Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Toothy Grin

They are in!  Officially they popped through right as she turned seven months.  But you couldn't really see them until now.   They aren't all the way in, but we are sleeping much better!  Small steps. 

She is also starting to get up on all fours and rock.  I don't see that she will be crawling anytime soon and she has no interest in pulling up yet.  But she is a scooter.  And wow she talks a lot.  She babbles and complains, a lot.  She kind of just says 'uh' really loud, long and drawn out.  All the time.  I am a bit worried.  Jac is our silent child, Mia talks what I consider a lot, but this one - she could have some serious need for conversation. 

And yes, she is saying 'ma' and 'da'.  I am not sure which one came first, to be honest I think 'da' did.  She uses them both interchangeably as her distress call.  When she needs something she will use them, when she is upset, scared, poopy, needs picked up.  So I wouldn't necessarily say she is talking yet.  But she is starting to communicate.  Now we are working on what exactly 'ma' and 'da' mean, so soon she will understand. 

She is an eater!  She still doesn't gobble it up like Jac and Mia did.  But she loves food.  She really wants to eat what we are eating, which is so much easier than baby food.  She loves eggs, toast, cheese, fruit, veggies (especially peas) and yogurt.  We haven't started giving her meat yet.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time Flies with a Seven Month Old

Stella is seven months old today. We are closer to one year than we are to birth at this point, that is something! Right now she is being a pill and not wanting to take her afternoon nap.

Some things she has learned in her seventh month: Sits by herself, feeds herself small table food and Cheerios, looks for toys that are dropped, complains if you take something from her, drinks water from a sippy cup. Very recent developments are she can roll from tummy to back, she does the ‘plank’ pose and has even pulled her knees up under herself once or twice and she is starting to wave ‘bye-bye’ and ‘hello’. Her first bottom tooth just appeared yesterday also! What a month.

She still isn’t a great eater. Just not consistent, sometimes she will eat a lot but sometimes she barely nibbles or will split her bottle up. It could be because of the teething, but I am sure that Jac and Mia never let a little thing like teething come between them and a meal.

She is sleeping okay. Not as great as last month or the month before. Her naps are more consistent and most days she is down to a morning nap and a longer afternoon nap (except for today, I guess). She goes down around 8 at night and then up to eat around 5am. Although there could be as many as three or four awakenings in the middle where you need to help her find a pacifier. (I must admit, after two thumb suckers this pacifier business is for the birds.) My big problem with little Miss Stella is she wants to be up and going after her bottle in the morning. Well, 5:45 is not a respectable time to get up! Although Jac was up at that time this morning, playing quietly in his room. Crazy kids, don’t they know they should sleep in while they can? I have been getting her back to sleep by bringing her to bed, which is a huge no-no. But mommy and daddy are tired!

Stella is a joy. We all love her and she lightens our hearts. She is a talker and loves to ‘trill’. I need to record that lovely sound she makes so she can listen to it when she is 16.

Of course with the third you stop taking pictures.  Hopefully, I can remember to take a picture of the sweet baby tomorrow!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Seat

Mia and I fitted Stella for her big girl car seat.

We Now Have A First Grader

This picture doesn't show any of his excitement.  He was literally bouncing off the walls like it was Christmas Day and so happy. 

Last bus ride as a Kindergartner!

At the park to celebrate after school.

Sheesh!  A first grader.  It truly was a wonderful year.  I have to say Kindergarten is lovely.  We had a fanatastic teacher and she kept us all in line and organized.  Jac can read and loves to write.  He is constantly teaching himself things.  He made new friends and learned things like, kickball, rope climbing, how to punch in his pin number to pay for his lunch at school, how to ride the bus and so many other things.  I am proud of him for his accomplishments and how well he adjusted to a new class, new teacher, new school and new friends.  First grade, here we come!

Jac and Stella to the Doctor

Jac and Stella were able to share a six month and six year checkup.  You have definitely made it once you hit six because you don't have shots until those tetanus boosters show up for middle school, what a great day!  Poor Stella still got poked four times though.  She is definitely the best shot taker of all three.  She gets really mad and then she is happy in about 5 seconds, amazing. 

Jac is on his normal path of 90% in height.  I don't see that changing any time soon.  Although because he is one of the youngest kids in the class he seems average if not small often.  He did great on all of his exam items. 

