so much has happened since we moved here a month ago. travis is loving his job and is finally out of the training portion. 3 weeks at minimum wage was tough on our little family, but we made it through just fine.
sylvie will be 11 months old in three short days. i skipped her 10 month letter in june and i vow not to let that happen again this month. i've been somewhat burnt-out on blogging this last month. the mom blogging world has been a large part of my day-to-day for a year and a half now, and i think i've become a bit jaded with all of it. i look around and everything is a popularity contest. you may or may not have noticed that i didn't solicit any votes during top baby blogs' last quarterly reset. honestly, i have no interest in TBB anymore. i will leave my blog listed and leave the button there should you care to vote, but i have no desire to beg for votes. sure, my apathy has knocked me back a few pages, but i'm okay with that. it would be quite hypocritical of me to poo-poo popularity contests and then beg for votes to the biggest one. all of my burnt-outness and jadedness aside, i want to be a good blogger again. i really do enjoy it. i still want this to be a happy record of this time in our lives for sylvie to look at when she's older. this is her baby book, and i have no desire to stop recording our memories here.
here's a memory for you: on june 30th sylvie cut her first tooth! i was beginning to think my toothless wonder baby would grow into a toothless wonder adult, but her bottom left pearly white finally popped through. and it only took 11 months! she is enjoying using her new tooth to scrape the skins off of tomato pieces and to pop the kernels off of corn on the cob.
yesterday we celebrated sylvie's first independence day with a cookout and pool party at my brother's house. it is so good to have family close by. she was so tired after a day full of swimming and eating that she fell asleep for the night at 6pm! that's 2 hours early! she looked awfully cute in her red, white and blue dress travis' mom bought for her.
it was nice to dress her up yesterday. it's been so hot lately that she spends most of her time in just a diaper or a onesie at most. she's such a summer baby!
i also made an exception for this sweet vintage romper that my blog buddy (and fellow texan), LINDSEY sent sylvie as part of our welcome to texas package.
the package was such a sweet surprise and included homemade pepper jelly, corn salsa and hibiscus tea. thank you, lindsey! check out her blog and enter her awesome custom silhouette giveaway! so cute!
this week also saw sylvie's first (very hot and sweaty) trip to the houston zoo with our new friends katie and nick and their baby girl amelia. sylvie napped in her stroller almost the whole time. the heat did me in too, and i crashed for an epic 3 hour nap when we got home.
this month has been good. we have been spending everyday together with our skin smelling of sunscreen, salt water, and sweat. summer is off to a glorious start in texas!
once again, thank you for continuing to read despite infrequent, often too-short posts. i appreciate every single one of you from the bottom of my heart.
THANK YOU. <3