Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crossed Feet and Curly Hair

For as long as we can remember, Amelia has always crossed her little feet. We noticed them early on---way before she even started sitting up on her own. We would put Amelia in her car seat and she will immediately cross her little chubby feet as her resting position.

It is also looking like Amelia has a touch of curly hair. I am not surprised since both Hubby and I have naturally wavy hair. I am also glad Hubby stopped me (multiple times!) from cutting that little wisp of hair. It was growing so awkwardly because of her baby bald spot that for a while she looks like she was growing a mullet!

And I don't know where Amelia learned how to properly talk on a phone. Her Daddy and I are rarely on the phone (I don't like making phone calls!) but she seems to have figured it all out on her own. Either way, I love watching and listening to her just chatting away.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Life {Unscripted}: Vol. 5

Welcome to Life {Unscripted} blog circle! I am so honored to be a part of a team of very talented lifestyle photographers. We have a passion for capturing raw, honest and unplanned photographs and we created this community so you would hopefully be inspired and join us in documenting your lives {unscripted}. And a special thank you if you are here visiting from Kristin B of Kristin B Photography!

Here is a glimpse of my life {unscripted} for this January 2015:

And if you have a chance, please visit Crystal at Crystal Raynard Photography!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cold Door

It was raining again yesterday so I tried to take photos of the raindrops. However, I was failing miserably and was starting to get frustrated. I had this vision but I just couldn't execute it properly. It really put me in a terrible mood and then I turned around and saw this goofiness going on behind me. While I was taking photos, Amelia was busy licking the cold condensation from the door. I immediately remembered this. It is history repeating itself again!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eleven Months Old

Amelia is eleven months old yesterday! I cannot believe we will have a toddler next month. Time really flew this time around!

Amelia adjusted really well to sleeping on her own. Last month, I used to move her in our bed when she wakes up around 4am to nurse. This time, I just nurse her in her room and then immediately put her back in her own crib. We noticed that she sleeps better and longer when she is by herself. Whenever we try to co-sleep now (even during nap time), she is all over the bed, pulls herself up using the headboard and pokes our eyes. Nathaniel did the same thing at this age and it's pretty cool to see history repeat itself.

We dealt with a terrible diaper rash this month since she essentially wore the same dirty diaper for 13+ hours (because she started sleeping on her own). We are still cloth diapering during the day and did lots of air drying/nakey time but I still couldn't control it after a week. In fact, it was so awful that we almost had to take her to the urgent care because it was an open wound at that point and we were worried about infection. Thankfully, a friend gave me an ointment to try first called End-It and after a couple applications, it was cured!

Amelia loves to scrunch her face when she is happy. Lately, she even blinks her eyes pretty fast and does this hyperventilating breathing when she is really, really happy. She also loves to wear everything: hats, necklaces, sunglasses, hairbands and even Dada's Xbox headset. If she can put it on her head or around her neck, you can pretty much guarantee she will do it. She is such a girly-girl!

We were sick during Christmas time but it was still a great first Christmas as a family for four. As expected, Amelia hated Santa and Gunny Claus! Santa brought her a beautiful doll that looks like her but Amelia doesn't like anything that has eyes at this time. She pokes the eyeballs with her fingers and then kicks it away with her feet! Hopefully she will change her mind later as she also received a couple dolls from Oma and Opa.

I was very impressed that Amelia stayed up until midnight to ring in the new year! We got together with a few families from church and celebrated New Year's Eve together. Amelia was passed on from mom to mom and I think that kept her entertained.

Amelia is awesome at playing peek-a-boo. She also loves to pretend to share her food/toy but takes it away at the very last minute. She thinks it is hilarious! She enjoys being tickled and will even ask for it! Amelia has started to pull herself up but she hasn't let go just yet. However, she is slowly becoming more brave at letting go of the support. Maybe by next month, she will start walking. Oh boy! I know Nathaniel is ready and very excited about that.

Read One Month Old entry here.
Read Two Months Old entry here.
Read Three Months Old entry here.
Read Four Months Old entry here.
Read Five Months Old entry here.
Read Six Months Old entry here.
Read Seven Months Old entry here.
Read Eight Months Old entry here.
Read Nine Months Old entry here.
Read Ten Months Old entry here.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

1 Second Everyday 2014

I am extremely ecstatic to finally share my 1 Second Everyday video of 2014. At the beginning of last year, I made a goal to record more videos of us. I am very proud of this project and truly treasure all the homemade videos. I haven't blogged the months May through December but I plan to sit down one of these days and do so. So for now, without further ado, here is a glimpse into our everyday lives in the year 2014 via a compilation of one second videos.

See 1 Second Everyday - January 2014
See 1 Second Everyday - February 2014
See 1 Second Everyday - March 2014
See 1 Second Everyday - April 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Count Your Blessings

The New Year usually brings resolutions. A promise to do an act for the betterment of ourselves. Exercise more. Eat healthier. Have my finances in order. Less stress. Travel more. Be kinder.

I surely have had my own personal share of successful and (mostly) failed resolutions. But this year, instead of a New Year's resolution, I have chosen a motto. A saying to remember. A statement in which I will live by.

Count your blessings.

It is from one of my son's favorite church songs. He doesn't know all the words but he sings the chorus with such zeal and so much passion. And when I truly paid attention to the words, I realized there is a huge lesson I can take from it. 

Having a bad day? Name three blessings in your life. Right now. Complaining about the huge pile of dirty laundry? Be thankful about the blessing that you have clothes to wear. Upset that your daughter "ruined" your photo by reaching for the phone? How about be thankful for the blessings of those curious chubby fingers instead.

You see, it is almost impossible to stay angry or stressed or sad when we force ourselves to name a few (or even just one!) positive things in our life right now. You don't have to say it out loud (although I think I need to do this for the first few weeks) and it doesn't have to be big. A blessing is a blessing. And maybe at the end of this new year, I don't have to consciously remind myself to think this way. It will just come naturally.

So here's to the new year. To 2015 -- where I will be focusing on counting and being thankful for the blessings God has given me, continues to provide me, and the many more blessings ahead.

When upon life's billow you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev'ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that God has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.
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