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:



Monday, March 3, 2014

Seven Months Old


(This is late.  Again.)


I am running out of ways to say that I love this girl.  She's 7 months old and every day I love her more and more.  She's so awesome.


Her big blue eyes, her chubby cheeks, her huge smiles and the way she scrunches her eyes when she does it... They're the best.  


She is not crawling yet but getting so so so so close!  Every day I'm sure she's going to do it, but she just keeps rocking back and forth, and going backwards instead of forwards.  So close.  It's impossible not to compare her to Natalie.  Natalie crawled at 6 months. And I'm pretty sure by 7 months she was pulling herself up.  Natalie has always seemed so much older than she is, it's crazy.  Even as a tiny baby she seemed old somehow.  Claire is just a sweet little baby through and through :) She's so content to just sit and watch what's going on.  It's probably a good thing she isn't crawling yet honestly.  I don't think we're prepared.


Her face.  Ah. 


I just love her.  She looks chunky but she really isn't.  It's tricky.  Everyone always thinks she's going to be heavy and are so surprised when she isn't.


She is obsessed with baby food.  She's actually kind of over purees already I think.  She wants puffs all day long.  Puffs or any other kind of finger food.  Cheerios... pieces of rice cakes... She does like avocados and bananas but they are a little harder to pick up so she isn't as fond of those.  She just wants food nonstop.  She was eating an entire container of baby food in one sitting... even right when we first started... but lately she's slowing down and only wants the finger foods.  Silly girl.  But I LOVE that she loves to eat.  Thank goodness one of our girls does.


She loves Natalie, and Natalie loves her.  Natalie isn't super interested in babies in general, but she does love Claire.  I can't wait for them to actually play together.  It's going to be amazing.  Last night at dinner, Michael was telling a story and got really loud at one point.  Claire is THE jumpiest baby ever.  Everything makes her jump.  It's kind of sad actually :) But he got loud and she started to whimper because it scared the crap out of her.  Natalie started saying ''Aw, it's ok Claire.'' and then after that ''Oh she's sooo cute'' a few times.  I love them.  Natalie always goes to console Claire when she fusses now, which isn't often, but I love it so much.



She's still kind of being crazy about her sleeping.  She takes good naps, but still wakes up at night at least once.  Most nights lately we're down to once per night, but the other night she was awake like 3 times.  What. the. heck.  No thank you.  I know it won't last forever so it isn't bothering me a whole lot.  I don't enjoy waking up in the middle of the night at all, but as long as she goes right back to sleep and I go right back to sleep I'm ok with it I guess.  Ask me in a week if I still feel the same way and I might feel differently though.  I like sleep.


I just can't wait to see what she's like as she gets older and older.  She's such a good little baby. 


I can't wait to get back outside and take the girls for walks again.  Claire will actually get to sit in the stroller seat now rather than in her car seat!  I find that really exciting.  We went for tons of walks before it got cold but she was so little still.  It will be so much more fun now that she's older and can actually look around and take it all in rather than just fall asleep every time.


Have I mentioned I'm in love with the fact that she's blonde??? I so am.  Obsessed.  It will probably get darker, but for now I have a little blonde baby and that is awesome.


I really do just love her a ton.  There is a lot more to say, but I can't think of what else to update on.  She's a happy little girl.  SOOOO different than her sister was.  Natalie was insanely happy too.  The way she still is.  Happy and squealy and goofy.  Claire is happy and quiet and smiley and just... content and calm.  Most of the time.  Natalie has been a little go getter from the start.  Still is.  I love that about her so much, but I'm loving seeing how Claire's personality is turning out too.  So fun.


Sister pictures, because they are the best kids ever.  My favorites.  Of all time. 






Saturday, February 22, 2014

Claire's "New" Room

Well I decided a little late to decorate the nursery for our "new" baby.  Claire will be 7 months old on the 28th, and she finally got some new decorations in her room!

There was nothing wrong with it before really, but my tastes change by the second... so her old room/Natalie's old room just wasn't doing much for me anymore.  

Even before I got some new stuff in there, there were some differences between her room and the room the way it was when it was Natalie's.  I took the two white Expedit shelves out of there quite a while ago and swapped those for the black one that was in our living room.  I LOVE the white ones in the living room, but kinda hate the black one in Claire's room... But, there isn't much I can/will do it about it for now.  Also, we got a new rug in the living room a few months ago, so we moved the old living room rug into Claire's room, and the rug that was in there onto the back porch.  Again, I like the other rug on the back porch but kinda hate the old living room rug being in Claire's room.  I'll live, but having stuff like that just really drives me nuts.  It's bad... and unnecessary for it to bother me as much as it does.

Anyways, here are a couple of quick pictures of the room when it was Natalie's:



(My pictures were so much better for everything Natalie related it seems.  Hmm.  It would probably help if these new yellow curtains would stay open.  They refuse to.)

Now:









Ok, these pictures kind of make me hate it.  It's a little less hate-able in real life.  But I've done too much to go back now :) It will keep changing I'm sure, but that's the way it's going to look for a while at least!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Natalie's First and Second Year Slideshows

I made a video last year for Natalie's first birthday and never posted it.  I was reminded yesterday that I had started a video for her second birthday and never finished it... so I finished it last night!  A month and a half late, but it's done!

Here is her first year's video:



And second:



I can't believe how much this girl has grown over the past year.  It is making me pretty ridiculously emotional, honestly.  When I was working on it last night she would walk over to watch some of the videos with me as I went through them, and I kept making comments to her about how cute she was.  I was also making comments to Michael about it making me insanely sad that she's grown up so much. He was like "You have another one right here!" and pointed at Claire who was laying on the floor staring at me adorably.  It's true, but not the same.  Little baby Natalie... She was amazing.  She still is, but you know what I mean.  

