Thursday, December 20, 2018

9 months

Frances seems like such a big girl now! Obviously still a baby big girl, but she is growing up so quickly. She can crawl and pull up and even cruise. Occasionally she will just let go and try to balance but she isn’t good at it yet. She wants to be on the move and can’t stand to be out of the action. This makes it super hard for me to get anything done because she doesn’t want to be confined but she can’t be left alone. 

She started sleeping in her crib all night last week. She had been napping in her crib but at night I would pick her and the dock a tot up after she was asleep and carry her to our room and let her sleep in a bassinet beside me. However since she got to where she could push up on the side that became dangerous so she had to be a big girl and stay in her room. Turns out she didn’t mind one bit, and she didn’t care about me taking the dock a tot either. Mommy had a harder time than Frances! It has been a good thing, though, because her sleep had gotten a little off and I had to drive her around in the car a lot to get her to go back to sleep. In the crib, however, she just rolls around and finds her paci and is general able to get back to sleep easily. We have learned, however, that the only paci she wants is her elephant. Davis and Megumi gave her some new ones as an early Christmas gift (since she went in the crib st night earlier than I planned) but she doesn’t want anything to do with them. This makes it hard at night when she can’t find the one she likes but she surely will learn to like the others. 

She has been eating well as usual and lately her new favorite food is blueberries. We cut them in half and she just gobbles them up! She had an allergic reaction to eggs last month and this month the doctor said to wait and try them again after a year and if she reacts we will visit the allergist. 

Speaking of the doctor, she had her 9 month check up on the 17. She was 19 pounds and 5 ounces and 29 inches long. After reviewing the questionnaire the doctor said she seems ahead of the game physically which made me smile. 

She is also saying dada and baba and will scream mamamama when she wants to get out of her bed. I don’t know that these words mean anything yet but it’s sweet to hear her babble. Sometimes she will wake up and just lay in her bed and “talk” for a while. 

She is still so smoky and snuggly and sweet. My cousin says she is like a little koala because she will just latch onto you. She loves Charlotte and wants everything that she has, which is aggravating to Charlotte but she is handling it so well. They are starting to play together and it is just the most wonderful thing to watch. 

I’m so excited about Christmas next week with these two! It will be hectic but oh so fun. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Charlotte lately

Frances has been getting most of the post attention lately but I would be remiss to not take a little time to jot down some notes about my sweet Charlotte! Here is a little info on my big girl! 

Eats: just about everything, but when she wants. Her favorite is definitely watermelon, which was her very first food. She likes many fruits and veggies (cucumbers are her favorite), loves noodles and cheese, and of course loves desserts. She drinks juice and milk and loves water with crushed ice. It takes her forever to eat because she talks the entire time and usually gets off task and starts wandering around. 

Sleeps: she still takes a great nap every afternoon and sleeps well at night. She likes to stay up late and sleep in just like her mom. 

Color: pink, although she would say “all the colors”
Movie: frozen, and Elsa is her favorite princess
Show: she likes to binge watch tv, meaning she watches one show for several days and then moves to another favorite. Right now she likes shopkins (ugh), super why, cat in the hat, and pj masks. Other tops are peppa pig, doc mcstuffins, and Minnie Mouse. 
Toys: she loves hatchimals and lol surprise dolls and likes to make a “video” as she opens them. She is always plays and talking with her dolls and barbies, loves puzzles and coloring and really likes cutting with scissors. She is constantly in a costume or accessorized. 
Books: I don’t know if she has a favorite but she likes to choose a long one so she doesn’t have to go to bed. And and forrest read each night while I am getting frances to sleep. 
Place: the beach and Disney world! She asks to go all the time. 
Friends: she always talks about wes, lily, violet and Jane but she enjoys all of her little school friends, plus Harper and baby Becca. 

