Thursday, February 17, 2011

Be Mine

Most people consider Valentine's day to be a pointless, commercial holiday; but Valentine's day holds some sentiment for me for many reasons. Most notably, it is the anniversary of John and my first date 13 years ago.  We were out to dinner over the weekend and as usual at one point in the dinner we had all three kids causing a ruckus of some kind (for example: Ella crying, Jake playing under the table, and Trent spilling his drink).  I said to John, "If you knew 13 years ago we would be sharing this life with these crazy kids, would you still have asked me out?"  To which he replied, jokingly "NO!" (at least I think he was joking) :)

For the last few years, we've spent Valentine's day at a University of Colorado Hospital benefit called Hearts of All Ages.  I have to admit that in years past when we only had Jake, I was a little miffed at having to spend my evening (our anniversary of sorts) at a work function for John.  This year, however, I was very excited to get the kids dressed up, get out of the house and celebrate the holiday because, let's face it, we aren't really going places these days!
The evening, as expected, was a crazy one with three kids.  But, the boys had a great time, and surprisingly Ella was awake most of the evening, being very chill (unlike her) and taking it all in.  She actually stayed in her daddy's arms most of the night and was pretty content to do so.  It was really a great evening this year.

Ella turned 3 months this week also.  Her daytime sleep is getting a lot better.  She is napping a lot better and more consistently and is able to stay awake for longer periods of time without being cranky.  She's found her hands and loves to suck on them, and she also is getting more and more vocal.  She now wakes up in the morning with a big smile on her face and likes to lay and talk to me.  She is still a little cranky in the evenings and we can't quite figure out when her bedtime should be yet (I'm sure it will fall into place soon).  But one really cute thing is that she can be crying, ready for bed, and as soon as I take her up and say "night night" and start putting her PJ's on, she gets really excited and smiley as if to say, "yes, they finally get what I want!"

Here are some pictures of the event and the growing girl and family:

Little Valentine

Thinking about sucking on her hands

What happens when your brother won't stop
pestering you with a little frog toy (get used to it sister!)


Daddy's Sweetie

1 comment:

  1. Leslie, I haven't been online for a while... I love the crying pic, so CUTE... who could resist and comfort a baby with a face like this, she knows how to get attention already :-)