Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tessa - 6 Months

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday.
Can you believe that this year is almost over?!
Micah, Tessa, and I are still vacationing with family in Washington
(hence the reason why this post is a bit overdue).
Nevertheless, here is our little Tessa's 6 month update...
can you believe that she is already 6 months!
She needs to stop growing up right now!

14.6 lbs

Clothing Size:
Were Still in size 3-6 month...
but quickly outgrowing some of them.

Eye Color:

(it really depends on the light)

I've added a new section this month because...
Tessa got her first tooth!!!
(bottom, left, front tooth)
She was such a champ too.
She never really ran a fever and there was only a handful of times
where she was fussy from the pain.
I like to think it was due to the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace.

Were a sitting baby now!!!
And still squirmy as ever...

Tessa can definitely be a chatty one at times.
She's really into her "dadadadada" and "mamamamama" repetitions,
and she has a great time making razzing and growling noises
accompanied by TONS of spit that she loves to blow out of her mouth.

I feel like since she hit 6 months she has found a whole new love for all of her toys.
She interacts with them so intently
and sometimes she wants 2 or 3 toys to play with at the same time.
And if you cut playtime off to quickly, she lets you know it by her protests.
Some of her favorites are still her Sofie the Giraffe , her activity gym, and her jumperoo,
but we also bought this musical toy for her stocking at Christmas and she seems fascinated by it.

Well, we had a few good nights in a row where we were getting 5 hour stretches.
But then a growth spurt hit sometime around Christmas and that all went to pot.
Now she is still waking up about every 3 hours (or less) to nurse.
Surprisingly though, I'm not too worried about it.
I keep reminding myself that she's getting as much breastmilk that she can get
and, in my opinion, that's never a bad thing.

Tessa's Favorites:
Tessa is at that magical age where, if you smile at her,
she will give you the biggest smile you have ever seen back. 

Mommy's favorites:
There are times, early in the morning, when I will bring Tessa into bed with me
so we can enjoy some mommy-daughter snuggle-time.
I'll nurse her, then we both will fall back to sleep for another hour or two.
My favorite part is when Tessa will wake me up after a few hours of sleeping...
I'll open my eyes to find her staring at me,
talking in her cute baby babble, and stretching out to play with my face.
I just melt every time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tis the Season for a Christmas Party.

I find it slightly humorous that I'm blogging about an event I had the privilege to decorate for
 right after I blogged about the "Normal Days" of a mom's life. 
Slightly ironic, after talking about the everyday routine that me and Tessa have.
But this past Sunday I was able to put my creative hat on
and transform a local Camp Lodge into an atmosphere suitable for a formal sit down dinner.

The night was filled with music from a grand piano
and beautiful rustic Christmas decorations
(aka pine branches, logs wrapped in flowers, Christmas sheet music table runners)...

It wouldn't be a Christmas Party without Christmas Karaoke... right?!
Micah even joined in on the Karaoke fun.

And, of course, my beautiful Tessa put on her Christmas Dress and joined us for the evening.

I don't even know what's going on in the picture above.
The things that happens when Daddy has the baby right? :/

Thank you YWAM Montana Creative Media Department for the gorgeous pictures.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Normal Days

Micah asked me the other day
if I get tired of my same old daily routine.
You know, the mom routine...
Wake up when Tessa wakes up, nurse, breakfast, play, nurse, nap,
me-time (aka get stuff done around the house or anything else that is pressing),
Tessa wakes up, play, lunch, nurse, nap... you get the point.
Some days we get "crazy" and go to Target,
but for most of the week our days look pretty routine.
So when Micah asked me if I ever got tired of this daily routine
I had to stop and think about it for a second.
I never realized how my "normal days" looked very much alike.
In my "normal days" I don't really get much done.
My normal days are not like they use to be, filled with an immaculate clean house,
sweet treats baking in the oven, or time spent on some crafty project.
Those are the "crazy days" when I get to do something a little extra.
My "normal days" are filled with diaper changes,
10 minutes of "peek-a-boo", rocking my little one to sleep,
and kissing her as much as I can.
And you know what, I can honestly say
that I would not change those days for the world.
I would not trade one of those normal days for a day spent "getting things done".
That's why I love this poem by Mary Jean Irion so much.
It reminds me that these days will not last forever.
And one day, when Tessa is grown, I'll wish that she were little just once more,
so we can have a "normal day" again.