She is really the sweetest, most tender hearted thing. She will ask the most thoughtful questions (like why didn’t mary and Joseph build a door so the animals couldn’t get in the barn around baby Jesus) and sometimes talks about my daddy in heaven. She is very obedient and compliant and I sometimes I forget she is little. I love it when she uses pronouns incorrectly and “that’s the biggest thing I ‘never’ seen”. She loves her baby sister and will cuddle her and baby talk to her. She is the reason we call her “Francie”. She does a great job sharing with her and understanding when my attention has to be divided or focused mostly on the baby. She also is great at bossing her around but that helps me sometimes because she knows if she is doing anything dangerous.
She likes to go tothe climbing gym, Waffle House, and ballet. She also really likes staying at my moms although she hasn’t done it in a while. When she goes she gets too excited to sleep so we try to limit that for my moms sake! She doesn’t like knowing that things get lost or thrown away; her memory is incredible and she loves a process and routine. She gets upset about change and occasional afraid to try something new. I love that she still loves it when forrest and I “fight” over her. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

November 2018

Honestly I don’t know what happened to November. It flew right past us and if I didn’t have pictures I wouldn’t believe it! 

Charlotte, I mean Elsa and I started the month off with a trip to Birmingham to see Disney on ice! Truth be told I have wanted to see it since I was little (I still don’t know why my mom wouldn’t take me). Charlotte was sick in January when we had tickets so when the “frozen on ice” came around I knew we had to go. We had front row seats and I’m so glad we did—it was fantastic! It snows during the show and Charlotte loved dancing in it. 

The characters interacted with her and she was just in heaven. 

I was so grateful for a chance for some special one on one time with her. She is such a great sister—engaged, patient, and kind, and she really should be rewarded. As the oldest sister, I know how she feels, so I try to be mindful about how taking care of the baby affects her. I always try to praise her behavior so she knows that I am appreciative and that I do notice what she does. 

That evening forrest and I had a date night to the autumnal ball, which we love because of the breakfast buffet. It was a fun little night out together and with our friends! 

The next weekend we had another date day to go to tuscaloosa for the Alabama v. Mississippi state game. It was super cold but we were half to run into some friends and of course that we got to see the tide win! It has been a fun season watching the team excel with tua as quarterback and I am definitely spoiled! 

Monday after the game was Veterans Day. Charlotte didn’t have school so we got to stay home in pajamas, bake cookies (and watch Frances devour her first era one) and call our favorite veteran, papa Harold. 

That Friday night we went to the smiths for sushi and fun! Now that Frances is staying away longer we can go more places in the evening. Both girls loved playing with Henry and he is always so sweet to engage with them. 

The next night Charlotte and I went to the downtown dance conservatory production of the nutcracker. Charlotte was excited all week about it and she absolutely loved watching it! The girls was beautiful and it made me tears thinking about Charlotte being up there one day! 

On Monday night we braved the cold to watch Henry’s last soccer game. Charlotte was thrilled to cheer for her favorite player!! 

It was a great months for mommy and Charlotte dates! We also went to Sesame Street live! She loved the characters and the show was really good, especially the dancers! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Frances is 8 months old!

My my my what a big month!!! Frances has been growing up so quickly this month I hope I don’t forget to list what all she can do!!

Finally she has a tooth! I have blamed any negative behavior of hers on teeth for months but finally one has arrived. She honestly didn’t act that awful, just a little fussy, but no more so than usual. No fever, no dirty diapers, maybe a little sleep weirdness but I’m not sure I can blame the tooth. She barely lets us see it but it’s there! I’m praying that since this one didn’t give her many issues the rest will be smooth sailing, but that might be wishful thinking! 

She also learned to crawl! Granted she isn’t great at it and after a few crawls she belly plants but she is getting there. She can crawl and drag and roll herself to just about anything she wants so we have to be extra careful and the baby proofing is underway! 

She also sat herself up from the floor once but just that one time, but I know that will probably be her next trick, and one she will be thrilled to master. Sometimes she gets so annoyed with laying down! She wants to be able to sit and see everything! She still really likes her jumpy and can really get some air! Charlotte never really jumped much in hers so it has been fun to watch frances really get after it. Because she is so mobile she really likes playing downstairs because it’s so open; plus she has lots of Charlotte’s toys to get after. We can bribe her to crawl with Charlotte’s things or Charlotte’s cup. We have introduced a sippy to frances and she can either take it or leave it. She does really like drinking water out of our open cups too. It’s precious to see her open her mouth wide and lean towards the cup. 

