Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas!  It came and went too quickly (like it always does) and it was a very busy time for us (like it always is), but it was such a special time. 

Aniston's preschool had a Christmas program on December 10.  They made the cutest little reindeer shirts at school for the program.  The program itself was just precious. 

My grandparents are huge fans of traditional, background-type photographs.  We never have those kinds of pictures done, so as part of their Christmas gift this year, we took the girls for a session and gave them some framed prints. 

We took the girls to see Santa a few days before Christmas.  We made a night of it and went to dinner with the McCumbers, just like we did last year. 

Between juggling life with two kids and going back to work after Thanksgiving, things were really hectic and I didn't wrap a single present before the 23rd.  Huge mistake.  B and I made the most of it, though, and stayed up until 2am eating popcorn, watching Christmas Vacation, and wrapping.  It was a late night, and wrapping is not my favorite thing to do by any stretch of the imagination, but I loved the time we spent together.  In all the holiday craziness, it was a little time for just the two of us. 

Our Christmas gatherings started on Christmas Eve at 12:30, and we attended three on Christmas Eve, two on Christmas Day, and one the day after Christmas.  Whew!  It was busy, but so fun, and we're very thankful to have so much family to celebrate with.  We are blessed beyond measure. 

It was fun to open presents, and even more fun to watch our girls, but the best part of Christmas this year was listening to Aniston tell the Christmas story and sing songs about the birth of Jesus.  We're so thankful for a merciful savior, and the true meaning of Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Harper: 3 Months

Sweet Harper Shea, you are three months old! One-fourth of your first year has already passed, and that's so hard for me to believe. 

It has been a busy month.  We celebrated your first Thanksgiving. I did a terrible job documenting that with pictures, but I promise to do better at Christmas!

I went back to work on November 30.  You stay with Papa during the day.  We're blessed to not have to put you in daycare right now.  You have such a special relationship with him already, and he is wrapped around your tiny finger.

You started cooing and babbling this month.  You talk to your daddy and Papa the most, and I'm a bit jealous of that. :)  You have the sweetest smile, and are the best little snuggle bug.  You're at your happiest when someone is holding you close.

 You were diagnosed with torticollis this month.  Your daddy and I had noticed you favored your right side no matter where you were or what you were doing, and Dr. H noticed it before I was even able to point it out at your two month well check on November 19.  The torticollis could be congenital, or it could be the result of how you were positioned in the womb or how you were delivered.  Regardless of how it came to be, we're working hard to correct it and the positional plagiocephaly that has come about because of it.  This means lots of things to do at home, as well as weekly physical therapy appointments.  You are not a fan of physical therapy in the least, and are determined to let everyone know exactly how you feel.  I'm pretty sure the entire office breathes a sigh of relief when we leave.  We're supposed to do hours of tummy time with you every day, and you hate that too.

You weigh a little over 13 pounds, and are around 25 inches long.  You are a chunky little thing  with the cutest little rolls on your thighs and arms.  Your squishy cheeks are perfectly kissable, and I could just eat you up!

You drink four ounces of formula every three hours.   You keep a very strict schedule--no skipping meals for you.  You went through a growth spurt, and for a while  this month you wanted six ounces before bed and for the first bottle the next morning.  You've slowed down now, though, and are back to your regular four.  You take your last bottle around 9:30 or 10:30, and sleep until around 6am.  I'm so thankful that you sleep well most nights--I'm not a person who can survive on little sleep, and I feel so much better than I did when you were waking every few hours.  You're still sleeping in the pack and play in our bedroom, and you'll probably be there for a while.  The Angel Care monitor gives me lots of peace of mind, but having you close is even better. 

Your little personality emerges more by the day.  You are quick to arch your eyebrows or give us your judgy baby face when you're skeptical about something.  You're a little more tolerant of Aniston's shenanigans lately, but you still don't like her to touch your hands.  You keep a close eye on her (that's probably a good idea) and respond to her voice.  You're still pretty demanding, and I'm afraid what the doctor deemed colic may just be, well, you.  Once you're mad about something, there's no changing your mind.  No amount of walking, rocking, or pacifiers can calm you down.  (Just ask the people at physical therapy.  Ha!)

You learned to blow bubbles this month, and you do it all. the. time.  I have to constantly keep a bib on you because your shirt will be soaked in no time if I don't.  This is especially true in the car because those silly bubbles are your preferred way of entertaining yourself.  By the time we reach our destination, your shirt will be wet all the way to your tummy.

You love bath time, and have recently learned to splash.  It still surprises you when you're able to do it, and it's hilarious to watch.  You've learned that you can squeal, and you think it's the most marvelous thing, especially when you first wake up.  It's the happiest little sound!

You are a blessing, precious girl, and we love you so very much!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Five on Friday: The Early Saturday Morning Version

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm finally sitting down to write this post at 1am , so technically it's Saturday, but let's not get caught up in the details.  I have to snatch tiny bits of alone time when they present themselves...even if it's in the wee hours of the morning. 

1| Blog Absenteeism
So, obviously, I haven't been blogging much lately.  We had a wonderful time celebrating Harper's first Thanksgiving, and then I returned to work on the following Monday.  It was a bittersweet time.  I miss being at home with the girls, but I love my job and my colleagues.  Trying to balance home and work has been stressful at times to say the least, but we've settled back into a routine.  I think getting back to a normal schedule has really helped Aniston, and being away during the day makes me appreciate my time at home even more.  Between returning to work and the Christmas season, things have been busy, busy, busy.

2| Christmas Fun
We've loved sharing the Christmas season with Aniston this year.  She's at such a fun age.  She has an Elf on the Shelf (Sparkle) and loves looking for her each morning.  (Sparkle may be the most boring elf in the history of shelves, but even a very dull elf is fun for a four year old.)  (Also, I've told B that Sparkle won't show up next year until the week before Christmas.  A whole month of an elf is just too much for me.)  Aniston's preschool had a Christmas program last week, and it was just the sweetest thing.  She was also a part of a Christmas choir at church last Sunday, and it was precious too.  Cuteness overload, let me tell you.

3| Speaking of Christmas....
I simply can't believe that Christmas is next week.  Where has the year gone?!  I'm still preparing at a semi-frantic pace.  Tonight Brooke and I left the kids and husbands at home and declared we wouldn't be back until both of our lists were finished.  We left at 5:30 and didn't get home until well after 10.  I'm so tired, but so thankful that, with the exception of just a few tiny things, I'm finally finished!  Now, I haven't wrapped a single gift, but I'm telling myself I have all next week for that.

4| Harper
Harper turned three months old on the 16th!  I'm working on her monthly post.  I just can't believe how quickly time is passing, and how much she has grown!

5| Christmas Break
As of this afternoon at 3:15, I'm on Christmas break.  I'm  thrilled to have two weeks at home with the girls!  I have a long list of things I want to do with them: see Santa, go to McAdenville for the lights, bake cookies, do random acts of kindness with list goes on and on.  I'm determined to squeeze as much fun as possible into the next two weeks! 

Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!