Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Counting my Blessings

 Looking at Drew's 9 month pictures as she's almost 11 months now makes my heart a little sad. How did she grow up in so little time? The first few months of Drew's life, I felt like I was constantly wondering when she would tackle the next mile stone. When would she laugh? Roll over? Speak a word? Crawl? When, when, when??? I think some of my rush was sparked by anxiety over her colic. I figured the bigger she got and the more she learned, the less she would cry. 
I was watching videos from her first two months the other night and I missed that teeny little girl. I actually wondered to myself, was the crying that bad?
I can't get that time back with Drew. I can't wish I had lingered in the tears knowing they would get better. I can only enjoy these moments going forward.
I am a worrier by trade. It's a terrible thing. I am working against it daily. I find myself in the best moments thinking about how the next thing will go. Or I find myself looking back and debating how I could have done something differently. I hate it. I want to be a person that relishes in the sweetness of life here and now not tomorrow and yesterday.
I have a teeny person looking up to me every day and that makes me want to be the best example of living in the moment. I want her to be a happy girl in all of her circumstances, in the most boring or exciting of days. I want her to know that the Lord holds tomorrow and it's no business for her to dwell on. (Matthew 6:34)
In an effort to live in the moment, I have made a point to make mental notes of the things that make me feel like this life of mine is so freaking special. Daily, I pick of few things in my mind and I fight of any worry with it. I think this is what the Lord would have me do. Count my blessings and keep counting because they literally never end.
 When I pick Drew up in the afternoons, she grins so big and crawls to me like she can't get there fast enough. Some days she lays her head on my chest and then looks up at me like she's acknowledging who I am. It's kind of magical.
 I was running without the stroller one day and significantly minimized my time on a 5k. I felt like I had sprinted the entire time. It felt so good and invigorating. It made me feel like I wasn't just a messy and cluttered mom all the time, but a mom who could push herself and still had the zeal and strength to do big things.
Mr. Broome took a new job a few months back with less travel and he's closer to home. He's home for most dinners! Getting to sit and eat with him and Drew while we talk about our her day is the best.
One morning I was holding Drew and calling Betsy while trying to hurry out the door for work. Drew piped in, "seee!" "seee!" "Seee" is Drew language for Betsy. For a brief moment in time, Drew and I were on the same page.
Every quiet moment where I get to connect with Mr. Broome recharges me. Long day at work followed by fussy evening with Drew can be cured by some quiet time with him.
Whenever Drew learns something new like walking with her walker or pointing to parts of your face to show shes knows where the eyes and nose are. She is so smart and I am daily reminded to be grateful for this healthy baby girl.
We have spent more time with our families since Drew has been born. It has never been more evident how very loved we are. We have the best families who look out for us and Drew even more. 
I am just so thankful and wanted to write it down. It feels good to focus on all my blessings.


(All pictures taken by this talented and amazing mom: Jessica Wright Moore)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

First Birthday Planning

Drew's first birthday is right around the corner and of course, I am already planning her party. It's important to me that her special day be a reflection of the things she enjoys most. We have quickly learned already this summer, that Drew loves to be in the pool. Whether it be her baby pool or her Grandma and Grandpa's big pool. She also loves sweets. If you give her a sweet before a real meal, there is no chance she's going to eat. She going to be saying "umm, umm!" In other words, "give me back that cookie!"
With these two "loves"..
I can't wait to post about how her party comes together!

As the process of decorating Drew's nursery began with one piece of fabric so comes her party theme with the invitation! I love to use lots of color.  #ifyoucouldn'ttell

I am really excited after browsing the countless invitations at Tiny Prints. There are just too many to choose from.
 My favorites:

 I'm pretty certain I want to use a card that showcases the colorful pictures we had made of Drew at her 9 month shoot.


Cool how this invite showcases the hallmark months of her first year.


 What better than invites that give you lots of color to build your theme around?

Gold is super trendy right now and I could so see myself throwing in spots of gold throughout her party. 

Then there is the option to edit this super fun "summer party invite" and turn it into a birthday invitation. Tiny Prints will let you do that!

If I had it my way, I would pick multiple invitations and everyone would get a different version. 
I just adore them all!
Can't wait to update on how the party comes together!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Daddy's Home

Sometimes, Andy gets home from work early enough to see Drew bear before night night.

She loves her daddy. She lights up the minute she hears him come in the door.
 
I wish we had more time for evening walks and giggles.


 



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Giving Up on Catching Up and Easter

I officially give up on playing catch up. Maybe I'll get to it one day, but I have avoided the blog lately because I was overwhelmed with the idea of playing catch up. I would rather start now keeping up to date. So here we go.
Drew had her first Easter today at three days shy of eight months. We enjoyed a great service at our church and a relaxing day with family.


