I took all three of the girls to the doctor this morning and I'm sure we kept many people entertained as we hurdled through the building with 500 different bags, coats, toys that were brought along for some reason, and a giant car seat with a crying baby. As soon as we checked in and I sat down to fill out Lucy's 18 month questionnaire, Norah informed me that she really had to go potty. So I rounded up all the items again and we all galloped off to the bathroom, where Lucy was immediately drawn to the toilet, Norah tried to shed every article of clothing despite her need to do so, and Jane, of course, continued crying. Even in the moment I thought how ridiculous and funny we must look, but then again it was a pediatric office, so we were in good company.
Norah's 3 year stats
weight: 35 lbs--81st percentile
height: 37.25 inches--45th percentile
Norah is still loving preschool and gets sad whenever we approach the weekend. She was sick this week and had to miss a day, which made her very sad. We are teaching her the letter sounds and she can recognize about 12 of them so far that I know of. Her favorite letter to point out is "m".
She has started getting to the age where she doesn't want to go to bed at night and she will try and stall as long as possible, always asking for more songs and snuggles (how can I say no to that?). She always wants me to fill her in on what we did while she was at preschool.
Her favorite color is still pink, by far, so we have a lot of pink clothes, toys, and accessories. She's our little girly girl prima donna.
Lucy's 18 month stats:
weight: 26 lbs--85th percentile
height: 32.75 inches--66th percentile
Lucy is our boisterous child. I'm still trying to help her learn to not be so aggressive, and honestly, it has been really emotionally challenging for me. Of course, everything is emotional for me these days, but I feel like I've tried every approach and she still grabs other kids' faces and sometimes leaves pretty bad scratches. I'm at a loss, but the pediatrician said to just try and stay emotionless and keep consistent with showing her what to do instead. So here's to teaching Lucy not to be violent. It's so funny that she acts that way, because she is really such a sweet and snuggly girl. She is always wanting to be held and snuggled while she sucks her thumb.
Last night when Norah and Lucy were playing in the bath tub, Lucy stood up and then slipped, causing her to chip her front tooth. I didn't notice it had chipped until I was brushing her teeth later on. I felt horrible and felt like I might cry (like I said, very emotional these days). Luckily it's just her baby tooth, but we are just going to have to wait until it falls out. She still looks pretty cute though if you ask me.
Jane's 2 month stats:
weight: 11 lbs--39th percentile
height: 22.25 inches--34th percentile
Jane is doing much better with her tummy issues. We switched her over to soy formula and it has been a night and day difference. Last weekend, we ran out of the soy formula, so I used some hypoallergenic milk based formula and I immediately noticed that she still had troubles with it, even though it was specifically for those with a dairy allergy. Now we know! I'm so glad we found something that worked. She is still pretty fussy most of the time, so I took her in to a chiropractor at the suggestion of another preschool mom, and I think it has helped!
She's becoming more and more alert and the light at the end of the tunnel is not quite as dim. Now we just need to figure out how to get her to sleep! ;)
We sure love our three girls and we're so blessed to have them in our lives, happy and healthy.
Norah is ONE! It's been such an incredibly fun year, and I've loved being a mom to this sweet girl. When we moved to Utah in April, a couple girls in my ward and I started getting together every week for a little play group. haha My mom always teased me about doing play group with a 6 month old, but we loved trading off houses and having lunches together while our babes played on the ground.
All three of our girls were born just a few weeks apart, so we thought it would be fun to throw a combined birthday party for them! Sarah, Katie and I started planning everything a few months before every week during our lunch time and decided to do a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. Since we started so far in advance, and since I was excited and didn't have a ton on my plate, we went a little overboard. haha
I suggested we take some cute pictures beforehand to send out with the invitations, so we all got together one Saturday morning in October and brought along a bunch of different clothes and bows to coordinate with each other. Except it was a really cold morning, and the girls' noses were runny. We tried to take some inside at my parents' house at first, but they weren't looking very good and each baby took their turn crying, so it meant we didn't get one of all of them not crying haha.
We tried again outside, even though it was so cold, and just tried to keep it brief. Even though they aren't all smiling, they were content and we called it good. Aren't they adorable!
Maribell, Bailey, and Norah
We asked my parents if we could do the party at their house since none of ours would be big enough for all the guests. So we went there the night before the party to set everything up. We definitely went overboard, because we were there until past 11pm trying to finish. Katie was exhausted, but said she still had the cupcakes to make, so when she got home and her husband had already made all of them she was so relieved!
I had made some outfits for all of the girls to wear and they looked so cute in them! Norah had just learned how to walk before this, so it was so sweet to see her toddling around. Ryan's parents drove down to come to the party and as soon as Norah saw them walk in, she ran to them! It was adorable.
Bailey and Norah.
We definitely could have had fewer decorations, but there were so many ideas on pinterest and we sort of fell in the trap of wanting to do them all. haha oops.
We had tables set up for everyone to sit and eat, and so we put our favorite pictures of the girls from their first year on all the tables.
I'm so glad my parents were so willing to host the party. It was wonderful having so many friends and family come celebrate our little girls. We all made these little signs of our girls, and since I procrastinated making Norah's, Ryan helped out and finished it for me.
These are all the cupcakes that Katie brought! I'm so glad her husband, Scott, made them for her! They were so cute, and the heads were supposed to be the little cakes for the girls to eat when we sang to them.
Like I said, we definitely went overboard. But it was all so cute!
Norah got lots of snuggles from her cousins and family members!
Haha I love this face that Danny is making.
All the cousins who were able to make it!
Grandma and Grandpa Brand with Norah. I must have forgotten to take one with Ryan's parents because I can't find one anywhere. :(
Katie and Bailey, Me and Norah, Sarah and Maribell.
We had the party right in between Norah's two naps, so it worked out perfectly.
We set up three highchairs, stripped down the girls and let them go at their cakes.