Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
And this has actually been working out better than I had ever thought it would. I envisioned many sleepless nights and many battles to come, but so far, so good. Monday night she fell asleep with me after crying for just a few minutes. When I took her to her own bed, though, she promptly woke up and cried for at least an hour. She wanted to sit up in bed and stand up, but every time she did I just laid her back down and told her that it was time to go to sleep. She eventually did fall asleep and only woke up once that night when we repeated the battle for about 15 minutes until she fell back to sleep and slept until the morning.
I was prepared to have another battle last night and to my surprise, it never happened. When I put her in her crib she rolled over, hugged on her lovie and went to sleep. She did wake up once at 11:00 p.m. and cried. I went in there and laid her back down and told her it is time to sleep and she went back to sleep. I just stood there for a few minutes thinking that it was too good to be true. It was true. She slept until the morning.
Chloe Jo continues to astound me. She really is well behaved and she minds very well albiet sometimes she has to have a little "persuasion." Having her in our lives is such a blessing and we thank God for giving her to us. "For this little one we prayed." (Thanks, Courtney, hope you don't mind) We are so blessed.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
All the ladies comment on how well she keeps things on her head and that she keeps her shoes on. I've been putting bows and shoes on her since she was 5 days old so she is totally used to it and she knows I don't want her to take them off.
I just love how much they love her and she made great strides today. She really loves one particular lady and she crawled up to her and reached for her! If you don't know Chloe Jo in real life, she is usually super clingy to Momma and doesn't want anyone else to touch her. She then let another lady hold her! Woot Woot to big steps! She is growing up so fast.
My cake was a hit today too. I thought it turned out a little dry, but it tasted good so I am proud of it. I think I will try a few different recipes before I decide which one to do for Chloe Jo's birthday. I don't really know why I am putting this much effort into her cake. We aren't having a huge party. I'm only inviting immediate family. I guess it's just the (insert my maiden name here) in me! We always go beyond what is necessary.
Monday, February 22, 2010
The first thing I did was make homemade pound cake. Buddy from Cake Boss likes to use pound cake because it is easier to handle. I usually buy a box cake, but I really enjoyed making the cake myself and it turned out really yummy. I made two 8 inch rounds and filled between the two with regular icing and dirty iced the rest of it. I then rolled out my fondant and laid that over the dirty icing and smoothed it out as best I could. To give it a little decoration I rolled fondant balls and scored the top and sides. I'm very happy with my first try and I'm excited to make Chloe Jo's birthday cake now!
You know no post is complete without pictures of the cutie pie! I found these two headbands in the dollar aisle at a store tonight. Ha!
Chloe Jo only cried when I left her and one other time in Bible class! She also sat in her chair the entire time! I'm so glad we have finally made it to this point. I decided that at 9 months she could start going to class alone and she has cried every time I left her since then. We are making great progress, though and I'm happy about that. I hate leaving her when she is crying, but I do believe that this is what is best for her.
It was sort of odd being the only two from our family there, though. Mom and Dad are at my sister's for the week to see the new baby and Russell had to go preach in another town so we were all alone.
We have a new program called The Agape Program and it is made so that we are able to know one another better and give support and do things for each other more. The congregation is divided up into four different groups and each group meets for lunch one Sunday per month. This week was our groups lunch and we had a fantastic time. I am much more outgoing and talkative when I don't have my family with me for some reason. I'm not as friendly as I should be at all times and can actually be a little shy in certain situations. When I am at a function alone, though, I am able to chat more and be more outgoing. I'm so strange!
It was nice to get to go out to eat, just the three of us, last night. We don't get to do that very often because we always go with my parents and Russell is always at work during the week. We went to one of my favorite places and it was yummy!
I heart taking pictures!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I just switched her up to 12 month clothes. She's such a little thing, though that she does still wear some of her 6-9 month clothes. I weighed her yesterday and my scale says she is 17 1/2 pounds and I measured her and she is 27 1/2 inches. She is still on her curve, but is small. She is eating more non-baby things, too. She loves ravioli, mac-n-cheese, french toast and yogurt. She also will eat refried beans and rice at Mexican restaurants. She doesn't like quesadillas, grilled cheese or most breads. She even will turn her head against cookies at times! And best of all, she LOVES chocolate ice cream. She'll eat other flavors, but she likes chocolate the best. Eating ice cream is a special treat that she gets when she sees Grampy (which really is at least 2 times a week, usually more). Grampy has been feeding her ice cream since she was a tiny little thing and it has been her favorite.
She is such a sweetie. As long as you are giving her attention, she is happy. She doesn't like it if she wants attention and you are doing other things! She wants full, undivided attention. On the other hand, she does play very well by herself. She has recently discovered the sliding glass door and loves to look outside. She also likes to lick the glass (ew). She never did start crawling normally. I guess the popped up leg is her normal. She pulls up on everything and is super curious. She is standing more and more every day and I am just waiting for her to take a step.
She is starting to look much more toddler-like than baby like lately. She absolutely loves bath time in the big tub now. I bought her a container of bath toys for Valentine's Day which I know she will love. She loves to give me kisses and she said Momma for the first time last Saturday. She looked at me when she said it so I know she has associated me with it.
Chloe Jo is such a joy in our lives. We love her so much and we love being able to be her parents. She is one of the greatest blessings we have ever recieved and we thank God every day for her.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
So tonight, Russell comes home from work with....flowers! So sweet and pretty. They immediately filled the whole room with heavenly aroma. Then he pulled out a little. Tiny. Box. A jewelry box. This is what I found inside:
I don't know where the stroke of genius came from. Usually he is dismal at picking out jewelry by himself. This is exactly my style and I L.O.V.E. it! Gawgeous dawling. Seemplee gawgeous.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Too cute! I do need to make her another bow holder if I'm going to keep this up.