(I really need to find someone who can make a print of this poem to hang on my wall!)


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Gifts

Happy December 1st!
Have you started thinking about Christmas gifts for your loved ones yet?

After reminding myself in my previous blog post
not to go too overboard with the Christmas gifts for Tessa,
I feel like Micah and I did a pretty good job
at keeping the gift level perfect and not too extravagant.
With that said, I still wanted to make sure
we bought good quality toys for her that would last for years.
For that we turned to one of my all time favorite stores... 
The Land of Nod

I love the feel, look, and quality of good old fashioned wooden toys.
There is just something about knowing that these toys will stand the test of time (hopefully)
and that I'll be able to pull them out for my grandchildren to play with one day.

So this year we got Tessa a few different items ...

1. Can't Spell ABC Abacus
2. Baby First Christmas Ornament
3. Classic Baby Beads
4. Nesting Xylophone

 I know the Xylophone is a bit too "old" for Tessa
(she will only be 6 months a Christmas)
but I figured I would start racking up the toys for the next few years now,
while she does not know what Christmas is.

Monday, November 25, 2013


I ordered Tessa's Christmas gift yesterday from Land of Nod
and I just can't wait to share what I found with you!
Who knew how fun it would be to shop for a 5 month old.
Finding all those little special items that you just hope she will love.
It's hard not to go overboard on the gifts.
I just try to remind myself that she's young and she will
probably enjoy the cardboard box the gift comes in as much as the gift itself.
I'm sure all you moms out there understand.

Speaking of great gifts...
I am in love with these knit costume tails and snouts!
I can just imagine Tessa in 4 years running around the house dressed up like a fox.
Created by Oeuf, the shop is packed with amazingly beautiful items.
And with a great mission too!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Where's the Paci?

Please tell me that I'm not the only one with this problem.
I know for a fact that I have 6 pacifiers.
But the moment that I actually need one for Tessa, they all seem to disappear.
It's like there is this invisible pacifier vortex somewhere in my home
that sucks them all away at the exact moment I begin to search for one.
And it's always a moment where, if I don't have a paci in her mouth in 10 seconds, it's gonna get ugly.
The only time Tessa really needs a pacifier is when she is sleeping.
She's perfectly fine throughout the day without one.
But when it comes to making the "sleeping baby transfer to the crib" move,
if there is not a paci ready and waiting for her if she begins to wake up,
naptime (or I should say attempted naptime) is over. 
Because if she wakes up to find that I'm trying to put her in her crib, one of two things will happen...
1. Sad/Angry baby face appears, followed by crying until I reach down to pick her up and rock her.
2. Shocked baby face appears, followed by the biggest toothless grin I have ever seen,
as if she is saying: "Hello! I'm so happy to see you. Pick me up please."
(and of course I can't resist that face)
Either way there will be no nap for another 4 hours.

Anyone else have the "pacifier vortex" in their homes?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
I'm off to start preparing dinner.
It might be 11am, but were having friends over for dinner,
and with baby girl, I need to use every spare second to get things done.
My To-Do list before our friends arrive...
1. Cook dinner: Brisket, Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Broccoli.
2. Vacuum the house (one day of not sweeping and the dog hair is out of control).
3. Bake something sweet for dessert. I'm thinking of making Cranberry Bliss Bars.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tessa - 5 Months

This little wiggle worm just won't stay still for photos anymore.
I think I took over 100 photos just to get one
where she wasn't moving and where she was smiling.
My energetic little girl!

12.5 lbs

Clothing Size:
3-6 month

Eye Color:
Blue. I did notice they are turning a bit more grey-blue!

Her hair has started coming in thicker on the top of her head
and its getting lighter!

We hit some major milestones this month...

1. Rolling over! What an exciting day that was.
Now i can barely keep her in one spot without her trying to flip over.

2. Standing (well, not really, but she wants to!)
She will push up against anything and everything that you put under her feet.
And she just loves when you help her stand up.

3. Sitting up (again, not really, but she is trying).
She is all about sitting up in your lap.
No longer are the days when she will just recline and let you snuggle her.
Nope, she want to sit up and check out the world!

