Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We had a low-key Memorial Day weekend without many plans, but we did get festively dressed for a BBQ at our neighbor's house.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pictures!

Here are some recent pictures of our girls. These are from late April and early May 2017. MC is 4 years old, and GL is 8 months old.

We went to BD's office for a picnic lunch fundraiser for March of Dimes. It was the first time GL has visited Daddy at work!


MC and her beloved Kindermusik teacher, Ms. Rebecca. MC has "graduated" from Kindermusik and this was her last class. We took a picture of these three sweet friends who have been with us for Kindermusik since they were all around 1 year old.


Sometimes you look so cool you just have to request a picture in the grocery store parking lot.


MC and I went to see a movie in the theater on a rainy Sunday morning.


Trying on her costume for her upcoming dance recital.


Yum, prunes!


This is what happens when you can only crawl backwards - you keep getting stuck under the furniture.


GL's first time in a high chair at a restaurant! We were at our favorite Mexican restaurant. That's a rice rusk in her hand, although it definitely looks like it could be a tortilla chip from the restaurant - hahaha!


Avocado aftermath.


The world's most patient dog. We obviously try not to let GL pull her fur or crawl on her or anything like that, but she always lays so still and lets GL feel her fur, ears, paws, etc. Piper returns the favor by licking GL right in the face any chance she gets.


Not so sure what she thinks of the scrambled eggs. She's had them several times now, and that's still pretty much the face she makes. I don't think she's a fan. But she did not have a histamine reaction so that is good - no egg allergy!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Strawberry Picking 2017


Earlier this month, I took the girls strawberry picking at a local strawberry farm. MC and I have been picking strawberries at this farm since 2013, but this was GL's first year!

It was a sunny, warm day so we took some time in the back of the car to apply sunscreen and put on our sun hats.


GL wasn't quite sure what to think of this thing that I handed her! She didn't realize it was food she could eat. 


MC is such a good strawberry picking helper! She picked a ton this year, in between squealing and running from the bees.


After we finished picking, we stopped under a shade tree to sample some of the fruits of our labor. Watch in this photo series as GL realizes that MC is actually eating these red things in the box! And then how quickly she grabs for one of her own, hahaha!

"Okay, so you grab one out of the box..." 

"And then just put it in your mouth?"

"Got it! Gimme one!"

Monday, May 15, 2017

40 Weeks

Baby GL was born at exactly the 40th week of my pregnancy. Today is the 40th week that she's been alive, so as of 12:04 am this morning, she has been with us on the outside for longer than she was on the inside with me. It is unbelievable how fast this second 40 weeks have flown by, and we have loved getting to know this little girl.



Dear GL,

Today marks the 40th week that you have been with us here on the outside - exactly the amount of time that we spent together, just us two. I wasn't sure what to expect in becoming a mother of two, and while I was pregnant with you I worried that I would not be able to love it as much as I have loved being just your sister's mama. But all of those worries disappeared the minute I saw your perfect little face. I was meant to be your mama. I was reborn as a mother with your birth and watching our little family grow has brought me more happiness than I ever could have imagined. You are the piece that completes our family, and we didn't know we'd all been waiting on your arrival. Your sister often says, "It used to be just 3 of us, but now we're 4. And I like us being 4!" We are all so happy you are part of this family, sweet girl.

You are a joy - a ray of pure sunshine and light. Your smile lights up a room and your laughter comes easily and often. You even smile and laugh in your sleep while I am rocking you during the night. I hope you will always seek and find ways to be happy throughout your life.  

Everyone comments on how much you resemble your sister, and while that is certainly true, you are also uniquely, individually you. We will always celebrate your similarities and your differences. You and your sister have a mutual love and affection for each other, and I will always do my part to support and encourage that relationship. I often tell you both that being a sister is a special thing, and you are lucky to have each other. You intently watch everything she does, and she loves to make you laugh and give you hugs.

You and your daddy also have a special bond and watching him love you has been such a beautiful experience. He loves you with such ease and confidence - scooping you up to swing you around and cover you with kisses while you giggle and squirm. It is probably no coincidence that you've been saying "Dada" for quite some time now.

I hear other moms talk about "second child syndrome" and I have to admit I hate that phrase. Your childhood may be different, but it will never be "less than" simply because you have a sibling. I will always, always give you my best every day.

We all love you to pieces, GL, and are so proud to call you ours.

xo,
Mama


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017


All About My Mommy

by MC, age 4

My mommy likes to play mama & baby gecko with me.

My mommy likes to eat sandwiches.

My mommy likes to read Madeline to me.

My mommy's favorite color is the whole rainbow.

My mommy is the best at taking me to the library for story time.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GL is Nine Months Old!


GL is nine months old and officially on the move! After weeks of being so, so close she started crawling on the day she turned 9 months old!

May 8, 2017

This has been such a fun month for our littlest girl with lots of exciting firsts for her. We are all enjoying so much watching her grow up - although it seems like the time is just flying right by us too fast!


In addition to crawling, this month she's lifting her arms to be picked up when you say "Up?" to her. She will also usually give big, slobbery open mouth kisses (the best kind!) on request.


She is just starting to wave to say hello. The sign for milk looks similar to her version of a wave, so sometimes we have to use context clues to determine if she's saying Hi or I'm hungry, haha! This month she has started playing peek-a-boo on her own. It has been a favorite game for her for a while - always eliciting a big smile and laugh, but now she will initiate the game on her own by covering her face with something then pulling it quickly away with a huge smile on her face in anticipation of someone saying "Peek A Boo!!". I haven't gotten it on video yet, but it is one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

9 Month Info

Stats
(weighed & measured @ Dr)
16lbs 3 oz
27" 

Sleeping
Her sleeping continues to be inconsistent, and as a result I am always exhausted. She is up to eat 2-3 times a night (sometimes more often than that), usually around 11pm, 2am, and 5am. Occasionally she will skip that 11pm feeding and only do the second two - that is a "good" night's sleep for me! Sometimes BD has to go up there are pat/shush her back to sleep before she's up for that first feeding. After her early morning feeding she often doesn't want to be put back in her crib, so in order to keep her from being awake at 5 am, one of us ends up rocking her in her room for another hour or so to keep her asleep.  Her bedtime is based on the time she wakes up from her afternoon nap, but in general we aim for bedtime between 6-7pm.

She does usually take 2 good naps, around 2 hours each. Depending on what time she's awake from her morning nap, she will sometimes catnap in the car on the way to pickup MC from preschool.

Feeding
She is doing well with her eating. Currently we are doing thick pureed foods, puffs, and rice rusks. This week I've also starting teaching her how to drink water from a straw. We also let her practice chewing on apple slices, celery stalks, and carrots. 

Clothes
She is still wearing 9 month clothes.

Language
Lots and lots of babbling - mostly hard consonant sounds. Also lots of raspberries and trilling sounds with her tongue.

Milestones
In addition to the ones I listed above, she celebrated her first Easter. She also visited BD's office for the first time.