Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Firsts for Kate!

I tried doing a post on just Kate walking, but the video never appeared.  She started walking on her first day of Mother's Morning Out -- Sept. 12.  She was so proud of herself and we were too!  I love seeing her walk around downstairs.  She still loves to push her stroller/walker and picks every random thing up she finds to put in there. It just makes us LOL every time!  She also spends most of her time trying to get in the pantry and getting her favorite snacks.
the random things she puts in her stroller!

First Day of Mother's Morning Out!
St. Andrew's

She has also started saying "Mommy".  I've been waiting a long time to hear that.  She has been saying "daddy" for a long time! Even though most of the time she is calling me, it's crying or whining, I still love hearing it.  I'm in denial that my last baby is growing up.  We have been having fun just the two of us while the bigs are at Kindergarten.  Her great naps are disappearing and she has been waking up b/t 4:30-5:15 most mornings.  I think she is just so excited about all the new things she is doing :)

Friday, September 9, 2016


Well.  We made it! The first week of Kindergarten is under the belt!  Max and Claire are going to a brand new school and are in different classes.  They have both had a great week and have told me bits and pieces! I am thankful Max's teacher has a blog so I can keep up with what they are doing.  So far, playground and snack time are their favorite parts of the day :)

The buds looking so handsome ready for his big day!
Ready to rock her first day!
Looking so grown up :)

Daddy came home from work to go with me to take them to school.  They were so happy!
Our county does a staggered entry day for kindergarten.  So the first week they only went one day, had assessments and got used to the school.  Friday we went to meet the teacher, then they started the day after Labor Day.

 Finding their names on the class lists

 Their desks :)

No looking back now!

Kate and I have been staying busy.  We usually go to the gym, grocery store, library and next week she starts a MMO program Monday/Wednesday 9:15-12:15.  Hopefully I can get the house clean soon :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Kate ~ 15 months

Just a few days shy of 16 months and punky is thriving! I just looked back at Max and Claire's 15 month blog post and Kate seems to have similar qualities as Claire!  She likes to test us and it's hard not to laugh at times.  If her hands are messy and she touches her hair, she looks at me bc she knows she shouldn't do that.  I'll say, "Kate, don't put your hands in your hair" and she looks at me, smiles, then rubs her hands in her hair.  Same with standing up in high chair... she looks at me and smiles when she does it.  She's feisty!

at 15 month appointment
She loves food! She is a very good eater -- eats a good B, L, and D and snacks some in between. Favorites include: plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey, eggs, pancakes, turkey, cheese, chicken, green beans, melons, blueberries, pasta....etc... and loves animal crackers!

Punkers still isn't walking but has no trouble getting to where she wants to be.  She flies through the house with her walker and cruises the furniture.  She will hold one finger and walk for a while... so I know she can do it, she just isn't ready.  She is going to start a Mother's Morning Out class after labor day. I am really excited for her. She has been my sidekick with no little friends besides Max and Claire.  She met her teacher today and didn't want to leave the classroom! I know she will love it!

Kate loves music and will immediately start to dance. Her favorite is "If you're happy and you know it".  She also loves to read.  When it's nap or bedtime she always points at books she wants to read.  She is learning some animal sounds.  She loves books that make noises!

Sleep.  Ah, sleep! We are finally done traveling so I am hoping to get more sleep!  She usually goes to bed around 7:15 and wake up times have varied from 5:15-6:30.  She is still nursing when she wakes up and at bed.  She used to go back to sleep after she nursed in the morning, now she is up and ready to play.  Needless to say, my bedtime has gotten earlier!

She is starting to talk more.  From what I can tell, she says: daddy, bye, hey, dog, Cl (for claire), please, cheese, yes and signs: please, all done, bird

Still a little peanut!
29.4 inches (12%)
19.5 lbs (20%)
size 3 diapers
wears mostly 12 month outfits, but pants are 9 months
almost a size 3 shoe!

Love my sweet girl so much!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

LBI 2016

We just got back from our annual trip to Long Beach Island, NJ! We look forward to this trip every year!  This trip was full of sand, swimming in the lagoon (not mommy!), bike riding, street games, good eating and family fun! And, of course, our family pictures on the beach!

ALL Sass! Can you tell? ;)

Handsome Buds
Fredrick Five!

These three <3 td="">

Grandpa and Grandma Fredrick with the kiddos

 We did fun jumping pictures with the adult cousins. We have done some sort of jump picture each year.  This year was by far the best! Usually we are jumping off a stump... this year it was flat sand which made it a lot harder, but produced the funniest pictures! I lol every time I look at these pics!

Love him so much!

Buds just wanted to take silly pics :)

Pretty girl!

All the Fredricks

 Fun in the Lagoon. The kids loved playing in the water.  We even played baseball. Batter stood on dock and the swimmers tried to catch the hit!

These two :)

 Oh! How could I forget flip cup! We play after the littles go to bed and it's always girls vs boys.  You can see we killed them! 21-8! So much fun!
 Yummy food! We usually eat at the house and go to Beach Haven Fishery once while there.  It's yummy! This year we stopped for dessert at Bay Village.... Belgium waffle with soft serve, strawberries and whip cream! Oh.my.Word! so delish!

Ice cream truck treats a few nights!

And of course pasta night!
And a few beach pics!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Kate ~ 14 Months

Our little punky is growing up so quick and learning new things every day.  She is quite the handful and likes to be on the move all the time... She is NOT a cuddler, which makes me sad.  If she is upset or mad, she will wave her hand in your face as if to say, "back off, I need my space"
She has learned how to get a reaction out of Max and Claire, especially when she is doing something she shouldn't be doing.  It's often funny, but we have to turn our heads if we want to laugh, re-direct or say a firm "NO".
She still raises her hand when we ask, "who is the number one punkers". It makes us smile every time!
Claire is still obsessed with her and wants to carry her all.the.time.  It's sweet, but also really annoying - to all of us.
Speaking of being carried... she is still crawling.  Max didn't walk until 15 months and I know all babies do things on their own timing, but I am ready for her to walk.  Kind of.  I may eat my words when she starts walking!  She will walk with her walker, hold one of my hands and walk, but as soon as she knows you are going to let go, she sits down.

She loves going to the pool.  Our neighborhood pool has a beach entry and she is content playing and splashing in the shallow area.  Occasionally she will start crawling to the deeper section.  I've been taking her down the water slide with me and she loves it!

She is a great eater.  Not surprisingly, she loves all carbs.  Yogurt, blueberries (for the moment, sometimes she wont eat them), animal crackers and cheese are other favorites.  She also likes black beans and all the meat she has tried.
She is not a fan of milk.  I am ok with this considering the amount of cheese and greek yogurt she eats.  I am still breastfeeding her twice a day; morning and night.  I have been following her cues and I can see this ending soon.  Each session is getting shorter and shorter.  I will miss this so much when she stops.  It's the only time she lets me hold her and is still for more than 2 seconds.

working on manners....

be still my heart
Other tidbits...
Clothes: starting to wear some of her 12 month outfits, although many are still to big
Size 3 diaper
Doesn't really wear shoes bc she is in between a 2 and a 3... tiny little piggies :)

Words: Dada, Bye, Hey, Peeaazzzzz (please), Cheeeezzz (cheese for when you take her pic)  I am still waiting on mama :(  The other day it sounded like she said "Ca" when she saw Claire.
She signs a little as well: "please", "all done", "bird", "airplane" and we have been working on "mommy" but that ends up looking like bird.  She used to sign "more", but now everything is please.  When she is ready to eat she starts signing "please" until you give her some food.  It's really cute!

Love this little nugget so much!