Wednesday, November 25, 2009

...because I've changed

Me & My Little Girl

I decided I needed a change. I am not the same girl I was a month ago even. I've learned to live with about 4 hours of sleep a night; I've mastered changing a diaper in about 3.2 seconds to avoid being covered in tinkle; I've timed everything out so that while she's napping I can love our other two "babies" who are extremely jealous; I've learned to not look at a few toys and books scattered on the floor as a problem but as a blessing...those toys represent the fact that God has given us Clara to love forever...and so I'm okay with the mess! :)

However, all these things led me to my big change. My hair now matches Clara's! (And I also feel a little like Isabella Swan for all the Twilight lovers out there!) :) Now, it's no mystery that I have a pale complexion and the dark hair deffinitely accents that...One year ago I would have done all I could to fix that...but doesn't bother me one bit....

...because I've changed. :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"It won't be like this for long"

A couple mornings ago I was rocking Clara; trying not to fall asleep and Dave came in singing this song. It made me cry. I have a feeling anyone who has a baby will really relate to what the lyrics say and it was exactly what I needed to hear that morning.

Yes, we're exhausted... but she's worth every second of lost sleep.

At least we know that our little sugarbear is getting enough rest

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clara's Crazy Fun Week :)

Our week started with a visit from my good friend Kristin. She brought us some delicious chicken and cheesey potato casserole...and then me, her and Clara pretty much just talked the whole afternoon...well we talked and Clara just laid there and listened. :) Kristin calls her a "Praise the Lord" baby because she always sleeps with her arms straight out...kindof like you can see in the picture. It's so funny because this little girl will not be swaddled...she just loves sleeping completely stretched out. :)

The week ended with a BEAUTIFUL baby shower thrown by my awesome friends from Indian Creek. Here are some pictures from the partayyy! :)

Erin & Kayla - The Hosts :)

Proud Grandma!

One of Clara's gifts from the little eskimo loves her new polar bear chair!

Muffie & Alina with "the girls" :)

All us chicas :)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart everyone for such an amazing are all such a blessing and "little squishy" and me can't thank you enough! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009


Introducing the future MRS. VOGEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenilee got engaged on Friday!! Me and several other friends went out with her and Mark to a Japanese Steak House (The name is still in Sara & JP) on Friday to celebrate Mark's birthday. However, little did she know that she would be celebrating something else with him that night. He proposed afterwards and the rest is history. She stopped by Saturday morning to show little Clara, and all of us her beautiful rock! (I wish I had a close up picture) I'm not sure Clara really understood what we were celebrating at the moment but I know she will appreciate this picture when she's older. :)

Jenilee has been the greatest friend in the world and I/we (Dave, Me, Clara, Fluffy, Solomon and the rest of my extended family) :) couldn't be happier for her! She is one of the strongest people I have ever met...and such an amazing/fun personality...not to mention a little sassiness (sp?)...I mean she's a red head. :) She's battled cancer numerous times already by the age of 27 and it hasn't stood a chance...I mean seriously...I don't know why it even bothered?!? She is marrying such an awesome guy and I know they are going to be incredibly happy together foreva'! :)

Congrats again Jenilee...we love you!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Clara Bear's" week old photo shoot

My sister is an awesome photographer and I was so excited because she offered to come down and take some picutres of Clara for us this past weekend and I wanted to share them with you. Thank you Aunt Angela! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm an uncle!

We went over to Dave's aunt and uncle's house last night for a "welcome to the world Clara" party. :) It was so much fun..she got lots of presents and we got lots of delicious food.

This might be one of those "you had to be there" stories, but Dave's cousin told us the funniest story and I just had to share it with you. To preface this story, Nick (Dave's cousin) owns a landscaping company so he sees quite a few people on a daily basis. About halfway through supper, Nick said "Okay, I have to tell you something Amber and Dave. I got your text early Friday morning last week about Clara being born. I'm not sure what happened but I instantly thought...oh my gosh...I'm an uncle! I was so excited and couldn't believe she was finally here. I proceeded to tell all my clients throughout the day about me becoming a new uncle! Then, at some point late in the day I realized...wait a minute...Dave's not my brother. Then I was like...oh my gosh...I'm totally not an uncle I'm just a second cousin!"

We all seriously laughed so hard. It was so cute...he genuinely couldn't believe he'd told people he was a new uncle or that he'd thought that in the first place. You may have to know Nick to really capture the hilarity of this story but he is definitely a very intelligent guy so that just added to the humor of the situation.

Here are some picutres of the evening and of Clara and her "Uncle Nick!"

"Uncle Nick and Dave" This picture made us laugh because it kindof looks like Dave & Nick are a couple. lol. :)

Aunt Barb & little Clara

5 seconds before Clara spit up all over Dave :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

7 days have passed...

The day my world changed

I can't believe how much my life has changed in 7 days. This is absolutely the best job in the whole world...little Clara takes my breath away sometimes because I love her so much. I would take being exhausted the rest of my life just to be with her....I would do pregnancy 100 times over again if it meant I got to see that little smile. :)

My mom has been here to help the past 3 days and we have been quite busy! Here are a few pictures of some of our "1st's" this week! :)

First Bathtime..Mary had a little lamb..lalala

First Trip to Whole Foods(Outfit compliments of Aunt Jenilee)

...and the first time I myself wore something other than jammies :)

And now I'm afraid I have to go because I just heard my mom from the other room "Oh my gosh...holy cow! Woah Clara...there is alot of this...peweeey it smells!" So... I think that is my cue to help! :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1st 48 hours :)

I had no idea how much time it would take to love little Clara. There are so many things I want to post but I haven't even gotten a moment to read everyone else's blog let alone write on my own in the last 48 hours. So...I'm afriad this will be a quick one.I have about 15 minutes before this little sugarbear will want out of her giraffe chair!

Clara right now :)

We've survived!

For a very brief synopsis of the last two days, here is what has been happening:

Eat, Sleep, Poop, Eat, Sleep, Poop, tinkle on the table like 5 times as mom is in the middle of changing her diaper (I'm afraid this is her favorite thing to do...start to potty just as I'm in the middle of switching her into a new diaper so then I have to change the changing table cloth, her clothes and sockies and give her a little sponge bath from what started as a simple diaper change (sigh) ....:))
We also had our first doctor's appointment and I'm happy to report, that she is still a very healthy little girl!

Clara getting ready for her appt. She was a little lady bug.

Okay, I'm not sure when the next post will be, but I'll try to make sure to write at least a couple times a week. :)

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