February 28, 2019

February Roundup

Since I'm writing this late, I don't really remember the month of February too clearly, but we had some good (winning smoothies for a year), some bad (the passing of Dave's grandma), and lots of busyness in between. I think I'm starting to learn that things never really slow down for us. Now that our family is bigger we will always have stuff going on, and I think I'm ok with that! 

We kicked off February with a family swim night at WT. Charlie has come to really love the pool and loves cruising around the wading pool in his baby float. At one point he wandered a little to close to the dumping buckets and caught a big splash right in his face. Poor guy :(

The Discovery Center changed their rotating exhibit. We said goodbye to "Rescue" and welcomed "Battle of the Titans." It doesn't even come close to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point, but the kids are super into dinosaurs right now so it's been fun. 

There is a little dig pit with sand where you can look for dinosaur bones

These big foam blocks had been in storage, but they brought them back out when the new dinosaur exhibit was set up. The kids asked me to build them a castle. 

Davey continues to love puzzles. He can do most 24 piece ones on his own, and has even tackled a few of Sophie's bigger one. This princess tower was 48 pieces and the only help I gave was to find the missing pieces that had fallen on the floor!

Dave left us for 5 days for a trip to Chicago for his grandma's funeral. We sent him this photo to let him know we missed him (and were still alive). 

While Dave was gone, the sporting goods store near our house had a massive "spring cleaning" blowout sale, only I didn't hear about it until I sat down for Charlie's nightly feeding. So instead of bedtime, I loaded all the kids into the van in their pajamas and we went on a shopping spree. All this stuff, plus a few other things not pictured, was purchased for under $100!

Davey requests dinosaur noodles almost every day for lunch, but one day I decided to change things up and made chocolate banana muffins instead. They were a hit!

I let the kids play with my camera before bed one night. Sophie took hundreds of photos, but this was the only one I kept. It was fun to look through the camera roll with her, and then move them all to the recycle bin. Hooray for digital. 

This big tractor has been working at the south end our neighborhood for several weeks now. One Sunday I took the kids out to get a closer look while it was "resting." We always see it driving around in the middle of the field, but it was much bigger once you got close!

Charlie is getting more adventurous now that he can stand. We really have to watch him in bathrooms because he loves to unroll the toilet paper, sift through the garbage, and turn on the bathtub. 

Sophie brought this home from school and I hung it on the fridge so she would remember he goal to "be nicer" to Davey. Acknowledging the problem is the first step!

He's growing fast, but still fits in the kitchen sink

Swim night at WT, and this time Sophie brought her friend Emery. 

Charlie sleeping on the floor during YW, and the girls were all so jealous that he got to nap during church.

I'm not sure who was putting who to bed here tonight...

February 27, 2019

Charlie's First Haircut

Just a few days before his birthday, I decided that Charlie was starting to look a little scruffy so I sat him down for a haircut. His hair is still baby-fine and wispy, but he had lots of long pieces hanging over his ears and down his forehead, and the back of his head would get all fuzzy where he would rub it during nap. I put him in the bumbo and gave him a few things to hold and then shaved up the sides with the buzzer really quick, and also took a little off the top to even things out. He was really good and looks so grown up now!


After - what a handsome little guy!

February 24, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019

Normally I take a photo of the kids before Valentine's Day so I can send it out to grandparents with a little note, but that didn't happen this year. We were too busy. Dave had just returned from his grandma's funeral in Chicago, and we had a few church events that week (including a ward party), and we were in the middle of a room remodel for Davey (separate post). A week later I finally went to the effort to get the kids looking photo-worthy, and actually got a really good picture so I'm glad I still made it happen!

Valentine's Day 2019

Our actual Valentine's day was pretty low key. The boys and I went to music time at the library, and Sophie went to school where she exchanged cards and had a little party. That evening we had planned to go to dinner as a family at Texas Roadhouse, but when we showed up at 5:00 the place was already packed! I had no idea it would be that popular, especially so early. We decided to eat elsewhere, even though I was craving rolls, and ended up a deli instead that was offering free kids meals that night. 

We pulled up at the same time as another family in our ward, which turned out to be fun. The adults sat at one table and had a peaceful dinner while pretending we didn't know our kids, who were all having way too much fun at their own table. It's nice when "plan Bs" work out so well. 

Here are a few photos of various Valentine's events:

I took the kids to the Valentine's slime activity at Michael's. They love playing being allowed to go crazy with all the glitter and sequins, and I love that we can just walk away from the mess at the end. 

Davey decorated his slime with a million googly eyes. We went back a few weeks later, the employee remembered him as the boy who made a many-eyed monster :)

Sophie's first shrinky dink art - she was pretty amazed!

Some Valentine goodies I left out for the kids to find - a shirt, a little toy, and a box of chocolates (Charlie got yogurt melts)

We had pink heart pancakes for breakfast

Sophie drew us this cute picture at school - I love my triangle hair

She also wrote us this card. I was touched until Dave pointed out that, depending on how you look at it, we are also the worst parents she has ever had. 

February 20, 2019

Updates to Sophie's Room

Sophie's room didn't need much change, but we did make a few updates after completing Davey's room as a surprise for her. She never complained once about Davey getting so many new things, which actually surprised me. Sophie normally has an inner alarm that starts blaring anytime she detects unfairness (whether it's reasonable or not) and I was proud of how well she handled watching his new room take shape.

