Sunday, August 20, 2017

Two new teeth and a busy weekend

On Saturday Eliza had two new teeth break through. Her 7th and 8th tooth started to come in so she will soon have four on top and four on the bottom. She's definitely been fussier at times lately. Hopefully she will get a little break from teething before her molars and canine teeth come in. 

Today we had a one year old birthday party for Eliza's friend Joelle. They are 6 days apart. It's hard to believe it's been a year since we both had our girls. It's been fun to see them growing up together. 
Happy 1st Birthday Joelle!
Eliza liked the flamingo decorations.
She liked the pinwheels too.
This was my best attempt at a photo of their college outfits. I'm getting excited about college football season and PSU being ranked I believe #6 going into the season.
Eliza joined right in with the older kids and the parachute.
Playing with Joelle
Sibling time

This evening we did family photos and Eliza's one year pictures. It was a very hot evening but I was glad it didn't rain. The sun was out, skies were blue, and I loved the location the photographer suggested. It was called Green Meadow Preserve. There was a pretty field and an area with a community garden with flowers. 

Taking photos of a one year old and two year  old aren't easy but I definitely think we got some good ones! I can't wait to see them! We weren't able to get any sibling ones because it's tough to get them both to sit but we did get some family ones and individual ones of both of them. 

Eliza was really melting down at one point. I hadn't planned on nursing her but all our other tricks to keep her happy weren't working. Fortunately that helped calm her down. She wasn't the most smiley during the shoot but I've learned that with children, the candid photos are just as special as the posed ones. These are the photos and memories that I know I will look back on when they are all grown up. I'm glad we can document this sweet and crazy time in our lives. More soon!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekly activities

Painting and reading 
Need to document the meltdowns too right? 
"This is my lunchbox. I'm ready for Kindergarten."
I'm glad we still have a few more years until Kindergarten but I'm glad he's excited about it!
Sweet girl greets me with this smile after her nap.
Playing inside at the mall since it's been so hot lately.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cousins meet Roland/Janine's 70th

Our routine lately

Long post. Trying to catch up on my blog. We've had a nice few days. Both Eliza and Nolan are healthy again, and it's been refreshing for Jeremy and me. Before I had children, I didn't realize how much a fever, a virus, a common cold, hand foot, and mouth, or any illness can just throw everything off. Much of the month of July someone was sick. Those days of illness have really made the days of good health that much more special.

Nolan is enjoying coloring, painting, playing with magnatiles, reading books, and learning. The teacher in me loves being able to use some of my old teaching resources with him. I love the pretend play and seeing where his imagination takes him. I find myself laughing and smiling at the funny things he does and says. He can be such a sweet boy.

There have been a lot more moments lately where the terrible two behavior comes through. More tantrums, more saying no, more meltdowns because he wanted to blue cup instead of the yellow cup (even though I asked his preference initially so he could decide). It sometimes feels like with toddlers you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. He's also started to ask why a little more often too. I see his independence and self sufficiency starting to show through which is exciting but it also makes me miss when he was really small. 

Eliza's quickly changing from an infant to a toddler. While she may be small in size, she is determined and a busy little lady. She mastered walking quickly and is toddling all over the house often with her hands in the air ready to catch her fall. She follows me everywhere which is really sweet. I know I'll miss these days when she is grown up. I still can't believe her birthday is just 3 weeks away. Her smiles, her giggles, and the joy she has over simple things is fun to see. She likes to carry around large stuffed animals and objects around the house. 

Our routine lately looks like this. (Ages 11 months and 2 years 3 months)

7:30am Eliza wakes up. Nurse her and get her changed and dressed. I usually get dressed  before Nolan wakes up. 
8:00-8:30 head downstairs. Feed her solids, let the dog out, and I eat breakfast too. 
8:30-9:00 wake Nolan. He loves to sleep. If he's not up by 9 it's hard to get him to nap around 2 so I usually wake him at 8:30.
9:00-9:30 feed Nolan breakfast while Eliza plays on the floor.
9:30-10:00 both play or they play separately and I go back and forth between each of them.
10:00-11:30 Eliza nap. Play one on one with Nolan. If I have things I need to take care of around the house I'll put a show on during part of this time.
11:30-12:30 play time together 
12:30-1:00 lunch 
1:00-2:00 stories and more playing 
2:00-3:00 Eliza one on one time and nurse her before her afternoon nap. I just recently dropped a feeding most days.
2:00-4:00 Nolan's nap
4:30-both of them wake up. 
4:45-5:00 Dad gets home! We are all always happy to see him. 
5:00-6:00 Tag team making dinner and watching the kids. 
6:00-7:30 play outside, go to the park, food trucks, etc. 
7:30-8:00 bath and bedtime routine 
8:30 bedtime I nurse Eliza and Jeremy reads to Nolan. Sometimes I do both if the timing works out well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our new nephew Roland

