Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bella's First Haircut

Most kids get their first haircuts before four years old! The fact is though, Bella did not really have much hair until she was 19 months old. And by "much hair", I mean that I could finally put two tiny little pigtails in it. You can see that blog post here.

We've been meaning to cut her hair for a couple of months now, but Miss Bella really did not want to and I didn't want this to be a traumatic experience. We briefly mentioned the idea to her earlier today and she outright refused. Then, later in the evening just after I put Graydon to bed, Bella abrupty changed her mind. She was ready. NOW! We got down to business quickly. It's probably good that it happened like that as it didn't give me much time to get emotional about the whole thing. This was Bella just a few hours ago.

She gave herself the first snip. I think this was the part she was most excited about.I put the bottom of her hair in a ponytail and made the cut. I am, of course, keeping it. Andy went back over everything to even it out.Andy trying to get Bella to laugh at her hair on his head.Clean-up time. This may look mean, but Bella loves to use the dustbuster.Here's the after! Since it was just before bedtime, I did not do any styling to it. I think she looks very cute. Earlier in the evening:

Playing on the living room floor. We had a very relaxing Sunday afternoon with nowhere we had to go and nothing we had to do. I love afternoons like that.
I haven't had much luck with taking Graydon's picture walking, so I opted to do a video instead. Ignore the mess in the house and the kitchen baseboards that need to be painted. And, I do apologize for how dark the video gets toward the end. I used our digital camera video feature, which isn't the highest quality. Still have a digital video camera on my wish list. Eventually. . Until then, here is Graydon walking!



I had a little burst of creativity and managed to get a little scrapbooking done.

Look how huge the bear seems in the "9 days" photo compared to the "12 months" photo. He's grown up so much.

Graydon's sleep has been awesome this week! He's sleeping better than he has ever slept in his life! His previous pattern was to go down around 7:30/8:00pm and sleep until 5:00/5:30am when he'd awake to eat and then fall back to sleep until about 7:00/7:30am. He has finally dropped that last night feeding. Yay! Of course, my sleeping bliss only lasted for about one night as Bella developed an ear infection and started waking up around 3am to come into our bed. She can be kind of a bed hog. I'm really hoping she will stay asleep all night tonight.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yuckies!

It seems that we just can't get healthy around here. Bella has a cough that's been plaguing her for over a month. It doesn't seem to bother her at all, but sounds just awful. This week, Graydon got slammed with a cold. Icky cough, runny nose, interrupted sleep, and very grumpy baby. He was such a handful this week. Every little thing would set him off. Lots of screaming and crying. I did my best to console him, but he wore me out. By the end of the week, I was feeling so edgy and irritable. He was waking up every few hours at night, which did not help matters. I think I reached my breaking point on Thursday and then, miraculously, that evening he slept from 7:30pm - 6:30am. I gave him his paci at that point and then he further slept until 8:30 when I had to wake him up so that we could get going to Bella's ballet class. It always seems that the kids like to sleep in on days where we actually have somewhere to go. I think that God knew I could not handle one more day of the cranky Graydon or I would seriously lose. my. mind. The past three days have been much, much better. Thank you Lord!

Bella drew a picture of our family on her doodle. Daddy is on the left, then Graydon, Pumpkin (our baby's nickname), me, and her. Bella is very excited about the baby. . . but only of it's a girl. She only refers to the baby as "she" or "her" or "sister". Her logic makes sense. "I already have a brother, now I want a sister." So I countered her with Graydon's point of view, he already has a sister and may want a brother. Bella's response: "How about this baby can be a girl and then you can have one more that is a boy for Graydon." We'll see Isabella!
Another attempt at catching Graydon walking. I seem to be having a hard time with this as here is another blurry, out-of-focus walking picture. He's up to about 20 steps and can even turn corners. He'll just take off on his own - arms outstretched, steps wobbly. But he gets around. It is so cute and he is so proud.
Miss Bella had her four-year check-up on Tuesday morning. She is now 40.5 inches tall (75th percentile) and 35 pounds (50th percentile). I didn't read up about what to expect at this visit, so I hadn't prepared myself or Bella for the four shots plus a finger prick that she'd be getting. She was so brave. The finger prick must have hurt, but she didn't cry. Then the first two shots went in one arm. She whimpered an "ow" as tears filled her eyes. The next two shots on the other arm really did her in. Big time crying. I don't blame her. That was a lot. She did receive a certificate of bravery for a free kid's meal from Chick-Fil-A that we used the next day. I also treated her to ice cream after our visist. Prior to receiving her shots, Bella was asked to draw a person. That went well as they are one of her favorite art subjects. She also had her first hearing and vision test. Things look really well for our girl. Everything came back normal and healthy. Yay!!!
I had a baby appointment on Friday. It was a very quick, in-and-out appointment - which I like very much. Everything is looking good with me and the baby and we heard a very strong heartbeat, which is always a joy. I think I may have started feeling some movements, but nothing that I can be sure of. I'm still waiting for the very obvious kicks and flutters. I'll be 17 weeks tomorrow!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wisconsin visit

We pulled out of the church parking lot around 1 pm on Sunday afternoon and arrived at my parent's house around 5 pm Monday evening. All in all, the road trip went well; though all of us were so happy to finally reach our destination!!!