She has also started to say ba ba ba. It doesn’t mean anything that I can tell but it’s her first really consistent syllable. I try to y’all to her all the time and tell her what I am doing so she can learn lots of words. I also have started turning on preschool prep videos in the background while we play downstairs. I know Charlotte picked up a lot just from having these on so I figured we may as well try again. I get overwhelmed sometimes thinking about how many things she has to learn!

She is typically a good natured baby and will play on her own some while I get things done. She also loves being read to (the lift the flap number book and the alpha prints alphabet books are he current favorites) and sung to. We usually are singing or have Alexa playing some music. Twinkle twinkle is her favorite. 
This past month, well really 6 weeks, has been tough nap wise. She has gone through a nap transition and now she stays awake for 3 hour intervals and 4 hours before bed. This is super nice because we can actually leave the house! Before we didn’t have much time becuzae she ate for most of the awake time but now we can run errands. It took a while to shake out but I think she is finally settling into a new routine. She takes 2 naps and usually sleeps all night. Occasionally she will wake up around 930/10 and want to be awake for a while and that is super frustrating! I have been driving her around the circle to try to get her to go back down and sometimes it works immediately and others not so much. 

She is still a great eater and has tried more and more foods! She loves noodles and wild rice, all kids of fruits and veggies. I think that dairy hurts her stomach so we have stopped giving her cheese for now and she had an allergic reaction to eggs so those are on the no list as well. She currently eats 4 meals a day, just like Charlotte. 

Speaking of Charlotte I haven’t really given an update on what she is up to lately. She is the sweetest happiest little 3 year old. She is so smart and she loves her sister. I can’t get over some of the things she knows and says! She goes to her school 4 days a week. On mondays they have Spanish, and on tuesdays and Wednesday’s she has music. She loves everything about school and always comes home with tales to tell. She tells me the leader, what center she was in and with whom, and all the details of who did what. They do lots of work in her class and I know she is learning so much! Also she has ballet on Tuesday afternoons and she just loves it! She is slowly losing her baby words (we lost “effalent” for elephant this month) and it makes me really sad. There is not much baby left in her and although I miss it I do love getting to know the little girl she is becoming. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

October 2018

October was lots of fun! We had lots of fun at Charlotte’s school falls fest. She was really into the bouncy houses this year and the giant blow up slides. She did them before but was a little timid and this time she couldn’t get enough! Frances got to go too and she enjoyed watching everyone play. She is going to be a great people watcher I believe. 

We had a great big fun weekend in Tuscaloosa for the homecoming game. Charlotte loves watching the parade, especially the sorority girls. She told me she wanted to be a “wild girl” too. It was too cute! She loved that they would give her a high 5 as they passed. I stayed at the house with frances while forrest took her to the game. She had a ball and was so hyper when she got back home. 

On Sunday night I took Charlotte to the amphitheater to see Tarzan. Well that turned out to be a mistake. His parents get killed by a leopard in the beginning and she was having none of it. We left at intermission, which turned out to be ok because Frances was giving daddy fits at home!  She had a tough month of sleep and it was hard to navigate! 

Charlottehas fall break at school and we enjoyed some fun time at home! On one fun day andrew and Ashley came and had lunch with them. Charlotte really loves them and they are precious to take such an interest in both girls. 

These girls were ready for Halloween! Charlotte loves that they matched this day. She is the sweetest sister and I love how their bond is growing. 

We had a great third Saturday in October road tripping to Knoxville with Justin and farrah. It had been ages since we went to a game with them! We had a great lunch at outback, got to shop at total wine, and of course cheered on the tide as they rolled over Tennessee. We were at the top row of the stadium but we didn’t care! 

We spent a Saturday playing at Mimi’s house while daddy did some errands. Frances loves all the attention she got from everyone and of course Charlotte loves playing there. Not everyone has a great grandmother and we are so blessed with our mimi! 

