At the end of our Beeson Family Vacation in Granger, we got to dedicate our Clara girl to the Lord. Basically, as her parents we wanted to publicly stand up and say that we are committed to teach her about Jesus to the best of our ability and do everything we can to help her become the woman God created her to be until she is old enough to make the decision to follow Jesus for herself.
Ryan’s parents drove down from Grand Rapids to be at Granger Community Church with us on Saturday – it was such a wonderful celebration and so special to have all of Clara’s Grandparents there.
And now, in closing, here are a few final pics from our week together. First of all, my dad and my brother Aaron stand the same and walk the same… which I never really realized until I got these father/son pictures of them while they were checking out the target.
Here’s a picture that summarizes the dichotomy of our marriage. Ryan returned from his bike ride as we were sighting in some guns. ‘Merica!
And here is Ruby with her pretty Aunt Tracy.
Our Clara girl had her 15-month appointment with her pediatrician this morning. She’s doing just great and growing really fast. She is 20 pounds… catching up with Ruby who is not quite 30 lbs. ha! She is pulling up on everything, constantly on the move and would much rather walk than crawl, which would be perfect except that she cannot walk by herself yet so I am breaking my back bending down to hold her little hands while she tries to walk. I know she’ll be taking her first steps soon… crazy!
In the meantime, her little knees and tops of her feet are all scraped up from all the crawling she does, so I discovered that if she wears my socks it gives her an extra layer of protection from the sidewalk!
Clara loves her sister Ruby. As soon as she wakes up in the morning she points at Ruby’s door – her favorite mornings are the ones when Ruby wakes up first and comes in to get her. She squeals and laughs and can’t wait to be wherever Ruby is.
She says Mama, Dada, Nana, Papa, Bye Bye, Hi, and is super determined. She knows what she wants and is more than furious if anything or anyone prevents her from getting it! She is super excited about all things hazardous, including toilets, trash cans, stairways, electrical outlets and Ryan’s shoes that have been walking around the GI division of the hospital. Talk about child proofing! This girl is keeping me busy!
We’re working on helping her learn not to chuck her food on the floor… it’s a hard lesson to learn… and a messy one! Some of her favorite foods are cottage cheese, black beans, any and every kind of fruit, macaroni, ritz crackers, graham crackers, raisins and string cheese. Hardened remnants of most of these foods can be found on the windows, wall, floor and blinds behind her chair. Its awesome.
Clara is a sweetie. A mischievous, messy, determined, danger-seeking sweetie pie. I love that I get to be Clara’s mama and I pray everyday that God will help me do it well.
Clara is the most cuddly, lovey, ticklish, sneaky, little girl. She loves music, playing games, clapping, baths, peek-a-boo, passing things back and forth, putting on necklaces, eating, putting things into bowls and taking them back out, stealing whatever Ruby was just playing with, and being generally mysterious a lot of the time.
I can tell already that I’m going to have to read more books to figure out how to discipline her well – currently she knows not to do things certain things, like drop her food on the floor, but she looks at me with mischievous sparkly eyes, chucks some food on the floor, then thinks it’s the most hilarious thing when I squeeze her hand and sternly say “no no Clara, we do not drop our food.” She throws her head back and laughs and laughs and chucks another handful of food on the floor. She’s a snickelfritz.
I took Clara to her 1-year checkup on Tuesday… a month late (mom of the year award). Her eyes seem to be staying blue and she’s got 2 teeth on the bottom with a few about to break through on the top. She’s 19 pounds, 50th percentile for weight and 30th for height. She got high scores in all the categories except gross motor – pretty much she’s perfectly content sitting around letting Ruby bring her whatever she wants. In other words, she’s barely crawling, not really cruising or scootching, pulling up occasionally, not scaling furniture, or walking yet. She’s in what I like to call “The Sprinkler” phase, where she just spins herself around and around in circles (always clockwise). Its pretty funny. Our pediatrician said everything is great and she’ll take off when she’s ready. I’m in no hurry.
Everyday I am thankful for Clara. I pick her up out of her bed in the morning and can’t help but breathe her in. She’s incredibly precious. I love the age she is, I love the wonderment in her eyes, I love the way she interacts with Ruby and the way she fiercely holds her ground. One of my most favorite things about Clara is that she LOVES her daddy so much. When she hears Ryan open the front door after work she gets all excited and can’t wait to catch his eye. She’s his little buddy and he makes her laugh and giggle more than anyone can.
