Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Week 17

At the end of April we visited E's family for his niece's First Communion. His brother lives on a farm and recently added a bunch of chicks! Miss A and Little J love running around on Uncle M's farm, playing with their cousins and they loved holding the chicks too. 

 Miss A would have her cousin, Miss K get a chick for her, Miss A would hold the chick for three seconds then ask Miss K to find her a different chick to hold. I think she held all 15 chicks at least 3 times.


Now the girls are excited to go back in a few months and get eggs from the chickens. That should make for another fun adventure!

After church on Sunday I had to get a picture of the five of us while we were all looking nice.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Easter 2015

As I mentioned in my last post, Easter did not go as planned this year, but we still managed a little bit of Easter fun. We died Easter eggs at home and at Uncle B's house, spent some time with my family and managed an Easter egg hunt. 

E calls actions like this "mommy bait." Ha! So true!
Baby C with her first Easter basket!

2015 Weeks 15 & 16

Can I just tell you how glad I am that April is over? The weather was absolutely picture perfect spring weather, but other than that is was kind of a trying month. The whole family was sick. We had colds, pink eye, a stomach bug and an infected wound. We made many trips to urgent care, including one on Easter. We also had a house guest for the month. Add in stress related to trying to find a house and get our house ready to sell, well, I'm just glad we made it through the month. 

The girls enjoyed the beautiful days by playing outside so much! We're lucky to have lots of neighbor kids (all girls!) for our girls to play with. It's so much fun to see all of the girls running around from yard to yard or buzzing by on their scooters. Baby C loves to watch all of the action.

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.