One-Month Reflections

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

As usual, I'm a couple of weeks late on this one. I sat down to write this post the exact day she was one-month old (September 10), but the pressure of writing something profound and poignant about motherhood was too much, especially given the small window of time I had that day. I was then going to scrap this whole post because I missed the date, and she's even changed so much since then. BUT I thought these photos were too cute and hopefully will be able to post them every month on this here blog.

Juliette with her yet-unnamed bear:

1 month

Some things I've learned:

1) I had no idea. Just no idea. About what, you may ask? Um, everything. Those first several "bootcamp" weeks with a new baby are unlike anything I'd been through. It actually made the last weeks of pregnancy seem like summer camp (rash and all). Through the hazy 24-hour days (a "day" that became midnight to midnight instead of waking to sleeping), I wondered if life would ever be any kind of "normal" again. I'd go to sleep and have no clue when I'd wake human alarm clock came through the monitor. Also the constant scariness that I was going to "mess this up" ...thankfully, that suffocating feeling has passed (for the most part). Also? Those hormones right afterward? Man, they're something else.

{always looking to her left!}


2. Our family is awesome. They have been beyond supportive...but my favorite part is seeing how much they all love Juliette! With Jonathan's crazy school schedule, I have been completely thankful for the support and the company.

3. I didn't know I could love a tiny little human so much. There really aren't words to describe it. I guess the only thing that can scratch the surface of an illustration is this: no matter what time it is, no matter how tired I am, whenever I go in the nursery to rescue a crying Juliette, and I see her tiny sweet and helpless self looking up at me, I just cannot believe she's mine. My heart completely explodes with love for this little person and through sleepy eyes I just have to smile down at her needy little face.


1 month

{no thank you, Mommy, I'm done}

1 month

This whole thing is such a miracle. I really feel like I've done nothing but be a vehicle for God's graciousness to us.


Bye bye!

Why I'm Bad at Reading Magazines

Monday, September 26, 2011

{Maybe this should be titled "Why I'm Bad at Reading Magazines Versus Blogs"}

Let me preface this by saying that I don't impose these randomly-formed opinions on others...this is solely what happens in LeslieWorld.

1. It seems like an activity reserved for when I have NOTHING else to do. No shows to catch up on, no laundry, no sheets to change, no THANK YOU NOTES (which will not be true for a while), and post-baby no meals to eat, showers to take, or naps to catch. Perfect example... I started this post 6 days ago!

2. I will most likely be sitting at the computer at some point during the day anyway (maybe?) much quicker is it to click over to my Google Reader and skim a couple of posts before going along my merry way paying bills or checking email?

3. I can star or categorize blog posts in my Reader for later...and actually find them! {The "cloud" is helpful to folks with a propensity toward disorganization.} Magazine cut-outs, save some recipes, enter the wasteland of our desk for about a week before they get trashed by me or my dear husband.

I like magazines and magazine content. And philosophically, I do NOT want print to disappear and everything to be electronic or online. But this is just how it is.

If I ever DO read Real Simple or Martha Stewart, I enjoy the content greatly. It just never seems to make the priority list.

The End.

Here's a picture of the cutie pie just because. This is just post-smile (I barely missed catching it).


iPhone Baby

Friday, September 09, 2011

Greetings from the land of all things baby!

Don't worry... We've taken photos of Juliette with our good camera.

Here are just several daily-life photos I've taken of her with my phone over the past several weeks. [Some of them are from instagram, so I'm sorry if you've already seen some of these.]

Here you can see her little "sprout" hair--Jonathan calls her his little Eggplant (and thanks to her friend Emery for lending this cutie pie Polo outfit):


She loves being outside and going on walks:


On our way to church for the first time, wearing a dress that was mine as a baby:


I had grand plans of getting a good picture of her in that dress after church. But alas, she had the biggest poop of her life (yep, blowout) so it was not to be. The best laid plans...

Loves sleeping on Mommy (in fact, if she could only sleep on someone's chest, I think she would...)


And Daddy:


Her brother Red is doing great during this transition, btw.

A "milk coma" face:




And the one that was not to be:


Poor baby!

{p.s. I'm SO ready for the next generation iPhone and its rumored awesome camera! Otherwise her life's documentation will be, for the most part, very pixellated.}
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