Our precious Clara Dawn turned 1 on May 5th. We were in Grand Rapids for the weekend and got to celebrate her first year of life with the Cox family. Here she is being a sweetie to her Nana.
Clara is the sweetest little babe. She laughs and smiles and loves getting tickled. I can’t even wipe her chin off after meals without her thinking I’m trying to tickle her neck. It’s so funny. She has a sing-songy little voice that calls out to her “dada” whenever she hears the front door of our house open. She kicks her legs and gets super excited about everything from music to food to Ruby coming into sight. She loves music and bops around to any song she hears. She can point to her nose and head and finds other people’s noses quite interesting as well. My favorite thing is going into her room in the mornings and after naps to get her out of her crib. She goes nuts with happiness. I need to get a video of it soon because it’s just so great.
Back to her birthday party! After opening some gifts (with plenty of help from her sister) she got to indulge in her first piece of cake. Let’s just say there wasn’t a single crumble left on her tray.
Let’s just say there wasn’t a single crumble left on her tray.
Immediately following the last bite, the sugar buzz began and she started laughing, squealing, pounding her hands on her tray and kicking her legs. It was a good thing she was buckled into her seat!
We love you Clara Beara and are blessed by your life everyday. I love being your Mama and I love seeing you becoming the little person who God created you to be.
Big news! Clara got a tooth! Just a teeny pointy one on the bottom. She’s so good at growing. She is 10 months old this week. Some of her favorite things these days are waking up (she goes absolutely berserk with excitement about being awake), black beans (she would eat an entire can in one sitting if I let her), clapping and bopping around to any music she hears, playing peek-a-boo with Ruby, and stealing pacifiers from any and every child who comes within arms reach of her. She’s been saying “mama” and “dada” for a while now and has added, uh-oh, ba, ka, ga, and incredibly high-pitched squeals to her extensive vocabulary. She couldn’t be less interested in crawling, but I love it that, for now, she stays where I put her. I’m kinda glad she’s taking her sweet time in the crawling department.
Last weekend Ryan had a day off, so we went to Highbanks for a hike with the girls. It’s always so great to spend time as a family outside. Ruby burns some energy, Clara gets to experience cold wind in her face and Ryan and I have time to talk while we walk. Yay hiking!
Ruby started a gym class at the Y for 1 and 2 year olds last week. Her first class was fun because I got to watch how she acts when she doesn’t know what is going on and all the other kids do. Most of the other kids had already been in this class for 7 weeks, so they knew all the games and songs already. Ruby did a lot of standing around looking amazed at the other kids while they danced, jumped, and sang songs. She started getting the hang of things and I’m sure by next week she’ll be participating a lot more and standing in awe a lot less. ha!
Last weekend we had a really great time with Ryan’s mom in town. The girls love their Nana and of course, enjoyed all the fun that comes with her visits.
She made Ruby the cutest apron I’ve ever seen. It’s reversible and Ruby has worn it everyday since. Ruby carries her “treasures” in the front pocket and they all fall out whenever she bends forward. I’ll post a picture of it soon.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Jeni’s ice cream (even though it was snowing) and we had dinner at the Rusty Bucket Saturday night.
Clara mastered the skill of clapping over the weekend as well. Instead of clapping when she is excited, she gets excited by her own clapping ability. I love it.
I’m so thankful for visitors who are willing to drive great distances to be with us.
|photos by Mark Beeson|
- She laughs more at Ryan than anyone else. I try so hard to get her to giggle, but it takes A LOT of work on my part. Ryan just has to look in her direction and she gets all giggly and smiley.
- She started hugging me back, just enough that I can tell she’s holding on to me while I’m holding onto her. Its such a fun feeling when babies are old enough to hug.
- She loves her feet. If they’re anywhere in sight she is going for them. The toes of her shoes are worn and her socks are always slobbery where she gets them in her mouth.
- She’s a champion sleeper, napping from 10-12 and 2-4 every day then in bed by 8pm.
- If Ruby is within ear-shot, Clara is on the lookout for her. She loves her sister and gets a kick out of watching Ruby running around like a crazy person. Ruby loves to entertain Clara, so this works out well.
- Clara is a chubby bunny. She loves to eat peas, bananas, applesauce, oatmeal, and especially sweet potatoes. I feed her at 8am, 12, 4 and 8.
- She’s been making funny faces, sucking her top lip in and sticking out her tongue at the same time. (try it yourself, it’s pretty funny.)
- Splashing in the bath is her favorite thing and she and LOVES if Ruby is in the tub with her.