Wednesday, December 28, 2011

9 months

Another month flew by! These pictures were taken on 12-21 but we just went to the doctor today. So, I waited so I could post her stats. Shelby's personality is really coming out. She is a mess to say the least! She really likes playing with her sister and anything that is not intended for a baby. She climbs, crawls, and cruises around every where! She has gotten really fast. She usually smiles all day unless she is sleepy. She still likes to go places. Shelby is still nursing (with some formula) and has a great appetite. She has recently tried macaroni, lima beans, and a cinnamon roll. She liked it all! She did finally start getting one tooth on the bottom. Man, it is sharp too! She can really bite down on your finger now. She takes 2 naps a day and is not sleeping through the night. I am about to start weaning her some, so hopefully sleep will go hand-in-hand with that. She babbles all day and is constantly saying 'da-da'. She knows who he is too because you ask her where Dada is and she climbs on Bucky and smiles. She also squeals a lot, mainly out of excitment. And says 'hey' or some short of greeting.

Shelby is such a sweet little girl. Just today, Claire was crying about hurting her finger (being a little dramatic too). Shelby was sitting in my lap and kept hugging Claire. She was finally about to cheer up her big sister by being so sweet. Her nickname 'Sweet Shelby' definately suits her!

Weight: 19lb 3oz (60th percentile)

Height: 27in (50th percentile)

Christmas Day

Claire's side (costumes, a camera, baby carrier, make up, art kit)

Shelby' side (a cube toy, little kitchen, Elmo phone, brownie baking set) What a big girl!
Shelby really liked her little bath book and brush.


At Grandma's

Shelby on her new little couch that folds out.

Claire and her new princess sleeping bag

After our naps!

Grandma with her granddaughters


Christmas Day at our house started around 6:30. That is pretty good considering Shelby! I am not sure who was more excited, Bucky and me or the girls. Actually, the most excited person was probably Mrs. Street! We opened stockings and presents first. Claire had picked out Bucky a camo knife at Academy. He loves it! And she picked me some purple slippers. It is funny to see what she thinks we would like. We got dressed and were in Birmingham by 10:30. We opened presents from Grandma, Granddaddy, and Aunt Mindy. Then we all took naps. Bucky's Aunt Brendan and Uncle Russell came over as well as the Elkins. Claire had fun harassing Colton. We ate a delicious meal of steak, potatoes, salad, rice, etc. My mom and dad and the Beckhams came over for dessert. It was a long, but very good day. Claire and Shelby were very well behaved and really enjoyed spending time with their family. Claire always loves playing with Grandma and Shelby was fascinated by their little dog. We came back Monday and have been trying to get our house back in order.

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve as a family of four in Auburn. We had recently watched the video of last year's Christmas Eve. It is really funny to see how much has changed in a year! Claire was just a little girl (with a BIG personality) and I was pregnant. Another little girl sure does change your life for the better. We had a big breakfast Saturday morning, baked cookies, took naps, and got ready for church. We came home and read the Night Before Christmas and put out cookies for Santa and oats for Rudolph. Shelby went onto bed and we ate dinner. What a magical night!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy 8th Anniversary!

8 years ago today at Riverchase United Methodist Church, Bucky and I were married. We sure do look a lot younger, huh? But, I still feel Bucky looks at me the same way. For some reason, this incredible man loves me with his whole heart. I often wonder why or how I am so blessed to have him as my husband. We have grown a lot together in our marriage. We have shared a lot of laughter and love. Every single day of our marriage, Bucky has hugged me and told me how much he loves me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. We were definitely made for each other. I love you!

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.'

I Corinthians 13:4-7 (read at our wedding)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Claire's First Dance Demonstration

Sunday, Claire had her first dance recital. She was in the youngest class of ballerinas. It was really cute, to say the least. She was very excited about wearing make up and a tutu. I thought she did great getting up on the big stage and not being afraid. She was pretty tired by the end since it was during her nap time. But, she enjoyed all the attention and all her pretty flowers! Doesn't she look so old with her hair back and make up on?

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

He's making a list, and checking it twice.
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice!

Saturday, we took the girls to see Santa. Bucky had seen that he was coming to the feed store in Auburn. So, we went right after Shelby's nap. It was pretty crowded but the line moved fast. Shelby wasn't too sure about him. But the ladies distracted her and we were able to get some good pictures. And they even gave us a free one! Beats the mall where packages start at $30, right? Claire sat in his lap and told him she wanted "a Belle costume, a pink Ariel costume, and a Rapunzel costume." She didn't forget to tell what a Shelby wanted either. A Rudolph hair bow. Pretty specific. After that, we went to a local farmer's market and got our beautiful Christmas tree. I didn't take any pictures there. After lunch and naps, we decorated our tree and watched Christmas movies. What a great day!

Note: Sorry for the clump of posts. Since Shelby is crawling now, I can't get ANYTHING done while she is awake :)