Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baby Weight

What do you do when you want to weigh a baby and don't have a scale?

If we would've known you could get these things at the grocery store, we would've gotten one years ago!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Am I a bad mom...

...for dressing my baby in Build-A-Bear clothes?


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Grandma's Visit

This last week Ryan's mom came to spend the week with her new granddaughter. Since Ryan's parents live in Spokane, we don't get to see them as often as we'd like and always look forward to their visits. Thanks for all your help Mary - we had a blast!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Overprotective Mom

Although Maeli is only 2 1/2 weeks old, she has already rolled over multiple times. Due to her rapid development, I now worry when leaving her alone in a room (demonstrated in the picture below). Can we say "overprotective mom?"


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Fun By The Day

This little girl gets more fun by the day! We're constantly amazed at what a calm baby she is. Since we realize that this "calmness" may not last forever, we're doing all that we can to cherish it while it lasts.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bath Time!

In the last week we've experienced a lot of "firsts" with Maeli. Today marked one of the most momentous "firsts" as she had her first bath. Surprisingly, she put up more of a fuss when we took her out of the water than she did when we put her in. She made bath time especially fun for her Mom by peeing on Dad right before being put in the tub. Obviously this girl knows how to have a good time!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Maeli Grace McFarlane

Dear Maeli,

Where to even begin...It was almost two years ago that we realized that our lives were missing something We thought that once we came to that realization that you would be here in no time. Boy were we wrong. ;-) We had no idea what a rough road we would have ahead of us as we tried to bring you into this world. The following year definitely had its ups and downs but it was all worth it the moment we found out you would soon be on your way.

I still remember that first ultrasound...You were only 8 weeks old and about the size of a tiny mustard seed. Although the ultrasounds didn't show much at that point, we always counted down the days until the next ultrasound where we could see your progress. As we went back week by week, all of the nurses consistently commented on how much you looked like a little gummy bear - hence, the gummy bear video. At the beginning of each ultrasound we would first look for your heartbeat. One time, when your dad didn't see the flicker of your heart, he quickly asked the doctor if everything was okay. We never realized that worrying would begin so early on.

Just like your mom, you like to be early to all of your appointments and decided to grace us with your presence 3 weeks early. In one day, I went from working full-time in an office to working full-time as your mom. Talk about a great promotion. ;-) All I can say is thank goodness for your dad. Even after only two days, I'm convinced that you and your dad have a special bond. Your dad and I have been married for almost 4 years now and I've never seen him look at anything with the love and admiration that he does for you. Throughout the entire pregnancy he was at every doctor's appointment and would openly admit that his favorite part of every day was getting to come home at night and lay on the couch feeling your movements inside my belly. You've been with us for two days now and your dad has taken every chance he can to cuddle and gaze at you. I hope you always realize how lucky you are to have a dad that cares for you so much. You are his pride and joy and there's nothing he wouldn't do for you.

Maeli, words cannot even begin to express how much we love you. We're so thankful to have you in our home and to watch you grow into a beautiful young lady. I'm sure this will be the first of many letters that your dad and I will write to you. I hope that you will read this letter along with the others throughout your life and realize that we want nothing but the best for you. It's been a long road coming which makes us appreciate every moment we have with you even more. Not a day has gone by in the past two years that our prayers haven't included you and you can be sure that moving forward, you will be a permanent fixture in every prayer, thought, and memory. Thank you for being an angel in our home. We love you and are so happy you're finally here.


Your Mom



After months of hard work, we finally finished the babies room just in the nick of time!


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