Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kid Comparison : 6 Months old

Can't tell these two are related can you?



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Meghan is 6 Months Old

Ta da! She is 6 months old! And she is just a sweetie pie!
How can you not love that face?
Height : coming..i tried to get this done but there was a very sick child getting a breathing treatment in the room with the scale so we skipped it, but will have her full check up done this week.
Weight :
Sleeping: Not great, not terrible. a good night is 4 hrs followed by 4 hrs followed by 2. A bad night is 3 hrs followed by me falling asleep while feeding her and her spending most of the remainder of the night in my bed (oops).  I am somehow able to remain more of less unconscious while tending to her in the middle of the night.. I'm sure that will change as we move her into the crib but the time for that is now..

I love her expressions!
Likes:
  • Eating! We started her on solids on Feb 1st and she has taken to them with gusto. She went from one meal a day to two a day in three days. We haven't gone up to three meals a day yet but she is likely moving there quickly too.
  • Colin. Still fascinated by big brother. 
  • Come here you!
  • The cats. She will actually get mad if she can see one of the cats but I don't get her close enough to touch them. She loves to bury her face in the their fur and 'snuggle'. Griffin tolerates this better than Sadie, but even Sadie tolerates it better than she did with Colin.
  • Daddy. We were away from Sean for four days. When I mentioned "daddy" to her you could almost see the wheels turning and her thinking "I know who that is, where is he?" as she looked around the room. Then when we actually got back she couldn't take her eyes off of him. I love it.
  • Mommy. I guess it should be said that she love me too! She now very obviously looks for me when someone else is holding her. She is still much better at being passed around than Colin was but she still likes to come back to mama.
  • Her toes! The second her socks come off her toes go right in her mouth. SO cute
Getting her toes
Dislikes:(I'm having a hard time coming up with any!)
  • Not being able to reach the cats...
  • Being confined to the car seat for 5 hours when it isn't nap or bedtime..We traveled out of our typical routine and boy did she let us know. I practically stood on my head to keep her happy. It took 6.5 hours and three stops to get from here to my parents. My trip home (leaving at bedtime) took 4.5 hours and no stops.

Is this my best side?
New and Notable:
  • She is rolling over both ways now. Back to front more than front to back but she can do both, although she doesn't do it for locomotion.
  • She wants to move so badly but has not figured it out quite yet. If you give her something to push against she will propel herself forward to reach toys, but can't yet do it without help.
  • Bouncing. Shes figured out that the our stationary entertainer is a bouncer and is just starting to find joy in jumping.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meghan's Baptism

We baptized our baby girl last Saturday. Thank you so much to our friends and family who came out to celebrate with us. We had such a great time! The whole process got off to a rocky start, the day before when they called to remind us about the pre-baptism class and I got into a tussle with both the office assistant and subsequently the pastor (over different and unimportant issues), and then the pastor made the class rather unpleasant (for different reasons again, having nothing to do with the phone call). However, we had a new parish priest for the baptism who was so warm welcoming and wonderful he just made the baptism a great experience for everyone. Add in sangria from Pio Pio and all is right in the world.

 Meghan gets anointed with oil. She was such a good girl throughout the whole ceremony. There were 5 other kids being baptized, one was around 5 but the others were under a year, and one poor little boy was not happy.

Meghan's Godparents: Sean's sister Lauren and our good friend Jayson. This priest had the Godmother hold the babies, which is different than how we did it with Colin, but I think that is how it was done when our Goddaughter was baptized.
I didn't realize it at the time but I love that Jayson was helping to support Meghan's head. (So cute!) Since Meghan loves the bath I was pretty sure she would do fine and she did! I also love that the priest asked Sean to pick Colin up so he could watch too.
Meghan getting anointed with chrism. After explaining that chrism is also used to anoint royalty he told us that it was made from balsam and olive oil and then allowed both Colin and Lukas to smell it. (See what I mean about warm and welcoming!) Despite the fact that there were five families there, we felt like it was a ceremony just for us.
 Meghan was such a good girl!
Meghan, her Godparents, parents and brother. It was a happy accident that we all coordinated so well. Apparently blue, grey and white are popular colors this season!


