went to Living Treasures to see the animals. Goats tried to eat her clothes! LOL
went to Idlewild and she LOVED the wavepool! Almost fell asleep in there floating in her life preserver! Rode her first carousel with Daddy and he said she was confused about it moving up and down. We missed Storytime Forest cuz we spent so much time at SoakZone so wecan’t wait to go back next year when she’ll be able to do A LOT more.
likes to try and put ALL the puffs in her mouth at the same time. Even the bigger waffle wheel ones! I try and break them up for her to stop her.
started “real” crawling instead of her army crawl. But she still would rather be standing and has mastered pulling herself up on just about anything she can get her paws on! She can even cruise a little holding on to the couch!!
went camping in the backyard in a tent with mommy and daddy for the first time. She was FACINATED with looking out the windows.
has started dancing by rocking with her arms and belly and it’s just about the cutest thing ever!! She especially likes Rockin Robin on her musical push toy but dances to other kid songs and also a little to our music as well!
A few weeks ago I saw a binky in my daughter’s locker at daycare with her name written on it in sharpie. It wasn’t the “emergency binky” I sent in for her that they said she never needs but I didn’t want to be “that mom” and say anything. But I think now I’ve finally figured it out!
She’s a binky bandit!! :0( The past couple mornings I’ve seen her in the act.
Yesterday when her BFF Raylee was absent, Little Aiden came to greet her as I put away her cloth diapers in her locker. She proceeded to grab the binky straight out of his little mouth while he was sucking it! Then he took it back and SHE DID IT AGAIN! Finally he got it back and ran crawled away as fast as he could!
I didn’t really think anything of it, thought it was a onetime occurrence, until it happened again today. This time her and Raylee were taking a book and my keys away from each other back and forth when little Aiden came by. She reached over and knocked that binky right out of his mouth! I returned it and then she went for Raylee’s!
I snapped her up, started our goodbye snuggles and took her over to sit with the rest of her friends. Sat her down in a free space next to one of the newer babies happily reclining in his boppy pod when Miss Mary Kay held in his binky and exclaimed “I know what you’re gonna do!”
Highly recommend Melissa and Addy Marie Photography. She was wonderful to work with and her photos speak for themselves!! Check her out on Facebook too – You can even see some of Brookie’s shots there!
I was lucky enough to come in contact with Melissa Prechtl through Moms and More of Robinson, a Meetup Group in our area. She’s an excellent photographer and offered the mom’s in the group an awesome deal on a photo shoot so she can update her portfolio. It took a few months for us to finally figure out a good time to meet up but it was perfect timing as Bear has just turned 6 months!!
We met at an outdoor location of my choosing, Moon Park pond! Missy scouted out the area a few days earlier to get some ideas for perfect placement, especially since we had limited time with perfect lighting as we met up after I got off of work.
I brought a couple outfits but nothing special. She brought LOTS of props! This was our first photo shoot with a professional and I pretty much drew a blank on ideas so we let her take the reigns. She had lots of ideas! First Bear was wearing a cute diaper cover on a colorful rug with a pretty headband. Lots of cute shots there! Then a little boy came over and asked if we could keep it down because his brother has Autism and is sensitive to certain sounds.
Next we switched covers and headbands and posed on a cute turquoise rocking chair that would fit in perfect with her bedroom color scheme! I didn’t get any behind the scenes shots on this one because I was on standby just out of frame to make sure she didn’t fall. It was really cute though cuz Bear was rocking the chair like a pro!
Next we moved to the other side of the pond where there were more trees and it had a more woodsy feel. First we tried to put her in this lovely vintage suitcase but couldn’t get the right balance so we scrapped that idea. Instead she posed inside a large basket with some fur in the bottom for comfort. She was able to sit great and we got some cute shots with her sock monkey!
Next we moved over to the hillside and laid out a blanket. Brought back the suitcase for some really cute poses. My favorite is where she’s reaching out for me out of frame like “mommy don’t go!”.
We also brought back the basket and she laid in there for a few shots. She looked like an angel surrounded by fur!
All in all it was a great shoot and I’m confident the pictures are going to be amazing!! Can’t wait to see them!!!
One month old and already holds her head up better, met daddy after 3 weeks and had her first bottle with him (a natural with that too!) met Santa at 6 weeks and didn’t cry!, slept in her crib in her room from pretty much day 1!
Sunday night the contractions started but when I went to the hospital, Mom Stephanie and Tess in tow, the nurses said I was only 1 finger tip dilated and sent me home. Steph stayed with me over night to keep an eye out and the contractions kept coming. By the time I tried to sleep it was everywhere between 9 and 3 minutes apart and NON-STOP. Got NO sleep. Then in the morning things finally started getting consistent. By 10:00 we were back at the hospital with contractions every 3-5 minutes for almost 2 hours! When they checked me I was 3-4 inches so we knew it was go time!!
By 1:09 Brookie was here!!! No epidural but I did get Stadal in my IV and as soon as I did I was in a sleep-like state and nature took over. Stephanie and Mom kept telling me how great I was doing as I powered thru all those contractions and flew thru the dilation… things were just flying by. Dr Saunders came by and broke my water but couldn’t stay for the delivery. Dr Dunphy came to take over and a couple med students watched the whole thing (their first birth!). My sister arrived just in time for pushing so Stephanie offered to switch out with her and waited in the waiting room. Pushing was HARD. I could tell when I was doing it right but couldn’t figure out how to make myself do that. Pushed for 40 minutes and she was here! At one point I thought I couldn’t do it anymore and kinda just stopped and the nurses pushed my mom and sister out of the way and took over helping me thru it. I could see mom and Jeanette start crying so I knew they could see her! Had a third degree episiotomy and even broke blood vessels in my face and neck from all that hard work! So as I was getting stitched up after Brookie was cleaned up my mom, sister, AND Grandma all got to hold her before I did! I was definitely getting pissy and impatient about that! But she was here…. and she’s perfect! [more to come...]
A friend of mine who used to be a single mom is involved in a single mom's group at a local church and told me about it and I've been going for a few months now. It's the third Thursday of every month and we meet, eat dinner, and there is a different topic to learn each month. I've loved it even just for the support and chatting with the other ladies! Last month's meeting we had a special surprise: a local Senior who is interning with a local photographer offered to do our holiday pics for her Senior Project FOR FREE! Not only that but she gave us all a couple prints and a disc with the rest so that we can get them developed at Walmart, Snapfish or wherever we wanted! It was such a wonderful generous gift and we were all super pumped about it. My pics were taken on the 27th and I did a Maternity Theme since my little girl isn't here yet. After my set, my friend Stephanie got hers done with her two kids: Dominick and McKenzie. Then the other week I went with Tess and Skye-Marie to watch them get theirs done too!
Well tonight was this month's meeting and we got the prints in and I am so happy with how they came out! Can't wait to show them off at work and send wallets out to Kenny and my mom and dad and such!
Once again I have decided to start over in this place… In a few short weeks I will be experiencing some major changes in my life and I want to start posting again to share some of these things… Look out for galleries with tons of pictures and lots of updates of the scary and exciting life and times of Jamie-Lynn the (soon-to-be) new Mom!!