Thursday, February 28, 2008

6 months and still stick!

So, Jade wakes up on Tuesday morning with a little bit of a runny nose. No big deal, right? Probably just because of the cold snap that came through Monday night. Turns out Baby Girl still has a yucky double ear infection!! Who would have known or even thought? Sweet, little princess has been nothing but an absolute doll!! What a dilemma!

She's now on a stronger antibiotic to try and take care of it. NOT FUN! She's never really minded medicine at all before. (Eww.. with the exception of the off-brand Mylicon. Take my word for it.. just spend the extra $$ and get the name brand stuff.) But she has been putting up a fight just about every time I try to give it to her. Well, tonight there was a drop of it on my finger. Instact reaction, just lick it off. GAG-A-MAGGOT! That stuff is nasty! Poor thing, no wonder she puts up a fight.

Other than that, not too much to report...just what you all already know. Jade is still our little chunky munky! She weighs in at a whopping 19lbs 12 oz and is 28 1/2 inches tall! She is back on the charts for weight..but completely off for height!

And because I know this is what you have all been waiting for....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Most Awesome Blog Ever!

Well.. quite possibly not really the most awesome blog ever, but still pretty neat!

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To my lil' Princess!

Hi My Little Jade-a-Roo! (A nickname that you think is sooo funny! You smile everytime I say it.)

You are 6 months old now and we can't hardly believe it. I've said it before, and I know I will say it more times than we can count, but you are growing up so fast! In your tiny little hands, you're holding both mine and Daddy's hearts with such a firm grasp. We love you more than you could possibly ever know. With each little giggle or soft cuddling touch, our hearts nearly explode from all the love and joy we have for you. Although I would like to claim you as a true "Momma's girl", you are very quickly becoming a "Daddy's girl." Over the weekend, Aunt Carrie came to play with you a little bit and you seemed a little upset that she was intruding on your time with your Daddy. If he's in the room, you can barely take your eyes off of him. And after he comes home from work, you will stop everything you are doing until he says "HI" to you! And only Daddy can get those deep belly laughs out of you. Sure, you will smirk and give a little giggle to Momma..but Daddy is the hilarious one. Its just precious to watch the bond between you two getting stronger and stronger.

Its amazing all that you have accomplished in the past 6 months. And I can only imagine what the next 6 months might be like!! Its such a blessing that your Daddy and I have you and are able to watch the miracle of life unfold right in front of our eyes. We praise Jesus every day for the sacrifice he made for us so that we can have a relationship with God. And we pray in His name, that someday you too may have that relationship.

So.. to the apple of our eyes, happy half-birthday!

Mommy and Daddy (and your brudder dog Sampson)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm still dumb!

I believe whole-heartedly that a part of your brain magically disappears the instant you become pregnant. For example, my motor skills have somewhat deteriorated, I can never seem to find my keys, I'm forever forgetting some important part of my pump either at home or work (mind you I use this thing at least 2 times a day); and these are just a few examples of how my brain has shrunken. I did hear somewhere that when your baby is about 6 months old, your brain grows back to its normal size. PSHHH, YEAH RIGHT! Jade will be 6 months old on Sunday.. and I tell you, there is NO HOPE people! But now, I know why your brain has to shrink when you are pregnant... its to make room for your heart to grow to carry all that extra love! (Yes. Cheesy. I know. And hardly makes sense)

Tonight, Jade fell asleep in the car on the way home from our small group meeting. When we got home, she was still so tired..but so happy to be home and playing with Daddy and her bwudder dog. My video camera decided not to be charged at the moment.. so I will have to leave you with these adorable stills. cup runneth over...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Too big too fast

Sooo cliche, but she is growing up sooo fast! How did she go from sweet little blob of a baby just laying there to this little person sitting up and playing on her own?

"Baby Jade" 08/24/07, 8lbs 4 ounces, 20 inches long

1 month old & a first smile

2 months old

(Look at how skinny her legs used to be!)

3 months old
(Look how fat she got in 1 month!)

4 (and a half months) old

Lovin' the solids!

4 1/2 months old

Physically interactive

5 months old

Independently sitting and playing!

Monday, February 18, 2008

SOOO Looooonnnggg

It has been soo long since I last posted! Its been so long that Jade is actually walking and talking now! =) Just kidding! Seriously though, a ton has happened.

Most recently, our sweet baby girl had her first ear infection.. or has. Well, technically its a double ear infection. She's still trying to get over the blasted thing. Thank God she is her father's daughter and loves the taste of her antibiotics! (I always hated liquid medicines or chewables growing up.) She's been a trooper though, and has done really great...with the exception of last night. She was out like a light a little after 8. Then, she woke up crying at about 12:30 and didn't go back to sleep until 2:30! Even though I am exhausted this morning, I can actually say that I did enjoy our time together last night. For the first time in her life she let me rock her!! Well, I have rocked her before, but she normally just plays and won't relax enough to enjoy it. So, for a good 30 minutes we just rocked. She was sleeping so sweetly... or so I thought. As soon as her little body make contact with her bed, she started wailing! I scooped her back up, and out like a light again. Which meant that I got a good nights rest sitting almost straight up in our bed. (I thought it might be better for her to be at an angle because of her drainage issues.)

Anyways... just to catch you up on some more precious stuff she has accomplished:

  • she lovessssss tags! (That taggy blanket is now really wonderful and handy, Bonnie!)
  • she like to play peekaboo with her burp rag or some other peice of cloth.
  • she drinks (well, mostly plays) from a sippy cup
  • she crosses her right index finger over her middle finger almost constantly
  • she now kicks and splashes non-stop during bath time
  • she swivels her body when she is sitting up to get to another toy. or she'll lean over to the outside of a leg.
  • she reaches out to people (but if I'm holding her.. she reaches for no-one, and will turn away! =) just another perk to being a Mommy)
  • she kind of waves bye-bye, but mainly just thinks its hilariously when you tell her bye
  • she is getting sensitive, sometimes at least, and will cry if Matt or I leave the room
  • she flaps her arms and kicks her legs like she is about to take flight when she gets really excited.
  • and the best for last.. she fake smiles sometimes! Like she is thinking "I know I'm supposed to smile at this, but really.. its not funny, Mom."

Friday, February 1, 2008

Welcome Caleb Brantner!!

Jade's newest cousin was born on Tuesday! The little fella came in at a meekly 7 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long! (I say little because Brantner babies are usually pretty hefty! He was two weeks early though.) After a few rough first days, he is breathing on his own and is rooming with his Momma. Woohoo! Can't wait to hold you Caleb! Aunt Carla is feeling much better, so don't worry.. I won't get you all germy!

Playing by myself is fun!

Jade still loves to be entertained...but most of the time is just as happy playing on her own! Once she started sitting up, it was like "Okay Mom.. go do what you want, I'm gonna play here with my toys!!" (I really think she just enjoys being able to look all around! She's always been sooo nosey!)

"Oh Sampson.. you're soo funny! Just don't knock me over, you big galute!"

"You're about to get it Baby Tad!!"

"I'll try to hide my yawn by stuffing by puffy fingers in my mouth!"