We have been loving this gorgeous weather! Haze and I get out running and she loves her little hair blowing in the wind and tossing cheerios in the air with as much joy as if they were rose petals on her wedding day. This past weekend we made a point to have some quality family time and took a little stroll downtown with some friends. It was a perfect way to enjoy the weekend and welcome in the new season (finally!).
About this time two years ago, there was a huge baby boom among people I love. My twin nieces had their Birthday party this past weekend, and we had a great time seeing family! As Hazel gets older, it's fun to see how she gets along with her cousins. I'm sure they'll only get closer as time goes on.
My daughter is 11 months old. At this time last year, I was a rolling beast in disbelief how much life would change at "any moment" (Isn't that what we say at 36 weeks? As if a first baby will come then.). Life has changed so much, and I can't even remember what it was like living only for myself. I was just obsessed with my schedule and had details and planning down to a T. Now it's second nature to know that my "schedule" is totally dependent on how Haze is feeling, and that is perfectly fine with me. As a mom, you naturally become less selfish and self-involved because there is someone else you're living for. My little someone is just the sweetest peach you will ever meet; I'm so blessed to have her in my life! She's growing fast, and here is what she's up to lately: *Waves "Bye bye" when you put on your coat without being prompted; waves with prompting, too. *Improving with consumption of real food, and she eats a variety of teeny portions including black/refried/kidney/white beans, all cooked veggies, imitation crab, tofu, tortillas, bananas, strawberries, mango ... I guess this is a dumb list because she'll sample anything right now. Moving on. *Can feed herself with a bottle or sippy cup one handed, but usually uses two. *Typically sleeps through the night. Emphasis on Typically. *Still says "dadadadada for most things. Specifies it for the real "dada". Says mama more consistently but it sounds like it's in slow motion "muuuumaaaahhh". *BLOWS KISSES!! And smacks her lips loud to make kissy noises. This is really new and really cute because it kind of surprises her, but she keeps repeating it and smiles/gets surprised with each little kiss. *Is smiling/laughing most of the day. *Is SO EXCITED FOR HER BIRTHDAY PARTY. Oh wait, that's me. *Still enjoys power walking the mall, but is lasting for shorter periods of time. Yesterday, on the 50 degree day, we went out for a long walk with a friend and she lasted over an hour. Thank goodness Spring is coming and I have an outside loving girl. Bring it on! On a different note, we were ALMOST homeowners. I mean signed contract, official at the bank, TWO boxes packed. It ended up falling through, not our fault, and it's okay with us. Everything was happening way too fast, and it was an emotionally exhausting roller coaster of a week. Back on the hunting/browsing track for us, although I'm afraid we're a little gun shy at this point. We were so excited/close to buying and it fell through, and now we're happy about it... how does that happen?? And what does that mean for the next one that we're so excited/close to buying??? UGH it's a scary thought. Not TOO scary as we've already been out looking at houses again, but if it's up to my husband we'll just buy the duplex next door and with a little construction - tada! A 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house and no moving! Just kidding - although he did bring that up.
After being crazy in love for a decade, we officially became a family on May 23, 2009. We are thrilled to be married and enjoying this exciting time in our lives! Ceej worked as a Journeyman plumber and is now bidding jobs for a local plumbing company, and Em graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2008 and is in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Minnesota to be completed in the Fall of 2011. Our sweet baby Hazel Leann arrived April 1, 2011 (no foolin'!) and is the biggest joy and blessing we didn't know we needed. Life isn't perfect, but it sure is wonderful - We're truly enjoying every new second of God's awesome plan for our lives!
Pictures credit to Forever Photography (family/baby) and McManigal Photography (wedding).