Monday, June 29, 2009

Pool Time

Sunbathing with Baby Layne.

I'm not sure that she really liked being in the big pool, but she was content for a while anyway. The floating raft helped, but only for a little bit.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer's Finally Here!

Now that I'm home all day, I have lots of time to take pictures and edit like I love to do. She is changing so much every day, and I will have the pictures to prove it. Her newest thing is to dance every time any kind of music comes on. It is so cute, and indescribable, you just have to see it. She can pull up and stand up to anything, and has let go a couple times and stood on her own. She really doesn't try to walk around things yet though. It is hard enough to chase her while she's crawling, so I'm in no hurry for her to walk.
She loved the flowers on the front porch, and it made for a cute picture too.

Friday, June 19, she went for her first swim in the baby pool that mammaw Kelsey bought her. She loved it, and I figured she would because she enjoys her baths so much. Everyone watched as she splashed around. Kaleb even got down in the water with her. It was so cute when she was using his shirt to wipe the water off her face. Daddy looks like a thug in Kaleb's cubs hat, and LuLu could hardly wait until everyone turned their backs so that she could chew the toys that Lilya was playing with...she eventually got two out of the four and destroyed them.

I am also enjoying getting to feed her more now that I am home all day. She makes some of the silliest faces as you can see here. She's still loving all of the orange foods, but there isn't much else in stage 2. She still doesn't have any teeth, but she can eat about anything...just gums it! She loves grahm crackers and banana flavored puffs. Really she would eat about anything you give her. She's a lot like her mommy!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer is almost here!

She is so used to me taking her picture. This is pretty much the smile I get when I get out the camera. She is growing so fast. I know I say that every time, but recently she has gone through some big changes. It took her about 2 or 3 weeks of moving very robotic and only crawling a couple hand lengths at a time, but now she is getting it down pretty good. Two nights ago, she crawled from the t.v. room to the front room, and Tony said, "Oh no, here we go." He was right, I've been chasing her every since. She is the love of our lives though, and I'm sure I will spend most of my time the next 18 years chasing after her!

Finally meeting Grandma Mary Lou. We are so glad that Grandma got to come and visit. It was almost an instant bond between the two of them. It's amazing how babies know family.

Lilya's crib. She's been sleeping all night in here for about the last 4 months. She's so good. Sometimes I can even put her to be awake, and she goes right to sleep!

Her cousins love her so much! For the longest time, Judy's only words were "yiya" that meant Lilya in baby talk!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

There was a time in my life when I thought that this day was not a day meant for me. Sure, I was a step mom, but Tony and I had tried for years to have a baby on our own but were never successful. I was always thinking of reasons of why God didn't want me to be a parent...from being to wild in my younger days, the little fights that Tony and I would have, to the fact that I had an accident once that took away someone elses child. That was the big one that weighed on my mind. Then, it happened one day, with the help of medicine of course. God had decided that I was fit to be a parent. I will never forget telling Tony that we were having quadruplets (he was out of town when I had my first ultrasound) to break the blow that is was actually twins. The look on his face was priceless. We made it through the first 18 weeks and found out that we were having a boy and a girl. Tony said he could see the fear in my eyes when she said that baby A was a boy...I had wanted a girl so bad. We were thrilled that we were going to have one of each. On Sept. 3rd I watched as my sister gave birth to my beautiful niece. I couldn't believe that soon I would be experiencing the same. It was sooner than expected. That night, my water broke. I was only 20 weeks pregnant. there was no way to save the babies, I gave birth to both of them on Sept. 4, our little boy, Gavin, was stillborn, but I held little Greta, and could see her heart beating in her chest. There was nothing they could do for her, and she passed away just minutes after being born. Once again, my mind turned to the accident that I had so many years ago. I know that God is not a punishing God, and although those were my first thoughts, lots of praying helped me realize that it was all just a part of His plan for me. I have gone from last year being one of the worst Mother's Days of my life to this year, one of the best. As I watch my beautiful baby girl try to crawl around on the floor, I say, "Thank you God for letting me experience the most wonderful thing in the world, motherhood." I have been blessed! Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Time/ Cousins

Lilya loves babies, so she was thrilled to take this picture with her baby cousin, Layne.
Look how grown up she looks. We will be fighting off the boys before long.

