Pictures from our Chicago Excersion

May 30, 2010
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Adventures with Aliza

May 30, 2010

Today was such an eventful, long day for baby girl and I. The day started off really relaxed and low key. Dad feed baby girl rice cereal for breakfast while I, mom, made meltaway pancakes with a melted strawberry sauces. Yum! Baby girl kept on eyeing our breakfast, like excuse me, this mush you give me isn’t cutting it! Oh, my girl is going to be a good eater. Side note: This week we introduced avacado in her diet and she loves it! Loves it! She gets upset when she’s all done.

Shortly, after breakfast around 1030, I recieved a call from a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, who happened to be in town. We had been planning on meeting up while she was in town, but hadn’t made set plans. She called to see if we could still meet downtown Chicago. Hmmm…we’re suppose to be on the train in half an hour. I told her that we wouldn’t be able to meet because I didn’t have time to plan and it would be difficult to leave the house that soon.

I went about taking care of Aliza and cleaning up after breakfast. I tried letting it go, but gosh, I really wanted to see my friend, whom I hadn’t seen in 2 1/2 years. I asked my husband to check for the next available train, and in order to make it I had to leave the house in 15 mins! Can I do this?

I find myself calling my friend back and telling her that I would be there in 1 1/2 hours. And ladies and gents, I was out the door in 15 mins! Got myself dressed, the baby changed and dressed (husband helped), the diaper bag ready, my hair brushed, my purse, and out the door I was.

Within a few minutes I was sitting with my baby on her first train ride ever. Aliza was on her way to Chicago for the first time. 🙂 It was such a joy to see Aliza enjoying the sites through our 1 hr 15 min train ride. And it was really great to show Aliza Chicago for the first time.

When we got home we had about  1 1/2 before we were out the door again. This time to Aliza’s First Bonfire, actually a Summer Kick Off for a youth group my husband and I are a part of.  I learned being out past 8:30 pm on a hot day is not for babies.  I thought she would be fine and would sleep in her carseat. However, I wasn’t planning on the many mosquito crashers. But, she’s a good sport. She enjoyed herself some, spending time outdoors and watching us eat watermelon and smores and such. Fun times

I am sure she will not remember this day, but I sure will. Today was the mark of Aliza and Mommy’s many adventures. Oh, what fun it is to share these moments with my daughter.

Baby, it’s hot outside!

May 24, 2010

Today feels like summer. No literally. It is 85 degrees inside our house. We have no air conditioning. Thank God for boxed fans. Aliza seems to like them. And this weather put her on a 4 hour nap! 🙂 I am so looking forward to the summer with a baby. Today Aliza ate the last of the roasted squash. She loves it! Now, what to make her next? We’ll find out tomorrow. Until then, stay cool!

Much Love,

Jessica

Changes, changes, changes

May 22, 2010

Big deep green eyes stare into mine, as she contemplates what she’s experiencing for the very first time. As if asking, “Mama, what is this?”

This past month was quite a milestone month for little Aliza. Or as I like to call her Allie girl. She is now a little person, experiencing the world and finding out what she likes and doesn’t. Lately she’s really been into reaching out for people and touching things. She loves to really grasp things between her hands, expecially me. Ouch. I often have to remind her not to pinch and to be gentle.

Aliza expecially enjoys nature. She is fasinated by all the beautiful colors, like pink tulips. 🙂 And feeling the wind in her hair and feet. Whenever she is cranky, and I have no idea what’s the matter, a little walk outside always helps.

She is such a joyful, happy, talking baby. As I write this I hear her laughing with her dad and sqwelling. She loves interacting with people. She is definatley a social little girl.

Recently, this past week at the mark of her 4 months Aliza had solid food. Roasted squash! 🙂 She loved it as much as I loved preparing it. She just couldn’t get enough, I had to give her double porition. I think about 2-3 tbsps. She likes to help out and hold the spoon herself, and really is grasping the concept of it going in her mouth. 🙂 Before starting her on squash, I gave her rice cereal starting at 3 1/2 months. I know alot of people and doctors say not to start until 4 months, but she had all the signs of being ready. She was eyeing our food and reaching for it, she was putting everything and anything in her mouth, and she started teething. And so, I tried it and she loved it. At first, bowel movement wasn’t as easy. I think she went without one for a day or two, but no worries. Cereal really didn’t change the consistancy, but soild food, watch out!

