Thursday, October 21, 2010

Holy Smoke Batman.... it's been 7 months already??

Well month number 7 has been a busy one for our little pumpkin! As I mentioned in an earlier post she started crawling at about 6 1/2 months,

sitting up on her own the next week

and just in this past week has started pulling up on things!

Oh the terror that fills my heart!!

And I don't mean Halloween terror.... I mean the "Omigoodness, I wonder how much it would cost to suspend everything we own from the ceilings to keep her from getting into it!" If there's a drawer she's trying to open it, a window she's looking out of it, if it has wheels she's moving it (and even if it doesn't have wheels she's moving it), if it has a lid she's taking it off.... Nothing is safe in our house from those sweet little dimpled hands.

Can't you just see the curiosity on that beautiful face?

She's been trying out new foods every 3 or 4 days. I've had to do quite a bit of research on this whole baby making food thing. So I found out there are several things that I shouldn't be making at home until she's at least 9 months including carrots, squash, green veggies (green beans, peas, spinich, etc...) do to the high levels of nitrates in these foods. Unfortunately, squash was the first baby food I made by myself. Our doc reassured me though that if it was made within a couple of days of buying it (fresh produce builds up more nitrates the longer it sits) and frozen promptly that it should be fine. So for now we're doing about half homemade foods and half store bought foods. The store bought pre-made versions of these baby foods have been made at a very high temperature to kill off any nitrates and then tested for nitrate level before processing to ensure they're safe for baby consumption.

So far she seems to be enjoying everything, except homemade apple sauce that is. Weird huh? She puckers her lips and her face looks like I just fed her a pureed lemon! I used Macintosh apples this time, and I just think they're a little too sweet and tart for her. I'm going to try again with some Red Delicious. They seem to be a little less tart than other varieties. Does anyone have any experience and/or recommendations on this for me?

As for homemade foods we've done the above mentioned apples, as well as pears, bananas, winter squash, sweet potatoes and avacados. Store bought foods that she's delighted in are green beans, peas and carrots. She's also getting at least a serving per day of her rice cereal because from what I understand it's one of the best sources of iron for babies... plus she loves it!

Trying squash for the first time.

"Ummmm... I'm not so sure what I think about this mom..."

Not too bad of a variety for her first month of eating food.

If you want to check out some of her seven month cuteness in 2d then take a look at these videos!! (Please ignore my ridiculously high pitched voice in these!! haha)

The very first day Ainsley learned to crawl...

Ainsley eating cereal for the first time!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sweet little Josie

I had full intentions of writing this post about a month ago... and then something crazy happened... Ainsley started crawling! So while I've been chasing her around our house and trying to baby proof (I thought I had another couple months!! Is 6 months young to be crawling or am I just a completely naive rookie?!?!) my blog has been growing cobwebs. I guess cobwebs aren't so bad since it's October... keeping with the Halloween spirit and all. Not that I've ever been much of a Halloween person... anyways, I digress... back to the most important news...

Matthew and I are an uncle and aunt times 4 now!! Beautiful Josie Elizabeth Good was born on July 28th, completely healthy and completely perfect!

Her parents, my sister Heather and her husband Mike, didn't find out the gender of the baby this time, so we were all so anxious we could hardly stand it! I was personally very excited that she's a little girl because I think that it will be awesome for Ainsley and Josie to be so close in age, just over 4 months apart. I'm imagining a lot of fun will be had over holidays and visits, and I'm imagining her spending weeks here during the summer with us and vise versa for Ainsley, just like I did with some of my cousins growing up.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to go kiss those sweet cheeks until she was almost 6 weeks old.

Let's just say that with me backing down to part time and a certain little dog needing surgery a whole lot sooner than anticipated, our bank account is looking a little trimmer than it used to. Don't get me wrong... we're so thankful for our wonderful jobs and understand that we're so much better off than so many people... but we just don't have the expendible income we did a year ago to be able to just jump on a plane and go whenever we please. So I picked up a few extra shifts over several weeks and as soon as we saved up the money we caught the first plane outta here to good ol' IND.

