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October 21, 2014

Reese is 7 Months

I almost let this month pass me by without blogging about it. That's how quickly this month flew by. We have been so busy just being a family that I've really gotten bad about blogging regularly. 
This past month Reese has grown even more into a little girl. Her little personality is showing more and more every day. She is moving all over the place, trying her hardest to walk, and babbling all the time. I just love watching her learn new things.

-Weighs about 19 lbs and is probably 28 in. long.
-She is wearing size 4 diapers. (we just moved up from size 3 about a week ago)
-She wears size 6-9 month clothes.
-She doesn't wear shoes but she would probably wear size 2-3.
-She is drinking 4 bottles of Nutramigen a day. Each bottle is about 6-8 oz.
-She is eating 2 containers of food a day along with crackers, cheerios, cereal, and yogurt bites.
-She has loved most foods except for peas and green beans. She will eat them but not well. She definitely prefers the sweet fruits instead.
-She sleeps in her crib all the time.
-She still sleeps on her belly.
-She goes to bed around 7:30-8:00 and is FINALLY sleeping until 7:00-7:30!!!! (Praise.The.Lord she finally sleeps past 5:45!)
-She naps about 2-3 times a day. Each nap is about 1.5 hrs long
-She hasn't woken up with a poop disaster in a long time. 
-She sleeps with a sound machine and it's funny how it will instantly make her sleepy.
-She can normally put herself to sleep pretty well without much rocking or patting. But there are days when I rock her simply because I want to. 
-She has 4 teeth: 2 bottom and 2 top
-She pulls up and stands holding onto everything
-She walks while hanging on to anything she can find.
-She crawls around super fast.
-She is jabbering all the day. 
-She is really getting good at grabbing little food and toys. (which can be a problem)
-She is obsessed with sticking out her tongue like a lizard. Not sure if she's getting a new tooth or if she is just goofy. 
-She adores her big sister still and thinks she is the funniest person in the whole world.
-She loves her bath still
-She is trying to climb over everything.
-She is incredibly happy and also very laid back...until she doesn't get her way. Then she shows her little spunky personality by throwing a pretty good fit. 

October 17, 2014

P's teeth look great

This week Presley had her first dentist appointment and she did awesome! I was pretty worried about her being defiant or just super upset about it. But she was amazing! And thankfully her teeth look great too.
We've been talking about the dentist now for weeks. She has been super excited about it from the first time I mentioned it. She had never seemed nervous at all so we just rolled with it. Even on the morning of her appointment I felt like she was pretty ok with everything. So we got in the car and headed that way.
I got my teeth cleaned first and she was able to watch the entire thing. She even sat in my lap for part of it and was very curious about everything. But even that didn't make her too nervous. When it was her turn she ended up sitting in my lap during her exam as well. But she did awesome. She opened her mouth and the nurse was able to clean, polish, and floss her teeth. I was just hopeful they would get to take a good look at her teeth. I never expected that she'd get her teeth cleaned! I was so proud. 
Once the visit was over she got to get a new toothbrush. She had a choice between a Monster Inc or a Princess toothbrush. She chose a Monster one and I was so proud. I love that she's not afraid to be different. 
I'm so thankful her sweet nurse, Emily, was so good with her. At one point she told me she didn't want "the masked man" to look at her. Ha! My doctor is amazing but I do know that it's quite intimidating when they put on the mask and glasses. 

October 15, 2014

Shake it Off

Lots of times during the day the girls and I will go out to Drew's office for a little field trip/dance break. Almost immediately Presley will ask her daddy to turn on some music. Her favorite song these days (along with every Frozen song) is "Shake it Off". We have lots of fun dancing around like crazy. I love that my girls think I'm the best dancer ever!
Reese is at such a fun age right now where we can finally all play together. We spend lots of time playing in the girl's bedroom during the day. Reese always wants to play with her big sister's toys so she's pretty entertained. I do have to watch her incredibly close though since there are so many little pieces. But surprisingly Reese isn't one to instantly put things in her mouth right away. 

October 11, 2014

"You are a..."

Presley goes with me to the post office and bank quite often. One day when we were driving back home we somehow got on the "game" of "You are a dog", "You are a cat". And we'd take turns calling each other animals. Although not the nicest of games when we start calling each other pig and cow (though that means nothing to her) I thought it was a great chance to introduce new animals. So we played this game one time and that was I thought. Now every.single.time we go to the post office or bank and we drive back down that road she will start up with "You are a..." It's so funny how OCD she can be about it too. But she's always pretty creative about her new animals like chameleon, panda bear, bumble bee..."

Every once in awhile we like to play this same game but we call each other food or just things. The other day we played the "Things we like" game. So I said, "I like cake" P said, "I like cookies". I said "I like cupcakes". Then my sweet little angel said, "I like Mommy". Sweet girl! Those rare moments of sweetness or cherished these days since most days we are a bit of a TURD! But I do love my little nugget to pieces no matter if she's sweet or sassy. 
Presley is such a sweet little girl but she can be very trying at this age. We spend lots of time disciplining her these days and it can be very tiring. But I feel like there are little glimpses each day that show me she really is learning and growing. However, just today I told her not to do something when I laid her down for a nap. She told me, "But I'm gonna do it as soon as you walk out of the room" Wow! What honesty and boldness from my little spunky 3 year old. She keeps me on my toes always. I love her bold and confident and independent she is, we are just trying to teach her how to use those qualities in a good way. 
I always feel bad when I post blogs of just one of my children with cute pictures. Unfortunately Reese was asleep the entire time we took these cute pics and for whatever reason Presley was cooperative during this day. 

