Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Nyla Pics

So, the vast majority of people that visit our blog really just want to see Nyla pictures, so lets give the people what they want...

Nyla is getting to be SOOO smiley. I come home from work and just make faces at her for as long as she will smile at them. This was taken one morning about a week ago with my new birthday camera. I had to hold it off to the side and try to aim it while I made faces to get her to smile.

This is what it looks like when Nyla looks at the camera. She doesn't know what to think about it.

So the other night we hung out with my sister Erin, her husband Mark and their son Evan. He is 4 months older than Nyla. You can see that he is a lot more interested in Nyla than she is in him. Evan likes to put things in his mouth. Just before this picture he had grabbed Nyla's hand and was trying to shove it in his mouth. It was a lot of fun and he is just such a happy, mello kid. It is really easy to make him laugh.

This is Nyla looking at Mom and just being happy and relaxed. This is how she is the vast majority of the time now. When she was a newborn she was pretty fussy, but now she has really turned a corner and is a totally different baby. It is so much fun to have her around. We just love her so much.

This is Nyla's sad face.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday JJ!

We just finished celebrating JJ's birthday mardi gras. The celebration lasted all week, but I couldn't let it all pass without posting something here. We started the birthday celebrating on Sunday night with a family birthday party. The photo shows JJ's candle-blowing helpers. Notice JJ is actually not blowing out the candles at all!

Next we had TWO dinners out on Tuesday (Olive Garden) and Wednesday (Cheesecake Factory on the actual birthday). Nyla joined us for both dinners and was not as excited about being out as JJ and I were, but we managed. Friday we had a dinner party with friends and JJ's big presie came on Saturday. He FINALLY got the Canon camera he has been dreaming about since before we met.

All celebrations aside, I want to take just a minute to say happy birthday and thank you to my most favorite person in the world. I feel so lucky to be with him. He lets me be whatever I want and loves me just the same. He listens to me and makes changes to make me happy while still remaning true to himself. He is the best teammate I ever had and I am still brought to tears when I think about the life ahead of us.

This year, my most favorite part about JJ is how he treats Nyla. He has mad "daddy skills." :-) JJ takes his turn holding a crying Nyla, is solely responsible for removing the surprisingly heavy bag of diapers from the diaper bin, and wipes up spit up with his bare hands... his BARE HANDS.

And Nyla loves her daddy just as much. She just stares at him and he has a magical way of calming her. I find myself hiding my surprise and delight when he refuses my offers to take Nyla when she is too fussy or when I wake up on Saturday at least an hour later than I expected because JJ got up and took Nyla in the front room so the pre-wake-up-grunting-phase wouldn't wake me. In fact last Saturday, as I began dozing putting Nyla down for a nap, JJ told me to sleep and when I woke up 2 hours later, he had cleaned the bathroom and shampooed the front room carpet. AND he goes to work everyday so I can stay with Nyla, which is my dream come true and JJ makes it possible. I said this at my wedding but it is still true 3 years later,

"I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. This life with JJ is the life that I imagined. The path ahead of us is beautiful and I am so glad that I get to be on that path with JJ."