Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pedicures!

Today has been very hot and humid, so we stayed inside and had some girlie fun. I painted a few of my nails first to show her what happens, and she was so intent and let out a long "oooooooooooh!" She sat very still while I painted her toes, but when I switched back to finish mine, she was all over me, grabbing for the brush, and trying to touch my toes. LOL. It was an experience for sure!

Here is the finished product:

Natalie is very proud of her pink toes. She points to them and says, "look Monney!" She's also come very close to running into a wall b/c she watches her toes while she walks.

Summer Clothes

The past few days have been warm enough to break out Natalie's new summer clothes. I've been taking pictures everyday this week...there have been many firsts. (one of which she is saying "I 'ove you" without prompting)
Running in the kitchen:
Just woke up from a nap:
window buddies:
Bouncing on Mommy and Daddy's bed:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Woo Hoo!

Natalie went potty on the pot last night for the first time! Big girl panties, here we come!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sunday

We've enjoyed visiting a new church (to us) with our friends Isaac and Jennifer. I especially enjoy the people working in the Sunday school/childcare areas. So for our 3rd visit, I left Natalie in the 2 year old room for the first time at the church. About 1/2 way through the service, we got paged. She is very timid in new situations by nature, so she was upset that we weren't with her. I have yet to see the end of a service there! *but I hear it's good too*

Here is Natalie in her new denim dress:

Running away:
Posing with Daddy:


If you looked up the definition of pouting in the dictionary, you would see this face there:

Mommy working for smiles:

We got one!:


This is the same picture, just rotated:

What's Shakin?

If you didn't catch that, that was a lame joke in reference to all the earthquakes we've had. I heard on the radio today that we've had TWENTY in the past 3 1/2 days! I have felt 3 of them. The two big ones on Friday, and one this morning at 12:45! Mike was at work, so I had no one to confirm they felt it too. Any big movements by Cole during the night often makes me sit straight up in bed. *ahhh paranoia* So I called Mike at work last night, and asked if he felt it. He didn't, so I started searching real-time seismographs. Found one! I thought you all would appreciate a reference too. (by the way, it WAS another earthquake)

These are off by an hour, probably b/c of daylights savings time.

http://www.eas.slu.edu/Earthquake_Center/NM/EW/GIFS/welcome.html

Click on any day this past week to see what's happened.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Calling Daddy.

This is a video clip of Natalie talking on the phone with Daddy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Welcome Spring!

We are enjoying the warming weather here, and getting outside everyday. Natalie still loves to swing more than anything:


She is also big enough to enjoy jungle gyms and has fun climbing and sliding...with just a little help:


Friday, April 11, 2008

Spinning

This is what we do every evening. She loves to dance to this cd!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Hobby

The past few months I've been creating new hair clips for Natalie. Since nothing I've bought stays in her fine hair, I decided to make them myself. I use alligator clips, and line them in velvet ribbon. They work well and don't slide. Here are a few pictures:














Monday, April 7, 2008

Sweet

Snuggling with Daddy:



Asleep in her crib at 1:30AM (the room was dark):



It's hard to believe this precious little face causes so much mischief during the day:

Friday, April 4, 2008

Thank you

We have received so many messages, emails, and phone calls from friends and family checking in on us. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "you just let me know, and I'll come stay with you," or "call me if you want to talk, I'm here." It is deeply touching, we are so sincerely grateful.


This morning was especially tough for Mike and I. We went in to have an ultrasound done to make sure everything has passed, and to see how my body is recovering. However, this morning was our original apt. for my 1st ultrasound. We were anticipating this date on the calendar as such a happy and special day. Instead we were watching blank images on the screen.


Miscarriages are SO freaking hard to go through. I've been amazed at all the ladies that I've talked to this week that have shared their stories with me. Most of them still tear up talking about them; time heals, but the emotions of it all are still so raw. Forever in our hearts instead of our arms. What an amazing reunion that will be, when we get to finally hold our babies.


One particular lady I've met this week along the way (it is SO obvious how God has planted these women in my life) told me a wonderful thing. She said that her grandmother had 16 children...and 3 miscarriages. Her grandmother always looked at her miscarriages as blessings; it was God's way of blessing you with healthy children. It was a neat perspective for me to see for the first time.


More than anything, I'm so thankful for Mike, and the solid foundation we have. I told him last night, of all the things I've stressed and worried and cried over this week, "WE" haven't been one of them. We're always right there by each other's side supporting one another. Sharing shoulders to lean on...or cry on. It's humbling to watch him ignore his own pain b/c he's so focused on making sure I'm alright.

Then there's our Natalie, the best therapy there is.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Update

The hormone levels showed that we're having a miscarriage.

Thank you again for all your prayers and support. It means so much to us.