Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kate's First Birthday Party

I'm a lot late posting about her special day, but here we are!  Since we haven't lived in Cary long, we just kept it small and had mostly family.  Our babysitter and one of our best friends came as well.

Her theme was pink and gold.  I loved how everything turned out and liked how intimate her day was.




I decorated these cool wine glasses with glitter and mod podge!

cute glasses from Target

birthday chair!
Our baby!

Fredrick Five!
My number one punkers!
Waiting patiently for cake :)

Yummm!


sharing cake with Mom!



Presents are fun!

Love my new wagon, especially riding with my cousin, Ann Grace!

Cruisin in my new car!
Love Nanny and Poppy!

A whole lotta pink!
Grandpa and Grandma are the best!
babysitter Lisa!

One of Mom's best friends, Liz!
Her party was great! I still have a hard time realizing our baby girl is ONE! Time slow down!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Kate is ONE!

Our little punkers is ONE! How in the world can she already be one? I think this has been the fastest year ever.  She is amazing.  She has very much picked up the third child role.  She is in the car a lot, taking the big kids to school and practices.  Claire is her second Mommy so she is used to others doing for her. She is our baby!


Number One Punkers!
She is a happy girl! LOVES her Mommy! She is finally sleeping through the night! A little after 11 months, I decided I had had enough of getting up every 2/3 hours. It only took three nights for her to get the memo.  She now goes to bed around 7 and sleeps til around 5:45, with a morning and afternoon nap (a/b two hours each)

She is still nursing.  I can't believe we made it a year! She has weaned herself down to about two/three times a day and I don't mind.  I love our bonding time and will probably miss it when she stops.  She has tried whole milk, but threw her cup.  She is a great eater and can put down some food! She loves eggs, pancake (plain), yogurt, cantaloupe, apples, any squeeze pouch, green beans.. really she eats everything we eat.

She loves bath time!! This rubber ducky is always in her mouth. It's hilarious! She likes to climb stairs, cruise the furniture, play in the pantry, and swing at the park.  She waves and claps and plays peek a boo! When she gets fussy in the car we sing, "If you're happy and you know it" and
"The wheels on the bus" and that always makes her happy.  She got a car that she sits in and we push and a wagon for her birthday (another post) and loves being pushed around in those!  She's not walking yet and I'm not sure I see it happening soon.  She pulls up on furniture and will stand with her walker, but could care less about walking. I'm OK with that! Max didn't walk until he was 15 months.

Max can always make her laugh.  He is so great with her and I love watching them!  Claire is her second Mommy.  She is constantly trying to pick her up and carry her around the house. She loves her so much.  It drives me nuts that she doesn't leave her alone, but I love how much she adores her.


I just had my first weekend away from her. Justin and I went to the Kentucky Derby! (post to follow) My Mom and Dad came to watch the kids.  Mom said she did great.

She had her one year appointment today.  She's still our little peanut!
17 lbs ~ 10%
27.75" ~ 7%
She is wearing mostly 9 mo clothes, but some 12 mo.
Size 3 diaper
Her feet are tiny! I had bought some summer sandals in a size 4 (that's what claire was at a year) and her feet aren't even close to fitting!
She has four teeth but a lot coming in ~ including a molar!

She isn't saying many words yet.  She says "dadadada" and sometimes it is while looking at Justin, others just randomly.  I'm still waiting for her to look at me and say "mama". I think she says "bye bye".  We've been trying a few signs for her, put she hasn't seemed to pick up.

I love my sweet girl so much.  There aren't enough words.  I wish time would slow down. I love every single moment I get with my beautiful girl (and her brother and sister) and can't wait to watch her grow into a little girl!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Life Lately

Since I've been a total slacker when it comes to updating my blog...  here is a little bit of what we have been up to!

Fredirck 5 going to an Easter egg hung
Max, Claire and Kate have been doing swim lessons.  All love it! Kate has surprised me the most. She LOVES the water!


This summer is going to be very busy chasing around these three fish!

 Little Punkers is full of personality and has us laughing all the time! I can't believe she will be one in less than a month. :(  We are going to have a small first birthday with mostly family.  I'm doing a pink and gold theme that has a touch of sparkle!
Kate is finally sleeping through the night!  One night she woke up after two hours and I decided enough was enough and it was time to cry it out.  The first night was really hard, then she just fussed a little the next two nights.  So now she goes to bed at 7 and wakes up at 5:30/6! It is early, but i feel more rested getting a complete night's sleep!

With the weather warming up, we are meeting more neighbors.  It still gets lonely and I still miss Greensboro.  Max and Claire have two little friends across the street that they love to play with.  If they see each other outside they immediately go get their bikes, chalk, basketball, you name it - and it's hard work getting them back in.

