9.24.2012

Playdates and hair

The first part of this post is dedicated to Preslee's growing hair! ha! I love bows, but I have people ask me if she ALWAYS has a bow in. Well, most of the time the answer is yes because otherwise her hair is in her eyes! Look at this crazy mess! 
 Then sometimes a bow still doesn't help! ha! (She looks way too old in this pic!)
A lot of time while at home, I just put in it a little front ponytail thing! It's pretty funny looking but at least its out of her face! I just love all her hair and can't wait to (hopefully, if she's willing) do fun things with her hair! 


Last week, we had a special visitor!! Annabel came to Little Rock and we got to play! It was a great day! 
 The girls are starting to really show affection and it was just too sweet seeing them together! 
 Preslee was trying to Annabel to stay in the chair! :) 
 Annabel might be the friendliest baby ever! She is always smiling at people and will hug people she doesn't even know well! I just love her and her momma!
 I was so happy to have gotten this affectionate interaction on camera! Preslee came over and went to kiss Annabel then Annabel put her arms around Preslee and hugged her! Seriously it was the sweetest thing ever! 

Preslee loves playing with other kids. I feel like she would like a mothers-day-out but I just love being with her and when I head back to work 2 days a week, my mom is going to come keep her! I know there are many opinions on this topic!
Stay at home moms... what age did your kids go to a MDO or day care?


89 comments:

Lauren & Eddie said...

Her hair is so pretty! My oldest was almost two when he started and my youngest will be 18 months when he starts. Our earliest program here is for one-year-olds so that's why we had to wait. My almost-two-year-old was in the one-year class at 22 months!

Amy @ www.workingmomsdaily.com said...

I am a full time working mama, so this not me.. but I have a lot of SAHM friends who did a day for each year. So 1 y/o went 1 day, 2 y/o went 2 days, ect. I think it works well. I can honestly say that I can see big difference in kids who NEVER attend anything by 3 or 4 years old. Even 1 day a week starting little, lets them learn to be with other kids.

Dear Addilyn said...

I had to go back to work when my little girl was 22 months old. It was the hardest thing ever!! But, I felt like she was getting bored at home and although I was trying to make extra money for our family, we were getting into debt. So....we made the hard decision for me to go back to work. She has done great and enjoys going to school.

Casey said...

I am a SAHM and I kept both my children at home with me and didn't do any kind of MDO program. I just loved having them at home with me too and felt like they had the rest of their lives to be at school and with friends. They both were involved in activities such as dance and then of course church Sunday School and choir. So, they were around children a lot and had lots of playdates!! I feel like it is totally up to the parent and the situation. When my daughter started 4 year old preschool she did great and had no attachment issues and did very well. So, have fun and do what you feel led to do :) She is a cutie!!

The Momma said...

I'm a full time stay at home mom. Both of my kids went to MDO right before they turned 2, 2 days a week, a few hours a day. This year my son is 5 and he is going to preschool 3 days a week and my daughter is about to be 3 and she is doing 3 days a week from 9-12 only. I feel interaction with other kids is vital to them, but at the same time, I'm a SAHM and I'm not going back to work so we can't afford for them to be gone too much, and I want to be with them anyway :)

I Like Ike said...

I wasn't a SAHM until recently but I was fortunate to work for my father so Ike came to work with me until he was 10 months old (and way too into everything) then he began going to grandparents. I was blessed to have 3 grandmas to help divide the time during the week. When he was two and a half it became too much for his great grandmother so he began 2 days a week at preschool and then switched to a wonderful at home babysitter. He is now home with me but bc of a new baby coming he spends 1-2 days either with a gma or his babysitter.

Nancy said...

Oh my goodness. She is ADORABLE.
Mine started two days a week at 13 months. I'm a massage therapist, so our schedules (like yours) can be made by us! What a blessing!
Preslee looks so social & I bet she would love the interaction when you are ready!

Mr. and Mrs. B said...

The twins didn't go to daycare until they were 15 months old, and then, it was because we didn't have any choice in the matter. It has been good from them to go, and they love it. (And it wears them out and they sleep great at night!! :))

Donna N said...

