Wednesday, December 17, 2014

8 Months

Sleep:  I think it's better.  Sometimes I sleep through her waking and Tim get up and gives her a pacifier.  Sometimes I hear hear and turn off the monitor.  She goes to bed around 7 and we get her up for the day around 7:15.  Every morning between 5:30-6:15 she wakes and Tim gives her back her pacifier.  She takes 2 naps at 9:30 and 1:30.

Food:  Nothing has really changed since last month, but we have given her more "real" food.  She loves everything so far, but so did my other now picky kids at this age.  She's quite good at picking up food and feeding herself.

Play:  She loves stealing toys from her siblings and putting everything in her mouth.  She loves playing peek-a-boo and laughing at you.  She makes a lot of sounds and loves to screech.

Movement:  She's getting pretty close to crawling and has the longest reach you can imagine.  If she has a wall or couch to push up against she can get into a sitting position from her stomach.  She's quite proud of herself when she does that!  I've caught her trying to clap once or twice, but she's not consistent yet.

Size:  On our scale at home she's 20lbs.  She wearing 6-12m with room for growth.  9m pants are starting to get too short.  She can still wear 3-6m shoes, but they're pretty tight(I need them for Christmas outfits, so she just needs to stay the same for one more week!).  I started giving her the 6+ pacifiers, but she still uses the 2+ more often.  She wears size 3 diapers.  Still no teeth.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


My baby was the angel in the Christmas program at church.

I've never enjoyed a Christmas program so much.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Presents, 2014

I like to keep a record of what we give the kids for Christmas.  These are the three gifts they're each getting from us this year.

Klip Klop Stable

Sooth & Glow Giraffe

BlaBla Doll Violet

Lego Duplo Train

Twilight Turtle

Imaginext Ambulance & Police Car

Build-A-Bear Hello Kitty (Unstuffed)

Twilight Ladybug

Calico Critters 'Let's Go Camping'

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santa Pictures

We don't do Santa at our house, but we're not "anti-Santa".  If I have a chance for free Santa pictures, we go for it!

Last year Teddy was very wary of sitting by Santa.  The only reason he came sat(as far away from him as he could) on the bench was so that he could get a candy cane.  I wasn't too surprised when I he acted weird and wouldn't sit down last night.  We convinced him to stand by the chair.

After seeing Santa, the kids were given Frozen Jelly Bellys, so I called Ted over to come pick one out.  When I turned around I saw him walking towards Santa to sit on his lap!  I guess he just wanted the prime seat, or maybe he thought it was okay since the girls survived.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Card, 2014

If we somehow missed your address this year, consider this your virtual card from our family:

And the back:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hand-Me-Down Props

One of the random fun things about working at J. Crew was the props we would get to decorate the store.  Usually we kept them and re-used them for various things, but every January we'd get a "purge" list of things to discard.  Sometimes they really were trash(multi-colored paper polygon shapes we had to put together) and some were useful(brightly colored thick cardboard present boxes).  One year every store was given a vintage sled for in the window.  From the pictures I saw, most stores received runner sleds, but my store was sent a gorgeous baby sled.  I was the merchandising manger at the time and I immediately told any and everyone that when it was on the purge list I had dibs.

Tillie's first winter it was still on the "Keep List", but they let me borrow it for a weekend to take some pictures of her in it.

Okay, they weren't great pictures, but Tillie loved her ride and it made me happy seeing her in the sled I'd loved for so long.

By the time Teddy was born, it was all mine.  My kids were thrilled!  It really is more functional than other sleds of this style I've tried.  Kizie had a modern version, but she slid around in it and tipped over a bit.  My kids just sit in this so nicely.

Maybe they just didn't like sharing it, because the next year Teddy was all about riding in my sled.

We've had a ton of snow all week, but today was the first day I got Beatrix in it.  She thought it was the best thing, ever.  I mean really people, she got a flu shot 15 minutes prior!

Also, how cute is my baby?

Monday, November 17, 2014

7 Months

Cutie Bebe is 7 months old today!

And she's wearing the Goodwill dress I bought almost 2 years ago!

Sleep: Some nights are better, most are the same.  Someday I'll sleep all night, right?  Her daily naps are roughly the same as last month.  When it is time for bed we just put her in bed with a sleepsack, pacifier and  small blankie and she puts herself to sleep.

Food: Bottles are the same.  She gets a jar of food at both lunch and dinner, but sometimes she's a bugger about eating it.  I think she would rather eat "real" food, so we've started to give her cooked veggies and fruits that we're having for dinner.  She loves puffs and BabyMumMums.

Play: Any and everything she can reach will end up in her mouth.  She still loves her jumperoo and excersaucer, but I'll probably keep only the jumperoo out once we get our tree.  There just isn't enough room!  She likes playing peek-a-boo and no one makes her smile more than Tillie and Teddy.  We let her ride Sandy with Tillie at Meijer and she thought it was the coolest thing ever.  She's a big hamball and loves people.  She's starting to make a lot of sounds and occasionally mimics us.

Movement:  Up until this point I've been discouraging crawling (Christmas tree soon, eek!), but I don't think I'll do that anymore.  (I'd been sitting her up anytime she got on her stomach and tried reaching for things.)  She'll probably be crawling before 8 months and we'll just have to get out the playyard for around the tree!  She sits like a champ and can stand if you put her up by railing or chairs.

