Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Week 14

Baby C loves bath time. Even if she's grumpy she cheers right up in the tub. I've tried adding her to the bath with Miss A and Little J, but she prefers her solo baths for now. She likes playing with the cups and toys and kicking her feet. She smiles and laughs the whole time, making bath time one of my favorite times too! After her time in the tub is done she likes to get wrapped up in her towel and check out the baby in the mirror. So funny. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Week 13: Miss A's 5th Birthday Party

The YMCA we go to is one of Miss A's very favorite places, so back in November when they were running a Black Friday special I decided to book her birthday party there. Miss A loves her birthday (as I assume all kids do) and she started planning this party the minute we finished her 4th birthday party. This year she was really excited to be able to invite a bunch of friends, jump in a bouncy house and eat cake at her Frozen party. 

The Y staff had tables set up with table clothes and balloons, but we brought in some Frozen decorations from Target to add to the room. I found some cute paper crowns for the kids to decorate and wear during the party at Michaels (a little hard to see on the white table clothes.

Olaf string cheese snacks designed by E. 

And one very happy birthday girl with her party cupcakes. 


Overall Miss A had a lot of fun and the party went smoothly. We had a few problems getting the party arranged which was really frustrating for me the week of her birthday and party. I think next year we'll be back to hosting a party at our house where I have more control over the event (I'm only a little bit of a control freak- ha!). 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Baby C: 8 Months

This month has flown by. Wow! How is Baby C 8 months old now? 

Personality: Baby C continues to be quite sweet, but there has been a lot more crying over the past month. I think she has realized that crying gets her more attention. She has been a little more clingy and wants me to carry her around more, so the Ergo is getting a lot more use. If I'm holding her, she's a pretty happy girl, giving out big gummy smiles all the time (still no teeth).

Likes: Her big sisters. Attention from neighborhood kids. Being outside (hooray for warm weather, or at least occasional warm weather). Being held up in the air/flying. Kisses on her cheeks and neck. Being tickled (especially her tummy and armpits). Bath time and bath toys. The baby in the mirror. Being held. Her car seat and elephant blankie that Nana made. Eating.

Dislikes: Being put down for more than a few minutes. Socks. Not being able to move. Being on her tummy.

Eating: We haven't found anything that Baby C won't eat yet. She likes pureed bananas, squash, peas, green beans, pears, apples, chicken, blueberries, sweet potatoes... a whole mix of things. She has a hard time with puffs, but she loves crackers, especially graham crackers which she turns in to a gooey mess. We went in to urgent care with pink eye yesterday and she was over 19 pounds. Way to grow, Baby C!

Sleeping: Overall, sleep has been good. I very much appreciate that. She gets tired pretty early now and goes to be for the night around 7:30pm. E still gives her a bottle before bed, but she only drinks an ounce or two now before going to bed so one of us has been feeding her another few ounces when we go to bed around 10pm. Most night she then sleeps until between 5-6:30am. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night but she falls back asleep if we replace her pacifier. During the day she takes a morning nap between 9-10am and another, longer afternoon nap. I've been trying do her afternoon nap in the crib which will work for an hour or so. If I move her to the swing after that hour she will usually fall back asleep for another hour or more.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Week 12

I have lots and lots of pictures from last week to share, but for Week 11 I'm just going to share pictures from Miss A's first hair cut. Yes, we waited until she was just days from turning five to get her hair cut. It wasn't anything intentional, it was just that it didn't seem to need a cut. For most of the time she was four she wanted pig tails so it wasn't until she started wearing her hair down recently that I thought it was probably time to get those curls a little bit more under control. 

See her there waiting for her appointment? She looks a lot more four-going-on-fifteen than four-going-on-five there. 

While I was feeling all kinds of emotional about my baby growing up, Miss A was near tears about getting her hair cut. Actually, once we actually got to the salon she was fine, but when I told her I made the appointment there was a lot of crying. I sweetened the deal with donuts and that seemed to help smooth things over.  

