Sunday, March 29, 2009

I look just like my daddy!!

Me and you are stuck like glue!!! :) Seeing these two together melts my heart -- isn't our daughter a spittin' image of her father?? I think more and more she is looking like Nate!!! It is crazy how much they look alike??? At least it looks like her hair is going to be a similar color to mine -- my only claim to fame!

She is a smilin' queen isn't she? Of course when I put the camera down, she smiled so big!!! I was too slow on the draw to capture it! She is a ham when she wants to be!!! "WANTS" is the key word!!

This is her newest accomplishment -- Nate will hold her hands and she will sit up!! Her neck control continues to improve each day!!! She looks like a big girl in this picture!! Wonder what she is thinking?

But, maybe she isn't that big of a girl (yet) -- considering she looks so tiny in our queen-size bed!!! She loves laying on mommy's pillow!! Must be my wonderful scent! Or maybe that is just my drool she smells! :) HEHEHE

An update from my last entry: Sophia decided that after sleeping 8+ hours stretchs for 5 nights that she wanted to start getting mommy back up again 1-2 times!! Isn't that so nice of her? Last night Sophia and I had a battle b/w two wills. Sophia doesn't realize that mommy is going to win most of the time!!! At least for now huh? Until she can talk right?

On a positive note, we have been very successful with afternoon naps in her crib (Thanks EEP - you are a genius!!). Her longest stretch sleeping alone for a nap is 2.5 hours. She took a 1.5 hour nap today!!! I LOVE the freedom, although I am in her room quite a bit, patting her back, helping her get through the different sleep cycles. It works to keep her asleep!! Hopefully through all my hard work and patience, she will "learn" to sleep on her own for naps!!

Have a great week!!

Allyson and Sophia

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A New Chapter in our Life...

I woke up on Tuesday morning with a renewed spirit and a joyful heart!!! I am so excited and peaceful about our decision for me to stay home with Sophia and only work PRN. I felt like a new woman!!! I have been so encouraged by everyone's supportive emails and understanding. This was such a hard decision to make, but I know I made the right one for us for the time being!!! I am excited to join the ranks of the SAHM's (Stay-at-home moms).

Another thing that has made my heart and mind quite joyful: Sophia sleeping through the night for 5 nights in a row! She has slept from 8 hours to 10.5 hours straight this week!! I am hoping this will continue!!! When she gets up in the morning (anywhere from 4-6am), I feed her and she will usually sleep another 2-4 hours!!! We used to get her to bed by 9pm, now I am at 8pm... with a 7pm goal. I am ready to have some quality quiet time with my husband in the evening with a baby sleeping! I now understand why parents love getting their kids to bed early!! Gotta be able to work on the marriage!! That is what keeps the family together and strong!

Below are some cute pictures.....

Sophia after her bath!! She is actually somewhat smiling!! This is usually unheard of after a bath!! The minute she hits the air, she usually screams her head off until she is all dressed. Lately, we have been singing to her and she hasn't been crying until the very end. I don't think the cold weather helped us much either!! It has been a little warmer in the house these days which helps!

On Monday we decided the wear the outfit Erin Powell let us borrow. It is a little big on her (ya think?) but it is so adorable! Has cute little bunnies on it that says, "I love my baby bunny!" She was laying on her play mat looking up at Grampie!! She thinks he is pretty funny!! (Maybe funny lookin'? HAHA Just kidding dad!)

Sophia has started to enjoy reading books. This is something that daddy does with her most evenings after he gets home from work before she goes to bed!! As you can see, she actually is paying attention to the book and checking it out!

A little closer look!! She is checkin' that apple out!! Yummm.... wish it was apple time again!! I miss the Beasley Apple Orchard!!!

As the season is changing, I am trying to get her into all the outfits she has yet to wear!! This was one of my favorites! It was a gift from two dear patients of mine!! It is a little big, but adorable!!! I love the pants!! You can tell she wasn't too thrilled by having her picture taken! I think she might be thinking, "Are you kidding mom? I know I am adorable, but seriously, you are like the crazy paparazzi."

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!!!

Today we are headed for a playdate with a dear friend from church!! Her daughter just turned 1 in February and she is a cutie!! Hope Sophia is on her best behavior!!

Off to have a little quiet time to myself before my princess gets up for the day!!

