Monday, July 28, 2014

One Year Old!

Has a year ever gone so quickly? I really don't think so. I have a feeling I'll be saying this every year for the rest of my life...

Happy happy birthday to my favorite little one year old!

One year ago today I was holding my brand new teeny tiny baby girl.  Natalie was and is a tiny child, but even she made this little newborn Claire seem impossibly small.  I couldn't believe now tiny she was.

6 lbs. 5 ounces and 19 inches of adorableness.

She was perfect and amazing and spending the last year of my life taking care of her and watching her grow up has made me so incredibly happy.

She is such a loving little thing.  She gives out kisses like it's her job, she is super cuddly and is in love with her big sister.  And her dog.  

She's talking a bit more.  Just yesterday she said ''sit'' to my mom trying to get her to sit down on the sit 'n spin toy we got from a garage sale.  So grandma obeyed and sat on there with her.  It was pretty darn cute.  She also says ball ''bah'', mama, dada, dexter ''dedter'', and I think she was saying ''bubble'' tonight in the bath tub.  

She thinks it's perfectly acceptable to try to dive off of furniture every chance she gets.  She is oblivious to the fact that it might not be such a great idea.  Or she knows somebody will always catch her.  Either way, I wish she'd change her mind about thinking this is a fun game.

She has 4 teeth and I'm sooo happy she finally got her top teeth to come in.  Those gave her some troubles and made my life a little less enjoyable for a while.  I'm ok with just 4 teeth for now because she's sooo happy at the moment :)

She is not as shy as she used to be so that's awesome.  Last time my mom and sister's family were around she'd get very nervous about them and sometimes cry if they tried to hold her.  But she really warmed up to them this time . We had her cousins stay at our house and I looked over to see her giving one of them a kiss this morning.  So so precious.  

We go to her one year appointment on Friday so we'll see how big/little she is.  She has definitely grown since 9 months but it's hard to say how much.  I think she's grown at least.  She is still pretty itty bitty though.  She's always been smaller than Natalie was even, which is kind of crazy.  

She's just the best.  She has been so much fun, and such an easy addition to our family.  She's made having two kids as painless as possible so far :) I love her so much.  Natalie is starting to really think of her as a little buddy now and not just a baby.  I am obsessed with the fact that Natalie calls her Claire Bear along with her mommy and daddy.  Natalie singing ''Happy birthday dear Claire Bear'' about killed me...

Claire loves to try to play with Natalie and wants to be by her all the time.  Natalie really does put up with it very well most of the time, but they are fighting a little bit already.  It always kind of cracks me up, but also makes me scared for the future.  I know how sisters fight.  It isn't pretty :)  I believe I've been tied up and thrown out in the snow, stabbed in the face with a pen, attacked, kicked, punched... yeah.  Good times.

But they are going to be best friends.  I'll make them.  

So happy birthday my little Claire bear!  You are so precious and we love you so so so so so so much.  

Comparison of the girls on their first birthday's:

Some of Claire's one year photos:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Eleven Months Old


How has she been in this world for eleven months already??? One month until her birthday.  One stinking month.  Time really needs to slow down.

She finally cooperated with one of my predictions and she is walking!  She does pretty good, but still crawls most of the time.  She was really showing off for her grandpa and grandma last night though and was on her feet most of the evening.  

She has definitely grown some but we won't find out how much until her one year appointment in a month.  At 9 months she was so teeny, but I can definitely tell she has gotten bigger since then so I'm relieved.  She's still tiny and always will be, but I'm glad she has grown more.

She doesn't think she needs to sit still ever, but that's true for all babies at this age.  It doesn't help that her big sister is incredibly hyper lately and is running/hopping/rolling around the house all day long. 

Kristin mentioned something a few months ago about how Claire looks like my dad's mom, and now it's all I see when I look at her.  I can't find a good picture of my grandma to compare her to, but she really does look like her.  I love it.  I'm still obsessed with her being blonde, too.  It's just so fun that she and Natalie look so different :)

Claire loves Natalie so stinking much.  It's adorable.  She wants to be wherever Natalie is, doing whatever she's doing.  I think Natalie enjoys it most of the time too, except when Claire is trying to steal her food/toys.  Not that Natalie doesn't steal things from Claire too.  Then they both get mad.  Good times.   Natalie loves her too though.  They are starting to really play and enjoy each other.  It's the best. 

