Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year

2011 is almost over! I'm a little sad to see this year go because it's been pretty awesome! Lots of amazing things have happened but I'm excited for what 2012 will bring.

I don't usually make resolutions, but this year I've decided to make a few...

  • Family trips! I want to take Sienna to some of the places that Isaac and I have visited in the past, and experience new places too.
  • Create new traditions. For all of the birthdays and holidays in 2012, I hope to create family traditions that Sienna is able to look forward to year after year.
  • Stay active! I want our little lady to grow up walking, running, jumping, hiking, playing... Getting outside and doing something active keeps you healthy and at the same time you get to explore and have so much fun!
What are your New Year's resolutions?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A beautiful day

"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air."

This quote, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, hangs on the wall by Sienna's crib. I want it to remind her as she grows, to take in all the beauty of the world around us. I want her to live a life full of adventure, to experience nature and to find out all it has to offer. Here was her first adventure...
A day at the park with Mama and Dada.

Kisses from Daddy... and Mama 

 Lunch time for baby :)

Now, nap time!

Refreshed and ready to pose!

We are so in love with this little cutie!

It was an amazing day, full of bird watching, rose smelling, leaf crunching fun.
I can't wait for all of the adventures to come!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Baby's First Christmas

Christmas Eve...

Sienna trying to sneak a gift

Getting ready for our family Christmas Eve party...

Our little snowflake

Party time! She's such a big girl, I couldn't believe she was opening her own gifts!
(With a little help from me, of course)

Christmas morning...

Playing with some of her Christmas loot!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Santa

All Sienna wants for Christmas is her two (bottom) front teeth!

Both of her bottom front teeth are coming in and she is not very happy about it. My poor girl, I hate seeing her in any kind of pain, she's trying to be tough though. She's still playing with her kitties and giving Mama lots of smiles. Every morning I check her gums, hoping that I see two new little teeth, nothing yet. Come on Santa!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo of the day

How exciting! Shari, over at Spearmint Baby featured my FAVORITE photo as her "Photo of the day".
If you haven't visited Spearmint Baby, check it out!

Good Morning

My Sleeping Beauty

 Cali helping me unload the dishwasher :)

This is what most mornings look like for me, a very different pace from just a few months ago. Somehow, this new pace is slower and faster all at the same time. It's a whole new kind of work, but now there are no breaks! I'm falling into my new role, getting use to being at home and really loving it! Before Sienna was here, I wondered if I ever was a Stay-at home-Mom, would I truly feel fulfilled with life, would that be enough? Now I look back at myself and think how RIDICULOUS I was to even have that thought! Being a mother is the most fulfilling job you could ever have! At the end of everyday my heart is so full of love and pride for my daughter, she is the meaning of life and we live every moment for her. Each day is a new opportunity to teach her something new, see her grow a little bit bigger, become even smarter than the day before. Right now I have the best job ever! The day will come when I will go back to work, but until then I am absolutely loving being a wife and mother, dedicating my time to my family. I never thought I'd have this opportunity so I feel really blessed.

Things are going really well, the hubby is working hard while I hold down the fort, he's amazing! Sienna is settling into her schedule and things seem to be getting easier everyday. She has finally started going to bed earlier, anywhere from 8pm-10pm, much better than midnight-2am! We aren't doing anything differently that is contributing to an earlier bedtime, same routine as always. I kept thinking that there was something that we could do to put her to bed (at a time we wanted), but really we had to wait for her to regulate her own sleeping pattern. Basically, we had to wait for her to tune her internal clock. She is now taking much shorter naps during the day and sleeping longer at night, hallelujah! Now that my average nights sleep is more than 4 hours (more like 6+) I feel like a new woman! It's amazing what a few more hours of sleep can do. I hated when people would say, "Just wait, it will get better". I would think, WHEN?! Can you give me an approximate date? Well, I guess the three month mark was it for Sienna, thank goodness!

Now, onto the next hurdle... teething.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Photo fail

Sometimes photo shoots don't go as planned.


Really annoyed:


Really pissed (and yelling at me):
BUT she allowed me to get a few cute shots too :)

That's my girl