Can I just tell you that this precious girl is every bit as edible as she looks in these pictures!?!?! And not only is she edible... but she's quiet... It seemed so odd to us as Ainsley was... well, not. Up until Ainsley was about 10 weeks old, if she was awake, she was screaming. Then from 10 weeks until about 4 months she was only screaming 80% of the time she was awake. Then after 4 months we saw a marked improvement and now she's quite the happy little clam... but little Josie... oh no, she obviously sees no need to cause her mommy to pull out her beautiful brunette locks.... She's a perfect angel. I'm pretty sure in the 3 days we were there I heard her squeak, like twice.

But mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... did I mention that she's edible?

So a BIG OL' CONGRATS to my beautiful sister Heather, her wonderful hubby Mike and big sister and brother Avery and Jake!!

The Good family is even better now and we love you all with all our hearts!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maddie status-post surgery

Last week Maddie finally had her surgery. The surgery itself went really well, per the vet who performed it. Maddie came home with a large cast on her leg, pain meds and antibiotics. The days following her surgery have been rough.

The day after her surgery we had to take her back to the vet, where they kept her for the day to administer fluids, an enema and monitor her urine output (she hadn't voided since prior to her surgery).

Then 5 days following the surgery I had to take her back in because I was seeing some purple bruising around the top and bottom of the cast. I'm glad I did. When they removed the cast to look at it she had such significant bruising from the pressure of the cast that they couldn't put another dressing on.

Unfortunately for Maddie that meant "the cone." You're familiar with it I'm sure... a source of dread for all 4 legged creatures!

We've been having to feed her pumpkin several times a day (a natural laxative) to counteract the constipating effects of her pain meds, feed her dog food to her one piece at a time by hand and give her water to drink out of a cup (the cone makes it impossible to get her head low enough to eat or drink from her normal dog bowls.

She's not allowed to walk on the leg at all except when going to the bathroom for 5 weeks! For those who have spent any time in our house they know that we might as well be torturing the poor dog... As she's probably one of the most playful pups I've ever seen. We're trying to make the crate as comfortable for her as possible since she's spending 24 hours a day in it for 4 more weeks. Plus, the whole family is suffering a bit as she hasn't had a bath since the day before the surgery and our dogs get bathed every week religiously.... pee-ewww.... now I remember why we're so diligent about that. She may be little, but that little dog can carry a lot of stink!

All in all we are very happy that she's doing so well and that the surgery seems to have been a success. We just can't wait until Maddie is back to her normal playful self!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ainsley is 6 months old!!

Well the past few weeks have been busy ones! Kimberly came to visit for a weekend from Myrtle Beach, we traveled to Indiana to meet our newest niece, little Josie, and Maddie had the much dreaded surgery. I'll do a post for each of those over the next couple days.

Last week, however, was a really big deal for Miss Ainsley! She turned 6 months old!!

What is that?!?! You mean EVERYONE doesn't celebrate a 6 month "birth" day?

Well that's just silly... they certainly should, and WE certainly DO!

Ainsley is moving and shaking all over the place! She has discovered that rolling works as a very efficient form of transportation, that Schatzi's hair is very soft and squeezable (poor Schatzi!), and that the weight of her head poses a small challenge as she's learning to sit up on her own.

To celebrate her first 6 months of life, she had her first taste of solid food!! She loves her rice cereal and gets excited between each bite by flapping her little arms and grunting for more! We plan on introducing more interesting tastes and textures this week, starting with green veggies. I'll be making her food for the most part, so say a little prayer for her that I'm a good baby-food chef. We've also introduced sippy cups and have started giving her water to sip on throughout the day. She's not quite sure what to think about those things yet though. For the most part she just enjoys chewing on it :)

She also is having a lot of fun in her baths these days. She's always enjoyed relaxing in her bath, but has just in the past couple of weeks started playing in it. She enjoys splashing in the water as well as eating and batting around her rubber ducks.

Ainsley has grown and changed so much in the past 6 months that it's a little overwhelming. I think though, that Matthew and I have learned and grown almost as much.

We have learned what our parents have been telling us our whole lives about how quickly time flies.

We've learned that each day is precious and is truly a gift.

Through the love that we have for our daughter, we have been given a small glimpse of the love that our heavenly Father has for His Son... and in understanding that, understand a little more what the true cost of His death on the cross had.

