Saturday, August 31, 2013

Catching up

So, it's been awhile. A long while. Whoops. For some reason, I feel guilty about not blogging. I don't know who exactly it is I feel responsible to, but I feel like I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing when I'm not blogging. But it felt good to not worry about it for a few weeks too!

This is all random, so try to follow along, mmkay?

1) One of my best friends had a baby. And he's SO cute!! I spent a weekend waiting for that stubborn little man to come out. But it was worth every  minute! He's the most handsome little boy with the cutest little face!

2) It's finally "facebook official" so I'm proud to announce my other best friend is pregnant! 16 weeks already. She found out right before Father's Day. And I knew just by looking at her. Literally. We work together, so there's no way she was keeping that a secret for long :) I can't wait to meet her little lady (I'm convinced it's a girl, although there's no proof yet). She finds out September 19th and I'm trying to convince her to fake a health problem so she can get a sono a little sooner, but she's not going for it. Whatev. I guess we'll have to wait until September 19th to start shopping for that little baby!!

3) Tessa had her one year check up and it went pretty well except a few things. Which I would LOVE to have prayers for :) The doctor saw her walking and commented that she's pretty bow legged. Which I had noticed, but didn't think much of. It's not a huge deal at all and he wasn't like....SUPER concerned, but he said we need to keep an eye on it. It's not just that her legs bow out when she walks, but her femurs seem to be growing a little curved. He said if it's not correcting soon, we will need to "have a look at it again." So prayers that they straighten out! Also, she has a lip tie. The side effects of that aren't anything drastic, but it can cause tooth decay, language delay and is currently causing a huge gap in her teeth that won't grow together until the lip tie is fixed. He looked at it at the appointment and said to go see a dentist in the next few months, but then he called me on my cell phone after I left his office and said he'd done a little research and felt like we needed to get it taken care of pretty quick. So we're going to an oral surgeon on September 6th for a consult. The surgery to correct it is super easy, but they have to sedate her, so that makes me a little nervous. I know, I know.....tons of kids get sedated every day and I know nothing will go wrong. I just don't like thinking about it. But we'll know more details after the 6th.

4) Tommy is (mostly) potty-trained!!! I was off work for 3 days in August while Brooke and Michael went to Jamaica (lucky ducks) and we stayed in the house for three days until he started pottying in the big boy potty! He still won't go number 2 in the big boy potty, so if anyone has any tips on that, PLEASE feel free to share! But he tells us when he has to pee and hasn't had ANY accidents during nap or bed time. We're loving not buying diapers!

5) Nick and I are going to be celebrating our 5th anniversary on September 6th! I can't believe it's been 5 years already and I can't believe it's only been 5 years. Sometimes it seems like the time has flown and others it seems like we've been "us" forever. So lucky to be married to him :) And I love that anniversaries are good excuses for date nights!

6) I'm working on eating healthier. I started last Sunday and have lost 4lbs! I know it's so worth it to not eat junk, but man it's hard!! I've been praying for God to make me hate sweets! So far, He hasn't changed that about me, but I trust it will happen soon!

7) I've had the shopping bug lately. I just went through Tessa's clothes and let's just say she's set for winter. I think she has a different outfit to wear everyday for two months. Literally. But everything I buy is Goodwill, garage sales or something somebody has given us and it's all so cute!! I can't wait for her to start wearing them all!

So lots of stuff happening lately! Of course as soon as I start to write about how  busy I am, I can't think of one thing I've done in the last three weeks! But trust me when I say we haven't had very many spare moments. I'm aiming to do better about writing consistently so I don't forget the best days of my life!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

At one year old....

Tessa Grace,

At one year old, you are:

*22 lbs

*30 inches tall

*in a size 3 diaper (I think we're reaaaally close to size 4)

*wearing a size 5 shoe (big feet!)

*in mostly 12-18 month stuff. You can still fit some brands of 12 month stuff, but not much

*OFF OF FORMULA!! Woo-hoo!! Daddy is super happy about that. He hasn't had to buy any in about a month.

