Wednesday, March 30, 2016

So much fun at six months

How is this precious baby half a year old already? She seems to change and grow every day. She's brought so much joy to our entire family and lights up faces of all that come into contact with her with her contagious smile. She "talks" all the time and has the most expressive facial expressions. It's not hard to guess what she's thinking! Here are six facts about Caroline at six months:
1. Growing like a weed

Between four and six months Caroline grew 2.5 inches and gained a little over a pound! She's always stayed in 21% for height and weight but now is in the 69% for height (at 26.5") and 36% for weight (at 15 lbs 10 oz). The shots were awful. She was fine once we got home but then completely lost it at bedtime. The next day she was fussy and I'm sure it's because her little legs were sore.

Sitting up is old news to her now and she can do a sort of scoot on her tummy. She seems to go backwards more than forwards! She loves the johnny jumper.

2. Loving your food

Meal time is so funny. It's messy but so fun. If the weather is nice we eat out on the porch and you just love it! My mom got her this plastic bib/smock at Ikea. It's plastic and very easy to just wipe down at the end of each mealtime. You've liked most of the food we've tried except for avacados (which was fine because I just turned it into guac for me:-)

3. Loving your three lovies

You seem to have chosen three lovies and are delighted to see all of them at each nap and bedtime. This just melts my heart because I was always into my stuffed animals more than baby dolls. In fact, my lovie, Jackie, hangs in place of honor over her changing table. In the crib are Ellie the Elephant (from your cousin Ellie), Duckie (from Elizabeth Magee) and Glowwarm (from Santa). I love hearing you press the glowworm and it starts playing a tune - I know you are no longer asleep or havn't gotten to sleep yet! And you've almost completely dropped the passie on your own. You like to hold them in the crib but hardly ever want to suck on one!

4. Finding other babies so fascinating

The facial expressions in this picture just slay me! You are going to be the best big sister. You are absolutely fascinated by other babies. Those that are crawling and those that are tiny. We walked with a friend earlier this week who has a 7 week old and Caroline squealed and "talked" to him. He looked a little overwhelmed.

5.  Happiest of happy babies

You continue to be a laid back baby with the happiest disposition. When I pick you up from the church or gym nursuries, the workers always comment on how happy and smiley you've been. I dread the seperation anxiety stage, because it's hard enough to leave a happy baby! You only get upset when your bottle isn't ready on time but as long as we start singing "Shake, shake, shake. Shake your bottle" you calm down and know it's coming!

6. Loving the outdoors

With the warmer weather we've been spending more and more time outside and you love it. You love touching the grass and watching the dogs run around while I work in the yard. Scout's wagging tag is also very entertaining. You aren't quite fast enough to catch it! You continue to love our walks around the neighborhood especially in the double stroller that has a seat where you can sit up. We tried walking this week in the snap 'n go and you were having none of it. Towards the end of the walk, I let you just sit up in the stroller and you were instantly happy again.

I think she's going to grow up and want a convertible - she loves the wind in her hair! So excited to see all the changes and adventures waiting for us in the next six months!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend

We had a delightful Easter weekend. Ryan's day off happened to fall on Good Friday so that was nice! We attempted to shop for Baby 2 in the morning but, sadly, the stroller I've been eyeing was sold (it was the floor model for 35% off) and the car seat we picked at the Target sale was out-of-stock. So back to the drawing board!

We dyed Easter eggs and that was a success. The March issue of Martha Stewart Living had a method for creating speckled eggs using dry pantry items like pasta and grains and food coloring to decorate eggs. That seemed like a good option for Caroline since she can't exactly dip eggs in the dye yet and she loves to shake things. She was able to do it but kept wanting to drink it! This girl knows the purpose of the red solo cup!

Turned out pretty cute - eat your heart out Martha Stewart!

Ryan said he'd only dyed eggs one time as a child - he'll get to do it more as an adult:-) Notice his gloves;-)

And speaking of crafts, last week we made carrot footprints to decorate the mantle.

Pinterest win - use a sponge to dab on paint before doing the footprint. It worked so much better than trying to dip her foot in the paint and then on the paper.

Saturday Caroline and I palled around town since Ryan was on call. We started off in the pool.

And later on went to see our friends and their family who were in town visiting. Lillie is catching up with Caroline in the cheeks department!

Cutest bunny I know!

Sunday morning Caroline and I had a big accomplishment - we made it to church, on time, by ourselves. This has been so intimating for me (not really sure why!) and I haven't wanted to go without Ryan. We even had a few minutes to take a photo before we left.

Sweet pea sat with me in big church until the sermon started. She loves music and our church does the pageantry part of worship so wonderfully. She was very happy to see the jumper in the nursery and was not ready to leave when I came back!

Elizabeth Magee, Poppy and Mary Thorne placed an Easter Lily in the bulletin in Caroline's honor. It brought tears to my eyes!
I hosted some girls from my Bible Study whose husbands were also working over for brunch. We had fried chicken, deviled eggs, quiche, a vegetable tray and strawberry cake.

When the rains stopped we had a little Easter Egg hunt in the front yard. Caroline was so worn out from her active morning she slept for over two hours and missed the hunt.

And then sat out in the back and the girls threw the ball for Scout. Pepe doesn't want to beg to be petted, but he'll come sit by you and see if you'll scratch his ears.
Ryan got home late afternoon and we discovered the Easter Bunny had come and apparently loves to shop at Ikea just like me!!!