4. Head stability.
She can now hold her head steady
while being pulled from the laying position to sitting upright. 

5. And of course, the wiggling.
Here are a few pics from our photo shoot to prove it... 

Tess is definitely "finding her voice".
She has begun to... oh how should I put this... protest vocally. 
When she is mad, you know it.
And it's not the mad cries of an infant, it's the yells and and high pitched screams
of someone who wants to let you know that she's not happy. 
I am beginning to wonder what might be in store for us in a few years.

One of the cutest moments in my day
is when I take Tessa to look at her reflection in the mirror.
She will instantly start to move her arms and legs, smile real big,
and I'll even get a laugh out of her!
 It's also wonderful to see her start to actually play with toys.
Micah put together her Jumperoo this week.
I initially thought she would be to small for it,
but with a few modifications (blanket under her feet and a small pillow at her back)
she will happily jump and play with her toys for about 10 minutes at a time.

I feel like were at a stand still with our sleep situation.
Daytime naps are a bit tough.
She will take around 3-4 quick cat-nap for about 20 minutes max a day.
Which, unfortunately leaves Mama with not much time to get anything done.
And then our nighttime sleep hasn't really improved much.
She will go to bed around 8pm and have a good long stretch of sleep till about 1:30am,
but then after that who knows when or how many times she will wake.
Some nights she will wake up twice and other nights I feel like I am up every hour.
I have had a bunch of wonderful advise and we have tried some of it.
So if you have any tricks of the mommy-trade to offer me, I'm all ears!

Tessa's Favorites:
Tessa loves to stare out the window of the car when we are out on a drive.
Micah and I will catch her wide eyed, mouth agape, just watching the trees pass by.
Tessa, being a baby in this technological age, is also fascinated with our phones.
I can't tell you how many times I have been browsing Instagram on my phone while nursing her,
only to have it come to my attention that she stopped nursing and is enjoying all the photos too.
I guess this is something I'm going to need to get use to. 

Mommy's favorites:
Her pudgy cheeked sleeping face right after I've nursed her to sleep.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tessa's Favorites - Sleep

Sleep is kinda important... right?
Sometimes I feel like Tessa does not realize this.
So I now understand why moms take drastic measures in helping their babies sleep.
Because a sleepy baby = a cranky baby.

Here are a few items that were life savers for us in these early days.

I'm pretty sure it was by night three of Tessa being home,
that we realized the beauty of the sound soother.
Soothes you baby to sleep and keeps your baby asleep!
Plus, when they come in such a cute package like a plush lamb...
Who wouldn't want one of those, right?

I love these Muslin Swaddling Blankets for two very different reasons.

1. The obvious reason... swaddling.
These blankets are super big, super light weight,
and perfect when it comes to getting a tight swaddle.
Which is important when you have a super squirmy baby
who does not necessarily like to be swaddled at first.
But with these blankets, I was able to get a perfect swaddle
which would keep Tessa from flailing her arms around and waking herself up.
Tessa was also a summer baby and the muslin material was perfect
for keeping her warm but not overheated.

2. Nursing Cover.
I bought a cute "official" nursing cover before Tessa was born
and I was super excited to start using it.
But after a week of trying to get the hang of it,
I tossed it in the corner of the nursery and haven't used it since.
Maybe it was because it didn't have one of those wire liners that help you see your baby.
Or maybe I'm was just to lazy at trying to put the thing on.
I found that using one of these swaddling blankets worked perfectly
because I can just drape it over Tessa and call it good.

I debated putting this item on the list because I know that Co-Sleeping is not for everyone,
but for our family, it was a very important step in our bonding process.
From the moment I gave birth to Tessa I knew that when it came to sleeping at night,
I would not be comfortable with her anywhere else other than snuggling right next to me.
So Micah and I found that this Co-Sleeper was great for having her in the bed with us
while still knowing that she was safe from any harms way.
The guard rails that come halfway down the sleeper was a perfect barrier
that made me feel safe as she slept between us throughout the night.
For our next baby (yes, I'm already planning)
I really want to invest in an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper.

I just have to say... Bouncers are amazing.
They are portable, so they can go with you practically everywhere.
They follow you to the kitchen while you make your morning coffee and breakfast.
They travel to the bathroom so you can take a shower.
And they gently keep your baby asleep when you lay her down to take a nap...
Especially when she refuses to take naps in her crib. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tessa's Favorties - Toy

 I can't even begin to tell you how blessed we were
with gifts for Tessa from friends and family.
Beyond blessed!

