Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Fireworks Day!

So I fully realize that the holiday we celebrate on the 4th of July is called Independence Day...but every time we got out a new firework, Elyse would call out:  Happy Fireworks!!!  Elyse always wonders whose birthday comes next, so it was an easy explanation that we were celebrating America's birthday!  

We started off our festivities with the annual Fireworks purchase.  We always celebrate the holiday at my parents' house in the country, which means we can blow up as many and as much stuff as we want!  We started with quick & fun dinner at Freddy's, and then it was off to the fireworks tent...err...fireworks building.  As you can see, I think Gigi had just as much fun as the granddaughters!  







Our office observed Independence Day on Friday so we had a 3-day weekend.  We invited several people over on Friday night, but only one family was able to make it.  We ordered some pizza, and then let the girls shoot of a few little fireworks.  Yes.  We're lawbreakers.  







 

 
We didn't have much planned on the actual holiday besides heading down to my parents' house.  So we lounged around in the morning and then headed down in time for lunch.  Elyse swam until she was exhausted and declared that she wanted to rest a bit with Daddy.  It wasn't too long before she crashed on his lap.  



 

Safety first!  


 








We had a smaller group this year, but it was a success as always.  We put Nora to be early, and Elyse barely made it through all the fireworks before she crashed on Papa & Gigi's couch before heading home.  Another 4th of July in the books...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nora Kay Love ~ 7 Months

How is this possible?  I have a 7 month old.  7 months.  She absolutely lights up our life, and I can't hardly imagine how boring our life was without her.  Ok, that's not totally true...but she adds so much joy to our already blessed life! 
 
Weight/Height:  I have no clue on height, but thanks to a pesky case of diaper rash we had a weigh in on July 5 and she weighed 16 lb 8 oz.  Still our precious chunky baby with rolls for days on her thighs!  When I compare her photos from last month, you can tell she certainly enjoys her food...her cheeks are getting chubbier by the day! 

Clothes:  We're still in size 2 diapers and 6-9 or 6-12 month clothes.  She's filling the 6-9 month onesies out pretty well so we might have to pick up a few bigger ones for the rest of the summer.  Just as Elyse did, she pretty much lives in onesies or something simple when we're just going to be at home.  We have tons of dresses in her closet that don't hardly get touched just because it's summertime and we want to be comfy & relaxed all the time! 

Food:  A week or so ago we transitioned to 4 feedings a day and 2 long naps.  The other nursing schedule wasn't really working anymore since she's eating table food at each meal...and this one is working much better.  She nurses at 7, 11, 3, & 7 and has a full meal at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  She now has TWO teeth, and that's assisting a lot with her eating process.  We are still absolutely LOVING baby led weaning and I recommend it to everyone!  She eats tons of veggies...green beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers are her favorite.  Even more fruit...cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, bananas, and strawberries are big pleasers, but now that peaches are in season I'm sure those will zoom to the top of the list as well.  She also loves her bread, toast, chicken, pasta, hamburger, and french fries.  She's also had plenty of tastes of ice cream, cookies, and popsicles.  She's the second kid.  She LOVES to eat.  Who am I to resist this sweet face?!?

Sleep:  We cut out the swaddle at the beginning of her 6th month and while that was pretty rough in the beginning, she's doing great now.  I think that has a lot to do with the fact that she's totally a belly sleeper and sleeps so soundly when she's on her belly.  She is sleeping better  through the night but not consistently the whole night.  Typically we give her the pacifier one time and she's quickly back to sleep...until 6:30-7.  I can handle that.  She's now taking 2 2ish hour naps...one from 9-11 and another from 1-3.  The time after dinner until bedtime can be a little rough since she's been up for so long...but typically a walk around the neighborhood or just a change in scenery helps her through that stage. 

Activity:  She's a grabber.  With go-go gadget arms.  She's grabbing and reaching for everything.  She's still enjoying sitting up unassisted with a stack of toys in front of her and she's starting to reach for books...but mainly just to put them in her mouth!  Diaper changes are becoming more of a challenge as she quickly rolls over to see what she's missing.  We've also put her in a walker a few times and she's got the backward motion down pat...just not the forward motion.  She reaches so far out in front of her that sometimes she ends up flat on her face...but I just let her figure that out, as I figure that's her first steps toward crawling.  Elyse better watch out once we have a crawler on our hands! 

