Saturday, December 31, 2011

Random Notes

I just have some random updates and things I'd like to remember so please excuse this post of randomness.
Erin is oh so close to rolling over. She can go from tummy to back but she hasn't figure out how to get her shoulder underneath her when trying to roll from back to tummy. She is very close though and I see it happening in the next few days.
She's still an awesome sleeper with about 3-4 naps a day and 12 hours per night. Her naps can be short sometimes, only 45 minutes to an hour but I don't mind so much.
We put her in the jumperoo today for the first time and she love's it! She also still loves the exersaucer.
I think we established that Evan's favorite toy for Christmas was his tractor from his Uncle Eric. Pure joy!

Evan has slept the past two nights in his big boy firetruck bed. We thought maybe it would help eliminate some of his bedtime issues. It really hasn't. The boy just does not want to go to bed. No matter what time, where, with who - it doesn't matter. He screams and fights it for as long as he can stay awake. He only gives in to sleep once he's exhausted himself. He is still having night terrors a couple nights a week, usually depending on how late he forces himself to stay awake. It's very frustrating but we are still hopeful he will get use to his bedtime routine and just ease into bedtime. REALLY hoping it's soon.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas to All!

We had a great Christmas.
It was an early start because my brother had to work later in the day but it worked out. Evan and Erin had a lot of fun opening their gift. Surprisingly Erin was really into it!

Socks, nom nom nom.

She did really good ripping the wrapping paper.

I think everyone got everything they wanted, Evan got lots of Toy Story stuff, trucks and a giant train set!
I got what I really wanted, a necklace I've been stalking for quite a while. Todd got some points for this one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Erin is 5 Months

My little biscuit is growing fast! Here are a few recent pics. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Tis the Season

I am loving this Christmas season! Usually this time of year is very stressful and I'm always way too busy to notice all the wonderful Christmasy things going on around me. Well this year I took steps to make sure we all have a non-stressmas! I finished up all my shopping in the first week of December, so my usual procrastinating self wouldn't be worried about buying gifts the whole month of December!
It has been so amazing to see everything this holiday season through Evan's eyes. Last year he was still too little to understand certain things but this year he is really really into it.
He loved putting the lights up outside with daddy. He was a big helper.
He also loved trimming the tree, which took a couple of days but I mainly just let him do it by himself. Of course we strung the lights and put the ornaments up high but other than that it was all Evan.
We went and saw Santa which was a big thrill for Evan. We waited in line for about an hour and coached Evan a little on what to do when he saw the big man. I knew he'd clam up because he is so shy but to my surprise when we arrived in Santa's workshop he saw Santa and immediately blurted "choo choo". Then he went mute again but at least he told Santa what he wanted.
Riding the carousel at Bass Pro Shop.
A few days ago we went to a Christmas light show. It was pretty neat (although way overpriced) and Evan really liked all the colors and lights. Erin actually enjoyed it too.
Putting his name on the nice list.

Also at the light show he was able to write a letter to Santa. He really thought this was neat.
At his daycare they have been doing lots of Christmas activities as well. He was so proud of his gingerbread man.
Of course Erin has been enjoying all these things right along with Evan but she a wee bit little to have the real fun. 
In line to see Santa.
Christmas is one week away and I am beyond excited. I love starting new traditions with my family and it makes me appreciate the season so much more.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Erin is 4 Months

Erin is doing great!!!
At her 4 month appointment she weighed 14 pounds 2 ounces and was 25 inches long, both the 50th percentile. She is now in the 75th percentile for her head size, was the 90th percentile.
She and I are sharing a nice head cold right now but she is handling it pretty good. Last night she did wake up at about 3am and wanted a bottle, she hasn't done that in over a month. She is just like her big brother was at this age when it comes to sleeping. I'm still doing the dream feed at 10:30 to get her to sleep all night though. I was scared to drop it with Evan and I honestly can't remember how long I kept giving it to him. I would like to go to bed earlier some night but it really doesn't bother me, I actually enjoy the quiet peacefulness of it.
Anyway - I picked her up at daycare yesterday and she was in an exersaucer, so I busted out the one my sister in law gave me and she loves it.
But I think they heavy cheeks drag her head down after a while. (Couldn't you just eat them up!?)

That's all for now, I hear a certain toddler that refuses to nap calling my name. Ugh.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Oh My Goodness

This week has been much better! I think Evan is settling in better with his bedtime routine and starting to have less tantrums. He is getting enough rest therefore isn't quite as cranky. Oh he still has his moments but it's a definite improvement. 
And for some unknown reason it seems like he's has grown about 5 feet in the past few weeks. He just walked into a room yesterday and I was struck by how tall he looked. Tonight we were laying on the couch talking and he is getting so good at conversation. I get a lot of "I don't know's" when I ask him questions but more and more he is able to tell me about his day. And he tells me what he likes and what he doesn't. 
He really likes The Lion King right now. He still asks to watch Toy Story 3 everyday but occasionally we get The Lion King thrown in there. Usually we oblige him because he will watch for about 15-20 minutes and then be ready to shut it off and play. 
He also really like riding in "daddy's big truck". It's one of his favorite things. And of course Papaws tractor is still the best. 
He no longer answers with an "uh huh" his new thing is "yeah". Still not the "yes mommy" we have been working on but it'll do. He's begun mimicking some expressions I make it and it is hilarious. I always say "oh hey thanks" when someone gets me something and hearing it out of his little mouth NEVER stops being funny. And his excited "oh my goodness" just delights me in every way. 
I could go on and on about the things he says that make me laugh but for now I need to sleep. Erin has a cold and I have a feeling tonight may be a long one. I need to post about her 4 month stats soon. She is growing up so fast!