Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hailey Jo {5 months}

November 26, 2011
This is you at 5 months old:

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You are definitely starting to develop your own personality.

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You smile all the time at everyone you meet. We often have people comment on what a happy baby you are.

You are wearing 3 month - 6 month clothes. This is a snow suit that your Daddy wore when he was little like you. There were a few days where it was chilly enough to put you in this. But now you have outgrown it.

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You are growing so fast.

You are still wearing size 2 diapers and still don't mind diaper changing.

You are finding your voice and starting to babble talk a lot.
 

You are getting a lot more interactive and are talking sometimes screaming all the time now. I think you will be taking after your Daddy in that department.

You started having rice cereal in your bottles on 11/1/2011. 1-2 tablespoons in the morning for breakfast and 1-2 tablespoons at night for dinner. You did this for about three weeks and it went great.

You seemed to sleep longer at night.

You are pretty much sleeping from about 10p - 7a for the most part. Some nights are different than others, but I still think you are sleeping great.

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You started having about 2 tablespoons of rice cereal for breakfast in the a.m. and another 2 tablespoons for dinner in the p.m. on 11/19/2011. Daddy usually feeds you your breakfast and Mommy has dinner duty.


You usually do great in your car seat.

You usually fall asleep in the car, but if you wake up, you just kind of sit and look around. If you are hungry though, nothing can make you happy or content (not even your nuk).

Your hair continues to grow. I joke that you have a little mullet. Everyone keeps saying that you will need a haircut soon, but Mommy says not until it's in your face!

You are still such a good baby; always super content and still have the "go with the flow" attitude.

You have not shown any stranger anxiety yet when we meet someone new.

You still strain to sit up.

You love to sit in your Bumbo seat, but you are outgrowing it fast.

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You still love your activity gym.

You love the walker at Grandma and Grandpa Stager's house.

You love when we hold your hands and we pull you up to stand.

You are so proud of yourself and give us a big grin.

You still like to cuddle and rock before bed.

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You sometimes still fight sleep, but we continue to rock through it.

You still only need your nuk for soothing purposes. It seems to calm you down if you are tired.

Your favorite place to fall asleep is still on Daddy's chest.
I agree that he is super comfy.

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You usually wear a bib now during the day because you are drooling so much.

You still like showers most of the time, but Mommy has given you a couple baths lately when needed.

You are getting used to the water going over your head and even smile when Mommy or Daddy assure you that you are all right.

We have found that you are ticklish on your sides and you have continued to giggle when we do that.

You are still ticklish on the bottoms of your feet, too.

You seem to be more and more interested in your puppies and what they are doing.

You often just stare at them. I have to say they love you, too.

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You continue to be the light in our lives and we love you very much.

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I'm Thankful {Days 24 - 30}

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November 24th: I'm thankful for food and tradition and laughter.
 
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I don't know why, but it's the only time of year I usually eat pumpkin pie. We also watch football and play dominoes as a family every year and have lots of laughs. It's such a happy time.

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November 25th: I'm thankful for holidays. This is my favorite time of the year and it will be our first with child. I usually get the day after Thanksgiving off. We usually put up Christmas decorations and the tree. This is our tree this year. It's a pre-lit that we bought a few years ago at Walmart. It's never looked so small. Maybe we'll have to invest in a bigger one next year. Nevertheless it still makes me happy.

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November 26th: I'm thankful for the gift of life. Today we went to a baby shower celebrating the life of Elliott Horton. His Mommy, Rachel, is married to Wayne's cousin, Evan. Elliott is exactly 3 months younger than Hailey. So that means today Hailey is 5 months old (6/26) and Elliott is 2 months old (9/26). Rachel had a very rough pregnancy and was in the hospital 7 times (8th time he was born) and on complete bed-rest from about week 27. Let's just say he is a very blessed little boy with lots of people around him that love him. We are so happy he arrived safe and healthy. Here is the 4 of us today.

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November 27th: I'm thankful for my Church (Immanuel Lutheran) and pastors (Paul and Susan).

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I have been at the same church since I was in 3rd grade. I have had the same pastor (Paul) since I started confirmation in 7th grade. Pastor Paul saw me through confirmation and also married Wayne and I in 2006. It is such a great community of faith.

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November 28th: I'm thankful for my DVR. It is something silly and trivial, but anything that makes my life a little bit easier and more convenient I am a fan of.

November 29th: I'm thankful for memories. I found out last Wednesday (23rd) that a childhood classmate took his life. His parents found him and it is a terribly sad situation. It definitely put a whole new meaning on being "Thankful." His funeral was today and I cried a lot at what everyone had to say not only about Jimmy, but about life in general.

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A quote from the day that will always stick with me was said by Pastor Paul..."Love them while you can and love them well." A message to anyone that feels like nobody cares...there is always someone and it will get better.

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And a message to those who care, always say I Love You. You never know when it might be the last time.

November 30th: I'm thankful for movie night. There is nothing better than getting comfy (usually in PJs) on the couch (with a blanket) and either a soda and popcorn or candy (or both) and putting in a movie with the lights off. It's the sense of escaping to another time and place or even a whole other world.

