Thursday, December 4, 2014

PIcture review

Since I have been a slacker writing lately, here is what we have been up to lately…via my phone pictures!

Ready for church in her fancy schmancy headband!

Target date with Mommy!  I may have gotten a peppermint hot chocolate and strolled the aisles somewhat leisurely enjoying the fact that she can't ask me for 12 things on every aisle!

Morning muffins and snuggles!

My little Turkey...

Another one because I couldn't resist!

Ahh…not quite the red Starbucks cup, but this was still delicious!  (Side story:  we recently went to McD's to get hot chocolate…ordered the boys white hot chocolate.  Get home and try it…MOCHA!  Seriously?!  I went back and they didn't really even apologize!)

 These were my favorite Christmas jammies on the boys.  They look pretty cute on her, too, with her red bow.

Levi was thrilled to see Santa at Wal Mart!  Ha!

Puff eating machine...

Naptime fail for Levi…success for Grandma!  Haha.  (Not pictured:  same scenario the day before, but with Grandpa instead!)

Thanksgiving dinner!

The house we rented had a doll house.  Little Miss enjoyed putting all the pieces in her mouth playing with it!

Took Connor to his first brewery!

(Simmer down…it's root beer!)

Meanwhile, Grandma stayed home with Levi because he wasn't feeling so well.

Santa came on a boat!!

I did not pack any clothes for meeting Santa on our trip, so this had to do.  At least they all look happy!

Sunset from the balcony!

 Finally, when we got home from Thanksgiving, we went and picked out our Christmas tree!  We had three tired kiddos, so I didn't push too many pics!

 Oh, and just so I have it saved, here is our family Thanksgiving card.  I opted to do this instead of Christmas because I had a fall pic of all them that I loved and didn't want to risk not getting a Christmas one!!

Phew!  Sorry for the overload!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7 for #3!

Another month has flown by, and we are now on the downhill slope to turning one.  What?!?  This Mama is in denial!

Abby's seventh month, November, was another good one.  The biggest change for little Miss was officially becoming mobile.  She was scooting for a while, but officially started crawling the week before Thanksgiving.  She was doing it for almost a full week at daycare before we got to witness it.  It was so stinkin' sweet to see how excited Connor got for her.  Before she was crawling, she had mastered getting herself into sitting position.

Her eating hasn't changed a whole lot this month. She continues to nurse twice a day and takes two 8 oz bottles at school.  We have added more pureed solids, and she loves fruit and will tolerate some veggies.  She has also become really good at eating puffs, too.

She is still such a smiley baby and is happy 98% of the time.  She sleeps well at night, but is not the greatest napper.  She'll go some days at school sleeping less than an hour the whole time she's there!  Poor girl is pooped on those days.  We had one weekend where she totally played catch up and took a 3.5 hour nap on both Saturday and Sunday!!

We also celebrated her first Thanksgiving with a trip to Smith Mountain Lake, which his about 1.5 hours from us.  It was a low key few days, and she had fun playing with Mrs. Judy's doll house.  Oh, and she met Santa!!  She did great and just smiled like it was her job!

I missed taking her pics this weekend, so I'll post those later.  For now, we're sporting our Christmas Jammies.  (What?  You don't accessorize your PJs?!)


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Did it!

Well, I did it.  I left my baby girl overnight for the first time!  I went to Morgantown for work last week from Monday - Thursday.  This was my first time spending the night away from Abby.  This was the first time that anyone but me put her to bed.  (I cherish bedtime with my kiddos after working all day!)  She did great.  She slept fine for daddy and was a trooper.  Her big brothers were great helpers, too.  (I was a little worried on Sunday, as she had a fever still from her shots.  I didn't know what I'd do if she woke up still not feeling well on Monday.  Thankfully, she woke up her cheerful self!!!)

My trip went pretty good.  It is always good to get back in the office and see people I work with every day.  Some of my co-workers I have worked with for almost 10 years, and it's hard to believe I have been out of the office longer now than I was there!  Two things, though…first of all, my mini-disaster:  I drove up Monday in my work clothes and went straight into the office.  When leaving that evening, it dawned on my that I never put my hanging clothes in the car.  I had my jeans and pjs, but no work clothes.  Seriously?!?!  I quickly checked into the hotel, grabbed food (props to Residence Inn for free dinner and wine every night!!) and went shopping.  Old Navy and TJ Maxx for the win!!  Thankfully I had good luck and dodged that bullet!  Secondly, major props to working moms who pump in the workplace.  Our company recently added "Mother's Rooms", but it is still hard.  It's hard to sneak away for 30 minutes a couple of times a day.  Meetings aren't usually scheduled around my pumping breaks! I am very spoiled in many ways, and the freedom to pump when needed is a big one.

I was thrilled to pick my munchkins up on Thursday.  Such sweet kiddos.  I missed them, and they missed me, too!

Now for pictures...

Double trouble at the Dr.  Easier than taking off early two afternoons!

Not thrilled after shots.

Daddy was out of town last Friday night, so the boys and I had a movie night and slumber party!

Sporting camo for hunting season...

Free hugs!

Under the weather from those pesky shots!

Feeling better.  Mama is sad to be leaving soon, though!

Pumping accommodations.

Daddy sent this the first night.  Little Miss doesn't like to miss any action at daycare and gets pretty tired and crashes hard at night.

Packing my bags to go HOME!  Milk and beer.  Priorities, people.  (The beer is obviously for Daddy!)


Happy kiddos to have mommy home!

Snuggled her extra that night!

Family dinner out on Friday.  Rocking the high chair…for a little bit.

Saturday morning snuggles...


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Baby girl: six months

Dear Sweet Abby,

Six months.  Really?  Half a year?  You are such a joy and bring so much happiness to our family.  Your brothers are just smitten with you, and you think they are pretty cool, too.  You are just the smiliest little thing.  That's not just my bias, either…everyone at school comments on it, too!  You just light up when anyone talks to you.

You are sitting up yourself, but will still lose your balance on occasion.  (Like today…sorry if you have a bruise on your forehead, baby girl!)  You will also get up on all fours and rock, but haven't officially started crawling yet.  They do talk about your mobility at school, so you are getting around one way or another.  Speaking of school, you love your teachers, but haven't been a fan of napping lately!  Guess you don't want to miss out on any of the action!  That means you are ready for bed super early sometimes…your usual bedtime is 7-7:15 and I have to wake you up most days just before 7 for school.   We started fruits and veggies this month, which have been a hit!  You are eating three solids a day in addition to 4 bottles/nursing sessions a day.

This month, you took your second trip to Texas.  We went to Lubbock, and you met tons of people from Daddy's side of the family.  You were a trooper with all the traveling, sleeping in different places and so many new faces.  You were a little clingy to mommy…I think it was a combo of new faces and being tired.  Oh, and we learned you don't really care for lots of car riding.  That stresses your Mama out!

Finally, you did great at your check up.  You and Levi went together.  You got three shots, which you didn't care for, but you did better than last time.  Quicker recovery.  (c:  You weighed in at 16 lbs even and 27 inches.  (I honestly think that is overstated!)  Your percentile for weight dropped significantly, so of course your mama wonders if you are getting enough milk during the day.  You never complain, and the Dr. said he wasn't worried because you definitely don't look like you are starving, so we'll just keep an eye on you.  You were ~50% for weight and 88% for length.

We love you, Sweetie.