Allyson and Sophia

Monday, March 23, 2009

Me and you are stuck like glue

First things first -- Sophia gained 1 whole pound this week! She was 9 lbs 9 oz last week and she weight 10 lbs 9 oz today!!! This mother was thrilled. I knew she had been getting a few extra rolls on her thighs, but I would have never guessed a whole pound!!! YIPEE!!! I have been at such peace supplementing her. Thank you for all your encouraging emails and comments. I nurse her each time and then supplement based on how much she "got" in the nursing session. Sometimes she gets more than others -- but overall she has been such a better baby lately. She has been so much fun to interact with and has been smiling SO much!! It is so rewarding to see it. It makes all the hard times well worth it!!

Secondly, thanks to everyone who prayed for me over the weekend. I really felt those prayers via internal peace!!! It is amazing how touched a person can feel when there are tons of people praying for you!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Many of you are curious of the decision you were praying about -- well, here it is...


Isn't that exciting??? I am thrilled about this decision!!! I have been at home for 3 months with her and have loved every minute of it. I can't imagine not being at home for the next three months. I don't want to miss any of her "firsts" and want to be there to watch her grow. Thus, Nate and I's decision for me to stay home with her on a regular basis!! I will work PRN/supplemental for Clarian/MMG and Meijer as shifts become available -- however nothing on a permanent routine basis.

In other exciting news, Sophia slept her first 10 hour stretch Saturday night into Sunday. I woke up after 8 hours in panic, ran into her room and she was out like a light!! Last night she slept 9 hours and 15 minutes. I know this probably won't last long, but it has been nice while it lasted!! This is a much needed change for us since for the past 3 weeks we have been getting up every 2-4 hours to eat!!! A 3 week growth spurt you may say? I think not!!!

On a side note, Erin Powell (and baby Laurel) came to visit us yesterday. Sophia loved looking at Erin. She found a nice resting place for her arm on baby Laurel!! :) Erin also saved the day and taught me a trick to get Sophia to sleep in her crib for an afternoon nap (without being held)! If it works again today, I am sending Erin a BIG check in the mail for saving my sanity!! :) Aren't they so cute?

Well, speaking of nap time, it is time for another trial run of the "Powell" sleeping method!!! Cross those fingers everyone!!

Allyson and Sophia

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bite the bullet... just do it...

Bite the bullet .... just do it... such cliche phrases that are quite appropriate for my life right now...

Are there ever times in your life that you are so scared to do something that it consumes your every thought and every prayer? I have a really hard decision to make and I am scared to death that I will make the wrong one! I am fearful what people will think of me. I am scared that I will be judged -- that people will think my decision is the wrong one. I have spent hours deliberating, thinking, praying -- you name it, I have done it. Pros and Cons lists have been made. I just need to bite the bullet and make my decision! Stop the wavering back and forth.

Sometimes in life we are presented with amazing one-in-a-lifetime opportunities that can't be denied. If you deny them, you often will find yourself wondering, "What if I would have done XYZ." "Why didn't I at least try ABC?"

Some of you maybe saying, "What on earth are you talking about?" Well, after my decision has been made tomorrow, I will post a blog update! Those of you that know what I am thinking about -- please keep it to yourself and don't leave specific details in the comments section until my final post tomorrow!

Please pray for my decision -- that I would follow God's leading and His direction for our lives!! Right now it seems lots easier to hear God's calling than follow it!

I often find myself meditating on this verse: Proverbs 3:5-7 "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. 7Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord..."

I find much comfort in these verses and have confidence that if I listen to His calling, He will give me peace in my decision.

Prayerfully waiting ---

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Toe Touch

"Hi everyone! Check me out sitting up all by myself on the big girl couch!!! Look at me, look at me."

Lately Sophia has been quite interested in her feet. They are always covered up in the "footies" of her outfit or her socks, but she has been watching them pretty intently. I had Sophia sitting up on the couch this morning and she started trying to reach for her toes. Pretty soon she will be a little Butler Cheerleader doing "toe touches." HaHaHa

This 30 sec video is hilarious!! Check it out. (Sorry you will have to look sideways! Camera Woman Error. Hope you don't get a crick in your neck!)

Allyson and Sophia

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Simply Vera

Oh, the little pleasures in life... a new purse!!

The background: My sister was thrilled of her bargain purchase last week - A $70 Vera Wang purse for $13.80. She called me to tell me about it! I have to admit I teased her about it! For those that know my sister, she LOVES to shop and find bargains she "can't" live without! (Right sis?) I first saw her new purse yesterday and secretly fell in love with it!