I personally never rushed my kids into 'school' I feel like they are in school for so long already that I want them to be little as long as possible! I'm in Canada so we don't have MDO so I'm guessing it's more like a daycare in the US. We didn't even start 'school' until they reached preschool age which is 3 years old here! Unless they have issues with interacting with other kids I personally wouldn't rush it! jmo!

Jody said...

In our area we don't have MDO programs! They would just go to daycare. So my oldest two went to preschool at 4, my third at age 3, and my 2 year old is still home with me. I'm not sure if I'll send him at 3 or 4. Kind of sad that he is the last....

Todd and Courtney said...

We started Lauren at MDO around 14 months. It was at the age that I thought it would be so good for her to play with friends, etc. She is 3.5 now and still only goes 1 day a week. She'll go 3 days next year :)

Amy said...

She is about the same age as my little one. I tried some hair clips but the stinker takes them out and puts them in her mouth. So we went to pony tails. Now she takes them out. I just can't win. Its so fun when they have lots of hair though.

Amy said...

I ment to comment also on the working/ daycare thingy- I actually do daycare in my home. Have for 6 years so my kids are growing up with all kinds of kids around them. There are days though I wish it could just be me and them. Sounds pefect though to go back to work just 2 days a week. I would even enjoy that. Enough time away but not too much. Good luck.

Rhonda said...

I am so sad to hear the news of Matt. Please know you and your precious family will be in my prayers at this tragic time. My heart is broken for you all!

wendy said...

I never comment, but have read for a couple of years. My heart is broken for you, Preslee, and your family. Praying for you during this time.

wendy said...

I am heartbroken for you, Preslee, and your family.

Shanna said...

I just saw the terrible news on THV! Ill be praying for your family during this difficult time!

Kelsey said...

Julee,

It's always hard to find the words to say in a time like this, I read about your husband passing on Kelly's Korner and am just devastated for you and your family. I cannot even begin to imagine the sorrow you must feel. Thinking of you and your sweet family.

-Kelsey

Susan said...

I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you, Preslee, and family,

Susan said...

I just wanted you to know I am praying for you, Preslee, and family,

Jen said...

Julee-
I am just SO SICK to hear of your deep loss. Please know we will be in prayer.

E said...

Julee,
I don't know you, but have read your blog for quite some time. I saw the news on Kelly' blog. I'm heartbroken. Heartbroken.
I'm praying for you and your family. May the sweet arms of Jesus draw you close.

Erin

JazzerMomma said...

I came to your blog from Kelly's when you were expecting your sweet Preslee. I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. Please know that people all over the country are praying for you and your family. God is holding you close and will see you through this. My prayers are with you.
Susan in Indiana

DaisyGirl said...

I've followed your blog for sometime now and also follow Kelly's Korner. I was shocked to read her post just now. Words from others are not what you need right now...I know you need prayer. I'm praying....

Dana said...

Also praying...so so very sorry!

Dana said...

Also so very very sorry...prayers!

Dana said...

Also praying...so so very sorry!

Kathryn said...

Julee,

I have read and loved your blog for awhile now. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathryn

The Coffey's said...

You don't know me, but I have read your blog for awhile and read the horrible news about your husband on another blog. I am so sorry for you loss and I am praying for your sweet family.

KK said...

Julee,
You don't know me personally, but I've been reading your blog for a long time now. I just found out about Matt via Kellyskornerblog, and I am heartbroken for you and so saddened for your loss. I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for you and your family from Alabama! Kaye

Katherine Grant said...

Julee: Gary and I have had you and sweet Preslee on our hearts and minds all day. My heart aches for you and your family. We're praying that you will feel the nearness of the Lord during this difficult time.

Kristy said...

I have followed your blog but I don't know you. I saw the news on Kelly's blog and I am so heartbroken for you and Preslee. I am praying for your family. We serve a Mighty God and He is there for you. So sorry for your loss.

ginacate said...