Size:  She's wearing 6-12m clothes and shoes.  I can still get some 3-6 month shoes and outfits on, but not for long.  She's wearing 16" headbands and size 3 diapers.  She's a tall girl.  She doesn't have any teeth yet, but that one is still so close.  I really can't believe it hasn't poked through yet!  Her hair keeps getting lighter, but it's still not white like Tillie and Ted's.  It looks like her eyes will be staying blue!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mommy's Dress

I had my 6 months pictures taken in this dress, so I thought it would be fun to do a comparison with Beatrix!  I wish I taken them when Bea first was learning to sit so she would have been leaning more like I was.

I have people tell me that they think Bea looks like me, but I don't really see it.  Maybe these pictures will show you why!

She's a cutie though, that's for sure!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beatrix's Nursery

I took these pictures a while ago but I finally got around to posting them!

Here's a facebook album with all the pictures.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Who needs naptime?

 *Note: Normally when she is not sleeping when she's suppose to be she's not this pleasant. I guess today was a Halloween Miracle.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rolling and Jumping

I feel a little bad that I didn't get one of Beatrix's early rolls on camera.  Tillie and Teddy I caught within the first three or so.  Bea would always roll in her crib so I never saw it.  I made this video in early September, but I forgot to take it off my brother's camera until I borrowed it recently.  It's also pretty blurry, because I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to his camera.

Now she's a pro at rolling.  She's also recently got the hang of her jumperoo.

Friday, October 17, 2014

6 Months

Beatrix is half a year old!

Sleep:  It's getting better-ish?  We've recently started letting her sleep with a mini-muslin blanket and it seemed to help her sleep better.  She usually wakes only 2-3 times a night wanting a pacifier and to be rolled over.  She goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00pm and wakes up between 7:00 and 7:30am.  She typically takes 2 naps a day.  One is at 9:30 and the other is around 1:30.  Hopefully within a week I'll write a post about our daily schedule, mostly because I find it interesting to look back on.

Food: She's still taking 6oz bottles at 7:30, 11:45, 4:00 and 7:30.  She gets half a jar of baby food(usually a veggie) around 12:30 and a whole jar(usually a fruit) around 5:30pm.  Her favorite at this point is pears with cinnamon and oatmeal.

Play: She likes her jumperoo and exersaucer.  She takes any toy she can and puts it in her mouth.  She's started playing peek-a-boo with her blankets and it's adorable.   Her favorite song is Skinnamarink, but she also likes You Are My Sunshine.  She likes to screech and is getting really good at jumping.  She loves to smile, laughs easily and is a big hamball.

Movement:  Girlfriend starting sitting up on her own two weeks ago.  It's the earliest of all my kids and I'm glad she's doing it early because it makes my life easier.  She can roll both ways, but prefers rolling back to stomach.  If I set her up by the side of the crib she can hold the rail and stand up -- and she thinks she's hot stuff while doing it.  She tries to get herself up on all fours, but she can't manage it yet.

Size: Her doctor's appointment isn't until Monday, but I can tell she's getting taller.  I had to switch out all her footie pajamas last week to 6-12m or 6-9m because she was too tall for 3-6m.  In all other clothes she's wearing 3-6m, except one pair of Gap skinny jeans in 6-12m that seemed to run small.  She's using size 3 diapers.  Still no teeth, but one(or two) bottom one(s) is(are) getting closer.  Her hair is light brown and her eyes are blue.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Teddy's Birthday Questions - 3 Years Old

So, uh, 6 days late isn't too bad, right?

Starting at age 3, every year on their birthday you ask the same questions and see how their answers change over the years! 

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Red Firetruck
3. What is your favorite fruit? Peach 
4. What is your favorite tv show? Paw Patrol, the scary Paw Patrol.  You 'nember that scary Paw Patrol?
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Carrots.  No, not carrots, pickles. (Uh, he eats neither.)
6. What is your favorite outfit? My robot shirt.
7. What is your favorite game? Video game.  (What video game, you don't play them?) Bubble Guppies video game.  That's what it's called.
8. What is your favorite snack? Raisins.
9. What is your favorite animal? Dalmatian
10. What is your favorite song? My favorite song is Twinkle Little Star.
11. What is your favorite book? It's about an ambulance.  The ambulance book is in my bed.
12. Who is your best friend? Tillie
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cap'n Crunch.  Cap'n Crunch is a cereal.
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with everything.
15. What is your favorite drink? Water. Water in my water bottle.  And apple juice and cider!
16. What is your favorite holiday? Um, Thanksgiving.  And Halloween.  And all the things.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My cozy blankie from when I was a baby.  And a Henry blankie.  And dinosaurs.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cap'n Crunch.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cake!
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Firefirghter.  And Tillie's gonna be a doctor.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Owl Always Love You

Tillie, 2009 (6 months)

Teddy, 2012 (1 year)

Beatrix, 2014(5.5 months)

Also, Tillie and Teddy can still get it on.  I'd say I got my monies worth out of this hat.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

School Rules

Tillie recently took home a few Scholastic Reading Club papers from school.  Today we were looking at some of the online previews so she could decide which book to order.  (Grandma gave her(and Ted) book money!)  I read her this sample of Pinkalicious School Rules.

Tillie paused for a moment, then said, "I think a school rule would be 'No Unicorns at School'."