Friday, April 20, 2007


Has it really been an entire year since Sarah was born? Has it really been an entire year since I walked into that operating room and sat myself on that really really cold stainless steel table and listening to the doctors talk about NBA Basketball and NFL Football while in the middle of my csection? Has it really been an entire year since I heard my OB say "Wow, look at that blonde hair!" Has it really been an entire year since I first heard Sarah cry? Has it really been a whole entire long year since this picture was taken?

She was born at 3:03 p.m. and was 6 lbs and 15 oz and 19 inches long - a full pound smaller than Beth and shorter, too. (and still is!) Just like Beth's birth, I remember every little detail and I hope I always do. Sarah was born in a different hospital and a different town from Beth. The whole experience was so drastically different, but not worse by any means. I remember being more aware this time...aware of what pains and aches were to come, aware of the need to get up and get moving faster, aware of the need to send Sarah to the nursery so I could sleep and very aware of the NEED to hold and snuggle with Sarah as much as possible. I knew that she wouldn't be that little for long and she wouldn't want to snuggle with me forever...which turned out to be just a few weeks later. She just isn't a snuggle bunny!

Beth adored her new sister and I allowed her to help give her the first bottle:

And Beth happily crawled up in bed with me and snuggled right up to her little sister...which just happened to be the last time she came to the hospital, due to the awful stomach bug she came down with that night and kept her and my parents away for 4 very long days!

We finally had Sarah's "newborn" portrait taken at 3 weeks old!

Those first 4 or so weeks were ROUGH. Sarah's little tummy wasn't handling any of the formula very well and that is when we finally discovered she was "lactose intollerant." Lotsa fun! But, once we got the problem solved, she was a different child. She hates to sleep...and literally, just LAST WEEK started sleeping through the night. She hasn't been a good napper EVER. She is just too busy!!

But, despite the lack of sleep and the many tummy issues, she managed to grow...and grow....and grow!
6 weeks

8 weeks

10 weeks

12 weeks (almost 3 months old)

16 weeks (almost 4 months old)

Around 4 months old, Sarah was really starting to roll...and roll...and roll! She was a champ on her tummy time mat (seen above) and loved it. This is probably because she starting sleeping on her tummy at 3 weeks old. Yes, I know, bad mommy! But we had to sleep and it was the ONLY way she was doing it! Our summer was a little rough, as she broke out in a heat rash whenever we took her outside, so we didn't go on too many outings. We did manage to escape to the Church picnic in August, though! (seen below)

4 months old is also when she started "solid food" and tasted cereal for the first time and was NOT impressed. It took over a month of trying to get her to eat it!

At 5 months old, she was STARTING to sit up (with help)

...and with that new milestone, she was officially transferred to the infamous duckie tub!

6 months old brought Sarah's first trip to Destin and also Halloween!

She started crawling at 6 1/2 months old (EEK!), ironically the exact same DATE as Beth did - November 18th! WEIRD! Oh- she also go her first tooth when we got home from Destin, which is exaclty when Beth got her first tooth - the day we got home from HER first trip to Destin.

... and 8 months old brought the Holidays and beautiful December weather!

8 1/2 months old - January

9 months old brought Valentine's Day and a VERY unsuccessful attempt to get a cute VDay picture of both girls!

9 months old is also when she starting REALLY eating babyfood VERY well and taking her sippy cup, too!

10 months old wasn't a pleasant month. Although this is the month she officially started WALKING, she was sick 3/4 of the month with a stomach funk! Probably Rotavirus, but we'll never know. I managed to only get a few cute photos that month.

So, that puts us at 11 months old....this last month. Boy, has she "grown" this last month. She is REALLY babbling and trying to say so many things. She is a PRO at walking and is starting to eat "table food" so much better. She celebrated her first Easter and she was so cute eating her treats (Cheerios!) out of her eggs and discovering the toys in her Easter basket!

11 Months old also marked her first official picture in Daddy's boat!

So that puts us 20, 2007....1 year later!