July 17, 2012

Crosbi: 7 Months

I have a love-hate relationship with my iPhone. I love being able to FaceTime with Todd when he's away for work. I think instagram is the coolest and having the ability to read my favorite blogs while I'm nursing Crosbi is so convenient. Especially since I rarely have time to sit and read these days.

But my phone can be a time zapper. I'll lie in bed and scroll through Facebook when I have three new books, and more importantly, my Bible, on my nightstand that I should be reading instead. I'm guilty of giving Todd a nod and a checked out "Uh-huh" when he's sharing his day with me and I'm reading e-mail. Crosbi learned how to scroll on our phones at 6 months old. While that is pretty impressive, it's also a good indicator that my phone is in her view more than it should be.

And while the iPhone 4S has a pretty outstanding camera, I have let the camera that we saved so long for, my Nikon, collect dust. Today I decided to put down my phone and pick up my camera. I need the practice and it has a way of capturing my girl that my phone just won't ever be able to do.

Here we are at seven months! I feel like I barely blink and another month passes. These days, while challenging at times, are the most fun I've had. I am loving seeing the world through Crosbi's eyes.

*Weight and height I'm not sure of, but girl is growing! She towers over other babies her age.
*Crosbi learned two new tricks this month - waving and clapping. She claps all the time and no matter what we're doing, if she claps, Todd and I clap with her.
*She may have just crawled for the first time a few weeks ago, but you would think she's been crawling forever. This has made bedtime a little difficult. Now that she's mobile, she refuses to lie down. It makes for some long nights going back and forth from her bedroom, although it has been fun to see the crazy sleeping positions she gets herself into.
*Sweeter than ever. Crosbi continues to give the best hugs and kisses. I could spend hours cuddling with her.
*We're seeing signs of two bottom teeth! It's more bittersweet for Todd than me, as he keeps saying, "We'll never again see her without teeth." I try not to think that way or I'd be a sobbing mess.

Thankful for seven incredible months with my baby girl!

July 9, 2012


Remember the day you rubbed oatmeal all over your face and your hair?

Remember that while I was cleaning the oatmeal mess, you crawled around on the floor and found something tiny to put in your mouth?

Remember when I started digging it out to realize it was a bug? Remember how I was so grossed out I had to use a spoon to get it out?

Remember how I took you upstairs to play and you wouldn't leave the cord to the fan alone?

Remember how while I moved the fan you knocked my tea over and it spilled all over the carpet?

Remember how I decided it was nap time, but you had other plans?

Remember how you're still awake as I write this, refusing to lie down?

Remember how I was in tears before 9am?

Remember that your gummy grin erases all of my stress. Remember that while this may be the hardest job I have ever had, there is absolutely nothing else I would rather be doing.

If you remember anything, remember how much I love you. Because I sure love you a whole lot.

July 7, 2012

Playroom Dreaming

This September will mark five years in our home. In the past five years our house has remained largely undecorated for several reasons. One, I will admit, I have relatively expensive taste (I would recreate Pottery Barn in my home if I could!) I wish I was a flea market / garage sale girl, but I'm just really not. I do have those moments where I find a good deal on great pieces, but they're few and far between. That doesn't mean I won't go to garage sales or flea markets, I just go with extremely low expectations. Second, we have always been on a tight budget. The one time in our lives when we didn't need to be on a budget, I got pregnant. Which meant everything went to savings (unbeknownst to me at the time) so that I could stay home with my daughter. So, expensive taste on a small budget doesn't go far in the world of home decorating!

I'm fine with letting a room sit empty until I have saved for the items I truly want. I never feel like I need to throw something on the walls or buy furniture because it's on sale just to fill a space. I would rather save my money than buy something I will ultimately be unhappy with. But, I'm finding that I can't let a certain empty room in our home stay empty much longer. We are in need of a playroom and I've got the decorating bug, so it's time to get busy.

We have a bonus room that we have done nothing to. We've had lots of ideas. At one time we were going to make it a man cave with old sports photos and a wet bar. Then we talked about making it more of a media room with comfy furniture for our friends to hang out in while we watched our favorite shows. But a cute little brunette changed all of that, and now I can't envision the room as anything but a playroom for my girl. I want it to be her space, but not so kid friendly that adults don't want to hang out there. I'm thinking bright colors, fresh and airy, but clean and orderly.

While Crosbi napped I played around with an Olioboard and came up with something I think I could live with. It might take a little while (due to that pesky little budget issue), but I'm ready to get started. Plus I'm going to have two of my sisters visiting in a few weeks that are easily the most creative in my family. I'm totally going to put them to work ask them to share their creative expertise so that my empty room might become fun and inviting.

I'm hoping by the end of the year our playroom will look a little something like this...

Thoughts? Too much blue? I'm open to suggestions!

July 2, 2012


Folks, she did it. Crosbi crawled for the first time yesterday. I'm not sure I'm ready for her to be mobile, but here we go! So proud of my little mover and shaker.

Since I hadn't originally planned to post this video, kindly ignore my daughter's lack of bloomers and the messy house.



Once she mastered getting to the laptop, she headed straight for the outlets. Those things are baby magnets!

Things just got a little more interesting around here.