Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pettingill Cuties

Love My Cubs

This post has to start with a big sigh and a deep breath.....

My little sweetie pie has been quite fussy at night. From about 4:00-11:00 every night she just cries and fusses and has done this ever since we've been home from our trip. I wonder if she's sick or has acid reflux or what but I'm totally dumbfounded about what to do. She won't lay on the floor after eating to kick and wiggle, she just cries. If I'm lucky enough to get her to sleep she'll wake herself up 10 minutes later from spitting up and she's been spitting up a lot. About 2 oz. or so at times, sometimes a little less. I give her a bath almost every night to get her to calm down. Once she does fall asleep for the night, about 11:00, she'll sleep for 3-4 hours in her crib or 6-7 hours in the car seat and 80% of the time I put her in the car seat because I'm so stinking tired and need sleep. I wonder if the car seat helps because she's more upright. Swaddling, pacifiers, swaying, rocking, or anything else doesn't help. I can't tell if she's sick or has acid reflux, I don't know if she's colic. I just don't know what to do about it any more.

She doesn't have a fever that I can tell, I'm just convinced she has the Cox digestive issues. But she does have a regular doctor appointment with the pediatrician next week so I'll wait and see what he says.

Also since we've been home from our trip, Kimball has been a totally different kid. He quit throwing fits, throwing toys, yelling, and everything else that was driving me crazy. It's been so nice!! He's also been much more kind to Cora. He'll now lay down by her when she's having floor time, always wants to hold her, and will try to console her if she's crying. He's so cute with her it just makes my heart smile!

Even with Cora being so fussy at night and the occasional squawk from Kimball, I love being their mother! I wouldn't trade my job for anything, my children are so special and dear to me. I just love my cubs!

Snow Wonder

 He was quite upset that he had to come inside for a nap

Ever Wonder What Babies Dream About?

Love Baggie Socks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Good Timbers

These were two great quotes from a few different RS lessons that I wanted to remember:

"The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future."
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland 

"Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger wind, the stronger trees. The further sky, the greater length. The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, in trees and men good timbers grow."
- Douglas Malloch 

Friday, January 24, 2014


I wanted to remember a few things about Cora's blessing, (the words I'll write elsewhere). It was a very special blessing for a very special baby, particularly knowing all of the miracles that haven taken place in her life both prenatally and after birth. Most of the those miracles I won't share, I keep them close to my heart as I always reflect on the Lord's tender mercies. We felt very strongly what her name should be, Cora Julie Cox, and now as I ponder it the meaning and significance sinks deeper and deeper. Cora is a family name on the Watson side and her middle name Julie is after my own Mom. She was blessed in the same dress and booties that I was blessed in. I made her the blessing bracelet and Bonnie made her the blessing headband. The pastel rainbow blanket was made by my Great Grandma Jean Fife Stockdale, Grandma Pettingill's mother. I was given the blanket when Grandpa started cleaning out the house after Grandma passed away, I wasn't sure who made the blanket but all of Grandma's kids (Dad, Wade, Sally, & Karen) assured me that Great Grandma Stockdale made it.The white blanket Kimball was blessed with was also made by Grandma Stockdale although it isn't in my possession, that one is Dad's.

Cora was so beautiful, so pure and innocent! I'm humbled and brought to tears as I think of the depth of my love for my children. Just looking at their adorable faces and hearing their sweet voices brings me such joy. They are certainly a gift from Heavenly Father! It can be challenging to be a mother but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Not for money or time or fame or success. I thank Heavenly Father for my knowledge that I am sealed to my husband and precious children for all eternity, that alone makes my heart content. But coupled with the time that I get to spend with them on this earth makes my heart content and full and joyous and blessed. I'm just so, SO grateful I don't know how to adequately express my feelings.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beautiful Baby Girl

Heather's Baby Shower

She's finally having a boy and of course we had to throw her a shower! We did a monster theme since that's the decor in the nursery. All of us sisters pitched in to help and it was such a fun night! All of the decorations and food were monsters and it was an all around great night!

Cora's Blessing Day



My Mom Is The Best

Made Me Laugh

Love My Sister!

Can you tell we're both sleep deprived new moms? What dorks.