Feb 13, 2016

Saturday Snippets


Tricks to Facebook marketing...

A list of bold prayers...

We cannot say "abortion is murder," unless we serve those who are pregnant...

The heart of a mother is always ready...

Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop talk about Gilmore Girls revival...

A challenge to try out slow parenting...

An encouraging motherhood post I missed a couple years ago...

How to battle bitterness...

I don't have any sons, but I enjoyed this article on how boys need their moms...

Always intrigued by possible changes in higher ed...

Ethically-made kids' clothes on clearance!

Shopping for my first "fancy" purse now that I'm done with my doctorate... Gray two-toned // Grainy leather satchel

Feb 10, 2016

Talitha Joy {seven months}


Growing // Talitha's growing has slowed way down since she's become mobile. I'm not sure how much she weighs (around 20 pounds?), but she has been holding steady in 12 month size clothes since November! She is finally transitioning to 18 months pajamas, so I know she's getting taller, but she is virtually petite compared to Zianne at this stage.

Eating // Talitha loves solids. She eats so well and rarely chokes on her food. I've given her almost all foods, except for meat. I remember being so concerned with Zianne about which foods she should eat at which age, but I pretty much feed Talitha anything off my plate, and she loves it all. Veggies, fruits, potatoes, rice, beans. She's all about solids and definitely wants three real meals a day. She is still mostly nursing five times a day, but I'm pretty sure she will drop a feeding in the next few weeks. 

Wearing // T is still in 12 month clothes, and they are getting quite shabby with her crawling and messy eating habits. We just transitioned to 18 month footie pajamas about a week ago.


Doing // Sitting, crawling, army crawling, pulling up onto low items like stools and the toy basket. Standing up and leaning on the couch or ottoman as long as we give her a boost into position. Wrestling sissy. Going to daycare twice a week. She just started waving a few days ago, and it's the cutest little open hand, finger wave I've ever seen.

Loving // Baths, crawling to the bottom step and beating on it like a drum, chewing on wooden puzzle pieces, ALL food, drinking from a cup. 

Loathing // Getting dressed, getting in the car seat, having her face or nose wiped.


**Read other monthly updates here.

Feb 8, 2016

Dear Talitha {seven months}

Dear Talitha,

Most of the time I feel like I know you so well. We spend almost all our days together. You love it when I hold you. You still nurse five times a day. In so many ways, we are as close as can be.


But sometimes I feel like there is an air of mystery about you, like there are parts of your personality you haven't disclosed to me yet. Sometimes I sense it in your half-smile as we play or when you grab your solid foods and aggressively stuff them in your mouth. Sometimes I catch the mystery in your whimper when I pick you up from daycare or the nursery at church. Sometimes I notice it when you are standing or army crawling or attempting to wrestle your sister, and I wonder what your physical agility will amount to in the future. I know you are more sensitive to strangers than your sister was, and I wonder if you will an extrovert or an introvert, and what your spiritual gifts will be as you interact with others in the future.

I don't know why I sense the mystery. Maybe it's because I don't have endless amounts of time to study you as I did with your older sis. Maybe it's because, as a firstborn myself, I am curious about how children develop when they have an older sibling around them at all times. Maybe it's because I now know all the wonders and joys of having a toddler in the house, and I am eager to know what your affinities and mannerisms will be. Will you be shy? Loud? Will you building with blocks best? Or reading books? What funny phrases will you say? What will your favorite songs be?

I love everything I know about you so far, and I am thankful there is even more to discover about your heart, mind, and soul. I am excited to watch the mystery unfold, darling daughter. I know it will be a captivating story.

Love,
Mama

Feb 6, 2016

Saturday Snippets


Because sometimes you have to share the sad, scary posts...

An oldie, but so, so good...

Nerdy tech info about Twitter...

I'm thinking we need one of these in our nursery...

Making these donuts ASAP!

A fun house flip...

This is the jacket  I wore when I became a DOCTOR!
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