*done with bottles!! Another woo-hoo!! I was really worried about that transition because you seemed super attached to your bottle. But we started giving you a sippy full of milk every night before bed and you have done just fine.

*ALSO done with your paci!! That happened on accident on 7/29/13--just a few days after your first birthday. I forgot to give you a paci to take to Aunt Brooke's, but she said you went to sleep okay without it. So we decided to stop from then on. And you did AWESOME!! I was also worried about taking that away, but in usual Tessa fashion, you did great! You haven't been any fussier and you're still sleeping fine.

*a momma's girl. You love to do what I'm doing, when I'm doing it. You got a plastic make up kit for your birthday and you like to play with it while mommy does hers every morning. You like to be right at my heels while I'm cooking. When I leave your sight, you cry and cry like I'm never coming back. But I always do :)

*getting so independent! You are going up stairs very well by yourself. Unfortunately, you're just dying to go down them by yourself, but you're not so good at that yet. Daddy had you and Tommy outside last week and he went into the chicken coop to get eggs and when he turned around, you had climbed the ladder on the swingset and were getting ready to go down the slide. Talk about a heart attack!! That's like, 8 feet off the ground! You're too brave for your own good!

*falling asleep in your crib by yourself and sleeping through the night. I was falling asleep with you because at the time I enjoyed it and you fell asleep very quickly. In the last few months, however, you started wanting to play or touch my face or watch TV instead of going to sleep. We were both getting frustrated because the process was taking about an hour every night. So we finally started putting you in your crib and letting you cry it out. We realized quickly we should have done that in the beginning because the first night, you cried for about 10 minutes, then 2nd night it took about 5 minutes and then you haven't cried since then. You're the easiest baby ever!!

*in love with drinking out of a water bottle! You always find them in the house and bring them to me and grunt until I open it and give you a drink. And you think you're pretty hot stuff when you do it!
* not eating near as much as  you used to. You used to be a bottomless pit. Now you're getting a little ore picky. You eat less and not quite as much of a variety. But you're still a pretty good eater overall!

*super into clothes and shoes. I love it! The other day, you carried one of your shoes to me and grunted and then sat down on the ground and stuck your foot up. I put your shoe on and you took it off a few minutes later. Then you wanted it back on AGAIN. I told you I wasn't going to put them on and off and on and off. And you picked your shoe up, grunted and launched it at my head. Nice. I can see we're going to have some interesting shopping trips in the future :)

*still kind of a tomboy, even though you like girly stuff. You're always in dirt, riding the 4 wheeler, running around naked or digging in the trash. You have no problem being dirty!
*saying a few words. Your favorite is to yell, "MAMA!!" You also say bubba, dada and you say baba, but it means drink. Whenever you're thirsty, you say baba over and over until we get you a drink!

*napping usually once a day, from around 2pm to 4 or 5pm. As long as it stays quiet, you're good for at least a few hours.

*SO ornery! I've been catching you more and more trying to get your brother in trouble. He won't even touch you and you start screaming like you're in so much pain, when in reality, all he did is take his toy back or look at you the wrong way :) You also like to grab things you know you shouldn't have and run away as fast as you can. You LOOOOOVE that game.


*a heartbreaker. Mommy and Daddy are head over heels for you, little girl! So is your bubba. You have us all wrapped around your fingers. When you cry, it's just so stinkin sad! And when you laugh, it's the cutest thing. I'm not gonna lie--disciplining you is hard :)

*giving really big, really wet, open-mouth kisses! It's kind of hilarious and kind of disgusting. But you give those kisses everything you've got!!

*really sensitive. When you're doing something naughty, all I have to do is give you a look and you hang your head and start tearing up (which also adds to making it difficult to discipline you!). You get very upset and your feelings are hurt. You getting in trouble is harder on me than it is on you!

So glad we made it through the first year, sweet girl! We love you!