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TWENTY-ONEsie

I absolutely love this fabric and REALLY want to make something out of it. Perhaps a cute little pair of summer shorts that will make all other babies turn green with envy at the beauty and brilliance of my child's stylish behind. I've been feeling the ITCH to start using Keelin's old onesie fabrics for clothes but I can't decide if I'm going to need each full yard for her big year project... which has yet to be decided. Perhaps if I keep at least 1/2 of each yard for the 1-year project I'll still be able to come up with some super cute stuff using the other 1/2. Also I need to learn how to sew. I mean really sew. More than just a straight line to make curtain valances. I need to REALLY sew. You know those moms who can just look at a piece of fabric and magically turn it into an outfit. Yeah, I want to be one of those moms.

Anyway...moving along to Keelin's stats from this past week. I've never really thought of them as "stats" but when I really think about it, that's what this weekly post is all about. During my pregnancy it was what cravings I was having each week and now it's what new breakthroughs or habits Keelin has. I'm so glad I'm documenting this week by week so I can look back and really remember her first year. I just hope I can keep it up for future beans. {Not that I'm expecting to add another bean to the mix any time soon} So, like I said, on to the stats!

The biggest event to report is that Keelin rolled over from her back to her tummy! She's been a pro at flipping herself from her tummy to her back... and will normally do it over and over again during my attempt at tummy time, little stinker... but she was having a tough time getting her arm out from under her enough to roll the other way. Well on Monday I was helping Z with something while Keelin was playing on her activity mat. I had placed her on her back, walked to the other side of the room, and when I turned back around she was propped up on her elbows looking up at me! It was one of those moments where I had to pause and ask myself if I'd actually put her on her tummy in the first place. After realizing that she had indeed flipped over, I freaked out!

"OH MY GOODNESS! KEELIN JUST ROLLED OVER!!!! AAAAHHHHH YAAAAAAY BIG GIRL!"

It was a huge event and she kept doing it all day long. I never caught it on video... she's a sneaky one... but I'm determined to and will be sure to share! Surely you remember my squealing excitement when I caught her first tummy to back roll on video!

Keelin loves her bumbo and jumper. It's only been within the last few weeks that she's been able to sit in them for any lengthy period of time. She looks like a little buddha in her bumbo and will just sit and observe everything. The only time she really gets excited in it is when one of the pups comes up to her at which point she tucks her shoulders up, brings her hands to her mouth, smiles, and giggles.  Her little legs are getting so strong and she's been pushing up as if she's going to stand on her own! I swear this girl just may walk before she crawls. I can already hold on to her hands to balance her while she puts all her weight on her legs. I'm SO impressed! Her stronger legs have made the jumper much more fun! She'll push off of her tiny feet and wave her arms in excitement... which often leads to her jostling her tummy and spitting up all over herself... but it's worth it! :)

A few days ago she got into her biggest giggle fit yet. She was laying on her activity mat and Z was down on the floor with her. When the pups came up to Z he started goofing off with them... flipping them around and blowing in their faces which sends them into a crazy frenzy! They started scooting all around the floor and running in circles and Keelin thought it was hysterical. She was watching and laughing every time they would take off into a spin. I got it on video but it's on the hubs' phone so I'll have to steal it to show you!

A random and silly update is that Keelin has become infatuated with the tags on her toys. Not so much her toys... but their tags. It's quirky and weird and totally adorable! She'll shuffle her stuffed animals around in her hands for a few minutes, feeling all the textures and triggering all the jingle, rattle, and crackling noises but it's not until she gets a hold of the tag that she's REALLY intrigued. I'm going to have to make some kind of TAG HEAVY ribbon toy for her!

