Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Video & Picture Fest

I thought it would be fun to lead with that! Exciting isn't... and on her 12 week birthday. Yep, that's right, our baby girl is 12 weeks old today. My how time flies. When I put her down for tummy time this afternoon she was trying to flip herself over almost before I let go of her. She was definitely showing off for Mommy and her company this afternoon. She also knew when I had the camera because this was the last time she flipped over today. Once I put the camera in front of her she just did a lot of kicking.

Since I had the camera turned to video mode this afternoon, I decided to fulfill my curious desire to see what Charlotte sees when she is lying in her crib watching her new mobile. Because I don't believe it would be prudent to actually crawl up in there, I shot this footage. How long do you think you could watch this without getting board?

And now for some photos...

Saturday Dr. Sabin and I put on some of the finest clothes in our closet and headed out to celebrate our status as Homecoming King and Queen. Charlotte wore her Eeyore costume and was adored by many. These are the only pictures I have from our camera that are worth sharing. Our friend Tina took some and they can be found here.

On Sunday, we took Charlotte for her first visit to Bok Tower in Lake Wales. The lighting was good that day since it was just a touch overcast and here are some lovely pictures of our family. I'd love to go back some day with a professional, or even a really good amateur, and have portraits done. There is nothing about this first picture with Bruce and Charlotte that I don't love.

Here, I thought it would be cute to execute the pose below... instead, it looks like she is an unwilling participant in a sacrifice to the tower.

Here's a more loving photo between mother and daughter. This is my favorite one of the two of us from our fun picnic at the tower.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Not a Children's Movie

I was recently made aware of the movie The Golden Compass and it strikes me as one that I would not want any child to see. What one sees as a young child embeds in the brain more strongly than that which we see as adults. I can still recall a certain Dean Koontz book I read as a teenager that affected my thinking about love into early adulthood. It took quite some time meditating on 1 Corinthians 13 to get the twisted idea of love the book portrayed out of my head.
I encourage all parents to be informed about what is out there waiting to influence their children. I also think it is important to expose them to the reality that not everyone agrees with their family values. However, when those values are presented in such a contemporary and entertaining way it will be hard for children to not accept them as the truth.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4.8

You can learn more about this movie here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Phuny Photos

Bruce snapped these the other day and wanted me to share them with you.

This first one is Charlotte wearing a favorite outfit of mine. The shirt says, "I love my Moomy" (no, that isn't misspelled, the shirt has cows on it) and is the only "mommy" outfit she has. There are lots of "daddy" outfits in her wardrobe, but only one for me. However, the shorts are still too big on her so I clipped them up with a clothespin so she could wear them without having them fall off.

The next picture reflects how little Charlotte can be aware of her own body and how flexible a baby can be. She didn't even notice her ear was stuck!
Oh, and I also updated the SabinDome website today. Check it out!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

We Survived

Today was my first full day back at work and I managed to make it through until 3:15 when I got to see my dear, precious Charlotte again. Honestly though, it was tougher than I expected. I had done fairly well the first half of the week when Charlotte was at the day care for half-days so I thought today would be just as easy... but it wasn't.

The morning at home went great. I even ended up with an extra 10 minutes to play with her (over and above the 10 minutes I had already budgeted for morning play). However, once we got to the day care it started going down hill. I arrived about 5 minutes before their official open time (6:30 am) and no one was there. No big deal. Maybe Janet is running behind. Well, she wasn't. The person who was opening for her was though. It was probably 6:35 before she showed up and by then I had had enough time to start to really think about leaving my baby girl. When I realized that Janet wasn't coming in today it kind of pushed me over and the tears started coming. Not crying buckets, sobbing so my whole body shakes kind of tears, just watery eyes that kept spilling over onto Charlotte's outfit kind of tears. Eventually though, I tucked her into the bouncy seat and headed out to work.

I decided to show my students some pictures of Charlotte that showed how she had grown over the last 11 weeks (yep, she's 11 weeks old already!) and a slide show to go over my classroom rules again. I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page expectation wise. We took some fun personality tests... you know, like the kind you get in forwards that ask you to describe a body of water as you walk through the woods... completely in fun of course. Then, after taking 4 of them, I let my students write their own. I can't wait to find out what it really means if I want a red shirt from Aeropostale!

