Monday, June 30, 2014

Sister's 1st Birthday!



Little princessa is officially one. It snuck up on me like WOAH. Although I love planning and hosting adult parties, i always really struggle with kid birthday parties! 
I vowed this year to do better, or at least try and I think I succeeded. Didn't want anything over the top, but at the least, I wanted some great pics, cause we all know Sister doesn't give a rip.

All my family came in town and Erik's siblings and their families came over and we grilled out in the back yard with mini sliders, some fun and interesting carbonated sodas and some french macaroons. 
Sidebar: Let me tell y'all about some macaroons. They might be pretty, and they are def pricey, but they are NOT tasty. GROSS in fact, or bland .. IMO. Cupcakes are way more fun and better use of the calories. I'm just saying.


Anyway, in true mom fashion I picked up my girl some pink plates and a birthday hat from party city the day of the big event. She actually wore the hat for a while 
which I was pumped about cause it is hilariously cute.

The balloons were my favorite decoration and I think I will have them at all parties from here on out. More is def more in this scenario. I ordered 20 but next time will get 30 to account for the breakage or fly aways.

Sister was super annoyed with everything at first, and was fussy and then I stuck some icing in her mouth and it was like the heavens opened up. She was SO into it. 
  And then, I made a totally idiotic #momfail mistake by having her candle in the cake lit while we sang. She dove her face into the cake and almost got burned and def got scared and cry cried.


CAKE! Glorious cake!  Next time you see all those Kate Spade bags and things talking about eating cake, picture this:
Satisfied customer:


brother took a minute off his water slide to come over and make sure she wasn't getting anything he didn't get was having fun.
(remember when strike through was the jam?!)

This is how she washed off her cake face.



So now on to the more important details! A week after Sister's birthday she decided to CRAWL. She has been uninterested in moving or doing anything for herself  until now so I am super excited to see her moving around.  
She also. has over night become SO HAPPY. It is the weirdest thing. I noticed it, but didn't really say anything about it and thought maybe she was just having a good day or 2. Then my mom noticed in pictures that she was smiling a lot lately, and then the ladies at the day care place mentioned it to me. 
Her diet has changed some lately and I also weened her that week so I am thinking she must have some sort of food allergy still going on that bothers her and this past week or 2 she has not been exposed to whatever it is. My first guess is eggs. I am going to ask the pedi about testing her for that later because it is such a DRAMATIC difference in her behavior and personality. She is reminding me so much of Fenn as a baby now with her giggling and smiling and happy go luckyness. 

Sister is almost 23lbs on last weigh in. 
Wearing 18-24 mos clothes
( I will update this when I get the correct stats from her 1 year check up)

She has some gorgeous eyes and long eye lashes that get her lots of attention when she goes out on the town.

She still LOVES her big brother SO much. She lights up and smiles every time he comes into the room. In fact she gets really excited any time she sees one of us, even if you just walk out of the room and come back in.

She pays much more attention to TV than Fenn ever did at this age. She just seems more aware or interested in all her surroundings and happenings than he was at 1. 

She babbles a good bit and is extremely ticklish and will laugh and laugh if you even pretent to tickle her.

She loves carbs like her momma. Ritz crackers make her start kicking her feet! 

Still struggling with using a cup. she wont hold it or try and drink by herself. She also does not like to touch certain foods , like bananas. She can feed herself fine , but is selective about what she will actually feed herself, and if I'm not careful she will do the swiper wipe across the high chair tray and feed it all to Ralphie.

Sleep is still her strong suit! She generally goes to bed at 6:20pm and wakes up at 6:30am. She will happily play in her bed with those jellycat bunnies until we are all up and moving around.  She naps at about 9-10 and then again for 2 hours in the afternoon about 12:30-2:30.

I love dressing her, even still though most days she wears footless zipper pajamas . Does anyone know a cool brand other than Hanna Andersson? Its hard to find prints that I like or that are not so busy.

This last month was a hard one on sister because she survived:
- Getting bonked in the head by a door at the play place with a quarter sized goose egg/bruise on her forehead
- Fenn sneaking into the baby area ( also at the play place) and stuffing her mouth full of felt balls while she was sleeping. Thankfully the workers caught him sneaking out and were able to get all the balls out of her mouth without her choking.
- Then she got a virus with a sore throat and 104.5 Fever
-  and then the the birthday cake/candle incident

To say making the transition from SAHM back to working again has been challenging would be the understatement of the year. But that is another post, for another day. With a LOT more words. and less cute pictures.


So Happy Birthday to my happy little daughter! She is such a blessing and we thank God daily for her!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sister is 11 Months Old






well.. I totally dropped the ball on Sister's 10 month post so let me sling out some 11 month stuff before she turns ONE! 
Time really flies by the 2nd time around!


