Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day...

What a GREAT day today has been! Not only was it my first Mother's Day, but it was Lilly's baby dedication as well. So many of our family and friends came today to support Lilly. Michael and I are truly grateful for each of them taking time out of their day to show their support not only for Lilly, but for us as her parents. She really is a very loved little girl!
As I thought about the meaning of today, it really weighed on my mind what a HUGE job Michael and I have as parents to raise Lilly to be a godly woman. When I see what children today are faced with, it truly scares me to think about how much more she will face as she grows up. As parents, you want your child to be SO MANY things: well-liked, successful, smart, beautiful, etc. I could even go as far as naming petty things such as keeping her room clean, being homecoming queen or valedictorian, having her daddy's sharpness and her mommy's athleticism...
But as her Mom today, I am honestly just overwhelmed with the huge task that is before us, and all I can do is pray. I think that's the only thing that will get me through the next 20+ years, and I am so glad that God gives us the gift of talking to brings me such comfort. So today, the day we pledge as parents to raise Lilly as Christian parents, I pray:

  • that she will fear God and grasp the sacrifice He made for us by sending Jesus to die for us and truly thirst for Him.
  • that she will trust in Him and allow Him to direct her paths in life.
  • that she will have integrity and hold high standards.
  • that she will respect herself, others, and authority.
  • that she will put on the full armor of God in order to resist the temptations of the world.
  • that she will display the Fruits of the Spirit.
  • the she will be pure.
  • that she will be salt and light in this sinful, lost world.
  • that she will have a servant's heart and strive to make a difference.
  • that she will understand what really matters in life.
I am SO thankful and in awe that God chose me to be Lilly's mom. What an awesome gift she is.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lilly is 2 Months Old...

You are TWO months old today! You are such an easy and sweet baby. I can't even explain how much Daddy and I have enjoyed these past two months. Here's what you are up to...

  • You still eat about every 3 to 4 hours during the day, and you have slept as long as 10 hours at night!
  • When you take a bottle, you eat about 5 ounces now!! BIG GIRL!!
  • You eat around 8 or 9 o'clock every night and wake up sometime between 4 and 6 o'clock the next morning! You are such a great sleeper!
  • You still sleep in your Nap Nanny or in your bassinet in our room. We are hoping to move you to your crib in the next couple of weeks, but I wouldn't hold us to it :)
  • You are starting to be awake for longer periods during the day now, and you LOVE to play, smile, and talk while you're awake!
  • You smile all the time now, and you have started to coo in the last 3 days. I know one day I will wish you didn't talk so much, but right now it's the sweetest sound in the world!
  • Your play mat is your new favorite thing! You love to hit the toys and smile.
  • You weigh 12 pounds!!!
  • You wear mostly 3 month clothes and size 2 diapers.
  • You went to church for the first time Easter Sunday, and you did great!
  • The Easter Bunny was VERY good to you!
  • You also got your shots this month. You cried SO HARD, but quieted down pretty fast. You ran a low-grade fever and wanted your mommy a lot, but I didn't mind :)

You are the sweetest baby, Lilly! Mommy and Daddy love you TONS! We can't wait tp see what next month brings :)
1 month...

2 months...