Saturday, May 23, 2015

Eleven Months Old

It is very strange to tell people Grace will be one next month. How did this happen? My tiny southern girl is almost one! This first year for Grace has been so different from Sophia's. She has been to so many more places and been perfectly happy to hang out in the carrier or the stroller. I am so thankful for that and so thankful for her. She is a beautiful, happy little star in our family. :)

Baby blue eyes! 

"Mom. I do not want to take any more pictures."

Grace at 11 months old:
- walks really well with assistance and along the furniture
- signs "all done" when she gets upset/hurt/terrorized by Sophia while playing or when she doesn't want any more food
- wearing 9 month or 12 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 3 diapers
- bed at 7:00, wakes up 7:00-8:00. 2 naps.
- 4 bottles of formula a day (24oz total). Eats solids (baby food + finger foods) at least 2 meals a day. Gets very excited about food.
- nicknames so far in her life: Dacie Dace, Babe Grace, Gracie-Gru, Lady Baby, Gwace Gwace
- when I'm carrying her, she uses her tiny pointer finger to boss me around, like she's steering. It's cute and hilarious.
- usually has 1 of 3 emotions: super excited, super offended, content. When she's one of the first two, she goes all out to make sure you know how she feels.
- finally now hides herself and initiates peek-a-boo
- sometimes I may wish Grace wasn't such a Mommy's girl, but today when she was crawling around looking for Russ, I must admit, I was a little jealous. It feels pretty good to have a cute baby light up every time she sees you. :)
- re-cheked her iron this week and it's still low. It really shouldn't be with all we are doing, so we are going to get more extensive blood work done to see if we can figure out what's going on. (All her life, if it hasn't been one thing, it's been another: spitting up blood, only able to look left,  acid reflux issues, flat head / measurements for a helmet, and since the head problem is finally over - now low iron). Sheesh.

Grace has been on many swings on my lap, but I think this month was her first time in an actual baby swing. She loved it!

return of the curls 

waving to the camera 

 Mother's Day with my favorite girls  :)
I do not know what is going on with Grace's facial expressions here

How swimming with the Lees tends to go:
 splashing but not getting wet with Mom
fun in the water with Dad

bossy pointer finger (I have MANY pictures like this)

family dance party


Looking so grown up in her shorts and t-shirt!

 Helping with the dishes

 Too busy laughing at nothing to go to sleep!

 First solo ride on the carousel. I think she enjoyed herself, but she had her serious "grumpy cat face" the whole time (aka her cheeks are so chubby it pulls her mouth down like a frown)

Chillin' on Daddy during Sophia's gymnastics show. Sometimes having an older sister means being woken up early from your nap. :(

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My "Mom Vacation" in Utah

Last month, I took a solo trip to Utah for my good friend's wedding. The last time I went somewhere by myself was flying to Texas when Savannah was born and I was pregnant with Sophia, so it was definitely strange to be doing anything by myself, let alone being alone for several days. At first I was lonely and bored, to be honest, but I quickly got used to the taste of freedom. :) Russ kept me updated throughout the day with cute pictures and videos of the girls, which helped. There's just something kind of magical about being able to take time to do your hair in the morning and only have to grab the things I need for the day instead of a whole bag of snacks, clothes, diapers, toys, etc. I was also so busy, I am very sure the girls were having more fun at home.

During my 3 days away, I spent lots of time catching up with friends I hadn't seen in years, felt nostalgic driving around Provo, and ate as much Utah food as I could. :) I was also able to do an endowment session on Friday and the sealing was at the gorgeous Manti Temple. I only wish the whole family could've gone and that I could've stayed longer - there were so many other things I wanted to do and people I would have loved to see!

Had to get one last hug from Grace at the airport - she didn't know what was going on. Sophia said she would miss me but that she'd "be okay because I have a boy named Dad". 

eating the best breakfast in the world with Allison! 

How I have missed thee, Cafe Rio!

Provo City Center Temple

Endowment session at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple

I missed my family most when I had to pose for pictures by much less awkward to have other people in the picture with you! 

The reception was around the corner from the school I taught at! I was so excited to see it again

some serious word-searching going on at this table 

freshman roommates! 

2015 and 2008 bridesmaids and brides

Just doing some bridesmaid duties. 3 curing irons going at once.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the newlyweds 



The photographer had some girls link arms and others hold hands. Abby and I learned we both hold hands the same way and kept fighting over who got to be the "girl". haha

In this one, the photographer instructed me to put my arm on TyRee's shoulder. We had a good laugh about how convenient it was to have someone just the right height to rest on. :) 

This picture of our cute bouquets had me laughing harder than I have in weeks. Everyone's head is cut off except TyRee's! I love that pocket-sized girl! 

A couple more from the reception:

I am glad I could be part of Jamie's special day, loved seeing so many old friends, and grateful Russ took care of everything at home so I could go! I had a blast!