So Saffren has been showing all the signs of a baby wanting to crawl. She's been rocking on all fours for some time now, so we thought we'd entice her with a little thing we like to call, "Our favorite iphoneapp." (Actually, it's just the screen saver on Garrett's phone but that little shiny screen was all it took to get her to "crawl!")
What a pair of cuties! Here's Cousin Emmie and Saffren....upon seeing each other for the first time they acted as though they had been friends forever! Emmie didn't stop giggling at the sight of this little person that was just her size...errr, uhhh, or slightly bigger!
To all my avid readers....ahhhhhummmmm, well, to the few who may still be checking this blog for some glimmer of life, WAIT NO LONGER! Yeah, it's been about 5 weeks since my last post, but this cute video will make up for my blogging negligence!
For those of you who don't know, Garrett's brother Cody and his lovely wife Kara, (I just LOVE that girl,) had their own little pink bundle of joy just one month before Saffren made her debut. Cousin Emmie was born March 24th and Saffren was April 27th ! Now, the only sad part to this "too sweet" story is that our girls are thousands of miles apart since little Emmie and her parents live in Cary, North Carolina. (We keep trying to convince them to move back to the great state of Texas but our efforts have failed, and frankly, after seeing the breathtaking North Carolina landscape, I can't blame them!) Garrett and I were able to make a trip up to N.C. right before school started (like the WEEKEND before school started) to be there for Emmie's baptism. It was a family affair. Garrett's Dad, his wife Becky, and Garrett's Mom all flew up for the special occasion. When seeing each other for the first time Saffren and Emmie acted as though they were the best of friends, it was super cute! Here is a little video Garrett put together to mark their first "Cousin's Reunion!"
We thought we could channel some of Saffren's never-ending energy and her love of bouncing through the help of this "jumper"... the result? She was a little caught off guard at how much she liked it, (as seen by her expression in this picture.) BOING, BOING, BOING...jump away sista! God bless the genius who invented the Sassy Jumper!
Sure, it was all fun and games staying up until 1:30 last night, but today, this "night owl" is paying the price. She just couldn't take it anymore and decided to catch some Zzzz's in the middle of a diaper change!
To break up our "sleep, play, poop, eat, summer schedule," we often go to Daddy's Bank to pay him a visit. Saffren is a big hit among the tellers at the branch. Sometimes we take Daddy lunch and sometimes we just swing by with a Sonic drink.
Believe it or not, our little Saffren is already three months old! Do you realize that's a fourth of the way to being a year old?!? AHHHHHhhh! Yesterday was her "3 Month Birthday" and we celebrated with a little photo shoot. I'm tracking Saffren's growth with the help of this pink teddy bear, given to her by her Great Grandmother "Mammie Pearl." Each month, on the 27th, we'll take her picture and watch how our little one changes!
Now that she's a whopping three months old, Saffren enjoys sucking on her fingers (NOT her thumb, that would be too easy. She can get her three middle fingers in all at once!) She's laughing each time we sing certain songs, like "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and when daddy counts to three, and she has a major crush on the ceiling fan in our bedroom...(she smiles and coos each time she sees it!)
Saffren LOVES playing with her Daddy when he comes home from work. They often "wrestle" on the floor! Our little one is becoming more and more VOCAL...she's learned to express herself through happy screaming! (A video will shortly follow...I just need to get it uploaded!) Now, this is serious ...Daddy and Saffren seeing eye to eye!
So, you may or may not know this about me, but my all-time FAVORITE holiday is the "4th of July!" A little weird, I know, but I guess my love for the fourth all started back in my hometown of Seguin, when the entire town would gather for a huge red, white, and blue parade. We would pack a cooler of cokes, prop up our lawn chairs in the bed of Dad's truck and spend the morning watching the homemade floats drift by. I fell in love with all of it, the togetherness, the time spent with family, and the sense of patriotic pride.
This year, we celebrated with our good friends, David and Tiff Miller, along with their three terrific kiddos, Jack, Gwyne and Liv. We did it all...we all wore our red, white, and blue, went swimming, enjoyed a good ole American BBQ, and finished off the night with beautiful fireworks! Enjoy this video of our Frisco Fourth!
Destined to be a Tomboy? At 7 weeks, Saffren began focusing on her hands, grabbing keys and reaching for toys. Her Daddy is convinced that this is a sure sign that she is destined for a future in M.M.A (Mixed Martial Arts) or women's boxing.
