always changing

This little girl seems to change every day right before my eyes! I’m absolutely loving getting to be at home to witness all the new and fun things she’s discovering and doing.

Like this picture of her sitting up so well in her Bumbo! Can you even believe how big she is?!

Or this picture where, on Saturday, she discovered the TV for the first time! Oh dear! She looks just like her dad huh?! (P.S. She never watches tv and I don’t put her in front of it because let’s get real- the child has a lifetime of TV ahead of her… she doesn’t need to watch it right now!)

Which brings me to the real reason I’m writing this post. My phone has stayed on silent since Rory was born 24/7 pretty much. (In fact most of the time I don’t even know where it is- like right now! I actually “lost” it in the fridge for a whole day recently. Yes, the fridge.) Its not because I’m afraid of waking the baby because everyone who has been around her knows she can sleep through anything. Honestly the phone, internet, etc, is the very last thing on my mind during the days at home w/ little miss. I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to stay at home with Rory and the last thing I want to do is take that for granted and be on the phone or internet all day. I literally soak up every second she is awake and happy. We play, sing, read books, and cuddle together. I love it. And its also my job- taking care of her and the house. The days that I’m on the phone or internet I feel guilty at the end of the day for not being attentive to her. I feel like I’m going to miss something new and fun. But at the same time if I don’t call people back because I simply forget or don’t have the time, I’m made to feel guilty about that too(because thats what we women do, make ourselves/others feel guilty about not doing EVERYTHING just right or on time… we are way too hard on ourselves and eachother!).

So I’m sorry if I have failed to be a good friend/family member. Its in no way intentional. I seriously don’t even know why I have a phone most days. And I open the computer once a day at the very most. As I’m typing this I should be napping while she naps or doing the huge list of housework that needs to be done. I know I’m not giving 100% to those relationships all the time. But I’m giving 100% to my husband and to my sweet little Rory and I can end the day knowing that with a smile on my face.

I’ve been feeling the need to write this post for a couple of weeks but last week after my surgery I literally did not use my phone at all. Except for the days that I was so drugged up and I don’t even remember conversations that I have been told happened! ha!

And who would want to miss out on something as cute and sweet as Rory?! 🙂 Love all of you! I’m so glad I can have this blog to stay in touch and update you on things going on in the Harris’ house.

Two Months Old!

I am two months old today!

I just got back from Florida so Mommy just took some quick pictures. Finally, I got a break and didn’t have to have an outfit change during her “photo shoots”.

Can you believe how big I’ve gotten?! (Click on Baby Harris on the side to compare to my pictures from last month!)

I’m such a happy baby!

I still love my Bunny and my Bear! I can hold my head up much better than I could last month!

In just one month I’ve gotten much better at holding my head up and staying awake for long periods. I’m constantly smiling at Mommy and Daddy because they are so silly. They talk to me in funny voices and I coo and talk back to them now. I’m starting to play more too! Everyone tells me I’m such a good baby and I’m not going to argue about that! I’m sleeping even better through the night and that makes Mommy so happy!

Well, my Mimi and Aunt Brenda are here so I gotta go play with them. They think I’m so cute, maybe I can get some major spoiling this week! 🙂

2 Month Checkup!

Rory had her two month checkup today! She weighs 10 lbs 11 oz which is in the 50th percentile and she was 22 1/2 inches long which was in the 75th percentile. 75th percentile for heighth?! Have you seen me?! How is my child tall?! 🙂

She passed all her “well baby” tests that they do and the doctor said she was perfect, healthy, and right on track for growth! She had to lay on the table to be poked and prodded but smiled and cooed at the doctor the whole time. Such a happy baby!

When I took her clothes off down to her diaper to be weighed and get checked out, this is what she did the whole time being naked:

Yep, she’s definitely my child! Modest as can be already 🙂 It was so cute- she really looked like she was concerned to be naked in front of people! ha!

