Apr 18, 2013

bath time. How mama ended up naked

Okay, this evening, in a very short period of time, I lost a complete set of clothes, article by article, valiantly trying to bathe my baby.  I found this hilarious, so I'm going to share, but if hearing about my underwear isn't your cup of tea, feel free to skip this one :)

So, Lucy told me her "feetsies" were yucky, and I confirmed that indeed they were yucky, and she needed a bath tonight really badly.  We got home late and so I tore my clothes off and put on my pajamas, since I usually get a little wet or lotion-y during this process.  First of all, she leaned her wet head into my shirt mid-rinse, so my shirt front was soaked.  No big deal... I can handle it.  Then she poured the rinsing cup out over the side of the tub all over my leg.  So I lost the pajama pants (and, frankly, found some undies to put on because I'd been going commando).  So at this point, I have on a wet shirt, undies and socks.  I got Lucy out and dried her off and she sat on her bed while I went to get her milk.  When I came back, I stepped with both feet into something very wet.  She had unscrewed the top of her spray bottle full of water and oil and it was now soaking the carpet and my socks.  So I lost the socks.  (I now have on a wet pj shirt and undies).  We did our little night-time routine and then sat on the side of the bed in the dark to "hug and sing" (a new part of our routine that I love!  She sits in my lap facing me and we kind of rock and sing until we're good and sleepy).  She complained about my wet shirt, so I just chucked it off (it was dark and I didn't think she'd mind).  So now I'm down to just the last minute underwear.  As we rocked, I felt something very cold and realized that she had let her milk cup tip over and milk was dripping right onto the only dry article of clothing I had left.  Well, the only article of clothing I had left on.  I tucked her in and then had to laugh as I walked out of her room past the trail of my discarded clothing.  Then I needed a bath and a new set of jammies.  Oh, the joys of motherhood.  Maybe a swimsuit next time?  Or a garbage bag tied up toga-like?

Apr 12, 2013

Easter with my Joy-Baby

(A little late, but...)  Happy Easter!

And a little video.  Lest you be overcome by the glamour and dazzle of our fancy Easter ensemble, allow us to keep it real, people.


Apr 9, 2013

Forever Day--Two Years

Happy Forever Day!

I'm usually pretty wordy, but I can't even put into words what a joy you are to me, Lucy!  You make your mama SO happy.  Being your mama is my favorite job.  It's fun and I laugh a lot.  It's important, and I try my best.  It's amazing--seeing how much you learn and grow and try each day.  You're a little miracle! 

Being your mama has taught me so much about myself, and so very much about God.  The fierce, protective, saturated, forever love I feel for you is only a glimpse of what the God of the universe feels for ... me.  And you, of course.  

      Do you know what makes being your mama so great?  YOU.

Some of the wonderful things I've learned about you:

You are kind-- You speak and act so sweetly with babies and with me and with your family.
You are loving--You check on me and comfort me when I'm upset and give me band-aids.  You're always finding something fun we can do "a-gather".
You are funny--You crack me up (and yourself, too!).  I love that you enjoy making others laugh!
You are smart--You pick up on so many things!  You say or do something new and amazing every day.
You are brave--You tend to be shy, but you push yourself to try new things.
You are beautiful--I think you're so lovely and your hair is awesome!  People tell me all the time what a pretty daughter I have, and I agree!  *But remember Grandma Viv's adage:  Pretty is as pretty does.
You are special--God tells us in Psalms 139 that he made you special, from your first moments of being, and I know it's true because I've never met a more special, wonderful girl.
You are chosen--You're chosen by God to be his daughter and by me to be my daughter and my all a'time" buddy.
You are LOVED--Oh, how you're loved!  I love you SO VERY MUCH, and so do Uncle John, Nana, Pap, and a whole host of other friends and family.  I'm so happy to see how much they love you (and that you know it)!

I think back on the day I met you and the day (two years ago, today) that I picked you up from the transition house to keep you forever, and I remember how happy I was.   I was so thankful to God for bringing us together and I wanted you SO much.   I didn't even know, then, how very much could love you and what a delight you would be.  Happy Forever Day, Lucy Joy!

(see our forever day video again here)

(visit the amazing Louise at five16 photography here)