Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nine Months Old

I keep getting more and more late on these.  Sydney turned 9 months old on the 7th.  I cannot believe how quickly my baby girl is growing up on me.  Luckily, she's still a peanut so I can be in denial for a little while longer on how big she's getting.

We went in on Thursday, the 17th for her well baby visit.  Turns out, she wasn't such a well baby.  The poor thing had a double ear infection, and we had no idea!  She must be a trooper, or it wasn't bothering her much.  Other than that, everything looked great with her.

Weight: 17lb 8.5oz
Length: 27'' (although this always seems off from what I measure her at home)
Head: 17 3/4"

Sleep:  For much of her 9th month, she was getting up a lot more at night than usual.  She has been a great sleep from the beginning, so this got very frustrating to us.  For a couple of weeks it'd be twice a night.  Usually, she'd just eat and go back down so it wasn't the end of the world.  However, when you are cozy in your bed and in a nice sleep, it's still not too fun.  Looking back, that could've been due to the ear infection.  She's also been super active, so maybe my little run just needed more food for her energy the next day.  She's been going to bed around 7:30 and gets up around 6:30ish.  She is still mostly rocked to sleep by me, but goes down great on her own at daycare. 

Eat: She is eating her baby food so much better now.  She still nurses before daycare, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, veggie and rice cereal at lunch and another veggie/fruit for dinner.  She'll have a couple bottles throughout the day (although she isn't taking down a lot of ounces) and will nurse once or twice before bed.  We're working on finger foods and she's getting more used to the texture.

Milestones:  She said mama!!!  She's crawling everywhere, is pulling herself up and has no fear.  She just started standing on her own for fairly long periods, so now the next step is walking.  I don't think this momma is ready for two walking kids. 

Attitude:  She has turned into a total mommy's girl.  If she sees me in the room, so only wants me.  It's nice to be so loved, but it gets hard to get much done.  Overall, she is so happy and smiley. 

Size:  She is in 9 month Carter's and 6-12 month clothing.  We just moved up to size three diapers. 

Now, let's look at the pretty girl :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Hope.  Four small letters, but yet it packs so much meaning.  This has been the recurring word through Wes' journey starting just a few weeks ago.  Through every tragedy, there is a sliver of hope to be found.

They found their hope today, at UCLA.  At 7:30am this morning (9:30 our time) they started surgery to remove a portion of his tumor.  After the initial diagnosis, this didn't appear to be an option.  However, with a lot of hope, prayers and faith they are there today. 

I know that everyone that has met them has their eyes on the clock today, their hearts on Wes, Shanna and the kids, and their mind full of prayers.  I know I do.  When I look at their four beautiful kids, how can you not have hope?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Little Things

As Eric and I were laying next to each other on the couch, we watched the girls play. Sydney was patting Kendall on the back, Kendall leaned down and gave her a kiss and said, "Baby Si-Nee you make me so happy.". Love it. Love them. :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Your Three Words

Pray, Pray, Pray

I'm still in shock regarding the last week and a half.    Wes (my brother in law) was perfectly healthy.  Last Monday he had a big seizure in his home.  From that day until now has been a whirlwind of doctors, tests, tears and prayers.  We learned he has a grade 4 tumor (blioblastoma) with unfortunate statistics.  This the absolute last thing our family had hoped to hear.

I'm still trying to process how your world can be flipped upside down so quickly.  We are awaiting the MRI results from his second opinion to see if surgery is an option.  I don't think I've ever prayed so much in my life.  Every moment of the day I think about him, my sister, and their four beautiful children.  I've seen miracles happen before and I have to have faith there can be another one.  If anyone deserves it, it's them.  There has to be some good news coming....there just has to be.