Saturday, September 28, 2013

Two Months Old

What did we do before this girl was here?  Seriously.  I feel like she's always been here, but two months is really not very long... I love this little baby so much.

 (She learned this look from me, I'm sure)

She is the sweetest little baby, I can't get over it.  I love love love the sound of her coos.  I can't describe it but she makes this little throaty rattly noise when she's talking and it is the best thing in the world.  It seriously melts my heart... I'm obsessed with that sound.

It seems ridiculously early, but she started rolling from her stomach to her back at 7 weeks old.  Looking through Natalie's baby book it says that she did the same at 11 weeks old.  It is going to be so fun to compare things like this! I'm excited for it.

Claire also started grabbing onto toys hanging from her play gym this week, so that's been kind of fun to look over and see her holding onto a toy. 

It is still so so funny and strange to me how different she and Natalie look.  I absolutely can't wait to see what Claire is going to look like.  Her hair is lighter than Natalie's was, but both girls have/had some red in their hair.  Natalie lost hers, but she had it for quite a while.  Claire even has some really blonde hair it seems like so it's going to be exciting if we have a little blonde baby :) 

She goes to her 2 month check up on the 2nd, so I'll have her stats then.  I'm betting she'll weigh 11 pounds and be 22 inches long.  Yes Kristin, I'm aware your children were this size when they were born.  Sucks to be you!  Just kidding... But I'm not jealous of your ginormous babies :)

 Some of these pictures totally freak me out because I can see so much of me in her, but I really don't see it that much in person.  But the above picture looks like so many of my baby pictures, it's ridiculous.

She is definitely talking more, but I think Natalie was way more talkative even this young... which now is not surprising because the girl can't be quiet for ANYTHING.  I love it, but she really does not stop talking... Ever.  Again, I just can't wait to see what Claire is like!  Michael and I have been comparing the girls a lot lately if you can't tell.  They just seem so different already, so we are really excited to see how Claire is when she's a bit older.

She is an amazing amazing sleeper.  Starting a couple of weeks ago she's sleeping at least 7 hours a night, sometimes close to 9.  It's awesome.  The first time she did it I was amazed, and the next morning I loved her even more ;)  Really though, she's the best.  I like sleep.  Actually I still like to wake up really early, but not because I have to.  I like to get up and have some time to just relax and sit around before one or both of them wake up.  This works out for me about 6 days a week.  Sometimes Claire will wake up and try to stay awake a little earlier than I'd like, but I don't think that has happened more than once in the past few weeks, so it's going pretty great!!

 She is being baptized tomorrow and I can't wait to see her in her little dress.  It is actually my dress from my baptism, so that is pretty fun.  I am hoping to dig up a picture of me wearing it, but who knows when that will happen or if one exists.

Claire is just such a pink perfect little girl.  She's always got a pink glow to her skin and I love it.  Natalie was always and is still so pale.  How many more times can I mention how different they are so far?? 

The clothes came off and I decided she was still way too cute not to take pictures of.

She is the perfect addition to this little family of ours.  She's just so precious and sweet and easy going and I am so so so grateful for her.

 Natalie totally loves her now, by the way.  She likes to give her kisses, and she gets really excited when I bring Claire up to her room when I'm getting her up in the morning or from nap.  She smiles so big and says ''Claire!'' when we walk in the door and it makes me ridiculously happy.  

Oh these girls... I couldn't love them any more than I do. 

Here's Natalie at 2 months, and Claire at 2 months.

It cracks me up to look at Natalie's monthly pictures, by the way.  No idea why I find it so hilarious, but look at her!  She was a baby! 

Yes I picked matching weirdo faces on purpose.  Babies are hilarious...

Happy Two Months, Claire!!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kool Aid Scented Colored Rice Sensory Bin (and random pictures of the girls...)

A kool aid scented rice bin is probably my favorite smell ever I've decided.  So many different flavors of kool aid all wafting at me all mixed together... good stuff.  And it is fun to look at!

I used two cups of rice per color, one packet of kool aid and 1-2 tsp. of water.  I also added a few drops of food coloring to make the colors a bit brighter.  Mixed it all up in a zip lock bag and shook it up until it was blended, then laid the bag flat on the counter to sit for 15-20 minutes.  After that you just have to pour it out onto some aluminum foil and let it dry over night or for 6-8 hours.  I let it sit over night just to make sure it was all dry.  I stirred it up a few times as I walked past it and I'm pretty sure it was dry by the 6ish hour mark, but I left it anyways.

Add some random Dollar Tree purchases and you've got a bright colorful delicious smelling sensory bin!

I am in love with the Dollar Tree.  

Mini tongs
A rainbow colored pill container
Muffin tin
Pastry brush (is that what that thing is called?)
A packet of colorful frogs
Pom poms
2 bright colored scoops

Add one little excited girl and we were good to go.

She had a lot of fun just scooping the rice and dumping it right back in.  She didn't go for the tongs much, but we'll work on her using the tongs to pick up the pom poms or the frogs.  Good practice for her fine motor skills.

She liked the pill containers, and we did bury and dig up the frogs quite a bit. 

She also likes to scoop up the rice and then bring it up to her face really quickly to look at it... then the rice goes everywhere.  Good stuff...

Dumping the rice into the muffin tins.  I'm pretty sure there's a frog under there...

After we did this sensory bin/photoshoot I was looking at the pictures and decided it was time for a hair cut for this little girl.

Her first hair cut, by the way. 

I got brave (or crazy) during bath time that night and cut her bangs... They were very crooked and uneven that night and the next day, but I've fixed them now. They are also very short, but it's SO MUCH BETTER.  Her bangs were so incredibly long, and she hardly ever took her clips out when they were clipped back, but they'd get loose and then her hair was in her face again and she would get so frustrated.  So it was time.  And... it's pretty dang cute now, I'm not gonna lie.

The crooked/choppy/just cut look:

Don't judge my poor hair cutting skills. I had to be super quick and careful at the same time... not easy. But I'm pretty sure she didn't even notice that it happened and that's what I was going for :)

Here they are the next day while still a bit crooked and choppy, but oh so freaking cute...

She really couldn't be any cuter, am I right? I love her.

Girls on the floor.

Natalie got up and laid by Claire after deciding she had enough of being on my lap.  She loves her now.  She's not overly interested still, but she's definitely moved past the whole ''I don't have a little sister, I have no idea what you're talking about'' phase.  She's interested enough that she loves to look at her and she laughs at her a lot, so it's cute.  I really prefer this to having her wanting to smother her all the time I'm pretty sure.  So things are good :)

 Trying to master the K'tan.  She's content in there sometimes, and sometimes just wants her head out like this which is not how it's supposed to work if I'm not mistaken. This was almost 2 weeks ago already and I think we're better at it now.  Maybe.

To finish off, here are a few cute ones of my grandma holding Claire.  Too cute.
I love her little pouting face in this picture.

I still can't believe I have two kids, but I'm pretty stinking happy about it.