Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wow. They weren’t kidding when they said that three years old is harder than two years old. As of late, I have really been struggling with my three and a half year old. There is pretty much no one else on the planet right now that can push my buttons like my little lady can. It’s pretty unbelievable actually.
I have been talking with close friends about methods of discipline, ways to keep my heart and words in check; and how to navigate this crazy thing we call “parenting.” It’s challenging. Definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. Definitely.
I could (and have) talked circles around this subject. And so, while I sip my gin and ginger after a long few weeks of hard parenting, I want to reflect on some of the wonderful things about my sweet daughter. Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite things.
- She is just so gosh darn beautiful. Several times throughout the day I just stare at her and wonder how on Earth she could be so gorgeous.
- She has a great sense of humor. I mean, belly laugh, sense of humor.
- She loves her daddy and tells him that in numerous ways all the time.
- She really enjoys art.
- As of late, she loves building things out of duplos and blocks. So, so fun.
- She is so uninhibited in everything she does; whether it be singing at the top of her lungs, or running around in circles, she is not scared to be who she is.
- She has a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to express her opinions.
- Her eyes tell me so, so much.
- I love when she creeps out of her room after naps and says, “Mama, I just popped out of bed.”
- Though she seems to be quite timid in some areas, she is not scared of any rides at a carnival or amusement park.
- Her memory is incredible. INCREDIBLE.
- She loves, loves, loves to read.
- She is learning how to be a big sister and to love her brother. It brings me so much joy to see them loving and enjoying one another.
- She cares for me and is concerned when I am hurting, in pain, or upset.
- The kid has got a sweet tooth like no other.
- She loves her grandparents and often asks about them.
Tonight, I’m tired and worn out and overly emotional. But, it does my heart good to reflect on some of the things I love about this sweet three and a half year old. It does my heart good.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
After a terrible night and next morning, we decided to do a c-section. Lydia was born at 1:48pm on June 22, 2010.
The sound of her first cry was beautiful. Andy was weeping. I shed tears (although not as many as I would have, had I not been so, so drugged up.) I got to kiss my sweet baby and calm her crying before being taken into recovery. I was then unable to see Lydia until early Wednesday evening. That was incredibly hard. Andy, did however, get to spend a lot of time with her that first 24 hours (which I am very thankful for). When I was finally able to sit up and get into a wheel chair, I was taken down to hold my little girl for the very first time. It was beautiful.
It is unbelievable how fast babies grow in the first year. Lydia is now so full of personality and spunk. She makes us laugh everyday. She is such a joy I cannot fully express what it means to be her mother; I am so blessed and honored to have her in my life. So today I wish my sweet girl a very happy birthday and look forward to all the years we have together! Happy Birthday Lydia Ruth!