Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn Splendor


My favorite time of the year is October, November & December. I have always been a holiday girl :) I deck my house out in fall decorations on October 1st every year. I sit out pumpkins, scarecrows, autumn colored garland and festive centerpieces. I buy tons of pumpkins for my front porch along with a big bale of hay! I never thought that there could be anything better then the cool breeze, colorful leaves and a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks...that is until Josselyn came into my life. You see this fall has been BETTER than ever. A precious little baby makes everything more wonderful and fun! Sure, I have always loved sitting on my front porch rocking chair with the leaves blowing back and forth, but sitting on that rocking chair holding my little princess is even better! I am obsessed with holiday festivities so October to me means PUMPKIN PATCHES! Ever since I was a little girl my family would go to the pumpkin patch & Apple Hill every year. So as an adult that tradition has not changed (ask John!) Every year we go to the pumpkin patch :) There was something extra special about this years pumpkin patch trip. No, it wasn't the actual pumpkin far Phoenix has the best pumpkin patch I have ever been to and then all of the pumpkin patches around Apple Hill in Sacramento are incredible as well, but this years was better than any of the past years! Why???  Because of my sweet little pumpkin :) Dressing Josselyn up in her cute fall clothes and strolling her around the pumpkin patch is pure bliss to me. I never thought a little baby could bring someone so much joy, but this little girl has stolen my heart & changed my life. John & I can not even imagine our lives with out our little pumpkin. She makes my favorite time of the year even better!!!

So far we have been to the Celina "BIG Orange" Pumpkin Patch with Joey, Stacey, Isabella, Alexandrea, Shawn, Krista & Eliana. We had a blast taking pictures and just walking around. Josselyn was wide away at this pumpkin patch which was great for pictures!


Then we went to the fabulous Dallas Arboretum with my mom "Ya Ya" and sister MaryBeth. I absolutely fell in love with this GORGEOUS Arboretum; it is absolutely amazing. We loved it so much we are now members of the Dallas Arboretum (I am easily suckered into things...oops). I had never seen so many gorgeous Autumn colored flowers or pumpkins in my life! There were adorable houses made out of pumpkins and spectacular sights to see every where you looked. We spent 5 hours there and we did not even see everything.

Since I loved the Arboretum sooo much I decided to plan a "MOMMY/DAUGHTER" trip there!
Josse and I went with Stacey, Isa, Andy and Krista & Elle. We went on a Tuesday afternoon which is "Mommy & Me Day" so Isa & Andy got to have their faces painted, pet the animals in the petting zoo and go to the kids sing along hour. We walked around, took pictures and had lunch. It was so much fun (even though I will admit it is a bit tougher to have these kind of outings without Dad's help lol)

I can not forget about the Invictus annual COSTUME PARTY! This year it was a "MASKerade Bash" We had a great time and Josselyn seemed to enjoy her first Masquerade Party :)

This year Josselyn got to experience her first CHURCH Harvest Festival. Practically all churches do something fun during Halloween week, that way the kids that do not go out "trick or treating" have a safe, fun way to get candy. Our church had a "TRICKED OUT TRUNK" night! And let me just say it is wayyyy cooler then just dressing up in Bible costumes like my church did when I was a kid (It is only fun dressing up as mother Mary once! not every year lol). Anyways, this year everyone decorated the back of their cars and had some type of game or activity in their trunk. John and I had candy in our trunk and a bowling game outside our car. Josse just hung out with me in her sling the whole time. We had a fun time hanging out with friends and passing out candy to kids from the community.

On October 31st we had dinner at our house with a bunch of our friends & family. Afterwords we went "trick or treating" with Josselyn's cousins Isabella and Alexandrea, her friends Gio and Kobe & Aunty Bethy (and no I am not going to make Josselyn say, "Praise the Lord" instead of "trick or treat" when she is old enough to knock on doors like my mom made my brother Nick and I do! lol) Well, the kids had a blast filling up their bags with tons of candy and Josse & Gio went along for the ride :) After the kidos finished trick er treating we went to my mom's (Ya Ya's) house for dessert! What a "HAPPY Halloween HALLELUJAH!" (In the words of my niece Isabella)

We might be having more fun than the kids! :)

Well...we still have one more month of "Autumn" left so I will be sure to update this Blog as we go on more fun, fall adventures :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2 Months Old

Baby Josselyn is 2 months old today!