She was screaming, my mom would act scared. She thought it was hillarious, so she kept doing it.
This is the first time I sat her in the grass...she wasn't too sure about it.

At least with a hat or a bow, you can tell she's a girl!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Growing Up!

Lilya is such a happy baby. She still has her orange nose, but is trying other baby foods. She is growing so fast. At her last doctor appointment, she weighed 17 lbs. and was 27 1/4 inches long. She is in the 90th percentile for length and 75th for weight. As you can tell from the pictures below, she is trying all kinds of new things. She can roll over easily now to get to things she wants. She says "momomomom", and it makes my heart melt.
Trying out the sippy cup. She can almost get it. She likes all kinds of "big girl" things. She wishes she had teeth so that she could eat regular food, but she still is yet to cut her first tooth.

She loves to see her own reflection. She gets very excited, screams, laughs, and hits the mirror. I have been giving her baths in the bathroom sink, and she loves it. She plays with rubber duckies and cups, and loves to splash water all over the place.

She is very mad in this picture. She wants to crawl really bad, but she doesn't quite have the coordination yet. She gets up on her hands and knees, rocks back and forth, and usually just moves backwards. It won't be long, and I'll be chasing her all over the house!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Over 6 months already!

I can't believe how fast the time goes by. Lilya is 28 weeks old today! She rolls to get to whatever she wants, but it won't be long before she is crawling. We finally put her highchair together this week, and as you can tell in the picture she is loving the orange veggies! She gags when I try to feed her green, so I guess for now she will have to live with an orange nose.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wearing my outfit from Grandma Mary Lou

Lilya is lucky that we have so many crafty people in our family. My grandma that lives in New Mexico sent her this outfit that she knit for her. It looks so cute with the hat and booties!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Growing Up!

Look how big Lilya is getting. She is starting to try to sit up on her own. It is so amazing to watch her become more and more independent each day.
LuLu loves the baby...especially this slobbery stage that she's going through. She nabs every chcance she gets to give her a kiss.

I knew that I got into Discovery Toys for a reason. I had so much inventory, and now I am putting it to good use. Our motto is "Play with your children, it's the best investment you'll ever make." I honestly believe this. I am so excited that we are entering the play stages.

I love how blue her eyes look in this picture. She still doesn't have much hair, but what is coming in looks pretty blonde. I think she is going to look quite a bit like Tony.

This is one of the pictures I took the day after she turned 5 months. I can't believe how fast the time goes by. If you look close, you can see the big scratch down her nose. It doesn't matter how often I cut her nails, she manages to scratch herself good at least once a week.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day!

With all of the snow, school was cancelled today, so I got to stay home and take pictures all day long. The first picture is actually one of the last ones I took. She always smiles when Tony comes home from work. The others are of her on the floor. She rolls over right away now if I put her down on her stomach. The dog always thinks I am talking to her when I'm talking about rolling over...she has to be right there with the baby all of the time. She is really good with her though!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rolling Over!

Well, Tony claims that she rolled over from her stomach to her back today. I was doing laundry and cleaning around the house, and he was playing on the living room floor with her. He called to me, "She did it, she rolled over." Of course, I was disappointed because I missed it, but I came in to watch her do it again. While I was in the room, all she would do was fuss because she was on her belly. As soon as I went back to the laundry, Tony yelled, "She did it again." I guess she did it about 4 times for him, but she would never do it while I was in the room. I guess it is time to start making her spend a little more time on her tummy (even though she doesn't like it), so that she can reach these milestones. I am going to have to start practicing with her while Tony isn't home, so I can be the first to see her crawl!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Found her feet!

Although she doesn't enjoy tummy time so much, she loves to lay on her back and play with her feet. I'm not sure that she is ever going to roll over. She just doesn't care to be on her belly at all.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Playing Dress Up

Here are just a few fun pictures I took with her in the halos that my mom got her. She is such a good sport when I dress her up.

Everybody loves to hold the baby

I love how she is looking at Kaleb. The others are Uncle Matt, Aunt Amy, Mammaw Kelsey and Mammaw Alma.