Wednesday, November 30, 2011

4 months! and other stuff

My little Michael is 4 months. On the one hand I can't believe it's gone by so fast, on the other it feels like he has been a member of our family for so much longer :). Before I go on to other updates here are the percentiles:

17lbs 6 oz - 90-95%
26 inches - 90%
Head Circumference 75%

Yep, my big, tall boy. I'm thinking just like his daddy. Once Noelle got out of her preemie stage she also was in the 90% for length. Definitely not this early. Our little Michael is such a joy in our lives and he's changing so much.
He's such a happy boy. But when he is concerned about something his little brow furrows and it's so cute.
He rolled over for the first time a week or so ago. You can tell he just wants to move.
When the doctor saw him she said he was pretty strong. He's definitely not a flimsy baby, is what she said. She said he was pretty sturdy too :).
He's so alert and curious about everything. And he has the most bright blue eyes. We're trying to get a good sleep schedule going because he would stay up forever if we let him, he seems to hate missing out on anything.
Noelle is so sweet with him. She's always hugging him and saying things like "It will be okay baby Michael" or "Good job bud."
Michael and Noelle look so much alike. And some days he looks exactly like his daddy.
He's starting to love putting things in his mouth.
He loves it when I sing to him.
Today we tried rice cereal and he LOVED it. Besides getting just a little messy he swallowed every bit of it. He is eating a lot lately so I was pretty excited to start the cereal. I think he will love baby food.
He loves to sit up (with our help still) and whenever he is lying down he does "crunches" to try to sit up himself.
His favorite toy is a burp rag. He's so happy holding one and just brings it right to his mouth.
He doesn't take a binkie, although Noelle still tries to give him one every once in a while.
Sometimes he sucks his thumb.
He's sleeping a lot better lately.
I know I said this already but he is just happy and content with things. I'm not saying he doesn't get fussy once in a while but his whole demeanor is just happiness. He certainly makes our lives happier and I just can't picture it without him.

Other stuff:

Thanksgiving was great. My dad's side of the family got together this year at a church. There is TONS of food and afterward we just have fun and hang out. Oh and play dodge ball. I didn't play this year which I kind of regret but no big deal. I do regret not taking any pictures but oh well. Noelle didn't eat a whole lot, no surprise there. Damin (Noelle's Grandma Fullmer) was there and during meal time she didn't care about anything else except being with her. Noelle had lots of fun. This day is always so exhausting but it was great also. I also made some very yummy sweet potatoes, eggnog pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. That night Noelle went to bed pretty early and I headed over to my parents to look at the ads for black Friday. To make a long story short I actually stayed the night at their house and my sister Taylor and I watched a couple episodes of Walking Dead. Yep I stayed up all night and totally regretted it the next morning. But I got some pretty good deals so I guess it was worth it. It was fun to go with my sisters. I came home and even though Michael (husband) had a rough night with the kids he let me sleep about four hours uninterrupted. He is my favorite. Rebecca, Michael's sister also came up from Provo and stayed with us for a few nights. It was fun to have her here and Noelle LOVED it!

Noelle is doing pretty good. Just growing up so much. She has kind of been pretty clingy and has been following me all over the apartment. I think it's sweet sometimes, but other times I really wish she would just play by herself. She got really good at playing by herself then it changed. I think it's still a little bit of "I'm not the baby anymore and I want mom's attention." I think some Christmas presents will help with some independent playing. She doesn't nap very well lately but she still needs them. Even without a nap we still have quiet time. Usually it's me making her sit on the couch to watch a movie so I can rest or get stuff done. Sometimes she falls asleep on the couch. But the no nap transition hasn't been too bad. When she doesn't take a nap I put her down earlier for bed, so that's nice. She is a sweetheart but has certainly shown some attitude in the recent months. Sometimes she doesn't hesitate to hit me right in the face if she doesn't like something or just because. I don't like this so much. It's getting better I think. She remembers everything lately so we have to really be aware of what we say around her ;). She came up to me today and (without any prompting from anyone) said "Thanks for being my mommy." This was accompanied with a big hug and kiss. It just melted my heart. She kept saying it. And I would reply by saying "You're welcome. Thanks for being my daughter." Moments like those make me forget all about the hitting in the face moments. Oh my Noelle. We love her.

Michael and I have been pretty good. Michael is pretty busy these days. The semester ends soon so that will be nice. He could really use a little break. I could use him home during the nights also. But I'm so grateful to him for sacrificing his time and relaxation to better himself and our family. We're excited for Christmas and Noelle loves the tree. Her and I will just sit in front of it and we'll talk about the different ornaments. Since three years ago we started this tradition where we get an ornament for each child every Christmas, also an ornament for the family. And this year Noelle knows which ornaments are hers and she loves it. We also played The First Noel and she realized they were saying her name and she just lit up.

I'm taking more pictures these days with my new phone then with our camera (because it's so much more convenient) so most of these are from my phone. I have some cute videos that are on my phone but haven't figured out how to post them yet.

cuddling with mommy

Michael was getting his picture taken, so of course Noelle had to as well.

The cutest kids ever! Uh, yeah, they are obviously siblings. They look EXACTLY the same.

our little Christmas tree. Every year there is just less and less space for it.