I've been a follower for a couple of years & just learned of your husband's accident. I am so so sorry. I am in tears right now as I just can't believe the news. I'm sending prayers your way. I simply cannot imagine what you are going through, sweet Julee. Just can't imagine.

I'm Just Saying said...

I am praying for you and your precious baby. I have been reading your big for about 2 years now. I am truly so sorry.

The Smith Family said...

I wanted to send my sincere condolences to you and your family. I cried for you reading the words written on kellys blog. Ive always enjoyed reading your blog and seeing pictures of little preslee. Know that a lot of people are praying for you.

christi @ burlap and basil said...

Julee - I just heard of the horrible accident. My heart breaks for you and know that you are lifted up in prayer. Please know you are being held tightly by HIM and so many of us praying for strength, courage, peace for you. xo

The Rohman Family said...

Julee, I've followed your blog for so long, especially enjoying your journey to Preslee. I am stunned, heartbroken, with no words that are adequate. You are in my prayers.

Meghan said...

Julee,
I have kept up with your blog for sometime now. My heart goes out for you and your family. You are in my prayers and on my mind. May the God of peace comfort you.

Jennifer said...

I am a long time blog reader. I have also gone through infertility to get my daughter, 17 months.

I am so sorry to hear the news about your husband. Please know that I am lifting you up in prayer. I just keep telling myself that my thoughts are not God's thoughts, and that my timing is not God's timing. We don't know the reason behind God's timing; but I do know it is perfect. I hope you know how many people are lifting you up in prayer.

Thinking of you.

Jennifer

Tina said...

Julee, may u feel God's arms around you, loving you and comforting you. It is so hard to make sense if this but know that so many are praying for you. Tina

Tina said...

Julee, may God's love surround and comfort you.

Tina said...

Julee, may u feel God's arms around you, loving you and comforting you. It is so hard to make sense if this but know that so many are praying for you. Tina

Jennifer said...

I am friends with Jay Plyburn. I saw your blog referenced in the news article. My thoughts and heart are with you and your family. Much love to you.

Dawn said...

Julee,
You don't know me but I have been following your blog for a few years now. I feel like I do know you. I am so so sorry for your loss. I am heartbroken for you and Preslee and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Hugs,

Dawn

Angel said...

I have read your blog since before Preslee was born-you two are in my thoughts and prayers.

I just wanted to send an encouraging word during a difficult time.

Your Sister In Christ,
Angel Varney

Roksalanna said...

Julee,
As a long time reader of your blog I just want to let you know how greatly saddened I am to hear of your loss through Kelly's and Ashley's blog. Julee, I send my deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and Preslee. I am praying for you both (from Australia).

Kate said...

Julee, I've been reading your blog since before Preslee was born. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and Preslee and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of your husband.

Mackenzie said...

Julee,

I don't know you but found your blog through Kelly's some time ago, followed your journey through infertility, and was so thrilled for you when Preslee arrived. I just saw the news about Matt on Kelly's blog and wanted to tell you that I am SO sorry for you. How devastating. My heart breaks for you and your sweet girl. I will be praying daily for y'all, that God will envelope you in His comfort and peace. I am a long way away in Nashville, TN, but please don't hesitate to ever let me know if there is anything I can do for y'all. I can't imagine what you're going through, but my heart is absolutely broken for you. Love to you and Preslee.

Mackenzie

mom7 said...

I am from Southern Illinois and wanted you to know I am so sorry for your loss. My family is praying for you and Preslee and the rest of the family. Praying for peace and comfort for you. cindy

mom7 said...

Praying for your family from southern Illinois. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and peace. Cindy

meg said...

I also read the news about your husband on Kelly's Korner -- I don't know you either but have read your sweet blog for a while and felt so numb for you when I read the news. You all are in my prayers and I'm just so, so heartbroken for you, your daughters and your families. God bless. -- Megan

Tracy said...

Julee, You guys have been on my heart all day. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. It can be hard to have a heavenly view at times, and this is one of those times. We're praying for you and your family, praying that Jesus keeps you close to Him and gives you comfort and peace. Much love from NWA, Tracy

Little Pink Rose said...