These 2 months have just flown by. It seems like just last week little Josselyn was born and now my little baby smiles the most adorable toothless grin, coos as if she is saying something very important, tries to hold up her neck like she is 6 months old, and she can finally grab onto a toy! She is getting so big... Josse has already moved up to size 1 diapers and she has almost outgrown her newborn clothes (that makes me a bit sad). Josselyn no longer just eats and sleeps; she actually has "awake time" where she is completely alert and looks around at everything and plays (or fusses lol).  For the first time last week I looked at my daughter and realized that she was no longer a newborn but more of a baby. Somehow these last few weeks she has transformed from this teeny tiny newborn to a baby. I am not sure if that make sense to you, but basically my little princess is growing up!

Today was her 2 month doctors appointment. This was probably the worst doctors visit I have ever had (actually the worst visit was a few weeks ago at my doctors appointment. My girlfriend Lauren came along to help me since Josse was only 4 weeks old at the time. Basically in a matter of 30 minutes I took out a curb while speeding to the appointment, I couldn't figure out how to open my dumb stroller, then while the valet guy was practically breaking my stroller trying to open it I snagged one of my only shirts that fit, I said a few choice words, then after we finally got the stroller open I spilled my diet Dr Pepper all over the stroller, myself & the hospital floor, believe it or not Lauren and I managed to get lost trying to find the doctors office and to top it all off I was late for my appointment!) Well, back to today's not so great experience...I took Josse to her appointment and they weighed and measured her. Josselyn is 24 in long, which means she is in the 95% for height! We still have no idea where our daughter got her height from, John and I are not tall people!!! Anyways, she weighs 11 lbs 3 oz which is the 60% for weight, so we have a healthy, tall baby girl. Now the bad part of the appointment was when the nurse came in and gave my poor baby 3 SHOTS & some nasty MEDICINE. Josselyn hated the taste of the medicine (even though the nurse said it was supposed to be sweet) and Josselyn screamed bloody murder with each shot. I almost cried becasue I felt so bad for my little innocent baby who had no idea why she feeling all of this pain! It is not like I could explain to her that these shots were to help protect her and keep her healthy...Well, luckily the appointment was fast and I raced out of there once it was over. I headed straight to CVS to buy some baby Tylenol for my poor baby.

As for the rest of the day it has been.....a bit rough. Poor Josse has been fussy, tired and not her normal self. She has slept practically the whole day and I have had to wake her up to eat (If you know my baby you would know she NEVER sleeps through her feedings). The good news is her shots are done with so we are in the clear for a couple more months. I think I am going to make John come with me the next time she has to get stabbed with 3 long needles!!!

Well, I will keep you posted on my growing baby girl...before long she will be taller than me :)

Before her shots at the doctors office

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Texas State Fair with a BABY

Last weekend we went to the TEXAS STATE FAIR!

Now of course Josselyn came with us (remember how she wouldn't take a bottle? Well she still wont!) So our little princess came along for the adventure :) I honestly think we would have still brought Josse to the fair even if she could drink out of a bottle but the whole fair experience would have been a lot easier not having to find a spot to nurse a 7 week old baby every 3 hours! I was stuck feeding Josse in the car when we first got to the fair...then I had to sit at the top of the bleachers in the exhibit area and feed her again!!!... and then one more time in the car before we headed home. At least there was only 1 awkward/embarrassing place I had to feed her at (sorry if this is TMI). Anyways, the fair trip was a success and we had a blast. Josse hung out in her Baby Bjorn carrier with daddy and she slept 90% of the time. She did get fussy a couple times, but it wasn't anything that a little skipping and bouncing couldn't stop. I must say that it was WONDERFUL to actually see other parents with babies at the fair!!! I saw tons of babies smaller then Josse, so we did not feel like misfit negligent parents this time ;) It was also a great perk getting to use my hot pink stroller to push my way through the huge crowd of people lol. The only negative part of this experience was that Josselyn did not sleep well that night when we got home. I think it may have had something to do with the turkey leg, funnel cake, fried pickles, caramel apple & roasted corn that I ate! I usually eat a bit more bland and I definitely went a little nuts at the fair...Oooops!

Hanging with daddy!
One of the many unhealthy items I ate :)
You can guess what I am having to do

Well, I can not wait to go on more adventures with our little princess...she makes life a whole lot more FUN!