Sunday, May 31, 2009

Humoring Daddy

Macie is very serious when she is watching Backyardigans. You just know not to stand in front of her, talk to her, change her, etc. when she is watching it. Here is a video of Daddy trying to have a conversation with Macie while she's VERY much into her show!!! She's definitely giving him the brush off/the courtesy glance.


Great Day

It was BEAUTIFUL out today and we took full advantage of it. We went for a long walk this morning, then we gathered up a bunch of things for Macie and brought them outside. She played outside most of the day and got to splash around in the pool for a bit. We even brought the pack and play outside thinking she might sleep in it, but she wasn't having it.

Here are some pictures from the day.

Macie and Daddy relaxing after a long day....too cute.

Some more cute pictures

We went to Susie and Nelson's last night to hang out and had a very nice time. Thanks again for dinner and for cutting my ratty hair!!! Macie had a great time with Jaden. He read her Goodnight Moon before she went to bed. He knows EVERY single word and it was so cute. I tried to get a video of it, but it turned out dark and I was too late....Jaden had read it once already by the the time I got the camera out and he wanted to "Rock" so I missed the opportunity.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Just some random pictures.

It looks like she took this one herself.
Phil says she looks exactly like me in this one, what do you think? I don't see it.....I see Daddy.

Catch up time

I am definitely not posting as often as I used to and I don't really have an excuse so I apologize to those who look forward to seeing updates on Macie. We had a busy Memorial Day Weekend. We got to spend time with both sides of the family. On Sunday we went to Phil's parents and had a BBQ. On Monday we met up with my family at Arlington Park. They had "family day" and it was really a lot of fun, despite the weather.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pool Party for One

I felt a little silly buying this teeny tiny pool for Macie, but am glad I did. She LOVED playing in it and it's the perfect size for her right now. I have to say the maintenance on it is wonderful!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

8 Months

My Sweet Macie Face,
Is it true that you are 8 months old already? My eyes are getting a little teary while I am typing this because I can not believe that I gave birth to you 8 months ago. It seems like I blinked and you grew overnight. I love watching you grow and learn new things, but it goes so quick that I am afraid I might forget what happened and when. That is why I am so glad that I decided to do this blog and document your life. I have a calendar in the kitchen and every time you do something new, I write it on the calendar. I have to admit that I have been terrible about updating your baby book, but this is so much more fun. So many family members and friends check this blog to see how and what you are doing, and they can't believe how fast time is flying.

This past month was so exciting. I only work two days a week now, and can't say that I am too upset about that since I get to spend another day with you, and have you all to myself. You are trying so hard to crawl. You have mastered going backwards and getting stuck under things, but you can't quite coordinate you arms and legs. I have been working with you and encouraging you to crawl, but I am not so sure that I won't regret that very soon. You don't seem to have a fear of much so that concerns me a bit as you become mobile.


Speaking of not fearing anything, you are not scared of water at all. I have been taking you out of your bath seat after you are all clean and let you sit in the tub. You splash around like crazy, and dive for the duckies swimming around in the tub. Tonight you tried to put your face in the water and were a bit surprised, but it didn't stop you from trying again. I think you are going to be quite the little fishy. You think the splashing is so fun and so hilarious, but I have to change my clothes when you are done.

My favorite part of the day is going in to get you in the morning. I think you would sit in there forever and "talk" and play if we didn't come in and get you. I LOVE my new alarm clock, and it's you. I hear your sweet little voice and it makes waking that early not so bad. When we go in to get you, you are always peeking over the top of the crib with an enormous smile on your face. It's priceless and my heart aches with happiness when you flash that smile at me.

You made your Daddy the happiest man on the face of the earth on May 14th. You said "Dada" finally. We both knew that was going to be first, we just didn't know when it would happen. You said it out of the blue when I walked in the room. I looked at you and said "what did you say?", and you looked up at me and said "Dada". Total coincidence, I know, but I about peed myself in excitement. You kept repeating it so of course I picked up the phone and called Daddy, and then you wouldn't say it again. When you first started saying it, I am pretty sure you had no clue what it really meant. After about a day or two you definitely knew who "Dada" was and you used it properly. Way to go Macie. Next stop....."Mama".


You also adore my necklace and are constantly looking for it. You yank on it and try desperately to put it in your mouth. Just today I was holding you and I could tell you were looking for it (it was tucked in my shirt). I said "where is Mommy's necklace" and you pulled my shirt out and grabbed it. I think you said "it's right here, dummy". You're so smart.

This past month you had your first trip to the zoo. Daddy and I had more fun than you did, but I know you will enjoy it very soon. We can't wait for the Butterfly exhibit to be open again so we can see your reaction to them. Hope you won't be freaked out. I think we will be going there a lot since you LOVE LOVE LOVE being outside. We have gone for so many walks lately and you can't get enough. We stop at the park and put you in the swing and I swear you would stay there all night if we let you.