One day we will probably repaint her room since it's SO PINK, but for now it will stay that way because she likes it and we don't want take on an unnecessary project. We did change a few pieces to move away from her "owl theme" she had as a baby, and got her a bigger reading chair since her old one was both too small, and very worn out.

 I didn't take great "before and after" photos of her room, but you can see where we traded out her rug and her chair (top is old, bottom is new). When we visit the beach this summer we will look for some cool shells to display and try to take some ocean photos that we can print on a canvas to hang on her wall. 

Sophie chose a blue rug, to be like the ocean, her new chair is the shape of a shell, and the inflatable dolphin was a prize she got from the dentist. 

We had already replaced her flower bedspread with a mermaid one a few months ago. 

I picked up a couple shell art pieces and we got her a new bedside lamp. It's a touch lamp, which had asked for and really loves. 

February 18, 2019

Davey's Dinosaur Room

Davey's room had been on the "project list" since we first moved in back in August 2017. His walls were lavender, he had a flower dresser and a daisy chandelier, his shelves were full of baby toys, and he was outgrowing his crib. As his 3rd birthday approached, we decided it was finally time to make the change, and we let him pick the theme - dinosaurs!

It took us two days to get all the furniture moved out, the room painted and the bunk beds built. It actually was quite a bit of work for redoing such a small room! Painting always takes longer than you think and putting up bunk beds sounds like a quick project, but in addition to getting bunk beds we also had to get new mattresses, mattress pads, new sheets, comforters, and more pillows - that adds up! He was so excited though and we are glad he loves his new "big boy" room!



Charlie will eventually move into this room so we chose to put in bunk beds for them to share. We selected a twin-over-full configuration so we would have a bigger bed for company, and so an adult could sit comfortably on the edge of the bed to talk, read stories, or tuck someone in without hitting their head. We also swapped out the daisy chandelier for a ceiling fan, which was a pain to install, but after a couple attempts we got it working!

We kept the dresser, but replaced the flower decals with dinosaurs. Davey also picked out a dinosaur poster at Hobby Lobby for his wall and I found a cute T-Rex reading lamp on sale at Target. 

We kept the changing table in the room for Charlie down the road, and it's nice to have for toy storage. I also found a fun dinosaur laundry basket at Ross. 

Daddy had lots of "help" building the beds

The kids were beyond excited about the bunk beds and we let them have a sleepover the first night Davey moved in to his new room.

The best part about the new room was Davey started taking naps again! He loved his big bed so much and would play in it, instead of on the ground, and normally he will end up falling asleep during quiet time. 

The crib-to-bed transition always leads to funny sleep positions :)

February 7, 2019

Charlie at 11 Months

Charlie is now 11 months old! He has grown so much and is constantly on the move, exploring. I don't think he will be walking by his birthday, but he is learning new things every day so I could be wrong. In the last week he has learned to climb up the stairs, open the garbage drawer to look for treasures, pull all the books off the shelves in Davey's room and turn the XBOX off and on. It won't be long before we have a little baby tornado whirling around our house...

He also made improvements with eating this last month!! We still have a long way to go, but table food now makes up about 25% of his diet, compared to 2% just a month ago. Nursing is still his favorite, but we normally get him to eat an oatmeal pouch each day, along with a few bites of whatever we're eating for lunch or dinner. He also loves yogurt melts so I've started carrying them in my diaper bag as a snack when we're at church or running errands.

Charlie at 11 Months
  • Around 20 lbs, wearing size 18 month clothes, and size 4 diapers (all the same as last month). At his check up next month we will hopefully find out that he has started growing again. 
  • He has a great smile that shows off all his cute teeth. I went back to look at photos of the other kids at this age and couldn't find one that showed their teeth well, but Charlie does a full mouth grin for everything and we love it!
  • He is a tactile baby and must touch everything, but only with his one finger. He will point at what he wants to touch and then poke it lightly as a test before deciding if it's something he wants to grab or eat. He does it with food, leaves, faces, things at the store, etc...
  • Has settled into a pretty good nap routine with naps around 9 and 1:30 pm each day. He has stopped sleeping through the night, but we hope that nights will get better as his eating improves. Right now he goes to bed just before 7, will wake 1-3 times in the night, and then get up around 7 the next morning.
  • He favorite game is transferring items - take everything out, then put it all back in, or take a lid off and then put it back on again. 
  • Says mama, uh-oh, touch!, and sometimes dada. He loves to wave, dance to music, and will often sing very loudly during sacrament meeting. 
  • Is fully attached to his blue blanket always sleeps snuggled into it. He also likes to chew on Blue, so it's dirty all the time and I have to time my laundry cycles well to get it back to him before the next nap. 
  • He wants to be wherever his siblings are and will normally seek them out to watch what they are playing and try to join in. Sometimes they bring him into their game and sometimes the door gets closed in his face, which breaks his little heart. 
Helping me get ready in the morning

This boy is so loved

Doing a little garbage can fishing

We don't ever go upstairs (it's where Liz is living) so it took him forever to even realize the stairs existed. Now that he has discovered them, however, we can't keep him off and he will just climb them on repeat until I create a barricade. Time for the baby gate!

Showing off his cute little teeth

Charlie likes to try and spoon-feed himself, which is very inefficient and very messy, but at least he is eating!!

My happy boy with all the treasures he found in the toy room

Cruising along the couches - he'll be walking soon!