Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

six months old

Our baby girl is six months old!  Today we went to her check-up.  I am so thankful for health insurance  and uneventful doctor appointments.  The nurse weighed and measured her.  21 pounds and almost 27 inches long.  (Whoa Nelly!)  Then we waited for the doctor and Hope busied herself with shredding the rolled out paper on the table.

And now, the list of things I want to remember but won't have to since they're documented here:

* She wears size 4 diapers.  (It cracks me up how the baby on the package of her diapers is standing up, bent over at the waist preparing to do a forward roll.)
*She wears size 9-12 month clothes.  I hope she doesn't outgrow some of her summer clothes before the weather warms up.
*She's a pretty serious baby.  She loves to watch and take it all in.  No one can make her laugh like her big sister.  Sometimes I get onto Reese for getting too rough or intense but Hope under minds me by laughing.
*When she gets excited she pants and sticks her tongue out like a puppy dog.
*When she's hungry she swings her right leg around and around.  We call it her Elvis leg.
*She eats four times a day.  We'll introduce baby/solid food this month.
*She's in bed by 8:00 and wakes up at 7:00.  She takes two good naps a day and sometimes a few more cat naps.  Last week we set up the crib and now she sleeps in there.
*It's getting harder to carry her around.  Not only does she weigh a lot, but she's getting a lot stronger too.  The other day at a birthday party, I thought my arms were going to fall off. :)
* She has pretty much mastered sitting up.  She lunges and grabs at everything in sight.  Sometimes when she's sitting on the floor she'll fold all the way over with her head touching the ground, stay there for a few seconds and then lift herself back up.  Dan doesn't like it when she does that. :)
*Two days ago she rolled over, tummy to back for the very first time.  Danny and I both saw her do it and we cheered and cheered.
*When she grabs Dan's face her little arms are just long enough to reach both of his ears.

Congratulations Hope Margaret!  How can it be in just six months you've gone from this

to this???

Monday, February 6, 2012


Look what came to our yard.
One year and five months ago we put this house on the market.  Then we staged and showed and prayed and showed and doubted and cried and showed some more.

Five days ago we accepted an offer and signed a contract.  Then we called someone.  It started to sink in.  Then I cheered all day long and Chica asked me to stop saying "YEA!" please.

"Baby, how many times have we prayed for this house to sell?"

"Um, forty."  She replied.  (Times that by one hundred and you might be right, I thought.)

Three days ago, our realtor put this sign in the yard.  Today we passed inspection.  In twenty days we're moving.

We are moving.

It still hasn't hit me.  It will at some point.  In the meantime, there are closets to empty, boxes to pack and friends to see.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for praying with us.

Let the chaos begin continue!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

giggle baby

Sometimes Hopie laughs so hard it sounds like she's crying. :) Kind of reminds me of this video from a couple of years ago.