Sunday, November 20, 2011

Trivia

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

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!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miss C is 2.5


Caroline turned 2.5 on November 13th and boy does she know it! Caroline is bursting with personality all over the place these days. Sometimes it is a really wonderful and sometimes it is not so wonderful.

Mornings are not really Caroline's thing. This has been the case for a while. She gets plenty of sleep every night - usually right at 12 hours, but still seems to roll off the wrong side of the bed most mornings. Adam and I decided to try giving her a little free time in the mornings. We usually have to wake her up a little early so that she can have 15 minutes of free time before she has to get ready. Caroline usually chooses to play with Legos. After a few minutes of play time, she is one bright and happy girl.

Caroline's imagination is unreal right now. I often think about how cool it would be to live in her world for just a day. Caroline is always talking with her barbies and stuffed animals. She imagines some pretty humorous scenarios and often reenacts stories from books and television shows. She also imagines characters and animals are playing with her. So far she doesn't have an imaginary friend per se - no one is a constant.

In the last 6 months, Caroline has become more and more independent. If she needs something that is out of reach, she goes to get her stool so she can get it herself. She also plays in her room for long periods of time by herself (30-45 minutes).

She's also finally using utensils by herself, climbing into her own car seat, and opening up doors by herself. She even started getting out of bed consistently by herself this past week. I say these last couple of things sarcastically because most kids Caroline's age have been doing these things for a long time. Caroline can be really timid.

Lately Caroline has gotten into some fun games like "I Spy" and "Hide 'n Seek". She doesn't quite get the concept of Hide 'n Seek. She likes to hide in the same spot most of the time - her closet. She also has to have help hiding the closet so she'll ask the adult to close the closet door for her. She likes to tell the other participant where they should hide - she can be bossy =) When I go to find her, I usually say "Hmmm...where is Caroline?" Caroline can hardly contain her excitement and squeals "I'm in the closet!!!!"

Caroline has an exceptional memory. This summer we would borrow 10 books a week from the library. By the end of the week, Caroline would have most of them memorized word for word. And these were not easy books. These were Dr. Seuss's, Fancy Nancy's, Llama Llama's and so on - long books with complicated words. She definitely loves books and loves reading.

We are definitely in the Terrible 2s. I feel as though I correct speech and behavior all day every day - "Yes Ma'am", "No Sir", manners, holding an adult's hand, greeting people nicely, obeying adults, etc. Parenting a 2 year old will definitely teach you patience. I constantly have to remind myself that she is 2 and that she is learning social skills. Whew!

Caroline's singing is definitely taking off. She loves to sing. She has even learned some of the Christmas songs that are in our church's adult Christmas program this year. Adam and I listen to them a lot since we are in the choir.

Even though she can be quite bossy, Caroline is one of the sweetest gals I know. She has a very tender heart is always asking me if I'm ok. She loves to give us hugs and kisses. If I fall or bump my elbow, she wants to kiss it for me. She really cares =) She is incredibly gentle and sweet to Lucy. She is a great big sister.

It's been a busy 6 months for Caroline. She's become a big sister, started preschool and had surgery. I'm so completely proud of her.

Here are some random pics from the past six months that have never made it to the blog:

Enjoying a sucker

Riding the tricycle - she's getting pretty good.

Legos in the morning


Chilling while watching the TV.


Picking pecans and Nana and Papa's


Even dramatic while taking a swig.

Mixing dry noodles while I cook dinner = "helping with dinner" =)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lucy is 4 months old



Lucy is 4 months old now. Four months in and you'd think I'd be getting used to the fact that she's here, but it just seems like yesterday when Adam put her in my arms for the first time. I'm not ready to start all the rice cereal and sitting up stuff!

Lucy is such a fun baby. I have a feeling she is going to be extremely ticklish. In my (limited) experience, babies her age usually aren't ticklish but Lucy IS. She always gets the giggles when I undress her at night. I can't help but start to laugh myself while I watch her squirm and giggle. Just below the neck and in the armpits are also some tickle hotspots.

