Thursday, December 8, 2011

9 Month Stats

This baby just keeps getting older.  I cannot believe I am already starting to think about his first birthday.  He is the sweetest, happiest, baby I know.  I just love him to pieces!!!  So on Thanksgiving day Jack turned 9 months old.  Here are his stats:

Weight: 17lb 12oz (15%)
Height: 29in (50%)
Head: 17 3/4 (30%)

So he is a little on the skinny side.  Partly becuase he eats very little baby food/table food and partly because he is scooting all around and loves jumping in the jumperoo and partly just because we make long and lean babies :)

What Jack's Up to
-scooting around on his belly.  He gets on all fours a lot, but hasn't mastered the actual crawl yet.
-nurses 6 times a day and still wakes up once a night for a feeding
-takes one short cat nap in the morning and a two hour nap in the afternoon
-starting to get better about eating.  eats about 2-4 ounces of purees a day
-still loves watching his sisters and smiles and laughs at them all day
-says mama and dada
-not into sippy/staw cups unless they are Ellie or Kate's
-loves splashing in the bath
-is finally getting some teeth.  The top two started coming first and now two on the bottom as well.
-had his first sick visit to the doctor.  Double ear infections :(
-like to 'sway' side to side.  He does this in the jumperoo and when people are holding him.

Here is a picture of his first two teeth.


This year we had a busy Halloween day.  We took the kids to the arboretum to see the pumpkin village and petting zoo and then in the evening we went to a halloween carnival.  The girls loved getting dressed up in their costumes, I am not sure how much Jack liked his, but he sure looked cute!  Here are some pictures from our morning at the arboretum.

Ellie and Kate also had their faces painted for the first time.  Kate was ok with it and pretty excited about how it turned out.  She got sparkley pink and purple butterfly wings.  Ellie was a little hesitant.  First she allowed him to paint a tiny heart on mommy hand, then her hand, and finally a few hearts on her cheek.

And now for some costume pictures.  Kate was a cat, which kind of looked like a skunk :)  Ellie was a pig, per her request.  She loves Peppa Pig and was so excited to put the costume on.  And I just had too much fun collecting costumes on sale for Jack.  He was a spider, duck, monkey, and tiger.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ellie & Kate's Birthday Party

Saturday October 15 was Kate and Ellie's 2nd birthday party.  We had so many great friends and family members come to celebrate with us.  It was a beautiful day and the girls had a blast.  I had fun making some of the decorations for the party.  Todd and I tried to make a '2' out of pictures from the girls' first two years of life.  It is not perfect, but I think you can tell it is a 2 :)  All the kids played in the yard and jumped in the new bounce house.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the party.  A big thank you to Valerie Wall for taking great pictures of the party!
Right before the party.  Ellie was being shy.

Their cute cakes that matched their birthday shirts.

Checking out grandpa's mustache.

Tiny Prints

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Our Silly Kate

I realize this is quite delayed, but here is my post about our energetic, silly, smiley Kate.  Since the day she was born Kate has always been one to make silly faces.  As a baby she was the more laid back twin.  She could be put down awake and soothe herself to sleep, was happy to sit back in a bouncy seat, and was overall a more content baby than Ellie.  Since she turned 2 the tables have turned!  She is a wild woman these days.  She is a pro at pushing people's buttons.  She loves to get Ellie worked up by 'stealing' toys from her and running.  She has no interest in the toy, but loves to be chased and upsetting her sister.  She is a sneaky little monkey.  Kate is always peering over her shoulder with a smirk as she does something mischievous.  Although she is a bit of a stinker, she is also incredibly sweet and loveable.  Kate gives the most kisses and loves to be held and snuggled.  I can count on her to make me laugh each and every day!

-jumping.  When she was a baby she loved the jumperoo and she still loves jumping and bouncing around the house today, especially in our new bounce house.)
-being chased (she loves to share snacks with the dogs and then gets them to chase her around for the rest)
-bath time
-sweets (cookies and ice cream)
-playing with her babies
-saying no to everything
-dancing whenever she hears music
-making messes and getting dirty
-being outside
-grilled cheese and peanut butter sandwiches

Things she is not a fan of:
-having her hair washed or teeth brushed
-most veggies except for peas and beans
-when Jack touches her toys
-riding in her carseat or stroller

Kate didn't talk quite as much as Ellie until recently.  Her vocabulary has really taken off and she is talking and singing so much more now. (And we can tell what she is saying now :) )
Here are some of her cute phrases:
-"my turn next" she says this anytime she sees me doing something, cooking, putting make-up on, etc
-lips (mommy's chapstick or lipgloss)
-bite or 'seep' anytime anyone is eating or drinking in front of her
-'mo more' -meaning one more, she has to have two of anything you give her
-"hold you" when she wants mommy to pick her up
-sings head, shoulders, knees and toes
-sings the ABCs

Less than an hour old.  First time in Mommy's arms.

Kate is our little dare devil.  She is funny, smart, and very active.  She makes the silliest faces, gives the best kisses, and is our little 'cheerio'.  (that is the nick name Todd gave her in the hospital when she was born and it has stuck!)  We love you so much Kate, Happy 2nd birthday baby girl!!