I am proud of myself for not breaking down in class and even prouder of myself that I was able to pump enough breastmilk today for Charlotte to have tomorrow at day care. It took some extra effort on my part, but it was worth it!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Big Week!!!

Ahhh... 10 days and no blogging. Forgive me for being selfish, but I was trying to use all of my time for my daughter since this is the week I go back to work. Yep, you read that correctly. I am going back to work this week. Charlotte was taken to her daycare for a half-day today and will begin full days on Thursday, when I am back at school.

This morning I got out of bed around 5:15 (I'd been up and in and out of sleep since about 1 am already) and started my morning routine. I've written it all down so I don't forget anything important since I now have 2 people to get ready each morning. By 6 am I had to wake Charlotte up for a final nursing session before we left. Out the door by 6:20 and at the daycare by 6:30, when they open. I spent about 20 minutes there with Mrs. Wooten and Charlotte before I finally conceded it was time to go. I really could have stayed longer but it wouldn't have been productive for setting a routine. The good news is that neither of us cried, at least not before I left. I am proud that I held up pretty well emotionally until I called Bruce to tell him how good I was doing. Then, just talking about having left her made it more real and I got a little teared up.

Since it was not quite 7 am, I decided to get my grocery shopping done. Silly me, grocery and drug stores don't open until 8 am. Oh well. Since I wasn't going for any sale items at Publix I decided Wal-Mart would do. And since I had some extra time on my hands, I found a couple more clothing items to wear to school. They are a late birthday present to myself since the items I ordered online didn't fit right and had to be returned.

I discovered that retail therapy didn't really work for me though. I felt really lonely in that Wal-Mart without Charlotte. I've hardly been anywhere without her for 10 weeks now. Sure, I've left her at home occasionally to do the grocery shopping or go to something at church, but this was different, more final. I'm not sure how to explain it. Maybe it was the sense that this is my 'new normal' and I didn't like it. I really am praying for God to make a way for me to be home, or at least make my time with her as fulfilling as possible - for both of us.

On the upside, I'll probably have more time to blog once I am back at work since I have more planning period time than I need.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Belly Monster Returns

After my post earlier today I assumed it would be a few more days before I had anything to write about. Well, my cranky little baby decided she wanted more attention in the blogworld, so here it is!

She rolled herself over from her tummy to her back today! I hadn't expected her to do anything like this so soon. Most of what I read said babies develop this skill between 4-6 months. Now, this really isn't a skill yet since she only did it once. But she did it! I was so excited I cried big, ol' alligator tears all while laughing excitedly. She was one confused looking baby. :)

One reason for the tears that I haven't blogged about yet is my return to work on Thursday, October 25. As it turns out, my short term disability only covered the usual 6 weeks. I feel blessed that I don't have any medical reasons to need to stay out of work longer, but still wish I could afford to stay home with Charlotte until January. When she rolled over it just reminded me that I will miss lots of events like this in the next several months.

Bruce and I talked about it and we hope that when she does new things like this at daycare they won't tell us. I'd trade blissful ignorance about her new skills there for the chance to see her do them at home and believe they were first accomplished in our presence. I'll need to remember to discuss that with them when I drop off her paperwork.

Charlotte also received her 2-month vaccinations this week. That left her pretty fussy these last couple of days. We are done with shots now though for another 2 months.

Waning Creativity

My verbal wit is waning these days... I don't seem to have as much to share about my dear, sweet Charlotte or anything else for that matter. I have started and stopped more posts this month than we've had days. Nothing just seems to come out as eloquent in words as it sounds in my mind. So, to substitute for my own writing, I've been reading the blogs of other Christian moms to inspire me. I have been inspired to do some things around the house and today made beautiful mini-loaves and muffins of Chocolate Chip-Banana Friendship Bread. I have 6 starters also. Anyone want one?

I also had my blog rated and came out with this:


I earned this rating because I've used the word 'breast' 3 x and the word 'hurt' 1x. Hmmm... just goes to show that breastfeeding doesn't get the respect it deserves and that this software doesn't take context into account.

Okay, I can also add this picture of the 3 living generations of women in my family (because to do 4 generations and include the unliving would be creepy, even if Halloween is fast approaching).