I've been asking my mommy-friends on Facebook for info on their favorite carriers. I have a Chicco front carrier that is actually pretty comfortable but it is such a hassle getting her IN and OUT of it, I really feel like I need 10 hands to pull it off.  That means I'm 8 short and even when the hubs is there to help me we look like total morons. SO I was poking around for another carrier when I was reminded of the BRILLIANCE and versatility of the Moby Wrap! I suppose I had it in my head that the moby was meant for teeny tiny's but after giving it a try with Keelin I fell back in love with it! It was so easy to get her into it... and with only TWO HANDS! It is also beyond comfortable and she seemed to like it too...

Please ignore my face and focus on her YODA ears which I absolutely adore! :) Needless to say, I won't be purchasing any new slings or carriers as long as my moby holds out!

Keelin is such a happy baby and every week when I sit down to write her update post I'm reminded of how lucky I am to have such a sweet, smiley, chatty bean!

That's about it on the update front.

Until next time...

TWENTYsie

Out of the teens and taking the world by storm!!!

A big thanks to everyone who voted for this week's fabric! There was a two-way tie up until yesterday so whoever that final vote was to break the tie, you're a gem!

Keelin has been a movin' and a groovin this week! She's starting to get the idea of "bouncing" in her jumper and it might be the cutest thing yet. She gets mesmerized by the toys around the seat and when she realizes we've walked up on her she'll throw her arms up, toss her head back, and kick her little feet in excitement. Once she realizes that her legs are what make her bounce about she keeps it going and cracks herself up at the same time. Z and I have been making an effort to go on a walk with her each day. She loves looking at the sky and trees as we walk through the neighborhood. Monday we even expanded our walk to Kroger {don't be too impressed, it's right down the street} to pick up a RedBox and some Starbucks!

We all had a wonderful Mother's Day and even though "technically" it was my 2nd, since I was pregnant this time last year {but no one but the hubs knew!} it was a great "first" for the family! We met up with another young "new to parenthood" couple during mass and I'm kind of ashamed to say I was paying more attention to the families sitting in front of us than I was the homily. Two rows ahead of us were a mother, father, and two sons. One son was quite the little angel {although at one point he was holding himself with a panic-stricken look on his face as he told his father he REALLY had to go potty... cute but terribly stressful to watch.} while the other was a bit on the noisy side. He didn't seem like a bad kid, just chatty and easily distracted. He would babble talk, LOUDLY, and was too preoccupied with what he was looking at to pay attention to his mother as she tried to get him to quiet down. One row in front of us was a family of a mother and two older, what I assume to be, children. Older as in my age... if not more. Well, they were APPALLED at the noisy child for being so disruptive. In fact, they seemed APPALLED that they were sitting, practically surrounded, by all families with babies and small children. That's what you get when you sit in the back of a church... it's where we parents congregate so we can make fast getaways! Anyway, they were NOT impressed by the giggles, coos, and babble talk of all the kids around them. So much so that the mother actually SHUSHED the little boy in front of her. Yes, she shushed another mother's child... WHILE the other mother was holding him and doing her best to settle him down. Now, don't get me wrong. Obviously it was distracting me as well, considering I can recall this entire event instead of the words the priest was saying, and if I were that mother I would have taken my son out of the sanctuary as to not disturb other church-goers. BUT... I would NEVER reprimand someone else's child during church. ESPECIALLY if that child's parents were sitting right next to them. Since becoming a parent, I know the sheer terror that pulses through you the second your baby starts to get fussy in church. We've all been there, or at least to some kind of public gathering, when that one kid won't stop crying. And we've all thought to ourselves, "why won't the parents take them out?". Yes. Guilty. Let's face it. It's annoying. But being on the other end of things, it is TERRIFYING to think that, with the tiniest little lip quiver from my daughter, I may have half a room looking at me wondering WHY I'm not shushing my kid. Terrifying! As parents, we do the best we can with our kids, and hope that others will not pass judgement on us if they cry, talk out, or puke all over themselves at less than convenient times. SO, that being said, I was kind of offended at the older mother for shushing someone else's kid. And then once she did shush him, she and her daughter both started convulsing when silent laughter. The daughter looked at her and said, "thank you" with a tone as if her mother had just saved the church from some heathen causing a disruption. This is the same daughter who was constantly looking back at Z and I, and our precious SLEEPING daughter, with one of the nastiest stink eyes I have ever seen, the entire service. If she ever has children I hope they are constantly crying during public events. SHEEEEESH!

