Thursday, December 22, 2011

I'm a sitter!

Lucy is sitting by herself longer and longer everyday. She can sit for several minutes at a time. I usually stay within arms reach to rescue her if she suddenly loses balance, but she's actually pretty good at falling. She slides onto her tummy.

Christmas dresses

I've been trying to take a couple of pictures of the girls in front of the Christmas tree on Sunday mornings. Here's what we've got so far. Keep in mind, this is the best of what we've got so far...


She sticks her tongue out a lot.

"I don't want to hold sissy!"


Look who's swinging...

Preschool's Birthday Party for Jesus

Preschool had a birthday party for Jesus last week. The party was on a day that Caroline wouldn't normally attend school so she got to bring her parents =)

We made a Christmas card.

She raced a friend to swaddle baby Jesus.

She made reindeer food. Recipe: snack size Ziploc of oats mixed with Green, Yellow and Red magic!

She tossed bean bags - ok so she placed bean bags into the hole. She took a running start from the line every time.

She pinned the nose on the snowman.

She's so smart. She knew she would need to see to put the nose on so she lifted her blindfold just in time!

We ended the party with a minicupcake and some chex mix. It was so fun to join Caroline for her preschool party.

Smile Big!

Currently, when you ask Caroline to "smile", this is what she does...

We were able to recover well for the school picture when I said "say cheese". She did a perfect smile. However, when we went to see Santa, we were crunched for time. This was a take-your-own-picture Santa with a mile long line and elves that were rushing us. Everyone around us was saying "smile". I frantically said "say cheese! say cheese!" But alas, it was too late. And I was so focused on trying to recover Caroline's expression that I didn't even attempt to get Lucy to smile.

So here is the Santa picture:

All I want for Christmas

Is my 2 front teeth....

So I forgot to mention that Lucy's "tooth" at 2 months old ended up being just a calcium deposit - hooray! She is fiercely working on those 2 bottom teeth. Gee - if she could only have her two front teeth, then we might get some sleep around here =)

Monday, December 19, 2011

How do you find a Christmas Tree?

Try using your "magifying" glass

And we need a picture of the final product.

Go Tigers

Adam and I used to go to a lot of football games. Even after we had graduated, we would go to several Carolina games a year and usually one Clemson game. However, the last football game we had both been to was when I was pregnant with Caroline. 

My dad invited us to go to a Clemson game this year and being the second-time-more-relaxed-mom that I am, I thought maybe we would even bring the a noon game...yes, that is nap time. 

Clemson was playing Wake Forest. Adam and I really didn't get to watch much of the first half of the game. There was pizza to break apart and hold, a bottle to go warm up, a diaper blowout to change, and many bathroom trips. But both girls quieted down for the second half and even napped a little. We really had a great time. And afterward, we showed Caroline the amphitheater and reflection pond.

Adam just had to bring his Carolina fleece pullover =)

Thanksgiving Feast

So I'm really behind on blogging. I'm going to attempt to catch up here. Caroline's preschool had a Thanksgiving Feast. It's so fun talking up holidays with Caroline right now and preschool is helping us add to all the hype.

Caroline made a Native American outfit to wear at her feast. She also wore it some on Thanksgiving day.

Here are some snapshots that her teacher and my aunt sent to me.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lucy's 5 months old

Lucy turned 5 months old almost a week ago. We've been so busy the last 2 weeks with our church's Singing Christmas tree and then recovering from our church's Singing Christmas Tree (lol) that I haven't posted anything in a while!

I can't believe this sweet girl is 5 months old. She is doing way too many things right now.

  • She easily rolls back to front. 
  • She likes to get on her tummy to play - huh - what a concept! Surprisingly, she is not a tummy sleeper though - at least not yet. I thought most babies flipped to their tummies for sleep as soon as they got the rolling over part down pat. (It's amazing how many things I attributed to "most babies" even with just my one - silly Mommy!) 
  • Lucy is also grabbing all kinds of objects and toys easily. She loves to grab! She plays the bouncy seat music for herself all the time and loves the toys on the excersaucer. 
  • She has also gotten a hold of her feet. She loves them and grabs them all the time except when I bring the camera out! 
  • Lucy can also sit unsupported for a whopping 3 seconds or so. 

This month, she has tried out the doorway jumper, a second excersaucer at my aunt's house, and even the high chair. She hasn't had any solids yet. I just like to have her in the high chair with us when we are eating dinner. Our high chair is very upright so she is usually slouching by the end of dinner. We'll have to work on her table manners!

We are definitely getting closer to eating solids. I was hoping to make it through the holidays and traveling before getting into all that. I think we are going to make it, but sleep will be questionable. Lucy has woken up at least one time a night every night this month to eat. For about a week and a half it was 3 times a night - whew! That = one tired mama. We are back to just once a night. We plan to start solids later this month so hopefully that will help us get back to that wonderful 10-11 hours!

