Friday, April 29, 2011

Road Trip...

Sarah graduated today and Elizabeth and I were there to help celebrate her 
accomplishment! She even graduated with a 4.0!!!! This was Elizabeth's first trip to Starkville.

In front of the Kappa Delta house (:

At the 4.0 Reception!

THE 4.0 Cowbell

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy happy birthday!

Today marks Sarah's 22nd birthday. For those of you who don't know, Sarah is my youngest sister and one of my best friends! Poor thing is celebrating in the MSU library writing a paper, as it is final week. She will graduate this Friday and start medical school this fall. To say we are proud of her is an understatement!
Sarah was home this past weekend for Easter, so on Saturday night we had a big birthday dinner. Sarah chose the menu, crawfish and shrimp. Yum! After dinner we had cake and she opened her presents. Elizabeth gave her an ENO. I had no clue what it was either (see pic below), but apparently it is the hot new gift! MSU's home page has a picture of students studying/relaxing in their ENO's.

ENO single-nest hammock

Easter morning

Elizabeth's birthday shout out!

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a fabulous year to come!!!
We LOVE you!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is risen!

Happy Easter to all! I hope everyone had a wonderful day! We certainly had a beautiful day celebrating with our families!!
Elizabeth has had a very busy weekend. Friday we spent the day in Jackson shopping; Saturday we were busy dying Easter eggs, making a bunny cake and celebrating Sarah's birthday; today, we went to church for the first time as a family of three and spent the rest of the afternoon with family. The Easter bunny even found Elizabeth at three different houses (:
Here are a few pictures to document Elizabeth's first Easter weekend:
Our little bunny (=

THE bunny cake

Finished product!

Sarah's birthday dinner

Carrots left for the Easter Bunny

Hippa the pillow pal

Elizabeth's first Easter basket

All that was left after the Easter Bunny came.

First Easter

Kerut family

Ramagos family

Three adorable great-grandaughters. And one on the way!!!

We tried.

We are abundantly blessed and SO thankful for all that we have been given! Thanks be to God for dying on the cross to save us from our many sins!!

"An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives."

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Operation Crib

As many of you know, Elizabeth has not been very fond of her crib up to this point; She loves her swing! For weeks, Matt and I have tried to get her "back to sleep" in her crib and each week we find ourselves unsuccessful. Unwilling to try the "cry-it-out" method for longer than fifteen minutes, we kept putting her in the swing. We tried everything to get her to sleep in her crib (swaddling, wedge, different room temperatures, variations in clothing, etc.)and the only way she would fall sleep was on her stomach. Well of course that wouldn't fly, so we resorted to the dear swing.
For a while I was ok with this. It was in her room, she was safe and she slept 8-9 hours straight. What was the problem you ask? She needed to learn to sleep in her crib before she became too dependent on the swing and its assistance in helping her fall asleep. So, Wednesday night I decided it was TIME. I bathed her, we read/sang, I fed her and placed her in the crib...expecting a long night once again... 15 minutes of on/off crying and reassurance from Matt and I... She was asleep. Simple as that =)
Three consecutive nights in the crib and we are beyond thrilled!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

poor thing..

Elizabeth had her 2 month well-baby checkup today. She received an oral vaccine (which she loved) and 3 IM injections. And let me tell you, our little munchkin did great! Mommy and Honey, not so much! I definitely know her "pain" cry now, as Candi said I would quickly learn today. Elizabeth cried for maybe a minute, turned RED faced and was content shortly thereafter. Today's appointment went much better than I had anticipated =) Elizabeth checked out perfectly and Dr. F was so patient with my 547,863 questions! And the results are in:

Weight: 11 lbs 15 oz
Height: 22 in
Head circumference: 38.5 cm

Elizabeth's first bandaid =(

Now, maybe we can venture out a bit more than the park, Honey and Annie's house. Next up in our busy schedule, Easter pictures...

Monday, April 11, 2011

I LOVE you more!

Tonight we read "I Love You More" just before bedtime. The book sums it up perfectly... Daddy and I love you more than the whole wide world Elizabeth!!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


"Thanks Honey and Poppy for my ADORABLE smocked dress!"
Family Pic =)

"I'm pooped!"

"What's a party without a 2 month cupcake from DreamCakes?!?"

2 Months

Elizabeth is 2 months old today. The last 8 weeks have flown by and I can't stand it! If only time could stand still...I suppose that's wishful thinking on my part. Elizabeth is growing like a weed and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to be her parents! Over the last month, she has changed so much.

Elizabeth LOVES
her activity gym
tummy time
the swing
bath time
the outdoors
her hands ( in particular her left thumb and pointer finger)
to be held
to sleep

Elizabeth DISLIKES
sleeping in her crib (at night)
wet diapers
waiting 3 hours between feedings (4 hour schedule starts next week ):)

when she smiles
bath time
watching her entertain herself
when she grasps my finger, shirt, necklace, etc.
her eyelashes (just like her daddy (:)
I love her to pieces!!!!

Elizabeth is now wearing size 1 diapers and 3 month clothing. She is getting so big! With my return to work drawing near, I have started working towards getting her on a feeding/napping schedule. She has adapted much better than I anticipated. I figured her caretakers might appreciate this effort! Currently, she nurses every three hours during the day. At night, she usually only wakes up once or twice and is sleeping anywhere between five and nine hours straight. Day time naps are still quite random, but they will work themselves out. I am more focused on feedings at the present time.
Elizabeth's eyes are a much deeper blue, but her hair remains pretty light. Lately, friends and family seem to think she is beginning to look a little more like me. Glad to hear it, because the first month and a half everyone said she looked like her daddy (and she did). I'm glad to know she may of inherited a few of my traits (:

This has been a BIG month. Elizabeth has definitely found her hands, started smiling in response to our smiles, started sleeping longer at night often skipping feedings, "skooting", cooing and rolling over (ok, so only once but it still counts). We are so proud of her and can't wait to see what fun the second month brings!!

Shots are Tuesday... pray for her and ME!

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm a big girl now!

A little premature, but I thought I'd give it a try! How cute is she??

Saturday, April 2, 2011

7 weeks - 3 days

And Elizabeth rolled over... On a hard surface, on her own. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement!! Honey and Poppy were able to witness the BIG event as well.
Elizabeth also had a big day of SMILING! She makes my day when she smiles!
Have I told you lately how much WE.LOVE.HER?!?! I'm not sure why we have been given such a beautiful gift, but we are thankful for her every second of every day!!!!