Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Girl's Weekend

No not an exciting wild night out with my girl peers, but a weekend with just Lila and me while dad was at work! I was dreading this weekend because I knew Josh would have to be at the Coast Guard Station from Friday morning to Monday morning. This is one of the first long weekends that he's had to work since having Lila. Needless to say, the thought of three and a half days of taking care of Lila with no help sounded very exhausting! However, it ended up being a WONDERFUL weekend! The weather was great, I met a new friend in the neighborhood, and I actually got to go to my Sunday School class again for the first time since she was born. We had a very busy weekend getting ready for house showings and going on VERY long walks in my jogging stroller that I got for Christmas. I am just using it now, because I felt like she was too small before; but she fits just fine and those straps tighten way down to keep her snug and comfy! Jogging strollers are wonderful for gorgeous days like we had this weekend. I also gave Lila a bath myself for the first time. Don't worry, she has been bathed many times, just not by me! She gets so slippery that it's scary to wash her...I know, I'm being ridiculous!!! But, she loves her bath now and we had a great time playing before and after. She is liking being naked more and more which makes changing her clothes and bathtime so much easier! Palm Sunday church was great, and it was so good to see some of my Sunday school friends again! Lila was good and quiet during class, and we went for a long Target shopping trip that afternoon. Josh came home on Monday afternoon after another house showing, and we had another great couple of days! Tonight we're getting ready for another house showing tomorrow! It's so sad to be selling our house but we've had 3 showings in the 3 days it's been on the market, so hopefully that's a good time! Keep us in your prayers! Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Having so much fun playing before our bath.
Look at that big ole' belly!
Playing in the nursery after our long walk with Chevy
Her little sneakers
Watching mom get ready in her Boppy bouncer one morning
Laying in her Boppy pillow before church on Palm Sunday
Fast asleep after one busy weekend! Ready for daddy to come home!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Latest Lila

I know I post a lot about Lila, but I want to use this blog to help me remember her milestones and developments. Plus, she's a lot more fun to talk about than my or Josh's life :-) I can't believe that she will be two months old a week from tomorrow. It really is flying by, and I try to take as many pictures as I can everyday! Digital cameras are so nice because you don't have to worry about only having 24 pictures per role as our parents did when we were kids. I think I only have a handful of pictures of me when I was a baby, compared to at least 500 (probably more) of Lila and she's only been alive 7 weeks! Some fun things that she is doing now is smiling a lot more when we play and especially when she is up in the morning, after I feed her, and when I take her out of her swaddle blanket. It is the cutest thing to see her light up with a big smile. It really makes the last 7 weeks worth it (not that it's been too difficult though-I'm lucky she is a good baby!). She is also using her leg muscles a lot more. She loves when we hold her upright as if she is standing. She gets a look on her face like she is concentrating so hard on holding her head up straight, which she is also doing a great job of. She loves for us to hold her in a seated position too so she can hold her head, she looks like she is so proud of herself when she controls her head! Also, she is trying to roll over and she can get all the way sideways before she rolls back on her back. She tries and tries, she even tries to use momentum by swinging her arms over, but she just isn't quite strong enough yet, but it sure won't be long! I'm still enjoying her being immobile, and not having to worry about chasing her all over the room yet! It's so much fun to watch her grow and develop and learn so many new things each day!!! I could watch her all day long (except from about 7-9 when she fusses more than the rest of the day...but that's what swings are for right?!?!). Here are some more pictures of Lila lately:

Actually enjoying tummy time for once, she doesn't like it very often!
Fast asleep in her swing
Looking up at the animal mobile on her swing-she spends a lot of time in her swing (can you tell?)
Daddy taking a nap after work and Lila laying in his arms
Loves to watch tv just like her dad
Getting a scrub-down in the sink after an explosion in the car seat (TMI??) haha
In her green swaddle, she looks like a little pea pod
In her swing...again, her hands just looked too cute!
Swing one more time, this time she is holding her favorite rattle

**Okay so I promise she doesn't spend EVERY minute of her day in her swing, but we're selling our house and there was a lot to do this week to get ready for a showing tomorrow :-)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lila's first trip to Atlanta

I haven't posted in a while, so bare with me-it's a long one!

This week was a super busy one!!! We were originally just coming to Atlanta for our good friends Jaime and Zach Richardson's wedding this past Saturday the 13th. However, Josh had to go to a 5-day training school in Yorktown, Virginia this Monday thru Friday, and he was flying out of Atlanta, so I decided to stay at my parent's house while he was there at school. He flew back into Atlanta on Saturday, and we drove back to Florida on Sunday. The timing of his training was perfect, especially so that I didn't have to be at home in Niceville by myself while Josh was at school. Plus, my mom and dad were beyond thrilled to have Lila at home with them for a whole week!!!! Here's how our crazy week went:

Friday: Drove up from Florida which was Lila's first roadtrip. She did exactly how I knew she would and slept 4 hours straight which got us to Columbus before we stopped to feed her and change her. Then she went right back to sleep for the remaining 2 1/2 hours to my parents house in Suwanee. My mom cooked dinner for us (which is a rare fete for her-haha sorry mom!), which was nice to relax and not have to get in the car again to drive to dinner.