Our next two months are so busy.  This week we are going to a Jimmy Buffett concert! I've never been and don't know too many songs, but I'm looking forward to it!  THEN... THEN.... we are going to the Kentucky Derby!!! One of Justin's suppliers from work invited us!  We just got our itinerary and it looks like we are going to have a blast! (side note: I'm having a hard time leaving Kate that long.  It will be my first time away from her and it makes me sad.  We are leaving the day after her birthday.) The weekend after that is the Member Guest tournament at the club we go to and our good friends from Wilmington are coming!! Then in June we are going back home for another member guest!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kate ~ 11 months

Little punkers is 11 months! That means in less than a month (bc I procrastinate) she will be ONE.


She is full of energy and on the go all the time!  She has found the stairs and heads that way as often as she can ... and she is quick!


We finally decided it was time for her to be sleeping through the night.  Actually, I've wanted it for a looong time, but was finally tired enough to make it happen! It started when she woke up after only being asleep two hours and wanted to nurse.... NOPE. so she cried and cried for over an hour until i finally gave in.  Night two we both did better.  She woke up twice, but didn't fuss for long.  She made it until 6am! We have had two successful nights, and hope for more!


She claps, waves, plays peek-a-boo and does her #1 punkers hand raise all the time!  She loves to laugh and is genuinely a happy baby.  She says dada all day.  She has looked at Justin and said it, but she also says it all her conversations.  I think she says "bye bye" and sometimes it sounds like she is saying "all done".  She is starting to pick up on some sign language.  She signs "more" and "all done"

She loves food.  Some new favorites are: eggs, waffles, broccoli sticks (mix of potato and broccoli), oatmeal and apple slices.

She has four teeth and two side teeth coming in.
She is our little punky. She still wears mostly 6-9 month clothes.

She had her first swim lesson on April 2nd.  She LOVED it and did great!  She is signed up for three more!


I absolutely love every second I get with her.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kate ~ 10 Months

Out little punkers is 10 months (and 13 days)! She had her 9 month appointment yesterday so I have stats to add!
She may be tiny, but she is FULL of personality.  I absolutely love watching her grow and so sad the baby stage will be leaving soon.

I was starting to worry she was behind, but the a few days after worrying, she started clapping, waving, pulling up on things, and getting into EVERYthing! As we know, they will do things on their on time and when they are ready.  She has even found the stairs ~ yikes! She has made her way up two, before I get her down.  She loves to play in the pantry and make a mess and has recently discovered the lazy susan cabinet that I left open.  She pretty much likes to play with anything but her baby toys!


We are still working on that whole sleep thing! She is a great napper and does sleep at night, but still wakes up every 3-5 hrs.... which leads me to nursing her back to sleep.  I said we were going to sleep train once we moved, but that has yet to happen.  I haven't been ready.  However, with her first birthday fast approaching, I think it is time.  Plus, I would love to have a weekend getaway (much needed) with Justin and I'm not doing that until she will sleep through the night. << quite the incentive!

She loves food, mostly finger food, but will tolerate purees.  She likes to do things herself. Her favorites are cheese, pancakes, egg (yolk), puff things.  She likes to hold onto an apple slice and will eat most of it.  She has tried blueberries and strawberries, but i think they are too tart for her....they end up on the floor!  She usually eats what we have for dinner and does a good job!  She loves the 21 day fix meatloaf!! and Pizza crust is her fave!
I still breastfeed her 5-6 times a day and still have a freezer full of milk.

Max and Claire are a great big brother and sister.  Max makes her laugh all.the.time and is great at giving her space...Claire, loves to be touching her or picking her up 24/7, but is so sweet to her.

playing in my closet. loves to climb on this box and get into the laundry

#1 punkers. she raises her hand when you ask, "who is the #1 punkers?" It is the cutest thing ever!

Getting into the pantry
Her stats:
16 lbs (8%)
27.2 in (12%)
size 3 diapers
wears mostly 6-9 mo clothes

Friday, March 11, 2016

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Last week Claire and Justin went to their first (of many) Daddy/Daughter dances!  I let Claire pick out her dress and she was so excited and had been counting down to the actual day.  Thankfully, Aunt Darcy was in town and could help with hair!


The sweetest!
She picked out the perfect dress! Bonus: it was great for twirling!

She loves getting all dolled up.  She asked for eyelashes, so I let her put a little mascara on!

LOVE!

They ate a delicious dinner, had an ice cream buffet for dessert, and danced into the night! (was home by 9:30) Claire said her favorite part of the night was running in circles with the other little girls!

While Justin and Claire were at the dance, I let Max choose anywhere he wanted to go for dinner.  I had planned on getting a sitter for Kate, but then Aunt Darcy came up so the four of us went to Max's choice: Chickfila :)