I decided to stop using you as an excuse to get to the gym. They have childcare there so Daddy and I went together and took you with us. It's a very nice little set up, they have tons of toys and things to do. When we dropped you off in there the first time, I was a little nervous. I worked in day cares and I know that things don't get "Mommy clean", but I had to get over it. There are two very young girls that work there in the evenings, but they seemed sweet. We worked out and it went fine. I went the next day and there was an older lady there and she just held you and loved you the whole time you were there. Fine by me. The last time we brought you didn't go so well. As Daddy and I are working out I hear "Rachelle, please come to the kids room". For a second I thought "do they mean me"....."No, there's other kids in there, can't be me". I glance around for Daddy and can't find him and then hear you screaming in the kids room. I go in there and Daddy is holding you, and there is blood coming from your mouth. Supposedly, you must have bit down too hard on your toy (thank god they had gotten her toy out of the diaper bag). I think that they weren't paying attention and you fell over and that's how it happened. BUT....I have no proof, and you're fine so I will be going back. Not sure why I shared that. Guess it was two "firsts" for you.....childcare and a boo boo.

Two more of your teeth just popped through your gums. You got the bottom two a long time ago, I thought they would be here a lot sooner. I also thought your next two would be the two top middle ones.....nope, you got your two eye teeth in. You are going to look like a vampire. The look will go well with the new noises you are making, they are a bit strange I must say.

I love when you act like you are being shy and you wrap your little arms around my neck and squeeze me with everything you have. I melt every time, and almost squeeze you back until your little eyeballs pop out. I can't get enough of that. I never knew that my heart could get bigger and be filled with so much love and contentment. You make everyday so special and I hope that you know how much I love you. I may not always do the right things, and I worry a lot that I am not being a good enough Mommy, but no one is good enough for you my sweet baby!

All My Love,


Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy 62nd Anniversary!

Happy 62nd Anniversary Great Grandma and Great Grandpa!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What is going on down there?

I was upstairs putting on my make up and doing my hair the other day, and all of a sudden I hear all kinds of noise. I am pretty much hearing sounds from every single toy that Macie has downstairs. There is some banging, shouts and screams of excitement and "Dada dada dada".

I come downstairs and this is what I see.....

Daddy had her hat on, and they literally had every single toy out and making noise. Isn't this how kids develop ADD? I was overwhelmed with all the noise! Guess you had to be there, but it was pretty amusing!

Lions, Tigers, and Elephant Asses....OH MY!

We took Macie to the zoo for the first time. I don't think we expected much as far as excitement from her, but she really couldn't have cared less about being there. There were a lot of animals out and we tried pointing to them, but she would just look at the ground and the other people around. Really, sometimes the people at the zoo are more entertaining to watch than the animals!!! I took a ton of pictures of all the animals we saw, but I won't bore you with them. I will just post some that I thought we good....or funny!

This lion was mad about something and was roaring so loud, I thought it was "staged" and coming over a speaker system.

This is really how close we were (there was plexiglass between us) and she was stalking a boy behind us. It was really quite creepy. She would follow him with her eyes where ever he went.

This was our greeting from the Elephant. One of these elephants died two days after we were sad. Now they only have one.

Macie got a great nap in at the Zoo!

Macie and Daddy. Do you see the Baboon in the back? Don't worry, Macie didn't either.

Playing Catch Up with the blog

I have really been slacking on the postings lately. I feel very unorganized lately and it seems there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that I need to. Kind of odd since my hours were cut at work due to this wonderful economy! Anyway, I am losing my focus here....

We celebrated Mother's Day last Saturday and it was very nice. Both of our families came over to celebrate. We cooked out, and just hung out and enjoyed the day. You would think with it being my first Mother's Day that I would have been snapping pictures constantly. Nope....not one single picture of our Mom's, not one single good picture of Macie and I (took two and they are absolutely awful of me- someone needs to take me under their wing and do a makeover or something -so I will not be sharing them). I did get some of Macie, Joey, Kate and Ryan. On Sunday Phil was amazing and spoiled me rotten. He cleaned the house, fed and changed diapers for Macie all day. I took two, two hour naps that day! I don't remember the last time I took a nap! Thanks hon, you are the best!
This first picture was Macie hanging out with me watching TV on Mother's Day

I put this picture in (despite of course hating it of me) because this is one of my favorite times with Macie. Some mornings I will feed her a bottle in our bed. She is so calm and happy afterwards, we can sit there forever. It's so relaxing to me.
Macie and her cousin Joey.
Macie and her cousins Kate and Ryan. Sorry about the light purple sweatshirt's all I had here that fit you!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Macie's first word is...............

I know this will be shocking (said with sarcasm) to everyone.


She said it for the first time today. She kept repeating it until I busted out the video camera!
Phil was trying to get her first words to be Mama Mia, but I am not at all surprised it was "Dada" since she is definitely a Daddy's girl.
As I am typing this, she's saying "Dada, dada, dada.....".

Thursday, May 7, 2009

This is sweet and so true.

A friend sent this to me. I am sure most of you have seen it, but I wanted to share it again in honor of Mother's Day coming up.

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby..
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom .

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Congrats to Bobby and Michele, they are engaged! Can't wait to see the ring and hear all the details.

We are so happy for you!