We also now can understand a little more the love that the Father has for US as His adopted children.

Finally, we are more and more convinced every day of how undeserving we are of His favor.

We are so incredibly and indescribably THANKFUL for the sweet gift He's given us in Ainsley. These past 6 months have rocked our world and we're looking forward to seeing what He's going to do in the months and years to come.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 127:3

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Smile Baby!!

Well a couple of things have changed in our household over the last week or so....

Earlier in the week Ainsley was being fussier than normal. Still happy when we were holding her and playing with her, just a little more needy than normal. She wanted to be rocked longer before being put to bed. She did not enjoy playing by herself in her exersaucer. She was waking up in the middle of the night, which is strange since she's been sleeping through the night since she was around 10 weeks old. She just didn't seem quite herself.

On Wednesday we woke up to find our sweet girl was congested, had a runny nose and a bit of a cough. We just thought she must have caught a bug in the nursery at church. We gave her extra love and attention, put a humidifier in her room and didn't think too much more about it. This was the first time Ainsley has shown any signs of being sick at all, and from what I understand to be almost 6 months old without any illness is a pretty good run!

Well Saturday morning we found a new surprise... Ainsley was cutting her first tooth! Well, it only took this rookie-mama about a week to connect the dots and realize what was going on! Poor girl had been working on that tooth all week! I looked it up and sure enough, all of the symptoms she had can be signs of teething. So I guess it's a good thing that she wasn't really sick, and next time I'll know a little better what to look for!

It shouldn't be too long before the tooth has fully emerged... so say GOODBYE to those sweet gummy smiles and HELLO to those pearly whites!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Poor Maddie

Anyone who know us well knows that long before sweet Ainsley came into the world we had two little bitty girls who have brought us a lot of love and joy over the past several years... Meet Schatzi and Maddie :)

I got Schatzi soon after Matthew and I began dating and she was terrified of men. Poor girl would tremble and wet herself everytime any male tried to touch her. Over time, somehow Matthew won her affections and she became his dog. She still loved me, but she would always choose Matthew over me if given the choice.

Since Matthew had stolen Schatzi from me,in 2006 he decided to buy me another dog for Valentine's Day. He chose a sweet little Yorkie pup who we named Maddie.

In the past few years we have noticed that occasionally Maddie will wimper when jumping off of beds or couches and that she also limps on her back left leg. We found out from our vet that she has a birth defect that has caused her to have a luxating patella.

We believe that this may be genetic, as Matthew has a luxating patella on his left knee as well... hmmmm...

Over the past several months the condition has worsened and she is growing increasingly more uncomfortable on her knee as well as having a noticeable increase in the amount of limping on that leg. So poor girl has to have surgery. Normally this surgery costs anywhere between $2000 and $4000 per knee to repair. No matter how much you love your dogs, that's a lot of money. We'd been praying about it and putting it off, knowing we just didn't have that kind of money to spend.

Well God is good even in the small things. Our vet, who previously said they wouldn't be able to do the surgery, has now said that she feels confident that she can perform the surgery. The best part? It's only going to cost us $700.

Don't get me wrong, $700 is still a LOT of money... but it's a lot easier to swallow than $2000.

So say a little prayer for Maddie as she has her surgery in a month or so, and pray for our bank accounts!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's for Dinner??

I have the smallest recipe repertoire of anyone in the world. Seriously, my husband always has joked that sometimes the greatest variation in meals from night to night is the jar of seasoning I use to season the chicken.

The saddest part.... it's true.

Common dinners in our house include grilled chicken with a variety of spices (barbecue, lemon pepper, Italian, etc.), pasta (spaghetti, chicken alfredo) and meatloaf.

So, in my new efforts to become a better wife, mom and homemaker I've been trying to expand my horizons when it comes to cooking. I think a good goal to start off with is to try one new recipe each week.

This week was a very easy Chicken Pot Pie. It was really easy(only took about 15 minutes of prep time) and ended up tasting wonderful! My sweet hubby gave it a grade A! This even reheats really well and made for some great left-overs.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Start by shredding or cubing a couple of cooked chicken breasts.

