Saturday, June 17, 2017

Betsy's Official Six Month Pictures

We reunited with the sweet Molly Coulter of Molly Coulter Photography a few weeks after Betsy's 6 month birthday to capture our little angel at this fun stage.  I am in love with all of the pictures and had the hardest time not including every single one in this post.  Molly, thank you for sharing your talent with us and for these beautiful pictures we will always treasure!



Now the hard part: choosing which ones to get printed for the house and my office...

Mother's Day + Porter's Dedication

Mother's Day this year took us to The Woodlands where we got to celebrate with Melanie, Clark, Porter, and several other family members.  It was a treat to get to be with my mom on Mother's Day and with my sister on our first Mother's Day with our babies!  Melanie and Clark dedicated Porter at church on Sunday morning, and we gathered with both of their families for a wonderful brunch at Clark's parents' house after the service.

Austin, Betsy, and I made the trip from Dallas to Mel and Clark's house on Saturday, and Mary Katherine met us there.  Mel and Clark fixed amazing fajitas, and Clark and Austin only had to run to HEB to refill our guac bowl once!  It was a great, quick trip and a fabulous way to celebrate my first Mother's Day and our sweet nephew, Porter.

 Morning snuggles at Aunt Mellie's house

So thankful for this angel who made me a mother.

Porter and Betsy were pretty much over it at this point!

My two favorite babies looking so sweet in blue and white! 

 HAD to get a few shots of the back of Betsy's bonnet.

 We love Aunt MK!

Such a trooper on our long drive home on Sunday.

 A little front seat action in the parking lot at Bucee's on our trip home.

We can't wait to see Porter and his parents and Aunt MK again soon!  Happy belated Mother's Day to all the mommies, especially to my wonderful mother and mother-in-law who love us so well!  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Betsy at Six Months

Now that we are one week away from Betsy's 7 month birthday, I am finally getting her 6 month post up on the blog... we took 6 month photos with our favorite photographer, Molly Coulter, last weekend, and I'm so excited to get those back and share in a separate post.  But, until then, here is a very belated 6 month update on our favorite happy girl.

Stats: As of 5/18/17 at Betsy's 6 month doctor visit, she weighed 15 lbs, 1 oz (27% -  despite her cheeks and arm rolls, she is apparently a petite little thing!), was 26.5 inches long (50%), and her head measured 42 cm (33%).

Eating: Betsy still eats four or five times each day, usually at 6:30, 10:00, 2:00, 5:30, and 6:30.  Sometimes she only eats once in the evenings when I get home from work.  She does pretty well taking a bottle during the day at 10:00 and 2:00, but I don't think she loves it.  She seems to take more from a bottle when we give her one on the weekends than she takes on the week days, but every day is different.  We waited until her 6 month appointment until we started solids, so that will be in next month's recap!  As you can see, she has mastered sitting in her highchair and is ready for the good stuff.  

Sleeping: Bedtime has moved up a bit because she is usually just struggling to stay awake by about 6:30.  I hate that I only get to spend about an hour with her after work during the week, but I know as she grows, her bedtime will move back a bit.  Usually I feed her as soon as I get home, we might play or read a few books, then do bath around 6:00, then maybe a short feeding before putting her in bed around 6:30.  She usually sleeps until we wake her up at 6:15 or so the next morning.  Getting her out of bed each morning is just the BEST - she is so happy in the morning!  As far as naps, she is still holding strong with three naps each day.  On a good nap day, she gets about four hours of sleep throughout the day from her naps.  On a perfect nap day, that looks like a one hour nap at 8:00, a two hour nap at 11:00, and a one hour nap at 3:00.

Awake time:  Betsy gets SO proud of herself for rolling - right around the 6 month mark she figured out how to roll as a means to get somewhere, and she can get to just about any toy on the floor by rolling.  She cracks herself up, and rolling usually produces a lot of squealing, too.  Walks, books, and her swing in the front yard remain favorite weekend activities for awake time.  Her exersaucer is still a big hit as well.  

Highlights: Betsy's first tooth popped through on May 7th, just a few days before her 6 month birthday.  She now has two bottom teeth, and is more interested in her Sophie teether than ever before!  Of course her first Easter was a big highlight (blogged more about that here), and her baby dedication one week later was such a joyful day (more about that here).  We took our first trip to visit Birdie and Bud in Austin at the end of April.  She did so great, and it was tons of fun to introduce her to William when he and his parents (our good friends Billy and Carly) came over to play!  Betsy also got to meet her future BFF, Quinn, and squeezed in another visit with her buddy, Knox when we had a fun dinner with his family in early May.  We can't wait for more play dates with all these sweet babies to come!

Can't handle the cousin sweetness! 

Two proud daddies and their girls!  Can't wait to watch these two grow up together.

Thankful for this friend and her willingness to answer all my "first time mom question" texts!

