1.29.2012

jesus loves the little children

This morning was Wattsie's first Sunday to go to church. I was a nervous wreck, but she did so great! She was wide-eyed when we got there, but she fell asleep right as the offering plate was being passed around. She slept through Mat's entire sermon, and we had to wake her up to make a few photos after the service. I was such a proud momma! All the sweet ladies (and most of the men!) in the church just gushed over her. They all said she looks just like her daddy! I was so happy to finally be able to show her off to our Sunnyside family.

She wore her "coming home from the hospital" dress along with the white with pink piping sweater her mumsy gave her when she was born. She looked so sweet.

Mat preached from Ephesians 3, and I recorded some notes from his sermon in her Bible. We sat on the back pew (because I was afraid we'd have to make a quit exit), but she did perfect, and I didn't get nervous a time! It was such a blessing to be able to take my little girl to church for the very first time. It was good to be in the house of the Lord with my family this morning!

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1.25.2012

sick baby

Mat and I took Ama-Watts to the pediatrician yesterday. On Monday, she woke up extremely congested. I though it would get better as the day wore on, but it didn't, so we decided to take her.

Dr. Laney diagnosed Ama-Watts with an ear infection (her right ear) and a cold. They tested her for RSV, and thankfully she tested negative. Dr. Laney prescribed her amoxicillin, and he encouraged us to keep using saline drops in her little nose.

I think it's awful to be so small and be so sick. Poor thing. She doesn't act like her ear really bothers her, but she gets frustrated with not being able to breathe, I think. It's hard for her to breathe out of her nose at all, so it makes it especially hard for her to eat. She is sleeping a lot, especially during the day, which is very unusual for her. I feel just terrible, but I'm so glad we've got medicine for her, and hopefully she'll get better soon!



after christmas in alabama

Finally, here is just some more photos of our time in Alabama. I feel like between feeding Wattsie almost constantly the entire two weeks we were there, and with us not being able to take her out in public while we were there, we didn't get many photos with her. I could kick myself, too, because we didn't even get a family picture at any Christmas events. Oh, well. You live and learn. I'm just lucky to get to be this little girl's momma. It is my joy to look at her every single day. Thank you, Jesus!

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Meeting Granny and Paw-Paw for the first time...

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New Year's Eve with Momma...


Headed back to Kentucky after a wonderful two weeks at home in Alabama. We had a great Christmas vacation!

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1.24.2012

gunter christmas and walker christmas

On December 27, we headed to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Tammy's for Christmas in Ft. Payne. 

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Ama-Watts got to meet Ellie Parker, Morgan, Megan, Weston, Uncle Jim and Aunt Tammy all for the very first time...

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EP, Uncle Jim and Wattsie had some quiet time in the living room watching football and reading books...

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And of course, Mumsy rocked and rocked while Wattsie slept...a lot!

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For as long as I can remember since I was pregnant, Ellie has asked to be able to hold and feed Ama. I made sure we followed through on my promise!

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Aunt Morgan is the best at holding babies. Wattsie loved her to death!

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This makes my heart smile in every single way. I love my family.

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Wattsie also loves, loves, loves her Great! They sat and rocked a long time.

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Sorry, Mom...didn't mean to blur you out!

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We had such a great time at my aunt and uncle's house. We love going over there. I am so thankful for such a great family. My heart just breaks that we aren't able to see them more often.

The next day after that, we went to my dad and stepmom's house. We had a relaxing lunch and afternoon over there.

(Again, I could kick myself for not making more photos...)

Mat and Sawyer...

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It seems like AWA slept so much during Christmas (which is hilarious, because she never sleeps now!)...

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Celebrating Christmas with our new little addition was such a blessing this year. We loved having Ama-Watts with us, and we loved introducing her to family and friends in Alabama. We can't wait until next year when Christmas comes again, and we'll be able to take her more places...and she might even get to meet Santa Claus! I know she'll be so excited about that.

More than that, though, Mat and I can't wait to teach our daughter about the true meaning of Christmas and what it means to us as Christians. God, help us to be faithful to You in that!

We are beyond blessed, and this Christmas was just another season for us to thank the Lord for His many blessings in our lives!

1.23.2012

christmas day & december 26, 2011

Continuing on with documenting Ama-Watts' first Christmas...

On Christmas Day, we drove home right after Mat finished up at church. Ama-Watts did so great on the drive home. She drank two bottles on the way, and we only stopped once to change her diaper. Such a sweet baby girl, and she loves to travel-- just like Daddy and Momma.

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It was so great to finally get to Boaz. Ama-Watts spent some quality time with Gran V, Pop and Aunt Lenze that night. We went to bed late, and Ama-Watts slept great upstairs with Mat and I. We were so proud of her!

We got up early the next morning to have "Christmas" with Mat's family. We had breakfast and opened gifts. Wattsie was spoiled rotten by everyone and so were we.

Mat and Chris started preparation on our Christmas dinner for Mat's extended family. They all came over that night. 

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"Christmas" morning with Aunt Lenze...

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Sweet Bryleigh with Michael and Kelly...

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Wattsie and her cousin, Aaron...

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Gran V opening gifts...

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Despite the look, this one's a big softie...

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Mat was pretty pumped about getting a tartan robe for Christmas...

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Cousin Ethan in the background...

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Right after "Christmas" breakfast, my grandparents came over to finally meet Ama-Watts. It was such a special time!

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Mat and Chris really outdid themselves with all the food for our family's "Christmas" dinner-- prime rib, burgundy mushrooms, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, homemade Caesar salads, rolls, and a ton of other food. Everything was soooo good.

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Christmas continued to be wonderful...especially because of our sweet little girl. She was the best present!

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I've still got two more Christmases to post about. Those will come soon!