Saturday: Josh wanted a seersucker (spelling?) suit for his birthday so he went shopping with two of his college friends that were in town for the same wedding for the afternoon while my sister, my mom, Lila, and I went to lunch up at the clubhouse in my parent's neighborhood. My sister really enjoyed getting to see Lila again! Later that afternoon my mom's parents-Lila's great-grandparents, and her great-aunt Carol Anne (Aunt Boo) came over to hold Lila for a long time while Josh and I got ready for Jaime's wedding. The wedding was at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta and it was absolutely gorgeous! She was beautiful as always!!! It was great to spend time with my high school friends as well as Josh's fraternity brothers from University of Alabama! This was Lila's first wedding and the first time meeting many of our friends. She did really well, and left with my parents at the beginning of the reception so that Josh and I could dance and enjoy ourselves a little more :-)

Sunday: We were really planning on going to church, but with the time change and getting home later from the wedding, we decided sleep was a higher priority (though I'm a bit ashamed to admit that). Did I mention that our church is 45 minutes away from my parents house here? Does that make it a little better??? probably not, oh well! That afternoon we went over to Josh's grand-parents house so that they could meet Lila for the first time. Her mamu and big pop (Josh's parents) were there also as well as her great-aunt Marianne and her second cousins, Taylor and Liam. It was a good visit, and then I had to take Josh to the airport to leave us for 5 whole days! This was the longest he's ever gone without seeing Lila, and he really missed her!!!

Monday: Lila got to meet her other great-grandmother (my dad's mom) this day. We went to her house and she held her for about 2 hours. Lila was so good for her, and it made my grandmother's year to be able to hold her great-grandbaby!

Tuesday: We had a relaxing morning at home, and that afternoon Mamu came over to visit with Lila again. She held Lila for about two hours, and Lila slept the whole time! That evening my mom's parents came back over to visit with Lila again.

Wednesday: I got to go to my first post-pardom Jazzercise class with my instructor-friend Amie Bryans, who was my mentor that helped me get certified! It was a St.Patty's Day themed class, and everyone wore green. It was so much fun to be back in class and to see Amie! My sister came over that afternoon again to see Lila. She does business up near Suwanee, so she passed by whenever she was in the area. That night we took Lila to Bonefish Grill, which was amazing as usual and shopped at Babys R' Us. We went in there for one thing (a cradle swing for our house in Florida because she LOVED the one my mom had for her in Atlanta), but of course we came out with WAY too much stuff! It's so much fun to look at and buy baby things!

Thursday: Lila and I went on a long walk in the neighborhood. It was a beautiful day, and the hills in Georgia give you a great workout! It's so much harder to push a stroller around this neighborhood than our flat neighborhood in Florida! We walked down the the tennis courts to watch my mom's match and to visit with the ladies in the neighborhood. It was so good to see them, and they enjoyed meeting Lila. That night my mom and I had dinner at the club house with friends in the neighborhood. One of the friends is around my age and is expecting a baby boy in April! It was so much fun to talk about babies and I can't wait to meet her little guy!!!

Friday: I went to Amy Showfety's Jazzercise class at the Atlanta Athletic Club that morning and my mom brought Lila up there right as class was ending so that she could meet Amy. Lila even got to watch us Jazzercise for about 10 minutes, and I wonder if she could remember any of the music from when I taught class when I was pregnant for so long?!? Then we went over to the main house at the club to show Lila to Kim and Lindsay, who planned Josh and my wedding in July 2008. They loved seeing her! After that, we went over to the tennis center to show Lila to my old coach who I've been playing with since I was 6 years old (20 years!). She also got to meet one of the other pros that I played with when I was a kid there. After our Athletic Club visit, Lila and my mom and I went over to my sister and dad's shopping center in Cumming, the Midway Family Festival, to have her picture made with one of the photographers that leased space from my sister in the center. Lila was fussing when we got there, but once she saw the camera, she started cooperating. She LOVES having her picture made! Not that I've made her take many pictures :-) That night we thought that Josh was flying back, but his plane had a mechanical problem so they cancelled the flight. We were so upset, but we got to see him early the next morning! Since Josh wasn't coming in tonight, Lila and I went to dinner with my parents, my brother, my sister and her boyfriend at my favorite restaurant, J. Alexanders at the Forum. It was a lot of fun getting to spend time with my brother before he headed back to Ole Miss.

