Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I am a big country music fan and one of my favorite songs by Martina McBride is Blessed.  I just love it and I tear up everytime I hear it!  It gives me chills and reminds me of my life right now and how I am feeling.  Here is the chorus in case you don't know it! 
I have been blessed

And I feel like I’ve found my way

I thank God for all I’ve been given

At the end of every day

I have been blessed

With so much more than I deserve

To be here with the ones

That love me

To love them so much it hurts

I have been blessed

I feel blessed to be a mommy.
Every girl dreams about the day when she will get married, have kids and that perfect little family.  It's still so hard for me to believe it has come true...after many long years and hard times.. God is faithful and always has an amazing plan. I am so thankful for that!  Getting up every morning to this sweet thang has made me realize how lucky I am to be a mommy.  I am so thankful for this "job" and I am loving every minute with this precious girl. 
As summer dies down and school is about to be in full swing.  It seems a little weird for me not to be at school getting my room ready, shopping for school supplies, etc and it hasn't fully sunk in just yet that I am not going back to work next year.  I feel so blessed to be able to stay at home with our little one and enjoy her and her firsts throughout her first year of life.  I couldn't imagine having to go back to work right now with an almost 6 week old.  She is still so tiny and new and changes so much every day.  I just love her to pieces!
I feel blessed to have such an awesome hubby and daddy.  I can't say enough good things about my sweet hubby and how I love him more after our daughter was born. He is such a great dad and helper and Burkleigh loves him so. I appreciate him more every day and what a hard worker he is to be such a good provider for our family.  The other day I went to get my toes done (what a treat) and daddy stayed home with B.  When I got back, this is how they were..so sweet!  He takes such good care of our baby girl and I couldn't ask for more!
I feel blessed to have such great family.  Burkleigh Ann got to meet some special people this week.  My brother, sis n law, Chase, Hannah Rose and Carter.  To say that Hannah Rose was excited would be an understatement.  She was in heaven!  She loved holding her, feeding her and pretending she was her baby doll. Soo cute!  I know these two will be the best of friends.

It looks like Heather is nursing my child.. ha! I promise, she's not!

All of the cousins

I feel blessed each day to get up and enjoy this life I am living.  I thank God for all I've been given and I just can't say it enough.. thank you God for blessing our family with our baby girl.  She has forever changed us and we are forever grateful. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Burkleigh Ann is one month..

It's already been one month!  Wow!  That was fast.  You are growing and changing every day! 
You are beginning to smile at us when we talk to you..although daddy says that doesn't count as your first official smile!  You smile in your sleep when we give you a bottle and you doze off.  It's so sweet.

Daddy and I just stare and stare at you and smile at each other.  We love to watch you sleep and all the sweet faces and noises you make. 

Last week, we took you the doctor to weigh you and you weighed 8lbs 7oz.  You are beginning to be a big girl!

Mommy has stopped nursing you during the day and I am pumping and giving you a bottle.  It is going soo much better.. you are such a big eater that I couldn't keep up with you!  YOu were soo fussy and I think mommy was starving you!  I've had to supplement with formula a little and we are trying to find the right one.  We gave you the sensitive one and you threw it up twice.. poor baby!  Scared mommy to death!  You are eating anywhere from 3-4ounces ever 3-4 hours.

We really wish you would take the paci all the time!  YOu are very wishy washy with the paci and your fingers/thumb.  Thanks to Aunt Shelly we got you a wub a nub and you like it okay.  We're gonna keep trying! 

*You slept through the night twice when you were two weeks old and you did it again last night.  10-5 so hopefully you will begin to do that more consistently!

Diapers:  You are still wearing newborn and size 1
Clothes:  premie outfits and newborn and some 0-3 months

Sweet face

Mommy smocked you this little daygown many years ago when I was learning to smock.  It's the one and only thing I ever made cause I just knew God was going to bless us with a baby girl one day that could wear it.  It's a little big but you looked so sweet in it.  I can't wait to make you more! 

You still haven't met your Aunt Heather, Uncle Chad and cousins.  They will be here this week and they can't wait to meet you! 

*Mommy and Daddy had our first night out and Mimi and Pops kept you while we went to dinner.  You were such a good girl.. you slept the whole time! 

*You are a good sleeper and you have gotten so much better about taking naps during the day since you are getting full now! 
We can't wait to see you grow and change each month!

Friday, July 8, 2011

3 weeks..

Our little sweetie pie is 3 weeks old! Time is flying!  You change so much everyday!  You are a joy to our lives.  Happy 3 weeks!  We love you Burkleigh Ann!

You are beginning to like your paci!  We finally found the ones you like.. nuk!

Your umbilical cord finally fell off and you got your first real bath this week! You loved your big girl tub!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 4th and the 5th..

