Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Privacy please

So I've decided I don't like the idea of any random creep-o looking at pictures of my daughter and knowing about our life, so I'm going private. If you'd still like access to read this please leave a comment within the next week or two with your email address (don't worry, I won't let anyone else see the comments) so I can add you. I don't really care who reads this, as long as you're not a creep :) Thanks!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pro-life

So I'm sitting here doing homework for one of my health classes and reading a chapter on abortion. I literally feel physically sick right now as I read this. While I am not one to march in the streets or chain myself to a clinic door, I am most definitely pro-life. People can disagree with me all they want- that is the beauty of living in a free country- but I am not writing this to begin a debate or to judge anyone. I am simply expressing my opinion.

In my text book it is explaining the different methods for abortion, all of them awful, but the "partial birth abortion" is what sent me over the edge. It reads:

In this procedure, the fetal limbs and body are delivered first and then the skull is collapsed to allow it to pass more easily through the cervix.

I cannot even comprehend performing such a procedure. To think of an innocent baby, with a beating heart and developing brain and personality, killed in such a way is just horrendous to me. I fully realize that every woman's situation is different. That not everyone lives in blessed circumstances that would allow her to raise her unborn baby to the best of her ability. I understand that the prospect of being a single mother is scary. I understand that the prospect of raising a child with disabilities is also scary and extremely difficult. But more than anything, I know that every child is a blessing. That they are sent from our Heavenly Father and deserve to have a chance at life, no matter what their limitations may be. A woman has plenty of opportunities to make choices before she actually gets pregnant. Once that happens, the ship has sailed! Sometimes things happen that we don't plan for, but we can still make the choice to make the best of it. There are plenty of families out there that would desperately like to adopt a precious baby, if given the opportunity. According to this text, at current rates more than a third of American women will have had at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old!

In all honesty, Claire was a little bit of a surprise to us. I have always wanted children, but I didn't quite think it would happen so soon. I was nervous, and excited, but I don't know if I was completely prepared for the way my life was going to change. However, when I look at her, I know that she is the best thing to ever happen to me. I have more love for her than I ever thought possible. Since having her, I have discovered that I have an increased love for all children, which I didn't expect. I realize now how precious and special each little child is. I just wish the rest of the world could realize that too.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I think it's funny that when I was in middle school and high school I longed for something hopelessly romantic to happen to me on Valentine's Day. The day seemed like such a huge deal, full of potential! No wonder I always found the day disappointing. Now that I'm married and have an eternal Valentine, the holiday is nice, but eh, no biggie. I guess Brady is right- we women are impossible to figure out. I'd like to think that I've just matured and realized that love is not some spectacular show on a designated day of the year, but a daily emotion that gets sweeter as the years pass. :) Either that, or I'm just no longer very romantic.

Anyway, that being said, I am very lucky to have a romantic hubby, as I've mentioned before. Last year he and his friend planned a romantic downtown getaway, complete with a spa day. The year before that he surprised me with a trip to Mesquite, also with a spa experience. Not to mention the surprise trip to San Diego the year before that, where Brady proposed on the beach at sunset. Not on V-Day, mind you, but about a week after. How can you get more romantic than that? All my middle school dreams have come true! This year we went to good ol' G-Ville where we got together with our friends for a romantic little evening planned by the boys. This year was a little more low-key than previous years, but just as special. They set up a candlelit dinner for us at his mom's preschool, presented us with gifts, and played some games- one of which they made up and was actually really cute. It was fun, and as always, we had some good laughs. I totally forgot to take any pictures, but I'm sure y'all can forgive me this one time for not providing a visual, right? I do love my sweetheart and am grateful for all the time and effort he puts in to making me feel special.

We also celebrated Brady's mom's b-day by making her a nice dinner with all the siblings earlier this afternoon. It was fun to get together. For some reason I love taking pictures of Claire with her little cousin Cruze. I think it's so cute they are so close in age and will be able to grow up together. I have fond memories of growing up with my "identical" cousin that is only 8 days older than me, and I'm glad Claire has the same opportunity. So, my apologies for all of the pics, but they're so cute I can't resist sharing. I know, I'm an obsessed mother, but I can't help it.
Oh! And this week has been exciting. I've been wondering why in the heck Claire has taken so long to roll over, and she finally did it on Saturday from her back to her tummy. Hooray! She's also getting pretty dang good at sitting up on her own. It's funny how these little milestones are such monumental events to Brady and I.
Eating pears at Grandma's house. Yum!

She loves drinking out of a glass for some reason- she couldn't get enough!
Look at me! I rolled over!

Hangin with Grandma Janet
Holding hands with my cuz. Awwww....


Littlest fan in the arena


Last week we went to a Grizzlies hockey game with some of Brady's friends just for kicks. We didn't want to go to the effort to find a baby-sitter, so we took a chance and took Claire to the game with us. Turns out, she's a hockey fan! She loved watching the players whiz around on the bright white ice and to hear all the noise. She was jumping up and down and waving her little arms- well, until she got tired at around her bed time. She sure was a good sport though. Her father couldn't be more proud.

Monday, February 2, 2009

6 months already!

My sweet little baby girl is on her way to not being a baby anymore! It's sad to think that in just 6 more months she will likely be walking and be more like a little girl than a little baby. I've loved having her small. I can't believe these last 6 months have gone by so fast! I've loved every stage so far and I can't wait to see what she'll do next.

Today was Claire's 6 month appointment with the doc. Of course, she hated her vaccinations, but despite some tears and screaming she took it like a champ. I've managed to hold it together every time she's had blood drawn or gotten shots, but I swear it gets harder each time, especially when she looks at me as if to say, "WHY? Why aren't you stopping them? How could you?!" This time I actually had to close my eyes so I wouldn't see that look on her face.

Even though she is getting bigger, she's still my tiny girl! She is now 25 inches long which puts her in the 23rd percentile on height. She is only 14 lbs 4 oz, which puts her in the 18th percentile on weight. I told the doctor that I've been worried that she's so small still (her 3-6 month clothes are just barely starting to truly fit her), but he said there is nothing to worry about. She eats well, is growing proportionately, and is bright and happy. She's just naturally petite and probably always will be. He said her development is great and to just enjoy her. To be honest, I like having her little. The longer I can hold and cuddle her the better!

So at 6 months here are some of Claire's favorite things:

-She still loves bathtime
-Still loves to eat
-Cell phones!
- The TV remote
- Her pink bear
- Her dad and the funny sounds he makes to her
- Reading books
- "Talking"
-Kicking
-Standing up with mom's help
-Touching and grabbing at everything
- Putting everything in her mouth
- Her toes
- Her funny aunts

She truly is such a happy and sweet baby. I feel so blessed for the opportunity to be her mother.

Mini-getaway

Earlier this last week Brady and I celebrated Valentine's Day a little early and went and stayed at the Castle Creek Inn B&B in Sandy. We stayed there on our wedding night, but got there late and had to leave super early the next morning to catch a flight, so we didn't get the chance to truly relax. It was nice so nice to be able to spend some much needed time with each other where we didn't have to worry about anything else. Brady's mom Janet was nice enough to come out and stay the night with Claire and they had a great time.

We ate sushi- yum! Actually, a LOT of sushi. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. Every time we go we assume that it won't really be that much, but it was a ton. Delish! I could totally go for some more right now...

We then spent the rest of the night relaxing. It was heaven. We definitely need to do it more often. The grounds were really pretty thanks to all the fresh snow. I'm so grateful to have a romantic hubby and to be able to spend some time with him.
The view from our room: