Yesterday we woke up around 6:30. I fed the baby then got breakfast for the family members who eat solid foods. Jilly has had bad allergies for the past few days and she woke up with awful red, puffy eyes.
By this time Mattie needed to eat again so I fed her and got her dressed. Jilly and I spent a few minutes playing with smiley baby Mattie.
I talked to my mom for a little bit then vacuumed Jilly and Mattie's rooms while Jilly pretended the vacuum was a monster chasing her. While in Mattie's room I saw my old journals on the shelf and decided to indulge for a few minutes. I had been feeling nostalgic about our college days since reading Lisa's love story. I'm glad I was such a good journal writer back then because those notebooks are seriously hilarious.
We came downstairs and I started some dinner in the crockpot. Jilly said, "I'm hungry" and I looked at the clock to find that it was noon! I had two girls that were hungry for lunch and I was still in my pajamas- no makeup, crazy hair, and I hadn't even brushed my teeth!
At this point I was struck by how glamorous my life is (ha!) It may not be the most exciting life, but it is perfect for me and I'm so glad I have my little chickies.
One day Jilly did what I asked and I said "thanks for listening" and she said, "I obey Mommy and Daddy and Jesus!"
1. So far I have taken both girls by myself to Target, the grocery store, the park, the library, the post office, the mall (3 times!), McDonalds, and the doctor's office. And each time we have arrived home alive I have congratulated myself on being a superhero.
2. Though I am relatively comfortable with taking 2 children out and about I have yet to master the whole "take care of the house" part of my job description. Bryan comes home at 5:30 every evening to find me sitting on the couch completely overwhelmed and surrounded by the effects of Hurricane Jilly. We are so lucky to have the most amazing friends and family- Mattie will be one month old tomorrow (ack!) and I have yet to prepare a main dish for dinner. We have had delicious meals pouring in and our sweet friends either A. think we are pigs or B. are just very generous (or probably a little of both.) Every meal has fed us at least twice. We still have dinners in our freezer and you better believe I am loving this break.
3. My sister Leslie graduated from high school this week. We were sad we couldn't be there, but we did watch the graduation online. Never have I been more grateful to be an Anderson- once Leslie had walked we were done (and the rest of my family had to stay and watch the other 500 students graduate.) Jilly loved looking for Leslie, and then proceeded to tell me she saw other members of the family graduating as well. Whatever you say Jilly girl.
4. This week was our annual Relief Society Garden Party. For dessert we had fruit pizzas (idea from this pin) and they are my new favorite summer party dessert. We just bought the sugar cookies and got strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to go on top. For the frosting, we mixed up cream cheese and marshmallow cream. They were delicious, and I ate more than I am willing to admit.
5. My very favorite thing that happened this week: We were meeting up with some friends and after getting ready Jilly told me, "Clark and Mayzie will love my dress." I assured her they would. When we saw our friends Jilly walked right up to 3-year-old Clark and said first thing "You like my dress?" And he responded, "Oh yes it's pretty." That kid is going to make some lucky woman very, very happy one day.
We had a hard time choosing a name for Mattie. I had all sorts of criteria that drove everyone crazy. I wanted a two syllable name because I thought it flowed better with our last name. It couldn't start with J (too Duggar.) It had to sound good with Jillian (and Jilly.) And, I like older names. During our weekly skype visits with my family they'd give tons of suggestions and I always had some reason why the name wouldn't work (like I said, I was driving them crazy.)
One day I was driving around and suddenly the name Mattie came to me. I texted Bryan:
Bryan wasn't very familiar with the name Mattie (it's a very southern name) and so he was hesitant at first. But as the days went on we both started liking it more and more. We were worried that she'd spend her whole life saying "It's Mattie, with t's. No, it's not short for anything, just Mattie." But, in the end we decided that we liked it enough to go for it. Though Mattie was the frontrunner for the last few weeks of my pregnancy we didn't officially decide until a couple hours after she was born.
We hadn't chosen a middle name either. As we headed to the hospital my sister Leslie said to not have the baby til after midnight because May 16th is her birthday. Well, that obviously didn't work out. But since Mattie was born so close to Leslie's birthday, and since we both loved the name Claire we did give her Leslie's middle name.
It's funny to go from calling her "baby" for so many months to actually using her name. You give a baby a name and suddenly they seem like so much more of a real person. And after these few weeks with her I can't imagine her being anything except Mattie Claire.
here, Mattie's dress from this tutorial