Wednesday, September 19, 2012

6 Months Old and other news

Harlow is 6 months old! Lately, when I look at her, I just have flashbacks of my newborn baby snuggling me. When in reality, she is rolling all over the floor, sitting up, playing in her exersaucer, flailing all over the place, jabbering up a storm, and eating big girl food. Time has never moved faster. She is so much fun! She has her happy days and her cranky days, but she is truly a happy girl the majority of the time. She learns so much every day. Being her mom is so fulfilling and I love it so much.

I threw a baby shower for Lauren! She is due on October 3rd and I am so over-the-moon ELATED for her and Josh! They deserve the joy of being parents soooo much and they are going to be so wonderful and I love seeing her so pregnant. Isn't she beautiful?! I just can't wait to meet the sweet babe!

In other news, when we got back to Utah, it was just us and the Lances living her at the 4-Plex. It was AWESOME! I live in the top right apartment, and Steph lives in the bottom left. So, we don't share any walls. Since we have babies, that is so nice, so we don't have to worry about waking up any neighbors when our babies cry. WELL, that didn't last long. Two college boys moved in downstairs. All of my complaints are dumb. They're not even bad neighbors. I was just hoping to not have to share walls. The door slamming, cursing, full parking lot, and worry that Harlow is keeping them up at night is just annoying. Oh how I look forward to owning a home. 

And in THE BEST NEWS, my parents received their mission call!!! They will be serving in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Never heard of it? That's because it's just a small island of paradise located west of Fiji. They've had the call for a couple of weeks now and I can't keep quiet anymore! I'm so excited I have to shout it to the world!(I hope it's ok that I share this, mom!) I am so, very proud of my parents. They are sacrificing money, time with family, their home, and so much more to go and serve the Lord. I can't think of 2 more faithful servants. They are both such hard workers and so full of love, that I feel they are going to be Heavenly Father's hands in answering a lot of prayers over there. I cannot wait for the adventure to start for them and to hear all of the updates! And also, I am now saving every penny because seriously... have you seen this place??

Someday... SOMEDAY...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Late Night Date

Last night, I had a lovely late night with Harlow. Weirdly enough, I'm not being sarcastic... it was lovely.

Harlow went to bed at 8:15 and woke up whining at 11:45. My first thought was "come onnnnn, you're fine. Go back to sleep pleaseeeeeeeeeee". I checked on her, she was ok, just needed to calm herself down. I talked to Michael and we decided to let her cry. I've let her cry many times and usually I'm ok and she settles down quickly. But last night, I was a mess. I couldn't handle it. I stood in her doorway and watched her try to settle down for what felt like an eternity. She never did.

Michael and I had agreed to let her learn to sooth herself, but this wasn't normal for her, and I just felt that she needed her mama for some reason. I was just standing in the doorway, and seriously- I felt like someone shoved me over to her crib like... what are you waiting for?! So, I snatched her up. When she wakes up for no reason, I'm usually frustrated. But not last night. I was so happy to have her in my arms. I didn't put her back down. I took her out into the living room and we rocked and snuggled until 1:00 AM.

She was wide awake. Just snuggling me and staring at me. It was so wonderful. I was having flashbacks of when she was a newborn and just trying to enjoy that moment because she's already getting so wiggly that she doesn't snuggle me very often. Cheesy? Yes. But it made me emotional and I was crying at how much I love this girl and no matter why she woke up, tummy ache, bad dream, missing her mama... I was happy to help her calm down.

I swaddled her back up, put her in her crib and she woke up happy and smiling at 7:15 AM. It was super weird for her to wake up at that time, so upset. So I took advantage of it. I secretly think she needed me because I needed her :) We were missing each other.

I just wanted to document that moment, and unfortunately I'm terrible at writing in my journal lately, so here it is on my blog.

So thankful for my new job as a mom.