In general Jac is doing great!  He is sleeping a little better, although not longer.  He is waking up consistently between 6:15 and 6:30.  He is just a happy kid as long as you feed him and get him to bed on time.  I think I am going to like this age!

Stella had a good checkup also.  She is 60% in weight and 80% in height, still my smallest.  We changed out her carseat because she has outgrown the infant carrier.  She has started sitting in high chairs at restaurants and riding up in the cart at the grocery store.  I feel like we have come a long way!  She has been fussy the last couple of days because of the shots.  But really she has become quite pleasant, maybe a little less teething going on.  She rolls and sits and giggles and squeals.  Really a delight.  She doesn't eat a lot, but loves her bottles.  I am sure that will change as she develops a taste for certain foods and as I transition her to table food instead of that awful strained food! 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

She is Six Months!

Baby Girl is six months old today.  I can't believe it.  This was a whirlwind to say the least.  I am hoping that we can have a long relaxing summer and slow this down a bit.  I am going to blink and she is going to be a year. 

Right now her favorite food is pears.  She is sitting so well and really rolling up on her belly every chance she gets.  I gave her some puffs today, which she really isn't supposed to have yet and she is working on pinching.  It was a little hard for her.  She likes to drink from a sippy cup, but looks sort of like a rabbit drinking from a straw she really gets into it and makes  a lot of noise. 

Rough Weekend

I don't know about anyone else, but I am ready for school to be over.  I have nothing else to blame my son's behavior on!  It has to be tied to that, otherwise this post should be called rough summer.  Jac is trying to master the art of sarcasm.  Really?  You are six!  Lots of lip from this little boy makes mommy quite angry. 

So we have had to take away some priviledges, like going outside.  I think he is trying out some new language.  But I also think he is just overtired and over stimulated.  The last day of school can't come soon enough for me. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mia's Last Day

Last day of school today for Mia.  Crazy!  Summer is officially here and she said, "I can't wait to swim".  So I am sure that tomorrow morning she is expecting to either walk outside in her back yard and take a dip, or go to the local pool. 

She has her opinions on everything.  A funny story recently.  She has a good friend who is moving away to New Jersey.  In trying to figure this out she keeps saying, where is Leah going, Mississippi?  Cananda? Pretty much fill in the blank of any state or country that she has ever heard.  Then we have an ongoing argument (over the past couple of months) of who is older, her or Leah.  It is Leah according to the Gregorian Calendar that as Americans we all adhere to.  Except Mia.  She insists that even though August is before September, Leah was born on the 3rd of August and Mia was born on the 7th of September and because 7 is larger than 3 she is still older.  All of this is wrong because Leah was actually born on August 28th, so that argument doesn't work but I haven't broken it to her.  Last week she said that she had to be older than Leah because she was in afternoon preschool and Leah was in morning classes, hmm.  And prior to that it was because she was bigger than Leah.  And prior to that there was no good argument, just Mia insisting she was older.  I swear she is going to be a lawyer.

Stella, Stella

She is a cutie, and I feel like it is flying by.  Six months on Sunday! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Day of Firsts

Pet Day.  My first reaction was, no way.  Why would I want to take Trucker to elementary school for 50 kindergartners to see, while might I add, wheeling Stella along.  It sounded like a bit too much.  It sounded like it could go very wrong. 

Well, I have said it before and I will say it again, mommy guilt will get you to do things you didn't think you would do.  Jac didn't really compain, he just looked at me, with those big blue eyes.  Jeff said it though, plain and clear, 'you kind of have to do it, right.'  'Trucker is his pet.'

So there you go.  That is why I showed up at school today with a Golden sooooo happy to be alive and an almost 6 month old in a stroller, pissed that she was being kept from her nap.  But actually, all went well.  It was really fun, and I am glad I did it.  Jac got to be the center of Kindergarten attention for his two minutes of fame, Trucker got to meet at least five new dogs and all kinds of kids who didn't want to stop petting him.  And Stella, she survived.  She was really good until the end.  And then she promptly fell asleep once back in the car. 

So Trucker, in his first pet show.

Stella was up A LOT last night, which is unusual.  But, right on time, I think there is a tiny little tooth coming in.  Just a hint of one on the bottom left.  This is good!  Once we get those two bottom ones in, we should be good on the teething front for awhile.  Stella is a rolling, sitting, eating machine.  She is doing all of the six month old 'stuff'.  And it all came at once.  She is a different baby this last week.  She is protesting when she drops things and looking for them.  She can pick up a paci and put it in her mouth.  She is eating solids, today she ate two jars of food.  She finished all of her cereal this morning.  This from a baby who protested when you put the spoon in her mouth a month ago.  So lots of firsts for baby Stella.  And maybe tomorrow I can say her first tooth, also!

