Sunday, February 24, 2013

This is what matters...

(Old picture, but a favorite. 5 months)

I'm so blessed to know the meaning of true love.

True love is having to pee soooo bad while you're stuck under your napping baby, but you hold it as long as possible so she can finish her nap.

True love is snuggling your baby even after she wakes up at 2am and throws up all over you.

True love is spending the majority of a church sermon chasing your daughter around the lobby, yet still thanking God for his blessings.

True love is putting someone else's needs before your own.

True love is not focusing on how another can fulfill you, but how you can serve the other person; how you can enrich their lives.

True love is exhausting. True love is rewarding. 

This is what matters. Relationships. Family. Children. It's not about the things. It's about the people. It's not about where you live, how much money you have, how expensive your shoes are. It's all about the little things in a day; the smiles, hugs, laughs, challenges, and lessons that you can only appreciate by being present.

I have everything I need.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Life is but a swing

November is 16 months old! Her vocabulary is growing like crazy, and you can tell she understands most of what I say. She is currently obsessed with climbing and balancing. She loves outdoor time, and I try to get us out on a walk or to the park daily. I'm so excited for spring; I see lots of time at the zoo, parks, walks, and beach in our near future.

The transition to one nap a day is pretty much complete. She's starting to sleep longer stretches during her one nap, although we do have rough days, like when she has to take her nap in the car. Her night sleep is improving too, and she is mostly night weaned, and (finally!!!) only wakes a couple times a night, and usually falls asleep by snuggling up to me. Someday she'll even sleep in her own steps!

She's still quite wild and curious in public, which makes it hard to go out to eat anywhere quiet (or slow) or go to church and the like. She's ridiculously excited about new people in public and loves to wave and say 'hi' but she has become quite shy in closer situations, like when a friend tries to hold her, or when I try to leave her in the church nursery.

Dancing and jamming on the keyboard are things she loves to do...will she be musical like her parents?! 

Life is really good. Truly.