The present: Today we were shopping in Kohl's for Sophia's Easter dress, and I had Sarah take me to the purse section... and there it was in all its glory...

I figured you all needed two views! I was instructed by my sister to carry it with the "Vera" symbol facing out so everyone can see it! :)

I love black purses b/c they go with almost everything ( and sis' was brown ). I looked at the tag and it was $20.40. Are you kidding me?? The same purse at the Brownsburg Kohl's was only $13.80. I marched my little self back to the service dept to see if they would price match one of their own stores and she hesitated, but agreed. Then my mom saved the day with a 15% off coupon. Needless to say I got my $70 Vera Wang purse for $11.73! Oh yeah baby!

I couldn't wait to get home and change purses! I know, I am a major dork!! I got my new purse all ready to go and strutted my stuff around the living room for all my family to see!

I really wanted to go somewhere just so I could take my new purse out on the town!! Running errands at 8pm when it is Sophia's bedtime isn't smart -- so I put my purse in the kitchen to save it for Nate and I's date out tomorrow night! Then "Vera" and I will go out in style and rock Plainfield or P-town as my girls in college called it!!!

Oh yeah, by the way -- GO BUTLER BULLDOGS!! They play tomorrow at 12:30pm and hopefully will kick some major LSU bootie!!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Movin' on up...

We had our weekly breastfeeding support group yesterday which means SCALE TIME for us. Sophia was 9 lbs 9 oz! This is a huge gain for her b/c we lost weight when we got sick. Last Monday she had dropped to 9 lbs 1.5 oz (the week before at her 2 month visit she was 9lbs 3 ozs). I will take a 7.5 oz weight gain! This is the most she has ever gained in 1 week!! Hooray for us!! Monday's can either be stressful or exciting when getting on the scales!

I also met and talked with a girl at my group. She is from Cali, but moved to Brownsburg with her husband and 5 year old son 2 years ago. She was so cool and very talkative (just like me!)! They haven't met many people at all here, and I felt so bad for her b/c her family is all in Cali. As I have said time and time again, I can't imagine not having the support from family and friends close by with the birth of a child!! Hopefully she doesn't think I am weird, but next week I plan to reach out to her and give her my number to see if she wants to take our girls for a walk!! Her daughter is a cutie and about 3-4 weeks younger than Sophia. She has a full head of dark hair!! Maybe she and I can be friends!! :)

We have been outside enjoying all the wonderful weather. We had a nice long walk Sunday with daddy at the Avon Park and yesterday with Apryl and Olivia!! Hopefully today we will get to take a walk with Aunt Sarah when she gets done with school!!! I just love breathing the fresh WARM air!! I am looking forward to the day that I get to take off her little fleece bundler in her car seat!! Then we will truly know spring is here!!!

Here is a picture of Heidi (my parents dog) laying next to Sophia last Thursday. Heidi is very jealous of Sophia b/c she is no longer the "baby" of the family. It is crazy to see a dog's nose out of joint!

Is that a smile Sophia???

Nothing else new to report!! Until next time...

Allyson and Sophia

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby Einstein's Big Blue Eyes

I hope you enjoy this little 60 second video clip of Sophia and her favorite Baby Einstein toy! Check out her beautiful big blue eyes!! Sophia also gets an aerobic workout while watching this toy!! Those legs are movin' like crazy!

Allyson and Sophia

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bessie part two...

Thank you to everyone that commented on the last post or those that emailed me support and encouragement. Your words truly have blessed my heart and my soul!! It is so encouraging to know that I am not the only one that has struggled with this and that others have gone before me.

God has really been teaching me a lot throughout these past two months about myself and my faith. I have been very humbled by my current situation. So many times in my life when I have succeeded and accomplished a huge goal, I have had some or lots of "control" in the matter. With breastfeeding, I haven't had that piece of "control" that I tend to crave. It has made me rely on God -- but believe me it hasn't been easy. I have sure put up a great 2-month long fight. I kept thinking I could do it on my own --- just try a little harder, do this or do that. Nope, that wasn't the answer. The answer for me was to give it all up to Him.

