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Genesis 7 Month Update: Transitions

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Genesis 7 Month Update: Transitions

Hi Busy Bee,

Another month for the record books! This month was all about transitions. Transitions are about that time period in life where you have outgrown one element of your life and though you can see the next step, you are not there just yet. You are totally transitioning in so many areas this month. You are no longer stationary, but not completely crawling yet. You are not eating solids, but very interested. You are not saying words we understand, but you totally are having full conversations with us. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time. I get to teach you so many things and get to witness the excitement of accomplishment when you succeed at something. Mommy and Daddy spend so much of our evenings staring at you as you explore. Watching you grow into a busy little girl from a calm tiny baby makes me realize just how fast this time with you as a baby is going. You make me appreciate life, time, and God so much more. I realize that I too am transitioning from being a “new mom” to a “mom”. It makes my heart flutter. Here’s to another exciting month coming up. Below are a couple of moments that we were able to capture during this month:

Not fond of banana just yet

Not fond of banana just yet

Spending the day at the duck pond with one of your godmothers

Spending the day at the duck pond with one of your godmothers

Teething

Teething

Wearing tennis shoes for the first time

Wearing tennis shoes for the first time

Mommy's favorite outfit this month

Mommy’s favorite outfit this month

Look who is standing!!!!

Look who is standing!!!!

Other things we noticed this month:
-You are still teething, but no munchers just yet!
-You are mobile! You are rolling, scooting, and dragging yourself everywhere. You even have been practicing standing, so much to the point we have had to take you out of your bassinet and start transitioning you to a crib.
-You said “DADA” (March 30th)! It was so exciting!!!! Now you wont stop saying it…which is fine with me and Daddy. We love hearing you talk even if it is just babbling.
-You are not very fond when Mama says “No”.

You love:
-Reading! Anytime I sit down with a book you immediately start squealing. We have started going to story time at our local library and you are a big fan.
-Playing peek-a-boo
-Your lovey (pink silky elephant).

You could pass on:
-Solids. We tried food this month and it was not something of interest to you. But we are in no rush…all in your time.

Happy 7 months baby girl!

Happy 7 months baby girl!

Minute with Modo (#9): Cranky Pants

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Minute with Modo (#9): Cranky Pants

Cranky Pants

I was cranky today!

If I am completely honest I have been cranky for a few days. The biggest indicator was my utter frustration with my daughter. I have been blessed with one of the chilliest babies ever…and I don’t say that just because she is my little bundle of joy.

But these past few days every time she made a noise I found my skin crawling (she has been teething, so I am not a complete monster). If you have read my blogs you know just how much we yearned for our little girl so being annoyed with her really started to make me sad.

When I recognized this, I stopped….gave her a bath, read her a story, and held her until she fell asleep.

Parenting isn’t always about getting it right everyday….it’s about being conscious…..present….aware of the good and the bad.

So tomorrow I will start again…being the best mother I know how on that day.

Always with love,

Modo

Genesis Sixth Month Update: Miss Independent

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Genesis Sixth Month Update: Miss Independent

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.” -Helen Hayes

Hey there sweet face,

Happy half-birthday little Miss! Your sixth month has been nothing short of amazing. It was full of photo shoots (with your BFF Miles), celebrations, and tons of lunch dates. This month was all about gaining your independence, which made Mommy so proud and sad at the same time. I just can’t believe how fast you are growing. I am officially warning you that I will be a hysterical, crying, mess at just about everything you do: first day of pre-school, first date, graduations, even the first time we get into an argument. As we were driving to church (which you love) last Sunday, I had a vision of you singing in the kids choir and I literally dropped a few tears just thinking about it! However, though Mommy is clearly an emotional wreck already I NEVER want you to stop letting your light shine. Mommy (and Daddy) want you to explore this world through books, travel, and relationships…the best way to learn and grow is TO DO! Just promise me you will call your dear old mom along the way. Check out a few of this month’s events captured in photo:

Lunch with WRW girls

Lunch with WRW girls

Celebrating Auntie Autumn's birthday

Celebrating Auntie Autumn’s birthday

Ready for the  Spring

Ready for the Spring

Another spring time look

Another spring time look

IPhone 3.20.14 206

IPhone 3.20.14 208

Guess who is teething

Guess who is teething

First time in your stroller without the car seat attached

First time in your stroller without the car seat attached

Pedicures with Mommy

Pedicures with Mommy

First time at the park with cousin Ken

First time at the park with cousin Ken

Sitting up all by yourself now!

Sitting up all by yourself now!

You had your first food: avocado!  Sorry I didn't take a picture only a video.

You had your first food: avocado! Sorry I didn’t take a picture only a video.

