Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Last Friday, Eden and I had a Mama/Eden Day.  I figured Eden could use a day where she had me all to herself.  That morning I told her we were going to have a fun day just the two of us, but I didn't tell her any of the things I had planned.  I let her find out as we went.

First we went out for donuts.

Then I pulled out a Princess Rapunzel dress and told her that we were going to see Rapunzel and all the other princesses.  I swear she actually gasped!  We went to Disney on Ice!

And it was amazing.  I cried.  Really.  Because Eden was so. dang. happy.  Mickey and Minnie came out first, and Eden immediately started bouncing up and down in excitement.  To her, it REALLY WAS Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  She thought they were the real deal.  And I couldn't help but tear up watching her.  And I continued to tear up throughout the entire show.  As each princess came out, Eden would shout their name.  Again, she really thought it was Rapunzel and Cinderella and Ariel and Elsa.  AND OLAF.  She started SCREAMING his name over and over and clapping when he made his appearance.  They were celebrities to her.  I encouraged it, telling her, "Look Eden, Snow White is waving to YOU" and "Eden! Eden! Mickey is blowing YOU kisses!"  She stood there in awe, waving and blowing kisses to them all.  She was out of her seat the entire time, clapping and twirling and dancing to the music.  She was so into it.  And we had the best seats.  I bought front row seats, but I didn't realize that that meant we would actually be right on the ice.  It was awesome!  I could've reached out and touched the skaters.  When bubbles came down during The Little Mermaid, Eden was able to pop them, and when it "snowed" during Frozen, it landed on us too, and Eden had little white flecks in her hair. 

That Disney on Ice show is one of my favorite moments of Eden's entire life.  I will never forget her excitement and wonder as she watched all of the characters.  Oh the magical world of two year olds!

After the show, I spent way too much money on all the Disney souvenirs and the obligatory overpriced picture of Eden next to a cardboard Cinderella cutout.  But she was so happy.

Our next stop was the American Girl Doll store.  I let Eden pick out one accessory for her Bitty Baby.

And finally we went and had cupcakes for lunch.  That's it.  Just cupcakes.  That was our whole lunch.

Eden stayed in her princess dress for our stop at the mall and the bakery.  And a few wonderful people came up to her and asked her if she was a princess and gushed about how pretty she was, and she lit up like a Christmas tree.  Those people made her so happy.  If ever you see a little girl out and about dressed up like a princess, go make her day and tell her how pretty she is!

Other things:

We went "hunting".   To Eden, hunting is sitting in a deer stand watching deer and then getting out to run around and pick flowers.  It was Ila's first time, woohoo!

We had a girls-only movie night in my bed one night when Dustin was out of town.

This is Eden all dressed up to watch Cinderella one morning.  If we're at home, Eden is usually in a princess dress.  On the rare occasion that she isn't, she has her doctor coat on and goes around giving everyone from me and Ila to the dogs to her stuffed animals "check-ups".  Just this morning I stepped on one of her toys and said, "Ow, I hurt my foot", and she got all excited and ran to get her doctor tools to give me a check-up.  I even got a shot.  (My favorite part is the end of the check-up when Eden tells you, "You're good to go!"  So cute!)  And if she isn't in a princess dress or a doctor coat, she's usually naked.  I have the hardest time keeping her clothed when we're at home.  At least she only takes her clothes off at our house - no incidents in public yet!

Those pictures are from Ila's first bath a couple of weeks ago.  I like them because all four of us and Drake (he freaks out if he's in a different room from us) were crammed into our teeny-tiny bathroom for the occasion.  Eden insisted on helping.  Dustin was there to take pictures.  Drake was being a baby.  It was sweet.  And Ila was as calm as she could be for her first bath - even when her big sister was dumping water all over her.

Eden got to ride a horse at a birthday party a couple of weekends ago.  A big horse, not a pony!  It was her first horse ride, and she LOVED it!  Here she's waiting patiently for her turn, and I just really like this photo - mainly because her outfit is so cute!  (You may notice that this is the same day as Ila's bath.)

She's adorable!

So is Ila!  Pretty much all Ila does is lay around and look cute.

She's good at it.

Eden's asleep and Dustin is out of town again, so I'm fixing to go do pretty much my favorite thing to do these days... go lay in bed and watch a movie while Ila sleeps on my chest!  :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ila - One Month!

Well, that was fast.

This past month has absolutely flown by, and I cannot believe it's already time for me to do this...  But at the exact same time, it feels like Ila has been a part of our family for forever.

So apparently a baby is only considered a newborn for twenty-eight days.  I googled it.  Which means, my little Ila is no longer a newborn!