We received so much from people,
that when it came time for me to choose what to add to this "Tessa's Favorties" list,
it was seriously one of the hardest things to narrow down.
 But here is a small list of toys that both Tessa and Mommy love!

I am a huge reader and lover of classic books.
And I know I want to (try to) raise Tessa with a love and appreciation for reading as well.
So when I discovered these Primary Books based on classic literature,
I knew I would simply fall in love.
We have six of these books for Tessa...
And with the brightly illustrated pages, 
Tessa is easily entertained.
The next book I want for her is Anna Karinina
and you'll never believe what kind of primary book it is... A Fashion Primer!

Lamaze Developmental Toys
When looking for developmental toys,
there are so many different kinds out there that it can be overwhelming.
Plus, it's hard not to find toys that are super cheesy.
I fell in love with this brand and their plush set of Stacking Rings.
Obviously Tessa is too young to actually start "stacking" the rings...
but she loves the bright colors and the different textures of each ring.
She will happily play with them (aka put them in her mouth).
We also have the Soft Sorter, which Tessa loves just as much.
She will just grab the box and start squishing it in her arms,
and each sorter makes a different sound.
Some rattle, some jingle, some crinkle.
I'm even debating on buying her the Musical Inchworm.

Every baby needs a Sophie right?

Again, I loved this brand because they were not super cheesy
and they had a pretty color palette.

 I have been swooning over these Mushroom Rattles 
from Land Of Nod for quite sometime now.
But with their price + the price of shipping,
I just could not bring myself to justify the purchase.
Then I found these almost identical rattles on Amazon!
Clearly Tessa needed a rattle in the shape of a mushroom
(as if she already did not have a ton of "rattling toys".

I was totally petrified when we gave Tessa her first bath.
I was worried that...
1. I would drop her.
2. I would get soap in her eyes.
3. The water would be too hot.
So far I haven't dropped her, I only got soap in her eyes once (poor baby),
and this Turtle Thermometer is a life saver.
Now, I always know that the water temp is perfect
and she has a fun toy to play with.
Win Win in my opinion!

I'm pretty sure Tess has started teething.
Massive amounts of drool soak her onsies hourly.
And while she loves her Sophie for teething,
I also noticed that she needed somehting to really grab ahold of.
She can hug Sophie up to her mouth, but she can't grasp her with her tiny hands yet.
So these teething rings, made by the same company that makes Sophie, are just perfect.
They are also Phthalates and BPA free, which is important to me.
And, as an added bonus, they smell deliciously of vanilla!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Roasted Mushrooms

Cooking meals around here has been interesting.
Definitely not like it use to be.
But that's okay, I just have to be creative.
Usually that means being creative in my scheduling.
Many times I find that I have to cook different things at different times during the day,
then just reheat them when dinner time approaches.
That was my plan with these mushrooms.
I was planing on roasting a chicken for dinner and I thought to myself:
"Mmmmm roasted mushrooms would be perfect with the chicken".
But, because I knew that I wouldn't be able to
give both dishes (and Tessa) my attention at the same time,
I would need to roast the mushrooms earlier in the day.
So around 2pm I prepared and roasted the mushrooms.
The house began to smell so good.
After they were done roasting I just had to try one,
you know, to make sure they tasted alright.
And the next thing I noticed, the whole thing was gone!
They were THAT good.

Roasted Mushrooms
Adapted from: reclaiming provencial

1/2 lb. (8 oz.) mushrooms
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
pinch of coarse black pepper
healthy pinch of coarse sea salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes
large pinch of parsley
small pinch of thyme

1. Preheat your oven to 450°.

2. Toss mushrooms with the oil, garlic, pepper, and salt in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.

3. Dot with butter cubes then sprinkle the parsley and thyme on top.

4. Roast for 15–20 minutes.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Have a Happy Autumn Weekend

Hello dear readers.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Tessa and I spent the morning and half the afternoon
doing some much needed grocery/essential shopping.
She does great when it comes to shopping
and is definitely becoming my favorite shopping buddy...
as long as I keep her fed and changed. :)

When we finally arrived home, the sun was shining so beautifully
that I quickly grabbed my camera, a blanket, and Tess
and headed out to our backyard for a spontaneous little photo shoot.

All that to say...
Tessa and I will be hanging out
and playing around the house tomorrow.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Day is Special

Autumn will always be one of my favorite seasons.
I am pretty sure I've mentioned that before.
But this year, and every year to come,
it will have a very different significant meaning.

