dear isla

dear sweet little isla,

i love you more than i could ever hope to describe. there are no words good enough for how deep, and strong, and forever i will love you. i've been able to hold your tiny body in my arms for 231 days and those days have flown by. you are growing, and learning, and changing by the minute. it seems like i blinked my eyes and you are 7 1/2 months old. it would be silly of me to believe that time will slow down. it will continue. you will keep getting bigger, smarter, and more beautiful. 

i am writing this because you are asleep in your crib upstairs. i am downstairs on the couch watching the monitor. and i miss you.

this love is something i first experienced with you. and i am forever grateful for you, my baby.

your mama


Isla: 6 months

my goodness those weekly posts were difficult for me to keep up. these pics are from her sixth month. 

pictures from the caregiver isla stays with during the week while we are working. 
happy happy baby girl!

she loves things that "crinkle." paper, noisy books, baby wipe packages, and apparently mama's favorite chip bag. right before bobby snapped this shot she grabbed the bag from the counter where i had been snacking, turned it upside down, and spilled all of the chips inside. 
exploration at its finest!

this was the first day i had to take off work to stay home with a sick child. i know there are many more of those days to come. i rarely take off work for any reason, but this was different. my baby didn't feel good, warranted constant attention for her ailments, and just needed her mama with her that day.

i enjoyed sitting with her on the couch. while she snoozed i watched tv and relaxed. that is, until she had a blowout (!!!) and we had to change diapers and clothes. 


Isla weeks 25-28

she is nearing the end of six months, and that is hard to believe. time has flown. she is a pro at sitting up at this point. she isn't showing much interest in crawling. but, she loves to sit and stand whenever possible.
we have been enjoying feeding her solids. she has tried sweet potatoes, butternut squash, avocado, green peas, green beans, prunes, and mango. everything so far has been store bought, except the avocado. two nights ago bobby steamed, pureed, bagged, and froze carrots for her to try this week. it will be nice to give her something homemade. sometimes she is a good eater, other times she just doesn't seem into it. i've heard though that food before the first year is really just for exploration and fun.

morning selfies with my little angel baby

sometimes, like in the picture below, she doesn't look like herself. it's weird.

halloween 2014. also, 6 month checkup day complete with 4 shots and lots of tears.
this was the before picture.

bobby's parents and grandmother came to visit. it was so nice to have them here. is there anything better than people who love your baby?

pops & isla

meemie & isla

pops, nana, & isla

isla & nana

i showed isla a picture of her cousin, maddie, when she was a little baby. isla was very interested. she really wanted to hold the picture for herself.

that's my girl...

This is what she spends her time away from us doing. 
It is so nice to know she is well-taken care of and happy while we are at work.


isla: weeks 22-24

I used to struggle to pick out ten pictures from all the ones on my camera roll for the weekly post. Then school and grad school happened. Now I'm lucky to get 10 pictures for a post spanning three weeks. My how times have changed.

Isla has started eating solid foods! She's enjoying rice cereal at the moment. And this weekend we look forward to introducing a fruit or vegetable. It's so funny to watch her eat. She doesn't care about the mess she makes. She is just enjoying trying new things. It is such a joy to watch her discover, taste, feel and experience everything around her.

One day I looked in the rearview mirror and saw her playing with the toys attached to her car seat. The sight of those little hands almost did me in.

We have been spending time in the afternoons on the back porch. Isla enjoys watching the dogs run around, and swinging in her new swing.


At Hutchins BBQ, these paper baskets are set out for your sides and dessert. We put Sophie in one, and Isla enjoyed reaching for it across the table. It was the only thing around we let her put in her mouth.


Mama - daughter pic at Hutchins BBQ



Bobby was promoted to sergeant last week. We are so proud of him!

I think she's to be too big for her activity mat, don't you? She kicked over one of the poles, and the whole thing came down on top of her.

We like to send Daddy pictures while he's at work.


Isla: week 21

She is 5 months old! She has rolled from her tummy to her back, tried rice cereal, and moved from a sleeper to her crib. She growing up!

Sportin' her new pajamas from Patty. Hi Patty!

She must not have heard my stomach growling with hunger.

There was a time she was uninterested in this mobile. Not today.

She is quite taken with her foot these days.

This little glowing seahorse (thanks for the rec, Jenn!) kept Isla company as she spent her first night in her crib last Saturday night. She was such a brave girl and made it through the night without her vibrating Rock'N'Play sleeper that she has slept in since birth. You would've thought she graduated from college with the way I celebrated after waking up Sunday morning.

We went to Miyan's Mexican BBQ birthday party. Complete with a big, beautiful backyard, lots of friends, and two margarita machines. It was nice to spend the afternoon with friends. But, my goodness we were all wiped out by the time we made it back home.

There is an Isla under that sombrero!



She will be 5 months old in two days.

A couple weeks ago she rolled over for the first time and has done it again a few times since then. Earlier tonight we tried a bit of rice cereal. She tolerated a couple spoonfuls. But, she was already irritable and tired so that didn't last long.

She is wearing 6-9 month clothing comfortably right now.

Attempting to have her sleep in her crib for the first time tonight. She naps in it a lot, but usually sleeps through the night in her Rock'n'Play sleeper. We will see how this goes... We may be up a lot tonight.