Monday, September 15, 2014

Camille 8 months

This girl turned 8 months old yesterday. . .


 Typical Camille. . .

Let's see. . . A few things about Camille. . .

She now has two teeth (bottom middle)

She takes a bottle every 4 hours and is now getting 2-3 meals of food per day. She gets pureed baby-food but is also experimenting with finger foods. She loves pretty much anything we give her but especially the all natural white cheddar Cheetos. (They are all natural so pretty much means they are super healthy for babies, right??!)


She also loves chewing/gumming jumbo size marshmallows. I am such a good mom.




She takes two solid naps per day, on most days, and is going to bed earlier around 7pm.

Loves: smiling, playing in the mirror, pulling Clara's hair, eating, grabbing mommy's nose (or anyones nose for that matter), swinging, bubbles, looking at books, playing with Clara (seriously, she always wants to touch her and just be next to her) and just enjoying life and being her happy self!

Does not love: changing clothes (this is a new one. . . que the screaming), when we take away a toy/her sippy cup etc, or when I try to rock her at night (girlfriend is trying to break my heart).


She is babbling up a storm and is so close to crawling. . .




Happy 8 months, sweet Camille!! Love you tons!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Links 9/12/14

Life
But when we do. . . Jesus
What are you fixated on?
Living simply - even when people don't understand

Special Needs
Writing measurable IEP Goals and Objectives
Humanity first, label last  There is no "me" and "them"- we are all humans together. Any of us could be one simple chromosome or traumatic event away from a diagnosis of our very own. 

And a few pictures. . . The girls have been extra cuddly this week & I'm loving it! 




Countdown to the weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Three years ago today. . .

Three years ago today I drove to the fertility clinic, for what felt like the millionth time, for yet another blood draw. Except this time was different. A blood pregnancy test. I remember feeling hopeful, yet also slightly guarded should God's answer to our prayer be "not right now."

I arrived at the clinic and the nurses asked me almost immediately "Well, did you take a home test??" To which I replied "No." We then went into a back and forth conversation as to them not believing me because "Everyone does a home test!! No one ever seriously waits until the blood test." 

Yet I explained to the best of my ability that I felt God nudging me to wait, to not take a home test, and that He was literally telling me "Just be patient. I got this," regardless of the actual test result. Those times you feel like you literally hear God speaking to you? This was one of them. So I waited. And September 8th was the day we would learn if our IVF was a success.

Blood was taken and after I drove to work. I had a morning meeting which seemed to drag on and my mind could barely focus on the topics at hand. And then at approximately 11:45am I got the call. The call I had been anticipating all morning since I watched the vile of blood be placed into a tray for testing.

Two nurses that had walked this journey with me were on speaker phone and were giddy with excitement. I immediately started to smile and then in simultaneous squeals. . .

"Brittnie!!! You're pregnant!!!" 

And then tears.

Tears of joy and thanksgiving and excitement and hope and happiness and praise to the God that made this all possible. Praise to the God that literally turned our "wailing into dancing" (Psalm 30:11) and replaced our sorrow with joy.

 . . .

That was three years ago today. The past three years have brought several ups and downs and twists and turns. A week after this exciting phone call we learned we were pregnant with twins. And a few weeks later, after seeing & hearing two heartbeats, we learned that one of those babies no longer had a beating heart. And a while after the birth of our oldest daughter we began to grow concerned about her development. And a while after said concerns, and an endless lists of tests and procedures, we finally got a diagnosis. 

And that is hard. Really hard.

But you know what?

We still sing Psalm 30:11. We still shed tears of joy and thanksgiving and excitement and hope and happiness and praise to the God that made this all possible. Because even though the days between these three years have been filled with hard, Psalm 30:11 remains true.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. 

So if you are in the midst of a wait, or a no, or a "not right now" season, there is hope. There is still a reason to sing. There is still the promise that pretty soon, if you hold on and sit with diligence and then listen with all you've got, there will be dancing.

Dancing. Dancing after the rain. Singing after the wailing.

And that is pretty amazing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

(Lots of) pictures from the past few weeks

So like I mentioned I have been on a little blogging break lately. We have been enjoying summer and filling our days full. So that + working + insurance drama = no time for blogging. Oh well. . . for everything there is a season, right?

Here are a few (very random) pictures from my iPhone over the last few weeks. . .












Praise Baby trance. . .









Not sure how this happened. . .

Sweet cousin, Sophie, loving on Camille. . . Some say they look just alike! 


And sweet cousin, Eli, loving on Camille. . .

He thought rubbing her head was super fun. . .

And giving her hugs. . .
Head rubbing again. . .



My cousins, Clancey and Brogan, came to visit from CT a few weeks ago. We loved spending time with them! And the girls loved swimming with them (& the constant attention)!
Sun bathing cutie. . .

My niece Avery passed on her gigantic teddy bear to Clara. It is safe to say that Clara LOVES and I mean LOVES it. Everyday after nap I say "Go hug your bear," and she crawls right up into his lap and smiles. She also enjoys patting his tummy and nose. When I can't find her in the house I go look in her room by the bear. Always find her there. Cutest ever. Her post nap hair is also the cutest ever.

First time I was successful with pig tails. . .

Summer = lots of swing & trampoline time. . .





Clara's new favorite book. She loves to "read" as we are riding in the car. You too can probably find these books at your local Dollar Store. :)




First time Camille sat in the front of the shopping cart!! One of my fav milestones. She was totally loving it. And not to mention totally loving smiling and flirting with each and every shopper that passed us by. . . Let's all start praying now that this adorable little quality tones itself down before High School. . . Mmmmkay?




Camille hoarding all the food. . .

Playing in the mirror. . .



Clara woke up at 5am a few days ago and decided it was a good day not to go back to sleep. So I decided it was a good day to practice resting on her nap mat. She starts back at MDO today and they want to try having her nap on a nap mat like all the other kids in her class. Yeah. . . I'll let you know how that goes. . . Ha! Don't let these pics fool you. This lasted approximately 2.5 seconds.


Cheesing it up for the camera per usual. . .


Clara playing before Bible class this past Sunday. . .



Clara and her buddy Bauer. . .


More playtime. . .




That's a wrap! Summer bucket list update & an exciting announcement coming soon!

(Um no. I am not pregnant. Crazy people.)