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Passionate Housewives

While I am not married to my house, there is a book coming out soon that I am very interested on reading. It it called Passionate Housewives. I've really been working on being a better wife recently and this book is definitely in my que to read at the moment. Of course, it won't be published for another couple of weeks, but I can wait. :-)

Crystal at Biblical Womanhood has a great post about the book on her blog and is also giving away 10 copies of this book this week. Go on over and check it out.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Attempts at Elegance

Per my first post on my new blog, I made a honest-to-goodness attempt at elegance today. First, I wore a new dress that was bought for my back-to-work future. I like this because it flatters my figure (i.e. hides my remaining baby belly) and still modern looking. I fancied it up with some vintage-feel jewelry as well.

Second, I made a home-cooked meal without a recipe. It looked very elegant compared to my usual meals, as you can see below. The menu consisted of Cinamon Braised Butterfly Porkchops with Pear Sauce, Herb and Butter Rice, and Italian Beans. I have to admit though, it looked a little more elegant than it tasted. I underestimated the amount of seasoning needed for the braising liquid so the taste was a little flat, and the chops didn't braise long enough to get as tender as I would have liked. It also needed some orange or red on the plate.

So, what have you done recently to obtain elegance?

Charlotte's Picture Picks

We had lunch this weekend with Grandpa Sabin. Camera fun was had by all. Charlotte told me about several pictures taken this weekend that she wanted to share with our faithful readers. So, I let her pick out the pictures and took the trouble to translate her cute baby noises for you so you could know what she thinks about each of them.


Oh my gosh! I don't know what mommy was thinking when she took this photo, but I have a good sense of humor and thought the look on my face was funny enough to share.

So this is my other grandpa? I was wondering when my mom and dad would get around to letting me see him again. They took us all to this place called "Chili's" that they seemed to really enjoy. I wasn't too crazy about the french fry that Grandpa tried to give me though. Daddy had to explain that babies like me aren't too crazy about salt yet.

Mommy really thought this outfit was cute. Personally, I think the green and purple compliment my skin tones rather well. We debated which picture to share and couldn't agree so she told me she'd put both up. What do you think? Which one do you prefer?

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Nat'l Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am sure many of you have already noticed the plethora of pink products purveyors of all things are now selling. I have jumped on the bandwagon myself and received a gift of a pink ribbon Tervis Tumbler today. I love it and the ribbon makes it even more special!

I also wouldn't mind having a new pink camera. Of course, the one I received from Bruce for Christmas last year is great... but this one is pink. :-)

I've been thinking about breasts a lot lately... their new purpose in my life, how to support them better, whether to hide them while nursing, and how best to use them to feed Charlotte... they have become a much bigger part of my day than ever before (pun intended).

I'm adding this button to the right side of my blog to permanently remind us all to "click daily."

The Breast Cancer Site

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Special Quilt

For those of you bemoaning the lack of Charlotte news....

Charlotte recieved a most special gift yesterday... a quilt handmade by her Great-Aunt Susan. It would have been precious all by itself, but she made it so much more with the personalization shown in the photo below.

Thank you Great-Aunt Susan for showing so much love to our daughter. We look forward to meeting you again someday.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Blogging Rainbow Tour starring Honey Focus

I haven't done much for fun and frivolity lately, so thought this little name game (found here) would be fun to share with all of my faithful readers. Enjoy!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Honey Focus

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)- Coffee Famous Amos

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) - J Sab

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Green Penguin

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Sab Je

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) - The Purple Latte

7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) - Ray Allen

8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) - Layton Louisville

9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower)- Spring Gerber

10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) - Banana Panty

11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)- Cheerio Magnolia

12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Blogging Rainbow Tour

Blog Envy

I've been reading so many wonderful blogs recently and am contemplating the need to revise my own blog design. You can see some of the best posts on the link to the right. There are lots of individuals online who design great blog templates for reasonable prices, but who can pass up free? Especially when none of you can see the picture I uploaded to blogger as the background for my title! Splat Designs is having a contest I am hoping to enter... wish me luck!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Interesting Links

Infant Potty Trainings - This is soo.... not for me!

No Children? - This is too horrifying for words!

If You Knew - Apply these questions to all of the relationships in your life... you might be surprised that some of them aren't worth it.

Diaper Pricing - This is mostly here to hang onto as a reference for me. I don't want to forget what kind of pricing is a real bargain when I go out to get more. Not that I have to worry, I still have several hundred size 1 diapers left!