Friday, September 26, 2014

Madison's 3rd Birthday Party

We had Madison's party at Gymboree Play and Music. She had the best time! We loved watching her have so much fun!

Hokey Pokey

So fun!



Giving Riley a taste of cupcake

Getting tired...


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy 8 months, Riley! (10 days late)

In her 7th month, she..

-started sitting up very well on her own
-is scooting on her tummy
-started saying 'mamamama' and 'baabaabaabaa'

-stayed in the nursery at church for the first time this month and did very well.

-6-9 and 9 month clothes
-size 3 diapers and 4 at night
-naps every 1.5-2 hours for 1 hour
-bedtime at 7pm and up 1-2 times(usually 4am and 6am) before I wake her at 8am.
-eats every 2-3 hours except at night.
-working on her pincher grasp/picking up small items, feeding herself small items like Puffs or Cheerios, clapping, waving 'bye bye', crawling, saying 'dada' and 'sissy'

Testing out sissy's toy.
With her great grandmother, Gimmie

At Madison's birthday party

The night of Madison's party. Out like a light!
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Riley is really the sweetest, happiest baby there can be. She constantly smiles and laughs. She is very easy going and only cries or whines if she's hungry or tired. She will sit and play for a while on her own. She loves Madison so much and is constantly watching her, laughing at her or looking for her if she can't see her. The best thing is seeing Riley lean forward in her car seat to see Madison in the car. It's so funny! We are so blessed to be her parents. We love her so much!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Madison! (11 days late)

This year has flown by. She has learned so much and is doing things well beyond her age. She is hilarious and sweet and loving and she absolutely adores her sister. She is a little mama to everyone, including Riley. She constantly teaches Riley things. She has a memory like you wouldn't believe. It's incredible the things she remembers. She loves pretend play and will sit and play Barbies or dolls for a while. She talks to them like she's their mom. It's really sweet. I constantly get stopped by strangers telling me how pretty and smart she is. How well she talks and how great of a sister she is. She is a very happy girl! We are so blessed to be her parents. She's everything we prayed for all those years ago..

-potty trained at 2 years 2 months. Regressed a bit when Riley was born but hasn't had an accident in 6 months probably.
-knows all basic colors including peach, silver and gold.
-knows all shapes including pentagon and hexagon
-counts to 15 and recognizes numbers 1-10
-says alphabet and recognizes most uppercase and some lowercase letters.
-Writes capital A, draws triangles and circles.
-loves preschool.
-loves singing and dancing and learning.
-likes Minnie Mouse, Curious George, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake and Daniel Tiger.
-loves blueberries, grapes, oranges and peaches
-loves sweets more than anything
-favorite toys are her 'people'(those plastic figurines of cartoon characters or animals), Barbie, stickers, play doh, books
-just found out she is not a fan of the beach(and we are completely fine with that!)

Some pictures from her 2nd year

the fair

Her baptism October 27, 2013

 Halloween 2013

Tree trip 2013

February 2014

January 2014

April 2014

January 2014

First Day of Pre-School
August 2014

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It's a lot of videos but most are less than 1 minute long.
Taking Barney on a ride
2 years-September 2013

Saying ABCs
2 years-September 2013

Playing guitar
2 years 1 month- October 2013

Singing "Jesus Loves Me"
2 years 1 month- October 2013

Riding the train
2 years 1 month- October 2013

Running around
2 years 4 months- February 2014

Counting to 15
2.5 years- March 2014

Playing pretend
2 years 7 months- April 2014

Squishing Riley's cheeks
2 years 7 months- April 2014

2 years 9 months- June 2014

Saying blessing
2 years 9 months - June 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Madison's first day in 2 year old Pre-K

Madison's first day back was yesterday. She's in a new class with new teachers but 3 of her friends from last year are in her current class so I think that helps!

She slept in our bed the night before. She's had lots of trouble falling to sleep easily lately.
I treated her to breakfast in bed while watching cartoons(and while I got ready!)

Obligatory First Day Picture

 After school slushie!

What a difference a year makes! She looks like a baby last year!

Everybody around here is enjoying school again! Madison is loving the structured play and learning. She's coming home singing and talking about her friends. I have been interacting with moms I haven't seen over the summer break. I am getting back in the groove of exercising, spending one on one time with Riley, cleaning and doing other things while she's gone so I have more time to spend with them in the afternoon. I am now able to run errands easier(taking 2 kids to shop is impossible). Madison just recently gave up naps which means earlier bedtime. She has cried at bedtime lately and has ended up in our bed.. Her first day back, after whining just a little, I gave her a sticker sheet. 10 minutes later, she was knocked out asleep! Tonight she put up a fight for a few minutes but about 20 minutes later, she's passed out!

People have asked if we are putting Riley in. They do accept babies her age but we are going to keep her home and either let her start going after her birthday in January for the remainder of the school year(if there's room) or just let her start in August next year. We haven't decided yet. This allows me some one on one time with her during her learning months. Sitting, talking, crawling, standing, walking.. All the big milestones!