Stepping off my soap box...

After attending mass we joined our friends for a Mother's Day brunch at Flying Biscuit! YUM! The couple has a daughter who is almost 8 months so we ended up being "that table with the babies are either crying, cooing, or throwing things on the floor". It was a blast, and SO delicious! Once Z gets past the harder parts of his diet I'm buying the Flying Biscuit cookbook so I can ATTEMPT to replicate the GLORIOUS food! After brunch we went home, took pictures to fulfill my need to document everything, and relaxed a bit before having dinner with Z's parents. It was a lovely, albeit rainy day!

Sunday night Keelin started having a bit of a cough and a stuffy, snotty nose. Yep, her first cold. She's still snotty and coughs a bit every now and then, but you would never know it! She's just as happy and smiley as ever and I'm definitely envious of her grace! It actually makes me laugh and breaks my heart all at the same time when she starts coughing but tries to smile between each cough. And it never fails that on the last cough of the bunch she lets out a goofy coo that is too precious for words! She's such a trooper! How come when adults get the sniffles it's like the whole world is going to end but my 4 1/2 month old is taking hers like a champ? I've had the humidifier on high every night, am armed with saline drops and the dreaded suction bulb {she's not a fan}, and we even turned the guest bathroom into a sauna yesterday to help loosen up the gunk. Hopefully it wont last long and she'll stay as happy as she is now! I'm so blessed to have such a sweet daughter.

Until next time...

SIXTEENsie

I didn't go into much detail during last week's onesie post because I was too busy having a blast in VA, visiting our family and friends!  It marked many NEW events for the Bean including her first REAL road trip {8 hours one way}, OUR first public restroom diaper changing experience, and her first audible giggle. The later of the two actually happened at the same time so she was definitely on a roll checking things off her TO DO list! She's been mostly squealing and cooing but gave me a big giggle that was so adorable I was actually a little bummed that I was the only one there to witness it! And I'm pretty sure I startled a woman in one of the stalls with my outburst of joyous laughter when I heard it. Oh well. We also learned that Keelin LOVES TV! The colors and movement are so mesmerizing to her she would stop and stare anytime a screen would catch her eye. I definitely don't want her getting hooked on TV at a young age but it's pretty stinkin' cute to see her practically bending backwards on the play mat just so she can watch with everyone else. She's getting stronger and stronger every day and I feel like any day now she's going to sit up on her own. She's a champ in her new bumbo and anytime we've got her in our arms sitting upright, she's so straight and sturdy. It never fails to amaze me how fast she's growing, especially after seeing her next to my friend Pam's baby who is only 7-8 weeks old. The difference is shocking and I'm having so much fun watching her grow up! *tear

All in all it was a fantastic week filled with SO MANY VISITORS {as you could see from my most recent Shameless Snapshot post} and it was great seeing everyone after so long and seeing their reactions to the bean. Keelin was able to meet three sets of great grandparents, a herd of irritated cows {irritated because the Bostons were barking at them like stinky little jerks} and a butt-load of my long-time friends from home. I feel so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who will always be there to love and support our family. God has truly given us so much and I'm so happy that Keelin has so many amazing people in her life.

We also were FINALLY able to share with the world {aka Facebook} that Z and I are going to have a niece/nephew in October! My brother and his wife are expecting and I couldn't be more excited for them! I've almost slipped about a dozen times so I'm thrilled that the news is finally public and I can brag until I turn blue! They find out what they are having in June so you can bet I'll be sharing that news as well!