Ever since I "dumped" out all my feelings and poured my heart out Wednesday, I have felt an amazing sense of peace. I know that only God can provide this peace for me! I haven't cringed when I have had to make up a bottle of formula to supplement Sophia's feeding. I have mixed it up with joy and the knowledge this is providing nourishment and nutrition to my daughter so she can grow and develop. In a weird sense, it has taken much pressure off me during my nursing sessions. If a session isn't going well, I don't sit and fret and stress about it, I just stop it and go make her a bottle. It gives me a sense of freedom and an "out." I don't think I would have this peace if I wouldn't have been honest about my struggles with everyone and most importantly myself. I had to search deep within my own soul to see the root cause of my stress and tension. With that knowledge, I was able to finally admit and accept (which is the biggest feat) there was a problem!

Thank you all for your support, encouragement, and love!! We have had two really good days, especially mentally for this mama!! I covet all of your continued prayers for us!!! You will never know how much they mean to me!!

Thanks again!
Much appreciation and gratitude!!

Allyson and Sophia

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I ain't no Bessie the Cow

Before I begin this heavy post, I thought I would start off with a funny story. Did everyone hear about the mother in Kettering Ohio that was breastfeeding her child while driving and talking on her cell phone? Are you kidding me? I guess she took the logo to the left and "drove" with it! Check out the link...

As some of you close to me may know, I have really struggled with my milk supply since Sophia has been born. I have been very quiet about this b/c it was (and still is) very hard for me. As those of you that know me, breastfeeding has been one of the things I have been most excited about with the birth of my child. The chance to bond and provide the best nutrition possible to my child -- a win win situation. It should be easy right? It is the most natural thing we can do -- feed our child! After all, that is what they did for years and years before bottles and formula was invented. However, I am no "Bessie the cow" and breastfeeding has been an emotional roller coaster for me! I can see why people give up -- it can be soooooo hard and almost impossible. I am determined... here is my story.

(Disclaimer: These are all MY personal opinions and thoughts. I am by no means judging anyone in the way they feed their child. Everyone has to do what is right for their families and their children. Every situation is unique and different. There isn't a right or wrong way. I hope I don't offend anyone. Please know that is not my intent. I share with you my story from the bottom of my heart! I know many people probably have had similar struggles, and I hope I can encourage those that might be having or will have the same struggle.)

To those of you that don't know much of my story -- let me start from the beginning! I probably hurt my supply the most by hitting the gym after 1.5 weeks postpartum. I felt fine and was discharged with the instructions, "Do what you feel comfortable doing and what you are used to doing." Well, those of you that know me, know I worked out until the very end of my pregnancy. I even hobbled into the gym during the nerve pain and all! I was working out about 3x/wk and by week 3, was back to my normal speed/rate. I felt great (mentally and physically). By Sophia's third week of life, we had Sophia's weight checked and she hadn't gained enough weight and I wasn't able to pump out much milk. I attributed it all to getting used to the pump and my daughter having "killer" metabolism like her dad. Well, at that weight check, the first bomb dropped, the doctor wanted me to supplement with formula. I about lost it in the doctor's office! I thought to myself, "Are you kidding me? She is still gaining. It is OK she isn't going to be a porker." I went on a search for organic formula b/c I was not going to purchase anything that could have a hint of melamine. I only could find two, "Kroger's organic and Similac Organic." I was still at the "almost meltdown stage." I did as I was told and by the following week, she had gained a "good" amount (which is relative I have come to learn). The doctor told me I could drop back down from 4 oz of supplement to 2 oz/day. I was thrilled. In the mean time I was taking two herbs to increase the supply (blessed thistle and fenugreek -- 12 caps/day total plus all my other vitamins). I started feeding her every two hours (and still am currently doing so) during the day (which it took her 45 min - 1 hour to eat, basically she was attached to my boob 8+ hours/day). I was also going to a breastfeeding support group at Clarian West. I started getting more milk out when I was pumping and was thrilled!! I even had a feeling of engorgement which was very painful, but encouraging b/c I had never felt that "full before." By her 5th week at the breastfeeding group, she hadn't gained as much weight as they would like (with the decrease of the supplementation). I gave her more of my pumped milk as a supplement. I went back at week 6 for a weight check and they weren't pleased, but she technically gained her 3.5 oz for the week. (The AAP recommends 1/2 to 1 oz/day for breastfed babies). They wanted me to start supplementing more often. I was so ticked off. They didn't even sit down with me and see what was going on and how hard I was working to get my supply up. After talking with a few midwives, I compromised and did 4-6 oz/day of supplementation (formula and breast milk). At her 2 month appt, she was up to 9 lbs and 3 oz and gaining weight steady, at her speed. She was still on the growth curve, just not 75% if you know what I mean. I finally got the doctors off my back. That brings us to this week where she has had a cold for the past 7 days and lost a few ounces. In our household, EVERY ounce counts!! I was very discouraged again!! Today she was in for a sick visit and was up 3.5 oz in two days (only b/c I have been doing more supplementing while she is sick and not nursing well). I think she is going through a growth spur too and my body hasn't gotten the message to kick up the supply.