She is starting to try to talk.  She has little sounds for ''Thank you'', ''Dexter'', and a few others. You wouldn't know she was trying to say those things unless you were around to hear it fifty times a day, but she's getting close :) She can say mama, daddy and ball.  Ball is ''bahh'', but still.  

She is so precious and fun and I am pretty incredibly happy that she's ours.  She has four teeth now and I can't wait for the top teeth to really grow in. One of them is in pretty far but the other is just barely poking through.  So cute though.  It makes me so happy when she smiles big enough to see those little top teeth.  Adorable.

 She was in a swimming class with me all this month and I think she wore a different swim suit to every class.  The perks of having a big sister... and of having a mom who buys swimsuits that don't fit very well.  I got her a super cute suit from Target, but after wearing it twice I realized that it is wayyyy too tight, so it's been retired already.  That has to be a record or something. 

She's just so cute, and she is more and more fun every day... but it's also a little heartbreaking that she's getting older and isn't my tiny little baby anymore.  I will survive I'm sure.  I can't wait to see what she's like as she gets older.  Natalie has been so incredibly fun and I know Claire will be the same.  They are just the best.  I am so grateful I get to be with them all day long every single day. If I ever start to complain just tell me to shut up, because I am so lucky to be here and I love them so so so so so much.

Time to start planning her party and making her birthday slideshow... 

Comparison of the girls:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ten Months Old

This teeny tiny little girl is ten months old!!!! (two days ago...)

She's such a sweet baby.  I can't believe she will be one in TWO MONTHS.  Not acceptable.

I had made a bet with myself that she would be walking by ten months, but she's not quite there yet.  She is SO close though.  She can stand on her own, but she gets nervous and sits down right away... and she can walk so well if she's holding onto someone hands, but not quite ready to do it on her own yet I guess.  It will be so adorable when she can do it.  I am not looking forward to her falling a lot in the beginning, but it will be fun... and much easier to play outside with her.  She doesn't like crawling on the driveway or the grass, but I think she'll like to walk out there?  Hopefully.

She still just has two teeth, but her two top front teeth have been bugging her for a few weeks... They just won't come through, but her gums are definitely ready for them to bust out. 

She is slightly over her stranger danger phase, but not completely.  She has made it through multiple play dates without screaming everytime someone looked at her at least :) She still does not want to be held by people she doesn't know, but she's better about just being around them. 

Just within the past few days she has started saying "Uh oh" and it is the cutest thing ever.

Also just this week she has started climbing entire flights of stairs... and yesterday she climbed up the slide.  

I'm scared.  And there goes me being able to turn my back on her for a second when we're in the basement. 

She loves her sister so much, it's unreal.  She wants to be on top of Natalie all the time.  Partly because she wants whatever food Natalie has, but she really does love her.  She tries to put her mouth on us all the time, and she was half a second away from sucking on Natalie's toe the other day.  Natalie has started pushing her away with her feet when she does stuff like that, and I can't say I totally blame her, but it's a bummer for poor Claire :)

It's the cutest thing in the world when they laugh at each other, or when Natalie is purposely trying to make Claire laugh.  Man they are cute.  They really are going to be buddies here pretty soon.  They kind of are now, but as soon as Claire can really play and gets just a little bit bigger I think it's going to be pretty awesome. 

She's been doing a real crawl since she turned 9 months, rather than the inch worm she did for a month and half.  

She's sleeping great, but she wakes up earlier than I'd like.  Usually between 6 and 6:30.  I used to wake up way earlier than that just because I wanted to, but I can't drag myself out of bed anymore so it's kind of sad to get woken up by Claire and have no time to myself to start the day.  I need to get my butt in gear and just wake up earlier I suppose.  Natalie still wakes up at 7:30, sometimes later if we let her, so it's nice to just have Claire alone for a while too.

I'm in total denial about how old she's getting.  It's pretty easy to trick myself into thinking she's younger because she's the size of a normal 6 month old.  Maybe a 7 month old.  She's tiny.