A great big thanks to my mom for taking all the great pictures!! During the rehearsal we were told that family had to remain in the pews at all times and could not move around to get pictures. Only the church hired photographer was allowed to walk around (from whom we could purchase a $100 photo book but would have no other access to the photos, um no thanks!) However, during the ceremony, friends and family with cameras were welcomed to come forward and move around freely during the ceremony. So thanks Mom!! Great job.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby's First Bubble Bath


Meghan is probably a little young for a bubble bath, but Colin was having a rather rough afternoon, and I needed to distract and relax him. Since Sean wasn't home both kids got a bubble bath and it was a hit all around! I grabbed the camera and took a few cute shots of the kiddos. 

This picture cracks me up because it looks like they are touching when actually Colin is a good foot in front of her. Makes him look huge and her look tiny.








Can you see the love in her face! She adores her big brother.. the feeling is pretty mutual.

Surrounded by bubbles. Isn't she the sweetest little thing?
Laughing at her mama.
Those cheeks! I can hardly stand it! Perfect for kissing.
There is still quite a bit of baby left in this face too. Some days I can see how young he still is, but other days he seems so grown up.
He was a bit of a handful this evening (mostly just overtired because I had to wake him up from a nap in order to make sure he went to bed on time) but that all melts away when I look at his sweet face.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meghan gets solid food!

The little lady has started the solid food adventure as of Feb 1st at 5 and a half months old. We probably should have started a bit sooner but we honestly didn't have time! Meghan was more than ready and loved every bite! We moved her from one meal to two in three days because she was so eager for more. So far we have tried brown rice cereal, apples and bananas. Both apples and bananas were met with a 'tart' face the first day but she adjusted pretty quickly. Next up is squash and then probably peas. Thanks to my wonderful baby group, my freezer is stocked with a variety of organic baby food purees to try (including, pears, kiwi, sweet potato, corn, chickpeas, black beans, mango, spinach, green beans, squash, apple, zucchini). We all made a big batch and then traded (i love this neighborhood!) so we can progress through a wide variety of items without me having to do most of the grunt work and without being limited to what is sold in jars (n.b. I know and trust these women to follow safe and agreed upon preparation techniques)
Here are a couple photos of her venture into solids.

Yum!

Gimme that spoon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Meghan is 5 Months Old.

I could start each and every one of these posts with "Wow has it been that long already?" Meghan's infancy is just flying by. She is such a sweet, easy going kid I would love it if she could stay this little for just a while longer.

Her last height and weight was done at 4.5 months (keeping her healthy enough for vaccines is a challenge with a preschooler in the house, so we are often having to delay doctors visits). At that time these were her stats
Height: 26" (about 50th %ile)
Weight 16lbs 4 oz (about 75th %ile)
At five months old she is wearing 3-6 month clothes but will likely switch at 5.5 months to 6-9 months (carters 9 months).


Sleeping:Eh. Things are more or less the same, she generally sleeps in 2 hr increments at night, her napping is currently in flux but I think she is moving from 4 naps to 3 (9ish, 1130ish and 2 ish).

A favorite teether.

Likes:
  • Colin. Big brother is always good for a laugh.
  • The bath. No matter how cranky she gets, when she hears that water running all is right in the world.
  • Her toes. Meghan found her toes this month, and she can't get enough, if her feet are bare they go right into her mouth. Every time I change her diaper I have to wrestle her legs back down in order to fasten the new diaper closed.
  • Anything in front of her that is not nailed down. She is very attracted to objects she can reach. It has become very difficult to hold her and eat because she is sure to grab, the plate, the fork, the glass on its way to your mouth..anything she can reach.



Dislikes:
  • The food processor. For the most part she isn't that bothered by loud noises, but for one reason or another the food processor freaks her out. I've been pureeing a bunch of mangoes in preparation for a baby food swap and she isn't a fan. She goes full on startle, with wide eyes, arms flailing out to the sides and followed shortly by a whole lotta tears.
  • Anyone but Mommy from about 11pm-5am. If I pick her up during these hours she almost always falls instantly back to sleep. If Sean picks her up, all hell breaks loose.


New and Notable:
  • She is sitting up. I will often put the boppy behind her just in case, but for the most part I can sit her up and walk away.
  • She is little miss grabby pants now. If there is something in front of her she will grab for it and more often than not will throw it on the floor within seconds of obtaining it.

Still has those kissable cheeks!

I had no idea this was also on the camera, looks like Colin and his father have the same sense of humor.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Colin is 3.5 years old!