Personality:  She's just crazy happy most of the time...as long as she's had plenty to eat, and plenty of sleep.  Of course she's starting to show a little attitude when she doesn't necessarily get what she wants, when she wants it!  Compared to her older sister, she doesn't like to be left alone to play for long periods of time.  She just wants to be involved in whatever else might be going on. She's not stingy with her smiles like her sister thought...throwing smiles to almost anyone who gives her one!  Oh the joy she brings to everyone she meets!

Elyse & Nora: These two are still "best sisters" as Elyse likes to call them.  Elyse is great at sharing with Nora, or if she doesn't want to share the exact item she'll go get Nora an alternative toy which works for now.  Let's hope that works for awhile!  Our nickname for Nora is Squirt and Elyse calls her that as well...and it's absolutely precious.  Nora follows Elyse's every move, and I just pray they'll be the best of friends, even after any inevitable sister-fights. 
Photo Credit:  Elyse
My chunky Nora,
 
You are seriously the best baby.  I love the smiles & grins you toss my way when I go to get you in the mornings, and I just love our little conversations after you nurse.  While we try to respect your need for a schedule, you are also incredibly flexible when it comes to doing activities with your crazy sister & our busy lives. You giggle and laugh and provide so much additional joy to our already blessed lives.  I just love to watch you interact with your sister and you are so patient with her as she tries so hard to impress you.  I know it won't be long until the roles are reversed and I just pray that she'll be just as patient with you.  I'm so thankful that you made me a momma for a second time, and I'm pretty honored that I get to be a girl momma.  It's possibly the most amazing thing in the world.  I love you little Squirt, you're my favorite little sister ever! 
 
Momma

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Project 365 ~ June

As I uploaded these photos it was a little hard to believe how fun June was!  Lots and lots of activities and family fun and just good times at home.  So here's a peek back...
 
We spent lots of evenings outside...
 
we celebrated Gigi's birthday...
 
at the park...
 
Nora celebrated her half birthday on the same day as Gigi's birthday...
 
Elyse took care of my old puppy Jack...

we ate Andy's Frozen Custard as a family...probably too many times...

all the girls had tea with Elsa...
and we finally got in some good quality pool time for Elyse...
 
and Nora enjoyed her first pool experience as well!

I went back to Zumba.  Like twice.  Summer is a horrible time for me to get in an exercise routine.  

But I got to see my bestie which was awesome...

Elyse had many conversations with her coyote friend statues on our nightly walks...

and I felt like super-mom when I successfully took both girls to our city pool!  

We had new family photos taken...

And I fell more in love with my precious girls...
 
This girl celebrated her 1/2 birthday...
 
and we treated her to more Andy's while the boys were out of town...
 
I couldn't resist and matchy-matched my girls a few times...

And I was super excited that we finally pulled the trigger and bought a double stroller!

 
Nora got her first two teeth and I was thankful for some teething necklaces this time around...

We spent even more time outside, running around and this girl seemed to start looking like a teenager...

This girl learned how to jump in her jumparoo...and we jumped.  A lot.  

We had dinner with my Grandma & Grandpa Smart...and they got to spend some quality time with the girls...

We had dinner with my bestie & her family...which also means Elyse had dinner with one of her besties...

We celebrated Father's Day one night early with our favorite daddy...

And this girl got her first official taste of Andy's Frozen Custard... (see I told you we went too many times!)

We spent Father's Day with both of our families celebrating the fabulous daddy's in our life...
 
and I got a picture of what it will look like when these cousin besties are 16...

We unswaddled Nora and we discovered she's totally a belly sleeper...

It started to feel like summer and Bogey get a new pool...

And we spent a day at Silver Dollar City with Hubby's family...
 
And finished off that day with a date night to Jurassic World 3D...

We rode in the shopping cart for the first time...

And we spent more time with cousins...

and even more time in the swimming pool...

and Nora sucked on her toes...
  
and she ate everything in sight!  
 
I just love having this monthly project to look over the fun memories we've had!  Can't wait for so many more!