Colette: Seven Months

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This past month seems to have passed by even faster than most. Time is flying by, but we are loving every moment with this little girl. She is easily the happiest and sweetest baby ever. She almost never cries, just yells a little if she gets hungry. She smiles all the time and laughs out loud at everything! I love the smiles and hugs I get when I pick her up and the way she takes breaks from eating just to look at me and touch my face. I can already tell she has a big loving heart!

Colette is in that sweet spot right now where she can sit up and play on her own without needing an adult right beside her, but she is not mobile yet. She is happy playing on her own, and we don't have to put up baby gates just yet or worry about what she can get into if I walk into another room for a minute. It would be okay with me if things stayed like this for a while; I'm not quite ready to chase two littles around!

I am still trying to get her to eat solids, with very little success. We have tried butternut squash, summer squash, carrots, bananas, and oatmeal. Oatmeal is the only thing that did not make her gag; the only thing she willingly took a second bite of. We are trying apples tonight, maybe something sweet will get her used to the new texture?

Sleep is a struggle as well. Once I can get her to sleep at night, sometime after ten, she sleeps until morning, sometime between 6:30 and 8:00. Naps are where the real struggle is though. She cat naps all day and rarely sleeps longer than twenty minutes at a time. Any suggestions on getting her to actually nap? We've tried the crib, the couch surrounded by pillows, her bouncer, he swing. Nothing works. 

Like with Cullen, every stage seems to be better than the last. I love snuggly little newborns, but I really love all the smiles, learning, and playing that comes with this age. She is exploring a whole new world of toys, both hers and Cullen's, reaching for and grabbing what she wants, and putting everything in her mouth. She is easily entertained in her high chair with whisks and spatulas while I cook dinner. (We are all excited about this new found independence!) It is so much fun watching her as she learns new things and explores the world around her! 

Happy seven months, Colette! We love you!

All the better to see you with, My Dear...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! This was our best yet! 

I started thinking about Halloween costumes back in June. I wanted to do a group theme because who knows how long the kids will actually let me have a say in what they dress up as. After going back and forth between several ideas, we decided on Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, her grandmother, and the woodsman. (The main reason we went with this story: Corey didn't really have to dress up.)

I made Cullen's mask and tail and sewed "fur" onto a shirt and sweatpants. The plan was to take the fur off after the holiday and he'd have some comfy sweats. He informed me that the fur has to stay, so I guess he gets to be a comfy wolf! I made Colette's dress using this pattern and designed the cape on my own. This is the first time I've successfully sewn clothing, and I must admit, I am pretty darn proud! At the last minute, I found the cutest play food for her basket; I'm all about purchasing things that can be used again and again, not just for one night.

Cullen practiced his wolf growl for weeks, but when it came time, he refused to wear his mask and tail any longer than it took to take pictures.

Cullen helped me make some popcorn snack mix earlier in the day, meaning he ate most of the ingredients. If you have not made this yet, do it now! My parents and Corey's parents came over for dinner, so we all filled up on chili and cornbread before trick-or-treating. Most years, costumed kids are ringing our doorbell before we can even get dressed to go out, but this year it seemed like everyone waited for the Clemson game to end, which made all the men in our house happy. 

Still working on perfecting my chili recipe!

We left the Papas and Gigi at the house to watch football and hand out candy, while Corey, Mimi, and I took our eager trick-or-treaters door to door. Colette napped in her stroller the whole time. Cullen, who seems to have taken on the roll of family safety patrol, carried a flashlight and warned us of oncoming traffic as we walked through the neighborhood.

I was expecting Cullen to be as wide open as he was last Halloween, dragging us from house to house, but this year, he was much more hesitant to walk up to the doors. He was very polite and said "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you" at every house. My favorite part of the evening? When Cullen sang his Halloween song between houses. He will make up a song for anything!

"Halloween is fun.
  Halloween is fun.
    Halloween is fun!"

There was one slightly traumatic event at one of the last houses on our street with a man and a mask and tears, but Cullen went right back up to the house to get his candy after recovering from the scare. I was so proud of the way he handed being scared and didn't let it stop him from going to the last few houses!

I think Colette enjoyed her stroll around the neighborhood and Cullen definitely had a great time! But more than getting candy, I think he enjoyed handing out candy when we got back home. He is such a people-person, he loved telling everyone that came to the door "Happy Halloween!"

I am already planning next years costumes, and can't wait to get both kids fully embracing the holiday!

Colette: Six Months

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Six months kind of snuk up on me. I kept telling people Colette was five months old thinking she still had several weeks before she reached the half year mark. Then all of a sudden, there it was. 

 I never thought we would see the day, or at least this soon, but Colette is in the "normal" range for weight and height! She weighs 14 lbs 8.5 oz and is 26 inches long. That puts her at 18% for weight and 50% for length. She still looks so much smaller than the other babies her age, but she has rolls for days. She has rolls on the back her neck, at her wrists, and all up and down her legs. I wish pictures would capture her true chubbiness, but its truly something you have to see in person. And I love every single roll!

We have kind of started solid foods. I am making her food like I did for Cullen, with a plan to use some combination of purees and BLW. I thought she would eat up anything I put in her mouth, since she is constantly trying to grab anything we are eating, and we have to make sure any plates are well out of her reach. But so far she just spits out anything I give her. So for now we will just keep offering. (Its not like she's lacking in calories or nutrients, did I mention the rolls?!)

She seems to have skipped rolling from back to front and has gone straight to sitting up. She sits really well on her own, but still topples fairly easily. Thrilled with this new freedom, most of her playtime is spent sitting and playing with her and her brother's toys. I can't believe how quickly she has gone from just observing the world around her to being so active and playing with real toys. 

I say it all the time, but these two have the best little relationship, and the love between them grows every day. Cullen can make Colette smile and belly-laugh like no one else. And he is not ashamed to do anything for a smile; his most recent Ghost-Frog gets her every time! He is quick to tell me to pick her up if she is crying and loves to hold her. But he is not above big-brother shenanigans. Like trying to hold her upside down or prying her eyelids open to wake her up because he "wants to play with her!"

Happy Six Months Colette! I am so excited to see how you grow over the next month! 

End of Summer Recaps: Vacation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I am being forced to accept that summer is over. Especially after the weather we have had in here SC recently and the cooler temperatures that have finally arrived. Over the summer, I took plenty of pictures, but haven't really gone through all of them. Now that we are stuck indoors, I've finally gotten a chance to look through some of the memories we made this summer and decided to share some of them here.

I would like to apologize in advanced for the number of pictures in this post. I have a problem with decision-making.

In July, we took our annual family vacation to the beach. I was a little nervous about taking a then three-month-old to the beach, but it worked out just fine and we all had an exhausting, wonderful week! We went to the aquarium on the way down, spent every morning and most afternoons on the beach, skipped naps, and stayed up late.

Colette spent her days napping on the beach in her very own tent or eating under our favorite Turkish Towel.

Cullen had so much fun digging holes, jumping waves, chasing girls down the beach, playing putt-putt, and fishing in the canal with his Papa.

I wish we could go back right now, but I will settle for embracing fall and looking forward to returning next summer!

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