Charlotte had monster mash week at ballet and got to wear a costume. She loved this fun Snow White! Her most favorite part was getting to dance the monster mash with the big girls in their studio. She is still talking about it. I just love how she truly loves ballet! 

That night we took her to candy with the cardinals at gadsden state. She and aunt farrah has marching red shoes! It was a cute event and she loved the one on one time and of course getting candy. 

We kicked off Halloween at Charlotte’s school
Halloween parade! It is always the sweetest event. She loves dressing up and getting candy with her sweet friend. The kids are always darling! 

That night for trick or treating, the girls were Anna and Elsa from frozen, as requested by Charlotte. She loved her dress and I thought her hair looked great! 

Frances looked precious in her princess Anna bubble, wig and boots! It was so fun to dress her up. She didn’t seem to mind the outfit at all and the hair is actually a toboggan she can wear through the winter. 

We love Halloween because we always share it with Hadley and her parents. The girls were darling in their princess outfits. 

I also love Halloween in our neighborhood because we run into every one we know! Everyone drives around on golf carts and chats in the streets. It’s so fun for the littles and parents alike!

I’m already trying to come up with a cute theme for next years halloween of course. But until then I will be occupied with all the upcoming holidays and birthdays! Hooray!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7 months of Frances

Our sweet girl is 7 months old! She seems so grown yet I love knowing that she is going to stay a sweet snuggly baby for a while longer! 

She loves eating real food! She eats roughly 4 times a day, starting with a 6oz bottle. Then she usually gets about 4 jars of baby food plus real food. She loves bananas and avocados, watermelon, toast, and she will pretty much try anything we give her at this point. Here she was loving broccoli like her big sister. Also notice her hair in this picture—it’s starting to grow! Her eyes are getting darker and her hair is actually getting lighter! 

She loves being read to and sung to. She has just started to turn the pages in the books we read to her. 

This toy in her hands is her “chew toy”. It goes everywhere she does. She chews so hard I have been convinced her teeth are coming but forrest doesn’t feel anything! She seeks content when she has it in her car seat and I like her to have that rather than her paci so she doesn’t fall asleep. 

This kk Th she has gotten her balance to sit up! If you sit her on the floor she will sit continuously without falling over. She has started to walk her hands toward toys but no crawling attempts from this position yet. She does sort of army call and drag herself to toys when on her tummy but not very well. She can scoot her knees under her but can’t get up on her hands yet. 
I’m wanting her to crawl to check off the milestone but really crawling makes life difficult on mommy so I don’t mind her being stationary right now. All in good time. 

Francie had her first trip to tuscaloosa! It was so hot but she was a trooper riding in her stroller. She got to see part of campus and the stadium and the new aopi house. 

A new long horn restaurant opened in town and Frances quite enjoyed the crusty bread and light fixtures in the ceiling. 

I pulled out some of the sitting toys and she was so excited!! She loved this little ball bounce game. Charlotte knows these were her toys but doesn’t seem possessive. She just wants to show Frances the correct way to play with them. 

We pulled this out and moms and she loved being able to stand and play! Her little feet just danced and she would light up so big while playing. 

She got to go to her first birthday party this month! We celebrated our sweet neighbor watts’ 5th birthday at the sport zone. Frances loved watching the other kids play and enjoyed eating a pizza crust. 

Frances has decided to fight her naps for the past week and rather than sit home and fret over it we have gone shopping and she also went to the nail salon for the first time. She was seemingly unimpressed. I don’t know what to do for her when she doesn’t want to nap and I can’t make her so we just roll with it. Since she sleeps well at night I really don’t want to complain! 
I also had to buy her new pajamas this month—9-12 months! She is gettting to tall!! She’s also in a size 3 diaper but I think we will need to move up a size soon. 

I can’t believe I am starting to think about first birthday parties. Time is getting away from me! I at the same time want to bottle up her babyness and keep her that way forever (whenever I talk about her growing up Charlotte gets upset and says she wants her to stay her baby forever) and also I want her to keep growing so I can see what all she can do and who she is! I know what fun things are coming so part of me wants to hurry those things along. Right now I’m trying to just hold on to time for dear life and cherish every second with my sweet peas. 

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