Monday, April 26, 2010

Just Stuff

I feel like I haven't been on top of blogging lately. Updates on the girls is about all I've been able to get out. We've been busy lately though...

Dennis turned 30. We celebrated with dinner at Outback and chocolate cake and ice cream. Thanks, Wegmann's, to the second most wonderful grocery store ever (after Dierbergs of course) I was able to buy "Rice" ice cream and make frosting with rice butter. Not so great. Ain't nothin' like the real thing baby...

Which brings me to the next point. I'm off dairy for now. Madelyn has some eczema and the dr. suggested I go dairy free for a week and see if it helps. It did. So, that means no milk, yogurt, butter, or (gasp!) cheese for me until she's weaned. Kind of funny that I can produce milk but can't have any.

When Elyse hurts herself, she looks at us and says, "my body will fix it" and then looks down and says, "Thank you body!"

I'm still teaching for AMU. It is awesome I get to work from home. We have the best babysitter ever who comes once a week and watches Elyse so I can work. I am going to pack her in a box and ship her to California.

Dennis is just a few weeks from being done with his school here. He is ready to be done and ready to be back with the "real" Marine Corps again.

Yesterday Dennis told Elyse to take a toy out of her mouth. She looked at him and said, "It's only OK if I'm in my room and no one is watching me." Yikes!

We've officially "Ferberized" Madelyn (let her cry a bit at night until she fell back asleep instead of feeding her). So now on most nights she sleeps all the way until about 6 am. We probably should have done it awhile ago but it went SO much easier for Madelyn than for Elyse. I think we had one night where she cried for awhile but then slept right through the next night.

Dennis and I went on a date last night. We ate at Cracker Barrel, bought scratch off lottery tickets and played our new Mario game on the wii.

My mom's THIRD book is out!!! We are so proud of her. There is even a quilt named after Elyse, Leesy's garden.

Dennis and I are training to run the Marine Corps Half Marathon May 16.

A mama bird built a nest in the wreath on our front door. We're pretty sure the eggs hatched because we can hear the little baby chirps outside the door.

Madelyn can turn her tongue completely sideways. And she continues to smile with a mouth wide open.

Oh, and did I mention, in just three weeks we leave to move to the other side of the country!!!!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Madelyn 6 MONTHS!

Happy Happy Happy! Joy Joy Joy!

Madelyn truly lives up to her middle name. She is a happy baby.

Each morning when I go to get Madelyn out of bed, I know I will be met with a big grin. She does the same when I get her out of the seat in the car. She has the same huge smile for Dennis when he walks in from work in the afternoon. Her mouth opens wide in the biggest smile possible and just holds her mouth wide open!

Madelyn is starting to love her toys. As I type, she is sitting on Dennis's lap (watching the Cardinal's game as in the picture above) shaking a rattle up and down. Her toys and exersaucer keep her entertained for awhile. If she drops a toy or it gets out of her reach she cries until it is back in her hand. She tries to bring everything to her mouth.

On her tummy, Madelyn can push herself up onto her hands. She can roll back and forth. I think someday soon she'll be able to sit up on her own.

Sleeping at night was going well until she got a little cold. Then we just felt bad for her if she woke up at night and coughed so I nursed her. Now we have fostered bad habits and I'm just not ready to do sleep training again. Unlike with Elyse, I really don't mind this time. I think it is because I realize it won't be forever and if she isn't sleeping through the night it isn't because of something I am doing wrong.
Madelyn is still a screamer at times and loves to make raspberries. Peek-a-boo cracks her up, along with Elyse singing silly songs.

At the Dr. this week, she weighed in at over 15 lbs! Her length percentile went up to 90% from 50%.
Surprising for her age, she has already learned to steal jewelry. When my mom was her, Madelyn managed to take one of her earrings out without her noticing. The other day, she pulled a pendant off my necklace. I didn't notice until I was ready to feed her and saw it in her hand.

