Friday, May 06, 2016

9 Months Old & Mother's Day

I honestly don't know where the past 9 months have gone! Our days are filled with joyful repetition, challenges, the sound of hearty laughter, board books, adventures, messy meal times, silly songs, milestones, and lot of learning experiences for both of us. Felicity is an expert clapper, babbler, army-crawler, eater, and smiler. She is a novice waver, stander, and puller-upper. She puts everything in her mouth and loves to lick the concrete floors in our home (I just bought a steam mop to keep the floors clean so she can lick to her little heart's content!). She fills my life with so much joy that I wonder how my heart doesn't explode.

And then I remember the me from 2 years ago... the me who dreaded the upcoming holiday where mothers are celebrated. I was jealous, angry, and heart-broken that I was not a mother while seemingly all of my friends were. Everywhere I looked I saw pregnant women. I was devastated by our loss and terrified I would never conceive again. I was hurt by people's intrusive questions about when we were going to start a family... if they only knew how broken our hearts were. It was a dark time, and I didn't know how our story would continue. If you are where I was 2 years ago, please know that you are loved, and you are not forgotten or alone. I will grieve for you this Mother's Day. I hope you have the space to grieve, too.

To all of the mothers out there, and to my mommy, thank you for your selfless love for your children. Happy Mother's Day! You are appreciated and loved. And a very happy first Mother's Day to me - I am so thankful I get to approach it with joy instead of dread thanks to my sweet Felicity Marie.

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Today is Mother's Day, and I am missing my wonderful mother-in-law (aka Mom), Judy Marie Whitenton. She was a funny, passionate, kind, patient, generous, & beautiful woman, and she is missed every single day. To those of you who miss your moms this Mother's Day, my heart aches for you. I realize that the pang of loss is real every day... not just on Mother's Day. To my sweet husband, I am so sorry. There are no words...only tears.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Felicity's First Christmas

Felicity learned to sit up just in time for pictures in front of the tree! We had a nice Christmas and made lots of great memories. Here is a recap via pictures. Enjoy!
Dressed for the Christmas Eve service
Christmas morning
Loving the attention from her grandparents
Lala & Ava sure do love Felicity
Sweet cousins
Cousin snuggles
Trying to see what Anita got her for Christmas
FUN!!!
Aunt Sister and Felicity

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas (a little early!)

This Advent Season I am so very thankful for Felicity... the baby for whom we've been (not so) patiently waiting. Five years ago I purchased a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament that I was hopeful to use sooner rather than later, so this is the first time since I bought it that I've been happy to see it sitting in my closet. We are enjoying doing all the things new parents do with their children, including pictures with Santa, ridiculous Christmas costumes for the sake of more pictures (thank you, Aunt Lauren!), and taking Felicity along to every single Christmas party for the fun of hearing everyone say how adorable she is (although sometimes we hear how cute "he" is - oops!)! This is such a wonderful, memorable time for our little family. Here are some of our favorite pics from this season so far:
Santa (our precious Godson, Jack) & his little helper
Photo Credit: John Weber of Groovyrock Photography
our little elf
Busted! Two Christmas cuties
Felicity was so sweet with Santa!
Since we didn't buy a ton of Christmas cards, please consider this it. :) We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016! I was afraid if I didn't post this now, it may never get posted! haha