Monday, May 10, 2010

My First Mother's Day

I was able to celebrate Mother's Day for three days straight! On Friday night, Paul surprised me with a two hour massage! Mom picked up Addison from the babysitter's, so I had a nice evening to myself. While at the massage, I was given some wine...then, she sent me home some in a styrofoam cup! So, I was feeling pretty good when I got home!! Paul turned on the hot tub and we tried to enjoy our evening, child-free. Unfortunately, the hot tub made me feel the wine even more than I wanted. When I got out, my head and stomach were hurting!! I hit the hay after that! (I really enjoyed my massage, but the lady really rubbed me---I have bruises all over my butt! I must have really needed that massage!)
The next day, I went to get my hair done. It's so nice having time to yourself! When I got home, we tried to pick up a little, as Paul's family was coming over to celebrate Mother's Day. We had brisket, potato salad, beans, and dessert. It was such nice weather, I really enjoyed sitting outside!
On Sunday, we went to church. On the way there, Paul pulled out a James Avery bag. He said "because Addison is the only one who knows what your heart sounds like from the inside." (This is my favorite quote about being a mommy.) He gave me a charm that was a heart that said "Mommy" on the inside. How cute! The only problem was that he had just given me the exact same charm at Christmas!! Oh well, it was the thought that counts. I'll go back and get another one. Truly, the fact that he remembered my quote and did something about it meant more than anything!
At church, they had all of the mommies stand up. I have to admit, I got a little teary-eyed. It's still hard to believe that I am a mommy. I finally have that beautiful child that we had been waiting so long for! Addison is the light of my life. I don't know what we did without her!
After church, we headed to Waller to spend the afternoon with my side of the family. The day was another overcast day, so it wasn't too hot. We sat around a visited, picked dewberries and peaches, and just enjoyed each other's company. We had lots to eat--ham, green beans, salad, pasta salad, potatoes, and lots more that I can't think of right now!! Overall, it was a great Mother's day.
I wanted to record my memories from my FIRST Mother's day, as I won't ever have another FIRST. I am truly a blessed woman.

Friday, May 7, 2010

11 months old

Wow!! Time flies when you're having fun!! Addison just turned 11 months old. I cannot believe my little baby is almost a year old!! We've been so busy lately, so I'll try to give you a summary.

Easter was great....we had Easter at Orbon's house on Saturday with my side of the family, then we had Easter at our house for Paul's side of the family. We had a beautiful new patio built, so we were able to spend Easter outside. Addison wasn't really sure what to do on our Easter Egg Hunt, but mommy and daddy helped her. Unfortunately, my camera broke on Easter!! My sister Kristen took lots of pictures, but I haven't been able to get them off of her camera. I'll upload them when I get them! We even took pictures of Addison in her beautiful Easter dress from Aunt Kristen. She found a pen while a church---Needless to say, we walked out with quite a bit of ink all over the dress---Luckily, it all came out in the wash!

Addison is working on getting the two top teeth now. She has been quite the pill at the babysitter's house. She wants all of the attention! Luckily, she's not much of a problem at home. She's actually pretty happy, so I think the teeth should be here soon!

Paul and I bought a new "big girl" car seat last night for his truck. We have one for my car, but didn't have one for his. I hoping to start using it this weekend. We'll see how she does!

We're also really working on only using sippy cups. Addison is doing really well with it. She likes the NUK brand cups the best. So...hopefully we will be able to put up the bottles soon!

We're planning her 1st birthday party. It'll be on her actual birthday, June 5th. I just can't get over the fact that she is almost one!! She's still just pulling up on things; not walking yet. She's starting to get brave and let go of holding onto things and just stand there. Then, once she realizes she is doing it, she falls down.

Oh, I forgot about losing all of the pacifiers!! We are pacifier free! Our babysitter helped us to work on going to sleep without her pacifier. On the first day, she cried for about 15 minutes before going to sleep. Then, it went down to 10, then she cries for about 10 seconds, then she realizes she's okay and goes to sleep. Naptime during the day is a little harder than nightime since it's not dark outside. My mom can't stand it that we let her cry--guess that's the grandma in her! Some nights there is no crying at all. We kind of have a new routine. Paul and I head upstairs and into bed around 8:20 or so. She loves this time!!! We play in our bed for about 20 minutes. She gets so wild, crawling all over the bed, laughing and playing!! It's so great! Kristen gave her a Precious Moments angel doll that says the "Now I lay me" prayer. We listen to it every night. Addison LOVES it!! She gets the biggest smile when we push the button. Last night, she clapped all the way through the prayer!

This Sunday is going to be my first Mother's Day. Paul bought me a 2-hour massage for tonight. Mom is keeping Addison, so that we can have a nice evening. I'm SOOOOO excited! I haven't had a massage since before bedrest last year! (Gosh, I can't believe bedrest started over a year ago!! How time flies!)

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there. We are celebrating tomorrow with Paul's family at our house, then Sunday with my family at the land in Waller. I can't wait!!