Monday, September 24, 2012

Daddies and Daughters

I saw this in another blog, In This Wonderful Life, and I just had to share. 
There are so many sweet things in this.....
some make me think of me and my Daddy..... 
....and some make me think of The Hubs and Elise..
 ...either way, they are all very true! 

My favorites are #1, 7, 14, 36, and 44....I die.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.
2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.
3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.
4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.
5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.
6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.
7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.
8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.
9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.
10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.
11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”
12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.
13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.
14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.
15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait until her wedding day.
16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.
17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.
18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.
19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.
20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.
21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.
22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.
24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.
25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.
26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.
27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.
28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.
29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.
30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.
31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.
32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.
33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.
34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.
35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.
36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.
37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.
38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.
39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.
40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.
41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.
42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.
43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.
44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.
45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.
46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.
47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.
49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.
50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.
Good rules to live by, if you ask me! :) 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

3 Month Old Elise!


You are 3 months old today my sweet little monkey!!

And as I said last month, this month is even better than the last! 
Everyday you grow and change and discover new things and I love watching every minute of it! 

One of my most favorite new things about have found your squeal! You don't do it all the time now, but when you do, you go for a while! You'll scream and squeal and talk to me and smile and it is awesome!!

As of Thursday (9/20) you are weighing in at 12 pounds even! Growing well, little grasshopper! :) 
You are still in size 1 diapers and I think we will be in them for a while....or at least I hope so as we have a case of those suckers!
You are pretty much in all 3 month and 3-6 month clothes. There are just a couple newborn pieces you can still wear but the sleep and plays have become very tight length wise and some of your pants are now capris, ha!...and this makes Momma sad because those Carter Sleep N Plays are the cutest things on you!
No worries though, your Nana took you on your first trip to the outlet malls and completely spoiled you! :) 
 Got your halloween costume, your first pair of skinny jeans, your first pair(s) of boots and TONS of other stuff! :) 

You can sit up on your own now for the most part as long as you are leaning on things....which makes Momma's photo-shoots a lot more fun! HA!

And speaking of sitting up, you love your bumbo! Love it! You love being able to sit up and stare around and see everything! 

You are also really loving your monkey chair and mat! 
You have made friends with the sun and the lady bug and the frog and many others and you love talking to them, grabbing them, swinging them around!
Speaking of your monkey chair, you love using your legs! 
You will push on anything you can to "stand up"! I have to buckle you in your chair now so you don't push yourself off the top! :) 
here you are with your Papa howing off your skills!

We also tried out your carrier facing out...and you love it!

You don't do it as often as you used to (you wanna play and talk now), but you will still fall asleep laying with Momma sometimes and I LOVE it!

We retired your little bottles :(  since you are eating like a big girl now!

Speaking of eating like a big are really starting to grab your bottle and I have no doubt you will be holding it all on your own very soon!

You are quite obsessed with your little like to suck on them constantly! I try to give you your pacifier instead...sometimes it works...and sometimes you could care less!

You are on the 8-16 week Moms on Call schedule now. 
We have just adjusted it a tiny bit to fit with our new schedule since Momma went back to work this week.
You were getting 5 1/2 ounces 4 times a day and then 6 at bed time, but we just upped that because you seemed to still be hungry, and we were right! You are now getting 6 ounces 4 times a day and 6 1/2 - 7 at bedtime. 
You stick so well to your schedule, and we are so very happy about that! 

A typical day includes (before Momma went back to work):
Wake up at 7 am and have a bottle while momma has her coffee! And then we take pics to send to Daddy!
You go right back down sometimes, but most times you play until about 8:30-9 and then go back down in your crib. 
At 10:30 I wake you up for your next bottle. Sometimes you sit in Momma's lap while I mess aroud on the computer or catch up on my DVR....or if we have to run errands this is normally a good time. 
You take another nap from about 12-1:00-1:30 (Momma runs like crazy to get chores done!) and have your next bottle at 1:30. 
This time we play and talk and do tummy time and mat time!
Like I said, you LOVE your mat! 

You may or may not take a little power nap before your next bottle, but these days it's a no! :) 
We have just started watching Baby Einstein and so far you are very intrigued! 

At 4:30 you have your next bottle, which Daddy normally gives you since he gets home in time now! 
Here is Daddy having some late afternoon cuddles with his little girl after her bottle, I should leave the bed unmade more often if this is what happens! :)
If the weather cooperates we like to take you and the pups for a walk, which you love!
(Daddy holding your hand while we walk....I could just die!)