It was one year ago today that Tessa was placed inside of me.
That little embryo who was just bursting with life.
I often think back to that time...
Micah and I started the IVF process here in Montana.
Weekly visits to the doctors, which then turned into visits 2 or 3 times a week.
Daily hormone shots (IN MY STOMACH!!) which a friend came over every night to give me.
And all of that was just leading up to the big stuff.
After 4 weeks of doctors appointments and two weeks of daily shots, we headed off to Seattle.
The drive was literally one of the longest drives of our life.
Seattle is only 8 hours away and we have driven it MANY times,
but because of the excitement and anticipation of the reason why we were going,
8 hours literally felt like 800 hours!
We were blessed to be able to stay with a lovely couple
who will always hold a special place in our hearts.
They not only made us feel completely at home as we spent the next two weeks with them,
but they also took such good care of us by giving us the
companionship, prayer, and space that we needed...
they even unexpectedly cooked meals for us!
The day after we arrived in Seattle, we were headed off to our first appointment.
We met our doctor and did a routine check-up, and thankfully everything was looking perfect.
So, they scheduled our first agenda item... the egg retrieval.
You see, in the IVF process, the doctors must first remove the (MANY) eggs
that they have been growing inside of you.
And to do that, you must go through a minor surgery.
I won't go into the details of that here, but lets just say that it's not a pleasant thought
and thankfully they put me to sleep while removing them. ;)
After the surgery, I was able to rest for 5 days.
And believe me, I needed it!
Maybe it was just me and my body, but after the surgery I felt like CRAP!
For the next few days I'm pretty sure I ate minimal food and slept/rested the whole time.
Oh and did I mention that I still had to have shots in my stomach each night...
only this time, Micah (who has a fear of needles) had the honors of administering them.
Talk about being a nervous wreck each night.
After 5 days, as the doctors did their magic,
we were finally able to make our last trip for the final procedure.
I am pretty sure I prayed every single moment of that day.
From the moment the doctors put Tessa inside of me,
during the 20 minutes I had to lay on the examining table
and wait for the timer to go of indicating when I could move again,
as Micah and I enjoyed our lunch of Mac&Cheese at Pike Street Market,
and throughout the rest of the day as I tried to relax and read, my continual prayer was...
"Lord, please make this work".
And on November 1st, two hours after taking a blood test, we got the call.
I was pregnant.
Best phone call of my life. 
So yeah, the Fall will always hold a special place in my heart.
 (The first picture of Tessa)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lessons on Being Sick.

I learned something this week...
it's 100x's worse to be sick with a baby.
Because, no matter how you feel, there are no more:
 "I'm just going to lay in bed and sleep all day" days.

Micah left for Washington last Tuesday morning.
And last Tuesday morning I woke up with the flu.
So my whole day was not only spent taking care of Tessa,
but also taking extreme precautions in not letting Tessa get sick
and trying to get as much rest as I could so that the flu would not last a long time.
Luckily, Tessa decided that it was going to be a day where she took a 3 hour nap mid-afternoon...
something this mama desperately needed too!
So I got some good rest as my body worked to kill the virus.
I loaded my system up with Elderberry Syrup, Thieves Oil, and a homeopathic flu remedy,
and by the next morning I was all better!
A bit weak in the stomach, but for the most part, all better.

Recovery had it's perfect timing too,
since Tessa's Nana decided to make a spur-of-the-moment trip
to keep us company while Micah was gone!

 And of course we threw in a trip to the local market for buy a few pumpkins!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Did I ever tell you about the time I managed and cooked for a YWAM cafeteria?
Two days after returning from our honeymoon,
Micah and I jumped into the job of managing a cafeteria
that fed over 200+ YWAM students three times a day.
And, here's the kicker... I had never cooked before.
Sure I had learned how to do a few things (like cook rice) before getting married,
but apart from that, I knew nothing.
No joking.
Thank the Lord for places like Allrecipes.com
that will calculate just how much I need to feed 200 people.
I also had a ton of ladies (and a few gents) teach me some essential basics
(like how to make a roux or how to bake bread).
They also taught me a few yummy recipes.
One lady who came in to help me had lived in Thailand for many years,
and one day she taught me this Thai Coconut Curry Soup recipe.
Probably one of the easiest soups to make ever...
and SUPER delicious.

