Friday, July 29, 2011
I'm taking my computer with me, but let's face it, I'm probably not going to be on it much when the beach is right outside my door... I'll save that for when we get back to dry, dusty, hot as hell, dry, boring, (did I say dry already?), Wichita Falls.... (You want to know how I really feel?) Did I mention that we are really excited to get out of here for a little bit? No? Well, we are.
So, pray for us as we make a loooonnggg drive with a 4 1/2 month old... And pray that I haven't forgotten anything. With a list about 4 typed pages long, I feel more like I'm preparing to go to a third world country for 2 months. So seriously, pray that I haven't forgotten anything because I'm not sure my type A ego or my sanity could take that blow :) Tah-tah for now!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
First bite... That face was priceless. Needless to say, she wasn't too fond of her first bite of cereal. She just scrunched up her face and looked at me like "Mom! What is this garbage you are putting in my mouth?!"
"If you think I'm going to eat the rest of that slop, you're crazy."
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Now that Caroline is getting bigger, Dad is a little more comfortable holding her for longer periods. He still passes her back to me when she starts to make any noise though :)
Fast forward 4 months and here we are. As much as I hate to admit it, Jack and Fred have become dogs (don't tell them though-we're still trying to let them think they are sort of people). For about the first month, Steven and I worked tirelessly to make sure that all of our children felt loved and had plenty of attention. But as the days went by, it just became more and more exhausting to keep up with all three of them. I hate to say it, but a baby human trumps a dog, so Caroline's needs come before theirs. And these days, she is quite needy.
I really can't complain because the boys have done SO well with Caroline and they genuinely do love her. I feel terrible because there are days that I don't say anything to them except "Go away" or "No". Their behavior really hasn't changed and they are still up to the same shannigans that they always pulled, but these days it just annoys me more than ever. I have my hands full with Caroline, and with Jack and Fred, it is like I am staying home with 3 kids all day long. And when one of those kids can't go outside without jumping in the pool or eats almost an entire chicken off the counter that you prepared for dinner (I'll give you 2 guesses as to whom I am talking about and the first one doesn't count... Hint: He is big and brown), it makes for a very long day.
Now that Caroline is a little more predictable, I am trying to get back to showing my boys some love and attention. Please don't think that these dogs are being abused and totally neglected because I can guarantee you that they still live better lives than 80% of dogs out there. That's just it though: they're now treated like dogs. I think things will be better once Caroline gets older and interacts with them more. She is becoming more and more interested in them and has started reaching for them, so I know that they will absolutely love any and all attention from her. It has been a transition for all of us, but I think Jack and Fred have had to endure the most change.
Fred tries to get as close to her as I will let him. I know he is anxiously awaiting the day that he can roll around on the floor with her.
This is what happened when I left Fred in charge while I went to the bathroom. I came out, and there he was, just waiting for her to throw his duck. At least he is willing to share his toys :)
Our family is feeling a little growing pains, but I know we will get through it and our boys will be happier than ever to have Sweet Caroline to play with and love on.
Monday, July 18, 2011
She is using her hands a lot now. She is very interested in her toys and loves to grab them now. Of course, everything she grabs goes straight to her mouth. It is funny, because she already seems to have a couple favorite toys. And, she not only tries to grab her toys, but she has started trying to reach for the dogs, especially Jack. I think she is intrigued by all of his crazy hair. She found her feet a couple weeks ago and is always holding onto at least one. But, a few nights ago, Steven and I went out to dinner and she figured out how to suck on her toes, so she is doing that a lot now. Whatever makes her happy!
She has sort of been rolling over for about the last month, but she just couldn't quite get it right. She would always end up with one arm pinned beneath her, and she just couldn't figure out how to get it out. But, she has perfected it now. I have tried and tried to get her to spend time on her stomach from the beginning, but she just wouldn't have it. But now that she can get there herself, she likes it. Go figure :)
Caroline is starting to babble more and more. I feel like she comes up with a new sound every few days. For the last two days, she has been doing this weird growling noise. She will just sit and do it for about 20 minutes straight. It is too funny. Again, whatever makes her happy.
We went to the doctor for her 4 month check up today. She now weighs 12 pounds 0.05 ounces and is 25 inches long... Basically, she is long and skinny. Big surprise there! We're starting her on rice cereal now, so stay tuned to see how that goes. I can't believe she is about to start eating real food!
