Morgan's First Year

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Happy 7 Month Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!!!

It's hard to believe that 1 year ago Michael & I were getting ready to head to Bethany Beach, Delaware for a family vacation. I was a few days short of 17 weeks pregnant with Morgan and feeling very big & nauseous. One year ago tomorrow I had my first OB appointment at
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. We had so many dreams, hopes and prayers for how the pregnancy and birth would go and what it would be like to finally become parents. Though we had some hiccups along the way we are so very happy to finally be parents.

Now, here we are 1 year later with a beautiful 7 month sweet baby girl. No amount of reading or planning could have prepared us for this amazing and awesome experience. To say the least Michael and I feel so incredibly blessed. God has given us this wonderfully amazing little girl and we couldn't be more in love with her.

Two days ago I went into the nursery to get Morgan up from her nap in the afternoon. She wasn't crying just babbling away to herself. The following picture is what I found when I went into her room...

Our sweet little girl had learned to sit up all by herself and was playing away with her toys.

I got the biggest gummy grin from her when I walked in. I am pretty sure if she could have spoken she would have said, "Look at me Mommy! Look what I can do...all by MYSELF!".
I am so glad that Michael was home at the time. I called him to come quick and see what our little girl had done. We were so proud of her and she was so proud of herself.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baby's Got To Have A Little Bling...

On Morgan's finger is a gold baby ring that was first worn by her Pops as a little boy, then her Uncle Scott, her Mommy and also on a necklace by her Meme.
It's hard to see in the first photo, so I got a close up with the second.

(I hope this picture isn't a foreshadow of her attitude to come!)

Isn't it just too cute!

BTW~ How cool is our little girl?
She now has her name on her paci's.

Dinner Anyone?

Good thing we don't eat outside very often!

Who You Callin' Sleepy?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I LOVE the drool on her chin!

Sweet Girl


Beach Babe

Surf's Up!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Donating from the heart

Here's a pic and article of Morgan's Aunt Kristi
The Lincoln Courier, Lincoln, IL

Donating from the heart

Lincoln, Ill. -

Kristi Lessen smiles as she donates blood Monday during a Central Illinois Community Blood Center drive at the Masonic Temple. Lessen also taped a testimonial for the blood center, urging others to give. She said donating is her way of repaying the strangers who provided blood for her following a September 2006 motorcycle accident that fatally injured her husband, Jake Lessen, and left her hospitalized. “I received 12 transfusions during the two weeks I was in the hospital,” Lessen said. “That’s one of the five factors of why I’m still here. My husband gave his life so I could live. I’m living life for both of us, so I want to live it the best I can. I believe in paying it forward.” Lessen also recently adopted two children from Guatemala.

By Nancy Rollings Saul
The Courier

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's Official...

For those of you who didn't know and those of you that did, Michael has been waiting for his Department Head orders. We have been anxious to get them because he got word to "expect a PCS move and it's not to Japan". I, like my father, am a need-to-know person, needing ample time for things to "soak in" and be processed. So for the past few weeks we have been preparing to get official word we need to move to Lemoore, California.

Well, the slate came out and it's official we are headed to California. Lemoore is south of Fresno in between San Francisco and L.A.. It's quite a distance inland in a very hot valley.

At first we were less than happy, but are slooowly getting used to the idea. We don't have a report no later than date yet, but we are expecting to have to be there some time between mid-September and mid-October.

Michael will be assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Four-One.
VFA-41 the Black Aces.

This squadron is attached to a carrier (I think it's the USS Nimitz out of San Diego) and Michael will be going out to sea for 6 month stints. We won't know his schedule until he signs in, but in the mean time I need to prepare myself to be just Morgan, me and the boys for long periods of time. We'll see how that goes!

We will be sure to keep you posted on when we will be leaving Virginia. As for now we need to get our house in order so we can put it on the market. So, if you know anyone moving to our area looking for a 3 bedroom 2 bath house please send them our way!

What an adventure this will be moving cross country with a 9 month old and two dogs! I am prayerful that there are no hiccups along the way. I will be very nervous until we are finally there and settled safely. Please keep us in your prayers for a smooth transition and safe journey.

As always, there is an open door policy to our home. If ever in California and you would like to stop by, you are more than welcome anytime...even if you aren't in Cali and want to come visit please do!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Half Way There!

Happy Half-Birthday Baby Girl!!

I can't believe our Sweet Baby Girl is 6 months old already! She is getting so big.

Her 6 month well-baby stats are...
Weight: 14 lbs. 6 oz.
Length: 25 inches
HC: 41 3/4 cm
She falls some where around the 25th percentile.

She sits up so well on her own now and loves to stand up while holding your hands. She smiles all the time, takes great naps, is a great eater and is so much fun! We're still working on night-time sleeping, but it has been getting a little better lately.

I will try and post some pictures tomorrow in her new "fluff".