easy to love. He makes it easy. To me, he will always be perfect. He's the greatest provider anyone could ever ask for. He loves our God. He loves our daughter. And he loves serving others. In my opinion, he's the greatest man/dad/husband in the world. I thank the Lord for giving him to me as my husband.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Baby Steps

It seem that life right now is full of baby steps. At least that's how it feels from day to day. I haven't had time to blog, or really even enjoy the sweet baby kicks from within. However, our family is making baby steps, and I can't wait to share all the joy that comes from them.

On a lighter note. Jewell has been making some baby steps as well. Most of you know that Jewell sees a Physical Therapist once a week at her daycare. Jewell is just a little laid back (okay...that's a major understatement) and has never really enjoyed lots of physical movement. A few weeks back she finally starting scooting, everywhere. Matt and I do our best to get her to move, but we've learned, it really is up to her. She's recently developed an interest in one of her walking toys. Only, she prefers that we move her legs. She would kind of move the right leg, but kept her left one completely still/stiff while "walking" with the toy. Well today, Jewell wanted to "walk" with her toy again. I must say, it's not my most favorite activity being 28 weeks pregnant (bending down and moving her legs gets quite tiring). But this afternoon I put her up against the walking toy and off she went. It was like all of a sudden she decided that moving was cool. I then decided to see if she'd do it without the walking toy and just held her hands while I stood. Low and behold, she continued to walk! She isn't ready to try it on her own, but I'm so thankful for the little steps she's now taking.

No pictures, I didn't have time to search for the camera.

We are so proud of you Jewell!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


My husband's work, Jackson Marketing Group, hosted their annual Halloween party for all the kids on Friday. They had lots of candy in all the offices, games, and a movie playing. Jewell wore her little Michigan cheerleader outfit. Jewell didn't nap well at daycare that day, so she just looked around the entire time. But it was fun for us :). You can tell just how tired she was in the picture.


I must admit, with Jewell not having any teeth, I was a bit slow to introduce some normal foods to her. I'm also allergic to bananas so I never really wanted to get her to eat them. Jewell doesn't really like to eat anything with her fingers except for goldfish, so I figured I better introduce SOMETHING else each Saturday. A few weeks ago I cut up some banana. Well, the pictures tell it better :).

This looks cool Mom!

And then she touched one of the cut up pieces... As you can you see, she wasn't too thrilled.

I then handed her the real banana and she didn't mind it so much. She had to wonder why I tried to get her to touch the cut up stuff.

And then she began to chow down. :) Silly girl!

The Sippy

Jewell is now 13 months old. We have been trying to get her to take a sippy cup since she was 6 months old. The picture above will show you all the sippy cup trials :). We FINALLY have a winner (below).

It's been quite a little journey with this sippy cup endeavor, but we finally understand how it works. Jewell still gets 2 bottles, but will soon be dropping them. She drinks from the sippy, but not quite enough. Meaning, she's only drank maybe 8 ounces in a day, one time. It's a work in progress. I hope to drop the lunch bottle in the next 2 weeks, and then the bedtime bottle. I'm just so proud of her for finally drinking from a cup!