Combine the chicken in a casserole dish with 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup and mixed veggies of your choice. I threw in some frozen corn, peas and a can of drained green beans. Mix it all together well.

In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg and 1 cup Bisquick mix. When mixed well pour over the top of the chicken mixture.

Bake in oven at 400 degrees until biscuit mix on top is a golden brown. For me, this was about 25 minutes.

Give the recipe a try and let me know how it turns out! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ainsley is 5 months old!!

It is hard to believe that it was a full 5 months ago that our sweet Ainsley came into this world! She has grown faster than I could have imagined and we are cherishing every single moment....

....every gummy grin
....every drop of drool
....every stain from spit-up
....every coo and cackle

So what is she doing now??

Well, I'm so glad you asked!

She is a proficient roller-over. She can roll from her back to her tummy and from her tummy to her back, although she doesn't do the latter as often.

She's sleeping on her belly, even though we are diligent about laying her down on her back.

She's quite the "scooter." Just incase you aren't up to date on what it means to "scoot," this is the term we have used to dub this pre-crawling activity that she's doing. She can push herself with her legs and pull herself with her arms a good 10-12 inches towards toys, etc... It's very impressive, if I must say so myself.

She's still just eating good ol' breastmilk. She's not exhibiting any of the signs of needing to start on solids, i.e. reaching for or acting interested in our food, still acting hungry after feedings, etc... So we'll probably go ahead and wait one more month before we start her solids. This is ok with us as this is what we were planning anyways. The American Acadamy of Pediatrics recommends six months of exclusive breast feeding. She does however, love to put anything and everything she gets her hands on in her mouth!

She loves to play in her exersaucer and her jumparoo as well as spending time just scooting around on her belly on the floor.

She's babbling up a storm and will frequently try to immitate sounds that you make. This can be very entertaining at times!

She enjoys being read to, especially books with a song-type quality to them, like Dr. Seuss. Our favorite right now is "Oh the Places You'll Go."

She's getting better about allowing other people to hold her and talk to her now as long as mom and dad are around. However, she still gets pretty grumpy if we're out of sight.

She is still holding strong in the 50% percentile for height and weight. She weighed in at 15lbs 6oz at her 5 month weight check appointment.

She's wearing 3-6 month sized tops, but is still in 0-3 month pants and dresses for the most part.

She sleeps for 10-11 hour stretches at night. We start her bedtime around 7pm, followed by time spent in the Bible and prayer time as a family while being fed and then usually gets laid down to sleep by 7:45 or 8pm. She'll usually sleep until between 6-7am. God is good!!

I think I've hit all the highlights.....

We can't wait to see what she'll be doing at month 6!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We're Baaaaaaack!!

Call me fickle.... What can I say??

We had switched our "blog" to the below mentioned page. However, after hearing through the blogosphere about some positive changes that blogger has made to their format, and after finding some not so great things about our other site, we decided to come on back to blogger.

I've also decided that I'm going to try to make keeping up with this blog a higher priority. I've come to this decision for a couple of reasons.

1) I've been encouraged to do so, by my husband and some friends who I never even knew actually looked at this thing.

2) I look at the blogs of several of my friends and people who I've met somewhere along the line. I enjoy reading about what's going on in their lives, so maybe someone may be interested in what's going on in our life. We have friends and family all spread out... being so far away makes it difficult to keep up with the day to day "goings-on" in eachother's lives.

3) This is the most important... Ainsley is only 5 months old. These past 5 months have flown by at an incredible pace. We have been blown away by how quickly each day passes and how rapidly she's changing and growing.

I don't want to miss a minute of it.
I don't want to forget a single milestone.

This is an oppurtunity to put into writing the day to day events of our life. Not that we have an "exciting" life, but when we're at the end of our lives, it's going to be these simple, every day happenings that will have defined our life.

I plan on trying to transfer over the posts that I put on our other site to this one, to make it more complete, since that's where I was started writing after Ainsley was born.

So here we go.... I know my husband has promised to hold me accountable for keeping up with the updates. I hope you will too!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

We've MOVED....

... blog locations that is...

our new website is :

This new page is great because it can keep our blog, pictures and videos all on one site to make life a little easier!! See you there!

Matthew and Julie