September 19, 2012

Claire: 6 Months

Claire is 1/2 a year old, and I honestly can't believe it!!!! How on earth did that happen?!? On one hand, it feels like we just got home from the hospital, but on the other hand, it seems impossible that 6 short months ago, we hadn't even met her yet!! This time has flown by, but I am so proud of all that we have accomplished these past 6 months.

First of all, we made it to 6 months exclusively nursing!!!! Claire has not had one drop of formula, rice cereal, oatmeal or anything besides mama's milk for her first 6 months of life. I am so thrilled and feel so accomplished to have made it to this goal!!! It was definitely not always an easy road. Two cases of mastitis, many weeks of pain, lots of sacrifce and determination got us to the point where we are now. But we did it! I have sustained my baby girl's life on the milk my body makes alone, and that is such an amazing thing to me. I am so glad I was able to give that gift to both of my children. I am excited now to start her on oatmeal, and baby food! I can't wait to see how she likes it, and I plan on continuing to nurse as long as I can, hopefully we will make it to a year!

Incredibly, Chad and I have survived our first 6 months as parents of  2 kids 2 and under ;) There have been many sleepless nights (mainly due to Graham, haha), we are always busy with one of them, it's hard to find a minute to spend with eachother (let alone to ourselves) but it has gone so much better than we were anticipating. We have defnitely had moments where we have been overwhelmed and exhausted, but 90% of the time, things are running smoothly and we have found our groove as a family of four. And seeing our two babies make eachother laugh and watching the bond they are creating? It's nothing short of amazing.
And most importantly, Claire is a happy, healthy, growing girl!! She is such a good, sweet natured baby. As long as mama and her milk are around. :) Everyone who meets her just can't get over what a calm, happy baby she is! We seriously hit the jackpot. Every day I see more of her little personality shine through, and I can't wait to watch her change and grow in the next 6 months. She is sitting up with support now, and we took down the pack n' play a few weeks ago, and she likes to hang out in there with her toys. Praise Baby DVD always calms her down, and she still likes her swing most of the time. She is talking up a storm, taking her paci more, and is still swaddled with her arms out at night. She is napping in her crib more and more, but still in our room at night. Last night I felt her gums, and was shocked to find that her first tooth had popped through!!! I had no idea she was even teething! She hasn't really been up at night, just drooling a lot. It's her bottom right tooth. Graham was an awful teether, so I was shocked that we didn't know! She has yet to get sick, other than a stuffy nose. This morning, Graham and I took Claire to the doctor for her 6 month check up, she was weighed, measured and got 3 shots. She's still petite, but she's on the longer side. Everyone is always commenting on how long her legs are, lucky girl :)

Her 6 Month Stats:
Weight: 14.7 pounds (21%) she has doubled her birth weight plus 5 oz. Yay!!
Height: 26 inches (61%)
Head Circumference: 16 inches (23%)

This afternoon, I baked a cake for Claire's 1/2 birthday! Any excuse for cake, right? :) I made a chocolate chip bundt cake from a pinterest recipe I've been wanting to try, and it was delicious. The cake didn't turn out quite as pretty as I wanted, but it still tasted good. We sang happy birthday to our girl (Graham knew all the words by the way, and was singing before we even lit the candle!!). Claire was a little tired and cranky this evening from her shots, and had a low grade fever, so after the cake, she and I called it a night and snuggled in bed until she fell asleep. :)

Happy 6 months, Claire!!!
We are so blessed to have you, and we love you more every day!!!!! 

September 14, 2012

The Start of Fall

Last weekend we had our first fall "cool front" come through, and it was glorious!!! You could actually step outside without breaking into a sweat. Saturday morning we decided to go to Starbucks, where I got my first pumpkin spice latte of the season :) and then we headed to a local park. Graham was in heaven, poor kid hasn't been to a park in a while. It's just been too hot!!! We were all more than ready for some cooler weather.

