July 21, 2010

I had to share...

Chanley's gift for Ryan for Father's Day. We put these in a frame for him to put in his office. Believe me getting Chanley AND the words in the same shot was not an easy feat, but we had fun. :)

Ry, thank you so much for being such a wonderful father to Chan.
She couldn't adore you more.

July 18, 2010


Sorry everyone I have been awful about updating lately! What can I say, life has been NUTS! I have about a gajillion pics I need to post of our recent adventures. Since I last posted we went to Nebraska to visit Ryan's sister, and went to Idaho to visit my family for two weeks. Not to mention Father's day, 4th of july, girls camp, and just plain summer pics...Don't worry I'll post all those soon. Until then I'll post a recent pic of Chanley. She's growing up so stinkin fast!! It makes me a little sad...

Here's just a few updates on our lil girl.

-She's got tonz of hair all of a sudden! And in the sun it almost has a reddish look to it. We pretty much think she's the cutest baby in the world. I've had a hard time putting pig tails in her hair though because it makes her look older. :)

::She just got her 4th tooth!! She doesn't look like my baby Chanley anymore...she's looking like a little girl! (tears *sniff*) Can you tell I'm having a little trouble getting used to this growing up crap. :) Anyway she did pretty good teething wise. She all of a sudden bit me a lot more and started drooling, but other than that I had no idea she was cutting teeth!
But let me tell ya those little buggers are sharp!

-She loves to swim and be outside, we're pretty much at the pool every day. She also loves to go on walks in her stroller. Any time the door opens she is bookin' it over there to try to get outside.

::She is starting to say momma!! She's been saying dadda for awhile but not momma... needless to say I was pretty excited the first time she said it. Don't laugh but it almost made me cry.

-She is soooo ticklish. Particularly her feet, under her arms, and under her chin. It is hilarious how loud she giggles. She also loves it when I lay her down and tickle her with my hair.

::She loves to walk, but isn't quite brave enough to do it on her own yet. We bought her this toy that she can walk behind and push and she gets this big triumphant smile on her face.

-She has learned how to take off her diaper. That's been fun. :)

::She is a very good eater. She especially loves fruit. The other day I was making freezer jam with my mom and she sat in her high chair for 2 hours eating strawberries. Needless to say she is a roley-poley baby. She has rolls on her wrists, her belly, her thighs...aw we love it! You just have to squeeze and kiss those chubby cheeks.

-She loves to make messes. I feel like some days all I do is just follow her around picking up after her. She really loves to scatter papers (then try to eat them), and pull all the dvd's off the shelves (and put them in her mouth), and the speakers...well you get the idea.

::She love to clap, wave and jabber. We just discovered Barney and she loves it when they sing. She starts to move her arms and clap with the music. She also loves it when mommy sings and dances in the kitchen with her.

-She LOVES her daddy. Everyday when he comes home from work she gets so excited and just wants daddy to play with her. Ryan is also amazing at putting her to bed every night. She'll just lay her head down, look up to make sure he's still there, then put her head back down and repeat it until she falls asleep. Its so adorable.

::She's a really, easy-going, relaxed, chill baby and for that I am very grateful. She does pretty good at keeping to her schedule during the day but is even happy if she skips a nap. The only issue we're having is that she LOVES to wake up in the middle of the night and come to bed with mom and dad. Any advice anyone on how to get her to sleep in her crib all night? I complain about her not sleeping through the night, but secretly I know I will miss her little hands grabbing at my face in an attempt to wake me up every morning. There's nothing better than waking up to her little smiling face next to mine.

Every day I marvel at the many blessings in my life. Sometimes I just watch Chanley and get so overwhelmed with joy knowing I am her mother. She brings so much laughter and happiness into our lives. I'm so grateful for my Chanley girl.