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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sadie's 1st Easter!

Before Sadie, there were certain things I would always long to do as a mother - birthday parties, pumpkin patch trips, going to the zoo, and Easter...just to name a few.  I've looked so forward to spending this 1st Easter with Sadie, and seeing her experience the joy that this special holiday brings!! 

We started our Easter festivities on Saturday at Brad's parents with dinner and an egg hunt.  Sadie LOVED the eggs - she would just hold them in her little hand and shake them.  

The 3 girls...Sadie loves her cousins so much!!
Easter morning at church!  How thankful I am for the cross...for Jesus...and, for His love for me!  So undeserving of the grace He so freely gives!!  How I pray that Sadie will understand from an early age the love Christ has for her, and the power He has already shown in her life!
Y'all.  I know she's mine, but Sadie in that blue dress and bonnet.  Oh, my - I could eat her up!!
Sadie with her other 3 cousins...
After church and lunch, we came home to give Sadie her Easter goodies!
She got a Sophie and Lambie teether, sippy cup, a book, swimsuits, and sunglasses.  She really got in to pulling everything out and looking at it!  
Then, we headed to Mama J and Papa's for our Bailey family gathering.  We always take Easter pictures in front of my mom's Cherry Blossom tree - it's just beautiful when it's blooming!

And, we hunted eggs again :)  Sadie was happy with just one or two to hold and shake in the air...the other kids gladly hunted in her place! 


The crew for the day...and, we were missing 7 others!!  YES, 15 cousins under the age of 9...so much fun is ahead for little Sadie!
What a wonderful 1st Easter as a family of 3 we have had!!  Thank you, Father, for all you have done for us!!  Overwhelmed by His sacrifice for me, and for all that believe.  He is risen, He is risen indeed!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sadie is 8 Months Old!

We are at 3/4 year old...only 4 months away from the big 1 year mark!!  EEK!!! Sweet girl has her first cold, so her little eyes and nose are a little more rosy than normal in her 8 month pics, but it certainly hasn't kept her down! :)  

What is Sadie up to these days?
  • She weighs 16 lb 5 oz (30%), and is 26 inches (13%) long.  
  • She is in size 2 diapers.
  • She still wears some 6 month clothes, but is mostly in 6-9 months. 
  • She eats 4-5 times a day.  She takes a 3.5 ounce bottle with 2 meals a day with solids, and the other 2-3 feedings she either takes a 4.5/5 ounce bottle or nurses.    
  • She has been such a good eater!  This month, we have introduced her to blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, peaches, avocados, broccoli, yogurt, cheese, chicken, and oatmeal.  She also loves Baby Mum Mums for a snack. The ONLY thing so far she hasn't been interested in is chicken - she has loved everything else!  
  • How has sleeping been this month?  Well...it's been a little rough.  Sadie has struggled with sleeping since the 6 month mark.  She's had a little bit of separation anxiety and will only be consoled by Mommy at night, usually wanting to nurse or just be snuggled close.  We are still transitioning her to her bedroom from her bassinet in our room.  Hoping for more sleep filled nights soon!  
  • New things she has started doing this month - a big milestone - Sadie has her first tooth, which means lots and lots of knawing on anything she can get in her mouth!...She is so so very close to crawling - she rolls pretty much to where ever she wants to go, and scoots around.  She WANTS to get up and go sooo bad - I suspect she'll be on the move before the 9 month mark!...She's also trying to figure out how to pull up in the bath tub and her crib - she loves to stand up, and her little legs are so strong!...She is holding her bottle more independently, and is so proud of herself when she does...She has also started a little game where she laughs when others are laughing too...it's the sweetest thing!
  • Some of her new favorite things - she loves to play peek a boo, be tickled, play with paper/napkins, and her favorite toys right now are her stuffed tiger, Blabla baby, any remote!, her Sophie teether, and xylophone.          
  • I know she will probably change when we hit the toddler stage, but right now she travels well and is so easy to take to restaurants or shopping.  I'm so thankful for how content and laid back our girl is!            
Sadie still loves books so very much, and loves to hold them and look at the pictures.  Her favorites are Brown Bear Brown Bear, 10 Little Babies, Goodnight Moon, and Kisses...but, she'll sit and listen to pretty much any book!
She is really starting to show a lot more of her personality these days.  She has started turning her head to her shoulder and grinning, like she's being bashful.  It's precious!
Little Priss has decided that getting to stand up in her crib is about as good as it gets in life!  She hasn't figured out how to completely pull herself up (she can pull up on her knees, but can't get to a standing position quite yet) so we put in her crib standing and she holds on to the rail.  She just laughs and laughs the whole time!

She finally got her first tooth on the bottom, but it's very rare for her to let you get a peek at it!  She knaws on her fingers, teethers, and her stuffed tiger ALL THE TIME, so I'm sure there's more to come right behind it!  She did very well with cutting her first tooth - she had not been overly fussy at all, I just happened to see it right as it began cutting the gum.
We hit a big medical milestone for Sadie this month - after having a routine check up with her TEF doctor, we only scheduled another check up in 3 months instead of a surgery!!  Sadie has had a surgery every 2 months up to this point of her life.  We are so very thankful for this progress!!!
My, how this sweet girl has grown and changed in the last 8 months!!