To top things all off, many times Sophia can be a very "lazy" eater. She takes forever to empty my breasts. I know the breast is a place of comfort and peace for her, so she likes to take her sweet time (and all my time too). So that is the story in a nutshell. Obviously, I left out many of the emotions associated with each event.

The past two months have been very emotional. Breastfeeding has taken a toll on me physically, mentally, emotionally. I wanted to solely breastfeed my child. I know breast milk by far is the best thing in the world for the baby. It is loaded with all my antibodies, DHA for brain growth and development, and many more wonderful nutrients. It has stood the test of time -- been around since Eve. It creates such a wonderful bond b/w you and your child! The benefits go on and on. So many of you may ask, "What is your beef with formula?" After all, I was a difficult baby and didn't nurse well and ended up being a formula fed baby and turned out all right (well -- I guess huh? That might still be up for debate). I just have a hard time giving my child powdered milk when the third ingredient listed was vegetable oil followed by tons of preservatives. I know formula isn't the end of the world, but to me in my world... it seems like it.

As I meditate and try to get to the heart of the matter.... here are my collected thoughts....

1) In my life I have always set goals and been able to accomplish them if I work hard and dedicate all of myself to them. I am a very determined person. If I want it, I go after it. (Those of you that know me well, know this is dead on). I have done this and beyond with breastfeeding and I am still not making enough milk. It is the first time that I, myself can't do it! It is very frustrating, discouraging, leaving me with feelings of defeat.

2) It takes a HUGE bite out of my pride. The ability to be the sole provider for my daughter's nutrition. I took such good care of myself during pregnancy and beyond to assure her health, and I can't provide enough milk for her now. I know having to use some formula isn't the end of the world -- but to me it is. (I know, get a grip Allyson, it could be worse).

3) It is very frustrating that something so "natural and good" has to be so hard!! I have to admit, I get very jealous of those people that are "Bessie the cows" per se and have it easier breastfeeding. I want so bad for that to be me. I know my jealousy is not going to get me anywhere beneficial, but the feelings are real and I am still working through them. Maybe one of the ten commandments should have read, "Do not covet their neighbors breasts and milk supply."

4) I know Sophia can nurse well if she wants too and tries too. She demonstrates that in the wee hours of the morning when she is starving. She clears out one side in record time (for her). Why she won't do this at every feeding is beyond me.

5) I have realized that our good days are always connected to how well Sophia eats -- if she eats well, she usually sleeps well, and mama is happy! If she is lazy, she tends to not sleep well, then is cranky, then it is hard on mama -- it is a vicious cycle.

6) I don't want to give up!! I want to nurse her for her first year of life, but I am realizing, it might not be able to be 100% just me. I am processing through this and coming to terms with it! It is VERY VERY hard!! It will take time.

Wow, that was a very long post. Sorry to unload on all my readers, but I have been wanting to do this for sometime now. It just never felt right -- now it feels right.

So, slowly I am working through all my emotions -- trying to sort them out. Praying for God's peace on this matter and in my situation. I have a huge support group and many encouraging people surrounding me. I wouldn't have made it this far if it wasn't for my wonderful husband, parents, and sister. They have all been my stronghold and have come in to "rescue" me during the hardest times. Each day just seems to be in the "survival" mode. I know that in a few years, I will look back on this post and (hopefully) laugh and see what a mountain I made out of a mole hole, but now -- I feel like I am trying to cross the Grand Canyon!

Well, those are my thoughts on the matter! I will write more as time allows and/or I think of new things!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I can't survive on FIVE

Ok, so I found out today that I can't survive on 5 hours of broken sleep!

