Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring is here!

Spring is officially here and I'm so excited! I can't wait for warmer weather, shorts and flip flops, time at the lake and fresh produce. Ruby helped me plant the first herbs of the season last night. This year I'm going to try and plant things that I can use to make baby food. I can freeze it as it comes in and then start feeding it to her in August. She's excited too!!

Oh, and I think I should mention that she slept through the night last night. Whoo hoo!! I know tonight could be another story but one night is good for me!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My big girl!!

The last 5 weeks have been crazy, exciting, rewarding and tiring. But they have gone by so fast!! I can't believe she's 5 weeks old tomorrow. She's changed so much already! Her cheeks get fatter every day and so do her little legs. She is becoming more and more alert and interactive. She responds to our voices and occasionally gives us a smile. She loves to ride in the car and usually falls asleep as soon as we start moving. At night she usually gives me a 5-6 hour stretch, then after eating she'll sleep another 3-4 hours. She makes grunting noises in her sleep that wake me up more than her. I'll think she's awake and crying but when I look at her she's sound asleep. The doctor said it could be reflux, but we're just going to watch it(or listen to it) for now. She also makes the cutest noises when she's hungry or eating that sound like a goat so we call her Billy. We went to the pediatrician on Tuesday and she weighed 9 lbs 9 oz and was 22 1/4 inches!!! Big baby!! I couldnt' believe it. Her cousin who is 1 day older was only 8 lbs 1 oz at her 1 month. At least I don't have to worry about her getting enough while nursing.
I think she's probably been out and about more than any other 5 week old. I've never been one that likes to stay at home and after being on bed rest for almost 12 weeks, staying at home is the last thing I want to do. Ruby went out to eat for the first time at 5 days old, shopping at 9 days old, and church at 3 weeks. We go to the park a few days a week to walk/run and she always does great. She's been to the lake house twice already and last weekend went on her first road trip to Birmingham. We went to meet Ashleigh so that she could take Ruby's picture. Ruby was not the most cooperative customer, but Ash was able to get some great shots that I can't wait to see and show everyone. It was so great to be in Birmingham, see Ash and go to all my favorite places to eat and shop.  In 2 weeks we are taking a family trip to California for spring break so she'll take her first airplane ride at 7 weeks.
Life has definitely changed, but now I can't imagine it any other way! We are so blessed and we love our Ruby more and more every day!

This is Mr.Moo. Bibby and Daddy Don gave it to her this week. I had her onsie made for my parents and another one for Korey's parents to announce that we were having a baby. It looks kind of funny with her cloth diaper, but she had to wear it to show gratitude for her new chair!

Go Vols!!

It's March Madness and Ruby is ready to cheer on the Volunteers!
Her daddy does not like head bands but has made an exception for game day. However, when he's not home, we can wear all the headbands, and soon, barrettes that we want to. Go Big Orange!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Snow Baby

No, it didn't snow in Atlanta today. But it was rainy and foggy. And Ruby got big enough to wear her Snow Baby onsie. Our Mama Jackie bought it for her. She thought it was perfect because I was born in the middle of a blizzard. Of course, at the time she didn't know that Ruby was going to be born on an icy, snowy day as well. The last few months, although full of joy and excitement over Ruby, have been filled with sadness and tears too. Mama Jackie went to be with Jesus 2 weeks before she could have met her beautiful great-granddaughter. And we miss her so so much! Not a day goes by that I don't think about her. I often think I should be taking Ruby to see her or calling her to tell her our plans for the day. She would be so proud of us. I tell Ruby about her all the time and how much she would have loved her and taught her. As much I wish she was still with us, I know I can't change it. I can only pray that Ruby will grow up to be as beautiful, caring, giving and in love with Jesus as her Mama Jackie.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ruby's Very Busy Day

Ruby and I rode up to the lake last night to spend the day with Bibby and meet the Talbots. Ruby slept in the room with my mom and she brought her to me only to nurse. It was so nice to get some good rest and not have to worry about Ruby being awake or hungry. This morning Ruby helped her Bibby oversee the workers pour the concrete drive way outside the lake house. Then we went to meet her Elberton friends.
This is Ruby's new fat face-don't you love it?!
Bathtime in the sink

She doesn't like being dried off-poor little thing!!

Kelly's parents, Grandma Jenny and Mr.Tom, and their neighbor Nora. They are all going to spoil her rotten when she goes to the lake!

When we got back to the lake house, Bibby and Grandma Jenny put Ruby's foot prints in the wet cement. Don't worry we cleaned them off really well! 

On the way home, we stopped for Ruby's first meal at Waffle House!! I'm sure it will be the first of many!