Then we got to the dreadful shots. Rory had to have three shots and an oral vaccine. She had just fallen to sleep and I felt so bad to wake her up with terrible shots…. so naturally I was on the verge of tears. Well, the little stinker got stuck the first time and just gave the nurse a terrible look and grunted through the next two shots, then closed her eyes and went right back to sleep. So the shots were harder on me than her for sure. I can’t believe she didn’t even cry at all. What a tough cookie!

oh how things have changed!

Andy and I used to pack up and go at a moment’s notice. We’d plan last minute trips- sometimes just the day of or day before. Oh how things have changed!

We leave Wednesday to head to Florida for Ashley and Drew’s wedding. I’ve been making packing lists, organizing and packing for days already… and I haven’t even started with my stuff! ha! While we are so excited to go and show her off for the first time to family and to celebrate Ash and Drew- its also very stressful since its our first big trip with a baby. Fourteen hours is a LONG drive with a 7 1/2 week old! ha! Luckily Rory has loved her car seat and riding in the car so far! Hopefully it’ll stay that way until at least after the drive back!

Andy and I went to church for the first time with Rory for Easter! She slept almost the whole time, but did decide to make some “embarrassing noises” during the sermon… I could have died! And once I start laughing its hard to stop so you know I was shaking the whole pew trying to contain myself. Kids are sent to embarrass us starting at an early age apparently! 🙂 We had our wonderful friends, Josh and Carly, over for a late lunch. It was so nice to stay home for a holiday for a change and have our own little Easter!

Here are a couple of pictures we took this weekend. We realized we didn’t have many family pictures at all!

I have Rory SO many cute outfits that will be debuted in Florida- AND a lot of cute shoes 🙂 I will post pictures as soon as I can after we get back. I’m having surgery on Tuesday morning so it might be a little while but I will try! Also, Rory turns 2 months old in Destin (such a hard life!) so we’ll be taking her pictures down there!

My First Easter!

Mommy once again made me do a crazy “photo shoot”. She, of course, had a dressy outfit and a casual one for me to model in. The first set of pictures are of me in my Easter dress. I didn’t care for it too much- too much itchy tulle for me! I tolerated it long enough to get a couple of good shots for you guys though! 🙂

I’m SO over this dress.

I loved my casual outfit though! It was much more comfy and soft. Too bad Mommy put this on me last because I got so tired and a little grumpy. Just a little though. My outfit says “Baby’s First Easter” and so do my socks… just in case y’all forgot why Mommy was taking pictures AGAIN.

I love my bunny!

Mommy thinks my grumpy face is SO FUNNY. She just laughs and laughs at my cry. She says its a fake cry, guess I can’t fool her! But I fool my Daddy and thats all that matters! 🙂

sometimes life gets in the way…

… of blogging! I had this cute idea for a blog post for this week and well, life is getting in the way of me being creative so far this week.

Yesterday my adorable, sweet six week old baby was replaced by a whiney, needy baby. I feel so sorry for you moms out there who have these babies everyday. I don’t know what I’d do if Rory was like that all the time. Every single time I’d put her down after I’d rocked her to sleep, she’d pop those eyes open and cry/scream. Oh my goodness, it was a LONG day. But, thank goodness, today she woke up smiley and sweet once again.

I’m pretty sure this is why Mondays are so hard for the stinker.

Her daddy spoils her to death on the weekends. I’m not complaining one bit and can deal with Monday Blues from the baby girl if that is why she’s upset. I am so thankful for a husband who is an absolutely wonderful dad. I know there are women out there who do it completely alone, heck I know these women personally in my life. I am beyond blessed.

Rory ADORES her daddy too. She smiles and just stares at him when he holds her (as you can see from above picture).

Let me just tell all you mom-to-be ladies out there- the “My Little Lamb Cradle n Swing” from Fisher Price is a life saver!!!!!!! Here she is in it when she was just a few days old:

And here she is now at six weeks old:

She loves her “friends” as we call them- the lambs on the mobile. She just “talks” to them and smiles at them, its too cute! I wish I could actually get a smiley picture, but babies smile REAL quick its so hard to get one on camera!

