Y'all, Adeline and Maralee are five months old!  Wow, has time flown or what?!

I love these outfits!  
Adeline and Maralee
5 months

Mom and I took the girls to the eye doctor and their eyes are really looking good.  They are far-sighted (which is good for babies) and don't need glasses.  Also, they are not in need of laser surgery for their retinas.  I ran into another NICU mom at the eye doctor and her little boy had to have the laser surgery.  She said he was doing great but he had to be re-released to the NICU for four nights to recover.  As much as we love our NICU staff, she told me that the hardest part of the surgery was him being back in the NICU after being home with her.  I had such empathy for her and am so thankful that he is once again home with his family!

Maralee was cracking up at her daddy!

Last week was lots of fun.  They are getting so animated and it is fun making faces and sounds back at them.  Sometimes I just stop and realize that I am a mom.  I love it.  The other night, Adeline was lying on the sofa next to me and I put my hand on her back to feel her breathe.  Just feeling the rhythm of her chest made my heart swell with love.  These girls are so precious and I just can't get enough of them.  On Friday, we went for a stroller walk and the weather was so nice afterward that I laid a blanket in the front yard for us to get some tummy time.  Look how good they did!

 Adeline and Maralee getting some tummy time

 Miss Adeline holding her head up!

 My little cutie, Maralee

Adeline watching Maralee hold her head up

I tell Raleigh thank you all the time for letting me stay at home with them.  It is so hard for him to get up and go to work some days but he does it so we can make memories with our girls.  This weekend it was just the four of us (six counting the pups) and we had the best time doing nothing together.  Friday night we grilled yummy steaks and he let me watch The Last Song.  It was okay, but The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are still my favorite Nicholas Sparks books turned into movies.

Saturday we did a little car shopping and I think we are going to get a van.  I can't believe I am saying that but it really has everything that we want in a new vehicle.  If anybody wants a cute Volvo, let us know!!!  :)
After we did that, we sat on the couch and watched football for the afternoon.  It was really nice not having a million things to do.  Sunday was our first time going to our church as a family.  The night before, we got our game plan together on how we would get everyone dressed and ready for church.  As soon as we opened the door to leave for church, it started to rain.  Raleigh was a trooper taking each of his girls to the car under the umbrella.  We made it to church only five minutes late.  Once we got there, we sat in the back so we could sneak out if we had to.  Adeline slept the whole time and Maralee was awake but just looking around.  Once church was over we got to show them off a little and we headed home.  The rest of the afternoon it rained so I worked on their Christening gowns while listening to Norah Jones.  It was rather relaxing, I must say.

First Family Church Service at St. James
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Christen, Adeline, Maralee, Raleigh
(the lens was foggy and it made the girls look like little angels!)

Friends, I am just trying to soak up every moment that I can with these sweet potatoes!  They are already getting so big and we will go for a weight check this week to see how much they have gained.  I just thank God for providing such goodness for our family!  This month, our church is memorizing Psalm 23 and the last part of this Psalm is my favorite.  I have it written on a piece of paper that I keep at my vanity and it gives me such hope each morning.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever
-Psalm 23
Till next time, let your light shine!
Blessings, christen

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