Be careful little eyes…

I barely made it! I wanted to make sure I got 1 post in each month, and I think there is only 1 day left in September. It’s been a while, so I’ll briefly update you guys on what has been going on with us.

Isabelle has started daycare. It is going well and she is adjusting to the daycare schedule. She got a cold which stressed me right out because she had it for 2 weeks and was coughing and her nose was running (is still running I should say) and I felt bad. However, I’m learning to go with the flow of our new normal. I have been silently repeating this phrase to myself multiple times a day “This is what is happening right now and you cannot change it. So just accept it and think positively” lol. I’m a worrier and I actually think it’s helping.

My year long maternity leave is over in a few weeks. I’m scheduled to head back to work October 22. I felt tense and overwhelmed all week, and didn’t have a specific reason why. I’m thinking it has to do with my impending return to work. I feel so busy without going to work and I wonder how I’ll get everything done when I’m back to working full time.  Again, I’ll have to get used to our new normal.

Isabelle and I will be heading to Michigan to visit my family for a bit and then my mom will return with us to celebrate Isabelle’s birthday and help me out my first week back to work. I’ll be looking forward to having her help me around the house and my husband will be looking forward to her cooking I’m sure:)

So as we approach Belle’s first birthday, I’m noticing how much she is learning and changing right before our eyes.  There is a bell that chimes whenever our front or back door is opened, and I noticed this week that Isabelle knows this.  I opened the back door to put out the trash and she turned around and looked to the front door (she doesn’t realize the back door does it too yet lol). I was a little surprised, so I  shut the door and opened it again, and sure enough she looked back to the front door.  Well, of course I felt like my child was the smartest baby on the earth and showed my husband when he got home from work! However, my elation quickly transformed into panic.  If she picked up on that, what else is she learning from us?

This is not good. I yell at the dog when she won’t stop eating food off the floor. I get mad at driver who won’t let me in a lane and my signal is on. I may not say so nice of a word when I clumsily stub my toe on the bed post. This is not good! And there you have it – there is my lesson for not just the week, but the rest of my life: Someone is watching every little thing I do, and do I really want her first word to be “Crap!” ?

My mom would sing this song to my sister and I when we were little:

Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down in love, oh be careful little eyes what you see. 

(The next verses would follow with hands what you do, mouth what you say, and feet where you go.)

Let’s face it, because we don’t see God right in front of us, it’s easy to forget that He’s watching us too, and that we are supposed to be trying to be like Him daily.  Ah ha! I have figured out why he invented children! hahaha Do what you want, say what you want, go where you want. Until you realize there is a little person that wants to be just like you and will pick up on your good AND bad habits. Great! This is just awesome! Well, when she says “Laila, sit down NOW!” I’ll blame that one on her dad 🙂

  •  Recent highlights: She shakes her head ‘no’ all the time now. It’s so cute because she uses almost her entire upper body to do so. Can’t wait for the day when we are in the store and someone asks “Is this your mom?” … “Nope!”
  • Recent funny moment: We went to the zoo recently and were so excited for her to see all the animals. She didn’t care about them at ALL. I don’t think she could even really see them. She was too distracted by the people walking around. We get to the giraffes, thinking there is no way she could miss this one, and the giraffe walked away. I think it so funny when parents get so excited about something and the baby could care less.
  • Recent crazy parent moment:  I turned 30 last week and leave it up to your child to remind you that you are no longer the most important person in your own life! She was teething, had a cold, and was completely miserable most of the day. Weirdly enough, I didn’t mind. However, my hubby kept saying “This is the wackest birthday ever, I’m sorry.”
  • Recent milestones: She has 3 teeth now! She had none last month, so this is progress.
  • Bellelesson of the week: “… Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8