I know, two posts in one day, but I can't believe I forgot to share this BIG NEWS.

Could it possibly be?  

Yes, it is true.  This little beauty has hit a BIG milestone.  She slept through the night at 5 1/2 weeks old.

She did it at Grammie and Pop's house 3 nights in a row!

When we came back, she reverted and has woken up once the past 2 nights, but I am pretty sure it's due to her 6-week growth spurt and needing an extra feeding.  Even so, her stretch last night was 7 hours.  So I guess that's still pretty dern good.  We knew she would do it early since she is such an amazing night sleeper.

I don't know whether to attribute it to Babywise or her nature or both (probably both) but we know that this is just a blessing beyond words so glory to God in the highest for this one, hehe.



This thing is the best invention since sliced bread.  It is my lifeline right now.  While I was in Merced my niece got a hold of it and pushed some of the buttons and I could have died! Haha.  Maybe I should fast from the Itzbeen, its value is of so much importance to me right now!!  If you don't know what it is, when you have a little baby you write down all kinds of information all over the place like how long it's been since baby's last feeding, bowel movements, medicine, etc etc.  Not to mention that at the very beginning you need to wake your baby up to feed her in the middle of the night sometimes.  Well this thing is basically a timer of how long "itzbeen" since the last feeding, nap, diaper change, *miscellaneous (I used this for me and Kiara's medications).  Each setting has its own alarm that will go off after a certain amount of time you set.  It has a PERFECT little nightlight which is great for checking on baby and setting her down without turning on the lights.  Also has a little switch on it so you can remember which side you started nursing on last (I can NEVER remember!)  I pretty much just use the feeding, meds and nursing switch now but at the beginning the poopy diaper thing would have been helpful!


SO big!

Kiara is growing like a weed and we just can't believe how big she's getting!  This weekend we are taking a trip to Grammie and Pop's house in Merced while Casey gets some surfing out of his system down in San Diego where he plans to find himself a new bodyboard!  It will be a much needed break for him as he's been studying SO hard for his licensing exam coming up in September!  It is going to be SO strange to be without him for that long but we'll get through it with a little help from the Grammie!  All of the girls will be there so I'm sure Kiara will have a great time seeing all of her cousins...we should get some great pictures, too!  I had my 6 week postpartum checkup and everything's healing up well, just need about another month for the rest of the stitches and I should be feeling better- whew!  Jenny's birthday is on Saturday so an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Jen!!  Kiara can't wait to see her Aunt Jenny again soon!

I looove hanging out in my swing!
Doesn't she look like a little porcelain doll here? Haha!
I just couldn't resist...Mommy's favorite bum-bum (well, 2nd favorite...)


1 Month!

Kiara is 1 Month Old Today!


You are the joy of our hearts and we still cannot fathom that you are our precious little girl.  God has blessed us immensely with you.  You are so beautiful and we are just head over heels in love with you.

About You- 1 month Highlights!
-At your last appointment 3 weeks ago you were 8 lbs, 2 oz., 20 inches long.  We figure you're around 9 pounds now.  You are getting SO big, but you're still SO small!
-Your eyes are still blue and we think they might stay that way.
-You still wear newborn sized diapers.  We have cheated and put you in 1's when we run out, but you're swimming in them!
-You still wear newborn sized clothes but are starting to get into some 0-3's now.
-You are the most alert baby we've ever seen.  Many people who've met you have used the same word to describe you!  You are just so curious and are soaking everything in, you just want to know everything that's going on!
-Because you are so alert, you fight your sleep like crazy!  You try so so hard to stay awake until you finally conk out!
-You are an amazing nighttime baby (last night excluded, you had a yucky tummy it wasn't your fault, but you still slept great!)  Mommy is only up with you ONCE!  You usually go down to sleep around 10 and give us a 4-5 hour stretch (sometimes a little more!).  Then Mommy feeds and changes you, and you go right back down for another 3-4 hours.  Thank you, Babywise!
-You smile a lot for such a little girl.  In fact you smiled for Mommy and Daddy right away in the hospital.  But now you are starting to smile responsively to us instead of just randomly and we LOVE it!
-You are becoming more vocal and starting to give us lots of coohs and cute little noises!
-You are using your hands a lot more and seem to be aware that they are attached to you now.  Sometimes you will grab something by accident and hold on to it.  You'll hold onto a toy for a little bit.
-You are still fighting thrush and taking your ICKY medicine that you take like a champ even though the very taste makes you gag!  We hate giving it to you but we're almost done!
-You absolutely hate the nose aspirator.  We can pretty much do whatever else to you and you won't flinch, but you just scream your head off when we have to suck out the mocos!
-Your favorite thing in the world is bathtime.  You just get really quiet and content and enjoy every second of it!  You also love getting wrapped up tight in a robe or towel afterward!
-You are still in your bassinet because the yucky medicine makes your tummy upset, but after you're done, you'll be moving to your crib where you love to nap now!

We love you and are so excited but sad to watch you grow so quickly! 


My First 4th of July

Last weekend was my very first road trip ever!  I slept all the way to Templeton to celebrate my first of many 4th of July's with my Daddy's family at Aunt Jenny and Uncle Chris's house!

Aunt Melissa, Aunt Jenny and Kelsey could not wait to hold me!  I looooved snuggling with them!
I am still too little to go to the parade but I sat outside with Mommy and listened to all the music as my cousins had so much fun catching all the candy!

Uncle Adam was the ping pong king... 

Uncle Chris was the Daquiri Master....(can you tell??)

Papa and Brandon checking out the dog poo that made it onto everyone's shoes...boys are gross!

My Aunt Michelle and Uncle Brent and my big cousin Avery!

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy!

Me and my Mommy

Our Family!

Happy 4th everybody!  Gotta go, chow time!