Saturday, July 26, 2014

{Molly} Seven Months

Stats: Guessing my little girl is around 17 pounds (give or take a few ounces).
Sizes: Molly is still wearing 9 months, 6-12 months, or 9-12 months. And she is still wearing size 3 (Kirkland brand) diapers.
Food: Molly breastfeeds every 2-4 hours when I'm home and breastfeeds once and takes four 4.5 ounce bottles when I work. I pump 4-5 times on my working days...(once before work, three times at work, and once before bed). If Molly wakes around 6am on my working days I don't pump those mornings (hence the 4-5 times per day). On my NON "working" days ("working" because lets be serious mama's work EVERY day) I pump only if I need a bottle to go. So really not much has changed since last month.

Molly is getting better at eating keeping food IN her mouth but is most definitely not a pro. She likes most fruits but doesn't like most vegetables (with the exception of sweet potatoes). For fruit she's had bananas, applesauce, prunes, and apple blueberry. For veggies she's had carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and green beans. She is definitely NOT a fan of squash. She eats baby food twice a day (sometimes mixed with oatmeal) and a few days ago I gave her banana chunks (which were her first REAL food).
Routine: Molly goes to bed around 8:30 at night. Still takes three naps a day. A medium length morning nap, a longer afternoon nap, and a shorter evening nap. She typically wakes anywhere between 5 and 6 in the morning to breastfeed but thankfully immediately goes back to sleep. Wakes for the day around 7:30 or 8am. She still goes down most days really easy!!! And she always wakes H-A-P-P-Y!!!
Developmental Milestones: Molly rolled belly to back (again) on June 30. She still rolls (more often) back to belly though. But she is definitely liking her belly more and only occasionally gets mad about being on it. As for crawling were heading in the right direction...Molly gets on her knees and rocks but before long always ends up on her belly. Molly also loves to stand with help. (Her legs are definitely getting stronger). And Molly knows come. (Especially where it concerns mama)!!!
I got a chuckle because I looked at Mason's 7 month post and he already knew hot to clap and was pulling himself up on things. Just goes to show you definitely work more with a firstborn!!!
Loves: Molly loves watching her big brother!!! Molly loves tubby time (sits in her tub like a big girl now)!!! Molly loves splashing in pools and lakes!!! Molly loves her blankie and paci!!! Molly loves crinkling paper and sucking on anything and everything she can get her hands on!!! And Molly loves smacking her tongue to her lips!!!
Dislikes: Eating?! And getting her face washed. But go figure she could care less when I dump water over her head during bath time.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You started sleeping with your bumpers.
  • You enjoy giving open mouth kisses or just knawing on mommy's chin.
  • You love playing with your private parts...(and mommy thought this was just a boy thing)!!!
  • You constantly scratch your fingers back and forth (on mommy or whatever) when feeding. You also like to touch my face when feeding. And more often than not mommy has to feed you in your room (quiet and away from distraction) to get you to eat well.
  • You always curls your little piggies under. It's so stinking cute.
  • You have the tiniest feeties!!! And the craziest hair!!!
  • Your first tooth is working its way in. And thanks to that first tooth we've all lost a little sleep. Oh're worth it!!!
  • You enjoy playing with sand and swinging in swings.
  • You celebrated your first 4th of July.
  • You're pretty good at drinking out of your sippy. 
  • You're pretty darn good at popping your paci in and out.
  • You sat (like a big girl) in a grocery cart for the first time...and were SO excited about it!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy 4th of July

We had an awesome Fourth of July this year. Pretty sure the best part for me was the 5am phone call saying that my WHOLE 12 hour shift was straight up canceled!!! I wasn't even on-call...and that (not being on-call) doesn't happen very often. So I got to spend 12 extra hours with my favorite two littles...
Late morning we headed over to my sister's house for a pool day. The weather was awesome. The water refreshing. And the company was great. My parent's also came and supplied most of our dogs, potato salad, chips & dip, fruit, and cookies. YUM!!!
At night we biked the Kent Trails. Neither of the kids really enjoyed the ride. (Mason doesn't like to be confinded and I really do not know what Mollys deal was). Lots of screams were heard. But go figure right as we finished Molly cashed out.

We skipped the fireworks for the 3rd year in a row. Just not worth it to us. Maybe next year?!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. I've said it before. And I'm saying it again. (And will most likely say it a thousand times more in the future). But here's what I have to say...I AM SO THANKFUL for my Rainbow babies!!! LOVE them to absolute pieces!!!
2. Mase's (or maybe daddy's) find during our picture session this past Saturday. (In case you don't know it's a deer antler). Either way daddy was proud!!!
3. that's the way to eat an ice cream cone ;)
4. Cousins by blood. Friends by choice!!! Love how they love being together. Doesn't hurt that grandma and grandpa supplied the yummy Sunday lunch and the boat for them to play in.
And can't forget these two cuties...
5. This was his face when we pulled into our driveway (after releasing the balloons the other night) and his friends Drana (Adryana) and Blake were no longer outside to play...
Poor kid!!!

6. Mason is obsessed with watching different YouTube videos that show Easter eggs wrapped in play doh. You take the play doh off...pop open the egg...and find a SURPRISE. So we reinacted it the other day...
*The surprise was his bop!!!

7. Love watching them interact...
8. Molly sporting her HOPE College bib. Maybe she'll follow in her mommy's footsteps someday?! (And a note for all my fellow Hope Alums. Email Hope that you had a baby and they send you a free bib)!!!
9. He cleared out my pumping supply drawer this morning. Crazy kid. He has toys galore and this is what he chooses to play with.
10. Someone is getting B-I-G...
First time sitting up (sans carseat) in the grocery cart!!! She loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Celebrating Alayna and Ella's 4th Birthday

This past Thursday (in celebration of the girl's 4th birthday) we went to Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. It was a perfect zoo day. Temps in the high 60's and pure sunshine. Both kids had a blast and that's all that truly matters to this mama!!! 
Mommy & Molly and Daddy & Mase on the safari ride.
Mason once again LOVED feeding the giraffes...
And the birds...
After the zoo we grabbed lunch to go. (Yea for Wendy's dollar menu)!!! The zoo must have really tired the littles out because once home they crashed almost immediately. While the kids slept Brian and I each took turns running errands. Then for dinner we grilled out (kabob style) and after dinner we made our way to the cemetery to release some balloons.  

Love this family God gave me!!!
He was SO excited to release the balloons.
Mase watching his balloon go up...up...and away.
And Mols watching her balloon do the same.
Happy Birthday balloons for my "big" girls.

To end the night we did birthday cookies (chocolate chip-style) instead of birthday cake. They were delicious!!! Obviously Mase enjoyed them...
All in all a GREAT day celebrating our angel babies!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

2.5 Years + 6 Months = Picture Fun

I LOVE getting my kids pictures taken...however I do NOT like paying for it every 3 months. (Yes...I'm that mom who needs to get newborn, 3, 6, 9 month, and 1 year pictures taken). Molly's newborn pictures were taken by Jess from (JD Expressions). Loved them!!! Portrait Innovations took her 3 month. (I wasn't terribly impressed). And since her 9 month and 1 year will be taken by Jess I decided that I would take her 6 month pictures. And if I must say they turned out SO stinkin CUTE!!! Here are some of my faves... 
Since I did not get 2 year pics of Mase taken...I took a few of him too!!! So here are a few of my fave shots of my 2.5 year old...
I tried to snap a few of them together but Mase was less than cooperative...
(For this shot I wanted Molly in the rocking chair and Mase on the blanket but he refused to get out of the chair).