Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's Been A While

Yes, I know. I've pretty much fallen off the blogging planet and have a lot to update. For now, I'm going to focus on sweet Sadie turning 9 months old this week. (Yes, I've missed months 7 and 8.) Our summer has gone so quickly, with lots to be updated, so I won't to focus on her first.

This sweet girl is on the move. She has been crawling every where since she was 6 months old. She is now pulling up and cruising along all of our furniture. She also stands up alone for several seconds, but won't take a step...not that I'm really encouraging it. Life is much more complicated with her all over the place. She can give high 5's, wave "hi" and "bye", clap her hands, and sign "all done". She LOVES to eat. She's already wanting mostly table food and is done with pureed. She wants the real stuff. Her favorite things to do are to watch Jude play, pull his hair, give her baby doll kisses, to play in the sand box and be tickled. She does not like to be still. It's actually really hard to read to her, which is something very different than Jude, even at this age. Sadie has 4 teeth, 2 on top and 2 on bottom. She does this hysterical snorty face and cracks herself up.

Sadie sleeps great. She goes down between 8 and 8:30 pm every night and sleeps until any time between 7 to 8 am. She takes 2 naps, 1 always being longer than the other but that fluctuates based on our schedule. She does not like stopping her favorite activities, especially bath time and the sand box. She already pitches little mini fits. She does nurse more often than Jude. It's definitely more a comfort for her than just eating, but I'm ok with that. She doesn't have a bappy, suck her thumb, or even have a preferred lovey yet, so I'm it.

We had her 9 month well check this week and this little lady isn't so little. Here are the stats:

Weight: 20 lbs. 15 oz (85%)
Height: 29.5 in. (97%)
Head Circumference: 45 cm (85%)

She is very proportionate and has stayed on the same trends since about 2 months, except her length has soared the last 3 months. Our doctor said he was be surprised if she wasn't close to 6 feet one day. With the height on both our families, the height neither of us got, it wouldn't surprise me. We shall see.

Sweet Sadie girl, you steal our hearts again and again. Your smile is contagious. Your quiet laugh is precious. You love to move and explore. You adore your big brother and love to snuggle with Mommy. Daddy's beard makes you laugh or cry, depending on the day. We love you so very much and am so thankful to have you baby girl. 

And, what people really want, the pictures...

 Miss Sassy Pants
 You can see how she captures your heart. Look at that sweet face! And yes, she does have a cyst over her left eye. We are seeing a pediatric eye specialist soon. It's been there since birth, but doesn't seem to effect her vision at all. I've actually had morons say things like, "What's wrong with her eye?" or "You are going to have that removed, right?" Talk about Momma Bear coming out. Prayers in the coming weeks as we see the specialist would be appreciated.
 Hmmm...what can I get into?
 Just hanging with Daddy
 This is her silly snorty face. You can see why we think it's hysterical. At least it does give you a good shot of those teeth coming in.

And, I had to throw one in of this precious boy. He surprises me every day of his new independence and willing to help. Love him so. Until next time...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hodge Podge

We had had a lot going on in the last few weeks and I know it's past time for me to catch up on the blog. Both babes are growing like weeds and we are in full force and ready for summer, including our upcoming trip to North Carolina! We have a "Carolina Countdown" and yes, Jude's suitcase is already packed. :) We have one excited boy!

 Miss Priss is FINALLY liking the bath, knock on a huge piece of wood. From the day she was born until last week, she would scream the second her big toe touched the water and now that she has figured out how to splash, she's in heaven.

Since our last post, Prissy has turned 6 months old officially and is really beginning to move. She is no longer army crawling, but actually thrusting herself from a plank position. She still won't crawl on her knees but she's getting places. She is also sitting up pretty well, hence the picture below. I won't leave her alone without her boppy for more than a few seconds, but she's actually really good at catching herself.
 Sadie's favorite toys continue to be her singing puppy and any toy that makes noise. She also really loves stuffed animals. She hugs thems and puts them in her mouth. She also smiles at them. We have her baby doll in her crib and many mornings we wake up to her "talking" to the baby, coo'ing and ahh'ing. It's quite adorable. She is also sucking on a pacifier during the day. It's not something I'm going to push at this point, as she is doing well at night. She goes down between 8:30 pm and 9 (we've officially dropped the late evening cat nap just this past week) and sleeps until anywhere between 5:30 and 7:30 am. If she's up before 7, I nurse her in bed and make her go back to sleep. (Well, attempt to and most of the time it works.)
 She is doing well with solids. Right now we feed at lunch and dinner. It's usually a combo of a fruit or veggie with either rice cereal or whole milk greek yogurt. She hasn't refused anything we've tried thus far (sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, avacado, carrots, bananas, apple sauce, or peaches) but her favorite for sure was peaches. I make all my own baby food and when she tried them, she lit up. We also have tried a few finger foods, including Puffs and small pieces of avacado. She hasn't cut teeth yet, so no biggie. She's doing great holding her own cup and actually prefers a cup with a straw. Since she doesn't take a bottle much (she will if she has to), she's not used to holding her head back in that position but is more comfortable holding the cup like a teether.

Her stats for 6 months (at 6 months and 2 weeks) are as follows:
Height: 27 in. (80%)
Weight: 17 lb. 15 oz (55%)
Head Circumference: 44 cm (85%)

Sweet baby girl is really growing and she is such a joy. She is slimming down now that she's moving and has a lot less rolls. She is so friendly and smiles at everyone. I won't lie, she's super attached. They had to come get me twice on Sunday from the nursery because she wanted me. The second I walked in, she calmed down. I'm hoping this summer can help with that a bit as family can watch her some for me. :)
 And this sweet man. This is how we spend many of our days...playing outside with Mason. We love our big yard, open space, and places to find adventure. Jude has really adjusted to our new home and seems to really like it. He's doing great at our new church and is making new friends with children in my Mommy's Group. (That's another huge blessing! God had greatly provided wonderful Christian friends for me here.)
 Please excuse the food in his mouth, but it is rare I get a decent picture of this child these days. We got a new summer do and he looks pretty studly.  He continues to impress us with his corny sense of humor and his observations. Just tonight we had been talking about Father's Day coming up and he said, "You have Mudder's Day and Daddy has Fadder's Day...when is Kid's Day?" I laughed out loud. I guess he's wondering when he gets to sleep in, have breakfast in bed, and get presents.
 On a whole different note, I realized that Sadie's nursery was never debuted as Jude's was. Being the 2nd born, I'm sure that's not atypical but since she's my sweet baby girl, I wanted to share with family and friends who won't be able to see it in person how it turned out.

We used all of the same furniture that we used for Jude and made it her own with decor and new bedding. The cuddle sign above was actually a gift from my college roommate back in college and I thought it went perfect in this place. The flowers are from my wedding and the lamp shade is Pottery Barn Kids.
 These are 2 50 cents frames I found at a thrift store that I painted and glued ribbon to. I thought they turned out quite nice.
 We chose, well, I guess I chose since Justin could care less, ha to use purples and creams. I really like how the different shades of purple tie in with the butterfly mobile.

 This was my Pinterest inspired project. I'm ok with how it turned out but it was fun to make it with Jude.
 This is actually something Justin made for me back in college while we were dating and I thought it was perfect for our little girl's room.

So, a little this, a little that, a hodge podge of what's going on with the Dellinger clan. We miss our friends on the west side but are thankful for the new blessings here. We are looking forward to a wonderful visit to North Carolina coming up (including my 10 year reunion!)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Easter 2014

 I love spring time! I think I appreciate it more now than ever since we live in a place that has harsher winters. With spring comes the wonderful celebration of Jesus' resurrection! The week of Easter Jude's letter was Rr to represent "rescue"...Jesus came to rescue us from our sins. Our learning activities for the week revolved around this and we enjoyed reading the stories in our Jesus Storybook Bible through out the week.

We also started the tradition of dying Easter eggs. Jude liked the science behind it and watching the colors dissolve.
 His favorite part of the eggs though was throwing them on the paved drive way and watching them bust afterward. Thanks Dad for encouraging that mess. :)
 We got the kiddos a little something for Easter and Jude really enjoyed his surprises.
 What do you get a 5 month old for Easter? A teething toy, a book, and new adorable TOMS of course.
 So what if she thinks her TOMS are also a teething toy.
 She realized she had bunnies on her feet on her Easter jammies and cracked herself up.
 Jude was pumped to get some outdoor things. We got new side walk chalk, bubbles, and one of the velcro ball things. (Do those have a name?)
 Of course the Reese Easter Egg and Peeps were a hit too. He wanted to put the peeps in the microwave to watch them blow up...thank you JJ.
And this is the best Easter picture I could get...I'm a little bias but I think they looked pretty darn cute.

We enjoyed a wonderful Easter service at church starting with a brunch and then the service. Afterward, we had Easter dinner with a wonderful family, the Baumann's. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, an egg hunt, and kite flying. Though we were away from home on another holiday, we had a blessed day celebrating Jesus' greatest gift to us.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

NC Visit, Part III-Asheboro

 Pop is totally in love with his grand daughter! I was a Papaw Brackett's girl and Jillian was our PawPaw Lamb's girl so it's so good to see that Sadie adores her Pop too!
 I was actually surprised at how much attention my Dad gave Miss Priss. He kept her 2 different days including feeding her, playing on a quilt outside, walking her, and putting her down for a nap all on his own. It was quite precious.
 Eli and Sadie are only 10 months apart and it was so cute to see them interact. He loved helping her jump. We had some fun times with all 3 kids sitting in the back seat together.
 We had a great time at the zoo. It was nice to go this time of year before it gets too hot. We had 2 strollers and the Ergo and were ready to go.
 The NC zoo has a new Kids Zone which Jude and Eli really enjoyed. There are a lot of hands on activities and it was a great break between looking at the animals.
 I am really proud of how great Zach did. We walked 2 miles and he did the whole thing with only a few breaks. His new physical therapist has been great for him and we all can see great strides in his improvement.
 The boys really enjoyed watching the monkeys as the last exhibit for the day. I know we'll have some crazy fun adventures together as these boy grow up.
 Boofee and Sadie has some great snuggles and Martha and Jude had some rough and tough time. My Mom has always told me you are blessed if you have a handful of true friends in your lifetime and I can say that I have this gift. My college roommates and I are all still in touch. I got to see 2 of them during this visit. We try to see each other any time we all are in NC and it's always a blessing to spend time together. For 10 years now, we've prayed together, laughed and celebrated together, and even cried together. So thankful for these girls!
We had a great visit including a trip to the zoo, visiting with my college room mates, and lots of quality time with family. I am so thankful for our home visits and the time we get to spend together.

