Friday, March 28

roo >> 8 weeks

if you can't tell, i may have a slight headband obsession for roo. this leather bow headband is her newest. i get them all from various vendors on etsy. have you discovered etsy? i'm seriously addicted. 

[march 27, 2014 -- 8 weeks]


Sunday, March 23

dressed in my sunday best

elaina wore her first dress today to church, pink & frilly & sparkly, courtesy of aunt jan! she also debuted her first pair of shoes to be worn in public. shaun groaned when he saw her this morning. he was also miffed by how her shoes "shed" on his black pants while held her during worship. she kicked them off frequently, but i think several times she had help from daddy. 

she's thrilled...

is there anything more precious than a man & his girl?

look at those skinny legs!

first smile i've ever been able to capture on camera

in response to her girliness this morning, for daddy's sake, she's now wearing a blue & orange tie-dyed onesie w/ navy pants. no matching headband despite her having a navy one in her closet. i suggested it, & shaun's reply was, "in my own house?!"

Friday, March 21

roo >> 7 weeks

we started cloth diapering this week! can you tell a difference in her big booty? one week in, & we already love it.

[march 20, 2014 -- 7 weeks]


Friday, March 14

roo >> 6 weeks

it's been a big week! we took our first road trip to illinois to visit shaun's side of the family. roo got to meet both of her great-grandmas, along with a whole lot of aunts & uncles & cousins. we celebrated shaun's & grandma casteel's birthdays. roo handled all the over-stimulus really well.

pictured with her this week is the sweet indian girl doll that aunt nessa made for her. isn't it incredible?! we haven't named it yet. any suggestions?

[march 13, 2014 -- 6 weeks]


renaming roo

i am renaming elaina. henceforth she shall be called drama. for such an incredibly laid back baby, she sure is dramatic. oxymoron, i know. but if she's hungry or wants her paci, look out! her high-pitch squawk can pierce eardrums. 

and since you really check the blog for pictures of roo, here's an iphone shot from today to prove my point. she chilled as soon as the paci hit her lips. 

Tuesday, March 11

illinois trip to see casteel clan

we went for our first road trip with the baby, & it was good. elaina traveled like a champ, & zorra loved  getting to ride up front with daddy. here are the pictorial highlights with some commentary as needed.

[zorra loving life on the drive to illinois!]

after a quick "hello" to grandma & grandpa casteel at the farm, we drove into decatur to see great-grandma pat. she's recovering from a stroke, & she didn't have her hair done, so all we'll post is this sweet picture of her arms around roo.

[elaina held by her great-grandma pat]

[hanging out with grandpa rick at the farm before bed]

we went into town on saturday, march 9th to visit with grandma casteel & to celebrate her & shaun's birthday. they both share march 9th! elaina's middle name is ruenell after her great-grandma.

[meeting her namesake, ruenell casteel, for the first time]

[getting love from aunt carolyn]

[meeting her youngest first cousins, haley & emily]

haley has been chomping at the bit to meet & see elaina. she was so worried that elaina wouldn't be a baby anymore before she saw her! i would email them pictures regularly so haley would see that she was still little, & haley & emily both would kiss elaina's face on the screen!

[hanging with cousin emily]

looking back at pictures of emily as a baby, roo really favors her. emily was so sweet & gentle with her!

[grandpa rick tuckered out after playtime with the girls]

[cuddles with aunt nancy]

[bonding time with aunt nina]

[looking at her pretty great-grandma ruenell]

[clearly feels comfortable with "uncle" leif -- that's how she sleeps with daddy!]

sadly, the whole family didn't get to be with us. her "aunt" elise is finishing her pharmD program & was stacked up with work. uncle ed, aunt tonya, & cousins lauren & jonathan stayed home with colds so they didn't pass any germs along to roo & grandma.

[getting kisses from emily]

[can't forget to get some love from aunt carrie]

[one of my favorite pictures of the day -- being doted on by uncle jason]

[how many gals does it take to change a diaper?]

[this is a special picture for us.]

[grandma connie feeding the pity baby]

[great shot with grandma & grandpa casteel -- so much love]


Friday, March 7

roo >> 5 weeks

we had to graduate to larger onesies this week -- she's now wearing size 0-3 months. and as you can see, she's great at striking a pose!

[march 6, 2014 -- 5 weeks]

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Monday, March 3

roo >> february photo dump

as first-time parents of a newborn, we of course take a bazillion pictures. i'll try to do a "photo dump" once a month of the highlights. if the quality isn't great, it's probably from my iphone. i'm looking into getting a newer one since i take so many pictures & videos of roo with it. enjoy!

[classic roo "rollercoaster" sleeping pose]

[look at those long skinny legs! tie dye onesie made by mommy]

[the one outfit i couldn't resist buying for her]

[tummy time with daddy & zorra]

[likes to fold her hands when eating]

[madi came to visit for her 16th birthday!]

[wiggled out of her gown during the night]


[daddy loves his girl]

[nap time on the couch next to mommy, burp cloth made by madi]

[sporting the tie dye onesie aunt bonnie did at camp]

[kissing the giraffe that emily made for her]

[ready for 80s jazzercise! onesie tie dyed by aunt nessa]

[visit from the pitt clan, spencer asked to hold her twice]

[snuggles with mommy, attempted illinois tie dye onesie by mommy]

[meeting taylor for the first time]

[sweet stares with audrey]

[feels completely safe & sleepy in daddy's arms]

[can't see it well, but wearing the green & yellow onesie that daddy tie dyed]

[sporting gap pjs, courtesy of fashionista ms. gina]

[valentine's outfit from grammy]

[classic roo puckered lips -- blowing kisses or whistling?]

[definition of cute! outfit from ms. teresa]

[one of daddy's favorite outfits, from ms. temple oops! correction: from ms. mary ellen]

[playing on the floor with my new gym & linkadoo toys]

[grabbed a toy for the first time]

[first time sitting up in the boppy]

[kisses from mommy]

[snuggling with daddy]

[tummy time!]

[my sweet girl]