Other things we noticed this month:
-You are teething! No teeth have come in yet, but you are drooling and chewing on everything.
-You officially waved for the first time on March 15th and are trying really hard to say “hi”! It is the cutest thing ever.
-You are able to scoot while sitting on your butt…have a feeling crawling is not too far away

You love:
-Little kids; anytime you hear or see someone small you light up!
-DADDY! It’s like you fell in love with him all over again this month. When he comes home you squeal and jump for him to pick you up. You are constantly trying to take off his glasses and touch his face. This month was the first time you also reached for Daddy instead of Mommy when you got hurt (broke Mommy’s little heart, but Daddy smiled for days about it). You two are peas in a pod.
-Singing! You love hearing and watching people sing. You also love trying to sing a tune yourself.
-Being outside; when we come in from outdoors you literally burst into tears. Mommy now takes you on a walk every day and you just light up when you look at flowers and hear dogs bark.

You could pass on:
-The food processor. No matter how I try and show you its not scary, you scream every time it comes on.
-Napping on your own. I have now resorted to laying in the bed with you until you fall asleep and literally sliding out of the bed to my butt to try and keep you asleep.

Happy Six Months Baby Girl

Happy Six Months Baby Girl

What did Mr. Frog do to deserve this?

What did Mr. Frog do to deserve this?

Baby on the move

Baby on the move

Always with love,

Mom

Genesis Five Month Update: The Girl Who Found Her Voice

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Genesis Five Month Update: The Girl Who Found Her Voice

“To the world you may be ONE PERSON, but to ONE PERSON you may be the world”

Hey Sugar Plum,

Can’t believe it’s time to write another update, but time is flying by! You are five months old and really getting this “growing up thing” down. Some may call me crazy, but I have already started mentally preparing your first birthday party. The more time we spend together the more we become in sync and start to understand each other; especially non-verbally. Some of the best moments are when we just sit quietly and talk with our hearts. However, this month you have found your voice and LOVE using it. You have developed this high pitch scream…should I say perfected this high pitch scream (because you practice a lot); used mostly to express moments of joy. You also have learned how to “fake”; fake cough, fake cry, and fake not being sleepy (this one is your favorite). One thing you are very open and honest about though is how much you love us this month! You pull me and Daddy’s faces when you want to kiss and hug (it seriously melts us every time). Needless to say it was another great month on the books and I couldn’t be happier having you with us. Check out some other exciting moments from the month below.

Lake Arrowhead- you went on your first family vacation and first hike.

Lake Arrowhead- you went on your first family vacation and first hike.

Mommy’s Birthday – I got to celebrate my 30th birthday while on our family vacation!  Hands down the most meaningful birthday ever.

Mommy’s Birthday – I got to celebrate my 30th birthday while on our family vacation! Hands down the most meaningful birthday ever.

 First sleepover – Cousin Zoe spent the weekend with us!  You two had a blast.

First sleepover – Cousin Zoe spent the weekend with us! You two had a blast.

Your first Valentine’s Day

Visitors from NYC – Aaron and Victoria (Mommy’s friends from college) came to visit !

Visitors from NYC – Aaron and Victoria (Mommy’s friends from college) came to visit !

Other things we have noticed this month:
-Your hair is starting to grow in pretty curly and thick! It had started to thin out a bit in the back (where you sleep), but now it’s growing in pretty fast.
– First laugh (Jan 22)
– You are starting to sit up (unassisted)!

Such a big girl sitting up!

Such a big girl sitting up!

You LOVE:
-WATER! Bath time has become one of your favorites; you love splashing the water with your feet onto your face.
-MUSIC! Anytime I have it on in the car or the house you kick, squeal, and even try and hum.
– eating your toes more than milk; anytime you can get those things in your mouth you try.
-T.V. You become mesmerized when it’s on (maybe because I don’t let you watch it often).
-Mommy and Me class. We went to our first one this month and you loved all the colors and noise in the room. The instructor also has a really happy voice that you are amused by.

Delicious!

Delicious!

You could pass on:
-Strangers. When people you don’t know try and approach you it tends to not end too well; unless they are babies or toddlers.
-being put down. This month you were attached to mommy and daddy.
-being indoors. You are so much like Daddy in this area. Mommy could cuddle up and watch movies all day, but Daddy loves being outside.

Happiest Baby on the Block

Happiest Baby on the Block

Chillin with Mr. Frog

Chillin with Mr. Frog

Our Angel

Our Angel

Always with love,
Modo

Party of Four: Mommy Breakdown!

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Party of Four: Mommy Breakdown!

