Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Sense of Accomplishment

Six months ago, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy little bundle of joy. Little did I know, what I was actually in for.... :)

When thinking about my birthing experience, I feel as if I could do that 100 more times! (however, I wont be doing that) It was perfect, and I couldn't have asked for anything more! The few weeks that followed are, well, a different story.

I knew it would be hard, but nobody can prepare you for it. I will say I had a little more on my plate then just "having a baby." Most people give birth and go home with a baby....I gave birth, went home to my mom's house with a baby, moved to Tulsa one week later, and my husband started medical school that same week! It was a bit of a whirlwind. I'm so grateful for family! My sister Laura spent one night with us, so that Ross and I could get a GREAT nights sleep! My mom was definitely a Godsend! She came and stayed with me for several days to help me get situated in my new home with my new baby.

To let you know exactly how I was feeling....My mom, Hadley, and I were running errands. My mom suggested we stop at a certain place, but only if I thought Hadley could handle it. I quickly replied..."WELL, I DON'T KNOW HER." That is exactly how I felt. "I don't know her"..."What is she suppose to do" ..."Will she always just lay there"...."Why am I crying more than she is"..."Will this get easier?" To say the least, it was rough.

HOWEVER!!!!! As I was laying in bed last night, I was overcome with pure JOY and EXCITEMENT! I DID IT!!

I am Hadley's mommy! It feels so good to know that I:

  • Know when she is hungry
  • Know when she is sleepy
  • Know what toy she likes best
  • Know that she likes to be held a certain way for her cat nap
  • Know what songs she likes best
  • Know she didn't like to sleep on her tummy, but now that is all she does
  • Know she likes to play with my hair
  • Know what gets her to open her mouth so she can eat her rice cereal
  • Know her napping/sleepy schedule to a "T"
  • Know that she will STARE at all new things and people until it becomes a usual in her sight
  • Know her different cries: scared (the worst one), hungry, sleepy, pain.
  • Know that she would rather suck her thumb than a pacifier
  • Know when she is happy, she likes to kick her legs
  • Know that she loves the water, and her bath time
  • Know that she likes it when I blow on her neck

And of course my FAVORITES are:

  • Her face will light up when she sees my face
  • If she hears my voice, she will look around the room until she finds me
  • When I go to wake her up in the morning, she knows that I turn on the lamp and open the drapes...I know she will kick her legs on the bed because she is so excited to see me
  • That I can make her truly laugh....a good belly laugh!
  • I know how to soothe her so she will be comforted and stop crying.
  • Mommy knows best...and Mommy knows how to fix everything :)

I may be just a "stay at home mom" but let me tell's tough. I think the hardest part is not "what" you have to do, it's simply that you are always taking care of someone else.

I would NOT EVER trade the past six months for anything! The Lord did not give me anything I could not handle. There are no words to describe the feeling I get, knowing that to my baby, I am her world. She loves me unconditionally, and I have never been happier than I am at this moment.

Hadley bug, I love you! You and your daddy are my world. You are my best friend. We will have many a day together, and I am looking forward to each and every one! You make me smile, laugh, cry with tears of happiness/love/joy/fulfilment. My cup runneth over!

If you saw this face everyday, wouldn't you fall in love too??.............

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


(The title of this post is dedicated to my dorney :)

I love having a house full of people! This past weekend my cousin Courtney and her fiance Scott came to visit. We had such a wonderful time with them! Hadley found herself a new best friend. On Saturday, the whole family came up to Tulsa, and the girls went to try on bridesmaid dresses. No pictures of the's a secret. I love my family and wish we weren't literally scattered across the nation.

I miss you guys already and I love you very much! Jipppeeeeee!

Everyone hanging out before dinner...

I think Nana was pooped...

Joshua found a new Nintendo buddy...

Our baking activity...mmmm...brownies...

Hadley and her Courtney...

Me and my Hadley Bug...

Chubby baby legs...

Scott helped Hadley sit up for the first time, without assistance on her back...

Hadley loves hair...

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I love projects! I have several projects planned in my head, that I want to start...or have started and want to finish!

