Sunday, May 3, 2015

5 & 18 months

Its funny how as a parent you say you will treat all of your kids equally.  Love them the same & take just as many pictures of your 2nd child as you did of your first.  Well none of that is true.  I treat Bennett like he's by toddler boy, and Jillian like shes a dainty girl.  I love Bennett so much because he has been apart of my life for 18 months.  It took a few months for me to learn to love Jillian as I loved Bennett because lets face it.  Newborns don't really give much back in terms of hugs, saying mommy, and smiles.  And well we all know by the time the 2nd child comes the first is running rampant that its a little more challenging to enjoy the small and simple moments with baby #2 thus less pictures are taken.

I love both my kids. This is true.

Here is us celebrating Jillian's 5th month of life with her first trip to the pool & a photoshoot.


 
Jillian @ 5 months
-eats 4-5 6oz bottles a day
-sleeps from 9:30-7am
takes 2 2-3 hour naps and 1 1hour nap
smiles
can roll from tummy to back and back to tummy. 
still sleeps swaddled at night
has a high pitched squeal when shes happy
laughs when you take off her shirt
loves Bennett


Monday, April 27, 2015

post vacation lazy day


























The majority of my days are busy.  I work 12 hour shifts three days a week and it feels like those other 4 days are spent grocery shopping, running errands, cleaning the house, and surviving being a mother of my almost Irish twins.  Very seldomly do I stop to just smell the roses and enjoy my little pumpkins.  Today, however, I made the choice to stop and just appreciate my two sweet cherubs in their “golden stages.” (In between laundry and cleaning my house ;) )

Jillian has recently learned she has a voice and insists on squealing at a very high pitch.  She can roll from back to tummy as well as tummy to back and enjoys her death grip on anything and everything she comes into contact with.  She wakes up from naps with a smile on her face and downs bottles like its no ones business. 

Bennett is back to his jibber jabbering self and spent all day “talking” to me while I only understood about 8%.  He is his daddy’s son.  Each time he went out back to “play” he wound up in the “paver construction area” or playing with the lawn mower instead of his toys.  He loves ketchup which is evident by his red beard/mustache. 


Winston and Ellie were even able to enjoy the beautiful sunny day. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

4 Months & 17 Months

How sweet it is to be loved by these two.












::Jillian::
coos up a storm
smiles like crazy
we've gotten a few giggles, but mostly silent laughs
drinks 4-6 oz bottles x5 a day
an amazing sleeper/napper
(we swaddle and lay her straight down in a dark room. within a few minutes she's asleep without any rocking, binkie, or bottle)
naps 3-4x a day each for 1-3 hours
bedtime between 8-9pm 
sleeps 10-12 hours straight @ night
wakes up between 7-8am
only likes being held facing out
likes to fall asleep vertically 
enjoys her play mat and vibrating bouncer
still squeezing into size 1 diapers
transitioning to 3-6 month clothes
hates her binkie
is very particular about the temperature of her water- not hot, not room temperature... 
still has blue eyes
still keeps her fists clenched tight
can propel her body so she turns 90 degrees or scoots over a foot or two from where I left her

typical schedule: 
7:30 wake. 4-6 oz bottle. play
9:00 nap
10:30 wake, 4-6 oz bottle. play
12:00 nap
2:00 wake, 4-6 oz bottle. play
3:30 nap
5:30 wake. 4-6 oz bottle. play
7:00-7:30 cat nap on occasion
8:00 4-6 oz bottle. 
9:00 bedtime

::Bennett::
has become quite the talker adding new words to his vocab weekly
"owwie" - sorry
"wee wee" - Winston
"eyyie" - Ellie
"ohhh" - uh-oh
we have finally gotten him to enjoy a movie that isn't princesses and singing! 
aka Monsters University
mimics everything we do: sweeping, shoveling, putting clothes in the washer, shutting doors behind us.
loves playing at the park and going down the big slides by himself... on his belly of course
started to step up steps holding onto a railing instead of crawling (at the park only. he hasn't tried it at home yet)
loves playing outside in the yard and could seriously run out there for hours
still takes two naps (thank heavens), however if we don't get him down for his first nap by 10:20 the two naps turn into one nap and a cranky Mr. Bennett in the evening
bedtime is between 7:30-8:15pm depending on naps and how crazy he is being


Lance & I finally think we've gotten the hang of these two little crazies.  Jillian is at a stage where she naps well and sleeps through the night and Bennett is starting to understand what we are telling him a little bit more.  I kind of wish I could freeze time and the terrible twos and teething/crawling/less napping won't start.  I'm sure these two will give us a run for our money when they are both mobile but for now we are enjoying the peace and sanity that comes with a 4 & a 17 month old. <3 p="">