Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring Is Around the Corner

Although it is still cold off and on, we have had a lot of nice weather lately. We have been taking advantage of it and getting outside, going on walks, and playing at the park. (please note the princess shoes in the picture)

And I think there was finally one day where it was very warm and I could actually put Lainey in just a onesie. The main reason why I am ready for warmer weather is legs. I am tired of covering up those cute little legs (and arms) with clothes. I need to see more cuteness. I do love me some leggings, but nothing beats bare baby legs.

When we were at the park the other day I was trying to get Cambry to look at me for a picture and I kept saying "Look at me Cambry" while taking pictures and waiting for a good shot. Well some little boy apparently heard me and decided to help me out by coming up and turning Cambry's head toward me, haha!

Here are a couple Cambryisms lately:

The other morning as I was getting ready Cambry came up behind me and said "Let's take a look." Then she patted my bottom a few times and then said "You're all dry Mommy."

Cambry kept trying to stand in the bouncer one day and I told her to stop doing it because she might fall. She kept doing it so I said I was going to take it away and I started to reach for it and pull it toward me. So she said "Mommy not sharing. I'm going to put it up." And then she tried to take it away. It was all I could do not to laugh.

She also does a lot of "self talk". She will say things like "it's ok Cambry" or "you got to share" or "it's not scary, it's very nice".

She is a funny one that girl.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Date Night

Our church offers quarterly childcare for a date night and we finally took advantage of it. I have no idea why we waited so long but I am ready to sign up for the next one. I guess I was nervous how the kids would do staying up late in childcare since it is from 6-10pm. But they actually did great! And it wasn't even that late. We went to dinner at Cavatores, ran by Starbucks to grab coffee, stopped by Cafe Express to get dessert, and made it back to the church before 9. Cambry was full of energy playing in the indoor playground and Lainey was awake and happy. They said she cried for a bit but she did drink all her bottle and was happy when we got her. Overall it was a great night just the two of us with good conversation and good food!

The only bad part was that I decided to try eating a little dairy to see if it really would upset Lainey. Well I had bread (that was soaked in butter) and I'm sure my chicken was cooked in butter, and then I had a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. For the past 4 days Lainey has been super fussy and seems to have tummy issues again. I guess I need to stay strict on my no-dairy diet!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lainey 4 Months

Well Lainey bear, you have had some ups and downs this month, but I think we are ending the month on an up! In fact, just in the past week you have really started to come alive. You have been much happier, cooing and smiling more, and just so adorable. You have had reflux and tummy issues a lot this month, which have just started to get better. I have been cutting out dairy for a while and we started you on Zantac about a week and a half ago for your reflux. Overall things are really starting to improve!

Size: You weigh 13 lbs. 7 oz. (34%), you are 25in. tall (74%) - although I think you are even taller because your head was a little sideways when they measured you, and head is 15.75in (32%). Basically you are still tall and skinny! Maybe once you stop spitting up you will get chunkier. But you are adorable just the way you are. You wear 3-6 month clothes mostly, and size 2 diaper.

Likes: You love kicking your legs. You are happy laying down on your play mat and kicking. You also love to be held facing out. You have really come around to liking baths too. You like your paci and it almost always calms you down (unless you are hungry). We tried to break you of the swaddle earlier this month but it just wasn't working. So we put you in the sleep sack swaddle for naps and bed and it helps put you to sleep. You do great facing out in the bjorn when we grocery shop or run errands - you love to look around. Oh and you also LOVE sucking on your feet.

Dislikes: Well let me just say that evenings have gotten MUCH better. You don't like it when I put you in the car seat. Once you are in you are usually fine, but you cry when I am getting you situated. You really don't like your reflux medicine. You know when its coming and you shut your lips tight and start making spit bubbles. You also don't like any paci except the soothie. If I try to give you a different kind you spit it out like - what the heck is this?

Working on: You are pretty close to rolling over. You try really hard, and you are able to roll from back to side, but you can't quite make it over. You have rolled over once from tummy to back but I think it was an accident. You are getting better at sitting in the bumbo. You don't like tummy time but tolerate it better if I prop you up on the boppy. You seem close to laughing and I can't wait to hear it.

Sleeping: Well this seems to change by the week. Currently you wake up between 5:45 and 7:00am. You are just like Cambry as a baby in that every day is different. You have no set schedule although you do have a fairly predictable order of events. You are awake for a while (1-2 hours), then you take a nap. Then wake up, eat, and repeat. Your naps range from 45 minutes - 2+ hours. Except your last nap of the day around dinner time is about a 20 minute cat nap. You take about 4 naps a day. You go to bed around 7:30 and usually wake up twice during the night to nurse. Sometimes you will wake up 4 or so times needing a paci in the first few hours. We put you in the swing for naps and at night now too since the incline helps with reflux.

Eating: You nurse about every 2-3 hours. If you take a bottle you drink about 5 oz. I am sooo thankful you take a bottle. I of course love nursing you and mainly do that but it's nice to be able to leave a bottle for church nursery or with Greg if I need to go somewhere. I am not sure how many times I feed you in a 24 hour period, but I think probably 8 or 9.

Your newborn hair keeps getting thinner and falling out although you have a lot of new light brown hair coming in nicely. I still can't tell what color eyes you will have. They seem grayish with maybe a bit of blue or green sometimes.

You are our little sweetheart. We love you more every day. I can't get enough of your sweet little face. Happy 4 months Lainey Bear!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Weekend

We didn't do anything too special for Valentine's Day, but we did have a nice weekend together as a family. Friday night after we put the kids to bed Greg and I got take out from Red Onion and watched Downton Abbey. 

Saturday morning I cooked a big breakfast - complete with pink pancakes (a Grosse tradition).

We hung around the house for a bit and then left to go run errands. We have had a cold winter (for Houston) this year so it was such a nice treat to have a beautiful weekend. 

We picked up Potbellys and took it to the park. Donovan park in the Heights is such a fun park for kids!

Today is beautiful weather again so we will have to get outside when the girls wake up from their naps!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Now this little stinker would not sit in a chair and smile for me...even when bribed with a cookie. But I did catch some smile while she was playing in Lainey's carseat.

I don't know if I have ever gotten a good pic of these two. This is just about as good as it gets, ha! For those who read Kelly's Korner, how in the world does she always have perfect pictures of her girls smiling? I know they are older than these two, but it seems like she has always had the best pictures of her girls!

I was also bribing here...and this is the face I got.

 This was Cambry on Valentine's Day at 2 months old in the same outfit Lainey wore this year.

And here she is again at 14 months on Valentine's Day. It is crazy how much changes in a year!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Around the House: Vol. 3

1. Baby doll is apparently potty training.
2. Cambry helps me unload the silverware from the dishwasher sometimes by handing each one to me to put away. Well I had to go check on Lainey and Cambry went ahead and finished unloading for me but she is not tall enough to see into the drawer. My sweet little helper.
3. This is what happens when Greg is taking care of Lainey.
4. Sweet little 2 year old hand resting on mine while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.