This past weekend we took Maggie to Birmingham for the first time! She absolutely loved seeing all of the new places and meeting new people and being around "old" friends (an "old" friend to Maggie is someone she has meet at least once:)
Of course we took her to meet Mr. Beeson.
I think she enjoyed hanging out with him.
Here we are posing on Centennial Walk at Samford.
She went to visit her Uncle Carson at the Pi Kappa Phi house...also were Jack used to live.
Carson's Room - I was kind of worried to take her into the house....you never know how dirty it might be.
Seeing Aunt Stephanie while she was getting ready for Step Sing.
Hanging out in the ADPi chapter room with Aunt Stephanie and her friends.
After Step Sing with Uncle Carson and the Pyles'.
One of my best friends, Rach...after Step Sing. We meet for the first time at Step Sing 2004!
Eating at CPK with some of my best friends from Samford.
Our dear friend Lee J. Webb is fighting over in Iraq. Here are some pictures we took and sent to him.
We are so thankful for Lee J. and all of the men that are serving our country.
Ed, Jack's grandfather, served in the Air Force. He has instilled in his grandchildren, as well as those of us who married into the family, the importance of honoring those who have fought to defend not only our country, but defend those who cannot defend themselves.
We hope to pass these important values along to Maggie and our future children.
Having a little baby can bring a lot of unknown things into your life. One of them is not knowing what your little munchkin might need on a day to day basis. When expecting moms ask me what things they might need, I simply tell them it's different for everyone. For Mags and me, here are a few things that have made our lives a little easier...
Wubbanub - She loves her little monkey that is attached to a soothie pacifier. She is not a big pacifier baby, and this is the only one she really likes...fortunately we haven't lost it yet!
Graco - She loves to sleep in her car seat when we run errands and travel.
Halo Sleepsack - She has slept in hersleep sack every night since we broughther home from the hospital. I finally hadto order her the next size. She loves hersleep sack!!!
Boppy - From feeding to learning to sit, we use the Boppy ALL the time! It's a great invention (especially for the breast feeding mom)!
Finally, when we have had a rough day, there's nothing like turning to our favorite food - Chick-fil-A! Thank goodness for living minutes away from the Wynnton Road Chick-fil-A!
So, we just returned from our first trip to Chattanooga (and other than going to Macon for Christmas, this was our first big trip!). Maggie did so well traveling. Her personality has started to come out and she LOVES being around people and seeing new places
We left on Monday afternoon and arrived in Atlanta at Rachael and Kate's apartment in the Vinings. It was the first time she had met Kate and s
econd time seeing Rach.
After switching into the Pyles' car, we finished the journey to Chattanooga. She slept great her first night in the new condo. On Tuesday we were able to meet Kate for breakfast - Maggie had so much fun playing with her Aunt Kate (and little Royal cousin who kicked her a few times:)
That afternoon Brent kept her while we went shopping. He is a wonderful Papa and Maggie seemed to have fun hanging out with him for the day!
That night we celebrated Carson's 28th BDay. He is going to be a great dad soon!
This is one of the photos Kate took as she practiced taking baby pictures for her soon to be here son. Thanks Kate!
To be honest, there are some really hard days here and there. I'm reminded of the words of David, "I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning." (Psalm 59:16) Literally we start our day of with singing.
We have become morning people around here! Sweet little Maggie loves to wake up anywhere between 6:30 am and 8:00 am. Thankfully she sleep for 6-8 hours at a time though! One of the things I've learned about each morning is the Lord gives us a new start everyday. If Maggie didn't have a good day or night, the morning gives us a fresh start.
After her morning feeding, we sit in our brown rocker by the window and talk and sing. Then I lay her in the rainforest while I get s few things done (maybe shower or start some laundry). This last for about 15 to 20 min.
We then move to my bedroom where she lays on/in the bed and watches me get ready for the day and pick up the room (this lasts about 10 min before she starts balling).
After we finish cleaning up our rooms, we move to the den so I can get started on cleaning the kitchen and den and checking e-mail. All of this sounds pretty simple, but when she only last for 10 to 20 min in each position, time gets chopped up easily.
I then feed her again and after the feeding she is ready to be wrapped up and rocked to sleep for a nap.
okay...so I've been putting up "cute" pictures of our sweet Maggie. Here are some not so good ones. Jack says there is no such thing as a bad picture of Maggie - I guess everyone has there own opinion :)
We do love our sweet angel - good or bad times, funny or sad faces (she has learned to pout), clean or dirty diapers. She is a gift from God. He has given us the responsibility to raise her and then she will be grown and on her own! We love the little munchkin'!
We had a fun weekend with some of our college friends coming to meet Maggie. Betsie, Katie, and Grant spent the night on Saturday. Rachael and her boyfriend Matt came in on Sunday. It was so much fun! Thanks for coming to see us! We love y'all!