Thursday, May 29, 2008

9 months

Yesterday Marlie was 9 months old! It seems like the older she gets, the quicker the months go by. We went today for her check-up with the pediatrician. She gained another pound and a half this past month so she’s now up to 17 lbs and 8 oz. She’s still in the 25th percentile for weight but that’s a lot better than the 5th percentile that she used to be in. She was 27 ¼ inches long. That puts her all the way up in the 40th percentile for height. Last time she was also in the 25th.
This past weekend was a busy one. On Saturday we went shopping. Even though her schedule was thrown off for the afternoon, Marlie was content the whole day. On Sunday and Monday we had our first trips to "big" pools. Marlie enjoyed them so much. Here's a picture of her at my uncle's pool.

Starting next week, I am going to be teaching a fitness class a couple of evenings. I'm really excited about it but it's also going to keep me even busier. I've been working trying to get everything prepared for it. Most of the money from the class is going towards the girls' athletic program at my sister's school (and my alma mater). I really hope it turns out to be a success!

Friday, May 23, 2008

PaperBackSwap

I've been checking out this site for a while, but I finally signed up for it this week. It's basically an online book exchange and the only cost is that of having your book shipped to you. Although the name says PaperBack, it's actually for all types of books.
You should join now too - while it's still free!

http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fluffy Bottom

Tara has asked me how the cloth diapers are going, so I thought I'd do a post just about that. I guess the best thing is that it really doesn't seem much different so far. We only have 5 right now so it's not like I'm able to keep her in cloth full time yet. I don't mind washing them but I've also strategically put them on her when I don't expect her to have a poo. Therefore, I haven't actually dealt with that "issue" yet. It does make me feel good that we're not throwing away 50 diapers a week and she seems really comfortable in them. I'm going to slowly continue to add to the stash so that she can wear them more often. I would still consider us to be in the "trying it out" stage but maybe eventually we'll be serious cloth diaper wearers! Here she is modeling all her diapers. The first 2 you have already seen.

BumGenius All-in-One ~ This diaper isn't as absorbent as others but it fits her the best.


BumGenius One Size ~ This one can be adjusted to fit babies from 7-35 lbs. It's a little bulky on her but otherwise I don't have any complaints.


JamTots Minky ~ I bought this one just because I loved the colors. I don't have any complaints about it though.


FuzziBunz ~ This is a popular diaper brand so I thought I'd try it. No problems with it either.


Tail Feathers Diaper ~ This was one just too cute to pass up! I had planned on buying her some cute bloomers anyway, but now she can just wear this under a dress without bloomers!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May donut

Here's how the donut is currently looking. We have 3 months down as of this past weekend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Water Baby


I really love the water so I've been hoping that Marlie will take to it. She enjoys her baths but I didn't know how she'd do in a pool. I bought her a small inflatable pool to let her play in before we go to the real swimming pool. She did great in it and I was so proud of her! I let her stand up in it first, then sat her down. She eventually ended up on her stomach on her own. She even got her face in the water and never even flinched! Now I'm really excited to move on to a real pool!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

11 Step Program for Having Children

I was saying Amen to a lot of this and shaking my head at what we have to look forward to!

Thinking of Having Kids? Do this 11 step program first!

Lesson 1
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.


Lesson 3
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM-10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2. Eat cold food with one hand for dinner.
3. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
4. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
5. Set the alarm for 3AM.
6. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM, make a drink and watch an infomercial.
7. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
8. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
9. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
10. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive).
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.


Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?


Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allowed for this - all morning.


Lesson 6
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.


Lesson 7
Go to the local grocery store.
Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice).
If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat.
1. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight.
2. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.


Lesson 8
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.
You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.


Lesson 9
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon.
Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney Channel, Sprout or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?). Exactly the point.


Lesson 10
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly.
(Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required).
Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.


Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice.
Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt-sleeve, or elbow while
playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above.
You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in
the room.


This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say 'it's all worth it!' Share it with your friends, both those who do and don't have kids. I guarantee they'll get a chuckle out of it. Remember, a sense of humor is of the most important things you'll need when you become a parent!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's coming!

It's a little hard to get a picture inside an 8.5 month old's mouth, but if you look very closely, you can see where she is finally getting her first tooth. It's not really all that visible but I felt it for the first time on Sunday. I guess that was a Mother's Day gift?!

It's coming!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I am blessed and I am thankful.
These are my thoughts about my first Mother's Day. This weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on the past 18 months. God challenged Bryan and I very early in my pregnancy, and we learned right away what a precious gift our baby girl is. There have been some VERY hard times over the past year and a half, but I have never lost sight of how blessed I am to be Marlie's mother.
Yesterday in church our pastor focused on Proverbs 31:30. Bryan (& Marlie of course!) gave me a book for Mother's Day called The Mission of Motherhood. When I opened it last night to begin reading it, the first chapter began with Proverbs 31:30 -
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
I love that verse and I'm so glad to have come across it twice yesterday. The scripture is talking about "a wife of noble character", but I hope that as she grows up, Marlie will see that in me as her mother.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Just in case you didn't know, that's what today is!
I am so thankful for all the other military spouses and what they mean in my life. I was looking for a poem to post on here and I came across more than one so here they all are!