She has a bit of eczema. The doctor suggested I try going off dairy for a week to see if that helps. Apparently a food allergy can cause eczema. I've been off it for a few days and we have already noticed an improvement. I'll probably write more about that later.

We are really starting to see a little personality in our little girl. She is fun and happy. Observant and calm.

We love this little munchkin and we are so thankful she is a part of our family!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hurray for Family Pictures

I've been wanting to get family pictures for a long time and we finally did it! I found a great photographer right here. She is great. So nice, perfect with the girls. Just sort of let us play and captured our family.

Here's a family shot. (Both girls looking at the camera and happy...amazing).

There are some more to see on her blog. As of right now, we are the second family down.

And the best thing about Nicole...she and her family are moving to Pendleton. So next year's pictures will be on the BEACH!!

Thank you so much Nicole. You made us feel comfortable right away and really captured our family.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Elyse at 2 and a half!

Our sweet little baby is a two and a half year old! It is hard to believe!

What to say?

Well, first we have a funny little girl which is important in this house. Elyse has always laughed along with our jokes. Recently she has taken our kidding a step further and created her own jokes. For example, in the car ride home one night, Dennis said to Elyse, "You're name's not Elyse anymore. Your name is Flower." She cracked up and then responded right back to me. "Mama, you're name is not mama anymore. Your name is schoosha (or whatever she put in at that moment)." Likely it was some object she saw in the car or a made up word. When she does not want to answer a question, Elyse will respond with a made up jibberish word like "meeska" or "soopa." Elyse has even started coming up with her own jokes. Today, as I was changing her diaper, I said, "Your legs are so long!" She responded by saying, "I need to get a leg cut!" (We've been talking about getting a haircut soon).

Pretend play is on the rise. She will even play on her own. Today she was talking for her Easter candy, a chick and an egg. The chick was telling the egg that it wanted to go back inside. She still loves her "Yellow babies" and will often give them a hug saying, "I love my yellow baby and she loves me." She sometimes talks about her pretend dog she has appropriately named, "Woofie." He was on our walk with us today.

Elyse loves to play with her friends and play outside. We bought her a Dora baseball set and she loves playing baseball (much to Dennis' delight). She will say "Pappy, do you want to play baseball with me?" How can he resist?!

She is a keen negotiator already. If I tell her to do something, she will often come up with a better plan. Tonight I told her to put her shoes and sunglasses away. She responded, "How about if I put my sunglasses away and you put your shoes away," and then her classic line, "Is that a good idea??" We hear that one a lot. Or, if we are telling her something she disagrees with, she always starts with, "Actually." "Actually, I want to wear my brown shoes."

Elyse still loves to go places, out to lunch, to Target or on her Sunday morning date with Dennis (they head to McDonalds for breakfast and then run some errands after).

Much to my dismay, she has strong opinions lately, especially over what she wants to wear. On Easter, I really wanted her to wear a super cute skirt I picked out for her. She insisted on wearing pants. After much debate, I finally convinced her to wear a different dress with leggings under it. But then she wanted brown shoes. And it really didn't look cute but I had to let it go. I'm trying to remember to pick my battles.

Elyse usually loves Madelyn and is very helpful. The other day I said I had to go get Madelyn a new pair of pants and Elyse said, "I'll take care of it." She walked all the way up to Madelyn's room, grabbed a pair of pants, and brought them back downstairs for her. Other times, though, she complains "She's touching me!!"

We have been using my "preschool" techniques on her (I worked at a preschool in college and now think it was the BEST job I ever had). In the middle of a screaming fit, she sometimes can calm down enough to "use her words" and will clearly tell us what she wants. Other times, screaming is all that comes out and we have trouble understanding her.

Elyse has become more of a cuddle bug and will just snuggle up to me sometimes (LOVE IT!) She has also become a Barney fan. That "I love you" song is super annoying until your two year old sings it to you. It melts my heart.

We have such FUN with this little girl. She is such a joy in our lives.