October 3, 2014

"P is for Pig and Presley"

So a couple of months ago I bought a "school" book for Presley. I figured it was time for this stay-at-home mommy to start trying to be a little more structured with our days and have some educational time with P. It's not like I haven't been trying to teach her stuff her entire life, but since Reese was born it's definitely been on the back burner. And of all times to be teaching her she is like a sponge right now soaking up everything...good and bad. So I bought a little book to work on letters and numbers. 

She did incredibly well with the letters and numbers almost instantly. She recognized all of them and was really excited to try and write them. It was amazing how quickly she picked up on how to write them. However, when it came to the phonics section she was absolutely clueless. It was clear what we were going to start working on. We would talk about how, "C-C-Cat starts with the letter C. Does C-C-Car start with C?" Yes! "Great! Do M-M-Milk start with the letter C?" Yes! "???" So clearly we were just guessing and had no idea about sounds. I tried it for a couple of days but eventually just decided to put it to the side and try again later. She was getting frustrated and I just didn't think she was ready for it.
No kidding, it feels like overnight she decided that she understands letter sounds. I can't even give myself much credit at all because it was like she just started asking what letter things start with and she would remember every single one. This past weekend after she came back from my  in-laws she had been playing with this little kid computer that evidently taught her SO much. She was telling me things likes, "Reese starts with the letter R like Rooster. Goose starts with the letter G like Granmari. Ball starts with the letter B like baby and bathtub and bottle" Some of them I had told her but then there are still times when she'll say something like, "Yellow starts with the letter Y like Yo-Yo!" I've never even showed her a yo-yo. Crazy girl is just soaking up everything and it's crazy. I love it!
We've also been working on writing her name. I knew she could do it but she's just been stubborn and didn't even want to try. She has known how to write P and R for months now and I knew she could write the other letters. She still struggles with S and Y but I knew she could get close. I FINALLY got her to write her name this past week and now that is ALL she wants to do. I took a picture of the first time she ever did it (like 3 days ago) and she is doing so much better even now. I'm one proud mommy. 

Weekend Break

This past weekend Drew had the weekend off because of a cancelled wedding. While a cancelled wedding is never great, it was really nice for him to have a weekend off. His first thought when he found out he was off was that we should take our kids to the in-laws for the weekend and have a nice relaxing weekend alone. Now if you know me at all you know that leaving my kids overnight anywhere is always scary. But I was actually really excited to have a weekend to sleep. This "stay-at-home mommy" thing is absolutely wonderful...but also absolutely exhausting. I am literally NEVER alone! So the thought of not having a child hanging on me for like 2 seconds sounded like a great idea. 
Saturday our plan was to have NO PLANS! We slept in surprisingly late since we both figured we be up  at 6:00 unable to go back to sleep. Then we literally spent the entire day laying on the couch catching up on shows. It was great! We did get dressed and go out to dinner to celebrate...well just being alone for once and also an early birthday for us both. It was great!
 Presley had the best time! She got to spend a lot of time with her 2nd cousin, Matthew. They don't get to see each other often enough. She just adores him (and I think the feelings are mutual) They spent much of the day just playing outside and laughing. I seriously don't think she could smile any bigger in the picture that Heather sent me below. She just had the best day. 
When we got to the house to pick up the girls Presley's first thing she said to me was, "I don't want to go home". Clearly she was having a good time. And I can't say that we didn't enjoy some alone time as well. I did miss then like crazy and was so ready to pick them up. But I was definitely glad for the break. Presley was so tired and worn out that she fell asleep within about 10 minutes of the car ride. And it was a hard sleep too as you can see with all the drool and hair. Good times!

September 27, 2014

6 month and 3 year check-ups

I took Presley and Reese this past week for their 6 month and 3 year check-up. Praise the Lord that both of them are incredibly healthy! I don't take it for granted that we have healthy children. It is truly only because of God.
Reese is still our chunky monkey. She weighs 17 lbs 9 oz (80%) and is 27 in long (89%) Her head measured 17.5 in (93%). She is still a big and tall girl just like she's always been. The doctor told us to keep trying to wean her off of the Zantac as best we can. She hopes that we can get her off of it by a year. I'm hopeful we can do it before. She got her vaccines and did great. She cried for about 3 minutes and then she was fine.
Presley is our tiny little shrimp. She weighs 26 lbs 8 oz (9%) and is 35.5 in tall (12%). I was not surprised she was so little in weight but was shocked at how short. I've always thought she was a tall girl, obviously not. The doctor thinks that she might go through a growth spurt soon but if not then she will probably be pretty short. Crazy! I talked with the doctor a lot about her leg pains that I've been so concerned about. She said it's probably growing pains but she said we'd keep an eye on it. Especially since she is so small it might be growth hormone, but she doesn't seem too concerned. They did prick her finger to check her bone marrow and everything came back great. So for right now she looks healthy. 
Praise the Lord everything is good.