So the last first!  Jeff went to the baseball game tonight with his dad, his uncle and his cousin.  That in itself I am sure is a first.  They caught a foul ball!  Jeff has never caught one, he has been near them several times and probably could have knocked over a twelve year old to get one, but after 38 years he still hasn't been that close to one, until tonight!  How exciting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

He's Six!

Yes, I am alive.  Three kids has rocked my world and I will definitely never be the same.  I need a nanny, a cook, a cleaner and a driver.  And if I could get someone in here to work my butt out, I would take that too!  We all know babies are hard work, but whoever said just adding another into the mix is no big deal is a LIAR!  It is a huge deal, especially when none of them sleep through the night. 

But I will not whine or complain.  I am so completely in love with these three little people. 

So on to birthday festivities.  He is six.  He is Jac and Jac has been on this Earth six years.  Crazy.  We had a wonderful time with his school friends today.  They came, they played, they ate, they pooped (a lot of them), they ripped through a pinata and then I gladly put them on a bus two hours later.

Here is what I love about my six year old.  I love that Jac believes in Santa, the Easter bunny and basically all things make believe.  I love that he adores his baby sister and says in his best sing song voice at least twenty times a day "it's okay, Stella".  I love that he calls the Drury Inn down the street the "Grand Hotel" because it is the tallest building in our town.  I love it that he truly believes my in-laws home town main street is Radiator Springs.  I love that he is crazy about sports and cars and tag, but can sit down and draw for hours.  I love that he still has potty training issues.  I love that he is completely clueless when it comes to social issues, and says things like "Mom, I just like to chase".  I love it that he sleeps so much better than at five, but still occasionally runs down the hall in the middle of the night.  I love that he and I can have a private joke when Mia says something silly.  I love it that one of his best friends is still a girl.  I love it that he asks for a weather report before he does sidewalk chalk.  I love it that he can now do Legos without my help.  I love it that sausage is up there with cake as his favorite foods.  I love it when he says, "I just need you."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Crazy Hair

On the eve of her 3 month milestone, Stella got a nice bath.  I had to take a pic of her crazy hair.  Tomorrow she is three months old if you can believe that!

Here is a cute tummy time pic, also.  (With some drool.)

In her Bumbo!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Big Sick Guy

We have been so lucky this winter and not been sick.  Jac broke our streak.  Poor guy.  I have to say that his maturity handling a 103 degree fever and vomiting in the middle of the night was amazing.  He has arrived! 

I am sure that my doctor thinks I am crazy manic mommy bringing him to her today, but with little Stella I felt I couldn't risk playing around with this high fever.  Of course, by 1pm when we go to the doctor the only symptom he has is a runny nose.  Even the fever is completely gone!  But that is okay.  We found out he doesn't have strep or the flu and he doesn't have any other infections.  So, a lovely cold to run its course.

Hopefully Stella and Mia don't get the cold, but it is what it is.  Jac has washed his hands about 100 times to today and much to his dismay he has been quarantined from Stella.  No kisses, no cuddles, boo. 

I put everyone to bed at 7pm.  Hopefully that pays off! 

Valentine's Day

We had a lot of fun this Valentine's Day; including a tea that we invited a few of Jac and Mia's friends to. 

Stella was excited to meet everyone.

I was fortunate to have a neighbor watch Stella while I went to Jac's Valentine's Party at school. 

And of course the day itself was lovely. 

Everyone was happy.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Stella Checkup - 10 Weeks

Stella had her checkup yesterday.  She was a healthy 12lbs 12oz which is 75% and she was 23.5 inches which is also 75%.  So she is nice and proportional, but with a few chunky rolls.  She is doing well on the sleeping front.  Her 'normal' night is 8 or 9pm to 4:30am and then another wake up at 6:30am.  She did a 9pm to 6:30am two days ago which was awesome! 

Her napping isn't great.  I can hear her right now waking up from a 35 minute nap.  Way too short!  She takes about four of those little cat naps a day.  After observing her yesterday and hearing about her napping, the doctor said something like, "maybe she is just sensitive.  That isn't like your other kids, is it?"  Au contraire, good doctor.  My positive spin on this was, maybe Jac will be able to help Stella.  They can bond over this!

