Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Bluest Eyes in Texas

Never in a million years did I think I'd have a blue eyed baby.  Although Jason has blue eyes, the boys both inherited my brown ones.  We just assumed it was the dominant trait and there would be no blue eyed deFoors.  I also didn't think we'd have a girl! But now we can't imagine a life without her!  We weren't sure for the first 6 months or so if she'd keep them.  I was afraid to say much about them in fear that they'd change into brown eyes too.  Not that we mind the beautiful brown eyes.  The boys both have intense brown eyes and we love them.  We just wanted one blue eyed baby!  Well, now that we've crossed a 7 month threshold, we feel like we finally are sure we have some baby blues!  She has the perfect eyes for such a vibrant blue too.  Her eyes sparkle from the time she wakes up!  She looks like she lights up when she sees things.  Even her eyes smile when she gives you a big grin!  There is hardly a day that goes by that isn't picture worth.  I never have memory on my camera because I'm always snapping photos of her.

If you wonder if she's always this happy, the answer is YES!  After having grumpy Lincoln, it's been such a blessing to have a baby with such a happy disposition!  She's going to do great things and if I have anything to do with it, she's gonna look good doing it!!  

Half a YEAR!

This perfect little angel has completed our family in more ways than we even thought.  She's been the BEST baby!  Half a year has passed since she joined this family in a hurry one evening.  Its true, the older you get the faster it goes.  It's going by so quickly it doesn't even seem fair.  I would wake up every night for the next 2 years if time would just slow down.  This little girl already has a very special place in my heart.  I had wanted a little buddy of my own and I got the girliest one on the block!  We play dress up, we paint our nails, we go shopping and we look at pretty jewelry.  Her and her brothers are everything I ever wanted.  My heart is overflowing!

At month 1 she was still sleeping lots, she smiled often although it wasn't necessarily on purpose.  She was waking in the night often and *might* have slept with mom and dad a few times. Jason and I had never let either of the boys sleep with us.  We both decided that she wouldn't still sleep with us when she went to college...and if she did...EVEN BETTER!!   She fell hard for our ceiling fan towards the end of month one. Their relationship lasted on into month 2.  I still spent every day of this month saying "I can't believe she's mine!"  I sometimes still do!

Month 2 her smiles were earned.  They were given pretty freely to anyone that tried though!  She still loved the ceiling fan and she started sleeping on her tummy which made sleep much easier.  She was still waking at night but once we found a rhythm it was a quick meal and back to sleep.  

Things really get fun when everything is funny!  At 3 months, she gained her happy little personality and she really shined!  She didn't bother sleeping through the night yet but we weren't complaining either.  It was starting to get warm (HOT) outside and the boys were about to be home a lot more often!  

Month 4 took us on our second plane trip (well traveled baby)!  We flew to Alabama to visit Nana and Pawpaw and spend a few days in Nashville and Birmingham.  We also gained our new minivan which made the return trip tolerable.  This sweet face drove for 2 days straight without much of a fuss at all.  We couldn't have asked for her to be better!  

Yes, she's as dainty as she looks!  At 5 months she still only weighed 11lbs.  She crosses her tiny little ankles and holds out her tiny fingers.  She's a dainty little priss and I wouldn't have it any other way.  We play dress up most days at least once.  She's the reason there is NO memory on my cell phone.  Dressing her is probably even MORE fun that I thought it would be!  

This was a big month for Lil, At 6 months, she graduated to her own bed.  She also got her first dose of tough love as we decided to address her night time snack.  We did some CIO and wouldn't you know within 2 days she had figured out nobody was coming and she went back to sleep.  She's slept all night every night since too!  She loves her mama and of course she LOVES jewelry.  Her eyes light up when she sees my necklaces on!  She also loves her brothers and kicks her little feet when she sees them.  She's starting to get up onto her hands and knees at playtime.  She'll be crawling before we know it.  I don't know that I'm ready for that.  I know the house and the legos upstairs are not!  She started eating solids too.  It took a few tries to get her used to them and she wasn't into the grains but she was a fan of fruits and veggies and hasn't found one she doesn't like yet.  I try to make most of her foods and with this handy pouch filler I can make the pouches and take them along with us.  That's imperative since half of her meals are consumed on the go (ball field, swimming lessons, errands, etc).


She's just perfect and it's like she knows it because she just smiles and leans into you. 

She completes us.  
And she had us at Hello!