Last night we had a horrible night. I had Sophia down, sound asleep by 9:45pm. I checked email, blogged, got ready for bed, and at 10:45pm she woke up screaming! (Bad dream?) I got her back down finally by 11:30pm. We all slept from 11:30pm till 2:20am this morning when she woke up again! I basically was up from 2:20am till 6am when I got back to sleep basically from 6am - 8am. I had to deal with many issues besides Sophia in the weeee hours of the morning. I got a fever and "chilled" for over an hour. I thought I was having an hour long seizure in bed! It was horrible!! When I woke up this morning I felt as though my head was going to blow up. I have never been drunk before and obviously never had a hangover, but folks.... I seriously think I know what one of those feel like. I felt so bad this morning. I called my mom pretty upset and my WONDERFUL parents came to the rescue. They dropped all their plans and came up to save the day. (Thanks mom and dad, you are the best!!! I can't imagine life without you guys now!) They took Sophia out of the house for 4.5 hours so I could sleep!!! It was so wonderful!!

I can only hope and pray tonight is a much better night. Can it be any worse than last night? I sure hope not!!

Allyson and Sophia

Monday, March 9, 2009

Time Flies

Oh how time flies around this house!!! I can't believe our baby is over two months old now!! She is growing so fast!!! (Well, in length and head circumference of course ... but still not in that belly!)

Here is her picture at 2 days old!

Here is a picture at almost 2 months old!!

We have really been enjoying the end of the second month!! She has become so much more alert and attentive. I love to carry on conversations with her!! She looks us in the eyes and really focuses on the person holding her or talking to her. She loves grabbing toys with her hands and holding them! The car keys and telephone are her favorite -- go figure! She still enjoys her bath!! Of course she screams her head off when I take her out and put lotion on her. She still has yet to figure out that mommy would like her to take at least 1 longer nap during the day!! She thinks she has to stay awake all day long b/c she doesn't want to miss ANYTHING!! Hummmm... guess she gets that trait honestly!! I am just like that!!

She is still fighting her first cold. Those little whimper coughs are enough to make a mother's heart melt!! It kills me to stick that bulb syringe up her nose to suck out the snot! She really hates that!!!

I love motherhood!!! It is the most rewarding thing in the world!! I love spending my days (and most nights) with her!! Don't get me wrong, there are lots of challenges and hard times, days that never seem to end and nights that never seem long enough!! I know, you don't have to say it, "It only will get harder!" It is a blessing to have such a wonderful husband for support!! He is so wonderful with Sophia!! She loves her daddy!! I have to give single mothers so much credit for what they do -- I can't imagine doing this alone!! I think I would end up in a loony bin!!

People have asked me how many children we want.... at this point in time... I am thinking only 2!! I don't think I can be pregnant more than twice and do the infant thing more than twice!!! I will give myself at least another 2 years to wait and prepare!!! I think it will take that long to get myself psyched up again!! :)

Well, speaking of nights!! I am cutting my sleep short by posting a blog!! Time for bed -- well until my princess wakes me up at 4am!!

Allyson and Sophia

Friday, March 6, 2009

"It's Me"

Each day Sophia is growing and changing and becoming more precious!!! One of her new favorite toys is a ladybug mirror. She loves to look at herself in the mirror. Watch this precious video clip of her watching herself in the mirror. She makes many adorable sounds and noises. I often wonder what she is thinking and what goes through her head when she sees herself.

My valentines day deal from Aunt Sarah! My shirt says, "PERFECT b/c mommy and daddy are the best." Amen sistah!!

Sophia has found another toy she loves -- her telephone!! Oh no, it is starting already!! :)

Also, with the promise of a "car" when she turns 16, she decided to get in the practice of holding car keys! She's gotta keep reminding herself of how good they feel in her hand!!

I apologize for not blogging more during the week, but I have a hard time finding a few extra minutes to sit down and upload pictures!!! I know pictures are what you want to see -- not just text!!

This past week we have been busy! Monday we had our 2 month doctor visit and she is up to 9 lbs 3 oz. She is on her own little "Growth Curve!" She has grown almost another inch in length and of course her head grew another inch!! It is because of all those brains in there!!

Nate has been sick for over two weeks. I have tried my best to keep Sophia away from his germs, but you know how hard that can be!! Wednesday she woke up with a little cough! I thought, "Oh no!" Wednesday night Sophia and I didn't get much sleep b/c she was up most hours coughing, sneezing, and snotting! (Is that a word? If not, I think it should be!) Yesterday my parents came to the rescue and helped me with Sophia so I could catch up on some zzzz's!! Today she is feeling much better, but still has a cough and some snot!!! It is so hard to see my little baby sick with a cold!! Some how, by the grace of God, I haven't gotten sick! Hopefully I won't b/c this house would be a mess if mama got sick!!! We would have to call in the troops for back up!!

Have a great weekend!!

Allyson and Sophia