“Happy is he that is happy in his children” -Thomas Fuller

Baby Notes: Well it finally happened! I had my first Mommy breakdown. At our 38 week checkup my cervix was closed and high. I had high hopes that at our 39 week checkup it would be a dramatic difference since I did almost everything in my power to make this baby come into the world (this is me being dramatic as I really didn’t do much but walk a bit). At my 39 week checkup my doctor said I was still closed and high. I remained stoic throughout the rest of the appointment and shed a few tears of disappointment when I got in the car, but it wasn’t until I heard my mother’s voice on the line when I really just broke down. I cried like my heart just had been broken for the first time. I sobbed. Uncontrollably. After I was able to finally take a breath we talked about my expectations and how I had to release them in order to continue to enjoy the remainder of my pregnancy. This may be the first moment in my life in which I have absolutely no control over when something will occur and a part of me is terrified about that. Control makes me feel secure. Labor is so unpredictable that I have come to accept that I am more afraid of the unknown rather than the pain at this point. However, there is always a silver lining. Genesis will be the beginning of so many unpredictable moments and this labor is preparing me for that journey ahead. I pray that I start to find peace in releasing control and recognizing the freedom and joy in the journey. This little girl has taught me more in these past ten months than I have learned in almost 30 years.

Freedom

Freedom

Week 39 Updates:

Appointments: I am totally nervous because my doctor goes on vacation at the end of next week!!! I do NOT want to have the baby without her. We have established quite a good relationship and she is completely on board with all my wishes. I fear that I will get placed with a doctor that will challenge my natural birth choices, so I have over planned with making tons of copies of my birth plan to hang in my room and gotten copies of all my labs to assist with releasing my placenta.

Maternity Clothes: I hope Genesis comes soon because my maternity clothes are starting to rise up a bit too much! I was in the store the other day and saw a man stare at me. I am use to this as I have a bowling ball hanging from my stomach. But this guy was looking hard. I finally realized my bare belly was hanging out of my shirt! EMBARRASSING!!!!

Contractions: I have been having contractions late at night for a few hours, but they tend to be inconsistent and stop around 3am.

Due date: I have started to come to realize that she may just come past her due date…something I was not prepared to accept, but hey it gives me one more day of Drop Dead Diva!

39 weeks

39 weeks

Baby Updates:

Today the baby is the size of: watermelon

Cravings: Jamba Juice

Next Appointment: Sept 12th

Mochi Update: No Update

Mommy feels: HEAVY! I can totally feel that baby girl is growing this week and I literally have to walk around with my hands under my belly to help with the pain from the extra weight.

Coming next week: 40 week post…or a Welcome New Baby Post (crossing our fingers).

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey!

Always with love,
Modo

Party of Four: What’s in Mommy’s Hospital Bag?

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Party of Four: What’s in Mommy’s Hospital Bag?

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children” Oliver Wendell Homes

Hey Folks! We are officially 35 weeks and recently packed the hospital bag for Mom and Dad and wanted to share with you all. There are a few things not pictured that I have listed below.

Items not pictured:
1. Roll of Quarters for the vending machine
2. Byron’s clothes we packed him two pair of socks, underwear, pair of pajamas, sweater, two shirts, and a pair of pants.
3. Snacks- for during labor and after delivery
4. Ipod deck- to listen to music during labor and after delivery

Everything laid out!

Everything laid out!

Mom's Clothes 1. Dress to wear home  2. Sweater 3. Dress I have taken all my maternity pictures in to take the first day Genesis is born.

Mom’s Clothes
1. Dress to wear home
2. Sweater
3. Dress I have taken all my maternity pictures in to take the first day Genesis is born.

Leisure 1. Robe 2. Slippers 3. Socks with rib on bottom to walk in 4. Pajamas 5. Gown that opens in front to wear after delivery

Leisure
1. Robe
2. Slippers
3. Socks with rib on bottom to walk in
4. Pajamas
5. Gown that opens in front to wear after delivery

Toiletries for both Byron and I: 1. Hair ties 2. Birth plan 3. Travel sizes of: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, chap stick, hair gel. 4. Maxi pads

Toiletries for both Byron and I:
1. Hair ties
2. Birth plan
3. Travel sizes of: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, chap stick, hair gel.
4. Maxi pads

Electronics: 1. Camera 2. Camera charger and tripod 3. Phone chargers

Electronics:
1. Camera
2. Camera charger and tripod
3. Phone chargers

I also packed a colorful pillow so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the hospital’s, a few plastic bags for dirty clothes, some nursing pads for the ride home, and a handmade roller (made by Byron) to assist with labor pains.

Always with love,
Modo

Party of Four: What’s in my Hospital Diaper Bag?