It was a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating our risen Savior. We all make such a huge deal out of Christmas, but it's really all about Easter for Christians. And now I feel like it's officially springtime!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Taste of the Green Stuff

Caroline had her first taste of "real" food about a week ago. First up was broccoli puree (steamed broccoli run through the food processor). Her expressions were priceless!

First bite and she seems to say, "Well that was interesting." 

I'm not so sure about this???

OMG, Mama, what are you letting Daddy put in my mouth?!?

It may be okay IF I'm in charge of the spoon...

Nope. Make it stop!!! Ya'll can have it and I'll just take my bottle, now, please!

I'm happy to report that Caroline's thoughts on food have only improved in the last week and a half! We've now had broccoli puree (again), carrot and broccoli puree, bananas (for breakfast), sweet potato puree and sweet potato and broccoli. The sweet potatoes have by far been her favorite. She's also had a taste of goat cheese (she loved) and pimento cheese (not loved so much). She's also getting the hang of the Dr. Brown sippy cup. 

Broccoli and sweet potatoes - it's all good!!!

When Mom and Aunt Bonnye were here, Caroline decided that reclining back in the bath was for little babies. And it's way more fun to sit up and play with the new bath toys from Siggi.  

And we're carseat shopping for a convertible seat for Caroline. So strange that she'll be in this type of seat for years! Time slow down! My little bitty baby isn't looking so little bitty anymore!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sister Sister

I love being around Mom and Aunt Bonnye and getting a glimpse of their little sister/big sister dynamics. I don't think it matters if you are 12, 30, 60 or 90 the sister-to-sister relationship remains the same (at least among the women in my family!). These two drove back with me from Birmingham and we spent a wonderful few days exploring Greenville, talking, eating, getting ready for Baby 2, talking, cooking and talking some more. And lots of laughing.

The timing of their visit was just perfect for many reasons - including the fact that my dishwasher has been on the fritz for the last week. Aunt Bonnye claims to love washing dishes and she kept my kitchen spotless!
We took Caroline to Bouncing Babies. It amazes me that she loves the puppet - most of the babies are a little weary of him!

This baby's sitting up skills are improving every day. She watches every single thing that goes on during that 30 minutes and then concks out as soon as she gets back to her carseat.

We walked from the libary around downtown and had lunch at Rainer's. It was a first for me and was so goood! We poked around the shops downtown and Caroline was the best little trooper. She took her afternoon nap on the road and two bottles. Our last stop of the day was Whole Foods.

Where she decided laying back in the car seat is just for little babies! She was so proud of herself!

Baby food is a new thing in our life and Caroline seems to prefer brocolli/carrot puree to broccoli puree. Aunt Bonnye also gave her a taste of goat cheese and she LOVED it - Bonnye said we had to work on C's Norwegian hertiage! It was so cute!

Since we had babysitters, Ryan and I went out Tuesday night. He told me he'd take me out to eat, but that he didn't want to miss an opportunity for mom to cook for him. Ha! So we ate at home and then went out for dessert.
Wednesday we shopped, shopped and shopped. Caroline was (again) a trooper. Macy's was having a great one-day sale - I got a $70 pair of winter books for $10.

And then we spent the rest of the day at the house. Ryan worked Wednesday night so we had a frozen pizza, did our nails and watched Welcome to Sweden on Hulu. The perfect girls night in!

They took the train back to Tuscaloosa and said it was a wonderful way to travel! I can't wait to try it. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Birthday Fun in Birmingham

Sunday morning Caroline and I made a quick trip to Birmingham because some very special cousins were celebrating turning THREE! On our way we stopped at my cousin Margaret's house in Atlanta for a quick visit.

Ellie had picked out several toys she thought Caroline would enjoy playing with but Caroline found Ellie's hair the most interesting! Ellie also had some great advice for being a big sister. Namely, that you tell the little brother or sister "what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong." That sums it up nicely!

We made it to B'ham in time for Elizabeth Magee's soccar game. The day was beautiful but colder and windier than expected!

Holding twin girls -- something these two are used to doing! How did Mary Thorne and Poppy get so big? It seems like yesterday they were new babies!
Elizabeth Magee was a little distracted by all that was going on on the sidelines!

Does anyone else think Net and Caroline look like Russian refugees?

And then it was time for the main event -- an Egg Hunt party! The cakes were adorable and featured their favorite lovies. Mary Thorne's had her "Mimi" and Poppy's had her puppy dog. 

Sis timed the egg hunt and it lasted one minute and 36 seconds.

Let me just brag on how sweet these nieces of mine are for a second! After the party Mary Thorne and Poppy each opened a few gifts before saving the rest for the real day on Wednesday. Mary Thorne opened a Peppa Pig set and immediately handed it to Caroline. She told me "Baby Caroline" would like to play with it!  What three year old does that? Elizabeth Magee and Poppy helped me put Caroline to bed and each sang her a good night song (but different ones at the same time!). Poppy also insisted Baby Caroline needed her puppy dog lovies. It was so sweet. Unfortunetly, she started missing them about 3 a.m.

Cartoons with her cousins. Caroline was disappointed to learn that cartoons don't come on on TVs in Greenville;-)
And look who came back with us! It's extra fun to go through IKEA with Aunt Bonnye because she can pronounce all the Swedish words! We had lunch (I loved the Swedish meatballs) and spent two and a half hours poking around IKEA.

And Caroline found a little kitche that I'm thinking may have to find it's way to our house by Christmas!