Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sister is 7 Months Old




Hello World!  I am a happy girl!

We have not gotten official stats in a few weeks but this what they were at last check:

Height : 27.5" ( this girl is long!) 

Weight : 20lbs 12 oz 

Head : ?

Clothes Size : 12 mos! Which shocks me. I could not zip her 9 month jammers and just subconsciously refused to accept she was in 12 mos size. I was buying 12 mos sized summer clothes! arghhh! SO  now I am thinking she will be 18 mos by summer! She is a big girl. She never looks as big as Fenn did, but what she lacks in juiciness she makes up for in length. 

Milestones : She is sitting up now ( mostly steady)
 Grabbing at everything, and banging things together. She has really started interacting with her environment lately and will watch TV if it is on, watch the dogs when they are moving around and always keeping a skeptical eye on that brother of hers. 

Baby Gear : Exersaucer, Boon Spoons, Orbit stroller system

Toys : She likes things that make noise, crackley noises or bells and rattles. Poor little 2nd child syndrome means that is usually the wipes pack, or whatever is laying around! 

Diaper Bag - I don't even carry one with her! Diapers in my car or purse and nursing shawl.

Eating : We started solids and are still breast feeding. She nurses maybe 5 times a day depending on the day. I don't ever pump anymore unless i must for some reason. I got a Medela swing pump to take with me on our upcoming travels just as a security blanket really, but I do not plan on needing one. I pretty much always forget to pack my dang pump so I will keep this one in my suitcase!

Right now sister is eating Earth's Best Food Pouches, for 2 reasons:
 1.) I can't find the canister for my Beaba. ( I blame erik for that!) and 
2.) I am slightly worried that making all of Fenn's baby food is the reason he has eating issues. His OT assures me that is not the case but it is still hard to not worry about that.

Anyway she likes carrots, and peas and everything has to be warmed. It if its cold or room temp she starts blubbering her lips and doing raspberries so that it gets EVERYWHERE! Fenn never wasted a DROP of food, this girl tries to bathe in it.

Recently Fenn asked me what I was doing and  I said " feeding sister her peas" and he said " How about some A's Mom Mom " .. it took me 30 seconds to realize his little joke he made without even trying HA  He was mostly just disturbed that I would feed her the alphabet out of order!


Sleeping : Sleeping BEAUTY! That is what I should call our girl! I will never stop praising Jesus for how well she sleeps. NEVER.  She goes to bed every night at 6:30pm and gets up  generally around 7am. Sometimes 6:30 and sometimes 8. Her naps are not as great or very regular. Maybe 2 or 3 times a week she will take a 2 hour nap in the afternoons but mostly she takes a 45 min nap every 2 or 3 hours.

Teeth : None Yet. I do wonder if she is working on some because she has been drooling and chewing on her hands and she still holds the side of her head like Home Alone style. I have had her ears checked 2 times for this and she didn't have an infection so maybe her teeth are bothering her?

Diapers : Back in the cloth! we took a month off during the Holidays to lessen the stress but I am happy to be back in cloth now. We are still using Charlie Banana Pocket Diapers with hemp inserts, and I probably will never change that, although I do want some pink ones!

 Stomach Issues: I have gotten an overwhelming amount of emails/tweets etc about those probiotic drops and all of sister's tummy issues. I am HAPPY to talk to anyone about it because after those 6 weeks of pure HELL, I would always want to pull another momma through.  Because of all the public interest in this subject I am about to be detailed to the point of TMI so skip this section if you not into that. HA
I have stopped giving her the drops now and she seems to be fine without them. I think starting solids may have helped some with that, but I can tell by her poops and the fact that she is now very regular and not watery that she is better. She also doesn't  cry and act as if she were in pain, so all that to say that I think everything is normal now, and I won't buy the $30 a month supply for her but I will continue to give her probiotics, as well as everyone in the family because of all the research I did on this subject, I feel like it is better for overall health and immune system.

Health:  Sister had her 1st illness this month! An ear infection. I had no idea because she never had a temp, slept the same and ate the same. She started getting some gook in her eyes and I took her in for that which was just bacterial infection from her ears. :(  I felt so bad that she had been silently suffering and now I am paranoid about her being sick and me not being able to tell. Especially taking her on airplanes if she might have an ear infection 

We played dress up this week with some summer stuff I bought her and that was when I realized I can barely snap a 12 month bubble! Yikes!
**sidebar**Funny story but I was buying some bubbles on Facebook from another mom, and this heifer swoops in on our conversation and messages the seller and says she will buy ALL the outfits(that we were conversing about )because I don't want them and acted like we were friends and I was letting her have them. I was so STEAMED but looks like she did me a solid since sister is too big for them anyway! Funny how that stuff works out. I totally forgot how catty some women can be about baby clothes but that was a swift kick back into reality!