Saturday: Lila and I picked Josh up at the Atlanta airport at 9 a.m. and we were so happy to see him! He really missed her (and me of course), but this was the longest he'd gone without seeing his baby girl! We got back to my parent's house and took a nap, but the weather was beautiful, so we got ready and went to shop and walk around the Forum. We went back to my parent's house and got my dog and went for another walk with him around the neighborhood. My grandparents were there when we got back because they wanted to see Lila one last time before we left to come back to Florida. That night, my aunt Boo came over with an orange cake for Josh and visited with Lila one last time as well. We all went to bed pretty early to get up and pack to come back home.

Sunday: We slept in until 10 because our busy week finally caught up to us! My mom made us breakfast/brunch while my dad helped us pack the car. My parents really didn't want us (really just Lila) to go. It was sad to leave everyone, but it is so nice to be back in our own house!

We had such a great time visiting family and friends in Atlanta, but I'm so glad to be back to our little house in Florida-just in time to put it on the market! Anyone looking for a 3 bedroom house in Niceville?!?! :-)

Here are some pictures from the week:

                                                          Lila's first wedding
                           Dad holding Lila before the wedding started

                   Some of my high school friends at Jaime's wedding
Lila was worn out after the wedding
                        Being so sweet in her lamb swing
She was not too happy after she had to get out of her warm bath

                     "That's a little better, but I'm still cold!"
       Her first 3-month outfit that fits. She's growing way too fast!!!

She loves to stick out that tongue!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Month Check-up

Lila and I went to the doctor yesterday for her one-month check-up. She is now 8 pounds 2 ounces, which is up a little over a pound from last month. She's so little! I was born weighing more than that! She'll be a little squirt, but so is her mommy and daddy so I can't expect too much more! She's 21 inches long, so I'm thinking she's going to grow to be long and skinny like her dad! Before she was born, Josh was hoping she'd be unfortunate looking so that he wouldn't have to worry about the guys after her (which I hope he was kidding about!), but it doesn't look like that's going to be the case!

We got her newborn pictures back yesterday and I'm so excited to put them up around our house! They are so pretty!!! Here are a few of my favorites:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Galveston, Texas

Josh got orders today for his next unit which will be on an 87 foot patrol boat out of Galveston, Texas. It was his 12th out of 30 picks, which is actually pretty good considering most of the guys that he knows that are transferring didn't get anything on their list and had to pick from the leftovers. When he told me about it this morning, I couldn't help but be dissappointed. It is a 13 hour drive from home (northeast Atlanta) and at least 10 hours from Destin (so no using my parents beach condo as much). But, it is the best pick for Josh's career. He will have more responsibility as well as have more opportunity for advancement and learning on the job. The more and more that I've thought about it, I'm actually really excited! We will be very close to Houston, and we're actually going to look for a house on the south-side of Houston, and it will be nice to be in a city again! I will be only about 3 hours away from one of my best friends from high school which will be nice too! All in all, God put us where He felt we were of the most need, and that this move is all part of His plan! I trust in Him and know that this will be a great new adventure for the Gentry family!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Family Visits

This past weekend my parents came into town, as well as my sister and her boyfriend, Ralson. This was the first time that my sister was able to see Lila since she was born. For those who don't know my sister, she was never one to love kids or babies, and was never a fan of babysitting or anything like that. I don't even think she has held a baby before Lila, so my parents and I were eager to see how she would be around Lila. She ended up LOVING holding Lila and was so cute around her the whole time. At one point in the weekend, she and Ralson were outside on the condo porch holding Lila in between them and Lila was fast asleep. It was the cutest sight! My dad took a bunch of pictures and I tried to upload them to my computer, but sadly enough, my computer wouldn't recognize his camera card. He's going to put them on a cd for me so I'll have them shortly. These were the last set of visitors for us for a while I think. We will be going to Atlanta for a friend's wedding in the middle of March, so my parents are already looking forward to that!

It'll be nice to be just Josh, me, and Lila for a couple of weeks. I've tried to get Lila on a schedule, and it seems to be going well, even with my family in town this weekend. They are good about working around our schedule though! Lila has been sleeping really well the past few nights (knock on wood!). Last night she slept four hours at a time before waking up to eat and slept from 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. only waking up twice. It feels great to get a few consecutive hours of sleep! Last night while she was laying in her pack-and-play, she was kicking her legs so much that it looked like she was trying to run a marathon! She had the most content look on her face as she kicked away. It was the funniest thing I've seen her do. I think she misses all of the activity she got while I was pregnant with her! The video link is down below under the pictures. I can't believe she'll be a month old in two days!!!



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