The biggest aspect of it all is of course little Miss Ainsley Marie! She's so beautiful and fun! She's 3 1/2 months now - when did that happen?! She's discovered her hands and her voice, so she's constantly chewing on and staring at her hands, and chatters all day long! She's also started laughing! We still have to work pretty hard to get those laughs, but they're there! She's thriving at daycare - we have a wonderful daycare provider, and the other kids just adore Ainsley. She's growing like a weed, and the best news of all - she's sleeping through the night!!!! She's down for the night between 7:30 and 8:30 depending on when she eats, and wakes up pretty consistently at 6:30, which works perfect for my morning schedule. We still have to get up once or twice a night just to pop her pacifier back in, but I'm not up for 30-45 minutes every 3 hours, so I can handle it! The challenge we're facing right now is getting her to sleep. She acts tired, but fights it so hard, so now we're in the let-her-cry-it-out phase, and I hate it! I know it won't last long, but it breaks my heart to hear her cry!
I've made it my mission to be super-mom. By super-mom, I mean being the best wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, and most importantly, believer, that I can be. I believe that I can excel at a full-time job, take excellent care of my beautiful daughter, love and serve my husband, grow in my faith, maintain and grow in my relationships with my family and friends, and keep my house clean too! I have to be very intentional, and I have to say, ever since I made the conscious decision to do this, I've felt much more content and happy. A huge part of it is that my apartment is starting to get neat and clean again - a messy, cluttered home does nothing but stress me out, and now that it's getting better, I've felt my stress level decrease significantly. And, I'm getting a Wii Active 2 next week so I can start working out and get rid of those last 6 baby pounds, and then some! It's hard when I work until 5, have to pick up Ainsley from daycare and don't get home until at least 5:30, find time to eat, play with Ainsley, and have her in bed on time. With Justin working most nights, I'm on my own in the evenings, so I don't have time to go out and work out, and I refuse to get up any earlier! So I need something I can do at home after Ainsley is in bed - enter the Wii! I'm really excited to start using it! Basically, my goal is to be just an overall happier, healthier person and ensure my family is healthy and happy.