Sister still is not crawling, much less walking or pulling up on things. I am really surprised because I figured she would do all of this faster than Fenn did since she is not as big as he was ( although she is still in 90%). She makes some good solid attempts but gets SO fired up when nothing happens. I know crawling will be a game changer so I have not tried too hard to push it.


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She is eating table food about 75% of the time now. She has 2 teeth on top and 2 teeth on bottom and I think is working on some new teeth based on drool and the constant chewing on her fingers. She prefers real food most of the time and eats what we eat, and sometimes random stuff like ritz crackers or goldfish. Mash packs still eaten at least once a day.  She is only nursing twice a day still ( morning and night) but she is completely disinterested in it so it will be no problem to drop those I think, but I do want to keep her hydrated! 
She has finally started feeding herself both small and big things. Very exciting stuff!! Fenn always remarks now " Look!! he's eating his own cracker!" ( he always calls sister " he/him" )

She has begun babbling about the day she turned 11 months old! It is very cute and not super often but can be pretty loud.  She does not get much of a chance to talk, as you can see from this video. I have heard him many times sounding out things to her like his name to try and teach her to talk. Super cute.
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Thankfully my girl is still a good sleeper ( terrible napper, but can't win 'em all!). She goes to bed about 6pm or 6:20ish and wakes up around 5:30/6am but stays happily in her bed babbling and playing with her toes till I retrieve her. Brother always BURST into her room like a wild hurricane of loudness and bright light every morning and says things to her he has heard me say " Good morwning seeeeester. Did you have a good sweep?!" etc. 


My girl loves water. Baths, pools etc. LOVES. She also loves other kids. She does almost continual noise making/fussing at home and I think that is because she is bored. When she is with or around other kids she watches quietly and happily. She loves carbs like her momma. 


She makes TONS of faces and expressions!




I am thinking sister may be able to wear cloth diapers the whole time she is in diapers ( Fenn got too big and none would fit his waist !). I am so happy about that cause I love using them. She wears Costco size 3 or 4 for she is at a public nursery etc. 

She still has a yucky skin rash. The pedi has discussed it and has 2 things he thinks it might be, but either way I really would like to clear it up. It is like dry skin bumps but red and all over her knees and arms. We tried this special lotion in Finishing Touches ( a gift shop in my home town Monroeville, AL) called Baby Pibu and it was a remarkable improvement but I only had a sample so my mom has purchased some for us and we are waiting to get it and try to heal her once and for all. It does not bother her ( just me), but if any of you deal with eczema related stuff this is supposed to be the miracle cure. ( You can call to order 

Finishing Touches in Monroeville, AL - 251-575-2066)



So my sassy little princess is doing great! 

Challenge of having 2 kids currently: Still going pretty well (all things considered) but the most aggravating thing at this time is that Fenn is starting to bother sister. Anytime I am not looking, and someone times when I am! 
For instance when I am feeding her in the high chair he will fun by and yank her hand kinda hard, which makes her cry. Even when he is playing with her he inevitably makes her cry ( within 30 secs) so just refereeing that situation is tiresome. 

All in all a good report on some sweet kiddos! Stay tuned for birthday parties!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sister is 10 Months Old!



Height : 28.75"
Weight: 21lbs 8oz
Head : 17.91"




and that's all I got! She is now 11 months old and I never finished writing this post :( oopsies..

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easter 2014










Sister only cared about her mum mums! 

 You can tell she loved the Easter Egg Hunt LOLZ





Doing a slow blog catch up so this is brief! Easter was great. Fenn was in a weird mood that day and was completely uninterested in his Easter Basket and also didn't want to stay in his class at church so he went to big church for the 1st time. He LOVES church so that was super strange but I didn't feel like battling him over it. He did pretty well. Not too much talking. The loved all the singing and music and clapped energetically after each song.

Family pictures were kind of a disaster but my beautiful table settings made up for it! I loved the one on the patio so much I almost could not take it down!

The day I was decorating and setting all the tables Fenn said to me  " It's my birthday" 
and I said " no... its not your birthday that is for Easter Brunch." 
And he said noooo.. it is my birthday 
and i said noooo that is not about Fenn but about Jesus
 and he said, very emphatically, " NO mom mom, Jesus is for school with Mrs. Jessica, NOT for home"
So you can see his school is doing a great job with him and me.. not so much.


and those precious matching Easter outfits I got them? Ugh not one single picture of them together so I am totally gonna wash, iron and pose them in the backyard and pretend it's Easter again! ha #notevenkidding


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sister's 9 Month Report!

**only a month late :( **


Sister is now 9 months old. I feel like I just did one of these updates last week! Not too much has changed from 8 - 9 months... 


She now has 2 teeth. ( barely) which really confuses me as to what I should do about feeding her and stuff. I want her to try lots of things and textures, but I don't know how well she can really eat them with only 2 Teefs.



She does seem to prefer real food to baby food for sure. But sometimes I give her things and she just swishes them around in her mouth without ever actually swallowing them, then like 10 bites later you see her mouth is FULL because she shows her chipmunk stash from her cheeks.