On a different note, I was truly heartbroken to learn that a very dear friend of mine passed away early morning Easter Sunday. Stefan and I met while at college {we had a number of classes together and were also officers in Lynchburg's Communication Honors Society} and I can honestly say he I have never met someone with a bigger heart and a greater zeal for life.  After a long battle with cancer he is finally at peace and I am so thankful that I was able to know him. I'd like to ask that you all please send out  prayers to his wife Cassie and all of his family as they go through this difficult time. Stefan, you are forever in my heart and will truly be missed. The world has suffered a GREAT loss but your spirit and enthusiasm will never be forgotten!

As for things that are coming up... we are set to take Keelin's 3 months pictures {we're a little behind} this week and I am so excited! Jamie Katz, the same fabulous photographer who did her newborn pics, will be snapping away at a local park... once the rain, rain goes away! I'll be sure to show them off soon! {Check out her link on the sidebar!}

Until next time...

FIFTEENsie

Apparently I failed to iron this week's fabric as well as I thought!

We are having a blast in VA this week introducing Keelin to family and friends. So far she's met 2 sets of great-grandparents and she'll meet another set today! Z's other grandmother is up in Michigan so we'll have to check her off our list soon.

Gammie and Granddaddy are in heaven {of course}, getting as much cuddle time in as possible and I'm taking a ton of pictures {of course} so there will be plenty to share once we get back! We even had a Skype date with my brother and his wife on Monday {they live WAY out west in LA LA land} and it was great getting to 'see' them.

Keelin's first week in her cloth diapers have been great and we are both LOVING the SunBabys. I'm still planning on doing a full post dedicated to CD's so stay tuned for more details on our switch!

I'll apologize ahead of time for being a little lax on the posts but there will be a full update on the week and plenty of new things worth sharing soon!

Until next time...

 

Baptizing the Bean

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend like we did! Saturday was a wonderful and exciting day as the hubs, the pups, the bean and I gathered with friends and family to celebrate Keelin's baptism! Well, we left the pups at home, but they were there for the after party back at the house.

The day started out a bit too gloomy for my taste but by the time we arrived at the church the sun was shining and the sky was filled with beautiful white fluffy clouds. Quite the perfect setting for such a special service.

Before heading to the church I dressed Keelin in a footed ballerina onesie {I know that's TECHNICALLY NOT what they are called but if it's one piece, it should be called a onesie... okay Gerber?!?} that snapped up the front because I wanted to keep her christening gown as wrinkle {and spit up} free as possible and I knew it would throw her into a hissy fit if I had to lift anything over her head while changing her. Although I'm convinced she is one of the happiest babies on the planet, there is one thing she absolutely cannot stand, and that's changing clothes. That's when I hear her best screams! But I digress...

The change into her christening gown went without a single fuss or tear {kudos to me} and Keelin looked quite adorable. The gown she wore was not only the gown I was baptized in, but it originally belonged to my mother's father. I didn't get a very good picture of it but the the delicate lace details are absolutely beautiful and she looked like quite the little angel! Here's a shot I took a few days before when we first tried it on.

Z's mother also  her a beautiful bonnet that ended up being slightly too big but we put it on her anyway since it was so cute.

We had a lovely group of friends and family there to share in the day and we couldn't have been more thankful for their presence for such a special occasion. Keelin is TRULY loved!

She was a little past due for her morning BM so I was slightly concerned that she would totally let it rip in the middle of a prayer or in the priests arms {do you think that's considered blasphemous?} but thankfully she had impecable timing and dropped a nice load right before the service started. My daughter the genius... always planning ahead!

She only cried for a minute or two during the service and surprisingly it was NOT while the priest was pouring water on her head! I actually think that was her favorite part!

I did have to giggle when she was crying because she it seemed her tears were contagious as her mass buddy Ruthie started wailing as well. It was a classic case of baby see baby do, I suppose. They're best buds for life!

Other than that the service was absolutely perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better day, or a better weekend for that matter!  There's nothing quite as wonderful as feeling {and SEEING} the love from friends and family, during such a special occasion!

Until next time... 

The winner of my favorite picture of the day: