Thursday, December 27, 2012

18 Months!


Little miss Claire turned 18 months on Christmas! 
I cannot believe how much she has grown and changed in the past 6 months. I feel like we were just having her first birthday party!

Pregnant with number 2 009

Height: 2 feet 11.75 inches (off the chart)
Weight: 25 lbs 5 oz (65th percentile)
We have a tall, skinny little girl! I was a little worried about her weight being low but the doctor said she isn't concerned at all. Claire also did really well on her developmental test and the doctor said she is well above where she would expect an 18 month old to be. Just had to be a bragging mama ;) The doctor also said she thought I could start potty training Claire if I wanted to, but I don't think I have the energy to do that right now, and Claire doesn't seem overly interested so I don't want to push anything.

Since it's been 6 months since her last update (oops!), I'll just hit on the major events.

-In September we found out Claire was going to be a big sister! We find out in a few days if this baby is going to be a brother or a sister and we are really excited. Drew and I both agree, we can't wait to see Claire be a big sister. She loves babies (both real and her baby dolls) so it will be fun to see her interact with her sibling.



-Claire switched to a 'big girl' bed about 2 months ago. We started off with just her crib converted into a toddler bed, and then after about a week she got a twin size bed. She LOVES it! She is actually really excited to go to bed every night and to be able to climb into her bed. Last week we had our first difficult few days of Claire getting out of bed during nap times, but now I think we are back to her staying in bed. She has been such a champ, and really impressed us with how well the transition went.
We have since gotten Claire blankets that actually fit her bed ;)


-Her favorite tv shows are Curious George and Super Why. When I was in the middle of my terrible morning sickness, I let her watch one show every morning while I tried to keep some breakfast down, and now she is obsessed; I think I've created a monster! Every morning when we go downstairs she grabs the remote and points it at the TV and asks for either 'George' or 'Superbye'. I think she's a little miffed I will only let her watch one episode a day haha

-Claire had her first major injury, which led to her first trip to the ER last month. Two stitches later and we were out of there, but needless to say, I'm hoping to not repeat the experience any time soon.

-Claire is talking up a storm! It's crazy how each week that goes by her words continue to get clearer and she keeps adding more. Here are a few of her most used words:
Car
Outside
Dog (and the sound)
Cat (and the sound)
George
Super Why
More
Go
Please
Thank You
Water
Juice
Apple
Apple Sauce
Carseat 
Ball
Monkey (and the sound)
Cow (and the sound)
Mama
Daddy
Grandma
Grandpa
Light
Bright
Cup
Milk
Baby
Animal
Remote
Phone
Teeth
Elbow
Knee
Head
Eyes
Ear
Chin
Clothes
Shoes
Socks
Night Night
Paci
No
Uh-huh
Store
Tree
Color
Chair
Jump
Run
I know there are probably even more than those, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. When she's in a good a mood, she'll repeat almost anything she hears. We're still working on stringing words together but there have a been a few times she has said "more water", or "more please", so I'm sure it will happen in no time!

-We've been on a one nap schedule since about 12 or 13 months. Claire's day typically looks like this:
Wake up around 6:45am or 7:00 am
Nap around 10 or 10:30 am and sleep about 2 hours
Bath time at 6:30 and bedtime at 7:00pm.

-Claire has 12 teeth- four on top, four on bottom, and four molars (two top and two bottom). I have a feeling we are in for more soon. cause every time I look over Claire has her hands in her mouth.

-We've hit the "do it myself stage" with Claire within the past few weeks. She wants to do everything on her own, which usually I don't mind letting her try for a while, but it has become an issue when we are trying to get something quickly. She wants to try and dress herself, and feed herself yogurt (which is quite the mess), but it's so fun to see her progress and get better at those tasks.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

15 and 16 Weeks


Well 15 weeks came and went. I made a chalk board but never got a picture in front of it.
See! Here is proof I didn't totally slack off:
photo 1

How far along? 
15 weeks
Maternity Clothes?
Yep
Sleep:
never enough in a day!
Best Moment this week?
starting to feel some little flutters!
Miss anything?
energy
Movement?
a little 
Food cravings?
Not really
Queasy or sick?
Just queasy this week
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy

photo 4

Someone wanted to help 'tolor' (aka color) while mommy was taking a picture. Don't mind the naked buns.
photo 3


How far along? 
16 weeks 4 days
Maternity Clothes?
Yep
Sleep:
never enough in a day!
Best Moment this week?
semi- deciding on names
Miss anything?
mostly just feeling normal
Movement?
little bits here and there 
Food cravings?
No
Queasy or sick?
Well monday started out with a bang. Thankfully my grandpa came over to watch Claire will I threw up my guts. So far, I've been feeling just queasy the rest of the time. Thanks papa!
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Sentimental. After the mall shootings, which happened so close to our house, and the CT shootings, I've been feeling very emotional this week. Claire has been receiving lots of extra cuddles and kisses this week.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Big Sister Practice


We've been playing with Claire's baby dolls and practicing being gentle with them. A couple days ago I pulled the infant carseat out of Claire's closet to put it in the babies room, but of course Claire needed to check it out first. I told her to grab the baby so we could put it in the carseat. This is what she did instead.




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Where is...?


We end up playing the "where is?" game a lot when we're trying to distract Claire. We finally caught her on video identifying/ naming her body parts. 

Don't mind the overturned couch, we're not actually wild partiers or anything, Drew was just fixing a leg on it ;)


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thesis and 14 Weeks


Well I have no 13 week picture because we were a little busy getting ready for Drew's thesis defense. Claire and I are so proud of him! It's been a long road and a lot of work, but he did it, and it's finally over! 

First stop-Daddy's office! Just helping make a few notes for his presentation
photo 1
Hehe...snuck this picture while Drew was presenting!
photo 2

We were super blessed that our friend Becca offered to watch Claire for us while Drew presented. There was no way I was brave enough to try and keep a 17 month old quite for a 45 minute thesis presentation!
When the thesis panel kicked us out to question Drew in private (aka the scary part), I headed over to Becca's to get Claire and hang out with all my mommy friends that I haven't been able to see in a few months. It was so fun to get all the kids together (5 kids under 2.5 and three of us are pregnant with our 2nd!).

This week has been flying by for some reason, and before I knew it, I realized it was wednesday night! I figured I better take my 14 week picture since I had made the chalkboard days ago, and now I'm almost 15 weeks. Unfortunately Drew wasn't home, so here is my sad 14 week self portrait complete with more of Claire's lovely drawings:

photo 4


How far along? 
14 weeks 4 days
Maternity Clothes?
A few here and there. I'm actually carrying higher than I did with Claire (she was REALLY low), so I've been able to wear most of my jeans with a hair tie to extend the waist.
Sleep:
Still exhausted, but I doubt that will change
Best Moment this week?
spending extra quality time with Claire. I'm excited for her to be a big sister, but I'm also trying to soak up every last moment of her being an only child
Miss anything?
Feeling un-queasy
Movement?
I think I may have felt a little flutter this week!
Food cravings?
I've been dreaming of a slurpee; so weird! I've yet to go get one, but I think about them all the time. 
Queasy or sick?
Still queasy. Would someone like to remind my morning sickness it's supposed to go away after the first trimester??
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy