Sunday, July 9, 2017

GL is Eleven Months Old!

GL is 11 months old and is cutting her first tooth! I know I say this every month, but she is just so fun! It seems unbelievable that she is going to be one next month. We love her so much!

July 8, 2017

This month she discovered that her sticker is removable, so it was almost impossible to get her photo with the sticker on her shirt. In fact, I had to wait until MC and BD got home to help distract her so I could snap a few photos.




She is such a little ham, and she loves to laugh. When we ask her for a kiss she will lean her forehead down to touch our face and then just giggle.


When BD saw this picture he said, "Well, that sums up 11 months, right there!" She loves to stick her tongue out, and she is always on the move.



One of her favorite things right now is for me to lay on the floor so she can crawl over me. She will crawl back and forth, back and forth until she is exhausted! She has also discovered that she can climb the stairs. She will climb up two or three steps before she gets stuck and needs some help.


11 Month Info

Stats
(weighed and measured @ home)
17lbs
26.75"

Sleeping

She has slept through the night a couple of times!!!! After a long week at the beach with mostly terrible sleep (turns out she was cutting a tooth AND coming down with a virus - poor baby!), once we got home she really started lengthening her stretches of sleep until one night she slept for like 10 hours. I woke up in a mild panic at around 4am, and then I wondered if maybe I got up with her like usual and just couldn't remember, hahaha! (Sleep deprivation is no joke!) But no, she had really slept all night, and it was amazing!! She did it sporadically after that for a while - every other day or two she'd have a really good night's sleep. I discovered that her afternoon nap really seems to affect her night sleep - not so much the length of the nap but more in the timing. She was sleeping much better on the nights where she slept until 3:30/4pm for her afternoon nap. Once I figured that out and was able to start being really careful and diligent with that second nap, she's gotten a little more consistent with the good, long night sleeps. I'm not ready to declare it a total victory just yet, but the long sleeps have been really nice!

Feeding

She is doing great with her eating! She likes to try new foods and is eating 3 solid meals a day. She still nurses 5-6 times a day as well - when she wakes up, before and after each nap, and before she goes to bed. She is also drinking water out of a straw sippy cup.

Clothes

She is wearing 12 month clothes with plenty of room to grow. She can also still wear some 9 month sizes, just depending on the cut.

Language

Tons of babbling, with a few more realistic sounding words. She always has a lot to say! She says Dada and bye bye consistently and in context. She also says something that sounds like "doggie" for Piper.

Milestones
First 4th of July, first sleep through the night

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 4, 2017

GL's first Fourth of July! (And, as BD pointed out, the last of her "first" holidays.)

We went over to our neighbor's house for a BBQ to celebrate. The kids had fun playing in the yard even though it was super hot and then we enjoyed burgers and hot dogs from the grill. MC is not a fan of in-person fireworks, so we left before those started and headed home for bed time. We did record some TV fireworks for her, and she enjoyed watching those the following day.

July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Extended Family Photos - Summer 2017


While most of MC and GL's grandparents were here for MC's birthday party, we had our friend who is a photographer come over to capture some pictures for us. We kept it casual and did the photos outside at our house, and we ended up with some great extended family pictures.













Monday, June 26, 2017

Hilton Head Island 2017

We made our annual beach trip to Hilton Head Island - our first beach vacation as a family of 4! It is a lot of work to take two little kids to the beach, but we had fun and made lots of memories.

Both of our girls really like the ocean and the sand, so we spent quite a bit of time on the beach during the week.





We also spent some time doing other activities. We went to the lighthouse and the fun playground in Harbor Town. For the second year in a row, BD and MC climbed the steps to the top of the lighthouse.


We toured the petting zoo at Lawton Stables and fed some of the animals.


We visited our favorite ice cream shop on the island. Well, MC and I did; GL had fallen asleep in the car, so BD kept driving her around while MC and I went in to eat ice cream. We talk about this place and look forward to this ice cream all year long.


One morning we went to the children's museum, which is a highlight of the trip for MC.


The museum has an awesome craft room, and MC spent a lot of time in there making tons of art!


GL also had fun exploring the baby area.


We played a round of miniature golf.




More beach pictures.








One afternoon we loaded up the girls in the beach wagon and walked down to Coligny Plaza to shop for souvenirs. Despite the look on GL's face in this picture, she loved riding in the wagon with MC. This was really fun for me because I distinctly remember walking along while BD pulled MC in the wagon last summer (2016) and talking about how next summer (2017) she'd be able to hold Baby Sister and ride in the wagon together -- and just like that...it happened!


Looking at the hermit crabs in the souvenir shop - another thing that we talk about and look forward to all year long!


We also spent a ton of time swimming at the pool in our condo complex.









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Girls of Summer

Our first day at the outdoor pool for the season!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday, MC!

Fun
Inquisitive
Vivacious
Enthusiastic

It is hard to believe our big girl is five! I'm not exactly sure how that is possible, as just yesterday she was a tiny little infant in my arms.

This year she started preschool and became a big sister, both in less than a month's time, and she has rocked both of these new roles. Her adventurousness and independence has grown tremendously in the last year. She continually blows us away with her kind heart, her wittiness, and her intelligence. We cherish the opportunity to be her parents, to watch her learn and grow, and to marvel at the young lady she is becoming before our eyes. She asks a hojillion questions a day and says a hojillion x 2 words every day, and as exhausting as that is, it also gives us a glimpse into her mind and how it works. This is life at 5 with MC, and we wouldn't trade it for anything.

 On the day of her birthday, we visited her preschool class with birthday treats and read a story to her class.



After school, we headed to the park for a picnic lunch and birthday cookies.



She opened her presents in the afternoon - she got a new music CD, some toys, and a charm necklace.