First things first...Ross and I make quite a team. We have been looking for an amoire type cabinet for our TV. We couldn't find anything we liked, so we decided to make one! Instead of an amoire, we decided on a statement piece....a beautiful shelf! Ross made it ( YES! he MADE it!) and I distressed it and stained it. He is so incredibly talented! The shelf itself weighs 26 pounds!

Here are pictures from start to finish. I am so happy with how it turned out! I love it!

Monday, January 17, 2011


My sweet daughter has become HOUDINI! I sat her in her chair, as I do every morning after she finishes her bottle. I watched as she "bounced" her way down the chair until her feet were on the ground, her back arched, with her head still on the chair. One bounce...two bounce...she is on her bottom on the floor! She then proceeded to fall over and bump her head!

My Hadley bug has her official first "red" mark/bump on her head. I felt horrible! How could I have let my daughter get a bump on the head! I watched her for a while to make sure she was not lethargic and hasn't lost function in the left side of her body. So far so good :) She will live to tell this horrifying tale...and so will her mommy!

I love you my Hadley bug...please help mommy out by living in a bubble!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Many Faces of Hadley

Hadley and I had our own little photo shoot in our living room. She is such a peach! She has started making some CRAZY faces! She usually only does them when she is on the changing table or we are making her laugh while laying on the floor. I was able to capture a few of them...I hope you enjoy!

She is her mother's daughter, and we have so much fun together! She is getting to the age where she really interacts with us and we are loving it! Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

5 1/2 months

My Hadley Bug is 5 1/2 months! She is as beautiful as ever! I was going to try and wait until her official "6 month" post, but she has had so many milestones, that I just couldn't wait any longer!

Hadley, you weigh 15 1/2 lbs. You have officially overcome your first sickness. It was terrible watching you suffer, and I am so excited you are feeling better. You are definitely back to your joyful little self.

You have a TOOTH! Today was the first day I could feel it and SEE it! It is coming in on the bottom front. You put EVERYTHING in your mouth! When mommy picks you up, you grab hold of her shirt and start chewing on it.

You are eating 3 tablespoons of rice cereal every morning on top of your regular bottles. You are excellent with a spoon. You never give mommy any trouble. :) If you are anything like your mommy, I'm sure that will change.

BIG MILESTONE: On December 26, ROLLED OVER for the first time! Mommy, Daddy, and Papa were watching football. Mommy put you on your back on your play yard, looked away for one second, and when I looked back you were on your tummy! You roll over all the time now. You have not figured out how to roll from your tummy to your back yet. (Because of this, mommy has to flip you back over several times during your just learn to sleep on your tummy during the night :)

You are full of smiles and laughter! You bring mommy and daddy so much joy! It has been a privilege getting to spend everyday with you my bug! We love you!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sick :(

My sweet baby is sick. :( For the past week, she has been coughing, snotty, congested, and had a hard time sleeping. It got bad enough that we took Hadley to an urgent care over the weekend. As they were doing all sorts of tests on my child, I definitely pulled out the "mommy card" and cried the entire time. There is nothing that breaks your heart more than listening to your child scream/cry in pure terror and pain. It was not fun!

They diagnosed her with RSV. We pulled out all the stops in order to ease her pain and get her to rest. One thing she enjoyed was a steam bath in the bathroom...she fell asleep...hence, her sleeping in the laundry basket.

She is finally getting better. Her breathing has improved and she is finally sleeping.

I will say, that trying to disinfect an entire house from top to bottom is a daunting task! I wasn't that paranoid about germs...until my daughter got I'm pretty sure I'm a germophobe.


I have been hearing about this "Pioneer Woman" from a lot of people; however, I had no idea who she best friend gave me "The Pioneer Woman" Cookbook for Christmas. It is amazing. We have made two recipes from it so far and have loved them both! Ross made "cat in the hat" or "egg in the hole" with bread and eggs. It was very tasty. Look below to see what delight I made...

The Cookbook...

Onion Strings...

They were so delicious! Definitely a keeper!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas with the Owens'

Merry Christmas at the Owens'.
The family...

Me and My Hadley Girl...
Avery lovin' on Hadley...

Hadley being Ornery...

A girl's gotta have her bows...

Mommy got Hadley scrubs so she can match her daddy...

The Apron we got Avery...