Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Big Day Sunday

Sunday we took (what felt like a monumental) step with Mallie... We left her in the care of the nursery workers during church.  I know it was only an hour or so of separation but it seemed HUGE.  

A little background: We knew we wanted to put Mallie in the nursery during church services since before she was born but it was a matter of timing (as to when she would start going).  She sat through church with us the past few services without any crying or other issues but Mr. Whimsy and I felt it was only a matter of time before our good luck ran out.  I will also be going back to work soon, and at least a day or two out of the week Mallie will need to be watched by someone else... so it seemed like this would be good practice for me in letting her go (and I would only have to "let go" for an hour as opposed to a full day).  

I have mentioned before that we go to The Ark Church in Conroe and LOVE it.  It has an inspiring man of God leading the church and Mr. Whimsy and I always feel fulfilled when leaving services.  It also has, what appears to be, a great kids church and youth program.  Seriously I have never seen kids so excited about going to church as I do when we go to The Ark.  Mallie has several years until she is old enough for the fun activities the church puts on, but when choosing a church home the youth program was more reassurance that The Ark was a perfect fit for our family.  It is a large church but everyone is so nice and accommodating it really does not feel that way (and this is coming from a girl that grew up in a church that had maybe 35ish people go to each church service on Sunday).  

In the Sunday School area we filled out the form and were told Mallie would be in Nursery 1, the youngest of all the nursery classes.  Volunteers (rockers) literally stay in the room and rock and love on the little babies until their parents are done with the church service.  We were given a sticker with a unique number and that number would pop onto the screen during church if Mallie would need us before church let out (if she was crying, needed to be fed, there was an emergency, etc.).  

As soon as we walked up to the class window a super sweet girl about my age came and laid claim to Mallie.  She pretty much said she would hold her the whole service and did not want to share with any of the other "rockers".  She took Mallie and her diaper bag and reassured us everything would be okay and she would take great care of our baby.  About that time, Mr. Whimsy said "well this is the first time we have left her with anyone..." and with those words tears IMMEDIATELY filled my eyes.  And I started crying.  It was pretty embarrassing but the sweet girl again told us it would be okay, they would page us if Mallie needed us at all and I was not the first mom to cry when leaving her baby behind.  I took a deep breath and told myself to walk away - if I was going to cry, I would rather it be in the dark sanctuary where people would not notice as opposed to the bright Sunday School area.  

A few songs into worship my tears dried and I focused on the screen, waiting to see if Mallie's number popped on screen paging us for some emergency. It never came up and when we went to pick her up the girl said she had been holding Mallie since we left and Mallie did not cry (or even know we were missing).  She told us her volunteer schedule and I asked her if she kept babies during the week because we felt so comfortable with her (she said she would but she is a teacher... bummer).

So essentially Sunday was a big day for Momma and Daddy Whimsy... not so much for Mallie.  But that one hour showed me 2 big things. 1. Mallie is okay in the care of others and 2. I've got some toughening up to do before I go back to work and leave her for an entire day.

To sum things up, I am so thankful we have such an amazing church home that puts such a strong focus on kids... and puts their parents as ease with leaving their babies for the first time.  My prayers are that Mallie grows up learning about and loving the Lord and that her church provides a spiritual foundation that will last her throughout her adulthood.  I am also praying we find someone as fantastic as the nursery volunteer to keep our sweet Mallie for a couple days out of the week when I go back to work...  If you have any suggestions in that arena, please send them my way!

If you are looking for a church in the Conroe area I highly recommend checking out The Ark.  Its pretty fantastic.  If you don't want to go by yourself let me know and we can meet up with you there!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mallie's First Road/Overnight Trip

This past week Mallie took her first road/overnight trip to my parents home in Brenham.  Mr. Whimsys had some meetings that had him driving through town so me and the baby hitched a ride with him.  It was a great trip and Mallie got to meet some people that are super special to our family.  

One of the first trips was to visit my Grandma who was super happy to see her.  She would ask everyone the came through the room (she is currently staying in a retirement home for rehab) if they met her granddaughter - and when I say everyone, I mean everyone from the nurses to cleaning crew to other patients visitors.

Mrs. Maurer and McKenzie stopped by the house to say hello

Mallie also got to meet the Wilke clan.

Mallie and Sweet Macey

Morgan (my BFF) will be a great babysitter for Mallie

 Future playmate Colt

 Aunt Kristin and Mallie

Is that a smile?  

And had her first visit to Silver Wings (my parents business)!

Mallie and Kelcie (Kelcie has to be Aunt Jamie's stand in until Mallie gets to meet her and my brother Kyle)

 Mallie and JP
Mallie and Tyler

And of course she got to see her BeBe and Grandpa!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo Grab Bag

Here are a couple photos from the past few weeks that I am just now getting around to posting.

8/1/12 - Sunbathing - this photo makes me and my sister Megan laugh.  When Mallie came home from the hospital, her doctor said she had a bit of jaundice so we needed to let her sunbath a bit.  Our solution was he sitting in her car seat in front of a big window with the smallest hat I could find... As you can see, Mallie wanted a bit more shade than the hat provided.  

8/7/12 First bath - like her momma, this girls loves water!  She didn't cry during her first bath, has not cried an any baths since then either.  Hopefully she will be able to convince her Daddy she needs a swimming pool in the back yard... (note - she normally take a bath in the middle of that bath thing... I just took the picture as she was closer to the bottom)

8/7/12 Mallie and Aunt Elvera

8/4/12 Mallie and Erik

8/8/12 Mallie and her first first friend, Monroe.  While Mallie is very unhappy and Monroe appears to want to have nothing to do with Mallie in this photo, I am pretty certain they will be best friends soon.  Check out Monroe's mom's blog here.

First time at church... she did not shed a tear the entire service.

We are gearing up for the 1 month old mark!  Can't believe how time has flown by... will post more soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newborn Photos - Sneak Peek

When our sweet Mallie was a week and a couple days old we had newborn photos taken of her.  I have not gotten the images yet but here are a couple of shots our photographer sent as a sneak pick.  Enjoy!

Today Mallie is 3 weeks, 2 days old and Mr. Whimsy and I are amazed at how much she has grown already.  She is a beautiful baby girl and we feel incredibly blessed to have such a special person as a part of our family.  

I hope to post more photos soon.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Meet Malinda Rose

Our sweet Baby Whimsy arrived Monday July 30 at 8:12PM.  She weighted 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.  We named her Malinda Rose and call her Mallie.  She is pretty much perfect.

Mallie about 15 minutes after she was born

It was an all day affair on Monday; Mr. Whimsy and I headed to the hospital around 4AM that morning, and the Dr. said we could stay when she made her rounds around 8:30 AM.  We called BeBe (my mom) and MiMi (Mr. Whimsys mom) and asked them to spread the word.  

BeBe, Grandpa Jimbo, MiMi, Grandpa TC, Aunt Megan, Aunt Kristin and Aunt Marilyn were there to welcome sweet Mallie into the world.

Since being home Mallie has been the picture of the perfect newborn.  She rarely cries (only when she is hungry, chilly, getting a washcloth bath or getting her diaper changed) and would sleep throughout the night if she didn't need to be fed - I sometimes have to wake her up to feed her.  We know this won't last forever but are enjoying it while it does!

Thank you everyone for the well wishes, prayers and congratulations.  I promise to post more soon!

Thank you Grandpa Jimbo for all the great pictures!