Lily meets rice cereal

Lily turned 6 months on Friday the 17th and Brett and I could hardly wait to start her on solids. We put the high chair together, got some rice cereal and let her have her first bite of “real” food. She didn’t love it. And we loved her reaction.

Here’s the first video:

And the second half:

Enjoy! We sure did! Can’t wait to give her a vegetable tomorrow!

6 months old

Lily Belle is 6 months old today. It’s crazy to me that 6 months ago, that little peanut was born weighing just 6 pounds 9 ounces. Now, she is a whopping 17 pounds and is 25 inches long. We just visited the doctor yesterday for her check-up and he said she is doing great! He was impressed at how well she can sit up by herself and at her sleeping skills. She has been sleeping through the night (9-10 hours) about half of the time. The other half the time she wakes up once to eat. Poor Lily has had a bit of a cold these past few days, but the doctor said she should be just fine. Her lungs were clear, her ears looked good and she didn’t have a fever. She might just be crabby pants until she gets better.

poor sick baby who is still precious. yes you can admire those adorable shorts!

I love the age Lily is right now. She has been doing so many fun things. She interacts with her toys more: holding them, reaching for them, biting them, shaking them, pushing buttons, etc. She looks up at me and smiles while she is playing and sometimes even squeals with happiness. Her coordination is improving everyday. She can pick up her binky and bite the sides of it and then put it in her mouth when she wants it. Lily smiles all the time, especially when she sees her Daddy come home from work. She’ll lean towards him, touch his scruffy face and then look back at me with a big grin on her face. It’s the cutest thing.

I know this picture has nothing to do with what I just talked about, but I think she is still adorable!

Lily is ticklish on her neck, which is sometimes hard to get to, but she will laugh and laugh when you do. It’s so fun and totally addicting. I always want to make her laugh so I can hear her cute baby squeals. She also laughs at peek-a-boo and if you fake a sneeze and say “aaaah-chooo!” Lily loves to blow raspberries and spit everywhere. I think she is really proud of this one.

Lily is starting to get a lot of hair, even enough to hold a bow!


Lily loves to hold and bite her toes every chance she gets


Lily is such a good baby. She just keeps getting better all the time. I think back to the colicky, refluxy, gassy days and I wonder how in the world I ever got through them. They were so hard. What amazes me more is that Lily is such a happy baby now considering the rough patch she just went through. I wouldn’t trade any of it for one minute. I am so happy to go through the hard days and love her all the more now. Now that I have Lily, I wonder what I ever did before she came. She and Brett are my life and I couldn’t be happier having the two of them to love.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day! I try to show Brett and Lily that I love them all throughout the year, but it’s nice to have a special day set aside to show them I love them even more. This year, I suggested not spending any money on gifts for each other. I don’t think I actually thought Brett would go along with it, but he agreed. Then, a little bit of panic set in. What can I make for a boy?? Could I sew him something? What in the world would that be? A tie? He has a million of those. What was I going to do? When we were visiting Brett’s grandparents a couple weeks ago, I was flipping through Grandma’s Martha Stewart magazine and saw some really awesome homemade cards. I decided I was going to make him some cool cards. There, at least I had something to give him, but it was still not a good enough gift. I started making cards and delivering one a day to him until Valentine’s Day. As I was making all these cards, I remembered that we have a drawer full of love notes that we’ve written to each other over the years. Then it hit me: I’m going to make a book of all the love notes I have written to him. I called it the Book of Love.

It was so fun to put it together and read all the notes I wrote to him since we started dating in 2006. I was surprised at how full the book was! Brett started noticing that the new notes I had been writing to him had been disappearing and he asked me where they were. Now I am not a sneaky person. Not as sneaky as Brett is. When he started asking me about that, I knew there was no way I could say “I don’t know” without him knowing that I was up to something. So I showed him the unfinished book two days ago. And he loved it. Sarah for the win!

Lily wanted to get in on the action of card making so she let me trace her hand (well, I forced this one on her and it was almost impossible to trace that tiny hand!). We made a sweet card for Daddy that he found this morning.

V-day gifts from the girls

Lily with her card for Daddy

with her card for Daddy again (once she got dressed for the day)

And here is a picture of my little sweetie sitting up all by herself. She will be 6 months old on Friday! Crazy. I love her!

Happy Valentine's Day!