Congrats Riley and Jonathan! Roland arrived on August 9, 2017 at 8:13pm weighing 7lbs 6oz and 20.25in. Welcome to the family little guy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Illness has hit our house again. Nolan started running a fever on Wednesday night of last week. On Thursday it got worse, and it continued to be high through the weekend. Fortunately ibuprofen kept the fever controlled. On Saturday morning, it was 104.3. We took him for a sick visit to rule or an ear infection or strep. Often longer sustained fevers can be bacterial infections so we wanted to check. Turns out it was a viral infection called Roseola. Started with congestion and high fever and then on the 5th day of the fever there was a small rash that showed up on his stomach. 

Monday morning came and the fever was still at 103. We checked in with the pediatrician but they said it just needed to run its course. From reading about it online the fever can last 7 days. He hasn't had an appetite and only wants milk. At least he is staying hydrated which is most important. I'm just hoping that Eliza doesn't get it next or we will be stuck at home another week. Lots of childhood illnesses seem to be going around. His fever was gone this morning so hopefully we will be back to normal soon. 

Eliza's been behaving well and enjoying her new walking skills. It's amazing how much she's improved and how confident she's gotten in a short period of time. 

Proud of her and her motivation to walk! I'm really enjoying her being able to play in the cul de sac too.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Eliza 11 month update

Weight/height: 18lbs and 28inches. She seems to be getting taller and is still petite weight wise.

Hair: It is light brown with hints of blond and red in the sunlight. It's getting a little longer all around but still short and fine. 

Eyes: They are light blue.

Clothes: 9 month or 6-12 month. We switched to 12 month pjs since she is walking so they have the grippy type feet

Diapers: size 3 and these will be good for a while. We've added a pad into her diaper at night since she's been leaking at time. Size 4s are too big. 

Sleeping: Eliza's sleep is better but she does wake up at night. She typically does an 8 hour stretch and then another 3-4 hour stretch. She is down to two naps and sometimes seems like she could switch to 1 nap. One nap is usually longer 1.5-2 hours and one is a little shorter. Sometimes she will only nap 30-45 min. She's usually nursing once overnight. Some nights she's very difficult to put down and other nights she goes to bed nicely. Her sleep seems to regress when a new tooth is about to break through and improves after. She's been going to sleep for her naps without nursing and is getting better at falling asleep on her own in her crib. 

Likes:  being held, rides in the stroller, baths, being smiled and interacted with, watching her brother, her baby stroller, tracking around objects, walking 

Dislikes: car rides (she seems to like her convertible car more though), being hungry, when she can't see someone, when I walk out of the room she's in, getting a toy she's playing with taken away

Eating: She is breastfed every 4-5 hours. Aiming for 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and bedtime. Some days I just do morning, before her afternoon nap, and bedtime. In the next few weeks I may switch to every 6-7 hours now that she's eating more real foods. I'd like to get down to morning and night nursing around her first birthday like I did with Nolan but I also know she's a very different baby. I'm just trying to go with what works now. She went through a phase where I thought she was finished nursing and now she seems to like it again. 

She drinks bottles well now but I mainly just nurse her. She self feeds well and has been eating a lot lately. We thought she might be a picky eater but this month so proved us wrong and has been trying lots of new things. No food allergies or any concerns yet. She usually eats her solids about 30 minutes after nursing. I've been giving her some snacks lately too since she seems hungry often. Favorite foods lately are strawberries, blueberries, peaches, cheese, and frozen peas. She eats small pieces of what we eat.

Milestones/activities: walking, can climb up the stairs, lots of babbling, switched to convertible car seat

Always on the move!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Weekly update

Nolan and Mason at Monday play group. We hosted this week. Three other moms came and we each have two kids. It was fun having 8 little ones playing together.
Alexis and Eliza
Having fun at the park
Time for a bath 
Kiddie pool time
Eliza loves watching her brother.
Food truck Tuesdays picnic. We brought subs this time and then got an ice pop.
This was the best we could get of them lying on their backs together. They both move so fast.

Those teeth 
Glad to have Grammy back after three weeks!
Sometimes you get crazy hair while eating.

The rest of the week will be quiet. We are excited for our nephew to arrive. More soon! 

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