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September 15, 2014

Lyllian Abigail - 9 months

Lyllian - 
Sweet baby girl, what a month you have had!  You have grown so much!! You are 27.5 inches long (78th percentile) and are 18lbs (42nd percentile).  I know you had a growth spurt this month but you still seem so tiny to me!  
2 weeks after you turned 8 months old, you suddenly started doing all types of new things.  You waved bye bye, said ma-ma-ma, sat up right all on your own, and started trying to drink out of a sippy cup.  Everything you see goes straight into your mouth - and yes, that still includes your thumb - you do love sucking your thumb!!
Everyone comments about what a sweet and happy baby you are - which is pretty accurate.  This month you've had a few off days due to all of the teeth that you are cutting.  Currently, you have 6 teeth and started cutting 2 more today!  Otherwise, you are quite a content baby gal.  When you wake up from a nap, we find you sitting up right just a gabbering away in your crib.
You had a bit of separation anxiety for a few weeks, that we thought would really be a big deal once we were in America - but you surprised all of us by how much you reach out to all of our family & friends here in MS.  
MS has also expanded your palatte quite a bit!  You've enjoyed tastes of ice cream, chicken, yogurt, cheese, watermeleon, chocolate, and a shocking favorite - black eyed peas! 
You can get around to anywhere you'd like to go and you've gotten much faster now that you have squishy carpet to crawl around on!  You've started pulling up on your own and you love standing on your tiptoes.  
Even though you are loving all the new people and the extra attention - you have definitely been a momma's girl this month and I dont mind one bit.  I love you my sweet baby girl and am so grateful to be your momma!!

September 13, 2014

Oh Ryleigh

Ryleigh tends to be the one who makes us all laugh in Madagascar and she has not lost that title now that we're in America for a little while.  I thought I'd share some things in hopes they'll make you laugh too!

*At a Mexican restaurant*
R -"I want noodles & meatballs"
N - "They don't have spaghetti here, you can have a chicken taco"
R - (eyes light up) "I can make tortillas?!?!"

*Church luncheon*
R - "Can I have more cheese (off of the salad bar)"
Lhi Lhi - "Ryleigh, it's covered up now - so we can't get any"
R - "oh so no mosquitoes will get in it?"
Ryleigh & her cousin, Kaylee - these girls had so much fun together!
*Fast Food Place*
Ryleigh has taken off of her shoes and is walking around
N - "Ryleigh, you need to have your shoes on"
R - "oh or they'll put me in jail?"
*in car*
Due to jetlag, Ryleigh falls asleep ANYTIME she is in a vehicle
N - "Ryleigh, it's time to wake up baby"
R - "my body just needs to sleep, momma"
N - "You can't stay out here by yourself in the car"
R - "but Mississippi makes me tired!!"

And if you're wondering how Lyllian is doing...let's just say that she is LOVING having this "new" stuff to crawl on - carpet is a pretty amazing thing!!

September 12, 2014

We're HERE!

I guess more accurately it would be "We've been here!"  The blog has taken a backseat due to all of the facetime we are able to have with so much of our family & friends!  Hopefully, over the next week I'll get back into the groove of writing.

The journey was long and more than a bit bittersweet.  Overall, the girls did fantastic but we did arrive in Dallas running on adrenaline.  Dallas was the first time we had a delay and those 3 hours seemed a bit longer for some reason!

We made it in to Jackson later than expected but we were greeted by the most beautiful faces.  Hugs are a gift from God - of that I am certain.  There were signs, gifts, balloons (that can now be found in the airport ceiling), hugs, tears, and lots of pictures (of which I've yet to see - I need to check on that).

We are trying to soak up every moment.  It's such a wonderful feeling to know you are with so many who have loved you for so long and through so many different seasons. There's been some reverse culture shock but having family & friends around to get us through those first trips to Walmart and to set up phones has helped tremendously. The girls are loving all of their time with grandparents, aunts & uncles, and the like.

Thank you all for covering our family in prayer - not just during the trip home but for every moment of our 1st term in Madagascar.  You are a gift to us that we do not take for granted.  We can't wait to hug your necks!!

After we recover from jet lag - I'll be sure to get more than just some iphone pics but for now they'll have to do :)

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