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

What you'll need...

2 cans coconut milk (apx 15oz each)
2 cups chicken broth (or bone broth with a few tsp of chicken bouillon added)
2 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp freshly minced ginger
2 tbsp freshly minced garlic
apx. 2 tbsp red curry paste (I use the May Ploy brand)
salt and coarse ground pepper
1 onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms 
1/2 cup green peas
1 cup cubed potatoes
2 cups shredded green cabbage leaves
1 cup cooked rice

How it's done...

1. Cook the rice ahead of time, so that it has time to cool before the soup is done. I usually just cook it earlier in the day and leave it on the stove top. Plus, I don't need to worry about cooking one more thing at dinner time.

2. In a large stock pot,  heat the coconut oil on medium high heat. Add the chicken, onion, mushrooms, ginger, and garlic. Season generally with salt and pepper. And by generally, I mean at least a 1/2 tsp of salt and a 1/2 tsp of coarse ground pepper.

3. When the onions start to soften, add the curry paste and stir until the paste has broken down and is coating the chicken. (Towards the end of making the soup, you might need to add more curry paste. Curry is one of those seasonings that some people like hot and others like mild. So keep in mind you might need more than 2 tbsp. Also, if you use a different brand of curry, like Taste of Thai, you might need to start off with a bit less curry and adjust as you taste the soup towards the end.)

4. Once the curry has coated the chicken add the chicken broth and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. 

5. Add the peas and potatoes and simmer slowly until the potatoes and chicken have been fully cooked.

6. And lastly, taste to make sure the flavors are to your liking (adjust if needed), then add the shredded cabbage. Cook for another few minutes or until the cabbage has softened.

7. Serve hot topped with white rice.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tessa - Three (and a half) Months

Holy lack of blogging!!!

Right after I gave birth to Tessa I said to myself...
"I'm gonna be so up to date on blogging everything about her.
I'll blog updates each month.
I'll blog and document all of her 'firsts'".

Well, lets just say that reality sunk in.
What was that "reality?
It's the reality that finding time to blog as a mom is hard!
I now have a whole new respect for you mom bloggers out there
who can do it and do it well.
I'll keep reading and fully enjoying your blogs,
dreaming of the day I'll find the time to post on mine.

But, now that I'm here...
Here's Tessa's three (and a half) month update!

Tessa now weighs 11.5 lbs.
Which, by the way, is not even Tessa's cousin Cefwyn's birth weight!
My sister had her 5th baby 5 weeks before Tessa was born.
She had a home birth and her son weighed 11 lbs 8 oz.
She is my birthing role model!

Clothing Size:
She is wearing 0-3 month clothing now and I have to say,
packing up her newborn outfits one by one is such a sad thing.

Eye Color:
Her eyes are still blue.
Light blue in the center and darker towards the outside.

It keeps getting lighter...
and a bit more strawberry too!

She is moving and shaking that's for sure!
She loves to move in her bouncy chair and get that thing bouncing.
She also is super active when I'm changing her diaper on her changing table.
That is probably because I have her clothes hanging up above her
so she is able to stare at all the colorful dresses!
She's also doing great and lifting and balancing her head on tummy time.
Plus, she has started to balance her back upright while sitting on our laps.
Next step... rolling over and sitting up! Maybe next month?

She has definitely got her "Ah-goos" and "Gaaas" solidified into her vocabulary.
And she just loves our "talking time".
That's when I prop her up on my lap and we just talk and talk and talk.

She is still loving her activity gym.
Plus, now she can actually reach out and grab the toys and try to bring them to her mouth.
We've also started "reading time" during the day.
She just loves to reach out and grab the book as I'm trying to read to her. :)

Whoever said that babies will start to sleep more as they hit three months
obviously did not take every baby into consideration...
because Tessa has definitely regressed on the sleeping routine.
At one point she slept about 5 hours straight, but unfortunately that's not the case anymore.
Our nightly routine goes like this:
1. Tessa will fall asleep around 8:00.
2. I wake her to nurse around 11 or 1130, right before I go to sleep.
3. Nurse again at 2:30.
4. At 3:00, place pacifier back in Tessa's mouth because she spit it out and has woken up.
5. Nurse again at 4:30.
6. Wake at 5:00 to place pacifier back in her mouth again.
7. Nurse AGAIN at 5:30. 
8. Somewhere in between 5:30 and 7:00 I either place paci back in her mouth or turn the sound soother back on agian... but I'm so tired I don't even check the time.
9. Finally, at 7:00, bring Tessa into the bed with me (because Micah just left for work) and nurse her till we both fall asleep.
10. Sleep soundly together a full 2 - 2 1/2 hours... or until around 9:00ish.
11. Wake up and make a TON of coffee.