Developmentally, she is doing well. She rolls now on both sides and from back to stomach, and stomach to back. She can sit with support, as well as stand with support. She holds up her head on her own and will turn to follow voices and movement. She enjoys reading, and being read to. She holds books in her hands and tries to turn the pages herself. Oh, yes, my girl is ambitious. 🙂

She is still teething, yet no teeth have broken through. She is managing it better. For a while there she was having a tough time. Teething rings help, as do fingers and Humphreys 100% All Natural Teething Relief. I am thinking that this month she’ll have a tooth break through. Yay!

Tuesday she weighed in at 11 lbs 10 oz (25 percentile) and measured 25 in (75 percentile). Doctor said she was looking pretty good. And was again impressed with her ablility to really engage in converstation.

This past month I celebrated my First Mother’s Day. It was wonderful, spent with family and opening up cards, gifts, and enjoying some good chocolate. 🙂 I am still amazed at the fact that I am a mom. And amazed at the beautiful child God has given me to care for.

I am blessed.

My Baby’s Growing Up

April 20, 2010

Can you believe Aliza is 3 months!? So much has happened this past month, and I apologize that I haven’t written here more often. Anywho, today was Aliza’s 3 month appt. She weighed in at 10 lbs 14 oz. And measured at 24 1/8 in. I was concerned at first because her weight gain did not seem sufficient, but the doctor said she’s doing well. She is in the 25th percentile for her weight, and 90th percentile for her height. Needless, it does seem like she took after her daddy. She’s gonna be tall and slender.

Some of her past accomplishments this month have been as follows: She’s learned to roll from side to side, from her back to her stomach. She can prop herself on her elbows and pick her head up. She’s laughed out loud (which was such a joy for Kris and I to hear). She’s managed to repeat vowel sounds back at us. And she seems to understand that the word “up” means sit up, and she trys to do so by herself. haha. She’s also started to teeth the last two weeks, and she has been doing so well with it.

Some of her favorite activities this past month have been talking. She throughly enjoys having converstaions with her daddy. Her sounds are so beautiful. She enjoys reading and having story time. Recently I have been taking her to baby story time at our nearby library, and she just soaks it all in. 🙂 She still enjoys music and dancing, sitting, and eating. 🙂

We are so excited to watch her grow up. She is truly a joy, and we are so thankful to have her.  Well, that’s it for now. Baby’s calling.

Aliza’s 2 month update

March 17, 2010

Can you believe my baby girl is 2 months!? She is growing so fast. Yesterday was her 2 month appt and she weighed in at 10 lbs and measured 23 in. It seems that weight has slowed down, but she is the most alert baby. The doctor seemed impressed and how long she can be engaged. She loves to coo and look at people and really enjoys dancing. She kicks alot. A few days ago she picked up one of her toys all by herself and held it up. 🙂 Such an exciting moment for me. She can now hold her head up for the most part. She loves sitting and looking around.

Some of her favorite activities are: playing on her play gym, listening to music, doing baby work outs, dancing (kicking and streching), and talking/studying people. She does seem to enjoy bath time or at least handle it well. She no longer cries when taking a bath and she loves cuddle time after a bath. 🙂 Mommy loves it too.

She truely is the best little girl ever. I love hugging her and singing to her (she enjoys singing too; she makes these beautiful note sounds when I sing to her, it almost sounds like she is trying to do a duo with me). I love how she smells so good, is so soft, and how she wraps her arms around my shoulders. 🙂 Being a momma truely is such a gift.

Miszczak Family Update

February 18, 2010

As most of you know, one month ago on 17 Jan 2010 we had a baby girl! 🙂 Her name is Aliza (Ah-leza) Rebekah, she was born at 6:51 am (an almost 11 hour labor, 9 minutes short of it). She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 21 in long. This past month having her in our lives has been amazing and streching. God is teaching us so much through her it’s unbelievable. I am seeing God’s love for me in a more magnified way, now that I have a child. Aliza shows us daily the beauty in life and the purity in it. During difficult times of sleepless nights we have relied on God’s strength. And prayer without a doubt  works. God is so good. And even on some days after only 3 hours of sleep, I couldn’t be any more happier and blessed. God’s provision is good.