 We went to get Drew from her crib this morning to find her wiggling and smiling. We immediately put her on her rug with her basket. She seemed to enjoy looking through her goodies and chewing on everything she got:)
Just waking up! Sweet baby has sleepy eyes.
I made her basket and hope its a tradition I can continue. I enjoyed making it just how I wanted it.
Drew got some big girl jammies and a bedtime bunny.

This sweet baby in a smocked gown is just the sweetest.

We always begin church service with Drew in tow. She sits in my lap and when she starts to wiggle I pass her to her daddy. Sometimes she can make it through the whole time without any serious interruptions but sometimes she doesn't. When she began saying "dada" and babbling today, we took her to the nursery. She is just precious. She is such a happy girl all of the time now. I feel like I've been given the world with this happy baby. It's amazing how time can change things. Just a few short months ago I was crying and worn out with a colicky babe.
Drew is wiggling non stop. Diaper changes take forever! I have utilized the word "no" a handful of times now. Usually when she's about to wiggle off her changing table. "No" doesn't mean much to her right now. She stops what she's doing, grins really big, then goes back to trying to nose dive off her table.
This is pretty much us all of the time. I swear some weekends we could say all we did was stare at Drew. That being said, we really need to get some yard work done. Next weekend, potting flowers and then stare at Drew:)

 Drew has one handsome daddy.
He and Drew matched perfectly. I however changed dresses too many times to count and still didn't quite match them.
Good thing Easter isn't about matching.
Drew has a wonderful set of grandparents.
 She is loved on endlessly.

Non stop squirming all of the time.
And constantly getting smushed on.



My family, I am so thankful.
I know Drew had a fun, gift filled Easter, but it's our prayer that she know this day is so much more. Motherhood has shown me a stronger yet even weaker side of myself than I ever knew existed. I can be my very best some days and juggle it all then some days I can get so discouraged and grumpy, I reflect and wonder how I could be so negative and ugly to people I love. This day was about the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for me, and my ugliness. I pray Drew understands this gift of forgiveness too.
We love you Drew. You are our sunshine every day!
 
And a throwback....
This was taken a week or so after Easter last year. If only we knew the joy this booger would bring.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fall Catch Up

Fall 2013 was so good to us and it's a shame I never blogged about it.
Drew needs to know how much fun we had the first few months of her life. So in an attempt to help her reminisce(years from now!) and for your enjoyment of course, I give you a succession of catch up post.
Dear Drew, 
In October of 2013, your daddy and I took two trips away without you. I was in a wedding for your Aunt Savvy one weekend and the other, your dad and I took a mountain trip with your Aunt Jenny and Uncle Bryan. Let me tell you, leaving you for Savvy's wedding was my first time away and I had a ball chatting with other mommy friends and sipping one(or two) glasses of wine. I did not, however, enjoy missing you, and true to Kirbey form, I worried the whole time. 
Your Aunt Savvy was a beautiful bride. You will hear me talk about her often enough, but we love her so much and treasure what a beauty she is inside and out. One day, Drew, you will have a friend like Savvy who you trade clothes with and share all of your ups and downs. She will be a good listener and won't fuss at you when she finds you're the one who's been holding onto her favorite shirt that she's been looking for.
I enjoyed making new friends at Savvy's wedding weekend. Colleen, a new mom too, and Jessica(Birdie) is my new favorite. It's important to make new friends, Drew. I remember from Girl Scouts the old tune "make new friends but keep the old. one is silver, the other is gold." The tune rings true my sentiments for new friends. The Lord puts people in your life to teach you more about yourself and to show you how much room you have in your heart to love others. Love lots of people, Drew. 
(#ilovebirdie #whatshouldihashtagthis #birdieontheblog)
 #mommyselfie
I sent this to your dad.
He was like, "Oh yea! Lookin good!"
Mommy is friends with Pocahontas hair. Why can't we all have hair this great?
 Goodness, it was fun to catch up with LC. This was mommy's first friend in college. First roomie, first friend in the sorority. We love her too and we hope one day she will live closer so you can have some play dates with her little girl, Olivia.
 I had the best time getting out of my pajamas and getting dressed up for such a fun wedding.
 I love these girls!


Proof that in my second month of motherhood, I totally let my stresses go, and for a night, albeit brief, didn't act like a mommy. 
I take that back.
Moms can be silly too, right?
Sometimes in the hustle and chaos of this new life, I catch myself in the mirror and wonder if I genuinely smiled at all in a day.(Of course, I always smile at you! It's hard not to.) I need to slow down and breathe. Remember that this time flies by and I CAN thoroughly enjoy each moment, whether the house is clean, the laundry is done, I'm running late(again), or not.
I hope you enjoyed this Drew. By the time you can read and appreciate this I will have more wrinkles.
Love,
Your Mama