Saturday, May 28, 2011

smile for daddy

So the smiling is contagious.  Kate smiled at Brian for the first time on Thursday.  I think we all needed that around here; Kate is all mommy and I think sometimes that is hard on both of us.  It was so sweet to see them connect there.  

She smiled right as we were on our way out to dinner since our neighbor said she'd keep Kate and Harper for us.  This was to be our first time out without the girls.  I had everything ready:  a bottle of breast milk (aka liquid gold)-check; list of emergency contact information-check; Harper's dinner with all the food groups-check; a movie on standby-check; pajamas and diapers laid out-check.  We said "goodbye" as my neighbor Anne set out to go for a short walk with the girls when we left.  We made our way to the restaurant, sighing a great breath of relief as we sat down after 45 minutes of hectic beach/rush hour/navy graduation traffic.  We ordered.  I checked my phone and then...the text:  "Kristy, did you leave a key for me anywhere?"  Good grief.  We locked the neighbor, and thus the girls, out of the house!  What a disaster.  Luckily we had a friend 10 minutes away with a key, but I felt like the worst mother in the world and I was a wreck for that long 10 minutes.  I think I was so nervous and out of sorts for leaving her that I just didn't even think about locking her out.  

We went to the pool today.  Harper kept saying "beach" when we put on her suit.  She had a great time!  Uncle Jared is here for the weekend and I've got to get some pictures of them.  She loooooves her "uncle ja-wed."  It is so cute.  

And here are some randoms:
so cute

so NOT cute, Harper...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

smile for mommy

Kate has been smiling more and more and it is so contagious!  She lights up and you'd think I've won the lottery (I kind of have :) ).  Of course the camera is never ready so I always just catch the tail end of it.  Also, speaking of smiles, Kate is sleeping from about 10-4 every night and then right back to sleep until about 8.  I have felt so refreshed after weeks of getting up to nurse every 2-3 hours.  Whoo!  I hope she keeps it up.

She is such a sweetheart and is VERY attached to me right now.

Then there's miss Harper who did this when I asked her to smile for a picture:

Ooooh, Harper, won't you smile for mommy??  To which she replied, "Nooo. No way." (yes, mom, she was standing here wanting a snack-what's new?)  Oh well, she's still my sweet potato. 

By the way, here's a side-by-side of the girls.  They're about the same age in these pictures.

Love them!

Friday, May 20, 2011

just some pictures

Not much to say around here, so here are some pictures from this week.  

asleep at the table; if you've ever watched this happen before, it is pretty funny

Kate actually likes tummy time

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

down on the farm

I know I blog about the farm a bunch, but we spend so much time there and Harper loves it so much, so I like to keep memories of it.  She'll wake up from naps most days saying, "see baby goats?  see baby goats pleeease?" and it cracks me up.  

This Sunday afternoon the Resnicks came to meet Kate and we went to the farm for a while.  Harper, Conor and Sullivan ran around and had a great time together.  They are so cute together and I'm glad we have wonderful friends with sweet kids to play with.

This is the closest Harper has ever gotten to Penny Sue.  She kept asking, "mommy, where's baby pigs?"
All 14 of them were in the barn.
Sometimes mommies need a break, Harper.

Sullivan looks like a Ralph Lauren model!

How cute are they!?

Andy and his boys

My daughter is a wild child
(and obviously she gets it from her daddy)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

pilly pilly

Harper loves to be outside I think more than she loves me.  She'd live out there if I let her, and lately we've been close to it.  Howeva...she recently acquired an aversion to bugs (I suspect her Mimi has something to do with this? Mimi??).  She climbed into her playhouse and discovered a caterpillar.  At first she put her hands to her cheeks and said, "oh no, mommy, a snake."  I told her, "no, that's a caterpillar" and went on to remind her of the story of the hungry caterpillar (we've read it a million times).  Well, it might as well have been a rattlesnake because she was not having it.  I love her look when I ask her about the caterpillar.  

She could also scale this rock wall if, ironically, she wasn't holding a rock in her hand.  Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

zoo today

We went to the zoo today.  Sometimes I think I'm crazy, like today when I took Harper and Kate to Gymboree and then to the Maryland zoo for a 6-hour total trip; but other times I think I'd go crazy if we just sat at home (especially when the weather is 70 and sunny).  We had a great time and the girls were so good.  Harper kept saying, "more animals" the whole time.  My camera died, so all I have are two iphone pictures.

