isla: week 14

uncle dylan and aunt becca visited us in our new house last week. isla once again enjoyed being spoiled and loved on. we are so grateful they made the trip up from katy. they were our very first houseguests!

sweet uncle dylan snapped this picture before we went to the pool for a bit with our little water baby. she enjoyed swimming for about 15 minutes then she was ready to head home for a bath, bottle and nap. i just love this picture.

we enjoyed a few naps in the big bed while daddy was at work. there is nothing more peaceful than snoozing with your baby in the afternoon for a couple of hours. i was blessed to have the entire summer with her.

isla was introduced to the wubba nub from aunt melissa this week. she loves holding onto something so it think it was a win.

greenville avenue pizza company's annual "slices for supplies" event. this was isla's second time going as she was already growing in her mommy's tummy this time last year.

aunt callie met us there. isla enjoyed spending time with her.

most of the time you will find isla with her hands in her mouth these days.

representing her texas pride with a onesie from sweet chelsey.

she is now grabbing the hanging animals on her activity mat and putting them in her mouth as well. bobby and i joke that every new little thing she does is newsworthy to us. we are enjoying watching her develop and grow right in front of our eyes.


isla: week 13

We attended a baby shower for some friends in Dallas last weekend. I am still getting used to "going down to Dallas" for things. It was home for my entire life and I was comfortable there. But, change is good, right? 

It was nice to see friends, and show off our little babe. But, she was pretty fussy. I think it was all a lot to take in. 

The next day we made another little trek, this time we went east. Attending the Charleston "homecoming." Charleston, Texas is where my great-grandmother, Bunbun, grew up. Each August the entire community gets together for food and visiting. Bunbun loved attending yearly when she was alive. She enjoyed taking all her grandkids and showing us off. We thought it would be nice to go this year and introduce Isla to some family who had only seen pictures online. 

Isla met lots of family, was oohed and ahhed over, and recieved her first piece if jewelry from Tommie and Gary pictured below. (Gary was  the pastor that performed our wedding ceremony.)

Pretty dresses from Meemie.

Out to dinner with precious Nolan and his dad. Isla was sweet and slept while her parents enjoyed a margarita!

Blurry picture showing the first time she sat in her Bumbo. It may already be too small for our little chunk-a-munk.

Isla stayed with Aunt Molly while daddy went to work and mama finished up a training for school. She put on her best crank show.

Apparently Mickey Mouse was one of the only things that calmed her down.

Loving on Aunt Jean.


isla: week 12

there was one night this week, after isla went to bed that i remembered to write this post. i got everything done around the house, had dinner, got all settled in bed, and the internet crapped out. 

that's country living for ya.

needless to say this post is a bit late.

in isla news: she is "talking" a lot, constantly playing with her hands and beginning to reach for things. i swear she is on the verge of laughing. one night i was blowing on her little belly and she laughed. it was so exciting. of course by the time i grabbed my phone to get a video for bobby she had stopped and hasn't done it again since. she is also rubbing a bald spot of the back of her head.  so there's that.

our bedtime routine: feed her, clean her up, change her diaper, put on lotion and pajamas, then put her on a blanket so that she can "get all her kicks out." i've found there is no use swaddling her before this. she enjoys this time very much and it lasts anywhere from three minutes to fifteen minutes. but, once she is kicked out she is much more cooperative. plus, she looks adorable.

daddy teaching isla how to properly watch tv

isla teaching daddy how to properly stand on a table

she can nap on the couch like nobody's business... until she pulls that bow down over her eyes.

left: isla's face when she thinks daddy will FaceTime with her
right: isla's face when she realizes he is too busy at work to chat

life is so hard


isla: weeks nine, ten, and eleven

at her two month checkup she had to get three shots. her pink camo bandaids and smile were adorable. the tears during and after the shots were heartbreaking.

on the way home from the pediatrician we stopped by the houchard house to meet baby rory and say hello to momma maura and big sis olivia. this will be the first of many photos of these two cuties taken together.

we were warned that the shots make some babies sleep more and some babies sleep less. we were grateful for the former.

another one of those adorable hand-me-downs.

the onesie says it all.

grandma jan came to meet isla

another hand-me-down that momma fell in love with

family photo shoot
isla spit her pacifier out as bobby snapped these and made me crack up uncontrollably. i love baby facial expressions in pictures. they.just.don't.care.

before taking down her wall decals he posed for a commemorative photo. this was her first room... tear.

***** we moved *****
and didn't have internet for over a week!
that's why this post is late and includes three weeks.

our first meal out for bbq in downtown anna, texas.
we are officially small town. and we kinda like it!

hanging out with my girl in our new living room.

one of those nights i didn't know where the tears were coming from and had tried everything. layed down with her in our bed and she fell asleep. the number of tears and the amount of time it took to get here i would have been insane to attempt to take that bib off. so she sleep for two hours with it on.

hopefully i will be back to normal posting next week.


isla: week eight

a little late posting this week. the days were full, and every time i had a free moment i meant to type it up but never got to it. last night it was all i could do to get in a quick shower, lay down on the couch, and fall asleep in the middle of the show i had been trying to watch all day. 

man, life changes.

one day last week i put water on to boil to make dinner for myself. then, isla woke unexpectedly from her nap and was a little fussy. i thought a car ride and a quick walk at the lake would calm her down. and i was right! she was delighted to get into the car and was a joy to stroll with... until i remembered that pot of water on the stove at home. quickly, we turned around and power walked (no running with this girl yet) back to car. burn baby, burn! i've always said it harder to power walk than run. luckily we made it home safely, and found the water boiling furiously, but with no real damage done. however, it certainly is frustrating to be forgetful.

we closed on our house here in dallas. now we are renters until we close on our new house in melissa on wednesday. it felt really good to get rid of this place. it was a great home for five years. it was cozy and beautiful. it was the place we brought our baby home to. it will always have a special place in my heart. but, we're "moving on up!!!" 

patiently waiting for daddy to get his hair cut

family portrait in the backyard... we are glad isla decided to cooperate

stuntin' like her daddy

true story

hanging with her great-grandpa, papa.

visits with gia

all is right with the world when she smiles