Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jane Elise at 6 Months

Jane must have known that it was her turn for a blog post and wanted to make a good impression, because last night was the FIRST night that she has ever slept through the entire night without waking up!!!!! (insert 100,000 more exclamation points here) least...I don't think she woke up. Ryan may have gone down to her because I was zonked out ahem. My very first full night's rest in over six months! All things are possible indeed. Though I was still tire this morning since we went to bed late--face palm.

We all love having Jane around. She is almost always happy and is easy to make smile or laugh. If she even hears Norah and Lucy laughing then she will start to join in.

She loves playing with her feet and will grab one of her toes and just kick back and forth even if she is obviously tired. She just can't resist them. She babbles and exercises her voice and it's so fun to listen to. 

She is a good mix of Norah and Lucy, but my mom has said a few times how much she looks like my brother, Dallin, or my niece, Ella, and I can definitely see that--in other words, she's adorable!

Her little tongue is my favorite! It's almost like she is trying to hold back her excitement in this photo.  

She is getting better at her gross motor skills and is almost able to sit up, I'm sure within the next few weeks. She scoots around on her back while laying in her crib and when she's on her tummy she can kind of scoot backwards. 

Jane is so patient with Lucy's enthusiasm. She gets poked, prodded, rolled, rubbed, patted, sat on, kissed, squished, squeezed, and, squashed to near breaking point, but she endures with a grimmace smile most of the time. 

I had to do a mini training session with Ryan to get him to hold her up right for a picture (#instagramhusband haha). Our neighbor and her daughter, the sweetest old ladies, gave us this doggie outfit in honor of their little yappy dogs that like to come over and fertilize our yard. The shoes, unfortunately, didn't make the shot, but they are my favorite part. Jane is lucky to have someone watching out for her in the fashion department, because she normally rotates between 2 pairs of jammies 99% of the time (such is the life of the third child). ;)) 

I started feeding her solids a few weeks ago, but have been very sporadic about it. Whenever I bring a spoon to her mouth, she will lean forward until she is bent over with her head nearly touching her knees. Now I have to hold her forehead with one hand while I prompt her to open her mouth with the other until she catches onto the concept haha. I've let her munch on a banana before and it's so funny to see her jerky moves trying to control her body and reach her mouth in the right direction of the food. 

Whenever I feed her, she kicks one of her legs almost the entire time. She's just carrying on the tradition that Norah started. If she is particularly hungry and I'm holding the bottle in front of her while walking to a place to sit down, she'll grab it and bring it to her mouth to start sucking. 

She has wide eyes that also look like they are turning brown like her Dad's and older sisters'. 

She's getting better at not spitting up as much. Every time we would feed her, we would have to make sure and have a burp cloth tucked right under the bottle since she would drool a lot of milk while eating (Lucy had the same problem). The milk would drip down into her neck folds and make her smell really bad, because, to be honest, bath time isn't as regular as it probably should be haha (Again, Lucy had the same problem). But now she is getting better at that too and we won't have to go through so many burp cloths every day...or feel too bad about infrequent baths!

She's getting strong and holds her head up really well while on her tummy. She hasn't gotten to all fours yet, but that doesn't keep her from squirming around on the floor. Sometimes, when she is exerting a lot of energy, she'll lay her head down on the floor and take a rest for a while. 

We're all so in love with baby Jane and I've been loving watching her grow! Stick around, cute thing, you make us smile every day.

Well, that concludes all three updates to these cute girls. Aren't they the cutest in their matching dresses? Now just imagine the sounds that Ryan and I made the get them all looking in our general direction. ;)

Friday, May 27, 2016

All About Lucy

One month from today, this dimpled darling will be two! There are so many more things I could write about her, but it's already long, so I guess we'll have to do another update sooner rather than later. 

Lucy is such a spitfire girl. She is very opinionated and isn't swayed by bribes, consequences, or anything alike. She knows what she wants.

She is at such a fun age for learning! She seems to have grown up a lot in the past couple of months and she can communicate much better now. When she first started saying a whole sentence, each word was short and separated from the others like it took all her effort to string them together. But now the flow is much better and I am surprised at the things that she says or repeats.

{princess shifty-eyes} 

One of her favorite books for several months now is Jesus' Christmas Party--seriously buy it, it's one of my favorite books too--every time there is a "knock at the door" I will knock on something, so Lucy will stand up from my lap, walk over and knock on something hard too. It takes forever to get through the book this way since there is knocking on almost every page haha. When we read "round the back" Lucy yells it, and she has a loud voice to begin with. It's hilarious. She kept screaming "ROUND THE BACK" during sacrament meeting in church one time and that was less hilarious. 