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Party of Four: What’s in my Hospital Diaper Bag?

” We are transformed into our children, and feel more keenly for them than for ourselves” – Marie De Sevigne

Hi Everyone! So I finally finished Genesis Diaper Bag for the hospital and wanted to post the contents below for your viewing pleasure. Thank you to all the mamas that helped me narrow some things down. Just an FYI I am delivering at a “baby friendly” hospital and they provide seriously almost everything that I will need for the baby. We are not doing any pacifiers so you wont see those in the bag and my hospital supports breastfeeding first so they have a pump on site that I can use in case I need (we have our own at home that I didn’t want to haul).

Everything laid out!

Everything laid out!

Coach Diaper bag comes with a changing pad.  Thank you all for voting and choosing the bag.  I love that it isn't cloth on the outside which makes for easy wipe downs.  It has a lot pockets too which I like.  The things I don't like are: its a bit slender making it hard to pack a lot of things in it and it is white...and you know I can't get the Coach bag dirty LOL.  But I LOVE that its stylish, I would carry this bag as a purse if it was a little smaller so it meets both Genesis and Mommy's needs.

Coach Diaper bag comes with a changing pad. Thank you all for voting and choosing the bag. I love that it isn’t cloth on the outside which makes for easy wipe downs. It has a lot pockets too which I like. The things I don’t like are: its a bit slender making it hard to pack a lot of things in it and it is white…and you know I can’t get the Coach bag dirty LOL. But I LOVE that its stylish, I would carry this bag as a purse if it was a little smaller so it meets both Genesis and Mommy’s needs.

The Boppy (a gift from Byron's coworker) to aid with breastfeeding.  My labor and delivery teacher said she likes "My breastfriend" better but I have heard the boppy is better in the hospital since it doesn't wrap all the way around you.

The Boppy (a gift from Byron’s coworker) to aid with breastfeeding. My labor and delivery teacher said she likes “My breastfriend” better but I have heard the boppy is better in the hospital since it doesn’t wrap all the way around you.

Blanket to cover the carseat (thank you Janeth), 2 swaddle blankets, 1 receiving blanket (that I will most likely use for a burp cloth.  The boppy also has a birth cloth attached that I can use), and one sleep swaddler.

Blanket to cover the carseat (thank you Janeth), 2 swaddle blankets, 1 receiving blanket (that I will most likely use for a burp cloth. The boppy also has a burp cloth attached that I can use), and one sleep swaddler.

Clothing: my mother is buying her take home outfit so I brought just a few things.  Adorable baby shirt and pink pants to take her matching picture with dad, 1 NB and 1 0-3 month sleeper, 1 0-3 month outfit.  I also packed two pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, and 2 hats.

Clothing: my mother is buying her take home outfit so I brought just a few things. Adorable baby shirt and pink pants to take her matching picture with dad, 1 NB and 1 0-3 month sleeper, 1 0-3 month outfit. I also packed two pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, and 2 hats (pictured in the next image).

The bear hat and mittens are for hospital pictures (Thank you Heather!), a travel pack of sensitive wipes just in case I don't like the Babyganic ones, 2 newborn diapers and 2 size 1 diapers (all these articles except the clothing came in samples that I received either while registering or in the mail so it was perfect to not have to open my supplies at home).

The bear hat and mittens are for hospital pictures (Thank you Heather!), a travel pack of sensitive wipes just in case I don’t like the Babyganic ones, 2 newborn diapers and 2 size 1 diapers (all these articles except the clothing came in samples that I received either while registering or in the mail so it was perfect to not have to open my supplies at home). The diapers are really for the drive home because the hospital provides all this already.

Babyganics wipes (inside the pampers wipe case), Babyganics bathwash (I am hoping the hospital lets us use our own bath wash for her first bath), hand sanitizer (for diaper changes and everyone handling the baby), the two small containers have coconut oil (which I will use for rashes and diapers) and babyganics lotion, lastly the mess bag has a brush, comb, nail clipper, and nose aspirator (I am pretty sure the hospital will provide these but wanted them packed just in case).

Babyganics wipes (inside the pampers wipe case), Babyganics bathwash (I am hoping the hospital lets us use our own bath wash for her first bath), hand sanitizer (for diaper changes and everyone handling the baby), the two small containers have coconut oil (which I will use for rashes and diapers) and babyganics lotion, lastly the mesh bag has a brush, comb, nail clipper, and nose aspirator (I am pretty sure the hospital will provide these but wanted them packed just in case).

Not pictured: I am almost done crocheting the blanket I want her to take a picture with in the hospital.

Let us know if we are missing anything!

Always with love,
Modo