Monday, March 31, 2014

A little tumbler

When someone offered a free trial run for a gymnastics class for babies and toddlers, i just couldn't pass it up. 
She was super stinkin cute, ready for her first gymnastics class.
Is it wrong that I'm living through her once again? 
I mean, i know she's only 9 months, but i hope and dream that she wants to do gymnastics.
I did gymnastics til i was like 11 or 12, and my gymnastics career ended in Japan, so naturally, i hope that she wants to do the same.
but looking extra cute and  chubby while doing it.

 She was so stinking excited as little boys and girls her age started to arrive. Many were new to the class as well, and she was excited to meet every.single. one.

They started the class with a song, as Lux tries to figure out why she has to sit and wait for everyone to finish singing about touching their nose and toes.
 Lux loves books.
So of course, although there was a huge gym full of awesome equipment, guess who found the only two books in the entire room?
Lux was immediately drawn to the big pink ball.
Most of our time in the class, she chased this ball around.
I kept catching her chasing it around, happily getting to it, and then have it taken by a bigger kid.
You can kinda see her trying to stand her ground and protest that she had the ball first. 
it took everything in me not to get in there and get the ball back for her.
it's a good thing i didn't, because she is extremely persistent.
She knew what she wanted and did everything in her power to get that beautiful wonderful pink ball.
And she did! 
She got to it again!
but then after giving it a great big hug, they were separated once again when it was taken away from her. 
She chased him down til he got tired of running away from a crawling baby, and picked it up and ran off.
[how sad is this as she looks after the ball leaves her?]
 At this point, my heart almost broke into tiny pieces as my little girl sadly watched others playing with the pink ball that she worked so hard to hug.
So I took her over to the trampoline and she and i did some jumping.
She loved it! It was so much fun. 

When we got home, she was excited to see her daddy and I was excited to show him all the pictures and videos I had taken.
It was so much fun.
I'm definitely going to bring her back for that class!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

9 months of "light" in our lives

So the 9 month photo shoot proved to be the hardest one yet.
It was very unsuccessful since she has decided it's more fun to launch herself off the couch at her daddy then it is to sit still and let mommy take pics.
i mean, duh, right?
So of the 300 something pictures i took of her in this spot, only a couple were clear. The rest, she was a blur in every picture.
I either need photography lessons on how to take pics of an active child, or a new camera. 
lol, i like the idea of the latter option. 

Oh! and i just wanted to point out that I know her sticker on the pillow is actually a number 6, turned upside down.
I used the 9 month one, well, at her 6 month photo shoot.

These pics totally portrays lux as she is.
A fun ball of energy, constantly moving from place to place, with her hands always doing something. 
in all my years of working with kids and babysitting, I've never met such an energetic child.
She's a go getter and always on the move.
She makes us laugh with all that she does. 

These two.
The love for each other is growing tremendously each day. 
They will be best friends eventually, when Lux learns to pet him, rather than pull his bang hair.
She adores him though, and he is reciprocating that adoration now.
He hurries into her room when she wakes up and says hello!
its super cute.

Lux and daddy always hang out before bedtime. Usually they're looking at books together, but there are a handful of times that they rough play together before bed.
and yes, it gets her all excited and riled up before going to sleep, but its worth it. they're so cute together. 
This video cracks us up. However the end is kinda sad, and I was comforting a crying baby after it.

Lux and Laundry isn't a great mix.
She likes to pick up the clothes from the folded laundry and hand them to me or throw them over her shoulders. You can usually find her playing peekaboo with the clothes or climbing the drawers as I put things in them. I also like to dress her in random articles of clothing and mismatch everything from her head to her toes. 

Peek a boo is one of her favorite things to do right now.
She plays peekaboo all the time; when i changed her diaper, she instantly starts to do peek a boo, whenever she gets a hold of laundry, or a blanket, or toys...she has to do peek a boo.
This video just makes me want to nibble on her. she's so so cute.

She filled her seat with these books as I looked at zippy cups. I turn around and find this girl with a stash of stuff in the cart. 

Coffee and donuts is a must on Sunday mornings!:)
Lux is no longer eating her own special baby food, she is eating everything from strawberries to chicken legs. I follow the Baby Led Weaning way of feeding her and its fabulous. 
I just give her slices of food and she gnaws off what she can chew! 
She's a big fan of meat, and avocados, cheese, bananas, strawberries, tilapia, and anything else that I cook.
We haven't found anything that she doesn't like yet...she eats EVERYTHING. 

those to blow raspberries in them:-D
She loves to play peekaboo, even without anything to cover her face. She'll just raise her arms up and down and laugh.

Brushing her teeth is one of Lux's favorite activities to do.
When she gets grouchy before bed, I hand her her toothbrush and all is well in the world. 
Isn't she just so stinking adorable here?
Lux got her first ponytail this month. 
She kinda looked like one of the warriors from Mulan.
Super cute, but resembled a sumo wrestler at some times. So we'll wait a little while longer before giving her another ponytail.
She adores watching Alexio through the door. 
She thinks she's helping him out by responding to him like this.

Lux and her cars. She went to a friend's house and preferred the cars over any of the other toys, so we got out some of our boy toys that we never imagined taking out for Lux. 
when i was a kid, I loved hot wheel cars, so i have no reservations about Lux playing with cars!
This is one of my most favorite videos of this little person.
She talks like this a majority of the day. I wonder what it all means!
But she's beyond adorable when she talks to the laptop with a video of HERSELF. 

