Working Mom, Mr. Dad, & Our 2 Month Old!

Back to work, yes, back to work I go. On Monday, I went back to work for the first time in 7 weeks. I had to face yet another transition: working mother. I wondered throughout my pregnancy and the first 7 weeks of Alivia's life how I was going to handle it and how other moms made it look so easy. For me, it's not easy to leave my baby girl every morning, it's not easy to be at work everyday instead of being with her, it's not easy pumping milk instead of just breastfeeding and bonding with her, it's not easy missing out on 8 precious hours with my little one- it's just not easy. BUT... I know that she is with someone that loves her, someone that cares for her, and someone that I can trust. Ben, Mr. Dad, is doing an amazing job watching her while I am work, and just knowing that makes this transition go smoother than I could have imagined. I miss her and I miss being with Ben too, since quality time is one of my love languages. I read on a church board once: faith makes things possible, not easy! With that quote in mind I went back to work with faith knowing that God would give me strength I needed to get through this time in my life. My first day back at work was not as bad as I thought it would be. I really believe in the power of prayer. I have been praying a lot about this situation and I know others have been too. Although, this is not the path I want to take right now in my life, I feel at peace knowing that it is the path God is directing me towards. I know that sometimes we have to do what we don't want to do and that it is for the best! I feel honored that I can do this for my family and that I can look forward to one day being a stay at home mom. Hopefully it is in the near future but if it is not, I will take each day one day at a time, and keep looking towards God for strength! Ben is great with Alivia and here are some daddy/daughter pictures!
Alivia is also 2 months old now!!! My, my time goes by fast! Alivia is doing great and growing so fast already!
New things for Alivia:
- Loves her pacifier (From 6 weeks and on) - Takes a bottle (From 6 weeks and on) - Enjoys her swing (From 7 weeks and on)
- Holds on to a rattle and shakes it herself
- Smiles a lot when we talk to her and engage in her
- Becoming more aware of her surroundings
- Stays up longer and more throughout the day

Valentines Day Photos

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Baby Dedication!

A couple Sundays ago, on January 31, 2010 we were able to do a baby dedication for Alivia at our church. This dedication was more for Ben and me though- as we are dedicating to raise Alivia up in a Christian home. We wanted to commit to being good examples to Alivia and to teach her in the ways of Christ. We pray that we will be able to help her develop a faith of her own as she grows. We asked our church, friends, and family to be a part of this journey and to help us as parents in praying for her to know God and to grow in Him!
Psalms 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Our Guest!

My dad came to visit Alivia (mostly) and us for 10 days! We had a blast. What a lovely vacation time for my dad and well just a lazy and wonderful time for us. My dad really loved Alivia and enjoyed his "Grandpa" moments. We sat on the couch, ate a lot of food (may I mention that most of it was not good for us), and enjoyed many movies, television, and computer time as well. My dad, brother Chris, brother-in-law Chris, and Ben went to a concert and enjoyed a ski trip too. I hung out with with my sister-in-law and her kids and watched Alivia on these "boy trips." Ben was so thrilled to snowboard and it was my dad's first trip in ages- I think Ben will want to go again soon. I am so glad my dad got to come out and visit his first grandchild! We are thankful for all the help and the cute new baby clothes. She will look darling in the outfits. :) We look forward to the next visit in April.