Tuesday, January 24, 2012

christmas!


Here I am finally posting Christmas! The days are going by so fast! Loving it...tired alot of the time but really trying to soak it all up!! I can only imagine when Charlotte is mobile! ha (And, speaking of being mobile, Anniston is doing SO well in that area! Will update soon!)

Ok, so Christmas was wonderful this year. To be honest, I guess I had unreasonable expectations of myself, thinking that I could handle seeing our traditions to fruition as always: buying special gifts, fun outings, wrapping, decorating like usual, making Christmas treats, etc...all of the things that are fun but can be stressful, too. Add in a one to two month old and, well, it proved to be too much because I was just really tired the month of December :).

We did have fun, though, and it was SO special getting to explain the True meaning of Christmas to Anniston and feeling like she is in the beginning stages of getting to KNOW Jesus. I just wish I had taken more time to reflect...

When it was time to "pack up Christmas", I was about to put a book about Bethlehem in the tupperware container housing other holiday items when I felt a little tug saying "this story is not just for this time of the year." I just could not put the book away...I know it is a simple truth that most believers get, but it just hit me more than ever in that moment that these little girls are meant to hear this truth, not only of Christ's birth, but also of His life, death, and resurrection ALL year long from US. What a responsibility. What an honor.

Well, here is our Christmas!




Little People manger scene...Anniston loves.



Had fun wrapping and using scraps...



Made treats for neighbors.

And delivered...she loved having a "job" :).

Charlotte wearing an outfit that Anniston wore her first Christmas at 6 months...Charlotte is 2 months here!

We received some adorable outfits as gifts or found them on major sale... This super cute shirt was made by a sweet friend of Janjan's, and Charlotte has one, too!

Christmas Eve was spent with Stan's side of the family. We had a fun family day!


Digging into her Santa bag!


Charlotte was cozy with Pops...

Anniston got her very first bicycle! This trike has been great for her balance and coordination. I am looking forward to getting her to pedal more soon...will be so good for loosening up her muscles!


Now we're cozy with Grammy...

Christmas Eve night!



Next, we stayed the night with my parents and woke up at their house! This was our first time to wake up there with kids, and it was fun!

Our pictures did not turn out very great, and many of these are from our phones...will have to do better next year :). Anyway, this picture was kind of funny to me because at least it is showing the excitement/hurry that occurred, ha.


This is what she was going after! Her new little piano! It has its own stool and everything. I am not sure if I have mentioned this before, but Anniston and Stan have a special bond playing the piano. (The big one, ha.) She will sit next to him and strike the keys alongside her daddy...you can tell she feels like such a big girl doing what he does. She also hits the keys with her right hand some, so it is great for that reason, too. She loves it :).


Next, she opened her gift from GG and Grandpa: a dollhouse!!

With GG opening all of the boxes containing the kitchen, bathroom, people, etc...she LOVES her house!! ...especially the daddy...she drags him around everywhere :).

And, this is the house all put together at our house. Well, we were in the process of decorating it :).

Our only family photo. Stan had just opened his hat that I gave him (LA Tech hat!), and we weren't really thinking when we were taking the picture that he was completely "polo-ed" out ha. That is not all he wears, promise.

My mom gave my dad the best gift! He is an A&M Aggie, and for some reason, he never received his yearbook from his senior year...Well, my mom found it online! I need to sit down and look at it. I'm sure he was a stud...

Oh, and this was Charlotte's gift! I finally broke down and bought a carseat cover for her. It was time to frill things up a bit :).

So cozy.


That's all for now!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

precious



video

Charlotte is 10 weeks old, and this is a video of her from the other day :).


This little girl is just the sweetest...she melts my heart, and I want to soak up every moment! It seems every day that I notice her doing something new, and I feel like I am going to forget some of these sweet moments if I do not document them.



A few notes about Charlotte since birth:


* The first two weeks at home were probably the hardest even though she really has been a pretty easy baby all along. She was just really hungry and fighting sleep a good bit.

* The first two weeks at home, she only had two volumes: completely quiet and sweet or extremely loud and red-faced, ha. She has since found a light whine that I am okay with...if left to whine long, though, it can reach the super loud volume as I am sure is understood :).

* Now, she pretty much only cries when sleepy or hungry, as I am sure is understood as well :).

* She came home sleeping about 3 to 4 hours at night and has been sleeping 10 to 11 hours the last week (yippee).

* From the beginning, she has been super alert. (New to me since Anniston slept more than her during the day.) We had to return to the hospital for a weight check a couple of days after being discharged, and the nurse was amazed at her looking around so wide-eyed since most few day old babies are asleep when she sees them.

* Such a strong neck from the beginning. Rolled over at 6 wks...considered it a fluke. Now, she has been rolling since 8 wks.

* She could probably smile and "talk" during her entire waketime. LOVES to be talked to.

* Has had some reflux and has been on Zantac since 3 wks. Since adding Zantac, she seems to be falling asleep more easily.

* She has been a very eager and efficient eater from the start...such a blessing.

* At her well visit last Thursday (9 wks), she weighed 11 lb, 2.5 oz (50%), was 22 3/4 inches long (70%)...cannot recall head circumference, but I know it was 50%. Anniston was born in June and Charlotte in October, and Charlotte can fit into most of the clothes that Anniston was wearing her first winter at 6-7 months old (size 3-6 months).

* Had trouble with her 2 month immunizations...legs swelled and turned very red...she was inconsolable and crying out in pain like I have never heard. I was ready to take her to the emergency room, but Stan, the level-headed one, calmed us down. (I feel so bad about this because I think it was my fault, but I am going to share so that this hopefully will not happen to anyone else... After her shots, we came straight home, and since she was asleep, I let her finish her nap in the living room still in her carseat. Well, apparently with her diaper being snug and her legs raised for probably a couple of hours, the vaccine must have pooled in her leg...NOT fun. After letting her stretch, loosening her diaper, and giving her Tylenol, she calmed down and swelling disappeared.)

* I know people say this all the time: that they never knew they could love another baby as much as their first, blah blah blah, but now I know the saying to be true. My heart is full...