This past month, Lux didn't have a ton of new skills, but we feel like she's improved tremendously on the things that she does do. She's super fast in crawling, she pulls herself to standing like a pro with or without anything to grab on to, and tries desperately to pull herself onto the couch. The longest that she has stood alone was probably around 30ish seconds, and she was drinking her zippy cup while standing there. We were pretty impressed.
She is taking 4 bottles a day or about 7 oz each, and eats a ton of solid food, especially if she's the one doing the feeding. If i spoon things in, she doesn't eat as much.

Lux has lots of admirers that says that she's the smiliest and happiest baby.
It's true.
God really blessed us with a joyful little girl.
It was our prayer from the start. We prayed daily together that our little girl would be joyful. and that it'd be contagious.
And God has instilled that in her. We're truly amazed.

She's also very spunky-formal definition of that is "courageous and determined."
That's our strong sweet girl.
I love her personality and her persistence.
I love that she can hold her ground and be independent.
I love how curious she is, from exploring the rooms in the house, to climbing into the fridge and getting stuck when the door clothes. I've found her halfway under our bed as she tried to chew on some bed rails. 
She is so adventurous and so brave. 
She isn't afraid of new situations and is very adaptable to change.
She loves making new friends and is starting to recognize people besides mommy and daddy.

I'm so proud of her and all that she's doing.
We are totally those parents that immediately miss her once she falls asleep at night, talk about her, and look through videos and pictures of the day! 

Dear Lux,
You've taught me about a love that I could never describe. 
You taught me to be selfless, to cherish, to enjoy.
Your life is already a blessing to so many-your smile brings joy and laughter to so many people.
I love that about you. I love that you can cheer up a bad day for even a random stranger. 
We prayed for you to have a bubbly joy that just burst out of you.
And you do have that.
God has amazing plans for your joyful spirit.
We just love you so much baby girl.

Love, Mom and daddy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Right now.

     -Waiting for the mail. I'm on a total blog/instagram/social media giveaway high. After winning THIS (The Weigands HUGE Valentine Giveaway), it's like Christmas everyday waiting for fun packages to arrive. These are only a few of the goodies that have already arrived, and there's still a bunch on it's way to me! I'm having way to much fun with this win, as I've never in my life won anything before. I'm especially excited about the Freshly Picked Moccasins for Lux. Can't wait for her to wear them next fall! Some of the prizes that I won were gift cards, so I had quite the fun time doing some online shopping:) 

(p.s. and while I was typing this blog spot up, I got a notification that I won another sweet giveaway on instagram. um, YAY.)
(so enter giveaways. it's a really fun surprise;))

    -Walks outside with Lux, Ryan, and Alexio. Its been two days of blissful weather and it ends tomorrow. We soaked up the warm sun and fresh air while we could enjoy it.

       - time with friends. After two-three weeks of quarantine, we finally came out of hiding from being sick, and got to see friends. Cherishing these times. And as the weather gets nicer, we'll hopefully to have more times outside playing (and running maybe?) with Lux's friends!

      - with Lux's toes. Her cheeks. Her chubby legs. ya know.
      -this video. I can't stop watching it. over and over again.  and I crack up each time.
    - online window shopping. notice the emphasis on window shopping.
    -reading books on my kindle again. Oh it's so nice ending the day in bed, reading. Hadn't done that since Lux was born because I'd always fall asleep almost instantly whenever i'd start to read. Now that I'm getting a decent amount of sleep each night, I can sit and enjoy books again!
     - baking. It's happening again! I'm getting the urges to bake and cook. not good. not good. we're trying to lose all this winter fat that we stored up the last few months.
    - Songs from Frozen. I think I sing, "Do you want to build a snowman?!" to Ryan and Lux each day, hoping for an actual response. i get none...besides laughs and weird stares.
    - Minimizing the stuff in our house. I've gone through my closet, the game closet, our kitchen, lux's closet, etc. I'm pitching everything and getting ride of everything we don't use or need. I've either thrown things away, donated, or sold stuff. It feels good. Freeing. Refreshing. and yet i still online window shop. haaaa.
    -About Lux turning 1. ONE. three more months and it'll have been a year since that amazing day when she was born. And then I think about all the stuff that happen at one. Birthday party or no birthday party? Just family? Friends? or pitch all that and splurge on professional family pics? I don't know. But I'm definitely getting her a cake. with gray and teal and chevron on it. yup. 

Much is happening in our lives. The weekend was a whirlwind and really kinda exhausting.
It was really nice to just enjoy the day with friends and at home and napping on the couch with lux in my arms (THAT was the best.)

Goodnight, friends.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ryan's birthday!!!

Happy birthday to my husband, 
my baby girl's daddy, 
my best friend,
and the love of my life!!!

Ryan, I've never been so happy to share you with another girl.
Lux and I (and Alexio) adore you more than words can express.
You're the best part of the day everyday for all of us.

We hope your 31st birthday is memorable, and we're so glad to be the ones to help make it that.
I'm so thankful for the man that you are and the daddy you've become. 

Thanks for being a manly man, doing all those things that are difficult for me, but easy for you cuz you're so strong.;) 
Thank you for flying your little girl around, flipping her upside down, making her laugh uncontrollably, and giving her lots of hugs and kisses.
Thank you for chasing alexio around, playing rough with him, and giving him lots of fun challenging to get treats.
Thanks for letting me be crabby and emotional, and giving me grace and back rubs and kisses, even when I'm sure it's not easy. 

I love your heart, your character, your love.
I love your masculinity, your love for sports, and your nerdy brain.
I love, love, LOVE how everyone rushes to see you when you get home...Always trying to get your attention:).
Thank you for being you.
We just love you so much.

[This is my attempt to get a busy 8 month old hold THREE signs. Unsuccessful.]

Happy 31st Birthday, Ryan/Daddy!
We love you!!!