I don't know where she learned it, but Lucy won't eat the crusts on her bread. It's so funny since no one else does it around here. She is a good eater though. She'll almost always at least try something before deciding not to eat it, so I try really hard to make sure she will like it so I can slowly introduce more foods to her.

She is such a messy eater. We had her in a booster with a tray attachment, but after a friend suggested taking the tray off and putting her at the table instead, it has made a huge difference. I didn't ever really notice how low the tray was, and so the distance the spoon was having to go meant a lot more spilling. She is still really messy, but I think it's easier for her to control her utensils now. 

She recently started saying "I wuv you" without being prompted and I melt into goo every time. 
I often catch her singing to herself and it's so cute to hear her voice. She sings I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus a lot. She'll sing other random songs we listen to on the radio or ipod--Come Sail Away by Styx, and Only Exception by Paramore are a couple of them haha--and lots of Primary Songs. She'll start singing the ABCs and when she gets to the end, she'll sing "now I know my ABCs....hijklmnop.." And continue to start the loop over again so it never ends. 

She likes to honk everyone's noses after I let her do it to me one time. So now sometimes she will switch off with Norah honking each other's noses for a good five minutes. 

Lucy LOVES Jane. Every time she sees her she has to be near her, touching her, squishing her, tickling her, whatever. Except she isn't very soft so I try and keep her from deflating poor little Jane into a version of Flat Stanley. She loves to get up in her face and say, "Janie Janie Janie Janie Janie Jane! She also is good at reminding me to do tummy time for Jane and will constantly roll her from tummy to back to tummy again. 

{Jane looks slightly horrified that I let Lucy hold her. It is a regular request}

{'tickle tickle tickle tickle'}

Whenever Norah or I finish using the bathroom, Lucy will say "my turn uh-potty!" Every single time. So I've asked her a couple times if she wants to sit on the toilet, but she always says no. And I am completely fine with that. I don't really mind changing diapers, and I don't think she is old enough/ready anyway. Plus I'm lazy. I am glad she is taking an interest though, I'm just trying to build positive thoughts and excitement about the potty for right now. 

{I spy a "bear bottom"} 

Lucy loves Ryan and always wants a hug and kiss before he leaves in the morning. She will constantly ask for him while he is at work and if we ever Face time him, she asks him to hold her. When she wants to be held, she'll say, "holdmeholdmeholdmeholdmeholdme!"

Norah's princess mania has rubbed off on Lucy (as well as the bug and spider fear) and so she loves to play dress up too. 

{first pigtails due to lack of hair}

I mentioned in this post how Lucy climbed out of her crib a couple of times, but I thought it was a fluke. Well, it didn't take much longer for her to figure out how to do it unassisted. One night she kept climbing out over and over and she and Norah would both waddle into our room to prove that we couldn't keep them contained. So I just took off the front rail of the crib again and kept telling them to stay in their room. At one point, Lucy was climbing on top of the dresser still playing and enjoying her independence even after Norah was getting tired and laying down. 
Ryan went to get them in the morning since he heard Lucy crying, but when he walked in their room, he didn't see Lucy on the bed. Then he spotted her little legs sticking out from under the bed. She must have slept under there the whole night and then couldn't get out haha. 

{Since I put Lucy down in Jane's crib for naps, she doesn't even try to climb out. Thank goodness!}

Since putting Norah and Lucy in the same room, they take much longer to settle down and go to sleep. There are several times that we've gone in after hearing Lucy cry or getting into things that we know she shouldn't and we find her standing there with her Jammies puddled at her feet and a princess dress tangled around her head and arms. She just doesn't know how to handle the freedom and will take advantage of easy access to toys after bedtime, even if Norah is sound asleep and it's completely dark in the room. I guess it's fostering a good sense of independent play, but that girl certainly keeps our lives entertaining!

{sleeping hard on her blanket}

She has eczema down her back and it has been nearly impossible to keep her from itching. Every time we change her diaper she will try and itch and say, "itchy bum!"
Whenever we drive over the railroad tracks a few blocks from our house she repeats over and over, "Careful, Dad!"
If she likes when we do something like tickle her, she will say, "Do-d-d-d again!"

This strong-willed girl brings a lot of energy to our family and we love her so much!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tales of a Threenager--Norah 3.5

This week has got me all sentimental with Jane turning 6 months, Norah turning 3.5, and Lucy having just one more month before turning 2. So I've been writing down anything that comes to mind about all three for an update. But since I couldn't keep the pictures and writing to a minimum, all the girls get their own update post, so hold tight and get ready for some Norah cuteness overload. 

