It appears our house situation has worked itself out after all, thank goodness. We were starting to think we’d have to cancel our contract on the new house because we had not received much traffic at all on the old house and no decent offers. Last week, however, the same day that Ashton Woods (new home builder) contacted me about canceling the contract, we had a showing at 5 pm that turned into an offer that same day. As of now, we’re nearing the end of the option period and if all goes well we’ll close on the old house on August 6th and then on the new house later that same day. We’ve submitted all of our paperwork for the loan on the new house and just locked in our interest rate. The new house is moving right along and is better than we even imagined. We’re very much looking forward to calling it our home in the coming months. We’re still in the apartment now. Our dogs are so ready to have a back yard again.
They just added grass on Wednesday. We hope they keep watering it!
We had a good time celebrating Brian’s first Father’s Day. He’s such a great daddy. He spent the day with Cameron while I recovered from working the night before. When I woke up we went out to eat at Red Lobster. We haven’t been out to eat much recently because we’ve been working hard to save money. Cameron now is no longer satisfied to just sit in her car seat at the table or even be held by one of us. She wants to grab everything on the table, bang on the table and drink out of our glasses. It’s quite cute to see her so interactive now. She laughs at everyone and everything. Cameron and I are so thankful to have Brian. Happy Father’s Day!
Cameron and Daddy. She liked his water.
Brian’s mom took us out to eat sushi for his first father’s day. The restaurant had a giant round fish tank full of bright fish. I don’t think Cameron had ever seen a fish tank before; she loved it! It’s so much fun to watch her experience new things.
She’s doing more and more every day. She’s got a new found fascination with her tongue and all the fun things it can do and fun noises it lets her make. No teeth or real words yet but lots and lots of drooling and babbling. She enjoys sitting on the floor surrounded by lots of toys and playing with all of them. Her favorites seem to be her little dollies. So cute!
Cameron’s 6 month check-up and shots were Monday.
Her official weight: 14 lbs 7 ounces (25th percentile)
Her official height: 26 1/4 inches (50-75th percentile)
She did great! She’s met all her 6 month developmental milestones. She got 3 injections and one oral vaccine. She LOVED the oral one and grabbed the nurse’s hand when she was giving it to her as if she wanted to keep drinking.
The injections, however, she was not so happy about. Poor baby. They were over quickly and we were on our way home but the rest of the day she was SO fussy and sore. She ended up going to sleep at 6:30 pm that night and slept until 8:30 am. Thankfully, the next day she was back to her usual happy self.
We’re so thankful that she is such a healthy girl!
P.S. Mean mommy and daddy took a video of Cameron getting her shots. I was on the verge of tears when she got her shots the first and second time so I figured I needed to approach it with a light heart in order to avoid feeling so sad. She is absolutely pitiful during the shots. The worst part of the video is that while trying to console her I couldn’t help but giggle because of her pouty lip. It’s just so darn cute. I’ll try to get it posted later if I can.
I can hardly believe that 6 months ago today, I was up late getting last minute things together before heading to the hospital the next morning to deliver Cameron! At that point, my mind was racing a million miles per hour with concerns over delivery complications (kinda hard not to worry about that being a labor and delivery nurse) and then trying to figure out how in the world I was going to take care of this completely helpless infant who depended on me for everything! Would I be able to meet her needs? Would I cause developmental delays if I didn’t do tummy time right or provide the right games and activities for her?
My entire pregnancy was perfect. Free of all complications. I worked 12 hour shifts on my feet until delivery. I was so blessed. Every day I saw people who were like me, complication free, but I also saw people who faced some of the scariest and most tragic moments of their lives. I prayed for Cameron constantly. -Dear God, Please take care of my baby girl. She is your child and her life is in your hands. Please protect her.- Pregnancy is beautiful but very difficult for someone who likes to be in control. Pregnancy taught me to have faith. I was not in control. Worrying about it did nothing. Nothing has ever touched my life as much as this did.
God provided. I was calm and oddly detached from the “nursing perspective” during my labor and delivery. Cameron’s birth was probably the best moment of my entire life. She was here. She was alive. She was pink and she was screaming. Thank you, God! Every day with Cameron has been such a blessing. I still look at her and can’t believe it. She’s this perfect little innocent ball of cuteness that God put our lives. What an honor to watch her grow! Nothing has ever been so rewarding!
So here we are, 6 months later. She was once a tiny 7 lb infant who could do nothing for herself. She is now probably close to 15 lbs and is sitting up, babbling, laughing and interacting like I never imagined she would. My gosh! Life is truly amazing.
When I think about it, 6 months used to pass without meaning. It would fly by but it didn’t matter. What a difference 6 months is to us now. Our lives have changed forever and we wouldn’t trade her for anything. Before we know it, she’ll be a year and I’ll be saying the same thing. Until then, here are some new pictures of my darling girl. I can’t imagine that life gets much better than this.
Well it didn’t take long for it to get scorching hot here in Houston, Texas. It seems like as soon as April was over and the first of May arrived, we hit the 90 degree mark and it just keeps rising. So what better activity to do than go swimming? And now that there’s a cute little chubby love baby involved, swimming is better than ever!
Because she’s got such fair skin, we went in the early evening. She had lots of fun and was very relaxed in the water.
We thought a float would be fun for her. She’s still a little small for it but she did seem to enjoy it.
We can’t wait to go swimming again!
Every day Cameron is getting stronger and turning more into a little person. It’s so neat to watch her change. She’s not happy with just sitting around and doing nothing. She seems to bore easily. She wants to go go go. She still hates being on her tummy but LOVES to stand up. She’s also a huge fan of being clapped for … the little ham, she wants to be the center of attention at all times that’s for sure. I’ve been helping her practice sitting up a lot lately. She has started to make some good progress this week but is still pretty wobbly.
Here are some other recent summer pictures of Cameron.
And just an update on the house situation: Things have been very stressful and not going so well with it. The buyers financing for our old house fell through twice and they’re gone now for good. We put it back on the market last week and just got another offer tonight. It was MUCH lower than we want to go so we countered and they’ll either take it or leave it. We’re hoping it works out but if it doesn’t it’s not the end of the world. We’ve stressed for so long about this that we’re just done with it and realize that it’s out of our control and in God’s hands. We know that whatever is meant to be will happen. The new house will be done in late July and if our old hasn’t sold yet, then we probably won’t qualify for both loans and will lose the new house but hopefully will get our earnest money back. Either way, we’re just thankful to have our families, friends and jobs that keep a roof over our head. We know it will work out the way it’s supposed to. If there is one thing that we have learned from this whole process, it’s that we wont be doing this again for many many many years. 🙂 Thanks for checking up on us!