First off, I have two pics that I stole from Jodi's blog. Here's Bella with her little cousin, Ava.My turn with the little beauty. And of course, Ava and Graydon. He was pretty fascinated with her pony tail for quite a while.Doggy smooches!!! Getting reaquainted with Hurley.Donnie and Auntie Mary! I could not get him to keep those fingers out of his mouth. Graydon had this fun little game with Uncle Scott. He would look up and stare at him for a few seconds. Then he'd turn his head towards us and laugh. Then he'd return his eyes toward Uncle Scott and give another serious stare. This went on for a few minutes. I laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes. Uncle Andy and AvaOur two kiddos in the ball pit. This was a very popular toy. Little Miss Ava Snuggle time with Auntie Lori . . . . . . and a sleepy Grandpa. Graydon was content as could be - which surprised me since he never sits still with me anymore.Party time! Graydon turned one while we stayed with my parents. Auntie Lori and Ava are ready to celebrate! I made a little banner of Graydon through the year. And decorated some noisemakers that unfortunately didn't make any noise.Cupcake toppers! And there's the birthday boy!!! "Happy Birthday to you"Cupcake time! He wasted no time getting right to it. All cupcaked out. He managed to keep his face (besides the mouth area) rather clean. His lap and pants were another story. The next day, we had the rest of the family over for a little birthday party.More cake and singing!! Laughing with GrandmaThe following day, we celebrated our family ChristmasThe kids came back with quite the loot!Bella played the Wii for the first time. She loved golf but got pretty frustrated with bowling. (And isn'st Auntie Lori cute in Bella's tiara). Our week at the Benetti House came to an end.

Kilps House here we come. . .

One of Bella's nightly rituals was making popcorn with Grandpa. She did not let him forget about it either.
All bundled up! It seems we can always count on lots of snow when we're back in Wisconsin!Auntie Laura was nice enough to take the kids outside.Monkey pile on Andy! Daddy and Bella Our attempt at a photo with all five cousins. I probably took at least 20 shots and this was the best I got. Grady Boy did not sit still for long. Even here, he's just about to take off. Uncle Tom with the big kids.Silly gooses! Before we knew it, our vacation had come to an end and it was time to head back east. We must have arrived in Pennsylvania shortly after a snowfall, because we had miles and miles that looked like this. It was beautiful!There are lots of mountains to drive through in PA which means lots of tunnels to go under. Something must have happened inside one of the tunnels (we still don't know what), because we got stuck in traffic and backed up for quite some time. We eventually got the kids out of their seats since it was clear we weren't going anywhere any time soon. They must have been out of their seats for five minutes when suddenly the traffic started moving again. I scrambled pretty quick to get them both buckled in as we finally made our way through the tunnel. As good as it felt to get away, it felt wonderful to get home, sleep in our own beds, and quit living out of suitcases. We miss everyone, but it's good to get back into a little routine again.

I didn't take Graydon's teddy bear with us, so here is his 12-month photo, a few days late. This was by far the hardest one to take. As soon as I put him in the chair, he started rocking in it. That was a first. I couldn't get him to stop moving. Here he is mid-rock.
Then he started grabbing his bear and hugging it to the point where I could only see his hands and feet. This was the best I could do. . . and he's still a little blurry because he's moving so much. Typical one-year-old, I guess.
Graydon took his first step on January 2nd. The most steps I've seen him take so far is 16, though it's usually about 6-8 on average before he ends up on his hands and feet. This photo isn't the greatest, but it's the only one I have of him walking so far.
While we were gone, Graydon made a big announcement for us. In case you can't read that, here's a closer look. Now, in case you need translation like much of our family did, I'll make this easy: I'm pregnant! Baby #3 is due July 5, 2010. We are very excited about the new addition to our family. We kept this a secret for quite a while because we wanted to tell our families in person at Christmas. It feels good to finally be able to share our news!!! The Kilps house is going to be very lively this summer!