There is nothing more precious in the whole world than the sweet, sleepy, newborn days... those first days and weeks of a brand new tiny person... the yawns and sighs... the way they fit on your chest... the peace they seem to bring... the smell... oh, the smell! (I keep smelling Ila to make sure she still smells like a newborn... she does!)  I've so enjoyed the little newborn bubble that we've been in, and even though Eden has taught me that all the stages are good and that there are so many fun things to look forward to as Ila grows, I can't help but be sad to leave these days behind.

I'm tired, y'all.  Tired from getting up all night to nurse and change diapers...  But I remember how it was with Eden... how the girl didn't sleep through the night until she was about fifteen months old, and how I thought I was going to lose my mind.  And then she finally started sleeping all night, and I missed it.  I missed rocking her to sleep in a dark room at 2 am.  Ila is probably my last baby, and so I'm cherishing these nights.  I'm actually enjoying the frequent wake-ups, and sometimes after she's been fed and changed, I'll opt to stay awake with her on my chest for a while instead of putting her back into her bassinet right away.  Because one day soon, she too will sleep all night, and I will miss having a baby to nurse and hold in the middle of the night.  After we read our books and sing our songs and say our prayers, I walk out of Eden's room, and she falls asleep on her own, and the nights that she needed and wanted me every few hours seem like a thousand years ago.  One day, little sister will follow in her footsteps, and these days will also be a distant memory.  So for right now, I am thankful for my tiredness because it means I have a little baby to take care of!

Ila is such a good baby and has cried probably less than ten times this month!  I'm not even joking.  Even at night, she wakes me up by fussing or squealing when she's hungry, but very rarely does it turn into a cry.  (Eden was the same way.  God must feel that I can only handle easy babies.  FINE WITH ME!)  This child is extremely active already though!  She is constantly moving and wriggling and squirming, and she is LOUD!  The girl has been talking to us since the day she was born, and is always squealing or grunting or sighing.  Right now, she is laying next to me, wide awake, just kicking her legs, flailing her arms all over the place, turning her head to look from one side to the other and just a squealing away.  It took me a couple of weeks to realize that she's perfectly fine.  When we first brought her home, I always thought she wasn't happy and needed something.  But even when she's been fed, changed and I have her in my arms or laying on my chest, she's kicking and moving and talking.  She's not even quiet when she's sleeping because she snores!  It's the cutest thing!

She most definitely has a best friend and protector in her big sister.  Eden wants to hold her hand, help me change her diaper, hold her, touch her, pat her back, cover her with a blanket, kiss her, wash the soap off of her when she's getting a bath, etc.  And Eden likes to exclaim, "OHHH, HER IS SOOOO CUTE!"  Eden has helped make the transition from one to two extremely easy.

I've always done greens and pinks and flowers and birds and animals when buying Eden clothes or toys or decorating her room because of the whole "Garden of Eden" thing.   Ila's name means "island", so for her, I've done more blues and purples and water stuff.  My Godmother made her the cutest little quilt with mermaids and fish and seahorses and octopuses.  Eden got her monthly pictures taken the first year on a lamb mat in onesies that had birds on them.  Ila will get hers done on her little mermaid quilt each month.  Every girl has to have a theme!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Things (And Other Favorite Pictures)

So this is the year that Eden "got" it.

Halloween usually isn't a holiday that I get all that into... I mean, it's okay... I don't hate it... I do what you're supposed to - pumpkins, costume, candy... but I don't get all excited about it or look forward to it like I do other holidays.  This year was a little different though because Eden has been excited about last night for WEEKS!  Ever since we got her costume and her plastic jack-o-lantern bucket a month ago, she's been telling us, "When I'm Minnie, I get candy for my pumpkin."  A two year old's excitement is pretty contagious, so I couldn't help but start getting really excited about Halloween too.  I've tried to do Halloween-y things with her all week, and we made Halloween cookies, painted pumpkins, read Halloween books, worked our way through a Halloween sticker and activity book, and drew and colored what must have been 5,000 jack-o-lanterns.  (She thought my crappy jack-o-lantern drawings were amazing and kept asking for more.)  By the time Halloween rolled around, I was so into it!

On Sunday evening, Dustin carved pumpkins for the girls.  (By the way, I love saying that - "the girls".)

We did it on Sunday so that obviously we could light them and enjoy them every night leading up to Halloween.  That did NOT happen.  By Monday morning, Daisy had eaten Ila's, and by Tuesday, Max had gotten Eden's.  Sometimes I really dislike my dogs.  (They're cute though, so they're usually forgiven in like five minutes.)

Eden got to wear a costume to gymnastics class on Tuesday.  She was a pretty, pretty princess, and she spent the majority of class looking down at herself and twirling in circles.

The girl is good at bars.

When Eden woke up yesterday, I said, "Eden, it's Halloween!  Do you know what you get to do later?"  She said, "CANDY IN MY PUMPKIN!"