Finally finishing this video was just what I needed.  I am not always the most patient person in life, and Natalie can definitely be frustrating... but going through old photos and videos was like taking a big giant chill pill and also a pretty huge slap in the face.  I will never ever ever again have her at the age that she's at right now, and I can't get those old days back.  So I'm going to kiss her and hug her and enjoy her as much as possible.  I'm going to try my very hardest to always make her feel as loved as possible. She is seriously an amazing girl.  So smart and silly and beautiful and just perfect.  Yes she can be crazy and throw fits and act like any other two year old... but she is mine and I love love love love love the crap out of her.

These two little girls of mine own my heart and make my life amazing.  They are the biggest blessings ever and I hope that they know how much we love them. 

I'm seriously considering just letting this house turn into the biggest pig sty ever just so I can sit and stare at these girls and hope that they'll stop growing up on me.

I am so insanely grateful for this life and family of mine.  Ugh.  My heart hurts... in a pretty amazing way.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Six Months Old

(I'm a day late again...)

Claire is six months old!!!!!!

 

This little girl sure is a good one.  HOWEVER, she's kind of lost her "best baby ever" title over the last month and a half.  Only in regards to her sleeping though.  She's still crazy awesome in every other way.  

 

Actually, the last week of her sleeping has been much better than it was so maybe we're on our way back to "normal".  For a while she was waking up multiple times per night.  She didn't even wake up that often as a newborn for crying out loud.  There is no way she was waking up to eat (but I fed her anyways...), so I am not really sure what the problem was.  It was exhausting.  


For the past week it's only been once per night, and most of those nights it wasn't until 5:00-5:30 and then she'd eat and go back to sleep for a couple more hours.   She didn't even wake up once last night, so "hip hip hooray!" as Natalie would say.  


She's sitting on her own now, but still falls backwards a lot.  She definitely seems to be doing that on purpose though.  If I'm not sitting right by her I keep the boppy behind her most of the time because if she decides she's done sitting she just pushes herself backwards.  Natalie gets really worried when this happens "Oh no!  She fall over!" and then cries about it.  Or fake cries, whatever.  Either way the unnecessary crying is pretty fun... Natalie fake cries about most things in life these days :) She needs another updated blog post I'm pretty sure.  That girl is most definitely a two year old.


Anyways.  Back to Claire.


She's eating baby food like a champ, which is so amazing to me considering Natalie would NEVER eat baby food and still hates to eat.  I'm loving getting to feed a baby baby food.  I get so excited every time she actually shows interest in getting another bite.  It makes me happy.  
 

She's trying so hard to crawl, but she can only push herself backwards for now.  She gets stuck under things pretty easily and she will just lay there and stare at you until you help her out.  It's pretty cute.  


She is working on some teeth that are bothering her.  She holds her mouth in all sorts of funny positions throughout the day, and she has been a little fussy about it.  Sometimes a lot fussy. She never used to be fussy about anything so it's been interesting having her actually be unhappy.  She hasn't been too bad though really, but they also aren't even close to breaking through so we'll see what happens.  She had her 6 month appointment yesterday and the doctor said they're definitely working their way in though.  

 

She's babbling and spitting and cooing all the time now and I love it.  Her high chair is right by Natalie at the table and she loves to watch her big sister while we eat.  I always try to get Natalie to make Claire laugh or smile.  If I say "Make Claire laugh" then Natalie does the biggest fakest loudest laugh ever right in Claire's face... real funny, right? :) and if I say "Can you make Claire smile?" She smiles really big at her and says "SMILE CLAIRE!".  Both of those things actually do work though, and Natalie loves it when Claire smiles at her.  I make sure to tell her how much her baby sister loves her when that happens.  They're cute.


She's just a fun little baby, and I love her a ton.  AND she is totally blonde.  I'm insanely excited about that.  I hope it sticks around.  I can't wait to see what she is going to look like as she grows up.  She still definitely does not look like Natalie at all... it's pretty fun that they look so different, but it blows my mind how two kids from the same parents can look nothing alike.  Obviously this happens all the time, but I still think it's funny.


She makes me happy.  I don't rock her to sleep much anymore, but I got to last night.  She was just exhausted and didn't even want to eat before bed so we just rocked.  She was out like a light after about 60 seconds and I just stayed there for a while... She is precious.  I petted her soft baby head and ran my finger down her chubby cheeks and thought about how and Natalie aren't allowed to keep getting older.  Why do they insist on doing that to me?  I'm going to need access to infinite babies in my life.  Not necessarily my own, just babies in general. 

Is it weird of me to say I can't wait to be a grandma?  I think about that at least once every single day, and that's not even an exaggeration.     
 

It is so crazy to think how fast these past 6 months have gone.  She's the best.  I absolutely cannot wait for her to get a bit older so she and Natalie can really play together and be friends.  It's going to be amazing.  


I love both of those girls so so so so much.  I get so stressed out every single day thinking I'm ruining them both, but man... they're good ones.  We are so blessed to have them.  


Both girls at 6 months old. Natalie actually weighed more at 6 months than Claire does, which I was very surprised to learn.  Even just looking at their feet, Claire's seem so much chunkier!  Weird.  Something about formula fed babies vs. breastfed babies apparently.  Formula fed babies tend to weigh more, but breastfed babies are chubbier until a certain age?  I read something like that... Pretty interesting.  Look at Natalie's little face.  She looks exactly the same... which makes me wonder even more what Claire is going to look like.  I can't wait to find out!

I love them with my entire crazy/stressed out/exhausted/grateful heart.
 
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