Oh you want a picture without me chewing on my hand or playing with my foot???
Oops... What happened to you weird blue bird that lives in my room?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I put her in the cup and she just looked up at me with those big eyes like "Really Mom, what are you doing to me now?". But, she quickly put her embarrassment aside and hammed it up for me. It was a bit of a challenge keeping Jack and Fred out of the picture (Can you say sibling rivalry? More on that later...).
She is such a good sport for most of my crazy ideas, and I love her for that.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
So, it is really no surprise that I remember that it was Monday, July 12, 2010 when I found out I was pregnant. I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be, but I still just about fainted when I saw that second pink line pop up. Steven was at work when I found out, and I absolutely could not wait to tell him. And of course, once again, if you know me, you know that I can't just go with the ol "Guess what... I'm pregnant! We're going to have a baby!". I immediately jumped into action. I ran out to the store and bought everything to make an awesome Chinese dinner. I made sweet and sour chicken and homemade eggrolls. Steven loves Chinese food, and I had never made him my Chinese food from scratch, so I figured this was the perfect occassion.
For dessert, I made homemade fortune cookies, complete with little fortunes inside. Since I didn't really know how to control what cookie Steven picked up and I didn't want him to suspect something, I just put the same fortune in all of the cookies.
Steven opened his fortune, stared at it for a minute, and with a smirk, tossed it aside and said "Gee, thanks Dallas." I was speechless.... Then it hit me... He didn't get the little "riddle".... So I asked him, "What did yours say?". He read it to me, and said "Thanks a lot. You're telling me that I'm old. I'm going to be wearing diapers soon." (Steven has grown a little sensitive about his age in the last few years) I just about lost it. I repeated the fortune, and at the end added, "I'm pregant.... Get it now???"
Now he gets it!!!!!
(Keep in mind, he had no idea I was pregnant when he came home from work and changed. I about died when I saw him come downstairs in this shirt... Oh the irony)
After he finally got his fortune, he jumped up, grabbed me and shook me up and down so hard I was worried the baby might fall out.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
So, as usual, I am late in making this post... What's new right? Well, better late than never I suppose. We had Caroline's christening a couple weeks ago (June 25). It was such a special day and we were so glad that a good number of our family and friends could join us.
Caroline did pretty well with the whole thing. She got a little fussy in the middle of everything because she was hungry. I tried to feed her before we left the house, but of course, she wouldn't eat. And surprisingly, she didn't cry when the Deacon sprinkled the water on her head, but she did get pretty upset when he put the oil on her chest.
We don't have any pics of the actual ceremony taking place because we were videoing it, but here are the pics that we took afterwards.
Caroline's Godmother or "Nanny" as they call them in Louisiana is one of my best friends from college, Darcy. Her Godfather or "Parrain" is Steven's long-time friend, Dan. They were also college friends. We were so glad that they did us the honor of being Caroline's Godparents and we really appreciated them both making such long drives to be there for Caroline's special day (Darcy and her husband David drove up from Houston and Dan and his family made the trip from Lafayette... They are awesome friends!)
Sugar and Pops
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Caroline and I didn't exactly share his enthusiasm for this movie. Steven decided that since he had a 4 day weekend coming up, we were going to go watch it one night. So, Thursday night, we hauled ourselves to the movie theater for the 10:35 p.m. showing of Transformers in 3-D. We gave Caroline a bath, fed her, and put her in her pjs. She passed out and didn't even wake up when we put her in the carseat. Even still, I was a total ball of nerves. It wasn't so much that I didn't trust Caroline to be good, it was more of dreading the looks from the other theater patrons (which we did get, but come on, I would have given the same look upon seeing a baby enter the movie I was about to watch). But, our darling girl did great! She didn't even wake up once, which is saying something considering all of the crashing/blowing up that was taking place on screen. I think if she can make it through Transformers, a chick flick should be no problem :)
I didn't get a pic of her in the theater. I was too stressed out before the lights went down and the movie began, and I tried to get one as the movie was ending, but Steven was trying to run out the door (yes, he is THAT guy that makes a mad dash towards the exit). But, picture or no picture, I still think that Caroline's first movie experience is worth being told. I was nervous for no reason. All in all, it was nice to almost feel like a normal couple again... even with a carseat at our feet in a movie theater :)