Wednesday, July 27, 2011


One of the days we were in Texas last month visiting Uncle Tony, Aunt Natalie, Cousin Jude, Cousin Lilly, and Grandma and Grandpa we headed over to the splash pad near their house. It was Violets first time in any kind of water other than the bath. She mostly had the "concentrating/thinking" face going on. She never smiled, whined, or cried, but let out a little "ha" a couple of times. Jude on the other hand was having a blast. He was running and screaming with delight. It was so fun to watch him chase the water and get splashed. Sweet baby Lilly, not even a week old, snoozed it out in her sling. It was such a fun little time with the family.

 For the record, I didn't intentionally put her under the water. I think some kid ran by and put a foot over one of the spouts therefore causing the one next to us to splash right on top of Violet's head. She never even made a peep about it. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

5 months

Violet is 5 months old! We say all the time how we feel like we should still be at the hospital about to bring her home. This past month had been full of firsts. She has started sleeping in her own room for about 6-7 hours then comes to our bed to nurse around 6:00 or 6:30 and then gets up for the day around 9:30 or 10:00. Those are my absolute favorite times with her in the early morning when the sun starts streaming into our room as she eats and we snuggle as we both fall back to sleep. Ahh, it's the best. We have also started easing her onto solid food with a little rice cereal in the evenings. She is a big fan of the rice cereal. Before and after every bite she says "mmmmm", flails her arms and legs, and gives a grunt of approval. We tried some mashed bananas the day she turned 5 months. She was not impressed. She also went to the nursery at church for the first time. She went in without any qualms, but I was a wreck. When we picked her up she was pretty upset, so, (mostly for my sake) we might hold off on trying the nursery again. Her personality is started to show more and more. For the most part she is pretty reserved, but at the same time you can see how silly and goofy she is going to be. It is so fun to watch her grow.

I love everything about this little person. I love her tiny upper lip. I love her silent laughs. I love how her tiny upper lip disappears when she laughs. I love her milk mustaches. I love the bald spot on the back of her head (which is now filling in). I love her droopy dog cheeks. I love her big wet kisses. I love her babbles and squeals. I just love her.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 4th

Our Fourth of July was so much fun this year. We spent Monday and Tuesday at my parent's house to celebrate with my family. We pulled up to the house and it was (not surprisingly) completely decked out in all things USA. My mom loves her a holiday and it gives her the chance to create such beautiful and 
unique scenes. I am in awe of her creativity and ability to put together such lovely parties and get togethers. Up on the hill of my parents land is their pool and next to it they put up a giant canopy tent with a gorgeous table setting for us to eat, drink, relax, and escape from the sun. 

We spent the evening of the fourth with my parents, brother, grandparents, and my cousin and his wife. There was lots of swimming, eating hotdogs and watermelon, drinking margaritas, shooting fireworks, and of course playing with baby. This fourth of July was so special and memorable because it was another first for Violet. She loved everyone talking to her. She was all smiles the whole night. When it got dark Robby and my brother set off the fireworks while the rest of us sat under the tent and watched. Violet got her bedtime bottle during the first part and sat up and watched the big explosions at the end. She never got scared. It was so amazing to watch her follow them up into the big black sky and see her face light up when they burst into different colors. It was the best ending to our first fourth of July with our daughter. 

The next day we woke up, ate breakfast, and headed out to the pool. We spent almost all day outside in the water or under the big tent. Violet swam herself out and fell asleep on my lap as we ate lunch. It was such a perfect, hot summer day.