Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tracey Ann -- 6 Months

** I have had this post done for weeks, but I haven't spent the time to upload the pictures to go with them.  Now that we're about a week away from Tracey Ann turning seven months, I finally buckled down and finished this six month post. **

Our world turned upside down six months ago, and it has been the most wonderful thing in the world.


  Approximately 16 pounds -- breast milk should be on the "super food" list

REALLY LONG!  This baby is ALL leg!  Her little sleepers cover the palms of her hands, but her little feet stretch out the legs.  I think she might get her height from her daddy.  Her "unofficial height" will be determined next week at her doctor's appointment.

Clothing size:
She's in six month clothes and growing every day.  A few of her six-month outfits are getting tight, and we don't really have many nine-month outfits yet, so I either need to take up sewing or we need to do some nine-month shopping.  We do have larger sizes at home, but we've been traveling this whole month since she turned five months (wow, more than 1/6 of her life has been traveling) and the largest sizes we brought with us was six-month.
Lots of breast milk.  We have introduced her to a few tastes of foods like peach, pear, avocado, and lemon but when we put them in front of her in her high chair, she just plays with them, so we haven't pushed the solid foods yet.

Oh, we're in trouble with sleeping.  This month of travel has not done well for our sleeping routine.  She does well in the pack-n-play except when the air conditioner or open windows makes our bedroom too cold -- then she ends up in our bed sleeping with us for body heat.  Also, she is loving the breast to fall asleep -- its like her teddy bear and she hates to go to sleep without it.  We really have some work to do when we get home.

New Accomplishments: 
  • Manipulating toys with both hands
  • Sitting up unassisted (she needs help getting to the sitting position, but then she can remain seated on her own... for a minute or two)
  • Blowing raspberries with her tongue
  • Sleeping in her pack n play -- when she wasn't sleeping in Mama and Daddy's bed

  • Surviving all the old-fashioned, illegal baby toys at Grammie and Papa's house

  • Rolling around on the floor or in her pack n play
  • Being worn in a moby or backpack

  • Swimming
  • Baths and showers
  • Lexie and Lloyd
  • Sleeping in bed with Mama and Daddy
  • "Let It Go" the song
  • Our cell phones
  • Her carseat... sometimes
  • Her vitamin D with iron supplement
  • Playing independently for too long
Places She Went:
  •  Well... that would be Kansas, Missouri, Illionois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan
  • The Grand Ole Opry
  • Cardinals Baseball game -- well, other MLB games as well, but the Cardinals is the one that counts the most around here
  • The church where Mama and Daddy were married
  • The shores of Lake Michigan

Special Memories:
  • First time in the ocean

  • First time in Papa's Price Is Right Boat

  • First time meeting Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Holifield

  • First time meeting Great Grandpappy Jacobs
  • First time meeting a BUNCH of friends and family far and wide
  • First time swimming in Grammie and Papa's pool
  • First horseback ride at Aunt Sharon's house

  • Tracey Ann
  • Tracey
  • Baby Girl
  • Beautiful
  • Pumpkin (pronounced Punkin)
  • Punky
  • Little Spitter
  • Fuss-o (when she's fussy)
  • Munchkin
  • Munchkers
  • Pretty Girl
  • Sunshine
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Happy Birthday to the best Momma and Grammie in the world!!!

I have always known you were the best mom for the following (and more) reasons:
  • you are my best friend
  • you are the one I want to call when I'm stressed or joyful
  • you are a great cook and baker
  • you are my example of a good homemaker
  • you value family
  • you are quick to sacrifice anything for your loved ones
  • you are my example of a proverbs 31 woman
  • you are such a wonderful example of a loving wife

It is just this year that I have been blessed to witness you as the world's best Grammie.  Tracey Ann is the luckiest baby in the world to have you as a grammie.
You are the world's best grammie for the following (and more) reasons:
  • you are always ready to make Tracey Ann smile and laugh
  • you sing the most fun songs, and make the funniest voices
  • you do the best dance moves
  • you can watch Tracey Ann AND cook, or clean at the same time
  •  you have encouraged me as a Mama any time I need it
  • you are great at supporting the decisions Hubby and I have made regarding Tracey Ann


 It's official -- Tracey Ann, Hubby and I are the luckiest to have you for a Momma and Grammie

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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Crawler

My goodness... What a weekend we had.

