Sunday, November 30, 2008

Halloween in November. Well, December.

Here are some VERY belated pictures of lil' Abby's first Halloween! We had a great time--Granny Nanny came over and we passed out candy to the local kids and she wore TWO different costumes. They were both hand-me-downs, but still almost brand new and really cute!

Sorry for the delay, these were trapped in my mom's camera.

Also, Grandpa Bob stopped by for a minute too! Or, Grandbob and I like to call him:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A More Personal Post

Abby turned eight months old on Sunday. And it just got me thinking about how much things have changed over the last year and what a journey it’s been for our little family. From pretty early on in my pregnancy with Abby, I had serious complications. In fact, at one point in the beginning, a doctor told me to just go home, stay in bed, relax (yeah, right) and wait for the inevitable miscarriage. In her true-grit style, Abby fought her way into this world, and into my heart.

According to the “Church of Orpah,” as Rob calls it, every experince we have here on earth is meant to teach us something. And I could write volumes on what I’ve learned from this little 19 (yes, 19) pound meatloaf in the last eight months, and the nine months before that. But I’ll keep it short:

1. No matter how hard I try, I am not in control of ANYTHING. And it really is much easier if you can let go and trust in God.

2. Germs are inevitable. There just simply isn’t enough Purell in theworld…

3. I never thought I was capable of such deep and unselfsish love.

4. I really do wonder what I did with all of my time before I had her. And who knew that I celebrate going to bed at 9 pm?

5. I respect my parents and love them in an entirely new way. I am my mom’s Abby! (That didn’t make much sense, but you know what I mean)

6. Who’d have ever thought that I would be so interested in poop??!!??

Abby has really opened my eyes and deepened my connection to my job at CHOC. And I kiss her everyday when I pick her up from daycare and tell her how grateful I am that she is in my life—and that she’s healthy and thriving. Talk about perspective.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rob's Big 3-0!

We had a party for Rob's big milestone a few weeks ago. My brother was our pro-bono photographer and we just got some of the pics back.
I know it's funny to see Abby in a frilly dress--but when else are we going to use them? She has a whole closet full!

PS It's Abby 8 month "birthday" today! I can't believe how fast it's gone! I'll post more on that later...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Pictures

I realize I totally skipped Abby's First Halloween, but the pics are on my mom's camera, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Uncle Chris took some really cute pics of Abby (and the other kids) when he and Auntie Masha babysat last weekend.

A quick update--Abby just pulled herself up to standing all by herself the other night! She's really a little whirlwind of developmental milestones lately. I am so proud:)