Leah

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Insta Friday {11.25.2011}

Go link up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged for Insta Friday.

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Here's my week via Instagram!

Saturday, 11/19/2011

Me & My baby at Grandma Kleene's house. We were goofing around. She was fascinated with my phone.

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Sunday, 11/20/2011

Hailey waiting to eat some cereal. It was day 2 of eating solids.

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Monday, 11/21/2011

Hails sucking her thumb at bedtime. First time for everything.

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Tuesday, 11/22/2011

The veggie pizza I made for the potluck at work on Wednesday. Very pretty AND yummy.

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Wednesday, 11/23/2011

No bowl at work for the salad so Nancy improvised with a vase. It's actually quite pretty.

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My dinner. BBQ chicken and cheese curd pizza. Oh.So.Good.

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Thursday, 11/24/2011

Hailey eating her Thanksgiving meal.

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Naptime with Daddy after meal.

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 Family dominoes on Thanksgiving. Tradition.

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Hailey and her uncle Ross trying to smuggle her out of the house. Where has baby gone?

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Friday, 11/25/2011

Hailey hanging with Bella.

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Bella napping next to Hailey on the couch.

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What we did this evening.

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Feel free to follow me on Instagram = ladanielson

Leah

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Life Lately {September 2011}

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hailey and I met up with my friend, Jess, and some of her family at the State Fair again. Wayne was working from 12-7p. You can read my State Fair post HERE.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I took my Mom's friend, Shelly's twins (Abby & Tyler) senior pictures today. They turned out great! Stay tuned for a more detailed post soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today was Laura & Scott's wedding day. I had the honor of standing up as a bridesmaid. It was a beautiful day! Stay tuned for a more detailed post soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I met my friend Jenny aka Lemonhead for a "catch-up" dinner at my favorite restaurant Big Bowl.

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Mother-in- laws birthday was Tuesday, September 13th, so we decided to take her out for her birthday dinner at TGIFridays. It was Me, Wayne, Baby, BIL Andy and of course MIL Kim. It was a great dinner and fun times.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It was Josh & Michaela's wedding weekend. Wayne was an usher. Josh and Wayne met and  they worked together in St. Cloud.It was a super fun day and Michaela looked absolutely stunning! Stay tuned for a more detailed post soon.

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I'm Thankful {Days 22 & 23}

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November 22nd: I'm thankful for Caribou Coffee. It's sometimes the small things in life that can brighten up any day. Some days more often than not it's a little something from my fave coffee shop.

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I also prefer them over other coffee shops because they are a Minnesota company! Yay!

November 23rd: I'm thankful for my coworkers. I not only love my job, boss and what I do everyday, but I love the people I work with, too. Which really makes all the difference. Being in a 9-5, desk job type setting, you tend to spend a lot of time with them every day, week, month and year, so I think it's an important piece of someones everyday life.

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So thankful for mine!

Leah

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Thankful {Days 19-21}

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November 19th: I'm thankful for my Grandma Kleene.

I would not be where I am today without the love of my Grandma Kleene. She is my Maternal Grandmother. She will be 87 in January, is doing well and I am so happy and grateful that she has been able to see Hailey (her great grand-daughter).

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November 20th: I'm thankful for my digital cameras. Without them I would not be able to take beautiful pictures like the ones in this post. I wouldn't be able to capture moments in our lives to last forever. It would also be a lot harder to scrapbook and blog.

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November 21st: I'm thankful for music. It sure comes in handy when driving 2 hours out to our hometown and 2 hours back. It not only helps pass the time, but it also gives me and my sisters  something to connect and chat about!

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Leah

Friday, November 18, 2011

I'm Thankful {Day 18}

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November 18th: I'm thankful for emotions. Being pregnant and hormonal took it to a whole other level, but without the ability to feel happy, sad or empathize with different life issues and people this world would be a much different place for me.

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Leah

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm Thankful {Day 17}

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November 17th: I'm thankful for technology. There are so many ways and things involved with this one; you could really take it a lot of different ways. I take technology as my computer, internet, cell phone, Nook, IPod and DVR. Those are just a few that play big roles in my life on a daily bases. They are the things that make my life so convenient and without these advances I'm not sure where I would be. As frustrating and intimidating as new advances and technology is sometimes, it has afforded me the ability to stay connected with family and friends near and far.

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Leah

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm Thankful {Day 16}

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November 16th: I'm thankful for good health. This is something I feel that many people take for granted. 

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There are so many different illnesses and cancers in this world now and you never know when something could come up and change your world in an instant.

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Leah

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm Thankful {Day 15}

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November 15th: I'm thankful for my car. I know it's a material object, but I recently got a "new to me" ride and I am so thankful that I am able to get where I need to be on my own.There is nothing like a sense of security when driving, especially with a 4 month old little girl and Minnesota winter on the horizon. I can get to work or the bus or Target or the grocery store on my own time. I'm very proud. I call it my Mom car. It is a 2007 Dodge Caliber.

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These are not pictures of my car specifically, but mine is silver and the below interior picture is the exact same. I love that it is a hatchback, too!

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Yay for "new to me" things!

Leah