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Kalyn’s First Word

April 1, 2009

I think we can officially say that Kalyn’s first word is “Daddy.”  She definitely enjoys saying Daddy, and she definitely knows that it means her Daddy.  However, she also seems to say “Daddy” when she means “doggie.”  Just as she will say “Daddy” when she sees Daddy, she also will say it while pointing to an animal picture, or whenever she sees an animal (especially dogs).

In this video you can see Kalyn say daddy/doggie as she watches videos of dogs.  (By the way, Kalyn still gets more excited about seeing animals than about anything else.  Recently we put up a bird feeder in our backyard which has brought her much joy, although she does tend to scare the birds away with her excitement.)

In this video Kalyn doesn’t say Daddy until the end of video.  I thought I’d put it up, though, because it shows her playing her favorite game, which is putting stuff in stuff, taking it out, and then putting it back in again.  She also recently fell in love with wearing bags. Only recently did she start playing put stuff in/take it out game with the bags, though. Watch how many times Kalyn puts her pacifier into her bag and then takes it back out again.

Snow Day

March 27, 2009

The past couple of days we have had the biggest snowstorm of the whole year.  I’ve been informed that this is normal for Colorado.  It’s strange to think that just a few days ago we were enjoying the outdoors like the middle of summer.

Kalyn hasn’t really had the chance to walk around in the snow yet, since the snow hasn’t really stuck around for along since we’ve moved here.  She enjoyed walking around and exploring the new stuff, but got frustrated after a while about not being able to walk like normal.

Searching the Scriptures

October 22, 2008

A while ago I started a scripture study blog because I wanted to get more out of my scriptures study, I wanted to practice my writing skills, and I wanted to participate more in the gospel discussion online.  It’s been going for a while now, so now that I know it’s working I’d love for you to come check it out!

In each post I summarize a reading for the day, try to apply it to myself, try to come up with some small thing I can do that day pertaining to the reading, and then try and write a question for people to ponder or comment on.

Elder Ballard’s Talk on Mothers

April 6, 2008

General Conference this weekend was great.  To me, it seemed like every other talk was on families.  As a new mom, the topic of families is especially important to me.  I especially enjoyed the talk by Elder Ballard directed towards young mothers.

One small thing he said in his talk that I found especially comforting was the assertion that different moms make different choices based on their own experience and the needs of their children.  As a new mom, one of the hardest things is figuring out how to take care of my baby.  There are hundreds of books, websites, experts, family, friends, and neighbors all enthusiastically willing to tell you “the” way to take care of a baby. While it is most often motivated by a sincere desire to help, the conflicting information often leaves me feeling confused and highly doubtful of my own decisions and ability as a mother.  It is comforting to hear from an apostle that I will be able to make the right decisions for me and my baby with the help of the spirit, and that those decisions may be different from other people without being wrong.

The other part of Elder Ballard’s talk that was very comforting was his advice to mothers on how to be better mothers. It was very timely and helped answer my perpetual question of how to care for my baby.  Unlike the focus I have had lately on things like how long my baby sleeps, when to pick her up, and how to feed the baby, this advice reminded me of what is truly important and helped bring direction to future efforts and decisions.  Here is the advice he gave:

  • Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments.
  • Don’t over-schedule yourselves or  your children. Have unstructured time as a family.
  • Find some time for yourself to cultivate gifts and interests.
  • Pray, study, and teach the gospel.

I encourage everyone to read this talk, it was very encouraging and affirming.

Being a mother is great!  Kalyn brings more joy and happiness to our lives than I ever imagined.  It is great that we have the gospel so that we can know how important families are.  My own little family is the best thing ever in my life.