Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Over the weekend (I'll post pictures and talk about the trip soon!) we took her in our Kelty Backpack for a hike, and she hummed the entire time! We always say what she lacks in desire to be mobile, she makes up for in her jibber-jabber and curiosity! That's another thing the doctor said- she is very curious and perceptive. That gal doesn't miss anything- she's always pursing her lips together and looking around corners and people to see what she needs to see... just like her momma used to be (before having a baby made my mind mushy).
So our goal for after school is out (in 13 days) is to get Ali on 3 meals a day and move away from baby food- which we could probably do now but it's so much easier at daycare. I guess crawling isn't a milestone so she may never crawl, which is OK. She does scoot around kind of like a sideways crab, so whatever works, baby! The doctor did say that by 11 months she should be pulling herself up and cruising... we're keeping our fingers crossed!
I just cannot believe that in 3 short months we will have a 1 year old. AMAZING how much changes in a year!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
HOOORAH KRIS ALLEN
America's newest American Idol!!!
I (heart) you!!!
Now, back to what I was saying...
Well I figured out why Missy Pants has been so cranky lately... poor baby has a double ear infection!!! I feel so bad- I think she's been in pain for at least a week or more- and I thought she was going through a whiny phase! Poor baby girl, momma's sorry she's such a meany! And when I took Ali to the doc yesterday, they weighed her like always... our 9 month old little girl weighs 24 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 lbs 7.5 oz (with clothes on) to be exact! Holy Wow- that girl has GOT to start MOVING!!!! I'm strugglin to get diapers around those chubby thighs! Seriously, no wonder I'm feeling like the world's strongest woman lately! I can pick up things I've NEVER been able to before :)
And I'm reeeeaaaallll excited, because tomorrow my mom and I will load Ali up and head up to our family's cabin for a great 4 day weekend outta town! My little bro and his girlfriend will be up there, along with my parents, and KK will come up Friday night, after his golf tournament. It's a tradition for the fam to meet up there over Memorial Day- and on Saturday, my dad, KK, Griff, Alexis and I get to white water raft the Moyie River this weekend... we weren't able to last year because I was preggo. The water's been running pretty high- so we should see some Class III rapids- I can't wait for my adrenaline rush!
Hope everyone enjoys their families and weekends this weekend! Remember to thank a Veteran for all that they've done for us this holiday!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
My little bug is also being kind of a pistol these days- she has not figured out how to crawl, but does, however, have a distinct desire to go places... which she assumes is my job to take her everywhere. And when I don't, she sure lets me know how dissatisfied she is with her mother!
She has also decided she would like to stand, but cannot (or will not) pull herself up. So in order for her to enjoy standing, I get to sit behind her in case she falls. Believe me, this is a fun way to spend my time, really! I would rather be playing with toys or something at least a little more interactive!
We also think Ali has an allergy to either grass or pollen. We have been hanging outside quite a bit more now that the weather is nice, and poor baby's eyes get all ready and itchy and watery- her nose runs and she sneezes. She's also developed a raspy cough- not sure if she's got a cold or if she really is allergic to something.
Needless to say, we are so anxious for her 9 month appointment next Tuesday. I can't wait to see how much this girl weighs, and double check that she is developing and reaching her milestones on time- especially with not being mobile yet.
And if I could only figure out a way to make this girl sleep in....
Monday, May 18, 2009
So now I'm left with a bittersweet ending. The coach in me wants to keep going, move forward, and plan for an outstanding season next year. We've got a money freshman pitcher coming in- she will definitely be the best in the state- quite possibly the best that the state of Idaho has ever seen. Needless to say, we've got a chance to go all the way again next year. I look at our underclassmen- who I've spent countless hours coaching and working with- I've seen direct improvement and feel so proud of what we've accomplished as coaches with our players- and it feels good. I've made an investment in these girls, and I'm proud of that.
... and on the other hand I see my family- my 1st priority. With Kris coaching at the college level next year, there is absolutely no way that he can be home with Ali while I am with my team. That would mean she would be spending the majority of her day at daycare. Someone else would be enjoying her; watching her grow. That is something I do not feel good about at all. That is why I have made the decision to be a mom first. I am going to stop coaching to be with my baby girl. I need to take this step, and in my heart, it feels awesome. I have no resentment or regrets. I can't wait to spend the springtime with my baby girl. There is so much fun things we will be able to do next year-so much I felt like we were missing out on together this year... and with her walking and running next year, we can enjoy the park, downtown CDA, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, bike rides oh.. the possibilities are endless. Thinking about it makes me smile.
But it's still a hard decision. Bittersweet, really.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade... It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
(pardon the grainy photo- it was taken on my cell phone)
Monday, May 4, 2009
...and when I took her there this morning for her first day, I walked away with a happy feeling. Debbie had tons of toys out that were perfect for Ali- it was immaculately clean, and the other kiddos are all kids of parents I know and like. So we're happy! And I'm hoping she'll take her again next year- keep your piggies crossed!
On another note- this weekend KK tilled up my little garden plot in the yard.. it's waiting for me to fertilize and prep it after practice for seeds next weekend! I'm planting tomatoes, Italian green beans, onions, carrots, cilantro, basil, and oregano! This is the first time I've had my own veggie garden: I usually do random veggies in pots around the yard- I'm so excited to see how it works out! Oh! I'm also going to plant squash and a pumpkin plant on the side of the house, just for an experiment... So fun!
AND today begins the 2 week countdown to the end of the softball season!!! I CANNOT WAIT to get my life back! I can't wait to spend afternoons taking Ali for walks and hanging in the backyard.. You just don't know how much I want these two weeks to fly! Coaching has been fun this season, don't get me wrong, but it's so different when you're a momma. I miss my baby girl, and I can't help but think of what fun things I would rather be doing with her then spending time with my team. It's time for me to hang up my coaching shoes for awhile... I can't miss this stuff for anything!