Enjoying his bumbo

trying rice cereal for the first time

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

unleashing my creativity

All of sudden I feel crafty. Maybe it's because I have a friend who wants to do crafts with me. Maybe it's because I haven't created something in a while. Who knows. But today I felt I needed to change a little element in my bathroom. Now I really don't have anything that coordinates. One day I will. But there was this 90's looking frame in my bathroom that I kind of hated. Now it had a good message but I hated it in there. I found it at the thrift store and just put it up and never liked it, ever. So I found something I wanted to use it for. Which was inspired by my crafty friend mentioned above. I love all her ideas so I hope she's not annoyed by me copying her or getting the idea from her. I turned this frame/whatever it was into something really cute I think. My camera is not the highest quality (especially in the first photo) but it shows what I did. So here's the before and after:



This doesn't quite fit all the bows I have for Noelle but for now it's just great and really brightens up the bathroom.

Thank You Very Much!

I've added a new little list to the side of my blog. My project to-do list. Things I am doing or want to do in the future. Right now the ones I have up seem pretty doable. Some of the ideas I got from this boutique I went to today with my friend. I'm excited to do them. I enjoy doing these things more than I thought I would and it takes my mind off of the stresses of the day.

I'm currently working on something like this for my daughter for Christmas. It's coming together and I'm so excited for it to be done. Noelle will love it I think.

Princess Felt Mat

And I want to do these in the near future:

I Spy Bag
Cookie Sheet Magnet Board
Yarn and Felt Wreath

puts a smile on my face

A couple of nights ago before bedtime I asked Noelle what she wanted to watch. She said "Harry Potter!" I didn't know if I heard her correctly. I kept asking "Are you sure you want to?" With a smile on her face she would say "Yes!" We've been having a rough couple of weeks with some disobeying and defiance and sometimes I feel like I'm not on her good side. But she knows I love Harry Potter and it's almost as if she was saying in her own way "Mommy I know you love Harry Potter, so I want to watch it to make you happy." She watched a good 20 minutes. The next morning she asked to watch it again and then again tonight before bed. Hmmmm....Is this the start of a new favorite movie trend? Whatever it is, it puts a smile on my face :). At the beginning part of HP 1, when you first see his lightning scar Noelle looks at me and says "He has an owie mommy." She looked concerned for him. For the last little while we have been playing with her and we've taught her to point a "wand" and say "wingardium leviosa" and "stupify," and those are just a couple of the many spells she has learned. So today when we watched the part when they were learning the spell "wingardium leviosa" she said it out loud and quite clearly I might add. She was so proud and so was her mama!

Here is a picture of Noelle enjoying her Harry Potter

Friday, November 4, 2011

Noelle's Birthday and Halloween 2011

First I love that Noelle's birthday is around Halloween. It will make for some very fun future birthday parties and events. Second I don't think I will ever throw a three year old birthday party and invite kids to it again. Unless maybe there were only three of them. But there were eleven. Quite the event. And not super fun in a little apartment. But I think the kids had fun and I know Noelle did, so that's all that matters right? Plus they got to all dress up in their Halloween costumes. See what I mean by some very fun future parties? Anyway. We did the party the day before her birthday and then Thursday the 27th was the big day. I can't believe I have a 3 year old. It was a very fun day and she totally understood that it was her day. She got some very fun things as well. Here are some things that she is doing now:

She talks and talks and talks.
She asks a lot of questions.
She helps a lot with her baby brother and is very sweet with him.
She also whacked him in the head the other day for no reason.
She's getting quite the imagination.
She still has a sweet personality but she is showing lots of her attitude.
She pushes other kids sometimes. I'm trying to have patience with that. I HATE when she does it and she knows it. Maybe that's one of the reason's she does it so much.
She loves to hold hands with friends.
She is much more outgoing.
She still loves the outdoors.
She'll wipe away my tears if I am crying.
She still isn't potty trained.
She is very sensitive and moody sometimes. Poor daddy has to deal with two sensitive women now.
She loves Tangled.
She loves to dance and sing.
She is still taking one nap a day. But I think that is going to end soon.
And she is still one of the lights of my life, even when I get frustrated and could scream at times.

So we had a very fun Halloween. Noelle LOVED it this year. She really understood trick-or treating and had a blast doing it. We go to my parent's neighborhood. We also enjoyed my mom's delicious cheese soup in bread bowls-it's a tradition ever since I can remember. And we very much missed everyone who wasn't there (Tanner, Nina, Eric, and Alyson). Noelle was Jessie from Toy Story and Michael was a frog. Some people called him Kermit.

Enjoy some photos!

She wanted pancakes for her birthday breakfast and she devoured them.
Thanks to my friend I had a princess castle cake mold that I used for her birthday cake. With such a busy week I needed something simple but also cute. I really like how it turned out.
She has been asking for scissors for her birthday and she got them. So she gave them a hug.Princess pjs

Cute girl in her Halloween shirt

She LOVED the makeup I put on her to be Jessie. I used liquid blush, brown eye liner (for the freckles) and lip gloss.
With Aunt Taylor, the witch
our cute Jessie. Don't you love the pumpkins? Taylor has an obsession with U2 and Bono. Top: U2. Middle: Bono with sunglasses. Bottom: Bono(heart)
p.s. My mom made her awesome chaps.darling cowgirl. Some people thought she was a cowboy.
My cute little froggy. He slept the whole time in the stroller while we trick-or-treated with Noelle.

smiley Michael in his pjs
Silly Noelle in her pjs