For Blakely's first Christmas, we had all sorts of family come in from out of town. My parents came from South Dakota, my brother came from South Carolina, and my grandfather came from Atlanta, Georgia. It was so wonderful having everyone here! The day after Christmas, I drove with Blakely and my parents down to Atlanta so we could spend some time with my parent's families. Kevin had to work so he wasn't able to go. We were there for a week and had a wonderful time. Blakely enjoyed getting lots of attention and my parents enjoyed spending so much time with her. On New Years Eve, we drove back to Richmond and they flew back to SD on New Year's Day. As always, it was hard telling them goodbye but we have already made plans to go out there in April so it won't be too long before we see them again.
|with Daddy and his cousins|
|Blakely with Lexie Kate|
She's still not sleeping through the night although we are starting to make progress. She still wakes up at least once a night to eat around 2-3 am. The doctor said that as long as I keep feeding her at night, she's going to keep waking up. So I guess I'm encouraging the behavior but some nights it's just so much easier to give her what she wants and get her back to sleep so mommy can get some sleep as well.
|"Hey buddy! You still down there?"|
A few weeks ago she started saying da-da all the time but has yet to say mama. Kevin absolutely loves hearing her say da-da and I know it will totally melt my heart when she says mama for the first time.
As always, she is the joy of our lives. Watching her grow and learn new things is the highlight of my life.