Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Miss A's First Day!

Miss A started preschool this week! She's been really excited to start school, telling everyone we see about her new school. The report I managed to get out of her about the first day was that they played outside, read a story that we have at home, and she made two new friends (but she didn't ask them their names). Her teacher sends out a much more detailed report of what they did each day, which has already been very helpful for talking to Miss A about her day.

Miss A is normally very outgoing, and will talk to anyone. When we went in for her open house last week she was SO shy. As in, she wouldn't make eye contact with her teacher or say hi. So weird for my chatty girl. I'm thinking it may have been overwhelming to be in a new place, with so many new people (teachers, classmates, parents, siblings). The first day seemed to go a lot better, though she was still pretty shy going in to class.  I'm guessing it will get better as she gets more and more comfortable at school.

We decided keep preschool pretty low key this year. Miss A is going two days a week for two and a half hours each time. I think it will be nice for her to have some time at school with other kids. It was nice to give Little J a little more individual attention this morning while Miss A was gone.  We ran to Home Depot for a few things, got donuts, and played at the park.  Note to self, I'm a little too old/big for the tire swing.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Late Summer Adventures (& a Giveaway!!)

We've been lucky that (so far) Baby C is a pretty chill little lady.  She's made it easy for us to continue some little adventures with her along for the ride.  Below are a few of our recent adventures, along with a Minnesota Children's Museum giveaway at the bottom!

1. Minnesota State Fair
Family of Five checking out the U of M Building
Future Gophers!
If you're not from Minnesota you may not know that our state fair is a big deal. As I learned after moving here, people are very serious about the state fair. This year the weather for the fair was amazing, so E took an afternoon off work so we could all go on a less busy day (if there is such a thing... this year the fair had record setting attendance).  We ate tasty fair food (the pretzel curds were my favorite!), checked out the animals, went on a few rides and generally explored the craziness of the fair. The girls, especially Little J, loved seeing the animals, especially all of the babies in the Miracle of Birth building. I appreciated the Lactation Station, set up with comfy chairs for moms to use when feeding their babies, and stocked with baby essentials (diapers, wipes, sunscreen, toys, etc).

2. Canterbury Park

When E's brother came to visit with his kids on Labor Day we met up for a day at the races. I shared Canterbury Park as one of my favorite Twin Cities places to go with kids, and Labor Day was an especially good day to visit.  There were activities for the kids (pony rides, petting zoo, etc) and wiener dog races between the horse races. Miss A thought those were SO funny.  Little J was in heaven when she got to ride a pony.  She really is an animal lover.

Yes, I pretty much just wear this outfit right now ;)

3. Backyard Movie Night

You can't have a movie night without snacks!
This is the 3rd year we've hosted a backyard movie night.  It is one of my favorite summer activities.  Miss A started planning for this year's event in May because she had so much fun last year.  She told me we should watch Frozen and have juice boxes.  So she was really disappointed when it rained and rained on our original date.  Luckily we rescheduled and many of our friends and neighbors could still make it.  Our backyard was full of little girls (and a few boys) singing and dancing with Anna and Elsa.  So much fun!

4. Minnesota Children's Museum

I've expressed my love for the children's museum several times, and this is no different. Both Creativity Jam and Thomas the Train are leaving soon, so the girls and I headed over last week to check both out one more time. It was a fairly quiet morning, so the girls could really explore everything in Creativity Jam. Miss A found the paper airplane launcher which was so cool! It was great to see her figure out how to make the airplanes go higher and further with each attempt. Little J really enjoyed putting paper scraps in the wind tunnel and watching them wiggle around. Both girls enjoyed having a space to create some projects too. When we got home from the museum, I got an email from MCM about a special giveaway just for friends of Smart Play Ambassadors.  MCM is giving away a Deluxe Museum Membership and 4 Choo Choo Bob DVDs to one luck person.  This giveaway is for friends of Smart Play Ambassadors, so go here to enter!  The giveaway closes September 20, and the winner will be notified on September 22. Good luck!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baby C: 1 Month

Baby C's first month has flown by! It's crazy to think that just a month ago I was pregnant and waiting (not so patiently) for our new addition to join us. Now she's here, and what a great addition she's been!

Likes: Being swaddled.  Nothing calms Baby C down like a tight swaddle.  She'll sometimes fight to get out of it, but it's the first thing I do if she's crying.  Swaddle plus pacifier combination, even better. Daddy growling at her also seems to stop her crying. Her swing is another favorite.  I carry it all over the house over the course of a day.  Baby C also loves to be outside.  I think she likes the trees.