 Sister will be lucky if she grows up with a normal view of herself, because her daddy and brother both kiss and dote on her All day every day. She probably just thinks that is how all boys are. ( but she is pretty dang cute) 

She is a very happy baby. So much like Fenn when he was this age. Remember her mona lisa smile days? She was SO SERIOUS ! Pretty much, if you know how to change a diaper and feed and put baby in her crib to sleep, then you have her number! 

Sister is about to be an expert traveler since we are taking her to Disney and Orlando to meet her great grandparents, and then NYC in Feb. for Brooke's wedding! Packing for a family of 4 is a little overwhelming, I will report back on how that goes!




Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas 2013


Nobody likes to read about Christmas after the fact but I need to write a Christmas post for my records. 
Everything about Christmas was so much fun this year! I love all holidays and Christmas, Easter and 4th of July are my favs. I especially love that Peebs is old enough now to appreciate all my decorating and also to expect it. He is so sharp about remembering what I have done in the past or observing what I would normally do in any given situation.
He gets very excited about decorating the house, and tried to redecorate our Christmas tree 87 times when I was wanting to put it away. He calls ornaments " Decorations" and his tree in the playroom had basically every ornament we own around the bottom 12 " 

I was very much looking forward to Elf on the Shelf and what a let down that was! My boy didn't give 2 rips about that Elf. He refused to name him, and would only call him " the elf" and he would step right over him on his way to breakfast every morning without even remarking about his mischief!! So after about 10 days of that , we sent that Elf back to the North Pole.

We did lots of traditional Christmas-y type activities! Baking cookies, decorating gingerbread houses etc. I ordered the reusable Ginger bread house this year and it has already paid for itself by providing lots of snow day activity! He gets VERY excited about it.



We attempted Church on Christmas Eve and that was a riot! My boy acted as crazy as he could, army crawling across the floor, mimicking the girl next to us who coughed a lot,  etc. After 2 time outs and 3 spankings we decided to leave and drive around to see Christmas Lights.

Christmas morning he woke up and saw everything on display in the living room and was in awe. He said " Woahhh is that for MEEEEE?" ha His favorite toy seemed to be this drum set. He went back to it over and over again, but over all he really liked all of his toys. 
He got a tool bench and lots of wash and electrical tape ( because he LOVES tape), lots of chocolate coins in his stocking, a new Baby Signing time DVD, drum set, some stuff for his play kitchen ( wooden food, and dishes)



Sister just hung out and watched the action. She slept in till about 8 am! She got some clothes, a monogrammed toiletry bag, shape sorter and some Disney toys for our upcoming trip.

I made Blue Eyed Brides Breakfast Casserole and Pioneer Women's Cinnamon Roll casserole and had Krispy Kreme donuts for my boy and it was all SO GOOD. That Breakfast Casserole is def the best one I have ever had. We had a friend come over that morning for breakfast and then went to Bro & Shauna's house that night for a little Graham Family Christmas.

Erik and I tried to surprise each other this year and get gifts that were unexpected but liked and that is VERY challenging b.c Erik never wants ANYTHING I buy him. Last year I returned every.single.present. He will say he wants " trendy" clothes and such but he will never actually WEAR them ! ha Shockingly we both hit home runs! 

He got me this AWESOME iPhone case and I got him a pebble watch which he was unsure about at first but he really loves it now.  There were some other fun trinkets in the mix too and overall just a really awesome morning! How funny that our love language is geared around iPhone gadgets. HA







And…
We made a solid commitment to make our front yard the jazziest yard in the hood next year. Normally we have more flair than our neighbors, but this year several people stepped up their game and put us to shame! I did some serious after Christmas clearance shopping and picked up an obnoxious amount of Christmas Decor and and really solid, really cool iPhone Christmas tree.    FYI the iPhone Christmas Tree is 75% off at Wal-mart. If you have kids or need an artificial tree this thing is the BOMB. We had planned to buy a fake tree this year and start using in the years going forward ( which I always swore I would NEVER do) but I am turning into my mother and caved because I don't like the mess, or the hassle of getting it here! 










Friday, January 10, 2014

Fenn's Prayers




Bed time has gotten pretty rough over here lately. Gone are the days of reading a story and leaving the room with a boy going to sleep on his own without objection. 

Now it is more like chase him to catch him and drag him to bed, have a meltdown about going to bed, finally decide on a story and read that, then cling to parent for dear life begging them not to leave the room. Then crying, then trying to sneak out, then asking for crackers and water, then calling us back again for hugs, then kisses, then hugs again. You get the picture. 

Last night he begged me to lay with him for a few minutes then he held my hands and kissed each one of my fingers while I was laying there! ha Tonight he called me back for THIRTY hugs and counted out each and every one.

So it can be quite entertaining, endearing and maddening all at once but the sweetest thing is when he says his prayers. Tonight this is what he said 

" God our Fadder, Thank you Mommy, daddy, Frosty the snowman, Bebe, PawPaw, 
BEEE-Gin."

He adds different people in every night but he always thanks God for Frosty the Snowman, and usually also says "and marshmallow cream frosting" HA

He is killing me with all this! I love this age so much! 



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