Thursday, March 3, 2016

Zoey is 4 months old

I need to hurry and get this update out here because her 5 month "birthday" is going to roll around in just a few days!  

 Zoey > 3 months old
You are so much fun, Zoey, and we all adore you.  Buuuuuut you are dramatic, girl!  We joke that you have two temperaments - happy and mad.  There is NO in between with you!  We have no warning that mad is going to happen, you're just THERE! ha  I think that means you're going to be a handful, but we'll take it! :)

You love attention and as long as you're fed, talked to or held, you stay pretty happy.  
Chase adores you and you seem to think he is pretty great too.
You are in size 2 diapers and 3-6 months clothes.
You normally sleep 8+ hours at night before you wake up for a bottle.  No complaints there!
Zoey > 4 months old
You are still in 3-6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.
You weigh 14.8 pounds (75%) and are 25.5 inches long (90%)
You love to eat!
You are starting to have longer periods of happy time where you just play and observe things during the day.  
You rolled over this past month!  (belly to back)
You still normally sleep 8+ hours at night.  (go down around 7:30/8:00 pm)
Your day naps are not consistent, but you normally take 2-3 naps during the day still.
You are reaching out to grab things a lot!
You are chewing on toys or your hands.
You love to snuggle.
You try to sit up if we lay you down like a BABY.
You like when Mommy uses the carrier so you can keep moving.
You seem to like your swing a little bit better.
Your hair just keeps getting longer and crazier! :)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Christmas Catch-up (for real)

...journaling our memories before I completely forget everything!
 After an enjoyable (but chaotic) week of celebrations, we were able to stay home on Christmas morning and open presents with just the kiddos.  Chase was so exhausted with the change in his schedule and the chaos of walking in the door and dropping off new toys he'd opened, yet not getting to play with them!  Once we talked him into opening presents and showed him what he could play with, he was excited again!  He's still at the "easy to please" stage when it comes to presents.  It was so fun for Nathan & I to pick things out for him!
Christmas Sunday outfits...had to catch them both on the go as still shots aren't something I get much of anymore! :) 
 We had a scare with Hunter the week after Christmas.  We noticed he wasn't acting right, but we hadn't been home much to know if he was just pouting or what.  By Wednesday he wasn't eating and wouldn't get up off his bed.  It was breaking my heart.  We coaxed him inside and he just wanted Nathan to love on him.  

We called the vet and they had us bring him in the next morning.  They had to put him under and do a scan because his abdomen seemed tender, but thankfully it ended up just being an infection that they treated with antibiotics.  Within a few days his swollen eyes were looking better and he wasn't quite so pathetic. He really knows how to work us...but $500 later, he was bouncing around the yard again! 
  We had Zoey's baby dedication on Sunday, December 27th.  Both of my brothers were home for Christmas so it worked out perfect!  After a busy week of Christmas celebrations, we were all exhausted!

We were so thankful to have Nathan's Dad pray over Zoey, my Dad offer up the Courageous pledge with Nathan and then our Pastor give us direction as parents.  It's such an important step when I think about raising my children to serve God.

Monday, February 22, 2016

What I Wore: December/January Review

So the past two months have been a whirlwind.  I've needed an outlet and haven't been able to find the thoughts or time to get on here and update our family events.

Here are a few of my outfit highlights from December and January.  I haven't been doing much shopping and have been able to do some remixing again.

We've had a few snow falls, but our winter has been remarkably calm so far.  No complaints from me.  I've enjoyed some of my creativity (when it comes to putting outfits together) staying around this year.  Most winters, my creativity freezes up as well and I just start throwing together comfy looks.  While that's ok too, my mood ends up reflecting that "over winter" feeling when I don't put effort into how I present myself.  

...speaking of which, I'm looking forward to going home and putting on my pjs this evening! hahaha 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What I Wore: October/November Review

I was never so ready to get back into my normal clothes again!  I happily packed away maternity items until we decide if there will be a baby #3 in our family.  

Because I am a nursing Momma, dresses are not convenient to wear much yet.  These are some of my favorites from October & November.
^ boots, gojane | denim pencil skirt, old navy | tee, january & june | cardigan, target
^ boots, go jane | skirt, f21 | gingham shirt and sweater, target
 ^ red textured pencil skirt, new york & co | sparkle top, kohls
patterned tights, new york & co | booties, gojane | clutch, target
^ boots, gojane | red denim skirt, old navy | quilted sweatshirt, costco | scarf, walmart
^ booties, maurices | denim skirt, banana republic (thrifted) | cardigan and top, target

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Not so terrible twos!

Chase is now 2 1/2 years old.  The past few months have been a big adjustment for him, but he is doing so well with his new baby sister!

* You are such a good eater (when you will sit still in your chair) and you love healthy food.  For instance, I asked you what you wanted for lunch the other day and you said, "just cucumbers".  You normally eat all of your vegetables first and even ask for more before you will move on to the other items on your plate.

