Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Bella!

I'm feeling pretty sentimental about Bella turning five.  It seems like such a big age.  My mind keeps jumping back to five years ago at this time as we prepared to welcome our first baby into the world.  There was so much excitement and anxiety and love and fear and awe at the wonder of this new life.  And here she is, turning five. 

I feel like this past year has been a preparation in letting go.  It seems so silly to think this way as she is still so young.  But really, from the moment babies are born, their lives seem to be a series of letting go.  The first one is just cutting the cord.  But it moves on from there to crawling and then walking.  Going to preschool.  Going to the the movies with another family - without us!  All of these are little things, and yet big at the same time.  Bella will be starting kindergarten next fall.  That's a huge step in my mind.  I feel like time is really gonna start to fly once it is measured in school years.

So I'm a little emotional today.  Sometimes I wish I could make time stand still.  But the fact that it doesn't is probably what makes this time in life so special.  Bella is healthy and happy and growing up into such a sweet girl.  Everything is as it should be and I am so thankful for it.

Bella is so excited about turning five and I am excited for her!  We have a fun birthday planned complete with a little family getaway to Connecticut.  It's time to celebrate!

Monday, November 29, 2010

As of yesterday. . .

. . . this little guy is FIVE months old!
We had him in for a check-up a couple of weeks ago and at that point he was:
height:  27 inches (95th percentile)
weight:  15 pounds, 5 ounces (50th percentile)
head circumference: 17.25 inches (75th percentile)

He's all over the board as far as proportions go.  His weight percentile dropped in these past couple of months.  It's probably due to the fact that he spits up A LOT!  All of my kids were spitters, but I think he may take the lead.  I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that he spits up about half of what he takes in.  Good thing I'm nursing. . . or we'd be wasting a lot of formula (and money).  All of this spitting up has earned Curtis the nickname "Ralphie".  (As in, Curtis 'ralphs' a lot).  We  can thank Andy for that one.  Our pediatrician says that, as long as he is gaining weight and seems happy, we don't have much to worry about.  Curtis will also be starting cereal soon, so that should help.

On a happy note, Curtis is sleeping through the night!  I'd say he's become more consistent with it in the past few weeks.  He sometimes takes a little while to actually fall asleep, but once he's down (usually around 8ish) he'll be asleep until somewhere between 5:30/6:30am.  After I feed him, he'll continue to sleep until 8ish.   

He rolls over both ways, though seems to roll to his tummy more often (and then gets stuck because he forgets that he can roll back).  He continues to be a happy, smiley little guy and so laidback.  He loves sitting in the exersaucer and sometimes in the Bumbo. 

Now if I could just figure out how to get time to move a little more slowly, we'd be set.

After I took Curtis's teddy bear picture, I thought we'd try to get a good picture of the brothers.  I don't really have one.    
And I still don't. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmastime is here!

Our halls are decked!

Here's my stud stringing the lights.  (So glad that he does this each year!)

We were strategic this time around.  The tree and lights went up when the kids were in bed.  We just saved all of the ornaments for the kids to hang the next morning.  

Christmas music filled the room and Bella and Graydon played together so nicely while waiting to tear into those ornaments.  Such a nice morning!

Bella picked the first ornament to hang.  She said very excitedly, "I'm going to hang this one of Curtis!"

Um Bella. . . that's you. 

Graydon's favorite ornaments were any with bells.  But ever the mischief-maker, we caught him behind the couch shattering a glass bulb into tiny pieces.  Thankfully he didn't hurt himself.   

He continues to prove over and over that our eyes must be on him at all times. 

Curtis's job was to sit there looking cute. 

No problem there.

This tree is looking pretty festive now.

And it already has a gift underneath!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Photo from Bella's Thanksgiving Feast at preschool)

Curtis waits patiently in the pack n' play while the meal is prepared. 

Graydon decides what to eat.  He rejected the meat and potatoes, but had multiple helpings of fruit.

The bird that gave its life for us so that we could have a Thanksgiving feast. 

We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home, just the five of us.  We enjoyed our meal of chicken (because a turkey is just too much meat for our little family), stuffing, potatoes, carrot casserole, rolls, and fruit salad.  The fruit salad was Bella's idea.  She found the recipe on pbskids.org.  She helped me pick out the ingredients and make the salad.  But when it came down to actually eating, she opted out.  Graydon more than ate her share though.  He loved it.  I did too!

Our festivities also included a game of Charades and Operation and a movie at the end of the night.  A perfect family day at home.

And tonight:  The Christmas decorating begins!!!   

I love this time of the year!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Translation:  "Sorry"
And what does this innocent-looking boy have to be sorry about?

Take a look. . .
This was the first of three murals that he created in our kitchen that day.  I guess he didn't learn his lesson. 

Or maybe I didn't learn mine.   

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photos from Bella's Party!

The theme:  RAINBOWS!  I was inspired by Bella's artwork.  Give her some paper and crayons/markers/paint and you'll get a beautiful rainbow picture.  I saved some of her rainbow artwork from the past couple of months and displayed that at the party. 

About twenty of Bella's friends (plus some younger siblings) filled our church basement to celebrate Bella's fifth birthday (a couple of weeks early).  It was loud and crazy, but so much fun!  We had rainbow bingo, pin the cloud on the rainbow, and topped it all off with a pinata - something Bella has wanted at a party since she saw it on Dora. 

Bella loved her party and the icing on our cake was when she whispered to Andy just before blowing out her birthday candles, "I love you and Mommy." 

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! 

There's still more celebrating to come when the actual birthday arrives in two weeks!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bella's Birthday Party!

Photos from the party are coming!  Unfortunately, a stomach bug snuck into our house and made us all sick.  I'll be back with an update when we're all feeling better.  :)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The most wasted of days. . .

is one without laughter.  ~ e.e. cummings

We didn't waste this one. 

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Halloween 2010

Our cast of characters includes: a train conductor, Princess Belle, and a little pumpkin.

We went to my friend's house for a good ol' fashioned Halloween party.  All the kids went trick-or-treating together. 
There was a total of five trick-or-treaters and two little baby tag-alongs.  Curtis transformed from a pumpkin into a red hot chili pepper!  Doesn't he look thrilled.  :)

Bella ran up to us after each house to show us what candy she got.

Graydon was feeling a bit shy and was pretty much carried by Andy or myself for the entire night.  He looks pretty excited here but, in fact, he was really yawning in both pictures.    
One little boy - sleepy but satisfied. 
Happy Halloween!