Eden's Halloween picture (which I like comparing to last year's):

And Ila's first Halloween:

Eden was BEYOND excited to be Minnie Mouse last night.  Her love for Minnie Mouse is still going strong.  And little sister got to be Figaro, Minnie Mouse's cat.

We spent the evening at a friend's house and trick-or-treated in their neighborhood, and it was so fun to watch Eden.  Like I said, she got it!  She understood what was happening this year and was so happy and excited to go up to the houses and get her candy!  Such a difference from last year when I just kind of dragged her around, and she had no idea what was happening!

Oh, and here's a picture of my weird-o husband with a random cat that followed us to a few houses so he decided to carry it with us.  ("DUSTIN, that's probably somebody's pet and you're taking it away from it's house!"  "Just remember what house I picked it up from, and we'll put it back later.  It likes me; it's purring.")

Then when we got back to the house and were going through all of the candy with Eden, this happened:
Dustin opens the milk duds.
Dustin to me: This looks like deer shit.
Dustin to Eden: Here Eden, you want one?
Great.  (Yeah, we laughed pretty hard before I explained to her that she couldn't say that.)

It was a great Halloween.  I just may start getting into this holiday!


A few pictures of my baby from this week:

Eden likes for Ila to be near her.

And this is my favorite photo that I've ever taken ever:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Precious Moments

Some of my favorite photos and moments from the past week and a half...

I love this picture of Dustin swaddling Ila at the hospital.  He is the master swaddler.  He could win swaddling contests.  After every feeding and diaper change, I would hand Ila to him to swaddle.  And I love how little she looks next to his hand!

On our second day in the hospital, my mom dropped Eden off, and we had a few hours just the four of us.  Here's me with my two girls, laying in bed and watching Frozen.

I love friends who bring presents for big sister too and then get down on the floor and play with them.

She's beautiful.

No words necessary:

My mom kept Eden at my grandma's house during our hospital stay.  Her house is only a few minutes from the hospital, and it was so nice having Eden so close.  She was able to go back and forth throughout the day, and here she came back the second night just to tell us all goodnight.

The day we came home, the nurses wanted Ila to lay in the baby warmer one more time before we left.  I think she liked it.  A day at the beach.

All dressed up to go home!

The day Ila was born, my dad and Susie asked what I wanted for her.  Since they had bought Eden her first little birthstone ring, I told them to do the same for Ila.  By the time we came home, they had Ila's ring and matching "big sis" "little sis" necklaces for Eden and Ila.

For our first night home, Dustin cooked steak and crab legs, and we drank a bottle of wine that we had bought a few weeks earlier for this very occasion.

Ila all tucked into her bassinet next to our bed for her first night at home.  Which reminded me of Eden all tucked into her bassinet next to our bed for her first night at home.  Eden is on the left... Ila is on the right.

After putting her into her bassinet for the night, I went downstairs to take a shower.  And when I came back, I found this.

Drake checking out his newest sister.

We've been having the most gorgeous weather, so we've been spending a lot of time outside.  Ila gets to lay in the sun while Eden runs around.

Eden wanted to watch a movie with Ila.  I put in The Lion King.  I didn't think that through.  I was just thinking that Eden would like all of the animals, but I should've known better after the Finding Nemo incident.  It's been a long time since I've watched The Lion King, and I forgot what happens.  I'll tell you what happens - Mufasa dies.  AHHHH!  Eden cried and cried.  Little tears streaming down her cheeks.  And unlike Finding Nemo when I could explain to Eden that it was going to be okay and Nemo's daddy was going to find him, there wasn't much I could say about Mufasa dying.  I'm going to have to be better about my movie choices for my sensitive little girl!  Also, notice the bunny slippers! :)

My girls are so beautiful!

My mom stayed with us for a week.  She was wonderful... laundry, dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, changing dirty diapers... but most importantly, playing with and entertaining Eden while I was still recovering.  She took Eden to gymnastics, to a the park a few times, and here they are making a pumpkin pie together.

One of these things is not like the other.

Ila joins us every night for Eden's bedtime routine.  She gets her own board for the Goodnight Moon game.  Two nights ago she won!

And then Eden wants her right next to her on the pillow for stories, songs and prayers.  Ila is always so content and peaceful during all of this, and I fully believe that she remembers it... that it's familiar to her... she heard it every single night from inside my tummy and now she's experiencing it on the outside.

Another beautiful day to be outside.

Kisses from big sister all day long.  And Eden is wearing her Elsa cape.  Eden made out like Christmas morning with the birth of her little sister, and she has barely taken this cape off since a friend of mine gave it to her.  She runs around with it flying behind her yelling, "I'M RUNNING ON ICE!"

Happy Fall!

The cutest little Texans fans.  Now if only the Texans would stop sucking.

My heart is happy.