Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Water Babies

After the snow storm, MC's preschool was closed for a few days, so we had to find ways to entertain ourselves. By the last day that school was closed, we were bored at the house and most of the main roads were passable, so we decided to head over to the indoor pool where MC does her swim lessons. It was GL's first time swimming!

The water at this pool is fairly warm, and GL did good for about 30 minutes before she got cold. After that she and I wrapped up in a towel and sat on the side while MC swam.

GL will start swim lessons with MC in a few weeks so I've ordered her a swim shirt to help keep her a little warmer in the water. She loved splashing her hands in the water and watching MC swim and play around us. However, she did not like being splashed directly in the face!

I am so glad that MC has become such a good little swimmer over the last year. It makes having 2 kids with 1 adult at the pool more manageable for me. We are already looking forward to a fun summer!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Much Fun!

Last week we had our first snowfall of the season. They had been predicting 6+" of snow, but in the end we got about 4" of snow & sleet that fell overnight and through the day on Saturday.

Last year we had one of those standard plastic toboggan style sleds from the hardware store. But we quickly learned that the plastic cracks and breaks pretty easily, so this year our neighbor found these cool slider sleds at Costco for us. It was way better than the plastic ones, and we had tons of fun riding it in our yard and around the neighborhood.

Usually when it snows here, it warms up immediately after the storm, but this time we had a deep freeze and spent Friday night through mid-day Tuesday below freezing (including one night below zero!), so the snow stuck around for several days. Although, after the first 2 days the snow was hard and ice-covered, so it wasn't as fun to play in it.

This was GL's first snow experience!  It was so cold that she didn't actually spend much time out in the snow, but our neighbor captured a family shot of us when we were all out together for the first time.

January 7, 2017

More snow fun pics:

Piper loves the snow. But we started calling her a Fair Weather Husky - it was so cold that even she didn't want to stay out very long!

MC also had tons of fun sledding and playing with our neighbors.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GL is Five Months Old!

Our sweet little GL is 5 months old! The time is flying right by us, and she gets more fun every day. We all just adore her and are so glad she's a part of our family. She is a mellow, calm baby and not much upsets her unless she's sleepy or if MC gets too rough with her.

January 8, 2017

This month she is consistently rolling side-to-side and back-to-tummy. She has rolled tummy-to-back a couple of times, but mostly it's back-to-tummy and then she gets stuck.

She is reaching out and grabbing toys and putting them in her mouth...along with anything else she can get in her mouth - her hands, our fingers, clothes, etc.

This month she has started being interested in the toys hanging down from her play mat, and she's sitting up in her Bumbo seat for short periods of time (10 mins or so).

She will also take her paci out of her mouth and study it, but usually needs some assistance to get it all the way back in her mouth.

She is a smiley, happy baby and loves to laugh at her silly big sister.

Five Month Info

(weighed & measured @ home)

This month she has started taking naps in the rock n play in her room. I just wanted her to start getting comfortable in her room, so that when we make the move to sleeping in her crib, it will be a familiar place. She usually takes her morning & afternoon naps in there. Her morning naps are usually around an hour, and her afternoon naps are longer, 2+ hours or so. She also takes a short catnap in the car on the way to pick up MC from preschool and another short catnap in the evenings.

Her night sleeping is still good overall. She wakes up generally twice a night to nurse. I am able to put her right back down after nursing, and she goes back to sleep. Getting her to sleep for the night has been a challenge lately. We can tell she's tired, but it takes a long time to get her fully to sleep; it's like her little body just won't let her relax all the way into a deep sleep until she's been rocked and soothed for a long time (like an hour).

She is still sleeping swaddled with both arms in.

Still EBF on demand. She isn't really showing any interest yet in the foods we eat in front of her.

She's in all 3-6 month sizes.

Rolling back-to-tummy; her 1st Christmas and New Year's

Four Months

Three Months

Two Months

One Month

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

From our family to yours, Happy New Year! Wishing you a year filled with love, happiness, peace, and warmth.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve 2016

For New Year's Eve celebration, we continued our tradition of making s'mores (in the microwave because 4 year olds + open flames are not usually a good idea).

And we attempted to do sparklers in the driveway, but MC was pretty anxious about holding them even with a plastic cup to protect our hands. Plus, the sparklers we had have been around since July 4th so they were somewhat reluctant to burn and several were total duds.

She did enjoy the sparkly headband and the party horn that she received at a neighbor's birthday party earlier in the day!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016 (GL's First Christmas!)

We had a weekend full of fun for our first Christmas as a family of 4!

On Christmas Eve morning BD and MC rolled, cut out, and baked sugar cookies.

By the time GL and I got up, the cookies were cooled and ready for decorating to leave out for Santa! 

GL mostly watched from the confines of her bouncy seat.

MC had lots of fun (and lots of sprinkles) decorating the cookies.

Later in the day we got dressed to go out for a late lunch.

That evening Santa came and delivered some fun presents for the girls!

MC got a Minnie Mouse bike!

She got art supplies and a little bit of Christmas candy in her stocking.

 GL watched while MC opened presents and stockings for both of them. MC would tear open GL's presents, and then show her what it was. GL got books, new bowls & plates, and a pair of fleece booties in her stocking.

After all the presents had been opened we ate monkey bread for breakfast then we took some family photos in front of the Christmas tree.

 December 25, 2016

 The rest of the day we spent playing with all our new toys and games.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Conversations at 4.5

MC: GL took a long time to grow in your belly. Like 28 years!
LA: Well, not quite that long. She took about 40 weeks.
MC: Whoa. I can't even count that high!

We have a new babysitter.
MC: Miss MsB was awesome and fun! She can read; she can play. I think she might be a giant!
BD: Really? You think she's a giant?
MC: You never know, Daddy. She just might be.

At preschool they had a unit on space. It has provided us with lots of interesting facts about space, astronauts, planets, etc. 

MC: On the moon, you take big bouncy steps because there's no gravity.
MC: Saturn has 3 rings.
MC: There is no air in space, so astronauts wear a tank on their back with fresh air to breathe.

The same week they learned about space, the International Space Station made a visible pass over the East Coast, so we took her outside to see it before bed.

MC: When we see the space ship, will we also see the Big Dropper?


MC has a large vocabulary and very clear pronunciation with almost everything she says, which makes the few remaining toddler-isms and mispronunciations so cute.

She combines huge and enormous into "huge-normous".
She pronounces mirror as "mirry-or".
She says "realize" when she means "recognize".

MC: Will they realize me when we go to the vet's office? They haven't seen me in a while!
MC: I realize this song!

We've been reading the Cajun version of Twas the Night Before Christmas. The illustrations are all pen & ink, so the whole book has a very old look.

MC: This book was written a long time ago, before the house helped you do stuff like our house does.
BD: Our house helps us do stuff?
MC: Yeah, like the dish washer washes our dishes and the washing machine washes our clothes.
BD: People had to do that by hand in this book.
MC: I bet that took a long time!