May you feel nothing but His loving arms wrapped tightly around you. I pray you feel everyone's love and support surrounding you. Praying for you and Preslee.
Colleen

Little Pink Rose said...

May you feel nothing but His loving arms wrapped around you. I pray you feel so much love and support from everyone around you. Praying for you and Preslee.
Colleen

Angie said...

Hi Julee
I have never commented on your blog before but I have always enjoyed reading it and getting to know you and your family a little bit through reading it. I just saw on Kelly's blog about what happened to your husband and I want to let you know that I am praying for you and your family.
Love and hugs from NY,
Angie

Ashley said...

I am not a follower, but I heard the news of your husband this morning and then saw it on Kelly's Korner. I am heartbroken for your family and pray that you feel God's arms around you. This state is lifting your family up in prayer at this time.

Lydia said...

Lots of prayers for you and your family during this time!

Lydia

Auntie Mip said...

I am so sorry. Praying for you, your darling girl, Matt's family and your broken heart. May you know a peace that passes all understanding.

Bethany said...

I'm another stranger who has been lifting you up to Jesus today.

Jenifer Parris said...

Praying for you, Preslee and your families, Julee. May God comfort you at this time as only He can.

Sarah Bryant said...

Praying for you, Preslee, and your extended family. I don't even have words to say, but that I'm sorry and will be praying.
Sending Prayers and Love from NC.
Sarah

Sarah Bryant said...

Praying for you, precious Preslee, and your extended family. I have no words to say but that we're praying.
Sending love, hugs, and prayers from NC.
Sarah

Kelly said...

I'm at a complete loss of words right now. I'm completely frozen, I'm breaking down and mourning with you. No, I've never met Matt, obviously, but I've followed your journey for years now and I feel as if I DO know your family in some aspect. I've earnestly got down on my knees and prayed my heart out when you were going through infertility and tonight I found myself on my knees again begging God to provide you with the peace and comfort that only He could give right now. I get that there is nothing that I can say to make things better but I can pray my heart out and I know God is going to surround you with His love, His fainfulness, His strength and His peace and comfort. You have thousands of people sincerely praying for you and you have many, many friends from the blogging world donating to you and your baby girl. Again, I'll be praying throughout this night and from then on out, for you and your family. you're continuously in my thoughts, Julee and if you need ANYTHING please don't hesitate to ask, it would be an honor to help you and your family in any way possible. I love you, Julee.

Carmen Gathmann said...

Sweet, precious Julee. I've followed your blog through Kelly's for several years now. I am so heartbroken for you. Praying and lifting you up to our wonderful Father, that he will carry you and comfort you. With love and hugs across the ocean, Carmen.

Mimi said...

Julee.....just wanted to say I am lifting you and your entire family up in prayer...may God bless and keep you all in the following days and weeks.

Jennifer said...

Julee,
You do not know me but please know that I am praying for you & Preslee!
I am so very sorry!

Jennifer

Thomas and Jamie said...

Praying for you Julee...

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Julee, I've been a silent reader of your blog - I'm expressing my deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

Mary A. said...

God bless you & your precious daughter. My friend has been reading you for a long time & told me about your loss.

I just wanted to reach out to let you know that prayers from all over the country -- the world -- are coming your way.

Mary

Valerie Williams said...

I've read your blog for a while now but have never commented. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying so hard for you and your family. I am so saddened to hear about Matt. Will continue to pray for strength & understanding for y'all!!

Emily said...

Sending prayers to you and your family all the way from Texas. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and tomorrow and for days to come. Praying for strength and encouragment. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.

Emily

Heather said...

Julee - I don't know you personally, but have followed your blog since you announced you were pregnant with sweet Preslee. I just read the news about Matt on Kelly's blog and I am without words. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. My heart aches for you...
I pray that you will find comfort in the love of your family and in the arms of Christ. I am praying for you!
~Heather, Pittsburgh, PA

Heather said...

Julee - I don't know you personally, but have followed your blog since you announced you were pregnant with sweet Preslee. I just read the news about Matt on Kelly's blog and I am without words. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. My heart aches for you...
I pray that you will find comfort in the love of your family and in the arms of Christ. I am praying for you!
~Heather, Pittsburgh, PA

Heather said...

