Monday, October 10, 2011

4 Months & an Apology

Lela, today is your 4 month birthday!

It's hard to believe 1/3 of the first year is already gone. 

You weigh 14 pounds, 6 ounces and are 25 1/4 inches long.  You are much longer than your sister was, but about the same weight.

You are such a good baby, but only for your momma.  You are not sweet at all for your daddy.  You love the nursery at church on Sunday mornings, but not in the evenings. 

You sleep all night most of the time.  You go to bed around 7:30 and wake up around 6:30, eat & go back to sleep until about 8:30.  And I really appreciate it.

You don't nap (also like your sister).  You take 3 or 4 30 minute naps a day.

You are nursing every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  You don't eat real food yet.

You love your sister.  She can always make you smile and laugh out loud.


You love love love to "talk".  This makes me worry because Neely wasn't as vocal this early & I don't think anyone can talk more than her now.

You are realizing where your hands are and love to grab things (mostly your clothes) and chew on them.

It's been a quick 4 months, but we can't imagine life without you.

Here are our first 4 months of "chair pictures"





And now a funny story...

We have been working with Neely on apologizing when she does something wrong and trying to teach her to respect others' feelings.  Tonight we were all in the living room and I asked her to go get me a diaper for Lela.  She immediately said "I'm sorry".  I asked her what she was sorry for & told her that she hadn't done anything wrong.  Then she said "I said I'm sorry because I'm about to act ugly when I don't go get the diaper".

Oh my word.  What can you do but laugh?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Comparisons

I think one of the most fun things about having 2 girls is comparing how they looked each month.

Newborn


At first, I didn't think they looked anything alike.  Neely was a pound smaller, so she was so wrinkly.  Maybe that's not a word?  But she was.  Neely was so white, red headed and blue eyed & Lela was tan, black headed and brown eyed.

1 Month


 By one month, they did start looking more similar.  Their coloring, hair and eyes are different, but they have the same mouths, eye shape and hair line.

2 Months


 Lela is starting to have red eyebrows & in the sunlight her hair is red, too.  They have evened out in size by this point.  I still think they look so different, but similar too. 

3 Months


I love these.  By 3 months, Neely was a little butterball.  Lela is much longer and leaner.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Unbalanced

Oh, y'all.

This afternoon, I was all ready to write out a post about balance. Most days I feel pretty on top of it. I'm a stay at home working mom that almost manages to fit almost everything in...family, friends, church, fun, etc. without going crazy.

Then today on the way home from ballet, I realized I didn't have anything ready for dinner. We decided to go out to eat & 15 minutes after we got to the restaurant, Lela was screaming and no one had even seated us or even greeted us. We left and headed to one of our favorite restaurants even though Lela still wasn't happy. An hour later, we still didn't have our food. Lela was starving by this point so we got our food to go. On the way home I just cried. I was tired, hungry, grumpy and realized that I had no business giving advice to anyone on finding balance. I was crying over dinner for goodness sakes! The only thing I had business doing was to go home and calling the doctor about doubling up my medicine.

Only kidding.

Kind of.

That was my long was of saying that you aren't getting any advice from me today. All you get are some cute pictures of the girls.








Oh my goodness.  Aren't they sweet?  Makes my day happy just seeing their smiling faces!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Delusional Thinking and a Trip to Dallas

So y'all remember that Audio Adrenaline song, "Big House", right?
You know, Come and go with me to my father's house.  It's a big, big house....
I distinctly remember going to their concert sometime in high school. 
And that wasn't that long ago...

Well, anyway, Neely has been singing that song over and over again and she said that she had learned it at preschool.  Well, today I told her teacher how cool I thought it was that they were singing contemporary songs.  And she looked at me like I was crazy. 

I said, you know "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline.  And the other teacher said, "Yeah another mom said the same thing, but we've never heard of it."

WHAT?  How can that be?  Isn't it still popular?  Am I really that old?  I just looked it up & that song was released in 1993. WHAT?  It is almost 20 years old and I AM THAT OLD.  And 1992 would mean that I went to the concert in Jr. High.

Anyway...

Over the weekend we went to Dallas.  I am so lucky to get to work from home, but once a year, I have to make a business trip to the Dallas Toy Fair.  Since I'm still nursing, Brad and the girls came along. 

We really had a great time.  We stayed in Plano the first night and ate at Cheesecake Factory and shopped at Ikea.  The next day we went to the Fort Worth Zoo which was fabulous.  The weather was perfect.  The zoo wasn't crowded.  And it was the perfect size for us.

Since I was going to be gone the next day, I wanted Brad to practice with Lela in the Baby Bjorn.  Usually I carry her in the Baby K'tan, so I wasn't sure how she would like it, but she loved riding forward.


Here is Neely in the bird house.  You could buy sticks with birdseed on them and she chased around the birds trying to get them to eat.  All I could think about the whole time I was in here was how much Laurie would hate it.  There were hundreds of birds and they were flying EVERYWHERE.


Neely saw a sign for popsicles on the map & was dying for one.  She ate the purple part and was finished with it.  Money well spent.


Lela is such a trooper.  I really believe that in order to have good toddlers that you have to train babies to be out and about.  She really is super good going everywhere we go.


And the monkey had a baby.  Can you see it?  It was about the cutest thing I've ever seen and it loved the people watching.


My sweet girl and me.


On Monday, I had my meeting.  The plan was that Brad would take the girls to the Arboretum when I left for my meeting.  They would eat lunch there and he would feed her a bottle for her first feeding.  Lela wouldn't take a bottle from him (although she will take them from me), so she was screaming and then Neely got pushed down by a little boy at the pumpkin patch and was crying, so he called it a day, and called me to come downstairs at the convention center to nurse Lela.

The theme of the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum this year was Cinderella...here is a picture in Cinderella's carriage.


I think the rest of the day was as big of a disaster as the beginning.  In total, Lela took 4 ounces out of a bottle and slept 15 minutes.  Lucky for Brad, I got a break at 6 and was able to come back to the hotel to feed Lela and get her to sleep for the night.

Although I am so sad that they didn't have a fun day, I am glad that he got a chance to see what one of my bad days feels like.  :)