Burkleigh celebrated her first fourth of July yesterday!  We had a great day!  Jamie enjoyed the day off and we went over to mom and dads to cook out and swim some.  The weather ended up not being so great but we enjoyed a yummy meal for sure.. barbecue chicken, pork chops, slaw, potato salad, corn, pineapple upside down cake and cupcakes!  Mom outdid herself! Burkleigh slept most of the day, which she doesn't usually do at home.  Mom thinks I am making up stories about my child that won't take naps, so I guess we're just gonna have to go to Mimi and Pops house more often!    And..today is our 3rd anniversary!  Happy Anniversary babe.. I love you more and more every day.  You are an awesome hubby and daddy.  It melts my heart to see you take care of our daughter! 
Our family of 3

Love my baby girl!

Pops and Burkleigh chillin

This is what happens when you try to put a bow in your head..

Pretty much how she spent her first fourth!

Snoozing with daddy

Burkleigh and Mimi

My cutie pie

Newborn pictures..

We had Burkleigh's pictures made when she was 9 days old at Catchlight Studios downtown.  My friend, Jennifer takes pictures and does a great job so I was so excited for her to take Burkleigh's pictures.  Of course, they turned out great.  I had to buy the cd so we could have all of them and I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to use for the announcment. Thanks Jenn for a great job even though Burkleigh wasn't fully cooperating!  =)  Here's a few of our favorites:

A baby changes everything..

I am loving being a mommy and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world but it has definitly been a challenge these first 2 1/2 weeks at home.  Its taken me a while to get back in the groove of blogging and finding the time to blog.  I really hope to do better.  These first few weeks at home we've been figuring out the ropes and what this cry means, and what she likes and doesn't like.  We've learned quite a lot and we've even been on a few outings.  Not many just yet.. mommy is really trying to do better. I know it won't be long.. I'm starting to get that cabin fever for sure. I've enjoyed being at home and just trying to get things figured out.  It makes me extremely thankful that I will be able to stay at home next year wtih her.  I am cherishing this time we have together and I am holding her as much as I possibly can.  I know I will miss these moments one day!  You have already grown and changed so much just in these two weeks.. I can't wait to see what you look like as you continue to grow.  Everyone says you look just like your daddy and I see it too. There is no denying that one but mom showed me several pictures of when I was little and it melted my heart.  Burkleigh, you definitly look like your momma too!  I was so happy to see it!  =)  I think you are a good mix of mommy and daddy!

Happy 1st Fathers day, Daddy!

She loves to hold on to our fingers.. so sweet!

Precious baby girl

Great grandma came to visit

Nanny and Pappy came to visit too

Chillin in the bouncy seat

1st stroller ride

I love my swing!

I love my daddy

Your outfit is too big.. not much fits you just yet!

Looking at your toys on your activity mat

So alert!

THis is how you usually sleep

5 days old going to the pediatricain for the first time

Dr. Andy checking you out.. you didn't like it!

First spongebath

Getting cleaned

All clean

You loved your first little bath

A few thigns to remember from our first few weeks at home:
* You don't like to be swaddled..you love your hands and are constantly moving them in the air and all around.  You love to have your hands out when we wrap a blanket around you.
*You are doing really well nursing and you love to eat!!  All you do is eat. 
*You loved to be cuddled, held, sang to, talked to, read to. You are so content when you are in someones arms.
* You are gaining weight like you should.  When we left the hospital you were down to 6 lbs and 9 oz.  We went to the pediatrican when you were 5 days old and you weighed 6 lbs. 13oz and we went back at 2 weeks and you are up to 7 lbs. 7 oz.  Yeah!
*You are not a big paci fan. You sucked on it a few times in the hospital but when we try to give it to you, you make weird faces and act like you are choking.  You are starting to really suck on your fingers more and occasionally will take the paci.
*You love your swing.. thank goodness!  And.. your nap nanny.. you sleep it in most every night!
*You love your car seat and riding in the car.. for the most part.
*You went on your first stroller ride around the block and you loved it!  Didn't fuss one bit.
*You are a good sleeper.. at nightime!  We are working on being a better sleeper in the day.  You slept through the night (7hrs) for the first time when you were only 2 weeks old!!  Good for you!!
*You make the sweetest sounds.. we love to watch you make faces and noises.  So precious!
*We gave you your first spongebath when you were 5 days old and you loved it! 
*Your first out to eat was to Newk's for lunch.. you slept through it the whole time.
*You are very alert in the mornings and afternoons and love for me to just talk to you or sing to you.  You just watch and listen..it is so sweet.
*You have been to the pediatiatrican twice and everytime we get a great report.  Dr. Andy says you are perfect! 
*You are the sweetest baby girl and you make our hearts melt and we love you so Burkleigh Ann!  You have changed our lives so much and we are blessed to be your parents.  Thank you God for our precious miracle baby!  Our life has been greatly blessed!