Dislikes: Sleeping in our bedroom. I have no idea how she knows the difference, but when I try to sleep upstairs in my bedroom, baby girl has a rough night.  If I sleep downstairs, she does great. Baby C doesn't like hiccups, and neither do I.  They shake her whole little body. She also dislikes not being fed immediately if she's hungry.

Sleeping: Overall, Baby C has been a great sleeper (thank you baby girl!). Most nights she wakes up once or twice to eat and goes right back to sleep. A few days she's wanted to be up for the day between 5:30 and 6, but most of the time I can coax her back to sleep for a couple of hours. Last night she went her longest stretch, 6.5 hours. Awesome! 

Eating: Baby C took to nursing right away.  She's been the easiest of my girls to nurse during the first month, probably in part because I have 2 years of experience. Baby C eats about every 3 hours during the day, but more frequently in the morning and at night.  E has also given her a handful of bottles so far, and she's taking them well.  I'm glad it's not a battle.  With Miss A and Little J we did a bottle before bed each night, and that's the plan with Baby C too.

Milestones: E swears Baby C really smiled yesterday, but I didn't see it.  

Stats: She came home from the hospital at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was there at her first weight check too.  I know she is much bigger now.  We'll see what the official weight is at her appointment on Friday, but she's growing out of her newborn clothes quickly, so I have no doubt she's gaining weight well.

E continuing his tradition of getting each baby a 1 month birthday cake.
Ice cream cake from DQ... yum!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Baby C

Just a few pictures of my sweet Baby C while she's still little!  She is growing way too fast!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School... Not Me!

I know I can't be alone in wondering, how can it possibly be September?! August was a blur. I suppose that happens when you have a newborn baby. Today my Instagram and Facebook have been filled with pictures of kids heading off to school. For the first time in 27 years, this fall I am not headed back to school. It feels quite strange. The girls and I had lunch with some of my teacher friends last week, and I was totally removed from the back to school craziness. It felt great. Strange, but great. I'm so looking forward to this special year at home with all three of my girls.

Someone I know who is excited for school to start is our sweet neighbor, Miss L.  She will be starting kindergarten next week!  Such a big milestone for kids.  Last month, we met up to take some back to school photos of Miss L at her elementary school, and I think they're so cute I had to share!   

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites 4

I'm linking up with Katie again today to share a few of my favorite things from this week!

I bought a few prints from Recipe for Crazy during a flash sale this spring, and finally got them ready to go up in the girls' rooms this week.  The Fierce print is going up in Baby C's room, and the Brave print is going in Miss A and Little J's room.

Since the arrival of Baby C, we have been super spoiled by friends.  Often when our friends have come to meet our new little lady, they've also brought some sweet gifts and lots of food.  Seriously, I think the best way to take care of a family with a new baby is with food.  A couple of my former co-workers stopped by this week and brought the sweet sisters frame above.  I can't wait to get a picture of my three girls in there!  They also brought these cool Sticker Doodle books for Miss A and Little J.  The girls think they're awesome (and I agree... they're great for keeping the girls busy with something quiet when I'm feeding the baby).  They also brought lunch, with lots of fresh fruit and veggies, and left the extra with us.  So thankful for those two, and everyone else who has kept us fed over the past few weeks!

Baby C's announcements also came this week.  In the digital world I know it is a little silly to send out birth announcements, but I love sending (and receiving) real mail.  I ordered these postcard style birth announcements through Pear Tree Greetings, and I am really happy with how they turned out!

Baby C and I also got a night out at the Minnesota Children's Museum this week.  The museum hosted a happy hour for the Smart Play Ambassadors, and it was really nice to sit and chat with other adults, while enjoying some good food and my first glass of wine since late November.  The MCM has so many fun things going on, and the staff is so great to work with.  I'm so thankful I've been able to be a part of the Smart Play Ambassadors program this year!  Baby C and I have another night out planned for tonight, this time heading to Cafe Latte with a friend.  I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The H Family

It's hard for me to believe that Mr. G turned 3 last month (maybe because I'm in denial that my own Little J is getting close to that age) but I was really excited when his mom asked me to take pictures of him and the rest of the family recently.  I was even more excited when I found an old frame being thrown away by some neighbors.  A quick coat of spray paint, and it made such a fun prop for pictures!