Saturday, February 18, 2012

Other Updates

I figured I should update everyone on Chase and me since I took the time to update on Mila. I'll do this bullet style here goes.

**In February he drove to Salt Lake for a physical examination for the Air Force called MEPS. After weeks of dieting and being more self aware of his health, he passed. How did we celebrate? We ate a Marie Calendar's pecan pie. Nice. The next step in the Air Force process is contacting HR once he has passed the BAR. That's when they will hopefully give us our two choices of location for his first assignment.
**His International Moot Court team went to compete in Denver where they made it to the quarter finals. This is the furthest BYU had made it in the competition in a really, really long time. They also received an award for their brief (they placed 2nd out of all the teams). I was very proud of Chase because he was the coach for the team and worked really hard at preparing the team for this competition so they could show well in order to receive more support from the law school. Because of their efforts this year it looks like they will have faculty support next year.
**Since the beginning of this year Chase has been taking the Kaplan prep course for the BAR. His hours of studying will finally end come February 28 & 29 when he takes the BAR in Wisconsin. If you'd like to offer up a few prayers on those days we'd greatly appreciate it.

**Not too much to report. I put together a play group of girls who are around Mila's age, so once a week we get together and let the girls stare at each other and share toys.
**I've had a chance to substitute recently, so it's been nice to get into the classroom again.
**I was invited back to teach at Education Week, so I already have plans of coming back to Utah to visit and play in August. They wanted me to teach both a youth series and an adult series, but I told them I'm not sure if I feel knowledgeable enough in an area to be considered to teach adults.
**I am "training" (I need to be more diligent) to do a Triathlon in April. Chase and I are hopefully going to run another 5k in April as well, but this time I'm going to push Mila in the stroller.

And that's the 411.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mila's 9 months!

*18 months ago on August 17, 2010, Chase and I found ourselves yet again not pregnant*
*One month later on Sept. 14, we found ourselves finally pregnant after 9 months of trying*
*Then, 9 months to the day from our big let down, we found ourselves holding our Miss Mi*

And here we are today with Mila turning 9 months old (shout out to her friend, Calvin Smith, who is 1 year old today!!). It's crazy to look back at the timing of everything. The Lord definitely was behind it all. And it's crazy to think that Mila is now 9 months old. I know I haven't done well keeping the blogging world informed on her monthly stats and accomplishments (however, I have documented it all in her baby book), I thought I would describe what our little 9 month girl is like these days.

Mila loves...
Animals. Stuffed, animated, real--doesn't matter, she loves them.
Books. She will play in her book bin more often than her toy bin. She is really good at turning the pages and loves us reading to her.
Her blanket. She goes down seamlessly when you give her her blanket to snuggle with as she dozes off (thank you Kailee for her blanket of choice!)
My wooden "Christy" puzzle. She will play with the wooden pieces for what feels like a half hour.
Praise & attention. She gets so excited and flaps her hands in what looks like her attempt at clapping when we cheer for her.

In other news...
After teething for what felt like 5 months, this past month she cut her first tooth (her bottom right).

She goes to bed between 7 & 7:30PM and usually sleeps through the night until 7AM. She has had her nights though this past night whether because of teething or a cold where she'd wake and need to be nursed back to sleep. She has transitioned to just two naps a day each ranging from 1-2 hours.

She eats about anything, although she still dislikes peas and baby food chicken. We still have to limit what she eats (no bananas, sweet potatoes, barley, or applesauce) due to her weak digestive system. Besides baby food, she eats bread, cheerios, pears, and string cheese.

She currently is working on crawling. She will rock while on her knees, but doesn't quite know how to move her hands and knees in sync.

She is a little jabber box recently. She repeatedly babbles "Ba" "Da" "Ma" and is working on "Pa". But, recently she started saying jibberish to herself that reminds us of the little transformer on the movie Transformers. It is hilarious!
We really love this stage. She's such a delight. We love ya, little Miss Mi.