Adam and I both said separately that we think she's going to be a crawler unlike Caroline who never crawled (not any style at all). Lucy definitely does stuff different than Caroline did. I can't quite put my finger on it. It's not that Caroline wasn't strong. She was very strong - she was independently sitting at 5.5 months and cruising on furniture at 6.5 months old. And Lucy is very strong too, but it's just different. Maybe if I had them side by side at the same age I could tell you what it is.

Lucy is affectionate in her own way. She loves to grab a hold of your shirt while you are holding her. She also does this with my hair. I imagine she's saying "I got you Babe" - Sonny and Cher style.

Lucy is for the most part an easy going girl. She's pretty serious about her food though. She wants her bottles warm!  Warm, I said! And don't tease her. If you started to give her a bottle and then take it away before she's ready, she will get very mad. Bottle is definitely second choice for Lucy. She sometimes takes her feedings really far apart during the day when I'm at work. One day last week, she went 6.5 hours in between feedings. Dr. G said this is ok since Lucy makes up for it when I come home, which she certainly does. Lucy eats about every 2 hours in the late afternoon and evening. I don't mind because she eats in less than 15 minutes.

Lucy loves to look at herself in the mirror right now. It's a great tool for making tummy time last longer. She is also really loving that Bumbo seat. And she is easily sitting on your hip these days. She is definitely a strong little girl.


Here are some of her other milestones this month:
Laughing out loud - she does this all the time. She rarely even smiles without laughing a little.
Turning around in the Bjourn
Playing the music for herself in the bouncy seat
Trying out the excersaucer

Lucy is still bigger than Caroline was at this age. She's topping most of the charts for weight and height, but she has actually slowed down on the growth curve so I think we will see some of this start to taper.

Stats:
Weight = 15 pounds 3 ounces (86%)
Height = 25.5 inches (95%)
Head Circumference 41.5 cm (81%)

For right now, she is wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes. Please tell me what happened to the 3-6 month clothes!

We love our little Lucy and the dynamic she brings to our family. Here are some other photos from this month:

Lucy had 2 costumes this year (same 2 Caroline had her first Halloween - one was free and the other was $3).

Lucy still sleeps with her eyes partially open some times.

Happy girls.


Flower costume

Nothing like a sleeping baby =)

Desperately trying to watch television - haha!


Love a denim jumper on a little girl

Thursday, November 10, 2011

When's it her turn?

Folks, when is it going to be her turn??? Can you tell she loves The Little Mermaid?

She doesn't quite know all the words =) Things to listen for:
"When's it my turn?"
"part of your world"
"I know where the people are. Wanna see them dancing around!"
"Look at this....isn't it meet. Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?"
"What do you think of the girl? Girl who has everything."



She also often sings "I want so much more than this provincial life!" from Beauty and the Beast. She's so deprived!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Caroline says the darndest things

I can't write out all the things Caroline is saying these days. She pretty much says it all. It's so fun to hear her practice language. Most of the time she gets it right, but sometimes she really gets it wrong and it's so funny. These are just some things she has said lately:

"I'm Dora!"

"Mommy, I'm really awake."

"It's my favorite, favorite."

"Oh no! She spilled! "(Lucy spit up)

"Can I hold her? Can I kiss her? Can I hug her? Can I take her hand?" (all about Lucy)

"Mommy will you hold (fill in the blank) for a little bit?"


"I can't wait to take a bath." (when she does NOT want to take a bath)

"Can you hold Bubby real soon?" (meaning right now)

"It's a question." (but there was never a question)

"She'll be back next year." (talking about Nana or Bubby or somebody else)

"Fall is here for Daddy!" (Adam was outside raking the leaves. We've been reading a book about how you rake leaves in the Fall.)

"You're sure." (If we ask, "Are you sure?")

"Mommy, will you marry me some time?"

"What is it?....I spy sompin....blue! What is it?" (playing I spy)

"Nember? Do you nember, Mommy?" (without telling me what I'm supposed to remember.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Fair

A couple of weeks ago, we took the girls to the State Fair. Caroline is at such a great age for this. She LOVES rides! After riding the pavilion rides at the beach twice this year - she is quite the expert.

See how an expert rider waves. She could wave from a ride in her sleep =)





Miss Lucy loved the lights. She looked out from her Bjourn as much as she could.