To all you Rocky fans out there, here's a little video we like to call "Saffren's First Boxing Lesson!"
Garrett and I recently went to a "Frisco Grooves" outdoor concert at Warren Park. The band was a lot of fun! They took some old school tunes, like the ones we used to jam to at the skating rink, and put a new spin on them. Here is Garrett and Saffren doing the Hokey Pokey!
Check out this video...just so you know, Garrett's not the ONLY tech savey one in the household! Sure, I put it to a song about a guy and his SON, but I still love the lyrics...oh, except for the line about "it didn't work out between me and your mom." Just ignore that line and don't worry, Garrett and I are still on!
So, enjoy this little "Ode to Daddy." He is one very special guy! I don't know how I got so lucky!
Being the daughter of an art teacher has it's advantages, and disadvantages. For her first official art project, Saffren had to put up with cold wet glaze applied to both feet. Garrett's mom and I made a trip to "Color Me Mine," a ceramic studio where you can make your own pottery. We both painted a plate with Saffren's footprints in the middle. After screaming through the foot printing torture, my little angel got even with a major explosive diaper.
Check out the final product to the right! - - - ->
Today, May 27th, marks Saffren's one month birthday. Since it is never too early to start working on one's resume we thought we might share her current skill set. Here it is, in no particular order:
Mastered the arts of
3. the double sneeze
4. and double poo
(this last one took some learning on our part...we now know to wait for the second squirt before changing a stinky diaper.)
5. Fluent in baby cooing, particularly the word "aaaahhhooooo" Translation from the Mommy dictionary: "I love YOU"
6. Nutrition timing expert - This is the 6th sense that Saffren has developed. She can sense precisely the moment Mommy is sitting down to eat, and at that moment, she begins to cry. All of those people who tell you that you'll lose weight by breastfeeding are just pulling your leg...the REAL reason you lose weight is because you never have time to eat!
7. Saffren's seventh skill that she and Daddy are still perfecting is the use of nun chucks...this poor pink teddy bear has no idea who he's dealing with.
Anyone with a ghetto bootie or a figure that is made for "Apple Bottom Jeans" will agree with me on this next statement. I think there should be some sort of doctor code of procedures which measures the circumference of your hips, and if that measurement is particularly round, a C-section should be out of the question! I mean, what good are large birthing hips if they fail you in the delivery room?!? Well, that's exactly what happened after 14+ hours of contractions...we ended up in the operating room.
Garrett and I checked in to Baylor Medical Center in Frisco on Sunday night, April 26th. Our little angel was due the 19th and after she didn't show any signs of coming out of hiding, my doctor decided to "serve her an eviction notice!" They started me on some meds, Garrett created a make-shift pallet on the floor (labor and delivery rooms didn't have a bed for Dad,) and we watched some football documentary on the "Mighty Mites."
The next morning was a typical rainy Monday...Garrett had a three course breakfast fit for a king and I was allowed to eat an orange popsicle. Fun. They started me on Pitosin to help with contractions. At first, I had to be told I was having a contraction...I seriously couldn't feel anything. Mom and Dad arrived later in the morning and the waiting game began. By noon, I had only dilated to a 2, a few hours later it was "almost a two and a half." By 5:00 I was only at about a 4 and my doctor made some NOT FUNNY joke about how we might have an early morning delivery the next day. A hour later, the doctor broke my water and shortly after that I had an epidural. Drugs are amazing by the way, don't let anyone tell you any different! One cherry, and one grape popsicle later, thing still hadn't changed much and the clock just kept ticking. By 9:00, I was still only at a 5 and the nurse said that the baby's heartbeat was slowing. They started me on oxygen and flipped me from side to side several times to get the baby in a better position but when her heart rate had trouble coming back up the doc made the call. Into the O.R. we went. In a matter of minutes I was under the enormous U.F.O.- like lights, my hair was pulled back in a blue hairnet, and my arms were strapped down to the table. I was a little scared but Garrett was right by my side and was thrilled that he was going to be able to watch them cut me open. He thought the whole process was "really cool."
The next thing I heard was an ear-piercing angry scream...boy had we ticked off that little bundle of joy! Check out the video...Saffren's proud Daddy put it together!