We actually got to feed the giraffes!  Our friends rode a big ol' camel, but Harper is too much of a chicken for that.  We also got to brush and play with goats at the end.  What a wonderful day!  I'm wiped out after a long night with Kate and no nap, but I think it was worth it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

mother's day 2011

Well, we had a nice Mother's Day weekend.  The weather was perrrrrfect and so was the company.  On Saturday we went to Meaghan and Kevin's for the Kentucky Derby (though I'm against horseracing...) and played with friends there.  Harper's friend Ryder kept her entertained with dancing, corn hole games (they cheat), and toys.  Harper was worn out when we got home.
Harper and Ryder
(notice that Harper keeps it real with one pant leg up; we couldn't keep her from doing this the whole day)

Then on Sunday I woke up to sleepy-eyed Harper bringing me a Minnie Mouse card.  We got up, opened cards, and skyped with Mimi and Pop.  Harper loves to Skype with them-what a different world my kids are growing up in.  Harper can 1.  ask for "Angry Birds" 2.  actually play Angry Birds (better than me, I might add) 3.  navigate my iphone to get to the pictures and then scroll through them 4. navigate an ipad to get to her favorite ebook (um, Toy Story, of course) and 5. video chat with her grandparents.  Good grief.  So we skyped and then attempted a Mother's Day picture since we were all dressed up for church.  Photographing is a little bit more difficult these days.  They were both pretty mad.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

That's as good as it got.  We had brunch, played at the park, and took long naps.  Harper is still tickled to death with the baby animals at the farm.  The baby goats are sticking their head through the fence and she wraps her arms around their necks and hugs and hugs on them.  It is adorable.  I think baby goats are my favorite baby animals ever.  The lambs are skittish, but the goats are so sweet and playful.

I also got the BEST gift of Sunday; Kate smiled at me for the first time.  A REAL smile!  I didn't have my camera and I didn't want to interrupt it.  She just stared at me with a big toothless grin.  Love it!  My little peanut is up to 9 lbs. 7 oz (we had a little doctor's visit this morning about some sinus stuff) and growing strong.  This Mother's Day I am so thankful to have two healthy little girls.

Friday, May 6, 2011


The girls look so much alike to me.  Can you tell who is who?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

play time and the elephant

We received this precious pink elephant from our friends Wes and Allison.  It has Kate's name on the ear and the idea is to take her picture with it each month to see her growth.  I've seen this on some friends' blogs and think it is so cute!  So, here's Kate's official one-month picture with her elephant

I've started implementing the Babywise strategy with Kate, as we did with Harper.  It worked great with Harper, so here's keeping my fingers crossed.  So far, Kate is a great little sleeper so I'm just starting to try and get her into some kind of pattern.  Babywise emphasizes wake time after feeding so that the baby actually gets tired and then sleeps soundly.  That means we need some wake time activities.  We broke out the play gym mat for her and she does okay with it.  I also started some tummy time with her too.  To me she is strong! 

We had some play time at Sandy Pointe State Park on Tuesday and then a play date yesterday at Sunny's house after Gymboree.  Kate did well both times, but I'm lucky to have friends to lend me a hand during those times.  I haven't taken the two girls into real public by myself yet; I'm going to give it a try next week.  

Harper insists on wearing hats backwards and I have to say that I think it is pretty adorable.  I can try all of the bows and pink in the world, but Harper is Harper.  

Monday, May 2, 2011

4 Weeks Old

Sweet Kate is 4 weeks old.  Sometimes I can't believe it, but then I look at how BIG she's gotten and it makes me a believer.  All of that milk is going straight to her thighs (and face, and arms, and belly).  I'm so grateful to have a healthy baby girl.  So, here's what Miss Kate is up to at 4 weeks (we'll use this as her one-month):

-She sleeps probably 19 hours a day.
-She eats about 10 times a day.
-She poops and pees...a million times a day.
-She loves loves loves her mommy!  She'd lay on my chest and sleep forever.  We take afternoon naps that way sometimes and I love it.  I think Brian is looking forward to being more interactive with her, but for now all she wants is her "food source" (as Brian so lovingly calls me).

-She's taken a couple of bottles and we're going to start working on that more.
-She took a pacifier for the first time yesterday and did ok.  I was hesitant to start that, but after she ate every hour between 3 and 11, we decided that she needed it for a little comfort.
-She's in newborn diapers.
-She wears 0-3 month clothes.
-At her two-week checkup she was 8 lbs. even and 20 inches.  I can't imagine what she is now!?
-She's such a sweetie!  She's just beginning to recognize things (other than me) outside of herself-like the mobile on her bouncy seat.

At times I think time's going by so quickly, but then I look at Harper and think, "we have a long ways to go."  I am a little sad that it was a whole 4 weeks ago that I held her for the first time; there's nothing like having a newborn in the hospital-nothing nothing nothing.  That (and Harper's birth) was the most wonderful time of my life.  But, I look forward to watching my sweet girls grow.