 Happy 8 months, sweet Sadie Hope!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's a Girl (One Year Later)!

On this day last year, Brad and I went to the doctor in anxious anticipation of finding out what gender our Baby Powell would be...
After 10 years of marriage and waiting for Baby Powell to arrive, we didn't care if it was a boy or girl...
 we just wanted to KNOW what it was!!!!
And, OH MY GOODNESS how excited we were to find out Baby Powell was a GIRL!!!!  
Today, one year later, we spent the day at the doctor again but this time with our sweet girl for a check up on her TEF progress.  We got a very good report, and are so thankful!!!  This is our first doctor's visit that we left without scheduling a surgery for the near future!  
On this day last year, we had never heard of tracheo-esophageal fistula (what a mouthful!!) and there wasn't a thought in mind of anything but having a healthy pregnancy and baby...and, knowing that I was going to decorate a nursery for a girl!  I've tried to imagine what life would have been like if things had been different...no scary prognosis at birth, no hospital stays, no surgeries.  How much easier that would have been, right?  Yes, of course!

But.

We would have missed out on the blessings the Lord has poured on us through Sadie's story.  The miracles we have gotten to experience and share with others.  The people that we have met.  The heart change that we have had because of what the Lord allowed to happen.
How thankful I am for a God who sees the bigger picture that I do not see.  For a God that created this precious angel exactly how He NEEDED her to be to fulfill His plan.  That those 9 months that I carried her, praying for every part of her to be healthy and perfect, He was knitting her together in my womb, perfect in His sight to prepare her for a plan much bigger than my own.  
And y'all, how humbled I am to be her Mama and be a part of her story.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

After 10 years of teaching little ones, March 2nd means one thing to me - Dr. Seuss' birthday!  Sadie is like her Mama, and loves any excuse to have a celebration, so we had to dig out my Dr. Seuss books and Cat in the Hat characters out of my school tubs for her to play with! 
What did she think of the Cat in the Hat, you ask?  She did the first thing she does to everyone these days - put his hand in her mouth!  I think that's her way of saying she liked him! 

To celebrate the day, Sadie got her first set of Dr. Seuss board books!
My girl LOVES books.  I have read to her every day since she came home from the hospital.  Reading ranks right up there with splashing in the bathtub for Sadie ;).  We read at least 4-5 books every night (we have our favorites that we have to read, and then we try a new one or two.)
She has learned how to turn the pages of the books, and thinks she is so big!  It just tickles me that she's so interested in reading!
Today, we read The Foot Book, and Sadie really liked it...I have a feeling this one will be in our "favorites" rotation!  
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sadie is 7 Months Old!

How did I become a Mama to a 7 month old?  

What is Sadie up to these days?
  • She weighs 15 lb 15 oz (35%), and is 25.5 inches (25%) long.  
  • She is in size 2 diapers.
  • She still wears some 6 month clothes, but is mostly in 6-9 month outfits. 
  • She continues to eat 4.5-5 ounces from a bottle or nurses 15-20 minutes.  AND, she has gotten to start solids this month!  She LOVES getting to eat real food!  She eats solids twice a day - in the mornings, she has 1 ounce of a fruit with 1 tablespoon of rice cereal and a 3 ounce bottle; in the evenings, she has 1 ounce of a vegetable with the same amount of cereal and a bottle.   
  • We have been letting her play with a sippy cup just to get a feel for it, and just yesterday she figured out how to drink from it!
  • Sleeping has been really off for Sadie this month - she's had a hard time adjusting since her last surgery, and she's been getting up a once or twice a night (she hasn't done this since she was a month old!).  Hoping this is just a stage, and we'll be back to normal soon!!
  • New things she has started doing this month - she can turn the page in her board books when we read, she can reach and knock the toys off the ledge in the bathtub, she gives big open mouth kisses on your cheek when you ask for a kiss (so so sweet!), she has found her ears and plays with them a lot, and she has started shaking her head "no".  
  • Some of her new favorite things - still loves bath time and playing in the water, is playing more purposefully with her toys, and loves for you to sing - Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children, My God Is So Big, The Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and 5 Little Monkeys are her most favorites.                                                                                                                         
The past month has been fairly low key!  We've been at home a LOT due to lots of snowy weather, and Sadie and Mommy have enjoyed it!!
One of the biggest changes this month has been Sadie has started eating solids.  Her first food was applesauce.  Besides rice cereal, she has had apples, pears, bananas, prunes, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and carrots.  She has LOVED every single thing she has eaten!!  I'm hoping that she's going to be a very good eater, and not too picky!
Sadie also got to experience her first snow...
...and, a few weeks later got to see a really BIG snow (for Alabama anyway)!
And, our sweet girl got to celebrate her first Day of Love with Mommy and Daddy!
My, how quickly 7 months have came and went!  What a blessing this girl is to us!!



Happy 7 months, Sadie Hope!!