She is sitting up really well and moving all over the place without ever crawling. She rolls and pushes her way about.  She makes a few attempts at crawling but then like after 2 seconds decides its not worth all that work. HA


This guy here could NOT love her more. He is so dang sweet to her and she smiles and laughs at him every time she sees him, or even when she just hears him coming down the hall! Lately he has been interacting with her just like he sees me do and its so funny to see a mini me taking care of her. 





Sleep: The time change has really messed us all up! She is now sleeping from about 7pm-7am on a good day. On a bad day 6:20pm - 5:30 am.  She has also woken a up once a night a few times here and there. No idea why. Sometimes i go to her and nurse and sometimes I just let her work it out. She started sleeping on her stomach around 8.5 months ( even in her sleep sack)


Food: Still nursing exclusively but now only about twice a day ( morning and night) which I am happy to be at this point. Breast feeding kind wears me out, especially with this no bottle havin baby. She eats a mix of baby food and people food at each meal time. Sometimes I give her a mum mum or puffs for a snack in between meals if she seems interested. She still can't or won't really feed herself! Fenn did this at such a young age so its an adjustment with sister! I can't wait till she can feed herself!


Measurements "
Weight : 21lbs 8oz (89%)
Height : 28.75" (72%)
Head 17.91" ( 82%)


 Sister has been keeping me on my toes these last few weeks and been especially fussy. I took her to the doctor b.c she had a runny nose and woke up at night and he said she was fine, so I thought maybe her issue was teething.
Well after about 2 more weeks of runny nose, frequent night waking and overall fussiness she began running a high fever so I took her back in and he informed me she had a raging double ear infection and that she had it for at least 1.5 weeks! UGH! I knew she was getting another ear infection and am mad at myself for not following through cause we have have all suffered for it.

So my pretty princess is back on a 1o day antibiotic and is on the mend and already doing somewhat better. We have been traveling so hard to tell if her  frequent night waking is still ear related or from travel or all of the above. I am READY to get back on a schedule. 

 Also she seems to be getting kind of clingy, and fond of her momma! Oops! I need to be more diligent about leaving her with others so that she is comfortable with that. Hard to do when she is sick though :(

She goes to the church nursery on Sundays, and has started going to the nursery at the YMCA while i try to work off the rest of these nasty leftovers she gave me.  I had 2 lbs left a while back and now I have 6 lbs! YIKES.Its like the eternal baby gut that won’t go away and makes me look 3 months pregnant. It is driving me absolutely bonkers. 





Clothing : She is still in mostly 12 month stuff. some of it is too snug, but is still the right length so she can also wear 18 months. 
Diapers: She may need to move up a size in disposable diapers. They are getting harder to fasten. She is still mostly wearing Cloth diapers though and thankfully they still fit her well.  I just ordered her some pretty pink and purple ones from ebay .( which BTW if you like pocket diapers, ebay is a great resource because they are imported and much cheaper, I also like the style. )


Milestones:
she is sitting up well and moving all around on her belly, but not from actually crawling .. just pushing and pulling and rolling. She has been trying to push her legs under her to move and BOY does it make her mad when she realized how much effort its gonna take to propel 22lbs.

Still not feeding herself yet. She dives her head down on the high chair to pick up food with her mouth but will not use her hands to do it! 



Eating:

She was eating about 2 servings of mash packs at each meal but lately has been less interested in food and in nursing which her pedi said is just normal for this age.  She smiles and kicks when she sees a mum mum though!  Currently I am only nursing her twice a day ( morning and night) unless something is going on like she is sick or feeling badly etc.  All those recent night visits have been nursing sessions. 

We are still working on a zippy cup, with a straw and using liquids other than milk as instructed by my instagram peers and that seems to be helping. My Nonie also said she drinks well from a regular cup so I may try that some. would be nice to skip straight to the WOW cup.

Speaking of the WOW cup, if you don’t have one you should check them out. We saw the infomercial 1 million times on sprout or somewhere, and I don’t know if that is why Fenn loves it or what but he calls it his “ wild cup” and pretty much only wants to use it. I like it because no spout to impair his speech development but no spills either so we can use it in the car and stuff. Babies/Toys R Us Carries them now too.


Baby Gear:

If you Follow me on instagram ( lg2006) then you know how much I love our CIAO Baby travel high chair. That thing is MONEY!  Folds up like a tailgate chair, light weight, small footprint both in use and storage, easy to wipe down, has a cup holder.. We take it everywhere! Even in the backyard when we eat dinner on the patio.  Its really wonderful!

Sister is now enjoying some Baby Einstein. It has been super helpful during her sick miserable days to combat the fussing. So of course she is enjoying the ilatch. We made great use of that on our 6 hour drive to Monroeville.


I have been writing on this for about 6 weeks now so its kinda choppy and repetitive but you get the picture! Gotta post it so I can get the 10 month one going now.




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