Life outside of baby has been crazy for us too. I’m having to have surgery as soon as we get back from Florida for Andy sister’s (Ashley’s) wedding. I’m having my gallbladder taken out and maybe/most likely a cyst removed. Lovely! Good news is that my mom is coming to help take care of Rory and I am SO EXCITED for her to be here again! (Andy is too- he gets her good cooking! ha!) So needless to say, the next couple of weeks are going to be busy. Hopefully I can still blog in the midst of all of it! 🙂

Show Us Your Life: Cleaning Tips

One of my favorite blogs, Kelly’s Korner, does a “Show Us Your Life” for every Friday. I really liked this week’s theme because I am all about cleaning tips! 🙂

  • Okay, my biggest tip for cleaning– one that I got from one of my favorite sites, Fly Lady– is to always shine your sink at the end of the day/before bed. Basically this just means to never go to bed with a dirty kitchen or sink. And really, who wants to wake up to nasty dirty dishes in the morning?! Unless I’m really sick or something absolutely crazy has happened, I never ever go to bed with a dirty kitchen. I haven’t always been this way but since I started doing it my life has changed (hello dramatic! ha!). Seriously though, it makes getting up and doing simple every day chores less daunting if I don’t have to clean the kitchen in the mornings. If you don’t live by this rule, try it for one week and I promise you’ll never go back!
  • My least favorite chore is laundry. Actually doing the laundry isn’t so bad, but folding and putting up clothes makes me want to scratch my eyeballs out (okay, continue with the dramatic theme…)! I don’t know why it makes me so crazy, it just does. I used to wait until the very last minute and do all the laundry in one day and then I’d have PILES of laundry to fold up. Ugh. So now my rule is to do at least one load of laundry a day and fold it as I’m taking it out of the dryer. If I don’t do this I get WAY behind and then avoid doing it like the plague.
  • The last “tip” I have is actually more of a product I couldn’t live without. I buy Clorox wipes by the bulk and place them under every sink in the house (kitchen and bathrooms). That way they are readily available and I can pull one out and wipe down the counters without having to drag out paper towels and some kind of cleaning spray. After getting ready I clean off the counter of products, makeup, and the works and grab a clorox wipe and wipe down the counters in the bathroom. It makes for such a fast and easy way to clean the counters AND get all those nasty germs off! I’m all about multi-tasking! 🙂

What are some of YOUR cleaning tips?! I’m always looking for easier/better ways to do things, so feel free to share your secrets! (I’m having a hard time figuring out MckLinky… because my brain is fried, so if you know how to do it and why I keep getting an error trying to create my list- let me know whats up!)

Easy Chocolate Croissants- yes, please!

We’ve had a rough couple of days here in the Harris house. On Sunday we took Rory shopping and she slept ALL day in her stroller. Well that meant she was awake ALL night Sunday night and so we got really off schedule. I think we’re finally getting back to it but I am EXHAUSTED. So today the recipe is super easy and oh so yummy! I got this recipe from the back of the Hershey’s kisses package.

Chocolate Croissants

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) refrigerated quick crescent dinner rolls
  • 24 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or HERSHEY’S HUGS Brand Chocolates
  • Powdered sugar
  • Instructions:

    1. Heat oven to 375 F. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

    2. Place 2 chocolates at wide end of each triangle; place an additional chocolate on top of other two pieces. Starting at wide end, roll to opposite point; pinch edges to seal. Place rolls, pointed side down, on ungreased cookie sheet. Curve into crescent shape. (It works best with two Hugs and one Kiss- the Hugs melt much better!)

    3. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; sift with powdered sugar. Serve warm. 8 crescents.

    Note: Leftover crescents can be reheated in microwave for a few seconds.