Friday, June 25, 2010


I started a new blog.
I changed the name of this blog.
I changed the template.
I changed my picture.

I needed change. I decided to split my blog into two. I wanted to go in a different direction but didn't want to take this blog with so I just started a new one.

The new one is all about being a mom and I'm using it more of a journal. It's going to be very honest and real; things I never read about motherhood.

I'm keeping this one for what it's always been: a little bit of everything (so I'm not promising that I won't continue to talk a lot about Lily here :). I will still continue my letters to Lily here, pictures, etc. I really just needed to start a journal and not just a "here's what's going on with me" thing.

Follow me if you'd like on the new one but just know it won't be what everyone wants to hear all of the time.


Speaking of changes, we are closing on our new house on July 21st! We're so, so excited. It's new, it's shiny, it's bigger, and it will be ours in 26 days!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

How incredibly lucky Lily is to have such an amazing father. I know she already knows it too...
And I know just how incredibly lucky I am to have him in my life. To watch Dustin and Lily together is as if I'm watching the best movie in the world, one that I could watch over and over again. They never stop making me smile. Thank you babe, for being on this crazy ride called Parenthood with me. I couldn't do it with anyone else.

And then there is my dad. My amazing, smart, talented, generous, sacrificing dad...

Lily will drop anything and everyone for my dad, just like I always did for him. For those of you who do not know my dad, he just has this...aura. This caring aura that is so rare and so genuine.
He has taught me so much and been such a mentor. He is my hero.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Thank you for being there every step of the way. We're beyond lucky to share our life with you.

Happy Father's Day to all of our family and friends!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

One year meltdown, er, I mean, doctor visit.

Lily had her one year well baby visit last week. Oh.My.

I'll start with the stats and the fun stuff...

She is:
22lbs  (71%)
30.5 inches (70%)
and her head is...well...huge. 18.5 inches (90%) She's smart!

She is a perfectly healthy little girl.
She is advanced in her language skills, with a 4-6 word vocabulary, and right on target with everything else. The doctor gave us some interesting information about walking versus talking and she told us that babes that start their language skills early are usually on the very late end of walking, and vice versa. This must be true for our kid. Lily shows absolutely NO interest in walking. She has her little push walking toy that she will push about 10 steps...and that's it. She doesn't have enough confidence yet to even stand on her own without holding on. She love cruising the furniture and pulling herself up but very stubborn about experimenting beyond that.

Aside from that discussion, I cannot tell you what else we talked about since Lily screamed through the rest of the appointment...

Wow, what a difference in taking her to the doctor this time. In the past, she has always found a way to entertain herself while we wait on the doctor/nurses. She plays with the paper on the patient table, her toys that we give her or even Puffs would capture her attention for at least 10 minutes.

Nope. Not anymore. It was the appointment from hell. Granted, this is the longest doctor's appointment we've had with her, but that fact did not help in the moment.

We went into the appointment with crabbiness. We soon found out from the doctor that this could have been because Lily has 5 more teeth coming in at once, her eye teeth and a molar. (I think I've lost count but we might now be up to 16 now). God bless Dr. Manilla for being so sweet while Lily was screaming through the exam, but she didn't offer any encouragement on the situation. She said that the next teeth to come in would be her 2 year molars but being that she got the rest so quickly, those will be soon to follow.
Then, after we waited 30 minutes, yes, THIRTY minutes in a 9x9 room with a screaming kid, the nurse finally came in and gave her 4 shots: one in each arm and one in each leg. I have not ever seen such a look of terror on Lily's face. It was awful. She looked at me as though she was thinking, "why are you allowing the woman to torture me!!??". Ugh. It was heartbreaking.

I realized that this isn't different than what every other parent goes through with their kids, it was just new and different to us since this was our first terrible experience at the doctor's. It made me realize how lucky we are that 1.) Lily is pretty easy going and 2.) how healthy she has been so far. Yes, teething has been a monster and her sleep issues have been defeating at times but all in all, she has been such a good girl. Thank God for a healthy baby.

So, here you have it. 12 months of happy baby...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

So much, yet so little.

We have been so busy around here...but I can't really tell you why. Not because it's top secret or anything, I just really can't pinpoint what we're so busy doing!

One thing that is definitely noteworthy is the weekend that my husband just gave me.

To back up a minute, we were supposed to be in Cancun this weekend with my company. Once a year my boss treats us to a weekend away somewhere. We went on a cruise a couple years ago, last year was Cabo (which I also missed) and this year was Cancun. It was in the works for months and Dustin and I were originally really excited about it.
Long story short: child care, schedules, family members having to be moved...all got in the way. I really didn't want to leave Lily for 3 nights again anyway, so I was more than ok with it.

Instead, Dustin planned a short weekend away...
We headed out at 9am for our massage appointments at our favorite spa in Sarasota. After that, we headed to Selby Gardens to walk around a bit. It is so gorgeous there...

Then we went to check into the Ritz...
This was our view. Yes, fancy! I had never stayed in a Ritz before and to be honest, I wouldn't spend that kind of money again. It was nice, but not shockingly different from any other hotel we've stayed in.

Then we headed to Ritz's portion of Lido beach...

Then we went to get some appetizers...
After a nap, we went out to dinner...
Then Dustin surprised me with...

Which was so unexpected and thoughtful.
Of course, we couldn't wait to get home this morning so we ate a quick breakfast and jetted out at 9:30am!
It was a perfect weekend. Dustin and I needed that reconnection in the worst way.
I know there isn't a lot of substance to this post but I needed to share, ok, brag about, my amazing weekend. I am a very lucky girl to have such an amazing husband.