Lucy is really getting her naps in order. She takes a 1-1.5 hour nap around 9:30 and 1-2 hour nap around 2:00. Sometimes takes a third nap around 4:30 for about 30 minutes. Other times she powers through and just goes to bed at 6:30.

Lucy is trying so hard to make consonant sounds. I love watching her spit raspberries and move her lips. She has been successful at the "B" and "M" sounds. She's even done a little "Mumumum". I eat it up! I'm sure it's for me =)

Lucy is holding firmly in 6-9 month clothes. She's on the medium setting in cloth diapers and wears size 2 for disposables. She mostly wears size 1 shoes.

Lucy is such a fun baby. She loves to laugh and is easily entertained. She rarely smiles without laughing a little. She loves my Evil Mommy voice and any other crazy sound. And she is still so so ticklish. We are so blessed to have her in our lives!

Often tuckers herself out on the playmat.

Fascinated by lights!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

He's Still Working On Me

  • type A
  • uncoordinated
  • shy
  • nervous
  • messy
  • co-dependent
  • intense
  • moody
  • rebellious
  • fearful
  • guarded
  • frugal
I say these words a lot - about myself, about my husband, about my children. I'm trying harder and harder to not say them as if they belong to that person. Perhaps these words describe a behavior and that's ok. But I don't want to create personality boxes for my children. 

"There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
Don't judge her yet, there's an unfinished part.
But I'll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master's loving hands."

There is a fine line between getting to know and understand their personalities and then promoting those personality traits. I think, as parents, we get so excited when we think we have figure something out about their personality. We get so excited and we tell others and then we plan around it. I want to promote and strengthen the good. I don't want to accept the bad as "well, that's just how they are." Praise the Lord, at 28 years old, He is still working on me. And if He is still working on ME, then I know HE is still working on my 2 year old and 4 month old. 

"He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me."

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Interesting tidbits about Caroline and Lucy's births:

  • Both girls were delivered by the same doctor - Dr. P. This is by luck because there are 4 doctors in the practice I go to and Dr. P happened to be on call when I went into labor each time.
  • Dr. P's "firstborn" is a dog named Lucy and her oldest child is named Caroline.  
  • I was put in the exact same Labor and Delivery Room. This is pretty wild because I think there are more than 20 of these. 
  • Both girls had NICU specialists present at their birth. They were present at Caroline's birth as part of protocol since she was < 37 weeks gestation age. They watched her for less than 5 minutes and left because she was fine. They were present at Lucy's birth because she had to be deep suctioned. There was meconium in the amniotic fluid when my water broke so it's protocol to deep suction in that situation. That process took less than 10 minutes and then the team left. Lucy's NICU bill was a whole lot more than Caroline's!

Friday, November 18, 2011


Halloween was a lot of fun this year. We really talked it up to Caroline. We talked about her costume (a bumble bee) and Lucy's costume (a pumpkin/flower). We read lots of Halloween books. So we were ready. We set a date to carve the pumpkin a few nights before Halloween (we've learned from experience that you don't do that too early). That night, I cooked a very fall meal - Oyster Stew - and Caroline helped me make some pumpkin muffins.

Adam made a fire in the fireplace and then cut the top off the pumpkin. After that, Caroline and I got to work.

We made sure to separate out the seeds so we could roast them - yum =)

And tada!

After the girls went to bed, Adam and I went to work carving 2 more pumpkins. We were trying to use patterns released by The State Newspaper - patterns of Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier. However, when we were only about 25 percent done at 11 p.m., we decided to turn the pumpkins around and do the traditional triangles and circles.

A couple of weeks before Halloween, the museum was having a special Halloween day. We decided to take the girls in full costume. We weren't there long when we decided that the event was really for older children - probably 5-10 years old. It will probably be a lot of fun in a few years. The highlight for Caroline was the balloon artist.

She carried that thing around the rest of the day =)

The Thursday before Halloween, my Aunt treated me and the girls to Boo at the Zoo. This was our first time there. I love this picture. This is Attempt #1 at a picture with me and both girls.

And picture #2: I've got Caroline in a death grip and poor Lucy!

Caroline did great at waiting her turn and saying "Thank you". She never did get the "Trick or Treat" part.

Holding hands with cousin Crystal.

Riding the train

Riding the Carousel. Caroline just automatically waves.

On Halloween night, we were all prepared to go trick-or-treating at a couple of houses. We got the girls ready to go. Lucy wore her flower costume since it was pretty cold that day. But Caroline wasn't feeling good. I had actually taken her to the doctor that afternoon. So after we completed our photo shoot on the front porch we decided to just stay in and greet the other trick-or-treaters. Caroline didn't seem to notice that we weren't going out and I figured she already had plenty of candy!

Lucy is always willing to take a picture.

The only decent picture we have of both of them on the front porch.

In most of our pictures, Caroline is doing this. Looks like she's trying to sting Lucy - haha!