We officially have...

A Crawler!

Cue the baby-proofing...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Sometimes I don't have the energy to come up with one-of-a-kind blog posts.  On days like those (like today), I'm grateful for some standard questions to get my thoughts going:

Currently I'm...

Loving:  My days home with Tracey Ann.  This year I am fortunate enough to work a few days away from home and a few days at home, and I LOVE my days when I can work from home.  I am loving my amazing hubby who is working SO hard in his new job as Dean and Athletic Director, and I love supporting him as he's growing and excelling in his professional life.  I am LOVING Tracey Ann and her stage of life and learning.  She is starting to know what she wants, and she gets frustrated when she can't communicate what she wants or make her body retrieve what she wants.  She gets closer and closer to crawling every day.  She rolls everywhere -- if we put her down at one spot on the floor, give her two minutes and she'll have moved five feet.

Reading/Watching:  Work emails, and listening to an audio book (that counts as reading, right?) IN THIS MOUNTAIN.  Watching -- at the moment a recorded episode of American Ninja Warrior... but what currently the series Hubby and I are really into is Married At First Sight.  It is such an interesting concept, and the show has provoked a lot of discussion between us about our marriage and our compatibility and ways we nurture our marriage.

Trying to:  Create a peaceful joyful attitude about this upcoming school year.  I am so grateful for the fact I can work from home a little, but I am nervous about the days I'm away from home, away from Tracey Ann and how long they will be, and how much work I have to accomplish.

Wishing:  The ability to savor each and every day and have a joyful attitude.

Excited for:  Getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I've lost 7 pounds since arriving home after our summer of travel... I'm getting closer and closer to pre-pregnancy weight (and clothes!)  Also, excited (and praying) for a time, eventually, when I may not have to work outside of home... 

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Friday, August 15, 2014


  These days I am often reminding myself of HTALL -- Hubby, Tracey Ann, Lexie, Lloyd.

I am back to work and preparing for another year of teaching students across 150 miles here in the mountains.  Despite the work responsibilities of mine that come with the onset of the school year -- HTALL.  My PRIORITIES are Hubby, Tracey Ann, Lexie and Lloyd.

Yes, I intend to work hard as a teacher, just as I have every year, and I intend to work hard as a homemaker... but Hubby, Tracey Ann, Lexie, and Lloyd are my PRIORITIES over all else.

My lesson plans will get done... the laundry and the dishes will get done... but when Hubby, Tracey Ann, Lexie, or Lloyd need me this year, THEY have the trump card.  THEY are my family.  If they need me, they get me.

This has been on my heart this week as I've returned to work.  This week I've treasured my time with Tracey Ann, I've looked for additional ways to serve my husband as he's returned to work as well, and I've been very attentive to the needs Lexie and Lloyd are communicating.

About a week ago, I took a rare moment to put my feet up and rest for a few minutes while Tracey Ann was napping.  I hadn't been resting 5 minutes before Lexie came up and sprawled out on my lap purring.  Any guilt I felt about resting a few minutes was gone as I treasured this time to give Lexie some undivided attention (which doesn't happen as often as it used to).

Tracey Ann LOVES Lloyd and she and I give Lloyd attention throughout the day... but Lloyd still thrives on my undivided attention when Tracey Ann isn't in my arms.

I'm the MAMA of the household, and I LOVE it.  Someone always needs me and it is wonderful.  This is my life's dream coming true before my eyes -- my sometimes tired eyes.

I'm headed back to work, and I love my students.  I look forward to another year of teaching and learning with them, and I will commit myself to them as their teacher.

That being said, Hubby, Tracey Ann, Lexie, Lloyd are my family.  I'm about to embark on the balancing act of being a working mom -- but the scale doesn't balance.  HTALL is my priority, my calling, my loves, my life's work, my dream-come-true, and my family.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Few Pics

Somehow I've missed posting a few of these adorable pictures of Tracey Ann...

Her first time riding in the shopping cart -- most of the time at the store, I wear her in a backpack or a wrap.  This time, I didn't have one with us... so she rode in the cart.

She did so well!

Her favorite food officially is: PICKLES!  Homemade dill pickles are winners (not homemade by me... made by friends of ours)

I love this picture.

Life with this princess is amazing!
We are so incredibly blessed!

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