Our summer visit will be here before we know it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miss Priss at 5 Months

Sadie's nickname around our house has become Miss Priss or Prissy and Justin has said several times the name suites her well. Sadie is very sociable, smiles often, and loves watching her brother. Her new favorite toy is her singing puppy from MoMo and Pop's house. (It's one Jude had but we left in NC and she loved playing with it. It sings songs and moves and she will watch and laugh at it forever.)

Sadie is rolling all over the place, turning 360's, and scooting on her belly. We will be surprised if she's not crawling soon. She is wearing some 3-6 month clothes but has moved to some 6 month clothes as well. She is definitely on her last size 2 diapers. (We only use them at night and at church.) The next pack we purchase will have to be 3's.

Sadie prefers to be held, by me. She has began reaching for me and it melts my heart. We moved her to her crib at night (she's been napping there since we moved) when we got back from NC and she's done great! We've dropped her dream feed and her schedule is as follows: Her last feeding is around 8:45-9 pm. Asleep by 9:15 (Yes, we do have late bed times but it works for our family...I think it will bump up when we drop our cat nap in the evening.) She sleeps until 4:45-5:15 am for a feeding, then goes back to sleep until 8-8:30 am. From here she's on a 3.5-4 hours schedule and doing great. She naps well and actually prefers to be put down to fall asleep on her own. If we hold her, she fights it but if we put her down, she'll fuss for only a few minutes and go right to sleep. She continues to not want a pacifier.

We started solids just a few days ago at dinner time. We have tried rice cereal, carrots, and avocado. She loved the avocado. I do think this has helped her with sleeping longer at night.

Every day goes so quickly and I can't believe it's been 5 months since she made her debut. Happy 5 Months Miss Priss!

 Yummy, yummy!
 Finger lickin' good!
Hanging out with Uncle Zach which in N.C.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trip to NC, Part II-Jude's Birthday Party

The 2 families usually meet in Concord to switch off. I really want Jude and Sadie to have memories of family birthday parties (as much as possible) and since we were close enough to Jude's birthday, we did a belated Lightning McQueen party at Chickfila. It was great to have family there to celebrate Jude. I still can't believe this boy is 3!

 Uncle Zach's girlfriend Brittany owns a bakery near Raleigh and she made Jude's amazing birthday cake. She surprised him with a Tow Mater Rice Krispie cake too!
 Jude couldn't wait to get some cake. We were afraid he would love it so much he wouldn't want to cut it. Instead, he said, "Let's cut this Lightnin'!"
 Needless to say, Jude got LOTS of fun new toys.
 Jude and Eli had a good time in the play place. It was so fun to see these 2 interact on our visit, except Jude's inability to share.
 Jude is like his's difficult to take a posed picture with his eyes open. :)
 Nana and Hannah, the twins.
And, I had to post one of this cutie. This was a few weeks ago, but I haven't posted her in a picture in any Auburn gear yet. In lieu of A Day game, I thought I would add this one. 

Another birthday has passed and I'm trying to soak it all up, day by day.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Visit to NC, Part I

We spent 2 wonderful weeks in North Carolina that went by entirely too fast. I was very nervous about flying with both kiddos solo, but prayers were answered and both trips, coming and going, went smoothly. (Minus our long wait in the Subway line and Jude started saying "I'm doing the pee pee dance." when I was the next person to pay. Needless to say, we bolted out of line to the bathroom and ate yogurt parfaits for dinner instead.)

We flew into Charlotte and spent our first chunk of our visit with the Dellingers. We were able to see lots of family and spend some good time with Justin's parents again and his brother. This visit was very special to both sets of family since it was the first time many were able to meet sweet Sadie.

 Papaw Jerry with Sadie...she really enjoyed his duck sounds.
 Sadie with Mamaw Mart, her great great grandmother.
 Sadie with Mamaw Ann. Sadie loved her polka dot sweater. We could not get her to look up.
 Jude with Uncle Cody and his girlfriend Sydney. Jude might have a slight crush on Sydney.
 Jude was really interested in Cousin Hunter's dirt bike magazine.
 Cousin Hannah (aka Nana's look alike) with Sadie. She is such a sweet girl. I would be blessed for Sadie to turn into such a caring and respectable teenager one day.
 Uncle Cody getting some smiles out of Sadie. (Look at those legs!)

We are greatly blessed to have my inlaws open their home to us and for the opportunity to make such special memories.