Stella just in the last two days laughed for the first time.  It was while I was zipping up her pjs and brushed her chin.  It must have tickled because she belly laughed.  Of course I couldn't get her to do it again until the next day.  So sweet!

Magic Times and a Long Winter

Has this been a long winter or what?  For everyone who has escaped to warmer climates, boo on you!  Actually you picked the perfect winter to flee.  I am not sure if it really has been snowier and colder than normal but it sure feels like it, especially with a two month old! 

We did get to beat the winter blues with a trip to our favorite Children's Museum.  It was definitely timely, as the snow moved in on Monday (actually sleet) and socked us all in.  I do think that calling afternoon Kindergarten on Monday was a bit much.  And by Thursday, surely it was safe enough to go.  But alas, they don't ask my opinion on these matters. 

Making Music with our Tushes!

No, I don't let her pick up Stella.  (Notice the direction of the babies head.)  However, I was just enouraged that she was interested in babies!  Normally, her attention is only given to stuffed animals.

Stella is clearly excited about going out!  I took her to the bus stop to get Jac because it was a warm 40 degrees on Friday.  She is a smiley girl right now and liked her little outing.   Although the bright snow made her keep her eyes closed most of the time.  She is so excited to get out and about, thank goodness the groundhog didn't see his shadow.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

He Loves His Baby Sister

Jac is definitely in love with his baby sister.  He has always been a great big brother.  He always reports when Mia gets hurt, he holds her hand when she is scared and he plays with her nonstop.  But you never know what a third is going to do to the mix.  So far so good.  Jac thinks she is the 'cutest baby in the world' and since 'babies are the cutest things in the world' is logic stands that 'she is the cutest thing in the world'. 

He gives her kisses.  He likes to hold her hands.  He has asked to hold her a couple of times.  He is smitten!  I am so thankful that Stella has come into our lives and that both Jac and Mia love her and have welcomed her into our family. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sleep Schedule at Week 7

Stella is seven weeks old today and I wanted to document her sleep schedule.  She generally goes "to sleep" meaning you can set her down and leave her in her crib without her waking up in five minutes at around 11pm.  Last night it was more like 10:30 which I thought was great.  She then will sleep about four hours waking somewhere between 2:30 and 4am.  I nurse her for as much as she will take, normally this is around 30 minutes, last night it was an hour but sometimes it is only 15 minutes.  This is normally 5 to 6 hours since her last feeding.  Last night I had fed her at 9pm and she woke at 2:30, right at 5.5 hours between feedings and I got 3.5 hours of sleep and she got right at 4 hours of sleep. 

She ate for an hour last night so that means she was back in her crib around 3:30 and then she will sleep until 5 or 6am.  Last night she slept until 6ish, I didn't look too closely at the clock and I brought her to bed with me to nurse until around 7am.  I wasn't quite ready to face the world yet so needed a little dosing time. 

So in all she slept 6.5 hours at "night" and I got roughly that also.  A very good night. 

She is starting to take an evening nap that will eventually be her bedtime and blend into this 11pm bedtime.  I can't wait for that.  Jeff and I really need a "no kid" zone during the evening hours otherwise we don't even have time to ask "how was your day"? 

The daytime naps continue to be our struggle.  She will nap on top of you for one or two hours during the day but she never really settles more than once a day.  She will doze a lot and I guess that counts as sleep for her but I think she is very sleep deprived.  Even when it is completely quiet and it is just us in the house she has a hard time settling.  I am hoping this improves over time! 

Here is a picture of Stella and I yesterday after her bath, her hair sticks straight up after I wash it.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2010 in Pictures

I go through all my snapshots in January and put together albums and work on baby books.  I enjoy seeing the year all together in one place.  Here are my favorites.


Ready for dancing


So you think you can dance

Helping Daddy paint


Bye-bye Crib

I think I can fly


I have no words.

On vacation without mom and dad


Hardworking Vacation

Me and the Five Year Old


Learning to wipe

Training League


Roasting Marshmallows

My 'easy on the eyes' husband


Showing some nerves at the classroom visit

First day of school good luck hugs


Birthday Girl decides everyone gets a candle.

Oozing Cuteness


Apple Picking

I think I make a pretty decent bunch of grapes.


Sweet Stella

Cowgirl Day at School


I Need One of These

Mom of Three