Aliza is healthy and happy. On Tuesday for her 1 month appt she weghed in at 9 lbs 4 oz. and 22 in. long. She loves eating! I call her my athlete in the making. Amongst eating she also enjoys sitting on our laps, playing on her play mat gym, sitting in her bouncer, listening to music and being sung to, smiling, and frowning. She brings many smiles and laughter in our day. We are very blessed.

I am also doing well. Recovering nicely. I still sometimes find it hard to take it easy. Having my mom here for two weeks helped alot. I miss her greatly. She’s been gone 4 days. She was so encouraging to me and supporting. Mom’s are great. Expecailly my mom.

Chris is great. He loves Aliza so much and they have a wonderful father/daughter bond. She loves his singing the most. He makes up the best songs.

Our dog Nuka is holding up. Sometimes I feel guilty that we don’t spend as much time with her as we used to. She is such a good dog. She loves Aliza as well, and we have to tell her no kissing baby on the hands and face. I can’t wait until spring, so we can all take walks together. Nuka will really like that.

Well, for now, I must go nap. Baby’s sleeping, and when baby sleeps mama should also sleep.

Waiting

December 29, 2009

So, now we’re in the waiting phase. Waiting for contractions to really start. And for baby to make an appearance.

I started having some consecutive contractions last night. Lasting anywhere from a minute to a minute and a half, spaced out about 10 minutes apart. My body was feeling quite different too–my mouth was dry no matter how much water I drank and I started to get realively warm all over. The contractions lasted for about 45 mins and then stopped. That was disappointing. They came back through out the night, but nothing intense and major.

This morning I had a few, but again, nothing major. So, yeah, I wish I could just forsee when this baby was arriving so I can stop being on pins and needles.

Well, that’s my news as of now. Just waiting. And hoping that baby comes soon.

The Count Down Begins

December 9, 2009

In about six weeks for sure I will be holding my baby. I don’t think it will even take that long. Today I had a doctor’s appointment and my mid-wife talked about me being ready in two weeks. I’m counting on 3-4 weeks. Anywho, time sure does fly by.

My appointment today went well. Baby’s heartbeat is 162 beats/min. Wow, right? Baby is head down so yay for that. And nurse said baby was getting big, which I can tell.  My belly just keeps growing day by day.

Last week was my last week of a paying job. I say paying job, because I still feel like I’m working hard, just not getting payed. Getting things cleaned, organized, and ready for the baby can be a extraneous job. I am trying to learn to listen to my body and take naps though. So, that’s a plus. My hope is that in the next week or two everything will be ready in the nursery and all will be tidy. Leaving me a week or two to completely relax. During this pregnancy I really have just wanted to take  a bath and get a pedicure, so I am hoping that I can do that before the baby comes.

Well, I hope you are all doing well and staying warm.

Much Love,

Mama M.

It’s never too late to give thanks

November 28, 2009

 

My Top Ten

1. I am thankful for God’s grace and provision. This year I’ve learned God’s will is always done. He is faithful.

2. I am thankful for family: my husband who has grown with me sooo much this year, and has been an encourager during much needed times. My mom, dad and brothers, who have been a wonderful support for me and Kris even though they are so far away. My in-laws, I  am thankful for their hospitality and their love for us. I love you all so much!

3. For our baby and the experience of carrying a child. The amazing love that this child has shown me already, while still in the womb.

4. Our puppy, Nuka. She has bought soooo much laughter into our homes and has such an amazing energy.

5. Our home, and how God has helped us to build it up for Him. This past year, lots and lots of projects were completed! Yay! 🙂

6. Finances, even through Kris’ career change and waiting for God’s provision to come to pass, we have always felt taken care of  and blessed abundantly.

7. Healing, my husband Kris was healed of a heart condition about 3 weeks ago and it was amazing to witness God’s hand at work (again!)

8. Friends, even though most of my friends are in different parts of the country I am grateful for what God is doing in their lives and that I get to be a witness in that. Also, for friends that I have had a chance to reconnect with. 🙂

9. Church, I am grateful for the ministries I was able to be a part of like Kids in the Word, Redefined, and Benevolence. I have seen God do so much in the children, youth and people of Elgin. And I am grateful for the church family I have been blessed with.

10. Lastly, but certainly not least, for the freedom to know God. I realize that I am privileged in this. I am able to pray and read my bible without being afraid. I am able to share my faith without being imprisoned. I am privileged in knowing my Creator. This has been the greatest realization of all, and because of this, I have realized how abundantly blessed I have been this year, hardships and all.