I guess I am moving to half year updates for Colin now, I unintentionally skipped 3.25 and didn't even realize I had skipped one until it was Colin's 3.5 year anniversary (on Jan 17th, which is when I took these photos). I made the mistake of telling him it was a special day and he decided half birthdays warranted cupcakes! The only cake mix I had in the house was red velvet, I can tell you I won't make that mistake twice.. I'm pretty sure those stains won't be coming out.

Sleeping: Colin sleeps through the night without having to pee about 80% of the time now. Occasionally we will hear from him around 4 or 5 but it is becoming less and less frequent. His naps are now limited to 90 minutes so we can keep him going to bed at a reasonable time. Pre-Meghan waking him up was a pain because he was cranky and my 'break' was over. Post-Meghan I get no break so having him awake doesn't make much difference. He can still be pretty cranky if I don't catch him at just the right place in his sleep cycle, but Meghan helps with that too since she is usually happy to see him.


Likes:
  • Friends! Colin has become very interested in social interactions. Cooperative play has really taken oven in the last six months. Prior, he and Leo would often play near each other but not necessarily with each other, now, they will play games (hide and seek, and some form of flashlight tag) and complete each others story lines with the trains. It is really cure to watch (although it often leads to small spats as well when one or the other child isn't playing 'right').
  • Cake. Colin has discovered his sweet tooth and really likes cake. More than I even realized I guess since I wasn't expecting him to put a half birthday together with cake, I'm guessing preschool birthday party's are to blame!
  • Meghan. Colin really is enjoying his sister, the older she gets, the more he can get her to laugh and the more he loves trying. He went through a difficult adjustment period for about three months after she was born, but his behavioral issues were never toward Meghan. He has always been and continues to be very sweet toward her.
  • Sports. Colin is quite the mimic and will attempt to play whatever sport he sees. Right now that is football more often that not. Thank goodness he gets to play soccer once a week at school to help focus that energy. Most of the team sports start at 4 so maybe this summer we will be able to get him into something.

Dislikes:
  • Meat. I don't really expect this to change anytime soon. 
  • Shirts going over his head. He will be fine about this for a while and then one shirt gets stuck and we are back to square one. You would think he thought he was going to drown when it gets stuck from the level of freak out.
  • That is it I guess!
New and Notable
  • It is official. Colin can read. I won't say he can read well, but he is absolutely reading and sounding out words. About a month ago we were in the car and he said "look, red", which I thought was in reference to a stop light until I looked where he was pointing and the sign said "No turn on red" When we arrived at our destination I pulled out his little magnadoodle and started writing other color names (which are not part of our sight word practice), he knew every color I wrote down, even differentiating between pink and purple, blue and black. He knew I was writing color names so that probably helped but still I was impressed. He has continued to do really really well, although gets very shy about it. It is almost like he knows that this is something out of the ordinary and is afraid to draw too much attention. He is also very fearful of being wrong but we are attempting to reassure him this is no big deal. I have some videos of him reading I will try to get up soon. One of the ways I know he is really sounding out words is by the mistakes he makes, saying 'oot' when the word is 'out' for example. Other mistakes are more 'memorization' errors, identifying Citgo as Chicago for example, since those words look similar. It appears Colin got my memorization skills, with Sean's 'stick to it-ivness', and the benefit of my near undivided attention during his every waking hour for three years.
  • Cute things he says:
    • "last weekend" refers to any time in the past, from 10 minutes ago to 2 years ago.
    • "glahmy fish" which means pelican...not sure why or how but he is consistent.
    • "after my nap" which can mean after his actual nap or tomorrow, he is clueless as to the difference. In fact he will often wake up from a nap and ask for his cereal bar and vitamins (his am snack).
    • "to-ma-though" instead of tomorrow
    • (I know I am missing some but I'll have to update as I remember)

Where have you BEEN?

Am I reading your mind?  I have disappeared from the blog, but don't worry it was only temporary. Remember that degree I got? In an attempt not to waste it I actually applied for a job, a real tenure track position! I spent all of November writing the application materials and all of January prepping for the interview. While the interview went very well, I have yet to hear anything which likely means they have offered the position to someone else. As I am so 'green' this would not surprise me, but the job description might as well have been written just for me so I had to apply. But now onto things you have been waiting for like Colin's 3.5 year post (did you even realized I missed that particular anniversary) and Meghan's 5 month post.