Lover, Lover

Lincoln is in Kindergarten.  He's also quite the cassanova.  He had a girlfriend starting last year in preschool but has since moved on from her and is onto a new LOVE.
Lily is Lincoln's girlfriend.  She's a girl in his class and I don't even know which one she is.  Lincoln is a very thoughtful boyfriend.  He thinks of Lily morning, noon and night.  He draws her pictures nearly every single day. He want to buy her things.  He wants to invite her over for play dates.
Recently, Jason went up to tell the boys goodbye early in the AM and Lincoln tells him first thing..."I had a really, really good dream!"  Jason asked what it was about and Lincoln says, "It was about Lily and I kissed her!"  Jason immediately said that he might be a little too young for that.
He told me the same thing as soon as he woke up for the day.  He earns chick-fil-a cards for good behavior in school.  He's been earning one for Jackson's meal and one for his dads meal.  I thought I was next but nope.  He had to earn one so he could take Lily to chick-fil-a on a date!  I had began to wonder if she reciprocated his affection and as of today, it seems she does.  He came home with a little baggie.  In it was a love letter from Lily and 41 cents in coins.  Awesome.  She's now giving him money.  I believe that's a whole different level of "boyfriend".  I might need to have a little consult with Lily's mom.  I just keep hoping I'm raising a stellar husband for my future daughter in law one day.  I'm at least raising a kid that knows how to put away the dishes so that's something!

As an update to this blog written several weeks ago...A few days ago Lincoln came home and told he he'd had a really bad day.  I asked him why on earth he'd had a bad day at school he said he was afraid Lily didn't like him anymore and she wouldn't play with him.  I told him maybe she wanted to play with her girl friends that day and made sure that he had asked her and not misinterpreted what she'd said.  I said what did Lily say that made you think that Lincoln? He tells me she said "LEAVE ME ALONE!"  Ok,  well, she made that pretty clear.  I suggested he play with his boy friends on the playground instead.  The next day, all was back to normal in Kinder paradise so it was a temporary altercation.

Ahhh, and these are the days of our lives...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Icing on the cake (of summer)

Summer was quickly coming to an end.  We had a few more days to bring it home and I think we did just that!  It was "national cheesecake day".  That means half priced cheesecake at the cheesecake factory!  I decided we'd go there for lunch.  The problem is, once you eat there, you're too full for cheesecake SO...We went just for cheesecake.  For lunch!  That's right, I let them order whatever kinds they wanted.  We ended up with a total of 3 slices and the could eat as much as they wanted! I never thought they'd have too much cake but they actually couldn't finish all of the three slices.  I stuffed them.  With cake!  I didn't think they'd ever stop but they did!  We had one S'mores, one turtle and one lemon raspberry.  All delicious but the s'mores really took the cake, er cheesecake if you will! 

Lillian didn't have a slice but she enjoyed playing with the spoon while we ate.  I might have let her taste some of the whipped cream.  She approved!  

The s'mores had roasted marshmallow topping!

 We also FINALLY visited Lake Conroe.  Jason booked us a boat trip on a pontoon with our neighbors Joe and Peggy and the boys friend Matthew.  It was a Saturday in August and it was sure to be a scorcher.  When the day arrived, we packed enough food and drinks for a week along with towels and toys for a YMCA daycamp!  Well, it just so happened to be the most perfect form of cloudy and cooler than most days in Texas ALL summer!  The clouds were thick and threatened rain but it didn't rain, Not even once.  It was a PERFECT day for taking 4 kids, newborn included out onto the lake.  It was a little windy but no one seemed to mind.  We ate all that we brought along and had mimosas to sip while on our little "three hour tour"!  The boys would jump off one end of the boat, swim around, climb up, run through and do it all over again.  I can't count how many times they did it!  They had so much fun!

 Lillian is certain she'll like the blood orange mimosas.  She's got good taste, just a bit too young!
Lincoln loves his Mr. Joe.  Somehow, around him, Lincoln gets anything he wants!  

I'd like to say this is the reason we got lost on the way back and ended up with a "four hour tour" but it's not.  We just didn't pay attention when we left and we ended up going the wrong way for quite a while.  It was fun, and funny and expensive.  Haha!

We really send summer out with a bang.  We all can't wait to go back up to the lake again. Next time we've all vowed to rent the boat with a slide and ask another family to join us.  It holds up to 20 and the kids can wear themselves out sliding and climbing while we polish off another round of blood orange mimosas!  So long summer 2014!