Tessa's Favorites:
She finally doesn't protest when I put her in the wrap.
She will actually sit contently and eventually fall asleep!
She also LOVES the mirror and seeing her and mommy's reflection.
As a matter of fact, she love it when anyone looks at her.
If she sees someone looking at her (especially smiling at her)
she will just light up with a big toothless grin!

Mommy's favorites:
I love the smiles she gives me, especially when she is waking up from a nap or in the morning.
The moment she sees my face she will give the sweetest smile of happiness.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Happy 7th Anniversary

Just look at those youngsters!
It is such a true saying that as you grow older,
time seems to go by faster and faster.
I say to myself:
"Seven years! Really?!? It can't be that long already".
But at the same time it feels like life has always been this way.
Micah and I.

We met in the Fall of 2003... almost 10 years ago!
I was 22 at the time and Micah was 20 (I robbed the cradle...hehehe)
and I remember the exact spot where we were standing.
For you Lakeside Montana YWAM'ers reading,
we met in the Lecture Hall when we both joined a group to play the game "Signs".
Unfortunately it was not the "love at first sight" kinda moment.
It was more of the (and I quote)...

Micah: "I don't want to be your friend." 

... kinda moment.
But hey, I can get passed that.
And clearly we like each other now... we have a kid together. :)
And we have pictures, tons of pictures of our wedding day, seven years ago.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tessa - One Month

Wait... what?!?!?
How has a month gone by already?
People keep telling me that time will go by so quickly now that I have a baby.
And you know what...


I swear this has been the quickest month of my life...
But it's been a wonderful month.

Last weight check was on the 8th and she weighed 6lbs 10oz.
Woohoo for gaining weight!

19.5 inches

Clothing Size:
She finally fits well into newborn size clothing!
When she was born she was just slightly too big for the premie size,
yet slightly too small for newborn.

Eye Color:
Dark Blue.
It will be fun to see if they stay the same color or change.

Both Micah and I were shocked when she was born with a TON of DARK hair.
We were both born with light hair, so we were kinda expecting that she would be the same.
Nope... dark brown!
But over the past month her hair has lightened up significantly.
Now it is much more of a medium auburn color... 
and, I'm happy to say, it has hints of red in there as well! 

She's working on lifting her head.
If she's resting on our chest, then she'll definitely lift her head too see us.
But if she's spending some "tummy time" on the play mat,
then shes a bit more hesitant...
she's trying though.
And she is doing a great job at making eye contact and watching us...
which just melts my heart.

I've heard some of the cutest squeals and coos when she is awake and playing around.
I have also heard some of the loudest screams when she is not so happy.

She has somewhat of a pattern now with when she is awake and when she is the most sleepy.
From around 11am to 12:30pm she is awake and ready to play!
And she seems to be content most of the time by entertaining herself.
During her awake times, if you hold her too much,
she will actually cry until to put her down right next to you,
so she can just watch you and her surrounding and kick her legs.
(she might look like her daddy, but I have a feeling she just might be an introvert like her mommy)
She also has a very alert time around 9pm - 11pm...
just about the time Micah and I are wanting to go to sleep.

She has been a good sleeper so far.
She usually has a pattern of sleeping for two or two and a half hours
before she wakes up to eat and have her diaper changed.
Then she will go right back to sleep.
There have only been a few nights (like last night)
where it seemed that she was wanting to eat ever hour!

Tessa's Favorites:
She's loving her activity gym!
Even though shes a bit to young still to reach out and grab the toys,
she will stare at them for a good 30 minutes when were playing.

Mommy's favorites:
Our little unofficial bedtime routine.
Since one of her most alert times is at night,
I love getting her all ready for bed (especially if its bath day),
bringing her into our bed for some playtime
(playtime being that she stares at us and makes cooing  noises),
turning on her sound soother,
then feeding her until she's in a cute little "milk coma"
and putting her to bed.