Ansley will be 3 months old this Wednesday...I can't believe it! It seems like just the other day that I was counting the days on the calendar until my due date. There was a time when I would get so excited about the beginning of each new week of pregnancy so I could look online to see what developments were happening in my belly. I had to force myself not to cheat and look ahead because it was something I so looked forward to reading. Now I cannot believe that I'm looking up information for a 12 week old baby.
So, for those of you that haven't seen her in a while, here's what's new... I once thought Ansley had her daddy's sweet, mild, laid back temper. Now I'm convinced otherwise. She may look just like him, but she seems to have my personality. She knows what she wants and how to get it, loves being held and cuddled, wants constant entertainment, is very inquisitive, and can throw a good tantrum. It's funny that at her young age I can tell this about her. Maybe it will change, but it's what I'm seeing right now. My favorite thing about her is the sweet smile she gives when she knows she's supposed to be asleep after a good long rock and I put her in her bed, only to go check on her to find her talking and kicking her feet. It just melts my heart...now I truly know what that saying means.
Laying in bed the other night I began to think about all of the blessings God has given my family and me. It's unbelievable and he is AWESOME! I don't deserve any of this. We have our health and safety, we have unconditional love for each other, Jeff and I have a precious church, and now we have this sweet little blessing, Ansley Grace. God is so good!
Today was an exciting day at Seagrove Beach. We went out early this morning to swim and catch some rays and saw several dolphins and one small shark. Jeff was standing about waist deep fishing and noticed the shark swimming not far away. It was so small that no one was afraid...except my mom. I was ready to jump in for a closer look, but Mom said that wasn't a good idea since I'm now a mommy. Anyway, Mandy and Kyle apparently saw several more and confirmed that it was definitely a shark when they went out kayaking.
For lunch, Jeff and I went to the Red Bar in Grayton Beach. It's this cool little restaraunt/bar that's a must see in town. It's definitely a hippy hangout and has posters stapled all over the ceiling inside and stuff all over the walls. Kinda crazy, but really good food.
We had some kayak fun a little later and are going out for more tomorrow. Only two more days left :( Got a lot more fun to pack into those days. Tomorrow will hold a little shopping too!
It's been a while since my last post and a lot has happened since then. I returned to work for the last two weeks of school and quit my job teaching fifth grade reading in order to stay home with Ansley next year. It's a decision that Jeff and I prayed about and did not take lightly, but in the end we know that it will be best for our family for me to be here with our little girl. I'm so thankful that we even have this option during this tough economic time and know that the Lord will provide everything we need. I took Ansley to the doctor yesterday for her two month checkup and shots. It wasn't as traumatic as I thought it would be...turns out we have a pretty tough little girl. So, she's now 14.5 pounds and 23.5 inches. You can see from the photos that she's a little chunk and is very healthy. She's now smiling, cooing, squealing, and giggling every once in a while. Those are the most precious times. I had to change the most disgusting diaper this morning and the whole time she was smiling at me! The toughest time with her is in the car as she hates her carseat. We're leaving for Seaside, Florida on Friday...it's going to be a really long drive. We're stopping in Mississippi for the night and will finally get to Florida on Saturday. I can't wait!!!