I love that girl so much.  I have no idea what I did before she was here.  Actually I do.  I had free time.  It was awesome.  But I wouldn't go back to those days for anything, because she and that crazy sister of hers make my heart pretty happy. 

I love them both a crazy amount.

Comparison picture of both girls at 10 months.  Claire's outfits are getting less and less weather appropriate, so I'm changing her clothes about 3 times a day on these picture days.  Good times.

Even though I feel like I'm going crazy some days, I wouldn't trade being home with them for anything.  I will be forever grateful that I got to spend every single day with them in these early years.  They are the best. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nine Months Old

Ugh.  Nine months old.  This little girl's life is moving wayyyy too quickly for my liking.  I seriously feel like she was just born.  There is no way she is nine months old.  

 She is the biggest sweetheart in the world, but she definitely has her people that she's happiest with.  Like me, for instance ;) I kind of love it.  If I'm in the room, she wants me to be the one holding her a good amount of the time.  She loves Michael a bunch too though.  It's pretty adorable.

She still does her silly little inchworm crawl, but she is crawling on her knees more and more.  She's obviously capable of it but she's so stinking fast when she does her belly scooting move.  I can't even call it an army crawl because it's just not... it's interesting to watch.  I love it when she crawls on her knees though.  Everything she does is just too cute.  

She is pulling herself up to standing just over the last week or so.  It's, again, sooo cute... but scary.  Her balance is not wonderful yet so it makes me nervous, but I usually just let it play out.  She gets better and better every day.  She's not even close to walking I don't think, but you never know.  I can't even believe that Natalie was walking at 9 months... Trying to imagine Claire walking at this age (height) just kills me.

I almost wish Natalie hadn't done everything so quickly, because now that Claire isn't doing those things at the same age I am constantly comparing them.  I don't even care that she isn't doing that stuff, but it still pops into my mind all the time that Natalie was.  Tricky girls.

 (I could not keep her little butt in that chair, it was unreal.  She was trying to dive off every chance she got)

She is shorter than Natalie, if you can believe that.  We'll find out how much shorter at her appointment tomorrow, but if our measurements are close at all then she's pretty dang short.  But ridiculously cute, obviously :) Our kids are just teeny.

She's eating like a champ still.  She will eat anything we give her.  She's off of babyfood and has been for a while, but sometimes I'll give her a bit just to get rid of what we have in the kitchen... She still likes it, but it's just easier and more fun to give her real food that she can pick up and feed to herself.

I think bananas and avocados are her favorites.  She loves apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, pears... everything.  I love it.  

She has two adorable teeth and her hair is starting to grow slightly more... It's getting thicker at least. 

She is pretty much always happy, it's amazing.  Her big sister is starting to get a little territorial with toys and things which is a bummer, so whenever Natalie takes a toy away from her or pulls her hands off of things or pushes her (ugh) it makes her pretty sad, understandably.  Poor Claire.  We are trying to tell Natalie very nicely that it hurts Claire's feelings when she does those things to her.  Sometimes she will say ''sorry Claire'' and give her a hug, but not always.  Big sisters are just jerks.  

That's for the one person who reads this ;)

Speaking of Kristin, Claire loves to hug these dolls that she got for Christmas.  It is pretty stinking adorable.

I just cannot get enough of her.  I really can't.  I don't know how many times I day I kiss her little cheeks and tell her how cute and sweet she is.  Ah.   She is talking/babbling/squealing all day long.  She does say mama and dada, but not really knowing she is saying them I don't think. 

She's the best.  She sleeps great, eats great, is a happy girl, loves her big sister so stinking much even when she may or may not deserve it and is just the sweetest little thing.  Gah.  I'm obsessed with her.  

I have two pretty awesome little buddies to spend my days with and I am extremely grateful.  I could definitely use a break away from this house every once in a while, but I can't imagine being anywhere else than here with them.  We have an amazing little family and I love them all so much.  I am so thankful for these three people.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Eight Months Old

These are the cutest pictures yet I'm pretty sure.  Prepare yourselves.

We are getting dangerously close to this girl's first birthday and I'm going to have a minor panic attack I'm pretty sure.  Where have the past 8 months gone, honestly???  I cannot believe she's 8 months old.  Can. not. believe it.  8 months have passed since I gave birth to this precious little girl.  It just doesn't seem like that's possible. 