The good Lord was creating a model for military spouses and was into his sixth day of over-time when an angel appeared. She said, Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What’s wrong with the standard model?
The Lord replied, Have you seen the specs on this order? They need to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect host/hostess to four or 40 with an hour’s notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if they are pregnant and have the flu; and they must be willing to move to a new location 10 times in 17 years. And, oh yes, they must have six pairs of hands.
The angel shook her head. Six pairs of hands? No way.
The Lord continued, Don’t worry, we will make other military spouses to help them. And we will give them an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in their spouse’s achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when it is over-worked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I don’t understand', when they don’t, and say, 'I love you' , regardless.
Lord, said the angel, touching his arm gently, Go to bed and get some rest. You can finish this tomorrow.
I can’t stop now, said the Lord. I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals themselves when they are sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave good-bye to their spouses from a pier, a runway or a depot, and understand why it’s important that they leave.
The angel circled the model for military spouses, looked at it closely and sighed, It looks fine, but it’s too soft.
they might look soft, replied the Lord, but they have the strength of a lion. You would not believe what they can endure.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran a finger across the cheek of the Lord’s creation. There’s a leak, she announced. Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much into this model.
The Lord appeared offended at the angel’s lack of confidence. What you see is not a leak, he said. It’s a tear.
“A tear? What is it there for? asked the angel.
The Lord replied, It’s for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a dedication to all the values that they and their spouses hold dear.
You are a genius! exclaimed the angel.
The Lord looked puzzled and replied, I didn’t put it there.


The backbone of the home you see.
That's what the military wife is to me.
Guarding the fort while her husband's away,
Defending and protecting his country each day.
Though many forget the importance of her role in his life,
Please, Sir, don't forget the military wife.
The woman who primarily raises her children alone,
The one who strives to make a "house", a home.
The one who sacrifices the time she could share,
The one who has many responsibilities to bear.
The woman who is married to a protector of the world,
The one whose life stays fairly unfurled.
I say again, kind Sir, don't forget the role
she plays in his life.
Yes, dear Sir, the military wife.
The woman who stands by her husband's side,
The one who takes life stride by stride.
The woman who wonders when he's far away,
The one who prays for his safety
and sends tender love his way.
Next time you look into a soldier's eyes,
Think of the one who stands by his side.
The one left behind, the encouragement in his life.....
The woman who's called the MILITARY WIFE.

I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the military in the ranks that are rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders.
Salutes I do no give,
but the military world is the place where I live.
I am not in the chain of command orders I do not get,
but my husband does this I can no forget.
I am not the one who fires the weapon,
who puts my life on the line,
but my job is just as tough I am the one that is left behind.
My husband is a patriot a brave and pride filled man.
And the call to serve his country not all understands.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me.
I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life,
but I stand among the silent ranks known as the military wife.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

We love our cousins!

Last weekend Marlie and I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with my aunt and cousins. We came back home with a bag full of baby girl clothes that are on loan from my older cousin and her daughter who is 7 months older than Marlie. I knew the bag was full but I didn't realize how many outfits were in there until I got home. I started pulling them out of the bag and they seemed neverending! They were also all so cute! I probably won't need to buy Marlie any clothes for the rest of the summer. That sure is nice! We are so thankful for our big cousins!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Touching Them All

When my aunt sent this to me this morning, I knew there was no way I couldn't post it. Another example of why I love sports!

Monday, May 05, 2008

New blogs!

I have created two new blogs. The first and most important one is a blog to promote products made by military spouses or their businesses. I know of so many ladies who are very talented and able to make a wide range of items. I also know ladies who have their own businesses like photography companies. I just want to show these ladies and their products and services off! I'll probably only update the blog about once a week so that each person can be on the front page for plenty of time. I'm also going to continue to work on the blog and improve it so it is going to be a work in progress for a while. If you have any suggestions for how I can improve it, please let me know!
Please check the blog out and share it with others! The link is: http://armywifeboutique.blogspot.com

My second new blog is just pictures. I have had a hard time for a few years trying to find somewhere good to host our photos. I finally just decided on putting them on a blog. I will still post pictures on here, but they will ALL be on the new blog. There is a little catch though. I don't want all my pictures to be accessible by the whole world. If you want to be able to view the new blog, I will need to send you an invitation by email first. Then you will need to create a blogger id (if you don't already have one) to be able to log in and view the pictures. Just email me or leave me a comment if you want me to send you an invitation.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Run for the Fallen

Run for the Fallen

Somehow, someway, somewhere I really want to take part in this.