She was actually pretty excited when we got to the salon. Instead of taking her to a kid salon I took her to my salon, The Hive. I started going there a couple of years ago when my previous stylist stopped doing hair (still feeling sad about that) and I've had good luck with a few different stylists there. The Hive is decorated in a really cute, girly way and they specialize in curly hair making it the perfect spot for Miss A. It was a little more expensive than I'd like for a kid hair cut, but I really wanted this first experience to be a good one. I have a love/hate relationship with my hair that was way, way more hate when I was growing up and I want her to be more on the love side.

Miss A really did seem to enjoy the experience, and she felt like such a big girl getting to go to my salon (though she was happy that they had a kid cape with animals, instead of the black ones the adults had). Erik did a nice job making her feel comfortable and keeping her hair nice and long, just like she asked.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5 years ago...

This is one of the photos waiting for me on Timehop this morning.

Almost every day Timehop makes me feel all kinds of emotions about my girls growing up way. too. fast. But this, have I really been a mom for 5 years? How can that even be possible? 

Being a mom has changed me. It has made my days feel longer and the years feel shorter. It has made me feel more love (and more frustration and more worry) than ever before. 

And in the past 5 years I have changed so much as a mom. From being the mom of a baby, to a toddler, to a preschooler getting oh so close to kindergarten. From waking up to the slightest noise, to (sometimes) needing a little nudge to get up in the middle of the night. From carrying her to holding her hand to watching her run. From encouraging her to crawl and walk to hoping she'll sit still. From holding her to watching her hold her baby sister. From being a mom of one to a mom of three. 

I have loved it. I do love it. I love watching my first grow, and my second and my third. But sometimes it's bittersweet. It's getting more difficult for me to pick up her up every day. She sits by the door waiting for her friends to get home from school so she can go out and play. 

I'll be squeezing her (well, all three of them) extra tight for awhile, trying to keep them little as long as I can. 

Little J's Kitty Party

I think this is my last catch up post from 2014 :) We had a weekend of parties in December with Little J's 3rd birthday starting things off. Little J started planning her party back in March after Miss A's birthday. Initially she wanted a purple party, but over time she added kitties to it, so it was a purple kitty party. In the week before her birthday (after receiving some Hello Kitty things for her birthday) she decided it was a Hello Kitty party, so we added in some Hello Kitty decorations. 

I got a Hello Kitty popcorn maker in a white elephant gift exchange last Christmas, which came in quite handy for Little J's kitty party. She loves popcorn, so it's very fitting. We had a few other snacks, plus Little J favorites mac and cheese, ham and dinner rolls. I put up a few kitty decorations, and a 3 made of pictures of Little J as I have for previous parties. 

I found some kitty masks at Michael's around Halloween, so I got a bunch for the kids to decorate at the party.

Though in most ways Little J reminds me of her Daddy, she does share my love of chocolate. She requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I know that's not for everyone, and the 3 takes two cakes, so I made one chocolate cake and one yellow cake. Little J was really excited for everyone to sing to her, but got a little shy when it was actually happening. Such a little cutie!

Uncle B and Aunt S got Little J a Hello Kitty pinata as part of her gift and she thought it was really fun. It was cold the night of her party, so we let the kids do the pinata in our basement. Because my little brother brought the pinata, I made him hold it while giving the little people a broom to swing at the pinata. That might have been my favorite part. That or the caramel Hershey's kisses inside. They were really tasty.

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Weeks 10 & 11

Week 9 of 2015 got a little crazy around here. Well, most of 2015 is crazy, but this felt extra nuts. I remembered that my week was coming to a close and grabbed a couple quick shots of Baby C. She's sitting so well now. I love that she can sit but can't get go anywhere. It makes her a great "helper."

We got some great weather this March, and I have been loving every minute of it. Except last night when it decided to snow. Boo.

Here's a Little J dance party in the kitchen to start off the week.

And a whole bunch of outside work. Many of our leaves fell after the first snow, so we had mountains of leaves in our back yard. The girls didn't mind one bit.

Leaf piles, the perfect place to wrestle/hug your sister.

Another Daddy's girl.

We made chalk outlines of our bodies on the sidewalk. Little J thought it was great fun. Miss A woke up at 5am the next morning crying because someday it was going to rain an wash Chalk A away. Which would have been really funny if it weren't 5am.

Finally, E decided to take over dinner one night and he and the girls made us homemade corn dogs and french fries. Super tasty!