Julee - I don't know you personally, but have followed your blog since you announced you were pregnant with sweet Preslee. I just read the news about Matt on Kelly's blog and I am without words. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. My heart aches for you...
I pray that you will find comfort in the love of your family and in the arms of Christ. I am praying for you!
~Heather, Pittsburgh, PA

Heather said...

Julee - I don't know you personally, but have followed your blog since you announced you were pregnant with sweet Preslee. I just read the news about Matt on Kelly's blog and I am without words. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. My heart aches for you...
I pray that you will find comfort in the love of your family and in the arms of Christ. I am praying for you!
~Heather, Pittsburgh, PA

Kathryn said...

Julee ~

I just saw the sad news on Kelly's blog. I am beyond heartbroken for you and Preslee.

I don't know you personally but I've read your blog for years and feel like I do.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Preslee and all of Matt's family and friends.

The Lovely One said...

Julee, I don't think I have ever commented on your blog before, but I wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you and your sweet daughter during your time of need. May the Lord be with you, now and always.

christschild said...

I am praying for you and your family. God will give you the strength you all need to get through this time.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Gardiner Family said...

Julee,

Although I don't know you, I felt the need to send you a message letting you know how sorry I am to hear about your loss. I can't imagine the grief and devastation. My heart aches for you, as a fellow believer in Christ, and I pray that God gives you peace that surpasses your understanding. ~Rachel

Wendy B said...

I don't know you but have read your blog for awhile. A college friend of mine mentioned on facebook yesterday that her facorite newscaster had died in a carwreck and i recognized the name. I cant even begin to imagine. Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you.

Wendy

Kim said...

Oh my heart is so heavy for you right now. You and your daughter are in my prayers. I know God has a plan for each of us and that He will comfort you and carry you through this now and always. http://mormon.org/plan-of-happiness

Amanda said...

I've read your blog for a little while and just had to let you know I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I am praying for you and Preslee today. Nothing can take away the pain of losing your best friend but know that you are being upheld in prayer by many, even those who've never met you.

Leanne said...

Julee, I do not know you and live quite far from you (WA State) but I read Kelly's blog and also your blog quite a bit, and I saw her post today, and my heart fell...

And even though I do not know you, you have been very heavily on my heart today.

My family has committed to pray for you and Preslee as long as the Lord lays you on my heart. I have no idea why God has laid you so strongly on my heart, as I don't know you and have never met you, but I can assure you that you are in very, very good and strong hands with the Lord.

May God bless your every waking moment with His comfort and peace.

Love
Leanne Gilchrist

DeeDee said...

I haven't ever left a comment, but I have been reading your blog for a long time. You are in my thoughts and prayers right now. I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am praying for comfort and strength for you and Preslee in the coming weeks, months, and years Julee. In Him, DeeDee

6HartsforHim said...

Julee,
I am so sorry for your loss.We are praying for you and your precious Preslee. Love and Blessings~Bethany

Tracee said...

Julee,
I love your blog, and followed you throughout the pregnancy, and your move down South. Wanted to reach and tell you how much I am thinking and praying for you and Preslee and your family. Matt was so loved by all of us who watched each night. We loved having your family come into our homes. The coming days will be beyond difficult, but please know that many love and pray for you and your beautiful daughter. Matt's fans, and your blog friends are all here for you.
Tracee

Judy said...

Julee,
I've been reading your blog for quite a while. Found you through Kelly's blog. I wanted to tell you I've been praying for you and Preslee and your sad, sad, awful loss. Praying in Minnesota.

Melisa said...

Julee, I have followed your blog for a while now w. We were on the infertility journey at the same time and our kids are just a month apart. I am deeply saddened by your loss. I smile praying for you, preslee, and your family. I am so sorry.

Melisa said...

Julee, I have followed your blog for a while now w. We were on the infertility journey at the same time and our kids are just a month apart. I am deeply saddened by your loss. I smile praying for you, preslee, and your family. I am so sorry.