Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five Months Old

Our sweet girl turned five months old on Monday.
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It feels like this past month has dragged…on…..forever.  This either means that my desire to neither mourn the days that have past nor be anxious for the future is working — or, more likely, the winter-that-never-ends is really taking its toll.
Either way, these seemingly longer days have been really, really good ones.
This has been a month of huge growth, it seems.  We don’t return to the pediatrician until the beginning of next month so I’m unsure of her exact measurements, but boy does it seem like this girl’s been eating miracle grow!  She is filling out her 3-6 month clothes quite nicely, and has lengthened out so much it seems like she won’t fit on her changing table much longer.  I’m super curious to know exactly where she falls on the charts, but I’d be surprised if her weight is still an issue!
Her routine is the same as it has been, which works out wonderfully for those of us who thrive on schedules and knowing what’s going to happen when.  :)  Just last week, she started giving cues that she’s hungry for more formula, so we starting introducing a few six ounce bottles throughout the day.  We also started spoon feeding last week, too.  She seemed to catch on pretty quickly, working her tongue to mash and move the cereal around her mouth, and after her quick and swift eating tonight at dinner, I’d say I’d better get to the grocery store and start stocking up on fruits and veggies!  
She still sleeps as wonderfully as can be expected at night.  She’ll stir enough to need her pacifier every now and again, but often enough we won’t hear her until early morning (“we” — ha!  Brad doesn’t hear a sound - ever!).  She’s maintained a pretty predictable pattern of falling asleep around 8pm, and we’ll have to wake her between 10 and 11 for a final bottle before we’ll put her down in her crib.  She’ll then sleep until 6:30, give or take 10 minutes.  {This girl is a machine - she really does like a schedule!}  Our only hiccup as of late has been her daytime nap preferences.  For several days, she has only been cat-napping - completely forgoing her long afternoon nap all together.  Doesn’t do much for productivity on my end, or mood-swings on her end — can’t quite figure out what’s going on with that, but I have my fingers crossed she returns to her previous preferences soon!
She is more and more playful every day.  She’ll sit in her walker and lay on the floor and engage with her toys or with us or her brothers.  She seems to have a few *favorite* toys, especially those she can either hold easily in her hands or fit comfortably in her mouth.  She is drooling like crazy, but no signs of any teeth yet.
She is happy and giggly and is becoming so much more expressive.  A couple weeks ago, she would sing and coo and screech and talk — loudly — and a lot — that one morning Brad said “You can’t even watch TV with this girl in the room!”  She has the best laugh, and we’ve discovered her ribcage is quite ticklish.
She is *this close* to rolling over.  She celebrated her first Easter this month, and we’ve gone on a handful of short walks on the days it’s been nice enough to do so.  Come on, Spring!
She is, quite honestly, the best.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Many Faces of Ruby

Brad’s favorite time to photograph Ruby is when she’s propped up on his legs.  He caught some very animated and expressive photos of her just this morning.
This girl is gonna have personality.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Currently {Reed}

talking a lot about poop
yelling a lot at his brother - any offense is a scream-able one
dancing to the “Happy” song
feeling not so great on and off again, and
napping quite a bit as a result
riding his brother’s bike because his is too small
looking forward to soccer season
enjoying Sheriff Callie’s Wild West on Disney Jr.
loving his Mama’s homemade pizza…and nobody else’s
calling his sister Rue-bo, Rubester, and Ruby Roo
wishing he could go to school everyday
choosing yogurt, cheese, apples and milk for lunch
claiming raisins are delicious on their own, but not as a part of a trail mix
using our old camera to take tons of pictures
slimming down and shooting up

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

Beautiful day.
Beautiful church service.
Beautiful Christ.  Beautiful sacrifice.  Beautiful Sunday morning.
Beautiful moments, together.
When we got home after church, the boys ventured out into the backyard to scavenge for eggs left by the bunny.
I had my biggest cooking success today, which really was the icing on my Easter cake.  I’ve been trying for a loooonng time to master the pot roast.  Mine always end up dry; the tender, juicy roast has always been so elusive.  With special thanks to The Pioneer Woman, I knocked it out of the park today!
It made me feel so frisky, I even attempted homemade gravy…which I never do…and Brad said it was good!  Major win, folks.  Major.
Baskets for our bunnies after lunch.
Mid-afternoon we headed outside to enjoy the beautiful, sunshiny, 70 degree weather.  Drew’s been motivated to get the training wheels off his bike, and after today, he’ll be well on his way to independent two-wheel riding.  Major, MAJOR win for that one today.
Showing off her Sunday best.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.