From our family to yours I hope you find yourself amongst people you love, your bellies full, and your heart over-flowing with things to be thankful for.
Blessings my friends!
Collins will be the first to tell you that it has to be tough to be the only boy in the house (I said boy not man.) Therefore, when it is playtime and he is desperate to play with his older sister he is willing to do about anything. Introducing to you “Clarabelle.”
I mean seriously, if he didn't have an older sister dressing up like a girl would NEVER cross his mind. There are too many deer and ducks to hunted!! haha!
(Wesley, please forgive me for posting this!!)
Not only do I have picture but I have video! The kids were cracking me up. Notice the music? Taylor Swift. (BTW- the concert was AMAZING!!)
Lawson and Clarabelle debut…
Then when things got back to normal I decided to show Wesley the video. His reaction was PRICELESS!!
Wesley we love you…thank goodness you are comfortable with your masculinity as your daddy says!
Attached is the most precious video of my sweet Cailyn that I took today on my phone. I thought I would share it with you. Hopefully you will be able to see and hear it! (You have to click on my blog if you receive this in your email!)
Lawson had her first sleepover with the Girl Scouts. The child was counting the minutes until it was time to go. It didn’t help that Lawson had Veteran’s Day off of school so unfortunately the day lasted even LONGGGG-ER to her (If you know Lawson you can hear her and her dramatic tones.)
I have to laugh at this picture for several reasons. Here are my thoughts…
She was taught at the camp-in…
1. Girls wear tennis shoes/hiking shoes on the trails when they really go camping.
2. You bring what you can carry!!
Anyway. She had the best time and stayed up REALLY LATE. Like 1AM late, but that is all the fun of being a kid. Yes, she paid the price the next morning. She was grumpy and ill. I had to call up my parents the next day to say…”I understand now, and wow, I am sorry!” It was a total flashback when I saw her eyes tear up because I refused to give her brownies at 9:30 in the morning!
Her first “camp-in” was a success and she had a great time!!! She stayed there the whole night and between you and me the peer pressure kept her from sucking her finger!! So she said that is why she didn’t sleep that well either. Rats…
On October 31st, Halloween Day, my baby turned 9 months old. This little girl brings so much life to our family! She ALWAYS has a smile on her face and just lights up when anyone pays attention to her. So far, she has really shown no signs of separation anxiety (I get enough from Wesley) she is so happy to entertain other people!
Notice the Michael Jordan pose in every picture. We are working on teeth!
Now she is working on the top!
In other news, we did not have the best 9 month appointment. I am okay with it now but Wednesday I was a mess! Here are her stats.
Weight- 16lbs 5oz (10%)
Height- 28” (65%)
Head – 5%
If you go back to her 6 month appointment she has only gained 7oz in 3 months but 2” in length. WHAT IN THE WORLD!?! The child eats all the time never complains! Plus, she is GOOD eater. Right now she is up to spinach and beans and loves them. I am nursing full time still so what is going on? After beating myself up and trying to decide if I should quite nursing, start supplementing, etc.…I decided I am going to continue the path I am on because I know in my heart she is perfectly fine! There could have been multiple reasons why she had not gained much weight (different scale, just pooped, little cold, etc) Who knows. I thought maybe I would alter her food with formula and she acting like I was gagging her. This is not an option. I decided to keep on as I am and in a month after our weight check we will make changes as needed.
Cailyn passed with flying colors her language milestones. The child is a talker and tries her hardest to repeat many things you say. I can confidently say her first words is at 8 months are dada and tag. Seriously, you show her a tag on a toy or blanket and she says “tag.” Too funny!
The one thing she failed was her gross motor milestones. She is not crawling, or pulling up. I have questioned before her leg strength and it is now catching up to us. After worrying about it, I have said it before and I will say it again the child is content and is not worried about pushing herself. One might say “lazy.” Well, we are working on some exercises and working on her leg strength. 2 days after her appointment she was willing and able to stand beside the Leap Frog Table without any support. YAH, CAILYN!! I refuse to worry too much. I really think she is fine and will show great improvements by 12 months.
It was hard to not get a “perfect” well check-up report (my first one ever) but really what is ‘perfect” I am not going to let some doctor’s milestones make me think my child is not perfect, because in my eyes she is just that “PERFECT.” I love you Cailyn, and I promise I trying my best to be the best mommy for you! Who knows, maybe third time is the charm!!