While our weekends are extra sweet, and we try to take lots of pictures throughout Saturday and Sunday, sometimes during the week we don't get a chance to do much more than snap a quick picture on our way out the door in the morning.  Here are a few of my favorites from this month.

Austin usually reads Betsy a quick story from her Jesus Storybook Bible in the morning while I finish getting ready - I love overhearing their "conversations" from down the hall.

One evening before bath time for little B.

Before church one Sunday.  BTW, how do you keep a baby on a nap schedule and still go to church?!  So hard!  It seems mutually exclusive to be at church all morning and have a happy baby all afternoon right now, but I'm sure this too shall pass!

Happy six months, sweet angel!  Back soon with month seven... 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Betsy's Baby Dedication 4.23.2017

One week after Easter, we welcomed our family to Dallas to celebrate Betsy's dedication at our church.  It was so fun to have so many people who love Betsy all together to celebrate her.  I think there will be a lot of that in her future as she is one loved little girl!

Melanie, Clark, and Porter drove up on Saturday and spent the afternoon and night with us, which was so fun!  Betsy and I haven't seen Porter since going to the hospital when he was born, and Austin had not met him yet, so having them here was just wonderful.  The first of many fun times for these cute little cousins, I hope.

My Grandma and Pawpaw, Austin's parents, and Austin's sister and BIL also came into town on Saturday, and they all came over to visit for a while that afternoon.  Betsy was her usual angelic self, and I think she loved all the attention!

Betsy and Porter got to take their Saturday night bath together, and Melanie and I about died over how adorable they were.  We will be together again soon for Porter's baby dedication and then later this summer for the Fourth of July, so there are definitely more cousin baths ahead for these two.  Their matching tubs and hooded towels... I die!

Sunday was a bit hectic with lunch preparations and getting everyone out the door for church and trying to let the babies have a bit of a nap before the service and lunch, but we did it!  What a special day to have both sets of Betsy's grandparents, two sets of her great-grandparents, all four of her aunts, both of her uncles, and her one sweet cousin there on Sunday to celebrate us dedicating her to the Lord and promising to teach her about God's immeasurable love for her.  We pray that she will come to know Christ as her personal Lord and Savior early in her life.

After church we had everyone over for lunch, and I definitely wish we would have been able to take more pictures with everyone who came to celebrate with us (I didn't even get a picture of the back of Betsy's bonnet -- it has the most gorgeous monogram on it!), but it was fun just all being together and eating some yummy food.  I also didn't get any pictures of the food, but for my memory's sake, we served snacky foods: ham with rolls and a few types of cheese and sauces, deviled eggs, veggies with Mr. B's, corn dip and chips, fruit salad, broccoli slaw, and Society Bakery petit fours.
my two favorite babies in bonnets

We are so thankful for all of our family members who traveled to be here on this special day for our family.  We love you all!      

Easter 2017

Easter is my very favorite holiday, and this one - Betsy's first - was one of my favorite Easters yet!  My office closes on Good Friday, so having all day with my best girl was the perfect way to kick off our weekend.

  Thanks for our cute Easter banner, Annie! 

We dyed Easter eggs just the way I remember doing it growing up - in coffee cups.  In my family, we also have a tradition of dying one "ugly egg" by combining all the dyes at the end.  The Easter Bunny always made sure that the ugly egg was the hardest to find on Sunday morning, and, of course, the ugly egg was always the one my sisters and I tried hardest to find.  The finder had a year's worth of bragging rights.  Austin and I haven't made it a point to dye eggs at Easter since we've been married, but this year with Betsy seemed like the perfect time to start.  I can't wait for egg dying fun with her in years to come!

 not sure what happened to our little orange egg :(

Saturday morning we decided to do a little indoor egg hunt "with Betsy."  Ha!  Of course she had no idea what was going on, but Austin hid the eggs upstairs, and Betsy and I hunted them, and then I took a turn hiding downstairs for Austin and Betsy.  Betsy probably thinks we're crazy, but Austin and I had fun at least!  

We ventured out on Saturday afternoon to a local toy store to pick up some last minute additions to Betsy's Easter basket.  We settled on some new books and had fun browsing.

On Saturday evening we met our friends Chris and Spenser and their adorable little boy, Jackson, for dinner.  We have been trying to get together with them for ages, so it was nice to finally get to catch up!  We always love seeing them, and both babies did great while at the restaurant.

Sunday morning we gave Betsy her Easter basket and got ready for a great morning at church.  Betsy did excellent in the nursery, and Austin and I enjoyed visiting with our friends in Sunday School and hearing the amazing music and a great sermon in big church.  After church, we all napped, and Austin grilled us delicious steaks later that night to go with a spring veggie pasta I made.

 books, precious book plates, and the sweetest calling cards

 one more pic with the bunny rattle from Porter added in for good measure

It was a wonderful Easter weekend, but as good as these sweet memories with my family are, the best part about Easter is the celebration of our Savior's resurrection and the promise of eternal life in Him.

"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.  Come, see the place where He was lying.'" Matthew 28:5-6