She got her first tooth about a week ago!  I am a little afraid of it, but so far she's being nice to me.  It's pretty adorable.  How can a tooth be so cute?  She is shaking her head ''no'' a lot lately when she is fussing about something.  It's kind of hilarious.  And by "kind of" I mean I laugh hysterically every time, because it's ridiculous and adorable.

She is the biggest sweetheart ever.  She's way more loving than Natalie was as a baby.  I mistakenly said ''She's way more lovable than Natalie was as a baby'' the other day... which sounded pretty terrible :) She's much more of a cuddler and I love her for it.  Natalie has never really wanted to sit still long enough for good cuddles. She has her moments, but for the most part she just wants to be on the move all the time. 

Claire is still not crawling, but I really do think it's probably a good thing.  That doesn't mean I'm not waiting for it every single day though.  She's so so so close.  I'm giving it a week before she's doing.  I really think it will happen.  It's so hilarious to think that Natalie had been crawling for TWO MONTHS by this age.  That girl...

Do they come cuter than this?  I really don't think so.  I could stare at this face all day.

At 8 months old she wants to eat EVERYTHING she can get her hands on.  This is totally new territory for me, considering Natalie still won't eat hardly anything.  Claire eats avocados, pears, apples, bananas, kiwi, green beans, carrots, some meat... Tons of stuff. She's' eaten and liked everything we have given her.  It's awesome.  

She's being a good sleeper again.  Most nights she sleeps until about 5-5:30 (and sometimes just sleeps all night until about 6:30ish) and eats and then goes back to sleep until 7 or so.  Sometimes I go get her up at 7:30 if she's still asleep because I want her naps to stay basically the same.  That doesn't happen super often though. She's down to two naps most days now.  Sometimes three, it just depends.  I am enjoying her schedule.  She's a pretty easy baby and I am obsessed with her.

I did not have the camera ready when she bent over and started sucking on her toe... I whipped it out as fast as I could but the flash wasn't ready of course.  I'm glad I caught it though... Once again, do they come any cuter?  She makes my heart hurt with her cuteness.

She babbles nonstop these days.  She is saying ''ma'' and ''da'' but not really "mama" and "dada".  I think it's too young to claims she's saying those things, but there are lots of ''ma ma ma ma ma'' and ''da da da da da'' 's going on.  Although this morning when I opened the door to get her out of her crib, she let out one little ''mama'' when I got in her room.  Just sayin'. ;)

She's also starting to wave and it is the cutest thing in my life at the moment.  I walked into the room yesterday and she just raised her little arm up and waved at me.  And then I died.

She's just precious.  She really is.  I love love loved Natalie as a baby, and I love love love love love her now.  But I'm enjoying their differences so far.  Natalie was and is just a crazy little wild thing, and so far Claire is calmer and sweet and... I don't know.  Just awesome.  They are the both the best kids ever.   

What else is new in her world... A tooth, babbling, minutes away from crawling... Hmm.  She has started laughing at everything Natalie does and that is pretty dang cute too.  They are going to be best friends pretty soon and I can't wait for it. 

WHAT IS THE CUTENESS?  Michael thinks her hair makes her look like a boy here... I did kind of unintentionally sweep it to the side because I wiped her face on right before I took these.  I can't wait for her hair to get longer.  I can't even imagine what she is going to look like as she gets older.  Natalie looks exactly like she did as a baby, so... what does Claire's little baby face look like as a two year old?  So hilarious to imagine. 

I just can't get over her.  I really can't.  She is such a good baby and she's made this whole having two kids thing so easy on me.  Natalie has done amazing too, but if Claire had been a more high maintenance baby things just wouldn't be going so smoothly.  Natalie is high maintenance enough for both of them some days :) Oh two year olds...

I am so incredibly thankful for them.  So so so thankful.  We are blessed beyond words.  They are healthy and happy and just absolutely amazing.  I can't imagine loving them any more than I do right now, but I know I will continue to just love them more and more and more.  My heart just might explode.  It's dangerous loving two little girls this much.

Happy 8 months Claire!

Here is the comparison of the girls at 8 months:

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