{face full o' hair, don't care}

Norah is one ball of raging threenager hormones. When she's sweet, she's really sweet...and when she's rotten she's really rotten. And she can switch those emotions quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. Today as she was throwing a tantrum to end all tantrums I just had to laugh because it all just seemed so silly. Then as we were driving after she had calmed down, she said, "I'm sorry I threw a tantrum in the car." She sure knows how to melt her mama's heart...and get what she wants. 

She will sometimes say she is a big girl and other times say she is a baby, depending on how it benefits her. For example, I was holding her and rocking her and she insisted she was a big girl who could walk and talk. Then just an hour later, while I was feeding Jane, she asked for a bite of the baby food because she was now a baby. 

Last week we went to McDonald's to play at the play place, and after being there by ourselves for a while, a little girl and boy came to play as well. It was so fun to see Norah be so friendly with both of them. She asked the girl's name and if she would go down the slide with her. She squealed with delight and was so happy to have someone to play with. Lucy was getting up in the little boy's face and pushed him a little bit at one point. I took her away but he was on the brink of crying. Norah was so quick to ask "are you okay, bud?" And tell him "Lucy is just a baby, she didn't mean to push you. Do you want to go down the slide?" It was so adorable to watch and it made my heart proud. 

Norah's Mother's Day card to me: 

"I love my mom because....I just love her! Like, give me some food. I love you! Give me some breakfast. She reads to me. And go outside to the park." 

She's been really in to dress up and wearing dresses, which means I need to get her more play dresses since I said her church dresses are off limits for every day play. Whenever I say her name while she is wearing a princess dress, she is quick to correct me and say, "No, call me Belle" or "No, I'm Snow White."

If she ever is wearing any dress she will strut around with her hands on her hips and say, "Mom, when the other people see me they will say 'look at that pretty princess!'" I love her self confidence. 

She found out where I keep my lipstick and I kept catching her sneaking it. The conversation previous to this picture went something like this:

"Did you get into my lipstick?" "Ummm..." 

And then I kept finding evidence all over the house. Lipstick finger prints on the pillow cases, smears on the door, and a kiss mark on Jane's forehead.

As you can tell, she's really accurate at tracing her lips. ;))

I've unintentionally transferred my fear of spiders onto Norah and Lucy. Except now Norah has gone even more extreme and is afraid of all bugs and creepy crawly things. My fear doesn't reach much further than spiders. Whenever she or Lucy sees any type of bug they will scream in a high pitched breathy voice "bug!!" Or "spider!" It's the worst when they yell spider and I start getting hot chills thinking about having to deal with one only to see that they are pointing to a blank wall.
My whole plan was whenever I saw a spider, I was going to dispose of it in a calm manner so that my kids wouldn't be afraid of them and then grow up to get rid of them for me. But those spiders always seem to sneak up on me and scare the living daylights out of me right in front of those impressionable little people, so I guess I'll have to come up with another plan.

It was thundering and storming the other night, and Norah was screaming and squealing that she was afraid. The next day, I asked if she wanted to take a picture, and then as soon as we went outside, it started thundering again. These were the faces she made when I asked her to smile for the picture during some particularly loud claps:

It took a little coaxing, but she gave me a sweet smile before dashing and clinging to my leg for protection.

This girl can chatter on for a long time and fill your ear with a large load of nonsense. I couldn't even recount what she says if I wanted to, but it's fun to hear her observe things around her and try and make sense of them. So if you ever want to know the musings of a three-year-old, Norah will happily oblige your request.

She likes watching me put on makeup and always asks if she can wear eyeshadow and lipstick. And she almost always requests pink or purple eye shadow. 

She also likes to dress herself so it's usually either a dress, or pink. 

She went through a phase for quite a while of calling Ryan and me "father" and "mother". If she accidentally called us "mom" or "dad" she would immediately correct herself. Such a proper lady! 

{hair flip}

After stopping her from taking a toy Lucy was playing with, she started kicking and screaming with as much  ferocity as she could muster. I tied to wrangle in her thrashing arms and legs so I could calm her down in my lap. Finally, after about 5 minutes of this, I said I would let go if she could take a breath and calm down. She immediately collected herself so I put her on the ground only to have her grab her blanket and hop right back in my lap because she wanted me to hold her. 

 {don't make me snap my fingers}

Me: what if I cut up some cantaloupe?
Norah: eh I don't like cantaloupe 
Me: hmm It's daddy's favorite.  
Norah: *gasp* I LOVE cantaloupe!

{talk to the hand}

 This sweet sassy girl is so fun to watch grow up and she is such a joy to have in our family!