Colette: Nine Months

Friday, January 29, 2016

Nine months old. Three quarters of the way through her first year. How do they grow so quickly? Why is the time flying by?

Colette had he nine month well check earlier this week. She is 16 pounds, 15 ounces and 27.1 inches long: 28% for both! She is in 9 month and 6-12 month clothes. She is right on track for growth, which makes its easier to not worry so much about her progress with solid foods. She is still only eating the same foods as a month ago, and when she does eat, it's only a couple of bites. Our philosophy is still as long as we keep offering, she will eat when she is ready.

She finally got her first tooth a few weeks ago. The second followed soon after but is still barely there. Now if she would just start using those chompers for eating.

At nine months exactly, Colette was still not crawling. Not even a week later, she is mobile. It's a slow combination of scooting, turning in circles, and crawling, but she is moving. She is also pulling up on anything she can get her tiny hands on. Only up to her knees so far, but she is so proud every single time.

Her favorite activities include splashing in the tub, blowing raspberries, not sleeping, and playing with her brother's toys. If it's intended for an infant, it's super boring. If it's made for a three-year-old, she must play with it! She wants to do anything her big brother is doing, which spells trouble for us in a few months (if that long!)

She is growing so quickly, I'm trying to take note of little bits of her personality or quirks that I want to remember because I know they won't last long. Like the way she looks down at her legs  with frustration and determination when she is trying to crawl but her knees are not following. And the way she screams when she gets mad; it's very rarely a cry. She actually screams at us, and it would be super annoying if it wasn't so cute to see such a tiny thing get so mad. I love the way she talks with her hands, just like her Daddy. Or the way she leans over and looks around you if you are blocking something she wants to see (the TV in particular.)
I just love seeing her little personality develop. She is going to be spunky and sassy and will make her opinions known, but I think she will also keep a smile on her face and love those close to her with a big heart.
Happy Nine Months, Colette! We love you so much!!!

Thanksgiving 2015

Friday, January 22, 2016
So apparently I never shared anything from our Thanksgiving, so why not now. Better late than never, right?!

We started our Thanksgiving with snuggles with our littles and took our time getting out of the bed. Then our first stop of the day was Corey's parents'. We filled our bellies then went outside to jump in the biggest leaf pile ever. Colette had her first dinner roll and Cullen made a new friend in their neighborhood. That evening, we had dinner with my family, where we had my new favorite cake, so delicious!


I don't have very many pictures, because we really just spent the day eating and enjoying time with our loved ones. Nothing really exciting or noteworthy, but a wonderful time just being together. It was exactly what Thanksgiving should be.

A Three-Year-Old's Monster Bash

Thursday, January 21, 2016
We celebrated Cullen's third birthday this past Saturday with a Monster Bash for family and his closest friends. 

We decorated with monsters and googly eyes everywhere. Monster invitations, googly eye chandelier, monsters on the chandelier. I made all of the decorations and games, and spent way too many hours with a stack of cardstock and my glue gun, but I think it was totally worth it.

The kids had fun playing Feed the Monster and Pin the Eye on the Monster. We also had a photo booth set up so everyone could dress up like a monster. Side note, when I first painted this blue monster, I left off the black of the eyes, and the nails. Cullen thought it was the silliest monster and loved looking at it. As soon as he saw the eyes and nails for the first time, he ran our of the room crying and scared to death. He quickly got over that and realized it was still just as silly, but for a moment, I thought I was going to have to cancel the whole party. Oops!

I think Cullen and his friends really had the best time sticking eyeballs to the monster and each other and throwing bean bags into the monster's mouth (and at each other.)

We kept the food simple but really enjoyed some eyeball cookies, monster snack mix, and a three-layer monster cake. Yep, even the desserts got eyes. The real theme of the party was, lets see how many things I can stick an eyeball on!

After blowing out the candles, playing all of the games, and opening gifts, Cullen thanked his guests and sent them home with a kit to make their own playdough monsters. We filled the favor bags with playdough, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and feathers: everything needed for silly monsters.

On Sunday, Cullen's actual birthday, we celebrated with a doughnut cake and gifts from us. Stickers, Monsters Inc. and puzzles. He even got a surprise visit from his Uncle and hopefully-one-day-to-be Aunt!

A few hours after his party, Cullen started feeling sick and had a fever for the rest of the weekend. Despite not feeling his best, he had a great weekend with friends and family. Loved playing with all of his new toys and puzzles, and even made it outside for a little T-ball.

Happy Birthday, Cullen! We loved celebrating you this weekend! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us!

Colette: Eight Months

Thursday, January 7, 2016

At eight months old, Colette is still a perfectly happy little baby. She just refuses to sleep at night. Or during the day. Someone has major fear of missing out! So I have been getting very little sleep as well, but at least she is happy when she is awake.

She is finally starting to eat solid foods. We figured out that she is just not a fan of purees. So I guess we are going more of the Baby Led Weaning route. Isn't it funny how sometimes our little ones make decisions for us? I have learned that research and knowing your options is good, but don't ever bet on sticking to your initial and very well thought out plan. They will change that in a heart beat. Flexibility is the key to parenting. (Your're welcome!) So my baby feeding plan has gone out the window and we are just offering Colette anything she shows an interest in eating. As long as it is safe of course. So far she likes bananas, apple slices, sweet potatoes, pasta, green beans, and bread. She will not eat anything off a spoon unless we let her do it herself, and she would much rather have a whole banana than slices.

She is not quite mobile yet, but she is thisclose to crawling. She gets on her hands and one knee, gets frustrated and falls down, and then immediately rolls over. I am sure it will be any day now, but I don't know that I am really ready to be chasing another one around just yet. 

Colette has started reaching for people she wants to hold her. She gives little hugs when I pick her up, and she loves to give open mouth kisses. I tell her all the time, and even Cullen has started telling her, that she is the sweetest little girl!

She also loves to be upside down and anything her big brother does. He will push her over and she just laughs and laughs. She is going to be a little dare devil who does anything her brother suggests. Again, so not ready for that!

At this age, I love the way she blows raspberries all the time and the way she kicks her feet when she gets super excited. I love the way she tries to suck her thumb and eat at the same time. I especially love that she is happy and eager to smile all the time. She was suffering through her first cold when we took these pictures, and you would never know by her joyful smile.

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