And a pic from one of our latest walks....crack me up!

You take a quick snooze from 6:30 to 7:30 and then we start the bedtime ritual - bath time, massage, bottle and prayers and then it's sleepy time! 
And God Bless you, you go right down every night! You are an angel!! :) 

You're really focusing on things and recognizing me and your Daddy. 
You can find me in the room anywhere if I'm not holding you and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it! 
Once we make eye contact and I talk to you you get that sweet sweet smile on your face...the one where you just lift up your right side of you mouth and smirk...melt. my. heart.

We stopped swaddling you last week as I had a feeling you were going to roll over soon...

and Momma was right!! 
I woke up for my very first day of work and I looked at the monitor and there you were on your belly, arms out and sleeping peacfully!

 I screamed at your Daddy and scared him to death....but it made  that first day back and work a little better because I didn't miss it! 
And I must share my picture overload at my office....can't get enough of that sweet little face!! :)

You are still rolling over.....more of the 3/4 of a roll than complete roll, but you are doing it all the time now!
And to me and your Daddy's surprise the non-swaddling barely phased you! 
The first night you played a bit longer before going to bed, but never cried! 
I still do it sometimes for a nap if you are really fighting sleep, but for the most part, you are a free lady! :) 

You have had lots of FIRSTS this month!!

You rolled over!! - September 19 (your Papa's birthday!)

You had your first road trip! - August 31 
We went to The Smokey Mountains with your Nana and Papa....
.....which was also the opening weekend of College Football! 
Your Momma and Daddy's alma matters played on separate days so we got to dress you up twice!
I think she looks better in Red....just sayin'!
That was also the first time you slept in your pack-n-play...and you did good!! :) 

You went to church for the first time! - August 26
So pretty!

Our little family

With Mimi & Papa

You also went to your first Bellar Family reunion that weekend! And you were the youngest Bellar of them all! 

You went to school for the first time - August 10
....for half the day anyway! :) 
And of course you got your first and perfect report card! :) 

You have had several play dates and you are worn out after everyone of them! :)

We went to stay at your Nana and Papa's for the first time and they got to babysit you for the night while Momma and Daddy went to a wedding!
(the next morning)
You finally got to meet your sweet little friend, Anna Rivers!
this picture cracks be up!

You also got to meet your Great Uncle Ray and his family

and spend lots of time with your great Grandmas!
and of course your Mimi & Papa and Nana and Papa!

Month 3 was a good month, my love!
You are really becoming a fabulously precious little girl and your personality is starting to show!
As sad as it is to pack away your clothes you outgrow and the bottles that can't hold enough (momma may get a little emotional when she what!?), with every sad change comes 3 more fun changes! 
I say it every month, but just when I don't think my heart can be anymore go and laugh! :) 
We love you, Elise Kelly!
XOXO, Momma and Daddy

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's officially over...

That's right folks, it's maternity leave that is.
The days of cuddling with this sweet face for an hour every morning....
and having photo sessions to send to Daddy and everyone else....
are least during the week.....:).
Saturdays and Sundays will be full of picture overload and overkill on the cuddling!

Good news is I will hopefully get back to the blogging world.....bad news is I would get to spend all day with this little face!

I go back to work next Wednesday which means E will start going to school/Mimi and Papa's house. 
We are blessed to have my parents living here to watch our little princess two days a week. 
I took her to school for a couple hours this week so I don't completely freak out when I go far, so good. 

I stopped by this office this week and I must say I am glad I got me excited to be going back. 
I have had a hard time deciding if me going back to work was the best thing for us....
Am I selfish for wanting to stay home with her and not helping to contribute financially while I can?
Or am I selfish because I want to be able to buy unnecessary things without feeling guilty?
The truth is... 
I would love to stay home and play with her all day, but I am a believer is socializing your baby, so either way I would want her to be at school at some point....
And right now I can help contribute to our future, so when baby number 2 comes I can be home with both of them!
And I do like my job! The stress of it is hard sometimes because it is sales, but I like the company and the people...and the hours can be very flexible....and I am excited to be getting back into the groove of things!
Some days I'm sure will be hard, but we will make it through! :) 

So wish us luck! I'm sure next week will be exhausting!! :)