It's hard to get a good pic of this kid these days... anytime I pull out the camera all I hear is
"No, no cheese, Mama!!!" In a full-blown yell!!
Claire on the other hand is still a good little subject :)
 We came home, Chad mowed the lawn, I cleaned the kitchen and did some organzing, ran to Academy and Target as a family and then had Chinese take-out for dinner.
Sunday we went to church and then to our friends The Maker's for the first Texans game of the season! It was just 4 of us couples, and Graham, Claire and Kelley and Jared's son, Corbin. G and Corbin had a good time playing, and Claire had fun spitting up everywhere, poor girl :( I felt so bad, she nearly got everyone, plus the carpet and couch!!!

That afternoon I even got to sneak away for a mani/pedi in a fall color. :)

 On Monday the weather was still nice, so I tried to take advantage, and we spent lots of time in the backyard, and even had a picnic lunch outside!

On Thursday while Graham was at MDO, Claire and I hit up HL for some fall items, and some ribbon for a Halloween ribbon wreath I've been wanting to make, via Pinterest, of course. :)
After we picked up Graham from Mother's Day Out, I took the kids to Target to get a few groceries and we also ended up picking up some cute Halloween decorations. Graham loved the Halloween section, he kept saying "Mama! Halloween house!" because they had a spooky house hung up over the Halloween section. He was running around, and I was showing him all the costumes and funny Halloween decorations. We ended up getting a doormat, a fake pumpkin for another craft, some spooky dish towels, a big light up spider web for the porch, some pumpkin candles, a cauldron and a cute little witches broom! They had some super cute stuff, and good prices to boot!
(I'll do a post soon with all our fall/halloween decorations!)
The only downside: it was pouring after we checked-out, so we had to wait it out for a bit in the cafe section with our cart full of stuff, ha ha.

I'm so glad today is Friday, for some reason it has seemed like a long week! We had a hectic morning (including coffee being spilled on our carpet my a certain little 2 year old), so we went for a late morning walk. The picture is when we got home. Two tired babies! It killed me to have to wake them up to go inside!!
I'm looking forward to the weekend, we have 3 parties we are planning on going to! The fall season is always busy and so much fun!!


September 11, 2012

September 11th

It's been 11 years since the Septmeber 11th attacks on America, and all day I had a heavy heart. It was a normal day for us. We ate breakfast, the kids napped, I worked on a new Beth Moore study, then we ate lunch at Chick-fil-A, and came home and played until Chad got home from work. It was a typical Tuesday in our house. Yet, I know that for thousands of people across the country, it is the day that a loved one was taken from them. All day I kept looking at Graham and Claire, and thinking how blessed I am that the ones I love are safe and sound today.

I was just starting my sophomore year of high school on September 11, 2001. I remember first hearing something about a plane hitting the World Trade Center in first period, but nobody knew what was really going on. It wasn't until the middle of 2nd period, when the 2nd plane hit, that we knew something really bad was happening. I was only 15, I had never been to New York, and I remember actually thinking that the World Trade Center was somewhere by the New York Stock Exchange. When our teachers turned on the TV's in the classroom, is when I really understood what was going on. I remember everyone being scared. A lot of students went home early. I remember walking to the Theater building for 5th period, and the eerie sight of not one single plane in the sky. I remember watching TV and the coverage was on every single channel. I remember when I woke up the next day, before I opened my eyes, wishing that it had all been a dream, and life was going to go back to normal.

Eight months later, I went to New York for the first time with our high school theater group. We went to Ground Zero, and they had just finished clearing it. There were flowers and pictures of the victims everywhere. When we went to Grand Central station, there were still hundreds of Missing Person signs up all over. It was surreal. You could still feel the energy of everyone there. People were friendly and warm, and you could tell that the city was still grieving.

Eleven years later, the Freedom Tower symbolizes the strength and reslience of America. We are a country of fighters and survivors. With the upcoming election, it is sometimes hard to remember that we are all supposed to be on the same team.

One Nation Under God, Indivisible. With Liberty and Justice For All.

September 7, 2012

Around Here

We like...

Taking baths


FaceTime with Elmo

Snuggling with toys

Dancing in the living room

Spending time in the pack-n-play


Helping Ourselves

Kicking back on the couch

Being adorable

Practicing sitting up (!!!)

Spending time with family

Jumping on the bed

Getting snuggled

Showing off

and giving kisses