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Monday, October 28, 2013

Three Months Old


Oh my goodness.  Three months old. 

I know she's still so little, but this is flying by and I'm not ok with it.  I can't stop thinking about all the things that are just around the corner... Sitting on her own, crawling, eating solid foods (hopefully, unless she's like her sister).  It just seems so insane to me that she's getting so close to some of those things.  It also seems like forever ago that she was born.  It's all very confusing for me.  I'm excited to watch her grow up and learn new things, but I also want to keep her like this forever... I don't think this was the case with Natalie.  I was ready for her to start playing with me and talking to me right away.


Claire is still an amazing baby.  She's been sleeping at least 8 hours a night for like 5 weeks now already, and some nights she'll go 10 before she's ready to eat... then she always goes back to sleep for another couple of hours.  She is amazing.


I do feel insanely guilty that she doesn't get the attention Natalie got as a baby, or the attention that Natalie gets now.  But she is just SO GOOD about it.  She very very very rarely gets fussy and it's always easily fixed.  She's either tired, hungry or wants a diaper change.  And as soon as those things are taken care of she's good.  But it still breaks my heart a little bit to look over at her laying by herself on the floor when I'm busy doing something else...  I feel especially bad when that something else I'm busy with is Natalie throwing a fit... poor Claire.

She is not quite as smiley as Natalie was, or nearly as vocal, but I wouldn't change a thing about her.  She's perfect.  I'm seriously obsessed.  She's definitely still a happy girl and gives me lots and lots of smiles during the day.


I think I am soaking in and appreciating this little baby stage so much more this time around.  Or I'm just thinking about it more at least.  Whether it's because I know how fast it goes by, or because now I've also got a crazy/adorable toddler running around and I'm loving that little tiny precious Claire doesn't flip out because she dropped a book that would be extremely easy to just bend over and pick up, but instead she yells ''OH NO!!!!!!'' and totally loses her mind over it.  That just happened about 10 minutes ago if you were wondering.


Probably both of those reasons. Either way, I'm seriously in love with her.  Natalie too of course.  So far she is a little bigger than Natalie was, but not by a ton.  At 2 months she was 9 ounces heavier and .25 inches longer.  The weight part might be a little impressive though considering she was 7 ounces lighter than Natalie at birth.  We'll see how they compare at 4 months!

Claire is still rolling from her tummy to her back, but not the other way yet.  She's getting so good at tummy time and will lay there with her head up for quite a while before she gets tired.  She's cooing a bit more and her little talking noises are my favorite sounds in the whole world.  She is reaching for everything you put in front of her and is getting really good at grabbing onto stuff.  Her favorite toys at the moment are the crawl along snail, Alex Jr. stretchy sandwich toy and this crib and floor mirror.


She really is just an awesome baby.  I have zero complaints. Not even an annoyance.  She's just that good.


I still can't wait to see what she is like when she's older, but for now I am just so incredibly thankful for her at the age she's at.  She's the best. I love love love love this little girl.


She melts my heart every time I look at her.  She's really good to have around if you're not having such a good day.  I'm pretty sure she could cheer anyone up with her preciousness.


I just love both of my girls a whole lot.  They make me pretty happy.

Natalie at 3 months and Claire at 3 months. This will never not be entertaining for me to compare their pictures...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Claire's Baptism

 

I'm about a week and a half late with this, but I feel like these pictures are just too cute not to post.


We got Claire baptized on September 29th, and it was absolutely precious.  We actually got her baptized almost exactly a year after we did Natalie's.  It was funny to be up there a year later with a toddler and a two month old.  


Claire wore the dress that I was baptized in and I love that we got to use it.  It was lost for a long time and I am so so happy that I found it!  And just in time.  I found it while I was pregnant with her, but totally forgot about it again until about a week before the baptism.  Good timing.


I had to keep handing Natalie fruit snacks in hopes that it would keep her mouth occupied enough so she'd be quiet.  It didn't completely work, but she did alright.  She got a few laughs, and didn't throw a fit so it was a success I'd say.



Claire was a little angel... She slept through the whole thing.  She opened her eyes when they put the water on her head but drifted right back off to sleep.  The pastor commented on it a couple of times, and said he was just going to keep her up there with him.  I don't blame him for wanting to... she's pretty darn cute.



 After they did the baptism, they walked her up and down the aisle as everyone sang "Jesus Loves Me".  I think it's so cute that they do that, and it was even cuter because Natalie was trying to sing along.  I have this disease where my eyes tear up instantly as soon as I start to laugh... or try REALLY hard not to laugh in this instance... So I'm standing up there trying to sing "Jesus Love Me" for my cute little newly baptized baby while holding my cute little 21 month old baby who is hitting about every 5th word to the song and swaying back and forth.  It was just too cute and sweet and funny, my eyes couldn't handle it.  Tears, people.  I could barely see.



(I love her chubby little face in this picture)


When we all put our hands on her and prayed, Natalie reached over and held her hand and it couldn't have made me happier.  It didn't last real long, but it was insanely cute if you ask me.
 




  I love that baby so much (both of them), it's unreal.  She is seriously the best.  She's so cute and sweet and my heart flutters every time I look at her.  It doesn't get much cornier than that, but it's so true.  She is the biggest sweetheart and I am so so so grateful for her.



 These girls are my favorite.