Monday, April 20, 2009

Room For Dessert

One thing is for sure, dinner will always be followed by dessert at my Grandma's house. "Save room for dessert," is a phrase frequently spoken around my grandparent's table. No matter how wonderful the meal you just ate, dessert is a must! Papa thinks there is something wrong with you if you don't accept. It's nice when Grandma reminds you, "save room for dessert," as she piles a second helping of squash souffle on your plate.

While Justin and I were dating, he was introduced to this right of the bat (although his mama makes mighty fine desserts too!). He has grown so accustomed to it, he now claims he has a "dessert stomach." Indicating where his "dessert stomach" is, he motions with his hands, pushing the food he just ate to one side showing he has plenty of "room for dessert."

It's not just the savory dishes or the incredible desserts that make Grandma's table what it is, it's the time shared around the table. It's not uncommon to find everyone still at the table hours after the last bite has been taken, carried off into conversations and debates. Papa is the great story teller. He has had such a colorful life and he loves to tell us about it. No matter if we have heard the story before, we drink in every word. Not only are there stories about him, but of our family's history, politics and religion. Needless to say, the table can get pretty hot! Anyone who joins this table is treated like family. This tradition has passed on to my parents' table, to my sister's table and to my table too.

When you sit down at the table you truly get to know those sitting around it. Growing up we always had family meals, without exception. Mama and Daddy felt it was very important as a family to share and be together. My parents valued this time so much, that Daddy delayed getting his college education because it would have interfered with supper time. This an important tradition that Justin and I will continue. We began from day one, eating dinner together. As Mama taught me, the table is cleared, properly set with "every day" china, and a meal with colorful composition is presented. This is the environment we want to bring Juliet up in, dinner time is family time. This is a time to share stories and ideas, both exciting and mundane and we have as much time as you need. When we have friends for dinner, the same is in store for them. And we remind them to "save room for dessert."

Friday, April 17, 2009


Mom doing business on the phone in the kitchen

She rolled over and I MISSED it!
Yesterday at lunch Juliet rolled over! I'm so proud. She hasn't done it again though.
I feel like I need to do a weekly update of her developments. Her personality and abilities have exploded this week! It is so much fun!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


We had a delightful Easter in Tallahassee, FL with Geems and Papa. Juliet was beautiful in her dress made by Justin's "Aunt" Peggie and cousin Laura. She was a hit at church and has totally monopolized all our time at Geems and Papa's, go figure. With no further ado, the pictures...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

3 Months Old!

Juliet is 3 months today. She is learning something new everyday; it is so wonderful to see her discover the world around her. Today, in addition to finally getting a smile on camera, she found her feet! I knew it was just around the corner, she's been bringing her feet up. Tonight they made contact with her hands!

This past month has also brought on many sounds. Last Saturday when I was putting on my makeup in the bathroom, I heard a baby I had never heard before! She squealed so loud! Since then, she's really been getting vocal. Her favorite is pursing her lips, flaring her nostrils and making cooing/bubbling sounds (with the comes a great deal of slobber). She is repeating the "oh" sound and "hi." The higher pitch my voice is the louder she will get. She slobbers a great deal. She's gnawing a lot...teething?

She loves to fram (wiggle and kick) like crazy on her jungle gym or on the changing table. Every night when she gets into her PJs, she has a long time to fram on the changing table. She kicks and pumps her legs in the air and makes a lot of noise. Her facial expressions are great. It's like she is so excited she's about to burst! Her eyebrows are raised as far as they can go and her body is so stiff and then she bursts into a kick with a huge smile and a coo. Can you tell I love it?!

Her tummy has begun to hurt her more this month too. Thankfully Mylcon works. Usually after I nurse her during the evening hours, she cries and her little tummy is so tight. Once she burps and spits up (a good bit), she's happy again. When I nursed her she would throw her shoulder back and let her arm hang behind her, now she is bending her arm, placing her hand behind her ear on her head and plays with her hair! She already started twirling her like (like me).

She experienced her first out-of-town, over night trip in Calhoun, GA this past month. We spent with weekend with Deda and Granddaddy and we were all sick! I ran a fever (felt like the flu), Justin had a sore throat and Juliet had her first runny nose. Thankfully Justin nor Juliet got as sick as I was. And thankfully we were there for my mama to take care of us! She also met Uncle Kenny, Aunt Ann, Aunt Sister and Aunt Becky for the first time. She is an excellent traveler, sleeping the entire trip!

This month also brought the first "sick" doctor's appointment. I was so sad that we had to sit on the "sick" side. I was so nervous about her getting something worse. I kept her in her seat with the shade pulled over her and I didn't touch anything! Her runny nose wasn't getting any better and her left eye was matted in the a.m. I called the nurse and told her the symptoms and she wanted us to come on in. Juliet wasn't running a fever or being fussy. They determined it was an eye cold and drops were the only thing she needed. This was also the first time she tee-teed in my lap. I was talking to the doc and my leg suddenly became so warm! Ack!

While we were there I asked if we could weigh her before we left. She weighs 11 lbs. 10 oz.! I can't believe it. Justin and I have noticed, just this week, that she is filling out. Her face is not quite as skinny. And she's growing out of some of her clothes.
The day after her 2nd month birthday, she slept through the night. That has been going very well. Our routine is to swaddle her, pop the passy in, hold her close to our chest and either rock or sway her and pat her bottom. It does the trick, especially the passy. Her eyes get so drowsy. If the passy isn't in, she can fight off sleep pretty good. Especially if she on our shoulder, she'll rub her face to stay awake. Just this week she's begun to rub her cute. If we put her down around 8, she'll wake up around 3 or 4, so we prefer later. Nine, ten, eleven, she'll wake up around 5:30-7. She's still sleeping in her pack-n-play in our room, but that's because of me. I don't want her to leave yet...She'll nap anywhere, in her crib or on our bed. Many times she'll tire herself out playing and will fall asleep on her own! She has us more on a schedule than we do her. She eats about every 3 hours, plays and sleeps for 30 minutes or in the afternoon, she'll take 1 1/2 hour nap!

This past month has been so fun. I've been following some child development blogs and I love learning new techniques and games I can play with her. We sing a lot, read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, Dr. Seuss's ABC and a few others every day. We talk and make sounds. We have a lot of fun and I love staying home with her.

Justin is an amazing father and provider. I am so thankful and grateful for all the hard work he does for our family. I am truly blessed!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Just One Smile? Please?

When the camera comes out, Juliet is smile.

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Little Kewpie Doll

For reals...check this out!

A few pics from the past 2 weeks

Really, she looks like a doll!

Loving the "Activigator."
She loves the music it plays and it's colors. She's also grasping the rings!

Can you believe how big she is?
She usually wears clothes, this was after a "diaper malfunction."

Long legs!

She's grasping toys, but she doesn't realize what she has! We had to go with a soft toy because she is bonking herself in the head and it startled her!

Juliet's Apple Tree in bloom!

Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Oh my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies triumph over me.
Indeed none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are treacherous without cause.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
Lead me in your truth and teach me for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love and tender mercies,
for they have been from old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way,
The humble he guides in justice,
and the humble He teaches His way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.

My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.

Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I put my trust in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.