* At Zoey's first doctor's appointment she just cried and cried when we put her back in her car seat. You tried to hold in the tears, but they came out anyhow and you cried and yelled, "Momma!".  I think her loud cries made you sad and scared all at the same time.

* You are very independent.  We hear, "I do it myself" several times throughout the day!

* You like for someone to lay down with you for your naps and at night - but we are trying to wean you from that.  You end up in our bed half way through the night sometimes, but you prefer to move all around or sleep sideways, so I try to take you back into your bed. (when I'm alert enough to remember!)

* You are still working on potty training

* You love to watch Paw Patrol and Veggie Tales.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Thomas will do sometimes as well.

* You are best buddies with Wyat.  You are normally pretty laid back until you get with him and then you both are WILD!  You also love playing with Graham.  The 3 of you boys together is just mass chaos.

* You still ask for your cup and blanket (key-key) when you get in the car or are going down for a nap.  I think you are getting more attached to your blanket the older you get.
* I got you a portable DVD player for the car and you call it your stereo.  You really think your special when I will let you watch movies on my iPad or phone.

* You are still shy/scared around people you don't know.
...because of this, getting your hair cut is a nightmare.  And yes, we've tried Cookie Cutters!  Last time it needed done, Daddy decided he would cut it himself and you would have thought we were torturing you.  I think the trimmers both tickle and scare you - scissors coming at your head don't seem to be any more reassuring.

* You still love to be cuddled when you wake up in the morning or when you get up from your nap.

* You wear 3T shirts and 2T pants.

* You have had a hard time listening & obeying since Zoey was born.  I don't know if it has any connection to her or if it is simply that you are 2 years old and still testing us and learning.

* You are so fun at this stage. (I say that at every stage so far!)  You make me cry big 'ole happy Momma tears one minute and 'my nerves are shot' tears the next :)

* You still take an afternoon nap every day - normally around 2 hours

* You are a Daddy's boy and love building, watching TV, playing hide-n-seek or wrestling with Daddy every evening!
Funny things you have said recently:
  • (As I mutter doing things around the house) What you say?
  • (As Zoey cries when you're holding her) It's ok, it's ok - I got you!
  • (When she wakes up from her nap) Hi baby girl, it's Chase!
  • (Responding to Zoey crying) Momma, feed her!
  • (After I told you not to bother her) Momma, can I pet her?
  • (When you saw a real donkey at our live nativity) He real!
  • (Introducing yourself to the goats) Hi goat, I Chase!
  • (Using manners) Thank you vmery much!
  • (Your meal prayer) Thank you, God, for this food.  Amen!
  • (Driving by Christmas light displays) Cool lights!
  • (As we try to pull your shirt up over your head when dressing you) That tickles!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Zoey is 2 months old!

Whew!  I am so behind in documenting Zoey's first two months of life!
So much going on during this season and this two kid thing is keeping me busy :)

5 days old
Height: 20 inches (50%)
Weight: 7 pounds 6 ounces (50%)
Sleep: in Momma's bed and specifically in Momma's arms

1 month
Height: 22 1/4 inches (90%)
Weight: 9 pounds 12 ounces (75%)
Schedule: eat, sleep, cry, poop, eat, sleep, cry...
Sleep: go to sleep around 10:30 pm.
belly sleeper.  you sleep in your crib.
aren't consistent yet, but you normally give me 4-5 hours before you wake up and then it is every 2-3 hours after that.
Clothes: 0-3 months
Diapers: size 1

* you love your bath time.
* of an evening, you want me to take you back to the quiet bedroom and rock you to sleep
* you do not like your car seat!

2 months
Height: 23 1/2 inches (75%)
Weight: 11 pounds 8 ounces (75%)
Schedule: eat, sleep, awake, cry, poop, eat, sleep, cry...
you give us an hour or so of awake time before you are ready for another nap.
Sleep: belly sleeper.  still in your crib.
not consistent with how long you sleep at night, but have given me up to 10 hours straight already.  Norm is for sure 5-6 hours.
Clothes: mostly 0-3 months, some one piece outfits you can wear 3-6 months already
Diapers: size 2

* you have become more social this past month
you coo and smile and really enjoy when we talk or interact with you
* your brother adores you and you almost always respond to his voice
* you're a Momma's girl for now and enjoy lots of cuddles
* I started back to work on 12/8 and your Grandmas watch you Monday-Thursday while I work in the office.  you are certainly ready to nurse and spend time with Momma when I get home from work, but you are doing well with Grandma too
* you are mostly on formula now but we are nursing of an evening and at night as long as we can
* you have tons of dark hair that just sticks straight up
you started getting cradle cap this past month
* you love your bath time
* you love laying on your changing pad and talking or looking around your room
* you are starting to go to bed for the night a little earlier
you still like for me to take you back to the quiet bedroom and rock or nurse you to sleep
* you still do not like your car seat
you cry all the way home from Grandma's house unless we are lucky enough to "shhhh shhhhh shhhh" you to sleep :)

We are enjoying you and love learning all your little quirks already.  We love you so much, baby Zoey!